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victims of communism (english)
28 Feb 2003
victims of communism
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victims of communism
This is a project which I wish Haile Sellassie Foundation could complete one day.

The momument for the victims of communism which was proposed for Washington D.C. is forgotten. There is a good reason why we don't have it: it's not over! Yes, there were millions of them, but the Idea of Communism didn't collapse, it's stonger than ever. My American Book is about a new life communism has in America. Communism isn't a state, but a state of mind. How do you fight it? How do you struggle with yourself? Do you know when the wonders of Internet become the monstrosity of tatal communization? Where is this line when our desires for "quality" life turn into losing life all together? Perhaps you believe that evil can be destroyed and the Gulag is no more. No, my friend, it's always there, inside you, the evil can be controlled, not eradicated. It lives and it grows. It always of the same size as goodness.

THE YEARS OF THE RED TERROR
....Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? -- Jeremiah XIII
Ethiopia began its longest and bloodiest war -- against itself. Nobody yet has counted the millions that have vanished since 1974.
The history of Ethiopia is a history of wars.


Ethiopia, land of our fathers,
the land where our God wants to be....
like bees to hive swiftly gather
God children are gathered to Three....
Ethiopia changed its National Anthem, the new songs were old news -- "We will destroy the old world.... who was naught will be all...." Now this generation is old, what songs should their children sing?

....


Ethiopia or Revolution? "Ethiopia Takdem".... "Ethiopia First"? They forgot to say which Ethiopia... "Their" Ethiopia still doesn't exist, the old and ancient one is destroyed. What Ethiopia did they have in mind? Ethiopia was and still is the country of peasants, they talked about "workers solidarity"... Ethiopia was a religious nation, a patch of many religions -- what this New Ethiopia believes in today? Yes, Ethiopia was a monarchy, when each emperor was consired as a father of the people. What governs you now?
A lot is said about democracy; we were in Addis Ababa at the tgime of Parlamentary elections. Everybody knew beforehand who will be "elected" as a prime-minister.
Twenty five later after the expropriation of the crown and church properties, had Ethiopian become richer? Words, words, words...
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That's what the earth keeps. Why do we have to rush to feed it?


When was this photo taken? 1937, 1978, 1984, 1998? Click on picture to see how big the losess are.



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No, not the politics, but the facts.
Twenty five years is a long time in our fast paced history. We saw the transformations of Asian countries in one generation. What did you have, Ethiopia, during the last quater of century?

In 1995 we saw the compound Kebele 10
which housed Addis Ababa's most infamous prison during the red terror.
It became a home for the yesterday's masters.
A padlocked door still has the words -- The Revolution Above All Else!
There is a line outside -- the relatives of the former communist bosses, the women.
Is the food provision for the prisoners still a responsibility of the family?
Customs die hard.

When will Ethiopians stop blaming their government for everything?

Any government. Maybe they should have will of their own...

People kill people. There are too many ready to do it.

Now the new generation is about to learn how to kill and die.

There is no light ahead...


For the politics and the present day ideas go to a new page Politics I posted my views on the conflict over there.
At Sellassie Cyber University: Politics (New Directory).

There are several pages on the current war, please read and leave your comments.



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The Economist, 15 Jan 1997
Imposed arbitrarily, defended illogically and blamed incessantly, Africa's frontiers are largely irrelevant to its problems.
Wars in Africa seem foul and far away. And incomprehensible. Now that it has become unfashionable to ascribe them all to "tribalism", people have taken to blaming the continent's borders. Drawn on a largely blank map by European governments 100 years ago, the borders of today's "nation-states" take no regard of ethnic, commercial or even geographical realities on the ground. Some frontiers blithely slice through communities and mountains alike, following lines of latitude or longitude. By creating artificial countries, the argument goes, yesterday's map-makers are responsible for today's wars. It sounds plausible, but it is not true.

There is not a single significant movement in Africa today that wants secession or a change in borders. No ethnic group divided by a frontier is demanding reunification; on the contrary, most such groups have learnt to exploit their situation commercially and politically. Almost every time African presidents pronounce on the ills of their continent, they reaffirm their commitment to the inviolability of their borders.

