Published on May 22, 2013.
Since that time local cattle herders and inhabitants of Mayyu county have taken up arms to defend themselves, occasionally clashing with the Liyu Police militia in the rural areas. The Liyu Police are said to conduct nightly raids into Oromo settlements in the rural areas, essentially engaging in banditry, killing civilians and robbing their property. Since the locals have begun taking up arms and clashing with the Liyu Police, the Liyu Police have reported these incidents to the Federal Police who are now making efforts to disarm the Oromo civilian militia. The inhabitants of Mayyu county sent a delegation of elders and representatives to the Oromiya regional administrations headquarters in Finfinne making contact with the office of Oromiya regional President Alemayehu Atomsa to address the issue. The response which came from the Oromiya regional government was that the elders must disarm their civilian militia. An inhabitant of Mayyu Mulluqe county spoke with the Minnesota based Oromo community radio program and explained the situation of the thousands of displaced people in Mayyu:
“Our people have no access to food, shelter, or medicine. The Regional and Federal governments have not done anything to help us. All the local [OPDO] militia have fled the county. We have managed to find some weapons to defend ourselves, and our militia is currently facing off with the Liyu Police. But the Federal Police are trying to disarm us. They’re searching for armed Oromo civilians as if they’ve seen an antelope. The Federal Police have very close relations with the Liyu Police, they arm and train them. They Liyu Police sometimes travel in Federal Police vehicles in Oromiya region, freely moving in neghbouring districts up to Burqa and Girawa.”3
With the blatant collaboration of the Ethiopian Federal government in the ongoing ethnic cleansing in East Hararge zone, the inhabitants of Mayyu have appealed to communities in the diaspora for assistance. Humanitarian relief efforts are being made online via Paltalk.