Each year on July 4, Oromos in Minnesota gather in Minneapolis to celebrate America’s Independence Day. It is a tradition that started over a decade ago. This year, despite warnings to stay out of the record breaking heat, Oromos came out by the hundreds and did what they do every year on this date. New and old faces reunite at Riverside Park every year.
Founded in 1995, the Oromo Sport Federation in North America (OSFNA) promotes sports and cultural events by organizing annual soccer tournament. From Jun 30 – Jul 7, 2012, after years of failed bids, Toronto is playing host to Oromos from around the world. Here are some highlights from around the social web.
by Mohammed Ademo
On Jun. 30, 2012, the opening night of the annual Oromo convention , slated to run from Jun. 30 to Jul. 7, in Toronto, Canada, the Afran Qallo band will mark its golden jubilee – the 50th year anniversary of the birth of a movement that produced such star talents as Dr. Ali Birra, the undisputed king of Oromo music.
June 27 (Bloomberg) -- An Ethiopian court convicted writer Eskinder Nega, a senior opposition activist and 22 others of terrorism offenses including plotting to overthrow the government.
Judge Endeshaw Adane today found members of the group, 16 of whom were tried in absentia since they are abroad, guilty of offenses including conspiracy to commit terror acts and having links with a banned U.S.-based opposition group, Ginbot 7, and neighboring Eritrea, which has hostile relations with Ethiopia.
More than 20 Ethiopian migrants caught while trying to cross into the de-facto breakaway state of Somaliland have been promptly repatriated back to Ethiopia, local Somaliland press reported.
Somaliland's location, adjacent to the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, makes it an ideal transit point for migrants hoping to make the 1800km long, treacherous journey to the port city of Bosaso, where they would then board smuggler-run ships to Yemen.
Jerry Rothwell’s new film, Town of Runners, is a masterpiece feature documentary about two young runners from Bokoji (Bekoji), a small town located in central Ethiopia, in the Arsi zone of the Oromia region. Little known to the world, Bokoji is a highland town of about 17,000 residents, which has produced some of the finest long distance athletes, such as Tirunesh Dibaba, Kenenisa Bekele, Fatuma Roba and Derartu Tulu.
By Mohammed Ademo
Saint Paul, MN ― On Friday Jun. 15, the American Oromo Community of Minnesota (AOCM) recognized 15 Oromo youth, ages 14-17, who completed a yearlong leadership program, in a well-attended ceremony held at the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation in Saint Paul.