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12/14/07

  03:57:38 pm, by admin, 211 words  
Categories: Ethiopia, Ogaden Ethiopia

Ethiopia - Civilians are forced to fight Ethiopian rebels

Fighters of the Ogaden National Liberation Front tend to belong to the Ogaden clan. (Vanessa Vick for The New York Times)

Ethiopia - Civilians are forced to fight Ethiopian rebels

By Jeffrey Gettleman

The New York Times/IHT

Friday, December 14, 2007

NAIROBI:
The Ethiopian government, one of the United States's top allies in Africa, is forcing untrained civilians - including doctors, teachers, office clerks and employees of development programs financed by the World Bank and United Nations - to fight rebels in the desolate Ogaden region, according to Western officials, refugees and Ethiopian administrators who recently defected to avoid being conscripted.

Ethiopia has been struggling with the rebels for years. But with tens of thousands of its troops now enmeshed in a violent insurgency in Somalia and many thousands more massing on the border for a possible war with Eritrea, the government seems to be relying on civilians to do more of its fighting in the Ogaden, a bone-dry chunk of territory where Ethiopian troops have been accused by human rights groups of widespread abuses



Read Complete Report from The New York Times

Also published in International Herald Tribune which is owned by the New York Times company

Do you believe these allegations? Have Your Say.


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Comment from: baymeno [Visitor]
baymeno

This is the usual propoganda. Recently we read in Nazret.com Kinijit and ONLF paid one law firm $260,000 for publicity. I don’t know how much Jeffry Gettleman got paid to publish this pure fabrication of the truth to international community.

I am sure the truth( how much he makes for publishing these lies) will be revealed in the near future.

The Ogaden people are sick and tired of these rebels and rise against them. They don’t want to sit down and watch their progress halted by few anarchists. They want order and they want to get rid of these rebels themselves.

Gettleman twisted this voluntary struggle into negative news. He has already lost his credibility from a lot of reades. Nobody believed him before and nobody believe him now.

God Bless Ethiopia!

12/14/07 @ 16:21
Comment from: girma [Visitor]
girma

I highly doubt that the Ethiopian government is forcing the local doctors, teachers, office clerks and U.N. employees to fight rebels.
I may have believed it if the report said something like a nut Shaleka or Shambel confronted these civilians to fight the rebels :crazy:
Try to make it a little bit more believable next time. When things get exaggerated, the little truth that exists in the story will be lost.
Girma

12/14/07 @ 16:22
Comment from: Yohannes [Visitor]
Yohannes

The more bere wolede stories are written in the western media, the better it is for the EThiopian gov’t. Such fictious and baseless news articles may serve a week of jubilation for the enemies of Ethiopia but it clearly showed the desperatness of its enemies. If its enemies are strong enough, there is no need for much talk. They have to achieve their goal of controlling the Ogaden and do their business. Otherwise, too much talk like we have been hearing from the Islamists such as Jihad everyu other week, EDF will be decimated in weeks bla bla to end up in bushes and neigbouring nations is no use.

The wetern media more than any other time is campaigning against Ethiopia. They don’t want to see prosperous, strong and self reliance Ethiopia. They are at the fore front to advance the the evil action of Ethiopias enemies either the Arabs or Shabiya. We Ethiopians will never surrender to their hopless attack.

Keep up the Good work my beloved nation.

Viva Ethiopia for ever. The white ass journos will not have a say in Ethiopia.

12/14/07 @ 16:36
Comment from: Death to Weyane [Visitor]
Death to Weyane

I think it is true, the Weyane regime is on pressure now, thanks God they are going to destroy. Wake up Isayas let’s kick some Weyane a**s. Eritrean, Oromo, Somalia, and Ogaden are stand against the tyrant Weyane!!

12/14/07 @ 16:36
Comment from: addaa [Visitor]
addaa

Poor Jeffrey!!! the new Dan Connell of the Horn. He belongs to that comical Profession Dagmawi calls “Groupy Jornalism".

12/14/07 @ 16:37
Comment from: duryae [Visitor]
duryae

All I can say is abolutely untrue:?:

12/14/07 @ 16:37
Comment from: Befkedu [Visitor]
Befkedu

Hi Jeffrey!!!

still you are around Ogaden to write
this garbage.kkkk. You were the
ONLF journalist….still you are crying for
for terrorist…All Ethiopian teachers students, doctors, soliders ,farmers…..
all ethiopian ……again all Ethiopian
we will fight terrorism…
God bless Ethiopia.

12/14/07 @ 16:52
Comment from: Hussien [Visitor]
Hussien

Guys it is true. I know. Ethiopian government through its regional pupets is forcing me now to go there and fight against the rebels. SO if yoy are true Ethiopians, if care about Ethiopians we are dying day and night here. We don’t have training and we are forced to to do it. Pls come and help us

12/14/07 @ 16:52
Comment from: Temuye [Visitor]
Temuye

I think if he is, last time this journalist was arrested in the Ogaden region; later on, he was released. Is he trying to revenge for what had happened last time? I hope not. The news does not look true. Drs, teachers, hmmmmmmm.

12/14/07 @ 16:59
Comment from: Esat [Visitor]
Esat

The end is clearly approaching for the current Ethiopian government. Too bad it disfranchised a lot of true Ethiopians especially Amharas who would have been a force to rely on in time of crisis. Eritrea, Ogaden, Somalia…. Once it started, it is going to spread faster than California fire. The entire world media, including from Arab countries, would focus on Ethiopia. Ethiopia would be the No. 1 action place of the entire world. A government built on deception, looting, injustice, murder, ethnicity and incompetence would fall badly.

12/14/07 @ 16:59
Comment from: Alula yemesker [Visitor]
Alula yemesker

Hussien,
Ask you banana and bread from Jiffy; he took it on the behalf of you. Do not be an empty echo with a nasty noise.
If I were you, I stop and think in the morning, before the brain clogged with chat.
cheers,

12/14/07 @ 17:06
Comment from: Koki [Visitor]
Koki

Not to forum participants:

i have reliable information that the woyane has ordered and even hired people from ethnic group to use various allases and write multiple respnses to publications negative on the woyane. Dont be surprised if pro woyane posts on these forums seem large. I know this from the inside. Thre is a workstation made for this purpose in embassies, insiders would tell you. Their objective is to look like they are many. They are not here to make sense as you see. Since fihging the idea is above their pay grade, they are ordered to insult and demonize Woyane Critics.

This info is from a source in Woyane Embassy.

12/14/07 @ 17:09
Comment from: Yohannis [Visitor]
Yohannis

Woyyanes are trying to kill people in many ways. Kill one through the other. Can we help our brothers and sisters out there. Mellez is purely criminal by any standard.
International media have seen this and reporting even partially,

12/14/07 @ 17:19
Comment from: Masaret [Visitor]
Masaret

Why is the government using civilians to fight against the rebels. True it is. I know some families from ogaden and they kepp telling same stories. Really well before this article. SO we need to stand up and help these poor peole from the monster.

12/14/07 @ 17:23
Comment from: Tayabi [Visitor]
Tayabi

Hi the above EPRDF Cadres from your opinion the true information comes only from AIGA Forum or ENA, Walta or Reporter.Plz don’t be stupid, and full yourself not me.Woyane is number one lie generator.
Long live Ethiopia
Death for woyane and his twin shabia

12/14/07 @ 17:26

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