A new map published by the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry has caused an uproar on Social Media. The new map omits Somalia from the continent’s map and depicts Somalia as part of Ethiopia.
Share widely by many Somali, among them prominent Somali Journalists and politicians. the was removed from the Ministry’s website later.
Harun Maruf, VoA journalist tweeted the map asking his 207,000 followers if they can spot Somalia on the map.
— Harun Maruf (@HarunMaruf) May 26, 2019
While former spokesman of Somalia Office of Prime Minister Abdisalan Ato captured screen recorded vidoe of the map and tagged Somalia Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
— Aato (@AbdisalamAato) May 26, 2019
While another user on Twitter says it is ridiculous to post the map.
— Adam (@adancabdulle) May 26, 2019
Both Somalia and Ethiopian government were not available for comment on this new development.
The relations between is one characterized by hostility. Somalia does not recognise Ethiopia border and believes that the Somali region in Ethiopia is part of Somalia. The two countries fought over the control of the territory in 1977 what was known as the Ogaden war.
Many Somalis also blame Ethiopia the prolonged civil war in the country. In 2006, Ethiopia invaded Somalia to oust Islamic Sharia courts who controlled many parts of Somalia before withdrawing from Somalia three years later following fierce insurgency that had reduced the morale of Ethiopian troops in the country.