July 12, 2012 (Yemen Times) – “We are not being treated like human beings,” says an Oromo-Ethiopian refugee at a prison on the sprawling grounds of Yemen’s immigration center compound.
The U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR) estimates that 120 Africans are currently held at the center. The prisoners, who keep meticulous notes and ready copies of important documents, report 114 inmates, and provide a breakdown based on gender, age and ethnicity.
UNHCR says all prisoners at the immigration prison are “self-detained.” They are free to leave when they please but choose to stay until their demands are met, the refugee agency claims. Current prisoners deny this claim.
“Oromo prisoners and our representatives are in a government prison. It’s news to us that prisoners are free to enter and leave prison at their own will.” Read more…
Oromia: Five police officers killed in a continued tension between Gidda Ayanaa militias and Federal police
July 12, 2012 Finfinnee (Qeerroo)
News from Gidda Ayana district confirmed the death of 5 federal police officers in a continued confrontation between the Gidda Ayana militias. The residents of this district were complaining about the harassment of the police on bogus suspicion of complicit in OLF (Oromo Liberation Front) activities in the area and disarmament program.
The federal police unit was sent to the area after the authorities showed dissatisfaction with the local police weapons search team. But when the team reached Dirree Guddaa Baqoo, the local law enforcement militias asked why they came and the importance of repeated harassment of the people for ideal weapons. In an apparent disagreement and gun battle that broke out, which lasted for nearly 3 hours, 5 federal police were killed. Read more…
July 12, 2012 (Survival International) — Survival has received disturbing reports from members of several tribes in Ethiopia’s Lower Omo Valley, which describe how the government is destroying their crops to force them to move off their land into designated resettlement areas.
Those most affected by the land grabs are Suri, Bodi and Mursi pastoralists, and the Kwegu hunter-gatherer people.
Many families are now desperate as they have no sorghum, and their cattle grazing land is also being rapidly destroyed as the government continues to lease out their land for sugar cane and oil palm plantations.
A Mursi explains what is happening: Read more…
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To All Oromo Community,
The Oromo Community Organization (OCO) of the Washington D.C Metro Area has planned to host a dinner party on Saturday July 14, 2012 at 6:00 PM at OCO.
The Main purpose of this dinner party is to raise funds that will help cover the monthly mortgage payment of the Oromo House .The other purpose of the party is to come together and enjoy the dawn of summer at the Oromo House. Oromo Cuisine and drinks will also be served free. Furthermore, a brief educational session on Health will be conducted by Oromo health care Professionals. Read more…