Author of The Tigrayan Electrician Memories of Father and His Beloved Motherland, Issayas Yrgaw Bahta (aka Isaias Irgau), an Ethiopian refugee will speak on the events leading up to the killing of his father during the war in Ethiopia and his own escape to safety.
- On October 11, 2019, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced that the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize had been awarded to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for his efforts to make peace with neighboring Eritrea.
- On December 10, 2019, while delivering his Nobel Lecture, the Ethiopian Premier said he accepted the award on behalf of his “partner and comrade in peace,” the President of Eritrea.
- On November 4, 2020, 11 months after the Nobel Lecture, the Ethiopian premier and the Eritrean president coordinated a vicious military assault on the northern Ethiopian regional state of Tigray.
The peace treaty that had earned the Nobel Peace Prize just months earlier was, in fact, a war pact between Ethiopia’s and Eritrea’s Heads of State against Tigray and its regional government. The Nobel Institute had been spectacularly taken for a ride, and the people of Tigray found themselves at the receiving end of the most brutal war of the 21st century. A war that was the foundation of a two-year-long siege of the six million people of Tigray. The guns have fallen silent, but the wounds inflicted as a result of the siege and relentless onslaught on the people are anything but healed.
The presentation will lay bare events leading to the war and its consequences from a deeply personal perspective. There will be an opportunity to purchase the book, and all proceeds will be donated to help people suffering in the region.
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