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In collaboration with Odda TV and OromoTV.com: Artist Saliha Sami Interviewed Journalist Jafer Ali. In this interview you will learn more about Jafer Ali.

Mr. Jafer Ali was born in 1970 in Eastern Oromia, at the historical area of Chelenqo East Hararge, Oromia. He began his training in educational broadcasting media and joined radio Ethiopia in 1991 at Harar branch in Adama Oromia; then in the city of Harar where he has been influential figure on media and culture in Afaan Oromo. Mr. Jafer Ali is a journalist, talented comedian, historian, and author/narrator. One of the most defining perhaps consequential works of Jafer Ali includes the book of “Seena Duubi Miila Bakhar Waaree Calanqoo, Oromiyaa”. Mr. Jafer Ali acquired indispensable talent and capability with vast array of experience in journalism during his time running the Radio Harar in Afaan Oromo for almost a decade before joining Deutsche Welle (German Radio) in 2000 as a reposter. Mr. Jafer Ali works currently as a reporter for Deutsche Welle based in Berlin, German. From the past few months he has been on USA tour with his stand up comedy to inspire the young generation in such endeavor.
Jafer Ali interview

IOYA Documentary: Peace corps volunteers’ First Hand Wittiness Ethiopian Government Injustices Act Against Peaceful Oromo Students

International Oromo Youth Association (IOYA) Presents a Documentary on the Oromo Protests
IOYA realize statement is as follows….
“In order to raise global awareness about the protests and the imminent threat facing students who have been expelled from school and those imprisoned, the International Oromo Youth Association (IOYA) is launching a social media campaign. IOYA has prepared a short informative documentary that provides a summary of the protests to date. IOYA is also calling for the immediate release of thousands of Oromo students currently being held in detention and are likely to face torture for peacefully protesting against the Integrated Development Master Plan. The Ethiopian government’s continuous use of brutal force, arbitrary detentions, and torture to severely restrict freedom of expression and rights of citizens should be condemned. The campaign will call on various international human/governmental organizations to urge the Ethiopian government to release the students arrested and to refrain from expelling and abducting innocent students. To follow everything related to the social media campaign use #FreeOromoStudents”

For More information follow the links below:

http://www.ioya.org

https://twitter.com/IOYAnetwork

https://www.facebook.com/IOYANetwork?…


Oromo protest documentary

Atlanta Oromo Community: Candlelight Vigil Held for Oromo Student Victims Who Suffered and Are Currently Suffering at the Hands of Ethiopian Government Forces!

Atlanta’s Oromo Community held a candlelight vigil on May 31, 2014 to show support for the #StudentProtests currently taking place throughout Ethiopia. As Oromo’s across Ethiopia peacefully protested the Addis Ababa Master Plan they were violently beaten, arrested, abducted and murdered by government forces. And, in show of support most attendees wore red shirts as a symbolic representation of innocent Oromo students suffering at the hands of government forces.

As peaceful protests continue throughout Ethiopia let us all take a moment to show our support for those who paid the ultimate price for freedom. And, in unison we must continue to voice our opinion especially those of us fortunate enough to live in the Diaspora where freedom of speech is a protected right. Let us continue to do all we can to shed light on the current situation in Ethiopia whether it be calling media sources, elected officials, using social media as a tool, or participating in planned protests throughout the Diaspora community!

Atlanta Oromo community

ATLANTA HOLDING CANDLELIGHT VIGIL #March4Finfinne in SUPPORT OF #OromoStudents and #OromoProtests!

The Call From Oromo Community of Atlanta

If you are in the Atlanta, Georgia area please come out in support of #OromoStudents facing injustice at the hands of the vicious #EthiopianGovernment! As Dr. King said, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Therefore, we kindly ask you to join us for a CANDLELIGHT VIGIL on SATURDAY MAY 31, 2014 at 720 Hambrick Read Stone Mountain, Georgia 30083. We can no longer remain ignorant of the ongoing suffering taking place throughout Ethiopia where innocent University students are being brutally beat, murdered, and face mass incarceration. It is deeply troubling when government forces take up arms against innocent peaceful protesters, so as a community we chose to shed light on this despicable atrocity! We ask all participants to wear a black shirt and a backpack in solidarity with #OromoProtests and #March4Finfinne to raise awareness in regards to the ongoing suffering!

