Not a safe planet to be an Ethiopian. By Yilma Bekele

April 22nd, 2015 Print Print Email Email

The terrorist group ISIL murdered twenty eight Ethiopians in cold blood in the deserts of Libya. In Durban South Africa two Ethiopian brothers aged twenty two and twenty four were locked inside their ‘container shop’ and set on fire. In Beirut Lebanon a young girl jumped from her employee’s residence on the fourth floor and was badly hurt while across town another one committed suicide by hanging herself.

Thousands of Ethiopians are stranded in Yemen where there is practically no government leaving them at the mercy of warlords and smugglers. The jails from Kenya to South Africa are filled with immigrant Ethiopians with no paper.

The simple question is why are they roaming the planet and exposing themselves to great danger? If it is dangerous out there why are they leaving their homeland? When they do come across danger who looks after them?
The Ethiopian government has shown its indifference during the last exodus out of Saudi Arabia. They are again showing their absolute lack of respect to their fellow citizens by not even acknowledging the sad situation.

Their Ambassador to Egypt did not show shame splitting hair by explaining that based on his research Ethiopians in Libya are held by ‘smugglers not ISIS’. It is good to know our embassies are in touch with the underground. The Ethiopian government first pretended not to know, announced it is in the process of confirming their nationality and finally proclaimed a period of mourning.

We Ethiopians have no one to appeal to regarding our safety as human beings. We have no organized body like a Government that would do what is necessary to protect our life and property. There is no one that would assume responsibility to what is happening to Ethiopians all over the world. The Ethiopian government and the Ethiopian people are second to none at pointing fingers.

Under normal circumstances anywhere such a government that leaves its citizens to face danger in such a callous way would collapse in no time. First and foremost the citizens will demand accountability and the government would show remorse and submit its resignation.

The Ethiopian Government would of course condemn International terrorism and use the occasion to point out how they are victims themselves. The Diaspora Ethiopians will vent out at ISIS, South Africa and Arabs etc. Last week I would have said the Ethiopian People would grumble a little and pray a lot.

This might be the beginning of the Ethiopian Spring which we all have been waiting for. The Ethiopian youth has become hip to what is happening and are in the process of taking things in their hands.

The news from South Africa followed by the tragedy in Libya has angered our people. Meskel Square and Gotera area saw the potential of people’s power.

Just a week ago US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman gave a clean bill of democratic health to the TPLF dominated government. It is sad but not surprising. Sometimes we confuse rhetoric for reality. The US government has never shied away from propping up, coddling or enabling such rogue regimes all over the world. Often the need for stability triumphs over the oath to respect basic human values. In the end the US does what is best for the US. At the moment the Woyane regime is the only game in town and it has managed to stifle all dissent, scare all enemies, jail all opponents and seems to have a grip on the situation and that is good enough to our western enablers.

It is a different story this week. The youth that compromises over seventy percent of our population is realizing the nature of the beast that is called Woyane. They are witnessing the bankruptcy of the system. They know the people that died in Libya. They are familiar with their brothers and sisters that are getting burned in South Africa, jailed in Zambia, being humiliated by Arabs in the Middle East and they are ready to say enough.

We cannot be mad at the savages of South Africa. We cannot dump it on the ISIS monsters that took advantage of young boys with no evil in their heart to score a cheap political point with the west. We cannot fume at the grotesque and degenerate Lebanese that gets his kicks by acting like an animal.

Our business is with our government. Our task is to ask accountability from those that purport to be elected. That is what our people are starting to do. That is what our children are asking us to do to help them with this noble act of saying enough to dictators and war lords.

What exactly are they asking us to do? It is not a major sacrifice when you think about it. They are asking us to do the right thing for a good cause. There will be no one watching over your shoulder, there will be no one checking on you. It is all based on an honor system. Your conscience is the only one that is keeping score.

The task is simple. Don’t we all claim we would do anything to help our country be free and our people enjoy the fruits of what life has to offer? When is a good time than today to show our solidarity with our people and actually stand up for what we claim to believe? Condemnation is good but it does not carry weight.

