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From the Editor’s Notebook: Tedla Asfaw and Shimeles Kemal Expose Ethiopia’s Hidden Policy of Ethnocide Against the Oromo

Posted: Waxabajjii/June 28, 2013 · Finfinne Tribune | Gadaa.com | Comments (12)

In 2012 a VOA journalist wrote about the forgotten case of more than 100 #Oromo political activists, including Obbo Bekele Gerba and Obbo Olbana Lelisa, (read here), and then the Ethiopian government’s spokesperson, Shimeles Kemal, slammed the VOA journalist for calling Bekele Gerba, Olbana Lelisa, et. al. “OROMOS.” Per the government of #Ethiopia, Bekele Gerba and Olbana Lelisa are NOT to be called OROMOS.

Shimeles Kemal outrightly rejected Bekele Gerba’s and Olbana Lelisa’s OROMONESS and scolded the VOA journalist who called these political prisoners “Oromos.”

Today, we see similar persecutions when an Oromo person identifies themselves as OROMO. This policy is a crime called ‘ethnocide,’ i.e. genocide against an ethnic group’s social fabric (its identity, its culture, its language, its peoplehood and its nationhood).

A certain Tedla Asfaw’s bashing of an Oromo for identifying themselves as Oromo is ethnocidal, and it’s the same policy as Shimeles Kemal’s rejection of Bekele Gerba’s and Olbana Lelisa’s Oromoness.

The ultimate goal of such intimidation, bashing, harassment and persecution of Oromos whenever they identify themselves as Oromo is to cleanse Oromoness from Oromo (to eradicate Oromummaa from Oromo) by making ‘identifying as an Oromo’ equivalent to committing a crime — and, this has been the ethnocidal policy of the successive Ethiopian/Abyssinian/(Habesha) governments against the Oromo people for the last century ever since the Oromo people were conquered by Abyssinia/Ethiopia.

Shimeles Kemal’s (TPLF’s) & Tedla Asfaw’s (Diaspora Opposition’s) rejection of the Oromo identity (Oromummaa) are not isolated incidents, but a shared policy of ethnocide against the Oromo.

This is why the Oromo struggle is being waged for – it’s a struggle to survive the Oromo as a people, as an identity, as a culture and as a nation against the ethnocidal policies of Ethiopia.

Tedla Asfaw’s and Shimeles Kemal’s bashing and persecutions of Oromoness is not limited to Obbo Jawar Mohammed, Obbo Bekele Gerba or Obbo Olbana Lelisa as individuals, but applies to all persons who identify themselves as Oromos as it’s a crime of ethnocide that must not be taken lightly.

The Editor’s Notebook


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  1. Obsa Injifata

    Jun 28, 13 at 7:52 am

    The more they try to hide the existence of oromumma, the more we are determined to struggle for our freedom.

  2. kemel

    Jun 28, 13 at 1:46 pm

    am oromo but am see my self as ethipian first you stupid gadaa fools dont represent me….so shut up

  3. Obsa Injifata

    Jun 28, 13 at 2:02 pm

    Yaada habashoota keessaa kan baay’ee na jibbisiisu “Ani Oromoo dha ofiin hin jedhiinaa; ani lammii Toophiyaa ti ofiin jedhaa” jechuudhaan nutti lallabuu isaanii ti. Nuti eenyu akka taane ofiin eenyu akka jennu isaantu nuuf murteessaa? Mee akkaataa isaan Oromoota bebbeekamoo Habashoomsan akka fakkeenyaatti ilaalaa. Qananiisaaf gursummaa habashaa tokko itti heerumsiisuun ijoolleen isaa diqaalaa Habashaa akka ta’an godhan. Daraartuu Tulluu fuudhuudhaan erga maallaqa ishii irraa guurratanii diqaalaa irraa dhalchanii booda gadilakkisani. Oromonni bebbeekamoon kiyyoo habashootaan salphaatti qabamu. Kun har’a illee duulli sanyii balleessuu Oromummaa doomsuu sirriitti adeemaa jiraachuu isaa mul’isa. Dammaqa Oromoo; hin fajajiinaa; ijoollee keessan gorsaa, akeekkachiisaa akka hindiqaalomne.

  4. tolcha

    Jun 28, 13 at 5:15 pm

    Yeah! I read the comment that Neftegna ,Tedla Asfaw, posted on Ethiopian Review. I was also touched by his comment on why Juwar Mohammed identifies himself first as an Oromo. Anyway, we expect more negatives from our enemy as we push forward our struggle to show the world who we are. Neftegna is always arrogant and low IQ people that don’t go with time. There is no single nation or tribe in that country that supports the Oromo struggle unless we oromos make it true and succeessful.

  5. the great

    Jun 28, 13 at 6:04 pm

    yeah my boss ,the point u tried to show us is clear for all Oromo who want to know about themselves or the way they have been seen on the sight of Habesha/successors of Absynian leaders

  6. Tulluu Dhanquu Oromia

    Jun 28, 13 at 7:15 pm

    all dabtaras are barking not acting. habesha is habesha Oromo is oromo. they don’ t have anything similarity.

  7. Duulaa

    Jun 28, 13 at 7:33 pm

    This is nothing new, and not surprising at all knowing the track record of the Abyssinians. We have never expected anything good/constructive or positive attitude from this brutal gang/mafia groups of Abyssinians, and we never will. They know what they stand for which is suppress, humiliate, merginalize, and brutalize the oromo nation at any cost. But, what they forgot to realize is that this is 21st century which will only make it difficulty to continue status quo.

    The oromo of 2013 is not the oromo of 1991 by any measure, and I think the Abyssinians have failed to realize this fact. You cannot continue to colonize a nation of 40 million for ever. At some point the table will be turned whether they like it or not, and it seems like that is what they are afraid of. If you are brave enough to kill someone, please be advised there will be a chance that someone might kill you also. If you are brave enough to slap a person there is also a chance that you will be slapped at some point. If you occupy a nation kill at will, loot at will arrest at will without any accountability, their might be a chance where you end up paying for that crime with your life.

  8. Balaambal

    Jun 28, 13 at 7:43 pm

    You are bustard! Go to hell! We are more than 40% of the population of the Ethiopian empire. Had that number included people like you, we Oromos would have been more than 60% of the population. This figure, therefore, doesn’t include people like you who have identity crises, since, it is evident that you would never ever consider yourself as Oromo and don’t feel proud of yourself!

  9. Balaambal

    Jun 28, 13 at 7:48 pm

    Good Job, Gadaa.com!

    Keep up the wonderful job! We are on the right track now; On the attacking side! I think we have recognized & identified our pitfalls and drawbacks that is bringing momentum to our liberation struggle. OROMUMMAA should be our song throughout the world like the early 1990s!!!

  10. Guutuu

    Jun 28, 13 at 9:32 pm

    kemel the harree( a zombie who does know how to write his name)

    For sure Gadaa does not claim to represent a subhuman creature with rotten brain and idea like you! kemel is suitably represented by his 4 legged peers from around sululta.

    • kemel

      Jun 28, 13 at 10:10 pm

      am rotten yu piece of *** ……. talking **** on a computer dont make yu brave ill slit ur throat,,,u stupid backword fool…..long live ethiopia…..it will in piece or with the fight for ethiopia by people like me yu stupid computer fool….go to ur master egypt they pay to be backward dont they keep yu dumb and foolish

      • Guutuu

        Jul 3, 13 at 12:28 am

        Wow, you have labored 4 solid days to produce this masterpiece of response!The fate of your Ethiopia will be like the fate of former Yugoslavia: she will disappear like a morning dew very soon.