Again, the event will be…
When: Today May 31, 2014
Time: 7:00PM
Where: 20 Hambrick Read Stone Mountain, Georgia 30083

Atlanta Candlelight Vigil

BOOK SIGNING IN MINNEAPOLIS: DR. ABBAS GNAMO’S BOOK. The Event Includes Prominent Oromo Scholars As Guest Speakers

CONQUEST OF RESISTANCE IN THE ETHIOPIAN EMPIRE (1880 – 1974)
THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN TELLING THE FACTS ABOUT OROMO STRUGGLE. By Dr. Abbas H. Gnamo, University of Toronto.
SATURDAY MAY 31. AT 1pm-5pm
Augsburg College: 715 22nd Ave S, MPLS
This book signing event include Dr. Abbas H. Gnamo and prominent Speakers of Oromo scholars at Book Celebration such as:
Dr. Mohammed Hassen
Dr. Hamdesa Tuso
Ob. Bizuwork Balla
This work examines the philosophical origins of Oromo egalitarian and democratic thoughts and practice, the Gadaa-Qaalluu system, kinship organization, the introduction and spread of Islam and the consequent socio-cultural change. It sheds light on the advent of the Ethiopian empire under Menelik II, its conquests and Arsi Oromo fierce resistance (1880-1900), the nature and legacy of Ethiopian imperial polity, centre-periphery relations, feudal political economy and its impacts on the newly conquered regions with a focus on Arsi Oromo country. The book also analyzes the root causes of the national political crisis including, but not limited to, the attempts at transforming the empire-state to a nation-state around a single culture, contested definition of national identity and state legitimacy, grievance narratives, uprisings, the birth and development of competing nationalisms as well as the limitations of the current ethnic federalism to address the national question in Ethiopia.
Dr. Abbas book signing

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA’S OROMO COMMUNITY CELEBRATES MARTYRS DAY (GUYYAA GOOTOTA)

By EDITORIAL BOARD OF OromoTV.com

Referred to by Oromo’s as Guyya Gootota, it’s the United States’ equivalent to Memorial Day or simply Martyrs Day. It is a sacred day to all Oromo’s designed to celebrate the lives of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in honor of achieving freedom of expression from the tyrannical government(s) of Ethiopia.

Before going further a short background to how the day came into existence calls for a historical context. In late 1970’s Oromo Libration Front fighters (OLF) were fighting against then governing party of Ethiopia under the Haile Selassie regime followed by the Derg regime. During this time period many Oromo’s from all walks of life made an ultimate sacrifice to ensure the rights of the Oromo people could not be ignored. In doing so they organized themselves forming a militia that would ultimately fight against the aforementioned rulers and regimes of Ethiopia.

The heroic sacrifice they made to ensure the Oromo tradition, language, and ultimately way of life would exist to be passed onto the next generation has made these selfless individuals synonymous with Guyyaa Gootota. Today, Oromo’s all across the globe celebrate Guyyaa Gootota in honor of these pioneers. Although, the exact date of Guyyaa Gootota, the celebration of the lives of Oromo Martyrs varies in the Diaspora community to accommodate for a variety of reasons ranging from work schedules to other commitments, essentially it is celebrated in many communities with the same goal. It is ultimately the day when all Oromo’s come together to not only pay tribute to those who sacrificed their lives, but also to pass on the tradition and knowledge to the younger generation as well as celebrate the lives of these brave men and women.

Their sacrifice was not in vein and at this particular time it is not only significant but imperative we never forget their ultimate sacrifice. Once again the Ethiopian regime although under a different governing party continues to murder innocent Oromo’s across Ethiopia. As the death of innocent Oromo’s continues to escalate one thing is for sure we have an abundant number of heroes and heroines willing to put their lives at stake to ensure Oromo’s will one day enjoy their inherent right to freedom of expression.

As we celebrate this incredible day, we shall remember the likes of Abdissa Guutuu the innocent eight year old child gunned down by Ethiopian Armed Forces. As Northern California’s Oromo Community Leader Mr. Moti Marga put it, “as past hero’s sacrificed their lives, today, students armed with pen and paper are giving their life for the Oromo cause in a much greater number.” We asked Mr. Marga what makes this year’s Guyya Gootota different from previous years? He stated, “the fact that Oromo students all across Ethiopia and those abroad in unison are speaking up against tyranny via protests and petitioning various governments across the globe to join them, thus raising awareness on the condition of all Oromo’s is a cause to celebrate. Furthermore, Mr. Marga went on to state, “these incredible acts by all Oromo’s especially the young students who sacrificed their lives as well as those in places like Minnesota who went on a hunger strike till the State Legislators passed a resolution not only recognizing the conditions of Oromo’s, but condemning the recent Addis Ababa Master Plan makes me incredibly proud. After all, these young Oromo’s will be the future leaders of our people. Therefore, I see a bright future for all Oromo’s and I want to encourage them to continue.”

As Mr. Marga addressed the small, but incredibly active Oromo Community in Northern California many members of the audience took the opportunity to show their frustration and disdain for the current condition of Oromo’s. They vowed to do everything in their power to ensure the rest of the world could not simply ignore the plight of Oromo’s. One member of the audience, Mr. Mulugeta stated, “This year is the best turn out for Guyya Gootota and the sky is the limit for what the young and old alike in unison can achieve.” He went on to state enthusiastically and with a bright smile, “the sky is the limit and we have to do more!” We were touched by the Oromo Community of Northern California who showed incredible passion to continue to advocate the Oromo Cause. Despite their small number their dedication to the Oromo Cause is encouraging to say the least. Many of the attendees drove over two hours to take part in this event. Both the excitement and sadness can be felt throughout the room, from the small children to the adults who were forced to flee their native country, everyone had their own unique take on this fascinating event.

