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Debrom’s Longing for Home Wins Third Place

“Longing for Home” an oil painting of an Eritrean woman won third place in the competition organized by the Arab Forum for the Art in London, UK. Veteran artist Mahmoud Debrom painted the work in 1986 when he lived in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for many years before settling in London.

A few weeks ago Eritreans around the world voted for Debrom’s painting work and helped it win third place. For many weeks, admirers of the popular artist have been campaigning to introduce and to create awareness about the painting.

Given the relatively small number of Eritreans compared to the total number of voters, and the tough competition for the prizes, it appears many non-Eritreans have voted for Debrom’s painting. An nobserver said, “the painting transcends regions and ethnicity, it is a marvelous work of art and no wonder many people voted for it.”

Mahmoud Debrom has numerous paintings and has exhibited his work in many places. In 2009 Saleh Johar interviewed the renowned Eritrean artist for, the website that first published his work on the Internet and thousands of people were introduced with his work. intends to republish his work in a gallery soon.

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  • Solomon

    Selamat Forum,

    Debrom’s Mother Earth and the topography of Eritrea is indeed Priceless Eritrean Art. Ardd Ariteria WO YEMA YEMA!
    Congratulation to Mr. Debrom for the success of his painting. And i pray many more.

    Deat Mr. Kim Hana:
    For my browny points: In my neighborhood, not to far away from Mr. Debroms capturing on canvas The Gash-Setit, Barks, Ninety percent consisted of such beautiful Eritrean Women and Eritrean people from several ethnicities. Blen, Tigre, Kunama surrounded our compound of four huts fenced by Denkab. And within the compound the diversity of Hilet Sudan, Teseney was consistent.
    Only on Sundays, my Late Mother Silas, would dress herself in her finest custom tailored Shifon and her NetSela to complement, as we the children too would put our tailored to fit two piece cakhies to walk across to the other end of Teseney to Hilet Habesh neighborhood in order to attend the Tewehado Church Mass. It is only on Sundays that Eritrea would look like Gejeret Abi. Godife and Akhria as far as the Zurias, Gabi’s and chatter of Tigrigna as well as the mouth watering Zigni and Injera.

    As a todler I wondered about the wisdom of those folks every Sunday trip to Bietchristian in Teseney, in reverse of our annual, at best, very long long Haji Hassan bus trip, passing the towns of Barentu, AQurdat, and my favorite pit stop Keren and AdTeklezan where the Menderinees, burtukans, Zeituns/Guavas, mele and muz vendors that rushed the very high windows of the bus’ side windows, would make the grueling and bumpy bus trip well worth it, as the welcome sweets of Jeradin Anseba would assure the Akat and Term snacks from Barka in our snack sacks will now reach plenty for our cousins , aunties and uncles in Embaderho and maybe even Gejeret Abi, Godief and Akhria.
    As my very fashion concious Late Mother Silas, ( who passed on to Hilet Sudan in Heaven, exactly a year ago) would shop plenty through the bus’ high side windows, we would devour more than our share of the jucy burtukans ever so careful not to dirty our matching tailored to fit two piece kakhies before we disembark next to my Late uncle Keshi Beyene Hailu’s church in Embaderho. Where our cousin’s would take us on a walk about and with the use of their majical sticks would dig the earth and produce very large potatoes and roast it atop a fire they would light by gathering shrubs and stones. The tastiest hot open fire baked potatoes I have tasted to date. After a Month or so vacationing, we would leave the Habesha folks of Asmara and their shop keepers, who were so dumb that they did not know a TaErifa’s worth marbles or TaErifa’s wirth of hard Halawa I would try to purchase from them. My aunties would have to be summoned to tell them “nay Santim iyu zblekum zelo– ewe nay seleste Santim caramele.” One would think if you are a shop keeper then you should know Tigrigna well enough to know TaErifa and Halawa . Yes, we would return to Hilet Sudan with plenty of shiny Balinas and Enda Bini’s leather koyo where I would dig the earth for Dinush Karneshim until I give up as and pickup stones to hear at the guant Arkebkobay trees for temri and or Akat–many a times the rock hurled up would land on my head for a painful and bloody scull I was well used to, and after five to ten minutes of prancing around and sucking up the painful hard knock onto my hard head, it was back to gathering the rocks to forage temri and Akat.

