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ኢትዮጵያዊቷ የ29 ዓመት እናት በለንደኑ እሳት ሕይወቷን ማጣቷ ሲነገር፡ አረንጓዴ፣ ቢጫና ቀይ የማርያም መቀነት በህንፃው ላይ ወርዶ ይታይ ነበር

Posted by addisethiopia on July 13, 2017

ብርክቲ ሃፍቶም ትባላልች፤ እግዚአብሔር ነፍስሽን ይማርልሽ፤ እናትዬ!!!

Grenfell Tower Fire Victim Named As 29-Year-Old Mother Berkti Haftom

Her family issued a statement which said: “Berkti was a generous, caring, loving mother, partner, sister, aunty and friend and she will be missed by us all forever.”



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አቤት የአረብ ጭካኔ! Kuwait Employer Filmed Ethiopian Maid Falling From 7th-Floor Window Instead Of Helping

Posted by addisethiopia on March 31, 2017

ወዮላችሁ እነዚህን እርግሞች የምትረዱና ከእነዚህ የዲያብሎስ ልጆች ጋር የምትተባበሩ፤

ወዮላችሁ! ወዮላችሁ!!!

The video circulating on social media drew shocked responses and outrage.

The video of an Ethiopian domestic worker begging her employer for help as she is about to fall from a 7th floor window has sparked outrage in the affluent Gulf country.

The maid was filmed holding on to a window frame with one hand as she cries for help. “Hold me, hold me” she is heard saying, as reported by Al-Arabiya. The employer, who is filming the scene replies: “Crazy, come” but does not help the woman – who can be seen losing her grip and falling, you can also hear her hitting the roof of a building beneath her with a loud thump.

While the video then cuts to black, another video shows the Ethiopian woman being helped down by rescuers.

She survived the fall from the building in Sabah al-Salem, a suburb of Kuwait City near the airport, but reported multiple fractures, according to the Kuwait Times.

A lawyer, Fawzia al-Sabah, announced she will file a complaint with the public prosecutor against the maid’s employer for failing to provide help.

The video, circulated on social media using the hashtag “the fall of the Ethiopian”, drew shocked reactions of viewers who condemned the “inhumanity” of the employer who is failing to act to help the maid.

Human rights organisations have been advocating for years for better conditions for domestic workers in Gulf countries such as Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Oman, reporting abuses, exploitations and slave-like conditions.

“Migrant domestic workers are victims of a discriminatory system that denies them basic protections and leaves them open to exploitation and abuse including forced labour and human trafficking,” Audrey Gaughran, Amnesty International’s global issues director, said commenting on a 2014 report on the exploitation of domestic workers in Qatar.



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Birmingham Tragedy: House Fire Set By Dad Killed Two Ethiopian Children

Posted by addisethiopia on October 29, 2016


The little ones are called Tinsae  (ትንሳኤ ) which means Resurrection & Fasika  (ፋሲካ ) means Easter. Thier mother (her father) is named after the dearest Ethiopian Orthodox Christian Saint, Teklehaymanot.(አቡነ ተክለ ሐይማኖት). The father of the children is a Muslim.


I heard the mum screaming, it was horrible and even now I can still hear her in shock.’

I never met the woman but the kids were in the garden playing on the trampoline. They sounded like really happy children. It’s sad to think I won’t hear their voices again.

Pictured: Tragic brother, eight, and sister, six, who were killed when their father torched their family home before he was found in a burned-out car 40 miles away 

  • Neighbours pulled the girl and boy from their home, but they later died
  • Children have now been named locally as Fasika, six, and Tinesay, eight
  • Father, who was found in car 35 miles away, said to be Endris Mohammed

Two ‘lovely’ children who died after their father allegedly torched their family home in a murder-suicide attempt have been pictured for the first time.

The six-year-old girl and her eight-year-old brother were pulled from the house in Hamstead, Birmingham, yesterday.

Their father, aged in his 30s, was found in the wreckage of a Vauxhall in Newcastle-under-Lyme at 7.15am on Friday, four hours after the building was set alight.

The children have been named locally as Fasika and Tinesay and their father is understood to be Endris Mohammed.

Neighbour, Ian Jameson, 54, said: ‘Their deaths have shocked my kids as well as everyone else.

‘He was such a lovely lad, it will be such a shock to not see them anymore.

