In Somalia, mothers fear sons were sent to Ethiopia conflict

“According to the information I gathered, our children were taken straight to Mekele city,”

Source: AP

Pressure is growing on Somalia’s government amid allegations that Somali soldiers have been sent to fight in neighboring Ethiopia’s deadly Tigray conflict

Via AP news wire

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Pressure is growing on Somalia’s government amid allegations that Somali soldiers have been sent to fight in neighboring Ethiopia’s deadly Tigray conflict.

Mothers have held rare protests in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, and elsewhere, demanding to know the fate of their children who originally were sent to Eritrea for military training. They fear their children have been deployed to the Tigray region, where Ethiopian forces have been fighting Tigray ones since November in a conflict that threatens to destabilize the Horn of Africa.

“I heard that our children who were sent to Eritrea for military training have been taken and their responsibility was turned over to (Ethiopian Prime Minister) Abiy Ahmed to fight for him,” Fatuma Moallim Abdulle, the mother of 20-year-old soldier Ahmed Ibrahim Jumaleh, told The Associated Press.

“According to the information I gathered, our children were taken straight to Mekele city,” the capital of the Tigray region, she said. “You may understand how I feel, I am a mother who carried her child for nine months in my belly, that’s my blood and flesh.”

Ethiopia this week denied reports of the presence of Somali soldiers in Tigray, and it continued to deny the presence of Eritrean ones.

Abiy made peace with neighboring Eritrea in 2018, for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Now critics say Ethiopian and Eritrean forces have teamed up in the conflict against a common enemy in the now-fugitive Tigray leaders, who dominated Ethiopia’s government for nearly three decades before Abiy took office and embarked on around of regional peacemaking that included Somalia.

Somalia President Abdullahi Mohamed Abdullahi has been asked by the head of the country’s parliamentary committee on foreign affairs, Abdulqadir Ossoble Ali, to investigate allegations of participation in the Tigray conflict.

“We have the oversight right to check what our government is doing,” Ali wrote in the letter distributed to media outlets.

And the former deputy director for Somalia’s intelligence agency, Ismael Dahir Osman, has said “it is a question worth asking why these soldiers are not yet back home after more than a year when their training would have concluded long ago.”

Somalia’s information minister, Osman Abokor Dubbe, this week denied the “propaganda” that Somali soldiers who had been outside the country for training have been involved in the Tigray conflict.

“There are no Somali troops requested by the Ethiopian government to fight for them and fight in Tigray,” he said.

The issue has emerged at a sensitive time in Somalia. The country is set to hold national elections in the coming weeks, but two federal states have refused to participate and the opposition accuses the president of trying to push ahead with a partial vote.

“The parents of those children keep calling us and they don’t have any contact with their children, and some of them were told that their boys have died,” one opposition presidential candidate, Abdurahman Abdishakur Warsame, told the AP. “According to the information we’re receiving, those boys were taken to the war in northern Ethiopia. We’re calling for an independent national commission to investigate the matter, and if it is proven to be true, it will amount to treason of national scale.”

5 comments

  1. Mother Fatuma Moallim Abdulle is in very condition. Her plea is heart wrenching! We, THE SOMALI respect human right particularly women’s rights in our esteemed culture. I am sure Mr. Abdulqadir Ossoble Ali, Mr. Ismael Dahir Osman and any other Somali ( reading this ) capable of help will assist Mother Fatuma as soon as possible – as it is our collective sacred duty as Somalis.
    As to the fighting for #abiy part – shame on us; I hope it is not true. We should always remember the difference between #tigrepeople and #amhara. To an old enough Somali (where ever he/she is in the world) – I don’t think I need to explain what #amhara did to us for ions – as it is in our genes. Instead, mpy brothern Somalis, let me remained you one thing and inform you of another.
    1. #tigrepeople are the ones who removed the yoke of colonialism from our shoulders and gave us the sweet freedom of self-determination. Yes, there were many mistakes they did to us, but non is on the level of the gift they gave us – equality.

    2. The on-going war is between #tigrepeople and #amhara – the kings of today’s #ethiopia. Their collective is objective is to return #ethiopia to the imperial days – hence their old superiority and our ox yoke carrying. Their is no choices here for us. We should be at their side in every sense; we have the same interest and ideals. In short we should share the blood they are spilling – for own sake!

