Unfortunately, his vision for Ethiopia would cause Berhanu to go through many hardships: from jail to escapes through the desert to exile to sitting in desolate trenches with his soldiers; his was a unique struggle. Recent developments in Ethiopia have the reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed vowing to create a political climate free from oppression, and this was exactly what Berhanu Nega had been waiting for all his life. His welcome can only be described as one given to a hero. The thousands upon thousands of Ethiopians that flooded the streets proved that this man has the love and respect of Ethiopians throughout the country, but overwhelmingly within the Amhara region.

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Early life[ edit ] Berhanu was born in Bishoftu , the son of Ato Nega Bonger, a prominent businessman, and Woizero Abebech Woldegiorgis, the second-eldest of 12 children.

He attended Addis Ababa University where he participated in the student movement against the ruling Derg government in his freshman year. After a few months, he was released by his captors and crossed into the Sudan where he lived for two years until he was granted political asylum in the United States. During that time, he became one of the organizers of an annual conference on the " Horn of Africa " that debated and analyzed the political, social and economic conditions in the sub-region.

For over five years, it served as a forum for intellectual dialogue among political leaders, policy analysts and researchers interested in developments in that part of Africa.

Later he founded Imbilta , a bi-monthly magazine focusing on economic, political, social and current affairs in Ethiopia and he was the founding chairman of Ethiopian Economic Association. Return to Ethiopia[ edit ] Berhanu, with his wife and his two children, Noah and Iyassu, returned to Ethiopia in From to , he served as the president of the Ethiopian Economic Association.

He has also served as the head of the Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Institute , a non-profit organization that he helped to establish. They were arrested on the allegations that this panel incited a student protest at Addis Ababa University the next day, but were released on bail on 5 June, and neither were ever tried. Admasu Gebeyehu and Assefa Habtewold were elected Deputy Mayor and Speaker of the city assembly respectively at the same meeting. Yacob Haile-Mariam and other leaders of the CUD, as well as a number of civil rights activists and independent journalists.

They were charged with genocide and treason. Amnesty International and the European Union[ citation needed ] recognized the prisoners as political prisoners and requested immediate and unconditional release. However the real publishers were a group of young intellectuals in cooperation with Alafa printers that is located in Addis Ababa. The book, over pages long, was highly popular and was sold out in its first weekend, selling out over 10, copies and garnering a black market with price 5 times its retail - so much so that the government started harassing people found with the book, stopping traffic and searching cars, while the public was selling copies of the book in black market.

More copies were brought in from outside as local publishers were afraid of publishing the book. The elected council members of the party held an election for mayor and elected Berhanu to be the mayor. Then, the ruling party refused to hand in the city and eventually imprisoned all the leaders of the party including Berhanu. After 21 months in prison along with all opposition leader, Berhanu left the country in and returned to teach at the economics department of Bucknell at Bucknell University.

S, Berhanu announced the founding of a new political group, Ginbot 7, as the old one was dismantled by the government. Ginbot 7, established to pursue civil resistance through an all-inclusive means, attracted thousands of people in Ethiopia and abroad.

Ginbot 7 now is one of the prominent opposition organizations fighting for liberty and democracy in Ethiopia. In late an Ethiopian court sentenced Berhanu to death, in absentia, along with four others who were also sentenced in absentia , while 33 were sentenced to life in prison. In July , Berhanu went to Eritrea, to permanently join the "freedom fighters" that have been receiving help from the government of Isayas Afewerki, a long time leader of the Red Sea state.

In January , he returned to the United States to "update" his supporters and raise funds for his organization. Nardos Minasse an Ethiopian born American optometrist in They have two children together Noah and Iyassu.

His family continues to live in Pennsylvania where his wife, Dr. Nardos, practices optometry. The New York Times. Retrieved 31 August Freedom in the World Retrieved 1 January



Tojagore They were charged with genocide and treason. Later he founded Imbiltaa bi-monthly magazine focusing on economic, political, social and current affairs in Ethiopia boook he was the founding chairman of Ethiopian Economic Association. They have arrested on the allegations that this panel incited a student protest at Addis Ababa University the next day, but released on bail 5 June and neither were ever tried. During the elections, Berhanu debated Meles Zenawi.



Vudozragore I would say yes. They are not in a position to turn the wave of the storm. That is why you have this inbuilt anger and madness that makes this ethnic divisions much bigger than they are and why they trigger this emotional reaction, because we have lost our basic moral compass and the concept of the rule of law. Retrieved 31 August The other issues to re-consider and worth discussing openly and frankly are points indicated below once again: Meles Zenawi, his one time close friend and would be ally. These were the options.

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