The depressing moment of my life started to take effect the moment I heard about Zone9ners arrest.I have never felt threatened,scared and confused like the way I did when young brilliant and caring minds were tossed to one of the notorious prison Maekelawi.Maekelawi is a place that is designed and built by tyranny architects who want to suck,drain and darken our passion for a better Ethiopia.
I was always thinking that Reeyot,Eskinder and Andualem among many other will be the last prisoners of consciousness that’s why I was so shocked hearing the arrest of Zone9ners.
A lot has been said about Zone9ners and I am not going to repeat that but I have learnt one thing clearly and that is No Ethiopia For Young Bright Man and Woman.You may have a photo with Secretary Kerry but you have a country that pays you back with torture,you may express your opinion genuinely without no other agenda but you will be tossed to jail or insisted to exile.you may have impressive professional and academic record but your loyalty with the tyranny values most to build your Ethiopia dream.
To Be Continued
If you are part of a group of people who care for the nation then you gone have to make sure your business card includes prison as your office address.That what exactly happened to Zone9ners,
-They are not the type of guys who build their body and malnourished their mind
-They are not like those university intellectuals who can’t even agree with their students let alone have a national agenda to build the nation
-They are not the young man and woman who are environmental friendly with khat
-Zone9ners are not like those anonymous social media characters who advocate hate and racism
Zone9ners are engineers,lawyers,journalists,statisticians,bloggers,caring,loving,humorous,beautiful,brothers,sisters,daughters,sons.
They are bulldozing injustice with their keyboard and pen.Zone9ners collaborators can be those who liked,shared,favorite,tweeted their posts.Their collaborators can be just friends who have had tea with them.
Unlike those in public office who are busy with silencing our voices Zone9ners are serving their nation from the tiny cell of Kaliti to the torture hall of Maekelawi without breaking their commitment for justice and freedom.
We have witnessed countless times when history degrades freedom fighters as terrorist and again when history erases its statement with a time rubber and honors those who once have been labeled terrorist as heroes.
Zone9 are the reflection of our day to day life, they all are young man and woman who are educated and what they are picturing for our country excel the mind frame of the tyranny.Zone9 are not just bloggers who care but they are part of our lives, they are sisters, brothers, friends, daughters and sons of a families in which their absence can impact as much as their presence.
Zone9 took the sacrifice to burn their skin with the tyranny torture but light our hope with their smile even in the face of gun mouth.Zone9 is the past the present and the future, many like them have travelled the same road before and they all say it’s worth it. It’s worth it to slave your body and liberate your mind.
There are many who fill their stomach until they brain start to digest nothing but their food and there are people like zone9 who fill their mind with thoughts of caring.
When we say free zone9ners we are not also forgetting Edom,Tesfalem,Reeyot,Eskinder and many others but zone9ners proved the power of unity.