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Do not encourage Ethiopia-phobia
By Mahmoud Ahmad
The recent phenomenon of Ethiopia bashing in our country’s media is turning a wee bit malicious. I was surprised at the recent media campaign against Ethiopian nationals, who have been singularly targeted by the media for all the ails afflicting the country.
According to many media reports the Ethiopian nationals are the main source of all problems. They are the ones breaking into homes, manufacturing and distributing liquor, selling weapons, involved in assault and rape cases and many other things that cause discomfort to citizens and residents alike.
The campaign, which virtually alleges that most Ethiopians are in the Kingdom illegally, is in many ways just vilifying one particular section of humankind. The campaign, as if the problem of sneaking these illegals through the border happened only two weeks ago, is also unjustified.
First of all I would like to clear one thing. Any person sneaking through the border illegally should be arrested and deported; it is within the country’s right to do so and I want to make it clear that no one is questioning the action of the government if these illegals are arrested.
But ironically the border, which is manned vigilantly by our security forces, is made porous by greedy citizens or residents, out to make a quick buck for themselves. If these people had the moral courage to battle this scourge, then the security forces job would become much easier.
All nationalities living in the Kingdom legally are positive contributors to society. Ethiopians, like any other nationality living in the Kingdom legally, too are contributing positively to our society even in a small level. They hold jobs in the private sector and contribute to the country’s development and are thanked for that.
Associating the legal Ethiopian expatriates with the infiltrators is wrong, (… and no bearer of burdens will bear the burden of another) Az-Zumar Chapter, Verse (7).
Be it any nationality, the moment they take the step to illegally enter the Kingdom they have already done wrong. From then on they are ready to take any steps that would rake in the money. Ironically, every nationality is involved in wrongdoing, so why single out the Ethiopians!
Social media and the media in general have portrayed Ethiopians as a major problem that needs to be gotten rid of. This is wrong. To tar all of a nationality with the same brush for the actions of few is wrong. And media should be careful when dealing with such issues.
I remember some time back it was the Bangladeshis who were under heavy media attack and before that the Chadians. All were under the scrutiny because a select few went about their way in making money any which way. I hope the media would target the problem itself without highlighting on the nationality because the problem will remain a big problem even if one nationality is driven out and other nationalities let in.
The problem of infiltrators crossing the borders every day has been a problem since the establishment of this country. It is extremely difficult to monitor the entire border of the country. The border along the south is long and there are difficult mountains and valleys. It is here the citizens and residents could help by not assisting the infiltrators. The border guards are doing their best to monitor the border with Yemen and our sea border to prevent illegals from sneaking in.
Every now and then the media office of the border guards releases statistics about their latest busts in which they seize large number of weapons, ammunition, drugs and liquor and not to mention the arrest of the smugglers themselves. Despite these successes, the illegals device new ways to break through the borders of our country.
The campaign targeted the Ethiopians, but did not raise the problem of illegal residents in the south. The numbers are reportedly astounding. For a problem to become a big problem it needs to start as a small problem first. The small problem if neglected and not solved immediately will then grow bigger and bigger until it reaches the stage of a massive problem that will start to threaten our society.
Now if these illegal ‘Ethiopians’ sneaking through the border are now a big problem, as the campaign suggests, then I wonder why this situation was not solved from the beginning. How did they occupy these mountains and find residence and jobs without getting noticed by authorities?
America itself could not control the southern borders with Mexico and every year thousands and thousands of Mexicans cross the border despite the wall, barbwire and state-of-the-art equipment to monitor the border. In addition there is a reported surge in patrolling at various points of the border.
The only thing the Kingdom can take comfort is that they can learn from the Americans the latest methods in controlling border crossing and adopt the latest surveillance machines to curb this menace.
Residents in Asir area expressed their concern about the problem of illegals living in the mountains. They claim that the illegals have turned the mountain areas as a base for their negative activities. The mountains were being used to distill contraband liquor and also establish liquor factories and the illegals are using sewage water to manufacture liquor.
The residents claimed that the illegals are selling machine guns smuggled from Yemen to people, which is a huge security concern if it fell into the wrong hands. There are also talks about illegals breaking into homes and shops and terrorizing people.