    Other than blankets, comforters and towels, my beautiful and very fashion hip Late Mother did not purchase closing for us in Asmara. If she did buy it would several patterns by the Aleba both for her and for us to take to her favorite Sarto/Taylor SaEid in SuQ/Hilet Habesh, to make for her the very elegant and stylish dresses, which she would accessories/complement with NetSela Tilfi, And for us our matching several very handsome two pieces Kakhies with very smart patterns she as carefully picked out for us as for her self. I honestly believe Silasey’s favorite past time was fashion, because I don’t recall a Sunday coming back from SuQ/HiletHabesh without stopping at Sarrti SeEid’s and carrying back at least one out fit each which the Taylor would role up in old GazeTas.
    As we walk back and reach Hilet Sudan, over the Dankab fence in a kanshelow we would here the sounds of a Harmonika and a Bihere Bilen koboro beat where Handsom men with Afros and theur hand carved Midos/picks in MetaHit Wear kushufs and vests, holding high their companion sturdy sticks and dome with seifs in a protective warrior posture dance in a circle with brightly colors MetaHit Designs dresses and Tobs as well as beautifuly adorned with twenty four karat gold earnings, nose rings, necklaces and Benajir to complement the most beautiful women of the Hadendewa, Hidareb and blen as the image of Mother and Earth captured by the Artist Debrom.
    Content from our Sunday visit with the Kebesa folks and the sounds of bells and the Deacons and smells of EiTan or Incense of the Tewahado Church, the snacks and sweet treats at ShuQ and the new closing from Sarto SaEid, we would accompany, on a stroll down the center of the avenue- (as there were only exactly two vehicles, other than farm tractors, an ambulance and a fire truck/”Bimberi” to my knowledge in the town Teseney in 1975-76) Tigrigna/Kebesa Mother/Silasey, as we she/we exchanged warm greetings and smiles with those dancing festively celebrating either a wedding or birth. The sounds and beats changes from Biken, to Hadendewa, to tigre to Kunama and to Tigrigna from one Canshelow to the next, but the respectful happy warm pleasant exchanges was always CONSTANT.

    Four to five nationalities if not all Nine Eritrean nationalities, plus the Eritrean-Chadayans or Nigerian-Eritreans commonly called”Tokharir” and those Yemeny-Eritreans -also commonly called “Jebelies”, at least by us Tigrigna to the best of my recollection, not to mention Sudanese, Ethiopian AmHaras, Agame and others, and one white Italian classmate named Franchesco and his round figured Talyan father is the colorful and diverse population of Hilet Sudan, Teseney. And they went about their business coexisting and humanely protecting one another with peace and tranquility as long as I can remember.
    The only trouble brewing for my Mother was I, as I would make ruckous in the Kanshelow trapping birds and pigeons in a Kerfes by scattering a few grains on the ground, a stick and a rope to pull the TTissTi shut over unsuspecting feeding birds. Kerfes KERFES! KERFES! my friends and I would shout and yell, just as my Mother was to pour her Awel finjal bun on a Sunday Teseney Sunset. The Kunama, Tigrigna neighbors with my Mother would enjoy those peaceful beautiful and peaceful Gash-Setit sunsets as we the children played worriless a few tens yards from their Bun Ritual.

