News & Stories

Ethiopia govt admits hundreds killed in ethnic clashes, Oromos worst affected


(Africa News) — The Ethiopian government has revised the death toll rising from the ethnic clashes that hit the eastern part of the country.

Information Minister, Negeri Lencho, on Monday said hundreds of people were killed on both sides of the feud adding that the exact figure was yet to be ascertained.

“We can say that hundreds of members of the Oromo ethnic group were killed and there were also deaths on the Somali side. We do not know exactly how many died,” Lencho who is government spokesman said.

We can say that hundreds of members of the Oromo ethnic group were killed and there were also deaths on the Somali side. We do not know exactly how many died

A week ago, a senior regional official confirmed that clashes along the border of Ethiopia’s Oromia and Somali regions displaced around 50,000 people killing at least 50 others.

The Federal government have since taken over security in the restive region and ordered a probe into rights abuses that may have occured. Addis Ababa has also moved to help ease the humanitarian crisis arising from the displacement.

The area has been plagued by sporadic clashes for decades. A referendum held in 2004 to determine the status of disputed settlements failed to ease tensions. Another cause of the tensions is said pinned on issues around resource control due to the agricultural leaning of both regions.

Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn weeks back told a meeting of religious and social leaders to play an active part in ensuring a return to peace between the predominantly farming Oromos and Somali pastoralists.

Widening anti-government sentiments in 2015 and 2016 in Oromia – and to a lesser extent other regions – killed 669 people, according to a parliament-mandated investigation. It led to a 10-month state of emergency lifted in August 2017.

The respective regional governments blame each other for the clashes. Some officials in Oromia said it was sparked by the killing of a local district head and raids by a paramilitary force from the Somali region.

Officials from the Somali region denied those claims. They also gave their own account of deaths resulting from the clashes. The clashes are likely to fuel further fears about security in Ethiopia, the region’s biggest economy and a staunch Western ally.

Donations from community organizations, churches and other institutions.


Date Name Amount State/City/Country
7/8/2016 Ethiopian Community-Chicago 5,259.04 IL
7/22/2016 Ethiopians in Austria 647.80 Vienna
7/18/2016 Ethiopian Community Association in Australia 3,548.93 Australia
7/16/2016 Debre Selam Medhanialem in Minnestoa 24,854.00 MN
7/11/2016 Unity of Ethopians in Australia 5,607.80 Australia
7/11/2016 New York Tsion St Mary Selassie Group 2,700.00 NY
6/9/2016 Ethio Bridge in Germany    1,061.07 Germany
6/2/2016 United Ventures Construction Inc 10,000.00 DC
5/31/2016 Ethiopian Brotherhood Community in Milano 632.57 Milano
5/19/2016 Kidane Mihret Church Portland       3,152.00 OR
5/12/2016 Medhanialem Church in Frankfurt 2,248.00 Frankfurt
5/10/2016 Debrebirhan Kidist Selassie in Nashville, Tennesse 6,000.00 TN
3/28/2016 Ethiopian Meredaja Mahber Baltimore 5,000.00 MD
3/18/2016 Oakland Medhanialem Church 10,000.00 CA
3/14/2016 Ethiopian Community -Houston 12,895.00 TX
12/30/2015 Ethiopian Community Stutgart 500.00 Stutgart
12/16/2015 Ethiopian Cultural Community in Nurenberg 850.00 Nurenberg
12/16/2015 Ethiopian Meredaja Mahber in Munich 2,350.00 Munich
Total   97,306.21
  • Individual donations are not listed for privacy reason