In my 31th year on earth one of the greatest that I consider as an achievement in the past 12 months was the verity that I met BirtuKan Mideksa. As toxic, as her audacious and loving nature is one thing that I have made a habit of is to hold on each conversation that I have with her so meeting her at the Amnesty Write-A-thon event was just warmth to add to my treasure.
“የሚፈቱት ይመስልሻል ?” She asked me looking at case story of the Nobel Prize winner Liu Xiaobo I was holding, “ነገሩ ይመስለናል እንጂ” She continued “ዓለም ላይ ታሪክ circumstanceና ሁኔታዎችን እንጂ end resultsን ደግሞ አያሰየንም ወይም መቶ በመቶ እርግጠኛ እንድንሆን አያደርገንም”
Her words and this picture I came across just remind me of the great words of Cornel West
“The country [World] is in deep trouble. We've forgotten that a rich life consists fundamentally of serving others, trying to leave the world a little better than you found it. We need the courage to question the powers that be, the courage to be impatient with evil and patient with people, the courage to fight for social justice. In many instances, we will be stepping out on nothing, and just hoping to land on something. But that's the struggle. To live is to wrestle with despair, yet never allow despair to have the last word.”