Thursday, August 1, 2013

Raising funds for Fresh and Green Acadamy.

I've previously written about the fresh and green academy and this time we're trying to raise funds for the school from breaking apart.

Here is our Indiegogo campaign .

Fresh and Green Academy

Fresh and Green Academy is a school which has provided free education, food, clothes and medical care to underprivileged children and women for the past 13 years. The organization has also created a "Mothers' Cooperative" trough which the mothers of those children are able to generate an income by selling products like blankets, scarves, and jewelry. 

They came without warning

On the morning of July 26, 2013, while school was in session, workers arrived at the campus to seize posession of part of the school grounds to build a road. In short order, they demolished the entry gate, the wall surrounding the north side of the compound, and the first through fifth grade classrooms. Fortunately, Muday, the school owner, and the other adults on hand were able to save the desks and teaching supplies. But the classrooms for grades one through five are gone.
The campus is now 2/3 its former size, and most likely even more will be seized as the road takes shape. 
The short-term plan is for Muday to reconfigure the existing pre-school classrooms and offices to house the 80 or so displaced students. But this plan will only help us through September.Because ...
As if the destruction and seizure of school land was not enough, the owner of the land has decided to sell it. He has offered what is left of it to Muday for $100,000 USD. Fresh and Green Academy must find the money or all 140 children and 60 mothers will be back on the streets, begging. They have no other option for food; the mothers are all employed in the school; Muday has saved them from a life of prostitution.

Our power

For 13 years Fresh and Green Academy has been for these children a passport out of poverty.
A child who completes education will be an adult who will be able to take care of his family.
A child who completes education will be an adult who will be able to break the circle of poverty.
We can help drawing a wonderful destiny for these children.


Italian Translation

Fresh and Green Academy

Fresh and Green Academy è una scuola che per 13 anni ha garantito educazione gratuita, cibo, vestiti e cure mediche a bambini e donne di strada.
L'organizzazione ha creato anche una "Cooperativa delle Madri" attraverso la quale le madri di questi bambini sono in grado di generare un reddito vendendo prodotti come sciarpe, gioielli e cestini.

Sono arrivati senza preavviso

La mattina del 26 Luglio 2013, mentre si svolgevano le lezioni, funzionari del governo sono entrati nel complesso scolastico per prendere possesso di circa un terzo di esso per costruire una strada. Il cancello d'ingresso, una parte delle mura e tutte le classi che ospitavano i bambini delle elementari sono stati distrutti.
Fortunatamente Muday, la donna che gestisce la scuola, e gli altri adulti presenti sono riusciti a salvare almeno i banchi.
Il piano a breve termine è costruire una struttura almeno provvisoria che possa ospitare gli 80 studenti sfollati. Questo però sarà solo fino a Settembre perchè...
Come se la distruzione e il ridimensionamento della scuola non fosse abbastanza, il proprietario del terreno ha deciso di vendere. Il proprietario ha deciso di offrire a Muday ciò che è rimasto della sua proprietà per circa 100.000 Dollari. Fresh and Green Academy deve trovare i soldi o tutti i 140 bambini e le 60 madri rischieranno di tornare per strada a chiedere l'elemosina. Non hanno altra scelta per mangiare; le madri lavorano tutte nella scuola; Muday le ha salvate da una vita di prostituzione.

Il nostro potere

Per 13 anni Fresh and Green Academy è stata per questi bambini il passaporto per uscire dalla povertà.

Un bambino che va a scuola sarà un adulto che sarà in grado di provvedere alla sua famiglia.

Un bambino che va a scuola sarà un adulto che sarà in grado di rompere il cerchio della povertà.

Noi possiamo aiutare a scrivere un destino meraviglioso per questi bambini.

