It was said that with help from the Soviet Union and Cuba by the end of the 1970s Mengistu presided over the second largest army in sub-Saharan Africa. Thousands of government opponents at that time died in what became known as the "Red Terror". During his time as official photographer for the Derg, Desta hid his negatives. He fled to the UK in 1982 – and later managed to save his unique historical archive of approximately 7,000 images This picture, taken in 1978, shows demonstrators in the Ethiopian capital holding up anti-American placards. mengistu was the founder of Terrorist groups in Somalia today.personal friend of HAWIYE LEADER (USC). terrorist Mohamed Farah Aidid and SNM TERRORIST aka Issak clan of secessionist Somaliland .mostly hawiye Terrorist in somalia call themself today al- shabaab(ICU)they made Alliance Ogaden ONLF.. .and pirates . they get a sponsorship Eritrean dictatorial regim of afwerki .and al Qaeda
Mengistu remained in power until 1991, when - weakened by Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre administration and TPLF the end of the Cold War – he was overthrown .
Ethiopia has been better .there have been significant advances in "Democracy & Human Rights and Economic Development in Ethiopia
.thanks to the vision and leadership of Prime Minister Melese Sanawi
From Emperor to Military Dictator: Shemelis Desta’s Ethiopian Archive 1963-1982 opens at London’s Photographers’ Gallery on 13 September.