Oromia/Gambella/Ethiopia: 36% of Land Grabs in Oromia; Half of Gambella to Be Grabbed
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The California-based think tank, the Oakland Institute, published its latest report on Ethiopia: “Understanding Land Investment Deals in Africa; Country Report: Ethiopia” in May 2011 in collaboration with the Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia.
The report finds, among others, that 36% of the land so far given away by the Meles Zenawi regime is in Oromia (i.e. 1,319,214 Hectares of the 3,619,509 Hectares of land grabbed by neo-colonizers throughout the empire as of January 2011). On the other hand, 42% and 27% of the land in Gambella and Benishangul-Gumuz, respectively, has already been grabbed or is up for grabs. The report by the Oakland Institute and the Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia underlines that these figures “likely understate the true extent of land investment, as only the most reliable information was included in this table.” (see table below)