Saturday, November 30, 2013

Ethiopians' Loyal Friend Ana Gobeze aka Ana Gomes unleashes her critic against Regime

Ana Gomes, a Portuguese by birth but a true friend of the oppressed Ethiopians, who was hated and banned entry to Ethiopia by the late prime minster & co because of her brutally honest critic as an observer of the bloody & rigged Ethiopia's 2005 election which resulted in the arbitrary killings of over 190 innocent protesters by the regime. Eight years later, Gomes was back to  attend in the just concluded 26th ACP-EU parliamentary meeting in the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She is coordinator and spokesperson of the foreign affairs committee for her political group, the Social-Democrat. With 200 members the Social-Democrat is the second largest group within the European Parliament. For Ethiopia and Ethiopians though Ana Gomes is best remembered for her role as the leader of the EU election observers’ team during the 2005 crisis-induced general election in Ethiopia. She has had a troubled relationship with Ethiopia’s late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who she still calls “a dictator,” after she published her report in which wrote the election was massively rigged. Her arrival in Addis Ababa caught many, who thought she would never be allowed to set foot in Ethiopia, by a surprise. Addis Standard’s deputy-editor-in-chief Tesfaye Ejigu met Ana Gomes during the meeting and held an exclusive interview. She discussed issues

Friday, November 29, 2013

ከሳዉዲ ለመመለስ የተዘጋጁ ወገኖች አቤቱታ

በጅዳ ውስጥ ሸረፍያ በሚባል አካባቢ ወደሃገራችን እንግባ በሚሉ ኢትዮጵያዉያን እና በጸጥታ አስከባሪዎች መካከል ግጭት መፈጠሩ ተገለጸ። ለቀናት በጅዳ ቆንስላ መስሪያ ቤት ተጠልለው ከነበሩበት ቦታ ወደተጠቀሰዉ አካባቢ መጠለያ የተወሰዱ እነዚህ ወገኖች ላለፉት ሶስት ቀናት ወደ መጠለያው መግባት አልቻልንም ሲሉ በምሬት ይናገራሉ። ከሽሜሲ ጊዜያዊ ማቆያ ግቢ ውጭ አውቶቡስ ዉስጥ ያለ ምግብና ዉሃ መቆየታቸዉን የሚገልፁት እነዚሁ ወገኖች ሕጻናትና ነፍሰ ጡሮችና፤ እንዲሁም አቅመ ደካሞች ለከፋ አደጋ መጋለጣቸውን ጄዳ ለሚገኘዉ የዶይቼ ቨሌ ወኪል ነብዩ ሲራክ ገልጸዋል።  ዝርዝሩን እዚህ ጋር በመጫን ያዳምጡ

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Appeal: Eskinder Nega & Reeyot Alemu, Nominees for 2013 Sakharov Prize, seek donations to fund human rights case

Eskinder Nega and Reeyot Alemu are Ethiopian journalists who have been awarded the UNESCO World Press Freedom Award and nominated for the 2013 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought for their journalistic work.
The Ethiopian government, however, has been less appreciative of their journalism – which criticised government policy on issues such as poverty, minority rights and mismanagement of funds on large government projects – and has imprisoned them as “terrorists”. Eskinder Nega is serving an 18 year prison sentence for writing an article that posed the question, Could an Arab Spring-like movement take place in Ethiopia? Reeyot Alemu is a teacher and a freelance journalist, sentenced to 5 years in prison for various articles in which she questioned government policy. Their sentences have been confirmed by the highest courts of appeal in Ethiopia.
The London-based Media Legal Defence Initiative, has joined forces with DC-based Freedom Now and appealed their case to the African Commission of Human Rights. They have filed a brief arguing that Reeyot and Eskinder’s case is emblematic of a wider pattern of repression of the independent media in Ethiopia – since the 2009 Anti-Terrorism Proclamation was adopted, at least 15 journalists have been prosecuted for ‘terrorism’ and over 14 news outlets have been shut down – and that the matter is declared a systematic violation of the rights of independent journalists in Ethiopia.
MLDI’s legal team, which includes Korieh Duodu alongside MLDI’s Nani Jansen and Patrick Griffiths for Freedom now, give their time pro bono – but they are seeking funding to cover costs before the African Commission and Court of Human Rights. There will be significant expenditure in attending hearings, translating numerous legal documents and other court-related expenses.
MLDI is asking for donations to help cover these costs and has started an appeal for donations on a new crowdfunding website for independent media, As little as $25 will help make a difference. Please give generously. To make a contribution or for more information, please click here or contact the Media Legal Defence Initiative.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Saudi-Arabia, #1 Freedom-Expression's Predator

