Sunday, May 19, 2024
HomeOpinionAmhara Struggling Against Oppression and Hate Speech under the Abiy Regime

Amhara Struggling Against Oppression and Hate Speech under the Abiy Regime

Abiy Ahmed _ hate speech _ Nekemte
courtesy of the author

Isael Ze Etiel

The Amhara people in Ethiopia have long been fighting for their survival, facing challenges from various regimes that have oppressed and marginalized them. Currently, they are struggling against the Abiy regime, which has been accused of committing genocide and spreading hate speech against Amhara people.

Concerns over the possible genocide of the Amhara community in Ethiopia by a number of global organizations and human rights monitors, such as the United Nations, the European Center for Law and Justice, and the Lemkin Institute for Genocide Prevention, have been put forward. Evidence points to the Lemkin Institute that there is convincing evidence to hold that the Amhara people have been victims of the genocide orchestrated by elements within the Ethiopian National Defense Forces and armed Oromo factions, with actions in the Amhara and Oromia regions and Addis Ababa. There is evidence that the Abiy government is responsible for spreading hate speech and providing cover for the genocide of the Amhara people.

Amhara _ Nekemte _ Abiy Ahmed
Ethiopian News Agency

In a recent speech in Nekemte, Abiy Ahmed, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, made inflammatory remarks that have sparked concerns among the Amhara people. His comments have caused a loss of hope and escalated tensions, leading to fears that the Amhara people may face slaughter in Welega, similar to previous massacres.

Abiy Ahmed’s rhetoric, as quoted by Al-Ain, portrays the Oromo people as victims who have been denied their identity and treated as second-class citizens for over a century. He claims that the Oromo people have now been “liberated” through sacrifice and implies that they are entitled to assert their dominance. This hate speech is alarming, especially coming from a leader who is supposed to be promoting reconciliation and transitional justice.

The behaviour of the Abiy Ahmed government in Ethiopia has raised serious concerns about its willingness to bring about true transitional justice and reconciliation in the country. Despite claims of promoting peace and stability, the actions of the ruling party suggest otherwise.

For the past six years, the government has consistently demonstrated a pattern of creating, managing, and benefiting from crises. Instead of engaging in public discussions and negotiations with opposition parties, they have resorted to using force and violence to suppress dissent.

This approach not only undermines the prospects for genuine reconciliation but also perpetuates a cycle of violence and instability. By avoiding meaningful dialogue and resorting to heavy-handed tactics, the government is failing to address the root causes of conflict and division within Ethiopian society.

It is evident that Abiy Ahmed’s motives may not be genuine, as he appears to be more concerned with securing loans from international organisations like the World Bank and IMF and impressing international donors. His administration’s approach to governance does not bode well for bringing about positive change and peace in the country; instead, it may lead to further escalation of conflicts and potentially spark more violence.

The Amhara people are in a precarious position, facing threats from a government that seems more interested in power and external validation than in addressing the needs and concerns of its citizens. As tensions continue to rise, it is crucial for the international community to pay attention to the plight of the Amhara people and advocate for a peaceful resolution to the ongoing crisis in Ethiopia.

The Prime Minister’s hate speeches should be condemned, and the international community should put pressure on Abiy to resign from his position for the betterment of his people. It is essential for leaders to promote unity and reconciliation rather than incite division and violence. The Amhara people deserve a government that respects their rights and works towards addressing their concerns, not one that fuels tensions and undermines their safety. The international community must stand in solidarity with the Amhara people and advocate for a peaceful and inclusive solution to the crisis in Ethiopia.

Editor’s note : Views in the article do not necessarily reflect the views of


To Publish an Article On borkena , please send submission to for consideration.

Join our Telegram Channel :

Like borkena on Facebook

Add your business to Borkena Business Listing/Business Directory  Jobs 

Join the conversation. Follow us on X (formerly Twitter ) @zborkena to get the latest Ethiopian news updates regularly. Ethiopia  To share information or for  submission, send e-mail to  



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here