𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐡𝐢𝐟𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐋𝐨𝐜𝐮𝐬 𝐂𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐉𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐟𝐲 𝐈𝐧𝐣𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐞
Statement of the OLF 08-01-2023
Atrocities that ravaged Oromiya for years and then the North, Tigray, have now again shifted to
the South, Oromiya with its full force. The so-called ‘Coalition Force’, which constitutes Ethiopian
National Defense Force, Amhara Regional State Special Force, Federal Police, and Fano, once
again started their despicable onslaught on Oromiya in different directions. On the Eastern
Oromiya, Fantale and Boset front, heavy fighting between the Oromo Liberation Army and the
‘Coalition Force’ has now counted its fifth day. On the Guji front, the massive operation resulted
in heavy fighting. In Western Oromiya, a vast number of the ‘Coalition Forces’ invaded Metekal,
crossed the Abay River through Agamsa and continued its onslaught. In North Showa, Central
Oromiya, a similar war campaign is going on in Salale and Meta areas.
The most disgraceful face of the unnecessary war is that many innocent civilians are being
evicted from their homes. Women, children and the elderly are left in the wilderness—no food,
shelter, or medicine for the victim. The coalition force’s cruelty is reaching its maximum. The
Ethiopian Government’s blatant and unpopular policy of ‘drying the ocean to catch the fish’ has
The onslaught is so scandalous that the whole enterprise is being led and maneuvered by an
external force, namely the Eritrean Defense Forces, which has a track record of heinous
brutalities in the North. Other allies are supplying drones and intelligence technologies. The
Ethiopian Government bears all the responsibilities for inviting an external force to the sovereign
territory they claim they have the mandate to protect but still let the massive human rights
There is a credible report that this war is planned to intensify in the coming months. OLF is
genuinely concerned that millions of civilians will be affected by this planned offensive.
Displacement and civilian casualties in the deliberate use of air attack and heavy weapons
in the civilian settlement will hugely affect the population. OLF again call on Regional states in
Ethiopia not to send their Special Forces and militias to take part in this war. OLF has credible
report of more than 27 civilians killed by Benishangu Regional Special Froce in Begi, Western
Oromiya, in the last week only.
We have iterated repeatedly that the only solution to the political stalemate and conflict in
Ethiopia and Oromiya is political. Military solution will further drug the poorest country of the
world into a disaster that menace not only this generation but leave a lasting scar for the future
generation and further disintegration of the country. OLF has not observed a genuine attempt
by the Government and its supporters to make a sincere effort for a peaceful resolution with
regard to the conflict in Oromiya. Here, OLF also wants to go on record that Prime Minster Abiyi
Ahmed (PhD), Lamma Magarsa (Former President of Oromiya) and Berhanu Jula (Field
Marshal) and Workineh Gebeyehu (PhD) are responsible for failure to implement the OLF
Ethiopian Government Asmara agreement of August 07, 2018, and for the continuation of this
war in Oromiya. We are very much dismayed by the international community’s persistent indifference while
another atrocious human disaster is in the making in Oromiya. The principle of a peaceful
approach to conflict does not imply any discriminatory action between people, regions, or
groups. All human beings have the right to a peaceful existence, decent life and national and
international protection as stipulated in different international conventions and treaties,
especially of the UN. The UN and other parties who played a pivotal role in ending the conflict
in North Ethiopia, Tigray, have a special responsibility to act the same way in South Ethiopia,
Oromiya, when atrocities shift south.
We thus call upon the International Community, including the UN, the US, the Governments of
the Republic of Kenya, South Africa, the European Union, and the African Union, to stop the
bloodshed and displacement of civilians, including women, children, and the elderly in Oromiya.
Victory to the Masses!
Oromo Liberation Front
January 08, 2023.