Oromo Poet Caalaa Hayiluu Abaataa: “Don’t Chase Me”

11th May 2016  By Melody Sundberg
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The poem “Don’t Chase Me” read by the author himself, Caalaa Hayiluu Abaataa. Caalaa was jailed and tortured in Maekelawi, the notorious police station in Ethiopia, for writing poetry about the Oromo people who suffers oppression by the Ethiopian government. He now lives in exile in Sweden. Read his story here: http://www.untoldstoriesonline.com/my…

The reading is filmed during Poesi på liv och död – exilen den verkliga utmaningen (Poetry on life and death – With the exile as the real challenge), an event by Stockholm University. May 10, 2016 at Fanfaren Kultur Farsta, Stockholm, Sweden.

Video by Untold Stories / Melody Sundberg.




Melody Sundberg
Project manager of Untold Stories. Photographer and artist. Educated in Psychology.









1 Comment

Dear Caalaa! I listened “Don’t chase me “which has strong message against dictator, typically” Wayne “. Your poem is a refraction of the reality on the ground. I associated it with miserable life in Ethiopia. It describes also how, why &where the TPLF government manipulates Oromoo people in different ways. Over all, your contribution and effort are encouraging and promising not only for Oromiyya but also for Africa. Go a head! !



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