Amharic Translation

ፍሬሽ ኤንድ ግሪን አካዳሚ ፍሬሽ ኤንድ ግሪን አካዳሚ በ1992 ዓ.ም ተመሰረተ፡፡ በምስረታው ወቅት 15 ችግረኛና ወላጅ አልባ ህፃናትን በመቀበል ማስተማር የጀመረ ሲሆን በሚሰጣቸው ትምህርቶች እንዲሁም ትምህርት አሰጣጡ በህብረተሰቡ ዘንድ ተቀባይነት በማግኘቱ አሁን ላለበት ከፍተኛ ደረጃ ላይ ለመድረስ በቅ~ል፡፡ ይሁን እንጂ ት/ቤቱ አሁን ያለበት ደረጃ ላይ ለመድረስ ብዙ ችግሮችንና እንቅፋቶችን ብሎም ድካሞችን ያሳለፈ ሲሆን በእዚህ ፈታኝ አመታት አንድም ጊዜ የትምህርት ስራው ባለማuረጥ እስከ አሁን ድረስ በድል ጎዳና ላይ እየተገጎዘ ይገኛል፡፡ ፍሬሽ ኤንድ ግሪን አካዳሚ ለመንግስት እውቅናን አግኝቶ ስራውን ከጀመረበት ጊዜ ጀምሮ የመንግስት ፖሊሲን እንደዋና መርህ ማድረግ እየተሰራ ሲሆን የራሱም አላማና ግቦች ያሉት ት/ቤት ነው፡፡ ት/ቤታችን ውጤታማና ተፎካካሪ ሊሆኑ የሚችሉ ተማሪዎችን ለማፍራት ካለው አላማ በመነሳት የት/ት አሰጣጡን ለተማሪዎች አቅም መሰረት በማስኬድ ስኬታማና ውጤታማ ትውልድን በማፍራት ላይ ይገኛል፡፡ ትምህርት የእድገት መሰረት ነው! በመሆኑም በትምህርት ላይ መጠን ሰፊ ስራ መስራት እንዳለበት የሚያምነው ት/ቤታችን ከእዚህ በፊት ሊያደርገው እንደነበረው ሁሉ ስራዎችን በመስራት ላይ ይገኛል፡፡ ከእነዚህም ውስጥ ተማሪውን መሰረት ያደረገ በቀን ሶስት ጊዜ የምገባ ፕሮግራም ቁርስ፣ምሳ፣እራት እንዲሁም የተለያዩ አልባሳትና ጫማዎችን ከዚህም በተጨማሪ የት/ቤት የደንብ ልብስን በተማላ ደረጃ እገዛና ድጋፍ በማድረግ ላይ ይገኛል፡፡ ትምህርቱን በተመለከተ ደግሞ ከመደበኛ ትምህርቶች ውጪ ሰርከስ፣ እንዲሁም በዘመናዊ የሙዚቃ መሳሪያዎች ጊታር ፒያኖ ጨምሮ ትምህርቱ በመስጠት ላይ ይገኛል፡፡ ከዚህ በተጨማሪ ከ60 በላይ የሆኑ እናቶችን በማሰባሰብና በማእቀፍ ውስጥ በማካተት የተለያዩ የስራ መስኮችን በማስተማር ለምሳሌ የጥልፍ ስራ'የጌጣጌጥ እንዲሁም የሽመና ስራ በማሰልጠንና ውጤታቸውን ገቢያ ላይ በማዋል ተጠቃሚ እንዲሆኑ በማድረግ ላይ እንገኛለን፡፡ ይህንኑ ከላይ የተገለፁትን እንዲሁም በእቅድ የተያዙ ስራዎችን በማከናወን ላይ እያለን ባላተጠበቀና ባልተገመተ ጊዜ የት/ቤቱን ብሎም የህፃናቱን ህልውና አደጋ ላይ የሚጥል ክስተት የተፈጠረ ሲሆን በተወሰኑ ግለሰቦች አነሳሽነት የውስጥ ለውስጥ መንገድ እንዲወጣ በማድረግ ሙሉ በሙሉ በሚባል መልኩ የህፃናቱ የመመገቢያና የመማሪያ ክፍሎች ፈርሰው ከጥቅም ውጪ ሆነውብናል ፡፡ በዚህም ምክንያት አጠቃላይ የት/ቤታችን የስራ እንቅስቃሴ ከፍተኛ መሰናክል ገጥሞታል፡፡ በመሆኑም ለ2006 ዓ.ም የትምህርት ዘመን ተማሪዎቻችንን የት እናስተምር እንዴት እናስተምር የሚለው ጥያቄ የልጆቻችንና የህብረተሰቡ ጥያቄ ሆናDል፡፡

Monday, January 21, 2013

Ethiopian Television Broadcast Pirated Match

The much anticipated match between Ethiopia and Zambia has been bombarded by commentators disgrace with Ethiopia's National Television because they didn't pay for it .
According to African Press organizations there were some African viewers are still not sure that they will be able to watch the games .

