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Stop Aid Money Going Towards Forced Resettlement of Omo Valley Tribes

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Ethiopia is one of the biggest recipients of American and British aid through USAID and the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

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To: Gayle E. Smith and The Right Hon. Justine Greening

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Dear Ms Smith and Ms Greening

I am extremely concerned that the Ethiopian government is resettling thousands of self-sufficient tribal people without their consent, including the Mursi, Kwegu and Bodi. Many are being left with no land, cattle herds or livelihood. Unable to sustain themselves they say they are now just "waiting to die." The government justifies this plan, in a country renowned for famine, by claiming it will give the tribes "a modern life."

The beneficiaries of this "development" are being arrested, beaten and raped and their grain stores are being destroyed in an effort to force them to give up their lands, livelihoods and ways of life.

Tax payers' money must not be used to assist the Ethiopian government in creating this humanitarian catastrophe. I urge you to make your country's aid to Ethiopia conditional on putting an end to these devastating resettlement policies and the accompanying human rights violations.

Please act now – If Ethiopia’s top donors take a stand against these devastating plans, the Ethiopian government will be sure to listen.