Write a letter for the tribes of the Omo Valley

1. Write your letter, then 2. Complete it and 3. Mail it

The Lower Omo River in south west Ethiopia is home to eight different tribes whose population is about 200,000. They have lived there for centuries.

However the future of these tribes lies in the balance. A massive hydro-electric dam, Gibe III, is under construction on the Omo. When completed it will destroy a fragile environment and the livelihoods of the tribes. The government is leasing out vast tracts of tribal land for plantations and forcibly resettling tribal people.

They have not been consulted about the dam and plantations and stand to lose their livelihoods based on the river’s natural flood.

How you can help

Write a letter to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia urging him to halt the Gibe III dam, the leasing of tribal lands for plantations, and the forced resettlement of indigenous communities.

HE Hailemariam Desalegn
P.O. Box 1031,
Addis Ababa,

September 05, 2015

Your Excellency

Will my letter make a difference?
Yes. Time and again, letters from Survival supporters have called governments and organisations to account. Policies have changed and lives have been saved.

Should I post, fax or email?
The most powerful way is to print and post your letter. We will email you a ready-to-print PDF of your letter, together with postage information.

We sometimes also publish email addresses or fax numbers where there is a realistic chance of these being read. However, email addresses change and fax machines get unplugged. If you can, please post your letter.