• Short Summary

    INTRODUCTION: In Ethiopia, Somalia-backed guerrillas are continuing to fight for possession of the disputed Ogaden region.

  • Description

    1.
    GV Savannah in Ogaden.
    0.05

    2.
    GV & CU Guerrillas under tree operating transmitter. (3 shots)
    0.22

    3.
    LV& CU Guerrilla camp.(3 shots)
    0.30

    4.
    SV & CU Guerrillas receiving instruction in use of mines. (3 shots)
    0.40

    5.
    LV & CU Mortar removed from truck and assembled. (2 shots)
    0.51

    6.
    CU Made-in-U.S.A. sign on mortar.
    0.53

    7.
    SV & CU Mines unloaded and inspected. (2 shots)
    1.05

    8.
    SV Guerrilla commander in red trousers and light jacket talks to men and walks off.
    1.10

    9.
    CU Guerrilla speaking to reporter.
    1.25

    10.
    CU Destroyed Ethiopian communications truck. (2 shots)
    1.31

    11.
    SV & CU Guerrillas holding armour-piercing projectiles and automatic weapons. (3 shots)
    1.41

    12.
    SV PAN Civilians carrying guns in streets of Cross.
    1.50

    13.
    SV & CU Truck with supplies from Hargeisa in Somalia. (2 shots)
    2.00

    14.
    GV & SV Nomadic village and villagers. (3 shots)
    2.08

    15.
    SV EEC corn loaded on to camel. (2 shots)
    2.26


    SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)



    (SEQ 9) REPORTER: "How long have the WSLF been fighting now?"



    GUERRILLA:"We are fighting at least for five years, and we can continue until we reach our target; that means independence."





    Initials JS





    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: INTRODUCTION: In Ethiopia, Somalia-backed guerrillas are continuing to fight for possession of the disputed Ogaden region. Although Somali troops have pulled out of the region, the Western Somalia Liberation Front is still operating there.

    SYNOPSIS: Two years ago, Somalia and Ethiopia fought a bitter war over the Ogaden. But the fighting drained Somalia's already limited resources and now, the government says, not a single soldier remains. Only these small groups of WSDF, guerrillas stay, helped by Somalia, in the desolate region.

    The Ogaden is populated mainly by people of Somali origin. Thousands fled from the conflict, and those remaining have been left without food by a devastating drought. But the guerrillas carry on training in the use of weapons, including land mines.

    The United States agreed to give Somalia 40 million dollars' worth of arms credits, provided there were no Somali troops in the Ogaden. But there's evidence that American weapons, among them mortars, have been reaching the guerrillas. In return for their arms, the Americans asked for facilities at the former Soviet base at Berbera on the Gulf of Aden.

    A guerrilla leader spoke to a reporter about their operations.

    But in May, attempts were under way to bring Somalia and Ethiopia together to negotiate a peace for the Horn of Africa, Western diplomats in Mogadishu have been pressing for a reconciliation with Soviet-backed Ethiopia. And, although it's a common sight to see armed civilians in the town of Cross, which is under the control of the WSLF, hopes for peace seem higher than they have for some time.

    President Aptidon of Djibouti had been touring the region, with Western support, to begin the peace process. Britain, the United States, France and Germany are all keen to restore stability to the region. They're afraid that continued conflict would drag the West, and particularly the United States, into a confrontation with the Soviet Union.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7OTPWX9WT93XYRJ4VDERN2XA4
    Media URN:
    VLVA7OTPWX9WT93XYRJ4VDERN2XA4
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/05/1981
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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