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Tesfaye Gebreab Ye Gazetangaw
Dear DMV Oromo People, brothers and sisters and friends of Oromo
people who are following the writer and journalist Tesfaye Gebreab
situation. as you may all know, the Oromo community of
Washington DC is deeply heart broken by the sad news
that is spreading across the social media for the past couple of
weeks. It is very sad and heart
breaking to know that one of our brother Tesfaye Gebreab has also
become a victim of Oromophobia and lost the economic benefits that
he should have gotten from his new book, "Ye Gazetangaw Mastawashya."
He decided to share his Original copy of the book for free without
any economic benefits after putting so many efforts and hard work;
just to stick to his principles and to safeguard his moral
However, We the Qubee
generation of Washington DC
have managed to Organize a fundraising event at 811 Upshur St Nw, Washington,
Oromo center on Friday October 18th 2013 at 7:00pm just to cover
some of his losses. They offered him to publish his book excluding
Chapter 7, and they agreed to pay him what they estimated around
35,000 to 40, 000 US dollars. However, Tesfaye refused to take the
offer when they say he has to remove Chapter 7 of the book because
it means bowing down to the immoral demands of the Oromophobians and
advocates of practices of censorships. He could have agreed to
publish the book without Chapter 7, collected his money and still
released free copy of chapter 7 to his readers, but he did not want
to do that because as a matter of principle it amounts to agree to
the practice of censorship which is one of the oldest and ugliest
means of hampering or obstructing the freedom of expression.
They did not want to publish the story because, after all, it
is the story of Oromo people, the people they have been oppressing
and disrespecting since the creation of Ethiopian State.
I do not have words to express my admiration to this writer and
journalist. Nevertheless, by now most of you readers have understood
that chapter 7 was not written to achieve some kind of grandiose
evil intention as some Amharic Speaking Elites wanted to convince
us. That story was narrated by one of our brother. That story was
real and it really happened to one of Oromo girl named Chaltu
Midhaqsa. What Tesfaye did was just write it in readable and
presentable Amharic language and nothing more. That is our story.
Most probably the most mitigated story because of so many social and
political reasons. Where is Tesfaye’s evil intention to create
conflicts in their “Emiye Ethiopia” then?
Why Tesfaye has to be blamed because he simply writes what lifes
look like for our people in their own cities like Horra Finfinee.
However, we are not writing this post to question who should be
really blamed for what happened, but rather to say thank you to
Tesfaye Gebreab for making our voice heard and to Organize a
fundraising that will somehow cover his lost benefits. it is mind
boggling for someone to write a masterpiece and suddenly his hard
work is not rewarding or even pay back the amount of money he has
spent writing the book , so it is up us to let him know that his
works and contribution to the Oromo society isn't easily forgotten.
For those of you who couldn't make it on the listed day fundraising
events you can drop by Oromo center at any time between Friday and
Saturday and leave your supports with your name on it. Tesfaye made
Oromo peoples voice heard, and we as a community have to return the
favor...For more info contact Jafar
All Oromo form USA, Europe, Australia want
to support Tefaye Gebreab.