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Monday, May 27, 2013

Ogaden Community UK Solidarity with Sidama People “Looqe Massacre”
Today we are here to mark the anniversary of Looqe Massacre in which many brothers and sisters have been perished in Hawasa, the capital city of Sidama. This is a very sad story, today I’m sure that we all have a lot in common, because in Ogaden every day a bloody murderer’s kill innocent people, which are peaceful people like our Sidama brothers and sisters.

Every day exactly identical and similar evil actions, done by the brutal Addis-Ababa regime, happen to Orormo People, Afar People, Gambella People and all other victims under this regime. We are all suffering from Looqe massacre; we are all victims of the genocide in Ogaden, Oromiya and many other regions in the country.

Ladies and gentlemen I would like to thank the Sidama Community for hosting this event. It is really momentous, significant and very important that we hold events like this for the commemoration of our fallen brothers and sisters. Hence, our communities from Ogaden, Sidama, Oromiya and Afar as well as all other victims under Abyssinian oppression can contribute and share their stories of genocide in a hope that we will be able to prevent and mitigate such this horrible, barbaric and nasty action.
Remembering some of our stories, such as Looqe massacre, has been tragic but at the same time, it will help us bring our communities together, in order to fight back against the evil oppression and merciless human treatments done by the Abyssinian regime. The Sidama people and the Ogaden people share many similarities and today we are marking the Looqe massacre as same as the catastrophic event that took place during the Ogaden massacre day.
The Ogaden Community remembers Looqe massacre as it is similar to Wardheer massacre, when in 1994, the ruthless, merciless and brutal Woyane soldiers massacred more than 80 innocent civilians, including women and children in DOLLO region, East Ogaden. Remember those victims were peaceful protesters, like the people of Looqe. The ogaden people remember the Qabridahar Massacre in 2005, the gallaalshe massacre, the Malqaqa Massacre, and many more. Every month Ethiopian governments commit mass killings in ogaden.

Dear sisters and brothers on behalf of the Ogaden community I would like to send our deepest heartfelt to the families and people of Sidama those are suffering from Looqe massacre. It was unacceptable and evil action, committed by Ethiopian government.

We should all be united and bring to Justice those who committed the genocide. We must be united and face the challenges waiting in front of us. As we all know, Genocide is a crime against humanity and that is why we all need to unite. Remember, not just ourselves but also we need to bring the world at our side.

May justice prevail
Ogaden Community UK
Objectives: This study is aimed at examining the contribution of selected
pregnancy and postnatal health care services to Infant Mortality (IM) in
Southern Ethiopia.
Method: Data were collected from 10 rural villages of the Sidama Zone,
Southern Ethiopia, using a structured interview schedule. The 1,094
eligible women respondents were selected using a combination of simple
random and multi-stage sampling techniques. The main outcome variable
of the study (IM) was measured by reported infant deaths during the twelve
months preceding the survey, and was estimated at 9.6% or 96 infant
deaths per 1,000 births. Pregnancy and health care variables were used as
the main explanatory variables along with other household and individual
Results: The predicted probabilities, using three models of logistic
regression analysis, have shown that four pregnancy and postnatal health
care variables (antenatal care, immunisation, exclusive breast feeding and
wantedness of the pregnancy) and women’s age are found to be significant
predictors of IM in the study areas.
Conclusions: Finally, based on the key findings, some recommendations
are given: promoting of institutional delivery seeking behaviour through
behavioural change communications, training more Traditional Birth
Attendants (TBAs), and maximising the use of the Health Extension
Workers (HEWs) stationed at village level to make a house-to-house visit
so as to encourage pregnant women to seek pregnancy and delivery care
Further reading: http://casopis-zsfju.zsf.jcu.cz/journal-of-nursing-social-studies-public-health-and-rehabilitation/administrace/clankyfile/20120628110350302926.pdf
BT Biratu, DP Lindstrom


Background: The utilization of formal prenatal care services in Ethiopia could generally be described as low by international standards. While this is attributed to the lack of access to formal maternal health-care service, which is an
important barrier to prenatal care, other important socio-cultural barriers to service utilization also exist.
Objective: The aim of this study is to identify the relative influence of the attitudes and background characteristics of husbands and wives on prenatal care utilization, and in particular to identify the role of a husband's approval on prenatal care.
Methods: Data were collected from 1,750 women in a community-based survey of maternal health conducted in Yirgalem town and its surrounding rural areas, as well as in Jimma Town in 1997. Multivariate regression models were used to identify: (1) the relationship between the determinants of whether a woman wanted a pregnancy and whether a husband approves of prenatal care, and (2) the influence of a husband's approval on care utilization net of pregnancy wantedness and other factors.

Results: It was found out that a husband's approval has a greater effect on prenatal care utilization than whether a wife wanted the pregnancy or a wife's level of education. It was also found that the impact of a husband's approval on prenatal care is greatest among women under the age of 20.
Conclusion: The findings of this study underscore the importance of targeting men when designing interventions that
are intended to raise the awareness and use of prenatal health-care services.

