Prayer Service held in memory of the late Ethiopian PM in New York
On Oct 27, 2012 many of the world leaders and renowned professionals and educators were at a prayer service held in memory of PM Meles Zenawi at The Abyssinian Baptist Church of New York.
Few among those present were, H. E. Ban Ki-moon, H. E. Ambassador Susan Rice, H. E. Ambassador Jean-Francis Zinsou, Ms. Gayle Smith, H. E. Ambassador Jendayi Frazer, H. E. Ambassador Tibor P. Nagy, Professor Jeffrey Sachs and Professor Akbar Noman.
Mr Meles died at the age of 57 in Brussels, following a long illness.
He came to power in 1991 and was credited for bringing development and growth to Ethiopia.
But critics say this was achieved at the cost of respect for human rights.
The Service was very well attended by members of the diplomatic core, high officials of the UN, current and former US officials, former US Ambassadors to Ethiopia, members of the acadamicia (inc) and most importantly members of the Ethiopian community. All spoke eloquently about the person they knew very well; about his unpretentious nature, his world class intellect, his mastery of subjects, his leadership on matters of importance to his beloved country and Africa.