March 8, 2006
Addis unshaken by bomb blasts
There was a time when a bomb blast in a public place in Addis Ababa was something to talk about. Yesterday there were three blasts in three public places. And the only reaction they provoked among the people of the capital (except for the four unlucky souls who were injured) was an extended shrug.
Around lunch time, there was a dull bang and the window in front of me shook. People looked up, looked at each other, stared out the window. There was a short exchange - 'Was that a bomb?' - 'Well, what else do you think it was?' - 'Yes, that was a bomb.' And then it was back to typing.
Down at the scene, the injured had been taken away and the traffic was back polluting the atmosphere around Addis Ababa Stadium. Staff swept away the broken glass and the police made a few half-hearted attempts to stop filming and photographs.
An hour or so later, there was another bang from a bit further away. This time, the reaction was pared down to a few raised eyebrows and one "Oh dear!" from a passing Englishman.
The Ethiopian News Agency quoted police blaming "anti-peace elements" for the explosions. The ever-inventive Addis rumour mill has, needless to say, been busy coming up with its own slightly more specific list of culprits.
Posted by aheavens at March 8, 2006 9:48 AM
It is becoming funny now. I hope the government will soon find CUDP / kinijit/ responsible for the bombing...must ask those in prison how they did it !!...perhaps add a file to the accusation for ' bombing addis while in prison' ...or some kind of ethiopian diaspora organisation for planting the bomb...and damn u ferenjis DON`T U BELIEVE MELES WHEN HE SAYS CUDP IS A TERRORIST ORGANISATION !
Posted by: daniel at March 8, 2006 2:53 PM
I guess that's what close to a century of war does to you.
When I was in high school, my family had moved out of Ethiopia and we were living in another African country. A peaceful African country. In my senior year, it started getting its fair share of violence. One day we heard gun shots that sounded like it was at our school's gates. I was talking to a group, and of course, being a good habesha (and there was yeTor sefar in our neighbourhood to boot!), I just continued. Then I noticed people's heads were down or turned, their positions had shifted, and nobody was listening. By the time I had the sense to pause, my friends were looking at me like I had been shot. Did I hear that? Umm. Yes. So?
During the Italian invasion in 1935, a lot of Ethiopian soldiers perished because they thought to lie down and shoot was unmanly. Well, that made trigger happy Italians ecstatic. I always think that one day we'll hear of some Ethiopian in the West, who'll happen to wind up in some cross shooting incident, and die because s/he wasn't 'scared' enough to keep themselves down.
Posted by: ha! at March 8, 2006 6:17 PM
Do you care to tell us some of those "more specific list of culprit" "the ever inventive Addis rumour mill has" come up with?
Posted by: Dedeb at March 8, 2006 8:23 PM
No, I do not intend to list the suspected culprits. :) If you have a theory of your own, why not take part in the poll that is currently running on mukicentral - http://mukicentral.com/
Posted by: andrew at March 9, 2006 2:36 PM
Thanks for trying to give us an insight to this ruleless country. Do not worry about the rumors..we do not need a rumor to understand the nature of such an act. Our past experience have thought us enough lesson that we can no more be fulled by the scare tactic of our KING MELES....
Of course, unless TPLF justifies its army presence in the city ...it is hard to continue the mass arrest and beating. But if there is explosion here and their..the usual victims of Meles propoganda ( ferenje diplomats and donors ) will be scared and right away they will support the presence of army and probaly killing of oppostion members (of course the government will say terorsits were caught red hand and will show a cuple of granades on the TV).
I am not worried about Ethiopian people falling for this old redicules tactic. Rather, I feel sorry for Euopeans and Americans who are trapped at the middel of this stupid unnessary crises caused by The Daynasty of EPRDF.
I am sorry to say this ..for the moment Diplomats and some donors have chosen stablity at the expense of freedom and democracy.(America is exceptional country, and deserves apploud for being hand and glove with the falling tyrant)
To me the question of the hour is simple and can be answered by asking ...What is wrong with the eight precondition presented by CUD. I do not care about who comets to power..but I care about who gives that power.
Dear Freind Andrew..
My 15 year work on horse back at the Ethiopian mountians have tought me one thing ..which is ..with out freedom ..development is an elusive dream.
Now the game of terror shall continue...remember that the moto of EPRDF is what EVER it takes ..we will stay in power.
So, people know who is blowing ..and they also very well know that there is one and only one terrorist and that is our own government.
Life goes on.
Thanks freind again.
Posted by: FRNAK at March 10, 2006 12:22 AM
I have talk to family members after this story broke. They are pretty convinced they know who is putting the crackers everywhere in the city. They didn't even bother to find out what went down. I guess what scares you is what you don't know.
EgoPortal put it well "the only incident that is going to convince - the people of Addis - that there is a “clandestine terrorist group” in Addis is if a bomb explodes during an EPRDF central committee meeting leaving no survivors." - agreed.
Posted by: phiqr at March 10, 2006 5:05 AM
The casual response to this event does not bode good for us. Ask the Lebanese and Palestinians and all these people who have lived under civil wars, I think the common thread may be that their countries were plunged to anarchy as soon as they failed to be shocked and started taking things as a matter of fact.
God save Ethiopia! It is not looking good.
Posted by: SamboMaryam at March 10, 2006 5:39 PM
Whoever did this, stop it and stop it now. This is crazy, people. Enough, enough, enough.
Posted by: becka at March 10, 2006 8:08 PM
Thanks Andrew, this is a real nice post. According to my sources, the suspected culprit of Addis bombings is TPLF's Agazzi. The reason for these bombings is to convince the West that the regime in Ethiopia is facing an immediate danger from "terrorist" and their finacial aid needs to be provided with out any preconditions. I hope you are not required to delete this.
Posted by: Finot at March 10, 2006 8:47 PM
it seems that someone is being blamed openly now. Hmmm. Go to http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/africa/03/12/ethiopia.blasts.reut/index.html
Posted by: cincinnati kid at March 12, 2006 1:33 PM
Man, that's just crazy. It's hard to believe people just carrying on with their life as usual - they must be truly calloused.
Posted by: hash at March 12, 2006 8:26 PM
On a side issue, if I may...It seems BBC's Addis correspondent gave the shrug not only to the bombings, but also the death and funeral procession numbering upwards of a thousand for Ethiopia's Poet Laureate Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin. The poet and playwright wrote more than 30 plays and translated many Western works into Amharic, including those of Shakespeare, Brecht and Molière. In 2002, the newly formed African Union adopted one of his poems as its anthem, and he recently added to his awards the Norwegian authors’ union’s freedom of expression prize for 2005. His literary work is recognized enough that Reuters and the New York Times wrote in depth articles on his passing...But not even a word from BBC's Network Africa.
Contrast that to BBC's coverage of Mali musician Ali Farka Toure's death, the hyperlinks to his music, the live phone call to his house during the funeral...It's clear some media in the West only care to show disaster, or song and dance as the only products coming out of Africa.
Posted by: ethiopia at March 13, 2006 2:59 AM
ethiopia--I second you. The BBC correspondent's flippant attitude sucks.
Posted by: te'amir assayegn at March 14, 2006 8:55 PM
The bomb blast by TPLF , because they were angry that the halo ring around the sun at that time was the real information of God that meles zenawi party end days is coming .
it is war aganist the God
Posted by: GOBAN at April 15, 2008 10:25 AM
please try to talk some thing good about our country talking about war and distraction is enugh to us. find a solution.
Posted by: ezezy at September 26, 2009 4:35 PM