Acute Poverty amidst “Double Digit Economic Growth”: Contradiction in Terms By Getachew Begashaw

September 27th, 2010 Print Print Email Email

Gebru Tarek, once a professor of history at Haile Selassie I University, wrote: “…by supporting a social hierarchy that was markedly extractive and exploitative, Ethiopian peasants lived for very many years in a terrible state of ignorance and gruesome conditions of deprivation and poverty”1. Philippa Bevan of the University of Bath made reference to this statement d to explain how the tradition of exploitative structures which existed in Ethiopia was the major cause of the poverty of the Ethiopian people2. Today, twenty years after the seizure of the state power by a group that claimed to abolish this exploitative structure, and after two decades of foreign aid by the West, the Ethiopian peasants still live in a terrible state of ignorance, deprivation and poverty.

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