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An Ordeal Of A Citizen: Victims Of The Eritrean Regime

This testimony of a victim of the Eritrean regime enrages us. It is an assault on our humanity, it enrages even those who are deprived of the virtue of compassion. Still, the Eritrean regime frequently surpasses itself by breaking the record of injustices, and yet one more brutality is exposed, and more appalling injustice screams in our faces. The regime’s brutal officers would commit any crime and dehumanize citizens to extort money, or to satiate their sadistic instincts. They are flourishing under a system that has legitimized cruelty, institutionalized brigandage, and nurtures apathy for the suffering of the people.

Today’s victim is Mohammed Hussein Al’Amoudi, known as AlAtrash, who was born in 1955 in Ali-Ghidir, in western Eritrea. He was released from the PFDJ prison after 13 years without being presented to court, with no sentence. Mohammed is now in Sweden and, recently, he was interviewed by Smer, an Eritrean television webcast. The interviewer conducted the Tigrinya interview in a very professional (and compassionate) way (near the end is also an Arabic summary) and awate.com is pleased to present to you the translation of the interview.

At first, we decided to post a brief summary of the interview which was posted by our colleague Ahmed Raji. However, we changed our mind and Ahmed’s 462-word summary ended up becoming part of the following 2500-word extended presentation of the testimony.

Asmara. It was September 25, [2001]: the G15 had been arrested a week earlier, and Mohammed was sitting at Bar America and chatting with his friends when he wondered why the G15 [Eritrea government/party officials] were jailed after having struggled for so long for Eritrea’s independence. State security agents took him away and he was told he was wanted for questioning and would return home the next day.  The next day because 13 years later.


Mohammed’s testimony:

After living in exile in the United States, Mohammed decided to return to Eritrea in the 1990s and traveled to Ethiopia to meet his cousin, AlAmoudi. He told his wealthy cousin that he decided to go to Eritrea to do business and his cousin sent him to Djibouti to meet  Tahir Saeed and Abdulrahman Bore who would give him a certain amount of money. He was then to travel to Eritrea and meet Alamin [Mohammed] Gerweina, his cousin’s friend. Once in Asmara, Mohammed deposited his life savings and the loan from his relative. As required by the authorities, he deposited the entire investment money (285,000 US dollars) in the bank, in a dollar account. He was told he could withdraw the money in dollars, but when he went to withdraw it, they asked him why he needed the money, and finally made him withdraw money in local currency, at 15Nakfa to the dollar, (A fraction of the real market exchange). Mohammed had plans to rent or buy a place known as “Legesse Hotel”, which was held by the government, but he was imprisoned before he could do any of that.

Mohammed was in the process of preparing his investment plans when, on the night of 25 September 2001 (one week after the government crackdown on G-15 reformers and the journalists of the private press), he was arrested by state security agents, who took him to the infamous Wenjel Mrmera [Crime Investigation] prison. Later, he would spend “a little time–at first, eight months; and the second time, around 9 months, in the Sixth Station,” in Asmara.  He doesn’t know why they took him there; and, they didn’t tell him why they returned him to Wenjel Mrmera.

After they put him behind bars, Mohammed did not hear from his jailers for six months after which he was interrogated for only 30 minutes–and his jailers did not even mention the reason for his arrest. The next encounter with the interrogators was another 13 years later.  When they summoned him for the last time in 2014, Mohammed had already lost his eyesight in 2011, together with any hope in ever being released. The interrogators asked him (for the first time) if he knew ‘his crime’. When he replied that he didn’t, he was reminded of comments he had made that night just before his arrest–his chat with friends at the ‘American Bar’, wherein he had exclaimed that he didn’t understand why the G-15 were arrested given their contributions to the struggle for independence.  [It should be noted that government officials routinely tell international journalists and diplomats that, in Eritrea, nobody gets arrested for expressing himself/herself.]

But they changed the subject and said, “Incidentally, the way you were spending your money: it doesn’t seem you toiled for it. You must be affiliated with some entity, you are on a mission or something.” He protested, “I am not affiliated with anyone, and, yes, I was generous with my money: are you telling me not to give away money?”

They replied, “No, we didn’t tell you not to give away your money; but, if you must give, there are more deserving people.” Finally, after thirteen years of imprisonment, they told him to write an apology letter, admitting that he has committed a mistake, and that he will be released.

Blackmail: Apologize in Writing

Now he was going to be released, he was told, but with the following conditions: (1) ask for forgiveness in writing, (2) never talk about your incarceration, (3) never ask about any of your money, (4) never leave Asmara without permission from your security contact person.

He was in prison until 2014, and they released me, he says, and “I lost my eye sight–I have lost my sight in prison, due to lack of medicine. Instead of taking me to a doctor, they kept me in dark rooms and that is why I lost my sight in 2011.”

There is no medication and if they take a prisoner to a doctor, he says, the doctor doesn’t have medicine and he writes a prescription, but the pharmacies do not have medicine. And, gradually, since he couldn’t find any cure, he lost his sight. Even now if he wanted to be cured, they tell him it is too late and he cannot be cured, and he gave up hope.

Initially, when they called him after six-months in detention, they had asked him of any problems, and how he was doing. He told them he had no problem but he needs to know the reason for his imprisonment. They told him they will call on him again, and he was returned to the prison after he was interrogated by a certain Colonel Wedi Smret. Mohammed spent the next twelve and half years without being told why he was in prison. Meanwhile, he counted the years along with hundreds of other detainees in that notorious prison.

When they asked him to ask for forgiveness, he wondered what he could have done. He wondered, “maybe some people framed me? What do I have to do, I just thanked God for getting out of the prison. I decided to leave the country and I did. I left so much behind me.”

More Tragedies for Mohammed

Yet, more heartbreak was awaiting Mohammed. His family had given up when he was in prison and they fled to Sudan and from there they traveled to Libya. At the time of his release, he learned that the year before (on 3 October 2013) his entire family (wife, two sons and a daughter) drowned while crossing the Mediterranean. [The Lampedussa incident the lives of over 360 Eritreans.] So, here was Mohammed left without his family, without his eyesight and without his life-savings, on top of losing 13 years of his life in the dungeons of the brutal regime. [At this point, the interviewer humanely fades out the camera; as Mohammed starts breaking up and crying.  And fades in when Mohammed had composed himself.]

There are many whose family and relatives die while they are in jail. “What can I do, I lost my sight, I lost my family, how can I support this regime!”

During his 13-year-stay behind bars, Mohammed remembers many prisoners: “At first there was an old man named Sunaberra [Debena]; Hassen Kekia; and the father of Ali Abdu [Abdu Ahmed Younis], the ex-minister of information; and there was a man named Mahmoud; and Dawit Isaac, a Swedish-Eritrean, a journalist; and another journalist called Saleh AlJezaeri; and Colonel Wedi Seyoum [brother of Estifanos Seyoum, G-15]; and Colonel John, (who had an amputated hand); General Bitweded [Abraha, arrested since 1992], who was an administrator in Asseb; and Nusreddin [Abulherat], a Sudanese man whom they claimed attempted to assassinate Isaias Afwerki; and… Dejen [Ande Hishel], the pilot who escaped from jail, and is now in Sweden…”

These are those he saw because prisoners are kept in different cells and they do not see each other but they hear of other people who were there–in the clinic or from people who serve them food, who tell them news about the people in other cells. He also remembers, “the six singers who were imprisoned, including Hussein Mohammed Ali, whom they brought one night and covered their faces with sarong not to be seen. That was in 2005 or 2006, maybe the end of 2006.”

Among those he met, there are many who never went to court, and there were many who were arrested for attempting to escape through the borders, “there were engineers; once they brought around twenty such persons.” No one was presented to a court: there were many who have been there for ten years, seven years…Mohammed says he found people who were there before he was imprisoned, and when he asked them what their crimes were, they didn’t know: “There were Pentecostals; there were Muslims imprisoned by the Mufti; students who studied in Saudi Arabia. There were Yemenis, there was no one who has been sentenced and no one knew when they would be released.”

Until 2007, I used to see Dawit Isaac because we were in one cell, he says, “One time they released him but returned him after a week; and we asked him why he was back. He said that the Swedish ambassador called him and he went to see him–they confirmed he had gone [to visit the Swedish ambassador] and they brought him back and put him in a separate cell. We didn’t see much of him since 2007.”  Dawit, he explained in response to the interviewer, “likes to read a lot; he smokes; he doesn’t talk a lot, very quiet: he just reads and smokes. And he is into sports.” Asked about others, Mohammed went on to explain “You only get to see people who are in the same cell with you, or those in a room across from where you are–you see them when they are taken out to bask under the sun.”

When he was released, Mohammed remembers those who were in the same cell with him, “there was a Bengali man who worked in the tuna factory in Massawa; there was General Bitweded, and there were many I don’t know their names because they move to different cells.”

He said that he used to see Bitweded when he went outside for some sun, but he stayed in a separate fence, and he saw him through the iron door: they kept him alone and all he would say was, “Pass my greetings to Isaias.”  He also left Colonel Wedi Seyoum there–one of his hands was damaged, and he went blind in one of his eyes. There is no way of knowing who is still there and who was released.

Asked to speak of prisoners whose families don’t know their whereabouts, Mohammed mentioned an older man named Jimee, from Agordat. He said he was attending to his goats and cattle when they came and took him away, accusing him of feeding the opposition elements, and he said even his family do not know of his whereabouts. There was also another one from Agordat named Mohammed: he was a member of the PFDJ parliament who said they took him away at night and that his family do not know where he was. At times, the security men come and take prisoners, at night, and the other prisoners think they must have been released.

He also remembered two Eritrean Kunama men who were arrested from Barentu because they were accused of having relatives in the opposition, but he couldn’t remember their names. He also saw a Pentecostal man named Aron, and “the father of Ali Abdu was released when I was in prison; Sunabera was released, and later died. There was also Ahaw, an Afari, and Ali Issa, who have been there for a long time and I left them there.”

Talking about Dawit Isaac, he says that Dawit has given up. He says that the Swedish government has done all it can to have him released and he questions: what else can they do? He mentions that the two governments have problems because of his case, and he says, “I have nothing in my hands, there is nothing I can do.” It seems he has submitted to his fate, he says.

Mohammed has an advice for his compatriots who support the regime:

“Firstly, the views of the regime supporters are wrong: I was there; I came from there; I have been jailed for 13 years with no crime, and I am a man over sixty-years old. Of course people make mistakes and when they do, they have to know their crimes and can even be sentenced for life, but to throw people in jail without a court ruling is something I cannot explain. People make mistakes, but there is no court. And our people, particularly in Europe and the like, they say they are on the side of the regime. Do they know what the regime is doing to the people? If the regime was treating the people justly, who hates his country to the extent of leaving it? If not for the lack of justice and rule of law, we didn’t leave our country because we hate it, or because we were hungry.”

The Escape From Eritrea

Mohammed was told to report to Abraham, in the security office by the Ambassador Hotel. He was supposed to tell him if he wanted to move anywhere, and he was ordered not to move without a letter from Abraham which he should present to the security office of any place he traveled to. Mohammed rented a car and went to Talatasher [Sudanese border] three weeks after he was released. From there, he escaped to Sudan with the help of some people. Once in Kassala, the people wanted to take him to the UN, but he refused. Instead he bought a Sudanese passport and after “seven months, I traveled to Germany for medical treatment, and then went to Sweden,” where, he said, “I was received nicely, given a shelter and medication; mainly, they gave me hope when they knew of my ordeal.”

He has a message for the supporters of the regime: “I want to say to the deniers that what they deny in Eritrea is a reality, I was there and I have experienced it. Don’t talk about stuff you don’t know. Don’t support an unjust system. Don’t support injustice. A system doesn’t last forever; the people and the country stay forever. But to create enmity with your compatriots because of things you don’t know about is not good.”

When Mohammed arrived in Germany and met his sister, “she told me that she went to visit me in prison but they refused her permission.” His mother also faced the same refusal when she went to visit her son.

We don’t know how to react, or what more to say….

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  • Dayphi

    الاخوة الاحرار العواتيون. بادئ ذي بدء اتقدم اليكم بتحياتي الاخوية سائلا المولي ان يبارك للجميع في شهر رجب وشعبان، وان يبلّغنا شهر رمضان. آمين….وبعد
    اسمحوا لي ان اخاطب الاخ محمد حسين العمودي واقول له اولا الحمد لله علي خروجك من زنزانة الطاغية ونَير نظام المستبد اسياس وحزبه والجبهةالشعبية عامة. لقد استمعت الي حديثك المؤثر في قلبي وقلب كل انسان عنده ادني ضمير ان يسكت او الاسوأ ان يقف بجانب هذا النظام الظالم. ان فقد بصرك بالاضافة الي ربع عمرك في الكارشيلي لجريمة بحد ذاتها وهي جل سنين حياتك التي لايمكن ان تعوض. ثم اهنئك بسلامة الوصول الي ارض الملجأ السويد واتمني لك حسن الإقامة حتي تُفرج الامر ونعود جميعا الي ارض الميعاد سالمين و غانمين. ويتقبل الله زوجتك واولادك بنين وبنات في جنة الفردوس ويجمعك بهم يوم البعث الذي لا ريب فيه. وبالنسبة لمالك الت نُهِبتْ من قبل النظام اقول لك بكل اختصار لله العوض. تعيش وتأخذ غيرها. ولكن لا اريد ان احمل كل الخطأ علي نظام الشعبية دون ان اوجه اللوم لك ولو بنسبة ما. اعتقد كنت في ثقة من اساياس واعوانه بتنهم سيستقبلونك بكل حفاوة وتكريم ويفتحوا للك باب الاستثمار ، ولم تكترث بنوعية النظام الموجود في اسمرة، وإلا لو كنت عملت استشارة ودراسة عليالجرائم الت كات الشعبي ترتكبها لما خاطرت بهذا المبلغ ولأستثمرتها في اي بلد آخر غير بلد يحكمه اساياس وزمرته النّجسة. فثقتك في نظام اساياس وعدم اكتراثك بما كانت الزمرة الحاكمة تعمله في الشعب الغلبان هي السبب في تسليمك ٢٨٥ الف دولار لبنك الطاغية . وكذالك بالنسبة لفقدان عائلتك كاملا ، فمعلوم لم يكونوا ليركبوا في العبارة لو لم يقم احد من اقاربك دفع مبلغ ٦ ألاف دولار عن كل واحد منهم للوصول الي لامبادوسة علي متن قارب صيد متهالك غير مخصص ولا مصمم ليبحر مأت الاميال ، انما هو قارب صيد سمك فقط ليبحر ميل او ميلن ويأتي راجعا بالسمك. لازم نعترف بالغباء والجريمة التي نرتكبها بتحويل الآلاف المؤلفة من الدولارات واليور لسماسرة تجار البشر ودفع إخواننا واخواتنا للمخاطرة بحياتهم التي وهبهم الله امانة وان يحافظو عليها، لا ان يخاطروا بها. واخيرا لكل من اساء الفهم عندم قال الاخ ” تكاريي ماكينة” الكراء والاجرة بمعني واحد. اي استأجار مثل أجرة الليمو و أجرة التكسي ولم يقل قُدْت او سِقتُ السيارة المستأجرة.. rented the car, not necessarily drove it by himself.

    • AOsman

      Dear Dayphi,

      Started good then you went on to talk unnecessary things that put me off reading the rest. Starting from

      ولكن لا اريد ان احمل كل الخطأ علي نظام الشعبية دون ان اوجه اللوم لك ولو بنسبة ما. اعتقد كنت في ثقة من اساياس واعوانه بأنهم سيستقبلونك بكل حفاوة وتكريم ويفتحوا للك
      باب الاستثمار

      You don’t advice or lecture on what has gone if the person cannot benefit from it.

      Regards
      AOsman

  • Binega Markos

    Indeed very heart breaking story…I cannot
    imagine what it feels to be in his position. I feel convinced that his story
    should cause us ALL to seek justice for the sake of us, for the sake of the
    voiceless and for the sake of humanity. If we remain callous and indifferent to
    such heart wrenching stories such as this, then not only are denying our own
    humanity but we also become accessories of the cruel regime one way or another.
    I pray that God will comfort this man who has gone through so many trials and tribulations.
    I pray for those who are still behind bars and all their loved ones. May God
    give you the endurance and strength to remain hopeful and most of all to be set
    free from every shackle the regime has put on you.

  • ghezaehagos

    Selam All,

    Of course, he can drive a car. He is blind. Of course he can drive a car.

    In fact he drove all the way from Ambassador Hotel to Talata Asher. HOW? Because he is BLIND. BECAUSE he was made blind. Because he was blind, he drove across the border to the Sudan.

    “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.” John 9: 37

    The victim spoke of what happened to him. Why was a simple citizen subjected to suffer for 13 years? Why?

    “As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect-like creature” The Metamorphosis.

    Why? Because.

    But wait a minute…can a blind man drive a car? “For, after all, how do we know that two and two make four? Or
    that the force of gravity works? Or that the past is unchangeable? If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable – what then?”-1984. Or that a blind can drive?

    Jesus said,[a] “For judgment I have come into this world, so that theblind will see and those who see will become blind..” John 9:39.

    The judgment still remains. It is for all of us. Along with the guilt. And the guilt for those..

    “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.” John 9:41

    “War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.” 1984. – “Illogic is logic. Sight is blindness.”

    Ghezae

  • Nitricc

    Dear: revenge seekers; Don’t get offended when some comments against your views and opinions. You should consider yourself as an honest jury; a sworn body who gives a verdict on bases strong evidence after hearing both sides of the story. if you are a true justice seekers then you ought it to yourself to ask every questions to reach to the truth. if a jury delivers a verdict with out examining all the evidences, possibilities and the questionings then the very justice you scream to stand for is compromised i.e. wrong conclusions are dispensed. if you stand for justice and the truth why do you have a headache when honest jury present questions and doubts? now, did you see why i call you revenge seekers? i consider myself as a jury, not a police, not a judge and not a prosecutor; so should you!

    • Amanuel

      Hi Netricc
      You should know that in order to be in a jury you have to fulfil your national duty, so you are failed the test. When you going to do your national service?

    • Haile WM

      Hi nitricc,
      when you call “revenge seekers” are you acting as a police, a prosecutor or as a jury ? 🙂 or maybe all of the above ?
      I guess you are the juge in daytime and hence you call “the revenge seekers” and in nght time you just be the jury when peple like mohamed give their testimonies…. HMMMM i sense double standard here 🙂
      you are downgraded from the general rank and demoted to motoAleqa (ask abinetfor translation)

  • PTS

    Dear all,
    Was Biweded being sarcastic when he sent greetings to Isaias? Or am I missing the context? Or has he gone insane (God forbid but real possibility given the length of time in prison)?

    • ‘Gheteb

      PTS,

      Could it possibly be that Bitweded sorely and awfully misses the man, I mean President Isaias Afwerki?

      • Shum

        Hello Gheteb,

        Your reply seems to imply that Bitweded is in prison. Can you be sure? I have not seen enough evidence that he is.

        • Hope

          Ahlen Shum,
          Welcome back,btw!
          Your reply/assertion also is bothersome as it sounds that Gen Bitweded is “gone”,God forbid.

