Al Amoudi showers ESFNA with a gift of $300,000 – Abugida

June 26th, 2008 Print Print Email Email

Al Amoudi showers ESFNA (Ethiopian Sports Federation in North America) with a gift of $300,000 and ESFNA lavishes praise on Al Amoudi in return. Here is the statement given by ESFNA after receiving the money: (more…)

Al Amoudi showers ESFNA (Ethiopian Sports Federation in North America) with a gift of $300,000 and ESFNA lavishes praise on Al Amoudi in return. Here is the statement given by ESFNA after receiving the money:

THANK YOU DR. SHEIKH MOHAMMED HUSSIEN ALAMUDI
The entire family of ESFNA, players, coaches, board members and Executive Committee members etc., would like to say “Thank You” to Dr. Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Alamudi for his generous gift of $300,000 to our organization. It should be noted that this is not the first time Sheikh Alamudi has given a large amount of money to help and encourage ESFNA. In the year 2002, he donated $450,000 that helped our organization reach new heights.
Again, thank you and we wish you good health and long life.
http://esfna.net/esfna/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=205&Itemid=333

Ethiosun, a pro democracy website urges you to boycott Ethiopian Sports Federation in North America’s (ESFNA’s) 25th celebrations that will be held in Washington this weekend (starting June 28, 2008). Here is the letter we received this morning: alamoudi_400.gif

Dear Ethiopian and Ethiopian Americans:

On the behalf of Ethiopians under tyranny, we urge your to boycott the ESFANA’s 25th celebrations that will be held in Washington this weekend (starting June 28, 2008). ESFANA’s 25th celebration that is sponsored by the Ethiopian repressive regime and its associates (Al Moudi etal *) insult over 80 million Ethiopians who are under tyranny and almost a million of Ethiopian Americans living in the USA. It also undermines the Diaspora’s struggle for freedom and democracy.

Tena Yesteln.

EthioSun
Voice for the Voiceless

A Letter from one of our viewers:

ESFNA Should Be Reminded – by Joe Michael

The Ethiopian Sport Federation in North America (ESFNA) is a money-spinning organization owned by few individuals who never care for sport at all. The organization maintained its tax exempt status from the Federal and State governments by claiming that it is a non-profit organization, and it doesn’t affiliate with any political group. Ironically, each year thousands of Ethiopians are required to pay fees to watch soccer tournaments; people with political motivation and affiliation have been making donations; soccer tournament gatherings have been used as a juncture for political propaganda, etc.

The leadership of ESFNA has been advised in multiple occasions to be isolated from any politically motivated donation, and to make it clear to the public how much money they are making each year. Since all donations and business profits have been utilized in the name of ‘assisting Ethiopians’, the public has a right to know if the funds have been used for what they were originally obligated for- that is assisting Ethiopians.

ESFNA has been urged numerous times to provide articulated financial records attesting the allocation of funds. To date, no one, except the so called ESFNA executives know how much money ESFNA has raised in the name of Ethiopians, and how much of the money were justifiably spent.

Recently, we learned that ESFNA received a donation of $300,000 from the Ethiopian tycoon, who is a close ally of the current Ethiopian regime. While the motive behind such a huge money donation is mysterious, one thing is very clear for most of us that once again, the ESFNA collected the money in the name of assisting Ethiopians.

Although we appreciate the social gathering opportunity facilitated by the annual soccer tournament, we all hate to see our Ethiopian identity being used to raise money for no other reason than boosting few individuals’ prosperity.

ESFNA should be reminded of its legal obligations that sport gatherings cannot be used as a means for political propaganda, donations should not be collected from politically driven donors, and the public must be informed about the expenditure of funds received from the sale of tournament tickets and donations.


What is your stance? Do you think Ethiopians as well as Ethiopian Americans should boycott this year’s tournament?

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