This tradition is one reason that most frontiers have remained sacrosanct. Stupid they may be, but trying to redraw them could plunge the continent into chaos. Pre-colonial Africa contained 6,000 to 10,000 political units, ranging from simple tribles led by a chief to sopisticated kingdoms with parliaments and officials. Africans recognise that it would be crazy to try to re-establish them. Early attempts at secession from Africa's new states-by Katanga in the Kongo (Zaire) and by Biafra in Nigeria-failed, as did the Somalis' attempt to grab a bit of Ethiopia that they thought was "traditionally" theirs. The only successful secessionists have re-established COLONIAL, not pre-colonial, entities. Eritrea, recognised as an independent state in 1993, was originally carved out of Ethiopia by the Italians. Somaliland, unrecognised but existing de facto since 1991, was originally a British creation.

The appetite for more map-making seems sated, at least for the moment. The main exception is to be found in southern Sudan, whose people are very different, as well as distant, from the northerners against whom they have long been fighting. But even they, or most of them, do not usually say their intention is a new independent state, though that is plainly what their victory would lead to. Few others want to split. The rebels in eastern Zaire say they want revolution...


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This Yahoo search engine is set for Ethiopia, click on to see the news!


Another WAR?
Eritrea. The bad news. May 6, 1998 -- a new war
Maybe now is the time for Ethiopians to recall that H.S. wasn't that bad. After all, he was there to work for the liberation of Ethiopians from the Italians. He was there to reunite Ethiopia with Eritrea. Maybe, it wasn't all his fault this "Eritrean Question". Politics is the art of possible. There are many things we can't solve today. Not even tomorrow.

Here are Eritrean links, you can hear their side of the story....
that's how wars are born -- when the sides do not respect their own history.
U.S. State Department data on Eritrea

Government of Eritrea Home Page

Eritrea WebSite

Not only the question of Eritrea has a long and painful history, but the relations between North and South in Ethiopia are no less complicated than between North and South in Italy, or in U.S. for that matter. The difference is that Italians or Americans know that the bullets never resolve anything. Not in the long run. They paid for their knowledge with blood. We should respect this price.


The records are incomplete, only a few samples from 1977-1992 (the 15 years of the Dergue)

Infestation: December 1992
Number killed, Number affected, Number homeless: unknown
Date declared as disaster by US: 04 March 1993
NORTHERN COASTAL PLAINS AND HIGHLANDS OF ERITREA WERE INFESTED
WITH DESERT & MIGRATORY LOCUSTS.

Drought: 1992
Number killed: unknown, Number affected: 500000
Date declared as disaster by US: 26 October 1992
EASTERN & SOUTHERN ETHIOPIA; CONTINUING EMERGENCY DUE TO DROUGHT,
INSECURITY, & INFLUX OF RETURNEES FROM SOMALIA

Accident: 04 June 1991
Number killed: 100
Date declared as disaster by US: 06 June 1991
ADDIS ABABA; EXPLOSIONS IN AMMUNITION STORAGE FACILITIES;
BUSINESSES DESTROYED & SHANTY HOUSES LEVELED; SEVERAL THOUSAND
DISPLACED & 200 INJ.

Displaced persons: May 1991
Number affected: 400000
Date declared as disaster by US: 17 July 1991
HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF GOVT. SOLDIERS AND CIVILIANS IN NORTH
DISPLACED IN AFTERMATH OF CIVIL WAR

Drought: 1991
Number killed: unknown
Number affected: 6160000
Date declared as disaster by US: 09 October 1991
AFFECTED INCLUDES DROUGHT VICTIMS IN TIGRAY, WELLO, & GONDAR IN
N., THE OGADEN, HARERGHE, & PARTS OF SOUTH, AS WELL AS DISPLACED
PERSONS, RETURNEES, & REFUGEES

Flood: September 1990
Number killed: unknown
Number affected: 350000
Number homeless: 350000
Date declared as disaster by US: Not declared
GAMBELA REGION OF WESTERN ETHIOPIA; STORMS AND FLOODING DESTROYED
THOUSANDS OF HOMES

Drought: 1990
Number killed: unknown
Number affected: 6500000
Date declared as disaster by US: 17 October 1990
ERITREA, TIGRAY, & HARERGE; POOR RAINS AND CIVIL WAR THREATENED
TO LEAD TO SEVERE FOOD SHORTAGES; AFFECTED INCLUDES ALSO THE OGADEN

