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Kaabajamtotaa ilmaan Oromoo biiyyotaa gara gara keessaa jirattan hundaaf !!!

Posted by oromorefugees_egypt on July 1, 2013 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Dhaamsa Caaya Tokkummaa Oromoo Masrii irraa| Adooleessa 1, 2013

 

NewS- Egypt Oromo

Dhamsii keenyaa rakkoo ulfaata ilmaan Oromo biyyaa Masrii ykn Egypt mudatee jiruu qubaa qabdaniis ni hubattan jennee yadna. Akkuma beekkamuu ilmaan Oromoo akkumaa biyyota gara gara kessaa baqatanii jiratan biyya Egypt kessaas baqatanii jiruu. Yeroo amma hala umaameen rakkoo ulfataa keessaa gallee jirraa. Sababnii hiidha laga abbayyaa motumman Wayyanee hiidhaa jiruu ilaalchisee umannii biyya maqaa Itoophiyaa jeedhun nuu fixuuf halaa ulfata fi nama gaddisisuu keessaa jirra. Dhimmaa kana ilaalchisee baqaatonnii Oromoo tokkuummaan wal qabatanii hirirraa nagayaa bahanii jiruu. Hiriiraa kanas balbalaa UNHCR durattii bahanii guyyootaa 24 dandii gubbaa cisaa jiru. Kun kanaan oso jiruu yeroo amma umannii biyyaa motummaa isanii ofirraa fonqolchuf jalqabanii jiruu nutis rakkoo kana kessaa akka midhamnuu sodaa wan qabnuuf balbalaa UNHCR duraa jirraa gara demnus hin qabnuu. Kanafuu dhamsii keenyaa yaa ilmaan Oromoo bakka jirtanii akka nuf iyyitaani fi gargarsaa hatattamaa akka nu gotaan isiin gafannaa.

 

Gargaarsa ciimaa nu barbachissaa hiriiraa kana akka male jabaannee jirraa rakkoo Oromoo addunyattii ibsuuf hangaa sadarkaa motummattii iyyaa jirraa ammaas akka addaatin irraatti xiyyeefacha jirra toofta haarawaan. Garuu wan ittiin iyyaannuu fi fandii (fund) ykn horii wan hin qabneef sosso’uu dadhabnee. Baqattonnii bay’een raakkatanii wan nyaatan dhabuun rakkinaa ulfataa keessaa jiran. Kanafuu yaa ilmaan Oromoo kan nuu gargaruu dandessaan nu cina dhaabadhaa lubbuu obollawwan keessan, dhigaa keessaanii nuu baarara isinin jennaa. Ibsaa dabalataaf fi gargarsaa nu gargaruu barbaddaniif

 

Dura ta’a Caaya Tokkumma Baqattoota Oromo Biyya Masrii obboo Mohammed Mohammed Zain tel.+201117197973

Qindeessaa dhiimma wali gala Abdulkadir Gumii tel +201112713537 qunnamuun akka nuf birmattaan kabajaa fi jalalaa lammummaa isin gafannaa !!!

 

Galatomaa

ORA-UK: Urgent Appeal regarding Oromo Refugees in Egypt

Posted by oromorefugees_egypt on June 16, 2013 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Your Excellency Hisham Mohamed Qandel

Prime Minister of Egypt

Magles El-Shaab St., Kasr Aini St. Cairo

14 June 2013

 

Re: Oromo Refugees in Egypt

 

I write on behalf of the Oromo Relief Association UK, for which I am the Office Coordinator in London. The Oromo Relief Association (ORA) is a legally registered non-profit and an indigenous Oromo humanitarian organization, working with refugees, asylum seekers and displaced people in the Horn of Africa.

 

We, members of the Oromo Relief Association in the United Kingdom, are very much concerned about the safety of Oromo refugees and asylum seekers, at our Management Committee meeting yesterday evening, it was decided that I should write expressing our concern regarding the recent upsurge in hostility against Oromo refugees from Ethiopia in Cairo.

 

Refugees from Ethiopia are fleeing from horrendous human rights abuses because of their real and perceived opposition to the EPRDF government. These abuses have been regularly documented by the Oromia Support Group (see, for example, the recently published information given at interview by 60 refugees in South Africa – http://www.oromo.org/OSG/pr_49.pdf). We would like to point out that, the Oromo asylum seekers flee from their country of origin due to a well-founded fear of persecution by the Ethiopian authorities, because of their nationality, or political affiliation to an opposition group. They are not economic migrants or a threat to any country’s security.

