From Dawit Woldegiorgis
It is difficult to write this. It is a heartbreaking moment in my life.
No one I have known in recent years is so patriotic, dignified, loving, compassionate, knowledgeable, and modest as Zewdie was. He was an example for the younger generation. He tells the truth as it should be told and always has the courage and conviction to tell the truth and to tell it again, even in communities with radical and distorted views of the truth. Armed with the truth, he can face every crowd.
He was a younger brother who loved me, protected me, went with me, taught me and passed on the trust that enabled me to communicate effectively with his generation. He was humble and yet in principle and strong.
He was a family man who loved his two children and his wife who were the most in his life. He was a workaholic and would never go to bed without meeting deadlines.
In recent years, when we worked hard to bridge the gap between the Oromo and the Amara community, he played a very important bridge through his open-minded and realistic approach to ethnic differences. He was brave and courageous in breaking the taboos and talking and writing with pride and honesty about the history of the two ethnic groups. He fought against stereotypes and appealed to people to reach each other in the great spirit of love and solidarity with Ethiopia.
He was above all a special person in the truest sense of the word. This kind of people are rare. I and he have organized so many public and private meetings. We have sat and talked for hours. We have written many speeches and statements. Even if I am here in Africa, we are never separated. We talk for at least a week for more than an hour. We correspond and we follow our discussions. It's always about Ethiopia. Ethiopia was at the center of his heart. He was tireless, vigilant, and always with fresh ideas.
I hoped he would return home and play a role in this change that he spent so much time and energy on. He remains high and high in my life and I will and will also have many others who have worked with him, his legacy of unselfishness, love of family and country, his generosity and his sympathy.
So far my brother until we meet and meanwhile RIP
YOUR loving brother
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