Hijab for Aanolee, Please! – Melaku Girma

AanoleeThe ‘Trojan Horse’ is from a Greek mythology where the Greeks in their last resort to break into the well-guarded city of Troy, came up with an idea of a horse like statue. As the deceitful statue, hid with soldiers, was entering the city, there were Troy residents who suspected trickery insisting that the gift be burned before it brings a curse. But, their suspicion fell on deaf ears and rather they were considered as paranoid. The Trojan horse was then placed on prime real estate inside the city of Troy until the hidden soldiers, lurch out of the statue and open the gates of Troy for the Greek army waiting outside to enter the city and carry out all forms of atrocities known to men of the time. The paranoid of Troy, a priest said “I fear the Greeks even those bearing gifts” and here I am crying “I fear this Monument – Aanolee and the concept behind it.”
The basic information about the monument was posted on Awrambatimes with the heading, Aanolee Memorial Monument colorfully inaugurated in Arssi on April 8, 2014. It adds that it was a tribute to the Arssi Oromos who were victims of the Emperor Menelik’s imperial expansion in the nineteenth century and that the inauguration was attended by high level federal and regional officials in Hetosa, Arssi, 150 kms southeast of Addis Ababa. Per H.E Muktar Kedir, it was constructed at a cost of twenty million birr to commemorate those Oromo heroes and heroines who were cruelly massacred for strongly resisting the then oppressive regime. The monument shows a severed hand stretched upward holding a women’s Breast. At the inauguration Mohammed Jilo, Head of Oromia Culture and Tourism Bureau elaborated on the need to make the monument a tourist attraction center.
I, for one, would not dare to take a position in history without testing arguments behind issues of the time because my principle is to question every representation of historical events for validity. Equally important, our attempt to understand the prognosis of history before us and the nature of the event that took place in the past, should be dealt with neutrality and freedom from bias based on ethnic or other hidden considerations. Every historical event need to be tested for reasonableness, depth and frequency before arriving at a conclusion about a particular phenomenon, as proper representation of an event or personality. To me, Oromo refers to the thousands of people I personally know and respect as Fathers, Mothers, Brothers, Sisters, Friends, Grandfathers, Grandmothers, Children, Heroes, Religious Leaders, Musicians, Sportsmen, Politicians, Soldiers, Scientists and more. An ethnic name is so sacred and I wish I was not forced to be speaking in terms of this very special collective noun, since an error committed would be multiplied by millions. I will, therefore, try to be cautious in sharing my point of view without causing any harm to communities so that we see the colossal conceptual mistake in the monument, and may be, correct the situation for our common good.
The purpose of this article is not to make a determination as to whether or not the breast mutilation in fact occurred. My idea, however, may help as additional criteria in determining the validity and the magnitude of the accusation that there was a breast mutilation. I strongly believe that our perception of how and who committed the atrocity has significant implication to our future as a nation. There are fellow Ethiopians who strongly state that their ancestors were victims of the breast mutilation act, and given the fact that the area around the horn, including Somalia is known for various similar cultures involving body mutilations as fulfillment of cultural duties, it may be irrational to refute the allegation completely. What I can say here at this moment is, express my sympathy for the women alleged to be victims of breast mutilation and demand that our historians and anthropologists study the issue further, including any atrocity that may have been committed by Arssi Oromos also, so that we have a balanced picture of what happened with in the religious, social and political framework of the time, again with honesty and impartially.
Most Africans agree with me that European writers have a tendency to exaggerate if an issue is one that supports their racist theory that Blacks or Africans are inferior or barbaric in nature. Equally, the narrations by recent Eritrean writers remain questionable without genuine answers to the following questions. Why are they so keen on issues that antagonize Oromos from the rest of Ethiopia? Do the Christian highlanders of Eritrea have a culture of body mutilation in Hamasene, Serai, or Akale Guzai? If their response is not in the affirmative then my second question would be, if there is no such culture among Eritrean highlanders, then why would it exist in Tigrai, in Gonder, in Gojam, in Wollo, in Wollega, or in Showa? Most Christians revere Saint Mary, a women, and somehow these cultures place special significance to women in general because of this Mary – Women connection. Hence, I don’t see this society going that far, practicing breast mutilation as an acceptable method of punishment of women. I am not indulging in a denial and what I am only saying is, in order to assess the true extent of what happened, we need to examine the cultures and personalities accused of the atrocity. I am not fantasizing the idea that there are no criminals among the Christians. The challenge here is the appropriateness of this caricature that Emperor Menelik, an Orthodox Christian, had body mutilation as a sanctioned form of punishment to Oromo mothers, and that this is a proper depiction of the Emperor who had an Oromo first cousin, and who among other things gave us Adwa and a railway in the nineteenth century.
