Response to Mr. Dawit W. Giorgis’s article titled “State Terrorism in Ethiopia”

Response to Mr. Dawit W. Giorgis’s article titled “State Terrorism in Ethiopia”

 By Daniel T. Dibaba, PhD, August 30, 2020

State Terrorism
File Photo: Major Dawit Wolde-Giorgis held various posts including the Commissioner of Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (RRC) under the repressive military regime. He was also a close confident of Mengistu Hailemariam who is responsible for the death of nearly 500,000 people during his 17 years of reign of terror. In 1985, Major Dawit abandon the regime as a result of power struggle, and claimed asylum in the US while on tour to solicit fund for famine victims.

I am writing this response to Mr. Dawit W. Giorgis’s article to inform the international community about the organized misinformation by extremist Amhara elites on the ongoing political situation and historical facts in Ethiopia.

Mr. Dawit W. Giorgis is a former high official of the dictatorial Marxist Leninist Derg regime in Ethiopia and currently a visiting fellow at Boston University, Africa Studies Center (  Mr. W. Giorgis was a member of both the Haile Selassie and Derg (Provisional Military Government of Socialist Ethiopia that ruled Ethiopia from 1974 to 1987) regimes. Mr. W. Giogies served as a senior member of the Derg regime that committed globally acknowledged state terror between 1976 and 1978. As a very senior officer in the Army and a senior member of the two regimes, Mr. W. Giogies personally participated in the planning and execution of the Red Terror campaign in Ethiopia and Operation Red Star Terror in Eritrea that the Marxist Junta regime committed.

The Ethiopian Red Terror, which was devised based on the Russian Civil War called Red Terror resulted in the mass murders of close to half a million Ethiopian population [1]. During those times, Mr. W. Giorgis was military personnel with a rank of major general in the Derg regime, a high government figure in the administration, a close friend of Mengistu Haile Mariam, and was part of the government that brutalized Ethiopians.

Once the reign of terror ended, Mr. W. Giorgis became the head of national relief and rehabilitation commission responsible for national famine response where he allegedly engaged in personal profiteering and corruption, reportedly siphoning to the tune of $300,000 in aid fund and fled the country to the US in 1986.

While serving as the head of the national relief and rehabilitation commission coordinating massive national food aid programs and resources in one of the poorest countries on earth during the worst famine in the country’s history, Mr. W. Giorgis reportedly procured two personal homes overseas, one in California and another in London. This is at a time when hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians died of famine that dominated headline news all over the world.    Thousands of lives could have been saved with the aid money he had smuggled out for personal benefits [2].

After he left the country and settled in the United States, Mr. W Giorgis started writing books and articles describing the terror with the aim of exonerating himself and diverting the blame to other members of his government. Mr. Dawit W. Giorgis is, in effect a former perpetrator of terrorism, with little or no moral compass to give a lecture on state terrorism in a way that suits him and the like-minded people. Mr. Dawit W. Giorgis is currently engaged in a propaganda campaign to support his hidden agenda of reincarnating the failed and rejected Unitary imperial rule. He falsely accuses, without a shred of evidence, the current multinational federal structure of Ethiopia as the main reason for the persistent failure of the Ethiopian empire to democratize. He then goes on calling for the replacement of multinational federal structure with the already tested and rejected unitary system, that was presided over by the previous government in which Mr. Dawit and his colleagues served as senior officials and ruled the Empire as their personal enterprise.

While the current Ethiopian prime minister had confessed that his government, Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) was a terrorist and promised to usher democratic reforms, his promises did not last long and his current Prosperity Party became one of the worst terrorist governments in history. Thus, we may agree with Mr. Dawit W. Giorgis up to this point. However, it would be overstretching to try to link the state terrorism in Ethiopia to external non-governmental actors such as the terrorist groups operating in Somalia and elsewhere. The state terrorism in Ethiopia stems from the desire to continuously monopolize state power and resources, the desire to evade accountability for the crimes the ruling team committing, to eliminate potential contenders, and to create a submissive unitary society that they can easily control.

The state terrorism in Ethiopia is mainly directed at Oromia, the Oromo political parties, and the Oromo political leaders. Most of the repressive activities of the government such as imprisonment, ongoing graphic murders, military executions, displacements, and military rule are actually directed at the Oromo people, resulting in the incarceration of over 50,000 Oromos in overcrowded jails, more than 20,000 of these imprisonments occurring after the current regime came to power – 2019 to 2020 [3] [4]. In addition to the actions of the federal government, Oromo students and Oromo residing in Oromia zones in the Amhara regional state are frequently attacked by the Amhara regional special force and the police resulting in the brutal murders of over 11 Oromo university students and murders of hundreds of Wallo Oromos from 2019 to 2020 [5]. In addition to these, the Amhara regional government coordinates an ongoing attack against the Qimant and Agaw community in the Amhara region and conducts attacks against the Beneshangul Gumuz people in neighboring Beneshangul Gumuz region.

