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Friday, August 24, 2012



ከሲዳማ ክልል ጥያቄ ጋር ተያይዞ ህዝብ በመንግስት ላይ በማነሳሳት ወንጀል ተከሰው በመንግስት የጸጥታ ኃይሎች የታሰሩ የሲዳማ ተወላጆች እንዲፈቱ ዓለም ኣቀፍ ዘመቻ እየተካሄደ ነው።

የፖለቲካ እስረኞች እንዲፈቱ የሚጠይቀው ፕቲሽን በተለያዩ ማህበራዊ መረቦች በሰራጨት ላይ ሲሆን፤ በርካታ ሲዳማ ተወላጆች እና ተሰብኣዊ መብት ተከራካሪ ድርጅቶች እና ግለሰቦች በመፈረም ላይ መሆናቸው ታውቋል።

እስረኞቹ እንዲፈቱ የምጠይቀውን ፕቲሽን ለመፈረም እዚህ ላይ ይጫኑ፦
Free Sidama Prisoners





By Kevin Hawkins, Development Education intern
Help raise awareness for women like Sherbato who go without the basics everyday – visit Go Bare to give women the basics.
Looking after a large family can be tough.
Looking after a large family alone is even tougher, especially if you are a single woman, living in poverty in a rural Ethiopian village.
In Ethiopia, families have almost six children on average , and caring for a large family can put a lot of stress on many parents. This is particularly true in the Sidama Zone, where food insecurity is high and weather unreliable.
Sherbato Adamo’s family has even greater challenges, as she has been taking care of her children alone after her husband died twelve years ago.
Sherbato Adamo’s husband died 12 years ago, leaving her with nine children to raise on her own. Through participating in CARE’s WE-RISE program in Ethiopia, she and her family will benefit from training and tools to improve food security. Photo: Josh Estey/CARE
Sherbato’s difficult situation is exacerbated by her gender as women and girls in her region have less access to land, food and resources than men. Although Sherbato is aware of these cultural challenges, she is making the most of her situation and is optimistic about what the future holds for her family.
As a member of two Village Savings and Loans groups, Sherbato has been educated about financial management.
‘I understand well about the benefits of saving. If you save more, you can get more credit,’ she explains.
Sherbato earns an income from her business selling bananas, which her children help run when they are not in school.
But these efforts have not been enough to help Sherbato lift her family out of poverty, which is why they have joined a new CARE project in her village. Through participation in CARE’s Women’s Empowerment: Improving Resilience, Income and Food Security Program (WE-RISE), Sherbato and her family will benefit from training and tools to improve food security, from participation in local village savings and loans groups, and from an increase in their family income.
Sherbato Adamo and two of her children in front of their home in Ethiopia. With the help of CARE’s WE-RISE program, she is able to put all her children through school and give them a better life. Photo: Josh Estey/CARE
This project will take measures to improve the lives of food-insecure women, and also works with local groups to improve the ability of women to access their rights, raise their voice, and participate more in economic and social spheres – the very places where women are so often held back.
Putting all of her children through school is just one of the ways Sherbato intends to help her children live a better life, with the belief that the care she provides for her children will reap benefits in the long run.
‘I need to educate all of my children, especially my older one, who will graduate, get a job, and support the family back,’ Sherbato says.
Find out how you can help and Go Bare on Sep 14th to raise awareness for women like Sherbato who go without the basics every day.
Read about the WE-RISE progam in Ethiopia and find out more about CARE’s work in Ethiopia.
This five-year program is part of the Australia Africa Community Engagement Scheme, supported by AusAID.

