Time and again we all have witnessed the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) led dictatorial regime of Ethiopia deliberately masterminding various forms of atrocities in order to remain in power. The regime uses its organized agents to deliberately instigate violence between the various oppressed nations in the country. Although the ‘divide-and-rule’ tactics have been adopted by all oppressive rulers all over the globe, the tactics of the current regime in Ethiopia differ in one key aspect. They are aimed at driving a wedge between the most closely related peoples and communities. The regime has done this between the two Kush cousins, the Oromo and the Sidama people time and again seriously undermining their basic human dignities and democratic rights. The Oromo and the Sidama people are culturally, ethno-linguistically, socially, geo-politically & morally intertwined nations. The two largest Kush cousins also share similar ancestral origins and large expanse of territorial boundaries. The alliance between these two sisterly nations is founded on historical roots, therefore it is unshakable. Moreover, the Oromo and the Sidama nations are fundamentally democratic and egalitarianism societies and govern their respective nations by using their traditional democratic Gadaa and Luwa systems respectively. click here to read full press release content.
Since 1890s, the Sidama nation has endured various massacres of unimaginable scales most of which had genocidal intents. Time and again, the civilians of the Sidama people as a nation were deliberately targeted and slaughtered by the successive northern led regimes for no apparent reasons, but for demanding their fundamental rights. The most worst and abhorring crime against humanity in recent memory among the others is the May 24, 2002’s massacre of Sidama civilians at Looqqe village. read full content here....
Twelve years ago today, the Sidama nation confronted one of darkest days in its long history. Lives ended instantly. Dreams were shattered. Friends and neighbors, farmers and teachers, students and business people, fathers and sons – they were taken from loved ones with heartbreaking cruelty by the current regime of Ethiopia.They simply woke up that fateful morning hoping to live another day of their lives. In the time since, perpetuators have never been brought to justice. The regime showed that there is no word called 'Justice' in their vocabulary; the members of administration, who had ordered the killing, have been granted top positions in the administration that the regime could offer. To name a current few, Hailemariam Desalegn -Prime Minster, Shiferaw Shigute- Education Minster, Abadula Gemeda -Speaker of the House, Girma Birru - US Ambassador. While the killers are rooming free in the streets of Sidama and other parts of Ethiopia, the Sidama people have endured hardship and gross human right violations. However, attempts that the regime waged to put Sidama people into submission have repeatedly failed. By now, the regime must have learned that, sidama nation does not give in to fear and it is matter of time the killers will no longer hide from the reach of justice. Today for twelfth time, the Sidamas across the world marked the 12th anniversary of this black day of May 24 2002 Loqqe massacre. Commemoration ceremonies are held around the world in the cities like Washington DC, London and others big cities. More over, the nation at home has paid tributes to the victims of atrocity and vowed their ultimate sacrifices will never be in vain. Indeed, they did not die in vain, their enduring sacrifice preserve freedom of Sidama people.
It has been confirmed that the Ethiopian regime’s security forces have indiscriminately massacred over 50 unarmed Oromo University students who were all peacefully demonstrating against the plan of the regime to uproot Oromo peasants from the outskirts of Finfine/Addis Ababa. The casualties were said to have included children of age 6 and the elderly who were marching against the proposed plan. Over 250 Oromo youth and other civilians were seriously injured during the shootings which is said to be continuing sporadically as we speak. More than 2000 Oromo University students and other members of the Oromo nation were unlawfully detained.
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...At the time when political opposition of the oppressed nations has been significantly weakened in Ethiopia due to disagreements over political objectives, the union of the three independent Sidama political institutions under one umbrella was indeed a significant success and was an envy of many. Nonetheless, to the shock and dismay of many Sidama compatriots, we have witnessed in this last two months an attempt by certain individuals to create a new political organization in the name of the Sidama people: the “Sidama National Democratic Movement”.
...This is not the time for duplication of political organizations in the name of the Sidama society. This is the time for consolidation of efforts to galvanize the limited resources to harness the struggle of our society for self-determination. We warn the individuals behind the botched attempt to form a new political organization NOT to use the name of the Sidama society to form alliances with right wing chauvinist organizations that are hell bent to reverse the democratic gains made during the past two decades. Rest assured that the Sidama people will gallantly guard, as they have done time and again in history, the democratic gains achieved through their precious lives.
