Worldwide March, May 15-18: Telling the Truth about Ethiopia – By Obang Metto, Press Release

May 13th, 2008 Print Print Email Email

The third anniversary of the failed Ethiopian National Election is almost here. As the time approaches, the Worldwide March Committee members are working hard to plan events in cities across North America, Europe, Australia, Africa and Israel.

These events will publicly demonstrate that the Ethiopian peoples’ thirst for freedom, human rights, justice and democracy will not die despite the hijacking of the last election and the increasing repression within the country. This has been a huge organizational task and will not be perfect, but it is the beginning. Let the sleeping giant—the freedom loving people of Ethiopia—awaken and rise up for truth and right! (more…)

The third anniversary of the failed Ethiopian National Election is almost here. As the time approaches, the Worldwide March Committee members are working hard to plan events in cities across North America, Europe, Australia, Africa and Israel.

These events will publicly demonstrate that the Ethiopian peoples’ thirst for freedom, human rights, justice and democracy will not die despite the hijacking of the last election and the increasing repression within the country. This has been a huge organizational task and will not be perfect, but it is the beginning. Let the sleeping giant—the freedom loving people of Ethiopia—awaken and rise up for truth and right!

EPRDF or Woyane reportedly are asking, “Why do these people want to embarrass their government and their country by coming out for this rally?

The real question is, who is embarrassing Ethiopia—those who repress their fellow Ethiopians or those who tell the truth about it? In other words, stop the human rights abuses, injustices and electoral manipulations and we will not have anything to rally about.

Just look at two recent examples, Ethiopian children have the lowest access (83%) to health care in the world! Secondly, Ethiopia received another world distinction—the dishonor of being the most backslidden country in the world in regards to freedom of the press!

Should we admit this? Why not? Are these correctable problems? Of course! Denial of real problems will not do anything to solve them. In all fairness, health care is an enormous problem throughout the world, but Ethiopia is the worst—why? The repression of the press is directly linked to a repressive government. Why should we not rally against this?

We would be happy and proud of our government that was doing its best for the people despite limitations. This is the kind of government for which we are rallying—not a perfect government, but a government that serves the people, not themselves! Anyone who agrees with us should come out this week and not stop working until justice comes to Ethiopia!
This is not about political choices. It is about the basic right to make “a political choice”—whichever choice that might be! If you want a choice, you need to come out from May 15 to 18th and stand up for that right!

One of the greatest joys over these last three to four weeks of planning has been to see so many previous “fighters for liberty” re-emerge to work alongside new Ethiopians at the grass roots level after the deep discouragement among Ethiopians over the last months. There has been a tremendous amount of work accomplished in a very short time—with much more to do—but the highlight has been in seeing new groups and new people joining together to accomplish a shared goal—a free Ethiopia where the rights of all of the people will be respected.

As Ethiopians remember those who have died, let us come together in unity for we have all suffered losses either during this regime or at the hands of earlier ones in our history. These events are meant to remind us that one of the chief roles of government is to protect and uphold the lives of its citizens. How can we do a better job of this as a people and as a nation? These events over these four days are ways to raise the expectations for what we expect as people of Ethiopia, the Horn, Africa and as members of human kind.

Groups will differ in how they accomplish this. The format of these events will take on the creativity, diversity and ownership of the local organizers. In some cities, events will be combined into one or two events. Others will change the dates to accommodate the needs and preferences of various groups.

For instance, Muslims will be having a Day of Marching on Thursday, a Day of Prayer on Friday and a Day of Reaching Out will remain the same, Saturday. For some, celebrating a Day of Reaching Out will mean small gatherings in homes for dinner, tea or coffee while others are organizing community gatherings in town halls or in their places of faith. Prayer gatherings Friday or Sunday might include five earnest people or fifty.

Remember, this is only the beginning. It is an opportunity to reject the worst parts of tribalistic thinking that leave so many out. We can be proud of our own ethnicity while at the same time; we can still embrace others from other backgrounds.

We are hopeful that all these events and suggestions will begin to connect us together in new ways so that the human rights of all Ethiopians will be upheld and valued and so that people will reach out in unity, tolerance, respect, love and care for one another to create a better future for our children.

We still expect more and more people to join by the end of the week, contributing in their own ways to this effort. Some of these efforts will be very simple, but meaningful. Here is one inspiring example of two families from Denmark. We hope many of you will follow this example.

It began with a Tigrayan woman who read about the upcoming events, particularly the suggestion about reaching out on Day Three to your neighbors and those from different groups around you. She immediately thought of an Ethiopian family she regularly met at the grocery store. She said that early on, she had asked the woman, Abasha Neach? the woman replied in English, “I’m an Oromo.”

After that, both of them had merely passed each other in the community for five years. She admitted that she was friendlier with the Danes in the country than with one of her own fellow Ethiopians. She said that after reading about reaching out to others, she had started to feel guilty and knew she had been wrong. She decided she was going to do change.

