Prisoners of Conscience

Partial list of Political prisoners from Kaliti, Kilinito, Maikelawi and Zuway Prisons of Ethiopia (2013). On January 5, 2008 in Virginia, USA Mr. Siye Abraha, founder and former politburo member of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and a former Defence Minister of the regime now ruling Ethiopia, while addressing the political situation of Ethiopia said “The prison speaks Oromiffa” (Esir betu Oromogna yinageral). Mr. Siye Abraha asserted that about 99% of Kaliti’s prison is filled with Oromos. He was also released in 2007 after serving six years at the…

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The Oromo People and Oromia – brief

Introduction The main purpose of this summary is to briefly introduce the Oromo people, their land, culture, civilization, history and the like. It is also to illustrate the experiences of the Oromo nation under Abyssinian colonial rule as well as the struggle they went through for liberation, democracy, economic and social justice. 1. Land The country of the Oromo is called Biyya-Oromo/Orom-biyyaa (Oromo country) or Oromia (also phonetically spelled as Oromiyaa). Biyyo in Oromo literally means soil. Consequently biyya Oromo means Oromo soil. Oromia is a name adopted by the Oromo Liberation Front to the…

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GADAA – Socio-Political & Economic Structure of Oromo People

All activities and life of each and every member of the Oromo was guided by an egalitarian socio- economic and political structure of the society called the Gada system. The Gada system is a class system that succeeds each other every eight years in assuming politico- military administration, economic management and other social activities. It was the central institution of the Oromo people that contains complex and extra-ordinary features. It was purely invented by the Oromo and it is one of the most remarkable political systems which was highly democratic…

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What is Oromumma?

Details Coming Soon: Oromummaa is one of the essential pieces that forms a common bond between the Oromo people besides their common history, culture and language. Thus one may ask what is Oromumma by itself means.  1. Oromumma is based on Gadaa Democracy:           2. Oromumma is the manifestation of the Oromo Culture its traditional dresses, its poetry and oral traditions:              

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Oromo Protests – What and Why?

Oromos have been staging protest rallies across the vast Oromia regional state of Ethiopia since April of 2014. The protests are against the systematic marginalization and persecution of the Oromo people by the federal government of Ethiopia. The immediate trigger of the protest was a development plan that sought to expand the territorial limits of Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, into neighboring Oromo villages and towns. Oromos saw the proposed master plan as a land grab, a blueprint for annexation which would further accelerate the eviction of Oromo farmers from their…

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