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  • ኦሮሞ የሚለውን ቃል የፈጠረው "ክራፕፍ" ነው??


    አዎን! በዚህ ግልብ የፌስቡክ በረንዳ ላይ እንደዚህ እየተባለ ሲጻፍ አያለሁ፡፡ ቢሆንም ነገሩ ፌዝና ተረት ነው፡፡ ክራፕፍ የሚባለው ሚሺነሪ "ኦሮሞ" ብሎ ፅፎ እንኳ አያውቅም፡፡ በየትኛውም የክራፕፍ መፅሐፍ ውስጥ እንደዚህ የሚል ቃል የለም፡፡ ክራፕፍ የሚታወቀው "ኦርማኒያ" በሚለው ስም የኦሮሞን ሀገር በመጥራቱ ነው፡፡ ይህንንም "ኦርማ" ከሚለው ቃል ነው የወሰደው፡፡ 
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    "ኦሮሞ" ጥንትም የነበረ ስም ነው፡፡ ይህንን ስም ለመጀመሪያ ጊዜ በመጽሐፍ የጠቀሰው ደግሞ ታዋቂው እንግሊዛዊ ሀገር አሳሽ ሰር ዊሊያም ኮርንዋሊስ ሃሪስ ነው፡፡ ይህም የክራፕፍ መጽሐፍ ከመታተሙ ከ25 ዓመት በፊት በ1843 የተፈጸመ ነው (ብዙ የፌስቡክ መሃይማንና አሽቃባጮች እየደጋገሙ የሚጠቅሱት የክራፕፍ መጽሐፍ የታተመው በ1868 ነው)፡፡ በ19ኛው ክፍለ ዘመን የምስራቅ አፍሪቃ ህዝቦችን አንትሮፖሎጂና ታሪክ በስፋት ያጠኑት እነ ጁልስ ቦረሊ፣ አንቶን ዲአባድ፣ ቪክቶር ፖሊሽኪ ህዝቡን ያስተዋወቁት በዚሁ ስም ነው፡፡ 
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    መከባበር መልካም ነገር ነው፡፡ ኢትዮጵያን ከጥፋት ማዳን የሚቻለው ስንከባበር ብቻ ነው፡፡ በተለይ የህዝቦቻችንን የማንነት ምልክቶችና እሴቶች በሙሉ ልብ ማክበር ያስፈልጋል፡፡ ህዝብ ካልተከበረ ሀገር አይኖርም፡፡

    ባለፈው ጊዜ ወዳጄ በውቀቱ ስዩም አንድ አሪፍ ምልከታ ጠቁሞን ነበር፡፡ አንድ ህዝብ "የኔ መጠሪያ ይሄ ነው" ካለ በቅንነት አክብረን መቀበል እንዳለብን ነግሮናል፡፡ ለኛም ሆነ ለወደፊቷ ኢትዮጵያ የሚሻለው መንገድ ይኸው ነው፡፡

     

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  • A story from Koshe

    It was only a misplaced shoe that prevented Fadila Bargicho from losing a second child when an avalanche of rubbish crushed makeshift houses, killing at least 113 people in Addis Ababa earlier this month.

    An impatient Ayider Habesha, nine, had left his older brother searching for his footwear. He headed to religious lessons in a hut next to the towering dump. Ayider was buried alive with his six classmates and teacher when a chunk of the open landfill gave way on the evening of 11 March. His body was recovered two days later.

    While Bargicho sees divine intervention at play in the incident, the collapse at Reppi landfill was an avoidable, manmade disaster.

    In 2011, the French development agency (AFD) gave Addis Ababa’s government 34.6m euros (£17.3m) to close and rehabilitate Reppi and build a new landfill site at Sendafa, about 25 miles outside the capital in Oromia state.

    Oromia has been engulfed by violence since November 2015. The unrest has been fuelled by concerns over a masterplan to integrate the development of Addis Ababa – a metropolis of about 5 million people – with surrounding Oromo areas. While federal officials insist the blueprint would mean harmonious progress, activists cast it as another land grab that would mean the eviction of thousands more Oromo farmers as the capital expands.

    The AFD funding also covers retraining for the hundreds of people who picked through the waste at Reppi for valuable items, some of whom died in the landslide.

     Police and rescue workers watch as excavators dig in search of missing people at the Reppi rubbish dump in Addis Ababa. Photograph: Tiksa Negeri/Reuters

    When Reppi was established in the 1960s, it was in the countryside. Now it is surrounded by shops and houses, which have encroached on an expanding rubbish mountain.

    Rubbish started being sent to Sendafa, rather than Reppi, in January last year. But operations were suspended seven months later after protests by local farmers, who said the Sendafa site was poisoning water and killing livestock.

    The trucks returned to Reppi, where rubbish had been dumped without being treated, compacted or otherwise managed for half a century. Authorities knew Reppi was unstable and over capacity when they resumed operations, according to Nega Fantahun, the head of the city government’s solid waste recycling and disposal project office, the responsible agency.

    “One cause is the return to Reppi. It’s not the only reason, but it’s one cause, one reason, it aggravates it,” he says of the landslide.

    The government hasn’t given up on Sendafa, a joint initiative of the city and Oromia region. But activity at the fenced-off site is limited to work on buildings and other infrastructure. Black sheeting covers a shallow bulge of rubbish to try to reduce the smell. An eight-metre high net was constructed to prevent waste blowing on to adjacent farmland but, when a gust of wind arrives, several plastic scraps soar into the air and tumble over the fence into the fields.

    In rolling farmland next to the landfill, local opposition to the project is fierce. Gemechu Tefera, 40, a farmer, says maggots from the landfill have ruined food, cattle have died from toxic water, and a dog brought a human hand back from the site. Consultation was so inadequate that residents thought the site would become an airport, the group claims. “If they come again they will have to go through us. We will continue protesting. They will have to kill us first,” says Tefera.

    The French financing included Sendafa’s construction and the closure of 19 hectares (about 47 acres) of Reppi’s 36 hectares between 2011 and 2013. Eventually, the plan is to transform the toxic site into a park. Seven hectares have been set aside for a separately funded $120m (£96m) waste-to energy plantowned by the state electricity company, which could deal with 75% of the city’s rubbish when it becomes operational later this year.

    The AFD is waiting for notification from the city government to begin rehabilitating the remaining section of Reppi. That will only begin once the site is no longer being used for dumping, says Shayan Kassim, project manager at the French agency’s Addis Ababa regional office.

    According to Kassim, consultants reported that the performance at Sendafa of the city’s contractor, Vinci Construction Grands Projets, was satisfactory and there were no irregularities in dealing with the impact on the community. Vinci worked with AFD and the authorities on improving Sendafa for a year after completion, and the government is undertaking more work following storms that caused some leakage into the nearby environment, he says.

    “We know the municipality has had some problems with the landfill during the rainy season and we hope the additional works will correct them.”

    The local administration responsible for the new landfill’s location supports the farmers’ pollution claims. Shimallis Abbabaa Jimaa took over as head of Bereke district government last year after the protests. He produced an October 2016 report from Oromia’s government that concluded water in a local well was not potable and the cause could be a river polluted by seepage from Sendafa. The area had been earmarked by the region as a productive cropping area and should not have been selected for waste disposal, says Jimaa.

    The promised improvements could mean local acceptance of Sendafa but, given the strength of the resistance, that seems unlikely, he says. “No one agreed with the project so they rose in revolt.”

     

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  • የኦሮሞ ተቃዋሚ ፓርቲዎች አዲስ አበባ የጋራ አስተዳደር እንዲኖራት ጠየቁ

     

    አራት የኦሮሞ ተቃዋሚ ፓርቲዎች አዲስ አበባ ከተማን የኦሮሚያ ክልልና የአዲስ አበባ አስተዳደር በጋራ እንዲያስተዳድሯት የጠየቁ ሲሆን ባለፉት 25 ዓመታት ከከተማዋ የተፈናቀሉ የኦሮሞ ተወላጆች ካሣ እንዲከፈላቸውም አሳስበዋል፡፡
    የኦሮሞ ኦቦ ነፃነት ግንባር፣ የኦሮሞ ነፃነት አንድነት ግንባር፣ የኦሮሞ ብሔራዊ ኮንግረስና የኦሮሚያ ነፃነት ብሔራዊ ፓርቲ የተሰኙት 4 ፓርቲዎች ለአዲስ አድማስ በላኩት መግለጫ፤ የኦሮሚያ ክልል ከአዲስ አበባ ማግኘት የሚገባውን ልዩ ጥቅም ለመደንገግ ውይይት እየተደረገ መሆኑን መረጃ እንዳላቸው ጠቁመው፤በድንጋጌዎቹ መጤን አለባቸው ያሏቸውን ጉዳዮች አስታውቀዋል፡፡
    ከአሁን በኋላ ወደ ላይ እንጂ ወደ ጎን የማይሰፋ ግልፅ የአዲስ አበባ ማስተር ፕላን እንዲዘጋጅ ጥያቄ ያቀረቡት ፓርቲዎቹ፤የአዲስ አበባ ከተማን የኦሮሚያ ክልላዊ መንግስትና የአዲስ አበባ ከተማ አስተዳደር በጋራ እንዲያስተዳድሯት፣አማርኛና ኦሮሚኛ ቋንቋዎች በእኩል የስራ ቋንቋ እንዲሆኑ፣ በከተማዋ የሚወለዱ ህፃናት የኦሮሚኛ ቋንቋ የሚማሩባቸው ት/ቤቶች በየወረዳዎቹ እንዲቋቋሙና የኦሮሚኛ ቋንቋን ባህል ሊያዳብሩ የሚችሉ የፊልምና የቲያትር ማሳያ ቤቶች እንዲስፋፉ ጠይቀዋል፡፡
    “ከአፄ ምኒልክ ዘመነ መንግስት ጀምሮ ከመኖሪያቸው የተፈናቀሉ ኦሮሞዎች ዘር ማንዘራቸው ተፈልጎ ካሳ ይገባቸው ነበር” ያሉት ፓርቲዎቹ፤አሁን ግን ቢያንስ በ25 ዓመቱ የኢህአዴግ ዘመን ከከተማዋ የተፈናቀሉ ገበሬዎች ከያሉበት ተሰብስበው ተገቢው ካሳ እንዲከፈላቸው እናሳስባለን ብለዋል – በመግለጫቸው፡፡

