ARDUF Denies Existence of Training Camps inside Eritrea, Vows to Continue Struggle

TPLF led Ethiopian government is tactically at war with the Afar people in order to realize their dream of ‘Greater Tigray” by incorporating a chunk of Afar territory – ARDUF

Our training camps were not targeted on March 15 in places called Galacbiyyi, Ramood and Ginxi as they simply do not exist


The Afar Revolutionary Democratic Unity Front (ARDUF) through its Press Release issued on Tuesday (27) has denied the existence of any “attacks” carried out by the Ethiopian government forces in any of its military or training camps inside Ethiopia as it categorically denies the existence of any kind of military and training camps inside Eritrea.

Instead, it confirms the existence of a continued engagement of its forces with the TPLF led Ethiopian soldiers since March 17 and in the ensuing skirmish, ARDUF claims it has killed 26, capture 13 and injured more than a dozen government troops. Here below is the Press Release:

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Tuesday, 27th March 2012

No Training Camps were targeted and our struggle continues

ARDUF does not have any training camps in the neighbouring State of Eritrea to be targeted. It does not receive any military training and support from it. Similarly, ARDUF leaders do not stay in luxurious five-star hotels in the capital city of neighbouring country to answer email correspondences it receives. It is true our organization is little known. It is also true that our organization is small. Simply it operates only in Afar territory and among its own people, the Afars. So our training camps were not targeted on 15/03/2012 in places called Galacbiyyi, Ramood and Ginxi as they simply do not exist.

But our forces engaged the TPLF led Ethiopian dictatorial regime forces on Saturday 17th March 2012, and carried out a series of a well-coordinated attacks on TPLF Ethiopian forces in Siibu localities of zone 4 of Afar region, while they were sleeping in their mobile  tents in the night at 3:00am, at least 6 soldiers were killed and many others were wounded.

On Tuesday 20th March 2012, the gallant fighter of ARDUF conducted further attack against TPLF oppressor forces at a place called Qado Qali areas of zone 1 of Afar region at around 5:00am. In this war at least 8 Ethiopian soldiers were killed and unconfirmed numbers were wounded and some military equipment, notably AK-47 rifles and a large quantity of ammunition were seized.

On Thursday 22nd March 2012, Special Commandos of ARDUF conducted a surprising attack on PLF Ethiopian oppressor forces, while they were attempting to cross the River of Sidiica Dara, in the district of Teeru zone 4 of Afar region. In this bloody fighting, the enemy lost 12 and dozens of them were seriously injured. After heavy fighting that lasted more than 5 hours 13 TPLF shocked personnel surrounded to our gallant forces, among them 9 untrained young Afar speaking child soldiers who were forced by TPLF regime to go to fight the invading Eritrean forces. The young untrained Afar child soldiers expressed their disappointment for their involvement against their own people, and they said that “we were not informed that we are going to fight UGUUGUMO/ARDUF”.

The fighting is still going between ARDUF and TPLF led Ethiopian forces in different areas of Afar region and it is far from over yet until to liberate Afar people from the current political, social and economic  marginalisation and human rights abuse imposed on Afar by the TPLF led regime.

TPLF regime’s statements are clearly contradictory as they claim that ARDUF does not exit. On the other hand they assert that they destroyed ARDUF training camps in Eritrea and annihilated them all. Similarly, some far away are experts’ does fare better. They conclude analyse that ARDUF does not exist, while they describe ARDUF in the same breath as small and unknown group that can disappear for years to resurface and attack again, from nowhere.

On the contrast, the fact is that ARDUF is an Ethiopian Afar Political Organisation based in Afar region of Ethiopia and not in Eritrea. It does exist in Afar region, where it came into in 1987. It is stronger now than ever both militarily and organizationally.  Some of its foreign representatives joined the TPLF-EPRDF government in Addis Ababa to be rewarded with ministerial posts and villas, but we continued to fight this regime and we will continue to do so as long as our people’s ancestral land is taken away from us. And as long that TPLF regime make a mockery of self-rule and Federalism. The world might care little about the plight of our people, but surely they will hear from us.

