Abune Paulos is remembered for his:
Silence when Agazzi forces beat and arrest students who took shelter from the guns and batons of the police in the April 2001 student demonstrations;
Silence/approval of the killings of 200 (at least) children and protestors in 2005;
Silence for the killings of Anuaks in 2003;
Silence in the killings of Ogadenis past and present;
Silence for the moral deterioration of the society under his watch;
Silence for the spread of "chat"/"kat" addition that is tearing up social fabric and creating havoc for the health, stamina and vision of the society;
In 1991, a friend of mine whose father was a school student of Meles in Adwa innocently told me that Meles told his father that the TPLF had dismantled the two major pillars of "Amhara" power - meaning the military and the its economic power. He then said now we are only left with one last pillar - the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. And he said, "For that, Paulos is working on it."
Well God works in mysterious ways....It is sad when someone dies. We wish for his loved ones a time of comfort and solace in this time of loss.
But what are the remaining and alive people are doing while they had the time and the tools to make a difference? Do you want to be remembered as Abune Paulos, Meles or Mengistu or anyone who stood for truth, equality, fairness?