Northern California Oromo Community

JAFER ALI: FINFINNEEN HANDHURA OROMIYAA TAATULLEE ADDIIS ABABA AMMOO GODAANNISA GABRUMMAATI

JAFER ALIQabeenya uumaa hunda keeysaa bu’urri guddaanii fii fiinxeen lafa hoggaa tahu oromooniis qabeenya uumaan badhaafame keeysaa guddichi lafuma isaati. Lafti oromoo bal’ina isii caalaa gabbatuu fii ameeytii tahuu isiitiin beekkamti. Magariisa tahuu daran tan qabeenya bishaaniitiin badhaate tahuu isiitiin jaalatamti. Gubbaa isii qofa osoo hintahin keeysi isiitiis albuda garagaraatiin kan duroome akka tahe niamanama. Dur irraa jalqabee masaanuun ollaa weeraraaf ittiduuluuniis kanumaafi.

Bar dhibbee 19fa keeysa eega biiyti oromoo kiyyoo Miniliik 2fa jala kufte irraa eegalee, lafti namaa wajjiin weerartoota habashaatiif hiramtee, abbaan biyyaa lafuma isaa irratti sirna gabbaar ja’amee beekkamuun ciisanyaa ykn hojjataa qonnaa tahuun yaadannoo jaarraa dabreeti.

Warraaqsa ummatoota Ethiopia kan bara 1974 irratti lafti tan qotee bulaa akka taatu labsamuun abbootii lafaa hiddaan buqqaasullee mootummaan dargii ifumaafuu abbaa lafaa haaraya itti tahuudhaan qoteebulaan ciisanyaa mootummaa malee abbaa lafaa akka hintahin shalaguun nama hindhibu. Oromoo laalchiseetiis dhugaadhaa dargiin ummata oromoo qilleensa irrattillee tahu, akka sabaati beekuudhaaf dirqamullee lafa isaa (oromiyaa) beekuudhaaf ammoo osoo hudhamuuti kufa ka’insa hinqabne kufuu mudate.

Seenaa empaayera kanaa keeysatti juuzni biraa guddaan jijjiirama mootummaa kan bara 1991 hoggaa tahu hunda dura ammoo geeddarama mootummaa malee geeddarama sirna siyaasaa akka hintahin jala muramuudha qaba. Haatahu malee sabni oromoo kan gaafa dargii qilleensa irratti beekkamuu ture mootumma kana jalatti lafti isaatiis OROMIYAA ja’amtee seeraan beekkamuu dandeeyseeti jirti. Kuniis gumaata mootummaan kun oromoof arjoome osoo hintahin bu’aa dhiiga gootota orommoti.

Lafti oromiyaa akka waliigalaatti seeraan beekkamtee daangawuun waan tokko tahee, mootummaan mooteeqorkeen kun rakkoollee tokko tokko uumuuf ykn habaqaaluuf tattaafachuun isaa ammoo hinoolamne. Fakkeenyaaf daangaa sabaa fii sablammootaa kanneen oromiyaa daandeysan hunda irratti jechuun nidandayamaa, bakka takka takkatti ona (aanaa) tokko tokko, baka gariitti ammaas araddaalee hedduu abboommee laguudhaan akka oromiyaa waliin gaafii daangaa keeysa galan taasisaati as afe. Kanneen keeysaahiif magaalota akka Dirree Dhawaa, Harar, Jijjiga, Moyyaaleefii Awaash faa maqaa dhahuun nidandayama. Bifa kanaan naannoo hundaan lafa oromyaa kottoonfachiisuun shira mootummaa kanaa kan fuulduraas oromoo fii sabaa sablammoota walgalaafachiisuuf karoorfamee bal’inaan itti hojjatamaa jiru hoggaa tahu tooftaan biraa ammaas tan magaalaa finfinnee irratti xiyyeefatte tana tahuu isiiti.

Maggaalaan Finfinnee hundeeyfamuma isii irraa kaaftee kan bu’uramte akkuma magaalota biraa kanneen oromiyaa keeysatti arkaman hundaatti qubsuma weerartootaa hoggaa taatu barreeysitoota seenaa birattiis magaalota batalaa ykn mishigii ja’amaniiti beekkaman. Kana jechuuniis bara weerara miniliik keeysa lafa nafxanyootni ummata naannawaa humnaan buqqaasanii qubatan hoggaa tahan lakkuma qubsumti tun babal’achaa deemtuuniis magaalawaa deemuu isaanii caalaa ummata oromoo daran madditti dhiibaa akka dhufan qabeentaa ummata magaalotaa kanaa kan ammallee calaqqisu irraa hubachuun nidandayama.

