The Oromo migration revisited

According to M. D. W. Jeffreys, writer of “The Wanderers”, the derogatory term “Galla” is translated as ‘immi- grant’, guest or outsider. The group of people who used to be referred-to by that name, however, prefer to call themselves ‘Oromo’, meaning, “the strong men”. I have therefore replaced this term with Oromo, and put it in bracket so the reader would know what used to be in it’s place on the documents i’m referring to. With the post below, I hope to show how fitting the later title is for Ethiopia’s Oromo children – past & present.


Professor Getachew Haile’s “‘Yeabba Bahriy Dirsetoch Oromochin Kemimeleketu leloch senedoch gara’ (The Works of Abba Bahriy with Other Documents concerning the Oromo – 2002), is primarily a new edition and translation into Amharic and English of the work “Zenahu le-[Oromo]”, a Ge’ez study of Oromo society and Oromo migration into central Ethiopia in the sixteenth century… an important firsthand account of the social structure of the pastoralist Oromo and the impact of their migration on the existing agrarian communities of Central Ethiopia.”

9 thoughts on “The Oromo migration revisited

  1. LOL the made up story of stupid monks like Bahrey and Aleqa gelemelay demonizing Oromos should not pass as “History”. There was no “Galla migration” but everybody knows that Abyssinians migrated to Ethiopia from Yemen. See the HISTORY page on this site and also this post.

  2. I don’t honestly know how many people care about who migrated where as much as the condition we are all in now. I think there’s no wonder the newer generations in Ethiopia care nothing about the past because it has been twisted and turned again and again by so many parties to fit their political purpose. Besides, who cares about all that when they’re living on one meal per day.

  3. Oromos are the natives. The immigration was a revolt against the church. that was why they went all the way to Axum (galla wara 1611).

    Ethnically, Tigre, oromo and amhara and probably the majority of ethiopians are from the same stock.

    For more read about Genome; it renders a new perspective

  4. Who are you? An emotional and subjective personality or do you possess a noble and critical mind? What you write give more important clues to future debate. But your presentation is more emotional. This makes you miss essential points in your arguements. Would you reconsider that?

  5. Habasha/Amaara means ‘people with no genealogical history or history of whatever, bastard, sons of urine, sons of prostitute, sons of orgasmic semen, sons of sensation’. In modern sense ‘people with identity crisis’. The greatest injury one is to inflect on you is to call you ‘Habasha’ or ‘Amaara’.

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