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February 26 2014- The Ethiopian security abducted Mr Sulub Ahmed and Ali Hussein, two senior ONLF leaders from Nairobi yesterday afternoon. The leaders, who were members of the ONLF negotiation team, were in Nairobi for a proposed third round of talks. Read More..
On a very bright morning in Sidama land, on May 24, 2002, between 10:30 and 11:00am local time; the Sidama people of all walks of life staged on a peaceful and non-violent Demonstration after fully exhausting the constitutional requirements that is needed to undertake such an activity. Carrying the leaves of trees and Ethiopian flags, the demonstrators peacefully started to march towards their capital city, Hawassa which is located at the distance of about 3 km from where they have been planning to hold the said peaceful demonstration when they were encountered with deliberately targeted barbaric acts after they have nearly travelled about a kilometre from the point they were gathering.
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April 14 2013-The 14 April 2013 local government elections in Ethiopia have been marred by widespread abuses of the representatives and supporters of the Sidama Liberation Movement (SLM), which remains the main opposition political movement in the Sidama region. The SLM accuses the regional and Sidama EPRDF cadres of continued intimidation, harassment and persecution of its representatives and supporters during the period leading up to the elections.
The SLM members in all 19 districts of the Sidama administration who were nominated to contest in the stated elections have often been arrested and imprisoned for prolonged period of time to intimidate them and deter them from contesting the elections. The elected SLM representatives were barred from freely campaigning in the Sidama region. To the astonishment of the Sidama people and in an outright contempt to any democratic principles, Duka’le Lamisso, the Vice Chairperson of the Sidama Liberation Movement continues to languish in EPRDF jail in Hawassa. The hope for his release to campaign for the local elections was dashed as the EPRDF regime chose to unleash further crackdown on the remaining elected officials of the movement.
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Ms. Kebebush Kawisso,former member of Ethiopian parliament and recently defected to US, has conducted an interview with Addis Dimts radio.Click here to listen the interview. or visit here Addis Dimits radio broadcast on 2/23/2013
February 12 2013-...The Ethiopian government has failed in various occasions to abide by the very constitution it has promulgated and ratified. It chops and changes numerous legislations within 24 hours to incriminate civilians under various pretexts including the current anti-terror law which was created to curtail freedom of expression.
Based on these incontestable and irrefutable facts, we don’t believe that this regime has transformed itself from bestiality to genuine democracy to accept the rule of law as supreme in the country. Therefore, there is no guarantee that the required level playing filed will be created this time for all political parties to contest the elections freely.
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February 10, 2013-A member of Ethiopia ruling party, Ms. Kebebush Kawisso, has defected to US and is currently seeking political asylum, according to our sources. She was the representative of Sidama people’s democratic organization (SPDO), an organization that EPRDF created and uses to suppress the democratic aspirations of Sidama people. Sources disclosed that, ongoing atrocities against Sidama people led to her decision to defect in protest. Her defection comes in the midst of ever increasing miseries launched against Sidama people by Tigeans controlled Ethiopian government. It's recalled that Sidamas who have spoken up against injustice have been labeled as opposition sympathizers and thrown into jails. Many perished in the hands of EPRDF and many more forced to flee the country. Her decision to abandon the EPRDF might be considered as deteriorating situation even after the death of dictator, Zenaw.  December 20, 2012
Sidaamunna Oromote Wedellooti Uurrinshi Xawishsha
October 11 2012-The Sidama nation endured various forms and shapes of injustices imposed on them by the successive Ethiopian rulers including the current TPLF/EPRDF’s regime. The injustices the Sidama nation is exposed to involve an economic and political marginalization, socio-cultural subjugation and gross violations of their fundamental rights.
Even though the Sidama nation owns one of the richest regions in the country, its people are subjected to a persistent government induced poverty that had chronologically deepened from time to time. Sidama’s development institutions are dismantled or made to serve politicians. Its people don’t have representation from federal to the levels of farmers associations. Unemployment and diseases are rampant as is all round deprivation. The government apparatuses in Sidama are accountable to the ruling party instead of to the people.Read Full Statement Here....
