Dear Patriotic Global Citizens and Friends of Ethiopia/Africa/USA:
I am writing to express my profound sadness to the loss of Paul and his wife who I knew for over 40 years in Africa, Europe and here in North America. At last, this great man has passed to another universe in a different form separate from the one we knew here on earth! May be we will meet at Andromeda, Cassiopeia galaxies some time in the future.
If there was one common man in the fore front of the Cold War, that I knew had passion and personal involvement, it was Paul B Henze. He passionately believed Communisms is a serious danger to civilization. He used his camera, power point presentations and personal computer to fight it every where, in the villages of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, London, Moscow, Warsaw or Washington, DC.
Paul was a phenomenon. For me one of the reliable sources of factual information about what was happening in my home country Ethiopia when it was closed to the rest of the world. For the few Ethiopian Diaspora, Paul kept the good faith, by giving us up-date information
He knew the Cold War is an informational war as much as distant proxy war. The Horn of Africa and mainly Addis Ababa was the battle ground. Family members approached by CIA and KGB Agents were fighting it out in the streets and bushes for over 20 years. Thank God for the dedication of Bush Senior and people like Paul, eventually, freedom prevailed.
I would like to express my respect to Paul and his wife to his children and family, who perhaps may not know how much Paul ment to many of us in the Diaspora.
At last, he was able to connect the Polish Catholic Pope who really is the hero of the Cold War who stood up to International Communism face to face and by educating the world about the evil dictatorial system that is now 20 years since its disappearance.
Paul, may your soul rest in peace, you have fought a good fight and the Millennium Blue Nile Dam is one of the products of your hard fight where the whole horn will generate power for industrialization and global communication.
Paul, peace for eternity until we meet some time in another universe! Those of us the living should honor and respect the heroes before us and the Memorial Weekend remembers Paul Henze and his wife.