Zenawi’s Millennium Resolution: Kick the Poor off Street!

August 30th, 2007 Print Print Email Email

“In order for us as poor and oppressed people to become part of a society that is meaningful, the system under which we now exist has to be radically changed… It means facing a system that does not lend its self to your needs and devising means by which you change that system.” Ella Baker (more…)

“In order for us as poor and oppressed people to become part of a society that is meaningful, the system under which we now exist has to be radically changed… It means facing a system that does not lend its self to your needs and devising means by which you change that system.” Ella Baker

In his latest announcement, Zenwai is telling the poor and the underprivileged that they are not going to be part of the millenium celebration.

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopia will try to remove tens of thousands of beggars from the streets of Addis Ababa to create a more “conducive” atmosphere for coming Millennium celebrations, city officials said on Thursday.

Still using the Julian calendar, abandoned by the West in the 16th century, Ethiopia enters its new millennium on September 12 with a huge concert expected to draw hundreds of thousands of partygoers and international celebrities.

“Addis Ababa city administration has passed a directive that bans begging on major streets, plus sale and movement of animals, to improve the city’s image and create a conducive atmosphere for guests coming to the Millennium celebration,” a City Council statement said.

Official statistics show some 90,000 beggars live on the streets of the capital, home to 5 million people and headquarters of the African Union. Many beggars are war veterans and are viewed sympathetically by most Ethiopians.

One local non-governmental organization has been given $100,000 from the government to help return beggars who have migrated from the regions, aid sources said.

The council directive also orders residents along main streets to spruce up their houses in the highland city.

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