The Kinijit delegations in North America and Europe are doing an impeccable job. They have had no breaks, running from one city to another, meeting Ethiopians, answering questions, raising funds, testifying and attending at the US congress hearings, and trying to solve their internal problems. They are doing that against all the odds and meddlings from different interest groups.
I want them to do the same here when they come back. I want them to go to Tepi, Gimbi, Arba Minch, Butajira, Ankober, Adi Grat...to all regions in Ethiopia South, North, West, East and talk to Ethiopians, listen to our problems, eat and pray with us. I know public gatherings are prohibited in Ethiopia de facto. I know there are pending issues of legalization. I know EPRDF officials who are angry with the perceived role of Kinijit leaders in the passing of HR 2003 may make things even harder for them. But we have chosen a value-based political strategy with which needs creativity, patience, resolve and perseverance. If gatherings continue to be prohibited, Kinijit leaders can go door to door, facing harassment from local officials and cadres. They can go to social gatherings, churches, mosques and be with the people. This isn't an election time. They don't need to give massive speeches. They just need to be with Ethiopians and listen to what they say. kinijit is a political organization that has promised to bring about democracy from the bottom-up. Its strength is its grass roots support. As we have seen in the cities in Europe and America, those who are ready to give away their hard-earned dollars, to live the promises of democracy, freedom and humanism and to deeply care about the party are people who aren't even party members. The same is true here. We are longing to see you here again Hailu Shawel et al!