Ethiopia Afar Groups

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Afar groups

The Afar people, numbering about 3 million in Ethiopia, reside in the area bordering Eritrea, Djibouti, and Somalia. Although there were other factions claiming to represent the Afar, the most prominent organization was the Afar Liberation Front (ALF; also called the Afar Sultanate Liberation Front), headed by Ali Mirah. The ALF was dedicated to maintaining the political, cultural, and religious autonomy of the Afar people. Ali Mirah directed his movement's sporadic activities from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. The ALF was one of the few opposition movements to express some interest in Mengistu's plan for creating autonomous regions, primarily because most Afar inhabited the area that was to become Aseb Autonomous Region.

You can read more regarding this subject on the following websites:

Afar people - Wikipedia
Afar in Ethiopia | Joshua Project
The Afar Ethnic Group Of Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Dijibouti
List of ethnic groups in Ethiopia - Wikipedia
Ethiopia: Group warns of travelling to Afar, claims 17

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