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Creeping Genocide: in Ethiopia (Dawit W Giorgis)

“The number of dead and buried based on latest information for human rights activist on the spot: 1511 dead already collected and buried 300 more discovered not yet buried and more than 10000 fleeing.”

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By Dawit W Giorgis
(This article is available in Amharic, French and German)

As I write this article AP on June 20 reports: “Witnesses in Ethiopia said Sunday (June 19) that more than 200 people, mostly ethnic Amhara have been killed in an attack in the country’s Oromia region.” A source from inside Ethiopia informs me: 400 Amharas were killed and 6000 are in hiding.

“Another source quoted an elderly Muslim Amhara man; “We ran to hide in the mosque. They entered the mosque and killed 46 people and 12 of my family members. I wished that they had killed me too. Why did Alah spare me? I would have liked to die with them.” Witnesses state children as young as 5 were slaughtered like animals in public. These are the grim realities in Ethiopia in the last four years.”

The last several decades have shown the worst of human behaviors towards fellow human beings. When the world said “Never Again” after the second world war, it was believed that the worst was behind us and a new order with accountability to crimes like genocide would replace the old and primitive order of dominating, killing, displacing and oppressing people for control of   resources, territory and the unlimited exercise of power over people. Since the signing of the Convention of Genocide in 1948, 152 countries have ratified that treaty. The world pledged then to work together to prevent another genocide.

 From the genocide and atrocities in Cambodia to   the former Yugoslavia, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Liberia, and genocides in Rwanda, Srebrenica, Darfur and now in one of the most ancient countries with over 2000- year of recorded history, Ethiopia, the killing machines have not been silenced.  Extermination of people for who they are goes on in this ancient land with the oversight of an indifferent society with “an imposed forgetfulness, a society that depends on public amnesia”1, willfully forgetting the phrase it had been echoing since the second world war: ’Never Again’.

Again and Again” might more accurately characterize the years that have passed since the Genocide Convention was adopted in 1946. The reasons for this failure are many, “including naked political calculations, imperfect knowledge, deference to sovereignty, and isolationism. However, political explanations do not tell the entire story. It is true that ex ante considerations have often left nations reluctant to intervene in order to prevent genocide from occurring. However, the ex post judicial responses once genocide has occurred have been perhaps equally fatal to the promise of the Genocide Convention.” 2

For over thirty years the Amharas (Muslims, Orthodox Christians and Orthodox Oromos: named in this article; the Group, as the word used in the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide) to refer to victims of genocide) in Ethiopia have become the targets of a systematic extermination, which I call ‘Creeping Genocide’ by a state sponsored terrorism. I call it Creeping Genocide because it did not happen in a given specific time. Creeping means in this sense: “occurring or developing slowly or gradually and almost imperceptibly”3.   I know that the word genocide has been abused internationally to mean what it is not.  Genocide was codified as an independent crime in the Convention. The Convention has been ratified by 152 States (as of July, 2019). The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has repeatedly stated that the Convention embodies principles that are part of general customary international law. 

” This means that whether or not States have ratified the Genocide Convention, they are all bound as a matter of law by the principle that genocide is a crime prohibited under international law. The ICJ has also stated that the prohibition of genocide is a peremptory of international law (or ius cogens) and consequently, no derogation from it is allowed.” 4

Ethiopia has ratified the Convention and included similar articles it in its it’s Criminal Code 10 years later.  I have been to all the places in Africa where war crimes, genocide or crimes against humanity has taken place and I can say boldly and honestly that I have not seen or heard of any crime more heinous than the kind of crimes that have been committed in Ethiopia by government sponsored armed groups. The heinous crimes include opening up the sacred body of pregnant women and playing with the fetus or roasting a human being alive, cutting the organs of men and showing it around as a trophy, killing helpless people whose hands and feet have been tied with automatic rifles, over and over again in many parts of Ethiopia. There is no adult Ethiopian which has not seen these atrocities from recorded videos. Surprisingly there has not been a single word of condemnation from this PM or his government. It is not at all incomprehensible how Ethiopians came to this level and most surprising how such criminal acts are being tolerated by the leader of a nation.  If this PM and his followers are not put to justice under international law, nobody else should. This is the most brutal, the most irresponsible   leader with a narcissistic   personality disorder bordering madness that the world has seen since the second world. The world is on notice worse will happen unless he is stopped. 

The intent has been the most difficult element to determine in cases of genocide.  To constitute genocide, “there must be a proven intent on the part of perpetrators to physically destroy a national, ethnical, racial or religious group. Cultural destruction does not suffice, nor does an intention to simply disperse a group. It is this special intent, or dolus specialis, that makes the crime of genocide so unique.”5 Genocide has therefore two major elements: Physical (the actual commission of crimes) and Mental which establishes the intent of the crimes.  Importantly, the evidences must show that the victims of a crime have been deliberately targeted – not randomly – because of their real or perceived membership of one of the four groups (national, ethnic, racial and religious) protected under the Convention. “This means that the target of destruction must be the group, as such, and not its members as individuals. Genocide can also be committed against only a part of the group, as long as that part is identifiable (including within a geographically limited area)”6

As a student of international law, as a senior diplomat and above all as a person who has attended many international legal hearings of people accused of genocide and crimes against humanity, and after thoroughly examining for two years the incidents that took place in four locations in Ethiopia, it is my professional opinion that genocide has been committed in Ethiopia in the strictest definition of the letters of the Genocide convention. The hardest part of proving the intent of the crimes committed in these four locations in Ethiopia is actually the easier part in the case of the Genocide perpetrated against the group. 

The targets have been clearly expressed by the EPRDF government which the current PM was part of since the age of 15, on various occasions. Sebhat Negga the founder of the TPLF and senior member of the EPRDF stated once: “the Orthodox Church and the Amharas are the chief obstacles to the agenda of the EPRDF and therefore must be dealt with”. This may not be a direct quote but the point was made that Amharas and Orthodox Church were seen as enemies to the agenda of the EPRDF.  There is overwhelming recorded and documented evidence which proves intent beyond reasonable doubt.   Almost all the incidents of genocide that myself, my colleagues and international legal experts have examined have been documented with audio, video, print and a list of numerous witnesses.  Regarding the four cases, international legal experts have certified that there is ample evidence to conclude that genocide has taken place in Ethiopia in those particular cases and fulfils the requirements for submission to the ICC for further investigation and prosecution of high-profile people identified as perpetrators in these four cases. ( Shashemene, Wellega, Metekel, and Ataye)*.

The evidences have been collected from abroad using independent investigators on the ground which did a good job under difficult circumstances without the knowledge of the government. The government does not allow independent investigators or even journalists to be seen in the area where such crimes have been committed. Since the government is a participant or to these crimes it was evident that it will not allow independent investigators. As we work on the crimes committed two years ago other worse cases have been piling up making it an impossible task to complete without the help of the UN Human Rights Council which has recently been mandated to investigate war crimes since Nov 2021 ( The war between the government and the regional forces of the TPLF in the Northern part of Ethiopia.)   What Ethiopian human rights activists are requesting now is for the UN Human Council to amend its resolution and extend the time limit from the time this PM took power and to include the genocide of Amharas which human rights activists consider is the most pressing and concerning problem in Ethiopia at this moment.