LC2 – AFNEX wishes that televisions of Nigeria, Ethiopia, Zambia and Mozambique will soon join the movement and subscribe to an income-generator mechanism that should extend well beyond just one AFCON, for the sake of football, media and African supporters. "

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Amharic app for facebook

This week I've been a bit productive and developed and ported an Amharic application for easy use on the facebook platform.
Permission here is granted to use this app (without any form of warranty),in accordance with the terms of service of facebook & google appengine and all that nonsense :/ .

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Untold Stories of Children

On Saturday 24th I've had the opportunity to visit a local NGO around kotebe in Addis Ababa. The article is about a child who has made it to the NGO a little less than a month ago .

The Child's name is BesuFekad, he is four years old .His aunt brought him to to the NGO/School because his parents were not able to provide for him.
Muday, the manager and founder of the school explained to me what has happened.
Besufekad has spend most of his infant years (almost four years) inside a dark room where he was fed only ONCE a day & left out to just die. His parents, father deceased and mother who is unemployed and sick has no means to take care of him. Due to the excessive malnutrition he has suffered the child is not able to do the very basic things.

Ethiopian Child Abused by parents

Besufekad - age 4 and a Care provider at the Fresh and Green Academy

   Muday has given me the permission to take his picture.

He was not able to sit, walk or understand how to play because of his isolation from the world. She also explains to me that he is still unable to see (too bad for such pretty eyes) but later it was discovered that his eyes were just fine and the issue is related to interpretations of images inside his brain, because his eyes were not trained to see in day light. Hopefully he would make a recovery.

Now after a month he's arrived at the school , he has made very good progress. He is now able to sit ,gained a few pounds & is learning how to walk.

Currently ,Muday Mitiku, a local Ethiopian woman who is running this school has adopted him as one of her own.
The reason I am writing this today is to shade some light into the many untold good deeds people like Muday are doing in our community. Stories like these would have made it to big TV networks elsewhere in the world but unfortunately for Ethiopia this is quite frequent and go untold .

Muday and The Fresh and Green Academy “
Muday and the school she is running ( The fresh and Green Academy) supports over 166 students,each with their own unique stories to tell .
She educates these students & provides meal three times a day for free.
She is not only helping these children but also their mommies. She wants them to be able to provide for themselves & kids. Thus, the “Mother's Cooperative” does different things such as breading necklaces , making hand-loomed scarves , handbags , shoes and sewing clothes etc..
Nevertheless , all these comes at a high cost. She shows me , She and her husband live in a room considerably too small to accommodate herself and other 9 children she has adopted .And they have also situated themselves inside the academy so as to solely devote themselves to the school and most importantly save money. She added that , she is constantly worried & reminded if she can not come up with the monthly school rent payment , the children would go back to streets .

Do you believe the fresh & green academy needs a bit of a push :
Here are things you can do :

Help sponsor a child :
The fresh & Green academy has sadly turned down over 700 request from parents who were seeking education & food for their children . It's truly heart breaking to learn that a parent has to make a choice between which child to send to school & which one not to, it's truly NOT fair. With your support this can be alleviated.

Motivate the Mother Cooperative:
The mothers cooperative is a sustainable way to make mothers care for themselves & their children . The problem is, its too difficult for them to sale their Quality products in the big market outside because people like you and me are not aware that such things like mothers cooperative exist.
If you are looking for Ethiopian artifacts , handbags , shoes , necklaces,dresses etc .. please consider buying it from the mothers cooperative , they are really quality products & you will be making an impact in a life of an Ethiopian mother & her family .

Send School supplies :
Children need all sort of things. But the best thing we can give them is a bright future. Fresh & green academy needs books,cloth, shoes , toys ,pencils ,chairs,crayons,tables,water filters ,Cooking utilities,computers etc.. they need all the support you can give,in any form.
If you would like to also volunteer and/or know people who can help out please contact Muday(see address below)

Help by encourage those who are doing the good deeds:
Last but not least , please encourage Muday and all the workers at the fresh and green by paying them a visit[map] and do please shake their hands for the defiance & courage that is engraved in their hearts . They truly deserve it & need it .
Contact Fresh & Green Academy :
Muday Mitiku
Email :
Telephone : 251-118-621-511
: 251-911-718-205

P.o.Box 190406
Addis Ababa , Ethiopia
Along the Asmara Road , Infront of the Kotebe Teachers College .

