Ethiopians and their learning curve. By Yilma Bekele.

December 9th, 2015 Print Print Email Email

Our country Ethiopia is in turmoil. We all feel the pain. I have not met an Ethiopian that is not in agony when speaking of the homeland. We are worried about the famine. We can never escape the scrooge of inflation whipping our family back home.

The last few years pain has been our story. The World Bank, the IMF even President Obama might try to convince our people otherwise but reality has defied them all. Our country is still considered to be at the bottom of Human Developmental Index that measures vital statistics that shows where we rank compared to the world.

Our country being next to last in such basic but important issues as life expectancy, education and Income has probably got something to do with all this turmoil we are experiencing now.

There are a few things going simultaneously in our country. The regime is still immobile and very uncertain. The economy is wobbling due the situation in Europe and China. Arbenoch/Ginbot7 are on the move both militarily and politically. ESAT is heard all over Ethiopia.

To add to the fire the ‘ethnic’ card planted and nurtured by Woyane is coming home. The so-called ‘Master Plan’ drawn to steal land is coming under fire. It was only a few months back that the Federal Affairs boss Abbay Tsehaye vowed the “Plan’ will be implemented and anyone that does not follow the directive will be dealt with. He made the speech in some “Oromo’ meeting to put the cadres on notice. His tone was harsh and his eyes were glaring.

Today students all over Ethiopia are exercising an act of defiance against the dictatorial regime in charge. College and High school students are leading the struggle against tyranny. It is a fitting tribute to their history. They are not landowners but they feel the pain of their people that are losing their livelihood so TPLF mafia can sell it to build a condo. What becomes of our parents they are asking?

A lot is being said about the current upheaval. Thanks to Social Media we can witness the resoluteness of our people and the terrorist acts of the mafia regime. What is baffling to me the insertion of the ‘ethnic’ identity in this confrontation.

It demeans the struggle of the young people. The “Master Plan’ is what ignited the current fire but it has been smoldering for a long time. They are rebelling against injustice. They are asking to be heard. They are demanding to be involved in such far-reaching decision as the taking of private land.

The question the students are raising is applicable to all of Ethiopia. No one escapes the grip of the mafia Woyane regime. Ethiopia is a rural country. Land is what all the citizen got. Land defines the person. Our young people are questioning the authority that is making their people land less.

We support them whole-heartedly because it is the right question for educated people to raise. Education opens the eye to injustice and that has been the tradition of the fathers and mothers of these students and they are following on their footsteps. Why are some flavoring this righteous struggle in ethnic terms? Who is to benefit from that? We are aware of what is done in Gambela. We have seen Woyane pit the South against the Amhara and repeat it in the Beneshangul. The ethnic card is Woyanes favorite weapon.

We are not falling for the same Woyane trick again or are we? We Ethiopians boast of having the best learning curve. Didn’t we learn how to maneuver among the big powers and stay free? The last forty years we have experienced situations like the one we are faced with today and we have learned how to deal with it.

We have discovered Unity is the recipe. We all believe the ‘Master Plan’ is anti Ethiopian. It is void of public participation, lacks community support and is nothing but a ‘ponzi scheme’ to enrich a lot of Woyane and a few of their underlings. Thus all of Ethiopia is with the people that are affected with the current Woyane madness and they say No!

The famine was the big news as it should be. The famine is affecting over fifteen million Ethiopians. The issue was being raised and Woyane clique was being cornered. The plight of our people was becoming headlines. We do not appreciate such publicity. It is negative and says things about us that we do not like to hear. But the people dying are real. So we welcomed it reluctantly as long as our people survive even for a day.

The ‘uproar’ about the ‘Master Plan’ has eclipsed the famine. Is it Woyanes doing or is it a simple innocent coincidence is something to think about. Both are a curse on our people. We are also aware of the mind of Woyane to create diversion when in a tight spot. This confusion has given them a small respite but it is just temporary.

Chairman Berhanu Nega of Arbenoch G7 was in Brussels this last week and in a speech he made at the European Parliament he made a very clear statement regarding the intentions of the Front he is leading and the road forward. His statement was not ambiguous at all when he said ‘ I am here to tell you in no uncertain terms that the people of Ethiopia are simply tired of this situation and would rather fight for their freedom by what ever means necessary than accept to live under such a brutalizing tyranny in the twenty first century.’

