Month: March 2013

March 31, 2013

     On 12 September 1974, Haile Selassie, the emperor of Ethiopia, was captured by the Communist DERG forces that had descended upon his palace. What subsequently happened to Selassie became the source of vivid speculative rumours. This much was known: he had disappeared. But was he dead or alive? Had he been spared by the DERG and exiled or was he slaughtered and scorched like the land he once ruled over? Rumours ran amok, exacerbated by how the ‘ring of Solomon’ which once adorned Selassie’s middle finger, was subsequently donned by Mengistu Haile Mariam, the undisputed leader of the DERG…

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