I answered this question somewhere else, so I'm just going to copy and paste my previous answer here with a few modifications:
To the answerer above me: Ethiopia was never colonized. The five years that the Italians claimed they did colonize us was infact spent in the main cities. The countryside belonged to the guerilla fighters. There was a constant battle going on during those five years of occupation. And at no time were the Italians at peace nor the Ethiopians subservient.
The answer isn't because we've 'probably got nothing.' Neither is it that we were colonized and freed as war repatriations.
Ethiopia's independence has been fiercely gaurded by the blood of our brothers and sisters who have shed their blood for it. Our independence was fought for.
As a matter of fact March 2nd, is the 'Commemoration of the battle of Adowa' day. That was the day our forefathers won the FIRST war over Italy. There were many more wars to come forty years later.
Hope that helped set you on the right track. To find out more just Google for Ethio-Italian wars.
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