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Latest conflict intensifies No. of IDPs

Following the conflict along the border of Gedeo and West Guji Zones of the Southern and Oromia Regional States, not less than 200,000 people are said to be internally displaced.

The report disclosed by UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs on May 10, 2018 indicated that there is only a limited support and assistance for the displaced people coming from both the Ethiopian government and donors.

The conflict referred in the report as “inter-communal violence” is said to have occurred on April 13, 2018. Aside from the internal displacement, it has also resulted in property damages and loss of life.

The Internally Displaced People (IDPs) from both zones are reported to have reached 100,000.

The report further stated that the underlying causes for the conflict are ‘not conclusively known’ thus far. However, local sources told The Reporter that such kind of tension and border conflict has existed for so long in the area.

Following the first round of the conflict and IDPs, it is to be recalled that, officials from both regions have agreed to solve the problem and facilitate the return of the internally displaced population to their respective homes.

 According to the report, as of April 21, nearly 46,000 people have returned from West Guji zone, while nearly 39,000 people have returned to Gedeo as of May, 1.

In order to support the IDPs during the first round, the National Disaster Risk Management Commission dispatched 1,250 tons of rice, 33 tons of oil and 500 cartons of biscuits to Gedeo (Southern) and Kercha (Oromia). In addition, in South, 650 tons of rice, 22.5 tons of oil and 500 cartoons of biscuits were also dispatched.

However, given the demand, this support is still not sufficient, says the report.

In related news, thousands of families are suffering due to flooding. Around 170,760 people nationwide are displaced, the majority of whom due to flooding and in the Ethio-Somali Region.