It is time to regroup and stand together as one people,the people of Ethiopian. What ethnic apartheid regime of the TPLF has been doing has now been revealed to the world, which is to our advantage; yet, it is not the “world” who will bring freedom, peace, justice and democracy to Ethiopia, but us, the Ethiopian people.
It is time to advance a people-to-people movement that will build a road to effective collaboration. We certainly can come up with some overarching goals and values upon which to agree that rise above personal, political, regional or ethnic agendas. Even though the TPLF/EPRDF has the guns, we have the people. They don’t have enough guns to kill all of us.
If we do not regroup and collaborate, then we deserve what we have. The time for blaming is not now. Enough is enough!
I am not talking about ethnic apartheid regime now, I am talking about how each of us must start cleansing ourselves of wrongful attitudes, of ethnic hatred, of divisions and of those attitudes that interfere with building a new country where humanity comes before ethnicity or any other distinctions and where we care about the well-being of all our citizens for “no one will be free until all are free!”
It is on such a firm foundation of respect for the God-given rights of all our Ethiopian people that we can finally find success in dealing with the ethnic apartheid regime.
May God help us and give us the knowledge to see that we are all family—the family of Ethiopia. Let us rise up together for such a time as this!
A passionate champion of unity, Obang Metho is Executive Director of Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org . He is also on Facebook and Twitter.