* Please note that sources for the chronology are from various sources too numerous to list. Give thanks for all sources.
Last updated: Oct. 3, 2019
SELASSIE COMES NEXT WEEK ON VISIT —
"Arrangements have been made for leaders of the Ras Tafarian movement and of Afro- Jamaican societies in Jamaica to be given an opportunity of meeting the Emperor while He is in Jamaica, and special invitations are being allocated to members of these associations to attend State functions at which the Emperor will be present." (Source: Jamaica Gleaner, April 13 1966, pg. 4)
Monument for Haile Selassie High School... to commemorate the legacy, granted by His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I on his visit to Jamaica in 1966... Unveiled by H. R. H. Prince Ermias S. Selassie on his visit in April 2016.
THE ELECT ONE ADDRESSING TO THE WORLD EVANGELICAL CONGRESS IN BERLIN ON 28TH OCT.1966.
As Jesus Christ has said: "Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them." lt is therefore Our expressed hope that these words will be realized in their full significance in this great assembly.
We are happy to be present in this famous City of Berlin where Christian leaders are assembled to consider ways and means of spreading Our Christian Faith in the world. We thank Mr. Billy Graham for inviting Us to address this meeting. The propagation of the Christian Faith among nations has become a task of paramount importance in this age as is evidenced by this great assembly of Christian leaders.
As you all know, it is centuries past since Our country, Ethiopia, accepted the Gospel of Christ. We learn from the Holy Scriptures that the first Ethiopian who confessed faith in Jesus Christ was baptised only a few months after the death and resurrection of Our Lord. From then on Christianity spread steadily among the Ethiopian people and became the religion of the Ethiopians in the Fourth Century. It is a matter of pride for Us, a special cause for thankfulness to Almighty God, when We recall that the Christian Faith was introduced to Our people by the Imperial Court and through the instrumentality of the then reigning Monarch.
Ethiopian history testifies that our ancestors, who rose after the first Christian Emperors, were men and women who had great zeal and keenness for the Faith of Christ and who did all in their power for its propagation among our people. Many among them, like Emperor Caleb who lived in the Fifth Century and Emperor Lalibela and his immediate successors who lived in the Twelfth Century, have been canonized.
When the countries of the Middle East, North East Africa and Asia Minor, where the Gospel was preached by the Apostles, were over run by and succumbed under a power opposed to the Christian Faith, the sovereigns and people of Ethiopia, firm in their deep love for the Faith of Christ and supplemented by the nature of their native land, put up great struggles to preserve Ethiopia as an island of Christianity. Deep is Our thankfulness to our God for this grace. Numerous are our ancestors, who throughout the centuries consecrated and sacrificed their lives on the battlefield that Ethiopia might survive strong in her Christian Faith.
When, after all these worthy predecessors, We assumed the leadership of Our people half a century ago, We became acutely aware of the magnitude of the sacred trust and responsibility vouchsafed to Us to work for the glory of God and the continued and lasting welfare of Our people. During the past 50 years not only did We labour that Our people may lead a better life while on this earth but We also did not spare Our energy and treasure to develop their spiritual heritage, the value of which no human mind can assess.
We have laboured that the Holy Scriptures and the books left to Us by the Church Fathers be multiplied by means of modern printing techniques and be distributed to all not only in our modern language, but also in Geez, our ancient language. Our Ethiopian Orthodox Church, which was cut off for centuries from her fellow Christian Churches, has joined the World Council of Churches and co-operates in the task of strengthening the Faith and bringing about Church unity. We have helped and will continue to help the missionaries who are sent from other lands to preach Gospel to those of Our people who have not come to the knowledge of God's saving grace. As the unity of the Church is of great concern to Us and, God willing, being hopeful that this sacred objective might be achieved in our day and age, We were happy to have convened two years ago a meeting of the Heads of the Oriental Orthodox Churches in Our Capital City of Addis Ababa to deliberate on ways and means of bringing about harmony and unity in the Church.
We refer to all these only to indicate that this age above all ages is a period in history when it should be our prime duty to preach the Gospel of Grace to all our fellow men and women. The love shown in Christ by our God to mankind should constrain all of us who are followers and disciples of Christ to do all in our power to see to it that the Message of Salvation is carried to those of our fellows for whom Christ Our Saviour was sacrificed but who have not had the benefit of hearing the good news.
Since nobody can interfere in the realm of God we should tolerate and live side by side with those of other faiths. However, if the threat is posed we shall not fail to resist with courage any such incursions. We wish to recall here the spirit of tolerance shown by Our Lord Jesus Christ when He gave forgiveness to all including those that crucified Him.
In these modern days, there are a multitude of things published in print and broadcast by radio which captivate the human mind and spirit; many new ideas are disseminated by the learned. Many wonderful appliances are produced to make life more and more comfortable. The rich powers have passed on from exploring and exploiting this earth and are vying with each other to explore and conquer the moon and the planets. Knowledge is increasing in a bewildering manner. All this is good, wonderful and praiseworthy. But what will be the end of it all? It is Our firm belief that only what the Lord wills will be done. We should be careful that the results thus achieved by mankind should not meet with the fate of the Tower of Babel, the handwork of those people of old which came to pieces in their hands. The Apostle Paul says: "The wisdom of this world is foolishness with God" and "The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise and they are vain." The reason for this is because generally speaking man makes himself and his wisdom the beginning and the end of his aim in life, and we are convinced that the end of this is destruction and death.