Let me give you another issue that could be a wonderful dish for similar characterization. Nowadays, it is common to listen to news broadcasts about the Ogaden Liberation Front accusing the Ethiopian forces of rape and other atrocities. But, how much of such accusations are true? Doesn’t that somehow hurt our deeper feelings as Ethiopians since rape is culturally a taboo? Will it be far from the truth we, Ethiopians, regardless of our ethnic background or political beliefs agree that more than 99.99 % of Ethiopian soldiers would abhor and denounce rape of any form? Are we really insane to believe that the soldiers used rape as a sanctioned form of punishment or it is a better description of the army today? Just because there has been such incidents, per the accusations, can somebody make a foolish generalization that the late Prime Minister Meles or Prime Minister Haile Mariam was/is rapist?
US statistics shows that there is about a quarter of a million rapes each year in the US and that it occurs every two minutes. Assuming there is no repeated assault by a transgressor, the rapists make about .08 % of the population. From this we can deduce that there is a chance for less than .08 % of Ethiopian army to comprise rapists. No army can escape this statistic be it American or Eritrean. There are rapists in Ethiopia and Hanna Lalongo is in our recent memory. My point? Body mutilation is a similar atrocity of a different score and, if it happened, the reason will only be either because some members of Menelik’s forces or administration were from a culture that practiced body mutilation as a form of punishment or there were some who were psychologically sadistic. Studies on sadistic behavior talk about sadist percentages in a population based on cruelty to animals, and I believe, if the percentage of sadists is expressed with cruelty to human and especially with women, it will even be smaller.
What was the intention of Emperor Menelik’s expansion? Do we see him as an Emperor who had a desire to build a bigger empire that could resist European colonialism or an evil whose objective was to annihilate a particular ethnic group(s) the way Hitler targeted and mass murdered the Jews? Considering the composition of Menelik’s army and its leadership, I doubt, if the Aanolee war could even be seen as a war between Oromos and Non Oromos because Menelik’s army comprised a significant percentage of Oromos of all ranks. My ancestors in the south must have lived through the era of Menelik’s expansion and maybe they were unhappy about it. But, as a result of Menelik’s action, we are not only a country but the only Independent African nation that defied European Colonialism. What was the antitheses or the inaction of Menelik to people in the southern Ethiopia? Wouldn’t an inaction of Menelik mean the annexation of the southern Ethiopia with the British Empire as part of Kenya or Somalia? Do I wish that I were a Kenyan or Somalian, in the first place? What were the atrocities of colonialism that the Kenyans went through including the Oromos in Kenya? Is there anyone who has the gut to argue the fact that with the current interpretation of ethnicity, Emperor Haile Selassie and President Mengistu were nothing but Oromos who ruled Ethiopia for a continuous sixty one years? Every thesis has an antithesis! As a believer in Pan Africanism, I say, Menelik’s expansion was a necessary evil to defeat colonialism at Adwa, the way chemotherapy is for Cancer. Please note, I am not referring to breast mutilation!
If Anole is to be remembered, it will be wise to tell the story of the warriors who challenged Menelik’s army. Who were the generals that lead the resistance against Menelik? What were their institutions that helped them fight for years? What was their ideology, religious identity or ethnic identity? How and where did they get the armament that helped them endure that long? How high was the determination and bravery of the Arssi fighters? How many did they kill and how much damage they endured? The correct perspective is to recognize the heroes that fought Menelik even if they lost the war. To me, that is the bigger picture that needs to be capitalized, which adds pride in us, be it as Oromos or Ethiopians. The warriors and their horses should be the centers of the monument than a view of a sadistic act that misleads generations depicting Arssi Oromos as hopeless victims who were even unable to protect women; so convenient politically to demonize Emperor Menelik and may be, instigate vengeance. The correct way that builds Ethiopia as a nation is talking about success anecdotes for the present generation to follow, not a story that only transpires hostility and revenge among citizens. It will be a service to generations if the monument was about the role of Oromo women in defending what they consider at the time to be theirs, be it religious or ethnic identity. What was the role of women in providing at least material and morale support? How did they express bravery? It’s better to be talking about the contribution of Arssi women or a heroic act than hinging on a controversial sadistic scene. I suggest that we look at the grace of “Mother Russia Statue” built commemorating the over a million lost at Siege of Leningrad, during World War II. Also see how Europeans portray their mothers on “Statue of Liberty” as a comparison with our active intent and choice to denigrate our ancestors on either side of that conflict.
