Tokkumma Barattoota Oromoo Biyyaa Jarmanii (TBOJ)

Union of Oromo Students in Germany (UOSG)

Baga Nagaan dhuftan! Welcome!Herzlich Willkommen!

Beschwerdebrief der  vereinigung der Oromo in Berlin e.V

Oromo Community in Berlin e.V.

c/o Dr. Sufian Weise

Warnitzer Str. 24

13057 Berlin

Deutsche Welle

Herrn Klaus Bergmann

Leiter Internationale Angelegenheiten

Kurt-Schumacher-Straße 3

53113 Bonn


Sehr geehrter Herr Bergmann,

We, members of the Oromo community e.V, herewith express our utter dismay and indignation at what was recently aired on Deutsche Welle: Amharic Service. In a program on December 8, 2013 a defamatory and discriminatory tirade against Oromo as a people was allowed

unhindered; indeed encouraged by the host, purportedly as a discussion-program. We are saddened to see the institution of Deutsche Welle, hitherto respected for its democratic and human-right’s values enshrined in the Grundgesetz, being abused and reduced to an instrument

of hate-propaganda against a whole people.

Our complaint is about hate-speech in the guise of free discussion and the promotion there of.To begin with, a balanced representation for each side of the argument-line has not been observed; neither in numbers nor in their field of expertise: - two historians against one economist.

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Abdulkarim Ibrahim Hamid, who is popularly known as Jarra Abba Gadaa, was a long-standing Oromo nationalist. Jarra understood the connection between the conquest of the Oromo and the unmitigated attack on their cultural heritage. The purpose of that attack was to make the Oromo feel inferior in terms of their language, culture, history, way of life, political and cultural institutions. 

Boqonnaa Jaal Jaarraa Abbaa Gadaa ilaalchise ibsa gaddaa Tokkumma Barattoota Biyyaa Jarmanii (TBOJ) irra

Ummanni Oromo abbaa guddaa tokko dhabe!

Boqonnaa abbakenya Jaarraa Abbaa Gadaa, yemmu dhagenyu naasu guddaa tu nutti dhaga‘aame. J/Jaarraa Abbaa Gadaa umri isaani dargagguummaa irra eegalani ummata isaanif biyya isaani humnan qabmte jirtu bilisa baasuuf jecha hidhaa, biyya irra ari’atamu, beela’u, dheeboochu fi rakkina hiriyaa hinqabne heddu tu isaan muudate. Haata‘u malee, rakina kana hundaaf utu hinjilbeffatin kaayyoo ganama qabatani ka‘an bakkaan gahuuf baayyee dalagan. ittifufa

UOSG’s Statement on the Passing of Jarra Abbaa Gadaa, the father  of  oromo liberation movement

The Oromo people have lost their great father and leader!

We received the message of the passing away of our Great father and leader J/Jarra Abba Gada (Abdulkarim Ibrahim) with shock and sadness.  Jarra Abba Gada took up arms to fight the Ethiopian rulers who continued to subjugate Oromia and oppress its people at his early age. He refused to accept the oppression, exploitation, and abuse of the Oromo people and he has been jailed, exiled and suffered  a lot  in the hands of successive Ethiopian rulers. In spite of all the suffering Jarra Abba Gada stand firm and fought the oppressors bravely for the cause of liberation.

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Letter of Complaint of the UOSG to the Deutsche welle Broadcasting Board

December 28, 2013

Deutsche Welle (DW) Broadcasting Board,

Mr. Klaus Bergmann

Leiter Internationale Angelegenheiten

Kurt-Schumacher-Straße 3

53113 Bonn

Dear Mr. Bergmann,

It came to our attention through our members the December 8, 2013 program on DW  Amharic program, which we found to be insensitive and derogatory to the single largest ethnic group in the horn of Africa, the Oromo people. We, members of the Union of Oromo student in Europe-Germany (UOSG)   and the Oromo community residing in Germany, therefore are deeply offended by DW’s Amharic Service program which was defamatory and discriminatory against the Oromo people of Ethiopia to say the least.

