Open Letter to President Biden: The Plight of the Amhara People Is not a Fiction”

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Yimer Muhe
May 24, 2021

Mr. President, the last five decades have been hell for Ethiopia and its people, specially, with the last three years standing out as the most excruciating and agonizing. Though the prior 27 years under the most brutal TPLF leadership were unrivaled in what happened to the country and its people in terms of corruption, human rights violations, and total domination by a single group, there is no doubt that the last three years have been the most violent ones with most of the horrific violence directed at the great Amhara people.

Literature on the persecution of the Amhara people is abound. Its genesis is easily traceable to the TPLF Manifesto of 1968 in which the organization designated the Amhara people+ as its primary enemy alongside with the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. After TPLF came to power in 1991 with the help of the Bush First Administration and its allies, it made sure that the Amhara people were excluded from real power sharing in the new government. When the current Ethiopian Constitution was drafted and adopted, not only there was no Amhara representation, TPLF made sure the spirit of the Constitution smacked of condemning the Amhara people as enemies to the rest.

Mr. President, it is almost next to impossible for the US not to know what TPLF was up to regarding the Amhara people at the time of the London Conference of 1991. Nonetheless, Herman Cohen, as US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, literally handed Ethiopia on a plate to the TPLF leadership without adequate consultation with the other stakeholders who were in town at the time. This was a watershed moment for the Amhara people because their fate was sealed off at that time condemning them to be targets of all sorts of injustices including harassment, intimidation, confiscation, torture, maiming, killing, imprisonment, and exile. In other words, it is very clear that USA, as the deal maker in the 1991 London Conference, must share responsibility for the injustices the Amhara people have suffered in the last 30 years.

Ever since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, it seems that Ethiopia is one of the few unlucky countries in the world where America did not care to promote or facilitate democracy in the true sense of the word. For as long as it was in power, USA was not only supplying TPLF with the latest weaponry and sharing intelligence with it, US officials were also busy promoting the late Prime Minster Meles Zenawi as the hope of Africa and a panacea to its complex problems. In return, Ethiopian Armed forces were available for the US “War on Terror” effort confronting Al-Shabaab in Somalia and at a moment’s notice taking peace keeping missions in other troubled spots of Africa such as in Sudan, Rwanda etc.

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Mr. President, while the two countries were enjoying their honeymoon, USA – the bastion of democracy – remained impervious to the sufferings of the Ethiopian people. It kept looking the other way when TPLF was jailing journalists, religious leaders, political opponents, the Youth, and amassing wealth with absolute domination of the politics, the economy, the military and the security apparatus of the country to benefit only itself and its lackeys.

In an interview with VOA in December 2017, Mr. Cohen, who officiated the power transfer at the London Conference, admitted trusting TPLF was a big mistake that he would regret for the rest of his life. However, on June 24, 2019, on the heels of the killings of prominent Amhara officials in Bahr Dar under mysterious circumstances, Mr. Cohen did not have any qualms in tweeting, “Failed coup in #Ethiopia’s Amhara state was an attempt by Ethnic nationalists to restore Amhara hegemony over all Ethiopia that existed for several centuries prior to 1991. That dream is now permanently dead.” Mr. President, TPLF operatives and Oromo Nationalists did not waste time fanning and exploiting Mr. Cohen’s baseless accusation against the Amhara people in the social media riling up their base resulting in deadly consequences. Be that as it may, it is so sad to notice that your administration is also taking its cues from a partisan like Mr. Cohen.

On October 12, and 13, 2019, 86 innocent civilians, most of them Amharas, were hacked to death in the Oromia Region after Jawar Mohammed – a US citizen and an Oromo extremist currently in jail – posted a false Mayday call on social media and his ragtag machete wielding bandits converged on Addis Ababa and its vicinity. In June 2020, after the murder of the popular Oromo singer Hachalu Hundessa in Addis Ababa, over 250 innocent civilians were murdered in the most unimaginable gruesome ways and businesses were burned down in the city of Shashemene in the Oromia region. Again, a large majority of the victims were Amharas and the culprits once again were Oromo nationalists. It is necessary to note that the suspects in the murder are not Amharas at all.

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Mr. President, in the last 12 months, over a thousand have been hacked to death and burned alive inside their houses in the Oromia and Benishangul- Gumuz Regions, and close to a million have been displaced because of their Amhara identity. In one instance, over 200 Amharas, young and old, men, women and children were buried in a mass grave irrespective of their religion after their corpses were transported in bucket plate fitted tractors. These are ongoing occurrences with no solutions in sight.

Recently, towns such as Attaye, Kara Qore, and Shoa Robit in the Amhara Region were pulverized to dust and ashes and looted by invading Armed Oromo Nationalists who also killed more than two hundred Amharas and displaced thousands upon thousands. Believe it or not, Mr. President, this carnage and wonton destruction happened a month after your Secretary of state Antony Blinken testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee blaming the Amhara Special Forces for ethnic cleansing and human rights abuses in “Western Tigray” (Wolkait, Tsegede). Mr. Blinken also urged the Ethiopian government to remove the Amhara Special Forces from the area and wrongly hinted that the victims in the Maikadra Massacre were Tigrayans. The truth is “Western Tigray” belongs to the Amhara people and most of the victims in Maikadra were Amharas and the rest non-Tigrayans. It is also well established that the ethnic cleansing was committed by a TPLF organized youth group called Samri that crossed the border to Sudan right before the arrival of the Ethiopian Defense Forces and the Amhara Special Forces in the town of Maikadra.

