Ethio Abay Development Association of BC to Celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the GERD Project on June 11, 2016

VANCOUVER, BC – May 5, 2016 — Ethio Abay Development Association of BC (EADABC) will be holding a party to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the launch of the GERD Project.

Where: At Korean Community Center – 1320 East Hastings Street Vancouver, BC [Google Map]

When:  Saturday June 11, 2016 6:30 PM

All are welcome to attend this important fundraising event.

Extraordinary guests of honour will be on the stage to explain about the GERD project, Ethiopia’s development efforts, and Ethiopia’s Diaspora engagement in the development of the country. Please don’t miss this opportunity. Come and enjoy your evening by partaking Ethiopian traditional meals, dancing the night away with great cultural DJ music.

Tickets are only $30.00 CAD, which includes a buffet dinner.

For tickets or additional information, please contact anyone of the following phone numbers:

  • 778 896 9985
  • 604 716 1581
  • 778 960 7993
  • 604 721 7252

Photo: GERD Project

About the GERD Project:

Additional information on GERD is found here.

Looking forward to seeing you all!!!


Source: EADABC




The November 28th Fundraising Event has been Cancelled Due to Death

VANCOUVER, BC – November 11, 2015 — Ethio Abay Development Association of British Columbia (EADABC) announces the cancellation of the November 28th, 2015 fundraising event due to the death of Elleni Gebremichael, a well loved and respected sister.

“Ellen was an angel”, said her uncle Mr. Mekonnen Tedla, Board Member at EADABC. “Her persona transcended many cultures, and had touched many lives. A multitude of friends are shocked by her sudden death, but she will continue to live through her family and friends. We will always keep her in our thoughts and prayers.”

“Elleni was a beautiful, hardworking, and respectful young woman who lived a great life,” said Mr. Kassa Seged Mengesha, PR Director of EADABC. “We have decided to cancel the November 28th, 2015 fundraising event in her honour. She was a passionate soul, who was admired by her family, friends and co-workers.

“Elleni was a respectful young woman, who made an indelible mark on the lives of many she knew”, added uncle Mr. Tedla. “She inspired and influenced family and friends whom she loved and enjoyed so much. She was not only fearless and dedicated, but also strong and fervent in what she believed in.”

“While we mourn the loss of a very good young woman, we also celebrate her remarkable life and hope that it serves as an example to all of us, especially to the young people in our community, to work harder to make their dreams come true”, said Mr. Berhane Kahsay, Elleni’s another uncle. “We would like to thank everyone who attended the funeral services and all those who have comforted us during this difficult time”.

For those who may ask what they can do to honor Elleni, we have a simple request: Live your life to the fullest; Honour your parents; Love your family and friends; and Appreciate your life!

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Source: EADABC





Ethiopians in Winnipeg and Brandon Area Held a Successful GERD Fundraising Event

በዊኒፔግ፣ብራንደንና አካባቢው የሚገኙ ኢትዮጵያዊያን እና ትውልደ ኢትዮጵያዊያን የተሳካ የታላቁ ህዳሴ ግድብ የገቢ ማሰባሰቢያ ዝግጅት አካሄዱ፣

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The 2015 Ethiopian Diaspora Festival to Open Today in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Schedule Included)

The first ever Ethiopian Diaspora Festival will open today, August 12, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the Millennium Hall, near Bole International Airport. The festival, scheduled for five days (August 12 to 16), is geared towards engaging the Diaspora to participate in the development of the country.

Several speakers are scheduled to share their experiences and leaders of the country are also expected to address the crowd. By noon today, there were thousands of people trying to register at the hall. Those who pre-registered at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office can avoid the lineup and go to the badge collection desk and claim their “Participant” ID card.

Provided that there is an Internet access at the hall, we will tweet live using our twitter handle ethioabaybc –

The high level schedule is as follows (East African Time, EAT):

Wednesday, August 12, 2015:

  • 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM – Registration;
  • 2:00 PM – Opening

Thursday, August 13, 2015:

  • 8:30 AM – GTP1 and GTP2 Discussion

Friday, August 14, 2015:

  • 8:30 AM – Panel Discussion

Saturday, August 15, 2015:

  • 8:00 AM – Visit Addis Ababa and Bishoftu

Sunday, August 16, 2015:

  • 2:00 AM – Closing

We have also been informed that a visit to the GERD site and/or Gilgel Gibe site will be arranged after the festival is completed; sometime next week.

