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Patrick D Hahn

Patrick D Hahn
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
June 07
I used to wash trucks for a living.


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NOVEMBER 22, 2010 2:44AM

The Red Terror Museum in Addis Ababa

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These are a few of the faces of the 500,000+ Ethiopians who were murdered by the regime of Mengistu Haile Mariam.


Remains of a few of the victims of the Mengistu regime


Untold thousands more were tortured, hung upside-down and dipped in boiling oil, or had their fingernails and toenails ripped out, bottles inserted into the vaginas, etc.

tools of the trade 

Implements of torture on display

power comes out of the barrel of a gun  

Armored personnel vehicle from the Ethiopian Civil War, photographed outside Awash National Park

In 1991, as the rebel forces were closing in, Mengistu fled to Zimbabwe where his pal Robert Mugabe awarded him a luxury home and round-the-clock police protection. He still lives there today.

In December of 2006, after a 12-year trial in absentia, Mengistu was found guilty of genocide by the Ethiopian Federal High Court. In May of 2008, he was sentenced to death.


The Red Terror Museum, located on Bole Road just off Meskal Square, Addis Ababa, is dedicated to the memory of those who died at the hands of Mengistu and his henchmen. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.



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The level of sadism it takes to conduct such atrocities, and command others to do so, is overwhelming to the senses. I have known men like that in my lifetime, unfortunately, and there soul's path in this universe will be forever darkened to a hellish place that I can't imagine climbing out of.

And, why does there always seem to be a pal who will help them? Like definitely attracts like.

Thank you for this important post.
To Sparking:

So many of us spend so much time beating ourselves up over acts of unkindness or just social awkwardness that occurred years ago. I wonder if monsters like Mengistu and Mugabe ever feel remorse over what they did? Somehow I doubt it.