The regime in Asmara has passed a law ordering vehicles operating in the country to have their plate numbers changed. All vehicles with plate numbers privately owned to businesses and government will be affected by this new law.Read more...
The regime in Asmara has passed a law ordering vehicles operating in the country to have their plate numbers changed. All vehicles with plate numbers privately owned to businesses and government will be affected by this new law.Read more...
Indicative of the ever worsening economic state of affairs in Eritrea, various towns and cities in the country are quickly turning into ghost towns with hardly any noticeable presence of business activities. According to various sources, the streets of the once hustling and bustling towns of Akordat, Tessenei and Keren look as good as deserted.Read more...
Three Eritrean military officers have asked for political asylum in Saudi Arabia after Saudi air force jets forced their aircraft to land in the southern part of the kingdom, the local news website Sabq reported on Tuesday.
Sabq quoted Yassin bin Ahmed al-Qassem, a spokesman for the Jazan Emirate, as saying that F-15 planes were deployed when the Eritrean aircraft entered Saudi airspace without permission.
"The aircraft forced to land in the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz airport was carrying three Eritrean officers seeking political asylum," Sabq quoted Yassin as saying.Read more...
Beyond sympathy and solidarity, however, we humans, especially those who are educated and are equipped with political consciousness and moral conscience, should have a mission to fulfill. Sometime in the early 1960s, the brilliant revolutionary Doctor Frantz Fanon said, "Each generation must, out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, fulfill it, or betray it." With the challenge that came from Asgedet and company, thus, we either fulfill our mission by extending sympathy and solidarity with the Eritrean mothers or betray them altogether. Those of us who suffer from compunction will choose the former and deride the latter.Read more...
Three Eritrean military officers have asked for political asylum in Saudi Arabia after Saudi air force jets forced their aircraft to land in the southern part of the kingdom, the local news website Sabq reported on Tuesday.Sabq quoted Yassin bin Ahmed al-Qassem, a spokesman for the Jazan Emirate, as saying that F-15 planes were deployed when the Eritrean aircraft entered Saudi airspace without permission.
"The aircraft forced to land in the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz airport was carrying three Eritrean officers seeking political asylum," Sabq quoted Yassin as saying.
The Eritraen aircraft were military but used to carry equipment and not fighters, Yassin added.
Dubai: An airplane coming from an African country was forced by Saudi fighter jets to land at King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Airport in Jazan after it entered Saudi airspace without permission on Tuesday afternoon, Saudi media reported. ...
Sabq online news site said the plane was an Eritrean military plane amd its passengers were seeking asylum.
Every year, large numbers of Ethiopians leave their country looking for work. Most are females moving to the Middle East seeking domestic work. Last year, 200,000 women left Ethiopia seeking jobs, according to Ethiopias Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. Dina said there were unconfirmed reports that an Ethiopian had been killed this week by Saudi police who were shifting illegal immigrants into camps. “They were trying to get them in the camp before repatriation and in that process... an Ethiopian has been killed with a police bullet, but we are verifying it,” Dina said.Read more...
A message regarding the public memorial for Lampedusa Victims at the Martyer’s Cemetery in Asmara, planned for tomorrow has been circulating like wild fire throughout Asmara and further afield. This has inevitably become an issue of grave concern to Eritrean authorities who are currently deploying large number of army contingents from reservists of the 52nd and 53rd Divisions. The new deployments are reinforcing the Demhit (TPDM Ethiopian opposition) mercenaries who are already on duty patrolling Asmara.
Additionally the government is spreading rumours through its informal networks (known as 03 locally), stating that the new operation is under the command of General Philipos, renowned for his ruthlessness. The rumours state that the track record of the government is such that it has never tolerated any form of protest including that of the disabled veterans who were gunned down from the hilltops at Maihabar in 1994.
