SIDAMA NATIONAL LIBERATION ORGANISATION
SIDAAMU DAGOOMU WOLAPHPHOTE UURRINSHSHA
Sidama: from Starbucks' brand to an Independent African Nation
Fragile peace fuels Somalia fears. BBC News, Nairobi. January 2, 2007. Read more
The case of Ethio-Somalia. December 26, 2006. Read more
Country under Siege. December 26, 2006. Read more
Senior judge says Meles regime killed thousands of critics. November 9, 2006. Read more
Fichchee Jeeji! October 25, 2006. Read more
Meles’s Cadres are doubling the suffering of Sidamas - the nation celebrates its New Year. October 21, 2006. Read more
Will Somalia become the 4th front in the war against terror? from ethiomedia.com - Ethiopia's premier news and views website. August 23, 2006. Read more
Caught-Up in the Middle of the Fire: - Sufferings of Innocents’ in the Era of War On-Terrorism. August 14, 2006. Read more
Country without Leaders, But with People of Great Characters! "‘We know that healing the wounds of the past will be a long and demanding task. Reconciliation doesn’t mean forgetting or trying to bury the pain of conflict. Reconciliation means, working together to correct the legacy of past injustice." (Nelson Mandela). August 14, 2006. Read more
EPRDF reign of terror - the people of Sidama have been under siege by EPRDF since 1991. July 28, 2006. Read more
Yet worst to unfold - Meles’s regime is sowing a poison and stirring hatred between two poorest countries of the Planet.. July 27, 2006. Read more
Hypocrisy: - Abuses of Constitutional Rights of the Sidama’s by Meles’s Authoritarian Regime. April 14, 2006. Read more
MELES’S REGIME U-TURN KILLS SIDAMAS DREAM: - his Cadres Decided Against Sidamas Constitutional Rights while the killing Continues. April 9, 2006. Read more
Sidama Nationals’ Demonstrate in Pretoria and handed their Petitions in; the Abuse and Disappearance Continues in Sidama. March 31, 2006. Read more
Newly appointed president for south Ethiopia regional State is authorised to bribe, intimidate and suppress entire Sidamas. March 31, 2006. Read more
Letter to Meles Zenawi. March 29, 2006. Read more
TPLF/EPRDF’s Regime Continues its Cruelty against the Sidamas while Re-appointing Criminals to higher Authority. March 24, 2006. Read more
Sidama: - the Nation with immense Courage and Determination, but without Leadership and Representation; More Death, Arrest and Torture. March 21, 2006. Read more
Facts about Sidama - Human Rights Abuses Escalate In Sidama, Ethiopia, Following A Popular Demand For Regional Status. March 16, 2006. Read more
Sidama Region Changed to Military Zone: - Two students Shot Dead. March 16, 2006. Read more
MELES ZENAWI IS BUILDING MILITARY IN SIDAMA: - People are under hitherto Unheard Tension. 13 March 2006. Read more
Sidama:-Once again Under Various Forms of Pressures; Peaceful Resistance Continues Unabated. 7 March 2006. Read more
Meles’s Regime Deceit: - Obfuscating the Issues on Sidama’s Quest for Regional Autonomy. 21 February, 2006. Read more
Meles Zenawi met with Heroic Resistance of Sidama Elders! February 10, 2006. Read more
Enough is enough! February 6, 2006. Read more
Sidama: - Unjustifiably Suffering people. January 2006. Read more
Meles’s Plot against the Sidama Continues. 30 January 2006. Read more
‘Marginalization and Underdevelopment’. 24 January 2006. Read more
Sidama University and High Schools Students held Urgent Meeting in Awassa:-Meles’s regime plot against Sidamas failed. 20 January 2006. Read more
Sidama: - Under Tremendous Pressure. 18 January 2006. Read more
The Quest for Regional Autonomy Continues: - Sidama Businessmen arrested in Awassa. 9 November 2005. Read more
Killings in Ethiopian Capital: - Sidama People Celebrated their New Year in Heroic and Disciplined Manner in Awassa City. 1 November 2005. Read more
Utterly FAILED: Meles’s Representatives couldn’t achieve their mission of intimidating the Sidamas. 30 October 2005. Read more
Mr Zenawi’s Regime’s Continued Killings of the Innocents and his Politicians' inhumane acts to Stifle Democratic Rights; The Case of Sidama. 30 October 2005. Read more
Ethiopian Dictators’ ‘Cat-Mouse’ Game Continues: SIDAMAS once again under Enormous Pressure. 7 October 2005. Read more
Sidama under Pressure to Abandon the Demand for Regional Status. 23 September 2005. Read more
The Post Election Vote Rigging Continues; Regional Government Employees Call for the end of EPRDF rule in Ethiopia. 13 July 2005. Read more
Post-Election Pressure intensifies. 27 May 2005. Read more
The Abuse of the Sidama Women by the EPRDF regime of Ethiopia. 2 April 2005. Read more
The Election Dramas in Ethiopia: The TPLF/EPRDF Deceits Unveiled. 6 March 2005 Read more
More than 13,000 Army members who refused to go to Ethio-Eritrean war zone arrested. Read more
Hunger and Human Rights Abuses Escalate in Sidama, Ethiopia. 7 January 2005 Read more
The Heroes and the Villains in the Sidama Liberation Struggle: Undoing the Misinformation. Part 2. 4 January 2005 Read more
The Heroes and the Villains in the Sidama Liberation Struggle: Undoing the Misinformation. Part 1. 4 January 2005 Read more
Sidama suffering continues. 22 December 2004 Read more
Meles nominated as member of Tony Blair's Commission for Africa - is this morally justifiable? Top Peace Award for Meles - an incentive for his rampant human rights abuses? 26 September 2004 This is in PDF format (size 12KB) Read more
The Sidama Political Asylum Seeker said to have been kidnapped from Nairobi. 20 September 2004 Read more
A Catastrophic Dismantling of the Sidama Culture continues. 16 September 2004 Read more
350-400 Sidama Houses Burned by government Security forces; - Planned Uprooting Continues. 3 September 2004 Read more
Chaotic situation Continues: - Awassa once again under Siege; Melese Marimo Said to have fled the country. 1 September 2004 Read more
Awassa University Students Crisis Continues: An assassination attempt
on the Southern Ethiopia University President
The Sidama Political Asylum Seeker said to have been kidnapped from Nairobi; UNHCR failed to give the Sidamas a Protection.