‘I saw the dad now and again getting in and out of the car, I think he said hello once or twice in the year they’ve lived here.

‘I never met the mother, I’ve been here for 20 years and everyone seems to know everyone more or less but they kept themselves very much to themselves.’

Brian Ball, 66, a pensioner who has lived on Holland Road for 40 years, said: ‘The kids were golden.

‘My grandchildren would play with them in the street as they do.’

The children’s mother, Penil Teklehaimanot, 36 who works at Ashmill Residential Care Home did not suffer serious injuries and is now helping police as a witness.

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Dad ‘kills His Two Children By Setting Fire To House’ And Is Found With Burns In Torched Car


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Saudi Arabia Blaming Ethiopians For Shocking Incident On National Airline

Posted by addisethiopia on September 9, 2016


Saudi Arabian Airlines’ (Saudia) inaugural flight of its new A330 was less than memorable when a video revealed that the passengers trashed the aircraft in flight. AT covered the incident here, with video revealing horrifyingly filthy restrooms, appearing to have feces smeared on toilet seats and urine on the floors, and litter scattered everywhere.

In the wake of this public relations disaster, Saudia is now offering the excuse that the reason for passengers turning the plane into a pigsty is that they were deportees enroute to Addis Ababa.

So, let me get this straight. The maiden voyage of its new Airbus A330 is assigned deportation duty to Ethiopia while pilgrims conducting Haj on the other new aircraft receive no attention. Or maybe it was just as bad on those flights. Who knows? Anyway, the anonymous source at Saudia who made the excuse was unavailable for comment. However, a Saudi citizen was asked about the incident,

Although the blame must be shared between the passengers and the airline, Saudia must get the bigger share of blame, he said. The crew must always keep the airplane clean. It is Saudia’s fault if the crew is understaffed,” he added.

This Saudi citizen is either ignorant of flying in that part of the world or is making another excuse for typical habits of Saudis or both. As Thomas Lifson remarked, Saudis largely rely on foreigners to perform menial labor and it’s no different on Saudia. Flight attendants are females from the other GCC countries and from Asia. Given Saudi cultural norms, the issue is not that both the passengers and the flight attendants are at fault with the lion’s share of the blame falling on the airline. It’s how much abuse are foreign female flight attendants willing to put up with on domestic and regional flights?

Even on international flights where a higher class of Saudi passengers is present, one can sometimes find restrooms which would not meet the standards of other Western carriers. The simple fact is this Saudia flight inadvertently provided a window to the behavior of its clientele, and blaming this on deportees won’t make it go away.


We saw similar trails of filth in the wake of the Moslem invasion of Europe last year and in the migrant hostels where they seemed perfectly content to live in squalor.

Top Saudi Arabia Muslim Cleric Calls For Killing Of Christians, Shia’s And Jews In Prayer Service

Shocking Video Of An Alleged War Crime: Saudi Arabia Blows Up College With ‘UK-made Bomb’ – A Day After Pm Defends £3bn Arms Deal

Saudi Authorities Close Down Shop Selling Traditional Camel Urine Drinks… After Discovering The Owner Had Been Filling The Bottles With His Own Bodily Waste

SAU, like in SAUDI, is a German word for sow, pig, swine. Normally an insult.


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Another MEDITERRANEAN TRAGEDY: It’s Only Africans and Christians They Drown Out

Posted by addisethiopia on May 29, 2016

Forty Children Drown as Shipwrecks Claim up to 700 – Again, Mostly Eritreans / Ethiopians

Do we witness such tragedies occurring at the Aegean sea? Do we hear reports Syrians, Iraqis, Iranians, Afghanis or Pakistanis dying on sea in such a tragic way? No! No way! It’s Africans they are drowning out, it’s Christians they are murdering. The ‘EurArabians’ are working hard filtering out Africans and Christians to accelerate the ‘Only Muslim’ takeover of Europe. Remember, it was on this very day, 29 May 1453 that the Orthodox Christian capital, Constantinople fell to the Muslim Turks.

I talked to a nice danish lady the other day, who told me that she stopped eating fish from the Mediterranean sea.

A week of shipwrecks and death in the Mediterranean culminated Sunday with harrowing testimony from migrant survivors who said another 500 people including 40 children had drowned, bringing the number of feared dead to 700.

