Category: Communities

Nigerian community celebrates outgoing UN ambassador

 by Hassan Muaz | The Eagle

Members of the Nigerian community in the US have celebrated Ambassador Samson Itegboje, who just rounded off his duty tour as Deputy Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations. Itegboje was honoured with a farewell reception hosted by the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation, US chapter in collaboration with Nigerian professional bodies based in the country.

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Colorado’s Ethiopian communities split on political conflict

By Associated Press | TheGrio

Denver area resident Mohammed Warid is monitoring the political conflict in Ethiopia — at least, as much as he can with a communication blackout in parts of the country. The chairman of the Oromo Community of Colorado is worried about his family, and for him, that includes all those living in the Oromia region in Ethiopia. He’s at least been able to speak to loved ones, unlike those struggling to reach their families and get news about the northern Tigray region. Under the latest political regime, people are suffering; they’re living in fear; they’re being imprisoned for their ideologies; they’re being tortured and killed, he said.

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Business Corridor in Washington DC Named Little Ethiopia

By Ethiopian News Agency

The 9th and U-Street business corridor located in the Shaw neighborhood in Washington DC is named after “Little Ethiopia,” according to the Embassy of Ethiopia in Washington DC. The Washington DC Council decided to name the 9th and U-Street business corridor “Little Ethiopia” after tireless efforts by members of Ethiopian community for over two decades.

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Family missing in Ethiopian civil war, Denver woman says her ‘mind is the hardest place to be’

By Susan Greene |  Sentinel Colorado

Millete Birhanemaskel, a refugee, long-time Denver resident and businesswoman, grappled with 2020 as many others have: She tried to protect her family, her employees, her tenants from COVID’s reach. She worried about the presidential election. And she managed to keep her coffee shop, the Whittier Cafe, from going under.

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DC’s Ethiopian Community Fears For Family Amid Civil War

By Mike Haack| DCist

With tears gathering on the upper rim of her mask and two young children in her arms, Bitsom explains how it’s felt not being able to contact her family in the Tigray region of Ethiopia since the war there began.

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Rocky Mountain Welcome Center and East African Restaurants Team Up to Help Immigrants in Need


By MARK ANTONATION | Westword

Jennifer Gueddiche, chief operating officer for the Welcome Center, says it wasn’t enough to count on food banks and pantry donations to get food for the organization’s clients, since many of them come from cultures where American staples are either unfamiliar or unsuitable for their religious and cultural requirements. Orthodox Christians and Muslims from Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti and Eritrea form a large part of the Welcome Center’s clientele, so ensuring that halal meats, vegetarian meals and traditional ingredients made it to those in need played a critical role in temporarily switching from an education-based mission to focusing on food distribution.

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Seattle Ethiopian community fears for loved ones impacted by country’s unrest

By Sebastian Robertson | king5.com

SEATTLE — Members of Seattle’s large Ethiopian community say they’re desperate to hear from loved ones impacted by an ongoing civil war in their native country.  Ethiopia is the second most populous country in Africa with nearly 115 million people, and at the northern most portion is the Tigray Region. For the past two years, tensions have been rising between the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and the Ethiopian Federal Government.

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‘You can’t be president for life’ | Disputed Houston election splinters Nigerian women’s club

By Gabrielle Banks | HoustonChronicle.com

The clash between two factions of an elite women’s club happened weeks before the pandemic took hold, at a rice and greens restaurant on Gessner. Gracie Gboliwe Chukwu, who summoned police on the day everything went awry, says the dream of fulfilling her late mother’s legacy shattered when the Houston chapter of a group she established splintered after a disputed election.

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Mainers fear for loved ones in embattled Tigray region of Ethiopia

BY KELLEY BOUCHARD | Portland Press Herald

Mainers with ties to the embattled Tigray region of Ethiopia are growing increasingly worried about family members they haven’t heard from in weeks and are calling for help from U.S. officials here and overseas.

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Las Vegas Ethiopian community protests war on Tigray region

By Mya Constantino  | Las Vegas Review-Journal

The Las Vegas Ethiopian community is speaking out after the prime minister of Ethiopia declared war on Tigray, the country’s northernmost region, on Nov. 4.

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