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Forcefully evicted Ethiopians say are helpless

ESAT News

April 01, 2013

Over 3000 people of the Amhara ethnic origin, who have been forcefully evicted from the Benishangul Region of Ethiopia, now deported into a land found in front of FenoteSelam City Administration of Western Gojjam Zone and Bahir Dar City, say they are in dire situation as the Federal Government has been unable to offer them any solution.

Over three thousand of the displaced have reportedly now been collected from FinoteSelam Town and moved into woodland in a rural village called Bakel, a farmer in the village said.

The father of three also laments that children, pregnant women and ailing people, who have become homeless, are suffering from the scorching sun and chilly weather every day.

An evictee, who was deported during the first round of eviction process and now lives in Bahir Dar City, said that he was told by the Region’s officials that the problem does not concern Region three but six. Discouraged by the responses of the Amhara Region officials, the evictee’s attempt to return back to Benishangul and find help was also unsuccessful, he added.

“If we cannot move and work in other regions, then the Amhara Region should give us a land.  We also plead Ethiopians to follow our situation attentively” he said.

The forced eviction of Ethiopians of the Amhara ethnic origin is being denounced by various political parties. The Ethiopian National Transitional Council (ENTC) stated that every Ethiopian has the right to live and work in any region and vowed to struggle until this was respected.

Moresh Wogene Amhara Organization said on its press release stated that this is “part of the genocide against the Amhara people”.

Ginbot 7 Movement on its part stated that the plot against the Amhara people was part of the plot against the Ethiopian people. Ginbot 7 said that the eviction and attack against Amhara people in Ethiopia is a racist crime that is punishable under the Ethiopian and international law.

ESAT’s efforts to speak to Ethiopian officials on the issue were unsuccessful.