Addis Ababa University students killed by Ethiopian secret service agents.

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On February 3,2003 university students in Finfinnee (Addis Abba) wrote letter of appeal to bring the plea of Oromo people to head of states of Africa.

On February 3,2003 university students in Finfinnee (Addis Abba) wrote letter of appeal to bring the plea of Oromo people to head of states of Africa.

The result were:

“Two students die while 28 others were admitted to hospital after eating poisoned food in the university cafeteria. It was alleged that Ethiopian secret agents in the campus have poisoned the food. The government has neither given explanation as to what caused death and illnesses nor allowed the press to contact the victims. The bodies of the dead students were kept in hospital for a week and the doctors and the university administration were threatened not to give any press statement regarding the incident other than saying the cause is unknown.” (SBO: news Feb 18,2003)

How does Ethiopia Spend foreign aid?

“The annual budget of the armed forces of Ethiopia, one of the poorest country in the world, stands at 500 million US dollars, according to the study conducted by the Almanac. The study indicates that the Ethiopian military personnel (252,500) are the second largest after Egypt in Africa and the 22nd in the world. It has 300 tanks and 51 fighter aircrafts. It is to be noted that Ethiopia bought only last year military radio detector radars and other hardware’s for over 100 million US dollars at such a critical time where the international community pools resources together to save the lives of millions of starving people in that country.” (SBO: news Feb 18, 2003)

It is also worth to note that Ethiopia received this year alone more than 20 million dollars in Aid from Canadian Government. As I am Canadian Citizen 20 million would go long way to improve health care, homelessness, and welfare system for Canadian citizen rather than fostering Genocide.

Now do you wonder why Africa is mess?

Brief history:

The Oromo make up a significant portion of the population occupying the Horn of Africa. In the Ethiopian Empire alone, Oromo constitute about 30 million of the 55 million inhabitants of the Ethiopian Empire. In fact, Oromo is one of the most numerous nations in Africa, which enjoys a homogeneous culture and shares a common language, history and descent and once shared common political, religious and legal institutions. During their long history, the Oromo developed their own cultural, social and political system known as the Gadaa system. It is a uniquely democratic political and social institution that governed the life of every individual in the society from birth to death.

Ecologically and agriculturally Oromia (Oromo country) is the richest region in the Horn of Africa. Livestock products, coffee, oil seeds, spices, mineral resources and wild life are all diverse and abundant. In spite of all these advantages, a century of colonization by Abyssinia (Ethiopia), a backward nation itself, has meant that the Oromo people have endured a stagnant existence where ignorance and famine have been coupled with ruthless oppression, subjugation, exploitation and above all, extermination. Thus for the last one hundred years under the Ethiopian rule, the Oromo have gained very little, if anything, in the way of political, social and economic progress.

The Oromo were colonized during the last quarter of the nineteenth century by a black African nation - Abyssinia - with the help of the European colonial powers of the day. During the same period, of course, the Somalis, Kenyans, Sudanese and others were colonized by European powers. The fact that the Oromo were colonized by black African nation makes their case quite special.

During the process of colonization, between 1870 and 1900, the Oromo population was reduced from ten to five millions. This period coincides with the occupation of Oromo land by the Abyssinian emperors Yohannes and Menilek. After colonization, these emperors and their successors continued to treat Oromo with utmost cruelty. The colonial army and settlers killed many; others died of famine and epidemics of various diseases or were sold off as slaves. Those who remained on the land were reduced to the status of gabbar (a peasant from whom labour and produce is exacted and is a crude form of serfdom).

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