Friday, March 16, 2007

Tadesse Ebba

Indian Ocean Newsletter N° 1210 17/03/2007
During a recent meeting of its executive committee, the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF, Ethiopian opposition) gave the task of heading the workgroup created to invigorate the Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (AFD, opposition coalition) to the head of its department of external relations, Hassan Hussein. Meanwhile, Tadesse Ebba was designated to be the representative of the OLF external relations department. Aged about 60 and from the Western Wollega, Ebba had been an executive of the OLF in Sudan in the 1970s. Two decades later he emigrated to Minnesota (United States) where he worked as a teacher. He subsequently again became an active OLF activist and headed the organisation’s North American bureau when Abiyou Geleta left this function to join the OLF faction headed by Gallasa Dilbo. Ebba is considered by those who know him as soft spoken and moderate person.