More than 100 small businesses across Minneapolis were damaged during the protests on Wednesday night over the death of George Floyd in police custody, said Allison Sharkey, executive director of the Lake Street Council, a nonprofit business coalition. Among them is Admas Travel owned by my father, Getachew, which he has owned on Lake Street for 10 years. It was among the buildings and stores extensively damaged Thursday night in Lake street and Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN.
We know the past few months have been difficult for all of us. Our focus has been on fighting the most widespread health crisis of our lifetime, COVID19. As the disproportionate effect of the pandemic on the poor and disadvantaged is unfolding, the profound injustices and inequity are also revealing in our community that transpired in the violent actions against our black American society and the recent murder of George Floyd In Minneapolis, MN and others around the nation. Admas Travel was struggling to recover from COVID19 effects that brought the travel industry, losing more than 95% of their business. Getachew is one of many great supporters within our community, and a very generous person with a big heart. In the past 10 years his travel business has served more than 50,000 customers from all backgrounds traveling for business, vacations, honeymoon, Safaris, or religious travel around the world.
Admas Travel is one of the stores that burned down to the ground, May 30, 2020. We are heartbroken and in disbelief that this happened to his business . Getachew stands for a life of dignity, freedom, equality, and justice for all. As people around the United States express their anger and frustration about the senseless killings, we grieve with the victims’ families and those affected, particularly our black Americans compatriots, who bear the brunt of it.
Getachew believes that honoring, respecting, and celebrating each other’s differences would make our world a better place for humanity. We reaffirm our unwavering commitment to our principles at this time of great pain and ensure our customers, supporters, and the public that we stand by and join our brothers and sisters who have put on a relentless fight for racial justice.
It was unclear when several businesses that are currently closed will be able to reopen. We would like to support Getachew to return to normal and start his business back up soon. We are confident this will pass, and our community will grow even stronger. Due to COVID19 the Travel business even before this riot happens is hard it and lost more than 95 percent of the business. We are raising money to keep the business alive. The money will be used to purchase equipment such as a computer, Fax machine, printer, furniture and to pay for other expenses. In addition to this this will help to cover some expenses to rebuild his business. Please do us a huge favor and share the GoFundMe that is created to support Getachew (Admas Travel) with friends and family. We are dedicated to rebuilding Admas Travel.
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