Brought to safety in the Italian ports of Taranto and Pozzallo , survivors told the UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR) and Save the Children how their boat sank on Thursday morning after a high-seas drama which saw one woman decapitated.

“We’ll never know the exact number, we’ll never know their identity, but survivors tell that over 500 human beings died,” Carlotta Sami, UNHRC spokeswoman, said on Twitter.

With some 100 people missing after a boat sank Wednesday, and 45 bodies recovered from a wreck that happened Friday, the UNHCR said it feared up to 700 people had drowned in the Mediterranean this week.

Giovanna Di Benedetto, Save the Children’s spokesperson in Sicily, told AFP it was impossible to verify the numbers involved but survivors of Thursday’s wreck spoke of around 1,100 people setting out from Libya on Wednesday in two fishing boats and a dinghy.

“The first boat, carrying some 500 people, was reportedly towing the second, which was carrying another 500. But the second boat began to sink. Some people tried to swim to the first boat, others held onto the rope linking the vessels,” she said.

According to the survivors, the first boat’s Sudanese captain cut the rope, which snapped back and decapitated a woman. The second boat quickly sank, taking those packed tightly into the hold down with it.

The Sudanese was arrested on his arrival in Pozzallo along with three other suspected people traffickers, Italian media reports said.

“We tried everything to stop the water, to bail it out of the boat,” a Nigerian girl told cultural mediators, according to La Stampa daily.

“We used our hands, plastic glasses. For two hours we fought against the water but it was useless. It began to flood the boat, and those below deck had no chance. Woman, men, children, many children, were trapped, and drowned,” she said.

Those who survived told mediators the dead included “around 40 children, including many newborns”, La Repubblica daily said.

I saw my mother and 11-year old sister die,” Kidane from Eritrea, 13, told the aid organisations. “There were bodies everywhere”.

A bout of good weather as summer arrives has kicked off a fresh stream of boats attempting to make the perilous crossing from Libya to Italy.

Italian news agency Ansa said some 70 dinghies and 10 boats had set off over the past week.

Migrants interviewed by La Repubblica in Sicily told the daily a new “head trafficker” called Osama had taken control of departures from Libya’s beaches and was offering “cut-price” deals of 400 euros for the boat journey to lure in new customers.



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Yemen Gun Attack: 6 Ethiopians Among 16 Dead in Retirement Home Run by Catholic Nuns in Aden

Posted by addisethiopia on March 4, 2016

EthioYemenUnidentified gunmen stormed a retirement home run by Catholic nuns in the southern city of Aden on Friday shooting 16 people to death, including 4 Indian nuns, Yemeni security officials and witnesses said.

Two gunmen surrounded the home for the elderly in Aden while another four fighters entered the building, witnesses and officials said. They said the gunmen moved from room to room, handcuffing the victims before shooting them in the head.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press.

One nun who survived and was rescued by locals said that she hid inside a fridge in a store room after hearing a Yemeni guard shouting “run, run.”

Khaled Haidar told The Associated Press that he counted sixteen bodies, including that of his brother, Radwan. All had been shot in the head and were handcuffed. He said that in addition to the four Indian nuns, six Ethiopians, one Yemeni cook, and Yemeni guards were among those killed.

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Abandonment of Christian Victims of Genocide Today

Posted by addisethiopia on April 27, 2015

My note on the Mediterranean Genocide: There are differences in how certain nationalities are treated by smugglers, Di Giacomo said. He noted that Libyan smugglers often viewed sub-Saharan Africans as “less valuable” than other passengers and they were often forced into the hulls of boats making the trip to Italy from Libya.

“That’s the most dangerous part of the boat,” he said. Syrians were, however, allowed spots on the deck and could purchase lifejackets, a luxury that was not always offered to sub-Saharan Africans.


The world is witnessing the horrific genocide of Christians, reminiscent of the genocide of Armenian Christians that began this month one hundred years ago. The Vatican has estimated that “more than 100,000 Christians are violently killed because of some relation to their faith every year.” Three Christians a minute are being murdered. As many as 100-150 million Christians are being persecuted.

Statistics alone do not tell the whole story of the toll of human suffering the Islamic genocide of Christians is exacting. The horrific killings include, for example, four Iraqi Christian children, who were beheaded for refusing to say that they would follow Muhammad and for telling their ISIS captors that they will always “love” and “follow” Jesus.

