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Press Release: From Yemen Oromo Refugees committee of the Oromo Community of Minnesota

According to the UNHCR over a quarter of a million Ethiopian refugees are languishing in the war-torn country of Yemen. A large majority of these are of Oromo origin as they are the most politically persecuted group in Ethiopia. Aid agencies operating in Yemen describe the humanitarian crisis there as approaching critical level.

According to recent reports from international media indicated that “the situation on the ground is chaotic and bleak. Refugees are fleeing in thousands, as the U.N. reports that nearly 650 civilians have been killed in hundreds of airstrike in the past month.” Oromos and some of other Ethiopian refugees are the ones who left behind because they have nowhere to go.

Oromo communities in Minnesota, concerned about safety and security of Oromo refugees in Yemen, have organized forum to discuss ways of bringing relief to these refugees. The forum is open to all. The forum is held at South High School, 3131 19th Avenue South Minneapolis, 55407. The date for the forum is Saturday, May 16, 2015 between 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

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