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  • Eritrea now a potential U.S. partner

     

    Instability and terrorism in the Horn of Africa, along with a massive conflict on the other side of the Red Sea in Yemen, threaten U.S. interests in the region.

    Deputy Director of the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center, Bronwyn Bruton, writes in a recent report, “the United States could find itself facing instability and perhaps a terror threat on both sides of the Mandeb Strait [separating Yemen from Eritrea and Djibouti], which is a critical chokepoint for the $700 billion … of trade passing annually between the European Union (EU) and Asia.”

    Bruton, who is also a Cipher Brief expert, continues, “Threats to this trade route have in recent years led the United States to pour millions of dollars into combating Somali piracy – an indication of the Strait’s importance to U.S. interests.”

    Thus, the small East African country of Eritrea becomes vital in preventing the passage of terrorists between the Horn of Africa and the Persian Gulf and maintaining its stability in an increasingly unstable region.

    “Thus far, Eritrea has repelled jihadists and proven immune to radical ideologies,” notes Bruton.

    The U.S. does not formally collaborate with Eritrea on a counterterror strategy. In fact, the U.S. has no military-to-military cooperation with Eritrea and provides no bilateral assistance to the country, at the request of the Eritrean Government, according to the U.S. State Department.

    There are a number of reasons for this. For starters, the UN Security Council, at Washington’s urging, sanctioned Eritrea in 2009 for its alleged support of terrorist group al-Shabaab and for refusing to settle a border dispute with Djibouti. The sanctions included an arms embargo and travel bans and asset freezes on certain individuals. In 2011 and 2012, UN monitors found no evidence to conclude Eritrea still supported al-Shabaab, but sanctions were extended in 2013, resulting in a two-way arms embargo.

    “We’ve [the U.S.] lifted sanctions on Sudan, and if we’ve lifted sanctions on Sudan, I cannot see why we would not want to have a better relationship with Eritrea,” Seth Kaplan tells The Cipher Brief.

    Kaplan, a lecturer in African Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, adds, “Having said that, Eritrea has sort of been made everybody’s worst example of human rights, even though I don’t actually see why it’s so much worse than other countries.”

    Indeed, the U.S. State Department lists “citing and addressing human rights issues” as one of its interests in Eritrea.

    The country has been ruled by one party – the People’s Front for Democracy and Justice, or PFDJ, which was formed out of the group that led Eritrea to break away from Ethiopia in 1991 – since independence more than two decades ago. There is no independent press, and Eritreans flee in large numbers to surrounding Sudan and Ethiopia, and even to Europe.

    The United Nations has said around 5,000 Eritreans leave the country every month.

    The UN refugee agency reported 11,564 Eritreans arrived in Italy in the first seven months of 2016 – that’s 12 percent of arrivals to Italy. In 2015, a quarter of arrivals to Italy were Eritrean.

    Mandatory national service is one of the top reasons why Eritreans flee the country. In 1995, Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki introduced compulsory military service, in which everyone under the age of 50 is required to enlist. Conscription became open-ended in 1998, at the onset of Eritrea’s two-year-long border war with Ethiopia. That means, mandatory service is now indefinite, with release from service dependent on each individual commander.

    “The refugees [in Europe] regularly cite the indefinite nature of national service as a key reason for their migration,” a senior researcher for the Horn of Africa at Human Rights Watch, Felix Horne, tells The Cipher Brief.

    The need to deal with Eritrean refugees in Europe has changed the landscape of Eritrea’s international isolation over the last couple of years. Horne remarks, “the last two years have seen increased engagement from European states, largely to curb migration to Europe.”

    The Gulf states are also showing a new interest in Eritrea, largely due to the conflict in Yemen. “The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has established a military presence in Assab, Eritrea,” comments Horne.

    According to Bruton, “Asmara has formed strong strategic alliances with the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia, providing a base for their counterterror efforts in the Red Sea basin.”

    In addition, China is seizing economic opportunities in Eritrea. Chinese companies are the second most prominent external investors in Eritrea, says Kaplan, after the Canadians who operate Eritrea’s Bisha Mine.

    Eritrea has “secured a series of new Chinese mining investments,” notes Bruton.

    This leaves the U.S. in the position of potentially having little influence in a more open Eritrea in the future.

    “It’s really not clear under the Trump presidency whether there will be a rethink about relations with Eritrea, and there haven’t been many signs from the Eritrean government that they are keen to start a new relationship with the United States either,” says Horne.

    Still, Kaplan says there is the possibility of a thawing of relations due to Eritrea’s role in regional stability and combating terrorism. “The fact that fighting terrorism, fighting Islamic terrorist groups, might turn out to be by far the most important goal for the new [U.S.] administration, you would think that Eritrea would be not a highly prioritized but still important partner, given its geopolitical location and its importance as a stable country in the Horn of Africa.”

    Kaplan adds, “If our primary goal in that part of the world is simply to reduce the threat from terrorism and to defang as much as possible terrorist groups and possibly, to the extent that it’s possible, to end the conflict in Yemen, certainly we would want better relations with Eritrea.”  

    Kaitlin Lavinder is a reporter at The Cipher Brief. Follow her on Twitter @KaitLavinder.

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  • Dr. Ahmed Gelchu et al (OMN Board Directors) statement on TPLF recent charges

    OMN Board Directors Statement on TPLF recent charges

    An Open Statement to our Viewers: TPLF Charges Against OMN and Executive Director Jawar Mohammed Will Not Deter Our Independent and Exposing Journalism

    March 16, 2017 | OMN Board of Directors

    MINNEAPOLIS – Despite the false criminal charges brought against Oromia Media Network (OMN) and its Executive Director Jawar Mohammed by Ethiopian prosecutors, OMN is not deterred from continuing to broadcast independent, nonpartisan journalism on Oromia, the largest and most populous state in Ethiopia. OMN denies any and all charges brought against it and Mr. Mohammed by the Ethiopian prosecutors.

    Our viewers should rest assured that OMN will not be intimidated by the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front’s (TPLF) clear attempt to suppress freedom of the press in a foreign country. OMN will continue its unrelenting effort to broadcast well researched and exposing journalism. OMN is one of the only truly independent news outlets broadcasting into Ethiopia.

    The Ethiopian prosecutors’ accusations against OMN or Mr. Mohammed are untrue. These charges, like many others brought against outspoken opponents of the ruling party’s regime, are purely politically motivated. Ethiopian authorities’ blatant attempt to threaten OMN, intimidate our service providers, frighten our viewers, and restrict movement of OMN staff and management will not succeed. These charges are a poorly veiled attempt to retaliate against OMN for exposing the regime’s mass killings of Oromos in Oromia and its illegal land grab of Oromo farming land surrounding the capital Addis Ababa.

    This is not the first time TPLF has targeted OMN, Mr. Mohammed or the Oromo people. Countless times since its inception on March 1, 2014, OMN’s broadcasting signal has been purposefully intercepted. The sources of jamming were consistently traced back to Ethiopia. The current baseless accusations are a mere continuation of the TPLF’s efforts to silence the only independent voice of our people.

    In fact, TPLF has gone as far as eliminating all independent media in Ethiopia by jailing, killing or expelling journalists and opposition leaders. In late 2015, the authorities arrested Bekele Gerba, deputy chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), Oromia’s largest registered opposition political party. Mr. Gerba and other Oromo intellectuals were targeted because of their influence over the population and their outspokenness. Security forces in Ethiopia also killed at least 140 Oromo and Ethiopian protesters and injured many more, during the people’s protest of the government’s illegal land grab of Oromo farmland outside the capital. Massive protests raged across the country in 2015 and 2016. There are countless reports of government crackdown on opposition voices and media throughout this period, which culminated in the government declaring a state of emergency and restricting internet access. During this time, the TPLF banned anyone in the country from viewing OMN broadcasts. Even the government’s own officials admitted the vicious actions of security forces. In 2016, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn and the speaker of the House Abadula Gemeda publicly stated that the protesters had legitimate causes and blamed government officials for their incompetency, misgovernment and corruption. Dessalegn and Gemeda further stated that government officials did not properly consult with the protest leaders to understand the people’s concerns.

