Received: 11 August 2017
Accepted: 29 January 2018
First Online: 26 February 2018
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: In this study, the authors considered all ethical issues and followed a number of steps in conducting interviews with research participants. From the outset, we were transparent about the objectives of the research and we informed the participants they could withdrew even in the middle of the interview. Second, we presented the letter of support of the Social Anthropology Department of Addis Ababa University to the concerned officials in the Konso Woreda and explained the level of their cooperation our research engagement required. Then, we obtained official letters from the Zonal as well as Woreda offices. These support letters were important to ensure smooth relations with the community in the study area and to minimize challenges in the field. Third, all participants who agreed to be involved in this study were assured complete confidentiality, anonymity, and privacy regarding their identity. Finally, when the interviews were conducted, pseudo-names or codes were recorded instead of the actual names of the interviewees.
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