Ethiopia: [SOS] Oromia is burning
We cannot get the full extent of what is happening. But the small smoke signals sent through the grapevine is saying a little of what is happening there. The Oromia region went into a full a blaze this week, when the authorities took away the security detail for Mohammed Jawar of OMN. So, there been speculation of a stand-off between him and Prime Minister Abiy Ali Ahmed.
Now its reported that has been confirmed died since this started this week. Dozens of businesses, houses and cars have been destroyed or burned by protesters. Also, there is reports of direct attacks on the Amhara people in the region. That their businesses and such is attacked. That the Liyu Police is involved, in some towns even the mayor and police is looking at the killings and vandalizing occurring.
Like in Bale Robe, there was 11 people buried and having funerals for today, while there are reports of another 25 people more dead too. There are several of businesses, 16 hotels burned over the last 48 hours there.
More on the actions done today: There are attacks by the mob at this moment in West Arisi Zone specifically in Dodola, Kofele, Gedeb Asasa and Nensebo. So many woman and children are inside a church for a fourth day in a row and said no military is in sight to save them.
What we do see, is the authorities and the state not acting towards the querro and the supporters of Jawar. While Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) is said to be participating in the actions too. This is all measured against the ones of other ethnic groups that the Oromo in Oromia.
While the Prime Minister Abiy isn’t saying or doing anything. Who knows out of fear of losing the support in Oromia or that he want to have good favours with the ones doing the violence. Because, the Liyu Police is also supposed to be involved. Therefore, there are no one friendly faces and all is a spiral of violence hitting the region.
This isn’t peace, but a bloodshed. Done the one watch of the PM. The EPRDF and all their allies letting this one happen. Because, of one reaction to Jawar, but not to that alone. As they could do what they can to prevent all this blood and violence hitting the streets. Instead, they are letting this one go and its been going on for days. Journalists are blocked from reporting, road-blocks are put up and there are little information coming out.
We only know that violence in Oromia is occurring. There are both mob-justice, misuse of power and also negligence from the state. All mixed up in a pot and with inaction too. Where the only one hurt is the innocent, whose targeted by the various fractions involved.
Like in Sebeta town, it is reported today that 5000 Gamo people are residing at the train-station awaiting to leave town. As their homes are robbed and destroyed by the mobs. This is clear targeting of “outsiders” and other ethnic groups in the region. Which is worrying already, as Amhara people have been reported killed earlier in the week. Therefore, the whole scenario is devastating.
All the lives are destroyed and taken because of politicking. At this very moment allegations goes both ways, but all of this is happening because big-men fights and want to use empty rhetoric. This here is not building a nation, but destroying it, one life at the time. Peace.