I am Eskider Nega, too

September 24th, 2011 Print Print Email Email

I am Eskinder Nega. To be sure, I am the voice of Eskinder Nega.

It is impossible to scare, arrest, muzzle or jail the voices of truth. I can claim that I, the voice of Eskinder Nega, am as free as the birds in the sky and free to speak out to those terrorized by the truth.

So many people across the globe who have heard of Eskinder’s plight may think that he is a totally helpless prisoner. But that is not true. Neither his fellow detainees accused of “terrorism” nor Eskinder, a faithful and passionate advocate of nonviolence, are prisoners. In the absence of courts run by sane judges and justices with conscience, there can be no prisoners held lawfully. Dissenters, opposition leaders and journalists like Eskinder, Andualem, Debebe, Bekele, Reeyot, Woubishet and countless others are victims of the rule of thugs.

“If they are not prisoners,” you may ask, “what are they doing in jail and dungeons?” That is a question best put to one man who holds an entire nation prisoner. As far Eskinder and other others are concerned, they are not prisoners, only kidnapped hostages of a gang of thugs that have seized state power through violence and acts of terrorism.

That public face of Meles Zenawi’s “terrorism”, Shimelis Kemel, was once accused of treason by the very masters his is serving now for publishing his opinion. During the TPLF-EFLF bloody conflict he wrote that deporting Eritreans was an act of ethnic cleansing. Meles and Bereket were quick to put him in jail and charged him with treason. That was before he sold soul out his conscience to those who wanted to hang him. Today Shimelis is a torture czar in Ethiopia. In 2006, he demanded the death penalty for the imprisoned opposition leaders, journalists and others. The fake attorney Shimelis is a man without a conscience. He was ready to put to death even his former friends including that real lawyer Daniel Bekele. For Shemilis, vengeance is justice and the law the weapon of choice to exact vengeance.

As chief prosecutor for the Meles regime, Shimeles has effectively declared Eskinder to be neither a journalist nor a writer. In the eyes of Shimeles and his bosses, Eskinder Nega is a high-value terrorist much like Osama Bin Laden. Shimelis had once studied law at Addis Ababa University, but he seems to have forgotten much of in the course of his unjust courtroom melodrama. In his mind, Eskinder Nega is a convicted terrorist. Taking orders from Zenawi and Bereket Simon, Shimelis was one of the authors of the “press freedom”, “terrorism” and “civil society” laws. The gang interprets and applies the laws to ensure they remain in power and eliminate all opposition and dissent against their criminal tyranny.
Serkalem Fasil, the international award-winning Ethiopian journalist and Eskinder’s wife and partner in the struggle for democracy in Ethiopia, should have been beating her bosom, wailing and weeping. But she did not. She said when one Eskinder is shackled, thousands of other Eskinders will arise. I am one of the thousands of Eskinder, a terrorist in the eyes of the thugs in power.

The thought of thousands of Eskinders must be terrifying news for those who practice terrorism from the comfort of the palace. Sooner rather than later, the thousands of Eskinders, Andualems, Debebes, Reeyots… who now suffer in silence will rise up and demand an end to repression, torture and human rights abuses. What will the masters of terror do then? Will they declare a state of emergency? Will they do what they did in 2005 and send their bloodthirsty goons in the streets to shoot indiscriminately on defenseless civilians?

Excessive fear, anxiety and insecurity are symptoms of chronic paranoia. Abusing, killing, jailing and dehumanizing an entire nation must surely be a very stressful job. They alleviate their stress by killing and jailing more people. But I suppose there is no cure for those suffering from the sickness of the soul and heart. They try to cleanse themselves with the blood of the innocents.

It must be said that true liberty is not a distant dream or a fantasy for Ethiopians. When the abused majority says enough is enough, nothing can save the thugs who impose their will through brutality. Neither Eskinder nor any of the others committed any crimes; they simply stood up to the thugs who have denied Ethiopians the right to live in peace. But change will inevitably come and that will be Ethiopia’s Spring.

We live in interesting times. The gathering clouds of change in North Africa have created trepidation and terror among abusive and wicked dictators across Sub-Saharan Africa who feel that oppressing a nation is their birthright. The battle for freedom is not easy, but tyrants who have tried in vain to defeat the oppressed have never succeeded to cling to the mantle of tyranny for life. When ordinary men and women refuse to fear and be silenced, dictators get terrorized and start shooting at their own shadows.

Ethiopians are tired of carrying burdensome tyrants that abuse and terrorize the nation. This is a self-evident fact. When the people say no more oppression, how could they tell them that we should remain under their boots? When people say that they are hungry, how could they tell them to keep on starving in silence? When people say that they will no longer get abused, how could they tell them to enjoy their miseries? The projects of tyranny are not sustainable no matter how they tried to complicate inter-ethnic relations. We shall overcome!

