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Betreseltan of VOA Tigrigna interview with both officials and those affected by the removal of illegally built houses near Mekelle city in Northern Ethiopia, Tigrai.
The interview confirms what another official told us over the phone also. That most of the houses were built on farm land and many of the owners built the houses hoping against hope that Regional government will allow them to convert in to a legal hold at some time in the future. The problem with illegal use of city land and use of farm land near cities is all too common all over Ethiopia. In fact PM Meles, addressing the recently revealed huge problem in Addis Ababa, with many real estate companies expanding and encroaching public land beyond what they were allocated, and some investors and individuals misusing allocated land for other purpose than specified in the lease agreement, said the government has decided to allow some of the guilty owners to continue owning the property with some penalty and new lease adjustments.

One would hope the regional government in Tigrai would do the same thing since most of those affected in this case are far poorer than the Addis millioners! For now, according to officials,the decision is to demolish the illegally built houses but we hope the Tigrai government will help those affected families with children to get some kind of shelter before the rainy season sets in![Aigaforum May 9, 2011]
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Change is not what it used to be. The status quo will no longer be the best way forward … we are entering an Age of Unreason, when the future, in so many areas, is there to be shaped, by us and for us; a time when the only prediction that will hold true is that no predictions will hold true; a time, therefore, for bold imaginings in private life as well as public, for thinking the unlikely and doing the unreasonable. by Charles Handy

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Ethiopia Praised for its Out-of-Camp Policy on Eritrean Refugees!!!
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