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Ahmed Nasser Passed Away

Mr. Ahmed Nasser, a prominent leader of the Eritrean opposition, died today in Stockholm, Sweden. He had a stroke after which he was taken to a hospital where he stayed for one day before he died (Wednesday morning in Stockholm).

Ahmed was elected chairman of the Eritrean Liberation Front (ELF) at the organization’s second congress and served as a leader until the disintegration of the ELF in 1983.

The soft spoken leader was trained on artillery and graduated from an Iraqi military academy as an officer before returning to Eritrea to rejoin the Eritrean Liberation Army.

After the independence of Eritrea, Ahmed and his colleagues appealed to Isaias Afwerki to form a national reconciliation government. Their appeal was not answered.

Since then, Ahmed has been a leader of the ELF-RC and later the National Salvation Front, two Eritrean opposition organizations. In 2012, he resigned his position from the leadership council and decided to continue struggling as an ordinary member. He explained his decision to relieve himself from a leadership position as an attempt to open the way for the young to assume their roles in the struggle. Here is the party where he is honored by the organization that he led for so many years.

Since leaving Asmara, where he finished high school and  joined the liberation army in 1964, Ahmed had never returned to Eritrea. He will be buried in Sweden.

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  • ibrahim

    May allah bless his soul,إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ‎) Eritrea has lost yet another hero of its armed struggle, condolences goes to his family and his loved ones.

  • said

    I wish to convey my sincere
    condolences and sympathies to his immediate family members and to the Eritrean people
    .Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi Raji un (Truly, to Allah we belong and truly, to
    Him we shall return.)[Noble Quran 2:156] It means …whatever we have is not
    really ours. It belongs to Allaah. In fact everything you have will only be
    with you for a very short while. (Allah
    Yarhamu)

  • Abdu Saad Hamid

    If the brave leaders died and were buried in cemeteries their heroic struggles remain forever immortal in the hearts of their communities and this applies to the heroic struggles of the Martyr Ahmed Mohamed Nasser, taking in consideration this opportunity “as Arabic proverb says” Sacrifices for the liberation of the homelands is life . Glory and immortality to the Martyrs of the Eritrean people without bias to a particular organization or to specified political experience within the Eritrean Revolution. Ahamed Mohamed Nasser died but his heroic struggles are rooted in the hearts of Eritrean people forever.

  • Alhagiga

    I received the news with great sadness,I knew Ahmed very well ,he was decent ,humble and with great integrity, he joined the armed struggle 1965,after finishing the high school at Haile Sellaise first secondary school in Asmara known as [ QAHAS ],after joining ELF he was sent to Iraq for training,and graduated from Institute of officers,1970 I heard he was one of the voices against civil war,he thought it is tragic with long time unseen consequences, and set back to the armed struggle.
    However the most important quality he had as human being and Tegadalay was his attitude towards religion,ethnicity,and region,he accepted people as they are never discriminated,last year he lost one of his close friends Dr. Beyene his colleague in Salvation front.
    I am sure Ahmed will be remembered for his struggle selflessly for almost 50 years for independence and freedom for his country. RIP comrade Ahmed.

  • tes

    May our Hero be Rest in Peace! Thanks that he lived till yesterday and kept his principled struggle for full freedom, emanucipation. And during his life time, all the never allowed to be told for the young generation who studied under the PDFJ CURRICULM knew almost nothing, me is of of this victim,

    To awate team and sure you have the resouces (if not now at hand, you are able to source it), I would recommend you to produce a serious of Video documentary about ELF in general, the opposition group and indeed his legacy along all this of the late Martyr Ahmed Naser (May he Rest in Peace!). That is how we can keep our history alive.

    Tes WR

  • haile

    Isn’t this report an exact Amharic translation of the above article by AT?

  • haile

    RIP Ahmed Nassir. Unfortunately, his history predates me and hence won’t be able to say much. I believe he must have been a great person in life and a source of eternal pride for his people forever. RIP

  • osman mahmud

    It is with feelings of great sorrow that I and the people of Eritrea at large learned the passing of Mr. Ahmad
    Mohammed Nasser, (Allah Yarhamu) one of the true iconic figure among true freedom fighters of Eritrea. He was the 2nd and last elected leader of Eritrean history up to this day.

