Over 2,000 Somali nomads in Ethiopia die of mysterious illness since 2014

At least 2,000 people in Ethiopian Somali regional Regional State have died for the last six years following out real of unknown disease in the state.

According to article carried by VOA, majority of the victims are nomads keeping livestock in the state.

The mysterious disease which reportedly started in 2014 causes bleeding from their mouths and noses.

Other reported symptoms include swollen limbs and green or yellow eyes.

The locals living in the Ogaden Basin region said the disease reported just after the Chinese started exploring oil and gas in the area.

Chinese firm Poly-GCL has been prospecting for natural oil and gas in Ogaden since 2014.

Poly-GCL carried out exploration in the Culub and Hilal gas fields in Ogaden basin.

During the exploration of the oil and Gas in the region, several Chinese experts and Ethiopian soldiers were killed in 2007 when heavily armed fighters from Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) stormed the site.

Among those killed in the area, were nine Chinese workers, the governments of China and Ethiopia.

It is expected to start commercial gas production soon. The Ethiopian government has signed a deal with the Chinese company that gives it 50% of any income from oil or gas exploration.

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