EthioGuardian.com ETG: Ethiopia: A Country Behind Bars

a_nation_behind_bars.jpgEthiopia has been behind bars since its start as a state: Its people the prisoners, its rulers as jailers.First, the feudalist system incarcerated the poor people, kings and nobles notoriously ‘owning’ peasants whose existence meant nothing but serving these upper echelons with utmost loyalty. Those who had ‘the wrong complexion’ were sold in the broad daylight to Arab merchants; internal slavery lasted as late as the 20th century, although abolished eventually. (What a contradiction in a sub-Saharan African nation that was supposed to be a symbol of freedom and hope to enslaved black people around the world!)

EthioGuardian.com ETG: Ethiopia: A Country Behind Bars

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