Are the clashes connected to Ethiopia’s Oromia crisis?
Since November 2015, Ethiopia has been dealing with large-scale
protests among members of the Oromo ethnic group, the country’s
majority ethnicity. These have resulted in a crackdown in which
hundreds of people have been killed, according to Human Rights Watch.
The Ethiopian government has said that Eritrea has backed the
protests, which were initially sparked by plans to expand the capital
Addis Ababathat would entail relocating Oromo farmer families.
People mourn the death of a man accused of protesting and shot by
Ethiopian forces in Yubdo Village in Ethiopia's Oromia region,
December 17, 2015. Ethiopia has blamed the Oromo protests partially on
But according to Mosley, the Oromia crisis is an internal affair and
has nothing to do with Ethiopia and Eritrea’s border disputes. “[The
Oromo protests] is the reaction from a certain educated strata of
Ethiopian society about being completely blocked out of negotiations
around the development planning,” says Mosley. “It’s not an Eritrean
plot, this is an Ethiopian ruling party failing