Sidama National Liberation Front News Updates

The Sidama People Must Dismantle The “Special Militia” Discreetly Created By TPLF To Attack The Oromo Nation.
Press Statement by Sidama National Liberation Front (SNLF).
October 16, 2017


The Ethiopian Empire has entered into a new phase of self-destruction under the brutal dictatorship of the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) camouflaged as ‘Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front’ (EPRDF). Having been unequivocally rejected by the majority of the population of the Empire, notably by the Oromo and Amhara nations, as well as the Sidama, Somali, Benishangul-Gumuz, Gambella, and many other oppressed nations of the country, the predatory Tigre ruling cliques have resorted to the most primitive and genocidal tactics of divide and rule. The most vivid manifestation of this has been the creation of special police forces known as Liyu Militia within each oppressed nation with two core purposes: (1) spy on any form of political dissent within each oppressed nation and crush them with brute force; and (2) instigate conflicts with the neighboring sisterly oppressed nations to prolong the TPLF dictatorship.
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The Dictatorial and Predatory Ethiopian TPLF Regime Will Never Succeed in Instigating Conflicts Between The Sisterly Oromo And Sidama Nations!
Press Statement by Sidama National Liberation Front (SNLF).
September 12, 2017


The predatory Tigre Ethiopian Empire is crumbling from within and without. It is destroying itself from endemic economic and political corruption from within. The demise of the brutal regime is precipitated from without by the mass uprising of the majority Oromo nation who are demanding an end to the over a century of political and economic marginalization, and restoration of freedom, justice and self-rule in their vast Oromia land. The Oromo uprising has been continuing since 2015

Instead of answering the legitimate question of the Oromo nation by granting them their inalienable democratic rights to self-determination, the TPLF regime embarked on desperate measures to cling onto illegitimate political power. It has also monopolised the economic aspects of the entire country. The political aspects in Oromia alone included, brutal massacre of over 1,500 peaceful Oromo protesters since 2015; mass imprisonment of over 60,000 Oromo civilians; imprisonments of the entire leadership of the Oromo Federalist Congress including the renowned Professor of Political Science, Marara Gudina and prominent politician, Bekele Gerba, as well as a dozen Sidama political activists including a prominent business person, Solomon Naayu, and Dawassa Daaka, most of whom are languishing in Qilinxo prison today.
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The Sidama and Wolayta Nations Should Reject TPLF’s Divide-and- Rule Tactics.
Press Statement by Sidama National Liberation Front (SNLF)
July 12, 2017


The Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) which usurped political power by military force in 1991, continues to undermine peace, democracy and economic development in Ethiopia. It continues to stifle political participation and basic human and democratic rights among all oppressed nations in the country. After the Oromoand Amhara uprisings in 2015 and 2016, the TPLF regime imposed state of emergency under which it continues to commit abominable atrocities against the Oromo and other nations in the country, whilst the West’s politicians remain obliviously sponsoring TPLF regime, thus doing little or nothing.
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TPLF / EPRDF’s Regime Must Unconditionally Stop its Plot to Indirectly Implement Addis-Masterplan in Oromo land
Press Statement by Peoples’ Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (PAFD)
July 2, 2017


Article 49 (5) of the current Ethiopian constitution recognizes the Oromia’s special interest in Finfinnee (Addis Ababa). According to these rights, Oromia should have had the said interests honored, decades ago. However, in the past 26 years, TPLF’s regime has repeatedly denied these and the other fundamental rights; instead displacing tens of thousands of Oromo peasants from the environs of Finfinnee and the other neighboring villages and districts, as the capital rapaciously expands. Tens of thousands of Oromo civilians have been murdered by the security and armed forces of the incumbent for demanding these rights to be honored. Tens of thousands become destitute beggars in their own ancestral lands; whereas TPLF and its affiliates exponentially increase their wealth in Oromo land, including in Finfinnee..
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15 years have passed since TPLF has committed mass murder of innocent Sidama civilians at Looqqe.15 years later, Perpetrators held top positions in TPLF government
May 24, 2017


15 years ago, TPLF government issued a brazen order to relocate Sidama administration from Hawassa city to another town to take full control of the city which had been cultural, social and administration center of Sidama people for centuries. This daring order created shock and anger among the Sidamas. In response, thousands of Sidama people, from all walks of life planned to stage a peaceful demonstration demanding the reversal of this illegal decision. demonstration day was then set to be May 24 and the demonstration to kickoff at Loqqe village which is located at outskirt of Hawassa city and to be concluded at city's main square later on that day.

