On December 1, 2013, the Oromo Studies Association has posted on its Facebook page about unfortunate experience of a certain Oromo scholar at the British Council, in Ethiopia, regarding the selection of the code of his mother tongue from a list of the African languages. The purpose of this compatriot was to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Filling a registration form before taking the TOEFL was a normal procedure. Much to his dismay, Afaan Oromo, was missing from a list of some eighty African languages (among which Amharic and Tigrinya were mentioned) on the form. In fact, when we put in the relative terms mentioning Amharic and Tigrinya and disregarding Afaan Oromo is tantamount with mentioning Scotish and Welsh and ignoring English from a list of languages in Great Britain. Read more…
Taammanaa Bitimaa irraa | Mudde 03, 2013
Dubbiftoota barreeffata kanaa jaalatamoo fi kabajamoo, kanaan dura dhaamsa kanatti aanee jiru isiniif dabarseen ture: “kunoo harra irraa jalqabeen mataduree ”KORBOO SHEEKKOTAA”, jedhamu kana jalatti sheekkota gaggabaaboo (“short stories”) tan addaddaa isinii dhiyeessuuf yaala. Egaa kunis akkuma yeroon naaf hayyametti. Isin warri kana duukaa-buutanii dubbiftan akka itti gammaddan abdiin qaba.” Dabaleesoo, yeroo dabre sheekkoon: “
1) HARKA TOLAA BALLEESSUU DIDE“, jedhamu akka mandheedhuma tana irratti baye kabajaanan isin yaadachiisa.
2) WALLAALUMMAAN BOONAA
Amma qilleensi Shaggar gammachiisaa miti. Kunoo, gara iyya-indaanqoo irraa kaasee hamma ammaattuu roobaa jira. Roobni kun kan harfixoon walsimate waan tayeef, oggaa keessa deeman nama waxala. Dabalee Uumaa waan beellama qabuuf, otuma bokkaan gadi-galaanuu manaa baye. Daatuun harkatti qabatee baye sunillee bokkeenya sirriitti irraa dhoowwuu hin dandeenyee, uffanni isaa xoolayee jira. Inni naannoo Birbirsaatti (Piyaassaatti) beellama namoota lama wajjin qaba. Tokko ilma eessuma-saatii wajjin yoo tahu, kaan immoo hiriyaa isaa takka tan: durayyaa, jidduyyaa fi oliyyaa-tti waliin baratan wajjini. Inni jara lachanuu bakka tokkoo fi yeroo tokkotti beellame. Read more…
Simbirtu Radio: Oromo Journalist Usman Bayu Flees Oromia due to threats of persecution and imprisonment in Ethiopia.
Muddee/December 03, 2013 | Ayyaantuu.com
Usman Bayu Tatago used to work for the Oromian Radio and TV organization (ORTVO) as a journalist. He worked as a producer and anchor of many entertainment programs. The government security personnel and ORTVO authorities were not happy with his programs, because of they focused on revitalization of the Oromo culture and history. Usman received a series of warnings, investigation, harassment and imprisonment by Ethiopian security men.
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The Legacy of violence: State terrorism of TPLF -led Ethiopian government using Anti-Terror Law on political descents must End
Oromo Liberation Front
December 2, 2013 (Oromo Liberation Front) –The research and information unit of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) has conducted a study on the allegiance that accounted for some political prisoners to be sentenced or otherwise been unjustly detained. The herewith attached partial list of political prisoners has been collected from prisons of Kaliti, Torhailoch (Military Police Prison), Maikelawi and Kilinto. Almost all prisoners are charged for act of terror, violation of territorial integrity, attempts to overthrow the constitutional order by violent means and being suspected member of OLF or any other organizations. These political prisoners are ranging in age from young High school and University students to elderly civic society leaders. Professionally they are also diverse from farmer, business man, government employee; political leaders, journalists and etc. The overwhelming portions are Oromos and some are also from different nation and nationalities of Ethiopia. Read more…
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Y.G(2005) | Muddee 2, 2013
Shirri diina keenya adda duraan nu irratti raawwatamaa jiru, sadarkaa shiraa dhaloota itti aanu irratti hojjatamu irra ga’eera.sadarkaa hegaree Oromoo gama hundaan laamshessanii of jalatti jiraachisuu fi shira gara jabiinaa, kan isaan waliin dhaabbate “Oromoo” ta’ee, kan isaan waliin hin hiriirre/jirre Oromoo miti Ashabbaariidhaa kan jedhu irra ga’aniiru. Kana raawwachiisuuf shiroota nu irratti gaggeessan kan wallaalu hin jiru. garuu shira kana cabsuuf ykn shira isaan nu irratti gaggeessan kana irraa of baraaruuf, jaallannus jibbinus beekuun nu barbaachisa. Shira isaan nu irratti raawwatan kana of irraa ittisuun qofa odoo hin taane, nuutis isaan irratti hojjachuun irra aanu qabna. Qabsoo Ummata tokko keessatti, waanni hangafaa shira diinaa irraa of tiksuudha. Garuu nu irra shira waggaa 100 oliif nu irratti raawwatame irraa barachuu dadhabnee ittin takaalamaa jirra. Kun hangam qaanii akka ta’e hubachuu nu barbaachisa. Read more…
By Ahmed Abdi | Dec 2, 2013
The Media and Aid agencies banned Ogaden Region of Ethiopia has been sealed off from the rest of the World and Jigjiga which is the current capital city of the Ogaden Region is now lonely and isolated from the rest of the vast 9 provinces of Ogaden region this comes after Ethiopian authority deployed the notorious Liyu Police militia outside of the City that blocked the streets entering into Jigjiga in part of what they say a security tight.
