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The Nomads of Somalia

Discussion in 'Geography' started by gloucestermonster23, Apr 5, 2017.

  1. gloucestermonster23

    gloucestermonster23 New commenter

    Hi, new to this site and asking questions on the net.
    That said, I am teaching Geography which is new to me. I'm doing so in South East Asia, where, at year 7 it is the first year they have been introduced to the subject.
    We are discussing the Horn of Africa. My question is: why do nomads continue to roam Somalia in apparently insane conditions, when they could nip up to the Highlands of Ethiopia, make a cup of Joe, and grow some crops? It's cooler, wetter etc.
    I really don't see the logic of wandering in desert conditions.
    If anyone please has a suitable answer, please let me know.
    Kind regards
    Newbie
     
  2. tosh740

    tosh740 New commenter

    Loads of views and not one reply, so tempted to have a go. Nomadic people may well be have pushed into marginal areas by others, be traders or traditionally 'tax' settled farmers. Guessing Ethiopia is already full so no spare land. If you keep moving you can't be taxed by the government. Colonial powers tended to try and 'settle' these groups for control and tax reasons. Always fascinated by the fact humans will live anywhere they can, no matter how harsh.
     

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