A PATRIOTIC FATHER AND HIS RESOLUTE DAUGHTER By Solomon Gebreselassie

April 18th, 2012 Print Print Email Email

አያዩም ዓይኖቹ ፤ጆሮዉም አይሰማ

ደንብዟል ህሊናዉ፤ በዉዳሴ ዜማ

የባዶነቱን ልክ ፤ነዉሩን ሳያዉቀዉ
አጓጉል ይወድቃል
ዘመን ደግሶለት፤ ዝና ያሰከረዉ።
(አረጋሽ ሰይፉ)
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አያዩም ዓይኖቹ ፤ጆሮዉም አይሰማ

ደንብዟል ህሊናዉ፤ በዉዳሴ ዜማ

የባዶነቱን ልክ ፤ነዉሩን ሳያዉቀዉ
አጓጉል ይወድቃል
ዘመን ደግሶለት፤ ዝና ያሰከረዉ።
(አረጋሽ ሰይፉ)

Ato Alemu Gobebo Anjajo is the father of Reeyot Alemu whose daughter Reeyot is languishing in TPLF’s jail on trumped up terrorism charges. In its volume 2, #36, March 2012 edition, UDJ’s weekly paper, Finote Netsanet, carried an interview with Ato Alemu.
Ato Alemu himself is a retired judge and former lawyer, currently a member of MEDREK, the largest opposition coalition inside Ethiopia. The question put to him included whether or not his daughter Reeyot has applied for clemency by admitting guilt. Reeyot Alemu was recently sentenced to 14 years of jail plus the payment of birr 33,000. The charges against her include planning to engage in terroristic acts of sabotage, treason, working for Ethiopian Review and receiving money from a terrorist organization.

Reeyot was a teacher and a journalist before she was thrown in jail. According to her father, she has not applied for a pardon, and would not apologize based on what she told him. Of the five defendants under the same charges, one is missing, and one has told Ato Alemu that she has applied for clemency.

But Reeyot has resolutely said no to a pardon.

The interviewer, Bizuayehu Wondimu, pushed hard and asked Ato Alemu a very difficult question to any father in a similar predicament: “As a father, would you rather not advise your daughter to apologize?”

This is perhaps one of the most difficult questions a parent can face. As any one of us who are parents would readily admit, there is an innate biological chord that attaches us to our kids. We wish nothing but the best for them. We try as much as humanly possible to keep them from harm. As Reeyot’s father, Ato Alemu has obviously gone through thick and thin to raise and educate his kids, including the oldest, Reeyot. In doing so, he wanted his daughter to be a decent woman and a responsible citizen.

This was not to be. Not under Meles’s Ethiopia.

The young, the best and the brightest, the ones who dared to dream a better Ethiopia, and acted on their dreams through peaceful and legal means, are being persecuted.
How would most fathers answer that difficult question the reporter put to Ato Alemu?”As a father, would you rather not advise your daughter to apologize?” Ato Alemu could have easily answered, “As a father, yes, I ‘d advise her to beg for leniency. But you know today’s kids. They have their own minds”. Not him.

He said, matter-of-factly, “whether or not to beg for clemency is her right and decision. I would honor and respect whatever decision she makes”. Ato Alemu did not stop there. He continued, “to answer your specific question regarding my position on the issue by the fact of being her father, I would rather have her not plead for clemency, for she has not committed any crime”. Then Ato Alemu goes onto explain his fatherly human feelings, and the pain of seeing his innocent daughter suffer in jail on false charges.

Now we learn that (Finote Netsanet, #38), Reeyot is seriously ill and is sporadically allowed to see a doctor. The prison officials are alleged not to afford her constant care on flimsy grounds. One can easily surmise the pain of Ato Alemu at hearing the latest bad news about his daughter’s health.

Meles has said in the past that although he disagrees with opinions different from his, he respects those who steadfastly argue for what they believe in. Here is a test case for Meles: a father and daughter duo standing firm on principle. This should have stung his conscience even if we factored out the fact that he is also a father of 3 kids. Or, are we appealing to leaders who might fit the description of a writer who described the Nazi senior officer Adolf Eichmann as “a brain without conscience”? The description might be apt given the fact that even 21 years in power later, the TPLF has not reversed course at all and still engages in the same destructive policies of subjecting people to eviction and internal displacement, and continuing to defile Ethiopian nationalism by its recent act of decertifying the Ethiopian Literature and Folklore Department at Addis Ababa University.

