Resource based conflict framing among the Kereyu in the Upper and Middle Awash Valley of Ethiopia
This article presents aspects of a research project on so-called «violent resource based conflicts» in pastoral areas. It focuses on the question of how various actors among the main involved parties interpret and «frame» conflicts differently. It is a case study conducted among the Kereyu pastoral community in the upper and middle Awash valley of Ethiopia, a group that relates with other neighbouring groups and shares common resources through both violent and non-violent conflicts. Data collected in this community shows that the different conflict framings of Kereyu and other social actors involved in these conflicts allow different groups to take advantage of different situations. This variation in framing is accepted by the Kereyu and their neighbours as a means to cope with existing realities.