United Nations Secretary General & the OHCHR: End Genocide against Kemants Now

The present petition is supported by the Agaw Diaspora human rights forum. On a premise of every human being has the inherent right to life, free of physical and emotional pain and torture, please join a campaign against Genocide and give the Kemant victims your support by signing this petition. Also, communicate other people regardless of ethnic, race, gender or religion to sign the same. Please follow the following link:

https://www.change.org/p/petition-to-the-office-of-the-united-nations-high-commissioner-for-human-rights-and-un-secretary-gen-end-genocide-against-kemants-now?recruiter=914664366&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=share_email_responsive

 

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Open Letter to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia

June 2, 2018

Your Excellency Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed

Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa

Subject: Seeking Justice and Release of the Agaw-Kemant Prisoners of Ethiopia

Dear Prime Minister,

This is a second letter to the Ethiopian Government in request for the release of Agaw-Kemant prisoners, like other Ethiopian detainees. On March 11, 2018, we sent the letter to his Excellency FDRE Foreign Minister Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu, but no action. A copy of the letter had been published in Tigrai Online, Voice of Justice and Agew Discussion Forum social media.  Your Excellency’s latest efforts to secure the release of the Ethiopian detainees even from the neighboring countries sparkled our hope to write you this letter.

The enclosed 1-page document is a list of prisoners of the Agaw-Kemants in North Gondar, Ethiopia. They have been in a detention since 2015 because of their demand for self-rule inline with the Ethiopian Constitution, Article 39, Subarticle-3. It can be recalled that about 10,000 government forces conducted an excessive military operation in the Kemant area in late 2015, which caused destruction on human life and property. The operation was intended to force the Agaw-Kemants to drop their constitutional demand or to annex lowland Kemant areas, Metema and Quara, the west of Lake Tana.

The impact of the military campaign was investigated by the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and reported to the Ethiopian Parliament in June 2016. The parliament passed a resolution by authorizing appropriate compensation for the Kemant victims and due justice on the perpetrators. Unfortunately, the Ethiopian Government declined to implement the parliament’s resolution, neither the victims received the compensation nor the offenders brought to justice. Above all, the cause of destruction, demand for self-rule has not yet guaranteed. The government’s repeated unconstitutional efforts to split the Kemant community into two has been rejected. The Kemant people have insisted on their constitutional rights regardless of hardship they have been experiencing. The region is currently under tension, imminent for a third round conflict, perhaps similar to the 1992 Rawanda  genocide.  Provocative actions have been taken by the regional government, including fresh arrest of innocent farmers such as Mr. Andergachew Molla, who traveled to Gondar City for shopping and deployment of  paratroops known as Special forces to initiate violence in the region. Approximately, 1000 troops have been deployed in Chilga Woreda alone in the localities of Chonchock and Negade Bhir. The army also sent to localities of Robit, Maura and other two kebeles in Lay Armachiho. The government side has a ridiculous excuse to field soldiers, falsely blaming our fellow Tigrians and even Egyptians for the Agaws’ assertiveness to their rights.  The deployment is in violation of the 2015 agreement that prohibits the deployment of the paratroops in the Kemant areas.

The Ethiopian Government freed thousands of political prisoners February through May 2018. We are aware that currently Your Excellency is coordinating extraordinary diplomatic efforts to ensure the discharge of the Ethiopian detainees in neighboring countries. But, unfortunately, the release did not include the Agaw political prisoners at home, except three military personnel from Lasta. Here in a Diaspora, why the Agaws  have been discriminated is becoming a point of discussion. We believe that they have been deprived the opportunity because of their Agaw ethnic identity.

We are kindly seeking equal justice, including the immediate release of the Agaw-Kemant prisoners listed in the attached document, like other Ethiopians at least under the current amnesty. We are thoughtfully asking withdrawal of the paratroops whom have been refueling violence in the region.

Indeed, we would like to express our thanks in advance to Your Excellency for taking your precious time to look into the case for fair justice.  It is truly an honor to present for Your Excellency’s attention to this appeal on behalf of 10-million Agaw people.

