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The profile Mr. Legesse Deti Dhaba, the former Secretary General of Mecha-Tulama Self-help Associati

(The Oromian Story, 24 September 2011) Mr. Legesse Deti Dhaba, former Secretary General of Mecha-Tulama Self-help Association, is held incommunicado at the Maikalawi Prison Center (locally known as the Torture Center of Melese Zenawi) in the Ethiopian Capital Addis Ababa.

According to reliable sources,the Zenawi regime denied all forms of access to Mr. Legesse Deti Dhaba including visits by family, lawyers and medical doctors since his detention on August 29, 2011.  Family and close relatives of Mr. Dhaba are in state of grieve and serious worries since both of Mr. Dhaba’s arms and hands were broken during torture and severe beatings in earlier detention. Mr. Dhaba is the victim of the ongoing waves of arrests by the ethnic minority regime of Meles Zenawi targeting the Oromo cultural leaders, community elders, students and teachers.

Mr. Legesse Deti Dhaba is 58 years old Oromo Elder from Dandi District in Western Shewa Zone of Oromia Regional State in Ethiopia. Legesse was born and raised on his ancestral homestead in his home village of Kere Garie in Dandi District. He is a husband and father of five Children, two sons and three girls. He is the only breadwinner for his family.  Mr. Dhaba also supports his 89 years old elderly mother who lives with him. Mr. Dhaba’s elderly father died while he was in Melese Zenawi’s prison.

Mr. Legesse Deti is a well liked and well respected elderly person in his community and among the Oromo people nationwide. His knowledge of the history of the Oromo people and culture amazes those who know him closely. He is particularly very knowledgeable and well liked due to his narration of the oral history tradition of the Oromo people including stories of traditional tales and cultural ceremonies such as weddings, Christening, Thanksgiving (Irreecha). It was his knowledge of the history and culture of the Oromo people which prompted the elders of the well respected and oldest Oromo Self-help Association, Mecha-Tulama Self-help Association (MTA) to approach Mr. Dhaba to be a member of the Association. Mr. Dhaba was ultimately elected to serve as Secretary General of Mecha-Tulama Self-help Association for the year 2002 to 2003. Mr. Dhaba has been the Chairman of History and Culture Committee of MTA, the Committee responsible for the organization of the yearly Oromo Thanksgiving Holiday ( Irreecha) and other cultural events.

Mr. Legesse Deti Dhaba is a very resourceful person with all rounded personality. In addition to being a well respected elderly person among the Oromo people, he is a trained accountant, economist who attended Addis Ababa University and aviation technician. In fact, till his detention, Mr. Dhaba was working for MIDROC Aviation. MIDROC Aviation is the aviation wing of MIDROC Ethiopia, a holding company for over 30 companies operating in Ethiopia and owned by the Saudi Billionaire, Mohammed Al-Amoudi, who is closely connected with the brutal Meles Zenawi regime. Mr. Dhaba was well respected and highly regarded employee at MIDROC Aviation. He travelled to a number of countries including the United States on the business of the company.

Mr. Legesse Deti Dhaba was detained on August 24 on his way home from a social event in his home District of Dandi. He was returning from a celebration of Gubaa Ceremony, one of the oldest Oromo traditional holidays celebrated in connection with the beginning of the New Year in early September. As local elder, he was invited to the event to pray on the Gubaa Ceremony. It is on his way home that he was detained by the local regime agents. At the time of his detention, Mr. Dhaba was with Mr. Mulugeta Rikitu, Director of Private School and Board Member of MTA; and Student Sisay Serbesa, 3rd year Information Technology Student at Addis Ababa University (5 Kilo Engineering Campus). They were all detained together at Ginichi Town Police Station, the capital of Dandi District.

