The Oromo Diaspora in support for displaced Oromo people

September 29, 2017

The Oromo Diaspora has responded to the needy Oromo families displaced in recent weeks in the eastern and Southern Oromia Region by raising over $250,000. Community associations, individuals, professionals, media organizations and other volunteers have collected funds in order to respond to the humanitarian crisis in Oromia. More

HIRPHA International

HIRPHA (Humanitarian Initiative to Relieve the Plight in the Horn of Africa) International is an independent, non-profit organization whose effort is solely to provide humanitarian assistance to Oromo and other victims in the Region by collecting donations from its supporters. It was established at the founding members meeting in March 2017, in Arlington, VA. It is registered with non-profit status under IRS Publication 557 Section 501(C), and headquartered in Minneapolis, MN (USA).

The need

The Horn of Africa, and Ethiopia in particular, has been repeatedly affected by draught/famine and internal displacement over the past many decades. Internal as well as regional political instability has continued to exacerbate the situation leading to many hundreds of people being impacted. The victims include internally displaced people rendered homeless, families with no breadwinner, and those who fled their home county and seek refugees in foreign countries. Some may need resettlement away from the country in which they sought refuge.

The Oromo people of Ethiopia have been such a victim over the past many decades. Several thousands have been rendered homeless, many more either maimed or wounded in conflicts and are often unable to access medical services resulting in preventable deaths. The lack of peace and stability has resulted in many thousands of Oromos being forced to flee and languish in neighbouring countries as refugees with uncertain future. Several of these refuges are not safe in their host countries where they try to survive by hiding and need support to help them establish a new “home”.

In most instances, local support to respond to these victims is hardly available and international aid agencies are not in a position to respond to these situations due to various limitations and competing priorities. External support from the diaspora has been scarce and is hardly coordinated to have a noticeable impact. Severity of these situations, however, demands the need for an organization that will coordinate support and reach these victims with appropriate assistance in a timely manner. HIRPHA International was formed to fulfill this need.