We will update this schedule as it becomes available.

Happy event to everyone, and we sincerely thank those who organized this event!

We look forward to attending this historic event!!!




The New Diaspora Policy in Amharic and English

The Diaspora Policy document has been improved and re-written after a detailed research on previous directives and implementation of the activities pertaining to the Diaspora.






Information on Amhara Region Diaspora Festival (Planned for 2016)

Note: The Oromia Diaspora Festival takes place in August 2015. The Amhara Diaspora Festival will take place in the summer of 2016.

ለመላው የአማራ ተወላጆች ኢትዮጵያንና ትውልደ-ኢትጵያን በሙሉ የቀረበ የልማት ጥሪ፣

እንደሚታወቀው የኢትዮጵያ የዳያስፖራ ቀን ከነሐሴ6-10/2007 ዓ.ም ( ከኦገስት 12-16/2015) በአዲስ አበባ በታላቅ ድምቀት ለማክበር ከፍተኛ እንቅስቃሴ በመደረግ ላይ ነው፡፡ ይሕው ብሔራዊ የዲያስፖራ በዓል አከባበር እንደተጠናቀቀ የአማራ ብሔራዊ ክልላዊ መንግስት የአማራ ተወላጆች ኢትዮጵያዊያንና ትውልደ-ኢትጵያዊያንን በክልሉ ባለፋት ሁለት አስርት አመታት ባካሄደችው ዘርፈ ብዙ የልማት እንቅስቃሴዎችንና የተገኙ ውጤቶችን በማስጎብኘት የፓናል ውይይት ለማድረግና በቀጣይ በክልሉ የኢንቨስትመንት ፍሰት የሚጠናክርበትና የዲያስፖራው ተሳትፎና ተጠቃሚነቱን ለማጎልበት በሚያስችሉ ሁኔታዎች ላይ ለመምከር በዝግጅት ላይ ይገኛል፡፡

የአማራ ብሔራዊ ክልላዊ መንግስት እስካሁን በክልሉ ለተመዘገቡት ውጤቶች መገኘት የክልሉ መንግስትና መላው የክልሉ ህዝብ ትኩረታቸውን ድህነትን በማስወገድ ዘላቂ ልማትን ለማረጋገጠ ባደረጉት ሁለንተናዊ ርብርብ ላይ የዲያስፖራው ሚና ልዩ ስፍራ ሊሰጠው እንደሚገባው ያምናል፡፡ ይህ እንደተጠበቀ ሁኖ ሀገራችን በ2017 መካከለኛ ገቢ (low middle income) ካላቸው አገሮች ተርታ ለማሰለፍ በሚደረገው ርብርብ ላይ የክልሉ መንግስት የበኩሉን ሚና እንዲያበረክት ማስቻል ሲሆን በቀጣዩ ሁለተኛው የአምስት አመት የዕድገትና ትራንስፎርሜሽን እቅድ ዘመን መንግስት፤ የክልሉ ህዝብና ድርጅታችን ብአዴን በተደራጀና በተቀናጀ አግባብ ከግብርና ወደ ኢንደስትሪ በሚደረገው መዋቅራዊ ሽግግር እና የሀገሪቱን ሕዳሴ ለማረጋገጥ በሚደረገው ሁለንተናዊ እንቅስቃሴ ውስጥ ዳያስፖራው እያበረከተ ያለውን ድርሻ ይበልጥ በማጐልበትና በማጠናከር፣በክልሉ/በሀገሪቱ የትራንስፎርሜኑን ጉዞ ስኬታማ ለማድረግ የላቀ ሚና ለመጫወት ነው፡፡

