The clashes in Oromia and Somali Regions have displaced at least 30,000 people; local administrators have now asked aid agencies operating in the area to provide humanitarian assistance.

By Kalkidan Yibeltal (BBC News) |

Thousands of people have fled Ethiopia’s Somali region following deadly clashes in recent days between ethnic Somalis and Oromos. The BBC’s Kalkidan Yibeltal looks at the cause of the conflict and whether it can be stopped.

Dozens of people are reported to have died in clashes across Ethiopia’s Oromia and Somali regions in recent days.

According to Addisu Arega, Oromia government’s spokesperson, 18 people have been killed.

Twelve of those victims are ethnic Somalis, Mr Addisu told the BBC.

The figures are however disputed by the Somali regional government, which says that more than 30 ethnic Somalis have been killed in the Oromia town of Awaday.

The clashes have displaced at least 30,000 people, some of whom have taken refuge in makeshift camps at a stadium in the eastern city of Harar, whilst others are camping at police stations.

Local administrators have now asked aid agencies operating in the area to provide humanitarian assistance.

The clash in Oromia and Somali Regions: how serious is the trouble?

Following intense anti-government protests that plagued the Horn of Africa country during most of 2016, the government imposed a 10-month state of emergency, which was lifted in July.

While this heightened state of alert calmed most of the restive areas in the Oromia region, it did not stop cross-border clashes in the Oromia and Somali areas.

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2 Responses

  1. Dr Frank Ashall

    The TPLF-dominated government is up to its dirty tricks, as usual. In order to strengthen its international reputation as a “good and concerned” government, it has craftily created a situation of ethnic discord between Oromos and Somalis, most of whom wish to live in mutual peace. How many times does this regime have to incite ethnic discord in order to justify and strengthen its oppressive control of poor Ethiopians? Ethnic favouritism of Tigrays, and ethnic targeting of Oromos, Amharas, Somalis, Gambellans and more, is the worst enemy of peace and democracy in Ethiopia. It’s also the worst enemy of the regime, which is slowly, incompetently, ignorantly, committing suicide. Even favouring Tigrayans with the top jobs in government, universities, businesses and the military, is heading for disaster, because there will come a point when disgruntled Tigrayans will turn against the very government that favours them, partly from their realization that the TPLF is bad for unity and stability, partly from their realization that any form of ethnic favouritism is morally and ethically wrong, and partly because the regime can’t keep its promises to reward them forever. Pity poor Ethiopia!

  2. Askalle

    These clashes must have been orchestrated by a “group” that works hard to shift disturbances in the north to some other locations in the Country.


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