Rebels attacked Al Amoudi’s farm in southwest Ethiopia


By William Davison

(Bloomberg) – Gunmen attacked the camp of an agricultural company owned by a Saudi billionaire Al Amoudi in southwest Ethiopia, killing at least one person, Federal Affairs Minister Shiferaw Teklemariam said.

Al Amoudi visits his farm in Gambella, Ethiopia (Feb. 11, 2011)

The assault on Saudi Star Agricultural Development Plc’s premises in the Abobo area of Gambella region took place yesterday evening, Shiferaw said in a telephone interview today.

“We have a report that at least one person was killed,” he said from the capital, Addis Ababa.

Ethiopia’s regime plans to lease out 42 percent of South Sudan-bordering Gambella to investors as part of a nationwide commercial farming drive. The U.S.-based advocacy group Oakland Institute says the program has led to rights violations and the forced relocation of more than a million Ethiopians. The government denies rights violations and says a resettlement program is voluntary.

Opponents of the relocation and farming program shot and killed 19 students on a bus 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Gambella town on March 12, according to the state-owned Ethiopian News Agency. There is “suspicion” that the same group carried out yesterday’s attack, said Shiferaw, who is responsible for emerging regions.

Saudi Star, which is owned by Ethiopian-born Saudi billionaire Mohammed al-Amoudi, said in February that it wants to add another 290,000 hectares to the 10,000 hectares it intends to grow rice on in Gambella largely for export to Saudi
Arabia.


45 thoughts on “Rebels attacked Al Amoudi’s farm in southwest Ethiopia

  1. manjog on

    This guy Al Amoudin is the enemy of Ethiopian peoples. Although he is born in Ethiopia, he is on the side of Arabs who are destroying Ethiopia to capture the ” Paradise Ethiopia “. Really, Ethiopia is on the brink of collapsing under the Arabs invertors, better i say the Arabs colonization. The only way to defend our land and our peoples is just to
    take such messures in order to force them out.

  2. Mamo on

    The latest figure is 1 Pakistani, 4 Ethiopians were killed, about 5 pakistanis and 4 Ethiopians seriously wounded.

  3. TR548 on

    Two of the dead are TPLF Agro experts: Tesfay Desta and Daniel Tesfamariam.
    Greedy woyanes will end up in graves before they see the fruit of their theft.

    Death to all thief TPLF dogs!!!

  4. All freedom fighters have to break the backbone of WOYANE and destroy all their guts.the more you destroy their source of incomes,the more you will reach of victory.this is the real action which can liberate our ppl from WOYANE.and kill all banda don`t give them chance to survive unless they will kill you give the the last jugement.

  5. Ezana From Toronto on

    Well, if what you reported is true in terms of leasing 42 percent of South Sudan-bordering Gambella to investors I say it is a serious crime being committed by the government of Ethiopia. Hence, any attack on the leased farm can be justified.

    Good day

    Ezana From Toronto

    • Jegnaw on

      Ezana
      It is Ethiopian land not sudanese land you cant distract us my little frefare boy.this is Ethiopian forum not misinformation Woyanne forum my houseboy…

      • Ezana From Toronto on

        Ere Jegnaw kis bel,

        Where did I say it is Sudanese land? You really need to go get some education, possibly ESL.

        Good day my Semetic Negro Brother

        Ezana From Toronto

  6. Ezana From Toronto on

    Well, if what you reported is true in terms of leasing 42 percent of South Sudan-bordering Gambella to investors I say it is a serious crime being committed by the government of Ethiopia. Hence, any attack, minus the killing, on the leased farm can be justified.

    Good day

    Ezana From Toronto

    • Jegnaw on

      it is justified to defend your land from a parasite like you and the banda TPLF.and use every means to do it..

  7. There wont be peace for the woyane and their arab buddies peeing on the heads of the Ethiopian people. The people will rise from Afar to Moyale, Jijiga to Benishengul.

  8. Teshome on

    [TR548],
    I( tend to agree with your point that greedy individuals will leave behind them the loot they illegally accumulated.I said before to TPLF boss that no matter where or how much he stores in his private account the LORD will seeto it he leavesit behind.

  9. Anonymous on

    This is the only available avenue to bring Woyane to the negotiation table if not the route to uproot it. We have to stand in unison with these patriots. They are the real clone of our forefathers of resistance. Woyane is ruthless; Let us face it. Freedom will not be achieved through a town hall gathering. Our brothers in Gambella proved us right. Let us support them.

    And yet, I feel sorry for those died and cought in this cross fire between the true children of Ethiopia and the Woyane traitors.

    The more we intensfy the resistance the more we reduce uneccessary loss of innocent lives.

