Concern mounts over humanitarian crisis in Lower Omo, Ethiopia

The Gibe III dam is set to destroy the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people.
The Gibe III dam is set to destroy the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people.

(Survival International) Politicians in Europe and America are adding their voices to the international concern about the Gibe III dam and associated irrigated plantations. The projects will have a catastrophic impact on one of the most culturally and biologically diverse places on earth.

The Lower Omo river valley in Ethiopia and Kenya’s Lake Turkana are home to 500,000 tribal people and renowned UNESCO World Heritage sites on both sides of the border.

Italian MEP Andrea Zanoni has asked questions in the European Parliament about the human rights violations surrounding the projects. He has also addressed the involvement of the Italian company Salini Construttori, which is building the Gibe III dam in the Lower Omo.

Lord Jones, a British parliamentarian, has asked questions in the UK Parliament about the use of funds provided by the Department for International Development (DfID) in these forced evictions.

Mark Durkan, a British Member of Parliament, has also written to DfID directly on the subject. Read full story on Survival International...

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