My recent trip to Ethiopia allowed me to spend quality time with my mother. Along with other life issues, we talked a lot about my late father, who passed away when I was a child. Although we had conversations about my dad many times in the past, this time was different. There was new information about my dad, which I was not aware of. What she told me about him surprised me and made me appreciate him even more. She started by explaining why my dad decided to marry and have a family late in life.
He spent the early part of his years in the war, fighting not only with the Italians who came to colonise Ethiopia but with North Korea by being a part of the United Nations army deployed to South Korea. Later on, he served as a mayor of a city in the western part of Ethiopia. I appreciated his contributions and dedications of service to his country very much. As I reflect on what my mother told me about him, I remember how losing him early in life affected my childhood and beyond and decided to share it with you.