Ethiopia: World Bank ignores land grabbing

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Rice farm in Ethiopia.

By Linda Flood

Sales of huge land areas of Ethiopia, by the Ethiopian government, to foreign investors, have led to starvation and forced displacement. In his documentary Dead Donkeys Fear no Hyenas, Swedish film director Joakim Demmer exposes the consequences of land grabbing, and holds the World Bank complicit.

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Ethiopia’s deadly rubbish dump landslide was down to politics, not providence

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A rescue worker holds a photo of missing children.

By William Davison in Addis Ababa | The Guardian

Fadila Bargicho believes divine intervention saved the life of one of her two sons when a landfill site collapsed near Addis Ababa. The reality is more prosaic.

It was only a misplaced shoe that prevented Fadila Bargicho from losing a second child when an avalanche of rubbish crushed makeshift houses, killing at least 113 people in Addis Ababa earlier this month.

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The Ethiopian boomtown that welcomes water firms but leaves locals thirsty

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People in Sululta queue for tap water.

By William Davison in Sululta | The Guardian

Towards the end of the day at the Abyssinia Springs bottled water factory near Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, workers hose down the car park liberally. Outside the gates, residents of the Sululta area trudge along the road with empty yellow jerrycans that they will fill from muddy wells and water points.

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