Hangaasuu Bilisummaa Journal Volume 1 - Spring 2010

In this issue of Hangaasu Bilisummaa, six papers have been presented. The papers address two principal themes: 1) the voids or missing ingredients in the Oromo national liberation struggle and 2) the TPLF landgrab and its implications on the political, economic, and social well-being of the Oromo.

Three of the papers tackle core problems of the Oromo national struggle: organizational behavioral or cultural challenges, the abysmal state of unity (tokkummaa) of liberation forces, and the ever escalating fragmentation of liberation forces. These interrelated or interlocked issues have been dealt with from different vantage points how they impact on the quest for bilisummaa of the Oromo nation.

Edries identifies issues related to organizational culture of the Oromo liberation forces that impede the progress of the Oromo national struggle. He states an immediate need to overhaul or introduce changes in the way such forces presently run the business of their respective organizations. In this respect, he suggests some best practices that could shape desired organizational behaviors that help advance the liberation goal.

Tajii attempts to highlight how the essence of tokkummaa of the Oromo people and the various Oromo liberation forces has been debased over the years. Within historical context of the race for uniting the people of Oromiyaa and Oromo liberation forces, he shades some lights on successes achieved and failures encountered. At the end, he provides suggested remedies for recurrent problems that have remained bottlenecks for tokkummaa.

In a different paper, Diribaa pin points the primary causes of fragmentation of Oromo liberation forces and why tokkummaa is so difficult to evolve among such forces.

A paper on Saamicha Lafa by Taamanaa Bitimaa discusses the most cardinal and timely issue of the TPLFled Ethiopian regime land-grab campaign camouflaged as ‘Land Lease” to international investors. It exposes sinister motives of the regime behind its land expropriation campaign. It calls for struggle to continue until the Oromo nation reasserts its property right and the right to a country. On a related topic, Diribaa also presents his argument against the so called large-scale land lease. He states the far-reaching implications of uprooting indigenous people on their socio-economic well-being.

In such eloquence, Dhugaasaa portrays the beauty of Oromiyaa in his poem titled “Biyya Oromoo Laalistuu”.