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Amharas: The New Tutsi? State-Sponsored Genocide of the Amhara People 

Fano combatants say they are struggling to defend Amhara. Tens of thousands of ethnic Amhara, including children, women and elderly, have been slaughtered in the Oromo region of Ethiopia since Abiy Ahmed became Prime Minister in 2018. (Photo : SM)

By Endalkachew Abebe Kebede
Updated on August 19, 2023 1t 7:13 P.M. Toronto Time

The Amhara people, residing in the northern and central highlands of Ethiopia, have played a pivotal role in the formation and development of the nation known as Ethiopia today. Their historical significance extends beyond their local boundaries, as they have contributed to the nation’s growth during times of peace and courageously defended their homeland against external threats. These brave Ethiopians stood alongside other heroes in the fight against Italian colonialism, becoming the first African ethnic group to repel European forces. Renowned for their generosity, hospitality, and commitment to justice, the Amhara community has historically shown respect for all individuals, irrespective of their race or religion.

Despite their historical importance and even as most of Ethiopia’s rulers from the Solomonic dynasty emerged from the Amhara community, the majority of ordinary Amharas have not reaped the benefits of this lineage. Their living conditions have hardly improved over centuries, still relying on traditional agricultural tools handed down through generations. The 1970s student movement, advocating for land ownership for farmers, was a testament to their plight. However, this struggle persisted despite multiple regime changes spanning five decades. The Amhara farmers’ quest for land ownership remains largely unfulfilledHowever, a distressing trend of spreading animosity and unfounded hate against the Amhara ethnic group has emerged, unfairly labeling them as oppressors and unjustly holding them responsible for historical mistakes.

The post-1991 era, marked by the fall of the military government in Ethiopia, witnessed the rise of ethnic-based governance under the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). This approach nurtured tribalism, and through orchestrated misinformation campaigns, falsely accused the Amhara people of oppressing other ethnic groups. The repetition of these false claims led to widespread acceptance, causing ethnic profiling and even state-sponsored genocidal campaigns against the Amhara population for over three decades. The Amharas were tragically targeted merely due to their identity.

The constitutional framework itself propagated tribalism, disregarding the Amhara people’s interests. Productive regions once under Amhara administration were forcibly transferred to the Tigray region, accompanied by systematic demographic changes that resulted in mass displacements, arrests, and ethnically motivated profiling. The TPLF regime’s reign was characterized by these atrocities, further exacerbating the Amhara community’s suffering.

With the ascension of Abiy Ahmed to power, many hoped for an end to ethnic-based divisions and governance. Regrettably, Abiy’s tenure has been marred by chaos, ethnic violence, and even state-sponsored genocidal acts. The Oromia Prosperity Party’s dominance marginalized other ethnic groups, turning them into minorities in their ancestral lands. Attacks on Amhara individuals surged, especially in Oromia and Benishangul regions. The government-controlled media labeled the Amharas with genocidal terms like “Neftenga” and now “Jawisa,” attributing historical errors to them. Government officials, including Prime Minister Abiy, racially profiled Amharas, accusing them of radicalism, even advocating for their extermination in state media.

Despite five years of relentless appeals by the Amhara population to halt the genocide aimed at them, their pleas have been met with horrifying violence and mass imprisonments. The Pretoria agreement, following the conflict between the federal government and Tigrayans, shockingly excluded Amharas and their concerns. Instead of addressing political grievances, the federal government sought to disarm the armed Amharas while allowing TPLF forces to retain their weaponry, endangering the Amhara community’s safety. This situation worsened as Abiy’s administration initiated a full-scale war against the Amhara people.

The Amhara genocide has reached stage 8 of the 10 stages, inching closer to the last, extermination stage. Analogous to the Rwandan Hutu genocide, those in power are perpetrators, controlling both civil and military sectors. Under Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, the ethnic cleansing and genocide of the Amhara people have intensified. The government’s current military operation targeting Amharas in their homeland adds to the gravity of the situation.