        • saay7

          Hey Shum:

          Welcome back. Before we even discuss whether he is in prison or now, or what he meant when he said or didn’t say “n’ wedi afom selam beluley”: how do we even know there is such a person known as General Bitweded? We are at that level of epistemology now, an anti-Descartian form of “I don’t think, therefore you are not” which you used to call “The roosters dream” when we were kids.

          saay

      • Hope

        Ahlen Cousin Gheteb:
        Now-a-days you seem to be into too much “sarcasm” and hope you are just sarcastic.
        I admire and at times,I am persuaded by your analysis whne it comes to the case of the Vicitms” of the Regime but there is a FACT you and dawit and at times gen Nittric are missing, a simple fact,in fact:
        Premise/Hypothesis-1/Theorm:
        -There is NO Constitution;
        -By Logic 101,if there is NO Constitution,there will be NO institutions;
        -Hence,by simple deduction,if there is NO Constitution and no Institutions,it follows that :
        -There will be NO Justice at all as there are NO Institutions to run the Justice;
        -Hence,there wil be,rather,Anarchism.direct and indirect and/or systematic Injustice,no Accountability and No Responsibilty.
        Speaking of the above vicitm here,your arguement and that of dawit about this poor guy’s alleged involvement in Regime Change,might hold some water considering all things*,who lost everything but the fact that him and the other prisoners have not gotten a single chance to defend themselves in the Court of Law at best and if not,to have an access to their families, makes your arguement and that of dawil NULL and VOID irrespective of the “Clever” excuses made in the name of National Security Interest.
        Having said that,let me remind you all few things:
        *Considering all things:
        There is one fact that I agree with you and that all forumers should agree with us that Eritrea as a Nation has been a victim of all Kinds of Conspiracies and Hidden Agenda and Evil Plots since the Zemene Ennini.
        Case in Point:
        Let me stumble here as I did before:
        -The role of the CIA and its mecernaries, not just in 1950s to 1991 but also as we speak:
        a)the whole Ethio-Eritrea “Border” War and previous provocations by the TPLF Gov.
        b)the final Aseb Front War saga,when the CIA and the Mossad were directly involved(per the NPR(National Public Radio of Washington,DC),as narrated by Mr Juan Williams,who reported the direct overnight channeling of half a Billion USD through Ireland to Russia to pay off the heavy armour,the Fighter Jets,the Ex-Soviet Field Marshalls,the Ex-Soviet Elite Army Commanders,the T-70s,the Top Mercernary Ex-Soviet Pilots,the N Korean Artillery Personnel and Tank Riders,);and per the Deuche velle,who reported the wounding of a Top Israeli Commander at Burie Front(Aseb)by an EDF Mortar.
        c)The dangerous final incident of the 2000 Third Offensive to the extent of a direct assasination attempt of PIA by a Fighter Jet Missle and the aftermath of the Cabinet dispute,where Haile Dirue suggested that PIA should step down per the CIA and TPLF pressure/request,followed by the untimely and hectic measures by the Reformers and the Journalists,ely to our mess.
        etc—-contributed negatively to our mess.
        N.B.
        The direct interference and role of the EU through the Italian Embassy in the Internal Affairs of Eritrea including the coordination of the Italian Embassy for the Meetings of the Reformers played another destructive role.
        .
        Do not forget that PMMZ directly told us that he used the money from the CIA to buy,not only Arms but people from Eritrea!
        d)the role of the US Amateur Diplomats like “Dr” Susan Rice(her unilateral decision at Ogaddugu in favor of Ethiopia and “Dr” Jendayi Frazer, and the Ex-Army US General/Consultant,who requested to modifiy the Ethio-Eritrea border Latitudes and Longitudes so that Baduma will be pushed into Tigray,the “annulment” of Algiers Agreement,the role of the UNMEE.(per wikileaks)!
        e)The role Neo-colonialism including that of the Mid-East Powers,where Eritrea has been a victim since 1991(The role of the Saudi sponsored Wuhabism,and that of Pakistani role as exposed in the 1990s Civil War in Gash Barka/Sudan Border.
        N.B.
        A Huge File containing the list of the Wuhabist members was confiscated from the captured/dead “Jihadists” during that bloody incident and many “innocent” Eritreans from Asmera and Keren could have been viictims of that incident and file.
        Vet Mohammed Salih and tes know about the details to some extent..
        f)The role the Evil Axis of the Sudan,Yemen and Ethiopia directly funded and sponsored by the sole Mid East Power,where Eritrea was set up by the same Evil Axis as if Eritrea was working against The Saudi Kingdom,until yesterday when PIA broke the shackles and exposed the lies in his favor and in the FAVOR of Eritrea.
        I will not mention the politically MOTIVATED LIES of the SEMG(The Somali and Al Sheba saga,the AU fake Bombing Plot and and the Ugandan Massacre/Bombing Plots,the Eri-Djibouti Mess) and the current exaggerations of the COIE,which I have accepted partially based on the Overt Human Rights Abuse that I and my own family have experienced.
        What about the sanctions-to the extent that Eritrea cannot buy spare parts for its Airforce?
        What about the systematic Economic Sanctions?
        Who is sleepless day and night to block the Development Fund by the EU to Eritrea?
        -Special British Parliamnetary Group “For Eritrea”,opps,rather,AGAINST Eritrea by the same bloody enemy of Eritrea that made us to to suffer eternally?
        The M-16 to help Eritrea?
        Are you kidding me??
        But I will never accept or support any thing that comes from the bloody enemies of Eritrea and I will never support any Opposition Groups,Self-appointed Human Rights Activists,websites,Intellectuals,Pseudo-Cyber-Politicians and others that are sponosored and baby-sitted by the bloody enemies of Eritrea and Eritreans by any means,under any condition and any time.
        My whole point is:
        That the GoE/PFDJ and Eritrea have been victims of unheard of evil actions and conspiracies,that could have led/forced the “Criminal” in question to do things that should not have been done.
        This is NOT to prop, to support the Regime or sympthaize with the same Criminal Entity but to mention that there are issues we need to consider before making hectic conclusuions and judgements.
        SAAY tried to compare the apples and oranges when he tried to bring the analogy of the British /M-16 Agents in Massawa with that of our poor father here.
        The alleged Mossad role at Asmera Airport should not be ignored.
        To be blunt,there have been lots of paid agents and mercenaries that have been invollved in destabilizing Eritrea as a Nation in the name of Regime Change.
        But that does not mean that the GoE or the PFDJ should use those excuses to commit crimes against Humanity against its own citizens and to kill the Ratified Constitution.
        And that is where I do NOT support the GoE….and as to why I am with the True justice Seekers.
        Ok Your Excellency Ustaz Salih Ghadi Johar.
        Thanks for your feedback but hope the above “incoherence” and “stumbling” gave you an iota of idea as to why I am ” ambiguous” and as to why I sound supportive of the GoE.
        For clarity:
        -I recognize and even support the GoE,as a government recognized by more than 180 UN member Nations/States and when it is in the business of defending Eritrea as a Sovereign State,including but not limited to, its diplomatic and political efforts in amending its relationship with the GCC and specially with Egypt and Saudi Arabia,and leasing the idle Aseb Port for the BEST interest of Eritrea.
        -I support its minimal effort to develop the Eritean Infra-structure in Health,Education,etc–irrespective of its weaknesses…,mismanagement,etc—
        -I support the GoE in its dealing with the EU as a Partner for the Long Term benefit of Eritrea,not for PIA to prolong his life span…
        -I am AGAINST all types of sanctions that can affect negatively Eritrea directly or indirectly, except when done specifically to target the Specific Criminlas provided it is made with good intention and motivation,which has never happened in history,to my best knowledge;rather,history has confirmed over and over;again and again that Sanctions are ALWAYS politcally motivated to subjugate and/or destroy Independent Nations struggling to be more Independent,and those,who try NOT to abide by the “New World Order”.

  • dawit

    Dear Happy Sunday to All

    I will not discuss if a blind man can drive a car or not. But the point here he was released from prison and allowed to leave Eritrea to go to Sudan, by PFDJ or GoE. Cousin Saay, thinks his rich cousin from Ethiopia could have provided the financing for him to travel by bribing PFDJ members Cousin Mahmud thinks the Human Traffickers may be same people or PFDJ members , but no proof from the interview just another wild speculation. Now many are working TT, Tess, etc device the perfect plot how he could get millions of money out of GoE coffers, from the profit from Bisaha gold mine. According to the preliminary calculation it ranges from 20+ millions to 200+ millions!. I am wondering how many Walkie-talkie can you buy with that much money? I think I leave that to Gheteb.

    So let me visit the interview and responses I received due to my ‘heartless comments the best one is’. ….” Some people have killed their conscience, their humanity and their sense of right and wrong…. this madness is raging within the “nHna nsu…” SJ

    Here is what I gleaned from the published interview. One would expect or speculate that there will be paper trail to his money but there is no indication. The problem with criminals, they don’t leave paper trail or evidences. The first question I have for AT experts is: Why would Big Cousin Sheik Alamoudi, tell him to travel to Djibouti to collect the money from his associates, then to travel to Eritrea with the money and meet Gereweina in Asmara? Now, What was the difficulty for Big Cousin to wire the money directly from Addis Bank to Asmara Bank? I believe little Alamudi was an innocent-criminal caught in between the big plot of CIA/Woyane ‘Regime Change’ plot, and caught by Shabia’s long arm ofsewra.. He travelled from Ethiopia to Eritrea via Djibouti with $285,000 and was drinking at Asmara bar in September 25, 2001 after exchanging $4000 to Nakfa, at 15 N per $ which will amount 60000 Nakfa. Economists talk ‘linkage of crisis’, where a small mistake snowball to larger crisis, at the end Poor Mohammed Hussein Al’Amoudi, AlAtrash was trashed by his sponsors, lost 13 years of his life, his eye site and his wife and 3 children and his life savings. I wonder why his big cousin the richest man in Africa did not take care of his cousin’s family. Obviously he could have smuggled them to Sudan or Ethiopia and flew them to Sweden with 1st class air ticket, instead of letting them travel to Libya through the Sahara desert and take the poor people cruise ship for ‘illegal African migrant’ to Europe?

    Now Awatistas do not blame dawit for being heartless to the suffering of fellow Eritrean, and father. I am truly sorry for all his suffering as an Innocent Eritrean brother mixed up with criminal elements of the region. I think he did the right thing signing the repentance paper and should thank the GOE for giving him that chance.

    He should sue the people who put him to go through trouble and losses. The number one in the list should be his fake cousin Sheiek Alamoudi, the Saudi Billionaire for putting him through all the trouble by recruiting him without his full knowledge in his ‘Regime Change’ project and neglecting him and his family when he was caught by Eritrean government. I believe he will have a big chance of success collecting compensation for his trouble and loss from
    that individual. He could sue him right in Sweden where the tycoon has a lot of assets hidden. Suing Eritrean government cannot bring him a penny, except the publicity to shame Eritrean government which seem the number one agenda for Revenge Seekers. The Eritrean government like any other governments in this world will pull that magic word or the black box Protecting “National Security Sovereignty Interest”as its reason for putting him through prison. I believe the Eritrean government is also as victim of the Ethiopian government the plot for initiating the ‘Regime Change’ in Eritrea.

    Finally poor Brother Mohammed Hussein Al’Amoudi, did the right thing signing the forgiveness, paper and come out of prison He said “maybe some people framed me? What do I have to do; I just thanked God for getting out
    of the prison.” Amen!

    dawit

    • Amanuel

      Hi Awate sdra
      Please don’t engage dawit. He is a heart less coward. As human being we should have a minimum standard of humanity and compassion. He has none and as far as I am concern he should be excommunicated from our community.

      • ‘Gheteb

        Hi Amanuel,

        I was under the impression that “our community” has already a resident priest ( ቀሺ) who I think is your namesake (ሙኽሲ).

        I believe, also, that “our community” can ill-afford to have two resident priests. What if a doctrinal differences was to emerge and one priest was to call for a Forumer to be “excommunicated” and the other priest was to demur.

        This would not contribute to the health of “our community”. Wouldn’t you agree parson Amanuel?

        • Amanuel

          Hi Gheteb,
          I am talking to my community which doesn’t include you, I am afraid.

          • ‘Gheteb

            Hi Amauel,

            But you said “our community” in your earlier comment and NOT “my community”.

            Oh, I get it. Oh, my God! Oh, my God! You meant to say the community of Planet Illogic.

            My bad, parson Amanuel.

          • Amanuel

            Hi Gheteb,
            Spelling? Don’t rush to reply.

          • ‘Gheteb

            Hi Amanuel,

            Which “spelling” are you talking about? You mean the “n” missing from Amanuel, I have already edited it. Check it, please.
            Can you pinpoint other “spelling” issues or errors here. Hey, I don’t mind entreating you if you want to talk about such trivial issues for I know which planet you hail from.

          • Amanuel

            Hi Gheteb

            Still there

            Hi Amauel,

            But you said “our community” in your earlier comment and NOT “my community”.

            Oh, I get it. Oh, my God! Oh, my God! You meant to say the community of Planet Illogic.

            My bad, parson Amanuel

          • ‘Gheteb

            Hi Amanuel,

            I already did and I guess it is a Disqus issue why you are not seeing the edited one. I have added an “n” as in A.M.A.N.U.E.L

            Feel better now, parson Amanuel?

          • Amanuel

            Hi Gheteb,
            Be humble and when you made a mistake however big or small learn to say sorry.

          • ‘Gheteb

            Hi Amanuel,

            More than practically correcting the “typo”, you want me to say sorry for inadvertently forgetting to put an “n” in your name.

            You are indeed a denizen of Planet Illogic! In the logical world, we assess the truthfulness of an objective truth through practice.

            I have edited and added the missing “n” in Amanuel. I think that is worth more than apology or saying I am sorry.

            My, oh, my! I hope you are not trying to exact the proverbial pound of flesh here as I think it is customary in Planet Illogic.

          • Amanuel

            Hi Gheteb,
            Is such a difficult think to say? To say I am sorry about the typo and i have corrected it?

          • ‘Gheteb

            Hi Amanuel,
            Well, if it makes you feel that you have exacted the proverbial pound of flesh, you can misspell my nick ‘Gheteb. I mean you can drop not one but two alphabets. BTW, you have always not added an apostrophe ( ‘ ) in the beginning of my nick and I have never complained about it and I am not complaining now. Nor am I demanding an apology or for you to say sorry.

          • Amanuel

            Hi ‘Gheteb,
            Sorry, if the apostrophe is important i will keep it in the future. Why do you want me to misspell your name? It shouldn’t be tit for tat. My brain doesn’t work like that.

          • Berhe Y

            Selam Amanuel,

            This Gheteb reminds me a story I heard. It was first time when we went to Europe. We had a humberger and French fries with ketchup for the first time. It tasted really good. So it was a tradition where we use to live if a new person arrived from home, to take them for humberger and French fries.

            Few months later another guy come and we took him for the treat. He loved the ketchup so much and he wanted to know the name. We said ketchup and five minutes or so later he asked again. So when we are ready to leave, he asked for third time and sone tells him. One of the friend said, you know it’s easy to remember just call it “GheSab”.

            And this character every time I see the name reminds me that story, real GheSab.

            Berhe

          • Dis Donc

            *type-o
            *voila (actually here, you are not the only one even the french speaking ones spell it as viola)
            *…

      • dawit

        Amanuel,

        Don’t you recognize ‘dawit’ is the ‘salt’ of this community. Without dawit Awate.com will taste bland. If you don’t want to respond to my comments it is okay. ‘ ባቄላ ጠፋ ቢሉ ፈስ ቀለለ ኣለች ኣህያ ‘

    • ‘Gheteb

      Selam Dawit,

      You say:

      ” Obviously he could have smuggled them to Sudan or Ethiopia and flew them to Sweden with 1st class air ticket, instead of letting them travel to Libya through the Sahara desert and take the poor people cruise ship for ‘illegal African migrant’ to Europe?”.

      You are barking the wrong tree, Dawit. The first order of thing in Planet Illogic is to blame anything and everything on the PFDJ or the GoE and everyone else is deemed blameless. So Al’Atrash’s cousin, Al’Amoudi, is as innocent as a lamb and all the accusatory five fingers should point to non other than the GoE/PFDJ. That is what Planet Illogic has declared.

      Speaking of first order of things, this very phrase ‘first order of things’ takes me all the way back to the proverbial city of Keren, where I was born and raised, and Keren’s Boys’ Elementary School and straight to my first grade class.

      Our ethics (ገብረ ገብነት) whose real name I never knew but all the students referred by his “sobriquet” — መምህር ጃናይ — harped on this line interminably that it was indelibly imprinted and etched in my memory that I can still remember it so vividly. It goes like…

      ” የመጀምርያ ጥበብ አግዛኣብሄር መፍራት ነው።”

      And የመጀምርያ ጥበብ in Planet Illogic is to blame anything and everything on GoE/PFDJ and no other person(s) or entity (ies).

      • Lamek

        Selam Gheteb. I am getting very close to SEVERELY ignoring you but I will give you a couple more chances to use your brain power for good things. You say:

        “So Al’Atrash’s cousin, Al’Amoudi, is as innocent as a lamb and all the accusatory five fingers should point to non other than the GoE/PFDJ. That is what Planet Illogic has declared.”

        Do we have an official statement or document coming from the illogical GoE stating that Alamoudi (the billionaire) was devising a regime change? Where is this accusation coming from? Show us all the documentation for this and then we will take you seriously. Until then, shelel azizelka aleku.

        • ‘Gheteb

          Hi Lamek,

          Lest I be SEVERELY ignored by Lamek, I have tread here prudently and circumspectly.

          Now first let me ask you this: are you playing the stand-in for ኣባ ጓይላ ክትዕ today?

          I have NOT accused “Al’Amoudi (the billionaire) was devising a regime change?” nor have I absolved him of any involvement to declare him blameless and innocent in any political chicanery involving Eritrea.

          All I am saying is that the jury is still out, Lamek the hyperpolizer.

      • dawit

        Selam Gheteb,

        Speaking of first lessons, in my preschool I learned in Giez : ” ኣክብር ኣበከ ወ እምከ ወ ገጸ-ኣረጋዊ ” also etched in my memory respecting others. Yes another first lesson of ‘Planet illogic’ is to disrespect or thrash the Eritrean government leaders beginning with the President or anyone who disagree with your illogical idea. I don’t know what satisfaction they derive by insulting others hitting them with ‘testa”. I am beginning to wonder if there is a special school where they teach their members how to insult or disrespect others with different opinion than theirs.
        Take Care
        dawit

    • Lamek

      Hi dawit. Let’s just assume there is a functional governance in Eritrea. The only questions we need to ask are:

      1. Was he arrested or not? If no, you are free to take a nap.
      2. Who arrested him?
      3. Who gave the orders?
      4. What was he accused of and by what authority?
      5. Where are the court documents detailing his charge?
      6. Where are the investigation files?
      7. Was he represented by a lawyer to prove his innocence?
      8. Why was he finally released or asked to repent?

      • dawit

        Hi Lamek,
        1. Yes according to his interview, he was arrested Sep. 25th. 2001
        2. Eritrean government security officers.
        3. The Eritrean government officer in charge of national securities.
        4. Spreading money to recruit subverted elements in the country for régime change in Eritrea. PFDJ
        5. Wonjel Mrmera Asmara Eritrea
        6. Wonjel Mrmera, Asmara, Eritrea
        7. No lawyer, he represented himself
        8. Pleaded guilty to his crime , no more security risk to the nation

        • Lamek

          Okay, thank you dawit. I don’t agree with most of your answers but it’s ok. We can agree to disagree.

  • Hayat Adem

    Dear Awate,
    This is sad. But however differently we express our anger, it can’t escape sounding a cliche. Almost there is nothing we haven’t heard of a grief type that was too big to shock us. This is a typical Eritrean who went back with his money to invest. That amount of money would have been welcome in most parts of the world. In the US, it allows you get a green card as an investor. But this man selected Eritrea where he ended up being . Little did he know he would end up losing his sights, his family, his 13 years of life, his money and his positive spirit. This is how innocence and humanity are being murdered in Eritrea.
    Gheteb, a grown up man, is asking as to who drove the car for the blind man. He is not even asking why is the man blind? Why was he renting a car? Why was he in prison for 13 yrs? What is important for him questioning the victim all the time. Obviously a blind would not and could not drive and he never said he drove it himself. But a blind man can rent and he said he did.
    And Gheteb is person who could connect scattered dots from an ordered walkie talkies to conclude a coupe was about to happen in Eritrea had he not used his super sensing ability to intervene in stopping the process of supplying those 50 walkie talkie devices. The business man who asked for them could simply ask another acquaintance from the same country or another place and go ahead. But Gheteb wants us to believe the only one person to do that was the one who heeded Gheteb’s advice. We know walkie talkies have many non-military uses such as film productions and sefari/tour businesses, school area communications, mining area and factory area services. But Gheteb wants us to believe that if walkie talkies are mentioned, then it must be a coupe business.
    Gheteb also thinks if walkie talkie devices were ordered for non-coupe business, then they must come in bulky numbers and not only 50. Funny, why is 50 small enough for anythin else and only good enough for a coupe plot? If they are 50, Gheteb really thinks we must be alerted that someone is planning a coupe. And Gheteb implicitly wants us to assume that business man who ordered those 50W/T devices couldn’t have been anyone else but “Al’Atrash”. Gheteb, therefore,wants to conclude this man deserves all the losses and the sufferings he had been put through. Cruelity at its highest!
    Nitricc found the story too painful to happen to anyone in Eritrea. Ted found it too indefensible. Only dawit and Gheteb stood with the criminals and clearly condemned as usual the victim and the wronged. I wonder if dawit can discuss this in the presence of his family and let his daughters know what he stood for. I’m also wondering if it is wrong to consider Gheteb as one of the perpetrators, at least his moral values belong to those who jailed this man for no crime, locked him there without any explanation for 13 years, forced him to apply for pardoning while he is the victim, denied him medical services and made him lose his sight, forced his family to make a desperate decision to start a dangerous journey and perish on the way.
    Gheteb, a blind cannot drive a car and the man didn’t say he drove himself. In a different way, he can’t drive a car because he is blind, because he lost his sight in prison, because he was jailed for 13 years for no crime committed, because the GoIA jails innocent people for no crime, without charge. Now, you can be transformed to sanity. Here is how: your question should focus on asking: why was that man was jailed; why that man was treated that way and exposed to such level of grief? Then ask, who did this to him? Then ask, why you find yourself supporting culprits who do such crimes and injustices against innocent citizens? Then ask, “what does it take for me to distance myself from this daylight beasts? Then ask, how you can be part of help on the side of the victims.

    • T..T.

      Hi Hayat,

      It seems Gheteb is serving Isayas with his ears and eyes closed. Some people say, it is better to have blind eyes than a dead heart. And, Soren described Isayasists like Gheteb by pointing out that, “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.”

      • ‘Gheteb

        Hi T..T.

        What is “true” what “isn’t true” in Planet Illogic, is NOT congruent to what is TRUE and not TRUE The Logical Galaxy where ‘Gheteb and Co. hail from.

        Hence, your assertion is NOT applicable in the Logical Galaxy.

  • sara

    Dear awatians, “can a blind person drive”? Why is this difficult to answer, it depends where you live, in those places with little xxxxx they will say yes or No, black or white , good or bad, right or wrong , with us or against us etc but in places (example , eritrea) where we still enjoy that xx xx we say yes or no or “Allah wo aellem”

    • ‘Gheteb

      Hi Sara,

      Yes, a blind person can drive a car. But that is only in Planet Illogic and nowhere else!

      • PTS

        Gheteb,
        How does your ‘Planet Logic’ see the connection of Mohamed’s arrest in 2001 and Hillary’s campaign in 2008?

        • ‘Gheteb

          PTS,

          Let me give you an example of what a prototypical denizen of Planet Illogic does. He advises Sarah Oqbay just a mere 10 hours ago that she…

          ” Don’t waste your time on non-sense people”.

          And here he is PTS doing precisely the opposite of the advice he dispensed to Sarah Oqbay engaging the very ” non-sense people” like ‘Gheteb. If this is not a prime example of ILLOGICALITY, I don’t know what is.

          Actually, this is the walking and talking definition of the very term illogic and ne plus ultra of illogicality that the denizens of Planet Illogic wallow in day in and day out.

          Regarding Al’Amoudi’s campaign contribution to Hilary Clinton’s first presidential bid, I mentioned it to establish the indubitable fact that this very same Al’Amoudi is/was at the spearhead of the loathsome Weyanes foreign policy activities.

          Unlike in Planet Illogic, those of us who hail from The Logical Galaxy, we take things to their logical conclusion and don’t dismiss them because they lead to some uncomfortable truths that may embarrass your patrons from south of the Mereb river.

