By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
Ethiopians are not new to their citizens’ bolting out of the country to escape despotic and barbaric TPLF feudal lords and their ‘potted plants’.
The world recalls 30 Ethiopians ISIL massacred in Libya in April 2015. They were not the only tragic story of Ethiopia. Many of its citizens also faced death, being burned alive in South Africa. The dilemma of tens of thousands of Ethiopian refugees that, along with Yemenis, drink in Yemen tears and blood due to cruelest Saudi-organized bombardment.
Still many Ethiopians continue to rot in prisons in Eastern and Southern Africa, seized while desperately moving across sub-regions to find better pasture. Long ago, a greedy world that gives priority to its economic and strategic interests alone, those that see themselves as civilized nations ought to stop and ask why are Ethiopians desperately running away from their countries. Offensive as it is, that is Ethiopia, a country Barack Obama has the shameless audacity to refer to it as “democratic”!
If at all there is near thing to government in Ethiopia, it cannot even account how many of its citizens have perished in the Mediterranean Sea – a historic sea that, unlike its glorious past and history – has now been tainted by notoriety, the dreadfulness of human smugglers, as the world’s largest refugee deathbed.
Today, Europe stands on the brinks of its shame and at the height of its moral decline. In civilized Europe, an abandoned truck has been found standing deep in its heart – Austria. It is stuck with the decomposed bodies of 71 migrants, 59 men and eight women and four children.
Of course, when this happens, politicians speak with elevated words. In underlining the warning signs of this find in Austria, its Interior Minister Mikl-Leitner said the tragedy “should serve as a wake-up call … for joint European action” in dealing with the torrent of migrants flocking to Europe.”
Austrian investigators believe that the migrants suffocated. They have also found a Syrian travel document, indicating that at least some of the dead were refugees fleeing violence in Syria, though it wasn’t clear if some were from elsewhere, according to Reuters.
Angela Merkel said,“This reminds us that we in Europe need to tackle the problem quickly and find solutions in the spirit of solidarity…This is a warning for us to tackle the issue of migration quickly. We have more refugees in the world than at any time since the second world war. The world’s eyes are upon us”, according to The Guardian.
The paper quotes “Amnesty International’s Amnesty International’s Europe deputy director, Gauri van Gulik, who said the countries in the region needed urgently to do more. He pointed out:
“People dying in their dozens – whether crammed into a truck or a ship – en route to seek safety or better lives is a tragic indictment of Europe’s failures to provide alternative routes.
“Europe has to step up and provide protection to more, share responsibility better and show solidarity to other countries and to those most in need.”