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Getting used to poverty

It’s amazing how much our brain gets used to the miseries, unfairness, sufferings and inequalities that we witness as we go by each day of our short lives.

Thou shalt forgive!

Which do you think is easier to do for a person? Asking for forgiveness or forgiving a wrongdoer? I would tend to think that asking for forgiveness is easier than forgiving somebody.

Weddings and marriages

The past few weekends were marked by celebratory and joyful wedding vibes all around the city and the country as a whole.

Scholarships by Ethiopians for Ethiopians

A story of a computer science student at Addis Ababa University presented on the TV show ‘Ehuden be EBS’  on Epiphany day got me thinking a lot about scholarship opportunities, particularly to the most disadvantaged sections of our society.

Is it unsafe to be a woman?

The issue of sexual harassment has been a hot media topic recently thanks to the increasing number of sexual allegations against Hollywood celebrities.

Keeping traditions in the midst of globalization

Two Christmases and one New Year after, festive and holiday moods are now over as we go back to business and life as usual. Although Christmas celebrations on the 25th of January (GC) and New Year celebrations on the 1st of January (GC) are not official holidays in this country, one cannot help but have a celebratory mood thanks to social media and celebration advertisements by the entertainment industry.

Are there Ethiopian tourists?

I have always wanted to travel to Europe or to the US. Back in the days, I used to say to a friend of mine that I will stop wishing for anything in life if only I could get the chance to travel abroad. Now that I think about it, I believe that my strong desire for travelling and visiting Europe or the US comes from all the nice goodies that I see that diaspora families bring when travelling back home.

Is unity an illusion?

The recent unrest among students in public universities was news that broke my heart. And I believe it did the same for other Ethiopians who deeply care about the peace and prosperity of their beloved country. What I particularly find unsettling is the lack of clarity and focus of the demands raised by the students to justify the unrest.

Are we equals?

Do we treat all humans as equals? That is the question that came to my mind after reading this wonderful Amharic novel entitled ‘Yewedianesh’ written by Hailemelekot Mewael. The book tells a story of a woman called Yewedianesh who worked as a maid in a feudal family residing in Addis Ababa. In the story, a love affair develops between Yewedianesh and one of the owners’ sons without the slightest knowledge of the parents, other family members and acquaintances.