Mr. President, in its press statement of May 15, 2021, the Department of State indicated that “…The conduct of the ….. Amhara Regional Forces have been particularly egregious…..we equally urge the Government of Ethiopia to withdraw Amhara Regional Forces from Tigray region and ensure that effective control of western Tigray is returned to the Transitional Government of Tigray.” Such kinds of statements not only are based on false premises, they are also very irresponsible and dangerous because Oromo nationalists and Gumuz armed brigands who share the same deep hatred for Amharas use them as excuses and justifications to kill more innocent Amharas. This is not to deny, however, that the bulk of the Amhara massacres are related to the false narratives fabricated by Oromo Nationalists and TPLF. But we cannot also deny, as a superpower, whatever USA says has weight and consequences. Mr. President, I hope you are getting my drift. Simply put, the statements that come out of the State Department these days as related to the Amhara people are tantamount to death sentences.

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Mr. President, the Amhara peoples’ plight is not a fiction, and neither are the Amhara people aggressors. They are unequivocally victims. How could your administration forget HR128 and SR168 of the 115th Congress that targeted TPLF? Pushing for the inclusion of TPLF in any future settlements of the current Ethiopian crises is no different than asking all Ethiopians, especially the Amhara people, to relive 27 years of misery and agony. Mr. President, instead, why can’t USA consider using this opportunity to rectify its past mistakes for supporting 27 years of TPLF tyranny that contributed a great deal to the current chaos in Ethiopia?

Mr. President, statements issued by your administration so far on the current crises in Ethiopia, and the visa restrictions that you just imposed that ironically and laughably included the “..Amhara regional and irregular forces…” make no mention of the plight of the Amhara people elsewhere in the country. Therefore, at this point, it appears that your administration is deliberately not heeding the genocidal crimes against the Amhara people. Mr. President, if you are not helping, please at least stop blaming the Amhara people or the Amhara Special Forces for the wrong reasons and exacerbating their predicament. Mr. President, to put things in perspective, please think of Rwanda when you think of the Amhara people. What is good for the goose is good for the gander.

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8 Comments

  1. September the 11th, 2021 will be the day when the Amara people in tens of thousands if not in hundreds of thousands will leave Ethiopia to by mass immigration to neighboring countries in exile. The US President and the US Homeland security along with the UNHCR need to be made aware of the upcoming Amara mass migration out of Ethiopia so all aprties will take appropriate measure in advance to accept their fair shares of these victims of the Amara genocides into USA, by making exceptions or by being lenient towards those Amara’s genocide victims whether they enter the US legally or illegally.

  2. Dear Yimer Muhe!
    It is not unknowingly that US is imposing restrictions on Amharas. They think back to the times of Adwa victory. They always wake up and get alert enough to crush this nation, when the country is in state of internal chaos like these days. Good examples could be the war of aggression by Somalia and the current invasion by the Sudan.
    The urgent and only solution for Amharas, to librate itself, is to be organized and create equal & opposite resistance force. The sad and ugly mention is the Amhara poor and innocent irregular forces which is shameful for Americans. In this case, I appreciate the TPLF cabal who convinced the Americans blind folded.

  3. Hello All of You Amharas! Have evacuated the entire regions of Gojjam and Gondar? How about you Oromos who now live within 300 miles along the banks of the Blue Nile, have you left the area? If you haven’t already the jets, tanks, howitzers and heavily armed burly soldiers of el-Sisi and Lt. Gen. Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman al-Burhan are all coming for you. They will smoke you out and throw your bodies to the hyenas and foxes. All that area belonged to Sudan and Egypt before the 1902 chicken scratch. I’m telling you to run now!!! Otherwise you will be lambasted alive by the indomitable soldiers of Sudan and Egypt. You are forewarned. Me? I am gonna call myself Sudanese/Egyptian-American starting tomorrow. Don’t you dare call me Ethiopian-American! Don’t even think about it. I have asked el-Sisi already if I can create my own Republic of Oromia and he has given me the green light. I will be the first prime minister because I have an extensive experience as an orphan at US and UK college campuses and my assistant has years of expertise leading an advocacy organization.

    Hey Ittu!!! Eat your heart out! Na-na-na-na-na boo boo!!!!!!

    • TPLF didn’t say “the Amhara people+ as its primary enemy alongside with the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.”

      HOwever, I can strongly assure you Amhara elites(not the entire ethnic members, I doubt if there is a tribe called Amhara) and Ethiopian Orthodox chirch elites. You colonized Orthodox churches in Oromia .Many poor Amhara clergymen move to Oromia to make money. Most Amhara towns and parsh churches donot pay them well. Amhara people prefer to give you cereals than they pay you in cash. They put their coins in a mettalic box and in a place that you cannot imagine. They are tight-fisted when it comes to offering money even to their local churches.

