Sheddings Light on Recent Violence in Border Areas between Somali and Oromia Regions

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21 Responses

  1. Ibsa says:

    Dear editor
    Didn’t you say “We value Impartiality”? Where is that now

  2. Jalilee says:

    Abdi Mohamed Omar should be responsible for the death of our innocent brothers and sisters

  3. Hassan Ibrahim says:

    Long live President Abdi Mahmoud Omar

    • leo says:

      It is not about long live or die. You Somali also will pay for any attack you commit on Oromia innocent civilians. No one sits idle while you murder children and elders.

  4. Jaleta says:

    Awramba times, don’t we know each other? Every Tigrai and Tigre media are favoring Somale Region this year. The game began when the Somale elders went to Mekele in the name of helping the Tegarus displaced from Gonder. Overtly, the move was good as it seemed humanitarian. But they did it for political motives which have shown itself after that moment. Abdi Mohammed was your best man of the year. Your activists had been saying and advocating that Somaliya has boarder claim over the areas demarcateted in the current Oromiya. So, how do we trust any comments and opinions coming from you all on this issue?”
    Dabbaal mootii

  5. wedinakfa says:

    TPLF is a party that digs its own grave and I will gladly put a kilo of dust to see the back of cancerous woy-ane boys!!

    • Snoopy says:

      You manurished statless eretrian .why are u on ethiopian sites .Have you ever seen sudanese or rwandise comenting on ethiopian sites ?
      parasite orphans !

  6. Ararsa says:

    I think that fucken bastard illiterate Abdi Iley pay for this idiot writer to write this baseless propaganda. Everyone knows how much Somali Liyu Police are terrorist and violent. whatever you said Oromo people will defend their land and people.

  7. Moti Biya says:

    This is too biased and I doubt the impartiality of this media too

  8. Awrora says:

    OPDO must be cleaned head to toe .
    ANY OLF RIF RAF MUST BE THROWN OUT

  9. fati says:

    this idea from reality somli agressor terrost exponsion one day brought justice like u absolutely illey expansionst .hunger people

  10. fati says:

    this idea from reality somli agressor terrost exponsion one day brought justice like abdii illey expansionst .hunger people our land far from current map oromia even include jijiga city ready for future consequece crazy camel we ready to defand such terrost alshabab enough is enough

  11. ashebir says:

    For any Ethiopian who promote violence in the country please try to keep peace and unity otherwise no group will benefit his or her people because Federalism has put all options on table.

  12. Jiraf rasu gerfo rasu yechohal yelal Habesha
    Are you seroius when you right all those filths? Somali region criminals known as liyyu police with full support of TPLF has waged war on neighboring oromo villages, they kill people , loot property and rape women. If you are not insane TPLF cadre go to those areas and observe the reality on the ground
    It is disgusting to blame any oromo pollitical organizations for crimes committed in those areas. It is obvious that TPLF is at grudge with oromo people, that is why they bent on doing harm to oromos and helping janjawid militia of somali regional state
    We know who are our enemies and friends
    Shame on you

  13. Who is Awramba times? Who owns it? It must be a TPLF mouth piece, it is talking about the ambitions of TPLF.
    shame on you shameless lunatics

  14. Yonas says:

    It’s very sad when ignorance and stupidity becomes pride and must fight for trivial confrontation.

  15. Nana says:

    ሁሉንም የክልል ልዩ ሀይሎች በመከላከያ ፈጥኖ ደራሽ እዝ ውስጥ ማስገባትና በቂ የአመለካከትና የክህሎት ስልጠና መስጠት ያስፈልጋል ፡፡

    ሌላው ፡ፖሊሰሸ በሠላም ወቅት ሊዘናጋ አይገባም ፡፡ሁሌም ዝግጁ ፡፡ይህስ ቢመጣ ያስ ቢያጋጥም እያሉ መዘጋጀት ፡፡ያለፈን ገምግሞ መሠናዳት ያሻል ፡፡

    በእቅድ በመረጃ ዩሚመራ ይመራል ፡፡

  16. dergu temelese says:

    The TPLF leader who completed grade 6, Abbay Woldu and Abdi Mohamed (the mad leader of Ethio Somali) agreed to fight Oromos and Amharas together. They decided that since both of them represent 6 percent of the Ethiopian population, ( totally 12 %), Abdi has to send his paramilitary force to harass Oromos (People who represent 40 % of the the Ethiopian population) and who were protesting alongside the Amharas( who represent 30% of the Ethiopian population). On the Other hand Ababy Woldu will open his front on Amharas by sending ANDM cadres and the para military force of Tigray. By Doing so they can maintain on power for a long period of time according to their calculation. But, this miscalculation will lead them to personal psychic problems and failure on their respective groups. To show their solidarity to the rest of Ethiopians, and as Awramba times (the hidden organ of TPLF) disclosed, first Abdi sent 10 million Birr to help the displaced Tigrains from Gondar . In response, Abbay Woldu reimbursed 12 million Birr to Somali drought affected people. Other regions were not allowed to send aid for the needy for the sake of political gambling taking place between Abdi and Abbay.

