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Why Are We Funding Abuse in Ethiopia?



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Why Are We Funding Abuse in Ethiopia?

Why Are We Funding Abuse in Ethiopia?

By Helen Epstein

Source: The New York Review of Books

In 2010, the Ethiopian government began moving thousands of people out of the rural villages where they had lived for centuries to other areas several hours’ walk away. The Ethiopian government calls this program the “Commune Center Development Plan and Livelihood Strategy” and claims it is designed to bring scattered rural populations closer to schools, health clinics, roads, and other public services. But the Commune Center program has been marked by a string of human rights abuses linked to government attempts to clear huge tracts of land for foreign investors. According to testimony collected by Human Rights Watch and other groups over the past two years, the relocations have involved beatings, imprisonment, torture, rape, and even murder. In many of the new “villages” the program has created, the promised services do not exist. Deprived of the farms, rivers, and forests that once provided their livelihoods, many people fear starvation, and thousands have fled to refugee camps in Kenya and South Sudan.

Such mistreatment by the government is nothing new in Ethiopia, an essentially one-party state of roughly 90 million people, in which virtually all human rights activity and independent media is banned. But what makes this case particularly outrageous is that the Ethiopian government may be using World Bank money—some of which comes from US taxpayers—to finance it. If so, this violates the Bank’s own rules concerning the protection of indigenous peoples and involuntary resettlement. In response to complaints from human rights groups, the Bank’s internal watchdog recently conducted its own review of the Commune Center program—commonly known as villagization in Ethiopia—which confirmed the human rights allegations and recommended that the Bank carry out a full investigation of its activities in Ethiopia.

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Comment from: Tarid [Visitor]

Wushet sidegagem ewenet yemeselal gin wushet ewenet ayehonem!!!

03/15/13 @ 21:12
Comment from: Kolo [Visitor]

The reson- It is deservice doing againist Weyane/TPLF even if the commit genocide let alone abuse and ethinic cleansing.

03/15/13 @ 21:47
Comment from: G [Visitor]
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03/15/13 @ 21:49
Comment from: Kolo [Visitor]

The reason behind supporting abuse? It is deservice doing againist Weyane/TPLF even if the commit genocide let alone abuse and ethinic cleansing.

03/15/13 @ 21:49
Comment from: ment4you [Visitor]
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A very shameful act that continues to displace the defenseless and the poor and insures their marginalization. Systematically changing their way of life for good from proud framers to dependents on handouts while exposing them to exploitation and manipulation by foreigners and corrupt government officials.

A government that does not empower its people is a government that does not represent the people. In this case the government happens to be one that is not officially elected by the people but installed through good fortunes.

03/15/13 @ 21:53
Comment from: [Member]

ው/ሮ እፕስቴይን በጣም እናመሰግናለን:: ጥሩ ትንታኔ ያዘለ ሃቅን የተምረኮዘ ጽሁፍ ነው የጻፍሽው::
ሰዎች አይገርምም! የውጭ አገር ዜጋ እንክዋን ሳይቀር ስላገራችን አሳዛኝ ሁኔታ ሲጽፍ እኛማ ልጆችዋ በህብረት የጋራ ጠላታችንን ማጥፋት አገራዊ ግዴታችን ነው::
ይህንን ስላልኩ ፍርፋሪ ለቃሚ የ ቲ ፒኤል ኤፍ ካድሬዎች ደስ አላይቸውምና ሊሳደቡ ይመጡ ይሆናል::
ግን ሃያ አመታት አገራችንን አጥንትዋን እየጋጠ ያለው የ ወያኔ መንግስት ተብዬ መደምሰስ ዋና አላማችን አድርገን መነሳት ያስፈልጋል::
መጥፎ ነገር በማንም አይወደድም::
ሌብነት አገር የለውም::

03/15/13 @ 22:12
Comment from: Abyssinian [Visitor]

Listen to this idealistic reasoning!

-Why does America continue to fund Israel?
-why does America continue to fund Pakistan who everyone knows supports the Taliban?
-Why did America support South Africa and Apartheid until just one or two years before they freed Mandela?

