These two photos of a concrete-made-Cross, which is found on the top-hill of Medjugorje in today’s Croatia, were taken one by the Reverend Abba Tesfamariam Baraki and another by one of the two American pilgrims (seen at the bottom of the golden-color Cross). As shown imprinted on the Cross itself, it was built in 933 by the Croatians (or former Yugoslavians) in commemoration of the Nine Hundredth Anniversary of the Lord Jesus Christ’s Crucifixion in 33 A.D. – apparently when their land was stricken by a severe drought seeking for divine intervention! Medjugorje is a village of pilgrimage where the Blessed Virgin Mary had been appearing to six youths and giving them messages warning our modern world for the many evil things that take place globally.
Some pilgrims who come to Medjugorje from various parts of the world claim to see some sort of extraordinary miraculous signs or to experience some spiritual conversions at this particular site of the Cross and in the Apparition Hill of Medjugorje. Fr. Baraki claims to receive a tiny miracle when the photo of the concrete-cross he took on that site turned into a Golden Cross: when he returned back to Washington, DC (USA) from the pilgrimage and developed the photos taken: as seen here above!
He would like to share via the Internet this tiny miracle with the rest of the world on the Feast of Meskel (Holy Cross) wishing all those, who are celebrating the finding and Exaltation of the Holy Cross/Meskel, many blessings that God gives us, as we commemorate and celebrate the redemptive suffering and death of His Son who was crucified and died on the wooden cross to redeem and save the world from the slavery to sin and the dominion of the Evil One!
For Immediate Release
September 26, 2019
ECDC’s Statement on FY20 Presidential Determination
Arlington, VA – Today, the Trump administration announced that the refugee resettlement ceiling will be set at 18,000 for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020. This is the lowest number since the U.S Resettlement Program was established nearly 40 years ago. The administration previously set the ceiling at 45,000 for FY18 and 30,000 for FY19. While the resettlement number continues to dwindle here in the United States, the number of refugees worldwide grows daily. There are currently over 70.8 million people who are displaced, 25.9 million of whom are refugees.
Since the start of the resettlement program, over 3 million people have been granted the opportunity to rebuild their previously shattered lives here in the United States. Refugees who come through this program undergo a vigorous vetting process, which ensures that they will otherwise be persecuted if they return to their home countries. With the U.S. resettlement program turning its back on the world’s most vulnerable, thousands of people in dire circumstances have lost the hope of ever building a future for their children.
The administration’s low numbers are not an indication of what Americans believe is beneficial for our country. Across the country, communities that have welcomed refugees say that their new neighbors contribute tremendously both economically and culturally. Businesses have also advocated for the resettlement of more refugees because they are a crucial part of the American labor market.
The United States has historically been a leader in the protection of refugees. However, today’s decision represents a shift that will affect refugees around the world for years to come. It is our hope that the collective voices and actions of those who believe in this life-saving program will continue to make a positive difference in the lives of refugees and other newcomers.
ECDC is one of nine resettlement agencies working in partnership with the Department of State and the Office of Refugee Resettlement to provide initial placement and support services to refugees being resettled in the United States. ECDC promotes cultural, educational and socio-economic development programs to assist refugees and immigrants in becoming productive members of their new homeland.
