Aidan Hartley Aidan Hartley

Thirty years ago, I saw the rebels take Addis Ababa

I was the only foreign correspondent there, and it was the best day of my life

Rebel troops patrol the streets of Addis Ababa after overthrowing the Mengistu regime [Photo: Roger Hutchings / Alamy Stock Photo]

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