Land grabbing fuelling violent conflict in Gambela region

Anywaa Survival Organisation | 14 October 2014

The ongoing tension and violent conflict in the Gambela region is a major concern for peace and stability in a troubled region. Gambela is home to five indigenous communities and hosts over 250,000 South Sudanese refugees fleeing political upheaval. At the heart of the current conflict is the government’s development policy and the uncontrolled influx of migrants acquiring lands in the indigenous people’s territories.
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Ethiopian highlanders at a cotton farm in the Abwobo District of Gambella, a major target of foreign and domestic investors including Saudi Star.

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