Sile Ewnet kaweran zenda..

February 26, 2009 at 12:50 pm 59 comments

You have heard by now how Author / Journalist Tesfaye Gebre-Ab wrote a memoir entitled “YeGazetegnaw Mastawesha”. The book, published last year by Sunnyside Publishers – Pretoria, has been described as one that “exposed TPLF/EPRDF crime”. I haven’t read the book myself. But from the little I saw of the copy forwarded to me by a friend, and the way it’s perceived by the various [mostly anti-government] Ethiopian websites & blogs online, I’ve understood it to be the kind of book that is going to be circulated among trusted friends, in photo-copy forms, back home.

So I won’t say anything about the book. But I’d like to make one fact clear about the writer’s identity. Of his being “Ethiopian”, as the “Intelligence Unit” of Ethiopian Review gullibly presumed. For some reason, that felt important. It felt like a truth that needs to be told.

Tesfaye Gebreab was born in Bishoftu (Debrezeit), a city one can tell he adores by the way he talks about it in his 2nd novel (“YeBishoftu Qoritoch”) and the humorous short story he published on one of the 7 “Effitas” he superbly edited (“YeQurQura Raiy”). Tesfaye also refers to himself as “yeBishoftu Lij”, sentimental like. But Author/Journalist Tesfaye Gebreab isn’t Ethiopian. He is an Eritrean who had a fall out with the Ethiopian government when the two countries went to war a decade or so ago! An Eritrean writer who, one can’t help assume, may have a score or two to settle with the party he once served with all his ability. An ability, a talent, that was used for evil not long ago.

“YeBurQa Zimta” is a good example of Tesfaye’s supreme talent as a writer and his previous devotion to the EPRDF cause. The most picturesque novel I’ve come across in Amharic based on the Oromo dream, “YeBurqa Zimta” isn’t a book you are likely to forget once you read it. “BurQa”, it says, is a river that once jumped wildly, full of dream & laughter, on the proud hills and through the fertile lands that once belonged to the Oromo people. Now, “BurQa” is silent. It’s become like an old man, with a broken back and bowed head. It neither laughs, nor sings, nor jumps. If it has any hopes or dreams of a brighter future, it ain’t saying much about it. And the book tries to explore how this came about.

Using myths and legends from the rich oral literature of the Oromo people, and borrowing real life events from the Anole-massacre to the well documented advance of EPRDF’s army, it forwards it’s rebellious theory as to why the great river chose to be silent and when this silence is likely to be broken.

Naturally, the book sings the praises of the Oromo people: of their proud spirit. Of their traditions and administration. Of their faithfulness to their wives and the fact that drunken men weren’t seen among them until the “AreQe” crossed borders into their fertile land in the hand Menelik’s “Neftegna” army. Above all, it sings the praises of one Hayelom Araya, a General-turned Tegadalai, who the reader is led to believe was the last man standing between what used to be EHADEG and the disappointing (but not totally irredeemable) party it became.

To Menelik’s “neft” carrying Amharas, however, the book spares no mercy. Using a language you won’t hear from a street urchin (“gimatam” comes to mind)  it pounds them to the ground. It talks about their cowardly hearts, their filthy culture, their foolish beliefs. Their cruelty, their unfaithfulness, their spoiled pillages. Concluding with a ‘let’s all live in peace’ line that feels like a bad joke in the face of the all-too-powerful hate-filled background.

Impressed though I was by the writer’s power of narration, and convinced that the “neftegnas” (among them my own grandfather) may have had it coming, I couldn’t help notice how an Editor could have healed much of the book’s ills. Upon the course of discussion regarding favorite books, I mentioned it to a journalist classmate who worked with a government organ back then. I asked, “What has the Amharas done to Tesfaye to make him hate them so, do you know?”.

My friend waved his hand as if to indicate I knew not what I was talking about. “It’s an EPRDF’s doing”, he said bitterly, “hultun hizboch lematalat hon tebilo beCentral komittew yetesera sira newu”.

