A Film Depicting Post-famine Ethiopia
Screened in DC.
By: Tsehaye Debalkew, April, 24, 2012
A film produced by the award winning filmmaker Chip Duncan depicting stories
and images of hope in Ethiopia was premiered at the Mansion on O Street in
down town Washington DC.
The film titled "Widespread outbreaks of Peace" showcasing Ethiopia
and Afghanistan unlike conventional narration , heralds good news about how
in each nation, tremendous, positive things are happening presently.
vividly demonstrates each nation's ability to determine its own course
and future emphasizing
ingenuity and quality of local government initiatives and the populace
at large, that do not require outside assistance or "relief".
Ambassador Girma Birru, Special Envoy and Ambassador Extra-ordinary and Plenipotentiary
of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to the US and non-resident Ambassador
to Mexico who was on hand to watch the celebratory film took the podium and thanked
the film crew and still picture producers and particularly the presenter Mr.
Duncan for showing a keen interest in Ethiopia by their courage at revealing
the truth for everybody to see and for testifying the current effort of the government
and people of Ethiopia to steadily but surely change the face of the nation for
The Special envoy also extended his appreciation for the over one hundred guests
who assembled in the Mansion for the evening for demonstrating to avail themselves
during the function and urged them all not only to be active viewers but also
to in turn be the advocates and promoters of the genuine strivings of the Ethiopian
people and government in their undaunted effort to transfom the country into
a modern hub of the 21st century.
Enumerating the measures undertaken to elevate the nation from its traditional
stigma as aid- prone and relief seeking country the Ambassador apprised his audience
by saying that the first order of business in the government's list of priorities
was to permanently severe the linkage between drought and famine. In this regard
he cited the instruments of Early Warning System, Emerengency Food Reserve System
and Safety-net programs that were put in place ensuring the end of famine in
Ambassador Girma further elucidated that one of the sustainable and deadly panaceas
to curb and subsequently eliminate the recurrence of drought was the present
government's proven policy of supporting the small holder farmers that account
for the lion's share of the economy by creating an all-round enabling environment
to boost production both for consumption and the market.
This policy direction has certainly started to release the potential of the small
farmers country-wide thereby unleashing their productivty and ensuring the nation
not only to be self-suffient but also to be forward looking as the film has succinctly
shown Ethiopia to be the land of hope and progress, he reiterated.
Ambassador Girma reminisced at this plausible moment the irrefutable and unforgettable
role played by the late Mohammed Amin the famouse Photographer and Filmmaker
who navigating across the hills and valleys of our huge country and relentlessly
strove to show the world of the sad 1984 year of calamity which claimed close
to a million Ethiopian compatriots who were the victims of the nauseating famine
during the era of the ruthless and merciless military Junta.
Ambassdor Girma praised the late Mohammed Amin by saying that " This Icon
lived and died for Ethiopia" and added that his death was not in vain for
while alive he reververated the world by igniting the famouse motto, " We
are the World" marshalling global support for our country.
What is more, Ambassador Girma underscored that Mohammed Amin is remembered as
a hero by the millions of Ethiopian farmers today who have vowed not to see a
repeat of the dark days of yesteryear and are marching forward in unison to realize
a bright furure.
The special occasion also witnessed the relative peace that is present in today's
Afghanistan conveyed through still pictures taken by Mr. Duncan and screened
during the function. It was observed that the positive scenario that was portrayed
is largely ignored by the media who more often than not opt to subscribe to conflict
and strife strewn news as the standard bearer.
Mr. Ahmad Haidari, Cultural Attache' of the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington
DC, took the stage and made an intimiting and captivating speech as concerns
the big picture of peace in Afgahanistan which he emphasized is prevalent nowadays.