Our Lord Jesus Christ says: "What has a man profited if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?" Why did the effort of those who tried to build the Tower of Babel come to nothing? Was it not because they tried to live apart from their Creator, and because, vaunting themselves in their wisdom, they tried to build a tower whose top was to reach unto heaven and thus make a name for themselves? It is Our conviction that all the activities of the children of men which are not guided by the Spirit and counsel of God will bear no lasting fruit, they will not be acceptable in the sight of the Lord and will therefore come to nought as the Tower of Babel came to nought.
It is for this reason that the Church of Christ, and especially Christian leaders, have such an enormous responsibility. However wise or however mighty a person may be, he is like a ship without a rudder if he is without God. A rudderless ship is at the mercy of the waves and the wind, drifts wherever they take it and if there arises a whirlwind it is smashed against the rocks and becomes as if it has never existed. It is our firm belief that a soul without Christ is bound to meet with no better fate.
Therefore 0! Christians, let us arise and, with the spiritual zeal and earnestness which characterized the Apostles and early Christians, let us labour to lead our brothers and sisters to Our Saviour Jesus, Who only can give life in its fullest sense.
Source: Wengy Ntalawe FB Post ~ 21 January at 06:58
His (Emperor Haile Selassie I) primary motivation – that of raising the standard of living of the Ethiopian people and restoring the ancient stature and glory of his nation – runs through the theme of the majority of his public utterances. In them can be clearly seen the inseparable impulse of his whole career. This dedication was amply exposed as he spoke to his people and the world in the speeches contained in this book. Although an ardent reformer, Emperor Haile Selassie I is no iconoclast. Thus, he has advanced the policy of “modern Ethiopianism” a philosophy which he has put into practice from the earliest years of his public career. The Emperor, addressing the nation on the 24th Anniversary of Ethiopia’s victory over aggression, said: Ethiopia is an ancient land and her civilization is the result of the harmonious alchemy of the past and the present and upon which we confidently build for the future. This heritage is the bed-rock of modern Ethiopia. In it the people have chosen to distill from the past that which is useful and enduring, to adapt those worth-while attributes of our present-day world and to fashion this modern Ethiopianism – the foundation of our social order that has served so admirably the purpose of the nation’s steady advance. An absorbing interest in youth has characterized the Emperor’s entire public career; and is infinitely more than just a formal, enlightened paternalism. It is grounded in the fact, so frequently expressed by him, that his Ethiopia is built around the future. Emperor Haile Selassie I will go down in history as a leader whose concern for posterity has been both avid and constant. He has always kept close to the people and in particular to the nation’s youth in whom, as the speeches herein illustrate, he places immeasurable faith and confidence.
His Imperial Majesty’s constructive influence has been particularly effective in Africa’s political emancipation. Recalling the days when Africa was a sea of colonialism to the emergence of the Organization of African Unity, Haile Selassie I has been both a symbol and a pillar of strength to Africa as its people fought progressively for their ultimate liberation from colonialism. Today he still stands four-square behind the cause of the complete freedom of the continent in which Ethiopia is the oldest sovereign state. His Imperial Majesty’s faith in divine providence is a built-in factor in his personal armory. Institutionally, he is “Defender of the Faith,” and history will most certainly assess his era as the one in which the Ethiopian Church succeeded in, winning its independence and autonomy after centuries of tutelage under the Alexandrian Patriachate. In times, good or bad, the Emperor’s abiding faith in the Almighty seems to have been both harbinger and fortress, it being rare for him to make any public utterance without calling on divine guidance and acknowledging publicly his thanks for God’s beneficence.
His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I in Canada.
Emperor Haile Selassie I meeting with Dr. V. Raymond Edman (Wheaton College Chancellor) (1)
His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I coming out of St. Mary's church in New Delhi
His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I at funeral of Martin Luther King, Jr. in Atlanta, Ga.
His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I with Queen Juliana in Ethiopia
THOU SAYEST - Distinguished Testimonies about the King of Kings
42 - Mr. Morse, Secretary-General of ILO (International Labour Organization)
Geneva, 11th of June 1969
"Few statesmen of today have been more involved in the great events of this century than His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia. No living world leader knows more intimately the tragedy that war can bring to his people. The world remembers his stirring and prophetic words spoken in this very building in 1936, when he raised his voice against tyranny and oppression. No one has struggled more wisely, more persistently, to create opportunities for international concord and co-operation. A tirelessworker for the good of his own people, he nevertheless spares no effort to further harmonious relations among all the States of Africa, and indeed to bring to bear his vast wisdom and experience in the shaping of world events. A man of history, he is with us today as the ILO celebrates the turning of a page in its own history, the closing of one chapter, the beginning of another."