Friday, November 23, 2012

Only in Ethiopia

Cool fail :) Only in Ethiopia .

Thursday, November 1, 2012

How Ethiopian guys hit on a white girl

Today I've an Interesting topic to share with you all .It's about some annoying things Ethiopian guys do when they are hitting on girls. Now, this memoir is 'special' because it does not involve any regular Ethiopian girls in the scenario but non-Ethiopian girls who are white.
Milk Shake
Now, since I’ve been dating my current girlfriend for almost a year now, I would like to think that this gives me an edge to summarize what goes on from all sorts of sides. Namely, from the male perspective , from an Ethiopian perspective and from a guy who has spent a considerable amount of time with A GIRL from a totally different background.
The list below is a summary from my girlfriend’s experience when Ethiopian guys  are trying to hit on her. She’s approved the message!

The Interviewer: 

She says ,"I know they are trying to hit on me when they ask me a million Questions about Ethiopia!"
Where are you from? When did you arrive here? Do you like Addis? Have you tried Injera? Where have you been out of Addis?  Do you listen to teddy Afro? How long do you stay in Ethiopia? Have you been to the museum yet, I can take you if you want?
 I recon it’s very horrible for a complete stranger to ask all this kind of questions to someone just because the girl is taking a taxi ride with him.

The Guy with a Toyota Corolla: 

This is hilarious! Now, I Hillbilly happen to know a lot of Ethiopian girls fall for 4 wheelers. Doesn't matter if it’s a car, dumpster or a cart (although this is an exaggerated joke with a good chunk of truth!).But trying to get an European girl's attention with such a transportation means is a total disaster. “The issue  with this type of guy’s is they let the ’car do the talking’ & the car by default does not talk ” . There are always factors that can make any girl change her mind such as being stranded somewhere in jijga desert and needs a ride back home :p. But I have to be sincere to myself and confess that this trick would work on me & I would totally fall for it.

The Trader ( ASK & BID method):

Now I like this method for it is very swift and also very brutal. So, what is "The Ask & Bid"?  So Imagine you are the guy and you've just showed a gentle man's gesture: say by helping pick up a pen or opening a door for this girl you JUST saw.
Obviously, you would get a nice smile & a "Thank You" from the girl. Then, you will go for it . "CAN I HAVE YOUR PHONE NUMBER?"
 Pause! That's the "ASK", just like the “ ASKING PRICE” on a stock market.
 Unfortunately, there is not so much bidding in this one except for a colossal bizarre look on the girl's face and followed by a swift NO. Martyrs of Love on first Sight!

The Tourist:
“Asking a foreigner where a particular place in the city is Located just to start a dialog. To top it all there is the American Accent!”

The Honest Applicant:
“I really want to go learn my BA in Europe, can you sponsor me? I know people who got married here and get a divorce once in Europe.“

So there you have it :) 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The tale of a cute Ethiopian Office manager and the King's messenger

Once upon a time there was a very beautiful princess & a King's Messenger...

Three Days ago ,I met this rather young ,energetic and BUSY girl when I went the renowned institution the Ethiopian Commodity exchange ECX, best known for its founder, Dr. Eleni G/Medhin a fine woman with many great aspirations. No this article is not about her, but this other one ...

My new job dictates that I do some Data Searching and Analysis. One very crude example is such : Go to organizations, find out how they go about their businesses , find rooms for improvements (lol) and finally fix whatever is wrong (lol x2)and build them software .It’s hilarious; sometimes I believe that I should be doing a series of soul searching before embarking on an endeavor like this one. The reason why I feel this way is probably the same reason I am writing this memoir. It's just too daunting to even think about it .I do not recommend any one else to do it, not in this way I find feasible and not in Ethiopia. But it’s fine because it’s only temporary.

This brings me back to the first thing I set out to tell. This Girl & her passion for a Bureaucratic mess. 

And the story rolls: The messenger (me) then went off, his highest expectations still intact about the princess and her far away estate.
He went up, to the so to be Evil tower ,where the princess had trapped herself . The Tower was nothing the messenger had ever seen, It had a magic metal box that took the him straight to her chambers.
The Princess also have a gate keeper to keep her safe and a maid to help her dress and chat her up quite too often.

