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Gejeret 1975: Life Under Mengistu’s Derg

If you are from Gejeret, then you might remember where the residents of that neighborhood in Asmara found refuge in 1975. I was one of those who took refuge at San Francesco or Collegio La Salle, which was administered by the Kerenite Fratelli, Fr. Michael, Fr. Kahsay, Fratello Beyene, and Fr. Demsas. Later, I heard…

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USE: The United States of Eritrea

Currently Eritrea is ruled by an undemocratic regime that, can’t be reformed, continues to violate basic human rights, and is unable to provide even bare necessities for most its citizens. And it has been condemned by human right organisations and the United Nations. Dwelling on that however, does not help. Instead, I would rather focus…

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Anatomy of a Proverb

I had a relative who won all her arguments, thanks to her toolbox full of proverbs and parables which she used naturally and effectively. I think now, in retrospect, that for her to have won all those arguments, she must have followed techniques whereby each argument is forced to turn itself to an angle which…

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Abyssinia-(Al Habasha) Origins and Language

*Introduction: Conducting a discourse on language in Eritrean context in dispassionate manner had proven next to impossible – if past experiences are any guide. But hope is not lost, as sheer coincidence would have it, recently, EMDHR sponsored seminar via PalTalk that took place earlier this month, and it was refreshing to hear Dr. Chefena’s approach on language…

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Eritreans Mobilized For Justice In New York

First I would like to thank the organizers of the New York demonstration for showing their respect for humanity and saying no to injustice in Eritrea. The focus of my message is why this demonstration was vital and why it concerns all Eritreans and why they came together to send a message of solidarity to…

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Eritrean Youth: The Lost Generation

Many of us living overseas have conducted ourselves in such a way that we remained true to our Eritrean heritage. We unswervingly rallied behind the preservation of the very spirit that sustained the independence struggle. We, overwhelmed by the spirit of the ‘gedli’ era, cherished liberty as a heritage of all Eritreans everywhere as we…

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The Role of the Elite In Leading Their Communities

The following post appeared on September 1, 2016, on Ismael Gabayta’s facebook page. Awatestaff took the initiative and translated it into English for the benefit of its readers. The original Arabic content by Ismael was slightly altered to avoid Arabic verbosity and be better understood by the English reader. Omissions and translation errors, if any,…

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Book Review: Loubet AlMaghzal By Haji Jabir

Title of the book: “Lubetu Almghzal”( The game of the spinning wheel) Author: Haji Jaber Language: Arabic Number of pages: 208 Published July 27th 2015 by Arab Cultural Center, Beirut, Lebanon. I read Haji Jaber’s third novel “Loubet Almaghzal” in which he narrates deeply and brilliantly about some diaries lost; diaries that make the history and memory…

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Ethiopian PM on a State Visit to Saudi…

21 Nov 2016 Gedab News Comments (4)

Bringing what seems an end to an almost two-year old speculation about worsening relations between Ethiopia and the Arab Gulf…

Eritrea: Language and Identity And Globalization

21 Nov 2016 Fessahaye Mebrahtu Comments (65)

The article, “Abyssinia (Al Habasha): Origins and Language by: Professor JalaLuddin M.Saleh, Ph.D.” posted by Beyan Negash has generated a…

Ahmed Suwera: An Honorable Man Departs

19 Nov 2016 awatestaff Comments (2)

Today, the Khartoum sun didn’t shine on the selfless Ahmed Suwera. He departed this world leaving behind a legacy of…

Etiyopia Hoy, May You Rejoice!

16 Nov 2016 Awate Team Comments (137)

If not for the Ethiopian-Eritrean border war of 1998, the Eritrean ruling party (PFDJ) would have continued harassing anyone who…

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