Public Statement of Oromo Religious Organizations on the killing and injuries that took place at the Irrecha festival in Bishoftu on October 1, 2016
In repose to the tragic events unfolding in Ethiopia, the Oromo religious organizations: Oromo Evangelical Lutheran Mission Society, Oromo Muslim Association of North America, Oromo Seventh-Day Adventist Church of Minnesota, United Oromo Evangelical Churches (UOEC) have issued the attached public statement to express our grave sadness and serious concern about the irresponsible killing and injuries that took place at the Irrecha festival in Bishoftu over the weekend, where thousands of people gathered for annual thanksgiving. The report that government’s troops and a helicopter gunship had opened fire, driving people off a cliff and into a lake, for entirely peaceful expression of opinion, is beyond our comprehension. (Full public statement link here)
We mourn the loss of precious life and express our deep condolence to the family of the deceased.
In this association, we again we would like to express our great concern that Ethiopia is heading toward unrecoverable human tragedy, only because of the irresponsible action of the Ethiopian government and absolute disregard for human life and dignity. Again we call on the Ethiopian government for immediate corrective action, and the international communities, especially the Unites State Government, to take tangible direct involvement to save the nation from further loss of the human life, and serious national and regional destabilization, which wouldn’t be in the interest of all concerned.
We want to encourage and comfort all with the Quote from Martin Luther King, and the Scripture, that we should not lose sight with this tragic event, and not to be swept up into simple bitterness, only united action. “Violence is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all. … Violence ends up defeating itself.’ Martin Luther King.
“Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity, and the rod of his fury will fail.” Prov. 22:8 This evil action of the Ethiopian government is paving a way for the demise of itself, but we, the people, should be united and resolved more than ever to endure with the powerless majority, with one voice: advocating for justice, freedom, liberty, democracy for the Oromo people, and all Ethiopians !!
Oromo Evangelical Lutheran Mission Society
Oromo Muslim Association of North America,
Oromo Seventh-Day Adventist Church of Minnesota
United Oromo Evangelical Churches (UOEC)