60 Die in Ethnic Attacks in Ethiopia’s Oromia

The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission has reported the death of at least 60 people in ethnic attacks in Oromia.

At least 20,000 locals were also displaced by gunmen in the three days of ethnic violence in late August.

The commission on Tuesday said the region, home to the Oromo people, Ethiopia’s largest community and Amharas, the country’s second largest, saw the death of its locals after an escalated violence.

Ethic ruffling and political unrest have seen scores die in Ethiopia with the commission revealing that the latest bloodshed began on the 29th of August.

Fighters from the Oromo Liberation Army attempted to capture the town of Obora killing three Amharas in the act.

“During the two-day attack more than 60 people were killed and more than 70 were injured. In addition, properties and cattle were looted,” the EHRC said, citing local officials.

“Due to the attack more than 20,000 people were displaced and are now in Obora town,” it said.

The Oromia have long felt abandoned and marginalised by the Ethiopian government and expected a change with the emergence of Abiy Ahmed as President.

Political reforms from the President have been criticised as giving powerbrokers in the country more reasons to find ethnic differences.

There are clashes currently ongoing in Tigray after hostilities resumed between national fighters and the TPLF.


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