On the morrow, August 25, 2011, alarmed by the unlawful detention of Mr. Dhaba and his companions, relatives and family members contacted local lawyers. Their lawyers immediately filed a habeas corpus petition asking the Court for the immediate release of the detainees on lack of probable cause for their arrest, and arrest warrant. The District Court ordered the regime’s security agents to present the detainees before the court and reviewed the petition of the detainees. After reviewing the petition, the District Court ordered the immediate release of the detainees for want of probable cause or even reasonable suspicion of any wrongdoing. The police defied the court order and refused to release the detainees.

On the morrow again, August 26, 2011, the lawyers of the detainees filed a petition at the District Court of Dandi District for the Court to enforce its order on the release of the detainees. The District Court reviewed the petition and gave appointment to hear the petition on contempt of Court by the local police on August 29, 2011 at 2:00 P.M.

On the morning of August 29, 2011at 8:00 A.M. the unthinkable happened. The Meles Regime sent about twenty (20) Tigrigna speaking security forces with machine guns, satellite phones, sharp shooting snipers and military pickup trucks in this rural community in the heart of the Oromo nation. Oromo speaking local regime agents were told to step aside. Tigrigna speaking regime’s forces then started terrorizing the local population with show of forces and sense of disdain for the local population with foul words against bystanders, according to local peoples present at the scene.

The drama was over at about 9:00 A.M. The Detainees were thrown on board the military pickup trucks while being beaten and insulted. Mr. Legesse Deti Dhaba, Mr. Mulugeta Rikitu, School Director and Board Member of MTA; and Sisay Serbesa, 3rd Year IT Student at Addis Ababa University, all of them disappeared with their Tigrigna speaking capturers, the security forces of Meles Zenawi who come from his ethnic homeland of Tigray two thousand kilometers away to this evergreen and pristine Oromo District.

The District Court Judge of Dandi District, seeing what happened that morning, never showed up for the hearing at 2:00 P.M. on that beautiful August 29, 2011 afternoon. There is no law left form him to enforce. The ethnic militia of Mr. Zenawi knows no law and they think they are above the law at least in Ethiopia and until Zenawi is in power. A frustrated local farmer told us “there is no law for the Oromo people under this regime except gun carrying cadres of the who raid our villages now and then to terrorize and kill our people.” Meles Zenawi and his security forces might have been over rejoiced by the humiliation of Oromo elders in their hands and in front of their family, relatives and countrymen; but many Oromo youth also took note of what befell them under this lawless and brutal regime.

This is brief account of how the regime of Melese Zenawi conducts its hidden and brutal war on the Ethiopian people. Mr. Dhaba, Mr. Mulugeta Rikitu and Student Sisay Serbesa are all held incommunicado at the Maikelawi Torture Center in Addis Ababa. There is serious concern as to the safety and wellbeing of these detainees. The Ethiopian regime has well documented history of using torture on detainees, and extrajudicial execution of detainees in cold blood.

Families, relatives and friends of Mr. Legesse Deti Dhaba, Mr. Mulugeta Rikitu and Student Sisay Serbesa seek your help to petition the Obama Administration, European governments, your local and federal elected officials, human rights groups and political leaders to urge the Ethiopian regime to release these innocent detainees immediately and unconditionally; and stop its ongoing war of intimidation and terror on the Ethiopian people.

Source: http://ayyaantuu.com/horn-of-africa-news/oromia/victims-of-the-hidden-war-of-meles-zenawi-profile-of-mr-legesse-deti-dhaba-an-oromo-elder/#more-3841

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Being Recognised – Sinke’s journey

Sinke Wesho is an Oromo refugee who migrated to Australia at the end of 2007. Her story shows what can happen when young people from migrant  backgrounds are given the support to overcome the barriers thrown up in front of them as they attempt to settle in Australia.

My people come from the horn of Africa and their reason of migrating has been due to a brutal government regime. We have been driven out of our country because we are what we are, Oromos. Although we are about 45 million in Oromia, we have been forced to be called Ethiopians and refused the opportunity to call ourselves Oromo; we had our lands grabbed off us and our families, students and elites have been imprisoned for decades. Mind you, this is still happening!