    • Haile WM

      hi sara,

      a blind person can’t drive…. that is simple, even to the simpletons who are asking this simple question, but you need to go further and ask yourself an even simpler question: does it matter who drove the car ? because if it matters we can ask more compelling questions here: Did he put gasoline before he drove the car ? who was the clerk at the gas station ? was the car black or white ? was the cat under the table ? (sorry this was another question from a different country in a different world, but since we are questioning here lets just ask it and see what happens)

      no worries sarina start asking the right questions and maybe we will have the right answers (from life i mean )

    • Amanuel

      Hi sara
      The man didn’t say he drove, he said he rented a car. The driving issue was invented by Gheteb and co to divert the issue and create confusion & miscommunication.

  • Haile WM

    hi all,

    in the grotesque logic i am forced to read from some, I think I have some more questions to help them in addressing irrelevant points:

    How can a blind man walk out from prison, with out him stating clearly he was accompanied,
    how can he sign a document of repent ? he is blind (you know…)
    How come he could move from his cell to the interrogation room (he didn’t tell who accompanied him )
    how can he arrive in Sweden alone? he didn’t mention who accompanied him in the whole voyage from Sudan to Sweden
    how can he……….. (fill the gap with irrelevant question )
    can he even speak being Al’Atrash? (really doubtful..)

    plus did he have a Walkie-talkie as someone was directing him all the way when he drove from Asmara to TalataAsher ?
    “ሃለው፡ ሃለው፡ ኣል ኣጥራሽ ከረን ምስ ኣተኻ ንየማንካ ተጠወ”

    let’s smile at illogicality from “planet logic” as the “planet illogic” can’t break it down for them

  • Saleh Johar

    Hello Fanti, all interested in the insightful philosophical question of “Can a blind person drive a car?”

    Here is a 1991 Egyptian comedic movie, Al Kit-Kat, starring Mahmoud Abdulaziz. It may help you tolerate the madness of the week.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LhRrmNUBAA

    • Fanti Ghana

      Hello Memhirey,
      I shall; I need it.

      Poor Mohammed.
      ሓንቲ ቐጠልያ መኪና ምስ ሕጽር ኢሉ ቅይሕ ዝበለ 30 ዓመቱ አውቲስትኣን ኣርባዕተ ጎማኣን ክልተ መብራህታን ሓንቲ ምስትያታን ምስናፍጣኣ
      ተኻርየ ከይደ ተዝብል’ኮ እዙኹሉ “logic” ክንቁሕም ኣይምተገደድናን፤፤ ወይ መዓልቲ!

      • Saleh Johar

        Hi Fanti,

        Security Report: Dear # 1, we found the green car in a garage and a boy was washing it–we arrested the boy, the garage owner, and the owner of the house under whose shadow, the car was left to dry. We shot the driver in a tea-shop because if we didn’t, he would most likely be escaping through the border and our border guards would have shot him anyway. Why waste time? The officer who signed the permission for Mohammed to go to Ali-Ghider is already arrested but our “secret spy no 39” who planned the extortion of the money has escaped the country six years ago with the two clerks who collaborated with him. All in all, due to the Mohammed AlAmoudi case, 16 people have fled the country, 27 are in jail, and 42 have died.

        recommendation: we suggest one of the Yemanes write talking points and distribute it to our operative in the Diaspora. We also suggest the YPFDJ to be given instructions on how to undermine the story. Where is Tomas, the Ferenj-Eritrawi? His service is needed because we are losing ground in our misinformation campaigns, it is no more a field we control like we did before. WeyTotat and weyane cadres are exposing our Lies meneqaqHi astemhro.

        Until another PFDJ blunder,
        Awet Nhafash

  • Semere Andom

    Can a Blind Man Drive a Car. A Question of The Week
    Hi All:
    “The simple question that you are NOT answering is: Is it possible for a blind man to drive all the way from Asmara to Talataasher? Remember Al’Atrash said that “he rented a car and …..” and NOT someone rented a car for him and drove him to Tataltaasher…”,

    Every epoch has its questions when human wonder about the pressing issues, riddles, etc: At point was did the earth revolve, was it the center of the universe. Should women vote, should slavery be abolished.
    Should society allow gay marriage.
    This weeks daunting question was the above. Can a blind man driver,it is gripping simple minds not big minds like those who challeged the conventional thinking ad myths.
    The nickname Al’Atrash, reminds me when the splitter groups from Sagem rented a property from a Sudanese landlord as their office, the name of the Sudanse was Hamidu, and EPLF dubbed the Sagem group as “enda Hamidu”, to belittle them, this was not via the rumor mill, high officials like Sherifo,Mussa RabA and others said it publicly in meetings whne they gathered the people to talk about national issue.
    Mohammed mentioned his nick name openly, but Gheteb consistetly addresses him as Al’Atrash as if he is in first name basis with him,he is taking a cue from his PFDJ

  • Amanuel

    Hi Hope
    It is not only my observation that you are supporting the PFDJ regime. Many in this form including SJ below agree. There is a saying goes like ” if more than two people told you that your head doesn’t exist any more, you better check it even if you know for sure it is still there” Please consider it. It is brotherly advice.

  • ‘Gheteb

    Hi SAAY,

    The simple question that you are NOT answering is: Is it possible for a blind man to drive all the way from Asmara to Talataasher?

    Remember Al’Atrash said that “he rented a car and …..” and NOT someone rented a car for him and drove him to Tataltaasher…

    • saay7

      Hi Gheteb:

      I guess the reason I may not be answering it to your satisfaction is that I am having a hard time believing that this is a serious question in Eritrea of the 2000s. These arrangements have been made to smuggle Eritreans out of the country:

      1. The smuggled go all the way to their hometown via legal passes and from there they are smuggled illegally. Since Mohammed’s home town is Ali Ghidir, he may have been granted permit to go home. In this case he rented a car and got a driver (family member, friend) to drive him there. His blindness places him the top 3/4 of Eritreans who can’t drive: in Eritrea those who can’t drive far outnumber those who can:

      2. The smuggled are picked up from their homes in a land rover using gov license plate and delivered to their destination in Sudan. A chauffeur of any high ranking officials had a moving permit to go anywhere, no questions asked. After all, didn’t the Danish Immigration Service Mzungus report in 2014 that the “moving permit” demand in Eritrea is highly exaggerated and anyone can move anywhere?

      Again, never mind a little known person like Mohammed Hussein: how was the wife of Wedi Ali, the man behind the real coup attempt (not sure he had walker talkies:) able to leave from Keren to Sudan? I am sure that she was also “blind” as far as her ability to drive. Did you hear her testimony?

      saay

      • ‘Gheteb

        Hi SAAY,

        I just don’t get it. No one is asking you to inform and enlighten us how people make it out of Eritrea, be it through smuggling, bribing and what have you. That is a moot point, SAAY.

        The question that you are NOT answering is based on the testimony of Al’Atrash where he specifically said ” I rented a car and viola! he ended up in Talata Asher.

        Now the question that was raised is based on Mr. Mohammed’s testimony and NOT what you think or what you know or what you are assuming and presuming is this:

        Given the claim that Al’Atrash is BLIND and given the fact that he said specifically that he rented a car, how was it possible for this person to make it to Talata Ahser?

        The question is based on his testimony and I hope your answer will be based on Al’Atrash’s video testimony.

        • saay7

          Cuz Gheteb:

          Please refer to Tzigereda and PTS answer. In Eritrea when one says I rented a car, it means I rented a car with a driver.

          Uuuuuf

          Saay

          • cool

            you may also say , in eritrea if one says he drove a car it means he flew a Mig 29??
            Do you know the saying kbel ewa zdelyu zagras mantile eya yeblu wa?

          • ‘Gheteb

            Hi Cool,

            They are giving it their own meaning. Otherwise, a testimony of this importance doesn’t leave such a gaping lacunae or holes!

            Amazing indeed how far are people willing to take a flight in their imagination and assume and presume to make their assertions look credible.

            And the saying that you mentioned goes like. kbel ewa zdelyu Abagumba Zagra eya yeblu wa?

          • cool

            Hi Gehteb , it is as i sayed earlier” kbel ewa zdelyu zagras mantile eya yeblu wa”
            It is very sad story if it is real ,but one should digest things critically, specially when contradictions are detected with out being thrown in to pfdj box, (just how this guy nick named “tes ” is diong)
            cool

          • tes

            Hi cool,

            What contradictions are you talking about? Your self-created contradiction or a non-existent contradiction?

            Just for you: Mohammed Hussien Alamoudi drove the car he rented.

            Seriously, I can see your frustration here. You understand well what will be the next move having this strong testimony that will put PFDJ into added pressure for the next June report.

            You brought a proverb that fits your divert-ant issue.

            You said, “” kbel ewa zdelyu zagras mantile eya yeblu wa””

            Yes you are right. This type of testimony is what we are looking for, the testimony which is rare to be voiced by people who survivded 13 years of prison. Once we get such information we use it. It is our backbone to tell the injustice that is happening to our people.

            Yes cool, we want to use this information and use it against PFDJ regime. What else can we use as a tool to fight against this regime?

            tes

          • cool

            Hi tes , the contradiction i am talking about is, the guy tells he rented a car and drove to telat asher , how could he navigate?if you come with this kind of testmony to the court you will terribly fail,yours and saleh johar s assumption that we are pfdg s who want to divert the discussion in to a black hole is similar to pfdj s conduct of smearing critics as wayanes
            As opposition activists you have to cultivate democratic values with out having psychological anxiety of being followed by the opposite as saleh johar has stated above.
            cool

          • tes

            Hi cool,

            If your question was honest, then what I can say is that you have no clue on what smuggling is. It could be then much worth to ask about smuggling rather than about the inability of Mohammed Hussien.

            Nevertheless assessing your exchange with Gheteb, I can’t see your innocence.

            Concerning democracy, well, this abused word is OK to be used by all types of people. No comment therefore.

            tes

          • ‘Gheteb

            Hi Cool,

            You are way “too cool” to even be talking to the bumpkin of this Forum otherwise known as “Tes”. I am telling you that you are way “too cool” and he is anything but cool.

            If I were you I wouldn’t engage this kryptonite and wouldn’t even touch him with a ten foot barge pole.

          • tes

            Hi Gheteb,

            I don’t care whether you engage me or not. I know how to hit you hard.

            tes

          • cool

            Oh thanks for correction ,it is 20 years^now last time i heard this saying
            cool

          • tes

            saay7,

            Uuuuuuuuuufffff yes. Even you were so patient with this guy.

            Uuuuuufffffff

            tes

          • Saleh Johar

            Saay,
            Now that you showed an interest in the case, how about verifying how the hundreds of thousands of escaping Eritreans left the country. Did they rent a car? What kind, Japanese, German, civil, military? How much did they pay?

            Such distractions are meant to cloud the main issue, divert the attention–why are the being incarcerated? Why are they living? Why is Eritrea ruled by a capo and his wedini colleagues?

            Of course I would be interested who was driving the car, and who helped Mohammed escape, who helped him get a passport? We need names so that we identify the enemies of the state, Mohammed is out but they should be in. It’s sick.

          • Amde

            Selam Saay,

            Your “Uuuuuf” had me burst out in laughter. It is dirty work debating dunces isn’t it? — I can almost hear you saying, “Oh my god, the stupid is strong in this one.”

            Amde

          • saay7

            Selamat Amde:

            Well, actually, there are people who don’t know Eritrea except from YouTube videos and Tesfanews who are genuinely puzzled and then there are people who know (or should know) the specific meaning of words in Eritrea.

            In Eritrea, if you say we rented Karosa, Arebia Jebeli, taxi, a minivan or a car you are saying you rented all of these modes of transportations and their drivers. So as Mahmuday tried to explain even if Amm Muhamed Hussein was not blind, as a man who recently came out of jail, he would not be in a position to drive and everybody who knows anything about Eritrea understood what he meant.

            Beyond that, the find a little thing in an argument to try to undo the whole thing is something PFDJ and its supporters have practiced now into an art form.

            My uuuuuuf was that I felt I was repeating myself with someone who ought to know and if he doesn’t, well, Mohammed’s testimony is so detailed he even gave the name of the car rental company.

            The uuuuuf was that Gheteb, Nitricc, Sara have successfully derailed Mohammed Husseins testimony into “blind man said he can drive”, a total disservice to a man who has been subjected to a gross miscarriage of justice.

            saay

      • Semere Andom

        Sal:
        In Eritrea, when you cannot drive you hire a car with ts driver. But you do not say I rented a “awtista”
        Maybe Mohammed should have said he bribed a corrupt PFDJ official and then the people would say, who can you name names, they are briliant!

      • Mahmud Saleh

        Selam SAAY
        Even if he were able to drive probably he would not be the one driving the car. Someone else would be the one driving it. So who drove the car is a nonsensical speculations and bears no merit in this debate. Even the government does not deny the existence of networks of smugglers, although it mentions it when it tries to deflect the blame. It’s amazing that a government known for its hard grip on everyday life of its citizens, known for eavesdropping on any benign protesting of its people; a government that splits families into spies and victims, could not control the spread of smugglers. This simple fact made me believe that the smugglers are either hand in glove with the powerful officials; or the officials are running the smuggling business. Coming to Mohammed, it would make a difference if he was blind or not; he would still be driven by the smugglers. Of course, he will be paying a hefty sum of money for renting the service (car, driver, possibly middle men who make sure the check posts along the route are manned by the right personnel, etc. We know underage kids who were driven out of the country, without the company of their parents. They did not drive but certainly they rented, or say, bought the service. The circus of semantics makes no sense here. I know of a paraplegia ( a person with paralytic legs) who was driven to across the border. He could not drive, and even if he was able to, he would not be able because he is being smuggled out. He has to avoid attracting the attention of the police on the check points and along the route.

    • Tzigereda

      Hey Gheteb,
      Either you are detached since long so you dont know some ‘basics’ ( on how things work in Eritrea) or your translator is broken. When one says he rent a car ( and he can afford to pay, like Mahammed) then it ‘ always’ means plus driver. Most of those who visit home do it that way.

      • ‘Gheteb

        Hi “እትጌ” Tzigereda,

        Your “እትጌ”ness doesn’t entitle you to put words on peoples mouth. Nor does it give you the right to have your own FACTS. Maybe in your imaginary ‘queendom’ you can do that.

        Mr. Mohammed said he rented a car and NOT a taxi. You can give it your own meaning, but that doesn’t mean it is an accepted fact. I don’t believe it even for split second what you are claiming here. Call me “detached” or “[my] translator is broken”, the man said exactly and specifically that: ማኪና ተኻረየ::

        (1) ማኪና ተኻረየ::

        (2)ማኪና ምስ ዘዋሪኣ (ኣውቲስታ) ተኻረየ::

        Try all you can to make sentence (1) to mean sentence (2). And, I am telling you it does NOT fly.

        Say all you want to plug all the gaping inconsistencies in the testimonies and sell it to the denizens of Planet Illogic and NOT in the logical Galaxy where LOGIC reigns supreme.

        • Tzigereda

          Hi Gheteb,
          Without further Kolel please refer to what Ted replied you, maybe you get some relief.

          • ‘Gheteb

            Hi “እትጌ” Tzigereda,

            No need to direct me where to ” get some relief”, as I haven’t said that I was distressed.

            All I said was I don’t buy your phony baloney explanations. I use my own God given mind and logic to decipher things and I couldn’t care less what Ted or others say about this issue.

            In my world, illogical means ILLOGICAL and I don’t buy it whether a soi-disant “Queen” claims or whether Ted repeats it. And, that is how the Logical Galaxy operates.

            Maybe you have mistaken me for a denizen of Planet Illogic and I keep telling you that I ain’t!

          • Tzigereda

            Hi Gheteb,
            Well, it is your choice to stay at a perpetual state of denial.

          • ‘Gheteb

            Hi “እትጌ” Tzigereda,

            You say:

            “Well, it is your choice to stay at a perpetual state of denial”.

            What is ‘it’ that your “እትጌ”ness by a royal edict is accusing ‘Gheteb here? I mean what is that I have denied perpetually?

            The fact that I found your explanation to make NO sense at all or your “እትጌ”ness here ‘are’ saying something else?

            Mind proffering some explication here?

        • Amanuel

          Hi Gheteb
          You are behaving like a trail lawyer that he is convinced his client is guilty but he has to say something as he has to say something to fill up the allocated time. For this man tigrigna is not his mother language and you well know that tigrigna has no standard. My wife visited Eritrea with my children two years ago and one morning I called them when they were on their way to Massawa. I asked my wife, where are you? She said on our way to Massawa. I asked again how? I meant by bus? She said I rented a car. I knew that she meant she rented a car with a driver. Because she has no driving licence. It is normal in Eritrea to rent a car with driver but say simply I rented a car. Gheteb you can write at length but you can’t cover up the criminal acts of PFDJ. The problem is the culture and attitude of EPLF to wards rule of law and accountability. Let me tell you one incident involving one of the M.Generals we have. It was in the early 90s and he has a very fast type writer boy who was lively guy. The boy went to Asmara for leave and over stayed for two more weeks and this MG missing his secretary went to the boys parents house and took him back to the division’s headquarters which was in Western Eritrea. When both got to the headquarters the MG. The guards to the boy away and arrest him. The guards took the boy to the division’s prison, was shaved and his shoes taken away. After about three months the MG. got frustrated that his papers which were sent for typing were not coming back on time and decided to find out why and went to typing room.when he got there the boy was not there. He asked the girls there. Where is the boy? One of the girls replied he is in Prison. He said that why? Who arrested him. She replied you ordered to be arrested when you brought him three months ago from Asmara. What? He run to the division’s prison and told them I just want him to be punished for a day or so how on the earth you keep him for three months. They told him the instruction was put him there no body has said we should release him since. You see the problem is there is no process, no accountability for your actions.This is not a behavior

      • cool

        hi Tsigereda , is it also so in eritrea , wenn ever one says he bought injera it always means plus zigni.
        this must be a mystic language which requires some divination abilities to understand.
        cool

        • Fanti Ghana

          Hello cool,

          No, we simply say I bought injera because there are several alternatives to zigni including nothing, but a car does not travel without someone driving it.

          However, you sound a logical person, so let me explain this car business logically.

          The equivalent of “I rented a car” when said in our region of mystical languages is similar to “I had a cup of coffee” in the un-mystified language of yours.

          Unless one is born contrarian one wouldn’t say “I had a cup of hot water, coffee, sugar, and cream mixed” this morning; would one?

          Examples of tacitly understood phrases for your explicit understanding:

          I took a bus to the land of the LOGICAL.
          I will take LOGIC 101 next semester.
          It takes two to tango.
          I flew to my beautiful country of mystical languages!
          Are you hanging on to a falling tree Grasshopper?

          Berihulka do wala you need divine intervention?

          • Abi

            Hi Fantastic
            I have a better one without going far from a car business.
            My Gondere relatives say ” bemekina teseqye meTahu”. Wait, I have a funny one
            ” mekinaw lay siqelegn”

          • Fanti Ghana

            Hello Abisha,

            Speaking of “without going far” we grew up saying it like that too in my village. I think we became aware of our sentences at around 7th – 9th grade.

            Abisha demamaw kemiaschenkegn
            mnew mekinaw lay ande beseqelegn

            Mekinaw layma bisekel abire
            beshitaye hulu beweTalign zare

            ereyew demama ereyew demama
            babur tesekiye keAddis Adama
            TeTadife meTahu dimTsihn sisema

            ereyew…

          • Abi

            Fantastic
            ETebqhalehu emekinaw menged
            Keteseqelkibet lawerdih begemed
            Ebakih zewariw tolo tolo nida
            Fantayen nafqe libe sayfeneda
            Ante sitizefin ene efokralehu
            Fantaye yene new alseTim biyalehu
            Defrew kemeTu gin gorade emezalehu
            Ere goraw! Ere denu!
            Ras Abi.

          • Saleh Johar

            Hi Fanti,

            How about, ab Aadi geza seriHe? would planet “Logic” understand it to mean the person build a house on his own or that he contracted a builder to do the job?

            How about, ab Aadi enda TeHanit seriHe!

          • Fanti Ghana

            Selamat Memhir,
            I think we could write a book on this craziness, but Saay explained it so brilliantly yesterday it would be a book with only one word in it: “Uuuuuuuf.”

          • cool

            hi.fanti gahna, Saay is very intelligent person indeed, but some times wenn intelligent person is hungry he would eat Abagumbah and say it is Mantile and wenn you confront him with scientific proof that what he ate is abagumbah and not mantile then he would say ” Uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuf” it is Mantile this “Uuuuuf” is more an awkwardness than a helpfull scientific Argument.
            cool

          • Fanti Ghana

            Hello cool,
            You made me laugh, and it is hard to argue with someone who makes you laugh. So, you have my blessing to go get Saay.

          • saay7

            Selamat Cool:

            Thanks…and I would never eat mantile (rabbits). How can you eat those cute animals? Egyptians, the worlds second worst cooks (after the English of course) have a specialty that they consider an absolute delicacy: mulukhiya meA arneb (His Fantiness will translate) that probably tastes as bad as it looks.

            For some weird reason, Egyptians appear to have no taste bud and they have the most flamboyant expressions to describe how good what they are eating is.

            Also, a special gift to Dawit and Gheteb and Nitricc: there is a second interview with Mohammed Hussein that covers another uuuuuuuuf: when exactly and from where did he get into Eritrea. Tune up your aybelnan do Krar and ignore every other detail 🙂

            saay

          • Semere Andom

            Hi sal
            “they do not feel sympathy for because they are not Oromo Ethiopians” is the statement of the month of April and let me say this again: when your settle in Nefasit, a cigar dangling rom your lips, and talking to your ipad to dictate( nto because you cannot type, but they then typing will obsolete ) it the great Eritrean novel or translating “ati hintitey…” some young Eritreans will come across line, it has the longevity to be quoted by historian researching these days.

