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EASE Accuses The Eritrean Regime Of Displacing Afar People

In a statement issued yesterday March 20, 2017 in Ottawa, Canada, the Eritrean Afar State in Exile (EASE) accused the Eritrean government of implementing “systemic policies to displace the Afar Eritreans from resources rich and strategic coast on the red sea”.

On March 14th, the Eritrean government television announced it will settle the victims of the 2011 volcanic eruption of Mt. Nabro in Dankalia, southeastern Eritrea. EASE characterized the government’s move as “Land Grab and Displace for the benefit of the regime.”

The Nabro volcano which is located on the Great Rift Valley, was believed to be dormant until its eruption in 2011 with a magnitude that measured 5.7 on the Richter scale, and became a health hazard “to thousands of Afar residences in Biru, Afambo and parts of Danakil depression.”

The volcano had released thick smoke and gases that clouded the region causing international airlines to cancel or change flight courses.

The EASE statement said that the Eritrean government ignored the risk caused by the volcano while in “neighboring Ethiopia, the government launched an appeal for international foreign aid… [and] confirmed the death of 31 people.” According to EASE, the Ethiopian government stated that 48,000 people were exposed to immediate danger and 167,000 more faced health risks due to toxic gases and ash falls.

The Eritrean government never released details of the causalities of the volcano eruption that caused the deaths of many people and loss of animals, mainly due to lack of, or contamination of water in the region, though some of the victims were forcibly settled in the vicinity of Alale desert, Wade, and Mogorasu, areas which have acute water shortage.
The “government deliberately prevented foreign aid from coming to the country in order to hide the magnitude” of the eruption.

The Afar people of the region are “predominately nomadic pastorals have lived in this harsh environment, many centuries before the formation of the current State of Eritrea… and have lived in [the] region through natural disasters, environmental catastrophes, famine, regime changes and wars.”

The region is one of the hottest places on earth and in some areas the temperature could reach up to around 104 degrees Fahrenheit, and its lowest point is over 200 feet below sea level.

EASE stated that the “Eritrean regime is exasperating an already dire situation by disrupting the Afar way of life by severe restrictions and threatening their socio-economic lifeline by selling off their strategic resources which are all critical for their survival as indigenous people.”

It added, “the systematic policies of displacement to grab Afar lands and resources by the regime are enforced with violence such as mass murder, rape and terror in order to remove the Afar from their ancestral homeland in (Dankalia) and to colonize the area … which contains a vast amount of natural resources, including large deposits of potash, various precious metals and strategic coastlines and ports.”

The Eritrean Afar State in Exile (EASE) is an exiled Eritrean Afar political organization dedicated to self-determination and self-rule of Eritrean Afar people in their coastal homeland of Dankalia, Eritrea. It believes the indigenous Afar are subjected to marginalization, persecution and ethnic cleansing at the hands of the current Eritrean government. EASE describes itself as the voice of the Eritrean Afar people, and draws its mandate from the political and traditional Afar leaders, the leadership of Afar women and youth groups, the Eritrea Afar Diaspora, and Eritrean-Afar refugees.

References

1. Eritrea Nabro Volcanic Eruption
2. IRINNEWS: Thousands Need Aid After Volcano Eruption
3. Eruption On Mount Nabro
4. UN Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea
5. Human Rights Council Document
6. Appeals For Aid To Fight Famine In The Horn of Africa

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  • Dear AT, Ato Saleh G. Johar and the Forum,

    Please pardon my latest Blitz or Hijum in Tigrigna. My defense, at least it is not a Blitz that utilizes WMDs.
    Yeah! Yeah! Lethal blows of sprinting in 1936 by American Jesse Owens, that is a lot more effective than the blitz of weapons of mass destruction kind is a lot more preferable.
    And Yeah Yeah, while we are at it I will ask on question to Abi-FAB5. While we are on the subject, I want you and all awatistas to marvel in enjoy the Great Olympic Champions of Ethiopian Abebe Bekila in 1960, Feyisa Lilesa, and Eritrean Cycling KOM Daniel Tekhle Haimonot and the Eritrean GitSAtSE NYC Marathon Champion Ghirmay Ghebreslassie.

    Do you notice the drought of champion athletes since Shoeless Bekila’s Triumphant entry into Roma Katacombe? Well I promise that I will adhere to my Habesha marathon running or Tour de Bay Area and stop my Hijum sprinting. even if “mnnnm kalbelahut meroT tiche cycle kenshenkorokhakhit negn.” And you and all awatistas I wish you a r melcam week end
    This Final Four Weekend.

    Yes my select FAB-5 will endorse Weapon X of Eritren and Ethiopian Wolverines! The Champions that they all are, they will SEEK with the GURGURR and bring home the Weapon X that is Hippo Fanti Ghana’s MVP Proposal, i.e hoist the trophy Blue Island on the Tekeze.

    And I will join Ato Chalachu Ashenafi with my single string Chira Watta. We will sing a song that goes something like this: “ms beAl Getachew ms beAll Bekele, Keribna inna kniteHaQuaquf.” EMPD keqlaTifo, The Blue Island Hippo of Tekeze should be the First Policy Change.

    Selam qedame senabu

    tSAtSE

  • iSem

    Good Bye McSaleh Welcome MaHmuday!
    Hi Awatista:
    When we debated Tigrinya proverbs some of us said that anyone can make their own proverbs and so we have thousands of them, some of them are so obscure that they have not made it to the main stream lexicon and they remain local to the family, “aboy kusto beal addina kemzi yblu neveru”. But some of them are so common that they have come cliché, and like weed they overcome every book, every news report. Future creative writers will definitely consider the craze of proverbs a mark of bad and lazy art, like the modern English writer would consider this sentence crazy: freakishly, outlandishly, weirdly, definitely, ridiculously, stubbornly, stultumly, TPLFLY strange idea to think IA did not single leadershiply liberate Eritrea and Naqfa.
    So I will make my own Tigrinya proverb here: “ዱሙ-ዱሙስ እና ሓደረ ጻባ ገመል ይኸውን”
    Like every single event Eritreans undertook after HS annexed Eritrea by demolishing the Federation, slowly ushered in the liberation of Naqfa, like the small steps by the guys and gals of Barka in 1961, like every small event gave the fuel to the ultimate liberation of Naqfa, every argument with Amanuel Hidrat, every yelling with his former comrade from Hishkieb, iSem, every hateta and counter hateta with Sal, every ELF and EPLF disagreement with Saleh Gadi, every stress from Hayat changed the dumu-dumu to camel milk so McSaleh left us for good, it seems and Mahmuday has emerged with clarity and power. The astute talent finder, after two bad bets on Nitricc and dawit, now has triumphed;-)
    If you disagree with me, look at these beauties: “…….. there is an Eritrean culture. In reality there is no Eritrean culture, there is no Eritrean language; there is no Eritrean dance…”
    “Dear Gheteb…. IA leadership qualities and skills appeared to be ” unparalleled because his weaknesses were masked by the unparalleled contributions of that generation. He was leading a generation that did not really need a leader. Now, we know he was not as a visionary as we thought he had been. Logically, IA of post independence should have been more matured than the IA of 1970s, and eighties. Well, then, if the matured IA is the man we currently have, how would one imagine the immature IA of the 70s and 80s? That means he was way worse. Does that logic work?”
    We also discussed Camel’s milk, for those who are not familiar, Camel is an email pictured in Eritrea’s currency, Naqfa and the Ethiopia has the second largest population of camels in the world second to Somalia (data courtesy to brother Sal) and it was targeted by HS bombings, IA liberated the camel, but not its owner like the Afar and others and its milk has medicinal properties.
    But no has successfully change dumdum, made from grain that camels are not know to eat to camel’s milk, yet, we just know that it has been done by one awatista, who formerly went by the moniker from Fornello and now is only knows as MS or affectionately former “Manjus” Mahmud and now MaHmuday

    • tes

      Nagaalela iSem,

      Waw!

      ዱሙ-ዱሙስ እና ሓደረ ጻባ ገመል ይኸውን”.

      Simply beautiful

      tes

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Hi Sem,

      You said “IA liberated the camel.” ✌️True. Let me modify it to match and to show parallelism with that of Abu Sheneb’s saying, as follows: “IA liberated the camels but he enslaved the owners.” You know what Abu Sheneb told to haw Weldeyesus Ammar “the camel is in and the owner is out.” The perverted world the Eritrean people living in.

    • MS

      Ahkan iSem

      Aliek Allah Ya Shekh, fedaHtani. “…[F]or those who are not familiar, camel is an animal pictured in Eritrea’s currency…”
      I like that. Hayat already declared the graceful animal as an artwork of a committee under the influence of demumu. Yes, the graceful camel (let’s repeat that while SAAY is away).

      • Abi

        Hi Vet
        I think the Eritrean currency is loosing value faster because the camel could not catch up with reality. Too slow to adapt.
        መልኩ አስቀያሚ ጉዞው ዘገምተኛ
        የበረሃው ባቡር የሳለህ ጏደኛ
        አምላክ መሳሳቱን አላወቅንም እኛ

        የሰይጣን ጆሮ አይስማ

        • MS

          What’s up ato abi
          Haha…the currency has become so cheap for Nakfa, so we will rename it Gondere.

          • Abi

            Hi Vet
            How about Assab? Close to the camels if not for the people.

          • MS

            Tadias abi
            Assab, the twin pearl of the Red Sea!?Nah. For now, I will settle with Gondere, that’s until the camels come back safely from the waterholes.

          • Abi

            Hi Vet
            Sorry I didn’t see your comment. I was busy at camera 2.

            The camels won’t be coming home. They marched south where the leaves are greener, the water fresher, … They are waiting for their veteran herder.

          • MS

            Hi abi
            tew ante sew, gemeloch aykedum, unless you seduced them with CHAT (Qat) leaves.

          • Abi

            Hi Vet
            Chat is restricted for goats. I can easily seduce the camels. I sing for them
            “ቅርብ ለቅርብ ነው አስመራና ጎንደር
            ሲጫወቱ ውሎ ከመሸም ለማደር”
            I see Eritrean camels swarming Gonder.
            እሪ በል ጎንደር ግመል መጣብህ!!

        • ኣቢ ፋቢሎሶ ፊይቭ!

          Right on Cue. The Metkelawi Vet will fight fight to add value to the Eritrean Nakfa Value.

          Dear Abi Fab5, I am quite sure you remember the song blaring from,the megaphones and transistor radios as you bravely soldiered in the mountains of Nakfa and noded your head in rythmic Ticazze Beat in joying the melody and fully agreeing with theses lyrics:

          “Metkel Metkel መትከል ዝረገጸ ኣይስሕትን ሽታኡ። ንዝመጽአ ጎነጸ የትሕዞ ቦቱ ኡ።”

          You from the opposing trenches and Vet MS “The Best” the Metkelawi on the other, witnessed and came to an agreement with the songs lyrics, that the yrue Heros of Nakfa and tbe forever priceless value of the currency Nakfa you both recognized. And agreed on the optimal solution Metkel as you both and fellow brave warriors of the Nakfa or Nadew iz initiated the absolutw peace between the brothers was optimal for their people., Hence the Gnbot Sebat agreement Era birthed long ago in Nakfa.

          Gash Abi, Hamid Idriss Awate, Mt. Adal, SaHel Dejen, Afriqawit Yemen Denkel are as Eritrean and Ethiopian Hiatory that can never loose value And Nakfa should remain as valuable and sacred to Ethiopia as to,Eritrea because thousands of the bravest and True Ethiopian,hero Soldiers fell with Valor in defense of their nation Ethiopia under DERGs army.

          Surely Gnbot Seven and the Vets will remain metkelawyan Or are they wavering and considering stringly to follow their leader Weyanay Mola Asgedom.

          Metkellllllllll

          ኣውራን ጉንዳን

      • Selamat MaHmooday “The Best SaleH”

        The hyppcracy of Agazian ShaEbian, Unionist at heart and a B rated entrepenuer and shot caller assasin, that is the real iSEM at heart will be exposed if not at least illuminated even to,l those who commited horendous crimes,considered on the felonie level without their knowledge.

        Hiing behind the his skilled pen. ISEM has commited specific and provable crimes against Eritrean individuals, not to mentiomln his nurturing with experties funding capital and more,, in the creating and co creating Tje Weyane Ii, i.e. TPLF the sequal. Yes, iSEM is the Grand Duke Founding Father of the East African version if USA’s Klan of the Ku Klutz, The Agazian Tigray Tigrigni, child of Semere Andom and easily identifiable ideolues that may very well include career entrepanurual of notable and worth,respect career opportunists marketer with A+ level of accrobatic skills lijw Ato,Saleh Johar Ghadi,

        Don’t pay his Dumu dumu to Geneley milk msela. Stoner Semere Andom, who has inhaled pounds and pounds more of the grean whitw and yellow colored dumu dumu in its more solid or less viscouse state like a vegetable or HaruTch ir Kenina form. Mind you his msela Dumu Dumu to,G.Milk,may very well true. I don’t necessaeily believe that Fermented drinks or narcorics can not produce any thing good. It would contradict my firm acceptance of the wisdom in the statenent:”nothing is all good nor all bad.” And iSEM beliieves this as well because he is dangeriusly close to being as a Narcisist as yours truly, The AmEritrean GitSAtSE.
        Dear, “The best” don’t worry, I am only utilizing the TeAtsatsefnet exhibited by the un named heros, many in un marked cememetaries of the unmarked soldiers ans the true heroes of Hzbawi Serawiit nHarinet Eritrea.

        What is more detestable than consuming Dumu Dumu or Stoner iSEM choice narcotics of the various colours is , selling your bretheren, nation and committing fellony criminal acts as aduplicious double agent towing the secret party as clandestine as EPRP of the EPLF.

        Yeah I Mola Asgedom heroically shot his way by decimating Eritrean Defense Forces–The hero,Weyanay Chemati zeysiHitT tokasay. And I also believe iSEM is a Seventh Generation,Canadian citizen as I tSAtSE and Ato Amde are of Pokynisian lineage that are the indiginous natives of the Americas, Greater Ethiopia Abd Easter Island.

        Hey iSEM Mr. Black Mailer tool,of the assasins. I will tell you and Gheteb that the first nickname I was baptized with as a Red Flower us TerTari Akatt. I am a GERGUUR choreographer pilot…no Teratari nor bumpi daning of my GERGUR. I am simply the smooth criminap narcist, tSAtSE.

        And do you know who first called me TerTari Akatt iSEM? Take a guess
        My elementary school classmate until the Sixth Grade and Sixth Offensive of The Derg. His name Robel Afeworki who happens to be the younges male sibling of IA, Ghetebs choice as the Quintisential,Eritrean Hero these days.
        I believe you utilized Robel Afeworki’s photograph with a song Ethiopian Singer the internationally renowned supper star Teddy Afro. Don’t feing Coln. Oli North or was it Ronald Reagan and say “I don’t remember.”

        GERGURrR Agnieya Azilo40 of Teseney is still spinning in your Kesesla HS.

        Weren’t you iSEM, Saay7, SJG And Gheteb the top four crem dela crem,of Unesco HS in kesela who with fanatic obsession,competed for the top valikdetorian, i can’t spell to,save my life despite my obsessive writing, its got to be HS.

        You brought up the nepotism of IA with Paulos’ appiointment as an Eritrean ambasador to Denmark.

        Speaking of a Paul and the Roads to Denmark, where is Fukuyama Paul… Certainly not in Carmen Sandiego.

        Fukuyama youuuu, your Dumu Dumu, Gheteb’s IA and youe EritreanTomTom Mikut Foot Sodiers and Your Threats. I warned I would go on the offensive to cut this Agazian lead new con of permutations by singling you and SJG as conspirators with my debatable and value added to,the forum in exposing the Big Bad Monster that is the Agazian Tigray Tigrigni.

        Yeah, Gheteb will tell you with my Gerguur, AnEritrean GitSAtSE us capable of extracting Pounds of fat from a fly or ጻጸ።

        bit the bait of my GERGUUR sonar technology I placed for you in my comment to Fukuyama Paul. You see, in when we fished in Ruba Gash Barka, TurAA and Tekeze, we used the same Fetli and Akkaat warms.
        Hence, TerTari Aakaat to Paul to catch Semere A again, and again only to throw him back as too small,of a fish to,fry.

        SeraQ mobaE baElu ylefalef. ኣንታ ወያል፡ ነፖቲሲም፡ ን ፓኡሎስ ፉኩያማ ክትፍድሕ ወይስ ክትከላኸለሉ?

        And Gheteb with his preemtive “tSAtSE not in the know”attack by LEANING ON AWATE FORUMS Standaup KndishiH Nitric for his ወያል attempt. Back into,the water chiquitita small sardine suzed Gheteb.
        Any,way will,the Captain of Kessela HS’s Dead Poets Society say something.
        Serebdiptiously, I was the IA your cuz Gheteb the Romodan MoHmednoor. Until….Remebe the Alamo. Yeah at least at the Alamo a hole bottle of vintage TaQuila with Akkaat warm was ample. No no no dumu dumu!

        Mr. Paul Elite9 Fukuyama can you educate us on the health by way of comparisons comparing the Agave Tree and Arkobkobays Aakat.
        I will share my findings of GERGUR Aerodynamic studies iur third miracle in thw Field of Energy.
        PM Desalegn needs alternative advisors to replace his policy changes on Eritrea advisors. Pergaps, GERD’s could be stopped unilitarily and willingly with altrnative energy by harnessing Red Sea Wave Energy or a harnessing tbe Energu from,a Thousand Strong Spinns of The GERGUUR. Did I mention,the effects on eccology and the ainternational Environmentalists movement. …. …. …. Hmmm Amde Pillar X of the Fab5, sure from the Finance Field of Academics, you will testify The GERD and the other urilities Dam is sound and us good for,increasing the pety burgeuoas,of Ethiopia. Stay tunned for tmmy edited constructive critique of Ethiopian Government’s Pilicy Change towards the State of Eritrea.
        Abi FAB5 — please do yo Chalachew Ashenefi Single String Chicanary theaory.

        AmEritrean Azilo40 እግኔያ Children Books Press

        • iSem

          hi Tsatse:
          Just two setences:
          ዎ ሳህለነ ቅድስተ ማርያም

          ዎ ኣነቢ፡ ሰለ- ኣላህ ዎ-ዓሌሁ

          • iSEM,

            Haha… and that was the only thing I asked of you. To repent and return,to the just God of your fathers and to give thanks to your true Savior. Now, commence into.smitherines your Antichrist encarnate, the devils advocate from,his Agazian pulpilt by declaring declaring war on Eritrea., Independent Eritrea our braves fell to liberate and have sealed the unity if Christianity and Islam as religions and conduits of True Peace and coexistence of all Eritreans in prosperity witj Hakhote Mekhete.

            You need not confess you crimes. I grant you the your right to the Fifth Amendment. Your Repentance and A Thousand Claylayson after this ጾም was my demand for total foegiveness.

            Like Saul became Paul after he was blinded by the light,of our Savior’s Truth,
            ,
            After you complete your thoudand claylyson meditation msgad, and commence the dismantiling of thw Agazian Evils infrustructure, you as Paul go by the name ዓይኒ ዓሰ። Spelled iSEM ዘይብል ዓይኒ ዓሳ። i knew ጳውሎስ was your Cuz as Gheteb is Saay7።

            Follow my arguments and advise to PM Desalegne. Its Academic and NOT enigmatic.

            AmEritrean GitSAtSE ኣግኔያ ኣዚሎ40 ቤት ማሕተም መጻሕፍቲ ቆልዑ።

  • Berhe Y

    Nagaalela Giclo Bisoh,

    A couple of years I met a Canadian photographer named Colin Boyd Shafer at an event, who had a project called Cosmoplis Toronto. His project involves photographing people who call Toronto home from all countries around the world. So naturally he knows every country and part of the the world, may be from his project or his interest. When I told him I am from Eritrea, he told me about his subject. His name is Said and he is born from Assab, Eritrea. I was pleasantly surprised, because Toronto has a lot of Eritreans from the high lands but I never met anyone from Assab / Afar. But I am glad Said got to represent Eritrea, so that we show our diversity or the people and the country.

    When I read the press release from the great city of Ottawa, and your message I can see that, it has the Canadian way of life, of tolerance, of diversity and equality all over. It’s probably the most comprehensive and practical proposal that will serve us well.

    I couldn’t agree more to all the points you raised in how you see the future relations ship of Afar people with the rest of Eritreans.

    I only have one comment with regards to point #5, that I think you should consider reviewing.

