There is no visible sentiment of narrow nationalism among the people of Tigrai; rather our “Culture of Excessive Sikifta” has hampered our developments

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  1. Tesfay Alemseged says:

    Quite a great thought Gere.
    More than any time before, the last fourteen months have clearly though us about the saying “Everything will be fine at the end, but if it is not fine, then it is not the end”. The popular public struggle has managed to physically deprive the monarchy from their power. However, recent events have revealed that we are not at the end, but right at the middle of the struggle, and we still have a long way to go in fighting their opportunist but inconsistent psychological war through shading more light on our real history in order to expose their destructive and useless dreams.
    For sure, building a strong nation can be more certain if we really understand how the entire societal and political systems have been working across the last decades and centuries, and this demands adequate knowledge (lessons) of our history. In other words, we need to be frank on understanding the root causes of most of our existing problems; we need to learn from our yesterday. I this regard, building knowledge based and transparent social system can help us to efficiently use today, and prepare ourselves for more trustful and more secured tomorrow. Masking yesterday’s (historical) facts; failure to learn from the roles played by different groups and individuals in the course of our history, and even failure to understand current realities can encourage yesterday’s negative forces to stay alive and look for another chance (room) and create continued bias, distortion, lies and trigger psychological discomfort in our society.
    Traditionally, Tigaru consider individual and organizational “Sekefta” as sensibility, due respect and selflessness to others. On the other hand, it emanates from the deep rooted social value and norm inherited from our Geez ancestors. By doing so, what is traditionally expected from the other party is more understanding, and possibly a doubled (Athefa) positive reward (feedback) like what is traditionally said “KEBUR SEB YEKEBER”.
    However, this could be quite a “norm or a language” that works better on the Ethiopian public at large, and specifically in Tigray. The sense of unnecessary “Sekefta” and failure to use our fair and equitable advantages and opportunities could be misunderstood when practiced out of its context; in the western culture, it could be even seen as message that sounds “this is what I deserve”.
    Despite its size, historically Tigray is seen as a threat to the former monarchies. As a result, they have a long-standing policy of depriving the people from any kind of economic development. Besides, they understand our culture and they use to exploit our weakness and blow such a “hot-air” and give us pre-hand vaccination through leveraging the deep-rooted sense of “Sekefta” as much as possible; contain the minds of individual politicians and ordinary citizens; and ultimately deter us from using our legitimate economic advantages.
    If Tigrai gets its fair share in the national economy, and become economically better off through mobilizing its people and registering shining awards like the recent “Global Environmental Award”, they use to get frustrated. They are still working tirelessly because, If Tegaru are economically healed they are quite sure about the irreversibility of the system, and it would be unthinkable for them to get another chance.
    Therefore, we must better understand the very purpose and relationships of such a long-standing state of mind through enabling a more courageous and transparent public communication, awareness, and feedback system and clear the dust through avoiding unnecessary (excessive) “Sekefta”.
    Essentially, despite it’s immediate (temporary) “discomfort” and “pain” we need to have the necessary courage to open spaces, and enable us to better know about our historical facts and correct historical distortions in order to realize sustainable and solid ground for building a stronger nation.

  2. aradaw says:

    Very interesting Sikifta, since you ask , let me try to answer.
    1. Could there be any rationale for thepeople of Tigrai who had practically exhibited unselfishness during its’ seventeen years of intense and arduous armed struggle that resulted in the removal of the Dergue Fascist Regime at the cost of the scarification and injury of hundreds of thousands of it’s’ sons and daughters to be labeled as narrow nationalistic?

    This question can be answered from the reason why Tigrians started armed struggle. Whether you like it or not it is not secret that the struggle started to liberate the Tigrian region and has nothing to do with the country Ethiopia. Even the name of the party still say Tigrian People Liberation Front. The core of their selfishness starts tfrom the time the struggle started, it started for selfishness for Tigrians.

    2. Did the people of Tigrai requested compensation for all the scarification and destruction due to the 17 years of the arduous armed struggle?

    Compensation for what? You struggled for your own Tigray liberation. It is not a secret Mr. Herman mentioned it many times and we know it. Yes, you liberated Tigray and the rest of the war is simply invasion for the resources of the rest of the country. It is not a secret that there were groups of your army who stayed in Tigray after liberation who did not want the invasion. They accomplished their goals and want to stay put. I have absolute sympathy for the young people who lost their lives. You came for what you wanted and shoed it for the last 26 years expropriated everything you found useful.
    3. Are the people of Tigrai favored by the federal government and did it take federal resources in excess of its share?

    Good you ask this question. If you are honest, the answer is clear; it can be seen walk the street of Addis or anywhere in Ethiopia. All government offices filled with Tigrians. You can see “them” and “us” around. The army, the security the business anywhere you mention are all Tigrians. Do you think this is because they are smart or hard working? Not at all, it is favoritism. At the beginning factories, machines, power generators anything useful dismantled and moved to Tigray. This is a known fact, you know it and the people know it.
    5. Is it not the people of Tigrai who had primarily shouldered the impact of the Ethio-Eritrea war; and who still continue to be the victim of the “No War, No Peace” policy?
    Wow, you started it, you lost and unfortunately, the Ethiopian people the returned derg army lost their lives for a piece of land not useful for you and them. The core of the conflict is not the land. It is the resource of the land of Ethiopia.

    7. Is it not the people of Tigrai who has and who is tolerating all the targeting and discriminations by some of the opposition groups both locally and abroad?

    This is laughable!!!! Yes you are targeted because you invaded us expropriated the resources unfairly. Your party killed, prisoned, tortured and so on and the Tigrians kept quiet.

  3. mahmoud says:

    The Amhara and Tigray people are often described as belonging to the same ancestor’s as they share similar culture, religion and literature etc. Moreover, intermarriage, social relations and mobility is common among those people. Ethnic difference isn’t also a source of conflict but conflict is likely to arise when some radical groups like the Diaspora Ethiopians led media extensively propagate (Lies fabrications, exaggeration) against the people of Tigray. The hate propaganda against the Tigray people dates back to hundreds of years but further exacerbated this time due to Different Ethiopian groups migration to western countries, entrée of social media and various mass media sources from abroad (VOA, ESAT, DW Amharic, Eritrean government media and others.) unless the government became fully aware and work on this issue, the hate propaganda doesn’t affect only the Ethiopian people but also misled international community perceptions about Ethiopia

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