December 18, 2016, By Denboba Natie
Agreeing to disagree is a democratic principle whose ethos underpin freedom of choice, assembly, expression and by far human dignity. However, disagreeing due to petty differences -whilst children, youth/old, men/women are getting murdered on daily basis -their bodies are buried in communal graves and the rest are thrown into bushes to be devoured by wild animals; tens of thousands of woman and girls are gang rapped by the regime’s army and hundreds of thousands are unlawfully incarcerated and tortured; such disagreements become treachery and utter betrayal.
I’m focusing on discussing the above fact. I’m not here to dictate any terms and conditions, which will never be the case. Nor am I here to entertain lies and deceits, or decorating the ugly faces of something inherently wrong. I can’t deny fact or embellish the reality with beautiful, yet heartless and soulless mantras. Moreover, I’m not talking theory and hypothesis emphasizing as to how, the struggle of nation and peoples in Ethiopia must progress.
I’m rather talking about the unshakable belief I and the other tens of millions uphold based on the reality on the ground about the yearning of the peoples of this region for freedom, equality and justice – that is denied to them by TPLF’s ruthless regime for the last 25 years. I’m arguing that their sacrifices are going to be in vain if the Diaspora recklessly continue bickering on its petty differences (within one ethnic nation or multi-nationally). Ultimately, as the other millions I’m voicing the voices of barbarically murdered civilians by ruthless TPLF’s regime and its army. I’m echoing the calls of the brutalized souls of hundreds of thousands of Oromo, Ogadenia, Sidama, Amhara, Afar, Gambella, Konso and Benshangul civilians and the rest parts of Ethiopia civilians. Their souls are crying for a united action to avenge their killers. The ghosts of unlawfully massacred martyrs are begging the actors to come together to achieve the cause for which they have died and their fellow sisters and brothers are dying. Their ghosts are begging for an unconditional unity of all to be able to remove the regime that has murdered them to turn the country into a mega-structured prison hall.
Therefore, I’m reiterating indisputable fact that the peoples of Ethiopia are subjected to. But I’m not never dance to the tune of unity or disunity of any political groups or the entire country. I’m not and never be the follower of any party’s hullaballoo whose objective is ambiguous and misleading. However, I feel morally compelled, intellectually convinced and politically coerced to discuss the gripping reality on the ground. The gripping reality is the ongoing massacre of unarmed civilians by the regime’s forces day and night. The reality is subjecting the peoples to ongoing state terrorism under the pretext of State of Emergency. The reality is the peoples’ houses are turned into a prison cells where torture and abuse are rampant. The reality is the peoples of the country are increasingly impoverished by TPLF’s regime whilst the minority are building their own empire by the suffering of the majority. I’m arguing this on behalf of the voiceless majority who’re paying heavy sacrifices with their precious lives.
More than any other time since this regime has assumed power in June 1991 toppling its predecessor, it’s increasingly become unforgiving and ruthless; ruling the entire country with iron feast. Most the subjects became virtual slaves who don’t have any say about pertinent issues affecting their lives. TPLF’s elites brutalize the subjects whilst Diaspora continues to argue, disagree and bicker on petty differences.
The lands of most of peasants in most parts of the country have been confiscated from them by TPLF’s generals by leaving legitimate owners destitute. Within a blink of an eye, the TPLF’s generals who were mainly barbaric illiterate and had only AK 47 with some ammunitions and few hand grenades, about 25 years ago, when they captured the capital; currently they became multibillionaires. For example, they have created special schools and universities for Tigray children whilst relegating the rest regions. Hundreds of their children are also being schooled in some of prestigious European and American elite private schools; whilst their subjects in Oromia, Sidama, Amhara, Ogaden and the rest parts of Ethiopia are gunned down on daily basis for asking their fundamental right. They control the entire economy, politics, security, foreign affairs and defense. The Diaspora in the contrary continues to argue and bicker on minor issues.
Currently, under the State of Emergency, the regime’s security forces, army and the other elements are confiscating all belongings including gold and monies from the Oromia’s vast region. They arrest, torture and kill their subjects with impunity. TPLF’s officials and generals continually confiscate all resources of the country to keep their booty’s in the banks of some of European, American or various Asian countries. The peoples of Ethiopia argue that, the regime’s elements keep their looted multi millions of dollars out of the country simply because when the worst-case scenario unfold, the culprits can flee the country to these countries, after destabilizing it and the region afar.