My friend’s father died from a bullet wound he got in Asmara. He hates his job and the many illiterate politician he has to report to. So I take most of what he says with a grain of salt. Not believing every word, but not ruling out possibilities. Etcetera. This grain of salt I would use when reading Tesfaye Gebreab’s “memoir”. A memoir, I hope, has got his confession as well as their sin. If not, I would rule him out as one more Eritrean well lost. And his book, a lame attempt of trying to get back at an ex-lover employer.

An excerpt from “YeGazetegnaw Mastawesha”.


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  • 1. jo  |  February 26, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    what does it take a man to be an ethiopian? Isnt being born here aint enough? Oh i think i get it a rasta guy who is assimilated in ethiopia can proudly be called ethiopian but an ertrian born and raised in Ethiopia can never be called ethiopian cause roots matter this time……shame

  • 2. Totit  |  February 26, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Hey Jo…Hope U r doing marvelous…As gulible as I was, I also tought roots never mattered that much until I learnt the lesson the hard way from my ethiopian born eritrean brothers and sisters that have so generously shown the way. I have learnt the lesson, thankyouverymuch. And I see no shame in calling a DENGAY, DENGAY. Therefore, I would like to tell u there is a difference in roots, especially when it comes to ethiopians and Eritreans.

  • 3. abesheet  |  February 27, 2009 at 6:10 am

    Exactly my sentiment, Totiye. I’m sure Jo’s theory is true elsewhere or with a different type of people. But when it comes to the BeAbatim/BeEnatim Eritreans born in Ethiopia (and a good percent of the Oromo elites abroad, no judgement!), Ethiopian seems as Ethiopian feels.

    Oh i think i get it a rasta guy who is assimilated in ethiopia can proudly be called ethiopian

    He can?! 😮

  • 4. Ameleworq  |  February 27, 2009 at 8:28 am

    I have read ‘ yeburqa zimita’..i must say more than once. It is very well written and the characters are still vivid in my mind

  • 5. Scooby  |  February 27, 2009 at 8:36 am

    Selam. Good to have you back.
    `I have read three of the effetas which i remember them as the best collection of short story, poem&, essay i’ve read. Tesfaye G/Ab is indeed a good artayi. When it comes to his memoire, `If you can upload it on your blog page by page, or fwd the copy have, i promise to give you my feedback weather he recognizes his role in helping Woyane’s government,or how he defines his identity ~_~

  • 6. Baheilu  |  February 28, 2009 at 3:40 am

    I don’t understand why you are calling him Eritrean. He is born and raised in Ethiopia, so he is Ethiopian as you and me. Yes, he was tplf stooges. But now, he is trying to expose tplf crime to the whole world, what is wrong with that? I read the book twice and I enjoyed it very much. It is also an excellent book. But, didn’t read “YeBurqa Zimta” and I can’t comment on that.

  • 7. Girum  |  February 28, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    I have read Tesfaye G/Ab’s memoir on the link that has been distributed without his consent. Recently, he described this distribution as illegal and deliberate act to harm him. Here is the link and you guys could read it

    Click to access Tesfaye_GebreAb-Mastawesha1.pdf

    On many of anti-government blogs or Medias, there has been so much said about the book. It was as if he has exposed all the crimes of EPRDF. After reading the book, I felt differently..
    When are we going to stop discussing crimes of other people putting ourselves as saints? He was with them while the so called ‘exposed events’ were done and he tries to tell us that even at that time he was struggling with himself not to do so. It is like a trend now for EPRDF cadres leaving their party and start preaching about how devil their party was and how strongly were the moral questions challenging them during their tie with EPRDF. If you read their book or hear the interview they made, you might incline to conclude that they are people of principles and moral value. When are we going to see those people, who were once on the wrong side of history, start talking about their share of the sins?
    Unlike what many anti government medias discuss, I didn’t find the author as the one who regretted from his deeds, instead he tries to nicely narrate how good he was and how evil were the rest of his EPRDF colleagues.
    One thing has surprised me though, on the book. He speaks about his long and struggling ‘Sidet’ from Ethiopia to South Africa. Crossing the African countries in between is never possible for a man without a legal passport, had it not been for the money he was putting in the pockets of border officers and gangsters. I found Tesfaye as a comfortable immigrant with no financial problem listed even once? And on his arrival to South Africa, he managed to immediately have a small internet café…and continue to live lowlife as an ordinary ‘Habesha sidetegna’ lives. HOW COMES?
    However his narrating skill is very superb…and the way he explains things is fascinating. His mocks are excellently arranged. I didn’t read ye Burqa zimta, but could say the man is a talented Eritrean writer.

