He works against the degradation of land in rural parts of Ethiopia and advocates for the establishment of national parks. Omot Agwa Okwoy also works for the rights of indigenous people living in rural villages in Gambela near the South Sudanese border, who are often caught in the bloody conflict between Ethiopian and South Sudanese ethnic groups.
The charges brought against the human rights defender relate to a food security workshop that he was due to attend in Nairobi, Kenya, in March 2015. It was reported that the workshop was considered by the Ethiopian authorities to be linked to terrorist activities and Omot Agwa Okwoy was arrested by Ethiopian security agents.
1. UNICEF Ethiopia; Guinea Worm case containment center; June 28, 2014; (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). 2. UNICEF Ethiopia; Mother with baby basket-Gambela Region; October 6, 2005; (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). 3. UNICEF Ethiopia; Nuer settlement along Baro River; October 5, 2005; (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). 4. UNICEF Ethiopia; Mother and children take ITNS home through swamps along the Baro River; October 6, 2005; (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). 5. UNICEF Ethiopia; An announcer mobilizing the community in Tergol town a day before the vaccination campaign; February 15, 2014; (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). 6. UNICEF Ethiopia; School opening celebration; October 7, 2015; (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). 7. UNICEF Ethiopia; women and children sing and dance following itn distribution on baro river; October 6, 2005; (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).