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    Posted June 7, 2014 by
    addis abeba, Ethiopia

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    Belay Zeleke

    Below is said to be the only existing picture of Belay Zeleke. Belay Zeleke was born in 1912 in Bichena, East Gojam, Ethiopia.

    "Belay Zeleke felt the need to defend his country and led an insurgency movement against the occupation in Gojam. Soon, he became known for being remorseless among Italian generals and they fought him as hard as they could. Not only did he defeat the Italian army that was sent to destroy him, but he also took into custody the army’s general and executed him by hanging. After driving the Italian army out of Gojam and some parts of Wollo, he put himself in charge of these particular regions much to the gladness of the population. His courageous heroism inspired thousands of Ethiopians to resist the occupation and many wanted to be like him."

    Belay Zeleke is considered as an icon and defines the true Ethiopian spirit of courage, defiance and valor!
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