Solidarity with Amharas seeking justice By Robele Ababya

By Robele Ababya, 03 May 2013


At first I thought I was going to state the obvious in expressing my solidarity with the Amharas given my background. And then I convinced myself that I have a lot to say in view of the special breed of cruel traitors in our midst bent on destroying the birth right of Amharas – the indisputable pillars of the Ethiopian civilization including the glorious era of the Akumite Kingdom, which replaced the Kushite Kingdom (1500 BC – 500 BC).
To the TPLF warlords that are grandchildren of loyal servants of Mussolini, the Amharas and the Oromos are targets to be systematically uprooted from the field of politics to remove bad apples – just as planned by Italian Fascists in Rome for execution by Marshall Graziani in Ethiopia. The warlords have added the Guraghes to their blacklist; I bet Kambattas and others will follow, the former for the gallant role of their ancestors in the war with the Fascists at Maichew. Tigreans will be served carrot and stick to enforce their loyalty, but in vain.
This short piece is meant to expound my rationale for solidarity with the plight of the Amharas and its consequences on our multicultural society in the following paragraphs.
Historical and anecdotal evidence
I recall having studied in my history class in my boyhood that Amharic was the official language of communication in Ethiopia and with foreign governments during the reign of Emperor Yohannes IV from His Palace in Makelle. Asked by some of His disgruntled influential supporters why the Emperor was not using His own Tigrean language, the Monarch responded by reminding them that Amharic was the official language of Akumite Emperors and therefore it is unnecessary and inappropriate to change it.
Elderly people living in Axum confirm hearing the anecdote transmitted from their ancestors that Aksumites were Amharas and that the kings used Amharic as their official language. As a regular traveler to various places in the Tigray region, I have been to Aksum to supervise an engineering project and so I can confirm the anecdote.
Nothing can change a true history upheld by Emperor Yohannes IV and I exalt the Monarch for that as a true Christian that He was.
Aksum civilization at its height and the EOTC
The Ethiopia Orthodox Tewhedo Christian (EOTC) Church was split in three during the reign of Emperor Yohannes IV. The Monarch organized a debate that took place at Boru Meda in Wallo region and invited the protagonists in the split to state their case with evidence. Advocates of the EOTC faith presented irrefutable evidence while the other two failed to produce any. The Monarch reaffirmed the EOTC faith and declared it as the only official religion of Ethiopia.
It is exceedingly paramount to note that Aksum in the 3rd century dominated states on the Arabian Peninsula across the Red Sea, making them pay a regular tribute and that it had begun minting its own currency “and was named by Mani as one of the four great powers of his time along with Persia, Rome and China.” That at it converted to Christianity in 325 or 328 AD under King Ezana and was the first state ever to use the image of the cross on its coins. By 350 AD Aksum conquered the Kingdom of Kush and controlled northern Ethiopia, Eritrea, northern Sudan, southern Egypt, Djibouti, Western Yemen and southern Saudi Arabia – totaling 1.25 million square kilometers. Source: Google
The message to the TPLF Banda warlords is that their distortion of history is suicidal for these misfits do not represent the gallant Tigrean people at all. The tarnished image of the Amharas will be restored with gratitude by the emerging democratic society equal to each and every of its citizens under the supreme rule of law.
Hereditary, shared values & sentimental attachment
The first language spoken to me at birth by my beloved mother was Oromiffa, until she died. Strangely the conversation with my sister and two brothers was always in Amharic and I was the only lucky one who was sent to school.
In my article titled “TPLF hitting Amharas & Oromos as did Mussolini” dated 12 March 2012, I wrote:
1.         “The Italian Fascist military garrison and observation post at Deneba in north Shoa is an indelible symbol of famous patriots and their followers comprising the Oromo and Amhara ethnic groups. My upbringing near this garrison, dominated by the two ethnic groups living in enviable harmony, had formed my character as a child and the memory of that experience refuses to go away until now. The purpose of this writing is to stress that the Zenawi regime is emulating the Italian example to hit the Amharas & Oromos and that naïve Ethiopians are falling prey to its secret design to destroy their country.” This sentiment is enduring today!
2.            “It was normal to speak in Oromiffa or Amharic under the same roof switching from one to another swiftly. All of my playmates, the children in our village including me, were bilingual in that we all spoke both languages fluently.”
3.            “We as children relished the freedom our forebears had bequeathed to us by paying the ultimate sacrifice fighting the Italian Fascist invaders. In my small world in Deneba as a child, I thought Ethiopia was the home of only Amharas and Oromos (Galas) because these two were the only ethnic groups that lived there. However I was to learn more in Addis Ababa about the reality of Ethiopia’s cultural and ethnic diversity.”
I am happily married for just over 50 years to my wife; I was to know much later in life that her parents were Amharas from north Shoa. It was love at first sight that knows no boundary that kept us in harmony for so long producing children and adoring our grandchildren. A member of the family is at least a bilingual in the combination of Amharic, Oromiffa, English, German, Russian, French, Swahili, and Luganda. Amharic and English languages are spoken by all in my family, indicative of the trend that the English language will be increasingly predominant in the 21st century as some studies suggest. I think this is true for most families in our multi-cultural Ethiopia.
I recall that Ethiopians in Uganda formed a bastion of united opposition to TPLF traitors, but that unity is no more discernible. I recall that on the day that Eritreans were celebrating their independence declared on 27 April 1993 as a result of the referendum by 99.83% announced by my once workmate Dr. Amare Tekle, Ethiopians in Kampala coincidentally threw a big party at the Sheraton Hotel with magnificent portraits of Emperors: Theodros II, Yohannes IV, Menilik II, and Haile Selassie the 1st displayed on the walls of the ballroom in recognition of their roles as true sons of Ethiopia and modern leaders with national interests at heart. Zenawi’s legacy is one of humiliating betrayal unprecedented in the history of Ethiopia. Those TPLF warlords vowing to promote his legacy are misfits among the proud people of Tigray.
Axum and Adwa belong to all Ethiopians of this generation in that their ancestors have: (a) participated in the civilization of the former and (b) shed their blood and sacrificed their lives in the war arena with Italy twice.
Ethiopia has every right to build on her glorious past and develop; live in harmony with the global community of the 21st century and beyond; her citizens have the noble duty to prevent encroachment by outsiders on their God-given territory. The notion of Ethiopia becoming a failed state and as such a playground for neo-colonials and old colonial masters should be rendered a pipedream of her traditional enemies and the new ones with insatiable desires to gain a foothold in her strategic location, comprising the AU Headquarters and a large number of foreign missions and institutions, for political control and exploiting the vast natural resources of the African continent and its environ.
I subscribe to the calls of an all-inclusive action against the corrupt TPLF warlords – starting with massive and coordinated occupation of the streets and public squares in Ethiopia and dictating terms for change to a democratic dispensation that will benefit all and sundry under the supreme rule of law.
I am shocked and incensed by the quashing of the appeal by Andualem Aragie, Eskinder Nega, et al. The struggle for the release of all political prisoners in Ethiopia must continue relentlessly

