MAJOR ALERT: CONCERNING OROMO MINORS AND THE ELDERLY
While this messge is concerning a situation of global importance, it is here addressed solely, but specifically to all members of the Oromo nation.
PLEASE PROTECT AND HELP OUR MINORS AND CARE FOR OUR ELDERLY PEOPLE
While the vice of abuse especially of young girls from among the refugees is not new, we find that more and more unaccompanied minors (boys and girls) are found stranded in Kenya where they survive in appalling situations and under dreadful circumstances.
Many people simply don’t know or are not aware of that appalling situation, but we come across more and more such cases in the shadows of society.
UNHCR is less than helpful.
What needs to be done?
We are not advocating the building of new institutions like orphanages or to herd these helpless people into another corral or camp, or to blow the horn for more state control – the opposite. Anyone, who wants to learn more about this and why also we are against the institutionalized approach, can read up on the excellent website of www.wearelumos.org
We are appealing today to you by addressing the pride of the Oromo people as a nation, of whom already over 10% live in exile, to come to the rescue of the most vulnerable among our people, who had to flee our homeland Oromiya – alone and unaccompanied. They live under constant fear.
Please reach out with a helping hand and take them in – in good old Oromo tradition!
DON’T LEAVE ANY OROMO BEHIND
Right now we are looking for reputable Oromo families living in Nairobi or Kenya, who would be willing to help and take in an unaccompanied Oromo minor or an elderly person, while we sort out their refugee status or other bureaucratic problems with UNHCR or the Government of Kenya and try to find their next of kin.
These wonderful, often very young or very old people need your protection and shelter, your love and support, your care and encouragement – and they will enlighten your life as a family.
Please spread this message far and wide to the reputable members of the Oromo nation in Kenya.
Those who can and will help, please send us your contact, so that we can facilitate.
Right now we are looking for Oromo families of good standing, who could take in one of the 3 unaccompanied minors (we already could register them) or one of the seven (male) elders on our list.
Thank you very much
Bontu, Anane, Betelihem, Getahun et al.