Abate Yachin Seat reached a landmark with 10,000 copies sold, large Crowd Attended Book Signing Event in Addis Ababa

The recently released book Abate Yachin Seat, a book about Maj. Gen. Demissie Bulto and the May 89 coup attempt, has reached a landmark by historical standards with sales of 10,000. The book, which is in its third publication is being widely circulated throughout Ethiopia, Europe and North America. The book chronicles the military life of the late Major General Demissie Bulto and his role in the failed attempt to overthrow the brutal regime of Lt. Col. Mengistu H/Mariam. The book has garnered a lot of interest not only with people concerned with historical facts but also with casual readers.

On March 25, 2010, over three hundred guests gathered at the Addis Ababa Hilton for a book signing reception with the author. The evening’s guests of honor were Lt. Gen. Jagama Kelo and Maj. Gen. Gizaw Belayneh. Several former generals and officers also attended the event, including Maj. Gen. Abebe W/Mariam and Maj. Gen. Merdasa Lelisa. The even featured speeches by family members, former military colleagues and students of Gen. Demissie as well as academic scholars.

Author with Lt. Gen. Jagama Kelo and Maj. Gen. Abebe Woldemariam.

Among the speakers were Col. Estiphanos G/Meskel, a founding members of the Ethiopian Airborne Battalion, Maj. Argaw Kabtyimer, who moderated part of the program, Col. Melese Tesema, a member of the second course of the old Emperial Guard Military Academy, Brig. Gen. Wassihun Nigatu, and Col, Amsalu G/Egzi (the author of the recently released book “Ye Ertitrea Mezez”).

In a prepared speech, Gen. Gizaw Belayneh singled out Gen. Demissie as one of the preeminent war strategies that the Ethiopian Military produced. Col. Estifanos recounted the feat of the Airborne company that was led by the then Capt. Demissie Bulto in the jungles of Bale in 1964. He recalled how the air force bombed the company by mistake and how the soldiers fought against an enemy that was entrenched in the jungle and shooting at them from treetops. He also talked about the Togowuchale campaign against the invading Somalian army where an airborne company dislodged the Somalia army after a bitter fight.

Col. Amsalu, a former student of Gen. Demissie Bulto at the Harar Military Academy and who was imprisoned by Mengistu because of his support for the coup, talked about the tension between Gen. Demissie and the Mengistu regime and the Gen. Demissie’s effort to ameliorate the effects of some of the policies within the army. Gen. Wassihun described the strength of the Somalian army that invaded Southern Ethiopia through Bale and Sidamo and its hand picked leader Col. Abdulahi Yussef (who was president of the transitional government of Somalia until recently). When Gen. Demissie was appointed commander of the Southern Corps, the Somalian Army was only 60 KM from Awasa.

Col. Abdulahi’s army was marching to Addis Ababa emboldened by his success at controlling vast territories and dawning of Ethiopian fighter jets and capturing the famous Ethiopian fighter jet pilot, Col. Legesse Tefera. It took three days for the then Col. Demissie Bulto to reorganize the retreat ting Ethiopian army, turn it into a fighting force, and drive the Somlian army beyond the border. Gen. Wassihun concluded that what prevented the elite Somalian force and its prized leader was the strong leadership of Gen. Demissie and the heroic deeds of many under his command. The military operation in the South against the Somalian army is one of the marbles yet to be chronicled in the annals of war in Ethiopian history.

Col. Mesele Tesema read from the Poem he prepared for his old friend and colleague, Gen. Demissie.

More photos after the jump!

Still a few more coming.

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2 Responses to Abate Yachin Seat reached a landmark with 10,000 copies sold, large Crowd Attended Book Signing Event in Addis Ababa

  1. Rajan Menon says:

    Dear Ato Derege :

    The story is very old. My father P.C.Menon, was a teacher in Harar, Dire Dawa and finally he taught in Addis Ababa Junior Com. College. He served the Education Dept from 1963 to 1985 (22 years). He also used to teach part-time (Politial Science & Economics) at University and also at Harar Military Academy. Most of his stay, say for about 15 years, he was in Harar & Dire Dawa. Only for about 7-8 yrs he was at Addis.
    I remember Bulto Uncle as a small boy when he used to come to our house for coaching classes or sometimes for his Higher Education practice exams as he was Daddy’s student at the Univiersity or Military Academy. (I exactly dn’t remember) I have always seen him in Uniform only and used to be very jolly and jovial with us kids (WE are 4 – myself + my three younger sisters). Daddy used to announce that Bulto Uncle is coming home in the evening – and we all used to wait eagerly for his arrival. Both his pockets used to be full of choclates. One or two of his military colleagues also used to attend. It has been long, long time – almost 40 years ago. My father left Ethiopia for good in 1985 and since then we do not have any direct links except through some of Daddy’s Indian friends. Bot my parents are no more now. I am 51 yrs old now. I was working in Dubai for almost 15 years and since then returned to India and currently in Mumbai. Two of my sisters are still continuing in Dubai. All of us are married and have grown up kids now. Whenever we talk of Ethiopia, Uncle’s name used to crop up.
    I do not know about Unlcle’s professional work – it did not matter for us. It is nice to know a book has ben written by you and released. It is realy nice of you and I and my family join you in this moment of joy. I was surfing the net when I suddenly came across Uncle’s name in Google. Pls convey my best regards to yr Mummy and other family members.
    With profound regards / Rajan Menon

  2. Abdissa Fufa says:

    Indeed MG Demissie is the one who can lead the world but we couldn’t get Him b/c he was dead, but his work is still alive. please how I can get his book? please inform me I want to buy this book.

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