With regards,

Workuw Berihu, Agaw Human Rights Observer, Associated with Agaw Community in Diaspora, Dallas, TX

 

The identities of Agaw-Kemant political prisoners under detention since 2015 at Gondar City and Aykel, Chilga Prisons:

No Name Address of Prison
1 Setegn Alemu Gondar City
2 Bayuh Meles Gondar City
3 Dessie Bihonegni Gondar City
4 Kefale Sisay Gondar City
5 Birili Bicha Aykel, Chilga
 

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Banchi Tamru

 

Aykel, Chilga

Ms Banchi and her husband have been prisoned since 2016 leaving their six children without a caregiver.
7 Dinku Zegeye Aykel, Chilga
8 Asmaraw Ayelgni Gondar City
9 Mihiretie Bazezew Gondar City
10 Melkamu Getahun Aykel, Chilga
11 Amdework Addisu Aykel, Chilga
12 Asmaraw Mesno Aykel, Chilga
13 Enyew Goshu Aykel, Chilga
14 Muluken Tesema Aykel, Chilga
15 Chalachew Alemu Aykel, Chilga
16 Misganaw Eyeyu Gondar City
17 Asrie Meles Gondar City
18 Samuel Gashaw Gondar City
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Ras Prince Mengesha Siyoum and New Book on Agaw People

The new book, Identity and History: Who Is Not Agaw in Gojjam and Gondar, Ethiopia, the Constitution of 1995 and Unequal Treatment of Agaw People – Beta Israel

is not just limited to Gojjam and Gondar. It touches briefly Tigray to Eritrea in relevant contexts. For instance, one of the longest footnoted covers Ras Mengesha Siyoum’s Agaw Midir private visit in the 1960s. Mengesha was the Prince of Ethiopia and Ras of Tigray (governor of Tigray) until the 1974 revolution. According to the author, Ras Prince Mengesha came to Agaw Midir in respect of his root with the Agaw people. As well, the author lists the Mengesha’s two sons, Yohannes and Estifanos who accompanied him during his visit.  The author characterizes Ras Prince Mengesha as confident and esteemed, but a humble and sociable figure who interacts intensively with ordinary people. Follow the link below to find the book.

ሰላም ለሁሉም

ቁምላቸው ደስታ ነኝ

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Identity+and+History%3A+Who+is+Not+Agaw

Ras Prince Mengesha Siyoum and the book

Both images obtained from Balambaras Negash Facebook, the author of the article, ቁምላቸው ደስታ didn’t have them initially.

Follow the link also to find article entitled Who is Prince Mengesha Siyoum in Amharic, by Balambaras Negash.

https://wlka.wordpress.com/2017/11/20/who-is-prince-mengesha-siyoum/

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In Quara, Kemant Farmers Boycott Referendum Voting and Illegal Voters Cast their Vote

(wlka informantt from Mtema): According to the latest report,  the regional government and security officials registered 1500 illegal voters in Quar alone. The illegal voters by definition are not residing a particular election kebele and not qualified to vote on the basis of the Ethiopian election law. Those illegal voters came to a respective voting station on Sunday morning to vote. The Kemants told them not to take part in the election illegally. But the illegal voters ignored the Kemants warnings and continued voting. Then, the Kemants boycott the process and return their home without casting the vote.

the similar dispute was broke in Shinfe due to the presence of illegal voters. But some of the illegal voters return their home without voting and the process continued. The problem is the regional security forces snatched voting cards from the Kemants and many of them couldn’t vote in Shinfe. Since the Kemants were walking to voting stations without arms, there was nothing they could do when police snatched and tore their cards.

According to the informant, all those illegal activities and fraud was reported to National Election Board of Ethiopia (NEBE), but it failed to discharge its constitutional responsibilities by preventing the process from fraud.

Some observers believe that outcome of the result is predetermined to the regional government and one should not expect anything different. The board is just there to legitimize the fraudulent referendum.

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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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Agaw National Congress Holds Rally at Injibara

On March 17, 2019, Agaw National Congress held a large gathering at the town of Injibara. The participants came from Awi woredas (districts), Kemant and Wag. Also Gumuz and Shinasha community members took part at the rally. The party leadership including Mr. Alamerew Yirdaw, the party’s Chairman and Vice Chairman Addisu Mekonnen were present. The party leadership introduced the party’s program, policy  and strategic for public. This is its first public meeting since its establishment on January 12, 2019. The new party, Congress has come into the existence, after failure of the Chairman of Agaw Democratic Party (AgDP) providing adequate leadership for public and members. The AgDP was only the independent Agaw party in the past 6-years and laid down a foundation for Agaw’s freedom resistance, despite of leadership weakness within. The leaders of the Agaw National Congress were the AgDP’s former Addis Ababa representatives for a short period of time. It is expected that Congress, AgDP and QDP will formulate a common platform to work together for the interests of the Agaw people.

