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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Prisoners of Conscience

Partial list of Political prisoners from Kaliti, Kilinito, Maikelawi and Zuway Prisons of Ethiopia (2013). On January 5, 2008 in Virginia, USA Mr. Siye Abraha, founder and former politburo member of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and a former Defence Minister of the regime now ruling Ethiopia, while addressing the political situation of Ethiopia said “The prison speaks Oromiffa” (Esir betu Oromogna yinageral). Mr. Siye Abraha asserted that about 99% of Kaliti’s prison is filled with Oromos. He was also released in 2007 after serving six years at the…

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Happy New Year!

To all Oromo in the DMV area, Happy New Year! The Oromo Community Organization of Washington DC has organized a special New Year Eve event to create an environment of coming together, celebrating the New Year, and remembering our people back home. The New Year Organizing team is working tirelessly to make the event interesting and relevant. Therefore, the OCO would like to extend its invitation to you and your family members to be part of this special event, which will be held on: Date: December 31, 2017 Time: 7:00PM –…

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Oromo Community Organization  Public Meeting

Oromo Community Organization  Public Meeting Date: December 16, 2017 Time: 2pm to 6pm New address:  Northwestern High School 7000 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville, Maryland 20782 View the calendar event here The Task Force established by OCO is pleased to invite you to a public meeting of all Oromo’s in Washington DC Metropolitan area to discuss the status of the community, and chart ways of strengthening and building the community in the spirit of Oromummaa. This meeting is a follow up of our meeting of October 21, 2017 called by Oromo Community…

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Lelisa Desisa and Mamitu Daska win Bronz in New York City Marathon

Ethiopian Athletes won Bronze both in the men’s and women’s events of New York City marathon today. Lelisa Desisa finished third in the men’s race that featured plenty of drama, with Kamworor holding off countryman Wilson Kipsang by just three seconds in a mad dash to the finish, earning his first win in the process. Kamworor came in with a time of 2:10:53, followed by Kipsang in second place and Lelisa Desisa coming in third with a time of 2:11:32. Desisa has won Boston marathon on two occasions, in 2013 and 2015. Meb Kiflehzighi of…

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Hundeen Keenya Tokko

This poem was posted on Facebook on November 16 2016. The author talks about the need of unity. You may follow the author here. Ilmi abbaa tokkoo Maaliif waliin oodaa? Sanyiidhaan wal hiree Maaf wal dhowwa qooda? . Karuma qubni seene silaa horfee seena harkii Nutu hoo waliif diinaa Orma hin jedhiinaa Lakkii. . “Ejjaa warra abaluu Ishee abaaramtuu Kun nuballeessiti nutti hin dabalamtu . Warra akkasii kana Hortee warra Shawaa Ijoollee wallaggaa Harargeerraa dhowwaa . Warri kamisee sun Isaan warra Wallooti Nuti warri Baalee ijoollee Waaqooti . Elaa isaan Gujii Isaansun…

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Balcha Saafo and the fall of a great warrior to the trickery of Haile Selassie

“Do not underestimate the power of Tafari. He creeps like a mouse but he has jaws of a lion.” Balcha Safo of Sidamo’s last words before entering the monastery. Note: this article was originally posted here on Facebook. In the mid-1920s, the powerful warlords of Ethiopia were coming to the realization that a young man of the nobility named Haile Selassie, also known as Ras Tafari, was out competing them all and nearing the point where he could proclaim himself their leader, unifying the country for the first time in…

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አዳዲስ ክስተቶች 

Note: This observation analyzes the current political affairs in Ethiopia and the stare down between OPDO, TPLF and the military.  It was posted on Dr Dereje Gerafa Tullu’s FB Page on 29 October 2017. The post is slightly edited (mostly formatting for better readability) ዕይታ 1: ኦህዲድ ውስጥ ከዚህ በኃላ operation አካሂዶ አንዱን ጥሎ አንዱን ማንገስ እጅግ ከባድ ደረጃ ላይ ደርሷል።ከዚህ በኃላ አይቻልም ባይባልም ይህንን ኦፕሬሽን ኦህዲድ ውስጥ ከመሞከር ህወሃት ውስጥ መሞከር ይቀላል።ይህ ማለት አንድ ሁለት የኦህዲድ አመራር አባላት የማፈንገጥ ፍላጎት ወይም የተለመደውን የመላላክ አባዜ አይኖራቸውም ማለት አይደለም።አሁን ኦህዲድ ውስጥ…

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ይድረስ ለአምባገነን ነፍስ ገዳዮች!!

ሞቲ ቢያ (Gemechu Melka) ወገን በመደበኛ ጦር በአደባባይ ይገደላል። ሕዝብ ያላቅሳል። ድንበር ይጣሳል። የሚገድል ድርጅት ይወደሳል። ቃላት መግለፅ የማይችለው እብሪት ከገደቡ አልፎአል። ግፍ ገደቡን ጥሶአል። ከባዶ እግር ነፃ ባወጣችሁና ባለቢሊዮኔሮች ባደረጋችሁ ሀዝብ ላይ መዝመቱን መርጣችሁአል። እንዲህም ሆኖ እባካችሁ አንድን እውነት እወቁ። ከእንግዲህ እንደ ተለመደው እያወናበዱ መቀጠል አይቻልም። የጦር መሣሪያ ብዛት፣ የሠራዊት ጋጋታ ጊዜያዊ መሆኑን ለእናንተ መንገር አያስፈልግም። ጦርነት የጀመራችሁት ከማን ጋር እንደሆነ የተገነዘባችሁ አይመስልም። የኦሮሚያ ሕዝብ የኢምፓየርቱ ብዙሃን ሕዝብ ነው። የሀገርቱ እምብርት ነው። የኢኮኖሚ ሃይል ነው። ጀግና ሕዝብ ነው። በተለይ የአሁኑ ጊዜ ጦርነት ከዚህ ቀደም ከአሸነፋችሁት፣ ከሀገር ካባረራችሁት ወገን ጋር የምታካሄዱ…

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‘THE BOY WITH A STONE’

Note: This is first posted on Tsegaye Ararsa’s FB page. People have been wondering about who this boy is and what his story is. ‘The Boy with a Stone’ is C.B. (name abbreviated for the sake of his safety–if at all he is safe even now!). He is a fourteen-years old lad from Awwaaro. I gather that he is a student of Grade 7. He supports himself by selling sugarcane in the town. Reports have it that he is an outstanding student, too. His fearless walk towards the armored military…

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