There is civil unrest in Ethiopia’s Sidama Zone. According to the Ethiopia Observer, the past week has seen protests across the southern Ethiopian region—many of them violent—following the murder of a young man on July 18th. One protest in the Hagere Selam town of Hula Woreda was met with gunfire from federal police, killing 14 people, according to a witness on the scene.
New reports from the Addis Standard state the death total has reached “more than 35,” with hundreds more displaced.
Much of the unrest stems from the Sidama Liberation Movement (SLM), a group seeking an “autonomous region for Sidama ethnic group.”