August 14, 2016 | By Gabisso Halaale
The Oromo nation, the most enlightened of the all the oppressed nations in Ethiopia, has rejected slavery and demanded freedom. The Oromo struggle for freedom is irreversible. Emancipation from the colonial yoke is inevitable regardless of the unfolding human tragedy. The Oromo nation will achieve freedom whether the other oppressed nations stand by its side or not. This does not mean however that the solidarity of nations is unimportant to lessen the human suffering in the course of liberation struggle. The recent protests in the Amhara region are welcome developments.
While political coalition between the Oromo, Somali, Sidama, Gambella and Benishagula-Gumuz is crucial for freedom in the long term, in the short term, civilians in all these regions should mobilise and standby the Oromo nation. I was encouraged to learn that among a dozen university students expelled from Haramaya university by the regime for alleged sympathy with the Oromo freedom rallies, two were Sidama while all the rest were Oromo students. These students epitomise resilience of the oppressed nations and what we can achieve when we stand together. A number of Sidama businessmen and civil servants are languishing in Qilinxo prison (transferred from Maikelawi recently) in Oromia for alleged support to the Oromo freedom movement. This is encouraging but not adequate given the scale of human tragedy in Oromia. Our peoples should stand shoulder to shoulder from cornet to corner for freedom in our life time. Liberty with danger is better than peace with slavery.