By Staff Reporter
ADDIS ABABA – (BORKENA) – Over 50 internally displaced Amharas, including children and elderly people, who were forcefully evicted from East Wollega Zone of Oromia Region and settled in Changi Town of Amhara Region died of hunger, sources reported.
Deutsche Welle reported that many of the Amhara natives who lived in different parts of Oromia and Benishangul Gumuz Regions have died due to identity-based attacks while others have been allowed to leave the area where they were born and raised.
Some of those displaced in November 2022 from East Wollega and living in Changi Town of the Awi area of the Amhara Region told Deutsche Welle that they have not received any relief aid apart from the 15 kilos of maize dolled out to them in May 2023, according to Deutsche Welle.
Appreciating the support they have received from the residents of the town, the IDPs expressed their wish to return to their places. But as the current situation in the East Wollega Zone has not shown any improvement, it will be very difficult for them to return. As a result, they called for the government to reach out to them as they are suffering from severe hunger and diseases, Deutsche Welle said.
The representative of the Food Security Office of Chagni Town Administration, Yesuf Hussien said that the evacuees are in dire situation and appealed to the concerned authorities for assistance stating that they are living in dilapidated houses and suffering from hunger and diseases.
Head of the Early Warning Team of the Awi Administration’s Disaster Prevention and Food Security Department, Arefew Bekele, said that it was not possible to deliver aid due to the closure of the roads in the Region. Arefew further explained that about 55 people have died due to starvation.
Amhara Regional Disaster Prevention and Food Security Coordinating Commissioner, Deacon Tesfahun Batabil, said that aid would be sent as per the request forwarded by the Zonal disaster prevention and food security departments. However, the Zones have faced problems to spread the aid as roads were closed following the disruption of peace in the area.
There are more than 600,000 internally displaced people in the Amhara Region; and over 300,000 displaced compatriots are being supported wherever they are, according to Deutsche Welle.
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