13th year Anversary of Sidama Looqqe massacre
Songs about Sidama
Ane gobba'ya/Mother land
Ani mayoo/What Can I say
Heeri gobba'ya/Endure my Motherland
Hexxote Gamira/At bounds of hope

 Facts About Sidama Land

People: Sidaama;
Land size:7000 Sq.kms;
Population size:5.2million;
Religion:67% Protestant, 8% Muslim, 5% Catholic, and 2% Orthodox Christian
Language: Sidamigna or Sidaamu Afo
Altutude: 500-3500 masl;
Latitude:  6.14-7.18;
Mean Temp:10-27⁰c;
Mean Rainfall: 800-1600ml.

Population size: Official figure: 4 million which is prone to debate, as the calculation by the regime is politically motivated. But independent estimates put this figure to more than 7 million.
Sidama, People and Culture
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News and Updates

Former SLF Chairman and Veteran Fighter, Galfato Feqqa Dome, Passes Away
November 17, 2015


It is with a great sorrow that we learned the death of former SLF chairman and veteran freedom fighter, Mr. Galfato Feqqa, who passed away suddenly with a short illness on November 15, at the age of 79.

Mr. Galfato was one of the Sidama emancipation pioneer giants. He served his people and nation with characteristic devotion, working in various capacities until the time of his death. Galfato served as a chairman of SLF from 1999-2008.

We lost one of the pillars of our freedom fighters. No matter how much we grieve, we cannot bring him back, but we will continue the good work he devoted his life.

Funeral service of the late veteran fighter was held today at 3:00 pm local time at Hawassa, Sidama.

He is survived by his wife and children. SLF would like to express deepest sadness to Galfato Feqqa’s family and Sidama people.

UNPO Welcomes the Founding of Peoples Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (PAFD)
Press Release
October 26, 2015


The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) welcomes the founding of the Peoples Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (PAFD), established on 23 October 2015. This unprecedented political alliance between the peoples of Ethiopia is the result of a two-day meeting held in Oslo, Norway, between delegates of the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), Benishangul People's Liberation Movement (BPLM), Gambella People’s Liberation Movement (GPLM), and Sidama National Liberation Front (SNLF). Acknowledging the need for a united effort to put an end to the enduring repression perpetrated by successive and current Ethiopian regimes, the goal of the Peoples Alliance for Freedom and Democracy is to bring a new just political order for the country based on the consent of all peoples.

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The Founding of Peoples’ Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (PAFD)
Press Release!
October 24, 2015


On October 24, 2015, Delegates of Benishangul People’s Liberation Movement (BPLM), Gambella People’s Liberation Movement (GPLM), Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) and Sidama National Liberation Front (SNLF) met in Oslo, Norway from 22 October to 23 October 2015 to lay the foundation of political alliance between the peoples in Ethiopia and have formed the Peoples Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (PAFD).

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PAFD Public Announcements


The joint organising committee for the celebration of the establishment of the Peoples Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (PAFD) cordially invites you to join the public meeting that will be held on 24th of October 2015 in Oslo at Kanonhallen, Peter Møllersvei 2, and 0585 Oslo. On these public meeting delegate leaders of member organisation of PAFD such as from Gambella People Liberation Movement (GPLM), Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), Benshangul People Liberation Movement (BPLM) and Sidama National Liberation Front (SNLF) will address the people on various issues concerning the Alliance and current political affairs in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa. The five Political forces that are operating inside and outside Ethiopia have created an Alliance which will coordinate their activities in various fields of the struggle in order to achieve the rights of all oppressed peoples in Ethiopia. Be part of this occasion and take part in shaping the future by being taking part in the candid, dignified and constructive discourse about the peace, stability and democracy of the Horn of Africa in general and Ethiopia in particular.

Date: 24.10.2015; Time: 14:00 (PS: Timeliness is appreciated)
Avenue: Kanonhallen, Peter Møllersvei 2, 0585 Oslo
How to reach Kanonhallen: Bus number 31 (the nearest bus stop is Loren), or Tram- 17 (the nearest tram stop is Sinsen Terrace).

