Minneapolis (MN) – This year’s eclectic cultural celebration in Little Oromia (Minnesota that is) is too colorful and too rich to report on in one piece. Every moment was like an epic plot in a good movie that sends one into a state of thrills and evokes a feeling of homesickness.
When some 234 years ago America’s founding fathers solemnly declared “we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”, it is unthInkable that any Oromo took notice, let alone imagine that America would one day become a beacon of hope and home for his descendents. The Oromo are relatively newcomers. Like all immigrants they found the allure of the American dream, the idea that everyone is afforded a decent shot to a “better, richer, and happier life”, too powerful to resist. Even today, with a stagnant economy and the image of America in the international stage somewhat tainted by wars abroad and a foreign policy viewed as anathema to its defining values, daily, many dare to risk their lives to come to this shinning city on the hill, oblivious to the treacherous and arduous journey. Oromo-Americans celebrated independence day with a sundry of feelings. Continue Reading