  • 8. Sawel  |  February 28, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Many thanks for the link Girume

  • 9. abesheet  |  March 1, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    An apt observation, Girume. Nicely put!

    I didn’t read ye Burqa zimta, but..

    If you haven’t gotten a chance to take a look @ yesterday’s Addis Neger; one of their Amedegnas (Birhanu Deboch, a book critique and a scholar) called it “BeMerZ yeTeboka Enjera”. Apparently, many of those who have read “yeBurQa” are having problem taking the writer’s word for what it may or may not be worth 🙂 . Still, you might wanna take a look @ it and judge for yourself. Aroge terra bitefa enkua the recent interest in the writer might bring old copies out to the market ….. bilen tesfa enaDirg.

    Melkam Yekatit 23, YeADaw Beal, y’all!

  • 10. Tazabi  |  March 2, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Tesfaye is an opportunist. He is a good story teller though. They use to call these kind of people banda. From the Italian word band. These were Ethiopians who fought along side Italians durin Italo-Ethiopian wars. His latest book is a good read mainly because it has a tabloid quality to it. He is out to settle score with some notable EPRDF functionaries mainly Bereket Simeon. The truthfulness of the story in the book is debatable. Just because he is out of favor with EPRDF does not make him a hero. In his own admission he has no problem doing EPRDF’s bidding to discredit innocent people, lie to the public through the media, incite ethnic hatred in accordance with EPRDF’s line. EPRDF used him like a chewing gum. When his usefulness ended they spat him out. Now he is reinventing himself as pro Ethiopian. His book Ye Burka Zemita is nothing more than an attempt to saw seeds of discord between Amharas and Oromos. He does not explicitly say why he left the country. From the book it was not a difference in principle it just seems that EPRDF figured out he was no longer useful. As they usually do with a long line of opportunists he was discarded and now he became a democrat. Give me a break

  • 11. Scooby  |  March 3, 2009 at 5:19 am

    thank you for the link,Girum. `I hope it’s worth losing your eyesight over ~_~.

  • 12. abesheet  |  March 3, 2009 at 6:26 am

    So sorry I overlooked answering the following question, Behailu. Was connecting from an internet cafe for the last 3 days and you know how these cafes are. “The website ban may have been lifted”, an Addis Neger commentator was saying the other day, “but until the website actually opens, Mekato dersen enmetalegn”.

    I don’t understand why you are calling him Eritrean. He is born and raised in Ethiopia, so he is Ethiopian as you and me.

    Interesting conclusion. I wonder how you came about it. I.e. Did you hear Tesfaye say he was Ethiopian?! Or are you assuming, as we all did once, he can’t see himself as anything but Ethiopian after all the years he’s spent with us and our kindness? Or is there something else [you aren’t telling us 😉 ]?

    Just because he is out of favor with EPRDF does not make him a hero.

    Well, that seems to be the way the cookie crumbles around here, Tazabi. Take EthioipianReview, for example. I left them two comments last week suggesting they check out the link for this post [in the hope of enlightening them regarding Tesfaye’s nationality and help them correct the error]. And what do they do? They deleted both comments!!

    The psychology, is, ofcourse obvious. Anti-government good; Anti-Tesfaye bad. Typical Ethiopian, one might even say!! Unfortunately, it’s inability to surprise us hardly makes the realization less painful. For it proves many of our suspicions that the same individuals and institutions who viciously accuse the government of being undemocratic may not hesitate to “MeCheFleQ” truths/voices when it comes to protecting their interest.

    “NetsaNetiN yaMaayawQ netsa awchi” yaluut yihin aydel Professeru!?