"Due to religious laws pork, shellfish and web-foot fowls should not be served." Also, "His Imperial Majesty does not drink alcoholic beverages." Source: Emperor Haile Selassie's State Visit to the United States of America (July 7-12, 1969)
Source: Mosiyah Anbessa ~ FB post ~ 5 Oct 2019
"The American people can make a significant contribution to guaranteeing that a deep and abiding friendship exists between Africa and the United States of America. Learn more about us; learn to understand our backgrounds, our culture and traditions, our strengths and weaknesses. Learn to appreciate our desires and hopes, our problems, our fears. If we truly know one another, a solid and firm basis will exist for the maintenance of the friendly relations between the African and the American peoples, which - We are convinced - both so ardently desire. You may be assured that there will be no failure in the warm and brotherly response from our side." - Girmawi Qedamawi Haile Selassie (His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I)
As you leave the White House I want to thank you for coming to the United States and for giving us the opportunity to meet with you again. I thank you first personally as an old friend and I appreciated the chance that has been provided to renew our personal acquaintance.
I want to thank you, too, because it provided the opportunity to discuss the bilateral problems that we have between our two countries. Certainly those were easy problems to discuss, easy because our traditional friendship led to the constructive type of solutions which we both expected when our conversations began.
But beyond that, I want to express to you my appreciation for your coming to this country because you gave the opportunity for all of us who met you to see not only the relations between Ethiopia and the United States in a better light, but to see the problems of the continent of Africa and of the whole world from the long perspective of history which you have and also from the understanding of the whole world which has always been yours.
Our discussions covered, as you know, the problems of the new nations of Africa and U.S. policy toward those nations, the agony of Nigeria and Biafra and what steps might be taken by this country and steps that could be taken by you to bring a solution to that problem, and also the problems of the Mideast which are so much in our minds as well as in yours.
This type of opportunity that it has provided, for discussion at the highest level of problems that affect the future of both of our countries, but beyond that, the future of a whole continent and the whole world, is one that made this visit very worthwhile, certainly from my standpoint and from the standpoint of my colleagues in government, and I hope from yours and your colleagues'.
As you leave, I say again, as I said last night, that perhaps the most appropriate words are the words from a greeting from your own language which, as I understand, literally translated to the English means, "May you live long for our glory."
We all feel that. We feel it in our hearts. May you live long, live long not just for yourself, not just for your people, but for the greater service that you can render to the cause of peace and progress in the continent of Africa, in the Mideast, and in the whole world.
Emperor Haile Selassie I, The only Head of State to lay a wreath at Martin Luther King Jr's grave. This is an amazing picture brought forth by Tseghe Selassie Selassie. The Emperor Haile Selassie I shows so much emotion that I have to draw or paint it. Afterward He went to Moorehouse University and spent time with Martin Luther King Sr.
H.I.M. Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia opens the 10th Organization of African Unity (OAU) conference in Addis Ababa. On May 25 1963 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the 32 African states that had achieved independence at that time agreed to establish the Organization of African Unity (OAU). For this Our Emperor is known as the Father of The African nations.
"We believe that from truth alone is born liberty and only an educated people can consider itself as really free and master of its fate." ~ Haile Selassie I
His Majesty's laws are essentially a honor code, they teach morality and traditional values. All aspects of society are defined including marriage, business rights, land ownership and death. The Emperor said, "It is essential that the law be clear and intelligible to each and every citizen of Our Empire, so that he may without difficulty ascertain what are his rights and duties in the ordinary course of life, and this has been accomplished in the Civil Code."
Probably the only German documentary about His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I, King of Kings, Lion of Judah, Elect of Himself and Light of this World, Christ in His Kingly Character.
Source: Dominik Frühwirth
Haile Selassie Dokumentation (Stern TV 1972, deutsch/german) Teil 1/2
Haile Selassie Dokumentation (Stern TV 1972, deutsch/german) Teil 2/2
The OAU Conference of Heads of States and Government in Rabat, Morocco -- Emperor Haile Selassie I was nominated unanimously to be called the "Father of African Unity".
Famine in the northern provinces of Welo and Tigre leads to propaganda and civil unrest
Asfaw Wossen named "Acting Crown Prince"
In 1973, Crown Prince Asfa Wossen suffered a massive stroke and was evacuated to Switzerland for medical treatment. He was accompanied by his wife and daughters. The stroke left him permanently unable to walk, paralyzed on one side, and affected his speech. As Prince Asfa Wossen was not expected to live, his son, Prince Zera Yacob, a student at Oxford at the time, was named "Acting Crown Prince" and "Heir Presumptive"
IN THE PHOTO
Emperor Haile Selassie I privately visiting his son Crown Prince Asfa Wossen( who would later become Amha Selassie, Emperor in exile) in Switzerland.
Next to His Majesty: Princess Tenagnework Haile Selassie (baptismal name Fikirte Mariam of Ethiopia was the eldest child of Emperor Haile Selassie and Empress Menen)
Next to Princess Tenagnework Haile Selassie: Empress Medferiashwork (Abebe, baptismal name Amete Maryam, was the titular Empress-consort of Amha Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia in Exile)
Source: FB Post (Trying to locate FB link)
THOU SAYEST - Distinguished Testimonies about the King of Kings
18 - Pope Paul VI
ADDRESS TO THE NEW AMBASSADOR OF ETHIOPIA TO THE VATICAN
Saturday, 13 January 1973
We are happy to welcome you and to receive the Letters of Credence by which His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I accredits you as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Holy See.
We thank you for the gracious message of good wishes which you bring on this occasion from the Emperor and the people of Ethiopia and for the kind words which you have spoken in our regard.
