The Plight of the Oromo Refugees in the Horn of Africa


  • Taha Abdi
  • Barbara E. Harrell-Bond



refugees, Horn of Africa, Oromo, Ethiopia


The History of the Oromo people of Ethiopia is one of colonization, subjugation and decimation. In fact, the first refugees on record in the Horn were Oromos who left their homeland during the early period of Ethiopian occupation. Annexation by Ethiopia meant the loss of their main source of livelihood, the land, and the denial of the most basic human and national rights. The situation prompted frequent armed uprisings, which have become more organized in recent years. Confilict, political persecution, and the inept and destructive policies of the Ethiopian government have now displaced hundreds of thousands of Oromos. These people live either in the safe area within the Oromos' region, occupied by the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), or in the neighbouring states of Somalia, Djibouti, Kenya, the Sudan and beyond.


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Abdi, T., & Harrell-Bond, B. E. (1987). The Plight of the Oromo Refugees in the Horn of Africa. Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, 6(4), 7–10.

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