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The Diaspora Dilemma: How Ethiopian Orthodox Church’s Trust Has Been Broken

Yonas Biru

There are discernible reasons why the Oromo Prosperity Party (Oromo-PP) led by Abiy Ahmed and tribalist Oromos at large believe the emergence and sustenance of hegemonic Oromo require weakening, if not breaking the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church (EOTC) along tribal lines. They see the EOTC as the primary threat more so than their number one tribal rival – the Amhara. There are three reasons.

First, nearly half of the Oromo population is Christian and members of the EOTC account for the lion’s share of it. Therefore, Oromo-PP and tribalist Oromo clans see Oromo Orthodox Christians as enemies from within. Asafa Jalata, the intellectual godfather of the Oromo tribal land, uses unminced words in describing Oromos who embrace and venerate the EOTC. They are “assimilated former Oromos, who have been the defenders of the Habasha culture, religion, and the Amharic language and haters of the Oromo culture.

Second, there are more members of the EOTC than members of the Amhara tribe. Therefore, the law of large numbers makes the EOTC more threatening than the Amhara.

Third, the EOTC is more likely to get international support from the global Orthodox and broader Christian community than the Amhara or any other group in Ethiopia will ever get.

For reasons noted above, the hegemonic Oromo’s Waterloo is the altar of the EOTC. This was evident during the renegade Oromo bishops’ coup attempt when the EOTC inflicted a serious blow to the delusional invincibility of hegemonic Oromo. But we must know that inflicting a serious blow is not the same as exacting a fatal blow. Delivering a fatal blow requires the weight and torque of the ስደተኛው EOTC living in the diaspora, most importantly in the US.

If members of the EOTC at home and in the diaspora have any qualms about the existential threat their church faces, they should read Asafa Jalata’s articles and books and listen to Shimelis Abdissa’s past speeches. The passion of hate and thirst for vengeance toward the EOTC that is impregnated in their bestial tribal theology is palpable. The tribal seduction of the Oromo political theology has begotten a culture of savagery that they affectionately call Oromummaa. As Asafa Jalata describes it, Oromummaa is a political ideology. Ethiopia’s future will forever be threatened until the backbone of Oromummaa is broken.

The root word for Oromummaa is Oromo, a term that was coined by a German missionary who was stationed in Wellega. The same missionary was the designer of the Oromo flag, using the old imperial German flag as an inspiration and imitation. The imperial German flag was created when numerous German states were under France during Napoleon’s reign. The same color schemes were reintroduced during the Nazi era, consisting of a black swastika in a white circle over a red background. The Nazi flag was designed to resuscitate the spirit and soul of imperial Germany. The colors that Germany felt compelled to change after the Second World War are still embraced and revered by a 21st century Oromummaa, with Wellega clowns serving as flagbearers pursuing the dream of imperial Oromia.

Thanks to the savagery of German-inspired Oromummaa that alienated the people of Ethiopia in every nook and cranny of the nation. It is not the force of the opposition but the savagery of Oromo-PP and Oromummaa that has completely stripped the two institutions of any semblance of legitimacy or popularity.

ጃዋር ፖለቲካን ጥላ ኬንያ የጫት ሽቀላ የጀመረችው የፖለቲካዋን ኪሳራ እና የሽቀላዋን ትርፍ አመዛዝና ነው:: የኦሮሙማ ፊት አውራሪ የነበሩት የተከበሩ ፕሮፌሰር እዝቄኤል ጋቢሳም የንጉሱን ዘመን መልሱልኝ ያሉት ወደው አይደለም። ወደሽ ነው ገጣቢት ያለውን ባላገር አዳምጠው ነው የሚል ጭምጭምታ አለ እሳቸው ግን እስካሁን በገሃድ አላስተባበሉትም:: One thing is for certain.  ያዙኝ ልቀቁኝ ይሉ የነብሩት የተከበሩ ሺመልስ አብዲሳ እንድተነፈሰ ጎማ ተጨማደው ሳንባቸው አቅም አንሶት በየቴሌቪዥኑ እየዘለቁ የኦሮሙማ ፊሽካ መንፋታቸውን እና የትእቢት ቱሉልቷቸውን መቶልቶል አቁመዋል:: ኦሮሙማ ካባዋን ተገፋ ፀጉሯን በከፊል ተላጭታ ሌላ የመግቢያ ቀዳዳ እየፈለገች ነው::

This has perturbed the Oromo tribal power dynamics and sparked a glimmer of hope for a change in the nation’s political trajectory. But the hope will not turn to reality if ስደተኛው EOTC fails to live up to the legacy and expectations set by ስደተኛው ሚካኤል.