          • saay7

            hi iSem:

            That’s just your cousinness bragging about his cousin. Otherwise, any random line from (you forced me to do this) Wedi tkabo will make it to the Top 100. The rest have to compete for # 101:)

            Random verse (Ghezae will know the song because he is cooler than you:)

            ተፈቲንና ብኽልተ:-
            በቲ ሰውራ: በቲ ስድራ:
            እቲ ሓራ
            እቲ ንሓራ:
            ነፍሲን ስጋን
            ክፈኻኸራ:
            ሓያል እዩ ሰውራ::

            እቲ ሓደ: ፈታው ሓርነት –
            እቲ ሓደ ቀታል ሓርነት
            እቲ ህይወት ኣብ ክልተ ተቃቂሩ
            ኣብ መንጎ ከርተትን
            ምቾትን
            ኣብ መንጎ ቁሪን
            ምቆትን
            ሞንጎ ዝቐትል ህይወትን
            ዝምሕር ሞትን

            saay

          • Semere Andom

            Hi Sal:
            GH is cooler than you, I will read that as GH is into wedi tkabo:-)
            What random line from me?

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Hello SGJ,

            It is astounding the illogic person “Gheteb” from “Illogic planet” to question the implicitly understood words used by the victim of the regime Mohammed. And it is more astoundingly ironic when an illogic person call people illogic.

            regards

    • PTS

      Gheteb, and Nitricc, and Cool
      Hint: My cousin recently rented half dozen cars for his wedding.

      • ‘Gheteb

        PTS,

        Logically, it could also mean that your cousin rented half a dozen cars and his half a dozen friends or relatives drove those rented cars.

        Don’t make new rules for the Logical Galaxy here as the Universal Logical Rules are safely in place and in practice in that very Logical Galaxy.

        The illogic that you and your ilks use works only in Planet Illogic, so that you know!

      • Nitricc

        PTS did your cousin drove all the way to telata-asher? your example is a toothless and worthless. what does it got to do with your cousin renting 4 cars? your mind set that the government guilty is clouding your judgement.

  • cool

    hi , very sad story indeed,but some points need clearing ,which the smer journalist has left behind.(due to lack of professionalism or delibrately)
    As we know Alamoudi is a yemeni citzen with ethiopian mother, in what way is this victim eritrean, if he is the cousin of someone half ethiopian and half yemeny? furthermore he(the victim)asserted to have rented a car and drove to telata asher , how could he drive a car since he was blind at that given time?how did he finance the whole journey to sudan and further to sweden?how did he get the paper from the security officer abraham to get out of asmara? and so on!

    • saay7

      Selam Cool:

      The person who did the interviewing is, I am told, Khaled Abdu. Because he was a member of the private press in Eritrea, he was able to provide context for Mohammed Husseins testimony (where the PFDJ security office in Asmara is; who wedi Seyoum is and who his brother is; that the Eritrean-Swede journalists name is not dawood but Dawit, etc .). Khaled Abdu is also an active member of th opposition and his focus was not to interrogate Mohammed Hussein, but to get as much information as possible on the identity and condition of the Eritreans who are languishing in prison. I dare say that that is what most of us wanted to know and by repeatedly asking that information we got as much information as Mohammed was able to give. Families of the prisoners mention now know just a little bit more.

      The kind of questions you are asking were asked by Swedish authorities before they gave him his temporary residency permit and will be asked again when he is being considered by permanent residency permit. If you are asking how a person who is a member of the wealthiest family in Africa was able to secure an exit out of one of the most corrupt countries in Africa (when it comes to human smuggling), then you haven’t been paying attention to developments in Eritrea.

      Saay

      • Nitricc

        Hey SAAY; do you mind answering cool’s inquiry which is … ” furthermore he(the victim)asserted to have rented a car and drove to telata asher , how could he drive a car since he was blind at that given time?”
        ” it is very legit one!

        • AOsman

          Nitricc,

          Guys sometimes you pick on small issues. I will help you there, he had a driver arranged…duh.

          I am worried Gheteb will come and declare Mr Mohammed is not blind…

          Regards
          AOsman

          • Abi

            Hi AOsman
            You are wrong. He was in a Google self driving car.
            Don’t tell me you don’t have them in Eritrea. Shame. I’m sure you have used one the last time you were in Addis.
            You can even bake dabo in them.

          • ‘Gheteb

            Hi AOsman,

            I don’t have any personal knowledge of Al’Atrash to “declare Mr Mohammed is not blind…”. But the question to you is that do you have any personal knowledge to “declare” that Mr. Mohammed is BLIND? Do you?

          • AOsman

            Dear Gheteb,

            Pure conjecture!!! I will be open minded from now on

            1. He had a clearance/permission to fly from Abraham the security guy
            2. He was driven
            3. He drove (ain’t blind man)
            4. He took the resilient Camel
            5. Alamudi sent him Google self drive from Addis from Abis car rental
            6. Gheteb addendum ad infinitum

            Regards
            AOsman

          • Lamek

            Hi Gheteb. Mr. Mohammed was also describing Abraham’s office, the big building behind Ambassador Hotel, something like that. Here, you can use this too to make your point stronger and say ‘Alas Alamoudi is not blind.’ Oh, one more, for the most part in the interview, he was squinting but at one point, when asked about regime supporters like you, he opened his eyes and he was looking right, left, left, right. There you go. He is lying. You see how ridiculous you are sounding. You are not funny anymore. Sorry. I will not feel sympathy pain for you anymore when you get hammered by Semere, AH, etc. Saay has been nursing and feeding you. It is a whacko world.

        • Semere Andom

          Nitricc:
          This is very deep, penetrating, intelligent question, cutting holes in the narrative of Mohammed. Only astute people can figure the lies, How cn blind person, rent and drive in the mountains of Eritrea?
          How?

      • cool

        Thanks saay, your responses are always comprehensive but this time you jumped over one important question , which is how could he drive a car?

        • saay7

          Selam Cool:

          The same way that women, children, men who can’t drive a car are transported: a corrupt officer, for the right amount of money, provides a driver, a car, or both.

          Again, please listen to the tstimonies of the hundreds of Eritreans who left the country: each has a unique story to tell.

          Saay

          • ‘Gheteb

            Hi SAAY,

            But there is a difference between saying I rented a car and went or drove to a certain destination and saying someone “a corrupt officer, for the right amount of money, provides a driver, a car, or both”.

            In the testimony Al’Atrash has specifically said that he rented the car….. and NOT someone helped him get to Talata asher.

          • Ted

            Hi Ghetebe, i disagree, when he mentioned rented a car “to be driven” to the destination also did’t mention who returned the car back because it is explanatory for a person who is not driving the car by himself..

          • tes

            Dear saay7,

            I don’t know how much generous you are but as I can read you are so much.

            Justice seeking forumers are discussing on action oriented proposals that can at least help Mohammed Hussien to speak for his torture and use the International community to help him in reclaiming his forfeiture money back.

            and those PFDJ cult followers are trying to divert the issue first by claiming that he deserved it and now gosh! talking on how he left the country.

            I don’t know why you are so much generous to these cult followers/

            Just wondering

            tes

    • T..T.

      Hi cool,

      All Alamoudi families are from Eritrea. The billionaire Alamoudi in Ethiopia is from SanAfe of Eritrea. His grandfather moved to Dessie of Ethiopia, but still all his links are with Eritreans be it in Saudi Arabia or Ethiopia. Just like Bahibeish family, all are and only in Eritrea.

      • cool

        Hi t.t
        Wikipedia does not tell anything about, his San_Afe s connection.

        • ‘Gheteb

          Hi Cool,

          If ” Wikipedia does not tell anything about, his San_Afe s connection” then someone will tell you otherwise that he is from Eritrea.

          You will be expected to believe it at first blush.

          If you don’t accept what you are being told, then you risk being labelled that “you are living in a perpetual state of denial”.

          Welcome to Planet Illogic, Cool, where logic has absolutely no place at all.

      • S.Tesfa

        Dear T.T,
        I think his father is originally from Yemen who used to live in Wolideya, Wollo. His mother might be from Ethiopia or/and Eritrea.

  • Berhe Y

    Gheteb,

    nAKa klte kasoti Hanti testa eyu zedliyeka neru. Abey emo. ATine.

    Berhe

    • ‘Gheteb

      Berhe Y,

      Thank you very much for your violence laden and pugnacious response. You are saying that I deserve ( eyu zedliyeka neru) two punches in the face ( nAKa klte kasoti) and one head butting (Hanti testa) .

      I did not know that the faux image of civility and comity that you and your kindred spirits try to project here is only skin deep and a mere scratch on that veneer reveals the ugly side of your true personalities which is nothing short of an unmitigated thuggery and ‘ruffianism’ . Now you have morphed from a snakes oil salesman to a pugilist? Amazing indeed.
      That you and your ilks are nothing more than pedestrian mountebanks was clear to me. But to confirm that through your violence saturated comment that you are wallowing in the deep pecksniffian seas of Planet Illogic, is quite an eye-opening revelation.
      One thing that I can’t wrap my head around is this: as a crypto-‘Abyssinianist’ why are so averse in using G’eez alphabets? Could it be that someone close to you is putting undue amount of pressure to go full-blown Amharic, you know?

      [[[[[ Gheteb,
      nAKa klte kasoti Hanti testa eyu zedliyeka neru. Abey emo. LkbaT ATine.
      Berhe
      Berhe Y > ‘Gheteb • 19 minutes ago ]]]]]

    • Semere Andom

      Hi BY:
      I disagree with you, you cannot do that head butting and two punches to an invalid. I will side with Gheteb by reason of his insanity.

  • Sarah Ogbay

    Dear Gheteb,
    I am referring to the self-defeating, twisted and condescending comment:

    ”Why is Mr. Al’Amoudi stating affirmatively that the G-15 were innocent and wrongly incarcerated after struggling for so many years for Eritrea.

    Here is Al’Atrash in his own words…

    ” አንታይ ገይሮም አዞም ዓሰርተ ሓሙሽተ ተኣሲሮም ኣለዉ ሕጂ መሳኪን አዚ ኽሉ ተጋዲሎም ገለመለ ኢለ ይዛረብ ነይረ ምስ ጀማዓ…””
    1. first of all , he did not say they were ‘innocent’. At least the Tigrigna quote does not imply they were innocent. መሳኪን only means ‘poor’,- an indication of sympathy.
    2. He was in the dark as to why they were imprisoned. He did not state anything. He just was wondering as to why!

    So Gheteb, please tell me/us since when is it legal and in which constitution is it stated that asking or giving opinion is punishable by ’13 years of prison,and $280 and 3 lives and all that humiliation’ without standing and defending oneself in front of any judge?

    Or
    Are you admitting that in Eritrea there is no ‘freedom of speech’. Doesn’t this imply gross violation of human rights?

    And
    Don’t you think that the PFDJ gvt should have brought the G-15’s case to court -in the open- so that people like Mohammed would not ask questions?

    • PTS

      Dr Sarah,
      In addition to your points, Gheteb has no problem to bestow himself with the right to finding the G-15 guilty, while denying Mohamed the same right to not find them quilty. I remind Gheteb that the only court that heard and investigated the case of the G-15, found them NOT guilty and ordered for their immediate release AND be compensated. The credit goes to Mussie Ephrem and those who worked hard to see justice served.
      Gheteb also tried to make connections between Mohammed and Almoudi’s money contribution to Hillary in 2008 on one hand, Hillary’s campaign and the plan to overthrough the regime in Eritrea on the other. Putting the illogics of the chronology aside, All these heavy-hand accusations are made even though as he admitted he had no privy or access to any official information. In other words, his assertions and accusations are nothing more than guess works. Amazing!
      Don’t waste your time on non-sense people.

  • saay7

    Selamat Gheteb:

    That walkie-talkie-thingie was a good attempt at private sleuthing….but it will always come short (sorry cuz) in comparison to the all-time melodramatic report by Thomas Mountain on the British “spies” who were “caught red-handed”. Remember them? Let me refresh your memory: first the story as told by Thomas Mountain, and then slightly less dramatically by the Gov of Eritrea, then by the Brits. And crucially, what the punishment was for people with “poison-tipped” arrows in comparison to the walkie-talkie men. There is a similarity, of course, in both cases the writers (Gheteb and Thomas Mountain) insert themselves in the story as heroic figures.

    Their arrest took place just a few hundred yards from our Red Sea home in Massawa, and happened while we were there. In the weeks and months that followed, each time I have driven by that spot, I have felt a sick feeling in my stomach, for the salt embankment they were hiding behind has an unobstructed view of the site where just a few days later all the top leadership of the Eritrean government would be gathering for the annual outdoor celebration of the 1990 capture of the Port of Massawa by Eritrean liberation fighters.

    These professional killers were discovered almost by accident by a woman taking a shortcut home through an adjacent out-of-service salt flat. The woman noticed, as all good Eritreans should, that sa’ada, white people, were taking photos (with telephoto lenses) somewhere they were not allowed. These Brit “diplomats” took their sweet time scoping out their firing points and parameters of their potential killing field for their discoverer had to walk almost a mile to the nearest police station to report this and then the police had to drive the roundabout route to the spot in question.

    But for the vigilance of one Eritrean woman, Eritrea might have experienced an unthinkable disaster, the loss of Eritrea’s President and only god knows how many of Eritrea’s top leaders.

    And, I forgot, a “search of the vessel they arrived on uncovered a cache of tools of the assasin’s trade. Included was a small arsenal of automatic weapons, a sophisticated satellite communications sytem, state of the art electronic target range finders, and most damning, several sniper rifles.”

    You can get all the juicy drama (without 007 soundtrack) here: http://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/2011/05/17/caught-red-handed-british-assassins-in-the-horn-of-africa/

    Now, later on, the Ministry of Information told us that these employees for Protection Vessels (a private security company hired to protect British ships from Somali piracy back when that was a big thing), had set up “a military base” in sovereign Eritrea and their arsenal included not just sniper rifles, silencers, pistols and “poisoned tipped bullets.”

    The British and the prisoners employer, private security company PVI, argued, no we have no malicious intent on Eritrea: we are hired to protect ships from piracy and we made a mistake, run out of fuel, and docked at a remote Eritrean island.

    Because these Brits had advocates–the government of the UK, and their employer–they walked the Gov of Eritrea from its embarrassment by correcting it, really, those are not “poisoned tipped bullets”, and negotiating. So, these assassins with poisoned tipped bullets and sniper rifles sent to assassinate kbur presidente hagere ertra (according to drama queen thomas mountain) were “pardoned” by the Government in six months.

    So, let’s compare now: an Eritrean who was part of Operation Walkie Talkie (uncovered by the sleuthing activities of Gheteb) spends 13 years in prison, loses his eyesight, loses his entire family; meanwhile four British men with sniper rifles who were in Massawa where Thomas Mountain lives (“I had driven by that spot”) get pardoned.

    Doesn’t sound fair to members of Operation Walkie Talkie.

    Once again, your mill has produced a tiny amount of flour. Actually it is a hill of finitiums standing on top a pile of non sequiturs and name-dropping (Hillary in 2008 has to do with arrests in 2001?)

    saay

    • Amanuel

      Hi saay
      Talking about PVI employees case. There was a lot cover up. The official explanation was that they run out of fuel and food. Do you really believe that they couldn’t get it from another merchant ship or another country, which I think was much cheaper. The issue was much more complicated than that.According a British diplomat who was based in Asmara at that time that PVI was getting increasingly suspicious that some of the piracy was directed from Massawa and piracy leaders were spotted there. And they decided to get there and get hard evidence, which they managed to gather. However they were caught and pun in prison. In the end when the British diplomats got frustrated they told “the usual suspicious” Qatar that if our people are not either brought to the court of law or set free we will take action. As usual you know IA when the stick is out, he blinked and set them free. I hope one day may be after 30 or 40 years we will have access to the truth.

      • saay7

        Selamat Amanuel:

        The only thing I remember from that episode are:

        1. Thomas Mountain, the self-described “only Western journalist”, scribbling down whatever he was told by his PFDJ handlers about the “assassins”, and writing breathlessly about an incident he had no knowledge of, and emphasizing repeatedly how close he lived to the scene of the crime;

        2. IATV and Hadas IA showcasing the captured ammunition including the “poisoned tipped bullets” of the spies

        3. The U.K. Government working hard to release their citizens and the PVI very carefully and politely correcting the dummies in IA gov that those are not “poison-tipped bullets.”

        4. And after accusing the Brits of being spies and aggressors (officially) and being in Eritrea to assassinate Eritrean gov officials (unofficially though the fax machine known as Thomas Mountain), the government released the British prisoners after 5 months.

        I do not disagree with your assessment that IA was either threatened (by showing him the GPS coordinates of his homes) or maybe bribed but like you said, all in due time, perhaps the next edition of Wikileaks will tell us. In the Book of PFDJ, each chapter is more horrible than the one preceding it.

        saay

  • tes

    Selam Gheteb,

    Your message is one and very straight. And here is how you put:

    “Bluntly speaking and without mincing words, the man by his own admission, was sympathetic to the G-15 case.”

    Then your next message is: “he deserved it”.

    Well it is from the same perspective that he got imprisoned by your junta.

    Remember our call for justice is simply because we are sympathetic with G-15 an the rest 10000 political prisoners.

    Not a surprise when it comes from cold blooded PFDJ cult followers.

    tes

  • Semere Andom

    Greetin All:
    Here is infor about a man I was fascinated with, a man murdered by an other dictator in our region
    Mamould M Taha was a Sudanese thinker who was executed by dictator Numeiri for thinking. He was hanged a year after I arrived in the Sudan. His movement was called the Republican Brothers, it was nonviolent. He was tried in a kangaroo court but was given a chance to recant, he refused, instead he took the opportunity to humiliate the government, and you can hear he was unperturbed by his impeding death, composed,he does not sound a man facing the death penalty.

    And here we have the empty rhetoric of former EPL fighter who called it quits and blaming victims and writing about the voices they heard about walkie-talkie when their soul was tormented
    For those who does not understand Arabic, please the English subtitles
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmu3hpnjVX4

  • Ted

    Hi all, kemey adie. The story of Alamudi is gut wrenching regardless of his alleged crime. The loss of his sight and the maltreatment in jail plus the death of his family is so much for a person to handle. If the dislike of IA for Sheike Alamudie is any indication, It is my guess, all his suffering emanated from his connection to the Shieke. May god give him strength.

    Why we are not united with all the Injustices is a mystery. Some of us(future book dealers;-)) go back to refer philosophers and intellectual’s understanding of how society behave in certain circumstances and others like me think Eritreans are stuck in a rut with no viable options at hand to make their life easier. What bothers me is when the oppositions are banking on Eritreans will spontaneously rise up or the wishful thinking there will be a coup of some kind . For what we think we are doing right as opposition is all wrong and has not worked, that the opposition failed to be a reliable catalyst for change and unity . It is also unfair to blame an inept groups created in the name of change when we know they are inherently incapable of compromise within themselves for Eritrean cause let alone unite Eritreans under one umbrella. One can go and say what diaspora has done lately to make the misery of Eritreans stop , but the question, the problem and blame can be easily zeroed in to these leaders and members of A-Z groups positioned to take charge as oppositions. As they say,The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

    It is the weekend and i have better way how we can come to agreement when time permits in a near future either with uprising or a coup that i will have a pub around durfo a few miles from old book store.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iRM1iN-3a4

    • Mahmud Saleh

      Selam The greatest
      You have lived up to your greatness. Look, this is simply about conscience. People of conscience, even those who don’t want PFDJ changed criticize its brazen aggressions on basic human rights of our people. I have many friends who are fearful that replacing PFDJ at this time will hurt the sovereignty of the nation. However, they will not deny and/or defend its crimes. This is basic Ted. If PFDJ were for the well being of Eritrea it would not declare malice on its people. Sovereignty needs people who feel sovereign to defend it. The argument that Eritrea is a developing country…a country under threat…and therefore, its government could arrest people but could not be required to charge them or give them basic due process is just another way of supporting those same actions that are under scrutiny.

    • saay7

      Hi Ted:

      Alright, so that was one small criticism of IA, one long criticism of the opposition, and a video link. Sounds like a perfect way to react to the testimony of a man totally and completely victimized by IA, where the opposition has 0.000% of what he had to endure.

      We already read Gheteb ( the victim is to blame); now I can’t wait to read what wonderful twist we will get from Saba. Would be a fine bookend to the sermon of Dawit and the tesfanews preview of Nitricc.

      Feels like a series of episodes of The Twilight Zone.

      Saay

      • tes

        Dear saay7,

        In addition, he started his introduction by saying “regardless of his alleged crimes”. This particular sentence is all what Ted wants to convey. Ted ignored the innocence of Mohammed Hussien Alamoudi by saying that no matter what crimes he did. This is a lot about the mindset of Ted.

        Typical PFDJ mindset.

        tes

        • Ted

          Hi tes, when your buddy Semere Andom start counting prisons to put who he thinks are PFDJ supporters, people naturaly ask themselves who are these people fighting for them. It is a viscose cycle. Personally, i don’t want people like you near that position.

      • Ted

        Hi Saay, We can go to length why and how many are detained without due process but what i find disturbing in Mr Alamudi’s and his prison mates case is how inhumanly they are treated . Ghetebe seem to go off track saying that all don’t go blind and Eritrea is poor country with low standard prison system. I say to him , all old time sailors din’t get scurvy as all prisoners don’t go blind. But there is a link people go blind when they kept in the dark without proper diet and if the government is so poor to provide adequate food for people in its custody, they could have asked their families to provide ስልጣኔያ food, even Dergu did it for people in a death raw. As for the opposition has zero responsibility for what is going on in IA Eritrea, i agree, that is why we are here helpless and sobbing.

        • saay7

          Selamat Ted

          Well, when Mohammed said that his doctors I’m Europe told him it was treatable but now it is too late, it could be from any number of medical conditions that were neglected. Mohammed made it clear that he became blind due to lack of medical care which he was not allowed to have. He didnt say that prison per se caused his blindness. He might have had hypertention or diabetes or macula degeneration whatever which caused his blindness. It was preventible, specially for people with means, people like Mohammed, or people with power: like many of the high ranks and files of PFDJ do including , Zemhret ,mHalibay, deqi Halibay, the wife of Wedi Efrem, son of Zemhret in scandinavian countries and so on. So, yes the blindness of Mahammed has to do with his stay in prison.

