We friends and comrades of Dr Mehretab Habtu, who passed away in 2nd April 2020, are writing this brief article to honour his memory, and to allow other friends who were unaware of his death to pay their tribute. The cause of his death is not yet known
Dr Mehretab Habtu was born in Asmara in 1944, where he completed his primary and secondary education. He undertook undergraduate studies in Ethiopia, majoring in Social Sciences. Thereafter, he attained an MA degree from the University of Leicester, and a PhD in Economics from the University of Bath, UK.
After graduating from the University in Ethiopia he has worked in the University Library for over 10 years. In the UK he has worked at the Refugee Council and other various voluntary organisations that support refugees and homeless people in London.
Dr Mehretab Habtu was very active in the Eritrean struggle for independence by being a member of the EPLF’s Student and Workers unions holding various responsibilities. He was also a member of the Eritrean Relief Association UK’s Executive Community and Board of Trustees for 25 years.
A short statement from his friends and comrades at ERA UK reads:
“Habtu” as known to his friends was deeply loved and will be sorely missed.” You still live in our hearts and leave your memories with us is not to die”. Rest in peace, your friends salute you.
The Eritrean Relief Association UK would like to send their heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends.
Eritrean Relief Association UK