ONLF High Level Delegation Concludes North America Tour
ONLF is a founding member of the PAFD, a political alliance that represents more than 70% of Ethiopia’s population comprising Somali, Oromo, Sidama, Gambella and Benishangul nations.
Equally important were also non-governmental human rights organizations and other international peace and security institutes that the ONLF representatives sat down with and briefed them on the Ogaden question.
Media interest of the delegation was significant, but only a selected few were afforded interview privileges because of time constraints. The Voice of America – Somali and Amharic services, Ilays Television, Hiber Radio, Oromo News Network a few amongst them.
After leaving the United States, the delegation visited Canada – in particular Edmonton, Alberta, where they participated in the 2nd Annual Social Justice Forum collaboratively hosted by the Ogaden Somali Community of Alberta Residents (OSCAR) and Concordia University of Edmonton in Canada. The theme of the academic symposium was Unpacking Institutional Racism: Decisions, Practices, Procedures, and Policies. A series of panels addressed fundamental issues surrounding institutional racism, ranging from topics such as education and public institutions to indigenous and immigrant perspectives.
The forum brought together diverse group of participants: elected officials, minority rights organisations, professors, local civil servants, students, refugees, public policy experts, and members of the Ogaden community abroad. The head of the delegation, Mr. Mahdi delivered a keynote speech entitled Horn of Africa Geo-Politics on the final day of the forum. This was in addition to the Black history celebration held yearly by the OSCAR in collaboration with the City of Edmonton.
An important part of the celebration this year was the raising ceremony and hosting of the Ogaden National Flag at the Edmonton City Hall for one month; a symbolic gesture in solidarity with the people of Ogaden for their just and noble cause for self-determination, freedom, and cessation of oppression from Ethiopia.
Mr. Mahdi, a co-founder of the ONLF in 1984, and Mr. Moalin, a former member of the one and only elected parliament of Ogaden in 1992, flew from Edmonton International Airport to their next scheduled work destinations.
The ONLF is a political and social movement that represents and vanguard aspirations and interests of the people of Ogaden. It wages a principled national liberation struggle against the TPLF regime in Ethiopia and fights for the inalienable right of the Somali people of Ogaden to national self-determination.
The movement is a founding member of the PAFD, a political alliance that represents more than 70% of Ethiopia’s population comprising Somali, Oromo, Sidama, Gambella and Benishangul nations. The ONLF has a positive relation with all nations in Ethiopia and believes in engaging all forces in Ethiopia that are struggling to bring genuine democratic change in Ethiopia.