Tag Archives: Forced Displacement

South Sudan Now Largest Refugee Crisis in Africa

With no solution in sight, refugee numbers from South Sudan cross 1.5 million mark. An additional 2.1 million people are displaced inside South Sudan.

Alarming. More than 3.5 million South Sudanese displaced out of their homes. Uganda is hosting 698,000; Ethiopia 342,000; Sudan 305,000; Kenya 89,000 in Kenya; DRC 68,000; and CAR 4,900 of them.

By Lisa Schlein | VOA News,

More than three years of civil war in South Sudan has forced 1.5 million people to flee into neighboring countries, creating Africa’s largest refugee crisis and the third largest in the world after Syria and Afghanistan, the U.N. refugee agency reports.

Since fighting erupted between the government of President Salva Kiir and rebel forces led by First Vice-President Riek Machar in December 2013, the United Nations estimates more than 3.5 million people have become homeless. Continue reading South Sudan Now Largest Refugee Crisis in Africa

Land Grabs in Ethiopia and the Legacy of Colonization in Congo

How real is Land Grabbing in Ethiopia? Over the past several years, for instance, the Ethiopian government has handed over 1.8 million hectares of farmland, a size equaling nearly 40% the total area of the principal grain-growing state of Punjab in India to Indian “investors” for 70 years. It also turned over 250,000 hectares of land to the Saudi Star Agriculture Development Company for peanuts. Selling hundreds of thousands of hectares of land in Gambella for $1 a year “lease” is a land giveaway fest of epic proportions. How about doing 815 huge land deals with foreign “investors” over a three year period without transparency, institutional mechanisms for accountability, environmental impact analysis and the forced removal of local resident from ancestral lands? That is not only land grabbing, it is also a gross violation of human rights. Truth be told, it is not just urban land and it is not just farmland but the whole of Ethiopia’s land that is on the chopping block!

By The Global African (TeleSUR),

THE government of Ethiopia is planning to give away some 7 million hectares of land resulting in the displacement of over 1.5 million people. On this episode of teleSUR’s original series, The Global African, host Bill Fletcher chats with executive director and founder of the Oakland Institute in California, Anuradha Mittal.  Continue reading Land Grabs in Ethiopia and the Legacy of Colonization in Congo

UK Government Accused of Sponsoring Human Rights Abuses in Ethiopia

UK-and World Bank-funded development programme in Ethiopia found to be responsible for villagisation-related widespread abuses in Ethiopia resulting in destruction of livelihoods, forced displacement of minority ethnic groups (Anuaks) from their fertile lands and forests

By RT.com,

A DEVELOPMENT project funded by the UK government and run by the World Bank could be facilitating a violent resettlement program in Ethiopia that has been dogged by allegations of forced displacement, physical assaults and rape, a leaked report suggests.

Britain’s Department for International Development (DfID) is the primary sponsor of the World Bank’s foreign aid initiative, supposedly set up to improve basic health, education and public services in Ethiopia. It has attracted over £388 million in UK taxpayer’s money to date. Continue reading UK Government Accused of Sponsoring Human Rights Abuses in Ethiopia

Ethiopia’s Human Rights Crisis Worsened: HRW

“Donors countries and development agencies are partly to blame for the deteriorating human right situation in Ethiopia” – HRW

By Betre Yacob,

The human rights situation in Ethiopia has worsened drastically, according to the 2013 Human Rights Watch’s World Report, which summarizes the human rights situation of more than 90 countries worldwide—drawing on events from the end of 2011 through November 2012.

The 665 page report says that Ethiopia’s dictatorial regime has deliberately continued to severely restrict fundamental rights of freedom of expression, association, and assembly. In addition, the report indicates that intimidation, arbitrary arrest, torture, forced displacement, and killing remain routine throughout the country.  Continue reading Ethiopia’s Human Rights Crisis Worsened: HRW