Sidama nation across the world marked the 10th anniversary of the May 24 2002 Loqqe massacre. Ten
years after Ethiopian government orchestrated killing that claimed more than 100 innocent sidama people,
commemorations were held in many places around world, with Sidama people in Diaspora and at home
voicing renewed commitments to unity of their nation.
Ten years ago today, the nation confronted one of darkest days in Sidama 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. In the decade
since, perpetuators have never been brought to justice. Sidama people have endured hardship and gross
human right violations.
History shows that, sidama nation does not give in to fear. The attempt that the successive brutal regimes
waged to put sidama people into submission has repeatedly failed. Today, the nation has united more than
ever and all Sidama people around world have proved that nothing breaks the will of Sidama people.
Loqqe massacre commemorating ceremonies were held around world in the cities like Washington DC,
London, Johannesburg and others. Participants that attended the ceremony that took place at Unification
Church in Washington, DC honored the victims with prayers, candle vigil and renewed commitment for
unity of Sidama people. They believe, however, the finest tribute to pay, to Loqqe victims of atrocity lies
in our hearts of all sidama people where ever they live. They all vowed to make sure that perpetuators of
Loqqe massacre cannot hide from the reach of justice.