This quote by Karl Marx is for the mother of corruption Azeb Mesfin and the TPLF warlords: “Men make their own history, but they do not make it just as they please; they do not make it under circumstances chosen by themselves, but under circumstances directly encountered, given and transmitted from the past. The tradition of all the dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brain of the living.”

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    Dear my beloved brother Engineer Robele Ababya:
    I always love your comments. You do not know how much patriotic encouragement you inject on me anytime you expose the banditry TPLF writers. I can only say- God of Ethiopia be with you and your beloved family on this Fasika holiday. Thanks for teaching these narrow nationalists from Tigray calling themselves “Tigrayan” who are a mixed Amhara by ethnic breed and denied they are nothing but pure, pure., pure Tigre with no breed of no other human on earth- declaring Golden race. What a shame.
    Some of their illiterate and fascistic ethinKOs openly said Shewaa Amhara have no blood relation with Axum/Tigre. The fact is they still claim Ethiopia was the first father/mother of human in the world based on Lusi/Dinknesh. If Lucy was our mother, how does to Axumite born outside of this race if the whole world including scientists believe human race rooted from Ethiopia. These bandits and their some few others are the only one claimed PURE race/PURE ethnic. This bandits are laughable. I can’t stop laughing at them. Even they declare Youannes never cooperated with Napier of England in the war with Tewodros. I have in fact a photo of that time when the Emperor and the Napier eating lunch in Hintalo Wereda/village near Mekelle. I will show this photo published at the time to the public some times next week. Even Yohannes’s letter written in Amharic that reveal the cooperation and demand for cooperation to Napier written to England is there with his seal. Thanks Robele for this wonderful article.
    Getachew Reda (editor Ethiopian seamy)