Declaration of the Establishment of the Sidama National Liberation Front (SNLF)
The SNLF Coordinating Committee
October 18, 2015

In light of the extremely precarious situation that the Sidama people and other oppressed peoples find themselves in at present, two Sidama political organizations, namely, the Sidama Liberation Front (SLF) and the Sidama National Liberation Organization (SNLO) agree to establish an umbrella organization whose main objective is to mobilize and lead popular struggle for selfdetermination of the Sidama nation. The umbrella organization shall be named The Sidama National Liberation Front (SNLF).
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SLF Leadership

Betana Hotesso, Sidama Liberation Front chairman and Denboba Natie, secretary of United Sidama Parities for Freedom and Justice discuss current political situation in Sidama with Esat TV


Ethiopian Destruction of communities along the Somalia Border
ONLF Press Release
May 31, 2015

Sidama, Oromo and Ogaden

The Special killing squads of the Ethiopian Regional Administration in Ogaden called the Liyu police, which is funded, trained and armed by the Ethiopian government has committed genocide in the villages near Shilaabo district of Ogaden along the Somali border, killing hundreds of civilians and burning several villages. Among the dead are more than 50 women, children and the elderly, who were wantonly cut into pieces. The epicentres of these massacres were the villages of Lababaar, Xaadh Xaadh, Xindhowreed, and other villages towards the Barmagoog and the Somali border near the Gal-Mudug region. The killings started on the May 26 and are still on going. Read the full text here...

Ogaden National Liberation Front, Oromo Liberation Front and Sidama Liberation Front Alliance for Peace, Democracy and the right of Choice
Joint Statement regarding the Fake Election in Ethiopia
May 25, 2015

Sidama, Oromo and Ogaden

The Ogaden National Liberation Front, The Oromo Liberation Front and the Sidama Liberation Front categorically state that the so called elections held in Ethiopia on May 24, 2015, was not an expression of the democratic will of the all the peoples in Ethiopia. All Nations in Ethiopia were bullied and coerced into participating and electing specially selected candidates from the ruling party- EPRDF. Furthermore, in order to ensure that no “rogue voter” chose to disobey the ruling party edicts, the regime made sure that party operatives solely controlled the polling stations in all regional states, such as Ogaden, Oromia, Sidama and other rural communities. Read the full text here...

13 year Anniversary of Looqqe Massacre of 2002 is remembered across the globe by Sidamas and peace loving international community
May 24, 2015

Looqqe Demonstration

On May 24, 2002, the EPRDF\TPLF rapid response army without provocation slaughtered unarmed and peacefully demonstrating Sidama civilians in Looqqe village, a few kilometers from Hawassa town. Lives of many innocent Sidamas cut short with heart breaking cruelty. Even though a decade has passed, pain and misery are still fresh not only for victims’ families but for the whole sidama public. Read the full text here...

The EU parliament members, SLF and other Ethiopian opposition leaders held a conference on upcoming Ethiopian election


On April 23, 2015, members of EU parliament and Ethiopian opposition leaders including SLF have convened a high level conference entitled ‘Cartoon Democracy - Authoritarian Rule and Election’ at the European Parliament in Brussels. The vice chairman of SLF, Betana Hamano, has made a speech by analyzing past and current political climate in Ethiopia generally and in Sidama particularly that is leading to the upcoming election. Read the full text here...

The Sidama Owned Small Businesses on Fire in Hawassa
Press Statement by United Sidama Parties for Freedom and Justice
February 24, 2014

It’s with deepest sadness that the United Sidama Parities for Freedom and Justice (USPFJ) express its hear felt condolences for the Sidama small scale business owners in Hawassa city New market place ‘ Addis Gebeya’ for loss of lives and property. The source of the fire has not yet been confirmed.

The incident took place on 21 February 2015 at 7 pm local time. The Fire has been left on to burn for over 2 hours. The Sidama business community who have set up these new businesses in this particular place over a decade ago had registered their plots of lands as they have been pushed away far from the city centre to give room for investors from other parts of the country.
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SIDAMA LIBERATION FRONT Stance on the Upcoming Election in Ethiopia
February, 2015

In countries, like Ethiopia where the deceased cast ballots from the grave and TPLF members can register fake names all over the voting centers across the country, it is astonishing why people even bother to vote? Why people waste their times and resources to cast their votes that will disappear into thin air at the end of voting day? The only outcome of Ethiopian election is publicity for the regime as if there is legitimate of election process, while the reality is harassment, arrest, poisoning, and even murdering opposition candidates and members.
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HRW Accuses Ethiopia of Journalist Crackdown Ahead of Elections
January 22, 2015

A new report by Human Rights Watch accuses the Ethiopia's government of systematically cracking down on media ahead of the May 2015 elections. The report, released Thursday, details how Ethiopia has restricted independent reporting since 2010. Researcher Felix Horne says there are patterns of government abuses against independent journalists.

