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Floods destroy meagre crops in Ethiopia’s lush highlands

15 Oct

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

The worst drought for decades in Ethiopia’s northern highlands has ended, but unusually heavy downpours threaten to ruin crops and exacerbate food insecurity as flash flooding turns roads to rivers and swamps fields Photographs by James Whitlow Delano/USAid

The worst drought for decades in Ethiopia’s northern highlands has ended, but unusually heavy downpours threaten to ruin crops and exacerbate food insecurity as flash flooding turns roads to rivers and swamps fields
Photographs by James Whitlow Delano/USAid via The Guardian

In its latest report, Fews.Net notes that the June to September Kiremt rains have gradually decreased since mid-August, although rainfall totals in most northern and western areas remained above average.
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በጉራ ፈርዳ ለደረሰው የዘር ማጥፋት ሙከራ መመሪያ የሰጡት መለስ ዜናዊና ሽፈራው ሽጉጤ ሳይጠየቁ 18 የወረዳው ሹማምንትና ነዋሪዎች ላይ በፌደራል ከፍተኛ ፍርድ ቤት ክስ ተመሠረተ

1 Apr

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

መጋቢት ፳፫ ቀን ፳፻፯ ዓ/ም (ኢሳት ዜና):- ባለፉት ሶስት አመታት በደቡብ ክልል በቤንች ማጂ ዞን በጉራ ፈርዳ ወረዳ ይኖሩ በነበሩ በአማራ ተወላጆች ላይ የዘር ማጥፋት ወንጀል እንዲፈጸም ትእዛዝ ያስተላለፉት ከፍተኛ ባለስልጣናት ፍርድ ቤት ባልቀረበቡበት ሁኔታ፣ በወረዳ እና በቀበሌ ደረጃ ያሉ ሹማምንት ባለስልጣናት ሰኞ መጋቢት 21 ቀን 2007 ዓም ፍርድ ቤት እንዲቀርቡ ተደርጓል።
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Scramble for Africa threatens to leave continent starving: Africans now own neither the lands nor the produces

3 Mar

Saudi Star rice farm in Gambella. An employee at a rice farm in Gambella, Ethiopia. Many irrigation schemes are …(Credit: The Guardian)

by The Ethiopia Observatory
By Patrick Mbataru, Africa Review

In five short years, rich countries have acquired about 80 million hectares of land in Africa and other developing countries in what is now a worrying trend.
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Ethiopian minister comes close to acknowledging futility of land grab

2 Jun

by Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory

It took the Ethiopian regime doling out to foreign investors 10 percent of the country’s virgin lands from the 3.6 million hectares in the land bank – by Hailemariam’s information of April 24, 2012 and four million ha by Meles’s public statement of May 2012. The point is that those leased lands have achieved no returns for the country to date, if on the contrary it were not damages they have caused to its ecosystem and the spirt of its children.
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Ethiopia: DFID Fail to Act on Human Rights Violations

12 May

BY GORDON BENNETT*, Think Africa Press – Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

    The Ethiopian government may be guilty of atrocities against indigenous peoples as it completes construction of the Gibe III dam. UK aid-agency DFID has failed to exert its influence and protect the rights of these minorities.

Mursi childrenEthiopia may until recently have been a byword for famine, but in one part of the country at least, there are people who have lived largely without outside help for hundreds of years. With the connivance of the British government, this is about to change forever.

The tribes of the Lower Omo Valley in south west Ethiopia – chief among them the Mursi, the Nyangatom, the Bodi and the Daasanach – depend on a combination of flood retreat cultivation on the banks of the Omo River, rain fed cultivation further back from the river, and cattle on the grass plains.

They move between these resources seasonally so as to exploit them to their best advantage. A self-sufficient existence outside mainstream society has meant that few speak Amharic, and that fewer still can read or write. Like most of us they are strongly attached to their way of life and their traditions, and believe passionately in their right to decide for themselves whether and how to change them.

Read the full article from Think Africa Press

*Gordon Bennett is a barrister in Lincoln’s Inn (one of London’s four Inns of court), and has extensive experience of the legal problems of indigenous peoples.

Besieged, Abused, Ignored: As TPLF Annihilates Ogadenis

8 Feb

by GRAHAM PEEBLES*

In the harsh Ogaden region of Ethiopia, impoverished ethnic Somali people are being murdered and tortured, raped, persecuted and displaced by government paramilitary forces. Illegal actions carried out with the knowledge and tacit support of donor countries, seemingly content to turn a blind eye to war crimes and crimes against humanity being committed by their brutal, repressive ally in the region; and a deaf ear to the pain and suffering of the Ogaden Somali people.
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