Emperor Haile Selassie I ( ቀዳማዊ ኃይለ ሥላሴ), original name Tafari Makonnen (born July 23, 1892, near Harer, Eth.—died Aug. 27, 1975, Addis Ababa) by Derg. The emperor is grandson of Sahle Selassie of Shewa (Shoa).
When Italy invaded Ethiopia in 1935, Haile Selassie led the resistance, but in May 1936 he was forced into exile. He appealed for help from the League of Nations in a memorable speech that he delivered to that body in Geneva on June 30, 1936
"Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph."
Emperor Haile Selassie I ( ቀዳማዊ ኃይለ ሥላሴ),