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China, Oil and Ethnic Cleansing in the Horn of Africa

The insecurity and escalating insurgency in the Ogaden region forced most Chinese workers to wear Ethiopian army uniforms whenever they went for their exploration work in the area.

By Thomas C. Mountain,

Chinese oil workers once again seem to be at the center of a nasty counterinsurgency in the Horn of Africa, in the Ogaden, located in south east Ethiopia.

The Ogaden is home to what is reported to be major deposits of gas and oil, though as in South Sudan, just how much is actually there is still just guess work.

In the 1960’s Western oil companies started finding lots of natural gas and maybe even oil in the region.

Then came various wars and then the US invasion of Somalia in 1992-3 and all the murder and mayhem this little war unleashed amongst the Somali people. So the western Big Oil mafia has stayed away. Continue reading China, Oil and Ethnic Cleansing in the Horn of Africa