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Great Ethiopian Homecoming challenge travelers get formal gov’t reception at Friendship park

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Formal welcome event participants at Friendship Square in Addis Ababa on December 29, 2021 (Photo : ENA)

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The Ethiopian government on Wednesday put together an event in the capital Addis Ababa to formally welcome the Ethiopian Diaspora community who arrived in the country for the Great Ethiopian Homecoming challenge. 

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister, Demeke Mekonnen, and Addis Ababa city mayor, Adanech Abiebie, attended the event and expressed best wishes for the visiting Ethiopians. 

Mr. Demeke hailed  the struggles of Ethiopians in the  Diaspora against undue pressure on Ethiopia from western powers. 

A moment of silence was observed to honor those who paid sacrifice in the struggle against TPLF terrorists and for civilians who were massacred by the TPLF in the Afar and Amhara regions of Ethiopia. 

Last month, the Ethiopian government invited one million Ethiopians to visit their country for the Ethiopian Christmas which is on January 7. 

Ethiopian Christmas celebration has a religious and cultural event that attracts tourists from around the world. The faithful’s travel to the holy city of Lalibela, which was under the Tigray People’s Liberation Front control until about two weeks ago.  

The Ethiopian government is said to have planned events even two weeks after the celebration of Ethiopian Christmas. Many are anticipated to stay up to the Ethiopian Epiphany – another colourful religious and cultural event in Ethiopia. 

 Many have not been to Ethiopia for over a decade mainly due to the political situation in the country when the TPLF used to dominate the central government. 

No official number is given as to how many Ethiopians have already arrived in the country. 

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed initiated the Great Ethiopian Homecoming event as Ethiopia came under increasing pressure from western governments in connection with the war in the country. 

Some countries, like Canada, issued travel advisories for their residents to avoid travelling to Ethiopia after the U.S. government issued “security messages” in anticipation of TPLF take over of Addis Ababa which never happened. 

The TPLF suffered a crushing defeat and were forced to retreat to the Tigray region of Ethiopia. 

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Subject: “Great Ethiopian Homecoming challenge travelers get formal gov’t reception at Friendship park” by www. borkena.com, December 29, 2021

    A Word of Congratulation. with Admiration.
    Fantastic Idea and utmost congratulation to those who came-up with the extraordinary brilliant idea.
    No. “bags” of words can describe the inherent meaning of the wonderful unique gathering.
    In short , it says a million about ETHIOPIANS — one of the oldest independent Nation in the World.
    Finally, admiration is in order to the TEAM of ORGANIZERS with all the inherent meaning of the organization and admiration throughout our Continent of Black Africa. .
    Well done, it is a Pride to US ALL.

  2. Hi Y’all!!!

    I would like to take a moment to wish you all a Happy and rewarding New Year in 2022 and many years thereafter! Let’s all hope and pray that the current scourge that has been ravaging humanity will come to an end in 2022 so we don’t have to worry about it anymore. I also ask you to join me in my prayers that the old country which produced us all and it upright and harmonious peace will start to see the light at the end of tunnel with the end of the senseless destruction they endured for more than a year now. Let’s hope that level heads will prevail for them so those wailing mothers will finally be able to wipe their tears with Allah Blessed handkerchief of enduring peace. Enough with bloodshed!!! Enough! Enough! Enough!!!! Insha’Allah!!!!!

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