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Revolution, Love and Growing Up: Stories from Ethiopia and the UK

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"The book is full of historical insights and fascinating glimpses of the fully unrecorded history of the Ethiopian Revolution. It is mesmerising to read and the writer shows promises of great flourish as a new member of the writing community with hopefully more to come from the same genre. It is the kind of book that you would give to all you know as a good read. As at least 40% of the stories take place in Ethiopia UK and other non- Ethiopian readers have to persevere with unfamiliar place names and names of people and traditional concepts translated into the English vernacular. I recommend this book to all who love a good read." - Andy Moore

 

Colonel Atnafu, the deputy to Colonel Mengistu, asked to meet me and we had some half a dozen meetings, over several weeks. He wanted to know whether the country would be put at risk by breaking with the USA and the USSR and wanted to know more about China. 

The 120 member military committee had a special assembly and made a shocking decision:  to have a united front with EPRP, to solve the Eritrean war through peaceful negotiation, and appointed a new 18 member military leadership to implement this resolution led by my brother in law Captain Moges, instead of Colonel Mengistu and all its members except two were from the camp that wanted a united front with EPRP.

I had pointed out that the new Dergue executive unit had hours and minutes left as the only logical outcome was for the colonel and his supporters to find a way of killing all the newly appointed officers of the Dergue and put the country under some sort of martial law so that he could undertake a massacre of the left.

My escape path was blocked by some 15 people about 20 yards ahead of me. There were guns behind me and there were guns in front of me and some of them were still firing. I made an instant decision to point my pistol into the centre of the line of people ahead of me and run straight into them just like EPRA fighters would do to disorganise the fascist army (Ujim) or a good team of attackers would do to the opposition’s defence in a football match. As I approached them, a miracle happened. The line parted in the middle and folded back to the edges to create a path for me to go through.

The fundamental problem of the latter days of the liberation struggle was that it was encircled locally by the fascist forces in the East, west and south and the nationalist forces in the north, while at the same time it was blockaded and encircled by the Soviet Union and The US externally. What is worse is that the two types of encirclements merged eventually, and changed from passive to active mode, which made it very difficult for the movement to break out of its encirclement

 

Of all the great revolutionary parties of the last 100 years EPRP was probably the only one that avoided having any personality Cult of its leaders, avoided being infiltrated by its enemies to any significant degree   due to its high degree of vigilance and always maintained a political and military line that was built on militancy and courage and avoided opportunism.

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