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Ethiopia’s ethnic crisis escalates: deaths, displacements reported

Ethnic clashes between Ethiopia’s Oromo and Somali regional states have escalated leading to reports of deaths and displacement in the respective regions.

A top official of the Oromia regional government confirmed to the BBC that 18 people had died from the clashes – twelve Somalis and six Oromos were involved.

He further clarified that the cause of the crisis was as a result of an ‘invasion’ of the Oromo region by a special police unit and militia force belonging to the Somali side.

An official on the other side also said it was rather Oromo regional police who were attacking civilians along their common border. ‘They are targeting unarmed peaceful Somali civilians in those areas,’ Mohammed Bile, an advisor to Somali regional state president told the BBC.

The clashes which started over the last few weeks has meanwhile caused thousands of people to flee. Local media portals shared videos and photos of people being evacuated in large buses away from the conflict areas.

The Addis Standard news portal says the conflict which is predominantly in the east was now adversely affecting areas in the south and souh east of the country.

The Federal government had earlier this week spoken about efforts to mend the cracks between the two states. The military had been deployed to restore security whiles leadership on both sides were being engaged to avert an escalation.

Oromo activists have, however, maintained that the whole situation is part of a grand ploy by the government to further suppress demands by the Oromo people. They accuse Addis Ababa of using a special security apparatus, the Liyu police, to perpetrate the perceived tention between both states.

The Oromia region – one of the biggest in the East African country, was at the heart of spreading anti-government protests last year. It led to a security crackdown that killed thousands with massive arrests recorded.

In October 2016, the government declared a state of emergency to quell the protests. The six-month measure was extended by four months upon expiration in April 2017. It was lifted in August after a ‘return to peace.’


  1. they come to paradise oromo land they do not miss any thing. when we kiki tplf tigre to their grasshopper land they will miss oromia

    than you hararge people. look them after very well. tplf will fallsoon. they want to destroy Ethiopian people. to hate each other.

  2. As the brutal greedy devil European colonialist carved Africa arbitrarily to serve their interests, tyrannical, brutal, greedy, devil TPLF/EPRDF carved Ethiopia arbitrarily into ethnic based regions to serve their interest. As the European colonialist’s artificial boarder among different ethnic groups in Africa who have lived in the region for thousands of years without a defined ethnic based boarder led to the death of hundreds of millions of Africans due to nigger on nigger wars and conflicts, the current artificial boarder created by tyrannical TPLF/EPRDF will lead to the deaths of thousands if not millions of Ethiopians. Artificial European designed boarder b/w Ethiopia and its neighboring countries have led to multiple wars such as those b/w Ethiopia and Somali; Ethiopia and Eritrea etc. THOSE WHO DON’T LEARN FROM HISTORY ARE CONDEMNED TO REPEAT IT.
    After the brutal World War II where over 100 million people died, a famous Jewish holocaust survivor came to the following conclusions. He said, “There are two races of men in the world, the race of the decent man and the race of the indecent man. Both are found everywhere; they penetrate into all groups of society. No group consists entirely of decent or indecent people.” So, I say there are two races or ethnic group in Ethiopia. The decent ethnic group and the indecent ethnic group. LOOK AT YOURSELF IN THE MIRROR AND ASK YOURSELF, WHICH RACE/ETHNIC DO I BELONG?
    In conclusion all ethnic based boarders in Ethiopia should be destroyed and Ethiopia should be divided in regions that can be administered effectively. We ought to come up with creative ways of naming those regions. No region will be identified by ethnic name. All Ethiopians can freely travel and settle in any region of their choosing. The leaders of respective region will determine how the regions are governed. Addis Abeba will remain the capital of Ethiopia.

  3. This is a dream come true for Wayane/TPLF.The purpose of wayane’s ethnicity is to see happening what is goig on now between Oromo and Somale.So understading the reason behind the conflict between Somale and Oromo,since there is no the history of conflict between the two,the Somale elders and intectuals better to bring this Wayane dirty tricks to an end.The so called Somale president is not going to flee with Wayane.I am sure after Wayane is kicked out he will be overwhelmed with Wayane dirt.Oromos and Somales are friends not enemies.If this continues it will be a miss match.So let it stop.

  4. The land fight and The clash war between Oromos and somale is not something new, it has been going on for hundreds of years.

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