Successful Immigrant Returns To Ethiopia, Brings His Hometown Their First Ambulance

Above: Sebri Omer just recently delivered to his home town
of Harar in Ethiopia its first fully-equipped ambulance, Daryn
Kagan reports.

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Tuesday, May 18, 2010

New York (Tadias) – Former CNN news anchor Daryn Kagan reports on the inspirational story of Sebri Omer, an Ethiopian immigrant who built a hospital in his hometown of Harar and recently delivered the city’s first fully-equipped ambulance.

Omer, who emigrated from Ethiopia to the United States as a young man and built a successful small business as owner of a gas station and a car wash, had to sell half of his business to help finance his projects in Ethiopia.

Daryn Kagan tells his story through her website and in her book, What’s Possible.


16 Responses to “Successful Immigrant Returns To Ethiopia, Brings His Hometown Their First Ambulance”

  1. 1 DJ May 18th, 2010 at 10:41 am

    What an inspiration! You are my Hero Mr. Sebri Omer. God bless you.

    One equations though, is it really Ethiopia’s first Ambulance? It can’t be. Is it? I think it is just Harar’s first fully-equipped ambulance.

    Anyways, what you have done is truly commendable and beautiful! Good job and good luck!!


  2. 2 Ethiopian May 18th, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Here is a lesson for all Ethiopians who had made it in diaspora to look back and give back to our fellow ethiopians at home who are not as previliged as we are in the west.

    Mr. Sebri Omer’s deeds are comendable. I would hope someday we will organize as a community to do such things for our brothers and sisters at home.


  3. 3 G. E. Gorfu May 18th, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Congratulations to Ato Sebri Omer for his generous contribution to Harar. That is a great way to show patriotism. May Allah bless you and reward you with even more success in your business. I only wish there were many more Ethiopians like you. Action speak louder than words.

  4. 4 Begudu May 18th, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Sebri Omer An Ethiopian HERO!!

  5. 5 shif May 18th, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Well done Sebri!

    There are so many people in the diaspora capable of doing even more, it is just a matter of looking back and making a difference. It doesn’t matter whether it is an investment or charity.

    Just for the record, the ambulance is not the first one to the COUNTRY.

  6. 6 Zewengel Abraha May 18th, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    We appreciate it. Congratulations!

  7. 7 G DEMESSE May 18th, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    I applaud people like Sebri. Many of us have what it takes to make a difference and are capable if we unit to do more. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Thank you for being a positive example for many who are on the verge of loosing their hope and forgetting their roots. We are a blessed nation.

  8. 8 Harari via Atlanta May 19th, 2010 at 12:07 am

    My man…give me five bro!!! You really inspire me my brother Sebir Omer. You are my role-model from now on. You show us all that it does not take much to make a big difference for many people. All you need is a big heart and a dream! Harar LOVES YOU!!!

  9. 9 Fikru May 19th, 2010 at 7:36 am

    Diaspora Ethiopians, Please let us learn from this. Mr Omer has made a commendable job to his community.

  10. 10 Abdulwehab Abdunasser May 19th, 2010 at 8:36 am


    (Congratulations and be blessed)

    Elma ha da toko, elma Aban toko, Rabi si hamilkous.

    Baraka tahi. Insha Allah.

  11. 11 selamawit May 19th, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Very inspiring story. Proud of him.

    She said: “The first ambulanse in the country”??

    That is not true.

  12. 12 Tesfaye May 19th, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    God bless brother Omer and his family.

  13. 13 Tesfaye Fentaw May 19th, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    I’m proud of his deeds. Its something we all Ethiopians should learn from. To make it in the West, but not forget where we came from.


    I’m Ethiopian, I have lived in different cities of Ethiopia, and without a doubt there has been Ambulances in every city I have lived in ever since I came to existence, which is close to 30 years.

    This is another thing we should avoid doing to our country, image of being Ethiopian. Its undeniable fact that our country is still one of the poorest countries on the planet. But when we give a chance to the media to ruin the image of our country more than it has done in the past.

    I guess Im drifting away from the point I’m trying to make here. What he did for his country is great, but to allow that journalist to degrade Ethiopia is an awful and shameful thing to do. And he should be ashamed of that.

  14. 14 truth May 19th, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    there is nothing as priceless as giving back!

  15. 15 Maricho Estifanos May 19th, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Yes, it maybe true that it is not the first ambulance for Ethiopia. And yes it is true that the there was a bit of exaggeration for drama, but the essence of the report is truly commendable. I also grew up in Ethiopia (46 years old now) and I have no recollection of an ambulance for public use. Not in Addis, not anywhere in the country. What Sebir has brought to the people of Harar is magnificent!

    This is a great human story. There is nothing to be ashamed about. Yes, Ethiopia is poor, but Sebir is not ashamed, he is doing something for his people. What are you doing for your people?

  16. 16 belay May 20th, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Are you kidding? Harar had an ambulance service since 1970 (Ethiopian calendar). I appreciate his first private hospital in his town.

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