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Mindaralew Zewde : A university professor who was reduced to a farmer

January 24,2019

Mindaralew Zewde was a philosophy lecturer at Addis Ababa University. Soon after TPLF forces took over government in Addis Ababa, about 43 University lecturers were unlawfully dismissed from their tenure on grounds of politics. Mindaralew was one of them. Worse, Mindaralew was even unable to get employment in not-for-profit sector and/or diplomatic missions in Addis Ababa due to what seemed to be, based on his assertions, government intervention in the organization that hired him.

Left with no option but for self-employment, he resorted to becoming a farmer to get his livelihood in the parts of Ethiopia where he was born and grew up. Watch the video.

Video credit : Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation

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    • Just to give you the context, it is not that people in Ethiopia are despising farming. More than 80 percent of Ethiopia’s 100 million people are farmers.Farming in Ethiopia is subsistence and is not ,often times, adequate to feed even a family. More than that what people are criticizing is the circumstances under which professor Mindaralew (Philosophy lecturer) was made to loose his university tenure for political reasons. When the political factor that left him with no option but subsistence farming is changed, Professor Mindaralew got back the profession he loves ; teaching and in the same institution.I hope that helps you understand how people are feeling.


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