Dropping water levels in Kenya’s Lake Turkana following the development of dams and plantations in Ethiopia’s lower Omo Valley threaten the livelihoods of half a million indigenous people in Ethiopia and Kenya, Human Rights Watch said today. Continue reading Ethiopian Dams, Plantations a Threat to Kenyans
By Fikrejesus Amahazion (PhD),
NESTLED in the turbulent Horn of Africa, Ethiopia is Africa’s oldest independent modern nation-state and second most populous. Discourse on Ethiopia has traditionally revolved around poverty, conflict, disease, and famine, yet in recent years it has experienced considerable economic growth, making it amongst “Africa’s top performing economies,” and the country has also made significant progress on several of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals.
Furthermore, regional political maneuvers and ambitions have seen Ethiopia touted as “Africa’s Next Hegemon.” Although these developments are widely heralded within the new Ethiopian narrative, other critical issues have often been overlooked. Continue reading Ethiopia – Economic Growth, Political Repression and ISIS: Analyzing Recent Events
LAKE Turkana is the world’s biggest desert lake, a vital source of life for humans and animals alike. But its lifeline is about to be cut by a push for development. Ethiopia, which borders Kenya, is building Africa’s largest hydro-electric power project, damming the Omo River, Lake Turkana’s primary source of water.
Losing the lake could not only mean wiping out a unique & delicate ecosystem that acts as the breeding grounds for millions of flamingos and supports the worlds largest population of Nile crocodiles. It could also deprive the communities around Lake Turkana of their livelihood — and jeopardize the region’s fragile peace. Continue reading Ethiopia’s Most Ambitious Dam Project Could Destroy its Biggest Desert Lake
The UN’s growing concern over Ethiopia’s construction of the controversial Gibe III dam has prompted it to demand urgent information from the African state.
The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) has given Ethiopia until the end of January 2012 to provide reliable evidence that independent assessments have been carried out, and that tribal people in the region have been properly consulted.
The UN body has written to Ethiopia with its concerns under its ‘early warning and urgent action procedure’. It has appealed for ‘constructive dialogue’ but noted how previous requests from the UN’s Special Rapporteur on indigenous rights had been ignored. Continue reading UN Body Demands Urgent Answers to its Calls From Ethiopia over Gibe III Dam
On its 35th session held in Paris, from June 19-29, UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee has passed a ‘decision’ ordering Ethiopia ‘to immediately halt all construction works on the Gibe III Dam’.
However, the Chairman of the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCo), Mr. Mihret Debebe, told Addis Fortune that his country rejects the call by the UN body and asserts the project will continue despite mounting objections. Continue reading UN Body Orders Halt on Gibe III Dam Project, Ethiopia Refuses