In related news, the youngest lady, Agaw Human Rights activist (Ms. Fasica), Bete Agaw on her Facebook page also noticed the imprisonment of young people from Zigam who came to Injibara for the rally.  She called for the release of the young people. Another Agaw lady, Ms. Abebe Taferi and Fasica are leading Agaw Human rights activist.  Ms. Abebe have been advocating for equality and democracy for the past four decays. Ms. Fasica Arega has become prominent figure in the past two years.

Image may contain: 1 person, crowdPublic Gathering at Rally Sponsored by Agaw National Congress (March 17, 2019)

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Prominent Ethiopian Politician, Mr. Lidetu Ayalew by Agaw Commenter

An Agaw commenter whom named in his Facebook account, Agaw National Region (የአገው ብሔራዊ ክልል), characterizes Mr. Lidetu Ayalew as the most brilliant figure who is one century ahead from other Ethiopian politicians. He describes as follows in Amharic comment.

ምጡቁ እና አስተዋዩ በሳል ፖለቲከኛ ልደቱ አያሌው።

አገውነት ማንነቱን ከታሪክ ጋር አያይዞ ስለተናገረ የአገው ጥላቻ ያላቸው አማራ ፅንፈኛ አክቲቭስቶች በከፈቱበት የስም ማጥፋት ዘመቻ እራሱን ከፖለቲካ አለም ያገለለ አንድ መቶ አመት ቀድሞ የተወለደ ለአሁን ዘመን ፖለቲካ የማይመጥነው ታላቁ ፖለቲከኛ ልደቱ እራሱን ከፖለቲካ ማግለሉ ለእሱ ጥሩ ቢሆንም ለአገራችን ግን ጉዳት ነው።
እሱ የተናገራት ትንቢት ጠብ አትልም ሁሉም ይሆናል። የአማራ አክቲቭስቶች እና ግንቦት ሰባቴው ብርሃኑ ያካሄዱበት የስም ማጥፋት ዘመቻ ቀኑ ሲደርስ እራሳቼው የሚያፍሩበት ይሆናል። እውነት መቼም ቢሆን ተቀብራ አትቀርም።

ግንቦት ሰባትን አ አ ሲቀበሉ ይዘውት በወጡት ባነር ደግሞ ይበልጥ ልቡን የሰበረው ድርጊት ነበር።

አንተ ታላቅ ሰው ነህ ለእኛ ሳይሆን አንተ ለ22ኛው ክፍለ ዘመን ፖለቲከኛ ነህ ቀድመህ ተወልደህ ቡትቶ ፖለቲከኞች ጋር በመፈጠርህ ቦታ አጣህ። ሁሉም የኢትዮጵያን ፖለቲካ ሲረዳው አንተን ይከተሉሀል።

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83,287 Kemants Have Been Displaced as a Result of War of Genocide by the Government

83,287, displaced Kemants have been sheltering in temporary shelters, but have no food health services.  The following table in Amharic summarizes a number displaced people and their whereabouts.

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Ambachew Mokonnen, New Amhara Region President from Gafat Tribe is Equivalent to Adler Hitler

By Wondmu Workuw

I predicted Prime Minister Abiy’s Dangerous Position for Oromos and Agaws before his Assumption of Power. Unfortunately, the same is true for this man. Dr. Ambachew Mokonnen’s core political philosophy is based on violence, domination and territorial expansion, especially he has been suffering from an obsession syndrome of Walkite. Furthermore, he is committed to a unity based on one language, one religion and one nationalism, called Amhara Nationalism. He is the member of the regional ruling party, at the same time, a chief ideologist and advisor of Amhara National Movement, the intolerant anti-equality and anti-democracy militant political party.

Dr. Ambachew is the Gafat Tribeman, one of the Agaw groups. Both eastern and western Gafat dialect was disappeared a half-century ago. As part of revenge, Gafat ADP cadres are always against diversity. Despite he is Gafat, he lives in the denial of his actual identity, which is against his bone and blood, what is called physical being. He believes he is Amhara and masks with a fake identity. As we learned from the psychological history of mankind, individuals with identity crisis are dangerous to others, because as they seek absolute acceptance and approval from a new group that they associated with under fake identity, they move against those out of their group.

