Death – Kassa Kebede passed away in the United States

Death – Obituary

Kassa Kebede _ Ethiopia
The late Kassa Kebede (Photo source : MFAE)


Kassa Kebede, former Ethiopian Ambassador to Israel and Geneva, among others, reportedly died on Saturday. News about his death emerged first on Social Media first. 

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On Sunday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia issued condolences, confirming his death. 

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia has learnt with dismay the passing away of Ambassador Dr. Kassa Kebede. He had served his country assuming various positions, including being an ambassador of Ethiopia in Geneva.The Ministry and its staff express condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the deceased,” said the statement from the Ministry. 

He passed away in the United States, but the family has not disclosed as to what claimed the life of one of Ethiopia’s champions with connections with different state actors, including in Eritrea. 

He visited Ethiopia in 2018 right after the fall of the TPLF government and met with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed after nearly three decades of exile in North America. 

Kassa Kebede was also prominent for his analysis of security affairs. He was in his seventies. 

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.