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'They made us leave our farms'


A report out today by the campaign group Human Rights Watch claims Britain is indirectly funding a brutally enforced resettlement programme in Ethiopia.

The report says around 70,000 indigenous people from the country's Gambella region are being moved against their will to places lacking food, farmland, healthcare and schools.

The Ethiopian government denies that force is being used despite claims that large areas of the land the people are moved from is then leased for commercial agricultural development, often to foreign firms.

The Today programme's Mike Thompson reports.

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