By Ahmed Abdi | Dec 2, 2013
The Media and Aid agencies banned Ogaden Region of Ethiopia has been sealed off from the rest of the World and Jigjiga which is the current capital city of the Ogaden Region is now lonely and isolated from the rest of the vast 9 provinces of Ogaden region this comes after Ethiopian authority deployed the notorious Liyu Police militia outside of the City that blocked the streets entering into Jigjiga in part of what they say a security tight.
The So-called Regional authority imposed twelve-hour curfew on vehicles which has been declared to be effective from 6P.M.until 6A.M. and people were urged to stay indoors after 8p.m. during the night hours throughout the Ogaden Capital City of Jigjiga. Read more…
14 November 2013 (Ogadentoday Press) – A heavy fighting between, ONLF, Ogaden National Liberation Front and Ethiopia coalition troops are reported in Ogaden region, eastern Ethiopia.
According to reports that Ogadentoday Press have received, the clashes took place on early this week in the area of Fik Zone in Ogaden Region.
Government has cut of transportation of the area several days.
Locals confirmed Ogadentoday Press the clashes
A source in Fik told Ogadentoday Press that 25 wounded Ethiopian troops have been taken to Jigjiga military hospital.
Many of them are Paramilitary forces named Liyu Police, while some others are Ethiopian military forces deployed in the area recently, the source added.
39 of Ethiopian Troops have been killed while ONLF lost dozens 12, a source close to regional administration told Ogadentoday Press on the phone.
ONLF officials confirmed the clashes but declined to comment on their side loss. Read more…
November 6, 2013 (Ogaden News Network) — Ethiopian paramilitary Force or Liyu Police militia better known as “Ethiopia’s Janjaweed ” is killing, raping, torturing,and arresting unarmed civilians in Ethiopian-Occupied Ogaden Region.
The Militia’s human rights violations is well-documented by the Rights Groups-such as Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and Genocide Watch.The Guardian reported that this criminal institution to receive £19 million from UK’s department for International Development or (DFID), a report denied by the DFID.
Twenty-three year-old,Nafis, who only gave her first name for fear of reprisal told me how she escaped from her town Hamaro,in the Fiq province,on phone. “A large number of paramilitary soldiers stormed our houses while I was in the vicinity of the town, killing any-one in sight and taking few people with them including my 2-year-old baby, Neima Mohammed, she said. Read more…
October 31, 2013 (The Daily Journalist) — The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) reported to have begun to work to bring Ethiopian authorities to justice for having committed a genocide in the Ogaden region. The International Commission of Jurists is a known international human rights organization composed of jurists (including senior judges, attorneys, and lawyers). The commission is known for its dedication to ensuring respect for international human rights standards through the law.
The report came right after different Swedish TV channels showed a movie smuggled out from Ogaden by an Ethiopian refugee, who had been a government official in the region. The 100 hours long movie is said to have many evidences of genocide committed by the Ethiopian government in the region. Read more…
October 27, 2013 (Ogadentoday Press)- Information Bureau of Ogaden National Liberation Front, ONLF a group fighting for the Self-determination of Ogaden Region in eastern Ethiopia has warned on Sunday the Foreign oil companies interested in Ogaden Region.
According to ONA, Ogaden News Agency the ONLF has warned several times for the oil companies but ignored the threats.
It is unfortunate that African Oil Company ignored the warning and they must know that without consent of the people Somali Ogaden region, oil and gas explorations in the region is impossible. Read more…
October 21, 2013 (Ogadentoday Press)- Ogaden National Liberation Front “ONLF,” official have claimed that their fighters attacked on Kebridahar town Airport on last week.
Our aim for this attack was to disrupt the visiting delegation in Ogaden and send a clear message to the puppet administration that serves only the colonial agendas in our people and land. The official said to Ogadentoday Press on the phone.
Speaking on the attack the official said that they have killed several Ethiopian Troops at the airport and destroyed two vehicles.
This was a co-ordinated attack and went successfully, the official said.
The puppet administration was hiding the attack but the military leaders informed the delegation, said the official citing their intelligence in the Ogaden.
