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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
Also published in International Herald Tribune which is owned by the New York Times company
Do you believe these allegations? Have Your Say.
Evaluating Jeffrey Gettleman’s revenge on Ethiopia
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!
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
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.
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.
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!!
Poor Jeffrey!!! the new Dan Connell of the Horn. He belongs to that comical Profession Dagmawi calls “Groupy Jornalism".
All I can say is abolutely untrue
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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
i dont know whether what koki says is true but pro eplf commentators on this website have multiplied over the past few months and i dont think it was meles’s millenium speech that did it. How come we are not campaigning for people in ogaden like we campaigned for 2005 election votes?
Jeffery shut up!
Ethiopians are black lions,… Every
Ethiopians fight for sovergnity of beutiful Ethiopia. Our grandfathers broke the backbone
of white (ferenji) invaders.
hey whta are you trying to tell us. we ethiopians are one blood. we are not going hate each other by this kind of fake news. belive it or not we have the srongest miletary in africa!
How come we are not campaigning for people in ogaden like we campaigned for 2005 election votes?
Well Dude, Not only Meles’s Millenium speech but also Kinijit’s exposing their true nature in front of their die-hard Supporters made a lot of Ethiopians to come to their senses. Read how Kinijit leaders are firing each other in ethiopiafirst.com. Yesterday, Hailu Hawul fired Birhanu and Birtukan, today Birtukan and Birhanu fired Hailu Shawul. Is that what you want for your beloved Ethiopia or you are a Shabian representative? Come on Dude!
Killing 70 innocent defenseless civilians including nine chinize workers and a three year old boy among the dead won’t help ONLF causes nither.
I hope you too will stop your hate mongering and come to your senses.
God Bless Ethiopia!
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