41st Ogaden War anniversary celebration in Addis Ababa


Melat Mulugeta

Ethiopians celebrated the 41st anniversary of the Battle of Ogaden today. The Ogaden War (from July 1977 to March 1978) began as an offensive strike from Somali over the disputed region of Ogaden. This is the second national historical date in March for Ethiopian following the Adwa Victory anniversary.

The celebration took place in front of the Tiglachin Monument. Tiglachin Monument is a memorial statue built to commemorate the fallen Ethiopian and Cuban soldiers during the Ogaden War. The monument, commonly known as Derg Monument, was built by the order of Colonel Mengistu Hailemariam on September 12, 1984. It stands in front of Black Lion Hospital, on Churchill Avenue in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The inscription reads, “The actions of the heroes who have fallen in the struggle for life and respect for our homeland and our revolution are immortal.”. Mereja TV covered the celebration as follows.