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News Analysis
Written by Aida Biedemariam Wed - 04 Dec

Welfare, justice and freedom of speech for Isayas followers

PFDJ/YPFDJ has shown their utmost contempt for their own people the 1st of December 2013. The average person would react with anger against the underlying issues for Eritrean losses of human life in just one day. This is not the first time, and will certainly not be the last time that a group of Eritreans die tragically in the escape from the regime. However it is the first televised loss that has been shared with the outside world. YPFDJ/PFDJ responded to this by inviting Isaias Afewerki´s representative to a meeting.

How this is legally possible in Sweden is to me a mystery. I would think that Sweden would bring to justice a dictator and his extended arms, for a crime I would call genocide, when he gets out of Office. How can you allow his representatives to even come to Sweden and have meetings in the midst of ongoing serious violations of human rights?

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News Analysis
Written by Martin Plaut Wed - 04 Dec

Eritrea's military is trafficking the nation's children, report says

Senior military officers kidnap and hold to ransom youngsters, and many are sold on to human traffickers, according to report ...

Basing their findings on interviews with 230 Eritreans who suffered this fate, the researchers conclude that between 2007 and 2012, some 25,000 to 30,000 people were trafficked. The report, by Meron Estefanos, a Swedish human rights activist, and Professor Mirjam van Reisen and Dr Conny Rijken of Tilburg University in the Netherlands, estimates that $600m has been extracted in this way.

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Press Release
Written by CSW Tue - 03 Dec

Eritrean diaspora petitions US government on human rights in Eritrea

Members of the Eritrean diaspora have drafted a petition to the US House and Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittees on African Affairs calling for greater attention to be paid to the continuing human rights crises in Eritrea.

The petition outlines a number of concerns, including violations of freedom of expression and freedom of religion or belief, highlighting the case of Wehazit Berhane Debesai, a Christian woman who died of pneumonia in an unspecified prison in October 2013 after being denied medication following her refusal to renounce her faith. Forced labour and indefinite military conscription are also among the abuses outlined in the petition, along with the mass exodus of Eritrean youth, with the result that Eritrea is the largest refugee generating country on a capita basis.

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News
Written by Swiss Media Mon - 02 Dec

Shootings in Zurich after Eritrean Helen Meles Concert

Swiss News Media has reported that there was Shootings in Zurich after Eritrean Helen Meles Concert. It is believed that there were serious injuries.  We will provide more info as it becomes available.

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Press Release
Written by Meron Estefanos Mon - 02 Dec

Refugees at Shagarab Camp in Sudan complain about kidnappings by Eritrean Authorities

(Kassala 02-12-2013) An Eritrean man known as Major Hagos, was kidnapped from an area called Hayfa Jedida where he was working as a construction worker. The kidnapping is believed to have been orchestrated by Eritrean authorities using a car disguised as a private truck driven by Eritreans.

The problem of kidnappings is ignored by both Sudanese authorities of the refugee agencies in the area ...

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News
Written by expressen.se Mon - 02 Dec

Eritrea's defense minister in Sweden Meeting

Sebhat Ephrem's visit is not official and the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs is not aware of it.

- We have no record of any official arrangement, says Sara Modin at the Foreign Ministry's press service and would not comment on UD have any comments on the defense minister are in the country unannounced.

Several police patrols are in place outside the building where the Defence Minister and the regime keeps faithful to. Outside stands a dozen exiled Eritreans and demonstrating. They have tried to get into the building to ask questions to Sebhat Efrem but they have been denied. State calmly

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News
Written by kawowo.com Sun - 01 Dec

Two Eritrea players vanish from camp

“The CECAFA senior challenge cup central organizing committee sitting at Nyayo Stadium has this Sunday morning been briefed of the mysterious disappearance of two Eritrean players from their camp here in Nairobi,” read part of the statement released by Cecafa.

The matter has since been handed to the relevant security agencies in Kenya that will handle the issues help from the Football Kenya Federation (FKF).

This is the fifth year in a row such incidents happening with players from the same country. A dozen Eritrean players disappeared from their residential hotel in Kampala last year.

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Eritrea: Defense Minster Sebhat Ephrem in Sweden

General Sebhat Efrem, the Defense Minister of Eritrea, has arrived in Sweden three days ago. The reason for his visit, be it official or private, is not known yet.

