𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐅𝐞𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐥 𝐃𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐜𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐜 𝐑𝐞𝐩𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐜 𝐨𝐟 𝐄𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐨𝐩𝐢𝐚 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐠𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐆𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐎𝐫𝐨𝐦𝐢𝐲𝐚
𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐫𝐞𝐩𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐦𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐚𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐎𝐫𝐨𝐦𝐨 𝐢𝐧 𝐇𝐨𝐫𝐫𝐨
𝐆𝐮𝐝𝐮𝐫𝐮 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐄𝐚𝐬𝐭 𝐖𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐠𝐚 𝐙𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐬.
OLF Press Release – November 19,2022
It has become a daily routine to hear news of massacres, killings and displacement in many
parts of Oromiya and other parts of Ethiopia. The Qellem Wollega, Horro Guduru Wollega and
East Wollega case has become more permanent than ever. Helpless citizens, including children,
women, the elderly, and school pupils, are being slaughtered in their own homesteads and urban
quarters. Displacement and flights from one’s own living space are becoming the order of the
day. Huge agony, tears, and blood are becoming unescapable daily occurring. Hundreds of
thousands who were forced to flee are left without any humanitarian care.
Our sources invariably indicate that these situations are made possible by the overall
government structures. The Ethiopian National Defense Force, the Federal Police Counter
Insurgency team, and armed settlers linked to Federal security forces, in tandem with the Fano
outlaws, are the main perpetrators of these criminal acts. We have sufficient evidence that the
Federal Police Counter Insurgency team, dressed in civilian outfits in a concerted and
coordinated fashion, engaged in the massacre, displacement, and burning of residential houses
of helpless civilians in the towns and rural areas. Recently, districts such as Amuru, Jardaga
Jarte, Horro Bulluq and other neighbouring villages in Horro Guduru Zone have witnessed such
On November 16, 2022, through such a coordinated attack by the aforementioned forces, Alibo
Town, the town of Jardaga Jarte District, was raided. More than 200 houses were burnt to ashes.
Residents were looted, their belonging confiscated, and they were forced to leave their areas.
Others, in the bid to spare their life, took refuge in the nearby bushes.
On November 18, 2022, the Fano, right Infront of the Ethiopian National Defense Force,
Ethiopian and Federal Police encampments, obviously with intelligence, financial, material and
moral support, armed with heavy weapons, raided Kiramu town in Eastern Wollegga Zone and
executed similar atrocities: killed, displaced and detained peaceful civilians.
One has to be clear with the intention and the identity of the actors that are spilling the blood
and tears of the innocent civilian in that particular area of Oromia. In a similar fashion to the
irredentist zeal over other parts in neighboring regions, the Fano force is being armed and
supported by the Ethiopian National Defense Force and Ethiopian Federal Police Counter
Insurgency team, which want to slice this part of Oromia into their favoured neighboring region.
Likewise, it is part of the genocidal strategy of ‘draining the water to finish off the fish’. Such an
atrocious act could have been forestalled by the federal forces had it not been in their interest to
intimidate and silence the Oromo in Oromia in general and in these districts in particular.
We have appealed to the international communities and human rights groups several times. No
positive response is on its way so far. We keep telling the international community who is obliged
to respond to the common cause, such as human rights abuses of any kind anywhere, as
stipulated in several UN conventions, by a state whose responsibility is to protect the wellbeing
of its citizens.
Above all, we call upon our people to stand by one another and defend their people and
territories in any manner possible to them. Concerted self-defense is the only means left to us.
Victory to the Masses!
Oromo Liberation Front
Finfinnee, November 19, 2022.