As Rwandans commemorated the 25th anniversary of the horrific 1994 genocide on April 7 Ethiopians from different walks of life expressed trepidation at the prospect of their country experiencing a similar atrocity.
Expecting democracy to take root in Ethiopia without respect for freedom of thought is a pipe dream. It should be borne in mind that the responsibility of defending freedom of thought does not rest on the government alone; politicians, human rights activists, intellectuals and the general public also are duty-bound to stand up for this fundamental right.
It’s Ethiopians who come to their beloved nation’s succor in times of adversity. All citizens who genuinely have Ethiopia’s interest at heart have no choice but to stand steadfast regardless of the gravity or frequency of the challenges that come their way for life is not a bed of roses.
First we would like to express our heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of the passengers and crew of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302who perished in a tragic accident on March 10 after the Boeing 737 Max8 they were on board crashed shortly after take-off.
Ethiopia is arguably a nation held in high esteem by the world. One of the remarkable historical feats that attests to its greatness is the defeat it handed to the colonial Italy at this very day some 123 years ago at the Battle of Adwa.
Some 44 years after his ouster by the military junta otherwise known as Derg a statue of Emperor Haile-Selassie I, the late Ethiopian ruler who is regarded as the father of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), was colorfully unveiled last Sunday at the headquarters of the African Union (AU) during the 32nd AU Heads of State and government Summit.