The voice of Eskinder Nega and the rest of Ethiopia’s heroes and heroines who have stood up to tyranny will never be silent. Those who cling to power should not try to stop the time and the changes it brings. I am the voice of Eskinder Nega…I will continue to speak fearlessly. I refuse to be silenced…

  1. Sheger
    | #1

    I am Eskider Nega
    One out of the millions
    Who knows Ethiopia
    Who speaks the truth.
    Who knows Ethiopia
    Who lives the truth.

    I am Eskinder Nega.

    My only sin
    Loving my country
    Caring for man
    Speaking democracy

    My only sin
    Believing that I can live
    Like any man free,
    If I am not naive.

    I am Esikindir Nega

    I am one out of the millions
    That knows
    I am one out of the million
    That believes
    I am one out of a million Eskindir
    A truly Ethiopian for ever.

    Don’t be scared
    I don’t bite
    I am Eskinder
    Just different
    I know hanger and trust
    I know prison
    And getting beat
    Just this time don’t do it
    It won’t hurt me
    Don’t beat me
    It is not great to beat a country
    It is not an election
    That you can clam victory
    Wether you win or don’t
    So don’t do it

    I am Eskindir Nega

    One out of the million
    That speaker
    One out of the million
    That knows.

    Reales Eskindir Nega
    And all political prisoners !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Sheger
    | #2

    That speaks
    One out of a million
    That knows!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Sheger
    | #3

    I am Eskinder
    I love my country
    I am Eskinder
    I believe in freedom and democracy.

    I am Eskinder

    A voice of millions
    A brother of so many
    A husband and father of one
    And I love my country.

    E T H I O P I A !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Sheger
    | #4

    Release all political prisoners and prisoners of conscious!!!!!!!!!
    Release our dear brother Eskinder Nega!!!!!!!

    Gigi ( Ejigayehu Shibabaw )

  5. Sam
    | #5

    The writer believes “the voice of Eskinder Nega and the rest of Ethiopia’s heroes and heroines who have stood up to tyranny will never be silent.” I have a problem with the clause “who have stood up.” And the writer in another sentence described those arrested were “victims of the rule of thugs.” I agree with this one. Those recently arrested never stood up against the regime. No, they did not. Some wrote their beliefs, and they were imprisoned for it. Some were imprisoned because according to the regime, they were in the “wrong” party. Kind of a remedy the government took upon itself to rectify. My point is they were not imprisoned because they stood up against the regime. They were imprisoned because they believed there will be hope Ethiopia to be a democratic country. You would end up in prison– which you denied of not them being there– in Ethiopia, if you are a prominent figure, work toward the goal of democracy, has the courage to tell the truth as is rather than parroting the government line, Mr. writer, in Ethiopia. That was what really happened.

  6. Anonymous
    | #6

    Why did woyanaes steal Eskindir’s car?

  7. Anonymous
    | #7

    I am Eskindir Nega, I welcome the people of the world to come and witness for themselves where speaking the truth about Genocide, Human Rights Abuse, looting, imprisonment, seeking freedom and peace for all mankind…considered the biggest crimes of the land by TPLF regime.

  8. Gi
    | #8


  9. Sheger
    | #9

    Gi, why are you writing in capital letters only then? That tells me you don’t get English writing at all may be not as much as I do.

    According to our Ethiopian knowledge you suppose to writhe not spell things or words. Who ever came up with
    The English dictionary is the most stupid person to my understanding, they don’t even allow you to wright in your ascent,
    Like Ameharic does, let alone spelling things wright. Some of it, is OK but most of it is untechable. But how ever I don’t have to go Creasy to wright in English remembering how to spell every word. I am not Creasy like some of you. And I got better things to do than that. And I don’t blame you writhing in capital letters too it has got to many principles for some thing that is not right to begin with.

  10. Sheger
    | #10

    Gi seeking of English it would have been a bit easy to every one if the teachers wore British. Because for what ever good it is comes from inland and is a British ascent implicated in it. So after you teach your American kids that the a says ah and you reel them to write Gad with a O which is God, that through things off. Based own the teaching and
    The inglish that people speak in America my seven year old can write better than his teacher and don’t for get kids
    Never forget what you teach them. He new all the sounds when he was three year old. But whe writing doesn’t go with
    The American ascent so he writes it just like we thought him how the lathers sound and then we tell this kids.

    No that is not right, can you imagin that how difficult and confusing that is for every child? ?????. I don’t know what people are thinking. I think it is a very simple matter but if they want to fix it. And if they want to do it I know they will
    Do it right. Some things can be based on the contecst and staff. kebalebetu Yawoke budda newu atibelegn engee,

    Even staff they came up with how to right Ameharic words with inglish alfa bet is very funny and wrong too.
    I reefers out my own astyle and any body can read it.

    It is Gigi again Sheger is may pen name. Ooops I think that suppose to be a secret. But not if you know already.

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