Over glasses of Chai tea, Gul Rahman shared the story of his family’s arrival to the US and their journey with their co-sponsorship team in Brattleboro, Vermont. Gul Rahman, his wife Sakina, and their two sons and daughter first arrived during the winter and it was scary because they couldn’t speak English.
Today, the Ethiopian Community Development Council Inc. (ECDC) applauds the Biden Administration for its decision to designate Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for Ethiopians. “We welcome President Biden’s and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas’s decision to grant Temporary Protected Status for Ethiopia. This critical action will offer relief to Ethiopians in the United States who faced a possible return to a country experiencing one of the most devastating wars and humanitarian crises in the world today, said Tsehaye Teferra, Ph.D., President and CEO of ECDC.
“We were in search of friendly communities that would welcome newcomers, and Brattleboro was recommended as a perfect site for a new branch office,” said Tsehaye Teferra, Ph.D., President, and CEO of ECDC, addressing an audience gathered at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center to celebrate the first anniversary of ECDC’s Multicultural Community Center in this southern Vermont city.