|"The Golden Declaration" - Liberation
Jan. 22, 1940
|Our people of Ethiopia! Listen!|
Thanks be to Almighty God who is impartial to all, Who can break the arms of the strong and who
stands by the oppressed.
When Our long-time enemy, Italy, crossed Our border and occupied Our country by aggressive
force, We fought to defend Our country as much as We could and then went to Europe to solicit
help while you, patriots of Ethiopia, continued the struggle and waited for Us fighting day and night
in the forests and mountains against the militarily superior butal enemy, in taking advantage of
your natural heroism as your greatest weapon, never putting aside your swords, abandoning your
flag or surrendering to alien rule.
As you now see, your five-year struggle has made it possible for you to witness the fruits of your
efforts and sacrifices.
We have told you before that We have brought for you with us, the aid of Great Britain which
promised Us to completely dispel Our enemy from Our country and restore Our independence. Our
happiness is boundless when We announce to you that We have returned to Our beloved country,
with God's will, and to be present amidst Our people whom We have been missing for some time.
Our people of Ethiopia!
You know how grim life is to people robbed of their government, independence and their
The time has now come when each and everyone of us should protect and serve Our beloved
country, Ethiopia, with more zeal and vigour.
The Almighty God has been merciful to all of Us. Therefore, We have given mercy to those of you
who, willingly or unwillingly, betrayed your country and your Emperor while here or abroad, and
We urge you, wherever you may be, ro raise your arms against the enemy who has come,
determined to destroy your race, confiscate your property and spoile your name. Now you must
throw him out of Ethiopia.
Italy is now in great despair, pressured by Great Britain's air, sea and land forces and those Italian
soldiers remaining in Our country will not be beyond the challenge of Our reliable patriotic forces.
We express Our gratitude to the government and people of Great Britain, for all the world to hear,
on behalf of you and Ourselves, for the warm, generous and cordial reception and welcome they
accorded Us during Our most trying period.
Long live independent Ethiopia!
Long live Great Britain!
|Haile Selassie the First - January 22, 1940|