In the meantime, the TPLF regime which subjugated the Sidama people to this date, was scheming not only to give the Sidama people a lesson, but beyond to anyone who dares to resist its expansion policy by controlling economic and social institutions in the country. The regime had been committing calculated cold blooded killings of innocent Ethiopian before, but no one was even thinking the government that otherwise supposed to care for people was about to committee mass murder in such scale in broad daylight. This type of massacre has now become a signature of this murderous regime.
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Statement by the Executive Committee of People’s Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (PAFD)
March 30, 2017


The Executive Committee of the People’s Alliance for Freedom and Democracy has conducted its second regular meeting from March 28-29, 2017. It is to be noted People’s Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (PAFD) is the alliance of five political organizations- the Benishangul People’s Liberation Movement, Gambella People’s Liberation Movement, Oromo Liberation Front, Ogaden National Liberation Front and Sidama National Liberation Front. The Executive committee heard the report on PAFD’s activities presented by the chairperson and briefing by PAFD Bureaus; in addition, each member organization briefed the EC about their individual activities. The EC, after hearing the report and the briefings, thoroughly discussed items of the agendas set for the meeting.
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SLF Leadership

አቶ ቤተና ሆጤሶ የሲዳማ ብ/ነ/ግ/ ሊቀመንበርና ከአቶ ደንቦባ ናቲ የድርጅቱ የውጭ ጉዳይ ኃላፊ ከኦ.ሚ.ኔ ጋር የዎቅቱን የሲዳማ ሁኔታን በተመለከተ ያካሄዱት ቃለ ምልልስ፣ ክፍል 2

SLF Leadership

አቶ ቤተና ሆጤሶ የሲዳማ ብ/ነ/ግ/ ሊቀመንበርና ከአቶ ደንቦባ ናቲ የድርጅቱ የውጭ ጉዳይ ኃላፊ ከኦ.ሚ.ኔ ጋር የዎቅቱን የሲዳማ ሁኔታን በተመለከተ ያካሄዱት ቃለ ምልልስ፡ ክፍል 1


The Ongoing Massacre of Oromo Civilians Never Resolve EPRDF/TPLF’s Inherent Malice!
Press Release by Sidama National Liberation Front (SNLF)
February 02, 2017


Since capturing the state power a quarter of a century ago, the TPLF/EPRDF dictatorial regime has monopolized the political governance and embarked on a project of fear, dehumanization, depersonalization, exploitation of peoples’ lands and wealth for its benefit, and systematic enslavement of the citizens of the country. Often changing its color like Chameleons, TPLF/EPRDF has proved its expertise in cheating, deceiving, stealing and more importantly brutalizing its subjects at an unprecedented scale. The regime has maintained its grip on power with barrel of gun terrorizing its subjects day and night. During TPLF/EPRDF 26 years of tenure, it became clear that the grotesque nature of the regime is multilayered and deeper than any person can comprehend.
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Former TPLF’s Cadres Cannot Spearhead the Sidama National Struggle for Self-Determination
Press Release by Sidama National Liberation Front (SNLF)
October 30, 2016


Ever since the Sidama nation was forcefully annexed into the Ethiopian empire by the invading army of King Minelik II 125 years ago, our society relentlessly resisted political subjugation and wanton economic exploitation by the successive regimes. The Sidama society rejected serfdom that reduced our farmers into landless tenants in various forms some of which involved guerrilla warfare against the brutal feudal system. In this regard, the guerrilla warfare led by the Sidama patriot, Takilu Yota in northern Sidama in 1960s unsettled not only the barbaric system of serfdom, but also the very tenet of imperial expansion and annexation. The heroic national resistance led by Takilu Yota was preceded by an equally ferocious armed struggle by Sidama patriots including Lanqamo Naare, Yetera Boolle, Hushula Xaadisso and many others who resisted the return of the imperial land lords after Italy was driven out of the country by the Allied Forces of WWII in 1941.
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The Irreecha Massacre of Oromo Civilians Unprecedented Crimes against Humanity!
Press Release by Sidama National Liberation Front (SNLF)
October 4, 2016