The conditions of the compound for unaccompanied boys were especially bleak. Boys sleep in approximately 30 feet by 30 feet concrete rooms on foam mattresses spread out on the hard floor. There is no electricity, no mosquito nets. There is one social worker to address the needs of the hundreds of clients in the center at any given time. There are no organized activities, education, or recreational equipment of any kind available to these young people. Other than a very limited health clinic and basic provisions, there are essentially no services of any kind. Kids often go missing from the reception center, assuming that they can find better conditions on their own. They sometimes run away to the refugee camps, try to make the risky journey home to Eritrea, travel to other parts of Ethiopia, or try to go to other parts of the world. These children are vulnerable to all kinds of exploitation and abuse including smuggling and trafficking.Read more...
Given the overwhelming number of the youth that have been arriving in the West, it would be of no surprise if most of the changes we want to introduce will be done with this young audience in mind; of course, without abandoning our old audience.
Now, it has come to another level of engagement and challenge and it begins with financial contributions from you - our readers and friends - to keep Asmarino going.
The website is kept rolling by a few bunch of dedicated volunteers but the opportunities and challenges ahead will require much more to provide the diversified needs and demands that have sprung up over the last few years.
Your contribution is highly appreciated. It will give hope to sustain its future and catch up with new social media development.Read more...
Most of the companies involved in these mining projects are from the West – mainly from Canada, Australia and UK. And most of the expertise of these companies comes, accordingly, from these three countries. At a lower level, there are some Eritreans in the staff working in supplies, accounts and other clerical works; and many of the machinery operators and technicians are also Eritreans. But the daily laborers that make the bulk of the labor force used in these mining companies happen to be from the National Service, who are working like slaves, with inadequate food supply, medieval quarters, and no payment at all (except for the usual salary that all those who serve in national service are paid: 10 US dollars per month). In this mining work full of hazards, they are not even provided with mining clothes, safety shoes, goggles, gloves, etc. What is surprising is that the foreign workers hired by these foreign companies (Ex: Ghanaians and South Africans), and paid high salaries in US dollars, are provided with all the safety clothes required.
Allow me to ask you some critical questions which I have been asking myself. How do you feel if your father, mother, husband, wife, children, brothers, sisters and other very close loved ones have been thrown into prison for no logical reason at all? And your parents are old and might be in need of daily medical attention. And not to mention most of them have left small children behind at home.
Please know that I am not expecting the usual answer, "I feel sad!" Rather I want you to feel it hard. To make it personal. To be confused and frustrated. To ask the question "why?" To be truly agitated and angry. To stir up your indignation. To say, "Enough is enough, and silence no more!"Read more...
The Lampedusa disaster of October 3rd, where a migrant boat carrying about 500 Eritreans sunk just off the island of Lampedusa (Italy) drowned about 360 of the Eritrean asylum seekers would-be. This event helped highlight the plight of Eritreans and the risks they are willing to take to leave their country. The Eritrean government still refuses to acknowledge they were refugees fleeing Eritrea being smuggled to Italy, and instead continues to call them “victims of Human Trafficking” The government has continued to emphasize that they are not genuine asylum seekers or refugees in every press release it has made to so far.
Now, a group of twenty-two Eritrean intellectuals living abroad and former students of Eritrea’s University of Asmara, have voiced their concern and called the government to “care”. They have made the letter they sent to Eritrean officials public (in Tigrinya language) and have asked people to also sign the petition at this website below:Read more...
We, the families of the victims of Lampedusa disaster who reside in Eritrea have agreed to hold a national day of mourning and a funeral service for our sons, daughters, brothers and sisters who lost their life in tragic circumstances far from their home; and now denied even the chance to be buried in their homeland. Hence, in accordance to our custom and tradition, we found it imperative that funeral services be conducted, condolences expressed and grieving families properly comforted.
Although it was our wish to receive the bodies of our loved ones, our repeated pleas to have their bodies repatriated have fallen on deaf ears again and again with unreasonable excuses.. To make things worst we are now hearing that our loved ones have been buried in foreign lands.
The very young and the very old, indeed all ages, have been punished indiscriminately.
The psychological and physical cruelty of Eritrea's prisons has been well documented by Human Rights Concern – Eritrea (HRCE), other Eritrean and international human rights organisations. Prisoners are routinely beaten and tortured. Most are constantly in handcuffs.