We want to let International Community that the most serious danger involving in this war is the fact “that TPLF is tactically at war with the Afar in order to achieving its long awaiting ambition of realizing the dream of ‘Greater Tigray”. ARDUF is therefore not only fighting for to end political and socio-economic marginalisation and political oppression, and human rights abuse, but basically fighting for the very survival of our people who are being systematically annihilated by TPLF regime in order to incorporate the whole Afar Region in their region.

The Victory to the ARDUF
& Oppressed People of Ethiopia

Information Desk
Afar Revolutionary Democratic Unity Front (ARDUF)

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15 responses to “ARDUF Denies Existence of Training Camps inside Eritrea, Vows to Continue Struggle

  1. The major cause of the conflict in the Afar region of Ethiopia is the social and economic marginalization of pastorlalist communities.The same could be said of the Ogaden conflict in Ethiopia and the Tuareg rebelion in Mali and Niger. Almost 15% of the Eritrean population is estimated to be pastoralist. And most of the commercial farms and mining activities of the country are taking place in the traditional grazing area of pastorlists. This has positive impact on the overall economic progress of the country. However, the same is shrinking the grazing area and livlihood of the pastoralists pushing them to abject poverty and marginalization and creating a fertil ground for social conflict like the ones stated above. The fact that most of the farm owners are said to be from the highland part of the country is a big concern; and one wonders how the pastoralists benefit from the mining activities. I am sure that the policy makers in Asmara are aware of this and are taking measures to avoid any potential conflict. I hope this opinion willl trigger discussion.

  2. Great observation Rezene! If there is any type of concern in Eritrea regarding the pastoral communities, I am sure measures are being taken to address them. As for highlanders owning most of the farms, its not true. The farmers themselves own the farms, only thing is that they must share the wealth (food) with the country. So basically every single farm contributes in order to achieve food security. Farming is also encouraged throughout the country because it provides us with the necessities (food). The mining will definitely benefit the pastoral communities a great deal. As you may have noticed, in Eritrea priority is given to those who don't have access to much, not the big cities. This is increasing the livelihood of the population as it improves their health care which gives them a longer life expectancy, it proves them with clean drinking water so close to home, food availability. All these things will be increased with the profits from the mining boom. Not only the pastoralist, but the entire population will not see the effects of the mining activities right away. But in about 2 years it will be seen and enjoyed. This is a major difference with Eritrea and every other african countries…we prioritize the needy before those who have everything. Countries like Kenya, ethiopia, djibouti, tanzania, congo, uganda, nigeria, gabon, etc… all put time, effort, and money into 1 or 2 cities across their respective countries, while outside those 1 or 2 cities it is dreadful! No sewage system, no drinking water, no medical facilities, no electricity, etc. This is futile. They think because they have one nice city that they are a "developing country" and they should be seen in a better light. Eritrea is not like that. We are better when it comes to providing for our people. Other nations should take notes and follow our programs.

  3. Rezene, this is an interesting observation into an issue which needs a great amount of understanding into why people resist in the first place. And Kokob well description into the way Eritrea uphold its self to self dependence by meeting the core requirement for any civilization to survive by making its priorities priority to food security. Everyone can clear see the future for Eritrea is bright but Eritrea is able to accomplish this by understand it location, it’s people strengths and weakness. I would say other nation should take notes and not necessary follow our program but make one that will fit and works with its territory and its people. As it appears most of these African countries after colonization just applied the same constitution and rule of law that applied to them from their former colonizers. And today we can see that these countries are in worse condition today 50 years later than they were under their former colonizer. There are many examples that we can easily approach but for kick let’s pick on Nigeria, an independent African country brain washed by its colonizer must go to the extent of having its Lawyers and judges wear a British Wig in its own court room.

