Tag: Ethiopians in America

Ethiopia secures $1.4 billion remittance from diaspora –

By New Business Ethiopia

During the first five months of the budget year of the country started July 8, 2020, the Government of Ethiopia has secured $1.4 billion remittances from the Ethiopian diaspora who used legal banking channels to send money to their relatives. When the year ends, the east African country expects to get $4 billion hard currency from its diaspora.

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Yohannes Abraham | Meet the Ethiopian American who is the head of the Biden Transition team

By Ebimo Amungo

Ethiopian-American Yohannes Abraham currently serves as the Executive Director of the Biden-Harris Transition, overseeing preparation for the implementation of Biden-Harris policy, personnel, and management priorities. He has also been announced as the Chief of Staff and Executive Secretary of the White House National Security Council (NSC)

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Ethiopian Immigrant shares perspective on chaos at US Capitol

By Jennifer Meckles| 13newsnow

AURORA, Colo. — Immigrants who came to America fleeing political upheaval and violence in their home countries saw political violence on American soil Wednesday. For many, it was shocking.

“What just happened today in the Capitol, just kind of reminds me of what our parents went through… in the 70s,” said Endale Getahun, who immigrated from Ethiopia to the U.S. in the early 1980s, when he was 10 years old.

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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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Maryam Tsegaye | Teen’s Simple Explainer on Quantum Mechanics Just Won a $400k Global Prize

By PETER DOCKRILL | Science Alert

Maryam Tsegaye, a 17-year-old Ethiopean Canadian from Fort McMurray, Alberta has won a major scientific competition for an electrifying YouTube video in which she brilliantly simplifies the complicated concept of quantum tunnelling.

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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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