Abba Malaku (name by which he is known in the city of Wukro, Ethiopia, Malaku means “My Angel”) is a missionary who has carried out humanitarian work in Africa for much of his life, for more than 25 years developing it in Ethiopia, in the tigray area. But it is better for him to describe his own work:
I was born in Guipúzcoa, in Hernani, a lot of years ago. I worked for 4 or 5 years in a bank. Later, somehow, the idea of what was known as the world of missions or Third World came to me. I wanted to work in Africa, it was clear to me, and I don’t know why. I got in touch with the Missionaries of Africa. I ordered myself when I was 23, after military service, and when they asked me where I wanted to work, I had a preference for Tanzania.
For me Jesus is a very important person. What He has given me does not correspond to me, it is not mine, it is for others. It has been given to me free of charge and I must give it free of charge. I believe that personal development is a function of the work that I can do for others. Develop what I have but not for myself, but to put it at the service of others. In this way I also develop my personality. This is the concept that I have of God.
On the one hand Mireri’s social ideology, and on the other my personal experience of Jesus, brought me to Africa. I have been in Tanzania for 20 years and have been in Ethiopia for more than 25 years.
It is said that the Church is the voice of those who have no voice, but I believe that those who do not have a voice should be the voice of the Church. But today these people have no voice in the Church. They are not counted on, nor discussed with them, not programmed with them. They are something like the object of our charity, and I think they should be subjects of development. From that perspective I work.