Alemayehu G. Mariam: Ethiopia: “C’est la Vie? C’est la Vie en Prison!”

Alemayehu G. MariamWhen Meles Zenawi, the arch dictator in Ethiopia, was asked about Birtukan’s health in his prison on March 23, 20e0, he was comically philosophical about it. He said Birtukan health is in “perfect condition”, except that she may be putting on some weight. The health situation of Birtukan, the last I heard, is in perfect condition. She may have gained a few kilos, but other than that, and that may be for lack of exercise, I understand she is in perfect health… I am not surprised that they [U.S. State Department] have characterised Birtukan as a political prisoner, because I understand they have also characterised Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) and Oromia Liberation Front (OLF) terrorists… as political prisoners… But that is life; I think the French say, ‘C’est la Vie.’

Alemayehu G. Mariam: Ethiopia: “C’est la Vie? C’est la Vie en Prison! -Read more –

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