I see a lack of knowledge or information about Mastofact or Mazophila behaviors, and a public display of a women’s body, of what westerners would call an ‘R’ rated “soft porn” is an indication of our degeneration as society. Is it culturally acceptable to portray our grandmother’s naked body on a cenotaph and talk about tourism? What kind of tourism will that be? Oromo mothers I know are very decent and give special attention to morality, and the private part of women is not subject of a public scenery. The same applies to Oromo fathers. Considering the fact that the majority of Arssi inhabitants are believers, it seems strange, if the monument is in fact an idea agreed on by the people. With my very limited knowledge of the religions in the area, I am aware that there is a practice of “Hijab”. I believe Islam and Christianity have so much in common. You will see the concept of hijab even with in the Orthodox Church as women cover most parts when attending Sunday mass. Although the two religions practice hijab differently, there is common understanding about what modesty represents. So isn’t the content of the monument somehow obscene? Why was this basic value of the majority in Arssi compromised? I would like to understand how that community interprets modesty and how its value interacts in shaping peoples reaction or judgement of a statue made of one of the most private parts of a women, especially that of our ancestors. Wouldn’t this modesty be a hypocrisy of both Moslems and Christians ,if we expect women to cover their head while offending everyone culturally and religiously by allowing this offensive statue stand right there for everyone to see, I wonder if the area is off limits to children? I really want to hear from Muslim and Christian leaders in Arssi and beyond about the place of the statue given our belief, culture and decency. And what is going to be the reaction of the future generations to such a highly offensive image? Does that help or impede the peaceful coexistence of Ethiopians? What were the driving forces of the recent tragic killings in Arbagugu, Bedeno, Cheleko, Garamuleta, etc.? What fueled that level of hatred, beheading even a one year old supposedly Amhara child, 1991 Arsi? Were there any lessons learned from the recent actions of Nelson Mandela? How constructive is it to go back over a hundred years only to bring what could only be a reflection of the very worst in us? How does that make us better than those who lived a century before us?
Every Ethiopian should have nothing but sympathy for the alleged Aanolee victims in Ethiopia because confirmed or unconfirmed, women breast mutilation is sadistic. At the same time we should be cognizant that there are groups that use ethnic conflicts to their ultimate but hidden agenda. The Aanolee war is one of the many wars Emperor Menelik fought in the process of forging the present day Ethiopia. We need to reconsider the good intention of the Emperor and his multi ethnic army along with the diverse cultures represented there. It is illogical to believe that, body mutilation was a punishment to Arssi Oromo sanctioned by Emperor Menelik whose circle comprised Negus Teklehaimanot, Ras Gobena, Ras Mekonnen, Ras Mengesha Yohannes, Ras Alula, Fitawrari Habtegiorgis, Dejazmatch Balcha etc. These were not only our ancestors, but the cornerstones of Pan Africanism sprout from Ethiopianism of that century. The breast mutilation act should be seen as an isolated cruelty of either a person of culture that practices body mutilation or a Sadist, definitely not a legacy of Emperor Menelik. I believe it is ok to commemorate the warriors who resisted Menelik’s expansion, and there are a number of ways to do that; statues of confederate soldiers are still observed in the US. The theme of Aanolee’s story should be the strength, courage and heroism of the people who fought against Menelik’s expansion and that would be an addition to Ethiopian heritage. I don’t believe the Aanolee monument is in par with the culture and beliefs of the Arssi Oromo in particular and Ethiopians in general. The monument will only let a sadistic act linger in our minds, and I don’t see a point in letting this perverted act continue poisoning our relationships, here in the twenty first century. The monument is obscene, immodest and immoral that only infuriates the present and future generations. I don’t see any reason other than ensuing or perpetrating bitterness, risking our very peace and continuance as a country, and may be serving as a cause for our own demise, like the Trojan horse. This could be annoying to those who are already captivated by a rage for vengeance on a century old controversial incident, but I urge that this serve as my humble appeal to my fellow Ethiopians for correction.
The monument is indecent self-deprecation, and I say, Hijab Please!
Melaku Girma
Atlanta