What disappoint us the most is,  The well respected international media like Deutsche Welle (DW), which aspires itself to promote intercultural dialogue, to work to further international understanding and tolerance, to communicate the values of a liberal democracy and to support respect for human rights, to be used for hate propaganda like  Radio Rwanda and Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines of the Rwanda was used during the Rwanda genocidal era.

Our compliant and disappointment begin with the way this specific program was represented. By inviting two professors of history representing the right wing extreme ideology and an economist from the Oromo side the host has deliberately set up unbalanced and unfair discussion forum about the darkest historical event in the Ethiopian Empire. Even though the declared aim of this program was to conduct a fair discussion about Oromo and Emperor Menelik II, the lack of proper representation to tell the Oromo narrative in the presence of extremist that harbored hate towards the Oromo have made the so called discussion a hate propaganda. More over we are forced to assume the moderator intention to be deliberate during the program, when he tolerated if not cheered the inflammatory and derogatory comments from the two guests. To put gas into flame the moderator also engaged himself in discrediting and disrespecting his honorable guest representing the counter argument. It is with this respect we are forced to write this letter to inform the broadcasting board this inflammatory and discriminatory program targeting the single largest ethnic group in the horn of Africa.

Dear Mr. Bergmann, to put things in to context, the Oromo people are the single largest ethnic group in East Africa and make up a significant portion of the population occupying the Horn of Africa. In the Ethiopian alone, Oromo constitute about ~40% of the population (close to 40 million) of the Ethiopian . During their long history, the Oromo developed their own uniquely democratic political and social institution known as the Gadaa system . During the late 19th century, King Menelik of Abyssinia conquered the vast Oromo land that now constitutes most of the landmass of the present day Ethiopia. The conquest was very bloody with an estimated 5 million Oromos either killed as a result of the wars or the aftermath plagues. The survivors were evicted from their ancestral land and turned into serfs or sold as slaves with no national right to the Oromo language, culture, history and their beloved socio-political institution, the Gadaa system. After the conquest the entire Oromo and their socio political values are banned from their own country (Oromia) and labeled as the enemies of the state under the imperial regimes of Menelik and then Haile-Selassie II . They have been given a derogatory name called “Galla,” which is banned from public speech in Ethiopia today.


Therefore what angered us and forced us to write this letter is the fact that those views reflected on the December 8, 2013 program which harbored hate, discrimination and a wish for the return of this darkest historical era for millions of Oromo and other oppressed nations and nationalities in the Ethiopian empire is the view of neo-feudal extremist. Those guests invited cheered by the moderator   explicitly stated on air that the name Oromo itself was controversial, implying Oromos should be called ‘Galla’ even today. One of the invited guests, Dr. Haile Larebo, went further to question the identity and own history of the Oromo people by saying the entire history of the Oromo people, was “myth and fiction”. Those guests went further to declare the gadaa system which most anthropological and historical studies find to be the most democratic and egalitarian socio-political system in the world to be synonymous with terror and destruction. What’s deeply saddening is, all through this, the DW’s Amharic Service moderator as a responsible and ethical journalist neither did stop the inflammatory statements of the guest nor entertain the counter argument given by the third guest. The moderator went further to dismiss and discredit the third guest who was supposed to represent the Oromo narrative mainly because these inflammatory statements against the Oromo people fitted the moderator editorial position. We found this to be irresponsible, unethical and racially biased journalism.

It is well observed that to systematically ridiculed Oromo values and propagates inflammatory remarks about the Oromo people have become a common practice in most of the past and present Ethiopian empire elite dominated media in Ethiopia and abroad. Even though such practice are also acceptable in the current Ethiopia empire due to a continuing subjugation and oppression policies of the successive Ethiopian political elites and government, in a free world like Germany and a free international media like Deutsch well (DW) this is utterly unacceptable. The use of one of the free media outlets in the world, DW, by those extremists to praise the ‘Black Hitler of Oromo people’ and to question the very existence of more than 40million people not only offended this great people but also put the independencies and the very mission of DW stated in its mission policy in to question. 