The Ethiopian government is not a state party to the Rome Statue; The treaty which created the

ICC in 2002. Therefore, it makes it difficult but not impossible to bring the genocide case to the ICC. The case of Ethiopia is similar to the genocide case in Darfur.  Sudan refused to cooperate with the ICC. It was not obliged to because it is not a state party to the Rome Statute. The UN Human Rights Council recommended the case to be seen by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).  The UNSC determined that “the situation in Sudan continues to constitute a threat to international peace and security“, and  referred this situation to the ICC in March 2005, taking note of the report of the International Commission of Inquiry on violations of international humanitarian law and human rights law in Darfur (S/2005/60)  The situation in Darfur was the first to be referred to the ICC by the United Nations Security Council, and the first ICC investigation on the territory of a non-State Party to the Rome Statute. It was the first ICC investigation dealing with allegations of the crime of genocide. Former Sudan’s President Omar Al Bashir is the first sitting President to be wanted by the ICC, and the first person to be charged by the ICC for the crime of genocide. Neither of the two warrants of arrest against him have been enforced, and he is not in the Court’s custody yet.

The ICC was created, with jurisdiction over the international crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. The court was given the power to prosecute nationals of states that were parties to the ICC Statute, and also to prosecute where the crime was committed in the territory of a state party, whatever the nationality of the alleged criminals. It had further jurisdiction when the Security Council referred a situation to it.  Article 86 of the Statute is a general provision concerning state co-operation and judicial assistance. In accordance with this provision, ‘‘States Parties shall, in accordance with the provisions of this Statute, co-operate fully with the Court in its investigation and prosecution of crimes within the jurisdiction of the Court.’’ Article 87(5) is a provision on co-operation by non-party states with the ICC. It stipulates that the Court ‘‘may invite any State not party to this Statute to provide assistance under this Part on the basis of an ad hoc arrangement, an agreement with such State or any other appropriate basis.’’7 Only state parties are obligated to co-operate. The ICC can only exercise jurisdiction in the territory of State Parties, non-State Parties that consent to jurisdiction, or non-State Parties that are referred to the Court by the UNSC. Since Ethiopia is a non-State Party, cases can be brought to the ICC only with the consent of the government or through referrals from the UNSC just like in the case of Darfur.

 There should be no doubt that the case of the genocide in Ethiopia   is not an abuse of the definition of genocide.   The followers of OLF have plundered, killed destroyed   burnt Amhara villages like medieval marauding invaders.  “Oromuma” is the phrase the OLF has created to denote the building of a new Oromo Empire under the leadership of the current PM who has publicly, in parliament, stated that his mother had always been telling him that he would be “the seventh Emperor of Ethiopia” He states he believes in his mother’s prophecy.  To many it seems that he is busy building that empire.

The Amhara are the main obstacle to the building of this empire because it is an attempt to recreate a country on the ruins of Amhara civilization, culture religion and the extermination of millions of Amharas and their associates.  While the TPLF, representing six million people would never be able to take power again, it has established a formidable force which would be used as a leverage to negotiate and be allowed to take over Amhara lands that it claims, and in return be willing to fall under an ‘Oromuma” empire with a degree of autonomy (until the proper environment emerges for secession). The Amharas   are neither willing to be relegated to second-class citizens under an ”Oromuma” empire nor are they willing to cede their ancestral lands to the TPLF, and lose their culture, their identity religion to this marauding army of Oromo extremists who have a medieval mindset and TPLF forces who want to take over Amhara lands based on a fabricated narrative. Countless historical documents and living historians and observers prove them wrong. 

These killings and brazen invasion are the harbinger of the ‘’Oromuma’’ empire under the notorious Gada System.

The Alliance of Nilotic and Omotic People of Africa (NOPA), an African organization based in Kenya, brought to the attention of UNESCO categorically rejecting the gada age grade cycling system of Oromo pastoralists to be recognized as world heritage. A brief quote from the letter tell the historical truth of what the gada system is.

“The self-called Oromo (Galla) clans who invaded the Ethiopian Empire in the wake of Adal-uslim jihadist War in the first half of the 16th century began to become sedentary in the Ethiopian fertile highland. Subsequently they gave up their nomadic gada system and especially some of the clans who immigrated into Southwestern Ethiopia established a government by a monarchy same as their neighbors. The vestige of Gada system survives in the nomadic and pagan clans of Borana in southern Ethiopia and their siblings Orma (Tana Galla) in the Republic of Kenya along the Tana valley. The Gallas have displaced the indigenous Bantu tribes in the Tana, Juba and Shebele Rivers. Thereby they perpetrated an atrocious crime to Pokomo, Giryama, Nyika, etc. as it was systematically recorded in Arabic language in the chronicle of East Africa (Kitab- al Zanuj)

Currently Oromo nationalists are wishfully longing for the gada system. As a result they are manufacturing fabulous myths about an “indigenous democratic” social organization. The very recent construction of the pan-Oromo ideology has set the mark of an authentic Oromo identity and nationalism by taking gada symbolism. Your Excellency It must be noted that the most brutal expansionist War of the Galla pastoralists in Northeast Africa has resulted in the extinction of many developed states and communities in Ethiopia and Kenya. Therefore, the intention to inscribe the gada system in the lists of an intangible cultural heritage of the world will be tantamount to either an insult to humanity or to turn a deaf ear to the barbarity of Oromo pastoralists in Northeast Africa ever since the 16th century. 

Age-grade or Gada system is one of the savage customs in the dark ages. Oromo clans treated their conquered enemies with greater savagery of emasculation and annihilation.”

This is just one of numerous archived materials in European and African libraries and Ethiopian history books (that are systematically being destroyed by this government) that have registered the truth about this primitive Gada system. The wishes of a great majority of Amharas are the opposite of this system that promotes domination, invasion and brute force to control the entire Ethiopian population. Amharas want a just and fair political system where all are treated equal under the law of the nation sanctioned by the people through transitional justice. They want to keep what is theirs; their land and their human rights. But Amharas are between a rock and hard surface vilified, attacked murdered, chased like wild dogs, burnt alive and traumatized and humiliated in every possible way both by the TPLF and the Oromo violent extremists.   But they have a strong biblical and koranic passion to fight for what is right. ‘’Oromuma’’ empire is not going to happen and the TPLF will never take Amhara ancestral lands. Amharas will resist this attempt to exterminate or marginalize them in the nation they have built for over 2000 years. That much is certain. Amharas have vowed that these are the only terms that would enable the rebuilding of a country where people peacefully coexist and look forward to better days.  Newly born Oromo elites think otherwise. 

