December 5, 2022

Oromos call for immediate U.S. action, say Oromia is under invasion by Eritrean forces

Eritrean President Isaias Afwerkii is welcomed by Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed upon his arrival at Addis Ababa International Airport
Eritrean President Isaias Afwerkii is welcomed by Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed upon his arrival at Addis Ababa International Airport

Eritrean forces have begun an invasion of Oromia and are “killing, looting, and destabilizing communities,” said the Oromia Global Forum in an open letter Monday to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Presidents Isaias Afwerki and Abiy Ahmed

The Oromia Global Forum, which is an alliance of 45 Oromo organizations, reported that Oromia is being invaded by Eritrean forces- a development it considers to be a “serious escalation of the civil war in Ethiopia by Abiy’s government” and a threat to the stability of the entire Horn of Africa.

In the letter, the Oromia Global Forum urged Secretary Blinken and the United States to take immediate action to prevent the humanitarian situation from deteriorating any further and an unspeakable tragedy from unfolding in Oromia.

We are seriously concerned that the invading armies of Ethiopia and Eritrea will cause yet another human tragedy in Oromia at a similar or even larger scale than they caused in Tigray,” said the letter, underscoring the immense urgency and severity of the situation.

“Abiy Ahmed’s regime is expanding the war into Oromia by deploying – reportedly – more than 30,000 Eritrean troops and Amhara militias,” asserted the Oromia Global Forum.

In Tigray, multiple humanitarian and governmental organizations have reported systematic and indiscriminate killings, forced removals, sexual assaults, and other widespread human rights abuses.

According to the United Nations, an estimated total of 5.2 million people, equivalent to 91% of Tigray’s population, are in need of emergency food assistance in Tigray due to the conflict that has been ongoing since November.

Yet, the Ethiopian government has dismissed international pleas for a ceasefire and unfettered humanitarian access to Tigray, maintaining that the conflict is nearing an end. However, these claims have been disputed by reports that the conflict in Ethiopia is escalating into other regions such as Oromia and Benishangul-Gumuz.

President Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea who has been in power since 1993

“The atrocities, that were proved in Tigray operations and evidenced by the international community investigations, are observed in similar fashion in Oromia,” asserted the Oromo Liberation Front in a May 30 statement.

While the actions and abuses taken in Ethiopia’s Tigray region have received widespread international attention and condemnation, the Oromia Global Forum asserts that the consequences of prolonged conflict will be even greater and more tragic if an invasion of Oromia is not prevented. Oromia is Ethiopia’s largest regional state in both geographical area and population.

The OGF applauded the United States for its leadership in calling international attention to the Tigray crisis but is urging Secretary of State Blinken and the Biden Administration to apply political, economic, and diplomatic pressures for the immediate withdrawal of Eritrean troops and Amhara militia from Oromia.

“Unless the world community, led by your good office, takes prompt action the Horn of Africa will soon sink into chaos, humanitarian catastrophe and famine of biblical proportion aided by the pandemic that is already raging in the region out of control,” pleaded the letter to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

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Comments 4

  1. Solomon says:

    Do you think that Ethiopians believe your fairy tale? How much money do get paid by TPLF terrorist group? What is the business of the Eritrean troops in Oromia??? Shame on you!!

  2. Ayano says:

    As usual our Oromo brothers are following the footsteps of TPLF, disminating fake news and false allegation. We knew OLF political agenda and ideology is copied from TPLF. Practically they are enemies for each other which was revealed when TPLF killed thousands of OLF soldiers and Promo political leaders by labeling them as OLF members. After what TPLF did on OLF members and other Oromos, OLF is still working hard to support and revive TPLF from gasping. That is why our struggle swing at the same placce in the last five decades.

  3. Jungle says:

    If, Eritrean and Ethiopian army continue to abuse, Rob, rape, and kill in Oromia it make Oromo to join WBO, make them more stronger so, they can defend themselves East Africa will be distroyed. Rebuilding with peace and stability regained. The problem is terrorist might sneak in too. USA should take it’s actions before it’s to late. 110 millions going to cause destabilize the whole of Africa and even in the world.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Aren’t Undergraduate students supposed to be working on school news papers, something is very weird here?

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