Viva Solidarity for A New Ethiopia: Rendezvous with the year 2000. – By Teodros Kiros

November 13th, 2008 Print Print Email Email

The roaring cranes descend on the city of Addis, rudely waking up its sleepy inhabitants. (more…)

The roaring cranes descend on the city of Addis, rudely waking up its sleepy inhabitants. Surely the cranes radiate prosperity for the new investors. To the poor, they are annoying presences that break the silence of the quiet on the courtyards of the churches, where some of the poorest Ethiopian take solace, to speak to the transcendent about their daily plight. The poor huddling around radios listening to the glimmers of hope, emanating from Barrack Obama, the King of hope, of the dawning of a new era.

Wrapping themselves with the bible, they pray until Eternity. A few of the poor take it on drinks, if they can, and drugs when available. They dream on for better days.

A sleepy mother had just woken up from a disturbing night punctuated by the pangs of hunger. She tries to nurse her baby, but nothing flows. She wipes her face dry, although there are no sweats. How could there be, as the inside and outside are dry.

Few Ethiopians talk about Kinjit, the party they loved, the promise of a future that was not meant to be. They remember the personalities who brought them to their feet, not long ago. Gone are those days. Gone is the remembrance of things past. Gone is the politics of oblivion. They dream on.

The people will dream on, however, as no condition is permanent. We are born to hope because we are hopeless; we are fated to imagine, because our life is stagnant. We are wicked but also good. We are selfish but also compassionate. Some of our leaders are evil. A few, including those not born, can be good. We must do with our nature, which is a blend of good and evil. We are paradoxes, but we must live as if our lives have meaning, as if our dreams can be realized, as if we always can.

Amidst this, we are also blessed by the presences of good souls, such our Obang Mehto, the handsome man from Gambela, the voice of justice, of love, of integrity and weighty intelligence. This young man is thrilling our moral intelligence once again, with a call for unity, a clarion call for the annihilation of destructive ethnicity, and invoking solidarity among Ethiopians, a mosaic of ethnicities that sing the language of “shared destiny”, a term that Michael Deribe inventively used following Barrack Obama’s presidential acceptance speech.

Indeed, the Ethiopian people deserve another chance, another space in which they can congregate to join the people’s party. This party is what Obang has named Solidarity for A New Ethiopia.

Viva Solidarity for A new Ethiopia. Let us all move on with time towards the path of shared destiny, where the imagination encounters reality, where hope and hopelessness dance, propelled by the unstoppable wind of change.

  1. Guenet
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    Thank you Kirkos for your beautiful article. It describes very well the general situation in Ethiopia. Even if everything seems dark there is light at the end of the tunnel. We have just to change our way of seeing things. Obang is the symbolism of change, we have to be able to transcend our superficiality and be able to appreciate the beauty of that person, and the message that he carries.
    Viva Solidarity for a new Ethiopia!

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