Ethnically charged conflict in Burayu and surrounding towns has claimed the lives of unknown number of people and displaced thousands of others, The Reporter learnt.
According to The Reporter’s sources in the area, the conflict began on Thursday September 13, 2018 involving the local people and those of Gamo, Wolaitta, Gurage and Silte descendants. Sources also said that groups of youth in the area were attacking the others.
In addition, sources added that women have been raped and many have been displaced and sought refuge in a church, a school and Red Cross erected tents in Addis Ababa.
Admitting to the violence in the area, the regional Communications Head of the Oromia Regional State Negeri Lencho (PhD) told The Reporter that members of the National Defense Force, the Federal Police and the Oromia Police are working to restore peace. But, he said that the number of the deceased is not yet known.
Sources also added that the displacement has not still stopped and many are coming to Addis Ababa.
Although the displaced had initially agreed to return to their residences following a discussion with the administration, they seem to have changed their minds about going back, Negeri said.
The Addis Ababa City Administration Deputy Mayor Takele Uma and Dagmawit Moges visited the displaced people at their location and established a committee to help restore their livelihoods.