The UNHCR stated many of the 7,000 asylum seekers who fled Metekel have been residing amongst Sudanese host communities. It stated it was working with native authorities within the Blue Nile province to answer the humanitarian wants of the newly arrived, lots of whom have arrived in hard-to-reach locations alongside the border.

Tensions escalated previously three months in Metekel Zone, prompting Ethiopia’s authorities to declare a state of emergency within the space on Jan. 21, the U.N. company stated.

The Ethiopian Human Rights Fee stated greater than 180 folks have been killed in separate massacres in Metekel in December and January.

Amnesty Worldwide reported in December that members of the ethnic Gumuz neighborhood — the ethnic majority within the area — attacked the houses of ethnic Amhara, Oromo and Shinasha. The rights group stated the Gumuz set the houses on hearth and stabbed and shot residents. The Gumuz see minorities as “settlers,” the rights group stated.

Ethnic violence poses a significant problem to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed as he tries to advertise nationwide unity in a rustic with greater than 80 ethnic teams.

Amharas are the second most populous ethnic group in Ethiopia and so they have been focused repeatedly during the last yr. Fighters from Amhara, nonetheless, have been accused by witnesses of finishing up atrocities together with Ethiopian and Eritrean forces within the Tigray battle

The brand new inflow of refugees into Sudan comes amid tensions between Addis Ababa and Khartoum over a border dispute and the deadlocked talks over a large dam Ethiopia is constructing on the Blue Nile, the principle tributary of the Nile River.

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