Ethiopian Annihilation of the Ogaden ...

Ethiopian Annihilation of the Ogaden People

There are 1 comment on the Counterpunch story from Feb 8, 2013, titled Ethiopian Annihilation of the Ogaden People. In it, Counterpunch reports that:

In the harsh Ogaden region of Ethiopia, impoverished ethnic Somali people are being murdered and tortured, raped, persecuted and displaced by government paramilitary forces.

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#1 Feb 10, 2013
This is a well done report with many facts about the situation in the Ogaden and Ethiopian governments’ attitude about the indigenous people in the country, and many thanks for that. The same things are with the people of Afar, Gambella and Oromo, and there are many articles about the situation in these regions. The lasts reports were about the organized displacement on the pastoralists and farmers in the South Omo, Gambella and Afar. The Somali region (Ogaden) is Ethiopia’s ‘own Darfur, where government runs war and organized human genocide, and blocks food aid delivery and trade, humanitarian access in the region. Women, children and older people are the most vulnerable groups to suffer abuse and violence and misuse of humanitarian aid in these regions. Ogaden humanitarian crisis is the worst one in Africa and Middle East.
There is no freedom, human rights protection, and right to development and aid in Ethiopia, as well as Ogaden region. Ethiopian government lacks basic principle on the citizens’ human rights protection, good governance and accountability in basic services delivery and aid operations. Ogaden is a milk caw for the Abyssinians; their politicians and amy force officials in in Addis Ababa and Ogaden region. The best villages and houses in Mekelle, Hawassa, Bahirdar, and Finfine (Addis Ababa) are built by the looting money from the Ogaden region. Journalists, UN and humanitarian agencies in area are not allowed to assess the actual needs on the ground. Therefore, Ethiopian Government is doing its dirty trade on aid going to the Ogaden region and cannot meet the needs of vulnerable pastoral communities in the region. Relief food is only source of income for the level government officials and militias at local level. WFP relief food goes through the government channels. The food is delivered where there are militia presences only. NGOs are not allowed to monitor humanitarian situation and operations and share with about these incidents, otherwise the government will close these organizations and arrests staff members. Government accuses humanitarian workers that, they support rebels and opposition groups, and share with UN and donors information about humanitarian situation of the country.
The government punished local communities and also authorities in the regions by accusing them that, they support rebels and opposition groups! There are more than one hundreds ways of punishing people by the Ethiopian government, including the organized displacement, buried wells and burning of villages, restriction of aid delivery, looting the aid and money for relief and basic services, detention of civilians and local government officials, organized terror on the indigenous people through federal armed forces and Jenjawed Militia “Liyu Police or Special Police”, and other ways.
Foreign missions, journalists, humanitarian agencies and workers are not allowed to travel to the drought and conflict affected areas in the country, especially in the Ogaden region. However, poor humanitarian management with serious violations and detention of the aid workers and absence of rule of law in Ethiopia will not change the humanitarian situation in the region. The problem with the Ethiopian government is very clear, but there are questions about silence of the UN and donor government and organizations about Ethiopian government and its organized crimes on aid delivery and access problems in the drought and conflict affected areas of the country, especially in the Ogaden region.

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