A Search For A New Direction In Our National Life – Reta Demissie

July 19th, 2010 Print Print Email Email

Life for the younger generation of Ethiopia is unbearable under the TPLF/EPRDF regime. They live in abject poverty and the future is completely bleak. Their fate, unfortunately, is being decided by an unresponsive central government that uses intimidations and terror to force its will on the general population.

As a result of the repressive nature of the regime, the youths are forced to live as mere spectators or face certain death if they choose to organize to demand accountability from those in power. Some youths, however, are choosing armed struggle rather than being the complacent fools. They are joining the Ethiopian People’s Patriotic Front (EPPF) in drove to reclaim their future from TPLF/EPRDF.

These youths are flocking to EPPF because of the organization’s determination to liberate Ethiopia from the totalitarian regime in power and to facilitate a conducive political environment to establish a transitional government, one which will be tasked with devising strategies to craft a suitable political system for the country.

As history has shown, complacency does not necessarily solve problems; it will merely help to exacerbate crisis. What we need as a people is to reevaluate ourselves. We need to gather men and women of goodwill to sit down and deliberate, for the interest of posterity, the proper cause of action forward. What we need most of all is a change in our attitude. Business as usual, which more or less characterizes our national outlook, should be relegated from the body politic. If the country needs anything now, it is a sense of direction.

We must recognize that each one of us have a role to play in order to succeed. The Ethiopians in the Diaspora, particularly the younger generation, must assume a larger role to help these brave freedom fighters because they are better educated and technologically savvy to reach governments, international media and think tank groups to garner support for the cause that the EPPF fighters are fighting and dying for.

Yes, for many of us in the Diaspora communities, we are too busy dealing with our own daily challenges to focus on issues as remote as the EPPF fighters. However, it is important to note that each one of us could have been those fighters had there not been for a set of circumstances to remove us from those dire situation. To get a better appreciation, each one of us must place ourselves in their shoes and ask this question, “What would I expect from the Diaspora communities if I were a young fighter who is fighting injustice and repression in Ethiopia?”

Every generation has its own heroes and heroines. Ethiopia would have been a footnote in the history books had it not been for her brave citizens in the past. Thankfully, the youths in EPPF are determined to make history. But they need our help to succeed; let us come together to strengthen them so they can bring a brighter tomorrow for millions in Ethiopia.

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