Burning as Yenesew did to pay epic price for freedom in Ethiopia By Robele Ababya

November 18th, 2011 Print Print Email Email

Gratitude to the priceless sacrifice of Yenesew

Yenesew Gabre torched himself and paid the ultimate sacrifice for the universally immutable values of freedom, liberty, equality, democracy, social justice, pursuit of happiness for every individual living in a compassionate and caring society governed by the law of the people made by the people and for the people.

Yenesew Gebre has unquestionably added significant impetus to the impending popular uprising in Ethiopia aimed at ascertaining these values; his name shall be indelibly written in the books of history and glorified by future generations.

It is regurgitating to live in Ethiopia where all pillars of democracy including the media are in full control of tyrant Zenawi. The media are directed to report only positive news pleasing to the ruling thugs in the repressive ruling regime, to wit: there is drought but no hunger; there is double-digit growth in the economy; the regime is on the way to providing three wholesome meals for all thrice daily; Mega Millennium Dam Project pulled out of his hat for political survival.

A heavy daily dose of pathological lies was much too much for Yenesew to drive him to burn to death and handover the button to the rest of us to hasten the demise of the TPLF regime.

Reason to be guilty conscious for inaction

The opposition has left Zenawi for two decades in power despite his: riding roughshod on our freedom; heinous crimes including genocide; sellout of vital national resources; misguided economic policy; Stalinist doctrine on nations and nationalities leading to a totalitarian state; active role in dismembering the country and leaving 83 million people landlocked; unprovoked invasion of Somalia; personal rampant corruption and that of his top officials setting bad example to others; blatant lie that he won the last election of May 2010 by 99.6%.

The actual list of abuse of power by Zenawi is far longer than stated in the above paragraph. We should feel guilty conscious for letting the list to get this long and failing to act in unison to evict the TPLF regime from power immediately.

Ethiopia has time and again been exalted in the Holy Scriptures; she is home to Christians, Muslims and Jews each practicing their faiths for centuries. She has been home to mosaic cultural values from as far back as the beginning of written history. She has been home to various ethnic groups that have risen in unison to rebuff external aggression. It is therefore hard to sympathize with the secessionist agenda of some opposition forces because the one and only one solution to their differences as I have always alluded to is to embrace the “the one man one vote” principle. The ultimate sacrifice of Yeneneh Gabre may have been avoided if opposition political leaders had agreed with this principle.

There is no reason for the opposition not to unite against the draconian misdeeds of Zenwai arrogantly dismantling our country through his tribal divide and rule policy to which we have become a willing prey. We should be ashamed to tolerate the insult and contempt of a tyrant trading in the name of the valiant Ethiopians of Tigray.

Plea to the Obama Administration

Yeneneh Gabre lost his precious life by torching himself because he could no longer tolerate the incessant grave violation of human rights – including genocide – being committed by the Zenawi regime. He could no longer bear the daily dose of pathological lies and propaganda of the power in being controlling all pillars of democracy including freedom of expression. Zenawi is suffering from fear of the Ethiopia people and therefore must be stopped before he commits colossal damages in life and property.

Secretary Clinton is quoted as saying: “Democracies don’t fear their own people. They recognize that citizens must be free to come together, to advocate and agitate.” But people do fear the regime armed to the teeth by the immoral generous direct financial support of donors to the repressive regime of Meles Zenawi. President Obama should kindly listen to the voice of Ethiopians holding candle light vigil in front of the White House; the President and his Secretary of State are morally bound to demand the immediate release of all political prisoners in Ethiopia and help avert the kind of sacrifice made by Yeneneh Gabre.


Before closing, I would like to express my deepest condolence to the immediate family, friends and loved ones of the late Yeneneh Gabre. I add my fervent prayer that the Almighty God rests his soul of in eternal peace.

I trust that the Ethiopian people on whose behalf Yeneneh Gabre died will in solemn gratitude carry the banner of his ultimate sacrifice and immortalize his soul.

I close with my usual daily mantra, which is the immediate release of all political prisoners including the recent victims of arrests: Andualem Aragie, Asamnew Birhanu, Bekele Gerba, Debebe Eshetu, Eskinder Nega, Nathnael Mekonnen, Olbana Lelisa, Reeyot Alemu, Woubshet Taye, Zemenu Molla.


  1. Alem
    | #1


  2. hmmm
    | #2

    ROBEL correctly mentioned that the opposition parties and ethno-nationalst groups have been willing players of the hate game/propaganda of Tigre People Liberation Front.

    Accepting TPLF’s propaganda of ethnic hatred, violence and division the opposition went on rampage carrying out the policy of Tigre People Liberation Front. Name calling, bashing each other in vacuum, trying to destroy each other has been the trend of the opposition groups.

    the only beneficiaries were TPLF. TPLF got what they wanted. people killing each other, putting barrier between them,living in fear and suspicion with each other was what the TPLF were looking for. this has been the case for the last 20 years. are we allowing this to continue? when is the agony of the people going to end?

