Raising awareness on the human rights violations in Ethiopia through a mobile game
By Mikael Arage
HELSINKI, April , 2018 – Chewata lets you experience being a tyrant, but beware of the human rights bills that angered citizens are throwing your way. The further you can go, the more corrupt the regime becomes. Can you succeed to remain in power or will you fall?
The Ethiopian youth go out to the streets to protest the tyrant regime that has been in power for the last three decades. Several peaceful protesters are brutally massacred on the streets. The angered protesters begin to aim at the wanted tyrants with Human Rights Bills. The tyrants try to dodge these bills — the more they dodge, the more money they will acquire, making the country more and more corrupt. Chewata is a unique game set in this story and operates in the point of view of these tyrants. Choose your character; try to gather as much money as you can while dodging the bills to survive.
“Down down with the regime” said Amare. “Wolkiet is Amhara. Raya is Amhara”
“Being Amhara or Oromo shouldn’t be a crime. Rights for everyone in Ethiopia,” Mikael Arage
“Transition to democracy” said Ayantu. “Stop killing in Moyale. Presecute Irrecah Killing.”
“No more Tyranny,” said Shemsu.
With Chewata, we say while we play. We play while we say.
Chewata is localized in to Amharic, Afan Oromo, Tigrigna, Somalia, German, Spanish, Chinese, Hindi and Arabic, and over 22 international languages.
Chewata is much more than just a game. It portrays a real story from Ethiopia in the form of a game – a story that matters to all Ethiopians. The players’ paradoxical role as the tyrant reflects the real tyrants’ way of staying in power by avoiding obstacles that come their way. While playing this game, one can become aware of how these tyrants get more and more corrupt and self-centered.
Notable Characters of Chewata
Chewata is much more than just a game. It portrays a real story from Ethiopia in the form of a game – a story that matters to all Ethiopians. The players’ paradoxical role as the tyrant reflects the real tyrants’ way of staying in power by avoiding obstacles that come their way. While playing this game, one can become aware of how these tyrants get more and more corrupt and self-centered. It has already sparked a discussion followed by a complicit prompt for action at UN and state department level.
“ Chewata is the intersection of social psychology, software engineering, art, music, culture, politics, law, marketing, journalism, human rights, moral philosophy and politics,” said Oban Metho , Head of Ethiopian solidarity movement
“This is a fantastic innovation that all of us must use as a portofolio for pitching rights abuse in Ethiopia. Lots of resource is spent on redendunt propaganda, and Chewata has indeed come out as the first meaningful publishing in Ethiopian politics to stay put in the international digital media landscape . It’s great to have something offered by Google telling the story of millions in Ethiopia through different languges,” said Aba Mela.
Icon of the Chewata app found in the google play store
Step in the shoes of a tyrant and download the game now on Google Play Store.
Currently supporting only Android platforms, Chewata is preparing to Roll out for desktop and iOS, among others .
Made with love, passion and vision for human rights, Chewata is a game of story from Ethiopia to help people contemplate through games. . http://www.chewata.org