The Greek hero of Ethiopia in the 1850s
(Excerpt from the book ‘The Greeks presence in the horn of Africa’)
George Photis settled in Ethiopia in 1850. He was assigned to the army of the king of Gotzam and received the honorary title balabaras (commander of the guard) for his bravery. He was then known as Giorgis Balabaras and followed the Ethiopian army in the battles against Mahdi in Sudan and against the Italians in Adwa in 1896. According to testimonies, he was the only European who fought alongside Ethiopians against the Italians.