    Then Tens of thousands of scary men who walked or marched in rythem in a terrorizing manner were every where in Hilet Sudan, camped not far from the Teseney’s Secondary School, and occassionaly a few Jebha’s would sneak in at night and FEAR and WoRry and life’s uncertainity was being felt from our adults. Several Tirsirawit wives Kanshelows my Mother would forbid me from entering or enter acting. And the ever constant peaceful coexistence was no longer the rule. The concept of an malintended enemy, the TOR with deadly weapons to utilize against HiletSudan’s natives was becoming reality….
    And My Mother gave me a good wooping for desobeying her command of not to enter the Tirserawit wife’s canshelo-(-see Saay7’s story to NITRICK)..
    The Priceless Painting of the Emancipated Gash Settit/Barka Woman – Of Mother and Arrd/Merriet MetaAHit and Ahlal Bin Amir, by artist Debrom indeed captures the lush Green of Gash, TurAA, the flowing streams and the grazing cattle, sheep, goats and camels with ordinary and unmilitarized MetaHit folks basking, bathing, and quenching their lives thirst from Ardd Awate with the larger than life welcoming and watchful eyes of beautiful MetaHit YEMA YEMA. Just like my YEMA/Umi/Adey weladitey my Mother Silasey. A Quintisential Emancipated MetaHit Woman and always beautiful and elegantly dressed with her own specifications and designs making her frequent trips tonl.her Sarto/Taylor with all kinds of fabrics she joyfuly picked out for herself and us equally her children.

    Mr. Kim Hana, I beg to differ Sir, the painting by Mr. Debrom is 100% based on the Real and Very Diverse MeTaHit Eritrea. Very welcoming the lowlanders are to peaceful migrants and town dwellers Until the FROM HOMOGENEOUS, Xenophobic coloniizing AND LAND GRABERS! that do not recognize Eritrea or Ethiopia to belong equally as much as, if not more than the Habesha to all the nationalities of both the RICH LANDS’ INHABITANTS , with equitable sharing and utilization of all the resources The Lands And Mothers that is Eritrea/Ethiopia/Zambia/Canada/USA has to offer to all without marginalization and deprivation to fellow citizen due to material and ideological greed which is proven to be destructive costly and retards growth and innovation of any nation or community.
    No thanks Mr.Kim, but rather than browni santim, I will opt for my Two TaErifa AkkAt Barka Pudding. And why not it be a sales pitch for an excellent and aesthetically pleasing labor of love, ad opposed to the overdose salespitches of war and misery bickering and downgrading of one another by various warrior wanna bees and seeming to be adversaries with enmity, when the real truth is their sales pitch of unimaginative that is antiquated is nothing less than a lovefest of FUEL peddlars to the smoldering smokes in their homeland with their common denominator based on their homogeneous and narrow bifyrucation outlook that is Xenophobic to the umpteenth degree….
    And I will pray to have a Debrom Priceless art as prized asset in my possession, to one day be decorate my ritunda hut’s wall.

    The Emancipated MeTaHit Eritrean Woman – Mother and Arrdd Awate, Indeed!
    “AQurdet Teseney, meriet Arkobkobay, Akattey beliEa
    Kseti may tSebay
    Adey tHisheni Aslamay Christianai.” Sang Berjekht MengisteAb.
    I love you and miss you YEMA.
    TaErif Al TaErufa? Shukran

  • Nitricc

    Hi All, speaking art; while I am watching this nice music; I see a music instrument I have never seen before. the guy with a white shirt is playing some kind of instrument; do you know what is called?

    • Saleh Johar

      Hi Nitricc,
      From today on I will not be irritated by anything you say, however out of this world it sounds. You mean you really do not know that instrument? You must be too young or never been to a city in our neighborhood 🙂

      Okay, let me volunteer. It is called the Accordion (“accordion door” comes from it) and it’s is popular in the American country music. In Ethiopia, when Azmari arrive to the city they toil to get recognition with the sheer power of their vocal chords, slowly they are accompanied by WaTa, and then they get promoted and have an accordion player accompany them to weddings and other parties. I believe South Americans (maybe all Spanish speaking countries) call it Fisarmonica, which sounds like Harmonica. They are from the same family wind instruments though the accordion has bellows to blow air into it.

      • Nitricc

        Hey SG; hahahaha; well you will be amazed with things i don’t know. lol. thank as usual for the information you extended to me. I will check it out. thanks.

