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JOIN US FOR THE LAUNCH OF THIS NEW MOVEMENT:

THE “I’M HUMAN MOVEMENT”

A PATHWAY TO A NATIONAL DIALOGUE, GENUINE RECONCILIATION, JUSTICE, PEACE AND FLOURISHING TOGETHER

SATURDAY, JANUARY 4, 2020
2:00 PM TO 5:00 PM
ELIANA HOTEL
Churchill Avenue, Piazza, Arada, 1000 Addis Ababa

Why is this “I’m Human Movement” so critically important right now?

The “I’m Human Movement” is a movement to affirm the God-given value of every human being, while still acknowledging our human tendency to advance one’s own self-serving goals, sometimes at the expense of others.

How can we, the people of Ethiopia, better listen to our conscious regarding the responsibilities we have towards treating others as we want to be treated ourselves? How then can we structure our society to reflect the equal value of every one of us, while building a system that provides safeguards to assure equal rights and accountability?

In Ethiopia, we hear of people being killed simply for being of a different ethnicity than the perpetrator.  We hear of universities closing due to ethnic conflicts and killings on campus. We hear of churches and mosques being burned down and businesses destroyed due to religious or ethnic differences. Right now, ethnicity has become an obsession, but other identity factors, such as religion, region, political view, socio-economic level, age or gender, have also lead to similar abuses.

The artificial elevation of one’s own group, the dehumanization of others and the deadening of conscience have all facilitated the self-centered or ethnic-centered struggle for power, domination, wealth, unearned privilege, opportunity and vengeance.

How can we survive as a society and nation if this current systemic illness is not remedied? Its roots are deep, due to being cultivated in many places; however, how might we as a society of many parts, stop the growth of this toxic and pervasive crop of hatred and violence? What is the role of families, ethnic and religious communities, leaders in various sectors of society, political groups and local and regional governments in holding their members accountable? What is the role of individuals wherever they are?

What would Ethiopia be like if we, as a society, were to embrace the humanity of others, integrating this principle into everyday life as well as into our institutions? How can each of us, one by one, commit to making a difference?

This is the first event for the ‘I’m Human Movement,” which will be followed by continued events and actions at other times and locations throughout Ethiopia. This movement is a continuation of the work and principles of the Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia (SMNE) that has been ongoing for the last sixteen years. Its principles are at its foundation. They include embracing the humanity of all othersputting humanity before ethnicity or any other differences and caring about the freedom and well-being of others, not only because it is right, but because no one will be sustainably free until all are free. Another principle is: to talk to each other rather than about each other as the way forward to a more inclusive, more just and more free Ethiopia for all.

We have invited representatives of the government, political leaders, religious leaders, elders, women leaders, student leaders and many others to attend. This is about all of us! We hope you will join us!

THE PROGRAM WILL INCLUDE:

  1. Dramatic and musical premieres: The program will include musical and dramatic performances meant to reawaken Ethiopians to the value of each human being.  These were created specifically for their premiere showings at this event.
  2. Perspectives: Hear the viewpoints from a variety of Ethiopians about what it means to be human.
  • A Medical surgeon
  • A Lawyer
  • A Theologian
  • Ethnic representatives from two different groups
  • A representative of mixed ethnic background

III. Stories from the heart: Hear from family members who want to see an end to the overvaluing of ethnicity over humanity after sending their children to universities for an education, but instead losing them when they were targeted based on their ethnicity.

  • Two different family members from different ethnic groups
  1. A Rwandan Story and Warning: Hear from a speaker from Rwanda as he brings a warning to Ethiopians. Now is the time to build a different future so no future museum is built in Ethiopia to display the skulls and bones of its people whose ethnicity is no longer identifiable.
  2. Closing Words from Obang Metho, Executive Director of SMNE

For more information contact:

Mr. Obang Metho, Executive Director of SMNE
Email; obang@solidaritymovement.org

Phone፡ +2519 65 55 16 55
Website; www.solidaritymovement.org

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2 comments

  1. Count me in!!! I get with it!!! What is going on in many localities of the old country is just too much to bear. It is savagery in how atrocities have been exacted on fellow citizens just because of what creed they profess or their ethnicity. It shames us all. We should stand in unison exposing this scourge and nip it in a bud. Bigots of all stripes are having the rehearsal of their life leading to the big day they have been scheming and dreaming since the 1970’s to send that gem of the colored into a runaway bloody chaos so they can carve out a territory just to call it their personal fiefdom. Then we will see close to 100 million proud people on the move in all directions. It will be the most tragic event of the last 100 years. No one or no place will be safe. That nation is awash with some the most efficient killing carry-on guns. It is NOT funny!!! It will not be just another walk in a park!!!! We have been seeing many fellow citizens crying their eyes out over the killings of their loved ones. It will be just a matter of time before everyone of us joining them in mourning our own!!! It ain’t gonna be a laughing matter!!! We should be unanimous in standing behind this noble cause!!! I am boarding this train of brotherhood/sisterhood!!! Let’s go!!!!

  2. In principle, what is narrated above is acceptable. It will be more acceptable if open discussion on the differences of contesting elites in the country. Without openly discussing on these issues causing conflict, mere reconciliation will bring us to nowhere. The Rwanda example may help us less if we don’t focus on solving our objective problems that existed in this empire for the last 130-150 years – time when some segments of the population/ethnic groups are favored and others disfavored. The history of this country and the way it is presented, national emblem to flag, etc have caused an immense challenge to the people of the country. One group of people from one part of the country speaking given language, culture imposed its world view and perceptions on the others. Does reconciliation uncovers this fact so that the political elites no more disagree on history, the color of the flag of the country, common agenda to promote in the future? Otherwise, it would be a fiasco to seemingly bring people together and agree to agree for media consumption.
    One fact is that this country was and still is an Empire built of many independent kingdoms/chieftains or from people who used to have self governing systems of their own in a forceful way causing more damages to the indigenous population including denial of their citizenship as if they came from abroad. There is still followers of this types of narratives among those assuming being representatives of the old Abyssinian rulers. In absence of telling these falsely claiming today’s Ethiopia as it existed thousands of years ago. The conviction of many non-Abyssinians is that the different people who are incorporated into today’s Ethiopia lived in there localities thousands of years ago. But, Ethiopia, in its current shape, territorial area, flag existed after Minilik’s conquest of the Southern parts of Abyssinia proper and inclusion of many other independent people (Oromo, Sidama, Kambata, Hadiya, Wolaitta, Affar, Somali, Agnua, Berta, Gumuz, Gamo, Kafichi, etc).
    Metho should come out of infatuation of “Ethiopianism” and actually think of working on those who claimed to be builders of Ethiopia and backbone of it to confess about the crimes that their forefathers committed on the enslaved people of today’s Ethiopia. If no confession on forcing others to accept their false narratives is not made, it will be difficult for the young educated children of the oppressed people to peacefully live with the perpetrators.

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