Nairobi, September 20, 2004
SOLOMON NAYU, who fled Ethiopia immediately after the May 24, 2002 massacre of Sidama peaceful demonstrators in Awassa city by the TPLF’s security forces, has been kidnapped in Kenyan capital, Nairobi by the Ethiopian security forces two weeks ago according to our confidential reporter. The reporter had disclosed this information two weeks ago upon Solomon’s disappearance; however for the reason of plausibility and more confirmation, we remained silent for these two weeks.
Nevertheless, on September 18, 2004 we heard rumor of his kidnapping by the special security forces that operate in Kenya to kidnap any would be oppositional parties or potential resistant including Sidamas, Oromo’s, Ogadenia and other influential figures. Ironically, on September 19, 2004, it has been confirmed that Solomon Nayu indeed, had fallen at the hands of tyrants from whom he fled without a sound protection of UNHCR despite all Sidamas claim that they are at risk of continued underground follow-up. Sadly, as many other Sidamas, Mr Nayu claimed Asylum in Kenya; but UNHCR in Kenya neither granted him refugee status nor protected him from a kidnapping. Other Sidamas are at the risk of facing similar danger and some others fled Kenya to seek appropriate protection in other neighboring countries. Many agree that if the Ethiopian government is interested, they can pick up anybody, one by one from Kenyan capital and refugee camps without any hindrance.
Another reporter from Awassa city uncovered the fact that the security forces have taken Mr Nayu back to Ethiopia on 18 of September 2004. He has been taken to central police department in Addis Ababa, (the capital of Ethiopia) for further torture and interrogation. No one could say what has followed his arrival.
Ethiopian security forces have carried out such military and security forces operations in neighboring countries such as Kenya, Somalia and Djibouti violating international laws and agreements. In particular, in Kenyan borders, the military of TPLF has repeatedly killed significant number of innocent Oromo Kenyan civilians in allegation and many have been kidnapped. Under such an insecure and volatile situation the failure of UNHCR to grant a status of refugee and arranging re-settlement programs is an issue of controversy.
In another development, the source from Awassa disclosed that the Sidama
language is made an option at the schools purely for Sidamas in and around
outskirts of the Awassa city. According to the source, this is a part
of pre-mediated strategy to undermine and dismantle the Sidama culture
and language. The source added that the Sidamas are lamenting for international
support and intervention of Red Cross, Amnesty International and other
governmental and NGO’s to save the life of Solomon Nayu without
A Catastrophic Dismantling of the Sidama Culture continues: - Sidama New Year Celebration & Ritual place (Gudumaale) is said to have been planned for leasing
Awassa, Sidama, September 16, 2004
It’s has been so long since we, the Sidamas at home and in Diaspora started shouting loud to be heard by the international community regarding continued human rights violations of innocent and unarmed Sidama people who are paying deliberately caused sufferings by TPLF led Ethiopian regime. Smart leader; Meles Zenawi, who is capable of manipulating and maneuvering the world leaders changing his color like chameleons and his words like well experienced professional thief is taking hitherto unknown damaging acts against the Sidamas basic rights according to our reporter from Awassa.
The issue of profound economic and political importance of Awassa city in particular, the whole Sidama land in general is said to be igniting a fire that burns Sidamas while giving lucrative advantage for others. Particularly, Minister of Infrastructure at federal level, Dr Kassu Elala the man who ordered destruction of Sidama Development Corporation (SDC) has again ordered the lease of respected Sidama New Year Celebration and ritual place for his Guragie relative called Zewudie. This man is a relative of regional cabinet member called ‘Mekuria Haile’ (who himself is Guragie national) in turn is running to effect this malicious act against basic rights of the Sidama people in their own land. The resistance of the Sidama people however continues according to the source.