ከላይ የተገለፀውን ክልላዊና ሀገራዊ ግብ ለማሳካት፤ ክልሉን ለማልማትና በየደረጃው የሕዝቡን ተጠቃሚነት ለማረጋገጥ በዚሁ ዘርፈ ብዙ የልማት እንቅስቃሴ ላይ የአማራ ተወላጆች ኢትዮጵና ትውልደ-ኢትጵያንን በጉዳዩ ላይ በግልፅ በማወያየትና መግባባት ላይ በመድረስ ከወትሮው በተለዬ መልኩ ተሳትፏቸውንና ተጠቃሚነታቸውን ለማሳደግ ሰፊ እንቅስቃሴ በማድረግ ላይ ነው፡፡ በመሆኑም ከላይ በተደጋጋሚ እንደተገለፀው የጉብኝቱና ውይይቱ መሠረታዊ ዓላማ የአማራ ተወላጆች ኢትዮጵያንና ትውልደ-ኢትጵያንን ከክልላቸው ብሎም ከሀገራቸው ጋር ያላቸውን ትስስር ይበልጥ በማጠናከር ራሳቸውን ሕዝባቸውንና ሀገራቸውን እንዲጠቅሙ በሚያስችሏቸው መስኮች ሁሉ የነቃና የተደራጀ ተሳትፎቸውን ለማጎልበት የሚያስችሉ ምቹ ሁኔታዎችን በጋራ ምክክር ለማረጋገጥ ያለመ ነው፡፡

ስለሆነም ከተለያዩ የዓለም አገራት በአዲስ አበባ ለሚከበረው ብሔራዊ የዲያስፖራ በዓል አከባበር፣ በራሳችሁ ፕሮግራም ወደ አገር ቤት የመጣችሁ፣ እንዲሁም በተለያዩ የአገራችን አካባቢዎች በኢንቨስትመንትና በልዩ ልዩ ሙያና የልማት ሥራዎች ላይ በመሳተፍ ላይ ያላችሁ የአማራ ተወላጆ ኢትዮጵያንና ትውልደ-ኢትጵያን የብሔራዊ በዓል አከባበሩ እንደተጠናቀቀ በክልሉ ርዕሰ ከተማ ባህር ዳር ላይ በሚደረገው የምክክር መድረግ ላይ እንድትገኙለት የአማራ ብሔራዊ ክልላዊ መንግስት በአክብሮት ጥሪውን እያቀረበ በያላችሁበት ሆናችሁ በኦንላየን መመዝገብ ትችሉ ዘነድ በውጭ ጉዳይ ሚኒስቴር መ/ቤት ሥራውን የሚያስተባብሩ ባለሙያዎች፡-

1. አቶ ደመቀ ዘመነ ሽፈራው  ሞባይል፡ +251 913 81 37 80  የኢሜል አድራሻ፡

2. ከበደ በየነ ብሩ  ሞባይል፡ +251 939 48 04 83 የኢሜል አድራሻ፡

3. ሞላልኝ አስፋው አያና ሞባይል፡ +251 911 22 10 53 የኢሜል አድራሻ፡

እንዲያስተባብሩ የተወከሉ መሆናቸውን እየገለፀ ያገሩን ሠርዶ በሀገሩ …. እንዲሉ፣ መላ የአማራ ተወላጆች ኢትዮጵያውያንና ትውልደ ኢትዮጵያውያን በህዳሴ ግስጋሴ ላይ ወደምትገኘው ክልላችሁ እንድትመጡና በክልሉ እየተከናወኑ ያሉ ዋና ዋና የልማት ፕሮጀክቶች ጉብኝትና በፓናል ውይይቱ ላይ እንድትሳተፉ በክብር ተጠርታችኋል፡፡ የአማራ ብሔራዊ ክልላዊ መንግስት ባህር ዳር እጅ ለእጅ ተያይዘን የክልላችንንም ሆነ የሀገራችንን ህዳሴ እናረጋግጣለን!!

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Amhara Diaspora




Ethiopians in Vancouver Strongly Condemn the Barbaric Killings of Ethiopians in Libya and South Africa

Thirty Ethiopian Christian young men killed by barbaric, terrorist ISIS group in Libya

VANCOUVER, BC – April 22, 2015 — It is with deep sorrow and sadness that Ethio Abay Development Association of British Columbia (EADABC) received the inhuman and shocking news of the killings of Ethiopians in Libya and South Africa.

