Such inhuman and shameful treatment of Ethiopian migrants living in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf States should be stopped immediately. by Garbis Korajian

November 22nd, 2013 Print Print Email Email

I am a fourth generation Ethiopian-Armenian and, like many Armenians who lived in Ethiopia, my grandparents took refuge in Ethiopia after the Armenian Genocide. Those Armenians who were fortunate enough to have escaped the Turkish atrocities and mass murders of the early 20th century repatriated to different countries around the world. Ethiopia was a country that provided unconditional support and welcomed Armenians with open arms. We lived and prospered in Ethiopia where we maintained our institutions such as our churches, schools and community centers without any interference from the Government of Ethiopia and its citizens. We were treated as brothers and sisters and lived a good life. Although I now live in Canada, I still have a lot of love for Ethiopia and the

people. Therefore, I find it necessary to say a few words about the current mistreatment of Ethiopians in the Gulf States including Saudi Arabia which has been the focus of despicable mistreatment of Ethiopians. For various reasons, mostly economic, today’s young Ethiopians are traveling abroad looking for better opportunities of life through employment. For women, this is mostly domestic help and for men, it would be construction or any other job they can find. Needless to say, life for Ethiopians looking for work and to survive in these countries is not easy. On top of these hardships, the Ethiopians who are law abiding and hard working members of society are facing persecution beyond anyone’s imagination. There is no justification for such cruel behavior.

It is important to remember that one day, the citizens and its descendants from the countries that are committing such atrocities on helpless Ethiopians may very well seek refuge in Ethiopia as was done 1500 years ago. As always, what goes around always comes around. Do not forget your history vis-a-vis Ethiopia and stop mistreating our Ethiopian brothers and sisters living in your country. Start treating them with decency and respect.

  1. ነርሲስ ናልባድያን
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    ነርሲስ ናልባድያን :
    the Aremenian Garden in Addis Abeba:

  2. Hanqamoo
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    God bless you good article…

  3. since
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    God bless you! You are more Ethiopian than those who say they are but push ethnic issue to divide the people.

  4. Daniel
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    Good job Garbis. I wish you mentioned some of the “other reasons” why Ethiopians are forced to migrate to Saudi Arabia and other Gulf States other than economic reasons.

  5. Anonymous
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    Those were the good old days. In the last four decades, Mengestu and Meles, the two bloodsuckers have taken the country and Ethiopians to HELL. To be fair, tyrant Mengestu was better than tyrant Meles and tplf in so many ways, at least, during tyrant Mengestu, we had our seaport and our land was never given to Sudan, our women and the rest of our land never sold to foreigners.
    The root cause of “the economic reasons” is Woyanes’s looting the country blind and leaving Ethiopians empty handed.

  6. Anonymous
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    Aremenian I grow up mostly with Aremenian’s in ethiopia love all of you

    It was good time

  7. Sem
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    Thank you!!!

  8. Anonymous
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    God bless you brother that’s true the Saudis the way they treat our brother’s and sisters no one well forget those history to tell for our children about them but goes round comes round god. Bless ethiopia and people like you wider

  9. Zerayakob Yared
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    ባለ ፀጋ ቢለግስ አበደረ እንጂ አልሰጠም እንዲሉት፣ ውለታችንን ባጤፌታው መለስሽ/ህ:: ኢትይጵያም ዘላለማዊ ቤትሽ/ህ እንደሆነች ትኑር::
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  10. Anonymous
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    Jah Bless you. Your heartfelt and honest statement is greatly appreciated. The truth is that people of African descent regardless of whether they be Muslim, Christian, RasTafari etc..are treated with as second class citizens in Arabic countries. The Prophet Mohammed, it is said, found refuge in Ethiopia when he was being persecuted in his early journey, yet there are reports presently, of human chattel slavery being perpetrated in arab regions on people of African descent. These atrocities have to be exposed and the guilty parties brought to justice.
    “Until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior, is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned..Everywhere will be War”
    H.I.M. Emperor Haile Selassie I

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