    5. Under Afar State rule all of the rights of Eritrean brothers and sisters will be respected and guaranteed , to work, to own business, to have their rights to health care, and so on, Non Afar will not be elected or run Dankalia as it is now, .

    I agree to the statement except “Non Afar will not be elected or run Dankalia as it is now”, I think this should be revised to “None resident , or a person who do not consider Afar as primary residence, will not be elected or run Dankalia or Dankalia government”. I don’t know how long the “prove of resident should be”, may be 2 or 3 consecutive years but I think we need to relax the restriction so that we do not alienate people who are truly committed to the region the reside. I agree with you, we do not need people who come from Asmara and become governors of Dankalia, enough with that crap but at the same time we do NOT want to exclude people who are residents because their ancestral back ground. And I think this should be the case for all other Eritrean regions, and we should learn from the crisis this kind of arrangements creates in other parts of the world.

    Glad you dropped by and continue to do so.

    Berhe

  • ‘Gheteb

    The Afars Of Eritrea

    Greetings!!

    The Afars as one of the constituent ethno-linguistic groups have fought against all foreign forces. Most recently, they fought against Ethiopian occupation of Eritrea by participating in Eritreas UNEXAMPLED Revolution, be it in the ELF or the EPLF. Sodha-Ella as historic site and the martyred Hillal as an Eritrean hero comes immediately to ones mind from the EPLFs side of the Eritrean armed struggle.

    The participation of the Eritrean Afars in the Eritrean armed struggle doesn’t mean that there were not problems or ethnic misunderstandings between the Afars and other ethnic groups within the ELF and the EPLF concerning power relations within this organizations. The absence of Afars in prominent leadership position and the dispute between the ELF and some Afar population in Dankalia which led to the request of the Afar fighters within the ELF to operate only in the Afar area which led to a bitter misunderstanding between the Tigre and Afar fighters of the ELF.

    [ Yasin Mohammed Yasin, “Political History Of The Afar In Ethiopia And Eritrea” ]

    In the same paper the author zeroes in on at the heart of the Afars question, be it socio-political or politico-economical, not understanding or addressing the Afars pastoral politics or pastoral political system. That is a very important perspective as pastoralism is the main livelihood of the Afars.

    The Afars of Eritrea nowadays and the challenges that they face in the nation building process in Eritrea in one hand and their INTEGRATION ( mind you here I am not saying assimilation) on the other hand should continue to be dealt with by the Government Of Eritrea with care, sensitivity and competency. The provision of social services, access to health care, education and economic revival of The Southern Red Sea Region of Eritrea are areas that must be pursued with a laser focus.

    The GoE should continue on the course it has embarked upon in the expansion of health care services throughout this region. This aspect of issue, though demanding more finances and other resources, is self-evidently unambiguous to need further explication. The issue of education in this region, however, needs further explanation here. Though the GoE has done a great job in introducing the mother tongue policy of education of using the Afar language as a medium of instruction through the fifth grade of elementary education, after which English is used in secondary education, the number of secondary school teachers who are Afars is quite minuscule.

    This paucity of Afari secondary school teachers is primarily because there is no post secondary institution, be it a university or an institute, in the Southern Red Sea Region. The first step then should be the opening at least of one college along with a technical institute to train more secondary school teachers and other experts/professionals in other fields while the technical institute will train other Afaris in technical fields, such as local administrations, mid to low level healthcare providers and others trained in various technical fields.

    The political implications of this post secondary training in this Afar region is huge in the sense that it will address one of the main political complaints of the Afars of Eritrea which is: the absence of political representation of Afars in running their region and the complaint of the domination of local administration by the Tigrigna speaking Eritreans. With more graduates from these post secondary there will be enough Eritrean Afaris to take on the posts of leadership in the local administration.

    Economically, beside what the GoE is doing like giving fishing boats to local fishermen, the UAE base and The Colluli Potash project should be the center of economic revival of this region. First by investing a big chunk of revenue garnered from these two and investing it in this region in the building of infrastructures of the region ( roads, schools, hospitals and clinics etc. etc.) and then also by giving priority to hiring to local Afaris from this region. Therefore, through this economic revival with growth and the job/economic growth of the Afars, the role of pastoralism in the life of the Afars will be minimized. If the Eritrean Afars successfully move from pastoralism to modern economic activities, then their INTEGRATION into the nation building process would be accomplished and thereby the amelioration of the lives of the Eritrean Afars.

    The political issues that certain Eritrean Afars have been raising should be viewed taking the Afars stand vis-à-vis Eritreas independence during the 1993 referendum. In that referendum 99.658% of the registered voters voted YES for Eritreas independence. Though the ethnicization of the Afari issue is quite palpable and the call for a federal system is quite evident by the peddlers of ethnic politics a la the Weyanes, I believe that is wrong headed and is not a recipe for success when it comes to Eritrea. Taking Eritreas recent history into account, INTEGRATION and not ethnicization through the federal system is the way forward for Eritrea.

    • MS

      Selam Ghehteb
      You said that the Afari people need to be INTEGRATED (just to capitalize it the way you have done it). What do you mean by that? Why only Afars?
      1. Politically, they are integrated. They never felt they were less Eritrean. I think they became Eritrean before Keren (Italy established its first base in Dankalia). They paid their dues in the liberation of Eritrea. And despite Derg’s coaxing, they remained Eritreans. So, they are as Eritrean as anyone who call themselves Eritreans. This takes care of integration related to national identity. What’s missing is a political framework that encourages unity through diversity, a practical guarantee of equitable sharing of political decision-making and resources.
      2. Cultural integration*: what is the center of gravity, where are they going to integrate? I think whoever wants to live in Dankalia needs to behave Denkeli. Whoever settles there need to respect their way of life and their traditions. Therefore it should be the other Eritreans who move there who should be integrated into their way of life. Eritrean laws should give the history of governing in the Afar land the same attention that they give to “Higi enda’bo” or the customary laws of the highlands. That way the integration will be based on give and take and mutual respect which can lessen conflicts.
      3. Economic integration: Well, schematically,they are integrated, but what’s missing is that the integrated model the current government has been pursuing may not be what the Afari are looking for. What’s my test for that? Because, like all other Eritreans, the government is not elected by them, they don’t have a mechanism in advancing their interests, or making their grievances heard. We have a paternalistic government which made Eritreans dependent on its benevolence. A macro economic plan drafted in the corridors of Asmara is wreaking on their life. The solution is simple: if we really want to save Eritrea we should call on the current government to stop the paternalistic gestures such as “the government should do this or that”. The government of course has to spread social services, that’s its job. It’s not doing special treatment. However, as long as people don’t see their sons and daughters taking care of their affairs, as long as they don’t see their ideas in the blue prints of the “development endeavors”, and as long as they are losing their livelihood for every clinic built, they will feel foreigners in their own land.
      Lastly, I can’t comment on EASE, I don’t have enough information about it, but I know the people of Dankalia long before I heard about EASE, and therefore, this is a comment that applies to all Eritreans in similar situation (lowlands/highlands). In a nutshell, PFDJ’s policies of the past 25 years have resulted weakening Eritrea in all areas: political, economic, social. The government’s propaganda aside, Eritrea is much more weaker than in 1991.
      * For many, it’s a forgone conclusion that there is Eritrean culture. In reality there is no Eritrean culture, there is no Eritrean language; there is no Eritrean dance. There are more than 9 language groups each of them having their own cultural and identity expressions. Therefore when we use terms such as integration, we need to be careful. Afars are native Eritreans. In that sense, they don’t need to integrate into anyone. The people who settle in their land should integarte into their cultuer and way of life.However, if it is an integration that based in equality and applicable to all the social groups, that’s fine. Integration connotes moving towards unity and centralization, moving towards creating an identity out of many identities. Therefore it is an interactive concept involving many parties- in our case all the social groups. It assumes equal parties moving towards each other on equal footing. And that would mean, firstly, the active participation of Afars in their own affairs. From there, they can participate representing their interests in the national level. That will ensure that Eritrea’s strength will emanate from the will of its people.

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Dear tes & Mahmuday,

        Good reflection on the predicament of our Afar people. Once we start to recognize the problem they are facing and feel their pain, they will be responsive to our common destiny to build our nation with a government that listens to its subjects – a government that respect the right of its citizen in their political and economic lives.

        Regard

        • tes

          Selam Amanuel Hidrat,

          Thank you. And on this occasion, I think it is the right time to publish my article that reflects on your works. I just kept it pending because I was looking good time.

          In the mean while, I would like to say that I have big problem on Ethnic Federalism. And this will be my biggest political debate, so far and it could be my first open political debate based on what I believe is better for Eritrea, against those who hold or favour Ethnic Based Federalism.

          And I believe that it will be my political argument with EASE. But I will be more than happy to see an autonomous region of Afar – that preserves and runs its domestic affairs that benefits its settlers.

          My issue is specifically with Ethnic based Federalism not on the administration system or self governance system of Afar or any other ethnic groups that work on this line.

          Hopefully we will see some debate on this issue in the case of EASE.

          tes

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Dear tes,

            First let us listen to them, and once we listen to them, they will be responsive to alternatives. In my view Ethnic Federalism is not practical for the following simple reasons (a) our social groups are small and are not concentrated in specific area (b) they will not be fisically independent.

            Simply outrightly rejecting without any rational justification will only distance them from our common destiny. And for sure centralized unitary governance will not address their grievances.

            Regards

          • tes

            Selam Amanuel Hidrat,

            I think that Decentralized Unitary Government based on Geogdraphical/Economic Location (which I believe is what you advance for) will be the best system of governance in Eritrea – were each region to have an autonomous system system of governance.

            And I believe EASE will not have problem with that. But with the other growing regionalism sentiments and sticking to the old mentality of regions, will have be some serious issues that need to be discussed.

            I prefer a New Regional Map of Eritrea that will reconcile with regional sentimentalim and empower economic development of the local people – especially native/indegenous settlers as as unique beneficiary.

            The other is returining back land properity to local people as it was before. The state should own nothing except management and securing the nation as a whole – national security and central bank that manages the common currency by allowing economic freedom of each region delinated.

            For more, we can develop. This is just a clarification/highlights of my take.

            tes

          • Berhe Y

            Dear tes,

            Thank you for the heartfelt account the regime has created in the name of the people.

            Looking forward to read your article. I know its may be a lithe early to comment, I hope you consider this couple of points:

            1) do not reinvent the wheel, please do consider similar form of government that works and tested through time that we can adapt.

            2) please consider what problems it can create, with regards to problems it can solve.

            Berhe

          • Selamat tes, Wede ‘Koy Aya Berhe Y, Saay7-(Oh Captain my Captain),

            I look forward to tes’ pending article Oppositing Ethnic Federalisim. As I am Beta testing before launching a medium, I am hopeful tes will be generous in contributing academic articles on the the nutritional health benefits of Humer, Gaba, buqul as well as the capital gains returns from his ideas to industrialize and export natural indigenous foods of the above and the like. (My Captain) Saay7 has despaired for too long of the lost cost opportunities by Eritrea’s academic scholars not applying knowledge they have acquired from their field of studies due to, as Saay7 phrases it, “Eritreans Existential extremely difficult hurdles.” During the long and costly armed struggle for independence, and half as long extension after independence with stringent policies, imposed on the Eritrean People. Policies directly contrasting the ideal of just revolutions, discarded and replaced with influenced by the insecurities, egos, greed, distrusts, purges for the consolidation of absolute power to control absolutely, the diverse and numerous ethnic nationalities of the region. A paranoia illness that affected great leaders who contributed significantly to the successes of the first phase– perhaps due to the nightmares of their decisive military justices they executed in order to survive the rules of the jungle their environment dictated.

            The French Philosopher the Sir name Renann, argued the lone exception to the maxim “Absolute corrupts absolutely.” The Emperor of Rome Marcus Aurilious, who practiced Stoicism was the relatively exceptional absolute ruler that was more just and corrupted by his position. I will dig up the book and hopefully provide the exact reference, to appear at least half scholarly– or not — as I am delegated in “The Unbound” Zone frontline by Captain Saay7 long long ago. I think it is my narcissistic characteristic due to both “nature and nurture.”

            As tes is mentioning his rejection of ethnic groupings and probably indicating his preference of Individual Liberty, aligned with Saay7 and others, and Berhe Y’s humble challenges of AAyni AAssa iSEM’s contradictory assertions, I am editing an earlier very long comment that will attack the flaws of this veil dangerous weapon that is presented and the wheals of implementing this policy already in motion. Berhe Y is contemplating by asking or reminding iSEM EPRDF’s long ago statement, that they will teach Eritrea a lesson they will never forget. I intend not to add add energy to emotions that have been cooled to the level of accepting all the lessons with a STOIC like attitudes firmness by the Eritrean. It matters not that one looses. What matters most is that one does not loose the valuable lesson irrespective of who or what was your teacher. I am acknowledging Berhe Y’s elderly brother humble challenges to iSEM, an indication of his veering from blind support to any one capable leader, be it iSEM, PM Hailemariam Desalegne. The lessons from the blind support in following past and present leaders, I believe we Eritreans have learned learned with our significant loss while we will hopefully retain the lesson that Megalomaniac Leaders with absolute power are created by the blind support afforded them by many. Plenty of room for their due credit and skillful merits….

            I am of the belief that PM Hailemariam Desalegn of Ethiopian in particular and the Ethiopian Peoples Political Leadership in general are positioned to be among the most successful in history to lead Ethiopia, the region and the African continent out of the darkness that is was mainly caused by the racial supremacy attitudes due to the European Colonialists which came to an end under its own weight, its racist/ethnic ideology and absolute control of power by the competing powers then, gave rise to the Second World War, where the leaders of the lesser of the evils untied to bring an end to the most Megalomaniac absolute ruler that is Hitler who nearly succeeded in becoming the Absolute Powerful man in humanities history– at least in the relatively recent world history. Though many will give credit one of the following three powerful men as delivers of the lethal blow end Hitler, I am of the opinion than neither Russia’s Stalin, Great Briton’s Churchill nor USA’s Roosevelt are the single human who packed the punch to end the destructive world war two.

            I truly believe the Great American Olympian Jessie Owens with his dominance in the track and field had delivered the lethal blow to Hitlers ideology in exposing the hollowness and weakness of the Megalomaniac supremacist over others belief. Ethnic supremacist attitudes first thrive, by festering clandestinely, in my opinion, more likely in Ethnocentric Federalism. I am offering this anecdote of the power of One to agree with you tes that I too have a problem with the such structure of government.

            This Tigray Tigrigni end goal that is powered by Agazians and organized by the Tigrigna-Tigrigni version of Hilter’s like foaming rants of ethno-religious supremacist attitudes and Goebbel’s propaganda machine is proof of the hideousness and long overcome hollow and millennia years long backward scrapings of discarded and buried evil crap is a significant dangerous form of governing. The Ethiopian Peoples in unity should safeguard the significant gains their nation has made during the period PMZZ’s Ethnic Federalism form of government, The United Ethiopian People who have paid dearly and with patience in the past 25 years should now encourage PM Hailemariam Desalegne and his administration to step out of the shadows of PMZZ and distinguish himself as the Ethiopian Leader at the helm steering his nation by eroding the dilapidated roads that has served its purpose by paving and advancing new roads and avenues Political and Governing– PMD Desalegne original infrastructures for the Peaceful travels of all Ethiopians and global travelers passing through.
            Though, the already argued power balance up North and the enigmatic sisterly Eritrean State may make him succumb to any a weakness that will could prove to be his Achilles heal, by bating his ego for political and military adventurism to out grow the shadow of the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. PMD’s potential to be as large and iconic as the Emperor Haile Selisie I is for his and administration policy and politically unite the Ethiopian People and focus on the development of their nation first and foremost. Any inklings of thought to spread Ethnic Federalism with changing the Ethiopian Government’s Policy towards the State of Eritrea, as indicated in the echo chambers as of the beginning of 2017 will be not only a colossal failure by Ethiopians in squandering away their 15 years handicap advantage at the cost of the Eritrean People.

            The choice of the new Acronym EASE, though I am reaching, is a hint to utilize the Afar Denkali Eritrean People, perhaps an egotistical machismo, an unfortunate bye product of indulging by the affluent few. Returning Asab with EASE by EASE as the hush hush sloagan is not lost on this Eritrean Ant. Even, if this Policy Change which could be as bargain chip of peace that exchanges Asab the Amhara and the rest of Southern Ethiopia while Massawa for Tigrai Tigrigni of the Agazians, effectively disregarding the Afar, and Beja Western Eritrean Low lands peoples. Very unethical that only buries dangerous dusts under the rug for near or future generations of the region. Wasn’t it Bevin Smotha or something sounding like it rejected by the Eritreans in unison?

            While wishing for success and God’s Speed to PM Hailermariam D’ Ethiopia and pray for wise policies and strategies of progress, I place the responsibility of implementing optimal policies and strategies on the Eritrean individual and any Political Groupings to be endowed with Strong Leaders that collaborates in uniting Eritrea as it was united and strong when the wisdom and brave stances of the Eritrean Leadership of its Founders. GEAN, EASE are the first two to be present of the Eritrean Opposition 3rd Congress, is it, to be held in Ethiopia’s Addis Abeba. Sure, Addiss Abeba is Dejen to the Eritrean and Asmara is to Ethiopians, but GEAN, GEAS and the rest must stand on strong Eritrean principles even if it rejects Ethiopian Centrist Policies, be it new or old.

            I will say more, with the help of Amde, my Polynesian blood ancestral Cuz, all the way from our roots of Easter Island. General Thucydides of Athernia and Paul Woodruff’s book titled On Justice, Power And Human Nature. It is hopeful the rest of Fab5: Saay7, MS”the Best”, Hippo Fanti Ghana and Abi as well as the Elite Nine acknowledge with their guidance and excellent triangle offense and D#### in these courts at the Cafe with the Coach TripleA. Hence, Triangle Offense.

            And a brief answer to your Amde’s question what I personally demand from the Ethiopian Government and Leadership: To first and foremost implement or at least announce Fanti Ghana’s lead proposal of honoring the return of Badime and the agreed upon 70:30 ratio. Should PMD consider this solution with all seriousness, openly as a good will offer….. the returns and every actor getting his and her want would be asymptotically and instantly explosive growth………..

            A single individual’s Olympian level competitive swimmer idea of Blue Island Oasis in Badiume ‘s worth unfortunately is realized after significant losses and destruction. Just imagine if Hitler after witnessing American Olympians record breaking success of Gold Medals, stood up from his Emperor’s Seat of Power, walked to the nearest microphone and with his charismatic and hypnotizing oratorical skills, delivered a speech that began with something like this: “Eehhhh My fellow German People, honored dignitaries of our world, and the best athletes assemble from all over the world to honor humanity, the German People honoring us with due respect the German People Deserve, which has provided the Germanic People ingenuity and innovation and their great leadership lead by I your Furrerrr and the SS party, our resilience to bounce back from the destruction and losses of the first Wrorld War to host the globe and showcase the Historical GERMAN STRENGTH in the brotherly, sisterly and other erly erlys I your Furrerer know diddly squat about. Any way any way I am interrupting an in progress athletic competition and get your attention, because I can first of al BUT BUT BUT i REALLY JUST WANT TO TELL YOU THE RE IS NO ONE MORE SUPERIOR THAN THE OTHER. The Greatest Olympian American, Jessie Owens has just CONVINCED ME OF THIS AND ALSO knocked a lethal blow to straighten my senses. I have had nightmarish visions of the evil mayhem I fully intended to unleash on the world, I was Jessie Owens lethal blow showed me the the nearly hundreds of millions of lives I would personally destroy,after which I would have cost you my strong German People further humiliation and destruction with the inevitable loss of yet another great war.

            I think I was very wrong with this Aryan Supremacy hollow and destructive ideology. We the German People the best at Engineering and innovations… And so, no no no building tanks or plains. We will build LOT AND LOTS OF CARS. i THINK IT WILL BE AN UBER IDEA over this World War thing that I will loose any way. Thanks Jess.”

            “WAR! What is it good for? Absolutely Nothing!”

            And “Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutly.” How stupid your I your Furrreer Hitler am? I am going to the bar and be marry. No to WAR.

            Hey PMD, EPMD is like ATCQ and it fits. And Captain Saay7, will explain what EMPD, other than Ethiopia’s PMD, stands for to Awatistas.