 

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Alewuna
Written by Luciana Manrique Sun - 01 Dec

MICHAEL ADONAI, A TREASURE FOR AUSTRALIAN ART

Many artists of the twentieth century were experimenting with ways to convey their feelings through art. Michael aims to reflect the African culture with a different view on the traditional way of looking at the world: through the soul of his people. He calls himself ‘obsessive admirer’ of the harmony of the Eritrean people also during difficult times. “In Asmara, we have 11 months with sunshine. Can you guess how gorgeous our environment is? Plenty of bright, colorful, warm and joyful!. We´ve got 9 ethnic groups living together. No religious problems in centuries even though there are Christians and Muslims. God gave a gift to this people: the unity.”

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Eritrea: Situation on the Ground Report Part 3 -General Gerezgheri “Wuchu” Andemariam

Major General Gerezgheri “Wuchu” Andemariam has passed away on Nov 23, 2013 at the Air Force Hospital. Asmarino had been getting information of his illness since late September. Last week on Nov 21st, he was taken to the Italian embassy in Asmara with the help of his gaurds and Yemane Gebreab(monkey). We will provide more information soon

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Eritrea: Situation on the Ground Report Part 2 - Rumors, secret meetings and possible scenarios

There have been continuous meetings among the top officials of defense, PFDJ and security. The following recognizable names have been mentioned as the ones who often disappear from the public or their homes to conduct these frequently held supposedly secret meetings:

Yemane Gebreab
General Sebhat Efrem
Major General Filipos Weldeyohanes
Hagos Kisha      
Yemane Gebremeskel
Brigader General Abraha Kassa
Major General Teclai Habteslassie
Minister Weldemichael Abraha

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Mail Services in Eritrea Stopped

Effective today November 22, 2013 all activities of mail services in Eritrea have stopped, for the simple reason that the country has stopped all flight connections with the outside world.

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Press Release
Written by HRCE Tue - 19 Nov

Report on Child Rights Violations in Eritrea

This report was originally presented as a briefing at an NGO side-event held by Human Rights Concern Eritrea at 866 UN Plaza, New York on 24 October 2013 -  “Eritrea: Voices of Victims – Stories of survivors and families of victims of Eritrea’s repressive regime”. The event, centring on testimonies in person by relatives of prominent long-term and “disappeared” prisoners of conscience, was co-sponsored by Amnesty International, Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Human Rights Watch, and FIDH. It followed the presentation of a Report on Eritrea by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Eritrea delivered to the UN General Assembly (UN document A/HRC/23/53, 24 October 2013).

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Press Release
Written by US State Department Tue - 19 Nov

Eritrea: Travel Warning U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Bureau of Consular Affairs


The U.S. Embassy in Asmara strongly urges U.S. citizens who travel to or remain in Eritrea despite this Travel Warning to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) so you can receive the most up-to-date security information. Please keep all of your information in STEP current. It is important when enrolling or updating information to include multiple phone numbers and email addresses to facilitate communication in the event of an emergency.

The consular section of the U.S. Embassy in Asmara is open for all U.S. citizen services between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, or by appointment. The U.S. Embassy in Asmara is located at 179 Alaa Street, P.O. Box 211, Asmara; telephone 291-1-12-00-04, available 24 hours in case of emergency; fax 291-1-124-255 and 291-1-127-584.

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Eritrea: Situation on the Ground Report Part 1 - Missing President


It has been more than a month since Isaias Afwerki, the President of Eritrea, hasn’t been seen in public for more than a month. This is unusual for a man who has made his public appearance on the nation’s mass media almost a daily occurrence.

The last time the President was seen in Eritrean media was in Oct 11, 2013, when he received and held talks with the Council of Ministers of the Desert Locust Control Organization for East Africa (DLCO-EA), when the organization met in Asmara for its 58th regular meeting.

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Press Release
Written by African Think Tank Sun - 17 Nov

Saudi Arabia Needs to Take More Responsibility for Foreign Workers Human Right Abuse

The African Think Tank today called upon the government of Saudi Arabia to take more responsibility for the human right abuse of foreign workers particularly African, including Ethiopian, Somali, Eritrean, Sudanese, South East Asian Indian, Philippines etc. The current unabated human right abuse to Ethiopian; Eritrean, Sudanese and Somali’s workers is not acceptable in the street of the country has to stop immediately. “This is not something that the international community can stop, but can influence outcomes,” continued Dr. Ahmed. “This violence is deplorable”.

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News
Written by AI Staff Fri - 15 Nov

Eritrea Update: Lufthansa extends its flight suspension till Dec 5th

According diplomatic sources in Asmara, negotiations of LUFTHANSA Airline with the Eritrean Government is at a stand still. LUFTHANSA Air has extended it flight suspension until Dec 5, 2013 pending its negotiations with the Eritrean government. The diplomat was not able to elaborate on the nature of disagreement between the German airline and the Eritrean government .

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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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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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