Auteur Born in rural Ethiopia to an Ethiopian mother and Indian father, BAALU GIRMA was a graduate of Addis Ababa University and l...
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Born in rural Ethiopia to an Ethiopian mother and Indian father, BAALU GIRMA was a graduate of Addis Ababa University and later studied journalism in the United States. In addition to serving as editor of several of Ethiopia's most respected magazines and newspapers, he also worked as a civil servant in Ethiopia's Ministry of Information. This position allowed him access to government officials during both the Imperial and Communist governments. Prior to Oromay, he wrote five other popular and critically-acclaimed Amharic-language novels: Beyond the Horizon, The Bell of Conscience, The Call of the Red Star, Haddis, and The Author. His integrity as a journalist, courageous criticism of repressive regimes, and martyrdom to the cause of literary freedom make him a significant figure in modern Ethiopian history and Amharic literature. Girma disappeared in 1984, and it is widely believed that he was abducted by the Derg for his critical writings.