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Written by Alfio Sciacca Thu - 27 Aug

Donne incinte sul barcone Le ho viste abortire e morire

Titi, la sopravvissuta
Dietro la sua attuale fragilità si in­travede un’abitudine alla sofferenza che è stata determinante per resiste­re 21 giorni in balia del mare. Forse quel che resta della vita militare a cui era destinata. In Eritrea frequentava quella che lei chiama «accademia mi­­litare » e che forse è proprio la durissi­ma «Sawa» dove le donne subiscono ogni tipo di violenza. «Era una vita che non mi piaceva — si limita a dire lei — volevo e voglio una vita diver­sa ». Titi non è sposata e non ha figli. Nel suo Paese ha lasciato la madre, un fratello e una sorella che lavorano in un’azienda agricola e dice di non aver pagato nulla per il viaggio: «A pagare per me è stato mio zio mater­no, ma non so quanto abbia versa­to ». Sa benissimo invece quanto ha dovuto penare prima di arrivare al tanto atteso viaggio della speranza in Italia: «Un anno e otto mesi ho do­vuto aspettare prima dell’imbarco— racconta — restando a lungo in Su­dan e poi diversi mesi in Libia».
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News
Written by Massimo A. Alberizzi Thu - 27 Aug

Le colpe del regime dell'Eritrea

Aster e il marito Petros (da Friedsofaster.org)

Malta avrà pure le sue colpe, ma forse l’arcipelago del Mediterraneo non è il vero problema. Per i disperati che arrivano dall’Eritrea governata da una dittatura rigidissima, le cause del loro dramma si chiamano violenza e repressione. Le galere eritree sono piene di dissidenti, di intellettuali, di giornalisti. Non importa se siano stati eroi della lotta di liberazione contro l’Etiopia, durata trent’anni. Il dittatore Isayas Afeworki non ha risparmiato né combattenti di prima linea, né strateghi della lotta armata. Soprattutto ha voluto zittire i cervelli più fini e più creativi della rivoluzione.

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Article
Written by Tedros Abraham Thu - 27 Aug

Situational Analysis of Contemporary Eritrean refugees in the Sudan

Emblem of a National tragedy, these Eritrean refugees graduated in September 2007 from the University of Asmara in Journalism and mass communications with B.A degree, within a range of one month all of them escaped to the Sudan. Photo taken in Khartoum in January, 2008.

On average from 50 up to 70 Eritreans are arriving to the Shegerab refugee camp on a daily bases, according to a Senior Sudanese government official in Eastern Sudan, http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article25615. Hence, with this high influx, the number of Eritrean refugees registered as of July 2004 alone exceeded 50,000. This figure does not include those who evade registration in the refugee camp, according to some estimates their number could be in thousands.

On top of that, there are 148,000 Eritrean refugees living in protracted camps of Sita wo’ishrin, Wedisherifey and Shegerab, since pre-independence period. Nevertheless, with all the short comings, the government and people of Sudan deserve acknowledgement for their generosity and hospitality in embracing these refugees for several decades.

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Press Release
Written by EYGM - Public Relation Council Thu - 27 Aug

A Call to All Young Eritreans

Eritrean Youth Global Movement

In an effort to address the aforementioned challenges, particularly of organizing youths to stand for their rights and that of their people, an organization named Eritrean Global Youth Movement came into being on the 20th of June, 2009. Through such initiative Eritrean youths will be able identify their challenges and priorities. Such initiatives would also enable them to establish a country with democracy and respect for basic human rights of individuals without any distinction. Needless to say, initiative of this nature cannot be a reality without the participation of each and every one of us. With the participation of all, the initiative intends to restore the faith and hopes of all Eritreans.


The Eritrean Global Youth Movement cordially extends its invitation to all youths wherever they are to be part of the change the Eritrean people desperately need. It is up to the youth to get rid of tyranny once and for all.

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News
Written by JENDAYI E. FRAZER (WSJ) Wed - 26 Aug

Four Ways to Help Africa

Place Eritrea on the list of state sponsors of terrorism. This will follow through on Mrs. Clinton's statements that Eritrea must end its assistance to al Shabaab, a designated Somali terrorist group.

Al Shabaab recruits young Americans to become suicide bombers. It also has turned Somalia into a haven for mujahedeen fighters from Pakistan and Afghanistan. The al Qaeda East Africa cell is based in Somalia and was responsible for the bombing of U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998. Mrs. Clinton laid a wreath in Kenya to commemorate the embassy bombing. She can help prevent a future attack on our diplomatic missions and citizens in the Horn and East Africa by taking direct action against Eritrea today.