ISIS is literally wiping out ancient Christian communities in Iraq and Syria, torching churches, killing and raping the inhabitants and forcing others to convert or flee for their lives.

Egyptian Coptic Christians and Ethiopian Christians were beheaded by ISIS jihadists in Libya, all shown to the world on video.

Christian students were slaughtered by the Al-Shabaab jihadists at a university in Kenya. “If you were a Christian you were shot on the spot.” said one student who managed to survive. “We sorted people out and released the Muslims,” Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al-Shabaab’s military operations spokesman, told Reuters. “There are many dead bodies of Christians inside the building.”

In Nigeria, the Boko Haram jihadists’ massive killing spree included the decapitating of Christians with chainsaws. Here is an example of a Boko Haram call to arms against Christians, which mirrors the ISIS movement that Boko Haram has aligned with:

We know what is happening in this world, it is a jihad war against Christians and Christianity. It is a war against Western education, democracy and constitution…This is a war against Christians and democracy and their constitution. Allah says we should finish them when we get them.

This systematic slaughter and persecution of Christians by Islamists have occurred largely in the Middle East and parts of Africa, but are by no means limited solely to those regions. The jihadists have made it clear that they intend to bring their genocide to Europe and America. Indeed, the genocide is migrating along with refugees from Africa who are trying to reach Europe to start a new life. Very shortly before the tragic capsizing of a boat in the Mediterranean Sea which cost hundreds of migrants their lives, Muslim migrants in a rubber dinghy threw overboard a dozen Christians for refusing to pray to Allah. The Christian migrants drowned for staying true to their faith.

Yet President Obama does not even seem able to publicly acknowledge the horrific Islamist genocide targeted against Christian men, women and children – simply because they are Christians – that is occurring on his watch, much less do anything about it. Other world leaders, including United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, have also failed to speak out forcefully for the Christian victims. They dance around the issue rather than confront directly the Islamic jihadist source, and the innocent Christian targets, of this primary evil of our time. As Mgr Mario Zenari, apostolic nuncio to Damascus put it, “Christians feel they have been abandoned.”

For example, the United Nations General Assembly held a two-day thematic debate on April 20 and 21 entitled “Promoting Tolerance and Reconciliation: Fostering Peaceful, Inclusive Societies and Countering Violent Extremism.” Senior government and religious leaders attended and gave lofty speeches. In his own remarks, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon talked in general terms about violent extremism and the need for the world to “stand up to this threat.” But the Secretary General conspicuously omitted any mention of anti-Christian genocide, while specifically calling out anti-Semitism and Islamophobia for stoking hatred and costing lives.

For his part, President Obama has done more than just abandon Christians. He has condescendingly lectured Christians to remember the misdeeds he says were committed in the name of Christ many years ago, as if that somehow balances out in his relativist moral code the genocide committed by jihadists against Christians today. During the National Prayer Breakfast earlier this year, Obama said: “And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”

Obama not only insulted Christians today who face persecution and death on a mass scale. He twisted history in trying to invoke his moral relativism. He conveniently left out that the Crusades were a response to Muslim invasions that had resulted in the capture of two-thirds of the old Christian world and that Christian churches took a leadership role in the fights against slavery and segregation.

a4de357d-9bd6-4fb2-957b-57b97f7d1681-654x1020Indeed, if President Obama wants to harken back to historical times for lessons, then he should look to the far closer parallels between the genocide that Turkish Muslims inflicted on Armenian Christians a century ago and the jihadists’ genocide of Christian men, women and children today. While Pope Francis labeled the Armenian massacres as “the first genocide of the 20th century” and some European leaders are willing to use the term “genocide” to describe what happened to the Armenians, President Obama has hidden behind euphemisms. He won’t use the word “genocide” when addressing the horrors that befell the Armenian Christians. He doesn’t want to insult the sensibilities of Turkey’s Islamist President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whom Obama has called one of his five top friends among world leaders (which, unsurprisingly, did not include Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu).

Samantha Power, whom President Obama chose to succeed Susan Rice as his UN ambassador, wrote more than a decade ago the Pulitzer Prize winning book entitled “A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide.” She wrote then that “[p]olicymakers have been able to accentuate the grayness and moral ambiguity of each crisis” in order to justify doing nothing. In early 2008, Ms. Power urged Armenian-Americans to vote for Barack Obama as president, noting his pledge as a candidate that “as president I will recognize the Armenian Genocide.”

