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Akhriya Steps-Forth: From Akhriya to All of Eritrea

ኣኽርያ በገሰው፡ ካብ ሪያ ናብ ኩሉ ኤሪትሪያ: Unlike the commonly known Las Vegas slogan, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas,” our motto is and should be the stark opposite of that: What happened in Akhriya did not, could not, and will not stay in Akhriya. This is a call to action and a call to arms from the belly of the beast where Eritreans spoke loud and in clear terms. The call to arms was not through live ammunition that the regime cowardly and disgracefully used on innocent children, mothers, and fathers. I am resorting to the audio/visual medium, because we must bewilder this regime with all our might: Through the written word. Through the spoken word. Through the audio files. Through the visual. Through art. Through music. Through incessant demonstrations. We’ve served as the echo chamber in the exact way that was expected of us to do, because those who demonstrated from the belly of the beast knew what their fate was likely going to be, but they did what they had to.

We Eritreans in diaspora heeded the call and did a replica of what they expected us to do minus any risk to our wellbeing: We, in the diaspora, brought our children, our women, in which the latter led the way the same way they did inside Eritrea on that fateful day, 31st of October 2017. Our reciprocity in kind was meant to send the ultimate message of solidarity and encouragement to our people inside Eritrea, to continue their challenge of the brutal regime in Asmara and that we would do our utmost to expose its heinous crimes against its own citizens. Eritreans across the globe showed their solidarity unambiguously: Christians and Muslims alike; children and women, all came and demonstrated the entire month of November, using images, the written word, and the spoken words with megaphones to heighten the noise.

The awesome power of language we’ve seen it come out of our brave and revered Aboy Musa, armed with vocal acuity, whose words reverberated beyond the borders of Eritrea to the entire globe wherever Eritreans reside. Of course, who would forget the nerves it rattled in the quarters of the regime, a regime that wouldn’t stop at anything to destroy lives was caught by one simple and brave verbal act. So, all known Eritrean languages are not enough this time. We must use every conceivable world languages that are at our disposal to keep the verbal onslaught tirelessly onward and steadily forward. We know many languages and have our children who can speak most of the European languages, as no language should be spared to attack the regime in every venue and opportunity we must relentlessly do it.

So, I am using the spoken word, using my mother tongue, which is Tigrinya, but I am giving it purposefully a title: Akhriya Begesaw in Tigrayit, closest meaning of which is Akhriya Steps-Forth. I want my Tigre speaking and other Eritrean brothers and sisters to know we are in this together. I am attempting to capture the essence of what the Akhriya uprising was all about as I offer how we should conceive of it, wallow in it, and use it as an impetus to forge forward and onward in the fight of not only removing the regime from the sphere of political power and influence but obliterating the mindset that brought it to the fore in the first place. We must all, in unison, reject the EPFDJ mindset not just its stay in power but its every essence must be made to disappear from our collective memory, because that was never Eritrea’s spirit, nor was it Eritrea’s history. This regime ካብ ስሩ ክሞሖ’ለዎ (kab suru kimmoho allowo). EPFDJ’s power must be uprooted from its core, because it is a belief system, the sole mission and vision of which has been and continues to be destroying Eritrean way of life. The barrel of a gun does not have a staying power. We’ve seen tyrants come and tyrants go, many with violent ends, the recent memory of which we’ve seen it done in Iraq, Libya, Yemen, and the case in Eritrea will likely be no different.

My aim in this video clip is not only to capture the essence of what the Akhriya uprising was all about, but how we were before it came to our collective conscience, what it has been like after this cataclysmic event. I want to offer how we should view it collectively as Eritreans. Akhriya uprising isn’t just about Tigrinya speaking Jebertis nor is it about deqqi Akhriya alone, but about Eritrea’s existence and our survival as a nation. Thus, Eritreans throughout the globe I am kindly asking you to think about this deeply as I offer you some of the major points through the video clip accompanied here. The written word here is not a substitute to the video; rather a companion. Please give it a listen, but as you listen I would like you to keep the following in mind:

I have divided the issues into three larger groupings:

(1). Before the Akhriya movement, where were we or what was the situation like? Those of us who are in diaspora, prior to this monumental event, almost daily, various political opposition groups were founded, and their pronouncements were made on social media outlets. What purposes have these actions served or continue to serve?

(2). Where are we now? What are the geopolitical underpinnings relative to our country? What’s it like inside Eritrea now? How do these trajectories implicate the regime in Eritrea? How is the regime now reacting to these geopolitical developments? Framed in this context, why did the regime feel emboldened in wishing to nationalize a private school in Akhriya? Why did the board led by Ayya Musa react the way it did? Why did Ayya Mohamed Abrar reacted the way he did a week after Aya Musa’s imprisonment, knowing his fate was going to be similar to that of his comrade? What are the students of this private school telling the world by their demonstration? What are our mothers telling us when they demonstrated with the community?

(3) Where do we head from here and many more questions and answers I try to provide in this clip.

With the above serving as a backdrop, we all realize that the brave call from Akhriya not only put us on notice, but to shame because we saw firsthand how a 93-year-old man stood to the repressive regime. For similar reasons, the role of an elderly woman who led the protest put us on notice and to shame. I also offer a projection in what this regime is capable of doing based on its past heavy-handed actions after its legitimacy was challenged. Not to alarm us, but to heed the warnings before they happen, to see the signposts and fight its deceitful ways. With that as my premise I try to ring an alarm and for us to not only be weary of such dangerous actions, but also that we Eritreans in the diaspora to be vigilant in fighting such divisive tactics and strategies the regime might unleash on our people.

Additionally, I attempt to offer seven strategies that I believe can help us toward the goal of undoing the regime from the face of Eritrea. Allow me to highlight some of it below:

  • Those of us who are in diaspora, how should we find a way of encouraging these Eritreans who rose up, be it using phone lines, internet, any means necessary…
  • Social media’s advantage, we’ve seen it firsthand its impact is real…that we should begin to strategize without duplicating our efforts…
  • Heretofore, not only should we find a way of organizing but also mTrnaf tray zeikones mwuddab (ምጥርናፍ ጥራይ ዘይኮነስ ምዉዳብ), one that is capable of removing the regime from its sphere of absolute power…
  • Wherever Eritreans happen to live, we should make relations with religious leaders of non-Eritrean denominations … with those who are in our respective communities …Especially, Christian communities … we should be educating them by explaining to them the situation at hand in Eritrea. The peaceful relations between Muslims and Christians, its long coexistence should be told and retold…
  • The use of Tigrinya language can be made not only productive but also constructive, because most Eritreans now speak Tigrinya…
  • Our sisters on our side…In any movement without our sisters, we weren’t able to succeed, therefore, including our sisters in our fight is instrumental … Our children are asking us when they see our vested interest in our old country …Allow me to use our sisters…I urge our sisters to use the language of …
  • Our cause can only be managed by us, for us, with us alone … guday hagerna baElinna niHazzo (ጉዳይ ሃገርና ባዕልና ንሓዞ)

Finally, I make concluding remarks about the nature of the turning point of Akhriya in the video clip:

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  • Beyan

    Greetings Awatawyan:

    Anyone who says sawra akhriya isn’t sawra Eritrea, please refer them to the link below where it makes that clear threaded historical connection, where a demonstration was concocted 55 years ago today and delivered its first blow to the then occupying force of Ethiopia. Thanks for weaving and connecting our history from yesteryear to yesterday where Akriya, yet again, delivered the first of its kind blow to a home grown occupying force, better known today as PFDJ. What a joy read:

    http://www.harnnet.org/index.php/news-and-editorial/item/4218-seyoum-harestai-and-pals-gathered-in-akriya-55-years-ago-for-demonstration
    ሰውራ ኣኽሪያ ድሙር እኩብ ዳግመ ሰውራ ናይቶም ዘትገፍዑ ናይ ጆሃቫ ኣመንቲ እዩ!!!

    ሰውራ ኣኽሪያ ድሙር እኩብ ዳግመ ሰውራ ናይቶም ኣብ ማይ ሓባር ዘተገፍዑን ዝተቐትሉን ኣክል ስንኩላን ተጋደልቲ እዩ!!!

    ሰውራ ኣኽሪያ ድሙር እኩብ ዳግመ ሰውራ ናይቶም ዘተገፍዑን ብሕጊ ኣልቦ ዝታአስሩ ኩሎም አሪትራውያን አዩ!!!

    ሰውራ ኣኽሪያ ድሙር እኩብ ዳግመ ሰውራ ናይቶም ጭሕሞም ኣንዊሖም ተባሂሎም ዘትዳጎኑ 200 መንእሰያት እዩ!!!

    ሰውራ ኣኽሪያ ድሙር እኩብ ዳግመ ሰውራ ናይቶም ኣብ 2001 ብሕጊ ኣልቦ ዝታአስሩ ሚኒስትራትን ዓበይቲ ተጋደልትን እዩ!!!

    ሰውራ ኣኽሪያ ድሙር እኩብ ዳግመ ሰውራ ንኤርትራውያንን ንኤርትራን እዩ

    ሰውራ ኣኽሪያ ድሙር እኩብ ዳግመ ሰውራ ናይ 2013 ወዲ ዓሊ ፎርቶ እዩ

    ሰውራ ኣኽሪያ ድሙር እኩብ ዳግመ ሰውራና ዳግመ ቃልሲ ኤሬትራና እዩ

  • Nitricc

    Hi All, i just listened to this guys plea and i must say, he sad it all. However, what he failed to understand is that the people of Tigray can’t stand against TPLF. The people of Tigray and TPLF are set to compete with Eritrea in a process they forgot that they are Ethiopians. The more they imitate what Eritrea does, the more they moved away from the Rest of Ethiopia. It is a total confusion on Tigryans part. For instance, if Eritrea to hold festival they can do that there is no other set of people they can offend but when Tigrayans do the same thing they alienate the other parts of Ethiopia. If Eritrea to do something for her martyrs, they can because they died fighting the foregone forces but when Tigryans do the same thing, it is interpreted in a negative and damming way. So, In short, the more they imitate Eritreans the more they will alienate the Ethiopians. that is the problem. if not i don’t believe Tigryans benefited anything from TPLF thugs.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNd1Fgqz81k

  • Thomas

    Hi Alex,
    First there is no government in Eritrea, there are a bunch of killers doing what they do the killing & jailing innocent people. So you cannot about the police with criminals. These people must go to jail for every crime they committed because you are “Tainan” I will not list the so far crime committed by this bunch mafias, period. So, I hate them because they have committed heidious crimes. They all belong to go to a hell jail.

  • Beyan

    Selam Awatawyan:

    As if missing out from the conversation of Yoannes Zerai’s piece wasn’t enough, then came Dr. Ibrahim Sirage’s video clip where he challenges us all to devise collective plan of action in the aftermath of Akhriya uprising. Nevertheless, the frustration that emanates from our unwillingness and/or inability to focus on the underlined message of an author – in this case an orator – is akin to that perpetual thorn in my side, mind you, of our own making that seems to kill the spirit of any discourse. Bear with me while I go on the preaching end of things today. The origin of the “thorn in my side” is in my mind, which partially goes like this: “…to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh … a messenger of Satan to torment me”. Let us, therefore, we seem to be saying, “…delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in prosecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (Corinthians 12:7-19).

    Does it have to be this way in Eritrea’s sociopolitical context. Those of us who claim to be in opposition keep on shooting on our own feet, doing the job for the very regime we are trying to remove from the helm of political power.

    Notice how much energy was spent in the current video message that Dr. Ibrahim shared versus on what he said or didn’t say in the past. There are several smearing campaign video clips as doctored by no more than the Agazians that people with the cross on their logos are conflating Nahda Party and Dr. Ibrahim independent messages. Why not, of course, kill two birds with one stone, they thought, but people are too savvy to fall for such ill conceived strategy. This isn’t to say it won’t make you sick to your stomach. Oh, it will all right. But, once’s that subsides, you will be even motivated more to do right by Eritrean people to fight tenaciously to preserve Eritrea’s identity – one of Muslims and Christians. At any rate, see for yourself, if this doesn’t make you sick to your stomach, I don’t know what will. Of course, if you disagree with this clip – I hope to God you do – then, please make sure to put thumbs down each time you click to play it:

    https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/16056f8458d242a8?compose=16058fb40664c3ea

    There are lessons we can learn from others’ experiences, especially, those of us who are in the U.S. History is replete with fine examples, in which one seemingly ordinary act of defiance from a citizen galvanizes people to say enough is enough and change the trajectory of history. Ghandi is one such example. But, more contemporary one that readily comes to mind and can be compared to that of Aboy Musa’s defiance is Rosa Parks during the Civil Rights movement. When she was expected to sit in the back of mass transit bus as it was the law back then for Black Americans while the Whites sat in the front rows; when Rosa Parks refused to vacate the seat for a white passenger, the boycott of mass transit that ensued post-such event left the city Montgomery paralyzed. That boycotting went on for 381 days. Here is one minute clip that illustrates the point of how one act of defiance can change the trajectory of history for the better:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oq3I5feIv0Q

    So, instead of focusing on today and tomorrow we talk about the past. Instead of focusing on the message being conveyed, we focus on personalities. Instead of talking in how to galvanize, mobilize, and strategize as the clip in Dr. Ibrahim’s video attempts to tell us to do, we focus on maligning an honorable man with a man who has criminal record and who changes his name and tries to reinvent himself anew. Thanks to Berhe Y. who shared this link, read for yourself:

    https://www.thirdsector.co.uk/african-aids-action-founder-eyob-sellassie-found-guilty-100000-gift-aid-scam/finance/article/1312608

    What crime has Dr. Ibrahim committed. The man knows how to express his ideas in easy to discern and decipher manner. That now merits comparing him to someone who openly advocates not only uprooting Eritrean Muslims but ethnic cleansing bmiHradin bmiQtalin. Has there no decency left in us to go that far out on a limb to malign a person just because he expresses a view that we disagree with. Perhaps, the recent piece that came out in Assenna will humble us all into seeing our errant ways. Please give it a listen, it is powerfully conveyed. New voices are now emerging, thanks to the Akhirya uprising. The piece will challenge us all to think through our own biases:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuKt0-fho4w

    Sincerely,

    AT, I generally try to refrain from sharing links, please forgive me for sharing several links at once. Friday, after all, I hope is considered part of a weekend and that we have some leniencies to post some relevant links.