The Sidama National Liberation Front condemns the barbaric massacre of over 700 Oromo civilians by the fascist Ethiopian regime led by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) during the Irreecha festival in Bishoftu on Sunday, 2 October 2016. Over 4 million Oromo civilians from the vast Oromia region gathered around Hora Harsadi (Lake Harsadi) in Bishoftu 40 kms south of the Ethiopian capital, Finfine (Addis Ababa) on 2 October 2016 to celebrate Irreecha. Irreecha is a cultural thanksgiving holiday observed by the Oromo nation. The Oromo people from all walks of life gather on this day to thank Waaqa (God) for ushering them from one season to another. The calendar is determined based on the Gadaa lunar calendar practiced by this ancient Cushitic nation.
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ከሲዳማ አርነት ነቅናቄ(ሲአን) በኢረቻ በዓል ላይ የተሰው ዎገኖቻችንን በተመለከተ የተሰጠ መግለጫ!
October 3, 2016


SLM Press Release


Kenyan Government is Held Accountable for Supporting Ethiopia TPLF Dictatorship and Hunting Freedom Fighters
Press Release by Oromo Liberation Front (OLF)
September 21, 2016


Foreign assistance from foreign countries near and far has helped the Tigirean People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) government of Ethiopia to stay in power unjustly for the last 25 years. Unintentional or intentional, foreign assistance provided to Ethiopia, has made it difficult for the peoples of Ethiopia to free themselves from the imposed orders of the anti-democracy and anti-human rights TPLF regime of Ethiopia.

Because of the current popular uprisings in many parts of the country, the TPLF Ethiopian regime is hysterically paranoid, desperate and callous. In the same way the regime has been protecting its power by force and by begging for foreign support. Now the regime is attempting to enlist the help of neighboring and distant states to save itself from collapsing or to prolong its life. The TPLF regime is using its experience of begging for food handouts also plan to stay in power by soliciting foreign assistance in order to weaken domestic protests, armed and unarmed oppositions. By responding to the sinister invitation from the Ethiopian regime, the Kenyan government has agreed to provide military support and has ordered a joint military operation against the Oromo Liberation Army of Southern Zone.
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The Hawassa Industrial Park a Pretext for Land Grab in Sidama!
Press Release by Sidama National Liberation Front (SNLF)
September 12, 2016


The Industrial Parks Development Corporation (IPDC) of Ethiopia has been building parks in various parts of the country. Hawassa is one of the pilot corridors for this ambitious project which is headed by Arkebe Equbay. Nonetheless, the practices of the IPDC in the Sidama region remains anti developmental for several reasons:

First, the plot for the park in Hawassa, the capital city of Sidama, is taken from the land legally owned by the Sidama Development Corporation (SDC) without consultation and any compensation.
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Desperate Measures of Divide and Rule will not Undermine the Unity of the Oppressed Nations
Press Release by Sidama National Liberation Front (SNLF)
August 21, 2016


The oppressed nations of Ethiopia have never accepted the TPLF minority rule since it purged national liberation movements and country wide opposition political parties from the Transitional Government in 1992. In spite of adopting the most liberal constitution that on paper guarantees the rights of nations and nationalities to self- determination including secession and human and democratic rights of individuals, the regime continues to grossly abuse these rights every single day.

Any nation that demands the basic rights enshrined in the very constitution promulgated by the regime itself is brutalized, its people massacred by the special killing squad known as the ‘Agazi’ forces, and imprisoned and tortured with impunity.
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  SLF Leadership

Oromia Media Network(OMN) ከአቶ ቤተና ሆጤሶ የሲዳማ ብ/ነ/ግ ሊቀመንበር ጋር የተደረገ ቃለ ምልልስ
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July 3, 2016


Ethiopian Army Wantonly Massacres 51 Civilians in Ogaden
Press Release by Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF)
June 8, 2016


The Ethiopian Army wantonly massacred 51 civilians in Jama’ Dubad village near Gashamo town on June 5, 2016. The army indiscriminately opened fire on unarmed civilians in the village centre, shooting everybody in sight, not sparing women, children or the elderly. After the army started the massacre, many villagers run to the local mosque, hoping that they may be spared there. However, the Ethiopian army followed them there, shooting and killing them all. Then, the army torched the village, destroying all property, food and the water supplies of the village.
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The Sidama Nation Globally Marks the 14th Commemorative Anniversary of Sidama Loqqee Massacre
Press Release by Sidama National Liberation Front (SNLF)
May 30, 2016


