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Oromos face chilling oppression in Ethiopia

In Ethiopia they live like animals, relentlessly persecuted, hunted down like games, killed at will and incarcerated en masse. No mercy is shown even to women and children. They are the Oromos — the largest ethnic group, the most marginalised in Ethiopia and arguably one among the most oppressed people in our planet. Despite their numerical majority, the Oromos, much like the Palestinians, are facing xenophobic oppression.

Amnesty International's report on the state of existence of the Oromos, published last year, has been damning. It painted a chilling picture of the brutality unleashed by Ethiopian government on the hapless community to which the country's President, Mulatu Teshome, belongs. The rights group, based in London, said: "At least 5,000 Oromos have been arrested based on their actual or suspected peaceful opposition to the government". And most of them have been "subjected to treatment amounting to torture and other cruel, inhuman or...

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