Tragedy Struck Ethiopia, Again: Collective Intelligence versus Collective Stupidity

Ethiopia _ Girma Birhanu
Girma Birhanu

Girma Birhanu
July 13, 2020

Background

Ethiopia is in a dangerous crossroad. Slow moving atrocities massacre and pogrom have become all too common. The overall situation is critical. The country has newly been engulfed by tragic bloodshed. The Washington Post just reported (July 8 at 5:51 AM) that at least 239 people have been killed and 3,500 arrested in more than a week of unrest in Ethiopia that poses the biggest challenge yet to its Nobel Peace Prize-winning prime minister. The 3,500 arrests have included that of a well-known Oromo activist, Jawar Mohammed, and more than 30 supporters. It is not clear what charges they might face. Local reports have said that in some places ethnic Oromo have attacked ethnic Amhara, and in Shashamane town some people were going home to home checking identity cards and targeting Amhara residents. The death toll from demonstrations and targeted attacks on non-Oromo persons living in Oromia region following the murder of a popular singer from the Oromo ethnic group is estimated in several hundreds.

A disheartened friend of mine just wrote to me:

“I’m puzzled and perplexed by what is happening at home in Ethiopia. The Oromo youth is simply pilling down the onion of Oromo civility. Pumped with empty bravado and false pretext history for decades since the days of the Derg regime, the youth has turned out to be wild, partial, ethnocentric, and without any humane empathy in them. To this youth Ethiopia is synonymous to Amhara. Even some close friends have cut connections with me because of my stand on united Ethiopia. I’m not sure how to cure and rekindle sense of unity in the minds of this furious and fiery Oromo youth.”

I am dismayed! “Simmering ethnic tensions in the country of more than 100 million people have posed a major challenge to Abiy Ahmed, whose efforts to loosen the straps of iron-fisted rule and opening-up the democratic space have led to increased jockeying for power and influence”[1].

“A genocide begins with the killing of one man – not for what he has done, but because of who he is. A campaign of ‘ethnic cleansing’ begins with one neighbor turning on another. Poverty begins when even one child is denied his or her fundamental right to education. What begins with the failure to uphold the dignity of one life, all too often ends with a calamity for entire nations…“~ Kofi Annan. If we understand that genocide begins with the killing of one man, we are in a position not only to understand the true nature of genocide but also to act against it. This is the difference between “information” and “knowledge” or “understanding” which Holocaust survivors talked about. You and I both know that the Holocaust involved the murder of six million individuals, or that the Rwandan genocide claimed some eight hundred thousand…

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5 Responses to "Tragedy Struck Ethiopia, Again: Collective Intelligence versus Collective Stupidity"

  1. Mary   July 13, 2020 at 1:52 pm

    This entire website is so biased it’s hilarious. 1st if all Oromos are the majority dying! They are sacrificing themselves with no weapons to protect. Oromos businesses and residents are also being targeted in their own regions like Addis!. Don’t settle on Oromo land and expect good treatment while u say racial slurs and have superiority complex. That’s not to be tolerated, ur menelik days are over. Tigray are not supporting the Amhara regime as well as SNNp, Oromos, Somali, afar…And the Amhara 1 agenda will never come back keep dreaming, ur dream will die soon.

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  2. bk   July 14, 2020 at 10:51 am

    The reason why this is happening is cause of tplf not amharas so stay away from amharas some of z oromos r rly stupid cause first they were opposing tplf then now amharas wtf is wrong with them the dont even know who to oppose they just accept orders only from jawar like donkeys im so sad on them for burning down churches cause they think christianity came from amhara literally if the countinue to burn down buildings and houses then they will stay poor and uncivilized for ever

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  3. Thomas   July 17, 2020 at 12:57 am

    A good reference to check what is going on in Ethiopia. The ongoing ethnical cleansing which is close to genocide in Ethiopia is masterminded by many actors to achieve various gains.
    The targets are Amhara, Gurage, and Tigreans. Some of the Oromo politicians slaughter defenseless minorities to ramp up their popularity among their extremist groups.
    Others watch the genocide and hide the criminals to protect Oromuma (brothers in crime).
    The genocide that took place in Oromia in recent months is well-coordinated and properly organized to meet its goals. It had media cover calling it ‘interethnic conflict’ (private and state).
    The master minders, in the name of
    #OROMOPROTESTS2020
    #OromoRevolution
    #Free_Oromoo_People
    #Oromolivesmatter
    #FreeAlloromoPoliticalPrisoners
    #justiceforhachaluhundessa
    #AbiyMustGo
    #nafxanyaoutoforomia
    mobilized the youth at a global level to hide the crime through demonstrations, making loud noise over the death of Hachalu drumming on every possible opportunity.
    At the same time, the victims were not getting support from the government or humanitarian organizations. The crime was hidden from the public by blocking access to the Internet. The people in the region are left to live under threat if they speak to the media.
    Ethiopian politicians are not doing enough to expose the crime for fear of political correctness.
    The Ethnic cleansing must be brought to surface & justice shall be served.

    Watch out for these superficial freedom fighters which in reality threats for genocide.

    Reply
  4. Thomas   July 17, 2020 at 1:57 am

    The article put the reality as is unbiased. The ongoing ethnical cleansing which is close to genocide in Ethiopia is masterminded by many actors to achieve various gains.
    The targets are Amhara, Gurage, and Tigreans. Some of the Oromo politicians slaughter defenseless minorities to ramp up their popularity among their extremist groups.
    Others watch the genocide and hide the criminals to protect Oromuma (brothers in crime).
    The genocide that took place in Oromia in recent months is well-coordinated and properly organized to meet its goals. It had media cover calling it ‘interethnic conflict’ (private and state).
    The master minders, in the name of Oromo freedom mobilized the youth at a global level to hide the crime through demonstrations, making loud noise over the death of Hachalu drumming on every possible opportunity.
    At the same time, the victims were not getting support from the government or humanitarian organizations. The crime was hidden from the public by blocking access to the Internet. The people in the region are left to live under threat if they speak to the media.
    Ethiopian politicians are not doing enough to expose the crime for fear of political correctness.
    The Ethnic cleansing must be brought to surface & justice shall be served.

    Watch out for these superficial freedom fighters which in reality threats for genocide.

    Reply
  5. Thomas   July 17, 2020 at 2:12 am

    The ongoing ethnical cleansing which is close to genocide in Ethiopia is masterminded by many actors to achieve various gains.
    The targets are Amhara, Gurage, and Tigreans. Some of the Oromo politicians slaughter defenseless minorities to ramp up their popularity among their extremist groups.
    Others watch the genocide and hide the criminals to protect Oromuma (brothers in crime).
    The genocide that took place in Oromia in recent months is well-coordinated and properly organized to meet its goals. It had media cover calling it ‘interethnic conflict’ (private and state).
    The master minders, in the name of OROMOPROTEST mobilized the youth at a global level to hide the crime through demonstrations, making loud noise over the death of Hachalu drumming on every possible opportunity.
    At the same time, the victims were not getting support from the government or humanitarian organizations. The crime was hidden from the public by blocking access to the Internet. The people in the region are left to live under threat if they speak to the media.
    Ethiopian politicians are not doing enough to expose the crime for fear of political correctness.
    The Ethnic cleansing must be brought to surface & justice shall be served.

    Watch out for these superficial freedom fighters which in reality threats for genocide.

    Reply

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