To show how some predators of freedom of expression really think, Reporters Without Borders - one of the biggest freedom of expression watchdog- have presented their innermost thoughts in the first person. They had to use a little imagination, of course, but the facts alluded to conform to reality. Here's one of their well-thought and sarcastic depiction of Saudi-Arabia's King Abdullah ibn Abdulaziz Al-Saud. Enjoy!
Almost 90 years old, I am Saudi Arabia’s sixth monarch and the third most influential person in the world. That’s the opinion of Forbes magazine, not my own.
Since I acceded to the throne in 2005, I have hesitated between openness and

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Kebour Ghenna of Ethiopia Tells Oil-Reach Saudi Monarchs, Change is Inevitable!

Kebour Ghenna, Ethiopia's entrepreneur and businessman Op-ed his brutal critic on the Ethiopian business weekly CapitalEthiopia, concerning the recent crackdown on the so-called "illegal" migrant workers especially Ethiopians by  Saudi government and its disgruntled youth. Here is the full text of his thought provoking and daring messages.  

Saudi Arabia: A Dying Ancient Regime
The House of Saud (Read ‘The House of Satan’) is desperate.

IOM aids over 21,000 Ethiopian returnees from Saudi Arabia

IOM Ethiopia has assisted over 21,000 Ethiopian returnees arriving home on Ethiopian government charter flights from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) over the past 12 days, following a KSA crackdown on undocumented migrants.
Ethiopia began bringing migrant workers home from the KSA on November 13th. It is now flying up to 12 charters a day from the KSA to Addis Ababa.
Four processing points have been set up by the government, with support from IOM, to assist the returnees. IOM provides them with overnight accommodation, food, water, shoes and money for transport to their places of origin.
IOM indicated that it will need approximately

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Infographics about Global Ethiopians' Demonstration against Saudi's Brutality

The protest started in the Saudi-Arabia on November 9/2013, a hell on earth for many migrant workers, by Ethiopians who resisted Saudi's police brutality who inflicted an imaginable pain. This sparked a global protest by Ethiopians around the globe to urge Saudi authorities to stop such gross human right abuses, killings and rape against helpless and defenseless migrant workers with the pretext of regularizing "illegal" migrants workers in that country. Ethiopians from Edmonton, Canada to Soul, South Korea; from Melbourne, Australia to Washington D.C., USA; from Addis Abeba to London, UK went to the streets of their respective cities to express their outrage. So far, roughly thirty thousand Ethiopians and origin of Ethiopians have participated, the majority, obviously in North America. November 18/2013 was the largest crowd recorded, nearly ten thousands Ethiopians in various countries around the world said LOUD & CLEAR to stop Saudi-Arabia its barbaric practices against Ethiopians. Ironically, hundreds of our compatriots in Ethiopia, who tried to show their solidarity with fellow suffering citizens in Saudi-Arabia, were beaten and then arrested by the ruling TPLF. However, Ethiopians who live abroad vowed to go and make noise at Saudi Embassies everywhere in the world until that country stops its crimes.      

