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The Horn of Africa States Unfreezing the Frozen Region

By Dr. Suleiman Walhad
January 12th, 2023

Before a century and some years ago, the Horn of Africa States was a thriving region, providing food and other necessities to itself, West Asia and Egypt and other countries. It was, indeed, a center of education and learning sending its own learned men to Cairo and Damascus and Jerusalem and other centers of learning. Its ambassadors were in the Mediterranean Europe and other Africa regions and, of course, Persia and the Arabian Peninsula. Richard Burton was even surprised when he was asked about the Crimea War, when he arrived in Zeila in the eighteen fifties.

What has happened to the region since those good days is clear and need not be repeated here. But one must, however, note that the current situation of the region is not tenable. Relentless conflicts, underdevelopment, climate pressures and other development challenges, seem to be tethering the region and it needs to address them. Single states cannot survive in the world of today. Note there are the Europeans who created their own European Union and there is West Africa which has created its own ECOWAS and there is the Southern Africa States who have created their own SADC and the Central Africans who have created the East Africa Community from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian Ocean. Where does the Horn of Africa States stand, in this age of regionalism and unions.

Even other groupings are now at play. We have the G20 or the G7 countries and we have the USMC organization, and all are aimed at supporting each other in the face of natural world competition in terms of development, business and commerce and even in science and other social developments. We hear of “our values and our freedoms” and other callings by other groupings. Where does the Horn of Africa States stand in this age of collectivization?

We know the region instead of coming together is even trying to break itself into smaller parts. The region must be in another planet and not in this earth. It is working opposite to the norms of normal nations, and it is difficult to describe it. No wonder the region the Horn of Africa States is known to be a region of despair, disunity, and conflicts and resulting hunger and starvation. Some parts exclusively focus on their tribal wellbeing as opposed to the regional or even national wellbeing. They think of the advantages they could draw from being singular and alone without even knowing how this would be possible when bigger sharks and wolves are around sniffing.

It is perhaps time, the region’s leaders both the ruling groups and in the opposition realized that they could do better for their constituencies by bringing together the region towards a developmental path and away from internal regional and tribal strives that lead no one to nowhere. It is perhaps time the region shared resources in this digital age and worked together for the development of the region. By working together costs could be shared and hence benefits could be better for each. The unitary state is no longer a workable proposition in this age of groupings where countries gang together against others. Look at the UK which regrets it ever chose to walk away from its European sister countries!

The region must learn that the imperative “Me, Me, Me……” is not a workable mindset and this appears to have been the main force driving all the wrong actions, politicians have taken in the region during the past forty odd years. The single state solution let alone the small clan/tribe is not workable and it is a wonder what is in the minds of those leaders who think in those obsolete mindsets that would not add to the development of the small tribe or clan they appear to be favoring as opposed to the whole.

We, therefore, urge, the leaders of the region to choose peace, co-operation and collective management of the region as opposed to the singular state craft, which seems to have been abandoned in the world lately. The region faces many challenges including but not limited to underdevelopment, trade barriers, unreliable supply chains, and pressures from other regions, and must, therefore, move forward together. The region needs to unfreeze the potential of the region frozen a century and some years ago by the powers of those days, which has kept the Horn of Africa States as divided as it is, or even striving to divide itself further into smaller parts. It is perhaps time that the mindset breeding the smaller units was stumped out and a mindset feeding and flourishing a regional setting was put in place.



2 thoughts on “The Horn of Africa States Unfreezing the Frozen Region”

