Tens of thousands of recruits have answered the government's call for all able bodied man to help the country's ware ef???
Tens of thousands of recruits have answered the government's call for all able bodied man to help the country's ware ef???t. Ethiopia is fighting a war on two fronts - in the north against Er??rean separatists, and more seriously at the present, in the Ogaden, in the east where Somali backed forces are reported to be the Ethiopians back, and causing heavy casualties.
SYNOPSIS: At the Janmedia in Addis Ababa, an open area normally the scene of horse races and jamborees, thousands of Ethiopians wait to be enrolled into the citizens' militia, to bolster the troops in the war zone. Former soldiers and other civilians who are fit enough have been called up to take over guard duties, or to work as drivers, storemen, allowing younger militiamen to concentrate on combat duty. The government has also called on all the country's mechanics to service the fleets of civilians vehicles which have been commandeered. Although the government placed an age limit of sixty, there have been reports of men much older being taken on.
The Ethiopians have suffered serious reverses in the two month war in the Ogaden. The well armed and well trained Somali backed forces are reported to have recently captured Ethiopia's tank and radar base at Jijiga. The latest call-up is expected to put another 100,000 men into the field, on top of the 150,000 civilians already carrying out military duties. After a medical check, the new recruits are taken for brief basic training before their development.
At Addis Ababa's old airport thousands of buses and trucks, which the government has taken over,, are being made ready for war service. The city's taxis may also be commandeered to help ferry the militiaman to the front. Addis Ababa Radio has told Ethiopians that their revolutionary Motherland is bleeding all over. And the radio station tells it listeners to stay tuned for new instructions.