Since Ethiopia’s ruling party (EPRDF) came to power in 1991, countless Oromo activists, students, professionals, academics, farmers, and businessmen have disappeared, been imprisoned, tortured, or unjustly executed. While the State’s tight control of information has not allowed for reliable statistics, the number of Oromo political prisoners currently languishing in prisons across Ethiopia is estimated to be more than 20,000.
I have removed myself from Oromo politics for a long time. I have refused to hear or read anything on the topic. This past week, someone emailed me a blog on the so-called Top 14 Ethiopianist Trojan Horses in Oromo National Struggle. I did not look for it but OMG was it ugly! How revolting! It reminded me of the Dergue regime’s Meglecaa.
MINNEAPOLIS - OPride and Hegeree Media teamed up to bring you exclusive interview with legendary Oromo artist, Kadir Said. Said, 52, who was born in Gara Mulata, arrived in Minnesota last week after spending 15 years at a refugee camp in the Horn Africa. In this first and rare interview, Said talks to OPride editor about his life, more than 30 years of musical career, and the state of Oromo art.
OLF program change: Much ado about nothing?
2012 opened with a sense of foreboding. On January 1, 2012, a faction of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) headed by Kamal Galchu, a former Ethiopian army general, announced amending the organization’s political program. It claimed OLF had, once and for all, dropped its demand for secession.
Chaltu Magarsa is only eight years old but she boasts the face of an adult. Having suffered from chest pain all her life, Chaltu's childhood swung between total despair and unfounded hope. Last year, when Chaltu met Obse Lubo, a volunteer nurse from Central California, she thought, God had sent “an angel” to heal her “excruciating pain."
ADDIS ABABA — Ethiopia's Federal Court sentenced two Oromo prisoners of conscience languishing at the notorious Kaliti prison, Bekele Garba and Olbana Lelisa to eight and thirteen years, respectively, under charges of "inciting a secessionist rebellion."
On November 1, 2012, Ethiopia’s kangaroo court convicted nine Oromo nationals, including opposition leader Bekele Gerba, who was nabbed on Aug. 27, 2011 after meeting an Amnesty International delegation, under that country’s sweeping anti-terrorism law. Their sentencing is scheduled to take place in a few weeks.
We are excited to announce the launch of our new feature, "View Points" — a roundup of opinions from experts, officials, journalists, professors, and students on current issues in Ethiopia. This inauguration feature focuses on the role Oromo should play in Ethiopia's politics.
The collapse of peace talks between the Ethiopian regime and the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) last month begs the question; can Ethiopia's mounting political problems be resolved, peacefully, through negotiation?