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Press Release
Written by Arbi Harnet Fri - 15 Nov

Arbi Harnet News: Second edition of MeqaleH Forto

Dear friends, It gives us great pleasure to present the second edition of MeqaleH Forto, the underground newspaper printed and distributed in Eritrea. The Paper has been in circulation in Asmara and the surrounding since the beginning of November and is being received positively by residents of the City. As you can see this edition focuses on last month’s migrant boat accident and other topical issues, as per requests from our team inside the country. All articles are collaborative pieces of work by colleagues inside the country and in the diaspora. Please help us distribute the paper inside Eritrea by sending it to your contacts and asking them to read and distribute. You can also help us share the cost of printing by contributing to our project through our paypal account. The more supporters we have for this initiative to more copies we can distribute. We thank the editorial team and the distribution teams for their tireless work. Click here to view the magazine

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News
Written by santegidio.org Thu - 14 Nov

The arrival in Rome of the survivors of Lampedusa

"The arrival in Rome of the first survivors of the shipwreck of Lampedusa, forty days after the tragedy that saw them as protagonists at the centre of the Mediterranean, it is good news that confirms the commitment taken at the time by mayor Ignazio Marino and councillor Ignazio Marino Rita Cutini; but by itself it is not sufficient to fulfill the duty of solidarity and acceptance that the entire national community must observe as regard those - and there are thousands - that flee wars and famine hoping to find in Europe better living conditions for themselves and their loved ones". This was declared by president of the Community of Sant'Egidio Marco Impagliazzo commenting on the arrival at Fiumicino of a first contingent of refugees.

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Eritrea: Asmara in pictures Lamapdusa tragedey notices & Election Commission Bldg

Lampedusa tragedy death notices before they were taken down by the regime in Eritrea

01Lampedusa tragedy death notices before they were taken down by the regime in Eritrea

02Recent week picture of Election commission in Asmara

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Editorial
Written by AI Staff Wed - 13 Nov

Asmarino: Unreserved apology for an unverified story it ran a few days ago


Asmarino would like to make an unreserved apology for an unverified story it ran a few days ago about a proposed memorial/funeral in Asmara thought to have been organised by the families of the victims of the Lampedusa tragedy. In hindsight, Asmarino could have tried harder to verify the source of the story that "emanated" from Eritrea, but due to time constraints, we deemed it necessarily to put the story out into the public domain and we did so in good faith. We would like to take this occasion also to remind  those in the diaspora who submit  articles to Asmarino to follow our posting guidelines:


EnglishTigrina and Arabic (which will re-start soon)

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Eritrea: ASMARA PASSES NEW LAW ON PLATE NUMBERS

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.

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Eritrea: ERITREAN TOWNS ON THE BRINK

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.

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News
Written by Reuters Tue - 12 Nov

Three Eritrean officers defect to Saudi Arabia-website

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.

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Press Release
Written by IDEA, Inc. Tue - 12 Nov

World Wide Solidarity for the Crying Eritrean Mother

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.

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News
Written by World Bulletin / News Desk Tue - 12 Nov

Three military officers in the Eritrean army have sought political asylum in Saudi Arabia.

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.

 

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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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Articles

Article
Written by Samuel N. Wed - 23 Apr

Eritrea:The authorized version of events

Eritrea:The authorized version of events

The Eritrean government propaganda are so outrageous that even the hardcore government supporters have to tune-down government propaganda in an effort to make the claims seem less stupid.

Even critics often moderate many of the government’s claims just to make them reasonable enough to be critiqued (for the claims are silly beyond that possible to criticize).

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Article
Written by Tewelde Stephanos Sun - 20 Apr

Unfiltered Notes: Justice Seeker’s Pledge – ‘be nice to other justice seekers’

Unfiltered Notes: Justice Seeker’s Pledge – ‘be nice to other justice seekers’

Such opposite views are prevalent in today’s Eritrea. For those focusing on negatives (camp A), partial truths are exaggerated to conclude Eritrea’s independence was a mistake. For camp A Eritrea was dead on arrival. It is a helpless (I can’t do anything) and hopeless (it can’t be done) mindset that simply stands by waiting for an “I told you so” moment.

The things camp A lists to reach its pessimistic conclusions may well be true. But it is definitely not the whole truth because Eritrea is more than its highland component. Ignoring Eritrea is more than its Muslim component, there is also camp A’s other half that wants to Arabize Eritrea. Fortunately, these two faces of camp A, although very vocal, are not representative of their respective communities. And that is why I still believe there is hope for Eritrea.

