Ethiopian diplomat abandons delegation after UN Assembly, seeks asylum in U.S.

by Africa News

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Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn addresses the United Nations Security Council

ADDIS ABABA – An Ethiopian diplomat who was part of the government delegation to the United Nations General Assembly in New York last month has sought political asylum in the United States.

Baye Tadesse Teferi, the state’s chief protocol officer, quit his job in the United States after serving over two years with the government, he told VOA Amharic on Tuesday.

He added that his decision was due to fears of being persecuted for political reasons.

Teferi attended the summit with the Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn who has since returned.

Ethiopia is regarded as one of Africa’s fastest growing economies yet many citizens have faced repression by security forces and the government.

In the past two years, protests were held in the Oromia and Amhara regions where tens of thousands of people flooded the streets denouncing marginalization by the government.

The Ethiopian government reacted with force to the protests, leading to the death of about a thousand people, arrests, state of emergency, internet shutdowns among other measures to stop the protests.

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  1. Subject: “Ethiopian diplomat abandons delegation after UN Assembly, seeks asylum in U.S.” by Africa News Oct 4, 2017

    Commentary, 4 Oct 2017
    In broad perspective, the defection, the exodus, the emigration and roaming around the Globe of African — in individual or in mass — has been going on for many years and will continue to go on as long as democratic institutions and/or opportunities for Africans to flourish in their own Continent is dim – putting it in a polite form. The African people are degraded in their own Continent more than they encounter in former colonial master countries as well as any country outside the African Continent.

    What is the reason or reasons for such an exodus, at any cost? The answer is ‘bagful’ of sociopolitical, religion (the greatest cancer of all), region, race and above all the catalyst to all these ills named ‘colonialism’. The African people are so hopelessly divided by every and any straw of malaise it would be a monumental task for the African people to struggle out of DARKNESS to see a ray of light of hope. The damage done on Africa by Africans and others is too thick to see through.

    In the African Continent, there are more than thirty-thousand (30,000) so-called ‘modern’ educated Intellectuals of the Highest Order, with Doctor of Philosophy Degrees (Ph D) in various field of endeavor. Do they make a difference to the African people? Not even a feeble ray of light is visible to lead the African people out of DARKNESS. Let alone to be the light beacon for the African people, the Intellectuals cannot even get together to discuss their common interest. Conclusion: No hope in that area. The damage has already been done upon the “FOUNDATION”.

    How about the self-appointed Head of States of the African Continent? There is an African saying, posed in a question form (as a matter of fact it is universal): “DON’T YOU HAVE A DEAD RELATIVE?”

    Consequentially, ‘ditto-repeat[o]’ with the representatives of the African Dictators, namely: the Organization of African Unity (OAU) which turned into African Union (AU) by dropping the alphabet “O” after prolonged ‘deep intellectual’ discussion in Libya, almost half a century ago. In 54 years of existence the African Organization, in totality, did not accomplish a straw of success in any field of endeavor pertinent to the African People. They simply aggrandized themselves in every aspect of the word, but NOT for the people of Africa. IT IS A SHAMEFUL HISTORY of the AFRICAN BLACK RACE as well as disgraceful legacy for future innocent generations. THE END

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