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ISP student thoughts on the emergency in Ethiopia

By Anna Peterson, Assistant Director of ISP

Ethiopia, the second most populated country in Africa, is struggling after more than a year of civil war. The conflict has left thousands dead and forced more than two million people from their homes. In recent days, the war has shifted heavily in favor of the rebel forces. The Federal Government of Ethiopia has now called for a nationwide state of emergency and the officials in the capital, Addis Ababa, have begun preparing the residents of the city for the rebels' attacks.

A few days ago, LWC International Student Programs received a message from a couple of local host parents regarding the current state of affairs in Ethiopia and the impact it is having on an organization, Embracing Hope Ethiopia.

We have included some information below, but would also like to share some personal comments from a local student from Ethiopia. While she wishes to stay anonymous, she is passionate about speaking for her country and wishes to share her thoughts with the local community here in Kentucky:

"As someone who has lived 15 minutes away from EHE, and who has seen the work they have done over past years in all the times I've been there, I honestly believe that contributing to them is something that will make a difference. As Ethiopians in Ethiopia and all around the world commemorate Nov. 3, 2020, the day when an incident sparked this situation this week, every single life that was lost needlessly breaks hearts all over the world. Everyone who has had nothing to do with political agendas and schemes, mothers and children who were simply trying to make something of their lives and needlessly got dragged into this.

With a gruesome attack on the military of its own country last year November, the TPLF (Tigray People's Liberation Front) started this war, and as the now democratically elected government fights off the group with its intents to take over, many die and many more are destabilized in the process. In the first attack, men in the military who had fought, trained, eaten and slept together were butchered in the middle of the night by these same men whom they believed were their brothers, because of greed and money. With no clear vision for the nation, the group has pushed further as it tries to simply gain more victories, and in the process the fight has caused horrible consequences, meaning the properties, lives, and hope of human beings who had a normal thriving life months ago were stomped on. War tends to do that, but a war that started in such a meaningless manner is... well you can finish the sentence.

Ethiopians protest, rally, and fight for their nation, with much desperation and love for her, and as such when members of the international community say 'We care' and ask what they can do, it means more than what can be put in words. In a time when nation fights against nation, and even brother rises up against his brother, EHE has shown that someone who lives across the world can show kindness to another whose culture and context are completely different from theirs, but their being human and suffering is all that matters for them to care, and to do something. And that is something that the mothers who have been helped in EHE and the community of Kore appreciate a lot.
If you are interested in donating to EHE and their mission after reading the included article from Embracing Hope Ethiopia (see photo below) and the comments from our ISP student, please go to:
Embracing Hope Ethiopia, Inc.
PO Box 433
New Holland, PA 17557

This story was posted on 2021-11-10 10:08:43
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A prayer request from Embracing Hope Ethiopia

2021-11-10 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Anna Peterson.
Embracing Hope Ethiopia helps provide a safe space for children in the Addis Ababa area, which is affected by the nationwide State of Emergency due to a year-long civil conflict. Anna Peterson, Assistant Director of ISP, shares this letter to help local host parents find ways to help.

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