"The Mistrust and Fear between the two largest ethinic groups, The Oromos and Amharas, has allowed the Wayane regime to Distroy Ethiopia."

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by Samuel Birhanu

Like most of you, I have been engulfed with the current situation in Ethiopia – the Disheartening, Hurtful and Despicable act towards our Oromo brothers and sisters by the Wayane regime has been unthinkable . Listening to some of the media outlets, there is an appealing message which has been floating around that has grabbed my attention. And that is, ” The Mistrust and Fear between the two largest ethinic groups, The Oromos and Amharas, has allowed the Wayane regime to Distroy Ethiopia, what if these two ethinic groups come together and built a healthy relationship based on a mutual respect and equal power sharing”. This really resonated with me and I started thinking and decided to share with you what is in my mind hoping that it would spark some constructive dialog between us.
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According to some source Oromos and Amharas make up 70-80% total population of Ethiopia. I would like us to dialog on the following questions: 1. Given the history between the two ethinic groups, do you believe that the two would be willing to come together and build a healthy and strong Ethiopia? 2. What would it take for these two ethinic groups to come together and lead Ethiopia based on a mutual respect and equal power sharing? 3. How can they fix/overcome the Mistrust and Fear between them to build healthy and strong relationship to work together ? So, with this I pause and let you give your opinion. Thank you.

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12 Comments

  1. All what I can do right now is wail, wail!!! Woe! Woe! Cry My Old Beloved Country!!! Woe! Woe!!! Whoever let this happen should not be proud of it. Nobody should be proud of this wanton violence. All I can do as always is pray, pray and pray. The Almighty works often in mysterious ways to let good things happen when situations get out of human’s hands. I am now banking every drop of my hope in Him, The Creator!!!!

  2. Imagine if we were together and loving each other with care and respect for the betterment of all people. What is going on now, with the Oromo student uprising is simply garbage. Before you stone me to death let me say as to why it is a refuse.
    1. In the beginning Oromo nationalist fanned the flame of hate that was lit by the narrow minded TPLF and made it to be a bonfire by killing the Amhara’s in the most horrendous way.
    2. Instead of fighting to unite the country, using their skewed historical explanation they try to alienate themselves from Ethiopia by telling naive and stupid whites as if they are from the country called “Oromia”. As the world knows no such country exists! The hate for Ethiopian unity mostly comes from the diaspora who are far away from the retribution of the Weyane tags. Instead they push others to the fire and cry foul, to gain worthless political sympathy from the white world, which is fading fast.
    3. The current disturbance in the Oromia region as TPLF calls it, is a worthless cause because it is ethnically based and does not see the whole picture of the country. This does not cheapen the blood of the Oromo students. They are dying for the cause they believed in. And I respect that. It just means their cause is nearsighted and it is no different than the policy of the current government. In other words, anything ethnically based is as worthless as a penny on the ground, no one cares to pick it up. You want a cause that will rally (reunite) people from all four corners of the country, drop crying about the expansion plan of Addis Ababa and make the cause of your cry to inclusive of everyone in the nation that are suppressed and imprisoned by the TPLF warlords. That is a just cause to fight and to die for! Otherwise, we are being isolated from one another and dealt with by the TPLF tags with no change to the suffering of our people for many years to come.

  3. Yes, yes, yes.
    1. History tells us Ethiopian rulers have been kings often mixed with the the four ethnics (Amhara, Oromo, Tigre and Gurage). They expanded their region from north to west, south and east. The land they claimed used to be larger than the to day Ethiopian region.
    2. Amharas and Oromo have been mutually respected each other. The rulers used the two people to force taxation and enforce their rule as they expand regions. Since the date of the two big religions, minor divisions were created. During the Derg, there was no any animosity. However, in the past 24 hrs, the rulers created ethnic divisions and the young is feeler with false accounts. So, mutual understanding will be better if peace is there and people are free to travel and leave any where. And, the majority of that area enjoy the resources, its culture and language.
    3. First, to work together to bring peace by stopping narrow views written by some hardliners on both ethnic. Agree to use the Amharic language as the co try primary since lots of people speak it and the resources already available. To stop expulsions of each specially the Amharas from where they have been living over a few generations. Then, allow a true exchange of people and trade between the two people and region. That will expedite intermingling among people so that market and civic societies make changes gradually to a modern Ethiopian like people in Addis. In fact, same phylosophy should be followed if we need to create a unified and strong Ethiopia that can compete in the global market.

  4. Here is my take on the current situation. These are people who are fighting for their democratic rights. They are fighting the government that denied them these rights. They are not fighting any ethnic group.Other people with other democratic rights should give these people the support they need. what this spontaneous event is telling us is the issue is not going to go away and it can only get worse.Let us do the right thing. Just because it has an ethnic base to it it does not mean it should be opposed. This could be the make or break time for the two major ethnic groups.Up in Gondar people are fighting the annexation of some Gondar land with Tigrai. It is the same issue here. It can not be right in Amhara region and be wrong in Oromia. Let us stop the double standard.

  5. No more blaming Woyane because the evil plant Woyane planted has alsready grown showing and yielding its evil fruits that is no good to Amhara and Oromos. It didn’t stopped destroying Amhara and Oromos but also Gambellas, Afars, Gurages and many more putting TPLF Tigres in power controlling bank accounts full of cash and wealth all over the world.
    Amharas have been trying not to be subjects of Woyane ethnic tools by reaching to the Oromos but some Oromos stood planted on the ethnic holes disregarding the harmonious relationship they have had with Amharas for centuries that made Woyane so jealous.
    So if Oromos by now are still playing prey to Woyane evil ethnic plan they haven’t learned anything yet. They are only waiting until each and every Oromo is killed or sent to the street to beg.

