Muddee/December 24, 2013 · Gadaa.com
December 22, 2013
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. President,
I am writing to you on behalf of myself, Oromo-American and permanent resident members and supporters of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF)1 in the USA Who are happy to call this great nation their home and enjoy the democracy, justice and human rights it has to offer. Our members and supporters, the vast majority of whom are voting United States citizens, are proud contributors to this nation’s economic and social life.
As we mourn the passing away of, and celebrate the life and accomplishments of, former president Nelson Mandela of South Africa – “The last great liberator of the 20th century” – we cannot help but remember one of our own – General Tadesse Biru. Gen. Tadesse was another fighter for liberation of his people, the Oromo people, who was assassinated by the Ethiopian regime in 1975. He was, also, the man in charge of training Mr. Mandela when the latter came to our land for military training in 1962.