The Dizi and the Neighbouring Surma: A Case Study of Interethnic Relations in Southwest Ethiopia

  • A Berhanu


The Dizi of southwest Ethiopia, whose relationship with the neighbouring  Surma has been  deteriorating in recent years, Imd themselves in difficult circumstances. In an inquiry of 3 separate focus group interviews involving 23 participants2, about half of the informants reported they had one or more family members killed by the Sunna over the last 10 years before February 1998. This simply shows the seriousness of the problem. A quick fix is not
expected to such deeply troubled relationship. Sustained efforts are needed to bring about a negotiated and non-confrontational engagement of the two groups. This study underscores the importance of clan-based indigenous organizations in managing interethnic relations.

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