Call to Lasta, Gojjam and Gondar

ለላስታ ሕዝብ፤ ለጎጃም ሕዝብ እና ለሰሜን ጎንዳር ሕዝብ፤
የተደረገ ጥሪ
የተከበራችሁ ወንድሟቼና እህቷቼ የላስታ፤ የጎጃምና የሰሜን ጎንደር ሕዝቦች ሆይ! የእኔና የእናንተ አገው መሆን በቋንቋና በባሕላዊ እሴት የተወሰነ አይደለም፡፡ ቋንቋ ይለወጣል፤ ታሪክም በጽሐፊዎች ሊበረዝ ይችላል፡፡ ግን እኔንና እናንተን ያስተሣሠርን የዘር ሐረግ/ DNA ሊበረዝና ሊከለስ የማይችል አስደናቂ ማሕተም ነው፡፡ ማለት የእኔና የእናንተ አገውነት የማያሻማ ማስረጃችን ከቅዱስ ላሊበላ የወረስነው፤ ከቅዱስ ናቁቶላብ ወረስነው ከአፄ ፋሲል/ከአፄ ቴወደወሮስ የወረስነው፤ Zankimir (የ14ኛ ክፍለ ዘመን የጎጃም ንጉሥ) የወረስነው ወዘተ.. በደመችንና አጥንታችን ላይ የታተመው የDNA መረጃ ነው፡፡ እንኳንስ በሕይወት ያለውን ሰው ከዛሬ 800 ዓመት በፊት ያረፈውን ሰው ማንነት በDNA አማካኝነት መዋቅ/መለየት ይቻላል፡፡ ለዘመኑ ቴክኖሎጂ ምስጋና ይግበውና ዛሬ እንደትናንቱ የሰውን ማንነት መደበቅም ማጭበርበርም አይቻልም፡፡

ይህን ካልኩ በኋላ በአገውነቴ ከሁሉ በፊት ልባዊ ሰላምታዬን እያቀረብኩ ከዚህ በታች በተመለከተው አጀንዳ ላይ ውይይት እንድናደርግ ጥሬየን በአክብሮት አስተላልፋለሁ፡-
1. ላስታና ዋግ ለምን በልማት ወደ ኋላ ቀሩ
2. ለምንድን ነው ብአዴን የዋግና የላስታ ወንድማሞች ሕዝቦች እንዳይገናኙ የተለያዩ መሰናክሎችን የሚፈጥረው
3. አዊና ቅማንት ለምን በልማት ወደ ኋላ ቀሩ
4. የቅማንት ራስ አስተዳደር ለምን እስከአሁን ተጎተተ (ቅማንት ራሱን ቢያስተዳደር አንድነቱ ይብልጥ ይጠናካራል እንጂ አይላለም) … እና ጎንደር ሕብረት የሚፈልጉት እውነተኛ አንድነት ከሆነ መልሱ ይሄው ነው፡ በእኔ እምነት የጎንደር ሕብረትም ሆነ ሌሎቹ የተሳሳቱ ቡድን እንጂ ስትራቴጂያዊ ጠላት አይደሉም፡፡
5. ጎጃምና ጎንዳር በአጠቃላይ ለምን በልማት ወደ ኋላ ቀሩ
6. የሁሉንም እምነት፤ ቋንቋና ባሕል የሚያከብር ለሁሉም ቡድኖች ሙሉ የራስ አስተዳደር የሚያጎናጽፍና ቡሉም ዞኖች/ ክፍለ ሀገሮች እድገት የሚያፈጥን ማለት ዛሬ በብአዴን አስተዳደር በልል-3 እንደሰማይ የራቀውን ሰባዊና ዴሞክራሲያዊ መብት የሚያስመልስ Orit Council/የአገው ክልላዊ መንግሥት መፍጠር አስፈላጊ ነው አይደለም፡ በተለይ በዚህ ጉዳይ ላይ የእናንተ ተሳትፎ ወሳኝ ስለሆነ አስትያየታችሁን ከዚህ በታች በተመለከተው email እንድትልኩ በታላቅ ትህትና ጥሬየን አስተላልፋለሁ፡፡ ቤተ እሥራኤሎችም/Beta Israel በዚሁ ወይይት ላይ እንዲሳተፉ በትህትና አሰስባለሁ፡፡

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የሰው ልጅ የተሠረቀውን ማንነት ለማስመለስ ይታገለል እንጂ ማንነቱን ለመደበቅ ይታገል! ጎንደር ታሪክ ይፈርድብሻል! ሐቁን ለመፈለግ ከዚህ link ይጀምሩ፡-
https://wlka.wordpress.com/2016/05/28/sekela-does-not-anymore-hide-its-agaw-identiy-whilst-achefer-does/

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Musie Abraham’s Interview with SBS Radio

Musie Abraham of Agaw Democratic Party’s Interview with the SBS in Amharic in Australia. Mr. Musie, Foreign Affairs Chief, said that following the assumption of political power of the current government, we had been given the opportunity to establish a regional state, like others, but we decided to stay with Amharas due to our historical bonding with them. However, due to ANDM’s atrocity and partiality against the Agaw people, our dream to live with Amharas in a single regional state has vanished, it is not anymore intact. Now, we have been forced to quest a separate Agaw Regional State to exercise our natural and constitutional rights. Click the link below the picture to access the 20-minitues interview. Musie’s interview has attracted considerable viewers and there are a number of comments on Tigrai online, Qemant Facebook and on original SBS page.

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Musie Abraham with SBS Radio

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Agaw Democratic Party/AgDP’s Chairperson and Others Detained

Police from the Dangala town arrested Mr. Andualem Tilahun on August 29, 2016. His residence located at Dangla was searched on the next day. The party’s miscellaneous legal documents and upper and lower ink seals have been taken. For 10-days police kept him in custody without any charge.

