Saint Paul, MN – On Day two of the Oromo soccer tournament, three games were played. The first game between Dire Dawa and Oromo United (OU) was one of the most anticipated games in the division. Natural rivals, the two teams played a sophisticated game. OU won 2-1 leaving the defending champs, Dire, arguably caught in a difficult grouping, unhappy and vulnerable.
It’s Sunday afternoon and the weather is brisk in Minneapolis. The owner of Dire Dawa Restaurant cleans the backyard where he plans to open a balcony for social outings. He tells me that he is prepping for spring and summer. Inside the restaurant, three men are chatting away, waiting for food and watching Al Jazeera's coverage of the uprising in Libya.
With his Ethiopian third grade education and not a word of English, he was placed into sixth grade based on his age. After spending three years in Kenya doing nothing, eight-hour school days were simply unbearable. He couldn't communicate with teachers and classmates.
The Festival of Nations is an annual carnival and cultural celebration, organized by the International Institute of Minnesota. The event takes place each year in early May at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul.
Different communities from around the state of Minnesota take part in an international shopping bazaar, sample delicious ethnic foods, experience fascinating cultural exhibits and colorful folk dances. Without a question, the event is an inter-cultural adventure into Minnesota's increasingly diverse communities.