Supposedly, there are over 100 ስደተኛ EOTC Churches in the US alone with ታቦት and all. When it comes to mobilizing international support, no other Ethiopian group has the opportunity and the organizational platform as much as the ስደተኛው EOTC. They have the power not only to protect their Church but also to break the backbone of Oromo-PP and Oromummaa.

Considering Oromo-PP’s and Oromummaa’s systemic assault against the EOTC and the deafening silence of the ስደተኛው EOTC, a serious of questions impose themselves on us: Why has ስደተኛው EOTC failed to do the basic orthodox or ተዋህዶ thing of protecting its Church? When I speak of ስደተኛው EOTC, I am speaking not only of diaspora bishops and church administrators but also of EOTC’s devotees.

Let us put it in the vernacular in the interest of laying the unvarnished truth to bear. When Christians families are being burned alive and priests are slapped and stoned to death, the silence of the ስደተኛው EOTC is inexplicable. When the silence continues after the bellies of pregnant women are slit and their fetuses are ripped and discarded, the ስደተኛው EOTC’s seeming stance of “let them do their killing and we will do our preaching of life after death” epitomizes serious dereliction of clerical obligation, bordering on ክህደት.

What are the sources of ስደተኛው EOTC’s failings? Are they attributable to the distance from the epicenter of the Oromo-PP and Oromummaa savagery? Could it be the culture of absolute obedience to Church leaders who are apathetic to political campaigns even when it is aimed at ending persecution of Christians? Or is it its opaque modus operandi that has made it difficult to understand and impenetrable to rational and candid dialogue?

Addressing these questions requires a thorough investigation that I have neither the bandwidth nor the wherewithal to tackle. I will leave the questions to experts of the field and address what is obviously obvious to an ecclesiastical layman like myself. As such, I start with humility and candidness.

Humility requires me to ask ካጠፋሁ ይቅርታ because I wholeheartedly believe that to err is human and to forgive is divine. In the meantime, candidness obliges me to admit there is an element of desire to disturb the proverbial applecart by shaking it, willfully stepping over our cultural guardrails. In this regard, I am guided by a time old Ethiopian wisdom: ካልደፈረሰ አይጠራም.

We need to be candid in violation of our culture that sees candidness as a lack of judicious sophistication at best, or as an outright rudeness at worst. Our culture conceals inconvenient truths behind the beyond of layers of façades of softening statements and appeasing remarks to a point where the façades become the substance of the conversation, burying the truth beneath their underneath.

ባጠፋም ይቅርታ አድርጋችሁ allow me to be bold in the interest of laying bare the truth. The reason why diabolical Oromummaa clowns are wreaking havoc in the EOTC is because Ethiopia is trapped in a hermitized mindset of a solitudinarian tradition. Rant and rave if you must, vent if you need to ventilate, and shed some tears if you wish to cool off yourself, but the problem of hermitized frame of mind is most acute in the ስደተኛው EOTC.

አንዳንዶቹ እኮ አሜሪካ ኢትዮጵያን ሊያጠፋ የሚፈልገው የኦርቶዶክስ ቤተክርስቲያንን ለማጥፋት ነው ብለው የሚያምኑ እና የሚደሰኩሩ አሉ:: እውነቱን ካልፈራነው የኢትዮጵያን ቤተክርስቲያን የሚያጠፏት በኦሮሙማ የተለከፉ ልጆቿ እና ቆመው እንደታዛቢ የሚያዩት ወንድሞቻቸው  ናቸው። ከተሳሳትኩ ወይም ካጠፋሁ ይቅርታ ሆኖም ግን ህዝባችን የሚበላው ስንዴ እና ሩዝ በአሜሪካ ጆንያ ተሰንቆ ህዝባችን የሚታከምበት መድሃኒት በአሜሪካ ባንዲራ ባሸበረቀ ካርቱን ታጭቆ እንደሚመጣ መካድ ባህላችን የሚፀየፈው ነውር ነው::

Let us leave America alone and focus on our own failings. God has done its part in planting the seeds of self-destructive DNA in the Oromo-PP and Oromummaa evil theology. In so doing he has fermented the seeds out of which a new hope can sprout. The stars are aligned for Ethiopia to rise out of the ashes of Oromummaa. We are in the proverbial Phoenix moment.

