We are “Suri”, “Mun” and “Mela”

The people from outside world usually called Suri and Mun (Mursi) people as “Surma”, they also called Mela (Me’en) people as “Bodi”. BUT SORRY, WE MUST TELL YOU THAT THIS IS INCORRECT! THIS IS NOT THE ORIGINAL NAME GIVEN TO US BY OUR ANCESTORS! PLEASE RESPECT OUR TRADITIONAL NAME! We are Suri (Suri in South Sudan also called as “Suri Kachipo“), Mun (Mursi) and Mela (Me’en) Surma, Bodi ≠ Our Name

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[FOCUS] “He has been waiting for…” by Jianqiang Chen

REPOST from Chinese famous photographer Mr. Jianqiang Chen 陈建强‘s social media WeChat/Weixin 微信 – January 2019 On Mr. Chen’s WeChat, he mentions: “陪伴是最长情的表白 (I will always be here and love you…) 在非洲摩西唇盘部落里 (In the Mursi* lip-plate tribe of Africa),由于没有医疗条件 (due to no medical conditions),奄奄一息的部落男人已经等死半年多了 (the dying man has been waiting for more than half a year)。 村里的人告诉我们,他快死了… (The people in […]

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Togetherness beyond the border line – We are Suri as One

by Samson Ngakule – 7 JUNE 2019 ( UPDATE: 9 JUNE 2019 by Santino Nyurli ) Donga stick fight in Majis Ethiopia yesterday (6 June 2019) between Suri-Kachipo of South Sudan and Ethiopia. Suri Youths of Ethiopia welcoming their brothers with Donga as sign of togetherness. Let’s remember this day, the first Donga beyond border line of Ethiopia and South Sudan in our history! East Suri & West Suri, We are Suri as One! UPDATE: The Donga of West & East Suri end peacefully for two consecutive days, and the game won by West Suri with the points 17 – 5, and going to have another Donga soon after cultivation season… All photos by Samson Ngakule 2019 One Culture, One Suri

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[FOCUS] “A girl from Mursi tribe in the pouring rain” by Evgeniy Pechenin

This time, the honor belongs to the Mursi! Congratulations to Mr. Evgeny Pechenin and our Mursi brothers & sisters. (REPOST from Evgeny Pechenin@Facebook – JUNE 1, 2019) “Долгожданный результат международного фотоконкурса 35PhotoAwards. В итоге получен сертификат о том, что одна из моих фоторабот, а именно “Девочка из племени Мурси под проливным дождём” (см. фото ниже), войдёт в каталог фотографий по […]

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The history about Suri people

by Bardula Uya – 1 JUNE 2019 The early years of the twentieth century, the Suri never belonged to any overarching state structure—neither colonial nor indigenous. Their area of Shulugui and the Tirma range was penetrated by the imperial troops of the Ethiopian emperor Menilek II (r. 1889-1913) in 1897. The region was formally incorporated into Ethiopia, but the Suri were not really conquered, in the sense of being brought under political and administrative control. They were able to maintain their relatively autonomous way of life in this frontier area between the Ethiopian Empire and the British-controlled territories of Kenya and Sudan.The activities of soldier forces, northern traders, and hunters and adventurers in the new encampment villages such as Maji, Bero, and Jeba led to frequent raiding of the native groups, including the Suri, for cattle and slaves. The Suri, however, suffered less from massive slave-raiding than the “Gimira” or “Dizi” peoples, who were also made subservient as a kind of serf class. Few European travelers visited the Suri—the first were probably the British consuls in Maji, among them A. Hodson. Italians entered Suri territory in 1932; they established three posts—two on the border mountains of Shulugui and Tamudir and one in Zilmamo, near the Bale area. These small settlements of soldiers only endured for about three years. Compared with the relations between northern Ethiopian settlers and Suri, relations between Italians and Suri were less tense and violent. There was […]

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