Such inhuman and shameful treatment of Ethiopian migrants living in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf States should be stopped immediately

 

November 22, 2013

Garbis Korajian fourth generation Ethiopian-Armenian

Garbis Korajian

I am a fourth generation Ethiopian-Armenian and, like many Armenians who lived in Ethiopia, my grandparents took refuge in Ethiopia after the Armenian Genocide. Those Armenians who were fortunate enough to have escaped the Turkish atrocities and mass murders of the early 20th century repatriated to different countries around the world. Ethiopia was a country that provided unconditional support and welcomed Armenians with open arms. We lived and prospered in Ethiopia where we maintained our institutions such as our churches, schools and community centers without any interference from the Government of Ethiopia and its citizens. We were treated as brothers and sisters and lived a good life. Although I now live in Canada, I still have a lot of love for Ethiopia and the people. Therefore, I find it necessary to say a few words about the current mistreatment of Ethiopians in the Gulf States including Saudi Arabia which has been the focus of despicable mistreatment of Ethiopians. For various reasons, mostly economic, today’s young Ethiopians are traveling abroad looking for better opportunities of life through employment. For women, this is mostly domestic help and for men, it would be construction or any other job they can find. Needless to say, life for Ethiopians looking for work and to survive in these countries is not easy. On top of these hardships, the Ethiopians who are law abiding and hard working members of society are facing persecution beyond anyone’s imagination. There is no justification for such cruel behavior.

It is important to remember that one day, the citizens and its descendants from the countries that are committing such atrocities on helpless Ethiopians may very well seek refuge in Ethiopia as was done 1500 years ago. As always, what goes around always comes around. Do not forget your history vis-a-vis Ethiopia and stop mistreating our Ethiopian brothers and sisters living in your country. Start treating them with decency and respect.

Garbis Korajian

 
 
 

4 Responses to Such inhuman and shameful treatment of Ethiopian migrants living in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf States should be stopped immediately

  1. Belay

    November 25, 2013 at 3:24 am

    Yes, you are a friend indeed Mr. Garbis!
    These brutality and inhuman acts must stop immediately! Where are the international human right activist and pressure groups? This must be one of your intervention area and real concern. Even the international community are kindly requested to give due attention to such barberic acts of Saudi’s because we all are subjected to moral obligation to say NO!

     
  2. Lej. Mesfinachew Akassa

    November 24, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    This is what I post in the Saudi Arabia embassy in Ottawa canada.I thank them for posting it:
    mkassa@edc.caThu, 14 Nov 2013 13:58 EST
    ATTROCITY OF THE SAUDI AGAINST INNOCENT ETHIOPIANS & ETHIO-SAUDIS
    i SAW THE VIDEO WHER THE SAUDIS SAY THEY WERR CRACKING ILLEGAL ALIENS.i HAVE NO PROBLEM IF THEY DEPORT THEM OR ASK THE ETHIOPIAN GOVERNMENT TO TAKE BACK ITS CITIZENS.
    yOU DO NOT LOOT, BEAT, VIOLATE AND RAPE WOMEN WHO ASK SHELTER AND PRAY FOR THE GOOD DEED YOU DO TO THEM AND GIVEN THEM A BETTER LIFE THAN THEIR HOME LAND.
    MY OPINNION ON THE SAUDI AREBIA KINGDOM HAS CHANGED, THESE POOR PEOPLE WHO CAME TO SAUDI TO PAY RESPECT TO MECCA AND MEDINA THE WORSHIP PLACE OF THE PROPHET MOHAMMED DID THIS ATROCITY TO ALREADY WEAK AND DEFEATED BY HARD LIFE FOREIGNERS. WHERE WAS THE POLICE AND YOU CAN NOT EVEN TELL THEY ARE FROM ETHIOPIA SOME OF THEM HAVE LIVED THERE FOR YEARS.
    i HAD DECIDED TO VISIT THE KINGDOM, BUT WHEN I SEE THESE I DISCOURAGE THE PILGRIMAGE TO MECCA AND MEDINA IF THIS IS THE WAY ISLAM TREATS HUMAN BEINGS.
    I HOPE THIS IS A LESSON THAT SHOULD NOT BE ACCEPTED AND REPEATED AGAIN
    GOD ALLAH BLESS US ALL IF YOU GO FURTHER BACK WE ALL CAME FROM the same father ABRAHAM AND Mother SARA OR SAHARA.
    If all us do our share The Good Saudis will protest this kind of dehumanization of powerless and defenceless migrants in Saudi Arabia.
    Please pressure Saudi embassies where you live al diaspora Ethiopians and Ethio-Saudis.
    My sympathies to the families of those who were killed, raped, looted and beaten by the hands of hooligans of uncivilized citizens of Saudi Arabia.
    Lej.Mesfinachew Anteneh Akassa.
    Ottawa, Canada.

     
  3. Hassabu

    November 23, 2013 at 2:55 am

    Dear brother,

    As you stated it in a clearer manner we Ethiopians don’t deserve this and such barbaric atrocity on our venerable refugee brothers and sisters, who find themselves in such predicament due to myriads of reasons at home. Ethiopians should be treated in a civilized due diligence, evenif the Saudi decided to repatriate them, gang rape,beating, killing and looting are groos violation of their human right and it rather difficult to comprehend the audacity how it has been carried out with no fear of accountability and retribution neither from Ethiopia/Ethiopians nor the rest of the world is mind boggling and boradring sheer stupidity on Saudi’s part.

    Thanks once again for showing your fraternity….a brother in need is a brother indeed!

     
  4. Hailu

    November 22, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Thank you brother Garbis!

    Ethiopia and Ethiopians have always been hospitable to any guest who sought refugee in. This includes the great Armenian brothers & sisters, as well as these ungrateful Arabs who are now perpetrating barbaric acts against poor Ethiopians who are only looking for work.

    Stop violence against Ethiopians!

    What goes around will come around!

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