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95% Of Eritrea’s 12th Graders are Male

The government of Eritrea’s decision to centralize the nation’s 12th grade level at Sawa, the military training camp, has resulted in a disproportionately large male population.  According to a source, the female student population at Sawa High School is “no more than 5 out of 100.” In the current academic year, an …

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Introduction to the ‘HOPE’ Column: Semon & Adam proudly introduces Adam Jahar and Semon Gebreyesus to the family of columnists in the website. Through their new column, simply named Semon & Adam, they will regularly contribute views and opinions to our valued readers. These two fine young men are known in across the Eritrean electronic forums for …

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Halloween Scare: Eritrean Press Proclamation

Halloween Scare: Eritrean Press Proclamation Awate Research Unit, Oct. 16, 2000 This Halloween be scared with ‘The’ Document–The Eritrean Press Proclamation. If you are not scared by this document, you should see your doctor immediately. If you are already scared… and done with being scared, be scared anew; it is …

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Photo Questioned: Is This Man Awate?

The only photograph of Awate was found in Agordat Police Station after the ELF liberated the Town in 1977. Awate’s photo, together with other “Wanted Outlaws”, retrieved from the Station in Agordat, was handed over to the then Chief of the ELF’s security apparatus, Melaake Tekle. Later, when Melaake was …

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From the Teachings of Woldeab Woldemariam

Translated from Tigrinya By Awate Research Unit – September 1, 2000 Woldeab Woldemariam was a lifetime teacher and a great debater. His Commitments to individual freedom, democracy, and justice were as unshakable as his commitments to the unity of Eritrea and the dignity of its people. Read The following extracts …

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Happy Brick Day to You

A new window for expression. An extension of the of the fierce struggle to be heard. A blessing of the electronic age. An addition to the sister websites that cater to the needs of Eritreans…and the region beyond. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to This site was conceived almost a …

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