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World Bank told to investigate links to Ethiopia 'villagisation' project
By William Lloyd George in Addis Ababa
Bank's accountability panel says complaints by Ethiopians of forced evictions in Gambella should be looked into
An independent panel has called for an investigation into a World Bank-funded project in Ethiopia following accusations from refugees that the bank is funding a programme that forced people off their land.
In a report, seen by the Guardian, the inspection panel – the World Bank's independent accountability mechanism – calls for an investigation into complaints made by refugees from the Anuak indigenous group from Gambella, eastern Ethiopia, in relation to the bank's policies and procedures.
The refugees claim the Protection of Basic Services (PBS) programme funded by the bank and the UK Department for International Development (DfID), is contributing directly to the Ethiopian government's "villagisation" programme, introduced in 2010. The programme seeks to move people to new villages, but residents say this is done with little consultation or compensation, and that these sites lack adequate facilities.
World Bank is running behind time. This action is long overdue. They should have known that they were sponsoring terror against the interest of the people of Gambella and other regions who are evicted from their ancestral land to facilitate for Land Grabbing by outside shame less hoodlums. I hope something good comes out of this investigation to benefit the locals.
Who will suffer from this hiccup?
No one but the poor!
World Bank on a short leash from Neo liberal interest groups! We will be watching very closely.
Hope it won’t be you last chance to work with Ethiopia, before the Chinese deliver again!
“World bank is an institution in acted to disrupt the growth of underdeveloped countries.”
To solve such problem the instigators of problem would have start by finding themselves responsible for this shameful and despicable act and disciplining themselves. A far fetched idea when it comes to organization like world bank and IMF who are true deconstructionists of ‘third world’ countries all over the planet. Their record speaks volumes!
Anuak indigenous are NOT Ethiopians. Ethiopians Are Only ( Amhara and Tigre) Orthodox people. we Orthodox people have been ” Force people ” from their Land fpr generations. its NOT New.
We Orthodox people have been destroying “indigenous people ” from 1887 when our Hero Minilik invaded them and brought under Orthodox Rule.
as a person From Tigray , I know all our Brothers Amhara will support these good dees. We are Like our Belove Israel. They destroy palestinians indigenous people , we too destroy None Orthodox indigenous people. God of israel gave us the Land. Follow Bible , Just like The jews. so , its Ok !!
Support Tigre and Amhara Rule in Ethiopian Empire.
you are Right Mr Amhara.
Ethiopians are Only Tigre and Amhara Orthodox people. ask others indigenous people like oromo , muslims , far , somalis , benishangul …. so on , they say they are Not ethiopians , even for generations we Ruled them.
those people are bastards,
Long Live Amhara and Tigre !!
Bible is a great book for robbers. Just look at Israelis , they Took other people Country and claim God of Israel gave them. the indigenous Palestinians have Blame God of Israel , Not JEWS who took their Land. so , Ethiopian Bible tells us that ” God of Israel ” gave us (Amhara and Tigre ) Ethiopia .
indigenous people Go to Hell.
To all land lease for pennies defenders & concerned Ethiopians,
Evicting from their ancestral fertile lands to a very crowded dry land just to collect pennies from leasing and bribes from foreign scavengers is not development for the region or make life better for the people of the areas but betraying the country by a bunch of looter leadership of Ethiopia honestly speaking.
What is the gain for the people who used to live an open space and plenty of lands to use for living before than no land in a crowded camp today???
What is the gain for the country for those who are making decision on behalf of the country???
What is the long term effect for the land and surrounding environment of the region???
If there is plain and simple explanation the country has to lease fertile lands, why not give us explicit explanation for their reasoning for leasing virgin fertile lands for pennies to foreign entities to feed their people and Ethiopia has go back to them to beg their produced crops in Ethiopia Ethiopians to be feed???
Is there anyone who has a brain and most of all caring leader to the people of Ethiopia to look after their short and long term interest beyond his or her own belly???
As a Tigrayan and always speak for the Tigray people well being I do not see any benefit to Tigray from auctioning the southern part of the country and why any Tigrayan leadership allows this very unpopular and very anti the principle of Tigrayan goodwill our heroes like King Yohannes, Ras Alula, Ras Hagos, Ras Mengesha, Ras Mekonen and others who fought the enemy to preserve Ethiopian lands for the next generation of Ethiopians???
Hello Woyane leadership can you hear me now??????????
You should be smarter or wiser than making such accusation of world bank “sponsoring terror".
Wow! Why is everybody crying for nothing here? It is only some letter written by the usual cry baby Obang group with the help of the anti Ethiopia Hayenas group HRW.
This is just another unfounded alligation trying to disrupt our developmental progress and to discredit our govt.
The never ending crocodile tears of Ethiopia’s enemies continues!!
Now it is time to pay a price–just about two weeks ago that was a USA citizen shot in Gambela by TPLF?
Before this happened, what was a benefit to interfere with a “villagisation"?
Ethiopia is fighting hard to get rid of poverty unlike the so “civilized” nation and whats wrong with that? Is this a human right violation? You make your own conclusion..
Too little to late.
for starters how about invastigating the illicit money transfers to Malysian, Hong Kong, and Swiss Banks?
Too little too late.
The people of Gambella/Annuk, Ambo, Dire Dawa and Ogaden have particularly been targets of TPLF because they resisted the incoming gurella army during those fateful days twenty-one years go. Ogaden still fights.
Helen Epstein’s article in the New York Review of Books has finally garnered some attention. But hers may as well go down the way of Anna Gomez and others who got silenced by intrigue, circumstance and marathon of TPLF’s lucks.
Why not a legal action wouldn’t be taken concerning the looting of money by TPLF? It is possible to prepare a petition, open a bank account and fund raise to recruit lawyers for action against TPLF at international court. If this start, developed nations will support the action as a part of removing corruption and combating human right violations.
When you want a piece of land, you find a way to seize it. When you want someone’s house, you take it by fraud and violence. You cheat a man of his property, stealing his family’s inheritance.
Barnes’ Notes on the Bible:
And they covet fields and take them by violence - (rend them away) and houses, and take them away Still, first they sin in heart, then in act. And yet, with them, to covet and to rob, to desire and to take, are the same. They were prompt, instantaneous, without a scruple, in violence. So soon as they coveted, they took. Desired, acquired! Coveted, robbed! “They saw, they coveted, they took,” had been their past history. They did violence, not to one only, but, touched with no mercy, to whole families, their little ones also; they oppressed a man and his house. They spoiled pot goods only, but life, a man and his inheritance; destroying him by false accusations or violence and seizing upon his inheritance .
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