Multicultural Watch–Moments with Reena –Seble Work

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On Tuesday evening June 28, I had the pleasure of interviewing Mrs Seble Tadesse. Seble is the secretary for the Ethiopian Community and devotes large portions of her time to helping others within the community to settle and live in Queensland.


The interview took place at ‘Yeshi Buna’ which is an authentic Ethiopian Cafe located at 131 Moorooka Road. Yeshi Buna is the name of a most lovely gentleman’s wife and he named the cafe after her – who said true love was no more?


We would like to thank both Workneh Bayih and Yeshi for their warmth and hospitality during filming and our traditional coffee afterward.


The evening was an amazing experience which allowed us to delve deeply into the life and work of Seble with what she does. There have been moments of despair for her and moments where she felt like giving up but in her own words she said; ‘I could walk away and spend time with my family but my heart is telling me to help others and to fight for justice and equality. I can never give up trying to help other people – it is why I am here.’


Inspiring words for readers from all walks of life and with people like Seble in the community helping and offering a guiding light to many it is clear why so many turn to her for assistance when they need it. She is both respected and loved which was evident during the evening. She truly is a remarkably strong and sincere woman.


We were also fortunate enough to be able to look more closely at Ethiopia. Many may know of the name but not many will know about the other parts of the history of the country and its people.


Ethiopia boasts a proud history of producing track and field Olympic gold medal winners with several holding world records in distance running. A little research online will see names spring forth like Haile Gabrselassie, Kenenisa Bekele & Tirunesh Dibaba to name but a few.


With a population of around 100 million Ethiopia has a rich history and is one of the ‘first’ countries, or masses of land, to be noted in historical texts. It is also the world’s most populated landlocked country…as a quirky fact.


It also managed to somehow fend off interest from European superpowers during the late 19th century when many European nations were involved in the ‘Race for Africa’ whereby attempts to over-power and take control of foreign lands were on the agenda. Several other African nations adopted the Ethiopian flag to celebrate their retention of sovereignty as they themselves were unable to ward off the military might of the west.


Another thing we did learn was that Ethiopia is the home of the coffee bean. Traditional coffee when made correctly can take 3-hours to settle prior to serving.


Coffee forms a large part of Ethiopian life with many conflicts being settled peacefully over coffee. For example, If a man and his wife are at odds with one another the wife will make a coffee and they will settle any differences over this simple drink.


Ethiopian people retain a beautiful sense of freedom to their souls and a gentle kindness in their eyes. The western world may be taking over the globe but for many an Ethiopian they retain a proud sense of history and ‘in-tune’ nature with mother earth.


One of the most beautiful snippets of information to come from Seble was of how it is recognised as a nation of the divinity in the feminine. When this was explained it was certainly an eye opener and sent shivers down the spine with intrinsic and ancient wisdom still clearly evident in her words.


Many critically listed forms of wildlife are also found within the country with deforestation proving to be a major concern for the ongoing welfare and protection of animals listed on the endangered species list.


Maybe as a result of the deforestation and ‘developments’ the country has been listed as one of the fastest growing economies in the world by the IMF with a 10% growth in their economy from 2004 to 2009. Whilst economic growth is important, it is clear that for many an Ethiopian their view is protection of the environment and all life forms around them.


A very proud nation with links to antiquity, it was an honour and privilege to speak with Seble and experience the hospitality of a traditional Ethiopian cafe and the people who run it.


We would like to wholeheartedly thank everyone for their warmth and sharing of some of your countries history, culture and beliefs.


If we can all scratch the surface of different cultures it helps us all to realise one thing; we are one.


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