      • saay7

        Abu Salah:

        I think it was last year that I was taunting the dearly-departed Eyob* with a deadly mix: an Amharic song that has an Arabic riff. Well, the same song has an accordion (the poor man’s piano) so might as well hit two birds with one stone: introducing accordion to Nitricc and Arabic music in Amharic to Eyob (and Abi** and KH*** and…)

        It’s Gossaye”s “Ewedhalehu bla” track from his 1990s album, which they can find here:


        * The Talented Mr Eyob can’t spin the Weyane’s dilemma and he has gone on a sabbatical;
        ** Mr. “Dabo now, democracy later”, Ato Abi, discovered that dabo is not enough when his people, the Gonderes, joined the rebellion. How very….ordinary.
        *** KH, maybe Ethiopia should also have a mandatory 18-month military service so you can get to know your country-men and you won’t be calling “Adere” Arabs too because they have that colorful head scarf:))

        • Kim Hanna

          Selam SAAY,
          I am going to side step the Adere comment. I have gotten one black eye for the day. I will focus on the Amharic song you introduced as Arabic music in Amharic. I listened to what Nitricc attached and then to yours. I am sorry to say the two songs are like day and night. I didn’t like the Amharic song you presented. It was nauseating, no wonder I have never heard of it before. You can accuse me of many things but the song is absolutely no good, sorry. Just so that you know, to me the Sudanese music is the best in the world, and Saudi Arabian and Mexican songs are the worst and most irritating to my ears. I would rather eat shrimps rather than listen to their music. Shrimp make me sick.
          Mr. K.H

          • saay7

            Ha, KH:

            You hate it so much you missed the accordion at the :50 mark.

            Did you say shrimp? Hope Bubba from Forrest Gump didn’t hear you. Because, “you can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey’s uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There’s pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich.”

            Actually, I feel guilty for telling Nitricc so much about the accordion. I don’t hate it as much as you hate shrimp but it reminds of me songs of Weird Al. It has no business anywhere except in polka dance music*


            * Said this once and Ahmed Raji told me that Zerai Deres Band (Haile Gebru) made fine of use of it. Meh.

        • Eyob Medhane


          I would have told you “Eske Doqa maseriyah”, if I were not too tired from jet lag. I just came back from enat hager to injera-enat give me sometime to take a breath and I will get back with you.., 🙂

          • saay7

            Belew, Eyob!

            Just like that? Ok, welcome back. Can’t wait to hear your reportage. Just be sure to warn me not to eat before I read it because I am sure you are going to spin us. Round, round, like a record baby:)


      • Nitricc

        Hi SJ and SAAY; i have one more dumb question that I can’t get around it. I am following this ethnic and tribal show down between the Ethiopians , opps I mean between Amara,Oromo and Tigre; which is a gift of the
        greatest leader of Ethiopia. Anyway; The Amara and Oromo keep calling the Tigryans “Ambeta Belita” where is this feeding on grasshopper came from? Is there any historical facts or just baseless saying?

        • Nitricc,

          Your hate for Tigrayans is simply impossible to imagine; and of course for anything Ethiopian. You are fanning day and night the flames of animosity between Ethiopian ethnic groups, your main aim being victimization of Tigrayans and of course the fragmentation and demise of Ethiopia. “AnbeTa belita” and “adgi” were said by uneducated people in the age when the earth was thought to be flat, and you bring it as if it is a current way of thinking of the people of Ethiopia.

          Amharas and Oromos have political issues with TPLF and not ethnic issues, for the people of Tigray are part and parcel of the Ethiopian nation; they were and they will always be. You better understand this fact once for good.

          You will be happy to see chaos, destruction and even genocide, which shows that you have a problem of normal social perception and interaction. Such people are dangerous. God save us all.