          There is this malady in Eritrea among those who at all times want to show they are independent: they must find a way to drag the opposition even when something is totally and completely the fault of the GoIA. The last time this happened was when an Eritrean veteran died in prison: Semere Tesfai did the most perfunctory expression of his sadness that this happened in the hands of the government, then he went off against the opposition. It is some weird case of abused child syndrome and I was surprised to see it from you.

          Saay

    • Ayneta

      Ted:
      Just curious: Would you remain equivocal on this story like your posts shows if the victim was your father? Would you actively condemn GOE for the injustices perpetuated to this poor guy or would you simply justify the injustices as tantamount to the crime? I bet you would do the former. It beats me why people like you find it so hard to unequivocally dismiss injustice for what it is. Zey sinika hitsa kortimolu…..

      • Ted

        Hi Ayneta, there is no ambiguity here, “my father” had it bad; he was maltreated and it is not OK. I condemn GOE for it but nothing can change, as you can not make a stone any wetter how much water you douse on it.But what makes a difference is refining a strategy of opposition that has not worked for decades. Don’t you agree.

  • Saleh Johar

    yi mada Hope, werkema?

    Let me tell you honestly, however you try to explain it, many in this forum, including me, do consider you a regime supporter. Let me explain: I expect ypu to be a citizen, one with vested interest, instead of the role of a neutral judge that you want to play. An example of that is a statement in your comment above:

    “I will support the GoE when it is needed specially in ref to the issues related to the National Security Interest of Eritrea….I will acknowledge and give CREDIT to the GoE when due..”

    See Hope, your comment doesn’t read like one of a citizen, maybe i would be acceptable if a neutral person from Siberia had said that. Even people from Siberia are expected to differentiate between right and wrong–it is an inherent human, instinctive reaction. How dare you act like a judge, telling us you give credit and deny credit? That shows you see yourself like a teacher who is correcting test papers–give credit where it is due. As far as rights are concerned, there is no bartering, between credits and liabilities. You should form your views (and your principles) based on how the regime operates. It denies the people justice, therefore, it is unjust and should be opposed–no ifs and buts. No “I give credit where it is due.” Stay a citizen, at least side with the beleaguered Eritrean citizens. Do you think a citizen who is denied justice would appreciate your condescending aloofness? That you see the wronged citizen and the regime equally? I thought they taught that as a basic morality in the Catholic church! Read the document, “Where is your brother” and see how far, and how opposite your position is. Don’t hold the stick in the middle. Stay away from langa-langa positions. You are taking a wrong position and I hope you reconsider.

    As for Zeru: please understand that he was my classmate, and we were together in the struggle. I met him in Asmara in 1993 and we talked for hours. I had communicated with his wife when she was in Syria through a fiend who lived in Kuwait. I stopped when I discovered he was affiliated with the security. indeed he had a fallout with the PFDJ later on. And he suffered a lot in their hands. You have mentioned him several times here, I nodded. You kept claiming he smuggled Sam missiles from Algeria, in Addis, etc. I don’t think any of that is true. Don’t try to attach to him stories he doesn’t need. If you ant to know his skills and bravery, hear this: Zeru fought gallantly in repelling the joint EPLF-TPLF attack on the ELF in the Senhit area. He earned the respect of those he led in battles. He excelled as a military commander to the extent that surprised those of us who knew him. One more thing: Zeru was beaten and killed by the PFDJ, your “A Tigrayet speaking people stoned him..” is irresponsible and you should not repeat it. There are almost over two-million Tigrayet speakers in Eritrea, including me. You have lambasted everyone in an irresponsible way. Look no further than the PFDJ is you want the killers of your uncle, and my fiend, Zeru Biedu.

    Finally, if Zeru was alive, if he had survived his ordeal, and if somehow he saw and read what you write here, what do you think he would say? Do you think he would appreciate your soft attitude towards the PFDJ?

    Zeru yuKw gn wo entaKw gn.

    Ajaka

  • Dis Donc

    Dear JoJo’s father-in-law

    Well it is like this; you tell us your party, its ideas, and all, then we will see if it fits our needs. After all, it is how democracy works, no?

  • T..T.

    Hi tes and all,

    In case of a decision to take the case to an international court, the case can be redefined and claimed amount recalculated as follows:

    There are international procedures on how to assert and place lien on the regime’s properties and all sources of revenues.

    Because of the regime’s refusal to allow the withdrawal, the relationship between the depositor (brother Mohamed) and the bank in Asmara becomes that of a forced creditor and debtor. As the result, there is a liability on the bank and the regime by reason of the depositor demanded withdrawal and the regime refused to allow the withdrawal of the foreign currency deposited with the bank in Asmara.

    The action of the regime gives ground to an international court to investigate tracing the fund whether it was transferred to Isayas’s account or any other with a bank outside Eritrea. The action of the regime qualifies the forced credit to bear interest at 25 percent. Based on this interest rate, the principal plus interest amounts to $204,849,000 (US Dollars two hundred four million, eight hundred forty nine thousand). The creditor can assert lien on the regime’s all source of revenues including bank accounts outside Eritrea.

    • tes

      Dear T..T.,

      This is an excellent angle. When I read your first comment I have the possibility. Now you came with an excellent point that can help activists to enforce the case and call the international court to open a case.

      Above all Mohammed Hussien AlAmoudi is a victim of this regime. He lost his eyes while in prison. Now at least he needs his money back so that he can survive without being dependent.

      tes

    • AOsman

      Dear T.T,

      25% interest sounds crazy, is this what happens when a country defaults???

      You seem to know what you are talking about. An article is in order as you will have many interested parties that would want to know more detail.

      Not related to the bank, when the Kuwaiti oil company took the GoE to international tribunal, they paid up swiftly … so it will good for public to know that there is a way to screw these xxxxxxx. Time they know the price of their abusive system.

      Regards
      AOsman

    • T..T.

      Hi all,

      Reviewing the calculation, the correct amount should read $20,484,900.

      • Saleh Johar

        Hi TT

        I am wondering what method you used in the calculation. I think 20 million is too high an estimation if you use rule 72, and account for taxes, etc. I reckon the amount would double in about 15 years. Wrong?

        • T..T.

          Hi SGJ,

          This is how it was calculated: (281000*(1+0.25) ^19.22)

          Assumed Bro. Mohammed transferred in the money in Jan 1997, before Ethio-Eritrea border war. Number of years deposited more than 19 years, i.e. 19 years and 2 months and some days.

          • nikulufithi

            Inputs

            Current Principal: $ 281,000.00

            Annual Addition: $ 0.00

            Years to grow: 19.22

            Interest Rate: 25%

            Compound interest 1 time(s) annually

            Calculate

            Results

            Future Value: $ 20,479,378.37

            Reference: (http://www.moneychimp.com/calculator/compound_interest_calculator.htm)

          • Saleh Johar

            Hello nikulufiti,
            And which one is he bank that pays 25% interest annually? It just doesn’t exist.

          • tes

            Dear Saleh Johar,

            Here is what T..T. wrote in case you are wondering about the 25%.

            “In case of a decision to take the case to an international court, the case can be redefined and claimed amount recalculated as…”.

            Therefore the 25% interest is a legal action not a normal bank functioning.

            tes

          • AOsman

            Dear Saleh,

            Yeah the 25% is high, even on 0% if T.T ‘s idea is feasible then it will open up a can of worms.

            Kindey genzebom tebeliOm quhimoma zikhedu allowu

            If possible T.T needs to develop his idea further without focusing on the amount due.

            We have a mafia government, if they can waste innocent people life without due process, what prevents them from producing fake documentations if challenged intenationally. I think the challeges are more than TT makes look.

            Regards
            AOsman

          • tes

            Dear AOsman,

            I am trying to come up with some more detailed information in this issue. In the mean while, have a look on this document.

            1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asset_forfeiture
            2. http://www.fear.org/whatodo-1.html

            tes

          • AOsman

            Dear Tes,

            The link you provided may be informative but not sufficient. This case is more complicated, it is not a matter that you deal within one juridiction, you will be applying international law. The way to go about it is to seek experts in the field of law and finance and hear their view.

            Regards
            AOsman

          • tes

            Dear AOsman,

            Yes it informative. As I said I am trying to search more.

            Regarding the case, everything that is directed to a lawless ruling system is complicated. But one thing we have in simplifying this complex issue the on going investigation of the systematic crimes committed by this regime. Hence there is a strong back-up. I don’t think therefore this case to be that much hard.

            tes

          • Berhe Y

            Hi AOsman,

            I think we are focusing too much in the amount and what he would be entitled to, but no amount of money he collects amounts to anything equal to what he has lost, his sight, 13 productive years and most of his family.

            Offcourse we don’t have the details, and I hope his relative and others capable to help him in his legal fight with the PFDJ.

            I don’t think he has carried 285,000 US in cash and deposited in the Eritrean, if anything he may have wired / trasfferrd it, thus there may exist paper trail.

            If he goes to court he will what ever the court decides and that good, so that this corrupt regime will learn a thing or two.

            Berhe

          • T..T.

            Hi SGJ, nikulufiti, tes, and AOsman,

            In the west (Australia, Canada, Europe and the USA), interest rates are determined by the status of the debtor. It is an unsecured debt if the borrower is not trustworthy, repayment wise, i.e., having nothing to offer as a security. Good examples, advances and loans to credit card holders are considered highly risky type of credits. Therefore, such advances qualify for 25% or more. At law, such exorbitant rate of interest fall under usury class, which is forbidden, but the risk type of the credit supersedes and waives such prohibition to enable the very needy, by choice, to get such a quick loan or advance. The wisdom behind the credit facility at a very high interest rate is because 50% of the debtors are expected to default or fail to payback.

            A question to be ask: Don’t think a forced credit to a non-trustworthy regime be allowed to bear interest at 25 or more percent?

          • Abi

            Hi TT
            You and Tes are talking two different things. Tes is talking about punitive damages while you are talking about credit worthiness and consequences. Kind of confusing for a layman like me . Both of you are extremely generous in your calculations.
            Tes, could you please explain your reasoning behind the 25% a little bit more. I’m also interested in its application in this case.
            Thanks

          • T..T.

            Hi Abi,

            In a court of law, the punitive damages are compensations to punish the defendant, while the interest rate forms an integral part of the principal amount together of which are not negotiable and, therefore, it is fully the right to be claimed back by the creditor.

          • Abi

            Thanks TT
            Now, how would you reconcile your argument with that of Tes?

          • T..T.

            Hi Abi,

            Just to give a full picture of the process:

            The judge may make a decision on the case ordering immediate and full repayment of the principal amount plus interest. The judge may also pass a decision on the actual damages, such as the suffered loss of life (family members) and lost business during his absence as well as going blind in prison (the lawyer plays a role here). Thirdly, the judge may exercise his discretional power to decide on how heavy the punitive damages to be (the judge and only the judge has the right here).

          • Fanti Ghana

            Hello T.T. and All,

            T.T.,
            None of what you are thinking regarding this money and interest applies in this case. Mr. Mohammed did not lend the money to the government or the bank. Neither was he doing business with either one. He deposited his money. He withdrew some of it at one point. There is no way he can prove that he tried to withdraw the rest of his money and that he was denied. The bank can simply deny that it was asked for the money at all.

            I don’t think there are any written documents that show his request to withdraw his money. The best case scenario is that, at least to avoid public outrage or embarrassment, the government may order the bank to offer the money at a current exchange rate upon written request by the account holder. Unless what the bank told him about being able to withdraw the money in US currency is in writing, they will demand he accept his money in local currency.

            Once this best case scenario is realized, the most interest he can expect is 5%-10% max. There is another worry however. What if he deposited his money into a checking account since he was planning to start a business and he would be preparing himself to pay a good portion of it for services and material? I strongly suspect that money is in a checking type account and not earning any interest.

            What maybe more effective in getting this money back is to somehow involve as many investors and friends of the state as possible to mediate, and to organize all those in similar situation and have them be heard in an international setting to get the word out.

            The legal avenues are more or less grim at best.

            Assuming we are referring to a national bank (government or its affiliates owned) it cannot be sued at a foreign court. In the US the Supreme Court does not hear such cases unless that bank does business in the US and the case is directly related to its activity in the court’s jurisdiction. What the international law says is even worst. Suing a state outside its own jurisdiction infringes on its sovereignty, and for that reason alone laws has been enacted to protect the state instead.

            T.T. and those of you who maybe contemplating to tackle this case please familiarize yourself with these laws before you go too far. There are some exceptions to these laws, but they don’t seem to apply in this case. I recommend you start with the exceptions.

            Get a general idea of what Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act of the United States is.

            Then read what exceptions to that rule there are.

            Then read the more detailed and complex exceptions to that rule to become expert.

          • tes

            Dear Fanti Ghana,

            The case we have at hand is abnormal case. It is a case of a victimized Eritrean citizen by a regime that is under investigation by Human Rights organization. It is not a case of a businessman who deposited his money and is out of the country at his will.

            Therefore see the case from an abnormal situation.

            In case you may also wonder that the COiE report is void as it is under done outside the country under investigation.

            Just to be more serious

            tes

          • Fanti Ghana

            Hello Prof. tes,
            Very true that this is an abnormal situation. If the Eritrean government is found guilty of gross human cruelty based on the COiE report and if that guilty verdict causes its removal then other more pressing issues will have to be dealt with first before depositors are paid out. However, if the government is reprimanded for its violations but remains in power then it can claim financial hardship and delay pay outs indefinitely. If this government is removed under these circumstances, the nation will be facing massive medical needs of imprisoned and forgotten citizens, repatriation of refugees, the forming of a viable government body, and many more pressing issues will take the forefront before anyone begins to examine who is owned what money. Time is of the essence brother tes.

  • Ahmed Raji

    Merhaba Berhe,
    Of course the higher ups of the regime know very well who is kept locked. What I’m talking about is not really ‘forgetting’ about the prisoner. The security chiefs just put a buffer between them and the prisoner in the form of the prison authorities which allows them to monitor every detail of the prisoner’s life from a distance.

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Hi Nitrickay,

    Follow your heart for the mind sometimes tries to rationalize the un rational issues. The gentleman ‘s ordeal is real. It doesn ‘t matter who interviewed him. It is a painful real story. Imagine your father passed through similar ordeal losing all his rights and his family (you, your sisters, your mother) while they are escaping from our country, and he himself thrown into prison for thirteen years without knowing the reason why he was in prison. Won ‘t this induce a depressing effect to your dad?

    I am disappointed by the comment you made above. Do not be like Gheteb and dawit, the heartless Eritreans who tried to rationalize any kind of ordeal to protect the regime.

    Senay MeAlti

    • Nitricc

      Hey Aman-H; I know for not swaying in see of emotion can be translate in to heartless what ever but i have to stay even kill and seek what the truth is. in this case; I don’t know what to make it out of it. I tend to believe the sad story of the man and at the same time, i doubt the government can be this cold blooded to ward its citizens, worst, its elders. And of course, it matters who report it. I will never believe or accept anything Simmer reports. They are polluted and contaminated to the point never to be trusted. However; if the story is true, then we have a problem more than I expected.

      • tes

        Selam Nitricc,

        Yes even you were indoubt when 360 Eritreans drowned in the Mediterranean sea (Lampedusa Tragedy). How can you be sure when one person gives his testimony.

        You cold blooded robot

        tes

        • Nitricc

          Tes, sunshine; if i am robot, how do you expect me to have blood, let alone the cold one?

          • Abi

            Hi General
            First ask what time it is?
            Tes is mixing up things. It is time to mix his drink. He is talking about Bloody Mary. It is getting late in Paris.
            Genzebka.

          • Nitricc

            Ras Abi; say no more. i have advised him to not post impaired but never listened. you caught him pants down lol.
            Yeqenyeley.

          • Abi

            Hi General
            He was found with his hands in the ice bucket .

  • cool

    Hi,
    question , why is the video testmony removed from this page?why no other eritrean opposition website is reporting about this issue?
    why the swidish media is silent?can anybody tell?

    • Abraham H.

      Hi cool,
      I also wonder why the video is removed from this article; didn’t Awate Team ask for permission from tv Smerr to re-post the testimony here, or something?

    • PTS

      Cool,
      Not everyone is reporting it because as horrific as it is, there is not much news about it. Torture and injustice in Eritrea is too wide spread for a single case to gain attraction.
      That’s why President Isaias and his circle are facing crimes against humanity charges in June.

    • saay7

      Cool:

      The greatest service Smerr can do (or anyone capable, for that matter) is to have a subtitle of the interview in English. Until that’s done, we have included a truncated version of the article in the comments section of the YouTube video. I recommend that we share it in all social media, particularly to all the Mzungus, with a reminder that an English summary of the testimony is available in Youtube comments and of course @awate.

      By the way, the video testimony is in the article now.

      saay

      • cool

        Thank you saay,and as always i like your attention!

  • tes

    Selamat Hope,

    Did you write, “Sem–and tes et al : Do not blame Hope for “being” a PFDJ “enabler”.but yourself for being Coward Robbots and Parrots as well.”?

    Oh man, how corrupted mind you have?

    Can’t you say, black is black and white is white?

    What I feel happy is that you mentioned my name with a man that he speaks what is in my mind. Some two years before someone labeled Semere A. and me as coming from the same gene. And this description is 100% true. Semere and I are identical in the way we see PFDJ and speak for the injustice. The only difference is: Semere Andom is more powerful and gifted with a golden hand to write what is on the ground.

    But you, you corrupted individual. What then have you done for your uncle? You betrayed your own uncle and here you are lecturing on what is so called GoE’s achievements. If there was any positive achievements I could be the first to give a testimony as I lived there till recently.

    You corrupted Hope, you are mistreating your uncles’s case. Be free first and ask an apology to your uncle for you have betrayed him and still continuing to betray him.

    I will be quite confident your apology to your uncle will be published here but not your coward hallucination.

    Come clean. And confess your public wrong doings. If not, your uncle’s blood will always revolove around you and I assure you won’t be happy until you get divorced with PFDJ regime.

    I know you are confusing PFDJ with GoE. Yes today GoE is occupied by PFDJ but GoE is not PFDJ. Until you separate these two aspects you won’t come clean and openly fight for the crimes done by PFDJ.

    Personally my target is PFDJ and my vision is to see a strong and accountable GoE free of PFDJ ideology. Hence my target is to weed-out PFDJ by all means and reclaim GoE which leads a sovereign country.

    And you corrupted Hope, what are you doing? Your betrayal to your own uncle is known to the public. And now what ever you say about your uncle does not represent him. Leave your uncle to Rest in Peace. Leave him alone. His suffering under PFDJ brutal prison center is more than enough for him to handle it.

    Leave him alone and let him Rest in Peace.

    Can you hear me you corrupted and heartless Hope?

    Leave him alone. Enough is for him the mistreatment he faced while he was alive.

    Leave him alone.

    tes

  • Amanuel

    Hi Hope
    If you know these facts why are you propping the criminal regime then. Tes and Co are at least writing against injustice. What are you doing Hope? Shame on you.

  • tes

    Dear T.T and Awate Team

    Originally meant in response to T..T’s excellent idea but then decided to bring it in the forefront so that an all dimensioned action to be taken by concerned activities and Opposition Social medias

    T.T. wrote:

    Start of quote:
    —————-

    The bank in Asmara, where your money is deposited, is under obligation to comply with your signed instruction(s). Your bankers in Asmara are not authorized and cannot allow wrongful drawings on your account by regime.

    Second option, you can place a claim-lien on the properties of the regime outside Eritrea including on proceeds from sales of gold or the European Union aid to the regime.

    Immediately, under a copy to Swedish foreign ministry office, you have to put on notice the regime’s embassy in Sweden about your intent to instruction a bank in Sweden to obtain return of your money through them.

    ——–
    End of Quote

    This is very interesting point. I think Mohammed Hussien Alamoudi has to open a file to withdraw his hard earned money from the Bank of Eritrea. If you have more knowledge on this procedure please write in a more detailed way. Our activities Like Kibrom Dafla can join hand in hand to help the legal procedure and help the victim to reclaim his prosperity.

    As the bank of Eritrea is a legal bank considered by the international monetary (IMF), this will be a strong case to be accused. As the owner of the capital said, the amount at initial deposit was 285,000 USD which is not equivalent to 710,000 USD on a rough estimation though it might also be much higher looking on its potential to generate capital.

    Please guide us and we will do all our best to open a file against the Bank of Eritrea.

    Here the case is not against PFDJ regime but with a bank that represents the country. We will be very forgetful and for sure the owner will get it. No matter how long it takes, the file needs to be opened.

    There are millions of personal money deposited by Eritreans now kept a hostage by the regime in the Eritrean bank. And I hope a legal body to be established that will open a file against the Government of Eritrea not the PFDJ regime.

    Though PFDJ is a political ruler, Eritrea as a sovereign country and will be obliged by International rules.

    I call awate.com and other websites to take this case seriously and be the voice of the voiceless Eritreans who are not able to access their personal money deposited through legal procedure.

    Lets do some practical works.

    Not only Eritrean lives matter but also properties. So far we are on lives but for those who succeeded to establish their life out the brutal regime, it is time to come together and establish a task force that is meant to reclaim their Money.

    This can be a good case before the June Meetings comes in the COiE investigation report.

    tes

    • Yohannes

      Prof Tes!

      I like the way you are love to act. To many, this may seem a ridiculous, impractical idea because they think you are really about just getting pfdj to appear in court and pay him back. There are many other implicit successes from doing so and you know it. And of course, this is an ‘action’ against pfdj, and those who know, know that even when they pretend to laugh at these moves, they are really afraid. considering the way they pose carelessly to the outside world, i never realized that until a person who used to work in the foreign ministry once told me how they were terrified and running amok the first time these so called sanctions started. So yes, the smallest action impacts them – even if not as effectively as to bring the change we want; besides, when the inevitable change comes, he is going to reclaim his money through the legal means that doesn’t have to be postponed.