Amharas have been the flag bearers of Ethiopia for centuries. Together with the people of Tigray, the descendants of the Axumite civilization they have made what Ethiopia is to today: the epi center of a rich and ancient culture, the source of a unique written language, the birthplaces of the two great religions (Christianity and Islam) and a country that prides itself for defeating colonialists and making the nation the bastion of freedom and a promised land of all black people across the world.  The Oromos, the second largest population in Ethiopia are late comers in the ascension of the Ethiopian Empire. They originated from the Southern end of present-day Ethiopia. Their quick integration with highland people of Tigray, Amharas and other ethnic groups have enabled Ethiopia to be stronger more invincible nation and created a collage that overtime made Ethiopians a tolerant and diverse society. The Oromos have come to the center of Ethiopian politics overtime and been active participants in the protection and defense of the territorial integrity of Ethiopia and in all aspects that introduced Ethiopia to this modern world.   The roles that each ethnic group played in the making of Ethiopia and the sequence of their arrivals to the center (highland) does not and should not matter in determining the rights of all citizens. It is irrelevant. After all, all humans who established nations did not arrive at one place at the same time. In the process, historic wrongs have been committed (like slavery, land grabbing, genocide, and conflicts) which are acts that should be studied, acknowledged and used to help build a country at peace with itself. They should not be distorted and be used to bring back medieval classification of people based on their tribes and religion. This government is trying hard to bring back this defunct primitive system loathed by all which in the 21st century should only be talked about as a subject in the study of primitive society. 

This nation will either be for every Ethiopian or for nobody: It will be a failed state run by war lords and pose as a permanent threat to peace and security in the region and indeed in the Horn and beyond since the stakes are too high. It will be a land of an endless proxy war. How can the Oromos extremists and TPLF expansionist miss this point? This Ethiopia is an intricate web of cultures and history and continuous intermarriages regardless of ethnicity, that it will indeed be impossible to carve out independent sovereign ethnic based states that conforms to the illusions of a few elites who emerged in the last 50 years. Simple elementary logics can remind us that the only way that Ethiopia can exist and people live in it in harmony is through the acceptance of logic and common sense implemented through transitional justice. There is simply no other way. 

The Creeping Genocide is about reducing the demography of the Amharas through forced birth control (Genocide Convention Article II, d) displacing by force people from their ancestral lands, kidnapping children and creating an atmosphere of insecurity and permanent threat (Article II e and c), torturing, slaughtering, killing.  any person known to be the group and raping women in front of their husbands and children, Christians and Muslims (Geneva Convention. Article II a and b) that is taking place in Ethiopia, has not been given the attention as the fate of the people is being determined by medieval leaders who believe in the domination of one ethnic group over all others. All above have taken place in present day Ethiopia. Such   unhinged exercise of power and flagrant violations of people’s rights is taking place in full knowledge of Western leaders who claim to be the champions of human rights and the custodian of the Genocide Convention. All incidents are being stored waiting for their day in court.

The perpetrators know that they will never be able to exterminate Amhara as people and their culture language religion and their place in history. This exercise is about distorting the demography, traumatizing and humiliating people and in the end make them bow their head and surrender to the hegemony of the extremist Oromo invaders who have politically already taken 1/3 of the country with their partners in crime, the TPLF which has some more land it wants to snatch from the ancestral ownership of the Amharas. But the Amhara as dignified as ever have refused to submit and instead advocated for the reconstruction of Ethiopian politics on the basis of equality where no one would be seen as more equal than the others. 

“In 208 AD, the Roman warrior emperor Septimus Severus arrived in Britain with the intent on subduing the tribes in the northern part of the island. These are the tribes which occupied modern Scotland. When Severus realised that when these tribes (now Scottish) refused, he designed a policy of extermination now known as   genocide.  In 210, he assigned the job of extermination to his son Caracalla, a mass-murdering lunatic who would later assassinate his own brother Geta in front of their mother. It likely was only Severus’ death in 211 that cut the operation short and saved Scotland from a complete holocaust. Caracalla always is listed by historians among the worst emperors of Roman history. In ancient Rome, genocide was seen as an acceptable military tactic if it was directed at indigenous peoples.8

In a speech denouncing the Romans the Scottish leader reportedly told his troops before a battle:

“Robbers of the world, having by their universal plunder exhausted the land, they rifle the deep. If the enemy be rich, they are rapacious; if he be poor, they lust for dominion; neither the east nor the west has been able to satisfy them. Alone among men they covet with equal eagerness poverty and riches. To robbery, slaughter, plunder, they give the lying name of empire; they make a solitude and call it peace.”  The last sentence has been widely circulated and quoted because it: “perfectly captured the mindset of genocidaires the world over, then and now, who always imagine themselves to be improving a society by annihilating it.”9

Today every sensible Ethiopian believes that the leader of the Oromos extremists PM Abiy, and TPLF expansionists are indeed psychopaths.   How else can a sane mind understand this killing spree?  How else can anyone understand the virtual impossibility impracticality of carving out independent states from this ancient land civilized mind takes diversity as a strength with respects and protection of   the cultural and linguistic differences.  What is being propagated today is nothing else other than imposing an imaginary state which will have brutal consequences.  Leo Tolstoy in his book;” The Law of Love and the Law of Violence” wrote:  

“Understand then all of you, especially the young, that to want to impose an imaginary state of government on others by violence is not only a vulgar superstition, but even a criminal work. Understand that this work, far from assuring the well-being of humanity is only a lie, a more or less unconscious hypocrisy, camouflaging the lowest passions we possess”10

False and imaginary or manufactured narratives are the root causes of hate and subsequently genocide crimes against humanity and war in Ethiopia. The government sees the civil war in Ethiopia as a necessary process to root out evil and install a benevolent government that will pave the way for a prosperous Ethiopia under the Prime Mister’s party, Ethiopia’s Prosperity Party. (EPP)

Until the end of the second world war genocide often was justified as the cost of “progress.” In the 16th century, Spanish colonists reduced the indigenous population of their Hispaniola colony from 400,000 to 200 within the space of a generation. The Belgian rape of Congo reduced a population of 20 million to about half that number. Stalin’s forced starvation of Ukraine killed about five million. In all cases, the killers believed that these genocides presented a net benefit to the civilized world. Hitler, who slaughtered six million Jews, thought that the entire planet one day would lionize him for ridding the world of what his diseased and evil mind conceived as a uniquely destructive pestilence upon humanity.”11

Complicity and Denial

 Why did the group under attack fail to bring it’s case to the international legal intuitions and to the world at large? One major reason is the indifference of those who can and the collaboration of many elites and the defending of many other elites in and outside the country who have acted as the fifth column in the struggle to stop the genocide and crimes against humanity.   There are more Ethiopian medical doctors more PHD holders and professors and intellectuals in the US than in Ethiopia.  The least that they could have done was to be advocates for the victims and do what can be done from a free environment in America and Europe. A great majority of these are men and women who had free education both in Ethiopia and in America where they benefited from being Ethiopian refugees. Besides the remittances they send to family members a great majority have been silent observers of the unfolding tragedy in Ethiopia. Many are cautious in naming the crimes being committed in Ethiopia and very reluctant in condemning the polices of this regime. They have not been able to mobilize American, European and global sentiments in favor of the victims of genocide and crimes against humanity. Many position themselves on fence or on the other side of the fence, in the regimes camp, because of fear of losing what they have or want to have in Ethiopia. They would rather indulge in an academic exercise that is not grounded on the reality of Ethiopia that write and talk about the truth.  Genocide negation in the name of self-interest and a misguided concept of freedom of speech forgetting   about the equally important political and moral aspects of genocide denial is an act of complicity.  

The International Criminal Tribunals for Yugoslavia (ICTY) and Rwanda define complicity as   “all acts of assistance or encouragement that have substantially contributed to, or have had a substantial effect on, the completion”10 of a crime within the jurisdiction of the Tribunal.   As the ICTY Appeals Chamber suggested in reference to this: 

“Although only some members of the group may physically perpetrate the criminal act … the … contribution of the other members of the group is often vital in facilitating the commission of the offence in question. It follows then that the moral gravity of such participation is often no less–or indeed no different–from that of those actually carrying out the acts in question.” 12

Indeed, according to Professor Schabas:

“Complicity is sometimes described as secondary participation, but when applied to genocide, there is nothing “secondary” about it.

The “accomplice” is often the real villain, and the “principal offender” a small cog in the machine. Hitler did not, apparently, physically murder or brutalize anybody; technically, he was “only” an accomplice to the crime of genocide”13 

…the drafters of the Genocide Convention recognized that it was essential to include “a provision authorizing prosecution for complicity” in order to capture “those who organize, direct or otherwise encourage genocide but who never actually wield machine guns or machetes.” 14.  In other instances, however, the accomplice to genocide may be a subsidiary villain and may lack the genocidaire’s specific genocidal intent. Instead, genocide may merely be a foreseeable result of his actions. That is, the complicity provisions of the Genocide Convention and the Statutes of the ad hoe Tribunals appear designed to capture two very different classes of criminals: those who planned genocide but did not kill, and those who lacked a genocidal plan, but knew that genocide was the foreseeable result of their actions. 15 

 According to this, if the case of Amhara genocide eventually reaches the ICC, it is possible that accomplices to this crime could be added as criminals in the commission of Genocide which may include those Ethiopians in and out of the country who had  the knowledge that such crimes were being committed, had the means to do something about it and yet  turned a blind eye, or supported the regime who is active participant of the genocide or through their silence  and indifference encouraged the commission  of genocide. While it is very clear that the regime has some support within the country, either ethnic based or of people’s fear of losing what they have and could have, they have knowingly been shielding the government and some officials from being accused or charged or condemned for some of the crimes. While the fear to be seen exposing or condemning the government from inside Ethiopia is understandable, what is not understandable is the high number accomplices within the diaspora.  Justice will catch up with them because no one could be neutral or supporter of the regime in the face of these brazen crimes.   

Some deniers make numbers as an excuse for not naming the crimes what it is: genocide. But there are no specific numbers attached to the definition of Genocide in the convention. It states groups without qualifying it with numbers. When the UN Director of the UN Prevention Commission was asked ‘’What numbers are we talking about for it to qualify as genocide?” She answered:

“It doesn’t matter. It’s really not about numbers. When we get into numbers, then we begin to complicate issues because for example, in Bosnia Herzegovina, over 8,000 people were killed. In Rwanda, a million people were killed within three months, and in the Holocaust, six million people lost their lives. If you go to the Kigali Genocide Memorial, as you walk out there is a plaque at the door with an inscription: “Often, people think about genocide in terms of numbers”. People are waiting to hear one million people have died. What they don’t realize is that it’s six people dying here, three there, 20 others tomorrow, the day after another five and so on. All these numbers add up, such that one day, you will have the one million people you’re looking for on your hands. So long as those conditions, which can lead to genocide exist, we should be very careful. Those initial three or 12 deaths could just be the beginning of a genocide”16

In other words, if we count the mass forced birth control, forced displacement, and the torture and murder of the group across the country for the past 30 years the numbers will indeed be in millions. The question in a war and conflict-ridden Ethiopia is how to save this nation from a complete anarchy. The struggle to rebuild the nation has not yet started. The fear is that it might even never start. The question therefore is what should be done to an ongoing genocide crime against humanity, war crimes that have not been judged or even acknowledged? As told by wise people “The wheel of justice turns slowly but grind exceedingly fine.” Even though justice may not be achieved quickly when it finally happens perpetrators will quickly get the punishment they deserve. That is why evidence collection and identifying the perpetrators must be the endless tasks of activists and human rights organizations so that when the day of judgement comes, we have all what the international court of law requires. The pressures and the efforts of those who had the power and the means to commit the genocide could be very strong. It begins with their denial and the destruction of evidences and rounding up of independent journalists like last month when over 6000 journalists were rounded up and taken to prison or to some unknown places.  Ethiopians should be vigilant in these very much needed pre trail tasks without which perpetrators will not be made accountable. It will be a challenge to human rights organizations and independent investigators in and outside the country. As Ethiopians look forward to judgement day, it will not be only the perpetrators that will be judged to rot in jail, but also the deniers and those accomplices charged for not doing enough when they could to stop the genocide.  The charge is Complicity with Evil. They will be forever in the history of infamy. 

Denial of genocide is what Elie Wiesel has called a “double killing.” Denial of genocide is the final act of the brutality and clear demonstration of hate towards the victims. Their lives and the lives of survivors and their identities are all thrown to the dust pin of history with the intent of abolishing even memories.  Those who have been slaughtered like animals, burnt alive, cannibalized, roasted alive on fire, raped sometimes in front of their children and husbands, humiliated and displaced from the only village themselves and their ancestors know of, the Amharas refuse to be exterminated in a world which has turned a blind eye for political expediency. But in this digitalized age someday the truth will be at the disposal of international law and human conscience and once again the promises of Never Again will be challenged.

The USA and The Politics of Human Rights 

At an international level the USA which prides itself as the vanguard of human rights across the world has failed in meeting the standards that is expected from it. Besides its history of slavery and the treatment of the indigenous people, the world was ready to accept its leadership on human rights. But repeatedly, over and over again, with its credibility at its worst during the period of the Trump administration, it has lost the little moral credibility that it had. While the United States perceives itself as the leader in the fight against genocide and human rights abuses, it only ratified the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide– forty years after the convention’s unanimous adoption by the UN General Assembly.

Samanta Power wrote:

“…..the last decade of the twentieth century was one of the most deadly in the grimmest century on record. Rwandan Hutus in 1994 could freely, joyfully, and systematically slaughter some eight thousand Tutsi a day for one hundred days without any foreign interference. Genocide occurred after the cold war; after the growth of human rights groups; after the advent of technology that allowed for instant communication; after the erection of the Holocaust Museum on the Mall in Washington, D.C. Either by averting their eyes or attending to more pressing conventional strategic and political concerns, US leaders who have denounced the Holocaust have themselves allowed genocide.” 17

America’s reaction to Turkey’s killing of close to a million Armenians is shocking along with the Holocaust, Pol Pot’s reign of terror in which some two million died, Iraq’s slaughter of more than one hundred thousand Kurds, Bosnian Serbs’ mass murder of some two hundred thousand Muslims and Croats, and the Hutu attempt to eliminate the Tutsi is not that the United States refused to deploy its ground forces to combat the atrocities. For much of the century, even the most ardent interventionists did not lobby for US ground invasions. What is most shocking is that Washington’s policymakers did almost nothing to deter the crime. Because America’s “vital national interests” were not considered to be imperiled by mere genocide, the United States has consistently refused to take risks in order to suppress genocide” 18

Once again, a US president is making the usual pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia to bow to the King and assure him of the continued support of the USA.  President Biden is visiting Saudi Arabia despite the fact that Saudi Arabia is the leading human rights violator in the world.   US intelligence report released in February 2021 said that Mohammed bin Salman had approved   the 2018 murder of the Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Despite this, the US government did not take any measure to make Saudi Arabia accountable for this crime. Biden said during his presidential campaign that his administration would seek to make Saudi Arabia “the pariah that they are” and indicated that “they have to be held accountable.” Biden’s campaign comments were hollow since no meaningful steps have been taken to make Saudi Arabia accountable for all its human rights violation including that of Kashogi. His visit to Saudi Arabia, like all his predecessors is an assurance that  the strategic and economic alliance between the two countries will prevail over all Human Rights violations and other issues.  Saudi Arabia has been a country with one of the most serious human rights violations consistently since its creation 70 years ago and is the source of almost all Jihadist movements across the globe (through its Wahabi ideology) Thirteen human rights organization including Human Rights Watch sent  a joint letter to President Biden that his visit risks encouraging new abuses and encouraging impunity. The paramount consideration is self-interest and not the message that comes out from this meeting. Saudi Arabia will be more emboldened and do whatever is wishes so long as it pumps the oil and guards against expansion of Iran influence.

Human Rights Council

The United Nations is a political organizations and decisions are made based on individual members’ interest. The most powerful, who contribute the larger portion of money to the UN, those who have the military and economic prowess easily buy or influence decisions.  The Human Rights Council has with enormous difficulty and after lots of joggling condemned some governments for the violation of human rights. But such resolution has rarely had any impact. For specific actions the recommendations have to be sent to the security council where in most cases it is dead on arrival unless all the five permanent members agree on it. The UN Human Right Council is a paper tiger with no power to bring justice or stop genocide and crimes against humanity. As of 2013, the State of Israel had been condemned in 45 resolutions by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Since the UNHRC’s creation in 2006, it has resolved almost more resolutions condemning Israel alone than on issues for the rest of the world combined. Laws Violated: Israel has violated 28 resolutions of the United Nations Security Council (which are legally binding on member-nations. U.N. Charter, Article 25.) The United Nations is a political organization and we can’t expect fairness or justice without fighting for it and doing what needs to be done. The UN Human Rights Council is toothless and is highly politicized like its parent body, the United Nations General Assembly. The UN decides what its members want and UNSC decides only when all the five permanent powers want.  

For countries like Ethiopia the only international organization that can bring justice to perpetrators of crimes is the ICC. The ICC is not a subsidiary of the UN or any organization. While under current circumstances the ICC seems to be the only avenue to seek for justice and stop the madness in Ethiopia, the fact Ethiopia is not a signatory to the Rome Statute that established the ICC makes it difficult to seek justice through the ICC. A way that the case of the Amharas can reach the ICC is through the pressures from the United Nations Human Rights council which can bring the case to the UN Security Council which could make a referral to the ICC like it did in the case of Darfur, with the hope that all five permanent members will either agree or not veto the resolution making a referral to the ICC.   A lot of work has to be done by the diaspora to bring the world with Ethiopia.  It will not be to the best interest of any of the powers to see a fragmented Ethiopia. On the contrary a failed Ethiopia will be a threat to the region the continent and the world. The challenges of Ethiopians particularly the group is to have the unity the skill and the wisdom to bring to the attention of the powers to be who can help Ethiopia. This can only be done by genuine non state actors who stand for peace and stability in Ethiopia. This non state actors can only operate effectively within a free society.

Hence the active involvement of the diaspora who has two choices: leave a legacy of infamy or rise up in unison and support the peaceful resistance of Ethiopians and create pressures on the international community, pressures that would leave them with no choice but to react. This is a strategic imperative.  

Realpolitik in international arena is about states who act in pursuit of their own interests.  Morality and human rights outside their own nation is also seen most of the times in the context of their own national interests or national interest disguised as moral concerns. Ukraine is a perfect example. On the scale of human suffering Ethiopia has the most severe complex humanitarian crisis ranging from genocide to starvation. Aljazera asks; “why hasn’t the world shown a fraction of the concern that’s been on display over the past weeks or so for African suffering?” (March 6, 2022 Viewpoint). Such double standards are dictated either by racism or geopolitical interests which is called realism in international relations.  The Responsibility to Protect -known as R2P- is an international norm developed at the World Summit in 2005 with lessons learnt after the Rwanda Genocide.  It seeks to protect populations from genocide, war crimes and crimes   against humanity and ethnic cleansing. It is recognized as an important global principle. R2P has three pillars of responsibility. The third one is:

“If a state is manifestly failing to protect its populations, the international community must be prepared to take appropriate collective action, in a timely and decisive manner and in accordance with the UN Charter.” 19

The world and Africa have to see the problem in Ethiopia as a global strategic, humanitarian and moral dilemma that needs to be addressed at the level of the global community.   Let it be and let the world save broken Ethiopia from itself. But Ethiopians have work harder and more united to be heard. I say Ethiopians because justice for Amharas is justice for Ethiopia. The survival of Ethiopia comes only with justice for Amharas. 

“How Much Carnage are we willing to Accept?” Biden in the aftermath of mass shooting in America. (June 3, 2022) Ethiopians ask: How much carnage is the UN willing to Accept?   be and let the world save broken Ethiopia from itself. But Ethiopians have work harder and more united to be heard. I say Ethiopians, because justice for Amharas is justice for Ethiopia. The survival of Ethiopia comes only with justice for Amharas (Muslims and Christians). This Prime minster is a psychopath killer resembling Hitler. He must be removed and brought to justice before he becomes even more dangerous. 

How Much Carnage are we willing to Accept?” Biden in the aftermath of mass shooting in America. (June 3, 2022).  Ethiopians ask: How much carnage is the UN and the US willing to accept in Ethiopia? 


Dawit Wolde Giorgis is the Executive Director of The Africa Institute for Strategic and Security Studies 

*Creeping Genocide: A slow, continuous painful deliberate extermination of people belonging to a Group as defined in the Convention.  