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  1. Dear Ato Melaku;
    Before the Annole Statue wear Hijab, I think the Axum Monument that resembles an erected Penis has to be covered or wear at least a boxer. As you know or claim the Axum statue has been there, naked, for thousands of years. Comment on the Axum statue before you jump into Annole or Chalanqo monuments/statues.
    Thanks

  2. Dear Ato Melaku;
    Before the Annole Statue wear Hijab, I think the Axum Monument that resembles an erected Penis has to be covered or wear at least a boxer. As you know or claim the Axum statue has been there, naked, for thousands of years. Comment on the Axum statue before you jump into Annole or Chalanqo monuments/statues.
    Thanks

  3. Please Hijab for Menelik statue on our land finfinnee. Any body who say menelik, menelik on our ear always remind us our million people this monastery killed.The Habasha mentality is ” Glory to killers and shame to victims”. The only we forget Menelik is when we do not see his statue in finfinnee. If you think for the future relation, remove it or at least cover it with SHEMA.

  4. Please Hijab for Menelik statue on our land finfinnee. Any body who say menelik, menelik on our ear always remind us our million people this monastery killed.The Habasha mentality is ” Glory to killers and shame to victims”. The only we forget Menelik is when we do not see his statue in finfinnee. If you think for the future relation, remove it or at least cover it with SHEMA.

  5. Melaku,
    Your article is rubbish,
    What is the point? Did any Oromo attack any Amhara because of the statue? Didn’t, in fact, Oromos move on and are struggling against the TPLF? Isn’t the struggle now for democratic right rather than talk about vengeance for thins that happened over 100 years ago? Haven’t people who are more articulate than you already raised this question?
    The answer is the monument stays. Not to sow any bitterness, but to refer to it as historic marker. Nothing more. I wish you had something better to do with your time that try to ‘address’ a non-issue.
    Cheers

  6. Melaku,
    Your article is rubbish,
    What is the point? Did any Oromo attack any Amhara because of the statue? Didn’t, in fact, Oromos move on and are struggling against the TPLF? Isn’t the struggle now for democratic right rather than talk about vengeance for thins that happened over 100 years ago? Haven’t people who are more articulate than you already raised this question?
    The answer is the monument stays. Not to sow any bitterness, but to refer to it as historic marker. Nothing more. I wish you had something better to do with your time that try to ‘address’ a non-issue.
    Cheers

  7. I agree with you Sir.This is I believe political motivated fabrication to marginalize and persecute Amhara ethnic. I believe strongly this is designed and engineered by EPRDF on purpose to humiliate Amhara and to create hatred between Oromo and Amhara. EPRDF ideology is based on hatred, division, ethnic, tribe.
    I can not say I am 100% such thing did not happen. But what about if it happens ? Many atrocities committed in apartheid south Africa where black women were mated with dogs? But ANC has not built monuments of dogs mating with black women.
    If that is the case then Gragn Mohammed has burnt 400 000 churches and he beheaded 2 million orthodox priests? The Christian Ethiopians lived in caves and mountain tops for 26 years? Do we have to build monuments then for the 400 000 churches burnt? Do we have to build monuments for the 2 million priests beheaded by Gragn over 26 years? Do we have to build monuments for the 26 years living in caves?
    You do not have to be include Christians to be neutral. You have to be honest and tell the truth Sir. Christian did not do anything wrong as far as I know. The Christians welcome Islam in the early 7th century in Axumite where they welcomed Mohammed’s followers. But they did not went back and they came back and open war on on axumite kingdom and which led Ethiopians axumites to go to the middle east.
    After Gragn invaded the country and burnt everything including people, they have to fight back for 26 years to take back their land from the invader and terrorist Gragn Mohammed. After that whatever being done is done to avoid any further Islamic terror again. The Christians never went out to harm or burn or behead anyone.
    EPRDF is doing on purpose to Islamize Ethiopia and to discredit, humiliate, accuse, marginalize the Christian Amhara he hates most. I doubt this story has any basis. It is designed to discredit or marginalize the group of people called Amhara. I have read extensively about Ethiopian history until the 50 000 years. I never came across that story in any Ethiopian book history.
    Even if it happened, there is merit in erecting a monument for it unless some people have interest in it and they wanted to use it for their own agenda. Today is the 21 century and we must not be forced to go back to the 20th century and live behind time.
    I call monument an evil, cynical design to sow hatred among Ethiopians just for some people to stay on power for long and that is it. It is a political design, has no benefit for the young generation. It is a political investment to separate the people so that to weaken Ethiopia by hatred, mistrust, to destroy their unity, and their National feelings.
    I assure you that the Christian did not do anything as far as I know and I do not want you to lump with any religion that can not match them in doctrine. Our faith is based on pure love, and our ancestors never invaded anyone or cut heads or breasts because it is against the doctrine. I know this culture is done only Southern Ethiopia like the Guji tribe in some part of the Ethiopia where they cut penis and other part of body. There is no such culture in the Christian Ethiopia because it is our doctrine. The Eritreans are writing such thing to create or to divide Ethiopians and to sow hatred between Oromo and the rest of Ethiopians. The aim of EPRDF and Shabia is always the same to weaken Amhara because it is known the Amhara are crazy with the love of their country and they Shabians and the woyanes are trying to destroy that nationalism within Amhara. The woyanes wanted to make they will not be dislodge by the Amhara and they wanted to rule until Jesus comes. The Eritreans wanted to make sure the Amhara will not come back again because that will mean the Amhara claiming Eritrea back to square one. As such I believe this breast cutting is fake unless someone show me hard evidence. I will never trust anything done by EPRDF because EPRDF can do anything for political purpose.
    Dear writer, do not be affraid the truth. Tell the truth and if anyone does not like the truth, it is their problem.