His Imperial Majesty is well known to us: we have met him here in Rome and in Geneva. We know how eminent he is among the leaders of Africa and how his wise counsel has oftentimes served the cause of peace on the continent. We are equally aware that in the international forum the Emperor is a dedicated promoter of the interests and rights of developing nations, and we cherish a sincere regard and esteem for him.
It is hardly necessary for us to speak of our own profound interest in the problems of development. The efforts of the Catholic Church in Ethiopia, especially in the fields of education and medical care, testify to the seriousness of that interest and concern. We would express here our gratitude for the benevolence with which His Imperial Majesty regards the work and institutions of the Catholic Church in his country.
It seems to us only natural that the friendliest of relations should exist between Ethiopia and the Holy See, by reason of the history of Ethiopia’s Christian tradition. We admire that tradition, stretching as it does into the distant past and discernible today in the great ancient monasteries that keep silent watch over the heights of the vast Ethiopian mountains, guarding the secrets of centuries in their contemplation of the Word of God, in their beautiful liturgy, in their treasures of religious art and manuscripts enriched by the living experience of Christianity.
We appreciate too the spirit of understanding and ecumenism which this deep religious sense has fostered, and we look forward to a harvest of mutual friendship and cooperation between your country and the Apostolic See.
Finally, we pray that God will bless His Imperial Majesty, his family and all the beloved people of Ethiopia with every gift of prosperity, peace and happiness.
MEMORANDUM OF CONVERSATION BETWEEN HIM AND NIXON - 15 May 1973
DATE AND TIME: Tuesday, May 15, 1973, 11:03 a. m. - 12:13 p. m.
PLACE: The Oval Office
[The press entered for photos.]
The President: You have been in this room more than any other Head of State. You were here in 1954. I met you first in 1957.
[The press left at 11:06.]
The President: The Foreign Minister is the highest paid interpreter we have ever had here. He speaks very good English.
Selassie : Not very much.
I wish to express my gratitude for your seeing me with your busy schedule. I am grateful for the friendly reception I have enjoyed in the United States. Friendship between the United States and Ethiopia will be strengthened by this visit.
Exchange of talks is useful among friends.
I would like you to visit Ethiopia. Ethiopia would like very much to welcome you.
I am here on an urgent matter internationally, affecting the U.S. and Ethiopia and the Indian Ocean and Red Sea area.
There has been a change in the situation in our area. You are aware of it, but we feel it closer.
The balance of forces has changed radically because Soviet influence is expanding rapidly.
First, our objectives, I am sure, are in common: (1) Peace and security. (2) Freedom of navigation and access to natural resources. (3) There is the prospect of oil, safeguarded against possibility of enemy takeover.
We are cooperating in these areas and our forces, which you support, have always been used in the cause of peace.
We have common peace and common objectives. Soviet influence is expounding broadly. The reasons are: (1) To supersede the West in influence. (2) To gain control of the Red Sea and the commerce and resources of the area. Their methods are to strengthen the Arab states and weaken Ethiopia. Ethiopian cooperation with the West is not liked by the Arabs and by the Soviet Union.
The danger is a convergence of views of the Arabs and the Soviet Union. A minimum sacrifice on the part of the U.S. would prevent dangerous developments in the area.
The ELF is being supported.
Somalia has Soviet support for its territorial claims, and the Soviet Union is arming Somalia.
The position of Somalia is that wherever people speak Somalian they belong to Somalia. We respond that this is a problem for all of Africa as a result of boundaries drawn by the colonial powers. Therefore, African states have agreed to recognize the existing borders. Somalia is the only one that has not agreed to this formula. We have offered to provisionally demarcate the boundary under UN auspices. Somalia has refused, and is being armed to a dangerous extent. They have air bases, naval bases, and communication bases.
South Yemen has declared the Straits are Yemini territorial waters.
Somalia has claimed Djibouti. Most of the tribes are Ethiopian and the territory has traditionally been Ethiopian.
They have many more tanks. We have 20; they have 200. In APC’s, we have 54; they have 310. We have no radar, they have a radar system. Our air forces is over age; they have seven MIG-21’s and ten IL-28’s. As for anti-aircraft batteries, we have 24 and they have 170. We have no rocket launchers and they have 24.
This is a deliberate policy of the Soviet Union to retard Ethiopia’s development and force it to change its foreign policy.
Peace in the area has been maintained by Ethiopia. We are not an aggressive country. Our country is big; distances make things different. This change in the balance of power endangers peace because our security is threatened. If we suffer defeat and humiliation, it will be bad and it will also hurt American interests.
There are sabotage and probing actions by Somalia.
What would be the consequences of aggression? Some Arab states would aid Somalia. Two-three thousand Soviet Union advisors would be directing the battle against us with the latest weapons.
It used to be said that Ethiopia was superior; now it is different. We can’t use our whole force against Somalia and they have all these modern weapons. We do not know the position of the United States in case of this kind of attack. Do we have contingency plans? What are your views? We propose emergency support for Ethiopia to restore the balance quickly.
Subsequently we have plans to strengthen our forces over the coming years.
It is true this hardware would impose a burden on us, but we can survive and it is important. We are really asking for replacements for aircraft and tanks to replace obsolescent ones. Therefore, the burden on Ethiopia is not unbearable, and our people are prepared for this burden.
I am sorry to burden you with this, but we have nowhere else to go. This is a real danger which is being built up.
