The TPLF regime is resettling Tigrians in Addis Ababa/Oromia

The TPLF regime is resettling Tigrains? in Addis Abab/Oromia and continues displacing the Oromo from their land. Fifteen billion birr from Commercial Bank of Ethiopia just for Addis Ababa. I wonder how much would same bank offer to cities and towns in Oromia. This is a race against time to absolutely exterminate Oromos in the city. Oromos constitute a small minority among the vast 900000 people registered for housing. We are demanding Oromia again to resettle all Oromos displaced from Somali region in Addis Ababa.

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Transfer of OCO Leadership

Through an election process that was fully transparent, democratic and peaceful, the Oromo Community Organization of the Washington DC metropolitan area carried out a peaceful transition of power on June 24, 2016. The 9-member Board of Directors convened at the Oromo House to elect from among themselves leaders who would serve in the positions of President, Vice President, Executive Director, Executive Secretary and Executive member for a two-year term. Prior to the intra-committee elections to replace outgoing members of the Board, the General Assembly elected 5 leaders to be added…

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OCO Requests Language Access for District?s Oromo Residents

Washington DC?The President of the Board of the Oromo Community of Washington DC, Dr. Desta Yebessa was among 75 witnesses who testified in support of At-Large DC Council Member Grosso?s Bill to expand language access to residents at a public hearing jointly convened by council members David Grosso, Kenyan McDuffie and Council Chairman Phil Mendelson on ?Language Access for Education Amendment Act of 2015.?The act was introduced by Council member Grosso on February 3, 2015. Reflecting on the purpose of the hearing, David Steib, Eqs., Director of Language Access ,…

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OCO President Testified in front of the Council of the District of Columbia

Dr. Desta Yebassa, OCO Board President and Project Manager, testified in front of the Council of the District of Columbia, chaired by Ms. Anita Bonds on May 6, 2015. The Oromo Community Organization of Washington DC joined numerous community and non-profit organizations in advocating for increases in funding for their own organizations as well as for the Mayor?s Office on African Affairs, which has helped provide grants to qualifying non-profit organizations over the years. OCO President explained to the Council that the Oromo make up ?over 40% of Ethiopia?s total…

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DC Budget Cut & Financial Concerns by Community Organizations

In their testimonies, the President of OCO and leaders of many other non-profits expressed their concern that drastic budget cuts by the District of Columbia government will negatively affect their ability to provide social services to the communities they serve. Witnesses representing the African communities in and around the Washington DC metropolitan area pointed out the disparity in budget allocated to the Office on African Affairs, which they said receives the smallest fund ($100,000) compared to other agencies serving Asian or Latino populations, for instance. This is despite OAA?s representation…

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Feyisa Lilesa wins New York City half marathon

Feyisa Lilesa won?the United Airlines NYC Half Marathon in New York City on Sunday March 19 2017. Lilesa?s time of 1:00:04 was the fifth fastest in event history and fastest in the last five years. The Rio 2016 Olympic silver medalist was challenged heavily by Great Britain?s Callum Hawkins, who came second in 1:00:08, and fellow Ethiopian Teshome Mekonnen, who was third in 1:00:28. Feyisa outsprinted both challengers down the final stretch toward Wall Street, taking his first win in 2017 after finishing second at January?s Houston Half Marathon in…

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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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ከአንድ ቤት ሶስት ወንድማማቾች በአጋዚ ጥይት

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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