THE speed of events caught Ethiopians off guard. When Abiy Ahmed took office as prime minister on April 2nd he did so as the head of a deeply divided ruling coalition. The inexperienced 42-year-old, who came from the Oromo wing of the ethnically based coalition, was viewed with deep suspicion by many of his establishment colleagues. He was taking charge of a country under a state of emergency after more than three years of anti-government protests and ethnic unrest. Few expected him to achieve much soon.
Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
“Life is but an empty dream!”
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.
ሲጠራ አቤት ብሎ የተማረ
ሲልኩት ወዴት ብሎ የዘመረ
ሲያዙት አንዴት ብሎ የመረመረ
ከልቡ አይርቅም ርቆ
ውሉን አይስትም ረቆ
Do not run away.
as unripe grapes hurry toward their own sweetness.
ያን የዘመን ጉዲፈቻችሁን፤
እባካችሁ፤ አላምዱኝ ፍርሃታችሁን።
Do not underestimate the power of Tafari.
He creeps like a mouse but he has jaws like a lion.
Bacha of Sidamo’s last words before entering the monastery