September 25 2012-Ethiopia's newly-appointed Prime Minister, Mr. Hailemariam Desalegne, was sworn in on September 21st 2012 in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. Mixed opinions and reactions are pouring in from Ethiopians of all walks of life within the country and from the Diaspora. Numerous Ethiopians believe that, if the new PM takes the decision to be brave enough to think and act as a mature politician whose personal interest is put aside for the interest of the majority in the country, then there will be hope for all Ethiopians. He has before him the opportunity of establishing institutions that safeguard genuine democracy, freedom of expression and an independent system that accommodates and learns from divergent political opinions that will guarantee a respect for people's rights to hopes and opinions both individually and collectively, and which will guarantee that his name be well-remembered.
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August 31 2012-Arrest and abduction have been commonplace occurrences in Sidamaland and it has been worsened since last June when Sidama public pressed the demand of regional Self adminstration right. Since then, many innocent Sidamas are languishing in jails illegally and whereabouts of many are unknown. Fabricated charges are used against those who are imprisoned as means to lock them up indefinitely. For instance, Ougamo Hanaga, who is an employee of Save the Children Awassa branch, made the following comment on facebook about the ordeal of innocent Sidamas and he was arrested few days later. He then charged with terrorism under the country's antiterrorism law without hard evidence that links him to terrorism.
August 23 2012- ...One of the regime's main architects in ordering the massacre of the Sidama civilians who were claiming their constitutional rights to regional self administration on May 24, 2002 (HaileMariam Desalegn-former foreign minister and deputy PM) who's promoted to a higher authority as he temporarily replaces the late PM Meles Zenawi. Mr Desalegn ordered the death of over 100 Sidama civilians for which he as well as others who are involved in the stage management of the Loqqe massacre of Sidama civilians aren't brought to justice...Read Full Statement Here....
August 22 2012-The 21 years of Meles Zenawi’s rule were continuation of brutalization and suffering of Sidamas people that have even worsened during his iron-fisted rule.
Now, Meles is gone, but the system he championed has continued preying on Sidama innocents. Even, as he was fighting for his life at undisclosed location, hundreds of Sidamas were unlawfully arrested and thrown into jails. The army that was deployed throughout the Sidama has continued intimidation and terrorizing Sidama people. The former president of South Nation Nationalities and People Regional Government and possible successor of Meles Zenawi, Hailemariam Desalegn, is the main architect of Loqqe massacre, one of worst atrocities ever committed on sidama soil. He is also behind ill-devised policies that targeted Sidama for past 10 years
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August 20 2012-We, the Sidama people, have never gone beyond our boundaries to cause trouble to anyone. We have lived with our neighbors peacefully and harmoniously for centuries. However, others have arrived at our door-step time and time again and tried to subdue the will of our people. Starting from Minelik II, who invaded Sidama-land with help of aid weapons acquired from Europe and forcefully annexed into the larger empire of Ethiopia, to TPLF’s decayed and fading regime, our people have endured socio-cultural, economic and political repressions. However, there was no time that Sidama people bowed and accepted injustices on its own soil. Among the repressors, Sidama people found that the TPLF/EPRDF regime is by far worse off its predecessors.
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August 14 2012-Today marks Fiche, the sidama new year, which has been celebrated by Sidama people for thousands of years. Fiche is major cultural event of the year for the sidama people. Sidama nation is one of few nations in the world to have developed its own calendar. As lunar calendar is used to determine exact date, the fiche changes from year to year. Tomorrow will be ‘Chambala’ day and series of celebration events will continue there after that lasts for about a month.
As it has done for past several years, Sidamas are celebrating this year’s Fiche in the midst of challenges that have been facing the nation. Among other things, Sidama people are denied fundamental rights by ruling EPRDF/TPLF party. Justice has not been served for the lives that were taken by the assassins of this brutal regime. Self administration that is granted to others is denied to Sidamas.
