The day my sister disappeared

After a defiant speech criticising the Ethiopian government, Sally Dawit went underground and her family never saw her again.

In the 1970s, Selamawit (Sally) Dawit worked on the women’s committee of the Derg, the military government that ruled Ethiopia following the revolution and overthrow of the country’s Emperor Selassie. But secretly, Sally was a member of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Par ty and spoke out against the Derg — a dangerous move considering her family’s position in politics.

Brutawit describes the day her sister Sally gave a speech, critical of the Derg, and the last time she saw her before she escaped into hiding.

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Finding Sally

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