Who knows the Minnesota Oromo? Who knows their dark secret?
Fifteen thousand Oromo live in Minnesota but they blend in almost invisibly, like a stealthy, anonymous population in the state.
Their secret enshrouds them although they are our neighbors, who mix completely within us and who, in the last analysis, are indistinguishable from us.
They are teachers, doctors and lawyers; they run retail shops and corporations; they attend Viking games, relax at coffee shops and stroll at malls. They are sometimes called "Ethiopian immigrants" because they are indeed from Ethiopia. But among friends and family, or if you ask them specifically, they carefully call themselves "Oromo."
Living on the roof of Africa, the Ethiopian wolf is one of the world's rarest carnivores, if not the rarest! Trapped on a few mountain islands rising over 4,000 meters above sea level on either/both sides of the Great Rift Valley, this unique canid has so far survived millennia of human-animal interactions in one of Africa's most densely populated rural lands. But the threat of climate change and a shifting agriculture frontier may require new conservation measures, according to Argentine-born Claudio Sillero, the world's foremost expert on the Ethiopian wolf, who has spent two decades championing this rare species.
To: Mr. António Guterres,
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Case Postale 2500
CH-1211 Genève 2 Dépôt
Re: Massacre of Oromo Refugees in Bossaso, Puntland (Somalia)
Dear Commissioner Guterres,
I am writing this letter on behalf of the Oromo Studies Association (OSA), a scholarly, multi-disciplinary, nonprofit organization, established to promote studies on and relevant to the Oromo people. The Executive Committee of OSA is deeply concerned about the repeated and orchestrated killings of innocent Oromo immigrants in Bossaso, Puntland, a breakaway region of Somalia, in which a total of at least 67 Oromos lost their lives and hundreds others severely wounded and left without any medical attention.
Reuters and other news organizations have reported that unidentified attackers threw a hand grenade into a crowd of mostly Oromo refugees watching an American adventure movie in a makeshift cinema hall on December 1, 2009 in the town of Bossaso in Puntland – a semi-autonomous region in northeastern Somalia .
The attack has killed at least 3 and wounded at least 24 people, according to the latest report from Somaliweyn website that has reporters on the ground in Puntland.