Ethiopia: Over 400,000 IDPs return home
Nearly three million displaced from their homes in clashes between Oromo and Somali militia
By Addis Getachew
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia
Hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians driven away from their villages due to ethnic conflicts have returned home, country's disaster management authority said Wednesday.
More than 400,000 internally displaced people from the Somali and Oromia states are now back in their lands in Moyale, Borena, Gujji, and Bale as well as in the East and West Hararghe zones in Oromia, state-run Ethiopian News Agency quoted Mekonnen Lenjessa, the head of the Oromia Disaster Risk and Management Commission, as saying.
Lenjessa said peace and stability in the troubled areas across the border between the Somali and Oromia states have been restored.
Clashes between Oromo and Somali militia began in December 2016 following territorial disputes, resulting in the deaths of thousands of people. Nearly three million have been displaced from their homes.Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.