U.S. Ally Ethiopia is One of the Worst Human Rights Abusers | oaklandinstitute.org
At the same time, Ethiopia is a key ally of Western countries, especially the US, which considers it an “important regional security partner” and a key ally in the global war on terror. According to Wikileaks cables, the US pressured Ethiopia’s president Meles Zenawi to invade Somalia in 2006. This is consistent with the fact that the US has been providing military aid and training to Ethiopian troops for a number of years. Ethiopia is also one of the largest recipients of US aid (over $1 billion a year since 2007) and has been also among the top recipients of US food aid in the past two decades.
The US government has chosen to turn a blind eye to human rights violations in Ethiopia, including those accompanying land grabs, which turn communal land into large-scale plantations. US support to the Ethiopian regime allows the massive destruction of livelihoods and will ultimately bring hunger to millions of Ethiopians, exacerbating the dire food security conditions that the country already faces.