I can go on and on but the answer is simple.

My dear and very Naive Ms. Epstein:
As long as the benefit out weighs the burden that’s the way it goes.

While i do not support uprooting people, there has to be some sort of middle ground because we also have to develop! People cannot continue to live in the dark ages.


03/15/13 @ 22:55
Comment from: chemoga [Visitor]

Because you sound like an intern or rookie journalist,EPRDF`s answer should be “frankly my dear,I don`t give a D.”

03/15/13 @ 23:36
Comment from: My2cents [Visitor]

The answers to our Eroros are not to be expected from Hayalan Mengetats. After all, the super powers aided, abated and installed our rulers. The working strategy would be to go out demonstrating whether in Europe or South Africa when called upon; to do right by your fellow Ethiopian everyday and to pray hard regarding your country. The second one is the hardest one. To love your fellow, not to deceive, covet or disdain him. To reminisce about your country in sadness like the biblical Nemeiah did and pray for your country’s salvation. Near is salvation for those who are vigilant and Godly in thier lives. Otherwise, kiss your country goodbye. The peace of Ethiopia is a bought peace and a similar one to the Alewites of Syria where a minority from north controlls everything and throws metted crumbs to the few. As some one wrote recently, those northerners who were “forcefully” resettled during Mengistu’s time are now TPLFs local authorities and agents in the localities where they were settled. The cycle of evil continues. Our own rebellion and the evil of Mengistu gave way to the current Evil. We need to break the cycle. Don’t look for answer at the wrong places. Pray hard and go to church.

03/15/13 @ 23:44
Comment from: john john [Visitor]
john john
5 stars

This desperate propaganda sound more likely from well known DC alligator which stand for my way or no way.

03/16/13 @ 00:19
Comment from: Abdi [Visitor]
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USA citizens are getting abducted in Ethiopia. The USA/Western foreign aid policies are making life hard for ordinary western travelers to travel around Ethiopia.just few days ago an Emergency Message was sent out for U.S. Citizens because of the Kidnapping Threat in the Somali Region State of Ethiopia
The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa continueing to receive information indicating a kidnapping threat to westerners along Ethiopia’s border with Somalia. The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens to defer travel to the region. for full report please click below.

03/16/13 @ 05:41
Comment from: Demelash [Visitor]

Nazreth.Com is becoming rubbish. How can you just publish such baseless and nonsense article. How many Ethiopians fled relocation and migrated to South Sudan, Where is that particular place, what time, how many people, Which land, Please be reasonable. I will no more spend my time reading any article from this web. It is very much biased.

03/16/13 @ 06:45
Comment from: heny [Visitor]

Mesfin B,
jilajilo. hahaha you aretruly a clown eko. ezih yemttsfewn saneb ket bye new yemskew. mgn aymut endyachawt yemilew bhilm yastawsegnal

03/16/13 @ 06:46
Comment from: Ash [Visitor]

Why people up rooted…

To answer this question let start from few years back…

This man called al Amoudi want to build 5 star hotel I. The heart of Addis Ababa… The location was a shanty town… Al Amoudi build a very standard home and relocate them…I heard those who are relocated doing fine because some of them rent their new home and make income the rest got much better home then the shanty home that the live in..

Now if sheraton generating 100 million dollars then if we take only 1% of that that would be 1 million dollars and invested this 20million birr or one million dollars every year on those uprooted or affected people it is much better then they would have make if the never move.

In other word if 10,000 people uprooted and only 1% of tax redistributed among themselves that would be $100 dollars each that is what they would have earned if they had not moved… In other word there income doubled just by moving…

Now if anyone take care of those uprooted people then it is Ethiopian government problem not invester problem.

My soultion to this problem is no government allowed to give any one 100% tax free incentive every one should pay 1% tax this tax should be used to help out the poor….this 1% tax is not government tax it is locall people tax….just even for allowing investment in their region the local must get some thing out of it…

03/16/13 @ 06:55
Comment from: Extraterrestrial [Member]

Mesfin B [Visitor]

You better go back to save your country Eritrea before it is too late instead of blubbering nonsense here.

03/16/13 @ 08:21

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