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African children say "shocked"’ by what they hear on climate change


By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

December 14, 2009 (ADDIS ABABA) – Children in Ethiopia over the week end said that they are extremely concerned about what the world is talking about now, the burning issue of climate change.

Ethiopian Prime minister Meles Zenawi-led Africa’s negotiating team to Copenhagen climate change summit, received bid farewell at the National Palace, in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, organized by prominent Ethiopian artistes.

At the occasion, children as young as 4 years old stood before the African negotiating team and expressed their grave concern on the posed climate change threat and requested the team to deliver their voice at the ongoing decisive UN climate summit in Denmark.

"We children of Africa are shocked by what we are hearing on climate change threats. We deserve to enjoy our childhood in a safe and clean environment" representative of the children (roughly a 5-year old girl) said to the African team.

"On behalf of us (children of Africa), you witness all you can at Copenhagen and we will also keep on crying out from your behind until our voices are heard" the child added.

The children called on the continent’s negotiating team to strongly confront world leading polluters, the industrialized nations, at Copenhagen and come back home with "good news".

At the occasion, Africa’s lead negotiator PM Meles received similar messages from representatives of various segments of the society.

Representatives from farmers, Artists, elders, mothers, the disabled and environmentalists as well spoke their voice before the team saying how much the adverse impact of climate change has affected their life, their environment and asked the group to attach their voice to Copenhagen.

Speaking at the occasion PM Meles said that the climate issue has become a question of life and death and he ensured that the African team under his lead would leave no stone unturned to bring home continent’s demands

"We need to have adequate compensation for the damage done tour development prospects and we need money-not the phoney money that we have frequently been promised without any prospect of it being delivered but real money that can make a difference," Meles said.

"I am deeply honoured to have been chosen by my colleague to be Africa’s spokesman on the matter and lead Africa’s negotiation team. I am sure every Ethiopian feel equally honored," he said.

"I want to assure everyone here that I will work tirelessly and with total dedication to the fulfilment of the interests of our continent as a whole in the upcoming negotiations," he said.

"I am determined to do so on the one hand through reaching out to the leaders of the developed countries in a constructive and flexible manner and reaching out to major developing countries seeking their solidarity with us so that no one will be tempted to ignore our voice” , he said.

African Union Commission Deputy Chairperson, Erastus Mewencha to his part said that, Africa’s decision to speak out with a common position is a landmark move for Africa that could lead for a concert out come at the summit.

He added that - Africa’s stand is that the rich and industrialized countries, support developing countries for sustainable development while the developing countries do their homework at home as a fair share to tackle the global threat.

More than 110 world leaders are due to arrive in Copenhagen on Wednesday for an intense 48-hour of final negotiation.

The African negotiating team is expected to head its way to Copenhagen late tomorrow. A source told Sudan Tribune.

Africa argues that global warming should not go beyond 2 degree Celsius and is demanding Billions of dollars as compensation for the climate change damages. The continent contributes almost zero (3%) to world’s total green house gases.

Researches indicate that climate change damages could cost Africa 30 billion dollar by the year 2015 and even up to 100 billion dollars in the year 2020.


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  • 15 December 2009 09:01, by solo

    It is very shame to see the very dictator the very climate polluter the very criminal man so called Ethiopian prime minister Meles Zenawi leading the african delegates.The delegates lead by this mafia man are only looking for billions of dollar to fill theirs pocket but nothing to do with our Africa continent climate problem.

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    • 15 December 2009 13:26, by Yaadasaa Dafaa

      Dear all,

      Children need guidances and protection. Categorically or ethically, it is a child abuse for the Ethiopian dictator to use children as young as 4 years to promote his self serving propaganda of exhibitionism. This is totally uncalled for, and perpetuated by mentally insane individual. Well, as for Meles Zinaw, nothing matters as far as he reaches his goal. What are his goals? You be the judge!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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  • 15 December 2009 13:31, by Gebru G/Egziabher

    I am so proud to have such a wondeful African son, very articulate, wise with a very broad knowledge. H. E. Prime Minister meles Zenaw is a good, determened, developmental leader not only to Ethiopia but also to the wholl African and other developing states of the continent. As an Ethiopian, African, I am so proud to have such a briliant leader, thatnks God for that. at this moment i want to say thanks PM Meles for the restless efforts you are rendering us and let God enable you to see the results of the works you are doing day and night.

    I am sure that P.M.Melese together with his team will come with a very positive result from the Copenhagen Summit. there are so many indications that shows. like issues of China and India that they will stand with Africa.

    for that I pry to God to give you a long healthy life. Amen

    for some of you who are using this bloog, please use it for further knowledge, to either share you knowledge and learen from others. let us not use it for a rabish dialog. stop nonsens issues and start to come to the real world, don’t kill your golden time on such issues.

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    • 16 December 2009 03:28, by Yaadasaa Dafaa

      Hellow Gebru G/Egziabher,

      First of all let me remind you with the wise men sayings "Birds of the same feather flock together". So what ever you bubble on this forum does not surprise any body. Please save your garbage as the reality in the vicinities of Ethiopia is different. Just read the 2009 REPORTS OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN ETHIOPIA

      .....“The elite are no longer present in Ethiopia—they are either in jail, dead, or have fled.” Indeed, as one man with a Ph.D. noted, Ethiopia has lost a significant amount of its intellectual capital: “Over 100,000 have fled to other areas; they are from all walks of life. To South Africa, Australia, Minnesota, [and] Europe. They are among the best and brightest and examples of many who have done a lot for the country.”......

      ....Since 2000, students have been suspended, expelled, arrested, imprisoned, and tortured because of their
      attempts to exercise their rights of association, press, and speech...

      ..."As to disproportionate development, one engineer stated that the Ethiopian government only provides
      economic resources and development for the ethnic regions of the ruling party. He stated that the Tigray
      region is developed at the same level as Europe, even though it is a dry area with few natural resources. He also
      indicated that the Woyyane led by Meles Zinaw government places heavy industry in the Tigray region to create jobs, while the other Ethiopian region is neglected with no industry and no university. A professional noted, “The
      cultural human rights abuses are also significant as are the economic human rights abuses: the non-Tigrays are taxed
      more, not given permitting licenses for business, dominated by the TPLF, and neglected in terms of the
      construction of schools, hospitals, and roads.”......

      ...."Meles Zinaw government has built on its
      predecessor’s infrastructure of repression. Torture of
      dissidents by the current regime, including extreme physical violence and psychological torture, was reported by
      those interviewed for this repor. Sexual violence also was reported. In addition, extrajudicial killings, arbitrary
      arrests, prolonged detention, and confinement in inadequate prison conditions reportedly have continued under
      the EPRDF. Basic protections of due process, including notice of charges against those accused, are absent, and
      the judiciary faces pressure from the government.

      I know you are so proud to have such a leader like Meles, but most of the Ethiopians are the victims of your so called leader’s atrocious crimes. Therefore, please leave the judgement to a person of an independent mind. As for you, I do not blame you, you must bark where you are fed from.

      Bye for now.


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