Thousands displaced and 44 people lost their lives in Benishangul-Gumuz, western Ethiopia
Tigrai Online, Oct. 2, 2018
Thousands of people displaced and 44 people lost their lives in Benishangul-Gumuz, western Ethiopia
Ethnic clashes flared up again in Benishangul-Gumuz regional state in the western part of Ethiopia Ethiopian television and international media reported today. At least 44 people lost their lives and about 73,000 people are displaced because of fighting between ethnic groups. The conflict erupted at the border of Oromia and Benishangul-Gumuz regional states.
According to news reports the conflict started when four local officials were killed during a visit to the neighboring Oromia regional state.
In the first week of June about ten people lost their lives in Assosa the capital of the Benishangul-Gumuz and hundreds were displaced.
Two weeks ago in the middle of September 58 people lost their lives in ethnic clashes in and around Addis Ababa the capital of Ethiopia, mainly in the town of Burayu. Around 12,000 civilians fled their homes because of that conflict.
In April 2018 about one million Ethiopians were displaced due to ethnic clashes in Southern Ethiopia.
In the past four to five months Ethiopia has become the number one country in the world for having the most internally displaced people.
There have been some Ethnic tensions and some violence has been in Ethiopia for a long time, but in this administration the conflicts between ethnic groups are rising to new heights. There are conflicts between Amhara and Tigrai, Amhara and Oromia, Amhara and Benishangul-Gumuz, Amhara and Afar, Oromia and Somali, Oromia and Benishangul-Gumuz, and many more.
The question is who is behind all this ethnic conflicts and problems displacing thousands of innocent Ethiopians to lose their lives?
All the evidence is pointing towards a small but, very determined group of people who are absolutely incensed by the federal system in Ethiopia. These groups are organizing, financing, arming and training hidden armed and unarmed cells to incite ethnic conflict in the country. Their ultimate goal is to blame everything wrong in Ethiopia on language based federalism. Our young new prime minister has picked unnecessary fight with the wrong people while his real enemies are trying to compromise his administration from within his government.
Ethnic tensions and violence has been rising to new heights in Ethiopia since Dr. Abiy Ahmed became prime minister.