Railways, Roads Closed Between Addis Ababa and Djibouti

Protesters, upset by a militia attack in the region that killed many, have blocked roads and railways in Ethiopia’s Somali region. Roads and railways between the capital of Addis Ababa to the seaport of Djibouti were blocked according to reports coming out of the region.

Protesters are demanding an end to violent incidents that have happened repeatedly in the past several weeks, that they say were initiated by armed men from the Somali Isa ethnic groups. These incidents killed an undetermined number of people and caused property destruction, the protester say.

Almost all imports into the nation are transported across these blocked routes. The result of the blockage has yet to be felt or seen. The recent militia attack was reportedly over boundary disputes. Area leaders have said that they are working with the protesters to clear the roads and railways.