Seattle Ethiopians and Eritreans react to their home countries’ new peace

Ethiopians and Eritreans who are now living in Seattle are happy to see the end of the 20-year cold war that separated families and friends. But while some people have a wait-and-see reaction to the peace agreement, others are ready to celebrate.
Aug 31, 2018

Seattle Eritrean community celebrates 27 years of independence

The celebration of Eritrean Independence Day included traditional coffee ceremonies, art, music and dances from the country's different ethnic groups.
Jun 6, 2018

Somali diaspora speaks up about the dangers of migrant trafficking

Perils of the East African refugee crisis develop long before reaching the Mediterranean Sea, as one Seattle Somali-American reports.
Apr 26, 2016
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

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
Selam Zecharias, an intern at Facebook's Seattle office, is interviewed in the office "hot tub," About one percent of Facebook employees are African-American. (Photo by Ken Lamber / The Seattle Times)

Facebook’s first Habesha reflects on her refugee roots

With the help of an innovative internship program, Eritrean refugee Selam Zecharias found a place in a Seattle tech world dominated by white men.
Nov 21, 2014

Youth Art Show: Memories from Back Home

Join the YMCA for the art viewing of two award-winning young men, Abraham Tesfasilasie and Nahom Girmay. They will take us on an aesthetic journey of their memories from back home in Eritrea. Two pieces in the show are making their way home from our Nation’s capital where they have been on display for the […]
Jun 30, 2014

All smiles for Eritrean painter

A pair of young artists who are immigrants from Eritrea are staging a show, “Memories from Back Home” at the Metrocenter YMCA starting July 10.
Jul 4, 2014

Hidmo pop-up features Hollis Wong-Wear, Gabriel Teodros

For one night only, lucky attendants of the "Hidmo Back" pop-up restaurant got to relive the glory of the now closed Eritrean restaurant and community space.
Feb 21, 2014
Yodit Seyoum places a injera onto a cooling rack at Amy's Merkato in the Central District. (Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

Ethiopian family keeps Seattle’s best injera top secret

Tasty, versatile and naturally gluten-free, injera is going mainstream. But the bakers at Amy’s Merkato are keeping their recipe close to the vest.
Aug 23, 2013
Abraham Tesfelaise, with his painting "Seattle" at the Downtown YMCA. (Photo by Coleen McDevitt)

Here to escape war, award-winning artist works to smile

For Eritrean refugee Abraham Tesfelaise the two things most teenagers dread, high school and going to the dentist, are the stuff of dreams. 
Jun 21, 2013
From left; first generation Samoan youth Roselle Savea, Naiasolagi Ulusago, Nathan Taupau and Evangeline Taupau at a carwash to benefit the Aso Fitu Samoa Church on the sidewalk of International Boulevard in Tukwila, Wash. (Photo by Ian Terry)

Parents just don’t understand: The immigrant youth experience

Caught between worlds, first generation immigrants from around the globe find community in their alienation.
Jun 19, 2013

Archrivals abroad become fast friends in the Northwest

When people from rival nations meet in the Pacific Northwest, do their national grudges hold true?
Jun 11, 2013