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Mengistu Haile Mariam
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World Leader
    (circa 1937- )
    Born in Walayata, Ethiopia
    Dictator of Ethiopia (1977-91)
    Living in exile in Zimbabwe
    Convicted in absentia on genocide charges and sentenced to death (May 26, 2008)
    He was a Marxist.
    He had one predecessor, Atnafu Abate, executed for placing 'the interests of Ethiopia above the interests of socialism.'
    He unleashed a 'Red Terror' that killed over 100,000.
    He also withheld food shipments to rebel areas, producing at least another quarter million deaths.
    He personally executed opponents by garroting and shooting, saying he was leading by example.
    The families of his victims were charged a 'wasted bullet tax' before they could obtain the bodies for burial.
    He fled to Zimbabwe and became an official guest of Robert Mugabe.
    His father was a former slave.
    Growing up, he was taunted for his dark skin.
    His government launched a campaign that improved literacy rates from 10% in 1977 to 60% in 1990.

Credit: C. Fishel

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