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Crisis In The Eritrean Army

Gedab News learned that several companies of the Eritrean army are being hallowed at alarming rates. Due to serious desertion of conscripts, many squads ceased to exist and platoons have been downgraded to the level of squads. At the same time, the size of companies has decreased to that of a platoon, in some instances to a lesser size.

Meanwhile, the weekly and bi-weekly drill the peoples’ militia was supposed to go through has almost stopped. Farmers and herders have gradually stopped attending the compulsory weekly or bi-weekly drills that were a common sight around the countryside until last year. Recently, the militia army has all but disappeared from the scene.

Citizens have just stashed the arms that were supplied to them by the regime and are going about their work tending to their farms and herds. In cities and towns, some militia personnel are still required to do night guard duties.

Until last year, the standing militia army numbered approximately 150,000 people who were assigned to different policing and guarding tasks.

The life of the weakest sector of the society, farmers and herders, has become abysmal while those who do menial labor and engage in petty jobs to survive have been thrown into destitution. At the same time,life has continued to be difficult for Eritreans due to taxation and other moving regiments imposed by the government, on top of the widespread corruption, mainly bribery which has become rampant.

The army is in a crisis. It has also been plagued by desertion to the extent that members of the army, mostly conscripts, have returned to their units after a leave or after an assignment, only to find that their units have disintegrated. They are usually told to return home and wait for further instruction.

Many conscripts, including junior officers, have disappeared inside the country or escaped across the border to Sudan and, to a lesser extent, to Ethiopia.

For the last six-months, the army has been in disarray after President Isaias Afwerki announced his intentions to restructure the Eritrean defense forces.

Developments in the army have become the main news that people are talking about in Eritrea. Particularly after the posthumous promotion to army chief of staff of Major General Andemariam “Wuchu” who died several weeks ago.

Major General Wuchu was being receiving medical treatment in Eritrea and Sudan before traveling to Italy where he stayed for a considerable time. Giving up on his recovery from his serious illness, Italian doctors decided to send him home to face his fate. He returned to Asmara on a chartered plane accompanied by an Italian doctor who immediately returned home after escorting General Wuchu who arrived on a wheelchair. Eyewitnesses who saw him at the airport said he looked haggard, tired and had several glucose and other intravenous lines connected to his body. He died a few weeks later.

Eritreans discovered General Wuchu’s promotion to the position of the army’s chief of staff when his bio was read at his funeral. The Eritrean regime doesn’t inform the people even about major changes in the government.

Nearly a week following the death of General Wuchu, Eritreans came to know that Major General Philipos Weldeyohannes was promoted to the rank of full general and appointed chief of staff of the Eritrean army. The Eritrean army never had lieutenant generals or major generals directly become full generals.

In all state funerals, General Sebhat Ephrem, the defense minister, used to lay the wreath on behalf of the Eritrean armed forces, but at the state funeral held for the three veterans who died two weeks ago (Brigadier General Amanuel Haile (aka “Hanjema”), Brigadier General Mebrahtu Tekleab (aka “Vaynak”), and Mr. Desu Tesfatsion,) it was General Philipos who laid the wreath on behalf of the armed forces.

In a related story, a few junior officers of the Eritrean army have been promoted to the rank of Brigadier General, Colonel and Lieutenant Colonel. At the same time, at least three senior generals have been assigned to civilian positions by the president of Eritrea.

According to our sources, at least two of them have refused to accept the assignment. It is expected those who refused to take off their military suits will be frozen with no roles to play either in the army or the public sector.

So far, after the two generals refused to accept the assignment, the position of governorship of the central region remains vacant. As usual, when it is filled, Eritreans will know through the grapevines since the government doesn’t provide timely information on such appointments and promotions.

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  • dine

    ————– GDP of ethiopia and eritrea PPP
    ———— CIA facebook—— world bank——- IMF——– per capital
    ethiopia —- 118.2 b ———– 105 b ————– 116 b —- 1300 us d — BIG
    eritrea —– 4.7 b ————– 3.47 b ———— 4.7 b —– 600 us d —– small.

    • Kokhob Selam

      dine, My friend what are you trying to say? Look, it is not what you have it is how you use it. it doesn’t matter if the population and the land is bigger or smaller. the reality is Ethiopians are doing fine due to their system. Eritrea is not doing fine due to PFDJ (the group with out system). Eritrea is reach enough in natural resources with very much hard working people. this is additional to it’s strategic position geographically. it’s a mater of time and it will become prosperous nation. now the cooperation between the two sister nations will give them more space to make them strong in this fast developing globalization.

      • dine

        i know for sure Eritreans will do fine when they have the right understanding of eritrea and a right system, though i was responding to her ayda.

  • Hope

    Hailat,
    Here is my final NOTE to you:
    -First, I hope you understand,as I do,that we are on the same page but with some disagreement and with different approachs.
    -Do NoT try to be more Catholic than the Pope as I know what you know or even more than what you know–as I do not know you and your background but I will volunteer to tell you my back ground–for the sake of clarity
    -I want you to consider the other side of the coin that both internal and external factors are messing our social and political dynamics and as such, the approach for the soultion should be based on that fact.I would list the facts but I do NOT want to be redundant as you are.But there is ONE FACT you cannot deny or cover up,no matter what:
    The evil intention to wipe out Eritrea from the map has been 60 yrs old with the joint efforts of the USA,Britain,Israel,Ethiopia with all successive regimes–to the last minute using all all excuses, pretexts,all meanses–be it sanction—sabotage,lies,fabrication—and it keeps going and going—
    Therefore,I would expect you either to shut up about the Weyanes at all or to admit their devastating contribution to our current mess.
    As to the PFDJ sins,you tried to count,in fact your list is so incomplete that you even have no clue that I might have been the victim of all the sins you tried to mention,as a Citizen,professional and business person..
    The point is not that;the point is how to solve the problem.That is why I keep quoting your quote:
    “መንእሰይ፡ ጉዳይ ኢትዮጵያ ንኢትዮጵያ ይምልከት፡ ኣብ ደምበና ዘሎ መፍለስ ክነልግሶ ናትና ናይ ኤርትራውያን ሓላፍነት ይኸውን፡ ኢትዮጵያ ከም ምኽንያት ኣቕሪቦም ኣፋዊ’ምበር ተግባር ዘይብሎም ንዱያት ሕልና ከየጋግዩኻ ልቦና የድልየካ’ሎ፡ ኣብ ደምበና ዘሎ መፍለስ ኢትዮጵያ ኣይፈጠርዎን፡ ንስኻ መንእሰይ ወለዶ ብሰንኪ ኢትዮጵያ ዓድኻ ገዲፍካ ኣይተሰደድካን፡ ኣብ ጎቦታት ሲናይን ማእከላይ ባሕርን ምድረበዳ ሲናይን ትጸንት ዘለኻ ብሰንኪ ኢትዮጵያ ኣይኮነን፡ ኣብ ዶባት ኤርትራ ብሰንኪ ኢትዮጵያ ኣይተመንጠልካን፡ኣብ ጎዳጉዲ ተኣሲሮም ዘለዉ ኣሽሓት ኤርትራውያን ብሰንኪ ኢትዮጵያ ኣይኮኑን። መንእሰይ ወለዶ፡ ሓሶት ሓቂ ክኸውን ኣይክእልን፡ ድኽመትና ኣባና’ዩ ዘሎ፡ ሽግርና ንሕና ኢና፡ መፍትሒኡ ከኣ ኣብ ኢድና ይርከብ፡ ህግደፋዊ መዝሙር ኣብቂዑ ንመሰልን ሓርነትን ክንቃለስ ጊዝይኡ ሕጂ’ዩ፡ ኣብ ጉዕዞ ቃልስና ኢትዮጵያ ዝብል ሕልኩስ ምኽንያታት ቦታ የብሉን፡ መሰልና ክንመልስ እቲ ሓቂ ክንቅበሎ ኣለና፡መንነትን ክብርታትን ህዝብና ዘጽንት ዘሎ ጉጅለ ህግደፍ’ምበር ኢትዮጵያ ኣይኮነትን።”
    I am for a comprehensive solution using a comprehensive and inclusive approach.Not just Guiya kola’
    We are victims of all kinds from all corners, both internal and external—and we have to fight agianst all,not just PFDJ.
    Let me share with you few things you may know well:
    -When I visited Eritrea in 1992,my own Aunt,Senior EPLF member was mad at me as to why I am here and she brutally told me that as a professional and intellectual,I have no place here and that I better go back to where I came from.
    -She openly declared to me that —the regime will not tolerate,the YOUTH,Intellectuals and successful business people.—You can see here that the strategy has worked for DIA beyond his expectation when it comes to banning the Youth,Students,Intellectuals,business people–etc—a perfect prophecy by their own Teghadalit,who might know the system.
    My point is that the strategy to make the Youth to suffer and flee the nation –has been an old tactic.DIA himself made a point saying : ” Let them try what we want through”–during the border war.Meles Zenawi–re-iterated this during one of his interviews.
    Case in point,the Asmara Univ Students saga–is a living example—besides keeping the Youth and the Students away from him–a practical definition of paranoia.
    When I came back to visit Eritrea in 2006,I was driving through Keren and stopped to visit a sick family member in the Old Keren Hospital.When I was trying to leave the Hsopital at around 3am,I noticed lots of white stuff and when I asked what all this is about,my cousin told me that these are sick people waiting for am Doctor Visit.But I said that is too many people and he laughed telling me that this number is in fact very small–at 3am!
    My point is the health Service was way bad–expectedly though for a new country with a devastated infra-structure.
    The next morning,I visted one of the Government branches–Health Minstry and I offerred them if I could open a comprhensive Clinic that includes both Adult and Pediatric(children) Clinic, OB-GYN(Womens’),A modest Lab,Imaging Center, Pharmacy–etc, in keren and other places,which may need urgent help.
    The Officer asked me if I paid the 2% and fortunately I have been paying it since its declaration for 12 yrs and I provided him with the certificates and was excited and advised me to come back.I came back and he asked me my background and investemnt amount and I showed him an account for more than $150,000(USD) for that project only and my old special “VIP” EPLF membership and my unique ” ID code number”/Weshtawi wudubat/fedayeen ID #/and my new “VIP” PFDJ Cards and he was excited and told me to come back in am and I came back but only to tell me that they are not allowing new Licenses–bla ,..bla—
    I cursed my self and left the country.Until 2009, Keren Hospital did not have basic and essential Lab machines.
    So–that is why I am asking not to tell me this and that—and I am NOT PFDJ supporter but I disagree with some approaches you are prescribing me .

