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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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 can?register online by…

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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 Community…

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