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Title:Punishing the periphery: legacies of State repression in the Ethiopian Ogaden
Author:Hagmann, TobiasISNI
Periodical:Journal of Eastern African Studies (ISSN 1753-1063)
Geographic term:Ethiopia
Subjects:political violence
political repression
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/17531055.2014.946238
Abstract:This article scrutinizes dynamics and legacies of State violence by the imperial and current Ethiopian government against civilians in the Ogaden between 1960 and 2010. While conflict dynamics in eastern Ethiopia underwent significant changes in the past half-century, successive counterinsurgency campaigns employed strikingly similar military tactics against local communities. Combining historical accounts with oral testimonies collected in 2012 among victims of State violence in the Ogaadeen Somali diaspora in the USA, this article draws attention to the distinct temporality and spatiality that emerges from repeated cycles of State violence. The first section analyses the shifting geopolitical contexts and evolving political rationalities that have marked State and anti-State violence in the Ethiopian Ogaden. Rather than a chronological reconstruction of the region's convoluted history, it highlights important long-term conflict dynamics. The second section discusses two important moments of State repression in the imperial and current period, respectively, drawing attention to the similarities between State repression meted out against civilians following the uprising of an Ogaadeen militia led by Makthal Dahir in the early 1960s, and the 2007 escalation of the conflict between the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) and the Ethiopian Government. The third section demonstrates the traumatic effects of repeat State violence on Ogaadeen Somalis' temporalities and subjectivities. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]