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Ahmed Suwera: An Honorable Man Departs

Today, the Khartoum sun didn’t shine on the selfless Ahmed Suwera. He departed this world leaving behind a legacy of a dignified and inspirational life despite old age and neglect. The country for which he spent all his life was not welcoming. It has become a private ranch for a regime of tyranny. Ahmed Suwera sacrificed his life to see tyranny erased from his homeland. Yet, he didn’t live to see a free Eritrea, he just heard of a liberated land.

Suwera was an inspiration to all those who valued honor and dignity highly. He spent years of his life distributing leaflets and magazines to the people in the streets of Sudan, and continued to do long after his eyesight became weak. He lived a taugh life but kept his dignity and honor. He taught the meaning of dedication  and kept candlelight of hope alive. Today Eritrea buried part of its soul, part of its body, in Khartoum. Suwera’s pious remains has been exiled from Eritrea, just like he lived his life in exile. Today, Eritrean activists lost an inspiring and stubborn patriot. We all lost an exemplary man who embodied in his being a genuine love for his people and country. We lost Ahmed Suwera, we lost one of our heroes.

Ahmed Ismail Ahmeddin, also known as Ahmed Suwera, was born in 1936. In the 1959, he joined the Eritrean Liberation Movement, under whose banner he struggled until 1963 when he was arrested by General Aboud’s government in Sudan. Together with others, the Sudanese government handed him over to the security apparatus of king Haile Sellassie that jailed him. However, soon he managed to escape and return to the Sudan where he joined the Eritrean Liberation Front with which he remained until he joined the ELF-UF.

In 1996, Ahmed Suwera co-founded the Eritrean Initiative Group, which itself was a co-founder of the Alliance of Eritrean National Forces, the precursor of the Eritrean Democratic Alliance, an opposition umbrella.

Suwera Human Rights Group which was established by Yassen Mohammed Abdella in Sudan is namd after Ahmed Suwera in recognition of his tireless struggle for the freedom of his people.

On November 19, 2016, Ahmed Suwera, the hero who had dedicated his life to the service of his people, died in Khartoum. The man proudly stood tall, similar to the highest Eritrean peak, Mt. Suwera, with which he shared the name; he remained true to his cause until he breathed his last breath.

On this occassion, we call and encourage Eritreans all over the world to organize evenings to pay homage and tribute to such a rare human being.

May God bless the soul of Ahmed Suwera, and our condolences to his family, his friends and his colleagues. May the Eritrean people be compensated for the loss of a true patriot who loved his people and country.

Additional information courtesy of Yassin Mohammed Abdella and Abubaker Fretay

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  • Ismail AA

    Hayakum Allah Awate Team.

    Thank you for this deserving eulogy, and respect, to one of the giants of the Eritrean National Liberation Movement. He was relentless and untiring soldier of Eritrean people’s struggle for self-determination – an unknown soldier since his very young age.

    In spite of being denied of proper education due to his involvement in the struggle, he was a man gifted with impeccable memory, and could stand equal or sometime better any Eritrean with daily diaries book on very minutest details about how events had unfolded before and after 1946 Beit-Giorgis meeting, the ELM and later ELF.

    I had the honor of knowing him since I, along with a group that included the late Eyob Bisrat, first set foot in Khartoum in July 1975. He came to meet us and talked to u extensively about the life of a struggler, and the importance of perseverance. I could say that those days were day of drilling or training for me, and I am sure for my colleagues.

    He told us that he and his veteran comrades had at the time become more confident that Eritrean shall be liberated because more and more educated youth had been coming to join the struggle. He had keen interest and hope in the youth
    Later I had opportunity to work with him closely during the difficult years of 1990 to 1992, when we struggle under suffocating condition imposed by the government of Sudan in service of the EPLF installed government in Asmara.

    His extensive experience in clandestine work was survival asset to us. His courage and devotion was unfathomable. Spending a day with Ahmed Soira could let one leave the spot more devoted to the cause one already had committed to, and bolder in discharging duties towards that cause. I happened to meet him again in the summer of 2004 in Khartoum. He came to the venue at which we were holding our meeting, and spent a day with us despite his extremely deteriorated physical condition. He had almost lost his sight.

    The sad part of it all was that he had no body to look after him save a few friends and some organizations. He depended more for survival on his Sudanese friends who knew him and his role since early 60s, mainly members of the Sudanese Communist Party.

    It heart breaking to witness that a country for which activists of such stature as the late Ahmed Soira who had done so much in the cause of its liberation end up in exile denied of the dignity a grave and soil that covers their remains in their own country.

    May he rest in peace; it is an inevitable fate of will of God that renders societies misses such rare personalities for which they do not have the luxury of replacing them so easily.

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Like many Eritrean patriots who gave everything of their lives to Eritrea and could not be buried in their homeland, here again Ahmed Suwara joined his colleagues and buried in Khartoum, Sudan. Eritrea, what a disappointing nation it became. Rest in peace with dignity our patriot. May God give strength to his family in this difficult time.