Condolence Page for TPLF Artists (9/26/2011)

In memory of those beloved Tigrai Police Orchestra who died on 9/26/11


Sad news from the home front!

A bus accident has taken away from us some of our beloved artists! Some 19 of our beloved artist were traveling to Sudan to carry on their public duty via Bahirdar. Among the nine dead so far are Berhane Gebremeskel (Gano), Berhane Gebrehiwot (handebet), Berhane Andey (Kunama), Letemeskel Gbrehiwot (Agew), Tekie Tesfamariam, Haile Gerlasie, Berhane Gebremichael, Ashenafi Mengistu and Habtome. The accident happened near Kobo Amhara Region this morning(9/26/11).

Online memorial service for Tigrai Police Orchestra members who died on Sep 26, 2011.
Friends and comrades of the nine Tigrai police orchestra who died by the horrific bus accident celebrated the mammoth life achievement of those killed. Most of the nine members were TPLF members who played key roles in defeating the fascist regime of Colonel Mengsitu Hailemariam and in the current struggle to uproot poverty. Their living comrades who knew them one on one and as a gifted artist shared with the online audience how these heroes and heroines joined the struggle since childhood. Some of the online audience also passed their condolences to the deceased immediate family, extended family and the whole people of Tigrai who will endure the tragic loss. The memorial get to gather was held at gezategaru paltalk room.

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  • Letter of Condolences!!
    From the Embassy of Ethiopia, Washington DC

    It is with the utmost and utter disbelief and shock that we have learnt of the tragic death of the nine members of the Tigray National Regional State Police Musical Troupe. These valiant and gallant sons and daughters of the Ethiopian people have certainly left behind, a startling and ever shining deeds during the armed struggle against the military dictatorship and later on in the fight against poverty, and for the sprouting of peace, development and democracy in our country. The Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia would like to seize upon this trying period to express its deep felt sorrow and regrets for the deceased and wounded artists and extends its sympathy for the consolation and strength for the bereaved family, friends of the victims and the entire Ethiopian people for the sudden mishap.

    I am extremely sorry for your loss, and the loss of Ethiopia. These wonderful Ethiopian heroes have a special place in all of our hearts, and as we mourn together I'd like to take this time to reflect on the love and special talent these blessed men and women expressed together. I can surely testify these beloved sons and daughters will remain in our hearts, now and forever. Personally, I am proud to have these performers representing Ethiopia because of their impact on the country. Every day they have fought the on-going struggles and sadness among them, and despite this they always brought immense optimism to their work. They will always be remembered as the strength and grace of Ethiopia. Their moving act together stirred and ignited passion into our hearts. They are the champions of Ethiopia and I won’t ever forget their strong spirit. I pray that the Lord may alleviate your pain and grief. I also pray that you will carry on the responsibility of projecting the men and women unto the people of Ethiopia. Let their names be etched into the memory of all Ethiopians, because they truly represented our country in a way like no other. They were able to take their different backgrounds and history and combine them into a beautiful presentation that lights up the heart of every Ethiopian.
    God Bless them and Ethiopia Hannah Godefa




    ቃል ሓዘን ብድንገት ናይ ማኪና ሓደጋ መስዋእቲ ኣሕዋትናን ሓፍትናን ኣባላት ፖሊስ ኦርኬስትራ ኣብ ዝሰማዕናሉ ግዜ ዝተሰማዓና ሓዘን ወሰን የብሉን። ርግጽ ኣብዛ ዓለምዚኣ ናይ ዘላኣለም ነበርቲ ኣይኮናን። ከከም ዕድልና ንግዜኡ ጸኒሕና ሓለፍቲ ኢና።ነባሪ ዝኸውን እቲ ብሂወትና ከሎና ዝፈጸምናዮ ውልቃዊ ታሪኽ ጥራይ ኢዩ። ስውኣት ኣሕዋትን ሓፍትን ኣብቲ ዝሓለፈ ቃልሲ ዕዙዝ ተራ ኢዩ ነይርዎም። ብፍላይ ተጋደልቲ ብርሃነ ጋኖን ለተመሰቀል ኣገውን ብርሃነ ሃንደበትን ከምኡ ድማ ካልኦትን ካብቲ ዝሓለፈ ሓርነታውን ዲሞክራስያውን ቃልሲ መስዋእትነት ሰጊሮም፡ ዕጥቆም ከይፈትሑ፡ ኣብ መስርሕ ቃልሲ ምዕባሌ ኢዮም ተሰዊኦም። እሞ ሽሕ’ኳ ካብ ህዝቦም ብኣካል እንተተፈልዩ፡ እቲ ጽቡቚ ህዝባውን ሃገራውን ታሪኾም ናይ ዘላኣለም ነባሪ ኢዩ። ህዝብታት ኢትዮጵያ ብሓፈሽኡ፡ ብፍላይ ድማ በተ-ሰብ ስውኣት ጽንዓት ይሃብኩም። ነቶም ጀጋኑ ስውኣት ድማ መንግስተ-ሰማይ የዋርሶም።
    ኣድሓኖም ፍትዊ (ካብ ሆላንድ)


