For 3 years, Lalisee Wadaajoo was imprisoned in Ethiopia due to her identity and her political views. On October 30, 2008, the Ethiopian security forces had confiscated their property and belongings without any court warrant.
Lalisee was released on 8 July 2011 and finally reunited with her family and friends in Melbourne on 8 August 2013 after 9 years of separation. On 10 August 2013, a welcoming ceremony was held in commemoration of Dhaabasaa (her husband) and Lalisee’s wedding as the Ethiopian Militia had also confiscated their wedding video.
Here’s a video of the events that was shot with my clumsy hands.
Special thanks to:
The Waaqjiraa Family – Dhaabasaa, Lalisee, Seenaa, Jiituu, Boonsan,
Lensa Dinka – for offering me this opportunity,
& Friends of the Waaqiraa family.
The family would like to thank:
Oromo Community in Australia and in the world,
Oromo Support Group in UK,
Oromo Support Group Australia,
Humanitarian Crisis Hub,
Human Right Watch,
The Human Right League of the Horn of Africa,
& Others who have continually supported them financially, emotionally & morally in such hardship.
1. “Intala Abbaa Gadaa” by Kiilolee Melbaa
2. “Lameen keenya waliif dagalee” by Elemoo Alii