    • haile

      Hope,

      I have to respect your chosen approach. I too have my own. Mine is also born of very intimate knowledge of the nature of the regime (down to the nature of individuals afflicted by its mentality). Many of the things I came across, I don’t write here (this being a public forum). However, I am certain in my mind that nothing short of total dismemberment and hence dismantling of PFDJ would do for our nation. They are indeed poisonous and destroyed a beautiful nation with tremendous potential. All efforts must be deployed to completely decapitate it, kill it and burn it for good. I see great nation of Eritrea arising from the ashes and debris of the demolished HGDEF. Its evil stench might linger for a while but would sure dissipate and be no more. The Eritrean people have been exposed to the worst form of humiliation and brutality under the evil PFDJ. Now, Eritreans are determined to have a formal severing of their involvement with this evil entity. Today’s buzzword that reverberated from the Holot detention center was “ንስለ ሓርነትና ዝኾነ ይኹን ዋጋ ክንከፍል ድልዋት ኢና።” If Eritreans can rid off PFDJ quickly with as little bloodshed as possible, then that is an achievement in itself. If there is an international or regional conflict you are trying to fight against, then that is a matter of war and needs to go through Eritrean parliament and decisions of an elected government. Sorry, I can’t buy BS from evil PFDJ, not today not ever. If there happen to be eminent danger from Ethiopia or any other party, the nation would examine the nature of the threat and undertake the necessary action. Under normal circumstances, Eritreans are patriots and are capable of defending themselves if need be or working productively with the region as situation permits. PFDJ is a parasite and the only thing it is good at producing is a heap of lies and venom of hate. It has NOTHING to show for 23 years apart from death, exodus, poverty and misery as well as a tall list of entities (some dead and some alive) to take the blame for its useless and parasitic existence. We are only entitled to wage war inside our country for our own rights, we can’t wage war against outsiders. That is a different ball game and requires a different set of legal procedures. Eritreans (many) are now opting out of any association with the evil PFDJ and would seek a formal separation.

      Regards

  • ayda

    WOLADAY; what you re saying does not make any sense.
    woyane served Eritrea- why is then woyane occupying Eritrean soverign territory? Why did woyane unleash 3 massive offensives to destroy eritreans as people and as nation? why is woyane not respecting the rule of law,? why is woyane going round the bush instead of facing the reality that it is sitting on soverign Eritrean land? why
    Eritreans flow to tigray and Ethiopians flow to Eritrea. that nothing special. The Ethiopians who flow to Eritrea , what the dmht. what are the amahar.? they flow to Eritrea as well.
    kiserqnei kelo zireakuwas neti ziserqo kimelsely kelo zyamnon. ” we never ever will trust woyane and most tigrayans can do good to Eritrea. Never in a century. They deported 80,000 men, women, children, the sick, preists, old , pregnant women, bBIES SPEARATED FROM THEIR MUMS. HOW DO YOU THINK WE CAN ORGET THAT? wOYANES AND THEIR CADRES CONFISCATED THE PROPERTY OF EVERY ERITREAN THEY DEPORTED. tHEY DEPORTED PEOPLE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT ON THE PYJAMES THEY HAD ON.
    How do you think Eritrean people can forget that the woyanes ransack Eritrean properties and have made a living from the stolen wealth.? how do you want me to believe you Tigrayans help Eritreans( ther may be some good individuals in tigray who were not involved in the crime of deporting eritreans, or stealing Eritrean properties) but in general tigrayans are enemeies to us. If they were not enemies why did they deported the 80,000 in the mid night and with out giving them a day or two to pack their clothes? if you anserwer this questions, then you will convince yourself ywhat you have been saying is dead a lie.

    • Abinet

      Do you know how many Ethiopians were inhumanly deported from Eritrea in 1991? You talk about the 80,000 Eritreans who chose independence in the 1993 referendum . According to the late elf leader Ato Ahmed ( rip) , that is only 20% of all Eritreans in Ethiopia . The rest are still there and we get more and more every day.
      You can blame and hate amara woyane ethiopia derg USA UN ….. As much as you like but you can’t change facts .

    • Woldai

      Ayda

      Writing long propaganda can’t make any truth! Everything that you wrote is PFDJ fabricated propaganda!

      What had happened was, Eritrea lived in 7 years of its independency, a 7 years looting Ethiopia…! Ethiopia must stop the looting! What Ethiopia did first was advice PFDJ to limit their looting, but PFDJ didn’t know its limit ….in all these advices, journalists , politicians…. Were following closely.,..! Eritrea printed its own money & so on. Eritrea must use dard currency to but things from Ethiopia & vice versa! Isaias tried to intimidate Ethiopia , but the leaders in Ethiopia have never been intimidated in their entire history, so after a while the only choice Isaias has is to hold Eritrea & it’s people on the neck! To help his planes , the first thing he tried was attack every neighbor so Eritrean will have nowhere to go! & finally he invades Ethiopian torritories & therefore he put Eritrea where it is now, but some Eritrean repeat PFDJ’s propaganda purposely created to conceal the truth!
      Remember: Badme had never been part of Eritrea neither during the colonial era nor during the union time! Isaias created Badme to keep you under control of his fabricated propaganda, & it worked perfectly!

      The reason of these deported is for security purposes! After the deportees, there are over half a million left in Ethiopia! But many Ethiopia in Ethiopia was lost forever & nobody knows the were about of them! We will find out when Eritrea is refreed against from the jaws of PFDJ!

  • Kokhob Selam

    If only Eritreans own more this type of sites, the change could have been completed earlier.

    • Mekonnem

      Yes because change comes from elderly men reading long articles online to only write even longer comments. Keyboard activist to the rescue. Make sure you ice your fingers after each and every battle.

  • Kokhob Selam

    and what, success is only to be found within first. you don’t have to give nonsense reasons for own crimes and mistakes. hey, PFDJ is always blaming “Weyane” and most of supporters are hostage of this reason. But Ethiopia is growing working within herself. It seems to me they are cooperating (directly or indirectly) to let Eritrea a failed state. but we can’t blame still Ethiopians they are just doing their job -building their nation and we should solve our problem.

    • dine

      u said PFDJ is always blaming ”Weyane”. for ur information PFDJ/EPLF is always blaming ETHIOPIA since its creation so i don’t wary about them for blaming ethiopia/weyane because as long as ethiopia keeps strengthening and prospering, EPLF/PFDJ will give it up blaming Weyane, if not they will be harmed more . and i think that is how the world politics works the big(economy + military) is superior than the small so who ever loves eritrea better know this.

      • Kokhob Selam

        “…..is superior than the small so who ever loves Eritrea better know this.” you can imagine if this strong mass of Eritrea owns a government that really functions how much cooperative is. you know how much creative people are, hopefully soon we will reach to the level our sister country reached. in fact Eritrea is suppose to be more advanced. even when the two countries cooperate there will be unexpected development in horn. that is why I always say -HORN, HORN YOUR HORN.

        • dine

          ”you can imagine if the strong mass of eritrea owns a gov of its own” i heard that in 1980s-90s,INSHALLAH one day eritrea will have functioning gov, when you do, remember the 1st grade education which say the big is superior than the small. by the way did u say you horny of what.

          • Hope

            That is why DIA is afraid of the Eritrean people as he knows what an organized Eritrean Public means.On the same token,your weyanes are fully aware of the power of an organized Eritrean Public and that is they are busy right and left to divide us by using Region,Religion,Tribeal,Ethnicity based politics–
            Mengiustu Hailemariam declared to the Ethiopian people,after the demise of the Nadew Command, that the EPLF/Eritean people is “liyu Fitret yehone be sahel terarroch Atomic Bomb eyesera new”:The EPLF/Eritrean People are unique and they are on the process of buidng an Atomic Bomb in the Mountains of Sahel”.
            Without exaggeration, the fear of the western power is that this kind of unique people might be a “bad” example of good things to Africa, that may affect their interest.

          • dine

            i don’t know the drug you taking or the drug you need to take but do something.

          • Kokhob Selam

            I can see the difference you have both you and hope. Hope lost in PFDJ camp. and you are lost of dreaming in getting back Eritrea. I am here supporting Free and democratic Eritrea. now love it or not this is what we Eritreans want. I love the way Ethiopia Developing and I hate to see Eritrea failed state. I believe I should be part of the solution by changing the regime. any objection?

      • ayda

        dine what id you say. why is a strong Ethiopia cannot feed its people, make peace with its people, be independent rather than remain a servant country, a beggar country? why woyane cannot be better than Hailesleassie and derg where hunger, famine, catastrph has be come the mark of their governments. woayne has made it worse. there are 20,000,000 people with no food to produce an become famine victims, 2000,000 are beggars in towns and cities all of the country( addis ababa only accounted for 100,000 children begging on the streets of DDIS. wE WANT TO SEE Ethiopia FEED ITS PEOPLE A MINimum 3 meals day and then you can say strong. Ethiopia dependens 3 billion aid from western msters. ~ its military, and office budgets are covered by the USA and other donor countries. what does mean strong then, ??

    • Hope

      Your name is Kokhob selam and you are telling me that the Ethiopinas have the right and are working hard to let Eritrea fail?
      On the same token you are telling us–PFDJ supporters,that we are blaming weyane?
      Silent and an undergorund Weyane agent?
      Not new—to us—
      Well if they have the right to make us fail by any means possible, we the ight to blame them too.
      The Haile and Kokhob Selam Project?
      Good luck to you.

      • Kokhob Selam

        They are working day and night as they love their country, they didn’t give any damn reason saying PFDJ is against us and we will stop functioning. they didn’t victimize their people .

  • Woldai

    Aman

    IA has done everything possible to destroy weyane in the last 40 years, but he couldn’t! Is blocking the trucks carrying food to help the famine in Tigrai a helping Tigrians? Is cooperating with Derg to destroy weyane considered helping Tigrians? IA & his cronies even refused to train & arm them well! What are talking about? IA’s damage to the Tigrian struggle is more than his help!

