Lance Richardson Writer & Photographer

Lake Turkana

Each May, Kenya’s Lake Turkana plays host to a three-day cultural festival. In a place that is almost entirely marginalised, a place that faces tremendous challenges – an Ethiopian dam that threatens the survival of the lake, a planned wind-farm, drought so harsh it kills acacia trees, inter-tribal warfare – here is something miraculous. Twelve groups from the surrounding regions take part in full traditional garb, which turns the town of Loiyangalani into a dazzling bazaar. The highlight comes late on a stifling afternoon, when a thousand people gather on a dusty open field to dance.

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