It was a very difficult film to make. Our cameraman walked 20 miles into the bush, to find skeletal villagers complaining that Ethiopian troops were deliberately depriving them of food as part of a “scorched earth” policy against Ogaden National Liberation Front or ONLF rebels.
Not long after the film was broadcast, the regional governor was sacked. How much else has changed is hard to say; in the past, both NGOs and journalists have been told to leave the area, and indeed we were escorted out of the town of Degebur not long after we had arrived.
So it was strange to see the very same issues – largely ignored by the western press – ricochet back to the outskirts of the Excel centre in London today. Which goes to show that in a globalised world, a far away conflict is not so far away, after all.
UPDATE: the Channel 4 News video report on the protest can be watched below.