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Ethiopian Returnees from Saudi-Arabia Recount their Horriffic Ordeals

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has repatriated over 350 Ethiopian migrants from Saudi-Arabia over the past few weeks. Three of these returnees told their horrific ordeals in Saudi Arabia to Abebayehu Gebyaw of Ethiopia's Amharic weekly AddisAdmas. Here's the translation of the Amharic version which was published on November, 18/2013. 
I'd never go back [to Saudi], even if they say a gold is raining there”, Abdu Indris.
Ethiopians are being incarcerated in Saudi prisons”, Indris Mohammed.
They [Saudis] consider Abeshas (alternative term for Ethiopians) as cheap commodity.”, Indris Yousuf. 

Ethiopian Migrants Victimized in Saudi Arabia (GRAHAM PEEBLES)

In the last 10 days persecution of Ethiopian migrant workers in Saudi Arabia has escalated. Men and women are forced from their homes by mobs of civilians and dragged through the streets of Riyadh and Jeddah. Distressing videos of Ethiopian men being mercilessly beaten, kicked and punched have circulated the Internet and triggered worldwide protests by members of the Ethiopian diaspora as well as outraged civilians in Ethiopia. Women report being raped, many repeatedly, by vigilantes and Saudi police. Ethiopian Satellite Television (ESAT), has received reports of fifty

Friday, November 22, 2013

ከሳኡዲ የተመለሱ ኢትዮጵያውያን ሰቆቃ

ሰሞኑን በህገወጥ መንገድ ሳኡዲ አረቢያ ከገቡ ብዙ ሺ ኢትዮጵያውያን ወጣቶች መካከል ዓለም አቀፍ የስደተኞ ተቋም ከ350 በላይ የሚሆኑትን ወደ አገራቸው መልሷቸዋል፡፡ የአዲስ አድማሷ ጋዜጠኛ አበባየሁ ገበያው በተቋሙ መጠለያ ጣቢያ ያገኘቻቸውን ሦስት ተመላሾች አነጋግራለች፡፡
ሳኡዲ ወርቅ እየዘነበ ነው ቢሉኝ አልሰማም” አብዱ እንድሪስ
ኢትዮጵያውያን በእስር ቤት እየተሰቃዩ ናቸው” እንድሪስ መሃመድ
አበሻ ለእነሱ ርካሽ እቃ ማለት ነው” እንድሪስ የሱፍ
አብዱ እንድሪስ እባላለሁ፣ ከኮምቦልቻ ተነስቼ ከጓደኞቼ ጋር ነው የሄድኩት
---መንገዳችን ጥሩ ነበር፡፡ የመን ከዛም ሳኡዲ ደረስን። ከስምንተኛ ክፍል ነው የሄድኩት..ቤተሰቦቼ ድሆች ነበሩ --- የእነሱን ችግር እያየሁ መቀመጥ አላስቻለኝም፡፡

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

እ አ አቆጣጠር ከ 1999 እስከ 2013 በመካከለኛው ምስራቅ አገራት በኢትዮጵያውያን ላይ የተፈጸሙ ግፎችን የሚያሳይ አጭር ዘገባ