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Alewana (ኣለዋና!)
Written by Arthur Perkins Wed - 26 Aug

America's Got Talent 4 Last Semifinal Round Recap

The final act was the Eriam Sisters, aged 16, 14 and 12. They are fun and entertaining although I found them singing a lot of unison, not harmony. As any serious singer knows it is actually easier by far for 3 voices to blend in harmony than for them to blend in unison. They should have used more harmony in their song, but this is a minor point.  Nick Cannon calls them "America's next pop sensation." Piers calls them "the next Destiny's Child." I call them going to the semifinals.    
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Article
Written by G. Ande Wed - 26 Aug

United We Stand

We can go on and on showing that in Eritrea, a country that is being described as the biggest open prison in the world, no body is being spared from one form of injustice or another. So, the opposition groups need to address issues soberly if they are to establish their credibility. So far they have not been able to expand their support base because the Eritrean people are very skeptical of the motives of these groups. There are many Eritreans who say, if not Isayas, then who? Thanks, to the likes of Ali Salim many Eritreans will not get over this kind of skepticism for a long time to come. So, let's have a vision of Eritrea based on wisdom, tact and farsightedness and work for the best interests of our people. We should fight against anything that endangers our unity. We should put pressure on the so called opposition groups to change the tone and objective of their political campaign instead of poisining the well.
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Press Release
Written by Suwera Centre for Human Rights (SCHR) Wed - 26 Aug

The State Of Human Rights In Eritrea - 2008

This is the third report issued by the Suwera Centre for Human Rights (SCHR). The first report was published in 2005 reviewing developments in the implementation of human rights in Eritrea since its liberation. The second report, covering the situation of human rights in Eritrea during 2006, was issued in April 2007. The third report for the year 2007 could not appear in 2008 due to reasons beyond the capacity of the Centre to be resolved. Nevertheless, this report, which monitors the situation of human rights in the 2008, includes also the most important human rights developments and events of the year 2007.

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Article
Written by Yosief Ghebrehiwet Thu - 20 Aug

Part II - The Conveyor Belt of Death in Eritrea

The Rope

 

The noose untangled itself

in total abandon,

aching to be where she had been;

with its legs spread apart

in pangs of birth.

 

 

The parallels between the Kunama massacre and the death of the maid are striking. In both instances, when a crime is committed at the top, its correction is sought at the bottom – by committing more crimes. When the late Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ali Said Abdullah, impregnated his maid, his “correction” was to constantly harass her with the security who were following her wherever she went and to threaten her with “disappearance”, all to keep her mouth shut. And when she committed suicide by hanging herself in his compound, his further “correction” was to imprison all potential witnesses – those who were very close to her – for eight months. In the Kunama case, when an elaborate drama was staged to fool the public, the government was already aware that this grand staging had a structural flaw in it that could only be corrected at the bottom. The massacre at Mai-Dima was conducted to plug that flaw that could potentially unravel the whole scheme, thereby sullying the image of Shaebia.

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Article
Written by Dr Haben Wed - 19 Aug

The Evils of Dictatorship

All the aforementioned leaders lead a totalitarian dictatorship. Totalitarian means total dictatorial control. Movements of citizens within their own country are restricted. Citizens are constantly harassed, and if you try to travel from city to city without an ID card, you may end up in jail. The government bribes private citizens to spy on other citizens. Neighborhoods are constantly watched by these recruits and are known to report to government officials of any suspicious moves. Dictators invest their resources on the young. By brain washing and controlling the young and impressionable, they seek support and reverence. School curriculum is prepared and implemented by the ruling party. Religious groups are discouraged or completely shut down by the government. Private schools are required to submit their curriculum to the government. Mr Kim Jong Il of North Korea and Mr. Isayas Afewerke of Eritrea are examples of such practices and controls.
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News Analysis
Written by Michael Abraha Mon - 17 Aug

ERITREA MEDIA WATCH

Eritrea Media Watch
 ERITREA MEDIA WATCH -Assassination attempt on President Isayas -US threats against Isayas over Samalia

As the Obama Administration threatens to punish Eritrea for its involvement in strife stricken Somalia, there are reports of an assassination attempt on the life of President Isayas Afewerki. Quoting sources from inside the ocuntry, two Eritrean Diaspora websites, Assenna and Asmarino, said the attack on the president’s vehicle occurred on August 13 on the road between Asmara and the Red Sea port of Massawa. The president was said to be unharmed. The sources describe the attacker as 43 year-old member of the national army, First Lieutenant Daniel Habte Yihdego. He was killed on the spot by presidential guards. The alleged attempt would come as no surprise to Eritreans and foreign observers given the government’s brutal and repressive policies. The Eritrean government has denied the report.

