400,000 Displaced People Returned to Their Homes in Oromia
January 3, 2019 (Ezega.com) - Ethiopia has returned more than 400,000 people displaced people to their respective places in Oromia, according to Oromia Disaster Risk Management Commission.
The people were displaced due to a series of conflicts along the border between Oromia and Somali regions states.
They were returned to their former homes in Moyale, Borena, Guji, Bale, East and West Hararghe bordering woredas and kebeles.
“Resettlement of the displaced took place as the security situation stabilized and peace prevailed in the border areas of the two regional states,” he added.
In cooperation with concerned bodies, the government is working to resolve the root causes of the clashes that happened in Moyale recently.
The commisioner further said there is still unrest in West Oromia Kelem, East and West Wolega zones. Roads are blocked and freight vehicles cannot transport grains and other goods to the needy for weeks so far.
It is also disclosed that more that 1.7 million people displaced from different parts of the country are sheltered in Oromia region, he added.
National Disaster Risk Management Commissioner, Mitku Kasa, said the federal government will fully support the regional administration to help these people, while giving priority to mothers, children, elders and persons with disabilities.
For years, there have been a number of border clashes between the Oromia and Somali regional states of Ethiopia during the time Abdi Illey, now in prison, was president of the Somali region. The Oromo regional government blamed the former Somali president for the conflicts. The cross-border clashes have stopped after a new president, Mustafa Mohammed Omar, was elected.