One man in a special TV program commented on this issue saying that police cannot go and even chase them to the mountain because these illegals are invariably heavily armed. He added that this has limited police patrol and their presence to the main road.
Invariably there are reports that some Saudi nationals were smuggling them to other parts in the Kingdom. This report really saddened me, especially crimes being committed by the people living in the land of the two holy mosques.
Such problems do exist in main cities and many crimes are committed by other nationalities. But there is no such sustained campaign against them. Crime has no nationality and crimes will be committed by any other nationality. I remember how the entire world saw us after 9/11 tragedy. We were upset when we were branded as terrorists for the actions of a few.
My advice to the media, who are ready to jump on a virulent campaign, is to take a step back and consider first the problem and then offer a solution, instead of blindly chasing or tilting at the wind. We should not apply the principle of collective guilt on any nationality, as we were subjected to.
— The writer can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
when it said “the kingdom” i thought is was Great Britin lol.
Saudi Arabia is educating its native people on a robust scale by sending them abroad. Catching up with the times to commit sophisticated savagery, huh? They are alo acting like an authentic and normal democratic kingdom like, say, the British. It is true they have millions of toilers from everywhere and the blue blood Saudis, numbered at ten millions, enjoy the status quo. Lost on nobody is that Saudi is still a cruel and backward country despite earning $800 billion dollars last time gas price hit $4 a gallon. With article like above, the evil Saudis are acting like the U.S which they are not.
thanks for this informative article. thanks for giving voice to the voiceless.
the evil “Saudis” you are talking about wrought the above article. what would that person say after reading you comment. their are evil people but let us judge people individually like the above article is saying. what you are doing is what the author is telling his people not to do cast accusations.
ask your self who is the Author?
I am not a Muslim or a Saudi.
The above comment is directed at My2cents.
There is Judio-Christian-phobia in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Saudis hate the Jews because they are Jews. The Saudis hate the Ethiopians because they are Christians. The Saudis, more or less, care about protecting Islam than protecting their borders. The Saudis always think they are the only guardians of Islam; therefore, they have a heavy responsibility in driving out any foreign religion or any foreigner with a religion different from Islam. The Saudis, if not for their oils, are the most hated people on this earth. They sponsor and finance Islamist terrorists to over throw the Ethiopian Christian government and replace it with an Islamic government. They send out their Wahabbists to the Christian land of Ethiopia to convert young Ethiopians to a barbaric religion – Islam. Sooner or later, we will invade Saudi Arabia and build thousands of Christian Churches in the Saudi kingdom, desecrate Mecca by sacrificing pigs and dogs, and drive out the Saudi King to the desert. After that there will be no more terrorism in the entire world once we have deracinated the source of terrorism – the Saudi kingdom.
That removes a lot of our suspicious people. As Ethiopians, I consider Saudis as friendly as Great Britain. I do not subscribe to hate foreign policy. It does not benefit any one. Saudi is our oldest friend. We love our religious connection. As Israel is a friend to Ethiopia so is Saudi. No discrimination whatsoever. Ethiopia is a symbol of love and interfaith. Please stop hate in this website.
It only brings tit for tat retaliation. If there any differences that are purely economic and not religious we should not fear to debate it. But hate is not the answer. If some people want to continue the hate and fear “mengedun cherke yargelachew".
However, Saudis need to be assertive, and do not just go for economic matters only. As Muslims we expect Saudi to stand for all faiths. I am not saying disregard christians. As British stand for Muslims, so should Saudis. That does not mean we should fight. But Ethiopia should play a balancing act. For example, if they find human violations under Wayane, they should not give it a go. They should protest in public. A democratic Ethiopia is better for Saudis.
Dear Saudi’s, you are not going to get water from rive Nile Period. Let it be a dream only for that ‘water expert’ ‘defense minister’. We have to drink and eat first. Then, It is going to be barely enough for Sudan and Egypt. Life goes on!