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Article
Written by Asihel Betsuamlak Thu - 10 Apr

People Centered Bottom-Up Approach of Uniting: Eritrean Democratic and Civic Resistance

People Centered Bottom-Up Approach of Uniting:  Eritrean Democratic and Civic Resistance

Top-down attempts of unity and alliances were undergoing for the last decade and half with little or no results. Politico-military culture, fragmentation and top-down approaches have been hindering the resistance from achieving the desired unity for democratic change.   Using people centered, citizen owned and civic driven effective bottom-up approach of uniting and organizing Eritrean democratic and civic resistance is urgently needed. The bottom-up approach with its civic and democratic tenets and practices will help transform the outdated politico-military culture into civic and democratic culture by building civic capacity of Eritrean citizens and their institutions.

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Article
Written by Petros Tesfagherghis Wed - 09 Apr

Voices of Justice: Part 2

Voices of Justice: Part 2

Dr Sarah has explained the difficulties of researching in Eritrea. She said the University lacked an academic environment where research can be done freely.   She summarised her presentation as follows,   “Western writers and scholars failed to see the undemocratic culture of the Fronts. Eritrean Elites were blinded by nationalism and did not consider what post EPLF Eritrea will be.  Research is highly controlled by the Government especially if it is policy related to development and welfare.  Data is inaccessible in most cases.  Some scholars who support the Government externalize Eritrean problems and claim Ethiopia poses existential threat. ....

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Article
Written by Bereket Alazar Mon - 07 Apr

Emptying of a Nation

Emptying of a Nation

A nation is being literally killed without bullets fired - mass execution of the third kind. I am not being an alarmist: the facts at hand clearly are cataclysmic. When a nation with one of the smallest populations in Africa ends generating more boat people in the Mediterranean than a war ravaged and totally destroyed Syria with a much larger population, then one needs to sit down and ask the question, “What gives?” ... So you tell me my Eritrean folk, shouldn't we be all alarmed? Are we all Ok while watching Eritrea’s “painless” death? Or am I just fear mongering.

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Article
Written by Zekre Lebona Fri - 04 Apr

Asmara Expo 69: the Lost Age of Industrialization in Eritrea

Asmara Expo 69: the Lost Age of Industrialization in Eritrea

The Eritrean armed struggle squandered the chance for economic take-off that Walter Rostow wrote so much about in the middle of the last century – an opportunity for industrialization that other nations such as South Korea, Singapore and Thailand used. Having missed the industrialization period during its ghedli sojourn, leaving itself with obsolete technology and uncompetitive products, it had to force itself into Ethiopia’s economy using the means of pressure and contraband, forgetting that they were fiercely opposed to the symbiotic relationship with the same entity in the past.

(Picture: Barattelo double-decked buses transporting workers in Asmara)

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Article
Written by Dr. Tadios Tesfu Wed - 02 Apr

A prelude of a quantum leap in Eritrean politics

A prelude of a quantum leap in Eritrean politics

By now, maybe you are expecting to read an April fool. Not at all, the Eritrean politics and quantum mechanics have common denominator. In both cases, the problems to be treated are very small but the frameworks of their solutions are sophisticated mathematics, due to their incompatible property concerning the classical natural law. Sometimes they function, but for sure, nobody understands why and how they function. The last but not the least, they function by chance. ...

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Article
Written by A Tesfamariam Mon - 31 Mar

Counting Eritrea’s Losses and the Immediate Challenges

Counting Eritrea’s Losses and the Immediate Challenges

The primary challenge that is faced by the Eritrean people is how to bring about the required regime change. While the actual change will come by the popular uprising from inside there is need for input from Eritreans in Diaspora. There is need for organized grass roots movement in communities in Diaspora. The UNITY of all the opposition forces outside the country is very essential to effectively support the forces of change inside the country. The outside force has the resources and the higher magnitude of communication skills that is required by the forces inside country. It has also the higher ability of mobilizing support from the International community. ...

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Article
Written by Yosief Ghebrehiwet Mon - 24 Mar

The Eritrean Oblomov: Loving Asmara the Superfluous Way

The Eritrean Oblomov: Loving Asmara the Superfluous Way

Here is a fact that the nationalists would undoubtedly have a hard time to swallow: the Golden Age of Asmara happens to be neither in the Italian era nor in the Independence era; those golden years happen to fall exactly on the reign of Haile Selassie, starting to build up in the 50s to reach its apex in the 60s, only to abruptly end in the early 70s when ghedli showed up at the doorsteps of Asmara in full force. What then explains this riddle, since it doesn’t fit at all with the narrative that the nationalists have been telling the masses? This question has special relevance because the ghedli generation’s concept of modernity was entirely shaped from the impressions that this colonial city had left on them. In fact, it was with the saving of “Asmara civilization” in their mind that they went through hell for 50 years. ...