Unfortunately, Ambachew will be new Adler Hitler in the region and eventually, he will declare further Holocaust in the region against the Agaw people who bear their actual identity of Agawness, especially Kemants are in dangerous situation. When it comes to external warfare, he will give priority with the Tigrian border dispute. War with Oromo will take place in a second phase, The Finfine/Addis Ababa dispute will put on hold. As usual, first, he will declare the 6th round of full-scale genocide war with Kemants in collaboration with the federal government army as they are doing right now. As usual, the Oromos and Tigrians will watch simply the war against Agaws, particularly Kemants. That is what Europeans did on the eve of the second world war. When Hitler was declaring Holocaust against Jews they simply watched because of they that the issue would over inside German just against Jews. Of course, if they interfered early against Hitler before his moved outside of German, Europe could not face World War II, or at least they could minimize destruction.

After completing the internal mission, then, Ambachew will march 70-80, men to Tigray, Walkite and Homara. He may have a little interest in the locality called Raya. Thanks to their fellow Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, the Amara Region is well equipped with modern weapons. Prime Minister used his power to arm the Amhara Region including letting importing arms from outside in 5 billion Birr. The number of Amhara Regional army including new recruits is numbered half of the federal army, which is against the existing constitution. If Ambachew’s army can resist the Tigrian army at least for one week by burning indiscriminately houses and killing children as they did for Kemants at Metema Yohannes and other areas, the federal army and Eritrea will interfere in favor of Ambachew and possibly can be a winner. Then, they may set the military administration called Command Post in Walkite and Humara. As we learn from the Kemant’s experiences, the command post will stand in favor of Amara Region and criminalize against Tigrians. Then, Prime Minister Abiy will use the entity called border commission to transfer Walkite and Humara to Amhara Killil. The border commission was deliberately created to address Amhara’s grievance in favor of.

 

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Is Chairman of Shengo’s Comment Realistic about Temben?

By Wondmu Workuw

Shengo’s Chairman said Temben is the least developed in the area in Tigray State due to their Agaw identity. He made this remark in his interview with ONM this week. He cited “a study” by Adirgat University.

My question is this true? I have several reasons to raise this question. To the best of my knowledge:

1) there is no anti-Agaw establishment in the Tigrian social system in general, which usually manifest itself in expressions such as Agaw libu zetegn, is this Agaw or person, etc.

2) Many Tigrian people are sympathetic to the case of the Agaw people as I know since 2009.

3) The identity issue is a concern every Tigrian has Agaw blood at least partially as I learned from various historical literature.

4) Adequate justifiable independent evidence is needed whether the Tembens are discriminated on development due to their identity background.

Probably, the Tembens could be discriminated on other conditions cannot be ruled out. To the best of my knowledge, they are critics of the TPLF leadership in the beginning. You see most of the Tigrian royal families including Emperor Yohannes 4th are from Temben. This background puts them in a confrontation with the TPLF leftist leadership and developmental vulnerability.

Indeed, even if there was realistic discrimination on the claimed reason, it could be discussed with the Tigray Government rather than making the counter-productive comment publicly. Is the ADP penetrating into the Shengo to use for its purpose?

Look Agaws had no desire to encounter with Baden/ADP 6-years back. The Agaws had more than 4-sessions with the Baden leadership to address a social grievance, but the Baden refused the Agaw’s friendly approach. Then, the Agaws started propaganda publicly against Baden.

Yes, I realize that any Agaw person/supporter is entitled to participate in the Agaw issue regardless of where he/she lives. Those Agaws reside out of the region can primarily facilitate the Agnew’s aspiration by:

1) bridging the Agaw people and the people of the state where they live for strategic solidarity based on equality and respect,

2) mobilizing political and material support from the state and people where they live.

My conclusion is, primarily it must use a friendly approach. A confrontational statement must be the last option. Shengo leadership should be cautious not to make simplistic conclusions. Such simplistic politics eventually harm the Agaw people soon or later rather than benefiting. A mistake from fresh politicians is common and maturity comes through trails and errors.

