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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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Press Release
Written by Father Mussie Zerai & Meron Estefanos Thu - 24 Oct

Concerning the Lampedusa Disaster of October 3, 2013

We attended a so-called funeral ceremony, a gimmick arranged for the convenience of politicians. The survivors of the October 3 disaster, who are in desperate need of closure, were not permitted to attend. Many lost their brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, and dear friends in the Mediterranean on that day. None of the survivors were permitted to attend the ceremony. A further insult was delivered by the presence of Zemede Tekle and his supporters. Mr. Tekle is the Eritrean regime's ambassador to Italy. He was invited to the ceremony by the vice prime minister of Italy. Mr. Tekle represents the same regime that the victims of October 3 fled from, the same regime that drove them across the Mediterranean where 366 of them perished. Mr. Tekle's presence brought further pain to the families, who are still mourning their loved ones. Some of the families were so insulted that they called Angelino Alfano, the vice prime minister, "assassino." Instead of seeking to understand their grief, he accused them of being accomplices of the human traffickers.

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News
Written by The Insider Wed - 23 Oct

Tragic drownings acknowledged by AU at last

THE African Union (AU) has belatedly reacted to the drowning of hundreds of would-be migrants from Eritrea, whose boat sank off the Italian island of Lampedusa on October 3.

After its mystifying initial silence, the AU Commission on Monday declared November 3 a continental day of mourning for one of the worst verified migrant sea tragedies in the Mediterranean.

The victims were at least 339 men, women and children from Eritrea, which is so closed that it is the only African country that can be compared with North Korea.

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Press Release
Written by EYSC Sat - 19 Oct

Report from the Rome Delegation: Information for all Eritreans Regarding the Lampedusa Tragedy

For the Italian government to release bodies to the families takes a detailed and complicated process and that needs to be followed. The process has – according to the Foreign Ministry - this particular order:
- Photo identification by family members, meaning they have to view and identify their loved one on a photograph; pictures were taken of all the dead. These pictures are currently only accessible in Lampedusa. This is necessary to avoid an unmanageable numbers of DNA requests coming in on the basis of guessing.
- If you recognise a family member on a photograph, you then need to ask for a DNA test to be taken. This can also be done in Lampedusa, using a saliva sample.
- If that is positive, the body will be handed over to the family.

A not verified number of families have finalised this process meaning that possibly around 20 or 30 (maybe less) had DNA matched and are OK to go to Eritrea, that process took largely place with family members who travelled to Lampedusa.

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Press Release
Written by ICER, HRCE & Habesha Agency Thu - 17 Oct

An Open Letter to the Ethiopian Authorities

According to our informants many of the refugees were in the process of demonstrating in the open to register their grievances. It goes without saying that peaceful demonstration is universally recognized practice that signatories of the UN charter have pledged to respect. In line with this argument it was unnecessary to use deadly force to quieting the voices of the helpless. Once again we are not fully aware of the events surrounding the attack of the security guards on the demonstrating refugees to make an informed judgment. It is precisely because of this that we are requesting an investigative body is appointed to look into what went wrong on October 5 and 6, to cause harm including the imprisonment of up to 270 refugees. We view the formation of the body very important because each would know what is expected of him to avert similar incident from happening again.

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Press Release
Written by Release Eritrea Thu - 17 Oct

Relatives of Lampedusa victims told that many bodies are difficult to identify without DNA testing

(Lampedusa 15-10-2013) Distraught relatives of victims of the Lapedusa migrant boat accident have been told that many of the remains recovered several hours after the accident have been disfigured beyond recognition.

Pastor Daniel Habte who is in the Island, as a volunteer for Release Eritrea, a UK charity, confirmed that pictures of the bodies that got to see were indeed impossible.  This is partly due to the fact that the adverse weather conditions following the accident had halted recovery operations and hence bodies were in the sea longer.