The daring ካጠፋሁ ይቅርታ seduction of the virgin land of ካልደፈረሰ አይጠራም is pregnant with hope. That is if enough members of ስደተኛው EOTC carry it to term. It is, therefore, with unbounded humbleness and sincere humility that I submit my modest thoughts on the way forward. I hope the ስደተኛው EOTC community will receive it in the spirit of cordiality and wholehearted respect that it is delivered with.

  • ስደተኛውEOTC needs to learn from the American Ethiopian Public Affairs Committee (AEPAC) and Ethio-American Development Council (EADC). The two institutions have abandoned the #NoMore ፍሬ ከርስኪ street diplomatic cacophony choreographed with a blend of ለቅሶ and ዘፈን. Of late, they have registered impressive strides in the political power corridors of America’s Ivory Towers. They have more to do, but their initial steps are already praiseworthy.

 

  • ስደተኛውEOTC is not well tooled and honed to operate in the American lobbying system. Therefore, it needs to establish a joint committee with AEPAC and EADC.

 

  • ስደተኛውEOTC’s ምእመናን need to hold their bishops’ feet to the fire for action. The thinking that the Church is a place of worship not politics is misguided when the Church is under a coordinated and protracted political assault by Oromo-PP and Oromummaa. Once again, “Let them do their killing and we will do our preaching of life after death” is a position of betrayal not of a theology of clerical divination.

 

  • ስደተኛውEOTC needs to distance itself from confrontational extremists in the genre of Memhir Fantahun Waqe and work with leaders who are judicious and whose tendency is to nurture a negotiated settlement from a position of principle and strength built from national international support base. A dogma-driven head-on collision serves neither the EOTC nor the nation.

 

  • ስደተኛውEOTC must have a laser-focused and fact-based agenda that the international community can rally behind. There is no point in claiming genocide that has not been proven no matter how much some members of our community believe that it has occurred.

 

  • ስደተኛውEOTC must not forget that some three years ago Amhara political extremists raised over $400,000 to hire an international lawyer to file genocide complaint with the ICC on behalf of Amhara Orthodox. At the time, some of us told them no international lawyer worthy of his/her salt will go to the ICC to file unproven and unprovable genocide claim. Three years later, nothing came out of it. Correction: ABSOLUTELY NOTHING came out of the irresponsible genocide claim. No lawyer of international repute would rely on political slogan when there is no judicially admissible evidence. The $400,000 is presumed to be still in the Bank. Today, the Amhara lawyers who organized the GoFundMe campaign and አቱቶ ቡቱቶ-ized genocide are in full radio silent mode.

 

  • ስደተኛውEOTC needs to identify American institutions that can support and champion its campaign. The most effective strategy is reaching out to religious organizations such as the political powerhouse Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, Leaders in the United States Congress for Religious Freedom, the International Christian Concern (Persecution.org), among others. There are lobbyists who specialize in religious issues and can help the EOTC mobilize influential religious groups to reach out to the White House and US law makers in both chambers.

 

  • ስደተኛውEOTC needs to realize it has potent internationally documented and proven issues to raise. There is no need to raise genocide claim without international verification and confirmation. The only international report is Lemkin Institute for Genocide Prevention’s report that raised a red flag to alert for a risk of potential genocide. The report stresses the Amhara are “in a perilous discursive position that could easily devolve into genocide.” This is not the same as declaring existing or past genocide.

