Tewodros Fekadu: No One's Son

Monday, June 25, 2012

Eritrean-born activist, filmmaker, and writer Tewodros Fekadu talks about growing up in the midst of the Ethiopian–Eritrean Civil War. He was abandoned, survived famine, and moved from the orphanages to streets of Addis Ababa. He tells his story in his memoir, No One’s Son: The Remarkable True Story of a Defiant African Boy and his Bold Quest for Freedom


Tewodros Fekadu

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NYB from WA

I think it is apparent that the book is written out of personal vendetta by individuals who have an axe to grind. The book is poorly researched, unbalanced and unfair.
In fact, the so called true story levels an accusation of higher order on a respected personality without any verifiable evidence that can be substantiated by an independent source.
The accusations are extremely defamatory to the good name of a respected personality and rise to a level that tantamount to libel which warrants appropriate action.
I hope individuals, publishers and responsible media outlets note that defamation based on a falsified or unverifiable information is not a right and would have its own consequences.

Nov. 30 2014 02:49 AM
Salem Solomon Fekadu from Tampa Florida

Tedla Asfaw, Tewodros was not 12 years old in 1991. It is one of the many lies told in this clip and in his fabricated book. What a shame! He is on a money making campaign. Unfortunately, he ends up gouging people by selling his absolute fiction simply because they sympathize with victims he created in it. Little do they know that it's mostly made up. It is disgraceful for him to come out and spit on my father’s grave like this. Solomon’s family is taking good notes and everyone will soon know the real truth. He made himself "no one’s son" not because we didn't care for him but because he chose to lie and alienate breaks my heart to see him make up stories about my father.
As for the name “Fekadu” since it's my grandfather's name and since I speak both Amharic and Tigrigna/ya, it is translated to “his will” in both languages and has a slight accent in Tigrigna/ya (the "k" in Fekadu is pronounced with a an accent, not an "r" as stated in his website full of fabrications and errors). It is a common name both in Eritrean and Ethiopian highlands.

Jul. 23 2012 01:04 AM
Tedla Asfaw

Tewodros was a young boy in 1991,twelve years old. The number of abandoned chidren in Addis alone that time was in hundreads of thousands. Children of soldiers who were pushed out of Eritrea, those who lost parents because of AID were the main causes of these huge numbers of street children.
He is one of the luckiest to escape and save his life to tell his story for the world.

At this very moment many young boys from Ethiopia and Eritre are following similar route like Tewodros to escape their "birth" place crossing desert. More than 2 million people most of them young people have been forced out of both Ethiopia and Eritrean since 1991. I wish Tewodros said something about the present. It is on daily news do not need to travel to Ethiopia to document about it. He should have explained to audience why both Eritrea and Ethiopia remains a worst place for young people to grow up in dignity. He is frequently visiting his mother country Ethiopia and planned to estabilish a health center for young people and I wonder if he has the same plan to do it in Eritrea too. I would like to correct one major error he made. There is no physical difference between Highlander Eritrean from Highlander Ethiopian. There is a very distinct physical difference among the 9 ethnic groups in Eritrea than physical difference between highlander Eritreans and highlander Ethiopians. His father name Fekadu is not a common name in Eritrea. It is a very common Amhara name. Was it his father real name or a name he was given by his mother from her family side ?

Jun. 26 2012 09:59 PM

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