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Ethiopia: Violence Surges in Gambella

Anuak refugees [in Ethiopia's Gambella region]..are reporting...increasing violence...Okok Ojulu, an Anuak refugee reported that conflict recently arose between Surma and Diji tribes after a land investor apparently bribed locals to spark violence that would induce the Surma people to abandon their village. Forty-two houses and grain storages were reportedly burnt down in the Surma villages, inciting violence that lasted over five days without government intervention..."It appears as if the government is using ethnic cleansing conflicts as means to acquire the indigenous land for the extension of commercial farms," reported Ojulu.

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