Thousands flee Ethiopia clashes – BBC

February 26th, 2009 Print Print Email Email

Tens of thousands of people have reportedly fled their homes as a result of fighting between rival groups in a remote part of southern Ethiopia. (more…)

Tens of thousands of people have reportedly fled their homes as a result of fighting between rival groups in a remote part of southern Ethiopia.

The BBC’s Elizabeth Blunt says 300 people may have been killed – mostly in a major battle on 5 February.

People are moving away to safer areas following the clash between the Borana people and the Gheri, a Somali clan.

While the fighting has now stopped, the area is still tense and some reports estimate more than 100,000 displaced.

Ethiopia’s Minister of State Responsible for Emergency and Disaster Planning Mitiku Kassa acknowledged the existence of the problem but said the figure of 100,000 was an exaggeration.

The fighting, which took place near the town of Moyale, was so severe that for a time the main road to the Kenyan border was closed.

Immediately after the peak of the clashes on 5 February, the Gheri people began moving away from the area in large numbers.

The BBC’s Elizabeth Blunt in Addis Ababa says armed conflicts, particularly over water, are not unusual in this part of southern Ethiopia.

They have been increasing in recent years because of boundary changes, and because of drought which has made control over wells and water points even more critical.

A long term observer of the area told the BBC it was tragic that something like this happens virtually every year, and is now considered almost normal.

  1. Solomon
    | #1

    Woyane is intensifying his policy of dividing the people of Ethiopia. It seems that intentionally conflicts are being created between people bordering different regions – sidama vs Oromo, Oromo vs Somali, Oromo vs Burjii, Oromo vs Benishangul, etc – to instill longlasting hatred and animosity among these communities who used to coexist peacefully for a long time. Meles is trying to creat weak regions that rely on his government for their stability and peace, so that he can gamble with this advantage as he may see it fit to stay in power.

  2. dolo
    | #2

    You guys you dont wage politics without birtukan.
    Birtukan case is not an issue among Ethiopians.

  3. ራስ
    | #3

    የፌደራልዚም የፖለቲካል ፕረስክርፕሽን ውጤት ነው;;ወያኔ ለመግዛት ሲፈልግ ያናቁራቸዋል ሲፈልግ ብሔር ብሔረሰብ ቀን እያለ እስክስታ ያስመታቸዋል ዘይገርም;;

  4. jigesa
    | #4

    የወያኒ ወንጀል ተወርቶ ተነግሮ አያልቅም

  5. አባቡ ክለንደን
    | #5

    ዲሞክራሲ መሰዋትነትን ይጠይቃል:: ለዚህም የዘጋ ዝግጁነት ወሳኝ ነው:: ለዝግጁነት ቆርጠን ኤንነሳ::

  6. jigesa
    | #6

    ወያኒ በኢትዮጵያ ህዝብ ላይ የሰራችው ወንጀል ለትውልድ ማፈሪያ የሆነ ከባድ ክህደት ነው አገርን የመክዳት ወንጀል ነው
    ለዚሀ ለሰሩት ወንጀል አንድ ቀን ይክፍልዋታል

  7. Ahmed
    | #7

    What the leaders in the Horn of Africa are not realizing is, that each country needs the other one, just to live in peace, so as to share the immense Ethiopian wter resources.
    Unfortunatlly Ethiopia like Israel, is used by the Neo-Colonialist to dominate Afric without, the stick and the carrot, but by bribing their leaders, to be nice dogs.

  8. ኢትዮጵያዊ
    | #8

    ያለሁበት ከኢትዮጵያ ውጭ ነው::ስለ ኢትዮጵያ ህዝብ እድገትና ብልፅግና እንደ የመጀመሪያ መሪ አድርጎ የሚያስብ ከቶ አልተገኘም” ከውጭ አለም ሆነው ብዙ ለሚ………………. ያሳዝነኛል”

  9. Sharki
    | #9

    It is regretful to read what is taking place at the university in thouthern Ethiopia. The only way weyane can servive is saw discord and ethinic striff among peasful Ethiopians. The Legese Zenawi and Ghebrehiwet Mebrahtu aka Bereket Simon are doing this with help of the Americans. Case in point read the interview of the American Ambassador to Ethiopia. I now realized how Ethiopia is under the shakel of Ethiopia. Own you contry free Ethiopia for the interest group. NGOs are hired gun of the west. What a great contry and great people but bad leaders. Stop been a pen woriers support the different group who are working to unite Ethiopia.

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