1.10 – The VALUES of Transformative Reconciliation

January 10th, 2012

This is Ethiopian Review Policy Research Center’s series on From Dictatorship to Democracy extracted/quoted from books and articles published by Albert Einstein Institution and similar sources.

“Reconciliation is a meeting ground where trust and mercy have met, and where justice and peace have kissed.” In simpler terms, it’s about bringing people together to move them beyond the past through reestablishing trust and normalcy, forgiving each other, in a justifiable society where the previous belligerents would be able to coexist peacefully. A successful reconciliation process would pave way to victims and offenders of both the main fractions of the conflict not only to coexist peacefully but also to work for the betterment of our next generation.

It should rekindle mutual respect among ethnicities such as Amhara and Oromo or among religions such as Muslims and Christians and also among different fractions of single ethnicities. There should be a positive atmosphere for the natural day-to-day activities to progress without fear and prejudice. Even though such a process will never be achieved over night, even small steps taken without delay could lay a foundation for a lasting relation.”

“We are all concerned about the deteriorating situation in Ethiopia. The start of a dialogue to promote national reconciliation and unity is the most important thing at the moment.”

There’s absolutely no other solution. Other solutions are out of the question.
The only solution that guarantees that Ethiopia will be functional and stable is Removing Tyranny and Bringing Democracy.

FOR THIS, WE NEED TO RECONCILE, UNITE AND MOVE ON!!!

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Part 9 – The Values of Transformative Reconciliation