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Part III- Amhara Struggle for equality- statistical lie transpiring into budget allocation

Amhara _ Ethiopia
Tens of thousands of ethnic Amhara have been massacred in Oromia and other parts of Ethiopia over the past six years. Since the Abiy Administration launched military campaign in August 2023, human rights organizations reported massacre of Amhara’s in the Amhara region too as government forces resort to extrajudicial killings and drone attacks. Photo : From the web (file)

Tulu Baye

One of the insidious tactics employed by the ethnonationalist-driven government of Ethiopia to marginalize the Amhara population is through the deliberate manipulation of budget allocations. This nefarious strategy aims to diminish the perceived importance of the Amhara community by underrepresenting their true numbers. The impact of this manipulation becomes starkly apparent when we consider the significant population of Amharas in Oromia region alone, where an estimated 15 million individuals identify as Amhara or to lesser extent mix. Furthermore, when we take into account the presence of over 5 million Amharas in various other regions, the true scale of the Amhara population emerges.

By aggregating these figures, the Amhara population as a whole surpasses 50 million people, a substantial number that holds great significance when compared to the general population of the Amhara region, totaling over 32 million residents. Besides, Amharic speaking Ethiopian are increasingly identifying themselves as Amhara because of the persistent dissemination, e.g. city dwellers. Again, this comparison becomes even more striking when juxtaposed with Oromia, with a population of nearly 40 million. The undeniable truth that emerges from these statistics is that the Amhara population not only exceeds expectations but also establishes a clear majority in certain regions and overall Ethiopia, challenging the false narratives perpetuated by the ethnonationalist regime. See below the current budget assignment (for 2017 EC) against the population.

However, one could argue that budget allocation is often discriminatory based on ethnicity. While all residents in Oromia are categorized as Oromo for budgetary purposes, the reality is that the actual benefits predominantly favor the Oromo elites and community. This bias is perpetuated by a system where only Oromo elites reap the rewards of opportunities and resources generated through national budget allocations. The ongoing struggle of the Amhara people for equality and justice underlines the urgent need to address systemic discrimination rooted in ethnicity with concrete evidence and unwavering advocacy.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Stop the genocide against the Amhara people. Stop ethnic-based violence and mass arrests motivated by the narcotic desire to expand territory, fear of losing power, and self-serving behavior.

  2. The country is divided into ethnolinguistic federal regions and the number of inhabitants in every federal region is variable. Thus the money is allocated based on the number of inhabitants in that each region and i failed to understand where the disclination on the Amhara region. The Amhara living in other federal regions are not going to be counted as inhabitants of the Amhara federal region but the region in which they live. If one follows this writer’s logic. then the Oromos in Amhara region should be counted as part of Oromos in Oromia and this would be ridiculous. Thus I support the rights of the Amhara to govern themselves by their elected officials in democratic, transparent and free election, which is the aspiration of all Ethiopians.

  3. The country is divided into ethnolinguistic federal regions and the number of inhabitants in every federal region is variable. Thus the money is allocated based on the number of inhabitants in each region and I failed to understand where the discrimination on the Amhara region. The Amhara living in other federal regions are not going to be counted as inhabitants of the Amhara federal region but the region in which they live. If one follows this writer’s logic. then the Oromos in Amhara region should be counted as part of Oromos in Oromia and this would be ridiculous. Thus I support the rights of the Amhara to govern themselves by their elected officials in democratic, transparent and free election, which is the aspiration of all Ethiopians

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