Oromo refugees in Kenya face bribes, harassment

The Oromo are Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group but have long complained of political and economic marginalisation at the hands of the country’s ruling party, which is dominated by a minority ethnic group, the Tigrayans. Following 2016 protests demanding political reform, which resulted in a state of emergency and the deaths of more than 600 in the security crackdown, thousands of Oromo made their way to neighboring Kenya seeking asylum and refuge. But they did not escape the Ethiopian authorities. Human Rights Watch has reported “numerous cases of harassment and threats” against Oromo asylum…

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Ethiopian PM announced political prisoners will be released.

Prime Minster Haile Mariam Dessalegn announced that his government will release all political prisoners and a notorious detention center knows as Maekelawi will be closed. During his announcement the PM was flanked by the chairmen of the sister parties that form the EPRDF coalition. The government didn’t say anything whether those who put those people in jail in the first place will be held accountable, or if the prisoners will be compensated for pain and suffering they endured. Details of this announcement and names of those prisoners to be pardoned…

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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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More than 10 people gunned down in Ambo

Witnesses in Ethiopia say at least 10 people are dead after security forces fired on angry protesters in the restive Oromia region. One resident says the killings occurred around midday Thursday in the town of Ambo. Another resident says gunshots could be heard since morning. The residents spoke on condition of anonymity because of fear of retaliation. The town has seen multiple demonstrations since anti-government protests erupted in Ethiopia in 2015 and caused a 10 month long state of emergency that was lifted in August. Mr Gadisa Dessalegn, a spokesman…

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Ethnic strife in Ethiopia threatens a key U.S. ally

Note: This article was first published on October 21 2017 by Paul Schemm on Washington Post. ADAMA, Ethi­o­pia — A largely hidden war in remote areas of Ethiopia has killed hundreds of people, displaced more than 100,000 others and raised the specter of ethnic cleansing, potentially destabilizing an important U.S. partner in the fight against terrorism. With the strongest army in the Horn of Africa and second-largest population on the continent, Ethiopia has been a major ally in battling regional terrorist groups such as al-Shabab and a pillar of stability between…

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Six People are killed during a wave of new protests in Oromia

Addis Ababa – The vice chair of Oromo Peoples Democratic Organization (OPDO) says protests in the restive Oromia region left six people dead on Wednesday (October 11 2017) as anti-government demonstrations return to Oromia regional state. Dr Abiy Ahmed says more than 30 people were injured in clashes in Shashamane town and an area called Boke. He did not say who was responsible for the killings. Blogger and university lecturer Seyoum Teshome says more than 15,000 people rallied again on Thursday in Wolisso town against the country’s ruling elite. He…

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Abadula Gamadaa Resigns

Abadula Gemeda, speaker of the Ethiopian House of Peoples? Representatives has submitted a letter to resign from his post as speaker of the house. Sources tell that Abadula submitted the resignation letter to the federal government “in protest over recent political developments including the federal security handling of the ongoing violence in eastern Ethiopia. This crisis, in reality a proxy war against the Oromo people perpetrated by TPLF backed Somali “Liyu Police”, has displaced about 150, 000 Oromos from the Somali regional state. In recent weeks tensions have risen to…

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In Ethiopia, at the Irreecha festival, the anger of the Oromo does not disarm

The majority ethnic group of the country, which considers itself marginalized and martyred, denounces the Tigreans’ control over the affairs of the state for more than a quarter of a century. By Emeline Wuilbercq (Addis Ababa, Correspondence) Note – This article was published on lemonde?( a French language site) on the 03 October 2017. This is translated to English using Google Translate.   Chala* came to “thank God”, dressed in a traditional sweater with black, red and white bands, the young lawyer dipped yellow flowers and fresh grass in Harsade…

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