The speech was not just a rhetorical exercise. It was backed with a young, robust and smart organization behind it. It is the fruit of a long arduous task of defining a goal and devising ways of achieving the prize. The task is systematically being implemented. The formation of United Movement for the Salvation of Ethiopia through Democracy (UMSED) is a major achievement. It is a sign we Ethiopians are at last learning to stand together to face a common problem.

It is a very important declaration when Chairman Berhanu said ‘ It is only by having a broad based national reconciliation process, an all inclusive transitional process, and a real and meaningful democratization of Ethiopia that the specter of conflict, instability and yes terrorism can be averted effectively and durably.’

Yes we have learned not to be diverted from our goal of liberating our country. We understand the nature of the mafia regime to create outrageous situations to get us off the track. The Eritreans, Ginbot7, Al Shabaab, OLF, Muslims and many more have been used as enemy of the moment. The game is becoming tiring. The ringmaster is gone and his replacements are still playing from the same book. It is sad to see some that should know better are beating the same drum of hate and exclusive war. They are making Woyanes job of divide and rule a lot easier.

  1. Tesfa
    | #1

    Nice to hear from you brother yilma. Indeed, I share your concern and pain. Really, all Ethiopians need to be praying for their beloved nation, that the LORD may bring a peaceful resolution to this even.

    It is taken for granted, for long; TPLF had maintained an inflexible posture than to share power with the populace. Such being the existing stalemate between the regime and the stake holders since 2005; it is fair to say many might have anticipated a crisis to come. It goes without saying a government who is bent on looting the wealth of the nation by setting aside the interest of the population sooner or later will be confronted with angry protest.

    Unfortunately, there still is a missing core to give direction to the current social dis content. What is needed now is the need to set up a twofold task force that will direct and empower the movement to its intended goal of securing freedom. The question now is how do we go about achieving this purpose? Surly, mere talk year out and year in is not to produce any solution to a people who are denied the basic freedom. There must be a consensus across the political parties and all stake holders to form such a task force for the common good believe there needs to be a burden for such task. Once we have a respected core in place leaders need to focus on two immediate tasks: giving guidance to the movement on the one hand and instituting discipline and weeding out extreme elements from the movement

  2. Mondy
    | #2

    inferior agenda from intellectually bankrupt minds. EHADEG manifesto of June 1993 outlines a half century period of peace and economic transformation path. Since they are just half into that forecast I say your call to arms is premature like the birth that characterized you( how else can you explain your dumbness?). How about you mark your calendar for 2043? Oh-my bad! you would have long gone አንተ የ ኦሪት ቅርስ by then!

    I think our country would be a far better place when spiteful relics such as yourself are dead. I can’t wait!

  3. Haile
    | #3

    THE AUTHOR WRITES AS IF HE HIMSELF HAD INTERVIEWED THE PROTESTORS IN PERSON.
    HOW DID THE AUTHOR BECAME ALL KNOWING TELLING US WHO THE PROTESTORS FATHERS AND MOTHERS ARE IS VERY QUESTIONABLE.
    OR HOW DID THE AUTHOR KNOW ABOUT THE PROTESTORS PARENTS OR WHAT THE PARENTS DID WHEN THEY WERE YOUNGER WHEN HE SAID

    “Education opens the eye to injustice and that has been the tradition of the fathers and mothers of these students and they are following on their footsteps…The last forty years we have experienced situations like the one we are faced with today and we have learned how to deal with it. ”