    On February 26, 2017, OMN learnt that Ethiopian prosecutors brought multiple criminal charges against OMN, Jawar Mohammed, prominent opposition leaders Dr. Merera Gudina and Dr. Berhanu Nega, and Ethiopian Satellite Television (ESAT). OMN condemns all charges. Criminal charges against OMN include violations of articles 32/1/a, 38, and 34/1 of Ethiopia’s Penal Code, which allege that OMN attempted to violently overthrow the government, and a violation of article 5/1/b of Ethiopia’s Anti-Terrorism Proclamation 652/01 alleging that OMN fueled recent wide-spread protests in Ethiopia by serving as a communication tool for Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) and Ginbot 7, which are labeled as terrorist organizations by the ruling party.

    Mr. Mohammed is charged alongside Dr. Merera and Dr. Nega for breaching Penal Code articles 32/1/a & b, 27/1, and 238/1 & 2. Despite their ideological differences, the three men are accused of conspiring to overthrow the government by instigating the grassroots protests that shook the nation in 2014, 2015 and 2016. A guilty verdict for the charges against Mr. Mohammed holds a sentence of life imprisonment or death.

    The criminal charges do not contain specific facts linking OMN or Mr. Mohammed to the criminal actions alleged. The evidence of guilt is barely comprehensible. Tellingly, the first two pages of the criminal charges are one long incoherent sentence with no punctuation.

    Oromos throughout Oromia rely on OMN for nonpartisan, independent news about events in their homeland because a reliable independent media source is unavailable in the country. OMN condemns any action taken against our viewers in retaliation for watching our broadcasts in Ethiopia or elsewhere.

    OMN seeks to offer thought-provoking, contextual, and nuanced coverage of critical public interest issues thereby bringing much needed attention to under-reported stories in the region. Our goal is to create a strong and sustainable multilingual newsroom that will serve as a reliable source of information about the Oromo people, the Ethiopian state, and the greater Horn of Africa region.

    We hold ourselves to the highest journalistic standards but unabashedly and proudly offer a uniquely Oromo perspective. OMN is legally incorporated as a non-profit organization under the laws of Minnesota and operates stations out of Minneapolis and around the globe. As an American entity, OMN is protected by the laws of the United States under its Constitution and is granted the full rights to the freedom of the press. The First Amendment of the U.S. constitution provides the core guarantee of press freedom and freedom of speech. U.S. Courts have also routinely given the press broad protection against defamation and libel suits that involve commentary on public figures. OMN is not deterred by the false accusations against it and its employees by a foreign government.

    Despite the TPLF’s desperate attempts to silence OMN, we have persevered and found ways to reconnect with our viewership time and again. This time will be no different. We ask that our viewers rally behind OMN as providing independent and critical journalism on key issues that resonate with the Oromo people. OMN will seek out all remedies available to it in the United States and explore all avenues of resolution. We will continue our mission against all odds.

    Sincerely,

    OMN Board of Directors

    Dr. Ahmed Gelchu – OMN Board Chairman
    Obbo T. Megersa Kitaba, OMN Board Secretary

    Dr. Asfaw Beyene – OMN Board Member
    Dr. Nuru Said – OMN Board Member
    Obbo Abdul Wedai – OMN Board Member
    Obbo Shukri Kasim – OMN Board Member
    Dr. Bekele Gebremariam – OMN Board Member

    Dr. Demissew Ejara – OMN Board Member

    Dr. Mohammed Hassen – OMN Board Member

    Dr. Sufian Mohammed – OMN Board Member

    Obbo Issa Ulo – OMN Board Member

    Obbo Mohammed Nur – OMN Board Member

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  • OLC Press Release

     

    March 14, 2017

    The Oromo Leadership Convention (OLC) held its second meeting in the City of Washington, District of Columbia, March 10 - 12, 2017. The Convention was opened with the blessing of representatives of the main religious groups in Oromo society and concluded after successfully deliberating on the current situation in Oromia and passing landmark resolutions that affirm the unity of all Oromo and underscore the need to strengthen institutions of democracy.

    This Convention was attended by over 600 religious, civic and community leaders from across North America and other parts of the world, political organizations, professional and civil societies, artists, businessmen, scholars, veterans of the struggle and Oromo notables who have contributed to the advancement of the Oromo cause in their respective fields.

    Considering the gravity of the deteriorating situation in Oromia and the tremendous suffering that the state of emergency has imposed on our people, the Convention focused on taking action.

    1. Based on the proposal recommended by the Task Force on Humanitarian Assistance, the Convention established a non-governmental organization known as HIRPHA International (Humanitarian Initiative to Relieve the Plight in the Horn of Africa) to assist in the effort deliver coordinated and efficient aid to the victims of the Ethiopian government.

    2. Accepting the proposal of the Task Force on Diplomacy and Advocacy, the Convention established a research and policy center that will assist the efforts to conduct diplomatic action in a strategic and coordinated manner with the view to assisting the struggle to end tyrannical rule in Ethiopia. This center will be named Organized Diplomacy and Advocacy Action in the Horn of Africa (ODAAHA).

    3. Recognizing that the Task Force of Experts presented revised documents known as the Declaration of Oromo Unity and National Aspirations and Oromo Charter of Freedom, Justice, Dignity and Human Rights reflect the views of the delegates regarding the foundation of Oromo unity and a common ground for political action, the Convention adopted the revised documents as its official documents.

    4. Recognizing that the need for further discussions to internalize the contents of these documents, the Convention recommended them to Oromo communities around the world for studying and discussions. The Task Force of Experts was named as a Commission of Experts to spearhead the effort.

    Considering that the Oromo struggle needs robust, functioning and autonomous democratic and civil society institutions, the Convention discussed new agendas proposed by the OLC Executive Committee. The new agenda emphasized the need for enhancing women’s participation and youth engagement in the Oromo nation’s future and initiated an effort to create professional associations.

    After thoroughly discussing two concept papers, the delegates recommended launching a community-wide conversation with a view of taking concrete steps to enhance women and youth participation in Oromo affairs within a reasonable period.

    Recognizing the demand of the Oromo people, the Convention stressed the importance of the unity of purpose among Oromo political organizations for the success of our people’s struggle. The participants recommended to all political parties to continue to work together to find ways to mobilize our people for the bitter struggle ahead and redouble efforts to expand the arena of interparty collaboration, build democratic institutions, and fortify self-rule capabilities.

    Recognizing the gravity of the time, Convention participants decided to increase their support for the Oromo struggle and to join hands in solidarity with all freedom loving peoples to fight against the repressive TPLF regime. In view of the continued suffering of our people, the Convention, once again, condemns in the strongest of terms the continued killings, mass incarcerations, enforced disappearances, and persecution of Oromo. The delegates also demanded an immediate end to the State of Emergency that has made life impossible for our compatriots.

    Concerned with the continued impunity of the Ethiopian regime, the Convention, once again, calls upon the international community to live up to its commitment not to “never again” allow mass killings from occurring again by demanding the establishment of an independent and thorough investigation into the mass killings, especially at the Irreecha festival on October 2, 2016, and the other crimes perpetrated by Ethiopian security forces against innocent people.

    Finally, the Oromo Leadership Convention extends its call to all peoples in Ethiopia to redouble their efforts to end totalitarian rule in the country.

    March 12, 2017

    City of WASHINGTON, District of Columbia

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  • Tensions flare as 82 dead at Ethiopia dump

    Some 82 people are dead after a landslide at an Ethiopian rubbish dump crashed through makeshift homes, burying the inhabitants

    Police are stopping people from entering the site of a landslide at an Ethiopian rubbish dump after bereaved families tussled with rescue workers there, blaming the government for a slow response to a disaster that killed 82 people this weekend.

    Relatives pushed and shoved the handful of emergency workers, angrily accusing them of delays and saying dozens of people were still missing after Saturday's landslide at the 50-year-old Reppi dump in the capital of Addis Ababa.

    "My nephew! My sister's son!" one elderly woman sobbed as she held aloft a picture inside one of several hastily erected funeral tents packed with mourners.

    After a run of deadly protests last year, authorities will be anxious to tamp down any sign of dissent that could become a catalyst for wider demonstrations.

    "Nobody is helping us. We are doing all the digging ourselves. It is shameful," Kaleab Tsegaye, a relative of one victim told Reuters.

    Earlier in the morning, relatives shoved workers away from the site.

    The situation seemed calmer in the afternoon but one police officer told Reuters that angry residents were still barring police from helping look for bodies. Dozens of police officers stood at the fringes of the dump.

    A police officer told Reuters 17 more bodies had been recovered on Tuesday, bringing the death toll to 82 so far.

    "An overwhelming number are being buried without being identified," she said, declining to give her name.

    Hundreds of people live on the dump, the city's only landfill site, scavenging for food and items they can sell such as recyclable metal. The landslide destroyed 49 homes.

    Ethiopia is one of Africa's fastest-growing economies, but the drive to industrialise has also stoked discontent among those who feel left behind.

