The antagonism between Ethiopia’s two largest ethnic groups, the Oromo and the Amhara has been a subject of great interest to scholars, activists and politicians, particularly over the last 25 years. In the wake of recent protests sweeping across Oromia and the rest of Ethiopia, one of the key points of discussions has become the issue of interethnic solidarity.
We’ve seen Images of protesters in places like Gonder and in parts of Oromia showing solidarity with each other. In the aftermath of growing solidarity between these two groups, we ask what does it mean to practice a transnational solidarity in the context of on the one hand an authoritarian state and on the other existence of antagonistic nationalisms between Ethiopia’s largest groups?
For this conversation Ayantu is joined by artist, researcher and community organizer Fayise Abrahim and Human Rights scholar at the London School of Economics Awol Allo.
Here is the audio for Awol’s complete lecture on Competing Nationalisms in Ethiopia https://goo.gl/aBnmhN