Kinijit Minnesota Support Group had a successful welcome ceremony and Fund- raising Dinner – Kinijit Minnesota

October 22nd, 2007 Print Print Email Email

An estimated 250 Ethiopians filled up the Baggage Claim area of Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport on Friday afternoon as they were waiting the arrival of the CUD leaders. (more…)

An estimated 250 Ethiopians filled up the Baggage Claim area of Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport on Friday afternoon as they were waiting the arrival of the CUD leaders. Some Americans, who never saw such a huge crowd at such a spot, asked what was going on. They were amazed by the unprecedented festive atmosphere among the gentle Ethiopians.

The crowd suddenly burst into a roar of cheers, singing and dancing as they saw Judge Bertukan Mideqsa, Engineer Gizachew Shiferaw and Dr. Berhanu Nega walking toward them, escorted by two executives of the Minnesota chapter of CUD Support Group. The three heroic leaders warmly greeted the enthusiastic crowd. Then they were taken to the awaiting limousine, accompanied by the singing and dancing crowd.

That evening, some 50 active Kinijit support members joined the three CUD leaders on a social event at the largest Ethiopian restaurant in Minneapolis. People took turns to chat with each one of them for a few minutes.

On Saturday morning, the delegation met with former and current executives of the Minnesota chapter of CUD Support Group. Dr. Solomon Gashaw, chairman of the chapter, presented a report on the activities of the local organization over the last few years, beginning with the history of its founding. Then the delegation answered questions from the members of the chapter.

Finally, the most important event of the Minnesota tour took place on Saturday evening at First Christian church near Downtown Minneapolis. About 700 people attended the fundraising event. It was an impressive turnout for our city. The CUD delegation answered a wide variety of questions asked by the Diaspora community in Minnesota. Equally important, the audience was superbly entertained by delicious Ethiopian food as well as Comedian Abebe Belw who played a great role in making the evening’s auction a success. About $25,000 was raised, including ticket sales and auctions of a few items.

Finally, the event was wrapped up shortly after eleven o’clock, and many people took the opportunity to have pictures taken with the CUD leaders.

Wzrt. Birtukan Mideksa’s Speech

  1. Gedeon
    | #1

    Are they OLF/AFD supporters???

  2. Mimi
    | #2

    Well said, I just hope people will listen to you! Ethiopia inndeed dose have hope.

  3. Mimi
    | #3

    Ethiopia will be free if we have people like you.

  4. Job
    | #4

    The truth shall set you free!

  5. KKKKKK
    | #5

    Nice speech from Birtukan. Keep on. Be a woman of her words, a woman of the poeple.

    But, Can anyone inform me why the other two members of the delegation were absent? Just for info.

  6. Benberu
    | #6

    For me it was a very moving, articulate & breath taking speech which made me cry no word can express what i felt.

    Birtukan you are our hero!

    GOD be with them!

  7. | #7

    I think it is exagurated to express that so many people show up during the arrival or fundraising event of Kinijit leaders,since many OLF and ONLF supporters live their.Kinijit is part of the allaince that established when Kinijit leaders got prison in Ethiopia.

  8. tt
    | #8

    These leaders are really funny. What they talk and what they do is different. They agree to mislead people but they never trust each other. What one has to thik is that what will happen if they get the power? The answer is clear. Their problems will remain to us(ethiopians).

    We need peace!

  9. lc otho
    | #9

    it might be a good idea for kinijit leaders to speak out in North America.if they can do same things back home and solving their leaderships difference.thereafter, that will be easy for them to confronted the injustice Government.

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