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''You are the future …very bright people who would become future prime ministers, future scientists; but the important part of education is that you also have morality that goes with it that distinguishes what is right from what is wrong; what is just and what is unjust. Too many times today ...we turn against what may seem a challenge because it doesn’t seem to resolve anything. What makes the difference and what makes leaders [are] principled commitments and if you work hard there is nothing you can’t achieve,” Prince Ermis
Irie moment Rastas turn out in numbers for Emperor Selassie’s grandson visit
BY RACQUEL PORTER Observer staff reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, April 22, 2016
PRINCE Ermias Sahle Selassie, grandson of Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I, arrived in the island yesterday to much fanfare among the local Rastafarian community.
Prince Ermias, who was accompanied by his wife Princess Saba Kebede, is here on a three-day visit to participate in activities to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his grandfather’s visit.
Hundreds of Rastafarian men, women and children flocked Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, where the ‘prince’ arrived on a flight from the United States at minutes before noon.
But the Rastafarians, who were beating drums, chanting verses, and smoking marijuana, said the gathering was nothing compared to what was seen half-a-century ago.
Following a press conference, Prince Ermias — who lives in Washington, DC — emerged from the airport building and walked to the car park accompanied by Minister of Culture Olivia Grange, Transport Minister Mike Henry, and representatives of the Commemoration Committee and the Republic of Ethiopia. He greeted the crowd of Rastafarians and thanked the people of Jamaica for hosting him.
He then journeyed to the National Heroes Park where he was greeted by Mayor of Kingston Dr Angella Brown Burke, before placing a wreath at the shrine of national hero Marcus Garvey.
“…We are focusing on making sure that we represent our custom; practise lifestyle, as Rastafarians, to be involved and, I pray that everything works out. I give thanks to the brethren and the sistren dem who have been focusing on the tradition of Rastafarians over the period,” Bunny Wailer, the only living member of the Wailers singing group, told the
Prince Ermias and his entourage also made stops at the University of Technology, University of the West Indies, The Mico University, and Jamaica College, where he was greeted by former prime minister Bruce Golding, who attended the school.
Golding, who said he remembered vividly Emperor Selassie’s visit in 1966, said the spiritual leader visited at a time of great significance when Rastafarians were oppressed and ostracised by society. He said Emperor Selassie’s visit created a platform on which Rastafarians were able to command the respect that they deserved.
Prince Ermias, in his response, thanked the Jamaica College family for the warm reception.
“You are the future …very bright people who would become future prime ministers, future scientists; but the important part of education is that you also have morality that goes with it that distinguishes what is right from what is wrong; what is just and what is unjust. Too many times today ...we turn against what may seem a challenge because it doesn’t seem to resolve anything. What makes the difference and what makes leaders [are] principled commitments and if you work hard there is nothing you can’t achieve,” Prince Ermias told a group of Jamaica College boys.
Earlier at The Mico University, trainee teachers who shook Prince Ermias’ hands declared that there would not be any hand-washing for rest of the day as they wanted to cherish the moment.
“I am very elated to share in such a historical moment. I feel as if I am reliving a moment when Selassie I was here. So, to be a part of the festivity today, I am very proud,” declared history major, Rachel Dale.
An open letter to Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn
By Duach R.MachYour Excellency,April 18, 2016 (SSNA)
We are very distraught by the death of our innocent civilians (children, women, and elderly people) who were recently massacred by Murle tribe of South Sudan.
e write this petition letter to you to consider our message as your greatest priority. How could we consider ourselves as citizens of the country where our mothers, fathers, Children, and all vulnerable people are not fully protected by the Federal Government?
Recent fighting lasted for many or long hours which allowed the attackers to kill as many civilians as they wanted.
Where were our Defense Forces, as well as our government officials at this horrible moment?
We are writing this letter on behalf of the Nuer Ethiopian Community, residing in the United States of America. We want to assure to you that the unceasing death of Ethiopian civilians is the point of these Murle tribe attacks, and is really going to be a long-term problem if there is no real action taking place to dissuade them. Any believable action from Ethiopian Defence Forces regarding this killing is needed as quick as possible.
On Friday April 15, 2016, 280 vulnerable, innocent people were killed and nearly 150 others were wounded by large group of 4,000 well equipped militias carried out on Ethiopia soil (Kebeles). Very miserable again! Therefore, the killing of 280 civilians within 12 hours, including children, elderly and woman by the South Sudanese Murle tribe, must be put in the books. Why? Is this true the killing was carried out by South Sudanese and killed these civilians on Ethiopian government watch? The Nuer Community in Diasporas is very suspicious... if so, what is the reason for them to kill more than 280 innocent civilians, abduct 108 children, and take 5,000 head of livestock in the recent massacre?
Questions: Where was the Ethiopian military at the time these murders happened in Kebeles? What delayed Ethiopian Defense Forces from rescuing innocent civilians as soon as possible, while the fighting was raging for more than 12 hours? Meanwhile, the two major roads linking Gambella to Nuer Zone are less than an hour, and from Lare to Mading Kebele is prominently wide open? What really caused our Defense Forces to not arrive before Murle finished murdering civilians?