What is being asked of you is to ‘boycott’ anything and everything to do with Woyane’s Ethiopia. They caused South Africa, they facilitated Beirut and they exposed us to ISIS with their war in Somalia and association with Yemen. All disasters that affect us is due to the greedy, illiterate and money centered policy of the TPLF mafia.

Our people are waking up to do what must be done. Our task from outside where we live free is to help them achieve that goal by doing all we could to help not harm the cause.

In our case in North America boycott of Woyane is a very simple task. Before we buy enjera we should ask where the Teff is grown. There is no harm in eating bread as a substitute for people and country’s sake. We should avoid all Ethiopian produced beer. It is not about Heineken but the Woyane owners. We should not fly Ethiopian (Woyane) Airlines. Paying a hundred dollar more is not such a sacrifice for freedom. We should definitely stop getting involved in the Ponzi scheme of condominium building on stolen land. All major building material supply is owned by Woyane and their subsidiaries.

We Ethiopians in North America are enjoying the fruits of victory achieved by African Americans that used boycott as a means of protest. When it was felt boycott of the Bus system was important they walked instead of riding the bus. You are asked to take a different airlines. Is that too much to ask?

Wendy Sherman can affix any stamp on Woyane for all we care. It is not what a foreign official say that is important here but what our people think and feel about Woyane is what matters. We know it, we feel it in our bones and we are working very hard to overcome fear but no one can tell us about the good nature of the people in authority. Their actions towards our people is not different from ISIS. Our rulers are too smart and use western jargon to fool the foreigners that they pay dearly and our people were deliberately kept in the dark. But no more.

Our youth were screaming ‘Woyane Leba’ as they marched. Their fight is not with South African thugs or ISIS terrorists but their quarrel is with the bully in those masquerading as a legitimate government.

We in the west have to be careful in our response to such a disaster befalling our people in all corners of the world. Mere condemnation by the affected party is not enough. The whole world is unanimous in condemning the acts of the ISIS terrorists. All persons of authority including the pope have spoken against the inhuman act.

We Ethiopians should go beyond that. If we meet for a vigil in our Church, Mosque or town square we should use the common ground that brought us together to open a dialogue so we do not have to meet again for such sad situation. We are all sad but we should channel our strength to do something positive with it to improve the lives of our people. It is not easy but it is a necessary step so we avoid future calamities like this.
It is the real Ethiopian Spring. Time to start the new season with something fresh and something new. Our young people have finally decided it is enough. They are going to make their stand at home. The running away is not the solution. Cleaning one’s own house is the way to go. I believe we are entering a whole new world. Spring is here!

  1. Addisu
    | #1

    Gash Yilma,Ginbot 7 is in terrible situation.Sherman promised to share intelligent information with Ethiopia government. As professor Musse advised the only way out for G7 leaders including Birhanu,is seeking refuge at Eritrea embassy.

  2. Tango
    | #2

    You were preaching us about Ginbot 7 popular force.From now on you will pay price if raised such issue since it against USA neutrality act.

  3. touzee
    | #3

    Very soon, there will be mass uprising against the Fascist TPLF, so that the hoddams, the informers, the spies, the ashkers, and the useless cadres will first mourn the death of their masters,criminals in TPLF terrorist organization and then crawl on their weak knees straight to the supreme court of Ethiopians for a trial. The current realities in which the Fascist TPLF Regime is so uncertain for the Hoddams and Ashkers, there is nothing to think of other than facing the reality and deal with the erupting volcanic molten magma. In the other front in fighting against the Fascist TPLF, patriotic Ethiopians are scanning and mopping the enemy where it is scattered and make it down onto the lands to test the bitter soil where it stands on fear and jittering in panic. Then what would those website cadres do when Ethiopians come for them?

  4. chachu
    | #4

    Replay to the guy called Addisu I think you are a moron retarded I sujust you should look at a documentary US policy Ethiopia a failing state you will learn a lot from it.the vicious killers the Tigre liberation front days are numbered they will face the might arm of the ethiopian people.

