Omo River

By IndepthAfrica
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Jul 15th, 2014
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Ethiopia’s Omo Valley is one of the last African frontiers. It is so remote that you can get here only by chartering a bush flight – or else by driving for two days from the capital Addis Ababa along desolate, bumpy tracks that snake into villages without electricity or running water. Perhaps i...
By IndepthAfrica
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Mar 3rd, 2014
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By Alemayehu G Mariam Exactly two years ago to the month, I wrote a commentary entitled, “The Dam and the Damned: Gilgel Gibe III Ethiopia” focusing on the impact of   “development” in the Omo River Basin (ORB) in southern Ethiopia. In that commentary, I echoed the deep concerns voiced by various int...
By IndepthAfrica
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Feb 21st, 2014
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By: Lori Pottinger Industrialization of Omo River Threatens 500,000 pastoralists in Ethiopia, Kenya In a remote part of East Africa, the Ethiopian government is furtively transforming a pastoral landscape populated by small-scale farmers and herders into an industrial powerhouse of dams and plantatio...
By IndepthAfrica
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Feb 21st, 2014
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Not only are there grave technical dangers to Ethiopia’s proposed Renaissance Dam. It could prove an economic white elephant, writes Maghawry Shehata In a previous article on Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam I discussed a number of serious problems associated with this project. Specifically, I focussed on ...
By IndepthAfrica
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Feb 20th, 2014
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  –Source: Human Rights Watch New satellite imagery shows extensive clearance of land used by indigenous groups to make way for state-run sugar plantations in Ethiopia’s Lower Omo Valley, Human Rights Watch and International Rivers said today. Virtually all of the traditional lands of the 7,000-...
By IndepthAfrica
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Feb 13th, 2014
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By Survival International The United States Congress has acted to prevent its aid to Ethiopia being used to fund forced evictions of tribal peoples in the south west of the country. The provisions in the Omnibus Appropriations Bill for 2014 represent a slap in the face for USAID, which last month sai...
By IndepthAfrica
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Sep 13th, 2013
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By Curtis Kline, IC Magazine Millions of acres of Ethiopia’s most fertile lands are being offered to foreign investors, often in long-term leases and at bargain prices. At the same time, through its ‘villagization’ program, the Ethiopian government is forcibly displacing hundreds of thousands of Indi...
By IndepthAfrica
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Aug 22nd, 2013
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By William Davison analysis Are the government’s large-scale developments in southern Ethiopia forcing local populations to move with the times or just move out the way? A short stroll away from the bloated Omo River in Ethiopia’s far south, a new type of settlement is forming on the outs...
By IndepthAfrica
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Aug 10th, 2013
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  by GRAHAM PEEBLES In many parts of the world development has become an invisible cloak under which all manner of “state sponsored” atrocities and human rights violations are being committed. Married to growth, development has been (largely) reduced to economic advancement – meaning maximizing ...
By IndepthAfrica
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Jul 19th, 2013
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Two new reports from the Oakland Institute, Development Aid to Ethiopia: Overlooking Violence, Marginalization, and Political Repression and Ignoring Abuse in Ethiopia: DFID and USAID in the Lower Omo Valley, show how Western development assistance is supporting forced evictions and massive violation...