[ View the story "Oromos seek justice in Ethiopia" on Storify] Oromos seek justice in Ethiopia Why is the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia also one of the most persecuted?
The Stream· Tue, Jun 25 2013 11:34:15
Over many years, millions of Oromos have fled their homeland to become refugees in other nations. The Oromo people are found largely in Ethiopia, northern Kenya and parts of Somalia.
This video from the website OPride.com illustrates some of the challenges faced by Oromos in Ethiopia and in the diaspora community.
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This map shows Ethiopia's Oromia region in red.
Activists in the disapora are using the internet to
and raise international awareness of the need for Oromo rights and better representation in Ethiopia's government. According to
, Oromos make up close to 90 per cent of political prisoners in Ethiopia.
Oromo Political Prisoner Protestsabbona oromo
May 1, 2013 RAB Hiriira Nagaa Hawaasa Oromoo OsloAfuurabiyyaa
Recently, Oromo refugees in Egypt say they have
as a result of Ethiopia's plans to use the Nile River for hydroelectric power. Calling for greater protection, refugees have
outside of the UNHCR headquarters in Cairo.
#Oromo refugees protested harassment in #Egypt saying"We are not part of the #Ethiopia n government" & have nothing to do with #Nile #OromiaOromo Press
Oromo refugees say in protest at UNHCR premises: our lives & human rights have to be respected. We want stability & security. #EgyptAhmed Aboughazala
Wherever Oromos are, state forces or international forces tend to force them 2 hide true identity-#Oromo & Oromian citizens #Egypt #EthiopiaOromo Press
Many Oromos say their issues are not being discussed in the mainstream Ethiopian media. As a result, social media networks have given them an
of voicing their frustrations.
A nation denied its right of assembly to air questions and frustration will explode. #Ethiopia #Demonstration4Every1 #Assembly4Every1TameratNegeraFeyisa
Wherever I go, I hear the same concerns, the same calls for unity. Seems to me finally #Oromo people are on the same page. #ExcitedDiasporic Life
Many online weighed in on the topic of alleged Oromo persecution in Ethiopia and greater political rights.
Oromo people are the ancient people of Eastern Africa that needs to be acknowledged, respected by other ethnic groups in the area. Their land is Oromia and this needs to be known, redefining Ethiopia will not be a claim of identity for Oromos, forcing the Ethiopian identity is apart of the century long colonisations which Oromos despise. Oromos are Oromos and live in Oromia and from then onwards other ethnic groups can reside repectfully side by side. However if there is no given respect or acknowledgement Oromos have and will continue to be seeking refugee from previous and current dictatorship regimes. Gotta say I'm proud of the Oromos in Caaya Tokkummaa Oromoo Masrii (Egpyt) fantastic job for giving our people a voice :)Aisha Oromia Ali
I am a South African... I always ask my girlfriend this question: how come the Oromos are the majority yet they are controlled by an Ahmara king, and Ahmaric is the official language? Her answer is always straight-forward... it's the power of politics, the so-called King won't address the nation in any other language other than his own, Ahmaric. The Oromos and other tribes are forced to learn Ahmaric, yet the Ahmaras are not willing to do the same! People oppressed and suppressed in their own country. This reminds me of the old apartheid days here in SA.Tshaba T-Jay Tjemolane
In addition, the Oromos' live in the southern part of Ethiopian and have all the natural resources of that country. This also another issue why they get prosecuted. Just look at what's happening with investors from China, Arabs, Europen, and indian in the name of globalization and freetrade...the Oromos" are forced to leave the land for this investor's....they have to flea... Because if they say anything againist that, prosecution is the answer. Maha Habib
I don't know why OLF and some oromian people want to separate from Ethiopia because they are majority and most of Ethiopian land is oromian land so how come majority people liberate from the minority.it doesn't make sense.Abi Nur
Oromos is majority tribe in Ethiopia. Why can't they win election ? The people of Ethiopia want Ethiopians to govern not Oromos or any one tribe to rule the country..Hocksen Lim
Some commented on the political situation in Ethiopia, including
, who left the following comment on our Facebook page:
Why is the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia (OROMO) also one of the most persecuted? 1. The formation of Ethiopia itself and what Ethiopia means to the Oromo people 2. Lack of national pride and search for rebuilding own country, Oromia, or redefine what Ethiopia means and represents, it hasn’t been all-inclusive; an attempt to do this would put thousands in danger. 3. Domination of culture and language by minority and the struggle to build the damage backfires and more engagements.facebook.com