            Yeah! from the Shauling Temple The WuTangKlan…oopps

            tSAtSE

    • tes

      Selam,

      EASE is saying NO to PFDJ government and you are saying GoE should is bla bla…. You are talking on central government(current) to rule out what is best for the Afar people while they are saying ‘it doesn’t respresent us.”

      I don’t know to whom you wrote this to EASE? Or us usual you ignored the People’s suffering?

      Com’on live in the world of humans not in the era of robots.

      tes

  • Ismail AA

    Dear Awate Team,
    Thank you very much for reminding us of these mutually benefitial house rules. Personally, this is what I have been anticipating after seeing how things have beene moving in this forum the last two to three weeks. Some of us have even tried to post signals.
    If I, one way or another, have been involved in unbecoming engagements that violated the rules, which was never my intetion, I ask apologize to you, and the participants in general.
    Ismail

    • MS

      Ahlan Ustaz IsmailAA
      For today, I’m the self-appointed police (with the approval of gashe amde). I have checked your record and it looks as clear and soothing as MAAY zemzem.

      • Ismail AA

        Hayak Allah Ustaz Mahmoud,
        Thanks you as Always. I was just referring to my comment that was deleted yesterday. It was my attempt to end, with gratitude and respect, engaging with our brother “Gheteb. Actually, I accepted the action of the moderator for using his/her judgement in deleting both comments.
        Regards

      • tes

        Selam Marshal* Mahmud,

        I am also asking an apology if I am also involved in the unbecoming engagement that violated the rules, which was never my intention.

        I could have asked directly to AT but I respect hierarchy. Police comes first.

        tes

        *After such a long, long and bitter fight with you, I have seen the elements that has now convinced me to give you this title. At this time, I could say that you have become a transcended tegadaly, not 100% but quite good enough to be an emanicipated free of your former mindset. These days, I can read your lines smoothly without getting irritated. I welcome you to the house of oppressed youth. It is very hard for former tegadalay, specially an EPLF member to be welcomed in this house. On this occasison, I argue you to be the voice of the voiceless people including the youth. Before the youth element was forgotten by you and even you tried to reason out their oppression in the name of National responsibility. Now that you seem redefined your position, as I can see between your lines, I will be happy if you embrace fully youth suffering as part of your fight against the oppressive regime in Asmara and other Opportunists that are trying to vandalize the youth.

        Marshal Mahmud Saleh

  • Dear All,

    What should one do, stand against the tide with all its consequences, or move with it for the sake of peace and harmony? As we read in the post by the gentleman from ease, their demand is an afar ethnic state within eritrea, and most probably this is the demand of other minorities. One can postpone a dream, but it is not possible to kill it once forever. Look at the kurds, a small ethnic group in the region, and yet they remain the nightmare of the giant turkey.
    Is it possible to kill the generational belief of the afars that the the red sea belongs to afars? Can you take it out of their minds, by displacing them and settling highlanders in the afar region. I think that somebody said that nobody leaves the eritrean highlands on his/her own free will and settle in danakelia. It is a move no different from what the derg had done during the famine, taking the people from the barren highlands to the fertile south and west. It was a failure.
    What is there for the newcomers; a fishing industry that is not going to be more than a subsistence economy, for the red sea is a closed sea, salt is not exportable, because it is produced by all the countries of the region, port business is non-existent beyond what the eritrean regime does with the arab states, and export of potash is yet to be realized, and i do not know how much job it will create.
    Just 60 km away from the red sea, the same people live under self-rule, develop their language and economy, they are becoming self reliant, and equals among equals, at least theoretically. Can eritrean afars be blind to this?
    Big or small, ethnic groups with grievances will not settle for less than ethnic federalism, which they see as their safety valve, and it is better the regime and its supporters, or those who shun ethnic federalism, because they are afraid that it will cause a centrifugal phenomena, entertain it as a possible solution. Ethiopia survived because of ethnic federalism, and I believe that it is a painful and yet the only viable solution for most african countries, who are not yet free of ethnic and tribal sentiments, as there is no democracy and equality, and it is seen by minority ethnic groups as the only refuge for them. Remember, the majority also uses this sentiment to impose and sustain its hegemony.

    • Hayat Adem

      Horizon,
      The gvt has perfected some arts of working the people as opposed working with people. Two pieces of infos to add. It was Berhe who mentioned about the possibility of some coercive hands of the gvt in moving the highlanders to the harsh Denkel. His suspicion is right. Although some of the families are suspected to be supporters, the regime and some not, the highlanders are made to lose their lands and/or houses involuntarily first and put in a hopless limbo under develpment project other pretexts. Then the gvt comes back to them and tells them of options of replacement and relocation with some start up money, which i heard is 15000 Naqfa per head or per household. (I can verify per which)

    • tes

      Selam Horizon,

      I know, very well, that the port access is your main area of interest. I had an arguement with you that forced me react using my Newtonian Law. Now that I am trying to use my tool in other fields, I will not use for you. But know that I am reading your area of specialization.

      Area of Speciality of our Ethiopian Awatistas:

      Horizon – Port Access and Expansion
      Abi – History and Defense

      For the rest, I will keep it for myself until I say “it is time ”

      tes

      • Abi

        Hi Tes
        Abi is all about telling the TRUTH. I’m helping young Eritreans like yourself unlearn the many false history and propaganda you have been fed by ELF, EPLF, PFDJ…
        You welcome

        • tes

          Selam Abi,

          I think you have just confirmed how I see you. It is good to have a confirmation on your own take.

          let me brake what you said:

          1. “false” history and propaganda you have been fed by ELF, EPLF, PFDJ…

          Hence, you care about history, right?

          2. …all about telling the TRUTH

          Unless you know the truth, you can not defend, right?

          And this is what I exactly figured out – History and Defense. Thank you for confirming your are od speciality. You are very honest man. Lots of respect for this quality.

          I hope Horizon will also confirm his Area of Speciality.

          tes

      • Selam tes,

        So, you see a concerted plan by ethios to undermine eritrea by using this website. It is a known fact that afars lived in this area since time immemorial, and if there is anybody who is the master of the region and the owner of assab, it is afars. Remember, it was an adal sultan who sold it to the italians. If you believe that they will take it and give it to ethiopia, just like that, you will be making a mistake. For the time being djibouti serves ethiopia well, and ethiopia is satisfied. Afars are in djibouti, too.

        • tes

          Selam Horizon,

          First of all, I didn’t say, ethios – I just mentioned you as an individuals – you represent neither ethiopia nor ethiopians here just like me as I represent neither Eritrea nor Eritreans. You are excercising your rights of expression as a forum member – that is why I said, ‘Ethiopian awatistas”. Take seriously my words – don’t be mislead by Gheteb – I am very serious for what I say here.

          Second;

          I didn’t say ethios to undermine eritrea – and they can not no matter how you try even if they wanted. Before Ethiopia tried to undermine Eritrea and we fight back not to do that and we won.

          Saying the aforementioned strong statements, I believe everyone here in this forum has area of speciality, an area where he/she is interested most.

          If I was wrong in figuring out your speciality, just say NO. Abi has already confirmed his position.

          Therefore, it is one-to-one communication. And I believe everyone of us represents himself.

          tes

          PS: Remember that I have a strong difference with you on most of your take. Often, I just avoid it as they might produce unnecessary heated exchange. Otherwise, I am not hesitatant when I see our biggest differnce coming out to the surface as you did in this thread.

          • Selam tes,

            It is nice that we have difference of opinion, otherwise we will have nothing to say to each other. The problem is when you believe that your opinion is always right, equivalent to a natural law that always remains the same no matter what.
            I have a wide field of interest and formed opinion on many things, nevertheless, that does not mean that I have an area of speciality for one reason or another, for I do not come to awate.com on a mission, but to pass my time with the many educated people who frequent the site. Fortunately, discussions flow in all directions. We peak from the point somebody has left, and we travel as a ship in a tempest, not caring which direction we travel. That is the beauty of the site (sorry Amanuel H.).
            Although I have no reason whatsoever to be apologetic to anyone, nevertheless, I would like to tell you that you couldn’t be more wrong, for you have drawn the wrong conclusion about me.

          • tes

            Selam Horizon,

            You did no harm by your opinion. One opinion fights another opinion. I just expressed I how read in some part of your take. Otherwise, it is just what I read from your posts. You are saying I was wrong in reading you that way, that OK. May be I am misunderstandig your lines – not always – just some, here and there. And it is purely opinion and non-judgemental. If you consider it as judgemental, all I can say is, “I am sorry” – it was not my intention to judge but to express opinion and and when needed to build my argument when ever such topics arise. In that way, we could develop a good debate.

            For example, I hate to debate with Abi – because he is defending history. I believe history can not be defended. But I react when his defense is excessive.

            Gheteb – I see him as a propaganda machine of PFDJ. Though he is human, which I have utmost respect, I take the inhumane level of him -robot and I push back for his propaganda news.

            This helps me in my interaction with different awatistas. As human, we are equal, on our opinions, we are different and hence I interact differently.

            tes

          • Abi

            Hi Tes
            Let me clear my position about The Assab Port to you.
            Right now we are somehow satisfied with Djibouti ports. Soon, as the country grows, we will be looking for more ports. In the mean time Assab Port will be converted to a junkyard. Its value and marketability will be at junk status. ( you know how the markets work).
            The future government of Eritrea will come begging for us to use it free of charge.
            Of course, you have to renovate it first.
            It is the same principle that states and cities give tax breaks for big companies to come to that particular area. At the end of the day it comes down to BUSINESS.

          • tes

            Selam Abi,

            Let me clear this also.

            The time PFDJ is gone, I will be in the forefront to beg Ethiopia use Assab Port on Agreed Business agreement – that can benefit us all within respective national sovereignity. Afar people never closed the port from Ethiopians and so now they will not and as Eritreans we will not.

            Take this as my committed political and economic program. At a personal level, I will beg Ethiopia to use and I will reduce all regulation hickups that makes Port use smooth, easy and non-time consuming. Even I will convince Afar people and the the government of Eritrea to lend Ethiopia access port city that will is non-limited to any time and political changes but renewed its Monetary Regulation on a certain and definite period of time for economic adjustements of on-time economic values.

            I will encourage Ethiopia to invest on its own acces line to the port, and that line to be autonomous with the exception of security – that might damage Eritrea back. Otherwise, the treatement will allow Ethiopia full freedom of transporting any goods to and fro without checks.

            No matter how Ethiopia tries to refuse, even after 100 years, I will lead the business negotiation Ethiopia to accept our port access invitation economic agreement.

            And this will be done based on Eritrean Interest.

            tes

          • Abi

            Hi Tes
            This is a brilliant business proposal. I’m sure it will be implemented for the benefit of all.

          • KBT

            Selamat
            Absolutely you will do that
            Are you not xxxxx
            One of them

          • Nitricc

            Hi Abi, this Eritrean thing is killing you. Don’t worry, we have leased it to the most richest country in the world. if you need a port out late, go make a deal with UAE. And I can assure, the UAE will turn Assab to the best port in Africa. Money+location= success. So, go to talk to the Arabs. and Next we will lease Massawa in case the Tigryans want to use. so, they too can talk and make a deal with Arabs. Eritreans are washed their hands and there is nothing to talk about. GONE!

          • Abi

            Hi General Nitricc
            It think this Port business is a little bit complicated to you.
            It is just like any business that needs to compete for potential customers.
            UAE can rebuild the port with gold. Somebody should be willing to use it. There is ONLY one country that can use the port. And that country has many options to choose from. Some are busy building new ones to accommodate the future cargo ship flooding to and from Ethiopia.
            Assab can be the best port in Africa but remains vacant for lack of business.
            You should put it in the market for free and see if you attract somebody.

          • Dear Abi,

            In addition to what you have said, seaports like djibouti, berbera, mombassa are going to be gateways to central and west africa for chinese, indian and s. korean trade with africa. It should not be only ethiopia that one should take into consideration, but the big region of africa these future economic giants would like to access. Africa is going to get interconnected through roads, railways and fibreoptics with the help of the chinese. The future is about big business, and the above mentioned seaports will be big beneficiaries.

            Of course, if there is good will, djibouti and assab are at least in theory interchangeable. Nevertheless, as time passes this is becoming less of an option, because already ethiopia and djibouti are investing in each other’s economy and economic integration is not only the talk of the day, but it is happening, which make it difficult for ethiopia to withdraw from djibouti. That means, even if ethiopia starts to use assab, it will be subsidiary to djibouti. it looks like that the big chance has already been lost.

          • Abi

            Hi Horizon
            I think your comment prompted the boss to pull one article from his sleeves.
            Faster than a magician!

          • KBT

            Selamat
            You know issayas was so nice that he accepted with open heart to transit food aid emergency for the needy
            Their president (SHREIK )
            turn it down, this beggar he used again djibouti by paying,
            Bado ras

    • Nitricc

      Hi Horizon; why cry so much for Eritrean Afars? why do you care? Don’t you have so much tragedy going on your country to worry and cry so much about something doesn’t concern you? Not to worry about the Afars. The nation is being built where there is no one ethic as elite. For instance, in your country the elites are the Tigrayans, then you have the Amara, then you have the Oromo and of course you everybody else on the bottom eating garbage. So, Afar or not, every Eritrean ethnicity have an equal footing when it comes to the future of the country. When it comes to your country there is the viscous circle that is going no where; Yesterday the elites where Amara, today they Tigray and tomorrow is Oromo then after the elite will be who ever flexes it muscles. I hope you see the difference and the Afar Eritreans are alive and well.

      • Hayat Adem

        Hi Nitricc,
        Are you by chance one of the Eritrean Afars?:)
        You are not really paying attention. It is not Horizon, it is the Afars that are speaking of marginalization. A marginalization bad enough to put them on seeking their own state even in exile. Haven’t you read the above news story which was NOT authored by Horizon?
        Your exit point very funny: “the Afar Eritreans are alive and well.” Well? I don’t think so. Alive? Yes. That is why they are struggling for their dignity and freedom, be it from inside, from Ethiopia and from far away places.

        • KBT

          Selamat
          Stop shading crocodile tears Sister , there no marginalization against any minority in Eritrea
          It’s just a trick from the dying TPLF regime for hilmi Abay Tigray
          You should shade tears for the Oromo ,Amhara and all the debub that you tplf marginalize
          And massacre on day light
          How long you give for that cxxxxxxx to be eradicated from the Horn of Africa
          Soon

          • Hayat Adem

            KBT,
            It is EASE that is saying we are marginalized and being removed. If they say they are marginalized, you and I don’t matter really to that reality except to support them or not to support them. I ‘m supporting them and you are not.

          • iSem

            Hi Hayat:
            I do not understand why people think that if an Eritrean group says that they are marginalized, some automatically think that the Tigrinya are bad people, who are enslaving the rest. It is not! And there is something, a quote, an axiom, a theorem that I stipulated that General Nitricc of Gojjam does not get. Truth be told, he tried hard for two years, even after you and Papillion generously donated some cells and the axiom is this: The Minority is always right to feel threatened, even if the threat is imagined, especially when that minority is living under tyranny…” This is watered down version;-) Nitricc, this is light heart joke because you always make fun of me on that, it is a joke, take it is buddy.

            But, Seriously, though, there is sensitivity, lack of it in our society, Saleh Gadi rightly advised us to check our phone books, to see how diverse it is, to always be on the look out for diversity in friendship and in politics, because our destinies are irrevocably intertwined. Especially in the face of the assault from PFDJ to capitalize on the fissures in our society, we have to be mindful, deferential, sensitive and inward looking, we should park our innate, human judgments against other groups, be in their shoes and most importantly advocate for fairness, we must challenge our own ethnic and political blind spots. Thinking of Saleh’s Phone book advice, I decided to stress test my own phone book, and it gets narrower every half a decade. Even for your truly, self proclaimed, relatively multicultural Eritrean boy, Eritrean man now, as I get older, as life gets in the away, as I get more cynical about Eritrea, that proverbial phone book gets more homogenous, I have noticed. When I paid attention after our brother Saleh astutely alerted us. My moral outrage, my persistent criticism of others for their cloistered association, for their blurred perception of Eritrea, my confidence that bordered on arrogance regarding my far reaching ” multi-cultural” antenna”, has slowly withered away, because I have also, slowly, surely replacing the giant steps by the boy with the small steps of a man.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Dear Hayat & Sem

            If any social group complain of marginalization, how could you respond your are not marginalized, instead asking them how they are marginalized. If the reality of our Afar people does not explain what marginalization it is, there is nothing that makes them understand the evil of marginalization. Marginalization is the worst social evil in politics. Look how Mr. KBT is reacting.

            Regards

          • KBT

            Selamat
            Well if it’s truly they are margilized I would understand, but the government is doing what it to provide school, health care, irigation system, long-term credit for fisherman to buy a boat, all this under sanction and ethiopian treat, if about the kebessa people all have the right to go wherever they want their blood have been shade for the freedom of all eritrea.
            So you can support or enflam from the confort of your couch it won’t change nothing ,

          • tes

            Selam KBT,

            Even Italians, British and Ethiopians were building schools, expanding health services, working on soil and water conservation works and infrastructure. In case you forgot, a government is not evaluated on what it constructs but how justice is implemented and rule of law is respected. Without this, there is no government but a tyranny.

            tes

          • KBT

            Selamat
            Eh tes sorry to tell you that the British and the Ethiopian didn’t construct nothing
            And it’s that not justice when you provide all necessary need for all remote rural area ,
            Remember there was no even road before,to go to assab you to drive thought Ethiopia
            Let alone school and necessity.
            My friend you might be from the other side so your wish won’t succed

          • KBT

            The British looted eritrea and the ethiopian destroy whatever left you no nothing about eritrea, are you from the other side, just to know? ?