I do not mean to disturb your mentality with some horrific truth about my people, but I must mention my identity and my causes for being driven out of my country and many others like me in Diasporas.

I got to know CMY when I was doing my VCE in 2009 during ESL classes. I was shown the advantages of being in Australia and the support that I could get from the organisation. But my strong connection was not made until March the next year. After I got a high score in VCE and secured a spot at Deakin University, a nasty surprise caught my attention. The Department of Immigration had not processed my papers and I was not a permanent resident even after two years of being in the country.

What did this mean to me? I had to either raise at least $10,000 or take off a year from my education. The latter seemed unbearable and the former impossible. as I was not working and was not even receiving a full social welfare income. I was going to be treated as an international student at the university and pay that amount. With that followed the question of “where do I get the money from?” I had no job, no experience and so forth. My world came crashing down on me. I had planned to do a double degree in International Studies and Law straight after my VCE, but in time I realised that was not going to happen.

That is when I contacted CMY. They helped me contact the immigration department, and helped me with lobbying and advocating my case. It is through CMY that I got a volunteering position at Springvale Community Centre. That kept my head busy, at the same time my search for a solution seemed to ease as I came across a wide range of people. My youth support worker Maya Chandra was there with me throughout, listening to me when I needed, sitting there and writing my letters and giving me ideas on how to go about things.

Finding a job now became a little bit easier since I could see myself doing something. I could list skills and responsibilities on my resume more than just jotting down my subjects in high school. While looking for work, volunteering and lobbying the immigration department, I also participated in community work. It gave me a sense of pride when I got people patting me on the back saying, “You will get there”. What I achieved from the above actions was the skill of multi-tasking. Previously all I had to do was go to school and read, only that. After these broader experiences however, the world wasn’t just that, it was different and I needed to explore my abilities and this came through with the help of my family, community and CMY.

Around May 2010 my youth support worker called me up and informed me of an opportunity to work with other young people on a project. I was thrilled beyond words, but at the same time I was not sure of what I was expected to do or the type of young people I was going to face. One thing I was ready to do was explore Australia and be a charitable person just like the workers that supported me throughout that despondent period of letting go of my studies. The group was started by three young ladies (including myself) from refugee background and two youth workers who supported us throughout. We were given the freedom to come up with ideas and then create a project that would be suitable for young people from diverse backgrounds.

You couldn’t be given more than this, so we got our heads together, brainstormed the ideas and finally came up with the full version. CMY helped in writing up our ideas and also greatly invested on finding funds for the whole program. Briefly, the program was divided into three parts. It included the group having fun like travelling to places that we would not be able to do alone, learning a leadership program and giving back to the community. It was designed for people aged between 15 and 21 years.

It was not long after this get together, through this experience and meeting different people and actively looking for a job that I landed anadministration job for a small business. Now everything seemed to be falling into place, and by November I had been granted my Permanent Residency. But by the time I had the job and my permanent residency, it was late for me to enrol for my bachelor at Deakin University. However, I was able to plan things easily and get myself ready for school payment for the following year and support myself financially.

When we got 10 group members, we came up with the group name  ‘Invincible’, this was a new vocabulary for me. It just showed the power of working with different lots of people. Then we set off exploring Australia and having fun as planned. When we headed to Parliament house we learned about the political system, when we visited Wileys Publishing we learned about books, but more so about the experiences of people who have made it to good positions in life and in work places. When we held a session for homelessness, I was appalled by the number of homeless Australians and young people who are stuck in this mess. It taught me how to appreciate what I have more than ever and to lend a hand to others. When I saw a picture of our group in the local paper creating awareness about homelessness, I could not feel any better satisfaction. We were heading somewhere.

