Ethiopians residing in Northern Shoa created the Association of Ethiopian Patriots (AEPatriots) at Ankelafign, Tegulet District, of Shoa Region in 1939. This organization was instrumental in coordinating the struggle against the Fascist Force. It was founded by ten concerned Ethiopians for the purpose of engaging the Fascist War machine in a coordinated manner; expel the enemy from the Ethiopian territory; and ascertain the sovereignty of the country. After the victory over the Italian Fascist Force in 1941, the government of H.I.M. Haile Selassie 1st granted legal recognition to the Association. The Association has had its members under its umbrella ever since. At present, the Association - with the help of the government of Ethiopia - is looking after the elderly combatants.
Lidj Daniel Jote Mesfen, President of the Association
The Association of Ethiopia Patriots is an organization that was formed in 1939 in the middle of the war against the invading Italian Fascist force in Ankelagn, Tegulet, in Northern Shoa, Ethiopia. It was formed by ten concerned Ethiopians to coordinate the defense of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ethiopia. The organization survived the war with victory against colonialism. The Association received legal recognition by the government of H.I.M. Haile Selassie 1st .
For the last eighty-two years of its existence the Association has led activities to recognize the enduring legacy of these heroic efforts. This has included organizing annual anniversary celebrations in remembrance of the victories as well the sacrifices of those who suffered or lost their lives in the fight to free Ethiopia from the invading fascists. While this remains an important component of the Association’s activities, in recognition of the increasing material needs of the aging combatants has led the Association to focus on providing essential goods to these national heroes.
The plight of many of these unwavering patriotic Ethiopians has caught the attention of concerned Ethiopians in the diaspora. In an effort to allow such individuals to be able to contribute to the efforts of the Association, we are in the process of establishing a non-profit organization to facilitate fundraising to continue this important work. We urge all Ethiopians in the diaspora and others who value the historical significance of Ethiopia’s evasion of the devastating impact of colonial rule to support us in recognizing the efforts of those who risked life and limb to liberate Ethiopia during that critical juncture.
This website will provide all relevant information regarding the Association, including the mission and goals of the organization. We would like to thank you for joining us and request that you humbly share the link to the website to all concerned. May God Almighty be with us throughout our endeavors. Long live Ethiopia.
Here you can read short stories from the gorilla battle of 5 years accompanied with available pictures ...