Recent years have witnessed two wars under Abiy’s administration, fostering fear and eroding trust among citizens. State-sponsored genocides of the Tigrayans and Amharas, utilizing the national military, have unfolded. Rather than safeguarding its citizens, the Ethiopian military historically protected rulers’ power, at times contrary to popular interests. This power imbalance permits mass arrests, killings, and genocidal rhetoric by the administration. The international community must act vigilantly, demanding accountability and urging the Ethiopian government to prioritize peaceful resolutions and the protection of civilian lives.

In the face of grave injustices, the global community’s collective voice is crucial to halt the heinous violence and safeguard the future of the Amhara people in Ethiopia.

The writer could be reached at :endikebede2022@gmail.com

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11 COMMENTS

  1. There was no excuse for every one of us for not having watched the women’s 10,000 meter race this afternoon unless you are at work or under the weather. I was one of those who were gifted and privileged to watch it. Our daughters were not only number one but one, two, three. I have seen it all. I was looking at our gallant daughter down the last stretch and I was looking at something on the sky above them. I saw their late uncles Obbo Abebe, Mamo and Mirutz hovering above them urging them till the finish line. I was hearing Obbo Abebe asking Gudaf, Letesenbet and Ejgayehu to look at his bare feet. I saw Obbo Mamo showing them how he obliterated the field in a stifling weather in Mexico in 1968. I heard Obbo Mirutz screaming at all three with ‘shift, shift, shift!!!’ Then something got hold of me and with a cane in my hand started running with them when suddenly my octogenarian legs began giving up. I was back on my sofa still screaming ‘Get’em! Go get’em!!!’. When it was over and seeing my daughters were one, two and three, tears started flowing from both of my eyes. Tears of joy. I’m good now! I’m good for a week!!!

    • Greetings and loud shout to you Most revered Ittu Aba Farda

      Elite Amhara strongly believe that the TPLF influenced the outcome of the women’s 10,000-meter race at the World Championships. Even further, they have claimed that the TPLF is to blame for their failure on the national secondary school exam. The TPLF was also blamed for the 200 sheep that were purportedly gone from Gondar. Amhara elites, and their riffraff, will surely blame the TPLF and Tigrayans in general if they continue to have deafts after defeats . They criticize the TPLF after they lose on the battlefield, including for experiencing hiccups.
      ስቅታ ፥ ቃርም ፥ ሆዳቸው የጎረበጣቸው ለታ ሳይቀር የአማራ ሊቃውንት ቲፒኤሌፍ ነው ሲሉ ይሰማሉ፥በቃ ጤና የላቸውም፥፥በቲፒኤሌፍ የተነሳ ደቡብ አፍሪካን እንኳ ሰይቀር ጠልተዋታል፥፥

      ———— Fannos must STOP murdering people of non-Amharan ethnicity.
      “Apart from this, 1, 411 persons in three Zones perished from malnutrition after the cessation of the humanitarian aid provided by donor agencies. This highlights the killings of these people by the TPLF and its wealthy business owners. In Tigray, food was stolen by robbers, who are Tigrayan themselves. Children are condmned to die from Starvation due to eveil nature of wealthy men and corrupted TPLF leaders.
      This has to documented as well just as Fannos , ENDF members and Eritreans killed Tigrayans and non-Amhara people.

      Tigrayans killed Tigrayans by starving them to death. Food was stolen by robbers within Tigray.

      • Shout out back to you as well. In terms of the old country this time has been one of the saddest moments for me. Many individuals have turned into demonically cruel monsters to their own fellow citizens. What is it called when individuals grab away life saving food aid from the mouths of their own countrymen/women and sell it in the black market? Those are Lucifer in human flesh. That is why I began to think devils have left their camps in hell and are now roaming that country killing and pillaging. That gem of the colored needs more than human’s effort to pull it out of its nightmarish predicament. It needs divine intervention to help leaders of the warring factions gain back their conscience/senses. It looks that morality and civility have broken down completely in many areas there. When that happens in a society, law and order have departed where it is taken over by mob rules. In such situation citizens are at the mercy of lawless hooligans. What also saddens me is there are many here among us who have assumed a full time job of inflaming the situation there. They do that from their comfy and safe homes. They take their children and grandchildren to schools and after class activities here but they urge the youths in Amhara and Oromo regions to rush to the bushes and pick up arms just kill any citizen they see as sworn enemy.