    To the Somalia President , I say If, for what ever reason, you sent our boys to fight for #abiy, that was a very bad decision , but I understand some times we all – human beings – make mistakes. I am sure Mr. Farmajo you will never allow such thing to happen under your watch. This is your people’s wish!

    Ah! Mr. Ali,s statment “We have the oversight right to check what our government is doing,” is very heart warming. It shows that we, the Somalis, are out of the dark at last ! Happy owmen! Keep on the good work. I wish you and your colliqes success!

  2. Mother Fatuma Moallim Abdulle is in very condition. Her plea is heart wrenching! We, THE SOMALI respect human right particularly women’s rights in our esteemed culture. I am sure Mr. Abdulqadir Ossoble Ali, Mr. Ismael Dahir Osman and any other Somali ( reading this ) capable of help will assist Mother Fatuma as soon as possible – as it is our collective sacred duty as Somalis.
    As to the fighting for #abiy part – shame on us; I hope it is not true. We should always remember the difference between #tigrepeople and #amhara. To an old enough Somali (where ever he/she is in the world) – I don’t think I need to explain what #amhara did to us for ions – as it is in our genes. Instead, my brothern Somalis, let me remained you one thing and inform you of another.

    1. #tigrepeople are the ones who removed the yoke of colonialism from our shoulders and gave us the sweet freedom of self-determination. Yes, there were many mistakes they did to us, but non is on the level of the gift they gave us – equality.

    2. The on-going war is between #tigrepeople and #amhara – the kings of today’s #ethiopia. Their collective is objective is to return #ethiopia to the imperial days – hence their old superiority and our ox yoke carrying. Their is no choices here for us. We should be at the #tigrepeopke side in every sense; we have the same interest and ideals. In short we should share the blood our tigrean brotherns are spilling – for own sake!

    To the Somalia President , I say If, for what ever reason, you sent our boys to fight for #abiy, that was a very bad decision ,
    But I understand some times we all – human beings – make mistakes. I am sure Mr. Farmajo you will never allow such thing to happen under his watch. This is your people’s wish!

    Ah! Mr. Alis’ statment “We have the oversight right to check what our government is doing,” is very heart warming. It shows that we, the Somalis, are out of the dark at last ! Happy owmen! Keep on the good work. Mr. Ai, I wish you and your colliqes great success!

    1. This is a continuation of the above

      Since my first comment I got more information. Read here
      https://eritreahub.org/what-are-the-war-aims-of-ethiopia-eritrea-and-somalia-in-tigray
      Now #farmajo I see you very well that you have very well pre-meditated spilling the blood of #tigrepeople. I don’t think you have a right to make a brand new enmity for the #somalipeople – an enmity with the #tigreepeople – their dear brotherns. This is your own doing and you will surely answer for it very soon. Only advice I can give you is pay back the families whose children you murdered – while you are at the spot that enabled you to fill – up to your desire – your coffers. Surely you don’t need mag from your kins: You are a millioner by uour self. You know Somalis do not take such things lightly. I Hope You understand me !!

      There is no choice for a #somali between #amhara and #tigrepeople. #somalis know their difference very well.
      • One is the colonialist who colonized them for over two hundred years and the other is the emancipator who left the yoke of colonization from the shoulders of #somali-ethiopians.

      • One is the one moving earth and sky to return the #somali-ethiopians to their prior state of inferiority; Done all under the guise of MEDEMER and the other is the one spilling his blood fory your rights.

      I don’t think the representatives of the people in his so called gov’t have nothing to do with this mad man’s decision. If by any chance they agree with him – the impossibility of impossibilities – I advice them, this was a haste decision; Somali people, where ever they are in the world abhor it.

  3. wadani donot strive to smother the truth. I understand your concerns and fear to avoid future contentions . However, you will not be able to rewrite another history by throwing the reality aside.

    1. Well mehoni, First I am #somali-ethiopian. I got my first equality right during the era of #tplf led collution and I don’t want to lose it by any means;instead I plane to mitigate all the weak points of my equality; as such I abhor #abiy war and I am proud to be part of #federal-ethiopia.
      I don’t expect or accept my Somalian kins to be enemies of #tigrepeople. It is not in my interest and as such it is not in their interst too . We share – blood – unbreakable bond!
      Do you get me now ? Tell me what history I am rewriting and what truths I am throwing aside.

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