Abi's Story

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Chipmunkapublishing ltd, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 124 pages
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by Jember Teferra ISBN 13: 978 1 84747 009 6
Published: 2006


Written by his mother, this is the tragic story of Abi, a young man from Ethiopia who took his own life after a battle against mental illness. Abi escaped the horror of Ethiopia's Marxist military revolution, this book provides a unique insight into the psychological trauma suffered by the victims of war. This original and extraordinarily moving book charts Abi's life in words and pictures and attempts to make sense of his tragic death.

About the Author

Dr Jember Teferra was Abi's mother. This book was written by her and her family in Abi's memory. Dr Jember Teferra set up a trust to fund research into the psychological problems of the victims of war. Her aim was to help people in a similar position to her son. She also wants to provide more insight into this area and inform psychiatrists of this type of 'mental illness'.

Book Extract

"We never know what it feels like to be with the Good Lord where we have no more earthly care to worry about. I hope, somehow, those who have left us to be with Him can see or know that their past concerns are addressed their wishes have been fulfilled.

What was worrying our beloved Abi at the last session in the hospital consulting room, at the royal Preston Hospital, Avondale unit where we were sitting for group discussion? I clearly remember what the Psychiatrist said, " I am afraid your son's case does not fit into a British Black or a British white mental illness category." I can just remember my son abruptly getting up very angry and rushing to the door, opening it and turning towards me before walking out. I can still hear him saying " You are wasting your time, Emamma, this people are dummies. I have repeatedly told you that they do not understand my case. I think that, if I ever get healed, I will help other victims like myself. It will only be someone like me who has been through such illness that can help those in similar circumstances." He was not only concerned for himself but for all other in similar circumstances. He obviously had a burning desire to be in a position to help those victims of political conflict, political imprisonment, displacement and other human suffering such as escapees, like himself, from enforced conscription.

In today's world we are told that some 20 or more wars officially or unofficially go on in different parts of the world. Therefore, there must surely be more and more Abi's whose pain, agony and depression and other related mental health problems are not understood or dismissed by the ordinary mental health services and psychiatrists.

Abi, very unfortunately, has suddenly chosen to leave us by taking his own life. We will always feel hurt and up-set and cherish his memory whenever we think how much pain, agony and suffering have caused this action. But we can still save many of them who are in his ‛category'. We, as a family, have felt committed to his cause. Within our limitation we can, at least, address his concern by setting up a Trust to help carry out research which will result in attention being given and focusing on victims of wars, political conflicts, political imprisonment, enforced conscriptions and displacement as well as any direct or indirect problems related to these situations.


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Letters from Dean Close at different times placed in different places To father and mother 1987 1989
Report cards for Spring Term before A level and school report last summer term 1989
Holidays during mothers years in the U K 198689 with children visit to Paris Switzerland Lausanne Geneva FrankfurtCologn Helsinki Vienna
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Letter whilst at Lancashire Polytechnic Lancashire University
The bed sit from where he lived in solitude
Abi Appealing to God also different concepts of God scribbled on one page
Abis diagnosis of illness
The 15 story office building the Guild Hall from which Abi took his life
The Lancashire Evening Post announcement of Abis death 2 pages
Death certificate
Photos of tomb
Letters of condolence

Abi with his brother and mother in Manchester 1988
Various childhood photos 7 pictures and 1 smiling Abi 8 photos
Abi with his father and brother 2 pictures
Abi alone 3 pictures
The last photo together with his dad alive Dad and son 3 weeks before they
during mental illness
both died

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