    Keep the torch lit , children of Gambella; children of Ethiopia.

    Let God the almight give you the strength.

  10. Samrawit on

    Can you hear me now!!! you son of a TRAITOR and you yourself the worst TRAITOR ever. your time is near. This is the tips of the iceburg.people have no option left,too much of brutality and atrocity.Time condition and circumstances make someone hero,we will see many heros those who will burn alive the serevant and cadres of woyane everywhere; in kebele,woreda,awraga,…etc. keep up the good work and fight for the right cause. fight unjust with just.

    • Jehovah shammah on

      Al Amoudi does not seek power or money from Ethiopia,nor any profit from his investment. while others stack there money abroad Swiss or Ban cock.
      He,only HE brings his money to Ethiopia,his mother land!He is brilliant business man sincere,and honest and above all generous to a fault.He has seen it all,Done it all! It seems to me that the only time his billions gave him pleasure peace of mind and happiness, is when he comes to his destitute mother-land,and try to raise them from there abject never-never
      ending poverty.Westerners try to solve our poverty by hand out ad-infinitum . Not so with Mr.Al Amudi! He sincerely from his heart,tries to root out poverty from his beloved mother land Ethiopia.I have never met him ! I do not know him nor do I have any connection with him.All I know about him is from Internets.The few times I watched him speaking on TV about Ethiopia,he speaks with such passion and eloquence and determination that I have concluded that he is sent man from above. AL! may the Love of God in JESUS CHRIST bless you abundantly beyond your dream dreams!

      • peace on

        Jehovah,

        I didn’t know there was love lost between Jehovah and Islam? Just curious. I wonder if his money is also spreading Jehovah and other christian faith to opress Orthodox? Just saying. So your faith supports his many wives even as young as 20? What kind of faith is that you have? If you haven’t met him and see what he is doing in Ethiopia then you don’t know him. I am sure you are in his pocket that is why you are praising him.

        • Anonymous on

          What a stupid comment is that you ‘Jehova’ is forwarding to the readers. How do you underestimate the Ethiopian people to such a low level. Its is not surprising so long as you are Woyane(Tigre).

          Ethiopia is rich and Ethiopians so are. But it is Woyane made poverty prevailing in Ethiopia. We have never seen such abject poverty in Ethiopia, But it is all caused by destitute Tigrians who tried to remove thier poverty at the expense of the rest of Ethiopians.

  11. Anonymous on

    Good job! kill many of TPLF and we will supported you in any means> God is with us

  12. Ojulu on

    The government’s version on attack in Abobo Saudi star farm is false. The attackers entered the camp at 6:00 pm visible to all EPDRF military at sun set. The attackers met the EPDRF militaries and local militias and they were taken out of operation within 20 minutes. Then they called for re-enforcement and two trucks appeared with almost 60 militaries onboard and were taken out immediately and the third truck flew without firing single fire.

    Lastly, the gunmen turned their guns to land grabbing agents. Two Pakistanis and four Ethiopians were killed on the spot and two died in Gambella Hospital later. Many EPDRF militaries and local militias were wounded. Sunday morning the wounded militaries were airlifted by Almondi private charter plan.

  13. Anonymous on

    The government’s version on attack in Abobo Saudi star farm is false. The attackers entered the camp at 6:00 pm visible to all EPDRF military at sun set. The attackers met the EPDRF militaries and local militias and they were taken out of operation within 20 minutes. Then they called for re-enforcement and two trucks appeared with almost 60 militaries onboard and were taken out immediately and the third truck flew without firing single fire.
    Lastly, the gunmen turned their guns to land grabbing agents. Two Pakistanis and four Ethiopians were killed on the spot and two died in Gambella Hospital later. Many EPDRF militaries and local militias were wounded. Sunday morning the wounded militaries were airlifted by Almondi private charter plan.

  14. peace on

    So can you explain to me how Alamoudi became Ethiopian? Every report including Bloomberg is saying Alamoudi is “Saudi Billionaire”. So who is claiming that Alamoudi is Ethiopian except himslef? Where is the evidence? This is exactly the reason why, your loyalty is most likely lies where you were raised and born (in Saudi maybe).

    I beleive also the time maybe the end for Alamoudi to get out. TPLF is well known to exploit Ethiopia with others, as TPLF did with many rich Ethiopians and now are betraying them and taking their business away. Perhaps the time has ended for Alamoudi as well. I am afraid Alamoudi may not be going quietly as he already has spread his tentacles all over Ethiopia. Not against Alamoudi but his exploitation is beyond imagination and his involvement with politics and the type of Islam foreign to Ethiopia.

