Monday, December 26, 2016


The Jorr Community Development Association members teleconference meeting chair by Honorable, Okello Ojiel, Ojulu Wadi, discussed several topics pertaining: Health, Social, Economic, Education, and Disaster Reliefs issues of Jorr geographical area.  The Jorr Community Development Association (JCDA) meeting took four hours than expected but was worthy of time, it has been fruitful discussions. The meeting was concluded with adoption of several crucial and important resolutions paramount to rebuild, to restructure, to strengthened Jorr Community Development Association from its current status.

The Jorr Community Development Association (JCDA), pledged to reform the organization activities, carry out a more robust, creative, active approach in the re-consolidation of the organizational framework and for better functionality services. And JCDA agrees to change the old approach, promise to enhance the organization with new directives, encouraged members cut away wasteful time of doing nothing, but contribute more to restructuring organization to fit the current demand from its members.

 That there’s a need for more collective actions in the development of the community more than before, and again JCDA, urged community members for more input efforts, support of current initiatives drive: financially, materially and physically to enabled JCDA's association attend its goals.  The conference reminded all members of the community about the imperative and important of participation in the development of “Jorr Community Development Association” at home and abroad in all field of endeavors.  

 The JCDA general conference also discussed membership recruitment drive, that it is imperative to do more, to bring awareness at the community grassroots levels. And that membership recruitment drive is monumental question, it should be tackled, that all JCDA members have been shouldered with responsibilities to carry out those obligatory tasks.

 In lieu many discussions to tackle many social problems confronting the organization, the problem of conflicts between individuals have been identified, that these conflicts stem from misunderstanding, misconception among individuals, that all conflicts must be resolved through peaceful methods among bitter rivals and save our community from being torn apart.

And that the continuation of those problems from being resolved have created divisions, rifts among the community members from coming together. That the community pledges for more closeness, support, to create ways and means of mechanisms to resolve conflicts among individual in the community, begin harnessing members’ potential for good of the community.

Lastly Jorr Community Development Association (JCDA) discussed about future projects: such as opening, extending, and expanding its branches offices at Gambella and at other neighboring countries where Jorr expatriates are living. The issue of organizing scholarships for talented and fatherless children also were discussed, that JCDA pledges to develop a strategy, concrete steps to help achieve community’s children scholarship venture.

The end of (JCDA) News Bulletin   
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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Confronted by Stupid Question,

A dude from Harare Ethiopia this afternoon had stupid verbal confrontation with two of my kids at Somali KAAH financial transaction Bank. I took them there so they can send money to some of their relation at the IFO Camp. One of the kids the son of my late brother Tefera speaks fluent Somali and was talking to the bank teller behind the glass window, it looked like they were having fun talking to each other.  But all of a sudden this man whose sits faraway corner interrupted jumped in the conversation., asked one of the boy  how  he come to know Somali language so well?  Answered I was in IFO, leaned the language from Somali friends I befriended all those sixteen years I had been at the camp.   

Okay said the man but where are you from?   I am from Ethiopia. He said really you do not look Ethiopian? Of course I am an Ethiopian, from Gambella.  So you speak Amharic?  Yes I do. Dude still confused but you people do not speak Amharic very well. Really said the other kid, so you think all Oromo people speak better Amharic Language than Gambellan? Yes said the man. Lie, you are a liar said the kid.  What about the Oromo Della, Arsi, Bale, Wellega, Etc.

We live with many them in the refugee camp; I never saw them spoke Amharic. Ho by the way some Oromia language spoken in Gambella too.  I said that is enough let’s go, and we left the West Bank, went to Southside Minneapolis  Somali, to grocery store to buy phone numbers used as calling card by all expatriates from Africa.  As we exited the store, we were met by two Somali ignorant who call us Sudan, Garang, with no body responded among three of us we just board the car and left, after I dropped the boys home, I said to them don’t mind about what happened today, just look forward, my other boy responded dad we are not new to those kind hacking, we live with a lot of illiterates like that in the caps all those years. 

Our skins have been immune to illiterate diatribes at the camps.  I said do not worry, he seems like a very confused person too. Here was a man who spoke Somali, when asked of his Identity he said he is an Oromo from Harare, he had the gut to question you about where you learned the language? You know one of my friend from Harare once told me about some confused Harare people during the Somali-Ethio, 1976-77war, he said as Saied Bare defeated the Ethiopia army at the initial war and control vast land at the eastern fronts, he said the Harari flogged to the streets chanted slogans:  Saied Bare! Saied Bare!  Long Live Saied Bare, but as our gallant forces rejuvenated and fought back, defeated the enemy, and  recaptured our lost territories, he said the Harari flipflopped, turned switched their allegiance  backs against Somalia, came out in support of Ethiopia victory against Somalia, chanted Mengistu! Mengistu! Long Live Mengistu! You see how confused border people are in Harare. Thank God we are not, we remain always loyal, to one country, that’s “Ethiopia” 

In all this conversation I sit-down muted, never said anything at all. So folks I think I should explain a little bit into two or three paragraphs what definition of identity is:  one’s sense of belonging to one state or to one nation. It is the sense of a nation as a cohesive whole, as represented by distinctive traditions, culture, language and politics” Counter point, it didn’t say color or looks. If you were born in Ethiopia you most certainly are Ethiopia citizen by birth, what you look like doesn’t matter. For instant I was born Anyuak by my tribal identity, from Anyuak country, from Gambella state Ethiopia.  And what one look like is not an answer to our political community.  

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Adeola Fayehum Video clips

Folks what learned from Adeola Fayehum video clips are that corruption everywhere in Africa had the same faces.  Especially the medical malpractices are at highest levels, its alarming rate telling a lot. What we see here from these narratives is that African doctors, pharmaceutical firms schemes, drained medicine from public domain.  The sabotages by saboteurs have been rampant, public goods siphoned into private realms has dvastated the public health institutions. The question is what’s left for the good of the common people? In our region someone told me during my last visit to our home country that “going to hospital in Gambella, is compared to one taking suicide of himself’’ meaning, one ricks a lot going to the hospital’’ because one might be contracted with different kind of deadly diseases due to poor sanitation, lack of hospital bedding, care, lack of food, medicines in the hospitals, deliberate diversion of prescriptions to private pharmacies by doctors. It may seem little, but serious corruption that needs to be tackled right on. What president Magufuli of Tanzania has been doing now as a start in the right direction, the result so far is encouraging. But he needs more political supports from the political communities.  A pragmatic policies approach is more preferred with the rule of law as the guiding principles, to deter would be criminals from draining public goods into private spheres.   

By Amhare Gilo 

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