The Ethiopian Civil War: The Causes Of The Ethiopian Civil War

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The Ethiopian Civil War had begun with a military coup d’état against Emperor Haile Selassie in 1974 and lasted until 1991 when the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) overthrew the government.This uprising of the people wasn’t unexpected as one would think since another coup attempt had occurred in 1960, which Emperor Haile suppressed by claiming to step up with the reform policies. Those promises failed, and the people started to revolt against the emperor, and after a wave of demonstrations, mutinies, and uprisings they succeeded in overthrowing him. There were many reasons which made the people of Ethiopia want to revolt against their Emperor such as his lack of attempts to modernize the country, address deep social problems such as famine, and the…show more content…
Another problem, that would show itself to be a pain later was the non-existent foundation for democracy, and the little interest he had in dealing with economics. He died several months later, and with no one to take his place the military took the stand starting the dictatorship of The Derg which caused Bloody Saturday and the Red Terror. This war that occurred over the span of 17 years was one that had to be waged in order to overthrow a dictatorial regime, however, it was at the cost of many lives lost. The events that had taken place surrounding the year 1974 were not spontaneous but was the cause of the Emperor’s indifferent behavior towards things such as famine from 1972 to 1973. Emperor Haile Selassie response to the famine was dismissive, claiming that it was merely a natural disaster even though more than 200,000 people died. There

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