    History will remember Mr. Ahmed Mohammed Nasser as a great man, honest, sincere; selfless and hero. (Allah Yarhamu) He never looted Eritreans in either economically or politically. Mr. Ahmed Mohammed Nasser was a poor man financially all his life but rich and pure in his heart, he was a devoted freedom fighter who stood to struggle only with a goal of liberating his country and develop his people; His legacy will live on and surly inspire generations to come in Eritrea.

    Naw, I wish to convey my deepest condolences and sympathies to all family members of diseased one and the people of Eritrea during this time of our nation’s mourning. The passing of our Former leader Ahmad Mohammed Nasser is a tremendous loss to all of dignified and truthful ones of Eritrea.

    At this moment, my prayers are with the people of Eritrea at large and Mr. Ahmad’s family in particular and we hope that they will find strength and consolation to overcome their sadness during this period of deep grief.

  • Back to square one, the would be Eritrean president, Ahmed Nassir has said good bye to us all including his beloved Eritrea to whom he gave all his life to be free and peacefu landl. Yet, was denied to put his feet there and make his dream to be true. This is the fate of almost all with opposing views regardless from inside and out. a good example might be the close friend Naizgi Kiflu who is still waiting the good times post Isayas Afewerki era.
    Ahmed Nasir human in nature, forgiving and keen to reconcile with the worst possible scenario, was about to make a deal for Eritrea’s sake, for peace and co-existence though in a very last minute rejected by none- other than the henious leader who is now isolated, corrupted, frustrated by his own making.
    With him Eritrea is in darkness, and he will soon too face the innevitable fate of human being, two meters beneath the earth, as all his once close friends and opponents tasted.
    But one thing Ahmed taught us, he dispatched from this world with honour, dignity and with sincere human values.Yes, history will always remind him with compassion, love and humanity of leadership.
    Especially his willingness to reconcile and mark a new beginning for Eritrea during its independence will be written/ printed not only in history books but in Eritrean Stones as well.
    At last let me give my condolences to his family and friends and to all peace and freedom loving Eritrean people, and remind them that today we lost a hero, a leader and a symbol of humanity.
    May the soul of our leader rest in peace.

  • Selamawi

    May Ahmed Naser rest in peace in the hands of the Almighty. And sincere condolences to his family, friends and comrades. It seems commonly agreed fact that he was common-sensical, pragmatic, humane, inclusive crossing natural and pfdj-made boundaries. I am not in a position to give his profile but it seems to me that he was much loved and trusted rather than feared unlike you know who.

    I have just learnt that he had resigned from leadership which is a rare thing to do in our current Eritrean politics where deception and exclusion have become the norm, thanks to pfdj. No matter how subtly done, that is the prevalent fact. His action makes Ahmed Naser one of the respected Eritrean politicians. This leads me to surmise that the whole Eritrean people may deserve my sincere condolences i.e beyond family, friends, comrades.

    I do not remember how long a go, but I remember him giving an interview on Aseena. My question to him at the time was what was the reason why Eritrea did not produce younger and better leaders; were the leader stifling the younger ones from competing and emerging as leaders…His resignation may be taken as one proof that he did not have sinister hands unlike his opposite in the pfdj land.

    I want to thank Ahmed Naser in his death for showing an example that leaders are not supposed to be eternal leaders. I hope one day I will see a statue of Ahmed Naser along the many decent Eritrean heroes.

    May God bless Eritrean with respectful and humane leaders. Amen

  • saay7

    Selamat Awatistas:

    This is quite unexpected and a reminder that notwithstanding all our plans, God has His own plans and He will not be denied. My condolences to his immediate family and all his loved ones; I also extend my condolences to his colleagues and team members. Eritrea has lost yet another one of her history-makers, in the same week that it lost Hanjema, Vaynak and Desu. It is a great loss for those of us who believe that the Eritrean Ghedli is by far the most substantial epoch of Eritrean history and it was so because it was full of selfless people like Ahmed Mohammed Nasser. In my secular fantasy, I imagine the four having tea together in heaven and reminiscing about the 1970s with no malice towards each other.