On September 7, 2016, afternoon they told him he would be tried allegedly on public incitement. The police claimed it would bring eye witnesses. In the same afternoon, he was taken to Woreda Court, but they didn’t issue him written charges. According to a source from the region, the so-called eye witnesses are actually ruling ANDM party members and active supporters who are rivalries to the AgDP and cannot be credible witnesses.

Another senior AgDP party member Mr. Beyilu Teshale in the Injibara town has been held in custody for no reason. The other party members, Mr. Kassahun Adem and Amare are sentenced for 1-year unlawfully before the current crisis in June and May, respectively.

Other party members insisted that the AgDP’ Chairperson, Mr. Andualem Tilahun and other party members are innocent, neither they did incite the public nor they committed any crime. “The charge is politically motivated to eliminate the opposition party in the region.”

The party’s External Relations Representative has appealed to the Ethiopian Government for their release via Ethiopian Embassy in Canada. Associated Press/AFP, News24 was first to report the detention of Andualem and Beyilu on September 12, 2016 (http://www.news24.com/Africa/News/two-ethiopia-opposition-leaders-arrested-20160912-2).

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Letter to US-Department of State

April 14, 2016

US-Department of State
2201 C St. NW
Washington, DC 20520

Reference: Appeal for United States’ Voice and Humanitarian Assistance for Victims of December 2015 Kemant Genocide in North Gondar, Ethiopia

The Kemant genocide, which took place in North Gondar, Ethiopia December 9-18, 2015, slaughtered more than 95 Kemants, women, children, and elders ; wounded 86 Kemants, kept in detention unknown number of people, displaced approximately 25,000 people. The displaced victims have been deprived basic needs, they have neither food nor shelter and currently suffering from hunger and diseases. Perpetrators also demolished or burned in fire 986 residencies, emptying the enter villages in some localities; destroyed or taken away 42,284 quintals of grain, seized more than 18, 700 domestic animals. The total of property loss in the course of genocide is estimated to be US$34.4 million.

Genocide was carried out by Amhara Regional Government forces of Ethiopia, comprised of 10,000 Special Forces, paratroops and armed militia who used 58 to 62 heavy trucks to transport logistics and personnel. The regional government has not denied perpetration of genocide, but portrayed as if it was people to people hostility, between Amharas and Kemants.

Persecution against the Kemant population, killing and detention have been in effect, especially since 2013. Kemants through their representative, called Kemant coordinating committee and supporters appealed to the Ethiopian Federal Government more than four times. The Federal Government of Ethiopia acknowledged the problem following current genocide and set up a special committee led by Kassa Tekilebirhan, former House Speaker and currently a cabinet member to implement self-rule for Kemants in 126-128 kebels/localities, 8-counties, but the committee has achieved nothing so far. Alternatively, a creation of a regional state for Kemants, proper & Amharic speaking Agaws in general and Beta Israelis living throughout Gondar and Gojjam, currently repressed in Amhara Region is believed to be the best remedy to guarantee durable security. Otherwise, provincial, zonal arrangement may not provide needed lasting security for Kemants and other ethnic groups.

Indeed, the central government’s inadequate response to the crisis is a reason for Kemant’s present sufferings. The central government has lacked the political will and commitment to bring alleged perpetrators, suspected officials to justice. Despite systematic atrocity committed against the Kemant population with purity, no key top officials presumably responsible for genocide have been brought to before justice, with exceptions of questioning junior ones who allegedly acted on top regional officials’ directives.

Unfortunately, even after December 2015, genocide is still in effect. On January 21, a government security force opened fire on the crowd gathered to celebrate the Ethiopian traditional Epiphany in Chilga and killed five people including the chief priest, Bisret Abera carrying a replica of Ark of Covenant and wounded dozens. On March 26, 2016, the regional government’s Special Forces, paratroops numbered 400-500 entered into the town of Tikildingay, Lay Armachiho County in the midnight and terrorized population including torture.

Moreover, the regional government officials are currently retraining including retired soldiers and disseminating propaganda via a party line obviously for large scale genocide on Kemants probably comparable to Rwanda 1992, or World War-II Holocaust against the Jewish people.

I under signed hereby, an independent human rights observer and community constituent kindly appeal on behalf of the victims, the United States to voice against injustice and play a positive role working with the Ethiopian Government for the following, purposes, but not limited:
a) all perpetrators to be tried at neutral court and prevent similar atrocity in the future.
b) The displaced victims to be provided with immediate humanitarian assistance.
c) The victims’ families to be provided with adequate compensation for lost life and properties.
d) One of the key suspects of genocide Mr, Gedu Andargachew, incumbent Head of Region-3, called Amhara Regional State currently in the US to be tried.

Attached please find a copy of the report of December 2015 Kemant Genocide, includes a list of victims, the location of catastrophe and names of suspected officials involved in genocide and theory for genocide.

Sincerely,

Worku Berihu

CC to:

Prime Minister of Ethiopia, other concerned governments and international organizations

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Breaking News: More Than Ten Kemants Shot to Death

The information forwarded to wlka states that more than 10 Kemants shot to death in Chilga District, North Gondar. Information had been sent this afternoon, it has not yet displayed the identity of individuals and other details. Some unconfirmed source claimed more than 100 people critically injured. wlka has no resource to send its informant to the scene area. It is impossible to communicate in the area. If you know details, you can send information directly to wlka including their names. Do not send your information to any person, wlka will not receive it.

Update: On Kemant People Death and Injury (June 15)

A source from Gondar City Police Department, who wants to remain in anonymity has provided the following updates:
• The death of 7 people confirmed.
• Other 8 people in critical conditions and admitted to Gondar Hospital, but not treated due to order from officials, expected to die.
There is conflicting report regard to the following individuals:
• Mr. Kassie Godo, AgDP party’s activist
• Mr. Fentahun, another AgDP activist and candidate for the past May 2015 election.
• Mr. Kassie Abera, a Kemant Committee member
• Two elders from the Aykel town
Some people claimed Mr. Kassie Godo was abducted on June 12, just before midnight, and his whereabouts is not known. Others say five of persons under police search for their attempt to organize demonstration.

