Abdurrahman Mahdi is an excellent Ogadeni scholar who contributed an illuminating chapter of Modern Ogaden Concise History under the title “The Ogaden Past and Present” in the collective volume “Arrested Development in Ethiopia – Essays on Underdevelopment, Democracy and Self-Determination” edited by Seyoum Hameso and Mohammed Hassen (The Red Sea Press Inc., Trenton, New Jersey, 2006); we re-publish here a few illuminating paragraphs that shed light of major historical developments that occurred in 20th century Ogaden. We recommend the excellent publication to all Western readers, and decision-makers, who share the agony of African peoples for Freedom, Human Dignity, Respect for Human Rights, Democracy and Tolerance.____________________________________________________________________________________________________

American Chronicle – April 26, 2007
Dr. Muhammad Shamsaddin Megalommatis

The critical events at Obala, Northern Ogaden, and the successful operation carried out by the ONLF, bring the West in front of a most challenging predicament: either adjust the African policy on Humanist and Democratic principles and concepts and put an end to the most loathed tyrannical regime of fake ‘Ethiopia’ or support it and see Islamic terrorism expand throughout Africa like mushrooms.

Ogaden: a Glorious part of African History

The West cannot afford to be ignorant of the historical truth as regards the Horn of Africa region. All the Western fears, misconceptions and erroneous policies are based precisely on ignorance, and mass media mendacity. Few pieces of correct analysis, pertinent reports and news have reached the Western audience about Ogaden. Yet, the world press is flooded with venomous articles against the Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, as result of his land reform that deprived some local colonials from the big money they used to make. A recently published comical article under the title “Robert Mugabe, man or monster?“ is to be found here: http://www.economist.com/daily/diary/displaystory.cfm?story_id=9061584.

The World press must re-focus on what is more essential as violation of Human Rights, and stop working for the interest of some restricted groups of power. Mugabe is not as cruel and bestial as Meles Zenawi, the thuggish Abyssinian tyrant.

People in the West ignore that tyrannical, anachronistic and dysfunctional Abyssinia (falsely re-baptized ‘Ethiopia’) has no right to occupy Ogaden, was never accepted as country by the Ogadenis, and consequently does not have any right to exploit the natural resources of a foreign country.

Ogaden was for millennia a passageway between Africa’s East coast and the Abyssinian plateau; through the Periplus of the Red Sea, a text written approximately before 1930 years by an Alexandrian Egyptian captain and merchant, we know details about the navigation alongside the African Red Sea coast, through the Bab al Mandeb straits, and further on until the Cap of Spices (Akroterion Aromaton – present day Cap Guardafui) and down to Rhapta, in the area of today’s Dar es Salam in Tanzania. Since the sailors had to arrange everything in a way to sail according to the direction of monsoons, sometimes they had to wait many long months in these faraway places; this was the main reason for the development of the trans-African caravan routes through the region of Ogaden.

In the same way Ogaden was a land between Azania (Eastern coast of Africa, Somalia to Tanzania) and Axumite Abyssinia and Meroitic Ethiopia in the Antiquity, today’s Ogadenis are in the middle of many struggles for National Independence. In the Eastern confines of Ogaden, Somalis seek to get rid of the barbaric Amhara / Tigray invaders; in Ogaden’s Western borders, Afars, Oromos, and Sidamas fight to kick out the same murderers who have been ruling these vast lands for more than a century, only to guarantee underdevelopment, starvation, poverty, torture and misery.

Abdurrahman Mahdi is an excellent Ogadeni scholar who contributed an illuminating chapter of Modern Ogaden Concise History under the title “The Ogaden Past and Present” in the collective volume “Arrested Development in Ethiopia – Essays on Underdevelopment, Democracy and Self-Determination” edited by Seyoum Hameso and Mohammed Hassen (The Red Sea Press Inc., Trenton, New Jersey, 2006); we re-publish here a few illuminating paragraphs that shed light of major historical developments that occurred in 20th century Ogaden. We recommend the excellent publication to all Western readers, and decision-makers, who share the agony of African peoples for Freedom, Human Dignity, Respect for Human Rights, Democracy and Tolerance.

Abdurrahman Mahdi on the Ogaden Past and Present

The Ogaden Somali territory lies between Oromia to the west, Afar to the northwest, the Republic of Djibouti to the north, Kenya to the south and the Somali Republic to the East. The Ogaden people are agro-pastoralists and they speak Somali language.

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