Thor Halvorssen
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Requiem for a Reprobate: Ethiopian Tyrant Should Not Be Lionized

By Thor Halvorssen and Alex Gladstein
With the dust beginning to settle on yesterday’s death of Meles Zenawi—ruler of Ethiopia since 1991—Western leaders have been quick to lavish praise on his legacy. A darling of the national security and international development industries, Zenawi was applauded for cooperating with the U.S. government on counter-terrorism and for spurring economic growth in Ethiopia—an impoverished, land-locked African nation of 85 million people. In truth, democratic leaders who praise Zenawi do a huge injustice to the struggle for human rights and individual dignity in Ethiopia.
Meles Zenawi
Meles Zenawi at the World Economic Forum summit in Addis Ababa in May 2012 (Photo: WEF)
U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice said Zenawi “leaves behind an indelible legacy of major contributions to Ethiopia, Africa, and the world.” Gordon Brown called Zenawi’s demise “a tragedy for the Ethiopian people,” while David Cameronremembered him as an “inspirational spokesman for Africa.” Bill Gatestweeted that he “was a visionary leader who brought real benefits to Ethiopia’s poor.” Abdul Mohammed and Alex de Waal took to the New York Times op-ed pages today in perhaps the most unspeakably sycophantic eulogy of Zenawi, declaring that the dictator’s death “deprives Ethiopia — and Africa as a whole — of an exceptional leader.”
For years, the diminutive Zenawi had been a fixture on the Davos circuit, charming Western leaders with statistics of human development and business expansion. Under his control, Ethiopia’s average annual GDP growth rate more than doubled to a gaudy 8.8 percent over the past decade, and trade and investment with the West boomed. He worked with the U.S. to capture terrorists—even invading Somalia to help oust an Islamist government—in return netting roughly a billion dollars a year in American aid. Ethiopia had been to hell and back in the 1970s and 1980s with famine, war, and genocide. For someone who came to power as a freedom fighter and liberator, who gave one of the poorest countries on earth China-esque economic growth, and who became a key ally of the U.S., what was not to like?
First off, many of the rosy development statistics given out by the Ethiopian government are simply fraudulent; independent sources still rank Ethiopia at the very bottom of poverty indexes. Second, what genuine economic and public health transformations Zenawi did bring to Ethiopia were achieved with a top-down model that mirrored the statist command he implemented over all other aspects of Ethiopian life.
Zenawi built a totalitarian state, guided by Marxist-Leninism, complete with acult of personality and zero tolerance for dissent. Like Saddam Hussein or Bashar al-Assad, he filled the country’s top political and economic positions with men from his own Tigaray ethnicity. When elections did occur, he won them with Saddam-like numbers, most recently, 99 percent of the vote. Civil society organizations were harassed into submission or banned. Hisgovernment only allowed one television station, one radio station, oneinternet-service provider, one telecom, one national daily, and one English daily—all churning out government propaganda. Zenawi used this information hegemony to heavily censor news available to Ethiopians, taking special delight in preventing them from hearing news from exile groups outside the country.
Zenawi’s critics were jailed, killed or chased out of the country: in fact, more journalists were exiled from Ethiopia in the last decade than any other country on earth. Let’s restate that: Zenawi kicked out more journalists than any other tyrant on the planet, thereby monopolizing control over information. His favorite tactic was labeling dissidents as terrorists. Journalists risked up to 20 years in prison if they even reported about opposition groups classified by the government as terrorists. The most emblematic case is that of Eskinder Nega, a PEN-award-winning author sentenced to 18 years in prison this July for questioning the government’s new anti-terrorism laws.
Many in the West like to credit Zenawi with “keeping Ethiopia together” despite ethnic differences, war, famine and regional instability. Dissidents, however, maintain that Zenawi was always at war with his own people. When towns and villages rose up against Zenawi’s military regime, they were put down brutally. There was, and still is, a climate of fear. With 85 million Ethiopians suffering under his thrall, Meles Zenawi constructed one of history’s most depraved states in terms of numerical human suffering.
So why is this monster being celebrated? Some, like Bill Gates and Ambassador Rice, choose to remain blind to Zenawi’s systemic human rights abuses. He was, undoubtedly, charming. Others, perhaps more worryingly, excuse his tyranny for his development and economic acumen. ForeignPolicy’s managing editor illustrated this point of view while tweeting that “Meles Zenawi was a dictator but was better for his country than many democratically elected leaders.”
This kind of mentality is a dangerous one. There is no such thing as a benign dictator. Only those with a fascist mindset—who want to cut corners, who complain how messy and inefficient democracy can be, and who overlook two thousand years of political history—can believe in this chimera. From Cuba toKazakhstan, the story is the same.
For instance, Pinochet took Chile from being a run-of-the-mill right-wing statist dictatorship to an economic success story with the same liberalization principles that the Chinese tyranny has employed to transform itself into a world power. Is the Pinochet-Beijing model of a police state with economic freedom, attempted by Zenawi for Ethiopia, an acceptable one in this day and age? The New York Review of Books reminds us that this sort of ideology brought Ethiopia “appalling cruelty in the name of social progress.” Anyone stating that they “like” the economic results from the Pinochet-Beijing model must accept thousands of tortured and disappeared in Chile and tens ofmillions dead in China (and 8 million political prisoners languishing in the Laogai as of today). Perhaps those admiring a strongman can accept such a condition with a John Rawls-type veil of ignorance without knowing what it is like to live under a dictatorship. It is easy to tolerate torture and disappearances if it isn’t happening to your daughter, your brother, your mother, or you.
Those in the West heaping praise on Zenawi—all living in societies that suffered so much to achieve individual liberty—are engaging in dramatic hypocrisy by praising this thug. Would Bill Gates live in a country that denies people basic political freedoms? Whose government arrests and kills its critics en masse? Would he trade places with an Ethiopian university student who believes in free expression and whose stance will lead to certain prison and possible execution?
Any arguments that Zenawi was mellowing (after 21 years in power!) are false. The past few years saw new sweeping “anti-terrorism” laws and stronger Internet censorship. In 2005, Ethiopia even saw its own Tiananmen Square. That year, Zenawi decided to hold freer elections, but the opposition won a record number of parliamentary seats, including all those in the capital, Addis Ababa. Throngs took to the streets to celebrate. In response, Zenawi lashed out brutally, arresting the opposition’s entire leadership and sentencing them to life in prison for treason; shuttering five newspapers and imprisoning their editors; murdering 193 protestors, injuring 800, and arbitrarily jailing 40,000 other men, women, and teenagers in a show of raw tyranny. According to The Telegraph’s David Blair, who was reporting from the scene, “a crackdown on this scale has not been seen in Africa for 20 years and the repression exceeds anything by President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe for the past decade at least. Apartheid-era South Africa’s onslaught against the black townships in the 1980s provides the only recent comparison.”