  1. Amhara fano and eritrean genocidal army still in Tigray and killing Tigrayans

    በውጩ ሀገራት ተሸሽጋቹ የሰው ደም የምታፈስሱ ነፍሰ ገዳዮች የአጋንንት ጫጩቶች ናቹህ፤ማንኛውም ሰው ስለ መልካም ሥራውም ሆነ ሥለክፉዉ መዳኘቱና አይቀሬ ነው፥፥ተራሮችም ሆኑ ውቂያኖሶች አርማጌድዮንን ሊያስቀሩት አይችሉም፥፥፤በኦሮሚያ በወሎ በትግራይ ገብታቹ ስንቱን ዘረፋቹሁት ሊጥና ቧሃቃእንኳ አልተፋቹሁም፤፤
    እናንተ ና ወያኔ ባምባገነንት ልትገዙ ነው የምትፈልጉት ፥፥ወያኔም በትግራይ ሕዝብ ከመቼዉም ጊዜ በበለጠ ተጠልቷል በቅርቡ ከሥልጣን ይነሳል፤፤ነፍጠኛም ሳይወድ በግዱ ይባረራል፤፤ወንጀለኛ የፋኖ አባላት እስከወዲያኛው ይቀፈደዳሉ፤፤የሰረቁትንም ይተፋሉ፥፥
    ሁሉን ያስደመመ ነገር ቢኖር ወደ ትግይራና ኦሮሚያ ዘምቶ የትግራይ ቄሳውስትን ያልገደለ፤ቤተክርስያንን ያላቃጠለ፤ቆነጃጅትን ና መነኮሳትን ያልደፈረ ፥ነዋያተ ቅድሳትንና ሌሎችም የከበሩ ንብረቶችን ያልዘረፈ ሊያጕዘዉ ያልቻለውን ያላቃጠለ፥፥የትግይራይ ተወላጆችን የፊጢኝ አሥሮ ወደ ተከዜ ወንዝ ያልወረወረ፥ሰዉን ከነነፍሱ ወደ ጥልቅ ዉሃ ያላሰጠመ፥ ቄስ ዲያቆን ማንውኛም ያማራ ወጣት እንዳታገቡ ሲሉ ነፍጠኛቹ ለሴቶቻቸው ሰይጣናዊ ማስጠንቀያ ሰጥተዋል፤፤በመሠረቱ ወንጀለኛ የሰይጣን የግብር ልጅ በመሆኑ ልጅም ያባቱን ሥራ ይሠራል እንደሚባለው የሰይጣንን ሥራ በመሥራቱ በሥራው ሌላውን ሊወክልና ሊያሥወቅስ አይገባም፤፤ሥለሆነም በመቶዎች ና ዎች የሚቆጠሩ ፋኖዎች ተሰምቶና ታይቶ የማይታወቅ አፀያፊና ሠይጣናዊ የግፍ ግፍ በመፈፀማቸውና አሁንም በዚሁ ግብር ተጠምደው ስላሉ ሁሉም በእነርሱ ቅርጫት ውሥጥ መወርወርና አንድ አድርገን ማየት የለብንም፤፤ምክንያቱም ሠይጣናዊ ሥራ የራሱ የሰይጣን ተግባራትና እሴቶች ቢሆኑ እንጂ በዓለም ላይ ከሚኖሩየ የየትኞቹም ሕብረ ብሔራት የባህልና ሃይማኖት እሴቶች ና መገለጫዎች አይደሉም፥፥ሥለዚህ ወንጀለኛ በወንጀል ሥራው መላው የብሔር አባላትን አይወክልም፤፤ በአማራ ክልልም ሆነ በኦሮሚያ የሚኖሩ ሕዝቦች ስፍር ቁጥር የሌላቸው ለዘመናት ቅድሥት ቤተክርስቲያናትን ሲያገለግሉ የነበሩና አሁንም በማገልገል ላይ ያሉ መምህራንንና ደቀመዛሙርቶቻቸውን ያስተማረ ና ወላጅ ና አልባሽ አጉራሽ የሌላቸውን ወላጅ አልባሽ አጉራሽ ሁኖ የኢትዮጵያ ኦርቶዶክስ ለቤተክርስቲያ ታሪክና ቅርስ ሲያስጠብቅና ሲያከብር ቆይቷል፤፤ደግነት ና ቸርነት መገለጫዎቹ ስለመሆናቸው ማንኛችንም አንሥተውም፤፤