I can confirm to you that, it was midnight and they have been waiting to welcome the federal delegation in the morning. Read more…
September 15, 2013 (Ogadentoday Press)- A heavy fighting between, Ogaden National Liberation Front, “ONLF” a secessionist group fighting for the independence of Ogaden Region in eastern Ethiopia, populated by Somali ethnic and Ethiopian Troops is reported.
A according to a report received by Ogadentoday Press , About 150 ONLF fighters attacked on military Camp located at Hoolla, a small village between Dhagahbour and Jigjiga, a capital city of local administration.
The report says, the camp surrounded by ONLF’s forces near Jigjiga on 9 September.
According to a report published by ONLF, 41 attacks were carried on; the government has cut off the telecommunication on the area. Read more…
Aug 6, 2013, Nairobi/Brussels (International Crisis Group) –The most credible attempt at talks to end decades of armed conflict in Ogaden may soon resume, but concerted efforts need to be made to guide them to a peaceful resolution.
In its latest report, Ethiopia: Prospects for Peace in Ogaden, the International Crisis Group examines the roots of longstanding conflict in the Somali-inhabited region of Ethiopia and the prospects for renewed dialogue. The first direct talks between the government and the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) began last year, facilitated by Kenya, but stalled, ostensibly over the rebels’ refusal to recognise the constitution.
“Any renewed peace talks in the fast-evolving regional landscape will face considerable challenges. But despite the gloom surrounding last October’s impasse, the opportunity to transcend decades of conflict should not be missed”.
EJ Hogendoorn, Crisis Group’s Africa Deputy Program Director
July 15, 2013 (Ogaden Today) — A Swedish-Ethiopian politician from Gothenburg has been assaulted on a trip to Ogaden, the restive region where two Swedish journalist were arrested two years ago on suspicion of abetting terrorists.
A Green Party part-time politician from Gotheburg was detained and beaten in front of his children, the man’s brother told Swedish media on Monday.
“We are aware of a case in which a Swedish citizen was detained and released. The embassy is keeping an eye on the case,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Sara Brandt-Hansen told the TT news agency.
The man has lived in Sweden for almost three decades and is a Swedish citizen. He had returned with his nine children, all born in Sweden, to Ethiopia to visit their native Ogaden region, according to the brother. Read more…
By Graham Peebles
July 8, 2013 (Media with Conscience) – Many people living outside Africa, most perhaps, have never heard of the Ogaden (or Somali) region of Ethiopia, they know nothing of the murders rapes and destruction that the ethnic Somali’s allege are taking place there. We all have our problems and what can I do anyway, these governments are corrupt, we – meaning western governments shouldn’t be sending them money, especially now with all the public sector cuts taking place. So runs the uninformed, albeit understandable response.
I like it here in Dadaab, “it’s peaceful”, seven year-old Khandra Abdi told me. Read more…
By Graham Peebles
June 7, 2013 (Eurasia Review) — The Ethiopian military and paramilitary forces, operating in the Ogaden region of Ethiopia, are, it is alleged, carrying out extra judicial killings and gang rapes; falsely arresting and torturing innocent civilians; looting and destroying villages and crops in a systematic attempt to terrify the people. This is the consistent message coming out of the region and from those who have fled persecution and are now in the world’s largest refugee camp, in Dadaab, Kenya. It is a message of government brutality and collective suffering taking place not only in the Ogaden but in a number of areas of Ethiopia, including the Amhara region, Gambella, Oromia and the Omo valley. Regime brutality that Genocide Watch (GW) consider “to have already reached Stage 7 (of 8), genocide massacres, against many of its peoples, including the Anuak, Ogadeni, Oromo, and Omo tribes”. They call on the EPRDF regime to “adhere to it’s own constitution and allow its provinces the legal autonomy they are guaranteed.” Read more…
By Graham Peebles
April 28, 2013 (Redress Online) — No matter how tightly the truth is tied down, confined and suffocated, it slowly escapes. It seeps out through cracks and openings large and small, illuminating all and revealing the grime and shame that cowers in the shadows.
The arid Somali (or Ogaden) region of Ethiopia, home to some five million ethnic Somalis, has been isolated from the world since 2005, when the Ethiopian government banned all international media and most humanitarian groups from operating in the area. Read more…