 

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UNHCR Briefed by Agaw Human Rights Committee

According to information submitted to wlka in anonymity for personal safety, the Agaw Human Rights Committee (in Diaspora) provided UNHCR with clarification on the conditions of the Agaw-Kemant refugees in the Republic of Sudan. It has also provided a briefing on imminent further genocide by the government forces and underline desperate necessarily of sanctuary for the current and potential victims.  As the source stated, the briefing took place last week.

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Publicly Known Kemant Community Members in Diaspora Rejected Statement Broadcasted by Amara Media/Television

Publicly known Kemant community members in Diaspora rejected statement broadcasted by Amara Media/television in the last week in the name of the Kemant community: They say statement was a fake fabricated by Amara Media in collaboration with individuals removed from leadership for misconducts.  The former statement failed to condemn genocide against the Kemant community by Amara Government in collaboration with the federal government of Ethiopia. In the beginning of this month, in the worse genocide act, the regional government forces burned  56-children and women in flame of fire to death by locking the vicitims’ respective house not to escape, in the town of Metema Yohannes, North Gondar, Sudanse border. The following is the full statement released in the response to the deceptive communiqué.

በሰሜን አሜሪካ ከሚገኙ የቅማንት ተወላጆች የተሰጠ መግለጫ በሚል ሰሞኑን የተሰራጨዉ በፍጹም የቅማንት ተወላጆችን የማይወክል ስለመሆኑ ለማሳሰብ።
