Colonel Wolde Belihu Was An Ethiopian Hero Who Fought At The Italo-Abyssinian War Of 1935-41
Washington DC ( Little Ethiopia) -The founding president of All for One Association Ms. Mulumebet Wolde will honor African American and Ethiopian veterans who fought for " FREEDOM ' for the black people of the world in the American Civil War and Ethiopia's wars of Adwa of 1896 and the Italo-Abyssinian war of 1935-41. Abyssinia is the ancient name of Ethiopia. Her father, Colonel Wolde Belhu, not only fought against foreign enemies but also died from a wound fighting the most brutal military dictator Colonel Mengistu Haile Mariam in 1978.
Belhu was born on January 14, 1922 in the small village called Menz, Shoa. He was 13 years old when Italy invaded Ethiopia and he joined the famous guerrilla fighters Dejazmatch Awraris with his father Belhu Woldeselassie. Later, after the death of his father in the battlefield, he joined the army of Ras Abebe Aregai and served for five years. During this time, he fought in many wars and was a respected young warrior. At the age of 17 he was in charge of 50 soldiers and own a “መትረየስ“ that he conquered from Italian soldiers during the battles. He was also one of the 5 young adults who were trusted and assigned to negotiate with the Italian General Graziani representing Ras Abebe Aregai.
After the war he came to Addis Ababa and went to school. He graduated from the Holeta Military Academy and Abadina Police College. He has also earned a law diploma from Haile Selassie University. He has served in various positions and assignments throughout the country. In 1960, he also served internationally for one year in the Democratic Republic of Congo as the United Nations Ethiopian mission to organize the police force and provide advice and training.
After he retired he was an activist and serving the community in various situations and specially helping the patriots as he was member of YeEthiopia Arbegnoch Mahber.
Shortly after the socialist government took power in 1974 he joined Lij Mesfin Biru and Lij Merid Biru who rebelled against the government, and fought in the Mehal Meda area, Shoa region, over 3 years until he died on May 18, 1978.
Belihu was an Ethiopian hero who fought and served his country from youth to death.