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Our Condolences to Amanuel Hidrat and His Family

In the cycle of life – from cradle to the grave – we have no allotted timeline we follow. We live life as it was dealt to us. If he did this, if she had done such and such differently, they would’ve been with us today, we say in our unguarded moments. However, deep in the recess of our heart of heart we know that was the trajectory, the path, and the ultimate signpost those who pass were meant to follow. But as human beings we attempt to find justifications when we find it inexplicable as our world turns topsy-turvy on us as it did with the anxiety called Covid-19. It makes it even more so an inexplicable endeavor when the death toll reaches above one hundred thousand as it has in the United States. It makes it yet puzzlingly devastating when it reaches one of our own.

The loss of Dehab Haile, our own Amanuel Hidrat’s wife, to the Coronavirus hit us in the guts. But, once we regain our composure, we resort to the familiar coping mechanisms. Some return to books. Some to God.  In “A Grief Observed”, C.S. Lewis uses the former to illuminate the latter:

“God has not been trying an experiment on [our] faith or love in order to find out their quality. He knew it already. It was [we] who didn’t. In this trial He makes us occupy the dock, the witness box, and the bench all at once. He always knew that [our] temple was a house of cards. His only way of making [us] realize the fact was to knock it down”.

Haw Amanuel, may you draw some solace and some comfort in being surrounded with your family in this difficult time. May you draw a little comfort in knowing that our thoughts and our prayers in this virtual community you’ve come to occupy a prominent space, are with you. No words we say would capture how one feels when losing loved ones. Nevertheless, the best way we know how to say this is to let you know that our thoughts and prayers have been with you all along since you told us what you were going through. Our heartfelt condolences to you and your loved ones and may Dehab rest in peace.

In another part of his book, C.S. Lewis states, that,

“we were promised sufferings. They were part of the program. We were even told, ‘Blessed are they that mourn,’ and I accept it. I’ve got nothing that I hadn’t bargained for. Of course, it is different when the thing happens to oneself, not to others, and in reality, not imagination.”

To our readers:

Amanuel Hidrat has always been a cornerstone of awate.com since its inception. He has maintained a column named “Tebeges” in which he shared his views, analysis and passionately debated his views in the Awate Forum.

Three months ago, Amanuel and his wife Dehab contracted the Corona virus and were admitted to  hospitalization, but finally Amanuel triumphed over the virus and left the hospital bed behind. Sadly, his wife Dahab Haile was not as lucky. After suffering for three-months, on June 19, 2020, “Dehab succumbed to the extensive damages to her respiratory system caused by the deadly virus” and passed away in hospital.

On behalf of the Awate Team and all The Awate Readers community, we pass our condolences to Amanuel, his children and relatives on the tragic loss of Dehab Haile.  Our hope is that they will draw some comfort from the Awate virtual community as they go through the grieving process.

May Dehab rest in peace

Jointly written b y Beyan Negash and Saleh Johar

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  • haileTG

    Dear brother Amanuel!

    My belated condolences to you and your family. May God’s grace be with you and your family through this difficult time. May the Lord receive Dehab’s soul in his Right Hand. It is hard to add anything to the beautiful way in which Nitricc had put it. Be strong and blessings.

    • Saleh Johar

      Selam Haile TG, is that the original Haile? If so, welcome. What a surprise.

      • Ismail AA

        Selam Saleh,
        I hope he heard you. His erudition and balanced contributions have been missed.

  • Fanti Ghana

    Hello Mr. Amanuel Hidrat.
    My condolences to you and your family. I am deeply saddened by the news of your loss.

    ንኩሉኹም ስድራን ፈተውትን ጽንዓት ይሃብኩም፤ ንኽብርቲ ሓፍትና ደሃብ’ዉን መንግስተ ሰማይ የዋርሳ፤፤

  • Kebessa

    Dear Amanuel,
    So sorry to hear about the loss. I pray that God give you & the family strength & comfort.

  • Amanuel

    Dear Amanuel (Moksi)
    I am sorry about your loss. My condolences to family and friends.

    Amanuel

  • Ismail

    Selamat Amanuel!

    I am very saddened to learn of your loss my dear friend & compatriot. I know how devastating you must feel but as you heal with time, remember that your beloved wife has only gone to a place we will all soon follow. May Allah have mercy on her and may He give you & your family patience.

    Ismail (pointblank)

  • Hayat Adem

    Dearest Emma,
    I am so saddened to learn of your loss. I wish you healing and peace.