EADABC condemns — with the strongest terms possible — the senseless and barbaric execution of thirty (30) Christian Ethiopian young men in Libya, by Islamic State (IS); and the cruel killings of Ethiopians by xenophobic local people in South Africa.

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.@EthioAbayBC #Ethiopians in #Vancouver, BC condemn the Barbaric Killings of Ethiopians in #Libya and #SouthAfrica –


Thirty (30) Christian young men of Ethiopian origin were executed this week in Libya by IS. Fifteen (15) of them were beheaded at a Mediterranean beach, and the other fifteen (15) were showered with bullets at close range in a desert part of Southern Libya. The same terrorist group beheaded 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya in February 2015.



IS video showing execution of 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya (graphic content, viewer discretion is advised):

Full 29 minutes Video (limited to USA viewers only by publisher) (graphic content, viewer discretion is advised):

South Africa:
Ethiopians were stabbed to death and badly hurt in South Africa this week. The xenophobic attacks were encouraged by a minority Zulu King to drive other Africans out of South Africa. In addition to the killings, properties and businesses belonging to foreign Africans have been totally destroyed.

Yemen has fallen into a chaotic state recently and civil war has started in the country. Using the misery and havoc created as a cover up, the Yemeni anarchists have been killing and attacking their own people, and Ethiopians have also been caught up in the cross fire. The Ethiopian government has started to evacuate its citizens from Yemen.

EADABC would like to express its heartfelt and deep condolences to the bereaved family, to friends of the victims, and to the entire Ethiopian people. We will always remember these young men in our thoughts and prayers. May their souls rest in peace. We shall overcome such evil acts with integrity and good deeds.

Ethiopians are hurting:
Ethiopian families mourn their loved ones killed by ISIS –

Condolences from around the world:

* Pope Francis sends condolences to Ethiopians –

* Canada Condemns ISIS’s Killing of Ethiopian Christians in Libya –

* White House Condemns IS Massacre of Ethiopian Christians –

* UN Secretary-General Condemns ‘Barbaric’ Killing of Ethiopians in Libya –

The Ethiopian government has declared three (3) days of national mourning in respect for the lives lost at the hands of these bestial thugs. EADABC stands shoulder to shoulder with Ethiopians globally and the international community to wipe out these savagely cruel, primitive and wicked group from the face of the earth.

Ethiopia’s foreign minister, Dr. Tedros Adhanom, denounces terrorism and explain how Ethiopians live together peacefully (Amharic Audio – Click on the red circle):

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“Ethiopia is one of a handful countries globally where Christians, Muslims, Jews, and Pagans have lived peacefully side by side, respectfully for centuries”, says Kidest Zeleke, EADABC President. “Ethiopia has done so much for Islam; from hosting Arabian refugees when they fled persecution in the 7th century to declaring Muslim holidays as national stat holidays in the country. It really pains me to witness such kind of brutal killings of Ethiopians in the name of religion in Libya”.

Ethiopia supported the ANC and Nelson Mandela unconditionally during the Apartheid rule, from training Anti-Apartheid fighters to issuing Ethiopian passports to Nelson Mandela and his comrades in the 1950’s and 1960’s”, says Kassa Seged Mengesha, EADABC PR Director. “We are deeply disturbed by the killings and attacks of Ethiopians in South Africa.”

“The attacks in Libya were committed in the name of the religion of Islam, and in the name of Allah”, says EADABC Secretary Biadegeligne Zeleke. “True Islam is a religion of peace, and the Merciful Allah has nothing to do with such barbaric acts; in fact, the Quoran teaches to respect human life. A true Muslim doesn’t do such killings.”

“Terrorism is a global phenomenon, affecting all of us globally, no matter where we live”, says Abiyou Mengistu, EADABC Vice President. “I am very surprised the killings in Libya and Kenya did not get much media coverage in the West; especially, given that Ethiopia and Kenya are fighting terrorism in support of the West”.

“Ethiopia and Kenya are a strong allies of the West, and participate in the global war against terrorism, fighting Al-Shabab, and other terrorist organizations”, says Aynalem Berhe, EADABC Treasurer. “Unfortunately, due to this engagement, Ethiopians and Kenyans have become attack targets”.

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