  • Woldai

    I don’t think if we can go along in anyway! As I said earlier, you guys are discussing about the fabricated propagandas that IA created to cover up his real intentions! Badme had never been part of Eritrea at any time in the past , & will never in the future! You are just watch until too late! For me there is no point to discuss here at all! You have better to discuss the real matter than following a fabricated propaganda! Remember the young student of law who asked IA …. & IA is infuriated while collecting papers on his desk, where is that young man now? That’s when IA intended to destroy Eritrea! Weyane had nothing to do with the border war or anything with today’s Eritrea! Good lack! You talking about weyane sitting idle!

  • haile

    Ethiopia’s success is good news and only the disturbed mind would have a problem with it. Why should I not be happy if more Ethiopians are getting better opportunities and what have you? So long as they feel they are making progress, I am happy for them. Now, what exactly make you I think differently about the Badem issue or the whole matter regarding the border conflict? Could you give us a link where I announced that? The border issue or any other issue is unthinkable to be resolved under IA, but all the agreements are valid even after him and it is best that an elected government decides on our behalf from Eritrea’s point of view. Please don’t assume that people having good will and brotherly outlook towards you translates to their support of your position even at their own expense. The opposition is not willing to entertain engaging in the border issue, the regime has failed to earn the trust and respect of the inl. community and we have a crisis in Eritrea that needs urgent attention. Even the Ethiopian gov. doesn’t publicly declare to overstep the the mark and threaten or attack the country because it has been temporally weakened. They know better that the Eritrean people are far better than this under normal circumstances. Whatever you do, don’t confuse force with legality. Elected governments in both sides might one day resolve the matter to satisfaction of both peoples.

    • Hope

      Hailat,
      What the heck are you talking about?I hope I have understood you wrongly.Are you justifying that the post-ponment of the demarcation is “valid” because IA is a bad and untrust-worthy guy despite the legality of the decision?IA and his leadership have nothing to do with the EBBC’s binding decison and its implementation—
      I.E.,to simplify it,since DIA is NOT trustful:
      -The border should not be demarcated
      -Let’s keep the stauts quo/No Peace NO War Status
      -keep tightening the sanction and hence:
      -Let the people of Eritrea suffer
      -Let the Youth leave the country
      -Let the Army stay in crisis
      -Let the Eritrean Economy and Defense collapse—-then let the so called Eritrea and Eritreans be mapped out from the world map.-
      If so, then you are admitting that the people of Eritrea should suffer indefinitely as long as IA is alive,which is the norm and modus operandi of the day by the weyanes and its masters.
      At times,your mouth is full of shxxt if you are paying attention to what you are saying.
      Hating IA should have nothing to do with keeping hostage the Eritrean people.
      You see, you keep contradicting here and there.You know the big picture but you are just obssessed with hating IA rather than looking for a comprehensive solution.
      You know the trick the Weyanes and its masters have been using ,which you seem to accept,is to frustrate the Eritrean people by cornering IA and keeping us the hostage of this demarcation and No Peace,No War status,which in turn has contributed to the exodus and the suffering of our Youth,an issue you are “fighting for”.
      As to the Ethiopians, since when do you believe that they have been in our side?Why do you even waste your time responding to their old new ghurra?
      Yea,I know, they are keeping our refugees in their camps, they are allowing few of our Youth to join their Colleges–bla–bla—-but NOT for free though, as the corrupted UNHCR is paying them a big chunck of money in the name of our abused refugees,which you do NOT want to talk about.

      • WEDI AGAME

        casing is your habit, so case me i don’t really mind. but to tell you the truth on the behalf of EPRDF leagues means on the behalf of the future EPRDF. the main goal is to work hard for strong Ethiopia while it keeping Eritrea as it is, No peace no war then build strong army stronger than Egypt. then Eritrea and Djibouti are on the open mouth of alligator. “Eritrea is going no where” MZ

  • Dawit

    Okay Thanks.

  • Hope

    Keep your success to yourself then and leave us alone and do NOT take us and keep us as hostages with the support of your masters..

    • dine

      that is exactly what ethiopia is trying to do, to keep the success to herself.

  • Hope

    Quote of the Year:Courtesy of Haile the Great and his sources( A similar quote from a similar expression by an Eritrean youth from Tel Aviv—during a meeting by EYC)
    ” መንእሰይ፡ ጉዳይ ኢትዮጵያ ንኢትዮጵያ ይምልከት፡ ኣብ ደምበና ዘሎ መፍለስ ክነልግሶ ናትና ናይ ኤርትራውያን ሓላፍነት ይኸውን፡ ኢትዮጵያ ከም ምኽንያት ኣቕሪቦም ኣፋዊ’ምበር ተግባር ዘይብሎም ንዱያት ሕልና ከየጋግዩኻ ልቦና የድልየካ’ሎ፡ ኣብ ደምበና ዘሎ መፍለስ ኢትዮጵያ ኣይፈጠርዎን፡ ንስኻ መንእሰይ ወለዶ ብሰንኪ ኢትዮጵያ ዓድኻ ገዲፍካ ኣይተሰደድካን፡ ኣብ ጎቦታት ሲናይን ማእከላይ ባሕርን ምድረበዳ ሲናይን ትጸንት ዘለኻ ብሰንኪ ኢትዮጵያ ኣይኮነን፡ ኣብ ዶባት ኤርትራ ብሰንኪ ኢትዮጵያ ኣይተመንጠልካን፡ኣብ ጎዳጉዲ ተኣሲሮም ዘለዉ ኣሽሓት ኤርትራውያን ብሰንኪ ኢትዮጵያ ኣይኮኑን። መንእሰይ ወለዶ፡ ሓሶት ሓቂ ክኸውን ኣይክእልን፡ ድኽመትና ኣባና’ዩ ዘሎ፡ ሽግርና ንሕና ኢና፡ መፍትሒኡ ከኣ ኣብ ኢድና ይርከብ፡ ህግደፋዊ መዝሙር ኣብቂዑ ንመሰልን ሓርነትን ክንቃለስ ጊዝይኡ ሕጂ’ዩ፡ ኣብ ጉዕዞ ቃልስና ኢትዮጵያ ዝብል ሕልኩስ ምኽንያታት ቦታ የብሉን፡ መሰልና ክንመልስ እቲ ሓቂ ክንቅበሎ ኣለና፡መንነትን ክብርታትን ህዝብና ዘጽንት ዘሎ ጉጅለ ህግደፍ’ምበር ኢትዮጵያ ኣይኮነትን።”

  • Hope

    Breaking news for you,huh?Since its inception, the awate.com has been one of best ref for aiga forum and the Afar and tigrai-online,FYI

  • Hope

    Swallow the bitter TRUTH though–and that is the TRUTH but the TRUTH.
    It was the OAU and now the AU,which has allowed your Weyanes to destroy Somalia and now Eritrea.

    • Hope

      CC: to Eyob Medhanie
      Swallow the bitter TRUTH though–and that is the TRUTH but the TRUTH.
      It was the OAU and now the AU with the USA pressure/your master,which has allowed your Weyanes to destroy Somalia and now Eritrea

  • Eyob Medhane

    Haile,

    “…the guy who heads the censure in the MoI in Eritrea is Mekuria, an Ethiopian…”

    You know, may be Mekuria is held against his will. Who knows?

    Dear Mekuria,

    If you are reading this, please blink three times, if you are held against your will…You hear me?! We’re coming to rescue you 🙂

  • haile

    NEVER! If You couldn’t understand me that doesn’t mean I am responsible for your misunderstandings. I said the opposition needed to have a clear stand regarding the resolution of the border. It doesn’t matter how but just a clear stand that the Eritrean people, Ethiopians and the world can understand. I even suggested one where Eritrea enter dialog and negotiate on normalization, and the results of those agreements become effective following the border demarcation according to eebc. PFDJ is incapable of engaging in this manner but the people could see an alternative. You can dig that comment out. My point was clarity might help the people. Do I believe the same today. Not sure, my faith on many things as regards my fellow people has been shaken and I can’t put my money to bet that Eritreans can be helped by the resolution of the border alone.

    If you have a problem with woyane/EPRDF as an Ethiopian, that is your problem. Only the dirty dictator has ears for the internal affairs of other countries. Don’t use us for your problems. We have enough thank you.

    • dine

      you don’t understand what am saying, you were stubborn about BADME and now as i see it you change your mind which is good, i believe the change in attitude comes because of ethiopia’s strength and success. if ethiopia keeps up growing like this a lot of you will follow you and YG,so don’t worry about the regime supporters.IT’S UP TO ETHIOPIA. regards to TPLF/EPRDF yes i have same issues (it is internal like you said) but in most cases (economy and other) i like them.

  • Wedi Ali’s way

    HI SGJ,

    I think that cartoon still need to be modified. Excuses used were actually in the below order:
    1)1991 -1993 Referendum was an excuse
    2) 1993 – 1999: transitional government and permanent constitutional gov implementation used as an excuse
    3) 1998-2001: weyane war excuse became their excuses
    4) 2001- still – border demarcation, no peace no war and external conspiracy

    So, I would suggest the “gobiye” to walk to reverse to the 1980’s – pre-independence era. Many agree governing under the derg era was much better than the current governing under DIA.

  • Wedi Ali’s way

    Hi Dawit,

    The border war was never mentioned until 1998. After the border ruling gave it’s decision and the G15 got arrested, that is when the regime started using the border with ethio as excuse to erase its “akayida aba gobiye tetew elu sigab dob zihtsi”. If you don’t mind I have further modified your beautiful cartoon depiction.

  • haile

    Selamat Awatista,

    Is there a way to relieve the regime supporters from their
    “woyane” addiction? Even the woyane despise them so much that they
    hardly talk about them!!

    In the last few days, weeks and month alone:

    -Thousands entered Ethiopian refugee camps

    – Thousands entered the Sudan refugee camps

    – It is estimated that up to 13 000 Eritreans are waiting to
    make dangerous sea crossing any time now

    – up to 40000 Eritreans are in limbo in Israel

    – Thousands of Eritreans are in precarious situation in
    south Sudan

    …How far can we say that the Somalianization of Eritrea
    has already begun? Is this damage controllable? Is it reversible? Why are the
    useless regime supporters going down in history this way? Do you know that all
    they are talking about is about a one jet liner Nova air flying Eritrea and
    have no word to say about the current disaster? Well, at least save us your
    woyane, woyane crooked cries, we have more serious disasters to think about.