    • Daniel Yohannes

      Dear Beyan,

      The so called Eritrean of today is not ready to hear you or accept your message. It is all just wasted words. Conflict and hardship is what he lives for.

      • Beyan

        Selam Daniel,

        A lot of what you share here that i’ve read so far have biting truth to them. They may come across as anger laced to some, but dig deeper behind that tenacious anger there appears to be some thought to really wallow in. You waste no phrases, nor do you mince your words, to the point. What takes pages for many of us to express one central idea you do it in a sentence – an amazing feat. Indeed, “conflict and hardship” seems to be the fate of Eritrea and its environs, not the spirit of discourse to arrive at a higher level of understanding between and among one another. Disappointing.

        BN

        • Daniel Yohannes

          Hello Beyan,

          Honestly, it is not even about being angry anymore. When you have lost all respect, the anger turns into pure contempt. So, no reason to mince words. I personal think the reason it takes you pages is because you would have a lot to lose if you were to say things the way I say them.

      • Ismail AA

        Dear Daniel Yohannes and Beyan,

        Well, problems that may seem to chronically haunt live of people in nations do not warrant (in my humble opinion) resignation and withdrawal to terrain of complacency. That will mean letting the problems to run their course and ruin all stakeholders. It is, thus, the burden of vital forces of nations to organize in practical formations to surmount hardships and conflicts before they lose control. I think the Eritrean people and are not pre-destined with powerlessness and succumb to verdict of fate. Our society is not really bereft of proactive members capable of shouldering responsibility vis-a-vis the struggle against the reigning dictatorship; and uniting vison and settling on priorities the two of you are caring sons of our people could become productive members among the vital forces of change

        • Beyan

          Selam Ismail AA & Daniel,

          This is an impromptu, hastily collected thoughts. Hope it would make sense, but I am a bit in a hurry now. I just want to do my due diligence in giving your note deserved response while it’s hot -:) Rather than a hint of “resignation” what was being conveyed is anger and frustration. The latter two are seldom a source of complacency. To the contrary, combined together give vitality and purpose propelling one to act and react and engage. You know Ismail AA, I heard one of the most sensible and powerful messages from Dr. Mohamed Berhan, The Chair of Nahda Party (NP). I will share it here, hopefully, later today. In eight or so minutes, with his words, he painted a picture of brotherhood, camaraderie, alliances that must be forged together if we are going to, I suppose, arrive to the city on the hill someday. The party chair even talks about courage in such eloquent way while discrediting its mythical tentacles, it is beautifully packaged message. But watching the clip I shared above you would think NP was this fringe element that is bent out of shape to destroy Eritrea.

          I’ve read NP’s charter. I’ve read their platform. I even shared some of it months back in this space. But, what people harp upon is this: one of their principles, among many, is to fight for the right of Eritrean Jeberti. That label as a party with one and only one platform has stuck with the NP. The party is only eleven years old, for crying out loud. It has been evolving steadily. Certainly, it needs to do a better campaign to gain membership from across Eritrean sectors: Females, Christians, animists, atheists (yes we have them in Eritrea). Unless and until NP is able to bring into its fold sizable number from these Eritrean groups, it will be easy for those who want to blackmail and box it into that proverbial fringe group that it is not.

          I have been watching and following what various Eritrean political opposition groups have been doing since the Akhriya uprising: Not much, really, other than in their seeming helter skelter fashion preparing a statement of solidarity here and there. Not a single party has realized the Akhriya uprising in its proper context other than NP. It has been at the forefront in sponsoring some of the songs that came out since October 31st. Of course, I will stand corrected, if there are other opposition parties who have kept the momentum of the mass induced demonstrations going. Universe knows, it hard to keep up with all of the 20 or so in existence now. Their responses have been muted at best.

          If I were inclined to join any political party, NP would be the first one I would consider learning more of. But, advocacy is my calling where I need not tow the party line or kowtow to its whims.

          • Ismail AA

            Dear Beyan,

            Thanks for taking time despite constraint to respond to my note to you and Daniel. My incentive to tackle the issue rather in a bit provocative way was to translate Daniel’s pointed (read anger) view and your disappointment (frustration) about how Eritreans have been dealing with hardships and hindrances in their pursuit to promote their efforts to meaningful challenge of the regime. My point intended to push these two ends to the center galvanizing anger and frustration to productive energy instead of letting them end up in resignation and complacency. Perhaps a better formulation could have driven the point home, but still you have done fine in responding to the implicit call I tried to make to both of you.

            As to the opposition forces (parties and organizations) and their performances in reaction to Akhria uprising, I agree that those who responded could have done much more had they put their affairs in order to deal with any incidental events. I know some of them did better than others, and NP was one of them. But yet it is our duty to demand more from them if they wish not to be left behind; the masses shall not wait for them for ever and will take their own initiatives as our community in Akhria did.

        • Haile S.

          ሰላም እስማዒል፡
          ሚእቲ ካብ ሚእቲ ሓቕኻ። ዘይ መጉልሒ-መነጽርን መኾስተርን ኣብዚሕና እንበር፡ ምስምማዕ ዘይክኣለና ኮንና ኣይኮነን።

    • MS

      Dear Beyan
      I promise you that I will address this in a different occasion and in a fashion I choose; for the meantime, you and those who are cheering you up for attempting bury the truth, have fun. I have dr. Ibrahim’s video, my comments related to that specific video, and your dishonest weaving of unrelated subjects: Mahmud+ Chefena specific criticism on dr, Ibrahim’s video; relating it to NP and implying as if iam attacking Nahda party/jeberti… Agazian’s opinion on nahda…Dr. Ibrahim/Nahda….very easy to tear down the loosely built narrative, but today is not the day. I will have my day. All in all, it’s just disappointing.
      Have a good one.

      • Beyan

        Selam MS,

        Looking forward to your response. እነሄ ሜዳ እነሄ ፈረስ: እዚን ወዲኸምዝን ክጻረየሉ ኢሉን’ድዩ እዚ ማዕከን እንዳ ዓዋተ ተዳህሲሱ:: So, long you make the point you wanna make without accusing people of lacking veracity, I will have no problem to change my mind when I make a mistake, more so, even apologize if I offend anyone. But, such a veiled threat as “dishonest weaving of unrelated subjects: Mahmud + Chefena” will not do. Come with evidence, let us explore it together. My reference of NP, just to make it clear to you, was not referring to you, it was to the video clip as doctored by the likes of agazians who are maligning a decent man. If you have proof as you claim you do, I will be all ears and I am certain the awate readers will be more than happy to watch, read, and listen.

        Sincerely,
        Beyan

        • Peace!

          Selam Beyan,

          All I heard was crickets and hmm..,“very easy to tear down the loosely built narrative,” and ironically he claims he has no time to tear the loosely built narrative—typical excuse when someone put his foot in his mouth. And his ኣበይ ከይትበጽሓ attitude (similar to his buddy’s Semere) as if ህግደፍ is going to rule the country for another thirty years is even sickening.

          Have you read the love letter he wrote to meshrefet?

          Peace!

          • Thomas

            Hi Peace,
            He had a need to feel important and significant. He works very hard to get some kind of boast from humans even from the low life people like the owner of meshrefet. The owner of meshrefet was also dying to get the attention so it is kind of mutual for both. I see lots of similarity between the two losers:)

          • blink

            Dear peace and Thomas
            While I find it hard peace in line with Thomas and Paulos in this thread it is simply irresponsible for any of them to gang up all against the truth. Thomas and Paulos case is understood, they both are weyane cry babies and it is like a gift for them but what happened to peace still alluded me . What is wrong with you peace ??

          • Peace!

            Hi Blink,

            Well, I don’t think there is such thing 100% agreement. You agree or disagree with people on number of issues. See just recently I disagreed with you when you call my grand father Haji Musa a terrorist for absolutely no reason, by the way where was your hero MS to correct you? Let’s just respect our disagreements and work on issues we agree.

            Peace!

          • blink

            Dear peace
            I am ok with our disagreement I don’t expect to be in line with you over all points ,what I am not ok is you are putting words on my mouth. I never ever said to Mr. Haji Musa a terrorist. You just made it up to help you cover up the Thomas and Paulos the weyane cry babies.

          • Peace!

            Hi Thomas,

            There is a beautiful Amharic proverb— it goes: ሁለት ፈላጊ ኣንዱን ያጣል . I am afraid that’s the case when one struggles to make up his mind and spend his whole time ኣብ ሸንኮለል.

            Peace!

          • Paulos

            Selam Abi Seb,

            Your command of languages is pretty impressive. I suck at Amharic. I can understand but I struggle to speak it. And I wish I could speak Tigrait for the language is not only beautiful but it is magical as well.

          • Haile S.

            ሰላማት ጳውሎስና፡

            ኣንታ ጳውሎስ
            እዛ ትግርኛና እንታይ ጌራትካ
            ብኣኣ ክትዛረብ ብቁንጣሮ ማንካ
            ኣምሓርኛ ከተሞግስ መልሓስ ይሓጽረካ
            ሕጂ ኸኣ ትግራይት ትምቅር ናትካ ዘንጊዕካ
            Quello questo ይጥዕም ጥራይ ተሪፉካ
            እስኪ ኣውሎ ኣውሎ በለላ እዛ ልሳንካ
            ሜስን ዝሕላ ዱቃን ሓዋዊስካ
            ሳንዳይ ረዛን ጥዒማ ዘቐበለትካ
            ጭራኻ የማን ጸጋም ሰስ እንዳበልካ
            እንሆ ተቐሪበ ኣነ ክሰምዓካ

          • Paulos

            Selam Hailat,

            I am sure you know of Honore’ de Balzac and I must say you’re our own Balzac for your panaromic knowledge of our culture carried on refined poetry is darn impressive.

            Let me digress if I may. If languages were to be personified, I wonder how would they have felt toward each other particularly Tigrinya and Amharic. The thing between them is thicker than blood if you will.

          • Haile S.

            Selamat Paul,
            Thank you! I am a false Balzac. We have true dedicated Balzacs, Voltaires and Molieres. They are just covered by the clouds of uncertainity. On Amharic and Tigrigna, I concur. One of the things I enjoy listening is medina/zelesegna. I was just teasing you. I am like a cat. Whenever I find the slightest oppening I slip away.
            Best

          • Peace!

            Paulosay,

            ትሕሾ ዳኣ ድሓር ካኣ ብናኣሽቱና ምኹብላል ምስ ጀመርና ስጋብ ሕጂ ኣየዕረፍናን ኢርትራዊ ዘይኣተዎ ዓዲ ዘይበለዖ መግቢ ዘይተዛረቦ ቋንቋ ዘይተዋሰቦ ዘርኢ ኣሎ ድዩ… ኣብ Japan ከይተረፈ ሐደ ኢርትራዊ ሓበሻ ኣብ ጥቓይ እንተሎ በዚ xxxx ገይሩ ይርከበኒ ኢሉ ኣብ ጋዜጣ ኣውጺኡ ዝቑርብ ግዜ 🙂

            Peace!

          • Paulos

            Selam Peace Abi Seb,

            You never know before we know it he may probably pull ንሃገርካ ዙራ on us. Lol.

          • Peace!

            Hi Paulosay,

            Lol ኣይረድ! Let me tell you a joke:

            ሓደ ዝጨነቖ ስብኣይ ንሐደ ዓርኩ: ኣንታ እዚ ኢስያስ ኣፈወርቂስ ዝብልዎስ ክንደይ ይጭክን እዩ ንህዝብኻ ዶ ስጋብ ክንድዚ ትጭክነሉ ኢኻ ዓቐን ዘይብሉ ማቕተልትን ማእስርትን ዝርፋን ስደትን እንታይ ይብሃል ወደይ?

            እቲ ዓርኩ ትቕብል ኣቢሉ: ገሪሙና ዩ ዘሎ ….ድሕሪ ብዙሕ ምሕሳብን ምስድማምን…. …ምናልባት ቅድሚ ሕጂ ን Israel ክሕከም ምስክደ ደም ናይ እስራኢላዊ ሂቦሞ ነይሮም ስለዚ ንሕና ኢርትራዊያን Palestinian ኮይና ንራኣዮ ከይንህሉ ኢሉ መሊስሉ.

            ሕጅ ኻኣ ን MS እቲ ናይ ሱዳን ሸኽና ኮይና ንርኣዮ ከይንህሉ

            Peace!