  • 13. Demetri  |  March 3, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    i m from ethiopia i am so eger to read this book,if any body who has the copy of “Yegazetengaw mastawesh” please send me by this email

  • 14. Tewodros K Woldebirhan  |  March 4, 2009 at 8:24 am

    Once again Tesfaye has shown us his amazing ability to incite ethnic hatred among Ethiopians-here i, think, is the point where we see seriousness and consistency in his books. He has told us how EPRDF chased him for writing ‘Ye burqa zimita’, which is a literary piece intended to incite discord between the Amhara and the Oromo. Even though Tesfaye adulated EPRDF’s leadership in his book, the result is that EPRDF which was ultimately enraged by Ye burqa zemita and had him fired from his job. So says, the testimony of this fugitive ‘journalist’, in his memoir. In his current memoir now he demonizes EPRDF and adulates ‘the neftegnas’ who he had bitterly attacked in the previous book. His current book is full of blackmailing and character assassinations, especially targeting the top leadership of EPRDF. Ethnically the memoir seems systematically designed to incite violence between the Amahara and the Tigreans while at the same time it ridicules the Oromo in a dehumanizing scale. Of course, Tesfaye’s memoir has got the admiration and fervent welcome by men such as Professor Getachew Haile, who calls for all Ethiopian opposition groups to formally endorse the memoir as their holly bible. Here is where Esayas Afeworki’s heart will be rejoiced not only for partial fulfillment of his prophecy but the identity of the man he patronized is not yet known by those credulous readers. I am not as such interested whether he is Ethiopian or Eritrean (either by blood or citizenship), rather I am more interested about what he says and his intentions; of these he is very clear, Tesfaye is playing an Eritrean card, particularly in articulating Sha’ebya’s agenda in the realm of Amharic literature, where he has won battle in the hearts of people like professor Getachew Haile as spectacular as Sha’ebya had done in Afabet.

  • 15. Ahmed  |  March 4, 2009 at 11:13 am

    I have read ‘yeburqa zimita’ long ago but not the new one ‘Yegazetegnaw Mastawesha’. All i wanted to say is that if one reads this book rationally and looking back at the true history of Ethiopia’s formation by king Minilik II ,he/she won’t say it is evil.Almost all the contents of the book are correct especially if one is from the place where the setting of the story highly focuses on ,he or she knows what all those legends meant because everything that seems legendary in this book are true legends which has grown out of the opposition against the then government.
    Thanks for the blog you have opened to have our opinions heard.

  • 16. abesheet  |  March 4, 2009 at 11:29 am

    Welcome to My e-Shoe Box, Tewodros, Ahmed and Demetri.

    I found the gist of your comment so scary (beTeley in light of the fact that Ethiopian Review blocked my IP address to stop me from inviting any one of their readers to come read the comments posted by those who actually read the two books here) that i had to bold a part of it 🙂 . Can somebody ask them for me, ask them which is more important: adding fuel to our already fragile peaceful co-existence or scoring one on EPRDF (cost what it might)?!.


    Thank you so much for sharing your take on “yeBurQa Zimita”. Any opinion, as long as it’s aired respectfully and with the sensitivity these issues call for, is more than welcome. So feel free to visit and comment any time you want.

    Girume has posted the link on comment #7.

    Thank you all for taking the time to comment. Ebakachu atit’fu.

  • 17. Tewodros K Woldebirhan  |  March 4, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Thank u habesheet! you are really courageous enough to state your views clearly. you see it has become almost a dogmatic tradition among the Ethiopian opposition to welcome whoever attacks woyane, even if he embraces eanything that destroys Ethiopia. That is why they refused to poste ur comments which were differing from theirs. Anyways what distinguishes your view from theirs is your critical thinking reflected in it, while theirs is just sychophantic endorsement of this sha’ebya’s advocate based on the principle: ye telate telat wedaje new.

  • 18. Scooby  |  March 4, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Finished reading “mastawosha”. I found it interesting.But not for the sam,e reason i thought before starting it. All i can say is, `I’m glad the book is released on the internet and the writer isn’t making much profit from it ~_~. He isn’t one i would call a credit to his profession.

