January 17, 2019

NEW BOOK: The Journey of Oromo Struggle and ODF’s Vision

The Oromo Struggle In The 21St Century


A book titled, “The Journey of Oromo Struggle and ODF’s Vision; The Oromo Struggle In the 21st Century” will soon be published and available on the market.

The book revisits the long road the Oromo Struggle has travelled and assesses where it is today in seven parts and forty one chapters.

It incorporates the vision set by the founders of the struggle, how Oromo nationalists and leaders interpret it today and, what is being offered as a better vision for the future of the Oromo people.

Part 1 of the book summarizes Oromo history:
• Briefly describes the origin, geography, history, culture and political life of the Oromo People.
• Reviews Oromo administrative structure before subjugation, what contributed to the fall of the Gada System and endurance of Oromo struggle for self-determination.

Part 2 provides in-depth assessment of the beginning of a new chapter in the Oromo struggle, the birth of OLF and the ensuing struggle leading up to the fall of Derg regime in 1991.

Part 3 continues the discussion of the history of Oromo struggle under a title “The fall of Derg in 1991 and the formation of Transitional Government”. It includes:
• The situation of OLF during the fall of Derg
• Review of the role of OLF in formation of the Transitional Government and its participation.
• How the Oromo Liberation Army was encamped and broke out of the camps and subsequent withdrawal of the OLF from the Transitional Government.

Part 4 analyzes the circumstances of OLF after withdrawal from the Transitional Government under the title, “OLF after the Transitional Government”. It examines OLF’s effort to rebuild itself from disarray to resurgence and looks at the origin of discord within the organization and subsequent splintering into different factions overtime.

Part 5 discusses in-depth about the formation of Oromo Dialogue Forum and its work.

Part 6 is about the birth, vision and the journey of Oromo Democratic Front (ODF).
It articulates ODF’s vision to carry Oromo Struggle into the next chapter, its position on Citizenship, Self-determination and on reforming Ethiopia into a multi-national democratic federation. It also highlights ODF’s stance on unity of Oromo nationalists including efforts that have been undertaken to that end. In addition it discusses the purpose of the formation Ethiopian National Movement.

The final Part looks at the non-violent Oromo movement starting from student movement during Emperor Haile-Sillase to recent uprisings in Oromia and Amhara regions up until the declaration of the state of emergency by the Weyane Government.

Overall the book is very informative and provides in-depth analysis of Oromo struggle based on research and direct experience. Though the book is published by ODF, any reader can benefit from the insight. Stay tuned!

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