About six dozen confirmed and several dozen unconfirmed Sidama civilians have been indiscriminately gunned down in broad day lights by Ethiopian armed forces on May 24, 2002 in Sidama land whilst peacefully protesting government’s continued denial of constitutionally guaranteed rights to regional self-administration. The Sidama of all walk of lives have staged on a peaceful demonstration in Hawassa’s outskirts village known as Loqqee, on early hours of the aforementioned date after fully satisfying the constitutional requirements rightly stipulated in incumbent’s constitution whilst undertaking such publically guaranteed democratic privileges.
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Peoples’ Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (PAFD) Categorically Condemns the Past and Ongoing Massacre of Unarmed Civilians by TPLF/EPRDF’s Ethiopian Government
Press Release on the occasion of 14th Commemorative anniversary of Sidama Loqqee Massacre and the Massacre of the other civilians.
May 30, 2016


The repeated massacres and genocides of past 25 years that the TPLF’s barbaric regime has committed on unarmed civilians of all regions-and the ongoing indiscriminate massacres it is committing now are likely to continue unabated for a long time if the peoples in Ethiopia remain fragmented, divided and refuse to take the responsibility of confronting and stopping this criminal regime. Failure to do so has already unquestionably contributed to the longevity of the regime.
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Resolution of the first Congress of Peoples’ Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (PAFD)
March 25, 2016


Peoples Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (PAFD) held its first successful general congress from March 21st to 25th 2016 in Eritrean capital, Asmara. The Congress has discussed the status of our collective struggle in particular, the current situation in Ethiopia, the Horn of Africa and the world in details.
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Press Release by OLF(Oromo Liberation Front)
ዘላቂ ሰላም ለኦሮሞ ህዝብ ጥያቄ ምሊሽ በመስጠት ብቻ ይገኛል!
March 11, 2016

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PAFD’s statement on current deal of the Chinas-Ethiopia- Djibouti Gas Exploitation in Ogaden, Ethiopia
Press Statement by Peoples' Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (PAFD)
March 10, 2016


The Ethiopian government’s “development strategy,” is founded on its policy of leasing millions of hectares of land to foreign investors, regardless of the rights and consequences for the local communities that depend on those lands. Implementation of this strategy as it is observed in Gambella, Oromia, Omo, Sidama and Benishangul-Gumuz involved grave human rights violations including coerced displacement, extrajudicial killings, political repression, and neglect of local livelihoods of the peoples and nations who have historically been marginalized and neglected by the governments. The foundation stone for a new mega gas project was laid on March 3, 2016, by the presence the Djiboutian President. The project is planned to install a natural gas pipeline, a liquefaction plant and an export terminal at Damerjog, Djibouti from the Ogaden as reported by Global Energy. PAFD believes that this is targeting the most vulnerable people on the continent, the Ogaden people.
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PAFD Strongly Condemns the Ethnic Cleansing in Gambella Region
Press Statement by Peoples' Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (PAFD)
February 2, 2016


On January 27, 2016, around 2:00 am local time, ‘special police’ from the regional administration of Gambella aided by local militia attacked Anuak civilians all over the region. Subsequently, the death of more than four dozen of Anuak civilians have been reported; and the indiscriminate massacre of unarmed Gambella civilians is said to be continuing. Moreover, the local militia close to the regional administrator attacked a prison in Gambella town and residential areas by killing more than 8 people and destroying the regional state prison.
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Press release of Peoples Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (PAFD) on the EU’s resolution
Press Statement by Peoples' Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (PAFD)
January 23, 2016


The PAFD extends its most sincere gratitude to the EU Parliament in general and to those who were the sponsors of the Ethiopian resolution, including members from the Socialists and Democrats (S&D), the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) and Greens/European Free Alliance (G/EFA) of the EU parliamentary groups in particular.
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Press Release by OLF(Oromo Liberation Front)
False statement does not deter people of Oromo anymore!(Amharic)

SLM Statement

Press Release by SLM( SidamaLiberation Movement) regarding Ethiopian government brutal action against Oromo Peaceful Protesters and displacement of Sidama farmers from their land at Hawassa


