Saturday, 29 January 2011

Recording Ethiopia's Red Terror

Mengistu Haile Mariam (R) with Raul and Fidel Castro in 1978
Former ruler Mengistu Haile Mariam (R) oversaw the repressions

In the late 1970s Ethiopia's Marxist military rulers tortured and murdered hundreds of thousands in brutal repressions. Now, one survivor is trying to create a permanent online archive of the so-called Red Terror using the documents the Communist regime, known as the Derg, left behind, reports the BBC's Elizabeth Blunt.
Hirut Abebe-Jiri was in her early teens when Emperor Haile Selassie was overthrown.
She had had a happy and privileged childhood, part of a well-off and well-connected family.
But the revolution made people like them liable to be viewed as suspicious. Read More

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