Eighty four years ago, while the rest of the world was preoccupied with the Great Depression and bearing the brunt of global greed that decimated economies around the world, fascists invaded my birthland Ethiopia and ravaged the land of origins. Mussolini, seething from the embarrassment that our forefathers dealt Italy during the Battle of Adwa, was intent on restoring Roman pride by declaring a chemical holocausts against my grandparent’s generation.
Fifty years prior, Italians invaded Ethiopia bellowing vidi, vici veni only to be sent back north after jegnoch rose up and said embi! Europeans learned a lesson that day, Ethiopians cannot be defeated as long as we are united. This is a lesson that would-be colonizers would learn yet again during the runup to WWII, my grandparent’s generation refused to be divided and eventually repelled Mussolini’s forces and expelled occupiers back to Rome.
The lessons learned from two failed campaigns were plenty, chief among them was that Ethiopia could not be subdued as long as we refused to be splintered along ethnic lines. The Battle of Adwa was a victory wrought by solidarity more than any other factor; Ethiopians did not run to their respective ethnic corners, they emerged from the shadows of our differences and consolidated under one sendek alama. The forces of globalism had to reassess, as long as we were one, no one could defeat us.
That is why Ethiopia has been under constant attack for the past seventy years. A country bonded by nationality was slowly chipped away by carnival barkers of ethnocentrism who were paid to fracture us into separable islands. In time, what united us became the sources of our disunion. Our sendek alama, the flag that our forefathers rallied behind, was defiled by a Satanic pentagram that was attached to signify the devils reign. One by one, we started to lose our identity, Eritrea split off, we started to refer to ourselves as habesha (which is an insult that means slave in Arabic) and we let the TPLF ghettoize us behind the walls of ethnic Bantustans.
It worked brilliantly, we went from being a nation first among equals to nations and nationalities, as we let ethnic cadres fracture us. Ethiopia is currently being decimated by a cohorts of ethnic bandas who insist upon themselves. We emerged from the abyss of TPLF and entered into the era of Abiy Ahmed, he swept into power promising addition only to multiply our misfortunes. Two years of bankrupt policies and “privatization” schemes have witnessed Ethiopia returning into the chasm as wealth is hogged by a few while poverty is socialized liberally among the proletariat.
A time has arrived for us to rise up and return to the source of our ancestor’s strength or else we shall surely perish. As we Ethiopians rebel and meet at the rally point of inclusion, the rest of the world shall follow. Ethiopia, in this sense, is not only a country but a vision. Langston Hughes wrote about us and equated us with Zion. Marcus Garvey saw us as redemption’s song. Bob Marley sang about our defiance. To the world, #Ethiopia became the North Star towards liberation that led the enslaved away from colonization. Sadly, we have shackled ourselves, self-colonization became our reverse Adwa moment. Click To Tweet
But where there is bleakness, there resides hope. Where there is darkness, therein lies the light. We are bloody but unbowed. Here is my homage to Ethiopia and my prayer for all her children. By extension, here is my burnt offering for humanity writ large. May we overcome centuries of Satan’s lies and ages of his division. Here is what I know to be true, whereas the devil divides humanity and subtracts from our blessings, God, our Father in Heaven, multiplies our blessings and adds to our lives. Who am I to make this statement? No one, I am just a husband to Bethlehem Bekele and a father to Yohannes Teodrose. I am just like you, a child of God who is here delivering this message.
In Psalms 68:31, it notes “Ethiopia shall quickly turn her hands back to God”. That means we are currently facing away from him; rituals and piety cannot hide the truth of our nation. But I believe in my hear that the hour is upon us, Covid-19 and the vaxxxine from Pfizer, Biogen and Moderna are nothing more than the devil’s loop meant to erase our existence and wipe away 90% of humanity. But where the devil tries, my Father God in heaven divines. Game on sons of Maia, you have met your match. I promise you, this will not end well for thee, get ready to eat dust the long days of your lives::
“All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had.” ~ Acts 4:32
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