Omo Valley, Ethiopia by Hans Silvester

The Lower Omo River in south west Ethiopia is home to eight different tribes whose population is about 200,000.

They have lived there for centuries.

In 2011 the government began to lease out vast blocks of fertile land in the Lower Omo region to Malaysian, Italian, Indian and Korean companies to plant biofuels and cash crops such as oil palm, jatropha, cotton and maize. It has started to evict Bodi, Kwegu, and Mursi people from their land into resettlement areas to make way for the large state-run Kuraz Sugar Project, which could eventually cover 245,000 hectares. The Suri who live west of the Omo are being forcibly resettled to make way for the ‘Koka’ oil palm plantation.

Communities’ grain stores and their valuable cattle grazing land have been destroyed. Those who oppose the theft of their land are routinely beaten and thrown in jail. There have been numerous reports of rape and even killings of tribal people by the military, who patrol the region to guard the construction and plantation workers.

The Bodi, Mursi and Suri have been told they have to give up their herds of cattle, a vital part of their livelihood, and may only keep a few cows in the resettlements, where they will become dependent on government aid to survive.

(to read more > Survival International)

No, but Arrow-verse daemons!au

  • Oliver’s daemon being something flashy and as utterly flamboyant as one would expect of a playboy, but she resettles some time during his experiences on Lian Yu into something smaller and less noticeable that can hide under his hood when he’s on missions.
  • The League stretching the bond between their recruits and their daemons to the point where they can be apart some extreme distances (like the witches in His Dark Materials) so they can help on recon for assassinations, and be less recognisable to authorities.
  • Sara’s daemon remaining the same flighty little bird so he can stay close to her throughout her time on the Amazo up until she’s found by Nyssa on the brink of death, and when she wakes up in nanda Parbat, he’s resettled into a new form.
  • Floyd also having a small, easily hide-able daemon with extremely good eyesight (maybe a bat or something, I haven’t decided) that can be apart from him in further distances than is “normal”, though it’s not as quite a refined technique as the League teaches its initiates.
  • Quentin’s daemon knowing Sara instantly when she returns, even though her daemon has resettled and he doesn’t believe what he’s seeing when she first reveals herself to him. He’s a little unnerved by the fact her daemon can now separate from her in far greater distances than is considered normal, but he doesn’t care b/c his baby girl’s back home.
  • Slade’s daemon going from a regular form, to a suped-up version of his form when he’s injected with the Mirakuru (wolf to direwolf even though I know direwolves are extinct or something? idk I’ve been thinking about this all day and still haven’t decided)
  • Lazarus Pits inducing temporary insanity because when they bring a person back from the dead, it takes time for their daemon to return as well.
  • Laurel watching her father’s daemon flickering in and out as though she might vanish at any moment when her father collapses following Slade’s attack on the city. (Wow, okay, this one was mean XD)
  • D A E M O N    A U (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

The world took little notice when, in the early 1990s, the peaceful Kingdom of Bhutan expelled some 100,000 ethnic Nepalis known as Lhotsampas, or “people from the south.” The Lhotsampas languished in refugee camps in Nepal until 2008 when the UN set the wheels in motion for one of the most ambitious refugee resettlement programs ever undertaken.

The U.S. has agreed to accept the largest number—about 75,000—and many of the new arrivals have ended up in the Pittsburgh area. Pulitzer Center grantees Julia Rendleman and Moriah Balingit, both staffers on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, tell the remarkable story of a journey that stretches from the Allegheny Mountains of western Pennsylvania to the foothills of the Himalayas.

Julia, a photojournalist and former Pulitzer Center student fellow, captures revealing moments in the lives of these refugees while Moriah tells the stories of those left behind in the squalid camps and of the others trying to find their way in America. 

(via No Swearing Gambling Drinking | Shorpy Historical Photo Archive)

January 1937. “Children of citrus workers in hallway of apartment house. Winter Haven, Fla.” Swearing, Gambling and Drinking, with their little brother Allowed. Photo by Arthur Rothstein, Resettlement Administration. View full size.

Australia inquiry into Nauru 'abuse'

Australia inquiry into Nauru ‘abuse’

Australia has ordered an inquiry into claims that asylum seekers have been abused at its Nauru detention camp.

The allegations include claims of staff sexually abusing women and children, and incidents of self-harm.

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said the independent inquiry would also look into reports aid workers were inventing such incidents or encouraging asylum seekers to self…

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