He moved back to Ethiopia in 1966 and taught at the School of Fine Arts in Addis Ababa (later renamed Sunder Boghossian College of Performing and Visual Arts). Sounder moved to the USA in 1970, where he educated at the Atlanta Center for Black Art and the Howard University from 1972. At the point when common war started in Ethiopia in 1974, Sunder could presently don't return, and lived in a state of banishment until his demise in 2003.
As a young fellow in Europe, Sunder had seen from a remote place the finish of Italian expansionism and British organization in Eritrea, and its alliance with Ethiopia in 1950. Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie broke up the Eritrean parliament and attached the region in 1962, and the resulting Eritrean War for Independence endured 30 years against progressive Ethiopian governments until 1991, when the Eritrean People's Liberation Front at last vanquished the Ethiopian powers in Eritrea.
As a craftsman living estranged abroad for over 20 years around then, Sounder would have followed news about Ethiopia and its neighbor intently, including the harmony talks that occurred in his received home city Washington DC in mid 1991. It was in this setting that he painted Split, denoting the split between the two nations, in front of freedom being authoritatively pronounced by UN-regulated choice in mid 1993. Only five years after the fact, in 1998, a boundary contest prompted the Eritrean–Ethiopian War, which formally went on until June 2000. In any case, the two nations stayed threatening until this year, when a truce between the two countries was endorsed on 8 July 2018.