  6. We have been discussing this issue at the bignining the year. The only way to avoid mistrust is to recognize Afan Oromo and Amharic to be Ethiopian official language.also give unconditional support to cancell Addis expansion master plan. The unity of Amhara’s and Oromo’s will bring prosperity to Ethiopia.

  7. I could agree more,all the comments are genuine and realistic.Amara is for unity from day one.it is upto Oromo elites.

  8. OROMO IS Ethiopian TOO THERE ARE MILLIONS OF OROMOS WHO BELIVE IN UNITY AND ETHIOPIA, LIKE ALL AMAHARA BELIVE, IT IS SOME RADICAL THINKERS TRYING TO SPOILED THE INOCENT TRUE ETHIOPIAN OROMO, WE ARE ALL ETHIOPIAN. IT IS WOYANE WHO CREAT ALL THIS TERMOIL, SO OUR #1 ENEMIE IS TPLF AND ITS GROUP #2 ENEMIES RADICAL THINKERS NOT AMHARA OR OROMO. IT IS THE RADICAL OROMOS IN THE NAME OF RELIGION LIKE ISIS MASICAR PEOPLE IN THE NAME OF RELIGION BUT ISIS IS NOT REPRESENT MOSLIM IT IS CRIMINAL ACT, IN ETHIOPIA IT IS THE RADICAL OROMO WHO MASICAR AMHARA NOT THE TRUE OROMO. ONE THING I WANT TO SAY RADICAL THINKER LIKE JUHAR MUHAMMAD PLEASE STOP SPOILING THE OROMO PEOPLE WITH YOUR AN HEALTHY IDEA, MY BROTHER LET ME TELL YOU,YOU ARE EDUCATED YOUNG MAN BUT YOUR IDEA IS BELOW GRADE, YOU LIVE IN AMERICA PLEASE EDUCATE YOURSELF BEFORE YOU TRY TO LEAD THE OROMO PEOPLE. OROMO PEOPLE IS THE LOVING, SHARING AND HAMBLE NOT CRUL PLEASE STOP STOP JUAHR AND HIS COLICS PLEASE STOP OROMO IS ETHIOPIN!!!!!!

  9. The TPLF believes in unity too in their own style.That style puts them in control of every thing.The so called unity camp should realize what they call unity may not be the unity others want. We had many unities in the past we all know how they were achieved and why they did not last.

  10. I think it is wrong to underestimate the whole debacle of Ethiopia will be fixed if the two biggest groups aka Oromo and Amhara cooperate. In my view the problem is bigger than that. The very constitution and system of government which meant to serve the Ethiopian people has in fact undermines cohesiveness and peaceful existence of the Ethiopian state. One may think, the Oromo or Amhara are sidelined from the national cake of Ethiopia. But, the truth of the matter is everyone is excluded because the system is made on what our differences are instead of what our common values and good emanate. Therefore, such system and constitution effectively creates group of people (big or small) to fight for a bigger share of wealth, political power and benefited associated with it. In turn, that unhealthy completion creates suspicion, animosity and allegiance to a group than the nation itself. This is not a hypothesis, but the bitter reality we witnessed in the past 25 or so years.
    Therefore, the claim that Amhara and Oromo can change the game of TPLF is shortsighted at best. There are 70 plus ethnic groups who are affected by the same problem and their participation as a force for good is imperative. What I mean is that, it is not because of the Oromo and Amhara mistrust TPLF survives, it is because of the very system and constitution designed to sow mistrust within the width and breadth of the Ethiopian society. Let’s face it, only trust can be achieved if the system is fair, people centered, democratic, a vehicle for common good, allows every citizen for a pursuit of happiness throughout the nation irrespective of color of skin, ethnicity, religious affiliation, social status, or whatsoever difference. A system which allows an individual to chart its destiny than to be dictated by the group it belongs. It is about creating equality among individuals who are the common denominator of a nation or humanity itself. We can not talk of equality if we are talking unbalanced group. You can make equality in a group if it is a soccer match or other other sports since the numbers of the group members are limited as equal by law. Boxing match is a better fair game because the fighters on both side has to compete with a range of compatible weight.
    Therefore, the idea of ethnic system of governance which lumps big and small is the very problem of Ethiopia since the take over of EPRDF. In order to find durable solution, Ethiopia as a nation should not opt for a temporary fix by making an alliance of Oromo and Amhara. But by directly tackling the foundation of the very system that breeds suspicion, unhealthy completion and greed – namely ethnic federalism! We have to be bold enough and face the problem head on so as to bring a change that is durable, fair and beneficial to every citizen whether it belongs to the biggest or smallest groups.
    Thank you

  11. Oromo nationalists are too extreme in that they want to take over addis ababa for example. So the only solution is to expand Addis Ababa as fast as possible and link Amhara territory to southern peoples. There can be no Ethiopia with oromo nationalism, nope, so oromo nationalism must be crushed with sticks and carrots. Include moderates into Ethiopia, reject extremists..oromos might be 35 percent of the country, but 65% will not stand still and watch Ethiopia fall apart.
    Sorry, but it is bad fate that there is bad blood btw oromo and amharas. Amharas and southern people will keep oromos under control forever.

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