UNHCR expresses concern over the recent violent incidents in and around Gambella town, western Ethiopia, and is calling for calm in this difficult situation.In a report issued on Wednesday, the UN Refugee Agency indicates that the violent cross-border attacks also caused the displacement of some 21,000 Ethiopians away from their villages.
The cross-border attack by Murle ethnic group from South Sudan earlier this month reportedly claimed more than 200 lives, with more than 100 children abducted.
The Ethiopian government late last week said that it has surrounded the location of children abducted by armed militants of South Sudan’s Murle tribe from Gambella regional state.
The government of South Sudan last week said it will collaborate with Ethiopia to hunt those gunmen who killed innocent civilians in a cross border raid on Friday, April 15, 2016.
The UN Refugee Agency also expresses profound gratitude to the Ethiopian government for reinforcing security in Gambella town and in the refugee camps, which has significantly helped to prevent further tragedy.
The Gambella region has a long history of hosting refugees from South Sudan. Currently there are more than 272,000 of whom over 221,000 have arrived there since conflict broke out in their home country in December 2013.
While hoping for the restoration of peace and stability in South Sudan, which will ultimately pave the way for refugees to return home, UNHCR appeals to the international community for additional support and resources for both refugees and host communities in Ethiopia.
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