Ethiopians return home to uncertain future; Mali’s Land Rush – Why Poverty?

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Video 1. Ethiopians return home to uncertain future

More than 150,000 Ethiopians have been deported from Saudi Arabia in the past two months as part of a crackdown on migrant workers aimed at creating more jobs for locals. They went to Saudi Arabia to escape poverty at home, but many returned with little money and claimed they were abused by Saudi authorities. Nearly 60 children remain at a transit centre, waiting for their parents to be located. The United Nations and the Ethiopian government want to ensure that these children are returned to safe homes where they will not be forced to return to Saudi Arabia. Thousands of Ethiopians remain stranded in the Gulf country. Al Jazeera’s Mohammed Adow reports from Addis Ababa.

Video 2. Land Rush – Why Poverty?

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75% of Mali’s population are farmers, but rich, land-hungry nations like China and Saudi Arabia are leasing Mali’s land in order to turn large areas into agribusiness farms. Many Malian peasants do not welcome these efforts, seeing them as yet another manifestation of imperialism. As Mali experiences a military coup, the developers are scared off – but can Mali’s farmers combat food shortages and escape poverty on their own terms?

Director Hugo Berkeley & Osvalde Lewat
Producer Eli Cane
Produced by Normal Life Pictures
Ethiopians return home to uncertain future; Mali’s Land Rush – Why Poverty?

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