Ethnic Amharas  in Oromiya Regional State at Risk of Genocide  

(By Meskerem Abera)

The incumbent government ruling over Ethiopia is headed by an Oromo prime minister, Abiye Ahmed ,who won Nobel Peace prisze of 2019. The coming in to power of this Oromo prime minister is the aftermath of the mass resentment done against brutal and corrupted rule of Tigrian minority ganga under the leadership of TPLF(Tigrian Peoples Liberation Front).The mass resentment had been mainly launched  by Ethnic Oromo and Amhara youths and politicians who assumed that they  were overruled and marginalized  by Tigrian minority rule for nearly quarter a century.

Soon after the downfall of TPLF, the Oromo nationalist who had converged with Amharas to fail TPLF started to divided  in two camps. The first camp wishes to supplant Oromo dominance in the place of Tigrian dominance and do not want to see ethnic Amhara officials’ visibility at the federal level of government. This camp of Oromo nationalism, Championed by Jawar Mohammod, allude Amharas as old oppressors of Oromos who imposed Ethiopia on Oromos and consider Amharas as enemy number one of Oromos, even more foe than TPLF. This camp of Oromo nationalism holds sizable amount of Diaspora Oromo intellectuals, activists and Oromo Youth at home.

The second camp of Ormomo nationalism is headed by the incumbent prime minister Abiye Ahmed who is trying to  forge the Oromo-Amhara alliance and consider this alliance as a bedrock to  the furtherance of Ethiopian statehood. This camp is nascent version of ormomo nationalism which do not backed by many Oromos except meager number of Oromos most of which are members of ODP.

The first camp of Oromo nationalism championed by Jawar Mohammod, Ethiopian born strident Oromo nationalist holding American passport, are castigating  their co-ethnic prime minister Abiye Ahmed as disciple of Amharas, assume power to execute the political agenda of Amharas and wish to be surrounded by Amharas at the federal level of government. Hence, this camp assumes Amharas are usurpers of the revolt dominantly accomplished by Oromos; prominent personalities of this camp officially declare this through Oromo media outlets.

Such caustic propaganda  of strident Oromo nationalists  drag the Oromo youth away from the centerist political path of Abiye Ahmed and push in to fanatic Oromom nationalism which usually is manifested by killing Amharas living in Oromiya region. Even worse, strident Oromo nationalists lead by Ethiopian born American citizen Jawar Mohammod, refer Amharas living in Oromia as settler colonialists who came to Oromia so as to exploit Oromos and the resource of Oromiya. In the same token, Ethnic Gamos peopled in Oromiya region are recently labeled as settlers who came to exploit Oromiya and became victims of xenophobia. Such xenophobic sentiment of Oromos recently sharpened and deepened to take religious character of attacking all Christians considering Christian is tantamount to Amhara.

The cumulative effect of all these virulent propaganda put the life of Amharas living in Oromoiya region of highest risk that might develop in  to open ethnic cleansing and  genocide. What makes the condition more scary is the security apparatus of Oromiya region such as the special police force of Oromiya shares this sentiment of considering Amharas as colonizers and old oppressors that need to be cleaned from Oromiya. Hence, the security apparatus of  Oromomiya region has been observed backing with fanatic and violent Oromo youth nationalist by action or inaction to attack Amharas. The action is by collaborating Oromo nationalist youth in attacking Amharas and the inaction is looking Indifferently while Amharas are killed and their belongings are burnet by Oromo nationalists. Let alone ordinary security officials, the head of Oromiya regional state, Shemeles Abdissa, is not immuned from the archaic  sentiment of considering Amharas as enemy number one of Oromos; he publicly announced that Amharas are now broken by Oromos and he reiterate loud as he is proud of Oromos who broke the spine of Amharas.

The international community, human right organizations and every single advocate of human rights need to be aware of such ripe hovering condition of Genocide against Amharas living in Oromiya region. It has been long since every instability developed in Oromia region start to harm the Amahras  right to live in Oromiya region. At this moment due to the disarray created in Oromiya region by the cause to which Amharas have no part, Amharas are being killed, robbed and their houses are burnt. Oromo government officials who are indifferent to the plight of Amhara peoples under their realm tend to whitewash the genocide condition as a mere discord. They do not want to call the problem by its right name, genocide risk against Amharas. This does not change the reality.

Overlooking or underestimating  the nascent condition of genocide will make the problem more complicated and the way of reversing it difficult. This is what has happened in Rwanda. At the very beginning  of the infamous Rwanda genocide, the International community had confused the   burgeoning genocide conditions with the then civil war and considered the genocide as mere part of the civil war.

This knowing or unknowing indifference of the international community resulted the elimination of nearly half a million innocent Tutsis and what the international community had to say was the slogan “Never Again” which is by far disproportionate to the grave mistake done and the shameful scare stamped on the history of mankind. Still, if the slogan “Never Again” is serious, the international community need to keep  its eyes on Oromiya region in which genocide is simmering.

3 COMMENTS

  1. In the middle of all this savage rampage by the blind followers of the punk rocker, it is uplifting news for me to hear that level head Oromos were seen trying the harder they could pleading the mob to go back to its ‘barracks’ without causing any harm to others. They were seen trying to protect others who the savage mobs were rushing to hack to death. These level heads were not spared either.

