Haile Selassie

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Haile Selassie I (23 July 1892 – 27 August 1975), born Tafari Makonnen, was emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974. He was deposed by Communists and evidence suggests that they later killed him.

Before this, in 1958, there was a widespread famine. Despite this, Selassie refused to send significant emergency food aid, resulting in the deaths of approximately 100,000 people. There are also various other stated large-scale famines, atrocities, and mass killlings during his regime.

He is important in Rastafarianism, with some followers worshippping him as God incarnate. In a 1967 recorded interview, he stated that "I have heard of that idea. I also met certain Rastafarians. I told them clearly that I am a man, that I am mortal, and that I will be replaced by the oncoming generation, and that they should never make a mistake in assuming or pretending that a human being is emanated from a deity."

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