Seattle Ethiopian Protest (Photo by Damme Getachew)

Seattle Ethiopians march in solidarity with protests back home

Seattle Ethiopians marched to the Federal Building to protest Ethiopian government oppression — and the lack of attention that it gets in Western countries.
Aug 20, 2016
Flag of Ethiopia (Photo via CIA World Factbook.)

208 civilians dead, 108 children kidnapped after raid in Ethiopia

Ethiopian officials say South Sudanese gunmen — unconnected to the South Sudanese government — attacked the civilians.
Apr 19, 2016
Sam Assefa working with Journey School kids on planning for the Boulder Civic Area Parks Plan in Boulder, Colorado in 2012. (Photo courtesy of Sam Assefa)

New city planning chief Sam Assefa brings international insights to Seattle

Meet Sam Assefa, a native of Ethiopia and incoming director of Seattle’s Office of Planning and Community Development.
Mar 18, 2016
Solomon Dubie, owner of Cafe Avole. (Photo by Jovelle Tamayo)

Cafe Avole offers Ethiopian coffee, community space in Rainier Valley

The Rainier Mini Mart has been transformed to Cafe Avole, where owner Solomon Dubie brings a love of buna — Ethiopian-style coffee — and a community space.
Mar 12, 2016
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The trouble with international adoption

New restrictions on international adoption have led to a huge drop in placements with American families. But have protections missed the mark?
Dec 21, 2015
Mergitu Argo, who helped organize a march on Thursday in support of Oromo student protestors in Ethiopia. (Photo by Goorish Wibneh)

Seattle Oromos denounce “killer” Ethiopian government, demand investigation

A rally of Seattle Oromos downtown yesterday called attention to a controversial development plan in Ethiopia that has sparked fatal protests.
Dec 11, 2015
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5 Amharic words I wish we had in English

Can't quite find the right word to express how you're feeling? Try these handy Amharic phrases that just don't have an equal in English.
Oct 6, 2015
Michael Hadgu, with UTNA, youth rehearsing for Tigray Festival 2015 in Seattle, Tigray Community Center (Photo Credit: Goorish Wibneh)

Tigray Festival in Seattle promotes unique Ethiopian culture

The Tigray Festival celebrates culture and connections to Tigreans in Ethiopia, and kicks off in Seattle this week.
Jul 29, 2015
Opening of Financing For Development Conference.
Election of the President of the Conference.

Prime Minister of the host country, H.E. Hailemariam Desalegn.

The huge UN development conference you should be tracking on Twitter

The FFD3 conference this week in Addis Ababa will determine how global development gets financed over the next 15 years. Here's how to track them on Twitter.
Jul 14, 2015
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Ky-Mani Marley carries on his father’s legacy in Northwest tour dates

Ky-Mani Marley brings his reggae/hip-hop/country fusion sound to Nectar Lounge tonight.
Jul 9, 2015
Elias Godifay, an Ethiopian immigrant who teaches accounting at North Seattle College, says he hopes that Obama's upcoming visit to Ethiopia will help people see the country as a trade partner. (Photo by Goorish Wibneh.)

Obama visit to Ethiopia brings fresh eyes to the country, say Seattle Ethiopians

Seattle Ethiopians hope that the upcoming Obama visit to Ethiopia will help U.S. residents see a different side to the nation.
Jun 25, 2015
An overcrowded detention centre in Sana'a, Yemen holds Ethiopian migrants making their way to Saudi Arabia seeking work opportunities (Photo by Anna Surinyach/MSF)

From Seattle to Saudi Arabia, dangerous myths lure Ethiopian migrants

Ethiopian migrants have suffered a string of tragedies and abuse recently. But the experience for those coming to the Northwest isn't so easy either.
Jun 1, 2015
An Ethiopian woman at her community center holds a candle in remembrance for the Christians killed by ISIS Center. (Photo by Agazit Afeworki for the South Seattle Emerald.)

Seattle vigils honor Eritrean, Ethiopian men slain by ISIS

Seattle’s Eritrean and Ethiopian communities held separate vigils to honor the men brutally executed in a video by the terrorist organization ISIS.
May 20, 2015
At a press conference organized by CAIR-WA Ethiopian American Aisha Gobana spoke out about an incident in March when she says she was threatened by a man with a gun in a SeaTac gas station who said "I don’t trust Muslims, I trust my gun." (Photo courtesy CAIR-WA)

Anti-Islam rhetoric poses a threat to all people of color

I gave up having intellectual debates about Islam when I realized how dangerous they can be for people who look like me.
Apr 15, 2015
Hamza Ibrahim, 18, leaps for a rebound during a Companion Athletics basketball game. His team, representing the Ethiopian Muslim Association of Seattle (EAMS) won the championship last year — and involvement in the league encouraged Ibrahim to get his grades up. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

All East African basketball league transforms teens

A new all East African basketball league in Tukwila has given Somali, Ethiopian and Eritrean teens a chance to show off their skills, and raise their grades.
Mar 20, 2015
Black History Month events and curriculum are mostly oriented toward iconic figures of the American Civil Rights Movement like Martin Luther King, Jr., rather than African history. (Photo by Yoichi R. Okamoto, White House Press Office)

Why my African friends don’t celebrate Black History Month

Should Black History Month have more to do with Africa and African immigrants?
Feb 26, 2015
Amen Gibreab (right), director of the film Horeta: The Journey Beyond Culture, enjoys a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony performed by Fanaye Debalke at Gojo Ethiopian Restaurant on Aurora Ave. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

How a trip to Ethiopia shattered stereotypes, spurred documentary

After a trip to Ethiopia, a local filmmaker and a group of students are challenging Americans' grim generalizations about Africa.
Feb 20, 2015
Solomon Dubie is raising money to turn his Rainier Mini Mart into a cafe that will serve Ethiopian-style coffee.

Store owner dreams of adding Ethiopian coffee traditions to Seattle’s java scene

“This was one of the first forms of brewed coffee ever, ever. That’s amazing to me,” says Rainier business owner Solomon Dubie.
Feb 12, 2015
Solomon Dubie at the Rainier Ave mini mart that he plans to convert to an Ethiopian Coffee Shop. (Photo by Colleen McDivett)

Rainier mini-mart owner has plans for Ethiopian cafe

Replacing junk food and beer with coffee and culture.
Jan 13, 2015
A Water 1st supporter sporting a shirt that says the name of the organization in Amharic, the official language of Ethiopia. (Photo by Aida Solomon)

For international aid orgs, an added challenge of getting immigrants involved

Seattle has a huge global aid sector, and a big immigrant population. So why aren't they working together more?
Sep 4, 2014