I have three documents for you: One is a paper on what I have said. The second is a paper on our emergency plans. The third is our long-range plans for our armed forces.
On my way here I talked to President Sadat. He had a message. All he wants from Israel is the recovery of his territory.
He is not insane enough to think Israel should be thrown out of the area. He is prepared to open the Suez Canal in connection with the withdrawal of Israeli forces.
He told me of a plan to recognize the sovereignty of Egypt but to recognize the security interests of Israel. That’s why he sent Ismail here. He said it was not satisfying because it would look as if we had only the fragment of sovereignty while Israel actually occupied the territory.
The President: We do share the same objectives in Africa ever since I can remember.
I will direct General Scowcroft to see that your military papers will be properly considered. I will have Rush look into it.
We have great difficulty with Congress with aid. We will again ask Congress for a substantial appropriation, but I must honestly say to you that getting it will be difficult. We are also making provisions for credit assistance in order to make up for this.
I will consider this very seriously, and to the extent I can get Congress to support, I will respond to your requests.
Ethiopia is a proud, peaceful country. Ever since 1935. It would be a tragedy if Ethiopia was subjected to new aggression. I will take up this matter when I meet with Brezhnev.
We cannot afford conflicts with the USSR over such areas of such value as the regions of the Middle East.
I have no easy answers for President Sadat. I appreciate His Majesty’s acting as a friend of the court. Egypt and Israel are far apart. I will keep His Majesty’s message in mind as we proceed.
I share His Majesty’s concern. I will analyze all requests with a sympathetic view. I can’t promise, because of the Congress, but America is with you to the extent that I can speak for Americans.
Selassie : I thank you, Mr. President, for the kind words. I know the United States has problems throughout the world, with development, with other nations, etc. The magnitude of the problem varies in different areas.
I want to congratulate you on the bold actions in foreign affairs, for detente and what you have done to improve relations with enemies, for peace in the world.
I decided to come here to tell you of the problems in the Horn of Africa because of the growing problems, and the fact that aggression against Ethiopia is a Soviet policy. Escalation of action against Ethiopia is a definite policy.
I accept what you have said, that you would consider the sympathetically to support me. I don’t ask for an answer now, but just to remind you of these developments, our needs, etc.
I know you will look into it and do whatever you can under the circumstances.
The Soviet Union knows our relationship. They are exerting serious pressure on our people to change our policy.
Not only the Soviet Union, but the Communist associates of the Soviet Union. We have only limited association with the Soviet Union. Our loan of 15 years ago is not fully used. We are on friendly terms with The Soviet Union but we are facing the Soviet Union. This has been forced on the United States.
I think I must go to the Soviet Union to tell them of the seriousness of this situation.
We have taken steps to regularize relations with China and they are no longer against us.
We have solved the boundary problem with Egypt. It is Soviet policy which concerns us.
The President: It is always valuable to talk with His Majesty. I am happy we can continue to talk tonight at dinner.
Sunday, June 24, 1973 The Lion of Judah has prevailed Haile Selassie I, Elect of God King of Kings of Ethiopia The Emperor of Ethiopia, Lion of Judah, King of Kings, Elect of God, Power of the Trinity, Haile Selassie I was interviewed by Oriana Fallaci in His Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Fallaci: Your Majesty, I would like you to tell me something about yourself. Tell me were you ever a disobedient youth? But maybe I ought to ask you first whether you have ever had time to be young, Your Majesty?
Selassie: We don't understand that question. What kind of question is that? It is obvious that We have been young. We weren't born old! We have been a child, a boy, a youth, an adult, and finally an old man. Like everyone else. Our Lord the Creator made us like everyone else. Maybe you wish to know what kind of youth We were. Well We were a very serious, very diligent, very obedient youth. We were sometimes punished, but do you know why? Because what We were made to study did not seem enough and We wished to study further. We wanted to stay on at school after lessons were over. We were loath to amuse ourselves, to go riding, to play. We didn't want to waste time on games.
Fallaci: Your Majesty, of all the monarchs still occupying the thrones you are the one that has ruled the longest. Moreover, in all age that has seen the ruinous downfalls of so many kings, you are the one the only absolute monarchy. Do you ever feel lonely in a world so different from the one you grew up in?
Selassie: It is our opinion that the world hasn't changed at all. We believe that such changes has modified nothing. We don't ever notice any differences between monarchies and republics. To us they appear two substantially similar methods of governing the nation. Well, tell us,: What is the difference between a republic and a monarchy?
Fallaci: Actually, your Majesty, I mean to me, it appears that in republics where democracy reigns the leader is elected. But in monarchies he isn't.
Selassie: We don't see where the difference lies.
Fallaci: Never mind, Your Majesty. What is your opinion of democracy?
Selassie: Democracy, republics: What do these words signify? What have they changed in the world? Have men become better, more loyal, kinder? Are the people happier? All goes on as before, as always. Illusions, illusions. Besides, one should consider the interest of a nation before subverting it with words. Democracy is necessary in some cases and We believe some African peoples might adopt it. But in other cases it is harmful, a mistake.
Fallaci: Your Majesty have you ever regretted your Kingly fate? Have you ever dreamed of living the life of an ordinary mortal?
Selassie: We don't understand that question. Even at the hardest, most painful moments, We have never regretted or cursed our fate. Never. And why should We have? We were born of royal blood, authority is ours by Right and since our Lord the Creator has deemed, We might serve our people as a Father serves his Son, being a monarch is a great joy to us. Its what We were born for and what We have always lived for.