  • Yohannes

    Dear all,
    This is simply heartbreaking; it is hard to imagine, except with the help of Orwell’s books, what this innocent people are going through. But there is something that I found very striking about Mr. Mohammed as well as Dejen,(and even the cell mates such as Dawit as Mohammed told) and this is their strength and their coolness and their sanity after all these years. But this man’s story is also marked by multiple tragedies….omg, all I can say is may he get consolation and peace in the rest of his life! and may he get to see the day of judgement of the criminals!

  • Semere Andom

    Cousin Hope:

    Please do not compare the suffering of your uncle to this one, that is do not call it worse than this, just tell us the suffering you know about.
    And please explain your soft sport for PFDJ given the crimes, the stoning of your blood relatives, not that you need to wait till the crimes hit home
    And please explain your ambivalence towards the PFDJ and what do you want sem, tes and et all to do or your just love them that u have to mention their names:-)
    Do not call dawit and gheteb evangelists, they are isiagelists

    • Hope

      Ahlen Sem:
      Please,do not read unwritten stuff.
      I am not comparing this and that and I have not belittled or minimized the suffering of this and that as Injustice to one is Injustice to all.
      Soft spot on the PFDJ not bee?
      Are you kidding me?
      Saying and doing things in my own way and not in your own way, cannot and should
      Not be considered having a soft spot for PFDJ.
      I am not sure if you or your family member was/is/have been a victim.of the PFDJ but I am and my own family as well, one way or another,like most Eritreans.

  • Semere Andom

    Hi BY:
    Eveything you said in this comment and everything we all said has been succincly summarized 14 years ago

  • T..T.

    Brother Mohamed, regarding your monies in Asmara, here’s what you should do:

    All US dollars outside the USA is considered Euro dollar and attracts 6% on long term investments.

    Initially, you deposited $285,000 with your bank in Asmara. After a withdrawal of $4,000, the balance was: $281,000 ($285,000 minus $4,000).

    To have access to your money, the best to start with is to open a US dollar account with a strong bank in Sweden. Then, it is possible to make part or full withdrawal from your bank account in Asmara through the Swedish bank.

    Based on 6% long term interest, your money in 2016 should amount to $710,000, the principal plus interest. To withdraw your money you can issue a check, if you have in your possession one from the Asmara’s bank, and deposit it with your Swedish bank. Otherwise, in accordance with the Swedish banking practice empower your Swedish bankers to obtain return of your money from Asmara and be deposited with them.

    The bank in Asmara, where your money is deposited, is under obligation to comply with your signed instruction(s). Your bankers in Asmara are not authorized and cannot allow wrongful drawings on your account by regime.

    Second option, you can place a claim-lien on the properties of the regime outside Eritrea including on proceeds from sales of gold or the European Union aid to the regime.

    Immediately, under a copy to Swedish foreign ministry office, you have to put on notice the regime’s embassy in Sweden about your intent to instruction a bank in Sweden to obtain return of your money through them.

    • AOsman

      Dear T.T,

      Can you do this!!! I am sure there are many who have been swindled by the mafia regime and would be happy to know that they can resort to justice outside Eritrea.

      You need to further elaborate and even assist such people…..it is an excellent idea.

      Regards
      AOsman

      • Dis Donc

        Dear Osman,

        I would not be too quick to agree with TT. The first order of busines is to check if the bank is autonomous enough from government. If not then there is little to do both in and outside of Eritrea; with or without the law. I had a similar family member experience with the commercial bank of Ethiopia. However, this bank was and is an autonmous and hence was able to retrieve all the money as well interest. However, it would have been impossible to do during the Dergi time as it was an arm of the Mengie system.

        • tes

          Dis Donc,

          Let’s see here from a critical perspective. Mohammed Hussien AlAmoudi is not saying that he was doing business. He just deposited his hard earned money wishing that to invest it in his home country. Then he went into prison for 13 years. After 13 years, he lost his eye, he lost his family. Today, he is refugee and dependent person. Today he is a victim of the brutal system which is accused by Human Rights as a regime that has done systematic crimes. Mohammed Hussien is one of them.

          Now aged and unable to lead his normal life as he was before, he needs money. And it is morally unacceptable for him to be dependent on social welfare while he has money deposited in a sovereign country through known bank procedures.

          I know the government is controlled by a mafia group who is keeping everything a hostage. But, but, as a sovereign country and registered UN member, Eritrea be it under PFDJ or worse regime, any legal paper signed by the government is accountable for all legal procedures. Again I know PFDJ cares less on such legal papers but one thing they know: tomorrow if they refuse any legally signed document, tomorrow, eveything will be rejected too. For this they will be forced to give what is onwed.

          But this is not easy. We need to use all tools to so that Mohammed Hussien to be able use his money for his survival. His case is therefore unique.

          PFDJ is known for his deceitful tactic of denial “where is the evidence” but this case is full of evidence. It is just like that of the Djiboutian POWs. He might deny now but he can’t deny after.

          For this a task force needs to be established.

          Therefore, it is possible.

          tes

          • Dis Donc

            Dear Tes,

            I am not disagreeing with you the crimes and atrocities or their effect and bi-effects. I am only writing you the fact that whatever legal papers signed with the government is legally binding by the government within Eritrean jurisdiction. Outside and international laws do not come into effect within a sovereign nation. For the lack of time I cannot site the articles here and now. But the only legal remedy is if the bank is autonomous, even that is a big IF. A private and independent bank is legally liable both in and outside of Eritrea, though.

          • Lamek

            Dis Donc. Please do not repeat your question whether ‘the bank is autonomous enough from government.’ Put 2 and 2 together and answer that question yourself.

            We just need to help Mr. Mohammed recover any documents he can, hire a lawyer, go to some international court and give it a shot. At the very least, we can tarnish the image of PFDJ further. There is not enough time to incorporate this in COIE report but it should still be filed in a court. Thank you.

          • dawit

            Lamek; “At the very least, we can tarnish the image of PFDJ further”. Is it not the goal of Revenge Seekers or Regime Change opposition trying to achieve from the start, manufacturing crimes of PFDJ? That is why Eritreans have difficulty believing Mr. Alamudi’s story, if he was a genuine victim or another con artist. Saay claimed all the stories or testimonies to COIE corroborate therefore we should believe them. How can you expect stories manufactured by same Regime Change advocates to be different. Are they dot coming from the same assembly line if you call them corona or corolla? Therefor any stories that originate from Assena or Simmer are lies and always designed to smear or tarnish the good name of Eritrea under PFDJ .
            dawit

          • Nitricc

            VF, Mr. sunshine; what DD is asking beyond your church organizing capacity. what don’t you do what you do best, stop arguing about banks and governmental organizations; instead call your religious thug members and do a prayer on behalf of the person you wanted to help. community organizer my foot.

          • Lamek

            Do I know you? Can someone help me what this creature is saying?

          • Dis Donc

            Dear Lamek,

            I was only advising folks here from starting a frivolous case, which could turn out to be very expensive from the accuser side. Good luck!

          • Berhe Y

            Hi T.T. Lamek and all,

            I think if there is any legal way to get the money, it’s worth the fight. If initial finiancial legal means is a problem, I am sure there are lawyers who can work on commission, like 20% if they recoup the money (from 700 that’s 140K) and I think there will be some takers. And if he gets over half a million back that is still something that will hurt the PFDJ coffers.

            Let me give you two examples that I know:

            1) there was this Eritrean who worked in Ethiopia. When he retired around 1994 he packed and left to Eritrea. The Ethiopian government / bank gave him a choice, to give him lampsum, monthly to his account in Ethiopia or any other bank he wished. He chose the Eritrean bank and they send him monthly there (I don’t know exactly the transaction) but he continues to recieve the money today even after all the things that went on. (Abi, I know I going to get mama Ethiopia the blessed and I couldn’t agree with you more. It’s good that Ethiopia is governed by laws).

            2) it was during the war of 1998, there was this Eritrean NGO in Europe that raised money for project in Eritrea. All was fine professionally, the board hired a European consultant and he would go and verify the progress of the project and money gets trasfferrd. The people who run the project are Eritreans but I guess knew how Shaebia works so they were careful. They wire 50,000 Euro for next installement. Then the people on Eritrea go to the bank and when they want to withdraw, the bank tells them they didn’t recieve it. So the guys in Europe goes and ask the bank, and they said, they received it and here is the confirmation. So they tell them to ask again and they say, NO we didn’t recieve it, even when the general manager of the bank is asked. So they asked him, to give in writing so they can ask the other bank to investigate. Ahha, they say no problem but they never give in writing. After waiting for a week, those in Europe say, oj we will hire lawyer and will get to the bottom of it. And they gave them a chance and said, we understand there may be a need for hard currency. If you can confirm only them we can cooperate when it can be released. They said NO, you don’t need a lawyer, we didn’t recieve.

            So they hired a lawyer and a letter was sent, basically insulting them how a bank that suppose to operate with international banking system can lie. And threath them if they don’t release the money within 24 hours they will take legal means and including asking the bank to be banned from international banking.

            They released the money within ONE hour and the start saying, it was not necessary (lawyer Adlai ayneberen, nmtay genzeb zuTefE).

            So the PFDJ always crumble if it’s going to hurt it financially, and it is NOT stupied it knows when can’t get away with it.

            So if Mohammed have nothing more to lose I think it’s best he tries.

            As T.T. pointed out, there is lots of ways the money can be recouped specially with the mining and other transaction, that would be for the lawyer to figure out.

            Berhe

          • Tesfu

            Selamat Berhe Y.
            I will hold his last name, by the name Tewelde. (Living in Toronto at that time) He sue the regime and got his money back, this was a decade ago when the regime delayed giving back his bond/money.If there is will there will be ways to do it.That is all I have for today

          • tes

            Dear Berhe Y.,

            You have excellent cases. One of the most weird thing about PFDJ junta is that he fears sanctions concerning money. Life is worthless to PFDJ.

            And this simple concept leads us into a very important trend. Since PFDJ circulates a good sum of money through international banks, he knows what will be the effect if he makes with money issue. It is therefore a right case to open a file against PFDJ regime so that Mohammed Hussien AlAmoudi to receive his money. In fact the money will free him from being a dependent. Nothing more.

            I am quite confident Mohammed Hussien will get powerful lawyers if he makes a good deal of legal agreements. In this case I believe that Kiflom Dafla will be a good advisor as he knows the ins and outs of money flow.

            tes

          • AOsman

            Dear Dis Donc,

            I tend to agree with you, hoping that we both are wrong. When governments nationalise assets what do those on the loosing end do….historically not much until change comes. In any case, waiting for T.T to prop his idea with solid information if he is an expert on the matter.

            Regards
            AOsman

          • Dis Donc

            Dear Osman,

            Yeah, me too. Although, I admit that I do not know the realities of the person in question and how he kept his money, legal remedies come in many ways and forms. Lawyers are very picky and highly costly. My advise to him is to try his luck with tribunals or what is knowns as civil court/arbitration in the common law system. For the following reasons it is a preferred choice:
            1. No lawyer is required
            2. Only small case fee, which varies per country
            3. On many occasions if the person has all the legal papers and signed documents, good outcomes are almost guaranteed.

            The down sides of it are
            1. If the Gov’t is willing to appear before the court
            2. It is upto the gov’t to comply with the outcome

          • tes

            Dear Dis Donc,

            The government is not willing and will not be. However there is one that will put in pressure and that is the report already submitted by COiE. Though PFDJ seems to eject the document he is spending millions of dollars to prove that he is right. Therefore this case will be another dimension of putting a legal pressure to the regime.

            I am quite confident this case will produce a monetary sanction on PFDJ. So far crimes report has been on personal issues but now it has to be extended also on property case.

            tes

          • Dis Donc

            Dear Tes,

            You are in the right direction now. If the gov’t refused to show up to an established arbitration/civil court then it is a highly sensitive legal matter. He can then use that to sue them in a criminal court. Lawyers will come begging as they know the get an easy reward to begin with.

          • Nitricc

            Hey DD; what amazes me the most is that they ( the revenge seekers ) tell you this government is the most ruthless, mafia and curl whoever exist, then they turn around and they are trying to challenge the government legally through the rule of law; how i that possible? if anyone wants to help this victim; let’s contribute each of us what we can and help him finically. less talking more doing has solved most problems.

          • tes

            Selam Nitricc,

            If there is a revenge that will compensate PFDJ crimes I would be the first in the list of revenge takers. But I am afraid that for what ever revenge I take I won’t compensate it.

            My revenge is therefore ‘JUSTICE’ as once Awate Team put it in their video clips. Do not therefore equate our revenge with PFDJ crimes but justice. I know what PFDJ hates, it is justice. Their biggest worry is therefore a revenge that is meant for JUSTOCE.

            tes

          • tes

            Dear Mr. Say then*,

            One thing that I am confident with is Mohammed Hussien will put a legal pressure. And lawyers can be be volunteers. How long it may take, at the end he will get his money. be it autonomous or controlled. If not there will be a sanction on financial terms.

            So far no Eritrean has sued PFDJ on money terms as life matters is binding us most. Now, it is time for those victimized individuals to open a file and reclaim their financial properties.

            tes

            *Just wondering why you chose your nickname as such.

          • Dis Donc

            *pro bonos

            Dear Tes,

            I only hope that the guy gets good advice and I do not see that here. Not as yet, anyways. As for the legal pressure, that we are talking about, I hope the guy follows it in a methodical manner. That said, the GOE is already swimming in legal pressures of all sorts….

            As for the alias, sorry but that is personal matter.

    • Nitricc

      T.T. it is interesting to see you live in a theoretical world. Wake up man, you are living in a real, curl and cold world. if the Eritrean government can refuse the release of Dawit and risk to sever all diplomatic ties with Sweden; what makes you think the Eritrean government will bother in a few toothless dollars? you even get funnier when you mention 6% interest; where in the world do you live, man?
      Question; where did he get the money to buy Sudanese passport and Air tickets to Europe. Remember; he was released from prison and left the country penny less? the process must cost few thousand dollars; where did the money came from?

      • saay7

        Selamat Nitricc:

        Since you occasionally refer to me as your mentor, you have to excuse the mentor when he steps in to opine and tell his mentee he is using neither his brain nor his heart. From the following:

        1. The abuse of government power to arrest a citizen for expressing his views in a bar;
        2. The abuse of government power to detain a citizen without charges for 13 years;
        3. The abuse of government power to deny medical care that results in a man’s permanent blindness;
        4. The abuse of government power to steal a citizen’s money;
        5. The abuse of government power to threaten a citizen never to disclose he had been arrested;
        6. The abuse of government power to deny a prisoner visitation from his sister and mother;
        7. The abuse of government power to make a wife and children so hopeless that they take extreme risks and perish with 360 of their compatriots in Lampedusa;

        What mystifies you the most is how did this ex-prisoner, broken and broke, this same citizen who is the cousin of the wealthiest African (whose net worth is estimated by Forbes magazine to be 9 billion USD) manage to raise the money to escape the country, in a country that is riddled with corrupt officers who can Uber you from your home to Khartoum? That’s what’s keeping you up at night?

        saay

        • dawit

          Selama Saay,

          Surprisingly every thing points to “Regime Change in Eritrea”.

          1. G-15 advocate a the middle of war with Ethiopia for Regime change in Eritrea.

          2. Dawit and other ‘Journalists’ advocate ‘Free Press’ for Regime Change in Eritrea.

          3.Eritreans Elders rounded up and recruited to negotiate for Regime Change in Eritrea

          4. Alamudi spread money in bars to recruit opposition members for Regnum change in Eritrea.

          5.UN set up SEMG Lies factory for UNSC use to sanction the country for Regime Change in Eritrea,

          6. SEMG recruits Eritreans outside country Human Right advocates for Regime Change in Eritrea.

          7. SEMG recruit EDF members to make ‘Democratic Coup in Eritrea for Regime Change in Eritrea.

          8. SEMG recruit an Eritrean Cabinet member to gather information for Regime Change in Eritrea.

          9. SEMG form human traffickers smuggle Eritreans out of the country for Regime Change in Eritrea .
          10. Eritrean Revenge Seekers blame GOE for El Niño to advocate for Regime Change in Eritrea
          dawit

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Selam dawit
            What’s wrong with calling for regime change; what’s wrong of citizens calling their government to change or be changed? Just tell me. What’s wrong with that? Isn’t that what citizens do when they feel like changing their government? Isn’t that the right of citizens? polities with constitutions have it in their constitutions, the right to hire and fire their governments, and to recall elections and the removal of elected officials. And peoples governed by unconstitutional regimes call for change, dissent, disobey, and rise up against rulers. I think Eritreans have been too patient for this government. And I fear, gradually, that patience has already been transformed to conditioned state of indifference. Good for the “zenegese ngusna lots;” bad for the citizens who believe we have already lost too much of an opportunity to rehabilitate Eritrea. If you are sincere about your support, give the government an honest advice. And that’s brutality usually ends with brute force. History has not been kind to dictators who ravage the lives of defenseless civil and peaceful people. PFDJ will be remembered as an Eritrean entity that paled gzAat trki- ካብ ግዝኣት ቱርኪ ዝተረኸ (ዝኸፍአ) ኮይኑ ክዝከር እዩ።

          • dawit

            Selam Mahamud;
            There is nothing wrong for citizens to call their government to change, but in Eritrean case it is outsiders who wanted the change and sometimes using innocent citizens to endorse it in the name of democracy, human right, free press etc. with one aim of reversing the independence of Eritrea, which they never liked or supported it for the past 60 years. Do you think PFDJ lasted for 25 years if the citizens did not support it? Eritrean society has priorities and right now the priority is preserving the independence of the country, some thing Eritrean society paid enormous sacrifices to achieve it. If you take US as a model country, they abolished several rights of their citizens including the right for privacy etc. after 9/11 when their country’s independence was threatened. They created Abu grade and Gautama bay prisons. Historically they even abolished their two term presidential term during the WWII, they built concentration camps to hold every Japanese-American citizens young and old women and children as prisoners till the end of the war. Today Eritrea is in the middle of unfinished war declared on it since 1940s, from same group of countries that oppose Eritrean independence.
            dawit

          • Dis Donc

            Dear Davy,

            That is just a weak, pathetic and recycled argument. That only makes sense to people who are terrorized and scared to death. Of course, the likes of you.are living large in the west and changing your government at will, every four to five years. You are too facey, Davy! Down right shame to be a mouth piece of tyranny.

          • dawit

            DD,

            This a video I am playing nonstop for this weekend enjoy it.

            https://youtu.be/CramgWQIXwY

            dawit

          • Tzigereda

            Selam dawit,
            So you think we eritreans are not able to identify crimes, bad governance and to call for justice? So you think the call for rule of law is not an eritrean voice? Yes, we call for regime change, because this government is not only unable to govern but because he is committing crimes! Eritrea should no more be governed by criminals, as simple as that.
            Call for Change is a very Eritrean voice, which began long long time ago before the COI was set up, long time before Eritrea was sanctioned. Those who think africans ( in our case Eritreans) can never be in a position to know what is good for them are either racists or fanatics, and you definitely belong to this last group.

          • Semere Andom

            Hi Tegadait Tzigereda:

            “kab Saleh tigedi”:-)

            One of the artists interviewed by Assenna said he talked to one of the new arrivals to one of the refugees camps and in their discussions the young man said that PFDJ functionaries would say, “please make this girl stay, she looks like she is a virgin, let her pass she looks like she has lost her virginity” that is the regime Dawit serves, and most likely he is the one saying those dispecable words when he volunteers during his summers to protect his “enda tehanit”. But one day those words will be applied to his Harvard grad daughters, then he will cry, but like Judah he will not have redemption, he will commit suicide by hanging from his “enda tehanit”.

            *But generations later many people will quote the great awatista Semere Andom, who once said, in his prime that once the dust settles people will be shocked by the crimes of PFDJ, untold stories and will be amazed by the heroism we do not hear about them. But the one who committed suicide he will be remembered only by his tomb because as a self-killer he will be burred few yards away from others.

            * PS: Sal, yea this is Aboy Fekady:-)

          • Nitricc

            Semere Andom; i don’t know what the deal is but it is clear your sexual comments are concerning. in every post of yours, you talk about rape, hooo’s and all sexual conations; i mean it is clear you have some kind sexual issues. why can’t you sit down with your shrink and iron it out what ever sexual things are on your head. may be the all rapes you witnessed in shall against EPLF women fighters is messing you up. what ever it is; this please spare us from this endless sexual fantasies of yours on this forum. i am sure you will find a medium for your desire in some other forums. you keep talking about dawit, you are the one keep bringing it up to no end; you are the one with the issues. what a disgraced individual.

          • Semere Andom

            No Nitricc”
            I am reporting what young people your age and younger are reporting
            No, am not going away, I will tell it like it is, like the survivors are telling it. If that is hurting your uni-cellurar brain make up, save ur money that the USA army pays you and get a transplant
            And please stop telling lies, I never said i witnessed rape in Sahel, I said and I am quoting myself verbatim that all the leaders had female cooks, maids in Sahel.
            Also, no, it is not me who is bringing it up, dawit admitted he would assault women sleeping besides him and when like u he denied the crimes against Mohammed I told him , like it is, so what is wrong with that Mr. Truth teller?
            Nitricc, we know a lot about u, I know about u, so do not pretend anything and have some respect for your self, I am telling what the people who suffered under PFDJ, a group that you support and all the losers in the YPFDJ (the gheto kids, who are maniulated by a few with brains).u want me to blame the victim, remember when u said it is the woman’s fault if she is wearing revealing cloths, I do not blames victims like you, I side with them.
            Do not lecture, Mr.Protozoan, first order of business for u should be to get that much needed, much delayed, way overdue cell brain transplant then you can talk to me

          • saay7

            Hey Cousin iSem:

            Before we quote the great awatista Semere Andom who expressed his prescient view that “when the dust settles, people will be shocked by the crimes of PFDJ”, they will probably quote the great awatista Serray who expressed his emboldening view that when the dust settles, people will be inspired to know of all the heroes who fought the PFDJ heroically and died quietly.