  8. I agree with you Sir.This is I believe political motivated fabrication to marginalize and persecute Amhara ethnic. I believe strongly this is designed and engineered by EPRDF on purpose to humiliate Amhara and to create hatred between Oromo and Amhara. EPRDF ideology is based on hatred, division, ethnic, tribe.
    I can not say I am 100% such thing did not happen. But what about if it happens ? Many atrocities committed in apartheid south Africa where black women were mated with dogs? But ANC has not built monuments of dogs mating with black women.
    If that is the case then Gragn Mohammed has burnt 400 000 churches and he beheaded 2 million orthodox priests? The Christian Ethiopians lived in caves and mountain tops for 26 years? Do we have to build monuments then for the 400 000 churches burnt? Do we have to build monuments for the 2 million priests beheaded by Gragn over 26 years? Do we have to build monuments for the 26 years living in caves?
    You do not have to be include Christians to be neutral. You have to be honest and tell the truth Sir. Christian did not do anything wrong as far as I know. The Christians welcome Islam in the early 7th century in Axumite where they welcomed Mohammed’s followers. But they did not went back and they came back and open war on on axumite kingdom and which led Ethiopians axumites to go to the middle east.
    After Gragn invaded the country and burnt everything including people, they have to fight back for 26 years to take back their land from the invader and terrorist Gragn Mohammed. After that whatever being done is done to avoid any further Islamic terror again. The Christians never went out to harm or burn or behead anyone.
    EPRDF is doing on purpose to Islamize Ethiopia and to discredit, humiliate, accuse, marginalize the Christian Amhara he hates most. I doubt this story has any basis. It is designed to discredit or marginalize the group of people called Amhara. I have read extensively about Ethiopian history until the 50 000 years. I never came across that story in any Ethiopian book history.
    Even if it happened, there is merit in erecting a monument for it unless some people have interest in it and they wanted to use it for their own agenda. Today is the 21 century and we must not be forced to go back to the 20th century and live behind time.
    I call monument an evil, cynical design to sow hatred among Ethiopians just for some people to stay on power for long and that is it. It is a political design, has no benefit for the young generation. It is a political investment to separate the people so that to weaken Ethiopia by hatred, mistrust, to destroy their unity, and their National feelings.
    I assure you that the Christian did not do anything as far as I know and I do not want you to lump with any religion that can not match them in doctrine. Our faith is based on pure love, and our ancestors never invaded anyone or cut heads or breasts because it is against the doctrine. I know this culture is done only Southern Ethiopia like the Guji tribe in some part of the Ethiopia where they cut penis and other part of body. There is no such culture in the Christian Ethiopia because it is our doctrine. The Eritreans are writing such thing to create or to divide Ethiopians and to sow hatred between Oromo and the rest of Ethiopians. The aim of EPRDF and Shabia is always the same to weaken Amhara because it is known the Amhara are crazy with the love of their country and they Shabians and the woyanes are trying to destroy that nationalism within Amhara. The woyanes wanted to make they will not be dislodge by the Amhara and they wanted to rule until Jesus comes. The Eritreans wanted to make sure the Amhara will not come back again because that will mean the Amhara claiming Eritrea back to square one. As such I believe this breast cutting is fake unless someone show me hard evidence. I will never trust anything done by EPRDF because EPRDF can do anything for political purpose.
    Dear writer, do not be affraid the truth. Tell the truth and if anyone does not like the truth, it is their problem.

    • What we should be saying please remove Menelik statue from our land Finfinee. Not Please Hijab for Menelik statue on our land finfinnee.

