Gerba, an English teacher at Addis Ababa University, is a political prisoner in Ethiopia and a leader of the Oromo Federal Democratic Movement (OFDM) opposition party.
He was arrested on 27 August 2011 for his political activism, along with another Oromo leader, Olbana Lelisa, on allegations of association with the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF).
Outlawed by the Ethiopian government and labelled a terrorist organization, the OLF was established in 1973 by Oromo nationalists to promote self-determination for the Oromo people against what they call “Abyssinian colonial rule”.
In response to his continued imprisonment, there have been recent protests, organised and conducted primarily by the substantial Oromo diaspora living in the United States and Europe.
People: Oromo, Language: Afaan Oromo (Oromo Language) Country: Oromia at horn of Africa, mostly central and largest part of Ethiopia.
Oromo were colonized by Abyssinia with the help of European firearms.
Out of which Women constitute fifty percent (50%) of the Oromo population. Oromo Women live under triple oppression by successive Abyssinian rule: Due to their ethnicity as Oromo equally oppressed with Oromo people, due to their gender harassed by Abyssinian militia and as well as due to cultural operation women even can not speak out what happened to them.
The Oromo are an ethnic group in Ethiopia, northern Kenya, and parts of Somalia.
Torture The Oromo, with an estimated population of 40 million, are the single largest ethnic group in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa.
Despite their numerical majority, they have historically been subjected to political, social, and cultural injustices.
The Oromo people have been suffering from inhuman treatment and injustice under alien rule for over a century.
The Oromo women being part of the Oromo society have suffered injustices including oppressions relating to their gender which have deep cultural roots in traditional societies, and therefore it is urgent that the Oromo women get organized to improve their status and become self-reliant.