Blood is Thicker Than Water
One of the things that happens to you when you become a parent is this crazed visceral need to protect your kid from real and imagined enemies. All of a sudden you find yourself hating all electrical outlets. You get an inordinate amount of joy when you plug one of those bastards up with a plastic thingy, and are not even the least bit embarrassed by the gloriously triumphant feeling that washes over you at the sight of a disabled electrical outlet: one more for the good guys. Now on to those killer window blind strings which you know are lurking in the background looking for the first opportunity to strangle your kid to death. This is war.
How do mothers in
There was a compelling interview on VOA Amharic of a mother whose 18-year-old son was shot by government forces. There was a sense of dazed fury in her voice, an unsettling calmness of a woman who recounts her travails of searching Addis Abeba for her dead son’s body.
On Wednesday’s VOA program, a young girl whose father was an elected opposition MP, tries to keep her composure as she narrates how police broke into the family home to take her father into custody. Her mother protested, and was clubbed by the police. As the car holding her father drove away, the police shot the mother dead in front of her kids. The daughter was told that in order to collect her mother’s remains, she would have to sign a statement saying it was the CUD who killed her mother.
So, how do Ethiopian children protect their mothers from Prime Minister Meles?
Prime Minister Meles had famously told us that there was not going to be any color revolution in
The other thing that happens to you when you become a parent is that you feel obliged to be a better person. You figure just in case there is some asshole out there who is trying to hurt your kid, all the good things you’ve done in life will serve as a shield for your child. You start getting sentimental about karma and leaving a decent legacy, something your kids can point to and say, “My parent did that.”
About the only thing I have in common with Prime Minister Meles is that we are both parents. And as a parent, I’ve been wondering these days what kind of legacy he thinks he is leaving his children.
We never thought we’d see another day in
There are several crimes that Ato Meles will have to answer to eventually- murder, illegal arrests etc. But there is also the moral crime of robbing a new generation of Ethiopians from hope and attempting to break their little spirits. That is also a crime.
When this chapter of Ethiopian history is written, Ato Meles’ name will appear on a list of leaders who dipped another generation of Ethiopians in blood.
It is also the legacy he leaves his children. They, along with the dead, will carry the memory of his terror long after he flees Ethiopia and spends the rest of his life talking to the ghosts of the slaughtered and being haunted by the legacy he left his also- exiled children. Their
Here is a partial list of emails of Senators who are running for re-election in 2008 (some on this list have presidential ambitions). Take a moment to write to them. I suppose it is the very least we in the Diaspora can do. (A complete list of Senators running for re-election can be found here.) Also, write your representative. You's be amazed at how much power you have.
Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii): firstname.lastname@example.org
Hillary Clinton: (D-New York): http://clinton.senate.gov/email_form.html
John Corzine: (D-New Jersey): http://corzine.senate.gov/contact.cfm
Kennedy, Edward - (D - Massachusetts): email@example.com
Diane Feinstein (D-California): feinstein.senate.gov/email.html
Bill Frist (R-Tennessee): frist.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=AboutSenatorFrist.ContactForm
Orrin Hatch (R- Utah) http://www.senate.gov/~hatch/index.cfm?Fuseaction=Offices.Contact
Rick Santorum (R- Pennsylvania) http://santorum.senate.gov/emailrjs.html
Graham Lindsey (R-SC): http://lgraham.senate.gov/index.cfm?mode=contact
Chuck Hagel - (R - NE): http://hagel.senate.gov/Email/contact.html
John McCain - (R - AZ)
Arlen Specter - (R - PA): firstname.lastname@example.org
(Let's please also compile email lists of relevant media contacts and policy wonks.)
God help Ethiopia.