Abbyssinia accused of `cultural genocide’
(A4O, 22 July 2013) Dr. Gemechu Megerssa who was in the U.S. to be a part of the 50th Golden Jubilee of artist Ali Muhammed Birra strongly accused the Abyssinian cultural, economic and political volition.
“We lost our rights and our land, as well as our identity by weapon,” said Dr. Gemechu Megerssa. “is the systematic destruction of Oromo traditions, values, language, heritage, legacy and other elements which make an Oromo people distinct from other groups.”
Dr Gemechu added that the the governments of the west have a moral responsibility for the genocide of Oromo people from past to present. “We are saying you can’t just continue killing us, this has to stop somewhere, and we are telling to all governments who are supporting wrong regimes in Ethiopia. They should instead make positive intervention so that we who live in the horn all come together and peacefully settle our differences and start a new chapter.”
In this second part, Dr. Gemechu discusses effects of State sponsored violence on indigenous Oromo cultural heritage, legacy of systematized Abyssinian supremacy, and the historical portrayal of the Oromo in the Ethiopian State.