I showed my papers and introduced myself accordingly, of course there were my three colleagues who were still arguing in a totally unprofessional manner about an incident that happened 15 minutes before where one of my colleagues was gawking at a receptionist big blooms breasts while trying to explain his purpose which resulted in a weird and somehow funny stutter. Needless to say I rescued him from losing his speech abilities just in time.

The secretary (the maid), of course took her time before even considering talking to us and then it finally happened. She punched in the numbers and gave us all a weird smirk.

The messenger was greeted with a smile brighter than any anything he's ever seen whilst his stay in this strange estate .His three armored guardian’s smiled. She stretched out her pretty hands, saluted and accepted the king's orders. Although the messenger could not speculate how much her estate powers extend, it was clear she was an orchestrator of some sort. 

After skimming the letter for few seconds, she glanced up (I'm a little taller) and asked me "so, what exactly do you need?" in Amharic. Bewildered by her question ,I found myself asking why there was a 30 seconds delay if she didn't read what the letter was saying. 
Instantly, I replied detailing the things I hope to acquire, while trying to adjust myself back to her state of mind by being a little skeptical about how "the King wrote his orders , plain text but surely a gist with a vast connotations for a messenger to understand and/or ambivalent for the princess to take decisions upon." 

This modern day executive lady( probably 26 )who share  28 mutual friend with myself seems to find herself in a very fast and conducive habitat . I would assume and this is pure speculation (“a thing a messenger does when he is hiding in his dungeon & in the dark“),she had to plan everything; queue and stack up tasks so as to be efficient. For an Inexperienced and fuzzy fellow like I, this presents no clear fallacy but on the contrary ,it shows an exceptional talent of time and resource management that all people should look for.

Then it happened again, the jinx that had persisted in many failed services by many government offices in Ethiopia, had also hit the Ethiopian Commodity exchange right at the heart, a procrastination(Is this word one of those scientific unpopular names people give to amoeba and germs? comments below). So, she told me to come the ANOTHER day for a “job” that was just a phone call away and telling the other departments that I was coming. I felt a sudden urge to have my earphones plugged in and listen to Bob Marley’s “Redemption songs”! Did She just fork another Bureaucratic Process (BPR - homebrew abbr.) right in front of me? Damn right she did. She has to use an official line to cement her claims also, a verse from the all too important Bureaucratic due Process,huh?(I am not even sure if I can even mix these two phrases). I can’t but only see when she rushed back to where she came from. My good senses tell me that if she went to the rest room, it’s to cry out and confess the office injustice she just committed on me. With all my good heart I would have had totally forgiven her! But I hardly think she did that.

So the unlucky messenger had his genitals removed by the time he left the princesses chambers and was ordered to come another time because the princess didn’t feel like taking the king’s orders in that particular day.
But the shrewd messenger did not want to come another day without confirming to his master, the king’s key ally, that he has finished his job and collected all the berries from the princess he beseeched the maid to send him a signal when she thinks he should come. She agreed & surprisingly gave him an insight that he should definitely come the next day.

To make a long story short (Because this issue is still going on as I write this) the ‘come back tomorrow’ promise handed to me by the secretary was an empty one. I was fine except for the fact that I wanted to throw myself off the building. Here’s a fact thought, what’s it with guards and secretaries in Ethiopia? How is it possible that these groups of employees have Unlimited and tangible power in an organization than those of the CEOs and CFOs but with no such Status? Call for Papers! [to be continued …]

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

አቶ ኃ/ማርያም በጣም የሚወዱትን መዝሙር ይንገሩኝ?

