Rights group wants FIFA to ban Ethiopia 

Teshome Borago
Satenaw and zehabesha News Columnist

An Ethiopian rights group asked the World’s football governing body to ban the Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) over xenophobic incidents this past week before a local match at the southern Hawassa city.

The Wolayta Committee on Human Rights (WCHR) accused the EFF of being unable to protect ethnic Wolaitas in the southern city from tribal attacks that left over a dozen injured and heavy property damage, according to ESAT media.

The game was between the  Wolaita dicha club and the Debub Police Sports Club (DPSC). The Wolaita Dicha posted on its Facebook page a complaint on the violence and successfully convinced the EFF to change the site of the match from Hawassa to Addis Ababa.

The DPSC is mostly associated with ethnic Sidama, and tribal gang activity in Hawassa has risen as some Sidama politicians have spread nativist propaganda that the city belongs only to their tribe.

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Another local match in Hawassa with the popular St. George Sports Club (SGSC) was also postponed due to xenophobic attacks. The SGSC is often associated with ethnic Amhara and Gurage as well as other multiethnic urbanites. Last year, Hawassa markets used by Gurage and others were set on fire by gangs; while Wolaita businesses and civilians have also been targeted, including burned alive, according to Reuters.

“WCHR believes that FIFA must ban the EFF until such xenophobic attacks stop during football matches in Ethiopia,” said the rights group on its Facebook page.

Analysts believe such violence is usually supported by local officials who exploit ethnic divisions for their power. Ethnic Sidama politicians have recently taken full control of Hawassa administration despite making up a minority, or about 40% of the city demography. Similar problems exist in Bishoftu and Adama city of Oromia where Oromos are a minority but control full administration of the two cities. Recent protests by multiethnic people of Adama town criticized the rise of Oromo radical youth (Qeerroo) harassing and displacing local residents. Both Sidama and Oromo officials have been accused of publicly advocating social engineering and demographic alterations.

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1 Comment

  1. This is what I have been saying for quite some time now. A front or any group founded for the ‘liberation’ of a sole ethnic group is always vulnerable for a take over by extremists arising in its midst. That is even though it’s cause is noble.
    From the outset. Someone will be it’s target, someone from another ethnic group. The group will eventually be taken over by connivers and connivers are not known to be friendly toward others outside their ethnicity. If there has been one otherwise during the documented history of mankind, someone, please stand up!!! Just look at what they are doing!!! They are denying its own youth the right to enjoy its most popular sport. I tell you such heathens are on the prowl in almost every region. They may be in sleeping cells waiting for favorable occasions in some regions but they have been steering the wheels of governing in others. They even have stopped heeding to their religious institutions. When I read a story where a lawless mob of young people dragged a person out of a house of faith and stoned him to death, I said to myself ‘where did that come from?’ They even manhandled the priests who tried to remind them that the person has taken a refuge in the house of The Good Lord. The priests were beaten so badly for doing their mission from God Our Creator. I heard such demonic behavior has happened to both major religions. Fasten to your seats folks! There will be more to come unless these bigots are effectively and peacefully made irrelevant. This task is not wholly on the shoulders of the regime but everyone of us who wish the people that produced us all to live in peace and harmony so they can fight their common enemy, poverty and backwardness in the technology to tackle it all!!!!

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