Free a Prominent Sidama Businessman, Solomon Nayu, Kidnapped from His Home in Hawassa, Sidama, Ethiopia.
Press Release by Sidama National Liberation Front (SNLF)
December 14, 2015

In the past 25 years, tens of thousands of Sidama civilians have been unlawfully imprisoned, tortured, and killed in broad day light. Tens of thousands have been displaced from their lands to vacate them for the business corporations owned by the ruling party plunging the Sidama farmers living in these lands into destitution. More importantly, the Sidama nation is continually denied the constitutional right to regional self-determination which is nominally granted to others that are 16 times smaller than the population of the Sidama nation.
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Unconditionally Stop Violence against Peacefully Protesting Oromo Civilians in Ethiopia
Press Release by Sidama National Liberation Front (SNLF)
December 13, 2015

Since end of November 2015, the Oromo high school and university students and wider Oromo civilians across the Oromia region have staged peaceful protests against the Finfinnee “Master Plan” that will incorporate the city and the surrounding areas in the Oromia region inhabited by the Oromo farmers. The students, the Oromo people, and local Oromo opposition political parties condemn the “Master Plan” as a plan for a land grab that will lead to displacement of millions of the Oromo farmers plunging them into poverty and destitution. The Oromo people claim that hundreds of farmers have already been displaced by the scrupulous development plans that have no regard to the indigenous Oromo inhabitants surrounding the city.
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The Ethiopian Government Brutal Army and Paramilitary Police Use Lethal Force against Oromo Students Demonstrating Peacefully
Press Statement by Peoples' Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (PAFD)
December 11, 2015


The Ethiopian government brutal army and paramilitary police are shooting at Unarmed Oromo students demonstrating against the implementation of Addis Ababa land grabbing master plan.

Just over a year ago, TPLF's regime has planned to exponentially expand Oromia's capital, the city of Finfinne (Addis Ababa) under the scheme known as 'Addis-Master-Plan'. This plan aims to incorporate the rural agricultural areas in Oromia state surrounding Addis Ababa. This Plan will totally displace the entire Oromo rural population in the area without their consent. The said plan has seriously angered the Oromo's communities, who went on a peaceful demonstration of opposing the plan. The regimes security and armed forces' unprecedented and violent response to peaceful demonstration has left over 60 Oromo University and high Scholl students and the others Oromo civilians dead, and over 200 wounded.
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Former SLF Chairman and Veteran Fighter, Galfato Feqqa Dome, Passes Away
November 17, 2015


It is with a great sorrow that we learned the death of former SLF chairman and veteran freedom fighter, Mr. Galfato Feqqa, who passed away suddenly with a short illness on November 15, at the age of 79.

Mr. Galfato was one of the Sidama emancipation pioneer giants. He served his people and nation with characteristic devotion, working in various capacities until the time of his death. Galfato served as a chairman of SLF from 1999-2008.

We lost one of the pillars of our freedom fighters. No matter how much we grieve, we cannot bring him back, but we will continue the good work he devoted his life.

Funeral service of the late veteran fighter was held today at 3:00 pm local time at Hawassa, Sidama.

He is survived by his wife and children. SLF would like to express deepest sadness to Galfato Feqqa’s family and Sidama people.


UNPO Welcomes the Founding of Peoples Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (PAFD)
Press Release
October 26, 2015


The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) welcomes the founding of the Peoples Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (PAFD), established on 23 October 2015. This unprecedented political alliance between the peoples of Ethiopia is the result of a two-day meeting held in Oslo, Norway, between delegates of the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), Benishangul People's Liberation Movement (BPLM), Gambella People’s Liberation Movement (GPLM), and Sidama National Liberation Front (SNLF). Acknowledging the need for a united effort to put an end to the enduring repression perpetrated by successive and current Ethiopian regimes, the goal of the Peoples Alliance for Freedom and Democracy is to bring a new just political order for the country based on the consent of all peoples.

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The Founding of Peoples’ Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (PAFD)
Press Release!
October 24, 2015


On October 24, 2015, Delegates of Benishangul People’s Liberation Movement (BPLM), Gambella People’s Liberation Movement (GPLM), Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) and Sidama National Liberation Front (SNLF) met in Oslo, Norway from 22 October to 23 October 2015 to lay the foundation of political alliance between the peoples in Ethiopia and have formed the Peoples Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (PAFD).