    In October, the government imposed a national state of emergency after more than 500 people were killed in protests in Oromiya region as anger over a development scheme sparked broader anti-government demonstrations.

     

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  • To Abebe Bogale and ESAT - ከኢትዮጵያ ሕዝብ አርበኞች ግንባር የተሰጠ መግለጫ ተከዜን ሳይሻገሩ የሃሰት ፕሮፖጋንዳ ይቁም!!

    ድሮም አልነበሩም አሁንም የሉም!! መጋቢት 3/2009

    የኢትዮጵያ ሕዝብ አርበኞች ግንባር በሃገራችን ኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ ያለውን የወያኔ ኢሃዴግ አንባገነንነትንና ገዳይነት በመቃወም በሁሉም አቅጣጫ ትንቅንቅ በማድረግ ከሃያ ስድስት ዓመታት በላይ ቤቴን ፣ንብረቴን ፣ቤተሰቤን ሳይል ከሁሉ በፊት ኢትዮጵያን በማስቀደም በዱር በገደሉ ሕይወቱን መስዋዕት በማድረግ ላይ እንደሚገኝ ከወዳጆቻችን አልፎ ጠላቶቻችን ምስክሮች ናቸው።

    ይህ የትግል ጉዞ ከጊዜ ወደ ጊዜ ይሻሻላል በሚል የተለያዩ አወንታዊ ተሞክሮዎችን በማድረግ ለለውጥ የሚያደርጉት ሂደቶች በጥቂት መሰሪና ብልጣብልጥ የትግሉ ተባዮች እንቅፋት እየሆኑበት ይገኛል።

    በኢትዮጵያ ሕዝብ አርበኞች ግንባር በኩል በተለያዩ ጊዜያት ያለውን ወቅታዊ ችግር ለማሳወቅ ለሕዝባችንና ደጋፊዎቻችን የተለያዩ መግለጫዎችን ማውጣታችን እሙን ነው።

    ይሁን እንጂ የግንቦት 7 አመራር ነን የሚሉ የስልጣን እርከኖቻቸውን እንደ ሸሚዛቸው እየቀያየሩ በመልበስ የሚያስተላልፉት ላም ባልዋለችበት ኩበት ለቀማ የሃሰት ወሪያቸው ፣የትግሉን አቅጣጫ መሳትና የሕዝባችንን በሰበር ዜና መታለል ስንገነዘብ ልባችን ይደማል።

    በተለያዩ ጊዜያት የግንቦት 7ቱ መሪ ፕሮፊሰር ዶክተር ብርሃኑ ነጋ ከኢትዮጵያ ሕዝብ አርበኞች ግንባር ጋር ምንም ዓይነት ግንኙነትና ሰራዊት ሳይኖራቸው አስተናጋጅ ሃገር የጫጉላ ጊዜያቸውን ጨርሰው በኣውሮፓና አሜሪካን ሃገራት ተመሽገው የተለመደና የተጠና ያልተጨበጠ ቅስቀሳቸውን ከኤርትራ እየተባለ በሚቀርብልን ዩቲዩብ ቪዲዮ እና በሚዲያቸው የሚያቀርቡት ንግግር የትግሉ እንቅፋት ብቻ ሳይሆን ለጠላታችን ወያኔ ጥሩ መረጃና በሃገር ወስጥ ለሚገኙት ተቃዋሚ ሃይላት የትግሉ ጋሪጣ ለመሆኑ የሚታዩትና የሚሰሙት ንግግሮች በቂ ማስረጃዎች ናቸው።

    በቅርቡ የግንቦት ሰባቱ ምክትል ሊቀመንበርና በአዲሱ ሹመታቸው የሕዝብ ግንኙነት አቶ አበበ ቦጋለ አማካኝነት በራሳቸው ሚዲያ እና በህሌና ኢትዮጵያ ራዲዮ ባደረጉት ቃለ-ምልልስ አንዲት ሳንቲም፣አንዲት አረር፣አንዲት ሰባራ ጠመንጃ ሳያቀብሉ ወይም ሳይሰጡ ‘’ በሃገር ወስጥ የሚንቀሳቀሱትን እየረዳን ነው ያለነው’’ ከአርበኛ ጎቤ ጋርም መጠናዊ ግንኙነት አለን በማለት ሲናገሩ ሰምተናል።

    በራሳቸው ኢሳት ሚዲያና ራዲዮ ደግሞ በተዘጋጁ ሆድ አደር ግለሰቦች ሃሳቡን በማስጠናትና የገንዘብ ድጎማ በመስጠት ያለምንም የፎቶግራፍም ሆነ የቪዲዮ መራጃ በተለያዩ ቦታዎች የተደሩጉ ወጊያዎች ላይ መማረካቸውን ፣ማቁሰላቸውንና መግደላቸውን በተለመደው የቅጥፈት ፖለቲካቸው አስደምጠውናል።

    በቅርቡ ‘’በወገራ ችንፋስዝ ፣በገና ሲናሬ በተባለ ከተማ ውስጥ ድንገተኛ ውጊያ ከፍቶ በርካታ እስረኞችን ማስለቀቁን የግምባሩ ምንጮች ገለጹ ‘’ የተባለው በአካባቢው ህዝብና ገበሬ በወያኔ ኢሃዴግ አስተዳደርና ግዞት ተማሮ በአመጽ ሆ ብሎ በመውጣት የፈጸመውን ህዝባዊ ዱላ የራሳቸው የትግል እንቅስቃሴ በማስመሰል በግንቦት 7 ሕዝብ ግንኙነት የተቀነባበሩ የግዳይ ንጥቆሽ መሆኑን ከበቂ መረጃ ጋር ደርሰንበታል።

    ይህንን ዓይነት የግንቦት 7 አመራር የመንደር ወሬ ቅጥፈት ሊበቃውና ልናስቆመው ይገባል።

    የግንቦት 7 ድርጅት በተለያዩ ጊዚያት በሚዲያው ኢሳትና ራዲዮው በተለያዩ ጊዜያት አስመረቀናል በመካናይዝድ የተጠናከረ ጦር አለን በማለትና በምዕራብ ጎጃም 600,በደቡብ ጎንደር 500 የታጠቀ ሰራዊት አለን በማለት በየዱርና ገደሉ መሽጎ ያለውን ገበሬና ነጻነት ናፋቂ ሕዝባችንን በየጊዜው የእርጎ ባህር እያሳዩት ይገኛል።

    በአንድ ወቅት ፊሽካው ተነፍቷል ያሰኙት እነኚሁ የትግሉ ጋሪጣ የሆኑት ጥቂት ግለሰቦች ማንነትና ስራቸውን የአስተናጋጅ ሃገርና የኢሕአግ ሰራዊት ጠንቅቆ የሚያውቀው ጉዳይ መሆኑንን የዘነጉት በቁጥር አንድና ሁለት የሚባል ሰራዊት ቀርቶ ወሬ ነጋሪ የሌላቸው ምሁራን ተብዪ ግንቦቴዎች ገንዘብ ከመለመንና ከመወሻከት ያለፈ ለኢትዮጵያ ሕዝብ የሚጠቅም አጀንዳ የሌላቸው በደሞዝ የሚተዳደሩ ፣የሌሎችን የትግል እንቅስቃሴ በመውረስ የራሳቸው አስመስለው የሚናገሩ ጸረ ትግል አቋም ያላቸው አጋጣሚዎችን የሚጠቀሙ (opportunist) ናቸው።

    የግንቦት ሰባቱ ቋሚ ደሞዝተኛና ተቀጣሪው አበበ ቦጋለ እጅግ የሚያሳዝን በታጋዮችና ነጻ አውጪዎች ስም በመነገድ የፖለቲካ ትርፍ ለማግኘት ከአሳዳሪው በተሰጠው የተለያየ የስልጣን ስም በመጠቀም የተስዉትን ታጋዮች ስም በማንሳት እጃችን አለበት፣እኛ ረድተናቸው ነው ፣አስታጥቀናቸው ነው፣ ጥይት ገዝተንላቸው እንጂ ከየት አመጡት ብሎ ሲናገር ስንሰማ የግንቦት 7 የታጋይ ጠላት ብቻ ሳይሆን ከወያኔ ጋር አብሮ የሚሰራ የሃገር ጠላት መሆኑን አረጋገጠልን እንጂ እንደ ሌሎቹ አላታለለንም።

    አረ ለመሆኑ የአርበኛ ጎቢን አሟሟት በተመለከተ ዘመዶቹ ተገዝተው እንደገደሉት መረጃ የደረሰው የግንቦት 7 ቱ የህዝብ ግንኙነት እንዴት ነው ታዲያ ሻለቃ መሳፍንት ጥጋቡ (ገብርዪን) ከኋላው አብሮት የነበረው የግንቦት 7ቱ እግረኛ ወያኔዎች ሳይመጡ ገና ወደ ኢትዮጵያ ድንበር በተቃረቡበት ቦታ ላይ አብረው በማፈግፈግ ላይ እያሉ በተሰጠው ተልዕኮ ከጀርባው ተመቶ የተገደለውን ታሪክ እውነታ ያልሰማው?

