A Modest Help to Ethiopia’s Selfless Leaders – Ethiopian and Ethiopian-Canadians in Ottawa

March 3rd, 2009 Print Print Email Email

“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope… and crossing each other from a million different centres of energy and daring those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” Robert F. Kennedy (more…)

“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope… and crossing each other from a million different centres of energy and daring those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” Robert F. Kennedy

Ethiopians residing in Ottawa, Canada have raised the modest amount of CAN$5,050 (Five Thousand Fifty Canadian Dollars) to support the families of Ms. Birtukan Mideksa, a prominent Ethiopian prisoner of conscience, and of Captain Alemayehu Yeneneh, a former prisoner of conscience who died recently under mysterious circumstances. This fund will be provided to the two families in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

These brave leaders have dedicated their lives to the realization of Peace, Justice, and Democracy in Ethiopia. They struggled to put in order the nation that over 80 million of us call our motherland. As Confucius said “To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; and to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right”.

We have started to set our hearts right by deciding to stand in solidarity with Birtukan and other prisoners of conscience. The responsibility to get in order a nation that is home to 80 million of us should not be shouldered by only few Ethiopians. We encourage other Ethiopians to do their part.

We take this opportunity to express our boundless gratitude to Ethiopians who continue to fight for what is right and as a result endure untold physical, emotional and financial suffering.

Ethiopian and Ethiopian-Canadians in Ottawa

  1. Almaz Abebe
    | #1

    I also live in this beautiful city,but no one has told me about the fundraisor.I missed this great opportunity now.But still there’e ample time to do this sacred duty.I’ll contribute sooner than later to the family of Birtukan,the 21st century heroine of Ethiopia.I thank all those who made a brekthrough in this regard.

  2. Abiy Mulissa
    | #2

    Abugida, Bertukan she is not getting fresh air as we see from your poster.By this time she is alone with the help of God in the dark on the floor.Please,can you put a better picture at least to show that for
    no reason how they:evil persons,to make hell for her!!!!!
    I am not happy on this picture and I believe you can show us best!!!
    By the way Ethiopians and Ethiopians Canadian are best examples for all of us,practically.
    Brtukan Midekessa is a good example to show that how dictators are very cruel even in our country,Ethiopia.She in prison 41760 minutes,and do you feel what I feel?????Every second is expensive in Hell!!!

    God bless Ethiopia!!!

  3. ሲሳይ ህብተጊዮርጊሰ
    | #3

    እኔ በበኩሌ እወድህ ነበረ

  4. Jungle Boy
    | #4

    Can someone create a placard or sticker depicting Birtukan in prison cell and her child being dragged away from her mother during every visit so that we can put it on our cars and give it out to friends and activists. We have to give life to the suffering this woman and her child are going through. If you have talent in such areas, this is how to help free your country. Act, please!

  5. Hagere
    | #5

    Thank you Ottawa for taking this timely and practical step. The rest of Canada should follow the examples of Ethiopians in Vancouver and Ottawa and mobilise support to the numerous political prisoners languishing in Meles’ notorious jails. Their families also need our continuous support -it is not easy to have the breadwinner of the family locked up in Meles’ jail and on top of that to carry food and other necessities to Kaliti each day. Can we all not contribute a small amount of cash to do our part?

    If done well, what Jungle Boy is proposing can be a means to publicize Meles’ brutality against Birtukan and other Ethiopians while at the same time help raise some badly needed fund. Any taker?

  6. Anonymous
    | #6

    why on earth you assign the American flag to English? i thought it originated from Britain !

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