Honorable Mention TOKYO-2020 People / Children

We Are Not Mingi (Cursed)

  • Photographer
    Donell Gumiran
  • Agency / Studio
  • Technical Info
    1/5000 Sec, Iso 1600, F/11, 70mm, Nikon D850, Aperture Priority
  • Photo Date
    January 16, 2020

Discovered a deeply held secret on visits to the Omo River Valley in southwestern Ethiopia, a place of traditional culture and spectacular beauty. Children regarded as cursed, or "mingi," were thought to be responsible for misfortune and were killed. If children's teeth first appear on the upper gum instead of the bottom gum, or if they are born out of wedlock, disabled, or are twins, they are ritualistically murdered. I’m happy that he’s not one them.