A stunning video has emerged of fake cancer Belle Gibson saying she was ‘adopted’ by an Ethiopian ethnic group in Melbourne – and using a new name.
In a bizarre 11-minute interview filmed by a community media group late last year, Gibson is addressed by the traditional name, “Sabontu.”
The fraudster wears a headscarf and says that she is “blessed” to be a part of Melbourne’s Oromo community, thanking the “Lord” as well as “Allah”.
Gibson speaks at length about Ethiopian politics – even referring to the nation of East Africa as “home.”
And in a disturbing development given her track record, she discusses raising a “large sum of money” for the home state of the Oromo people.
Video has surfaced of cancer scammer Belle Gibson speaking about her involvement in Melbourne’s Oromo community
A separate series of photographs emerged on social media Thursday showing Gibson carrying an Oromia umbrella and in cultural attire
The Oromo are the largest ethnic group in the East African nation of Ethiopia and a large diaspora lives in Victoria.
The disgraced wellness blogger – who claimed to have cured her brain cancer by eating healthy foods – said “my heart is deeply rooted in the Oromo people.”
“My involvement in the Oromo community has been going on for four years and started with volunteering,” Gibson told the community outlet. Shabo Media.
A separate photo of Gibson appeared on social media overnight. Community sources believe she converted to Islam
“I got deeply involved in the community because I saw the character and values of your people.
“Through the Oromo rites, I feel completely adopted by your nation and your people.
Community sources believed Gibson had become a follower of Islam – but, despite indications from the interview, this could not be confirmed.
In the clip, Gibson talks about being involved in the struggle for independence in Oromia – one of Ethiopia’s nine states.
Gibson speaks of the hundreds of years of oppression suffered by the Oromo and shows a remarkable level of knowledge of local politicians. She talks about the “opportunities” facing the Prime Minister of this nation, Abiy Ahmed, and the chaos in this country.
“I have the impression that my heart is as invested as yours” and that of your family, “she told the reporter.
‘I see no difference in your struggle and the struggle I have to fight for the release of Oromia.
“Your struggle is my struggle! ”
The Oromo community widely supported the interview with “Sabontu” in social media posts, but some warned people not to abuse it.
Ethiopia’s Oromia region. The Oromo make up 35% of the population of the East African nation
Belle Gibson’s home in northeast Melbourne was ground zero for a ‘seize and sell’ search warrant executed by sheriff’s officers on Wednesday morning
In the interview, Gibson – who was fined for deceptive and deceptive conduct in connection with her “charitable donations” – also refers to the community launching a “group” to raise “large sums of money” .
“We… discussed the future and setting up a community group to raise large sums of money for Oromia,” she says.
Despite its bad reputation in society at large, the interview was greeted with largely positive Facebook comments from the Oromo community.
One of them said: “You are one of our heroes among us… we love you by our side.”
“Sabontu, we are proud of you! Another said.
But a third said, “This is how they can cheat on you guys!” Please wake up.
THE OROMO: THE LARGEST ETHNIC GROUP IN ETHIOPIA
The Oromo are the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia.
They are mainly concentrated in the Oromia region in central Ethiopia.
Oromia is one of the nine states in the East African nation.
A large Oromo diaspora lives in Melbourne.
A spokesperson for Shabo Media said Gibson often attends community events.
The cancer forger has “changed a lot” and “was trying to get out of the scandal,” the spokesperson said.
“She’s part of the community, she’s in – she’s trying to help the community. We know what she’s done before.
The spokesperson said the community gave him the name Sabontu.
But the chairman of a large Oromo diaspora group said he had only met Gibson “two or three times.”
Dr Tarekegn Chimdi, President of the Australian Oromo Community Association in Victoria, said: “She mingled with people… We thought she might be a friend or wife of one of our community members.”
But Dr Chimdi said he didn’t know who she was and she hadn’t volunteered for the organization either. “It’s quite surprising, and what a shame.
Daily Mail Australia understands that Gibson recently requested that the filmed interview be withdrawn.
Gibson was taken to Federal Court last year and said “I am unable to pay a fine of $ 410,000 at the moment”
Gibson has shown an interest in Africa before, traveling the continent with his son while neglecting to repay the $ 500,000 she owes the taxpayer for scamming Australians.
Gibson was originally fined $ 410,000 by Federal Court for her false allegations of charitable giving.
This week, Daily Mail Australia exclusively revealed that Gibson’s debt has exceeded half a million dollars, including fines, penalties and interest.
His Northcote home was raided by sheriff’s officers executing a “seizure and sale” warrant on Wednesday morning.
Consumer Affairs Victoria wants to sell Gibson’s assets in order to recover the money.
During her last appearance in Federal Court, she said she was “unable to pay” the fine.
Gibson did not answer the front door this week. Daily Mail Australia has contacted the Oromo Community Association of Victoria to comment on Gibson joining the community at large.
Belle Gibson’s fake cancer saga: how it happened
October 1991: Belle Gibson is born
May 2009: Gibson claims to have undergone several operations on his heart and also died momentarily on the operating table
july 2009: Gibson claims a doctor diagnosed her with terminal brain cancer and she only had four months to live.
Early 2013: She is launching an Instagram account (@healing_belle) and a companion website sharing healthy and complete recipes.
Mid 2013: Gibson releases an app of his recipes
Mid-2014: Gibson begins working with Apple on developing an Apple Watch specific platform for the Whole Food Pantry
November 12, 2014: Cosmopolitan Honors Gibson with Fun, Fearless, Female Award in Social Media Category.
March 8, 2015: The Age newspaper publishes an investigation into Gibson’s allegations of donating profits to charity.
april 2015: Women’s Weekly publishes an interview with Gibson, where she admits that “none of this is true”.
May 6, 2015: Victoria’s consumer watchdog launches legal action against Gibson’s false claims he beat cancer with a whole diet
june 2015: Gibson gives a TV interview with Tara Brown of Nine, a show where she says “I’m not trying to get away with anything”
September 2017: Gibson Fined $ 410,000 by Federal Court for False Charitable Donation Allegations
The judge describes her as having a “relentless obsession with herself and what serves her best interests”
June 2019: Almost two years after being ordered to pay the fine, Gibson told the court: “I am unable to pay a fine of $ 410,000 at this point.”
December 2019: Consumer Affairs Victoria quietly issues “seizure or sale” warrant against Gibson
January 22, 2020: Sheriff Executes ‘Seizure and Sale’ Warrant on Gibson’s Northcote Home, Following Daily Mail Australia’s Inquiries
23 january: Daily Mail Australia reveals she was “adopted” by an Ethiopian group,