    ነው ወይስ ለገንዘብ መለመኛ እንዲያመቻቸው እራሱን አጠፋ መባሉን መክረውና ዘክረው ያዘጋጁት ብቻ ሳይሆን ለሁሉም ታጋዮች ቢሞቱ ወይም ቢገደሉ ተመሳሳይ ድርጅታዊ ቀመር (Formula) እንደሆነ አንባቢያን እንድትረዱልን እንፈልጋለን።

    ወድ የኢትዮጵያ ሕዝብ አርበኞች ግንባር ደጋፊያንና አባላት እንዲሁም ግንቦት 7ን ሳታውቁት በአባልነት የምትንቀሳቀሱ እውነተኛ ነጻነት ፈላጊዎች!!

    ነጻነት ገንዘብ በማሰባሰብና በቲፎዞ የሚመጣ አይደለም።

    በየጊዜው ከህዝባችን በስማችን የተሰበሰበው ገንዘብ በአስተናጋጅ ሃገር ለሚገኘው ለኢሕአግ ሰራዊትም ሆነ በጎበዝ አለቆች ለሚመራው ሕዝባዊ ሰራዊት ግንቦት 7 ከተባለው ድርጅት የተሰጠው ድጎማም ሆነ የመሳሪያ ቁሳቁስ ዕርዳታ የተቸረ ያለመኖሩን እየገለጽን በስማችን የሚደረገው ውህደትም ሆነ ጥምረት የማይመለከተን መሆኑንን እየገለጽን ዶንያ ሙሉ ወሸት የትም አያደርስም ፣በህዝብ ሰም እየነገዳችሁ የትግሉ ጋሪጣ አትሁኑ የምንልበት ጊዜ አሁን ነው።

    ሃገራችን ኢትዮጵያ ነጻ እንድትሆን በጋራ መስራትና በጋራ መታገል ጥያቄ የማያሻው መፍትሄ መሆኑን አውቀን በሃር ውስጥም ፣በውጪም የምትገኙ እውነተኛ የትግሉ አጋሮች ከመሰል የሃሰተኛ ቅስቀሳ ነጻ ወጥታችሁ ለሃገራችንና ሕዝባችን በአፋጣኝ እንድንደርስለት አበክረን እናሳውቃለን !

    ሁሉንም ለማወቅ ለምትሹ ወገኖች በስራችንም ሆነ በትግላችን ተከዜን ሳይሻገሩ ድል የለም ይሁንና የግንቦት 7 ባለሟሎች በሁለገቡ ትግላችን ከወሬና ገንዘብ ከመሰብሰብ በስተቀር ድሮም አልነበሩም አሁንም የሉም

    አንድነት ሃይል ነው የኢትዮጵያ ሕዝብ አርበኞች ግንባር 

     

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  • IBSA KWO - Kallachi Walabummaa Oromiyaa tokkummaa mooraa qabsaawota Bilisummaa fi Walabummaa Oromiyaa gabbisu,tin’isu fi ijaarutti amana!

     

    Qabssoon Walabummaa Oromiyaatiif Bilisimmaa Ummata Oromootiif tasifamu bu’aalee gurgudaa argamsiisuun waaan haalamu miti. Gatiin haga ammaa kafalame hedduu qaalii fi ulfataadha.

    Haa tahu malee, Ummani Oromoo osoo biyya qabuu biyyaa fi biyyee isaa dhabee, osoo mirga qabu mirga isaa mulqamee, osoo qabeenya qabu irraa hoongayee, harqoota gabrummaa fe’amee hadhaa gabrummaa waga’amee gaddaa fi gadadoon jiraata jira.

    Ummanni Oromoo yeroon inni harqoota gabrummaa hayyee jedhee fe’ame, waaroo salphinaa tole jedhee uffatee hinjiru. Biyya isaa ta humnaan irraa fudhatamte deebiffachuuf, mirga isaa ka humnaan sarbame goonfachuuf, taligaa isaa ka diigame deebisee utubachuuf, warraaqsa farra gabrummaa fi sochii diddaa roorroo ka walirraa hincinne godhaa ardha gaye. Gabroomffattootaa fi roorriftoota dhawaataa- dhawaataan gurmuu fi biyya isaa irratti waljijjiiran hundeen buqqisee of-irraa darbuuf wareegamni inni bara Minilik, bara HaylaSillaasee, bara Darguu fi ardhas mootummaan sirna Wayyaanee jalatti baasaa jiru seenaa keessatti gulantaa ol-aanaa qabaata.

    Bara mootummaa gabroomfataa Wayyaanee, kan ummatoonni impaayerattii Toophiyaa keessatti argaman martuu hidhaan, ajjeechaa fi hacuccaan dararamaa jiran kana keessatti, duulli sanyii Oromoo lafarraa duguuguu daran hammaate malee tasumaa hin laafne. Gabrummaa fi cunqursaan bara mootummaa dullacha Habashaa kolbaa bayee ifatti deemaa ture bara mootummaa Wayyaanee bifa jijjiiratee mirga ofiin bulmaataa waan kenne fakkeessee harka jalaan dhoowwachuun duulli sanyii Oromoo lafarraa duguguu kaayoo mootummaa Woyyaanee tahee itti fufe.

    Haala ulfaata kana keessatti KWOn dhalachuun hirdhina iftoomina akeekaa fi galii akkasumas mala qabsoo fi tarsiimoo qabsoo kana injifachiisu fi guutuuf tahuun ifa dha. Tattaffiin KWOn fuula biyya keessatti tarsiimoo qabsoo hidhannoo, ijaarsa ummataan duurfamu hordofaa, karaa biraatin humnoota bilisummaa Oromoo fi walabummaa oromiyaatin walitti dhiyaaataa, warra faallaa akeeka walabummaa oromiyaa qaban waliinis gaaraagarummaan kun akka furamee hawwiin oromoo guutamuuf qooda isaa kennaa as gahe, har’as itti jira. Kaaraan haga ammaa keessa qaxxamurree as geenne kana yoo of booda deebinee laallu bu’uuraan sirrii tahuu argina.

     

    Adeemsa qabsoo walabummaa Oromiyaa kan yeroo dheeraa fudhate keessatti, ilaalchi ayyaan laallattummaa fi jilbiifatummaa gola golaa biqilee suuta suutaan dagaaguu irraa ka ka’e, aadaan siyaasaa arrab-lamummaa qor-qalbii gootummaa Oromoo faallessee mooraa qabsoo walabummaa Oromiyaa booressuun ifatti mull’atee jira. Humnooni moora jilbiifatummaa keessa jiran kun yeroo ammati kan duraa caalaa kaayoo sabaa irraa fagatanii deemaa akka jiran ummani Oromoo hubbate jira.

    Jaarmayooni Oromoo afur (KWO, ABO, ABO-T fi ODF) Caamsaa 1, 2016 MN keessatti walhubannaa tokko irra ghanii koree waliin tolfachuun Ummata keenyaaf ifaadha. Walhubannaan kun akka fedhii ummata Oromooti akka adeemu hawii dhaaba kenna KWOti. Haa tahu maale ADOn ykn ODF tarkaanfii wal hubannaa kana hundeen faalleysu/diigu fudhatee dhaaba Arbanyoch Ginbot 7 (AG7) kan jireenya saba Oromoo, daangaa Oromiyaa fi hiree murteeffannaa Ummattotaa hin fudhanne waliin tokkummaa tolfatachuu isaanii walhubaana kana akka keessa debiine ilaalu nu tasisse jira. KWOn tokkummaan ADO/ODF- AG7 waliin ijaarate waliigaltee jaarmayoota Oromoo afrran jiduutti godhame keessaa qabxiilee lakkoofa tokkoffaa jalatti kaayame kan dhimma Oromoo fi Oromiyaa ilaalatu hundeedhaan faallessa jedhee amana, Qor-qalbii fi gootummaa oromoo ille faallesse jira. Gama keenyaan ADOn yeroo Ummatni keenya alaa fi biyya keessaa yeroo kamuu caala tokkoomee qabsoo bilisummaa fi walabummaa oromiyaa finiinsaa jiru kana keessatti yaada eebifamaa mooraa qabsoo bilisummaa Oromoo gabbisuuf yaadame kana irraan tarkaanfatee alagaa jireenya Oromoo hin dhugeeffanne waliin tokkummaa tolffachuun dogogora seenaati jennee fudhanna.

    Kara kaaniin humnootni bilisummaaa Oromoo fi walabummaa Oromiyaa mirkaneessuf qabsaawan irra caala walitti dhiyaachuu fi fedha ummata isaanii irratti tokkummuuf carraaqun isaanii abdii ol’aaanaa muldhisaa jira. Carraaqqiin karaa Kanaan godhamaa jiru cimee itti fufuu akka qabu abdii fi fedhii dhaaba keenya KWO fi humnnoota bilisummaa fi walabummaa Oromiyaa hundaati.