    I interviewed Ahmed Mohammed Nasser in January 2001 (awate will republish the interview.) At the time, we were introducing our interviewees (Herui T. Bairou, Ahmed Nasser, Seyoum O/Michael “Harestai”) to a new generation of Eritreans and we used what some considered superlatives (“legend”, “icon”, etc.) When we announced that we would be interviewing Dr. Berket Habteselasse, a friend, (and a hard-core PFDJ) called to tease me: “are you going to call him super-lawyer?” We ended up calling him the “Chief Draftsman of the Eritrean constitution.”

    Long before the Ghedli-deromantics had begun to complain about how Eritreans veneration of military values was retarding their growth and appreciation of what citizenship means, this is what Ahmed Mohammed Nasser told me:

    “I call upon all Eritreans to get rid, once and forever, of such adjectives as `Qorratz’, [resolute] ‘Fellat’ [wise],
    ‘Sheitan’ [satan], ‘Gigna’ [brave] etc`, since they have become devoid of their appropriate meanings and have ended up in the glorification and legitimization of despotism in our country.”

    God be with you, Ahmed.

    saay

    • Wilad Gedli

      Dear saay. Thank you for calling out the gedhli questioners. The armed struggle (ghedli) was a gigantic feat of accomplishment that represents the Eritrean people’s indomitable spirit. One question for you though: may be Saleh Gadi knows.
      EPLF was a splinter of the ELF. Issayas and other senior leaders of the EPLF started as tegadeltis with Jebha (Tegadlo Harnet) before they left it due to its perceived organizational weaknesses.
      Did PIA ever serve with Ahmed Nasser at the same time in the ELF? Who joined the liberation front first? Issayas or Ahmed Nasser? What was the relationship like between the two? What was Ahmed Nasser’s relationship like with the other guys who also left the ELF to found the EPLF like Ramadan Mohammed Nur, Saleh Sabbe, Issayas Afewerki, Ali Said Abdella, Haile Woldensae, Alamin Mohamed Said, Ermias Debesay…etc May be Saleh Gadi can you help out on this one. Or may be you already know since you are a student of Erirean history. Thanks!

    • Mohamed

      Ahmad Nasser now is not in need of your Secular Fantasy.
      He needs a sincere prayer of the devoted believers.
      Please be sensitive to the family members who are grieving over their beloved hero.

    • Mohamed

      Ahmad Nasser now is not in need of your secular fantasy.
      He needs a sincere prayers from the devoted believers.
      Please be sensitive to the family of Ahmad who are in real grieve and would like to hear prayers.دعاء على الميت

    • Jo

      Saleh,

      “In my secular fantasy, I imagine the four having tea together in heaven and reminiscing about the 1970s with no malice towards each other.”

      I feel I have seen it in real life. It was few years back, and there was a meeting to discuss the “…formation of parties” document. In the meeting, from the point it started till we stopped for a coffee break it was chaotic to say the least. The “opposition” most of them former ELF fighters and cadres (hardliners), wouldn’t let up a revolving question hinged on wanting recognition as an opposition instead of discussing the document. The reply from the individual (EPLF) chairing that meeting was the same answer, he said it so many times it is tattooed in my mind and I remember, vividly, even his demeanour and posture when he was saying “I am asking you to discuss this document that is going to help us recognize each other”, but, it didn’t make any difference. And at times it seemed like a dream, where you are shouting at someone and that someone is not registering what you are saying. Then the chair said may be we should take a coffee break, it was a cover for I need a smoke.

