Ethiopians have crossed the border into
The government says that the program is voluntary and denies reports by some Ethiopians that their livestock was taken away to force them to leave their homes. The Labour and Social Affairs Minister, Mr. Berhane Bayih, says that the program is designed to modernize the backward economy from subsistence farming to more modern farming techniques. As it stands, many Ethiopians live in isolated huts with no neighbors for miles. The government sees villagisation as the only hope in developing the rural areas of the country.