Ms. Power vouched for Obama’s honesty in making that pledge:

I know him very well and he’s a person of incredible integrity, and he’s not going to focus-group his way to making very important policy decisions. He’s a true friend of the Armenian people, an acknowledger of the history.”

Obama has not kept his word since he took office to officially “recognize the Armenian Genocide.” And as the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Armenian genocide approaches, it is reported that he is still resisting the use of the term “genocide” to describe what the Muslim Turks did to the Christian Armenians. Using euphemisms such as “great calamity” does not accurately convey the truth of the deliberate policy of annihilation of an ethnic, largely Christian people. When I asked Ambassador Power for comment, she repeated three times “I don’t want to talk about it” and walked away.

Ambassador Power should be used to the “moral ambiguity” in her post at the UN. “Moral ambiguity” is the UN’s stock in trade. United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on April 22nd that the Secretary General is “fully aware of the sensitivities related to the characterization of what happened in 1915.” However, he prefers to refer to what happened as an “atrocity crime” rather than genocide. Indeed, during the same week of the 100th anniversary of the commencement of the Muslim Turks’ genocide committed against Armenian Christians, Ban Ki-moon went out of his way to praise the Turkish government for its “generous invitation and offer to host the first-ever international Humanitarian Summit meeting in Istanbul next year.”

As George Santayana wrote (in The Life of Reason, 1905 – ten years before the Armenian genocide began): “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Just as the rising wave of Islamic jihad has led directly to today’s genocide of so many Christians, so too did Islamic jihad in the Turkish-led Ottoman Empire contribute to the genocide of Armenians a century ago. As early as 1909, a Turkish Mufti (religious leader), urged Turks to kill Armenians because “they were against Muslims and God.” In early 1915, a fatwa was issued against non-Muslims in the Ottoman Empire.

Beginning on April 24, 1915, a deliberate policy to exterminate a whole population with mass killings and deportations was put into motion. Armenian Christians were shot, stabbed and beaten to death. Some had their throats slit. Women and children were marched to the desert to die, except for those children who were given one option to avoid death – renounce their Christian faith.

U.S. ambassador to Turkey at the time, Henry Morgenthau, described what he called a “death warrant to a whole race.” He said that “persecution of Armenians is assuming unprecedented proportions,’ which included “terrible tortures, wholesale expulsions and deportations from one end of the Empire to the other, accompanied by frequent instances of rape, pillage and murder, turning into massacre, to bring destruction and destitution on them.”

Little was done to try and stop the Armenian genocide as it was going on. Nearly 1.5 million Armenians were slaughtered. Adolf Hitler took notice of the world’s indifference. When he decided to invade Poland in 1939, he told his generals: “Thus for the time being I have sent to the East only my ‘Death’s Head Units’ with the orders to kill without pity or mercy all men, women, and children of Polish race or language. Only in such a way will we win the vital space that we need. Who still talks nowadays about the Armenians?” Hitler’s Holocaust resulted in the loss of about 11 million lives, six million of whom were Jews. Amongst the millions of non-Jews killed by the Nazis were Catholics and other Christians.


Hitler’s rhetorical question – “Who still talks nowadays about the Armenians?” –is still relevant today. Moral ambiguity from the leader of the free world and from the Secretary General of the United Nations gives Turkey’s leaders of today political cover to continue their denial of responsibility for the 20th century’s first genocide. In fact, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has tried to cast Turkey as the victim. He said that “if we examine what our nation had to go through over the past 100 to 150 years, we would find far more suffering than what the Armenians went through.” Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu lashed out at the Pope for joining “an evil front” plotting against Turkey and claimed that critics of Turkey were ignoring the Muslims’ suffering during World War I.

Caving in to historical revisionism that denies the 20th century’s first genocide – committed by Muslim Turks against Christian Armenians – creates a fertile environment for obscuring the evil underlying the commission of today’s 21st century genocide committed by Muslims against Christians. Turkey’s President Erdogan demonstrates the big lie when, for example, he played the Islamist victimhood card last fall by claiming that Westerners “want us dead, they like seeing our children die.” This is the same man who has accused Israel of being “more barbaric than Hitler.” He is the same man who said: “As Muslims, we’ve never taken part in terrorist massacres. Behind these lie racism, hate speech and Islamophobia.”

