Binta Dirree irraa | Waxabajjii 30, 2012
Afranqalloo madda tokkummaa
Kan jaalalaa fi kan sabboonummaa
Hundee Oromoo kan Bareentumaa
Akeeka galii kan bilisummaa
Walgayii sabaa kan hawaasummaa
Dammaqsaa sabaa diddaa gabrummaa
Jaarmaya maadhee kan Oromummaa
Falmataa haqaa mirga namummaa
Manguddoo Afranqalloo yaa warra haqaa
Yaa sabboonoota warra dammaqaa Read more…
Saturday June 30, 2012
3PM UTAA WAYUU VS OROMO UNITED
5PM ODAA VS RISSA
7PM OROMIA VS OROMIA 11 STARS
Sunday July 1, 2012
3PM OROMIA 11 STARS VS UTAA WAYUU
5PM OROMO UNITED VS OROMIA
7PM TEN THOUSAND LAKES VS DIRE DAWA
Monday July 2, 2012
3PM ODAA VS TEN THOUSAND LAKES
5PM RISSA VS DIRE DAWA
7PM OROMO UNITED VS OROMIA 11 STARS
Tuesday July 3, 2012
3PM DIRE DAWA VS ODAA
5PM RISSA VS TEN THOUSAND LAKES
7PM OROMIA VS UTAA WAYUU
The Oromo and Sidama Peoples’ Historical and Neighbourly Relation Cannot Be Dented by the TPLF Plots
OLF and SLF Joint Statement
June 29, 2012
The Tigrian Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) regime has relentlessly pursued the ‘divide and rule’ policy to prolong its grip on power. The regime has initiated conflict between different nations, nationalities and peoples at different times and places, since it came to power, causing destruction of thousands of lives and millions of dollars worth properties.
This anti peace and brutal regime, pursuant to its standing policy, has been engaged in overtly and covertly instigating conflict between the Oromo and the Sidama peoples. Accordingly it has managed to instigate conflict in the district of Riimaa Dhaadessaa between the Oromo people in Ajje sub‐zone of Arsi Zone and the Sidama people in Hawasa subzone of Sidama Zone. Loss of lives and property has been reported due to this conflict initiated by the agents of the regime on both sides. Read more…
Opride | June 29, 2012
by Mohammed Ademo
On Jun. 30, 2012, the opening night of the annual Oromo convention , slated to run from Jun. 30 to Jul. 7, in Toronto, Canada, the Afran Qallo band will mark its golden jubilee – the 50th year anniversary of the birth of a movement that produced such star talents as Dr. Ali Birra, the undisputed king of Oromo music.
In 1962, when it was still illegal to sing in the Oromo language, one of the most widely spoken languages in all of Africa, a small group of activists risked persecution by forming the first-ever Oromo music band, in Dire Dawa, a bustling city in eastern Oromia, Ethiopia. Read more…
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US Citizens have Joined Survivors to Show their Concern About Foreign Aid to the Tyrant Ethiopian Regime
June 26, 2012
The Honorable Mike Kelly
U.S. House of Representatives
Dear Congressman Kelly,
My name is Sara Dickson. I am a college student interning in Washington this summer and participating in a project to support torture survivors. Students and survivors have joined the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC International) this June — Torture Awareness Month –to share our concerns with our elected representatives.
TASSC was founded in 1998 by Sister Dianna Ortiz, a U.S. nun tortured in Guatemala. It is the only organization in the United States founded by and for torture survivors. Its mission is to both empower survivors, their families and communities and to end the practice of torture worldwide. From the basement of a Franciscan College in Washington, DC, TASSC refers survivors to medical, legal and psychiatric services and assists them with basic needs such as food and clothing during the asylum process. Every June TASSC brings survivors to Washington for a week to heal together and advocate against torture.
We would like to discuss two issues with you today.
First, we are very concerned about torture survivors and other vulnerable individuals incarcerated in immigration detention centers by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a division of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The overwhelming majority of the 400,000 immigrants who are detained have committed no crime, and should not be subjected to cruel, unnecessary practices.
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Akkuma sagantaa keenya ji’a dabree irratti beeksifame walga’iin WWDO idleen Dilbata Adoolessa 1, 2012, waaree booda sa’aa 6:00 irraa jalqabee gaggeeffama. Sirna walga’ii keenya irratti qophiileen bashannansiisoo taa’an kan shamarran keenya addatti qoda fudhatan, sagantaan addaa-addaa fi wal-barsiisuu qophaa’ee jira. Kanaaf, dargaggoonni Oromoo Washington DC fi naannooshee jiraattan walga’ii keenya irratti argamuun afuura fi hamlee Oromummaa nugidduu jiru akkasumas inaaffaa guddina uummata keenyaaf qabnu nuwajjin akka hirmaattan waamicha keenya isiniif dabarsina. Qophii keenyatti bashannanaa walbira jiraachuu keenya haa muli’fnu!
