Ethiopia: Blood Trading by Netsanet Zegeye
You readers may wonder about my title. Let you wonder. Our land is full of wonders. Different wonders from time immemorial. Even one of the seven international historical places of wonders is said to be found in Ethiopia. Wondering is not strange in Ethiopia and among Ethiopians. A country that is believed by the Gog and Magog junta of the current regime to have colonized its own territory, Eritrea, and hence should let her go off the main land is Ethiopia. This oft-reiterated global fact of colonizing black people by black people, both of which have quasi the same social, historical, religious, psychological, and economic background, is believed by many to be the first of its kind in the realm of wonders. Of all the countries in the world, Ethiopia is the only country to be stringently led by one ethnic minority group while the rest of the people are reckoned as enemies to the junta and hence sentenced to lead horrible life on their own land. The wonders of the country of wonders are infinite. So let’s all wonder.
Semantically, the word “trade” has various meanings depending on the contexts it is used. Just to see its assorted denotative and connotative implications, let’s have a look at the following possible ways of employing this word in our writings.[You can skip it, it doesn’t have any major link to what I am saying next to it.]
noun (plural trades)
1. buying and selling: the activity of buying and selling, or sometimes bartering, goods
• a suspension of trade between the two countries
2. area of business or industry: a specific area of business or industry
• the book trade
3. occupation: a skilled occupation, usually one requiring manual labor
• learn a trade
4. people in business: the people who work in a specific area of business or industry
• You’ll never convince the trade that this tax is fair.
Microsoft® Encarta® 2009.
We exchange a number of things, including abstract ones, for various purposes. For example, some of us trade words when we are on bad terms just to badmouth our practical or imagined opponents. Some of us trade commercial items in business as means of livelihood. Soldiers in war fronts trade bullets, mortar shells, and other munitions of assorted ordnances. In ancient times, people used to trade salt for, say, pepper in their system of bartering.
Understandably, trade in its natural essence is one of the vital necessities of human life, as any of other social activities in the society of any country. Any one cannot possess everything necessary for life; therefore, it is quite natural that the ones who have something should seek others who have something else and undertake their trading. When they do this, we expect that they should maintain certain common ground so that one is not disadvantaged or advantaged in a degree more or less than what is expected by both parties that are involved in the transaction. If certain common ground is not maintained, the exchange or trading would be unfair and as a result one of the parties would be hurt. It is here that we mention about the prevalence and vital necessity of so called justice, fairness, equity, equality, and other similar concepts the presence or the absence of which predetermines the peaceful journey to enlightened form of coexistence of any society in question. In light of this, the fairer the transaction in a society, the better the socioeconomic relationship will have been. To that effect, all parties involved in the trading should have rational mind and logical approach to respect and maintain certain rules and regulations based upon international or global standards. Something out of this creates crazy social phenomena and dozens of problems would proliferate in that society.
To mention just few points in regard to how people become rich in the developed world, though they have some common traits with those of ours, it is believed that there are certain unbreakable laws unlike in our country which must be respected when one is going up the ladder of any success. For example, a guard in any of the enterprises of Mr. Bill Gates or Warren Buffet is not expected to lead a crooked life as one of the guards who works in one of the firms of our ‘rich’ people in Ethiopia. Justifiably, most of the businesspersons in the developed world are expected to know how to play fair play more justly than our rich people do. Truly speaking, though not supported by studies, Ethiopian tycoons must be more niggard and more insensible than their counterparts in the ‘civilized’ world. This may occur perhaps due to their parental upbringing and/or psychological makeup and/or lack of perception in how all human beings should be treated equally and/or something not known well yet. Nevertheless, we are safe to speak that, in most cases, an Ethiopian tycoon is never fair in transactions in such a way that s/he is extremely clever to scoop profits but they totally forget their subjects/ workers with insignificant wages which cannot even link the ‘rungs’ of their life from Lideta to Ba’ta.