 

The Oromo people, who have been targeted in recent xenophobic attacks in Cairo, bear no enmity or ill feeling to the people of Egypt. We are convinced that if they are returned to Ethiopia at this time, their lives will be in considerable danger. We must emphasize that they will not have access to meaningful legal representation or a fair court hearing. The Ethiopian government will not allow the legal system to represent the interests of deportees or protect them from physical harm whilst in custody.

 

In the circumstance we strongly appeal to you to use your influence, to bring pressure to bear on concerned local authorities and community leaders to protect Oromo refugees in the country.

 

Refugees in Egypt are very grateful for the sanctuary they have been given there. The kindness shown to them is a good investment for future peace in north and northeast Africa. It is unfair that they should be targets for abuse by elements in Egypt as well as targets for abuse in their own country.

 

Please do what you can to ease the hostility in Egypt by sections of the population and by the health and security services against Oromo community in Egypt

 

Many thanks for your kind consideration.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Leenca Aba-Gero

Office Coordinator

Oromo Relief Association UK

 

CC:

 

Mr. Antonio Guterres

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Case Postale 2500

CH-1211 Genève 2 Dépôt Suisse.

Email: [email protected]; [email protected]

 

His Excellency Mohamed Kamel Amr

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Masbero-Kornish El Nile St. Cairo

 

His Excellency Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim Mohamed Mostafa

Minister of Interior Affairs

El Sheikh Rihan St. Cairo, Postal Code 11641

 

His Excellency Ambassador

British Embassy in Cairo, Egypt

7 Ahmed Rageb Street

Garden City, Cairo

Phone: (002) (02) 27916000

Fax: (002) (02) 2791 6130

Email: [email protected]

 

His Excellency Ambassador

Embassy of United States in Cairo, Egypt

8 Kamal el-Din Salah Street,

Garden City, Cairo, Egypt

Phone: [20] [2] 797-3300

Email: [email protected]

 

Mr. Bekele Geleta

International Federation of Red Cross

and Red Crescent Societies

P.O. Box 372

CH-1211 Geneva 19

Switzerland

Email: [email protected]

 

UNHCR Cairo: E-mail Address: – [email protected]

UNHCR Regional Representative – Mr. Mohamed Dayri, E-mail: [email protected]

Deputy Regional Represetative – Mrs. Elizabeth Tan, E-mail: [email protected]

 

Africa and Middle-East Refugee Assistance (AMERA), E-mail: inf[email protected]

 

AMERA- Egypt Regional Director – Hesham Issa, E-mail: [email protected]

 

International Organization for Migration (IOM), E-mail: [email protected]

 

His Excellency Ambassador

The Australian Embassy in Cairo

Cairo, Egypt

Phone: +20 2 2770 6600

Fax: +20 2 2770 6650

Email: [email protected]

 

His Excellency Ambassador

Embassy of Canada in Cairo, Egypt

26 Kamel El Shenawy St., Garden City

Cairo, Egypt

Phone: (011 20 2) 2791-8700

Fax: (011 20 2) 2791-8860

Email: [email protected]

 

His Excellency Ambassador

German Embassy in Cairo, Egypt

Embassy of Germany in Cairo, Egypt

2, Sh. Hassan Sabri

Zamalek

Phone: (00202) 739-9600

Fax: (00202) 736-0530

Email: [email protected]

 

His Excellency Ambassador

Royal Norwegian Embassy in Cairo, Egypt

8 El Gezirah Street

Zamalek

City: Cairo

Phone: +20 2 2735 8046 / 2735 3340 / 2736 3955

Fax: +202 7370709

Website: http://www.norway-egypt.org/

Email: [email protected]

 

His Excellency Ambassador

Embassy of Sweden in Cairo, Egypt

13, Mohamed Mahzar Street

Zamalek, Cairo

Postal Address: P.O. Box 131

112 11 Zamalek

Cairo, Egypt

City: Cairo

Phone: +20 (2) 728 9200

Fax: +20 (2) 735 4357

Email: [email protected]

 

His Excellency Ambassador

Royal Netherlands Embassy in Cairo, Egypt

18, Hassan Sabri

11211 Zamalek

Phone: +20 2 2739 5500

Fax: +20 2 2736 5249

Email: [email protected]