Update on June 17:
In related news, Blue Party’s last month candidate, Mr. Samuel Awoke died in Debre Markos, on June 15, 2015, after attacked by unknown persons. An opposition said, murder is politically motivated, the government described private related.

The replica of this report has appeared also on American Embassy Facebook Addis Ababa, under Wlka Bt. First you can find Wlka Bt Facebook and then direct to the embassy facebook.

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Power Shutdown and Jamming on Agaw Democratic Party’s Election 2015 Transmission

Agaw Democratic Party/AgDP was not able to broadcast its election 2015 message on March 4, 2015. The National Election Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) allocated for AgDP two TV schedules, each consists of 15-minutes. The first schedule was March 4, 2015 (Yekatit 26) on Amara TV immediately after 6:00 pm news. However, before five minutes of the party’s transmission, electric power was shutdown throughout Awi Province/Zone. The same thing happened also in four Gondar Zone districts, including Chilga County.

The power was available in the cities of Bair Dar and Gondar, but was too difficult to hear due to jamming. The party’s chairperson lodged compliant with a regional parties joint forum and NEBE. The forum characterized the move as a criminal act and condemned, but the NEBE has not taken any measures. The party’s members and supporters urged the party leadership appeal to the NEBE for an alternative broadcast schedule. In related news, a person who sent message to wlka in an anonymous condition claimed the power distribution in Ankesha-Gugusa woreda, one of Awi districts has been off since one month, but he added power disruption on March 4, 2015 in the other districts an active political sabotage not a technical problem.

The lately received report from Gondar City indicates that Mr. Muluken Wagnw a party member from Layarmachiho is in detention for the last 6-days. Zonal officials claimed National Election Board of Ethiopia’s law does not work in Gondar. He has been detained while he was giving out the party’s election manifesto.

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Agaw Democratic Party Withdraws its Nominee for Parliament for 2015 Election at Constituency of Bahir Dar City

A reliable source from Regional Election Board Branch Office sent message to wlka anonymously. On the 12th of February, the party’s Chairperson, Mr. Andualem Tilahun, sent a fax message to Bahir Dar City Election Board Secretariat requesting the cancelation of its only candidate in Bahir Dar City constituency who was Mr. Wasihun Mulaw. The candidate also made the similar correspondence with the city board. The city board was reluctant to accept the request till the official memorandum was sent from the secretariat. The contender was the party’s nominee for parliament/House of Representatives for May Election 2015.
Another source stated cancelation created different reactions. Some saw it as defeat before “shot” and others considered as a tactical decision since there are other four parties registered for constituency, which makes the winning chance slim. Some people speculate the action has been taken probably to increase other parties’ winning chance for some sort of expectations in the future.

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AgDP Central Committee Issues Statement on Current Situation in Kemant, Gondar

Agaw Democratic Party/AgDP’s Central Committee at its regular session (on Nov. 15) at the town of Zege, Lake Tana, discussed the current turmoil in North Gondar, Kemant Province. It received a report on more than 100 school closure throughout the province in the past two weeks. On the other hand, it learned that some of schools have been reopened since Wednesday, but other remained close. The party expressed its concerned on the deteriorating situation and asked all involved parties to refrain from any act of violence. At the end of the session it has issued the following statements:
1. The current school closure is resulted from the government’s lack of due respect for its constitution. If the government has respect for the country’s constitution, it could treat the Kemant people, or Agaws in general on an equal basis and the Kemant’s constitutional quest for self-rule could have been guaranteed under Article 39. The party called on the government to stop percussion and address the Kemant’s demand without delay.
2. The communiqué stated that Kemant people have waged peaceful resistance for the past decay and they need to pursue only peaceful struggle to achieve their goals.
3. The communiqué stressed the murder of an unarmed citizen, Mr. Tegenawu Wolelawu and others, whoever is unacceptable. The party demanded an independent investigation and due justice including adequate compensation for the family members of the victims.
Finally, the communiqué demanded for equal treatment and justice to all citizens.

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Call for Support for Continuity of wlka

Peaceful political struggle without media is entirely unthinkable. For the past 3-years, the Agaw people’s struggle, specially, Kemant’s struggle for self-rule and equality that took the attentions of many people could not happen at all without wlka. Indeed, wlka has done its professional responsibility as the online press media. Now days, it is facing enormous challenges for its continuity as the forum and provision of compatible services in the dramatically changing world. There are two major parameters wlka has encountered, financial and personnel who have to provide voluntary services indefinitely. At this point, there are only two unpleasant choices, either strengthen the existing media and pursue the resistance for liberty and constitutional rights, or give up, surrender to the oppressors and live in second class citizenship. If the choice is the former, the following measures must be taken for wlka’s effective continuity:
1. It has to be updated including domain modification and hardware upgrading on its base, to uphold its security and functional capacity.
2. Be able to pay transport and allowance for an informant who travels to field to collect first hand evidence.
Certainty, financial commitment is required to execute the project:

  • $6,790 for the system upgrading and enhancement including backup capability for offline availability;
  • $3,386 for allowance and transport cost for the informants per year;
  • $510 for contingency in the case of emergency for immediate life support. If any thing, like automobile accident happens on the informant while in the field;
  • TOTAL of $US 10,686 only.
  • You are kindly requested to support financially the project as you are keen to the liberty of the oppressed people. Also, share this information with those who have no access to the website. Then, please take initiatives and setup a steering committee that can collect fund from the country you are living. Then, communicate wlka in the same way, you send your articles and comments for publication. Leave your full address including e-mail, phone number with country code and name of city. Then, wlka will contact you for a further action. Thanks!

