In a peaceful demonstration led by the Chairman
of the ONLF late Sheikh Ibrahim Abdalla, the residents of
Wardheer took the streets to support the decision taken
by the Ogaden Parliament, but the Ethiopian army interrupted
that peaceful gathering and attempted to kill Sheikh Ibrahim.
This coward act failed as the people of Wardheer put a fierce
resistance against the heavily armed Ethiopian army. After
a fierce battle that lasted the whole day in which the Ethiopian
Military suffered heavy loss, Sheikh Ibrahim was taken to
a secured location unharmed. The city lost 85 of its residents,
but the stiff resistance and the bravery displayed by the
people of Wardheer shocked the Ethiopian Army and government.
This day went down in history as one of the greatest demonstrations
for freedom in the history of the Ogaden and the refusal
of its people to give in to the occupying forces.
February 1994 was the beginning of the revolution
against dictatorship and declaration of self determination
of the people of Ogadenia. The indigenous owners of the
LAND (the Ethnic Somalis in the Ogaden) united to defend
what is rightfully theirs (Their religion, their land, their
people, their language, their culture, their history). The
Ethnic Somalis in the Ogaden Spoke in 1994 and continue
to SPEAK in 2013. Unite to be the Voice for the Voiceless.
UNITY is our AIM, Freedom is our GOAL.