Drought: 1989
Number killed: unknown
Number affected: 2300000
Date declared as disaster by US: 14 October 1989
NORTHERN ETHIOPIA/ERITREA, TIGRAY, WOLLO, GONDAR, HARERGE; CIVIL
WAR & POOR RAINS LED TO FOOD SHORTAGES; UP TO 3.8 MIL. PERSONS AT RISK

Flood: 25 September 1988
Number killed: 45
Number affected: 2240
Number homeless: 2240
Date declared as disaster by US: Not declared
SIDAMO PROV./DOLLO; FLASH FLOOD; THOUSANDS OF ANIMALS DROWNED

Epidemic: September 1988
Number killed: 7385
Number affected: 41139
Date declared as disaster by US: 06 March 1989
COUNTRYWIDE, ESPECIALLY WELAITA, GAMA GOFA, SHEWA, AND WELLO; MENINGITIS

Infestation: June 1988
Date declared as disaster by US: 02 September 1988
DESERT LOCUSTS IN TIGRAY AND ERITREA; ARMYWORMS THROUGHOUT COUNTRY EXCEPT TIGRAY AND ERITREA

Drought: 1987
Number killed: unknown
Number affected: 7000000
Date declared as disaster by US: 14 September 1987
ERITREA, TIGRAY, WELLO, & SHEWA MOST AFFECTED

Infestation: 1987
Date declared as disaster by US: 28 July 1987
LOCUST AND OTHER INSECT INFESTATIONS

Drought: 1987
Number killed: 367
Number affected: 330000
Date declared as disaster by US: 16 June 1987
OGADEN; SOMALI NOMADS MOST AFFECTED; EXTENSIVE LIVESTOCK LOSSES

Infestation: 1986
Date declared as disaster by US: 24 July 1986
DESERT LOCUSTS, AFRICAN MIGRATORY LOCUSTS, AND ARMYWORMS, ESPECIALLY IN ERITREA AND TIGRAY

Flood: August 1985
Number killed: 9
Number homeless: 8000
Date declared as disaster by US: Not declared
RIFT VALLEY REGION

Accident: 14 January 1985
Number killed: 392
Number affected: 500
Date declared as disaster by US: Not declared
TRAIN WRECK NEAR AWASH; OVER 500 INJ.; ESTIMATES AS HIGH AS 449 DEAD

Drought: 1983
Number killed: 300000
Number affected: 7750000
Date declared as disaster by US: 14 October 1984
AFFECTED PROVINCES INCLUDE WOLLO, TIGRAY, ERITREA, SHOA, GONDER,
HARERGE & SIDAMO; NO RELIABLE FIG. FOR NO.KILLED;
ESTIMATES RANGED 250,000 TO 1,000,000

Drought: 1983
Number affected: 5000000
Date declared as disaster by US: Not declared
(Second report)
Number affected: 2000000
Date declared as disaster by US: 05 May 1983
WOLLO/GONDAR

Drought: 1979
Number killed: 157
Number affected: 25000
Date declared as disaster by US: 12 May 1980
SW. GAMO GOFO; DYSENTERY EPIDEMIC

Flood: August 1978
Number killed: 9
Number affected: 1000
Date declared as disaster by US: Not declared

Drought: 1978
No data
Date declared as disaster by US: 24 November 1978
FAMINE; WOLLO, TIGRE PROVS.

Civil strife: 1978
No numbers
Date declared as disaster by US: 10 August 1978
DISPLACED PERSONS; BALE, SIDAMO PROVS.

Drought: 1978
Number affected: 1400000
Date declared as disaster by US: 10 April 1978
WOLLO, TIGRE PROVS.

Flood: November 1977
Number affected: 16000
Date declared as disaster by US: Not declared
AWASH RIVER VALLEY

Civil strife: July 1977
Number affected: 650000
Date declared as disaster by US: 24 September 1977
OGADEN CONFLICT; OGADEN REGION

Drought: 1977
Number affected: 300000
Date declared as disaster by US: Not declared
FAMINE; WOLLO, TIGRE PROVS.

Flood: April 1976
Number affected: 50000
Number homeless: 20000
Date declared as disaster by US: 07 May 1976
GODE, KELAFO, MUSTAHIL
....

This list keeps growing. See Eritrean Agression, 1998 Some pages are very graphic.
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