Amnesty Int'l blames government for rubbish dump disaster
March 16, 2017
Fisseha Tekle, the chief researcher for Amnesty International in Ethiopia, said the government claims it has been developing for the last decade, "but it was not able to take residents out of this deplorable situation," he said.
And, he said, there had been no concrete action to remove the people from this area prior to this incident.
The smells permeate the landfill and nearby areas. Small fires erupt because of the methane gas the decomposing trash produces.
"And those people are living in the middle of that location. It's not a landfill anymore, it's like a mountain," Tekle said. "Whatever kind of country you are, you cannot let people live in this situation."
Tekle said the government should resettle the people and do an "accountability investigation."
The government is "fully responsible for the people living on this site and for their condition of those people who died, and for their lack of safety," he said.
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