Denver Metro Area Home to 30,000 Ethiopians, Eritreans – The Denver Post

Women pray during a Sunday service at St. Mary's Ethiopian Orthodox Church. There are more than 30,000 Ethiopian immigrants in the Denver area. (Grant Hindsley, The Denver Post)

The Denver Post

By Joey Bunch

As America counted down to the bicentennial of its Declaration of Independence in 1976, Yoseph Tafari was taking the first steps toward winning his own freedom. The 21-year-old organizer in the anti-Marxist movement in Ethiopia staggered alone toward the Sahara Desert, the mountains of his native Ethiopia shrinking behind him with each stride.

To escape the military junta that had marked him for death, Tafari spent four days in the wilderness, until goatherds found him and took him to the dry riverbed that marked the Sudan border near Kurmuk.

He risked death because death seemed certain.

“It’s not death that you fear,” he explained. “It’s the torture. These were very brutal people.”

Like other refugees, Tafari never returned, though he continues to look back in his mind.

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