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The Will

(by Sahlu Bekele – Toronto)

 

They were out in the field

Roaming together

To search and discover

The things that matter

Like grass, like water

That made their lives better

 

There were monkeys and donkeys

Somewhat bizarre but a possible mix

There were sheep and goats

Relatives and cousins

There were chicken and eagles

Same family but enemies

There also were buffalos

In the jungle in the plains

But there also were foxes and wolves

Hyenas and wild dogs

The predators and the carnivores

 

Everyone was out in the field

Tending to their need

While most were grazing the grass

Others were waiting for a chance

While most neglected the danger

Others waited for their dinner

Mobilized by their hunger

Specially the hyena

The tireless observer

Of animal behavior

Was waiting patiently

To attack suddenly

 

While the field seemed tranquil

It wasn’t safe still

And peace was about to crack

With a hyena strike

 

Silence was broken

Peace was shaken

Safety was forgotten

Survival uncertain

For the grazing masses

Of peaceful animals

 

It’s shameful and embarrassing

When one hyena chases

One thousand lives

 

The herbivores running for life

The carnivores setting the strife

Here chaos, there chaos

Everywhere chaos

Total confusion total turmoil

Fills the air, fills the plains

To the advantage of the killers

 

In this drama in this course

There appeared a heard of buffalos

Organized and formidable force

Never scared of the hyenas

Fought back with zeal

In unison, with will

Stood their ground

Since they found

What mattered most

Wasn’t in numbers but in the will

The will to cooperate

The will to associate

The will to stand together

The will to do the job

 

And peace was restored

And the hunters were hunted

And the preys breathed a sigh of relief

And life went on as usual

Thanks to collective defense

Of the buffalo force

 

Because one needs the whole

And the whole needs the one

To succeed to win

One has to be twin

This business of ours

Needs conviction, needs passion

To keep our being, to save the nation

To take Ethiopia in the right direction

From this generation to that generation¨

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Vengeance against the last “Goodwill Ambassador” of Ethiopia

Aklilu Demissie
 
A regime that is swimming in an all time destruction of the motherland has now unleashed it vindictive rage against the most popular king of Ethiopian pop music. Theodros Kassahun’s (Teddy Afro) songs have transcended all barriers of language, ethnicity, race and creed in our world that has become increasingly small, thanks to all tools of present day communication.   
 
Teddy’s only crime emanates from his songs that have always preached about love, unity and nationalism. Yet, the songs proved to be bone piercing for the minority ethnic regime, which since its inception has set the agenda of dismembering and destruction of Ethiopia as a nation. Quite contrary to the regime’s dream, Teddy Afro has quite successfully reinvigorated what being an Ethiopian mean and hailed storms in the upsurge of patriotism.
 
 
In a land that has become famous for celebrating injustices and trampling on individual rights, where the rule of law has become a sham, the nipping of Teddy Afro in an allegation of a hit-and-run accident seems to be the best way the government could manufacture a criminal legal wrangling in attempt to strip the moral integrity and independence by humiliating him and patriots in to powerlessness. The shrewd attempt is to indicate that the regime can do whatever it would with impunity and in so doing send its sworn, born signal, ‘I will eat you any time when I feel hungry for you.’ This detention may be a prelude to a long Kangaroo Court trial with floundering, coached witnesses typical of Zenawi’s courts. There is no reason to doubt that Teddy, an icon of contemporary Ethiopian music, is a prisoner of conscience.
 
 
The regime more than any time is besieged by insurmountable, unforgivable atrocities stretching from inside the country to Somali’s blood bath. It is struggling to keep itself alive by preventing citizens from getting independent and unadulterated news, reports like its communist predecessors. Dragging Teddy in the regime’s despicable dungeons for quite a while may have been devised to divert attention from ignominious atrocities and the bigger issue – change of regime in Addis.
 
Teddy has used his talent to bring the nation together which has also got a tremendous amount of attention in the world. He has ascended to international prominence proving that he is truly with impeccable character and charisma our country’s Goodwill Ambassador of love, peace, unity and independence. Today that is what unites the world. Those who are bent contrary to this belief will ultimately end up in defeat.
 
Unfortunately, he is forced to a different world where his passion for the motherland has openly let him spend days in jail with no power to defend him.
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