Ethnic Amharas in Oromiya Regional State at Risk of Genocide (By Meskerem Abera)

Editor’s Note : At least 67 people were killed in Oromo region of Ethiopia in the past few days and the situation in many areas of the region is tense. Meskerem Abrera, who regularly shares her opinion in Amharic, sees risk of genocide against Ethnic Amharas in Oromiya Regional State.

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(By Meskerem Abera)
October 27, 2019

The incumbent government ruling over Ethiopia is headed by an Oromo prime minister, Abiye Ahmed ,who won the Nobel Peace prize of 2019. The coming to power of this Oromo prime minister is the aftermath of the mass resentment against brutal and corrupt rule of Tigrian minority ganga under the leadership of TPLF(Tigray People’s 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 a quarter century.

Soon after the downfall of TPLF, the Oromo nationalist who had converged with Amharas to fail TPLF started to divide  into 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 Oromo 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 oromo nationalism which is not backed by many Oromos except meager number of Oromos, most of whom 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 centrist political path of Abiye Ahmed and push into fanatic Oromom nationalism which usually is manifested by killing Amharas living in Oromiya region. Even worse, strident Oromo nationalists led 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 people in Oromiya region are recently labeled as settlers who came to exploit Oromia 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 Oromia region such as the special police force of Oromia shares this sentiment of considering Amharas as colonizers and old oppressors that need to be cleaned from Oromia. Hence, the security apparatus of  Oromia 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 Oromia 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 Amharas  right to live in Oromia region. At this moment due to the disarray created in Oromia 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 in 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 Oromia region in which genocide is simmering.    

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8 Responses to "Ethnic Amharas in Oromiya Regional State at Risk of Genocide (By Meskerem Abera)"

  1. lulu   October 27, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    Ye Tplf computer hack tedrgual tebilo beteley Getachew Reda, yeInglizegna asasafu, esun aymeslim! I am pretty sure Tplf elite connected to Shabia nachew yetsafut. Ahun yemimeslew, Dr Aby ej tetemzizo, andand gonder Amaran Tplf nesa enawtachihu bilew, ahunim Shabia-Tplf element beteley Shabia already Ityopia wist ejun mulu bemullu eyetemezeze niw. OLf-ye shabia wing Dawud Ibsa Oromon radical yaderegew awko niw zare Amarawin asferarto Oromo kilil wist ers bers terror endilek niw. Ahun ageritu mulu bemulu kutitir sir nech be Tplf-Shabia. Tplf malet degmo Tigrayans aydelum. Lemin Adw wist Tplf mefelfel jemeru? Adwa Ityopia yashenefechibet bota niw. Kim bekel niw. Ahun Oromo mahberesebin radical niw bemalet Tplf-shabia bechawen Tplf sayhon Shabiam chimir niw. Shabia hulunim eyatalele niw be Tplf sim, telatu Tplf sayhon Shewanena Tigrayna lematfat zede niw. Dr Aby alamaw min endehone aytawekim bekutitir sir niw. Meresat yelebetim, be semen, Gonder chimir Agazian yemilut lelawin Ityopianen yemiyatefa Yodit Gudit tefetrual. Le Ityopia sayhon lerasachew niw yemitagelut. Shabia, Tplf, Gonder wist aand kehonu be Yodit Gudit meknyat lelaw Ityopia yalkiletal. Lezih niw Jawaren geztew Debubun lemasheblel lelawin hezb yemigedlut. Bale/Arsi wist demo Wahabi askemitewal. Yam hone yih, lemelaw Ityopia bahunu gize betam asgi niw. Dr Aby bekutitir sir enji meri aydelem. Shabia-Tplf Gibsen, rusian, chinan hulunim yezewal le ityopia beleow kenesu gar negeger yaregalu gin meret lai enesun yemitekim niw yemiyadergut. ingliz/tsionawian demo Tplfoch shabiawoch yenesun helm lemekotater niw malet, Abayen/Afaren/Axumin liyasizachew yemiyaschil niw yemiserut. lezih niw shaiban, tplfen ityopian endikotateru yemiyaderguachew, yenesu asfetsami nachew.

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  2. Tefera mihrete   October 28, 2019 at 1:20 am

    Thank you historian and actives Meskerm Abera I sow 10-27-2019 on fb released anti Amahara speech in Bale by Oromo elders for thousadds of crowed

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  3. Obsaa_Injifataa   October 28, 2019 at 4:18 am

    Oromia’s president never said “Amharas are now broken by Oromos “. What he said is neftegnas broken by oromos. So what is wrong?

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  4. Lidi   October 28, 2019 at 9:04 am

    We are happy to have a great person like meskerem abera she is a voice for the voiceless. it’s hurtful to see some people try to defend the reality and blaming the victims ………what worries me more is the fact larger media like CNN are reporting misleading information also the extrimist backed aljazira is covering up the reality and showing the preprator as celebrity……even the prime minister of ethiopia is doing nothing to to stop the genoicide but he and his wife was dressing like men in black to attained 25th genocide anniversary on Rwanda what a pity ……..we r forced to question why he is given Nobel peace prize was it to be silent when non- oromo and Christians are persecuted if not he need to show us defending them…..am afraid the world community will not come to lit the candle on the remberance ceremony as they do in Rwanda rather I say it’s better to prevent it before it get worse……In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

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  5. Mohammed   October 28, 2019 at 10:12 am

    I think this incites violance cause now Amhara thinks genocide and kill Oromos befero Oromo does. If this is what u want it was happened. Nu dursani nu fixani nursani booyu, ayii jara kana.