When we observe the trading in Ethiopia in a deeper manner, it seems that no trade activity is governed by any known standard of local or global laws of transaction. It rather seems to follow the unchecked whims of especially the sellers and service providers. Surprisingly, there is almost nothing in place to control the greed of business people thereby protect customers from the day to day skyrocketing of living cost. Currently, the people of Ethiopia are suffering due to the selfish motive of merchants and corrupt politicians who help them go on exploiting the majority unrestrainedly. In this unfair transaction, only few are being benefited while the vast majority of the people are under severe economic catastrophe. While the salary of civil servants is static, the price of goods and services is soaring on daily basis following the fall of the Birr, the monetary unit of Ethiopia. The price increase is alarming to express it in terms of percent, it is better to explain it in terms of folds. You may buy something ten or fifteen or more folds this year which you might have bought it at a relatively fair price some years back. There is no any predictable or logical increase of price; and what is funnily astounding is once a price of something goes up, nobody brings it down; it remains clung up there forever. We are wonderful people, yes? For me, it seems there is no government in Ethiopia; it seems there is no one in power to listen to the plight of the people; it seems the EPRDF’s government is there to protect the privileges and economic advantages of the only few; it seems the people by and large have no one to tell and rely on for any of their grievances, even God Himself seems to be hiding somewhere off the churches, off the country, off the over trodden. It seems He is also collaborating with the criminals of the EPRDF people who are playing with blood splashing to each other in the pond they have created for same purpose. It has become clear that nowadays people are absolutely dumbfounded in an astonishment pondering, ‘what will become of our fate tomorrow?’ Due to the dual conspiracy of the corruptible ethnic politics engineers and selfish businesspersons, life in Ethiopia has finally metamorphosed into an untold chaotic peak the destination of which is difficult to forecast.
Apart from the fair or unfair trading in terms of material merchandises, as world history witnesses truthfully, there were and still are ‘distinguished’ people who get unto the orbit of riches this world could possibly offer to tyrant citizens of any nation. Such people have been the real causes of the sufferings of billions of people in this world from time immemorial to date. Among others, Saddam Hussein, Mendel Bokasa, Charles Taylor, Id Amin Dada, Omar Hassan Al-Bashir, Isayas Afeworki, Mengistu Hailemariam, and the rest of their likes in the history of our planet have been known for their trade in blood. Businesspersons are officially known for their trade in sellable items and goods, like agricultural or industrial products. In fact, we know there are also various forms of trading that include blood; human trafficking, human organ theft or voluntary sale for survival, are some instances with this respect.
In Ethiopia, to speak the truth, we have a giant syndicate that has been known for its trading in blood for the last 35 years. That cartel or syndicate is led by His Excellency Meles Zenawi. As we may remember, Meles Zenawi’s initial capital was not more than seven old AK-47 Kalashnikovs. But now we are living witnesses that he and his wife are at the peak of all riches, thanks to the blood trade they both are engaged from the very commencement of their bloody struggle for an envying fortune. And surprisingly, blood trade is the sweetest trade of all trading activities. If one is used to it, s/he will never let it go off until death. It is just like an addiction of marijuana or any of the poppies such as cocaine and morphine. We can be pretty sure now that these people, Meles and his wife, will never quit from this delicious taste of blood trade until they get themselves in two of the graves an historical event will have dug most probably in the near future. History knows how to culminate the life of despots; Romania is an example. And the voyage of this couple, MPs Meles and Azeb, seems similar to the case in hand, Mr. and Mrs. Ceauşescu, both of whom were members of the politburo. After some three decades of suppression and ethnic cleansing, Nicolae [Meles] Ceauşescu and his wife Elena [Azeb] Ceausescu had harvested what they deserved. Though we are some 12 years back, we may not need that much time to get rid of our Ceauşescus. We have enough of their stench in the past twenty years. The only thing we need to do is to understand this dangerous game of blood trade and find any communal way out that sloughs off the black curtain created amongst us to make us divided so that we remain conducive for their nasty tricks through the lucrative trade of which they have become billionaires, and we, asset wise, below zero.
As a matter of fact, a blood trade never stands upright without libational sacrifice whose sole input is human blood. We have been giving our blood for the continuation of this trade cartel for the last 35 years including the time of their struggle to ‘liberate us’. But now we are short of any blood; we have been drained ruthlessly and now our blood vessels are nearly empty. We can no more afford to give them even a single milliliter of our blood any more. Hundreds and thousands of our brothers and sisters have lost their blood to save the blood trade of Excellencies Meles Zenawi and Azeb Mesfin along with their shifta crew. We know how much expensive it is to be taxed in the form of blood. This revenue is, though satanic, the dearest and the rarest revenue subjects could give to their masters; but it is quite unaffordable if you think of bleeding for decades and centuries. That was why the people of Romania unexpectedly decided to die and to live after their death. Yes, they died but they are living now. By the same token, we will one day understand the difference we have between our life and death which is becoming narrower and narrower from time to time. We have an Amharic saying which roughly goes like this: “When death happens to be late, people may consider that it has stopped its job.” [Mot sizegey yekere yimeslal] Yea, the thinking of almost all dictators is related with this saying. When they observe that millions of their people willy nilly are forced to become subjects of their atrocious rule, they assume that everything continues forever as they wish. And they don’t have the mental capacity to think of back and fore. They get blinded by the money they farm from their blood trade. Moreover, the Nebuchadnezzarian idiocy covers their eyes with suet of ignorance and arrogance that prevents all wisdom from entering their mind in order that they accept the objective reality.