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An Assassination Attempt on President Isaias Afewerki

On 13 August, 2009, around 4:00 PM, in the vicinity of Mai-Ata’l, an assassination attempt on the President of Eritrea, Isaias Afewerki,was conducted.

In this failed assassination attempt, the president was barely able to escape death. The man who tried to kill the president though, a former freedom fighter First Lieutenant Daniel Habte Yihdego, after an exchange of fire with the President’s security, was shot to death. He was 43 years old.

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Article
Written by Asfaha Woldemichael Fri - 14 Aug

SPEAKING THE LANGUAGE OF THE REGIME: TO WHAT END?

To the detriment of our future and to the delight of the dictator, two opposing new fronts are up and running at full scale against each other to re-write Eritrea's history in their respective convoluted opinions. There are two schools of thought: one side is trying to re-evaluate our independence defying every reason, every logic that got us where we are today as a country even if a weak one. The other side goes to great lengths to set us against one another instead of embracing each other as citizens of one nation. The leading heads of these two late-in-the game concepts are the inevitable, prolific writers: Yosief Gebrehiwot and Ali Salim. YG is a soft spoken gentle man like Tesfaledet of Asmarino but with an underhanded project to reverse history. He is surely and steadily becoming a danger by creating a vulnerable following from among the young and disgruntled Eritreans; from those who had nagging questions, and from those who never accepted our independence but go with the flow anyway. The second school of thought is led by the ubiquitous Ali Salim who often writes on Awate website with less defined but hateful agenda.

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Government of Eritrea making business out of poverty


Since last month the government of Eritrea is preoccupied in advertising and facilitating the exportation of poor women to Kuwait for exchange of hard currency. The scheme is designed to raise hard currency to the government by sending the poor women who are suffering from extreme poverty as the result of the government policy to work in Kuwait as cleaners- exploiting them for being poor. Under this scheme the poor women enter contractual agreement for a period of two years with a Kuwaiti company to work as cleaners and will be paid monthly salary of USD 173. The criteria to get permission to make the contractual agreement deal are:
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Article
Written by Kidane Belay Wed - 12 Aug

Do Those Who Can't, Diss?

If idle talk in Ethiopian restaurants is not good enough for you then Saleh can get you a choice cut PM MZ himself. You see the assertion of Yosief that the ELF collapsed primarily because of its internal contradictions is wrong not only because there is such idle talk in Ethiopian restaurants but also because PM MZ said it long before Yosief did. Case closed. Never mind that Yosief was right in stating the obvious fact that the ELF had lost much of its fighting force from the highlands long before the EPLF and TPLF conspired and acted to eliminate it. Never mind the fact that the ELF did not put any meaningful resistance to the onslaught of the TPLF and EPLF because it was deeply fractured internally. Never mind the fact that as soon as it crossed to Sudan with much of its membership intact, it disintegrated into its constituent parts after a bizarre shoot out among its leaders. None of that matters because if the devil incarnate himself has said that the ELF collapsed because of internal contradictions it must be wrong and whoever argues otherwise is equally wrong.
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Article
Written by Petros Tesfagiorgis Sun - 09 Aug

Washington March’s Historic Significance: Part 1

Washington DC Demonstration - Friday, June 19, 2009

For me The Washington freedom March is the biggest inspiration yet – It is a turning point for action on a global level. I believe that Eritrean Global Solidarity (EGS) will have a great transformational influence in raising the level of consciousness of the Eritrean people in Eritrea and in Diaspora without which the ordinary people will not commit themselves to bring the dictatorship to an end. Furthermore, it is a movement and a process that empowers people to participate in shaping their own destiny. Today Eritrea is in transition and change is inevitable. The question is how? Who are the people on the battle frontline and what are their guiding principles or ideologies and do they have feasible transformational agenda and structure.

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News
Written by Agence France-Presse Fri - 07 Aug

Clinton warns Eritrea, backs Somali leader

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shakes hands with Somali President, Sheikh Sharif Ahmed

She also issued a strong warning to Eritrea, which Washington and its African allies say is funding the Shebab, an Al Qaeda-inspired movement spearheading a three-month-old offensive to topple Sharif.

"It is long past time for Eritrea to cease and desist its support of Al-Shebab and to start being a productive rather than a destabilising neighbour," Clinton told a joint news conference with Sharif.

US officials have warned of possible sanctions and some US lawmakers have pressed for Washington to put Eritrea on a blacklist of state sponsors of terrorism.

