The government-run Ethiopia Sugar Corporation is clearing 175,000 hectares (675 square miles) of forest and grasslands of indigenous groups’ territory and forcibly resettling local people. Human rights abuses including denial of access to food resources, killings, imprisonment, and rape have followed.
Leaked report from Ethiopian wildlife authorities. Ethiopian wildlife authorities took exception to the Ethiopian Sugar Corporation taking a large section of Omo National Park for plantations, especially, because the slated area is an important breeding ground for wildlife.
Map of sugarcane plantations drawn after a government map. These irrigation project plans were kept secret by the Ethiopian government. This map was drawn from a photograph of a government map.
Meles Zenawi 13th Ethiopian Pastoralist Day Speech 25-1-2011. On January 25, 2011 in Jinka, Ethiopia, Meles Zenawi announced that 150,000 hectares (580 square miles) of indigenous territory would be turned into sugarcane plantations
Compilation of reports from local people South Omo July 2011 – May 2012 This collection of reports from local people details human rights abuses associated with plantations and the accompanying resettlement plan, including forced resettlement, denial of access to food resources, killings, beatings, rape and imprisonment.