It was two years after a military coup removed the last monarch of Ethiopia, Emperor Haile-Selassie I, that Abiy (Abiyot) Ahmed was born. Abiyot (literally ‘Revolution’), was his initial given name before it was changed to Abiy.
In what could be considered as an unforeseen incident, the United States assassinated General Qassem Soleimani, Commander of Iranian Quds Force, a division primarily responsible for extraterritorial military and clandestine operations.
It seems that the current buzz around climate change is unstoppable. The world ecosystem is crumbling and the environment destroyed. Many places have recently been wrecked by volcanic eruptions, forest fires, floods, earthquakes, drought and other environmental disasters. Climate change may seem a far off concept for developing countries like Ethiopia, but it is not.
It has been years now since the Saudi Arabia led Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) imposed a blockade on Qatar—another gulf nation—resulting in the closure of the only border the smaller state has with the latter. Even Saudi Arabia once reportedly expressed intentions to dig waterways by this border effectively making Qatar an island.
The recent events that have been taking place in Ethiopia shine a bright light on hate speech. The role of hate speech has, for some time, been hugely ignored in its contribution to the recent ethnic clashes that took place in different parts of the country.
As Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD), Chairman of the ruling Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), is pushing for the merger of the Front and its affiliates into a single party; the quest on the legality of the prospective party and the controversy surrounding it are still far from over.
"I don't know if I can ever stand on my own feet,” Wegayehu Bizuwork cried as he attempted to make sense of the sudden loss of his youngest son in Adama. “I should be anticipating his high school graduation, not his funeral,” he explained as family members and friends streamed past him weeping and screaming the name of the 16-year-old inside his residence.
Last week’s turn of events in Ethiopia was probably a big sign of the problems surrounding the so-called political reform. Many still fear that the country is still on the brink of major ethnic and religion induced conflicts.
October, a month which kicked off in jubilation, is ending in grief and tragedy for most Ethiopians. And for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD), it was a month where he has successfully inaugurated his brainchild, Unity Park, launched his book ‘Medemer’ and to top it all off, he won the Nobel Peace Prize.