ከዚህ በታች የምትመለከቷቸው ካርታ እና ሰንጠረዥ እንደ አውሮፖውያን አቆጣጠር ከጥቅምት 1999 እስከ ጥቅምት 2013 በተለያዩ የአረብ አገራት በሚኖሩ ኢትዮጵያውያን ላይ የተፈጸሙ ልዩ ወንጀሎችን በዝርዝር የሚያሳዩ ናቸው። ከእነዚህ ወንጀሎች መካከል ማሰቃየት፡ግርፊያ፡ድብደባ፡አስገድዶ መድፈር፡ባርነት፡የሰሩበትን መከልከል እና እራስን ማጥፋት ወዘተ የሚገኙ ሲሆን ወንጀሎቹ የተፈጸሙባቸው ወገኖች ስም፡ ቦታዎች፡ቀን እና ሌሎች ዝርዝር መረጃዎችም ተካተውበታል። 
ይህንን መረጃ ያገኘሁት ከአንድ ሰለስደተኞች መብት ላይ ከሚከራከር ድርጅት ድረ ገጽ ላይ ሲሆን በመካከለኛው ምስራቅ ከሚኖሩ 
የውጭ አገር ዜጎች ኢትዮጵያውያን የእነዚህ ከላይ የዘረዘርኳቸው ወንጀል ግንባር ቀደም ተጠቂዎች እንደሆኑ ያሳያል። ለእዚህ ድርጅት በተጠቂ ወገኖቼ ስም ምስጋናዬ እያቀረብኩ በእነዚህ ዓመታት 86 ኢትዮጵያውያን የጥቃት ሰለባ መሆናቸውን በዓረብ የሚገኙ መገናኛ ብዙሃንን፡ ሆስፒታሎችንና ፖሊስ ጣቢያዎችን ምንጭ በማድረግ ይህ አጭር ዘገባ ያሳያል። ዘገባው በሺዎች የሚቆጠሩ ኢትዮጵያውያን ሰለባዎችን ሊያካትት ያልቻለው በመረጃ እጦት እንደሆነ እገምታለሁ። ሌሎቹ በዚህ ዘገባ ላይ ያልተካተቱን እና ህይወታቸውን ያጡ፡በእስር ላይ የሚገኙ፡ የት እንዳሉ የማይታወቁ፡ በየእለቱ ተገደው የሚደፈሩ፡ የሚራቡ የሚጠሙ፡ ቀን ከለሊት ከባርነት ባልተናነሰ መልኩ ያለምንም ክፍያ ወገባቸው እስኪጎብጥ የሚፈጉትን እህቶቻችን እና ወንድሞቻንን ቤቱ ይቁጠረው። እነዚህን ሰንጠረዡ ላይ የሚገኙ መረጃዎችን በዝርዝር ለማየት ከፈለጉ በስተቀኝ በኩል በሁለቱ ሰንጠረዦች መካካል የሚገኘው ትንሽ ሳጥን ላይ የሚገኙትን ትናንሽ ቀስቶች ወደ ፊት እና ወድ ኋላ እንዲሄዱ በመጫን መጠቀም የሚችሉ ሲሆን ከታች የሚገኘው ትልቅ ባለብዙ ቀለማት ሳጥን ደግሞ ወንጀሎቹ የተፈጸሙባቸውን አገራት እና ዓመታት፡ የወንጀሎቹን ዓይነት እና ምን ያህል እንደሆኑ የሚያመለክቱ ናቸው። እነዚህን መረጃዎች ለሌሎች በኢሜይል፡በፌስቡክ፡በትዊተር እና በሌሎችም ማህበራዊ ድረገጾች በማካፈል ይሄን ከእለት ወደ እለት በመካከለኛው ምስራቅ በተለይም በሳውዲ አረቢያ ግፈኞች በወገኖቻችን ላይ እየተፈጸመ ያለውን አስከፊ ወንጀል ለመላው ዓለም በማዳረሰ የበኩሉዎን የዜግነት እና የሰብዓዊነት ግዴታ እንዲወጡ በመጠየቅ መረጃዎቹን በተመለከተ ጥያቄዎች ካሎት በኢሜይል ወይም ከዚህ ጦማር በታች በሚገኘው የአስተያየት መስጫ ሳጥን ውስጥ ማስቀመጥ ይችላሉ።  

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Infograhpics about Violence against Ethiopian Migrant Workers in the Middle-East from 1999-2013

