Dr. Hamdesa Tuso was born and raised in Oromia in the Ethiopian Empire. While attending High School, during the latter years of the feudal regime of Emperor Haile Sellassie, he participated in a youth movement for social change and justice for the landless peasants in the Rift Valley of southern Oromia. These life lessons in indigenous forms of human rights advocacy and peacemaking remain at the core of his work. His journey has led him to pursue higher education Australia and North America. He attended Avondale College, NSW, Australia, receiving a B.A.
He subsequently pursued his graduate education at Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan where he received his M. A. and Michigan State University where he obtained his Ph.D. Dr. Tuso practices his concentration on conflict resolution within and beyond the academy.
As a Faculty Member of the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies,University of Manitoba, he teaches and supervises graduate students. During the last two decades he has written numerous scholarly works on Ethnic Conflict in The Horn of Africa, also on Indigenous Processes of Peacemaking.
Department of Peace and Conflict Studies Faculty of Graduate Studies The University of Manitoba 252C-70 Dysart Rd. Winnipeg, Canada R3T 2M6
Course Taught at University of Manitoba
PEACE 7050: Culture and Conflict
PEACE 7240: Indigenous Processes of Peacemaking
PECAE 7110: International Human Rights and Human Security
PEACE 7060: Social Basis of Terrorism
Courses Taught at Menno Simons College, the University of Winnipeg
CRS-2281/3-002: Social Basis of Terrorism
CRS-2241/3-001: Culture and Conflict
CRS-2210/3-001: Theories of Social Conflict
Historic event that cemented his faith in the Oromo People
There was another historic event that cemented his faith in the Oromo people and their belief in their Oromummaa.
Between 2001 and 2004, he was privileged to serve on the Shanachaa Jaarsmumaa Peace Mission. As the Chairman of the Shanachaa, he was exposed to various views expressed by the Oromo people around the world. Other members also had their contacts too.
At the end of the process we made three fundamental observations. First, the Oromo people believe in unity. Second, the Oromo people support the OLF. Third, the Oromo people want to support the goal of self-determination (independence). This is true manifestation of Oromummaa.