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Emperor Haile Selassie I at Ethiopian New Year

Ethiopia’s last emperor was Emperor Haile Selassie I (Atse Haile Selassie): negus (king) and Lion of Judah. No kitten on the world stage, he had helped set up the League of Nations. In 1968 when I was 14, he visited my remote city: Perth, Western Australia. Our geography teacher did not show a map of Ethiopia nor mention her culture, but scared me with, ‘Rabies is everywhere in Africa.’ 5 decades later, I began this Ethiopia Blog.

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Ethiopian Woven Wisdom

Can Ethiopia’s cotton cloth be likened to her people? Refined yet tough? In Bahir Dar, on the shores of Lake Tana at the source of the Blue Nile, I witnessed a fusion of dance and spinning. A slender lady did Eskista shoulder dance while walking in a deep squat in a circle, smoothly without bouncing up and down. At the same time, she spun cotton expertly. Incomparable and unique.

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Marvellous Ethiopian Charities

SLCO and GPO aim to help all Ethiopians that need their services. They promote gender equity. Donations directly benefit the disadvantaged – money is not wasted on administration. Coordinators and operators work voluntarily. They run cost effective projects.

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Ethiopian Innovations

The golden, domed roof of El Aqs Mosque in Jerusalem dates from before 1,000 BC. Queen Saba built it for King Salamon (Solomon) – El Aqs was originally his. In ancient Abyssinia (Ethiopia), Queen Sheba was Saba, also known as the Engineering Queen. Saba was from Lake Tana, which is the source of Abay or Blue Nile River. She transported a gift of gold from her mines in Ethiopia to Salamon, for the roof of El Aqs. Then she taught the king how to add a gyprock ceiling to conserve the building. 3,000 years on, the dome is intact.

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The November War in Ethiopia

In November 2020 in Tigray, mass graves held 70,000 Amhara members of the community. The TPLF had buried alive the elderly, women, children and babies. Rebels ran over people with trucks. TPLF atrocities were as vicious as those of the Nazis. Victims were Jewish, Christian and Muslim.

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HR6600 Against Ethiopia

The HR6600 bill introduced in April 2022 by the US attacked Ethiopians. It would have stopped Ethiopian diaspora in the US from easily sending so much as $1 to a hungry mother in Ethiopia – AFTER they had paid US tax. Inside Ethiopia, enterprises would not have been able to import medicine or industrial supplies without cash payment.

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“Lucy’s People” Book Extracts

You would know about the 2003 US invasion of Iraq and the fate of the museum collection in Baghdad. Since November 2020, the same has happened to Jewish monasteries and museums in Ethiopia. This month, there were auctions abroad for Ethiopian treasures. Coincidence?

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