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Over 30,000 Jamaicans coming to Ethiopia for Millennium celebration
March 3, 2007
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ENA) - Over 30,000 Jamaicans are expected to come to Ethiopia to celebrate the Ethiopian Millennium, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism announced here on Saturday.
More than 115,000 tourists visited Ethiopia during the second half of last Year.
Public relations and information department coordinator with the ministry, Dr. Solomon Ali told Ethiopian News Agency that the Jamaicans have informed the Ministry that they have begun preparations to come to Ethiopia.
The Ministry is undertaking activities aimed at making the tourists stay in Ethiopia comfortable.
The Jamaicans are believed to attract tourists from other Ethiopian loving countries, he added.
Dr. Solomon urged the public to demonstrate the usual hospitality to tourists coming to celebrate the Millennium.
Meanwhile, over 115,000 tourists visited Ethiopia from January to May 2006, he said.
Dr. Solomon said over 600 million Birr revenue is expected to be secured from tourists visiting the country during the period reported.
Some 1.2 billion Birr revenue was obtained from more than 227,000 tourists who visited Ethiopia in 2005, he said.
Ethiopia is securing a considerable amount of revenue from the tourism sector next to coffee and oil seeds’ export.
The Ministry is engaged in wide-ranging activities of increasing the revenue the country obtains from the tourism sector through promoting its tourist attractions, he said.
Ethiopia is among the 10 major tourist destinations in Africa, he said, and added that the tourism sector in the country registered a remarkable growth over the past decade.
I am proud that Ethiopia gave birth to people like Tafesse, M.T, Wozeiro Condjo, Yeha, Yirgacheffeeይርጋጨፍ, Selememaster, Coolman and many others. I am also equally grateful that Ethiopia gave birth to people like Gundan, Ra'Oeil ራዕይ, Shewarega, challenger, yehuna, the Assistant professors Che and many others; without them it would have been difficult to find an elite group of willing punching bags.
Of all the brutality that was done to me the one that hurt the most was the death of my sister. She was shot by a bunch of Mengistu's revolutionary guards returning from school, without a single provacation. They just simply did not like her face, or may be she had a car, or any other phsycotic reason. I used to go with her most of the time, but that day I did not. Have I been there, the bullet that killed her would definately had hit me instead. For years I asked GOd why I did not go that day. But one day I decided to let go, and the pain has been much less since.We are all the product of our experiences, I see your anger, but this time around I also see that there is a human face under that too. Which in turn brought out the human face in me too. My advice to you. Do your best to save our country and our people. Just thinking all is ok, would not return us from the abyss we are facing. Especially, this trial of the prisoners.
I have been where TPLF is now. As a young kid, I used to sit in front of Haile Sealssie, with other dozen or so kids. All kinds of dignitaries, from King Baudin, to Pompidou, to Moharegi Desay, to Queen Juliana behind me, and thousand with chibo, in front of us marching singing "eyoha ababaye Meskerem Tebaye."I know how power blindes. And trust me I am no fan of Haile Selassie, I won't say mean things about him, but he has a lot of responsibility, for many wrong things. I used to see those in power then, they were so full of it. They thought they were IT. Haile Sealssie always used to think he was the best thing that ever happened to Ethiopia. And trust me he did believe it. But we all know the rest of the story. I see the same blindness from supporters of TPLF now. All I ask you is try to understand the pain of others. The things that need to be changed are few, but they have cling to them as, Breznev did to Communism, and Botha did to apartheid. If those things are not corrected, I assure you at best the country will break apart, at worst it will be a complete bloodbath. What are the few things? First and foremost free all political prisoners, 75 year old men should not scare you. Second, negotiate the return of Assab, and any of our Afar brothers who want to be with Ethiopia.Third, return the land taken from Gondar, and Wello. Dismantle the ethnic division, and restore the provinces.Just call it an experiment that failed, and move on. Fourth, the Prime Minister should go on TV and ask for all forgiveness, for past wrongs, also if any in the opposition have threatned any ethnic group, they should do the same. Fifth, this attack on the ancestors should cease at once, its not helping anyone, trust me. Sixth, all parties should be allowed to express their free will and participate in any elections, without any molestation.Including OLF. Seventh, dismantle the statue in Mekelle, bring it to Adiis Ababa, and present it as a gift from the people of Tigray for the rest of the Ethiopian people for the rememberance of the victims of the Dergue. That will turn it from a symbol of hatred into a symbol of love overnight. Not in the history of Ethiopia did one region win a war against another and put up a statue, that kind of act is reserved for froreign invasions. This my friend is the way out. Other wise its the same winner keeps all, zero sum game. But unlike past times, this time the very survival of the country is at stake.
“For years I asked God why I did not go that day”my friend Shewarega, I truly understand the burdens that survivors have to carry and that is a lot of weight to be dragging around. There was nothing that you could have done and you can’t blame yourself. Entire families were vaporized in a flush and lives have been changed for ever. People wished of moving mountains and disappearing in thin air (my favorite childhood fantasies) to escape it all and save their loved ones. Some may still feel guilty for surviving all of this and having to deal with the end results.
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