Therefore, unsatisfied with such unlawfully accumulated wealth, the TPLF and its agents to date terrorize the peoples of Ethiopia, they are bestial and unrepentant. This is the system the people in Oromia, Amhara, Ogadenia, Konso, Gambella, Benshangul, Sidama and the rest places are saying, ‘we had enough of suffering and subjugation’. The people are saying ‘we had enough of brutality and relentless massacre of un armed civilians’. This is the barbaric regime the peoples of Ethiopia are telling ‘we can’t bear your brutality any longer’. This is the regime the peoples of Ethiopia are telling ‘we had enough of poverty and deprivation’. The regime however, as always continues responding with live bullet and unprecedented level of brutality.
The death of over 1,500 civilians and the incarceration of over 60.000 in Oromo alone since November 2015’s Oromo resistance- talks volume. The number of dead and imprisoned in Oromo are exponentially increasing. Since the regime has imposed ‘State of Emergency’ on the 8th/9th of October 2016; hundreds of bodies have been discovered in various parts of Oromia’s vast region after being devoured by wild animals. Several communal graves have been discovered in various parts of Oromia, Amhara, Konso, Afar, Ogadenia, Gambella, Benshangul and the rest parts of Ethiopia since the current Oromo, Amhra and the rest Ethiopian peoples has begun in November 2015. Tens of thousands of Oromo, Amhara, Ogadenia…and the rest nations are often rounded up and taken to concentration camps like the ‘Auschwitz’, Jewish concentration camps involving incinerating the inmates whenever TPLF’s military commanders feel like burning prisoners. Mothers and daughters are rounded up by TPLF’s special commando to be gang-rapped on daily basis in most regions, i.e. in Oromia and Ogaden Somali regions.
The Amhara civilians are also paying heavy sacrifices as the Oromo and Ogadenia as well as the rest parts of Ethiopia. The regime has heinous agenda against the Amhara nation since it has assumed power. I think the regime views the Amhara nation as its arch enemy. The previous view of the TPLF’s regime of Amhara is similar like it is being currently viewed by the other non-Tigran over 95 million peoples of Ethiopia. This is for two fundamental reasons. First and foremost, TPLF views the Amhara nation as the fundamental enemy of the Tigray nation and as colonizing agent. Therefore, TPLF whilst in guerilla warfare with its predecessor has indeed believed that, the Tigray nation must be an independent nation free from Amhara oppression, and this belief to date tacitly persists. Currently, however the regime is deceptively singing to the tune of Ethiopianism with the aim of bewildering its subjects. Secondly, there are power and competition elements. This is because traditionally, any person who’s ruled Ethiopia has ruled the country since 1890s in the name of Amhara (Habasha). Therefore, TPLF fears this and remotely wants it to happen anymore. Part of its plots against the Amhara nation is annexing one of its neighboring districts (Woqayt and Xegede) to Tigray region. The ongoing Amhara resistance is due to this and it’s gaining momentum.
The Ogadenia genocide has been attested by the international human rights groups since 2008 and it is continuing unabated. The Gambella genocide (2003), the Sidama massacreof May 24, 2002 and the Keficho and Messenger massacre of early 2003 and the Addis massacre of May 2005 are some of key empirically supported facts about the TPLF’s unpreparedness to relinquish power peacefully. This is the reason why the regime responds to any peaceful quests with live bullet and unprecedented level of brutality.
While this is the unfolding reality, bickering of the Diaspora on minor issues is beyond comprehension and serious case for concern. As I have discussed above, the time is serious needing serious attention and careful and practical consideration. The time for a united effort is now and it’s crucially important to unite to shorten the suffering of the people of Oromia, Ogadenia, Amahra, Gambela, Konso, Gedeo, Sidama… and elsewhere in Ethiopia. If the Diaspora focusses on inaptly theorizing and haphazardly hypothesizing, whilst bickering on minor issues by glamorizing themselves and their efforts, the struggle of the people back in Oromia, Amhara, Ogadenia, Sidama and elsewhere in Ethiopian moves a step forward and more than two backward. Do we need this? Can we afford doing so?
The imprisonment of the Oromo’s prominent politician, professor Merara Gudina’s narrates millions about the regime final stage. Peaceful belief is becoming futile for those who advocate for this avenue as the TPLF’s regime is capable of misleading and lying to its domestic and international audiences. The time has come to swallow our differences if we genuinely believe in alleviating the sufferings of the propels of Ethiopian from East to West and North to South. If we think that we indeed care for those lives have been cut short by TPLF’s barbaric apparatuses, let’s make sure, that we put ourselves in their shoes. They are dying for the causes we claim it legitimate, therefore, let’s stop bickering!
December 18, 2016, By Denboba Natie