By Hailegebriel Endeshaw
ADDIS ABABA – (BORKENA) – Internally displaced persons (IDPs) at Deber Birhan shelter said that they faced serious problems because of heavy downfall of autumn rains. VoA Amharic Service reported on 13 May 2023 quoting the displaced persons that the food aid that was used to be provided to them has stopped for the last two months.
The Deputy Mayor of Debre-Birhan Town Administration, Bedilu Wubeshet, said that his administration is hosting displaced compatriots beyond its capacity and this has caused adverse impacts on the refugees and the town. He further calls for the support of charity organizations. The new settlement site under construction in an area commonly known as Bakello will not entertain more than 30,000 IDPs, according to Bedilu
Director of the Disaster Prevention and Food Security and Early Warning and Response Directorate of Amhara Region, Birhanu Zewdu said that there are over 660 thousand displaced people in the Region. Birhanu said that humanitarian organizations are not providing aid to the displaced people the same way they have done to the war-victims in the northern part of the country.
Though she does not know her exact age, the old woman, Medina, says she is probably 70 years old. It has been two months since she was displaced from Anno Area, in Wellega of Oromia Region and settled in China Settlement Camp located in Debre-Birhan Town. The food aid supplied by the local community has saved them from starvation ever since they have been displaced. However, the tent they have been crowded in could not protect them from the downpour, Medina said.
The displaced persons coming from different Zones and Weredas of Oromia Region pointed fingers at ‘OLF-Shene’ as a responsible group for the killing, bodily injuries, robbery of properties and displacement. The spokesperson of the militants, the Virginia-based representative of OLF, Oda Terbie, refuted time and again at interviews he repeatedly gave to VoA, Afan Oromo service that the armed militias do not commit attacks against civilians but armed government soldiers.
The other elderly woman who has come from Anno of Wellega area is Fatima Hassan. Fatima who is a mother of four children and grand mom of four kids was separated from her family due to the security breach that occurred in her area and arrived in Debre-Birhan a month ago with one of her children. Fatima said that the IDPs faced problems, which were caused by the rains. Lack of food aid supply has also aggravated the problem, according to her.
The other displaced person who has arrived from Dano Woreda of West Shewa Zone is Getye Deribe. He said that it had been two months since the IDPs had received food aid. He is worried that the IDPs would be susceptible to infectious diseases.
VoA reported quoting the Director of the Disaster Prevention and Food Security and Early Warning and Response Directorate of Amhara Region, Birhanu Zewdu as saying that over 660,000 IDPs are living in 40 temporarily built shelters. The majority of the displaced people have come from Oromia Region, according to the director.
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Let’s band together across religious and these stupid ethnic lines and give these noble citizens the assistance they need. We should never forget the fact they are facing everyday that whenever we take the first bite of the food in front of us and on the dinner table these upright and innocent victims spend the days half with empty or empty stomach dealing with another calamity inclement weather brings upon them. These are the same legendary old countrymen/women who will never hesitate to break the last bread they have if they find you going hungry. They will sleep on the floor letting you spend the nights in their beds. Let’s send the last red cent in our pockets to organizations that are in the thick of it helping these Allah blessed people. Let’s go.
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“Debre Birhan” >>>>> meaning: ‘Enlightened Sanctuary’
What a meaningful name in its broadest meaning. Ah!!!!!!!
But then, what a TRAGEDY — THE ANCIENT ETHIOPIA SHOULD NEVER FALL TO SUCH A LEVEL.. NEVER.
Why do WE BLACK AFRICANS seem to be ‘attractive’ to the lowest level of Life?!
WITNESS >>>> OUR DEAR BLACK AFRICAN CONTINENT, ITSELF. And the glaring question pops out: Why? Why? Why?!?
Are we short of education? Are we short of determination?
Are we prone to the effect of the demeaning colonialist crime of inferiority complex?
In totality, has colonialism so deeply affected the psyche of the AFRICAN BLACK NATION to its depth.?
In short, at the risk of being too nasty, I ask >>>> HAVE WE TURN OUT TO BE USELESS ?!?
Last Question: What did the BLACK AFRICAN GROUPS — WITH THE HIGHEST EDUCATIONAL LEVEL — ACHIEVE TO RESTORE THE DIGNITY OF BLACK AFRICAN PEOPLE ? DO WE HAVE THE STRENGTH TO ANSWER THE QUESTION ?
NO, WE DON”T HAVE >>> IN MY HONEST OPINION. THE END >>> WITHOUT ANSWER.
MAY THE GOOD LORD UP IN HEAVEN STOP SMILING AND, INSTEAD, HELP THE BLACK RACE RESTORE THE DIGNITY THAT THEY LOST.
IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK???