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Tuesday, 19 June 2007

Happy father's day to our jailed fathers

Tedla Asfaw

While we celebrated Father’s Day here in USA back home in Ethiopia many fathers who led the May 15, 2005 peaceful revolution have been confined to jail for the last two years with fabricated charges and last week a political decision was made by Melese Zenawi to separate them from their families and millions who voted for them indefinitely.

Fathers like Hailu Shawel, Birhanu Nega, Yacob Hailemarian, Hailu Araya and others are fathers not only for their families but also hope for our country thousands of fatherless children so called “ “Dangerous Bozenes” who are roaming the streets of Addis Ababa and other cities with no hope for their future.

I have no doubt in my mind that a City like Addis Ababa was denied not only a mayor but also a good father who would have made a big difference in the lives of thousands of hopeless youths in Addis Ababa by creating jobs working together with local business and international agencies who are located in Addis Ababa and who will also benefit from such projects.

On this Father’s Day we have to remember the families of these brave fathers in Ethiopian jail and commit ourselves to put pressure on USA and UK Administrations who are the staunch supporters of the regime for the immediate release of our fathers of the May 15 peaceful revolution without any precondition.