          • Selamat Hyatt Adam and iSEM,

            Though true, that the perception of Eritrea is blurred by every cloistered association, we must take this next stream of GEAS reportage with the following grain of salt.
            The Ethiopian Government is announcing, albeit piecemeal its policy change towards the State of Eritrea. And though, this policy is not spelled out, it isn’t difficult to extrapolate what this new policy, if in fact new, towards Eritrea.
            1. The 15-16 years policy of “no war no peace” has certainly and tremendously benefited Ethiopia. And it has significantly hurt Eritrea, though it did succeed in destroying or the GOSE submission to any of Ethiopia’s demands.
            2. True, the Ethiopian policy towards The Eritrean People did not remain the same as it’s “no war no peace” towards the GOSE through out the last fifteen years. Ethiopia did facilitate safe heavens and did serve as safe conduits for the Eritrean Exodus of Migrations to near and far lands away from their strangulated home nation Eritrea by an unjust and Ethiopia’s disregard and transgressions of international treatise and international law. Whereas, an arguably large or insignificant Eritrean people, for survival and quality of life for the individual and small family units sake, found themselves to disregard the main cause of their hardship as well as the implementer of such policy, in order to seek a solution for themselves. These Eritreans utilized Ethiopia as their shelter, limited educational and employment opportunities and transit bridge en rout towards farther, safer, and greener pastures such as Angola, Uganda, South Africa, Australia, the Arab Middle East, Israel, EU and DENMARK! (Awatistas should note Paul’s E9- Fukuyama; Road to Denmark— Nay, The historically innovative and entrepreneurial Eritreans have, throughout the duration of Ethiopia’s policy that has been constraining/strangulating of life in Eritrea, resourceful and successful in business, trade and more within the African continent and beyond. Though the Eritrean Peoples have suffered the brunt of Ethiopia’s transgressions and disregard in being denied peace, prosperity, positive progress which after 1991 they anticipated eagerly. The hopeful Eritreans and Eritrean lands from Mt. Adal Barka, Nakfa and the Sahel mountains, SenHit, Semhar, DENKEL who for over Three Decades were burned and obliterated more property, limb and precious lives than the rest of Ethiopia, at the hands of Emperor Haile Sellasie, and The Derg. And why not, the EPRDF follow the same disregard for the Eritrean People for the benefit, peace, progress and prosperity of the Ethiopian Peoples. What is another Fifteen years more suffering on top of over Thirty Years of suffering and heroic sacrifices that deserves FULL CREDIT for LIBERATING ETHIOPIA from Feudalism and Dictatorship oppression of the Ethiopian. …. ….but I digress from my point, but shall return to give light to Ethiopia’s due responsibility it deserves in shaping Eritreans to OVERCOME “Against All Odds” yet again from the metaphoric Dejen they have been cornered into in the past fifteen years. WHAT AN UNDESERVING AND HORRIBLE POLICY The Government of Ethiopia to have implemented.
            3. True, the Ethiopian Government with time did shift towards favorable that mitigated some of the horrible difficulties the Eritreans found themselves. Ethiopia’s Gov. made allowances that welcomed back the Eritreans it deported during the border war, as many if not all of these returning Eritreans were able to reclaim their significant portion of their wealth and property, if not all, they built in generations of lifetimes but were forced to leave behind. Ethiopia’s policies towards the Eritrean People, be they the Eritrean-Ethiopians, the young Eritreans who crossed the border in order to escape the unavoidable indefinite military service, genuine and principled Eritrean political and armed opposition as well as disingenuous Eritreans who, and within their right, chose to serve Ethiopia’s both politically and as Ethiopia’s Armed Forces–The Eritrean Battalion. So, Ethiopia may very well feel that it has alleviated The Eritrean Peoples hurdles in the past Fifteen Years and has gained significant grounds of acceptance more favorite thane their own GOSE. And The Ethiopian Government and its proponents may very well be justified in their confident feelings and claims. This however is not only disputable/arguable claim NOT for only for arguments’ sake, at this critical juncture for Ethiopia, Eritrea and the region, I am claiming a more in depth looking into WHAT THE TRUE REALITY IS. Perception and propaganda airwaves to paint rosy fields of existence to an otherwise explosive and warriors spirited peoples that are ALL THE ERITREAN AND ETHIOPIAN PEOPLE, may prove to be a significant failure of leadership and optimal government of Ethiopia.
            4. The Ethiopian Government’s “Change of Policy” towards The Eritrean State ([could be] read as GOSE/PFDJ/IA, that neglects to honesty analyze and admit its catastrophic failures through it’s neglect of its historic obligation/responsibilities as its very power and Ethiopia’s leaping to it’s current state is indebted to thEritrean People and their RESILIENT STANCE AND REVOLUTION AGAINST INJUSTICE AND by extension shortchanging significantly better returns and gains for the ALL the Ethiopian Peoples had IT OPTED A POLICY OF TOTAL PEACE THESE last Fifteen to Sixteen years. Yes, The Ethiopian government / The EPRDF can be proud of its significant improvement of life for the Ethiopian, economic growth, successes in the construction of monumental Ethiopian infrastructures, and in the continuing reign at the helm, it can be said it has outperformed the DERG certainly a thousand fold, and bettered Emperor Hailesellasie I perhaps tenfold. The Ethiopian Government may consider it’s policy of “no war no peace” in containing The Eritrean Regime of IA and the PFDJ as a MAJOR and correct policy that afforded it to produce the above few mentioned exhibits. AND HERE THE DELUSION OF KEEPING ALIVE PERPETUAL ENMITY AND WAS AMONGST THE ETHIOPIAN AND ERITREAN PEOPLES and beyond could prove to be THE EPRDF’S ultimate legacy.
            5. I regret to extrapolate and state that INFACT there is NO NEW POLICY towards the State of Eritrea by the Ethiopian Government. The following analogy I will close with for now, in order to serve as THE DEVILS ADVOCATE evidence in arguing against the lack of foresight this so called new policy is. My analogy is to point the awatistas to the similarities of the acronyms between Yesteryear’s revolutionary vanguards, The EPLF, TPLF, SPLF, OLF etc… and GEAN, GEAS as well as the subtle news item utilizing a not so subtle natural force of a VOLCANIC ERUPTION in introducing the hottest region of the entire globe the DENKALI DEPRESSION and, drum role please, contentious ASAB and PORT necessities of Ethiopia and inevitable growth in the entire region. BUT, as a mutually exclusive responsibly for the Ethiopia and the Ethiopian People first and foremost, it matters not what policy the Ethiopian Government maintains, changes, and revises towards the State of Eritrea. What matters most is, The Eritrean Peoples Political Leaders, that includes GEAS and GEAN, as well as the Political Leaders with in GOSE including IA and the EPLF, as well as post Armed Struggle Eritrean Leaders within GOSE or the Diaspora Opposition. It is safe to say, for now them, thus far, no new official statements or policies have been stated by GOSE EthGov, or the clandestine and dim visible Eritrean opposition political leaders, EXCEPT GEAN, and now GEASE.

            i will close by quoting a truth or at least a very good rational with regards to the Polynesian Wars:
            as food for thought and a basis of a worthy comparative discussion in the forum:

            “As long as Athens conceded the land to Sparta, and Sparta the sea to Athens, there was no hope of either side’s bringing the war to an end. And indeed, it was not until much later, in the second phase of the war, that Sparta built a navy with Persian gold and was able to threaten Athens with defeat at sea.”

            Well…I advise PM Desalenge and the new Ethiopian political and administrative government, that even should the Spartan triumph is succesfuly replicated in the environs of Bab al Mendeb, should this be the egotistical trend of the Old new policy, The Civilian PM Desalegn’s legacy would then be a copy cat of History in valueless hum drummin war and ushering further destruction and miseries for humanity, i.e. a loss for Ethiopians, Eritreans and the African Continent. I suggest GEAN lead the way in stearing GEAS to TAKE LEADERSHIP responsibility in BUILDING THE SPIRIT OF ERITREA AND ITS PROGRESSIVE REVOLUTIONARY WAR in RECOGNIZING: “Afriqawit Yemen (Denkel) Dejena, mebegesit iya nab kulu kuruuaAt hagerna.” And Of course, Nakfa’s “Strategicawit SaHil Dejena… nab… Hagerna.”

            And The Legacy of TPLF/EPRDFm PMZZ and Desalegn IS ROOTED in Nakfa!
            the illusions, of Agazians, Tigrai-Tigrigni, the smokes screens of cheating the poor Africans by greedy heads of state and or egotistical ambitious to double down and gamble away their significant attained and growing gains SHOULD BE FORETASTED AND CLEARLY DISCARDED BY TRUE AFRICAN LEADERS. PM Desalegn to be as iconic as Jah Haileselassie, Nelson Mandela, Al Malic Al Shebaz Malcolm X, Barack Obama, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. , PM Meles Zenawi and, Mumar Ghadafi, President Isayas Afeworki… amongst and perhaps above transcendental African Political Leaders, this CHANGE of POLICY you will espouse towards the Sovereign State of Eritrea will be pivotal. General Thucydides of antiquity was concerned most about democracy and just governance in Athens as well as Sparta…. PM Desaleng’s and his administration’s are advised to face with fortitude truer justice and democracy in Ethiopia in these modern and advanced times and avoid the fearing this challenge by running away from it with cowardice triabaliism, agazian-tigraitigrigni and ethinic federalism weaponize ing, and aspirations of valueless futile valor in commanding wars at sea, land and air.

            And my Dear friend Gheteb who is ” in the know” should write an advise to IA to not ignite egotistical or otherwise war and dive into the pits of fallen leaderships such as Sadam Husein of Iraq. IA should check his ego especially now for the sake of the Eritrean AND Ethiopian Peoples–His flesh and Blood!

            oh me oh my… hope fully spam will let my narcissistic essay through to see day light in Awate Forum.

            Awate! Awate! Awate! is ALSO ETHIOPIAN HISTORY.– My Polynesian brother Pillar X, as we both hail from Easter Island will agreaa. Weapon X Wolverines!

            AmEritrean GitSAtSE Agnieya Azilo40 Children Books Press

          • Amde

            Selam Selam ጻጸ,

            Glory be…. I will take your type of narcissism any day every day.

            Now my brother, the rumors of Ethio policy change wrt Eri have not made sense to me ever since I heard them. Granted I am not privy to the inside prognostications but there was nothing I could see for the Ethio side to gain. Ethiopia wants normalization then borders. Eritrea wants borders then normalization. In any case, the borders are just a proxy to the hegemonic competition between the two. If Ethiopia walked out today practically nothing will change except for giving his Asmara lordship another lease on life.

            To be honest with you, it is not clear from what you are saying what concrete steps you are asking from the Ethiopian side. Perhaps there is more that can be done help individual families and people. Maybe a dual citizenship kind of thing – which I can guarantee won’t happen without demand for reciprocity and a lot of bad feeling. I think the government is doing almost anything short of that within reason. But at the end of the day, there are two sovereign states that behave as states typically do – basically as magnifiers of the neuroses and prejudices of the people at the top. And the average people will have to bear the consequences of their elites playing with the rules of trans-boundary rules.

            What would you recommend the Ethiopian side to do?

            Amde

          • MerHaba and Selam Ato Amde,

            I have removed my long comment in order to edit it so that the important points wit regards to the socio economic, political and power maneuverings in accordance to the respective perceptions of mutually exclusive Eritrea’s, Ethiopia’s, governments and very diverse thoughts as shaped and continues to be shaped by everything under sun in the East Africa and beyond.

            I admit that my thoughts are too shaped by the Eritrean angles of sun rays I absorbed in my very brief stint of sunbathing very long time ago. It is sometimes held against me as lacking knowledge or honor in not knowing how to thread an AAkat from AArkobkobay with sturdy drive a headless after driving with a hamer–err with a Brick called TTub, a rusty and headless nail. on the tip that it naturally weathered to be shaped more pointier than the other protruding edges of elliptical almost round fruit that is tasty and tart treat that is called AAkaat. Gaba is its closet snack berry fruit you can bet the one is present in close proximity upon seen the other. i.e. where there is AKaat you can bet Gaba is in the same garden. Now, threading fetli with acquired skills of precision around nail, Akkaat and the thumb, pinkie fingers leaving free ample navigation space for the the middle and index fingers. All that is needed now is to test, design, and postulate laws of Aerodynamics with performances choreographed by the GERGURRR Sportsman. Naturally, the GERGURRR Pilots have experimented with every known and accessible surface as they gradually increase their horizons radius. The GERGURR, is an inseparable tool, constantly refined with either a fortuitous discovery of a more closer to near ideal aerodynamic shaped inner core of the hundreds AAkaat snack one consumes from Azilo40 elementary to Junior High and high schoo level,l that more often than not, located not only out of town but a days travel by Haragot or Haj Hassan Bus. But the AAkaat piloting skills honed since elementary’s Azilo40 level, and a refined GURGURR with numerous replacements of the AAKaat’s core that is, I think/believe, the seed of the AArkobkobay, and the diverse colors and patterns of the Fetli, the steady thread that adorns the entirety of the AAkaat GERGUUR’s surface that stores potential energy of the them magnificent dances, twirls, hops and skips as soon as the the GERGURR is kinetic in accordance with the charted paths, creative, full of raw innovative choreograph which the GERGURR pilot showcases a perfect pitch release, with very in depth and precise full understanding of the physics of numerous surfaces, aerodynamics, wind drag factors, as well as the arid barometric pressures at time of release. .. … … … By the time any child reaches school age and commences his or her studies starting at Azilo, the child would have snacked on at least five to ten AAkkatts, have chosen the AAkkaat Core for his or her GERGURR, and managed to aquire an old nail and the Fetli thread that will store the potential energies that will convert to kinetic energy for of Azilo40’s navigational manuvring of his or her Gergur.In the Eritrean Arkkobkobay Region States, mainly the lowlands States starting with Barka Abay, the Azilo40 requisite for approval by the pilots pears and older upper level students from Azilo to First, Second, Third… JHS, HS so on and so forth was more heavily based, if not solely, by the pupils GERGURR piloting skills and understanding intuitively, university level of physics which the western schools code with Greek, arabic and roman alpha numeric symbols and lots of squiggly lines. \\ well Ato Amde, I am not quite sure if you recall my telling the story of my Azilo40 classmate, whose given name I forget, but seem to have retained in my memory his notable and notable nickname which is Agnieya. My Azilo40 fellow student scholar, much the GERGURR pilots natural inquisitive and innovative natural scientists, etched into our memory not only a new and not so very foreign word from southern Eritrea and or Ethiopia’s Tigray’s tigrighna. Agnieya meaning found in the English language became his nick name and the only name sound he responded as time passed till this day possibly, much like tSAtSE was for me for a long time.

            You see Ato Amde, Agnieya was a transfer student who joined our Azilo40 classroom long after all the rest have gotten very well acquainted with one another. Agnieya moved from Humera, his parents I presume. He hails from the other side of the Tekeze River, where the legendary and fluid dynamics specializing expert, who defyied nature, though, aerodynamically ill shaped for speedy flight, run for float, WAS proclaimed THE FASTEST HIPPOPOTAMUS SWIMMER OF THE TEKEZE River and any body of water. The Tokhrir Erirtreans, Tokhrir Ethiopians and Tokhrir Sudanese who hail from other Delta joining three rivers of Nigeria, the lands of the Ibo, Hausa, Fulani and other African Peoples full of wisdom, strength, proud and rich from histories stories, These Tekeze River the Delta of East Africa that brings or aggregates Nile tributaries, with h Hippopotamus Fanti Ghana’s access to some of the greatest academics of fluid dynamics, physical as well as metaphysical scholar professors, our wise Hippo Fanti Ghana , to date , is the fastest Ethiopian swimmer. Olympian Ethiopian Swimmer Robel aka the “Whale” is a very carefully weaved and choreographed DESERVING HOMAGE TO THE SWIM LEGEND of Ethiopia– the Tekeze River Wise Hippopotamus Fanti Ghana. Who with his wisdom and efficient and quick long lasting benefits solution seeker that he is, have agreed in a publicly documented agreement the optimal Solution and advice for Prime Minister Desalegn’s Administration next phase policy towards the State of Eritea. Fanti Ghana’s people to people amicable and mutually respecting of both countries Dignity, the Blue Island Solution 70:30 (Huneish Kebir, Hunrish Sequir, as precedence basis for an agreeable peace) The 70% Fanti Ghana concedes to Eritrea, for farming of grazing lands and the 30% of Badume would be for the construction of Olymympic regulation size Swimming Pool that will have the following long name: The Brother Malic Al Haj Al Shabaz – Malcolm X Internation Swimming Pool… And Robel “The Whale” will be the name of the all the middle lanes, equally half the total. Olympian Robel “The Whale” of the Amazon needs all these lanes if not more. But the physicist GURGURRR pilots of Azilo40 and higher classes has indeed weaved and piloted a perfect wind turbine enery from the beautiful dances of the spinning, hopping and skipping GERGURR – The CORE of the AAkaat.

            Ato Amder, the issue of citizenship you mention, and dual citizenship … in my humble or not so humble opinion, for yours truly should be and will be mute as soon as PM Desalenge and his Administration officially announces and implements as a policy change of the the Ethiopian government towards the State of Eritrea.

            Sir, Ato Amde, the Pillar that you truly, a formidable and indestructible, The Wolverine that in a one day journey traverses 500 hundred miles of ground, treding with strengh and speed Ten feet snow friction with as much ease as Hippos treading the Tekeze.

            I have also mentioned to you once, “it is lost in translation” on Bill Murry’s ears your slight and seemingly insignificant differences with Saay7, my Captain the Frmajo,

            It is for this reason and more to be illuminated that I tell you these mystical real GURGURR flights the my Azilo40 and prior to me have launched in Eritrea’s AArkobkobay land by the Gurrgurr Pilots… …. …. It is an Eritrean Weapon X, the Wizards of Azilo40 including Agnieya from Tiraay Humera that can launch GERGURR as any Eritrean as AAekobkobay.

            I am no pendulum monotonous and boring, with very limited usefulness in contribution towards positive progressive motion that lacks malleability. The Ghetebs’s, Hyatt Adams and iSEMs who are forever on the leashes of their respective genuine loyalties or paying employers utilize the same recycled much like the Yo Yo toy, manacling with different colors to tow the in season colors of their line with out any originality.

            The Prime Minister’s and Ethiopia’s policy not only falls significantly short in solving The Eritrean Peoples existential life obstacles that it shares a very large credit in gifting it in the first place, but I suspect there could perhaps be an ill intended and ambitious ambitions of grandeur, perhaps to the the VERY GRAND GERD and other significant achievements. PMD’s ego rising to levels of IA and Mugabe perhaps???? I will post my Azilo40 GERGURR Arrkobkobay Piloting that illuminates the likely, positive progress, and free from any the strings that should only serve and distribute equitabley to the people the potential energy of the land with sound fiduciary responsibility.

            The yo yo like skillful dishonesty laced with silky subtleties of the iSEMs, Hayyats and Ghetebs engineered their willful collaboration with one another peddling and presenting their monotones that is the yo yo, which unfortunately has a negative effect in stagnating their personal academic integrity and positive forecasting CAUSED BY THAT VERY STRING THAT JERKS BACK THE YO YO’S MAIN CONSUL FROM UNHINDERED LIBERTY TO DANCE AND MOVE BEAUTIFUL.

            Unlike the Yo Yo peddlers short changed by the full conversion of from potential to kinetic energy that the Azilo40 Agnieya, base our, yes plural, narcissistic narrative, because quite frankly, I rather love my self and my contributions than idolize as gods or demonize as goats historic people of the past, which IS CIRCUMSTANTIALLY AND LOGICALLY for those actors of the past to posses more knowledge than those of us who shape present day and the future.

            I will return with the edited critique of the same Old new policy of Ethiopia,iSEM and HA.
            Where as Gerguur symbolizes Hamid Idriss Awate’s Revelution for Individual Liberty Over Ethnic or Group constraining strings of the YO YO, the Ethno Federalism proponents we shall discuss and disect soon.

            Yes Gerguur is as Eritrea as AArkobkobay’s CORE of THE AAkaat. And I am a Gurgurrer.
            Gheteb and or Mahmuday “The Best” SaleH will tell you the word GURGURRR itself means SEEK.

            And he who seeks finds, hence Agnieya. Hippopotamus Fanti Ghana, pay no mind to SJG’s “biEray ilu tSerifuka/ki”– it is a symptom of that darn string cheating the Yo Yos.
            Seek Blue Island 70-30 And you shall Find.
            Captain Saay7, huddle up my The FAB5. —- As I will be commencing my SPATIAL ANALYSIS, Of, New policies, GEAN, EASE etc…. Saay7 as Captain and in the know like Gheteb, you are guilty of neglecting the FRMAAAAJJJJO. Do smile Dude. Gheteb, myself and Frmajo lived on 35 Cent coffee.

            AmEritrean GitSAtSE Agnieya Azilo40
            Children Books Press

          • KBT

            Selamat
            Well good luck hayat I m sure both you need support each other at this moment sounkoul le sounkoul yihedal bedunkul

        • Selamat Hyatt Adam,

          Though your angle shines at truth with the obvious biased that nay Eritrean should take with a grain of salt, it is time to abandon the Ethnic Federalism that does has not and does not serve all of Ethiopians equally. No, I will not give a detailed account. PM Hailemariam Desalegn lead Egov should seriously consider discarding it. The justification was the repatriation payment that Tigray was owed by decades of neglect from the Emperor HaileSelassie and M. Hailemariam. While Tigray people starved en mass and became the poster models international of genocide that is economic neglect, the photos exactly the European Semetic Jews genocide in the Ghettos and concentration campd, minus the gas chambers and live human experimentation by the fascist scientists.

          My point, the past twenty five years of this policy has served to balance and then some, while allowing the corrupt elite with power to hoard wealth in billions for self which they wouldn’t know how to spend with joy. But there was a good and justice served to handicap the Weyane/TPLF controlled EPRDF. Now, THERE IS NO GOOD IT WILL SERVE Ethiopia, as the rest of Ethiopians ran out of patience and are demanding equitable united Ethiopia OR, WE WILL UTILIZE THE LAW YOU HAVE INKED TO EITHER BY SECEDING peacefully or DO EXACTLY WHAT TIGRAY and you TegenTayoch cousins and all of Eritrea has done. With Yemane Ghebremichael Barya’s :Teberihuna aykonen bret tesekimna…” and STAND UP TO FIGHT FOR OUR RIGHT, AS DID THE EXEMPLAR ERITREAN HAMID IDRIS AWATE.

          And now, with the Agazian megaphone of Tigray Royalty suppremacy and the Seven galoping, black/white, horses in Revelation, the top TPLF is exporting or mutating this Ethnic Federalism system by returning it’s debt of EPLF’s creating the TPLF in reverse. Eritreans of all nationalities and creed should reject this un ethical strategy that will repeat Eritean WugE Hidhid with the NEW OLD alliance of the very few Royal Ehnic Supremacist.

          Proof! Ample including “zemene may grimbiT tekal ewanu godena Addiss Abeba, Arat Kilo, Kazanchis ab Halewa koynu…” well let me stop.