      The chair and most of the gentle men who were arguing with him happen to be smokers and followed each other out. I went out to get a fresh air myself, and saw all of them formed sort of a circle and chatting, as if they were long time friends, it was a surreal moment for having witnessed what went on inside. They were laughing, joking, offering cigarets, tea and Himbasha to each other. That moment I didn’t want it to end and if it was going to end, I wanted it to end in that note without having to go back inside again. Unfortunately, time was up, we had to go in for another 3hrs of the same session. But, it was not before some of the ELF men extended an invitation for the guest to stay with them in a very genuine, and friendly manner a la tegadelti. He, the guest, likewise thanked them and told them he would take them on their offer next time he pops by in town, however, he had to declined it politely this time. Ever since, every time I hear or read divisive issues, and in particular that involves the two fronts, I regurgitate that moment.

      Your fantasy is not just a fantasy, but a reality!!!

      Luwam zelewo meAlti!!!

  • Kokhob Selam

    you said “May be PIA made a mistake for not inviting guys like Ahmed Nasser to serve in his cabinet.” how can he invite a man who want to see democratic nation when he don’t want peace and harmony. my friend there is no any comparison at all. when was the day you experience passed with out making mistake by PIA and his goup? Ahamed Nasser was a real human being and you may find some wrong decisions done by ELF but that was a multiparty type front that represents all colors.

  • Abdu Hamid

    Those who make false accusations without evidences; by accusing the opposition parties in diaspora and in particular the hero martyr Ahmed Mohammed Nasser they should be aware they those who betrayed the people of Eritrea by depriving him the right to elect a civilian government that respects the Eritrean people without distinction of race, religion, political experiences, and this applies actually to the called the People’s Front for Democracy and Justice that rule the our homeland Eritrea by outdated policies derived from laws of jungle. Sooner or later PDFJ will go to dustbin of history like Haile-Sellasie religious regime and the terrorist regime of Mengistu Haile-Mariam surely the date of their failure will come. and reveal the realities clearly to all Eritreans. we constantly we will demand forever for freedoms instead of authoritarian rule of PFDJ clique.

  • Abdu Hamid

    Today Wednesday morning 26-03-2014 Eritrean people lost a prominent leader Ahamed Mohamed Nasser, his sincere
    struggle will stay forever rooted in the conscience and minds of the Eritrean people, he was a hero leader who had dedicated his life for full national independence of Eritrea, freedoms and after independence of Eritrea continued his patriotic struggle against
    injustice, tyranny and nepotism prevailing under the current government of an authoritarian rule and his heroic struggles will remain forever a beacon that illuminates the path of our struggle to topple the repressive prevailing government of PFDJ in Eritrea for the establishment of a civilian governmentrespects human rights and dignity of Eritrean people in lieu of PFDJ
    authoritarian party, condolences to his family and to the Eritrean people inside and outside Eritrea. Sooner or later we Eritreans will achieve victory for create alternative government that respects rule of law in Eritrea if we united in our opposition’s struggle instead of the numerous factions and parties in Diaspora today Eritrean became a hell on the surface of the earth for its citizens due illegal policies and crimes committed against the innocent people.

  • ህዝባዊ ግንባር الجبهة الشعبية لتحر

    He seemed like a nice guy. No doubt a hero to many who were ELF guys. I hope he didn’t sully his heroism by going to “Weyane-sponsored” conferences in Addis or Makele. That would diminish his heroism for me and other Eritreans. Because getting into bed with a sworn-enemy of the Eritrean State like Weyane Tigray is an unforgivable crime to me. He will certainly be remembered as an important figure in Eritrean history though his legacy is likely to be mixed. May God have mercy on him and receive him in his kingdom.

    الكثيرين ممن كانوا إلف. اتمنى ان لا تسئ له بالبطولة من الذهاب إلى
    “weyane تحت رعاية ” المؤتمرات في أديس أو makele. أن يقلل من بطولة لي
    الإريتريين. لأن الخوض في السرير مع اليمين عدو بالدولة الارترية مثل
    weyane تيغراي جريمة لا تغتفر بالنسبة لي. ومن المؤكد انه يجدر التذكير
    بأنه شخصية مهمة في التاريخ وإن تركته يحتمل أن يكون مختلطا.

