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There are bound to be people for and against the “villagization” no matter how well it is done. In Ethiopia’s current system there may not be the culture/means for the locals to be heard or participate in their own affairs. Most likely some “educated boys” from the tribes will be recruited in to EPRDF and will be sent to the locals to “convince” them of the already decided upon scheme as indicated in… “Longoko says his family straddles two worlds, with some of the children from his two wives receiving education in regional cities and others raising animals in the Omo. In line with his “educated boys", he says security and services will improve in the commune, but wants to retain the option to move to high land or to the Kibish River when the Omo runs low.”
On the other hand the anthropologist David Turton seemed to be threatened more by the loss of “subjects” of interest… the tribes and their ways of life have been preserved for thousands of years. Alas now that is going to change… Sorry but that was going to happen sooner or later.
Those who are concerned about the well being of the people of lower Omo must do something to make the changes that are taking place serve the interests of most of the people in the area. This is best done by dialog and help than by rhetoric and opinions that will disappear into oblivion soon after they are uttered (not unlike this one!!).
I am from the near by OMO valley and this is rubbish article. It did not even say how many tribes are in the valley, where the majority are and what was the fate of the children if this development realized. Rather, the so-called civilized reporter told us we should not have schools, electicity, access for health or in short progress. They want to keep us as monkey’s and less human for European entertainment. The so-called expert Anthropologist David Turton has no right to tell me how to leave with my close friends and not to limit my future. Leave me alone time to change for me and my families so my kinds will have brighter future. Tell us the truth please. This is not about the Omo vallly people but OIL. Yes, there will be oil discovery soon in this part of Ethoipia. This is part of Ethiopia not something fall from the sky ask the reporter tried hard to misinform us. Leave me alone!!!
Addis Gomen, what the hell are you doing in an area “colonized” by Menelik? Are you liberating the people of Nyangatom, Mursi and Hamer? Are you providing them with an endowment fund like EFFORT?
TPLF=Robbers’ Mafia organization
Helping the Mursis and Hamers to enjoy modern agriculture and livestock technologies is of course a good thing .But what’s really happening in this area is that the Agazi Bandits have institued a Land Grabbing Programs
enjoying Foreign Looters and Tigre
Mafiosis .While the local peoples after loosing their own lands are obliged to be parcked into ghettos most of the Times unproductible lands with none Social and Health Services .Worst of all ,an evil program financed by the WB and western donators .
Ethiopian govt.needs to kick this guy out of the country now.I thought we finished the discussion about this so called land grab.
More of a western rhetoric to confuse and devide the region and its people than anything worthy of an article
that helps our impoverished country and its people get a better life. The writer mainly aims at inciting violence amongst people and government to create chaos and mayhem. where was he prior to the gibe projects? How much did he ever wrote articles about western crimes committed to indigenous people around the world. He therefore has heinous agenda on the hind.
GARBAGE ARTICLE is an understatement. Your hidden agenda of anti-Ethiopian development is exposed in your article again.I credit the gov’t for it’s effort in aggressively pursuing educating people of rural Ethiopia.Educated society can easily understand what is good and bad for their community.No brainwashing people as you used to in the past.No pitting Africans against each other as you used to in the past.NO MORE.The projects may have little negative consequences just the same as any big project in the world.The gov’t is handling it carefully and making sure the community is the first beneficiary of the development while trying to help them keep their wonderful culture and history.It is wise not to forget this land and it’s resources belong to sovereign country called Ethiopia.
GOD BLESS ETHIOPIA AND IT’S PEOPLE!!
GOD BLESS AFRICA!!
GOD BLESS THE WORLD!!
i think the writer and his sources are more worried about their proffeession than the well being of the people. they want to preserve these people the way they are so they can be a source of excitement to the west.they are the reason for their employment and their pseudo intellectual case study. as the west evolves from cave man to civilization so will our people transform from primitive african culture to modern civilization.deal with it
Adgi ,how much did your Bandit bosses pay you to post all the
same craps with such childish nicknames (Gesho ,Nebro ,YeArebGebiMintch,Truthmustbehidden)…LOL!!!!
I think the writer Mr.William want to
tell us that how he felt about those two tribes.but what about racisime that is made every day by white people against all human races in every circumstances.
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