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News Analysis
Written by Kjetil Tronvoll & Goitom Gebreluel Wed - 16 Oct

Is the Horn of Africa facing another collapsing state?

Just as the Horn of Africa is witnessing the slow restoration of one collapsed state - after more than two decades of anarchic conditions in Somalia - it may be facing the collapse of another.

The small country of Eritrea, only 20 years after gaining independence from Ethiopia, has emerged as one of the largest sources of refugees in Africa - as well as one of the most militarised societies in the world. It is increasingly displaying signs of withering state structures and an unsustainable humanitarian situation.

Although Eritrea is sometimes referred to as the North Korea of Africa, a more appropriate point of comparison may be Somalia and its descent into civil war. The already fragile security conditions in Eritrea's neighbouring states means that its collapse could have major implications for regional stability.

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Press Release
Written by Release Eritrea Tue - 15 Oct

Lampedusa survivors’ grief is beyond description

(Lampedusa 14-10-2013) Survivors of last week’s shipwreck, that claimed the lived of 359 Eritreans,  off the cost of Lampedusa are finding it really difficult to cope with their experiences, and their grief is proving too overwhelming for those trying to offer support to them.

A volunteer from the human rights charity, Release Eritrea, at the Island disclosed that the survivors and the families of the victims in the Island are grieving ever so bitterly and their grief is worsened by the uncertainties over the funeral arrangements.

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Time Machine
Written by London Eritrean Community Sat - 12 Oct

Eritrean Community in London Opens a Book of Condolences for Victims of Lampadusa

(London 11-10-13) Eritreans living in London and the surround opened a book of condolences and are holding a three day long community event to commemorate the victims of Lampadusa and in solidarity with their friends and families.

The event that was held outside the Eritrean embassy in London,  was opened in the presence of community elders and religious leaders was attended by Eritreans from all walks of life who braved adverse weather to attend.

Speaking at the even Abba Shinoda of the Eritrean Orthodox Church stated: ‘even at this dark hour and despite the fact that it still looks unbearable God would provide leadership and guidance to Eritreans’

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Articles

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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Article
Written by Olivia Woldemikael Wed - 05 Mar

Perceptions of Heroism: A Comparison of Women’s Roles within the National Liberation Struggles of Eritrea and Zimbabwe

Perceptions of Heroism: A Comparison of Women’s Roles within the National Liberation Struggles of Eritrea and Zimbabwe

... In all of these conceptions of the nation, the guarantee of citizenship relies on participation within the space of a family, a community, or an institution. Within the liberation struggles of Eritrea and Zimbabwe, the interaction of these three spaces redefined the gender roles of women in the guerrilla camps and in post-war society. To explore the various ways in which gender was constructed and reconstructed in these societies, this paper primarily draws on interviews with women fighters, images, film, primary literature, as well as journal articles and longer works of research.

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Article
Written by Petros Tesfagherghis Sat - 01 Mar

A date with history: The Bologna Summit: Part 2

A date with history: The Bologna Summit: Part 2

The Bologna congress turned into festival was more than a festival. It is a mass assertion of the Eritreans in Diaspora to commit themselves to the struggle for justice and freedom.

They provided manpower, material and diplomatic support to the liberation movements. At the same time they represented the voices of the people exposing Ethiopian atrocities to the outside world.  To mention some is the massacres of Ona in Keren, Sheeb in Sahel and the bombardment of civilians by internationally forbidden weapons such as napalm and cluster bombs. The list of crime is long.

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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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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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Writers Corner
Written by Mike AG Fri - 11 Oct

How long can this pain go on?

How long can this pain go on?

Uncle first and now dad’s gone

How much could you really take

Please don’t cry for father’s sake

You know he had no other choice

He always wanted to have a voice

His body, they say, was recovered from sea

Their boat caught fire and he tried to flee

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Writers Corner
Written by Selam Kidane Sun - 06 Oct

Rip Angel

Rip Angel

Rip Angel

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