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Article
Written by Mohammed Berhan Hagos Fri - 07 Aug

Taking the Bull by the Horn

That is why I think the current debate is very helpful. It has opened the issue of Eritrean national identity and could in time lead to its definition as unity in diversity based on democratic governance. But a few articles in some web sites are not going to be enough. We need to reinforce such discourse with the creation of a movement for national revival. In order to do that all of us must agree that the regime has to be removed by any means necessary. We should agree that the future constitution of Eritrea should not only be consistently democratic but one that has adequate institutional mechanisms to embrace and accommodate our diversity. We should have trust in the wisdom of all sectors of Eritrean society and their ability to chart a new course when given the freedom and the chance to do so...

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News
Written by Michael Abraha Tue - 04 Aug

Is Eritrea a threat to the US?

Map Of Horn Of Africa

At the risk of being called soft on terrorism, the Obama administration has only been sending conciliatory signals. At this pace, one of two things may need to happen before the Obama administration takes steps against the Eritrean government: the US would respond swiftly if Al Shabab, while still being ‘backed’ by Eritrea, were to take over the country installing a hostile Islamist state; or if Al Shabab commits terrorist acts against US interests outside Somalia.

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Article
Written by AI Mon - 03 Aug

Be Part of the Unity

The post independence era brought a new development, which called for change in our thinking, change in our political coalitions and alliances, change in our understanding of unity, change in our views and realities, and change in our old practices and rules, and change on how to bridge the generational gab … etc. Change has become the rule than the exception in post independence Eritrea. It is a paradigm shift if you will.

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Article
Written by Yosief Ghebrehiwet Fri - 31 Jul

Part I - The Conveyor Belt of Death in Eritrea

Shaebia was adept at building an efficient conveyor belt of death long before it showed up in Asmara. Then, as it is now, such a conveyor belt of death had the same structure: (a) a killing machine that does its job with a thorough efficiency that leaves nothing to chance; (b) a propaganda machine that creates an Orwellian realty for its public, a humane façade that provides a cover for the gruesome killings that go behind it; and (c) a deleting machine that wipes out any evidence that might potentially mar that manufactured “realty”. In Sahel, thousands perished as they were constantly fed into Shaebia’s efficient conveyor belt of death. A testimony to the efficiency of its propaganda and deleting machines is that few talked about it and almost no one wanted to listen until very recently. And now, this same machinery is at a work at a dizzying speed doing what it had been doing in the fields.

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News
Written by Dr Emma Stewart Thu - 30 Jul

Survey results for the "Eritrean Diaspora Network" now available!

Thank you to everyone who took part in the online survey on 'Eritrean diaspora networks'.  Results are now available online at:  http://personal.strath.ac.uk/emma.s.stewart/QuestionnaireSummary.pdf

 

Learn about how members of the Eritrean diaspora use the Internet, including what sites people surf and why people use internet sites.  And find out more about where Eritreans live in diaspora and how they maintain connections around the world.

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News
Written by Susan Cornwell Thu - 30 Jul

U.S.'s UN envoy warns Eritrea over Somalia rebels

Isaias Afewerki

WASHINGTON, July 29 (Reuters) - Eritrea has only a short time to stop undermining security in Somalia or face possible U.N. sanctions, Washington's ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, said on Wednesday.

Rice told a congressional committee the United States was "deeply concerned and very frustrated" with Eritrea's behavior in Somalia, including arming and funding Islamist insurgents

"It is unacceptable, and we will not tolerate it, and nor will other members of the Security Council," she told the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

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News
Written by AI Thu - 30 Jul

Another Christian dies in Eritrean jail

Eritrea (MNN) ― Another Christian behind bars for his faith died while in the Mitire Military Confinement Camp in Eritrea. 43-year-old Yemane Kahasay Andom died six days ago and reportedly is secretly buried in the camp.

Jerry Dykstra with Open Doors USA reports, "He was suffering from a severe case of malaria. He allegedly was further weakened by continuous physical torture he received while in solitary confinement in an underground cell for the last two weeks" for refusing to sign a recantation form.

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books
Written by Administrator Sat - 25 Jul

POETRY THAT IS UNIQUELY SUBTLE

It was hard to believe, but there it was! The quality of Kiros’s poetry cannot be explained, however, only in terms of knowledge acquired through (Biblical) reading. Poetry’s quality emanates more from natural gift than through education. Education adds depth and texture to what is endowed naturally; it cannot be a substitute for it. The 78 poems contained in this volume display an enchanting linguistic skill as well as express deep human emotions of love, hope , despair, and life’s other challenges.
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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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