Jan 07, 2016

Oromo: Documentary on Oromo Struggle Attracts Global Attention

A short documentary titled Oromo Lives Matter, produced in 2015 by the Oromo community in Canada, is gaining worldwide attention online. The documentary aims to create awareness of the human rights abuses against Oromo people in Ethiopia. 


Below is an article by Metro News

According to Mohammed, last year, around 100 young Oromians — mainly students — were shot by the Ethiopian army. They were killed for protesting against the government’s plan to take land from Oromo farmers without consultation or compensation.

He says the Ethiopian government is notorious for using aid money from countries such as Canada to build up the army. “We need the Canadian government to understand that, and to stop unknowingly funding a government that kills its own people.”

The documentary, called “Oromo Lives Matter: The Oromo Popular Resistance Against the Infamous Addis Ababa Master Plan”, was created in partnership by Paula Kirman, an Edmonton filmmaker and human rights activist.

Kirman says she got involved after attending a rally organized by the Oromo Association in December last year.

“I found the project to be really fascinating. Prior to this, I was unaware of what was going on, so I hope the video is effective in terms of educating others about what’s happening,” Kirman says.

The Oromo people are an ethnic group based in Ethiopia, northern Kenya and parts of Somalia. An estimated 5000 to 8000 Oromians live in the Edmonton area.


Photo courtesy of Metro News Canada