OCO’s Reaction to the Ongoing Sufferings of the Oromo People

The Oromo people’s struggle against the dictatorial Ethiopian government, for the respect of their human rights, has been intensified since 2014 in much coordinated anti-government protests engulfing the country. The Ethiopian government security forces violently responded to peaceful Oromo protesters, killing thousands and jailing indefinitely hundreds of thousands innocent Oromo. On September 3, 2016, with unparalleled cruelty, the Ethiopian regime burned alive Oromo prisoners of conscious and gunned down those who were trying to escape the fire. As we all know, the Ethiopian government also imposed a 10-month state of…

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How Mortgages Work in the US – a short guide

The mortgage industry works a little differently in the US than it does in many other parts of the world. Mortgage loans are treated as commercial paper, which means that lenders can convey and assign them freely. That results in a situation where financial institutions bundle mortgage loans into securities that people can invest in. The purpose of this system is to quickly free up money for the financial institutions to lend out in the form of new mortgages. The US also has a number of government-sponsored enterprises, such as…

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Rally to Commemorate the Victims of the 2016 Irreechaa Massacre & Protest against Violence and Political Repression

This year, while celebrating the?Irreecha?festival, Oromo communities in the Diaspora will commemorate those who were murdered in Bishoftu on October 2, 2016 by the Ethiopian government forces and the conditions they created to victimize innocent people. Irreecha is an ancient Oromo cultural tradition which survived many years of repression, and continues to flourish. It is observed in late September and early October annually at the historic Lake (Hora) Arsadi near the town of Bishoftu, about 25 miles south of Finfinee (Addis Ababa). In recent years three to five million people…

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The TPLF regime is resettling Tigrians in Addis Ababa/Oromia

The TPLF regime is resettling Tigrains? in Addis Abab/Oromia and continues displacing the Oromo from their land. Fifteen billion birr from Commercial Bank of Ethiopia just for Addis Ababa. I wonder how much would same bank offer to cities and towns in Oromia. This is a race against time to absolutely exterminate Oromos in the city. Oromos constitute a small minority among the vast 900000 people registered for housing. We are demanding Oromia again to resettle all Oromos displaced from Somali region in Addis Ababa.

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Sad News: Mr. Yonathan Temesgen Petros

To all Oromo in the Washington DC Metropolitan area, The Oromo Community Organization of Washington DC (OCO) has learned that one of our beloved Oromo members, Mr. Yonathan Temesgen Petros passed away. On behalf of all Oromo in the Washington Metropolitan area, the OCO would like to express its deep condolence to the family and friends of Mr. Yonathan Temesgen Petros. The Funeral Program is as Follows Prayer Service – 10:15 AM St. Lawrence Catholic Church 6222 Franconia Rd, Alexandria, VA 22310 ? Burial Service – 12:00 PM Fairfax Memorial…

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