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Washington Update: Ethnic Cleansing in the Benshangul

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Washington Update
September 23, 2020

1.The present ethnic cleansing in the Benshangul, Afar and northern and southern parts of Ethiopia is the direct result of divide-and-rule ethnic federalism provisions placed in Ethiopia’s Constitution by former Prime Minister Meles and the EPRDF party. These provisions were included in the Constitution without the consent of the Ethiopian population. It will be impossible to create a stable political or social environment until this is reformed. Ethnic divisions are artificial and do not have deep roots in Ethiopian history. It is also impossible to have free and fair elections until the constitution is reformed.
2.1.6 million people were internally displaced in Ethiopia as of July; 66% of them due to armed conflicts, according to the International Organization for Migration.
3.Eskinder Nega and other peaceful opposition political leaders remain in prison under false charges.
4.Senator Ben Cardin (D-Mary.) and Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) have expressed concern about the situation in Ethiopia, especially the jailing of Eskinder Nega. We have been asked to submit official comments from the Ethiopian-American Community. Our statement is extensive. One of the points it will make is that the regime’s policies – jailing the peaceful opposition leaders Eskinder Nega and his colleagues, suppressing legitimate political activities, censoring the media, corruption and especially intensifying ethnic divisions – are creating the conditions that breed terrorism. We expressed gratitude from Sen. Cardin for his very active interest in human rights and democracy in Ethiopia, and the hope that the human rights legislation he has sponsored becomes law so the entire world will know that the U.S. really supports democracy and human rights.
5.Laetitia Bader, Horn of Africa director at Human Rights Watch issued the following statement: “The actions of Ethiopia’s investigative authorities raise concerns that they have not moved on from past practices of arresting first, and investigating later,” said “The authorities should promptly bring credible charges based on clear facts and evidence against the detainees or ensure their release.”

6.The government lead by Abiy has failed to stop violence, including bank robberies committed by the Shanne/Oromo Liberation Front, the abduction of University students, the killing of innocent Amhara and Gurages people by extremists, burnings Christian Orthodox churches and the destruction of proprieties in Shashemne and other Ethiopia regions. Abiy has also failed to prevent the Tigray region from conducting an unsanctioned and illegal election
 
To avoid tragedy, the Ethiopian government and international community must support the creation of a transitional government that includes members of the peaceful opposition, civic and religious leaders . The transitional government must preside over the revision of the constitution, the formation of a new military representing the 13 provinces and region of Ethiopia, and the formation of a committee for peace and reconciliation. All of these steps must be directed toward the goal of holding new free and fair elections in Ethiopia within a year.
 
