Open Letter to Dr. Abiy Ahmed
By Concerned Citizens of Oromia, June 1, 2019
Dear Dr. Abiy Ahmed, PM of Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia,
STOP THE USE OF BANNED CHEMICAL WEAPONS and GENOCIDE AGAINST THE OROMO PEOPLE!!
We write this open letter to you because we are deeply concerned about the news that the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), the ruling party led by you, use of banned chemical weapons indiscriminately in parts of Oromia that poses grave danger to the health of civilians, environment, and regional security in the name of fighting the Oromo Liberation Army.
After coming to power on the backs of historical Oromo Qeerroo/Qarree peaceful movement for the most part that consumed the lives of more than 7 thousand lives, your government, despite the good will and difference given to your government and “reform agenda” by the Oromo people, turned onto the Oromo people, your unwillingness to engage in an honest dialog with opposition Oromo political parties, especially the Oromo Liberation Front turned Oromia into a war zone. As a result your government is waging hidden war on the Oromo people in various parts of Oromia posing the possibility of famine and mass migration from these war zones.
Oromia today is turned into blood bath and the country is at the verge of falling apart creating the largest humanitarian disaster in the region and a looming civil war that would eclipse the Tutsi-Hutu genocide.
The Oromo people and the Qeerroo/Qarree have been following your party, the ODP, and your government’s uneven handed treatment of the Oromo Liberation Front and cornering and forcing its political leaders to distance itself from the young Oromos who picked up arms to defend the rights of their people, the WBO, in the faces of a looming danger from every corner of Oromia and at the time when the Amhara terrorist group like ABN are armed to their teeth and waiting for opportunities to strike at the Oromo people. The Oromo people are disheartened by the timing and policy of unilateral disarmament of the Oromo people and your obsession with the Oromo Liberation Front at this critical time when there are so many burning issues facing the country from inflation to shortage of cash flow to the government. Everyone knows your government is tittering on the verge of collapse facing historical inflation. You are waging unwinnable and unnecessary war with borrowed money.
The overwhelming majority of the Oromo people want a speedy implementation of the Asmara agreement between the OLF and your government. Instead, your government have been using banned chemical weapons selectively in parts of Wallaga and the South. Evidences are coming out that your armed force have finished preparation to use chemical weapons against WBO, the brightest and bravest Oromo children at a massive scale. This plan is confirmed from your own defected generals and colonels whose conscious did not allow them to be part of such crimes against their own people and recently decided to join their brothers and sisters in WBO to fight your egregious genocide against the Oromo people. At the end of the day this police is yours alone and you bear full responsibility for its human and environmental cost. If not you, your children will live with the scar of history! Therefore, we urge you to re-consider this ill-conceived police and resolve your differences with the Oromo Liberation Front and WBO around the table not around chemical weapon.
I would like to inform you that a task force to expose the hidden war and use of banned chemical weapons has completed its work and will pursue legal avenues to bring those who take part in such heinous crimes to justice.