Amnesty International reported a graphic attack by the Amhara regional special forces, the police, and extremist Amhara vigilante groups against the Qimant and Agaw community in 2019 [6]. However, the extremist Amhara elites are engaged in a misinformation campaign to criminalize Oromos as if Oromos attack other ethnic groups. At this moment, the only evil force, that attacks the Oromo and other oppressed nations and nationalities in Ethiopia, based on their ethnic identity is the extremist Amhara elites, proponents of the old, brutal neftegna system. To the contrary, all oppressed nations and nationalities in Ethiopia, including the Oromo nation are struggling for justice, freedom, peace, and democracy; a struggle that is widely accepted and supported by over 80 different ethnic groups in the country, as well as friends of the oppressed nations and nationalities in the intentional community.

Mr. Dawit W. Giorgis and other extremist Amhara elites like him, need to do some soul-searching, come to their senses, and respect the Ethiopian peoples’ demand for the right to self-rule and autonomy as enshrined in the country’s constitution. Otherwise, they will hasten the disintegration of the Ethiopian empire, just like the Serbs did to Yugoslavia. Article 39 (1) of the Ethiopian constitution states, “Every nation, nationality, and people has an unconditional right to self-determination including the right to secession” [7]. This constitution was not put in place as a free will of the successive Ethiopian regimes, but was hard-earned by the unparalleled sacrifices of hundreds of thousands of citizens of the oppressed nations and nationalities in the empire. This right is also enshrined in the United Nations universal declaration of human rights [8]. Thus, I would like to herald to Mr. W. Giorgis that no power of an evil force can ever reverse what the people have collectively achieved. The peoples in the Ethiopian empire desire and demand more freedom and independence, not the imposition of any form of Amhara dominance or assimilation.

Mr. Dawit W. Giorgis describes as genuine the recent allegedly leaked speech of the Oromia region’s president Shimalis Abdissa, in which the latter described the Prosperity Party as a party that was created to promote the culture of the Oromo people and to redress the grievances of the Oromo people. However, the Oromos never had a say in establishing the so-called Oromo party of Mr. Shimeles Abdissa, nor have the Oromo electorate voted for the members, including Mr. Shimeles Abdissa, Dr. Abiy Ahmed, or the rest of his party members. The TPLF established the initial party, Oromo People Democratic Organization (OPDO), and hired the members; the same crew that is still ruling the country. Mr. Shimeles Abdissa is appointed to his current position by Abiy Ahmed to serve his wills and execute brutal orders. All leaders of the OPDO, including Mr. Abdissa, have been hands in gloves in the Ethiopian government that brutalized the Oromo people for over 29 years and equally blamed for every crime committed on the Oromos in the past and present.

Even though the leaders of the OPDO and the current Prosperity Party have made several false promises to appease the Oromo mass at different times, all the false promises were meant to deceive the public, garner support, buy time and stay in power. Mr. Abdissa also said that he created Qeerroo, but this is very far from the truth. Qeerroo which refers to the Oromo youth movement was first mobilized by the Oromo Liberation Front in 2005. In the recent past, the Qeerroo movement spearheads the non-violent struggle of the Oromo people. OPDO leaders, including all the so so-called presidents of Oromia, had always been against the Oromo youth movement, endorsing and executing the mass dismissal of Oromo students and deploying the army to brutalize the Qeerroo.

It was under the criminal rule and the orders of the OPDO officials that more than 5,000 Oromo youth were murdered between 2014 and 2018, including 700 murders on a single day at Irrecha 2016 and tens of thousands imprisoned or maimed. During all these years, the highly disciplined Qeerroo protected the lives and properties of all non-Oromo residents of Oromia. The well-coordinated peaceful struggle of Oromo youth has forced the fascist, brutal rule of Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF), out of the federal government, and as a result, all Ethiopians who were kept in prisons for several years, including those on death sentences were freed by the Qeerroo movement. Thousands of Amhara extremists, including Mr. Eskinder Nega and Mr. Andargachew Tsige, were freed as a result of the sacrifices of thousands of Oromo Youth, the Qeerroo. Contrary to Mr. Dawit W. Giorgis’s claim that the Qeerroo are radicalized to burn churches and kill Christians and Amharas, most of the Qeerroo are Christian themselves. Hence there is no religious attack against Christians, nor religious extremism in Oromia.

