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ONLF anniversary in the Eastern Cape of South Africa

By Ahmed Abdi
Thousands of Somalis from occupied-Ogaden, South-Eastern Ethiopia celebrate the Ogaden National Liberation Front or ONLF’s 31st anniversary.

Ogaden Liberation movement (ONLF), which was founded in August 15, 1984 has waged an armed struggle against the Ethiopian imperialism or Tigray People’s Liberation Front, Ethiopia’s current ruling ethnic group since 1994 after TPLF ousted the first Ogadeni legitimate President, Abdullahi Mohammed Sadi to supplant Tigray-controlled political system in the oil-and-gas-rich Ogaden region.

Ethiopia have never given a chance to Ogadenis to elect leaders of their choice except a short period of time i.e 1992 and then killed, arrested and hunted down the Ogadeni truer representatives at the time.

TPLF came to power after it toppled the Derg regime with the help of the Eritrean Peoples Liberation Front , which gave Eritrea’s people to vote for referendum that Eritreans vote in favour of independence and resulted in the birth of the Powerful Eastern African state of Eritrea.

In Ethiopia-Eritrea war (1998-2000 ), Ethiopia seized territory and still occupies Eritrea’s fertile land along with the border town of Badme.

Meanwhile, Ethiopia’s TPLF easily deceived many other Independent movements in a bid to prolong the subjugation of the nations of Ogaden, Gambella Oromia, Benishangul, Sidama, Afarland et al.

Recent days, the flag of the ONLF decorated the towns and cities of Norway, Denmark, Sweden, US, South Africa, Yemen, Saudi Arabia,Kenya and many others. And Ogadenis hope to walk on the streets of Werder, Jigjiga, Degahbur, Harar, Dire Daba, Fiq, Kebri Daher, Gode, and Kelafo with liberty and dignity without fear waving their national flag-the green, red and blue, with the five-pointed white star.

They are giving their own blood for the sake of their Independence so that they can hold their next or future celebrations in their homeland to honour all who have fallen in fight for the return of the Republic of Ogaden without fear of execution, arrest or humiliation. Ogaden, which is politically and economically marginalized was handed over to Ethiopia in 1954 by the Great Britain.

Ogadeni expats are important assets to ONLF leadership-they contribute to the struggle financially and morally (at least-seventy-nine communities around the World) that’s why they are doing enough to organize and mobilize them.

Ethiopia tried to challenge ONLF with its own powerful diaspora yet failed after many of them who previously ate the bait eventually disappointed when they saw the Somali regional state President Abdi Mohamoud Omar or Abdi Iley’s gross human rights violations specially relatives of the Ogadeni diaspora jailed in the TPLF’s concentration Camp better known as ‘Jail Ogaden’ in Jigjiga, the current regional Capital of Somali regional state of Ogaden.

The Ethiopian Security Forces receiving orders from the Commander-in Cheif President Abdi Iley conducted widespread arrests in the village of Dig around the Aware district in the Degahbur Provincelast Friday . Among of them are Rooda Mohamed Akhtar, Suad Sheikhg Abdi, Fadxi Muhumed Deeq , Hassan Mohamed, and Mi’raj Sharif Abdullahi.

The reason behind this fresh arrests remain unknown unless it is the usual Ethiopian crackdown on Ogadenis that happens on daily basis in many parts of the Ogaden territory.

Last week , 5 Chinese Petroluem engineers and 12 Ethiopian soldiers were killed in an ONLF skirmished in Dalad, about 12 kilometers east of the city of Kebri Dahar, however, neither Ethiopia nor ONLF officially reported the incident. I could not verify the claim, which was posted by many Ogadeni Websites such as Qorahay Media, Ogadentoday Press, Ogaden News Agency, Ogaden24 and many others.

2 thoughts on “Ethiopia: ONLF Supporters hold celebrations around the World

  1. Happy anniversary my brothers and sisters from Ogaden. Your joy is the joy of Oromians and your pains is ours too. Together, we will win this devil Ethiopian colonial rule. The time is fast approaching when we again breath fresh air of freedom and independence with both Oromians and Ogadenians living peacefully as neighbors with people of both countries freely moving and trading among each other.

  2. Happy anniversary to our allies on the road to Freedom. Let’s try to step up our cooperation in order to achieve our similar goal (Freedom and Independence of our nation).

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