WBO IN PHOTOS: 4 Decades of Active Resistance & Defense
The modern WBO has its roots in the 1963 Baale Oromo Revolt led by General Waqo Gutu and the 1974/75 armed resistance led by General Taddasaa Birru in central Oromiyaa.
Almost a decade after the start of the Baale Oromo Revolt, in 1974, a group of Oromo freedom fighters resumed guerrilla activities in Charchar mountains under the leadership of Hassen Ibrahim, popularly known by his nom de guerre– Elemo Qilixxu. The new Derg government deployed a special force in the area, where the guerrillas were operating, and carried out mass genocide on an innocent civilian population. Later, Elemo Qilixxu and his comrades died for the self-determination of the Oromo people at a battle against the Derg junta and Neftegna forces on September 5, 1974.
Two years later, in 1976, the Oromo people’s armed resistance struggle resumed in Gara Mul’ata, Oromiyaa, by the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) against the colonial forces of the Abyssinian successive regimes. This culminated the decades-long protracted armed resistance of the Oromo people against the occupying Abyssinian forces, and gave birth to WBO.The following is a collection of photos showing WBO’s four decades of active resistance and defense. The photos in this gallery were collected from several online sources.
WBO in the 1990′s, 2000′s and 2010′s