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ETHIOPIA: Deepening Crisis Between the Afar and Issa

The Afar-Issa Crisis in the Afar kilil is the next ticking ethnic time bomb in Ethiopia
The Afar-Issa Crisis in the Afar kilil is the next ticking ethnic time bomb in Ethiopia

By Tedla Asfa,

I AM one of those who is closely following the current crisis between Afar and Issa in Ethiopia. I personally know that part of Ethiopia in 1980s. At Gewane, I witnessed loss of lives due to fighting/raids by Afar and Issa. It was a fight for grazing area and water source then.

The recent VOA Amharic program debating two “educated” Ethiopians from both ethnic groups however was an alarm for me. It is now a war to take land at the expense of the other for future autonomy or independence. It is a war to change the fact on the ground which stayed for at least one hundred years to a new reality for future independence if the current arrangement of ethnic federation falters some how. Continue reading ETHIOPIA: Deepening Crisis Between the Afar and Issa