In the meantime, UDJ continues to hold its monthly candle vigils to keep the memory of the unjustly jailed. At the same time, the bond sellers, the bond buyers, the owners of ill-gotten wealth, the money changers and fellow travelers are turning a blind eye to the gross injustice.

  1. Gelanew-kirar
    | #1

    If the majority of our fathers were to think or raise us the way Reeyot’s father do; we would have had a better Ethiopia. I wish Reeyot and her dad all the best.
    Gelanew

  2. Anonymous
    | #2

    Oh God! Who can be more terrorist than the very man that is Robbing the country blind…Selling the country’s land…Terrorizing innocent young and old men and women Ethiopians…Incarcerating the hundreds of thousands brave and bright innocent Ethiopians…Torturing and killing Ethiopians…Evicting hundreds of thousands Ethiopians from their homes…etc.?
    Is there one good woyane left to notify the Crime Minister of Ethiopia Meles Setanawi, that he is the only Terrorist that is terrorizing the country and 87 million Ethiopians. Somebody, please tell the mentally unstable tyrant that he is the only one that is responsible for terrorizing and killing Ethiopians!

  3. Ewnetu
    | #3

    This is a great analysis Ato Solomon. Surely, the regime needs to understand that the repression is so bad that every one prefers to be jailed and killed than to live under the current regime. The honeymoon is over the public judgment is far approaching. The choice for the TPLF leaders is simple, stop the human rights abuse release all political prisoners and engage the opposition in genuine dialog for fundamental change in the country or continue on your wrong policy until you face the faith of Mubarek, Ali Salah, Gadafi and yes Mengistu Haile Mariam.
    Free Reyote, Andualem, Eskinder and all political prisoners now.

  4. Anonymous
    | #4

    You are right and zenawi is the number one terrorist.

  5. Daglas
    | #5

    መለስና ወያኔ በዘመናችን ኮስሞቲክስና በፋሽን ባደነዘዟቸው ብዙም የማይረቡ ሴቶችና በተኮላሸው አጠቃላይ ትውልድ መካከል እንደዚህች አይነት መንፈሰ ጠንካራ ለሀገርና ለወገን የምትቆረቆር ቀናኢ ወጣት የዘመናችን ሴት ማግኘት ጭልጥ ባለ በረሃ ውስጥ የምንጭ ውሃ (Oasis) እንደማግኘት ይቆጠራል፡፡እንደዚህች አይነት መንፈሰ ጠንካራ ሴት ትንሽ በዛ ብላ ብትገኝ ዛሬ መለስና ወያኔ በዚህች ሀገርና ህዝብ ላይ እንደዚህ ባለ አሳፋሪና አሳዛኝ ሁኔታ ባላቀረሹበትና ባልቀዘኑበት ነበር፡፡
    መለስና ወያኔ ለዚህች ሀገር ዜጎች በተለይም ለሴቶቻችን የሚሰጡት ነፃነትና ዲሞክራሲ እንደ ኮስሞቲክስና ፋሽኑ ሁሉ ብዙም የማይጠቅመንን አርተፊሻል ነገር ነው፡፡በከፋፍለህ ግዛው ስልት የወንዶችንና የሴቶችን ተፈጥሯዊ ፍፁም የሆነ ፍቅር አንድነትና ህብረት ለማጥፋት ሲባል ስለሴቶች በወንዶች መጨቆን ዘወትር ከልክ በላይ ያለአካሄዱና አግባቡ ይራገባል ነገር ግን እውነታው የሴቶቻችን ቁጥር አንድ ዋና ጠላት እራሱ መለስና ወያኔ ናቸው፡መለስና ወያኔ ለሴቶቻችን የሚሰጡት ነፃነትና ዲሞክራሲ እውነተኛ ሳይሆን ለፖለቲካ ፍጆታነት ከሚውል ተራ ፕሮፖጋንዳ እና በዘመናችን ካለው ልቅ ኮስሞቲክስና ፋሽን ያለፈ እንዳልሆነ መረዳት አለብን፡፡እውነተኛ ነፃነትና ዲሞክራሲ ቢኖር ኖሮና እውነተኛ የሴቶች ተቆርቋሪነት ቢኖር ኖሮ ሴቶቻችን ለአረብ ሀገራት ግርድናና ዘመናዊ ባርነት በዚህ አይነት ታይቶ በማይታወቅ ታሪካዊ አሳፋሪና አሳዛኝ ሁኔታ ባልተጋለጡ ነበር፡፡በጥሩ ስነ-ምግባር ተኮትኩተው ተምረው እንደ ርእዮት አይነት ሴቶች በዚህች ድሃ ሀገር ውስጥ ለእንደዚህ አይነት ቁምነገር በቅተው ብቅ ሲሉና ይህንን አይነት ሀገራዊና ህዝባዊ አጀንዳ በሰላማዊና በህጋዊ መንገድ ሲያራምዱ ድግሞ እራስ እራሳቸውን እየተባሉና ተስፋ ቢስ እንዲሆኑ አሸባሪ እየተባሉ ዘብጥያ ይወርዳሉ፡፡
    ለማንኛውም እግዚአብሄር ፅናቱን ይስጥሽ፡፡