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  6. lulu   October 28, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    Yemanim tifat ayddelem ye be Ityopianete amnalehu yemil becha niw tifat. 27 amet betaaam regime niw. bezare internet gize bezu mereja ale neberem ageritu wedet eyamerach endehedech. Yewistim hone yewech telat, neka yareguhal kaltenkesakesk, yiketilalu. endegena neka yareguhal endezihu. Lebizu gize eko telatoch ityopian mokeru, finally endetegnu tegenezebu, zare mulu bemulu eyetenkesakesu niw. baburu kehede behuala mechoh min yitekmale. bezu bezu finch eyale, hezbu kuch bilo yankelafal. beteley diaspora. wechi self wetichalehu, genzeb setichalehu sil bezu yesera yimeslewal. Ityopian teteyaki yemaregibet:
    – Tikit groupoch endene shabia/tplf kashenefu enkuan behuala, yemiyasafirew, Shabia endewem tekenese (dr aby endemer yemilew shabian selechemere niw ityopia wist ), 3 million kezm yemiyans tplf tigrayochin bineda, bezan gize 200,000 wetaderoch enkuan binorachew, aydelem yeityopia hezb, Gonder yibekaw neber. Tplf sil demo imagine, bezan gize bezu abal yelewem neber. Adagach yehonew demo Maekelawiwen bemeyazu niw. Hezb nikot, yemognet mogn, yigedelilet neber. Olf mulu bemulu gin kenesu gar neber. ityopian hezb lemasferara shabia/olf/tplf gir bilew neber yegebut. olf gin endezare huneta kehone, Gura Ferda etc amarochin kegedelu be shabia/tplf huala, befit weshet yimeslegn neber, zare gin mulu bemulu amnalehu. Ene Lencho Leeta/ Dawid Ibsa bemulu aand akuam zarem selalachew, mulu bemulu ewnet niw biye amnalehu. be Olf wist bezu tigrigna tenagariwoch alu ende Dawid Ibsa, mulu lemmulu Oromo nachew malet yadagital. Zarem Oromon yemiyascherseu, lelochin yemiyascheresu ye mini aleqochachew dr Aby be Shabia simeker, Jawar demo be Tplf. What a joke. hulum aand nachew. zare demo Oromowem erasu lai eyankuakua niw. wede pointe limelesina, Raya, Welqait, Afar eko siyaz, aydelem ityopiaw, gonder, welo, afar becha enkuan wediyaw tor awejo, meretachin teyezual nu erdun bilo ityopiawiwen aslekiko, tplfen wede Shabia yimeles neber. even shabia metom enkuan biredaw, enezih 3 becha yebeku neber.
    2. Kinijit gize, selamawiw hezb bigedelim angebam belew siw eyemote enkuan bihon siltan be ityopia ej wist tigeba neber. siwel siyadir eko ityopia nen yemilu bezer, haimanot be Nesawchiwoch eyetenekeru yihew Oromo wist yezeregnet hail eyechemere hede. befit Orom mahbereseb gid yelewem nber.
    3. Dr aby mann negrot niw jawar/ olf /lelochim nesawchiwoch yegbu yalew? lemin zelo ke shabia gar mesharek felege? yihe hulu dirigitu tsere-ityopia niw meknyatum, aydelem ke tplf gar metagel, ahun besost aktacha yewist telat feterebin. lezih niw dr aby wolf in sheeps clothing/ trojan horse yemimeslegn.
    4 ahun ityopia yalechiw kemanim ej sayhon ke hezb ej nech. Yewech hail yemidegifew tikim endiyagegn hail yalew gar becha niw. ye Ityopia hezb hail endalew yeminesaw yeneberebet Burayo chifchefa lai neber. Ahun endewem bezu mercinarywoch ageritu wist saygebu aykerum ke Gibse, wezete, beteley, Gudifecha siletwoch, tigrigna tenagriwoch, Oromiffa tengariwoch, bemulu Gibs wist siltena yaregu neber, video, photo, ye Gibse/Areben bandira, ye Geda bandira eyalu kkkkkkk yasikal. ke Gibse, Somalia siltena eyaderegu eyegebu niw chifchefa hezb lai eyaderegu yalut.

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  7. Wako   October 29, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    Nobody referred to Amhara as Oromo’s enemy unless you’re implying all Amhara is neftegna. Secondly, don’t try to divide Oromos-there’s no difference when it comes to Oromos right to self determination, it’s ownership of Finfinne but the rights of its residents and the fact that everyone in Oromia must abide by the rules and regulations of the regional government

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  8. caallaa   November 3, 2019 at 10:49 am

    Wako, really? You have Got to be kiding… let alon amhara ethinics, city guys and all orthodoxes are being called neftegna.. becuase of that hate preacher the 21century
    Sadam musen… What we all oromo poeple could not see is that jwar is using we softly hearted oromo youths for his hiden enterst. That is making oromia ezlamic state. I love my muslim brothers. Ethiopia is all… you know what I mean if you are smart.

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