With the current trend of land gabbing in Africa,very soon many would be squatters in their own country. In case you are not aware of this new development in the Gambela region.As the land is being given out to the foreign companies in unprecedented way, the future of the indigenous people and their survival becomes uncertain.
I am appealling to you all to raise this land grabbing issues in the Gambela region at any occassion and opportunities so that we can save the environment and the people living on the land. As some of you are aware, so far two companies have been operating in the Gambela region with allocation of 410, 000 hectares. Saudi Star though was said to have been given 10,000 hectares, the recent information indicate that the allocation has risen to 160,000 hectares.
Karuthuri, another Indian company holds 250,000 hectares of land in the Gambela region. The second Indian company the information of which I am sending to you has been given 250,000 hectares and have started clearing the land starting from Obela until the area of Arieth along the Gilo River. There is also information trickling from the ground that there is another negotiations going on to give land across the Gilo River at Pinyudo area.
Please support us to stop this land grabbing with serious impacts on the indigenous peoples livelihoods and their survival. I appreciate very much your support on this matter and many more.
Did the Government consult the people of Ethiopia, the real owners of the land? I doubt it. Thus, grabbing peoples’ land by unscrupulous Government, something NRM Government has been doing in Uganda, shamelessly, for years.
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