By Tadesse Yimer
February 18, 2014
He attended school at Atse Sereke Dingle elementary school, then Bahirdar Secondary School in 2000/01.
Subsequently, he joined Addis Ababa University Architecture department, which he quit to join the state-monopoly Ethiopian Airlines.
According to Ethiopian government statement, Hailemedhin was in the airline company for the past five years. (There seems to be a few years gap unaccounted for, given his birth year, period of employment and year of high school graduation – even if we allot two years for pilot training school.)Hailemedhin is described by his high school friends as a quiet and reclusive man who rarely enjoyed social gatherings.He was raised by a devotee Orthodox Christians family. Both of his parents are alive and residents of Bahirdar city.His mother is a house-wife while the father is widely-known in the city as being engaged in usury(lending to money with high interest). However, the fact that he was not detained during a recent crackdown on usury triggered a rumor of having a cosy relationship with government officials among Bahirdar residents.Most of our sources – acquainted with Hailemedhin – concurred that he was a man of good characters. He – as well as his seven brothers and sisters – are known in Bahirdar city as outstanding students. Two of his sisters are medical doctor and engineer.
Hailemedhin is not married but lives with his girlfriend in Addis Ababa – at an apartment nearby Imperial Hotel, in Addis Ababa. His girlfriend is a self-employed lady and running a small internet-cafe, according to one of his friends.
There was nothing to suggest that Hailemedhin had any prior plan of creating an international incident – according to the conversations he had with his close friends a day before he left Addis Ababa, which I can’t disclose to protect the anonymity of my sources.