Somalia and Ethiopia Can Prosper Together and Heal from Past Wounds of Their Relationship
The New prime minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed on June 16the this year visited Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, and met Somalia’s president Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed (Farmaajo). On social media, certain Somali intellectuals mostly in the diaspora, whose naming does not matter in context, criticized the two leaders for calling Ethiopia and Somalia brotherly countries.
Those intellectuals based their view point on the two nations’ history as one big factor why the two nations should remain life-long enemies; according to my inference of their understanding of such history, the intellectuals cited the 1977 Ogaden and Ethiopia’s constant interference into Somalia sabotaging the emergence of a stable and strong Somalia after a three-decade old civil war.
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