Wendell Phillips, Photojournalist

Bonko belongs to the Karo people of the Omo River Valley in Southern Ethiopia, who distinguish themselves by decorating their bodies with coloured ochre, white chalk, yellow mineral rock, charcoal and pulverized iron ore. On special occasions, Karo men spread ashes mixed with fat on their skin, a symbol of virility. The Kalashnikov he brandishes is deployed when people try to steal his cattle or encroach his land.