  17. Ittu Aba Farda says:

    There are things that are manifesting themselves by coming out in the open in various harmful ways. Old conflicts are flaring up again and again. Hundreds of thousands and possibly in their millions have left places of their birth seeking and chasing peace and opportunity somewhere else. I can talk about it coming from the lot that had befallen my own Itu clan on my mother’s side. The conflicts and tribal clashes have been around for centuries but somehow elders of those times used to find compromising ways to easy up tensions and conflicts. Such conflicts were not provoked or promoted by the late emperor or even that demon Mengistu. The tribal conflicts used to be mainly between some of the Afar and clans from the Issa tribe. My mother’s clan used to be left alone by both warring tribes because we were the grain producers as well as cattle herders. I remember the Afar clans mainly the Asahi-Mara(Asay-Mara) clan members coming to our village picking up sorghum and other edible farm products in exchange for what my clan wanted. One of my aunties used to travel to where the Issas dwell to sell these same edible products in exchange for some foreign manufactured goods such as fabrics and cosmetics. That was in the 1940’s and 50’s even 1960’s. But beginning the mid to late 1970’s my mother’s clan began to be ruthlessly attacked by cattle rustlers who were by then armed with high efficiency automatic weapons they picked from Somalia and Djibouti. Now some of those places that used to be my mother’s Itu clan domiciles are no more. Many localities that used to be settlements of Afar clans are no more. When I look at the Google Map now I see places that I know very well from growing up in the area in the 1940’s and 50’s are now given names belonging to tribes who were not there even in the vicinity. I will give you one example. The place is a railway station Afdem. It used to be populated mainly by our Afar brothers and sisters. That place is known to the Afars and my own Oromo tribe as Awware. There used to be an elementary school the late Emperor opened right after he returned from exile. I remember many students attending that school used to be from the Afar tribe because they are the majority of town’s populations including the area leading all the way to Gowane. I personally know some of those students who had become productive bureaucrats even in neighboring Djibouti. Some of them turned out to be very successful merchants in Addis(Finfine). I still keep in touch with 2 or 3 of them who now reside in Europe. I fully understand and expect that demographics is bound to change anywhere. I understand that. That was all possible until now. The prevailing modus operandi now seems to be such that a certain tribe or ethnic group would be the sole owner and that is it. The problem stems for this psyche inherent in the nomadic way of life. That psyche is the contempt for a settled way of life. Contempt usually accompanies violence. The latest news I am getting from my merchandising relatives is that once again conflicts have flared up. Hundreds have been victimized, mostly innocent ones I may add. I have called for level headed people to prevail so many times before because I know there was a potential for such destructive and deadly conflicts. I had lived in it. I had seen it. The village I once running around playing when I was a very young boy is wiped out of its true colors. If I ever had the chance to go back to the old country, there will be no ‘Trip to Bountiful’ like Geraldine Page had for me. All I can do now is just look at the Google Map and reminisce. What I think the solution to prevent current conflict from going out of hand is to designate the entire area along the railway line as a neutral and special economic zone. During the late Emperor time it was just as such even though it was not declared as such. Almost at every railway station, the population was comprised of residents of many ethnic backgrounds. I don’t remember any, not one, inter-ethnic conflicts in anyone of those stations. It is very depressing for me to hear inter-ethnic deadly conflicts are the norm now. I feel totally helpless. That is why I seek refuge in The Lord The Almighty Our Creator and pray. We should all go to places of our worship and pray daily. We should all pray that Our Creator make those level heads prevail over the evil minded ones. Let’s Pray!!!!