Fallaci: Your Majesty, you are Ethiopia. Its you that keeps it in hand, that keeps it united. What will happen when you are no longer there?
Selassie: What do you mean? We do not understand this question?
Fallaci: When you die, Your Majesty?
Selassie: Ethiopia has existed for 3,000 years. In fact, it exists ever since the first man appeared on Earth. My dynasty has ruled since the Queen of Sheba met King Solomon and a Son was born of their union. It is a Dynasty that has gone thru the centuries and will go on for centuries more. A King is not indispensable, and, besides, my succession is already ensured. There is a Crown Prince and he will rule the country when We are no longer there. This is what We have decided and so it must be.
Fallaci: On the whole, your Majesty, yours has not been a very a happy life. Those you loved have all died: your wife, two daughters. You have lost many of your illusions and many of your dreams. But you must, I imagine, have accumulated great wisdom, and of this I ask: How does Haile Selassie view death?
Selassie: What? View What?
Fallaci: Death your Majesty.
Selassie: Death, Death? Who is this woman? Where does she come from? What does she want? Enough, go away, ca suffit! Ca suffit!!
Emperor Haile Selassie I presents Ethiopia's Medal of Honor to Duke Ellington
An estimated 200,000 people die in Wallo and Tigre province as a result of famine.
Christmas In Ethiopia, January 1974
Happy Epiphany Timket celebration in Ethiopia, January 1974
Haile Selassie overthrown in military coup supported by the Soviet Union (USSR). General Teferi Benti becomes head of state leading an ill-fated Marxist revolution. Emperor Haile Selassie I deposed by Megistu Haile Mariam
Emperor Haile Selassie I seen in public for last time. He presided over an era of unprecedented change. However, his government would be swept away in a revolution that suspended the oldest dynasty in Christendom.
Exactly 43 years ago today (09-12-2017), September 12, 1974, ten junior military officers, all under the rank of major, arrived at Addis Ababa's Jubilee Palace and read Emperor Haile Selassie a message from their larger group of military men known as the Derg, that they were deposing him as Emperor of Ethiopia. They then led away the last monarch of Ethiopia’s ancient dynasty, the 3,000-year old House of Solomon that claimed descent from ancient Israel’s King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba dynasty , out of his palace, placed him in a light blue Volkswagen bug, and drove him away to imprisonment. The Derg then commenced one of the most brutal period's in African history, changing Ethiopia forever. Openly embracing the communist ideology, in March 1975, revolutionaries abolished the monarchy. The Crown Prince Asfaw Wossen went into exile in London, where several other members of the Imperial family lived. The other members who were still in Ethiopia at the time of the revolution were imprisoned. The imprisoned members of the Imperial family included Prince Wossen's father, Emperor Haile Selassie, his daughter by his first marriage, Princess Ijigayehu, his sister, Princess Tenagnework, and many of his nephews, nieces, relatives and in-laws. In 1975 his father, Emperor Haile Selassie, died in detention. In 1977 his daughter, Princess Ijigayehu, died in detention. Members of the Imperial family remained imprisoned until 1988 (for the women) and 1989 (for the men).
The Derg eliminated its political opponents between 1975-77 in response to the declaration and instigation of an Ethiopian Red Terror against the Derg by various opposition groups, primarily the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Party (EPRP). Like the Derg, it was Marxist. Brutal tactics were used by both sides, including executions, assassinations, torture and the imprisonment of tens of thousands without trial, most of whom were innocent.
The Ethiopian Red Terror was the "urban guerrilla" chapter of the brutal war. The government battled guerrillas fighting for Eritrean independence for its entire period in power, as well as with other rebel groups ranging from the conservative and pro-monarchy Ethiopian Democratic Union (EDU) to the far leftist EPRP. The Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF), which would become the eventual victor in this conflict, was one of the smaller groups at this time and the Derg did not bother to mount a serious campaign against them until the Semien Zemecha in 1978.
At the same time the Derg faced an invasion from Somalia in 1977, which sought to annex the eastern parts of Ethiopia, predominantly inhabited by Somalis. The Ethiopian army was able to defeat the Somali army (which was supported by the Western Somali Liberation Front), though only with massive military assistance from the Soviet Union and Cuba. Under the Derg, Ethiopia became the Warsaw Pact's closest ally in Africa and one of the best-armed nations of the region as a result of massive military aid, chiefly from the Soviet Union, Libya, East Germany, Cuba and North Korea. Most industries and private urban real-estate holdings were nationalized by the Derg in 1975.
During the Derg’s nearly fifteen years of terror-inflicted control over Ethiopia, the ruling junta savagely persecuted the country’s most ancient and venerated institution, the Ethiopian Tewahedo Church. Closely tied to the non-Chalcedonian Coptic Church in Egypt, the Ethiopian Church is part of the non-Chalcedonian family of churches, often termed “Oriental Orthodox” since the beginning of the Christian ecumenical movement by those who see the differences between them and the Eastern Orthodox as minor.
