U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa launches blog

Patricia Haslach

On behalf of the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa, I am pleased to announce the launch of our official blog, Kimsha. In one of the local languages, Amharic, Kimsha signifies a “tidbit” or “small taste” of something. Our blog aims to provide timely and relevant information in small bites to members of the public interested in learning more about the work of the U.S. Embassy and American culture.

Each week, blog posts will examine topics involving American values, culture and foreign policy objectives relevant to Ethiopia and Ethiopians. I encourage readers to post comments and questions on the blog and to make it as interactive as possible. We want to hear your views and respond to your comments and questions!
With the launch of Kimsha, U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa looks forward to strengthening our dialogue with Ethiopians and other interested readers and to provide them with interesting news and information.
With that, I hope you enjoy our new offering, Kimsha! Amaseganehlu! –
-Ambassador Patricia M. Haslach, U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia

አዲስ አበባ የሚገኘውን የአሜሪካ ኤምባሲ በመወከል ቅምሻ የተሰኘ ጦማር መጀመራችንን ስገልጽ በታላቅ ደስታ ነው፡፡ ዓላማችን ጦማሩ ወቅታዊና ጠቃሚ የሆኑ የኤምባሲውን ተግባራት፤ እንዲሁም ከአሜሪካን ባህል ጋር ተያያዥነት ያላቸውን መረጃዎች ለታዳሚው ማህበረሰብ በጥዑም ቅምሻ መልክ እንዲያደርስ ነው፡፡

ጦማሩ በየሳምንቱ ለኢትዮጵያና ለኢትዮጵያውያን ቅርበት ያላቸውን የአሜሪካ እሴቶች፣ባህልና የውጭ ግንኙነት ፖሊሲ ዓላማዎችን ያቀርባል፡፡ መድረኩ ሀሳቦችን የምንለዋወጥበት ይሆን ዘንድ አንባቢያን ያላችሁን አስተያየቶችና ጥያቄዎች እንድታደርሱን እየጋበዝኩ፤ለጥያቄዎቻችሁም ሆነ ለአስተያየቶቻችሁ ወቅታዊ ምላሽ የምንሰጥ መሆኑን ለመጠቆም እወዳለሁ፡፡

ይህን ቅምሻ የተሰኘ ጦማር መጀመራችንን ሳበስር፤ ኤምባሲው ከኢትዮጵያውያንም ሆነ ከሌሎች አንባቢዎቻችን ጋር ተቀራርቦ የሚነጋገርበት መድረክ እንደሚሆንና ለአንባቢዎቻችንም ወቅታዊና ጠቃሚ ዜናዎችንና መረጃዎችን የምናቀርብበት እንደሚሆን እምነቴ ነው፡፡

ቅምሻን እንደምትወዱት ተስፋ አደርጋለሁ! አመሰግናለሁ!

አምባሳደር ፓትሪሺያ ሃስላክ፣ በኢትዮጵያ የአሜሪካ አምባሳደር

11 thoughts on “U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa launches blog

  1. It is nice to see the US Embassy Addis Ababa launching blog. What I feel is there is shortcoming regard to topics. No question, topics, like “No for Child Labor” “Yes, for Quality Education” morally appropriate topics and the US Embassy must be appreciated for such thoughtful innovative ideas. After having said this, let me kindly say something on its shortcomings. Problem is with prioritization, I believe that for many Ethiopians, Child Labor is not a hot issue at this point. A challenge we are facing day to day is economic and political problems. That is a sort of topic can couch the attentions of many people. For instance, I’m I affiliated with Agaw Democratic Party (AgDP). My comrades even these who took part in the past month election are in jail in North Gondar & Metekel. Some of them were killed allegedly attempting to organize demonstration, how I can have an appetite to discuss about Child Labor and Quality of Education? I’m afraid of the US is ignoring basic problems in Ethiopia just concentrating on terrorism. Anyway, think about topics! Again thank you for your innovative ideas.
    Long Live Free America
    Long Live Free Ethiopia
    Damchaw W

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  2. Thank you for the Blog. On another note, I would like you to know that Amharic is not merely a local language but Ethiopian official language.

    ቅምሻን በመጀመራችሁ አመሰግናለሁ። በነገራችን ላይ አማርኛ የመንደር ቋንቋ ሳይሆን የ ኢትዮጵያ ብሄራዊ ቋንቋ መሆኑን እንዲገነዘቡ አሳስባለሁ።

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  3. First of all I would like to say it is a good start to have discussion among us as Ethiopians Human Trafficking is HUMAN Rights.

    Modern human trafficking and bondage differ significantly from the trans-Atlantic trade that brought black Africans to serve white American plantation owners in a system that legalized chattel slavery. Reformers today label as “contemporary forms of slavery” other forms of involuntary servitude that have been practiced for centuries—bonded labor, indentured service, forced prostitution, irregular military conscription, and serfdom. Like chattel slavery, these “slavery-like practices” were criminalized but have survived. Involuntary servitude in a variety of forms persists in countries with lax enforcement and corrupt governments like TPLF/EPRDF, Ethiopia.

    Since 1991 national and international human rights organizations have regularly reported serious violations of human rights, not only in Oromia, Ogaden, Gambela, and other remote rural areas where local opposition groups and armed liberation movements operate, but also in Addis Ababa. They report that the security organs are responsible for the excessive use of violence, arrests without warrants, torture, disappearances, and extra-judicial killings. There is no case known of an official perpetrator held responsible in court for human rights violations.

    After the severe post-electoral crises of 2005, a UN report drew a somber summary of the status of human rights in Ethiopia:

    The promise of the Constitution and the aspiration of ethnic groups for empowerment and a sense of full participation in decision-making have not been achieved and remain largely unfulfilled .  … Events following the May 2005 elections, including well-documented killing of protesters and imprisonment of opposition leaders, have deeply undermined confidence in democratic processes and the democratic legitimacy of the current Government.  … Continuation of this situation will contribute to denying the full realization of the admirable initiatives represented in the Constitution regarding equal rights among all ethnic groups in Ethiopia and consequent recognition and protection of language, cultural and religious rights. A process of national dialogue and reconciliation seems required—one that enables all groups to build confidence in democratic processes, to disassociate politics from ethnicity, and to break down the perception that independent political opposition equates to armed resistance. (McDougall, p. 25)

    The chances that such a process will take root in the foreseeable future appear to be slim as of 2008. The ruling party is not willing to enter into a genuine dialogue, and the opposition is too fragmented to enforce it. Ethiopia has held a series of elections since the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Party (EPRDF) ousted the brutal regime of Mengistu Haile Mariam in 1991. With the notable exception of the national election in 2005, none has been competitive. A combination of ruling party repression and opposition party strategies to boycott left the overwhelming majority of Ethiopian voters without a meaningful choice in 1992, 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2010. These patterns of non-competitive elections will almost certainly characterize the upcoming May 2015 elections.

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  4. This is very encouraging move on the part of the US Embassy and helps us to air our grievances about US policy towards the Ethiopian regime. I welcome the launching of the website.

    Respectfully

    Girma Bekele
    Santa Clara, CA

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