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Ethiopia frees prominent Oromo opposition leader Bekele Garba

Read more ...(OPride) On each trip to prison to visit my father, I pray, ‘Dear God, let there be no reason for me to come back again,’”Bontu Bekele Garba, wrote in a Facebook note on Feb. 6.

Ethiopia decimating free press ahead of elections

Read more ...(OPride) Ethiopia's systematic repression and harassment of independent journalists has created a bleak media landscape ahead of the May 2015 elections, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released on Wednesday.

Minneapolis may soon get a commemorative Oromo Street

Read more ...(OPride) The Minneapolis City Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Jan. 12 to decide on Council Member Abdi Warsame’s application for commemorative street names along the city’s Cedar riverside area. Warsame’s proposal calls for 4th Street South between Cedar Avenue and 15th Avenue South to be named “Oromo Street,” and for the stretch between 6th Street and Cedar Avenue to 15th avenue South to be called “Somali Street.”

Ethiopia boots out "visiting" ODF delegation

Read more ...(OPride) -- A senior delegation of the Oromo Democratic Front (ODF) led by veteran Oromo leader, Lencho Lata, had been told to leave Ethiopia days after returning home to pursue peaceful struggle, the group said in a statement on Sunday.

Meet Sadam Haska, founder and producer of the popular Oromo vine

Read more ...On Nov. 10, 2013 Sadam Haska, 23, started his popular Facebook-based Oromo Vine with a simple post: “Hey guys plz pass these to your friends.” The page now commands more than 6000 likes.

Because I am Oromo: a sweeping repression in Oromia, Ethiopia

Read more ...(OPride) At least 5,000 Oromos have been illegally detained since 2011 based solely on the suspicion that they don’t support the Ethiopian government, Amnesty International said. Many of the victims are held without charge for months or even years and subjected to repeated torture, it said.