በአማራ ክልል ላሊበለ ከተማ አከባቢ የእስልምና ሃይማኖት ተከታዮች እንዳይሰግዱ ተከልክከው ወደ ገጠር ጫከ ሂደው ሲሰግዱ

በአማራ ክልል ላሊበለ ከተማ አከባቢ የእስልምና ሃይማኖት ተከታዮች እንዳይሰግዱ ተከልክከው ወደ ገጠር ጫከ ሂደው ሲሰግዱ

ማየት በጣም ያናድዳል። አክሱም ብቻ አይደለም መስጂድ ክልከላው ላሊበላም አለ። በጣምም ያሳፍራል ያበሳጫል!

Fekadu L. Bayisa

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  1. What an unfortunate Abyssinian region? The two religions (Christianity and Islam), for that matter, emerged from the same location in the Middle East, and coexist everywhere they are being received in the world, except in a few extremely backward corners. The “Amhara” region always exhibits its intolerance and stays at the bottom of the “Ethiopian hospitality” hierarchy when it comes to accommodating “ethnic others” or other religions, apart from the one they consider their own.

    Although I am not into religion at all, this story made me smile in a sad way, as it reminded me a funny encounter, some decades ago. I briefly joined one of Ethiopia’s well regarded public organizations, and a cohort of us completed some familiarization training and were assigned to run branches or to work at the head office. We were given a week off, and were told to report on Monday to our respective offices/branches. Suddenly, we were summoned to the Human Resources Director office on Wndesday, and were told that our assignment branches were changed. Reason? The director casually told us that “since the person who was assigned to run Lalibela Branch was Muslim with a Muslim name, the monks in Lalebela would stone him to death. Consequently, they changed the assignment branches to avert the possible terrible danger”. The substitute was someone with Amharic name who spoke Amharic without any trace of “ethnic others’ accents”. Amusingly, the person who was sent to Lalibela as a substitute, afterwards, told me that he was an Oromo city boy who did not speak Affan Oromo. We laughed and joked about the ” funny ” incident at the time, however, some of us already started to contemplate our future somewhere else.

    The question is:

    How long are those trading in the name of “Amhara” going to stay in darkness, and hurt others? Why are they too intolerant of others while they never mind to go to other ethnic regions, and live as well as practise their religions freely? Can decent “Amhara” show some courage and come out to declare, “not in my name anymore; move to the 21st century!”?

    OA

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