  6. Anonymous
    | #6

    You are an incredible father that raised a bright and brave young woman that has been advocating to bring justice and democracy without bloodshed to all Ethiopians. She has more balls than thousands of men put together! Ya molacha leba murderer dictator Meles and his criminal puppets should be locked up instead of peaceful, brave and bright Ethiopians like her. May God protect peaceful Ethiopians like her and bring the end of these TPLF monster thieves and killers!

  7. YInegal B.
    | #7

    Let God bless Ethiopia and the jailed citizens like Reeyot, Eskinder, Andualem, and many more others who are languishing at Kaliti in the den of the hyenas and the pigs who can never be satisfied with blood and blood money.

  8. Ethiopian from Minnesota, U.S.A
    | #8

    As to who Meles is should not be a question to any rational Ethiopian. It does not matter to him whether he created another sensible human beings or not. I do not think that he took time to think if he needed to bring a life to this cruel world which he contributes to everyday by killing innocent lives in Ethiopia, and detaining innocent human beings in Ethiopia just because they stand up for the simple truth. I do not believe that he cares for his three children’s personal opinions about how people should accept and respect their views. Real father stands up for the belief of his children. Reeyot’s father is the embodiment of real fatherhood. I do not want to comment on Reeyot’s incredible bravery. She is up there in her own league of heroes. Let God of Ethiopia protect her in the pursuit of justice and democracy. Reeyot is teaching us that we have obligation to fight for equality and justice even if it costs us jail time and deprivation of our simplest freedom.
    That is what our younger sister, Reeyot, has sacrificed her freedom for the better life and justice of the rest of us. Asking Meles about his children and their personal beliefs will bring out his ignorance on the value of freedom of other people. Meles does not respect the freedom of others. So it is not expected from him to defend the individual liberty.

  9. Anonymous
    | #9

    I agree with you, Ethiopian from Minnesota,
    It is clear as a bell, that Meles and Abez’s marriage is truly made in Hell. If Meles and Azeb really care and love their children, they wouldn’t commit horrific crimes and hurt the children of other parents. Only Satan knows how these two evil people gotten together, but it is evident that both Meles and Azeb have shown their true colors that they have no love, conscience compassion and understanding, as a parent to feel what it would mean to loose a child. They are truly, one of a kind heartless monsters criminals that lack remorse, kindness for any human being in this world. And unfortunately, Ethiopians have been dealing with these two evil husband and wife for 22 miserable years and have robbed the country blind, have sold our land, our young men and women as slaves, have sold small babies and children for profit and have spilled the blood of hundreds of thousands innocent Ethiopians. What a team they are!

  10. denden
    | #10

    @Gelanew-kirar
    As an Eritrean, though my father instilled in me about the repression muted against Eritreans and this has given me to develope my conscousenss and I participated modestly by actively following what was happening in Eritrea. Like wise I don’t not want you tobalem your parents, I am sure your parents has instilled on you what it is to be true Ethiopian, there fore it is your responsiblity to take that mantle and increase your awarness on what is happening in Ethiopia. Stop blaming start acting like your compatriot Reeyot.