    • Abi

      Hello Hayat Adem
      ይህን በጏሮ በር ሹልክ ብሎ ገብቶ ሹልክ ብሎ መውጣት ከየት ተማርሽዉ? ይህ ሁሉ ሃዘንተኛ እንዴት ሳያስተውልሽ ቀረ? የበሩ ጠባቂማ እንኳን ነጠላ የተሸፋፈነች ሴት ይቅርና ዝሆንም ቢገባ አያስተውልም::
      ሳላገኝሽ በመመለስሽ አዝኛለሁ::
      በይ ሲመችሽ ብቅ በይና የቀዘቀዘውን ጏዳ ገል አሙቂበት ::

  • Kokhob Selam

    Dear all Yes,

    “In the cycle of life – from cradle to the grave – we have no allotted timeline we follow. We live life as it was dealt to us. If he did this, if she had done such and such differently, they would’ve been with us today, we say in our unguarded moments ”

    “The loss of Dehab Haile, our own Amanuel Hidrat’s wife, to the Coronavirus hit us in the guts. But, once we regain our composure, we resort to the familiar coping mechanisms. Some return to books. Some to God. In “A Grief Observed”, C.S. Lewis uses the former to illuminate the latter:”

    What can we do? That is the end of every soul. And everyone is has to taste death all religions and spiritual teachings. ጸሎት እዩ እቲ ፍታሕ ::

    KS,,

  • Abrehet Yosief

    Selam Awate Team
    Very thoughtful and kind words. Thank you for giving us the space to share our sadness.
    Dear Amanuel
    Please accept my heartfelt condolences. ንክብርቲ በዓልቲ ቤትካ ዕረፍቲ ዘልኣለም ይሃባ። መንግስተ ሰማይ የዋርሳ። ንምሉኣት ስድራን ፈተውታን ጽንዓት ይሃብኩም።

  • said

    Selam A.H
    At this sad and very difficult time .May God give you strength , patience and courage . Please accept my sincere sympathy to you and your family for the loss of your dear wife.