Following the assassination of Haacaalu Hundeessaa, by the coordination of extremist Amhara elements in the current neo-neftegna government of Ethiopia, Oromians all over the world, in Oromia and around the globe, have staged peaceful protests in search of justice for the brutally murdered, the beloved Oromo artist, Haacaaluu Hundeessaa. The people protested against all the brutalities, the continuous of killings, imprisonments, rapes, tortures, political assassinations, eviction of Oromo people from their land, the burning down of their houses, the looting of their properties and exploitation of Oromia under the current neo-neftegna regime, led and spear-headed by Abiy Ahmed. In response to the popular peaceful protests by the Oromo mass, the neo-neftegna government of Abiy Ahmed, which is controlled and supported by none other than extremists Amhara elements, has ordered the Ethiopian army and its security forces to kill the peaceful Oromo protesters all over Oromia. In doing so, the Ethiopian government and its neftegna supporters have killed hundreds of peaceful Oromo protesters, injured and imprisoned thousands of them. Offices of independent Oromo political organizations and Media outlets are closed. Thousands of their leaders, members and supporters are illegally arrested and are suffering in jails. Oromian schools are into prisons. The whereabouts of many Oromo prisoners are not yet unknown. In addition to utilizing all organs and institutions of governance to kill and commit genocide against the Oromo nation, the neo-neftegna government of Abiy Ahmed is using COVID-19 as a tool of prolonging its brutal rule indefinitely, nullifying the elections, and weaponizing the pandemic to eliminate all strong opposition parties in Oromia.

Despite all these facts, Mr. W. Giorgis tries to paint the Qeerroo and the Oromo people as savages, equating them and their peaceful Oromo struggle to the genocide in Rwanda. He alleges that the Oromo killed all those who were opposed to multinational federalism and lists Gurages and Walayita among the people affected. This is an absolute lie that cannot be backed by any piece of evidence. The Walayita people as well as the Gurage people have been requesting a referendum to establish their regional state, to rule themselves. Like the Oromo people and other oppressed nations and nationalities in Ethiopia, the Walayita people are brutalized by the joint repressive instruments of the Ethiopian federal government and the government of Southern Nations and Nationalities People Region. Facing the same brutal forces of the Ethiopian government, the Walayita youth expressed their support for the Qeerroo struggle as seen in a poster that reads the Oromo’s blood is our blood referring to the case of over 500 Oromos murdered by the government security forces since July 2020 [9]. These facts and tangible evidences of solidarity among Oromo Youth (Qeerroo) and Walayita Youth go against the defamatory claims of Mr. Dawit W. Giorgis and renders his baseless falsehoods and exposes his deceptions very clearly, to the international community.

Mr. Dawit W. Giorgis openly promotes the assimilationist ideology of his former governments and blames the current neo-neftegna government of Abiy Ahmed for not doing enough to realize Mr. Giorgis’s aspirations to take the country back by 3 decades at a moment when all oppressed nations and nationalities in Ethiopia are demanding more autonomy, self-rule and national self-determination from time to time. Since Abiy Ahmed came to power, the Sidama people requested legal recognition of their autonomous state by referendum as stipulated by the country’s constitution. The electoral board of the country, which is staffed by people with similar ideology as Mr. Giorgis, supported by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed have denied the constitutional rights of the Sidama nation, taking more than a year before allowing a referendum, in the process killing more than 53 Sidama people.

The determined Sidama people never gave up and finally forced the neo-neftegna government to allow the referendum in which a resounding 98% voted for the formation of the Sidama State [10]. The Tigray region and the Somali region are already autonomous states and would never want a unitary government in Ethiopia. The Qimant people in the Amhara region [6] and the Walayita people in the South are also currently demanding their autonomous states [11]. In Southern Ethiopian Nations and Nationalities region alone, over 10 oppressed nations and nationalities are demanding to hold a referendum and establish self-administrative regional states of their own. There is nothing wrong with these demands of all oppressed nations and nationalities in Ethiopia. In fact, it is their constitutional right to demand self-rule; a national right that was supposed to be protected and supported by Ethiopia’s Federal and Regional governments.