    እንደ ሾላ ፍሬ ያለ ድንጋይ የማይወርዱ የፖለቲካ ሊሂቃኖቹ ለገዛ ሥልጣናቸውና ጥቅማቸው ሲሉ ከተቀረው ሕዝብ ጋር ወዳልተፈለገ የጅምላ ፍጅት የርስ በርስ ጦርነት ሲማግዱት ቆይተዋል፤አሁንም ቢሆን የፈሰሰው ደም ያጠረቃቸው አይመስልም፤፤የዘመናችን ጳጳሳት እና ካህናት (በተለምዶ ማህበረ ቅዱሳን ተብሎ የሚታወቀው ማህበር የቀድሞ አባላትና የአሁኑ ጨምሮ )የርሥበርሥ ጦርነትና ዕልቂት ቀስቃሶችና ደጋፊዎች መሆናቸውን ሁላችንም የማንኵ ሀቅ ነው፤፤አንዳንዶች የዚሁ ማህበር አባላት የትግራይ ተወላጅ የሆኑ የቤተክርስያኗ መሪዎች ሊቃነ ጳጳሳትንና መምህራንን ጎሣ ተኮር በሆነ ሠይጣናዊ ተነሳሽነት ስም ይህ ጦርት ከመታሰቡ ና ከመጀመሩ በፊት የማጠልሸት ስራ ሲሰሩ ቆይተዋል፤፤
    እናማ ቀሳዉስቶቻቹ በርስ በርሥ ጦርነት ካልተሳተፉ ከማህበራዊ ህይወት መገለል አለባቸው የሚለው ጥሪ ለራሳቹ ቤተክርስያን ክብር እንደሌላቹ በቃላቹ ያረጋገጣቹበት የታሪክ አጋጣሚ ነው፤፤ጦርነቱን የባረኩ አባቶቻችሁም በአንደበት ብቻ ሳይሆን በተግባር ቤተክርስቲያናቸው እንዲቃጠልና እንዲመዘበር እንዲዘረፍ፤ሴቶች እንዲደፈሩ፤፤ካህናት እንዲታረዱ ፤ክር የሰው ልጅ የፊጥኝ ታስሮ ከነህይወቱ ወደ ጥልቅ ባህር እንዲወረወር በግብር ፈቅደዋል፤፤ይህን ግፍ የፈፀሙ አካላት የነዚህ ካህናተ ሀሰት መልዕክተኞች አሥፈፃሚዎች ናቸው፤፤የኢትዮጵያ ኦርቶዶክስ ጳጳሳትና ካህናት በቤክርስያኗ
    የቀኖና ሥርዓትና ምህርት መሠረት ንስሃ ሊገቡና የበደሉትን ሕዝብ ይቅርታ ሊጠይቁ ይገባል፤፤ ፍትሓ ነገሥቱ እነርሱ የፈፀሟቸውን የመሰለ ታላቅ በደልን አጥብቆ ያወግዛል እንዲያውም ከሥልጣኑ ይለይ ነው የሚለዉ፤፤ርስት ለማሥመለሥ ያልዘመተ ካህንና ዲያቆን ሴቶች ሆይ አታግቡ ሲሉ ማድመጥ እጅጉን ያስደምማል ያስደንቃል፤፤
    ካህን የሚዘምተው ቤተክርስቲያንን የሚያቃጥል ሴቶችን የሚደፍር ሃይማኖጥን ላስጥልህ የሚል ባዕድ ወራሪ ወደ ሃገር ገባ እንጂ ከሱማሌ ጋር አብሮ ምዕመናንን ከሚያርድ ከሚገድል ፥፥ከአብ ሐገራት የጦር መሣሪያ አስገብቶ የራሱን ቤተክርስያንና የሕዝበክርስቲያኑን መኖሪያ ከሚያቃጥልና ከሚዘርፍ ጋር እንዲዘምት ና አብሮ ተመሣሣይ ግፍ እንዲፅም የሚያዙ ቅዱሳት መጻሕፍት የሉም፤፤

  2. Dear Dr Suleiman
    Many thanks for this article.
    It’s really hightime to unfreeze this region.
    We need a generation of politicians and elits with a mindset to cooperate, collaborate and to grow together.

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