President Obama himself has played into the Muslim victimhood narrative on numerous occasions, starting with his June 2009 apologia speech in Cairo to the Muslim world. He followed up at the United Nations in 2012. After falsely blaming the jihadists’ murder of four Americans in Benghazi on an obscure anti-Muslim video, Obama said that “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”

President Obama is quick to condemn acts he considers to be demonstrations of Islamophobia. However, he remains on the sidelines while the genocide of Christians goes on unabated during our lifetime. Obama can start by re-focusing his plans for admitting to the United States at least 70,000 foreign refugees annually from Somalia, Iraq, Syria and other Muslim-majority nations. He should ensure that persecuted religious minorities from those countries be given first priority. Christians seeking refuge from falling victim to genocide in those Muslim-majority countries are clearly the most at risk today and deserve the most immediate protection.


Christians Slaughtered by ISIS: Is This Genocide?

—  Mike Huckabee: U.S. moving toward ‘criminalization of Christianity’


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Black Egyptians Decry Daily Racism

Posted by addisethiopia on July 26, 2013

When meeting with their Egyptian counterparts, black African embassy officials are often “told that being black, they have to keep a distance”.”

My Rage: There are over 3 million Egyptian Nubians (Ethiopians) – original Kemets – who’re children of Ham – like Coptic Christians – are there long before Arabs and Turks invaded and occupied “The Black Land.” Have you ever seen Nubians as politicians, diplomats, sportsmen or some other personalities – except as entertainers in Bedouin tents – in any other public life of today’s Egypt? Barely! They love to cry loud“Islamophobia” when they talk about the way Muslim minorities are treated in the West and yet they never stop to consider how they treat minorities and the most vulnerable among them. An mixed-race American scholar once rode in a Cairo cab with a Southern Sudanese woman and the cab driver assumed she was Egyptian and said, “Why are you riding with this slave (‘abd)?” What is ironic is that the dark-skinned American who can pass for Egyptian is a descendent of slaves, but the Southern Sudanese woman comes from a lineage that has always been free. They eat African soil, they drink African water, yet, they never reciprocate African kindness. With all honesty, this ignorant and ungrateful nation which has existed at the Mercy of Africa / Ethiopia for long, need to be punished now. Its settlers hate others, they hate each other – we shall see if their babysitters come to their rescue.

Whether we like it or not, God will soon start dealing directly with the satanic forces and the evil people responsible for so much injustice and cruelty and pain in the world. Some might think it’s some kind of privilege to be a racist, but the truth is racists are the most insecure, dark-souled people who suffer from an inferiority complex. Racists are allied and united in Satan. Racism is an infectious demonic disease. The world can now localize the racist hots’pot’s on the planet where the demons have been released. In the coming war against Satan and his demons it will be important to restrict the negative influence that they have in our countries – first, by taking out from us what is good, and later by wiping out the garbage that remains. For that, we need to construct more and more dams on the Nile and its tributaries to filter out the impurities, the good from the evil. Those who are humble and brave enough to refrain from their evil deeds by repenting, will know the God of Ethiopia, hence share, naturally, everything what the Holy land has been rendered. With the rest of the folks beyond the Pyramids, I envision them slaking their raging thirst with premium waters of Pee Dee River from the Ethiopian Highlands.

Look! The Lord is advancing against Egypt, riding on a swift cloud. The idols of Egypt tremble. The hearts of the Egyptians melt with fear.” [Isaiah 19:1]

When Mohamed Ahmed Mohamed first started receiving calls on his mobile phone from an unknown number telling him to leave Egypt, he ignored them.

But when the threats against the Sudanese asylum-seeker increased and he began to receive emails and Facebook posts with the same message – “Get out of the country” – he grew nervous.

A member of one of Sudan’s multitude of opposition groups, Mohamed tracked the messages back to a Sudanese embassy official – and took his concerns to the police. But he says the duty officer’s response was terse – “Why should I believe you?”. Other police stations also dismissed his fears.

“No one helps us. They never do,” Mohamed said.

Black, non-Arab Africans say the case reveals long-standing racism that threatens the security and livelihoods of Egypt’s sizeable sub-Saharan population. While refugees in the country face an overburdened and highly bureaucratic asylum system and aid organisations are underfunded and ill equipped to help them, non-Arab refugees face much more serious problems.

