Addis Ababa, June 2, 2013 – Ethiopia is a federal state combined together with many nations having in different backgrounds, cultures and religions that it could be difficult to satisfies all the communities needs though the government put huge efforts for the nations
Somalis are one of Ethiopian nations, but completely have a different background than the other Ethiopian-nations. In truth, two decades ago the Somalis were being marginalized by past Ethiopian regimes and denied their citizen rights.
It is known the Somali region has been under Ethiopian occupation since nineteen centuries while the Europeans forces captured Africa. Ethiopia had been treating Somalis like a second citizen to their country that always responsible for activating in a new conflict.
In 2010, during the peace process between the government and ONLF function, Somali community raised some issues related to the power sharing and social integration. The peace process was incomplete in details, articles and in procedures but public majority forced to the dysfunctioned oppositions to accept the peace deal.
At first, year of a peace agreement the government appointed two ministers for the Somalis on federal level and several diplomacy to the foreign countries. The people welcomed the government decision appointed to ministers and diplomacy envoys, and it was an appropriate step taken forward for allowing more rights to the Somali region.
Four years ago there was no coherent between the government and Somali-Ethiopian people, whether it is the regime or people. Since the peace agreement signed in Addis Ababa, some changes of integration have seen inside and outside of the country. The government started improving infrastructures, building social capability, letting more autonomous and encourage Somali Ethiopian Diaspora to come back the country. However, the administration still using had iron to the civilian people and employees. People cannot talk freely about seen mistakes in the administration, and they scare to be punished without proper trial court.
Almost the Somali-Ethiopians never had accessed for having Ethiopian official identity, because there was no coherent with. Somali region has a long border with Somalia, and people in both sides share unique in everything that makes Somali-Ethiopians victims of losing their rights of being Ethiopian.
To introduce felt Somalis being Somali-Ethiopians Diaspora community allowed rights for claiming Ethiopian identity card. The government eased for possessing identity documents by Diaspora through the unpaid diplomacy at embassies.
All Ethiopian community living in abroad cannot form to a single community, due to the difference some in issues. The diplomacies in the embassies could be representatives in states.
In January this year, the government recalled Abdirashid Dulane from London’s embassy, who was one of the diplomacy’s government appointed in 2010 for Somali states as power sharing. As well as Abdulraman Sheikh lost ministerial post in the federal level in 2011 and there was no replacement and other diplomacy in USA are unaccounted. Continuing this situation, Somalis will go back to the place they were where before the peace accord in 2010.
Unfortunately, the autonomous officials do not care what changes in the power sharing, since they maintain only their positions. Somali-Ethiopians do not want conflict with the Ethiopia but prefer to see the preceding development in the region and more power sharing to be part from the country.