Rural Life in Hamar Campaign and Publication
Hamar and Rotterdam
September 2022

We made an unexpected Hamar publication in 2022. There are only 4 Hamar people outside of Ethiopia. Wapke met Gele in Rotterdam. Gele introduced us to Bazo. Bazo wrote an autobiographical story and Gele made drawings of his pastoral life as a Hamar.

Bazo Morfa (text)
Gele Hailu (drawings)
Indra Gleizde (editor and campaign manager)
Maarten van Maanen (design)
Wapke Feenstra (initiator)
Lumbung Press

Wapke Feenstra initiated this publication to make space for the Bazo's story of the Hamar community. The book was also used to launch a support campaign to raise funds to get cows and goats for his family.

The Hamar currency is cattle and all land is free to be used by anyone. The book is also a complicated story of a conflict between strict customs and demands for change. A drought caused by climate change, struggles for adaptation and women’s rights. Bazo’s family lost their animals due to discriminatory inheritance customs and drought, he writes: “People are hungry now. If my family owns five cows and ten goats, they will amazingly improve their lives. A Hamar family will not keep money in the Bank. They only believe in living things.”

Exchange rate for 5 cows and 10 goats is around 2000,- euro. Please consider donating to help our colleague Bazo’s family overcome current struggles.

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