It was the spring of 2001 and 43-year-old Berhanu Nega was hopeful. His country, Ethiopia, was recuperating from many years of contention, he had quite recently given a discourse to college understudies about scholarly opportunity, and presently he had arrived at Charles de Gaulle Air terminal for a business gathering in Paris.
Then, at that point, he turned on his telephone. The understudies he’d addressed hours sooner had organized a tranquil dissent that the police replied with savage power and live ammo, leaving 40 individuals dead. After seven days, Nega was back in Ethiopia, in the slammer.
So started a 14-drawn out experience that has seen Nega, one of Ethiopia’s driving activists, captured and imprisoned two times — once for very nearly two years — banished to the US lastly, sentenced to death, in absentia. Nowadays, the eventual city hall leader of Addis Ababa (he was kept just after he won the political race) is an academic administrator of financial aspects at Bucknell College. Yet, Nega stays an unmistakable resistance pioneer: He is the fellow benefactor of Ginbot 7, a banned ideological group that he leads from the drowsy Pennsylvania grounds town of Lewis burg.
Of late, Ethiopia has been a sweetheart of Western abilities. The landlocked nation is viewed as an island of dependability in the generally tempestuous Horn of Africa.