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Ethiopia’s long distance legendary athlete sad with U.S. decision on Ethiopia

Haile Gebreselassie whose career spans 25 years of career as a long distance runner feels sad with the U.S. intervention in Ethiopian politics

Long Distance _ Haile Gebreselassie
Haile Gebreselassie during his career as a long distance runner. (Photo : SM , Picture taken in the highlands of Ethiopia)


Haile Gebreselassie, one of the legendary long distance athletes in history, slammed the U.S. over its recent decision to impose sanctions on Ethiopia. He called it “unjust.” 

He said so on Wednesday when he spoke to Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation.

Haile, who said that it is not for the first time for Ethiopia to experience undue foreign pressure and intervention, said the recent one is different because it got to a point where Ethiopia’s sovereignty is challenged. 

Noting that Ethiopia is one of the few countries with stellar achievement in athletics, he said “they are doing it [he is referring to the sanction and intervention in the internal affairs of Ethiopia] out of the thinking that we can not do anything about it. It’s painful.” 

However, he expressed hope that Ethiopia will overcome the challenge. 

And then he lamented about the U.S. decision saying “I feel so sad . I wish American did not do that. Because “it will pass,” he said. 

The U.S. visa restriction on Ethiopia is based on an unjust decision.  However,  he said, “we should not blame anyone. We should blame ourselves. Because we have not done what we were supposed to do. We are still in poverty. They want us not to get out of poverty too.” 

Furthermore, he added that Ethiopia’s struggle is double aged ; a struggle to get out of poverty and a struggle against those who do not want us to get out of poverty. “They will need us more than we need them when we overcome that,” he added. 

Haile Gebreselassie with his compatriot Kenesina Bekele, another legendary long distance athlete

Haile Grebresselassie, currently one of the few successful businessmen in Ethiopia, said there are influential Ethiopians outside the country who could make a significant difference in our struggle and stressed the need to mobilize them. 

He also warned about those Ethiopians who are collaborating with the forces that are exerting pressure on Ethiopia saying that they will regret it in the future as Ethiopia will usher in victory at the end of the day. 

“It is time to stand together.” Once the challenge is over, we could return to bickering over differences, he added. 

Moreover,Haile added that the Ethiopian government may have shortcomings but now is the time to support government efforts. 

The U.S. intervention in Ethiopia, which many seem to have understood as an effort to rescue Tigray People’s Liberation Front as a client political force in the country, is noticeably giving momentum to an anti-American sentiment in Ethiopia. 

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  1. Dear Awash Lemma

    you are god person except you are extreme tribalist who support killings of Tigreans in Southeren tigray and else where. What is nationalist ? is it to pursue amharanism at the expense of killing nonamharas and manipulate unity for the sake of getting protection from th entire ethnicities and use them as shield ?

    Please help me understand , I am a high school student ? I knew people here are highly educated and wellversed scholars who went to school in a famous universities . What I kow is starbucks and spent there all day long an girlfriend helped me brashing my english as I write it to you.

    Almariam is supporting Abiy and all his actions against TPLf , people of tigray and Oromia . By the virtue of the crime committed by Abiy and Eritrean ovt, If Abiy is deemed to be war criminal and his fans would be automatically criminals too.
    do you need more time to accept your crime and emmbezling act ? since Abiy latter admitted the presence of Eritrea and crime committed by Eritrea after 4 months and you amhara elites first opposed Abiy and latter you will admitted all other crimes in course of time. You behave as if you suffering from Intellectual disability (ID), once called mental retardation. Abiy denied presnece of Eritreans for months , and later admitted and some time later he said Eritreans committed Crime in Tigray.

    You amhara elites supported Abiy for several months, and later stood against him after knowing the klillings of Amhara . I dnot know when you will object the killings of non-amhara people ? How long you have to way to stand for all victims of Prosperity party ? I know there are many elites like Al Mariam who still support Abiy regardless of his war crimes and scold US Government in support of killings of Tegaru !!

    Recent fabricated lies and listed in your letter to US is “የመሠረታዊ ምርትና ቁስ እጥረት እንጂ ወደ ሕዝቡ ለመድረስ የሚያግደን አንዳችም የሚያግደን ነገር የለም” በማለት ለአሜሪካና ለአለም አቀፉ ሕብረሰብ አደተለመደው ሲዋሹ ይታያሉ፥

    Break a leg and I hope you will regret all your masivly committed war crimes and stand up for humanity. God forgive you, but we will not forget it ever and never!!

  2. Thanks Haile. For the first time in Ethiopia’s history the country got a government that is democratic. For unknown reason  the US does not like it. Remember the US was happy with the Apartheid like TPLF government for 30 years. It also looks like they want to bring the TPLF from the dead. What is not clear is why? What is in it for the US. Ethiopians are puzzled by this big rush to condemn Ethiopia to poverty. May be the US wants to help Egypt in some back handed way.


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