Ethiopia: The Omo River Valley

The Ethiopian government is pursuing the wholesale seizure of indigenous lands in the Omo River Valley to turn them into plantations.

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The Valley is one of the most diverse places in the world and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Gibe III (dam) is being built by an Italian construction company (without any consultation with indigenous peoples) and is expected to operate in June 2015.

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This dam has received numerous investments from China and the hydro-power being produced is being exported rather than domestically consumed, despite the fact that 70% of Ethiopian’s lack access to electricity.

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As a result, the dam has the potential to destroy and displace over 500,000 indigenous people.

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As if this wasn’t bad enough, Lake Turkana, the world’s largest desert lake is at severe risk.

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Ninety-percent of the lake’s flow comes from the Omo River and irrigation projects linked with the Gibe III will reduce inflow by 50% and potentially lead to a drop of 20 meters in the lake’s depth.

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The unbelievably beautiful pictures attached represent the indigenous peoples of the Omo River Valley in Ethiopia.

Warmest, Lauren K.

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