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ይህ ስብስብ በሰሜን አሜሪካ የሚገኙ ትክክለኛ የቅማንት ተወላጆችን በጭራሽ ያላሳተፈ ምናልባትም በቅማንት ስም ቅማንት ያልሆነ ግለሰብ ወይም ቡድን የጻፈዉ ስለመሆኑ መግለጽ እንፈልጋለን። ምንም አይነት ህጋዊ ዉክልና የሌለዉ እና ማንነቱን ና አድራሻዉን በመደበቅ በህዝብ ስም የሚሰጥ እንዲህ ያለ መግለጫ ወንጀል እንደሆነ ለማሳሰብ እንወዳለን ።
በዚህ የቅማንት ማህበረሰብ በቅማንትነቱ ብቻ ተለይቶ በክልሉ ልዪ ሀይል ና ሚሊሻ ተዘምቶበት በማነቱ እየተገደለና እየተጨፈጨፈ ንብረቱ እየተቃጠለና ከስራውና ከቅየው እየተፈናቀለ ባለበት በዚህ አስከፊ ሰአት እንደዚህ ያለ መግለጫ የሚሰጥ ጸረ-ቅማንት ወይም ቅጥረኛ እንጂ በጭራሽ የቅማንት ተወላጅ ሊሆን አይችልም። ከሰሞኑ በመተማ በሚኖሩ ቅማንት ወገኖቻችን ላይ ቅማንት በመሆናቸዉ ብቻ ለህሊና የሚከብድ እጅግ አረመኔያዊ ተግባር ይኽዉም እናትና ልጅን ቤት ዉስጥ ቆልፎ እስከማቃጠል አቅመቢስ አዛዉቶችን ህጻናትና ሴቶችን በየደጃፋቸዉ እስከመረሸን የደረሰ ወንጀል በክልሉ ሃይል በደረሰብን አስከፊ የመከራ ጊዜ ከተጠቃዉ ወገናችን ጎን በመቆም ፈንታ በቁስላችን ላይ እንጨት የሚሰድ ገዳዮቻችንን አበጃችሁ የሚል መግለጫ ማንም የቅማንት ተወላጅ እንደማይሰጥ ለማሳሰብ እንወዳለን ።
ምንም አይነት የህዝብ ዉክልና ሳይኖረዉ ይሄን መግለጫ በቅማንት ስም የሰጠዉን አካል ማንነቱ ሲታወቅ በዚህ በሰሜን አሜሪካ ህግ በወንጀል ለመጠየቅ እንደምንገደድ አናሳስባለን። ምንም አይነት የአካልም ሆነ የቴሌ ኮንፈረንስ ዉይይት በቅማንት ተወላጆች ሳያደርግ የሕብረተሰቡን አባላትም ሆነ ተወካዮች ማንነት ሳይገልጽ እንደዚህ አይነት መግለጫ ማዉጣት ከወንጀልነቱም በላይ በገዛ ሃገሩ እየተገደለና ዘሩን ለማጥፋት እየተዘመተበት ያለዉን የቅማንት ህዝብ መናቅ ለግድያዉም ተባባሪ መሆን ነዉ። ይሄን ድርጊት በሰሜን አሜሪካም ሆነ በመላዉ አለም የሚኖር የቅማንት ተወላጆች በጽኑ ያወግዛሉ።
በመግለጫዉ ከተጠቀሱት ነጥቦች ዉስጥ የተወሰኑትን በማንሳት ከቅማንት ሰላማዊና ህገመንግስታዊ ጥያቄ ጋር ፈጽሞ የማይገናኝ መግለጫ እንደሆነ ለማሳየት እንሞክራለን።
መግለጫዉ በ1999 ዓም በተካሄደው የህዝብና ቤቶች ቆጠራ የቅማንት ሕዝብ እንዳይካተት የተደረገበትን ሁኔታ ሆነ ተብሎ በህወሃት የተደረገ ሴራ እንደሆነ ሲገልጽ በሂደቱ ክልሉን የሚያስተዳድረዉ የብአዴንን ሚና በመሸፋፈን የአስተዳደሩን በደል ህጋዊ ሊያደርግ ይሞክራል:: እንዲሁም በዚህ ሰበብ በቅማንት ማህበረሰብ ላይ የደረሰዉን የሰብአዊ ና ሶሺዮ-ኢኮኖሚያዊ ድቅቀት እንዲሁም ከዚህ ጉዳት የቅማንት ህዝብ እንደ ህዝብ የሚካስበትን የመፍትሄ ሃሳብ አያሳይም ይሄም ማለት በደፈናው የቅማንት ህዝብ ጥያቄ የህወሃት ነዉ በሚል ከእዉነት የራቀ የተለመደ የህዝብ ጥያቄን የማፈኛ መንገድ ነዉ።ይሄ ብቻ ከዚህ መግለጫ ጀርባ ማን እንዳለ ያመላክታል።
