“HINTS & TIPS: FOR  DEVELOPING A Tigray  National STRATEGIC Narrative’s

By Yerga Yaecobe

Mekelle: 27 December 2023 (Tigray Herald)

“HINTS & TIPS: FOR  DEVELOPING A Tigray  National STRATEGIC Narrative’s

Developing a comprehensive Tigray national strategic narrative involves weaving together political, religious, and historical elements while addressing false narratives and emphasizing the special historical links with the three major Abrahamic religions in Aksum Tigray. Here’s a step-by-step approach:

Historical Foundation:

Begin by tracing the rich history of Tigray, highlighting the ancient civilization of Aksum and its pivotal role in global trade.
Emphasize the cultural and historical contributions of Tigray to humanity, connecting past achievements to contemporary identity.
Abrahamic Religious Links:

Explore the special historical connections with the three major Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
Illustrate how Tigray has been a crossroads of faith, fostering religious tolerance and coexistence over centuries.
Pre and Post-Genocide Context:

Acknowledge the historical challenges, including the impact of past events like the genocide.
Illustrate the resilience and strength of the Tigray people in overcoming adversity, emphasizing a narrative of hope and rebuilding.
Political Narrative:

Outline the political evolution of Tigray, from ancient governance structures to modern political systems.
Address false narratives by presenting an accurate account of Tigray’s political history, dispelling misconceptions.
Religious Narrative:

Highlight the role of religious institutions in shaping Tigray’s identity and promoting values of peace and unity.
Correct false narratives by providing a nuanced understanding of the diverse religious landscape in Tigray.
Cultural Continuity:

Establish the continuity of Tigray’s cultural heritage, emphasizing the preservation of traditions amid changing times.
Showcase the importance of cultural identity in fostering unity and resilience.
Future Outlook:

Connect the past and present to envision a promising future for Tigray.
Emphasize the role of youth in shaping the narrative, fostering innovation, and contributing to the development of Tigray.
Community Involvement:

Involve the Tigray community in the narrative-building process, ensuring diverse perspectives are considered.
Encourage storytelling and the sharing of personal narratives to strengthen the collective identity.
Global Partnerships:

Engage with international communities to share Tigray’s authentic narrative and foster understanding.
Seek support for initiatives that promote cultural preservation, education, and sustainable development.
Continuous Revision:

Acknowledge that narratives evolve and should be continually refined based on new information and changing contexts.
Encourage open dialogue and critical reflection within the Tigray community to ensure the narrative remains relevant and accurate.
By crafting a strategic narrative that encompasses historical, political, religious, and cultural dimensions, Tigray can present a cohesive and authentic story that dispels false narratives and fosters a sense of unity and pride among its people.

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