Thursday, August 11, 2011

BBC News - Newsnight - Ethiopia development money 'used as tool of oppression'

Ethiopia development money 'used as tool of oppression'

A joint undercover investigation by BBC Newsnight and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has uncovered evidence that the Ethiopian government is using billions of dollars of development aid as a tool for political oppression.

Posing as tourists, a team travelled to the southern region of Ethiopia where they found villages in which whole communities are starving, having allegedly been denied basic food, seed and fertiliser for failing to support Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.

Here you can watch Angus Stickler's full report and the response from Ambassador Abdirashid Dulane, the Deputy Head of Ethiopia's UK Mission and UK International Development Minister Stephen O'Brien.

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