    The TDA-Nashville Chapter members, and all Tigray community residents of the Nashville, TN and Clarksville, TN areas are deeply shocked and saddened by the sudden tragic death of the 9 and injuries of the remaining renowned Artists of the Tigray Police Orchestra our beloved and legendary men and women of Tigray. Words can not express our grief and we would like to pray that god rest the soul of the dead and full speedy recovery of those injured. We would like to express as well our deepest sympathy and condolences to their family members, friends, their comrades, the people of Tigray, regional government of Tigray and the Ethiopian people in general. We will miss them dearly and their hard work and sacrifice will remain eternally with us.
    TDA-Nashville, TN, Chapter and Tigreans in the Nashville and Clarksville area USA September 28, 2011


    A Message of Condolence from the Tigray Ethiopian Community Association in Colorado
    The Tigray Ethiopian Community Association in Colorado is saddened by the untimely and tragic loss of the nine artists of the Tigray Police Orchestra, who died in a dreadful accident en route to Khartoum, Sudan. We mourn their heartbreaking death along with members of our community association and the rest of the Ethiopian people. Even though we grieve over the loss of our heroes and heroines, we are comforted by the gallant resolve they showed us to rid our country of poverty and backwardness. As a continuation of the armed struggle that liberated our country and our people from the yoke of tyranny, they lost their precious lives as they were marching to preach the peace. We express our sincere condolences and deep sympathy to the family and loved ones of the deceased and the rest of the Ethiopian people. We also wish a quick recovery to those who sustained heavy injuries and comfort to their loved ones. The heroes and heroines will continue to be remembered for their astounding deeds formerly in mobilizing the people to join the armed struggle to overthrow the military junta and presently in preaching peace, prosperity, democracy, good governance and development. We repeat the dictum, “Eternal glory to our martyrs!” May their soles rest in peace!
    The Tigray Ethiopian Community Association in Colorado Board of Directors September 28, 2011


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    Letter of Condolences from TDA in North America
    It was a great shock to learn about the tragic death of the 9 members of the Tigrai Police orchestra. We are deeply sudden by the untimely death of these artist who's life exemplified resiliencey and selflessness.There are no word that can express how people felt when the news was heard. In this tragic time, the members of the TDA in North america would like to express our saddness and offer our condolences to their family and to the people of Tigrai.
    TDANA Washington DC Sept. 28,2011


    We are extremely shocked and saddened by the sudden demise of the Tigray Police Troupe Artists. We learnt of the tragedy that claimed the lives of our heroes and heroines with disbelief and shock. On this very sad moment, we would like to convey our deepest sympathy and profound condolences to the bereaved families, friends and peoples of Ethiopia for such a huge loss in this most unfortunate and tragic accident.
    Embassy of the F.D.R. of Ethiopia Nairobi


    There are few moments in our life when we are speechless and this week will forever leave an imprint of sorrow and pain in our hearts and minds. This week we have learned the recent tragic death of nine members of the Tigray Police Orchestra. Words cannot alone express how shocked & saddened we are to hear the passing of our dearest and bravest brothers and sisters who have lost their lives. This tragic news has stunned the entire Ethiopian communities at home and aboard alike, especially the United Tigrean Youth Network. These legendary artist were men and women who have had dedicated their lives to the betterment of our people. It was not by coincident then those brave men and women lost their lives while on a routine mission on behalf of their beloved people. These unselfish Artists' have touched every one of us, directly or indirectly, we are lucky to have know them thru their cause and music. United Tigrean Youth Network will always cherish their memories and challenge our-self to raise to the occasion and help carry out their mission to continue the development objectives and to fulfill their dream of flourishing the region of Tigray and the people of Tigray. In the mean time, we would like to express our deepest sympathy and condolence to their family members, friends, the people & government of Tigray. We will miss them so dearly and treasure their memories forever.      
    May Their Soul Rest in Peace!
    United Tigrean Youth Network (UTYN) 27th September 2011



