Will Hurd lived among the Mursi and in Ethiopia for seven years. He speaks Mursi language. He is Executive Director of the small non-profit organization Cool Ground/Ba Lalini ( that advocates on behalf of the people of the Omo Valley.

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The many times I arrived at Bole airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, there was always a sign that said “Welcome Home.” Its meaning never registered until an official from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism said it reminds all visitors that their ancestors were originally Ethiopian. Not only have fossils of our pre-human ancestors …

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