A tale of two British citizenships

July 7, 2014

by Samson B

Being British, by birth or naturalised has a profound meaning for the citizenry in times of adversity, particularly when the incidence happens in foreign lands. The British political system, media and the general public comes to one whenever a citizen is distress abroad whether in adventurous trip or caught by political turmoil and situations like kidnappings and violence. One can sight hundreds of public outrages and diplomatic wrangling on mistreatments of British nationals abroad. You can be a ‘drugs mule’ but the British system would do its best so as you get a dignified treatment and possibly prison swap to the UK after sentencing.A British protection is not a thing to be accorded for every passport holder.

Though the above seems to be a common practice things can be deceiving if taken on face value. A British protection is not a thing to be accorded for every passport holder. There are some ‘British citizens’ who are to be ignored whatever the gravity of their situation is.

Andargachew Tsige, a British national of Ethiopian decent is one of them. In Mid June 2014, Andargachew, secretary general of Ginbot 7 for Freedom and Democracy, a pro democracy opposition party in Ethiopia, has been abducted at a Yemen airport by Yemeni security forces and handed over to Ethiopian secret services illegally. As Adnargachew has previously been sentenced to death in absentia, what members of the Ethiopian community in the UK and worldwide expected was a public outcry of the situation and an assertive diplomatic campaign from the Commonwealth and Foreign Office. No single UK based media outlet covered Andargachew’s case. No single parliamentarian raised the issue at any level. The Foreign Office has chosen to keep quiet regardless of repeated calls from the Ethiopian community and his family members before the two rouge states make a deal on Andargachew’s life.

Who cares for an Afro-British who has been abducted in daylight and then illegally handed over to the tyrannical regime in Ethiopia? None! As Yaya Toure, the famous Manchester City footballer repeatedly asserts Andargachew’s only fault is his origin, Africa. He is an African with a British passport who is not entitled to get a ‘first class’ protection and advocacy in circumstances of adversity. As is the norm in many European countries Africans can carry their passports but it does not worth any better than their driving licence. It does not warranty them a protection and advocacy in situations of distress. Their case would not be a ‘Breaking News’ whether they are butchered abroad or in streets of London.

6 Responses to A tale of two British citizenships

  1. Ittu Aba Farda

    July 7, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    I don’t believe UK had any hand in this. If they think or agree with the Ethiopian government that this man is a terrorist or a member of a terrorist organization they would have taken him to court in the UK charging him for being as such. You should understand that Yemen has never been an effective centralized nation at any time in its history. This went from bad to worse after the overthrow of a weak monarchy in the 1960′s. It is a nation formed around competing tribes who sometimes are friends and at other times mortal enemies to each other. If you can make a deal with a clan, then even the big house is all yours. I bet you this man has fallen victim to a bought off Yemeni clan by the Ethiopian security forces. That is why Yemen is found to be an excellent place for Al Qaeda to have a ‘secured’ base. It is just like Somalia. Especially the Northern part of Yemen that includes Sana’a is a society that seems to come out of a mold from the Dark Ages, not even the Middle Ages. It does not surprise me if the President of Yemen was not aware of the arrest until the man was whisked away by the Ethiopian security. Today some clan member has turned filthy rich overnight by this ‘trafficking of a precious cargo’. I mean rich. And the UK could not do anything to help this man. I don’t even think they had any time to do anything. I bet you the victim was whisked out of Yemen within 24 hours of his arrival at the Sana’a Int’l Airport. His fate was sealed the very time Sana’a appeared on his itinerary.

    On the other hand, this will be a stain on the history of relationship of two peoples and will be remain so forever. I feel for his family and I don’t even want to start thinking the agony this man is going through as we speak. He is being subjected to the cruelest methods of physical torture reminiscent of the Spanish Inquisition. Nobody will be able to help him. Nobody!!! Thanks to the danger of terrorism and because of that Mr. Tsige and numerous prisoners of conscience like him will remain in the blind spot until terrorism is wiped out from that region.

  2. Gideon

    July 7, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    The Britons save a stressed, and endangered humanity from world dominating villain only in their oo7 James Bond movies. In reality, every black person for them is uncivilized that is subjected for every crud and gross humor. They think civility is reserved only for white people. Our beloved Andargachew lived a selfless, desirable, courageous, principled life. He lived a life of sacrifice. He stopped living for Him, rather He started to live for unjustly accused, bitten, tortured, abused human beings. Because He knows luxury stains the purity of humanity, He had no interest for it, but He chose to serve humanity. One might think that it is civil to defend this brave human being from thugs and scum of societies who are dancing and celebrating on their grave yard. But alas! in the near future, woyanne will be a burden some to whoever wants to help it. The Ethiopians are ready to return a favor to it in the manner the group chose. Let us see who is going to lose. I am Andargachew! I am G7! Long live Ethiopia.

  3. Abegaz

    July 7, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    It is now clear that we have to make a more pragmatic and decisive struggle against woyanes cause our naturalized citizenship in our respective countries no more makes us equals with the natives. Each of us have to join the struggle in our capacity, from actively contributing money to joining fronts engaged the struggle against woyanies. We have to bring back our pride which was once kept intact by our forefathers.

  4. Abegaz

    July 7, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    And to add more, Andargachew Tsige is not a terrorist. He is for democracy and equality. Andargachew and his group are happy and ready to any free and fair election. The EU has confirmed that election in Ethiopia is not free and fair. What else explains the genuine stand of Berhanu, Andargachew and his G7 comrades? If Andargachew is a terrorist so is Mandella. I wonder why the Uk government ignored Andargachew. Are black Britons less Britons? We are ashamed of the UK foreign service which ignored the plea of Andargachew’s wife who pleaded for his safety.

  5. Abegaz

    July 7, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    I love this piece of article. We have to disseminate it and carry it as our slogan when we do our protests.

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