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Oxfam: Clashes Displace Thousands in Southern Ethiopia


The aid group Oxfam says more than 23,000 people have fled their homes in southern Ethiopia because of fighting between rival clans.

The clashes between the Guji and Borena communities erupted last month, after the government sided with the Guji in a land dispute.

Aid groups say between 100 and 150 have been killed in the fighting, which is centered in an area between the towns of Yabello and Finchewa, 400 kilometers south of the capital, Addis Ababa.

An Oxfam spokeswoman, Liz Lucas, says elders, traditional leaders, and local government officials are meeting to settle the conflict. She says Oxfam is also involved in efforts to restore peace to the area.