Open Letter to Voice of America, VOA

February 18, 2014
VOA Public Relations Department
330 Independence Avenue
Washington DC, 20237

Dear Sir or Madam:

I would like to request the VOA Public Relations Department a simple question. Kindly, what is your criterion for making a news story on event(s)? Two days ago there was a half million men and women march in Ethiopia, Gondar City. Unfortunately, the VOA and its associates, Amharic Service, Afaan Oromo Service, Tigregna Service, Somali Service and government controlled domestic media failed to give any coverage about the event. I wonder if you can clarify to me the VOA’s criterion for the coverage of an event.
For your information Sunday’s half million march was made by Kemant people, one of Agaw groups and the most oppressed people in Ethiopia to date. The Kemant people have been struggling for the last nine years to gain their political & cultural rights including establishment of self-government in their area. Indeed, Kemant’s non-violent resistance should have been given serious attention if VOA were genuine for democratization of Africa, Ethiopia in particular.
It is difficult to believe that VOA is ignorant about Sunday’s event and human rights violations in the region for the past nine years. I wish to see VOA’s reputation intact, and look forward to hearing from you.

Regards,
Worku B.
Debre Tabor, Ethiopia

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7 Responses to Open Letter to Voice of America, VOA

  1. Emperor theodros says:

    This is a false statement. You really are not clear about yourself first. Remember the national studies conducted twice on the area. If your intention is to declare a genocide against Amhara that will be dangerous to you too.
    THIS MOVEMENT IS A GENOCIDE PROBE TO AGAIN CLEANSE AMHARA AS YOU ARE PUSHED BY BODIES YOU KNOW.

    • Anteneh says:

      theodros
      you are correct. i told them many times but they are could not understand the evils plans designed by their masters.

      • Mizigena says:

        Anteneh
        The same feather flock together In amharic (gim legim abiro yazigim”
        yes you told us to remain Amhara. But like the leopard never change its colour Qemant never become Amhara as you have did to your self. Qemant in its history has never committed genocide upon any people and will never do in the future. However, if there are arrogant people like you that stands on our way we never hesitate to ——

    • Mizigena says:

      Hi Theodros!
      If you think that you are clear about yourself what are the reasons that Qemant people could not be clear about themselves? Why you want the word “genocide” for the simple reason that Qemant raised self administration? Is your interest to forcefully annex qemant as Amhara? It would be easier for Amhara to go back to Qemant that try to change qemant to Amhara?

  2. Baalya says:

    Mr. Teodros, what are you talking about. You mentioned the term Genocide. I belive it is inappropriate word in this context. The people called Amharas are 90% percent Agaws. This is not delusion, it is a scientific fact. Shewan intellectuals have never denied this reality, those suffering under denial are intelectual literates, like myself and yourself. If you have doubt you can get tested your DNA. My question is, can you eat your flesh back? The same analogy applies for the agenda, the point of discussion contrary to your interpretation.

  3. Diaspora says:

    Teodros: Your name means clever, talented, and hero but you are not!
    Well that makes me laugh! Some people still don’t have a clue about what they are talking about. What in the world makes you to think kemant to genocide you? Where in the history that took place? Please get tested.
    If you don’t have any clue about what is gonging on about Kemants, then please get some information from a friend or ask a question on here, we can educate you. If however you are biased and prejudice like those idiots who think Kemants came from trees, then good luck!!!

  4. Appreciate says:

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