The Horn Times Newsletter- November 29, 2013
By Getahune Bekele-South Africa
“Take the money and even my luggage but please don’t rape me and I implore you, don’t take my life…” an Ethiopian woman’s impassioned plea to a Saudi Arabian religious police commander at Amira Nura university near the capital Riyadh- Saudi Arabia.
Approximately 1400 years later, while the sepulchers of prophet Mohammad’s relatives who were the first refugees in the Christian kingdom of Ethiopia still standing near the northern Ethiopian town of Wukro as historic piece of evidence to the two nation’s centuries old close ties, no one expected the mass murder of the children of Bilal by Saudi citizens in Saudi Arabia.Nonetheless, it happened, causing incalculable grief in Ethiopia and as a result Saudi Arabia also losing her incandescent charm as the holy land of Islam. Not that this dead Ethiopian girl earned a generous stipend in the medieval and backward kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a nation dependent on cheap slave labor for her daily survival.
The slayed defenseless girl was there in Saudi just to escape the abject poverty blighting her country, a poverty created by successions of tyrannical oppressors but exacerbated by the current ruling minority junta, which openly practices an evil ethnic apartheid system in the 21st century.