1.    Angela Y Davis, June 19, 2020

2.    The Crime of Complicity in Genocide, DM Greenfield 2008

3.    Ibid

4.    Definition of crime of Genocide by the UN

5.    Ibid

6.    Ibid

7.    Rome Statute, by Z. Wenqi and Rome Statute Part 9

8. Tacitus: Calgacus’ Speech to his Troops (A.D, 85)

9. How a Canadian Inquiry Strips the Word “Genocide” of Meaning, June 3, 2019

    10. Leo Tolstoy from his book The Law of Love and the Law of Violence

11.  How a Canadian Inquiry Strips the Word Genocide of Meaning, June 3, 2019

12.  ICTY records 

13.  The Crime of Complicity in Genocide by: Professor Schoba as quoted in the journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Spring 2008

14.  The Crime of Complicity in Genocide: by Daniel Greenfield 

15.  Ibid

16.  Reject genocide deniers and war criminals: Africa Renewal: Alice Wairimu Nderitu; UN Special Adviser on the prevention of genocide  

17. Genocide and America: Samantha Power: March 2014 

18.  Ibid

19.  The Resplnsblity to Protect ( R2P) Jan 14, 2021 


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  1. It has been my daily prayers that horrific crimes will never happen again for the fact it is not the first time to take place. I am now terrified witless that with bigots having been able to move around freely in all regions except the Somali and Afar regions such crimes will be an everyday conversation. In areas where they have carried out such barbaric acts there is a thorough and complete breakdown of law and order. They can go in areas they feel like it during broad daylight or at nights to do whatever they want with the innocent civilians. They kill, maim and rape as they wish and they will have no reason to hurry. They take their sweet time and leave when they are bored with the carnage. They kidnap young girls to use them at their saloons at gun pont in the bushes and they kidnap young boys to use them as child soldiers. I don’t think there is a willing and viable force to go after them. No, no, this carnage is the rehearsal for what is in the pipeline for those upright peace starved people. We should all be prepared for more massacres that will make this one look like a joke. This one has about 600 killed and the ones coming up will not touch 600 with a 14 ft pole. They will be 5,000, 10,000 and more. These bigots are no more those run of the mill haters not but have gone human flesh and blood craving psychopaths! Thanks to the dysfunctional regime and the miserably divided opposition I am about to declare that gem of the colored a borderline failed state. It is about to fall off the cliff into an eternal abyss. Congratulation bigots here among us!!!

  2. people like this writer are responsible for ethnic based conflicts in Ethiopia. In his writing he deliberately used derogatory
    terms to demoralize the Oromo people. Contrary to what many historians agreed he label Cushite’s as intruders to ETHIOPIA.

    • No, he is not. The individual as he stated is a human right professional who worked tirelessly in many African countries where such genocide happened. He has the knowledge and experience that make him able to suggest positive and constructive ideas as far as the current situation in Ethiopia. He did not also used deregatory terms to explain the situation in Ethiopia. All his terminologies he used have been widely using in our country and which most of them used by Oromo scholars that you now called deregatory. Besides, the origin of ethnic Oromos is documented by many and well known in history if you want to learn about them. Thanks

  3. If someone is complaining about the current terrible situation in the old country and put the blame for the bloody chaos on some ‘intruders’ in the 15th or 16 century he/she must be as dumb as ignorant and bigot as QAnon. Such people don’t surprise me for making such insulting claims because they are those who think they know everything more than everyone else. They forget the proven historical fact that it was my Barentu Oromos who dealt the lethal blows to Oreste Baratieri’s well armed bigots on the battlefield of Adwa in 1896 and saved his/her sorry behind from a foreign bully. Who was Tekle of Gojjam? It was the other Barentus who tipped the scale on the previous battlefields of Gundat and Gura against the sugar drunk Egyptian army. After reading several history books written by many historians including our own like Obbo Bahru bin Zewde I came to realize that the Barentu Oromos were the ones who brought order and relative peace when others were slaughtering each other like opposing prides of lionesses during the Era of the Princes. Who were Ras Ali, Gugsa and Taytu? Who was Empress Mentewab who brought class and finesse to Gondar? How about King Tekle of Gojjam who dealt another telling blows to the pompous Baratieri at Adwa? Does the name Wolde Habib bin Ibid ring bell? They ain’t Filipinos? I have said this on many occasions before and I’m gonna say it again whether you heard or understood it or not. Those who committed this horrific crime in Tole were not and are not Oromos. They were and are demons who happened to be born to Oromo parents. The same goes to those demons who murdered innocent Muslims in Gondar. Those were not Amharas either. They were lumps of human refuse who happened to be born to Amhara parents. Stop making repugnant and incendiary remarks using normal demographic processes of the past. It is totally irresponsible. It is not the time to scratch the surface just to pass the blame. Let me tell you one more truth and an eternal truth and I don’t care if any one of you readers drops dead from anger. Amharas will not survive a single day with my Oromos. Not a single day! My Oromos will live to live to see another day without Amharas standing on their sides. Not one sun dawn or sunset! In the glorious history of that gem of the colored there were no ‘early’ or ‘late’ comers. Whether we like and admit it or not demography everywhere is made to change. You want the ocular proof? Just go anywhere and look around. Look around and you will be pleasantly surprised to find it out unless you are some kind of a challenged individual! You hear me? Just look around!!!

  4. This type of writing will keep the flames of hate, disregard for ALL, disrespect Burning in Ethiopia gor generations until everything goes ip in ffg flames. Very dangerous and this media has a responsibility

  5. The situation happening now in Ethiopia specially in the region of Oromia is the sour truth. Derogatory is your intention to ignoring the dead massacred by your OLF compatriots . Mr.Obsaa if you have a rest of human feelings ,you should stand against this barbaric deeds and show solidarity towards the Amhara ethnics instead of accusing the writer because he named it. No one is accusing the Oromo people because they are Cushite but we condemn the barbaric deeds of the OLF. you will find not a single historian who will support your false assumption. Your problem is your inferiority complex.

  6. As a layman, less privileged and non-politician unlike this author., major Dawit Georgis, I mostly concur with him and the points he raised up vis-a- vis the ongoing civil war carnage. True, no one can help those who can’t themselves and the Allah or God only helps those who can help themselves. I mean, Ethiopians shouldn’t be naively expect others will save them such as the West. UN , Africansetc unless they are willing and ready to save themselves from themselves and from outsiders. Furthermore, don’t hold your breath, for the much-vaunted R2P UN resolution , which I presume was the brainchild of the former Canadian foreign minister, Lloyd Axworthy of the 1990s . It has neither practical use nor ever intended to be so if any. It was only introduced and used once during the height of regime change process in Libyan by the West. It was not an altruistic policy at all to save small nations as one would assume . It was rather a self-serving and Machiavellian policy move by the western powers never to be replicated or revised much since.then.

    • Addendum
      One thing I don’t agree with author is the use of the word ” invaders. ” this isn’t appropriate to describe any partticular ethnic or religious group in . I am cognizant that previous Ethiopia regimes of the emporia l and Dengue era used to described and demonize certain groups like Somali for political power and legitimization existecw and to deny their e rights as peiople . It is wrong word choice and it dioes help at all.

      • I don’t see a problem in the use of the term ‘invaders’ in the article. This was true before and true now. The Oromos which used to be called “gala” came into Ethiopia by invading to north from a very small place between Ethiopia and Kenya. Their history starts from the 17 century and they don’t have zero histories before. If you say they have any history bring it on and teach us.

