Getachew Reda Biography | His Involvement in Tigray War

Getachew Reda Biography

March 20, 2022

Getachew Reda, born in 1974, is a notorious Ethiopian politician. More importantly, Getachew is well known for being one of TPLF (Tigray People’s Liberation Front) pioneers. Owing to his involvement in the Ethiopian civil war, his name has now risen to fame in public. In this article, we will see Getachew Reda biography in Detail.

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When coming to his acceptance in the country, the public is broken into two sides. On one side, most Ethiopian people regard him as a relentlessly malevolent man, and they accuse him of promoting hate speech and violence. The Ethiopian Government has even designated Getachew and his political group as a terrorist. Adversely, some Ethiopians, particularly Tigryan nationalists, portray him as their national hero, and they significantly distinguish him for his fight against the Ethiopian Government. In the next part, we will see Quick facts of Getachew Reda biography.

Quick Facts About Getachew Reda Biography

  • Full Name: Getachew Reda
  • Gender: Male
  • Nationality: Ethiopian
  • Married/Single: Not Available
  • Occupation: Spokesperson of Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and advisor to the President of Tigray.
  • Political Party: Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF)
    • Date of Birth: June 1974
    • Place of Birth: Tigray, Ethiopia
    • Age: 47 years old (as of 2022)
    • Zodiac Sign: Gemini
    • Father: Reda Kahsay
    • Mother: Not Available
    • Sibling: 2; Genet Reda and Tigist Reda
    • Children: Not Available

Detailed Getachew Reda Biography

Getachew Reda’s Childhood

Getachew Reda was born in June 1974 in Tigray, Ethiopia, to Ethiopian parents. Little known about his parents, his father is Reda Kahasay. Getachew had grown up in the province of Raya, Alamata, Tigray region. In his childhood, Getachew was a clever student. Many in his village testify about his academic intelligence and his influence.

Getachew Reda is a well-educated person studying both in Ethiopia and abroad. He completed his undergraduate studies at Addis Ababa University’s School of Law. Moreover, between 2001 and 2002, he earned a Master of Law from Alabama University, Tuscaloosa, United States.

Getachew Reda’s Family

Only his father’s name, Reda Kahsay, is revealed to the public from Getachew’s parents. Regarding his siblings, Getachew has at least two sisters named Genet Reda Kahsay and Tigist Reda Kahsay. Tigist Reda Kahsay is a senior Constable who is currently serving her country. Tigist, in her interview with the state-controlled media ‘ENA’, addressed that she is ashamed of her brother for his involvement in the Ethiopian civil war. Adding to this, she urges TPLF leaders to accept the Government’s call and surrender. The senior constable, Genet, has even expressed her hope that the TPLF leaders, including her brother Getachew Reda, will face justice. On the contrary, Getachew’s other sister was seized by police officers on suspicion of her involvement with the Tigray Rebels.

Since Getachew uses his social media only to reflect his political perspectives, there is no information about his personal life. As a result, Getachew Reda’s relationship status is not known yet. We can’t tell if he is married or not. In addition, it is unknown whether Getachew has any child.

Getachew Reda’s Career

Currently, Getachew is an executive committee member of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). He is now serving the party as a spokesperson, and he is an advisor to the President of Tigray. Before this role, Getachew was the Minister of Government Communications Affairs in the former Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn’s administration, serving from 2012 to 2016. During this time, Getachew was busy easing the outraging protests arising from all corners of Ethiopia. Before taking a government position, Getachew was also a law professor at Mekelle University in the Tigray Region.

Ethiopia’s Tigray War & His Involvement

TPLF, which was the dominant political force for about three decades, sidelined by Dr. Abiy Ahmed with the aid of public support. After Abiy Ahmed took office in 2018, tensions began to rise between the Abiy led central Government, and TPLF ruled regional Government. These accumulated tensions in time erupted into war.

However, the immediate cause of this war was TPLF’s sudden strike on the Ethiopian military camp basing in the Tigray region. The TPLF junta then looted the military assets of Ethiopian Defense Force Northern Command. Dr. Abiy Ahmed immediately launched a counter-attack military operation by sending troops to Ethiopia’s northern part. Unfortunately, although more than a year has passed, there are still ongoing armed conflicts between the Ethiopian Government and its ally. As a result, the country is still stuck in a deep humanitarian crisis and turmoil. The tide of the war has made thousands of people dead, forced more than two million people from their homes, and caused around 400,000 people to face famine. Moreover, both the ENDF (Ethiopian National Defense Force) and TDF (Tigray Defense Force) are accused of severe human rights violations during the conflict.

That being said, Getachew Reda, one of the forerunners of TPLF, is highly involved in the war. Although Getachew didn’t carry guns, he has played a remarkable role in diplomatic and psychological warfare. He has influenced the Western media’s narration of the war. Due to TPLF’s diplomatic victory, the Ethiopian Government has faced combined pressures and sanctions from the international community, particularly from the Westerns. Furthermore, Getachew is a propaganda expert. He has played a vital role in mobilizing ordinary citizens to take up arms and join the TDF.

Getachew Reda’s Social Media Presence

Getachew Reda is active on social media. He has many followers on Twitter and Facebook. Getachew uses the platforms to inform his followers of the military movement and the advancement of their force. Furthermore, he uses the media to address the humanitarian crisis in the Tigray region.

Frequently Asked Questions About Getachew Reda

  • Who is Getachew Reda? – Getachew Reda is a notorious Ethiopian politician, and he is one of the forerunners of TPLF.
  • What is the birthplace of Getachew Reda? – Getachew Reda was born in Raya, Alamata, Tigray, Ethiopia.
  • Is Getachew Reda dead? – No, he is now living in Mekele, the capital of Tigray.

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Written by Sophonias Woldu

Sophonias Woldu is an Ethiopian author with an outstanding skill for crafting unique and captivating articles that explore different aspects of life. He had an inquisitive mind from a young age and was always fascinated by the power of language and words. He writes articles about philosophy, theology, his native Ethiopia, and basically anything and everything else. Before embarking on a writing career, he had already begun a successful career in the electromechanical engineering field, having earned his degree from Addis Ababa Science and Technology University. In addition to being a prolific writer, Sophonias is also a public speaker and tech enthusiast who believes in harnessing technology to improve the lives of Ethiopians. Currently, Sophonias writes articles for on a part-time basis.

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