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News
Written by Gulf News Report Tue - 12 Nov

Saudi jets force plane to land after it enters airspace

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.

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News
Written by The News International‎ Sun - 10 Nov

Ethiopia to bring home illegal workers from Saudi Arabia

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.

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Eritrea: A message regarding the public memorial for Lampedusa Victims at the Martyer’s Cemetery in Asmara

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.

 

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Eritrea: Needs of Eritrean Refugees Demand Attention

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.

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Editorial
Written by Administrator Sun - 03 Jun

Asmarino Fundraising! Simply because there is so much more to be done!

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.

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Eritrea: Report from Massawa: Copper and Terror

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.

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Eritrea: The Suffering of My Beloved People


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!"

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News
Written by Samuel N Fri - 08 Nov

Eritrea: Twenty-two Intellectuals call Eritrean government to care

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:

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Eritrea: A Call for National day of Mourning & funeral service

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.

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Press Release
Written by HRCE Wed - 06 Nov

Eritrea: More punishment of the innocent

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.

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Press Release
Written by HRCE Wed - 06 Nov

Eritrea: Meaza Petros's moving testimony at the UN

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.

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An Alarming Trend in Eritrea: Elderly and Child Prisoners


Child prisoners

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

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News
Written by Release Eritrea Sat - 02 Nov

Christian Women and Children Prisoners were Warned Never to Pray Together Again

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.

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News
Written by Arbi Harnet Fri - 01 Nov

Protest stikers on Government Officials’ cars and many buildings and street corners in Asmara

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.

 

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Asmara: Government cadres finding it difficult to convince people the none involvement of Demhit (TPDM Mercenaries)

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.

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Press Release
Written by Arbi Harnet Thu - 31 Oct

Arbi Harnet Call to Action for Nov 3, 2013

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.

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Report from Eritrea: Oct 30, 2013

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.

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Report from Eritrea: Oct 29, 2013


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’.

During the meeting over 500 soldiers were stationed in the school compound and the areas surrounding it, to prevent anymore rioting by students. The soldiers are from a contingent based in Gulie near the Hills of Arbe Robue just outside Asmara on the Massawa Road.
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Report from Eritrea part II

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.

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Breaking News: Lufthansa stops flying to Eritrea


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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Report from Eritrea part I

As a result, Eritrea has by now turned into a huge cemetery. People are losing family members not only in Shegeraib Sudan by Rashaida, in the Sinai by Beduin, in Sahara and Libya and in Mediterranean Sea, but also in the hundreds of detention centers in Eritrea. In fact the deaths in these prisons by far outstrips those dying outside the country.

  • The current state of Eritrean Airlines
  • Military leaders in key positions
  • The health condition of higher officials


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News
Written by Arbi Harnet Sun - 27 Oct

Riot on the Streets of Asmara

There were riots on the streets of Asmara following an attempt by mercenaries from the Tigray People’s  Democratic Movement (an Ethiopian opposition group known locally as Demhit) to conduct mass arrest of young people who had gathered to watch Premier League Football in Asmara’s Markato district.

The riots started outside Hamassien Restaurant, when a resisting young man was manhandled by Demhit officers, igniting anger on the streets. When the fights spread and began to hit neighbouring residential areas like Maitemenai to the North, police chiefs were called in to calm the situation which was clearly out of hand. The head of Police in the Central Administrative Zone, Wedi Yisak, was on the scene and is believed to have ordered the switching off of electricity supplies to the city and things started calming down after darkness descended.

 

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Press Release
Written by Release Eritrea Sat - 26 Oct

The Government of Eritrea arrests 150 Christians found praying together

(Asmara 25-10-2013) Release Eritrea, a UK based charity,   has learnt that Eritrean security forces, raided a prayer meeting and arrested 150 Christians found praying together in Maitemenai, a suburb to the north of Asmara. It is thought that the believers had gathered to pray about the escalating refugee crisis and the trouble in the country that has been of concern to many Eritreans in recent days.

The gathering is said to have been under the auspices of an underground fellowship known locally as ‘Hiyaw Amlak’ (Living God). The fellowship is part of a wide network of underground fellowships that have been in operation throughout the country since 2002, when the Eritrean government shut all churches not belonging to the officially sanctioned religious groups.

