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Macha Tulama Cooperative and Development Association, USA: Letter on Attack on Refugees and Laborers, Including Oromo, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Posted: Sadaasa/November 12, 2013 · Finfinne Tribune | Gadaa.com | Comments (2)

The following is a letter from Ob. Mardaasa Addisu, Secretary of the Macha Tulama Cooperative and Development Association, USA.

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November 11, 2013

Dear Prince Naif Ibn Abdul Aziz Al-Saud

Ministry of Interior
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Minister of Agriculture
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

My name is Mardaasa Addisu, an Oromo American, who is part of an international group advocating for Oromo rights. The Oromo people are an ethnic group that makes up 50% of the population in Ethiopia, but are being persecuted by the Tigrayan dictatorship. The Abyssinians (Tigray and Amhara) have committed genocide on all Cushitic people to acquire resources and reduce the indigenous populations. As a result, Oromo (and all other Cushitic people) are displaced in mass numbers around the World.

More than 40% of Oromo are Muslim, with some seeking refugee in the Middle East, particularly Saudi Arabia. Many flee persecution in Ethiopia in hopes of finding refuge whereby they can practice their faith without government interference. We are aware that a large number of people are also using the Ethiopian domestic labor agencies to reach Saudi Arabia.

Recently, Oromo advocates learned of your government ending the Kafala System of sponsorship for labor, which is believed to bypass Saudi Labor laws.

Human Rights Watch has been critical of the Kafala System in recent times stating:

“Saudi Arabia should get serious about regularizing the status of its workers and do away with an abusive labour systems that force migrants into illegal employment.”

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2 Responses in THE COMMENT SECTION

  1. xaxaa

    Nov 13, 13 at 12:59 pm

    yaroo gadadii kanaatti, oromoota duwwaa jedhanii isaan keessas warra musliimaaf dhaabachuun maalif? bay’ee nama gaddisiisa. Otuu danda’amee lamilee biroolle waliin qabanii walumaan dhaabachuudha malee akkana yarroo rakkoo qoqooduun bay’ee mata nama xuqaa. ijoo maaloo itti yaadaa.

  2. koorraa Bonaya

    Nov 14, 13 at 8:00 pm

    Yerro hundaa Oromo akkaa hin wamaamnee goodhu. Kanaafi dhirkaama, Oromoniis keesa jiraa jechuunii. Yoo ilaaltee, warraa bishaaniin dhumaani Puntland irraa Somalia dhaa jedhanii fi Ethiopia kessaa jiruu jedhanii. Dhugaani akkaa bekaamee Oromo bayyee too duuaanii. Ethiopian akkaa Oromo hinbekamnee fedhaa. Akkaa beekamee, mooxxumaa Ethiopian dhibaa gudaa godhee UNHCR irraa akkaa wayyee Oromo hin dalagnee. Akaa barbadanii Oromoni Ethiopian migrants dhaa jedhanii nuu wamsisuu barbaduu. Yerroo saanii gaafatamee hin qabuu UNHCR Oromo gargaruufi. Nuu kanaa mormuu nurraa jiraa. Akkaas jechuuni, namoota kaan hin ilaaluu jechuusi mixxii. Oromo hin iraafatanii jechuu dhaa!!!