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

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