  9. If we talk about porno, I think the Axum monument is the worst. It looks like a penis with good erection. So, the Axum monument has to be removed or covered before the Anole statue. I don’t think that the author of the article had paid attention to this.

  10. If we talk about porno, I think the Axum monument is the worst. It looks like a penis with good erection. So, the Axum monument has to be removed or covered before the Anole statue. I don’t think that the author of the article had paid attention to this.

  11. I agree with your appeal that we should not focus on the negative aspects of our history. On the other hand, there is a strong tendency to cover up the atrocities committed by emperor Menelik. I think you are also mistaken on the intentions of the emperor. As far as I understand him, his main intention right from the beginning was not nation building but rather consolidating his personal power. He did commit atrocities not only in Arssi, but in different parts of the country including northern Ethiopia. What we need now for real reconciliation in our generation is not covering up the atrocities and blunders committed by Menelik II, but rather discussing openly all his positives as well as negatives so that every body gets a relief because the wrongs done on his ancestors are openly and officially admitted. As far as I understand, the genesis of major national problems, including the Eritrean problem, arise as a result of the actions as well as inaction of the Emperor. If the people on the side of Menelik insist in covering up his crimes, then they are doing nothing good for their country, except exacerbating the difference and division. The prerequisite for reconciliation is admitting the truth and may be the concerned body asks for apology on behalf of the emperor. Then will come a true reconciliation and looking forward. Otherwise a it will be a country built on false history, always afraid that the truth may come out some day and focussing on suppression and cover up instead of real development tasks. Now enough is enough for cover up and suppression by the N-Neftegna….

  12. I agree with your appeal that we should not focus on the negative aspects of our history. On the other hand, there is a strong tendency to cover up the atrocities committed by emperor Menelik. I think you are also mistaken on the intentions of the emperor. As far as I understand him, his main intention right from the beginning was not nation building but rather consolidating his personal power. He did commit atrocities not only in Arssi, but in different parts of the country including northern Ethiopia. What we need now for real reconciliation in our generation is not covering up the atrocities and blunders committed by Menelik II, but rather discussing openly all his positives as well as negatives so that every body gets a relief because the wrongs done on his ancestors are openly and officially admitted. As far as I understand, the genesis of major national problems, including the Eritrean problem, arise as a result of the actions as well as inaction of the Emperor. If the people on the side of Menelik insist in covering up his crimes, then they are doing nothing good for their country, except exacerbating the difference and division. The prerequisite for reconciliation is admitting the truth and may be the concerned body asks for apology on behalf of the emperor. Then will come a true reconciliation and looking forward. Otherwise a it will be a country built on false history, always afraid that the truth may come out some day and focussing on suppression and cover up instead of real development tasks. Now enough is enough for cover up and suppression by the N-Neftegna….

  13. This statue of hate is the most disgusting and embarrassing monument in the history of man kind. This statue was built by the false propaganda of the ardent enemies of Amhara people like SHABIA OLF and TPLF to incite Orimos against poor Amharas
    What is embarrassing is the silent of Hodam Amhara elites and Amhara Historians who could expose these lie of Menilik cutting breast, these useless Amhara elites have all kinds of evidences to prove Menilik did not commit such un Amhara culture of brutalizing Women
    Amhara people never ever had a culture of killing women drifting wars

    • You want to hide your dark history, but there are a people who do not let you that to happen. The current generations are smarter than you are. They will expose your dark history and let all the people to read and know what had happened.

  14. This statue of hate is the most disgusting and embarrassing monument in the history of man kind. This statue was built by the false propaganda of the ardent enemies of Amhara people like SHABIA OLF and TPLF to incite Orimos against poor Amharas
    What is embarrassing is the silent of Hodam Amhara elites and Amhara Historians who could expose these lie of Menilik cutting breast, these useless Amhara elites have all kinds of evidences to prove Menilik did not commit such un Amhara culture of brutalizing Women
    Amhara people never ever had a culture of killing women drifting wars

    • Asha Mengesha, are you happy that your ancestors are so coward and they killed a weak woman too? Have you ever heard what morality means. It is women breast and disgusting ancestors of you.

  15. Well said Mr Melaku,
    Only the ill read amature politicians of hatred would want to indulge in such divisive agenda.We Ethiopians should focus more on our common ground than entertain narrow nationalists and anti Ethiopia outsiders/Eritreans,Egyptians…/.
    It should be understood to all that EVERY nation on earth was created as a result of war, no one was asked peacefully or democratically to be a member of the union .War was the only means and Ethiopia is no exception, there was war among all ethnic groups, this is undeniable fact,the breast mutilation and rape as a means might be of extreme exaggeration of facts but there was war and bloodshed.
    Only the innocents would want as to believe that the Oromo expansion all the way to Tigray was civil and without bloodshed.
    Let’s teach our children our common assets not our differences.

