By Nizar Manek, 25 September
- Arrivals come after clashes on border of two Ethiopian states
- Nation says it’s facing challenges from territorial disputes
Ethiopia accused neighboring Somaliland of illegally displacing more than 3,000 long-term Oromo residents in the wake of clashes on the boundary between two of Ethiopia’s regional states.
The semi-autonomous northern territory of Somalia displaced the Oromos, who belong to Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group and are now sheltering in Ethiopia’s Oromia and Somali regional states, Information Minister Negeri Lencho told reporters Monday in the capital, Addis Ababa. He said the eastern part of Oromia experienced “bloody conflict” in the clashes along the more than 1,500-kilometer (932-mile) state border this month and described Oromos as having been targeted there, in Ethiopia’s Somali region and in Somaliland, without elaborating.