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Hailat,
      To answer your question, no at this time. Until we have a formidable and all round organization, that will have a class of “clinical politics” not only to clear the “woyane addictions” but also help them from any withdrawal symptoms.

    • Eyob Medhane

      Haile,

      I have a ‘fun fact’ to ask of you. Where is AU headquarter located? I read this news and I just couldn’t find out, where this gentleman took this picture with this lady…. 🙂

      http://www.shabait.com/news/local-news/16714-ambassador-araya-desta-presented-credentials-to-chairperson-of-the-au-commission-

      • haile

        Hey Eyoba

        That news from shabait is starkly different to the one released by the AU yesterday. In the latter, there was no mention of the lame duck dictator from hell. From reading this one, I would say the AU is located in Asmara, because the news by-line was “Asmara, 11 April 201”. I would consider this, however, an internal Ethiopian matter, because the guy who heads the censure in the MoI in Eritrea is Mekuria, an Ethiopian. You guys must have done something really bad to him to feel that jilted and tamper with mere sentences in international news that includes the name of his country. Your question, regarding the assertions made by the master of assertions is that it wasn’t all he said. The following was omitted for national security reasons:

        “..the President asserted that HE WOULD demonstrate active participation as regards reinforcing and developing the AU. In this connection, the presie elucidated that in order to reinforce and develop the AU all member countries need to build a continental highway that links them with each other, a fiber optics for faster internet connection, a dominant veto power at the UN and membership of WTO for Somaliland’s goat rearing communities. The US need to stop its wrong policy in the region that it perused in the last 69 years (since the day IA was born) and all African countries must demarcate any outstanding border they may still have or cease any normalcy within their respective countries in terms of political, economic and social livelihood of their people. All of these have not yet been done. And I don’t want to predict when it could be done, because prediction is not our culture.”

        Regards

        • ayda

          haile
          if AU is in Addis Ababa, and you want to use it as your own organization n, that is not going to work for you. Eritrea is a member of the AU. It has its own mission in Addis Ababa. although the Tigrayans did not want Eritrea to have a mission, but it is a must, they have to allow it. After how many years denying Eritrea to be in the AU, meles was threatened the AU to move out of Addis abab and it has to swallow the bitter pill and accepted the demand from the AU members. With out Eritrea the AU is half cooked organization.
          Amabasaddor Desta presented his crednetials to the Head of AU- and did you hear what ms Zuma said. 2WE WANT TO SEE ERITREA TO CONTINUE TO WORK ACTIVELY …”.. That is what she said. Now Eritrea is a regional player, very active, smart and with knowledge. Eritrean role is signifincant in the regional politics. You people with small head think Eritrea and the president of Eritrea are your levels. Eritrean president is a very intelligent leader. it is not like Hailemariam of Ethiopia or Meles of Tigray. Meles anly knows politica shermotmot. He plays tricks, he plays words and he lies a lot. H confuses people that is what Tigrayans oare known for anyways. So why you hate President Esyas is because he is not like you. He is completely different, intelligent and brave, and does not lie or play shermotmot. He is the leader of a the greatest revolution, he is the leader of Africa. He does not like begging, he does not like lie. He is a strong and principled and focused. He is the master of self reliance and that is why Eritrea is doing well. There is no hunger, famine or hungry man in Eritrea. The un is not asked to send food for hungry. Eritrea is feeding its people and there is no life lost due to lack of food despite the many challenges the country is going through. this is confirmed by the UN organizations, the WHO, FAO, the UNICEF and other visitors, and journalists. This is all due to the strong policy under the leadership of his Excelleny President |Esayas. You tigrayans hate him because he is not like you. He is not a beggar politician like melemes, like seyoum mefin when they become happy to show the ribs of the famine stricken children of Ethiopia. There may be shortage of some food items or may be they are expensive, but there is no life lost in famine . Unlike Ethiopia where millions have been in famine, millions massacered, in Ogaden, millions dying in the

      • Hope

        Huh,yeah,the truth irritated you a bit,Mr. Medhanie Eyob.Had the AU been in Asmara, Africa could have benefited a lot and the Horn of Africa in particular,could have achieved a long-lasting peace and Somalia specifically,could have stood tall as a Nation.S Sudan would have not gone into the current mess.
        The IGAD could have functioned better—etc….

        • Abinet

          Why do you think the location makes that much difference?

    • dine

      haile, you yourself were ”woyane” addiction a year ago (badme), if ethiopia’s growth continue like this believe me, not only the regime supporters even PIA himself will follow your lead. it’s up to ethiopia’s success.

    • Hope

      But you missed deliberately that most likely half or 1/3 of these figures might be Ethiopians as well.
      You also conveniently avoided the serious role of the crippling economic sanction to the mess.You avoided conveniently also that the sanction included the sanction on Eritrean Airlines–as confirmed by the same Lufthansa Air,begging now to fly to Asmara.
      You also deliberately omitted the role of the Weyanes in S Sudan leading to suffering of Eritreans there by deliberately telling us the Eritrean Gov was involved in supporting the Rebels,when you are fully aware as to who the culprit has been.
      This is a classis Meles Zenawi/weyane politics–lying and lying etc—Good student!!
      I Wonder how much Aboy Sibhat and Bereket are supporting you bro.

      • haile

        I told you, you can cry at the feet of the woyane for eternity;
        there is no way you would change a damn thing by a nation emptying at an
        alarming rate. Your woyane, sebhat, bereket, ande emhatsion werqnesh mean
        nothing to me. Eritrean problem is inside Eritrea. What is the point of bracing
        against woyane hen (analogically) your pants are falling of your waist, your
        shoe are torn out, your nose bleeding heavily, your eyes barging out almost to
        explode, your shirt falling off your back… and you’re still shouting
        “woyane, I’m going to get you for this…” please come down, and get
        the treatment you need. You can fight woyane when you are good and ready.
        Otherwise, they’ll kill you with a single blow. Period.

        • Hope

          Yours and your alikes’ DAY AND NIGHT PETITION might have contributed to Eritrea’s weakness as you clearly admitted.
          I am arguing for the sake of arguemnt though.What I said is FACT and do NOT tell me that your one sided “facts” are the only Facts.
          BTW,so,you are telling us that since we are weaker and they are stronger now,we will kneel down and justify their crimes.
          NO,I do not have the patience to buy you.

          • haile

            You see, there one single thing in common among all people of loser category: THEY ALL HAVE SOMEONE TO BLAME. The funny thing is even the woyane don’t blame you for a single misfortune they encounter, despite going to the same war, for the same reason and at the same cost as you!! They paid the price, they moved on to roll their sleeves and pick themselves up again and off the went. You blame them for the regime’s criinal acts in mismanaging the country, you blame them for the regime involving in human trafficking of Eritreans (as proved by the UN), you blame them for the regime making friends with al shabab and every next criminal armed bands in the region, you blame them for the regime letting Eritreans sleep next to Dahir Aweys (a UN wanted terrorist) in a land that 100,000 fallen to liberate, you blame them for the regime blocking the youth from free speech, free movement, work, decent education… you blame them for farmers being banned to sell their produce, you blame them for fishermen meeting the same fate, you blame them for construction workers being banned, you blame them for doctors being banned from private practice, you blame them for refusal of Eritreans to be buried in their countries, you blame them for the regime blocking the return of Lampedusa victims, you blame them for virtually all other matters that destroyed the nation and its defense capability. If one could have built an effective defense forces by cursing its opponent, PFDJ supporters would have built the world super power by now. Sorry, doesn’t work like that. The woyane are not responsible to making a living for you. If they hand you Badime tomorrow, none of the dead, disappeared and tortured will have a second chance. Just saying, you can still blame though…

          • Hope

            My point is:
            Let’s blame all to be blamed and act against all of them.

          • T. Kifle

            Dearest haile,

            Now you are at the altars of real greatness. እንታይ ዋጋ’ለዎሞ ጸማምስ ሓደ ደርፉ ከምዝበሃል እንዶኾይኑ። This “hope”, unlike his name, seems to me hopeless.

            Keep the good work, in the end, no matter what ከወግሕ’ዩ።

          • Lorde Agaame

            Halay Isaias’ Hitler jund are so naive.You gonna die wailing “Heil Isaias ” ?wake up dude.you sound so ignorant.weyane this Weyane that. They ain’t thinking about you.they building their country ( and saving some serious dough wfor their kids 🙂

    • Hope

      Do not forget also that the new open policy of the EU,”thanks to the lampadusa”incident,has helped further the exodus.

    • Abinet

      Haile
      Eritreans always need an enemy to unify them. Derg, amara, woyane ,USA , ……they are experts in creating an imaginary enemy .i don’t expect Eritreans to stop blaming ethiopia anytime soon .it used to bother me before .now I just laugh at them.

      • Hope

        An imaginary enemey? Are you insane or as usua,l applying the old new weyane propaganda?
        Can some one advise this person to read some history?Are you from Venus or something?
        Eritreans have only imaginary enemies?Please,AT,either block this guy or advise him to respect us and our history.

        • Abinet

          Some people are “…. hopelessly uneducated no matter how instructed they may be ” Dale Carnegie . You are a perfect example.
          Ethiopia is not your enemy ! We are trying very hard to forget you . Find your enemy somewhere else if you must have one. We don’t have the time and desire to worry about you.

          • Hope

            Then forget us completely and go away and leave us alone.And who is forgetful and forgiving,BTW?
            I attended a beautiful Sermon by An Oomo Pastor in MD/Washington area
            and his advice to the Ethiopian Evangelical Community was:
            “lease ,we Ethiopians have an obligation to ask our Eritean brothers and sisters a big time Forgiveness for what we ethiopians have done to them.
            You are the perfect example of what you quoted,rather,as you are insulting the intelligence besides being ignorant about a living history.If you did not exist,we would not have suffered this much.

          • Abinet

            Next time when you get a chance remind the paster not to mix politics with religion .
            I’m sorry you are suffering however , we are not the cause of your suffering .we also suffered for so long just to keep you with us .now that you are gone we are enjoying life a little bit better.
            Btw, what do they preach at Eritrean church ?do they ask forgiveness from Ethiopians for the crimes you committed when you inhumanly kicked out the Ethiopians in 1991 ? Or do you think they don’t deserve apology because they are ” children of a lesser God?”
            My advice for you is to find the right tree to bark at . This Sunday try an Eritrean church .

