Peace and reconciliation conference to end Gedeo-Guji IDPs crisis

Peace and reconciliation conference to end Gedeo-Guji IDPs crisis

Read Full Report, August 9, 2018

On 28 July 2018, Aba Gadas (traditional leaders) from both West Guji (Oromia) and Gedeo (SNNP) zones convevned a peace and reconciliation conference in Gedere Gencha border kebele to address the Gedeo-Guji conflict. The event attended by officials from the Federal government of Ethiopia, the Oromia and SNNP regions, religions leaders and elders reached a consensus to end the ongoing inter-communal violence and return displaced people to their places of origin by 08 August 2018. Inter-communal violence between the Gedeos and Gujis since April 2018 has left close to a million people internally displaced.

The national plan to end violence and return IDPs in Gedeo and West Guji zones is being executed through the National Steering Committee, Emergency Response and Rehabilitation sub-committee and Peace and Reconciliation sub-committee.

Dispatch and distribution of second round relief food ongoing in Gedeo and West Guji zones

The Government of Ethiopia through the National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC) and the Joint Emergency Operations Program (JEOP) have begun dispatching and distributing the second round of relief food to IDPs in Gedeo and West Guji Zones. In Gedeo zone, NDRMC covers Wonago and Yirgacheffe woredas with cereals, CSB and oil and JEOP covers Bule, Gedeb, Kochere, Dilla Zuria woredas and Dilla town with cereals pulse and oil. NDRMC will top up CSB in JEOP woredas. In West Guji zone, NDRMC covers all the six woredas (Abaya, Birbirsa Kojowa, Bule Hora, Gelana, Hambela Wamena and Kercha).

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