 

His Excellency Ambassador

New Zealand Embassy Cairo, Egypt

8th floor, North Tower, Nile City building, 2005c Corniche El Nil, Ramlet Beaulac,

Cairo, Egypt

Telephone: +202 2461 6000

Facsimile: +202 2461 6099

Email: [email protected]

 

His Excellency Ambassador,

EMBASSY OF FINLAND, Cairo

Tel.: +20 2 2736 3722, Fax. +20 2 2737 1376

E-mail: [email protected]


Nile crisis and Oromo refugees in Cairo

Posted by oromorefugees_egypt on June 13, 2013 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Nile is the longest river in the world constituting about 6700 km or 4100 miles long and drains almost all of the ten riparian countries namely, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. The economy of those countries more or less linked to the flow of this river. Traditionally Egypt has been entitled to a lion’s share of the resource. For Egypt Nile is everything. About 90% of Egypt’s land mark is desert and therefore, many populations have concentrated along the Nile river basin, due the economic opportunities available along the Nile river basin coupled with irrigation activity for landscape farming and animal rearing. It is often said in Egypt that Egypt is a gift of the Nile and by implication the Nile is a gift to Egypt. For Egyptians, therefore, a threat to the natural flow of Nile is a threat to their life.

On the other hand the Ethiopian government has vowed to pursue the planned construction of its multibillion dollar grand dam on the Nile River which Egyptians consider as a serious threat to their share of Nile and their very existence. Aids to the president of Egypt discuss openly sabotaging the construction and urging their president to take military action. World Medias are contemplating a possible outbreak of war on Nile between Egypt and Ethiopia. In his speech this week on the opening of one national conference, President Morsi of Egypt said If Egypt is 'the gift of the Nile,' then the Nile is God’s gift to Egypt, therefore, Egyptians would not tolerate any threat to their traditional allotment of Nile water, describing the river as the country's primary source of livelihood, history and civilisation."

In Cairo, Egyptians are attacking whom they think are from Ethiopia. It has been reported that Oromo refugees in Cairo suffered mistreatment and a serious physical attack. Some attacked and injured members of the Oromo refugee community were denied medical attention. The Oromo refugees in Cairo have been demonstrating in front of the UNHCR office for 4 consecutive days demanding protection. The demonstration has grabbed the attention of the national and international Medias including Aljazeera.

In Calgary, Canada last Sunday angry protesters greeted the appearance of the representatives of the Ethiopian regime for the purpose of fundraising for its Nile Dam Project. As happened recently in many different American, European, Australian and African cities the planned fundraising effort was successfully aborted in Calgary too.

Radio Afuura Biyya has been following the development of events connected to the Nile Crisis. Representative of the Oromo refugees in Cairo discusses with RAB about the current situation of Oromo refugees in Egypt. Participants of the Calgary demonstration also talk to Radio Afuura Biyyaa about the rally this weekend. Miss it not and stay tuned!


OSA. Urgent Action Needed to Protect Oromo Refugees in Egypt

Posted by oromorefugees_egypt on June 12, 2013 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (1)


June 12, 2013

Mr. Antonio Guterres

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Case Postale 2500

CH-1211 Genève 2 Dépôt Suisse.

Email: [email protected]; [email protected]

OSA’s Appeal Letter to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

RE: Urgent Action Needed to Protect Oromo Refugees in Egypt

Dear Mr. Guterres,

I am writing this urgent letter on behalf of the Oromo Studies Association (OSA), a scholarly, multi-disciplinary, and non-profit international organization established to promote studies relevant to the Oromo people and other peoples of the Horn of Africa. We are gravely concerned over the current situation of the Oromo refugees in Egypt because we have received reports from the Oromo refugee community of Egypt that some Egyptian youth groups have verbally and physically attacked some members of their community. These Egyptian groups are angry by the current escalation of disputes over the diversion of the Blue Nile from its course by the so-called Renaissance Dam being built by the Ethiopian government. As you know, the Oromo refugee community is alarmed by the attacks, and currently holding protest in front of the UNHCR office in Cairo. Members of this community are staging demonstration four days and four nights in front of the UNHCR office in Cairo demanding protection from attacks, abuses and human rights violations. They told me that they have decided to stay there until they get protection since they are scared for their lives to go back to their homes.

