Marriage proposal to Mighty Awash and HMD comes to the US. By Yilma Bekele

October 9th, 2014 Print Print Email Email

Our elders know how to tell a story. The way they do it could be compared to like pealing an onion, you have to go thru so many layers to get to the heart of the matter. Even then it requires insight to really understand the message. Some might think it is so backward and are tempted to opine why go thru a maze when you can just go direct to the point. I am sure our people know how to say it with few choice words but to truly tell a good story one needs patience and wisdom. It would be considered uncultured and not worthy of a civilized mind to blurt something out like a wild animal. So do me a favor and settle down I want to tell you a story.

The event I am about to tell you took place in Afar country in North Eastern Ethiopia on the edge of the Great Rift Valley. It was the 1970’s and young educated Ethiopians were using modern methods to harness the power of the mighty Awash to irrigate the land to grow cotton, sorghum and sugar cane. The land was virgin, the young farmers were highly motivated and the project was going better than their wildest expectations. Naturally they wanted to acquire more land. In that part of Ethiopia the land belongs to the nomadic but fierce Afar people and our farmers were very, very careful not to antagonize our warriors thus they Walked lightly, spoke softly and will do anything to remain on the good side of the elders. If you value your life and property that is what you do in Afar country.

Our story took on one of those occasions where the young Haramaya (Alemaya) College graduates sit down to talk to the elders and exchange pleasantries and get to know each other. That ceremony by itself is one beautiful story that remains to be told. Anyway after a long leisurely exchange of the usual pleasantries the farmers asked if it was at all possible if they could be allowed to plant on a few more acres adjacent to what they already have now. As the story is told to me by my dear friend Ato Solomon the elders did not even flinch. They smiled their usual bright smile looked them in the eye and responded with a riddle of their own.

They used Awash to reply to their request. During the rainy season the mighty Awash over flows its banks due to the many tributaries feeding it and becomes bigger than anything you have ever seen. It swells up to twice its size inundating Afar country as far as the eye can see. It was during this season that one of the small tributary’s feeding Awash feeling big and pompous sent a delegation to the house of Awash asking for marriage.

As the elders tell it Awash was not upset by the impertinence of the little runt of a stream coming up with such a proposal. Far from that Awash was amused. Thus Awash looked at the gathered elders and replied in a polite manner. ‘Why don’t we wait and go over this important request come next May?’ You see my friends May is the dry season and there is no more stream not even a drop of water entering the mighty Awash. Saying outright no would have been uncultured and there was no need to be rude to the delegates and hurt the feeling of the young one. Honor was saved all around and the elders went back in peace.

What reminded of this story is the visit by the Woyane delegation to the UN and the talked about meeting with the great kahuna President Obama himself. Visions of Awash and the little trickle of a stream came to mind when I saw the picture of Obama and the delegation that was pretending to represent our ancient land in that little room in New York and I smiled a knowing smile. Where are you our Afar warriors when we need you is all I could think of?
I am sure all Ethiopians have heard of the audience with the great white masters this time due to circumstances represented by a black man (the Black face of the American empire according to Cornel West) and the happiness and joy it brought to our Woyane idiots in power.

It is no wonder the TPLF minority government used the occasion as a God send opportunity to show our people how the US thinks they are doing miracles in our country. Their children in America were overjoyed and did not spare ink and cyber space to fling it on our face. This fools tale was told in so many ways and their little minions and cadres inundated social media with the video and photo opportunity Susan Rice created for them. The clueless tyrants want to prove their self-worth by what outsiders say about them not by their own accomplishments.
The meeting took place in a small Hotel room in New York and you can tell it was a hastily arranged affair created for photo opportunity and nothing substantial happened. Mr. Obama stuck to the prepared script and the whole idea was to mention the 1) double digit growth 2) encourage selling of our land and 3) prepare the ground for future missions of the TPLF mercenary force.

All three points go contrary to the interest of Ethiopia but serve the interest of the US and Western Europe in an incredible manner. All there points are easy to refute but who is listening? The Ethiopian people due to the fact that there is no free media cannot discuss the issue in an open and transparent manner, the US media is not even focused on little old, poor Ethiopia leaving her children in the Diaspora the only one left to expose the second attempt to occupy our motherland. I will attempt to refute the three points without boring you the victims.

