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  • Dr Missy and her grandma, appeal for purity

     

    Me & My Grandma????????????

    I love my grandma!

    The sad part is my mom herself doesn't know her (my mom's mom). She died when my mom was only a little girl. So, just like my mom, I didn't get a chance to know her personally.

    But the story of this wonderful woman left a big impression on my little heart when I first heard it. I was a little girl when I began asking about her. Her picture was hanging on the wall in my parent's house and I was very interested to know about her.

    Her name was Haregewein Heletework, daughter of the Mayor of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ከንቲባ እለተወርቅ ማቲያስ), I think in 1930 (correct me if I am wrong with the year).

    She died at the age of 30.

    Well, she was married, but her husband (my grandpa), Mengistu Belehu, didn't have a good role model or a mentor to teach him how to be a father and a husband to such an outspoken and powerful woman like my grandma.

    So guess what he did?

    After her dad gave her to him, my grandpa took her to his house and locked her up in the bedroom. Can you believe that?

    My grandma was an educated woman. She knew how to read and write. Mind you, during that time, a woman was not even allowed to go to school, but she somehow managed to convince her dad to go to school.

    My grandpa was a well-off businessman and he thought locking this woman up was the best way to handle her.

    Little did he know that he couldn't lock her up even with an iron-bolted door.

    Well, she gave birth to four girls and one boy, and then she ran away.

    Don't you already love this story?

    I do! Don't you wanna know how she ran away?

    Well, she made a scarf from homemade cotton and one day, while her husband was not home, she sneaked out of the house and asked a passerby for a ride (only one or two cars a day were passing on the road during that time).

    One driver stopped for her and she asked him to take her to Addis Ababa where her dad was (she was living with her husband outside Addis Ababa, but not very far away; I was told the name of the place but the name escaped from my mind). The man asked her to pay and she said, "I don't have cash but I will give you this handmade scarf," and the driver agreed and he took her.

    And that was the last time her husband, my poor grandpa, saw his beautiful bride.

    Her dad didn't know what his pretty and wise daughter was going through. He thought his daughter was happily married. Well, she was not. After she came to him, she told him everything that was going on in her home and listen to this:

    Her dad believed everything she told him! Praise God! Phew! What if he didn't believe her? I am glad he did!

    So her powerful dad took her in and sent a message to her husband saying, "If you are a man, come and talk to me."

    Ufff! Can you help but fall in love with my great-grandpa? I love all men who protect women!

    Even if I love my grandpa, I definitely love my great-grandpa more.

    Anyways, after my grandma came to Addis Ababa, she took a teaching job in one local school. She was so beautiful that a young medical doctor fell in love with her and he began pursuing her. Unfortunately, that love story ended in tragedy.

    Some believe she died of food poisoning. Others believe that she was poisoned by her boyfriend's ex-girlfriend. Either way, my grandma died at the age of 30.

    She was the most outspoken woman of her time. After she came to her dad's house, she was teaching all her younger sisters and cousins, the women who didn't get a chance to go to school, how to read and write. I am sure this was against her dad's home rules, but she again managed to do it anyways.

    All of them learned to read their religious books because of her. The last two, my favorite aunts, died within the last two years. They, her younger sisters, were the ones who used to tell me a lot about her.

    They always said to me: "You always remind us of our big sister."

    After I had finished pharmacy school, I went back to Addis Ababa, and my parents threw a graduation party (and at the same time, it was my parent's wedding anniversary party). During my graduation party, both my favorite aunts were in tears and they said, "We wish our big sister saw this! A woman in our family called Dr. Missy! This would have been a big celebration day for her!"

    Yes, many of you asked me why I changed my hairstyle. Some of you thought I wanted to look like a teenager!

    Well, this hairstyle was not a hairstyle of teenagers during my grandma's time. It was a decent woman's hairstyle.

    Look at my lovely grandma! Don't I look like her? Please say, "You do" and make my day! ///

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  • Jawar Mohammed view on Amnesty international report on Ethiopian politics

    Amnesty International's latest report seems to have come as surprise to those who have not been paying attention to the rapid return of things to the past. The shocking accounts of gruesome killings and torture contained in the report surely are wake up call. However, this report only scratches the surface. The report limited both in areas and period it covered. It focused the violations and abuses that occurred in 2019 and primarily in Guji (Oromia) and Qimant ( Amhara). However, in Oromia, the abuses have significantly increased and expanded in 2020.

    - In 2019 the abuse was mostly limited to 9 provinces where existence of armed insurgents provided excuse for killings and imprisonment. These provinces were the four Walaga and two Guji and Borana provinces with some districts in Ilu Ababor. Since the beginning of 2020 the abuses has expanded to all the remaining provinces. Today extrajudicial killings, torture, unlawful arrest of dissidents and destruction/ confiscation of property has become common occurrence in Arsi, Bale, Hararge, Shewa, and Jimma provinces.

    - Amnesty's report does not cover abuses by new security actors in the region, the newly trained Liyu Police paramilitary force. At the start of 2020, the regime trained and deployed some 20,000 Liyu Police paramilitary. 250-300 soldiers were deployed per district. These paramilitary troopers have not been integrated to existing regional police force or local administration. They are rather commanded from the center. They are stationed in camps with little interaction with population. They leave camp mostly in the evening to beat people at random and/ or arrest and torture those suspected as opposition organizes and sympathizers. They have become the primary force engaged in killing, torture, displacement and property destruction in the region.

    - The kind of gruesome killings and torture reported in Amnesty's report has been occurring in increased frequency even days before the release of the report. For instance, just these past week
    - In Qelam Walaga, a woman was gunned down in front of her children and husband
    - In Hararge a man was killed and decapitated after he was kidnapped by security forces. Further more 3 people were killed on Eid Alfatir day in Midhaga Tola district, in the same province of Hararge.
    - Just a day before the the publication of Amnesty's report, two men were killed in Gimbi, West Walaga.

    This is just to indicate that human rights abuses are getting worse by day. It is going to require following and documenting daily developments and undertaking further investigation to uncover the true extent of the abuse.

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  • OLF & OFC Joint Statement on Amnesty International’s Report May 29, 2020

    OLF & OFC Joint Statement on Amnesty International’s Report
    May 29, 2020

    In its first comprehensive report since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government came into office, Amnesty International has presented a detailed account of the gross human rights violations perpetrated by the Ethiopian security forces against dissidents and perceived political opponents particularly in the Oromia and Amhara regions. The report titled “Ethiopia: Beyond Law Enforcement” and released on May 29, 2020, has precisely exposed the wanton destruction of property, rampant extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrest and imprisonment of members of the opposition, mass detentions and forced political indoctrinations, and the application of torture and gender-based violence by state actors as a means of stamping out dissent in the last two years. The report is a further proof that the new administration has not parted ways with the practice of forcefully stifling dissent, committing egregious human rights violations and carrying out extrajudicial killings common under its predecessor-the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Front- despite taking over in April 2018 off the back of a much touted promise to reform itself.

    Although the report provides a very good and consolidated highlight of the continued human rights violations under the current regime, it doesn’t come close to disclosing the full extent of the horrendous abuses and gruesome atrocities committed by the security forces. The report covers mostly the period up to the end of 2019. However, the situation in Oromia region specifically has gotten progressively worse this year (2020), with a substantial rise in mass incarcerations, extrajudicial killings and destructions of property in provinces that were not previously affected. The Amnesty Report highlights abuses carried out by the federal army. Nevertheless, the regime has also been using newly trained regional militia forces named ‘Liyu Police’ (Special Police) which have unleashed a reign of terror in parts of Oromia. As we speak, these forces are carrying out gross human rights violations against political prisoners and perceived political adversaries, with some being held without due process, the whereabouts of many is still not known after their abduction and on several instances relatives are finding the human remains of some of the abductees in the bushes. Reports of systematic disappearances and gruesome killings at the hands of security forces is a daily occurrence, not only in western and Southern provinces but also in Central and Eastern Oromia. Far worse, in what appears to be to terrorize others, killing and leaving dead bodies of the victims on the streets or throwing away to the bush where they were being eaten by hyenas have become a disturbing reality. We condemn with the strongest terms these wanton killings and terrorizing of citizens, and we appreciate Amnesty International for investigating and exposing them.

