In 1974, a Soviet-backed coup ousted Ethiopia’s Emperor, Haile Selassie, and installed a military junta called ‘The Derg’ (literally translated as ‘the committee’). Between 1977 and 1978, the communist regime targeted political opposition with a purge that came to be called ‘The Red Terror,’ during which as many as half a million people were killed. In 1991, as the Soviet Union was imploding, The Derg was ultimately deposed and a civilian government began the long struggle to recover from a genocidal regime. A vestigial monument to a communist era, replete with red star and hammer-and-sickle icon, still stands in the the center of the capital, Addis Ababa (pictured at left). But not far from the monument now stands The Red Terror Martyr’s Memorial Museum, which opened in 2010. The images here, taken shortly after the museum opened, are familiar to students of genocide: the photos of victims, the heaps of old clothing, the piles of bones. In contrast, other images show a more traditional face of Ethiopia at Debre Libanos, a monastery and holy site commemorating Saint Tekle Haymanot who died in the early 14th century.