How do you ask another generation to heal?
A draft of the [inquiry into the June and November killings] obtained by AP says that among those killed were 40 teenagers, including a boy and a girl, both 14, who were shot.
"Old men were killed while in their homes, and children were also victims of the attack while playing in the garden."
A new generation of Ethiopians now bears the scars of a massacre.
My father and I have been exchanging emails and old fashioned letters about what’s been happening in
With his permission… (translation of Amharic mine.)
Perhaps you undervalue what you call your “rose-tinted glasses.” I may not have left you much, but I hope eventually you will see the value of those glasses and the prism with which they enable you to see
Yes, indeed, we chose exile. But in many ways exile was imposed upon us. That meant depriving you of a childhood and adulthood in
The thought I would be raising my children in a foreign land had never crossed my mind. You see, I am indebted to
Though your mother and I have many regrets, we don’t regret sheltering you from the
Your mother and I wanted you to love the
As for what you think your generation’s responsibility is, well, whatever it is you decide it to be, I hope it involves paying back our debt to this country. It is a debt you don’t deserve to shoulder, granted. But my hope and prayer is that, despite our clumsy implementation, we have paved a road (no matter how bumpy) that will lead you, your siblings and children back to
I pray to God you will always love this country, even with all its wretchedness and melancholy.
You are always in my thoughts, daughter.
We thought our parents had stopped the hemorrhaging, but the EPRDF has managed to inflict a series of new horrors on a new generation. So here we are, again, sons and daughters of people who somehow survived what Mengistu did to
What do we tell our children? Most importantly, what do Ato Meles and his supporters tell their children? Fast becoming a sad footnote in Ethiopian history, the EPRDF is busy destroying an
What happened last June and November were massacres. Ethiopians knew it. Tony Blair knew it, Jimmy Carter knew it, and the State Department knew it.
Now, the world knows it.