Oromia Today

Independent Voice of Oromia

To Heal, Ethiopia Needs to Confront its Violent Past

Laetitia Bader
Senior Researcher, Africa Division

And yet, over the last two years, Ethiopia has experienced growing unrest and communal violence. The rise in violence, has led to deaths, displacement, and property destruction.

The government’s response to some of these challenges already show signs of backsliding. There are many credible reports of killings, torture, and arbitrary arrests by security forces. We have also documented shutdowns of phone and internet services in Oromia, and the arrests of journalists and opposition leaders and their supporters. A return to abusive practices is a painful reminder of the longstanding failure to effectively reform the security sector and address its culture of impunity. [More]

Remembering our Heroes and Heroines

April is a month when Oromo communities all over the world remember their heroes and heroines (henceforth heroes). Particularly, 15th April has a special place in the Oromo struggle for freedom. It is on this particular day, in 1980, that the Oromo people lost a dozen of their gallant and brilliant heroes who had dedicated their lives to the just cause of their people. For the Oromos, 15th April has since become a de facto remembrance day, not only for the 1980 event, rather as a remembrance for all fallen heroes before and after as well. [More]