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May 9, 2008

if Oromo people is united there is no force that can stand against it

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“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those Oromo’s who falsely believe they are free.” “To the point that even when confronted with facts, the lies are believed rather than the facts”

A Symbol of Oromo Identity: Oromo music has played a significant role in frustrating the colonizer’s wish to destroy Oromo identity by destroying Oromo culture. The colonial Abyssinian government stripped the Oromo people of their land, political institutions, human rights, and reduced them to share croppers and serfs. But the colonial government could not stop the Oromo people from using their language. One of the ways the Oromos used their language to express themselves was through Oromo songs and music.My thanks goes to some brave oromo music producer such as Umer Suleeyman. Everything can be taken from a man but … the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.

              Oromo People Flage.


Who was it who said, “history is not dead, it’s not even past”? How true it is. Today, some Ethiopians from certain sectors try to counsel us that, we, the Oromos, should forget about the past. They proclaim to us that the past is dead, it is marginal. They tell us to just ignore what happened to us as a nation some hundred and plus years ago. They implore us to disremember about our subjugation and our fight for freedom to end it. They urge us not to honor our heroes who fought and died struggling against the Ethiopian imperial expansion. In the same vein they tell us this, they also say that we should celebrate their heroes, Menilik, Yohanes, Tewodros, etc, who massacred our people in millions. What an affront to our national sensibility and pride? They are adding insult to the injury that they have already caused. Mind-bogglingly they say this, in the same chapter they invite us to a dialogue. Those who do not learn from history are apt to repeat it. Those who tell us to forget about the past do not want us to learn from the past. They want us to have a blank memory about the past because that will make it easier for them to take us back to status quo ante 1991. Thanks to the gallant Oromo sons and daughters our struggle has come a very long way. However piecemeal it had been, the Oromo people as a nation have reclaimed a lot of what had been taken away from us in the last hundred plus years. And there is no ways that we will relinquish at will these rights we grabbed back from them through our blood and toil. We do not want history to repeat again. And we do not want the past and current ugly history of domination and subjugation to be deleted from our memory. It is only by reminding ourselves about them that we can stand guard against the reemergence of such rule, and can proudly say, “never again” once we have done away with them.

As Oromos we do not want to be obsessed with the past to the extent of becoming oblivious of the present, and we do not want the past to be obstacle from finding solutions to chart our future. And we also understand that our common past history with Ethiopia cannot be an inspiration for future unity. But this does not mean we should forget the past. This is impossible and undesirable for the reason stated above. What we can do is only forgive, but forget, we cannot, and forgive we should. It should be understood that in any history and in history of nations more so, the present is intimately linked to the past. Today has no meaning if not based on yesterday or if not seen in connection with the past. There is no clean slate in history, and today is not cleanly cut and separated from yesteryears. Both are interwoven together. Thus, any political solution that would not take into account the way that this empire was formed and devise solutions accordingly is doomed to fail. For this purpose also the past becomes important and relevant to the present.


 

The Oromo people are crying out for their freedom but the west continues to ignore these cries. Thousands are killed and many more forced to leave their country. Today there are more than 250,000 Oromo refugees throughout Africa. Some sources suggest that up to 30,000 Oromo people are still political prisoners.

 

The oppression of the Oromo people has been a linchpin of neo-colonial policy since last century. As Oromos number in the millions and have traditionally lived in much of the north-east of Africa, their subjugation was critical for neo-colonial “stability” in Ethiopia, Sudan and Somalia. Until 1934, southern Oromia maintained its independence, and between 1928 and 1936 the Oromo Independence Movement rose up in northern Oromia.
After an internal power struggle among the Abyssinian ruling clique, in 1930 Haile Selassie came to power. Selassie’s strategy relied on dividing the Oromo people – establishing regional administrations and coopting a section of the educated Oromo population. Under this regime the Oromo people faced probably their worse oppression.
In 1974 the super-exploited Oromo peasantry revolted by refusing to pay the 75% of their produce in tax required by the Selassie regime. The revolt started in the north, spread throughout Ethiopia and played an important role in the collapse of the regime. While the Oromo gained same temporary respite, the new Mengistu regime proved to be another dictatorial yoke.

Mengistu used the Oromo people to wage his war against the Eritrean independence struggle. Some 80% of army used against the Eritreans was composed of Oromo. Knowing that they could not win without Oromo support, the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front and the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front established the Oromo People’s Democratic Organisation (OPDO).

The development of some links with the Oromo national movement and formation of the Ethiopian People’s Democratic Revolutionary Front (EPDRF) helped bring about the end of the Mengistu regime and the establishment of a new republic, inaugurated August 21, 1995.

While the new regime has allowed for some Oromo autonomy, including the restoration of the Oromo language, the Oromo people remain without the statehood that they demand. The current regime has minimal Oromo support,

The Council of Leaders of United Liberation Forces of Oromia (ULFO) held a meeting from Oct. 10 – 14, 2003 and deliberated in depth on the situation of the Oromo people’s liberation struggle, on the political developments in the empire state of Ethiopia, the Horn and around the globe, and issued the following resolution.

1. The basic principle on which the United Liberation Forces of Oromia (Ethiopia) was created in 2000, the Memorandum of Understanding signed by founding member organizations on July 25, 2000 and the Consensus 2000 of September 20, 2000 are still holding and remain binding. Liberation of Oromia was the corner stone on which ULFO was established. When the Meeting reviewed the past three years performances of ULFO, though some progress was made, when looked at its totality, it was concluded as unsatisfactory. Hence the Meeting concluded that ULFO has to be revitalized and invigorated to fulfill its expectations and historical duties.

From the time they managed to subjugate the Oromo people different Ethiopian regimes that came and went all worked relentlessly to divide and weaken Oromo people. there enemies know the strength and weakness they have as a people. They clearly know that with its population size and the tremendous resources it has, if Oromo people is united there is no force that can stand against it. They are always afraid of Oromo nationalism and unity. Hence, they have .

 

 

 

 

 

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