    • Kokhob Selam

      now at this time I am sad of the news and I am not interested to reply to you. But let me just put a hint for you that if almost all Eritreans are not sad of the news, and his legacy is confirmed you would never say he is hero at all- but you don’t have choice and at the same time you try to open nonsense debate. wait and I will give you more explanation in near future.

      • ህዝባዊ ግንባር الجبهة الشعبية لتحر

        KS, Not trying to open a debate. I am telling you how I and many Eritreans feel regarding former ELF leaders who got in bed with Weyane Tigray and tried to sell Eritrea out in order to get back at the EPLF. Eritrean history is full of heroism as well as betrayal. I am not sure if Ahmed Nasser is one of those guys who went to Makele Tigray. If he is he will be judged harshly by history. If he’s not, then he’s got nothing to worry about. His legacy is secure. If you, KS, are also one of those guys who got in bed with Weyane Tigray, you too will be judged harshly. That’s all.

        • Kokhob Selam

          ህዝባዊ ግንባር enjoy reading my poem now,

          …….ሓቂ ኣይሞተትን:…..

          ሙማት እንተኾይኑ ካብ ስጋኻ ምፍላይ
          ሞይቱ ይብሉ ኣለው ‘ ቲ ጀግና ብጻይ –
          ‘ቲ ብዓል ሓቂ ነዊሕ ተጓዓዛይ –
          ኣብ ክንዲ ንሓሶት ዝመረጸ ስቓይ::

          ሙማት እንተኾይኑ ናይ ትንፋስ ምቁራጽ –
          ሞይቱ ይብሉ ኣለዎ እቲ ጀግና ቆራጽ –
          ኣብ ስደት ዝነብር ትቃዊሙ ዓመጽ –
          ዘይከምቶም ምሩኻት ንግዝያዊ በለጽ::

          ሙማት እንተኾይኑ ልቢ ምስ ኣዕረፈት –
          እታ ደም ትጭንጉዕ ናብ ምሉእ ኣካላት –
          ሞይቱ ይብሉ ኣለው ‘ቲ መምህር ሓቅታት –
          እቲ ኢዱ ዘይሃበ ንግዝያዊ ውድቀት::

          ንምንታይ ድኣ ኸ መሪጽዎ ንቕሎ-
          ዘርኢ ምስኣር ኣየ ቀደም ዝተኸሎ-
          ጸልማት እናሃደመ ብርሃን ምስ ዓብለሎ-
          ጉዶም ምስ ተቐልዐ ለኸይቲ ጸለሎ ::

          ኣሎ እናበልና ከይስተብሃልናሉ –
          ጀግና ‘ ዶ ተጓዕዘ ድንገት ምሉቕ ኢሉ::
          ግን :-

          ኣካል ፈራሲ ‘ ኳ እንተኾነ ኣብ ሓመድ ዝቅበር –
          ዕላማ እዩ መትከል ዘልኣለም ዝነብር-
          ጸጸኒሑ ይኹላዕ ኣብ ዓለም ይስፍር-
          ሓቂ ኣይሞተትን ብጻይ ኣሕመድ ናስር ::

          ብኮኾብ ሰላም

        • Semere Andom

          Hi ህዝባዊ ግንባር

          The sleeping with Woyane in Eritrea was invented by EPLF, when both collaborated to endanger the Eritrean liberation movement and since then Eritrean politics has never been the same.

          Also the fact that the opposition movements decided to fight PFDJ from Ethiopia is not their fault, if they were allowed to stay in Eritrea and they moved to Ethiopia you point can make some sense. The legacy of heroes is not decide by you or by the location of the head offices of any Eritrean movements. DIA’s offices are located all over Eritrea, but it is doubltful that he will have any shred of heroic legacy, no matter how the change comes, the PFDJ goons will be the first to deny him and he to the first to deny them. So instead of repeating the robotic script that we heard for the last 20 years, think for yourself and read Eritrean history, if you hate written history talk to people you trust, they will tell you the truth, do not take their words at face value do your own due diligence and correlate things and all will make sense. Most importantly seek the truth and even if you do not find the truth you will find something closer to the truth than the PFDJ script that renders your God given mind to become blunt.

