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ርግቢቱ ዓለም – The Scared Pigeon

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on March 19, 2012

 

ዓለምእህታችን እ. . አ በማርች 14 2012 .ም ከንጋቱ 1200 ሰዓት ላይ ነው ያረፈችው ተብሏል። ወገኖቻችንና አንዳንድ ብሩክ የሆኑትን የዓለማችን ነዋሪዎችን ያሳዘነው የዓለም አሟሟት እጅግ በጣም ልዪ የሆነ ነገር በሁላችን ዘንድ ሊፈጥር ችሏል። ከሁለት ወራት በፊት ወደ ቤይሩት ከተማ ብቅ ያለችው እህታችን ኃይለኛ የሆነ መልዕክት ይዛልን ነበር ወደዚያኛው ዓለም ያለፈችው። በዓለማችን በመከራ ማዕበል የማይንገላታ ሰው የለም፤ አረመኔ በሆኑት የአረብ ሕዝቦች እጅ የተያዘ ደግሞ ከየተኛውም የዓለም ክፍል በይበልጥ በሥጋም ሆነ በነፍስ እየተቀጠቀጠ ነው ለመኖር የሚበቃው። መከራ የምንቀበለው ነገ በገሃነም እሳት ሳይሆን ዛሬ በምድር ሳለን መሆኑ ትንሽ ሊያጽናናን ይገባል። ለዚህም ነው እህታችን ዓለም በዚህች ምድራዊ ሲኦል በእግረ አጋንንት ተረገጠው ለሚኖሩት እህቶቻችን ሁሉ አሁን መልዕክተኛ ሆና የቀረብችልን። መቼም በመከራና ችግር ጊዜ ድንቅ ነገር ይመጣልና እምብዛም መደነቅ የለብንም። የፈጣሪ ክብር ሲገለጥ ሐሴት በማድረግ ደስ ሊለን ይገባል፡ መንፈሱ በኛ ላይ አርፏልና።

ላይ ቪዲዮው ላይ የምትታየውን ርግብ ያነሳኋት ባለፈው ሣምንት፡ በማርች 14፡ ልክ ከቀኑ 1200 ሰዓት ላይ ነበር። ርግቢቱ በመኖሪያ ቤቴ በመስኮት በኩል ገብታ ጋራጅ መውረጃ ላይ ቁጭ ብላ ነበር ያገኘኋት። እኔን ስታይ እየተንደፋደፈች ወደላይ በመብረር ከቤቱ ለመውጣት መስኮቱ ጋር ትጋጭ ነበር። እኔም ቆም ብየ ለ10 ደቂቃ ያህል ከታዘብኳት በኋላ ልረዳት ጠጋ አልኩኝ። መጀመሪያ ላይ ለመሸሽ ብትሞክርም በመጨረሻ ይዣት በመስኮቱ ላወጣት ችያለሁ።

የርግቢቱ ሁኔታ፡ በዚያ ቀን በጣም ስታሳስበኝ የነበረችውን የእህታችንን፡ የዓለምን ሁኔታ ያሳየኝ መስሎ ነበር የታየኝ። ርግቢቱ ከአካባቢዋ አምልጣ የሆነ ነገር ለማግኘት ወደ ቤቱ ገባች፡ ግን ቤቱ ውስጥ ምንም ነገር ስላላገኘች ወደ መጣችበት ለመመለስ ፈለገች፡ ሆኖም የገባችበት መስኮት ዘንበል ብሎ በጠባቡ የተከፈተ ስለነበር በቀላሉ ከቤቱ መውጣት አልቻለችም። ቆም ብዬ በታዘብኳት ወቅት ርግቢቱ ስታሳየው የነበረው የጭንቀትና የመረበሽ ሁኔታ እጅግ በጣም ያሳዝን ነበር፣ ከታች ጠብጠብ ታደርጋለች፣ በቂ አየር ስላልነበረም ክንፎቿን ዘርግታ እንደልቧ መብረር አልቻለችም፣ ስለደከመችም አፎቿን በጣም ከፍታ አየር ትስብ ነበር። መስኮቱ ላይ ሆና ከውጭ ሌሎች እርግቦችን ሲበሩ ስታይ ከነርሱ ጋር ለመሆን በመንደፋደፍ ከመስተዋቱ ጋር ትጋጫለች። በመጨረሻም ምንም ማድረግ እንደማትችል ስለተገነዘበች ጠጋ ብዬ እንድይዛት ፈቀደችልኝ። በመስኮቱ በኩል እጄን አውጥቼ ስለቃት ከመቅጽበት ነበር ነፃ ሆና እየበረረች ወደሰማይ ለመውጣት የበቃቸው።

እንደ ሪፖርተር ጋዜጣ ዘገባ ፤ ማክሰኞ ማርች 14ለረቡዕ አጥቢያ እህት ዓለምን የምትከታተላት ነርስ ከሌሊቱ 10 ሰዓት ተኝታ አየቻት፡፡ 11 ሰዓት ላይም ተኝታ ነበር፡፡ ለሦስተኛ ጊዜ በ12 ሰዓት ስትጎበኛት ለአየር ማስገቢያ በተከፈተ ኮሪደር ላይ አንሶላ ቀዳ ራሷን አጥፍታ ተገኘች፡ ስለዚህ የሞተቸው ረቡዕ ማርች 14 ከንጋቱ 12 ሰዓት ላይ እንደሆነ ተገልጧል።

