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Ethiopia: Men in tribe drink cows milk and blood in competition to gain the most weight

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Every year, the competition takes place in the deep south of Ethiopia

There are a lot of competitions underway around the world – but none quite like the one in Ethiopia.

There, in a remote valley, tribesmen are competiting to see who can put on the most weight over the next six months.

Oh, and they’re only allowed to live off of a diet of fresh goats milk and blood. Yes – blood.

For half a year, male members of the Bodi tribe are not allowed to leave their hut.

And they’re banned from having sex too.

Men in tribe drink cows milk and blood in competition to gain the most weight

The tribe live in the remote area of Omo valley

Men in tribe drink cows milk and blood in competition to gain the most weight

For six months the men from the tribe will feed themselves with only fresh milk and blood from the cows

Men in tribe drink cows milk and blood in competition to gain the most weight

They will not be allowed to have sex or to leave their hut

Men in tribe drink cows milk and blood in competition to gain the most weight

The women must bring them milk every morning in pots or bamboo

Men in tribe drink cows milk and blood in competition to gain the most weight

The first bowl of blood is between one and two litres

Men in tribe drink cows milk and blood in competition to gain the most weight

On the day they reveal themselves, the men cover their bodies with clay and ashes (Picture: Eric Lafforgue/ Exclusivepix Media)

Men in tribe drink cows milk and blood in competition to gain the most weight

The men prepare to enter their huts

Over the six month period, the tribe’s women and girls must deliver milk and blood to the men in pot or bamboos.

Photographer Eric Lafforgue, who took the pictures, said: ‘The cows are sacred to the Bodi tribe so they are not killed.

‘The blood is taken by making a hole in a vein with a spear or an axe, and after that, they close it with clay.’

The competition forms part of the Ka’el ritual, held to mark the new year.

Men in tribe drink cows milk and blood in competition to gain the most weight

They get the blood from the cows

Men in tribe drink cows milk and blood in competition to gain the most weight

The cows are sacred in Bodi tribe, so they are not killed

Men in tribe drink cows milk and blood in competition to gain the most weight

The place is invaded by flies.

Men in tribe drink cows milk and blood in competition to gain the most weight

This tribesman asked the photographer for a ride in his car because he could not walk with all his extra weight

Men in tribe drink cows milk and blood in competition to gain the most weight

They spend hours under the sun running around a sacred tree

Men in tribe drink cows milk and blood in competition to gain the most weight

One man wore a headdress made of ostrich feathers

Each family is able to chose one unmarried man for the contest.

He must not move from his hut until it is over.

The prize? Pride.

Men in tribe drink cows milk and blood in competition to gain the most weight

Becoming a fat man is allegedly the dream of every Bodi child

Men in tribe drink cows milk and blood in competition to gain the most weight
The women carry milk to the men
Men in tribe drink cows milk and blood in competition to gain the most weight

The ceremony ends with the sacrifice of a cow. They kill it with a sacred stone.

Men in tribe drink cows milk and blood in competition to gain the most weight

The Bodi girls are attracted to the men

Men in tribe drink cows milk and blood in competition to gain the most weight

The women help the men

Men in tribe drink cows milk and blood in competition to gain the most weight

The men cover themselves in ashes before leaving their hut

Oh, and apparently the women in the tribe find the large waistline extremely attractive.

Lattorgue added: ‘The fat men drink milk and blood all day long. The first bowl of blood is drunk at sunrise. He must drink it quickly before it coagulates but some cannot drink everything and vomit it.’

After six months, each of the men cover themselves in clay and ashes before emerging from their hut for the first time.

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Ghana: video of police assault on nursing mother goes viral

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Ghana’s social media space – Facebook and Twitter – has been buzzing with a call for the arrest of a police officer for assaulting a nursing mother.

A viral video shows the said officer in what starts like a tussle with the woman in a banking hall. Subsequently, he is seen hitting the woman with an umbrella, punching and slapping her on the face.

Reports indicated that the woman, a client of the savings and loans company, where the incident occured had arrived when the company had closed.

She ostensibly got in despite the close of business and refused to leave till she could withdraw a sum of 250 cedis ($50). Social media users are calling for the immediate arrest of the police officer. 

Local media portals also report that the police heirachy has confirmed that a probe had been opened into the alleged incident and that due process was going to be pursued.

The video continues to be widely shared on Facebook with some prominent media personalities joining the calls for justice for the woman.

 

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Trump extends Somali immigrants’ stay in US

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Somalis living in the United States under protected status have been given permission by the Trump administration to remain in the country for at least another 18 months, because of ongoing violence in the North African nation.

At least 500 Somalis in the United States with Temporary Protected Status will be able to re-register for an extension of their status through March 17, 2020, according to a Thursday statement from the Department of Homeland Security. The status grants beneficiaries the ability to legally work while they are in the United States.

 

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