 

  • ስደተኛውEOTC’s campaign needs to focus on: (1) Pope Francis’ Clarion call to “Pray for persecuted Christians in Ethiopia”; (2) the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ (CAIR) appeal to the US government to “take concrete actions to prevent the government of Ethiopia from demolishing that nation’s mosques”; and (3) numerous international reports documenting the mass murder of Christians demolitions of hundreds of churches.

 

  • As noted above, there are lobbyists who focus on religious prosecution. There is $405,000 that was collected through the GoFundMe platform in the name of Amhara and Orthodox victims. The money has been in the Bank for over three years. The people who raised it have refused to use the money or return it to donors. The ስደተኛው EOTC should kindly ask the organizers to use this money for lobbying.

 

  • ስደተኛውEOTC can learn from other Orthodox leaders who used lobbyists to get access to the White House. The picture herewith shows Christians from the Middle East talking to Obama.

  • ስደተኛውEOTC must have specific demands focused on: (1) providing unfettered access to international investigation of religious persecutions, mass murders and displacement of Christians, and demolition of hundreds of EOTC churches; (2) relocating forcefully displaced Christians to the place from where they were unjustly cleansed; (3) reconstructing demolished Churches at the expense of the government of the Oromo tribal land; and (4) stopping government interference in the administration of the EOTC.

 

  • The DC, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) area that is within a spitting distance from the White House has some three dozen Churches with tens of thousands of members. Virginia is what is called a battleground state where a voting block of 10,000 or so voters can potentially determine who wins in the coming November 2024 election. This can be replicated in other battleground states, including Michigan, Georgia, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Nevada where there are significant numbers of Ethiopian Americans. If ስደተኛውEOTC finds it possible to end its hear-no-evil and see-no-evil comfort in silence, it has a latent power that can break the backbone of Oromummaa.

 

  • ስደተኛውEOTC has the organizational platform and devoted followers to mobilize a voting block motivated by a common concern of protecting its Church. If the bishops and church administrators fail to lead the congregation, the congregation must take the lead with or without the blessing of its leaders.

 

In Conclusion, four important points need to be heeded to.

  • What international Christian groups concern themselves is dictated by their bylaws. Their bylaws dictate what kind of international campaign they can be involved in. In most cases it is only geared toward protecting Christians and Churches. Therefore, it is important to tailor ስደተኛውEOTC’s demands to get the most support it can garner.

 

  • The EOTC must avoid politicizing its campaign and keep polarizing agents at bay with a clear message of “stay way.”

 

  • The success of the ስደተኛውEOTC depends on its success in collaborating with Muslim Ethiopians in the diaspora whose Islamic brethren have faced and continue to face similar persecutions. Their members have been and continue to be displaced. Their Mosques have been and continue to be demolished. It is, therefore, critical to form a joint taskforce not only to advance common interests but also to stand for each other. Though there are areas that ስደተኛው EOTC and ስደተኛው Mosques may separately focus to win support from Christian and Islamic international organizations, respectively, there are also areas where they can work together. Examples include lobbying US lawmakers and the Whitehouse. Creating a common voting block will also help both scale up their separate efforts.

 

  • The timing is right for international campaign in the US, considering the upcoming November elections.  Therefore, ስደተኛውEOTC must launch its campaign with utmost urgency.

 

ያው ሰደብ ነው የምታውቁት አንባችሁ ስትጨርሱ ተሳደቡ። በኔ በኩል ግን ካጠፋሁ ይቅርታ እጠይቃለሁ

 

5 thoughts on “The Diaspora Dilemma: How Ethiopian Orthodox Church’s Trust Has Been Broken”

  1. Another great analysis!

    OLA has already started exercising the humiliation of Oromo EOTC followers! I don’t know why it is not discussed by the activists or even foreign media outlets, but what OLA is doing to Oromo Orthodox is alarming! I know the following:
    When OROMO Orthodox are taken for ransom; first they are told to remove their crosses and break them to pieces by stepping on them. Then OLA slaughters sheep goats or bulls and they force their captives eat on fasting days in front of their family members in market places and preferably inside EOTC churches!Wednesdays Fridays or during the lent! To be noted the slaughtering is during the fasting days and or holidays!

  2. That the Ethiopian Church and its followers have faced a coordinated and sustained attack could be seen by what happened during the Italian occupation. What is happening today is just a mirror image or repeat performance- better yet, a completion of a previously started project.