  11. anon
    | #11

    There should never be any divorce between aperson’s or anorganization’s vision and its implimaentation in to practice.For quite some time, perhaps, free debate and discussion can be necessary and aceptable means of reaching consenseus.However, after a wihile mere chat room politcs divorced from action reveals much about the commitment and conviction of those who frequent the message bords.I stop posting on a regular basis on these forums because I rather be sincer in my conviction than to be a pretender. Ironically in present day Ethiopia it is the female citizens that decided to hazard their life and reputation for a greater cause.This is true of Birtukan,Serkalem,Reeyot.etc.For those who still love to come in here and lecture us about your inlightend ideas from the textbooks,I hate to say it you are becoming a laughing stock.When are you to transform your conviction in to action.The country is on the verge of crisis,the people are under heavey burden and we are still taking about teret teret with out any vision for action.Shame on us for willfully enabling evil weyane to destroy our people.

  12. Mengatu Ayqerim
    | #12

    Shame on the so called journalist or those so called SHIMAGELEs who are advocating for keeping-on-feeding the BEAST. Thanks to these HOD ADERS, the Potentate Tyrant is enjoying his status as “Render of Justice’ as well as ‘Render of Clemency’. How many times does he have to play this gimmick not only on Ethiopians but on foreigners as well? He has to be told clear like this courageous father that the people he is throwing to jail are not guilty of any crimes and they are not to beg for clemency. Ethiopia still have QORAT LIJOCH and LIJ LIJOCH as this gentleman and his daughter show the exemplary way. Can we send prize(even symbolic) to this father to show we admire his courage and we recognize his daughter as our hero. I think the new stupid NGO law enacted by the ZOMBIE parliamnet of the tribalist regime say nothing about contributions from abroad in the form of legal defense fund. Can somebody elighten us on this?

  13. Abu
    | #13

    Her coviction ,dedication above all her defiant and contumacious behaviour crowned her as one of highly decorated woman patriot symbolizing freedom and justice.Ofcourse i have witnessed quite number of unsung heroine in past present Ethiopia,but Reyot remain to be unique for most Ethiopian fighters and non fighters alike to follow suit in defying the woyane’s cheap tantalization tactic to achieve moral supremacy over political prisoners by pressurizing for apology.Reyot unlike previously incarcerated political incumbents,repealed the woyane’s sugar-coated appology request flatly resented and thus demonstrated her moral strenth and endurance to friends and foe alike .That is the type of woman the Ethiopian strggle badly needs.Thank you Reyot and Eskender for sacrifying your soul for the good of Ethiopian people by taking the brunt of the woyane’s barbaric mistreatment amid your falks.

  14. Waqqoo
    | #14

    A principled woman who made history since TPLF took power as much as Dr. Taye W. Semayat has done. We are proud of you!!!

  15. Girmu
    | #15

    Ever since the inception of human society,people have had died of:natural,the unjust [undignified] and the just[dignified] causes.Even if Reeyot dies due to harsh conditions in her prison cell as a result of being treated inhumanely,Reeyot will have a special place in our history,so will her father.Not only this, as there are pushing and pulling factors,right now, her act of defiance to systemic injustice,drawing her conteporary Ethiopian female activists,such as the Mittemita girls.”No easy walk for freedom”,[Nelson Mandela].

  16. Tatek
    | #16

    @Girmu

    @Girmu

    Girmu :Ever since the inception of human society,people have had died of:natural,the unjust [undignified] and the just[dignified] causes.Even if Reeyot dies due to harsh conditions in her prison cell as a result of being treated inhumanely,Reeyot will have a special place in our history,so will her father.Not only this, as there are pushing and pulling factors,right now, her act of defiance to systemic injustice,drawing her conteporary Ethiopian female activists,such as the Mittemita girls.”No easy walk for freedom”,[Nelson Mandela].

  17. Tatek
    | #17

    :Ever since the inception of human society,people have had died of:natural,the unjust [undignified] and the just[dignified] causes.Even if Reeyot dies due to harsh conditions in her prison cell as a result of being treated inhumanely,Reeyot will have a special place in our history,so will her father.Not only this, as there are pushing and pulling factors,right now, her act of defiance to systemic injustice,drawing her conteporary Ethiopian female activists,such as the Mittemita girls.”No easy walk for freedom”,[Nelson Mandela].
    Based on my knowlegde of Mental Health,Melese Zenawi is suffering from three types of mental illness:[1] predisposable psychosis,which is a combination of:genetics,biochemistry,stress and other factors.[2]post guerrilla war truamatic stress disorder [PTSD] .[3]Resistances-a blocage or refusal to disclose painful memories.To mean that was conditioned to hate Ethiopia and Ethiopians.These multiple personalities troubling his mental jugdement,that`s why he enjoys sadistic life style

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