June 14, 2011

Oromo: 36% of the Land Given Away by the Meles Regime is in Oromia

A new report highlights that despite accepting aid meant to develop Oromia and its people, the government has given away at least 3,619,509 hectares to neo-colonialists and foreign developers.

Below is an article published by Gadaa:

The California-based think tank, the Oakland Institute, published its latest report on Ethiopia: Understanding Land Investment Deals in Africa; Country Report: Ethiopia in May 2011 in collaboration with the Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia.

The report finds, among others, that 36% of the land so far given away by the Meles Zenawi regime is in Oromia (i.e. 1,319,214 Hectares of the 3,619,509 Hectares of land grabbed by neo-colonizers throughout the empire as of January 2011). On the other hand, 42% and 27% of the land in Gambella and Benishangul-Gumuz, respectively, has already been grabbed or is up for grabs. The report by the Oakland Institute and the Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia underlines that these figures “likely understate the true extent of land investment, as only the most reliable information was included in this table.” (table shown on original article)

The  full report can be read here.