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Next Society Event: 17th Sep 2014 - Lecture - Development by Dispossession in Ethiopia's Lower Omo Valley - Dr David Turton

7:00pm, Room B102 Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG - Public lecture (all welcome)

The Lower Omo became part of Ethiopia in the 1890s but it was not until nearly a century later that central government began to exert significant political control over this area through, amongst other things, the establishment of national parks. Today, ambitious plans are afoot to turn the Lower Omo into Ethiopia's largest irrigation complex. However, the way these plans are being implemented threatens to have disastrous consequences for thousands of local residents.

Dr Turton, Senior Research Fellow, African Studies Centre, Oxford University, has worked in the Lower Omo area for many years and made a number of films about the culture of the Mursi people.