Magaalaan finfinneetiis qubsuma miniliikii fii ashkaroota isaa taatee eega bu’uramtee as bara baraan babal’achaa dhufuun isii hangam takka ummata oromoo madditti dhiibaa akka dhufte shalaguun nama hindhibu. Kana jechuun magaalaan takka eega hundooyte hinguddtin jechuu akka hintahin osoo hindagatamin wayta bal’attu kana ammoo ummata naannawaa buqqaasuudha balaan isii. babal’atinsa magaalaa keeysattiis qubsumti naannawaa akka dhunfatamtu kanuma eeggamu tahullee, warra buqqa’u san kafaltii gayaa kennuudhaan osoo raaw’atamee dandamata ture. Mootummaan wayyaanee jalqabuma irraahuu lafti kan mootummaati je’ee seeruun isaa saamichuma lafaa kanaaf ifqopheeysuu isaa akka tahe hubachuun nidandayama. Wayta magaalaan finfinnee babal’attu qotee bulaa naannawaa hiyyummaaf saaxiluu daran abbootiin qabeenyaa kanneen lafa tana horataniis galtuu alagaa tahuu isaaniiti balaan lamadaa. Akkaataa kanaan wayta magaalaan tun lafa dabalachaa babal’attu hunda oromoo qofa osoo hintahin oromummaaniis waliin haxaawamtee akka madditti bahaa deemtuus dagatamuu hinqabu. Fakkeenyaaf magaalaa finfinnee tan handhura oromiyaa tiifii maqaafillee tahu galma mootummaa oromiyaa taate tana keeysatii afaan hujii afaan amaaraa hoggaa tahu magaalota amma ammatamuuf deeman kanneen akka laga xaafoo keeysattiis guyyaa bulchiinsa finfinnee jala kufan irraa jalqabee afaan oromoo afaan hujii fii barnootaa tahuun akka hafu irra daddeebinee sodaachuutu nurraa eeggama. Magaalaan finfinnee duriis tahe arraa fii boruus handhura oromiyaa tahuun isii hafuu baattullee, hamma dhunfata oromiyaa jala ooltee oromo oromoo shurufkooytutti ammoo addis ababaan godaannisa gabrummaati wanni jennuufiis tanaafi.

Guddinni finfinnee kan oromoo madditti dhiibaa adeemsifamu kun galmi isaa lakkuma deemuun gama kaabaatiin naannoo amaaraatiin fii gama kibbaatiin ammaas naannoo ummatoota kibbaatiin waliin tuquudhaan oromiyaa amma jirtu tana baka lamatti fottoysuu irratti kan xiyyeefate taachaa shalaguuniis gamnummaadha. Gaafas kutaa walloo kan amma naannoo amaaraa jalatti buluu wajjiin oromiyaa guddittii takka tahuun hafee oromiyaa xixiqqoo sadihiifii sanii ol uumuuf akka yaaddamaa jiruus hubachuun nidandayama. Kuniis bulchiinsa qofa osoohintahin ilaalcha sammuu tiifii sabboonummaa oromootiis qoqqooduu fii darachiisuuf akka tahe shalaguun nama hindhibu.

Walumaagalatti shira mootummaan habashaa dhufaa fii dabraan saganteeyfatee saba kanaan oggolchuuf tattaafatuuf oromoon yoomiyyuu taanaan duuyda shiireysee bitamee hinbeeku. Lolli walloo, kan arsiitii fii calanqootiis kanuma mirkaneeysa. Fincilli barattoota oromoo kan amma masrer planii wayyaannee kana mormuudhaan qabsiifamees ittifufa diddaa gabrummaa kan oromoon bara baraan gaggeeysaa ture hoggaa tahu wareegamtootni fincila kanaatiis gootota yoomiyyuu seenaan faarsuu akka taham ragaa bahuun barbaada.

Jafer Ali
Gaazexeysaa fii kitaabsaa
20 cam, 2014, California USA
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ATLANTA’S OROMO COMMUNITY PROTESTING AGAINST THE TYRANT ETHIOPIAN GOVERNMENT AND CHALLENGING CNN TO COVER THE ONGOING CRISIS!

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(Atlanta, Georgia, 15 May 2014) – We the Oromo Community of Atlanta, Georgia gather at the CNN Headquarters to demand the Ethiopian government immediately halt all the senseless killings of innocent University students throughout Ethiopia. We ask CNN and its affiliates as trusted and reliable sources of media to launch a diligent and timely investigation on the current crisis in Ethiopia and draw attention to the indiscriminate killings of innocent students. Furthermore, we demand the Obama Administration unequivocally condemn the actions of the Ethiopian Government and urgently take action to end the massacre! Students are being murdered for peacefully protesting against the Addis Ababa Master Plan which would expand the capital city and annex land from farmers in the surrounding area. This planed annexation is in violation of United Nations and African Union Charters on Human Rights. According to reports from trusted sources, since April 25, 2014 as many as 100 civilians have been murdered by government forces. In addition 500 have been injured, while over 5000 students have been detained at unknown camps!

