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Ethiopia celebrates 45th Anniversary of Karamara Victory 

The battle was fought against the invading Somalia forces under Mohamed Siad Barre who led Somalia between 1969 and 1991. 

Karamara _ Somalia
Statue that honors the sacrifices of Cuban and Ethiopian soldiers during Somalia invasion of Ethiopia stands at Ethio-Cuba Friendship square

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The months of February and March are months during which watershed events happened in Ethiopia’s history. From the glorious Adwa victory that gave a blow to Italy’s colonial ambitions over Ethiopia to the victory over Somalia’s expansionist war, and to Ethiopia’s revolution that toppled the Imperial government of Haileselassie I happened in those months.

Today, Ethiopia celebrated the 45th anniversary of the Karamara Victory. It is celebrated at the Ethio-Cuba Friendship park, near Tikur Anbessa Hospital, in the capital Addis Ababa. 

Members of Veteran Ethiopian Soldiers and their families and Cuban Embassy to Ethiopia staff attended it.  Jorge Lefebre Nicolá, Cuban Ambassador to Ethiopia, put a wreath of floors on the memorial statue at the Ethio-Cuba Friendship Square. 

Well over 15,000 Cuban soldiers took part in the war to reverse invading Somalian forces in 1977 and many of them have paid in life.  

Ethiopia was in internal turmoil when Somalia invaded the country and took control of areas up to 700 kilometers north of its borders. Over 300,000 militia forces were mobilized in a matter of months and Ethiopia managed to successfully reverse the Somali invasion. 

The last battle in the war was fought at Karamara – a plateau west of Jijiga, currently the seat of the Somali regional state, in 1978.  

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2 COMMENTS

  1. As I mentioned many times before, this anniversary is out of synch with the history and experience local population in the Somali Region affected by that ugly conflict . They dont’n see it as positive historical contribution regardless of what the propanada of the Derg officials instilled in others .. They rather remember and see it as a murderous epode, where Ethiopian army and militia perpetuated many crimes, mass killing , ethnic cleansing and carried out atrocious human rights abuses.on the name defending the courtry or fighting with invaders. Not so positive experience and positive contribution at all.

  2. As I mentioned many times before, this anniversary is out of synch with the history and experience of the local population in the Somali Region affected by that ugly conflict . They dont’n see it as positive historical contribution regardless of what the propanada of the Derg officials have instilled in others .. They rather remember and see it as a murderous episode, where the Ethiopian army and militias perpetuated many crimes, mass killing , ethnic cleansing and carried out atrocious human rights abuses in the pretext of defending the courtry or fighting with invaders. Not so positive experience and positive contribution to commemorate at all.

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