O.N.L.F Statement On Forced Resettlement Of Nomadic Families In Ogaden. 26 January 2010
The Ethiopian regime has begun forcefully resettling nomadic families in the Shinile area of Ogaden to designated camps. These families were Forcefully rounded up and trucked to these designated camps near Obole and Higlaley recently in what appears to be the start of a broad effort to remove pastoralists in Ogaden from the normal grazing lands of their livestock.
This strategy has dire consequences for the livelihood of the nomadic population in Ogaden. These actions are clearly politically motivated and represent a clear war crime in that they are a systematic effort to deprive our nomadic population of their livelihood and collectively punish them for their opposition to the repressive policies of the current Ethiopian regime in Ogaden.
The Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) strongly condemns these actions by the regime of Melez Zenawi and calls on international human rights organizations and donor nations to investigate this unfolding war crime.
Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF)