Ethiopia, time and time again, has survived perilous times in its history. Foreign aggressors, famine, a tyrant, political upheavals, and the like, have kept Ethiopia from reaching the heights that others have reached and continue to reach. Nevertheless, heroic deeds by our forefathers during a period of colonialism turnedthe agrarian country into a beacon of hope to the rest of African countries.Surviving its own periods of uncertainty and difficulty; Ethiopia has come out stronger,passing the test of time. In the face of a united Ethiopia, little stands in her way.
We owe our forefathers a lot of gratitude for preserving what we all are proud to call home. For the sake of our sovereignty, they fought aggressors barefoot and on horsebacks, while the enemy chose to use chemical warfare. Paying the ultimate sacrifice, our fathers gave their lives so that we will not cower and be taken advantage off,under foreign rule. They bled so that we realize what our sovereignty means. They gave us a history to be feared by outsiders, and made its generations to come, proud Ethiopians.
In recent times, politics lies at the center of what is threatening the longstanding togetherness Ethiopians have had. A sense of being disenfranchised, added to it, irresponsible politicians and activists, who in the name of rights incite the people, who have little information to go on. To this effect and detriment to the country, which they say they represent,has resulted in communal violence’s ultimately leading to death of innocent civilians, vast displacements,hatred, violence based on ethnicity, etc. the list goes on,not to mention its effect it has on the economy.
Authorities continuously say the country was at a brink of collapse or disintegration. However, Ethiopia is not made of house of cards, to just collapse whenever a strong wind blows. Although, this past few years have been turbulent, we have not come all these way to be divided based on ethnic affiliations.
Authorities continuously say the country was at a brink of collapse or disintegration. However, Ethiopia is not made of house of cards, to just collapse whenever a strong wind blows. Although, this past few years have been turbulent, we have not come all these way to be divided based on ethnic affiliations. Our forefathers have not bled, just to see us biker amongst ourselves, while the enemy sneaks in.
It is true Ethiopia has been faced with, and is facinga challenge on both national and foreign fronts with a sense of ‘oneness’ quickly dissipating. Criminal acts foreign to the country are being committed by individuals and groups, for whom laws do not seem to apply too. Driving a wedge between the society and government, these actors, have added fuel to a fire that has gone out of control and need to be held accountable. Blaming every single thing that has gone wrong in the past on previous administrations and the sense of powerlessness in the face of tragic events, have resulted in a quickly eroding trust towards the government.
If we are to protect what our fathers have fought for, we need to be united as they were. Even though our fight is off our own making, getting preoccupied by ideas and suggestions that will not further us as a society, but instead spew hatred and division,is a downhill path to destruction. We need to be cognizant to the fact that there are a lot of wolfs in sheep’s closing, and need not follow them without question. If we do not address the issues seated around a table, but resort to force, its impact will go beyond an economic and political aspect. The repercussions on the society will be permanent. The continuous violence that has plagued the country for the past few years has had a social impact, to a degree where one has to be weary off everything.
We succeed together and fall together.We come together for celebrations and burials; why can’t we come together to solve what has been holding as back for decades. Promoting personal and group’s interests to the detriment of others, will only yield bad fruits.
By coalescing as one, not only promotes or furthers the countries goals but also is for the betterment of all sections of society.