    • Kokhob Selam

      I think there is one good medicine that can cure only to those innocent who couldn’t see the truth among supporters. you know what? if only Ethiopian government just decide to leave Badme, what that PFDJ could have done? kkkkk, they will have to pack everything and just find some mountains in SAHEL.

      • Hope

        You cannot erase the True and Living history.
        Kokob Selam,
        Are sure that the Weyanes and their masters have done notrhing to us for the last decade?But who wrote:
        1)Sanctions–the Ugandan fabrication,the Djbouti fabrication–as per Inner city Report–not mine
        2) wikileakes
        -a)the 4-step plan to change regime in Asmara
        b)The heads up advice to the State Dept to change regime by any means possible
        c)The 10K Visas from kenya for the Eritrean Youth so as to abandon the regime
        etc….

        • Asmerom

          Hope
          It is your full right to believe whatever you want to believe about what you call “true and living history ” and that is only for you
          You can not force others to believe in your version of “true history …” You have no evidence you are just reapplying the same music that we have been listening from HIGDEF .
          If you think the same regime who mistreats his own people in so cruel and harsh way is going to tell you his past and present situation in truthful manner I may say you are nave . From your words you know and have been told by your tegadalit relative the nature of the regime so how come you fell for such so called “true history ”

    • Woldai

      Haile

      Somebody has tell these IA supporters to stop propagating fabricated propagandas & concentrate on the real issue!

      IA wants Tigrian & Eritrean to be a permanent enemies using his fake border disput! This king of propaganda has been there for almost 7 decades! The Italians & followed by IA & his cronies!

      • Hope

        The Tigrayans chose to be permanent enemies of Eritrea and they will pay the price on due time.

        • Lorde Agaame

          Ooh we scared 🙂

        • Woldai

          aye hope! “…pay the price on due time…! We all have 2 legs, 2 hands & a head on our top…! እንታይ ይባሃል ይመስለካ፦ መርዓስ ይትረፍክን እሞ ብሰላም ክረማ! ነቲ ሚኪን ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ዳኣ ለኪምኩሞ!

  • Mekonnen

    You know this article is treacherous when it’s being posted on TigraiOnline. Congrats Awate you’ve officially earned the label of “sellout”.

  • Justin Beke

    All these PDFJ fools keep talking about woyane or Addis Ababa for their issues instead of putting the blame on their evil leader..nuts..it’s like twilight zone…r they really Eritreans or from some alien planet??

  • Lorde Agaame

    City states? Lol do you even know what that means? Asmara and Addis are city states? Hahaha vibrant urban culture and socio cultural liberty? Boy oh boy….You are trying so hard to sound sophisticated.

    • AMAN

      Thankyou I feeling sophisticated now !

  • Kokhob Selam

    wow!!!

  • AMAN

    The problem I see with Tigrayans and their politics is
    they approach political administration from the direction of
    victimhood, under development, mass(communism) culture,
    rural based, rebel uprisings et all all that define lawlessness
    and disregard to developments and achievements gaind from
    internal or external sources or civilizations as a result with too
    heavy sacrifice.
    Rather their politics seem to me resentment against Asmara
    and Addis Ababa city states and the socio-cultural liberty and
    the vibrant urban culture they offer to their communities in particular
    and the citizens of the whole country in general.
    All their energy is directed at diminishing social and cultural progress
    and achievements made by the people towards good citizenship and
    governance syetems and want only wish to live by the system of admin-
    istaration and governance of or similar to ” REBEL HELD LIBERATED
    AREAS ” and their culture.

  • Lorde Agaame

    You forgot to mention you started deporting Tegaru back in 1991 but Weyane started deporting hamasens in 98 and there is no such thing as Ethiopians of Eritrean origin .We got the deportation qualifiers data from bet tsihifet shaebiya.Those that we’re not card holders were not affected.and those that were deported are now returning back to Addis.If it was up to me I would hunt down every hamasenay and eradicate him.You people are sick and demented haters.Whatever we do for you,you turn it around and make it look like we Tegaru are after you.i understand it is your national duty to hate Tigray.i know that comes from your identity crisis and self hate.

    In a sick twisted way I am starting to like Isaias.:)

  • Woldai

    This is what the problem is , your DIA created the border war to crush Eritrean seeking democratic changes! The no-peace no-war was created by DIA…! I mean, how about of Eritrean journalists? Is it because of weyane? How about the check points in every corner of Eritrea ? Is it because of woyane? How about the freedom of movement,the constitution,…? Eritreans are saying that they were better off during Derg!

    • AMAN

      @Woldai
      Yes DIA collaborated and cooperated to uplift and benefit Tigrayans at the expence
      of Eritreans before he knew that they did not need or appreciate his help whatsoever.
      But this is only one side of the coin and only one half part of the whole border issue
      you are talking about.
      DO YOU WANT ME TO POST THE MOTIVES,OPERATIONS , GOALS AND
      CONSEQUENCES OF THE CONSPIRACY AND BOGUS BOARDE WAR PRETEXT
      TO OUR READERS HERE AT AWATE……………..? I GUESS NOT ?
      Let me hear from you if you do not mind it.

    • ayda

      to wolday
      lets say this to your questions.
      1. no war no peace- let Ethiopia vacate land and you will see there will only be peace
      2. no check points in Eritrea. but check points are set in time of emergency against enemy attacks. now we are sure under control and no check points in Eritrea for the last 6 years. I go every year no check oints. but check points are even exist in a any western country- that is the cameras and that are installed on every stereet.. freedom of movement is needed in any country, but in Eritrea there are no cameras. In Ethiopia there is no freedom of movement because the streets are guarded with armed soldiers. even the markato and paisa are full of armed police, and military men.
      every evil comes because of woyane. if woyane was not there the Ethiopian people would have been in better position. woyane is the cancer in the region. what is happening in ogaden, in igray, in amahara, in aoromo regions. people are incarcerated , every telephone call is tapped, every movement is monitored in one or another systemtic way. Ethiopia is a police state. you better shut up and mind your business about Ethiopia.
      Ethiopia with all this poerty, famine, oppression, killing. what is happening in un now, accusing Ethiopia of gorss human rights abuse, mass murder, destruction and killing of the whole population of ogaden. so what are you talking about eritrea
      . what a shame you speak about the best country Eritrea when you have too much sin and evil happening in your country. what a hypocrite.

    • ayda

      wolday
      no peace no war is a result of woyane;s accupation of Eritrean land.
      woyanes does not want to abide by international law
      woyanes tried to reverse the internationally reconginased verdict of hage by the EEBC
      woyanes amass troops to to invaDE WAR.
      ONE THING THE WOYANES HAVE TO DO IS ACCEPT INTERNATIONAL APPROVED BORDER, RESPECT THE LAW AND GO HOME. tHEN EVERYTHING IS NORMAL.
      pRESIDENT Eritrea IS THE FATHER AND CARER OF THE TIGRAY AND ETHIOPIAN PEOPLE. hE LIBERATED TIGRAYANS FROM THE DERG. nOW YOU SAY THIS AND THAT.
      tIGRAYANS BALAME pRESIDENT eSYAS SIMPLY BECAUSE HE IS THE FATHER OF FREEDOM, THE LEADER OF REVOLUTION, THE CAPABLE LEADER WHO LEAD eRITREANS TO INDEPENDENCE. OF COURSE WOYANES AND THEIR CADRES DO NOT LIKE HIM TO BE SEEN AS GREAT MAN. tHAT IS WHY THEY STARTED THE Wr.
      Meles has said it clearly in an interview, they do not want to see a strong leader in Eritrea. Meles said it once the war was a border war, then he said it wS ECONOMIC, THEN HE SAID WE DID NT WANT TO SEE STRONG Eritrea. I WILL GIVE YOU THE LINKS AND REFERENCES OF HIS INTERVIEW.
      NOW YOU SAY THIS AND THAT BECAUSE THAT IS THE BEST THING FOR YOU TO SAY.

  • daniel

    We shouldn’t stay idle until the globally ignored and dying dictator
    regime succeeded by Somalia like splinter factions.

  • Jigna

    Please spare us your lies. I for one fought on the Assab front and know what Weyane wanted and failed to capture. My brothers/sisters died defending every km of the land.

    • Woldai

      Jigna

      What are the lies I wrote? Can you mention any? Woyane never tried to capture Assab! Most PFDJ supporters are repeating the fabricated propagandas of DIA! ሕማሙ ዘይተዛረበ ፈውሲ የብሉን!

      • Truth

        It’s obvious you haven’t a clue about what happened during the border war.

      • Woldai

        Truth

        If you have any clue about the cause of the border, you couldn’t reach Eritrea to where it is now!

        One of your problem is; you consider weyane as your enemy! But the truth is, woyane was the one that saved Eritrean struggle from total annihilation during the “red star” fighting, during the “selahta werar” , during the border war & became the first to support Eritrean independence….! ….therefore, stop blaming weyane & Concentrate on the solution for your country!

        India has border problems,Iran & America have problems, Palestinian & Israel …. But they have been talking to solve their differences,they have constitution, economic interaction…..! but since your leaders created the border war to suppress Eritreans need for better, then they don’t want solve the border conflict! I don’t believe any Eritrean ; call them journalists, politicians ,civic servants ….have an intention to go against Eritrean interests!
        You still aren’t talking about how to solve your problems, the fabricated propagandas of your leaders ! Please don’t freak out & write unnecessary words

  • sofi

    since 1993 Our people accomplished a lot of stuff offcourse Dawit or Johar you can hate the policy maker but stop your nonsens you need to give a credit to our people for their hard work period.

  • ida

    One thing that should be clear to woyane, Eritreans voted 99% for free and independent Eritrea. Whether we like pfdj or not, it is our business not theirs. It is for us Eritreans to decide.

    • dine

      woyane also said the same thing, eritreans voted 99.8%(not 99%) for free and independent eritrea. whethter eritreans like eritrea or not, it is only eritreans business not ethiopians. it is up to you eritreans to decide the future of your eritrea not ethiopians.

