Power and greed – the cause of all atrocities
There are many injustices in the world, most of which are caused by power and greed. Most conflicts in the world are also the result of both. Some conflicts are well known; Others are hidden, completely forgotten, though decades of murder and torture have been in pursuit of freedom.
A region called ogaden, or somalia in southeastern Ethiopia. This is where the people of somalia live. They lived in these lands for centuries and were free and independent until europeans arrived on the African coast. Britain was the dominant colonial power in the horn of Africa. During this time, an African empire called Abyssinia was later renamed Ethiopia and conquered the southeast through European support and armed forces.
History is short. Just say the europeans left, but the abyssinians stayed. When the British left ogaden, they ceded the last part of the region to what is now Ethiopia, ignoring the wishes of its inhabitants. Since then, the region has been a conflict zone. The Ethiopian regime is turning it into a military zone that completely blocks Ethiopia and the rest of the world. Rape, arbitrary arrest, cold-blooded murder and hunger became the norm. Locals must defend their livestock, lifestyle, culture and dignity.
Yes, I am passionate about the struggle of the ogaden people. Yes, I know people who say “you are biased” or “you are a supporter of the anti-peace movement.” But I think the answer is simple. I am one of the people in this region who has been affected by the brutality of the current ruling party and the personal influence of the previous regime.
In 1977, my grandfather, his brother and their five Cousins were dismembered in their village in revenge for the ogaden war. At the time, my father fled the area because of the tragedy of family slaughter and the fear of life. He lives in a refugee camp in somalia. This is where my brothers and sisters and I were born. Before somalia’s civil war, life was hard and secure, turning locals into refugees.
Although nothing has changed, my father must bring his family home, and Ethiopian troops have been following his family. From 1991 to this day, Ethiopian troops killed two of my brothers, six of my Cousins and countless relatives and friends. They locked up almost all my family and drove a whole generation away. We now live on four different continents.
For those who grew up in liberal democracy, it is hard to understand and understand the causes of the conflict that led to the slaughter of thousands of people. But we all agree that countries and people need leadership. Without it, the land would be anarchy and lawlessness. But on the other side of the coin, abuse of power can lead to conflict and chaos. When a person abuses power and leads to human rights violations, the desire for power enters the leader’s mind and becomes greedy for power and resources. Ogaden is a land of natural resources and millions of livestock, but the Ethiopian regime is exporting food and people are dying of hunger. People lack water, food, education and development. Even now, an outbreak of cholera has seriously affected people. Hundreds died and millions were threatened.
To survive, the people of ogaden had to turn a blind eye to their slain relatives. They can talk less about their rights. This brings me back to my speech, power and greed. In ogaden, we have a so-called regional President established by the current Ethiopian regime. This man’s power and greed have reached the point where the Ethiopian army is willing to do anything for him if they let him in power. He and his policeman, a paramilitary group with the right to take any action, have committed more serious human rights violations in the region. The local President degraded people to the point where everyone doubted each other and even worried about their own shadow. Nevertheless, he was not satisfied with all his ill-treatment of the people. He also wanted to silence foreigners, ogaden’s only voice. He launched a campaign among overseas expatriates, where he terrorized anyone caught up in the arrest of relatives of ogaden. In this way, he can remain silent and even support him against his will and judgment.
Power and greed can blind a man. But the last thing dictators often do is to have thousands of people behind them. I urge all who value humanity to speak to the people of ogaden. Speak up for those who have been forgotten! Those who live abroad can speak by telling your personal story, or when you hear or see the injustice of ogaden. Contact local and national politicians and tell them about the violence. Participate in human rights organizations and advocate for human rights. For those who are drowned, please try to protect your rights. Document atrocities wherever possible and tell the world the truth. Do not make any regime that demands injustice from each other.