They added that the order that came through from Dr Elala’s office emphatically stressed on several occasions about the lease of the said place under the pretext of investment despite resistance from the SPDOs themselves for fear of atrocity that occurred on May 24, 2002 if they allow the Sidama ritual place for alien culture and people without their consent.
A battalion of military and police were ordered by regional authorities last week to uproot the Sidama people from their lands from outskirts of Awassa city faced ferocious resistance from the Sidama peasants and were obliged to return empty handed. According to the source the Sidamas are ready to pay a precious sacrifice of life for their lands rather than leaving it and just being beggars on the streets of Awassa with people who were made destitute a couple of months ago.
Meanwhile, Meles Mariwo who was said to have remained in Uganda while his colleagues returned is said to back in Ethiopia according to the source. But it’s not clear whether or not he is in the office at the moment.
September 16, 2004, Sidama Nation Online
September 3, 2004, Awassa, Sidama
In the aftermaths of the May 24, 2002 peaceful Sidama demonstrator’s massacre, Sidama Nation Online commentator and other Sidama related informants have tried to raise the awareness of international community on the issues of deliberate uprooting of the Sidama people from their capital city and bordering lands. The reporters from Sidama claim that no one considered the deep rooted problem of the Sidama people and their continued suffering under the guise of democracy saying, ‘immediately after the event of the May 24, 2002 Mr H/Mariam has ordered the killing of Sidama farmers who reside around Bilate River in allegation’. No one stood responsible since the killings of innocent Sidama people as well as the massacre of May 24, 2002. Such silence has given to the regional president go ahead and ordered regional army and security forces to burn the houses of the Sidama people according to the source.
Many Sidamas who resisted such inhumane act were put in prison. Others left destitute with their families. No where to go to seek justice where the judge is who is ordering the killings of such innocent people.
In addition to the above information, the source uncovered that the Sidama cultural hall is decided to be given to the federal government whereas the recreational centre owned by the Sidama culture, trade and industry department is said to be given to the Gurage nationals. This is simply to systematically dismantle any thing that symbolizes the Sidama people from their city according to the source.
Sidama Nation Online will keep an international community informed about
these inhuman acts against helpless, defenseless and armless Sidama people
who are paying unnecessary sacrifice while the international community
Chaotic situation Continues: - Awassa once again under Siege; Melese Marimo Said to have fled the country.
September 1, 2004; Sidama, Awassa
Our unidentifiable source from Awassa has uncovered that TPLF/EPRDF’s regime is still plotting against the socio-economic, cultural and political interest of the Sidama people after they have effectively uprooted them. According to the same source, the central government has ordered regional officials to remove any names that symbolize the Sidama people from their own city, Awassa. One of such plots is, to remove the name of city hall that was ‘Sidama cultural hall’’ at the heart of Awassa city. The meeting for this plan is led by Mr Wolde and Mr Marimo at the moment that is said to have fled the country.
The mayor of the Awassa city, Mr Legesse Wolde, who submitted his resignation letter to the regional authority, has played a major role to make a practical removal of the name of Sidamas from their city. Mr Wolde’s resignation letter has been refused by the regional politicians until he implements the planned plot against the Sidamas. Otherwise, he is said to be virtually hopeless.
Ironically, under such scrutiny and risk, determined Sidama representatives who were recently put on power at zonal administrative level have emphatically refused the plan predicting the concomitant effect if the raised issue is again imposed on Sidamas and saying ‘‘we are here to represent more that 5 million people of the Sidama; in May 24, 2002 government officials (who are Melese and Legesse with others their friends) conspired against the Sidamas and caused deaths of 100s of innocent Sidama demonstrators. Consequently, their quest left aside and federal government imposed their rule over the Sidamas. Many Sidamas have been uprooted from their lands and capital city. Now we are again plotting to remove any thing that symbolizes the name of Sidamas from their own land and city; ‘despite an impending risk’, they added, under whatever the situation, we 5 persons out 5 million people never accept this plan to sell an interest of entire Sidamas’’ according to our source.
In effect, central regime sent additional army force to silence any reaction against their plan. The city is once again changed to military camp. Another chaotic situation is looming. However, to date no death has been reported according to the source.
In another development, Melese Marimo, who conspired and ordered the killings of the Sidamas with other government officials on May 24, 2002, has fled the country. According to unidentifiable government sources, Melese Marimo went to Uganda with other delegates on official visit. Other delegates returned approximately a week ago; Melese remained elusive. Speculation is growing that Melese knew that TPLF/EPRDF’s government will arrest him for death of hundreds of Sidamas demonstrators after they effectively used him for the process of Sidama uprooting. The regime may arrest the Sidamas surrogates who thought that they were doing the rights thing when they ordered and agreed with central regime to massacre innocent Sidama demonstrators. An international pressure is mounting in this area. The regime knows that they can’t be exonerated until the justice being done sooner or later. There is no clear information about his whereabouts, but only in Uganda.
September 1, 2004.
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