Oromo Refugee Community in Cairo: demonstrating and sleeping in front of the UNHCR office for four consecutive days (June 9 – 12, 2013)

 

On May 30, 2013, a 25 year-old Oromo woman was attacked when she was going to Ambabarsum Hospital in Helwan area of the city for a medical follow up. She was pushed under a Tuktuk car by an unknown group of people and her face and other parts of her body were severely injured. An eye witnesses said that she was attacked after she mentioned that she was from Ethiopia. Furthermore, on June 7, 2013 a group of Egyptians broke into an apartment of Oromo residents and attacked two men and a woman. The attacked Oromos said that the attackers live in the same apartment complex and know that they are refugees from Ethiopia. These Egyptians violently attacked these Oromo refugees by knife and Pepsi bottle to a point that the refugees lost their consciousness. They kicked the woman in her stomach, who was a five months pregnant, causing her a severe bleeding. Although she was later taken to a hospital by the help of other Oromo refugees, she was denied treatment at least from two hospitals after they identified their identity from their UNHCR ID card. These attacked refugees said that the attackers were telling them “we will cut your necks as your government has cut our water”.

 

Another Oromo refugee who was attacked in a similar situation testified on the Voice of America Afaan Oromoo Service Program on Monday, June 10, 2013 that he was also verbally abused and threatened by the police. Many other Oromo refugees have also complained that they are having difficulties getting cooperation and protection from the Egyptian police and denied medical treatment for their wounds from Egyptian doctors and medical centers. These are fundamental human rights violations, and the UNHCR has moral and legal obligations to defend and protect these Oromo refugees by implementing the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

 

Dear Mr. Guterres,

The Oromo refugees have fled their country because of sectarian persecution and gross human rights violations by the Tigrayan-led Ethiopian government. As we explained to you in our letter of April 9, 2013, the current government in Ethiopia is controlled by the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), a group originating from the Tigrayi regional state in the north that comprises only about 6% of the Ethiopian population. This minority government hates and fears the Oromo population, which constitute more than 40% of the Ethiopian population. This is the root cause for the large exodus of Oromo refugees and their immigration to North Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Australia, and North America. These refugees have left their homeland to escape persecution due to their national origin (Oromoness) and their political conviction. Many are survivors of torture and other forms of inhuman and ill-treatment by the Ethiopian regime. They have nothing to do with the adventurous and ill-advised decision of the regime to divert the Blue Nile and create a hostile atmosphere with the people and government of Egypt.

 

The Oromo were free people with their own democratic system of administration known as Gadaa prior to the invasion and incorporation of their country, Oromia, by Abyssinians during the last decades of the nineteenth century. European colonial powers supported and implemented the Ethiopian colonial project. Since then the Oromo have remained subjects of successive Ethiopian rulers. They are seen as enemies on their own homeland by the same state that took away their land and their country by force of arms. With their land they lost their freedom, their livelihood, their democratic system of government, and their dignity. They are also on the verge completely losing their identity, their custom, and their language. Their oppression is manifested by the fact that they constitute the largest prison population in Ethiopia and the largest proportion of Ethiopian refugees in North Africa and the Middle East. The Oromo are unable to live in peace in their own country and the Diaspora. It is unfortunate that they are also unable to live in peace as refugees in other countries. With the intense political climate between Egypt and the regime in Ethiopia, it seems now that these refugees are found at the wrong place at the wrong time. If the UNHCR doesn’t act swiftly and find a solution, the Oromo refugees in Egypt may face a similar tragic situation that the Oromo refugees faced in Tripoli and Benghazi, Libya two years ago. We recall that at least 63 Oromo refugees died when they were trying to escape the conflict in Libya by boat and attempting to go to Italy.

 

On behalf of the Oromo refugees dispersed all over the world, I would like to appeal to the UNHCR to provide immediate and appropriate protection and care for the Oromo refugees in Egypt. An urgent solution is needed to spare the lives of these refugees including relocating them to other countries. Historical facts and objective situations on the ground corroborate that the Oromo are a persecuted people in their own homeland and Oromo refugees have to be classified as such by the UNHCR in order to facilitate their resettlement to other countries. The Oromo refugees do not have a government of their own to protect them. UNHCR is their only institution that can defend and protect them. It is their only guardian and their only hope. Therefore, I appeal to you so that you can find an appropriate solution for the current problem of the Oromo refugees in Egypt.

