Sunday, May 15, 2005

Ethiopians Remember Professor Asrat Woldeyes

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Dr. Asrat Woldeyes, a renowned surgeon from Ethiopia and a former professor and dean of the medical faculty at Addis Abada University, was sentenced to a five-and-a-half prison term in July 1994 for allegedly inciting violence for political ends. There is well-documented evidence that demonstrated Dr. Asrat's commitment to non-violent activity. The charges against him appear to have been politically motivated. Dr. Asrat was released from prison in December 1998. His health significantly worsened during detention. He suffered from a heart condition and diabetes, conditions that were worsened by delays in providing him with adequate medical attention.

Dr. Asrat Woldeyes died on 14 May 1999.
American Association for the Advancement of Science.

A Demand for Redress of Injustices

By Asrat Woldeyes

The Ethiopian people have been living together essentially harmoniously over the centuries, without antagonizing one another on tribal, linguistic or religions grounds.

They have maintained solidarity through bad and good times to enable them to put up a common resistance against the oppression and exploitation to which they were subjected by the ruling classes. Above all, they enjoyed a bond of love and mutual respect which was strengthened by inter-marriage. These factors of mutual affinity led them to strive together for their common prosperity through a spirit of solidarity. (Continued on Ethiopian Review)

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