The LEBANESE Saga By Msmaku Asrat

March 20th, 2012 Print Print Email Email

The people of Lebanon have continuously demonstrated that they are one of the worst types of Arabs. Many years ago an Israeli diplomat had told me that in order to study the evil side of the Arabs it is only necessary to study the Lebanese who are continuously at war and not even able to live with each other peacefully. Because of this millions have immigrated to other countries. It is known that 15 million Lebanese or three times as much as those living in Lebanon live outside their country of origin (10 million in Brazil, 3.5 million in US, and the rest elsewhere) Their current population is less than 5 million. They are traditionally a merchant people who believe that they are the descendants of the ancient Phoenicians and were trading as far as Carthage (now in Tunisia) and their homeland being in the Levant (Lebanon).

They were the main slave traders in West Africa during the age of colonialism and slavery. They go into the interior, capturing whole villages, killing those who try to escape, pillaging the land and selling all the inhabitants to the White slave merchants anchored in their large ships at the various ports. So they are the traditional enemies of black people. (may be that is why they went to Brazil, a country which has the largest black population outside Africa and the blacks there are still the most oppressed black people in the world). To this very day the Lebanese have settled in West Africa and are the middle men and the richest traders there, continuously exploiting and abusing the inhabitants, being allied as they are with the West African dictators. The Americans had built a College in Lebanon and many Ethiopians, especially medical students have studied there. The students always refer their place of study as Beirut, and not Lebanon (just like Ethiopian students who had studied in Egypt at earlier times referred their place of study as Alexandria, and not Egypt)

The extent of the Lebanese cruelty to Ethiopian female slaves (the modern slavery name is “maid”) has been recounted many times and we have heard the horror stories of the Ethiopian women being gang raped, burned alive, thrown to their death from high-rise apartments, of never being paid for their work, imprisoned in houses and forced to labor for up to 20-hours per day, their salary being denied, etc, etc,. This happens all over the racist Arab world but is most intense in Lebanon. During the last bombardment and destruction of Beirut their employers escaped with their dogs and pets and left their Ethiopian”maids” behind. All countries EXCEPT ETHIOPIA tried to rescue their citizens. An estimated 40, 000 Ethiopians were left in the ruins. Some of their friends from other countries took them to shelter in their Embassies. The rest waited it out in the ruins until their masters returned. The horror that has befallen Ethiopian women is a matter that needs to be addressed by all countries and international agencies who claim that they are committed to battle genocide anywhere, and the Ethiopian Government should face the International Criminal Court. Countries like Philippines, Madagascar and Nepal have stopped exporting maids to Lebanon. The TPLF gang in Ethiopia is profiting by selling Ethiopian female slaves.

A mother in Bekoji said it all some time ago in a YouTube interview. “I sent my eldest daughter to Beirut because we were so poor and we were going to starve to death. Now she has given us some creature comforts (as you can see) but I knew she was sad, so I sent her younger sister so that she can give her company and support.” It was heart wrenching. I wish my children have a means of surviving in their own country. Then there was the Ethiopian Airlines which was probably shot soon after takeoff. The Lebanese said it was pilot error that led to the crash in which everybody died. The most plausible speculation is that it was shot out of the sky. Now comes the tragic melodrama of the young mother who was forcefully and brutally abducted in front of the so-called Ethiopian Consulate, with all able bodied Lebanese men calmly watching the criminal who never even attempted to stop him. This criminal, Ali Mahfuz and his helper forcefully put her in a car after she lost her struggle for life and death. All this times crying in Amharic “I do not want to go” This should tell volumes about the callous nature of the Lebanese Arabs who had not chalantly and clearly exhibited their cruel nature which is devoid of humanity or any human feeling what is so ever. Nowhere else will such a thing happen without someone trying to intervene. The young woman, Alem Dechasa, 33, has gone to Beirut leaving her two children behind hoping to support them. Now we are told that she has hanged herself in the hospital where it is assumed that she was being closely watched. The suspicion is that they have killed her and hanged her corpse. Since the Ethiopian Government will not fight for her we have to try to get justice for and her children- she has tragically passed away at such a young age.

It is generally believed that Beirut is a beautiful city. I have gone there during the intensive bombing of the city by Israel in 1981. I was the Deputy leader of the Ethiopian delegation led by the Foreign Minister Colonel Feleke Gedle Giorgis. The delegation was to establish contact with Syria and we passed though Beirut to meet Yasser Arafat of the PLO and other Palestinian liberation front leaders. Beirut was in an intensive bombardment by Israel. We met with several Liberation front leaders separately throughout our first day. Our delegation was put in a “safe house” in East Beirut to wait until Arafat returned from the war front. They gave us each a Kalashnikov which they placed beside our beds. It made me uncomfortable. My Foreign Minister asked me if I have used fire arms before. I told him that the nearest thing to a weapon I had was a Swiss army knife. The FM, who was a former police Colonel, was not amused. Well, nothing happened during the night, thanks God. The next day we could see from the balcony of our building a continuous flow of military jeeps filled with heavily armed men rushing through the street below and watch Israeli Jets dropping their bombs and heavy smoke rising in the far distance. This was the first and only war I ever saw. We eventually met Yasser Arafat who told us he had just returned from the battle front in order to meet us. Talking to him was a clock-and-dagger operation. He would suddenly leave in the middle of a sentence and a few minutes later we will be escorted to a fruit stand, enter a dark alley, go up a flight of stairs, and into a room and there was Yasser Arafat smiling broadly and continuing the conversation as if nothing strange has happened. Such change of venues was made four different times and Arafat told us that he has to do it to protect his safety from the ubiquitous Israeli agents. When we left to Damascus it was by road and with an army escort.

Beirut was a beautiful city even in the middle of a war then. We could see that expensive buildings being constructed even while the bombing was going on while we were there. This may account for the continuous rebuilding of the city and the resilience of its inhabitants to start all over again and again. For such a strife torn country Beirut seems to be an unlikely place to go for employment. But the Lebanese merchants know how to get rich quick, so they attract employees and the hapless Ethiopian girls are their victims. It is TPLF affiliated agencies who recruit these slaves and sends them to their death. We must be able to stop, by all means necessary, the human export not only to Lebanon but to all the inhuman and barbaric Arab countries.

  1. Henok
    | #1

    The sad fact is all of the maids are either Amhara or Oromo.

  2. Miriam
    | #2

    I am an Ethiopian and I hate what happened to our sister Alem, and how migrant workers are exploited in the middle east because of their unjust labor laws.

    However, I think the author is of this article is deranged. It is embarrasing how “educated” Ethiopians such as this author are so openly bigoted and senseless. How do you call a whole population inhuman and barbaric? Are there not good and bad people in every culture?

    When I see the mindset of our Ethiopians and how emotional and senseless we are, I actually understand why women such as Alem insist on going to the Middle East to work. Maybe they are fleeing Ethiopia for Arab countries because they find it unbearable to work as maids for middle class Ethiopians such as the author. Sheesh!

    Instead of your hate speech, why don’t you use your brain to research and inform us what the labor laws are in Lebanon, how and why the employment agencies in the Arab countries and Ethiopia exploit these women. Maybe link us to NGOS and anti-racist groups working for the rights of migrants in Lebanon so we can contact them and even contribute money.

    Do something useful and productive!

  3. Anonymous
    | #3

    we must be one voice for this kind of vicious
    act by uncivilized and barbaric Arab.barbaric is the right name because
    the whole middle east have their evel eye on Ethiopia.
    becareful for what you wishing for God is watching.we need Thousands more like Msmaku Asrt to tell the turth about the middle Eastern people.the whole world is watching.

  4. Tesfa
    | #4

    Very mature comment from Mariam. I fully agree and appreciate your advice to the author. I think many of us Ethiopians have this weakness of speaking our views, many a times from an emotionally charged position which will not help a situation. Instead it can be distructive. I think ones labelling of a whole nation as wrong doers, and the intolerance as a result have been and still are the cause of many wars between nations.

  5. Gebre
    | #5

    Mariam, Why don’t you try to do what you Preach!

  6. Ramona
    | #6

    Sooo sad to hear that… It doesn’t represent us Lebanese at all… Yes there r some Lebanese that r bad, as well as there r Ethiopian that r bad as well, but it doesn’t mean all z population is bad. We all have worked far from home for a while and it is not wrong to go abroad to make a living. We hired an Ethiopian lady to help me with the house and with my kids and she is adorable and very responsible. She became a member of our family, she is soo happy that she doesn’t want to go back soon.
    I feel soo offended by the hatred of some human being… Forgive me sir but u r full of negativity and injustice. I know an Ethiopian lady in Lebanon who through a little baby from 7th floor balcony… Do it say all Ethiopian ladies r criminals??? Of course not. I am soo sure that the lady working with us will be very sad to know about ur article.

    May god forgive u, & forgive ur misleading judgment.

  7. Tagadalit Adhanoum
    | #7

    To Miriam ignorance and arrogance is a terrible combination, like a camel jockey in the Arbian desert,you seeme to have both in generous measure. The author knows whereof he spoke. The ultimate aim of the Arabs is to dominate Black Africans. Do you know what Nasser did in Egypt against Nubians when he built Aswan Dam? You just want to look the other way don’t you. Who is largely responsible for the war and genocide in Eritrea, Liberia, Rawanda, Somalia, Sudan, Zanzibar and not to mention the slave trade. By the way, in your beloved country, Lebanon blacks are not even allowed to swim in the beach, at the time of this writing your kinsmen hoarding the diamonds and fortunes in West Africa. Mind you, when the railway built most of the porters were Arabs at the rail way station from Djoubti to Addis Ababa in. I used to rember their chant at Leghaar .’Mohamed salaah ya jamelaa,Mohamed salaah ya jamaala” while unloading that huge wooden box.After the Italian invasion in 1941 most of them deported to their respective countries, but they soon came back dressed as a woman. This much is a fact. And the author of the article, Msakue Asrat is of sound mind. I can assure this fact of as the sun rises in the east. We will fight you until hell frozen.

