January 25, 2020
To Melania Trump, First Lady of the United States of America
Dear Mrs. Trump:
With due respect to your support for expanding business enterprises in my native Ethiopia, I would like to bring to your timely attention the life of those Ethiopian girls abducted by an ethnic extremist radical group in the western part of Ethiopia at Demibidolo.
I write to you with a deep concern for those abducted girls, as a father of two girls myself, and appealing to your maternal instincts in such a crisis.
The new Ethiopian government is progressing with many dynamic changes to foster unity in that nation troubled by successive oppressive regimes for the last five decades. I have been a victim myself: Taken from the street during the time of the emperor, jailed at age 14, tortured and jailed by the military junta regime, and harassed and exiled during the tribal regime of TPLF. I went back to my native country recently and observed a few changes as well as a lot of destructive, hateful politics by those politicians who never wish to learn from former Yugoslavia or Rwanda.
The abductors of the girls are extremists whose ideology is to separate people by ethnicity or race. I myself am composed of three ethnicities and prefer not to be classified into one single ethnic group. The same is true of many millions in Ethiopia, and all over the world, who are a mix of more than one ethnic group or race.
On behalf of those suffering mothers who shed tears day and night for the last two months, I appeal for your intervention on their behalf to the Ethiopian government. This regime does not give any valid response or take action nationwide, including the regional Oromia state, where a massive army recruitment effort recently emerged as a rival to others where they cannot abide by the rule of law to safeguard citizens, especially those young students from a specific ethnic group.
I appreciate any steps you can take on behalf of these Ethiopian girls.
Chaplain Eddie Mekasha,
Ethiopian American Community leader and editor