  • WEhaveatruehistory

    The crises are in your narrowed and unrealistic mind

  • WEhaveatruehistory

    OUR BRAVES

  • Hope

    Edited:
    Selam All,
    I would like to ask the AT to retrieve the old news from Gedeb news about the disappearing,kidnapping,and horrible killings by the PFDJ Death Squads at during post-Independence so as to make my point more reasonable.
    The following were reported by Gedeb News in my best recall:
    -The mysterious death of an EPLF veteran,a Muslim,where his body was found in the bushes of Gash Barka(Mahmoud—),which was never investigated
    -The mysterious death of another EPLF veteran,Mr.Doud Abdella–in the streets of Asmara99where he said that he committed suicide–where a fake investigation was carried out.
    -The mysterious death of the Director of the Arabic Eri-TV Program,where he was found dead in his office with nasty brain injury—with an axe or similar weapon,which was never investigated.
    -The mysterious death of another EPLF Veteran/Diplomat(Christian name(Amdemichale Kahsay ??) where he was stabbed to death in his own home stairs
    -The Mysterious death of the Omo Factory–successful business man–Mr.Mohammed–from Mendefera/England,said to have died of a “Car accident”,which was never investigated.
    -The hunting down of the formner ELF Veterans in Addis and Gonder,Ethiopia and the Sudan
    -The mysterious death of Ali Seid Abdella and the disappearance of his group affilaited with him
    -The untimely and suspicous death of Mr Salih Mekki(with negligence(driving a case with acute heart attack in an empty car—for hrs—a top Government Official)
    -the notorius G-13 case and innocent Journalists-in 2001(the Black September)
    -The life time demotion of the most Senior EPLF/Eritrean Fighter and Intellectual-Mr Romodan Mohammed Nur—
    -The fate of some of the most respected heros,Eritrean has ever seen–Gen Salih Osman ,who saved Aseb form the Weyanes and aginst the order of the beast of the beasts,DIA,who tried to present to the Weynaes as a gift.
    -The tragic death of some of the heros of the heros–Gen Hanjema and Gen Vanyak due to” car accident”,whioch was never disclosed and investigated officially
    -the silent demotion of Ibrahim Totil,and Senior Generals–including Gen Omer Tewil and Gen Remedan Awelyai and probably,the intelligent but nominal Defense Minister,Mr Sibaht Eferm ,likely to be replaced by the notorius Gen Philipos.
    -Not to mention the decimation of some of the most Intellighent/elite Eritrean Senior Commanders during the liberation era—wedi Afa,Tewelde Abraham, Wedi Halie,etc—-
    Can some one clarify to me as to why we ,Eritreans,have remained silent and dumb about theses dangerous incidents?
    Haile the Great showed us a clip from Israel where one of the Youth clearly told us to our face that we, Eritrean people are responsible for all the mess–including the Youth exodus and the mess insdie Eritrea for not fighting for our rights inside the country—for not challenging the government about the G-13,who challenged the DIA for our rights!!!
    I would like to see a hot but reasonable debate on the above issues–as to why we are silent about the decimation of our heros and heroins—,please, and what to do.

    • Woldai

      The only thing I can say here is woyane have served Eritrean better than the leadership in Asmara in everything way possible!

      Woyane never had an intention to take over Assab at all! Stop spreading the fabricated propaganda of PFDJ! Tell the truth!
      Ethiopia is a safe destination for Eritrean! Eritrean are getting the opportunity to follow their higher education,transit to a third country for settlement( where these individuals will benefit Eritrea after the demise of the DIA), Ethiopia accepted Eritrean being deported from Egypt ….! Woyane has done everything to help Eritrea & Eritrean , woyane should have been prized instead painting PFDJ’s fabricated propaganda!

      You wrote the crimes of DIA , the killing of Eritrean heroes, at the same time, you are promoting PFDJ’s fabricated propaganda! Not good!

      • Hope

        Weldai,
        Please review what Semere Andom’s short and sweet but to the point clarification about the Weyane” Charity” saga.
        Let me remind you:
        -The merciless deportation of more than 80,000 Ethiopians of Eritrean origin besides looting their life-long earning.
        -Your Weyanes-have tried every evil thing to destroy Eritrea and to keep eritreans divided by any means possible with the help of their masters—well documented facts.
        -Your weyanes have contributed immensely to the current mess we are in–including the exodus of the Youth by creating a” NO War-No Peace” status besides doing theior best to crush eritrea and Eritreans economically and militarily with full support of their masters
        -Your weyanes are taking advantage in the name of refugees–thru the help of the corrupted UNHCR.
        I feel bad to report the above incidents but as an Eritrean,I felt that we have a moral,legal and national obligations to challenge these unchallenged and serious issues.
        I am just embarrassed that we remained silent about these serious National matter.

  • AMAN

    What made a lot of people to like woyane or Ethiopia and to be against PIA and his pfdj
    is not the love of freedom or justice………..it is only the threat of woyane and the assumption
    that woyane has militarily got the upper hand over PFDJ and we better be on the side of the
    winner so as we get some positions calculation. But this can be a faulty calculation and
    gambling as the tide of political climate often changes so fast especially in this information
    age era. If one can not be trustworthy to his own people at struggle how can he/she be
    to woyane and get the trust of the Ethiopian woyane than the Eritrean PFDJ.
    Oppression at homeland doesn’t give anyone to betray the people and the country and side
    with the enemy of the people and the country as the woyanes has been doing against Eritrea.
    More over one who do not have freedom himself can never bring freedom to others !
    So despite so many wrongs by the PFDJ the right strategy for Eritrea to fight against the
    Ethiopian enemies was to stay the cource of independent line and free in a temporary alliance
    with the PFDJ than to cross to the enemy line and be a servant against own country and people.

    • Hope

      Aman,
      Cannot agree more—as things are relative.This does not mean though, symptazing with the crimes of PFDJ,but as the last option–kind of.And trying working hard to change the situation with an internal capacity,no matter how difficult it might be.
      There is no perfect startegy but putting all meanses together and coordinating them for ONE Goal:Peaceful Transition of Power.BUT ..NOT the Arab Spring style though–as it has an evil intention and goal.
      Read history—to the last minute-from the CIA style of changing regimes of the Latin America including assasinations and all the way up to direct and devastating invasion of Sovereign Nations,to the current mess of the Arab Spring—
      All these tactics have been tried for Eritrea without any exaggeration.
      Case in point:
      -the 1990s under ground joint activities/conspiracies of the Weyanes and its masters against Eritrea
      -The Weyane aggression and repeated provocation with full back up of the West(Refer to wikileakes where the Weyanes were telling the State Dept–as ” Heads Up” about regime change in Erittrea by “any means possible” including the Arab Spring Style with the four-step plan by the Weyanes
      -All the sanction saga and the SEMG debacle

      • Woldai

        Mr hope

        Eritrea is blocked in every corner & it’s youth is scattered all over the country in the pretext of military service! What you wrote about Weyane is all wrong & fabricated propaganda! Therefore , you want PFDJ to go while propagating it’s fabricated propaganda!

        The solution for Eritrea is a new idea that fits it! What you are doing , repeat fabricated propaganda hiding the truth! Promote the truth so you could find the solution! Weyane has nothing to with all the mishaps going in in Eritrea! About the G15 you kept quiet, Eritrean being killed in different pretexts, you kept quiet, Eritrean are still dying under different cases,,,,, so blaming weyane isn’t a solution at all! Weyane is still cordial with the Eritrean people ! DIA want you to talk about woyane & you are still talking his fabricated propaganda!

        • hope

          Then your blind and deaf,albeit,deliberately.There are facts based on facts

    • ahmed omer

      تضحك على من يا أمان ابحث عن غير هذه التبريرات ما ارتكبته الشعبية من جرائم بحق الشعب الاريتري تجاوزت كل الجرائم التي ارتكبها المستعمرين الذين مروا على
      أريتريا لقرن من الزمان .No anymore cheating Eritrean people .everyone knows SHABIA abuse Eritrean people more than all the occupants during last century .

      • AMAN

        Oh yeh it applies to both . No more cheating the ETHIOPIAN people.
        We are all aware of your and your TPLF abuses of our people until today.

      • AMAN

        Are you serious?
        Omer !
        Honestly who was for and who was against the Eritrean
        people in the last years. Most opposition were after their wudib
        or personal benefits though they point the finger only at pfdj.
        But note that this doesn’t mean pfdj was for the people…but
        may be a little better than oppo. !

    • ahmed omer

      نسيت سؤال واحد ومهم وله علاقة بوياني واحباؤك الشعبية اذا كانت ذاكرة
      مؤيدي الشعبية قصيرة أو قصروها عمدا وذاكرتنا وذاكرة التاريخ لا تنسى عن درجة العلاقة الهدامة التي كانت بين الوياني و(اشقائهم )الشعبية قبل العام 1998 كانت الشعبية تخون التنظيمات الاخرى وحتى بدون أدلة اﻵن أصبح العكس أصبح للشعبية علاقة مع تاك الجماعة كان تخون من كانت له العلاقة بغض النظر عن صحتها وما هو معزز ومشمئذ من الشعبية وضع نفسها في المكان الذي يحق له كل شئ (اذا كانت مخطئة فهي على حق واذا أصابت هي على حق ويا اه من عجب أمر الشعبية.

    • Hagos

      Asha!!! Enemy of his own people. Organ seller…

      • AMAN

        [MODERATOR: Amanuel, Aman and the other nicks that you use. This is to show you that you are banned because of your contempt to our posting guidelines. We warned you and you chose to continue your attempt to confuse us. Come back after a month if you so wish.]

    • Woldai

      Once again, you guys are living in a false propaganda that your leader create! There is no truth to what you guys argue about! If the Ethiopian defense forces wanted to culture Eritrea as a whole, Isaias was in disarray, therefore , nobody could stop them! You guys are arguing about the fabricated propagandas created by DIA to divert the Eritrean need for for a change! These who wants to take Assab back are in bed with your leaders in Asmara!

      DIA wanted you to inherit his false propaganda to cover up his intentions , & that you guys are exactly doing! Himamu zeynegere medhanit ayirekbn!