    IT SEEMS THE AUTHOR IS TRYING TO MAKE THIS CURRENT PROTEST LOOK LIKE TO BE THE CONTINUATION OF THE 40 YEARS OLD DERG/EPRP COMMUNIST STUDENTS REVOLUTION WHICH CLEARLY IS NOT.
    FOR ONE THING THE 40 YEARS AGO DERG/ EPRP/ COMMUNIST STUDENTS REVOLUTION HAD STUDENTS FROM ALL KIND OF BACKGROUNDS REVOLTING SUCH AS RICH PEOPLE’S KIDS , POOR PEOPLE’S KIDS , STUDENTS FROM ALL ETHNICITIES , SOLDIERS , CHILDREN OF GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND SO ON PARTICIPATING IN THE PROTEST .
    WHEN IT COMES TO OUR CURRENT PROTEST YOU DON’T SEE A SINGLE GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL CHILD OR RICH PERSON’S CHILD PARTICIPATING IN IT. FROM WHAT I HEARD FROM THE GROUND YOU DON’T SEE ANY STUDENT THAT DOES NOT HAVE THE POTENTIAL OF DIRECTLY BEING IMPACTED BY THE LAND GRAB PARTICIPATING IN IT , SO THE AUTHOR SHOULD NOT EVEN TRY TO COMPARE OR CONTRAST THE 40 YEARS OLD MOVEMENT WITH THE CURRENT PROTEST.
    I SERIOUSLY DOUBT IF THE AUTHOR HELD ANY INTERVIEW SINCE I DON’T REMEMBER THE AUTHOR BEING ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN THE OUTCRY WHEN COUNTLESS STUDENTS WERE GUNNED DOWN IN 2014 FOR THE SAME ISSUE. HOW THE AUTHOR BECAME A SPOKESPERSON FOR THE STUDENTS ALL OF A SUDDEN TRYING TO TELL PEOPLE HOW THE STUDENTS THINK IS AMAZING?
    FOR EXAMPLE HOW DID THE AUTHOR KNOW WHETHER THESE STUDENTS OWN LAND OR NOT WHEN HE SAID
    “They are not landowners but they feel the pain of their people that are losing their livelihood so TPLF mafia can sell it to build a condo. What becomes of our parents they are asking?”
    IS THE AUTHOR SAYING THERE IS AN AGE LIMIT FOR PEOPLE TO OWN LAND OR WHAT? IF MY MEMORY SERVES ME CORRECTLY MOST OF THE LANDS THE WOYANE GENERALS TAKE FROM NATIVE PEOPLE IS BEING OWNED BY THE GENERALS CHILDREN WHICH ARE THE SAME AGE OR YOUNGER THAN THE STUDENT PROTESTORS. IT IS COMMON TO SEE A HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE WHO IS IN THE EARLY TWENTIES TO BE THE OWNER BOSS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WORTH BUSINESSES IN ETHIOPIA RIGHT NOW.
    GO TO ASIA , CANADA , WASHINGTON DC AREA , GREECE , ITALY AND SO ON YOU WILL SEE HOW MANY WOYANE OFFICIALS CHILDREN AS YOUNG AS TEEN AGERS TRAVEL WITH SUITCASE FULL OF CASH MONEY WITH NO PARENTAL SUPERVISION PURCHASING MULTI MILLION DOLLAR WORTH HUGE REAL ESTATE RENTAL PROPERTIES INVESTMENTS AS WE SPEAK.

  4. Dawi
    | #4

    Haile said:

    [[..TRYING TO MAKE THIS CURRENT PROTEST LOOK LIKE TO BE THE CONTINUATION OF THE 40 YEARS OLD DERG/EPRP COMMUNIST STUDENTS REVOLUTION WHICH CLEARLY IS NOT..]]

    Haile – when you write in all caps people take it as angry comment and don’t want to read or “hear”..your comments.

    Having said that, Yelma knows all of the above but, is acting as an opportunist who is trying to create a “united front” against the government; he is willing to take chances with the final outcome even if it means our country shall end up like “Syria”.

    I am sure he agrees with everything you wrote including the exaggerated claims as well but, dealing with that requires exposing and fighting all corruptions in the country. It is hard work to do that and Yelma is not interested in that; there is no easy answer.

    BTW, most Ethiopians including HD agree all corruptions should be dealt with including the ones made by the children of government officials.