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News
Written by Arbi Harnet Fri - 25 Oct

Eritrea: Officials Bann Obituary Notices of Lampedusa Victims from the Streets of Asmara

Following the accident on the 3rd of October, off the cost of Lampdusa that claimed the lives of over 350 Eritreans, Asmara residents had put up customary notices with pictures of victims and many people  were gathering to read those notices and expressing their anger at the political and economic predicament that is pushing young Eritreans to take extreme measures to leave their country.

Members of the Project, who sent their report accompanied by a picture taken earlier this week, have disclosed that they had also been busy distributing the underground news paper they launched last September, as well as putting up their posters with urgent messages for people to challenge the political repression in Eritrea.

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News
Written by UN News Centre Fri - 25 Oct

Situation in Eritrea ‘desperately bleak,’ UN expert warns urging aid for fleeing refugees

24 October 2013 – A United Nations expert today urged the international community to focus on the human rights situation in Eritrea which she said is extremely concerning with the most serious violations being committed and with up to 3,000 people flee every month, many of them unaccompanied children.

“The current human rights picture is desperately bleak. People feel trapped in a long hopeless situation as they see no end to it to the point that they take the irreversible decision to flee, forcing them on the road to exile,” the UN Special Rapporteur on Eritrea, Sheila B. Keetharuth, told journalists in New York.

(Photo: Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea Sheila B. Keetharuth (right) addresses a press conference at UN Headquarters.)

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Articles

Article
Written by Ararat Iyob Wed - 23 Jul

Of Dreams and Death

Of Dreams and Death

... Martyrdom is part of religions such as Christianity at its inception. It is said that Christianity was the cause for the fall of the Roman Empire. Reason given, because there was life after death, there was no reason to behave normally for an actual life under a pragmatic Roman rule. Is there a lesson here? Didn’t thousands die because “martyrdom” was acceptable? In this day and age, normal soldiers do not go to war to die. They go to defend their country, its ideals, and mainly to win. Death is only a condition of the status quo and not a “choice”.

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Article
Written by Yosief Ghebrehiwet Wed - 16 Jul

Dejen’s Syndrome: the Contradictions of the Eritrean Mind

Dejen’s Syndrome: the Contradictions of the Eritrean Mind

Eritreans are first and foremost prisoners of their minds. ... We can, in fact, say that Dejen was actually locked up in multiple prisons, the one inserted into the other like a Russian doll. It took him four years to conduct an escape from the prison in his head, the one that held him hostage to the system. Only when he escaped from this mind-prison, as he gave up on the system, was he able to entertain an escape from the physical prison. And all of this was to flee from the nation, as hundreds of thousands of Eritreans have already been doing, however less spectacular their escapes might be. To fight back against the system requires an altogether different state of mind: he has to free himself from being a hostage of the revolutionary past that has made him deny agency to his oppressors. ...

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Article
Written by Seyoum Tesfaye Sat - 12 Jul

Decolonizing the mind: A shift in thinking

Decolonizing the mind: A shift in thinking

I believe the noble endeavor to collect and document the history of ELF and its gallant fighters is one of the most constructive undertakings in present day Eritrean Diaspora. I intend to present my observation of the process and its implication in the near future. I have been lucky enough to attend the second and third reunion held in Atlanta since it was open for the public. I felt I was in an open university with an insight into the nature of the liberation front that had the capability to transform former Eritrean commandos at the service of the Ethiopian government into liberation fighters. This achievement and other thousands of heroic deeds have to be recorded in detail and made a part of the true National History Archive.

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Article
Written by Ararat Iyob Sat - 05 Jul

“Holy Prison” Mariam Gembi before the Blue Terror there was……….

“Holy Prison” Mariam Gembi before the Blue Terror there was……….

Two of them took me to a part of the building that used to be a 'mogogo' (a separate room for making injera).  There they made me put my hands, tied, under my feet and inserted a wooden pole through my legs. They hoisted me up and put me upside down making my bare feet 'at arm’s length. The investigator started looking for a stick. One of them took what I think was a hard stick with plastic rope around it and asked if I had anything more to say. “No”. Then he started beating the soles of my feet. I started to scream but they put a piece of cloth on my mouth. I started to choke. ...