          • Beyan

            Selam Paulos,

            Wish I read your disarming joke, which gets to the heart of the point I tried to make. I would’ve spared myself from typing away at the keyboard. I have an addendum to your concluding question: “ሕጅ ኻኣ ን MS እቲ ናይ ሱዳን ሸኽና ኮይና ንርኣዮ ከይንህሉ”. Have you considered this: ብኣንጻሩ ከም ኢሰያስ ንኡስ ጌርና ንወስዶ ኸይንህልዉ የሰክፈኒ -:)

            Cheers,
            BN

          • Paulos

            Hahaha Abi Seb,

            Thanks for the laugh. That’s a good way to start my Saturday.

          • Beyan

            Selam Paulos & Peace,

            To a hammer, it is often said, everything looks like a nail. I see no nail, no hammer in everything I read, watch, and listen. I try to see issues rather than the person who is addressing the issue, which is why I seldom focus on the disagreements I’ve had with any individuals in the past so as not to let that color my perception leading me into subjectively seeing the fresh topic deserving fresh lens. So, I focus like a laser beam on the issue at hand, to the extent that I can. You picked up on MS’s ire rising as I certainly did, which is why I am working hard to verily save myself from His ire and am calling to the mercy of Peace, pardon my mixing religious scripture, but the pun of Peace was intended.

            At any rate, Paulos & Peace, I was simply expressing my frustration of how (the spirit of which, by the way, Ismail AA has picked upon) in the way we focus on yesterday rather than on today and tomorrow. For example, consider how we treat (rather mistreat) former officials who defect from Eritrea to the West, who are relentlessly and continually hammered by those who choose to see the anonymous officials as the last nail in the Higdef’s coffin; we unleash our wrath on them as though they were still part and parcel of the regime they long abandoned. Seemingly forgetful that the officials had already left packing and are working hard just like those of us who never held a post to unseat the regime from the helm of absolute political power.

            So, in that spirit, I refused to harp on “…the love letter he wrote to meshrefet …” that Peace [you] reference, because I wrote about similar shortcomings in my last article, the first paragraph of which was meant to help avert some such follies. To not belabor the issue here, but it is worth repeating the paragraph in question:

            “To expect convergence when canvassing various Eritrean opposition media outlets during any confrontational events like the Akhriya uprising would be par for the course. What shouldn’t be par for the course is the colluding, inadvertently or not, that aligns us with the supporters the PFDJ (the ruling party) with the propaganda machination of the Eritrean regime itself – this self-inflicting wound was difficult to fathom, and we must find a way of combating it. The first thing to do when that begins to occur is pausing and taking stock and change our strategy at an individual level as well as at the media outlet level.”

            More to the point, Mohammed Ismail, in ዑንቂ ጠፊኣትና published by assenna puts a final nail in the coffin as he situates it in its proper Sudanese context. But, MS has more than made up for this shortcoming when he eloquently critiqued meskerem…that’s a must read. It is why I referenced the latter than the former, you will find it in the footnote of my last piece, because I wanted to focus on the better angel in our nature than otherwise, which reminds me of Lincoln’s first inaugural address from 1861 that I wish to end my thoughts with

            “I am loath to close. We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

            Let us indeed focus on “the better angels of our nature”, shan’t we?

            Cheers,
            Beyan

          • MS

            Selam Beyan, peace and Paul (for Eritrean Paulos)
            Beyan forgive me for shortchanging your overall message. I likle a person of principle, and your follow up comments clear up the air. I’m still to revisit your original his post, but I have enough of a material to apologize for that stern reply. I could have put it in a better way/color…As the Tigrignas would have put it :ክንብል በለ’ምበር አይተኻዕወን። My deer brother and friend SAAY (May the Almighty Allah, his friends and family give him consolation & support in this difficult times) has often reminded us not to write when we are angry. I was not angry, per se, but I was under pressure (it could well be due to subjective appraisals) and felt you have juxtaposed my criticism on Dr. Ibrahim’s “Jeberti Day” video with other controversial items among them how Agazian sees Nahda Party and Dr. Ibrahim; the allusion that a specific criticism on a specific take of Dr. Ibrahim amounts to tarnishing Nahda and Jeberti, etc. I may not have read you correctly but those are some of the irritants that made me uncomfortable. But I could have said it in a less tense way. Believe me, it is easier for me to apologize than to think offending someone. So, no need of purchasing munitions from the pathetic Daniel Yohannes (read his one-liner reply). I was just hinting that I would address the subject in a different way since piece-meal feeds on the forum won’t do justice. I do get the gist of your comment which was to mean to encourage us to focus on the main and primary issue rather than on internal squabble which sadly continues to cripple the capacity of the opposition forces. My only diversion and which could in fact enhance your view is that we need to be careful not to become enhancers of the agendas of divisive elements such as Agazians by assuming or alluding they represent more than their weight.
            I appreciate your stance that we should not accuse people by their previous association. That’s what comes handy to those who don’t like where I post my articles or what I say on different subjects. I can assure them that there is nothing that they could unearth to back up their insinuations that I support PFDJ or I somehow benefit from my positions, etc. If that makes them feel great, that’s fine with me.
            Paul/peace/Thomas…I enjoyed your jokes, sincerely. Chill out. We are all Eritreans, whether we are the audience of Awate.com; Meskerem.net (you guys call it meshrefet), Tesfa News, Shabait….when the time comes to talk peace, we are not going to grill each other. We will have to sit down and talk. And what a better way than reaching out to each other early on? Why do we reinforce the notion that there are perpetual walls that separate us? Which one should get more attention: the message or the medium? Why would the medium eclipse the content of the message? I think we need to think about these simple issues before we pontificate about cross-sectional communication, tolerance and accommodation. I would not hesitate to post my thoughts on Hadas Ertra. By the way, if it is Tigrigna, I always send it to Assenna too. That’s because of the readership, not because Assenna or Meskerem are viewed as better than Awate….I have nothing to say but admire and appreciate for the individuals who continue to dedicate themselves to allowing us have mediums through which we can pose our humble contributions. I don’t take it lightly the privileged I’m getting from Awate or any other website. I’m a reader as opposed to listener or viewer. So, I miss most of what goes in pal talks, radios, youtubes, etc. Chefena brought that video, and I said what I felt I should say. I believe Dr. Ibrahim does not represent Jeberti 9and that was what annoyed me while sneding that short reply to Beyan for which I have provided an apology), I know the Jeberti community from personal experience and contacts (they are part of my life), and I don’t take Akhrya protest as an isolated Jeberti uprising (I have said enough about Akhrya, more than Peace and Paul combined…I’m sorry, not bragging but I’m subjected to say it). I have already hinted how I see the Jeberti community in my original comment. I could say more but that should be suffice for now.
            Thanks all; I’m not sure if I summarized my thoughts but as Haile S once corrected me ጭሩ ብዓቅማ ብ (—-) ስገም ትሕጎም። ሃይለ መላኣያ ኢኻ።
            ሰላም ቀዳመ ሰንበትስ በዓላትን
            ኡስታዝ ማሕሙድ ሳልሕ

          • Haile S.

            ሰላማት ማሕሙድ
            ብርዒ እያ ትደልያ ዘለኻ ቃል። ናትካ ብርዒ ግን ከምዚ ሕጂ ዝጸሓፈቶ ጭሩ ጥራይ ዘይኮነ ሓርማዝ ትሓጉም።

          • Paulos

            Selam Muhamuday,

            Many thanks for the citizenship.

          • MS

            Selam Paulosay
            ብጌጋ ከይትርደኣኒ…years ago, there were two pauls in a department. One was a Caucasian Paul, and the other an Eritrean Paulos. I guess he got tired of people pronouncing “Paulos” awkwardly, he decided to carry “Paul”. So, when someone calls for Paul, the receptionist or any other person would ask: which Paul, the American or Eritrean? So, I was just making fun of “Eritrean Paulos”; not intended to accord or take away your citizenship. I hope you understood it in that spirit. The business of trading citizenship is a sole propriety of PFDJ. ንዜግነት እውን ብድኳናት ርትዒ እዮም ዝዕድልዎ ኢሎሞም።

          • Daniel Yohannes

            Hello,

            So, that is you apologizing there or what? I had no idea what your problem was with Beyan, but it sure sounded like some good ol’ internal squabble to me. But hey, maybe next time I’ll just mind my own business.
            Peace

        • blink

          Dear Beyan
          He doesn’t need to click each time because one click is enough about a grown man plus PHD holder changed to a shouting kid infront of his audience. The doctor is crying like a baby and tried hard to connect EPLF to Agazian and PFDJ. Forget alnahda the losers who has no idea how to communicate with their pears .we heard their members bragging about the Jeberti fighters numbers, we heard many many people say many bad things but look where we are now ? A PHD holder is debating because a lunatic Schumer said some horrific things, why don’t you shout when Ali salim was shouting with veil words and heinous attitudes? Where have you been ?

          For some lunatics it has been a life time to accuse EPLF and none of these people saw their dream come true because they have nonexistent problems. The notion you are in the middle of defending the shouting man is a very worrisome thing to watch. Let the doctor shout with his friends and they will shout even after the dictator, you know why they will shout ? Because they dream small and they shout about things they can never ever get.

          • Beyan

            selam blink,

            I am curious now, blink. What’s your analysis of the following 8 minute clip below as spelled out by Nahda Party head, Dr. Mohammed Berhan Idris.

            https://www.facebook.com/said.mohammed.9828/videos/1628140803919878/

          • blink

            Dear Beyan
            So you think I did not listen to this until now ? How many of this points of Dr. Mohammed Berhan was in line with Al nahda party loudest members? Brhan you do not need to bring the best speaker to compare in line with the above author , I have many other great Jeberti speakers and writers and brave men too proud of but as I explained before the author doesn’t represent Jeberti. I would die to support dr.Mohamed brhan while I will definitely die to oppose the above author. When was al nahda party all the 20 years ? It was giving more microphones to people like Abdu suleman define Jeberti and alnahda with it ,where have you been man ? Is this something you want to bail out the above Dr. ? I hope not , I may be young but I was inside abdu suleman time of counting and comparing ethnicity with Tigre and Tigrinya. He declared Jeberti won by individuals , he declared Jeberti as his religion ,he completely ignored the audience and go to shopping. Dear brhan I respect you but don’t take me fool sir . I am out from any ethnic political ideology and I declared out for myself that I will not entertain by such people ever .I have fool understandings about my ethnicity going even far to Dr. Yassin Abera advocating for Jeberti to be recognized by Dergi so that Issaias wouldn’t refuse any way the man died at the hand of Issaias, if you don’t have the documents pls ask Dr.Mohamed kheir Omer about that.
            My number one disappointment about the above author is running wild after Agazian Lunatics and come back to paint EPLF , that is a red line for me even if he is closer to me than some our weyane cry babies.

      • Daniel Yohannes

        Hello,

        I have a great idea. How about I supply the guns and you guys can finish each other off. You people are diseased.

        • Berhe Y

          Dear Daniel,

          I think you have great potential to contribute to positive change.

          But I think you have some little respect. We can all claim to know all about our affairs but honestly the discourse is no different than anyone else.

          What we have is a dictator that wouldn’t allow these online debate to be in our country, in our parliament, in our media organization.

          I sense that you have given up, but please do not despair and lose hope.

          Berhe

          • Daniel Yohannes

            Hello Berhe,

            Berhe, I honestly don’t know much. The more I try to know, the more I see how hopeless things are. I can’t help that. Lets take a look at our recent history: freedom from the italian, freedom from the Ethiopian, freedom from EPLF/PFDJ (dictator), freedom from the highland man, freedom from the arab man, freedom from the jew ….where does it end? Is there an end in site?

            What is really the problem?

          • Nitricc

            Hey Daniel; it never ends! It is funny how you see it. You are right it never ends but you can put an end or at least ease by freeing your self from all painfully obvious stupidty of society. If not, there is no escaping from this endles BS!

  • Ismail AA

    Dearest Alex,

    Thank you for your youthful enthusiasm to know more. People like me who spent entire productive age in life or death pursuit to win back a nation in which generations after us would built and develop their lives in unity, peace and freedom, the last thing I dream is not to live and witness or be part of any divisions, and now more a quarter of a century under a clique that betrayed the aspirations which had universal commitments of all freedom fighters.

    So, as I tried to tell you in our previous exchanges, I just raised the issue of the flag to just underscore that the state and governance system institutions building gab are still pending due to the authoritarian former fighters’ junta regime that has not yet instituted one single state organ save every variety of repressive tools and organs of the police state.

    Briefly stated, thus, the succession process (state and institutions) has not yet taken place after the exit of the system and its annexes that were put in place by annexationist intervention of the defunct empire-state of Ethiopia. After the accession of the current regime it was imperative to initiate a proper people’s will based legitimate process to either to replace or rehabilitate the pre-national liberation movement state symbols and/or institutions through conventional mechanisms such as popular plebiscites and constitutional instruments. The issue of the flag fits in that process and not arbitrarily imposed as the regime did.

    Therefore, as long as our country will hopefully blessed by peace and unity loving younger generations like you, there would not be any reason in future for division and conflict because the younger generations have should be better off than elders like me because they have opportunities to be aware of the value of unity and solidarity of their people. Modern advancement of knowledge and its tools should equip them better to resolve their differences peacefully – reason for those of us who would pass away would do so with spirits and souls assured that our sweat and blood would not go in vain; and our sons and daughters would stay together to preserve and develop their country. That is the precious reward they could give me and men and women like me.
    Thanks for engaging, dear.