In 2005, HRCE obtained reliable information that Ciham Ali Abdu was denied an exit visa to visit her mother who was residing in the USA at that time.Read more...
When she requested permission from the Eritrean government for us to leave the country to join her in the US, she was denied. In a personal note, President Issaias Afewerki gave her, and I quote, “brotherly advice to return home to care for your children.”
Eritrean Ambassador to the US Girmay Asmerom added his assurance that she would be safe if she returned to Eritrea. With that guarantee, but against the advice of family and friends, our mother Aster followed her heart and came home to us.
On December 11, 2003 while we four children waited excitedly in the Asmara airport to see our mother, she was arrested as she stepped off the plane.
The other and perhaps extremely disturbing trend is the prevalence of child prisoners in prisons across the country. These children who should be living with their families and enjoying their childhood are suffering the most horrendous ordeals as prisoners endangering their well being or even their lives.
Prominent amongst PFDJ officials who frequents such practices is Brigadier General Tesfalidet Habtesilassie. The General is said to have ordered the prison administrations involved to not accept any inquiries on behalf of these children, who are being put under immense emotional pressure, which many observers fear will most definitely result in long term mental health problems.
Among these children is Ciham Ali Abdu, the 16 year old daughter of the former Information Minister Ali Abdu, who defected and sought asylum. Despite the fact that Ciham is in fact American citizen, CIham has been denied all her rights as a child. Unlike the Swedish Government in the case of Dawit Isaac, the American Administration doesn’t seem to be advocating on behalf of Ciham
Around 80 children and women who were arrested with a group of 180 people in Maitemenay late last month were released from detention following a stern warning, from the government against praying together.
The group from a fellowship known as Hiyaw AmlaK (living God), belonging to the underground churches fellowship, were praying together when they were rounded up and taken to the 4th police station in Edaga Hamus district of Asmara.
The children and women released were all required to sign their agreement to not meet and pray together as a condition of their release. The men in the group and those who refused to sign their agreement are still detained and it is feared that those of military age will be sent to military training centres and detained in the prisons there.Read more...
Team Arbi Harnet (Freedom Friday) in Eritrea have this morning posted many stickers with the president’s face in a rat’s body in an operation they nick named ‘Rat chase Asmara!’.
The stickers that were smuggled in to the country, are familiar to diaspora activists who have been using them at protest events since the President’s visit to the UN General Assembly in Sept 2011.
The team who spent several months liaising with their diaspora counterparts, discussing possibilities and potential implications were finally able to post the stickers on many government cars parked around town as well as near bars and schools in the city.
Meetings were held in local administrative areas for residents as well as factories and all other government ministry institutions (banks, police, security etc), the only item on the agenda seemed to be refuting the news that Demhit officers were engaged in operations in Asmara.
However the propaganda campaign, was met with stern opposition and serious challenges even from former freedom fighters (tegadelti) who said they were all too aware of what was taking place and are not going to accept the ‘explanation’ on offer from the government.Read more...
As you all know contrary to allowing our people to mourn officially and together, the regime has done its very best to suppress public outrage over the Lampedusa disaster, using mercineries from Demhit. We think this is despicable, and believe now more than ever we should stand with our people and support them as they resist pfdj inside Eritrea.
If you wish to support these calls or any of our forthcoming engagements with the public inside Eritrea please make a donation through our paypal account.Read more...
The German Carrier seems to be caught up in constant disagreements between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the German Embassy, the disagreements that were simmering for the past ix months are said to have led to the carrier stopping flights on Monday the 26th of October 2013. The main issues of disagreement are: acceptable currencies for purchase of tickets inside the country and various concerns regarding cargo that Lufthansa refuses to carry into the country.
With the hyperinflation of Nakfa, prices of tickets purchased inside the country have been difficult to regulate and harmonize with those purchased outside the country and Lufthansa’s proposal to sell ticket in US Dollars was rejected by the Eritrean authorities.