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Article
Written by Petros Tesfagherghis Sat - 28 Jun

The Vaccaro momentum: building an organisation and developing a strategy and plan of action

The Vaccaro momentum: building an organisation and developing a strategy and plan of action

What is amazing about Tewolde Tesfamariam (Wedi Vaccaro) is that he was able to attract large number of listeners to come to listen to him. It is fundamentally important to acknowledge that, it is because people have related to him, to what he was saying, his approach, his simplicity, commitment and selflessness.  They shared his dreams for unity, justice and democratic Eritrea. And also of his genuine concern that the opposition is too fragmented to put up united and effective resistance to repression, even though the objective condition for change is ripe.

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Article
Written by Yosief Ghebrehiwet Wed - 25 Jun

Catholic Bishops Sounding the “Extinction” Alarm in Eritrea

Catholic Bishops Sounding the “Extinction” Alarm in Eritrea

It seems to me that the problem of Eritrea has long ago stopped being political or even humanitarian; it has become a subject matter for “pure mathematics” to handle. Provide any fourth-grader who knows his addition with the figures of all those who are fleeing the nation in mass exodus per month/year and the years it takes in Eritrean minds to realize they are heading towards extinction, he would figure it out in few minutes when the cataclysmic end would be arriving. For lack of a fourth-grader head, uncluttered with revolutionary and nationalistic rhetoric, a nation is being lost. ...

With no such revolutionary or nationalistic malaise clouding their eyes, the Bishops are telling us in no unclear terms that such extinction is in fact in the making. What makes the Pastoral Letter unique is that it is the first time any Eritrean organization, be it religious or secular, to have focused on the existential predicament of the nation with such intensity. ...

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Article
Written by Resoum Kidane Mon - 23 Jun

Commemorating June 20th Martyrs' Day

Commemorating June 20th Martyrs' Day

The 20th of June is a day of commemoration for all those who sacrificed their lives for the Eritrean struggle for independence, and for those who lost their lives in the 1998-2000 border conflict with Ethiopia. It is also a commemoration day for all those political prisoners who lost their life in prison or were executed by the Ethiopian regime during the liberation struggle.

The same day is also an honour and a day of commemoration for all civilians, who were killed in Asmara during the demonstrations in 1958 and for all civilians who became the victims of the Ethiopian government atrocities between 1962-1991.

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Article
Written by Ghirmay Yebio Fri - 20 Jun

A few words on the "Pastoral Letter" by the Catholic Bishops of Eritrea

A few words on the

The pastoral letter by the four Catholic Bishops of Eritrea, can be called more of a "letter of Lamentation" which describes the situation in which the nation finds itself. ...

While commendable in being the first of its kind to come out of one of the established churches of Eritrea,  nonetheless it remains still a letter of Lamentation only and does not propose a solution to the problem.  It appears to emphasizes on collective blame rather than finger-pointing at the Asmara regime which is the solely responsible of the social and political crisis in the nation. It blames no one in particular and everyone in General.

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Article
Written by Zeineb Ali Fri - 20 Jun

The Catholic Bishops’ statement: How is it going down in the annals of history?

The Catholic Bishops’ statement: How is it going down in the annals of history?

Some might argue that the bishops represent the Catholic Church only. I do not believe this is the case. They are the voice of the voiceless. They represent all highlanders and lowlanders, Muslims and Christian, and men and women. They are echoing the views of the young and the old. They are reiterating the sentiments of the majority – both inside Eritrea and the diaspora. They are ready to pay dearly for speaking the truth and for leading the people on the right path to salvation.

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Article
Written by Tewelde Stephanos Sun - 15 Jun

Unfiltered Notes: Are we losing the deeper message of Eritrea’s courageous Catholic Bishops?

Unfiltered Notes: Are we losing the deeper message of Eritrea’s courageous Catholic Bishops?

That is not the whole story, however. Could a one-man empire last this long if we had heeded the Bishops’ deeper lesson? Did we honestly stick with the spirit of their question - “where is my brother”? What was our response when the disabled veterans were mercilessly mowed down or when so many people were herded to prison, some never to be heard from again? Except for very few brave souls, like our Catholic Bishops, we have all failed to do the right thing and that is why the regime has thrived this long.