 The following graphics shows the various types of violence (rape, involuntary servitude, murder, assault, battery, suicide, physical abuse, etc) against Ethiopian migrant workers in the Middle-eastern countries from October 1999 - October 2013. This is just the tip of the iceberg; 86 cases were verified and approved so far but this data doesn't include hundreds if not thousands of nameless, faceless Ethiopians who had lost their lives, crippled, deformed, raped disappeared and imprisoned in various prisons of Oil & gas rich countries. Courtesy of this data is to  I'd like to thank them for their well researched and detailed data at this critical time where the lives of our compatriots are being at stake in the middle-eastern countries especially Saudi-Arabia. This infographics is very interactive and includes various inputs such as descriptions of the violence (name of the victims, the country where they were abused, time, date and year of the violence etc). There is a small button on the right side next to the the first legend where you can drag it or click the backward and forwards buttons to read details of the abuses. You can sort the information which you want to see by clicking on the legends on the right-hand side or by clicking on the maps and then choose to filter the data you want to explore. Please share this info and spread the word about this barbaric crimes against defenseless and helpless Ethiopians in the middle-east so that the world to act and safeguard the well-being of our citizens. If you have questions regarding this infographics, please don't hesitate to send them via e-mail or write them on the comment section at the bottom of this post.

ህውሃት በሪያድ የሚገኘውን ቆንስላ በመዝጋት በሺህ የሚቆጠሩ በሳውዲ የሚገኙ ወገኖቻችንን ለአስከፊ አደጋ አጋለጠ

ውሻ በበላበት ይጮሃል
እንደሚታወቀው ኑሯቸውን ለማሻሻል በሚል ከአፍሪካ እና ከእስያ የተውጣጡ በሚሊዮኖች የሚቆጠሩ ዜጎች በየዓመቱ በህጋዊ እና ኢህጋዊ በሆኑ መንገዶች ወደ መካከለኛው ምስራቅ አገራት በተለይም ሳውዲ አረቢያ ባህር አቋርጠው፡ድንበር ተሻግረው አየር ሰንጥቀው ጉዟቸውን በየእለቱ ያቀናሉ። ይህ በእንዲ እንዳለ፡ የሳውዲ መንግስት ፖሊስ እና ወጣት ወንዶች ኢትዮጵያውያን ላይ ያነጣጠረውን መጠነ ሰፊ፡ዘግናኝ እና ኢሰብዓዊ ወንጀል ከመቼውም ጊዜ በበለጠ በማጠናከር እና በማስፋፋት ላይ እንደሚገኙ ከሰሞኑ ከዚያች አገር በተለያየ መንገድ የሚወጡ መረጃዎች ያሳያሉ። እህቶቻችንና እናቶቻችን ይደፈራሉ ወንድሞቻችን ይገደላሉ፡በአደባባይ ይደበደባሉ ሌሎች ደግሞ በእነዚህ ጋጠወጥ ጎረምሶች ታፍነው ወደ አልታወቀ ቦታ ተወስደው ለከፋ ስቃይ እና እንግልት ተዳርገዋል። ይህ በሳውዲ ዜጎች ያስቆጣው ርህሩህ ልማታዊ መንግስታን ደግሞ የረባ አገልግሎት ሰጥቶ የማያውቀውንና በዚች ቀውጢ ጊዜ እነዚህን ወገኖች ለመታደግ ባለፈው እሁድ በሪያድ የሚገኘውን ቆንስላ ላልተወሰነ ጊዜ መዘጋቱን አስታውቋል። እነዚህ ወገኖቻችን ሳውዲ ውስጥ ለመቆየትም ሆነ ወደ አገራቸው ለመመለስ የሚያስፈጓቸው የመጓጓዣ ሰነዶች የሌላቸው ሲሆኑ የቆንስላው መዘጋት ህይወታቸው ከመቼውም በበለጠ ለከፋ አደጋ እና ችግር ተዳርጓል። እንዲህ ነው እንግዲህ ለወገን ተቆርቋሪ እና አሳቢ መንግስት፡ ዛሬ በሺህ የሚቆጠሩ ልጆቻችን፡እህቶቻችን፡እናቶቻችን፡ወንድሞቻችን፡ እና አባቶቻችን ህይወት በእነዚህ ጨካኝ፡ አረመኔ እና ለሰው ልጅ ህይወት ደንታ በማይሰጣቸው የሳውዲ ፖሊሶች እና ጎረምሶች ቁጥጥር ስር የሚገኝ ሲሆን አራት ኪሎ ምንይልክ ቤተመንግስት የሚገኙት ገዥዎቻችን ጭራሽ ይባስ ብለው የሳውዲ መንግስት በኢትዮጵያውያን ላይ የሚደረገውን ዘመቻ ከማሞካሸት አልፈው አገርቤት ይህ ድርጊት ያስቆጣቸው እና የእነዚህን የተቸገሩ ወገኖቻችንን ድምጽ ለማሰማት ሰላማዊ ሰልፍ የወጡ ንጹህ ኢትዮጵያውያንን