          Bujt The Ethiopian People, under the leadership of EPMD should go back to the drawing boards without any regrets and work on the new infrastructure. And EMPD and the Ethiopian Parliamentarians should propose the law of full peace with the State of Eritrea and rather than make secret deals with the Power full elite of Eritrea. Ethnic Federalism is justified BUT IT HAS SERVED ITS JUST PURPOSE. I doubt there its a buyers market for the idea going forward. On either side of the Tekeze or Mereb WuHuj.

          Stoic Kindi ShiH Nitric is making a lot of strong arguments, but where I adamantly disagree and oppose some of his statements are issues and transgressions, we can sit in one meAdi and RECONCILE as Eritrean Brothers.

          I am afraid, Eritreans and Ethiopians are at yet another pivotal fork on the road. And in unison they should legally oppose and reject all the BLING BLING chicaneries. Yes, tSAtSE or Nitric may very well be as insignificant as ANTS, but all the justice loving Eritreans and Ethiopians collective lessons of the ups and downs in this KiTkaT BIT Coin Milestone marker are significant as GitSAtSE, Hippopotamus, Whales, Elephants and Giraffes! Time is up.

          which reminds me to ask Horizon: Is the Ethiopian State of Emergency lifted? I believe the for Six Month Period TIME IS UP. Honest response to an honest question is appreciated as a good will gesture to a fellow Veteran Awatista like yourself Horizon… funny you sound a lot like Kolel during the days of TripleA, Zaki, ShumBaHri etc…

          I am not sure if I need to apologize for writing more. I think we scarcity of memory for the purposes of archiving is solved with terabytes to the power of terabytes and cloud computing technologies. But I will go ahead and beg your pardon oh sacred awate forum if I have indeed truly offended.

          tSAtSE

      • Nitricc,
        It is a fact that there is tragedy like the last deaths at the garbage dumping ground in addis, but worse is when the pfdj turns a promising country into a big tragedy. You say that there is no one ethnic as elite, and you want us to believe this. Don’t you think that having rotating elites that rule the country may not be ideal, but it is better than having dia as a lifetime ruler, to be followed may be by his son (who knows). Do you expect a person from another ethnic group would ever rule eritrea? Minority ethnic groups could be on equal footing in paying the price, nevertheless, they will always be unequal in sharing the fruits.

        • Nitricc

          HI Horizon; That is why you are mistaken and failed to make the critical observation. for instance; why do you think Tigrigna speakers from Highlanders hate PIA, case in point the likes of Tes? because like tes, they thinks they are elites and wanted to control as such and treated differently. I see no specific elite in Eritrea that betters its self at the expense of the other. The point is set by PIA and we are going to follow the suit. No Eritrean ethnic will be marginalized in a future Eritrea. The Great man, PIA has set the way forward regarding the equality of ethnics and the harmony Nakfa has thought us. my friend, the path is cleared.

          • Thomas

            Hi Nitricc,

            Do you really know the Eritrean people? Do you really understand why the kebessa wanted to jump on your master’s throat? I am 100% Horizon is well informed about the Eritrean people than you for the fact he learns.

          • Nitricc

            Hi Thomas; i understand very well. The very reason you guys, Tigrigna speaking highlanders wanted the elite statutes at the expense of the rest of Eritreans. Why can we say the truth? The truth is you wanted to maintain the elite position in the country and the man of principal stood up to you and said, all Eritreans has paid the sacrifices i.e. Eritrea is for all. When you are treated on the same footing with other Eritreans the fact is you felt betryed and you can’t take it nor understand it. my question is what is wrong if every Eritrean is paid to be treated equally? I have news for you, Eritreans will be treated equally and fairly from a person in Karura to the person in Asmara. The great man you love to hate is teaching us the meaning of harmony and national unity. “No one is free when the others are oppressed.” I know you can’t understand this but for majority and the elite to live in peace, the so-called elite must understand and be sympathetic to the minority, if not, the elite will never live in peace and progress. what you understood and believe is the typical and corrupted the African way doing business in which top bottom insted of bottom up. Yes, the first and most the minority will be take care of despite the disappointment of the so-called elite like your self, that is the promise,deal with it.

  • Bayan Nagash

    Thank you AT for keeping this website from turning into a virtual gutter.

  • Kim Hanna

    Selam tes,
    .
    Sorry, I was trying to make a point to Gehteb using his methodology. You are acting as if you are losing a good teacher. He is trading in fantastic, convoluted non-existing and never existed nonsense. There are many other Eritreans you should pay attention to. Stay in the real world.
    .
    Mr. K.H

  • Brhan

    Hello Awate,
    The problem with many ethnic based Eritrean political parties or movements, like the Afar, Jeberti, Kunama and the Beja is that their outreach is vertical and not horizontal. They thrive to deliver their cause to non-Eritreans, specially to western countries’ officials, public opinion leaders and non-profit organizations’ representatives.
    They have to outreach their Eritrean counterparts and tell their grievances to win their solidarity. When the leaders of a certain group conducts an event or a meeting without inviting, at least, the representatives of the other groups, then this shows that these leaders are without a vision and their leadership is taking their group far from achieving their goal. At the end there is one Eritrea and if we do not start talking to each-other, new releases and inviting western countries political parties’ representatives to a meeting and event attended only by one ethnic group is not a good strategy.

    Selam

    • Amde

      Selam Brhan,

      Yes, but if the paramount driver of the grievance is being sidelined by a majority or plurality, the issue then becomes finding alternative political alliances and relationships that sideline the majority/plurality. I believe Amanuel Hidrat has been speaking about the feeling of being sidelined by ethnic minorities for a while now.

      Amde

      • Brhan

        Amde thanks to your feedback to my humble input where I asked for a practical experience, if there is any. Have you or someone you know witnessed an event conducted by one the ethnic group? Have you or someone you know heard a group/s tried to reach other group/s?

        • Amde

          Selam Brhan,

          No I have not. But I am an Ethiopian so my experiences here might be irrelevant. 🙂 I really think Amanuel H. may have a say in this.

          • Brhan

            Hello again Amde,
            I believe my question will also be relevant to Ethiopia. So Have you? At least we can learn from our neighboring country

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Dear Brhan,

          Since Amde asked me to volunteer to give you an answer, let me give you a brother a brief answer. In order minorities to outreach the majority group two things must be recognized by the majority groups (a) that minorities grievances are not ethnic politics (b) must recognize that there are minorities marginalization within the Eritrean social groups (c) the majority group (whether they support the regime in power or not) must understand the politics of equitable sharing to address the marginalization they are facing. But for sure they communicate with other Eritrean minorities who have similar grievances through their representatives. They collaborate in their struggle. I believe GEAN is structural relation in their collaborative struggle. I hope I addressed you question based on following them closely.

          Regards
          Amanuel Hidrat

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Salam Emma,

            Who is/are the majority or minorities you speak about always in your comments, please clarify by name? Do you mean by majority to the 300,000 mentioned by the Italian historian, whom most of them are Ras Alula militias?

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hameed,

            Let me reverse your question back to you. Is Eritrea a multi-ethnic society? If yes, it is precisely what I am talking about. Is Afar one of our social groups? Are you attempting to tell us that the tigrigna speaking social group are the militia of Ras Alula? Then I will see it whether it is worth to engage you or not. Keep in mind I am talking the unchangeable identity “ethnic” as oppose to changeable identity “religion” which runs in your mind so often.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Salam Emma,

            As far as we are 10 small ethnic groups, I think no need to divide them as minority and majority unless the Tigrinia ethnic group revolving in your mind

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hameed,

            So the size of population of Bilen, kunama, elit, saho, Afar…etc is the same as the tigrigna people or Tigre people. You see Hameed you want to frame the Eritrean politics by religion. The politics of religion will not work in Eritrea. The grievance of Afar or Kunama is not religion. Their struggle is for equitable political and economic sharing. I am from the tigrigna ethnic background. What is your ethnic background by the way?

            Regard

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Salam Emma,

            I am too laughing at your crooked way of thinking and knowledge. If you are a real democratic person as you claim you would have given majority and minority to political parties not to the big ethnic groups. You are ethnocentric person as you clearly stated in your comment. You always shove majority and minority to insinuate that your ethnic group should listen to grievances of the minorities you want them to distribute alms to equal citizens (ሳንቲምካ ኣብ ጁባኻ ኣክቦ ሓወይ). Isaias introduced ethnic groups in Eritrea to divide and rule and it became very convenient for you to use it in your comments.

            I wish majority and minority to be used for political parties after election under the parliament house which I think we are a way back to reach that stage. Primarily my brother we need a constitution as equal citizens.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            selam Hameed,

            First cool down. Don’t be aggressive. This is a debate and issues we are debating will not find a conclusion either by your idea or my idea. What you need is to only share your view with the forum. Even if this forum agree on any idea, it does not mean the Eritrean people will agree on it. So this forum is not for fighting, it is for learning each other.

            Leaving all the unnecessary words you throw at me, let me revert on the gedab news on the issue they brought about the Afar people. The Afar group as an ethnic group are telling us they are marginalized. Who is marginalizing them? They are organized as an ethnic group to fight for their rights. Do they have to organize the way they are organized? Lastly, pull your previous statement that the tigrigna people were not and is not the militia of Alula.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Salam Emma,

            When you will finish your learning, InshaAllah? Are you in a learning process? I suspect it, believe me you are not in a learning process you are just fighting to get chance to impose your majority on others. If our debate is with good intention we would have united a longtime ago. Our debate is void of good intention and as far it lacks good intention it becomes a fight. Your endeavor to make it a learning stage is a fake attempt. You are in a fight Mr. Emma.

            The first person who introduced ethnics in the Eritrean politics is Isaias. He introduced it intending to divide Eritrean Muslims and to tell us his ethnic group are the majority in Eritrea, therefore they have to rule the country and this is what is practically going on in Eritrea. You as an opposition should not try to give us an impression now and then by dividing us into majority and minority to make this notion take root among Eritreans. As I explained in my previous comment let majority and minority be given to political parties after election only. As far as you give majority and minority to an ethnic group you are at the heart of ethnics and religion. Depart this notion then I will consider you have moved one step forward.

            Al-Arabi

          • Saleh Johar

            Ahlan Hameed,

            Excuse me, but I just cannot watch silently when I think you are making a mistake–your characterization of Ammanuel, particularly on his position regarding diversity and rights, is wrong. Granted I have some differences of views with him, there is nothing that would make me say the awful things you are saying about him. I suggest you tone down and debate issues–but that requires calmness–you can’t always be aggressive and expect to convince people of whatever you are trying to convince them. I beg of you to be less combative and more a dedicated debater without turning debates into a duel (which is not the idea of this forum as you know).

            I hope you take my comment in the spirit it was written. Thank you

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Ahlan Johar,

            As you said Emma is a good person but he has some flaws which are very grave mistakes that knocks him out to be an accepted person among all. Frankly, I intend to assist him to be that person. I hope he accepts my good intention and revise his stands to be more liberal person from age old influences.
            Al-Arabi

          • iSem

            Hi Hammed

            Come on now, IA was not there to introduce ethnic politics in the Eritrean ghedli, he was not there, Ethnic politics was introduced long time before IA joined
            IA’s problem was he introduced ethnic politics after ELF became national front, after the ghedli gelled to a national cause just as Awate envisioned it1969, when young emancipated, educated, muslims and christian charted the future. What was the politics of ELF in 1965, why did Romadan separate from ELF, it was worse than ethnic politics, it was clan politics
            So, are you going to deny the numbers of groups,that is making them equal.
            I think you are not making sense. Eritreans, like all humans beings use numbers to count and that count assigns them quanifiable numbers about how many rivers are in Eri, how many prisons and how many children are born and how many ppl live in each region

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Salam iSem,

            Clans, tribes and ethnics were already there even before ELF, but for the first time utilized as an approved politics by Isaias. I think even those who split from ELF didn’t name themselves after their ethnic group, clans, tribes or they were 100% from one ethnic group, therefore, we can’t say they introduced it in the Eritrean politics arena.

            Al-Arabi

    • EASE

      Hi Brhan
      They say, the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step,
      Would you take that step , if I stretched my hand to work with you? Have a look at this video links when we invited our Eritrean brothers to forge a working relationship, [links deleted. videos are not allowed during weekdays]
      These videos show genuine efforts by the Afar and practical experience, Yes we also work with the Western friends and allies,
      Best
      EASE

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    • Nitricc

      9. Links are allowed only on the weekends, or else they will be deleted.
      10. In here today the Awate forum and the moderator declare never to delete Nitricc’s post.
      Here we go, now, it is ten.
      Amen!

    • KBT

      M selam awate
      M I did say something wrong? ?
      Why did you delete my comment? ?
      How did I offended? ?

  • EASE

    Since it’s Awate tradition, I thought to begin by saying to you all, Nagaalela, (meaning Greetings to all in Afar), those who believe in the equality of languages may use it freely,
    Firstly, let me thank the Awate team for doing such a great job on our press release.

    Secondly,
    This is a general response to many of you who may have asked a similar question in the past or stated your position on EASE’s press release (or the rights of self determination of Eritrean Afar). For those of you who have not seen the full press release you can find it on our website, Dankalia,org
    Having witnessed and survived the atrocities mentioned in our press release and the possibilities of existential threat looming over the head of our people in Eritrea, we hope for your serious attentions to the matter at hand, we ask for your goodwill and solidarity with the oppressed.
    Let me clarify few things for the sake of our discussion,

    1. Having being through what is said on the press release, it’s a miracle, to say the least that We(The Afar) are still calling ourselves Eritrean Afar, that should garner some applause,
    2. We are not going anywhere, NOT to Ethiopia, NOT to Djibouti,
    3. NO, we are not creating Greater Afar Nation
    4. Yes, we will have state of our own within Eritrea, based on Ethnic federal model, those who may not adhere to ethnic model can subscribe to regional model or as they wish..
    5. Under Afar State rule all of the rights of Eritrean brothers and sisters will be respected and guaranteed , to work, to own business, to have their rights to health care, and so on, Non Afar will not be elected or run Dankalia as it is now,
    6. The resources and strategic assets of Dankalia, will be of course used for benefit of the Afar people first, but it will also be used and shared equally under the law of the land for the benefit of the country, meaning it will not be exploited as it is under PFDJ,

    Things that needs to stop, and we hope to gain your support for

    1. Stop calling us the secessionist / Ethiopia’s puppets(if you must call us something, call us Djibouti’s puppets, they don’t need our ports ha.ha…), Per capita no one has shed more blood in Dankalia(Eritrea) more than the Afar people, I’m talking about from the time of Portuguese, the Egyptians, the Turks, Italians(all combined), I’m not exaggerating if I say there was not a single Highland Tigrigna blood was shed at that time,
    2. Fight against assimilation agenda of PFDJ
    3. Stop the fear mongering and use that FEAR, as policy to subjugate, oppress, marginalize ,exploit the resources, the strategic coasts, the potash, the natural gas, the seaways, the fisheries, the minerals and the marine life of Afar people and Dankalia. One anyone for that matter
    4. The opposition needs to work with the Afar, not against the Afar on the implementation of rule of law in Eritrea, especially constitutional reform,( No pushing down the 97 Constitution in our throats) Because we don’t wish to replace Afewerki with another Afewerki,
    5. Work towards building an multicultural, real multi-ethnic, multi religious Eritrea, give power to the people so they can self determine their aspirations and future

    I hope to point these few items in a simple manner so the sophisticated Awatesta forum can focus on more in-depth analysis of the situation at hand going for the sake of our union.
    Giclo Bisoh

    • iSem

      Hi Sir/Madam:
      Thanks for clarifying some points.
      Can you tell us what is the number of Afars who call themselves Eritreans
      Is there any other group that want to create greater Afar nation by gathering the Afars in Ethiopia and Djibouti or is yours the only group/movements

      Given the very small number of many ethnic groups like yours,how realistic is this,:.”Yes, we will have state of our own within Eritrea, based on Ethnic federal model, those who may not adhere to ethnic model can subscribe to regional model or as they wish..”

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Giclo Bisoh,

      First Nagaalela to you. Thank you for clarifying that the Afar are proud Eritrean people to the doubters who ask the same questions day in day out. The Afar people are the sole of Eritreanism. There is no Eritrea without the Afar people. The predicament of the Afar people is understood by those who understand what grievances mean and they are always on your side to resolve your grievances as you clearly put it. Keep up the fight,

      Regards
      Amanuel Hidrat

      • Abi

        Selam Ato Amanual
        Question
        Do you support Afar people’s rights for self determination just the way you supported Eritrean right for self determination.

      • EASE

        Dear Brother Amanuel,

        You are not stranger to the Afar people and the causes of ethnic rights in Eritrea. I really appreciate the way you sticking your neck out and defend the rights of the marginalized.

        You know not long ago we (the Afar) used to be the once people come running to for the safety from aggression in the region, countless Eritreans were fleeing the Dergue, risking their lives and leaving everything behind, Our people did not disappoint, they risked their own lives to smuggle our brothers from the highlands to Yemen and Djibouti out to safety, in some cases never even asking for money, unlike what we are hearing today in Sinai, Libya, Sudan, stories of horror visited upon Eritrea refugees. Today when our people are victimized in their own homes, there are few Eritreans like you who we can call a friend. Thank you my friend for standing up with the Afar, Kunama,Saho,Nara, Jeberti and others.

        Keep up the good fight Amanuel,
        EASE

        • KBT

          Selamat EASE
          How did the Eritrean government marginalized you ???
          Do you have any evidence than your statements??
          Didn’t the government helping by providing free school and healthcare ??
          Didn’t provide fishing boats for fisher ??
          Didn’t push them to learn agriculture so they can feed themselves?
          Or this is a game from woyane agenda to claim the afar must join their brother in Ethiopia by referendum so he can have access to sea ???
          Very sad any way ,shabia don’t kill people ,it just a propaganda for sure

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Salam KBT,

            Isn’t the waves of youth escaping the country an evidence for a sane person?
            Isn’t the UN authenticated certificate about crimes against humanity enough to influence you?
            Isn’t the country ruled without constitution enough to convince you?

            It can be swallowed to label some politicians as sell outs to CIA or Woyane, but to label with such claims hundreds of thousands of common people is stark lie

          • KBT

            Selamat
            Well those who run away are mostly from the kebessa who are seeking better life abroad
            And yet they come back home at the end
            But the afar are getting school ,clean whater ,boat for fishing something never happened before the government is doing his best with his faible economy
            Constitution is pretext ,somehow constitution is guaranty,we see all Africa are constitutional country and yet they all mess up.sooner or later we will have our constitution that will guarantee the unity of the country
            So keep your lie for yourself there is no marginalization in Eritrea it just TPLF trick

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Salam KBT,

            You have ruled the country for 26 years without plan and failed, reference your master discourse. You rule without law like a jungle beast in the 21st century among the most civilized world, you are stain of shame in the history of the proud people of Eritrea. You feign you have reached the tiptop point of no return back, but you are still at the bottom of all lists of the world. You accuse proud Eritreans as sell outs without any evidence at the time you sell Eritrea and your culture to Haile Sellase and replaced Tigrinia with Amharic. You have perpetrated all this with full pleasure singing, dancing and jumping. I think you have forgotten you have chosen slavery instead of independence. You are the last creature in Eritrea to speak about sellouts.

          • Thomas

            Hi Brother Hameed,

            I like your truth telling style. KBT will always be KBT. I am smiling as I type the KBT name. This guy has chosen a name that fits him:)

          • KBT

            I don’t know about the past but right know we all know who is selling eritrea
            And attacking Eritrea at time in need , the government could act as many African countries and be a puppet with fake democracy like TPLF and be good friends with west by guaranteeing their interests,so the so call fail opposition you wouldn’t exist.
            Any way keep barking that the only think you can do thoughtless

          • Abraham H.

            Hi KBT, who is selling Eritrea? I think you don’t need to look any further than right under your nose; none other than the dictator Isayas is selling Eritrea. Who decided the so called port-lease with UAE? Do we know the details of any agreement between our country Eritrea and the UAE regarding use of our land, sea, and air territory? Who is benefiting from these agreements? Do we have any independent audit as to where any revenues generated from these activities are ending up? This question also concerns the mining activities underway in Erittrea. The fact is we have one dictator who controls everything and the Eritrean people do not have any insight into his dealings. This is a man who feels he has the entitlement to consider the Eritrean nation as his personal enterprise. He is someone who believes he can destroy the nation just as “he has brought it”. And here you are telling us the poor opposition is selling Eritrea?

          • KBT

            Selam Abrahams
            There is no need for you to know about the agreement
            UAE is a friend country who is using our land against terrorist,

          • Abraham H.

