THE Ethiopian government authorities are taking the mainly Afar ARDUF armed rebel movement’s opposition to the creationlast month of three special kebele (small administrative entities) in the Afar Regional State very seriously.
In response to threats issued by ARDUF’s leader in Asmara, Mussa Ibrahim, to attack the transport routes, the Ethiopian federal authorities asked the head of the security in the Afar Regional State, Seyum Awal, to deploy special police forces at the strategic points where the rebels could operate.
THE Afar-Issa conflict is no longer an encounter about access to grazing lands and water resources between two related pastoral communities. It is no longer about the raiding and counter-raiding of animals (camels, cows and goats) as war booty. It is not even being inflamed between the two traditional pastoral groups in the Eastern part of Ethiopia known as the Addis Ababa-Djibouti Corridor. However, it is raging far from home.
The intractable and unmanageable, years-old Afar-Issa conflict is being fought out in social media in a feverish war of words between two Diaspora, namely, the Afar and Issa Diaspora in Western countries (USA, Canada and Australia). The conflict is being fought out on Deutchwelle and VOA Amharic Services. Anyone who has been following recent developments with regard to this conflict would recognise this. Continue reading ARDUF Urges Ethiopia to Return Afar Territory or Risk Addis Ababa Djibouti Corridor→
The Afar Revolutionary Democratic Unity Front (ARDUF) through its Press Release issued on Tuesday (27) has denied the existence of any “attacks” carried out by the Ethiopian government forces in any of its military or training camps inside Ethiopia as it categorically denies the existence of any kind of military and training camps inside Eritrea.