Goatherd’s goats

By T, Staffer of De Birhan Media

21 April 2012

Came across news of good deed where young Ethiopians who met on Facebook raised a good sum for the rehabilitation of the Alem Decahsa’s widower and her surviving children. This culture should be the identifying trademark of Ethiopia’s new generation.

Despite the precautionary messages and credible news reports about the obnoxious risks of illegal (even legal at times) emigration, Ethiopians continue to flock. In the 22nd Century of Ethiopia when the youth have no economic, social and political privileges, hopes, rights and entitlements, they prefer to flock and head out. Many end up in the prisons, organ selling and abusive camps of neighbouring and distant countries. Aliens in their own country, foreigners in their own neighbours, and new comers in the civil and public services, Ethiopians are choosing to risk death in another country than live “un-belonged”.

Belongingness is important. Imagine yourself, un-belonging in your own family that feed you and house you. Heart wrenchingly that is how that Nation State, Ethiopia is today. When foreign multinationals in the name of investment grab your lands, foreigners from neighbouring countries come and become “the better belonging citizens”, what can thou do?  Flock like Goatherd’s goats, ain’t it? “Belonging is a core component of citizenship” says KM Dunn on a 2004 paper on racism.  Yes without the sense of belongingness, so called bonding dams, developmental works, concerts and national day celebrations become merely sugar coated hearsays. 

To metaphorically boil down this piece, let me offer a nice tale about the Goatherd and The Wild Goats,

A Goatherd, driving his flock from their pasture at eventide, found some Wild Goats mingled among them, and shut them up together with his own for the night. The next day it snowed very hard, so that he could not take the herd to their usual feeding places, but was obliged to keep them in the fold.

He gave his own goats just sufficient food to keep them alive, but fed the strangers more abundantly in the hope of enticing them to stay with him and of making them his own. When the thaw set in, he led them all out to feed, and the Wild Goats scampered away as fast as they could to the mountains.

The Goatherd scolded them for their ingratitude in leaving him, when during the storm he had taken more care of them than of his own herd.

One of them, turning about, said to him: “That is the very reason why we are so cautious; for if you yesterday treated us better than the Goats you have had so long, it is plain also that if others came after us, you would in the same manner prefer them to ourselves.”

Karaturi and its types are amazed by the cheapness and abundance of land and services they were given better than the children of Ethiopia,a piece of cake. Were the wild goats that have been grabbing the lands of poor Ethiopians smarter, they would have learnt from the wild goats.  

Where there is no belongingness in Ethiopia, citizens continue to flock like Goatherd’s goats!!!