Monday, November 18, 2013

TPLF shuts down Ethiopia's Consulate in Riyadh when Desperate Citizens Needs It More

Saudi-Arabia, one of the major destinations for millions of desperate migrant workers from Asia and Africa, intensified its war against Ethiopians over the past weeks. Saudi's security police and the Shabab (youth) vigilantes are on rampage killing, torturing, raping, imprisoning and starving these helpless and defenseless Ethiopians. Large numbers of Ethiopians were killed, kidnapped, tortured and unaccounted for over the couple of days, since the Saudi government started rounding off undocumented migrant workers. Against this background Ethiopia's Riyadh consulate announced yesterday that it was shut down indefinitely. This is how much the rulers at Arat killo Palace cared and concerned about their powerless nationals whose safety and security is at stake. Thousands of these compatriots lack papers to stay in Saudi and/or repatriate back home; the consulate added salt to their wounds by abandoning them in the hands of heartless and barbaric Saudi police and its militia. If this is not treason, then what would be? The women in the following video were kidnapped and are being gang-raped by twenty Saudi  men who killed their

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Ethiopians in Sweden outraged over Violence against Migrant Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia

Over 300 Ethiopians who reside in Sweden went to street today here in Stockholm, to express their anger and sadness over the recent killings, rape and arbitrary detention of migrant Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia. The 2 hours protest took place in front the Saudi Embassy in the afternoon and the demonstrators urged the Saudi government to stop the unprecedented violence and abuse which mainly target innocent Ethiopian migrant workers in that country. The protesters were chanting slogans such as 'shame on you'; 'we need justice'; 'stop raping our sisters'; 'stop killing our sisters and brothers' among others. Saudi Embassy officials refused to accept a letter which was prepared by the organizers to be submitted to the Saudi King. Ethiopians who allegedly don't have residence/work permit have been rounded up and are now concentrated in the desert. The atrocity against Ethiopians detained in different concentration camps in Saudi Arabia has been going on for the past five days by security authorities and vigilantes who took the law into their hands. Two Ethiopians have been allegedly killed yesterday during a scuffle of separating a husband and wife. The Ethiopian government which is supposed to protect the security and safety of Ethiopians at home and abroad has done little or nothing to stop the ongoing violence against its thousands of citizens in the middle-eastern countries. Even though, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs claimed the violence against Ethiopians toned down after discussion with its Saudi counterparts, Ethiopians who reside in the petrol-rich country refuted this claim as baseless and intended to repair the damage. Some of these Ethiopians who are themselves in the various concentration camps in Saudi deserts told Ethiopian Satellite TV (ESAT) that, neither the government nor the Ethiopian Embassy in Saudi doing nothing to rescue their lives and bring them home safely.    

በመቶ የሚቆጠሩ በስዊድን የሚኖሩ ኢትዮጵያውያን ሳውዲ ዓረቢያ በአገሪቱ በሚኖሩ ኢትዮጵያውያን ላይ የሚፈጸመው ግፍ እንዲቆም ጠየቁ