መግለጫዉ “ ከለውጡ በፊት የአማራን ክልል ያስተዳድር የነበረው ‹‹ብአዴን›› በህወሐት አምሳል የተፈጠረ ስለነበር …” የሚል ህዝብን ማጭበርበሪያ አንቀጽ ይጠቀምና የቅማንትን ጥያቄ ሰሞኑን ከተካሄደዉ ሃገራዊ ለዉጥ አንጻር ብቻ እንዲታይ ሲያደርግ የቅማንት ህጋዊ የራስ አስተዳደር ጥያቄ ከ12 አመታት በላይ የፈጀና በክልሉ መንግስት ጸረ ዴሞክራሲያዊነት ምክንያት የተጓተተ እንደሆነ ለማረሳሳት ይሞክራል ። ይሄም ብቻ ሳይሆን የቅማንትን ህዝብ የሚመራዉ ክልል ፓርቲ ብአዴን ( አዴፓ) እስከዚህች ሰአት ደረስ ኦፊሺያል በሆነና እንዲሁም በግል ሁኔታ ከህወሃት ጋር ሃገሪቱን የሚያስተዳድረዉ የኢህአዴግ ፓርቲ እህት ድርጅት እንጂ ከዚህ የተለየ ተፈጥሮም ሆነ ህጋዊ ማንነት እንደሌለዉ የሚያምን ሲሆን መግለጫዉ ግን በዚህ ረገድ የቅማንትን ህዝብ እንደማይወክል ግልጽ ሆኗል።
መግለጫዉ ፍጹም ጸረ-ቅማንት በመሆኑ በመንግስት ደረጃ የተደረገዉን የህዝብ ፍጅት የክልሉ መንግስት ያሰማራቸዉ ወታደሮችና ሚሊሻዎች በሲቪል ኗሪዎች ላይ የፈጸሙት ግድያ እንደሆነ እየታወቀ መንግስት ለምን የሃይል እርምጃ እንደወሰደ በመጠየቅና ተብዳዩን ወገን ወክሎ በመሞገት ፈንታ የግለሰቦች መኖሪያ ድረስ ሂደዉ የገደሉ ሰዎችን ተጠያቂ በማድረግ ፈንታ በቀላል አማርኛ “ግጭት/ግጭቱ” በማለት የቅማንት ና አማራ ህዝቦች እንደ ህዝብ እንደተጣሉ በማስመሰል የተለመደ ማደናገሪያ ይሰጣል; ክቡር የሆነዉ የሰዉ ህይወት በተለይም በማንነት ( ቅማንት በመሆኑ ብቻ) ምክንያት የጠፋዉን ህይወትና ንብረት ባልተገባ ደረጃ አቃልሎ ያቀርባል በዚህም በእጅጉ ጸረ-ቅማንት እንደሆነ ልናሳስብ እንፈልጋለን።
መግለጫዉ በተለይ በተራ ቁጥር 4 እና 5 ላይ “ የቅማንት ህዝብ የሚፈልገው እንደሌላው የኢትዮጵያ ህዝብ የመልካም አስተዳደር፤ የዲሞክራሲና የህግ የበላይነት፤ በአጠቃላይ በሀገራችን መልካም ሰራዓት ሰፍኖ ማየትና የዚያ ስርዓት የጋራ ተጠቃሚ የመሆን እንጅ የተለየ ፍላጎት ኖሮትም አያውቅ፤ ሊኖረውም አይችልም “ በሚል የተድበሰበሰ አረፍተ ነገር ብዙ ዋጋ የተከፈለበትን የቅማንትን የራስ አስተዳደር ጥያቄ ወደዃላ የመመለስ አደገኛ ና ክልሉን ለማያባራ የሰላም እጦት የሚዳርግ ሃሳብ ከማቅረቡ ባሻገር ምንም አይነት የቅማንት ህዝብ ዉክልና ሳይኖረዉ ማንነቱንም ሳያሳዉቅ የቅማንት ህዝብ ፍላጎት ይሄ ነዉ የሚል በራሱ ወንጀል የሆነ ሃሳብ አቅርቧል።የቅማንት ህዝብ የመልካም አስተዳደር፤ የዲሞክራሲና የህግ የበላይነት ሁሉ መቋጫዉ የጠየቀዉ የራስ አስተዳደር ጥያቄ ተፈጻሚነት ሲያገኝ እንደሆነ በጽኑ የሚያምን ሲሆን ለዚህም እስከመጨረሻው የላብ እና ደም ጠብታ ድረስ በህጋዊነት የሚሄድ መሆኑን እናሳስባለን።
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መላዉ የ ኢትዮጵያ ህዝብ እንዲያዉቅ የምንፈልገዉ የቅማንት ሰላማዊና ህገመንግስቱን መሰረት ያደረገ ህጋዊ ጥያቄ ላይ በየትኛዉም ደረጃና ወቅት መግለጫ የማዉጣት ሃላፊነትና መብት ያለዉ የቅማንት ህዝብ ህጋዊ ወኪል (በተለምዶ አጥራር ኮሚቴዉ ) ሲሆን ከዚህ ህጋዊ ዉክልና ካለዉ አካል ዉጭ በቅማንት ስም የሚሰጥ ማንኛዉም መግለጫና ሃሳብ የቅማንት ህዝብ እንዳልሆነና ህገወጥ የሆነ ወንጀል እንደሆነ ለማሳሰብ እንወዳለን። ይሄን ህጋዊ ያልሆነ መግለጫ በማሰራጨት የተሳተፉ የሚዲያ አካላት እስከአሁኗ ሰአት ድረስ በቅማንት ሕዝብ ላይ እየደረሰ ያለውን ዘር ማጥፋት ግፍና ሰቆቃ አንዳችም ሳይዘግቡ ቆይተው አሁን ግን ለዚህ የቅማንትን ሕዝብ ለማይወክል የሀሰት ፕሮፖጋንዳ ( በተለይም የብአዴን ልሳን የሆነዉ የአማራ ብዙሃን መገናኛ ኤጄንሲ/Amhara mass media Agency ና የተለያዩ ድረ ገጾች ) ከዚህ ድርጊት እንዲቆጠቡና በህዝብ ስም የሚደረጉ መግለጫዎች ህዝብን ሊያስቆጡና የሰላም መደፍረስ ምክኒያት ሊሆኑ ስለሚችሉ ተአማኒነታቸዉንና ህጋዊነታቸዉን ሳያጣሩ እንዳያስተላልፉ በ ቅማንት ህዝብ ስም እንጠይቃለን።
