The 41st anniversary of karamara victory is commemorated. March 5, 1978 marked the victory of Ethiopian army over the invading Somalian army during the administration of Siad Barre.
A group of young Ethiopians celebrated it in the capital Addis Ababa at Dilachin Statue near Tikur Anbessa Hospital, according to borkena sources from Addis Ababa.
Siad Barre decided to invade Ethiopia with the calculation that Ethiopia was weakened during the time due to internal problems.
During the war United States supported Siad Barre’s government while the then Union of Soviet Socialist Republic withdrew help to Somalia.
As it turned out, Somalia’s invasion of Ethiopia, up to 700 kilometers inside Ethiopia was under the occupation of the then Somalian troops, united Ethiopians during the early years of the Ethiopian revolution which toppled the imperial government of Haileselassie I.
More than three hundred thousand militia forces were raised in a short time which was very crucial for Ethiopian victory.
As well, tens of thousands of Cuban troops fought along side Ethiopian soldiers and many have lost their lives.
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