Point number 1) Ethiopia’s Economy is not growing because we have created jobs by improving our education system, increasing manufacturing output and creating more wage earners but it is like a house built on sand foundation. It is borrowed money from World Bank, China and the IMF to tackle balance of payment problems. The economy is one giant real estate Ponzi scheme that is bound to crumble with the slightest tremor. Look at Ethiopia’s external debt.

Date Amount US$ % to GDP
1975 343.7 14%
1991 9.1 Billion 214%
2013 16.1 Billion 285%

Thus according to experts ‘Ethiopia’s external debt is not simply unsustainable; even the most generous debt relief would not bring the country within reach of meeting its responsibility within the context of global poverty-reduction goals.’ External Debt and Economic Growth in Ethiopia, By: Melese Gizaw Desta – Publication: 2005 76 pages

Do you my dear Ethiopian relatives see the joy in building a glass house with borrowed money and sticking your children with substantial debt that they would under no circumstances be able to pay back without selling additional assets due to your reckless act? You see Woyane warlords will take their cut and buy property in the west, the banks have to be paid no matter what and our poor people just have to tighten their belt and suffer some more.

Point number 2) Notice Obama said growth in ‘agricultural production’ not Ethiopia being able to feed itself. He is counting the stolen lands of Gambella, Oromia, Afar and the south that are given to multinationals for free so they could export our products to feed their people. Mr. Obama wants us to feel good because the Saudis, Emirates, the Gulf Arabs and Indians can have fresh fruit on their table while we starve, and our poor farmers are left landless and homeless.

Pont number 3) He cited Ban Ki-Moon of the UN to show how much our soldiers have been effective as peace-keepers. Dear Mr. Obama the TPLF solders are nothing but peace keepers. We are aware of the role they played and are still playing in Somalia where they have committed war crimes against our African brothers and sisters. We have become isolated in our neighborhood and that is not the Ethiopia we want to leave behind for our children.

It is said by expert the future war will be fought in Africa for the untapped resources still buried under our continent. It would involve mainly the US and China. No American president will dare send US military to Africa and risk death in a large scale. This is where we come into the picture. The Pentagon is preparing our solders to be first responders to pacify and occupy on the ground while the mighty US hovers in the sky to do the job with no risk to their children. That is the gist of the meeting in a hotel room arranged by no other than the dead tyrant obituariest the hapless Susan Rice. A pox on her!

Our people are starving and Obama is telling us our belly is full, our children are dying in Southern Africa and all over the Middle East and he is informing us we have one of the highest growing economy in the world, our virgin land is leased to outsiders and poor farmers are left out in the cold and the African American President is celebrating the selling of our country.

I have no quarrel with Mr. Obama he is just doing what he was elected to do not always in a satisfactory manner but anyway that is the job he took to look after the interest of his country. When he heaps praise on tyrants that are killing me, when he enables dictators that are abusing their office, this is when I part company with him. I look after myself and there is no reason I should be upset, discouraged or sad but rather think soberly and device a way to protect my poor country and people.

We are inching our way in a measured manner towards protecting our interest. The last two years our people are coming together and slowly realizing the minority government is the problem for all that has gone wrong in our country. It is not easy to fight a government that has mastered the art of divide and rule and is supported by the big powers for their selfish interest but we are finally realizing there is no magic formula nor a miracle that would appear to help us untangle from the evil thugs in power.

Today we have groups that have organized to take the fight to the enemy’s camp. They have been training the last few years and are ready to unleash their fury on the few that have become fat and lazy sucking our blood. Obama or no Obama is going to save the criminals from justice. It would be good if the foreign devils would help us but it is not a must. We help ourselves. We are the ones suffering, it is our children that are dying, it is our country that is being sold and it is our pride that has been trampled. It follows then it is us, only us that can restore the balance and stand our country right side up.

Mr. Obama’s speech is just hot air that did not even fill that hotel room it was uttered whereas our action is real that would fill our mountain and valleys with the voice of our ancestors that would be there standing behind us beaming with pride. Every one of us have a choice to stand up to bullies and Bandas and help our combatants achieve victory or continue being abused by a few that when things get hot would depart leaving their cadres to face the music. That is how tyrants operate. Shall I remind you of Marcos of Philippines, Shah of Iran, Pinochet of Chile, and Mengistu of Ethiopia? Tyrants and their associates are cowards. They have already started selling their ill gotten real estate in Ethiopia, don’t be left behind paying for their sins.

