Former Prisoner of War and Minister of State in Haile Selassie"s Government Launches A New Book On August 20, 2017

August 6, 2017
Former POW Imiru Zeleke ( 2nd rt.) who placed wreath honoring American and Ethiopian Veterans infront of the African American Civil War Memorial along with Rev. Melvin Deal ( 4th Rt.) on " Miazia 27 " May 2012. Their Aide d'camp was Sergeant Ashenafi Kebed ( Rt. ) -photo Andrew Laurence
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African Heritage Dancers and Drummers Celebrating Miazia 37-photo Andrew Laurence

Washington DC ( Little Ethiopia )-A former Ethiopian diplomat and a prisoner of War who served under Emperor Haile Selassie has released a new autobiography documenting his experiences as a leader during Ethiopia’s most tumultuous century. Ambassador Imru Zelleke reflects candidly in his autobiography, “A Journey”, on the many events in his life and the developments in Ethiopia that shaped history. By sharing his wide-ranging experiences, he provides the reader with a noteworthy and fascinating look at Ethiopia in the 20th century. In an era when his beloved nation’s future was constantly at stake, Zelleke found himself witness to horrors and triumphs, invasions and victories, and several cycles of rulers.“A Journey” takes us from his early childhood and subsequent terrible years under the Fascist Occupation to his experiences abroad as a young diplomat and through many life events on to his exile years. 

Zelleke participated in the very first UN General Assembly in 1945 as well as in the Paris Peace Conference in 1946. The memoirs offers insights into the political process in which he was closely involved that culminated in the federation of Ethiopia and Eritrea. “I cannot describe the elation and joy we felt at that moment”, says the author about that historic event.The author shares insider observations on the international political complexities of the time, as well as on the realities in Ethiopia’s higher echelons of government.

 “Perhaps nowhere is this more striking than in Imru’s insights and commentary on the personality of Emperor Haile Selassie,” says Ian Campbell, author of “The Plot to Assassinate Graziani”. Zelleke’s personal account which provides a seminal work on a pivotal time in Ethiopian social, cultural, and political history, will be of notable interest to students of regional African politics and international relations.“A Journey: Memoirs by Imru Zelleke" is now available on the AuthorBorn in Addis Ababa in 1923, Imru Zelleke served in the Ethiopian Government from 1941 up until 1974 in various senior capacities, notably in the Foreign Service. He was Minister of State for Commerce and Industry when the military coup d’état broke out in 1974. Zelleke immigrated to the United States in 1975 and lives in Arlington, Virginia. He actively continues his engagement in Ethiopian public affairs.

For more information about “A Journey”, or to schedule an interview with Ambassador Zelleke, please call the author directly on +1 (571) 551-2165 or email at izell44395@aol.

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