Thursday, April 14, 2005

20 People Killed in Ethnic Clashes in Southern Ethiopia

Members of two ethnic groups have clashed in remote areas of southern Ethiopia, killing at least 20 people and forcing others to flee their homes, aid workers said Tuesday.

Clashes broke out after an ethnic Guji man killed a member of the Gebra community whom he accused of beating his wife. The conflict quickly sucked in other members of the two communities near Hagere Mariam, a town 400 kilometers (250 miles) south of Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa.

The two communities are part of Ethiopia's largest ethnic group, the Oromos.

Sudan Tribune

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