Tokkumma Barattoota Oromoo Biyyaa Jarmanii (TBOJ)

Union of Oromo Students in Germany (UOSG)

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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 thereof. 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.

The declared aim of the afore mentioned program was to conduct a fair discussion about Oromo and Emperor Menelik II, a man of whom there is ample historical records about his genocidal war of conquest in late 19th early 20th century. Alone from the Oromo, 5 million were estimated to have been uprooted, ravaged and massacred by Menelik’s colonial army. Menelik was known among Oromos as butcher-of-humans, famous for his brutality, cutting off women’s breasts and smashing children’s heads.

The pervasive tone in this Amhara dominated program was not only about denying the atrocities committed against the Oromo and other conquered peoples, but went further to effectively dehumanize the Oromo, questioning whether Oromos had an identity and history of their own. To mention some of those inflammatory remarks: - one of the participants went to the extent of questioning the very name of “Oromo” and labelled Oromo history as “myth and fiction”. In doing so, he was suggesting the need to revive the derogatory name “Galla” as appropriate. He further arrogantly stated that the “gadaa System” of the Oromos was synonymous with terror and destruction. This is just a blatant anti-Oromo statement. Actually the Gadaa System is known for exactly the opposite reason: - as an egalitarian, open and democratic traditional system of governance.

Lastly we would like to share something only those who are immediately affected are privy to. In recent two or three years, there is a marked upsurge of activity by Amhara elements to regain their lost role as the undisputed masters of the colonial empire of Ethiopia: - at least on the propaganda front here in diaspora. We feel we have reason to believe that the facilities of the respected DW are being misused towards this end.

We demand that the management of the great DW institution:

1. Investigate the point of our complaint and take appropriate measures in case of misconduct.

2. Take appropriate measures to preempt future recurrence.

Best regards,

Dr. Sufian Weise

Oromo Community in Berlin e.V.



Herr Dr. Johannes Hoffmann

Leiter Unternehmenskommunikation und Pressesprecher

Frau Dagmar Engel


Frau Ute Schaeffer


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

Bakka: Bundeskanzleramt fuula dura ( auf dem Platz zwischen Paul-Löbe-Allee und Otto-von-Bismark-Allee )

Yeroo ( Sa `aa ) : 9,00

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