Ethiopian Business Review

Just three days after the start of the Ethiopian New Year, on September 15, 2018, chaos erupted in Burayu. The deadly ethnic-based attacks that ravaged parts of the country made their way to the formerly peaceful town, and around 12,000 people, including the women and children above, were displaced from their homes.

They are not alone. Escalating violence in the state of Benishangul Gumuz meant that more than 100,000 people were forced to flee. Currently, there are over 2.8 million internally displaced people in Ethiopia, according to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, one of the highest number in the world. The country’s humanitarian situation started to deteriorate in October 2017, when non-Somali residents of Jigjiga were forced out of their homes.

7th Year • Oct.16 - Nov. 15 2018 • No. 67


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