This second volume covers the history of Our struggle from the time We presented Ethiopia's appeal to the League of Nations in Geneva on June 30,1936, through the period when We returned to Ethiopia and began to be involved in the continuing modernization of Our country, up tothe signing of a treaty with Our friend and ally, the British government, on Jan 31,1942. It describes the war of politics We waged, and the severe personal trials and difficulties that We encountered during Our exile in Britain. In addition, it explains, more or less, to what extent the correspondance We had with Our patriots contributed to Our struggle.
Nine months after the beginning of WWII, We saw the dawn of Our freedom approaching, and We left Britain for the Sudan, at the end of June 194o, to drive the enemy out of Our country. Described in this book are the details of how We gathered Our exiled loyal citizens to support Our effort and spend six months organizing Our military forces in collaboration with the British; and how We entered Ethiopia and, with help of Our ally, launched a campaign, broke the forces of the enemy, gained victory and restored freedom.
After the defeat of the enemy and Our return to the capital, We encountered some intracate problems with the British authorities in East Africa. However, without losing patience and hope, We persevered through the problems We faced, above all placing Our confidence in God and His fair judgement, Our steadfast struggle eventually bore fruit, and We emerged victorious. Even so, Our conscience has neverbeen diverted by self-glorification and hypocrisy from believing that this victory was God's provision.
To recapitulate....when We appealed to the Geneva assembly and reminded the nations of the world that, "if Europe considers the matters as if it were over, it has to take account the fate that awaits itself," not a few people saw our plea as a trial matter. Nevertheless, when the rightous Judge stood up to dispense justice, each government regretted the result....that befel it. The world also witnessed the limits of the power of all the aggressors.
Haile Sellassie I
King of Kings