  18. Ittu Aba Farda says:

    There are things that are manifesting themselves by coming out in the open in various harmful ways. Old conflicts are flaring up again and again. Hundreds of thousands and possibly in their millions have left places of their birth seeking and chasing peace and opportunity somewhere else. I can talk about it coming from the lot that had befallen my own Itu clan on my mother’s side. The conflicts and tribal clashes have been around for centuries but somehow elders of those times used to find compromising ways to easy up tensions and conflicts. Such conflicts were not provoked or promoted by the late emperor or even that demon Mengistu. The tribal conflicts used to be mainly between some of the Afar and clans from the Issa tribe. My mother’s clan used to be left alone by both warring tribes because we were the grain producers as well as cattle herders. I remember the Afar clans mainly the Asahi-Mara(Asay-Mara) clan members coming to our village picking up sorghum and other edible farm products in exchange for what my clan wanted. One of my aunties used to travel to where the Issas dwell to sell these same edible products in exchange for some foreign manufactured goods such as fabrics and cosmetics. That was in the 1940’s and 50’s even 1960’s. But beginning the mid to late 1970’s my mother’s clan began to be ruthlessly attacked by cattle rustlers who were by then armed with high efficiency automatic weapons they picked from Somalia and Djibouti. Now some of those places that used to be my mother’s Itu clan domiciles are no more. Many localities that used to be settlements of Afar clans are no more. When I look at the Google Map now I see places that I know very well from growing up in the area in the 1940’s and 50’s are now given names belonging to tribes who were not there even in the vicinity. I will give you one example. The place is a railway station Afdem. It used to be populated mainly by our Afar brothers and sisters. That place is known to the Afars and my own Oromo tribe as Awware. There used to be an elementary school the late Emperor opened right after he returned from exile. I remember many students attending that school used to be from the Afar tribe because they are the majority of town’s populations including the area leading all the way to Gowane. I personally know some of those students who had become productive bureaucrats even in neighboring Djibouti. Some of them turned out to be very successful merchants in Addis(Finfine). I still keep in touch with 2 or 3 of them who now reside in Europe. I fully understand and expect that demographics is bound to change anywhere. I understand that. That was all possible until now. The prevailing modus operandi now seems to be such that a certain tribe or ethnic group would be the sole owner and that is it. The problem stems for this psyche inherent in the nomadic way of life. That psyche is the contempt for a settled way of life. Contempt usually accompanies violence. The latest news I am getting from my merchandising relatives is that once again conflicts have flared up. Hundreds have been victimized, mostly innocent ones I may add. I have called for level headed people to prevail so many times before because I know there was a potential for such destructive and deadly conflicts. I had lived in it. I had seen it. The village I once running around playing when I was a very young boy is wiped out of its true colors. If I ever had the chance to go back to the old country, there will be no ‘Trip to Bountiful’ like Geraldine Page had for me. All I can do now is just look at the Google Map and reminisce. What I think the solution to prevent current conflict from going out of hand is to designate the entire area along the railway line as a neutral and special economic zone. During the late Emperor time it was just as such even though it was not declared as such. Almost at every railway station, the population was comprised of residents of many ethnic backgrounds. I don’t remember any, not one, inter-ethnic conflicts in anyone of those stations. It is very depressing for me to hear inter-ethnic deadly conflicts are the norm now. I feel totally helpless. That is why I seek refuge in The Lord The Almighty Our Creator and pray. We should all go to places of our worship and pray daily. We should all pray that Our Creator make those level heads prevail over the evil minded ones. Let’s Pray!!!!

  19. Harrari People's Liberation Movement says:

    Ethiopia is a country where more than 80 nations, nationalities and peoples who have strong social bonds have been residing in. In fact, it is impossible to break this strong bond that cemented the people no matter what distorted information is disseminated.

    Sometimes we encounter with equivocal portrayals in the media irrespective of the very moral and legal objectives of the media. In the same token, Journalistic professionalism has been fading away from time to time. This is true in most media, including the well known international ones.Concerns on sensationalizing Oromo-Somali border issues

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    Some media houses wrote “conflict resolution” as one of their editorial values, but failed to give it a priority rather they frequently cover conflict aggravating stories.

    Another key point in the editorial policy of most media is social responsibility. Their performances that we either read, listen or watch witnesses the fact that these media pay little attention to their news and other genres public impacts.

    It is also customary for media practitioners, journalists and columnists doing hasty conclusions and remarks ignoring the impacts of their information on any segment of the society. These kinds of media coverage encourage the number of socially irresponsible and conflict monger writers around the world.

    Although, such incidents are rife, my point of discussion has been about the recently published uncaring piece by Ismail Mohammed Abdi. As soon as I read it, an initiation crossed my mind and persuaded me to share my feeling and opinion to those who read that hardhearted article.

    In other words, the very fuzzy and distorted idea he attempted to install in the minds of the readers persuaded me to utter a few words. The Article entitled “Shedding light on the recent violence in the border areas between Somali and Oromia regions of Ethiopia” was published on aigaforum.com and tigrayonline.com recently.

