Land Grabbing and Violations of Human Rights in Ethiopia

Finfinne Tribune| 26 January 2016
by Malkamuu Jaatee

Tesemay Tribe members in Ethiopia’s Omo Valley. (Photo: Rod Waddington via Flickr.com)

Introduction

Land grabbing is classically known as the seizing of land by a nation, state or organization, especially illegally or unfairly. It is recently redefined as a large scale acquisition of land through purchases or leases for commercial investment by foreign organizations (6). Both micro and macro scales of land grabbing can result in displacement of indigenous communities and disappearance of their identities over time, because land is not only a fixed asset essential to produce sufficient amount of crop and animal to secure supply of food, but it is the foundation of identities (language, culture, & history) of communities living on the land.

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