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Unfortunately the President of the Harari Regional State, the Hon. Fuad Ibrahim, will not be at the Town Hall meeting in Dallas. He is
heading back to Ethiopia today, July 29th, due to urgent matters.

However, both Mayor Zeydan Bekri as well as the member of Ethiopia's Parliament and head of the Harari National League, Merwan Bedri will be at the Town Hall meeting.

The meeting will strictly focus on issues related to Harar and her advancement. We request everyone to attend to address this worthy cause, and not be distracted with other issues.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2005 1:39 pm Reply with quote
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Hararis in Dallas Give a Warm Reception to the Delegates


July 31, 2005

The Harari Delegation held a town hall meeting in Dallas, Texas on July 31, 2005. The delegation was led by the Honorable Merwan Bedri, Member of Ethiopia?s Parliament and head of the Harari National League; and the Honorable Zeydan Bekri, Mayor of the City of Harar.

The event was co-sponsored by the Harari Community Development Center (HCDC), Harari Women?s Association, Harari Community of Dallas, and Dallas Harari Youth. Mohammed Hassen chaired the meeting, and it commenced with the recitation of the Holy Quran by Gizman Omar. That was followed by Ustad Ibrahim Berkhadley delivering a brief speech welcoming the delegates.

Thereafter, the leaders of each sponsoring organization Abdurahman Abdisubhan, Chairman of the Harari Community Development Center, Hanin Abubaker, Chairperson of the Harari Women?s Association, Wafa Gadid, Chairperson of the Dallas Harari Youth, and Abdullahi Gatour, Chairperson of the Harari Community of Dallas delivered a brief speech introducing their respective organization to the delegates.


Abdurahman Abdisubhan, Hanin Abubaker, Wafa Gadid, and Abdullahi
Gatour introducing their respective organization to the delegates


Following the introduction of the four organizations that exist in Dallas by their respective chairpersons, the Mayor of the City of Harar delivered an hour-long speech in which he discussed diverse Harari issues. The Honorable Zeydan Bekri started his speech by informing the audience how the Harari People National Regional State was formed. Thereafter, he discussed in-depth the achievements made by the Harari Regional State since its formation.


The Honorable Zeydan Bekri, Mayor of the City of Harar

The Mayor followed his discussion by outlining the challenges that face the Harari Regional State, such as, HIV/AIDS, orphanage and poverty, providing potable water to its citizens, education, as well as the continuing migration of Hararis from Harar.

A brief recess was taken following the speech by Mayor Zeydan, and assortment of snacks were served to those attending the meeting.

After the recess, the Honorable Merwan Bedri, who is a Member of Ethiopia?s Parliament, Chairperson of the Harari National League, and Head of the Education and Capacity Building Bureau delivered a speech addressing the political challenges that face the Harari Regional State, and recommended means to overcome those challenges.


The Honorable Merwan Bedri, Member of Ethiopia?s
Parliament, Chairperson of the Harari National League,
and Head of the Education and Capacity Building Bureau.


The Honorable Merwan Bedri proposed that the challenges the Harari people face at the moment, whether they are due to HIV/AIDS, migration, lack of water, and/or poverty have political dimensions associated with them, and that they should also be addressed as such.

Ethiopia?s Member of Parliament also discussed the elections that were held in Ethiopia in May 2005, and their implications for the Harari Regional State.

The MP discussed the demographic challenges posed by the continuous migration of Hararis from Harar, and possible implications of these trends for Hararis and the Harari Regional State in future elections. He reminded Hararis in the diaspora that they are duty bound to work alongside Hararis in Harar to safeguard the interest of Harar. To this end the MP urged all Hararis to put their local differences aside, and to work together for the greater cause of Harar.

The MP?s speech was followed by question and answer session that lasted couple of hours. The general atmosphere of the meeting was highly positive, and there was a renewed commitment among the Hararis in Dallas to work for the cause of Harar.

A request was made for the delegation during the question and answer session to address the differences that exist among Hararis in Dallas. However, due to lack of time it was agreed that the delegation would look into the matter on Tuesday August 2, 2005.


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Harar
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Hi, Malasay

Glad to hear that you had a wonderful meeting with our leaders from Harar.
I thought your readers might find this piece interesting. Here is the link

http://www.goshen.edu/sst/et05/

Thanks

illiaddous

Mon, 14 Feb 2005
Harar!
Sunday night we returned from a 3-day trip to Harar, in eastern Ethiopia toward Somalia. Friday and Sunday were all-day (12 - 14 hour) bus rides, taking us through much of the ecological spectrum in Ethiopia: from the heavily cultivated (and populated) highlands, through vast and arid lowlands, and everything in between. For most of the students it was a first opportunity to see pastoralists with their herds of goats and camels gathered around watering holes. The road also goes through parts of Awash National Park in the lowlands and entertained us with a variety of wild animals and birds.
We had all day Saturday to explore the old walled city of Harar. This city is at least 900 years old and was once one of the most important trading centers in the Muslim world. Harar is still a vibrant and active urban center with bustling markets and a huge variety of merchandise and food.
In the morning and early afternoon we had a guide to help show us through the narrow winding streets, take us to see a few museums and historic houses, explain some of the history of what we were seeing, and introduce us to various areas of the markets. In the late afternoon we were free to explore this amazing place on our own, which everyone enjoyed.
In the evening when it was full dark we went to see one of the two remaining "Hyena men" feeding the hyenas. Although this is certainly a spectacle for us, this is not something developed for tourists but has been a tradition for many, many years. During a drought long ago, one of the prophets from the area had a vision that feeding the hyenas would be a way of keeping hunger at bay. The Hyena Men feed the hyenas every night whether tourists are present or not. But allowing us to feed them as well was a great chance to see these still-wild animals close up.
After the hyenas we went out to eat together, finally getting back to our hotel about 10PM, happy, full, and very tired from walking about in the sun all day.
All in all this was a wonderful visit. The most often-heard comment was, "I wish we had another day to spend here. I love this city!"
Today (Monday) we started the student's last week here in Addis. Along with the lectures, field trips and Amharic classes we are all working to make sure all is ready for travel to their various service assignments next Saturday, and the beginning the next six-week adventures.
Peter
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