The winner is Yemi! I was watching the results of British elections live on BBC. Despite the self-inflicted pains, British PM Theresa May won her Maidenhead seat, which she has held since 1997, comfortably. But that wasn’t the interesting part I watched on TV.
There were a number of candidates who crowded the screen along with the PM. But for me it was a vibrant and creative woman wearing a t-shirt with a message: “Free Andargachew Tsige”, who stood out as the winner. Yemi Hailemariam decided to run against Theresa May not to unseat her. But she wanted to draw attention to the hypocracy that the British PM and her government ignored the plight of Andargachew Tsigie, a naturalized British citizen and the father of her three kids.
Yemi not only got some votes but also a national platform to raise awareness on the suffering of a freedom fighter illegally kidnapped, renditioned to Ethiopia and still languishing in jail.
In the picture below Yemi shakes hands with Theresa May and makes her get the message she tried to ignore from afar.
In the end, the gates of injustice will be broken down and Andargachew and the countless others kept in the dark unjustly will be freed.
Yemi, keep the spirit alive! You and your kids are so courageous that many across the world are proud of. You all have a mindset of winners even at the darkest hours of your life. We are with you till the end.