Daily urges Ethiopians in Diaspora to serve their nation

Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- With a few home-grown professionals left in Ethiopia, a government-run daily in Addis Ababa has reminded those living abroad of the moral debt they have to pay to their native country.
"While we try to convince trained Ethiopians within the country to serve their people in the country, we should also be able to get the services of those in the Diaspora," The Ethiopian Herald says in an editorial this week.
Most of the trained Ethiopians, the paper observes, left the country in droves to seek jobs abroad where they could practise "without fear or worry" because Ethiopia had not treated its professionals well.
The daily refers to the military junta that, out of suspicion and fear of real or imagined threats, forced hundreds of Ethiopian experts to flee the country.
"Educated Ethiopians, wherever they might be, are indebted to the millions of poor peasants who have made their education possible.
Had it not been for the courageous participation of the public, most of the educated Ethiopians wouldn't have been lucky enough to reach the stage they have at present," the paper says.
However, The Ethiopian Herald observes that there have been Ethiopian professionals who sacrificed to play their part in the development of the country.
A number of them have foregone "great financial benefits" for the sake of serving their country, realising that its future depended on them.
On the other hand, the paper points an accusing finger on other Ethiopian professionals who, "blinded by personal gains", had no goal in life, "except ensuring themselves six-digit bank accounts.
" "They envisage a luxurious personal life at the expense of the rest of the population and would do anything to achieve it," the paper laments, underlining the country's pressing need to recruit its own trained nationals in all sectors of social and economic development.
"We have been forced to look for the expertise of foreign professionals when there are some [Ethiopians] who have turned their backs on the population of the country.
All they can do is to criticise every move made by the government and other bodies working for the development of the country," the paper added.

02 january 2004 19:15:00

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