  3. aha!
    | #3

    Is Amin Jundi trying to make the silent, silenced but not silent majority of Ethiopians that he is standing for unity, territorial integrity, sovereignity of Ethiopia and Ethiopians, when he says the agenda of of OLF had not intention of secessionism, which is written into the constitution of ethnic feralism (Article 46), and secessionism (article 39 (1), Article 8, etc. and totaliarinism as reminant of the Derg regime and its own marxist inclination from the era of liberation movement speared headed of oppression of nations and nationalities, which gave rise to ethnic fereralism and secessionism, for him to say that we do not stand for secessionism upto self determination, but for democracy and justice. The ethnic feralists both the the teletafi and the loyalist opposition parties having endorsed ethnic fereralism of sel-rule and separate development are now engaged in what the call for improvement over the form not the substance on ethnic federalism, and condemn secessionism and condemn being dominated by a minority ethnic group while maintaining ethnic rule, to be be supperimposed with democracy and capitalism and UDJP seeking “no change but durable democracy” are only entertaining the status quo of ethnic fereralism, secessionism and totaliarinism built into the constitution without due concern to individual freedom, liberty and equality to supercede ethnic and secessionist rights to which both the armed struggle of ethnic secessionists and ethnic federalists ideology and or platform are not anchored to the indivivdual Ethiopian as democratic, social, and capitalistic unit with private ownwership of land and properties associated with it to form a capitalistic and democratic government, and elect a government that governs by the consent of the goverened. Who in the right mind believes that politicians holding ethnic agenda in their sleeves will free individuals from ethnic federalism, secessionism and totaliarinism, unless these factions make a change of mind to think of themselves as being loyal to the tax payers in in general instead of the party faction they are in, think of Ethiopiawinet first and their ethnicity second to save Ethiopia from disintegration by ratifying the constitution and resorting to the original 14-15 provinces including Eritrea, where in the latter the people of Eritrea will have to liberate themselves from the current regime.

  4. yared
    | #4

    But fire, and its appetite,
    cannot be calculated,
    like freedom

    Injustice and desperation
    hopelessness, evil make men
    combustible, like dry wood

    When words lose their meaning
    and an entire people their voice

    so they can neither laugh nor scream
    death and life begin to taste the same

    From Dawro waka
    the light from Yenesew Gebrie shines

    we have nothing to lose except our shakles
    the days are coming when bodies
    fan the embers of their hopes into a blazing dream

  5. Sam
    | #5

    I am really saddened hearing the news about Yeneneh Gabre’s death. We Ethiopians have heard many desperation Ethiopians had to endure, but Ethiopians had never resorted to taking their own lifes to send political messages. They should not. The government in power cannot be moved in emotion even if thousands kill themselves to send political messages. I am not writing to say Yeneneh was wrong. It was immoral and insensitive of me to say that. I would not know how low he sank in desperation. He might have not a single reason, he might have believed, for living. But I argue there are millions of Ethiopians who have no a single bright reason for living. But they try to live, if the government is allowing their living. I do not think they were spinless or wrong. Let people hang on there despite the gloom that surrounds their very being. Ethiopia will never be a prison of her own people for eternity. The time will come when living becomes worthwhile. I hope Yeneneh’s self sacrifice would be the last causality which others of the same desperation as he therfore should not imitate.

  6. gobez
    | #6

    he should have been take one of his enemy than died by himslf. thanks

  7. aha!
    | #7

    This incident speakes volumes in favor of silent, silenced but not silent majority of Ethiopians seeking individual freedom, lberty and equality to superced ethnic and seccesionist rights inscribed in the constitution by dismantling ethnic federalism, secessionism and totaliarinism to institute/instill freedom, capitalism and democracy to the silent majority of Ethiopians that is now available to TPLF and TPLF affiliated enterprises and cadres and foreign corporations. To that effect all opposition parties need to focus on the goals it is intended to achieve in terms of individual freedom, liberty and equality to eastablish a truly democratic and capitalistic government free of ethnic federalism secessionism and totaliarinism.

  8. dagtafya
    | #8

    Dear readers;

    For sure,Zinawi’s regime will go bankrupt on him.Obviously,Zinawi hates Ethiopians;the worst he did was consuming the lives of Ethiopians alive;the good he did was satisfying the devil he worshiped and the demons he was engulfed with,with the flesh and blood of Ethiopians.When we destroy the house of the devils and demons,Zinawi will remain without gods;then,he will be captured for a trial specially cattered for his fickle soul to depart and arrive in the hell where Gaddafi is waiting impatiently to greet Zinawi.

  9. Oda Tulu
    | #9

    #8 I agree with you entirely. Let us immortalize our hero Yeneneh by evicting the bloodthirsty tyran Zenawi from power.

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