Meanwhile Lufthansa are refusing to carry various cargoes into the country; including Government Pouches, various items of public mail as well as human remains for burial in Eritrea. Although sources intimate that this could also be as a result of disagreements in charges and currencies, there could perhaps be other issues of concern.Read more...
Security officials are said to be agitated by the incident and spent yesterday conducting meetings in high schools in Asmara. The first of those meetings was at Asmara Comprehensive School (formerly Leul Mekonen School). During the meeting senior security officials, including Colonel Simon Gebre-Dngil’s right hand man nicknamed Sokolov strictly warned high school students against spreading news about Demhit soldiers in Asmara. Sokolv gave stern warning that they will imprison any student found spreading ‘rumours’.
The regime in Eritrea has been conducting mass raids and arrests (giffa) detaining thousands of people of ‘military age’ (18-50) and sending them to military training centres in Sawa, Wea and Barentu.
The raids that were carried out over three days starting Friday had the biggest impact in Asmara, Mendefera, Dekehare and Segeneyti as well as Keren Massawa and Gindae. It is estimated that up to 1,500 young people may have been detained in Asmara alone, and sent to Sawa and Wea. The soldiers who were carrying on these raids in Asmara were predominantly from the Tigray People’s Democratic Movement (TPDM), an Ethiopian opposition group based in Eritrea.
Meanwhile in Massawa, the raids were carried out by new Special Forces (division called 61) selected from the rank and file of the National Service Recruits.Read more...
3, LUFTHANSA AIR Latest information
Lufthansa Airlines is going to Close its mission to eritrea and it stop its flights to eritrea on the past three days.and what developments we will see next and the suspicion is may be sanction of flights to eritrea by EU.
Asmrino.com has verified that LUFTHANSA is no longer operating its flight in and out of Eritrea. More info to come as soon as we verify additional information sent from Eritrea.
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... Advancing the theory of “trans-national” mobilization in the different phases of the armed struggle history and in the making of a nation-state such as Eritrea may seem implausible and incomprehensible. Proposing the concept of revanchist or irredentist politics in Eritrea without a revanchist state for a proof is understandably an arduous task too. Etched in the history of the war for a separate nation-hood, however, had always been present the collusion with the rebels across the Mereb in order to defeat either an internal rival as the ELF or the Derg. More broadly then, the defeat of Derg and the independence of Eritrea was disproportionately the handmaiden of the Mereb children. That is what makes Eritrea, “exceptional”.
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The girl in the picture was a child (according to Sophia, she was only nine years old). Her age of political innocence would have been adequate to explain the circumstance in the picture; an innocuous act practiced in all countries, that every Christian highlander of the times would have been proud to have his children do the same. She is as guiltless as the little girls that present flowers or bread nowadays to her idol Isaias. We often describe the regime supporters as having a compartmentalized mind; we forget we are in the same morass.Read more...
The said article’s anger is directed at the twenty two Eritreans, whose hearts happen to be in the right place. But as Zekere puts it, the appeal “… made by the twenty-two intellectuals from the diaspora is the most scandalous” compared to other appeals before it. YG chimes in accusing the “22 muhuran” of “… enabling [the regime] to stretch its life beyond necessity”.Read more...
The problem is, dear reader, the two Tigrigna-speaking peoples across the Mereb River are the mirror image of one another. The only distinction between them is that whereas the Tigrawot beyond the Mereb River say “mewesawesi”, the Tigrignas on the Eritrean side of the Mereb River say “menkasakesi”, both words referring to the identity of the person as documented officially on paper. What is more, given that the very foundation of the Eritrean nation itself was based on this vital distinction between menkesakesi and mewesawesi, they felt that if this distinction evaporates into thin air, so would the nation. [Please refer to the book written jointly by Isaias Afwerki and Abdella Idris, Hager Bizey Mewesawesi on the origin and importance of this distinction to Eritrean nationalism ...]Read more...
Pfdj on the other hand have discovered tears and candles do a few tricks and so they have ordered both in great mass and couldn’t quiet see why that wouldn’t stop their people from not reverting to their docility…. You could almost hear the chief monkeys screaming: ‘what more do you want?? What do you mean CHANGE We cancelled not one event but a whole tour of guaila! We even pitched up in Lampedusa and tried to look sad…Read more...
