The Quest for an Ethiopian Peaceful Uprising is an Existential and Political Right BY Teodros Kiros

May 16th, 2011 Print Print Email Email

In a recent article,” I cry for my Country,” (Ethiopian review, Ecadforum, Ethiosun, I observed:

“My people, what are we waiting for? Why can’t we use our existential rights and protest against the unbearable lives our condemned brothers and sisters rotting in tin shacks, and our world recognized Ethiopian women selling their bodies, in order to live.

I say to my brothers and sisters, read my unfolding novel, seeking to document Ethiopian lives, since I cannot even see them any more, because the Tyrannical regime is now eagerly waiting to imprison me and charge me of declaring war against its moribund policies. I live to write.” I return to this theme now, as I am simultaneously working on a novel, exposing
the gruesome Ethiopian reality. I am attempting to contribute as a philosopher and a novelist, and these two tasks are complementary, although some of my readers may suspect that I am betraying my revolutionary project.

I assure my readers that my cause will be pursued until after a genuine radical democracy is planted in Ethiopia, as Dr.Berhanu Nega put it in a recent interview with Ethiotube. I salute him for an eloquent and courageous interview, from which I learned considerably.

The winds of radical democracy are spreading on the Northern tip of Africa and deep into the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Ethiopia must also witness this gentle wind of true change for the Ethiopian people. The Ethiopian people deserve change, want change, and are waiting for change, but it us in the Diaspora and within Ethiopian who must assure them that we do not seek change to revenge against the regime but rather we want change because we are muzzled like dogs. We want to be free and serve our beloved country from the depth of our veins.

Our existential rights of willing change, bringing change peacefully and by democratic means are our inherent and inalienable rights, and we are determined to plant them as foundations of democracy for generations to come, and contribute towards an Ethiopian renaissance of radical democracy for all nationalities and language groups of modern Ethiopian. Some of us may be poor to march on the streets, some of us may be economically comfortable to will
change, some of us may have been frustrated by the aborted revolution of 2005.

Our material conditions may blind us now; but if millions of Ethiopians continue to live in tin shacks, without water and without sanitation, the deprivation of their dignity will lead them to an Ethiopian spring and resort to the people’s peaceful uprising.

That time is fast coming and we must be ready to lead it. My work as a novelist and a philosopher is a modest contribution towards this goal.

Teodros Kiros
Professor of Philosophy and English (Liberal Arts)
Berklee College of Music

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