Dear Liberals: America Lies

“Your short-term gains are the rest of the world’s long-term disasters – for everybody, including yourselves” (Arundhati Roy | Things That Can and Cannot Be Said)

I don’t know who is telling the truth, or who is pepetrating which act to whom in the Ethiopian government’s war against the Tigrai People’s Liberation Front. I am sure there is enough blame to go around. That hashtags like “rape”, “women & children”, “genocide”/”ethnic cleansing” are click-baits that sell newspapers and trigger an emotional response [mostly justified, sometimes not] in the Western boosom and that both the media and Tigrai-born Ethiopians living abroad with an internet access and a lot of time in their hands know it!

However, as someone who spent 31 days in Addis Ababa two months ago, I can say, with confidence that:

  1. TPLF is the one who fired the first shot, spilled the first blood, so to say, and started the fire. Here is a brief history on that.
  2. Most Ethiopians feel they have a score to settle against TPLF [for introducing, and lighting the match for, ethnic nationalism in a country of 70 something ethnic groups – and three major religions – who lived together in harmony, with exceptions, for centuries]
  3. Despite what the Western media tells you, TPLF is not fighting to free the people of Tigrai. Neither is it trying to obliterate the country as the Ethiopian government media tells us. [It is all about power, stupid. It has always been about power and whose turn it is to sit by the table and bleed the poor dry!!]
  4. America wants, for reasons only known to itself, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and his government gone. And it has been threatening, bullying and lying through its teeth to see that happen.
  5. There is no easy answer, no silver bullet, no Magic Mike to solve this problem. But ending the war, and not Economic Sanctions against 115 million-already-half-starved people, should be everyone’s priority.
  6. Finally, fuck America. Fuck Egypt. Fuck Sudan. Fuck Eritrea, while you are at it, they were never our friends even when we pretended to be the same country. Fuck embryo Oromo Nazis who would like to replace Addis Ababa with Finfine, Amharic with Qube, and Ethiopia with Oromia. Fuck diaspora Tigrai separatists. Fuck all Amharas who call themselves “Neftegna”. Fuck any Muslim who wants Ethiopia to be an Islamic Nation. Fuck every Orthodox Christian who pretends this is a war of independence when, in fact, we all know it simply is pay-back time. And Fuck all Protestants, including some in my own family, who see Abiy Ahmed as some kind of a prophet [I like Abiy’s “ager wedadinet” as well as the next Habesha. But he is no angel and no one should expect/demand that of him].
  7. Finally, fuck all those who are trying to use my people, my little sister, my little brother and mom as a pawn for their game. May God twist their ankle and break their jaws. Long Live Ethiopia!

#ኢትዮጵያ ለዘላለም ትኑር#

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Year 12: The year of no small things

No longer dying in hundreds.
No longer killing in hundreds.
No longer small clashes between neighbouring tribes.

Millions. Tribalism. Cessation.

I keep being asked, by those who can’t point out my country on the map: “Which ethnic group are you from?”, “How bad is it over there?”, “You must feel lucky for having escaped with your life, huh?”.

And it pisses me off. It makes me angry that white people are differentiating between Amhara, Oromo and Tigre Ethiopians. It pisses me off that the word “genocide” is being thrown about lightly. It really grieves me that Ethiopians are bad-mouthing the motherland on the internet and to foreigners, thereby tearing a “ሰበዝ” from the ድክሞ ሳር ቤት we call “Emmama Ethiopia”; that they are sowing seeds of contention through flags/protests/messages/tweets for the sake of not letting posts go uncommented upon. That Facebook is no longer a gathering place for fucking idiots/dumb fucks/ከንቱ…አራሙቻ…ጭቃ humans, but deadly ones.

ስምንተኛው ሺህ?

አርጎት ነው??

May those who love us, love us;
And for those who don’t love us,
May God turn their hearts;
And if He doesn’t turn their hearts,
May He turn their [fingers and] ankles,
So we will know them by their limping


🇪🇹🇪🇹🇪🇹🇪🇹🇪🇹 ኢትዮጵያ ለዘላለም ትኑር 🇪🇹🇪🇹🇪🇹🇪🇹🇪🇹


April 29, 2021 at 2:46 pm Leave a comment

When Liya met money

To her “accomplished”ness supermodel, actress, designer and maternal health advocate, Liya Kebede:

No, Madam, “lemlem” is not the Amharic word for “to bloom” or “to flourish” as you’ve been telling everyone you met. It means, at best, “greenery,” “scenic,” or “fresh” as in “ነዳዩ በምጽዋት ካገኘው ለምለም እንጀራ መካከል ፀጉርና ሳር መቀየጡ ቅር ቢያሰኘውም…”፣ ወዘተ; at worst “fertile” [my best friend, and writer of “Virgins Always Bleed“, is always being asked how many kids she has every time she mentioned that tidbit to foreigners].

It would have been nice if you did your homework, or hired a consultant, or had the humility to ask around before throwing a word out into the fucking idiotic Western hemispher [and letting it stick]. Now that you have, and ruined the meaning of the word for the rest of us, do you have the decency to set things right? Or, at least, change your brand name to the Amharic word you were thinking of when you came up with “ለምለም”: “ማበብ,” “መለምለም,” or “በድሆች ጀርባ ላይ ተንጠላጥሎ መበልፀግ”?!

[If you refused to do this, all the money you made off the wrongly translated word shall be forfeited and you will be sent back to The Runway to make a meager income of hundreds of thousand dollars less a year. Yes, that means no hobnobbing with Jake Gyllenhaal, either].

[Do I sound catty and a tad jelly? So maybe I am. Not all of us are lucky enough to be born in a family like hers, with a face and body like hers, go to the school she did with the family connections she had before she was able to make something of it and be praised as if it was all on her!]

On a serious note, don’t you wish the people whose birth, wealth, beauty endowed them with the right to stand in front of the world in our names had the curiosity God gave a cat to check their facts before running their mouth? [Looking @ you and your comments about Ethiopian women not being allowed to sing in churches, Gigi. So what if it was a slip of the tongue, a very stupid/self-serving/insulting slip of the tongue, from zillions of years ago?! And what if, it appears, you did everything to make up for it including, but not limited to, marrying a guy decades your senior to advance your career and putting Ethiopian Music on the map? የወጋ ቢረሳ የተወጋ አይረሳም! Speaking of stabbing people in the back, do you see Aster Aweke these days?].

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