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The Critical Issue of Land Ownership

The Critical Issue of Land Ownership
Violent Conflict between the Abdalla Tolomogge and the Awlihan in Godey Zone, Somali Region, Ethiopia

NCCR North-South Dialogue No. 11

by Gebre-Mariam Ayele

Bern, NCCR North-South 2007

The present publication presents the results of a study that explored the conflict situation between agro-pastoralist and pastoralist clans in the Somali region in eastern and southeastern Ethiopia. The region receives insufficient rainfall and frequently faces droughts that cause shortages of food and water for humans and livestock, exacerbated by natural resource conservation and population pressure. Ownership of land and control of natural resources are unclear and contested, often leading to bloody encounters, retaliation and even annexation of other clans’ land. The study was based on three hypotheses, 2 of which were confirmed and the 3rd found to be not relevant.

Ayele G.M. 2007. The Critical Issue of Land Ownership: Violent Conflict between the Abdalla Tolomogge and the Awlihan in Godey Zone, Somali Region, Ethiopia. NCCR North-South Dialogue, 11. Bern, Switzerland: NCCR North-South.


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