Where are our Afar elders that are wise and focused, where did the ghost of Tewodros go that sacrificed his life to deny the British the excuse to stay behind, where is Taitu Bitul that asked the foreign devils’ shoes be cleaned least they take our precious soil with them, where is Minilik that played one European against another to protect his children, Where is Abebe Aregay, Geresu Duki, Balcha Aba Nebso that invented the art of Guerilla warfare Oh Ethiopia where did your children go wrong where today they are Kowtowing to a faraway power and meeting in funky hotel rooms to show us how much their master approves of their slave mentality.

The same week the President of India came to the US to attend the same UN meeting. The President of India gathered his Diaspora at Madison Sports Garden for a lavish ceremony that was celebrated with Indian cultural and arts presentation. The President thanked his people for the wonderful contribution they are making to their common country. It was done with respect, love and meant to boost the morale. The President met Mr. Obama at the white house as equal and discussed issues of mutual interest.

We Ethiopians are not that lucky. Our unelected officials normally gather their chosen ethnic group and use our Embassy to demean and insult other Ethiopians. Due to the absence of legitimacy and self-esteem they are overjoyed when they are invited to sit down in small hotel rooms so they would receive the blessing of their masters. They do not have the presence of mind to be ashamed but rather wave their underling status as proof of their self-worth. It is even surprising to hear TPLF cadres complaining the new toy was able to sit with Obama while the dead tyrant never achieved such honor. Poor Ethiopia, how low can we sink?

Have no fear my friend, we still produce patriots that keep the flame of freedom alive. We are living with heroes extraordinaire among us like my friend Eskinder Nega that will not be silenced for ever and ever, Andualem Arage, Bekele Gerba, my leader Andargachew Tsgie and Abubeker Ahmed and many, many more. We are still alive and kicking.

What we have today is usurpers that have sat on the throne but are confused about what it means to be Ethiopian, we are surrounded by fools that would not find the exit door in a studio apartment and we have a perfect saying in our language that explains their condition ጋኖች አለቁና ምንቸቶች ጋን ሆኑ May the Gods help our country and people.

Please read ‘Consistency or hypocrisy? President Obama ‘boosts’ Ethiopia’s dictatorship’ by Aklog Birara (Dr.) an expert analysis on this important issue in most of our fearless and Independent Websites.

  1. Dawi
    | #1

    Brother Yelma,

    As being in denial gives one’s mind the benefit to absorb distressing information at a pace that won’t send the mind into a psycho tailspin, I understand it is not unhealthy for you to take your sweet time. I only hope your denial will not last forever.

    Talking about your borrowing 16 billion?

    Do you know that the US borrows about 4 billion a day? China probably lends a major chunk of it to Uncle Sam.

    Be that as it may, let us forget about GDP growth rate and just look at HDI; Human Development Index?

    Ethiopia achieved the second fastest HDI growth between 2000 and 2012 as compared to the other countries in the World.

    According to World Health Organization report (2014),life expectancy in Ethiopia reached 64 years. This makes Ethiopia the second country in the world with higher growth of life expectancy during the last decades. The same report indicated that infant and child mortality rate declined from 121 and 204 in 1990 to 47 and 68 per 1000 live birth in 2012 respectively.

    How about that? Can we agree on the above at least?

    You also said:
    [[..Today we have groups that have organized to take the fight to the enemy’s camp..]]

    What group? According to Prof. Musse, we have none.

    I don’t know how you do your assessments but to me as I said it else where:

    Over the years EPRDF has gained ground in the diplomatic/military arena. We can safely say they have thrown all their enemies into disarray. Shabia, ELF,OLF,EPRP,ONLF to AL-Shabab don’t have that much to show today in the military and diplomatic fronts.

    The peaceful struggle is what remains to be seen if you ask me.