Whatever the case, the Ethiopian Federal Government should take major action very swiftly, and very quickly, without any hesitation, to bring those children to their parents. Otherwise this will be repeated again and again. Does this mean the government of Ethiopia doesn’t care for innocent Ethiopian civilians as long as the authorities are safe for themselves? We have seen such kinds of killing, abduction, invasion and aggressive provocation against Ethiopian citizens, and we have never seen any reaction from the government. This time will not be the same as 9 years ago when the Murle attack happened in Ngor Kebele (Teluth) and later in Palbol Kebele, 7 years ago and the Ethiopia authority failed to act against attackers as they should.
Henceforth, we strongly condemn this barbaric killing by the extremists who attacked and killed the innocent civilians, abducted children, and took thousands of livestock by the hard-headed tribe Murle. This extremist group claims to be the Murle tribe from South Sudan, but are in fact misrepresenting the tribe’s hatred. The entire region of Gambella strongly condemns all sorts of violent acts carried out by the South Sudanese and must not be tolerated. On April 16, 2016, Regional President Ato Gatluak Tut went to all Kebeles, and confirmed the deceases, the wounding of hundreds of civilians, and the many abducted children. He also confirmed the attackers used heavy weapons and wore military uniforms.
A letter send to Prime Minister Haile Mariam Desalegn detailed the circumstances confirming that there has been South Sudanese military involved in the killing. This includes all forms of violence, such as abducted children and severe physical damaged in all Kebeles. The Prime Ministry of Ethiopia must express his statement to the South Sudanese government, condemning the killings in the strongest possible terms, as well as the killing of civilians and abducted children. Also, the government of Ethiopia must demand to the government of South Sudan and her militias to immediately bring back these total of 125 abducted children to their parents.
Gambella Regional population issued statements in which they strongly condemn the killings and urged the government that those responsible be held accountable.
Recent killings have also sparked outrage to entire population of the region. The Region astonishment over the killings of the civilian population by neighborhood are a flagrant violation of international law. Your Excellency, Prime Minister Haile Mariam Desalegn, this is an outrageous crime against such young children, who shall protect this country in the future from enemies; you must put it in real consideration as quick as possible. The savage and despicable attacks on civilians are outrageous. Why did Ethiopia’s almighty military power fail to react so quickly and used air fighting jets? Why didn’t the Ethiopia Defense Force use main road as they can?
In conclusion---Our thoughts and prayers are with the loved one of those killed and seriously injured. We stand together with the people of Gambella Ethiopia in this time of sorrow. Condemning the violence and barbarism committed by the Murle tribe of South Sudan will never be forgotten. Such a massacre cannot go unpunished. More than 280 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in Nuer Zone, and the total children abducted from the Gambella Region this month alone is 125. For instance, the Bolim-Kun Wareda, Mangok Kebele, Chatyier Kebele, Banyrial Kebele and Madiang Kebele, attackers were declared by the South Sudanese Militias to be no retaliation to any reason that were drawn by Ethiopia, particular the major Zones, the Nuer Zone and the Anyuak Zone. The same militias also coordinated another attacked on Anyuak Zone, Jor Kebele and other surrounding Kebeles, took at least 11 children, and killed dozens innocent civilians The Nuer community condemns all these sorts of evil acts. This must not be tolerated.
The Nuer Community in Diaspora stands in solidarity with the families who have lost their loved ones during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. We know Ethiopian Defense Forces always was, always is and always will be strongest Forces ever! We condemn these horrific crimes in the strongest terms possible.
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“A combination of factors made relations between TPLF and the EOTC church difficult …the church taught its followers to respect their allegiance to the Ethiopian state and was, in effect , a school for national consciousness, using national symbols such as the flag in all religious and social events. No church ever conducted major ceremonies without hoisting the Ethiopian flag – an act also regularly observed …’ page 244
“The pragmatic TPLF understood the church’s role in village social life and its support for the unity of the country .It also understood a possible alliance between the Church with its forces that stood against socialism and nationalization of the land as well as separatism .The church was viewed as a force standing in the way of TPLF. …there was no doubt that it wanted to subordinate the church to its cause” page 245
“the second step was to try and move the socio economic focus of life from the church to the peoples assemblies. All administrative and social activities were taken over by the associations and the baitos and even church affair such as the rights and obligations of the church and its followers fell under the jurisdiction of the assemblies. The capacity of the church to mobilize and influence waned. The church lost its status as mediator in conflicts, rights over spiritual and familiar issues because the new political authorities….”
“thirdly , the TPLF launched a series of conferences or seminars for selected parish priests in 1970 to win them over. The underlying motive of the seminars was to isolate the church in Tigray from the wider Ethiopian Church in order to foster Tigraian nationalism along the lines of the TPLF strategic objective. Suppressed Tigraian nationalism was invoked to challenge the dominant Ethiopian Orthodox Church. The initial wereda seminars for the priests were conducted by an eloquent TPLF fighter,Gebre Kidan Desta, a graduate of the theological College at Addis Ababa university .The themes of the seminars were to replace the Ethiopian Church authority by TPLF – minded church and the language in the church with Tigrigna and ultimately, to further Tigraian nationalism and identity ‘ page 246
“this process involved the mobilization of parish priests and ordinary Christians to isolate them from the church national hierarchy. To weaken church authority, an intelligence group was formed under Sibhat Nega to infiltrate the wel-established monasteries in Tigrai, such as Debre Damo , by planting TPLF members’ camouflaged as monks and influencing church activities in the interests of TPLF”