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Koka Malaysian Plantation Runned By Lim Siow Jin Estate, Omo Valley, Ethiopia

The Suris are angry at the plantation, as their cattle cannot cross the land anymore:

«Each family owns 50 cows; where can we go now to feed

them?» The trucks destroy the roads, and nothing is done for them:

no new schools, no new health centers, no water

system...We do everything by ourselves, we do not have

any help». A few Suri people work at the plantation, they earn 30 euros

a month. Most of them work to buy cows that they won’t be able to keep in the future, as there is less and less land to


The Omo River and its fertile lands, now cut off by the Gibbé3 dam, and siphoned off to irrigate the new giant farms owned by foreign companies. The 200000 inhabitants of the southern tribes are considered «behind the times » by Addis. They are moved by force, oppressed, put in jail, and some are even killed. 50 deaths occurred in Maji, 11 in Dima, 5 in Koka the last few weeks, including women and children.


© Eric Lafforgue


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Taken on July 1, 2012