Archive | May 10, 2015

Press Release: From Yemen Oromo Refugees committee of the Oromo Community of Minnesota

According to the UNHCR over a quarter of a million Ethiopian refugees are languishing in the war-torn country of Yemen. A large majority of these are of Oromo origin as they are the most politically persecuted group in Ethiopia. Aid agencies operating in Yemen describe the humanitarian crisis there as approaching critical level. According to […]

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

By Habtamu Dugo 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 […]

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Development and democracy debate ahead of Ethiopia vote

Opposition critics say May 24 elections will not be free and fair, but the government praises the democratic climate. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Aljazeera) – If Ethiopians ever possessed a strong desire to express their political views through the ballot, that sentiment seems to have dwindled in the run-up to national elections on May 24. One […]

Urgent Appeal on Behalf of Oromo Refugees Stranded in Yemen

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees 94 rue de Montbrillant Geneva, Switzerland Subject: Urgent Appeal on Behalf of Oromo Refugees Stranded in Yemen The Oromo Community of Minnesota (OCM) is sending an urgent appeal to all governmental, non-governmental and UN humanitarian agencies, on behalf of Oromo refugees stranded in Yemen due to the ongoing […]

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