Addis Ababa / Ethiopia, 24 December 2020, Thursday
A fatal gun attack in Ethiopia has killed more than 100 people. The bombing occurred in Bekoji village in Bullen County shortly after noon. People in the area plagued by sexual violence are fleeing their homes. Africa is the second most populous country. Violence has continued since Prime Minister Abia Ahmed came to power in 2018.
Prime Minister Ahmed has carried out democratic reforms that have eased his grip on regional rival groups. Ethiopia is set to hold elections next year and tensions over land, power and natural resources are increasing. On the other hand, in another part of the country, Ethiopia’s army is fighting the rebels. The conflict has been going on for six weeks between the Ethiopian army and the opposition.
The conflict between the army and the rebels displaced 950,000 people. On the other hand, after the deployment of troops to crush the rebels, there are now fears that security may be compromised in other troubled areas. Ethiopia is facing extremism in the Oromia region and they have long faced the threat of Somali Islamic militants on the eastern border.