As the conflict intensifies in the Ogaden desert war, the casualties are mounting on both sides.
GV: Empty graves.
GV PAN FROM: Hammer and Sickle sign on gate to newsmen in graveyard.
SV & CU: Occupied graves with pictures on headstones. (8 SHOTS)
SV ZOOM IN: Man sitting on gravestone surrounded by empty graves.
GV: Empty graves. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: As the conflict intensifies in the Ogaden desert war, the casualties are mounting on both sides. Death has become an increasingly accepted fact, and in Ethiopia they are reserving graves for people who have not yet been killed.
SYNOPSIS: In this cemetery in the capital Addis Ababa, Western newsmen were shown the graves that are being marked in advance for the bodies which have yet to arrive.
The cemetery is already partly occupied by dead heroes of the Ethiopian revolution. But it is not solely reserved for them. Many of the empty graves are reported to be for the opponents of the left wing military government. At the end of last year, hour-long shooting incidents were reported to be a regular occurrence in the streets of the capital. And according to diplomatic sources quoted by newspapers, the bodies of hundreds of counter-revolutionaries went on display in mid-December, apparently as a warning to would-be government opponents.
A number of graves have also been set aside for future heroes who die in the Ogaden desert war.