by Tedla Asfaw
I followed, ESAT on the role of PALTALK rooms posted on, Feb. 14. I suggested, “YeHasab Gulicha” an equivalent word for “PALTALK room” in Amharic/Oromiffa for few PALTALK rooms in the past. The phrase origin might be “Oromiffa”, I am not sure.
“Gulicha” is a foundation for Ethiopian traditional families and linguistics can evaluate if it is applicable here. To make “Injera” and “Wete” families make their own “Gulicha”. I argue “Gulicha” for ideas and talks is appropriate.
The moderator Ato Fasil on ESAT seems not a “fan” of PALTALK rooms. However, Meles Zenawi and his people tried to control these rooms since 2005 if they can, if not “attack/insult” them as totally useless. Meles Zenawi himself participated in PALTALK rooms that backed him, “Ethiopian Civility Room ” and believed to be entering in nicknames to follow what is going in rooms which are not supporting him, “Ethiopian Current Affairs Discussion Forum Room/ECADF, QALE, Assimba etc.
ESAT should be commended for bringing PALTALK for discussion. PALTALK gives us the only opportunity to speak our mind 24/7 in the Diaspora which ESAT or other radios are not expected to do. If Ethiopians are free we will have many ESAT’s and PALATLAK rooms. One Radio, One TV and One PALTALK room can not be a solution in a diverse country like Ethiopia.
I do believe PALTALK rooms can bring accountability if they encourage participants to use their real names. Until then with all its shortcomings PALTALK rooms should be encouraged to continue and those that are not good enough/Balegewoche will expose themselves and die out.
Most of all I would like to thank the Admins/Astenabariwoche in rooms 24/7 like ECADF, QALE for their commitment. Without those volunteers “Ye ChiWiWit Gulicha” is impossible. Thank You all “YeWeYeyet Astenabariwoche”. The rest of us who benefited from PALTALK rooms in sharing ideas or just to be with fellow Ethiopians have to pay small amount of fee once in a year for Room Rent, “YeGulicha Keraye”
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