Contrary to Mr. W. Giorgis’s claims, Abiy Ahmed wrote a political manifesto known as Mademer (literally meaning Addition) in which he openly promotes the brutal Ethiopian emperors and their unitarist and assimilationist system to the extent of purging his former boss, the ex-president of Oromia region, ex-defense minister Lama Magarsa, and the former deputy president of Oromia, Xayiba Hassan, and Dr. Milkessa Midhaga Oromia government’s head of land use and administration from his government. However, Mr. W. Giorgis and his likes found that unsatisfactory until Abiy sacrifices Oromia and the Oromo people, commits further genocide on the Oromo and repeal the constitution and reverse the empire back to the Amhara dominated unitary system of the Haile Sillasse and Derge regimes – the two former governments Mr. W. Giorgis served.

In Ethiopia, the constitution recognizes Finfinnee/Addis Ababa as the capital of Oromia and stipulates that Oromia has special interests in the city, given historical facts and its geographic location at the heart of Oromia. The city relies entirely on Oromia, even for the most basic supplies, such as drinking water, electricity, and food, etc. Historically, Finfinnee was inhabited by the Tuulama Oromos until they were depopulated and evicted to make space for the settlement of Amhara riflemen (neftegna), which is the best example of demographic engineering. The current demographic composition of the city is nothing but, the reflection of the past crimes committed against the Oromo people, which is continued to this day in different forms. Armed Amhara settlers (neftegnas) were/are brought from Amhara state by Amhara ruling elites, settled in Finfinnee through brutal force, built illegal huts and houses for the settlers in and around the capital city, by uprooting the original inhabitants (Oromos).

This practice of uprooting the Oromo from Finfinnee and its surrounding and resettling of the neftegna has been carried on for over hundred years, continues to this day, in an effort to implement an unfinished scheme of changing the demography of the capital to Amhara. Over the last 30 years, the Ethiopian government and its lawmakers have intentionally avoided conducting a meaningful discussion on the relationship between Oromia and Finfinnee, in order to not materialize the constitutionally recognized rights of Oromia over Fifinnee. As a result, the Oromo people are considered and treated as aliens in their own home, in Finfinnee; in the city which is surrounded by 100% Oromo people, little or nothing is done to promote the Oromo language, culture, and way of life.

The Oromo Revolution that brought the change in power in 2018 was stoked in reaction to the “Addis Ababa Master Plan” an expansionist city plan that would have evicted millions of Oromo families making space for state-sponsored resettlement of people from northern Ethiopia – another failed hard and soft demographic engineering by successive Ethiopian governments. Just like all previous governments, the Oromo demand to re-instate Finfinnee/Addis Ababa under the jurisdiction of Oromia is intentionally brushed aside by Abiy Ahmed’s government. Instead, Abiy Ahmed’s government aspires to bring back the legacy of neftegna system under the Amhara domination. This raised continuous conversation among the Oromos of all walks of life, including a beloved Oromo singer and songwriter, Haacaalu Hundeessaa, who was interviewed by Oromo Media Network (OMN) concerning the statue of Minilik II. In the interview, Mr. Hundeessaa assertively and clearly explained to the audience, when the statues of former slave traders are being brought down elsewhere globally, it was a shame that the statue of Minilik II a former slave trader stands in Finfinnee, the capital city of the people Minilik II brutalized. Immediately after the interview, extremist Amhara elites in Ethiopia and abroad called for the assassination of an Oromo human rights defender, artist Haacaaluu Hundeessaa. And within a week of their media campaign to kill Haacaaluu and an open campaign/ war against the presence and residence of Oromos in Finfinnee, Haacaaluu was assassinated.

Of course, Abiy Ahmed’s government considers Haacaaluu’s view as opposition to its policy glorifying Abyssinian brutal kings and hence was complicit with the assassins. Moreover, Abiy Ahmed’s government continued using the tragedy for political purposes; arresting Oromo political leaders, killing innocent, peaceful civilians who are protesting against political assassinations, immediately after Haacaaluu’s death. Neither the arrest of Oromo political leaders nor the killings of peaceful protesters did stop the Oromo people’s reaction to Haacaaluu’s assassination and the rejection of Abiy Ahmed’s brutality; it rather further fueled the public anger. The government reacted heavy-handedly killing several hundred Oromos changing the situation into violence. The Oromos are the single largest nation in Ethiopia, constituting more than 40% of the Ethiopian population and contributing more than 60% to the economy of the country. However, they are denied any meaningful right to self-rule and representation within the government. The Oromos demand their rightful place in the world and the region, promoting peaceful, neighborly coexistence among all the peoples of the region and beyond. If anyone has to face justice for all the crimes committed against the innocent, unarmed civilians in Ethiopia, Mr. Dawit W.Giorgis, a former official of the red-terror, has to immediately face justice at the international criminal court (ICC), for killing, imprisoning, and torturing innocent children of the Oromo people and other oppressed nations and nationalities in Ethiopia.