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Article
Written by Zekre Lebona Fri - 13 Jun

The Eritrean Revolution’s Rule of Conduct: Ask Not About Your Brother

The Eritrean Revolution’s Rule of Conduct: Ask Not About Your Brother

 

... True, the communities in Eritrea had throughout their long history the “Fear of God”, and to an admirable degree, the respect for traditional laws. However, these attributes were abruptly and violently made to wither over the long period of ghedli hegemony. All the “social capital” the traditional communities had was degraded and trampled down by the ghedli operatives. The period was, in other words, “a dejen of error” [1] and anticipated the current social malaise.

...His comrades, among many, such as Petros Solomon, who was his prison inmate in Somalia, did not whisper,“Where Is My Brother”, until his turn to be a victim in September, 2001. The experience of others who joined the organization later is not different ...

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Article
Written by Daniel Teclegiorgis Fri - 06 Jun

(II) Fear to Phobia in the ambiguity of Eritrean image!

(II) Fear to Phobia in the ambiguity of Eritrean image!

No wonder fact of the matter is even though the dictator deserves a huge shame and blame, it is the reigning secretive world view too absorbed in promoting ideas of independence and self-reliance (ፈኸራን ጥረራን እንዳ ዝናን ባህታን) that bears accountability for all the mess. Accordingly it is not another battle type of Badme or slaying a dictator but a sort of creative battle of ideas that can evolve and improve the way out of the secretive world view in order to envision a better way for the management of relationships.

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Article
Written by Selam Kidane Thu - 05 Jun

Sophia Tesfamariam adds Insult to Eritrea’s Injury

Sophia Tesfamariam adds Insult to Eritrea’s Injury

But Sophia’s role – her only role seems to be whitewashing the gross violations perpetrated in Eritrea…just like the G15 are in EraEro, incommunicado for over a decade,  because the benevolent pfdj felt  they should be protected from the Eritrean masses and like the journalist were only denied the rights to live and work freely because the Eritrean public demanded so… the young people who perished in Lampedusa ended up in a sinking furnace because their rich, pompous families decided they’d send them on a lavish expedition out of the paradise called Eritrea!

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Article
Written by Bereket Berhane Wed - 04 Jun

The Bishoftu Initiative of the Eritrean Youth Forum: An Interrupted Expedition into the Elusive?

The Bishoftu Initiative of the Eritrean Youth Forum: An Interrupted Expedition into the Elusive?

As a final point, Bishoftu’s novel dream of bringing the diverse Eritrean youth forces closer seems, in many ways, to grow fainter and fainter by the day. But even if this initiative has so far proven elusive and is nowhere fully realized, we still have so much to learn from the course of events. And it is only by learning from our mistakes, making the necessary corrections, and adjusting our course that we can make the elusive possible. The journey has been interrupted and is still unfinished. Now the mission’s success or failure is going to depend on the will and perseverance of the sensible majority. And succeed they must, because the alternative is really unattractive and grim.

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Article
Written by Samuel N. Mon - 02 Jun

Accepting the gift, rejecting the giver: Eritrea’s independence dilemma

Accepting the gift, rejecting the giver: Eritrea’s independence dilemma

How does one accept the gift but reject the giver? The independence we so deserve was brought about by cruel and lawless bandits. This is at the heart of Eritreans’ dilemma.

The common Tigrinya saying “ተቐባል ሌባ”, meaning whoever accepts goods from a thief is a thief himself, is overly simplistic to explain our dilemma. The saying assumes the “goods” one is accepting or buying from the thief is not rightly his in the first place which makes the verdict relatively meaningful.

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Writers Corner
Written by Gabriel Guangul Tue - 01 Jul

Textless Reign of Silence

Textless Reign of Silence

in a country called Eritrea

where nobody knows where

mobile phones find themselves

locked in prison cells

 

immobilized by security codes; button less

hacked to death; more or less

freedom itself is left speechless

unable to text; textless

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Writers Corner
Written by Gabriel Guangul Thu - 05 Jun

Of Loose and Silent Tongues

Of Loose and Silent Tongues

security codes lie in wait

right beside the gate

holding the tongue hostage

blocking the air passage

 

stuck in the tunnels

inside rusty pipes and faulty valves

some words joined forces

just to make phrases

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Writers Corner
Written by Gabriel Guangul Wed - 23 Apr

Eritrea - there you are

Eritrea - there you are

We are standing still; on our own

and there you are; so close

yet; so far away

farewell; to a journey in the unknown

 

The time has come

as it always does; for no one

but for us to join; in peace

in loving memory

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Writers Corner
Written by Ararat Iyob Thu - 17 Apr

Serious People - II

Serious People - II

Well, He seems to

have decided to let hurricanes blow

new winds to penetrate

new routes, new waves

hailstorms hit pavements

the seas grow hot

and volcanoes boil

their sweat is carried

to the Red Sea home.

