Over 1000 former ONLF rebel fighters join Ethiopian army

Kwao Saa

Over 1,740 former Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) fighters joined the Ethiopian federal army on Friday as part of peace and rehabilitation efforts. 

The 1740 soldiers went through months of rehabilitation before they were accepted into the military. About 20 women were part of the former rebels that joined the army. 

The ONLF decided to drop its weapons and discontinue its armed struggle after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took office last year.

Elders from the Somali community located in Jigjiga were reportedly present during the ceremony. […] CONTINUE READING