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    ጎንደር እና ጎንደሬዎች

    ከ በቃሐኝ አንተነህ

    ጎንደር የሚለው ሥርወ-ቃል ከአገው ቅማንት ከሚመደበው ከመንትነይ ቋንቋ የተገኘ ለመሆኑ ጥርጥር የለውም፡፡ አንዳንድ ፀሀፊዎች ግን የቃሉን ትርጉም አዛብተው ሲናገሩ ይደመጣሉ፡፡ ትርጉሙንም በ(ጎን እደር) ማለት ነው ይላሉ፡፡በሰሜን ምዕራብ አካባቢ ጥንታዊ የሆኑት ህዝቦችም የኩሽ አካል የሆኑት የአገው ህዝቦች በተለይም የቅማንት እና ራሳቸውን ከ13ኛው ክፍለ-ዘመን በኋለ ከእስራኤል በመጡ የአይሁድ እምነት አራማጆች ራሳቸውን ከቅማንት ህዝብ የገነጠሉት የአይሁድ እምነት ተከታዮች ህዝቦች ነበሩ፡፡
    በ15ኛ ክፍለ-ዘመን ግራኝ አህመድ ወደሰሜን ኢትዮጵያ የእስልምናን ሀይማኖት ለማስፋፋት ከአደረገው ጦርነት ጋር ተያይዞ ‹‹ቅማንቶች እና ቤተ-እስራኤሎች ከግራኝ አህመድ ጎን ተሰልፈው ክርስቲያኖችን ወግተዋል›› በሚል የተሳሳተ ክስ ምክንያት በፖርችጋሎች የጦር እገዛ ግራኝ አህመድ ጎንደር አካባቢ ደንቀዝ በሚባል አካባቢ ከተገደለ በኋላ በቅማንቶች እና በቤተ እስራኤሎች ላይ ከባድ የሆነ የማጥመቅ ዘመቻ ተካሄደባቸው፡፡ ቤተ-እራኤሎች (ስሜነኞች) ክርስትናን ላለመቀበል ከባድ ተቃውሞ በማሳየታቸው ከ15ኛ አስከ 16ኛው ክፍለ ዘመን ድረስ የዘለቀ ከባድ የማጥመቅ እና ያልተጠመቁትን ደግሞ ከመሬታቸው እንዲፈልሱ ተደረገ፡፡ ከዚያን ጊዜ ጀምሮ ‹‹ፈላሻ›› የሚል ስም ተሰጣቸው፡፡ በተለይ በወገራ፣ በጠለምት በጃናሞራ እና በበየዳ አካባቢ የነበሩ ቤተ እስራኤሎች ከባድ ጦርነት ተካሂዶባቸዋል፡፡ የዘር ማጥፋት ወንጀልም ተፈፀመባቸው፡፡
    በቋራ፣ በአለፋ፣ በደንቢያ፣ በኢንፍራዝ፣ ጎንደር ዙሪያ በከፊል ጭልጋ ይኖሩ የነበሩ ቅማንቶች እና በኋላ ራሳቸውን ቤተ-እስራኤል ያሉት በሰሜን አካባቢ የተካሄደው የዘር እልቂት መረጃው ስለደረሳቸው እና ከመሬታቸው ላለመፍለስ ያለማንገራገር ክርስትና ሀይማኖትን በቀላሉ በመቀበላቸው ከመሬታቸው ሳይፈልሱ የመሬት ባለቤት በመሆን ቀጥለዋል፡፡ ለእነዚህ ህዝቦች ከጥምቀቱ ጋር አብሮ የሚሰበከው ‹‹ክርስትናን የተቀበለ ህዝብ ቅማንትኛ ከተናገረ ሀይማኖቱ ይረክሳል›› ስለሚባል እምነቱን ከተቀበለ ማግስት ጀምሮ የራሱን ቋንቋ ላለመናገር ውግዝ አለ፡፡ ሲናገር ከተገኘ ይንቋሸሽ ነበር፡፡ ይሁን እንጅ ራሳቸውን አማራ ብለው በሚጠሩ ህዝቦች የሚኖሩባቸው ቦታቸው ዛሬም ድረስ በቅማንትኛ ቋንቋ በመጠራት ላይ ይገኛሉ፡፡ ለአብነት ኳራ (ቋራ፣ አለፋ፣ ጣቁሳ፣ ደልጊ ጫን ድባ፣ ጨው ድብ፣ ቆላ ድባ ወዘተ) መዘርዘር ይቻላል፡፡
    በአርማጭሆ፣ በጭልጋ እና በወገራ አካባቢ የነበሩ ቅማንቶች ክርስትናን ቢቀበሉም ሙሉ በሙሉ ከህገ-ልቦና (ኦሪት) እምነታቸው መላቀቅ አልቻሉም፡፡ ምክንያቱም እነዚህ ቦታዎች የቅማንት ወንበሮች (የሀይማኖት እና የፖለቲካ መሪዎች) የነበሩባቸው አካባቢዎች በመሆናቸው የክርስትና ሀይማኖቱን የተቀበሉ ቢመስሉም እስከቅርብ ድረስ የራሳቸውን እምነት ያንፀባርቁ ነበር፡፡ ከዚህ ላይ መገንዘብ ያለብን የኢትዮጵያ ኦርቶዶክስ ሀይማኖት መሰረቷ ከህገ-ልቦና ተነስቶ ወንጌል ሲደረስ የኋለኞችን የእምነት ሥርዓት ሙሉ በሙሉ በመሻር ሳይሆን በላዩ ላይ እየጨመረች ነው፡፡ በኦርቶዶክስ እምነት የተለያዩ የኦሪት እና የህገ-ልቦና ኢለመንቶች በስፋት ይታያሉ፡፡ በቤተ-ክርስቲያን ዙሪያ የሚታየው ዛፍ ከከቅማንት እና ከቤተ እስራኤሎች የጾለት ቦታ ተምሳሌት የተወሰደ ነው፡፡ በአብዛኛው ቤተክርስያኖች በተራራ አካባቢ የሚሰሩትም ከአብርሀም የእምነት ተምሳሌት ጋር ይያዛል፡፡ ይህ የቅማንቶች የመፀለያ ቦታ ከጎንደር አልፎ አስከበጌምድር አስቴ ቆማ ፋሲለደስ ድረስ ይደርስ ነበር፡፡
