By Crystal Chung @crystalkchung

INSIDE the African tribe that walk for up to 10 hours a day to find water

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Turkana cattle herders travel from Kenya into Karamoja to find water for their cattle

Photographer, Sumy Sadurni, travelled to Northern Uganda in February to capture how the Karamajong tribe live.

The nomadic tribe are famous for their elaborate scar patterns, athletic prowess and beautiful woman, but Sumy wanted to focus on how the climate change has affected their lives in a big way.

Karamojong boys begin looking after goats when they're five years old and at the age of seven, they will move on to calves

Sumy said: “I'm hoping that by sharing a piece of their lives, I can introduce this fascinating tribe to the world.

“While the African grasslands and climate in Karamoja has always been dry, it is now drier than it's ever been. The reality is that people are literally walking for 10 hours to find water for themselves and for their cattle.

Children often go out to hunt small birds and bat with home made sling shots

"Without water, there is no life. Without water, there is also no food.

“While there are many issues within the Karamojong, including women rights, the main priority now is to survive.

A young Turkana girl looks after her cows in Kobebe, north of Moroto district

"I hope that these pictures also show their way of life, the way they dress and how these amazing tribes have had to somehow adapt to a Western way of life.”

Pictured by Sumy in several of the images is Marco, a young Karamojong father of seven, who has cut down the family food rations to one meal of sorghum grain a day.

A common borehole and main gathering area in Napak district, which is shared by animals and humans

Sumy said: “This is now true for most families as resources are scarce. Their days are now based on finding water for both family and cattle: a task that is getting harder every day."

Marco said: “In the morning I wake and first thing I do is count the animals.

Kidepo National Park situated at the North of Karamoja, hosts an abundance of wildlife and greenery

“I then go out to find water for them and in the afternoon I try to make what money I can to feed my family”. 

Situated in the north of the country, Karamoja borders Kenya and war-torn South Sudan and is also home to Kidepo National Park.

Karamojong are one of the main local tribes and cousins to the Masai in Kenya.

A young dad in Napak district looks after his boy at a community meeting, where people from the village get together

Their faces are often decorated with scarified dots around the brow area and a bottom tooth is often removed once they hit pubescent years.

Wrapped in the traditional Karamojong blanket and decorated in beads, they sport a distinctive look different to any of the other tribes in the country.

The Spanish photographer said: “Karamoja is always the underdog of the East African tribes, and the western world is less familiar with them compared to the Masai, Ethiopian and Tanzanian tribes for example.

“I’m hoping that people get as fascinated by them as I am, and that through the pictures they can connect with these people.

“With all the challenges faced by the region, the Karamojong are proud and passionate people.”