On-the-ground reports from Ethiopia reveal the government is stepping up its violence against Indigenous Anuak people. In the past week, sources say the military has attacked civilians in the Gambella region and poisoned water sources, forcing thousands of Indigenous people to leave their homelands. Wild animals are dying as they drink the poisoned water.
The Ethiopian government is forcibly removing some 200,000 Anuak people from their ancestral lands and then leasing their forests and farms to foreign agro-industrial companies. Human rights organizations, including Cultural Survival, charge that Ethiopia’s “land grabbing” from its own people increases poverty and hunger, even as the country continues to receive more U.S. and foreign relief aid than any other African nation.