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PAFD Public Announcements


The joint organising committee for the celebration of the establishment of the Peoples Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (PAFD) cordially invites you to join the public meeting that will be held on 24th of October 2015 in Oslo at Kanonhallen, Peter Møllersvei 2, and 0585 Oslo. On these public meeting delegate leaders of member organisation of PAFD such as from Gambella People Liberation Movement (GPLM), Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), Benshangul People Liberation Movement (BPLM) and Sidama National Liberation Front (SNLF) will address the people on various issues concerning the Alliance and current political affairs in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa. The five Political forces that are operating inside and outside Ethiopia have created an Alliance which will coordinate their activities in various fields of the struggle in order to achieve the rights of all oppressed peoples in Ethiopia. Be part of this occasion and take part in shaping the future by being taking part in the candid, dignified and constructive discourse about the peace, stability and democracy of the Horn of Africa in general and Ethiopia in particular.

Date: 24.10.2015; Time: 14:00 (PS: Timeliness is appreciated)
Avenue: Kanonhallen, Peter Møllersvei 2, 0585 Oslo
How to reach Kanonhallen: Bus number 31 (the nearest bus stop is Loren), or Tram- 17 (the nearest tram stop is Sinsen Terrace).

Declaration of the Establishment of the Sidama National Liberation Front (SNLF)
The SNLF Coordinating Committee
October 18, 2015

In light of the extremely precarious situation that the Sidama people and other oppressed peoples find themselves in at present, two Sidama political organizations, namely, the Sidama Liberation Front (SLF) and the Sidama National Liberation Organization (SNLO) agree to establish an umbrella organization whose main objective is to mobilize and lead popular struggle for selfdetermination of the Sidama nation. The umbrella organization shall be named The Sidama National Liberation Front (SNLF).
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SLF Leadership

Betana Hotesso, Sidama Liberation Front chairman and Denboba Natie, secretary of United Sidama Parities for Freedom and Justice discuss current political situation in Sidama with Esat TV


Ethiopian Destruction of communities along the Somalia Border
ONLF Press Release
May 31, 2015

Sidama, Oromo and Ogaden

The Special killing squads of the Ethiopian Regional Administration in Ogaden called the Liyu police, which is funded, trained and armed by the Ethiopian government has committed genocide in the villages near Shilaabo district of Ogaden along the Somali border, killing hundreds of civilians and burning several villages. Among the dead are more than 50 women, children and the elderly, who were wantonly cut into pieces. The epicentres of these massacres were the villages of Lababaar, Xaadh Xaadh, Xindhowreed, and other villages towards the Barmagoog and the Somali border near the Gal-Mudug region. The killings started on the May 26 and are still on going. Read the full text here...

Ogaden National Liberation Front, Oromo Liberation Front and Sidama Liberation Front Alliance for Peace, Democracy and the right of Choice
Joint Statement regarding the Fake Election in Ethiopia
May 25, 2015

Sidama, Oromo and Ogaden

The Ogaden National Liberation Front, The Oromo Liberation Front and the Sidama Liberation Front categorically state that the so called elections held in Ethiopia on May 24, 2015, was not an expression of the democratic will of the all the peoples in Ethiopia. All Nations in Ethiopia were bullied and coerced into participating and electing specially selected candidates from the ruling party- EPRDF. Furthermore, in order to ensure that no “rogue voter” chose to disobey the ruling party edicts, the regime made sure that party operatives solely controlled the polling stations in all regional states, such as Ogaden, Oromia, Sidama and other rural communities. Read the full text here...

13 year Anniversary of Looqqe Massacre of 2002 is remembered across the globe by Sidamas and peace loving international community
May 24, 2015

Looqqe Demonstration

On May 24, 2002, the EPRDF\TPLF rapid response army without provocation slaughtered unarmed and peacefully demonstrating Sidama civilians in Looqqe village, a few kilometers from Hawassa town. Lives of many innocent Sidamas cut short with heart breaking cruelty. Even though a decade has passed, pain and misery are still fresh not only for victims’ families but for the whole sidama public. Read the full text here...

The EU parliament members, SLF and other Ethiopian opposition leaders held a conference on upcoming Ethiopian election


On April 23, 2015, members of EU parliament and Ethiopian opposition leaders including SLF have convened a high level conference entitled ‘Cartoon Democracy - Authoritarian Rule and Election’ at the European Parliament in Brussels. The vice chairman of SLF, Betana Hamano, has made a speech by analyzing past and current political climate in Ethiopia generally and in Sidama particularly that is leading to the upcoming election. Read the full text here...