            As for the argument of people like Cousin Dawit, you have to admit there is a mesmerizing consistency in its deformity. Just form this video, let’s take the case of the individuals mentioned: Dawit Isaac. This is what Cousin Dawit says about him: “Dawit and other ‘journalists’ advocate ‘free press’ fore regime change in Eritrea.” Of course, the reason they were arrested is that, unlike Eri-TV, Hadas Ertra, they actually gave a platform to the G-15. But, for fun, let’s assume Cousin Dawit is right. Let’s also further assume that the government just doesn’t have time for ሕንቃቐ like courts and due process and other traditional Eritrean jury-dispensing mechanisms. Now, Dawit Isaac was released in 2007, and then quickly re-arrested after he talked to the Swedish Ambassador to Eritrea. Therefore, using Cousin Dawit’s logic, this is how the conversation went:

            Dawit Isaac: Ambassador, I am out of jail.
            Ambassador: Are you still committed to regime change?
            Dawit Isaac: Yes, of course.
            Eavesdropping Gov: It’s back to jail for you!

            Also, Mohammed Hussein (we will call him Al-Amoudi to emphasize his Ethiopan connection) “spread money in bars to recruit opposition members for Regime Change in Eritrea.” (All $4,000 of it, which is what your average YPFDJ spends in Eritrea in six weeks..) Therefore, since he obviously does not know the value of money and his fiduciary responsibility with it, it was nationalized and is being put to good use by the Government The People & Government of Eritrea. Besides, it costs money to imprison people for 13 years and he has to pay his fair share.

            Mohammed Hussein Al Amoudy was also warned never to tell anyone that he had been imprisoned (which is what every released prisoner is told) because this might ruin the good name of the government People And Government of Eritrea.

            When I read people like Dawit, I feel like Rosarian in Catch-22: “Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle.”

            saay

          • Semere Andom

            Hi Sal: little correction
            The quott you attributed to the greate Serray was actually said to him by Sem Andom in response to Serray’s saying that some algorithm in Ghedli has re-engineered the people, it was chirca 2012.

          • dawit

            Selam Tzigereda,

            I think it is good habit to read what I wrote before you respond. I never said Eritreans are unable to recognize bad government and their crimes. That is why they hate ‘Gizat Turki”, Fanciest Italian apartheid rules, British racist divide and rule and Ethiopian genocidal rulers. That is why they paid enormous sacrifice to live under their own government. Comparing all governments they experience peace and progress under PFDJ. They look to the sky and sea sunshine and clouds bringing rain instead of Mig fighter dropping fire on their homes, farms, cattle and children. They identify PFDJ as their own government and say ‘Nihna-Nsu’ as one. Unlike few disgruntled individuals who take orders from Eritrea’s enemy, agitate to change the Eritrean government. They take order from foreign groups like SEMG, COIE lead by racists like Sheilla and Dan Connell, to jump and they say ‘how high’. So you see the phrases you used ‘racist and fanatics’ perfectly describe your troop. Do you enjoy your friend Semere description and languages he use to describe Eritreans men and women?

            Enjoy this video made by one of the great Eritrean female artist.

            https://youtu.be/CramgWQIXwY
            dawit

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Selam dawit
            You are wrong in many levels dawit. When victims speak up, as an ardent supporter of the regime, the best you could do would be to bury your head or plug up your ears. The victims are speaking up one after another and en masse; some alive, and some are speaking through their mutilated bodies in the Saharas and the high seas. Some are wailing through the walls of the unmarked prisons and graves. Some are emptying their grievances within small circles of their families and friends. This week, I heard the death of three young men who were born in Sahel. Three of them could have been saved if we did have a system that cater to the well being of its people. Three of them experienced repeated imprisonments an harassment in their families; they lost a sum of decades of years of the absence of their fathers in prisons without any reason given to them or to their imprisoned fathers. And this is while they were spending years in National Service! Finally, they lost hope, they lost trust and confidence in the regime their parents brought to power; a system that ironically abused the people that had fought so hard to bring it to existence. There is a real problem dawit. We can’t hide behind “Eritrea is in the middle of unfinished war declared on it since 1940s, from same group of countries that oppose Eritrean independence.” Because people know where to direct their anger. Right now, the issue is about the abuses the Eritrean regime is exacting on us, not about some foreign invading ghosts. The forces who don’t accept the independence of Eritrea do not compel the Eritrean government to abuse its people. Outside threats don’t make you abuse your people, nor the abusing of your own people is a rational way of thwarting foreign threats. The opposite is true. Good governance and the respect of the choices of your citizens are proven ways of thwarting foreign aggressions, because to foil any foreign aggression, you have to have citizens who are ready to defend what they have achieved. Even if you want to argue that the USA and Ethiopia are bent to reverse Eritrean independence, that argument is not going to help you convince me that what the Eritrean government perpetrates on Eritreans is a justifiable way of rebuffing those foreign forces. In short, domestic abuses are the result of an abusive domestic government. Please don’t compare what the USA has done with what PFDJ is doing.
            1. Whatever the USA government does is constitutional. That means it does what it does within what its constitution permits it to do. If going beyond what the constitution limits is warranted, it amends its constitution through the means its constitution allows it to amend.
            2. It takes measures of national security (like the Patriotic Act, following September 11, ) through its representatives as permitted by the constitution.
            3. All abuses are investigated and reported by citizens and through their representatives. The abuses in the Iraqi prison of Abugraib was reported by American journalists and was investigated by congress. You see how contradicting to yourself you are? If you are saying PFDJ is OK to commit crimes on its citizens because it is under threat as the USA government was OK to commit abuses in Abugraib when it was under threat, then you have to take that logic a bit farther to underline the fact that Eritreans should criticize their government for the abuses it commits under any circumstances as the USA citizens opposed their government for the abuses it committed under any circumstances.
            BTW: One of the mothers of those three dead young men told my friend when he called to pay his condolence, ” እንታይ ክንገብር ኢልካና ዓዶም እያ ኣብያቶም” Roughly translated: What can we do? It appears. their country has disavowed them.

          • dawit

            Selam Mahmud,

            Eritrea will also reach the level of democracy like US after 200+ years but hopefully before that. US kept slavery for 100+ years after independence under ‘democratic’ government. There may be a growing pain for any government, Eritrea and almost all Third World countries are going through that period.

            Enjoy these two songs from Tegadalit Elsa Kidane,

            https://youtu.be/CramgWQIXwY

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=skCqSmP1P34

            dawit

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Selam dawit
            It all boils down to two steps in order for one to make his/her position clear. You don’t have to tell me that others too have done it. Because the short answer will be that you should not do something bad because you see your peers do it. That’s without going to details including the fact that Eritreans did not bleed so badly in order to repeat bad experiences that others went through. Let’s put politics(regime change) aside for a minute and reclaim our humanity. So, the two step of clarity are the following.
            1. Recognize that gross human rights violations have been committed by the government. In that case:
            a. reclaim your humanity and say “This is wrong.” You could do this while still supporting the government. Actually, if you really care about it, this is what you should do. Tell it that it is in its interest to remediate its actions for its own survival. Or;
            b. recognize the crimes but keep making excuses to justify them, but please take off your mask and face the victims squarely in their eyes.
            2. This is the easiest choice for most cadres of PFDJ. Deny…deny…deny. In that case no further actions needed on your part.
            The thing is dawit, we really love our country, I would really want to see Eritrean government do better, Eritreans showed it time and again that when their nation was in jeopardy, they reported for duty. So, let’s leave the issue of patriotism for now because we are talking about crimes the government is committing against the people of Eritrea, and no one ordered it to do it, not the USA or wayane.

          • Saleh Johar

            Hello Mahmoud Pasha,
            They say, “feliTu zdeqese….” Some people have killed their conscience, their humanity and their sense of right and wrong. I believe people like you are better equipped to face this madness that is raging within the “nHna nsu…” crowd. Unfortunately, they believe they are acting with a sense of loyalty to the historical EPLF. But fortunately, you are around and they have no argument when you tell them you own EPLF, you are the child of EPLF, and they are strangers, pretenders, cowards who want to attach themselves like parasites on the history and goodwill created with the sweat and blood of selfless Eritreans, and benefit from it. They are a bunch of moving deadwood pretending to be human beings, whose senses of compassion is dead. That are dangerous and they should be faced with the realization that they are monsters–facing them should not be with soft tools, they need tools that can stop anything rabid.

          • Gogo

            Selam Dawit,
            Your argument that the fact that the PFDJ lasted for 25 years is a testament to the support it gets from the people is an anemic one. Look at any dictatorship in history, from the post-independence dinosaurs in Africa to communist and fascist iron-men, you will find that most of them had surpassed the PFDJ in terms of staying in power. Would you say this was so because they were getting genuine, as opposed to forced, support from their populace? Plus, the truth or desirability of something is not measured by the amount of support a regime garners. Would you say the substantial support National socialism enjoyed in Germany justifies/rationalizes the horrors of the Third Reich?

          • tes

            Dear Gogo,

            As I can read from the political landscape changes DIA will be finished just like that of a Romanian dictator who ruled and ruined Romania for 25 years.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsRQP7TifME

            tes

          • tes

            Selam Dawit,

            Did you write, “…sometimes using innocent citizens to endorse it in the name of democracy, human right, free press etc….”?

            Are you the same person?

            Aren’t you the one who label these justice seeking people as traitors?

            How then suddenly turning and calling them innocent?

            Isn’t “Traitor” a term that is related with a crime done?

            tes

          • dawit

            Selam tes,
            what time is now in France? Is it day-time or night time, before I reply to you. But for now let me call them ‘ Innocent-Criminals’
            dawit

          • Hope

            Selamat Cousins:
            First of,Cousin/”Evangelist” dawit knows what he is talking about and says things “purposely” at times,per my understanding..he has points though and what
            he has listed are either partially true and/or even legitimate concerns from National Security Interest point of view considering all things
            But I have few concerns:
            We do not have enough details about the 1998-2000 war and aftermath other than PIA being accused to be the ONLY culprit. .
            -The Reformers were a bit hectic on their actions:” . and PIA advised them to slow down and not to rush but despite that, they pushed fast and put PIA at a precarious situation,including his safety.
            As Abdella Adem declared openly,the Refomres were ready to kill him/PIA(“Kedimuna de’a’ ember Kinnriqualu meddibna nerna”:Courtesy of Abdela Adem.Ato herghis Ghirmay of the Anseba Region Governor said similar thing but nicely :” Ghegatat de’a’ tegheru emeber ghinsi tehawikhom”.
            -Do we have any idea about role of Mr Anthony Lake?
            -What about the possible under-cover role of Haile Deru’ in collaboration with Anthony Lake(I said “Possible Role).
            -We know one fact that the TPLF gave a precodnition and an Ultimatum that the war will stop only if PIA steps down and Haile Deru’ relayed that message to the Cabinet.
            -The hectic role of the Journalists..
            -The negative role of the EU through the Italian Gov coordinating the G-15 Meetings in its own Embassy and even directly interfering in the internal affairs of Eritrea,irrespective of its good will.
            As Mahmud said,it might be good to ask for a change or to attempt to change the regime but it was done in a “Wrong” way;but then again the Leadership has a ” Right” to protect or defend itself like all other dictators do and it did what other dictators did.
            This is NOT to defend the regime but to express the other side of the “truth”.

          • saay7

            Hala Cousin Dawit:

            That “middle of the war” is a pretty elastic phrase. The war ended in December 2000. Is talking about “regime change” after December 2000 is not cool because, surprise, we are in a state of war (except when Isaias says we are not) even now.

            You have quite an impressive list: there is just one problem: none of these were proven where they should be: in a court of law. Your side likes to try people in the court of public opinion — but there is a catch: some opinions are not legal.

            For a lot of my compatriots who pull their hair every time they read outrageous things from your side, I have a recommendation: read an ebook by a Canadian professor which is called “The Authoritarians.” It is not focused on authoritarians but the followers of authoritarianism who were first studied after World War II when psychologists were trying to figure out how otherwise decent people ended up following Hitler. It’s written from a Western standpoint to describe authoritarians in the West but with minor changes, it can help us understand how the mind of Eritrean authoritarians are wired.

            If you don’t have time to read the entire book, jump to page 75. You will see all the traits we have become familiar to with the Nehna Nsu gang including their tendency to lecture us about something we know first hand.

            http://members.shaw.ca/jeanaltemeyer/drbob/TheAuthoritarians.pdf

            saay

          • Semere Andom

            Hi Sal:
            “So good luck if you passed on this book to your fascist Cousin Dawit” 🙂

        • Lamek

          Saay,

          This CS* is not saying that all those things you listed are not bad things to do to people. CS is saying that none of this happens in Eritrea. It’s Smer that is doing this reporting because they are weyane agents. Sellouts. I hate them as much as Abi hates the Arabs and camels.

          *please refer to Gheteb’s writing for an extensive exposition on this term and how it came about to this forum.

  • saay7

    Selamat Awatistas:

    Whenever people say, “why do your listen to the CoI? Why do you listen to the SEMG”, I try to explain that testimonies are credible if the details are corrobated by different people, who don’t know one another, at different times, and different places. Now, let’s consider this heartbreaking testimony of Mohammed Hussein Al-Amoudy and see if it is consistent with two prisoners who managed to escape from carciere (Karsheli): Semere Kesete, the former president of the University of Asmara Student Union; and Dejen Andehishel, the fighter-jet pilot.

    From awate.com interview of Semere Kesete, August 15, 2012:

    I was confined to a small cell. I was not allowed to meet other prisoners and was not allowed to go out in the sun. I was only talking to my guard. My hands were handcuffed behind my back for two weeks?.I would say I was in a better situation than others. Let me give you one example: Mehari tells me that a young man named Dejen Ande Hishel , an ex-student who grew up in the Revolutionary School [a school run by the EPLF during the armed struggle] and who was later a Mig-29 pilot and instructor after independence, was picked by two men from his work on March 18, 1999. Until July 2002, no one knew his whereabouts. He repeatedly asked [his jailers] what his crime was, why he was in jail and who brought him there; he never got an answer. His father and mother are combatants. His father is a lieutenant Colonel. His two elder brothers are also combatants– that comprises the whole family. He never saw the sun. His family was allowed to visit him after [he spent] three years and five months in jail. Where I was jailed, I know only few people: Feron Weldu, Hassen Kekya, Sunabera, Kuflom Gebremichael and Ali Alamin Ali (both worked for the American Embassy in Asmara), Ali Mohammed, Bitweded Abraha. Abdu Younis is in Karsheli. I also know of Aho Ali Aho, who is the Baito [regional assembly] Chairman of the South Red Sea Region; and Ali Issa Ali, Deputy Governor of the Port of Asseb. Unfortunately I don?t know where the reporters are jailed now.

    From assenna.com interview of Dejen Ande Hishel, Summarized by awate.com

    Dejen explained that sometimes, past midnight, past 1 or 2 am, piercing cries would penetrate the entire prison. He said that these cries are either due to a prisoner having a primal scream to relieve the pressure and frustration of being confined for reasons he or she doesn’t know. Or they are due to someone being interrogated and tortured.

    Dejen explains that there was a tiny window in the prisoners’ toilet room that provided a view of the outside. The prisoners called it “wikileaks.”

    Dejen narrates one incident that provided an opportunity for prisoners to meet one another: a drunk driver ran his vehicle into the walls of the compound. The prison wardens moved some of the prisoners from their cells. And it was there where he first met prisoners like Nesreddin AbulKherat , [a Sudanese national] who was arrested in 1997 for allegedly trying to assassinate Isaias Afwerki. Dejen describes that he asked Nesreddin if he really [on orders of Sudan’s Omer Al Bashir] tried to assassinate Isaias Afwerki and says that Nesreddin replied, “look for yourself, the two are best friends now.’ He also said that in 2006 he stayed in cell 26 together with Teweldemedhin Tesfamariam , [a diplomat who was called for a meeting to Eritrea and arrested.]2.

    Dejen was also able to confirm that General Bitweded Abraha, Ermias “Papayo” Debessai,Aster Yohannes, Ali Alamin and Kiflom Gebremichael were held in the same prison

    Asked by the interviewer (Assenna’s Amanuel Iyasu) as to when he gave up on the government, he said it took him four years from his imprisonment. He said that the EPLF was his world: the revolution had raised him. It took him years to realize that by merely asking what his crime was, he was accusing the government of imprisoning innocent people and thus committing a crime and increasing his punishment.

    http://awate.com/dejen-ande-heshal-the-prison-breaker/comment-page-1/

    Same story of: arrest without telling people of their crimes, detain without telling people for how long. And in all three cases, the crimes are crimes of expression: Semere Kesete for expressing a view that government can’t arrest people extra-constitutionally; Dejen Ande-Hishel for expressing a view that the government was making unwise decisions in the war with Ethiopia; Mohammed Hussein Al-Amoudi for expressing a view that the government should not have detained the G-15.

    When confronted with these testimonies, the Gov of Eritrea (and, therefore, its supporters) always change the subject: with Semere Kesete it was: how quickly did he receive asylum in Europe? With Dejen Ande Hishel it was: it makes no sense: a government doesn’t arrest elite fighters it invested heavily in. With Mohammed Hussein, I am sure it will be: where did he get his money, what was he doing with it, how did he escape. The lesson they will learn is: why did ever release him (and not why did we arrest him) and now it will be: what can we do to destroy his credibility. Some will just mumble Guantanamo, the absolute-worst thing that the US Goverenment ever did to provide justification to every brute in the world.

    Meanwhile, many Eritreans have been imprisoned before everyone mentioned here; many more have been arrested (or re-arrested) since then. And those who are released–like Sunabera Debena and Hiddad Kerar–were not the same people who were imprisoned.

    And, yes, the CoI will include this in its report.

    saay

    • tes

      Dear saay7,

      Compiling information is now more than enough. There is no doubt at all by now (even the so called EU-Eritrea relationship has now failed terribly as EU came to their sense of understanding the brutal system and already the regime is betraying EU) PFDJ is involved in a systematic torture of the entire people.

      Now: lets use the information obtained by the victimized people and build a force that fight back for their lost rights and properties.

      After reading T..T.’s idea of reclaiming Mohammed Hussien Alamoudi’s capital property, I see its practicability. Thanks now we have a wide range of activities and tools to reach the international community. Our voices are more than any time strong to be heard throughout the world.

      Proving the crimes of PFDJ is now a closed chapter. Now, it is time the information gathered by the victims.

      I am quite confident on your pen in this aspect.

      I feel how hard is for you when you hear your father’s name who is now getting almost 90 here and there from people who shared the same life as he experiencing. I know it is hard. I know you are also trying to give us the existence of beauty within the heart wrenching lives of a victimized family. Yet I call you to multiply your effort as usual and help those who are free now but still are a victim of the brutal regime.

      Mohammed Hussien Alamoudi’s money has to be reclaimed. As we saw from the testimonial video, he has lost his eye and more that he lost his family. He has almost nothing except one thing. His hard earned money and now deposited in the Eritrean bank.

      Can Mohammed Hussien now live on denoted money while he is blessed by his own? He has more than 700,000 USD deposited in a legal bank and he has all rights to own it and use it where ever he put it.

      If the Bank of Eritrea refused to give him back, there is a possibility of another sanction on Monetary Movement that can be imposed by the International community.

      Lets therefore join our hand.

      tes

      + I wish I have developed this post in article form and I don’t know why I am not doing it.

  • Ahmed Raji

    Salam All,

    One persistent theme in all the stories of wrongful detention by the PFDJ regime is that once you are put behind bars you are rarely contacted by the entity that jailed you. You may spend years and decades in prison and hardly ever be properly interrogated or informed about the reason why you were being held in custody. Those who arrested you and brought you to your place of incarceration (the various state security bodies or the military) disappear from the scene while those responsible for keeping you locked up (prison authorities and guards) are as uninformed about your supposed “crime” as you are. And thus begins your journey as a forgotten person, leaving you distressed as much by not knowing the reason of your detention and whether you would ever be able to talk to someone (anyone) who could explain anything to you or to whom you could plead your innocence as by your confinement, the creeping ailments, lack of medical care and psychological and physical torture. The strategy clearly is to consign prisoners to oblivion — lock them up, forget about them and let the inevitable effects of isolation, neglect, lack of medical attention and psychological pressure take care of them. I don’t know where this criminal regime got the idea from or whether this was a strategy known in other authoritarian systems.

    • Mahmud Saleh

      Selam Ahmed Raji
      Let me try to answer your question bluntly: It got it from Sahel. Among the bad things that EPLF brought to independent Eritrea was the decision to replace the judicial and criminal system of the newly independent nation with the notorious Halewa Sawra of Sahel. Halewa Sawra, with its personnel and culture was made to assume the tasks of delivering and administering justice and security. Hence, we continue witnessing the air of impunity, the confidence that you are not going to be found accountable for your criminal actions. It’s a travesty of history. The trajectory of our history was not meant to take this sharp dive. A nation that bled so profusely to get justice is now entangled in the worst nightmarish webs of injustice. It’s just shameful to really try to give this brazenly brutal clique any wiggling room of excuses.

      • Amanuel

        Hi Mahmuday
        I couldn’t agree more. The main problem is the culture and attitude of EPLF to words rule of law and accountability. The issue is not only that the Eritrean people are suffering under this law less regime now but the worst part is the legacy it is leaving behind. “ሕማቕ ካብ ዝገብሩኻ ኹፉእ ዝምህሩኻ ይገድድ”

  • Haile WM

    dear all,

    I remain speechless, no words to express my feelings of the tragedy we are facing… in time and space it seems endless.
    At times I just wonder if there is anything wrong with being Eritrean? Have we done something to just deserve all of this curse… At times I am tempted to give up and fall on despair… But then I realize can’t give up! This is my country! my people! I just can’t afford to give up on my self. yes because I am part of Eritrea and Eritrea is part of me. Can’t afford to fall on despair because the evil doers are just waiting for me to give up!
    Yes When i see People like Mohammed who have endured so much suffering so much cruelty on them, so much despair in their family and sadness in all of us peace loving eritreans yes my resolve get quadruplicated.
    my brother Mohamed has so much composure and dignified man. At times I just get mad at PFDJ supporters, in-fact He made me think in these couple of days, my brother Mohamed calm and reconciling and compost manner suggests to look at my countrymen and tell them, as he did, ኣሕዋተይ ትጋገዩ ኣለኹም just in the same dignified and uniting manner and remind them, regimes come and go but the people, my people, will be always there.