Mesfin Mekonen
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  1. “….በዓለም ላይ በርካታ ሰዎች አሜሪካ የምድር ገነት ናት ብለው ያስባሉ፡፡ በአሜሪካ ያሉቱ ግን ፈጽሞ እንደዚያ ዓይነት ሃሳብ የላቸውም፡፡ የሌላ አገር ዜጎች ወደ አሜሪካ ለመግባት የማይፈነቅሉት ድንጋይ የለም፡፡ ደቡባዊ የአገሪቱ መግቢያ ቢከፈት፣ ነገ ጠዋት 2 ሚሊዮን ሰዎች ወደ አሜሪካ ይጐርፋሉ፡፡ ለምን? አገሪቱን ገነት አድርገው የሚቆጥሩ አያሌዎች ናቸው፡፡ እዚህ አሜሪካ የምትኖሩ ግን ፈጽሞ ገነትን እያጣጣምን ነው አትሉም፡፡ ምክንያቱስ? ገነትና ሲኦል መልክአ ምድራዊ ሥፍራ አይደለም፡፡ ገነትና ሲኦል ራሳችሁ የምትፈጥሩት ጉዳይ ነው፤ በአዕምሮአችሁ፡፡ በምድር ላይ ህይወታቸውን ሲኦል የሚያደርጉ ቁጥራቸው ቀላል የማይባል ሰዎች አሉ፡፡ እዚህ ምድር ላይ ገነት ያላችሁ መስሎ ከተሰማችሁ፣ ወደ መንግስተ ሰማያት ለመግባት የምትመኙ ይመስላችኋል?! ለምን ብላችሁ!!….”
    (ሳድህጉሩ፤ህንዳዊ ሚስቲክ፣ባለ ርዕይና ደራሲ)
    “…በዚህ ምድር ላይ የሰው ልጆች ትልቁ ችግር፣ ሁልጊዜ እኛ ብቻ ትክክል ነን ብለው ማሰባቸው ነው፡፡ በዓለማችን ላይ የሁሉም ቅራኔዎች ወይም ግጭቶች መነሻ “እኔ ትክክል ነኝ፤ አንተ ግን ስህተት ነህ” የሚለው እምነትና አስተሳሰብ ነው፡፡ አይደለም እንዴ? “እኔ የማምነው ትክክል ነው፤ አንተ የምታምነው ስህተት ነው” የሚለው ሙግት፣ የሁሉም ችግሮች መነሻ ነው፤ በቤተሰብ ይሁን በማህበረሰብ አሊያም በመላው ዓለም፡፡ ከሁሉም በፊት ማወቅ ያለባችሁ …የያዛችሁት እምነት የራሳችሁ (ኦሪጅናል) አለመሆኑን ነው፡፡ ከወላጆቻችሁ ወይም ከማህበረሰባችሁ የወረሳችሁት ነው፡፡ እናታችሁ ወይም አባታችሁ አሊያም ሌላ ሰው ነው እናንተ ውስጥ ያሰረፀው፡፡ ስለዚህ እውነቱ ላይ ለመድረስ የምትሹ ከሆነ… መጀመሪያ ማረጋገጫ ከማታገኙለት እምነታችሁ መፋታት ይኖርባችኋል፡፡ ያኔ ነው ሃቁን የምታገኙት…”
    (ሳድህጉሩ፤ህንዳዊ ሚስቲክ፣ባለ ርዕይና ደራሲ)
    “…ፍርሃት፣ ቁጣና ተስፋ ማጣት የሚወለደው ከተሳሳተ አተያይ ወይም ግንዛቤ ነው፡፡ ብዙ ጊዜ ስለ ራሳችንና ስለ ሌሎች የተሳሳተ አተያይና ግንዛቤ ይኖረናል፡፡ ይሄ ደግሞ የግጭት፣ የብጥብጥና የጦርነት መነሻ ነው፡፡ ጥላቻንና ግጭትን ለማስወገድ ብቸኛው መንገድ፤ ራስን በሌላው ጫማ ውስጥ አድርጐ የሌላውን ስሜትና ሁኔታ ለመረዳት መሞከር ነው፡፡ ለዚህ ደግሞ ጥልቅና ልባዊ አድማጭ መሆንን ይጠይቃል፡፡ እናም ተበደልኩ የሚለውን ወገን እንዲህ ብለን ማናገር ይገባናል፡– “ውድ ወገኔ፡- ብዙ መሰቃየትህን እናውቃለን፡፡ ነገር ግን ችግርህንና ስቃይህን በቅጡ ሳንረዳ ቀርተናል፡፡ የበለጠ ስቃይ እንዲደርስብህ ፍላጐታችን አይደለም፡፡ ይልቁንም ፍላጐታችን በተቃራኒው ነው፡፡ እናም እባካህን… ስለ ስቃይህና ችግርህ በደንብ ንገረን፡፡ ስለ ሁሉም ነገር በጥልቀት ለማወቅና ለመረዳት እንሻለን…; በእንዲህ አይነት የፍቅር ቋንቋ ነው መጀመር ያለብን፡፡ ንግግራችን ከልብና ከምር ከሆነ፣ እነሱም ልባቸውን ከፍተው ስቃያቸውን ያጋሩናል፡፡ በዚህ ልባዊ የማድመጥ ሂደትም ስለ ራሳችንና ስለነሱ አተያይ ብዙ ልንማር እንችላለን፡፡ ይሄ ነው ትክክለኛውና ብቸኛው ሽብርተኝነትን ማስወገጂያው መንገድ፡፡…”

    “…ትላንትናችሁ የዛሬውንም ሆነ የነገውን ህይወታችሁን እንዲቆጣጠር አትፍቀዱለት፡፡ የትላንትናውን ክፉ ሁሉ እርሱት፡፡ ያለፈውን ስቃይና ህመማችሁን አሽቀንጥራችሁ ጣሉት፡፡ ይህን በማድረጋችሁ…የነገ ህይወታችሁን ከብልሽት ትታደጉታላችሁ፡፡ ያለፈውን ጨለማ ዘመን ወደ ኋላችሁ ትታችሁት ተሻገሩ፤ የመጪውን ብሩህ ዘመን ብርሃን እንዳይጋርድባችሁ፡፡ ያለፈው አንድ ጊዜ አልፏል፡፡ ጉዳዩ ኢ-ፍትሐዊ፣ አረመኔ ወይም በጭካኔ የተሞላ አሊያም ደግሞ ምንም ነገር ሊሆን ይችላል፡፡ ዛሬ ጉዳዩን ማንሳት ግን አንድም በጐ ውጤት አያመጣላችሁም፡፡ አንድ ግለሰብ ወይም ቡድን አንዳች ክፉ ነገር ሰርቶባችሁ ከሆነ፣ ያንን ማሸነፊያው ብቸኛው መንገድ ጉዳዩን መርሳትና ወደፊት መቀጠል ነው፡፡ በጥላቻ ውስጥ የምትዳክሩ ከሆነ ግን አሸናፊዎቹ እነሱ ይሆናሉ – ክፉ አድራጊዎቹ፡፡ በተበዳይነት ትርክት ውስጥ የምትኖሩ ከሆነም ድሉ የነሱ ነው፡፡ እናንተ ማሸነፍ ከፈለጋችሁ… መጪውን ዘመናችሁን በመገንባት ላይ ብቻ አተኩሩ፡፡ ያንንም ዛሬውኑ ጀምሩት፡፡ አሁኑኑ!! ያለፈውን ዘመን ሸክም ከትከሻችሁ ላይ አራግፉ፡፡ ያለፉና አሁን የሌሉ ኹነቶች፤ ይህቺን ቅጽበት በደስታ ከመኖርና ከማጣጣም እንዲያግዷችሁ አትፍቀዱላቸው፡፡ የቀድሞው የአሜሪካ ፕሬዚዳንት ባራክ ኦባማ፤“ኤ ፕሮሚስድ ላንድ” የተሰኘ አዲስ መጽሐፍ በመጪው ህዳር ወር መጨረሻ በገበያ ላይ እንደሚውል ሲኤንኤን ዘግቧል፡፡

