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ናይ ሳኪማ መዝሙር
Daniel Berhane Habte
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ሳኪማ ምስ ወለዱን ኣርባዕተ ዓመት ዝዕድሚኣ ሓፍቱን ይነብር ነበረ። ኣብ መሬት ናይ ሓደ ሃብታም ሰብኣይ ይነብሩ ነበሩ። እታ ብሳዕሪ ዝተኸፍከፈት ኣጕዶኦም ኣብ መወዳእታ ናይ መስርዕ ኣግራብ እያ ተደኵና።
Sakima lived with his parents and his four year old sister.
They lived on a rich man’s land.
Their grass-thatched hut was at the end of a row of trees.
ሳኪማ ወዲ ሰለስተ ዓመት እንከሎ፡ ሓሚሙ ብርሃን ኣዒንቱ ሰኣነ። ሳኪማ ውሕሉል ወዲ እዩ ዝነበረ።
When Sakima was three years old, he fell sick and lost his sight.
Sakima was a talented boy.
ሳኪማ ካልኦት ደቂ ሽዱሽተ ዓመት ቈልዑ ክገብርዎ ዘይክእሉ ነገራት ይገብር ነበረ። ንኣብነት፡ ምስ ዓበይቲ ደቂ ዓዱ ኮፍ ኢሉ ብዛዕባ ኣገደስቲ ጕዳያት ክመያየጥ ይኽእል ነበረ።
Sakima did many things that other six year old boys did not do.
For example, he could sit with older members of the village and discuss important matters.
ወለዲ ናይ ሳኪማ ኣብ ገዛ ናይቲ ሃብታም ሰብኣይ ይሰርሑ ነበሩ። ጋሕጋሕ ንግሆ ካብ ገዝኦም ይወፍሩ ምሸት ምስጸልመተ ድማ ይምለሱ ነበሩ። ሳኪማ ምስ ንእሽቶ ሓፍቱ ኣብ ቤት ይተርፍ ነበረ።
The parents of Sakima worked at the rich man’s house.
They left home early in the morning and returned late in the evening.
Sakima was left with his little sister.
ሳኪማ መዛሙር ምዝማር ይፈትው ነበረ። ሓደ መዓልቲ ኣዲኡ፡ “ኣበይ ኢኻ ትመሃሮ ዘለኻ እዚ መዛሙር፡ ሳኪማ” ክትብል ሓተተቶ።
Sakima loved to sing songs.
One day his mother asked him, “Where do you learn these songs from, Sakima?”
ሳኪማ ከምዚ ክብል መለሰ፡ “ሱቕ ኢሉ እዩ ዝመጻኒ፡ ኣደይ። ኣብ ርእሰይ እሰምዖ ሽዑ እዝምሮ።”
Sakima answered, “They just come, mother. I hear them in my head and then I sing.”
ሳኪማ ንንእሽቶ ሓፍቱ ክደርፈላ ይፈትው ነበረ፡ ብፍላይ፡ ጥሜት እንተተሰሚዕዋ። ነታ ዝፈትዋ መዝሙር ክዝምራ ከሎ ሓፍቱ ትሰምዖ ነበረት። በቲ ዘህድእ ጣዕመ ዜማ ትቈጻጸይ።
Sakima liked to sing for his little sister, especially, if she felt hungry.
His sister would listen to him singing his favourite song.
She would sway to the soothing tune.
“ደጊምካ ደጋጊምካ ክትዝምራ ትኽእል’ዶ፡ ሳኪማ” ብምባል ሓፍቱ ትልምኖ። ሳኪማ ሕራይ ኢሉ ደጋጊሙ ይዝምረላ።
“Can you sing it again and again, Sakima,” his sister would beg him.
Sakima would accept and sing it over and over again.
ሓደ መዓልቲ ወለዱ ናብ ገዛ ምስተመልሱ፡ ዝን ኢሎም ነበሩ። ሳኪማ ገለ ጸገም ከምዝነበረ ተረደአ።
One evening when his parents returned home, they were very quiet.
Sakima knew that there was something wrong.
“እንታይ እዩ እቲ ጸገም፡ ኣደይ፡ ኣቦይ?” ክብል ሳኪማ ሓተተ። ሽዑ ወዲ እቲ ሃብታም ሰብኣይ ከምዝጠፈአ ነገርዎ። እቲ ሰብኣይ ሓዚኑን ብጽምዋ ተበሊዑን ነበረ።
“What is wrong, mother, father?” Sakima asked.
