OLF: The Boko Haram of Ethiopia

By Aman Ahmed
July 11, 2020

Like Boko Haram, the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), is conducting barbaric acts such as indiscriminate killing, kidnapping girls, kidnapping university students, burning churches, as well as human beings, worse, it is telling the world that it’s a victim. OLF’s ultimate objective is ethnic cleansing in various cities in the Oromo region with impunity. 

The other false narrative OLF is spreading is that Oromos are oppressed people. That is another lie because since 2018, the Oromos have controlled every echelon of government in Ethiopia, including the Office of the Prime Minister. 

OLF’s second false narrative is that the Ethiopian government is killing Oromos using excessive police force and other tactics. One of the problems in the Oromo region is all the police force is ethnic Oromo and have been coopted by OLF and they have been aiding and abetting the murder of innocent people. 

It tries to falsely compare the plight of the Oromo people with that of African-Americans or “Black Lives Matter”. Unfortunately, what is happening in the ground is chilling and disturbing as masterminded by OLF. Despite this fact, the media is carrying out and promoting OLF’s false narrative instead of exposing its crime, as well as using unsuspecting Oromo youth as assassins. 

The Ethiopian government has not been able to hold a press conference or put out a press release to debunk this false narrative or lie. Ethiopians in America and around the world are being asked if they are an Oromo and if their relatives are being killed by the Ethiopian government or Amharas etc. 

This false narrative by OLF is damaging the image of Ethiopia and Ethiopian people as a whole. The Ethiopian people are known throughout the world as decent and humble people, who don’t burn people, houses or businesses. It is the OLF that is doing it. OLF has to be exposed and should be put on a terrorist list with its leaders charged with crime against humanity like those in Rwanda. Inform your representatives, senators and the State Department immediately to put OLF on a terrorist list like Boko Haram for their indiscriminate killing of people based on ethnicity and religion and for burning churches, humans, homes, banks and buildings. 

In cities like Shashemene, Zeway and others, OLF had a list of people to be killed because of their ethnicity. These people were fathers, mothers, old, young, brothers, sisters and children and have done nothing to deserve being slayed with machetes, bricks, hammer and sticks until their last breath or burned alive. 

This should not be left without consequences. If the Ethiopian government took action during the last massacre orchestrated by Jawar, this mass murder could have been avoided. 

Please stop looking the other way, use social media, write to the newspaper, call your embassy to make sure these criminals are held responsible regardless of their number or power and make sure this does not happen again. In order to do that we have to change the false narrative the OLF is spreading and make sure your congressional representative, the local newspaper and all the media knows the facts on the ground. Get pictures of people burned alive by these monsters, pictures of houses and businesses burned and looted and share it with the media without delay. Let the World know what kind of person Jawar is and what type of organization OLF represents. 

Finally, please record your feelings and your relative’s stories using social media (YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook) to crowd out the lies that they are spreading. We have a responsibility to stand up to this barbaric act and ethnic cleansing in Ethiopia with courage and determination. Otherwise, we should be held responsible as enablers of this heinous crime. 

Last but not least, tell the Ethiopian government through the embassy in Washington and directly to cease using ethnic policing in cities or anywhere in Ethiopia and immediately federalize the police. If not, it has to be held accountable to any future mass murder as a culprit and collaborator. 



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20 Responses to "OLF: The Boko Haram of Ethiopia"

  1. dawit   July 11, 2020 at 3:15 pm

    Yes, indeed, OLF old and new Shane, are stupid and terrorist Org. like Boko Haram. they should be exposed. The Ethiopian government, the State Department and others should classify them as a terrorist. There is no if or but.

    Jawar is their cheerleader and new commander in chief. Unless exposed, he will cause more harm to all people including those Oromos who are not his fans and other Ethiopians.

    OLF brainwashed most the uneducated, unemployed Oromos as if they are their Nirvana, so they are making them assassins.

    Simply, there should be a sustained campaign to classify them exactly what they are, terrorists, cold blooded murderers. Unless checked by force, they will never stop killing and creating mayhem.

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  2. Demoz   July 11, 2020 at 8:15 pm

    This is a joke written by a racist person. Instead of blaming the dictator abiy ahmed, the writer is blaming OLF for the consequences of the murder of Hachalu. Every ethiopian knows who the killer is and who is sympathizing with the killer instead of with the victim.

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  3. Dula   July 12, 2020 at 5:01 am

    Then, all Oromos are. If telling the truth makes me terrorists, yes I’m.