        May The Almighty Our Creator Save That Country that we still hold very dear to our hearts!!!!!

        Blessings to you and your family!

    • Correction:
      Amhara elites and their riffraff will surely blame the TPLF and Tigrayans in general if they continue to suffer defeat after defeat. They criticize the TPLF after they lose on the battlefield, including for experiencing hiccups.
      They keep on whining now as they encounter a relentless succession of defeats and losses in the battle and endanger their own civilians by insisting on using densely populated cities as battle fields.

      • Fanos are defending themselves in their own land. You just want to start another misinformation campaign, which is what you are good at. The Amhara and Fano have never been a threat to Ethiopia and the people. You’ll find Amharas all over around the country living with all kinds of ethnic groups with peace and harmony. The Amhara is like the glue holding the entire country together. People like you hate this fact.

  2. The despot and tyrant, masquerading as pm of all Ethiopians has been exposed!!!!! The child wanna be emperor has no clothes.

    ይሄ መሃይም መሪ ተብዬ የውሸት ቋት ከስልጣኑ እና ባዶ አምስትአመት ሙሉ ተወዝፎ ካሞቀውወንበሩ ወይንም በራሱ አጠራር መንበሩ : ያው የአምባገንን ወንበሩ ውጭ ምንም እይነት ሃላፊነት ስብዕና ግበረገብነት የጎደለው እንደሆነ ፓርላማ ውስጥ እንደበሰበሰ ቲማቲም በንዴትና በዕብሪት ቀልተው ደም የለበሱትን አይኖቹን ቁልጭ ቁልጭ በማድረግ ማንነቱን አሳይቷል::

    The five years of misery, chaos, murder, mass displacement of tens of millions, massacre of hundreds of thousands on the tyrants watch are the making of his own. An undisciplined, uneducated, unbridled, murderous thug, an ideologue with no sufficient self reflection, surrounded by equally crass, if not worse sycophants is at the helm. A sociopath in personality, a psychopath in deeds and personal beliefs, owing to a historical accident and the gullibility of millions is seating at the helm, massacring hundreds of thousands and displacing tens of millions.

    Enough is enough!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. ittu Aba Farda,

    The article is: “Amharas: The New Tutsi? State-Sponsored Genocide of the Amhara People.”

    You: “ . . .watched the women’s 10,000 meter race this afternoon . . . “

    Did the race involve anything about the Amhara Genocide in any way, about Tutsi’s, anything?

    So, my friend, why are you writing about that here?

    Commenting on an article: “Amharas: The New Tutsi? State-Sponsored Genocide of the Amhara People.”

    You were saying you are very old – do you have dementia?

    Or, is this your feeble attempt to change topic, are you trying to make your contribution to the killer, your beloved psychopath, Abiy Ahmed, the most hated, the worst liar to rise to the office, ever?

    It is laughable, man!

  4. Once upon a time I ran into this loser calling himself Know-It-All and he told me and every person originating from that gem of the colored called Ethiopia that no one can himself/herself an Ethiopian or a person of an Ethiopian origin because there has never been a citizenship in Ethiopia. According to this loser/bigot the only country in Africa that always has citizenship is his country of Eritrea. He is one of those flopper mouths kicked in the ass by Brother Isaias. Since he lost his country he now scavenging around on this esteemed website to pick a fight with those he never met or knew. There are two others like him who are actually the products of old country but losers like him. One is named Af-Mishar and the other is Pants-On-Fire. All these three stooges have one common characteristic they share. All three have this deep-seated hatred for others. They are gold certified bigots. Pants-On-Fire is the biggest liar of all. What losers!!!!