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Article
Written by Selam Kidane Wed - 19 Mar

R is for reform and R is for reality too…

R is for reform and R is for reality too…

Is positive change from within still possible in Eritrea?

…Yes it is and it might be the only viable way forward in Eritrea… there are one or two pragmatic up there in the inner circle…in Eritrea – people who do recognise that Eritrea is better off without the dictator, but they also know opposing the dictator can prove to be too costly (they have seen far too many purges)  and are hence looking for a way out… an easy way out to get rid of the dictator… if anyone can bring about any viable reform that would provide us some form of a launching pad to make things in Eritrea right again it can only be under the auspices of some pragmatic official… whether we like it or otherwise (and I am very much otherwise!)… such is the trouble with reality…

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Article
Written by Tariku Debrtesion Sat - 15 Mar

The Ethiopia Eritrea No War No Peace Situation has to End

The Ethiopia Eritrea No War No Peace Situation has to End

The Horn of Africa is the most conflict ridden region in the world. The people and the land are devastated by endless wars. The de facto no war no peace policy that has persisted between Ethiopia and Eritrea for the last 13 years affects the lives of millions in both countries and the stability of the whole region. Bringing this conflict to a peaceful resolution is of paramount importance.

The devastating 1998 - 2000 war between Ethiopia and Eritrea cost billions of dollars in infrastructure damage, missed investment opportunities and lost aid, claimed about 100,000 lives, and dislocated millions  of people. Instead of the end of the war bringing peace, for the last fourteen years the policy of both countries has been “no war no peace.”  As bad as open war is, an endless no war no peace situation is insufferable.

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Article
Written by Samuel N. Fri - 14 Mar

Globalization, Imitation and Eritrean Refugees

Globalization, Imitation and Eritrean Refugees

My overall impression of this paper is that I am disappointed. Almost every significant statement is followed by a sentence that ‘moderate’ it to a point that the statement loses its punch-line. The paper then takes off without notice of the challenge it has just presented to its statement.

In fact, after reading the first half of the paper, I had a strong suspicion that the manuscript has been edited to barely meet the requirement of the reviewers. If my suspicion is right then the first half of the paper is a battle ground between the author and the reviewers, where the author dodges the reviewers’ assault left and right.

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Article
Written by Petros Tesfagherghis Wed - 12 Mar

Voices of Justice

Voices of Justice

I would like to express my thanks to the organisers Justice Africa, African Studies and the University of London for organising “Talking Eritrea”.  A series of events at the University of London- School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

The people of Eritrea are honoured by these extraordinary and well organised events.  Having a Government that has subjected the people of Eritrea to gross human rights violations and is mobilising some Diaspora supporters to defend its inhuman actions and intimidate all those who advocate for justice I thought our African brothers in the United Kingdom particularly Justice Africa have abandoned the people of Eritrea.

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Article
Written by Araya Debessay Mon - 10 Mar

The Role of Eritrean Scholars: the Duty to be Unbiased

The Role of Eritrean Scholars: the Duty to be Unbiased

I believe the Eritrean people expect Eritrean scholars to objectively and critically assess the ills of the nation and offer bold and constructive suggestions for the good of their country and the Eritrean people.  Eritrean scholars should assume this responsibility as their national duty and indeed as their obligation.

I also believe Eritrean scholars should not give a deaf ear and a blind eye to the suffering of their people. They should have the moral courage and intellectual integrity to speak on behalf of the voiceless and the oppressed.

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Article
Written by Zekre Lebona Sat - 08 Mar

An Eritrean Story: A Late Apology to a Spinster Sister

An Eritrean Story: A Late Apology to a Spinster Sister

Imagine a canvass of a family gathered together in the typical small rooms in Asmera or other small towns soon after the independence of Eritrea. The family and the neighbors are serenading the surviving male fighters and the occasional guerrilla sister, both completely indifferent to their sister who “chose” to remain a spinster throughout the ghedli era. ...

In the crowd, almost everybody remembers and talks about the “martyrs” who fell in the war, but none of her prodigal siblings offer an apology for her sacrificed womb, which she has keened for untold years. None of her prodigal siblings offered their appreciation for the long and difficult years of care she bestowed on their already dead or aging parents with little means of the war economy. ...

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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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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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Writers Corner
Written by Gabriel Guangul Tue - 29 Oct

Gravity Unloaded

Gravity Unloaded

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

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Writers Corner
Written by Selam Kidane Wed - 16 Oct

The Return Flight

The Return Flight

The Return Flight

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