 

I also appeal to the government and the people of Egypt to differentiate the culprit from the victim. The Egyptians should realize that the Oromo refugees are victims of the Ethiopian regime themselves. They left their homeland to escape jail, torture and death threat by the current Ethiopian government. The same government that took away their homeland and their freedom and made them refugees is now constructing the controversial dam threatening the livelihood of the Egyptians. The Egyptian people will not find more friendly people than the Oromo, who will not pose any threat to the future of Egypt. Helping the Oromo refugees, we believe, is a wise investment in the future of good will between the Egyptians and the Oromo, who constitute the single largest national group in the Horn of Africa and Eastern Africa. It is unfortunate that, the Oromo refugees who should have been seen as best friends and allies, are seen as enemies by some misinformed Egyptians. I also request the Egyptian authorities to protect the lives and rights of Oromo refugees in their country.

 

Sincerely,

Mosisa Aga, Ph.D.

OSA President

 

CC:

His Excellency Hisham Mohamed Qandel

Prime Minister of Egypt

Magles El-Shaab St., Kasr Aini St. Cairo

Phone: 7958014

Email: [email protected]

 

His Excellency Mohamed Kamel Amr

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Masbero-Kornish El Nile St. Cairo

Phone: 25749817

Email: [email protected]

 

His Excellency Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim Mohamed Mostafa

Minister of Interior Affairs

El Sheikh Rihan St.Cairo, Postal Code 11641

Phone: 27948300

Email: [email protected]

 

Mr. Bekele Geleta

International Federation of Red Cross

and Red Crescent Societies

P.O. Box 372

CH-1211 Geneva 19

Switzerland

Email: [email protected]

 

UNHCR Cairo: E-mail Address: - [email protected]

 

UNHCR Regional Representative – Mr. Mohamed Dayri, E-mail: [email protected]

 

Deputy Regional Represetative – Mrs. Elizabeth Tan, E-mail: [email protected]

 

Africa and Middle-East Refugee Assistance (AMERA), E-mail: [email protected]

 

AMERA- Egypt Regional Director - Hesham Issa, E-mail: [email protected]

 

International Organization for Migration (IOM), E-mail: [email protected]

 

His Excellency Ambassador

The Australian Embassy in Cairo

Cairo, Egypt

Phone: +20 2 2770 6600

Fax: +20 2 2770 6650

Email: [email protected]

His Excellency Ambassador

Embassy of Canada in Cairo, Egypt

26 Kamel El Shenawy St., Garden City

Cairo, Egypt

Phone: (011 20 2) 2791-8700

Fax: (011 20 2) 2791-8860

Email: [email protected]

His Excellency Ambassador

German Embassy in Cairo, Egypt

Embassy of Germany in Cairo, Egypt

2, Sh. Hassan Sabri

Zamalek

Phone: (00202) 739-9600

Fax: (00202) 736-0530

Email: [email protected]

 

His Excellency Ambassador

Royal Norwegian Embassy in Cairo, Egypt

8 El Gezirah Street

Zamalek

City: Cairo

Phone: +20 2 2735 8046 / 2735 3340 / 2736 3955

Fax: +202 7370709

Website: http://www.norway-egypt.org/

Email: [email protected]

His Excellency Ambassador

Embassy of Sweden in Cairo, Egypt

13, Mohamed Mahzar Street

Zamalek, Cairo

Postal Address: P.O. Box 131

112 11 Zamalek

Cairo, Egypt

City: Cairo

Phone: +20 (2) 728 9200

Fax: +20 (2) 735 4357

Email: [email protected]

His Excellency Ambassador

Embassy of Switzerland in Egypt

10, Abdel Khalek Saroit

Phone: (+20-2) 5758284

Fax: (+20-2) 5745236

Email: [email protected]

His Excellency Ambassador

British Embassy in Cairo, Egypt

7 Ahmed Rageb Street

Garden City, Cairo

Phone: (002) (02) 27916000

Fax: (002) (02) 2791 6130

Email: [email protected]

His Excellency Ambassador

Embassy of United States in Cairo, Egypt

8 Kamal el-Din Salah Street,

Garden City, Cairo, Egypt

Phone: [20] [2] 797-3300

Email: [email protected]

His Excellency Ambassador

Embassy of Ireland in Egypt

22 Hassan Assem St

Zamalek

Phone: Telephone: +202 27358264, Visa Phone: +202 27356417

Fax: +202 27362863

Email: [email protected]

