The unrest in Ethiopia’s Southern regional state has killed 66 people, the state backed Ethiopia Human Rights Commission (EHRC) disclosed on Friday.
The unrest involving various ethnic groups occurred in a 10-day span last November, in areas bordering Derashe locality and Konso zone. Both areas are located in southern Ethiopian region.
EHRC, a federal rights group established by the Ethiopian parliament, disclosed in addition to 66 deaths, more than 132,000 people are believed to have been displaced by the unrest.
“Scores of houses and farmlands were razed during last month violence,” the EHRC further disclosed.
Ethiopia follows an ethnic federalism model, which has been credited with giving self-governance rights to the about 80 ethnic groups that make up the country’s estimated 100 million people.
However, critics say the ethnic model federalism has magnified ethnic diversity at the expense of national unity, leading to ethnic tension and occasional violent ethnic clashes. Enditem