I Pray That Trump Wins




I would like to respond to your feature entitled: “Clinton-Trump Mud Fight Frazzles Ethiopian-Americans [Volume 17 No. 861].” I saw the social media posts of young Ethiopian American men and women who were saying that they would move back to Ethiopia if Donald trump was elected.

I pray that Trump wins, not for ideological or political reasons, but so that all my Ethiopian brothers and sisters who have pledged to return to our mother land when he is elected. I hope that they return anyway, but the election of Trump seems to be a good occasion to let them know that we are prepared and happy to receive them. Our country has a long and rich history that unfortunately includes the spreading out of our brothers and sisters to all corners of the world. As we all know, there’s no place like home. Our loved ones who were forced to leave the country during and after the horrors of the Dergue regime are still sorely missed. They and their children are always welcome back in their homeland.

Just as the story in the holy Bible about welcoming the prodigal son, Ethiopia will more than welcome you to contribute whatever your abilities are.

We look forward to having you home again, no matter when you decide to come back.

Vartkes Bilemdjian



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