    What a tragedy and sadness to hear BBC Tigrinya edition is reporting a grim reality on Eritrea-that young children are dying from starvation not for Corona .Many premature death have being lost to COVID-19 sickness .it is highly infectious disease of the respiratory tract. Its typical incubation period is around five to seven days. When symptoms develop, they are unremarkable: many symptoms are manifested ; high fever, fatigue, a dry cough,ectera . Around 20 percent of those who develop symptoms become seriously unwell. Its mortality rate is hard to assess, but the World Health Organization estimates that around 3 percent of those with symptoms go on to die. One prefer and wishes to die in his birth place surrounded by his families and loved ones .
    Since 1960 and long time before it was a country, since independence our nation has been in continuous flames .in our country that many of us died of tragedy and sadness. Almost 30 years of a very long death. had been very sad for a very long time for many Eritreans .there are reasons for our deep sadness, in our people the spirit and weigh heavy on the soul. Though people try, there are very few and limited ways to stop the tragedy and sadness which renews itself since 1991 as our days ,months and years increase in number. There are not enough soul healing , non existence amusing distractions to make the tragedy ,sorrow and sadness go away.
    Eritrean people adapt to tragedy ,sorrow sadness which is part of our common lot. For number decade , Eritrean people learned to live with it, in process they build defenses against letting it overcome us.
    The exception is , personal tragedy ,sorrow and sadness and national sadness are distinctly for Eritrean facing tragedy ,sorrow and sadness. Personal tragedy ,sorrow and sadness descends on us with the loss of loved ones.in most cases It comes with sickness like coved 19 , It bring deep embeds in our memory where it sometimes festers and disrupts our normal life and our sleep. It can hide in a line of faith and religious song. It often it can surprise us, in surprise moment it making tears well up when we’re not expecting them at all . It can be some how sand and beautiful. We cope with personal tragedy ,sorrow and sadness, though there are times we think we won’t. And sometimes don’t.
    One feel our country that is dying of a tragedy ,sorrow and sadness so deeply rooted in our people soul, after 30 years long, still unresolved and unfinished , so constant in its suffering and pain, so pathetic and ugly in its fundamental of contradictions, so much divisive in its pathology that that Eritrea began to weak and come apart, for some time to lose the minimal amount of hope and nourishment to the spirit that made struggle for independence achieved and viable. For many diaspora not visit their country and die in soil of motherland is very sad many fell out of love with their own country. When the war for independence was over and the dead were buried. It was not new country that truly thought of itself as a emerging democracy, but surly from its inception. so much so that it mostly never even seemed insincere in even trying of thinking of itself to build democracy, no chance and betrayal of essential values. The dying nation was born in 1991. The true issue is the foundational one, the split between our dream and real reality Eritrean faced . in desperate time . No one knew what to do, whom to trust, where to turn. The nation . It was not founded on an idea of Justice and not all equal under the law. violating their rights, and killing them. Decade after decade, People were terrorized .the nation awash in blood .Could it survive as a united strong country as new nation. And then it much more tragedy and deeply sadder, when IA we find out , his own humanity and nature was so much badly sickened and diseased that IA a Tyrant stood in the door , disregard for human life, basic decency .IA have no moral and ethical compass, that hate and disdained all values except the pursuit of power to keep illegally gained keep till his death . made everything that was weighing down in the new nation so much incalculably awful ,heavier, extremely insupportable in the weight of its tragedy ,sorrow and sadness nation .
    Eritrean People wanted to live and harmony and raise their children freely , they want to as a free people in a free country. not in fear and insecurity , not with unrelenting hate and division.
    This is aimed specifically at Christians and Muslim. How Christian and Muslim we are .The simple questions are bound to be a convicting exercise, because it reveals how far we are short and we fall of the ideal set by God whom we truly profess to believe and follow. We often fail to live up to our confession.
    As with most other Christians and Muslim, there have been many times when we conduct did not comport with the standard laid down by God. Some time many believer behavior gave very bad example and witness and that gives cause to reflect and grief . we must acknowledge our shortcomings. This is where the value, it is a call to repentance Christ who wants us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. This is a hard teaching, because the natural human tendency is to love oneself above everyone else. We should know better by now. There are so many resources to help us know better, yet too many Christians ignore the history books that document the terrible legacy of slavery. We ignore the novelists who tell us why the caged bird sings. We ignore the poets who teach us the cruel cost of a dream deferred. In our carefully preserved ignorance, we pile all their books up in a great pyre, and we set them on fire.
    One need to be reminded that, Love is the only way to put out this fire, love and listening and the hard work of changing, Blessed are the merciful,” Jesus taught us.
    “If anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also,” Jesus taught us, but we did not turn our cheek. we are not yet beyond redemption. It is time to act on what we say we believe. We need to remember the words of the prophet Isaiah: “And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks.” We need to remember the words of Jesus — “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’s sake” — and join the righteous cause of the protesters.
    Humans are brothers (women Quran 1). They do not differ with God by race, class, or sex, but with piety and acquaintance, known and known, and then Muslims will understand the meaning that they are witnessing to the worlds not by words but by deeds, which means that they in turn need to understand the Qur’an and not limit themselves to Islamic rituals. Formally without its moral and ethical fruits, they are freed from lying and hypocrisy and pretending to be virtuous with the commission of vice, its major and minor. Without this spiritual and moral revolution.
    Many Eritrean turned to God and started devoted to worship, the people went to church and Mosque trying keep faith with the teachings of their religion, found solace in their and Mosque churches . Respect for all the values and culture of the nation simply evaporated.
    where Eritrean history had gone so wrong, and whether Eritrean culture possessed resources for the country’s to hold to true its human value, “inner truth” ,a cultural despair. the private sphere of the family is being challenged. The spaces of society and culture where free communication can never be flourish. Even questions of faith and religion have not played and assumed increasing prominence as it should. Believe and appeals to faith had to be checked at the door. Eritrean public sphere, should accommodate religious diversity and permit the participation of religious citizens to play its role more than in life and death. Religious and secular citizens must have equal access to the public sphere, religious contributions may have cognitive and harmony substance. That peaceful Eritrean religious adherent citizens can contribute moral insight to the public sphere. To advocate and stand for a religiously plural public sphere. Faith is foundational role for Eritrean Christian and Muslim. Two monotheistic religion. Christian ethic of love and Islam ethic of justice and combination of two heritage and its essential core, there is no alternative to it ,it is not of conflict, but of mutual learning and
    Peace and harmony .In understanding through faith and knowledge and universal morality and more importantly “Reason and Revelation.”the seminal distinction between sacred and profane, eternal and temporal. for many Eritrean Reason and Faith offered firmly independent paths toward salvation. This very brief summary can hardly do justice to massive and staggering array of volume texts. this just a short description

  • Kaddis

    ውድ ጋሽ አማኑኤል ;

    ፈጣሪ መጽናናትን ይሰጥህ ዘንድ እመኛለሁ። ሀዘንህ ሀዘናችን ነው ፣ በአለም የመጣ ነውና ፣ በርታልን ።

  • Simon Kaleab

    Selam Amanuel H.,

    May God bless her memory, and give strength to you and your family.

  • Desbele

    ሓው ኣማኒኤል,
    ሓዘንኩም ክሳብ ክንደይ መሪር ምዃኑ ይርድኣኒ ፣ ኣምላክ ንምሉእ ቤተሰብ ጽንዓትን ምብርታዕን ይሃብ፣ ንሓፍትና ደሃብ መንግስተ-ሰማይ የዋርሳ።

  • Lebam

    To Amanuel and family,

    Sad to hear that Dehab Haile passed untimely. May God give you strenght and comfort during this tough time.