በሀገር ውስጥ ሚዲያ ያጣነው የሚዲያ ሽፋን በዓለምአቀፍ ሚዲያዎች እንድናገኝ ያደረግነው ጥረት ስኬታማ ነበር። ከዚህ በፊት ኣጃንስ ፍራንስ(AFP) በኢሮብ እና በኢትዮ-ኤርትራ የኣልጀሪስ ስምምነት ዙርያ ዜናዎች በተደጋጋሚ ሰርቷል ፤ ስምምነቱ ተግባራዊ የሚሆን ከሆነ የኢሮብ ህዝብ እንደ ህዝብ የመቀጠል ሁኔታ ኣደጋ ላይ እንደሚወድቅም ለዓለም ማህበረሰብ በዜናና በልዩ ፕሮግራም ኣሳዊቋል። ይህንን የተመለከቱ የኣልጃዝራ የሚዲያ ሰዎች ለዚህ ድምፀ-ኣልባው ህዝብ ድምፅ እንዲሆን ዘንድ የሙሩፅ በየነ “Borderland” የተሰኘው ዘጋቢ ፍልም ሰርቷል። ይህ ፍልም ከትናንት መስከረም 6፣ 2012 ዓ.ም ጀምሮ ለሳምንት በኣልጀዝራ እንግሊዝኛ (al Jazeera English) YouTube’s እንዲሁም websites ይቆያል።
መጀመሪያ ከኣጃንስ ፍራንስ ፕሬስ(AFP) ያገናኘን ብርቱ የኢሮብ ልጅ ፍቃደኛ ከሆነ በሚቀጥለው ኣስተዋውቃችሁ አለሁ።
ልብ ያለው የህዝብ ልብ ያዳሚጥ!!!! (Source: Syum John’s Facebook)
If the Regional State of Tigray and the National Government of Federal Ethiopia are seriously and equally and fairly concerned for the Erob Wereda people like others in the whole country, we are tempted to question, then why the Special Technical and Vocational Education & Training and Agro-Processing Industrial Cluster Center (STVET-APICC) in Irob Wereda of Eastern Tigray stopped its construction, while it was supposed to be fully or, at least, partially completed by now and start giving education to the Irob youth, who are hopelessly emigrating to unknown foreign countries and perish in the process?
Irrob.org would like to congratulate the journalists of the ኢሮብ ዋረ’ (Irob TV Program) for their professional skills of television news broadcasting in the Saho language on a weekly basis under the sponsorship of the Tigrai Mass Media. However, here at Irrob.org, we would like to offer some constructive criticism for the benefit of our Irob people of the Irob/Erob Woreda: First, the frequency of the program is a not adequate for one ethnic minority group, such as the Irob. Therefore, we would like to suggest that Irob Tv broadcasting program to increase from just once a week to at least bi-weekly or more. Secondly, less than or just a half-an-hour program per week is Not sufficient; so we would like to see the program in Saho should increased, at least, to 45-60 minutes! Thirdly, Irob Tv News Broadcasting Program should consider broadcasting in Tigrinya and Amharic weekly or at least once or twice a month on the issues affecting the Erob Woreda.
Otherwise, it appears to us that Irob people’s socio-economic needs and other related issues affecting the dwellers of the Woreda/District are NOT reaching the fellow citizens of Ethiopia or the regional state of Tigray who do not understand the Saho language. We have been closely following from abroad on all issues related to or affecting the Erob Woreda/District… but we could not find any news or reports on the Irob people and their woreda (district) in the Tigrinya or Amahric or English languages either by the EBC or the Tigrai Media. Unless, all Ethiopians and the international communities know the chronic poverty problems, the socio-economic, and the geopolitical issues affecting our people of the woreda/district, the Irob people will continue to remain in isolation with their poverty neglected as always! The Woreda’s people serious concern about the territorial-integrity of their woreda (as part of Tigray State and the Federal Ethiopia) should be reported in all main languages, so that all Ethiopians and international communities are well aware of and well informed!
We believe that the Erob Woreda/District being one of the poorest woredas/districts in Ethiopia, it needs extra national and regional governments’ economic and developmental attention: Because, due to the recurring drought problem, shortage of potable-water, the lack of adequate and fertile-arable-lands, the Irob people are unable to produce sufficient food supplies in their woreda for their economic sustenance. Thus, the people of the Erob Woreda need national and international economic and developmental aid in order to overcome and get out of that persistent poverty problem! And the Mass Media of the country should have major roles in informing and exposing the dire situations of the Woreda’s people in different languages… Otherwise, the linguistically-isolated Erob Woreda will never be able to solve its socio-economic and poverty problems on its own if the news has to be reported only in the Saho language!