በጣም የሚወዱትን መዝሙር ይንገሩኝ?
አቶ ኃ/ማርያም፡- ‹‹እኔም እንደ ዳዊት ጨርቄን ልጣልልህ›› የሚለውን
ጉባዔ ገብተው ሲያመልኩ ግን እንደ ባለሥልጣን የፕሮቶኮል ነገር አለ፡፡ የጥበቃ ጉዳይ አለ፡፡ ሌላም ሌላም፡፡ ይሄን ሁሉ ረስተው በነጻነት ለማምለክ አይቸገሩም?
አቶ ኃ/ማርያም፡ ምንም አልቸገርም፡፡ ጉባዔ ውስጥ ካለሁ እኔ ስለ ራሴ ጨርሶ አላስብም፡፡ እነ ንጉሥ ዳዊት በእግዚአብሔር ፊት ጨርቃቸውን ጥለው ያመልኩ ነበር፡፡ እኔስ የማመልከው እግዚአብሔር ፊት እንደሆንኩ እንጂ የማስበው ሌላ ነገር አላስብም ማልቀስ ካለብኝ አለቅሳለሁ፣ መንበርከክ ካለብኝ እንበረከካለሁ፡፡ ጌታ ሁን ያለኝን ሁሉ ለመሆን ዝግጁ ሆኜ ነው የማመልከው፡፡
ልጆችዎ በቤተክርስቲያን ውስጥ የመክሊት (የአገልግሎት) ሥራ ውስጥ ሲሳተፉ ይታያል፡፡ የእከሌ ልጅ ነኝ እኮ ብለው ሳይኩራሩ ወንድሞችና እህቶች የጠጡባቸውን የሻይ ብርጭቆዎች እየዞሩ ሲለቅሙ እንዳየ ወንድሜ ፍጹም ነግሮኛል፡፡ በቤት ውስጥ ምን ብለው ቢያስተምሯቸው ነው?
አቶ ኃ/ማርያም፡- እኔም ባለቤቴም ቤት ውስጥ ሁሉም የምንነግራቸው ነገር እኛ ጋር ምንም እንደሌለ እኛ ምንም እንዳልሆንን ሀብታችን ኢየሱስ እንደሆነ የማወርሳቸውም አምላኬን እግዚአብሔርን ብቻ እንደሆነ ነው የምንነግራቸው፡፡ አንተ የራስህ መኪና እንኳን የለህም፡፡ ቤት የለህም፣ አሁን እናንተ አንድ ነገር ብትሆኑ እኛ ምን አለን? ሲሉኝ እንኳን የምመልስላቸው መልስ የለንም ግን መኪና አጥተን እናውቃለን ወይ? ቤትስ አጥተን ማደሪያ አጥተን እናውቃለን ወይ? መኪና ብገዛም ቤት ቢኖረንም የእኛ አይደለም፡፡ ሁሉንም ትተነው ነው የምናልፈው፡፡ ሀብታችን ጌታ ብቻ ነው እላቸዋለሁ፡፡ በአገልግሎት እንዲበረቱም እንመክራቸዋለን፡፡
ለአገልግሎትና የክርስቶስን አካል ለማነጽ ልዩ ልዩ ጸጋ ይሰጣል፡፡ ለእርሶ የተሰጦት የጸጋ ዓይነት ምንድነው?
አቶ ኃ/ማርያም፡ እንግዲህ ጥሪ የተለያየ ነው፡፡ ሁላችንም መሰዊያ ላይ ቆመን አንሰብክም፡፡ እኔን ደግሞ የሰጠኝ የሚመስለኝ ጸጋ ሕዝብን እና አገርን በመልካም አስተዳደር ማገልገል ነው፡፡ ስለዚህ ለእኔ ሥራዬ ስራ ብቻ ሳይሆን አገልግሎትም ጭምር ነው ብዬ የተቀበልኩት፡፡
አቶ ኃ/ማርያም  ጠዋት ከመኝታዎ ስንት ሰዓት ይነሳሉ?
አቶ ኃ/ማርያም፡/ሳቅ ብለው/ መመለስ አለብኝ እኔ ሁልጊዜ ከእንቅልፌ ምነሳው ከለሊቱ 11 ሰዓት ነው፡፡ ጉዞ፣ እንደዚህ አይነቱ ነገር ካልረበሸኝ በስተቀር 11 ሰዓት እነሳለሁ፡፡ ከ11 ሰዓት እስከ 12 ድረስ የፀሎት ጊዜዬ ነው፡፡ ከ12 እስከ 12፡30 ትንሽ ‹‹ኤክሰርሳይስ›› (ስፖርት እሰራለሁ፡፡ በቀሪው ጊዜ የዕለቱን የቢሮ ስራ አዘጋጅቼ 1፡30 አካባቢ ወደ ቢሮዬ እሄዳለሁ፡፡
አዘውትረው የሚጸልዩባቸው ጉዳዮች አሉ ካሉ ቢያስታውቁን?
