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Paying homage to Prof. Mesfin Woldemariam

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Nigist Berta October 7, 2021
City: Addis AbabaNews
Paying homage to Prof. Mesfin Woldemariam

Researcher, teacher, human rights activist, author, peace activist, and fighter for justice, Professor Mesfin Woldemariam’s 1st death Anniversary and establishment of the foundation under his name will be held on Saturday, October 9, 2021.

The organizing committee and the chairman of the foundation's board announced in a press statement that the program will be held starting from 8:30 a.m. at the former Intercontinental Hotel, currently Interluxury Hotel. 

Dr. Bedlu Waqjira, Chairman of the Board of Professor Mesfin Wolde Mariam Foundation said, "This special commemoration program honors the journey Professor Mesfin went through in the last 8 decades with literary presentations, exhibitions, and panel discussion."

Dr. Bedlu told Addis Zeybe that Mesfin Wolde Mariam Foundation was established in a non-partisan manner impartial of any affiliations. He explained that it is established with the objective of furthering his vision and lifelong efforts in which his family is involved.

“The main vision of the organization is to contribute to the development of a country making it free from poverty where peace, human rights, and the rule of law reign in every way possible,” he added.

The special commemoration program is said to be attended by local and foreign dignitaries, artists, human rights activists, Human Rights Commission leaders, his former colleagues, and students, as well as other Ethiopians.

Daniel Bekele (Dr), Commissioner of the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission; Mr. Hassan Shire, Chairperson of the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Coalition; Meleskachew Amha, Chairperson of the Ethiopian Human Rights Council; Artist Debebe Eshetu; and Befikadu Degife(Dr) will be special guests and Professor Desalegn Rahmato will present opening remarks and research papers.

The event will also host discussions on different research topics like “Peace and Conflict Resolution Experiences in Ethiopia”, “Human rights, the rule of law and social justice questions in Ethiopia”, “EHRC’s birth, growth, challenges and Professor Mesfin’s role on it”, and “The efforts and challenges in making Ethiopia free from poverty”

Professor Mesfin Woldemariam was a controversial figure, who tends to reprimand injustice in his country, irrespective of governments as a human rights advocate and activist. As a professor of Geography, he has left a towering contribution to the country’s academic history. He has authored a number of books on multi-faceted subjects that attest to his academic, personal and artistic acumen. 

Among his popular books are “Rural Vulnerability to Famine in Ethiopia: 1958-77,” “Suffering Under God’s Environment,” and the “Horn of Africa: Conflict and Poverty.” “Engurguro''”, “Adafne: Firhatina Mekishef '' are remarkable ones.

Mesfin remained resolute in his attitude and love of Ethiopia during his life. He was a patriot, who wanted his life to end in his own country. In this regard, he went far to the extent of saying that, despite being a devout Orthodox Christian, he would rather be cremated and his ashes scattered in the Awash River, a river that runs around within the borders Ethiopia and subsides crossing out of Ethiopia. 

Professor Mesfin died on September 29, 2020, and was laid to rest at the Holy Trinity Church on October 06, 2020.

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A PIECE BYNigist Berta

Nigist is working as a reporter and content creator at Addis Zeybe to explore her passion for storytelling. She has Bsc. in medical laboratories & BA in media and Communications.