    ይህ በግልፅ የሚያሳየው የሰሜን ጎንደር ህዝብ በተለይ የበጌምድር እና የጎጃም ህዝብ በአጠቃላይ ምንጩ አገው ለመሆኑ ተጨማሪ ማስረጃ አያስፈልግም፡፡
    በመሆኑም የሰሜን ጎንደር ህዝብ በአንድም ሆነ በሌላ ከአንድ የዘር ሀረግ የሚቀዳ ህዝብ ነው፡፡ ይህን ህዝብ ገዥዎች በማናናቅ፣ አንዱን ከፍ ሌላው ዝቅ በማድረግ ለዘመናት አቆራቁሰውታል፡፡ በተለይ ቅማንትነቱን ጠብቆ ለማቆየት በፈለገው እና ቀድሞ በተቀየረው የአገው ህዝብ መካከል ከባድ የጥላቻ መርዝ ተረጭቷል፡፡ ለዚህ ገዥዎች እና የገዥዎች የቀኝ እጅ የነበረችው የ‹ቤተክርሰቲያን› (ኦርቶዶክስ) እምነት መሪዎች ከፍተኛውን ድርሻ ይወስዳሉ፡፡ ያም ሆኖ ህዝቡ ግን በፍቅር ተጋብቶ፣ ተዛምዶ መኖሩን እስካሁን ድረስ አላቆራጠም፡፡ ይሁን እንጅ የዚያ የተዛባ አመለካከት ዛሬም ድረስ ዘልቆ በሁለቱ ህዝቦች (በቅማንት እና ራሱን አማራ በሚለው የጎንደር ህዝብ) (ሌላ አካባቢ ራሱን አማራ የሚለው አላልኩም) መካከል እነዚህ የግፍ ወራሽ አመራሮች ለማቆራቆስ ሞክረዋል፡፡ በ2008 ዓ.ም በቅማንት ህዝብ ላይ የተደረገው የዘር ማጥፋት ወንጀል የባለፈው ሥርዓት ውርስ ውጤት ነው፡፡ ሁለቱ ህዝቦች ግን በግልፅ ጦርነቱን ለአወጁት የክልሉ አመራሮች ‹‹እኛ አልተጣላነም›› ነበር ያሏቸው፡፡
    የክልል አመራሮች እነዚህን ህዝቦች በማጋጨት ከሚያገኙት ቡድናዊ ጥቅም ይልቅ እነዚህ ህዝቦች አንድ መሆናቸውን በመስበክ የጎንደርን እና አካባቢዋን ዘላቂ ሰላም ማረጋገጥ ይቻላል፡፡ ቅማንትን የገነጠለ ልማትም ሆነ ኢኮኖሚ እድገት በጎንደር አካባቢ ማረጋገጥ አይቻልም፡፡ የተለያዩ የፖለቲካ አመራሮች እና ድርጅቶች ይህን ተገንዝበው መሥራት ካልቻሉ መቸም ቢሆን ጎንደርን ሰላም ማድረግ አይቻልም፡፡ አንዳንድ የፖለቲካ ድርጅቶች (በግልፅ መጥቀስ እፈልጋለሁ እንደሰማያዊ ፓርቲ፣ መኢአድ በውጭ የሚገኘው ጎንደር ህብረት ተብየው እና የእነሱ ሚዲያ ኢሳት እና ቪኦኤ) በቅማንት ህዝብ ላይ የሚደርስን ኢኮኖሚያዊ እና ፖለቲካዊ በደል ዝም ብሎ በማለፍ የሌላውን በደል ብቻ በማራገብ ጎንደርን መቸውንም ሰላም ሊያደርጓት አይችልም፡፡ የቅማንት ህመም፣ ሞት እና መፈናቀል የሌላው ጎንደሬ እና ኢትዮጵያዊ በደል ተደርጎ ካልታየ ጥፋቱ እየሰፋ ሄዶ ነገ ሊመለስ ወደማይችል የህዝብ ለህዝብ ጥላቻ ሊከቱት ይችላሉ የሚል ስጋት አለኝ፡፡
    የቅማንትን ህዝብ ያስጨፈጨፉት የጎንደር ህብረት፣ ከኢሳት ጋር እንዲሁም ፅንፈኛ ዳያስፖራዎች ከአንዳንድ የትምህክት የክልሉ አመራር ጋር ሆነው እንደሆነ የቅማንት ህዝብ በግልፅ ያውቃል፡፡ እንደ እነመሳይ መኮንን አይነት የኢሳት ጋዜጠኛ አይነት ግለሰቦች ከድርጊታቸው ካልተቆጠቡ በደም የተሳሰሩ ህዝቦች በጠላትነት የማይተያዩበት ነገር የለም፡፡ ምክንያቱም ውሸት ሲደጋገም እውነት ይመስላል ነው እና፡፡
    የኢሳቱ መሳይ መኮንን እና ጎንደር ህብረት ተብየው ዘመነ መሳፍንት አራማጁ ድርጅት በቅማንት ህዝብ ላይ ያላቸውን የተዛባ እና የተንሸዋረረ አተያይ ካላስካከሉ በስተቀር የጎንደር ህልውና አደጋ ላይ መጣላቸው አይቀርም፡፡
    ጎንደር ህብረት ተብየው እና የኢሳቱ መሳይ መኮንን የቅማንት ህዝብ የራሱ የሆነ ነፃነት፣ ዲሞክራሲና ኢኮኖሚያዊ እድገት የማይፈልግ ነገር ግን ከኋላ በሚደረግ ውጫዊ ገፊ ሀይል በመገፋት የሚንቀሳቀስ ግዑዝ አካል አድርጎ መመልከት ከጥቅሙ ይልቅ ጉዳቱ ለጎንደር እና ለጎንደሬዎች የከፋ ይሆናል፡፡ ለአብነት የአንዱዓለም ተፈራን ጹህፍ በጎንደር ህብረት አማካኝነት (ኢትዮሜዲያ?) ‹‹የማይለቀን የቅማንት ጉዳይ——›› በሚል ርዕስ የፃፈውን እና ሌሎቹን መመልከት ለአባባሌ አብይ መሳያ ነው፡፡ እንዲህ አይነት የወረደ አመለካከት ለቅማንት ህዝብ ይበልጥ ጉለበት ሰጠው እንጅ ከትግሉ ወደኋላ እንዲል አላደረገውም፡፡