Bakki: Jaarmiyaa Hawaasa Oromoo,
6212 3rd Street, NW,
Washington, DC 20011
Koree gidduu WWDO (Waldaa Walgargaarsaa Dargaggoota Oromoo) irraa
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June 28, 2012, Dodoma, Tanzania (The Citizen) – The police here have detained 82 people believed to be Ethiopian nationals over illegal entry into the country. Regional Police Commander (RPC) Mr Zelothe Stephen said the suspects were arrested on Tuesday at Chitego Village in Kongwa District.
A statement issued by the regional police boss said the suspected illegal migrants come from Kambata, Hadia and Sirite villages in Ethiopia and entered the country via Kenya.
The RPC issued the statement a day after it was established that 43 suspected illegal immigrants from Ethiopia had died due to lack of air and food in a lorry’s container. They were travelling to southern countries.
The driver, who is still at large, abandoned the lorry, the dead bodies and survivors, who were in a bad condition after establishing that some of them had died. Read more…
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Business, government and development agencies should combat discrimination, which can drive poverty and conflict
By Jan Egeland and Jessica Evans
June 28, 2012 (The Guardian) – “They come every day … four or five cars usually – 20 to 60 soldiers. They say, ‘We need this land for sugar, so you shouldn’t be here’ … We say, ‘We don’t want [sugar]‘, but that is not the right answer. They hit us or they take us to jail.”
These are the words of a Mursi man, an indigenous pastoralist in southern Ethiopia, describing to Human Rights Watch how he and his community have been forced to move from the Lower Omo Valley in southern Ethiopia to make way for sugar plantations.
The rights of these indigenous people to be consulted and give their free, prior and informed consent before relocation were cast aside. Instead, local government and security forces carried out arbitrary arrests and detentions, used physical violence, and seized or destroyed the property of indigenous communities. More forced evictions in the Omo Valley are threatened in the near future. Read more…
Ethiopia Convicts 24 of Terrorism; More than 100 Oromo political activists also being tried on similar charges
June 24, 2012, NAIROBI (VOA News) - An Ethiopian court has convicted 24 people, including a prominent writer and an opposition leader on terrorism-related charges. Rights groups have condemned the verdict as an assault on the opposition.
Journalist Eskinder Nega and an opposition member Andualem Arage were among the eight defendants found guilty Wednesday by Ethiopia’s High Court in Addis Ababa. Another 16 people were convicted in absentia.
The men could face the death penalty for the charges including the encouragement of terrorism and high treason. Sentencing is expected next month.
The case against Eskinder included an argument that he had advocated for violence by writing about whether Ethiopia would ever experience the kind of Arab Spring uprising that swept North Africa. Read more…
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June 27, 2012, Nairobi (All Africa) — Double world champion Vivian Cheruiyot has dared Ethiopian record holder, Tirunesh Dibaba, for a showdown in London having effortlessly booked her place in the Kenyan Olympics team for 5000m and 10000m.
Tirunesh, the double winner at the Olympics four years ago represents the biggest hurdle for the Kenyan distance running princess aspirations to emulate her Beijing achievement having successfully bagged both gold medals in Daegu last year.
“At the long run, we are going to compete together. It does not worry me at all, I’m strong myself. It will reach that time, I’m so happy because this time, we are going to race with Dibaba. Read more…
By Aaron Maasho
June 27, 2012, ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Twenty-four Ethiopians, including a prominent journalist and blogger, were convicted on Wednesday of conspiring with rebels to overthrow the government, the third case in six months involving a member of the media.
Prosecutors said they would not demand the death penalty and called for jail sentences from five years to life for the group.
Media rights groups have accused Addis Ababa of using national security concerns as an excuse to clamp down on opposition figures and journalists, a charge dismissed by the government.
Writer Eskinder Nega was arrested last year and accused of trying to incite violence with a series of online articles, alongside other charges. Read more…
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By Kristi Rendahl
Kristi Rendahl is the organizational development adviser for a project of The Center for Victims of Torture in St. Paul.
June 27, 2012 (MPR News) – When I tell people I work at the Center for Victims of Torture, they sometimes look alarmed. It isn’t an answer that fits within their normal patterns of conversation. Their eyes ask, “You mean, like, torture-torture?”
So I say something like this: Yes, torture-torture. The kind of torture that happens systematically, routinely, in conflicts and police stations around the world. That kind of torture. It’s just as horrible as it sounds. Read more…