The Sidama Owned Small Businesses on Fire in Hawassa
Press Statement by United Sidama Parties for Freedom and Justice
February 24, 2014

It’s with deepest sadness that the United Sidama Parities for Freedom and Justice (USPFJ) express its hear felt condolences for the Sidama small scale business owners in Hawassa city New market place ‘ Addis Gebeya’ for loss of lives and property. The source of the fire has not yet been confirmed.

The incident took place on 21 February 2015 at 7 pm local time. The Fire has been left on to burn for over 2 hours. The Sidama business community who have set up these new businesses in this particular place over a decade ago had registered their plots of lands as they have been pushed away far from the city centre to give room for investors from other parts of the country.
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SIDAMA LIBERATION FRONT Stance on the Upcoming Election in Ethiopia
February, 2015

In countries, like Ethiopia where the deceased cast ballots from the grave and TPLF members can register fake names all over the voting centers across the country, it is astonishing why people even bother to vote? Why people waste their times and resources to cast their votes that will disappear into thin air at the end of voting day? The only outcome of Ethiopian election is publicity for the regime as if there is legitimate of election process, while the reality is harassment, arrest, poisoning, and even murdering opposition candidates and members.
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HRW Accuses Ethiopia of Journalist Crackdown Ahead of Elections
January 22, 2015

A new report by Human Rights Watch accuses the Ethiopia's government of systematically cracking down on media ahead of the May 2015 elections. The report, released Thursday, details how Ethiopia has restricted independent reporting since 2010. Researcher Felix Horne says there are patterns of government abuses against independent journalists.

“After articles are written, harassment comes from government officials, security officials and cadres in the form of threatening phone calls and SMS messages [text messages] and in person visits trying to get the individual to tone down the writings to comply with government perspectives on different issues," Horne notes. "The next level is threats and harassment against family members, quite often arbitrary detention to intimidate and to pressure the journalist into censoring their writings. If that doesn’t work, the next step seems to involve criminal charges.”
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Badesa Fokora, a Sidama man dies over no treatment rule in South Africa
By Lawyers for Human Rights
November 24, 2014

Ethiopian refugee Badesa Fokora has died in a Johannesburg hospital after suffering double kidney failure and being refused treatment for it, despite the fact that he had been lying in a hospital bed for a month. Although doctors at Helen Joseph Hospital in Johannesburg were aware of his life-threatening condition, they refused him treatment on the basis that he was not a South Africa citizen.

Fokora was told that as a non-South African, he did not qualify for a place on the hospital’s chronic renal treatment programme, which involves dialysis and an organ transplant. The hospital refused to treat him even after Fokora’s family said that they would contribute to the costs of the treatment.
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Press Release by Gambella Nilotes United Movement
October 24, 2014

Gambella Nilotes United Movement (GNUM) strongly condemns the Ethiopian government’s ethnic cleansing plans and act by creating conflict between highlanders and the indigenous people of Gambella. The massacre of Mezenger tribe since September 11/2014 is increasingly spreading to all villages of Godere zone by criminal and illegal highlanders supported by EPRDF national defence forces. Along the border between Gurafarda District (SNNPR of Ethiopia) and Godere District of Gambella all Mezenger villages were destroyed by Ethiopian National Defence following the campaign of the government to eliminate all Mezenger people from their ancestral land.
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The Sidama Nation Across the Globe Mark 11th Year Anniversary of Looqqe Massacre

On a very bright morning in Sidama land, on May 24, 2002, between 10:30 and 11:00am local time; the Sidama people of all walks of life staged on a peaceful and non-violent Demonstration after fully exhausting the constitutional requirements that is needed to undertake such an activity. Carrying the leaves of trees and Ethiopian flags, the demonstrators peacefully started to march towards their capital city, Hawassa which is located at the distance of about 3 km from where they have been planning to hold the said peaceful demonstration when they were encountered with deliberately targeted barbaric acts after they have nearly travelled about a kilometre from the point they were gathering.
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The Sidama Liberation Movement (SLM) Withdraws from the Ethiopian Local Elections amid Widespread Rights Abuses!
Press Release by United Sidama Parties for Freedom and Justice (USPFJ)

April 14 2013-The 14 April 2013 local government elections in Ethiopia have been marred by widespread abuses of the representatives and supporters of the Sidama Liberation Movement (SLM), which remains the main opposition political movement in the Sidama region. The SLM accuses the regional and Sidama EPRDF cadres of continued intimidation, harassment and persecution of its representatives and supporters during the period leading up to the elections.