      Finally Ethiopian & Eritrean are not enemies , but blood brothers! I know Eritrean was deported from Ethiopia for security reason, & I know so many Tigrian are disappeared & nobody knows the where about of them! Thousands of Tigrian has been disappeared in Eritrea! Thousands died in the streets of Asmara & other cities, but this didn’t & won’t break the brotherhood of the two people!

  • Dawit

    Always one person shuffling.

  • Saleh Johar

    This is the copy of a cartoon conceived and
    executed by Dawit who posted it at Awate Forum. I am sharing an improved version of it to be shared with non-Awatistas who are not in the Awate Forum . Dawit has given his permission to use his copyright material.I am hereby encouraging Dawit to come up with such brilliant cartoon
    ideas. Thank you

    • Rodab

      Nice!
      We’ve got two great DJs in the house – Dawit for cartoons and Kokhobe for poems.

    • Boku

      Johar, Flip that back, and it is you. Wegiha Diya? I think you are Z one stuck in the middle of no where. I love the piece you did on Ahmed Nasser. You said, he has never laid foot in Eritrea after he left defeated in 1983. Stuck describes it well. Stuck till death do us apart. You will never see Eritrea so can you call it progress on your part and Younis.

      • Saleh Johar

        Boku, this is exactly what I don’t like about cult members like you: 1) you are proud of committing injustice, you are evil, and 2) you don’t read what is written and you always get it wrong. The interviewer was Saleh Younis, not Johar–not that it makes any difference to you. You are just hate filled and act like a true shifta that you are. I have never seen anyone who is proud of being unjust and cruel, except your cult.

        • Semere Andom

          Hi Saleh:
          It funny that how life works: Boku does not realize it, but when we, the justice seekers inevitably win we liberate the likes of Boku too. We fight on behalf of those who do not like us as well
          Sem

          • Luwam

            Do you honestly believe that? Sadly given the current discourse in the Diaspora, our communities will continue to be divided for years to come, with or without PFDJ. Do you honestly think our communities will be united once PFDJ loses power? You’re fooling yourself if you do believe that.

        • bmi1

          Saleh Johar, Your articles are always so informative. “Mussolini was invited to become prime minister in 1922. Leveraging an already existing Italian appetite for political religion in which the fatherland was considered divine, he embarked on the fantasy that his governmental system could solve all of Italy’s postwar problems. His intended solution was centered on institutionalizing a fascist religion.”

      • Hope

        Boku,
        Let me rephrase what Salih Johar said in the words of Jesus Christ:
        “Etom enafeletu zigagheyu—zehatu”(hatiyat zegheru) weili’om,kemeysi,firdom kebid kichewin eyu—Amlak netom bigherhinetom keifeletu nizigagheyu/zehatu’-ghin-mihret kighebrelom eyu”

    • Dawit

      Dear Salih,
      Very well done. Beautiful.

  • Boku

    Deki Erei, please do not fall for these crap. All they are doing is trying to solicit info from the gullible. They are lost at a loss, irrelevant and have been lying about everything with devious intentions.

  • AMAN

    So the ones who are now pro Ethiopia and who are dreaming a
    peaceful Ethiopia with no regard to the questions of the Eritrean
    people………….are the first ones to be against and haters of the
    new system of a united Ethiopia…………and will be the leading
    ones to advocate for freedom and separate homeland when it
    is too late and after they have surrenderd and given all what they
    had.
    The present reality that is the non revoluting or seemingly docile
    nature of the the Eritrean people should not be misread and
    interpreted wrongly and give false impressions. It is only because
    the people chose to be resilient and disciplined and gave priority
    to peace than war first. ( Mienti Mogogo tihlef Anciewa meritsu….)
    This should not give false reading or false conclusion as not deserving
    freedom and independence………..it only because he.she convinced
    thyself he.she is at war.
    PLEASE USE THE RIGHT MECHANISM OF PEACE AND BROTHERHOOD
    BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE LIKE UNITY OR ELSE !!

  • AMAN

    Reducing Eritrea inorder to make it one state to suit Ethiopia’s ambition
    is dangerous endeavor and will have the worst and unexpected consequence
    only later when the skies are clear of clouds. The demands and expectations
    of any people of any region or country is different for different prevailing political
    realities. I mean war time and peace time. During peace time where governments
    are really tested by the people is the most difficult for governments to handle the
    demands and questions of the people. That is one reason why governments formed
    by Military junta and/or by Liberation fronts find it difficult and change the scenario to
    campaign, war or no war no peace situation quickly thinking it will give them time to
    figure out how to govern or trying to administer the whole country in a command chain.
    But this method other than being futile to solve the immediate problem it further complicates
    the situation of a country and people adding and piling up additional more problems.
    Case in point : Ethiopian politics, and all other post colonial African countries.

  • poor eritrea

    Hello All,
    This almost confirms to us what the inquisitive AT indirectly told us when the top generals died enroute to Mehmemit Festive/Memorial.Do NOT forget the issue between Gen Hanjema and DIA–despite his positive role with Gen Osman Ali–? at Aseb Front in 2000.Vanyak is simply an unsuspected straight shooter,who can out of blue shoot it on day light due to his firm principle in justice,truth andJigninet, as we all know.DIA is always paranoid of these kind of people–he cares less about their Jigninet for Eritrea(take wedi Afa’s case).This was preceeded by the–“extensive restructuring of the whole system” after the Forto incident as clearly witnessed by the EPDP members inside the country.
    The AT knows well the top three Generals who are being asked to step downn from their Military Service for that same and exact reason: ” Restructuring of the EDF”.The suspected people are directly and indirectly victimized but the lesss uspected ones are being demoted in a day light.
    Do NOT be surprised if Gen Sebhat Efrem is replaced by Gen Philipos .This is just a simple tactic that does not need one to be a Rocket Scientist to understand it.
    To simplify it:
    -1)Forte Incident—followed by—
    -2)Restructuring of the whole system–Government and EDF included
    a)-Machiavellian way of kidnapping and killing the suspected ones—old new tactic(remember the fate of the top EPLF and ELF elites and TOP Commanders–wedi Afa included(sounds a click–Philipos Involved???–fishy–huh)—besides Abrham Tewelde,Wed Haile of Segheneiti-,etc—–)
    b)Demoting all those related to PFDJ Chief(Abdella Jabir et all)–the likes of Sultan Seid,etc—
    Remeber what happened to all people politically related to Ali Said Abdella–the likes of Artist Edris Mohammed Ali.
    it is so sad that it is so obvious and gross but nothing is being done–and it is too late now to control it as all the eilite of Eritrea have been hunted down mercilessly.

  • Abe

    “Many conscripts, including junior officers, have disappeared inside the country or escaped across the border to Sudan and, to a lesser extent, to Ethiopia.”

    Any statistics to substantiate the above claims?

  • Rodab

    That fake haile, aside from his dishonesty of pretending to be someone he is not, there is actually some validity to his concern. True, what is reported in this news is not confidential for everybody knows the rampant defections and the weakening of EDF. There is nothing confidentiality about it. But in principle his concern of military secrete sensitivity is in place. Opposing EDF should not be seen as opposing the regime in Asmara. Once the current tyrannical group is gone, it is this same EDF that will continue to be EDF. A different EDF won’t be imported.

    • haile

      Hey Rodab,

      Mind you, when news involving the armed forces or security organs makes it to public domain, it is most likely old and of of lower practical value. Every time a member of the conscript army cross into Ethiopia for example (an estimated 40% of the Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia are army deserters). This persons are initially debriefed by the Ethiopian army intelligence personnel before allowed to proceed with their escape plans. At that point, all of the above information and more has been shaken down from them and the Ethiopian army uses that sort of information and other sources to draw its best guess of the state of the opponent’s current standing. It is such type of exercise that enabled them to confidently attack in March 2012, declare it to the world, predict that the regime would be incapable of mustering retaliation and publicly warn it of more similar actions whenever they feel like taking one. In 1998, when the Eritrean defense forces were considered a national force (unlike now, in service of private individuals), it was a strong army with popular support. Ethiopia had to move out the entire Bole airport to Nairobi for safety reasons during the early stages of the conflict. Today, it is far far different. They don’t even move out locally grazing cattle in the border area. Where do you think that sort of confidence came from? So, articles like the above are accurate and topical public coverage, they don’t really affect the balance of power on the ground per se.

      • Rodab

        Hailat,
        Good insight as usual.
        So if EDF was much stronger before the 1998-2000 war, and everyone agrees it was stronger, what were the main contributing factors for its ultimate decline of the present time? And what happened to the legendary Ghedli era EPLF military intelligence units that we heard so much about? Did the dictator’s absolute power grab required for them to be deliberately dismantled? Were the G-15 the brains of EDF and with their liquidation everything went downhill?

    • haile

      [Moderator: your name could be haile, but that is taken in this forum. You can have a variation of that. Make it different than the one we have just to avid confusion.]

      How am I the fake haile when my name is haile?

  • Semere Andom

    Hailat:
    How will this affect the security and sovereignty of Eritrea? No matter your take on this I still [lead with you as a reader to keep at the good job you have been doing against the PFDJ, the enemy of all humanity.
    The PFDJ military, yes those who cross dress in “kemish” are endangering the security and honor of our country, 14 years after the war ended, Ethiopian still occupies our land, EDF is impotent and as Eritreans they are our blood brothers,our kin and kith but they are goons who are serving our tormentors.
    PFDJ military is not Eritreans military, whether willing or being forced the EDF are the servants of Isaiais and before the enablers of this regime are dismantled by the self planted bomb,nothing will happen.. The Wedi Alis are still, there and maybe it them who are protesting their servitude. If the fear is that Woyane will invade us, EDF is not stopping them now either. It is so impotent that it cannot even respond to the Ethiopian incursions of 2 years. As you have said many times, DIA succeeded in destroying the fabric of the nation and you should have been sensitive to your own prophecy that unfolded before yours words evaporated. Reporting it may also alert the real nationalists to take action and salvage what is remaining of Eritrea,
    Awate took pains to report the martyrs files to avoid leaking national security information in the past.
    Sem Andom

    • haile

      Semere A,

      Hope you got the discrepancy here, this is not a comment from me (another case of the guy who made it through when the moderator was on his break).

      Anyway, my view is far from the comment you responded to. Eritrean defense capability doesn’t depend on bad press, rather it was degraded through policy that has been in effect for a decade and half (before that the regime had the decency to do its dirty job in hiding unlike now, in your face type).

