Editor’s Note: This “journalist” (but a political operative like the rest of them), with one side of his mouth, said he was an “Oromo,” and then, with the other side, questioned what the achievement of the Oromo national liberation movement was … had he known his own history, he’d have also known why he was able to proudly call himself an “Oromo” today. Thank you, General Tadesse Birru for exposing the state-sponsored plan to destroy Oromummaa (Oromoness), and General Waaqo Guutu for teaching the nation how to defend itself from those with evil design of forced assimilation, and exploitation.
It only suffices to look at what had happened to the great country of Agew-Midir and the great people of Agew over the last two millennia to understand the evil system of forced assimilation called Abyssinianization, and what had been in store for Oromia and the Oromo people, had it not been for the Oromo liberation movement.
The “journalist” then testified Afan-Oromo was used as a teaching language during the Meserete Timhirt – not knowing even that was an achievement of the Oromo liberation movement. Did he not know it was illegal to write in Afan Oromo during the Monarchy (for those who doubt this – check out this 1958 UNESCO document in which the “cattle people” were prevented learning in their own languages – Afan Oromo and Afan Afar). The 1958 UNESCO document says: it was against the law to write any material or provide any reading material in any other language, but Amharic. It was punishable by law to read or write any material in Afan Oromo.
What’s utterly illegal about the language policy of the Monarchy (Haile-Selassie’s regime) wasn’t only that by the government, but also UNESCO’s decision to abide by the policy of the Monarchy to destroy the languages of the Oromo and the Afar. UNESCO was supposed to have the objective to “save” endangered cultures and languages. However, like Dr. Trueman clearly stated, the respect of human rights, and the preservation of cultures and languages are only pretensions of these big organizations or governments – since they themselves are also culprits in promoting the unjust policies of tyrant regimes. Against all odds, the Oromo nation has survived; and against all odds, it’ll also be free.
It’s interesting to see if the dear “journalist” has questioned why the language policy of his TV network (ESHAT) resembles that of the Monarchy – not even at Derg’s Meserete Timihirt appeasement level, let alone at Woyane’s appeasement level with fake language-federalism.
Dr. Trevor Trueman of the Oromia Support Group Discusses Human Rights Conditions in Zenawi’s Ethiopia. The Oromia Support Group (OSG) is a non-political organisation which attempts to raise awareness of human rights abuses in Ethiopia. OSG lobbies governments to withdraw support from the Ethiopian government until it abides by its constitution which guarantees human rights and self-determination for all peoples of Ethiopia.
OSG has, as of August 2008, reported 4,185 extra-judicial killings and 944 disappearances of civilians suspected of supporting groups opposing the government. Most of these have been Oromo people. Scores of thousands of civilians have been imprisoned. Torture and rape of prisoners is commonplace, especially in secret detention centres, whose existence is denied by the government.
To learn more, please visit Oromo.org