Giant dam and irrigated sugar plantations mean people in lower Omo valley face starvation and conflict, says US thinktankState projects leave tens of thousands of lives in the balance in Ethiopia – studyA giant dam and irrigated sugar plantations are “wreaking havoc” in southern Ethiopia and threaten to wipe out tens of thousands of indigenous peoples , a US-based thinktank has claimed. Photograph: Charlie RosserIn May, the Guardian visited a “villagisation” site – Napusmoria, in the South Omo district of Nyangatom – and spoke to villagers whose accounts echoed the report’s claims. “But apart from some food at the start there was nothing.”This is Oakland’s fourth report on South Omo. Other international groups such as Human Rights Watch and Survival International have also condemned the government for abuses in South Omo in the past. “However, financial bottlenecks, political pressure, and above all the government’s vision of development seem to have prevented a change of course.”Despite criticism, Abiy’s administration has pledged to finalise the sugar projects.
Source: Ethiopian News June 13, 2019 06:00 UTC