Posted: Ebla/April 9, 2014 ·
(OPride) – Hundreds of thousands gathered in Hetosa, Arsi zone of Oromia, the largest of Ethiopia’s nine federal states, for the unveiling of the Aannolee Cultural Center on April 6, 2014, local media reported.
The cultural center houses the Oromo Martyrs’ memorial monument, an ethnographic museum and a mural. Standing several inches on top of a tomb, the monument shows a severed hand stretched upward holding a women’s breast, also severed. It is erected as a tribute to the Arsi Oromo whose hands and breasts were mutilated by 19th century Ethiopian emperor Menelik II.
Located 150kms from the capital Addis Ababa, Aannolee is a site steeped in Oromo history. As Madda Walaabuu stood as the cradle and greatness of the Oromo, Aannolee came to represent its humiliation. For centuries, the Oromo were organized under an egalitarian Gadaa system. It was at Aannolee that power transfer took place among generations of Arsi Abba Gadaa leaders under Odaa Rooba, one of the five Gadaa Oromo assemblies.
HegereeMedia/OPride: “This reproduced video was first taped in 2007 in Minneapolis, MN, during an event by Oromia Youth Association (OYA); the aim of the event was to revitalize the Oromo history through history lectures and discussions. Great appreciations goes to Drs. Abbas H Gnamo and Mohammed Hassen, and Mr. Bizuwork Balla.” -HM