Lale and Gido Labuko, Founders
Lale Labuko is an Ethiopian activist and founder of the Omo Child home which houses children who are at risk of being killed due to tribal beliefs. Lale Labuko comes from the Kara tribe and grew up in the village of Dus on the banks of the Omo River.
When he was 15 years old, he witnessed the practice of Mingi. Two of his older sisters were also killed by elders due to the practice of Mingi. In 2010, Lale and his wife Gido Labuko co-founded Omo Child home in Jinka where they care for 52 Mingi children. They are also working to save the Mingi children in the Kara, Hamer, and Bena tribes of the Omo Valley.
Lale Labuko was featured in John Rowe's 2015 film Omo Child: The River and the Bush, which follows him as he tries to end the practice.