We can all be an educator (let others know what's going on),diplomat (balanced approach),community activist(talk to everyone who'll listen), political strategist(talk with elected representative), fist-shaker, mountain-hollerer, and foot stomper. It starts with releasing the ego. You see the ego says "I don't want to get involved" it says " the people I know aren't interested in this issue." The ego says "there is too much to do and I don't have the time"Read more...
In spite of that the Eritrean for liberation in Europe played a pivotal role in promoting and supporting the just cause of the Eritrean struggle.
Right from its inception the objective of Bologna Congress was to build a strong revolutionary organisation as a vehicle to win political and material support from the international community and provide essential man power and funds to the EPLF. The annual congresses were meant to asses and evaluate achievements and shortages and come out with a work plan and strategies to be put to practice. It was time also to elect leaders.
The elites have identified the National Service as the main policy that is wreaking havoc in the society, shy of asking for its complete revocation. They have asked for the separation of the boot camps masquerading as colleges from independent and autonomous educational institutions, short of asking for their disbandment. The absence of rule of law, freedom of press etc. were also pointed out in the letter as impediments to the normal functioning of the society in Eritrea, refusing to see the evident collapse of the society. The addressee in the letter is none other than the totalitarian state!Read more...
When we ask our shocked selves what indeed happened in the Lampedusa tragedy, the obvious response would be that a ship, with 365 Eritrean refugees still boarded on it, sank in the Mediterranean Sea on the shores of Lampedusa. But the symbolism of this goes far beyond this specific incident to signify the sinking of the nation-state Eritrea itself. After all, all those who perished in this incident did so in the very process of jumping off the sinking ship called “Eritrea”. The literal jumping off the sinking ship on the shores of Lampedusa happens to be just a small detail within that overarching national tragedy. ...Read more...
This article makes a short observation on the economic and political landmarks, as well as related geopolitical circumstances in regard to Eritrea and Ethiopia. The intention and attitudes of our leaders towards close relationships between our sisterly nations is being included in my writing. It has been so important to address our peoples with awareness over the facts and prospects prevailing around their nationhood. In other words, searching with patience into the realities that influence and impact our common destiny is essential. As such, Ethiopians and Eritreans together have to analyze the situation of both countries and exchange their concerns to bring peace. Those are the main potential factors to recognize and facilitate for bilateral needs and subsequent integration.Read more...
In the same manner, Eritrean cyber writers have been lately outraged not by the policy per se, but by the enforcers, who are allegedly people from the Tigray. The illegitimacy of the regime and its Sawa conscription unchallenged, the frenzy about a skirmish with the regime’s proxy army has dominated the cyber world. A few have even compared it to colonization, a poorly understood concept which has been responsible for causing mayhem in the past. This lukewarm opposition has “forced” the regime to state: our army was the enforcer, and the only enforcer! The farce of Eritrean politics has no boundaries. We witness once again the phenomenon of zombification as robust and alive: illicit relationship and sharing the same house is well entrenched in the land.1Read more...
After swimming for 3 hours I turned and saw that my brother had fallen behind. He said, Go on, Zerit, get to land, call home. He said, ‘Bye Zerit. And I was on the point of fainting in the sea, I couldn't swim for the two of us, I thought ‘it would be terrible for my mother to lose two sons in the same night - and I left my brother behind. I called ‘Bye Samuel. I, Zerit, am alive because my brother is dead.
(Photo: Zerit Gebray)Read more...
Lionel Cliffe’s contribution to Eritrean was outstanding. For several years he made several visits to the liberated area of Eritrea studying emergency aid and development needs/projects. Such assessments were essential for funding from International NGOs. It has to be remembered that Eritrean Relief Association had the reputation of being the darling of humanitarian organisation for its extensive network all over the world and its efficiency as the donor agencies see the aids are implemented to the full.Read more...