Then came the big day in everyone’s mind, the camp! It was going to be my first time spending nights away from home with my friends and the best part was that I had helped create the whole idea. We set off to Phillip Island in the second week of December 2010. At the camp we worked together, set up the tents, took turns to cook and clean up. Taking on responsibilities at the same time as working together with others really taught me lessons about respect, sharing ideas, respecting different values and many more. In one big word, the experience of being with other people taught me the power of harmony. That is when I thought to myself ‘I wish the government of my country could just respect me and my people for who we are’. Our achievements and happiness can only be explained explicitly by the number of photos we took and our facial expressions. We laughed and smiled the whole time. I doubt if I did not smile in my sleep.

It is from all these that a got an opportunity to travel to Sydney to attend the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition's annual national conference. Travelling to Sydney for a good cause, representing the voice of my group and the youth at large. What could be a bigger honour at this at this stage of my life? During our stay at Sydney I enjoyed every second of it, listening to people from different experiences,  meeting other young people. By the time we had to present our half an hour session, we were already inspired and were determined toshow our super project to the crowd. And we did it well. The audience responded greatly and for us, it was an achievement to be able to share our  experiences, abilities and contributions with other people. At the end of the three days all I could see was that youth are so powerful; that
if given the chance and support at all times, we could make this world a better and best place to live in.

The journey has inspired me to be a better person in my family, my community, at my work and in the world. I remember posting on my Facebook wall ‘I hate 2010’, but now if I was still using Facebook I would post otherwise. I have been inspired by those who have dedicated their time, effort and finance to get me to where I am. I cannot thank CMY workers and the groups I have worked with enough for being the backbone of my successful journey.

When Ralph came to award me a certificate from ‘Creating Dreams’ it showed me the power of caring for others and also recognition. He drove from Sunshine to Dandenong to hand me a certificate of achievement. Somebody was acknowledging my abilities and encouraging me to pursue my dreams. What ‘Creating Dreams’ did for me to travel to Sydney only shows that there are people out there who are more than willing to do anything, even sacrificing their wages to put a smile on someone’s face. All I can say is a gruff ‘Thank you’ to you all, those who we’ve worked together and those who have supported me without face to face meeting. You all contribute to my future even more.

To finish off, I am currently in my first year of Bachelor of International Studies at Deakin University while working and still  engaging with CMY. I am one of the committee members for CMY’s Youth  Advisory Group, composed of young people who work together to represent the interests of young people and also pursue to influence the policies of our government to cater to the needs of youth and families. Our issues include government funding to combat homelessness, education for migrants, and the lack of jobs for culturally diverse youth. I intend to complete my bachelor and work as human rights activist in the future. It is through these efforts that I want to be a voice for Oromo people, who still fight for their freedom by giving up everything, even lives.

Source: http://www.cmy.net.au/SinkesJourney

Irreechaa: A Thanksgiving Day In Oromia, Cushitic Ethiopia and Africa

Irreechaa is celebrated annually worldwide in the months of September and October, and the largest Irreechaa celebration is in Bishoftuu, Oromia, at the Horaa Arsadii Sanctuary, where some three million pilgrims give thanks to Waqaa (God).
Still longing for the day, when the Oromo Christians, Muslims and Waaqeffataas will come out together during the Irreechaa in order to celebrate in mass our Rabbi/Waaqa, we should at the same time be able to commit ourselves to do His will in our Oromo way of private and public life. Irreechaa is not only celebrating the past good and only striving for the future  good, but it is also the day of remembering our brothers and sisters,  who had sacrificed their limbs and lives for our common Oromo cause of bilisummaa.
This includes the commemoration of the recently imprisoned Oromo  nationalists, who are now suffering under the notorious torture in Ma’ikelawi prison, being accused as “terrorists,” just because of their attempt to promote and support the currently ongoing Qeerroo national Oromian movement for freedom & democracy. The following timely article is from a famous  writer
Fayyis Oromia.*

Thanksgiving Day is a holiday internationally celebrated  primarily in the United States and Canada. Traditionally, it has been a time to give thanks to God, friends, and family. Thanksgiving Day in North America had originated from a mix of European and native traditions. Typically in Europe, festivals were held before and after  the harvest cycles to give thanks for a good harvest, to rejoice together after much hard work with the rest of the community. At the  time, native Americans had also celebrated the end of a harvest season. When Europeans first arrived America, they brought with them their own harvest festival traditions from Europe, celebrating their safe voyage, peace and good harvest. Thanksgiving Day, which is currently celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, has been an annual official tradition in the United States since 1863.