  • 19. binyam  |  March 5, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Would u care to forward me a copy of this book. i’m dying to see what it is all about.(

  • 20. chistaw  |  March 9, 2009 at 1:25 am

    I read “Yegazetegnaw …” last week. The book contains many well-known truths ( who in his right mind doubt that TPLF can be murderous when it has too? or that EPRDF’s Oromos are utter and total puppets?). In this sense I didn’t learn much from the book, but I find little reason to disagree with the gist of the book, my doubt about the authors character notwithsatnding ( by the way it is funny to note that pro-government sites like remind us of Tesfaye’s Eritreaness– probably with the blessing of Meles and Bereket– those two paragons of, er, Ethiopiawinit).

  • 21. Seble Wengel Z Dima  |  March 10, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Tesfaye as a true son of ijolle Bishoftu, Ethiopia has written a wonderful memoir. While he stand still that he is an Ethiopian, I don’t know why we are forcing and pushing him to tell us as if he is an Eritrean. ANY ONE OF YOU CAN GO AND HEAR THE INTERVIEW HE GAVE TO ECADF PALTALK ROOM. He speaks his mind and his entire belief that he is proud to be an Ethiopian and stand for ever as a true citizen. So, what do we need more from him? Because of only his parents were from Eritrea? Gyes don’t forget how many martyrs has lost their live for standing the agenda of “ERITREA ETHIOPIA NECH!…. ERITREAWI ETHIOPIAWI NEW!…” cause. Please let us think a little bit and come down to the earth YAGERE LIJOCH!…

    Seble Wengel z Dima Giorgis

  • 22. Tsegaye  |  March 12, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    I’ve read 3/4th of YeGazetegnaw Mastawesha. This book makes Tesfaye different from people like Tamirat Layne. At least he admits some of the things he did.

    Abesheet is right about the grain of salt on these matters. I don’t know what his agenda is or what he is after with his revelations or even what the use of this book is.

    As for Burqa Zimita he admits he still believes it was right thing to do the time he wrote that book. I personally don’t see what the use of such books/teachings/reminders is.

    The book, no doubt, equates those “Neftegnas” to the Amhara people. I don’t care how you cut it in the end this is wrong as it would be to blame the Tigray people for the actions of EPRDF/TPLF (funny how they’re the new “Neftegnas”..karma is a bitch.)

    As for the Mastawesha I am still laughing from the story Dubale told about his rasta venture. I think Tesfaye may have picked up that style of story telling from…

  • 23. desta  |  March 24, 2009 at 7:55 am

    what a marvelous book tesfaye. as an ethiopian i only say god bless u as u strive for making the truth to get out of shadows. i cried while reading about derara’s assassination. God bless you, keep on advertizing truth to all ethiopians that u already know. i have one doubt that your former friend here wrote on newspaper about your book saying you have been part and parcel of committing crimes is that real?
    generally i would like to say thank u for exploring truth!!

  • 24. anbesaw  |  March 24, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    send me the book at my email pls

  • 25. Ashenafi  |  March 25, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Oh guys I am very eager to read yegazetgnaw mastawesha.but i can’t come up with this book online since it is aleready removed,any one with book please send me via my email

  • 26. abesheet  |  March 25, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Hi binyam, Anbesaw, Ashenafi:

    I’ve tried attaching herewith a pdf file of T.G’s YeGazetegnaw Mastawesha for your reference. You can either Save the file on your hard disc or hit the “Open” button every time you want to read online.

    Have fun and keep visiting.

  • 27. Berhane  |  April 2, 2009 at 9:54 am

    hi all
    i have read many comments on the novel of Tesfaye’s “yegazeyegnaw mastawesha”, this makes me so eager to read the book but i couldn’t get it. so please could mail me the pdf of the book through my e-mail address,


  • 28. million markos  |  April 16, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    i am so proud of the gay Tesfaye gebre ab.I heared part of his intervew and the rest from my colliques. He did a lot for true and we can learn a lot from him too. I need to read all his text but i can’t find it from online since it is already removed ,any one with book please send me via my email

  • 29. Ambule  |  April 23, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    I havent read the book named Gazetegnaw Mastawesha. please send me with the following e mail address.

