Disposition of the locals: The curse of foreign investors.

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/video/2011/mar/21/ethiopia-land-rush

One of the poorest African states – Ethiopia has seen some of its locals removed from their lands of birth to give in to international contractors offered by government.  When will the poor people of Africa ever get out of poverty when their governments do not protect them?

Could it be the curse of aid? The governments expect aid from other countries at the expense of their own people’s livelihoods. Africa is blessed with good natural resources, on the other the biggest recipient of foreign aid.

Others displaced by new farms said they were scared for their lives if they complained. “What power do we have to stop them? We just stay silent,” said one farmer told to move off his land.

“There is no movement of population. It’s their choice to have these basic services. But they have to abandon their previous way of life,” said farm minister Wondirad Mandefro.

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