Life on the edge of a volcano sounds pretty precarious; but for one remote community in Ethiopia, it’s all they know. These people, mostly from the Borena tribe, have spent generations building their way of life around the volcano. And yet, while their remarkable existence is undeniably a testament to the human spirit, it’s also one that carries plenty of health risks.
The town of Yabelo lies in southern Ethiopia, within the so-called Borena Zone which borders Kenya. As well as functioning an administrative hub of the area, the town reportedly includes at least two schools, a bank, post office and a pair of gas stations. That may not sound like much, but Yabelo’s population was just under 18,500 as of 2005.