Ethiopia arrested prominent opposition leader

Addis?Ababa?? Ethiopian authorities arrested Dr. Merera Gudina, a prominent scholar and chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC). Dr Merera, who is seen in the picture flanked by Dr. Berhanu Nega and Olympic Silver Medalist Athlet Feyissa Lelissa,?was arrested?upon his return from Belgium, where he testified before the European Parliament about human rights abuses in Ethiopia. At the November 9, 2016 hearing, Dr. Merera testified alongside Dr. Berhanu Nega, an exiled opposition party leader, and athlete Feyisa Lilesa, whose solidarity gesture at the 2016 Rio Olympics raised the profile of…

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Oromo Leadership Convention Concluded

Atlanta, GA?– An Oromo Leadership Convention held over the weekend in Atlanta has concluded today. The convention was held at Atlanta Airport Hilton for three days beginning from Friday November 11 2016. Only invited guests were allowed to take part in the discussions held at the Hilton, however the Sunday afternoon session held at Downtown Hyatt was open to the public. More than 600 participants from all walks of life took part in this historic convention.?According to the organizers, Oromos traveled to?Atlanta from far away places such as Finland, Sweden,…

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Dhibe

This poem was posted on Facebook on November 7 2016. The author talks about a chronic societal problem (dhibee) and suggests a cure for this problem. You may follow the author here. Dhukkuba tokkotu jira biyya keenya keessaBaay’ee itti hammaata ilmaan dargaggeessaaAddaan hin foo’atu daa’imaaf ga’eessaDhibee kana mee maaltu balleessa? Dhibee kana mee maaltu balleessa?– Dhibeen kun humni isaa jabaaAkaakayyuu kaasee ilmaanitti darbaKan haqa jaallatu hundumaa ni qabaDhibee kanaan namni ilmoo isaa dhaba Dhibee kanaan namni ilmoo isaa dhaba – Kan dhibeen kun qabe imimmaan harcaasaKophaa isaa taa’ee ofitti asaasaQalbii isaa fuudhee onnee…

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Ethiopia court sentences three university students to various terms in jail

Addis?Ababa?? The Federal High court 19th criminal bench?sentenced three university students to various jail terms. These students were arrested?during the first wave of Oromo Protests,?between April and May 2014. The protests began in opposition to the now shelved Addis Ababa Integrated Master Plan. Oromo students vigorously opposed the so called ‘master plan’ which targeted to uproot Oromo farmers from their ancestral land. Six students, among hundreds?arrested at the time, were subsequently charged with violating various articles in Ethiopia?s sweeping Anti-Terrorism Proclamation (ATP). Lenjissa Alemayehu, a third-year water engineering student at…

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Yammutti Jabanakooti

By: An Oromo Woman who lived in late 19th century This story was told a generation or so after Menelik’s army invaded Western Oromia,?probably in the late 1890s or early 1900s. The neftegna brought with them a new economic system (gebar) that reduced the Oromo to near slavery. They also brought a new way to braiding hair (shurrubba). Under gebar system Oromos lost their land and cattle, and they were forced to serve neftegna families by working household chores. All told, oromos fell under the yoke of slavery. According to…

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Ethiopia’s prime minister reshuffles cabinet

Two in three ministers have been replaced. Nine ministers are from restive Oromia region. The move is unlikely to appease opposition. ?Addis Ababa, Ethiopia?– Prime minister Hailemariam Dessalegn has reshuffle his cabinet three weeks after imposing a state of emergency. The main goal of the reshuffle is to contain a wave of anti-government protests that have started to destabilize the authoritarian regime. On Tuesday November 1 2016, the prime minister appointed five technocrats and half a dozen people from Oromia, the region where the unrest began a year ago, in…

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