  4. Thank you Kokob. I have to admit that I am not as informed as you are on this particular issue with a particular reference to Eritrea. My observation is based on my experience in Sudan, Mali and Niger where I lived and worked. Eritrea has decreased infant, child and maternity rate in a short period of time. The fact this his been done in a short period of time and without or little outside support, humbles every country in this planet. However, this was not the issue in my message. Rather, my particular concern on the issue at hand is whether the pastoralists are benefiting from the expansion of commercial farm in their traditional grazing area. If so, how? Some I have talked to have differnt opinion than yours. They say that the pastoralists have been forced to abandon their livlihood and end up to be labourers, some even leave in the direction of urban centers and evern cross the border to the Sudan. What do say?__I would like to express my appreciation to those who made this media avialable for us to have constructive and civil discusion._Lets keep this way!

  5. Nebsi, you are right about each country applying its own programs with respects to their location and population. I should have worded myself better but i that is what i meant! I huge problem with africa is the fact that leaders are willing to bow down to the west and work for their interests instead of bowing down to their country and work for their interests. The accept aid money and put it into their pockets and get richer by the day, while the population suffers and gets poorer by the day. Africa can easily get out of the whole that it dug itself in (and the west provided the shovels). Africa has all the resources in the world, and has the most of each resource in the world. They have the most fertile lands. Diverse people and wildlife. Rich cultures. They can easily turn all efforts towards development and progress. But corrupt westerners and the corrupt leaders they help elect are the huge road block for the continent.

  6. Rezene I cannot speak for those who have spoken to, but i can speak for those i have spoken to and know about. The expansions of commercial farms and mining sectors will not be enjoyed in the short term. The projects while take time for the population to directly benefit and enjoy the results. Yes some may end up being laborers but it is for their communities they are laboring in. It isn't like they are working for no compensation. The end compensation is the clean water, and food, and shelter and facilities, that they themselves build and create. For example, the afar population in Eritrea (in somewhat relation to this article) are living a much more peaceful life than the afar in djibouti or ethiopia. That is because they aren't marginalized or forgotten. Their only quarel is that the conflict between ethiopia and eritrea is hurting their fisheries business because they cannot engage in cross border trading down south. And this isn't a problem only for the afar population but many communities throughout the border region of both countries. As for the ones in djibouti and ethiopia, they are marginalized and oppressed and forgotten. In all, the key to prosperity is to focus on the the whole country and not just a portion of it. Constructive and civil conversations are the only way to go!!!

  7. I think our discussion on this issue is leading us to yet other more importnat issues. I agree with Nebsi that one country's experienc cannot be used as a panacea for another, and Eritrea's development policy is crafted taking into account the objective reality of Eritrea. However, still Eritrea could provide lesson, in certain area, to others as there is also a room for the former to learn from others. Kokob has brought a very improtant issue which has been bogling my mind for sometime now. He mentioned about how the conflct between the two states is affecting the cross-border trade in genral and the market of the Afari fishermen in the South Red Sea region in particular. This issue is broad and deep and we need to invite some who are more knowledgable on the subject. I live in the US and I am not sure about Kokob and Nebsi, but our discussion could be grounded more if we included persons from Eritrea who experience, in bone and flesh, the subject we are discussing.

  8. Hi Tesfa News:
    You are doing wonderful job and I am hopeful that this web will play a major role in changing the form and content of discussion among Eritreans from slanders and character assasinations to one which is positive and constructive respecting each others views, tolerating differences in opinion and promoting peace and progress of out country. However, it would have been more productive to encourage those living in Eritrea to participate in this discussion. As of me, my interest is to learn from others and to share whatever meager knowledge I have on a subject.

  9. Absolutely, it is a very important topic which is affecting all parties. It hurts the afar fisherman who have less customers now. It hurts the afar population in ethiopia because they are receiving less food. It hurts the ethiopian government because they arent using eritrean ports and are paying to use djiboutian port plus the cost of the distance for transport, plus no cross border trade. And hurts Eritrea also because of no cross border trade. I agree, it would be great to have a more closer perspective on the matter, to get better insight.

  10. I just read some articles from Foreign Plocy Jouranal of Mach/April issue. The main theme of this issue is Obama's foreign polcy and its secret war to make this policy operational. The contributers argue that this has back fired and with an output the direct opposite of what was desired. The journal contains several articles including one on Somalia.

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