            Hi KBT, who are you to tell the Eritrean people, no need to know about agreements? In normal societies power is vested on the people; no one is above the law and the people are the ones who should decide their affairs through their representatives. We can say the Eritrean people is among those peoples who have paid enormous price to realise their participation in their country’s affairs; and hence no one should be allowed to rule over the people.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Hameed,

            Who replaced Tigrinya with Amharic? Can you be more specific?

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Hameed,

            What do you think of Ethiopia refusing to abide by the EEBC decision on the border?

          • EASE

            Hi KBT

            By now you must have seen or heard the stories of Horror coming out of Eritrea, not only Afar stories,
            But for the Afar, the stories have extra layers. We are not simply talking about the all well too known crimes and violence such as murder, kidnapping,rape, incommunicado imprisonment, we are talking above and beyond that, we are talking and providing evidences of systematic polices not only to marginalize but, also to exterminate, mass displace, to assimilate, to wipe-out so the regime can resettle the Tigrigna on Afar properties and land (because the resources and land is scarce in the highlands, so regime devised policies to exploit Afar natural resources, strategic assets, the sea coasts, ports and seaways, various minerals below and above the sea. This is mentioned in the Eritrean Constitution 1997; the government wrote this and they now have implemented it, and now have” Carte-blanche” unrestricted power over Afar land and resources.
            So we’re not simply talking about marginalization, in fact this is Genocide, Cultural genocide,
            Evidences of displacement and other crimes against humanity are well documented, explained and proven by International bodies (by HRW, UNHCR, UN Special rapportuer, and others).

            You can find that in COI reports, or in our own report and recommendations; it’s called” Samad Baysa” meaning ethnic cleansing in Afar language, you can go to our website and read it there, This is why we are saying Eritrean government is posing existential threat to Afar people. Many of you may have the privilege to go back to your homes and business when the regime is destroyed, but the Afar and the Kunama will have nowhere to go to after their way of life, their resources, their cultural identity is replaced by the dominant Tigrigna culture, their Children lose the causticity to speak or practice their culture, the land and resources sold to foreign governments like UAE, Saudi, Australia, tell me what that looks like to you, do you want more evidence of that, just Google, Danakali Corporation(they even took Afar name renaming their Company), or Assab port, Nevsun Gold you will see the evidence to what we’re saying against Eritrea.
            Next time you mention Wayane or CIA I won’t be this nice,

            I hope this answers your question, Protecting Afar rights should also your responsibility since you’re enjoying the fruit of Democracy, rule of law, human right, diversity and all the goodies in the west.
            Best,
            EASE

          • KBT

            Selamat
            Don’t bring that failed and bias report written by the three corrupt individuals
            Who fail to bring any evidence for his claim that the UN terminated
            A genocide ??? Really.??
            Well good luck then my friend for you fantasie ,but let me assure you that Eritrea will not loose one single of its territory
            Yo can go live with your mentor TPLF

        • KBT

          Selamat
          Well brother let all the xxxxxxxx give you their support they have ,
          As you know they are useless
          But you what ever you smock to give you some ball At the end it won’t get you nowhere
          You maybe Ethiopian afar playing. Her as many from Tigray act like us
          Just free your own country assahaita and come later claim Eritrea
          And you know shabia reaction when it come on sovereignty and integrity

    • Saleh Johar

      Dear EASE,

      It’s commendable for you to come and engage your compatriots and neighbors. That is what is lacking in our general Eritrean discussions where others whimsically define you. So far, the interaction between those of you who have raised issues of ethnic and minority rights and others who think in majoritarian bases have been absent. Also, some individuals who took it upon themselves to explain their group’s issues, have exasperated the matter instead of ameliorating it. The reason is they know nothing more than the next person on how to communicate–angry, vengeful, and irresponsible. That is why I think only the composed and the sane need to engage in such discussions because the unsanctioned spokespersons proved to be empty bags.

      Thank you for joining and please do stay around–that is the way you can address the minds of people, in such a rumor infested, hate engulfed atmosphere, like ours that is contaminated by the PFDJ cruelty and ignorance.

      • EASE

        Indeed brother Saleh,
        Thanks for the encouraging words, coming from someone who has been around, a veteran of Eritrean politics, activist and a bridge builder; It means a lot. we need more people like you.
        Thanks for this great platform; we will continue to bring the afar plight to the mainstream,
        JAK
        EASE

        • tes

          Nagaalela EASE,

          I am proud for what you are doing and for what you are fighting for. In 2007, I had a chance to visit Assab two times that gave me a chance to explore Danakil area with in 14 days. It was an exceptional memory that has shaped my knowledge and determination on Eritrean beautiy. It was such a wonderful journey.

          But my journey was not for anything else but trying to buy goods and then sell them at a higher profit back Asmara. This was what all it exposed me to the suffering of Afar People.

          During my stay in Assab, and two nights in Tio and GelAlo, I could not what I saw.

          I was there because I was trying to make a living by buying and selling goods to cover my empty pocket resources. During these days, I was in the national service and teaching in Hamelmalo Agricultural College. I had no salary. Hence, I took about 8000 Nakfa and went there to buy goods which were scarce in Asmara and Keren.

          What happened then was a tragedy.

          When I took the decision, I heard that those goods were available as the Afar people were able to take fish, the only resource they have at their disposal and in abundance in their front doors, and ship them with those old unsafe traditional small boats.

          I decided to go as I was in school vacation – july

          It was a long journey with Sataye – two days of total 24 hours drive with a one night interval. The journey was good – Gel’alo – very beautiful area – I saw Ostrich galloping, birds flying and such a beautiful grassland area.

          Tio was beautiful – with beautiful small shops – full of perfumes and other cosmetic goods.

          All along, we had foour or five stops including Fero – where you can see Adulis.

          The buy are of Zula was so beautiful to discover, while traveling along the sea side.

          Assab – I did cry from my bottom of my heart.

          – I saw an abandoned city, full of Vultures
          – I saw empty houses which are beautiful villas – previous occupied by high skilled workers of the port, refinary and government officials
          – I stayed in a No-Guest hotel, almost I was the only guest in a hotel of 100 or more geust bedrooms
          – I visited to the port, old and ruined logistique houses, NO ship harbored except very few, not more than 10 small traditional boats, empty and no one around.
          – There was almost no one around to say, STOP and asks why you are wondering around.
          – I had good time in the beach that was previously reserved for government officials and were Haileselassie or Mengistu sought to stay and enoy during their visit. The beach resort was almost ruined, empty houses and most of the days, I was alone swimming there. In the late afternoon, national service (aka slavery) members were joining me after their forced labour work. I remember their were maintaining some houses at that time along the beach.

          – I witnessed NO or almost empty markets for vegetables and others except very few goods imported from Yemen – like onion, a couple of kuntals, Potatoes.

          – Tomato was very expensive and it was coming by bus, not more than 500 kg loaded in every bus arrival – per kilo it was 60 or 70 Nakfa – in Asmara it was 5 or 6 Nakfa, hence 10 times.

          – Flour was there in the market, imported from Yemen -and I heard that there was a limit to be imported every week. Relatively it was cheaper than Asmara but not enough for the residents fo Assab.

          – I saw soldiers along the beach, all along to the new hospital at high posts controlling any boat entering the sea. When I asked why, I was told that fishing is strictly prohibited in order to control smuggling.

          – It was hard to see people in bars, restaurants and on the streets except old people and few kids. And if you happen to meet some middle aged people, they are soldiers and non-Afar speajers.

          – I visted the refinery – it was ruined, very few military camps were around

          May I continue to list all what I saw – I think it is all a suffering.

          In Tio, GelAlo, Arefaile, and other small towns, I saw soldiers more than the local people. In restaurants, fish menu were very expensive, some expensive than you can getin Asmara. And when you ask why, it is not easy to get fish, gosh! And it is sad, most restaurants are owned by people who settled there from the highland – most former tegadelti -you hear more Tigrigna speakers sound and Tigrigna music than Afar language and Afar Music. It was a shock to me to see this much replacement of indegeneous culture and language by strange one.

          Don’t aski me what happened with my bsuness.

          I am saying this because the first time I went there there was goods that arrived. All boats were prohibited from fishing activity and crossing the Sea to Yemen and import goods. Even flour importation – which was limited quota – was blocked. Price was high rocketed. And any car which was found to carry and transport outside Assab was confiscated by Ministry of Finance. SEcurityand checks was also enforced by military staffs.

          Hence, I was broken – and seeing losing my money -already 1000 gone for my first trip of 7 days stay, I bought washing ingredients and perfumes. I had to use another car for transportating my goods as the bus was not enough to carry goods of every passenger.

          And when I visited Asmara and waited for the transporting vehicle to arrive, I was told, the car was forced to return back to Assab. And all these sensitive goods – by the standard of PFDJ Economic terms, like Cigarrette, white flour, and electronique goods were confiscicated. Mine was OK and a friend of mine whom I was acquinted with there helped me to retain it with him.

          Then again I was forced to go back and use another means or sell the goods I purchased at a loss. I did and I bought some from Tio – just to cover some expenses. At the end, I lost 50% of initial money and 14 days gone for nothing.

          However, it helped me to know Denkel and the great Afar people, it helped me to understand their suffering and deprivation of their rights to use the resources they owned for thousands of years.

          I saw their small towns occupied by new settlers and their cultural heritage and language facing serious challenge.

          Since then, the memory of Afar people and their suffering is resonating in my mind.

          And now, I stand with Afar people, I support their legitimate struggle. No other is more prouder than Afar for their Eritreanness yet no one can take their freedom away and live in miser.

          Fight for your rights, fight for your dignity

          PFDJ is a a colonizer.

          Get your freedom from occupation and suffering.

          I am in solidarity with you. I am with you. I fight with you.

          FREEDOM to Afar People

          A contemplation of a freedom fighter

          tes

          *I think I could have written it better. But this is just a smooth flow of what it was coming in my head. I didn’t plan to go that far but my heart just said what it has to say. I hope I will improve it to make it a good speech or message of solidarity to EASE. For now, this is my hashing out my feelings and my stand of the Afar issue.

          • Ismail AA

            Dear tes,
            You have written a masterpiece; the best I have read this far in this threat. The more I read your contribution, the more I become convinced that what you write and debate are rooted in solid conviction. I think united Eritrea and its future will be guaranteed when the youth like you shall join hands with your peers from the rest of communities that make up the greater Eritrean family.
            Keep the good job, son.

          • tes

            Dear Ismail AA,

            Thank you. Let me say this:

            I grew up in a n area where I didn’t sea differences on religion, language or color. I have blood line from all. I was astonished to see a Saho elder man who is now living in Hamelmalo, fully Tigrait speaker and assimilated with the local language talking for hours about my family – he knows more than I know about my family.

            – I grew up near a mosque – very close – where I used to utter after every call the word – Allah Wo-Akbar
            – My families best friends, better to say, families -as my parents used to call them – are Muslims Jeberti from Anseba, now living close to my family home.

            – My mother’s best friend, whom she got to acquinted with is a Bet-Shihake – Mensae Adi-Ibrim descendants -whom he came to my home town during Mensae War for liberation and in search of shelter -For 20 years -till now -he is her best friend. At least in a year, he has to visit home, stay at home, pray in our home, even early morning salat period – even during Ramadan – my mother has to provide him food at night. I was his best loved son, as he used to call me “Weje’ – His name is Omer, a very wise man, whom he repeats a hymn all the night -sometimes I get angry because he wakes me up at night and my mother makes me to shut up -because I was disturbing his meditiation. And you can not imagine – we are 10 in the small traditional hut, most of us on the bare floor, except my those young, very young, some with my mother and others with my father till enough space is there. Omer used to sleep with us, among us.

            I grew – up hearing and speaking three languages – unable to differentiate, except when we mix -I speak tigrigna, the other speaks Bilen, the other one speaks Tigre, yet our we communicate, exchange -as they are one language -no one is forced to speak the other language and we don’t known when we speak the other.

            – I have family from all religions, including my own family – which we have freedom of chosing any religion – my parents Orthodox, me Catholic, my brothers and sisters in different religion. and I have families – to my surprise I found one in Nakfa – who converted to Islam -living in Rora,

            – I have very close families who do not speak Tigrigna at all, pure Bilen, and then pure Tigrigna

            – My family extends to the Highlands of Eritrea – Seraye plateau and Akeleguzay (I have a fully documented family tree and history that is compiled in 1954).

            – I studied in a Catholic school, were all religions were attending – we all pray together as part of the rule of the school, same praying, praying of thanking God

            – I went to Nakfa – for my technical studies and stayed there for one year – I used to study in one of the thousand underground houses built during the armed struggle -beautiful, calm and a reminder of everything.

            – I visited most historical Trenches around Nakfa, including Mount Denden, Fidel Pe, Taba Dubale, Farnelo, (Mahmud don’t think I didn’t visit those places), and visited Revolutionary School in Tsabra and Winna – former technical school(1985). I visited and entered the Mosque which was left standing alone in Nakfa after all those heavy bombardements.

            – I was in Asmara – for 7 yrs of my study years – but don’t ask me about Gidenatat – Saleh Younis will laugh at me – I spent most of time in my studies and competing -had little opportunity to enjoy life of Asmara – and No resource at all, empty pocketed, rarely to have more than 100 nakfa in my pocket, but then started to change thanks to my profession that helped me to get part job.

            – I was in Halhal, Sawa, Haikota, Mogoraib(where I met the Beja/Hidareb people during my summer campaign program – aka forced labour),

            – I was in Goluj, Sabunait, Gerset, Fanko, Tessenai, Alebu, which I worked as a site project engineer(Gherset Dam, Fanko Dam, PFDJ knowns who was there – they can not deny I was there and my footprints are there,just check the Irrigation area – I had my input)

            – I was in Adi-keih – constructing dams – which helped me know the wisdom and great culture of these great people, Berhinet, Hawatsu, Mendefera)

            – I was in Ghahtelay – for a military training
            – I was in Filfil Selemuna – as a Land Surveyor – during the Road Construction that runs all along the Green belt to Metkel-Abet. I am sorry but I was part of the team that surveyed the road that lead to Era-Ero – I had no idea why they were constructing that road – 2001)

            – I was in Shieb -Gedged, as a project engineer for road that was joining Sheib to Afabet- Seasonal Road)

            – I was in Areza, Seraye- hence Guda Areza, and enjoying the best Suwa, in 1996, during my summer works. I visited Mai-Dima, all the Dembelas and Kohayin Plateau – my gosh – such a wonderful grazing land

            – I was in Mendefera – very often – because my brother was in prison, as he was not staying in his units for a year and imprinosed for a year

            – I was in Barentu – I have seen the Kunama people – cornered from the down center and all new buildings occupied by highlanders – I saw Kunamas living in small houses – just as they were centuries before. And those highlanders, rich and owners of all businesses. I saw their beauty and their honest.

            – I was in Kae-lay, a midway between Akordat- Barentu – mostly inhabited by Nara – rich vast pastoral land

            – I was in Akordat – with its beautiful Mosque, Hospital, ancient market area and the river barka.

            – I was in Engerne – witnessed the destroyed agricultural area of Banana plantation

            – And yes I was in Massawa – wondering with my wife for our honeymoon – only Tigrigna speakers, empty streets – closed port and no ship docked.

            – Yes I was in Gindae – enjoying its beautiful climate and taste tea.

            And indeed, I passed through military training

            – Yes I was in Nakfa to be trained for a Cadre of PFDJ

            – Yes I was in Hamelmalo College teaching engineers for six years.

            Not forgetting my experinece in Assab.

            And knowledge added from what I read,

            Not forgetting my experiences for the last 4 years(China, France, Italy, Romania, Spain) and my academic field,

            And now, thanks to Awate University, which has extended its hand without any precondition to welcome and exchange with great and noble people like you,

            All these life experiences have evolved into a strong conviction of fighting for justice at a conscious level of whom I am able to be fully aware of.

            Why I am all into this – just I love PEACE, FREEDOM and JUSTICE.

            My base is history build on collective identity. And my reach is absolute JUSTICE. Within this, two, I write, debate, argue, discuss, express my feelings and emotions, fight and enjoy life as a human being.

            And always, my reference is LOVE of HUMAN BEAUTY. and I remember God, the Creator of all to help me build WISDOM.

            I believe Wisdom is the a light that does not let you fall in darkness and differentiate the good and bad yet it helps you follow the good.

            Just a contemplation.

            tes

          • Ismail AA

            Selam tes,

            Thank you for such very wonderful information that reminded me of many places in Eritrea I was not able to re-visit since over four decades when I was young dreamer about free Eritrea. Some of those places were Hawatzu and Berhinet.
            For one who knows what you have done and seen would not wonder why you project such powerful energy and passion to express your solid position about the sad situation in our country. Elders like me are perfectly justified to wish to stay alive and see the affairs of our country in the hands of all-round Eritreans free from any residues of bigotry and blind affiliation-driven chauvinism.
            Regards

          • Amde

            Selam Tes,

            Wow, that is a wonderful and powerful personal manifesto. It reads like poetry to me.

            I am with iSem on your Assab trip – please write it up as a standalone piece.

            I also suggest you write this comment as another piece on the new post independence generation. If you dont have a collection of your writings, this piece would be great start. I would like to think that 20 years from now, you can read it and fondly remember the joy you got from crafting it, and the pleasure you gave the many Awatistas reading it. Or, just craft it and keep to yourself and enjoy it. I can imagine you can translate it into Bilen, Tigrinya and French, and they would all sound as beautiful.

            Amde

          • tes

            On the politic side, I will come on o to debate on certain issue. I have reservation on Ethnic Federal System. I will develop my arguments later. For now, Just I wanted to say I fully an Afar when it comes on your suffering. I wanted to end this suffering as soon as possible by all means possible –

          • Abi

            Hi Tes
            You should have taken loads of Tomatoes from Asmara to Assab for a higher profit margin.
            In the derg times l had a close relative who was a driver for World Vision. He made thousands by selling merchandise that he bought from Assab.

          • tes

            Selam Abi,

            It was a monopolized area as it was as such for years. Hard to take that business area. And had no prior information. Assab for me before was a different city, prosperious and everything available – as a big and known city. In addition, I had no car and the bus I had to travel with is already occupied. No space.

            And think of the high temperature – within the 24 hours travel, 50% of tomatoes are gone -the rest are just what you find in the market.

            If you come on Logistique Transportation of Fresh Vegetables and Fruits, it is illegal – now I know this. This means, those tomatoes that reach Assab are not good for health.

            If I was involved in the Tomatoe business, I could have added the health problem of many innocent Afar people whom they were forced to buy whatever is in the market – hmm, they are too far from considering their health issue. Above all, they are left to suffer till death.

            tes

          • Abi

            Hi Tes
            Assab was a vibrant port city under the former leaders. It is heartbreaking to read your story. What happened? It is unbelievably sad story.

          • EASE

            Nagaale Tes,

            Thanks for those heartfelt stories and your recounting experience visiting Dankalia, you had me buildup few tears as well,

            Looking at reactions from Awate forum participants and their support, we have confidence in Eritreans to stand with the Afar and other marginalized communities facing injustice all over the country. I sincerely believe the resistance coming from particular segment of Eritreans (mainly Tigrigna Highlands, but not limited to) regarding the Afar and other ethnic rights, is in fact insecurity more than anything else, This is not to wash the blood socked hands of a Tyrant and his mouthpiece Diasporas, but genuine concerns of Highland Eritreans, is that, they too are worried for their children’s future, from economic point of views more or less, They are not worried as we are for example, for our identity’s survival, long establish socioeconomic, way of life, customary laws and traditional laws or language, culture , the ingredients that make us who we are from being cleansed or assimilated. We need to explain these differences to Eritreans.

            Our message to the concerns of our brothers in the highlands, we are more than happy to discuss their concerns in mutually respectful manners and heart to heart bases, with legal expertise, using means available for us, experiences we have learned from countries in the world, South Africa for example, Truth and reconciliation for example. So I’m glad to see young Eritreans for your persuasion standing up for what its right, rather than personal interests of their own group.

            I have confidence the cool heads will prevail at the end. We can then establish an Eritrea we can all be proud of.

            Thanks for the solidarity Tes,
            EASE

          • tes

            Selam EASE,

            Thank you.

            This is what I could say in regarding the advancement of Afar cause. Don’t fear reactions. Deal , speak, speak, speak. Push, push, push. Invite all Eritreans in your meetings with pre-defined conditions. Let you teach us to hear your words, your suffering. Don’t let us speak on your bealf. Invite us on your conferences and give us on the VIP section, then just continue on your agenda. Let us hear while you discuss on your cause and how what your mission is.