    Hardhallee humnootin haarcatuun sirna nafxanyaa dullacha deebisuuf abjootan duula midiyaaa fi gargaarsa jarmayoota oromoo tokko tokkotti dhimma bayanii oromoo fi oromummaa akkasumas abbaa biyyummaa oromoo yeroo ifatti balaleffatan agaa jirra. Humnooni sirna Impayeera Itoophiyya tikksan Oromoo akka diinaatti laalu seenaa fi dhugaa Oromoo nifaallessuu, walittis makuu, Akkasumas nijallisuu. Qabeena ummata Oromoo ni saamu, nibarbadessus. Kun hundi hanqaate hayyootaa fi qaroo saba oromoo fixaa turan. Hardhas itti jiran.

     

    KWOn tarsiimoo qabsoo hordofurraa ka’ee olola dharaa, irkannoo alagaa fi diinaa balaleffatee Ummata Oromoo abdachuun mooraa walabummaa oromiyaa jaabeesun furmaata waaraa fida jedhee amana. Burjajahiinsi Oromoo biyya ambaaa keessatti muldhtus karaa kanaan furmaata argata jedhee yaada. Walitti dhufiinsi jarmayootaa,falmitoota mirgaa fi hawaasaa hiree murteeffannaaUmmattotaa bu’uuragodhatedandiiwalabummaaOromiyaafibilisummaaOromoo cimsuuf yoo hin taasifamne itti bayiin isaa gabrummaa Oromorra tursuu qofaaf qooda kenna jennee yaadana. Dadhabbii fi tattaafiin taasifamu martuu jalqabbii mooraa walabummaa Oromiyaa cimsee hanqina jiru kan guutu tahuun gafii kallattii ta’uu qaba. Yeroon kun yeroo Ummatni Oromoo humnoota ifatti fedha isaatin alaa bayanii fi harka alagaatti dhunnfataman waliin rakkachuu bira kutee fedha ufiif dhabbachuu qabudha jenna. KWOn gama isaatin yeroo kamuu caala qooda isaa jabeessuuf jecha yaadota kana irra ka’uun teessoo Bitootessa 4, 2017 Miseensota Koree Huji Rawwachiiftuu tasifachuun murtiilee asiin gadii dabarsee jira.

    1. Hiree murteefanan Ummata Oromoo dangaa tokko maale hujii irra akka olu gumaacha barbaachiisa ta’e ni kennina. Hummnoota hiree murteefanna ummata Oromoo fuula dura dhabataan ykn irra sharafuufi tattaffi godhan haal dure tokko maale balaleefanna!

    2. Duulli sanyii duguuggaa Oromorratti deemsifamaa jiru qabsoo mooraa walabummaa jabeessuu qofaan malee irkannoo alagaa fi beekumsa diinaa kennuun furmaatni ka hin argamne ta’u gadi jabeesinne dhaamna.

    3. Beekumsi, yeroo fi dinagdeen mooraaa walabummaa oromiyaaf qindeffamuun akka qabsoo sabaa shafisiisu gama dhabaa kennatiin hirmanna kenna cimsinne itti fufna.

    4. Yaada tokkummaa jarmayoota Oromoo bu’uuraan kan deeggarru tahee akeekaa,galii,bifa qabsoo fi tarsomoo qabsoo irratti tokkumaa keessaan jabaachuu mala qajeelaa akka ta’e amma ille gadi jabessinee lallaba gonna.

    5. Kaayoo walabummaa Oromiyaa daandii warraaqsa diddaa gabrummaa, tarsimoo qabsoo hidhannootii fi dhawaa-mala siyaasaa waraanummaa, sirnaa fi kaayoo jaarmayaa fi hoggana warraaqaa fi walabaa, dimokiraatawaa fi waaltayaa utubuun tokkummaa kaayoo/galii siyaasaa hundee godhate dhaboota Oromoo waliin haal duree tokko maale tolffachuuf qophii ta’u gadi jabessinne mirkanessina.

    1. Diinaa alaa fi keessaa irra aannee, Oromiyaa walaboomsuu fi bilisumsummaan jiraachuun tokkummaa cimaa akka sibiilaa nu gaafata. Kana gochuuf ammoo, haalaa fi amala booddessaa qabsaawota Oromoo tamsaasee qabsoo walabummaa Oromiyaa qancarse irra aanuudhaan aadaa gootummaa Oromoo, ilaalcha warraaqaa, qoraamala qaroo, kabajaa fi safuu Oromummaa dagaagsuun siyaasaa fi caasaa qabsoo walabaummaa Oromiyaa haaromsuun yeroo kammiin caala amma yeroon issa amma ta’u akeekna.

    2. Ummani Oromoo Tokkummaa qancarsaa fi booddessaa kan ilaalcha faallaa mirga namoomaa, mirga sabaa fi faallaa ol-aantummaa ummataa tahee fi Tokkummaa warraaqaa kan tokkummaa mirga uumamaa kan ilmoo namaa fi kan sabaa kabaju adaan bafaachuun hariroo issa tokkummaa warraaqaa fanna akka godhu waamicha gonna.

    Qabxiidhaan armaan olitti tuqamaan bu’uura godhachuun KWOn tokkummaa osoo mooraan qabsoo bilisummaa Oromoo hin gabbanne halagaa waliin,keesumatti qamoota hiree murteeffannaa Ummatottaa hin fudhanne waliin taasifamu kallattiidhaan dura dhaabata. Rakkoo KQ-JBWO Caamsaa 1, 2016 ijaarame mudate (Walhubannaa ABO,ABOT fi ADO) furuuf carraaqin ji’oota jahan dabrran godhamaa ture waan gufateef KWOn miseensummaa KQ-JBWO keessaa dhaabachuu Ummata keenyaf ifa goona.

     

    http://www.frontforindependenceoforomia.org/ https://m.facebook.com/FrontforIndependenceofOromia/ 

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  • Statement by the Coordinating Committee of Four Oromo Organizations

    Statement by the Coordinating Committee of Four Oromo Organizations

    We the undersigned four Oromo liberation organizations, strongly condemn the land-grab and ethnic-cleansing policy in Oromia region of Ethiopia in general and Hararghe, Bale and in Borana-Guji zones in particular. This is the result of the narrow ethnically-based Ethiopian government which, since 1991, is controlled and dominated by the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF) representing about six percent of the population of Ethiopia. The TPLF leadership hates Oromo numerical asset as they are the single largest national group in Ethiopia. For that purpose the TPLF adopted a secret policy of reducing the size of the Oromo population and grabbing their land. The policy was exposed when the regime announced the so-called Addis Ababa Master Plan, a ruinous social engineering project driven by TPLF leaders' rancor and greed. At the heart of the plan is a scheme to forcibly uproot Oromo farmers from their ancestral land, reducing them to abject poverty, loss of culture and ruination of their way of life. Destruction of any people's livelihood, culture and identity is ethnocide, which is a crime against humanity.

    The removal of our people from their lands led to a massive peaceful mass demonstrations throughout Oromia and Ethiopia, calling for human and democratic rights and for establishment of the rule of law. The regime responded with brute force by killing more than three thousand people, maiming thousands, and detaining at least seventy thousand people and forcing into exile thousands of Oromo nationals. Incapable of any positive response to meet peoples’ legitimate demands, the regime persisted in using brute force under Emergency Measures leading to more killings, detention of thousands more. Sadly, the TPLF has recently extended violent land-grab and ethnic-cleansing in Hararghe, Bale and Borana-Guji zones of Oromia.

    The continuation of this criminal program is made even more sinister than on previous occasion, as it is pursued with more extreme violence by deploying the extralegal armed bands dubbed Special Police. The lawless Special Police is under the so-called 'federal' secret service command, although it is deceptively strutted as being under the office of head of Somali regional state. Claiming connection with officials of the Somali regional administration quite simply aims branding a brash criminal enterprise the TPLF itself concocted as a conflict between Oromo and Somali peoples, which is simply untrue.

    There is no animosity or unsolvable difference between Somali and Oromo peoples who lived together for countless generations, and share strong linguistic bond and rich cultural heritage. The two peoples are entitled to and absolutely capable to sort out any differences peaceably. And, even by the TPLF written but often flouted laws, differences between neighboring federal states need to be resolved peacefully and there is clearly no ground for violence.

    The Special Police is not part of Somali region's police force or even have any legality under federal or regional laws. Its initial purpose was apparently to protect foreign workers searching for gas in Ogaden against the wishes of the local inhabitants, and in the operation areas of Ogaden national resistance. It has clearly failed in its original objective, as overt searches in Ogaden have been stalled. This outfit has since been used as an auxiliary to the notorious army unit called Agazi, under direct TPLF warlords' command and deployed to intimidate, harass, execute or disappear, and force into exile political opponents in the Somali region and elsewhere. This outfit has also been used in the Amhara region for carrying out covert operations some of them against Tigrayan residents that were later blamed on the local Amhara population.

    In Oromia, the Special Police is routinely used to incite fake conflict by carrying out raids from Somali areas into adjacent Oromo settlements, uprooting numerous Oromo villagers in the process. The TPLF organized and guided raids are then presented as inter-ethnic conflict, so the TPLF would step in as arbiters, something the TPLF can have absolutely no moral or political ground to claim.

