A surge in ethnic violence and brutal mob attacks has displaced one million people in southern Ethiopia in the past few months. It's fueling ethnic tensions in other regions and also threatens to undermine the new Prime Minister's popularity. Abiy Ahmed has ridden a wave of public backing since taking office in April.
Ending a state of emergency, and making peace with long time foe, Eritrea. But the ethnic strife could prove harder to tackle. Reuter's Aaron Marshall is in Chelelektu at a make shift camp.>> Since April this year, nearly one million people have been displaced in this densely part of the country, erring to intercommunal rights.
The vast majority of them sheltered in places like this, a make shift shelter, which was previously a port under construction. But given the huge wave of displacement in this region, the authorities have had to turn places such as this into IDP camps to accommodate the flow of people.
>> These displaced Etheopians have fled violence between the Oromo and Gedeo groups. Some say young men from Prime Minister Abiy's Oromo ethnic group have been emboldened by his rise to attack other groups. Abiy has toured Ethiopia calling for unity, but he hasn't come here yet. Some accuse him of turning a blind eye so as not to alienate his base.
> We came here because we were attacked. We left our village empty handed to save our lives. We traveled and spent three days in the bushes to get here. My husband got sick here and I could not help him, no financial resources to take care of him.
I intended to go out and beg but I felt shy. I felt shy, his health deteriorated further and finally, he died.>> It's not the only strife torn area. People have been lynched and burned alive in other regions too. Ethiopia's regional boundaries were redrawn along ethnic lines in 1991 after a civil war.
Critics say this violence throws the state's new structure into question.