    "Dear the families of the tragic death of the members of the Tigray National Regional State Police Musical Troupe Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We are sorry for your loss." Love, "I don't know the pain you feel at this time, but I believe God can give you the strength you need." "The more important something is, the more it hurts to lose. I feel a great loss at this time. I know that God will take care of you and I as we get through this loss together." "Though words, however gentle, cannot take your loss away, still may these and other letters from the tigrians and ethiopians sent in sympathy help comfort you today." "We may not understanding why sad things happen, may it somehow help to know how much we care." "I was deeply saddened to hear of this tragic passing of our heros You are in my thoughts." "My deepest sympathies during your time of loss. Please know that we are here for you. "
    With love and prayers, Hamedo sweden.





    I am expressing my deepest sympathy and condolence to the people and government of Tigray for the tragic loss of heroes of Tigray. My thoughts and prayer is with everyone who has been affected! My God bless their souls. Robel Gebrehiwot Phoenix.AZ


    Letter of Condolences from Habtom Yohannes and Family (Amersfoort, The Netherlands): We are still in a shock after the tragic car accident, whereby gifted artis like Berhane Ghebremeskel (Gano), Berhane Gebrehiwot (handebet), Berhane Andey (Kunama), Letemeskel Gebrehiwot (Agew), Tekie Tesfamariam, Haile Gerelasie, Berhane Gebremichael, Ashenafi Mengistu and moksi Habtom Gebremariam died! Many are ingured! May God give them recovery and safe their lives. To those who left us suddenly: may God give them eternal rest and may God comfort their families and friends. May God help the people of Tigray, Ethiopia and Eritrea not to forget these wonderful gifts of God and cherish their struggle for justice, cultural renewal and dignity for ever. We all are one and nobody will divide us. Habtom Yohannes (Eritrean friend of Tigray, Ethiopia)


    It is really shocking and devastating to learn that this tragedy has claimed the lives of our beloved brothers and sisters. They have scarified their entire life for the struggle to attain peace, democracy and prosperity. Finally, they have paid the ultimate price while they were marching to discharge their duty. Although it is too sad to miss such great artists at their young age, they will be remembered for ever for the history they have made in their short life. I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to their families, friends and the people of Tigray.
    Leul, Seattle WA.


      In memory of the police band (Tegadelti) Of Tigray

      May I cry?
      Not for you, just for me and Tigray

      May I cry?
      Not for you, just for your love one left behind in sorrow;
      For those didn’t witness your deeds- but who will know you tomorrow.

      May I cry?
      Not for you, just for those ungrateful of your deeds,
      But never hesitated eat your fruits.

      May I cry?
      Not for you, just for those comrades hiked on your backs,
      For those got forgotten your existence,
      While you were on this timely Earth;

      I do not cry for you,
      While you are shining like your names,
      Four Brhanes ,Tekie
      Ashenafi, Letish, Habtom, and Haile.

      I do not cry,
      F or the journey you made, cause not many had it this far,
      Winning the battles and the mother of all war,
      You are not gone, rather rest,
      You have given us all your best.

      I do not cry,
      But I will miss you, even though it hurts,
      For sure you will be remembered and will always exist.

      Reqiq 27th September, 2011


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    Message of condolences from Agazi School Alumni Association - North America
    Just as we celebrate New Year and Meskel with festive music of our Artists from different parts of Ethiopia, to lose 9 Artists at once from Tigray is real tragedy. Friends and families may be comforted by the fact that they may be out of sight but their voices will be with us. May God rest their souls and give their families the strength to overcome the loss. May the families and friends get the comfort out of the undying voices of their loved ones.