  2. Taye
    | #2

    All major information sources like IMF,World bank,the economist,CCTV are saying Ethiopia has made great economic growth.Why Ato yilma remark is so different.Obama recently said,”We have seen enormous progress in a country that once had great difficulty feeding itself.It is now not only leading the pact interms of agricultural production in the region but will soon be an exporter potentially not just of agriculture,but also power because of the development that’s been taking place there”

  3. yilmab
    | #3

    My dear Dawi, you see the difference between us is I rely on objective condition in the country called Ethiopia and you bring in outsiders as a witness. It is like asking the neighbors about the condition in your own house. The house looks beautiful, it is freshly painted and the landscape is maintained but the children in side are sick, starving and not even being schooled now are you going to ask the people living inside or rely on what the neighbors say about your house? You bring the US again, Sir the US finances its deficit on the back of the world since the dollar is the bench mark. You think you are talking to some ignorant cadres I assume but please do not insult us. Have you heard of the saying ‘lies, damned lies and statistics’ so you can make anything out of cooked books, do you know of any independent outfit in Ethiopia that checks Woyane statistics? None, so it is your book, your lies and your statistics and to claim life expectancy has gone up defies all lies, the vast majority of our people do not even have clean water to drink let alone health care, they live on food handout from the West unless there is another Ethiopia we don’t know of. As I have said before there is no such animal called EPDRF it is TPLF and they rule by the gun. Don’t worry about the groups you mentioned I assure you when the time comes very soon you will sing a different tune. No one is against peaceful struggle but it is a two way street right now your group has the gun and we have the people and as soon as they arm themselves by taking the gun from your group we will achieve peace and go to task of building a real economy not some delusional feel good robbery. May I suggest you talk to real Ethiopians that watch their daughters prostituting to make ends meet, watch their sons go where danger awaits them instead of self serving numbers by outsiders that do not feel the pain. The biggest industry in our country today for the local people and the Diaspora is bars, night clubs, massage parlors and hotels and that does not create a healthy economy.

  4. Development without freedom
    | #4

    That is fantastic article.

  5. Andaregachew
    | #5

    Yilma,
    In the above article you used western statistics (data)to show Ethiopia external debt whereas you opposed DAwi when he used western statistics to explain Ethiopian human development index.when it is he it is cooked when it is you it is real data
    The other thing if western ,like IMF and world bank ,donot have a means to recheck Ethiopian gov data why do we see discrepancy between Ethiopian gov data and western .

  6. Dawi
    | #6

    [[..You think you are talking to some ignorant cadres I assume but please do not insult us. Have you heard of the saying ‘lies, damned lies and statistics’ so..]]

    In the following, Bill Gates once wrote about “Poor Numbers How We Are Misled by African Development Statistics And What To Do About It”..I think you can do same brother Yelma. Don’t give too much credit to “Woyane’s” wisdom of fooling everyone all the time. They are good but not as great as you are making them be… :)

    [[..Does that mean that we don’t know anything about what works in development and what doesn’t?
    Not at all. For years, researchers have used techniques like periodic household surveys to collect data. In health, a survey called the Demographic and Health Survey is done regularly to determine things like childhood and maternal death rates. Although they aren’t perfect, these methods aren’t susceptible to the same problems as GDP. Economists are also using new techniques like satellite mapping of light sources to inform their estimates of economic growth.
    There are other ways to measure overall living standards in a country. While they aren’t perfect either, they do give us additional ways to understand poverty. One called the Human Development Index uses health and education statistics in addition to GDP. Another, the Multidimensional Poverty Index, uses ten indicators, including nutrition, sanitation, and access to cooking fuel and water. A measure called Purchasing Power Parity looks at how much
    the same basket of goods and services in different countries, which helps economists adjust GDP to get better insight into living standards…]]

  7. yilmab
    | #7

    Ato Andaregach those numbers are real not statistics when you borrow from a bank it is real money, it is transparent and there is a signature at the bottom by both the lending entity and representative of the borrower. when you talk about development figures the numbers have to be vetted or the source should be looked at, the relation to the party that generates the numbers have to closely be studied and the independence of the organization plays a big role. You know the saying ‘leras sekorsu ayasansu’ That is why most figures do not pass the muster for real discussion because they might be self serving and you can not make important decisions based on faulty numbers. As usual Dawit goes in circles to explain a simple matter. We do not need numbers when all we got to see is the picture around us, talk to our family and observe the number that are dying because they leave their homeland due to lack of opportunity and that is why we have Ethiopians in detention centers from Kenya to Malawi. Do you think a person leaves his country by foot because he wants to travel or because there is no hope and opportunity at home. I do not need Bill Gates, I do not need Obama all I need is my cousin to tell me about his condition and I take his word. Index blah blah is to confuse the issue and make it legitimate because the white master said so, please have a little respect.