      Following the UN comprehensive arms embargo under chapter VII, Eritrea has no longer any meaningful combat capability against any conventional army. The EDF wouldn’t be able to replace basic parts and pieces under it can dig tunnels to the Sudan. Because all it takes it to cut off the Sudan and the whole fighting force would disperse in disarray (Sudan is the only viable clandestine supply route). But you know how Al Bashir stab Qaddafi in the back and IA is well aware of that don’t think he would count much on him. Sadly, there is no rewind button, there is NO WAY things would get better without change of government and the longer the regime lingers on the greater the chances of complete disintegration and an advent of intractable chaos in the country. Those who think that this is reason to give the regime a chance, that is just wishful thinking. The regime not only have exhausted its external sources to stay but also bankrupted its internal pillars and therefore it is a done deal.

      Rgards

      • Semere Andom

        Hailat, this guy not only did he still your name, but also your style
        Thanks for responding
        Sem

  • Dawit

    Eritreans’ ordeal

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Awatistas,

      Dawit the cartoonist is doing a good job. Political cartoons explains the current political discourse by displaying the actors and their messages in an image form. Dawit has a good grip in this category. So he must be encouraged by all good wishers. Viva Dawit.

      • Dawit

        Aman,

        Thanks for the kind words. As time permits, I will try to keep expressing political opinions in two or three dimensional ( yet satirical) visual art.

    • Saleh Johar

      Dawit, I am asking your permission to copy and improve your turtle cartoon. It is excellent and I couldn’t resist it.

      • Dawit

        Dear Saleh,

        Yes, by all means. Please go ahead and use it as you see fit. I am glad you like it.

  • haile

    …and wouldn’t it help if you add a a 1 or ! or U (for a u turn) to avoid confusion with me “haile” (known to some as haile the great, the toothless or the coward depending on their outlook of hgdef).

    • Ermias

      Reminds me of zemen, a chat room in the 90s. It was good and bad. There was a person with the nick, Incognito Nameless. That was a good part. The other Haile can use this nickname. I read his post and I was thinking “okay this accusation by some people here of Haile being some kind of an Ethiopian tool has gotten in his head and he is pleading with them that hey look I am patriotic,”

  • Saba

    It is ok haile, the end justifies the means. Because of this soon you might be without pfdj.

  • haile

    [moderator: Alter your nick to regain your access; the nick is taken, Help us avoid confusion.]

  • Ermias

    What’s the scoop with the two generals (Vainak and Hanjema) and Mr. Dessu? I have several questions.

    1. When and where were they last seen alive?
    2. Any police reports? Pictures of the vehicle and scene?
    3. Medical reports?
    4. Condition of the rumored fourth person?
    5. During the reassignment recently, did the status of these men change? Did they resist anything?

    This ‘accident’ has IA’s hands all over it. If he is going to kill you sooner or later, why not take him out first? I get baffled by how this idiot can outwit an army full of men and women.

    • Saba

      Hi Ermias, your questions are questions that a true investigative journalist should ask. This “news”is very generic. I can write it just by watching Eritv. Then to make it spicy i can talk about the structure of the army and add that some conscripts are escaping to ethiopia, sudan or vanish inside the country. Last time i saw wedi efrem walking around the street and he looks down may be he got mad with DIA. They are in crisis(that is the breaking news but everybody is saying it). And go on and on. May be you should be in the team to make it better:)

      • Ermias

        Sheba, just like you did the other day, I had you in mind when I was writing those questions. I was going to ask much more difficult questions but I was afraid nobody would care to read.

        I am always the first one to defend the AT but this one is a little shallow by their standards. That’s as much as I can criticize this team. They are too good and they deserve a break here and there.

        A devout PFDJ supporter and insider was telling me the other day that the accident happened as they were driving fast and they ran over a pot hole. To me that’s a clue. Throughout his adult life, IA has vanquished so many people who he thinks are a threat. That’s no secret. We need to dig deeper on this one.

        More questions:

        What was the relationship between these generals and Phillipos?

        Were they popular within the army and the public in general?

        Have they been hanging out together much more frequently than usual?

        Is there any reason to suspect that they may have done anything extraordinary during the celebration of nadew iz?

        Did they go to other celebrations together, like fenkil? If so, why was this time chosen if there is any foul play?

        • Saba

          You are interesting and nerdy:) And your questions are interesting. The only thing that is keeping DIA in power is his SWUR ginbar 2.0, that he has created it by turning two friends into enemies of each other that report to him. So beal wedi afa kikintselu, beal wedi ali kibitenu beal hanjema kihijemu iyu iti ilama. With that ginbar he will try to prevent future wedi ali. So this does not look an accident. AT should hire you for investigating it, i am sure you will accept it for free:)

          • Ermias

            Saba, you never fail to impress me with your sharp comments. My only grief is that you don’t go into lengths to explain your claims, which I think are generally true. SWUR ginbar 2.0, that is an incredibly smart remark. I would hope you can elaborate more on that. See, you have been accusing me for not being more inquisitive and suspicious but I am naive and I don’t usually read between the lines the way you do. But you have been keeping me on my toes here lately.

            You know a lot but again please take a little extra time and educate us on your sharp comments.

            Well, you may find this not surprising but I have read pretty much everything about Sherlock Homes. To your surprise, the very first one I read was a translated version in Amharic. Really enlightening to read. The one I will never forget is የቀይ ራሶች ማህበር. Try to see if Eyob can find it for you. That’s where I get my investigative skills. Sorry for the lack of humility here lol.
            Speaking of working for AT, it is funny, many years ago I was in San Jose for a conference and I saw SAAY at a Starbucks (I knew him from a PFDJ sponsored festival a few years prior to that). Can you imagine? Anyway, I almost wanted to ask him, ‘hey can you I be your apprentice for a few months, just off college now?’

            Lastly, those questions I was asking – whom do we ask those to?

          • Saba

            Hi Ermias, i hope you are having a good weekend. It is difficult to follow when somebody replies as i do not use disqus mekeskes:)
            I agree with you that i am not good at lengthy explanation. I am good at making conclusion from something that looks complex. In real life, people like me when i spoon feed them with my short summary but then hate me for not further explaining them:) It takes me time and a lot research to prepare something the way i like it. Eritrean politics is so toxic that i refrain to invest heavily.
            I can say that you are a good person, you can not tolerate injustices when you see them but you barely see them coming because you are too nice:) So “lewah Ermi afra mesiluka keytireghits selmi”, from yemane barya derfi. To make your investigative skills from “sherlock Homes” effective in politics, detach yourself from the opposition groups and focus more on what is best for your people.
            Really you met SAAY? Interesting! I think SAAY is the most reasonable guy from AT(and the most irritated one by me:)
            Your investigative skills can answer those questions but it will require you funds and dedication, so do you think it is worth doing that?
            To come back to my comments about SWUR ginbar2.0, it is based from personal experience and from friends but i think many people have experienced it and remember we had the old swur ginbar till 1993. Swur ginbar is the main pillar of DIA, nisa intewediqa akiluwo. So people should share their experience about it. But do not spend your time to praise santa “cyber opposition” 🙂

          • Saba

            Hi Ermias, yesterday i wrote you a reply but somehow it is lost and i do not see it posted.

          • Ermias

            Hi sabi. I saw your beautiful message indeed but I have had a crazy weekend to reply. Specially today, tsebel keydelki maat swan hilbetn eyu.

            Your message didn’t get posted but I saw it on disqus. You are too kind to me. We all need random kind people in our lives and I guess I found that in you and Hayat.

            I will reread your swur ginbar analysis to understand it better.

            One last thing, I wish you could sign up on disqus so I can track your inquisitive posts more easily. Plus you need to work your way into making it to the whitelist.

          • Hope—for Nothing?

            To the point Saba.The disgusting thing is that no body cares despite all these facts on the ground—As Eritreans,we are so dumb and dumb for not figuring it out and taking an appropriate and timely action—We only know fighting among each other,insulting each other, character assasination of each other– and the Gobiye and the Ghemel keeps marching—-ahhh,it is so saddening–I just hate sometimes for being ” Eritrean”–simply for being a victim of such a devil and beast!!!
            I was mesmerized,albeit with suspision, by Prof Tesfatsion Medhanie’s article and arguement,where he clearly elaborated the devilish tactics of decimating Eritreans and Eritrea by this BEAST and the Devil of devils–
            I have an uncle,a former Security Chief in ELF,who did the best job like all Eritreans heros during the 1998-2000 Ethio-Eritrean War where he achieved the most sensitive security success stories by acting like an Arab Citizen with an Arab Nation Passport,and was roaming around Addis City besides smuggling all the SAM-7 anti-air-craft missiles/Stingers.
            Guess what happenned to him?
            Since he was a close associate of Petros Solomon,who immediately promoted my uncle to a full 5* Colonel for his achievement,DIA made sure that this guy should be stoned to death!!!!This is a FACT!
            So, no surprise about the fate of Wedi Afa and other heros during the liberation struggle and now the likes of G-13,Ali Seid Abdela,Abdella Dawid,Idris Wedi Arre, the Omo Businees owner,who died of a “car accident”,the director of Arabic Program of Eri-TV/Dimtsi Hafash(died of nasty brain injury with an axe in his office!!!Not to mention the guy who was stabbed to death in his own home or office(Senior EPLF Officer then a Diplomat).
            The freezing/demoting of Mr Romedan Mohammed Nur for life on a day light would have been enough evidence but we,Eritreans, are dumb to that extent.
            DIA knows that Gen Hanjeam and Gen Vanyak are few of the only remaining jeganu who could potentially challenge him and he had to hunt them down before it was too late due to his paranoia about wedi Ali’s attempt/Forto Incident; and do NOT forget the fate of wedi Ali’s boss, Gen Saleh Osman–the hero who saved Aseb–along with Gen Hanjema.
            What else do you need to prove me wrong?

  • Rodab

    Per Shabait’s April 1st news, KaHsay G/Hiwet is still the administrator of Central region. Unless it was April fool’s day news:-)

  • Hasot

    Lies, lies in all sizes.

    • Abdat Ibrahim

      Is this the new trend to defame? Aren’t we fed up with lies and fabrications. There could be one or two true news which is already known but still