After a famous Ethiopian pop star/activist was shot dead on June 29, protests broke out in the capital city Addis Ababa and in Oromia region, the homeland of the singer, heightening ethnic tensions in the country. The protests are ongoing and have turned violent, killing close to 200 people to date, and displacing hundreds of families. Police and military forces are deployed in key locations to try to control the situation. Internet has been shut down since the start of the demonstrations and movement is restricted. The most affected areas are the city of Addis Abeba and 40 woredas in eight (8) zones in Oromia region: Arsi, West Arsi, East Hararghe, Jimna, West Shawa, Finfine, Bale and South West Shawa. Addis Abeba and 8 zones in Oromia
DREF operation is being requested, with initial focus on support for further needs assessments, household item (HHI) distribution to displaced population in Oromia as well as the provision of psychosocial support (PSS) and first aid (FA). The result of the assessment will inform an operation update to include the full operational strategy.