Ethiopians refuse to return after shooting I was shot twice -I wont return to Ethiopia

Mr Guyo eventually found his way across the border and into Kenya. I met him at the local health centre in Somare where he is receiving further treatment. “I will never go back there. It’s my home but life is much more precious,” he said. BBC

By Emmanuel Igunza – BBC Africa, Nairobi

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The Ethiopian government says it will begin repatriating thousands of refugees who have fled into Kenya over the past week.

More than 40,000 people left the town of Moyale after 10 people were there killed on Saturday, the Ethiopian government says. Of those who fled, 10,000 crossed the border into Kenya, the Red Cross says.

Ethiopian authorities say the shooting was a botched security operation.

I spoke to 21-year-old Guyo Jarso who was shot twice. One bullet grazed his side, and another passed through his arm.

“It is the Ethiopian soldiers who shot us. They started firing at people,“ he told me.

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BBC – Woman with woodGuyo.

Mr Guy o eventually found his way across the border and into Kenya. I met him at the local health centre in Somare where he is receiving further treatment.

“I will never go back there. It’s my home but life is much more precious,” he said.

Officials say civilians were killed by mistake during an operation to track down members of the Oromo Liberation Front, which is outlawed in Ethiopia.

The Ethiopian government says soldiers involved in the operation have been arrested and are being investigated.

The Ethiopian Ambassador to Kenya Dina Mufti told the BBC that it was “an unfortunate incident that created fear among our nationals”.

But insisted that “it’s definitely time for them to go back home”.

UN Refugee Agency’s emergency response co-ordinator Burton Wagacha told me that there is not adequate health and water available at the Kenyan camps for the people fleeing.

Even so, back at the camps, people are bracing themselves for a much longer stay.

Dima Godana and her friends are laying down fresh foundations for their future in Kenya.

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BBC women putting up tent

“It is not a foreign enemy that is killing us but our very own government. If that government is still in power we are not going back. But if this government is removed we will go back.”

It is a sentiment that people keep repeating. They say though home is so near, peace and security in Ethiopia are so far.

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