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Olisarali Olibui - KNC

Mr. Olisarali Olibui

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Mr. Olisarali Olibui

TITLE:  Mursi Community Spokesman & Filmmaker
SPECIALTY AREA:  Mursi activist

PRESENTATION ABSTRACT:  The Mursi and Cultural Survival – Omo Valley

Sat., 10/02/21 • 11:30am est • Session A

The Mursi are among several dozen indigenous groups in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region (SNNPR) of southern Ethiopia who continue with their unique cultural practices. However, after the completion of the Gilgel Gibe III Dam in 2017, the Mursi and the groups in the Omo Valley region, specifically, now face a major threat to their cultural survival. The Gibe III Dam has stopped the annual flooding of the Omo River, upon which these groups depend for their animals and irrigation of their crops. The lack of food and water resources has increased tensions in the regions among the Mursi, Suri, Nyangatom, Bodi, Kara, and Kwegu.

The Mursi are also in conflict with the government due to the role of the state-run Ethiopian Sugar Corporation, which has designs to take over the traditional lands of the Omo Valley groups to facilitate large-scale commercial sugar cultivation.

Mr. Olisarali Olibui Bio

Mr. Olisarali Olibui


Mr. Olisarali Olibui is a Mursi community spokesperson and filmmaker.  The Mursi learned about the power of the camera from tourists visiting their remote area in the Omo Valley of Ethiopia. Olisarali recognized that the Mursi can record and tell their own story, and thus he was sent to Australia to learn English and this allowed him to pursue his desire to become a filmmaker.  He has recorded the Mursi story and directed the award-winning 2009 documentary, “Shooting With Mursi.”

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