The Autobiography of Emperor Haile Sellassie I - Volume 2


This second volume covers the history of Our struggle from the time We presented Ethiopia's appeal to the League of Nations in Geneva on Sene 23, 1928 [June 30, 1936], through the period when We returned to Ethiopia and began to be involved in the continuing modernization of Our country, up to the signing of a treaty with Our friend and ally, the British government, on Ter 23, 1934 [Jan. 31, 1942]. It describes the war of politics We waged, and the severe personal trials and difficulties that We encountered during Our exile in Britain. In addition, it explains, more or less, to what extent the correspondence We had with Our patriots contributed to Our struggle.

Nine months after the beginning of World War II, We saw the dawn of Our freedom approaching, and We left Britain for the Sudan at the end of Sene 1932 [June 1940], to drive the enemy out of Our country. Described in this book are the details of how We gathered together Our exiled loyal citizens to support Our effort and spent six months organizing Our military forces in collaboration with the British; and how We entered Ethiopia and, with the help of Our ally, launched a campaign, broke the forces of the enemy, gained victory and restored freedom.

After the defeat of the enemy and Our return to the capital, We encountered some intricate problems with the British authorities in East Africa. However, without losing patience and hope, We persevered through the problems We faced, above all placing Our confidence in God and His fair judgement. Our steadfast struggle eventually bore fruit, and We emerged victorious. Even so, Our conscience has never been diverted by self-glorification and hypocrisy from believing that this victory was God's provision.

To recapitulate when We appealed to the Geneva assembly and reminded the nations of the world that, "if Europe considers the matter as if it were over, it has to take into account the fate that awaits itself," not a few people saw [our plea] as a trivial matter. Nevertheless, when the righteous Judge stood up to dispense justice, each government regretted the result that befell it. The world also witnessed the limits of the power of all aggressors.

Haile Sellassie I
King of Kings

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