“Alexander reached Egypt in 332B.C,on his world conquering rampage.But one of the greatest generals in the ancient world was also the empress of Ethiopia.This was the formidable black Queen Candace,world famous as a military tactician and field commander.Legend has it that Alexander could not entertain even the possibility of having his world fame and unbroken chain of victories marred by risking a defeat,at last,by a woman.He halted his armies at the borders of Ethiopia did not invade to meet the waiting black armies with their queen and personal command.”
The Destruction of Black Civilization
The Iran bomb (the Iran Nuke) is for for the head of the snake, which is Saudi Arabia, for one. The Saudis and Pakistanis and those who imitate them are evil fools. They do not realize basic knowledge that all murderers must die themselves. The evil hands of the Saudis and Pakistanis, their indifference to human lives, extra-judicial killings, terrorism and barbarism is so un-21st century, they should not even be members of the U.N.
That is what I been saying for a long time. Thank you Mahmoud Ahmed (No. not that signer) for defending the Ethiopians.
The action of a few illegal Ethiopians doing illegal activity should not reflect on the law abiding and the majority of Ethiopians living in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Thank you Nazret for bringing the rebuttal for xenophobic comment about Ethiopian posted on other day.
Gragn Ahmed (visitor),
You look a peace maker here under your poisonous disguise: we know you prefer Saudi Arabia to Ethiopia. We know you want Ethiopia to be ruled under the Saudi government, and that is why you publicly stated:
Comment from: Gragn Ahmed [Visitor]
Saudi and Egypt should annex Ethiopia not if or buts other wise they will continue to burn as Wayane smuggles armed terrorist pentes and orthodox into Saudi. Right now a lot of Christians were caught with armed guns in Saudi.
03/02/13 @ 21:23
Get out of my country and go to your Saudi, die and be buried there! Whom are you deceiving here, traitor?
Poor little Assta,
A Refugee and unemployed Amhara Orthodox priest with no parishioners. He is spending his day in an empty church, posting pages and pages of useless and boring diatribe. He can’t convince his fellow Orthodox Christians let alone the majority of Ethiopian who don’t belong to his church. That is driving him crazy. I am talking real crazy.
I feel sorry for you little bastard. You are losing it and ready to fall of the cliff. Pray for almighty God the one who created you to show you light
Thank you Mahmoud Ahmad
a well balanced and timely analysis.We could learn from this autor a lot when we debate issues that concern Ethioia & Ethiopians.
Stuff happens in any country where immigrants legal/illegal make up a sizeable number of the population and workforce. North Amerca, Europe and rich gulf states. Saudi Arabia is no exception.
Thank you again for speaking for Ethioipans unbiasedly.
Regarding illegal/contraband alchol business. There is supply where there is demand. Simple economics.
What is more remarkable about this report is that press freedom in the kinkdom is less restricted than in Ethiopia.
I am not naïve. Read what Wayane is saying at www.tigraionline.com. Christian countries so far have not raised any concern for plight of Muslim of Ethiopia. Neither Muslim countries. All over you fight for jews, but I have not seen you drop a single tear when Axum people are forced to go outside the city. So, do not push me to go there. I hope Saudis do not overlook how Wayane is tricking them. If I have to support any outside nation, my first priority is to make sure if they believe that Ethiopia is also a Muslim country and if so how they will side with Axum Muslims. You told us we are guests, we came from Saudi, thus what you expect us to be? invite Saudis. For whatever you write I have given you responses. Since you love hate and never believe in peace, you will called a Christian terrorist from now on. Period. If you do not stop your terror against Muslims, I will call you a Christian terrorist.
“Get out of my country and go to your Saudi, die and be buried there! Whom are you deceiving here, traitor?”
“I knew this was coming when Barack Hussein Obama was elected for the second term: his main goal during his second term is to complete what he had started in his first term: spread Islam, establish the Sharia law, allow Muslims to build millions of Mosques all over the world, bring thousands of Muslim immigrants from Pakistan, Palestine, Egypt, Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon, and from many other Islamic countries to the United States. Therefore, when Obama’s second term expires, the new Muslim immigrants will vote for the democratic ticket. This is the sinister plan of Barack Hussein Obama, and in this case, Republicans will never be able to win the White House.”
Do not be shy.
Do not provoke peace loving muslims of Ethiopia.
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