chapter  10
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Glynn Flood Nomadism and Its Future: The Afar

The Afar area is one of the hottest in the world. As a whole the region is extremely inhospitable, but is able to support a population of transhumant pastoralists thanks to the presence of a large and permanent water-course, which traverses the desert and semi-desert landscape for a distance of nearly 800 km before evaporating in the string of saline lakes on the border of Ethiopia with TFAI. This river, the Awash, is the life-source for some 150,000 Afar pastoralists and their animals in the southern two-thirds of Afar territory.