Stars and Stripes stripes.com 29 Dec, 2020 19:00 am

Colorado's Ethiopian communities are divided on political conflict, worry about their families

Colorado's Ethiopian communities are divided on political conflict, worry about their families
Colorado's Ethiopian communities don't agree about the cause of the problems in their home country, particularly over which entity is the aggressor, but they worry about their families and friends who live there.

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." Warid, along with Oromo Community of Colorado, has helped plan protests after high-profile killings in Ethiopia.She's a part of multiple groups, including the Tigray Community in Colorado, and is working to compile a list of names of those killed.Like those with Tigrayan roots in Colorado, the Oromo community is making its voice heard in Colorado and calling for change.

People from Tigray — where the military and opposition groups were fighting — and other areas experiencing waves of violence, say Ahmed is far from democratic and is persecuting his own people.The main conflict happened about a month ago, according to Asfaw, referring to the November attack by the Tigray People's Liberation Front in Tigray and federal military action.

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