    Amnesty International’s reports warn that such violations and abuses could exacerbate out of control as the election nears and advises the government to take corrective measures. Indeed, as we were the election and before it was postponed due to Covid-19, crackdown on the population, restriction of movement and assembly by opposition was worsening. Although the election has been postponed, restriction of movement of the opposition, incarceration of our leaders and members has continued unabated.

    Therefore, we
    - Urge the federal and regional authorities to take the report by Amnesty International seriously, heed the recommendations put forth by it and promptly reverse the government’s deeply troubling record on rights and liberty of citizens;

    - Would like to remind the government that continuing along this dangerous path of wanton disregard for human life and dignity and rampant violation of rights will have far reaching consequences for the country and its people;

    - Challenge the Ethiopian government to stop denying the blatant violations of human rights in broad daylight and create an independent Inquiry Commission to absolve itself;
    Demand the Ethiopian government to immediately release all political prisoners held at federal and local detention centers.

    - Call upon local and international human rights organizations to conduct further investigations and expose the worsening situation across the country, particularly in recent months;

    - Call upon the United Nations Human Rights Commission to review the ongoing human rights violations in Ethiopia.

    - Call upon the international community to hold Ethiopian authorities to account for clearly reneging on their promise to help the country’s transition towards a peaceful and democratic order, and for choosing to chart an authoritarian path in keeping with the tradition of previous regimes.

    Finally, we would like to remind all stakeholders that human rights violations, the use of extrajudicial killings, torture and intimidation is what got Ethiopia into the current multifaceted socio-economic and political crisis. We believe continuing with such abuse will only deepen the crisis, fracturing the society, paralyzing the economy and paving the way for potential disintegration of the country itself. Therefore, we urge the government to refrain from repeating mistakes by past regimes and ask internal development partners to exert maximum pressure to ensure the transition towards a democratic state so as to put it back on track before it's too late.

    Oromo Liberation Front
    Oromo Federalist Congress

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  • Potential Corona Virus (COVID-19) vulnerabilities in Ethiopia

    Ethiopia is one of the most populous countries in Africa just behind Nigeria. The country is also one of the poorest in the entire continent. It is not easy to get access for information, education and health across the country. Only the main cities have relatively better access to electricity, health, water and internet.

    As the politics in the country is at its more worrying time there are areas which are ruled under state of emergency. Some parts of Oromia regional state such as Wollega zones and Guji zone. 

    In these two areas there is no access to basic telephone service and total internet shut down for more than six months now. The reason the government raises is that it is a way to control rebel groups in the country.

    As per WHO (the World Health Organization), governments should provide necessary information to battle the recently out break world pandemic virus named 'CORONA / COVID-19'. 

    But as it stands now it is almost impossible for the areas mentioned above to get the necessary information as well as access to health center even if they are found positive to the virus. This needs a public attention in pushing the government to open up both telephone service and internet access to the citizens.

    There are some tips Ethiopian government provided while announcing that schools closed and as well large gatherings are banned for the next two weeks.

    If any one have the symptoms stated by the WHO, can use the following telephone line to get support from Ethiopian medical teams:

             Covid-19 HOT LINE:  8335

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  • Satelite Frequency in Ethiopia 2020

     

     

    Channel Satelite Frequency Symbol Rate Polarization FEC Category Language
    EBC News EUTELSAT 8° WEST 12645 2700 VERTICAL 7/8[AUTO] NEWS Amharic
    EBC Languages Different Languages Multi
    EBC Meznagna Entertainment Multi
    Fana TV           News Amharic
    EBS TV           Entertainment Amharic
    Kana TV           Entertainment Amharic
    Bisrat TV           Sport Amharic
    JTV           Entertainment Amharic
    Nahoo           Entertainment Amharic
    Walta TV           News Amharic
    Arts TV           Entertainment Amharic
    OBN TV           News and Ent. Afaan Oromoo
    Amhara TV           News and Ent. Amharic
    Tigray TV           News and Ent. Tigrigna
    Debub TV           News and Ent. Multi
    OBS TV           News and Ent. Afaan Oromoo
    OMN           Politics and Ent. Afaan Oromoo
    ONN           Politics and Ent. Afaan Oromoo
    DW TV           News and Ent. Tigrigna
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