  • 30. eyob  |  May 7, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    I am eager to read the book ,but i can’t find it. Is there anyone who can send me the pdf of the book via my e-mail?Pls

  • 31. eyob  |  May 7, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    sorry my e-mail adress is

  • 32. solomon  |  June 11, 2009 at 9:06 am

    I am ashamed to those who say Tesfaye is an Eritrean. This people did not mention this while he was here. Tesfaye is ” Yebishoftu lij” Tesfaye ” Nisiha Gebtual” Bravo.

  • 33. aysheshi tiruneh  |  June 12, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    am looking for the book

  • 34. abc  |  September 4, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    anyone pls send me the book and let me give my good judgement .

  • 35. Tsega  |  September 5, 2009 at 10:55 am

    I have read “Ye gazetegnaw Tizita” and “Ye Burqa Zimta”. Two amazing books!! You can talk about his roots or his background as much as you want but no one can deny the truth behind his books. So he wrote about how the Oromos had been treated and how they feel. I think he wrote this for the Ethiopians to open their eyes and start admitting the wrong doings that has been done. It is time to wake up and see the situation through each others eyes. Denying will not get you any where. Reach out to Oromos, Gurages, Shanqla, … and admit the difficulties and work it together. I don’t mean in the way the current government is doing it but in a more sincere way.
    As for Tesfaye, I believe he is a lost soul. He is Eritean but he doesn’t feel Eritrean and he will never be accepted by the Ethiopians… That is the reality many Eriteans live with.

  • 36. Aguma Bayssa  |  October 9, 2009 at 4:45 am

    Tesfaye Gebrab,is one of the finest grate man in the hisory of jornalism where as he was in lighting the whole story of the very hiden human distructional agenda of tplf wayane`s secret against the inocent ethiopian people.So mr tesfaye inlited to the world for the first time this hiden distructive agenda of the wayane rigim.
    There fore, becouse of this and so many other deep knowlegable info adressed to the world about the fashist wayane`s rigim ,it was my grate pleasure to adress and send my grate thanks to mr Tesfaye G/ab for his book…….

  • 37. Atakelti  |  October 19, 2009 at 7:04 am

    Just one simple bloody lier of Both Eritrean and dergue. what do we expect from you except this.Shame on you!!!!!!!

  • 38. aregay  |  November 25, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Hi guys, I haven’t read the book in by “ye Gazetegnaw Mastawesha”. please send me with the following e mail address.

  • 39. dawit  |  December 19, 2009 at 11:04 am

    its so good story of our country politics pls send by e-mail address

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  • 41. Ethiopia  |  January 2, 2010 at 9:17 am

    I have read all his books,it smells “Shabiya”……………Yebab leg ebab new!

  • 42. yikallo  |  March 13, 2010 at 8:32 am

    send me the book

  • 43. wondiye  |  March 25, 2010 at 8:50 am

    I read the book three times and i have the copy but ….
    ifound nothing, because it smells the Ertrian governers which are red sea pirates.

  • 44. stgorge  |  May 12, 2010 at 9:17 am

    send me the book at my email pls

  • 45. Mersha  |  July 22, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    I have read Tesfaye’s latest book, Yederasiwu mastawosha. What can I say, I appreciate his confession and his satirical exposure of the evils of Woyanie.
    The TPLF regime is extremely racist. At least everyone here can agree on that though we may not be sure whether all those deeds told by the author are authentic.
    You are hero, Tesfaye! God Bless You!

  • 46. Orio  |  August 20, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    I havent ever read such a book written by Ethuiopian. I admire the way of his writing and memory capacity.
    I will read it again one day

  • 47. solomon hailemariam  |  September 28, 2010 at 10:37 am

    I am very much interested to read, when I heard about the book called yegazetegnaw mastawesha, But I can not download the PDF and please help.

  • 48. Nad  |  September 29, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Tesfish is one of the great men/writers/ of our time. He wrote many touching facts about many assholes. The problem is those assholes can’t read yet!

