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EU diplomats reveal devestating impact of Ethiopia dam project on remote tribes
John Vidal, The Guardian, 3 September 2015
A controversial World Bank-funded scheme to dam a major Ethiopian river and import up to 500,000 people to work in what is planned to be one of the world’s largest sugar plantations has led to tens of thousands of Africa’s most remote and vulnerable people being insensitively resettled.
US, UK, World Bank among aid donors complicit in Ethiopia's war on indigenous tribes
Will Hurd, The Ecologist, 22nd July 2015
USAID, the UK's DFID and the World Bank are among those covering up for severe human rights abuses against indigenous peoples in Ethiopia's Omo Valley, inflicted during forced evictions to make way for huge plantations, writes Will Hurd. Their complicity in these crimes appears to be rooted in US and UK partnership with Ethiopia in the 'war on terror'.
How photographing the Omo Valley people changed their lives
Matilda Temperley, The Guardian, 24 May 2015
'The people of the Omo Valley are incredibly photogenic. But tourism is turning their lives into a daily fancy dress parade....While modernisation is inevitable, in the Omo it appears to be at the expense of the locals rather than at their hands.'
World Bank's Conference on Land & Poverty is a cruel farce
Oliver Tickell, The Ecologist, 20 March 2015
'On Monday the World Bank's Conference on Land and Poverty begins in the US. But farmer organizations, indigenous groups, trade unions and others denounce the whole exercise as a sham that, in tandem with other Bank initiatives, is all about accelerating corporate land grabs and robbing the poor that the Bank was founded to assist.'
British support for Ethiopian scheme withdrawn amid abuse allegations
Sam Jones and Mark Anderson, The Guardin, 27 February 2015
'The UK has ended its financial support for a controversial development project alleged to have helped the Ethiopian government fund a brutal resettlement programme.'
Villagization cannot be carried out without voluntarism: Premier
Walta Information Center (WIC), Addis Ababa, 28 January, 2015
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'Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn said that the Villagization Program that has been implemented in the pastoral areas is carried out only with the free will of the pastoralists.'
Leaked report says World Bank violated own rules in Ethiopia
Shasha Chavkin, International Committee of Investigative Journalism (ICIJ), 20 January, 2015
'Internal watchdog finds link between World Bank financing and Ethiopian government's mass resettlement of indigenous group.'
Ethiopia: human rights groups criticise UK-funded development programme
Harry Davies and James Ball, The Guardian, 20 January 2015
'A major UK- and World Bank-funded development programme in Ethiopia may have contributed to the violent resettlement of a minority ethnic group, a leaked report reveals.'
Ethiopia dam will turn Lake Turkana into 'endless battlefield', locals warn
John Vidal, The Guardian, 13 January 2015
'People living near Lake Turkana in northern Kenya have little understanding that the fresh water essential to their development is likely to dry up when a huge hydoelectric dam in neighbouring Ethiopia is completed.'
The people pushed out of Ethiopia’s fertile farmland
Matthew Newsome, BBC News Magazine, 6 January 2015
'The construction of a huge dam in Ethiopia and the introduction of large-scale agricultural businesses has been controversial - finding out what local people think can be hard, but with the help of a bottle of rum nothing is impossible.'
Ethiopian tribes' ancient ways threatened by UK-backed sugar project
Matthew Newsome, The Ecologist, 10 October 2014
'A massive sugar plantation and up to 700,000 migrant workers will occupy almost 2,000 sq.km of Ethiopia's Omo Valley, with the help of British aid finance. But the valley's native inhabitants have been given no choice in the matter, and are being forced to abandon their homes, lands, cattle, and entire way of life, or go to jail.'
Ethiopian dam's ecological and human fallout could echo Aral Sea disaster
John Vidal, The Guardian, 5 March 2014
'Africa's fourth-largest lake could drop by 20 metres, causing an ecological and human disaster to rival the shrinking of the Aral Sea in central Asia, if Ethiopia goes ahead with massive irrigation projects linked to a giant dam, according to a university paper.'
Ethiopian dam project rides rooughshod over heritage of local tribespeople
John Vidal, The Guardian, 23 February 2012
Thousands of semi-nomadic tribespeople are being forcibly moved from their traditional lands in southern Ethiopia to make way for European and Indian sugar cane and biofuel plantations, according to testimonies collected by Survival International researchers.
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