Ghirmawi wrote:From what I have heard so far, the girl most probably has an Eritrean father and an Ethiopian mother (posibily an Amhara - accent). The house is some sort of Bar, and the woman who records the video owns the Bar and the house. The girl lives with her "mother" who most probably work at the Bar, not as a waitress but some sort of cleaning (she could not properly detach the ice which indicates not sufficient experience as a bar tender). The reason for the abuse seemes to be that the girl had a quarell with a neighbour kid and somehow the girl proudly said she is from Asmara, Eritrea (or that her father is from Asmara, Eritrea). The woman (mother) was not present when the actual quarell was happening, but heard it from the other woman recording the video (the Bar owner, and landlord). This can be heard at the end of the clip when the recording woman says something concerning what had happened earlier, which warranted another slap from the "mother".
There is also another girl involved "Betty", probably the ealder sister of the abused girl. She was quite the whole time which can explain the routine nature of the abuse not only by the "mother" but also buy the recording woman. Another name is also mentioned, "Alem", probably the friend of the recording woman. From the way she laughs and her arrogance ("Betty tilakalech..."), the Bar owner is some sort of sadistic ignorant. The "mother"is most probably systematically persuaded to abuse her child for the pleasure of the Bar owner. This video has landed on You Tube through a customer of the Bar (probably from the Deaspora) who accidentaly found the video on the cellphone of the Bar owner and sneaked it to his own cell - phone.
In any case, the child needs immidiate help. Otherwise she will fall apart mentaly and physically very soon. I have send an email to many Ethiopian websites and the federal police. This morning, I have also came across an association known as ANPPCAN (Association for Nation Wide Action for Protection and Prevention Against Child Abuse and Neglect). Please, do also call them whenever you have time. Their address is:
ANPPCAN - Ethiopia Chapter
Kirkos Sub-City, Kebele, 18 House # 743
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Tel. 251-011-550-52-02/ 251-011-550-53-95
Fax 251-011- 553 97 57
Hotline for reporting child abuse cases +251-011-550-22-22
This is really heartbreaking story. But if somehow the person who published the video could be contacted that could help to solve the entire problem much easier than is the case right now.