          Sem Andom

    • Saleh Johar

      Don’t depend too much on google automatic translation—you might think your Arabic makes sense, but it is random text in Arabic. Don’t try hard to hide your true identity.

      • ALI-S

        SG,

        I understand how difficult it might be to read every post and filter. But I have seen a few posts here that I thought were insensitive.

        From the point of view of our cultural ethics I think an obituary or a news post of a tragedy such as the loss of someone should be a place where people leave condolences and express their feelings at the loss. It should not be a place where the dead who are not here to defend themselves should be put to trial.

        I suggest that if filtering the posts is impossible for technical reasons, we should include at the bottom of every piece of bad new involving loss of life a reminder for all posts to be sensitive to the family and loved ones of the one we lost.

        As much as free opinion is guaranteed in these forums, it should not be a platform for exploitation.

        In principle I would have loved to see the same very neutral reporting that awate has been doing. And for improvement I would suggest that we develop some standard format for reporting death. In a typical format that reflects ethical standards my suggestion would be to include only the following

        (1) The bare facts of the incident i.e. whether the person was sick or an accident as you always do;

        (2) A statement that highlights the great role that they played for the good of society such as his participation in armed struggle;

        (3) A statement to say that the Eritrean people are very proud of their contribution.

        Adding qualifiers to this that imply at least a part of Eritreans (such as the PFDJ) were unappreciative of their effort does not add anything. It actually diminishes the value of the statement that all Eritreans are proud of what they did or tried to do.

        The same principle should apply to all deaths that we report irrespective of the political affiliations of the dead. We do not need to provoke people by invoking controversies surrounding sad incidents

        Just opinion

        • Saleh Johar

          Thanks, I will share this with the Awate Team.

          Please remember that Gedab has always been objective in its reporting. Of course, those who wished it vanished every year since 2000, do not acknowledge its objective reporting. Usually, when some people complain about Gedab, I advice them to switch to the outlet that is “Serving the Truth.” 🙂

  • Habtegiorgis ABRAHA

    Sad news, and eary! My heartfelt condolences to his family (Suad and their daughter), family members and us Eritreans. Rest in peace Ahmed!!! Isn’t this early … !?

  • T..T>

    Ahmed Nasser, the late leader of the Eritrean mass:

    -The man who was known for being loud speaking and supporting the opinion to refrain from looking for a solution to the post-independence Eritrean problems through the use of force.

    -The man who settled on supporting only political moves as the sole recourse to removing the dictatorial regime in Asmara.

    -The man who promoted peace and harmony among the opposition by getting their grassroots involved.

    Was once asked by a journalist if the opposition could send units of its forces to take action at the doorsteps of Asmara to prove Isayas’s claim wrong that no Eritrean opposition existed. Ahmed Nasser replied, “Since the country is highly electrified, ready to explode if we throw a bomb only one bomb, we choose not to.”

    Great man, RIP.

  • Peace!

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un

  • Naizgi K.

    I found same news on the Ethiopian News Agency website and I was wondering why the passing of someone who spent his entire adult life working against the interest of Ethiopia should get a news coverage on the official website of the Ethiopian government?…May his soul rest in peace!
    አዲስ አበባ መጋቢት 17/2006 የኤርትራ ተቀዋሚ ፓርቲ መሪ የነበሩት አቶ አህመድ ናስር በስውዲን ዛሬ ጧት ከዚህ ዓለም በሞት ተለዩ።

    አቶ አህመድ ናስር ባጋጣማቸው የጭንቅላት ደም መፈሰስ ምክንያት ስቶክሆልም በሚገኝ ሆስፒታል በህክምና ሲረዱ ከቆዩ በኋላ በ68 ዓመት ዕድሜያቸው አርፈዋል።