    የቅማንት ህዝብ የጅምላ የዘር ማጥፋት ከዲያስፖራው በተላከ ገንዘብ አማካኝነት በተገዛ መሳሪያ በ2008 ሲጨፈጨፍ ጎንደር ህብረት እና ኢሳት ግን ጉደዩን የተዛባ ስዕል እንዲይዝ ለማድረግ የራሳቸውን ፕሮፓጋንዳ እንዲህ በማለት ዘገቡ፡፡ ‹‹ወያኔ የጎንደርን መሬት ለመውረር ባለው ግልፅ አጀንዳ የቅማንትን እና የአማራውን ህዝብ ወደ ጦርነት እንዲገባ አደረገ›› ነበር ያሉት፡፡ ሲጀመር ቅማንት እና አማራ እንደህዝብ ጦርነት አላደረጉም፡፡ ሲከተል ደግሞ የጦርነቱ አበጋዞች የክልሉ አንዳንድ አመራሮች እና ትምህክት አስተሳሰብ ያቀንጨራቸው ዲያስፖራዎች ናቸው፡፡ ምን አልባት ‹‹የቅማንት ህዝብ የራስ አስተዳደር ጥያቄ መነሳት የለበትም›› የሚሉ አካላት ካሉ ለምን የሌሎች ብሔር ብሄረሰቦች የዞን እና የክልል አስተዳደርን ተቃውመው አልተነሱም፡፡ ለምን የቅማንት የራስ አስተዳደር ጎንደር ህብረትን እና የኢሳቱን መሳይ መኮንን አንገበገባቸው? የዚህ ሁሉ የተዛባ አመለካከት ምንጩ በቅማንት ህዝብ ላይ ለዘመናት ጭንቅላታቸውን የሞሉት የወረደ አተያይ ካልሆነ በስተቀር ሌላ ምንም ሊሆን አይችልም፡፡
    የቅማንት ህዝብ የራስ አስተዳደር በማንም ህዝብ ላይ መብት ላይ ምንም ነገር እንደማያስከትል እያወቁ ጎንደር ህብረት ‹‹ቅማንት አማራ ስለሆነ ራሱን ለማስተዳደር አይችልም›› ብሎ ይሞግታል፡፡ ይሁን እንጅ ጎንደር ህብረት እና ኢሳት ስለወልቃይት የአማራ ማንነት ጥያቄ ላይ ግን ቀን ከሌት በመልፈፍ ያደንቁራሉ፡፡ የወልቃይት ህዝብ የአማራ ማንነትን ከደገፉ የቅማንትን ቅማንትነት ለምን መቃወም ፈለጉ? ለዚህ አባባላቸው ምክንያታቸው ግልፅ ስለሆነ ቃሉን መጥቀስ አልፈልግም፡፡ ግን የወልቃይትን ህዝብ የአማራ ማንነት ህገ-መንግሥታዊ የመብት ጥያቄ ላይ ጥያቄ ላይ ሥርዓቱን ተከትሎ አስከሄደ ድረስ ተቃውሞ የለኝም፡፡ ግን ይህን ሽፋን በማድረግ በህዝብ እና በየህዝብ ሀብት የሚደረግ ጥፋት አጥብቄ እቃወማለሁ፡፡ የቅማንት የማንነት ጥያቄ አስተባበሪ ኮሚቴዎች ህጋዊ ጥያቄ በማንሳታቸው እንግዛት አብዩ እና ደሴ አሰሜ በጀምላ በዳባት እና በደባርቅ አሰረዋቸዋል፡፡ የቅማንት ህዝብ ግን ወኪሎቹ ታስረውበትም ወደጦርነት ሳይሆን ያመሩት ‹የህግ ያለህ› ነበር ያሉት፡፡ የቅማንት ህዝብ ሌሎች እንዳደረጉት ጎንደርን የማተራመስ አቅም አይደለም ያጣው፤ ጥያቄው ህጋዊ ስለነበር በህግ እና በህግ ብቻ ስለሚተማመን በህግ ተስፋ የማይቆርጥ መሆኑ ብቻ ነው፡፡ የዚህን ህጋዊ አካሄድ ውጤት በቅርቡ አብረን እናየዋለን፡፡ ውሾቹ ይጮሀሉ ግመሉ ግን መንገዱን ቀጥሏል!
    ዞሮ ዞሮ የቅማንት እና ሌላው የሰሜን ጎንደር ህዝብ ከአንድ የዘር ሀረግ ስለሚመዘዙ መቸም ሊለያዩ እንደማይችሉ ተገንዝባችሁ እነመሳይ ጉንጭ አልፋ ቱሪናፋችሁን ብታቆሙ መልካም ነው፡፡ የቅማንት ህዝብ የራስ አስተዳደር እና የማንነት ጥያቄ ሙሉ መብቱ የቅማንት ህዝብ እንጅ የማንም ግፊት እንደሌለበት ልትገነዘቡ እውዳለሁ፡፡ ቅማንትን መቸም ቢሆን ቅማንት ከመሆን የሚያግደው አንዳችም ሀይል እንደሌለ ልትገነዘቡ አወዳለሁ፡፡
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    Historian Professor Haile Larebo in His Interview with ESAT Who Appreciates Ethiopian History Says People of Gojjam and Begemdir Are Agaws

