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Halaba People

Modest in their dwellings and habitats of living, the Halaba people, also known as Alaba, are an ethnic group that inhabit the central highlands of Ethiopia. As the birds fly in perfect harmony, so the people of this group exist with a sense of calm and Happiness.

The smiles that light up their darker complexions are bright, warm and welcoming. Quaint round huts of wood and mud with wide conical thatched roofs are homes to these people. With no ceilings and packed-mud floors, these huts lie spread out over a beautiful scenery of wide plains and large stretches of calm waters.

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Over time the Halaba people have been influenced by other cultural practices, customs and lifestyles and today portray a variety of mixed traditional behaviour, yet, unity and team spirit prevail. When selling river fish, travelling in wooden carts drawn by not one but three donkeys or horses and farming crops, the Halaba people’s sense of unity and freedom is plain to see. The untouched communities live in satisfying calm. The way of life here is unrushed and peaceful. Children play together and help their elders farm, fish and hunt. Aimless days on lake Awasa and walks on the open plains are a way of life for the Halaba people.

Ethiopians are a proud people. They have every reason to be. Their beautiful and magical country of various land formations and world-famous landmarks belongs to them alone. For they, alone amongst African nations, were never colonised. This fact separates Ethiopia from other places in Africa. They also run on their calendar and on their own time.

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