Ethiopia: How protests by locals against land acquisition for investment has been met by brutal crackdown by govt. agencies

Author: Lys Anzia, Women News Network, Published on: 27 April 2017

"Merciless land grab violence hits women who want peace"

...Atsede Kazachew...is grieving for all her fellow ethnic Ethiopians both Amharic and Oromo, who have been mercilessly killed inside her own country...“The Ethiopian government is engaged in its bloodiest crackdown in a decade, but the scale of this crisis has barely registered internationally…,” outlined UK Director of Human Rights Watch (HRW) David Mepham in a June 16, 2016 media release published by the International Business Times. “For the past seven months, security forces have fired live ammunition into crowds and carried out summary executions…” added Mepham...[C]orrupt politics and long range U.S. investors in the region are an integral part of the problem.

Increasing land grabs...play an integral part in high levels of stress for women who normally want to live with their family in peace without struggle. But corruption in leadership levels inside Ethiopia are encouraging land acquisitions that ignores the needs of families who have lived on the same land for centuries. As Ethiopia’s high level business interests continue to be strongly affected by insider deals, under both local and global politics, the way back to peace is becoming more complex and more difficult. Even foreign government advocacy agencies like the World Bank, DFID, as well as members of the European Union, have suffered from ongoing accusations of political pandering and corrupt practices with large based business interests inside Ethiopia...

As regional farmers are pushed from generational land against their will, in what has been expressed as “long term and hard to understand foreign leasing agreements,” ongoing street protests have met numerous acts of severe and lethal violence from government sanctioned security officers.

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