|Death Of Prince Makonnen|
May 18, 1957
|May the Almighty God reward you -- all our people, young and old and the thousands of students |
who have so profoundly shared our grief in the heavy blow we ahve sustained on the passing of
our son, Prince Makonnen. Itegue and I are most thankful for your expression of sympathy.
The share that all our people has taken in our sorrow has helped to comfort us. The students
whom, with God's help we have provided with education, have with their faithful hearts expressed
their grief with tears while we followed the last remains of our son in his funeral. Though he (the
deceased Prince) is our son in flesh and blood -- those are our children in education. The school
boys and girls shed their tears as if for a devoted brother or sister.
Moreover, the telegrams of sympathy which we have received from dignitaries, officials, from
foreign lands and from all over the Empire have greatly comforted us. As he is our son and your
son, our grief has become your grief.
We loved our son Makonnen in two ways: In the first, because he is our son. Thus our sorrow
under the shadow of his death is that of the heavy-laden heart of a parent at the loss of a child.
Secondly, since he was a child he was always beside us offering us essential aid and service.
Besides, at the age of 12, during the war, reluctant to separate from us, he marched with us to
Desie helping us to protect ourselves from the raining bombs.
When we were in exile he was Our source of comfort. During his youth he determined to set a
good mental and decorous example to those whom we prepared to participate in the progress of
our country, thus exemplifying his will, his efforts and his farsightedness.
In his humane reminders to us concerning the poor and indigent, he sought and obtained relief for
them. These acts we leave to those who received his benevolence, to recall. Though young he
brought constantly to our attention the conditions of all those who deserved help, doing so even
very late at night, foregoing all youthful diversion. Young as he was he was so mentally mature
that he advised us like an elderly person.
We brought him up by feeding hm with a nursing bottle, while his mother gave him her breast. We
had hoped that we might precede him, but unexpectedly this tragic loss has deprived us of him.
Even if we comply fully with God's commands and take care of his wife and children, can this to us
be a substitute for Makkonnen? However, Makonnen cannot be to us more than the whole
Ethiopian people who are our sons and daughters.
Mortality is man's inevitable course. We must patiently accept God's resolution in giving us
Makonnen the one whom He gave us to be the ornament of our life and recalling him.
Today is the third day since we had laid him to rest, and we must go to him since he cannot come
Let us all return to the services for which we have been chosen. We must save ourselves so that
we may be of service to others. May God accept that tears that were shed and use the hearts of
those who have shed them to the progress of our country. So let us return to our duties.
|Haile Selassie the First - May 18, 1957|