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"The Ethiopian government (a dictatorship) loves this project, because it is actively trying to exterminate local languages and culture."

yeah, because local languages and culture is more important than big languages and big cultures.

The fact that someone in a village says "hello", and in another they say "haello" because they are isolated is super super important. It is so much better that they can't travel out of their village so we can preserve their culture even when they don't want to.

Knowing one's heritage is just as important as knowing the lingua franca. Neither should be diminished in favor of the other.

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