Somalias Flee By the Thousands as Fighting Worsens

April 12th, 2007 Print Print Email Email

som Amsterdam News | 11/2007
(GIN)”“Hundreds of thousands of Somalis are fleeing Mogadishu, the capital city, as heavy fighting between Ethiopian troops and Islamist fighters intensifies.
The worst fighting in more than 15 years was triggered by an Ethiopian offensive last week against fighters from the Islamist movement ousted from the capital in late December and clan gunmen.

Mogadishu is currently the headquarters of the U.S.-backed Transitional Federal Government. Dozens of rotting bodies have been seen in the streets, and many houses are empty.

The United Nations refugee agency says about 10,000 people have left Mogadishu over the past three days alone, bringing the total displaced to nearly 100,000 since February.
An editorial in The Nation newspaper of Nairobi, Kenya, predicted failure of peacekeeping efforts unless Ethiopia withdrew.

“As long as the Transitional Government is seen to be in office only courtesy of the Ethiopian military machine, seen as foreign interlopers, it will not be able to secure support of the majority.”?
It continues, “And as long as African Union troops … are seen to have been sent principally to prop up the Transitional Government, they will not succeed in their mission.”?
Criticism of the Transitional Government appeared on several Somali news sites. ”Clearly, the feeble Transitional Government has departed from its original reconciliation path,” wrote the Somali online news site Hiiraan.

”By doing so, it is making short term tactical errors and long term strategic lapses. The TFG has already lost moral control of the most populous, most important city in the country, all the while forfeiting a much-needed confidence to govern the nation…We know for sure that carpet-bombing Mogadishu isn’t the answer. Genuine dialogue that leads to an all-inclusive system was, is and will be the only answer.”

Ethiopia claims to have killed 200 insurgents but denies deploying any new troops to the region. The African Union has only deployed 1,500 Ugandans so far, and a first Ugandan peacekeeper was killed on the weekend.
Meanwhile, former U.N. spokesman Salim Lone, in an interview on the daily Democracy Now news show, said: ”This is not only a terrible war, but also the most lawless war. It violates clearly — with the invasion by Ethiopia — the UN Charter… The UN Security Council resolution in December said there should be no troops from regional neighboring countries going into Somalia as part of a peacekeeping force. And yet we have Ethiopian troops there, not as part of a peacekeeping force.

”It’s also turned the whole region into a giant Guantanamo (prison camp),” he continued. Kenya, he reported, ”has been kidnapping suspected supporters of the insurgent Islamic Courts as part of its cooperation with the U.S. war on terror, handing these suspects over to Somalia, which in turn hands most of them over to Ethiopia, where they have disappeared. So this is really a terrible war.”

Human Rights Watch reports that at least 85 of 150 individuals arrested in recent months at the Liboi and Kiunga border crossings have been secretly sent to Somalia ”in what appears to be a joint rendition operation” by Kenya, the United States, Ethiopia and Somalia’s transitional government.

”Each of these governments has played a shameful role in mistreating people fleeing a war zone,” declared Georgette Gagnon, deputy Africa director of Human Rights Watch. ”Kenya has secretly expelled people, the Ethiopians have caused dozens to ‘disappear,’ and US security agents have routinely interrogated people held incommunicado.”

A national reconciliation conference is scheduled for April 16 in Mogadishu, although there are doubts the government can secure the city by then.

  1. tutu
    | #1

    what you are thinking pupil ? no mater from were they are but remember seam thing HUMANS are dieing there ?
    why we are like these ? when we will stop to be stupid all Africans

  2. king
    | #2

    truth information about TPLF
    subject:– bend over the united state actioin and the world action against TPLF party
    plane of action :—
    A… invation of somalia and gathering the europian and medle east muslm popel to have arested in ethiopia secret palce and inform to united state of america C.I.A and F.B.I colaboration by the name of sespect tororism this will help us to gate a chace to bring back united state and eropian government that we are stronlgy avelebel to the horn of africa and we can do any thing what we wont to do even to achive the goal of the 100yers of work to be done in ethiopia and we will have a big atention on the media coverage
    B:… kidnaping of the eropian turists and there asistance at the afare rigion withen a week relaseing the eropian and the remainig kidnaped will stae to acuse the eritrian government that how far he is use full for tororists and he has a close relation sheep with alkaida and the united state america and eropian will take the action on him and to freze the bording dimarcation and to change the esayas government and put popet government with be halfe of ethiopian goverment .
    C….. making sestenablel peace inviromental condtion that the negaboring country like sudan ,kenya ,djebuty, somalia ,ertria, this country must be cleer from any opstion grop and thear tropes becouse they will have a grate effect on us
    D…. finaly making a good apoche to the addis abeba and ethiopian poel that what we have don wrong and what shall to be done to have a good democracy for the country and relasing some of the jurnalists and poletical menbers and taking the action on the main poletical leders of the opostion party to be gulty .
    all the above secret is truth and how much it hit the goal you can juje it

  3. fish
    | #3

    The americans are worth than Meles. On to days news they have drilled a hole on the Iranian Diplomat. So what do we expect from this kind of government and its allies Like Meles and Mobarak i gues tortur and killing.

    Dawn with American Imperializm! Mengistu was right.


  4. | #4

    the whole world would judge the stupidity of American policy on the Horn,as they fail in Vetiname, Iraq Afganistan and Somalia would be the ultimate falure for America,time will tell all the blunder they are committing on the innocent people by pushing the rouge state like zenawi to do all the dirty job,for us Ethiopians, Zenawi is a national disgrace child killer,Democrcy and and human right are the forgotten issues from Bush Adminstration,the founding fathers of this great nation would feel ashemed if they knew that thier sacrifice for freedom and democracy had been shatterd by the cowboy from Texas.

  5. | #5

    The united states foregin policies after the September 11,2001
    terrorist attack has made more enemies and like” If you arenot
    with us , then you are aganist us”.
    This attitude made more enemies all over the world.
    We ethiopians had protested in the state department and at the white
    house since the may 2005 for several times but The president had never say a single word about ethiopia.
    It a shame for not condemning the tryannt who killed civilians
    in the street all over ethiopia.
    Our Almighty God will make us united in the near future. The Bush Adminstration will never bring peace and prosperity in Ethiopia.
    We will prevail.

  6. fish
    | #6

    I am Praying for God to bring a time of deep sorow for all americans.


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