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Africa deserves annual $ 67 Billion climate change compensation

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By Tesfa-alem Tekle

August 25, 2009 (ADDIS ABABA) — Ministers drawn from 10 Africa countries have gathered in the Ethiopia capital, Addis Ababa, to agree on a common platform on the concerns of climate change, ahead of an important UN summit in Copenhagen.

The African ministers have renewed demands of compensation for damages caused by global warming, by strongly arguing that Africa, being less than 1% carbon emission contributor to the global warming is paying the price of climate change catastrophes caused by the rich nations.

Beginning 2020, rich nations should compensate Africa 67 billion US Dollars every year, so the continent could cope-up the impacts of global warming. A draft resolution of the meeting says adding the rich, major polluters, must cut their carbon emissions by 40% then after.

"This is the time for Africa to aggressively engage to ensure that climate change is effectively addressed," Jean Ping, chairman of the AU Commission said.

"Africa’s development aspirations will be destroyed unless steps are taken to arrest the impact of climate change."

The Addis Ababa meeting is expected to help Africa leaders to come up with one negotiating position at the UN summit to be held in Copenhagen in December.

African experts believe that African leader’s failure to come up with a common stance on the issue is a major reason for little attention from the rich to their voices.

Developing countries accuse rich nation of being the primary threats of the planet by emitting green house gas and yet did little to curb the impacts of warming, rather let the poor face the consequences, ignoring aid and technology.

According to recent reports on environment, Africa is the region most at risk from global warming and during the past two decades the African continent has already began to suffer the consequences of the climate change.

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  • 27 August 2009 01:40, by Samson Shawel Ambaye

    Why? for genocide? civil war? ethnic politics? division and separation?

    why Africa deserves annual compensation?

    African leaders need human brain and leave office when their oppositions defeat them in election.

    Let’s say Ethiopia deserves climate change compensation and let’s observe what the so called fake governmetn of Ethiopia is committing

    . Ethiopian Indigenous Victims of Corporate and Government Resource
    TOP 25 CENSORED STORIES FOR 2006
    Sources: World War 4 Report, Issue 97, April 2004, “State Terror in Ethiopia: Another Secret War for Oil?,” http://www.ww4report.com/97.html, http://www.allthingspass.com; Z Magazine Online, Source: ProjectCensored May 2004, Author: keith harmon snow
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    ............According to Snow, the U.S. government was informed about the unfolding violence in the Gambella region as early as December 16, 2003. Massacres were reportedly ordered by the commander of the Ethiopian army in Gambella, Nagu Beyene, with the authorization of Gebrehad Barnabas, Regional Affairs Minister of the Ethiopian government.
    According to Anuak sources relying on sympathetic oppositionists within the regime, the EPRDF plans to procure the petroleum of Gambella were laid out at a top-level cabinet meeting in Addis Ababa (the capital of Ethiopia) in September 2003. Prime Minister Meles Zenawi chaired the meeting, at which the militant ethnic cleansing of the Anuaks was reportedly openly discussed. December 13, 2003 marked the start of a coordinated military operation to systematically eliminate Anuaks. Sources from inside the military government’s police and intelligence network say that the code name of the military operation was: “OPERATION SUNNY MOUNTAIN.”

    ...........As of November 4, 2004, at least 1,500 and perhaps as many as 2,500 Anuak civilians have died in the recent fighting. Intellectuals, leaders, students and other educated classes have been intentionally targeted. Hundreds of people remain unaccounted for and many have mysteriously “disappeared.” Thousands and perhaps tens of thousands of Anuak homes have reportedly been burned.
    The Anuak men have been killed, arrested, or displaced, leaving thousands of women and children vulnerable. Anuak women and girls are routinely raped, gang-raped and kept as sexual slaves by EPRDF forces, often at gunpoint. Girls have been shot for resisting rape, and summary executions for girls held captive for prolonged periods as sexual slaves have been reported. Reports from non-Anuak police officials in Gambella indicate an average of up to seven rapes per day. Due to the isolation of women and girls in rural areas, rapes remain under-reported. Some 6,000 to 8,000 Anuak remain at refugee camps in Pochalla, Sudan, and there are an estimated 1,000 annual refugees in Kenya. In August 2004, approximately 25 percent (roughly 50,000 people) of Gambella’s population had been displaced.
    To the Anuak and other indigenous peoples of southwestern Ethiopia, the government of Prime minister Meles Zenawi is a ruthless military dictatorship.

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