  • Samuel

    ሰላም ኣማኑኤል ሕድራት,
    ብጣዕሚ ዘሐዝን እዩ፣ ንዓኻን ንምሉእ ስድራኻን ጽንዓት ይሃብኩም። ንድሃብ ሃይለ ድማ መንግስተ ሰማያት የዋርሰን።

  • Nitricc

    Greetings Dear Aman-H; I was really hoping this ugly news would be a false news. I guess it is what it is and be strong. I am never good at this kind of things but I always believed since there is no one who can defy and disobey death; however, there is a difference in death. Upon death there are two things can happen to your life; your life can be interrupted ( when in your early 20s, never married and have no children of your own) or your life can be completed ( when married, have your own children and lived with your other half and children.) Accordingly; you grieve and sorrow when life is interrupted. On the other hand, when life is completed, you celebrate and you be thankful for the life worthy of living and its memories. From what I can see, you should celebrate of her life. Be strong!

  • Yohannes Zerai

    ዝኸበርካ ኣማኑኤል፣

    ንዓኻን ንምሉእ ቤተ-ሰብን ጽንዓት፡ ንመዋቲት ከኣ ዘልኣለማዊ ዕረፍትን ሰላምን እምነ።

  • Ismail Ahmad

    Thank you Beyan and Saleh. You genuinely represent this virtual community. I am sure those powerfully, and from the depth of the heart, worded statement of condolence to our brother and his family members speaks on behalf of many of us, besides underscoring sense of human solidarity.

  • sara

    Ato amanuel,
    when i wrote RIP few days ago… i was not sure , hoping its not true… now it is… and i very sorry for what happen -and i wish you strength in this trying time and also wish our sister to
    rest in peace.

  • Admassie

    የተከበርክ አማኑኤል፡
    ባንተና በቤተሰብህ ላይ ለደረሰው የመረረ ሃዘን መጽናናትን ከልቤ እመኛለሁ። ይህንንም ፈተና እንድትሻገሩት አምላክ ብርታቱን ይስጣችሁ።

    አድማሴ አለሙ

  • Hashela

    ኣማንኤል

    ነቲ ቃንዛን ጽምዋን ቁርን ድመልኦ ጉዕዞ ሓዘን ተጻውሮ ይሃብካ።

  • Kim Hanna

    Amanuel and family,

    My condolence to you, your family and friends in these dark days. I wish you all strength and God’s grace, a day at time.

    Kim Hanna

  • Semere Tesfai

    ሰላም ኣማንኤል ሕድራት

    ሕማቕ ተረኺቡ!…. ኩላትና ሰንቢድና። ንስኻ ሓዊኻ ምስ ተመለስካና፡ ኣብ ሂወትካን ኣብ ሂወት ስድራቤትካን፡ ካልእ ሕማቕ ነገር ኣሎ ኢልና ኣይገመትናን። ንሱ’ዩ ድማ ኣሰንቢድና። ግን ካብ ወረደ….. ኣይትሕመቕ፡ ክኣሎ፡ ጽሮት ድማ ይሃብካ።

    ንደሃብ፡ ኣምላኽ ኣፍደጊኡ ከፊቱ ይቀበላ፡፡ ንዓኻን፡ ንደቅኻን፡ ንምሉኣት ቤተሰብን፡ ፈተውትን ድማ ጽንዓት ይሃብኩም።

    ሰመረ ተስፋይ

  • Mahmud Saleh

    Dear Emma, friends and the family
    I am deeply saddened. My condolences to all of you. RIP Dehab.

  • Brhan

    Dear Amanuel
    I was saddened to hear that your wife passed away. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Haile S.

    ‘መዓልካ ኤማ

    ናይ ዝሓለፈ ኣካልና ንሰምዖ እንተ’ንኸውን፡ ናቱ ርእይቶ
    ሓዘን ገዲፍኩም ፍሽኽታይ ዘክሩ ምበለ ብዘይ እንኮ ሕቶ

    ሓውኻ ሃይለ ሰ

  • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

    ሓው ኣማንኤልን ስድራን ጽንዓት ይሃብኩም ንሓፍትና ደሃብ ድማ መንግስተ ሰማይ የዋርሳ።

  • Paulos

    Selam Aware Team,

    Powerful words. Comforting words. Thank you. Our lives are defined by a hyphen between the numbers. Born in this year and passed away in that year where the hyphen stands between birth and death. Faith in the unknown which has chosen to be off limits sustains us; the human condition sustains us but most of all the love we have for one another sustains us. And your heartfelt condolences and tribute to Haw Amanuel’s wife stated just that—the power of love. Thank you and God bless.