    We are shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic death of the talented artists and heroes of Tigray. These great youngsters put their lives on the war front during a fight for freedom and worked hard for the economic and cultural transformation of their country. It is so ironic and unbelievable for these young talents to have survived the tragedies of war only to die in a bus ride at peace time they were supposed to enjoy. It hurts a lot to think that we won't see them again but they definitely will be in our hearts for the rest of our lives.
    May God bless their souls and give their families the strength and comfort at this unbearable times.
    Haile G. , Friends and Family From LosAngels, Californiam, USA



    We heard the tragic car accident that caused the death of our loved ones from a distance. Our brothers and sisters are gone physically, but will live in our hearts forever. We honor our martyrs, our condolences to all families who lost their loved ones! We are distant and far away physically, but our hearts and minds are with you. May God / Allah bless Ethiopia and its people! Let us unite our forces where ever we are as always to improve our Ethiopia and keep our fallen brothers and sisters’ promise alive.
    Association of Ethiopian Tegaru Northern Italy Milano

    It is a shocking and tragic untimely death of the nine popular members of our Police Musical Troupe. These chivalrous sons and daughters of Ethiopia have certainly left behind an indelible and shining history in their struggle against the preceding heinous Dictatorial polity. It is inspiring to note that their struggle has ushered in a democratic and just system in lieu of the inhuman system. What is most heartening and gratifying to reminisce is that these have witnessed the irreversible realization of social justice, peace, development and democracy firmly established in Ethiopia as a true testimony to the enduring struggle they waged in the thick and thin of the last thirty seven years until their sudden demise while shouldering and delivering their usual popular mission. May God rest their soul in peace; console their family with his peace and strength.
    With all my heartfelt condolences and sincere sympathy.
    Dereje Teklemariam Gebremeskel, Lecturer
    Mekelle University



    Ethiopia lost its precious children untimely
    I was shocked and saddened to hear the tragic loss of Berhane Gano, Letemeskel Agew, Berhane Handebet, and others whose names were not broadcast on last night’s ETV news. Words fail me to express the pain I am currently feeling over their untimely death. They were Ethiopia’s golden children—all of them “Tegadelties” who selflessly fought against the brutal regime—the Derg. The Ethiopian people owe them gratitude for the great sacrifices they endured during the ardent struggle that lasted for seventeen years. Moreover, they were working tirelessly to eradicate poverty and complete the wishes of their fallen comrades until they departed from us yesterday. They died in action. For all the things they have done for us, we will never forget them. Their good deeds will live in our hearts and in the anal of history. May God rest their souls in heaven, and give comfort to the bereaved families.
    Mezgebe Gebrekiristos
    Chicago

    Do not tell me my heroes and heroins are deceased:
    To me they are not dead for they have left the most precious thing that generation shall venerate-History!. As a person who senses and feels deeply what their precious legacy mean to me and their people, i still fill they are among us. Back in the days of trenches, I heard Tegadelty never showed tears in their eye when they lost their heroic comrades, as if their lacrimal gland went out dry, despite their intimacy and love to each other was more than brothers and sisters from the same womb but for sure it was not the case. It was most probably b/c they knew every Tegadaly/Tegadalit was registering history and leaving a legacy to his people to be venerated for generations to come. So, do not tell me they are no more among us. They just preferred to be beside their comrades that paid their precious life before them but all are still among us. Birhane Gano had told us every thing: that he will leave us soon, to rest beside missed comrades but altruistically leave his legacy to us like those before him to stay among us. I heard the apparently devastating news hour back. It took me a while to collect myself, my deep sorrow but finally realize that they are not gone for good to disappear as if they never existed like those who have no legacy at all.
    May almighty rest their soul in peace! Zemed Y. Sep 27, 2011

    Tragic Loss
    I am writing to express my deepest sympathy and condolences to the families and friends of artists Berhane Gano, Letemeskel Agew, Berhane Handebet and six others. I was deeply saddened to hear about the accident and the consequent untimely death of the artists. It is a big loss for the families and for the colleagues. I was shocked when I heard on the Ethiopian television news this terrible loss. It is a tragedy that they have gone so soon. It is unimaginable the kind of pain for those who fought along with them in the 17 years of arm straggle for freedom and equality. They are gone but their contributions will always be an example for all of us to live up to with deepest sympathy. May God comfort their families and friends.
    Yohannes B, New York

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