  5. Dear Countrymen/women,

    Make sure to watch the men’s 10,000 meters final tomorrow. It will be on all NBC channels. Let’s root for our athletes both from Ethiopia and USA/or any other country that adopted us. It will be a thrilling one. Let’s go!!!

  6. የፍትህን የሃቅን የሚዛናዊ ህግጋትን መራራ ፍሬ : መራራ ሄምሎክ ሳትወድ በግድህ ትጋታታለህ!!!!! የፍትህን የሃቅን የሚዛናዊ ህግጋትን መራራ ፍሬ : መራራ ሄምሎክ ሳትወድ በግድህ ትጋታታለህ!!!!!

    It is not the first time this commentator has done this. Readers just should ignore and move on. The athletes did exceptionally well, and congratulations to them. However, this was neither the place nor the time to bring that up here.

    የመንግስት ተብየው አካል ውይይት በሚካሄድባቸው መድረኮች ሁሉ የሰበሰባቸውን በቁጥር እስከ 3 ሚሊዮን የሚገመቱ የበሰበሱ የካድሬ ስብስቦቹን ልክ እንደ ተናካሽ ውሻ እየለቀቀ እውነታው እንዳይታወቅ ያምታታል ያወናብዳል:: ግን ሄ ፍሬከርሲክ የሆነ የህዝብን ገንዘብ ሃብት በከንቱ ማባከኛ የፕሮፖጋንዳና ትርኪ ምርኪ ግብስብስ ነው::

    የዚህን መንግስት ተብዬ ዝቅጠትና ውርደት ለማየት አንዱን የካድሬ አጨብጫቢ ለምሳሌ እንውሰድ::

    ዳንኤል ክብረት ወይንም በትክክለኛው አጠራር በህዝብ እንደተሰየመው: ጋኔን ክስረት!!!!! አለክላኬ ጅራቱን ልክ እንደውሻ እየቆላ ለአብይ እአህመድ የሚያጎበድድ: የሚያሸረግድ: በምንም አይነት የስነምግባርም ሆነ የሞራል መስፈርት ተለክቶ ለሌሎች አርእያ ለመሆን የማይችል : የኢትዮጵያ: የኢትዮጵያ ህዝብ እንዲሁም በተለይ የኢትዮጵያን የኦርቶዶክስ እና እስልምና እምነት ተከታዮች ጠላት: ለትግራይም ሆነ ለአማራው እንዲሁም ለደቡቡ ማህበረሰብ ምንም የማይጠቅም: የአብይ አጨብጫቢ : አነበብኩ አወቅኩ በግድ ላስተምር ልስበክ ብሎ የሚለፈልፍ: የኦሮሙማው ጨቋኝ ጨፍጫፊ አፈ ቀላጤና ተራ የበሰበሰ ካድሬ ስብስብ መገለጫ ምሳሌ ነው!!!!!!!!

    ኢትዮጵያውያን ህዝብ ጀርባ ላይ እንደ መዥገርና ትኹዋን ተጠብቆ ለሃምሳ አመታት ሙሉ አንዴ ደርግ በህዋላ ኢህአድግ አሁን ደግሞ ኦሮሙማ ተብሎ ለከርሱ ፍርፋሪና አንደውሻ ከጌታው አጥንት እሲኪወረወርልት ድረስ የሚያላዝነውን የበሰበሰ የካድሬ ጉግ ማንጉግ እምዬ ኢትዮጵያ እና ኢትዮጵያዊያን ከአሁን ወዲያ ፈፅመው አይቀበሉትም: አይቀበሏትም!!!!! ይሄ ውዳቂ: አሳፋሪ: የታሪክ ነቀዝ መንግስት በተለዋወጠ ቁጥር: ለፍትህ: ለነፃነትና ለሰብዐዊ መብትና ዲሞክራሲ የሚታገለውን ሰፊ ህዝብ መሰረታዊ ጥያቄ በማደናቀፍ: ልክ እንደውሻ ጭራውን ለጨቋኞች ለነፍሰ ገዳዮች : ለአምባ ገነኖች እያወዛወዘ ያጎበድዳል: ፍትህን ያጣምማል:: የሚገዛው ለህሊናው ለእውነትና :ለሃቅ ሳይሆን ለከርሱ ለሆዱ ለተራው ጥቅሙብቻ ስለሆነና ይህንንም በንፁህ ላቡ ወዙ ለፍቶ ለማግኘት ታታሪነት ስሌለው ችሎታው እውቀቱ ክህሎቱ: ስለሌለው የህዝብ ጀርባ ላይ ተጣብቆ እንደ መዥገርና ትኹዋን የህዝብ ደም ይሄው አሁንም ይመጣል::

