Lemma Megersa's flight to the United States


This fluctuating geographic footprint is in fact a matter of serious controversy not least in Ethiopia itself where currently a relatively few agitators in some communities strive to associate themselves as being ‘victims’ of this historical contraction and expansion of the Ethiopian state.


Nearly all the ethnocentric politics expounded over the last 50 years by self-proclaimed ‘liberation’ groups is derived from a hastily devised conclusion that Ethiopia was (or still is?) a colonial power which swallowed up scores of once independent micro-states, sultanates and tribal structures. They go so far as to posit that this history’ of Ethiopian ‘imperialism and colonialism’ entitles them to independence just like the many former European colonies turned independent African states.

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