Photos and text by Andrea Vecchiato
This is the Danakil – the Great Depression, the hottest place on earth and potentially the lowest; a desert at least 155 metres below the sea level. It is in the Afar region of Ethiopia, known as the cradle of humanity, where the bones of Lucy and even earlier hominids were discovered. The Danakil is a titanic salt mine in the open. The people who dig up and cut the salt are not Afar nomads but migrants who come from every part of Ethiopia to work for the season, before the heat becomes unbearable.