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Dr. Abiy Ahmed’s government is criminalizing parents for their children

By Bariiso Saaddoo, June 21, 2019

Ethiopian security forces invade and arrest parents of adult children who left them years ago.

Immediately after the atrocities of 9/11, USA labelled Osama Bin Laden as one of the most dangerous man in the face of the Earth. USA Army and intelligence community tried to locate Osama’s whereabouts all over the world and including hideouts in the highlands of Pakistan and Afghanistan. The search for Osama continued unabatedly for about 10 years and finally he was brought to justice by US Marine in Pakistan on May 2, 2011.

During the search for Osama bin Laden, one of his brothers was in the USA living in peace just like any other ordinary Americans. Osama’s children and other family members had never been targeted by the United States for the heinous crimes of their father. They lived in peace and freely without a fear of USA government retaliation for their father’s crime.

In all of European countries, crimes are not transferable. Once a child is 18 years of age, parents’ responsibility ends legally, and any crime the children commit cannot go to the parents. That is a civilized and reasonable world. The parents may continue communicating with their children regardless of the weight of the crimes the children commit. Some families come out and defend their children officially. Nothing happens to them. They don’t hung the father or mother for the crimes of their children.

Parents and families in Ethiopia are illiterate, most of them have never been to school and do not understand politics. Most parents live on farms barely making days end meals. They are people who struggle only to feed their kids and themselves. Some do not even afford to wear shoes, never had cell phones or lights.  Most of the kids go to school only if there is school nearby to escape from farm work. These parents make less than $300 a year, if we must measure money-wise.  They do not know what is taught in school. They do not even understand why their children go to school for many years.

These are the parents, PM Dr. Abiy Ahmed’s army coerces demanding they bring back their children they have not seen in years. These are the parents this regime rapes and kills for being mothers and fathers of these children who left them years ago to fight for their causes. These are the parents Dr. Abiy Ahmed’s soldiers rob, burn properties and force to flee their birthplace. Ethiopia has the largest internally displaced people (IDP) in the world according to a recent report by the United Nations (UN). In one year, under Dr. Abiy Ahmed’s administration, more Oromos are displaced than under the regime of the TPLF in 20 years or so rule.

This is the regime that is committing itself to annihilate or reduce the Oromo people into further serfdom. While it claims to represent the poor people, the regime has continued creating difficult livelihoods for millions.  Disappearance, destruction, humiliation, eviction and isolation is underway in mass in the Oromia region.  This is a regime that is burning crops and killing livestock to starve the Oromo people as a punishment.

The TPLF cadre regime of Dr. Abiy Ahmed, while delivering rosy speeches after speeches with nice words, has continued subjecting the Oromo people to grief and sorrow. Millions of Oromo mothers are crying under a regime that claims to represent Oromos and as some claim ‘the Oromo Government’. This regime is the continuation of the TPLF/EPRDF regime and TPLF cadres were trained to kill, spy, mistreat people, corrupt, steal, rob, etc.  That is normal life for them. Sometimes you cannot blame them, because that is their profession. They cannot think beyond what they have been trained for. That is their make-up.

It is very painful to hear that parents of Qeerroo are getting harassed and humiliated for their children joining Oromo Liberation Army (OLA). Some of the children left them more than 20 years ago and some of the children are now in their 30s and 40s. The parents have nothing to do with their children political beliefs and they are being criminalized for simply giving birth to these children.

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Human Rights Abuses:163 extra-judicial killings and the arbitrary detention of at least 933 people in Ethiopia

(Oromia Support Group Report) The extra-judicial killing and arbitrary arrest of OLF supporters since December 2018 has created a situation in Oromia very similar to that in 1991-2 when thousands of OLF supporters were killed and scores of thousands detained and tortured.

The good will and support for Ethiopia from the international community helped to maintain the abusive regime of Meles Zenawi, then in power. The current silence about killings and widespread imprisonment is eerily reminiscent of that time.

Many reports have been sent to OSG since December 2018 and this report is a summary of the information received.

This report includes information about 163 extra-judicial killings and the arbitrary detention of at least 933 all due to their suspected support for the Oromo Liberation Front, which officially returned to Ethiopia in September 2018.

Oromia Support Group Australia – Summary Report on Human Right Abuses in Ethiopia

The first Oromo Interfaith Forum Held in Melbourne

(A4O, 2 June 2019) The half day Oromo Interfaith Forum held yesterday, June 1, 2019 here in Noble Park Aquatic Centre.
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On this forum three Oromo religious leaders: Christian, Muslim and Waaqeffannaa delivered speeches about the importance of having a respectful relationship between wife and husband.
The forum aimed to promote family safety and cohesiveness in their life.
This event would help to raise awareness and understanding about respectful relationship and to challenge gender stereotypes and roles.
This faith-based activity was designed to explore the ways in which Oromo faiths leaders currently respond to family violence.
Victoria police and Wayss provided useful innervation information about family violence.
Oromo community in Melbourne and Advocacy for Oromia organised this forum unique to provide timely preventive information and orientation about family violence and family violence prevention strategies.
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Message from the Advocacy for Oromia
– The prevention of family violence can be achieved by promoting respectful relationships, love and harmony that lead to gender equality: finding meaning in life and fostering a sense of belonging.
– (key words: equality, respect, relationships, love, meaning in life, sense of belonging)