Ethnic violence in Ethiopia displaces 255,000 people

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ADDIS ABABA (Xinhua) – The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) has said about 255,000 people have been displaced by ethnic violence in western Ethiopia.

In a press statement, UNOCHA said ethnic violence along the common borders of Oromia and Benishangul Gumuz regional states since September has displaced about 255,000 people.

UNOCHA further said it urgently needs US$25.5 million to address urgent life-saving needs of people displaced by ethnic violence in western Ethiopia.

The ethnic violence was triggered in September after the killings of four high-ranking Benishangul Gumuz regional state officials in neighbouring Oromia regional state.

The border areas of Benishangul Gumuz and Oromia regional states have in recent years witnessed deadly unrest involving various ethnic groups residing in the border areas. The dispute is reportedly over access to land and state resources.

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