  2. Sosina,

    Relax, America is terrible right now because of the bozo leadership we have in Washington, DC. But we’ll be just fine after the election and once we elect Biden. Otherwise it’s a still a great country with great people (with the exception of some), like any other place. Over all there is no place like America, thus why people will continue to flock here.

    So please stop talking shit. የማታውቀውን አትቀባጥር

  3. QUOTE: ” Over all there is no place like America, ” UNQUOTE by Mola

    I agree 100%.

    May I also add, even those who seem to be unnecessarily critical about the USA are in REALITY the GREATEST supporters and admirers of the dynamic COUNTRY of ALL called United States of AMERICA. IMAGINE, DEAR READER, if — by some miraculous phenomenon — Trump were to kick out ALL the so-called “immigrants”, the Good Old USA will be flooded with howling and flood of TEARS never seen in human history.
    Please let us NOT be hypocrites. THE END

  4. The only people who are not immigrants in America are native Americans (Red Indians). Trump’s mother, whom he never talks about poor woman was a daughter of a peasant potato farmer of low social status an immigrant from Scotland was a homemaker whose english was worse than his wife’s. First he has no right to kick out immigrants unless they are illegal. Otherwise he has to start with his own family. In reality trump is not anti immigrants he just only wants people with blond hair and blue eyes from Europe such as Norway, Russia, France, etc. There are many people like him in America. They are called red necks. He is afraid of Black and Brown people like you. He is particularly intimidated by rich, educated and powerful people like Obama , for example, who is also a son of an immigrant from Africa, but unlike Trump’s mother Obama’s father was an educated and successful Economist who got his Ph.D from Harvard University. So it all depends which way you look at it. America is a meting pot of all sorts of people. In Queens New York where I and Trump grew up a few blocks from each other (my mother was a UN official) there are over 800 different languages are spoken. So yes he is a hypocrite and con man. THE END.

  5. the dottards that make comments are infatuated with themselves. Rather than the article they are busy going back and forth about useless information.
    The update is good succinct and to the point. Former confidant and intelligence officer of Meles Zenawi Colonel Abiy is an ineffective leader and is sending our country down a dangerous path. He has shown over the past two years that የምመራት ምንም እየንት ችሎታ የሌለው ግልብና ግብዝ አታላይ እንደሆነ። ኦሮሙማ ጭፍንና እውር የማይጠግብ እውሬ ወይም ጅቦች እንደሆኑ መስክሯል። እንኳን ኢትዮጽያን እርስ በራሳቸው ይበላላሉ። አዪዪ ትንቢት የትነገረለት ንጉስ።

  6. Honestly this so called Washington update is a joke and it should be taken as such. If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck. The duck is called fake news. It is basically another propaganda presented in the least professional manner with low class (5th columnist) writing style of cut and paste of publicly available data is embarrassing and not representative of (and ignorant of) the talent that actually exist among the real Ethiopian Americans. In other words it’s fake news that’s worthy of laughter that those (who work with the powers in DC) usually laugh about it in a bar scrolling on their phones. So only the uneducated and the idiots would take this seriously. Thus, the comical question: What’s the word on the street about aid cut? Because we know u have no clue what’s going on, Jokers.

    On a more serious note: Let’s discuss crooked Trump’s Corona Coronation that “There won’t be a transfer, frankly. There will be a continuation.” Can እብዶ makes his intentions any clearer? What the word on the street about that?

    Thank you.

  7. Honestly this so called Washington update is a joke and it should be taken as such. If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck. The duck is called fake news. It is basically another propaganda presented in the least professional manner with low class (5th columnist) writing style of cut and paste of publicly available data is embarrassing and not representative of (and ignorant of) the talent that actually exist among the real Ethiopian Americans. In other words it’s fake news that’s worthy of laughter that those (who work with the powers in DC) usually laugh about it in a bar scrolling on their phones. So only the uneducated and the idiots would take this seriously. Thus, the comical question: What’s the word on the street about aid cut? Because we know u have no clue what’s going on, Jokers. On a more serious note: Let’s discuss crooked Trump’s Corona Coronation that “There won’t be a transfer, frankly. There will be a continuation.” Can እብዶ make his intentions any clearer? What’s the word on the street about that? Thank you.

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