Baqqalaa Garbaa – Baga Hiikamte

This poem was posted by Leta Kenei Aga cheering the release from Prison of OFC leader Mr. Bekele Garbaa. Yaa Baqqee yaa Baqqalaa Jabaa leenca daggalaa Hidhamtee dhugaa dhabdee Balleessaa malee cabde! Kosii hin haane harki kee Maalidharee yakki kee? Dabaa tuffatte malee Sabaaf dubbatte malee.. Afuuftuutu si shakka Biyya oromummaan yakkaa! Loose translation:   Oh my dear Bekele Strong like a lion in the jungle In jail you were denied justice You suffered with no sin of yours Your hands were near no evil Then what is your crime?…

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Sad News: Mrs. Yeshi Teklu Tessema

The Oromo Community Organization of Washington DC (OCO) has learned on February 12 2018 that one of our beloved members, Mrs. Yeshi Teklu Tessema had 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 the late Mrs Tessema. The OCO would also like to encourage everyone to attend the funeral service and console the family and friends. The funeral Service will be held on Wednesday February 14, 2018. Detailed program: Prayer Service…

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Bekele Garba and Six OFC leaders released from jail

Mr. Bekele Gaba and six other leaders of the Oromo Federalist Congress have been released from prison today. Mr. Garba was thrown to jail in November 2015 right after the beginning of the second wave of Oromo protests which engulfed the whole region like wildfire. It seems the regime picked the calm and seasoned OFC leader in an attempt to make the movement leaderless. Regardless, the protests have continued to this day. It is to be remembered that Mr. Garba previously served a four year prison sentence on trumped up…

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