Ethiopia has been in the news recently, as civil war has re-erupted in that country.
I have always had only a vague idea of what’s been happening in that place over the last few decades. Ethiopia has always seemed to be a different category than sub-Saharan Africa proper, and recently, it seemed like it was finally on the path to becoming a modern, democratic country, despite the handicap of being diverse. But I have to admit to being largely ignorant of the place, except for knowing that they were practicing Christianity when most of our ancestors were worshipping trees.
I have just read a short ‘Diary’ entry by an Ethiopian woman living in the US, who grew up there, and lived there, for several decades. It’s short, but gives you a really good view of the place and its problems. (Ethiopia was a pawn of the Big Powers in the Cold War, first of one side, then of the other – I forget who got it first. It didn’t do them much good. And if the US is involved there now in some sort of military capacity, surely it should get out. Whichever side we would be supporting, we’d be supporting mass killers.)
If you get interested in this fascinating country, here’s a universally-acclaimed novel about the period when the Emperor still ruled, just before his overthrow by a really murderous (what else is new?) Leftwing cabal, the ‘Derg’:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cutting_for_Stone
(Warning: it’s highly ‘medical’, so not for the squeamish. But you do get a good view of the human personalities there, even though the main protagonists are not Ethiopian.)
And when the Professional Victims begin whining about white racist America,direct them to Ethiopia [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethiopia ] for a contrast. Even at its post-Civil War worst, life for Black people in the US, including in the most backward parts of it, was nothing like life in Ethiopia at the same time. And this is in one of the most advanced parts of Africa.
And speaking of immigration, it’s just the sort of country that we could probably take a few tens of thousands from and be the better off for it. (Some of them are Muslims, but I don’t think they’re of the beheading-suicide-bombing tendency.)