Magi Tareke Opens Up About the Importance of Self-Care Following Social Media Break
Following an extended break from social media, Magi Tareke returned on Thursday with a message about the importance of self-care.
“Hey! It been a while. I was very overwhelmed with all the bad news from my hometown #Tigray and I decided to take some time off from social media,” the “Bachelor” Season 25 star wrote on Instagram, accompanied by stunning photos of herself posing in sweatpants and a sports bra.
She added, “It really helps. I advise it to anyone who is going through hard times to take some time for your #SelfCare.”
Magi was referring to the current conflict taking place in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, from where she originally hails.
During a March interview with Marie Claire, the stunning pharmacist and model explained why the discord in her native country stopped her from indulging in the aftermath of her “Bachelor” experience after returning home to Northern Virginia in the fall of 2020.
“All the connections were cut off. I didn’t even get to talk to [my mom] about what happened,” Magi told the magazine at the time, revealing that she knew something was wrong in Tigray, where her loved ones live, when her calls wouldn’t go through. “Now I was freaking out about her safety, my entire family’s safety.”
Ethiopia’s federal army ousted the former regional ruling party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), from the capital Mekele in November, after what it said was a surprise assault on its forces in the region bordering Eritrea.
Reports would later emerge, detailing rape and massacres of Tigrayan civilians at the hands of Ethiopian and Eritrean soldiers, including hundreds killed November 28 at the Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion in Aksum, which is about 15 miles from Magi's hometown of Adwa.
For context, the TPLF overthrew the Mengistu dictatorship 30 years ago. Many believe the current conflict is the result of the TPLF’s refusal to be part of a 2019 merger of ethnic parties into the countrywide Prosperity Party.
Though Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has denied acts of brutality, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has used the term “ethnic cleansing” to describe the violence against Tigrayans, an estimated 7 million people with a distinct culture and language.
Throughout it all, Magi — who came to the United States 10 years ago after winning the green card lottery, better known as the U.S. Department of State Diversity Visa Program — has used her platform to advocate for those impacted by the dissension in Ethiopia.
“I am not political; I stand for humanity,” she told Marie Claire. “The one thing that pushed me was my family: They can’t speak. We are their only voice.”
See Magi’s entire post below.
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