15 thoughts on “Photo: My Father and My Mother

  1. I think things is happening for reasons. In most cases, at young age one cannot be farsighted, young parents at time presumably confronted things beyond their control, and as it sounds a child was deserted in a foreign land. So, physical or material demonstration is not the main thing in life, but love. However, despite the hardship and grown not known parents developed this outstanding result – the world to applause. All the good gift he owned, from the above should share it to the world and appreciate his contribution to the whole world. I hope, not only Africa the world is proud of Lemn Sissy.

  2. Dear Lemn,

    I saw you on BBC Hard Talk on may 27,2018. I was so thrilled to listen to you that I immediately did an Internet search on my cell phone to know more about you. I just find out that you are the son of Ethiopian family, read all your history that I could get, few about your mom, dad…. I was so touched, crying …still telling the history to many people around and every where I met, show your mom’s picture ( beautiful lady).
    My name is Tsehay Aytenew, a nurse, public health professional.
    I am now formally working at one of the largest hospital, St.Poul’s hospital in Addis as contract employee. And, volunteer at one of AIDS orphanage organization. I love working as volunteer in any cases. my experience, I tried to help looking for a mom (birth mother) to leulsged, lost baby at hospital, and a son adopted by Irish citizen Prof. Ruairi Brugha and Nicola. I did this several time, and send them email several times to reach them an update, but couldn’t be successful. Leulsged is now 8. he keep on asking his father and mom where his birth mother is, about his colour and so on… I wish i will met him one day when they bring him to Ethiopia.
    Lemn, i wish leulsged and his family know your history.


  3. I have just watched the wonderful Alan Yentob programme about you. It is terribly moving and what struck me very forcibly is the way you can speak about your life without being at all self-pitying. Utterly admirable.

  4. Just watched your interview with Alan Yentob. Thank you for your quiet dignity Lemn. I am a 68 year old grandmother in the UK and unable to hug my beloved grandchildren in Australia due to Covid restrictions. Everyone says ‘you’ve got Zoom’…You defined ‘the hug’ and your beautiful cousin in Ethiopia demonstrated it so well. Now I know the pain I feel is real. My granddaughter copes with her sadness through writing and poetry. You are such an inspiration. Thank you dear Lemn.

  5. I watched the BBC documentary and deeply touched. I had tears on my eyes when I tried to visualize what you went through. What a journey! In all this, look how far you came and who you became.
    I am glad you found your mother and relatives. I still want eagerly to know why your mom named you “Lemn”. Hope she has told you the reason behind. Can you share?

    Your country man
    Alemayehu Hailu

  6. Dear Lemn

    I have just watched the first part of your life story on BBC World (screened this instance in South Africa)… and now I am googling to find out more about you hoping for a happier outcome.

    Your foster parents behaviour sickens me to the core. I wonder if they are still around and if they are now ashamed? Cruel people – so I doubt. They make a mockery of Christianity. As for the bureaucracy of the social system, I can only say “tragic!!!!” You obviously have strong genes to emerge triumphant through such adversity.

    I will buy your book! All the very best!

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