The kingdom of Axum was a naval and trading power that ruled from about 400 BC into the 10th century. The kingdom was also identified as Abyssinia, Ethiopia, and India in medieval writings. The Stelae are perhaps the most identifiable part of the Aksumite legacy. These stone towers served to mark graves or represent a magnificent building.They are stabilized by massive underground counter-weights. They were often engraved with a pattern or emblem denoting the king's or the noble's rank.
In pictures: Combating drought in the Horn of Africa
Drought continues to threaten the lives of as many as 13 million people living in the Horn of Africa and many are struggling to continue their pastoral lifestyle. Photographer Alejandro Chaskielberg has been to the region for Oxfam who are are running a number of aid projects that offer long-term support to those in need