    • peace2 on

      You are such a moron. Have you seen an Amharic and tirgigna speaking Saudi? Even if he is Saudi and what is wrong with that? Saudis are brothers and they will care for us more than the Western looters for sure. Even though I have less love for Al Amoudin as he is quiet on Muslim killing and oppression he did more to Ethiopian christians than to us Muslims. I don’t know why this guy still loves you. If you are saying Al Amoudin has a lot to give you are mistaken. W have a lot to give thanks to him. Especially he exploits the forgotten Muslim areas and never says thank you to them. All the Money goes to Weyane looters.

  15. Anonymous on

    Those Diasporas who living in US or Canada you have no land, you left your land für better life. You have no Land, Ethiopia is not your Land! But if you want to fight for justics, give up your Citzenship and go back to ethiopia, otherwise shut your mouth, and eat your Cheesburger. Bon appetite

    • Meysaw on

      Your time has come! Ethiopians will claim back their land soon from north to south. Woyane Tigrean thugs like you will face justice. The bloods of the Amharas, Oromos, Gambellas, Somalis, Afars, Benishangules, Eritreans, etc, etc, etc. you spilled call for justice.
      Anonymous! what I advice you is to get out of that country with the stolen mony and start eating your cheeseburger before it is too late. Otherwise you will be a fertilizer like other Tigrian Woyane Thugs.

    • anti-woyane on

      Beket woyane!!!!!!!. In your poor racist mentality Diasporas donot have fathers,mothers,sisterts,brothers,extended failies and close friends langushing under the rule of illegitimate tigre-governmwent. If Diasporas had not been living away from Ethiopia there would not been citizine staying alive in Ethiopia right now!

  16. peace on

    Those Diasporas who living in US or Canada you have no land, you left your land für better life. You have no Land, Ethiopia is not your Land! But if you want to fight for justics, give up your Citzenship and go back to ethiopia, otherwise shut your mouth, and eat your Cheesburger. Bon appetite

    • Anonymous on

      Woyanne
      don’t worry we are Eating hamburger so is you.. but in Ethiopia they are ready to eat you alive and you woyanne banda family.then they will use your boon as fertiliser..Woyanne what are you going to do then…

  17. Champion on

    The good news is that in the two hours fighting in that compound of Alemudim, there was no single casualty by the side of the patriots.

  18. titouyu on

    Sons in Gamballa.

    Patriots in action against the enemy.Viva the struggle!!!

    The fruit of the struggle,you can taste it,the fate of the enemy you can see it.Now,Al Amoudi sees the road to going back to saudi,and the rest to pakistan,Hiwahat to its grave.All we want is our lands and our people;what we want? The enemy to leave our country.In 1991,the enemy entered Ethiopia with a lot of guns and bullets to loot and kill Ethiopians via invasion and caused unimaginable damage on the lives of Ethiopians and on anything and everything Ethiopians.We will definitely stop Zinawi from mocking on his victims and put the country at a grave risk of bankruptcy.As we have been bearing the cost on all the damages and distructions that the mafias caused for the last many yeras,Zinawi will pay the untold and unbearable price,including Al Amoudi being sent back to where he came from.

  19. proAfrican on

    I’m from Kenya (oromo) and i was three times in south west and North Ethiopia and i spent 1 year in AA.
    really i dont undesrstand those people claming the ethio goverment. Ethiopia administration well manager than most African Countries. but Ethiopia have a huge problem,
    most ethiopian dont have knowhow or expertise because lack of Eduction.
    blind hatred brings us african not too far!

  20. Mr. X on

    what a good news! that’s phase one i hope you all got it. expect more sooner rather than later.

  21. Tezibt on

    Sounds like Oromay. I think we better be concerned than cheering death. Of course, there is injustice, dehumanization and total disregard for human rights but why would one cheer at the death of poor Pakistanis and Ethiopians who happen to be working for the big guys to feed their family. Have any one of you checked if the organization you work for follows corporate social responsibility or ethics? I bet you salary and convenience is your priority in getting employed to feed your family. Lets focus on the big guys and the policies of our government and not cheer death for it will follow with more death only to shock us and make us regret the cheering preceding it. It is possible to keep our humanity and continue to struggle with out cheering death, otherwise Ethiopia could easily slip into a crisis much worse than the one religion and one ethnic Somalia. Zemene Mesafint is coming unless we love human rights, respect it and condemn undemocratic ways of our government in a civilized manner. Of course we could deal with it in an uncivilized manner as usual but the end result will be messy. We can fight the right way and there are many examples to refer from. But I don’t think Somalia or Ruwanda are good examples. Lets fucus on the establishment of a lawful country and not on scoring grudges. The united states has has people from over 150 countries but as a result of the constitution and the respect for it, people manage to live together. It doesn’t mean it is perfect but the respect for law plays a major role in the human rights of its citizens; therefore, we should act as normal people act and lets not be obsessed with vengeance and lose our way and focus. Help us god and save us from a probable catastrophe.