Interestingly, the people of Oromia in particular, the Cushitic people of Ethiopia and the whole black people of Africa in general, have
been celebrating this type of thanksgiving day, the Irreechaa, for more than 5000 years. It is from this ancient people that, firstly, the ancient Egyptians took the tradition, which was further overtaken by the Jews of Israel, then by the Arabs, and then followed by the traditional Europeans, and, finally, by the relatively new states of USA and Canada. It is just like the development of the monotheistic belief in Waaqa Tokkichaa (belief in one God), which had started in the Cushitic Ethiopia in particular, and in Africa in general, and then had spread first to the ancient Egypt, then to the ancient Israel, further to the Arab world, Europe and, finally, to North America.

The Oromo people, being the stem for the other Cushitic nations living in the north-eastern Africa, have kept and preserved this noble
tradition of thanksgiving in a form of Irreechaa celebration, whereas the other African nations seem to have forgotten and lost it. Now, it is the right time for these Cushitic Ethiopians and the other Africans to re-learn it from the Oromians, and to revive their lost  cultural values. Even though most of them have already converted to Christianity and Islam, there is no much antagonizing issue (between these monotheistic religions), which can hinder the believers from celebrating Irreechaa together. The USA and Canada just Christianized the Irreechaa, and they do celebrate it as a Thanksgiving Day. There is no reason why the Christians and Muslims in the Cushitic Ethiopia and in the other African nations can not re-adopt this nice virtue from Oromia, and celebrate it together with the Oromo people.

When we look at the similarity between Christianity, Islam and Waaqeffannaa, it may surprise us that the Borantichaa (the first holy person according to the Waaqeffannaa faith) is the chosen holy man of God similar to Jesus of Christianity  and Mohammad of Islam. These three holy personalities are the classical Qaalluu’s (individuals, who could communicate with Waaqa/Allah/God, and who could live optimally according to the will of this Supreme  Being). This similarity is the reason for the fact that Irreechaa is the thanksgiving day for, not only the descendants of Borantichaa, but also the believers of Jesus and the followers of Mohammed.

Even the concept of ‘a chosen people of God’ is taken from the Cushites. The Holy Bible testifies this, in the speech of Jahwe to
Israelis: “are you not as dearly as Cush/Ethiopia to me?” The Qalluu are the chosen part of the Oromo people to have such a position in front of Waaqa, just like the Levites were the ritual leaders chosen by Jahwe. The meaning of the Cushitic word Kasa (Kaasaa) is ‘God’s People’ (Creator’s people). According to the ancient language of Cush, the word Ka = God (spiritual being, the creator), and the word Sa = People, thus the word Kasa = ‘God’s People.’ The two Agew Kings (Theodros and Yohannes) were named as Kasa just to designate themselves as the rulers of ‘God’s People.’ Similarly, the word Saba (Saabaa) is equivalent to the ‘created people’ for the Cushitic word Sa = people, and Ba = the created (physical being, the nature). Interestingly, the Afan Oromo equivalent words are: Ka = Uumaa, Ba = Uumama and Sa = Uummata. Accordingly, the Queen Saba wanted to call herself the ruler of the  ‘created people’ whereas the two Agew Kings tried to call themselves as
the rulers of the ‘Creator’s people.’

If Oromo nationals from the three religious groups had to celebrate Irreechaa together, then they have to appreciate this common base and common cultural heritage as well as they have to be able to decide for common place of celebration in the future. As far as I am concerned, for Finfinne is the political center and the traditional core of Oromia/Cushitic Ethiopia/Africa, I would like to suggest that we do celebrate Irreechaa in the future, not only in Horaa Arsadii, but mainly/nationally at the Lake Gafarsaa of Finfinne. This must be the major site of Irreechaa celebration, being accompanied by the celebration in Bishoftuu and the festivities at other localities. Making Finfinne the core of this thanksgiving day will certainly help all other localities be supplied by more ‘river of eebba/river of blessing’ from the center of Oromia.