    • Kokhob Selam

      Dear Ismail AA,

      Really

      “Therefore, as long as our country will hopefully blessed by peace and unity loving younger generations like you, there would not be any reason in future for division and conflict because the younger generations have should be better off than elders like me because they have opportunities to be aware of the value of unity and solidarity of their people. Modern advancement of knowledge and its tools should equip them better to resolve their differences peacefully – “. “.reason for those of us who would pass away would do so with spirits and souls assured that our sweat and blood would not go in vain; and our sons and daughters would stay together to preserve and develop their country. That is the precious reward they could give me and men and women like me.
      Thanks for engaging, dear.”

      Thank you Sir Ismail AA,,touching sayings..really I appreciate..Honestly speaking the entire year was closed with this fine statement of yours ..

      KS,,

      • Ismail AA

        Dearest Kokhob Selam,
        Thank you for your compliment. We are bless to have you and others brothers and sisters in this wonderful forum to learn wisdom and humility from one another. Without wisdom and modesty erring gets fertile soil to shift our focus from the essentials to mundane and trivial matters.

  • Thomas

    Hi Alex,
    I am an Eritrean and I strongly believe the situation in Eritrea is much worst than that of going on in Ethiopia. I know you like to sing the usual song of yours, weyane is gone but weyane is killing innocent people that…………………… I visit this website believing people would expose the sad reality going in my country, Eritrea. Your nonsense talk about Ethiopia is shutting my appetite and you are being very annoying and despicable. Eritrea and Eritreans are seeking life support and you chose to talk about the non issue to Eritrea or Eritreans. Should I keeping with you on this, I don’t think so.

  • chefena

    Selam Hope
    Thank you for your kind words. “Eritrea that was founded /created by /through a huge sacrifice and through almost a century old costly political and armed Struggle.” I concur.

    ‘Appeasement’? No, don’t worry. I mean to stand by the principles I upheld for some time now. On the other hand, the democratic rights groups strive to achieve do not exit in a vacuum. They should be located within a given political context. Social group’s self-worth and identity is connected with the value that others place upon them. Recognition will, therefore, partly depend upon the willingness of others, since there should be a moral agent who recognizes the other. The bottom line is such major issues, as Haile pointed out need to ‘ appropriately be addressed when the platform that could accommodate them is ready’ . Until such time it looks that we are going to be engaged in endless debates.
    Best regards

    • Haile S.

      Selam Chefena,
      This morning after watching attentively the video, I failed to acknowledge your percuting observation (I thank Hope for pointing that in one of his comments). And thank you for underscoring my thoughts superbly which I didn’t myself.
      Best

  • Ismail AA

    Dear Hope,
    Thanks. That is exactly what I have tried to underscore in questions to my brother Alex .

  • Nitricc

    Greetings People of awate:
    I don’t why no one is talking about but the situation in Ethiopia is getting worst. For me; the magnitude of the problem is huge and unique. It is not new when peasants, jobless people and homeless carry out such act and intensifying ethnic conflicts but when you see the most educated, young and on a University compass happening ethnic motivated killing, you got a problem, the real one. I know what TPLF is harvesting is what was sow for many years but Ethiopians must stand up and protect their country. Something needs to be done sooner that latter and all Ethiopians must say no to ethnic killing. I know I have advocated for the leadership to be gone but not this way. NO!!!

    • Thomas

      Hi Nitricc,
      Really?? is that all you have to say, “hankaul/hangel derho”:)

      • Nitricc

        Thomas, I know you are worried that may be your wife not able to come. How loser are you to import a wife from Africa? lol my goodness, do you know how many women are in the USA? you can’t find one? that tell you everything you need to know about your self.

        • Thomas

          Hi Nitricc,
          You don’t the half of it:)

    • blink

      Dear Nitricc
      why would they talk about Ethiopia , as thomas told you , every ethiopian is making money did you forget that ?
      The protest in chelenko was the daily scene of the government of Eyob and others of the TPLA. Now today there was a news about the 15 innocent people gunned down on day light . Ato adisu arega was talking about the military order of this killings and there was no news about the military . You see how the weyane security come to cholenko come to the city ? It is a daily cry of the people of Oromo yet the weyane security killing machine is yet to come.

      • Nitricc

        Hey Blink; Thomas is too dumb to make money, trust me, quite the contrary. He is losing money by trying to import a wife from Africa lol when even I think of that I shake my head. how dumb can he be? lol OMG! lol
        I know the situation in Ethiopia is very concerning. when the future of the country, the educated and the youth are involve on this heinous act, I worry. they have to come together and find some solutions to this catastrophic situation. what do you think TPLF must do now? How can the TPLF leaders protect the people of Tigray? whatever they do, I believe they must do to bring peace and protect the innocent people of Tigray. At the end of the day, the people of Tigray are out played by TPLF and out numbered by the rest of Ethiopia.

        • Teodros Alem

          Selam Nitricc
          It looks like the inter tplf population blind can’t see anything outside of thier box and become nonsense day by day .
          I think last 40 something years of tplf propaganda r behind thier blindness.
          I mean if u see the progress of ethiopia poltics and where it is heading u will see the danger ahead of u but they can not see it or want to deny it and am afraid the more the ehtnic generation come to the seen the more ordinary tigraians and the whole of ethiopia is gonna pay a very big prize.

      • Thomas

        Hi NItricc, Blink, Alex and Teordros,

        Ok, you emotional people seem to be celebrating on the killings going on in Ethiopia. You guys are very emotional people. I am sure you could have been one of those dead people because all I read in you is hatred and racism filled stuff. Let me tell you something, your hate towards others will eat you first. What a bunch of ignorant people!! I am sure in your life, you all collectively cannot even replace a light bulb. Talking about the nonsense going on and not understanding where the wind is blowing?? You dummies are like what people say, “How many Nitricc/Blink/Alex/Teodros does it take to screw in a lightbulb” Educate yourselves first? To do so start from the very simple things:)

        • Nitricc

          “Hi NItricc, Blink, Alex and Teordros,
          Ok, you emotional people seem to be celebrating on the killings going on in Ethiopia”
          I know you are stupid but I didn’t know you can’t read. When do we celebrated? Idiot.

        • blink

          Dear Thomas
          This is not about emotions, this is about the reality in Oromo and almost all Ethiopian regions. The fact that you try to connect this to our emotions shows you know all about the reality but you wanted to hear people like Ali salim getting praised . This is the reality about you fake justice seeker.

          • Thomas

            Hi Nitricc,
            The most urgent thing for me to is to try save people of my own first. I don’t have the luxury of time to discuss Ethiopia while Eritrean youth are fleeing to the country your very much concerned about. Eritrea’s internal enemy is inside her belly destroying her each essential organ. The difference between me and you is I see dead plant which long stopped feeding itself and you think the plant still alive because it is still green. You forgot a plant is a dead plant the moment it cannot feed itself. The green part that you are seeing is deceiving you.

    • Alex

      Hi Niticc,
      Like what you’ve said above, wayane are harvesting what they sow. They divided the people by ethnicity, so it is easy for them to rule like what British did by divide and rule. Now the chickens came home to roost and the consequences of doing wrong always catch up. What we see now all over Ethiopia, killing of students because of their ethnicity is the result of that blunder by wayane.

      • Nitricc

        Hi Alex; okay I agree but what do you thing needs to be done. it got to stop!!!!! if you were in the TPLF leadership, what would you do?

        • Teodros Alem

          Selam NItricc
          There is no easy fix .i don’t see hard fix ether with out total collapse of tplf/eprdf.
          If they implement the constitution democratically tigrai economy viability will make a lot of tigraians to migrate all over ethiopia and lose the “identity” which means tplf core policy will be over and they will lose the occupied land of wolikyat.
          If they keep doing it like they been doing it likethe last 26 years, i don’t think they have a power to keep doing like the used to and the present mess will be even more worse and that lead them in a total collapse of them even ethiopia for same extant.
          If they try to find help from eritrea they have to compensate eri and they can’t afford it.

    • Kokhob Selam

      Thank you Nitriccay,

      What you said above might be true but having PFDJ is even worst. Your nation is lead by PFDJ and you should not look beyond …that is nonsense..

      KS,,

      • Nitricc

        PFJD is guilty of neglecting individual freedom and the lack of due process to the accused. So, you can say PFDJ is guilty abusing the rights of the individual. witch can be fixed with a stroke of a pen.
        TPLF is guilty of destroying a nation by inciting ethnic friction, structural corruption and mafia family style political administration. In this case, TPLF is guilty for destroying the nation and its peaceful co-existence. how do you fix that?
        You are smart enough to see the difference and it will be absurd to compare the two.

    • Binieam

      Hello Nitricc

      Anything is possible. However it dose not seem like a recipe for regime change. This seems mostly urban based and composed predominately of youth, which is a limiting factor, given almost 80 percent of the people live in rural areas. Unless the peasants are apart of it who make up the bulk of the population, regime change is unlikely. Another reason is the governments power base, its center of support, is among the peasants. But we have seen replay before and unfortunately it dies down after more deaths and mass arrests.

      • Nitricc

        Regime change is the best can happen to Ethiopia. The way I see it and if things are to get
        worst, there is no regime change but collapse! Then chaos to ensue after that
        who knows what will follow. My biggest
        concern is the leaders are losing control by the day. I have
        never this happen in the middle of Addis this …..it shows you things are not good.

        የሃጫሉ ሁንዴሳ ሽለላ (ተርጓሚ Bulcha Kenate)
        ………………………………
        Geerar geerar naan jettuu
        ሸልል ሸልል ካላችሁኝ
        Mee ka’ee itti haleeluuree
        እስኪ እንግዲህ ልፎክር ፣
        Badi badi naan jettuu
        ጥፋ ጥፋም ካላችሁ
        Mee ka’ee qajeeluuree
        ተነስቼ ልውተርተር ፣
        Ani maalan geeraraa
        እኔስ ምኑን ላቅራራ
        Anoo yaadan yeelalaa
        ባሳብ ልብሰልሰል እንጅ ፣
        Dhiirri geeraree hin quufne
        ቢያቅራራ እምያምርበት
        Hidhaa # qaallitti jiraa
        በቃሊቲ # ታስሮ ሳለ ፣
        Dhiirri geeraree hin quufne
        ቢያቅራራ እምያምርበት
        Hidhaa # qilinxoo jiraa
        ቂሊንጦ# ታስሮ ሳለ ፣
        Dhiirri geeraree hin quufne
        ቢያቅራራ እምያምርበት
        Hidhaa # karchallee jiraa
        ከርቸሌ# ታስሮ ሳለ •••••
        Karchallee # Amboo jiraa
        ባምቦም ከርቸሌ #ገብቶ ሳለ
        Anoo maalan geeraraa
        እኔስ ምኑን ላቅራራ ፣
        Anoo yaadan yeelalaa
        ልቆዝም ላንጠራራ •••••••
        Yaa ijoollee banneerrakaa
        እየ ኖርንም የለንም ፣
        Gurra abbaa ganneerrakaa
        ከመስማት አልዘለልንም፣
        Oromoon maalum godheree
        ህዝቤ ምን አደረገ ታዲያ ?
        Maalum gochuu dideree
        ምንስ አላደርግም አለ ?••••••
        Yaalle amma dandeenyu
        ሞከረን እሚንችለውን
        Kana caala maal goonuuf
        ምን ያርግ ከዚ የበለጠ?
        Xinnaas gabbarree guddaa
        ትልቅ ትንሹን ገብረናል
        Akka wajjin bubbullu
        አብረን እንድናደር ብለን ፣
        Obsuun waanuma jiruu
        ትዕግስት ባህሌችን ብሆንም
        Obsinee amma obsaa
        ታገስን እስከምንችለው
        Erga sodaa fakkaate
        ፍርሀት ከመሰለው
        Ka’een ishitti cabsaa
        ተነስቼ ልስባብረው እንጁ ••••••••••
        Nan dhowwinaa nan dhaqaa
        አትከልክሉኝ ልህድለት ፣
        Iddoo yartuun nu nyaartee
        እዘው ልሂድነት
        Amma isheen geessu laalaa
        እስኪ ምን እንድታክል ልያት ፣
        Akka lamuu nu nyaarretti
        ዳግመኛም እንዳትሞክር
        Biyyeetti ishii dabalaa
        አፈር ቆፍሬ ልቅበራት •••••
        Yaa Ijoollee biyya kooti
        እስኪ ያገሬ ልጆች
        Hundumtuu haadhoo kooti
        ያንድ እትብት ፍጡሮች ፣
        Sa’aa keenya ishee burree
        ያቺህ ቡሬ ለሚት(ላሚቱ)
        ishee ribbiif kennine
        ለርቢ ብለን የስጠናቸው
        Gaadi’aniit elmatu
        አለቧት አቆራኝተዋት
        Elmatan bara meeqaa
        ስንት ዘመን አለቧት
        Nuuf galchuu didan malee
        አንመልስም አሉን እንጂ•••••••••
        Yoom beekne dubbii Keessaa
        መች ጠረጠርን ውስጡን
        Akka ramacii ibiddaa
        እሳት ውስጥ እንዳለ
        Irra keessa dibanii
        ውስጥ ውስጡብ ደብቀው
        Nu gubuuf akka yaadan
        ልያቃጥሉን እንዳሰቡ •••••••
        Rabbumaaf jirra malee
        አምላክ አረፈን እንጅ•••••
        Roorroon daangaa dabarraan
        ጭቆናው ከልክ ስያልፍ
        Qeerroon falma murteesse
        ቄሮ ወስነ ትግሉን ፣
        Addaggeen safuu hin beektu
        እነርሱ ልክ አያውቁ
        Yaa qeerroo
        አረ ቄሮዬ አረ ወጣቱ
        Addarra dhaaban malee
        ግንባር ላይ ካልተከሉ ••••••
        Falmadhu qeerroo Sii’i
        ቄሮዬ ታግለህ አታግለን
        Abdiin sabaa yoomille
        ተስፋችን አንተ ነህ •••••
        Nu beekuuf bar shororkaa’u
        ቢያውቁን ነው የተሸበሩ
        Kanaaf garaa jabaatu
        ጭካኔያቸውም የከፋው •••••
        Irreef humna qabaniin
        ጉልበታቸውን አሟጠው
        Ijibbaata falmatu
        በከንቱ ተፍጨርጭረው ፣
        Nuun miti farda keenya
        እኛን አይደልም ፈረሳችንን
        Hin beeku bareechani
        ያውቃሉ አሳምረው ••••••
        Gaafa gaarreen aduwaa
        ያኔ የአድዋ ጊዜ
        Gaafa maqalee sanii
        ያኔ የመቀሌ ጊዜ
        ••
        ለማይጨው ዘመቻ
        ••
        ላምባ ላጌው ዘመቻ
        በባድመም ግዜ……
        ••••••••••
        ••••••••
        •••••
        .Kaafadhu farda keen Loli Araat kiiloof situ
        aane….
        ፈረስህን ጭነህ ተነስ # ላ4 ኪሎ ቅርቡ አንተነህ •••••
        ትላንትም አንተህ ነህ እዚያ የጨመርከው …
        •••••••••
        እያለ ነው ሚሊንዬም አዳራሹን የናጠው እና መድረኩ ለ20 ደቂቃ በህዝብ ጩኽት ያቋሪጠው።
        ትርጉም ከቡልቻ ቀናቴ ነው.

