The Ethiopian-Somalis have endured massive human-rights abuses and torture under the tyrannical rule of the thug Abdi Mohamoud Omar, aka Abdi Illey, the unelected president of the region, who was forced to resign this past week over allegations of torture and human rights abuses. ILLUSTRATION | JOHN NYAGAH | NMG
- The TPLF military and intelligence services set up the Liyu police, funded by Western donors, as a proxy counter insurgency force against the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) – a group fighting for self-determination for the Somali region. Since the Liyu police was instituted, Abdi Illey has been using the force to terrorise the civilian population in the region with impunity, under the guise of fighting ONLF or terrorism in Somalia proper.
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