The Horn Times NewsLetter-July30, 2012
by Getahune Bekele
When the Horn Times reporter Safia Hajji Liben Hajji Roba arrived in northern Kenyan town of Moyale on July 30, 2012, the stench of death was still hanging in the air.
More than 10,000 Borenas who refused to trust the TPLF government’s promise of protection are now refugees in Kenya, just across the border where they feel much safer and protected.
Borena Jarolis (elders) who spoke to the Horn Times accused the collapsing Ethiopian Tigre regime of viewing them as its avowed enemies, and of arming the minority Gerries to attack their clan. According to them, the inflammatory situation was created long time ago by the TPLF.
“We were disarmed by the TPLF regime in 1991 and our weapons were given to the Garries.The Tigres often label us the custodians of OLF and Islamic radicalism, which is not true. We are peace-loving Oromos who lived with the Garries in amity for centuries. Disputes used to be resolved by the elders of both clans,easly reaching concurrence. We were kindred spirits until the TPLF cadres arrived here 21 years ago. Look at what is happening now, Garries are decimating the Borenas. It is a war crime.”
Said Hussein AbdulKerime, 32.
Hussein, his wife and two kids fled to Kenya last night 29 July, when gunmen attacked their village, however, Sheik Liben, a Borena police officer, and his kin Abdul were not lucky.
They were shot and the savagely beheaded while trying to give us a cover to escape,
explains the courtly Hussein, a devout Muslim.
The TPLF regime spokes person, warlord Berket Simon, who seemed to have no compunction about the violent gore, nonetheless, vehemently denied his government arming the Garries, and blamed local authorities for the carnage.
The minority Garries refused to speak to the Horn Times reporter Safia, labling her Borena mouthpiece and a member of Oromo Liberation Front, OLF.
It was also impossible to cross into Ethiopia to see the devastation as TPLF soldiers and Garrie gunmen cordoned off all crossings under the guise of preventing reprisal attacks by the embittered Borenas.
Although the Kenyan Red cross and Red crescent societies put the number of the displaced at more than 10,000,the Horn Times observed thousands sheltering in their relatives homesteads inside Kenya’s Borena villages around Sololo.
Meanwhile, sources with no ties to both clans said the massacre was the work of the ethnocentric TPLF regime.
Moyale is the regions’ only segregated town governed by a mindless Tigre warlord known as Wodi Raya.He divided the town in to two and gave the larger portion of it to the minority Garries while a tiny slice of it went to the majority Borenas.
The Garri side of Moyale has had well armed and inflamed Garri policemen. But when you look at the Borena side, ridiculously, only seven police officers armed with outdated rifles were trying to keep the peace.
“Let’s be brutally honest here. The lethargic TPLF regime hates the Borenas the same way it hates the Amharic.”
explained an Ethiopian business executive who lives in Nairobi-Kenya.
Furthermore, the Horn Times has noted that the Borenas are still commemorating the death of their illustrious leader, Jatani Ali, who was gunned down by TPLF assailant, Gen Hayelom Araya, in 1994 at a hotel Nairobi.
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