I agree with that we should all care about Ethiopia but not for the reasons that you spoke to.
Chloe Jialong Wu

I completely agree with you, Chloe! To clarify, I mention the birthplace of coffee as one of the symbolic markers of what Ethiopia brings to the world — one among many — along with the country being the ancestral birthplace of every human being.

In fact I specifically don’t mention coffee as an exported cash crop for which supply chains might be disrupted if things worsen politically. I omit this side of things partly because it’s not really an issue for global coffee drinkers (since countries like Vietnam and Brazil currently supply far more of the world’s coffee than Ethiopia). But more to the point I didn’t mention that side of the coffee conversation because for me the idea of enjoying coffee in Ethiopia — in the traditional way as shown in the photo — is truly representative of the country’s greatness, and this risks being something fewer and fewer humans will experience if the social fabric of the country deteriorates further because of conflict, insecurity and lack of basic needs being met.

Please forgive me if my point was unclear. I believe the situation is worth paying attention to because no one should suffer at the hands of an oppressor, not because the country produces commodities for others to enjoy.

With great respect,


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