አቶ ኃ/ማርያም፡እኔ ዘወትር በአራት ርዕሰ ጉዳዮች ላይ እጸልያለሁ፡፡ አንደኛ ሰላምና በረከት ለዚህች አገር እንዲበዛ እጸልያሁ፡፡ ለመሪዎቿ፣ ለመንግሥት፣ ባለሥልጣናት ጥበብና ማስተዋልን እንዲሰጥ እጸልያሁ፡፡ ሁሉም ሃይማኖቶች ያለ አድልዎ እና ልዩነት በእኩልነት እና በመቻቻል እንዲኖሩ እመኛለሁ፡፡ ሁለተኛ የእግዚአብሔር ቃል ‹‹ሰው ሁሉ ወደ መዳን እንዲመጣ›› ይላል፡፡ ስለዚህ ሰው ሁሉ እንዲድን እጸልያለሁ፡፡ ይህ የእግዚአብሔር ፈቃድ ነውና፡፡ ሶስተኛ እናቴ አልዳነችምና ለወላጅ እናቴ በተለይ እጸልያለሁ፡፡ አራተኛ ለልጆቼና ለቤተሰቤ ዘወትር እጸልያለሁ፡፡
እንደው በግልጽ ለመጠየቅ ያህል ወደ ሥልጣን ሲመጡ አብረው የሚመጡና ለመሥራትም የሚመቹ የኃጢአት ፈተናዎች ይኖራሉ፡፡ እርስዎ እስካሁን ድረስ የገጠምዎትን ፈተና በምን መንገድ አልፈውታል?
አቶ ኃ/ማርያም፡  የእውነት ለመናገር እስካሁን እግዚአብሔር ረድቶኛል፡፡ በፈተናዎቹ አልፌአለሁ እላለሁ፡፡ ይሄን ከልቤ ነው የምልህ፡፡ ንጉስ ዳዊት የተከበረ በእግዚአብሔር ዘንድም የተወደደ በብዙ ነገር በጣም የተመሰገነ ንጉሥ ነበር፡፡ እስራኤልን የሚመስል ትልቅ ሕዝብ መግዛት የቻለ ዳዊት ግን ራሱን መግዛት አልቻለም ነበር፡፡ ለዚህ ነው መጽሐፍ ቅዱስ ከተማን ከመግዛት ይልቅ ራስን መግዛት ይበልጣል ያለው፡፡ ነገር ግን መጽሐፉ የሚመክረው ራስን ቤተሰብን መግዛት እንድንችል ነው፡፡ አለ አይደል ከተማን በመግዛትህ ሁሉን እገዛለሁ አትበል፡፡ አንዳንድ ጊዜ ውስጣዊ ሰብአደዊ ውድቀት ሊኖርብህ እንደሚችል አስበህ ጥንቃቄ አድርግ፡፡ ጥንቃቄ ይጠብቅሃል አይደል የሚለው መጽሐፍ ቅዱስ ዝሙት ሊያታልህ ይችላል፡፡ ዝሙት እንዳይጥልህ  ጥንቃቄ አድርግ፡፡ የሥጋ ምኞት፣ ገንዘብ ፍቅርና የዓይን አምሮት የሚባሉት አይደሉም ሰውን የሚጥሉት ስለዚህ ከተማን የገዛ ሰው በተለይ እነዚህ ሶስት ነገሮች ላይ መጠንቀቅ አለበት፡፡ እኛ ኢህአዴጎች ስኳር ነው የምንለው፡፡ ስኳሩ እንዳያታልልህ ጥንቃቄ መደረግ አለበት ነው ሀሳቡ፡፡ ፓርቲዬን በጣም የምወድበት ትልቁ ምክንያት ሙስናን፣ ያለ አግባብ፣ ጥቅም ለማግኘት የሚደረግን ጥረት ፓርቲዬ የኪራይ ሰብሳቢ አመለካከት የሚላቸው በሙሉ መጽሐፍ ቅዱስ ላይ የተወገዙ ናቸው፡፡ እነዚህ መሰረታዊ መርወሆች ከመጽሐፍ ቅዱስ አስተምህሮት ጋር ይጣጣሙልኛል፡፡ አይቃረኑም፡፡ ስለዚህ ሙስና፣ አላስፈላጊ ጥቅማጥቅሞች፣ ውሸት ውስጥ ሳትገባ ሕዝብን ማገልገል አለብህ ስለሚል የኔ ፓርቲ እነዚህን መርሆዎች ስለሚያራምድ ይህ ደግሞ መጽሐፍ ቅዱሳዊ ስለሆነ በጣም ደስ ብሎኝ ነው የምሰራው፡፡ መጽሐፍ ቅዱስ ላይ አንተ ራስህ ከእግዚአብሔር ጋር ንስሐ በመግባት የምትፈታው ነገር ከተገኘ ተገምግመህ እንድትስተካከል ይሆናል ወይም ደግሞ ልትባረርም ትችላለህ፡፡ ስለዚህ ፓርቲዬ በዚህ ጉዳይ ላይ በጣም በጣም ጠንካራ አቋም አለው፡፡ እና በዚህ ዓይነት ነው፡፡
የሚጸጸቱበትን ውሳኔ አስተላልፈው ያውቃሉ?