Ethiopia’s violation of human rights has been well known and documented, however, as Oromo’s and United States citizens we can no longer stand by as the future of Oromia (priceless students) are destroyed by gun touting government forces. In addition the recent visit by Secretary of State of John Kerry to show Ethiopia as a model democracy is not only unacceptable it is irresponsible. Mr. Kerry was present in Ethiopia while students were gunned down by Ethiopian forces and he failed to raise awareness on this grave matter. Unfortunately, CNN too failed to cover this important event in East Africa. Therefore, we must raise awareness of the ongoing struggle and we ask CNN, its affiliates, the Obama Administration, and various governing bodies of the world to join us in our fight to end the senseless murder of innocent students. THANK YOU FOR HELPING US RAISE AWARENESS!

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BREAKING NEWS: ATLANTA’S OROMO COMMUNITY PROTESTING AGAINST THE TYRANT ETHIOPIAN GOVERNMENT AND CHALLENGING CNN TO COVER THE ONGOING CRISIS!

(Atlanta, Georgia, 15 May 2014) – We the Oromo Community of Atlanta, Georgia gather at the CNN Headquarters to demand the Ethiopian government immediately halt all the senseless killings of innocent University students throughout Ethiopia. We ask CNN and its affiliates as trusted and reliable sources of media to launch a diligent and timely investigation on the current crisis in Ethiopia and draw attention to the indiscriminate killings of innocent students. Furthermore, we demand the Obama Administration unequivocally condemn the actions of the Ethiopian Government and urgently take action to end the massacre! Students are being murdered for peacefully protesting against the Addis Ababa Master Plan which would expand the capital city and annex land from farmers in the surrounding area. This planed annexation is in violation of United Nations and African Union Charters on Human Rights. According to reports from trusted sources, since April 25, 2014 as many as 100 civilians have been murdered by government forces. In addition 500 have been injured, while over 5000 students have been detained at unknown camps!

Ethiopia’s violation of human rights has been well known and documented, however, as Oromo’s and United States citizens we can no longer stand by as the future of Oromia (priceless students) are destroyed by gun touting government forces. In addition the recent visit by Secretary of State of John Kerry to show Ethiopia as a model democracy is not only unacceptable it is irresponsible. Mr. Kerry was present in Ethiopia while students were gunned down by Ethiopian forces and he failed to raise awareness on this grave matter. Unfortunately, CNN too failed to cover this important event in East Africa. Therefore, we must raise awareness of the ongoing struggle and we ask CNN, its affiliates, the Obama Administration, and various governing bodies of the world to join us in our fight to end the senseless murder of innocent students. THANK YOU FOR HELPING US RAISE AWARENESS!
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SUSTAIN THE MOVEMENT IN HONOR OF THE HEROES AND HEROINES

By EDITORIAL BOARD OF OromoTV.com

If there is a lesson to be learned from these past few weeks it should be that Oromo’s across the globe have responded to the ongoing threat to annex parts of Finfine (Addis Ababa) with a single and resounding NO. This response has galvanized communities across the globe from San Francisco and Washington DC to Johannesburg, Tel Aviv, Jeddah, Melbourne, Paris, Berlin, Geneva, New Zealand, and beyond. It is this sort of galvanized, resounding, and unequivocal NO in support of the farmers as well as the students injured, imprisoned, and murdered by the rogue government forces that may help lead us to the rise of democratic forms of government in the near future.

As the young and old alike unite as Oromo’s without religious, regional, and political differences and in unison join forces among the Diaspora and within Ethiopia we have for lack of a better term tasted the possibility!

The mere fact the Diaspora community protested in more than 30 cities around the world all on the same weekend shows our strength. We will no longer be the sleeping giant. And, as we shed light on the ongoing atrocity we cannot afford to allow the pressure to subside. We have to push forward and sustain the ongoing protests, candlelight vigils, hunger strikes, and so forth. Because in the past we have made the mistake of rallying against abuse by the Ethiopian government, however, within weeks if not days we return to our normal livelihood. This kind of un-sustained pressure has kept us from advancing our cause forward because we make noise and then lay dormant until another despicable crime impacts the greater Oromia State or community at large. However, as we have shown this past weekend we can unite and we certainly can articulate to others the crime our people have suffered for over a century which was recently put on display by Ethiopian government forces when they chose to kill innocent students. What the government did not realize is the level of unity Oromo’s would show across the globe as they voiced their opinion against atrocity. As we speak there are families who continue to lose their young and beloved children to abduction, imprisonment, or bullets by government forces.

So the lesson for all Oromo’s in this dire time when future leaders are slaughtered by government forces is to NOT let this impressive response from the Diaspora community subside. After all, history for the most part was not shaped by individuals, but rather by the actions of much larger number of people who tackle dire circumstances with aggressive passion for change. Therefore, we must fight to sustain this ongoing effort to galvanize support from all over the world. One great example is the house resolution passed on May 9, 2014 in the Minnesota Legislature thanks to the efforts of the “Little Oromia” community who held a rally, candlelight vigil, and above all a massive and exemplary #hungerstrike in solidarity with #oromoprotests. This extraordinary movement showed us we can indeed raise awareness throughout the Diaspora community and bring a much needed change for Oromia. After all, the students killed did not die in vain. They died standing up for their inherent belief that all people regardless of religion, political affiliation, gender, and ethnicity deserve the most basic of human rights; free speech, free press, and above all freedom from a tyrannical government.