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Press Release by United Sidama Parties for Freedom and Justice (USPFJ)
Augest 2 2012-From the very beginning, Zenaw's TPLF/EPRDF regime remained persistently & systematically violating Sidama people's fundamental right to political, economic and socio-cultural freedom and liberty. The relative autonomy that is nominally granted to others Ethiopian nations and nationalities such as regional self administration remains conspicuously contentious in Sidama land since the regime assumed power militarily toppling Mengistu Hailmariam's military junta in June 1991.
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(OLF, ONLF, SLF and some candidates of AFD)
July 25 2012-The aforementioned peoples' alliances of Ogaden Somalis, Oromo, Sidama and the new candidates of AFD: After deliberating on the current situation in Ethiopia and carefully observing the level of struggle against the current regime and the apparent confusion created by the sudden disappearance of Meles Zenawi, the "strong man" ruling Ethiopia for the past twenty one years;
Being apprehensive of the current regimes attempts to delude the peoples in Ethiopia regarding Zenawi's fate and their attempt to maintain the status quo in order to continue their ruthless suppression of all peoples in Ethiopia;
After considering, the current disarray and lack of political will of some opposition groups to embrace the political and social changes that Ethiopia has undergone in the last forty years and their archaic adherence to political precepts that are no longer tenable in the 21 century such as negating the rights of nations in Ethiopia to self-determination;
July 23 2012 (SLF)-Woyane, neglecting the narration it had played upon on its way to power, started hatching evil plans for Sidama people on the day they stepped into Addis Ababa palace. Their first plan was to get rid of prominent Sidama human rights defenders and likely opponents of their subsequent plans. For example, they recruited Ejigu G/Michael, an ethnic Tigre, born and raised in Sidama, who subsequently was given higher authority in Sidama and started implementing their agenda. He stealthily orchestrated series of murders including that of Fiissa Fichcho, a Sidama war veteran, and other prominent Sidamas. Woyane also bribed and was able to recruit few corrupt individuals to quash struggle of Sidama for freedom and justice, who then tried to turn in interests of Sidama people for personal gains.
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United Sidama Parties for Freedom and Justice (USPFJ) Press Release
June 30 2012 -After overthrowing the military regime on May 28, 1991, EPRDF adopted Proclamation No.7/1992‘[page6]’ that sought to devolve state power to territorially based ethno-linguistic groups with the aim of “ensuring” the right of nations, nationalities and peoples to self-determination and “ensure” the preservation of their language, culture and histories. The Proclamation established fourteen national/regional self-governments and identified the ethnic communities inhabiting each of the regions, with the exception of that of the capital city, Addis Ababa. The five of the fourteen national/regional self-governments included regions 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 comprising about 56 nations and nationalities that inhabit Southern Ethiopia today.Read the Full Statement...
SLF and OLF Joint Press Release
June 29 2012 -The Tigrian Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) regime has relentlessly pursued the 'divide and rule' policy to prolong its grip on power. The regime has initiated conflict between different nations, nationalities and peoples at different times and places, since it came to power, causing destruction of thousands of lives and millions of dollars worth properties.
This anti peace and brutal regime, pursuant to its standing policy, has been engaged in overtly and covertly instigating conflict between the Oromo and the Sidama peoples. Accordingly it has managed to instigate conflict in the district of Riimaa Dhaadessaa between the Oromo people in Ajje sub-zone of Arsi Zone and the Sidama people in Hawasa subzone of Sidama Zone. Loss of lives and property has been reported due to this conflict initiated by the agents of the regime on both sides.
June 20 2012 (SLF)- While the Sidama people are remembering victims of Loqqe massacre on the 10th year anniversary, the regime has started another wave of killings of innocent Sidama people in Chuko area. The killing took place when students and other Sidama people were staging demonstration to demand answer about the plan to control Hawaasa city by the Federal government. According to our sources from the area, 2 people were reported dead; one a business person and the other is a farmer. Seven others were wounded. A teenage girl that critically wounded is being treated at Yirgalem hospital.
There is no denying that the Ethiopian regime always responds with brutal force to any peaceful quest instead of listening and understanding what people want. 10 years ago, over 100 Sidama people were massacred when peacefully demonstrating to request the government of their basic human rights.
