About one million people have fled their homes due to ethnic violence in Ethiopia, Africa’s second most-populous country, which could lead to a major humanitarian crisis, an international Christian development organization has warned.
Around 40,000 people were displaced in June alone in southern Ethiopia, as they fled the possibility of disease outbreaks and extremely high malnutrition rates among displaced children, according to World Vision.
The violence began in April fuelled by grievances over land in the ethnically diverse country of 100 million people. Protests due to a sense of marginalization among several ethnic groups had forced Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn to resign in February.
Violence is taking place in the border areas of Gedeo in the SNNP, or Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region, and in West Guji in Oromia state.
“Survivors have seen their homes burnt and looted, ruining their means of earning an income. Even when security returns, people will struggle to provide food for their families for months, jeopardising their children’s health,” Getahun Mara, World Vision Ethiopia’s Emergency Nutrition Coordinator, says in a statement.
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Source: Christian Post