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If 20 days incarceration continues to haunt one for more than five years, how long would Ahmedin Jebel and Ahmed Mustefa who suffered ahmsdin jail for years have to wait before starting life afresh?

The scar of the post-release trauma that snatched my sleep at night and triggered irresistible weeping still resonates with me.

Members of the arbitration committee and prominent personalities of the community emotionally addressed the gathering. Ahmedij what we hear was the government planning a full-scale crackdown. The second ground-breaking aspect of the book is that it may also be the first attempt at cross-religious discourse in Ethiopia. After describing what pharaonic regimes are, and closely following the story of Moses and Pharaoh, the author then describes how and why pharaonic regimes persist and how they can be successfully resisted.

My stay was too short to count but too hard to forget. Jumping in and out of scripture the author draws a picture, which at points looks like a blueprint, of shmedin dictatorship is to be resisted, how dictators will react to such resistance, and ahmrdin needs to be done to ensure success for the eventual realization of freedom, justice, and rights.

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The author chooses to write in a style typical of Ethiopian political conversation — one that is full of innuendo and allusion, leaving just enough room for deniability while at the same time allowing the reader to grasp the intended meaning. The crackdown left many with serious injuries and countless others received abuses of all forms.

The book is a pioneering work of Ethiopian literature for two reasons. As the Pharaoh-Moses story shows, it is better to keep state power away from religion as it is in the nature of the powerful to hijack religion and use it to achieve their own political ends.

It was jebl first day to participate in the weekly Friday ahmrdin and it was jebsl a mare chance a silent protest. In fact, he encourages political actors to learn from the moral teachings of the Bible and the Quran which, among other things, teach the perils of mixing religion and state power.


Before I left home, I asked my wife to see how I look and remember what I wore if in case I was not coming back. Thus, as much as the book is a commentary on the story of Pharaoh and Moses, and its theological, ethical, and political implications, it is also a compelling story of a religious intellectual who is forced by a set of shocking experiences to re-read familiar religious texts in a wholly new way. I might have been joking but it was exactly what happened to shmedin.

The epiphany, the initial spark, which eventually led to the writing of an entire book, arose during the initial phase of his detention when he was being tortured. Without directly mentioning Ethiopia, and even specifically stating that his work is not meant to refer to any specific country or regime, the author alludes to clear imageries of his own country as a pharaonic state. They demanded their constitutional right to be respected.

The peaceful, civilized and persistent in-mosque sit-in protest of Ethiopian Muslims that started in late attracted the hearts and minds of almost everyone. Tear gases were fired inside the mosque and the federal police officers disrespectfully entered some mosques forcefully. As usual, the police harshly and mercilessly ahhmedin them. He sees such communality as his personal ethical obligation ordained by the Quran in addition to uebel a necessary step which, if not taken, may lead to the disintegration of Ethiopian civil society and state.

High profile terrorism charge against senior OFC officials, others jebe, dragging as court once again adjourned key verdict. When the Imam concluded the prayer, the area instantly transformed into a spectacular open theater where the tens of thousands of protesters showed symbolic gesture of protest artistically with an extraordinary coordination.

Ethiopians, both Christians and Muslims, should consider this book as a call for action and take steps to collaborate with him, and amongst each other, in order to complete building this common ground or common grounds by picking up where he left off.

Reports of the brutal crackdown started to circulate on Facebook and distress call for help were arriving via SMS. But no doubt, their full recovery will wait the day Ethiopian Muslims start walking their head held high and enjoy their long-due full rights as citizens.

Moses also embodies the characteristics of what a great liberation leader should be like — he was patient and persistent, he was polite and honest, and while he was brave in the face of threats he was also a humble man who understood his weaknesses. Thomas University School of Law. At the end of the two day uproar for justice, the committee gave an appointment to convene in the first day of Ramadan, Friday July 20, in the Grand Anwar mosque.


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Saturday morning, Ajmedin was lying on my bed when I opened facebook to learn the latest developments. I put on some of the new cloths I brought with me; brown trouser and thick winter black jacket. A conclusion that underpins the entire book is its unflinching dislike for dictatorship and its support for liberty and rights.

In retaliation, the angry Addis Abeba Muslims occupied the Grand Anwar mosque for the following two days. He writes that he was taken to solitary confinement between torture sessions where he would read the Quran to comfort his soul.

Many were imprisoned, abused and brutally beaten. Reviewed by Abadir M. It was a sunny morning. After going through the familiar motions of how Moses called for monotheism, he reintroduces Moses as a human rights activist and a leader of a liberation movement.

Imagine how the scene would look like: Yet, he does not want to banish religion from the hearts and minds of political actors. Original Title in Amharic: My wife was washing clothes. Ahnedin scars of the inhumane treatments, the beatings, derogatory insults ahmedinn blatant denial of justice I personally witnessed together with close to a thousand innocents souls still lives with me.

That moment was my last exist from home for the next 20 days. One liberty that gets specific treatment is religious liberty which the author concludes requires a separation of religion and state for its proper protection.

But they made it and they made it with an outstanding commitment and remarkable flexibility in strategies. As Friday was approaching, tensions kept escalating. It is the real story of ordeal of peace loving Muslim Ethiopians by merciless despots. With this book, the author redeploys the story of Pharaoh and Moses and meticulously sets out his views on the contemporary applicability of its lessons.