Be a voice for POW Col. Bezabeh Petros


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  45 (Goal: 10,000)

Petitioning: Ethiopians

Petitioner: Ethiofekade started on October 10, 2011

Be a voice for POW Col. Bezabeh Petros

Colonel Bezabeh Petros was a senior pilot officer who served the Ethiopian Air Force diligently and honorably through three consequent regimes.His primary mission was to defend his country and people against any enemy . He first served his country during the Ethio/Somalia war.then during war with EPLF .In 1984,his fighter mig jet was hit ,and he served as POW for 8 years in sahel desert . After his return Col.Bezabih resumed his flying career as top flying instructor pilot on various air planes including Advanced Jet training.
In May 1998, when the war broke out between Ethiopia and Eritrea, the tireless and the courageous Col. once again headed to the front combat line to defend his nation. Unfortunately on June 5,1998 his Mig-21 fighter interceptor was shot down by Eritrean anti aircraft unit and Col. Bezabih Petros was taken as POW.Col. Bezabih Petros is a father of 3 boys and two girls.
I believe , he is still alive and we shall see him coming back home safely. We all hope that, and keep pray for that. Ever since his second capture, there have not been any official statements about his whereabouts. The rumor is that the Eritrean government killed him after having tortured him for months. Another account state that he is still imprisoned by the Eritrean government in an disclosed area. So far there has been anything definitive. Whether alive or not the family of Colonel Bezabeh Petrost and the Ethiopian people deserve to know the truth. He is a prisoner of war, and under international law the Eritrea government has an obligation to make a statement on the whereabouts of Colonel Bezabeh Petros.