While Mr. Dawit W. Giorgis’s description of Abiy Ahmed is to the point, he is mixing truth with lies to hoodwink people to believe that the genocide that happened in Oromia following Haacaaluu Hundeessaa’s assassination was committed on specific ethnic and religious groups, the Amharas, Gurghes and Christians. According to the recent report by Ethiopian government itself, the majority of the victims (more than 90%) were Oromos, opposite to the false claims, allegations and accusations promoted by Mr. W. Giorgis and his extremist Amhara vigilante groups.

Mr. W. Giorgis should not have bothered to take us far away to the former Soviet Union to explain the nature and characteristics of the current regime of Ethiopia, while he has very vivid experiences of his former government in which he was an active participant. The Ethiopian government is engaged in well-coordinated repression against the Oromo, imprisoning hundreds of the top leaders of Oromo Liberation Front and Oromo Federalist Congress, the two legally registered Oromo National opposition parties without any crime and fair trial. However, for Mr. Dawit W. Giorgis and his likes, that is not enough. They desire to indefinitely keep all Oromo political prisoners in jail without fair trial while they demand the immediate release of those who have the same political agenda as theirs such as Eskinder Nega without trial.

Currently, the government of Abiy is the main promoter of the extremist neftegna ideology, Amhara dominance, and finances the likes of Mr. Eskider Nega, allowing them to create a parallel de facto care-taker government named Balderas in the capital, to vilify and wage all-out media/propaganda war on the Oromo nation. The suspect of Haacaaluu’s murder who confessed to having committed the murder was a close friend to Mr. Nega and other Amhara political elites such as Mr. Andargachew Tsige. Both Mr. Nega and Mr. Tsige organized vigilante groups in the Capital Finfinnee following Haacaaluu’s death destroying Oromo properties, injuring, and killing Oromo citizens. In the previous years, Mr. Nega traveled to Bahir Dar the capital of the Amhara region, to advance his vitriolic and extremist political ideology in the region. Many people suspect that Mr. Nega has some connections with the assassination of the president of the Amhara region and the attorney general of the region, who were/are considered to be matured politicians with balanced views.

In summary, Mr. Dawit W. Giorgis was a member of two successive terrorist Ethiopian regimes and believes that the solution to the human rights abuses and the quest for more freedom in Ethiopia is to return to the Haile Selassie and Derg era, a unitary system with Amhara cultural dominance. This is a highly flawed nostalgic desire, which is meant to pressure the current regime to erode the little gains in human rights in Ethiopia, but the reality indicates it will not succeed. The Oromo struggle for self-determination is a just cause granted by the constitution of the country and the UN declaration of human rights and is never directed against any ethnic group(s). The Qeerroo movement is a highly disciplined, a non-violent, resistance movement of the Oromo youth, who advance the Oromo’s right to self-determination. No amount of fabricated lies and character assassinations by the extremist neftegna lovers can stop the Oromo and other oppressed nations and nationalities in Ethiopia from perusing freedom, justice, peace, democracy, and restoration of human dignity to their respective nations.

The characterization of the Ethiopian government as a state terrorist is correct, but the Oromo struggle for self-determination should not be used as a spice to misinform the international community. It should be clear to all; the foes and friends of the Oromo people, that the Oromo nation will not negotiate on:

  1. Oromia’s right to self-determination, including independence
  2. The use of Afaan Oromo as the official language and medium of instruction in schools, courts, churches, mosques, and all other institutions of the government and public services
  3. The recognition, the re-institution of Finfinnee, not only as of the land and capital city of Oromia, but also to be governed under the jurisdiction of Oromia, promoting the Oromo culture, identity, and economy
  4. The protection of all minority rights: the rights of all minorities in Oromia shall always be protected regardless of their national origin.


  1. What was the role of the former and dead ODF leaders/members in enabling this guy (Dawit W/Giorgis)? What had they been doing & dealing behind the curtain with Vision Ethiopia of Dawit and Ginbot 7 of Dr. Birhanu in the US in 2016 and 2017?