ይህን ዜና ካገኘሁ በኋላ ርግቢቱን ያገኘኋት በ12 ሰዓት ላይ መሆኑ ባጋጣሚ እንዳልሆነ አሁን ገባኝ። ርግብ የ መንፈስ ቅዱስ፥ የሰላምና የነፃነት ምልክት ናት። 12 ቁጥርም ቅዱስ ቁጥር ነው። እህት ዓለም ከእርጉሞች እጅ ነፃ ወጥታለች የእግዚአብሔርን ሰላም አግኝታለች። የበደሏት እርጉም ሕዝቦች ግን የሚቀጡበት ጊዜ ደርሷል፣ አምላክ የሰጣቸውን ዕድል ባለመጠቀማቸውም ተፈርዶባቸዋል ፤ የዘሯትን የጥላቻ ሰብል በቅርቡ ያጭዷታል።

መዝሙር 12

5 ስለ ድሆች መከራ፥ ስለ ችግረኞች ጩኸት እግዚአብሔር፤ አሁን እነሣለሁ ይላል፤ መድኃኒትን አደርጋለሁ፥ በላዩም እገልጣለሁ።

6 በምድር ላይ እንደ ተፈተነ ሰባት ጊዜ እንደ ተጣራ ብር። የእግዚአብሔር ቃላት የነጹ ቃላት ናቸው።

7 አቤቱ፥ አንተ ጠብቀን፥ ከዚህችም ትውልድ ለዘላለም ታደገን።

8 በሰው ልጆች ዘንድ ምናምንቴ ከፍ ከፍ ባለ ጊዜ ክፉዎች በዙሪያው ሁሉ ይመላለሳሉ።

 

A well-written song by David, when he was in the cave; a prayer.

Psalm 142

1 To the LORD I cry out; to the LORD I plead for mercy.

2 I pour out my lament before him; I tell him about my troubles.

3 Even when my strength leaves me, you watch my footsteps. In the path where I walk they have hidden a trap for me.

4 Look to the right and see! No one cares about me. I have nowhere to run; no one is concerned about my life.

5 I cry out to you, O LORD; I say, “You are my shelter, my security in the land of the living.”

6 Listen to my cry for help, for I am in serious trouble! Rescue me from those who chase me, for they are stronger than I am.

7 Free me from prison, that I may give thanks to your name. Because of me the godly will assemble, for you will vindicate me.

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Suicides of Ethiopian Maids in The Middle East

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on December 5, 2009

A recent spate of suicides by foreign maids in Lebanon is prompting outrage among human rights groups, who say the government is doing too little to protect migrant domestic workers from severe abuse.

Over the past seven weeks at least 10 women have died, either by hanging themselves or by falling from tall buildings. Six of these cases have been reported in local media as suicides and four more have been described as possible work accidents.

An Ethiopian woman working as a cleaner in Lebanon told CNN by phone that she was sad about the recent suicides, and that she had a friend who killed herself several years ago, when she too was working as a live-in maid.

The abuse faced by migrant domestic workers is a common problem throughout the Arab Middle East, both because of generally poor labor regulation and also cultural prejudice.

The responsibility lies primarily with the state. There are no inspectors who can check on working conditions. The laws need to be modified.

The mistreatment of these women and the absence of any government protection is not just in Lebanon — it’s in all the Arab countries,

According to HRW, more than one third of foreign domestic workers in Lebanon are denied time off and more than 50 percent work at least 10 hours per day.

In North American and European cities, whenever the Ethiopian immigrant population reaches the 300 mark, it is natural to discover Ethiopian shops, Cafés, Restaurants and similar expressions of sociocultural dynamism. But, this is not the case in Arab cities, where hundreds of thousands of men and women Ethiopian origin live for decades, even centuries. The fact that nowhere in the Middle East, except in Israel, a single Ethiopian restaurant is to be found says it all on the degree of tolerance in that part of alienating world .

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The Saga Of Ethiopian Maids

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on December 11, 2008

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Domestic workers, the majority of whom are women, constitute a very large portion of today’s migrant worker population.

Domestic work is the single most important category of employment among women migrants to the gulf states, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Lebanon. 40  60 % of the population in the Arab states of the Gulf region has a foreign background.

The majority of female migrants come from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Indonesia, the Philippines.

Driven by poverty and conflict in their home countries, women from these countries travel to the Arab states only to find themselves hungry, abused, raped and subjected to conditions akin to slavery.

There are too many stories about ill-treatment and not paying full wages. Most maids, if being paid on time, earn about $100 a month; the minimum wage, for instance, for Kuwaitis is $900 a month. Frankly speaking, there are few stories more tragic than the plight of foreign maids in Arab countries. Those familiar with their circumstances know how much they suffer under cruel employers, so much so that many choose to take their own lives.

Thousands of young Ethiopian women are being enticed to the Middle East and gulf Arab states with the promise of work  only to suffer verbal, physical and sexual abuse.

Many of these young women are locked in the house where they work at all times and never given any freedom.

Many suffer ‘mental torture’ telling horror stories. The abuse in the Middle East goes beyond just physical, employed in back-breaking jobs for up to 18 hours a day,  girls also have to perform sexual favours,  frequently  raped.

Suicide cases are not rare. Girls are only allowed to return home by their employers when their contract ends or when they fail to give any service due to sickness or disability.

Many of these young girls return to Ethiopia partially paralysed, insane, with broken backs and legs, in some cases, burned with acid.

According to the US official ranking, states like Bahrain, Kuwait, Iran, Lebanon, Malaysia, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria and Qatar  as among the worst human trade offenders.

God will see all your sufferings — and the days of those wicked  and evil barbarians are numbered. Oppressors, are always subject to continual terror, live very uncomfortably, and perish very miserably

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