“Fear not to be a coward, a traitor, a renegade. In this universe of ours, there is room for all, perhaps even need for all.” Henry Miller
An Ethiopian Human Rights Defender based in Uganda
1. Woyanne is an Amharic/Tigrigna word indicating rebellion. It was first used some five decades ago when Tigrayan peasants revolted against Hailesellasie’s feudal régime. When the current rulers went into the bush espousing divisive ethnic politics by using the word “Woyanne” they defiled the word and linked it with something derogatory. Hence, as the military regime of Mengistu H/Mariam was referred as Derg despite its claim of transformation to a civilian republic, it remained Derg, although the word like Woyanne was just another harmless word.
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