The Ethiopian regime and its affiliates have already controlled most resources of Sidama while countless Sidama people are receiving food aid. Recently the regime started a plot to displace Sidama administration from Hawaasa city to systematically marginalize the Sidama people on its land and the people from all walks of life have been expressing their disappointment.
May 23 2012 (SLF)-May 24 2012 marks 10th year anniversary of Loqqe massacre of innocent Sidama civilians and no justice has been served thus far. The brutal EPRDF regime of Ethiopia continues to grossly violate fundamental rights of all Sidama people and necessity of united movement become clearer now than ever. In the light of this and aspirations of Sidama people, SLF joins SLM (Sidama Liberation Movement) and SLNO (Sidama Liberation National Organization) to form United Sidama Parties for Freedom and Justice (USPFJ) that spearheads struggle of Sidama people for self determination. Read Press Release by ‘USPFJ’ Here...
March 2012 (SLF)-To understand human rights condition in today’s Ethiopia, It is important to revisit the history and investigate the prevailing system in the country. Genuine human rights did not exist in Ethiopia since its formation in the last quarter of the 19th century as all regimes conducted slightly in different forms of control on its subjects grossly violating human rights. Read More..
February 2012 (SLF)-10 years have passed since innocent Sidama civilians were massacred, and not only the victim’s loved ones, but all Sidama people have been seeking justice be served. As the 10th year anniversary of the massacre draws to close it is make or break time for Sidama people at home and abroad to come together and deliver on this. Read More..
May 2011(SLF)-It is a self-evident truth that all human beings and people are created free and equal. There are no people created to be enslaved. All human beings and people are endowed with freedom. None the less, it is also a fact that our human world is full of contradictions and struggles. In our human societies, some are enriching themselves at the expense of the others. Some are deprived of liberty and livelihood and impoverished. Some are leading a life of extravagance while others are starving. Some are dignified and while others are humiliated. Some are being subjected to extinction to allow others to live. All these are happening to humanity due to human greed and selfishness. In our world, a struggle is continuously waged for the success of one people at the expense of and/or for the deprivation of the other people. The human greed and selfishness is also continuing to be the cause for war between nations and peoples, for poverty and starvation, disease and backwardness. Humanity not only deserves a better relationship but also is capable of establishing a relationship based on mutual interest and respect.Read More...
May 2011(SLF)-Since TPLF assumed power with barrel of gun twenty years ago, it has continued committing most vicious and heinous crimes perpetrated against humanity, instead of liberating the country from chronic poverty, famine and underdevelopment. The regime also has failed to learn from history that its demise is imminent.
The Sidama people have been target of such evil policy. Time and again, the regime has worked relentlessly to induce polarization, hate, violence, and ethnic strife among Sidama people. It has also tried this policy with neighboring people who have been lived in harmony for centuries. In many occasions, TPLF incited violence has claimed lives of many innocent people.
The recent conflict between Sidama and Oromo people at ‘Wondo Genet’ area that claimed many lives from both sides is typical example. TPLF has incited violence between Oromo and Sidama people so many times before and failed to achieve its goals. After all, the regime knows well the historic partnership that existed between these people and how dangerous their unity can be for the regime, as one can imagine.
We believe the Sidama and Oromo people understand well who is behind these conflicts and also know the regime is only one who benefits from such acts. Both people have lived peacefully for centuries side by side and have traditional way of resolving their conflict peacefully whenever they occur. SLF strongly urge both sides to resolve their issues peacefully and rather they should join hand in hand to over throw their common enemy.
September 2010 (SLF)-The OLF’s announcement on September 27, 2010 that the party has agreed to resolve its internal differences is not only good news for Oromo people, but also for Sidama people and others regardless of their ethnic background who have no choice but suffer at hands of brutal TPLF regime.More...
September 2010 (HRW)-The Ethiopian government’s release on October 6, 2010, of detained opposition leader Birtukan Midekssa should pave the way for freeing others it is holding unlawfully, Human Rights Watch said today.More...
September 06 2010 (SLF)-The celebration of Fichchee, Sidama’s New Year, has been started in style in the Sidama land and around world today in the eve of New Year’s Day, that will be followed by ‘Chambalaalla’ celebration in the New Year’s Day. More...
