Ethiopia peacekeepers serving under the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS), on last Thursday celebrated the 127th victoryanniversary of the battle of Adwa, during which Ethiopia was commended for triggering the quest for independence by African countries and setting the stage for Pan-Africanism.
In March 1896,0ne of the most crucial turning points in the history of modern Africa was the Battle of Adwa, in which Ethiopian forces led by Emperor Menelik II united to repel an Italian invasion force.
The Ethiopian army emerged victorious after
successfully resisting an onslaught by the Italian army.
ATMIS Ethiopia forces celebrated with events in Mogadishu, Baidoa, Beletweyne
and Kismayo where they are engaged in combat operations against the Al-Shabaab.
Somalia’s Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Abshir
Omar Jama, who presided over the celebrations in Mogadishu, saluted the people of Ethiopia for their bravery and contribution to the freedom movement on thecontinent.
“This wonderful and historic victory of Adwa symbolizes the resilience, bravery, unity
and dedication of Ethiopia to Africa as a continent,” said the Minister at the event
attended by senior officials from the Federal Government of Somalia, ATMIS and
“At the time of the hostility and conflict, most of African countries were facing the
same fate, however, there did not have the capability, unity, and preparedness of our
Ethiopian brothers. That victory was perceived as a victory for all,” He explained.
He hailed the cordial relations between Somalia and Ethiopia.
The Charge’ d Affairs at the Ethiopian Embassy in Somalia, Ketema Haile, traced the
history of the battle of Adwa and its significance to the liberation struggle on the
“In the decades that followed, the black community drew lessons and inspiration
from this historic victory in the struggle against colonialism, racism, and apartheid.
Adwa is considered as a turning point in modern African history. This came true
when several African countries gained their independence in the early 1960’s,” said
He noted that holding the event in Somalia is testimony of the progress made to
restoring security and stability to the country following the intervention by the AU and
Uganda’s Deputy Ambassador to Somalia, Nathan Mugisha, who spoke on behalf of
other accredited diplomats, congratulated Ethiopians on their victory day, which he
said is an embodiment of unity, discipline and dedication.
The ATMIS military Chief of Staff, Brigadier General Kindu Gezu, highlighted the
lessons to be drawn from the battle of Adwa, regarding unity, commitment, sacrifice
and the capacity of Africans to find solutions to their own problems.
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