    The Special Police actions are indeed part of desperate political maneuvers to justify the lawless TPLF regime hanging on to power. The overriding objective of this criminal exercise is diverting attention away from peaceful protests in Oromia in the past few years, calling for respect for basic human and democratic rights and rule of law, thus speaking for and inspiring people in all corners of Ethiopia. Short on positive reply to meet peoples’ legitimate grievances, deployment of the Special Police unravels TPLF leaders' unrequited brutality and political obduracy, a toxic blend that can steadily take the whole country down along with the regime.

    We are certain that TPLF machinations will not set the Oromo and Somali peoples against one another but will in fact be used as a wake-up call to foil its criminal designs. So, we call on brotherly peoples of Oromia and Ogaden as well as all other population groups in Ethiopia to resolve any real or contrived differences peacefully using time-honored traditional institutions and thereby frustrate TPLF divisive aims.

    We use this opportunity to call for intervention of members of the international community to press the TPLF regime to abandon its dangerous schemes of inciting troubles, lift the notorious emergency measures, free political prisoners, open up dialogue with opposition parties, and arrange for free and fair elections to set the country on the road to peace and democracy.

    We especially call on members of the UN Security Council the UN Secretary General to take note of the TPLF reign of terror and to press the regime to seek peaceful resolution of problems stifling the country, free political prisoners and open talks with them to organize fair and free elections with the UN material support and expertise.

    We also call on the African Union as well as individual leaders not to ignore the deteriorating situation in Ethiopia and to use their influences to encourage the regime to stop making the dire situation get even worse, press them to free political prisoners, to open talks with all opposition parties with a view to organize fair and free elections as a prelude to a peaceful and democratic future.

    We trust that the combined struggles and sacrifices being paid in the peaceful resistance by Oromo and other peoples in all corners of Ethiopia will in the end prevail over the TPLF tyranny. We shall continue to stand with the masses of our people bearing the brunt of TPLF brutality and shall do all we can to hasten the dawn of victory and peace.

    Oromo Democratic Front (ODF)
    Oromo Liberation Front (OLF)
    Oromo Liberation Front - United (OLF-U)
    Front for Independence of Oromia (FIO)

    The struggle for peace, democracy, freedom, human dignity and the rule of law shall prevail!

    Finally, we wish to renew our call on the TPLF leaders if they abandon brute force in favor of peaceful way out of political and economic morass their selfish and shortsighted policies plunged the country to, we shall remain open for peaceful dialogue to establish the rule of law, freedom, democracy and peace. 

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  • Jawar and Dr. Merera Charged with terrorism

    Dr Merera Gudina, leading opposition figure in Ethiopia and Chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), has finally been charged with terrorism by Ethiopian prosecutors.

    Gudina is accused of meeting anti-government elements during a European tour last year. He was twice denied bail by the courts as the police continued to gather evidence for charges.

    The privately run Addis Standard news portal reported that the opposition chief was charged along with two others. Jawar Mohammed a popular Oromo activist and Executive Director of the Oromia Media network and Berhanu Nega, were also charged with terrorism.

    Gudina, during his last appearance in court vehemently denied any terrorism allegations and said that he had spent his life teaching against the ideals of violence and terrorism.

    The charge of terrorism as brought by police prosecutors varies from the government’s position which said he was arrested for flouting sections of the current state of emergency imposed in October 2016.

    Ethiopian security forces arrested the Gudina shortly after his arrival in the capital Addis Ababa on December 1 from Belgium. Together with other activists and the Olympic athlete Feyisa Lelisa – he met with Members of the European Parliament on 9 November 2016.

    Ethiopia is currently under a six-month state of emergency imposed to quell spreading anti-government protests in the Oromia and Amhara regions of the country. The protests which started in November last year continued into this year.

    Since January 2016 the human rights situation in Ethiopia has not improved at all. Human Rights Watch reports that security forces have killed more than 500 people during protests over the course of 2016.

    The government reported mass arrests of persons believed to be behind the protests, some are to be released whiles others will be arraigned before the courts on offences of destroying private and public property.

    The Command Post administering the curfew says relative peace has returned to the country. There are issues also surrounding communication access with slow internet in most parts of the country. Some European countries have lifted their travel advice for Ethiopia with the ‘return to peace.’

     

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  • My Freedom Letter book:kitaaba Kiyyaa Xalayaa Bilisummaa: “የነጻነት ደብዳቤ” የምለው መጽሃፌ -

     

    This is my book “Freedom Letter” on internet, which was published in 2015. It was written in three languages: Afaan Oromoo, Amharic, and English. I couldn’t publish it in mass, as well as distribute to Ethiopia and many different countries, but many people are asking me about it. On the other hand, many issues that I raised in my book last time are becoming to Ethiopian current issues. Therefore, I have uploaded the “Freedom Letter” on the Internet. 

    Kun kitaaba Kiyyaa “Xalayaa Bilisummaa” afaan sadiin: Afaan Oromoo, Afaan Amaaraatiifi Afaan Ingiliziitiin barreessee waggaa lama dura maxxanseedha. Kitaaba kana, namoonni hedduunis waan na gaafachaa jirtaniif, akkasuma dhimmoonni ani keessatti barreesse hedduun yeroo amma haala wayitawaa ammaa ta’aa waan jiraniif PDF dhaan online interneetii irratti gadi dhiiseera. 

    ይህ ከሁለት ዓመት በፊት በሶስት ቋንቋ ማለትም በኦሮምኛ፣ በአማሪኛና በእንግሊዘኛ ያሳተምኩት “የነጻነት ደብዳቤ” የምለው መጽሃፌ ነው። በመጽሃፌ ውስጥ የጠቀስካቸው ብዙ ነገሮች አሁን ወቅታዊ ሁኔታ እየሆኑ ናቸው። ፕ/ር ሃይሌ ላሬቦ በቅርብ ጊዜ ያመጣ አስቂኝ ታሪክና የመሰሎቹ ኋለ ቀር ምኞት እንድሁም በኢትዮጵያ ጥላ ስር የምቆመር ቁማሪ እንዳልቀረና መቅረት እንዳለበት እንስቻለሁኝ። መጽሃፉን ለብዙ ጠያቂዎች ለማድረስ ስላልቻልኩ በፕድኤፍ መልኩ በእንቴርኔት ላይ ለቅቻለሁኝ።

    https://www.scribd.com/document/338980355/Freedom-Letter-book-author-Daniel-Areri-Kitaaba-Xalayaa-Bilisummaa-barreessaan-Daniel-Areri-%E1%8B%A8%E1%8A%90%E1%8C%BB%E1%8A%90%E1%89%B5-%E1%8B%B0%E1%89%A5%E1%8B%B3%E1%89%A4-%E1%88%98%E1%8C%BD%E1%88%83%E1%8D%8D-%E1%8B%B0%E1%88%AB%E1%88%B2-%E1%8B%B3%E1%8A%95%E1%8A%A4%E1%88%8D-%E1%8C%88-%E1%8A%A0%E1%88%AC%E1%88%AA

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  • 6 demands of #OromoProtests that are still not answered - Nagessa Oddo Dube

    The Ethiopian government did not address any of the demands of the Oromo people under #OromoProtests.

    1. Land Ownership and Cancellation of the Addis Ababa Master plan

    The government claims it has canceled the Finfinee (Addis Ababa) master plan. However, there is no guarantee that it would not continue some other time. No action has been taken to show that the government has permanently forgone that plan. The institution is not abolished and it is not legally repealed. The policy of expansion is still there.

     The Ethiopian masses want to be the owners of their land. When people oppose land grabs, they are claiming land ownership. As Birhanemeskel stated in his post, "The land ownership and use laws should be repealed in a way that recognizes the private and communal land ownership tradition of the Oromo common law." He continues, "As we speak, there are more than 15 proclamations that are in place to evict and expropriate the Oromo of their land. These laws should be repealed. There are more than a dozen federal government institutions including the so-called ‘Industrial Park Development Corporation,’ Ministries of Agriculture, Investment, Trade, Federal Affairs, Urban Development, and ‘Federal Land Banks’ that are evicting and expropriating the lands of the Oromo farmers at will."

    The Ethiopian government must not only reinstate the evicted Oromo farmers’ lands but also repeal these laws and abolish these institutions of land grab permanently.

    2. Quest for the Respect for Human Rights, Freedom of Expression and Democracy

     "Stop the killing!" "Respect our rights for peaceful demonstration!" "Respect our right to freedom of speech!" were some of the mottos in the ongoing protests. However, more killings have been carried out, journalists continue to be arrested and freedom of expression is banned under the state of emergency.

    3. Free All Political Prisoners

    Instead of releasing those who are in detention, more opposition leaders have been arrested, including the OFC chairman, Dr. Merera Gudina. While there were some prisoners who were released, nowhere near all political prisoners are free. Those who were detained in different military camps in concentration centers were released recently. In December 2016, about 11,000 prisoners were released. In February 2017, 12,500 more were released. However, many more have been detained and taken to prison. Journalists and opposition leaders are still behind bars. In particular, the arrest of Dr. Merera Gudina, a leading Oromo opposition political figure, illustrates that this intoxicated regime is taking Ethiopia to a place of no return.

