The following is an appeal letter from the International Oromo Women’s Organization (IOWO) on land-grabbing in Ethiopia, where indigenous people are evicted from their livelihood, and subjected to absolute poverty and famine under the guise of development, on top of other human rights violations by the Ethiopian government.
Dear Mr. President Barack Obama:
I am writing this appeal letter on behalf of the International Oromo Women?s Organization (IOWO), a non-profit organization established to promote gender equality and be the voice for the voiceless Oromo women in East Africa, mainly in Ethiopia.
The Oromo are the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia, which constitute 40% of the population, out of which 50% are women. So the victims on this Land grabbing and exposed to absolute poverty and famine are those largest part of the population, especially women and children who are the most vulnerable.