Angelika Berndt | Menja Pottery

Menja Pottery

April 04, 2016

Menja woman making an injira plate


Ethiopia, Kaffa, 2015. Menja woman producing an injira plate.

While working for NABU in the Kaffa region I met women from the Menja (also known as Manja) minority. The Menja are a minority who still follow their old tradition and life-style and depend on the local forests for their livelihood. As their culture is different from that of the Kafecho majority, they continue to be marginalized and discriminated against.

When I visited some Menja families near Bonga, the women had gone into the forest to pick clay so they could produce injira plates which they would sell on the nearby market. Injira is Ethiopia's main food, a sour flatbread used to scoop up meat and vegetable stews.

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