We, the Oromos, Know our History!

The Habasha elites tell us that Ethiopia is the only country in Africa that was not colonized by the European super powers. What the habashas elites were unable to understand was the fact that, there was no country called Ethiopia when the Europeans came to Africa in the mid 19the century. The present Ethiopia got its present map in 1900 after the Habasha king, Minlik II, completed his expansion towards the south.
Before they were conquered by Minlik II peoples such as the Oromo, Sidama, Woliyta, Gamo, Gedeo and others, had their own administration; that means, they ruled themselves. They had their own culture, tradition, belief and values. They lost all these when the Habashas came and imposed their own culture on them. The Habashas always claimed that they are the civilized people and expanded the south to civilize others whom they considered backward and uncivilized.
There are ample evidences that the Habashas had Semitic origin drawn from the Middle East. They are close kin of the Arabs and the Jews. However, they claim that they are indigenous people of Africa whereas according to them other nations inhabiting in the horn of Africa such as the Oromo came into Africa from Madagascar crossing the Indian Ocean. The habasha elites and priests wrote distorted history about the Oromo who are indigenous to Africa. The Oromos belong to the Cushitic origin. The Cushitic people lived in the horn of Africa as far as the present day Egypt. The Cushitic people are black people and they had their own civilization.
The life of the cushite people was dependent on the Nile water and their civilization was also based on the Nile River. The Greeks called the black people that lived around the Nile basin Ethiopians. Ethiopia refers to black people (who had burned face).Later, external forces such as the Arabs invaded the cushite land and pushed them southwards. The cushite moved southwards among them were the Oromos and the Agaws. Moreover, the Semitic people such as the Amhara and the Tigres crossed the red sea and invaded the land that originally belonged to the Cushitic people. Naturally, the Semitic people like invading others land and establishing themselves. What the habashas did to the Oromos and what the Arabs did to the indigenous Africans proves this fact. In the places they settled they tried to destroy the native settlers and imposed their culture and values on them. The invaders from the Arab land built their own empire along the red sea cost that later became the Axumite empire.
The Axumite Empire was started by Cushitic people such as the Oromo and the Agawa though the Tigreans claim that they were the ones who founded the empire. There are some historical facts that prove that the obelisks in Axum were built by the Oromos and other cushite people. In the 400 A.D the king of Axum Ezana accepted Christianity and made it a state religion. Since then the habasha kings used Christianity as an instrument for consolidating their power. The Axumite Empire weakened in the twelfth century because it lost the trade route it had been using for years to the Arabs. The external forces such as the Arab developed interest in the red sea area and threatened the Axum Empire. Eventually the Axum Empire declined failing to defend itself against the external forces.
After the fall down of the Axumite Empire, the zagwe dynasty flourished by the Agawa people around Lasta in today’s north wollo. The zagwe dynasty was founded by the Agawa people in the 12 century. One of the influential kings of the zagwe dynasty was king Lalibela. During his reign, he was able to construct the 12 monolithic churches (the rock hewan church).In the 16 the century, the zagwe dynasty weakened and power shifted to the Amhara who established their kingdom in Gonder, a city established in 1636.
The Oromos put up a strong resistance to the habasha forces that came to conquer them in the 1880’s.The last resistance war the Oromos fought against the Abyssinian forces deployed to the Oromoland by king Minlik was the Calanqoo war (Calii Calnqoo as it is known among the Oromos) that took place in 1887 in east Hararge. In this war, the Habasha colonizers, using the weapons they acquired from the Europeans (England, France and Italy) defeated the Oromos who fought with traditional and backward weapons.
The Arsii Oromos fought the Abyssinian invading forces aggressively until they lost to them in 1882.Those days the habasha occupiers found it difficult to occupy the land of the Arsii Oromoo because the Oromos became a nightmare to these invaders of the Habashas. In order to force the Arsii Oromos submit to them, the Habashas committed a huge crime on the Oromos that history will not forget. They terrorized the Oromos by cutting male genitals and female breasts at Anole, a place in Arsii Zone. The Oromos still remember this crime committed against the Oromos as Harma muraa Anole. By doing so, they finally succeeded at conquering the Arsii Oromo.
