Ethnic clashes leave 100 dead in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 06/20 - Clashes between Borena and Guji ethnic communities in southeastern Ethiopia`s Borena zone of Oromiya Region last week killed more than 100 people and displaced several thousands, humanitarian agencies operating in the area reported Monday.
The clashes have displaced more than 20,000 people from Arero woreda (district), the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Activities (OCHA) said, quoting the regional Oromiya Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Commission (DPPC).
Following the clashes, humanitarian partners, including a government mobile health team, have restricted their activities in the zone.
Nevertheless, the World Food Programme (WFP) has reported that food transport to the drought-affected population in the zone has not been disrupted.
Reports indicate that the situation has calmed following discussions among traditional Gadda leadership and government authorities.
The internally displaced persons are camped in Shakiso woreda in the region. Meanwhile, Ethiopia`s official relief arm, the Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Agency (DPPA) has sent a team of officials to investigate the situation and determine the needs of the population.
The DPPC has requested immediate food and non-food assistance from the federal DPPA for up to 1,340 IDPs from Arero and Yabelo woredas of Borena zone.

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