    Meanwhile, these classic connivers who claim to be leaders of the morbid OLF are heard blaming the federal police for the murder of innocent citizens by the fanatic followers of Charles Manson. Are those guys gone mad? It shows the level of the quality of their principle, if they even have any. This is another case of self absolution. They were the ones who have been spewing around poison and urging my people to arise and physically eliminate people they call ‘neftegna’ when they were told that is too dangerous and too reckless going back the late 1960’s. They are the ones whose professorand ardent supporter was writing on a Diaspora website what our noble Amhara neighbors have been calling me and my Oromos. Those alleged denigrating insults can send any gullible youth into a rage and into uncontrollable rampage. My question to him, as an Oromo, was how was he able to find out those? He himself must have been saying those himself all along because nobody would dare to say those to him or in his presence. But he wrote that rubbish because he like, his idols, is gripped with such hatred toward others he thinks they are not one of his own. Such is the sickness that runs deep in the veins of these bigots.

    If Obbo Jawar has a common sense, he should have waited until the business hours and go to the HQ of the federal office and ask for answers. No, that was not his cup of tea. He likes drama. He likes publicity. He enjoys his grandiloquent image when speaking to a crowd. He has been spoiled by everyone including those in the media everywhere for not asking him tough questions and for not challenging him for hard and ocular evidence. When he claims to be someone with experience in international mediation between warring groups, nobody asked him for a proof. When he claimed right on an international media that Oromos used to be jailed en masse for speaking Oromifaa, nobody asked him for ocular proof. I wasn’t. My father wasn’t. More than a million my Itu Oromos weren’t. The entire Western Hararghe was buzzing with Oromifaa on market days. Otherwise you wouldn’t be able to buy a single can of life saving grain. The whole area was buzzing in Oromifaa even when the late emperor’s motorcade passing through it all. But he was allowed to harangue such anger fusing diatribes unchallenged. Such unchallenged personality in a ‘leadership’ role has given him the wrong impression about himself in that he feels he can make that gem of the colored into anything he desires. He might have been led to believe that he can hand out ‘republics’ like candies to anyone he feels like it. You want a separate ‘Republic of Tigray? Just tell me when. I heard you want a new spanking ‘Republic of Sidama’. Say when! You want a religious republic? Let me talk to the Wahhabis first because they are the big buckets and I will get back to you with the good news. Remember I will be the only qualified persecuted punk artist to be the president of all new republics!!! Get it? Not you, Me!!! Anyone who has a center cut fillet mignon? I’m getting hungry here!!!

    Folks, this is the usual consequence when someone is left unchallenged as ‘de facto leader’ of any group. The late PM was left unchallenged once he was able to wrestle away a front that was founded for a noble cause. He wanted to form a party called Marxist-Leninist nobody in his entourage came out challenging him. He was allowed to puke that satanic verse by Marx that religion is the opium of people in that bastion of Christianity where Negash(Nejashi) saved Islam. He was led to believe that he was absolutely infallible. If he wanted to kill prisoner war against the Geneva Convention he gave a hoot about that and he sent them to be shot somewhere faraway in remote location. Nobody can tell you where their Allah created sacred bodies were buried or disposed. That must be a lesson to all those who are now there on the spot. No one should be left unchallenged for their follies. Spades should be called just as that, spades. There should be any tolerance for lies and exaggeration. Everyone should be aware of the fact that there is a significant section of any given society that does not possess the sophistication to look through what it is hearing or reading. And this section is potentially the most dangerous, the most destructive and the most deadly. This section is the one who was told ‘There were here to kill me in during the night and when I was in bed’. And we had this. We had such unimaginable act of savagery I now have to live the rest of sunset life ashamed with as an Oromo.

  2. Amara had been killed in Oromia since the imperial majesty Hailesselasie the 2nd was murdered.

    The communist regime made sure Amhara gets murdered by Oromos for the first few years of the Abyot, then few years later when the communist abyot found out that Amaras would retaliate , the Oromo communist Abyot begged for pardon and preached unity with Amara insisting in forgiving or forgetting the past about what Oromo did to Amara, we are seeing it happening till this day with the Barya shanqila Mengistu Hailenariam preaching wedefit hid (forget past with pardon in Abyot Ah Eda terms) to Amara just to finish all Amaras .

    It seems Amara is only needed or not killed by Oromos, when foreigners invade, otherwise Oromo wants to kill Amara any chance Oromo gets.

    When Somalia invaded.Ethiopia then Oromo all of a sudden begged Amara to save them from Somalia’s invasion and kept Amhara in Oromia only for fear of Somalia not because the Oromo wanted Amara to live amongst Oromos but to be Oromos security zebegna from Somalia or in today’s terms Amara is wanted to fight Egypt Sudan as Abyot Ahmed only wants from Amara right now.

    Oromo wants from Amara only so Amara fights the battle which Oromos themselves should fight for ..Amara is not allowed to wise up organize, so Oromo treats Amara as guard dog pets that Oromo says “Jazz” then Amara bites whoever or die fighting Oromo’s battle.
    Addis Ababa people got recently said Jazz by Oromo then the disorganied Addis Ababa bit the Addis Ababa ID card fraud whistleblowers and Condo lottery scandal whistleblowers proving that Addis Ababa submitted to Oromo, now Oromo is about to treat all Amara as their pets saying Jazz since Amara is disorganized . Oromo said jazz to ADP so ADP turned on against Amara’s organizing.

  3. Abiy Ahmed Nobel is tarnished in two weeks with innocents blood.

    His inactions put him on the side of Jawar Mohammed who orchestrated the killing of more than 80 people in Oromo cities, the number is getting higher as we speak, a day after Abiy Ahmed speech in parliament threatening him and his likes before he left for Soshi, Russia.

    Abiy Ahmed on his week apologizing tour for Jawar supporters went very far than San Sun Kye silence on Muslims genocide in her country for which she was condemned by international medias.

    Abiy Ahmed should not be allowed to protect Jawar Mohammed and should be condemned by all.

    Nobel award should have put him on the side of Justice not with Ethnic Mob Organizers !!!

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