The WLKA launched its electronic press one year ago. Since then it has served as the forum for information, self-awareness, democracy, human rights, particularly for self-determination of Kemants, Agaw people in general. It has made incredible efforts in bridging the plights of the Kemant people to public attention and a libration forum, eventually to craft solidarity with those under oppression and freedom loving ones. There should not be illusion, the journey to freedom is long and laborious, yet certainly attainable. The press goal is clear, intends to contribute its share for, no ideology of domination which imposes its alien, artificial hegemony on the indigenous people, as the case of Amhara Kilil. Imposition is adopted into three ways, either implicitly or explicitly. Firstly, depriving resources that indigenous people deserve to rehabilitate their legitimate heritage and ultimately their destine. Secondly, designating surrogate and manipulative leadership, which works for the dominators’ agenda, not for the people it claims to represent. Thirdly, intimidating and threatening directly the designated surrogates unless they execute the domination policy without precondition; in case Amhara Education Bureau is known with this arrogance at the expenses of Agaw children. Moreover, the past and present policy toward the Kemant people is like, pouring salt water on the wound, bad to worse. Subsequently, it is fair to say Ethiopia is up to date an agony for the Agaw people, which puts them at the second citizenship status.
The press should work in an effort to change the background of injustice. It needs to play a role for acceleration of democracy and equality in Ethiopia, all nations and nationalities to be treated and respected equality including exercising of true self-rule and equitable development in their respective territory. To the same end, let us all of us have courage to take part in the process, which means contribute objective investigative article(s) that can be published on the site; the factual information is real power to influence human attitudes and behaviors contrary to manipulative propaganda. Organize yourself in the name of Agaw people wherever you are to free from scenario of mental slavery that makes you others’ political ladder or ashker at the cost of the Agaw people, and prepare yourself psychologically to respond for any call; a change must start from within the self; should not hesitate briefing the plight of the Agaw people at any gathering, like university student events, usually common in North America. Introduce this site at least for your additional ten contacts either via url address or search phrase, “Agaw people“. In spite of the number of site visitors has almost tripled within the year, still much has to be done to reach those have access to Internet, Agaws, supporters and freedom loving human beings who have no information about our case.
In other words, the press should adjust itself with revealing demands of the situation on the ground. The contents of articles primarily should focus on exposing phony democracy, human right violation, particularly related to Kemants and development marginalization in the Agaw region; creating awareness indicating imminent potential threat over the Ethiopian nations and nationals beyond suffering of the Agaw people; investigating facts about the Agaw people including their natural identity, and indeed, recognizing positive episodes in the democratization process if any. In that way, the press can have positive contributions towards materialization of equality and freedom in the region.
Let us stand up in unity for our natural and constitutional rights. Lenience is not virtue by default, there is something endurable in trade off, for example, one may modify life-style, occupation, religion, political ideology, citizenship, even language, etc, but cannot alter natural identity sealed with blood and bone of forefathers, but in worse one may mask with synthetic identity in humility and disgrace. The latter is the inevitable unenthusiastic consequence unless otherwise we stand together for our basic liberty in all legitimate means including press. WISHING SUCCESS!