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.
A new Ethiopian law, Telecom Crime Controlling Prevention Proclamation, which was ratified on May 24 but has largely gone unnoticed, criminalizes the use of VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) services such as Skype, Viber, Paltalk, Yahoo Messenger and Google Voice.
A Minnesota-based Oromo youth cultural group, Gumii Aadaa fi Afaan Oromoo, released the first of many short plays that they have been working on for months. The group's first major release, filmed by Big Z, OPride's graphic editor, recounts the saga of two sisters -- first-generation Oromo immigrants -- whose tradition-bound father is actively looking to wed them to men of his choosing, afraid that they would date before marriage and spoil his reputation.
After weeks of online press conferences and 'consultation' meetings, a new diaspora-based Ethiopian opposition outfit, Ethiopian National Transitional Council*, issued a Draft Transitional Constitution. The gist of the document can be gleaned from the first item in the preamble: "Determined to live in unity and freedom, and to erase the effects of ethnic division and tribalist policies and practices.”
By OPride Staff
New York, NY – Eritrea has captured the disputed border town of Badme over the last three days in retaliation for Ethiopian provocation, sources told OPride. Ethiopian sources, who refused to talk on the record, reject the loss while tacitly acknowledging that battle is underway, which, they claim, Eritrea initiated.