The Ethiopian Church is unique in that it adheres closely to elements of Mosaic Law other Christian churches believe were superseded with the New Covenant, such as male circumcision and most kosher dietary regulations. The Ethiopian Church contains several books of Scripture within its canon that are extracanonical to the rest of Christendom, most notably the Kebra Nagast (Ge’ez: Glory of Kings), a highly symbolic, complex text which purports to describe how Queen Makeda of Axum (known to the West as the “Queen of Sheba”) met King Solomon and gave birth to his son, Menelek, who, according to the account, brought the Ark of the Covenant to Ethiopia with him when he succeeded his mother as king there. The Ethiopian Church is also uniquely African in that its worship involves highly coordinated, elaborate rhythmic dances and chants accompanying spiritual songs, called mezmurs.
Due to the Derg’s savage persecution of the Church and Ethiopian Christians, as well as mass starvation caused by endemic droughts, millions of Ethiopians fled their homeland, seeking to build new lives for themselves in the United States, Canada, Britain, and continental Europe. The Ethiopian Diaspora remains one of the largest in the world today.
September 12, 1974 Last Public Words of Emperor Haile Selassie I
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Today (09/12/2019) is Meskerem 2, 2012 (Sin the Ethiopian calendar. A fateful day in the history of the country. On this day 45 years ago, a group of 10 low ranking military officers (none over the rank of Major) arrived at Addis Ababa’s Jubilee Palace to speak with the Emperor. A government press agency camera man was present to record the event and the Emperor’s elderly cousin Leul Ras Imiru was asked to attend as a witness. The armed officers were ushered into the Emperor’s study. The young men stood in a line before the aged monarch, and Major Debela Dinsa, his hands shaking, read the Emperor the statement issued by the Military Coordinating Committee (known as the Derg) that he was being deposed. Haile Selassie I, Elect of God, King of Kings of Ethiopia, Defender of the faith, responded that the role of the monarch was to serve through all circumstances good and bad, and that he had endeavored to help his people. He said that if it was considered beneficial for the country that he step down, he would comply. Thus ended a dynasty that stretched from Biblical Times. The Emperor was ushered into a baby blue Volkswagen (the personal car of his long time driver) and under heavy military escort whisked away to the headquarters of the Imperial Army 4th Division and imprisonment. As the convoy swept out of the palace gates a small crowd of assembled outside by the Derg screamed “Thief” at the Emperor as he was taken away.
Immediately tanks and jeeps with mounted machine guns swarmed through the city and took up key points as Radio Ethiopia broadcast that the “ex-King” Haile Selassie I was deposed. The Derg (made up of 120 low ranking officers and enlisted men) announced that it was now to be known as the Provisional Military Administrative Council. It announced that it had asked Lt. General Aman Mikael Andom to be its Chairman and acting Head of State until such time that Crown Prince Asfaw Wossen had recovered sufficiently from his stroke and returned from medical treatment abroad to assume the throne as “King” (not Emperor). Parliament was indefinitely suspended, the Imperial Supreme Court, and the Crown Council were abolished. The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church removed from its role as the Church of State. Members of the Imperial family were rounded up and detained, first in the Duke of Harrar’s mansion, but eventually in horrific prisons. Over the following days, Prince Dawit Makonnen, grandson of the Emperor, was branded a military deserter and an outlaw for disobeying a military summons to return to Ethiopia from the military courses he was attending abroad, and Leul Ras Mengesha Seyoum, Governor-General and Prince of Tigray, was also branded an outlaw for taking to the hills and organizing resistance to the revolution forming the Ethiopian Democratic Union (EDU). Former cabinet ministers, military officers, regional governors, nobles and clerics found themselves locked away. Outside Marxist students celebrated the socialist revolution amid songs that proclaimed “Without bloodshed, Ethiopia First” (ያለምንም ደም ኢትዮጵያ ትቅደም). The song and the euphoria would evaporate within two months.
By the end of the month and through the next tensions would rise. Some Marxist intellectuals and students wanted the military to hand over control of the revolution to civilians, others disagreed. Factions arose, then parties aligning themselves with one or the other. By November General Aman and the Derg he was nominally Chairman of were at loggerheads. Then on Hidar 13 (November 23) under the direction of the Vice Chairman Mengistu Haile Mariam, General Aman was killed at a shootout at his home. On the same night sixty Imperial officials were executed without formal charges ever being filed against them or a single court appearance. “without bloodshed” song died with them too. General Aman was replaced as Chairman by Brigadier General Tafari Banti, and Lt. Colonels Mengistu Haile Mariam and Atnafu Abate were to serve as Vice-Chairmen. Everyone knew that the First Vice Chairman Mengistu was the real power in the land by then. Ethiopia’s Monarchy was declared abolished, and the Red and White Terrors would be launched spreading bloodshed at unprecedented levels. Ethiopia began the spiral that she is still trying to shake off.
The attached photo collage shows Emperor Haile Selassie in the final months of his reign, Lt. General Aman M. Andom as he assumed his brief leadership just weeks before his violent death, the triumvirate of Mengistu Haile Mariam, Teferi Benti and Atnafu Abate that replaced General Aman (the later two soon to be violently eliminated by Mengistu), and the fateful blue Volkswagen as the Emperor departs his palace for the last time.
Saturday, November 23,1974 The Day That Changed Ethiopia Forever
Oh, what we have lost.....
