The small town of degahabur with a population of 3,500 was recaptured by the ethiopian regular, workers and militia forces on march 8.
The small town of degahabur with a population of 3,500 was recaptured by the ethiopian regular, workers and militia forces on march 8. Before the ethiopian forces arrived the somalia troops had ordered the population to evacuate the town. The people went into the bushes and when they returned after the somalis were crushed in a battle in the outskirts of the town. They found their homes completely empty. The somalis had looted and ransacked their homes. the relief and rehabilitation commission immediately rushed aid to resettle the people.
One of the victims of the war of aggression was 12-year-old student, Mohammed Hassan. According to the people of the town in the middle of january there was some kind of mutiny within the somali forces and fighting had erupted in the town. The somalis fired rockets which him mohammed hassan's house, completely burning it with his parents. He narrowly escaped death. The sharpnels had hit him in the things. For nearly two months he did not get any medical aid and lived with an uncle. He was abandoned by the evacuating people and was carried in a bed to the ethiopian military camp by the neighbours. The wounds ware stinking and gangrenous. The militia doctors immediately dressed the wounds and the boy was sent in a helicopter to dire dawa for hospitalisation.
The population of the city held a meeting at which they exposed the atrocities committed by the invading forces. "Our families have been destroyed. ??? our women and girls have been raped by the somali soldiers. They have looted everything and we are in the emptiness," said an elder who was chained by the somalis in a cell. The population entertained bitter memories of the period they spent under somali invasion. They were assured by the brigade commander that they would receive all assistance from the government.