  8. Dany
    | #8

    Thank you very much for your article. You are opening our eyes to outside Worlds.I read your previous articles and got lessons which can be gained only from seasoned diplomats like you .

  9. Ramona
    | #9

    To takadalit,

    Just for your info, we all black white Caucasian and every color on earth swim in the beach & same swimming pool in Lebanon. Maybe u should visit Lebanon before discussing wrong things about it. By the way the Ethiopian lady living with us in Lebanon cried yesterday when she saw this article… She felt soo ashamed and told me that the one wrote this article doesn’t represent at all Ethiopian opinion about lebanon.

    I ask u to pray for enlightment & forgiveness

  10. zeakulai
    | #10

    We were minding our lives;although,our mind and heart constantly were with our sisters who have been deliberately deprived of opportunities and future in their own country and were forced to flee to Arab countries or sent to the Arab wolrd sold like commodities by the group who invaded Ethiopia and kept citizens at gun point to loot and to kill;the looting and the murder began in 1991 and never had stopped.

    We witnessed with our crying eyes how our sister was disrespected for being a woman and, as well as a human being.Our fathers and history told us,once there were thousands and thousands of Arabs lived and prospered and lived in peace and tranquility without feeling being outsiders.they were citizens and dula-citizens and enjoyed travelling anywhere in the world.Of course, our sister was not born at that time where Arabs were free and working and earn money in our sister’s father and motherland.

    Our sister’s fathers and mothers,and ours,too gave love and respect to Arabs unconditionally,never either asked anything or something in return.Didn’t the know whose daughter she is? Didn’t they know should point at the land where the Arabs lived and prospered and could she call the name of that country,which they would acknowledge it was the land once upon a time were sheltered and prospered to no limit?

    We might forgive the man who brutalized our sister and drove her to the end of her life,but we will never forget and forgive our common enemy which is eating our sisters alive.Ethiopians,please,renew your committment and vow to keep fight the enemy and drive it out of our homeland.Amen.

  11. aha!
    | #11

    This article provides an additional dimension to humanitarian, economic and political crises, the silent majority of Ethiopians are undergoing for the last 21 years. During Emperor Haileselassie, regime very few people left the country as immigrant for work or to flee repression or remained abroad after comleting their studies. The brain drain and fleeing the country for economic and political reasons is huge during the TPLF/eprdf regime. What is most appaling after leaving the country as Ethiopians, they form their own ethnic enclaves in the United States, much less than being goverened by the ideologies of ethnic federalism, secessionism and totaliarinism prevalent back home. A case in point the medium of communication stipulated in the bylaws of AFD1 is English, not Amharic, the national language, not knowing what is the medium of communication for the alliance of Ginbot 7 with OFF (oromo freedom front) a variation of OLF, still with ethnic agenda that forming alliance not a merger with the national agenda. The conferece that is to be held in seatle washington State, has been announced in Amharic, the Official involved in the discussion forum are making their own announcement in Oromigna and Tigrigna making their foot prints as if they delegates from different countries, which for an interpreter for what they are saying to discuss about ” Be yet ethiopia guday lemeweyet”.

    I wander they would center their discussion on the humanitarian, economic and political crises in Ethiopia, the incidence with Alem in Lebanon among others and agree over a common goals, common communication medium and strategies to achiev those goals for unity, territorial integrity, sovereignity of Ethiopia and Ethiopians.

  12. astra
    | #12

    Mariam- you are a truly deranged individual who has no clue about what you are talking about.Tesfa is your dumb fellow traveler. Know your history and know your Arabs. This is not much to ask. Gebre you are right!

  13. Anonymous
    | #13

    yes we have to stop sending our sisters to the barbaric arabs. weyane is the root cause of our sisters misery. we have to unite and remove weyane by any means possible. i agree with #1. cadres from the enemy camp are leaving Ethiopia in thousands for west. but our sisters are forced to be slaves to the barbaric arabs.

  14. Miriam
    | #14

    Astra-don’t address your betters with out an argument. Senef!

  15. Anonymous
    | #15

    Yes. some of us should be more PC about lumping entire ethnicity together, but truth be told Arabs are mortal enemies of blacks. If you are not a muslim and an Arab you are Kafir(savage) to them. We dont have to go too far to see how ababs treat blacks, What has happened in Darfur, south kordoran and South sudan shows exactly barbaric they can be. However, the barbaric treatment is not limited to other races and religions, Libya is a good example of how they treat each other, but who am I to critisize arabs about being barbaric, the sad fact is that we ethiopians are just as barbaric to each other. Lets us look inward before we critisize others,Lets not hate each other because one is Amhara, Oromo, Tigre, etc.., lets value the life of a begger on the street as much as we value a rich man driving around Addis in a mercedes.

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