      Many of Amahara regions are poverty , drought stricken and most people left to Oromia and some come to Finfine and they become a thieves , lottery ticket sellers, etc ..

      To sum up, Oromia region became a center of protection for many amhara who committed serious crime in amhara region , suffer from exterme poverty , seek better future and job . Most of these people flee to Deberzeit, Nazaret and southeren Oromia. (they travel until Bale, Elibabure, etc )

      Oromia and finfine are perfect instances of Canaan, promised land.Most agricutural products that enabled the country to profit from the exported items comes from Oromia .

      በአሩሲ አድዓ፥ ባሌ ና ኢሊባቡር በትራክተር የሚታረሰው ሰፊው የእርሻ መሬ ሀገሪታ ወደ ውጭ የምትልከው ና ለሀገሪቷ ከፍተኛ የገቢ ምንጭ ከሌሎች ክልሎች በበለጠ የሚያገኝ መሆኑ ሁሉም የያውው እውነታ ነው፥፥በዚህ የቅናት መንፈስ የነደዱ የአማራ ልቃን የራሳውን መሬት ለሱዳን አሳልፈው ሰጥተው ፁን የወቃልይትና የራያን ሕዝብ እየጨፈጨፉ መሬታቸው ያልሆነውን የኛ ነው በማለት ንፁሓንን ለእልቂት እየጋበዙና እየፈጁ ይገኛሉ፥፥የትግራይን ሕዝብ ሆን ብው በረብ እየፈጁ እኛ የበቂ አቅርቦት ና ለተጎዳው ሕዝብ በነፍስ ወከፍ የሚደርስ የመሠረታዊ ምርትና ቁስ እጥረት እንጂ ወደ ሕዝቡ ለመድረስ የሚያግደን አንዳችም የሚያግደን ነገር የለም በማለት ለአሜሪካና ለአለም አቀፉ ሕብረሰብ አደተለመደው ሲዋሹ ይታያሉ፥፥ምና ልባት እውነቱን ለመናገር እንደተለመደው ሦስትና አራት ወራት መቆየት አለባቸው፥፥ ለሀሰታቸው ምክንያቱእስኪያስቡ ረስ የፕሮቤሽን ግዜን ስለስፈልጋው ነው፥፥

  4. Why is it that people always have to be forced to do the right thing, instead of doing it out of love to all? Good really loves you, pls be safe get vaccinated asap and NEVER skip the second dose, only after 2 weeks of the 2nd dose you’re vaccinated fully. Eat, exercise healthy to avoid any clots pls use a mask with the full vaccine to prevent infections to unvaccinated people from any leftover virus in you from previous infections. Others and I also love you! Luke 14 :25-33 Forsake all you have everyone and yourself for J

    Luke 16 :13 Work for J not pay$, then J will give you and your family the food and clothing if they follow too

    Matthew 25 :34-36 + Mathew 6 :3-4 + Luke 12 :33 Sell everything you got and give to poor dying in hunger, and pls keep all giving in secret

    Mark 16 :15 + John 17 :21 Share the Truth to everyone working with others in love and peace

    Revelation 13 :16-17 + 14 :9-11 Don’t take the mark of the beast right hand or forehead the only way to buy or sell *It is not covid vaccine or mask, but maybe a microimplant or quantum technology implantable or tattoo

    Revelation 17 :15-18 + 18 :8-10 US Is most likely the Babylon to be destroyed in one hour with fire.

  5. Do what is right by default, not by force. Good & others love you, please forsake all, everyone and your life, selling all and giving to the poor, then work for J not $, share the truth of J to all people with others in love, and get vaccinated asap take both doses as only 2 weeks after the 2nd dose you have full vaccination, use a mask with vaccination to protect those without vaccines in case you carry any residue virus in you, Eat and exercise healthy to avoid clots and issues! Don’t take the mark of the beast, it’s NOT a covid vaccine or mask, but maybe a microchip or quantum implant. USA is the Babylon almost for sure to be destroyed in one hour with fire. Luke 14 :25-33 and Matthew 6 :24-33 and John 17:21 and Revelation 13 :16-17 and 14 :9-11 and Revelation 17 :15-18 and 18 :8-10.

  6. I want to give a shout-out to our Eritrean brothers and sisters congratulating them on the anniversary of their independence. I had the chance and privilege to have met and befriend some of your countrymen during my school days in the Middle East in the 1960’s. The sympathy I had for you civilians then is still in tact to this day. Happy Independence Day brothers and sisters!!!!

  7. It is a very well written piece, in chronological order, highlighting the main happenings from the time TPLF started to march to Addis Ababa. One thing that should have been expanded on was the so-called western Tigray. That region was annexed by TPLF by force from Gonder which is Amhara land when they marched to the capital city to topple the socialst government in collaboration with EPLF.
    Western Tigray has never been part of Tigray, and will never be.

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