I believe the habashas occupied the Oromoland not because they were superior to the Oromos but the weapons they received from their European friends enabled them to defeat the Oromos who boldly fought them with traditional weapons. Although the Oromos eventually lost the battle, with the traditional weapons (eeboo, gaachana, meencaa and bilaa) they had, they destroyed the Habasha forces that even did not know how to fight a war. In other words, Oromos were conquered by the Europeans not by the habashas. I say this because the Europeans were the players behind the curtain who delivered modern weapons to the Habasha terrorists to kill thousands of the Oromos.
The Habashas colonized Oromiyaa and its people for about a century. However, they tell the world that their country Abyssinia (fake Ethiopia) was not colonized by the European super powers. The Habashas were colonizers themselves and it would be silly to believe that colonizers would be colonized.
The present day Ethiopia was shaped in the 1900 only after the terrorist Abyssinian king Minlik II expanded to the south and conquered peoples such as the Oromos, Sidama, Woliyta, Hadiya and others by force. Before their occupation the people south of Abyssinia had their state and administration. Particularly, the Oromos practiced Gada system to govern themselves. The Gada system is based on the principles of democracy and there are numerous evidences that the Oromos practiced Gada System (a democratic form of government) before any nation in this world. Gada system is a socio-political structure where the Oromos are grouped by age. The Oromos administered themselves by the Gada system. According to the gada system a leader is elected democratically and he serves for eight years only. Many scholars attribute democracy to the Greeks who of course started it many thousand years after the Oromos.
Surprisingly, the Gada system of the Oromos embraced the values and principles of the modern democracy as it is practiced in Western countries now. The United States of America and other European democracies emerged in the 15c, thousands of years behind that of the Oromo democracy, that is, the Gada system. In the late 1880s, the Habashas conquered the Oromos and destroyed the Gada system thereby weakening the Oromos socially and politically. The Abyssinian occupiers had/have no concept of democracy whatsoever.
Even now the colonizers want to tell us about democracy which we lived with for thousands of years. “A daughter cannot lecture her mother how to labor” as the saying goes. The Oromos were born with democracy. Hence, we do not want any lectures by the Abyssinian colonizers who do not know themselves what the concept of democracy is. Every Oromo boys and girls are created by Waaqaa with the idea of democracy; hence, they need no democracy lectures the Habasha elites.
Even after hundred years’ oppression by the Habashas, the Oromos are still practicing the Gada system. The Borana and Guji kept the Gada democracy with them until today when Oromos in the other areas gave up the practice of Gada because they were forced to accept Christianity and Habashas culture that resulted in the destruction of the Gada system in those areas.
There are no evidences that show any kind of connection between the Habashas and Ethiopia. Ethiopia refers to the indigenous black people who inhabited the south of Egypt. The Habashas are not indigenous to Africa and therefore they cannot claim Ethiopia. The Habashas are people who had the Arab origin and crossed the red sea and settled in the northern part of the present day Ethiopia. By claiming that they were the indigenous to Africa, the habashas snatched the Cushitic people, the name by which they were known, Ethiopia, and made it for themselves.
A couple of centuries ago Ethiopia was the name of the Cushitic people who lived south of Egypt. However, now Ethiopia no more represents the native people of Africa such as the Oromos. It is the name by which the Habashas identify themselves. The Habashas destroyed the civilization and history of the native people of Africans and reinstated it by their own. After they occupied the land of the Oromos, the Habashas, ventured into distorting the true history of the Oromo. Their priests such as Abba Bahrey reduced the Oromos to migrants and wrote that the Oromos came into Ethiopia from Madagascar. Nonetheless, the fact was that the Oromos are the indigenous people in Africa and they inhabited in the North eastern part of Africa. The habasha themselves know that they are migrants to the horn of Africa but they always hide the truth. I wonder why Bahrey failed to understand that his ancestors came from around Saudi Arabia.
The Abyssinians are often heard calling themselves the Habashas. For them every one living in the Ethiopian Empire is Habasha. The Oromos never call themselves habasha because they know very well what exactly habasha means. For the Oromos, the word Habasha remind them oppression and colonization. The Oromos are not habashas; they are Oromos and they believe in oromummaa, an idea that builds up on the good qualities of the Oromos in the national movement for independence and liberty.


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