    Historian Haile Larebo is Professor at MoreHouse College at London. He is the winner of the Helen Marraro Prize in 1995 for his work. Professor Haile Larebo in His Long Interview, entitled “Who Are Ethiopians” on January 10, 2017, with ESAT Appreciated the Ethiopian History. The Professor described the name Ethiopia is an abstract idea that can bind us, like presence God who is available to all, not associated with just a single ethnic. The Ethiopian nation is ancient. It is there since the time memorial, with the exceptions of size differences. Ethiopia has 6,000 years, at least 3,000 years of written history.

    He also stated northwestern Ethiopia’s ethnic characteristics. He said, the people of Gojjam and Begemdir are Agaws, not Amharas, Empower Tewodrows is a Quaran, Kemant not Amhara. He stated further, both main historical sources, Chronicle of Ethiopian Kings (የነገሥታት ዜና መዋል) and Arabic literature recorded Ethiopia until 19th century limited the Amharas presence to some areas of Wollo didn’t include Gojjam, Begemdir (Gondar), and Shewa.

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    Voice of Wag Shum Gobeze of Lasta Lalibela

    The following article was initially posted on Facebook by Wag Shum Gobeze on January 17,2017

    Wag Shum Gobeze of Lasta Lalibela

    Wag Shum Gobeze of Lasta Lalibela

    አማራ አገው ነው ስትባሉ ለምን ይከፋችኀል?
    አገው አማራ ነው ስትሉ ደስ ይላችሁና አገው አማራ ነው ስትባሉ ትክረፋላችሁ፡፡ ከናንተ የኛ ልብ ሰፊ ሆነና በሰከነ መንገድ ስንናገር አካኪ ዘራፍ ብላችሁ አማራ ነገድ ነው አማርኛን ፈጥሯል፡፡ አገው አናሳ ነው ስትሉ ትሰማላችሁ እላፊ ቃላትን በመጠቀምም የምትሳደቡ አላችሁ በተለይ ቤተ አማራዎች፡፡
    እኛ የአገው ልጆች የአንድነትን ጥቅም በደንብ እናውቃለን፡፡ በዚህም ከአማራ ጋር አንድ ህኖ ታላቅ መሆንን እንመርጣለን፡፡
    ልትዘነጉት የማይገባው ግን ወደፊት ለሚያጋጥም ማንኛውም ነገር መልሱ ዲምቢልቢ ብቻ ሊሆን እንደሚገባ ማወቅን ነው፡፡ ይህን ያልኩት አማራ ነን የምትሉ ወንድሞቻችን የሰለሞናዊውን ወይም ከይኩኑ አምላክ ቡሃላ ያለውን ታሪክ ትወዱታላችሁ ባገኛችሁት አጋጣሚ ሁሉ ታሞግሳላችሁ፡፡ እናንተ ብቻም ሳይሆን እኛ አገዎችም ከኃይማኖታችን ጋር በተገናኘ እናወድሳለን፡፡ 
    እኛ ከዚህ ቡሃላ ልንከተለው የማንችለው ነገር አለ እሱሞ የአባቶቻችንን የዛጉዌ ታሪክ እንዲከበር እንፈልጋለን፡፡ የዛጉዌ ስረዎ መንግስት በጥቂት ጎጦች ሊመሰረት እንደማይችል ልባችሁ ያውቀዋል፡፡ ያን ትልቅ መንግሥት የገነባው ህዝብ ዛሬም በሌላ ማንነት ውስጥ ሆኖ አለ፡፡ እኔ ራሴን እንደመወከሌ የአገው ልጅ መሆኔን አስረግጬ እናገራለሁ፡፡ አፍ መፍቻየም አባቶቼ የፈጠሩት አማርኛ ነው፡፡ አገውኛ መናገር አገው መሆንን አያሳይም፡፡ አገውነት ደም ነው፡፡ አገውነት ክደህ የኖርከውን የነ ቅዱስ ላልይበላ ልጅነት መቀበል ነው፡፡ … አማራነትን ጠልቼ አይደለም አገውነቴን የተቀበልኩት፡፡ ጭንቅላቴ ሲበስል የአባቴን ማንነት ስለተረዳሁ ብቻ ነው፡፡ 
    ነገ ምን እንደሚፈጠር ማንም አያውቅም!! 
    11 ነገስታቶቼን አገው አድርገህ ታሪካቸውን ደብቀህ ላስታ አማራ ነው ስትለኝ ለኔ ጥላቻህ ነው የሚታየኝ፡፡ የላስታ ህዝብ ማንነቱን እኔ ወይም አንተ አንነግረውም:: … በጊዜ ሂደት ግን እውነት አሸናፊ ናትና ሁሉም ራሱን ያገኛል፡፡
    እኔ የኩሽ ዘር አገው ነኝ፡፡
    እኔ በእግዚአብሔር ዘንድ ተመርጦ ዳግማዊ እየሩሳሌምን ያነጸው የላሊበላ ልጅ ነኝ፡፡ በሱ ልጅነቴ እኮራለሁ፡፡ 
    በሰለጠነ መንገድ ለመነጋገር ዝግጁ ነኝ፡፡
    የማንንም ማንነት አልጋፋም የኔም ሲገፋ አልወድም፡፡

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    Agaw Democratic Party Chairman and Other Executive Released

    According to a reliable local source, Mr. Andualem Tilahun, Agaw Democratic Party/AgDP Chairperson, and the other Executive member Mr. Molla Wassie had been released. Mr. Tilahun freed on December 31, 2016, and Mr. Wassie released 9-days ahead of his fellow Chairperson.

    The Chairperson of Agaw Democratic Party/AgDP, Mr. Andualem Tilahun had been in detention since August 24, 2016, following the wave of the anti-government protest in the region. Wassie arrested on October 23, 2016.  Their party had been declaring their innocence on the international media such as AFP and repeatedly requesting the federal government for their release. Both Mr. Tilahun and Mr. Wassie reportedly innocent, the government has not found any evidence for their involvement in the anti-constitutional revolution.

