How Ethiopia's Abiy Could Deal with Tensions in the Oromia Region

The crisis in Oromia Regional State -  the homeland of the Oromo people - is complex, serious and multi-layered. Left to fester it, certainly will become intractable, result in large-scale violence and undo PM Abiy's wobbly transition. The assassination of Hachalu Hundessa - a singer and symbol of Oromo pride - triggered a bout of violence and protest, the worst since PM Abiy came to power in April 2018. State-driven violence is a major contributor to localized violence in Oromia. Aggressive and hostile policing, mass arrest of activists, indiscriminate and disproportionate use of lethal force to quell protests have all combined to create a combustible environment of siege that stokes counter-violence, writes Rashid Abdi for Addis Standard, and offers some solutions to the situation.


Haacaaluu Hundeessa’s music has given sound and voice to the Oromo struggle.

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