Ethnic Cleansing underway in Wollo against Oromo Civilians
OLF-OLA Press Release
While the international community is preoccupied with the peace deal and its implementation in northern Ethiopia, the Ethiopian government is prosecuting another major war across the Oromia region. Multiple fronts have been opened over the past month by the Ethiopian National Defense Forces and their allies across western, central, and southern Oromia.
The Ethiopian government-backed Amhara regional forces have also, once again, started a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Wollo Oromo in the Amhara region since January 15, 2023. The latest campaign, like the previous ones, purportedly aims at wiping out the ghostly terrorist group called “Shane” from among the civilian population. In this campaign, on January 15, 2023, Amhara Special Forces attacked civilians in the Jille Dhumuga district of the Oromia Special Zone and killed 8 Oromo civilians. The next day, January 16, another attack by Amhara Special Forces left over 68 Oromo civilians killed and 52 wounded in the same district. The violence against Wollo Oromos remains unabated to this day and the actual casualty figures are very likely to rise.
While hate crimes and the desire to cleanse Oromos from Wollo have long been pervasive, the Ethiopian government is also notorious for treating civilian lives as disposable chess pieces, for matters big and trivial alike. The recent organized attacks against civilians in Wollo, parts of eastern Oromia in Jarso and Chinaksan, and throughout the Oromia region have the hallmarks of the Prosperity Party government’s callous disregard for human lives that are all but normalized over the past four years.
The OLF-OLA calls upon the Oromo people and all peace-loving Ethiopians to stand in solidarity with the victims of this horrific violence and their families in Wollo and throughout the Oromia region. The international community should do its part by (a) bringing to bear the necessary pressure on the Ethiopian authorities and putting an end to the carnage in Oromia; (b) making peace in Oromia among its top priorities in the Horn of Africa region and one of its key preconditions to normalizing relations with the Ethiopian authorities. The recent attacks in Wollo took place in various localities. The following are the ultimate victims that we have verified so far:
Garbii Dirree Galmaa (Saargat)
Garbii Mudhii Waaccuu
OLF-OLA High Command January 25, 2023