Security Alert Wellega and Benishangul Gumuz

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Location:  Border between Benishangul Gumuz and the regions of East and West Wallega in Oromia.

Event:  The Embassy is aware of unrest around the border between the Benishangul-Gumuz region and the East and West Wallega zones of Oromia.  There are ongoing military operations in this area and reports of violence.  There are also disruptions to businesses, government services, and transportation.

Actions to Take:

  • Reconsider travel to this region.
  • Employ sound security practices.
  • Remain aware of your surroundings, including local events.
  • Avoid large gatherings and demonstrations; monitor local news stations; and follow the instructions of local authorities.
  • Remember that the security environment in Ethiopia is fluid and can deteriorate without warning.


  • U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


+251-111-306-911 or 011-130-6000 (after hours)

U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa

  • State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444