The Massacre of the Sixty, or Black Saturday (Amharic: ጥቁሩ ቅዳሜ, tikuru kidami), took place in Addis Ababa on the morning of 23 November 1974 (Ethiopian calendar: 14 Hidar 1967), when 60 imprisoned former government officials were executed by the Derg at Kerchele Prison (commonly called Alem Bekagn - "Farewell to the World"
List of people executed:
The 54 below were executed on the orders of Mengistu Haile Mariam.
Executed Prime Minister Tsehafi Taezaz Aklilu Habte-Wold Prime Minister Lilj Endalkachew Makonnen Lt. General Abiye Abebe H.H. Prince (Leul Ras) Asrate Kassa Rear Admiral Leul Iskinder Desta Ras Mesfin Sileshi Ato Abebe Retta Ato Akalework Habte-Wold Lt. Colonel Tamirat Yigezu Dejazmatch Kifle Irgetu Lt. General Kebede Gebre Lt. General Issayas Gebre-Sellasie Lt. General Assefa Ayana Lt. General Debebe HaileMariam Lt. General Belete Abebe Lt. General Deresae Dubale Lt. General Haile Baikedagn Lt. General Assefa Demisse Lt. General Abebe Gemeda Lt. General Yilma Shibeshi Ato Mulatu Debebe Dr. Tesfaye Gebre Igzi Dejazmatch Workineh Wolde Amanuel Dejazmatch Aemero Selassie Abebe Dejazmatch Solomon Abreha Dejazmatch Sahelu Difeye Dejazmatch Worku Enko Selassie Dejazmatch Legese Bezu Colonel Solomon Kedir Blata Admasu Retta Ato Nebiye Leul Kifle Ato Solomon Gebre Mariam Ato Tegegn Yetashework Afe Nigus (Lord Chief Justice) Abeje Debalke Dejazmatch Kebede Aliwele Asfaw Major General Gashaw Kebede Major General Seyoum Gedle Giorgis Major General Tafesse Lemma Lij Hailu Desta Fitawrari Amde Abera Fitawrari Tadesse Enko Selassie Fitawrari Demisse Alamirew Kegnyazmatch Yilma Aboye Brigadier General Wendimu Abebe Brigadier General Girma Yohannes Brigadier General Mulugeta Wolde Yohannes Colonel Yigezu Yimene Colonel Alem Zewde Tessema Colonel Tassew Mojo Major Berhane Mecha Captain Mola Wakene Captain Wolde-Yohannes Zergaw Lieutenant Belai Tsegaye
Killed in shootout The remaining six were killed in a shootout at the home of General Aman Andom
Lieutenant Demisse Shiferaw Lance Corporal Bekele Wolde Giorgis Sub-Corporal Tekle Haile Lt. General Aman Mikael Andom Lance Corporal Tesfaye Tekle Junior Aircraftsman Yohannes Fetoui
“If by killing us you could redeem Ethiopia from poverty, we then accept your action as a blessing,” were the last words of the former Ethiopian Prime Minister T’sehafi T’ezaz Aklilu Habtewold before being executed on November 24, 1974.
After His Majesty entered the Shadow of Egziabhier in 1975, He reached the ultimate mystic stage of life that makes Him live like Melchisedek, Who suddenly appeared to Abraham (and to the biblical reader as well) without any introduction or genealogy, hidden in the Shadow of the Almighty, however fully recognized by Abraham as King and Priest of the Earth, beyond any human institutional conception of power:
"Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life" (Hebrew 7)
Melchisedek was the first Bahatawi, and Ethiopian Bahatawis follow the Mystic path of Melchisedek having this same kind of approach as errant hidden spiritual leaders. Under that same Charismatic Shadow, His Majesty lives and moves today among I&I.
Many claim to recognize the face of the King Himself in different Ethiopian Bahatawis that have been met during these years, but before any speculation, we should always remember that Melchisedek is also:
"MADE LIKE UNTO THE SON OF GOD" (Hebrew 7) that means, through this mystic path any bahatawi develops physical similarity with Christ, and mystically speaking, He is Christ.
Today people want to post things online to commemorate the alleged so-called death of Girmawi Qedemawi Atse Haile Selassie.
However, I personally refuse to join the ranks of the masses who have accepted the death of the Emperor Haile Selassie I without ever seeing his deceased corpse nor burial immediately after his supposed death. No autopsy was conducted, no medical inspection of the deceased Emperor. Nothing but "They" said they meaning the Derg said he was dead but proved nothing to no one!!! Meles Zenawi, Hailemariam Desalegn nor Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali have ever even considered the notion of proving to the world that those are indeed the earthly remains of Ethiopia's last Emperor by way of DNA testing which would most certainly dispell the multitude of rumors running rampant these days.
So until you prove to me by way of DNA testing don't talk to me about Janhoy being dead. For all we know those bones could belong to anyone!!!!
They want us to be no different than the situation with the Ark of the Covenant in Axum. We can't see it but we believe it is there. We haven't seen anything yet they want us to accept the Emperor's dead remains are in that tomb in the bottom of Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. But until you prove me wrong by science and not just you saying that is the Emperor I will not believe that is His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I, period!!!!
The above chronology compiled by Malchijah, please contact me for updates.
Note: Due to various language interpretations, names and references may have different spellings (e.g., Menylek - Menelik - Menilik - Menelek, Negus - Neguse -Negust, etc.), but represent the same person/reference.
Cells with this color represent speeches made by His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I