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International Oromo Women’s Organization (IOWO): Request for Urgent Action! Stop genocide act on Oromo people. #OromoProtests December 27, 2015

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Odaa OromooInternational Oromo Women's Organization

IOWO: Request for Urgent Action!


December 25, 2015

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Tel: (202) 395-2020

Subject: Request for Urgent Action.

Dear Mr. President Barack Obama:

I am writing this appeal letter on behalf of the International Oromo Women’s Organization (IOWO), a Non-Profit, Non-governmental Organization established to promote gender equality and be the voice for the voiceless.

You may remember IOWO’s appeal letter of January 20, 2012 with your reply on April 9, 2012. This IOWO letter was requesting to take necessary actions to prevent the disasters of currently happening in Ethiopia.

To prevent such disaster, I wrote another letter to your Excellency on May 30, 2015 requesting discussion on the possible solutions with policy makers.

Again we telling the fact that, as far as Ethiopian government continues like this no one will benefit except more disasters and creating long term instability in the horn of Africa. As a result we cannot maintain our American’s interest in the region.

Here are few examples what the Ethiopian government (TPLF) doing and we are celebrating Christmas in such situation as a descendant from that country, while you are sending us Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays message. We thank you for your good wish for us.

The brutal crackdown against peaceful Oromo protesters in Ethiopia by the Agazi Special Squad and Liyu Police (special police force) continues unrelieved in different parts of the regional state of Oromia. Reports coming from all around Oromia indicate that Oromia Regional State is already under siege. Accordingly, the Agazi Special Squad has been deployed in all parts of Oromia regional State with heavily armed guns and security forces engaged in indiscriminately killing, raping, torturing, and kidnapping the local people from their homes and on the streets ranging from elementary school age to old age, men and women, boys and girls, students, human right activists, Medical professionals, farmers, business people, singers, and journalists.

Currently, any Oromo from all folks of life are under the command post of TPLF commanders.

Example in picture.

Agazi security forces beating Oromo women, children)


Among the victims, the famous young female Oromo singer Hawii Tezera was detained and tortured.

According to Gadaa.com news, she was detained and tortured by the Ethiopian Federal police for releasing Afaan Oromo music that criticize the Ethiopian government’s action of killing peaceful Oromo protesters. Her music was released on December 15, 2015 and followed the release of her music she was detained and tortured.

The following photos show her tortured body. (photos from Gadaa.com).
Femal Oromo singer Hawi Tezera tortured  by Agazi security forces in December 2015
Oromo singer Hawi Tezera tortured  by Agazi security forces, December 2015
Oromo singer Artist Hawi Tezera

According to Gadaa.com, even though she temporally released by the intervention of the Oromia State Police, she has a fear that she could be imprisoned and tortured again.

Hawii is one example that we can see her tortured body among thousands of Oromo people imprisoned.

More than one hundred Oromos killed across Oromia over the last three weeks protests. Here is the example in picture how the government forces fire life ammunition to the protesters.

The USA government is the major supporter of the Ethiopian government since it came to power and has powerful influence in the region.

We request the US government:

  1. Exert pressure on Ethiopian government to stop genocide act on Oromo people.
  2. To re-evaluate the policy relation that the American government has with such brutal government of Ethiopia,
  3. To stop military support to Ethiopian government,
  4. To support the criminals to bring to justices
  5. To listen the voice of the oppressed people.



Dinknesh Deressa Kitila
IOWO Board Director



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