As President Obama on his first trip to Africa said, “Africa doesn’t need strongmen, it needs strong institutions.” Indeed, what Africa needs and what Oromo’s in Ethiopia and across the globe demand is strong institutions that can both guarantee and ensure the safety and wellbeing of Oromo’s all over Ethiopia, while simultaneously democratic norms are enshrined in the governed and the government. Here in the Diaspora we are fortunate enough to have these basic democratic norms which respect human rights not only recognized by our respective governments, but cherished by all citizens. So why should the Ethiopian government not abide by the most basic principles of humanity? We have to continue to be the voice for the voiceless throughout Oromia and beyond. We have to prove to the Ethiopian government we will no longer standby as they commit these heinous acts. And we will support the ongoing protests throughout Ethiopia at all costs.

After all, their freedom is our freedom! Their suffering is our suffering! Their unmet demand for freedom is our collective demand! Their heroic stand against government forces who abuse, imprison, and kill innocent protesters should also be our collective stand as communities across Africa, Europe, Australia, and North America showed this past weekend. Whether you took part in Minnesota’s various forms of raising awareness, Australia’s rose handout, Seattle’s candlelight, or San Francisco’s small but passionate protest. You are obligated to continue this effort in hopes of maximizing the ongoing effort to demand for our collective stand against the Ethiopian government and its inhumane government forces because “the Addis Ababa Master Plan is a Killer Plan!”

We have the tools like social media, the means, and ultimately the freedom to speak our mind, and the ability to collectively protest across the globe. We owe it to the mothers who will forever yearn for their murdered children, the fathers who will never see their child, and above all the young innocent children who stood in the path of bullets to demand basic human rights. In honor of these heroes and heroines let us NEVER FORGET what has been done to our people for over a century and most importantly the most recent barbaric acts against our future leaders. The days of seeing a free, fair, and democratic Ethiopia are fast approaching so let us NOT STOP short of the ultimate goal!!! Let us continue to sustain our protests, build on our achievements, and find new and creative means to engage all of the Diaspora communities as one single and united OROMO VOICE FOR THE VOICELESS!
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JAFAR ALI US TOUR

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JafarAli_OromoTVScreen Shot 2014-05-11 at 1.56.26 AMScreen Shot 2014-05-13 at 10.32.35 PMWe are pleased to announce the first ever JAFAR ALI TOUR in USA! This will be a historic and unprecedented opportunity for the Oromo community to meet in person this incredible journalist, talented comedian, historian, and author/narrator. One of the most defining perhaps consequential works of Jafar Ali includes the book “Seena Duubi Miila Bakhar Waaree Calanqoo, Oromiyaa”. Mr. Jafar Ali acquired indispensable talent and capability with vast array of experience in journalism during his time running the Radio Harar in Afaan Oromo for many years before joining Deutsche Welle (German Radio) as a reporter. This selfless and well respected journalist has sparked action in others by seeing the value of others and aligning that value with a worthy cause. In the presence of great true journalism, people feel inspired not only in the worthiness of the cause but in their own personal worth. Great reporters make others feel valued and considered. This is the son of Oromo who inspired hundreds of journalists throughout Oromia. We are honored to have this multi-talented figure visit us here in the USA. During his visit he will discuss the current ongoing crisis in regards to the Addis Ababa Master Plan as well as a variety of concerns related to Oromia. Furthermore, he will undoubtedly keep you entertained. Without further due we ask all of you to join us for this one of a kind occasion!

CHRISTLIKE CHRISTIANS OROMO COMMUNITY OF MN PAY TRIBUTE FOR MASSACRED OROMO STUDENTS

(Sunday May 11, 2014) The Oromo Christian Community in Minneapolis paid tribute to the Oromo students murdered these past few weeks. The ongoing terror Oromo’s face across Ethiopia under tyrannical regime of TPLF #OromoProtests has been exasperated by lack of response from Western nations. However, the Diaspora community has shown its strengthen through strong theme of hope and remembrance. And, whether Muslim or Christian one thing is for sure, we all certainly share our Oromo roots together and anyone can relate to this sobering occasion as they join with people from around the world to remember and honor hundreds of students killed and about 30,000 in prison.
The Oromo Christian community spoke of the incredible courage and leadership of so many Oromo students in the wake of despicable tragedy caused by TPLF as they hold hands in unison and promised their loved one they will never forget what happened to their children. These brave mothers and fathers know their faith sustains them during difficult time.
They shed tears as they keep on singing the gospel in Afaan Oromo. With tears rolling down their face they stood in front of the Minnesota State Capital holding flowers for the massacred Oromo students. They promised to raise awareness and in due time justice will come with the help of higher power. It was an emotional scene with many distraught and as mothers placed roses on a casket at a mock funeral for those gunned down in Oromia by government forces.


