Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum, Addis Ababa

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Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum provides a powerful reminder of the scale of atrocity during the Red Terror massacres under the Derg Regime. Established in 2010 to memorialize the 500,000 victims of the late 1970s violent Marxist political campaign, the museum educates visitors about the events leading up to and including the massacre. Learn the history of the government's assault on its own people through artifacts from mass graves, torture instruments, and a harrowing collection of photographs of those who perished. Some areas include little signage, but a tour guide will add an in-depth history to accompany the displays. Plan your Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum visit and explore what else you can see and do in Addis Ababa using our Addis Ababa vacation planner .
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  • First, the museum curators were very professional and helpful. Second, the artifacts at the museum were reminders of what happens when communism takes hold in a country. Each image was a stark reminde...  more »
  • The vulgar socialist rule of Mengistu Haile Mariam (great friend of the GDR!), also known as the Derg regime, probably cost the lives of 500,000 people! Who knew anything about us? Anyone who was even suspicious of being hostile to the regime (enough was enough not to belong to the right tribe or a denunciation of the neighbor) was killed. And that until 1991-so far away, that's not at all. Should all look at each other who see socialism as a desirable alternative.
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  • Hey, I stayed 3 days in Addis Ababa with one of the best guide of the city Yonatan and I deeply discover the largest open market in Africa Mercato and the highest pic of the city Entoto in excellent w...  more »
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  • A museum to visit for those who are interested in knowing the recent past of Ethiopia. Helpful to discover the history of this regime still mostly unknown in Europe. Free entrance but possible to leave a donation.
  • This museum is a must if one wants to learn about Ethiopia's recent past. The Derg regime is only 30-40 years away. The museum is small, but very effective in conveying the terror which the Ethiopian people faced daily during Mengistu Hailemariam. Be prepared for strong exhibitions towards the end of the tour (human remains).
  • It is small, but one must visit. Speak to locals there who lived thru this regime, and try to learn 'both sides' as there are many different opinions. The museum is free (donation box at end if desired). Many of the exhibits are not in English, so good to go with a translator or a guide. (There are many guides there who lived through this period & will share stories on this beyond horrific time.) NOTE -There is a lot more to be learned about this period and about this museum then what you see and learn there physically. Read. Try to speak to local people, especially the younger generations and their opinion and what is going on with the current government today.
  • Peek into ET history during the dreg regime Somber place An eye opener into past atrocities Lives lost on exhibit Modest plc Nothing fancy Too many people lost their lives during this time No entry fee Donations only
  • Nothing much to see, 15 maximum minutes you will spend here, remember to donate too.
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