“That persecution, sorrow, suffering, you cannot call it the past. Unless men of commitment and dedication advocate for better, things will be worse,” he says.
Tedros’ dream began with founding a school newspaper. Nothing out of the ordinary about that, you might say, but in Eritrea it just seemed bizarre! Confounding his critics, Tedros and his high school colleagues started the monthly publication from nothing and became role models for other students. Tedros was on the path he dreamed of.
In May 2000, he joined the largest independent newspaper in Eritrea and met many of the courageous journalists who had inspired him as a child. Not only that, but he relished and looked forward to the freedom that the 30 years’ war of independence with Ethiopia was all about.
“It was that time that I had been dreaming of, when I felt I had begun to enjoy my freedom, and I was thrilled. But, sadly, it was only the beginning of the end.”
Mr Jaber, who works with a group called Eritrean Community in Australia, said the feeling in the Flemington community was miles away from where it was when he arrived in 2000.
Events like the Eid Festival and forming the North Lions Soccer Club had done amazing great things to not just link the wider community to the African community in Flemington, but to build bridges between African residents from different nations.
"For Aussies maybe we are all the same in a way as we are all black, but events like this have really bridged gaps within our own community," Mr Jaber said.
"With the soccer club we found out a lot of disadvantaged kids from minority groups had no chance to do any recreation.
"In the team now we have more than seven nationalities represented."
Aaron Berhane, editor-in-chief and publisher of the Eritrean Canadian newspaper - Meftih, is one of the 13 recipients for the award for ‘Best Editorial and Visual Presentation,’ given by the National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada (NEPMCC), to outstanding members of this organization of over 400 ethnic media practitioners from all over the country.
The award was formally conferred to Aaron Berhane by Prime Minister of Canada Mr. Stephen Harper during the gala dinner and award ceremony held on Nov. 21, 2009 at Seneca College, in Markham, Ontario. The event was attended by Minister of Immigration and Multicultural Jason Kenny and various government ministers, president, members of the Board of Senators, and faculty of Seneca College, and about 170 participants.
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