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  1. Genemo
    Genemo says:

    …some just cease living, quite few dwell beyond that….

    T here is an Oromo saying ” Duutii duruu jirtii haara miti, gariin uffi irraa du”aa, gariin saba irraa du”a”. Means death is natural and not new. Some cease living, and yet there are quite few that leaves a rift in a nation (plain translation). Taye is such a man whose death leaves a great rift in the life of those who struggle to assert their natural being-humanity, in general and that of the Oromo in particular.
    To me and so many of my kind, the Oromo, he is a friend, someone you would always turn to when it seems there is no way out. He is a teacher aware of his burden of passing the legacy of his ancestors to the young and the future generation. He is like a good book you wouldn”t stop reading. He is a motivator who would help you, rise from the depth you have fallen in- at times when the struggle for freedom seems dark.

    He is not perfect though. A man full of emotions! He is not that dry politician, who would deliver speech without sentiment. But a guy that is one of us- who when he talks of the misery of his people, at home and in the refugee camps of deserts of east Africa, would weep tears of agony. He is a man you hardly miss his message- even at times when words desert him. Emotions being overrule him. He is not that hypocrite diplomat, who would flip words to get you on his side, but his directness and honesty would inspire you to be honest to yourself. Honest to your cause.

    It”s too early to speak of him in a passive language. His cry for the righteousness of the wretched people of the Oromo is laud. His dreams are alive. The flame of hope he carried on his road is still in relay, and continue to be, as long as freedom is not at home with us. His departure- a walk in to eternity never happen unnoticed. We are already feeling the pain. He leaves back a big-sized pair of shoes whose most of our feet fall short to fit.

    We wouldn”t be hopeless any way. The legacy he inherit us, as most of our heroes before him did, would keep us going. “Laga sadeet gamati, Bara sadeet lamati” (Even if we have to cross eight rivers, and have to wait two-fold eight years (two Gadaas) his soul will see the bright day this nation one day is there to see.

    His departure is painful. But he stays among us and teaches us to survive this one too.
    We would like to say thank you Taye, for being what you are and being with us for such a long time and yet too short to leave us just in the middle of the road”.

    For those of us who are feeling the pain of loss of a man who goes out of his way to serve the cause of his people”let his love for his fatherland keep us going. Let live the dream we share. Let his departure serve as a force of unity. Now it”s up to every one of us to keep him alive beyond his physical departure.

    ” for Aster, Wajee and Abichu our heart is with you. Let the Almighty who gave you the opportunity to share your life with this man be at your company at this darkest time in your life. May God”s Mercy be on him.

    Soreti and Genemo
    Darmstadt, Germany, April 2008

  2. SBO(VOL)
    SBO(VOL) says:

    A short Life History of obbo Taye Teferra Guuma

    Taye Tefera was born on October 15, 1948, to his father Teferra Guumaa and his mother Chaltu Birru, at Waajeti Suphee district, Ghimbi Zone, Western Oromiyaa. He began his primary schooling at Harrojji Agamsaa. He completed elementary education at the Aqaaqi Adventist Mission School in 1964. He attended secondary education at Aqaaqi and Kuyyeraa Seventh Day Adventist Mission High Schools and graduated in 1968.

    After the completion of High School Education, Taye was employed at Ministry of Community Development as a social worker. He also worked at Empress Zewuditu Hospital, Jos Hansen Pharmaceutical Company and Coesfeld. While employed full-time, Taye attended the then Emperor Haile Selassie I University Extension program and graduated in 1970, with a Diploma in Social Works.

    While still in High School, Taye became conscious of the oppression of the Oromo nation by the Abyssinian government. As a result, in 1968, he joined the Mecha-Tulema Development Association and became active member. As a member of the Association, he assisted the Haile Selassie I University student movement, with printing and distribution of opposition leaflets against Feudalism and the Imperial Monarchy and contributed to the struggle that led to the downfall of Emperor Haile Selassie”s monarchy and the subsequent abolition of the feudal system. Due to his active and militant participation in the anti-monarchy struggle, Taye was arrested by Imperial security forces.

    Shortly after he was released in 1971, Taye fled Ethiopia and arrived in the Sudan after walking for 8 days. Taye lived in the Sudan as a refugee from 1971-1972. In 1971 he was admitted to Khartoum University as guest student. In 1972, he joined the Pan African Movement in Khartoum University. Once again, Taye”s activism put him at odds with Sudanese authorities.

    As his safety became critical, Taye decided to leave Sudan; and went to Bulgaria to seek political asylum there. When he arrived at Sofia Airport, his luggage with all personal belongings and documents were confiscated by security force. The then Bulgarian government, which had good relation with Ethiopia, not only denied Taye refuge, but also via Cairo, deported him back to the Sudan. The Sudanese Government also deported Taye back to Cairo and Cairo upon arrival sent Taye to Syria. Syria sent Taye to Stockholm (Sweden) and from Stockholm he was sent to East Berlin. The next night he was dropped in West Berlin. Then he was brought to the Diakonie (“Morgenländlich Mission”) where he cleaned floor for boarding and meal. During this time Taye applied for a refugee status and was granted 1973.