    Who is to be held responsible for the current massacre of Oromos in all corners of Oromia and for the hijacking of the victory of the bloody Oromo struggle? Colonel Abiy Ahmed? Lamma Magarsaa? Jawar Mohammad? Lencoo Lataa? Dimaa Nagoo? OPDO? ODF? Group of Oromo activists (Raabaa Doorii group)? All have played major role & had a share in passing the victory over to nafxanyaa, hence all are responsible for the current massacre of Oromo!!! All had/have one enemy in common – OLF!

  2. Wow! Keep up the good job! Your response to the diatribe posted by none other than the terrorist-turned-terror false alarmist, Dawit W/Giorgis is great. It is a detailed piece of work and I everyone should read. Thank you Dr. Dibaba for exposing terrorist Dawit W/Giorgis for who he truly is.

    Terrorist Dawit W/Giorgis foolishly thinks that the world has forgotten the heinous crimes and crimes against humanity that he committed while he had been in power under two successive terrorist regimes in the Ethiopian empire. As if that wasn’t enough and partly because he got away with it unscathed, he is at it again. He is now actively supporting and inciting the extremist Amhara nationalists to commit another genocide against the Oromo and other oppressed peoples in the empire for standing up for their right to self rule. The reason terrorist Dawit W/Giorgis and the other like minded ultra nationalist Amharas are shouting and crying foul at the top of their voice about terrorism and genocide blaming the very victims of the violence they themselves are perpetuating is precisely because they are planning and preparing to commit more and more of it. This is so obvious to everyone who is watching what is going on in the Ethiopian empire closely.

    Terrorist Dawit W/Giorgis and the rest of the members of his terror ring in the Ethiopian empire are radicalizing and arming the Amhara youth, known as Fanno, to commit more genocide against the Oromo people. The article that terrorist Dawit W/Giorgis posted should be taken in flip and should be taken seriously because it is a menace on the part of terrorist Dawit W/Giorgis and his terrorist ring. The article is an ominous for what terrorist Dawit W/Giorgis and his partners-in-terror are preparing to do and it betrays their hidden motives unambiguously. It is also meant to serve as a casus belli for what terrorist Dawit W/Giorgis and his terrorist ring have in store for the Oromo and other oppressed peoples in the Ethiopian empire. We should take the article seriously not only because we know the intentions the Amhara ultra nationalists like Dawit W/Giorgis espouse all along, but also because we are aware of a well established fact that the terror ring leader, Dawit W/Giorgis, has a long and extended experience spanning over five decades of perpetuating terror and committing genocide. We all need to expose terrorist Dawit W/Giorgis through all means we have before it becomes too late, if not already, by at least sharing the article written by Dr. Dibaba and by making sure that the case is brought to the attention of the international community and all relevant bodies using all networks we have.

  3. Daniel
    Is it possible for you to send this article to Boston Glob and the University where Dawit is currently working?

  4. I served in the army, in the 1960s, at the 2nd infantry division in Eritrea under the leadership of the distinguished Major General Abebe Gemeda. After serving 7 years I was allowed to join the Haile Selassie First university and later graduate school Columbia university in New York. My thesis in the law school was about the need for land reform. And one of my memorable moments during the revolution was the day when land reform was announced.

    I returned home 9 months after the dergue had taken over. I was never a Dergue member. My rank when I left the army and became a civil servant was only major, not major general. I was briefly a member in the staff in the campaign known as edget be Hibret. After that I was assigned as deputy commissioner for the relief and rehabilitation Comission ( RRC) to assist the people affected by drought in the north. RRC was a semi independent relief organization established at the beginning of the 1974 revolution. I spent most of my time in the northern parts of Ethiopia organizing humanitarian assistance. The records of our work are still available. I was then assigned as the deputy foreign minister at the time when Somalia invaded Ethiopia with the collaboration of OLF. My task then was diplomacy in the international Community. After that I was assigned as the civilian administrator or governor of Eritrea. I was not responsible for the military operations which was being directed by Mengistu and the minister of Defence. My task and that if my team was only to ensure peace in the civilian population in areas where there were no military operations. My task in Eritrea, people I have come to love and respect was to try and normalize the situation in a humane way. Eritreans who were there then can tell you better about who I am. Even though I was for United Ethiopia I advocated peaceful way of resolving the situation. Read my book Red Tears. After I left Eritrea I became the head of the relief and rehabilitation Comission ( RRC) between 1982 and end of 1985 in one of the most internationalized and largest humanitarian operations since the 2nd world war. It was the honor and challenge of my life to head this humanitarian operation monitored and assisted by over 160 international NGOs.
    The United Nations Assistant Secretary General Mr Kurt Janson, who was the one assigned to oversee the operation wrote in his book The Ethiopan Famine: “ the real hero of this operation was Commissioner Dawit Wolde Giorgis. Without him it would have been impossible to save the lives of 1. 6 million people” Saint ( Mother) wrote more or less the same opinion
    At the end of 1985 I defected and sought refuge in the USA. At the time I was the most senior official to leave the Dergue. It was highly publicized and the government tried to defame my image by announcing that I stole money from the RRC. I was then being accused for working with the USA and European donors. They were our largest donors and without their help it would have been difficult to save the lives of millions. Though I tried to deny the accusation but it fell on deaf ears in the government .Ater the EPRDF took over, my former work colleagues requested the government to investigate the accusation. After two years I was called by the then Kindie chief of security whom I don’t know that the audit report is out signed by the attorney general and 14 other agencies that cleared me of the Dergue accusations. It was politically motivated. Three years ago former Vice President under Dergue, Col Feseha Desta, wrote his memoir after 20 years of incarceration, In his book he states that he was the one assigned to chair a committee that would evaluate the repercussion of my defection. He wrote that they found out nothing about the alleged corruption and that it was a statement made by Mengistu and another person to defame my image and defend themselves from the the revelations I was making on how the derguevundermined the revolution Col Feseha wrote that they found nothing that was even remotely connected to embezzlement. He further writes that I was a hard working an honest Ethiopian hero who has boldly acted to save the lives of millions.
    I don’t own a house in London or in America. It is easy to check. I have never been involved in any killings or brutal acts during the times I served under the Dergue. It s also very easy to check.