Meles Zenawi, who went to Dedebit in his early twenties for the sake of ‘liberating us’ from the old brutal regimes, has been known for his systematic elimination of his opponents. In return, he is now one of the richest people in Africa and even in the world. Thanks to Ethiopians’ blood, he is swimming in a basin of bloody money which cannot be laundered at all. The blood of Amharas is traded for millions of dollars; the blood of thousands of Oromos/Amharas and thousands of Tigrians who accompanied him up to Menelik’s Palace [or died in the fighting] and then thrown away after his dreams were fulfilled; the blood of some Tigrians who opposed his voracity and special hatred to Ethiopianism; the blood of his innocent friends who were massacred by his insincere nature of eliminating potential opposition; the blood of all prisoners of conscience now languishing and suffering in open and clandestine prisons that are there to suck the blood of Ethiopians; the blood of all fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters of Ethiopians; Oh! My God! The blood of all the children of God and Allah on the lands of our Ethiopia is shouting in a manner the biblical Rachel cried in Ramah when Herodotus’ soldiers slaughtered her babes. Is it not wonderful then to have such a leader along with so many ‘intellectuals’, ‘businesspersons’, ‘politicians’, a ‘Patriarch and Bishops’ along with their deacons and priests or ‘Imams’ and ‘Sheiks’ who beatify his evil actions and give their all rounded support to go ahead with his plan of demolishing the country? Is it not wonderful to see such mad history with a highly maddening nature of intrinsic behavior? Wow! It must be interesting and utterly wonderful to have such ‘Ethiopians’ in this historical juncture who are wholeheartedly willing to give their blessing and their resources to Meles so that he could accomplish his diaboloic mission of tattering our Mother, Ethiopia.
By the way, you people in the Diaspora – have you ever asked yourselves such questions: “In case I am not wanted in this country, where am I going with my family? Where is my country of origin? Am I going to stay lost as a bird whose nest is dismantled by a snake, a python unusually armed with extraordinary venom? What am I going to tell my children if they ask me to take them back to their ‘country’ and unite them with their relatives? How could I remain without having a country? …”
Let’s come to the end of my blabbing. What do you feel? Have I written any lie? Is Meles alone devastating Ethiopia? Aren’t there people from every walk of life that are clapping hands for this Yodit Gudit of this Ethiopian saga? Who are extending their helping hands to Meles and his crew so that the darkness goes on for some additional years? We the contemporary citizens and the history of the country by and large know what is happening and who is doing what. It goes without saying also that all of us will reap what we have been sowing up to now and in the future unless we change course, no matter how long our freedom stays at bay, but all of us, Ethiopians, and all humans who in one way or the other have been involved in any of the actions or inactions, positively or otherwise, will definitely get our due, when this blood trade will have been stopped by United Ethiopians’ Front. There is no other way other than Ethiopianism to save Ethiopia from her multifarious wounds inflicted upon her by Meles and his devilish group. Ethiopianism must not be something to be feared. We should fear chauvinism and narrow mindedness, not Ethiopianism that should be enshrined before anything else. Ethiopianism cannot prevent me, for example, from being Amhara or Oromo, or Tigrian. Let’s not mix up things to please the enemies of our coexistence. We must have by now learnt many things, thanks to our blood which has changed poor Meles into billionaire, our country into lifeless wilderness wherein millions of people are suffering in an open prison. Let’s come out of the ethnocentric cyst the Woyannes have built to each of us so that we get tied up in shackles and remain unable to see what they are doing. Let’s think of our communalities instead of the ones that differ us one from the other. Unless we get awakened and redo what has been done on us by EPRDF, we will never and ever have a chance to live here in Ethiopia even as a human being. We have to understand that EPRDF is a burden not only to Ethiopians and Ethiopia but also to all humanity. A group that believes in Ethnocentrism and works for the elimination of certain constituents of the entire public is none but anti humanity. A group which is led by blind hatred is undoubtedly anti humanity. Just a short prayer: Let the Almighty give them sane conscience so that they could come out of their illusion and help us in shortening our vicissitude. Amen.