    • There is no such thing Oromo expansion all the way to Tigray was civil and without bloodshed. Oromo people were in their own land. You invaded our land before you come from south Yemen and some from North Sudan Tigrai was Oromo land and Aksum was oromo Kallu constitutional place. You take all our cultures and you made it yours, but we will never forget it.

  16. Atrocity propaganda
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atrocity_propaganda
    “falsehood is a recognized and extremely useful weapon in warfare, and every country uses it quite deliberately to deceive its own people, attract neutrals, and to mislead the enemy.’ Harold Lasswell saw it as a handy rule for arousing hate, and that “if at first they do not enrage, use an atrocity. It has been employed with unvarying success in every conflict known to man.
    One such story was that German soldiers were deliberately mutilating Belgian babies by cutting off their hands, in some versions even eating them. Eyewitness accounts told of having seen a similarly mutilated baby. As Arthur Ponsonby later pointed out, in reality a baby would be very unlikely to survive similar wounds without immediate medical attention.
    Other reports circulated of Belgian women, often nuns, who had their breasts cut off by the Germans. A story about German corpse factories, where bodies of German soldiers were supposedly turned into glycerine for weapons, or food for hogs and poultry, was published in a Times article on April 17, 1917. In the postwar years, investigations in Britain and France revealed that these stories were false.

  17. His majesty Menilik the Second was as kind as a grand mother. That’s why he was called “Emye Menilik” roughly means “kind like my mother”.
    Atse Menilik was simply a visionary hero leader that has changed the course of the world history.
    His ideals on gender equality was amazing. His wife Etege Taitu together with other women were playing a crucial role in social, economic, political and military affairs of the country.
    He was a devoted Christian. Even when he goes to war or make a decree, he always did it with sincere prayers and respect to the Almighty. He is known in extending mercy even to his enemies when he captures them.
    Atse Menilik was indeed a king for all. All Ethiopian ethnic groups were represented in his government. He tried to introduce civilisation and modernise Ethiopia. His history speaks for itself and nobody can change that.
    My Oromo brothers and sisters need to have fear of God and stop fabricating false and derogatory things that could at the end of the day harm them as a society.
    I have noticed many of the so called qubee generation suffering from lack of knowledge. The way they reason shows immaturity and the way they express themselves is not in line the good Ethiopian-Oromo culture. The sad thing is there are no enough Oromo scholars to educate them and modernise their thinking and ability to express themselves.
    I expect any human being to have self respect. That is the basis for love and peace.
    Finally, I would like to thank Ato Melaku Girma for doing your part in writing this article.

  18. You people from North, are you normal? look at what you preach day and night on impty groung:
    1. remove Annole and calenko monuments
    2. Use Geez alphabet in Afan oromo
    3. Ther is no country called Oromia
    4. No federation based nation and nationalities
    5. we are all people called ethiopians and we have 3000 years history
    6. we ethiopians vote on oromo, Ogaden, gambella, Sidama…..together
    7. if not for Minilik your names could be Mrs. John and mr.John more interestingly tewaldenal Gebremesgelna welete mesqel teseyimachuhal.
    8. Areboch metu etc…..dont you feel shame?
    “Eingida kesenebete yegeza betu yimelewal” Ato tekele Bishew nachew (Moresh wegene)sile welqait guday laysi tsifu yalut ene aydelehum. Hulum bota yihe neger yiseral!!!

    • If u fucken sick OLFites are not willing to live in peace we will send u back where u come from 300 years ago and we will take Shewa and Wollega as this 2 provinces were traditionally an Amhara land before your barbaric people took them afer comitting Genocide and if you stuck with this disgusting statue l. Amhara and other extinct people of Enarya and Damot who were annihilated by Oromos need a statue
      When the Time comes Amhara people will rise and take over their land Wollega and Shewa

      • Do you know where you have come from before you open-up your mouth about indigenous Oromo people? Where you belong is south Yemen. We will return you back to south Yemen, if you keep opening your mouth. Let alone Shewa and Wollega, Bahir Dar is Oromo Land, Just because our ancestors made historical mistake to leave Bahir Dar to you. That is why are barking like this. The truth will come out soon or later.

