Ethiopia: Former OLF Fighters Begin Hunger Strike Over Poor Living Condition

Ethiopia: Former OLF Fighters Begin Hunger Strike Over Poor Living Condition

March 14, 2019 (Ann Africa) — Former fighters of the Oromo Liberation Front, OLF, in Ethiopia have begun a hunger strike complaining of poor living conditions and unfulfilled promises that they would be trained to build a new life.

The former fighters have been living at a military camp in south western Ethiopia since laying down their arms after a peace deal with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government.

The former fighters said they are treated inhumanely and that many of their colleagues are now ill for lack of hygiene and food.

Nearly a thousand former fighters are believed to be at the Tolay camp.

There is no comment yet from the regional government.

Ethiopia’s returnee OLF rebels on hunger strike

March 14, 2019 (Africa News) — Former Ethiopian rebels currently being rehabilitated at a camp have started a hunger strike protesting poor living conditions.

“We are treated inhumanly and no one cares about us, most of our comrades are now ill due to lack of hygiene and absence of food,” one of the ex-rebels told the BBC Afaan Oromoo Service.

An estimated 1,000 fighters under the banner of the Oromo Liberation Front, OLF, are currently kept at the Tolay camp located in south-western Ethiopia.

It is not known how long the hunger strike is supposed to last or the conditions under which they will call it off.

In the last few months, government forces and OLF fighters in a part of Oromia clashed with reports that the army had carried out air raids on their camps.

The Oromia regional government has had cause to talk in harsh terms about OLF’s operations after it was revealed that some of its fighters were involved in rising insecurity in the region – Ethiopia’s largest and most populous.

OLF is one of the main ex-terrorist groups that returned to the country last year from Eritrea. Their return was based on a peace deal reached between Ethiopia and Eritrea in July.

The Abiy Ahmed federal government agreed a deal with the group. The Oromia region has subsequently entered a political alliance with OLF but the security concerns have continued to linger.

1 thought on “Ethiopia: Former OLF Fighters Begin Hunger Strike Over Poor Living Condition

  1. It’s very sad that former freedom fightes found themselves in this bad situation. They should never have trusted OPDO, (ethiopian kingdom colonial rulers in Oromia) and abandoned OLA in the first place. However, it was the work of renegades like Jawar Mohammed, Bekele Gerba, Leenco Leta, Leenco Batti, and Hailu Gonfa who are responsible for the false and misleading propoganda war they wage on OLA, and for conspiring treacherously with the invading ethiopian troups devising variuos evil methods for these former freedom fighters to end up in ethiopian concentration camps.

    Never compromise on our beloved Oromia with anyone representing ethiopia and its mythical past glory on anything.

    Down with ethiopian colonialism!
    Help our heroes who languishes in fascist ethiopian prison and their families.
    Boycott everything ehiopian.
    Victory to the Oromo people!

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