ADDIS ABEBA – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has met with members of Guji and Gedeo communities who recently returned to their villages in Kercha woreda, in the southern part of Ethiopia on Thursday.
Abiy was accompanied by administrators of Oromia and SNNP regional states, Shimeles Abdisa and Million Mathios, respectively, and Minister of Peace Muferiat Kamil in a visit that aimed at assessing “the current situation” on the ground.
More than 3,000 people have returned to their village in Kercha Woreda alone as part of a government plan to repatriate displaced people in Ethiopia this month.
A UN humanitarian agency reported on Wednesday that close to 1.9 million displaced Ethiopians have been repatriated to their home since the start of May.
In Kercha, the Prime Minister responded to the questions raised by the returnees. They urged the government to ensure sustainable peace and asked for strong rehabilitation support.
These, according to the returnees, will help them begin farming in the rainy season, which will start next month.
Prime Minister Abiy, on his part, advised the two communities to stand united and work together for peace.
“The prime minister encouraged them to strengthen their unity while the government continued to fill the identified gaps,” said the Prime Minister, after the visit.
The delegation, which involves top officials from SNNP and Oromia regions, also provided the community with building materials for the reconstruction of their homes, according to the PM Office.
By Our Staff Writer