Summary: Somali ethnic group vs. Oromo ethnic group.
The young woman sitting on the warehouse floor in a striking pink abaya remains completely silent as fellow Oromo around her recall the evictions that resulted in about 50,000 of the Oromo ethnic group leaving Ethiopia’s eastern most Somali region.
“She was throttled so badly they damaged her vocal chords,” said a doctor in the industrial park on the outskirts of the city of Harar. About 3,500 of the evicted Oromo are housed here. “She can’t eat anything, only drink fluids,” the doctor added.
At the same time the Oromo were heading west out of the region, ethnic Somalis living in the neighboring Oromia region were heading east. Violent ethnic reprisals tore apart communities that previously had integrated peacefully, often for centuries.
From CIW NEWS Contributor
Harar, Harari, Ethiopia
Ethiopia (ET) is estimated to have a population of 101.9 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of 2.5% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will increase by 13.4 million.