Like many other African countries, Ethiopia is rapidly changing. The most evident sign of this change is the transformation of Addis Ababa, the construction of roads, and the building of huge dams geared to make the country self-energy sufficient.
All this has obviously a cost. Some say it is the cost of progress and development and they are fine with it. Some others say that, even if it might bring more spread wealth, the ones who will pay for this transformation are the indigenous tribes and their culture.
Already many decades ago, Italian photographer Mariella Ricciardi, through her amazing work, started the talk about Vanishing Africa, witnessing the change with her photos.
Today the process has accelerated to an amazing speed, also because of mass tourism (at least until last year, before the disruption caused by Covid-19).
This photo, with the reflection on a pond, of two Ethiopian children, symbolizes the vulnerability of their culture, as fragile and precarious as a reflection on the water.