ICwS fellow Martin Plaut - 'The legacy of Meles Zenawi' Review of African Political Economy, Volume 39, Issue 134, 2012

Tuesday 18 December 2012

I recently obtained a somewhat grainy, black and white photograph dated 14 December 1935. It shows a long line of men, walking down a dusty street in Addis Ababa. It is entitled ‘“The sinews of war”: rich merchants bring bags of money to finance the Emperor Haile Selassie’s doomed attempt to halt the Italian invasion’. As the caption indicates, the money is carried by slaves. Mentioning Ethiopian slavery at the start of an assessment of the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi may seem a little odd, but it is pertinent to recall just how far and how fast Ethiopia has been transformed.

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