    “…ፋሽስት ኢጣሊያ በ5ቱ ዓመት ወረራዋ ጀግኖች አርበኞችን ስላልቻለቻቸው ንጹሐን ዜጎችን በመግደል፤ እንዲሁም የተደበቁበትን ገደልና ዱር አላገኝ ስትል፤ ገዳማትንና አድባራትን
    2ሺ አብያተ ክርስቲያናትን አቃጥላላች፣ በርካታ ንዋያተ ቅድሳትንም ዘርፋ ለካቶሊኳ ቫቲካን ሰጥታለች፡፡

    “…ይህንን እኩይ ተግባሯን በግንባር ቀደምትነት የተፋለሟት፤ ዐበይቶቹም፤ የ፳ኛው ክፍለ ዘመን ታላቅ ሰማእታት ብፁዕ አቡነ ጴጥሮስ (ሐምሌ 22/1929 ዓ.ም መሐል አዲስ አበባ ላይ በ8 ጥይት ያረፉት)ና ብፁዕ አቡነ ሚካኤል (ኅዳር 24 ቀን 1929 ዓ.ም በኢሉባቦር ጎሬ ላይ በግፍ የተገደሉት)

    ፠ በግንቦት 28/1929 ዓ.ም ቊጥራቸው 2,200 የሚሆኑ በግፍ የተጨፈጨፉ የደብረ ሊባኖስ መነኰሳት፡፡

    ፠ በግንቦት 29/ 1929 ዓ.ም በቅዳሴ ላይ እንዳሉ የታረዱና ደመና የሸፈናቸው 43 የአቡነ ዜና ማርቆስ መነኰሳት፡፡
    ፠ በሰኔ 12/ 1929 ዓ.ም በማስታኮት ላይ እያሉ የተገደሉ አስከሬናቸውን ሳይቀር በአካፋ የተሰቃየው 211 የዝቋላ መነኰሳት፡፡
    ፠ በጥቅምት 17/1929 ዓ.ም የታረዱ 2116 የሆኑ የደብረ ዳሞ መነኰሳት፡፡
    ፠ በሰኔ 3/1929 ዓ.ም 60 የታረዱ የምድረ ከብድ መነኰሳት፡፡
    ፠ በሰኔ 15/ 1929 ዓ.ም የታረዱ፤ በዚህም አንበሶች ከጫካ ወጥተው ያለቀሱላቸው፤ 91 የሚሆኑ የአሰቦት መነኰሳት፡፡
    ፠ በኅዳር 25/ 1929 ዓ.ም የታረዱ፤ ሲታረዱም ብርሃንም የወረደላቸው፤ 143 የአዲስ ዓለም ካህናትና መነኰሳት፡፡
    ፠ በየካቲት 12/1929 ዓ.ም ከ30 ሺ በላይ በአካፋ ሳይቀር የተጨፈጨፉ የአዲስ አበባ ነዋሪዎች፡፡
    ፠ በመጋቢት 16/1929 ዓ.ም. ከላይ በቦንብ የውሃ ገንዳውን ጭምር፣ ከታች በመትረየስ የተፈጁት 515
    የማኅበረ ሥላሴ ገዳም መነኰሳት፡፡ የበቁ አባቶችም በጸሎታቸውም አውሮጵላኗን የከሰከሷት፡፡
    ፠ በመጋቢት 17/1929 ዓ.ም የታረዱ ብዛታቸው በውል ያልታወቁ የደብረ ዓባይ ገዳም መነኰሳት፡፡
    ፠ በሚያዝያ 18 ና ሚያዝያ 20/1929 ዓ.ም የታረዱ 363 የመርጦ ለማርያምና የተድባበ ማርያም ካህናትና መነኰሳት፡፡
    ፠ በሐምሌ 29/1929 ዓ.ም. እየተለቀሙ እንዲታሰሩ ከተደረገ በኋላ ግማሾቹ የተሰየፉትና ግማሾቹ ደግሞ በግዞት የተወሰዱት ጎንደር ሊቃውንት፡፡
    ፠ በየካቲት 18/1929 ዓ.ም የተሠዉት የአዲስ አበባ የካ ደብረ ሣህል ቅዱስ ሚካኤል ቤተ ክርስቲያን ሊቃውንትና ካህናት አባቶች፡፡
    ፠ በየካቲት 20/1929 ዓ.ም በአዲስ አበባ ከተማ ያሉ በተለያዩ ገዳማትና አድባራት የሚገኙ ታላላቅ ሊቃውንት ተለቅመው እንዲሰበሰቡ ከተደረገና ከተደበደቡ በኋላ እጅና እግራቸውን አስረው እሳት አጉርሰዋቸዋል፡፡
    ፠ የትግራይ ጨለቆት ሥላሴ አገልጋዮችና (ርዕሰ ደብር የነበሩትን አስተዳዳሪውን ጨምሮ) አስረው ‹‹በሮማ ካቶሊክ ታምናላችው ወይስ በረሃብ ትሞታላችሁ?›› እያሉ በረሃብ አሠቃይተዋቸዋል፡፡ እምቢ ቢሏቸው ጽኑ ግርፋት ገርፈው ከለቀቋቸው በኋላ በመኪና ገጭተው ገድለዋቸዋል፡፡
    ፠ ይደመቆ ጊዮርጊስ ቤተ ክርስቲያን /ሰሜን ሸዋ/
    ፠ አፈር ባይኔ ተክለ ሃይማኖት ቤ.ክ /ሰሜን ሸዋ/
    ፠ አክርሚት ቅዱስ ሚካኤል ቤ.ክ /ሰሜን ሸዋ/
    ፠ ጎበጥ አገር ገብርኤል ቤ.ክ /ሰሜን ሸዋ እመ ምሕረት/
    ፠ አንኮበር ቅድስት ማርያም ቤ.ክ.
    ፠ ደረፎ ቅድስት ማርያም ቤ.ክ. /ሰሜን ሸዋ ደረፎ/
    ፠ ጎንቻ መድኀኔ ዓለም ገዳም /ምሥራቅ ጎጃም/
    ፠ አንኮበር ቅዱስ ሚካኤል ቤ.ክ

