Monday, April 15, 2024

Washington update: Conference and Briefing on the Crisis in Ethiopia

At a time when the world’s attention is focused on the Middle East and the war in Ukraine, the world must not forget Ethiopia or avert its eyes from the ongoing genocide against its Amhara people. Ethiopia, a country of over 120 million people, is the key to stability in the Horn of Africa. 

Ethiopia is experiencing overlapping crises:

  • An unresolved civil war
  • Ethnic cleansing and ethnically motivated killings
  • Desperate hunger and malnutrition
  • Human rights abuses
  • Crippling corruption

Armed conflict is causing famine, and the avarice of government officials is exacerbating the tragedy. While more than a million people in Ethiopia are in dire need of food, rampant government corruption has led the United States and international donors to suspend aid.

Ethiopian-American civic organizations are holding a constitutional conference and congressional briefing on November 6, 9:30 a.m. at the U.S. Senate Russell Office Building, Kennedy Caucus Room to raise awareness of the crises, discuss the common causal factors, and propose solutions. The meeting is open to the press. 

Speakers will present updates, discuss the Ethiopian Constitution and the Federal government structure, and draft a resolution with solutions that will provide the foundation for peace, stability, and economic development. Constitutional change, including the elimination of divide-and-rule provisions that have turned Ethiopians against each other, is an essential prerequisite to bringing democracy, peace, and prosperity to one of Africa’s largest countries. 

Congressional staff and representatives from the African Union will be in attendance.

Conference participants include:

1. Ethiopiawinet

2-Ethiopian American Civic Council (EACC)

3 -Ethiopian Survival Salvation Association (ESSA)

4-Unity For Ethiopia

5-Ethiopian Advocacy Network

6-Horn Of Africa peace and development center (HAPDC)

7- Ethiopian American Community

 For more information, contact Mesfin Mekonen. 

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Mesfin Mekonen

Mesfin Mekonen is the author of Washington Update, a bulletin about Ethiopia’s struggle for freedom and prosperity, and founder of MM Management.

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