April 4, 2014

Ogaden: ONLF Gets Support From Ogaden Community In South Africa

The Somali Ogaden Community in South Africa held a four-day conference at which they confirmed their strong support of the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) and their struggle for independence. They deplored the Ethiopian security forces’ behavior in Ogaden region and confirmed they would strengthen their efforts, amongst others, by helping several NGOs fighting for Ogaden’s rights.

Below is an article published by Waagacusub Media

The Somali Ogaden Community in South Africa concluded its fourth day conference on Thursday [27 March 2014] electing its new leadership and condemning atrocities being committed by Ethiopian security forces in Ogaden region .

The Somali Ogaden Community in South Africa said on Thursday [27 March 2014] that it will intensify its efforts towards independence by supporting ONLF, strengthening existing institutions such as Ogaden Youth and Students Union (OYSU) and Ogaden Mother and Child Relief (OMCR), and enhancing media as well as the relationship with their twin Somali brothers beyond the Ogaden region's borders and engaging new and old friends in part of securing self-determination.

"We made a number of important decisions including supporting the ONLF , stepping up the  media, making good relationship with our brother beyond the border as well as effective engagement with our new and old friends in doing so we will secure our full-independence,"said Xayi Yare,a 28-year-old  Somali Ogaden activist based on Port Elizabeth.

"We will also stand by Ogaden Youth and Students Union (OYSU) and Ogaden Mother and Child Relief (OMCR) as well as NGOs caring about orphans and disabled".

The Somali Ogaden Community in South Africa concluded its fourth day conference on Thursday [27 March 2014] electing its new leadership and condemning atrocities being committed by Ethiopian security forces in Ogaden region and urged the Ethiopian government to lift the Ogaden blockade on the  media and aid agencies.