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Writers Corner
Written by Selam Kidane Wed - 02 Apr

Ode to Yohanna’s Baby

Ode to Yohanna’s Baby

In

The small cramped quarters

A lone light bulb dangling above

A baby was born

Her bright intelligent eyes wide open

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Writers Corner
Written by Gabriel Guangul Sun - 16 Mar

Figure Out

Figure Out

So self-righteous she was
She put everything right; in the wrong way

So obsessed with truth; he was
He had nothing left to say

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Writers Corner
Written by Ararat Iyob Wed - 12 Mar

Serious People - I

Serious People - I

Along the river Nile, I met the Flame Tree

its long limbs stretching to the sky

the blue hues along with clouds

became the canvas for its drawing

 

Its red-hot flames poked out from the greens

yellow flicker of burning sunshine

telling me that fire burns otherwise

soft petals glowing with color

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Writers Corner
Written by Gabriel Guangul Mon - 10 Mar

Shadow

Shadow

broadcasting so heavy a shadow

a shield standing in front

light outcast

in the wild

 

a hunter

in the dark

light years away

a body mass of no weight

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Writers Corner
Written by Gabriel Guangul Tue - 04 Feb

Passage

Passage

 

she hands her child

to a woman sitting beside

raise her as your own; she begs

soon after she saw the men; hands-on machetes

 

she became a statistic; number game ...

a faceless victim; a dead torch among many

... a warning

for a genocide in the making

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Writers Corner
Written by Selam Kidane Sat - 01 Feb

Now You See Me

Now You See Me

 

That September we both left Eritrea

Seventeen hours later you were here

I was shot at on the border

Was sold, bought and resold

The map of that trip is scored on my back

Do you want to see? No I didn’t think you would

My best friend was maimed

The other one died in a cell

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Writers Corner
Written by Gabriel Guangul Mon - 13 Jan

Twilight

Twilight

Gravitating to unregistered awareness
In fractured identities
In sleeping sickness
In morbid madness

Rising with eyes frozen; dead blank
Lifeless; zombie-like
Despite all signs of life; yet unborn
Just swimming; in the womb of the twilight zone

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Writers Corner
Written by Selam Kidane Wed - 08 Jan

Refugee Go Home

Refugee Go Home

Like the River that passes through
I have no place to call my own
I stop where life wills ...
To let them take what they want ...
And dump what they willl ...
... Then on I will linger ...
Changing names along the way

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Writers Corner
Written by Samuel NA Thu - 19 Dec

The Ten Commandments, PFDJ Style

The Ten Commandments, PFDJ Style

V. Honor your appointed officials, that your days may be peaceful in the land.

VI. You shall not murder. Aim shots below the knee.

VII. You shall not commit adultery. Lest you compete with your colonels and officials.

VIII. You shall not steal. The land and its fruits are consecrated to government.

IX. You shall not bear false witness. Why prolong your torture.

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Writers Corner
Written by Walta Kiflezghi Tue - 17 Dec

Despair

Despair

Full circle once again

it's a depletion of life sources

Dead wrapped in seaweed

instead of a casket with roses

Abandoned in the desert sand

ripped of dignity and organs

Do you hear the cries

of the motherless children?

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Writers Corner
Written by Julie Wed - 11 Dec

Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony for Aster

Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony for Aster

I send my angels to comfort Aster and my prayers for her freedom. I wear a bracelet that I made in her honor. As I take it off at night, and put it back on each morning, I send her my love. I know that one day we will again sit together on a beautiful outdoor patio and share our hearts over a cup of coffee. And when we get to the third round, the blessing round, we will pause and be grateful for the blessing of true friendship.

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