Monday, January 31, 2011

ጎ ግሪን

This is the cup I won for my green effort

Here is what I did green
Saving energy by wearing a coat in the office instead of using the heater

I am sure my green friends will not agree with the easy win that I got but it seems it’s the effort that counted .On the other hand I, as an African, should really be concerned about GREEN as we are the foremost victims of pollution, carbon emission and waste that affects the climate, weather and the environment of our mother land.

ሰማይ ተከፈተ ደስ ይበለን ማህሌት ተሰማ ደስ ይበለን ዛሬ ተከበናል ደስ ይበለን በመለኮት ግርማ ደስ ይበለን በመለኮት ግርማ ደስ ይበለን

I heard this song on such a special feast day - አስተርእዮ - in St.Tekla Haimanot Chruch VA and thought it would be selfish if not shared.I invite you to take the pleasure in listening to it.
The February (ጥር) is known as the month of manifestation (appearing አስተርእዮ )Starting from its eve, nativity - Birth of Christ, God has revealed his divinity and the beginning of the end of Adam’s life of suffering. In Theophany , at the baptism of Christ the Holy Trinity appeared clearly to mankind for the first time -- the Father's voice is heard from Heaven, the Son of God is incarnate and standing physically in the Jordan, and the Holy Spirit descends on Him in the form of a dove. The Dormition of St.Mary or assumption .The Holy virgin died like all humanity, "falling asleep," so to speak, as the name of the feast indicates. She died as all people die, not "voluntarily" as her Son, but by the necessity of her mortal human nature which is indivisibly bound up with the corruption of this world. This event is seen as first fruits of the resurrection of the faithful that will occur at the Second Coming of Christ.
The second coming of Christ where the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
This song paints the scene.The harmony and melody gives life to the words and the stanza.  

Friday, January 28, 2011

The Heart

See this picture ...

the passion and the anger that keeps one pushing

Then see this video ......

the lion heart that leads through fire 

Then think of the verse from the Bible 

ወጣቱ ብንያም በጕልበቱ በዚያ አለ፥ 
ገዦቻቸው የይሁዳ አለቆች የዛብሎን አለቆችና የንፍታሌምም አለቆች።

In the Ethiopian Church teaching Benjamin (Beniyam - ብንም) represents faith and faithfulness, the faith that he revealed at the time the Hebrews passed through the Red sea is truly remarkable and is often cited in the teachings and sermon about faith. Benjamin, as opposed to the Hebrews who time and again became disloyal and faithless, was strongly absorbed and transformed by power of the Cross that was prefigured by Arch Prophet Moses.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Holy Trinity Church Addis Ababa

I was talking with a friend of mine, Abiye, about the Churches in Addis that we love the most .His was St.George mine was St.Micheal (Addisu). Cathedrals ,as many as they are, have their own peculiar features .One that has magnificent architectural design with remarkable detail and unique dimension which we both agreed on was ቅድስት ሥላሴ ቤተ ክርስቲያን and this picture is taken from a rare angle. What an art !!!

Deeds told in Tranquillity

Historical recollections from a prison cell Aklilu Habtewold,Prime Minister of Ethiopia,1961-1974

Translated by: Getachew Tedla
Addis Ababa University Press, 215 pp., 42 birr, 2010

The passage of time helps to consolidate achievement and fix reputation of public figures. Thirty Seven years after a Prime minister’s death would seem like ample time for this posthumous process to be completed. The report of the Prime Minister Tsehafe T’ezaz Aklilu Habtewold, on the request of the Inquiry Commission was written on September 17, 1974 while the Prime Minister was in the Militant prison, without access to reference document making views to be relied on memories and factual events.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

እንኳን ለብርሃነ ጥምቀቱ በሰላም አደረሳችሁ

ጥምቀትም ከእርሱ ጋር ተቀብራችሁ፥ በጥምቀት ደግሞ፥ ከሙታን ባስነሣው በእግዚአብሔር አሠራር በማመናችሁ፥ ከእርሱ ጋር ተነሣችሁ።

Monday, January 17, 2011

"No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream." Martin Luther King, Jr., 1963

Martin Luther King, Jr., a Baptist minister, was a driving force in the push for racial equality in the 1950's and the 1960's. In 1963, King and his staff focused on Birmingham, Alabama. They marched and protested non-violently, raising the ire of local officials who sicced water cannon and police dogs on the marchers, whose ranks included teenagers and children. The bad publicity and break-down of business forced the white leaders of Birmingham to concede to some anti-segregation demands.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