  • Haile S.

    Selam Hope,
    Allow me to come back on the subject of our brief exchange yesterday. I watched Dr. Ibrahim Sirage(j)’s ‘Agazian temetie’ attentively this time. For me everything can be condensed to a single premise, wrong to my taste. He said, repeatedly at that, “to get what you want and a compromize you need to adopt the opposite extreme idea of your opponent”. While this strategy is questionable by itself, the choice of his opponent was the other fundamental mistake he commited. Ibrahim and his cause are in the mainstream and should have chosen opponents from there instead of these Agazian extreme fringe with extreme idea but no constituents at all. This being the origin, the rest of his diatribe is a snowball effect in trying to put flesh to the bone. To beef up his premise, he filled it with everything possible without weighing enough. Though his audience appeared cautious and attentive, it gave him a great confort zone to go urestrained on some subjects. Fortunately, thanks to aKhria, the snowball was swayed away from the snow mountain and landed on the rocky plains and now the snow it gathered is melting, and Ibrahim is speaking on the present video ‘aKhria begesew’ the bare language most of us understand. And that is a good thing.
    Just one point on agazian ‘movement’. There is a tigrigna proverb that says ferah nedi’u y’atwa ፈራህ ነዲኡ ይኣትዋ. Tesfatzion & Co are just doing that to what they claim are their people and religion, because those people they talk for never pronounced and the religion they claim defending never teaches such heinous ideas.

  • chefena

    Hi Alex
    …..’recognition means accepting them as different ethnic group’.
    No, I don’t take it as lightly….. Recognition has a lot to do with self-identification and cultural self-respect. Also, I am not sure if the ‘ethnic’ categorization in Eritrea allows for only 9, 10 or nor more. The definition of what is an ethnic group in Eritrea or what it constitutes is something we all have to agree upon. Don’t you think this is too broad a subject to discuss it now? Someone else may help here.

  • Haile S.

    Selam Hope,
    I am serious. I was struck by the list of ifs (if the regime says this….) Ibrahim listed on his present video. And at every level he himself reiterated it was a conspiracy…(or something to that effect) on his part. For me all he said is a sincere call for change for the better. I have heard the video Chefena linked sometime ago (I will do again later) and on that my view is what I replied to Blink above.
    Hope, there is no reason for appeasing or worst getting sarcastic on any one with all the problems we are facing. We have to listen to each other and take the important message we are trying to send to each other.

  • Acria

    Hello Mulugeta,
    He sounds presidential, doesn’t he? If he runs for president, he has my vote! Oh, no! I thought we have free elections. I forgot we are ruled by one party and one dictator. Have it your way temporarily; but, you need to change your name to Mulusetan and learn how to write proper English before we can take your message seriously. I would rather that you write in Tigrigna or the language you are proficient with.

  • Acria

    Hello Dr. Ibrahim,
    I am Akhriya. I am Asmara. I am Eritrea. I am in 100%. Na’am Akhriya! Alekhulka Akhriya.

  • blink

    Dear author

    When I saw the link from chefena , I was shocked to find the man in the above video and the man on the link provided by chefena .why the wolves are allowed to wear sheeps coats ? You are two person. The man on the Agazian thing but simply is a Tigriana attack point. He is acting like an angry kid . He collected 10 long breaded jeberti men and call for women to listen to his rubbish talking points . Why doesn’t he bring his girls and woman to the meeting then ? Where are their respective women ? At home doing what ? Whose women does the honorable man in the agazia video wanted to show his Tigrians skills ? Why doesn’t he speak in Arabic in his own podium?
    Hypocrisy at it’s best . No one will learn from the above article a thing if they watch you on the link given by chefena.
    You may be talking your own way , what you forgot is that your close relatives are inside the people you keep insulting. There is no reason jeberti can be represented by such radically irresponsible behavior of yours . You don’t represent jeberti but we can see you have few radicalis and you will remain there unless you wanted to sandwiched by a larger group from your own.

    • Berhe Y

      Hi blink,

      Here your typical agenda. Previously you were defending Jeberti (to appear to be opposition) and now you are attacking the doctor for a speech he gave defending to the agazians attacking Jeberit.

      And in the end, your objective is: to defend PFDJ and divert attention.

      If you are real, please focus on the topic he spoke about and challenge him directly what he said.
      He said NHna and defending the rights of NHna, I can tell you I am NHna.. I chose him and his ideas and his principle than anyone who claims to be representing me.

      Berhe

      • blink

        Dear berhe
        Stop trolling .Go to your weyane trenches. You don’t have the power to dictate what I say , don’t you understand that ? How dumb are you ? You keep saying you do this and you do that . Tell that may be to people like papi and Thomas. They can listen to your rubbishy mood.

        • Thomas

          Hi Blink,

          Hahaha, I know you like me so much:) Let me know tell you something I will always be your nightmare. Berhe is right, you have no stand on anything except attacking people like a crazy dog does:)

          • blink

            Dear Thomas
            Berhe is a crying baby , when ever someone mention weyane his sugar level increases .

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Tommy,

            When he wakes up, this is his job, to spy for the PFDJ.

            Is it me, or the PFDJiete miss weyane so much. When they have nothing to say/defend, they resort to calling people weyane for no particular reason. I would not be surprised he will start calling Dr. Ibrahim weyane soon.

            You know the saying

            “ብግዜ ውበ ዝጸመመ ውበ እንዳበለ ሞተ፡፡

            ብግዜ ወያነ ዝጸመመ ወያነ እንዳበለ ሞተ፡ ዶ ክንብል፡፡

            Berhe

          • Thomas

            Hi Berhe,
            Oh, please don’t start me I am sick and tired of these idiots playing the weyane card. I bet their day dream is about the weyane to. You know what it took me 3 years to drop the weyane bomb and that was between 1998-2001. In year 2001, I liberated myself from the PFDJ propaganda and from being used as a toy of the mafias. For me, I see Nitricc and Blink I see a pfdj toys:)

        • Nitricc

          Hey Blink, Do you know what I learn upon my reflection; it is productive and purposeful to build a strong youth than wasting your time in trying to fix broken men.
          “How dumb are you?” hahahahahah lol

          • blink

            Dear Nitricc
            These guys are idiots ,I really feel sorry for their souls .

          • Thomas

            Hi Nitricc,

            You said, “it is productive and purposeful to build a strong youth than wasting your time in trying to fix broken men” So you joined those kids in the tesfa-less land, right? I obsoletely think that you are no better than those bunch of idiots at tesfazeiblom.com:) Also, they are not young, but grown ups with the IQ of kids.

        • Berhe Y

          Hi Blink,

          Just stating the obvious, you agenda of defending the PFDJ. Dr. Ibrahim is your target, because he is avising Eritreans to get united to fight the PFDJ.

          This is what you said:

          “You are two person. The man on the Agazian thing but simply is a Tigriana attack point. He is acting like an angry kid . He collected 10 long breaded jeberti men and call for women to listen to his rubbish talking points.”

          How exactly did he attack Tigrina?

          Berhe

          • blink

            Dear Berhe
            The guy is simply making lies full of lies that don’t have any reference. For example the 90% thing is garbage and he just is using to make it like EPLF thing. EPLF did not disappoint the Eritrean people when they were in Nakfa and their mission was achieved because all Eritreans be it Jeberti , Tigre, Tigrinya, bilen , kunama, Nara , soho , Afar , hidrab , all of them joined hand in hand to make Eritrea a country. And here we have this honorable fool trying to act the student Tesfastion . If it was not for PFDJ these guys could have invented another malicious game to insult some part of Eritreans. I personally don’t like singling out identity over the other to advance my political capital. I defend Jeberti because I believe people like the Dr. don’t represent them , I defend Jeberti because I know most of them are living peacefully among other Eritreans, I defend them because I did know they are not sending the dr to represent them.
            Make a comparison between the Dr. and Tesfatsion , I believe Tesfatsion did not get elected by Tigrinya so do the doctor. The fact that most losers try to blame EPLF for the Issaias regime seems to me as if these guys were not Eritreans at the rise of PFDJ. They were an angry Eritreans because EPLF managed to be the most successful organization ever to exist in our region. These who got smashed by the sheer determination of true fighter of EPLF think this is the time to split the hair , I have news for them , YOU GUYS ARE DEFETEAD TO DEATH long time ago.
            I believe people like the doctor must be confronted head on and you have to do your share if you are a good Eritrean but I doubt you are one.

    • Haile S.

      Selamat Blink,
      Based on where our country of origine, Eritrea is found now, and at the level of grievance and bitterness our people are in now, many individuals or groups feel justifiably denuded and bare. Thus you need to understand people defend the best way they feel suited to defend against the aggressor. That skin of defense one adopts can look like a sheep, a fox, an opportunistic hyena or what have you, but under it, the suffering people have the same denuded flesh. I believe I and you are included there too. You need to see it from this perspective and give people the benefit of doubt for possible strong words they use and not automatically attribute it to malice by design.

      • blink

        Dear Haile.S
        You know for sure I have a great respect for your views and I would not dare to go against you at this. While I accept your take , I believe these guys are playing with Eritreans soul . I believe someone must confront them. Have you been to Mendefera? I have and I don’t see my Jeberti brothers in their shops to entertain such views over their Tigrinya brothers or Tigre brothers. You are a smart person and I believe you know what the Dr. is implying.

        • Haile S.

          Selam Blink,
          The respect is mutual. I think you are taking what Ibrahim said too far. A direct talk and discussion would dissipate a lot of the issues and misunderstandings. I hope Ibrahim comes to the forum to explain his thoughts.
          Talking of mendefera, I never been beyond HalHale. We went there for passagio in 1973. Let me send my greetings to then my classmate where ever they are, alganesh, habtom, kifkay, aster, teKeste, freweini, kibrom the talented painter of guitars..etc etc.. and our english teacher class-master memhr berhane, the jovial. Going to mendefera will be with you to dance teHambele of abraham afewerki among other things.
          Best

  • Ismail AA

    Dear Dr. Ibrahim Sirage Ahmedin,

    Reading the introductory notes and listening to the video has enabled me to make a couple of conclusions:

    1. It turned out to a successful project that methodically chronicled the Akhria community school uprising within the background internal and external developments, the actual playing out of the peaceful resistance to regime’s absolutist imposition, the regime’s hazardous and hysteric response and its meaning and place on the map of the ongoing change seeking movement of Eritrea . This product qualifies to be published in a kind of pamphlet form in combination with equally forceful contributions we in this forum have been graced, for instance by Saleh Younis, Yohannes Zerai and Beyan Negash.

    2. In regard to the preemptive expose of the regime’s resort to conspiracies to deal with such popular grievances in future, it is a universal call that deserves to be heeded by every person who aligns with ant–regime camp. Haile S. has aptly captured the essence of what the message is.

