Hero of the Bale Revolt for Oromo Freedom Col. Aliyyee Cirrii’s Medical Fund

Posted: Caamsaa/May 16, 2017 · Finfinne Tribune | | Comments

The following fundraising is for Col. Aliyyee Cirrii’s Medical Fund. Col. Aliyyee Cirrii is a lifetime fighter for Oromo rights; his gallant leadership during the Bale Revolt for Oromo Freedom in the 1960’s is widely celebrated and remembered. Click here to contribute now.

Dear friends,

Colonel Aliye Cirri, one of the pioneers and veterans of Oromo resistance movement, is gravely ill and in need of our assistance.
Most of you may have heard of his name from artist Haacaaluu Hundessaa’s 2013 album in which he sings, “Aliyyii Cirriitu beekaa, isaa beekaa, karaa dhombiriin dhukaatee, way dhukaatee…” Haji Aliye Cirri, now in his late 90s, is a decorated Oromo hero, part of the 1960s generation that launched the Oromo armed struggle against the feudal Haile Selassie regime.

Born and raised in Madda Walabu, the cradle of Oromo civilization, Aliye Cirri joined the armed struggle in the early 1960s along with the late General Waqo Gutu. He spent most of his youth and adult age fighting to bring freedom and justice to the Oromo people. He was known among his contemporaries as a fierce fighter, which he proved during the Bale People’s movement, also known as the “dhombir” war … READ MORE

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Qeerroo vs. Foollee - The Need for 'Tokkummaa' through 'Ilaa fi Ilaamee'

This is strictly our observation (at the individual level - our opinion/Editorial). #GadaaFT

In the post #Irreecha2017 season, two groups of Oromo youth are emerging: the red-green-red (revolutionary) Qeerroo, and the black-red-white (evolutionary) Foollee. All used to be loosely referred to as 'Qeerroo;' it looks like this loose term doesn't define everyone anymore.

Earlier this week, we shared the following graphic calling on Tokkummaa between these two Oromo youth groups (see below in the comment-section). And, we also shared a video of the Gadaa culture of "Ilaa fi Ilaamee" in order to indicate the way to Tokkummaa (i.e. discussion for consensus/Tokkummaa). The video can be watched below in the comment-section.

Insults, bullying and other negative tendencies shouldn't be hurled at each other; it produces nothing, but resentments. We have the UNESCO-recognized Gadaa system to be used here: "Ilaa fi Ilaamee" (consensus-building through matured discussion).

There is no right or wrong way to the desired Bilisummaa, but there are different ways. Neither Qeerroo's nor Foollee's approach is right or wrong, but they're clearly different; we're starting to notice through posts on social media.

The fast-change-seekers (the revolutionary) Qeerroo are restless (by nature or choice); the slow-change-seekers (the evolutionary) Foollee are deliberate (by nature or choice). Each person should choose his or her liking and align in the group that suits his or her decisions, then discuss carefully and respectfully to understand each other (not tear each other up to cause distrust and resentments).

Points of conjunction (collaboration) are both groups' stance against the Woyane-inflicted human rights abuses in Oromia, and their love for Oromummaa and Oromia.
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