Tiglachin Memorial
Tiglachin Memorial
3.5
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rafikiSouthAfrica
south africa37 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 β€’ Friends
we visited the monument. A beggar who asked us for money, told us white people are not allowed at the monument. The waterfountains are broken, mosaic is chipped off, and the gardens are in a sad state.
Written May 25, 2013
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StratManLou
Las Vegas, NV215 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 β€’ Business
a reminder to the brutality of one man's quest for power and the thousands of people who he murdered. Currently living under another dictator's roof (Zimbabwe) - Mengistu should live to meet his court.
Written April 2, 2013
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kurtzu2
Washington, DC64 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 β€’ Solo
Not really much to see here. The monument is poorly maintained, and other than looking somewhat out of place in a non-communist country, it's not worth going out of your way to see. Also note that the soldiers guarding the post office across the street freak out if you pull out your camera on their side of the street to photograph the monument.

Final note: beware the street kids who appear to be trying to interest you in buying a large glossy magazine of some sort. The magazine is being used to distract you in hopes you won't notice their other hand is reaching into your pockets.
Written December 26, 2013
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Chris T
Alice Springs, Australia91 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2012 β€’ Family
This could well be a monument from Mao Tse Tung or Stalin, a bizarre reminder of a horrific time in Ethiopia when radical socialists took over the country and directly and indirectly killed millions of people. I am yet to get a convincing answer from an Ethiopian on why they don't bulldoze it.
Written February 28, 2013
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Nick Savage
Zagreb, Croatia124 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 β€’ Business
Interesting USSR-like monument in the center of Addis... nothing special, but nice to see. Near that monument is main post-office building with postal museum, might be interesting for philatelists...
Written November 21, 2013
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Joe R
Chicago, IL618 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 β€’ Solo
This was nice to se the monument to the Cuban soldiers that helped in the war against Somalia during the communist regime. I definitely recommend to come here to check it out.
Written February 7, 2021
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Martin Z
Switzerland2,039 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 β€’ Solo
Mrs. Seble Teweldebirhan an Addis Ababa based Reporter for Ezega.com and Communication Director is herewith credited for her comprehensive report from May 3, 2012 (Ezega.com) with the title "Tiglachin, Mengistu Hailemariam Justifying His Rule". Quote: The book by Ethiopian former military leader Mengistu Hailemariam, Tiglachin, Yeethiopia Hezeb Abyotawi Yetegel Tarik, (or Our Revolution, The History of Ethiopian People's Revolution) volume one has been published [...] However, the 505 pages book published in US by Tsehay Publisher still is not able to reach local market here in Ethiopia. Therefore, many are wondering, after two decades of exile in Zimbabwe, what Mengistu could possibly would have to say.Those who accessed the book might expect Mengistu to use this opportunity to clarify the crime that surrounds his personality as a former dictator. People might also hope, after almost 20 years away from all the idiocy of his leadership, he might come to his senses and understand what he has done to the country and the people. Of course, knowing his regret and apology for what happened is in the top of many minds.des of exile in Zimbabwe, what Mengistu could possibly would have to say [...] Endquote
The whole text by Mrs. Seble Teweldebirhan is really worthwhile to read and gives a good insight and information of this historic place.
In short: the Tiglachin Monument is a 50m tall pilon, placed on a tiled surface of 50,000m2 and two memorial-walls on either side with photographs of the Cuban Martyrs', all embedded in a beautiful garden area. It has been inaugurated in September 1984; and it is a reminder of the gruesome Derg regime under Military Leader Mengistu Hailemariam in the 1970s-80s, when also Cuba has been involved as a party in the so-called revolution and left numerous Cuban Martyrs' behind. The stone sculpture on the right hand side behind the Cuban memorial wall, depicting two mourning humans that are comforting each other is an additional important part of this place and Ethiopias' history; and it should be on the 'to-do-list' of Ethiopian visitors.
Written May 6, 2018
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johnhart2016
Pretoria, South Africa51 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 β€’ Business
This monument commemorates the Ethiopian and Cuban soldiers killed in the 1977-78 Ethiopian-Somali Ogaden war. Although it reflects the communist/Soviet architecture of the Derg of Mengistu, it is wrongly associated with this regime.
Written April 6, 2016
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Esubalew A
Esubalew A
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015
This Tiglachin monument was erected in memory of members of the heroic Ethiopian defense forces, who repulsed with Cuban support the aggressive Somali army. Behind the statue, there is the Black Lion Hospital, a name adopted from that of young Holeta Military Academy
Written December 23, 2015
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Anthony F
Ottawa, Canada201 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 β€’ Couples
One of the wonderful traits of the Ethiopian people is their acceptance of the past history; be it good or bad they own it! Therefore even though the earlier communist regime is out and gone, they did not destroy the monuments of that era. They accept that those events happened and get on with their lives now. Then they charge tourists about .50cents to see it! The sculpture is dramatic in the way Socialist Realism is and worth a visit. Many people misidentify this a a monument to the DERG, but it is a memorial and thanks to Cuba for sending troops and aid to Ethiopia in that era (1980s).
Written January 30, 2015
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