Ayyaantuu – we are deeply saddened by the loss of the father of Oromo Rielf Association (ORA), Tarfa Dibaba, whose life long dedication saved thousands of Oromo refugees in the Horn of Africa. We extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Tarfa and friends. May the soul of Tarfa be at peace! RIP
A Brief Memory of Obbo Terfa Dibaba’s Dedication to Oromo Cause
I am deeply saddened by the news of Obbo Terfa Dibaba’s death. Obbo Terfa was a true Oromo nationalist, a man of sterling integrity, a loyal family man, a dedicated relief worker, and trustworthy individual. I met Obbo Terfa and his loving wife Addee Arfase Gamada for the first time at the meeting of the Union of Oromo Students in Europe 37 years ago and later on worked closely with him for more than twenty years when he was serving as a representative of the Oromo Relief Association based in Germany. The last time I communicated with Obbo Terfa was when he sent me a copy of the book he wrote entitled, “It is a Long Way-A reflection on the history of the Oromo Relief Associaton (ORA).”
Obbo Terfa was a humble and compassionate person who loved his people and cared deeply about the plight of Oromo Refugees. He made significant contributions to the Oromo cause and stayed true to the end to the principles he believed. In the early days when there were very few Oromos in diaspora, Obbo Terfa and Addee Arfase’s home was a resting place for many newly arriving refugees, and Oromo freedom fighters living in Germany and in transit.
Obbo Terfa dedicated his entire life by providing humanitarian assistance to Oromo refugees in a variety of countries, including the Sudan, Kenya, Somalia Djibuti and Germany since the Oromo Relief Association was legally recognized as a humanitarian Organization in 1979. He was among the first Oromo nationalists I know of who made o the world aware of Oromo sufferings under the yolk of the Abyssinian regime. Obbo Terfa spent most of his time travelling back and forth between Germany and East African countries, visiting refugee camps, advocating, fundraising and educating Europeans, Africans and Americans about the predicament of Oromo Refugees. Obbo Terfa’s more than 40 years of dedicated services have saved the lives of thousands Oromo refugees, internally displaced Oromos, families of Oromo political prisoners and freedom fighter. Among the many monumental contributions of Obbo Terfa’s – which history may record one day – is his unflinching dedication to successfully saving/rescuing some Oromo heroes’ very lives at dangerous moments. Obbo Terfa was a selfless and dedicated professional. He was highly respected by people privileged to know and work with him, and by many non-governmental and governmental humanitarian organizations around the world. His passing is a big loss not only to his beloved family, and friends, but also to the entire Oromo Nation. We are already missing him deeply. May his soul rest in peace! May God comfort his family.
Belletech (Chaltu) Deressa
(Lives in Washington, DC, Metropolitan area)
It is with the deepest sorrow that the OLF announces the passing of Tarfa Dibaba on 29th July 2016 at the age of 76. Tarfa Dibaba was one of the founders and a senior member of OLF leadership. He was one of the early educated few that helped in advancing Oromo national struggle that led to the present awakening. Until he took his last breath, he had never stopped encouraging his comrades not to waver from their set objective.
His indefatigable highly principled professional contribution ranged from the battlefields of Oromia to the refugee camps in Sudan, Kenya, Somalia, Yemen, Egypt and Djibouti, and to the diplomatic corridors of the capital cities of the most powerful nations, fighting for independence of Oromia.
We have lost a dear friend and a tremendously valued comrade. In Tarfa Dibaba the Oromo nation has lost a patriot, a giant human rights advocate, a charitable campaigner for rights of Oromo refugees as a founder and lifelong head of the Oromo Relief Association (ORA). In this regard, Tarfa Dibaba has not only saved thousands of life but also consoled and comforted hundreds of victims of torture and unimaginable cruelty in the hands of the enemies of the Oromo nation.
Tarfa Dibaba has survived by his beloved wife Arfase Gamada, their three children Yared, Benjamin and Talile, and grandchildren Gilcha, Hirtz-Dibaba, Jootee, Hawani and Yadani. Our hearts and prayers go to them.
The funeral ceremony will be announced by his family in due course.
May the almighty rest our comrade in eternal peace.
Oromia shall be free!
We are so sorry to hear the loss of this giant Oromo in Europe. It is really sad news. He will be remembered by many, beyond the oromo community worldwide, as a Person whose life has found its purpose in serving those who found themselves on the wrong side of life for just being an Oromo. Our heart goes out to the family. May he rest in peace.
Soreti and Genemo
My you rest in peace Jaal Tarfaa. I don’t have words to express you. You were a true Oromo hero and a gallant freedom fighter. Jaal Tarfaa nagaatti. Nu jaallan keetii fi maatii keetiif jabina, Kaayyoo keetii galman ga’insan kadha.
Wareegama Jaal keenyaa kana yeroon dhagahe hedduun gadde. Obbo Tarfaa maqaa qofaan hin beeku. Hojii isaanii mul’ataa fi abdii baqattoota Oromoo fi namoota heduutiinan beeka. Wareegama qabsoo bilisummaa Oromoof godhan hundaan bara- baraan yaadatamu.
Rabbi lubuu isaa haa maaru.
