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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.

Ye Jamila Inat and other tales by Tesfaye Gebreab

Read more...Reviewed by Tigist Geme

(OPride) There are few authors more controversial than Tesfaye Gebreab among contemporary Amharic writers. He has authored nine books, including two in which he contributed chapters. His work on Oromo people, Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group, has been met with equal part praise and condemnation.

IOYA shines spotlight on child rights abuses in Ethiopia

Read more...(OPride) In July 2006, about 60 Oromo youth met in Minneapolis, Minnesota for what was initially planned as a leadership conference. At the end of the three-day gathering, which featured, among other activities, leadership exercises, social activities and speeches by invited guests, the attendees formed the International Oromo Youth Association (IOYA).

Oromo sports federation puts on a successful #OromoWeek

Read more...(OPride) The 18th annual soccer tournament organized by Oromo Sports Federation in North America (OSFNA) held from Aug. 2-9 in Minnesota wrapped up last weekend after what has been described as the most successful event in years.

Report: 98 percent of Ethiopia’s population is offline and falling behind

Read more...(OPride) A new survey by McKinsey & Companyon barriers to Internet adoption confirms what we already knew about Ethiopia: nearly 98 percent of Ethiopia’s 94 million people are still offline.

Irreechaa 2014: Photos and videos from around the world

Read more...(OPride)  On Oct. 6, more than three million people from around Oromia, Ethiopia flocked to the town of Bishoftu for Oromo's premier Irreecha festival. In the Oromo country, Irreechaa marks the end of a dark rainy season and the beginning of blossom harvest at the dawn of spring (Birraa).