Open letter of Appreciation and Acknowledgment:
Date: Saturday, April 30, 2022
To: Dr. Deborah MacLatchy
Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU)
Dr. Patrick Deane
From: Semaneh Tamrat Jemere
Ottawa, ON K1H 6H8
Re: Ann Fitzgerald and Senator Huge Segal authors of Front-Line Voices:
I am extremely flabbergasted by your recent research paper (Front Line Voices) which is well documented and enriched with a mountain of facts and not fairy tales. We know that anyone can write papers, opinion pieces, and research documents. No matter who writes, there is nothing that can stand tall like that of Professor Ann Fitzgerald and Hugh Segal of the most prestigious academies of learning, the Wilfrid Laurier and Queens Universities of Canada.
These universities got their reputation and fame through professionals and seasoned researchers like Ann and Huge who only speak truth to power. For Ann, Huge, and Wilfred and Queens Universities facts, realism, and professional etiquette are the hallmarks of their true identity never compromised by corruption and lobbying for self-aggrandizement.
This is not the first time that these researchers have shown their professional integrity. At the beginning of the 21st century, I had the privilege of reading a Canadian-Senate report led by Senator Huge Segal entitled ‘“A new Road map of Canadian Aid for Sub-Saharan Africa”. The Senate report revealed CIDA’s 40 years of the cacophony of failure of aid programs to Africa including Ethiopia.
Today Ann Fitzgerald and Senator Hugh Segal have again shared their ground-breaking research document ‘The Front-line voices’ which reveals TPLF’s atrocities in Northern Ethiopia-Tigray Province. The facts revealed in their paper are not like the fabricated disinformation reports cooked at the desk level by Amnesty International or Human Rights Watch. Rather they are facts spoken and told by TPLF victims.
Certainly, those who have been feeding false information to the international media and the global community will be sleepless. And there will be no surprise if they are in a defamation campaign against Ann and Huge. We say to those types of people that the train of truth will travel at a lightning speed and the false passengers will be left behind at their station.
On behalf of the victims of TPLF, I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for telling the international community the truth and the only truth that existed on the ground to date. There is nothing more onerous than being a voice for the voiceless.
Semaneh T. Jemere
Cc: Dr. Abiy Ahmed
Prime Minister of Ethiopia
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Ethiopian News Agency,
Addis Ababa Ethiopia