Tuesday, May 19, 2015

What is to be done?

‘’We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.
To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, require creative imagination and marks real advance in science’’
                                                           Albert Einstein

 The problem of killings of Ethiopians and other Africans is not new. As it happened in this few days it happened in the last decades especially since the brutal regime of EPRDF took power in 1991 in Ethiopia. In fact the main cause of this and other inhuman action is this dictatorial regime and the so called ‘’opposition parties’ ‘who are created to aid the masking of the Human Rights violation of the regime.
As you can see on the top photo this people are from Africa mostly from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, South Sudan... their bodies are mutilated. In most instances they are slaughtered like animals in the Saharan desert by Libyan nomads and traffickers and their bodies are mutilated for the  harvesting (theft) of vital organs. This organised crime goes hand in hand with the human trafficking.
In this entire evil act, I am sure the Ethiopian brutal regime has a part to play.
This is not a new phenomenon. As far as I know, starting from the mid 1980’s a lot of Ethiopians have been kidnapped, from African refugee camps, cities, from the Middle East to date. Some with the knowledge of UNHCR (UN refugee agency) and other NGO’S. Recently, an Ethiopian with a UK passport was taken from Yemen air port to Ethiopia by the Ethiopian regime. David Cameron, the UK PM ‘’has written a letter for his immediate release’’ We remember that it is the UK govt. who trains and pays the salaries of the Ethiopian brutal police force. May be he might have pre knowledge about the arrest, outside of the letter their might be another communication...
For more than 50 Years, our people protested, got arrested tortured, mutilated, murdered raped  and executed without any justice or rule of law in our own continent Africa as well. We didn’t see any relief from our anguish. Protesting became a ‘’fashion’’ which happens for a while and disappears until we witness another human tragedy. 
Every time, a lot has been said about ‘’eliminating poverty, prevailing democracy, human right, the rule of law’’ but they are in practice subjected to the interest of modern global, continental and national lords. We must not fool ourselves except unless we Africans in our mother continent and around the world became united in every possible avenue, we are not the problem for the other part of the planet. On the contrary, they continue to exploit and oppress us without mercy.
Where I live in exile, here in the West,  I have participated for more than a decade with activists, against the Afghanistan, Iraqi, Middle Eastern wars, against climate change and more. On my part, I tried my best to bring the burning issues of Africa to the fore as one of the issues  activists should raise .
To my surprise, a few days ago in an activists' meeting I raised the issue of Africa. I was told  directly it is not issue for them. 
We have to be the fighters for our own rights. No one else stands for us, even if they pretend to ‘’join’’ us it is to steal our show for their own interest. Our only option is our unity.
Our mother continent, Africa. has more than enough wealth and resources for us and the rest of the greedy world. The only problem is we are not having a dialogue within ourselves regarding our continent.
In order to be practical and bring the desired change to our countries, and then to Africa we need to harmonize, and in order to do that we need to have deep robust debate. To dialogue on the issues and to be able to accommodate core ideas.
As the Marathon starts from one step
Let the dialogue begin on my part.

Yilma Tafere Tasew 

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