"Oromo, Amhara Interests?"
By Daniel Teferra (PhD)
September 13, 2017

"Oromo, Amhara Interests?"

Dear Editor,

I read an article, entitled “Can Oromo, Amhara interests be reconciled?” which was posted in your esteemed website on September 4, 2017.

I am afraid that the article is misleading.  For instance, it tries to portray the struggle for state power among identity politicians as if they represent the interests of the Oromo, Amhara people.   

In fact, the people of Ethiopia, whether they are Oromo or Amhara, are more alike than different. No matter which ethnic group they belong to, they are subject to the same material, political and psychological needs.

During my visit to Ethiopia last year, I had a chance to chat with a peasant farmer in Sidama. I was speaking to him in the local language of Sidaminya, but the farmer was speaking back in Amharinya.

 I asked the farmer why he was not speaking in Sidaminya. “I am first an Ethiopian,” he said. “I just want to raise my family.  It has become very difficult to survive in this country,” he added.

The writer tells us that the problem of Ethiopia is “a clash of two historical narratives.” He, therefore, recommends that Oromo and Amhara identity politicians should come together to resolve the problem.

However, that has nothing to do with the question of human survival, articulated by the Sidama farmer.

People in Ethiopia as elsewhere would like to exercise their natural right to work and survive. The so-called identity politics is the least of their concerns.

All the best,  

Daniel Teferra (PhD)

Professor of Economics, Emeritus

All the best,  

Daniel Teferra (PhD)

Professor of Economics, Emeritus


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