    ይሄ ወራዳ ፓርላማ ውስጥ አንገቱን እንኳን ቀና አድርጎ የሚያስፈርጅበትን ህዝብ እንኳን ለማየት የሚያበቃው የሞራል ቁመና የሌለው የህብረተሰብ ሸክምና የታሪክ ጉድፍ: የታሪክ አተላ ነው:: ትናንትና የትህነግን ሰዎች ” በዚህች ምድር ላይ የመኖር መብት የላቸውም ከምድረ ገፅ መጥፋት አለባቸው ያለው ይሄ አጎብጉዋቢ ለጌታቸው ረዳ የሰላም ሰርተፊኬት ብሎ በአደባባይ ሲሸልም ከማየት የሚበልጥ ምን ቅሌት: ምን ውርደት አለ??? ማንነቱንና ምንነቱንስ ከዚህ በላይ ቁልጭ አድርጎ የሚያሳይ ምን መለኪያ መስፍርት አለ???????

    ለአብይ ወንበርና በንፁሃን ደም ለጨቀየው ላደፈው ለጎደፈው በትዕረ ስልጣኑና የአምባገንን መንበሩ ሲል የተገዛው ግዑዙ ዳንኤል ክብረት ትናንት ጁንታ: ጁንታው ከምደረ ገፅ መጥፋት አለበት ባለበት የገማ አፉ :ወንድማማች እህትማማች የሆኑትን የትግራይና የአማራ ብሄረሰብን ደም ለማቃባት ባደባበት መርዘኛ ምላሱ: አሁን ደግሞ ተመልሶ ጃዊሳ ጃዊሳ እያለ ቢቀዝን ቢንበጣረቅ ማንም የሚሰማው ሞኝ የለም:: እንደለመደው ጅራቱን ልክ እንደውሻ እየቆላ ከጌታው ለሚወረወርለት አጥንትና ፍርፋሪ ሲል ለሃጩን እያዝረከረከ ሊርመሰመስ የከርሱ ግዴታው ነው:: አስተሳሰቡ ከ አንዲት ጣባ ክትፎውና ሁለት ጠርሙስ ቢራው ስለያልፍ: ሰፊው ህዝብ ይሄንን አፍንጫው ላይ ወርውሮለት: ጥፋ ከዚህ: ወግድ ሊለው ግድ ነው!!!!!!!

    እንደ ናዚው አፈ ቀላጤ Joseph Goebbels ( Nazi propagandist) ይሄም የኦሮሙማው አፈቀላጤና የህብረተሰቡ ተውሳክ: የምስኪን ህዝብ ደም መጣጭ መዥገርና የአብይ ጥሩምባ ነፊ ካድሬ ዳንኤል ክብረት ለፍርድ የሚቀርብበት ግዜ : በፍርድ የሚዳኝበት ሰዐት ሩቅ አይደለም!!!!!

    እውነትም ጋኔን ክስረት!!!!!

  7. #DeraMassacre More than 300 ethnic Amharas were killed by Abiy Ahmed Ali Oromo’s army in Dera, Amhara region. The IC’s silence in the face of injustice implies tacit support. #AmharaGenocide

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