  • Kokhob Selam

    Dear Awate friends,

    ኣቱም ሰባት ንምሸቱ ኸ ?

    ዛንታ ካብ ናይ ኣምሓርኛ መጽሓፍ ዘነበብኩዋ ነይራ – እቲ ቀንዲ ጽሓፊኣ G.Volkov ዝበሃል ሩስያዊ እዩ :: ኣብ ቦታ ገጸ ባህርይ ‘ታ ዘንታ ዘሎ ድማ – ተስራቪች ኢቫን – እዩ ዝበሃል ::

    ኢቫን ሰማየ ሰማያት ተንሳፊፍካ ናይ ምፍታሽ ሕልሚ ሓደሮ : መቸም ኣብ ሕልሚ ዘይከኣል ነገር የለን – ንሓደ ስጋ ዝበልዕ ኣሞራ ከም ፈረስ ክተጋልቦ ምፍታን – ኣምሂርካ ድማ ናብ መሬት ከይወረድካ ንሰማይ ምምርማር ኮታ ምውናና :: ግን እዚ ኣሞራ ኣብ ጉዕዞ እንታይ ይብላዕ ? እንታይ ከ ይስተ ? ነዚ ኣሸጋሪ ሕቶ ውን ኢቫን መልሲ ረኸበሉ : ኣብ ጉዕዞ ካብ ኣካሉ ስጋ እናፈዘገን እናበጠሰን ከብልዖ : ካብ ደሙ ድማ ማይ :- ግርም ዶ በልኩም !

    እቲ ሕቶ እዚ ኣካልካ እናበጣጠስካ ጉዕዞ ክሳብ ኣበይ ኮን የብጽሑ ዝብል ሕቶ እዩ : “One cannot fly very far by wasting his own body” ኢሉ እዩ ቮልኮብ ዝዛዝም ::

    እቲ ንሕና ኣብ ትሕቲ ህግደፍ ክንሃንጻ በገለ ደገፍቱ ትንገረና ዘላ ሃገሲ ክንደይ ዓመታት ብስጋን ዓጽምን ህይወትን ደቂ ‘ዚ ውጹዕ ህዝቢ በሊዓ እያ ክትጎዓዝ? ኣብ ዚ ቀጻሊ ናይ ምጽናት ጨካን ስጉምትታ ህግደፍ ከ መን እዩ ክተርፍ ? እታ ባንዴር በይና ? ታሪኽ “ ኣብ ‘ዚ ቦታ ኤርትራዊናይ ነይሮም ኣብ ትሕቲ ህግደፍ ይነብሩ ነይሮም : ከም ኢቫን ንልምዕቲ ናይ ጽባሕ ሃገሮም ክሓልሙ ድማ ንደቂ ሰብ ዝበልዕ ስርዓት ሰባት እናገበሩ ድሕሪ ምጽናሕ ጸኒቶም “ – ዝብል ዛንታ ድዩ ክዝንቶ?

    ንስለ ነገሩ ድኣ እምበር ወላ ኳ ይዶንጊ እዛ ሃገር ኮ ጀጋኑ ኣለውዋ እዮም :- የግዳስ ነገር ልውሃት- ኣብ ትሕቲ ‘ዚ ስርዓት ዝተርግጹ ደቂ ሰባትን ኣስካሕካሒ ዛንታቶምን ድኣ ቀስቂሱኒ እምበር ንምሸቱ ዝተኸፍለ ተኸፊሉ እዚ ስርዓት ነበረያ ነበረ ከምዝኸውን ተጠራጢረ ኣይፈልጥን እየ :: ኣሹንባይ ዶ ሊሚ ሽንግላጡ ወጺኡ ትማሊ ኳ ኣይተጥራጠርኩን : ሕሩመይ !

    ግን እዚ ስርዓት ከንደይ ይፎክስ ?

    ኣብ’ቲ ጀግንነታዊ ታሪኽ ብዓይንና ከምተዓዘብናዮ ኣይኮነን ዶ ቆልዓ ሰበይቲ – ኣይኮነን ዶ ሰላማዊ ክሰርሕ ዝተበገሰ ፍጡር – ኣብ ኩናት እኳ ኩናት ዝተማረኸ ምቅታል ይኹን ምክልባት ነውርን ጽያፍን እዩ ዝነበረ :: እዚ ስርዓት ብጠርጠራ ብዘይ ገለ ፍርዲ ሰባት ክኣስርን ከሳቅይን እንከሎ ሕፍር ዶ ኣይብልን ? ንምዃኑ ደቂ እቶም ዝኣሰሮም ሰባት ከመይ ይነብሩ ከምዘለው ብሓላፍነት ክሪእን ክኣልዮምን ግቡኡ ዶ ኣይኮነን- መንግስቲ እንተኾይኑ ? ደቂ እሱር ኣብ ውቅያኖስ ክሳብ ዝጠልቁ ድሃዮም ዘይፈልጥ ስርዓት ሲ ክንደየናይ ፎኪስን ሑስርን ምስ ኮነ እዩ :: እቲ ደረጃ ፉኽሰት ፈቲሸ ክረኽቦን ክበጽሖን ፍጹም ኣይከኣልኩን :: ነቶም ካለኦት መንግስትታት ክሪኢ እንከለኹ ድማ ወላ ውን እቲ ኣምባገነነዊ ስርዓት እኮ ናቱ ክብሪ ኣለዎ እዩ :: ከም ደቂ ሰብ ዘርእይዎ ይንኣስ ይዕበ ገለ ብስነ – ሞጎት ጠሚትካ እትሪኦ ክብሪ ክብደትን ግርማን ኣለዎም እዩ :; እዚ ድሁል ስርዓት ግን ብፍጹም እኮ መግለጺ የብሉን ::

    ብሕሉፍ ገበናትካ ተናሲሕካ ክንዲ ነዛ ተሪፋትካ ዘላ ገለ ኣዋርሕ ምጽላይ ኣብ ሰማንያታት ዝበጽሑ ሰባት ቆልዓ ሰበይቲ ጯቅጯቕ ከብሉ ክትርኢ – የስካሕክሕ :: እሞ ድማ ኣብ ‘ዛ ደምና ዘፍሰስናላ ሃገርና – እዋእ ኣንታ ክንደይ ከ ይቀሉ እዞም ህግደፍ ?

    ፎእ እታ ፎዝያ ዝብልዋ ሚኒስተር ኸ ቆልዑት ዶ ኣለውዋ ? ከመይ ገይራ ኸ ደቂሳ ትሓድር ? – ድቃሳ ትንኣስ !

  • T..T.

    Hi all,

    Isayas’s rule by anarchism, where all criminals go free and innocents are jailed, makes Eritrea even worse than a failed state.

    The Eritrean people always blame Isayas for all crimes committed on them, when the greatest criminals are those who carryout or follow Isayas’s orders. These cruel criminals are responsible for the endless cycles of crimes committed resulting in the innocents’ landing in prisons, losing their wealth and health, even being pushed out of their country.

    Yes, because such criminals are trained and guided by Isayas, the criminals do not only go unpunished but also are rewarded. They are rewarded by allowing them to self-serve covering up for their account other murderers, thieves, plunderers, and fraudsters making innocent Eritreans penniless, homeless, childless, and widows.

    Because we don’t have to only to blame Isayas, we have to also know those criminals who put themselves at the service of Isayas committing such crimes and atrocities.

    Out there are many evidences that connect the perpetrators to the crimes committed. No criminal is free so long there are ways to trace evidences. It is only a matter of time because crimes can be reconstructed or reviewed based on witnesses’ accounts, photos and reports. Besides those criminals who are in the business of committing crimes, there are those who show criminalistics tendencies with accumulation of wealth or having business interests in the country. Such people may also be involved in propagating and defending Isayas (examples: dawit and Hope). Some may also be making the job of criminalizing innocent people easy (those blackmailed or those employed at Isayas’s embassies). Still out there are some who are paid or assigned to exploit the undocumented Eritreans (in Europe, America, Australia and African countries) to advance the tyrant’s interests by snooping around to collect information about the opposition members.

  • Mahmud Saleh

    Thanks Awate
    And a heartfelt thank to Mohammed, the victim, for braving his emotions, to narrate it in such a way that he stayed composed and collected through the course until the toughest of all, the loss of his wife and two children. In the lowlands, and I believe in Eritrean society, men are raised not to cry. PFDJ made Mohammed cry. Here is a man who lost a 13 years of his productive life, his vision, his wife and children for a “crime” that one could walk away from by signing a piece of paper that simply says, ” Im sorry.” One would ask how long should it take for a government to have that piece of paper presented to a prisoner. All what this shows is that the culture of impunity has gotten too ugly. Citizens are collected at whims of government spies and degenerate liars. Once they are locked up there is no suprvion, revision of policies, audits of cases…innocent people rot for years. By now, the pattern has been established. There is no question that this is perhaps beyond what Eritreans have experienced in their short history. Mohammed’s story telling, his body language including his obvious attempts to control his emotions, no doubt, are genuine; they could not be faked. Victims tell their agonizing stories to whomever is ready to listen to them. Any time victims tell their stories, they should be the center of our focus, not the medium they are using or the party giving them the chance to say something.

  • Aosman

    Izioms bonquaritom timtxaE…intay emo kinbl

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Hi AOsman,

      Dictators can not go away or removed by cursing and prayers. Dictators can only be removed by sheer force. I do not know what kind of violece against our people will change our heart. In fact, Eritreans both inside Eritrea and in the diaspora have lost their character of courage and determination they had shown during the armed struggle. Brother, I really felt it that way at this time.

      Senay aga mishet
      Amanuel Hidrat

      • AOsman

        Dear Amanuel,

        From Diaspora, you may make a dent but not replace the regime. From inside, the youth are leaving in droves, which is perfect control of the pressure valve. Any other who may be considered risk is jailed indefinitely.

        Each time we discussed the right to bear arm to remove the regime, the nay sayers have shouted who is going to die for you. So you only few armed groups that cannot expand their constituency as they are unpopular. ..and we are stuck in this ordeal.

        ……………………………..

        The recent currency change is making life even more unbearable, and you get a twisted programme from EriTV that basically blames all problems on the people “Hasheshti Koyna, bAqmina zeyninebr, bahli abotatna resiEna ilom yelefalifu meskin hizbi” while the government is credited for doing all it can to solve their problem.

        Regards
        Aosman

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Dear AOsman,

          I agree with all the points you made in your comment. In short a self -disarmed societies with a strategy of nonviolence, are doomed to lose their rights, their country, and their families. And this is exactly what we are witnessing to the Eritrean people. Our brother Mohamed’s ordeal is the tip of the iceberg our society facing in their daily life.

          These ordeals will continue unabated until we come to our sense and understand that our society is in the process of extinction slowly, and as such we need to regain our courage and the spirit of commitment to emancipate our people by all means.

          The culture that brought by EPLF from the mountains of Sahel has destroyed the fabric of our society and the can do spirit of the Eritrean people. The Eritrean people hoplessly are leaving their country in droves. Nothing are left that they could hope with the kind of political culture that took deep roots in the society. Even if there is a scenario of removing the regime, it will take decades to undo this destructive culture.

          Therefore, we need change in our thoughts regarding the strategy and tactics in our fight.

          Senay MeAlti
          Amanuel Hidrat

        • tes

          Dear AOSman,

          When I see on the appraisal potential, it is all dependent on our power to inform and reach the information in every corner of the world. With information, mobilization is easy. Demonstration in Geneva, Bologna, LOndon, New York, Sweden, Germany, Ethiopia are all a sign of potential mobilization.

          There is simple postulate for mobilization*.

          Inform and call for mobilization.

          Then:

          – Figures are mine though not far from the truth.

          10% will come for the required motive.

          50% will come to see on what is happening.

          10% will come to call back those who are there.

          and the rest are already there and will be affected by the people who came around.

          Therefore lets not expect 100% mobilization but 10%. Many known world appraisal have proved this.

          tes

          *my own numbers but based on critical readings.

          • AOsman

            Dear Tes,

            The challenge is to mobilise those at home. Many are trapped in the escapism mentality and do not see a potential solution from sticking there. Even those who did not think of leaving are now desperate and looking for way out.

            Regards
            AOsman

          • tes

            Dear AOsman,

            Those at home are handicapped when it comes to information. We need to work on strengthening mass media and sponsored TV channels that will reach every house hold. Till then, we can not expect an inside mobilization.

            A TV channel just like that of ESAT or above has to be established. And for this sponsors or rich people should engage.

            tes

        • Berhe Y

          Dear AOsman,

          I think all forms of resistance will help facilitate the downfall of the regime. Please do. not forget the group thinking that needs to happen before all the young in Eritrea will be willing to take up on the resistance.

          There are a lot of example that we can draw from. Khomeini was in exile for 14 years but he had regular radio / cassette broadcast to agitate the youth until they were finally drove down the Sha of Iran and when he Khomeini landed he automatically become the supreme leader.

          So all small actions will have an effect if we have a strategy to get to the end goal.

          All dictators have weakness and they stand on a three leg stool, but if we cheap one leg they they crumble.

          There is no reason to believe that those who are in charge of the prison system can start refusing to take orders, the bankers, the security guard etc, if it’s done in collective way, all is possible. But individually it’s not possible do that’s why I think we are failing.

          At the end of the day, we have to do cost benefit analysis and come up with priority that can have the maximum damage and we go through the list.

          Personally I think COI will have the maximum damage to the regime. Where us armed confrontation will have minimum.

          From implementation point of view, supporting the COI etc, can be done relatively easy while confronting the regime militarily will require a huge personal and finiancial burden not to mention the lives of people.

          Berhe

          • AOsman

            Dear Berhe,

            Waiting eagerly for COI to do its job.

            For me all options should be on the table, by all means necessary is the way. The efforts you mention and any additional should be regarded as complementary till the regime collapses.

            You can only do cost benefit analysis if you have the process under control. The non violence option so far has been costly. Last thing I want is to open is that old circular debate…

            Regards
            AOsman

  • Gogo

    Selam Awate,
    This is really a gut-wrenching story of a quintessentially innocent Eritrean soul wronged by a brutal regime. I hope the story will serve as an invitation for some serious meditation by those who refuse to see what so many of their compatriots are going through.

  • Berhe Y

    Dear Mohammed,

    I really do not understand when people say from the bible “God discipline the one who loved”. I can not put words to describe the horror and sad ordeal that you went through. The pain and that you have gone through is equal proportion what the Bible says happened to Job (you lost your sight, you lost your money, you lost your wife and children) and yet, you have stayed positive and you have not LOST your mind.

    People admire Mandela after he spend 27 years in prison and how he stayed positive, and I say yours is a lot worst. What can I say, may be God send you there so you can witness the crimes so you can tell the world, tell that you did.

    So leaves me with the question that I ask myself, every time I hear this type of story…..”so what’s that we do about this?”.

    Berhe

  • guest

    I have never been touched before as deep as this man’s innocence and torture. how can you be so hateful to this man. May God give you strength.

    • Fanti Ghana

      Hello guest,
      Exactly my sentiment! Thank you for saying it for me too. Unless one removes all traces of humanity from the self I don’t see how one can doubt this man’s plight or innocence. We have our instinct for a reason!

  • tes

    Dear Awate Team,

    This is a great contribution. I heard this testimony when it was shared on facebook. Then Tzigereda shared it here for awate readers. When I watched the testimony, I cried.

    I was touched by his grievances and wisdom of expressing it. If we track the wisdom between Dejen Ande Hishel and Mohammed Husieni Alamoudi, they have almost the same pattern “their wisdom of expressing for what happened to them”.

    I cry for my people
    I cry for the victims of this brutal system.
    I cry for lost dreams and visions.

    tes

  • Lamek

    Selam all:

    What a heart wrenching ordeal! The worst part of all of this is the loss of his entire family. That is everything! There is nothing more important than our families and to lose everything you have in life under such medieval cruelty is unbearable. We should all be ashamed as Eritreans. We have failed our people, our families, ourselves, and our country. We are a bunch of selfish cowards who can write and talk like nobody else in the world but when it comes to action, it is zero, nada.

    To those of you axxholes who say Eritreans are economic migrants in search of food and better lives, read this statement below from Mohammed, one hundred times, nonstop. Maybe then it may be engraved in your stonehead.

    “If not for the lack of justice and rule of law, we didn’t leave our country because we hate it, or because we were hungry.”

  • Sarah Ogbay

    Dear brothers and sisters,

    This is exactly what Eritreans are running away from; we left our near and dear families just to stay alive. A big chunk of this gentleman’s life has died. No matter what, his future will be never be the same as before. Yet, he manages to speak with calm and clarity; I really admire him. But it is obvious he will always have nightmares. He lost his freedom, his health, lost his family and money simply for nothing; maybe because one crooked spy did not like what he said!

    Mohammed is just another sample explaining how lives of the innocent do not matter to the monsters in Eritrea. The more innocent you are the less your life is valued. Those of us on the safe ground are supposed to make this right. However, we hibernate in winter (stagnation) and start our ‘all talk no action’ style opposition in the summer. We cry when we hear stories like Mohammed’s (instead of acting on them); clap, laugh and brag for months when a small success comes our way (instead of building on it and taking it further). This on top of all our bickering! What we probably are missing is that we are also responsible for not doing what we should do to alleviate the suffering of our people. We are as accountable as the PFDJ system. Moreover, our children will ask us ‘what did you do to stop the atrocities?

    Can we at least make this coming summer (it is already here in UK) worthwhile and together push a little further on issues that we all agree on – democracy and peace? Something to make the suffering of Mohammed worthwhile.

  • Ayneta

    Awate:
    Hope the naysayers like Nitricc, dawit, Gheteb are heeding notice. This poor guy doesn’t have to be your father/brother/relative to feel his ordeal. Imagine he was your father. Wouldn’t you take offence at GOE for the utter injustices he was made to experience? You would. Indeed, injustice somewhere is injustice everywhere!

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    Sarah Ogbai

    Dear brothers and sisters,

    This is exactly what Eritreans are running away from; we left our near and dear families just to stay alive. A big chunk of this gentleman’s life has died. No matter what, his future will be never be the same as before. Yet, he manages to speak with calm and clarity; I really admire him. But it is obvious he will always have nightmares. He lost his freedom, his health, lost his family and money simply for nothing; maybe because one crooked spy did not like what he said!

    Mohammed is just another sample explaining how lives of the innocent do not matter to the monsters in Eritrea. The more innocent you are the less your life is valued. Those of us on the safe ground are supposed to make this right. However, we hibernate in winter (stagnation) and start our ‘all talk no action’ style opposition in the summer. We cry when we hear stories like Mohammed’s (instead of acting on them); clap, laugh and brag for months when a small success comes our way (instead of building on it and taking it further). This on top of all our bickering! What we probably are missing is that we are also responsible for not doing what we should do to alleviate the suffering of our people. We are as accountable as the PFDJ system. Moreover, our children will ask us ‘what did you do to stop the atrocities?

    Can we at least make this coming summer (it is already here in UK) worthwhile and together push a little further on issues that we all agree on – democracy and peace? Something to make the suffering of Mohammed worthwhile.

    dawit

    Kokhoby’

    ‘በኣፍ ይጠፉ በለፈለፉ’, The man was a victim of wrong associations, arriving in Eritrea, with a sack full of money and scattering it to bring a regime change in Eritrea. Was this part of a plan by Sheik Alamudi spreading his tentacle to Eritrea? Was any of that money passed to G-15 members? How do you explain the story of Minister Ali Abdul whose father was put in jail and the son as dedicated jail guard for decades, then fled the country, leaving behind a daughter in jail? Hard for me to imagine, only in Eritrea!

    Nitricc

    AT; my heart says believe the guy and my head said; wait a minute, it is reported by none but the most stupid and ignorant group of people called Simmer? I have never seen a bunch ignorant people at one setting as the group so-called Simmer; I think there is perquisite that you have to be stupid and ignorant to join Simmer. Sorry, I don’t buy anything this group of people called Simmer they have to say. NO! However; if this story is true, then PFDJ GOD help you. It is hard for me to believe that a system can survive while committing such incredible crimes against its own citizens, impossible!!!

    Kokhob Selam

    Dear awate readers,

    What do you call this now? I don’t have words to describe it. an innocent man lost his family, lost his 13 years and lost his eyes.Why this has to happen? what is happening to the group called PFDJ? are they really human beings? the man was optimistic and be part of people who advance the nation..AH what pain am I feeling deep inside my heart. I have nonstop pain…God, what have we done to suffer to this level? really I am not okay – my health is affected today. Ii don’t know why I am in this state as if I didn’t see more crimes than this..every time it is new..I couldn’t type any more.

    Halibsete
    Quelle horreur, mon Dieu pitié pour mon peuple. Ce monsieur a passé 13 année dernier le barreau, il a perdu sa famille dans le Méditerranée.
    On a un gouvernement de sauvage, et ce sauvage est soutenu par d’ignorants qui vit en liberté. On doit faire comprendre ce dernier pour gagner la partie
    Car
    “ La liberté commence ou l’ignorance finit“ V :Hugo

  • Semere Andom

    Hi AT :
    This testimony is an epitome of what our people are going on under the Mafia groups of IA, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Let us forget for a moment about this imprisonment and talk about his money, he opened USD account but he could not withdraw it in kind, this is robbery by the thieves in the regime. PFDJ does not like indpendendent successful people that is why he was most likely targeted. There are many, many stories like this
    Someone has robbed his money, and you can be sure that dawit who is celeberating this sad news was the beneficiary of such ordeal. It was at the price of such vicitims but it is a big lesson to us to alert us how deep in trouble is in Eritrea

    • cool

      It is realy a sad story, but if it is true , why did awate team remove the video so hasty?why no other media coverage besides smer?
      In eritrean opposition landscape things have to be treated with great care and caution.

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