  2. From GETACHEW REDA (Editor Ethiopian Semay)
    One has to check out how and when the Tigre rulers started to write Amharic. Even the latest period for instance the Agame ruler Subagadis or Welde Selassie Kifle Iyesus of Enderta (Hintalo)’s letters (these are Emperor Yohannes’s family when he was a child/may be even was not born at that time) written to George III of England in the 1810 is evidence that it was not King Haileselassie or Emperor Menlik that imposed Amharic language or script in Tigray. Amharic language was used by these rulers in Tigray (they know it is Axumites- I can call 9 king’s with Amharic name beginning Pre Axumite era. Who created Amharic if it was not rooted in Axum by someone who ever that community was rules or administrated by). It is up to the TPLF banda writers to tell their audiences/readers, how Amharic language came to exist in Axum (pre Axumite and after/during Axumite kingdom) all the way to Subagadis of Agame and Welde Selassie Kifleyesus of Enderta/Hintalo…..Yohannes…and Eritrean local rulers… finally got punished by TPLF planned to be stopped for ever during the banda Weyane Tigraya who hate Amhara society and its language and ridiculed Amharic as an enemy/colonialist language. TPLF by proclamation restrained Amharic not to be a language to be studied by student until they reach high school (this is worst act than the Italian action against Amharic language, during Italian colonialism against Ethiopia).
    In Tigray and elsewhere English is the second language officially in school. Tigrayans or others teach their kids beginning Preschool/Kindergarten school to replace Amharic. How this happen? It is beyond me to explain an act done by Tigrayans who claimed Ethiopians. Majority Tigrayan’s name is Amharic. It began from Pre Axumite. The name of places in Axum and its rulers had Amharic names. How does this happen. TPLF need to tell us who gave the Axumites Amharic name, before “Amhara were rulers of Ethiopia” as was claimed by TPLF or OLF.
    Anyway, in order to see it for yourself, how the rulers in Tigray used to use Amharic in the 17 or 18 century, in order to verify my claim one needs to read “Correspondence and treaties” (1800-1854).

  3. To Getachew reda
    One of the success of ethnic federalism is that it gives to the diferent nations the rights to work in their own language.English as the official language is a garanti for a united ethiopia.There is no reason why a non amhara speaking child leran 3 languages while an amhara speaking child learn only 2 languages.

  4. GETACHEW REDA (Editor Ethiopian Semay)
    An African who mistook himself for English is the hardest task for psychologists to decolonize the mind of the colonized mind when especially the prey’s mind takes “the hegemony” as cure to ignorance.
    A person who accepted the humiliation of his own mother has no dignity at all for himself or for his own mother when for example his mother who lives in Bale and went to Gojam or Tigray for business and communicate with the people of Gojam or Tigray or Sidama/Afar in English in the market place.
    Transformation of English language to replace indigenous languages as national language coming to Africa- especially now intentionally by law applied in “Ethiopia” seems to be hard for some people like you who voluntary accepted foreign languages as national language without understanding the seriousness of it in the context of the new politics of neocolonialism.
    The reason why colonizers like Europeans, Chinese loves Meles Zenawi from their heart is because he allows colonizer’s ideology, languages, commodities and cultures to be dispensed freely in Ethiopia as a method of introducing a way of modernizing Ethiopia. This game is been implemented in Africa and elsewhere, to only, the indigenous language end up raped by the colonial language/s.
    The indigenous commodities, languages, way of thinking has replaced by a new mode of colonization. Meses Zenawi’s TPLF and Oromo Liberation Front/s has produced a very shameful new generation who betrayed Africanism and easily accept foreign languages as a remedy to the ignorance battling their mind.
    African languages are vital for development of African Democracy and development only if they get the chance to develop in schools/institutions. What we are witnessing in Ethiopia in the new linguistic order is that –colonizer’s language such as English (Chinese is following its root slowly) is taking place very fast in the mind of the new generation. That dangerous course will end the new generation of Ethiopia to become as the Kenyan, Nigerian, South African and Philippines generation.
    Ethiopia will be the newest English speaking country in Africa in the near future where colonization is legally allowed in the name of modernizing society and hatred to Amharic and Amhara people. A generation who romanticize colonial language is mentally raped without knowing his is been raped. All those who are proud English to replace Amharic will only end up in the market place “The blind leading the blind”. Getachew Reda (Editor Ethiopian Semay)

    • what is this koya talking about. The point or the agenda was not about finding common foreign language. Amharic was and is used by many including the Axumit dynasty , Imperor Yohanes reign and even by the late Meles the tyrant dispite the hidden ajenda of the tplf hate against the amharic speaking people and the language itself which dirived from ignorance and hate and minority inferiority complex. Your bid for english language is also a symptom of incurable disease of ur state of mind. Why not Italian? Do u feel even more near to ur masters. Hope so. We want to speak with our indeginous language like Amharic,Oromifa,Tigrigna, Guragigna or other native languages rather than submit our values for the sake of serving hatred.

  5. What????
    Wonders never end!!!
    Geez was the official language of Axum, not Amharic or Tigrinya.
    Amharas have nothing to do with Axumite royalty. They were mere subjects.
    Dear engineer! I take an issue with your version of Ethiopian history.
    I don’t think you have the credentials to write about history—you are just blinded by hatred towards Tigrians.

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