Inform, Inspire, Embolden. Reconcile!

Born and raised in Keren, Eritrea, now a US citizen residing in California, Mr. Saleh “Gadi” Johar is founder and publisher of awate.com. Author of Miriam was Here, Of Kings and Bandits, and Simply Echoes. Saleh is acclaimed for his wealth of experience and knowledge in the history and politics of the Horn of Africa. A prominent public speaker and a researcher specializing on the Horn of Africa, he has given many distinguished lectures and participated in numerous seminars and conferences around the world. Activism Awate.com was founded by Saleh “Gadi” Johar and is administered by the Awate Team and a group of volunteers who serve as the website’s advisory committee. The mission of awate.com is to provide Eritreans and friends of Eritrea with information that is hidden by the Eritrean regime and its surrogates; to provide a platform for information dissemination and opinion sharing; to inspire Eritreans, to embolden them into taking action, and finally, to lay the groundwork for reconciliation whose pillars are the truth. Miriam Was Here This book that was launched on August 16, 2013, is based on true stories; in writing it, Saleh has interviewed dozens of victims and eye-witnesses of Human trafficking, Eritrea, human rights, forced labor.and researched hundreds of pages of materials. The novel describes the ordeal of a nation, its youth, women and parents. It focuses on violation of human rights of the citizens and a country whose youth have become victims of slave labor, human trafficking, hostage taking, and human organ harvesting--all a result of bad governance. The main character of the story is Miriam, a young Eritrean woman; her father Zerom Bahta Hadgembes, a veteran of the struggle who resides in America and her childhood friend Senay who wanted to marry her but ended up being conscripted. Kings and Bandits Saleh “Gadi” Johar tells a powerful story that is never told: that many "child warriors" to whom we are asked to offer sympathies befitting helpless victims and hostages are actually premature adults who have made a conscious decision to stand up against brutality and oppression, and actually deserve our admiration. And that many of those whom we instinctively feel sympathetic towards, like the Ethiopian king Emperor Haile Sellassie, were actually world-class tyrants whose transgressions would normally be cases in the World Court. Simply Echoes A collection of romantic, political observations and travel poems; a reflection of the euphoric years that followed Eritrean Independence in 1991.

Sheikh Hassen Died After Seven Years In Detention

Sheikh Hassan Ibrahim Salem, the previous head of the Department of the Muslim Endowments for Massawa, and later for Semhar region, died at Sembel hospital. He was brought from prison to the hospital in bad health only two days before he died on Wednesday September 24, 2014. Sheikh Hassen was detained in 2007 after he…

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Cadres For Holy Men; Containers for Churches

The warm sun enticed basking; it was a spring morning. I was sitting in one of the street cafes in Bole Street , Addis Ababa. There were more shoeshine boys than patrons around. Across the street was another cafe frequented by ferenjiaized Ethiopians and Eritreans showing off. But not my cafe where most of the clientele…

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ISIS, Israel, Gunay and Gedli Defamers

When some people passionately tell lies, they hope the details will work out on their own because a repeatedly told lie gradually sounds true, so much so that people do not doubt its veracity. When we are engulfed by clouds of lies and deceit, we see a myriad of illusions: our wishes being fulfilled, our…

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Eritrean Marriage: A 1968 Article By Ahmad Haj Ali

Last week the Awate Team published a report entitled, “Eritrea 2014: Isaias Afwerki & His Musical Chair.” The report carried the following entry for Ahmed Haj Ali: ARRESTED. Served as Minister of Tourism and later Minister of Energy and Mining. He was employed in that capacity until 2013 when he, along with Abdella Jaber and…

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Eritrea 1968: An Article By The Late Melake Tecle

Long before Microsoft copyrighted “Outlook” there was a high school magazine by that name. I am not sure if former students of the Atzie Dawit Secondary School in Keren can sue for compensation from Microsoft, but I wouldn’t. I am satisfied with the 1968 copy of the school magazine that I have and as it…

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Presenting Master Painter Michael Adonai

Recently I had a lengthy conversation with master painter Michael Adonai. What was planned as a brief interview expanded and in the middle of the conversation, I discarded the list of questions that I had prepared and let the flow of conversation lead wherever it may. Below is an abridged version of the lengthy conversation…

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Shum Gedede & The Goatskin

This article is first published on Sep. 19, 2005 when the current trend of degrading and belittling the Eritrean struggle was unthinkable. I thought of bringing it up again to help us reflect. Its TIGRINYA TRANSLATION IS HERE ሹም ገደደን ቆርበትን (ሳልሕ “ቃዲ” ጆሃር):: This story is dedicated to the top brass of the Eritrean…

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A Call To The Moderates of The Horn…

19 Sep 2014 Awate Team Comments (288)

This editorial first appeared on October 22, 2003, we think it is still relevant to our current situation and debates.…

Reflection: Burying The Oldest And The youngest

17 Sep 2014 Saleh "Gadi" Johar Comments (18)

At 90, Ustaz Oaman was the oldest; at 10, Hanan was the youngest. They both died a few…

Eritrea Hands The Djiboutian Soldier Over To Qatar

15 Sep 2014 Gedab News Comments (118)

Awate.com - Gedab News: Over six-weeks after his arrest, and one week after the Arab League condemnation, the Eritrean regime…

As Expected, Arhe’s SDP Wins Swedish Elections

14 Sep 2014 Gedab News Comments (16)

Sweden's the left-leaning Social Democratic party (SDP) won the Swedish elections, capturing 31.3% of the votes, and Eritrea-born Swedish MP Arhe Hamednaca, a member…

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