አቶ ኃ/ማርያም፡- የሚገርምህ ነገር ሆን ብዬ ሰውን ለመጉዳት የሰራሁበት ጊዜ የለም፡፡ በጣም እፈራለሁ፡፡ አንድ ጥፋት ሰው ላይ ከሚደርስ ብዙ ጊዜ ራሴን ብጎዳ እመርጣለሁ ግን እኔ የማላውቅቃቸው የተፈጸሙ ነገሮች ሊኖሩ ይችላሉ፡፡ እኔም አላውቃቸውም፡፡ ሰዎች በኔ ተጎዳን የሚሉ ይኖሩ ይሆናል አላውቅም፡፡ እስካሁን ድረስ ጎድተኸኛል ብሎ የተናገረኝ ሰው የለም፡፡
መጽሐፍ ቅዱስ ‹‹ወንድም ህከራስ እንዲሻል በትህትና ቁጠር›› ይላል በፖለቲካ ውስጥ ደግሞ ከሩቅም ቢሆን ያየሁት ግጭትና ክርክር እኔ እሻላለሁ ባይነት ይበዛል፡፡ በተለይ ተቃዋሚ ፓርቲዎችን ከማጣጣል አንጻር፡፡ ከዚህ አኳያ እርስዎ ይህንን ጥቅስ እንዴት እየተገበሩት ነው የሚኖሩት?
አቶ ኃ/ማርያም፡-አዎ መጽሐፍ የሚለው ወንድም ህከአንተ እንደሚሻል ቁጠር ነው፡፡ እንደ ፖለቲከኛ ግን ግለሰቦች ላይ አትኩሬ አንተ እንዲህ ነህ አንተ እንዲያ ነህ የምለው የለም፡፡ አቋሞችን ግን ከፓርቲዬ አቋም አንጻር ማብጠልጠል እችላለሁ፡፡ አንተን አከብራለሁ፡፡ ነገር ግን የያዝከው አቋም ለኢትዮጵያ ሕዝብ አይጠቅመውም እለዋለሁ፡፡ የማይረባ አቋምን ሳልዘልፍና የማይረባ ነው ሳልል አላልፍም፡፡ ይህ ሲሆን ግን በሰለጠነና በሰከነ መንገድ አደርጋለሁ፡፡ መጽሐፍ ቅዱስ ሲናገር ‹‹ተቆጡ በቁጣችው ላይ ግን ጸሐይ አይግባ›› ይላል፡፡
ከመጽሐፍ ቅዱስ ደስ የሚሎት ቃል የቱ ነው?
አቶ ኃ/ማርያም፡- መጽሐፍ ቅዱስን እወደዋለሁ፡፡ የዮሴፍ፣ የዳዊት፣ የሙሴ፣ ሕይወት በጣም ይለውጡኛል፡፡ የእነዚህ ቅዱሳን ሕይወት በጣም ያንጹኛል፡፡ ዳንኤልም በጣም ጠቢብ ነው፡፡ ስለዚህ እንደርሱም መሆን መልካም አንደሆነ አስባለሁ፡፡
ምንጭ፡- ምዕራፍ  መጽሔት፣ ጥር  2003 ዓ.ም.

DEAD : ECA Employee commits suicide .

Almaz Luelseged, 56 years old woman, an employee of UNECA threw herself to death from the 8th floor of the building on Monday.
When Almaz came to work on Monday morning, she was heard saying "I do not want to live anymore."
Even though her colleagues tried to talk to her and later called nurses, she didn't want to share her problem with them.
Immedietly after the nurses talked to her, Almaz opened her office window and leaped to her death.
Almaz is not married and doesn't have children. After an autopsy, she was buried at St. Gabriel Church near Lebu.