The SLM members in all 19 districts of the Sidama administration who were nominated to contest in the stated elections have often been arrested and imprisoned for prolonged period of time to intimidate them and deter them from contesting the elections. The elected SLM representatives were barred from freely campaigning in the Sidama region. To the astonishment of the Sidama people and in an outright contempt to any democratic principles, Duka’le Lamisso, the Vice Chairperson of the Sidama Liberation Movement continues to languish in EPRDF jail in Hawassa. The hope for his release to campaign for the local elections was dashed as the EPRDF regime chose to unleash further crackdown on the remaining elected officials of the movement. Read the full press release by clicking here....


Ms. Kebebush Kawisso,former member of Ethiopian parliament and recently defected to US, has conducted an interview with Addis Dimts radio.Click here to listen the interview. or visit here Addis Dimits radio broadcast on 2/23/2013


Dawassa Daaka,one of many Sidama Prisoners of conscience. Dawassa survived Kilinto prison fire last year, but still languishing in TPLF jail.

Ella 24 ni 2002 m.d, sidaamu daga kadonsa  ku'litara daronna bandeera amadde looqqetenni ka'e hawaasira tintanna Itophpheyu mangistenni hajajantino uridenni duuchchu manni luubbonsa hooggino, mitoho mannimansa gawajjantino, mitu usurantinno,wolootu loosunni shorrantino.Ikkolana kayini xa geeshsha halaalu yoo diamantino.

Letter to SNNRG president Dese Dalke
by Anonymous

The EPRDF cadres in South Ethiopia continue to commit crimes against humanity in Sidama: Cry the Beloved Country!
by Hawassa Teessonke

Quest of the Sidama People(Amharic)
by Donna Doonka

The Sidama Students in Universities: A positive Role played in contemporary Political Realities
by Kinkini Kia

A Personal Response to Irresponsible Interview Made by “Judge” Firehiwot Samuel with Awrabatimes on October 24/2012
by Busha Rabbisa

Thoughtless Individuals Will Never Impede the Progress of Sidamas Regional Self Administration?(Amharic)
by Giwoommona Gimbi

Who is Representing Sidama?(Amharic)
by Nomona Noto

Constitutional Collision over Ethiopia’s Suppression of the Sidama Regional Question
by Hawassa Teessonke

Sidamas Will Attain the State of Regional Self Adminstration(Amharic)
by Naxi Hameesso

Any Decision on the status of Hawassa Administration and the Sidama Regional Question without Referendum will remain Illegal
by Hawassa Teessonke

Implications of the Election of the new PM from Southern Ethiopia on the Sidama Regional Question- A Brief Analysis
by Hawassa Teessonke

The Political Economy of the Sidama Regional Question: Overview
by Hawassa Teessonke

Why Regional Self-Administration?(Amharic)
by Addisu Kadis

Wallelign Mekonnen on the Question of Nationalities in Ethiopia
by Side Goodo

Ethiopian Tyrant Should Not Be Lionized
by Thor Halvorssen and Alex Gladstein

Who is Shiferawu Shigute?(Amharic)
by Anonymous

Regional Self Adminstration is a Basic Right of any People
by Hawassa Teessonke

Siife-Nebelibal Radio Interview with Vice Chairman of SLF, Mr. Betana Hotesso.


Quotes from Great Sidama Heroes

Aliito Heewano“Ille’ya diamaxxeemmo; La’anna shiiyye’e; Ille’ya amaxxummoro, dagganoo ilamara gedensu bushanno.” 

English translation:'I do not cover my eyes; kill me while I am watching; If I do cover my eyes, it would be devastation for generations to come'.  

Taklu Yota :  "Koo! mannu taaloho!Massangeenna gulufoottohu dirri; Massagoottohu gulufi; massagssiisoottohu massagi".

English translation: 'All men are equal! the one who are riding guided horse, dismount; the one who are guiding, get up on it; the one who ordered the guiding, do it yourself '.