    In Berlin, after he completed the German language courses, Taye worked for Krone and Albrecht KG from 1973-74. In 1975, Taye joined the American University of Maryland in Berlin to study criminology. In the same year he married Aster Gemeda. Taye and Aster, in addition to being a devoted couple to each other, they became a formidable team in the struggle for the liberation Oromia. Taye and Aster have a daughter, Wajeti, 31; a son, Abbichu, 29.

    Since he arrived in Berlin, Taye tirelessly worked for justices, equality and Human Rights for all people, in general, and the Oromo people, in particular.

    Taye promoted the Oromo national liberation struggle and brought it to the attention of the International community through his contacts, friends in the media, political parties, and political activists in Germany and particularly in Berlin. He collaborated with church and political groups to bring the Oromo refugees issue to the forefront.

    From 1974 -1976, Taye worked actively with Ethiopian Students Movement to expose the cruelty of the fascist Derg Government in Ethiopia. In 1977 he was one of the founding members of the Union of Oromo Students in Europe, – UOSE/TBOA and worked actively day and night for the Oromo cause. Through TBOA, Taye supported and worked closely with the Oromo Liberation Front and other opposition Groups who were fighting against the brutal Military dictatorship in Ethiopia.

    In 1976, Taye organized the first Pan African movement in Berlin.
    In 1978, he found the Oromo Human Rights Organization and later the Oromo Help Organization (OHO), together with Brigitte and Axel-Klapoth and Dr. Thomas Zittelmann and some other German and Oromo Friends. In 1979, when Oromo Relief Association (ORA) was found in Khartoum/Sudan, Taye supported it and closely worked with ORA.

    In 1979, Taye organized several peaceful protest actions for the release of Oromo political prisoners, such as Rev. Gudina Tumsa, his Wife Tsahai Tolessa, and Naimat Isaa. On several German Church Day events, he organized a signing protest cards that were mailed to Mengistu”s s office and Embassies. The protest cards requested the release the imprisoned Oromos. Taye also helped thousands of refugees who fled Ethiopia and the then East Block countries, which supported the Ethiopian Government.

    The Abyssinian Government considered Taye was a threat. As a result, on March 21, 1982, the Ethiopian government attempted to assassinate Taye and his friend Rev. Dr. Gunnar Hasselblatt. The Ethiopian Government sent an assassination-commando to West Berlin. The assassination squad, equipped with silencer-pistol. came through East-Berlin to Tayes residence in West-Berlin (Reinickendorf) and waited at the bus stop. In that second when Taye appeared with his wife and his two children, the assigned shooter suddenly refused to kill him when he saw Taye’s children which reminded him of his own children. The next day on 22nd March 1982, the Embassy decided to execute Taye with a bomb which was suppose to be sent to Berliner Missionswerk, where Taye”s office was located. The assigned killers prepared the bomb and when they were about to leave the hotel room in Domus Hotel (corner Pariser Street/Uhland-Street), the bomb fell down, exploded and killed one of the agents. The survived and highly disabled Agent gave a full report of that Mission in 1992 on Ethiopian TV. The incident clearly indicated how much Taye”s involvement in the Oromo national liberation struggle had worried the Ethiopian government

    In 1984, Taye organized, in cooperation with other leaders of TBOA such as Mukria Bulcha Aster Gemeda, Tasfaye Alemu, Fiseha Gehneti and Kulani Gudina, a big celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Union of Oromo Students in Europe.

    In 1984, Taye organized a fundraising for the victims of famine and refugees in Somalia, the Sudan and Ethiopia. In this humanitarian mission, Taye worked with Dr. Gunnar Hasselblatt, Mr.Peter Niggli, Mr. Manfred Voegele, Frau Ulricke Hoyer, Mr. Friedrich Grün, , Mr. Tom and Mrs. Rita Veske, Frau Barbara John and during later years with Rev. Gerd Decke and Rev. Dr. Rheinhard Kees. As a founding member of “Afrikan Rat” and Migrationsrat, Taye worked very closely with the Refugee Committees in Berlin to promote relationships and co-operation among immigrants in Berlin. He was always grateful to those who encouraged and supported him through out all the years to accomplish his vision and commitments.

    During the years 1984/1985, the Oromo Student Union in Europe became a mass organization of the Oromo Liberation Front and Taye worked closely with all Oromos to promote the cause. Taye was an active member of the OLF and worked as a member of the management of Voice of Oromo Liberation Radio since its formation.

    With the support of the Berlin Senate and the Berliner Missionswerk, Taye organized the development of the Oromo Horn of Africa Centre (OHAZ) in Berlin. Here the refugees have found shelter and counseling.

    During the year 2004/2005, he was an Executive Committee member of the Migration committee and member of the African Committee

    Taye passed away on April 04, 2008 in Berlin. Taye is survived by is wife Aster and their two children Wajeti and Abbichu. The funereal ceremony of Taye was held on 12, April 2008 in Berlin.

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