Anecdotes from Ethiopia - Cultural substitution

In the rural Ethiopia there is still people living traditionally as they have done for perhaps thousands of years.

This lifestyle is challenged by a movement of industrialization of the country and the building of roads.

Few years ago there would have been no good road to this hilltop

Hilltop with view of green landskace and the lakes Abaya and Chamo

Hilltop with view of green landskace and the lakes Abaya and Chamo

Road connecting old culture with new.

Road connecting old culture with new.

When coming from Denmark it is hard to imagine that there can still exist people living traditional lifestyles. We build roads and bridges everywhere and in western lifestyle it is expected to live on the edge of technology. But are we having things fixed that are not broken?

My observation was that the better the roads - the more people did behave like "us" - not necessarily in a good way.