          • Nitricc

            Horizon you can label me all you want; I speak the truth, I stand for justice and fairness. I will never put conditions on those believes of mine. I am the first one to say that the people of Tigray have benefited nothing from the government of TPLF; they were misled and hijacked by the greedy TPLF. TPLF used them for its power monopoly. I even went further to urge to the people of Tigray, at least the elites to come out and oppose the killing of the innocent Amara and Oromo. Governments come governments go; but those people have to live together. Then let me ask you a simple question; why is it there no a single condemnation of TPLF’s killing from the people of Tigray? Do you think they support the killings of the innocent? Do you believe TPLF is Tigray and Tigray is TPLF; do you agree with the words of your military leader who have said the same words in front of the entire world? You see; you don’t get it. You have the responsibility to curve this dangerous development. I know it was engineered and planed by your greatest and visionary leader ever in Africa. Well, you always rip what
            you saw; what you see is the direct result of what was executed for the last 20 years. Blaming me won’t do you any good. The more you deny the problem the more the problem to be. At least admit it.

          • Thomas D

            Hey Nitricc,

            Sometimes, I wonder if you really believe in what you write, “I speak the truth, I stand for justice and fairness. I will never put conditions on those believes of mine.”. So, the young Eritreans fleeing Eritrea 5000/month a day do not deserve justice and fairness. You are just amazing!! Hayat is right when she said you cannot stop contradicting yourself. “Aye bial nikid terai tegebru”, it is just stunning to those who have to read you on daily basis!

          • Nitricc

            Hi Thomas I know I am asking too much here but can tell me what the definition of justice? do you what justice is? I know you are the product of the toothless University of Asmara but for god sake, at least know what justice is?

          • Nitricc,
            No need to blame the people of Tigray for not condemning the actions of TPLF. If you believe that they are free and beneficiaries of the power and economic domination by TPLF, you will be making a grave mistake. Likewise, Amharas were accused by other ethnic groups, because they believed that Amharas were the favored ethnic group, which they were not in the least.

            There is a big difference between the elites of TPLF and the people of Tigray. Therefore, leave alone the people of Tigray, and condemn TPLF as much as you like.

            Our greatest and visionary leader had a much softer spot for Eritrea than for Ethiopia, especially during the early years of his rule, and your accusation is unfair. If he had no such weaknesses, today things could have been different. DIA/PFDJ could have been history in 2000, and eritrea a free nation today.

          • Nitricc

            Hi Horizon: I don’t think you get it the degree of the ethnic polarization. you said I accused unfairly your greatest and visionary leader, PMMZ. well here is what he left you with. why is it so hard to see the facts? this clip will tell you everything.

          • Gecho Ze Great

            Hi Nitricc,

            As a half amhara, half oromo I agree that you grasp the level of ethnic tension more than any tplf apologists. For the past 25 years tplf has been sowing the seeds of hatred and mistrust between oromo and amhara people. A classic style of divide and conquer strategy. In the past Oromo and Amhara were not able to unite because of this mistrust. Amhara people mistrusted any Oromo opposition parties because they were brainwashed to think that their agenda is disintegrating Ethiopia. Oromos people mistrusted any Amhara opposition parties because they were brainwashed to think that their agenda is to bring back the old feudal system and rob Oromos of their language and culture.

            Im not sure about this and maybe you can explain it better than I do but I also believe tplf has also been able to sow the seeds of mistrust between president Issayas and AG7 with the same propaganda that any movement by Amhara is to bring back the old feudal system that will challenge the sovereignty of Eritrea. I believe thats the reason Issayas is not fully supporting AG7 efforts. So for the past 25 years, tplf has succeeded in creating a mexican standoff between three groups of people who can effectively challenge their position. Now the Oromo and Amhara people seem to be realizing the game tplf is playing and are turning their muzzle towards tplf. It was a delight when I heard the news that ODF and AG7 creating an alliance. Going forward I see Eritrea joining this alliance and providing more support for AG7. I understand Eritreans were backstabbed by woyane after helping woyane through their infancy all the way to bete mengist at 4 kilo. They stabbed you in the back once they got in power. There is no reason to suspect a coalition of Oromo and Amhara might do the same once they get in power. But I can assure you that the horrors of 30 years war is still ringing in our ears and nobody wants to go through another round of this bloody war. I hope Eritrea joins this alliance and help get rid of tplf and send them back to Adwa to grind stone.