Picture: Oromo men at morning prayer to Waaqa.

We need to keep Irreechaa as a very good tradition of Oromia, which is one of the very attractive traditions in this land of eebbaa/blessing and land of Irreechaa/thanksgiving. It is a common daily experience in Oromia to observe elders blessing others routinely and to see people practicing Irreechaa at different occasions on small scales and at lower levels, including their morning and evening prayers, which is mostly considered as thanksgiving, where the Oromo people do say ritually: galata kee ya Waaq! It is based on this observation that certain European scholars and writers described Oromia as a ‘land filled with the rivers of blessing.’ I hope that, not only Oromia, but also the Cushitic Ethiopia and the  whole Africa will be filled with such ‘rivers of ebbaa and Irreechaa‘ in the future, especially if we decide to harmoniously celebrate Irreechaa as our common thanksgiving day together.

Irreechaa, as Oromia’s/Cushitic Ethiopia’s/Africa’s thanksgiving day, is a symbol for a day of a public freedom from the oppressive regimes like the brutal Abyssinian elites with colonialist mentality. On this day, the celebrating Oromo people do feel free, at least on this single day out of a year-round oppression, even though the security machine of the colonizers continue harassing this  freedom-loving and pro-democracy nation. Irreechaa also signifies the victory of the Oromo liberation struggle – the reason why Oromo nationals say: Irreechi irree keenya!

Not only the Oromo nationals, but surprisingly the ordinary Abyssinized people also do celebrate these values of the Gadaa Oromia in their own style/version, like the celebration during Ximqat (equivalent to Irreechaa at the lakeside or riverside), Masqal/Demeraa (equivalent to Gubaa), Buhee (equivalent to Taaboree), Ashanda of Tigrai (equivalent to Ingicaa) etc. Despite these good elements taken from the Cushitic cultural values, Abyssinianism is an anti-thesis of Oromummaa, and a diametrically opposite position to that of the Cushitic
Ethiopianity. Abyssinianism is a symbol for a false self-identity, and  it is an example for the ‘victim victimizing another victim.’ Abyssinian
elites are like the torture victims, who are usually trained to be  notorious and brutal torture perpetrators themselves. Classical examples
are the Woyane elites, who have been brutally victimized by the Derg, and now, they themselves, have become the worst tormentors of the Oromo people and that of the other oppressed nations.

When we do celebrate Irreechaa in this year, we have to commit ourselves also to transform Finfinne from being the center of these tormentors with false identity into the capital of the future Gadaa Oromia/Cushitic Ethiopia/federal Africa. That means Finfinne needs to be changed from the hitherto center of Abyssinianism, the symbol for oppression, tyranny, authoritarianism, torture, misery, hunger and agony
into the core of Oromummaa characterized by Gadaa/democracy, bilisummaa/freedom, prosperity, harmony, peace, equality and social egalitarianism. Irreechaa is the day of celebrating this Oromummaa on the grave of the obsolete Abyssinianism.

That is why we do call upon all the pro-freedom Cushitic Ethiopians, democratic Africans and humanisitic others to join this celebration of Irreechaa in Finfinne of Oromia, the political center of Africa. Irreechaa can be used as the symbol of freedom movement for all Africans, whose monotheistic system of faith in Waaqa Tokkicha (in one God) used to be denigrated by the Arab invaders, who promoted Islam at the cost of African traditional religions like Waaqeffannaa.This original African religion had also been attacked by the European colonizers, who cursed the belief system as something “paganism or satanism.” In this sense, Irreechaa celebration is one of the victories we have already got, not only over the alien forces from far away, but also over the neighboring oppressive Abyssinian elites. For instance, the brutal fascist and racist Woyane had tried to suppress this victory, but had failed miserably.