    3 Dr. Ibrahim has skillfully articulated the burden the Eritrean people are facing: EPDJ’s has matured its social and philosophical nature of existence to “a belief system” that contains incurable virus “destroying Eritrean way of life”. The regime and what it represents have become a malaise that has been afflicting every good aspect of cultures and aesthetic values of every constituent of the nation. Look at how the folklore, traditions and norms of all segments of the society have been disfigured to exhibit ugly and deformed features in the name of negating the old through rogue social engineering. Deep look into the “believe system” of the regime unveils the racist and despising traits of the ruling clique in relation to attitudes of the cultures and popular norms the society. Such believe system eating up the body of the society has no other cure except eliminating the socio-philosophical base in which it has incubated.

  • Nitricc

    Hi Everyone!
    Let me say this just to get it out of my chest. I have no idea what was said in the last few weeks but looking at the current front page articles, it is fair to say the religiously motivated topic is on and alive. It is my firm conviction any change that will come out of religiously motivated change is, simply put, the change that will cost you dearly to you, to your children and for generations to come. Having said that; lately something happen in Africa that I didn’t expect. I was pleasantly surprised by the peaceful power transfer in Zimbabwe. While I tried to learn how this has happened, I read somewhere that what was happen in Zimbawe could have been a work of Mengistu Hailemariam. Once I read that sentence, I was laughing at the absurdity of the idea involving Mengistu. However; after I degusted the ridicules idea, I said to myself, sometimes crazy ideas do work. So, I started digging about the Derg and the Mengistu early days. From what I gathered, the Dergs had very good intentions. Derg’s visions were all positive and good for the country. Back then, the Ethiopians witness the noble idea of derg, “ETHIOPIA Tikdem ale minim dem” it was very noble idea and fresh. But it took no time for Ethiopia to end up with revers of blood in a blink of an eye. Mengustu and Derg’s formula for a change didn’t work out for various reasons. Among the major reasons caused the Derg and Mengistu to open the blood gate were the challenges and threats presented by general Aman Michael Andom. The challenge brought by intellectuality and political ideology presented by Haile Fida, the Meson, Berhane-Meskel Reda of the EPRP and of course in between Senay Lekie. Long story short, it didn’t end well for Ethiopia and the Ethiopians, many died and Mengistue went on to Zimbabwe. Interestingly, Ethiopia’s lose came out to be Zimbabwe’s gain. It turns out, what just accrued in Zimbabwe was the exact road map of Mengistu and the Derg for Ethiopia. All you have to do is dig it up and you shall find the exact read map of 1966 EC Ethiopian revolution to the changes in Zimbabwe. The only difference is, the Zimbabwe’s was bloodless while Ethiopian’s an absolute blood shade. But how can this happen? How is it possible an 80 years old man to have that kind of accessibility to his host country’s government? He is just a used and finished old man, how can he pull this off in a foreign land? It seems very unlikely, right? Well, let’s dig deeper. It turns out, every high military officer and most respected Generals love Mengistu Hailemariam. Why and how? Well, it turns out Mengistu Hailemariam had trained and armed at TATEK military comp about 3000 young Zimbabweans back in the 70’s when they were fighting for their independence. Today those young trained Zimbabweans by mengstu are the countries high military officers and generals and not only have they not forgotten what Mengistu has done for them but his house is Generals hangouts and he has become a father figure and an adviser for the direction of the country. He told them what he knows, minus the killing and they pollerd it off, job well done by the old man! The moral of the story is, instead of screaming and shouting for the leaders of Africa to face justice, which justice never came for anyone, why not try the Mengistu road map that was perfectly executed in Zimbabwe. In other words, why not try the same formula, Mengistu’s formula for Eritrea’s political situation?

    • Mez

      Dear Nitric,

      Too much Hateta.

      Thanks

  • Kokhob Selam

    Dr. Ibrahim,

    “Securing Common Understanding On Our Core Issues” was your wonderful article written by you also..great that was excellent. Now again with this great video and wonder full message of the year ..

    Thank you and my best Regards,,

    KS,,

  • Kokhob Selam

    Dear Hope,

    Don’t be hopeless…Long time back me and others told you to be full of hope..” Wudabe,there is a long way to go, which has made the Opposition Camp to remain crippled due to its lack of Vision and Proper Strategy.” This will not help us let us be optimistic …

    KS,,

  • Haile S.

    Dear Dr Sirage,
    What you said in this video message and particularly your attempts to fill every possible lacuna preventing the regime manoeuvres and exit strategies reflects the sincere wish you have for change in Eritrea and need not only be applauded, but also be adhered to.

  • Robel Cali

    Greetings all and Dr. Ibrahim,

    “The use of Tigrinya language can be made not only productive but also constructive, because most Eritreans now speak Tigrinya…”

    The word “now” irked me. When was Tigrinya not the most spoken language in Eritrea?

    • Berhe Y

      Hi Robel,

      What the doctor saying is, he is encouraging to use Tigrina to reach wider audiences”.

      If one uses Arabic as an example, it will be lost on the majority of Tigrina speakers.

      For example, if Aboy Hajji Musa spoke in Arabic, do you think it would have such an effect. The message would have have been diluted by PFDJ ……and a lot of Eritreans, who speak only Tigrina would have no idea what it is all about.

      Berhe

      • Robel Cali

        Hi Berhe,

        He gave the impression that Tigrinya is now the most popular language when it was always the most spoken language in Eritrea. He could of said Tigrinya is now the language spoken by nearly all Eritreans because that’s a true statement.

        Why would Hajji Musa speak Arabic? Arabic is not his language. His language is Tigrinya. It’s one thing to pretend like Arabic is a relevant language among Eritreans online but to actually do it within Eritrea is another story. Those who live in Eritrea understand the realities of Eritrea. There’s a reason why all senior officials speak Tigrinya when addressing the country.

        But I suspect the doctor is emphasizing the importance of Tigrinya to a Jeberti diaspora audience because they are the ones pushing Arabic over Tigrinya in the diaspora.

        • blink

          Dear Robel Cali
          While I accept your take on the Tigrinya popularity , I think it would be a mistake to assume all geberti in diaspora are demanding Arabic ? How many of them ? I mean very few who has not been to imbakatsa or derbetay can say but as always the people who live in Mendefera and other places do not subscribe to the Jeberticom or internet file. I think holding Arabic language in Eritrea is for the benefit of all .

          • Robel Cali

            Hi Blink,

            I never said all Jebertis but a sizable portion of them in the diaspora are pushing an Arabic agenda.

            You can’t compare Tigrinya with Arabic because one is an indigenous language while the other is not. You have to compare Arabic with other foreign languages in Eritrea like English and Italian. Of the three stated foreign languages, which one will give Eritreans the biggest bang for their buck? English. Therefor, Arabic is not needed in Eritrea.

          • blink

            Dear Robel
            My understanding is sir many people are looking to the YouTubers of jeberti and these are very few , what I do not understand is the singling out of Jeberti , I found that really not fair. Tigre has a very rich language and they don’t need Tigrinya or Arabic but I feel almost all languages are demolished by Tigrinya. Go to all secondary schools and any one who can’t speak Tigrinya is doomed to failure because almost all teachers are Tigrinya speakers even all jeberti , and if you wanted to translate from English to bilen or kunama you will need to travel more blocks and you better look for Arabic to at least save time . I think after few years Tigrinya will completely eradicate the other from any public service. I really worry we will lose our diversity to Tigrinya . My question to you is ,how many are jeberti comparing to Tigrinya and Tigre , they are just very small and they can only make noise but if they are requesting Arabic, we have to help them , don’t you think? One guy told me Arabic is good to trading with Arabs and I asked him , if he meant with Sudan , he said no , he replied in Dubai “ I laughed at him and he looked at me until I told him no one trade in Arabic in Dubai unless you wanted to sale camels, he didn’t know Dubai is an English language city . We need more languages to prosper unless Tigrinya is a very rude language and it can only go to Mekele and with people who wash their throats with Habesha !!!

          • Saleh Johar

            Hi Robel,

            Forget the usual accusations of Jeberti, but when it comes to Arabic, almost all Eritreans recognize it as a co-working language. Here, look beyond the Jeberti, honestly. And don’t fool yourself by trying to make it look like a Jeberti issue. Whether you accept it or not, it is a national issue.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam SGJ and Robel Cali,

            I must add that it is indeed national and constitutionally settled (1952) to begin with up and until constitutionally challenged and settled otherwise since the country has not yet a constitution made and approved through proper process. My witness here is the PFDJ regime that has abandoned its own constitution. In principle, therefore, Eritrea still owns the constitution of 1952 because every national endeavor that took place since the unilateral abrogation of the Federal Act drew legitimacy from the spirit and content of the 1952 constitutions and state symbols such as the flag that heralded them.

          • Alex

            Hi Ismail AA,
            Which flag are you taking about. The current flag that came in from blood of our martyrs or the flag given by UN. Why people use the old flag is beyond me. Are we going to fight for a new flag after a new Gov comes in Eritrea. Let the current constitution get implemented ASAP and the flag issue is already settled. We do not need another controversy, so people from old generation could feel good.

          • Ismail AA

            Dear Alex,

            Kindly put your hand in mine and consult your conscience on the following questions:

            1. Is your conscience comfortable when you ignore the blood of fighters who had fallen carrying the original flag in favor of blood spilt under the current regime imposed flag as you opined?

            2. Can we classify blood of patriots of the same nation who had fallen for the same cause in to valuable and valueless when determining the symbolism a flag embodies? How would you price the blood of Martyrs ( starting from Martyr Gereg Norai -first hero who felt in the first battle of the Armed struggle) and hundreds who followed until the time the EPLF adopted the current flag as an organizational emblem, as also did the TPLF at the time? Would not consider the sentiments of the Eritrea’s men and women who rallied for the cause beginning the day the Ethiopian imperial authorities de-hoisted the Eritrean flag, and many suffered torture in jails for the mere reason they were trapped with the flag or were heard murmuring about it?

            3. Can I ask you a favor (with gratitude in advance) to provide me a single source that inform me and others that the original Eritrean flag was in fact given to our people by the UN? Can you educate me why the Eritrean Parliament had to table the issue of the flag and deliberate on at its opening session after 1952 if it was granted by the UN? Do you think this suggest that the UN had debate the flag, adopted resolution and then granted it to the Eritrean people?

            4. Why would you think that you and me would go for the throat of one another and flight for a new flag when there is peaceful and civilized way to do it in public or legitimate parliamentary debates just as our founding father did before to adopt the original flag?

            5. Knowing the man who had the last word to authorize the writing of the constitution has abandoned it and even told us publicly that he would consider a new one, at whose door are you asking us to knock and demand implementation of “the current constitution” when there is actually none?

            Thus, dear Alex, the issue is not about making any generation feel good; it is circumstances of the nation as they stand now that is warranting the debate. Simply put, the country has no constitution and constitutionally legitimized symbols.

          • chefena

            Hi Saleh
            I support the Jeberti demanding recognition; they are raising a question of equality. What I strongly oppose, is the Day of Jeberti being used by individuals fond of using their mundane Utube materials to advance their personal ends. You can’t say one thing to a section of society you consider your constituency and the opposite to the other section in a different context without causing some dissonance inside oneself, or unless one interacts in ቕኔ or double-talk. Dr Ibrahim is the author of this material, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDazYx_x5RM ( please have listen). It uses the Agazaian saga as a pretexts to launch an extraordinary attack on the history and culture of the Tigrinya society. Three days ego, I took the lead, in my local location, to rigorously pursuing and subjecting it for a critical evaluation (in the presence of two Moslem and 8 Christian). Thus, no amount of ambivalence, ambiguity and double-talk can redress the damage done. In that 1hour and 35 minutes long talk, neither single literature reference nor a theory to guide his conjunctures could be found. There was nothing to fall back on, except unsubstantiated assumptions. Besides, it is embarrassingly alarmist in that it presents horrific visions of Eritrea inter-religious conflict. A video material sent by a ‘faceless’ individual is not an excuse for seriously undermining whatever efforts are being done to bridge existing differences.

          • Saleh Johar

            Hi Chefena,
            This is not my topic, I have said enough about it and it’s boring. Excuse me 🙂

            By the way, I do not subscribe to the “demand recognition” issue. Because no has the authority to recognize anyone and no group needs the recognition of anyone to confirm its name. Also, I don’t think anyone should be illusioned into thinking he can change the name of anyone.

            On what you think about the article, I suggest you challenge the writer. I was just informing Robel the Arabic language issue is not limited to a few Jeberti as he indicated.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Chefena,

            Thank you for the link, I had the opportunity to listen to Dr. Ibrahim talk in the link you provided.

            First let me say this. I have heard about the Agazian guy and listened to one or two video of him. I have concluded that, his speech and agenda and hate speech. People have mentioned his background and he was involved in fraud. My conclusion was that, he is doing this not out of love of Agazian but to create controversy so that he get many people listen to his video so he can generate income. I send my complain to Google / youtube to report him, and I think if enough people make similar complain, I think he will be shut down. So I believe that’s the best course of action. Having said that, he was found guilty on the scum he was running in the name helping “African Aids Action”

            https://www.thirdsector.co.uk/african-aids-action-founder-eyob-sellassie-found-guilty-100000-gift-aid-scam/finance/article/1312608

            I with Dr. Ibrahim speech:
            1) He didn’t conclude his speech by encouraging the audience and the wider community to take action and complain to google so that this guy should be removed.
            2) He seems to give them a lot more value than they currently have. I think, this Agazain guy is one and very small group (if there are any). He visited Israel (out of the 50,000) and I think he managed to gather 10 or 12 people in a restaurant after so much fan fare. I don’t know if the Agazian represent anyone, and including EPLF / PFDJ. He is giving him more weight that he deserves.

