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The Fano led Amhara Resistance is the last bastion for Ethiopia’s future

Amhara Fano Resistance _ Ethiopia

Aba Habtu

The severity of the geopolitical catastrophe that could result from disintegration of this enormous nation of over 125 million people is abundantly clear from the international community’s preoccupation with Ethiopian affairs and its prompt diplomatic initiatives. However, it is unfortunate that a substantial amount of effort is being dedicated to something that is not as critical as it initially appears. This misdirection of efforts is fundamentally the result of an intrinsic lack of comprehension regarding the social structure of Ethiopia, which transcends the claims made by Tigray and Oromo ethnonationalists.

The falsified historical narrative and population estimate of the Oromo people and the inflated military and organizational strength of the TPLF are the two most erroneous assumptions that misdirect the international community’s diplomatic efforts. These incorrect diagnoses have resulted in an excessive amount of attention being directed towards both parties. Thus far, the international community disproportionately focused on containing the TPLF’s inflated ‘military might’ and appeasing the Oromo political establishment’s incessant grievances, the greatest population segment, the Amhara, have been disregarded by the international community despite their irreplaceable vital importance to the country’s future.

Allow me to give an example on how the media and the international community have succumbed to the Oromo academic and political establishment’s dishonest political narratives. While five of the last seven Ethiopian leaders have been Oromo and none have been Amhara, the international media and political elites falsely repeat the falsehood that the current leader of the country, Abiy Ahmed, is the inaugural leader of the Oromo ethnic group. The Oromo political elites even have gone to use a nonexistent and fictitious historical grievance as a justification for the Amhara genocide that is happening in a region which they exclusively govern.

Even though it has always been riding in turbulent waters, Ethiopia has currently been confronted with unparalleled catastrophic human, political and economic tragedies ever since Abiy Ahmed rose to the pinnacle of the country’s political hierarchy. The catastrophes have been instigated by Abiy’s malevolent intention of rewriting the history of Ethiopia and reengineering the political and demographic landscape of the nation in a way that will ensure the totalitarian supremacy of his Oromo ethnic group. In doing so he has caused immeasurable suffering to the Amhara people whom the entire Oromo political enterprise sees as hurdles to their hegemonic quest. 

Therefore, it is as a natural reaction to this fascist and apartheid policies that the Amhara people reactivated the Fano, a cultural organization dedicated to self-defense, to protect themselves from the fascist force that had acquired power in the state and is attempting to eradicate them.

In striking contrast to the TPLF and the Oromo political movement, Fano, does not perceive Ethiopia as a submissive adversary. Conversely, its design is influenced by the substantial contributions the Amhara people rendered towards the founding and preservation of Ethiopia. As a result, it is progressively apparent that the Amhara people, whose political objectives, and rhetoric have consistently supported Ethiopia, are the sole group capable of rescuing the nation from the perilous trajectory into which the Oromo regime is leading it. 

At this juncture, it is feasible to assert with certainty that the Amhara people’s resistance led by Fano against the hegemonic, assimilationist, and repressive Oromo regime signifies the last bastion of a genuinely democratic, federated, and secure nation for the entire Ethiopian population. This is because the dominant political dialogue in Ethiopia, which includes its current constitution, is founded upon the belief that Ethiopia is an expendable entity culpable of being traded for self-determination, a Stalinist concept. However, Amhara discourses do not contain anti-Ethiopian sentiments that label Ethiopia as an impediment to Amhara political or social goals.

The Amhara Fano movement has garnered a reputation as the future of Ethiopia on account of its steadfast dedication to liberty and equality, as well as its enduring nature. The opposition we mount against the totalitarian policies of Abiy Ahmed represents the hopes and aspirations of all those who are oppressed and deprived of their rights and dignity. Unrelated to ethnic distinctions, the appellation Fano has garnered widespread attention and acclaim, transforming into a phenomenon. Acknowledging the significance of inclusivity and unity in attaining success, the Amhara people are committed to serving as a unifying force—bringing together people from various regions and origins—in the pursuit of a future Ethiopia that is democratic, free, and truly federated. 

Despite the dire conditions that have plagued the country ever since Oromo fascist forces ascended to power, the Amhara people’s resolute perseverance and determination remain a source of hope amid impending disaster. During these critical and uncertain circumstances, the Amhara people’s unwavering dedication to justice and freedom serves as an emblem of optimism, notwithstanding the regime’s policies that exacerbate the nation’s instability. 

Therefore, it is imperative that the international community extend its fullest support for the Amhara people’s struggle to depose the regime that has put the country on a dangerous trajectory before things go out of control. They must denounce the heinous crimes perpetrated under the regime of Abiy Ahmed Ali and do their level best to bring those responsible to justice. Giving proper attention to the pleas of the Amhara people would enable them to engage proactively in the advancement towards a more prosperous and inclusive Ethiopia, which would be advantageous for the development of democracy and the maintenance of Ethiopia’s political stability in the volatile Horn of Africa. 

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