        • Don’t worry Amhara people will show u when the time comes fucken cowards we know you u run away when u hear a gun fire an Amhara militia can deal with you guys, we know how TPLF surrendered 40’000 OLF savage troops with out firing a gun
          Amhara people have been tolerating the barbaric OLFites for long when the time comes it won’t even take as a month to liberate the whole Oromiya to send.u back where u come from and you are claiming the whole Ethiopai lol kkkk idiots u will see how the fire going to burn u once u declare ur stupid Oromiya

    • You talk about 3000 year’s history you lived, but there are a people who lived there before you 100,000 years or more. We know from your history you just want to take someone’s land. That is past you will never ever get that any more. You better shut-up.

  19. I think the Axum monument is for the organ cut from the people who came from Habasha to invade the Cushitic civilization. Therefore, Hijab for erected pen88 fist. The breast is just normal and not sexual and embarrassing compared to the Axsum pei888.

  20. Melkamu,
    You must be a TPLF agent working to divide Ethiopian and divert our attention from the on-going anti-TPLF struggle. This is not our main concern at this time.

  21. People, people come on! There is nothing wrong with this particular statue unless one has ulterior motives and hate incitement in mind. I have seen worse and ugly statues with fully erected male genitals and unveiled female parts in European old cities. They call them genius art facts, historic figures, etc. and so on and tourists flock around every day. Personally, I detest to see such things, but if the owner societies warship them, it their business. Second, I think the writer has no best intention when he chose this point. Even the title its self is not innocent. It sounds offensive and mean. Why he chose the Arabic “Hijab” word instead of “Cover” unless he was not trying to repackage some kind of current and rampant Islamophobia issues? Third, it is up to the Oromo people and Arsi natives, in particular, to decide of whatever they see as historically or artistically valid and fit about their past. And lastly, those who are trying to defend Minelik’s marauding armies and warlords of 19th centuries or even Haile Silassie’s army, you either natural fools, pretending something or your regions were not affected at all. As a Somali ethnic origin myself whose community were at the receiving end of those invasions and attacks, let me tell what they used to do in those exploits and expeditions: they used kill, loot, pillaged and burn on their way wherever their descended an area. I personally witnessed these crimes during Haile Selassie’s rein during my childhood. I rarely heard of rape cases, but they commonly used to torch whole villages, uprooted communities, burn farms, shot or loot livestock. They used to do such cruel things because their rules of engagement of war were loose with minimal supervision and training. They also used to do these acts for purely policy and political ends. On top of that, they were poorly or not paid a penny by Menilik as his impoverished empire could ill-afford it. His army lived on the victims and on the land as they see fit. This was particularly true for those communities seen as adversaries or practicing different culture and faiths like Irracha, Islam, etc. But I would suggest to all of the haters and ethnic and religious bigots to let bygones and let us move on now!

  22. What we needs not to entertain and indulge ourselves with our opinions and ideas but to examine ourselves and find out who we are. Only then what you do speaks louder to others.
    A genuine self-understanding is the beginning of wisdom and a way to intelligence.
    Thank you all.

  23. What we need is not to entertain and indulge ourselves in our own opinions and ideas but to examine ourselves and find out who we truly are. Only then what we do speaks louder to others than our pages and pages of writings or talks. A genuine self-understanding is the beginning of wisdom and a way to intelligence. Thank you all. – See more at:

  24. The amhara people online please do not comment any thing about oromo online. My family is the victime of OLF.do you remeber amhara in bedeno?so i beg all mahara gondere and shewa ,bulga minjar merabete gojame all of you are the defender and protector of of amhara .please do not comment about oromo.keep it in your heart.like endeabatochachin!!!moya belib new.yemayinega mesiluat biquan arachiw. …

  25. It is a public indecency. Insult to Oromos and all Ethiopians. It is ugly and barbaric. Very negative and insult to the civilization of Ethiopians.

  26. This person must be tplf agent who is saying my family is the victims of OLFdo you remember amhara in bedeno. What this does it mean? Oromo people is not fascist they are democratic people. Those crimes have been committed by tplf fascist full stop. The enemy of Oromo people tplf and their agents what they have done to amhara in bedeno and to Oromo massacred everywhere by tplf. It is tplf work and who did it. Do not open up your mouth and you have no right to talk about olf. olf is the heart of Oromo people, If you do not like olf go somewhere else where have come from, When it comes to Oromo people. Oromo people are a lion that do not scared or afraid of any one. It is the work of tplf it so obvious and clear you know haven’t you seen what they have done to our brothers and sisters in Gambela,the massacre so pleas shut –up.

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