The So-called Regional authority imposed twelve-hour curfew on vehicles which has been declared to be effective from 6P.M.until 6A.M. and people were urged to stay indoors after 8p.m. during the night hours throughout the Ogaden Capital City of Jigjiga. Read more…
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To All Oromos in Washington DC Metro Region, USA
You are cordially invited to Madda Walaabuu Media Foundation Launching Event
Theme: Oromo Voice Radio (OVR) will commence broadcasting to Oromia
Venue: 1610 Columbia Rd. NW Washington, D.C. 20009
Date: December 14, 2013
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
On January 1, 2014, the Oromo Voice Radio (OVR) will commence broadcasting to Oromia at the frequency of 17850 KHz in the 16 meter band. The new, independent broadcast will take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. The broadcast service will be provided in two languages: Afaan Oromo (Oromo language) and English.
The OVR broadcast will include, not limited to, the following major segments: news, news analysis, guest interviews, documentary, and cultural shows. In its English broadcast, OVR will reach out to Oromo neighbors for the purpose of exploring and identifying areas of common interests and common strategies, which are relevant to the survival of the peoples in the Horn of Africa during the 21st Century.
The Oromo Voice media website (www.oromovoice.org) will operate and function as the twin media outlet of this new critical and ambitious outreach to the Oromo nation and its neighbors. The Oromo Voice website, in addition to posting all the contents of the Oromo Voice Radio broadcast, will post other relevant educational materials -in that sense, the website will have more expanded educational services.
OVR and Oromo Voice website are owned and operated by the Madda Walaabuu Media Foundation (MWMF), which was established in October 2013 by a collection of concerned community leaders, human rights activities, feminists, attorneys, journalists and intellectuals.
MWMF is a non-governmental, non-partisan, and non-profit organization, incorporated and registered in Washington, D. C., USA. It is operated by the board of directors and the administrative staff under the direction of the Executive Director. The MWMF media outlets are run by experienced journalists. It is a membership based organization, which solicits the support and participation of all interested and committed Oromo and all persons of good will who have the desire to empower the Oromo and its neighbors so that that they can face the 21st Century in their own terms.
How can you support the new Oromo Voice media outlets? You can support this new, important initiative in three major ways: First, we wish to invite you to listen to the Oromo voice Radio broadcast. You can also visit our website, http://oromovoice.org on a regular basis. Second, you can give us donations for seed money so that we can get this new media program of the ground. Third, you can become a member and support the success of this new media initiative on a sustained basis.
For further information about the Oromo voice media outlets and the MWMF, please visit our website: http://oromovoice.org.
We thank you and look forward to working with you on this new and exciting educational endeavor.
December 1, 2013
The Union of Oromo Students in Germany (UOSG/TBOJ), Ogaden Gemeinde e.v in Deutschland and People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (PDFJ) unit of Frankfurt am Mainz shall be pleased to have you join us on our Eritrea-Oromo-Ogaden Conference. This conference will be held at Frankfurt am Main, Haus der Jugend Frankfurt Jugendherberger, Deutschherrnufer 12, 60594 Frankfurt on 4th of January 2014 from 12:00hrs to 23:00hrs. Official from OLF, ONLF, human right activists and political analysts have been invited to present a paper on this conference. The organizing committee invited you to take your roll in candid, dignified and constructive discourse.
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Sadaasa 30, 2013
Dhaloonni qubee har’as ta’e bor kanarra caalchisee hojii seenaa qabeessa dalaguudhaaf kutannoo guddaadhaan ittuma jira. Kitaabonni barreeffamuun ammayyuu hinjalqabamne. Galaana ittifamuu hindandeenyetu Oromiyaarra ka’ee jira. innis dhaloota haaraa (Qube Generation) kanadha. Dhaloonni kun bu’aa qabsoo gootonniifi hayyoonni Oromoo kaleessa isaaf jecha kufan kana bakkaan ga’uuf hojjechaati jira.
Yeroo kamiyyuu hanga bu’aan qabsaa’ootaa kan afaan, seenaafi aadaa Oromoof jecha kufan kun ija addunyaarratti dagaagee jiraatu tamsaasutti boqochuu hindanda’u. Ammayyuu taanaan haamileefi gargaarsi keessan kan nuwajjiniin jiraatu yoo ta’e kanarra hojjennee garaa sinciibsuudhaaf waadaa isiniif seenna. Read more…
Toltu Tufa, a young Oromo activist from Melbourne, Australia is stepping up to pursue her dream of creating educational text books, posters, flash cards and cartoons to help the Oromo language be passed on to future generations all over the globe by creating quality educational materials for every Oromo child, in every family, in every home . To this end, she is asking our community to show her that Washington DC (DMV) has what it takes to partake in preserving our language. Therefore, you are kindly invited to be part of this campaign happening in our town and show your commitment to the development of our language. For more information, please see the attached Flyer.
When: November 30, 2013 at 2pm
Where: Washington Ethical Society, 7750 16th Street NW Washington, DC