Here, we need to try to differentiate the innocent ordinary people of Abyssinia from their ruling criminal elites. To the surprise of my readers, I personally saw the celebration of Borantichaa in my life for the first time, not in Oromia proper, but in the heart of Abyssinia – in Gondar. Then, can anyone try to convince me that Gondar is not part of Oromia? Can anybody tell me that Quwaaraa of the Emperor Theodros, which has been ruled by an Oromo called Aluulaa, was not part and parcel of Oromia? That is why my Oromia is necessarily limited neither to the OPDO map nor to the OLF map, rather it extends to the bigger, inclusive and greater map, which includes all the Oromo people of the region.

So, let the Ethiopia of Laureate Tsegaye Gebre Medhin Qawweessaa (http://gadaa.com/oduu/10224/2011/07/26/ethiopia-their-ethiopia/) be celebrated in a sense of promoting freedom and democracy, i.e. in a sense of Irreechaa – and let not the Ethiopia of the colonizers be adored; Ethiopiais the name given to us by the Greeks and the name, behind which, Abyssinian elites like to hide. The Oromo people do give glory to Waaqa for all what we have achieved, such as the partial bilisummaa/freedom, scare nagaa/peace and limited badhaadhummaa/prosperity, and then we commit ourselves (demand more effort from ourselves) to achieve what we yet need. That means we give galata/glory for what we have achieved, and at the same time, we forward our gaaffii/demand committing ourselves to do our best in order to achieve the rest of our vision.

In this regard, there is nothing what Waaqa alone does for us when we are passive. Waaqa is helpful only through our activities and efforts. Only when we are active and creative, then Waaqa also does his plan for us, in us, through us. We should not mislead ourselves and “beg” Waaqa to do our bidding. We rather have to commit ourselves to do Waaqa’s good plans for our lives. Not only HE, even the human helpers, do help us only when we try to help ourselves. That is why we need to celebrate Irreechaa in this sense of being very pro-active to achieve the rest part of our bilisummaa/freedom and our Gadaa/democracy. We ought to celebrate the half-full glass of the past and should commit ourselves to fill the half-empty part of the qabsoo bilisummaa Oromoo (Oromo liberation struggle) in the future.

Still longing for the day, when the Oromo Christians, Muslims and Waaqeffataas will come out together during the Irreechaa in order to celebrate in mass our Rabbi/Waaqa, we should at the same time be able to commit ourselves to do His will in our Oromo way of private and public life. Irreechaa is not only celebrating the past good and only striving for the future good, but it is also the day of remembering our brothers and sisters, who had sacrificed their limbs and lives for our common Oromo cause of bilisummaa. This includes the commemoration of the recently imprisoned Oromo nationalists, who are now suffering under the notorious torture in Ma’ikelawi prison, being accused as “terrorists” just because of their attempt to promote and support the currently ongoing Qeerroo national Oromian movement for freedom and democracy.

In spite of this Woyane’s brutality, we do hope that the day will come, when we, all Oromians/Cushitic Ethiopians/Africans, will celebrate Irreechaa on the grave of the presently tormenting Woyane tyranny. Adoring Waaqa is the same as celebrating the best version of our own personal and  collective identity. That is why it is usually said by Oromo nationalists: ‘being Waaqeffata is the same as being one’s own
true-self.’ Thus, I encourage those with false-identity to come back to their true Cushitic self and to celebrate with us the holy Irreechaa, which is originally from Oromia/Cushitic Ethiopia, and now even practiced by the citizens of USA and Canada. Happy Irreechaa to all , who do like to celebrate this noble national holiday with us! May Rabbi/Waaqa bless us! May He bless Oromia, which is the land of eebba /blessing and the land of Irreechaa/thanksgiving, as the political center and traditional core of our continent Africa.

Galatoomaa!

* Fayyis Oromia can be reached at fayyis@yahoo.de.