  • 49. matewos  |  December 27, 2010 at 7:58 am

    hi tesfish

    i read your book “yegazetegnaw mastawesha” it’s amazing book but i am not read the new book but i hear it’s good book.
    tesfish when you have time(sorry) please send me “yederasiw mastawesha” by this email address
    keep it up!!!!!

  • 50. jemajem  |  January 15, 2011 at 1:16 am

    Qebaxari hulla, hullishim zero zero… politics a game those who knows how to play will always use it to win the game irrespective of the fact that where they are from-eritria or mars! But sad for innocent peoples had managed and managing misery and agony! I do beleive that we Africans lack affection, coz as said we are from ape… animal still not at level of thinking… those start to grasp a very minimum idea behind something are using to deceive those did not yet…… for all we are left with two century to be homo… until then … lets enjoy in animal farm!!!!

  • 51. sistu  |  January 18, 2011 at 3:11 am

    @ jemajem

    Yes, but until we reach that two century milestone, can’t we just take a raw, savage and animal pleasure in knowing that we have exceptional ape visionaries like you amongst us who can break it down for us? Myself, based on looks, I think we are more like hyenas (jib) but what do I know, I am just a mindless ape. But ask your homosapien friends, maybe they will tell us what we are once and for all.

  • 52. Gutu  |  March 3, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    wow, tesf i don’t know what can i said to you, i read your recent books ” yederasewu mastawesha” i like it very much. i am also read ‘ye burka zimita’ and gazetegnawu mastawesha, all of your books are realy wonder! especialy’ ye burka zimita’ for me it is my bibile!! finaly i would like to appreciate you!! and i wish you all the best , be strong!!

  • 53. Abera  |  April 24, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    I have read yegazetegnaw mastawesh from internet. good writing. but I have dought to belive the truthness of the statments. almost like edemic animals, no tesfaye G/abs book is on Market. plse, how kan I get (yebishoftu korit, yeburka zimita and ye Derasiw mastawesha?)send me throgh

  • 54. GG  |  December 22, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Poor Diaspora,
    You can’t but a book as cheap as this one. Shame…. on you!! You are looking for a copy … In fact, you don’t read cos you can’t!!

  • 55. sssss  |  January 25, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    I read ‘yeburka zimita’ when I was 13. it was a kind of book that would keep me up all night long back then. right now I think I have read enough not to consider it as good piece of litrature. as I read enough not to think sidny sheldon’s books good piece of literature. the book is purely
    the only good thing about it is that it sheds some light on the emotional suffering of oromos making understandable their so called current ‘racism’.
    what breaks my heart is people’s interest in such kind of hate filled books. its obvious the book doesnt make an oromo compassionate towards an an amahara or the vice versa. and its better for the two groups stop bickering over things happened in the past.

  • 56. Elijah  |  May 29, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    I really like it whenever people get together and share ideas.

    Great website, continue the good work!

  • 57. tsegaw  |  June 20, 2014 at 5:29 am

    I have read both yederasiw n yesidetegnaw..books. Tesfaye is a talented story teller n he has this power that levitates the reader to that time n place.
    And there is no question about his identity, cuz he seems to mi like a true concerned Ethiopian to me.
    Now, the real question is ”are all truths meant to b told?”, not that im not against telling z truth for z people of Ethiopia. BUT dont we have enough hatred among us Ethiopians. Im foreseeing man slaughter n massacres in z coming future with inevitable civil war n genovide.
    This might seem ”A Game Of Words” for many esp. z opposition n z diaspora but its true. During z election ’97 there was a saying that goes ‘tigre wede mekelle nibretu wede kebelle’ n I heard rumours that machetes were transported n stored somewhere in addis ababa to kill all tigreans.
    Now imagine what could books like these ones do to aggvravate this kind of tension between ourselves.
    please somebody reply with care…for z,people.

  • 58. tsegaw  |  June 20, 2014 at 6:01 am

    can anyone please send mi z books….yegazetenaw mastawesha, yeburqa zimta, yebishoftu qoritoch.

  • 59. NAHOM  |  March 22, 2015 at 12:53 am

    bishoftu korit eskahun sent sew yinorawal..ena ja send age belay yigebalu

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