  8. Andaregachew
    | #8

    Thank you for your explanation .You quoted external debt in relation to GDP(I.e debt amount USD to GDP).As per your argument GDP can be cooked.
    Debt is not bad by itself.It depends on reason of debt.if i take school loan it will have return.Similarily Ehiopian government is taking debt to build dam,university, road,train etc so obviously its return exceed interest.
    Knowing about 90 million people by asking is not logical and still open for manipulation so data is important.

  9. Dawi
    | #9

    [[...Economists are also using new techniques like satellite mapping of light sources to inform their estimates of economic growth....]]

    Brother Yelma – Talking about “light sources” in your neck of the woods?

    “Developmental State” is the fastest way to get out of poverty but won’t do miracles. That is a different field.

    “Ethiopia: Sixteen SNNP state towns get electric power Saturday, October 11th, 2014
    October 2014, Addis Ababa – Construction of the Sawla-Key Afer Electric Power Installation Project which cost more than 418 million birr has gone operational, according to Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP).

    EEP indicated that the project, which is part of the Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP), is benefiting 16 towns and rural areas in 4 woredas/districts/ of Gamo Gofa and South Omo zones.”

  10. Asteway
    | #10

    Abortion is a non-Tigre poor Ethiopians practice. The TPLF government feeds TIGRES for free while other Ethiopians struggle to eat once a day. Any Tigray People’s Liberation Front Soldier got a list of family memebrs which the government provides free food for. Fistula creates peace by solving the problem of having babies by abortion for the poor. The fistula also gives birth controls and surgeries so non-Tigres stop having babies they cann’t feed. The Tigray people got by far the highest percentage of people living both in the diaspora and in Ethiopia simultaneously. It is assumed that 85% of Tigray diasporas cheat on their taxes both in Ethiopia and In diaspora by using their dual citizinship as a cover. Yet the Tigray dual citizens got the nerve to accuse others for cheating on their taxes and in turn selling their livelihood by grabing their lands. We need to report all Tigray diasporas that cheat on their taxes to the TAX authorities in diaspora so they stop LAND (LIFE) GRAB and stop stealing our foods so we can feed our babies .The people should not resort to abortion or exile .

  11. Andaregachew
    | #11

    Usually borrower gives their money for economic reason.No one dump his money in wrong place.To get money from borrowers countries should have a potential(in terms of resource) as well as good economic performance. No one lend money for Eritrea since they are having poor potential and poor economic performance. No one lend South Sudan though they have good potential, they are poor in economic performance.When we come to Ethiopia every entity is open to give credit for Ethiopia due to average potential and excellent economic performance. Having credit access is directly related to Economic performance.

  12. yilmab
    | #12

    My friend Andareagch, I agree but I want to add something I feel is important the TPLF regime is borrowing to do the things you mentioned and we can analyze two aspects of this loan. 1) there is no public input to determine the priority that has to be done in order of importance and lively discussions to see which technology is applicable to our country. I am thinking of big vanity dams or small dams that would not negatively affect the environment, is solar a choice etc. Discussion like this would help us choose the best for our money. 2) Choosing the contractors on an open and transparent basis is economical. TPLF chooses companies like Salini of Italy that is famous for shoddy work (Gibe the tunnel that collapsed a month after inauguration) and bribery to host nations and we all know the sub contractors are TPLF affiliated companies and Allamudis outfit. It is not difficult to see that all the money borrowed in our name is not being put to use in Ethiopia. That is the reason we see so many illiterate Woyanes buying property in the US with cash. The cash is our children’s money. As for my friend Dawi he talks as if we are against development, I am not I just want to be part of the process when things are done in my name and with my money. I do not like baby sitters deciding for me. The ‘Developmental State’ you are always bringing to this forum is nothing but a cover for Meles and company to rob us, it is a pie in the sky scheme where a few decide for the many. Unfortunate for us the few are illiterate Woyanes that have never even run a kiosk let alone an enterprise like a government. Tell me one Woyane that have managed a business before becoming an expert. Real life does not happen like that. Theory and practice are two different things my friend. That is why they are afraid of experts and ordinary people because with experience on how to run a business manage people and work with others in a cooperative manner. Woyane uses the gun to enforce their useless idea and when confronted they kill you, jail you or exile you. I could give you many examples like that.

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