by Jemal Countess and Jeff Pearce

Firegenet Desalegn with her mother, Abinet Feleke, in the foreground. Photo by Jemal Countess, used with his permission.

The legend is that angels helped build the stunning churches hewn out of volcanic rock in Lalibela centuries ago. If you’re a person of faith, you might choose to believe that the angels watched over and guided members of the Desalegn family. They were…

Tigrayans forced to fight, weapons being fired and risking locals’ safety, and staff told not to video TPLF “recruitment events” — UN officials don’t talk publicly about THESE conditions in the region

According to a leaked UN internal communication from last Saturday, October 2, its humanitarian staff in Shire know of or at least have heard reports of human rights abuses within the areas they serve in Tigray and seem to be indifferent to responding and acting on them.

What’s being told…

The English version of Part 4 from a special series of talks on Ethiopian history, written for Sheger FM

I was delighted and deeply touched when Teferi Haddis teamed up with Ephrem Endale to translate and broadcast some of my Medium articles on Sheger FM. I was even more thrilled by the wonderful public response. And so I wanted to give something back to Ethiopian listeners. I offered to…

TPLF: “If we are not the government of this country then the government will not be the government.”

by Jemal Countess with Jeff Pearce

Photo by Jemal Countess, used with permission.

“When the TPLF arrived in Lalibela they came in without a shot,” says Mekashaw Temesgen. “They claimed they were going to be respectful to us and the churches. Some of the older, higher ranking military leaders were very respectful of us but others were…

Jeff Pearce

Writer person. Books - Prevail, The Karma Booth, Gangs in Canada; in June 2021, Winged Bull, a bio of Henry Layard, the Victorian era’s Indiana Jones.

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