Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told that he was informed last Saturday that his uncle was killed by Eritrean troops in Ethiopia. He was the youngest from their family and he was almost same age with Tedros.

ADDIS ABEBA DECEMBER 15: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a WHO briefing that he was informed last Saturday that his uncle was killed by Eritrean troops in Ethiopia. “I spoke to my mother, and she was really devastated”.

Because he was the youngest from their family and he was almost same age with me, young uncle,’ he said on Wednesday. The WHO director-general added that he hadn’t been in ‘good shape’ because of the news, and expressed hope that a tentative peace agreement between Ethiopia and the TPLF, which have been at war in northern Ethiopia since November 2020, will hold.

– “I hope that this peace agreement will hold and this madness will stop but it’s a very difficult moment for me,” Tedros told reporters, adding that more than 50 other people had been killed in the same incident.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is an Ethiopian public health official, researcher, and Director-General of the World Health Organization since 2017. Tedros is the first African to become WHO Director-General, receiving an endorsement for the role by the African Union.

Prior to serving as Director-General, he held two high-level positions in the government of Ethiopia: Minister of Health from 2005 to 2012 and Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2012 to 2016.

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