Renowned Ethiopian artist Aida Muluneh has taken a series of striking images to depict the harsh life of many women in rural areas – especially their daily efforts to obtain clean water for their families.
Her Water Life series, which was commissioned by the charity WaterAid, will be on display at London's Somerset House from 24 September.
“We cannot refute that it is mainly women who bear responsibility for collecting water, a burden that has great consequences for our future and the development of our nation,” Muluneh said.
Almost 40% of Ethiopians do not have clean water close to their homes, compared to the global average of 10%, according to Water Aid.
Muluneh shot some of the photos in a studio while others were staged in the extreme landscape of one of the hottest and driest places on earth, Ethiopia's northern Afar region.
Water Aid/Aida Muluneh
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