Such inhuman and shameful treatment of Ethiopian
migrants living in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf States
should be stopped immediately.
I am a fourth generation Ethiopian-Armenian and, like
many Armenians who lived in Ethiopia, my grandparents
took refuge in Ethiopia after the Armenian Genocide. Those
Armenians who were fortunate enough to have escaped
the Turkish atrocities and mass murders of the early 20th
century repatriated to different countries around the world.
Ethiopia was a country that provided unconditional support
and welcomed Armenians with open arms. We lived and
prospered in Ethiopia where we maintained our institutions
such as our churches, schools and community centers
without any interference from the Government of Ethiopia
and its citizens. We were treated as brothers and sisters
and lived a good life. Although I now live in Canada, I still
have a lot of love for Ethiopia and the
people. Therefore, I find it necessary to say a few words about the current mistreatment of Ethiopians in
the Gulf States including Saudi Arabia which has been the focus of despicable mistreatment of
Ethiopians. For various reasons, mostly economic, today’s young Ethiopians are traveling abroad looking
for better opportunities of life through employment. For women, this is mostly domestic help and for
men, it would be construction or any other job they can find. Needless to say, life for Ethiopians looking
for work and to survive in these countries is not easy. On top of these hardships, the Ethiopians who are
law abiding and hard working members of society are facing persecution beyond anyone’s imagination.
There is no justification for such cruel behavior.
It is important to remember that one day, the citizens and its descendants from the countries that are
committing such atrocities on helpless Ethiopians may very well seek refuge in Ethiopia as was done
1500 years ago. As always, what goes around always comes around. Do not forget your history vis-a-vis
Ethiopia and stop mistreating our Ethiopian brothers and sisters living in your country. Start treating
them with decency and respect.