“You can be here 15 years as a recognized refugee and not for a moment of that will you ever be recognized legally or have a home,” said Christopher Eades, director of legal programming at AMERA, a British NGO for refugees.

Aid workers believe sub-Saharan refugees are treated by different informal rules than those of Arab origin – excluded from schools, facing hurdles opening businesses and finding work, and hampered in legal cases.

Refugee hurdles

Lengthy UNHCR registration processes mean most refugees in Egypt must remain in the country without identification or any means of subsistence for at least three years.

They are forced into the dark economy, working illegally at cafes, on construction sites, and in other manual jobs where abuse is routine and they have little protection in law.

“Even if you’re a recognized refugee, and you have a blue card, you have no right to medical treatment, no right to education, no right to work,” Eades said.

As far as the state is concerned, the refugees fall into a legal grey area where the government has no obligation to provide for them.

“Egypt is part of the Arab world, and any place in the Arab world is your home,” said Reda Sada El-Hafnawy, a member of the Shura Council’s Human Rights Committee and the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood. “They are welcomed but we can’t put them under the protection of Egyptian law.”

El-Hafnawy insists: “There is no racism in Egypt, so if there’s abuse, it’s from the absence of the law.”

But aid workers and community organisers say otherwise – and believe not all refugees are created equal.

“When there was an influx of African refugees, there was no attention from the NGOs,” said Yagoub Hamdan a Sudanese refugee and community outreach leader at AMERA.

However, when Syrians began pouring into the country in late 2012, the UN set up mobile stations throughout Cairo and the rest of the country, Hamdan pointed out.

“Why did they do that for Syrians when we had the same problem?”

Hamdan and other community organisers say Islamic aid organisations provide ample support to Syrians and Libyans, but rarely to non-Arab Africans.

Christian organizations

Lack of state support means non-Arab African refugees are forced to turn towards smaller NGOs and Christian organizations.

But lack of funding – and the hazards of operating in a climate often hostile towards Christians – greatly limits the ability of these groups to function effectively.

“We have always been told there is no space in Egyptian schools, they are overcrowded. Now we have Iraqi and Syrians, and they find a place in these schools,” said an Italian priest working at a Catholic organization who requested anonymity.

“Africans face deep political racism, and as an organization, we get no help from the Egyptian state.”

Racism faced by black Africans can also be found in politics, he added. When meeting with their Egyptian counterparts, black African embassy officials are often “told that being black, they have to keep a distance”.

‘Egyptians are not African’

This discrimination finds its was onto the street, and black Egyptians say they encounter constant social hurdles.

Nada Zeitoun, a Nubian filmmaker from the upper Egypt city of Aswan, was recently denied service at a pharmacy in central Cairo because the pharmacist said he “didn’t accept money from black hands”.

Zeitoun exposed the incident on social media and eventually the pharmacist was fired, but she says it was just one example of a broader culture of racism.

“Most Egyptians don’t consider themselves African,” she said.

Although Nubians are among the first inhabitants of what is now considered modern Egypt, “[Egyptian people] don’t believe we have a huge provenance of Nubian people.”

Zeitoun adds: “Even [deposed President Mohammed] Morsi thinks we are foreigners.”

Several weeks after the incident, Zeitoun says she received a call from one of the owners of the pharmacy.

He told her: “I’m sorry, [the pharmacist] didn’t know you were Egyptian. He thought you were an African refugee.”



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Ethiopian Christians Languishing in Saudi Jail

Posted by addisethiopia on June 10, 2012

…everyone knows the truth but the Saudis continue lying…and their lie is always an excuse guarded


Over the past month, Saudi Arabian officials have been making conflicting statements about why a group of 35 Ethiopian Christians were arrested at a prayer service in a private home in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, last December.

International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that the statements were made over a period of several weeks after staff members from multiple Congressional offices began calling the Saudi embassy in Washington DC to inquire into the situation.

On 7 May, a Congressional office told ICC that a source close to the Saudi ambassador had indicated the Christians were arrested as part of an investigation into a large scale human smuggling ring.

ICC says this explanation contradicted the original rationale published by Human Rights Watch in January that the group had been accused of the “illicit mingling of genders”.

Three days later, Sarah Nezamuddin, a representative from the Embassy, told a separate Congressional office that the Christians had all been arrested for having issues with their work permits.