    የኤርትራ የነፃነት ግንባር ሁለተኛው ጉባዔውን ካካሄደበት ወቅት ጀምሮ እንደ አውሮፓውያን አቆጠጠር እስከ 1983 ድረስ የግንባሩ መሪ ሆነው አገልግለዋል።

    አቶ አህመድ ግንባሩን ከመቀላቀላቸው በፊት በሶሪያ ወታደራዊ ማሰልጠኛ አካዳሚ ገብተው በወታደራዊ መሣሪያ ሥልጠና ወስደው መመረቃቸው የህይወት ታሪካቸው ያመለክቷል።

    ከኤርትራ ሉዓላዊ አገር ከሆነች በኋላም አቶ አህመድ ከትግል አጋሮቻቸው ጋር በመሆን ፕሬዝዳንት ኢሳያስ አፈወርቂ የብሔራዊ እርቀ ሠላም መንግሥት እንዲያቋቁሙ ቢጠይቁም በገዢው ፓርቲ በኩል ምላሽ ሳያገኝ ቀርቷል።

    እንደ አውሮፓውያን አቆጣጠር አቶ አህመድ ከ2012 ኃላፊነታቸውን በመልቀቅ በተራ ታጋይነት ለማገልገል የወሰኑ ሲሆን ለዚህም በምክንያትነት ያቀረቡት ወጣቶችን ወደ አመራር አምጥቶ መተካት ተገቢ መሆኑን በማመመን ነው።

    አቶ አህመድ የሁለተኛ ደረጃ ትምህርታቸውን በአስመራ በማጠናቀቅ በ1960ዎቹ ወደ ግንባሩ የተቀላቀሉ ሲሆን ግንባሩን ከተቀላቀሉ በኋላ እስከ ህልፈታቸው ድረስ ወደ አስመራ መመለስ ሳይችሉ ቀርተዋል።

    የአቶ አህመድ ሥርዓተ-ቀብር ህይወታቸው ባለፈበት በስዊዲን እደሚፈጸም ነው የተገለጸው።

  • Semere Andom

    Sad news for all Eritreans and especially for Democracy, Peace and Human Right
    activists. We often acknowledge those who wasted their youth fighting for
    liberty and dignity, this child of Eritrea spend his youth, his most productive
    years and his old age fighting for what Eritreans cherished the most: liberty
    and dignity in their own beloved country, He passes away without realizing these
    elusive dreams that have become of every Eritrean
    I wish Awate can do an obituary of Ahmed. As far as I can
    glean from the discussions of my tegadelti relatives he comes from humble beginning
    in terms of his leadership prominence, to become the chairman of ELF when he
    was directly elected from the rank and file and I think his story can shed a
    bright light on many things that bedevil us today. His obituary also will introduced
    the true history of armed struggle that has been tarnished, even this tarnished
    history is not been told

    Sem andom

  • sara

    he was a nice person (i heard from elders who new him back in the 70th ) ,may he rest in peace…ina lilah wa ina ilah rajun.

  • Haile Zeru

    Rest in Peace. Eventually the Eritrea you fought for will be reality.

  • The secular socialist republic

    RIP Comrade Ahmed Nasser !
    Your struggle will never be forgotten !

  • ahlam ali alag

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un ,we have lost a great leader in the Eritrean opposition, Mr. Ahmed Nasser my condolence to all Eritrean people
    ahlam ali alag

  • idris shek

    الشهيد احمد ناصر الله يرحمه

  • ahlam ali alag

    ان لله و ان اليه راجعون لقد فقدنا قائد كبيرا في المعارضة الارتريه السيد احمد ناصر تعزيتى لكل الشعب الارترى
    احلام على علق

  • Nurhussein Mohammed

    My leader my hero, the Jimmy Carter of Eritrea,your love of a country, your respect of humanity, your humble manners, we will never forget you.What a life time sucrifice for justice to the people yuo love , Allah yerhamek wa yehamam Eritrea!!!!!

  • Senifalu

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un
    O Allah, forgive him and have mercy on him and give him strength and pardon him. Be generous to him and cause his entrance to be wide and wash him with water and snow and hail. Cleanse him of his transgressions as white cloth is cleansed of stains.