Eritrea is at a historical juncture. If the present course is not averted, Eritrea can fall into the abyss of failed states, The human tragedy will be more severe than that witnessed in Somalia because ethnic-religious cleavages in Eritrea are much deeper and the abundance of arms and militarization of the society at large is much greater. If Eritrea falls, the fragile neighboring states of the Sudan and Ethiopia would follow because the restive cores of these three countries have deep ties to each other.Read more...
(Lampedusa 25/10/2005) An article on a website close to the Eritrean regime disclosed that government officials were on the ground in Lampedusa, unofficially, interviewing survivours and families of victims and even carrying out their own DNA testing to confirm government claims that most of the victims and survivours of the Tragedy, off the cost of Lampedusa in Italy, were in fact non-Eritreans.Read more...
Stepping on thorns of sand
Breathless; for songs yet unsung
Ballads of untold sorrow; so bad
For that cursed land
Crippled memories rose; burning
For lives still floating
For the drowned and the freezing
With hearts broken; still bleeding
The Return FlightRead more...
Uncle first and now dad’s gone
How much could you really take
Please don’t cry for father’s sake
You know he had no other choice
He always wanted to have a voice
His body, they say, was recovered from sea
Their boat caught fire and he tried to flee
It was the day the aroma and the taste of our homemade tea changed - forever.
Our mother (bless her) would wake up every morning to make tea for the whole family. No one knew how but somehow, it was that tea that kept everything in order. It was served three times a day and whenever a guest arrives.
A damaged teapot that looked like it had gone through so many battles is still sitting somewhere. If it is misplaced, it could easily trigger a civil war inside our home. It is always there in the background, almost ignored, and yet never failed to provide the tea that held the home spirit together.
My little sister’s
It was still on her body
The other one floated away all on its own
You don’t like that colour?
She didn’t either!
It was a present
when declared war & hostility sub-merges
trapped in the mind set of vengeance
compassion & care, things of the past
live for the moment, with the legacy of hate
when the world seems to give up on us
nothing is more comforting to witness
caring voices, knocking on every doors
the Elsas, The Selams & the Merons
the virtues of common good
carved on a stone & written in blood
their commitment on every occasion
unflinching support to the nation
Just a territory on a map
From Dumera to Ras Kasar
Unknown to the majority; a nation state
Lies idle beside a coastline; frozen in liquid state
Flanked by a landscape on the side; under extreme heat
Crossed by three seasons in a day
Still oblivious; to the outside world
Deeply immersed in its own; on blindfold
The people; like aliens in disguise
In scattered cultures and customs
Displaced within their land; spread across the globe
Identify themselves as Eritreans; under probe
Like dead souls crossing the sea
For an idea to die for eternity
Swallowing the young; the misguided
Crying alongside the living; the wretched
The state he is in
If only; you can imagine
You might; can even try
The mirror; right in front
Will tell you why
You still think it was about you
Do you… now?
Eritrea is just a stage
a platform from here to there
a land where no one knows
who is who and where
You can upstage a state anytime
without all that jazz
change the scenery
straight from frozen liquid to gas
And the menacing threats to skin me alive
That played in my head
In my solitary cell
Were also unreal
My mother’s prayers to the saints are always real
They won’t save me but may wipe her tears
This noose around my neck is real
You…who sit watching
Are you for real?
Like swords; the lines are drawn
As the ink hesitates to let itself; drop
The hand; on the other hand
Waits to make up its mind
In the meantime; a blank page
Like a wild dog; is barking in rage
Write me; or put me down
the roots; would you believe
say; from up on air
sound like twigs; planted upside down
the young are wasted
as the old wither
in a land laid bare; abandoned
Blessed I go
to sign a golden record
of a vote that carries a note.
Incredibly the first to me
to the most it may not be.
My vote that has a note came from remote
crossing through deserts and seas
where ideas flow and winds blow
with no compass nor a boat
leaving a trail of wishes and ashes
of the original source and direction.
so they fly away; legs, lungs and livers
hearts and kidneys
as if they never had; eyes or ears
others laugh; behind sliding screens
in oblivion; as people lose their minds
in clinical dress; to show off their phantom skins
as body parts are put for sale; in so many pieces
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