            Having said that,

            I find nothing wrong on the speech he gave. He doesn’t have to provide a research paper with reference to state the obvious. His reply was specific to the Agazain guy (after he spend over 80 hours) listening. Have you Dr. Chefena listened to the agazian speech? If the speech was directed to you and your ethinc / religion group, what would have done? Have you seen anyone Eritrean (Christian) who has taken the time to challenge this person? The speech is focused to one topic and I see no double talk except a fresh air.

            He speech was splendid and he has the ability to keep the audience engaged and pay particular attention. I am glad he was able to challenge the Agazians and anyone who think like that. At the same time, I think it’s good that he has addressed all short comings the country has.

            As suggested, I think it would be a good opportunity that what ever differences that you have with his speech to address in in proper manner and challenge him, either in debate or by making your own video.

            Berhe

          • chefena

            Selam Berhe
            Thank for your time in replying to my contribution. Let me start by responding to you and Saleh’s recommendation about the of proper manner to address my difference with the author. I prefer not to say about what I did and what I should be doing to that effect. Given the fact that the author is openly in the justice seekers’ camp and due to many things that bind us together, it must remain private. But I appreciate your advice. I will try to give my answers to some of the issues you raised and to your doubt if one has to be obliged to provide evidence to the ‘obvious’.

            I am not sure if anyone has the patience to listen to 80 volumes of the trash. I have listened to very few of them and I know enough about the person, Eyob. While I understand that value-free common knowledge may be treated as obvious. others value-laden strong claims need to be tested for them to be valid. I must say we Eritrean’s have been victims of deception for ages because we don’t doubt if what we know is true. It is right to question and challenge convention; and many spend a much of their time to examine what is taken for granted, because that is how knowledge is generated. Proving proof puts the speaker in a stronger position. I should not sound too pedantic to ask ‘where is your evidence and how did you acquire it’? It is that simple. As I said, ideally a different forum and mode would have been appropriate to engage with the author. Now back to you:

            I don’t want to be appear mean but check for yourself only from the couple of instances and give your evaluation: if according to your “he has the ability to keep the audience engaged and pay particular attention note this- “ንዓይ ሰልፊ-ናጽነት፡ ህዝባዊ ግንባር፡ ህግደፍ፡ ኢሳያስ፡ ኣግኣዝያን፡ ለውጢ የብሎምን ሓንቲ ኢዩም ምኽንያቱ እታ እሳቶም ዝደልዩዋ ዘልዉ ፎርሙላ አንታይ ኢያ ትብል` ንሕና 90 ፐርሰንት አስኩም 10 ፐርሰንት፡ ትብል ኣተሓሳስባ ኢያ። አዚኣ ከኣ ካብ ሰልፊ ናጽነት ጀሚርካ ክሳብ ኣግኣዝያን ወላ ድሕሪ ኣግኣዝያን (inaudible) ኩሎም ሓደ ኢዮም ፍልልይ የብሎምን፡ ሕጂ ንኣግኣዝያን (inaudible) ኣለኹ ቑሩብ ኮንፉዩዝ ኮይንኩም ኣለኹም፡ ኩሎም ሓደ ኢዮም ይብል ኣለኹ። There are lost o such unsubstantiated statements.

            Also, please note the following statement sourced from the Agazian narrative and approved by the author as ( ሳሕ= right). And with due respect, do you think the following are obvious?
            ‘ኤርትራዊነት ዜግነት እምበር መንነት ኣይኮነን’ who said that?

            How about the level of certainty with which the following is said. ታሪኽ ናትና ናይ ራቢጣ ድማ ክድገም ምዃኑ ክንጠራጥር የብልና፡ ንምንታይ ታሪኽ ባዕሉ ንነብሱ ስለዝደግም. Does history repeat itself an can one be so prophetic, (ብዘይ ገለ ሰከኽ!) So, are you saying that you accept these to be true statements and ‘obvious’. Or, are we saying that Dr Ibrahim is simply echoing what Eyob had said? If that is the case, what is the point of endorsing and elaborating Agazian’s self-identification to arrive at ‘Agazian are closing in!’ ‘where to?’ do we have a real modern Agazian among us now ? Do you read any caveat attached to qualify his statements and to disclaim what is not his own ? Honestly, am not sure if I am missing something, and if you can help please clarify?
            Finally, with regard to your query “ Have you seen anyone Eritrean (Christian) who has taken the time to challenge this person?” the answer is ‘Yes, I have’. And, I want to assure you that I empathize with the section of society who are at the receiving end of this malicious narrative.

          • MS

            Selam Chefena and Berhey

            Firstly, I agree 100% with the way you (Chefena) have been handling the subject matter and the way you have been prodding the forum to look into Dr. Ibrahim Sirage’s “Jeberti Day” speech. I have listened to some of Dr. Ibrahim Sirage’s speech, and I have not been impressed at all. Yes, he is an orator, but his focus is very narrow. He is deep into the identity politics. That’s all. He will grab anything that comes his way to fit it into his narrative. I’M so hurt that such skills and potentials (included Ali Salim) are spent on divisive agendas.

            I started listening to the video you linked but as it happens with Tesfazion’s videos, I could not go on listening to more than a minute; sometimes I fast forward in increments of 5-10 minutes to get the overall feel.

            Tesfazion, a scammer and a man who was found to be mentally unfit by a court of law [reference available if you don’t already know it]; has now gotten a free publicity through a guy who holds a PhD. We can brush off the former as a mentally deranged guy. What are we going to do about the latter?

            I have always believed all these issues of identities, language, land, ethnic rights…power/resource distribution would appropriately be addressed when the platform that could accommodate them is ready, which is a political environment that is receptive to such issues.

            Tesfazion does not speak for our Tigrigna people. Few privileged individuals also should not be taken seriously as representing our proud Jeberti community. I have the same feeling like you; I have no issue with any sect of our society advancing their cultural heritage, and wanting to be called the way they choose. Jeberti is perhaps among the most visible communities in Eritrea. Their political, communal, and economic influence far exceeds the influences of the Tigres. So, why is this issue on the front burner eclipsing national issues? Why is Abdulkader Kebire, the father of Tigrigna, Saho, Tigre, nara, blin, Huidareb Rashaida and Kunama (add as needed) is now promoted as the property of Jeberti? [I saw it in some videos]. My understanding is that our Jeber community holds the essence of Eritrea, they are the fabric that binds both Christian and Muslim, Kebessa and lowlands, rural and urban and through their defused presence throughout Eritrea (in fact, it is the only community you will find wide spread, throughout Eritrea, living peacefully among different ethnic communities; a very successful community, at that)…It is mindboggling that some of its intellectuals are bogged in atrocious battles against their own people.
            I think we need to say enough for this type of opportunistic and divisive speeches.
            In that speech the Dr. is not really responding to Tesfazion, but he is making Tesfazion an excuse to vent his totally rubbish attempts to reconstruct history. The following excerpt as transcribed by you makes it clear where his thrust is:
            “ንዓይ ሰልፊ-ናጽነት፡ ህዝባዊ ግንባር፡ ህግደፍ፡ ኢሳያስ፡ ኣግኣዝያን፡ ለውጢ የብሎምን ሓንቲ ኢዩም ምኽንያቱ እታ እሳቶም ዝደልዩዋ ዘልዉ ፎርሙላ አንታይ ኢያ ትብል` ንሕና 90 ፐርሰንት አስኩም 10 ፐርሰንት፡ ትብል ኣተሓሳስባ ኢያ። አዚኣ ከኣ ካብ ሰልፊ ናጽነት ጀሚርካ ክሳብ ኣግኣዝያን ወላ ድሕሪ ኣግኣዝያን (inaudible) ኩሎም ሓደ ኢዮም ፍልልይ የብሎምን፡ ሕጂ ንኣግኣዝያን (inaudible) ኣለኹ ቑሩብ ኮንፉዩዝ ኮይንኩም ኣለኹም፡ ኩሎም ሓደ ኢዮም ይብል ኣለኹ።”

            Just Rubbish…I have no idea why these guys come up as if they have uncovered new information. Ya Habibi, the above trash has been in the air since the establishment of the EPLF…it did not work, and it will not work. Dr. Ibrahim, get off your high horse, be humble, and please stride to contribute positively.

            Dear BerheY: You wrote to Dr. Chefena, ” If the speech was directed to you and your ethinc / religion group, what would have done? Have you seen anyone Eritrean (Christian) who has taken the time to challenge this person?”
            Here is my humble answer:
            1. If I have to, I would respond constructively. I would not irritate or blame poor Tigrigna because one lunatic guy threw trash on my face. I would isolate him from the good mass because he could not speak in their name as much as Dr. Ibrahim has no legitimate clame to tell us he is speaking on behalf of Jeberti. And, yes, many Christians spoke against Tesfazion.
            Selam nKuluna.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear MS,

            I think it would help if you listen to the speech in its entirety and make your own mind. I didn’t feel and I did not see or hear that he was using the Agazian excuse for his divisive agenda. I am Tigrinya and I sympathize with him and what he stands for than with anything to do with Agazuan or the current PFDJ regime.

            It’s Day of Jeberti, so what’s wrong they display the picture of Kenire. I don’t know the reason, may be it’s his birthday, or the day he was assasunated. What’s the problem if they homie him, they are not taking away from the rest of us and claiming only their.

            Look we have to get ovr from being super sensitive. Eritrea and ERITREAN people are resilient, they are not like an egg they can fracture. Hearing him and his opinion is much more important than people stay in their own circles and divided.

            Berhe

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Berhe,

            I too came out with the same feeling your are sharing.

            I had listened to the speech in question shortly after the mentioned Jeberti day. This time considering the place and competence of Dr. Chefena, I wondered if at all I was able to follow what Dr. Ibrahim said when I first listened to it.Thus, I had to listen to the link as attentively as I could. But I failed to find any advance plan on the part of the speaker to use “the Agazaian saga as a pretexts to launch an extraordinary attack on the history and culture of the Tigrinya society”. This is serious observation coming as it did from Dr. Chefena, which frankly alarmed me when I read in the context of the covering statement to the video.

            Unless everything that the disillusioned Agaziaan bigots said and written are taken to encompass value systems and culture of the mainstream Tigrigna speaking community of our society, what Dr. Ibraham has collected and reported from varieties of social media outlets and public socialization spots of metropolitan settlements such tea and liquor shops have nothing to do with one of Eritrea’s mainstream culture and history.

            It should added, moreover, the speech qualifies as anecdotal collection of allegations and views by individuals rather than presentation of conclusions flowing from proper research that could be tested and appraised by reference and counter-reference of bibliographic documentation by the author. The content of the video is by and large report of outbursts and reckless allegations of members in a rogue fringe group who thought they found inspiration and guidance in a person who had his day at court of law for theft and fraud. Thus, in my view Dr. Ibrahim’s speech could be seen as alert to the mainstream Tigrigna speaking segment of our society to shield itself from being contaminated by virus those bigots attempt to spread rather than being source of alarm about confessional conflict in our country.

          • MS

            Selam BerheY &Peace
            Thanks for the reply. My friend, WRONG is WRONG, no matter who is the offender. In all his rebuttals, although he may use Agazian as a subject, he is putting Christian Tigrigna customs/norms, belief systems, and history on trial. I know you are Tigrigna, that does not mean i should not weigh in. Why don’t we take the easy one where he equates the EPLF and PFDJ with Agazian. I don’t know why you are OK with it but it is factually false, to say the least. IT IS FACTUALLY FALSE. If you disagree with me please repeat what the doctor said and present your facts to convince me that the EPLF or PFDJ are in fact Agazian.
            On Kebire, I was not referring to his picture in the meeting and since he is not the subject of controversy, I’m not goiung to drag his stature to that of Dr. Ibrahim, sorry. Why not his statue instead of the Kongo or Pushkin? Neyreyo deye? But why would you bother about the Kongo when the trashing of a national organization that had liberated Eritrea and that had rallied thousands of Muslims( Jebertis or otherwise), Christianms, and martyrs from all ethnic communities is a matter of a simple stroke for you? I do respect your right to state your views and I just hope you respect mine. I don’t think we will come to agreement for the gap is too a big one. My goodness, we are talking about a man who holds a doctorate degree, was not the a better way of addressing the one-deranged-man “organization”?
            I know the resilience of Eritreans, but this is about right and wrong.
            Dear peace, just state your opinion. Don’t bother about my relation vis-a-vis PFDJ or opposition, on about where I should post my articles. Those are non of your business. Thank you.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Mahmood,

            As i said, I do not believe the Agazain represent EPLF / PFDJ.

            Isn’t EPLF/ PFDJ a national front that represent all Eritreans including Jeberti. So if he “trashes EPLF / PFDJ / Selfi NaSnet”, how is that equated “trashing the Tigrina”. That’s what I am saying, unless you are saying EPLF/PFDJ represent the Tigrina ONLY.

            I hope the doctor takes the time to read this and comment on it. It`s better to hear his side of the story, as our interpretation what he said seems to be different.

            I think let’s agree to disagree. I respect the Eritreans who sacrificed so much to bring independence, that include you. They successfully liberated the land and they replaced the Ethiopians Derg Rule with that of Isayas Afeworki / PFDJ rule.