  5. Addisu
    | #5

    Chachut Ras
    Are you you talking about a childish Amhara extremists propaganda which is far from reality?I advise you what Obama and Sherman said about Ethiopia.

  6. Awramba
    | #6

    @ Yilma,

    You forgot to mention that the “TPLF-Government” was also responsible for the the first and second world war. It was also responsible for the climate change. It is also responsible for all the instability on this “planet”. Their hands are all over the crimes back to the stone ages. They even are responsible to make you think and talk like a moron. Without them I am sure you would have been a very articulate and reasonable human being. I agree with you wholeheartedly, Let’s boycott everything that may help the poor people of Ethiopia. Otherwise such tragedy will never occurred and we wouldn’t have much to talk about. Injera, Airlines, Coffee, all commodities, fashion, fruit, livestock, leather, minerals (gold), and more must be avoided. To the hell the farmers of coffee and more. To the hell to the families of the airport and airlines employees. To the hell to all who produce anything it’s Ethiopia. Let us do it. Let us tell the “youth” to get shot at so they can pave the way for us to go in and grab the power. I agree with your intelligently researched analysis – this planet is getting tough for us Ethiopians. We should work on alternatives – Mars or Jupiter don’t seem that crowded-:(

  7. Dawi
    | #7

    That was good Awramba!

    The fact is residents of boycotted nations provide an interesting perspective.

    A local Cambodian pleaded one lonely planet author “please don’t boycott Burma we know what that is like; the poor gets poorer and the rich keep driving in their fancy cars”. A Romanian film maker says a boycott is “a no brainer”, recalling the days when he craved outside contacts during Ceausescu’s dictatorship in the 1980′s.

    Dr. Zarni the director of free Burma coalition and one time pro boycott activist, did an about-face in 2003 on this issue. “Unfortunately it has come at a real price for the rest of us. More isolation won’t fix the problem and [business, tourism, aid] sanctions push us backward we need to be part of the world…

    Our friend Yelma needs to update his thinking.

    Even if he & friends succeed with their ploy, they won’t do any better than Egypt where the military who ousted the elected president Morsi ended up sentencing him [the elected]to 20 years in prison.

    Yelma said:

    [[.Wendy Sherman can affix any stamp on Woyane for all we care. It is not what a foreign official say that is important here but what our people think and feel about Woyane is what matters..]]

    The first thing in order then is to create a united opposition with alternative plan of action. Our people don’t deserve isolation or fragmentation by listening to your emotion.

  8. Hailu
    | #8

    YILMA,Please note that #1 passengers of Ethiopia Airlines is Nigerians so in order to get good result the boycott message should include Nigerians.The other thing I heard same message from you for around 10 years .In reality Ethiopia Airlines is growing in terms of fleet ,route and profit but donot give up.

  9. dandinakir
    | #9

    Ethiopians, we must find a way to dry up the sources of incomes of Fascist TPLF. International loan and Foreign aid the enemy gets in the name of Ethiopians and remittance in billions of dollars from Ethiopians abroad. Today, everything and anything that is available below and above the lands where our children and citizens are suffering in prisons is owned, controlled, and run by our common enemy that has been enriching itself from robbery, selling farmlands, human trafficking, pimping minors and school girls and boys, corruption, stealing resources and treasures, black marketing goods, commodities, produces, and heavy metals, and selling babies, women of all ages, and girls and boys to marketers and buyers in the middle east and else where. Not only the enemy has been deliberately causing economic deprivation on Ethiopians, it also inflicted social ills on citizens leading to epidemic and social collapse of greater magnitude. This for sure will be a huge cost on us. But don’t we make the enemy pay the price for inflicting pains on its victims and causing untold suffering on Ethiopians.

  10. xssnyigg
    | #10

    This Earth in which we have been living since creation, although beautiful and caring, we continued to live of everything and anything mother earth provided us with. We, Ethiopians shall never surrender our country to the blood robbers, even if it means fighting against them for millennia, but we are more than confident and sure that we, Ethiopians will crush the enemy to its utter defeat and set free our people and country so that we will send a clear message to the would be enemies that might try to try and fail at their defeat cost.

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