As we love and respect DW as a reliable source of information, we do not believe that this incident was an intended mission of the DW in General to spread such an offending message to the Oromo audience worldwide nor do we surely mean that it happened deliberately; rather we want to remind that it should not happen again.

We those who live in freedom and democracy believe in dialogues of mutual benefit, working up the past and promoting a better future.

With this context we, the Union of Oromo students in Europe-Germany (UOSG) would kindly ask DW broadcasting board:

  • To Investigate the point of our complaint
  • To take appropriate measures and disciplinary measure in case of misconduct
  • To air a balanced program on this issue again
  • For an official apology for the Oromo people for the moral damages the program caused
  • To take appropriate measures to preempt future recurrence by considering the establishment of the Afaan oromo program by      taking the experience of other international media like voice of America (VOA) and others with similar radio program and.
  • To revise the editorial policies of the DW-Amharic program by consulting every stake holders and consumers of this media outlet.

We would like also to point out the ever increasing Oromo residents in Germany after fleeing their homeland for fear of political motivated persecutions and the Oromo mass in Ethiopia are the number one audiences of the DW-Amharic program and therefore are the most offended by this program. Therefore as a responsible Germany resident and adopted citizen we demand our complaints to be addressed as soon as possible and would be immoral and irresponsible to ignore this compliant. We expect your immediate response to our letter.   


With Kind Regards!

Union of Oromo Students in Europe - Germany

Cc:  - Valentin Schmidt, Chairman of the Broadcasting Board

       - Johannes Hoffmann, Head of Corporate Communications and  spokesperson

       - Martina Bertram, Editor Corporate Communications

       - Günther Nooke, Member of Broadcasting Board, Africa Commissioner


i. Union of Oromo student in Europe-Germany (UOSG) is a student organization based in Germany. Founded in 1974 in Germany and has members throughout Germany, Europe and Ethiopia.

ii. Central Statistical Agency (2008) „Population size of Regions by Nations/Nationalities (ethnic group) and Place of Residence: 2007" Census 2007. Addis Ababa: Central Statistical Agency. p. 66.

iii. 1. Bates, B. 1979. The Abyssinian Difficulty. Oxford University Press. Baxter, P. 1978. Ethiopia's Unacknowledged Problem: The Oromo. African Affairs, Vol. 77 No. 308, pp. 283-296.

    2. Prouty, C. and E. Rosenfeld. 1981. Historical Dictionary of Ethiopia. London : The Scarecrow Press.

    3. Legesse, A. 1973. Gada: Three Approaches to the Study of African Society. New York: The Free Press.

iv. Cornelius John Jaenen, ‎Southwestern journal of anthropology, v.12, no.2 – 1956

Waamicha hiriira nagaa magaalaa Berlinitti.

Guyyaa 02.05.2014

Gara Oromoota hunda.

Lammii keenya nagaan haa gayuu.

Akka hundi keenya quba  qabnuutti, yeroo amma kana mootummaan TPLF / EPRDF biyya keenya Oromiyaa jeeqaa , hunkuraa , uummata Oromoo mana hidhaatti guura fi ajjeesa jira.

Haala kana akka lammii Oromootti cal jennee ilaalu hin qabnuu.

Kanaaf, uummata keenya isa daraaramaa, dhiignii isaa dhangalaa fi dhumaa jiru, sagalee isa ta `u dhaan, mootummoota addunyaatti  beeksisuuf, waamicha hiriira nagaa isinii goone.

Ajjeechaa, hidhaa fi reebichii Oromoo irra gayaa jiru kun na ilaala, lammii irra qaba, lammii kootu dhiignii isaa dhangalaa jira kan  jedhuu hundii, hiriira kana irratti qooda fudhachuu qaba jenne hubana.

Tokkummaan humna!

Tokkummaan waliin dirmanee, biyya keenya fi saba keenyaaf  haa dhaabanuu.

Guyyaa hiriira: 09.05.2014

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