It is very painful to read this article on The Guardian by Tom Gardner for a number of reasons. 1. Tom is presenting land robbery and land grab by the Addis Ababa City Administration in Koye, Oromia, 25 kilometers away from Addis Ababa, inside Oromia, as urban development. Just imagine, Addis Ababa taking 700 hectares of land from Oromo … Continue reading Is The Guardian Justifying Dispossession and Land Grab in Ethiopia?
As Addis Ababa creaks under the weight of a mushrooming populace, sub-Saharan Africa’s largest housing project is under way. But who benefits? by Tom Gardner in Addis Ababa. Photographs by Charlie Rosser Wrapped in a white shawl and sporting a wide-brimmed cowboy hat, Haile stares out at his cattle as they graze in a rocky … Continue reading Addis has run out of space’: Ethiopia’s radical redesig
The most likely scenario, as so often is the case, is that some kind of middle way will be found... The “Africa rising” narrative does not fit this messy reality – but nor does its pessimistic opposite. Addis Ababa, like Ethiopia as a whole, has always charted its own path, confounding predictions and confusing pundits. This is unlikely to change now. There will doubtlessly be further waves of unrest, and detentions, repression and deaths. There will be some minor concessions from the authorities. Economic growth may slow. But it does not feel like the revolution is just around the corner.