    When I realized that it was difficult to work in those situations where my life was beings threatened and the revolution became a one man show and dissention was considered as treason, I left the country. Read My Book Red Tears and many other books written since then.
    I am proud of having been able to serve my people under the most difficult circumstances
    The rest of the issues I raised in the article are issues that continue to be discussed. I have given my opinion and you have a right to do so in a civil manner without getting into unfounded allegations. If you think of yourself as a researcher, validate your arguments with facts and references. If you are just acting as a cadre for a cause then there was no need to mention all your credentials
    Let us continue the debate in a civil manner. Throughout the TPLF period until PM Abiy came to power I worked very closely for years with the leadership of ODF whom I still respect. The situation we are in is very dangerous. Name it for what it is. While we argue about disunity rather than unity, we are losing a country. I have never been against Oromo
    Leadership. I was the first to write : Let us Rally Around PM Abiy.
    Acknowledging the state of conflict we are in, and criticizing the leadership has nothing to do with the Great People of Oromo.
    What I am saying is: We are on the brinks of war. And once we enter into total anarchy it will take us years to rebuild and have a country or we might not even have a country permanently embroiled in turf war. I never argued for a unitary system I did not. I argue for a non ethnic federal system under a constitution drafted and approved by the people. And I have discussed the details in other articles. This is currently under debate.
    And please have your facts right before you launch such vicious personal attacks.
    Thank you

    • ወንድ ከሆንክ ቄሮን በቀጥታ ቄሮ ብለህ ተናገር፣ ሽመልስ አብዲሳ የተባለው የነፍጠኛ አህያም ሆነ አብይ የተባለ የነፍጠኛ ይሽንት ጨርቆች ኦሮሞንም ሆነ ቄሮን አይወክሉም፣ በዚህ በበሰበሰ እድሜህ አደብ አድርገህ ብትቀመጥ ግን ይሻልሃል አንተ በስባሳ ሽማግሌ

  5. “The state terrorism in Ethiopia is mainly directed at Oromia, the Oromo political parties, and the Oromo political leaders. Most of the repressive activities of the government such as imprisonment, ongoing graphic murders, military executions, displacements, and military rule are actually directed at the Oromo people, resulting in the incarceration of over 50,000 Oromos in overcrowded jails, more than 20,000 of these imprisonments occurring after the current regime came to power – 2019 to 2020 [3] [4]. In addition to the actions of the federal government, Oromo students and Oromo residing in Oromia zones in the Amhara regional state are frequently attacked by the Amhara regional special force and the police resulting in the brutal murders of over 11 Oromo university students and murders of hundreds of Wallo Oromos from 2019 to 2020 [5]. In addition to these, the Amhara regional government coordinates an ongoing attack against the Qimant and Agaw community in the Amhara region and conducts attacks against the Beneshangul Gumuz people in neighboring Beneshangul Gumuz region.”

    On Fri, Aug 21, 2020 at 3:34 PM Oromia Global Forum wrote:
    Please post, disseminate.

