By Surafel (Mamushe)
Yes……as a proud Ethiopian young man, I never thought for a second that I am crying a story over heard from the news outlets. In our culture, we, men, are usually hiding our heartfelt emotions inside on our heart, however, the despicable and indefensible crime committed against our people by the very small click of TPLF angered me more than ever before in my entire lifetime. Cultural implications and impacts are a pinpoint of societal behavioral reflections. We, Ethiopians, are well known for our cultural values; nevertheless, what’s happening in Ethiopia right now is far from our cultural norms. The devilish TPLF security agents compromise the decency of our cultural values.
Recently, when I noticed what’s happening in a TPLF torture camp against one of the central committee members of UDJ (Andenet), my anger reached on a climax. Beyond my extreme anger, my tears fall on my face like a rain.
Here the shocking story…..as always I do, I logged in on my face-book page to check the daily newsfeed. As soon as I scrolled down on my page, one of the news links surprisingly caught my attention. Eagerly, I clicked on the link and listening the interview conducted by Ethiopian Satellite Television a.k.a ESAT with the victim and highest-ranking member of UDJ (Andent), Ato Abebe Akalue. As Ato Abebe narrating the untold and shameful act of TPLF agents against him, I couldn’t believe what I have just heard from him. Since torture and heinous crime against our people is a normal routine in a TPLF torture camp, it doesn’t surprise me at all. However; what shocked me the most is the sexual harassment against Ato Abebe by the TPLF security agents. Forget about as a very conservative nation such as Ethiopians, I never saw anywhere in the world that security agents sexually harassed someone because he has different political views than the government.
Right after listen this horrific interview, I turned the audio off and sighed deeply. And then, I was numbed for a while, and confused, sad, mad and finally I felt those TPLF agents and their masters are planted a seed of hate on me. Yes a seed of hate that can cultivate revenge in my heart. Whether you are a supporter or against the TPLF lead government, in this specific case, the RED line was passed. They broke the core value of our cultural identity. We all know that sexually harassing a father and married man is an absolute taboo and insane.
I was one of the people who strongly believed that the only avenue to rid off any dictatorial regime is only through peaceful struggle, however, after this inhuman and monstrous act of TPLF, I convinced myself that peaceful struggle against these evils are a nightmare. As a result, now on, I am onboard for using anything to take back our country from TPLF and replanting the seed of peace, respect and unity among our great people.
Not a political, a moral question for Ethio-Tigrians in Diaspora.
To all Diaspora Tigria origin brothers and sisters….for how long and what cost, you will say “enough is enough” to this small group of merciless TPLF?
My and your forefathers were fought and died together as one nation to protect our country from domestic and foreign enemies. Their ultimate precondition to defend the country and its people from domestic and foreign enemy was simply “right or wrong” not demographical or geographical resemblance. I am not trying to challenge your right to affiliate with any political groups but I am challenging your reasoning to support the TPLF.
Today, for the sake of argument, I will set aside the political argument against you (Diaspora Ethio-Tigrians) but I will present to you a moral argument. I bet you all have heard what the TPLF security agents did against the ranking member of UDJ, an opposition political party. Recently, the TPLF Security agents abducted the victim from the street and took him some unknown place. Right after they got him in this unknown torture camp, they forced the kind of alcohol down into his throat and water boarding him consistently. Because this was not enough for the TPLF ruthless agents, they are sexually “molested” him. How this happened in Ethiopia?
My brother and sisters; what is the moral equivalency for this unusual and immoral satanic behavior of TPLF? This is beyond anybody’s imagination. I don’t know which world the Diaspora Tigrians lives in, but most of Ethiopians are outraged and angered by the sodomization of our God fearing people. Whether or not you are a TPLF sympathizer, this act of evil violates the universal code of conduct and our moral values.
Finally, I am very disappointed that I didn’t see any statement and hear any condemnation from the Diaspora Tigrians against this TPLF shameful act. It’s best for the good of the country to come together as one nation and people and say enough for these TPLF parasites spew hate and division among our people. Otherwise, I can assure you that our country will be the land of vengeance, retaliations and avenging.