Friday, April 26, 2013

Mr. Obang Metho’s Statement at the U.S. Congressional Briefing on Land Grabs in Africa

African Land and Natural Resource Grabs Destroy Lives and Futures of Africans

Mr. Obang Metho, from the SMNE, gives warning of the impacts on the people at the U.S. Congressional Briefing on Land Grabs in Africa

I would like to thanks Congressman Christopher Smith, Chairman of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations and members of the subcommittees for making this briefing on land grabs in Africa possible.
Mr. Obang Metho (center) at the U.S. Congressional Briefing
I am honored to be among those invited to talk about the impact of these land and resource grabs on the people of Africa. It is a vitally important issue that needs to be confronted. To me, this is not just about land grabs, but it is inherently about life grabs. In Africa, as well as in many other places, when you take someone’s land, you take away the means to an entire family’s livelihood, wellbeing and future. I am thrilled that the World Bank is also addressing this issue and hope it will soon lead to concrete action that saves lives.  
To me and the organization I lead, the Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia (SMNE), the problem of land grabs is not

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