          • Nitricc

            Hi GechoZgreat; I agree that TPLF thugs will always be sowing seeds of mistresses and use divide and concur strategy. They don’t even hide it. If you listened to the TPLF minister of information what he had to say about the analogy of “SAR –NA- CHID” I think, right there told the world what the intention, the strategy and the plan is/was! However; I still can’t believe he come out and said what he had to say? I was asking to the TPLF supporter that the next noble price should be given to TPLF thugs! They have solved one of the most problematic, complicated and intricate issue;
            the issues between Amara and Oromo. The idea was for two biggest ethnics to battle it out for eternity while the TPLF rule Ethiopia with impunity. This is not supposed happen. I think this only shows the TPLF ‘s viciousness and callousness on ruling the country, regardless they got the impossible job done, I say give them noble price!

            The point is, if the strategy between the Amhara and Oromo can fail and failed miserably; rest assure to fail whatever TPLF “sow the seeds of mistrust between president Issayas and AG7 with the same propaganda that any movement by Amhara is to bring back the old feudal system that will challenge the sovereignty of Eritrea”. Personally this kind’s feudal talk is dying its natural death. It might work with the likes of KIM, Amde and Abi but the truth is 65% of Ethiopian population is 24 years old and under, do you think that kind of propaganda of Eritrea, Asba and feudal will work? I don’t think so. Like I was saying this change is coming and for the first time, this change is owned
            by the people. There is no a person, an ethnic or a group can claim it and use it on its own agenda. The agenda of the people is to live in peace and serenity. As long as peace is the agenda, forget the Asab issue, there is no issue. Asab is Eritrean and Ethiopia will use it to its fullest capacity. As long as there is no force implemented by Ethiopia; I don’t see any problem at all. In fact, I
            see new beginning and I see bright future in Ethiopia and Eritrea relations.

        • Saleh Johar

          I like your honesty, not your combativeness 🙂

          I am not sure if non-Muslims are okay with grasshoppers (locust) , but it is not taboo in Muslims–that has been the typical derogatory insult for Muslims but maybe it is expanded to include others.

          • Dear SJ,

            Unless human beings learn to eat insects as their source of protein, it is said that the survival of human beings on this planet may not be so easy in the future. I remember when it was said that Cubans had this belief that anything that flies except airplanes, and anything that swims except submarines and ships can be eaten. Those days donkeys were getting lost so often, and people had no explanation for this odd phenomenon.

            What we eat is not really important as long as it is not poisonous and it is nourishing. Frog legs, sausages from horse meat, snails (I have tried once and it had the taste of the ground soil), scorpions, etc, are being eaten by many people. Why not AnbeTa?. It is a matter of introduction to our menu and the easy availability of food.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Horizon,

            I had a friend from korean long time ago. Apparently AnbeTa is one of the delicacies in Korea. And I remember him telling me long time ago, our people didn’t have much to eat. And from the small crops they had, they were invaded by grass hoppers and they had no means to fight / fend them off. So they started to eat them instead and it become as part of their food sources.


          • blink

            Dear Horizon

            You are good , and i fully support your idea ,that every thing should be eaten ,I mean what is the difference between chicken meat and Anbeta protiens . Chicken especially the habesha chicken is dirty.

        • saay7

          Selamat Nitricc:

          Sorry for the delay in giving you my two cents worth.

          1. I have heard that “ambeTa belita” (locust-eater) as one of those phrases applied by Amharic-speakers in reference to “Tigre” which, in that part of Ethiopia, refers to all Eritreans and Tigrayans. Like most phrases meant to be derogatory, it is not the words themselves which are hurtful (see also “Neftegna”) but the intent behind them. Yes, in locust-plagued lands (have you seen how when locusts swarm they literally darken the sky and destroy everything that a poor subsistence farmer spent an entire year growing) people do eat locusts. I have had roasted locust and its yummy: rich in protein, although the head starting at you as you snap its thighs is a bit un-nerving.