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    • Korme   July 13, 2020 at 1:19 am

      Pathetic liar! Opposiing what OLF stand for is one thing, spreading lies like you are doing is unacceptable! You are neftegna who has a lot at stake. You are worried about your investments more than what is happening to human beings in a land that is not yours to begin with. You came as an invader and your days are numbered. The Government soldiers as ordered by the PM are killing Oromos all over Ethiopia. They are kiling those who resist, burn their homes and farms and over 25 thousand Oromos are in jail, most for opposing Abiy and the current Government. The Amnesty International Report is available for the public to see what goes behind the scene. All party leaders are in jail at the moment and Oromo medias are shut down to silence the voice of Oromo people. The uprise is a reaction to this! The cause of the issues in Ethiopia is the fascist goverment that is effectively carrying out ethnic cleansing and ignoring the demands of the Oromo people including pushing the election indefinitely. The Goverment is terrorizing, torturing, killing, and jailing Oromos. Why do you lie like this? OLF is the opposition party and the #1 choice of the Oromo people. OFC is another one.

      The dictator PM is spreading false propaganda and have paid several people like you to carry out your kind of mission. The truth will prevail in the end! You and your likes need to start packing. Go to your province and enjoy a peaceful life over there. You have no say in what takes place within Oromia.

      You compare OLF to Boko Haram? What a joke! This won’t work! Just like the staged drama of the girls disappearance that went wrong and the priest that ended up praising Oromos, your dirty work will be exposed one by one.

      Victory to Oromo People!

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  4. melese   July 12, 2020 at 7:16 am

    OLF like TPLF is a terrorist organization the only difference is OLF is not yet in the International Terrorist Database.

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  5. Tamagen Beyene   July 12, 2020 at 12:49 pm

    Bullshit news! and the person who wrote this is using a fake name

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  6. Jataman Mako   July 12, 2020 at 8:50 pm

    borkena is a broken!

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  7. Gonfa   July 12, 2020 at 9:07 pm

    Well explained and articulated. Ethiopia has 84 ethinics in it. Most of the people were living peacefully untill this people come forward. I am oromo myself but this so called OLF is a brutal group. They barbrically tortured, killed and burn churches. They have done a lot of horefic things under the earth. The group is funded by big terrorists like alshabab and alkaida. They are also sponsored by some diaspora muslim fanatics. This diaspora illegally sell the most dangerous narcotic called “chat”. They killed and displaced a lot of poor Ethiopian people. After they brutally killed they cut the corpses into many pieces and burned.
    Thank you for letting know the whole world about this brutallity

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  8. Gonfa   July 12, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    Thank you for writing the truth.They are even more terrorist than Bokoharam.

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  9. Ebsa odda   July 12, 2020 at 11:04 pm

    OLF -the so called Shane is a collection of criminals and murderers.

    When OLF invited to join peaceful stragle Daude Ebisa and his followers entered into the county by putting thier arms ( anyway the 50+ arm straggler bear no fruit b/c it had no clear goal).

    The few criminal, looters and murderers formed a ggroup called Shane to kill innocent people (MOSTLY OROMOS people who ejected thier ideas.

    This group has done more than enough damage to Ethiopian people and caused sufferings.

    The recent massacre indicates how dangerous is this organization. All peace loving people around the world should investigate and take an action to the mass killing of innocent people.

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  10. buli bari   July 12, 2020 at 11:21 pm

    This is the Neftegna’s writing, the Neftegna’s are back ward minded and spread fake news in ethiopia in order to destabilize the country.
    Neftegna’s are like pig animals and always thinking about their theft and not about ethiopia. still they are not on the level of human being level to think about living with peace with different identities people. so literally Neftegna’s hide themself in western countries are problem for ethiopia and spread fake news to destabilize the country.

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  11. BELINDA   July 13, 2020 at 6:17 am

    This is the first article that has been honest about what is happening in Ethiopia. You will see there are many extreme opinions on Ethiopian issues because for many years we have been under ideological war about who Ethiopia and especially who Addis Ababs belongs to. OLF has a goal to take overr the country and have been organizing for decades. They will not be happy with any govt that does not agree. They are like a virus in every part of the body. Their recent attempt to star a civil war by killing their own, staging protests within and abroad, looting and burning property, GENOCIDe of Orthodox Christians still didnt bring them their desired coup d’etat. Instead their leaders are imprisoned but still managed many killings of orthodox Christian’s. They are hate filled terrorist who brought in killers with covered faces from alshabab. They used funds from egypt and the older TPLF. Always doing inferior things.

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  12. Ebsa odda   July 13, 2020 at 10:24 am

    Hi, Buli, what is the meaning of Neftena.

    You know what that means. Yes. Those people fought to build this country. Oromos are part of that group. You are the grandson of that generation.

    When you say others collectively pigs ?

    Do you think your thinking is better than any animal in this world.

    I am asking your ability to think as human. You jugement seams off truck. Return to yourself and be truth to yourself.

    Oromos are well respected and friendly people, except few like you = narrow minded.

    Open your eyes ans see what is going on. Oromos never been a sloter and mmurderers.

    Than you for the people like you, they killing, burning live human beings.

    Please return to your mind and think about the future of your kids.

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  13. Daniel Hunde   July 13, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    Mr. Ahmed,

    Wow! Stop fabricating lies! You are comparing OLF to Boko Haram? That is a joke of the century. OLF was and still is the #1 choice party of the Oromo people followed by KFO! That is over 50 M of us. You are making noise, for you have a lot at stake in Oromia. Now that most Oromos are working towards independence and are leaning that way, you started bad mouthing OLF.

