Monday, May 20, 2019

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PIA HAWASSA AT CAPACITY

2016-teethA new year may not be magical in itself to transform anything. However, New Year's resolution has become almost a cultural tradition in the West. It is a time that many reflect on the past year, rethink and reorganize for the coming year. Moreover, it gives one the opportunity to forgive oneself for broken promises, to right wrongs, to reaffirm relational commitments, look forward to new promises, hopes, plans, and energize oneself to become a better person

So, I would like to wish everyone a happy New Year and success in your 2017 New Year resolutions!

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The Brain-Drain Dilemma

For the past thirty-five years Ethiopia suffered an immeasurable level of brain-drain. From the time of the communist military junta (1974-1991) to the present (1991-2011), it has become the norm for thousands of Ethiopian brightest-and-best to leave their country that needs them most and migrate towards the West for a better life and political freedom.

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The Uncertain Future

As I write this entry, and a U.N agency (FAO) reported a severe drought in progress in East Africa. According to the report, “In Ethiopia, millions more require emergency food assistance.  What’s more, the lack of rain is blamed for the deaths of 220,000 cattle in the Borena Zone along the southern border with Kenya.”

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For the Sake of the Future Generation

“Transformation” is a recent buzz word in Ethiopia. The politicians of the ruling party and the state television constantly introduce this English word into almost any conversation. It gives the impression that either the targeted audience is those outside of Ethiopia or the Amharic equivalent (i.e. lew’T) is too dynamic for the context it's been used.

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TEACH THEM HOW TO FISH - That is the help needed!

 fishEthiopian immigrants are not strengers to the existing stereotype associated with their homeland. For many minds, Ethiopia is a country so dependent on foreign aid and one that may never pull itself out of poverty.

The genesis of that perception might be traced back to the mid nineteen-eighties where the horrible famine that ravaged the norther part of Ethiopia was brought into every household through the television screen- the Michael Buerk 1984 BBC documentary.

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On the Brink of an Education Crisis

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In 2010, the Global Campaign for Education (comprising Education International, Plan International, Oxfam, Save the Children and VSO) produced a report entitled "Back to School?" According to that report, Ethiopia is one of the 5 worst countries in the world to be a school child, and is "teetering on the brink of an education crisis."

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