The next time she saw the woman in the store, she asked her if she could come with her family to her home so she could cook for them and have supper together. The woman asked her why. She explained that it was because those organizing the Worldwide March events had asked people to do simple things such as reaching out to invite someone to your home for supper, not to talk about politics, but to learn about each other. She said she had been passing her in the community for five years and that she wanted to know her better.

At first, the woman told her that she would get back to her, but by the time she had gotten through the store, she went up to the other woman who had invited her and said, “We will come to your home.”

We will not know the end of this story until after next Saturday, but what if more people did this all over the Diaspora and throughout Ethiopia? What would Ethiopia be like if this became common? Changes like this are up to many average Ethiopians, not politicians who sometimes use their hidden agendas or ethnicity to divide average Ethiopians. If many average Ethiopians would extend love and caring actions to others, imagine what could happen!

This is what it means to be human. This is what our complaint is about our government— they have forgotten how to be human. Let us start this week to show each other what it will mean to Ethiopia if each of us is simply “human”, one person at a time! Let us persist in our struggle for such a society. Come out of your homes and join this week in any way you can to bring about a new Ethiopia! It is up to Ethiopians like you and like me!

For information on events or if you want to participate in some of the planned groups, you should email us at for details. Events are planned in many different cities in 23 cities and in 17 countries throughout the world.

If you want to join, it is still not too late! If you are already organizing something, email the details to us of the date, the time and the location so we can put it all together with other information. Also, for ideas of possible slogans that are being used throughout the world, contact us.
For more information please contact
The Worldwide March for Ethiopian Freedom, Human Rights and Justice Organizing Committee

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  1. later
    | #1

    Since long time, there is a single question constantly asking me to find an answer, which is, I couldn’t with my thinking as a normal human being.

    The question is clear and we all know.

    All woyane gangs are all along pretending elected by Tigrians. But in the national level no one has elected them to become a prime minister, a foreign, security or at any keep ministerial and important position to hold positions.. Yet, this self appointed criminals Tigry representatives landlocked the oldest country always was known with her seacoast. This self appointed criminals have committed countless crimes against the very interest of the nation. We all know about and it is written perfectly as it happened in the history book in order the next generations will know the truth about our nation is facing at this point by those represented Tigry.

    This few criminals represented Tigry are ruining our nation including with the very basic elements of existence as they did with the seacoast, the war with Eritrea and now they are in a secret Ethiopian territory trading with the Sudan, which is the worst crime any citizen can do to any nation.

    The question is then,

    What are thinking/doing Ethiopians With Tigry origin when woyanes elected by them are committing countless and damaging crimes time after time and occasion after occasion against the nation allying with neighbouring countries? Are all Tigrians are the same woyanes do towards the nation, which was not the nature of Ethiopians with Tigry origin? Are mothers in Tigry not any more blessed to give birth like those the past heroes but they are all cursed to give birth to evils like those in the TPLF? I can’t say meles because his evil mother is an Eritrean who gave birth a curse like him.

    If I didn’t witness in reality, I even couldn’t imagine for a second Ethiopians with Tigry origin would accept if any one landlocked their country including a foreign enemy. But the one landlocked their ancient country is became one of them and he is getting limitless support, appreciation, backing, voice and any thing he like from them for long time for his work against the country. They might think they are doing the right thing. But to me they are not themselves anymore. They have already lost their pride, honesty, justice, humanity, respect and value. They are in a very serious problem. It is a big Shame and disgrace including those from Diaspora.

  2. Gambella
    | #2

    For the first time in Ethiopias history, we Ethiopians were free to vote our MP for the last 15 years, and Millions and millions of Ethiopians participated in process and like my self casted our ballot and elected our representatives.
    Of course the result may not be good for some since they did not vote to EPRDF or any other political party, regardless those who are disagree with the result they have their rights protected by constitutional clause to disagree,since everyone is intitled for their own personal openions. But still personal openion is personal openion nothing more,it does not represent the vast population who are eligibale to vote. It is true Ethiopias election may not be perfect, the matter of fact election process is not even perfect in America where democratic process and election been practiced for the last 200+ years. Regardless, Ethiopias election board and Ethiopians done their best they could regardless.

    | #3

    The constitution you are talking about is a constitution of one man imposed upon millions.
    EPRDF/TPLF has killed Ethiopians for they used their democratic rights to chose who ever they liked. That is the truth and don’t try to confuse people. No one will buy your propaganda.

  4. Gambella
    | #4


    I do not know what you are talking about, but i know one thing for sure, that we Ethiopians for the first time in our history we are free to vote and cast our vote without fear discrimination. And that is truth you like it or not.
    For centures my gambella regions just like oromos regions never had the constitutional right to participate in ethiopias social issues, we the people of Gambella just like the people of oromos and other oppressed ethiopians never had such opprtune time, but today my people enjoying unprecedented freedom with self governing system through federally structured system, for that i am greatful. Today unlike the old days, my people have equal opportunity and access to education, today my people have local elected official who are concerned with our socioeconomic situations. Of course this may not be a lot to you, but for us (The people of Gambella) this is great progress.
    About the constitution, I do not care who brought that constitution, but i am glad we have it, because the present constitution of Ethiopia is librating experience to those of us who were oppressed and discriminated for centures.