It is startling that so many consider Zenawi an “intellectual” leader, when he needed such bloody policy to enforce his rule. When Western leaders consider this dictator—who rapaciously treated Africa’s second-largest nation as his personal property—worthy of not just condolences, but pure adulation, something is very wrong with their value systems.
One politician, the Norwegian foreign minister, made a slight nod toward individual rights in his obligatory comments about Zenawi’s passing: “Norway and Ethiopia have an open and frank dialogue on political and social issues, including areas, such as human rights, where we have diverging views.”
Amen!
@ThorHalvorssen is the founder and president of the New York–based Human Rights Foundation. Alex @Gladstein is HRF’s Director of Institutional Affairs.

August 22 2012-The 21 years of Meles Zenawi’s rule were continuation of brutalization and suffering of Sidamas people that have even worsened during his iron-fisted rule. 

Now, Meles is gone, but the system he championed has continued preying on Sidama innocents. Even, as he was fighting for his life at undisclosed location, hundreds of Sidamas were unlawfully arrested and thrown into jails. The army that was deployed throughout the Sidama has continued intimidation and terrorizing Sidama people. The former president of South Nation Nationalities and People Regional Government and possible successor of Meles Zenawi, Hailemariam Desalegn, is the main architect of Loqqe massacre, one of worst atrocities ever committed on sidama soil. He is also behind ill-devised policies that targeted Sidama for past 10 years. 

The demise of Meles Zenawi may open window of opportunity to end the suffering of people in Ethiopia if the ruling party were to stop pursuing the same failed policy of past that has climaxed intolerable level to Sidama people. Sidama people want move forward leaving dark days behind and won't accept any regime any more that will not learn from history. 

SLF calls upon peace loving organizations, individuals and civic society of Ethiopia to work hand in hand to finish off the last remaining tyranny in Ethiopia. We also call upon international community to support true democracy rather than rushing to maintain status quo for short term-gain at cost of 80 million Ethiopians. 

Victory to Sidama People!
SLF, AUGUST 22, 2012

http://sidamaliberation-front.org/Press%20Release.html