          2. If you see people gathered to curse the TPLF/EPRDF, you will find me in the front row. They say “character is who we are when nobody is watching” and when nobody is watching (in Tigray), the TPLF has proven itself, with its one-party monopoly of politics, economics in Tigray as no better than PFDJ in its brutality. However, this does NOT justify, under any circumstances, that whoever has a grievance against TPLF should take it against the people of Tigray. Just like the PFDJ has terrified some Eritreans into believing apres moi le deluge (“if I am gone, there is nobody to protect you”), the TPLF has done the same with the people of Tigray. Just like the PFDJ says “PFDJ = Eritrea; Eritrea = PFDJ”, so does the TPLF (“TPLF = Tigray; Tigray = TPLF”). Just like I am under no obligation to apologize for the horrific things the PFDJ does, a Tigrayan should not be asked to bear the sins of the TPLF: he has no obligation to apologize for it, because the Tigrayan has, despite all the TPLF-cadre talk, has no power to influence the TPLF. Therefore, you are being unfair when you (and others) do the guilt by association and call on the Tigrayans to renounce the TPLF and show solidarity with those standing up for justice in the Oromia and Amhara (Gondar, Gojjam, Showa, Wello) parts of Ethiopia. Using that logic, every Christian Ethiopian would have to apologize for what the TPLF/EPRDF did to the Dimtsachen yisemma group that flared up a couple of years ago.

          3. When the uprising began, I saw a very enouraging placard by the protestors of Bahr Dar: “Our animosity is to the TPLF and not the people of Tigray”. But as the TPLF has done what it knows to do to resolve problems–firepower–it has radicalized the opposition and now we see and hear all the videos you have been sharing. The TPLF had many opportunities to empower its moderates and its sane faction, including at its 40th anniversary conference, it didn’t. And now the EPRDF is hobbled by a TPLF with belligerent wing; an OPDO which has proven to the world that despite its name is enjoys 0.0% legitimacy in Oromia; an ANDM that has no influence over the Amhara regions. The only parts of the EPRDF that appear to be working (for now at least) are Southern people’s nations and nationalities.

          One more thing: I wonder if Molla Asghedom would have been better off had he stayed in Eritrea: at least the Tigrayans then would not unfairly be made to inherit the sins of the TPLF.


  • Kim Hanna

    Selam Awatistas,
    First off, congratulations to Mahmoud Debrom, the artist. It is an intricate and beautiful painting of a woman.
    I should stop here, and be perfectly politically correct. But I can’t.
    The “Eritrean woman” in the painting appears to me to be an Arab woman. The artist presumably has lived in Saudi Arabia for many years, perhaps that influence had contributed to it.
    The “Arab Forum” of course have a dog in the fight. Vote or no vote their judgment of an Eritrean woman’s face cannot be accepted without question.
    in the article the observer said “the painting transcends regions and ethnicity, it is a marvelous work of art and no wonder many people voted for it.” ………. That sounds to me again like a sales pitch.
    In any case, I am willing to learn of differing views from the likes of Aosman. In addition, I expect to see few who are going to try to earn their brownie points on me on this one.
    Mr. K.H

    • Ismail AA

      Dear Kim,
      Why cann’t the painting depict an Eritrean woman, for example, from the Western Lowlands or Eastern Sahel with which Debrom might be more familiar?
      Having said that though the work does demonstrate a clear aesthetic value. That is why, I think, it caught the instinctive judgement of voters with competence to appreciate and taste the artist’s insight and ability to translate them to visible product. Ethnicity of the figure does not diminish the artist and his work.
      Ismail AA

      • Kim Hanna

        Selam Ismail AA,
        “Ethnicity of the figure does not diminish the artist and his work.” I agree completely with that concluding sentence.
        My instinctive emotional and political person has an issue with your phrase …”…instinctive judgment of voters with competence to appreciate..”
        If I paint a picture of Sophia Loren (when she was young) and name it …THE BEAUTIFUL ETHIOPIAN WOMAN.., I hope some of my Eritrean friends will call me out on it.
        Otherwise the young people in diaspora might believe it and appreciate the picture as is. There are beautiful Ethiopian women in their own right, period.
        Of course in my Sophia Loren picture there was no other agenda other than my own pompous view of Ethiopian women. I will leave it there.
        Mr. K.H

        • Ismail AA

          Dear Kim,
          It is Sophia Loren for you (the painter), it’s the artistic skill that you put into that painting for me as a viewer who might have had no idea who Sophia might have been as a person. Artistic work is appreciated for its aesthic value.
          Ismail AA

      • jordan

        Hey Ismail!
        “For example, from the western lowlands or eastern sahel?”
        I’m not sure what you’re trying to say, are you implying that women look like that in those places and that we Tigrinya people look so different? Or are you guys focusing on the clothes? All eritreans are diverse.