  • Omdurman

    I felt a tinge of sadness at the passing of Ahmed Nasser, the former ELF Chairman. I was born in the mid 70s so I was too young to know all the ELF-EPLF political stuff but I got it through osmosis from hearing guys who served in the ELF talk and debate whenever they came over to my house. And there were a lot of them. I grew up around that stuff. It was always Ahmed Nasser did this, Ibrahim Totil did that, Abdalla Idriss did this or that. Issaias Afewerki, Saleh Sabbe, Romodan Mohamed Nur…etc Those were the names I heard on a daily basis growing up. Politics was the passion of most Eritreans I knew who served with the ELF and were expelled from the field by the EPLF. My immediate family were EPLF supporters but I had just as many relatives and friends of my parents who were ELF combatants and they used to come over to our house to visit and almost always the conversation turned to politics among the adults. Boy, there was a lot of passion and a lot of camaraderie among the former ELF combatants. I felt sad for them as a young boy because many of them had been injured in the field when they were combatants. Many of the ELF combatants I knew had several body parts that were injured. Some of them were bitter at Issaias and Romodan Mohamed Nur and EPLF for kicking them out of the field. Some were relieved and vowed to never look back and just wanted to immigrate to the West or Gulf countries to find work and live their lives. Other ELF combatants were resentful of the EPLF. They wanted the chance to continue to fight the Ethiopians. What I remember most about the ELF combatants who ended up as refugees is the camaraderie they had with each other. It was almost like a club. They all knew each other or knew people who served in their units. “Botoloni such and such and hailtat such and such under so and so’s command… Oh then you must have known so and so then? I grew up with him in Asmara. He was from my neighborhood. Oh, you didn’t hear? He was martyred during the ’78 offensive. You don’t say! Does his family know? His mother had been asking me for years on his whereabouts. I always told her I didn’t know. And I didn’t! What do I tell her now?” That was the typical conversation I heard growing up from the ELF combatants when they were introduced to each other in the Sudan. And Ahmed Nasser and Abdalla Idriss were the names I kept hearing the most. When I became an adult, I studied Eritrean history. I came to the conclusion that I had no use for Abdalla Idriss. He was too divisive a figure. But Ahmed Nasser I admired a lot. May be PIA made a mistake for not inviting guys like Ahmed Nasser to serve in his cabinet. I have seen some of Ahmed Nasser’s interviews and was very impressed. He struck me as intelligent, likable, astute and politically mature. Although I am a staunch supporter of PIA and the EPLF/PFDJ I recognize the valuable contributions that guys like Ahmed Nasser and ELF giants made to Eritrean history. Their contributions deserve to be recognized for Eritrean posterity. Future generations need to know about guys like Ahmed Nasser and the many brave ELF combatants who gave it their all. For now, so long Mr. Nasser!

  • Kokhob Selam

    Today we have lost a hero who work hard for real democratic Eritrea, I am the witness as I have been around him during difficult times of ELF including Rasai. ALLAH YERHAMU. AMEN.

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      It is sad news. He can’t even find a burial space in his own country who gave so much for its birth. RIP my comrade in arm, We pray to almighty God to give full strength to his Families.

      • Hayat Adem

        “Life is hard. Then you die. Then they throw dirt in your face. Then the worms eat you. Be grateful it happens in that order” David Gerrold. Ahmed will be celebrated for his decent hero life, cry for Isaias.

    • Hayat Adem

      RestInPeace. It is a life to be honored.

    • ALI-S

      Terrible news for one of the best that Eritrean history has ever produced. Rest in Peace Ahmed.

  • Tesfa mehari

    RIP Tegadaly Ahmed Nasser. We are witnessing an the of an era. Eritrea is losing its golden generation – the liberation generation whose collective sacrifice gave us our independence. Some are dying in Eritrea while others in exile without setting foot in the nation they fought for. Our history will remember them all with admiration and gratitude.

    My heartfelt condolences his family, relatives, comrades and friends.

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