    4. Quest for Genuine Federalism and Self-Administration

    Nothing has been done to address this quest so far.

    The Oromo people are looking for genuine federalism in Ethiopia. Oromo people’s right to self-administration under the system of genuine federalism is one of the key demands of #OromoProtests. "Oromiyaan Kan Oromoo ti" and "Abbaan biyyaa Oromoo dha" are mottos for self-rule and real federalism.

     Oromia now is more of a vassal state under the control of others. The Oromo people want an immediate end of this state of affairs. This is an extremely self-evident truth that does not need any explanation. EPRDF has the responsibility to implement genuine federalism in Ethiopia.

    The regime could have addressed these demands by negotiating with the opposition groups or by conducting re-elections. Neither of these has happened so far. Nothing has been done to address this demand of the #OromoProtests.

    5. Making Afaan Oromoo A Federal Working Language

    Making Afaan Oromo a federal working language was one of the quests of the #OromoProtests. Birhanemeskel expressed this demand as follows: "The federal government must make a policy decision to change this policy and replace it with bilingual language policy to make Afaan Oromo federal working language on equal footing with Amharic."

    He further elaborated, "Unless this monolingual language policy changes, Afaan Oromo speakers have no hope of either participating in the economic, political and social life of Ethiopia or even getting the services of the federal government." The Ethiopian government must urgently make Afaan Oromo a federal working language on equal footing with Amharic as demanded by the #OromoProtests.

    6. Addressing the "Special Interest of Oromia Regional State" in Addis Ababa

    This question is a perennial question Oromo people have been demanding since Addis Ababa was separated from Oromia by Proclamation No.7/1992. Many have died for this very cause since then, and continue to die for it. As far as the Oromo people are concerned, the decision of the federal government to separate Addis Ababa from the surrounding Oromia region is null and void. The Oromo people need real power which includes taxing and policy-making. This is a vital issue that needs to be addressed.

    Summary

    It is an open secret that the government in power continues to exclude and marginalize the Oromo from Ethiopia’s economic, political and urban life systematically, mainly through the monolingual language policy and other related institutional mechanisms. Clear national and regional policies need to be put in place to remedy the past injustices perpetrated on the Oromo people in these areas and end the ongoing systemic marginalization of the Oromo and other Ethiopian nations and nationalities.

    The government talks about good governance and corruption. It recognized the #OromoProtests by saying, “The people have legitimate grievances.” But it tried to address them by reshuffling the cabinet of ministers, appointing new ministers and new ministerial positions. The issue is much too critical to be addressed by mere talk about corruption and good governance or appointing new ministers. It is a real issue that needs legal, structural and policy reform. The Oromo people cannot continue with the current state of exclusion and marginalization. The Oromo protests show the Oromo people have had enough. It wants the government in power to address these issues head on. Otherwise, the Oromo people will take the law into their own hands and take their land and rights back. There is a possibility that we would lose everything. The country is in unchartered and troubled waters with an intoxicated and paranoid captain who could sink it at any moment! Therefore, all Ethiopians should be united and stand for their country and their very survival as a people and as a nation. #OromoRevolution #AmharaResistance #Ethiopia

     

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  • Intellectually renegade - Sora Silmolee

     

    It is sometimes important to evaluate a person not by his titles but his deeds must be the yardstick of what the individual is. Individuals with degree that reflects their achievements in the academic world may not sound like their achievements in political world. Sometimes individuals may have inborn inferiority complex morally failing in the eyes of others or appear subhuman psychological suffering from inferiority complex forcefully injected into their minds by colonial propaganda or oppressive environment they are raised in blight their rightful judgments. It is one of these two chronic problems that people could be dehumanized by and serve what they do not believe in. Dr. Haile Larebo might have been turned into a house Negro of Abyssinian ruling elites because of these two problems which are his troubles. No human being is subhuman by birth but what makes a person subhuman is his poverty of honesty and fear of his masters than fear of distorting truth. Dr. Larebo is social subhuman because of his opportunistic character. 


    Larebo is teaching history at the famous Morehouse College in Georgia. I hope he will not confuse American kids like he erroneously confused Abyssinian audience in Diaspora with his interview on ESAT TV by his fictitious historical account about Oromo. It is no matter how a human being can be truthful or dishonest. When one is not at peace in his inner soul or enslaved by outside influence his ability to stand for his integrity diminishes. It is cultural values in which one raise that strengthens his stamina and inborn character that refrains one from being an opportunity, dishonest, and a sale out renegade. If honestly Dr. Larebo has a capacity to interpret history in its true nature he would have not referred to King Tewodros as a unifier of Ethiopia. I do not go into crimes committed by King Tewodros since it is not the subject of our discussion.


    If Dr. Larebo was truly a historian he would have understood, intellectually examined what the true meaning of the Amharic Qinnee that goes like this “Atse Tewodros ijig tewaredu yeshewan mekuanint ijji nestwe hedu” If really he is intelligent, honest and self-respecting historian this simple statement would have opened his eye that Atse Tewodros was a butcher and refrained him from making grand historical blunder by calling him unifier. Wouldn’t this test the intellectual quality of Larebo? Yes, it does. However, his character is so feeble thus he ended up in shaming himself presenting his personality in form of mercenary. 


    History cannot be rewritten on ground of individual sentiments.it is a record of nations act in production relation, it is a struggle of people between the haves and the have not it neither work of king note their oppressive system but struggle against it. Ethiopia though Larebo claims that it has history six thousand years in fact it does not have history of the people but of self-aggrandizing record of war lords and kings written by people with similar character of Larebo, the fairytales of the kings. Dr.Larebo’s ignorance of history was exposed when he said “wellegawoch Oromo mehon kefelegu Ke harere Oromo gar Gininyunet yinorachew neber.Aytewawekum” I see here Larebo is just reflecting the mind set of his Abyssinian masters. First as a historian he would have had clue in which socio economic formation mobility of people is high. Secondly he would have considered the challenge of communication in a back ward feudal country infested with wars between feudal lords and their shackled system in particular in a country that Larebo claims one among four great countries in history. Third, I could not figure out the difference between Wallaga Oromo and those of Harare. Is it way of dressing? If it is did he consider the difference in weather? Third, is it religion? Did he ever note his own religion is alien to Kamabat people? Regardless of the modification in marriage due to religion what made him conclude Oromo of Wallaga region is different to that of Harar? Nothing, but what he was trying to propagate is the usual divide and rule propaganda of Abyssinians in which he was born, schooled and raised- the myth of Abyssinian smear propaganda that they have history and others do not. Did he ever note that colonialism maintains tribalism, religion to subjugate people and always capitalize on ethnic internal contention and humiliation? To the best of historical fact both Kambata and Oromo are victims of Abyssinian colonialism. But what should be considered here is there are intellectuals who easily sell their integrity for a piece of bread or for sake being accepted among the ruling elites though they know that the acceptance is halfhearted and there is a finger pointing behind his back.


    The Oromo in Wallaga region are majority Christians only because of imposition of the colonizers practice their old faith might have been dented while in Harar the old faith is fully consumed by a new religion of Islam just like in Kambata. But one thing stand tall about the Wallaga Oromo they stand taller than any Abyssinian colonized national group in the south. They are proud of their culture, language, history like the rest of their Oromo brothers in other regions. Even this communality of culture between Western Oromo and others was not part of his concept interpreting history by Dr. Larebo. In word of Karl marks Larebo is suffering from “poverty of philosophy” to understand historical oneness of the people. If larebo understand history how come he could not question the wretchedness of his own community? Why he did not ever mention why Kambata language is not a written language? Or he has willfully accepted the ideology of his masters that all other languages are inferior and Amharic is the language of superior race? Is it because as he said Kings “care” about the people or Kings do not care but impose their own ethnic ill devised will?

    Larebo’s interview is contradicting a sentence after a sentence. He said the Oromos came from somewhere from northern Kenya, well no matter if the Oromos came from northern Kenya that is still Africa but where did his masters- the Abyssinians came from? Aren’t they from Arabian Peninsula? Is not their language half Arabic? E.g. Ahaad, Hizb, Kibre, Haqi, ayin and many thousand words which their root is Arabic and altered to Amharic. Larebo disagree that the right name of Oromo people is Galla. The Oromos claim that this name is a derogatory. Just like Kambats hate to be called Gudella or Walaitas do not like to be called Walamo. Walamo is a derogatory term coined for Walaita people by Minlik Woy lamo (which actually means wow the cows). Thus if Kambatas are unhappy to be called Gudella why Larebo is unhappy when Oromo hate the derogatory term Galla? This indicates that Larebo is a mouth piece of Abyssinian colonizers. What else can he be? Most importantly the most annoying part is the ESAT role. ESAT portrayed itself as democratic media serving the entire people of Ethiopia but in its true soul it is another instrument of Neo fascist mouth piece of the oppressors. We have observed on many occasions when ESAT aired anti Oromo propaganda. From what ESAT is doing Oromos must learn a good lesson. A snake cannot produce a baby sheep and Abyssinian cannot be democrat even if the sun stops setting. Thus, the Amhara hatred against Oromo for now is heavily camouflage and it is a volcano that can erupt and time when they feel their interest is threatened.

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