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Oromos In Minneapolis on Hunger-Protest Since May 9!

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The Hunger-Protest #OromoProtests began yesterday May 9, 2014 and still continue until they see any sign of halt on the killings of Oromo students. The Hunger-Protest expected to last for two more days as our repots indicated. They are young and old, man and women, mothers and fathers, students and teachers. They say Ethiopian tyrant government’s senseless killing to suppress Oromo students have touched their heart. They could not stand by ideally and watch while they fellow Oromos being persecuted. The Oromo Community of Minneapolis, Minnesota demand the Ethiopian government immediately halt all the senseless killings of innocent University students throughout Ethiopia.

The purpose of the hunger strike is one way to stop the aggression of TPLF on Oromo students and Oromo in general. Ethiopian Government-TPLF urgently take action to end the massacre! Students are being murdered for peacefully protesting against the Addis Ababa Master Plan which would expand the capital city and annex land from farmers in the surrounding area. This planed annexation is in violation of United Nations and African Union Charters on Human Rights. TPLF planing this to extend their time in power by dividing Oromia into east and west intern weakens Oromo’s sociopolitical power.

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LITTLE OROMIA GEARING UP FOR TOMORROW’S MUCH ANTICIPATED PROTEST AGAINST THE INJUSTICES #Oromostudents, #OromoProtests

The Oromo Community of Minneapolis, Minnesota demand the Ethiopian government immediately halt all the senseless killings of innocent University students throughout Ethiopia. Furthermore, we demand the Obama Administration unequivocally condemn the actions of the Ethiopian Government and urgently take action to end the massacre! Students are being murdered for peacefully protesting against the Addis Ababa Master Plan which would expand the capital city and annex land from farmers in the surrounding area. This planed annexation is in violation of United Nations and African Union Charters on Human Rights. According to reports from trusted sources, since April 25, 2014 as many as 100 civilians have murdered by government forces. In addition 500 have been injured, while over 5000 students have been detained at unknown camps!
The mood of the Oromos in Minneapolis and surrounding are very clear; to assemble tomorrow outside the state Capitol to call attention to the killings and condemn the Ethiopian regime. Ethiopia’s violation of human rights has been well known and documented, however, as Oromo’s and United States citizens we can no longer stand by as the future of Oromia (priceless students) are destroyed by gun touting government forces. In addition the recent visit by Secretary of State of John Kerry to show Ethiopia as a model democracy is not only unacceptable it is irresponsible. Mr. Kerry was present in Ethiopia while students were gunned down by Ethiopian forces and he failed to raise awareness on this grave matter. Therefore, we must raise awareness of the ongoing struggle and we ask you to join us in our fight to end the senseless murder of innocent students.

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VIDEO OF SEATTLE OROMO PROTEST UNIVERSITY STUDENTS MURDERED BY THE ETHIOPIAN REGIME.


Seattle Washington Oromos made their statement in the support of Oromo students slay by the dectatorial government of Ethiopia.

(Seattle, Washington, 6 May 2014) – We the Oromo Community of Seattle, Washington demand the Ethiopian government immediately halt all the senseless killings of innocent University students throughout Ethiopia. Furthermore, we demand the Obama Administration unequivocally condemn the actions of the Ethiopian Government and urgently take action to end the massacre! Students are being murdered for peacefully protesting against the Addis Ababa Master Plan which would expand the capital city and annex land from farmers in the surrounding area. This planed annexation is in violation of United Nations and African Union Charters on Human Rights. According to reports from trusted sources, since April 25, 2014 as many as 100 civilians have murdered by government forces. In addition 500 have been injured, while over 5000 students have been detained at unknown camps!

Ethiopia’s violation of human rights has been well known and documented, however, as Oromo’s and United States citizens we can no longer stand by as the future of Oromia (priceless students) are destroyed by gun touting government forces. In addition the recent visit by Secretary of State of John Kerry to show Ethiopia as a model democracy is not only unacceptable it is irresponsible. Mr. Kerry was present in Ethiopia while students were gunned down by Ethiopian forces and he failed to raise awareness on this grave matter. Therefore, we must raise awareness of the ongoing struggle and we ask you to join us in our fight to end the senseless murder of innocent students. THANK YOU FOR HELPING RAISE AWARNESS!
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SILENCE IN THE FACE OF INJUSTICE WILL ONLY DIVIDE, NOT UNITE ETHIOPIA!

By EDITORIAL BOARD OF OromoTV.com

The recent unrest and ongoing slaughter of innocent University #OromoStudents by Ethiopian Government forces has once again revealed Ethiopia’s deep seeded hatred for Oromo’s. Although, the vicious attack on Oromo’s and #OromoProtests is nothing new and perhaps can be traced back to more than a century. The faces, ethnicities, and regimes change from Menelik to Meles and beyond, however, the untold atrocities against Oromo’s and #OromoProtests continue. We have been forcefully silenced for far too long. Thanks to our enemies we have witnessed the arms and breasts of our sisters, aunts and mothers get cutoff by inhumane government forces. Not to mention our brothers, uncles, and fathers get arrested, languish in despicable prisons, vanish without trace, and ultimately lose their lives at the hands of government forces.

