ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) --
Ethiopia has rehabilitated 86,000 people
displaced by conflict between Oromia and Somali regional states,
an Ethiopian official said on Tuesday.
journalists, Negeri Lencho, Minister of Ethiopia Government
Communications Affairs Office (GCAO), said the displaced were
rehabilitated with the help of federal and regional government
He further said a
total of around 40 million U.S. dollars has been collected from
state and private entities to rehabilitate the displaced.
regional government officials are jointly working to calm the
conflict and bring perpetrators to justice,” said Lencho.
Oromia and Somali
regional states have been locked in a dispute over the
delineation of their common boundary for almost two decades.
A referendum in
October 2004 was supposed to demarcate the boundary, but its
implementation has been stalled with both sides accusing each
other of non-compliance with the referendum results.
Fierce clashes along
the Oromia-Somali boundary since September has escalated into
ethnic violence, leaving scores of people dead and hundreds of
The unrest is
fueling fears about security in Ethiopia, east Africa’s biggest