            We enjoy dancing – hence invite us on your cultural festivals. We love your culture.

            But we do not your suffering, your politics, your way of discussing issues.

            I confess, we are loaded with nationalist sentiments – mixing national identiy with nationalism. Our nationalism is getting into Ultra-Nationalism perspective, and recently fascism tendency. Fight these mindset by opening up yourself, by speaking up yourself.

            Read what Gheteb wrote below. GoE bla bla… That is the mindset of many in the opposition camp.

            We have reached into a stage where we are unable to differentiate Nationalism -as a political philosophy – and National Identity – which is nothing but our social make up.

            We have morphed Nationalism and ethnicism – as Gheteb is trying to put it INTEGRATION – this is the mindset of PFDJ.

            Push the rest of Eritreans into liberal thinking – and break the nationalism mindset.

            There is no fear from highland on the Afar people – it is unconscious resistance on the name of National Unity as preached by PFDJ and all along the revolution era.

            We are living in a time where Civic Societies are much stronger and louder than Political Organizations.

            Work on creating strong Civic Societies that Defend Afar interest. Work on strengthening Political Organization – possibly by allying with others.

            But I would like to say this – build strong Civic societies and make them diverse to tackle Afar’s challenge to be tackled from different angles.

            On the Political Organization – either have your own party or ally with other party that can fullfil your vision.

            The Armed front you have, strengthen it – take serious measures on the ground.

            Then – you will have three fronts – Civic Organizations that fight at international level, Political Organization that advances Afar’s vision and An armed Front that can push back PFDJ colonizer.

            The highlanders – are still occupied by the rule of the jungle – show them Afar People have a Sultanate – that follows rule of law.

            Work to free your sultanate from PFDJ hostage. Let your kingdom floursih again in Danakil.

            Build your relationship with Ethiopian Afars – work with them and as centuries – establish your unbroken relationship.

            Talk with other social groups of Eritrea. they are in a better position to understand your culture, your identity, your desire and your integrity. Highlanders are now fully loaded with Ultra-Nationalism sentiments. This will be broken when they see other social groups are uniting.

            Already this identity questioning is developing among the highlanders – they are coming to call themselves Aga’azians – this will help them to liberate themselves from identifying themselves as Eritreans.

            I see some hope in the Highlanders trying to figure out their identity – and hope they will liberate themselves from Colonial mindset and then Revolutionary mindset and now PFDJ mindset.

            I believe at this moment Afar grievances will have more ears to hear than 3 or 4 years ago.

            Just reach out – speak with the other Eritreans.

            tes

          • EASE

            Thank You Tes,
            Appreciate the advice!, The VIP invitation is on the way,

          • Haile S.

            Selam Tes,
            What a wonderful (sad in reality) life based testimony! I would have liked it to be an excption, from, sincerly, an exceptional person. Unfortunately that is what all our young including the educated future leaders are experiencing. A lecturer in food science fending to survive in a desolate place full of raw sea food! Some months ago, I saw the youtube video of Pr Tadesse’s calling Eritrean proffessional to contribute to higher education during summer or other leaves. I was struck in many aspects he did not say and address, but one thing he mentioned stayed stuck in my memmory. It was about the example of chinese ambassador who told a collection of Eritrean officials qouting his comrade Mao asking his fearfull ministers to not hesitate sending thousands of chinese students abroad saying even if they don’t come back right away they will one day (the story is more salty in the video). The audience applauded the Pr when he said that; the only applaude in that session. For me it was a self absolving applaude, and Eritrea does not have the luxury, the tolerance or the resilience of loosing its youth even in such a way. Nevertheless it is happening every day, we are loosing our young every day for the obvious reasons we know. Tes I see in you the future Eritrean Paul Bocuse rooming around, again, in the Danakil shores looking for the best clams, oysters, squid, octopus, shrimps and fish.

          • tes

            Selam Haile S.

            Thank you sir. It is what every youth has inside and going through.

            On Professor Tadesse, yah, he is repeating this since 2008 when he saw University/college instructors extnicting. He had no choice but to convince DIA using Mao words. DIA as we know is the only passionate current head of a country who is openly admiring Mao. And bringing the name DIA adores can open everything. And indeed it opened to a limited extent and since then The Higher Board of Education sends majority to China for higher studies. I am one who got this chance.

            So far, more than 300 or more are out from the country legally for higher studies. I doubt if 40 returned back. In 2012, we were 16 who went to China. I think 2 returned back. Others are wondering around the world like me.

            I do not know if these well educated people will return back sooner but for sure many still consider home is home. I do have contacts with many and our feellings of going back when time is good is almost the same.

            As for my study, it is about Local and Traditional food. And it could serve well for developing Afar Traditional Food and make them open to the market.

            tes

          • Haile S.

            Hi Tes,
            That is a great specialty you have. I am in the greater are of health sciences and I regularly, but summarily check PubMed for any novelty and interesting publications in Eritrea and Ethiopia. I was pleasantly surprised to find there a publication on Injera from South Africa*. Please continue to enjoy it. I guess you are in France and you know very well how ‘cuisine’ is important there. That is the reason I mentioned Paul Bocuse the top Condon Blue of that country.
            *Ghebrehiwet HM et al, Nutritional and Sensory Evaluation of Injera Prepared from tef and Flours with Sorghum Blends, Front. Plant Sci. 2016; 7: 1059.

          • Abi

            Hi Gashe Haile
            Do you know Ras Abi is anti teff and pro 🌽 🌽 🌽 🌽
            We can produce 120 quintals per hectare!!! Try that with teff. You can make different food products out of corn 🌽. ( Amde, I’m not talking to you. Stay out )
            Plenty of bread, bani, ambasha,
            Endless possibilities!

          • Haile S.

            Hi Abi,
            I agree with you. ኤርትራዊት የሰራችው አንጀራና ኣነባብሮ የቀመሰ መች ወደ ጤፍ ይመለሳል. Tigrigna translation as per Gheteb’s request አንጀራን ሃንዛን ኤርትራዊት ዝጠዓመ ናብ ጣፍ ኣይምለስን።

          • Abi

            Hi Gashe Haile
            እውነት ነው:: ቁም ነገሩ ከበቆሎው ነው:: የናንተ ማሽላ መች ከአንጀት ጠብ ይላል::
            አነባበሮ ጥራይልካ አያይ

          • tes

            Selam Haile S.

            Thank you for the paper. I did refer Paul Bocuse after I read your comment. It is a great reference. I will read about him. And now this article, oh, it is great. I studied sensory Analysis of Wine and Cheese while I was in Italy. This article will be a great read. Thank you again.

            I think we have some common areas to talk about. Sometimes we can exchange ideas. I think you are also a Franco-Erythréenne, je pense.

            tes

          • Abi

            🍷?

          • Haile S.

            Hi Tes,
            Yes I am francophile et francophone as the saying goes in France and lived there for long time. We will exchange ideas. Amicalement.

          • iSem

            hi Tes:
            Clean this and make it an article. This a supplent, a sequel to your own family testimony
            Thanks

          • tes

            Selam iSem,

            I don’t know if it can fit for an article. It is a spontaneous flow acoming from what is inside. Once it is provoked it flows and I can not control, just I write.

            tes

          • Abi

            Hi Tes
            What makes your stories (this and the story you told us about your childhood and family) is it is pure, unrehearsed and show only the truth.
            Thank you for sharing with us. Not many people continue fighting and stay on top.
            Your story is my father’s story at least until he finished college. ( Did I tell you he never had a decent meal and bed before college?) Your struggle seems to be longer for reasons beyond your control.
            Keep fighting. I make sure to tell your story to my boys.

          • tes

            Selam Abi,

            Thank you. Indeed my life journey is much harder than you can imagine but always cool, peaceful and full of integrity. I see problems in my hand not in my heart. My heart has always stayed pure, rich and peaceful. And the problems at hand, I always have a solution no matter how difficult they are. Above all I studied engineering to solve problems. And on daily basis I apply my profession to tackle challenges.

            Yah, your kids need to be told the good stories, that has truimphed not like that of horour stories of Mengistu and DIA, Derg or PFDJ.

            Mine has to go years, as you put it, “…longer for reasons beyond your control”. Indeed they are beyond my control. The good thing is – I didn’t control them and they didn’t control me. I am free and the problem is free. In this way, we live in full freedom and when they reach to my atmosphere we get a common solution.

            In short:

            Loigc of the day:

            Tes is free of the problems.
            Problems are free of Tes.

            Tes and Problems live in full freedom without being controlled by each other.

            And when they get common ground – there they go on solving them together -hence SOLUTION.

            I think this can be told to your boys. Not else otherwise.

            And tell them they are my cousins – as their mother is from the great land of Erutreans.

            tes

          • Fanti Ghana

            Hello Prof. tes,
            This is one good example of “best things come from the heart.” I concur with iSem.

          • Nitricc

            Your Fitness, hold on! Tes, told this forum that he is the elite , the privilege and the chosen one. the only reason he opposed the government of Eritrea is because the disadvantage Eritrean were mistreated. Now, he is Turning around and he is telling us how he was treated miserably and telling us story. how do you reconcile the two far apart stories? I present this question to you because I have a strong believe that Fanti is the most fair and honest person i have ever came to encounter. so, sir, i wait for response respectfully. How, which one is the truth?

          • tes

            Selam Nitricc,

            How are you? Long time. These days you are not making any noise. Though I didn’t say what you are saying I can see that you are in the mode of confusion on “elites” and “borgeous” – here is some definitions that can help you broaden your tiny head with high IQ but dump mind:

            Elite – a group of persons who by virtue of position or education exercise much power or influence

            Bourgeois – marked by a concern for material interests and respectability and a tendency toward mediocrity

            tes

          • Fanti Ghana

            Hello Nitriccay,
            In case #1 he must have used his mind, but in case #2 he is definitely using his heart. That maybe the difference.

          • Abi

            Fantastic
            Please don’t bring back the heart/ head debate again. We have had enough of it between Saay and Haile TG.

          • tes

            Selam Saint Fanti Ghana,

            I wish I had the heart like yours. I am always jealous of your big and wise heart. Know that I am learning from you. And thank you for your good words.

            tes

          • Fanti Ghana

            Selam Prof.,
            Thank you sir, but let me prove you that it is actually the other way around: only those with biggest heart say these things about others!

      • blink

        Dear all
        While I feel sad for any oppressed people and hope for better Eritrea , I do not subscribe to group rights just to find them exploited by their own ”So called elites” plus the Copy paste of Ethiopian ethnic federal government is in diarrhea for the obvious reasons. So why do people who breathe Canadian air thinks ”Group rights is superior to INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS??
        If these EASE feel they represent the afar people by longer arm than equal arm,we will see. This doesn’t mean tthe dictator has any sense of any human thoughts in fact he doesn’t own one but I expect these on free world to have more serious and interesting ideas,sad to find them below my expectations . In the secular state of Eritrea where individual rights are above any grouping ” there will never be Afar state ,Agazian state , any ethnic state , it will never ever happen .But and is a big but that you exercise your right to write any thing I mean any thing that we all expect from ”……..” disillusioned and hopeless kingdom of the chair . And for that I can only blame the dictator at home . The dictator we have is simply not normal dictator, I mean ”21 century dictator ” The man is simply sick I mean very sick to see his face in the mirror and choose between a dam and a 12 years old human being cross desert and sea . It is justified to say issiass crossed the bar to be animal . I mean horrified animal to see his face and can not remember that he is human being. While I shone this forum due to many reasons , I can’t believe to see such article to be debatable ,,,no no.when we fight against this cruel dictator ,we can’t have tight supplies and lower prices ,, no we will not. Again haven’t we been there for long time and didn’t workout well, so my Afar brothers and sisters change the table so that we all can fight this crazy dictator with common sense. You see how messed your logic afar state” is .By the way good to see you all EPRDFistas and PFDJistas .All these days ,it is becaming rare to find good opposition. Where are they , I mean are we all left with 65 IQ level.

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Blink,

          Please, individual rights and group rights complement each other. They don’t substitute each other. Where ever there are individual rights there also group rights and vis versa. Group rights are historically used to facilitate individual rights. There should not be concern on that. Do not mislead the public. Isn’t it individual’s right to organize how ever they want for their common interest?

          • blink

            Dear Mr.Amanuel
            While I choose to stay away from your provocative saying ”misinforming”, I can bet my house that group rights and individual rights never compliment each other ,no they do not especially if you take care how this EASE thing is running. I respectfully reject your oiled saying. Now if you can debate and support your claim ,, Man up and bring your long waited laundry list ,that says a single person can claim his individual right in a group right where his right can be seen as acceptable in the negotiated rights of a certain group. Mind you , you have debated this issue before and I have read them all, I am not sure if you can bring new accounts to help you escape and by that Only that .At certain times I have heard one professor who wrote about these two . Mind you this professor is a political philosopher but so do the university of The John Hopkins prince paper too but we can not bring a philosophical critique or craziness to our practice at this century , I do not believe you are the one because his name is peter Jones . No ,that will not happen . You want to sale the coiled EPRDF style , say it loud because that is my main target of the so called ethni federalist , or if you have suspended ideas that worked before , please share it . Can a right borne by a group ” EASE” be individual right ” you know how many years it take for a married Afar woman to see her father in law or brother in law ?You are saying the two rights compliment each other well , My be for people like Mr. Amanuel plus the Ethiopian wannabes unless the answer is normally and obviously ,”No” if and only you care for any rights in Eritrea .we can argue for the sake of argument by marrying group rights to corporate rights but I do not want to keep up with you ,, because I do not argue for the sake of it. If you want to over run the reality of certain things pls do it but my ticket for posting on this site can not be lambasted as you did because I do believe you are not the perfect teacher for such. Now did you support an ethnic federal state in Eritrea and with that a detailed map for each ethnic?? I don’t want to see the welkait issue by then .

    • Robel Cali

      Hi EASE

      “1. Having being through what is said on the press release, it’s a miracle, to say the least that We(The Afar) are still calling ourselves Eritrean Afar, that should garner some applause, ”

      Please tell me you’re trolling. You really think you need an applause for having the privilege to be called Eritrean?

      First of all, you don’t speak for Afars. You’re just some misinformed man living in the comforts of the West or a Mekele hotel room who is creating imagined atrocities/historical accounts and using them to demand special treatment for a group of people you don’t speak for. I hate to break it to you but Afars aren’t special. Sorry, you’re no better or worse than every ethnic group in Eritrea.

      “1. Stop calling us the secessionist / Ethiopia’s puppets(if you must call us something, call us Djibouti’s puppets, they don’t need our ports ha.ha…), Per capita no one has shed more blood in Dankalia(Eritrea) more than the Afar people, I’m talking about from the time of Portuguese, the Egyptians, the Turks, Italians(all combined), I’m not exaggerating if I say there was not a single Highland Tigrigna blood was shed at that time, ”

      Oh really? So the Ottomans, the Italians and Egyptians all fighting against highlanders in numerous bloody battles, that didn’t cause a single death against Tigrinya people? Either Tigrinya people are the greatest fighters of all time or you’re making it all up because you’re emotionally unstable.

      “5. Under Afar State rule all of the rights of Eritrean brothers and sisters will be respected and guaranteed , to work, to own business, to have their rights to health care, and so on, Non Afar will not be elected or run Dankalia as it is now,”

      So you want to leach off of Eritrea but refuse to give Eritreans full rights within your state? It’s not an election if the majority are prohibited from the election process.

      If that’s the future you want, then I think you’re better off creating your own failed state in which you can kill each other and fight over limited resources all you want, or at least until the Red Sea swallows the Danakila up again.

  • Robel Cali

    Hello Everyone

    Is it me or doe all these Islamist ethnocentric groups claiming to represent their people in Eritrea all have the same writers? For example, why do always use the word “indigenous” as if other groups in Eritrea came after them? This is total hogwash.

    Forgive me for stooping to their level but it must be clear: Afars came to Eritrea after the fall of Aksum empire when the Beja Kingdoms were established ( 750 AD to the early 14th century). In fact, in 2005, when an archaeologist who was doing research in Qohaito mentioned the Sahos/Afars ancestry had nothing to do with the ancient past of Qohaito, the “indeigenous” Saho inhabitants of that area protested. The government caved in and told the archaeologist not to mention ethnic groups when discussing ancient history of Eritrea.

    The reason why I mention this is to remind these weirdos that they are not special and no one owes them anything. The government did not make a volcano explode and it certainly did not send its “supporters” to one of the most desolate and inshopitable parts of the country as a “thank you”. That’s like President Trump sending his supporters to California’s Death Valley. Give me a break.

    As a reminder, Tigrinya people are not white people. They did not enslave anyone, nor do they owe anyone an apology. In fact, they have carried a disproportionate part of the burden. They are over represented in the military. The reason why this is the case is because the government gives special treatment to Muslim Eritrean girls living in rural areas (which make up the overwhelming majority of them) by not sending them to Sawa, while the government gives no such exemption for their Christian counterparts.

    • Hayat Adem

      Hi Robel,
      You said, “In fact, [The Tigrinya] have carried a disproportionate part of the burden. They are over represented in the military.”
      Good point: so why don’t we focus on the excess? Why don’t you join me in condemning and pressing the government to end endless NS; to exempt the highlander girls as well, to demobilize soldiers?

      • Robel Cali

        Hey Hayat

        I don’t think NS is bad and I certainly don’t want highlander girls to be exempt from it.

        I think NS is good and important for a multi ethnic country like Eritrea. Young men need a feeling of brotherhood. If they are not introduced to other groups of people at a young age, then they can grow up to be hateful and intolerant of others around them. So Sawa does play an important role of national cohesion. It’s also good for girls because it removes all the backward ideas that most men of Abrahamic faiths inherently hold towards girls/women.

        The only issue I have with NS is its length. It should be limited to 18 months.

        • Hayat Adem

          Hi Robel,
          If so, it doesn’t make sense for you to table it as a complaining point while supporting it at the same time. You can’t have your cake and eat it. If you support the NS, if you don’t mind idling our girls in such a harsh environment, don’t complain of shouldering more burden or expect more credit of such than others. The Lowlanders oppose such exesses and were able to resist some of it (eg, exemption of girls from NS), like it should be. They can not be cheering you up for doing more about something they don’t approve.

          • Robel Cali

            Hey Hayat

            I don’t think the Highlanders approve of doing NS either. They just do it for the sake of the country. It’s sorta like going to work, no one really likes doing it but people just do it to pay the bills. So if the Lowlanders oppose it then its no different from the highlands. The only difference is the government is showing special treatment to a large segment of society simply because of their gender and faith which is dangerous and sends the wrong message for a government that supposedly claims to be secular. As a reminder, Eritrean women of the Islamic faith are more than capable of defending and developing their country –they’ve proved it before. They should not be given special treatment.

          • Hayat Adem

            Okay Robel,
            I didn’t say highlanders approve of doing NS either, did I? I do think NS is supported neither by the lowlanders nor by the highlanders. But you do approve it and you are speaking for the highlanders, appreciating the burden they shoulder, and the lowlanders asking them to appreciate what the highlanders are sacrificing. It should occur to you logically that the lowlanders would respond: “we don’t approve sending out kids to the NS. We resisted it. We can help the highlanders to resist it too, not appreciate them doing it.” So for all logical intents, you can shame or guilt-trip lowlanders for not doing it and make them appreciate the highlanders for doing more than their share. It is like I don’t like gambling but but someone comes to me and asking me to appreciate her for her habit of gambling. This is what you are saying, if you want me to use an example,”Hey, how can you say this to me. How can you have suspicion on me of taking your property. don’t you see my situation? Don’t you I am gambling while you are not, and losing my money and going through all those consequent pains. How dare you don’t see what I’m doing here”.

          • Robel Cali

            Hey Hayat

            You said, “The Lowlanders oppose such exesses and were able to resist some of it”. And I said the Highlanders also oppose NS. I think we can both agree NS is not popular by any stretch of the imagination. That being said, it is still necessary for a developing country like Eritrea. The biggest issue with NS is the extended time people have to serve. It should be limited to 18 months, full stop.

            I don’t know how you can equate gambling with NS. NS is mostly teaching the youth real world skill sets and introducing boisterous boys to other ethnic groups so when they grow up, they wont develop unhealthy attitudes towards their countrymen who aren’t similar to them.

