Ethiopian Citizens majorily Gamo people who live near Addis Ababa (Burayu, Mehal meda and etc) are discriminated and targeted by certain groups due to the political instability in the country. Over the last 4 days alone at least 58 were murdered and over 50, 000 are displaced from their homes, majority of them are women and children under age. They are settling in schools and churches in Addis Ababa. They require basic needs such as food, water, and shelter for themselves and children.
The Gamo people are one of many ethnic groups in Ethiopia who lives above the African Rift Valley in South Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR). According to the most recent census, the population is estimated to be around 2 million. It is one of densely populated and highly diversified regions in the country. The Gamo highland region is well known for its Apple, Enset, highland cereals and root crops production. The lowlands are significant producers and contributors of fruits such as banana, avocado, mango and papaya. The gamo area is one of main tourist destinations in the country since it includes the crocodile market, Nechsar national park, two beautiful lakes (Abaya & Chamo) and other cultural attractions.
There are significant amount of Gamo people who, moved originally from in-and-around Arbaminch city, live in Addis Ababa and nearby Oromia cities. The major profession that Gamo people are noted for in Addis Ababa is weaving. They mainly produce the finest cultural cloth in Ethiopia today. Male craftsmen predominantly operate the weaving and the women are cleaning and spinning the cotton.
We are currently organizing the GO-fund to fulfil such needs. Please, help as much as you can.
We will wire the money by Commercial Bank of Ethiopia account #1000257906292 which is managed by 5 local community organizers officially assigned by Gamogofa Zone administration namely Lema Polo, Abraham Albene, Dabero Dalche, Mamo Deboch, amd Desta Debe. The organizers will use the money raised to help the victims in many aspects including buying food, water, milk for infants, clothes, and to pay for medical expenses. Purchasing cooking will be included for those re-turned to their homes since everything is destroyed.
1. Katale Salele, originally from Arbaminch, Ethiopia. Lives in Seattle and is Epidemiologist and Infection Preventionist at the University of Washington.
2.Manaye Utaile, originally from Arbaminch, Ethiopia. Lives in Seattle and currently pursuing his doctoral program in family medicine NP at Seattle University and works as RN at Kline Galland SNF.
3. Merkebe Meta, originally from Arbaminch, Ethiopia. Lives in Seattle and is a self-employed business owner.
4. Sisay Haile, originally from Arbaminch,Ethiopia. He works at Medstar, Washington DC.
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