OGADEN: People burned alive in Farmadow Town
The following article is reprinted with permission from Ogaden Online. (Map added by Inteltrends.)
People burned alive in Farmadow Town
© Ogaden Online
December 19, 2010 15:51 administrator
Reports reaching our service desk from the Ogaden Online and Radio Xoriyo reporter in the city of Degahbour confirm the burning down of the town of Farmadow by the Ethiopian military and an associated militia on Dec 15th, 2010.
Reliable sources from the town and its environs report that a fierce battle took place in the outskirts of the town between the Ogaden National Liberation Army (ONLA) and the Ethiopian military stationed in the town.
Although no official reports are available yet however eyewitness accounts indicate that the Ethiopian military was defeated handily in this battle. As a result, it is reported that fleeing Ethiopian soldiers entered the town and started burning down the town.
At least 3 people who couldn’t escape were burned alive in their houses, among them are:
· 71 year old women whom we didn’t get her name
· Cabdi Fiqi Yusuf
· The Son of Dayib Salaad Faarax, who was a mentally challenged individual
The fleeing soldiers are said to have prevented the town dwellers from saving any valuables from their burning property. As a result many of the town dwellers are reported being destitute and are said to be squatting in the outskirts of the burnt town.
Many civilians interviewed by our reporter indicate that what the Ethiopians are doing is not new and it is something they said that happens every time these soldiers encounter defeat in the many battles they engage in with ONLA. These civilians admit however that what they are seeing now appears a more intense and organized campaign meant to exact maximum revenge against the Ogaden civilians.