The Ethiopian Journal of Health Development Vol. 20 (2) 2006: 84-92
Full Text: 
Background: the health impacts of exposure to indoor air pollution have yet to become a central
focus of research, development aid and policy-making.
Objective: To investigate the effect of household fuel use on acute respiratory infection in
younger children at Shebedino Wereda.
Study method: The study design was cross-sectional, which employed an exposure assessment
approach, collecting detailed primary data on several household-level exposure indicators
(fuel type, stove type, kitchen type, housing type, ventilation, etc.) through the administration
of a questionnaire in 405 households. Data were collected during January to February 2006.
Result: The response rate for the sampled households was 100%. ARI prevalence of the study
area (21%) was found to be lower as compared to the national figure in 2000 (24%). The study
approach appears to demonstrate a relatively consistent association between child handling
practice while cooking and childhood ARI.
Conclusion: The existing environmental and socioeconomic factor in the study area has a
considerable potential to contribute for environmental threats to the health of children. An
obvious implication is that educating the public about the adverse effects of cooking smoke on
child health and on good child handling practice through community participation is essential.
Read more:http://www.ajhsjournal.or.ke/admin/current/zz8qpAstJBF.pdf
The Sidama Nation acrossthe Globe Mark 11th Year Anniversary of
Looqqe Massacre
Sidama Community United Kingdom, May 25, 2013
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 islocated 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.
The objectives of the demonstration was in protest of the government’s decision
to remove the administrative right of their capital (Hawassa)- from Sidama to the
federal government in addition to the issues related with regionalself
administration quest, the Sidama nation is constitutionally guaranteed, yet denied.
Whilst the Sidamas were peacefully demonstrating, suddenly, they were met with
several armoured vehicles with machine guns and others hundreds of army
personnel all of whom live shot into the upcoming crowds without warninginstantly killing over hundred Sidama civilians and wounding about 250-300.
With Sidama civilian demonstrators about three Sidama police officers were also
summarily executed by the army for demanding them and police officers to stop
the killing of Sidama’s peaceful and unarmed civilians. For being humane and
genuine the said Sidama police officers also paid ultimate sacrifices for the causes
of justices with others Sidama civilians. The dead bodies of hundreds of Sidama
civilians were left on the street for the entire day whereas others seriously
wounded unfortunately died in the middle of highly grown up corn plantation;
most of whose dead bodies eventually devoured by hyenas. Others several
seriously wounded civilians were also left to loss their blood and die in an
agonising pain as health professionals weren’t allowed to help them until after 6
hours, after the shootings. After 6 hours of the shootings, the dead bodies of the
Sidama people were dragged and some of them thrown to the pickup cars and an
ISUZU lorry to be eventually dumped in Hawassa health centre. The families of
the dead Sidama civilians weren’t allowed to collect the bodies of their beloved
ones up until 3rd or 4
th days.
Strict curfew wasimposed throughout Sidama region for weeks and the Sidama
was fully militarised from corner to corner. Those culprits who have ordered,
stage-managed and monitored the massacre of the Sidama civilians are widely
circulating in Sidamaland to date until now, and most of them are promoted to
higher authority statuses.
As we commemorate the 11th anniversary of such tragic acts of the regime
sponsored terrorism against law abiding Sidama civilians with our brothers and sisters [the sons and daughters of others subjugated nations of Ethiopia], our
thought goes to the families and relatives of Sidama victims of Loqqe massacre of
May 24, 2002. We also salute their courage, determination and indefatigable
decisions whilst they took to the streets of Sidamaland demanding their
fundamental rights defying the mightiness of the regime’s live ammunitions to
pay ultimate sacrifices. We also believe that this is the kind of crime taking places
in Oromia, Ogadenia, Gambella, Shakicho Kaficho and others regions of
subjugated nations with varying degrees. We salute the strengths of all civilians
whose ultimate contributionsin the end will make the dreams of their respective
We’re commemorating Sidama victims of atrocity of May 24, 2002, in
conjunction with psychological thought of those all Ethiopians who have lost
their preciouslives for simple reasons of seeking justice, liberty, human dignity
and respect for fundamental rights; the essential elements all are denied by the
successive Ethiopian regimes including the incumbent one.
As we all gathered here in London on May 25, 2013, in a free land where the rule
of law is part and parcel of the whole society, our hearts and minds travel
thousands of miles, dissecting clouds and ocean alike to share the sufferings of
those who are unfortunately left back in Ethiopia, underthe rule of jungle where
democracy and democratic values remain meaningless.
The Sidama nation wholeheartedly reaffirms its oaths on its determination until it
assertsthe rights of Sidama nation for which cause its fallen Sidama heroes paid
ultimate sacrifices!
The Sidamas in Sidamaland and in Diaspora remember this Day, as the day of
Sidama Martyrs and salute them all for their precious sacrifices of life. We all
Sidamas, young and old, female and male alike never forget the ultimate
sacrifices those heroes paid on behalf of our nation.
We the Sidamas wholeheartedly thank the representatives of Oromia, Ogadenia,
Shakacho Kaficho and others subjugated nations’ brothers and sisters for showing
us their usual solidarity by taking part in whatever we do on behalf of our
systematically subjugated and deliberately brutalised nation.
Finally, we demand the support of the international community and strongly
suggest to hold the Ethiopian current regime into account for its inhuman
treatment of civilians and bring those who’re responsible for Loqqee massacre of
Sidama civilians and others similar massacres and genocides committed by this
very regime all over the country. We also demand the current Ethiopian regime
to stop the acts of barbarism towards civilians, intelligentsia, journalists,
opposition members and the wider societies at large.
May the Souls of Sidama Victims of atrocity and others Ethiopian nation’s
peoples who have paid similar sacrifices Rest in Peace!!
Sidama Community UK, May 25, 2013, London