በመጨረሻም በቅማንት ህዝብ ህገመንግስታዊ የራስ አስተዳደር ጥያቄ ጉዳዩን በህግ አግባብና ህዝብን ማእከል በሚያደርግ መልኩ መመልስ ያቃተዉ አልፎም የህዝብን ህጋዊ ጥያቄ በጠመንጃና በ አፈና በመመለስ የቀጠናዉን ሰላም እያደፈረሰ ያለዉ ብአዴን ና ግብረ አበሮቹ እንደሚያሰራጩት ጥላሸት ሊቀቡት እንደሚሞክሩት ሳይሆን በሰላማዊና ህግን መሰረት አድርጎ የቀረበ ሰብአዊ ህጋዊ ጥያቄ ነዉ። የቅማንት ህዝብ እንደህዝብ ከአማራ ወገኑ ጋር ምንም አይነት ጸብ የሌለዉ , በሰላምና በፍቅር ድሮም አሁንም የሚኖር ሰላም ወዳድ ህግ አክባሪና ጠንካራ ሰራተኛ ነዉ። የቅማንት የራስ አስተዳደር ጥያቄ “ከአማራ ጋር የመለያየት ነዉ” እና ሌላም ሌላም የሚሉ ጥያቄዉ በህዝቦች ዘንድ ጥርጣሬና ጸብ እንዲያስነሳ አድርገዉ የሚያቀርቡ ወገኖች በጣም የተሳሳተና ከእዉነታዉ የራቀ መሆኑን እንገልጻለን ።
የቅማንት የራስ አስተዳደር ጥያቄ ማንንም የማያገልል አሁን ያለዉ ህዝብ ሳይቀነስ በጋራ የሚኖርበት የሚገለገልበትና ቅማንትም አማራውም አብሮ እንደሌሎች የኢትዮጵያ አካባቢወች የሚበለጽግበት ልዩ ዞን ሲሆን የአስተዳደሩ አላማም ከዚህ ቀደም የቅማንትን ህዝብ ከብሔራዊ ቆጠራ እንደሰረዘዉ አይነት አደገኛ ወሳኔዎች በቅማንት ህዝብ ላይ ዳግመኛ እንዳይፈጠሩ ማስተማመኛ የሆነ የማንነትታችን እዉቅና ማህተም ነዉ።
ይሄን ጥያቄ እስከቅርብ ጊዜ ድረስ የጎንደር አማራ ወገኖቻችን ተረድተዉ ከቅማንት ሕዝብ ጎን በመቆም ጥያቄዉ በሰላም መልስ እንዲያገኝ ሲጥሩ የነበረ ቢሆንም በቅርቡ ከተፈጠረዉ ለዉጥ ጋር በተያያዘ ከላይ የተሰጠው አይነት መግለጫ በሚያወጡ ሰዎች ; እንዲሁም ከቅማንት ኮሚቴ አባልነት በስነምግባር ምክንያት የተባረሩ ነገር ግን በብአዴን አደራጅነት የሚንቀሳቀሱ ግለሰቦች በሚፈጥሩት ችግር ና በተለይም በክልሉ ለሚገኙ ብሔረሰቦች እዉቅና የማይሰጡ ፅንፈኛ ቡድኖች በህዝቦች መሃል በፈጠረዉ ጥርጣሬና ህገወጥ አካሄዶችን ማበረታታት ምክንያት የቅማንት ጥያቄ የመጨረሻ መፍትሄ ባገኘበትና ሁሉም ሰዉ ወደ ሰላምና ወደልማት ማተኮር በሚኖርበት በዚህ ሰአት አግባብ ያልሆኑ የሁለቱንም ወገን ህይወትና ንብረት ያጠፉ ሁኔታዎች ተፈጥረዋል። በጎንደር የሚገኙ አማራ ወገኖቻችን እንደ ከዚህ ቀደሙ በፍጹም ቅንነት ከቅማንት ወገኖቻችሁ ጎን በመቆም ሁሉም የጎንደር ህዝብ በሰላም የሚኖርበት የሚጠቀምበት የቅማንት ህዝብ ተፈጥሮአዊ ህጋዊ መብት የሚከበርበት የቅማንት ልዩ ዞን በሰላም እንዲመሰረት እንድታግዙን በትህትና እንጠይቃለን።

በሰሜን አሜሪካ አዉሮፓና አውስትራሊያ እንዲሁም በሌሎች የአለም ዙሪያ የቅማንት ተወላጆች ማህበር!

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