One million displaced in Ethiopia ethnic fighting: UN

People gather prior to a food distribution at the internally displaced person (IDP) camp of Farburo in Gode, Ethiopia, on January 27, 2018. The camp recently hosted Somali families fleeing conflict between Somali and Oromo communities in Ethiopia. PHOTO | YONAS TADESSE | AFP

What you need to know:

  • In 2017 alone, 700,000 people were displaced with the IOM recording a "significant spike" in September of that year.
  • Ethiopia is divided into ethnically demarcated federal states intended to give the country's many ethnic groups self-determination.
  • While Oromos and Somalis have lived side-by-side in each other’s region, quarrels between the two ethnic groups over access to land and resources have occurred for years.
  • The reasons for the conflict's sudden intensification last year remain unclear.



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