The Ethiopian Diaspora Stories Project was founded by Frew Tibebu and Trudy Kehret-Ward, the two met through a common friend... Jane Kurtz. Trudy was interested in hearing Frew's refugee story and wanted to help in documenting his and other similar stories like him and the idea of a non-profit to do the project was born.


The mission of the Ethiopian Diaspora Stories Project (EDSP) is to collect and disseminate the untold life stories of the Ethiopian Diaspora, with a special focus on those who came in the aftermath of the 1974 Ethiopian revolution, in order to foster understanding across generations of all Ethiopians, and between the Diaspora and members of  the communities in which they reside today."   


The vision of the Ethiopian Diaspora Stories Project is to create a broader understanding of the root causes of migration through the stories of the Ethiopian Diaspora, to preserve the memories of the victims as well as the culture and history of the period and to work towards an enlightened path where all human rights are respected and where all citizens of the country live with the utmost respect for each other, with their dignity intact, without fear of violence,  persecution, crushing poverty, in-justice,  or humiliation.  

“To forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time.”
"For in the end, it is all about memory, its sources and its magnitude, and, of course, its consequences."
- Elie Wiesel, Night


Frew’s Story


Frew Tibebu was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
He had a normal and uneventful childhood until the time the Emperor was overthrown by a military junta in 1974.

Trudy’s Story

Trudy Kehret-Ward was a fascination with stories, especially immigrant stories that led Trudy to join Frew Tibebu in founding the Ethiopian Diaspora Stories Project.

Seifu’s Story

Seifu Ibssa was born in Acheber, Ethiopia, a small village about 100 miles south-west of Addis Ababa.  He started out as a shepherd boy and later started formal education at the age of 12.

Kelsey’s Story

Kelsey has developed a sustained academic pursuit of non-conforming narratives, writing an undergraduate honors thesis on the intersection of myth and personal story in Ethiopian religious experience and receiving a master's degree in African Studies from Stanford University.