New fighting force in Ethiopia’s Ogaden

Peace talks just held in Kenya have highlighted the role of ONLF in region’s long-running separatist campaign.

The conflict In Ethiopia’s Somali, or Ogaden, region has killed thousands of people over the last 15 years. But the crisis is little known because of media restrictions by the government.

It borders Djibouti, Kenya, and Somalia. The people there are predominantly ethnic Somali and Muslim.

It is also home to a separatist campaign led by the Ogaden National Liberation Front, or ONLF, which has fought for independence since 1984.

Ethiopian forces waged an offensive against the rebels in late 2007 after an attack on a Chinese-run oil facility.

Last week Ethiopia’s government held peace talks  with the ONLF in Kenya.

In the second part of Al Jazeera’s series on Ogaden, Mohammed Adow meets the region’s new fighting force.

Source: Al Jazeera


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