His Excellency Ambassador

Royal Netherlands Embassy in Cairo, Egypt

18, Hassan Sabri

11211 Zamalek

Phone: +20 2 2739 5500

Fax: +20 2 2736 5249

Email: [email protected]

His Excellency Ambassador

New Zealand Embassy Cairo, Egypt

8th floor, North Tower, Nile City building, 2005c Corniche El Nil, Ramlet Beaulac,

Cairo, Egypt

Telephone: +202 2461 6000

Facsimile: +202 2461 6099

Email: [email protected]

His Excellency Ambassador,

EMBASSY OF FINLAND, Cairo

Tel.: +20 2 2736 3722, Fax. +20 2 2737 1376

E-mail: [email protected]

 

 

 

UNCHR urges Egypt to protect Ethiopian (Oromos)refugees

Posted by oromorefugees_egypt on June 10, 2013 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Created on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 00:34

 (OPride) – As Oromo refugees protested mistreatment in the hands of Egyptian nationals for the second day, some of them camping overnight in front of UNHCR office near Cairo, the UN body called on Egyptian authorities to provide better protection and other guarantees in accordance with its international obligations.

“The UNHCR regional office in Cairo has been receiving several complaints from Ethiopian refugees reporting physical and verbal assaults by Egyptian nationals,” Mohammed Dayri, UNHCR Regional Representative in Cairo, said in a statement.

 

“UNHCR is concerned about these allegations and calls upon the Egyptian public opinion to protect the physical integrity and other rights of Ethiopian refugees in accordance with international obligations of Egypt and the traditional hospitality of Egyptian people.”

 

As dispute over diversion of the Nile river flow escalates, the refugees are finding it difficult to receive police support to stop the attacks as well as accessing healthcare and other services because of their nationality, the statement added.

 

“Some of them were kicked out of their jobs by their employers, or their apartments by their landlords,” said Dayri citing the refugees’ accounts.

 

Without mentioning Oromo by name, the UN official said, “it is of paramount importance that all differentiate between the political dispute with Ethiopian government and the treatment of Ethiopian refugees, who fled their country to seek sanctuary in Egypt.”

 

Oromo are Ethiopia’s single largest ethnic group, over 40 million by some estimates. Despite their numerical majority, the Oromo remain highly persecuted and marginalized in Ethiopia. According to UNHCR, there are 2, 608 Ethiopians refugees currently seeking asylum in Egypt.

Meanwhile, in unconfirmed reports, members of the Egyptian senate held discussions about Oromo, including the plight of those demonstrating in Cairo, at the Senate House.


UNITED OROMO REFUGEES (UORA) DEMONSTRATE " STOP CONSTRUCTING DAM BUT INSTEAD RELEASE OROMO PRISONERS"

Posted by oromorefugees_egypt on June 10, 2013 at 7:20 AM Comments comments (3)

Hundreds of Oromo refugees protested on Sunday against harassment in Egypt outside the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in 6th of October City.The protesters, members of the Oromo Community who fled Ethiopia due to political and ethnic persecution, also spoke out against Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam and instead release thousands of Oromo detainees languishing in Ethiopian prisons. 


Abdel-Kader Goumy, one of the protesters, told Al-Ahram’s Arabic language news website that the Renaissance Dam is intended to generate electricity, and, as such, there is no reason it should be built on the Nile, rather than on Ethiopia’s other rivers.


“The Oromo Refugees Community has nothing to do with Nile issue and it supports Egypt’s right not to be adversely affected [by the dam]… Addis Ababa is not in need of water, rather it aims to build the dam for political purposes,” he added. 


Yehia Mohamed, another Oromo refugee belonging to the Oromo community, said, “Sunday’s protest comes after we have suffered harassment by some Egyptians due to the Ethiopian government’s decision to build the Renaissance Dam.”


Mohamed explained that the Oromo have sought political asylum in countries such as Egypt, Kenya, and Somalia in order to flee sectarian persecution.

He also added that the Ethiopian government excludes the Oromo from all decision-making, including the decision to build the Renaissance Dam.

 

Protesters lifted Egyptian and OLF Oromo flags, declaring their refusal to support a dam that will “damage Egypt and will not help Ethiopia.” and in particular Oromia Nation.

The slogan inculded. Release oromo prisoners instead of building dam.....we are victim of Ethiopian government...and so on.




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