Home | News    Monday 29 June 2009

Ethiopia Ogaden rebels blast report on killing civilians


June 28, 2009 (ADDIS ABABA) – The Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) rejected the claim by the website, Somaliland press, accusing the rebel group of killing several civilians in south Eastern Ethiopia, who are traders from Somaliland’s Hargesa town.

“The report by the website, Somaliland press, which claims that ONLF fighters killed several civilian traders from Hargesa, is not based on facts.” In a press release, the rebel group said that “It is a fabricated and baseless allegation”

The report by Somaliland press earlier this week said that, a group of ONLF rebels ambushed a convoy killing two Somali civilians in Ethiopia and seriously wounding several others.

The report said the victims were traders with Somaliland origins, going toward the Gashamo town in the Degehabur Zone of southeastern Ethiopia when they were attacked. The zone is bordered by the semiautonomous Somaliland region of Somalia whose clan lives along both sides of the border.

Unlike The concocted story which said that, ONLF fighters carried out the attacks because it was angry with people from Northern Somalia’s relationship with Ethiopia, ONLF regards all Somalis as brothers. The statement said.

“The Ogaden National Liberation Front regards all Somalis as brothers and does not hold any grudges against any groups from Somalia despite many transgressions by some Somali warlords against the Somali people from Ogaden and their legitimate struggle for total emancipation.”

“The Somali people in the Ogaden and the Somalis in North Somalia share a common heritage, kinship and economic ties that benefit both peoples. The reason for ONLF’s struggle is to emancipate the Somalis in Ogaden regardless of clan, believe or affiliation and there is no reason why it should target parts of its own people.” it added.

“Any entity or group trying to sow conflict and division among the Somali sub-clans in the Ogaden will fail. People with this attitude should know that this outmoded logic will benefit no one and they will be held responsible for unnecessary consequences of their machinations.” The statement further said.

According to the report by Hargesa media, this incident was not the first time the ONLF killed Somali Landers in Ethiopia.

The ONLF is a grassroots social and political movement founded in 1984 by the Somali people of Ogaden. The organization wants a referendum for separation of the Ogaden region from Ethiopia.

Ethiopia considers the rebel group as a terrorist organization.

The ONLF fighters oppose exploration for Oil by Ethiopian authorities and foreign companies in the Ogaden region. In 2007 ONLF attacked an oil venture and killed 74 Ethiopian and Chinese Oil workers

The group has also been accused by local Somalis of laying mines, burning villages, attacking development projects and intimidating Somalis who do not support its cause.

The London-based ONLF leadership has in turn accused Ethiopian authorities of detaining civilians, threatening rebel sympathizers, blocking food aid and committing war crimes in the region.

Recently the resistance group has warned all international Oil corporations, including the Malaysian Petronas company, from making any deals with Addis Ababa.

ONLF recently blamed multinational oil corporations for allegedly financing criminal activities in the Ogaden and causing a huge environmental disaster.

Since the 1990s, ONLF and the Ethiopian government were engaged in several peace talks led by local Somali elders but all the efforts have failed.


Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article


The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.

Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis

The Nile Basin challenges and opportunities 2015-11-30 21:56:37 Between transboundary cooperation and national territorial transformations By Mohamed Yassin The Nile Basin is an extended unique and rich territory in the African continent, which extends over (...)

President Festus G. Mogae rekindles peace hopeful dividends for South Sudan 2015-11-28 07:33:06 By James Okuk Friday 27th November 2015 had marked a very important step forward on the path of peace in the Republic of South Sudan despite lagging behind the schedules in the last wasted three (...)

The Sudanese rebels’ national agenda is causing local harm 2015-11-26 07:46:17 By Hafiz Ismail Mohamed Sudan people's Liberation Movement- North (SPLM-N)'s insistence on negotiating with the government about national issues only – rather than giving priority to South (...)


Latest Press Releases

Deadly Public Order raid in Umm Dawm 2015-11-11 13:26:10 The Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA)Deadly Public Order Raid in Umm Dawm On the 14th of October, the Public Order Police (POP) carried out a sweep in Umm Dawm, an area (...)

S. Sudan civil society groups to the 28 states issue to constitutional body 2015-10-08 17:26:10 South Sudan Civil Society Organizations Submission on the Creation of 28 States in the Republic of South Sudan Press Statement For immediate Release 8th October 2015 Following the announcement (...)

Sudan Democracy First Group Statement on The International Day for Democracy 2015-10-01 22:18:58 22 September 2015 Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG) commemorated on 15 September 2015 the International Day for Democracy, which the United Nations (UN) marks as a day to encourage governments (...)


Copyright © 2003-2015 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.