The following is a letter (with the subject: “The attack on the Oromo and other people of Ethiopia“) written by the Oromo Studies Association (OSA) to U.S. President Barack Obama, and copied to the Heads of Governments of the Group-8 (G-8), to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and to human rights organizations: OHCHR, Genocide Watch, Human Rights Watch, Oromia Support Group, African Commission on Human Rights and Peoples’ Rights, Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa, and Amnesty International.
Waldaa Qormaata Oromoo
P.O. Box 32391, Fridley, MN 55432
April 24, 2011
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Subject: The attack on the Oromo and other people of Ethiopia
Dear President Obama,
I am writing this letter on behalf of the Oromo Studies Association (OSA) to bring to your attention the widespread imprisonment and indiscriminate shootings of Oromo students, men and women of different ages, religious backgrounds, and professions by the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) led Ethiopian government – motivated by fear and hate against the Oromo people. Members of OSA request your administration to use your enormous influence with the government of Ethiopia to stop the imprisonments and killings of innocent Oromo and other people of Ethiopia.
OSA is a scholarly, multi-disciplinary, non-profit organization. OSA was established 25 years ago by international scholars from around the globe to promote studies related and relevant to the Oromo and other peoples in the Horn of Africa. In its attempt to create academic forums where ideas and research findings about the Oromo and other people of Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa are freely discussed, OSA has periodic publications, semi-annual and annual conferences. The Journal of Oromo (JOS), published twice annually, is gaining reputation among scholars and institutions vested in the study of indigenous societies. Several American university libraries and the Library of Congress subscribe to JOS. It has also drawn the attention of students interested in pursuing studies in the Horn of Africa. Last year OSA digitalized all the previous issues of JOS and made it freely available to all college, university libraries and students interested in Oromo studies and the Greater Horn of Africa.