These systemic atrocities against Oromo’s are only the tip of the iceberg. It would take historians years to list all the heinous crimes that Oromo’s have suffered at the hands of various governmental regimes. However, what has remained true then and still continues to this day is the fact that others such as the handful extremist Amhara’s have perpetrated these crimes in the past and in recent times while refusing to identify with Oromo’s especially innocent University students as they suffer throughout Ethiopia.

Recent history has shown the lengths the Ethiopian government or specifically Tigray’s will go to retain power. In 2005 when the government violently crackdown on Amhara’s and supporters of pseudo-political groups such as Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD), it was Oromo students from Ambo and surrounding area who lent their support and staged protests. However, this week when the government once again ensued its continued assault against #OromoProtests, Amhara’s and others appear to show little to no support let alone protesting in unison.

What makes all this ironic is Amhara’s and other groups throughout Ethiopia and the Diaspora constantly preach a single and united Ethiopia. However, when a single group is systemically targeted and being slaughtered by government forces they remain silent. As Dr. King once said, “the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” During this challenging time for Oromo’s all across the globe, the  majority of non-Oromo’s have chosen to conveniently remain silent and aloof to the ongoing slaughter of innocent University students. Their silence clearly speaks volumes, proving once again if they are not direct recipients of government brutality, they have no need or desire to speak up and voice their opinion against atrocious government forces. In fact even the pseudo-media Ethiopian Satellite Television Service (ESAT) that clearly claims it is, “a nonpartisan, independent media outlet established primarily to promote free press, democracy, respect for human rights and the rule of law in Ethiopia” has remained detached from the current and ongoing suffering of Oromo’s across Ethiopia. Clearly, this pseudo-media is not only against free press, democracy, and respect for human rights as it discriminately ignores the suffering of Oromo’s, it perpetuates the age old bias of extremist Amhara’s toward Oromo’s. After all, ESAT the well known media arm of Amhara’s and extremist Amhara’s in general preach unity, perhaps a united Ethiopia by their standard means the death and disappearance of all groups including Oromo’s. This sort of ill advised, despicable, and caveman mentality is not only abhorrent, but lacks basic human compassion for the historically oppressed Oromo’s. Therefore, a hallow unanimity by extremist Amhara’s would lead this country into chaos. In fact absolute uniformity is not even historically unrealistic, but repressive at worst for Oromo’s in general.

So how can they claim to be Ethiopian irrelevant of their Ahmara background and remain neutral to the heartbreaking sufferings of fellow Ethiopians especially students full of potential whose life is cut short for the outrageous crime of peacefully protesting against the current Addis Ababa partition plan. It is beyond one’s imagination that a fellow Ethiopian can be so heartless as to not identify with innocent Oromo Students being slaughtered. As Dr. King once said, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Therefore, the silence of Amhara’s as well any and all Ethiopians speaks volumes in terms of how much they care for the unity of Ethiopia. By remaining silent on the ongoing slaughter of Oromo’s they continue to show their support for the destruction of the Oromo state and ultimately the demise of all Oromo’s. However, what they have failed to realize is Oromo’s who constitute the largest majority with over 40 million people and the fourth largest language in all of Africa will continue to fight for their rightful self or mutual governance at all costs with or without other groups. And, irrelevant of extremist Amhara governments with previous dark and heinous history toward and the failed attempt of destructing Oromo’s including the suppression of the Oromo language as well as the current Tigray controlled government’s efforts to demise Oromo’s and Oromia will no longer work. The young and highly educated Oromo population all over the globe will work faithfully to amass support for and the eventual freedom of Oromo’s. Although, Amhara’s and subsequently Tigray’s have chosen to continuously stand on the wrong side of history time and time again, the Oromo’s strong and unbreakable determination to bring democratic rule will never be shattered!!!

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SEATTLE HOLDING CANDLELIGHT VIGIL #March4Finfinne in SUPPORT OF #OromoStudents and #OromoProtests

If you are in the Seattle, Washington area please come out in support of #OromoStudents facing injustice at the hands of the vicious #EthiopianGovernment! As Dr. King said, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Therefore, we kindly ask you to join us for a CANDLELIGHT VIGIL on Sunday May 4, 2014 at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park. We can no longer remain ignorant of the ongoing suffering taking place throughout Ethiopia where innocent University students are being brutally beat, murdered, and face mass incarceration. It is deeply troubling when government forces take up arms against innocent peaceful protesters, so as a community we chose to shed light on this despicable atrocity! We ask all participants to wear a black shirt and a backpack in solidarity with #OromoProtests and #March4Finfinne to raise awareness in regards to the ongoing suffering!

Again, the event will be…

When: Sunday May 4, 2014
Time: 8:00PM
Where: 1201 Lake Washington Blvd N, Renton, WA 98056
***PLEASE WEAR BLACK T-SHIRT***

CANDLELIGHT VIGIL

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