    I don’t want to rush on to the point that I personally disagree with rather prefer to view the piece in two simple categories: the honest description and the fact distortion of the situation in Ethiopian Oromo-Somali borderland conflicts.

    In the first place, I would like to pose the undeniable grains of truth in that piece. The way it described one of the terrorist groups that have been creating chaos at home and exerting unreserved venture to poison the country’s peace in general and that of the Oromiya Regional State in particular.

    In connection to this he stated, “The conflict has become a rallying point for such rogue groups as the Oromo Liberation front (OLF) whose intent is only to add flames to any domestic fire solely to advance their obviously crooked agenda which none of us here in Ethiopia has any doubts about”

    Undeniably there are a number of groups residing either at home or abroad who have been adding fuel to fire whenever there is any sensitive issue in the country. This could take us nowhere. We all will be losers if we either monger conflicts or contribute in aggravating such incidents. It is undeniable that we Ethiopians could be benefited from peace, development, unity and cooperation. If we able to resolve wisely the inevitable conflicts that might break out here and there no matter what their real causes might be.

    The writer also hoisted the affirmative impacts of Ethiopian Federalism emphasizing the creation of a Federal Constitution that cherishes diversity as a source of strength and unity, which devolved economic and political decision-making from the center to grass-roots firmly, established agreed principles for sharing resources, accommodation of various ethnicities and pluralism becoming the hallmark of the new Ethiopia.

    The author put forward that Ethiopians should think constructively and protects the most important national assets to which we all owe our current progress, peaceful co-existence and uninterrupted pursuit of prosperity.

    Irrespective of these good faiths the author also raised suggested an issue that could poison the peace and creating hatter among the two people.

    He skewed a number of ideas and erroneously described the situations on the ground. Firstly, he missed the very fact for a country with more than 80 nations, nationalities and peoples to face some boarder disputes. He failed to consider this very fact on the ground. I believe the writer should have viewed the Ethiopian Oromo-Somali borderland issues within this context.

    It is not only closing the eyes but also a sort of betrayal to describe and naming the Oromo People’s Democratic organization (OPDO) as a party that stood against public will without any justifications that could substantiate his argument.

    In this regard, I strongly disagree with the author’s statement read as, “the Oromo People’s Democratic organization (OPDO) itself has ironically not chosen a different path and merely replicated a terrorist agenda of turning Ethiopian people against itself”.

    This statement is not only described without any tangible evidence that could connivance the readers but it is really far from the truth as it contradicted to the very objectives and the daily practices of the party.

    The OPDO/EPRDF has rather been working for the welfare of the people in accordance with the constitution, which guaranteed all nations, nationalities and peoples of Ethiopia to enjoy equal opportunities, mutual respects and peaceful co-existence.

    The bone of contention of my intention to say something is the fallacy of the idea conveyed in Ismail’s piece which I think could add fuels to the flaring fire, contribute to escalating conflict and develop hatter between the two people who are of the same flesh and blood.

    It could play a negative role in aggravating the problem among the people who have lived together for years peacefully without inflicting any harm to one another.

    In fact, the issue is on the board that regional governments considered it seriously and look forward for the appropriate solution in accordance with the constitution.

    In this regard, Article 48 and Sub-Article 1 of the Ethiopian Constitution stated that all State border disputes shall be settled by agreement of the concerned States. Where the concerned States fail to reach agreement, the House of the Federation shall decide such disputes on the basis of settlement patterns and the wishes of the peoples concerned.

    The narration continued saying, “the OPDO domestically becomes the operational arm running the fighting machinery intended to destabilize Ethiopian Somali communities….”

    This is also a sensational approach without tangible evidences just a white-lie that could catalyze the conflict and sprinkling benzene on it. In contrary to Ismail’s sensational piece that could wreak havoc in the area, the federal government, along with the two Regional States has been working on its solution in line with the country’s constitution.

    I think this writing lacks social irresponsibility. It seems composed from unhealthy motives, targeted to speed up the Oromo-Somali border conflict. I think there are a lot of fabricated disgraceful claims that contribute to the peaceful resolution of the problem.

    In fact, this kind of irresponsible writing is not the first in its kind. There were lots of baseless purports that attempted to flare up fire in the country. However, this piece is uses irresponsible approach.

    Those people who are intertwined in flesh and blood shared same values and assets since time immemorial and will remain there for the future. I dare say these kinds of sensationalizing approaches should be avoided rather it is of paramount importance to give a priority to the well-being of the people.

    :Harrari People’s Liberation Movement

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