Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by ADANE BIKILA in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA, (CAJ News) – CROSS-border attacks by South Sudanese ethnic groups have displaced thousands in neighbouring western Ethiopia.
The attacks by the Murle ethnic group have been prevalent Ojwelo, Ojalo and Othwol in the Gambela region, with about 4 000 civilians uprooted from their homes.
This has resulted in fresh crisis in a region already suffering the impact of drought.
Given past trends, United Nations humanitarian agencies forecast the cross-border attacks and the consequent deaths, displacement and cattle raiding are expected to continue until the onset of the rainy season in March when road access will be impaired.
Meanwhile, heavy fighting since last week between rebel and Government forces in Maiwut County, South Sudan has caused new influx of South Sudanese refugees into Gambela region.
At present, Gambela hosts some 325 000 refugees from South Sudan.
Since November 2016, some 578 schools in drought-hit areas in Oromia and Somali (have closed, disrupting the education of at least 228 000 children in South Sudan.
Families have migrated in search of food and water, and at present, some 163,000 school-age children are internally displaced in these areas.
የሙርሌ ጎሳ ታጣቂዎች በፈጸሙት ጥቃት ከ3ሺ በላይ ነዋሪዎች መፈናቀላቸውን ተመድ ገለጸ