ቁጥራቸው ከሶስት መቶ በላይ የሚሆኑ በስዊድን የሚኖሩ ኢትዮጵያውያንና ትውልደ ኢትዮጵያውያን ዛሬ ህዳር አራት ሁለት ሺህ ስድስት በዋና ከተማዋ ስቶክሆልም በሚገኘው የሳውዲ አረቢያ ኤምበሲ ፊትለፊት በመገኘት በሳውዲ ዓረቢያ ከአምስት ቀናት በፊት በኢትዮጵያውያን ወገኖቻቸን ላይ እየተባባሰ የመጣውን ኢሰብዓዊ እና ጨካኝ ድርጊት በመቃወም ቁጣቸውንና ተቋውሞቸውን አሰሙ።  እንደ ኢትዮጵያ ሰዓት አቆጣጠር ከቀኑ በሰባት ጀምሮ እስከ ዘጠኝ ሰዓት በዘለቀው በዚህ በዓይነቱ ልዩ እና ደማቅ በሆነውተቋሞ ሰልፍ ላይ ኢትዮጵያውያን ዘር፡ሃይማኖት፡እና የፖለቲካ ልዩነት ሳይገድባቸው የተገኙ ሲሆን የተለያዩ መፈክሮችን እና የኢትዮጵያን ሰንደቅ ዓላማ በመያዝ የሳውዲ መንግስት ይህን በኢትዮጵያውያን ላይ ያነጠጣረ እና በዘረኝነት ላይ የተመረኮዘ እጅግ አሰከፊ በደል እና የዓለምዓቀፍ ሰብዓዊ ድንጋጌዎችን የጣሰ ወንጀል በአስቸኳይ እንዲያቆም እና ወንጀለኞቹም ለፍርድ እንዲቀርቡ ጠይቀዋል። በእለቱ ከተቋውሞ ሰልፉ አዘጋጆች የቀረበውን ደብዳቤ የኤምበሲው ባለስልጣናት አንቀበልም በማለታቸው፡ የተቋውሞ ሰልፈኞቹ ቁጣቸውን "ተከብረሽ የኖርሽው ባባቶቻችን እናት ኢትዮጵያ የደፈረሽ ይውደም" የሚለውን ቀስቃስሽ ዜማ በአንድነት በመዘመር ገልጸዋል። በወቅቱ ሲያሰሙ ከነበሩት መፈክሮች መካከል ፍትህን እንሻለን፡ እህቶቻችን አስገድዶ መድፈር ይቁም፡ ወንድሞቻችንና እህቶቻችን ማሰቃየት እና መግደል

በአስቸኳይ ይቁም የሚሉ ይገኙበታል። ከዚህ በተጨማሪም ጉዳዩ በቀደምትነት የሚመለከተው የኢትዮጵያ መንግስትም ሆነ በሳውዲ የሚገኘው ኤምበሲ ይህንን በኢትዮጵያውያን ወገኖች ላይ በመፈጸም ላይ ያለውንና ከእለት ወደእለት እየተባባሰ የመጣውን ግፍ እንዲቆም አንዳችም ጥረት አለማደረጉ በእጅጉ እንዳሳዘናቸውና እና እንዳስቆጣቸው ሰላማዊ ሰልፈኞቹ ገልጸዋል። በሰልፉ ማብቂያ ላይም፡ ሰላማዊ ሰልፈኞቹ በተለያዩ የሳውዲ ከተሞች ህይወታቸውን በግፍ ላጡ ወገኖቻችን የአንድ ደቂቃ የህሊና ጸሎት አድርገዋል። ካለፉት 5 ቀናት ጀምሮ በሳውዲ አረብያ በተለያዩ የማጎሪያ ጣቢያዎች ታስረው በሚገኙ ኢትዮጵያውያን ላይ እየደረሰ ያለው ግፍ እንደቀጠለ ሲሆን፣ እሰካሁን ድረስ 2 ሰዎች መሞታቸው ታውቋል። ኢትዮጵያውያኑ እንደሚናገሩት ሰዎቹ የተገደሉት ባልና ሚስቶችን ለመለያየት በተደረገ ሙከራ ላይ በተፈጠረ ግርግር ነው። የኢትዮጵያ መንግስት ችግሩ ረግቧል በማለት መግለጫ ቢሰጥም በሳውዲ የሚኖሩ ኢትዮጵያውያን ግን ችግሩ አሁንም በአስከፊ ሁኔታ መቀጠሉን ተናግረዋል። በሪያድ የሚኖር አንድ ኢትዮጵያዊ  ለኢሳት እንደገለጸው አብዛኛውን ኢትዮጵያውያንን ከከተማ በማውጣት በረሀ ውስጥ አጉረዋቸው እንደሚገኝ ገልጿል።