    Long Live Ethiopia !!!!!!

  5. Desta
    | #5

    You may be right,that

    “Ethiopia may not have two hundreds years of culture of democracy to compare and measure up its progress, but one thing for sure that Well begun is half done.”

    | #6

    I doubt you represent the Gambela people whome we love? If you really are concerned about Gambela, you would have exposed the massacre of children, the old the young and even pregnant women of the region, which took place in 1983. Remember this case is still there and recorded by Amnesty international. This is only one part of the tragic story; remember about the genocide through out the country.So my brother “Gmbela”, what can you say about this? I agree with you though on one or two things you said: The beginning of the election seemed to be democratic until your EPRDF/TPLF recognized that it has been defeated on the ballot by land slide to change it for the bullet. It was then that your kinds turned the game foul.
    “Yelij chaweta – meshenefihin sitawk, ai fursh new,adis chewata enjemir” was the game.
    The democratic like of game was tried in order to buy the trust of the western countries, the illegal “Government” worship. The other thing is the constitution you mentioned – yes it is good as a law on the paper, but when it comes on practice, it serves only one individual and his criminal gung .Only one person have monopolized it and he manipulates as he likes by using his rubber stumper puppets.
    Please come down to the truth and stand by the side of our people who are dearly suffering!

  7. eliyas
    | #7

    anten biloo gambelaa,you liked woyane because they distruct your houses and family.

    keep helpinag those gangs.we will see you guys where you reach.

  8. Shewaye
    | #8

    I just came back from ethiopia three weeks ago, Thanks GOD! Finally Ethiopia is changing to the best. every where there is construction, every where there is business booming. Unlike old days people do not waste their time talking non sense politics and war,but business and development. Today our ethiopian government does not spend hundreds of millions of dollars to buy guns and F-14 fighters jet to bomb and massgenocide its citizens. Today, every region of Ethiopia governed by its own people, in old days all regions were dictated by undemocratic highly centralized system.

  9. Meseret Yigzaw
    | #9


    Do not worry about those who are too negative about the future of Ethiopia, they are minority and they are suffering from “selective reality” truma.

  10. Kasu
    | #10

    Which one good Derg or Woyane?

  11. Guenet
    | #11


    Are you coming back from Alice’s wonderland or from Ethiopia? We don’t need eye witnesses like you to know what’s going on in our country, we have friends and family members there. And just to read about the global food crisis gives us an idea about the life of our beloved ones.
    Perhaps, you are one those lucky Ethiopians who spend their vacation between Sheraton and Hilton.
    You said that the government doesn’t spend millions to buy guns, but I didn’t know that the war between Somalia and Ethiopia was over.
    Always remember that you are talking to well-informed readers!

    | #12

    Shewaye and Meseret,
    Yes the buildings in Addis are good, but what would you say about the looting of Ethiopian Gold, from the known Banks (ECB)? What about silver plated gift of Ethiopian border of 1600km.length x 50 km. width to a neighboring country? Can you tell us that it is part of your “development”?

    Kasu, good question: the answer is as follows-
    “Derg” was “Nefse geday” but “Woyane” is not only “nefse geday” but has got “sew bela”, child killer, looter and rapist army called “AGAZI”, and both are criminals who deserve to face true justice!

  13. Ewnetu
    | #13

    Stop complaining dayin and dayout like retarde, If you have the knowledge and the wisdom then do your share to help your impoverished country and to break centure old cycle poverity, and make history. Remember, Change is not the mere result of the government by it self but the people, thus do you share and stop complaining.

  14. Gambella
    | #14

    Ms/Mr. Dasta,

    Thank you for your encouragement, but i done not thing to deserve your compliment except telling the naked truth.
    Ethiopia is far from perfect, but Today i am proud Ethiopian than ever, even education is available to all Ethiopians without discrimination. 20 years ago, such equal opportunity was unthinkable in Ethiopia, today we almost have universities every region regardless of your tribe and region, for that i am greatful. This is why today i laugh at these useless hypocrat Ethiopians living in America and Canada and europe in the comfort of their living room underminding the progress Ethiopia made. I guess i it true, those who are with low IQ see no big picture but their own self deceptive reflection and confused by it. These people need to stop being negative everyday, because- “ETHIOPIA IS NOT AMERICA.”

  15. gamela another wannabe
    | #15

    Mr. Gambela, I mean Mr. Hagos, can you point us on Map where Gambela is? I am sure you will tell us it is inside Tigray.

  16. Zekarias Woundemu
    | #16



    You are right, these people are desprate, they will say and do anything to grasp power through undemocratic means, even though they are rejected in the ballot box by Ethiopian voters. I can not wait until i revote again and again to EPRDF, specially to revote our hero Prime Minster Meles Zenawe.

    | #17

    You are right to start with HA,HA when you are “Mehaim”, the next “fidels” you learn would be HU,HU,HU to be followed by HI, HI, HI .Please don’t mix Democracy with EPRDF or your tyrant PM, whose hands are socked with blood of hundreds of thousands of innocent people!

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