Abbaa Faaroo Abbaa Foggii was killed yesterday in Atlanta

August 21, 2012

It has been confirmed that a prominent Oromo activitst, Abbaa Faaroo, was gun down by unknown assailant in Atlanta yesterday morning.  The cause of the killing is still unknown.  We will follow up the development.

Abbaa Faaroo is one of the grand sons of Abba Jifaar II, who was king of the Gibe Kingdom of Jimma (reigned 1878 – 1932).

Rundassa wrote: “Abbaa Faaroo’s personal legacy goes beyond this brief list and my power to describe. But his accomplishments have at least one thing in common. Always they were to create an opportunity for us to win and live with dignity. And always he thought of his Oromo root.

Abbaa Faaroo is in the spirit/Ekeraa world today among the noble Oromians who have done great work for us all. He is surely aware of our sorrow and our sense of loss at our separation from him. He knew at the end of his life the pain in his heart of losing someone he loved. If we told him of our grief, he would listen carefully, and then I think he would say something like this, with sympathy in his voice but with a sound in it that would bring a smile to our lips, “Oh, we will win” (Ni Mona!

For all of us across the world, I express gratitude for our hero abbaa faaroo, our a teacher, a father, and a friend. We are better because of his influence and his example. And the best can be yet to come as we take his courage to our hearts.”

A little bit background of Abbaa Jifaar II (1878 – 1932)

The Kingdom of Jimmar Abba Jifar, established about 1830, was the largest and most powerful of five monarchies formed by the Oromo in the Gibe region of southwestern Ethiopia. Although the Oromo are known for their democratic (“republican”) gada system, Jimma and the other Gibe states arose through a series of processes and historical events in the 19th century that propelled certain men into positions of supreme power.


Towards his later years, Abba Jifar II succumbed to senility. His grandson Abba Jofir attempted to take control and re-assert Jimma’s independence. However, Emperor Haile Selassie responded quickly and sent military forces against Abba Jofir. The soldiers brought Abba Jofir back to Addis Ababa, where he was imprisoned.

In 1930, Haile Selassie removed an enfeebled Abba Jifar II from power and installed his son-in-law, Ras Desta Damtew, in his place. Desta Damtew ruled as Governor (Shum) of Jimma while Abba Jifar II was allowed to remain as King (Negus) in a powerless position as titular head. When Abba Jifar II died in 1932, the Kingdom of Jimma was officially absorbed by the Ethiopian Empire.