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Nefis Adin Rucha BeAbay Sheleko
Amharic-Language Translation of On the Run in the Blue Nile
This book is, with the exception of the cover page and this description, written in the Amharic language.
I have translated my book On the Run in the Blue Nile into the Amharic language to tell my survival story to the Ethiopian people. I managed to avoid death in spite of numerous attempts by government authorities in Ethiopia to arrest and kill me during the Ethiopian Revolution of the 1970s. My political persecution was a consequence of being a member of an opposition group, the Ethiopian People Revolutionary Party (EPRP). My survival story is a testament to the human spirit's ability to overcome seemingly insurmountable adversities.
My story is only one of thousands that could be told by Ethiopians who experienced Colonel Mengistu Haile Mariam's brutal regime from 1974 to 1991. The Mengistu regime commanded as many as half a million regular soldiers and militiamen. It had a communist ideology and was heavily armed by the former Soviet Union and other communist countries. The military/communist regime of Mengistu Haile Mariam is believed to have killed or injured hundreds of thousands of people between 1974 and 1991. Thousands of intellectuals, including teachers, students, and other professionals, were gunned down, tortured, and imprisoned. A generation of educated Ethiopians was lost in a span of a few years.
The destruction did not end there. Government officials confiscated the properties of countless city dwellers, including businesses and houses. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of Ethiopians were displaced from their homes, becoming refugees in the neighboring countries of Sudan, Kenya, Djibouti, and elsewhere. The lives of nearly all Ethiopians were negatively affected by the Mengistu regime, in one way or another. The Mengistu regime was without a doubt one of the harshest in human history.
Although this book is not primarily about the Ethiopian revolution that deposed Emperor Haile Selassie I in 1974, I have provided a brief historical background about why and how the revolution began, as well as written the story of my own involvement in a literacy campaign promoted by the Mengistu regime. I have also interjected some personal and family stories in the memoir. Finally, I have reflected on the culture and values of the people in the countryside of my home province Gojjam, where I spent two of my three years in hiding.
Gizachew Tiruneh, Ph. D.
Department of Political Science
University of Central Arkansas
Conway, Arkansas, U.S.A.
- Publication Date:
- 1502454998 / 9781502454997
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 6" x 9"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Biography & Autobiography / General