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.
Data as of 1991