  7. The writer of this article by himself is a former member of the Derg rigme butchering hundreds of thousands of innocent Ethiopians and an extremist propagating hate speech and dividing Ethiopians. He calls the Gada system ”notorious” insulting more than 60 Million Ethiopians calling it my culture. So insane individual who never learn!

  8. The writer of this article by himself is a former member of the Derg rigme butchering hundreds of thousands of innocent Ethiopians and an extremist propagating hate speech and dividing Ethiopians. He calls the Gada system ”notorious” insulting more than 60 Million Ethiopians calling it my culture. So insane individual who never learn!

  9. How can oromos be invaders to Ethiopia when Somalis, Afars and other cushitic ethnic groups like Agew, sidam, saho were already present in ethiopia?

  10. After all these lively discussion, comments and articles by many countrymen/women there are those who act as if nothing has happened there in Tole. These are known talkative college professors and advocates in leadership roles. Instead they are giving this savage act a veiled bill of approval by talking what happened more than a century ago. They even seem to justify this savagery by implying that it was an act of revenge for what took place in Wello. I am not sure of what have had happened in Wello for this barbarism to take place as tit for tat. Through friends who know the background of these professors and advocates in leadership roles I have discovered something shocking. These professors were raised with their view shaped by known bigots like the sworn commie Sebhat Nega. They were sent here for further education with all expensed paid by the government prior to 2018. Then after 2018 these conniving men of letters applied for political asylum. They did not come here as refugees but on student visas. They turned into firebrands criticizing and condemning everything the Abiy government does just to justify their eligibility as political refugees. Even the inking of a peace accord with Eritrea was a crime committed by Abiy. On the other hand those advocates in leadership roles have to say, write and do everything just to maintain their position so they will never be audited with what they had done with the membership fees collected and several funds raised at rallies they organized and through Gofundme site. They will not allow their leadership roles to slip away because someone will ask for proof where those weekend only BMW’S and Mercedes came from. I myself tried to find out when was the last time the association led by these smart alecks audited for its finances by an independent accounting firm and have found none. I can’t even find the financial documents like their income statements. As long as there is raw emotion out there in abundance these heartless advocates will remain in their leadership roles with their cash cow firmly in their dipping hands. Plenty of money, money, money, babe!!!!

    • Dear Ittu,

      I always read your comments with a great deal of interest because they preach common sense and peace. The smart alecks you mentioned in your comment exist in our Amhara communities too. They are those who once were members of the ruling party and those who were imprisoned by the previous administration. They either came here on a mission sent by the government or were brought here because they had medical issues while in prison. Those on assigned mission asked for political asylum during one of their trips because they had clear view of their government was about to collapse and started a YouTube site where they say anything that seems to get them in trouble with government prior to 2018. Then Abiy came and released all political prisoners. Now they could go back; right? No, they kept on demonizing the new regime just to justify their asylum application. Those who were brought here for medical reasons did not take too long to go up and at ’em and apply for asylum. Then the Abiy Administration came along and let thousands of political prisoners free but these former near death patients came out with robust physique and started demonizing the Abiy government just to justify their asylum application. You will not believe what these asylum seeking smart alecks are saying these days. They are telling us that Abiy has personally planned and carried out all massacres in Wellega. They use attention grabbing phrases like ‘we have just received leaked document, audio and video excerpts’. They make a good amount of money from that and you can tell how they get bigger and bigger like walruses. They have found audience among those who can be easily enraged and incited. This easy money source has not passed unnoticed by other similar schemers. They promote themselves as clerics and traditionally respected teachers of our Orthodox church. It is an environment polluted by the hateful writings and speeches of these pickpockets. It is my conclusion that these schemers will never want to see peace in Ethiopia because that will mean a death knell to their cash sources. So Ittu, it is not only in your community but they are in my Amhara community too. Please don’t give up hope and I too will never abandon those people.

      • Dear Obbo Tadesse,

        I come to you bidding nothing but peace!

        Your revealing information is astonishing. One of my Warra Chercher friends had told me before how some connivers have been profiting off the suffering of those upright people we left behind. What upsets me is other media outlets are not going after these connivers and nail them with tough questions. I am counting on the overqualified editors of this esteemed website that one day they will cross paths with these as you rightfully called pickpockets and put them on the spot with tough questions. I am confident on the dear editors they will do that in every chance they get.

        Blessings to you and your family!!!

  11. “Let me tell you one more truth and an eternal truth and I don’t care if any one of you readers drops dead from anger. Amharas will not survive a single day with my Oromos. Not a single day! My Oromos will live to live to see another day without Amharas standing on their sides. Not one sun dawn or sunset!”

    No we are not dropping dead from anger. We are actually laughing our hearts out at the bigoted comments of an individual who calls others bigots, who is so confused and misguided in his self aggrandizement and pompously inflated ego. In a fractured Ethiopia, the first ethnic group that will disintegrate and collapse will be none other than the Oromo. The Amhara have the capacity, the historically and culturally sharpened continuity to move on. So think twice buddy and be prepared for the carnage to face the innocent Oromo masses the carnage from the grandeur of illusion of Oromumma mania about to fall precipitously on the disillusioned masses. Look at your PP and Oromo militants. How many times have your beloved Abiy cut cakes, how many bulls have been slaughtered to celebrate the fake and non existent unity of the multitude of Oromo clans seething in anger and jealousy in the past 4 years?

    In fact, push comes to shove, the Amhara should be ready to exercise article 39 of the constitution which the TPLF and now the Abiy regime tell us is the law of the land. “Every Nation, Nationality and People in Ethiopia has an unconditional right to self- determination, including the right to secession”. With Amhara out of the barbaric Abiy regime grip, Abiy will not last one day. Oroumumma will crumble to dust and will be shown to be just one thing – a pipe dream,

    One of the worst violators of the Ethiopian constitution is none other than the legally imbecilic, unethical and morally bankrupt regime of Abiy Ahmed. Here we will show by concrete examples, how Abiy’s regime has violated the so called constitution multiple times:

    1) Article 38. The Right to Vote and to be Elected
    Every Ethiopian national, without any discrimination based on colour, race, nation, nationality, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion or other status, has the following rights:
    a. To take part in the conduct of public affairs, directly and through freely chosen representatives;
    b. On the attainment of 18 years of age, to vote in accordance with law;
    c. To vote and to be elected at periodic elections to any ofce at any level of
    government; elections shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret ballot, guaranteeing the free expression of the will of the electors.


    2)Article 32. Freedom of Movement
    1. Any Ethiopian or foreign national lawfully in Ethiopia has, within the national territory, the right to liberty of movement and freedom to choose his residence, as well as the freedom to leave the country at any time he wishes to.
    2. Any Ethiopian national has the right to return to his country.