    ከብዙ በጥቂቱ ናቸው።

    በቀጨኔ ደብረ ሰላም መድኃኔዓለም ሰንበት ትምርት ቤት የተዘጋጀ ።
    From Zemedkun B. telegram page

  3. “….the ስደተኛው EOTC’s seeming stance of “let them do their killing and we will do our preaching of life after death” epitomizes serious dereliction of clerical obligation, bordering on ክህደት.”
    I say Amen to that!

    Thank you for keeping writing and making valuable contributions. You should not be too bitter about comments that are critical of your writing and consider them all as ሰደብ . Even in that respect, no one has so far succeeded in mounting a greater ሰደብ to both our intellect and the struggle of the persecuted Amhara as you had in the past.
    Still, I commend you for continuing to raise highly critical and valuable points.
    Regarding Christian Oromo:
    Orthodox Christian Oromo have been targets of colonialists like the Italians for embracing Ethiopia. Unlike what is asserted usually, the Christian faith and culture are not the only things Orthodox Christian Oromos share with Amhara people. Just as a large part of Amhara people have Oromo blood, a large part of the Oromo, especially the Christian Oromo are Amhara by blood or share Amhara blood. This could also be expressed in a different way. The tribes that have been assimilated into the Oromo include the Amhara, Gafat, Damot, Maya and the like. At the same time, the Oromo, Gafat, Damot etc have been one of the largest groups assimilated into the Amhara genetic pool.
    Following Shene terror campaigns, many Shewa Oromo have made the startling discovery that they are actually Amhara. Most are ashamed to admit this because of their prior role as duped Oromo radicals or supporters of extremists.
    For a very long time, Shewa Oromo have been targeted by both the Wellega Pente OLF and the Hararghe Islamic State OLF. As a combination force, OPDO has been vested in demographic engineering aimed to infiltrate, dilute, encircle and ambush Shewa Oromo with millions of ‘imported’ non-Shewa Oromo settlers. But long before these two mercenary forces targeted Shewa Oromo, their foreign colonial and neocolonial bosses have targeted Shewa Oromo as one of the pillars of modern Ethiopian defiance to foreign subjugation.