A flurry for a change

There is a saying “See a pin and pick it up, all the day you'll have good luck; see a pin and let it lie, bad luck you'll have all day” I had a thought-pin of snow, upon my take I decided to write about it instead of what I had anticipated of writing about – Aklilu’s Book review correction my personal comment about the book.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Beza Kulu

መልአኩም እንዲህ አላቸው። እነሆ፥ ለሕዝቡ ሁሉ የሚሆን ታላቅ ደስታ የምሥራች እነግራችኋለሁና አትፍሩ፤
ዛሬ በዳዊት ከተማ መድኃኒት እርሱም ክርስቶስ ጌታ የሆነ ተወልዶላችኋልና።

Sunday, January 2, 2011


       Call it fate, I always find myself lingering on sad news for a longer time than the good and  entertaining footages.But Amira’s  (not her real name) was one of the kind which made me reach at so many levels of our grief and sorrow as an Ethiopian like no any other.     
Amira is one of the Ethiopians from the 30000 Africans predominantly Sudanese, Eritrean and Ethiopian migrants in Israel who have entered illegally from Egypt. She and her husband set out to the cold journey with a dream of having a better life.

Migration is a horrible experience, being abused and tortured while migrating is unspeakable. The human smugglers inhumanly abused Amira’s husband and raped her repeatedly while her husband was watching. Amira’s husband depression was beyond his human capacity along with the abuse that he died in the desert.
From this short talk it is clear, from the human and Ethiopian context, life for this couple was not easy but in the same context it tells a lot beyond the abuse. Here is my take
This couple decided to set out for their voyage and go through the tough time of their life together; they did not want to be apart from each other. They were not just a couple but one with warm love and commitment to each other and their vows. After their journey began the horrific thing happened, the smugglers took Amira in front of the truck and raped her and did whatever they wanted .Amira’s husband sat there incapable of protecting his wife and not knowing what to do probably cursing the day they made the decision to set out to migrate. 

Dealing with the trauma and agonizng thought of begin infected with incurable disease their dream changed to getting out of this alive. But the rape continued and Amira’s husband was not able to bare to watch his wife going through this from a better life which only existed in their dream. There was no way of going back because their smugglers would not let them as long as they did not pay their due. Day after day the depression made him physically incapable along with the beating and dehydration; he dead in the desert and they probably threw his body in the wild.Amira watched her husband die of despair while she still loved him and while their dream was still a dream.  Amira made it to Tel Aviv but she is left with a deep wound that wouldn’t heal. She blames herself for his death and says “እኔ ባልኖር ኖሮ ይወጣው” as if she was his black bird carrying his death over his soldier.

Sometimes the line between living to die and dying to live becomes so thin that life becomes so meaningless.Amira’s cry is a cry of a soul in limbo .Limbo of wishing to go back in time and not being able.

Rest in peace my brother

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Moments of 2010

I think I am getting into the momentum of this New Year fever. I tried to go over the year probing moments and memories in pictures here and there which, I feel, I have touched me boldly.


The Dallas St. Michael church controversy 

Ethiopian Blogs which I know were published in 2010 and went viral 
Kudos !!!

A photo that bores my heart with silent pain and guilt 

Funniest Political Joke

A prefect symbol for repression
Last but not least actually the best 

New In a New Year

New Year and New Year’s Eve, a time when some come up with a new resolution for a fresh start and a brink of new chances to do something new or amend previous mistakes for all the regrets and for impenitence to triumph. It is a moment or a time that makes everyone talk or write about it; anything and everything they feel is important at that rim of the ending year.TV shows and news host a special program, Blogs and social networks are overwhelmed with articles, statuses and links that are all about New Year.
There is no way one could escape this infectious festive holiday spirit so I too wanted to say something about new year even though it is so unlike me to be sucked in to such dramatic process I forced myself to think about it and to find a meaning to what it means to me especially since my (Ethiopian) calendar is different and I have had the chance to celebrate Ethiopian new year in September and this being my second new year.Upon my thoughts I found a away to square a second new year in my Ethiopian mind.
On September I planned and set my resolution which I somehow have been able to accomplish and would have been able to achieve more if I were less lazy and more planned which I feel boils down to being lazy. So my January new year gave me the opportunity to weigh up my performance against my resolution. So as a resolution for my resolution what I themed and lined was
I keep a close watch on this heart of mine
I keep my eyes wide open all the time
I keep the ends out for the tie that binds
Because my dream and plan is mine, I walk the line
Resolution and dreams are meant to be set and that imagination is limitless. Setting a goal is a purpose but achieving requires a will and commitment. So if these resolutions and dreams are the climax of our satisfaction then they worth the walk.
Let us walk.