    3)Article 40. The Right to Property
    1. Every Ethiopian citizen has the right to the ownership of private property. Unless prescribed otherwise by law on account of public interest, this right shall include the right to acquire, to use and, in a manner compatible with the rights of other citizens, to dispose of such property by sale or bequest or to transfer it otherwise.
    2. “Private property”, for the purpose of this Article, shall mean any tangible or intangible product which has value and is produced by the labour, creativity, enterprise or capital of an individual citizen, associations which enjoy juridical personality under the law, or in appropriate circumstances, by communities specically empowered by law to own property in common.


    4)Article 28. Crimes Against Humanity
    1. Criminal liability of persons who commit crimes against humanity, so dened by international agreements ratied by Ethiopia and by other laws of Ethiopia, such as genocide, summary executions, forcible disappearances or torture shall not be barred by statute of limitation. Such offences may not be commuted by amnesty or pardon of the legislature or any other state organ.
    2. In the case of persons convicted of any crime stated in sub-Article 1 of this Article and sentenced with the death penalty, the Head of State may, without prejudice to the provisions hereinabove, commute the punishment to life imprisonment.


    These 4 glaring examples clearly demonstrate that the Abiy regime, and his PP are one of the worst violators of the so called Ethiopian constitution, his cadres tell us is sacrosanct. Had Ethiopia’s judiciary branch been independent or at least semi- independent, it would have found the Abiy regime and his militant PP, among the worst violators and law breakers of the land.

    And it is this society, with this type of caliber of leadership and ethical standards, Itu Aba Farda, brags in his above comment will stand on its own and survive for eternity. In reality, this hokus-pokus, patch work of historically unrelated, culturally divergent , religiously non homogenous group lumped together by a hitherto nonexistent Oromia land mass and a utopian dream of Oromumma will be shown to be just a mirage, the moment the Amhara people in unison say enough is enough, and exercise article 39. So be careful PP cadres of what you wish, the society that has existed for nearly 2 millennia on its own has everything and more it needs to say good bye to those who are blinded by hate, afflicted by inferiority complex, and suffering from grandeurs of delusion and mass hysteria and illusions.

  12. Amharas have been the flag bearers of Ethiopia for centuries. Together with the people of Tigray, the descendants of the Axumite civilization they have made what Ethiopia is to today: the epicenter of a rich and ancient culture, the source of a unique written language, the BIRTHPLACES of the two great religions (Christianity and Islam) and a country that prides itself for defeating colonialists and making the nation the bastion of freedom and a promised land of all black people across the world. The Oromos, the SECOND LARGEST population in Ethiopia are late comers in the ascension of the Ethiopian Empire.”

    Besides the author’s ludicrous assertions, how can Borkena publish such statement that are obviously wrong. I guess facts don’t matter!

    • please, takecare when you write about people of ISRAELI OROMO AND JEWISH as well as their promised country TooByaa. As you all are new comers (Ama-now and Haaraa-new) and as church on it. Don’t forget, As people of ISRAEL, we are following and are on witnessing what you write. it will be evidence to act on Kuchumba people of AmaaHaaraa-new comers (Ama-Now and Haraa- new). we will

  13. The author of this painfully long article sounds to me like a raving lunatic. He is, perhaps, understandably, venting his anger against the indescribable atrocities that were committed recently. That said, however, insulting the Oromos isn’t exactly going to solve anything. The ultimate solution is to get rid of ethnic politics and try to unite under one Ethiopia free of all ethnic squabbles. The current constitution is a travesty and it needs to go AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, to be replaced by one that unites all Ethiopians under one roof.

    My condolences to the bereaved, and my love for Ethiopia and Ethiopians — ALL Ethiopians. May God bless us all.

  14. Thanks Dawit w.
    Sure, this was the time for retirement but you couldn’t just let it go. May be every time you thought about retiring, extra-ordinary things happen in your beloved country and keep you engaged.
    I feel like, you say, “how can I retire at this time? who will do the job?”
    Dawit we will never forget what you are doing. History will remember you.
    The last four years have been the worst of all times. Amhara and Orthodoxs have been prosecuted all over Ethiopia as if they are goats or wild animals. What makes the situation worse is the indifference of the Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. The recent massacre in Tole, wollega has claimed the lives of 1600 Amhara farmers. Astonishingly Abiy Ahmed tweeted some thing about his success in banana production. That’s why I agee with people who consider him ad a psychopat.

    Conclusively, I think it’s time for more educated men in the diadpora to rise up and defend Amhara and Ethiopia from the cruel, advances of Oromima.

    Thanks again, Dawit.

    • please, takecare when you write about people of ISRAELI OROMO AND JEWISH as well as their promised country TooByaa. As you all are new comers (Ama-now and Haaraa-new) and as church on it. Don’t forget, As people of ISRAEL, we are following and are on witnessing what you write. it will be evidence to act on Kuchumba people of AmaaHaaraa-new comers (Ama-Now and Haraa- new). we will

  15. First of all I condemn civilian killings in all parts of Ethiopia on Amhara, Tigre and Oromo and others without being selective as you do. In all your writings and interviews you are a trouble maker and working as a conflict entrepreneurs instead of finding peaceful and win-win solutions to the complex political problems we have. You use derogatory name and do hate speech against Oromo and Tigray to flame conflict among Amhara and Oromo. Oromo is one of the major founders of modern Ethiopia. If you list down those heroes who fought the battle if Adowa, more than 75% were Oromo Generals/war leaders who decisively fought and made history in the battle if Adowa unlike banda’s of those time who were in hideout and distorted the history of this genuine, respected and humble people. Please try to suppress your hate, love all Ethiopians from your heart including Tagaru and also Oromo that you are trying to show to us as alien using those false narratives and history.

  16. Why you didn’t post my earlier comnents. You post anything if some one with racist mindeset like this person and Tadius Tantu insults the Oromo people. That is fine for you and I thought you are a free media and consider the thought of others so that we can at least say to this old person to tame his words, not to create further polarization and hate. Why he despises Oromos and its leaders since 2018 and try to impose his hateful ideology by force. Using his expertise why he don’t work on peace, reconciliation, dialogue, win win situation for all instead of violence, crises, hate etc.It seems he is around 80 year old and by this age he should be reconciliator, negotiator instead of throwing hateful words to other poeple. Amhara and Oromos lived together for centuries and continue s to live together.So please let us to down our toxic words toward the people.You can criticises those who did that crime and make accountable those perpetrators. I am happy and in support of that but generalization to the society or insulting the whole ethnic groups is being so low and will not bring any change except hate, animosity and violence..


    • please, takecare when you write about people of ISRAELI OROMO AND JEWISH as well as their promised country TooByaa. As you all are new comers (Ama-now and Haaraa-new) and as church on it. Don’t forget, As people of ISRAEL, we are following and are on witnessing what you write. it will be evidence to act on Kuchumba people of AmaaHaaraa-new comers (Ama-Now and Haraa- new). we will

  18. please, takecare when you write about people of ISRAELI OROMO AND JEWISH as well as their promised country TooByaa. As people of ISRAEL, we are following and are on
    witnessing what you write. it will be evidence to act on Kuchumba people of AmaaHaaraa-new
    comers (Ama-Now and Haraa-new). we will
    present it it ICC … please, taker.


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