Olympian Feyisa Lilesa is reunited with his family in the U.S.

Ethiopian marathoner and Olympic silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa was reunited with his family after months of separation following his protest of the Ethiopian government at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. In the closing meters of the Olympic marathon, Lilesa crossed his arms in an “X” shape to protest the slaying of the Oromo people in Ethiopia. The Oromo are the country?s largest ethnic group and are being oppressed in response to their peaceful protests in favor of political reforms. His demonstration garnered global attention following his press conference…

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Oromo Leadership Convention Concluded

Atlanta, GA?– An Oromo Leadership Convention held over the weekend in Atlanta has concluded today. The convention was held at Atlanta Airport Hilton for three days beginning from Friday November 11 2016. Only invited guests were allowed to take part in the discussions held at the Hilton, however the Sunday afternoon session held at Downtown Hyatt was open to the public. More than 600 participants from all walks of life took part in this historic convention.?According to the organizers, Oromos traveled to?Atlanta from far away places such as Finland, Sweden,…

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ኦሮሚያ >>>>> የደም መሬትከአንድ ቤት ሶስት ወንድማማቾች በአጋዚ ጥይት ሺርካ, አሩሲAbbaa Joel ይህን ዜና የሰማሁት ንጋት ከመኝታዬ ተነስቼ የኦሮሚያ ሜዲያ ኔትዎርክ (OMN) የ Facebook ገፅ በተመለከትኩበት ጊዜ ነበር። ገና የዜናውን እርዕስ ስመለከት ነበር ውስጤ መታመም የጀመረው። ከአንድ ቤት ሶስት ወንድማማቾች በትግሬው ታጣቂ ሃይል መገደላቸውን ይናገራል። የእልቂት ዜና መስማት የለመደው ጆሮዬ ይህንንም በሶስት ወንድማማቾች ላይ የተፈፀመ ወደር የለሽ ግድያ ለመስማት አላመነታም። እናም የሰለባዎቹ ቤተሰብ የሆኑ ወላጅ አባት አቶ ጀማልና ወላጅ እናት በታመመ አይምሯቸው ስለ ልጆቻቸው እልቂት የተናገሩትን በእንባ ታጅቤ (ለማልቀስ የፈጠረን ጉዶች ሆነናልና) ማዳመጥ ጀመርኩ። ምስራቅ አርሲ በሽርካ ወረዳ ነዋሪ የሆኑት ሶስቱ ወንድማማቾች…

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Ethiopia court sentences three university students to various terms in jail

Addis?Ababa?? The Federal High court 19th criminal bench?sentenced three university students to various jail terms. These students were arrested?during the first wave of Oromo Protests,?between April and May 2014. The protests began in opposition to the now shelved Addis Ababa Integrated Master Plan. Oromo students vigorously opposed the so called ‘master plan’ which targeted to uproot Oromo farmers from their ancestral land. Six students, among hundreds?arrested at the time, were subsequently charged with violating various articles in Ethiopia?s sweeping Anti-Terrorism Proclamation (ATP). Lenjissa Alemayehu, a third-year water engineering student at…

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Ethiopia’s prime minister reshuffles cabinet

Two in three ministers have been replaced. Nine ministers are from restive Oromia region. The move is unlikely to appease opposition. ?Addis Ababa, Ethiopia?– Prime minister Hailemariam Dessalegn has reshuffle his cabinet three weeks after imposing a state of emergency. The main goal of the reshuffle is to contain a wave of anti-government protests that have started to destabilize the authoritarian regime. On Tuesday November 1 2016, the prime minister appointed five technocrats and half a dozen people from Oromia, the region where the unrest began a year ago, in…

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Why a state of emergency in Ethiopia may not end the crisis

Source: http://www.Ayyaantu.net Connecticut, USA?? Merkel?s meeting with Prime Minister?Hailemariam Desalegn focused on the country?s newly declared state of emergency and other issues including migration. The most recent protests started on October 2 after dozens of people died in clashes with government security forces during a holy festival celebrated by the country?s Oromo people. ?Jawar Mohammed, an influential Oromo activist based in the US, said businesses that have displaced Oromo or have links to the ruling coalition are being targeted. Getachew said protesters had since torched more than a dozen farms…

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Press Statement on Ethiopia’s Declared State of Emergency

Press Statement John Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC: The United States takes note of the Government of Ethiopia?s October 8 declaration of a State of Emergency in response to recent protests and violence in the Oromia and Amhara regions. We are troubled by the potential impact of the decision to authorize detention without a warrant and to further limit freedom of expression, including by blocking Internet access, prohibiting public gatherings, and imposing curfews. This declaration, if implemented in these ways, would further enshrine…

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Ethiopia Declares State of Emergency

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia?- The TPLF led Ethiopian government?has declared a state of emergency following months of often violent anti-government protests, especially in the restive Oromia region. The puppetPrime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn?appeared on state television on Sunday and?rambled why it is necessary to declare the emergency.?Hailemariam said -“A state of emergency has been declared because the situation posed a threat against the people of the country,”. ?Oromos whom we have asked for their opinions said that their region has been under state of emergency for close to a year and this…

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DC Mayor?s Office on African Affairs approved a grant of $10,000

Dear our Community Members, Congratulations! The DC Mayor?s Office on African Affairs has approved a grant of $10,000 for the Oromo Community Organization?s healthcare awareness training and assessment program for the second time. In a letter dated November 18, 2014 to OCO president, the DC Mayor?s office on African Affairs approved the African community grant. The Office of African Affairs (OAA) announced the awarding of $100,000 in funding to eight community-based organizations (CBOs) who provide critical services to the District?s African community. OCO is one of the eight CBOs selected…

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