    The uprising you see is the reaction of the people towards what the Government is doing – unanswered Oromo questions and delayed election (no definite date). The other main reasons behind this is the inhumane acts that included: torture, imprisonment/unlawful detention, relocation (due to burning homes and escaping to neighbourhood countries for survival) killing, and rape.
    The facts of the current Ethiopian Government (facts not fabrications or baseless accusations):

    • Over 20,000 Oromo political prisoners in jail including Oromo party leaders. The number is increasing by the day. Prominent figures and civilians are behind bars! The latest Amnesty International Report can be viewed for what takes place in Oromia. That does not even include the recent activities – killings and improsonment.
    • War in various parts of Oromia including command post in Wallaga, Gujjii, Borana regions.
    • Burning of Oromo homes and farms in the country side
    • Ethnic cleansing – targeting Oromos only through assassination squads and Eritrean, Amhara and foreign mercenaries
    • Internet shut down to hide the crime from the world!!! They have done this in Wallagga region for 3 months and it has been over a week in Ethiopia.
    • Dictatorship of the Government in every corner to support the PM or vanish without trace if you don’t!
    • Shutting down Oromo media outlets including arresting all the employees at Finfinne location (OMN)
    • Assassination of prominent figures including the recent killing of a young rising star, Hachalu Hundessa

    Where does OLF fit in the picture? Point your fingers at the guy in the office, Abiy Ahmed (Abiyot Kassaye, Eritrean) who is there to promote himself and his likes ignoring the demands of the Oromos, the largest population in Ethiopia!! That is where the issue is. And, those who make noise like you, put their interest first. Go to where you came from, your province, and live with peace. Live Oromia and Oromo matters to Oromos! You have no grounds to criticize OLF as a neftegna safari who just happened to come to our territory and mess with our internal affairs. You are not on your own land and will face all kinds of resistance including eviction soon! Pack and leave!! This is organized attacked by neftegnas who get paid to smear the name of OLF. You will not succeed. We have facts to show everything and you have nothing! Nada!

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  14. True   July 13, 2020 at 8:50 pm

    OLF, is ten times worse than Boko Haram. They are animals, no sense of humanity. They need to be exposed to the world how dangers they are.

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  15. Solomon mengistu   July 13, 2020 at 11:20 pm

    one ETHIOPIA one nation!
    ETHIOPIA first
    down with OLF !

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  16. Tedros   July 16, 2020 at 3:59 am

    Aman Ahmed aka Borkena.

    What a joke. Cant you disagree without labelling people or group.

    I dont support OLF nor do i agree with their ideology but dont you think you are doing a bit much.

    People behind borkena are the most biased, ethnically orientated media outlet. They might not hold guns but for sure your dividing this nation to pieaces.

    The word terrorism has been used by dictators and media outlet like yours to scare people and gain western attention but fortunately we have grown from that. Terrorism means terrorism, it does not mean people or group you disagree with.

    Not long ago tplf goverment used terrorism laws to terrorise medias like yours, i bet it was not okay then.

    Aman Ahmed, if this is your name shame on you, you have forgotten just by having that name you were branded terrorist by media such as borkena and setanaw. You can not blame a dog for being a dog but people like are just an embarrassment.

    You have every right to disagree and be disgusted by the action of OLF if what is alleged is true but to think BORKENA is your alie then you are dreaming.

    Aman Ahmed = borkena.com

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  17. Tedros   July 16, 2020 at 6:35 am

    Aman Ahmed aka Borkena.

    What a joke. Cant you disagree without labelling people or group.

    I dont support OLF nor do i agree with their ideology but dont you think you are doing a bit much.

    People behind borkena are the most biased, ethnically orientated media outlet. They might not hold guns but for sure your dividing this nation to pieaces.

    The word terrorism has been used by dictators and media outlet like yours to scare people and gain western attention but fortunately we have grown from that. Terrorism means terrorism, it does not mean people or group you disagree with.

    Not long ago tplf goverment used terrorism laws to terrorise medias like yours, i bet it was not okay then.

    Aman Ahmed, if this is your name shame on you, you have forgotten just by having that name you were branded terrorist by media such as borkena and setanaw. You can not blame a dog for being a dog but people like are just an embarrassment.

    You have every right to disagree and be disgusted by the action of OLF if what is alleged is true but to think BORKENA is your alie then you are dreaming.

    Aman Ahmed = borkena

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  18. Misikir   July 16, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    Those defend OLF and its armed gangs are terrorists by themself.No human being with human concious stands for barbaric act like the one olf criminals have done against peaceful people inclufing old women. men and children.It is simply an act of barbarism.It has no place in the 21st century of globalization.It is a stone age mentality in a modern time.

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  19. Minase   July 17, 2020 at 5:52 am

    You told us the inverse, these goes for biltsigina. OLF is the only party we put our trust to be free from operation of 150 years.

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