Government continues peace and reconciliation process to return IDPs in Gedeo and Guji zones
The Federal Government of Ethiopia together with the Oromia and SNNP regional authorities is working on finding a lasting solution to the IDP crisis in Gedeo and West Guji zones. For this, the Aba Gadas (traditional leaders) from both West Guji (Oromia) and Gedeo (SNNP) zones, have continued convening a series of peace and reconciliation conferences since 28 July to realize a voluntary return of IDPs to their places of origin. In West Guji, the majority of IDPs have already returned from all the six woredas except Kercha woreda where only 35 per cent have returned to their places of origin according to NDRMC. In Gedeo zone of SNNP region, woreda officials are finalizing a comprehensive return and rehabilitation plan that will inform the required investment for immediate life-saving and recovery needs of returning IDPs. On 10 August 2018, NDRMC confirmed that all returns will respect humanitarian principles of safety, dignity, voluntariness and sustainability. While it is necessary to follow up on evolving needs as more IDPs start returning, Government and partners need to continue their scaled-up response to address the still significant gaps in identified IDP sites in both zones.
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