Report documents forced displacement in Ethiopia
For several years, the Ethiopian government has engaged in a process known as “villagization.” The government uses eminent domain to claim lands, mainly for large-scale commercial agriculture. As a result, people in the tens of thousands continue to be evicted from their ancestral homes. Some villagers have testified that they were removed at gunpoint. The California-based think tank, the Oakland Institute has produced a report from years of research titled We Say the Land is Not Yours: Breaking the Silence Against Forced Displacement in Ethiopia. Anuradha Mittal, executive director of the Oakland Institute, joins us to discuss their findings and the Ethiopian government’s response to the report.