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Self-determination and independence within reach, says ONLF Spokesperson

Thursday September 14, 2023

Minneapolis (HOL) — The Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) believes that self-determination and independence for the Somali region are within reach, according to its spokesperson, Addani Hirmooge. In a recent interview with Somali TV of Minnesota, Hirmooge discussed the organization's journey, current status, and other issues.

The ONLF, formed in 1984, has been fighting for the rights of the Somali people in the Ethiopian region of Ogaden. Historically, the group has engaged in armed conflict, but in recent years, it has shifted its focus towards a more diplomatic and political approach.

Hirmooge reiterated that the ONLF's initial objective—to support the Somali people—remains steadfast despite the group's change in tactics. The organization now uses diplomacy and political advocacy to fight for the rights of the Somali people and to struggle for peace in the region.

"We have been fighting for our people to decide their own destiny and be consulted on whether to join Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya or to stand alone," Hirmooge said. "We are on the path to self-determination. There is little time left for self-governance and independence. If we don't raise the flag now, we will lose everything that the flag stands for."

Hirmooge also emphasized that the ONLF is always prepared to advocate for peace and the rights of those who are deprived of it. "We are ready for peace," Hirmooge stated.

The spokesperson concluded the interview by urging the people of the Somali region to support the ONLF. He emphasized that the organization stands for the rights of the Somali people that are neglected by the Ethiopian government and that the people will ultimately determine their own fate.

The Somali region, also known as Ogaden, has a predominantly Somali population and has been a contentious area between Ethiopia and Somalia for decades. The ONLF has been a critical player in the struggle for self-determination in the region. Despite a peace agreement signed with the Ethiopian government in 2010, the situation remains complex, with ongoing disputes over territory and resources.



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