Friday, November 1, 2013

Serkalem Fasil's heart-breaking letter to her jailed husband Journalist Eskinder Nega

Dear readers, especially those fans of Eskinder Nega and other thousands of Ethiopian prisoners of conscience. I listened on Friday morning, this heart wrenching, powerful, inspiring and genuine letter written and read by Nega's wife from exile in the USA. I was weeping like a baby while I was typing/transcribing her original letter written in Amharic ( Ethiopia's official language) by this courageous woman to her jailed husband who is serving 18 years of jail term at the notorious Kality prison, at the outskirts the capital Addis Abeba. Can you imagine saying goodbye for good to your loved one by just locking your fingers and with a few words? No hugging, no kissing, not even shaking hands. That is how Sirkalem and their Son Nafkot departed from Eskinder Nega; we take so many things in life for granted. Against this background, another Ethiopian journalist who had claimed 2 years ago being targeted by government authorities, returned back home saying 'he realized that he made a bad decision two years ago'. Ethiopia, is just a land of paradox; a mother for one and step-mother for the other.

ልብን የሚሰብረው የሰርካለም ፋሲል ደብዳቤ ቃሊቲ እስር ቤት ለሚገኘው ለባለቤቷ ጋዜጠኛ እስክንድር ነጋ

ዛሬ ጠዋት ነበር ይሄን አንጀት የሚያላውስ በሰርካለም ፋሲል የተጻፈውን ራሷ በድምጿ ያነበበችውን ደብዳብዳቤ ያዳመጥኩት። ኧቤት ግፍ፡ኧቤት መከራ? የእነዚህ ሁለት ኢትዮጵያውያን ወገኖች እና እስርቤት የተወለደው ልጃቸው ናፍቆት ወንጀል ምን ይሆን? የሰርካለምን ትረካ እያዳመጥኩ እምባዬ መቆጣጠር አልቻልኩም። እንደ ሰው በወጉ ተሳስመው፡ ተቃቅፈው፡ ተላቅሰው አይደለም የተለያዩት፡፡ በአጥር ሽቦ ተለያይተው፡ማዶ እና ማዶ እየተያዩ፡ ጣታቸውን አነካክተው ናፍቆታቸውን እና ስንብታቸውን በስርዓት ሳይወጡ በደቂቃዎች በሚለካ ንግግር ነበር። ከሁሉም የሚደንቀው እና ብርታት የሚሰጠው ግን የሰርካለም መንፈሰ ጠንካራነት እና በዚህ አስቸጋሪ እና ፈታኝ ሁኔታ ላይ ሆና ነገን በተስፋ ሰንቃ ባለቤቷን እና አብረውት ባልሰሩት ወንጀል በእስር የሚሰቃዩትን የሙያ አጋሮቹንና ሌሎች በሺህ የሚቆጠሩ ንጹሃን ኢትዮጵያውያን የህሊና እሰረኞች ተስፋ እንዳይቆርጡ የሚገልጸው ጠንካራ ያለው መልዕክት መላኳ ነው። ኢትዮጵያ ሃገሬ ሞኝ ነሽ ተላላ የገደለሽ በልቶ የሞተልሽ ተላ።
አዎ የገደለሽ በላ፡ ይቺ ዓለም ዝብርቅርቅ በተለይማ የእኛዋ ኢትዮጵያ  ከሁለት ዓመት በፊት ህይወቴ አደጋ ላይ ነው፡ልታሰር ነው፡ልፈለጥ ነው ብሎ ከአገር ኮብልሎ