Last updated on January 25, 2020
Shocking video has surfaced of cancer fraudster Belle Gibson revealing she has been “adopted” by a Melbourne-based Ethiopian community group.
The video, posted on Facebook by Shabo Media in October, shows the conwoman in a headscarf discussing a political situation in Oromo, Ethiopia in immense detail.
Discovery of the vision comes a day after the 28-year-old’s Northcote home was raided and assets seized in an effort to recoup part of a $500,000 fine she received for falsely claiming she cured herself of brain cancer through diet and alternative therapies.
In the 11 minute interview, Gibson goes by the name ‘Sabontu’ and speaks at length about the ongoing plight of the Oromo people.
She frequently speaks in the country’s language, saying its cultural phrases, terms and words in a unique accent in the interview.
“My heart is deeply embedded in the Oromo people,” she said.
“I feel blessed to be adopted by you.”
Gibson revealed her involvement with the Oromo community began when she started volunteering four years ago.
She refers to the African country as her “home” and thanks the “Lord” and “Allah”.
“My heart is as invested as yours and your family’s,” Gibson said.
“I see no difference in your struggle and the struggle I have for fighting for the liberation of Oromo.”
The conwoman said it was the “character” and “values” of the Ethiopian people which drew her to the Melbourne group.
“I think this was a gift, a blessing that was given to me both by your people, but also a blessing from our Lord,” she said.
“I became deeply invested in the community because I saw the character and the values of your people and through the rites of the Oromo, I feel completely adopted by your people.”
Gibson also speaks about the oppression faced by Oromo people over hundreds of years and discusses “solutions” to the political upheaval.
“I think all of us are positive and hopeful for change after hundreds of years of oppression,” Gibson said.
“Defend yourselves, defend your honour, defend your identity.”
The Federal Court fined Gibson $410,000 in 2017 after she was found guilty of misleading and deceptive conduct, which involved making false claims about charity donations.
Gibson made hundreds and thousands of dollars in profit from her cookbook The Whole Pantry, apps and a social media empire after claiming natural therapies and diet cured her brain cancer.
A Consumer Affairs Victoria spokeswoman confirmed they would continue to pursue Gibson until her now $500,000 debt was repaid in full.