Sakima learned that the rich man’s son was missing.
The man was very sad and lonely.
“ክዝምረሉ እኽእል እየ። ዳግም ክሕጐስ ይኽእል ይኸውን እዩ።” ክብል ሳኪማ ንወለዱ ነገሮም። ወለዱ ግን ከበር ኣይሃብዎን። “ንሱ ኣዝዩ ሃብታም እዩ። ንስኻ ድማ ሓደ ዕዉር ቈልዓ ኢኻ። መዝሙርካስ ክሕግዞ ይኽእል’ዩ ኢልካ ትሓስብ?”
“I can sing for him. He might be happy again,” Sakima told his parents.
But his parents dismissed him.
“He is very rich. You are only a blind boy. Do you think your song will help him?”
እንተዀነ ግና፡ ሳኪማ ተስፋ ኣይቈረጸን። ንእሽቶ ሓብቱ ድማ ደገፈቶ። ከምዚ ድማ በለት፡ “ናይ ሳኪማ መዛሙር ክጠምይ ከለኹ የተሃዳድኡኒ እዮም። ነቲ ሃብታም ሰብኣይ’ውን ከጸናንዕዎ ይኽእሉ እዮም።”
However, Sakima did not give up.
His little sister supported him.
She said, “Sakima’s songs soothe me when I am hungry. They will soothe the rich man too.”
ንጽባሒቱ፡ ሳኪማ ናብቲ እንዳ ሃብታም ሰብኣይ ክትመርሖ ነታ ንእሽቶ ሓፍቱ ሓተታ።
The following day, Sakima asked his little sister to lead him to the rich man’s house.
ኣብ ትሕቲ ሓደ ዓቢ መስኮት ደው ኢሉ እታ ዝፈትዋ መዝሙር ክዝምር ጀመረ። ቀስ እናበለ እቲ ሓለቃ ናይቲ ሃብታም ሰብኣይ በቲ ዓቢ መስኮት ክቕልቀል ጀመረ።
He stood below one big window and began to sing his favourite song.
Slowly, the head of the rich man began to show through the big window.
እቶም ሰራሕተኛታት ካብቲ ዝሰርሕዎ ዝነበሩ ኣቋረጹ። ናይ ሳኪማ ምኡዝ መዝሙር ክሰምዑ ጀመሩ። ሓደ ሰብኣይ ግን ከምዚ በለ “ንጐይታና ከጸናንዖ ዝኽኣለ ዋላሓደ የለን። እዚ ዕዉር ቈልዓ’ኸ ከጸናንዖ ድዩ ዝሓስብ ዘሎ?”
The workers stopped what they were doing. They listened to Sakima’s beautiful song.
But one man said, “Nobody has been able to console the boss. Does this blind boy think he will console him?”
ሳኪማ መዝምሩ ምዝማር ወዲኡ ክምለስ ተበገሰ። እቲ ሃብታም ሰብኣይ ግና እናጐየየ ወጺኡ፡ “በጃኻ እንደገና ዘምር።” በሎ።
Sakima finished singing his song and turned to leave.
But the rich man rushed out and said, “Please sing again.”
ልክዕ ኣብታ ግዜ’ቲኣ ክልተ ሰብኡት ኣብ ቃሬዛ ሓደ ሰብ ተሰኪሞም መጹ። ወዲ እቲ ሃብታም ሰብኣይ ተቐጥቂጡ ኣብ ጸግዒ ጽርግያ ተደርብዩ ረኺቦሞ ነበሩ።
At that very moment, two men came carrying someone on a stretcher.
They had found the rich man’s son beaten up and left on the side of the road.
እቲ ሃብታም ሰብኣይ ንውዱ ዳግም ምርኣዩ ኣዝዩ ተሓጐሰ። ስለዘጸናንዖ ንሳኪማ ሸለሞ። ኣዒንቲ ሳኪማ መታን ዳግም ክርእያ ድማ ንወዱን ንሳኪማን ናብ ሕክምና ወሰዶም።
The rich man was so happy to see his son again.
He rewarded Sakima for consoling him.
He took his son and Sakima to hospital so Sakima could regain his sight.
Written by: Ursula Nafula
Illustrated by: Peris Wachuka
Translated by: Daniel Berhane Habte