ICC proceeded to provide a list of the prisoners with legal work permit numbers to the Congressional office, and after some follow up, Ms Nezamuddin changed the explanation and said that the Christians were involved in both drug and human trafficking.

ICC goes on to report that finally, on 21 May, in a meeting with staff members from multiple Congressional offices, representatives from the Saudi government said that the 35 Christians had been arrested for visa issues, but that they were also involved in some form of smuggling ring.

ICC said: “When pressed for specifics, the Saudi officials reportedly demurred and changed the topic. At least one Congressional staff member left the meeting with the impression that neither Saudi official actually knew why the Christians were arrested in the first place.”

Speaking with ICC, one of the prisoners reported feeling “very sad, and very surprised” at the constantly changing allegations.

“Why haven’t they brought us to court? Why don’t they show us some evidence and bring charges against us?” said one of the prisoners. “[We feel like] the Saudis are trying to punish us for being Christians by keeping us in prison.”

ICC further states that soon after the 21 May meeting, the prisoners reported being taken to a processing centre for the first time since their arrest.

However, after two extended trips to the processing centre, the prisoners were returned to their cells without any new information as to when or if they will be released.

After speaking with some of the prison authorities, one of the prisoners reported being under the impression that orders had “come from higher up” for their release, but that the prison authorities may be reluctant to let them go.

Ryan Morgan, ICC’s Advocacy Officer, said: “I continue to be baffled by the inability of the Saudi government to explain exactly why 35 Christians attending a prayer service at a private home were suddenly arrested almost six months ago.

“The story keeps changing, and it is very troubling to think that a key US ally in the Middle East may be lying to US government officials about why they are arresting religious minorities.

“I strongly encourage interested individuals to call the Saudi Embassy and express their concern at this alarming turn of events.”

Source: Christiantoday

For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” —2 Corinthians 12:10



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The Constrained Capabilities Of Overseas Domestic Workers In Lebanon (Report)

Posted by addisethiopia on March 30, 2012

Kate Denman is a British born researcher who has spent large periods of her career working in Lebanon and Syria, focusing on issues of human rights, social justice and equality. She co-founded an NGO, Refocus, and is finalising her MA in Education, Gender and International Development at the Institute of Education, London. Kate continues to research social injustice and designs artistic educational programmes to help raise awareness, understanding, and to facilitate social change.

Kate has compiled a remarkably thorough, original paper which analyses the conditions for Overseas Domestic Workers (ODW) in Lebanon as vast global disparities create a modern slave-trade where post-industrialised economies opt for cheap imported labour. ODW come from some of the poorest countries to work in Lebanon where they are excluded from national labour laws. This results in limited available protection and increased risk of exploitation and loss of freedom and dignity.

The paper uses the Capabilities Approach, with specific focus on Nussbaum’s list of capabilities, as a framework to explore the constraints that ODW face. This includes their access to recourses and their possibilities to convert their capabilities to valued functionings and agency. An analysis is made of how national and international policy is responding to these concerns in the Lebanese context. The international analysis focuses on the UN anti-trafficking protocol, CEDAW, authentic commitments made by Lebanon to the International Labour Organization’s convention, and how the MDG’s and EFA goals are failing to commit to adult education and equality.

The paper exposes the lack of legal protection available, how public attitude is emulates national policy, the physical and psychological violence experienced by ODW, forms of debt-bondage slavery and contract-slavery, education and how the ethnic hierarchy has developed.

The main findings were as follows:

  • ODW in Lebanon are frequently being denied basic rights and capabilities which highly restrict valued functionings and agency.

  • Structural barriers and non-inclusion in labour laws reinforce the demeaning socio-political landscape for ODWs.

  • Attitudinal change needs to occur to reduce symbolic and physical violence that ODWs sustain.

In response the following courses of action are recommended:

  • Education for the ODW should be provided, not only to help them understand their rights, but also give access to capabilities and opportunities previously denied.

  • Pre-departure seminars in home countries need to be investigated.

  • The education of Lebanese children about ODW should be implemented.

  • To guarantee the implementation of international labour laws public awareness needs to be raised regarding ODWs circumstances. Key constituencies such as national labour officials, trade unions, employers, media must join together to create governmental pressure.

Read Kate’s full paper here (PDF)


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