  5. yilmab
    | #5

    @DawiI really thought by now you would change your name, hide your identity and start fresh. The system you have been telling us is working like a charm and gave your psudo theory fancy names like ‘developmental state, emerging Democracy it has come home to roost. Your friends can not maintain without selling land, borrowing and extortion. The famine is exposing your friends lies about the double digit growth. You putting some high rise and fancy condominium is not the way It is what is called Ponzi scheme. The Oromos are asking for equal right, the Amharas will ask next and then the Sidamas, the Anuaks, the Somaklis shall I go on? Rember TPLF does not like to share. That’s why Muktar is under house arrest with no phone. Now you are reduced to scare mongering about Syria and stuff. Are you telling us being a slave to Woyane Tigrai is better than the alternative? I usually visualize a different scenario. I see Ethiopia without woyane and ethnic politics and we sort out our problems in a democratic and peaceful manner, not by sending armed solders to kill children. You can not remove corruption without having a democratic and accountable system in place. The Ethiopian government won by cheating thus setting a good example and now they want the people not to follow that example?

  6. Dawi
    | #6

    Yelma said:

    [[..I see Ethiopia without woyane and ethnic politics and we sort out our problems in a democratic and peaceful manner, not by sending armed solders to kill children...]]

    Wishful thinking aside, I agree with you that the soldiers who killed the children should face justice. We all know the lack of good governance in that country of ours.

    [[..The famine is exposing your friends lies about the double digit growth..]]

    If the following consoles the EPRDF and make your kinds re-think, I will try to show some facts on a one “developmental state” performance.

    Over the past 2000 years the Chinese has had at least one famine a year. The great famine that lasted 3 years starting in 1958 killed about 40 million people. Beginning the 1950 the Chinese central government worked on bringing farming practices to the 20th century. Only 18% of land was irrigated then. Heavy investment in water infrastructure began over 10 years before de-collectivization. Today more than half of the land is irrigated. They also accelerated new varieties of grain, vegetables and fruits which by the way took a long time to become fully fruitful; it wasn’t available to all before the capitalist reform of late 1970.

    EPRDF in my view is doing more or less the same thing. They have a long way to go with irrigation but shall get there. Bill gates has put his money where his mouth is and you know the man is not a loser.

    The infrastructure investment by EPRDF is what Bill Gates, Obama and others see when they appreciate DDS but, you still keep mocking “developmental state, emerging Democracy” etc. as nonsense; because you have no idea the phenomenon is huge.

    [[..The Oromos are asking for equal right, the Amharas will ask next..]]

    Who is asking who for “equal rights”? the 25 million strong “Oromos” who are bigger than many other African countries? Give me a break!

    On “Who are the Shoans,” by Dr. Gerry Salole, it is stated that Shewa based Oromos and Amharas (ethnically mixed Ethiopians) were the main creators of modern Ethiopia therefore, in my view, ethnic boundaries we talk about today are inapplicable and is bound to be irrelevant when DDS is fully implemented in the nation.

    I mentioned “gentrification” in the inner cities of the US in your other thread. Would you ever guess that “gentrification” opened up neighborhoods to college-educated minorities? In other words, well educated African-Americans and Hispanics were as likely to move to a gentrified neighborhood as well educated whites. How about that?

    Our country is 70% under 30 years old. So the “Condos” the government is building is mostly going to be occupied by college educated Oromos, Amaras etc. Who else is going to live in them?

    I am sure the argument of the Addis “Master Plan” with you & associates help shall continue to rage, but studies have made it less clear what exactly the fight is all about; besides what Yelma & assoc. dream about that is! :-)

  7. Alebachew
    | #7

    What do we learn? How long we have to learn? Young mother if she has a baby after long labor the baby was born if the baby did not grow how this poor mother will feel? Mother Ethiopia suffered a lot because her revolutionaries’ children never learn they do the same mistake again and again, EPRP fought with stones three decades ago, our people fought back with sticks against well-armed merciless Woaynes soldiers, and the history goes on and on and on, when will that stop?
    We failed the people of Ethiopia, unpractical strategy and unorganized revolutions, we keep writing, but nothing change for the people of Ethiopia, somebody needs to take responsibility for all this crap, the Stupid’s woaynes or unreasonable diaspora should be responsible? Why the poor kids have to get killed?
    The stupid woaynes never learn from history, they think they can stop the people by killing them, even derg killed a lot of Ethiopians but at the end they were wipe out from Ethiopia, and the Ethiopians are more organized now but I pray the end will be peaceful for all of us

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