ኔልሰን ማንዴላ እና ኢትዮጵያ!! (በ ዳዊት ከበደ ወየሳ)

(EMF) የነጻነት ታጋዩ ኔልሰን ማንዴላ በ95 አመታቸው ከዚህ አለም ሲለዩ፤ የተለያዩ አገሮች እንደየራሳቸው ግንኙነት የራሳቸውን ታሪክ ሲያወሩ ነበር። የአሜሪካው ፕሬዘዳንት ሃዘናቸውን ሲገልጹ ከማንዴላ ጋር የነበራቸውን ግንኙነት በመግለጽ ነበር። እኔ በምኖርበት አትላንታ ከተማ ዜናው ሲቀርብ፤ ኔልሰን ማንዴላ አትላንታ በመጡበት ወቅት፣ ከነአንድርው ያንግ ጋር ሆነው የማርቲን ሉተር ኪንግ ማዕከልን ስለመጎብኘታቸው ነበር – ዋናው ዜና። ሁሉም አገር ስለማንዴላ የየራሱ ትዝታ አለው። ኢትዮጵያውያንም ስለኔልሰን ማንዴላ የራሳችን ታሪክ እና ትዝታ አለን። እናም ማንዴላ የዛሬ 51 አመት ወደ ኢትዮጵያ ሲመጡ ስለነበረው ጉዳይ በማውጋት ታሪካችንን እንጀምራለን።
 Nelson Mandela
የኢትዮጵያ የውጭ ጉዳይ ሚንስትር የነበሩት አቶ ከተማ ይፍሩ በ1962 ዓ.ም አራተኛው የፓን አፍሪካ ስብሰባ በኢትዮጵያ እንዲደረግ ጃንሆይን ፍቃድ ጠየቁ። ጃንሆይ በጉዳዩ ተስማሙና በፌብሩዋሪ 1962 ዓ.ም የአፍሪካ ታዋቂ የነፃነት ታጋዮች ወደ ኢትዮጵያ መጡ። ከእነዚህም መሃከል ሚስተር ኦሊቨር ታምቦ፣ ሚስተር ሮበርት ሙጋቤ፣ ሚስተር ኬኔት ካውንዳ እና ሚስተር ኔልሰን ማንዴላ ይገኙበታል። (በኋላ ላይ እነዚህ ወጣት ታጋዮች የየአገራቸው ፕሬዘዳንት ሆነዋል) ይህ ጉዞ በተለይ ለኔልሰን ማንዴላ በህይወታቸው ውስጥ ልዩ ስፍራ የሚሰጡት ነው። (ቀሪውን ለማንበብ እዚህ ላይ ይጫኑ)
Nelson Mandela and Ethiopia
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2 Responses to ኔልሰን ማንዴላ እና ኢትዮጵያ!! (በ ዳዊት ከበደ ወየሳ)

  1. Mesfin Tadesse Reply

    December 6, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    አመሰግናለሁ ዳዊት
    ኮለምበስ ኦሃዮ

  2. assefa abebe Reply

    December 7, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    It was with profound sympathy to hear the death of the great Nelson Mandella. He is a giant of man who put his country’s best interest ahead of his own. He was the first South African president who freed his country from under the yoke of the viciously known Apartheid system of government. Our prayer goes out to his beloved children, friends and country. We are saddened by his departure and would like everyone to know that we grief with his family, friends, and South Africans in general.

    Thank you Dawit for this wonderful historical article on Mandella and posting it on the EMF Web Site. I found it to be informational as well as educational.
    Your story on Mandella reflects the type of leadership Ethiopia used to have in those days. Yes under our visionary leadership of Emperor Haile Selassie and his charismatic Foreign Minister Ketema Yifru , Ethiopia had fought for the liberation of colonized African nations until the last African state became a free nation.
    The Emperor accomplished all this, with his foreign minister lobbying other independent African nations to establish the Organization of African Unity(OAU).

    It is worth here to mention who among the past visionaries who devoted and dedicated themselves and concurred with the Emperor in establishing the OAU. I would like to give credit to the following gentlemen who put Africa ahead of everything else under this clear blue sky.

    Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya, Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt, Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia , Julius Nyerere of Tanzania , Mobutu Sese Sesko of the Democratic republic of Congo, and so on. They placed their countries best interest above any thing else under the sun.
    Those visionary leaders spoke with one voice against the abolition of colonialism and Apartheid system of government in Africa, and South Africa respectively. And succeeded working in unison to be heard by the rest of the world community. They accelerated the dismantlement of Apartheid system of government in South Africa in boycotting the 1976 Summer Olympic Games in Montreal Canada, spearheaded by the Ethiopian government.

    Ethiopia had sacrificed her time, money, and energy to train people like Nelson Mandella the art of fighting, and governing in liberating his people from Apartheid system of government.
    Ethiopian generosity did not stop there, it started to flourish all over Africa in the 1960’s and 1970’s Gregorian Calendar.
    Ethiopia also provided scholarships to students from Kenya and Tanzania and other nations to go to school in Ethiopia, because our country had the best system of (quality) education, far superior to any other African nations.Yes I can attest to this, because I met a number of Kenyan students going to school with us at Haile Selassie 1st. Secondary School at Kotabe.
    There were also number of African students enrolled at Haile Selassie 1st. University in the 60’s and 70’s.

    Ethiopia had the best armed forces in Africa, under the leader ship of Emperor Haile Selassie. In being so Ethiopia stretched her hands out to help every African nation to become self sufficient militarily as well as academically. When the Ethiopian Air Force was at its best many Nigerian students came to train the art of flying in what was known then the Imperial Ethiopian Air Force at Debre Zeit. The Nigerian who graduated from the Imperial Ethiopian Air Force went back home, and to day some of them are at the leadership position.
    Thank you sir, your story on Mandella’s coming to Ethiopia during the reign of Emperor Haile Selassie reminded me of so many important roles Ethiopia played to up lift other African nations.
    I do not think I will ever see someone as majestic as Nelson Mandella who liberated and unified his nation and forgave his enemies who put him behind bars for 27 years. May God rest his soul in peace.
    Assefa Abebe

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