ETHIOPIA: Adverse Possession…or just Adverse?


I often hear things along the lines of “Ethiopians don’t like Somalis” or “Eritreans don’t like Ethiopians”, so I decided that I would do a little research into the core divisive issues that shape these views. One of the issues that has played a significant role in these relationships relates to the occupation of a region called Ogaden. Check out the article below for more details: 


There are few historical texts written about the people who lived in what is known today as the “Ogaden” region of Ethiopia. Ogaden was part of the Somali Ifat Sultanate* in the 13th and beginning of the 14th centuries AD.  The Ifat Sultanate was succeeded by the Adal Sultanate. There was an ongoing conflict between the Adal Sultanate and the Christian Kingdom of Abyssinia throughout this time. During the first half of the 16th century, most of Abyssinian territory was conquered and came under…

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