August 2010 (VOA)-Ethiopia's 2010 election all but wiped out the country's once vibrant political opposition. This means that Ethiopia faces the prospect of one-party rule for the foreseeable future.More...
August 2010 (Los Angeles Times)-The U.S. gives about $1 billion annually to Ethiopia. But even as U.S. and other international aid has surged in the last decade, activists charge that the government has become more authoritarian.More...
July 2010-The national council of OLF has held its regular session this month. After deliberating on wide range of issues it issued a resolutions wherein it calls upon all forces, who oppose the tyrannical minority rule, to rise up in unison as there is no option left. (Read the full content of the resolutions...).
The Sidama people, as Oromo people, have endured never-ending oppressions and gross human rights violations on their own soil by TPLF regime. The May election has proved that the regime is rather tightening its grip on authoritarian control and closing all available doors to peaceful resolutions. Therefore, SLF supports OLF's resolutions and also calls upon other organizations to join this important call for justice, democracy, freedom and liberty.
June 25 2010 (The record)-Several hundreds of protesters on saturday protested Zenaw's visit to G20 summit in Canada.More....
June 19 2010 (Bloomberg) -- Ethiopia expelled an American journalist working for the U.S.-owned Voice of America radio service after detaining her for reporting claims by a rebel group that government forces killed 71 civilians. More...
June 12 2010 (Aljazeera)-The Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF)have accused the government of killing 71 civilians in a military operation last month. More...
June 2 2010 (OLF)- Meles/TPLF regime’s May 23, 2010, sham and fraudulent election vindicated the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) and embarrassed its foreign supports. Read full content...
May 24 2010 (SLF) Once again we honour our fallen innocent compatriot on the occasion of 8th anniversary Hawassa massacre. Read more....
April 2010 (SLF)The TPLF regime of Ethiopia is disseminating its well versed propaganda machine about the further coming so called national election in May 2010. Read more...
These are faces of EPRDF officials whose hands are stained with blood of innocent Sidama people massacred at loqqe, May 24, 2002. Read More..
Ella 24 ni 2002 m.d, sidaamu daga kadonsa ku'litara daronna bandeera amadde looqqetenni ka'e hawaasira tintanna Itophpheyu mangistenni hajajantino uridenni duuchchu manni luubbonsa hooggino, mitoho mannimansa gawajjantino, mitu usurantinno,wolootu loosunni shorrantino.Ikkolana kayini xa geeshsha halaalu yoo diamantino.
Sidama people have been let down, bad governance (Amharic)
by Hagereselam Hororresa
Letter to SNNRG president Dese Dalke
Quest of the Sidama People(Amharic)
by Hagereselam Hororessa
Who is Representing Sidama?(Amharic)
by Nomona Noto
Constitutional Collision over Ethiopia’s Suppression of the Sidama Regional Question
by Hawassa Teessonke
The Political Economy of the Sidama Regional Question: Overview
by Hawassa Teessonke
Why Regional Self-Administration?(Amharic)
by Addisu Kadis
Ethiopian Tyrant Should Not Be Lionized
by Thor Halvorssen and Alex Gladstein
Who is Shiferawu Shigute?(Amharic)
Regional Self Adminstration is a Basic Right of any People
by Hawassa Teessonke
The Dangers of Enemy from Within
by Busha Rabbisa
Siife-Nebelibal Radio Interview with Vice Chairman of SLF, Mr. Betana Hotesso.
Quotes from Great Sidama Heroes
Aliito Heewano: “Ille’ya diamaxxeemmo; La’anna shiiyye’e; Ille’ya amaxxummoro, dagganoo ilamara gedensu bushanno.”
English translation:'I do not cover my eyes; kill me while I am watching; If I do cover my eyes, it would be devastation for generations to come'.
: "Koo! mannu taaloho!Massangeenna gulufoottohu dirri; Massagoottohu gulufi; massagssiisoottohu massagi".
English translation: 'All men are equal! the one who are riding guided horse, dismount; the one who are guiding, get up on it; the one who ordered the guiding, do it yourself '.