“After articles are written, harassment comes from government officials, security officials and cadres in the form of threatening phone calls and SMS messages [text messages] and in person visits trying to get the individual to tone down the writings to comply with government perspectives on different issues," Horne notes. "The next level is threats and harassment against family members, quite often arbitrary detention to intimidate and to pressure the journalist into censoring their writings. If that doesn’t work, the next step seems to involve criminal charges.”
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Badesa Fokora, a Sidama man dies over no treatment rule in South Africa
By Lawyers for Human Rights
November 24, 2014

Ethiopian refugee Badesa Fokora has died in a Johannesburg hospital after suffering double kidney failure and being refused treatment for it, despite the fact that he had been lying in a hospital bed for a month. Although doctors at Helen Joseph Hospital in Johannesburg were aware of his life-threatening condition, they refused him treatment on the basis that he was not a South Africa citizen.

Fokora was told that as a non-South African, he did not qualify for a place on the hospital’s chronic renal treatment programme, which involves dialysis and an organ transplant. The hospital refused to treat him even after Fokora’s family said that they would contribute to the costs of the treatment.
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Press Release by Gambella Nilotes United Movement
October 24, 2014

Gambella Nilotes United Movement (GNUM) strongly condemns the Ethiopian government’s ethnic cleansing plans and act by creating conflict between highlanders and the indigenous people of Gambella. The massacre of Mezenger tribe since September 11/2014 is increasingly spreading to all villages of Godere zone by criminal and illegal highlanders supported by EPRDF national defence forces. Along the border between Gurafarda District (SNNPR of Ethiopia) and Godere District of Gambella all Mezenger villages were destroyed by Ethiopian National Defence following the campaign of the government to eliminate all Mezenger people from their ancestral land.
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The Sidama Nation Across the Globe Mark 11th Year Anniversary of Looqqe Massacre

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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The Sidama Liberation Movement (SLM) Withdraws from the Ethiopian Local Elections amid Widespread Rights Abuses!
Press Release by United Sidama Parties for Freedom and Justice (USPFJ)

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. Read the full press release by clicking here....


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


Letter to SNNRG president Dese Dalke
by Anonymous

The EPRDF cadres in South Ethiopia continue to commit crimes against humanity in Sidama: Cry the Beloved Country!
by Hawassa Teessonke

Quest of the Sidama People(Amharic)
by Donna Doonka

The Sidama Students in Universities: A positive Role played in contemporary Political Realities
by Kinkini Kia

A Personal Response to Irresponsible Interview Made by “Judge” Firehiwot Samuel with Awrabatimes on October 24/2012
by Busha Rabbisa

Thoughtless Individuals Will Never Impede the Progress of Sidamas Regional Self Administration?(Amharic)
by Giwoommona Gimbi

Who is Representing Sidama?(Amharic)
by Nomona Noto

Constitutional Collision over Ethiopia’s Suppression of the Sidama Regional Question
by Hawassa Teessonke

Sidamas Will Attain the State of Regional Self Adminstration(Amharic)
by Naxi Hameesso

Any Decision on the status of Hawassa Administration and the Sidama Regional Question without Referendum will remain Illegal
by Hawassa Teessonke

Implications of the Election of the new PM from Southern Ethiopia on the Sidama Regional Question- A Brief Analysis
by Hawassa Teessonke

The Political Economy of the Sidama Regional Question: Overview
by Hawassa Teessonke

Why Regional Self-Administration?(Amharic)
by Addisu Kadis

Wallelign Mekonnen on the Question of Nationalities in Ethiopia
by Side Goodo

Ethiopian Tyrant Should Not Be Lionized
by Thor Halvorssen and Alex Gladstein

Who is Shiferawu Shigute?(Amharic)
by Anonymous

Regional Self Adminstration is a Basic Right of any People
by Hawassa Teessonke

The Ethiopian Government /EPRDF Manifesto to Uproot the Sidama People from their Land of Hawassa
by Hawassa Sidama

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'.  

Taklu Yota :  "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 '.