Ethiopians in Cleveland

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Ethiopian Cultural Garden on One World Day

The Ethiopian Cultural Garden and Ethiopian community participated in the 71st One World Day on August 28, 2016. They began with the Parade of Flags.

Ethiopia in Parade of Flags

Ethiopian Garden in Parade of Flags

Ethiopia in Parade of Flags

Ethiopia in Parade of Flags

Throughout the day members of the Ethiopian community of Cleveland hosted hundreds of visitors in the Ethiopian Cultural Garden and shared Ethiopian culture.

Ethiopian Cultural Garden on One World Day

Ethiopian Cultural Garden on One World Day

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Ethiopian Fashion at Cleveland Museum of Art

Aklilu Demessie from Cleveland's Ethiopian community explained the Ethiopian clothing they wore to Ken Kovach of ICC-WIN at the Cleveland Museum of Art's International Cleveland Community Day in the Atrium of the museum.

Ethiopian Fashion at Cleveland Museum of Art

Ethiopian Fashion at Cleveland Museum of Art

Photos and videos of the International Fashion Show

Ethiopian Cultural Garden at 2015 Cleveland One World Day

Having fun on the site of the proposed new Ethiopian Cultural Garden in Cleveland on One World Day 2015. Besides dancing, food and music a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony was held.

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Ethiopian Fashion at Cleveland Multicultural Event

Representatives from the Ethiopian community participated in the International Community Council - Worldwide Intercultural Network's (ICC-WIN) 5th annual multicultural holiday celebration at the Global Center for Health Innovation in the Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland Ohio. They modeled Ethiopian costumes at the International Fashion Show which featured traditional costumes of dozens of countries.

Fashions of Ethiopia

Fashion of Ethiopia

Photos and videos of the International Fashion Show


Today, U.S. Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights made the following statement after the announced death of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.

“Whenever death occurs, regardless of the impact a person has made on his or her community, city or even country, it is a time to reflect on how we can collectively pick up the pieces and move forward to bring about change for a positive future.”

“Former Prime Minister Zenawi’s rule was characterized as a great contrast. While he was responsible for ushering in an era of economic growth, promoting peace in Ethiopia and the surrounding region, and expanding health services to the citizens in the country, his tenure was often criticized by the unfair confinement of his people, oppressed media and his failure to embrace human rights and justice for all.

“As a new day rises in Ethiopia, a solid foundation for human rights and continued economic growth is possible, and as new leadership takes hold, it is my sincere hope that Ethiopia and the United States will remain allies on matters of security, but also create a partnership and champion stringent human rights standards in throughout the region.”

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Out & About - Photos and Event Recaps

Greater Cleveland Sports Commission 2010 World School Games

Student athletes from Kenya

Student athletes from Kenya

Parade of student athletes from Zambia at the 2010 World School Games

Student athletes from Zambia

Young Kenyan athletes compete
Cleveland Clinic Sports Health International Youth Sports Festival
John Carroll University July 1-4, 2010

Young Kenyan athletes compete

Young Kenyan athletes compete

Young Kenyan athletes march into Don Shula Stadium

An impromptu Balafon performance at Parade the Circle in University Circle in Cleveland Ohio. The balafon is a resonated frame, wooden keyed percussion instrument from West Africa, similar to a xylophone.

Hashim El Raman plays Mbira music at a Cleveland Ohio festival in June 2009. The mbira is the national instrument of Zimbabwe and has been played by the Shona people for thousands of years. It is also called the thumb piano.

Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa from hotel window

Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa

Organizations and Resources for Ethiopians in Cleveland

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Ethiopian Coat of Arms

Ethiopian Coat of Arms

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Cleveland Ethiopian Feedback and Memories

Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie on cover of Time Magazine

Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie on cover of Time Magazine

Ethiopian History and Culture

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Ethiopian food

Typical Ethiopian cuisine:
Injera (pancake-like bread) and several kinds of wat (stew)


Unique among African countries, the ancient Ethiopian monarchy maintained its freedom from colonial rule with the exception of the 1936-41 Italian occupation during World War II.

In 1974, a military junta, the Derg, deposed Emperor Haile Selassie (who had ruled since 1930) and established a socialist state. Torn by bloody coups, uprisings, wide-scale drought, and massive refugee problems, the regime was finally toppled in 1991 by a coalition of rebel forces, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF).

A constitution was adopted in 1994, and Ethiopia's first multiparty elections were held in 1995. A border war with Eritrea late in the 1990s ended with a peace treaty in December 2000.

The Eritrea-Ethiopia Border Commission in November 2007 remotely demarcated the border by geographical coordinates, but final demarcation of the boundary on the ground is currently on hold because of Ethiopian objections to an international commission's finding requiring it to surrender territory considered sensitive to Ethiopia.

(facts courtesy of CIA World Fact Book)

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Profiles of Ethiopians in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio

Haile Selassie

Haile Selassie

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ClevelandPeople.Com - Ethiopian Ambassadors

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Ethiopian Highlands with Ras Dashan in the background.  Photo by Giustino

Ethiopian Highlands with Ras Dashan in the background

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