Some 37,000 IDPs in Basketo Special woreda seek immediate assistance, UN

Some 37,000 IDPs in Basketo Special woreda seek immediate assistance, UN 1Addis Abeba, April 03/2019 – The conflict that erupted around the boundaries of Melekoza and Basketo Special woreda of Gamo Gofa zone has left more than 37,000 people in need of urgent humanitarian assistance, the UNOCHA said.

“Ethnic Basketos who have been displaced from 11 kebeles of Melekoza woreda are now sheltered in six collective centers in Basketo Special woreda,” UNOCHA said, further cautioning that “IDPs are hugely concerned about the lack of shelter materials amidst imminent heavy rains in the area.”

So far the National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC) dispatched some 4,233 quintals of food basket targeting some 24,870 beneficiaries.

Background

The conflict started on 23 September 2018 within Melokoza woreda of Gamo Goffa zone when ethnic Basketos in 11 kebeles in Melokoza woreda requested to be part of Basketo Special woreda, which was opposed by Melokoza woreda.

The conflict resulted in the loss of lives and property. Non-food items and shelter materials were also distributed to the displaced, though they were not adequate. “Shelter and non-food items materials are priority needs for the displaced people.”

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2 COMMENTS

  1. This is the direct result and fruit of constitution that exalts ethnic identity and suppressing individual rights. The Constitution implicitly pushes every non incumbent ethnic member aspiring to defened their rights along ethnic lines. The incumbent lazy ethnic politians and activists that today are playing with fire with to attain glory and benefit at cost of others and the milenia of social cohesion based in arbitrary constitution and boundaries that does not guarantee universal rights for the citizenshipery will be done accountable at the for all their direct irresponsibility or ommison. If not acted the fire that today is raveging others will soon also spread into their neighborhood and their homes. One can not spread hate, strife destruction and death to fellow citizens and expect things will run as usual for self. Youth and the disfranchised should be very critical thinkers if today’s social discourse and moves not to be misguided by evil and selfish ethnic elites as they will never bring a final and lasting justice.

  2. This is the direct result and fruit of constitution that exalts ethnic identity and suppresses individual rights. The Constitution implicitly pushes every non incumbent ethnic member aspiring to defened their rights along ethnic lines. The incumbent lazy ethnic politians and activists that today are playing with fire to attain glory and benefit at cost of others and the milenia of social cohesion based in arbitrary constitution and boundaries that does not guarantee universal rights for the citizenshipery will be done accountable for all their direct irresponsibility or ommison. If not acted the fire that today is raveging others will soon also spread into their neighborhood and their homes. One can not spread hate, strife destruction and death to fellow citizens and expect things will run as usual for self. Youth and the disfranchised should be very critical thinkers in today’s social discourse and moves not to be misguided by evil and selfish ethnic elites as they will never bring a final and lasting justice.

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