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Ethiopian academic and human rights activist, Professor Mesfin Woldemariam Dies At 90



Ethiopian academic and human rights activist, Professor Mesfin Woldemariam has passed away. According to reports, the philosopher, historian, geographer, politician and social science lifetime thinker of Ethiopia for more than half a century died today September 29, 2020, at the age of 90.

Mesfin received his early education at Teferi Mekonnen School, and was a student of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, receiving ordination as a deacon in 1946.

He completed his further education in London in 1951 and won a scholarship to study abroad. He received his BA from Punjab University, Chandigarh in 1955 and his MA and PhD from Clark University in 2007 by dissertation rural vulnerability to famine in Ethiopia. Mesfin was a professor of geography at Haile Selassie University (now Addis Ababa University or AAU), and for a time was head of the geography department.

He was also a senior Fulbright scholar in 1971, 1986 and 1987. He retired from AAU in 1991.




  1. alemu gergafa

    September 30, 2020 at 6:20 am

    It is normaly very sad to hear that sombody

  2. Esubalew A.

    September 30, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    Towering as Ras Dashen ,the son of Ethiopia,the academician,historian,human rights activist and a man of trust passes away.May God rest his soule in heaven.

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