I recently the BBC posted an article about students at Ambo University who were killed. There are conflicting reports between the eye witnesses and the Ethiopian government regarding what the cause of the fighting was. Eyewitnesses claim 47 were killed. The Ethiopian Government claims the number is only about 4.
Al Jezeera posted this article:
It is saddening that peaceful protest is met with violence. This is a common practice that governments around the world engage in. It is nothing new in Ethiopia. That is why I am instantly disturbed to hear such claims, whether true or untrue. The reality is that people should not die for raising questions to the government. Peaceful protest should not be met with violence. Regardless of the issues, regardless of the location.
The main point I would like to make here is that , as an Ethiopian American I find it unbelievable that there is so much tribal divide within such a beautiful and rich country. So if one claims his or her tribal sect, does that mean he or she cannot take pride or claim the accomplishments of other Ethiopians? In my opinion an Ethiopian is an Ethiopian, regardless of which tribe he or she comes from. The Ethiopian government should represent all Ethiopians equally. I believe that there is great risk to the culture as a whole if we begin to really look at each tribe as an individual entity as opposed to a united country. As the saying goes “United we stand and divided we fall”. Therefore it is important that we stand together, stop oppression, and simply embrace our culture and the government embrace all people.
I know this is a simplistic way of looking at things, but sometimes the most complicated deeply rooted issues, are actually quite simple to unravel.
There are many political issues in Ethiopia. The issue of the Nile, issues of human rights, issues of tribal loyalty. Which do you think is the most detrimental to the country? What puts us at most risk? Share your thoughts here.