I am in deep sadness when I read info. on the passing away of Tarfa Dibaba yesterday and I shared this sad news on face book with concerned Oromo nationals. He was an extraordinary Oromo devoted for Oromo cause not only in his great role in leading Oromo Relief organization but also in building Oromoness all his life. Socially he was a father, a friend and kind to all Oromos. In other words he had all true qualities of Oromuumaa.
I pray, you may rest in peace. I pass my deepest condolence to his family.
Irresso T. Boon
Oduun kun hedduu na naasise; na gaddisises. Bu’aan hojii Obbo Tarfaa kanneen rakkoo irraa baraaran keessa tokko. jireenya baqattummaa keessatti, gargaarsi inni nu godha ture qofa osoo hin taane, of keeniinsi, jaalallli fi amalli inni ittiin hojjechaa ture irraa kanin baradhes haga har’aatti jireenya kiyya qajeelchaa jira. Nama umurii isaa guutuu Oromoof dhugaan qabsaawe fi akka warra kaanii qananii hari’uu dhiisee jireenya isaa Oromoof kan kenne ture. Obbo Tarfaan, Oromummaa fi kaaayyoo walabummaa Oromiyaa nama dalagaan mul’isee goota Oromoo ti. Yaadannoo guddaan Obbo Tarfaaf ta’uu qabu, hojii eebbifamaa fi lubbuu Oromoo baraaruu inni hojjechaa ture jabinaan itti fufuu dha.Tarfaa Dibaabaa Foundation: kan hojii Obbo Tarfa itti fufsiisu ijaaruu qabna. Waqayyoon Obbo Tarfaaf jannata; maatii isaatiif ammoo obsa haa kennu.
I AM DEEPLY SORROW OF OBBO TARFAA DIBAABA , THE TRUE OROMOO HERO AND PASSED AWAY FROM THIS WORLD.
LET HIS SOUL BE REST IN PEACE.
Jaal Tarfaa Dibaabaa namoota ani qabsoo bilisummaa saba keenyaa keessatti qooda isaaniif dinqisiifadhuu fi galateefadhu keessaa tokko.Hoji jaal’ataa tahuun isaa qabsoo keenyaafis gumaacheera.Akki itti ijoollee isaa jaalala Oromummaa itti bulchaa biyya ormaa keessatti guddisee hedduuf fakkii gaarii tahuu kan dandahu dha.Kan ofii godhe duwwaa utuu hin tahin qabsoo keenyaaf firaa fi tinnisa horuuf kan raawwate bu’aa argamsiiseera.Kana hundaa irratti haati warraa isaa J.Arfaasee Gammadaa biraa haftee hin beektu waan taheef iseenis kabajaa fi galata guddaa qabsaawota Oromoo biraa qabdi.Maatii fi waa’illan J.Tarfaaf obsaa fi jajjabinan hawwa.
J.Tarfaa,gadda guddaanin nagaa sitti dhaama.
You will be so missed. You were a true father to many oromo refugees, distance never limited you from helping. You traveled from Germany to Sudan, Somalia, and Kenya to help oromo refugees. You were a true freedom fighter in many ways. You will not be forgotten. History will keep your legacy alive forever. May You Rest in Peace.
Maatii isaaf jajjabina, isaaf immoo boqonnaa gaarii. Qabssaawaa jabaa dadhabe hin jenne dahabne.
Obbo Tarfaa Dibaabaa addunyaa kana irraa boqochuun hedduu na gaddiisise . Obbo Tarfaan , kaayyoo ganamaa , kan bara dargagguummaa isaanii itti amanaanii ka’an irraa utuu hin jallatin bakka ga’umsa kaayyoo kanaatiif itti cichanii umrii isaanii dabarsaniiru . Wayyoo ! calqaba Diddaa Fincila Garbummaa Ol-adeemaa Keenyaa hamma tokko arguuf carraa haa hargatan malee , Xumura Diddaa Fincilaa Garbummaa Ilmaan isaan guddisanii kana utuu hin argiin lafa dhugaa dhaquun isaanii Wayyoo – Wayyoo na jechisiisee .
Jaallewwan isaanii , hammi tokko kaayyoo ganama sana gedderuu fi jijjiiruu irratti yeroo isaan yeroo isaanii dabarsan mulachuun isaa isaan quuquun hin ooluu . Garuu Obbo Tarfan , Bara Dulluma Isaanis , Halagaa firoonfachuudhaan bakka dhalli fi Ol- adeemaan Ilmaan Oromoo itti baqatanitti iyyaafatanii : Jibuutii , Sudan fi KKF gammoojjiiwwan biyyaa olaa keessatti Ilmaan Oromoo kana qaqqabuudhaaf bu’aa bu’ii utuu hin sodaatiin saba isaaniitiif gaaddiidduu ta’anii jiraataniiru . Kanneen isaan gammoojjii sana keessatti qaqqaban harra lubbuun jiran illee wayyoo wayyoo qaqqabaa bara rakkinaa keenya dhabne jechaa jiru .
Egaa Maatii isaaniitiif jajjabina , Ekeraa isaanitti biyyoon haasalphatun jedha .