    • Aynama on

      Dear Tizbit,

      I understand you very well. But I do not blame the people who are cheering either. We have been condemning the illegal land grab for many years now. We even heard Ethiopians officials saying the owner of the land cannot have say or do not deserve compensation for their land. So their land was just taken by armed force. Would you call that a govenment? how can a government that is lead by normal human being does to its citizens like that? I do agree killing innocent people who work in the farm is not good. But at the same time, there is no other alternative for the down-trodden. What can you do when you angry? you land taken by force? your water taken by force for somebody else to make money while you are watching your land being farmed helplessly? what do you do? I can probably be much worse than them. Reason: simply it is like Thief coming to your house and taking everything while you are there.

      I advocating the killing of Meles if possible, or at least Killing Almouldi himself and killing Katuri. By killing the the greedy ones, you can easily stop the land grab. The rebels must now organize themselves to kill the big guys. We have been asking the regime to listen to the people, but no ear and someone has to pay for that.

      • fromindian on

        “I advocating the killing of Meles if possible, or at least Killing Almouldi himself and killing Katuri.” Why Killing!
        A bunch of ruthless, disgusting to see through and through narrow-minded creatures are in the comments is frightening. it shows me how stupid the Ethiopian Diaspora are.
        You’re not stupid, you’ve just never learned to use your brain.
        Almouldi is a big Investor, brings Capital and knowhow in your Country, that ethiopian never seen before. you poor eater. Only thing what you did learn is how to turn on computer.otherwise nothing.
        people like you are loser and dead loss.
        Stupid!

        • Jegnaw on

          formidian
          you stupid moron you obviously don’t know what freedom is? it is much,much parishes than the gold, and more than the diamonds of the world.freedom is life to Ethiopia.
          dumb ass like you is the enemy of my people and my land willing to sell every thing in the name of investment.well Ethiopia is not for sell….sell out…

      • fIndia on

        “I advocating the killing of Meles if possible, or at least Killing Almouldi himself and killing Katuri.” Why Killing!
        A bunch of ruthless, disgusting to see through and through narrow-minded creatures are in the comments is frightening. it shows me how stupid the Ethiopian Diaspora are.
        You’re not stupid, you’ve just never learned to use your brain.
        Almouldi is a big Investor, brings Capital and knowhow in your Country, that ethiopian never seen before. you poor eater. Only thing what you did learn is how to turn on computer.otherwise nothing.
        people like you are loser and dead loss.
        Stupid!

        • Jegnaw on

          findia
          you stupid moron you obviously don’t know what freedom is? it is much,much precious than the gold and the diamond of the world combined.freedom is life to Ethiopia.

          dumb ass like you is the enemy of my people and my land,willing to sell every thing in the name of investment..well i have a news for you Ethiopia is not for sell..sell out hodam…

    • Anonymous on

      Dear Sohail,

      The pakistani’s belong to GRC (Ghulam Rasool & Company) a construction firm from pakistan. It is confirmed that 2 pakistani’s are no more in this world. The rest 3 are out of danger and are in addis ababa and mato hospitals. I don’t know their exact names.

      Imran From Pakistan

      • Emran Albalushi - DUBAI on

        Dear Suhail & Imran..

        I would like to inform you with sorrow and deep sadness I know one of the Pakistani who has killed was MOHAMMD RAZA SIAL (CHOWK AZAM – LAYYAH). The other one I don’t know the name but belongs to District Rajan Pur.

        ALLAH UN KO JANAT MEIN JAGAH DEY… AAMIN SUMA AAMIN..

  22. Yohannes on

    It looks like everywhere in Ethiopia people keep fighting, I wish someone or organization or party coordinates the fight in every direction if that can be done the result will be great??

  23. IMI on

    The USAID, UN based NGO’s and their project offices are leading ethiopia towards a civil war state. There are hundreds of NGO’s working for their hidden objectives in the name of support for refugees of sudan. The ethiopians should notice it.

  24. formidian on

    Jegnaw, stupid neger, when because a Negro freedom. you donnot know what freedom is.

    • Jegnaw on

      formidian
      nigger is a state of mind.. i just seen what state your little mind is…. that will make you a house nigger.obviously you don’t know Ethiopian the conquering lion remember that..freedom is to see things as they are, not as you wan them to be..

      Have a pleasant day!!

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