    A response to the article “The Oromo war against Ethiopian nationalists and ethnic Amhara….”. Analysis. By Gregory R. Copley, Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs

    August 21, 2020

    By Oromia Global Forum

    “Such are the daily generated and disseminated falsehoods by Ethiopia’s current Authoritarian regime in Finfinnee (Addis Ababa) and their henchmen in the diaspora. … Characterizing the quest for freedom to self-govern, be the owner of one’s ancestral land, the right to develop one’s language and religion, and equality with the Amhara doesn’t make the 50 million strong Oromo “radicals”. This can hardly be an honest analysis of the Ethiopian crisis. Rejecting historical injustices and demanding for redress is not radicalism meant to harm the Amhara, as the analysis tried to conclude.”

    “Contrary to the writer’s assertions, Oromos are not at war with any of the nations or nationalities in Ethiopia. However, since the advent of Abyssinian Empire occupation of Oromia, Oromos have been unapologetically resisting the oppressive system, demanding peace, justice, freedom, equality and self-rule. No amount of bogus propaganda will ever deter them from demanding these legitimate rights.”

    Dubbisaa, dabarsaa! Share!

    On Fri, Aug 21, 2020 at 11:52 AM Oromia Global Forum wrote:
    Please sign the petition “In Defense of OMN.” Don’t forget to ask your family and friends to sign as well.

    Ogf Oromia
    54m ·


    On Mon, Aug 17, 2020 at 6:49 PM Oromia Global Forum wrote:
    Please post, disseminate.

    “Walumaa galatti, ajjeechaa, dararamaa fi hidhaa sirni nafxanyaa Dr. Abiyyiin durfamu hayyoota Oromoo, hoogganoota Oromoo, Qeerroo fi Qarree Oromoo, hayyoota mallattoo aadaa fi seenaa Oromoo irratti gaggeessaa jiru guutuummaatti balaaleffanna.”

    “Dhaamsa Oromummaa ijoollee Oromoo caasaa mootummaa, Raayyaa Ittisa Biyyaa, Poolisii Federaalaa fi Humna addaa Poolisii Oromiyaa keessa jirtan hundaaf” dabarsa!

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    On Sun, Aug 16, 2020 at 5:32 AM Oromia Global Forum wrote:

    The Scapegoating of Multi-National Federal Arrangement for Ethiopia’s Problems

    A reply to Endalew Lijalem’s article: “The Looming Genocide in Ethiopia – Overview of Facts and Available Legal Framework to Deal with Perpetrators”

    “One wonders, if multi-national federal system is such an evil system how is it that Canada, Switzerland and many others who have chosen a similar system not just live peacefully but prosper and thrive because of it? Why is multi-national federalism working for these other societies but evil for Ethiopia? Then it becomes clear to the careful reader that the writer’s primary objective is to do away with multinational federalism and that his allegations about genocide is just one bogyman to scare the world into agreeing with him. The truth, however, is that the root cause of Ethiopia’s maladies is not multi-national federalism but the neo-neftegna refusal to correct their wrong narratives which they perpetuated for close to 150 years, and their resistance to recognize the inalienable rights of nations, nationalities and peoples in the empire to determine their fate.”

  6. As a half Oromo, I am disgusted to read the mendaciously hurtful accusations leveled against Major Dawit, who has fathomless love and respect for Oromo people and culture. It is mind boggling how extreme Oromo elements have poisoned the minds of not only the gullible Qerroo, but also those who have had some degree of enlightenment and sophistication. The narrative of playing victim, while engaged in genocidal crimes, is not going to bring salvation to those who are promoting these heinous crimes. History may be disfigured momentarily, but cannot be erased for ever. Calling a city Finfiné or grabbing land and property unjustly cannot advance a fictitous claim to ancestral lands. As has been repeatedly witnessed through the ages, the minority Oromo agitators are likely to be relegated to the dust bin of history. The world has now been awakened by the voices of the innocent Ethiopians, who were savagely and brutally massacred by the followers of the likes of Dibaba and Jawar. Like those murderers of the Nazi era, their leaders will be hunted down and brought to justice one by one.

    Selam Beyene, PhD

  7. Daniel T. Dibaba (Phd)
    You have saved us millions of words by responding to the ex military junta who is heading to his grave while dreaming to see the Amhara supremacy. However at the very beginning you said ” Mr. W. Giorgis was military personnel with a rank of major general in the Derg regime”
    This idiot actually never made it to a general officer rank. He was a Major which is a rank under lieutenant colonel. Please put him where he belongs. Thanks again for responding to his debtera version of terrorism.

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