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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.
Wushet sidegagem ewenet yemeselal gin wushet ewenet ayehonem!!!
The reson- It is deservice doing againist Weyane/TPLF even if the commit genocide let alone abuse and ethinic cleansing.
WHAT A STUPID ARTICLE AND SURPRISED TO SEE NAZRETH POSTING THIS KIND OF ARTICLE….MORONS…YOU CALL YOURSELF ETHIOPIAN…..
The reason behind supporting abuse? It is deservice doing againist Weyane/TPLF even if the commit genocide let alone abuse and ethinic cleansing.
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.
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::
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.
GOD BLESS ETHIOPIA
Because you sound like an intern or rookie journalist,EPRDF`s answer should be “frankly my dear,I don`t give a D.”
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.
This desperate propaganda sound more likely from well known DC alligator which stand for my way or no way.
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.
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.
jilajilo. hahaha you aretruly a clown eko. ezih yemttsfewn saneb ket bye new yemskew. mgn aymut endyachawt yemilew bhilm yastawsegnal
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…
Mesfin B [Visitor]
You better go back to save your country Eritrea before it is too late instead of blubbering nonsense here.
No human right abuses in Tigray region unlike other regions. Tigray has released most of their prisoners.
Donors fund the abuser government to get a political, for example to reclaim colonization powers and an economic benefit by giving so. The common senses of human right for donors, the shrew is different from for the foolish, the receivers, otherwise the latter should be a receptive enough and strong enough for its independence.
To echo the same sounds in Ethiopia, all regions shall get equality–upholding human rights (though no one knows an exact use and meanings of human rights), distribution of leadership positions, and most importantly in economic empowerment.
Helen Epstein, two things to for you, if I may:
1. The funds, whatever funds the USA channels to any country is only if there is any national interest to be secured. In this regard by supporting Ethiopia, the USA is benefiting from a common interest, that is security; Alshabab of Somalia and other terrorist groups are tackled mostly by the Ethiopian security forces so that averts the repeat of the likes o east Africa Embassy bombings on US interests, mainly Embassies etc. Along with this, the USA is keen to install its failed imperialistic system in Ethiopia by demanding the Ethiopian government changes its policies on this and that using the so called funding as tools. What is most important to paying attention is Helen, even the so called USA funding is allowing not only the government to attempting to swaying away our national agenda but also, people like you, to interfering with our policies, strategies and way of life.
2. The most disgusting thing is, Helen, that you think Ethiopia and its people are under your control. So, you come out with articles like this to tell us you care about our people more that the Ethiopian government. The irony is that this has been going on for a long time with “HRW” your source and others sticking their fingers into other sovereign countries affairs than their own domestic issues.
Please Helen, try for one day to look inwards and voice for the many American poor that are living a miserable life. Talk about the corruption, the abuse of the American poor by its government; the thousands of youth killings in streets of each cities, the drugs, the school shootings, the destitute cities, etc. and hold the government accountable for the mess. It is in the USA that the poor are getting poorer; living in a designated housing projects ridden with violence and drugs where the people live with no hope in site: public schools that are failed, health care is a joke and life is in its worst state. So, talk about them, for me nothing should be more important for a citizen like you to write and talk about. Don’t portray as if life in America is all good, and think you are a guardian of other nations!
In Ethiopia, the people and government are doing their level most to get out of the poverty that has allowed for your government to brag about aiding or funding and for you to stick your fingers in our affairs. With all optimism, it is my belief that the country will come out of this misery and abuse in less than 5 years. It is then, and only then, Ethiopia and its proud people will request mutual respect when it comes to dealing with your government and people like you.
But for now, I can assure you, Helen, the Ethiopian government is doing what is necessary to advance the peoples life into one that we will never beg again. All the settlements, dams, schools, health posts and others that you will continue to label as bad as you want will continue unabated thanks to the dedication of the government and its people, and, to your dismay, to the people and government of CHINA for being our true development partners.
Ethiopia and its people have seen the promise land that is in their reach, thanks to the visionary leader, may he rest in eternal peace, Meles Zenawi the progressive EPRDF that he left us behind. Ethiopia is on its way to claim its rightful place in the world’s stage, and as the new Ethiopia (our promise land) is emerging, its your choice if you want continue barking like a dog till your last breath.
Long live Ethiopia and its proud people.
You are ill informed or a liar.
People displaced from the former Fit Ber were not given a place to live. THEY ARE STILL FIGHTING THE FREAKING SYSTEM while a Dirty Devil saudi is laughing all the way to the bank.
Like you are claiming iy was not a Shanty Town. You must be from New York to call that a shanty town. A Family member of mine were displaced. Lost their business.
Do you know anything about GOOD WILL in Business parlance? They were not given anything. They are out and begging just like you did when the King was alive.
Look at HAWAII it is a Tourist Destinations of Millionairs in the world. But, where are the Natives that their land was taken? They are washing dishes in the land they used to own.
This is the Displacement that people are against. There is no gain in it. Who exactly is gaining from having a Sheraton? Freeking Arabs that do not respect Ethiopians in their land?
So they are growing rice. Who in Ethiopia eats rice? We have a food shortage and it will get worse.
Or maybe Queen Ashely will say ‘ Let them eat cake like Mary Antoinette’.
Thanks for the effort to bring us her profile, and if this profile is true she have absolutely no education in Journalism, that means she have never learned what is journalistic ethics which explains why show wrote a politically motivated article against the Ethiopian people and development. I think this is what happen when people meddle on an issue they no profession.
I know there is no convincing you woyane guys on anything. Yo’ll come out swinging and spiting fire. No reasoning, just attack attack attack. If you are going to challenge her ability to give a balanced account on how the GOE works, dude come on.. we know how you guys do. GOE is the most unbalanced, lying collection of thugs ever.. and I + many other Ethiopians will give testimonials to confirm what she reports is true. Besides, your GOE does not have the money to support such an endeavor. Those who give the $$s are responsible if those $$s are used to abuse citizens. The US buys Tplf through World Bank, Aid and so on, to use it in situations. We all know that, right?
So, in what way is this article politically motivated against the Ethiopian people ET-A? The People of Ethiopia have nothing to do with displacing farmers from their land. It is the Tplf GOE that is taking the freedom of our people in the name of development. If this so called development is not benefiting the people does it not become a violation of their rights? People kill and die for their freedom.. you know?
Besides this lady has both the experience and the education to come to a factual conclusion and based on the GOE track record.. poof dude, you have no basis for accusing anyone of anything.
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