Ethiopian President calls for global solidarity amidst COVID-19 crisis

In midst of the surging cases of COVID-19 in Ethiopia, President Sahle-Work Zewde has called for global solidarity to fight the pandemic.

President Sahle-Work Zewde is the only African women President. She posted a recorded message on the social media platform, Facebook, calling for the world to unite in this global crisis.

President Sahle-Work Zewde said, “It has raised havoc in communities all around the world. Our way of life has completely been disrupted. Hundreds of thousands of people have died. Millions have lost jobs. Trillions of dollars have been lost”.

She even emphasised, “This crisis is different. We have suddenly found ourselves in the same boat. As much as individualism and nationalism are visible, it has revealed the capacity of people to support each other and to build solidarity with the weakest among us. We have seen the heroic crew of medical staff and many others.”.

Iterating the United Nations Call for Solidarity, President Sahle added, “Let us be clear. It is not about charity or generosity. I stand in support of the United Nations Secretary General’s appeal for solidarity. There is no other option. This is a global crisis. Delay in action means death.”

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