Hunger Flowers of Ethiopia
The Harvest of Human Suffering Arriving at the European Markets
Driving on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, it is hard not to notice rows of clear plastic-covered hangar like structures dotting the landscape. From a distance they look like newly built storage places. After a closer look, the propose use and nature of these structures becomes clearer. They are greenhouses built and used to grow flowers for export market, specifically for the European market. The flower industry is one of the areas the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF)-led regime in Addis Ababa gloats as a success. According to Ethiopian Horticulture Producers, there are seventy-nine flower farms currently registered and operating in Ethiopia.1 While the greenhouses are hard to miss because of their shiny visibility, there are also numerous open-field flower farms scattered across the country’s south and central farmlands.