  4. Dr. Yonas,

    As things stand now, the country is in deep, deep s… which is impossible to extract from even with a herculian effort being exerted by the whole world together. The best thing that can be done now is to mitigate the damage.

    Given this fact, I don’t understand why the Amhara are being told to save Ethiopia from Oromummaa and the Orthodox church (OC). What Oromummaa looks for is an Oromo state. Let them have it. They want Oromo OC, let them have that too. Whateelse do they ask? Nothing else.

    My view is that the Amhara should not overburder themselves with an attempt to save Ethiopia and OC. They have been and still are castigated as barbaric colonizers that used OC as a vehicle of oppression and killed and dispaced in tens of millions and lose their miagre belongings. Why? Simply for creating and defending Ethiopia. It’s time for them to move on to take care of themselves than worry for the entire country and OC. How can they take care of themselves? Via confederation.

    The Amhara have the right to self determination under the constitution. The first step towards determining the future of the Amhara is to liberate their land. That process is in progress and appears to complete soon. Right now, what the Amhara need is a free territory from Oromo control (which the Oromo control using prixy organizations like PP Amhara) and hold regional election without the involvement of NEB which is in the pocket of PP. Once they liberate their land, they can have their own defense and security forces to protect their land and its resources. They can as well establish foreign relations ( to attract direct investment and all those that relates to foreign relations). I feel that’s the only way forward for the Amhara if they want relief from war and perpetual poverty, grow their economy and live in peace and dignity .

    In brief – confederation within the Ethiopian state and if confederation is not possible separation. As we know it, Ethiopia and OC are romantic concepts that exists only in the minds of few people like Dr. Yonas. Today, crying “እማማ ጦቢያ” serves no practical purpose for the Amhara and all non – Oromos. If the rest of the country wants to keep Ethipia as a confederate and OC united, they have to negotiate terms with the Amhara as an equal without dictating their preferences as TPLF did some decades ago. Saving Ethiopia and OC are the last things the Amhara should worry about at this stage or even later until it comes from Oromos themselves and others in the country.

  5. Bravo ZEFENE KASSA,

    You and your likes added, the number of confederalists in the country is growing in leaps and bounds. Soon, we’ll release our program to totally transform the political landscape of the country. Stay tuned.

    Ethiopia needs vast decentralization resembling confederation since the federalism the country has adopted is notheing other than unitarism in disguise. Controlled from the centre, it has miserably failed to develop the country let alone prosper and ensure safety and security of its citizens. The chaos we see in the country right now has much to do with lack of development (in all sectors) and security. Both have proven beyond the capacity of the ethnic federalist government to provide. Change of government at ethnic federal level is not the answer for these problems.

    Tigreans within their closed community have floated the idea of confederation or separation even if they pretend to remain part of the country for the moment to retake Welkait – Tsegede and other Amhara areas, continue to get federal budget, borrow money from local and international sources and obtain direct foreign assitance and aid. They are being treated by the feds as a de facto independent state receiving foreign dignataries and opening diplomatic offices abroad. Tigreans know that they will not be fairly treated under Oromo rule because the federalism in place cannot be reformed to realize equality; as a result, their choice of confederation or separation appears just.

    I agree with ZEFENE KASSA in that Amharas must seize the opportunity to decide their destiny via self-determination for confederation, and, if not possible, for separation without wasting another year under incompetent Oromo rule. To realize their secret objectives, Tigreans under TPLF have kept silent about the crimes the feds are committing on the Amhara. No condemnation came from them. They’re hoping that both feds and the Amhara will be wekened due to the war and then they can dectate terms. They’re wrong. Given time, Amhara will emerge battle hardened force that can dectate terms. So, better support Amhara and back the bid of confederalists in the country.

    Try it! It will work and take Amhara peace and security to new heights and catapult its development and growth to the sky. It will eventually liberate Oromos too from their bloody distructive path poised to take everybody else down them.

    ዩናስ ብሩ በ confederation ጉዳይ ትንፍሽ የማይልበትን ምክንያት በሚቀጥለው ጽሁፌ አጋልጣለሁ።

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