    The AgDP’s colleagues expect the release of the remaining junior party members. As one commentator put, some of them are just framed by their opponents just for being careless otherwise, they must possess the intelligence of a rooster to participate in the anti-Agaw, ant-Tigrian, anti-Protestant and ant-Moslem revolution.

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    Identifies of Officials Who Served as Bandas for Fascist Mussolini of Italy

    Linked scrip and video show the identifies of officials who served as Bandas for Fascist Mussolini of Italy during World War-II. Published on Qemant Facebook by Balambara Negash and cited the original source, Ethiopia under Mussoloni by Alberto Sabachi (1989). Follow the link: <p>

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    Direction of Our Struggle under Agaw Democratic Party (AgDP)

    by Wondmu Workuw

    (for discussion)

    Since the government change in Ethiopia in 1991, multiple ethnic-based political parties had/have been organized in the country including Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM) and All Amhara Organization led Professor Asrat. Only the Agaw people had no political organ that stands for their interests. These Agaws have become members of the ANDM had/have served others’ interests against their people’s aspiration. Thanks to the ANDM’s unfolding oppression, the Agaw Democratic Party (AgDP) born on November 3, 2012, to address children’s education, promote democracy, equality, development and political autonomy in the region, including Kemants’ self-rule. Nevertheless, the AgDP had no plan to quest for separate regional statehood.

    However, persistent undemocratic practice, repression, partiality, and intolerance to a multi-party principle in Region-3, has forced the Agaw people to strive for the alternative solution, the organization of Agaw Regional State. Given the current situation in the region, this process is essential to ensure the survival of the Agaw identity, culture, language and values beyond social-economic justice. Otherwise, once the greatest people in the history of mankind for their contributions of civilization can disappear for once and all. This may seem joke for some people who have not yet grasped ongoing reality in Region-3. Indeed, it is the actual threat we are facing day to day, for instance, since Amhara National Democratic Movement(ANDM) has controlled the Agaw areas, more than 50,000 people lost the Agaw language.

    A primary educational system set by the ANDM is designed to produce literates, not intellectuals. High school graduates cannot even read a passage written in English. Because of the language deficiency, our student’s admission rate to university is 15% less comparison to others. The same figure is virtually true for a success rate at university, in first and second academic years even after admission, In order to minimize the failure rate associated with the language, the AgDP has thoughtfully proposed 4th and 5th-grade lessons be offered in an English medium of instruction. It is the same medium the ANDM officials teach their children in Bahir Dar, at private schools starting from the first grade. The ANDM officials have deprived this basic educational right for the Agaw children because they do not want to see the success Agaw children at university.

    The ANDM deliberately deprives infrastructure areas where the Agaw people live. As a result, there is no a single industrial firm despite there is plenty of raw material resource including bamboo trees, which can be a reliable source of much need hard currency for the country. The developmental budget allocation in the Agaw areas is five times less than other areas. This figure is calculated under consideration of the ratio of budget to the population. In another example, the Agaw people are 30 times larger than the population of Gembella, but their annual budget allocation is 30 times less than the State of Gembella.

    In recent days the ANDM has sounded that it has dropped objection and accepted the Kemants’ planned self-rule positively to do its shares for the implementation of self-rule. If the ANDM’s statement is genuine, the AgDP should congratulate the ANDM and prepare to work in cooperation with the same while maintaining its political differences. But, the ANDM’s reaction seems non-genuine, the full of sabotage. Information coming from the region from independent observers indicates that the ANDM issuing residential identification card (ID) for non-residents in respective kebeles to dilute Kemants’ vote in key contested kebeles and claim itself as winner illegally. The ANDM’s current move is not only undemocratic, it is also unconstitutional and an insult to the Ethiopian people and the federal government who own the constitution. If the latter move is put in practice, and if fair & free process is not guaranteed to the Kemants, it is clear that ANDM has pushed hard for the Agaws’ exit and then we have little choice.

    Generally, Agaws do not have any role in political, economic and educational affairs in Region-3. They have been treated as second-class citizens; they have been coerced to breath in the lungs of key NDM of the despotic official. Those who entertain independent views for the progress of our people and the society as the whole are thrown to jail under any pretext, for instance, the case of AgDP leadership and Kemant Committee detention is the prove of the ANDM’s intolerance to democratic values and diversity. The ANDM’s bigotry is not only limited to its competitors. All we have learned recently sanctions committed against even its members with Agaw blood, Kassa Teklebirhan, Binalf Andualem, Ayanew and Bezezaw for entertaining different views during the crisis in the region in August and September 2016. The ANDM is the most oppressive political entity in the history of the region; the ANDM is the most repressive organization even in comparison to feudal kings. The worst tyrant officials in the ANDM are Ferta/Gafat natives of South Gondar. There are hundreds of copies of Meleku Tefere, Red Terror murderer in South Gondar. Since the perpetrators of the civilian Agaw-Kemants and Tigrians in 2015 and 2016 have never been brought to justice for their crime against humanity, there is no guarantee it will not happen again. Therefore, our struggle for the regional status becomes the question of survival, not desire for power.

    The Beta Amhara/Amhara Tegadlo called the Diaspora of ANDM, which claims to replace the ANDM in the future is even the worst one. Beta Amhara sounds, like an 18th-century political organization. It declared to clean up Muslims, Protestants, Tigrians and Agaws from the region when it assumes state power. All these phenomena justify and legitimize our quest for the regional status since the ANDM has no intention to respect the Agaw people’s political, economic, educational and cultural rights, etc. Of course, I believe that AgDP should be fixable enough to negotiate all entities including the ANDM and other regional players upon the practical acceptance of the Agaw people’s fundamental rights to determine their destiny. Settling antagonistic difference through negation is the sign of maturity and civilization, not weakness, as some ANDM officials think.

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    Mengistu Haile-Mariam Defines Meaning Amhara

    Mengistu Haile-Mariam, the former head of state of Ethiopia defined the meaning of Amhara before his departure from power sometime in the early 1090. The video is obtained from Qemant Facebook. Click on the following link:

    Mengistu Defines Amhara

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