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IN PICTURES: The Unveiling of the Aannolee Oromo Martyrs’ Memorial Monument in Hetosa, Oromiyaa

Posted: Ebla/April 6, 2014 · Finfinne Tribune | Gadaa.com | Comments (5)

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The Aannolee Oromo Martyrs’ Memorial Monument was unveiled in Hetosa, Arsi, Oromiyaa, on April 6, 2014 – also inaugurated was the Aannolee Cultural/Historical Museum. The Monument commemorates the Oromo martyrs whose limbs and breasts were cut off atrociously by the invading Abyssinian/Shoan Amhara army of Menelik II in 1886. Known as the harmaf harka muraa Aannolee, the Menelik’s Abyssinian/Shoan Amhara army mutilated an unknown number of Oromo men’s right hands and Oromo women’s breasts for resisting Abyssinia’s conquest of the Oromo land.

According to the recently published book by Prof. Abbas H. Gnamo, “Conquest and Resistance in the Ethiopian Empire, 1880-1974 – The Case of the Arsi Oromo,” the Aannolee Oromo Martyrdom has “become the symbol of Oromo resistance.”

Prof. Gnamo continues:

“Of all the brutalities committed by the Shoan army and its leaders against the Oromo, the worst was the Anole mutilation known as harmaf harka muraa Anole (the mutilation of hands and breasts at Anole) – a tragedy on which Ethiopian sources are silent …

… Anole is located about 25km north of Asella, an area where most battles took place and where the Arsi inflicted heavy losses on the Shoan army. Anole seemed to have been chosen to avenge Shoan losses and to teach a lesson to the Arsi who still resisted after their shattering defeat at Azule on September 6, 1886. Arsi strong men and women were assembled under the pretext of concluding peace. All the men and women present, whose exact number was unknown perhaps more than thousand people, were mutilated; their right hands and right breasts were cut off. As a further form of humiliation, fear and terror, the mutilated breasts and hands were tied around the necks of the victims who were then sent back home.”

– Source: Conquest and Resistance in the Ethiopian Empire, 1880-1974 – The Case of the Arsi Oromo

The following are some pictures from the Unveiling of the Aannolee Oromo Martyrs’ Memorial Monument and Cultural/Historical Museum.

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5 Responses in THE COMMENT SECTION

  1. Aagaa

    Apr 6, 14 at 7:43 pm

    Obbo Mohammod Jiloo, the Minister of Culture and Tourism of the State of Oromia, said in a VOA interview that the noise and the futile effort made by the neftanya remnants to stop the Oromo people from realizing their God/Allah given rights would never materialize. The remnants of melinik can shrill at the top of their voice all day long but they can never reverse the hard won gains of the Oromo people. We the Oromo people applaud all the efforts our compatriots are making to revive and develop the Oromo culture and their hidden history. Thank you so much to everyone involved. We the Oromo people are pleased to see the erection of the Aanoolee Martyr’s memorial monument for the victims of terrorist melinik who massacred the Oromo and others in the south in their millions, cut off the breasts of tens of thousands of innocent feeding mothers and young women. Barbaric melinik slashed the genital organs and limbs of innocent Oromo men. It is no surprise that the descendants of the barbaric melinik are barking alarmed by the revival of the culture and history of the Oromo people. They thought they had buried them for once and all. They thought no one would remember the victims of the excessive brutality of barbaric melinik. The cultural revival of the Oromo people has brought out the worst fear of the remnants and descendants of the barbaric melinik. Now their fear has come true and they are living in a nightmare. They leave no stone unturned to stop the progress of the Oromo people. Their insanity does not know boundaries. They even think that they can stop the Oromo people by calling names. This is nothing but the peak of insanity. These extremist haters from Amhara ethnic group can call names all they want all day long but they can never stop the Oromo people from marching forward. It is like the dogs barking while the caravan is marching forward. We all know that the extremist hatemongers from Amhara ethnic had not been able to stop the Oromo people back then when they had power and guns in their hands. How can they think they can do it now from their hideouts in the European and American cities? Go OROMIA AND THANK YOU THE BRAVE SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF OROMIA. WE ARE VERY PROUD OF YOU.

  2. Yaadataa

    Apr 7, 14 at 6:28 am

    We are not yet at the right time of building monument for our heroes and heroines.

    Amma yeroo itti jagnoota/gotoota kenyaaf siidaa ijaarun mittii.Kun Wayyaneefi sarooti ishee,OPDOn ittin Oromoofi Amara jidduuti lolaa kaaftee filanoo as deemuf off qopeesuuf karoorafe hujii irra olcha jirtuudhaa.Yeeroo amma kanati Negellee Boranaati, Shaakisoo fi Kibramengistiti,Harar Bahaa keesati maaltuu ta’aa jira? dhunmaati ammas hin jedhamne, kan Annolee caaluu malee gadii hin taanetu ta’aa jira. Barooti darbaan keesaa naanoo Boran-Gujii-Garii- Gabraa, Wallaga keesati Oromoo fi Shanaashaa/Gumz waliti naquun namoota kumaataman lakkawaman walficisisaniru, qeesani irra buqqisisanirun. Kanaafu yeroon yeeroo qabsoo bilisummaa itti finisisani malee yeeroo Siidaa diinii toftaa mataa isheef jeetee ijaarteen dagachuu hin qabnu.

  3. Leelisa

    Apr 7, 14 at 12:06 pm

    Well done guys and keep going

  4. malbaduun

    Apr 7, 14 at 10:34 pm

    We all as an Oromo, we need to have our voice heard everywhere. We can’t just keep silent and let those Abyssinian walk all over us. These people will not hesitate for a second to repeat this horrific history one more time. Abyssinian’s ruthless people and we have seen it time again and again. Keep up a good fight everyone. Everyone just do your part, don’t just wait for some sort of organized force. Just look at just one azimari how much influence he had…

  5. abba

    Apr 11, 14 at 6:47 am

    We need to aknowledge and give credit where credit is due. OPDOs done a marveles job here. all oromos have right to critize and disagree, however when it comes to neftengas we all must stand together to defeat them. what i want say is, do not give our enemey a room to divide us.
    oromo shall look back but forward from now on.