Hansjörg Hofer sets off with a group on his way to the Semien Mountains in Ethiopia. The children in Ethiopia go to school for an average of only 2.6 years. Only half complete elementary school.

The children. They work as shepherds in the mountains – without warm clothes. Most wear tattered T-shirts or an old blanket. In the up to 4000m high mountains the temperatures drop below zero ridge.

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The traveller. The mountain guide Hansjörg Hofer travels with a group through the world heritage site Semien Gebirge in the national park of the same name. The park covers altitudes from 1900 to over 4500 meters. More information about this and other trips can be found here:

Ethiopia. An estimated 49 percent of the population is malnourished (year 2001). Not even every second Ethiopian citizen has access to clean drinking water – 58.1 percent of boys and 41.6 percent of girls between the ages of 5 and 14 work regularly. Several hundred thousand street children live in the big cities. (Wikipedia)

photos @helli gargitter,@hansjörg hofer