Ethnic conflict in the 'tribal zone': the Dizi and Suri in southern Ethiopia

TitleEthnic conflict in the 'tribal zone': the Dizi and Suri in southern Ethiopia
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1993
AuthorsG.J. Abbink
Secondary TitleThe journal of modern African studies : a quarterly survey of politics, economics and related topics in contemporary Africa
Pagination675 - 682
Date Published1993///
PublisherCambridge University Press
Publication Languageeng
Keywords1991, Dizi, Ethiopia, ethnicity, fieldwork, southern ethiopia, Suri, violence

Although the Ethiopian Transitional Government has been attempting since 1991 to set up new national and regional structures of administration and cooperation that may eventually lead to some form of locally entrenched, ethnic-based democracy, these are not yet fully in place in Käfa region in southern Ethiopia. This paper analyses the possibilities and constraints of the Ethiopian model by highlighting the increasing ethno-political tensions in this 'marginal' area, notably between the Dizi and the Suri in the Maji area. It examines the political and ecological factors which played a role in the recent upsurge of violence, and discusses the prospects for intervention and change. The paper is based on fieldwork carried out in the area during 1992 and 1993. Notes, ref

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