        I know this is 4 months old but I am curious about what you really meant, because eritrean ethnic groups do NOT look drastically different from eachother.

    • Saleh Johar

      Hello Kim Hanna,

      Your comment typical of many people I met from the region, particularly Habesha. I have seen Habesha who would be surprised if an Eritrean from the lowlands told them they do not eat injera or zigni, and don’t know what shro is. To make it worse, they would be surprised if they were told it is men who cook coffee and serve the women, not the other way round as many of us think. If you know the Eritrean lowlands, you wouldn’t have made that comment which makes you sound like a Muzungu 🙂 To me that face is as Eritrean as an Eritrean face can be. If you expected all Eritrean women to have a Gam’e or albaso hairdo, you will have to be introduced with that hairdo which singers have immortalized in many songs and poems: shelil gamel grena.. addoretu mn kena… ana lbye, ana lbye addoretu mn kena…. It’s an Eritrean face,my friend. That face represents the Beni Amer face perfectly. By the way, the overwhelming majority of Beni Amer do not the usual hard hair, okay,it’s like the hair of the Arabs, it’s nature 🙂 I am hoping you believe me and I hope what I said is educational :-).

      • Kim Hanna

        Selam Saleh Johar,
        Yes it is educational. The Muzunga comment was unnecessary upper cut for emphasis.
        However, I had to express my typical Habesha suspicions when an Artist presents me a picture with a title.
        My suspicion was exasperated when an “Arab Forum” jumps to endorse and compliment it. Since you described it to be an Eritrean Beni Amer face, I have to accept it as being part of the mosaic Eritrean faces.
        Mr. K.H

    • blink

      Dear K.M
      Why , and what is the reason for such comment ? I mean seriously ,is it fair to just hook her to Arabs ? By the way is n’t it true the Arabs has nothing in common to this picture ? Look at the modern saudi , Qatar , and Egypt women who are mostly full covered head . This is how Eritrean woman is , This is the Eritrean woman who does not prove your habesha thing. This is a part of Eritrea who has nothing to do with any thing the Ethiopian want us to say “we are one” . Drink it or eat it , this is how it looks. You want to see an Eritrean woman only from ,” Tigrinja speaking ” , very very fishy thing to assume .

    • Lamek

      Hi KH, the movement here is a complete opposite of that which is going on with the likes of Tesfazion. It’s an incredible contrast.

  • Tesfa

    Well deserved Congrats Ya Ustaz Mahmud Debrom.
    Keep it up.
    We will reward you with Golds and Diamonds and the likes of you including Kokheb Selam,Michael Adonay and other Eri Talents in the New Eritrea

  • tes

    Congratulations Mahmoud Debrom. Art works are said to be immortal so is what his work is telling.

  • Tzigereda

    Congratulations Mahmuod Debrom!

  • Peace!

    Thank you awate and Congratulations Br Mahmoud Debrom for the great work and contribution!


  • aklilu zere

    Good art work by a good artist. Congratulations good brother Mahmoud Debrom

  • Ismail AA

    Ahlen Mahould Debrom,
    My heartfelt congratulation to you. You have made your compatriots proud. Thank you very much, and wish you more success.

  • Mahmud Saleh

    Congratulations Wed Debrom
    I’ve been an admirer of this creative artist who painted Eritrean journey, its ups and downs. I congratulate you Mahmoud, a well deserved recognition.

  • Yohannes Zerai

    A well-deserved honor for an artwork we all should be proud of!

  • I love the art. It looks like a piece of heaven on earth…