            Personally I have not been liberated by EPLF/ PFDJ leadership (again the leadership not the ordinary tegadelti who are also victims) but instead enslaved.

            Once the PFDJ rule is gone, then I can say we are liberated.

            I think, fairness and honesty dictate that, you would hear the whole thing and come up with your conclusion (I do not have the impression you have).

            If he said in different format or in different about “Tigrina Trashing”, I am not aware and I don’t know. I am just sticking to the subject at hand.

            Berhe

          • MS

            Selam BerheY
            I understand your position that we should give ears to diverse opinions and be tolerant. I appreciate that. However, I’m of the opinion that any right one may call for expressing his/her view bears a responsibility. And if that party fails to appreciate the responsibility not to cross core values then it is incumbent upon readers to refute it. In the above reply, you are doing “Kor tegelbeT” as the Tigrigna would have said it. That’s the argument I made in my previous reply while criticizing Dr. Sirage and now you are switching roles as if I’m implying EPLF was Tigrigna. No, my brother, through and through, he uses Tigrigna and Agazian interchangeably in his comparison of values between Islam and Christian. And that’s why he comes quickly to a conclusion that the EPLF was an Agazian. All the defenses he laid out could be understood only with the assumption that he equated agazian to Tigrigna, and Tigrignsa to EPLF, hence EPLF=Agazian. I understand Tigrigna fluently and am fine with the cultural nuances that accompany it. t is wrong. This is not to say that there are no bigots in Tigrigna. There are. There are bigots in all cultures and cultural groups. But they have to be isolated and taken at face value; one should not allude that they represent the cultural group from where they originate. That is the point. The speech was sensational more than it was substantive, many assertions that could not be backed up. It is dangerous, come from the right or left.
            His last video was excellent, I have no problem with it, but the speech he gave on “Jeberti day” should be criticised on its own. It is up to him to give explanations.

          • Peace!

            Selam MS,

            So what’s wrong with that analysis, he made an assessment and expressed his personal view, perhaps the facts on the ground reveal otherwise. What else can it be when a government continues to deny hundereds of thousands Eritreans the right to return home and distributing their land to other preferred citizens? I am afraid I found your constant over reacting here and your appeasement letter to PFDJ mouthpieces website are too confusing.

            Or, if you abandoned PFDJ for other reasons then perhaps you really need to dig a bit deeper and find out why people are entertaining such scenarios and help yourself. Goodness!!!!

            Peace!

          • Thomas

            Hi Peace,

            I don’t think you have given up on MS. It is clear that he has never abandoned EPLF/PFDJ. To me, it is the other way, the EPLF/PFDJ took him out of their system and he is looking for ways to get back to (by appeasing them:). This is a response to your claim, “if you abandoned PFDJ for other different reasons then perhaps you really need to dig a bit deeper and find out why people are entertaining such scenarios”.

            The way I see it, anyone is free to express his/her concerns. Ok, even Ibrahim Sirage is using the Agazian stuff to make his point about the question of jeberty? What is wrong with that? Some people just behave worst than the dictator in Asmara. What if the jeberty become Jeberty and the rest of the society recognizes their name as jeberty. Where is the problem? We are advocating for the freedom of religions or worshiping, freedom of expressions and freedom of all. There will be the law/constitution that will protect all citizens. The law of the land will be respected by all (Tigrinya, Tigre, Saho, Kunama, Rashaida, Bilen, Afar,Nara, Hedareb and the Jeberty). As far as I am concerned, Eritrea has 10 ethnic groups.

          • Peace!

            Hi Thomas,

            I could careless whether he fully abandoned PFDJ or whether he still holds hope for reformed PFDJ or even if he is having hard times embracing opposition groups. What I don’t like is taking things out of context and attack people who are doing their best to expos bigotry. I watched the video multiple times trust me it is not what MS trying to portray it. He is good at overacting and make himself look nationalistic to the extent extending his hands to PFDJ and assure them we all are PFDJ when it comes to Weyane.

            As for ethnic minorities, there is no body in this forum disrespected them more than his PFDJ apologist buddy Semere Tesfay, but some how he loses his sense of overacting and watch him puke without a single word, and when one points out his silence, his best defense is ohhh boy I wrote about it you can go into my disgust account and check it. TO HELL!!

            Peace!

          • blink

            Dear peace
            You forgot Ali Salim too. Ali salim lives to insult 50% of Eritreans and he called the orthodox a cult with out god and no real religious leaders, he called Orthodox Church are places that mingling between girls and boys takes place. I have never ever saw anyone insult Eritreans at that level. Of course you don’t want to mention Ali salim the Islamist . While MS is the dream man for all Eritreans yet you have the courage to defy his views as” EPLF or PFDJ. He is a real EPLF so do many Eritreans but you wanted to challenge his resolve, you forgot many people in this forum tried and failed. No one is fitting to be real Eritrean opposition than MS.

          • Peace!

            Hi Blink,

            I replied to his empty over reaction and grossly misleading comment, which unfortunately has nothing to do with Ali Salim or religion, and I thought it was a non sequitur for an atheist and anti PFDJ Eritrean.

            Peace!

          • blink

            Dear peace
            If you accused MS of such , I have no idea who are your ideal Eritreans who oppose the PFDJ? Let’s see this way , MS views are not misleading to most Eritreans and I am sure you don’t entertain weyane based opposition too , I am lost where you have set views these days . I mean Thomas attacking MS with help from peace!!! What is going on these days man . What’s wrong with you , what new things are happening from your side ? You can update us about you then we can see.

          • Thomas

            Hi Peace,

            I am being watchful because I don’t want to be stabbed in back again. This days people happen to show two faces. They have started to act like an animal (PFDJ) and human (humanitarian speaking for what is right/truth). I am just a “what you see is what you will get guy):)))

          • Peace!

            Hi Thomas,

            It is confusing and sad that victims of misleading are now misleading others.

            Peace!

          • Paulos

            Selam Abi Seb,

            Perhaps Tes was right all along then. It is much harder to de-confuse one than to confuse as they say.

          • Peace!

            Hi Paulosay,

            you just beat me I was going to say may be I need to apologies to Tes.

            Peace

          • Paulos

            Hahahaha Abi Seb,

            When meshrefetdotnet is heaping and harping praises on one, the picture doesn’t look right for meshrefetdotnet is a paragon of anything and everything anti-Opposition. The Good Book says, a tree can not produce two opposite in-taste fruits.

          • Peace!

            Hi Paulosay,

            What fruit ካብዛ ናይ ለጠፍ website? It is not even a website; it is ባሎ መጠቅዒ ሓቤረታ ንወዶገባታት.

            Peace!

          • Paulos

            Abi Seb,

            You should see me laughing. Thanks for the laugh.

          • Thomas

            Hi Peace and Paulos,

            I agree it is not a website, but something to borrow Peace sentence “What fruit ካብዛ ናይ ለጠፍ website”. It is some kind of garbage container where you would dump your trash to. People visiting that “ናይ ለጠፍ website” have to make sure their fingers are off their computer mouth or they will end up pushing every garbage link/button/navigation there. The entire front page, from left to right and bottom to top you have a bunch of garbage that uploads to different websites (mostly to that of another garbage shabiadotgov). I was wondering if the guy who owns the garbage site can write or read. There is no single information or writing about the mission of the website, no editorial, no articles or if there are any, they would be a copy/paste from other sites. I wonder why people have to visit that site?????

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Dr. Chefena,

            Thank you for taking the time to respond. First let me say that I don’t Dr. Ibrahim and I have not read / or heard his video with the exception of the one you provided. I read his last article but I haven’t had a chance to listen to the video. The reason I am saying this, to show you that I am ignorant and have no prior knowledge who is who (I have heard your name but I don’t know much about you either). This not because lack of interest but due to lack of time. So my position is neutral and just commenting based on what you wrote and what I have listened in the video.

            As I have indicated, I had a chance to listen to the video in its entirety. I am sorry if I am appearing a little “defar”, but you have a couple of points which I thought was unfair.

            You provided the link and you made these comments, with regards to Dr. Ibrahim

            1) What I strongly oppose, is the Day of Jeberti being used by individuals fond of using their mundane Utube materials to advance their personal ends. You can’t say one thing to a section of society you consider your constituency and the opposite to the other section in a different context without causing some dissonance inside oneself, or unless one interacts in ቕኔ or double-talk.

            I will comment to the examples you have, but I do not believe there was double talk to what the Dr. Ibrahim was saying. I am not necessarily agree to all what he said, but I think it’s really an insult to the Dr. and to the audience who were attentively listening his lectures. Why do think when he spoke in the open, available the video publicly and using a language that the subjects “Tigrinya” know understand, could not be any thing but being straight and honest.

            2) “It uses the Agazaian saga as a pretexts to launch an extraordinary attack on the history and culture of the Tigrinya society.”

            I did not hear nor understood anything he said was attacking the Tigrinya society. I am not trying to be contrarian on purpose (as someone has told me that I have the habit off) but being honest in how I understood it. In my opinion, he represented the “ghedli undiluted elequent Tigrinya, which is full of elderly saying, respect and honest (his villages, his back ground, his neighbours, his elders) all and Mostar up of the same Tigrinya people he suppose to be attacking. In that speech, he is blood and flesh of Tigrinya and I saw nothing to the contrary,

            Now let me get back to the examples you gave and what I think. Before I do that, I have indicated that I don’t not agree that he thinks/believes Agazian represent EPLF or PFDJ for that matter. I also said that, he should focus in the subject (Eyob) and his personal motives and how he should be stopped.

            You asked ““ንዓይ ሰልፊ-ናጽነት፡ ህዝባዊ ግንባር፡ ህግደፍ፡ ኢሳያስ፡ ኣግኣዝያን፡ ለውጢ የብሎምን ሓንቲ ኢዩም ምኽንያቱ እታ እሳቶም ዝደልዩዋ ዘልዉ ፎርሙላ አንታይ ኢያ ትብል` ንሕና 90 ፐርሰንት አስኩም 10 ፐርሰንት፡ ትብል ኣተሓሳስባ ኢያ። አዚኣ ከኣ ካብ ሰልፊ ናጽነት ጀሚርካ ክሳብ ኣግኣዝያን ወላ ድሕሪ ኣግኣዝያን (inaudible) ኩሎም ሓደ ኢዮም ፍልልይ የብሎምን፡ ሕጂ ንኣግኣዝያን (inaudible) ኣለኹ ቑሩብ ኮንፉዩዝ ኮይንኩም ኣለኹም፡ ኩሎም ሓደ ኢዮም ይብል ኣለኹ።”. Let me use the words you have used when you wrote “I support the Jeberti demanding recognition; they are raising a question of equality.” Why do you think and believe that the Jeberti need recognition and equality? We are talking about Eritreans most talented, most honest and most philanthropist and most genuine, God fearing, people living part of our society. Who should they ask and who should be giving? I think what the Dr. said, may have something to do how the society is reduced to from the days of Selfi Nasinet. Again, Isayas Afreworki is an equal opportunity oppressor, and I don’t think others fair any better (including the Tigrinya) but I think he used the Tigrinya to what he wanted to achieve. But I don’t agree, all selfi Nasinet, PFDJ, EPLF have the same agenda. I also do not believe that IA has any intention (never had) to better the Tigrinya in the first place.

            2) ኤርትራዊነት ዜግነት እምበር መንነት ኣይኮነን’ who said that?

            I think this open to interpretation. I don’t think the Dr. is necessarily wrong in what he said. Eritrea, the name and the borders is giving to us by s colonial power that come to colonize us and make us second class citizen in our own land. It’s what it’s, the way countries in Africa are formed and we live with it. Speaking for myself, my identity is Tigrinya and my citizenship is Eritrean. So I see nothing wrong with such thinking.

          • Da Yo

            Hello Dear Sirs,

            > A Jeberti goes, “Hey, I’m special and I demand recognition!”

            > EPLF/PFDJ responds, “Ridiculous, you’re just a lousy Tigriyan like me!”

            Would adding another ethnic group to the mix kill anyone? Just recognize them and be done with it. For those who might be tempted to ask, YES that simple.

          • Robel Cali

            Hey Saleh,

            I’m going to be candid.

            It’s a usual accusation because it’s based on observation. Generally speaking, ethnic groups in Eritrea are naturally satisfied with their mother tongues except for a vocal minority within the Jeberti ethnic group who seem to think Arabic is their mother tongue. This is odd because the Jebertis in Ethiopia, Somalia and Djibouti don’t share that same sentiment. So we have to ask our self what is making a vocal minority within the Eritrean Jebertis behave in this abnormal way?

            Those who support Arabic as a co-working language in Eritrea have no rational way of defending its irrational status except to say it’s recognized as a co-working language by a government many of the Arabic supporters don’t even recognize. And to be honest, Arabic as a co-working language is all but in name in Eritrea. In practice, Tigrinya is the de facto national language with English as the language of commerce and external communication.

            This isn’t to say no one should speak Arabic in Eritrea. Not at all. If an individual wants to speak Arabic or study Arabic, he or she should be given full resources to reach his or her objective. But when you make Arabic a co-working language, that implies everyone should learn a language that even the Arabs are ditching for English. Because you’re asking Eritreans to learn their mother tongue (identity language) + Tigrinya (de facto national language) + English (global language) and Arabic. That’s 4 languages too many. It’s a waste of time and resources. There’s no rational benefit for Arabic to be on the national stage.