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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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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Children Festival and Cookout

To: All Oromo living in the Washington DC Metropolitan area Subject: Oromo Children Festival at the annual Oromo Community Organization Cookout day When: Saturday, August 26, 2017 Where:?1620 E Randolph Rd, Colesville, MD 20904, Valley Mill Special Park Time: 11:00am ? 6:00pm It is that time of the year again, were we gather and celebrate our children. Teach and learn from them and seed the identity of Oromuma. This year?s Oromo Kids Festival is bound to provide an exciting day out for children and their families. There will be plenty…

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OSA Annual Conference

Dear members of the Oromo Community ?in ?DC, Maryland, and Virginia, The Oromo Studies Association (OSA) cordially invites all Oromos in the area to attend the 31st Annual OSA Conference in Washington DC,?July 28-30, 2017.?This year’s conference will be held at the prestigious George Washington University and the conference?will explore the Oromo gadaa heritage, knowledge, traditions and their contemporary significance.? ? OSA Annual Conference Time & Location: Saturday, July 29th and Sunday, July 30th?from?9:00 am – 6:00 pm   Registration Information: Members: $30 ? ?Non-Members: $45 ? ?Students: $25 You…

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Sad News: Obbo Edao Boru has passes away

The Oromo Community Organization of Washington DC (OCO) has learned that Oromia’s famous and highly respected historian, a man also known as a moving library, Obbo Edao Boru, passed away this week on July 18, 2017. Obbo Edao was known for his unparalleled memory of history of the Oromo and other peoples of the region, and millions will miss him. On behalf of the Oromo living in Washington DC Metropolitan area, the Oromo Community Organization of Washington DC would like to expresses its deep condolence to the family members and…

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Response from US Dept Of State to an Appeal Letter Jointly Submitted On May 9, 2014

In letter dated June 2,2014, the US department of state , Assistant secretary for African Affairs responded to the Appeal letter jointly submitted by the Oromo Community Organization(OCO) , the Oromo Youth Self-help Association (OYSA), the International Oromo Women Organization (IOWO), and the Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa (HRLHA). In the letter, the assistant secretary mentioned concerns about the death of Oromo students. The assistant secretary also mentioned protecting human right is the key component of US?s foreign policy worldwide,?Click here to read the letter

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Sad News: Obbo Jamal Idris passed away

?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. Jamal Idris, passed away this afternoon. 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. Jamal Idris. The Funeral Service of Mr. Jamal is tomorrow, Saturday, June 10, 2017 (1:30 PM – 2:00 PM). The Schedule is as follows Janaza prayer service – 1:30 PM Muslim…

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Sad News: Obbo Bedhane Tadesse passed away

The Oromo Community Organization of Washington DC (OCO) has learned that one of our prominent elders, Mr. Bedhane(Girma) Tadesse passed away this week. 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. Bedhane. The Funeral Service of Mr. Bedane is tomorrow, Saturday, May 27, 2017 (9:00 AM – 2:00 PM) The Schedule is as follows Church service – 9:00 AM Debre Selam Kidist Mariam Church 1350 Buchanan St. NW, Washington DC, 20011 ?…

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Call to support the Oromo House

Dear Oromo brothers and sisters, As you may know, enabling the OCO to own its facility has been realized and is being sustained with the generous financial supports of Oromo donors, entities, and the Oromo community at large living in Washington DC Metropolitan Area. With the combined contributions of all Oromo, the OCO is able to confidently fulfill its mortgage obligations on time and defray other expenses to run the Oromo House. The Oromo Community Organization of Washington DC is proud of all Oromo who have taken part in supporting…

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