            I think you should look at it like this: Say you and I are roommates and our rent is $2,000 dollars per month. And say we split it 50/50 ($1,000 dollars per month each) and then one day, I decided I don’t really want to pay all of my half and only decide to pay 500 dollars of the 1,000 I owe each month. You being the good roommate, you start paying 1,500 dollars per month so both of us wont be evicted. Over time, you’re going to naturally grow resentment at me for not covering my half. And if this persists long enough, you’re going to one day say, “I don’t need you. You’re a burden on me.” Well, that’s why I think the government giving special treatment to Eritrean Muslim women is dangerous. It’s going to grow resentment. It’s natural human behavior.

          • KBT

            Selamat
            (The difference is the government show special treatments for a large segment of society simply because of their gender and faith which is dangerous )
            You mean the kebessa and Christian highlander???
            It is very hard to believe you ,Are they not kebessa Christian who runway the most ???
            In fact the minority have better privilege .
            Anyway dream on brother it’s free

    • Brhan

      Hi Robel.
      Can you tell me what religion the Kunamas follow?

      • Robel Cali

        Hey Brhan

        They follow three religions: Traditional faith, Christianity and Islam

        Their traditional faith has a name but I forget what it’s called. Off of memory, I do believe their God is called Anna.

        • Brhan

          Thanks Robel…but you genarlized them wiith “Islamist ethnocentric groups” Am I right?

          • Robel Cali

            Hey Brhan

            The leader of the Ethiopian backed Kunama insurgent group, DMLEK, is an Islamist.

  • Yemane

    Dear Awate,

    This statement need revision: “…the temperature could reach up to around 104 degrees Fahrenheit, and its lowest point is over 200 feet below sea level.” Should read 140 degree Fahrenheit and 200 meters. below sea level.

  • Hayat Adem

    Dear Friends,
    There are some facts I personally know that fit well into the above story. PFDJ has been in the business of changing the demography of the coastal region so that its own supporters are populating the area and it does this by bringing people from the highlands and giving generous sizes of lands in the village-like scattered towns of the coast and some islands nearby to foreigners and investors. There is a fear from the regime that Ethiopia might follow the Crimea type of path that by empowering the Red SEa Afars, it might help them determine to integrate with Ethiopia in the long run. To prevent that, it is bringing highlanders into the area in an evacuation sense of urgency to change the demography of the area and push the native Afars out to the Ethiopian side. the Ethiopian side Afar state hosts Afars coming crossing the border like their won people. School access is open. Government and public services are accessible also to the Afars from outside. Afar locals don’t recognize the border line at all and they don’t see themselves as different from the Afars of the otherside and they are being attracted to the Ethiopian side without considering themselves as exiled. The Erireatrean government knows this and its forces smartly and subtely push or encourage Afars to cross. If someone was to compare the counts of Afar people in the Denkalia area and the highlanders moved in there in the time of the last 10 years and now, the change could be very starkly visible. I don’t know if the Ethiopian government is aware about this but the Eritrean government exploits this situation to permanently alter the demographic configuration of the coastal land. That is the trend. The Red Sea Afars protested it early enough and forced the the regime to slow down but it changed its tactics and continued pursuing its strategy by bringing Sahos first ( Afars get along with Sahos better) and blending highlanders into the Sahos after a while. The Afars are very aware of this and they are furious .Dankalia is vast and Afars are so mobile. That helped the regime to populate vacant areas and when Afars return back they see new faces. What would have been better is a prior consultation with the local people and enable the locals also benefit from such schemes.

    • Lamek

      Hi Hayat. So what do you like most? 1. To see the Afars secede to Ethiopia or 2. for PFDJ to heterogeneously populate the Dankalia with legitimate Eritreans? According to you, the choice is just between those two options because the Ethio regime will not stop its policy of pursuing a sea-access no matter how long it takes and the Eritrean regime is hell-bent on quashing that dream. 1 or 2? yeykenyley as abi would say.

      • Hayat Adem

        Hi Lamek,
        I think the perception that Ethiopia has this in plan is mostly from the Eritrean side. Haven’t sensed any practical or theoretical move from the Ethiopian side, at least not from the ruling part and the current government. So, I ticked outside the box.

    • Berhe Y

      Dear Hayat,

      I don’t doubt the PFDJ plans anything like you said.

      I also do not think it’s far fetched to think that Ethiopia / EPRDF goal is to seize Assab like Crimea path as you alluded. I suspect it’s the main reason why the Ethiopian government provides military support to the Red Sea and Kunama opposition groups, and the push the other opposition group to support / push, “until succession” federalism political program (like some Eritrean opposition groups do).

      How ever I don’t agree there are Eritrean who support the regime are willingly moving there to populate the area. If they are there at all, they are forced to do so.. Because there can’t even tend to their own land let alone go some where else to tend other land. They are way of life (those from the highlands) is complete different and I don’t know what would they do in Assab. Do they become fisheries? are they part of the Eritrean government who are subsidized to occupy the area and be there, as in military recruit?

      Looking from both government strategy, this is short term strategy that doesn’t reconcile the two people and the two countries in the long term. If they can look for long term solution that can benefit both people and both countries, I think it’s the best for both.

      Berhe

    • iSem

      Hi Hayat:
      This is dangerous, to the Afars, but more dangerous to Eritrea, I think the intention of PFDJ is not to only change the demography, they did that with Kunama and others, they have almsot accomplished it. But now the Afar will get it and instead of working for their right sinside a sovereign Eritrea, they may think it maybe too late for them to wait until there is a sane government Eri and instead they may look to their bretheren in the south and unite with them to either create the nation of Afar or join Ethiopia and by joining I mean taking Asab with them. I think (correct me) that there are over 1 million Afars in Ethiopia and that is good for their safety and will protect them from impending extinction that PFDJ is subjecting them
      So, this may be bad for the Afars in the short term as they have the long term solution under their sleeves, but is bad for Eritrea in the long term.

      • Hayat Adem

        SemA,
        But, Sem Anbessa, we really should sympathize with the Afars first. We know what this regime does to all Eritreans and the youth but the Afars were treated far worse in comparison. In my little brain, nothing, no grand plan is worthier than protecting the people.

        • iSem

          Hi Hayat:
          I agree! Sympathize, we must. But this is a pattern that has gone far for too long. BY mentioned that the Kebessa do not go there with their own volition, that is true because you cannot go anywhere with your own volition in Eritrea, but as land is taken by PFDJ in the highlands to be doled to its supports, resources get tighter and when people are told water and food does not come to you, you have to go them, people go there and many with plans and investments by PFDJ.

          So I am saying the Afar have to be smart, as I said before and they should not be beholden to Eri, if Eri does not provide the basic needs to survive and thrive as an indigenous group, and the Afar, unlike the Kunama have a choice. I maybe perceived as encouraging the disintegration of Eri, but as people we cannot and should not be beholden to land, and mountain and caves and tributaries.

          The Kunama case is also a case that has been going on longer than the Afar. As Berhe said the highlanders way of life is not fishing, it is farming, so the highlanders went to Gash long time ago, I mean during the HS era and before and took all the fertile lands and they also have killed as some Muslims refer to it it slayed people in Gash area, but also the Kunams collaborated with the Dergi and massacred both Muslims and Christians in Tokombia in 1978 and they did it often by sneaking from Barentu and the vanguard EPLF, instead of quelling and solving this issue, they have added gas to the flame and we have the Kunama issue and the Kunama have no where to go except to be extinct and that can happen in the life time of our kids, if you combine the demographics change and the displacement and the arrest and killing. The point is, we should sympathize but thinking out of the box called Eri is not that crazy given the survival dilemma the indigenous groups face.
          Yet, there is a reason to be hawkish about the prospect of Eri given the divided opposition, ELL, Agaazian and Afar and the myriad challenges we face. I see Eri as the former Soviet Union, needled together and the needle is destroying demography and culture and population.

  • Mez

    Greetings,
    In this write up, major compliant of the Author/Authors is “The Nabro volcano…..eruption in 2011 with a magnitude that measured 5.7 on the Richter scale and became a health hazard to thousands of Afar residences in Biru, Afambo and parts of Danakil depression.”

    Does any one have an information formal or informal, what the government had done about it for those living in the area–irrispective of ethnicity–, just curious.

    Thanks

  • sara

    Dear awtistas
    Again we are back with Agazian instigated issues in eritrea, why such problems of afars and other eritrean tribes was not an issue before 1991? even more so before 2001? who is behind all such issues? i will not deny we have problems, but our problems are normal comparing to many we see in the whole world…now who are behind all this
    all craziness, i will equivocally say they are those same masters behind all ethnic,sectarian groups and Agazian is a re-branded old thought of those who were incubated in their fiefdom.
    Now we all heard from some where about the GREATER TIGRAY MANIFESTO in the past that says a lot more than what the Agazians are telling us today, why dont those on the know bring and explain to us who is who behind this crazy project. why is this not being brought to the fore so that we all know the ORIGIN of all this madness.
    what you say awatians!

    • ‘Gheteb

      Hey Sara,

      In the report “EASE” is praising the Ethiopian government and is EXPLICITLY accusing the Eritrean government for “displacing the Afar people”. Now wait here is the worst and the most ABSURD accusation I have so far read. The report claimed that:

      “… in order to remove the Afar from their ancestral homeland in (Dankalia) and to colonize the area … ”

      Note the word to COLONIZE the area. We are talking about the Eritrean government here. Have you ever heard a legitimate government “COLONIZING” its own territories? Does that sound utterly contradictory and doet make any sense to you?

      • tes

        Selam Gheteb,

        I believe that PFDJ is a colonizer. And Afar’s accusation is legitimate and very true. As I always, I am in solidarity with Afar’s grievances.

        PFDJ should stop colonizing Afar region without delay. The same call is for all Eritrea to be freed from PFDJ colonization.

        I appreciate Ethiopia for their generousity to welcome and host Afar and many other Eritreans in the Ethiopian Soil. This welcoming and reception without any precondition is a relief to the needy Afar peopel.

        tes

        • ‘Gheteb

          Selam tes,

          Do you know the meaning of the word “COLONIZE” or “COLONIZER” means? First you need to define it in English. I have a feeling that you want to define the way you want it. No way, tes. This is not like the food you cook at your house to your own taste.

          You can’t make your own definition. There is a standard definition that is accepted internationally. However, you can define it in your own way, but that will remain only your own definition.

          • iSem

            Hi Gheteb:
            Well, you can donate your $50,000 to PFDJ to built more prisons for you. A dollar is enough for the wager
            About ESL, come on now, you and I took our ESL long time ago, because G.C.E was after all advanced ESL and guess what?, You got an “E” and I did better than that, so much better than that my English grade was the one of the two highest scores in the history of the school till 1989
            But what they teach you after ESL is this
            Normalizing a verb is shunned, you do that a lot
            Using foreign language is forbidden, you needlessly abuse this too
            Using heavy, obscure words while a simple one can do is also wrong, you a master of it, but you lose the shades of meaning along the away, good example “barf”
            Breaking all or one of these rules makes you a show off, pompous, an anguished need to brag and readers see through it
            Now, for some one who one wrote this: “……”Freakishly and outlandishly WIERD!” breaks other rule : the over use of adverbs.
            What a difference a span of two years makes, two years ago you praised my writing, now you are recommending I take ESL classes, which is your belief?
            For those of you who are not familiar with the G.C.E, it is British O Level and is typically taken by 14 year olds, but in our case we were older and many, smart people failed the English and to get and E grade was good one. Smart people who got 5 As in the other subjects failed English. The English was composed of this:
            One comprehension, then you answer short questions that gauges your understanding of the story etc.
            One summary, you are given a limit of number of words and you were supposed to summarize without diluting the meaning of the message int the piece. You have to know how to weed out verbosity, the economy of words is tested. Gheteb will fail this, because he is fond of saying things like this: “weird, strange and bazar”
            Two Essays (Composition)
            The students in the Kassala high (Eritreans) knew their English, but they were not prepared for the English Exam, and Gheteb’s writing which is heavily laced with Latin and using obscure words, was a sure failure.
            But I am sure Gheteb impressed the Sundanese at UofK because they start learning “ABC” in grade 7 and the instruction in high school is in Arabic, unless they attended Comboni or private school. I am talking about S. Public Schools

          • tes

            Selam iSemere,

            ክንደይ ትሓስም ወደይ። ሕጂ ከኣ በታ እንኮ ርእሲ-ማሉ መጽእካዮ፧ I was trying to make him relax a little bit. Otherwise, I will add a dozen to your input. I am a self-appointed Anti-Gheteb’s Thesis Strategist. He appreciates and acknowledges my status.

            tes

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Sem,

            Gheteb’s pomposity and self-aggrandizement will sure made him a laughing stock in the forum. Did you notice claiming himself from the “know club” of EPLF organization, who knows the leaders who strategize as well as who commands the wars, more than Mahmuday who had been Practically at the receiving end of instructions of these leaders. He is a “bagabuf” for those who knew him. Surprise! He was an “E” grade in English in the high school you attended. Please dig out his lies. Expose him and sent him to a acomplete hibernation. One thing for sure, as agent of Issayas, was successful to disrupt the flow of ideas and denigrate and belittled every humble men in this forum.

            Regards

        • Kim Hanna

          Selam tes,
          .
          I was preparing to post my thoughts to ‘Gheteb when I saw your response to him. Since he does not respond to me, I thought I will send my message to him though you. I don’t care whether he likes it or not. However,if you don’t like it, there is always the “Newton Law” use it. If you agree we will march together again, I am not expecting it.
          .
          .
          tes,
          I thank you for admitting that PFDJ is a colonizer. We will worry about the minute minutiae definitions later on as more facts come in. For now let us agree that Afar is under occupation.
          .
          You can see the writing on the wall. Let me fill you in what I have learned from UN-RELIABLE sources.
          As you know we have a tough neighborhood.
          .
          After the “Nabro ” volcano eruption and subsequent Eritrean actions precipitated the formation of an entirely new Armed struggle organization, called Independent Afar State, (IAS). It includes the Nabro Volcano freedom fighters. It is not KNOWN where their finances and other support come from.
          .
          Recently, their leadership put out a white paper describing the next 30 years of armed struggle from the backward, tribal, dictatorial and colonial regime in Asmara. The paper pointed out that in a few years the colonialists in Asmara have been weakened and it is only a matter of few years before Afar becomes a fully U.N recognized independent nation. Ethiopia and China are presumably supporting their effort. Other nations in the neighborhood are providing scholarships for military and political education for the youth of the future Afar nation.
          .
          The leader of this secretive organization back from his trip to China announced that the struggle won’t take 30 years as they thought, but less than a decade. He explained that they have the original play book in their hand. He elucidated that certain internal contradictions have been resolved, including the merging of the “Nabro Volcano” command with the main armed group. The rest is the cruel history.
          .
          You can find the full text of the manifesto at the underground library of Gehtab institute.
          .
          Mr. K.H
          .
          P.S After completing the post I felt empty, unsatisfied. That empty feeling can best be described by “Abi”s post many many months ago about how when the lions get old the rats come out of their holes and roar. I felt ‘Gehtab and myself are the rats.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam KH,

            What is your definition of a colonizer?

          • Nitricc

            Hey Kim; your take remindes me what Ben’s view point has to say about the current issue about Ethiopia. The guy is nothing but A D-bag but he seems to be very ( frungreey)= frustrated and angry. I can’t link it but watch it and get back to me. It on YouTube.

    • Berhe Y

      Dear sara,

      I don’t know the main reason but before 1991 or 2001, Ethiopia used Assab primary for it’s exports / imports. So the afar way of life was tied with that of Ethiopia usage of the land / and sea and it created an economic opportunity for the residents. The Afar also benefited from the economic activities that existed.

      After Ethiopia boycotted the use of port, basically their life completely destroyed by the lack of economic activities. And lately the government of Eritrea is venturing in mineral extraction like potash and I think they signed a deal with an Australian company to start production. They have also leased in ports to the Arab countries.

      Because of the lack of foreign cash, the Eritrean government via it’s military is engaged in fisheries and it’s displacing the people who depended on that.

      Berhe

      • Abi

        Hi Berhe
        Ethiopia did not boycott Assab. It is your government tried to choke us to death.
        The Djibouti government and the Afar People came to our rescue.
        When the Afar people, the rightful owners of Denkalia control assab, we will negotiate about the port usage. It is going to be a great addition to Djibouti the ports.
        In the mean time you should support their struggle for self determination. You have been there for 30 long years. Share your experience.

        • Berhe Y

          Dear Abi,

          You should know me by now, I don’t recognize the illegitimate IA government let alone to call it my own.

          At the same time I don’t approve the Ethiopian government escalation of the war, and all the failed efforts to stop the stupid war by both governments.

          If I am not taking side but as far as know it’s Ethiopia who stopped / refused using the ports.

          People like you and me (if you are ordinary person) should not take side of government who do anything to stay in power at the expense of their country / people interests.

          Berhe

          • Abi

            Hi Berhe
            I don’t lie to you that the border war was a relief for Ethiopia. What makes me sad is we didn’t go all the way to Godana Harinet. We should have finished the job.

            Berhe as you correctly suspected I’m not an ordinary person. I’m Ras Abi with wings and all.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Abi,

            Were you going to lead the military advance to Gadana Harnet yourself, or were you going to egg on others to sacrifice themselves for you [which is a typical Amhara tactic]?

          • Abi

            Hi Simon
            The Ethiopian army was at your front yard knocking your door. Meles saved the day. You should be thankful.
            Your gallant leaders were halfway to Sudan. I could have easily walked on Godana Harinet.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Abi,

            I asked you about yourself, but you failed to answer my question. This sums up your character.

          • Abi

            Hi Simon
            I was assigned at ሰላምና መረጋጋት ኮሚቴ::

        • Berhe Y

          Hi Abi,

          I seem to lose some of your replies. It happened this morning I thought it was just me. It happened again this afternoon that you replied to me but before I have a chance to reply it disappeared.

          I really don’t know what’s going on but I didn’t think it was possible to delete your message once posted.

          Berhe

          • Nitricc

            Hi Berhe, i know you are slow and kind of you know but read latest Awate’s number 4 plea. i know, you need help. wow lol

          • Abi

            Hi Berhe
            The moderator on duty deleted the comments. It is time to enjoy the popcorn and watch the show. It has been very entertaining lately. It is time to write the second part of የኤርትራ ጉዳይ::

        • KBT

          Aby
          No one choke Ethiopia to death,you guys did to yourselves
          Assab was free for Ethiopia , Eritrean government got nothing to from Ethiopian business
          They wanted to invade assab they fail,now they traying by divisions of Eritrean .
          Most of them are Ethiopian afar puppets not Eritrean.
          Aby it’s game over your master TPLF regime is dying ,and you should worrie for mama Ethiopia their unity is chaking

          • Abi

            Hi KBT
            I play this mind game with commenters comments. I call it “guess who?”
            I read a comment without checking the. name and try to guess who said it? Try it. It is difficult when you start because naturally your eyes search for the name. First cover the name.
            I am 80% accurate. I can also tell when a commenter is angry. I can even guess what the would be the next comment or a response by a given commenter. I like to study patterns. Very entertaining.

            This time I guessed it right! I read your comment and I said to myself “this must be from KBT”.
            I like your nick. I think I told you before. Very unique.

          • KBT

            Selamat
            Yeah yeah abi are you not tonqualie off course
            We all know people like you fantasizing about the dismantlement of Eritrea
            And many her acting as Eritrean encouraging a mess
            Those are so old that they will die without getting one foot in Asmara kkkk

          • Abi

            Hi KBT
            You read me wrong. I want Eritrea in one piece.

          • KBT

            Selamat
            Sorry but Eritrea is too big for your mousse
            It kill the greedy emperor,let runway the stupid mengee meles got his little brain couldn’t handle it and now it checking the little existence of the criminal TPLF regime
            You see abi to big and powerful for you ,even your tonquola I know everything won’t work

          • Abi

            Hi KBT
            I agree with you totally. Eritrea is too big to handle. I rather have it in small chunks. Let me start with Denkalia. I work my way north, northwest…
            Thanks in advance.

      • sara

        selamat berhe,
        its true all what you said about the current economic situation in the southern region and eritrea in general and that is due to many factors discussed in this forum already. my question is why there was no sectarian ,ethnic organizations before independence, i never heard there was ethnic based political or armed group fighting to liberate Eritrea.I think am not sure all of them poped-up after 2001.

        • MS

          Dear Sara
          Long before Independence, there was an Afar militia which was supported by the Derg, and there was a declared policy of the Derg for granting the Afar people an autonomy.
          Another point you have to consider is that different social or economic groups that had felt marginalize during the Ethiopian occupation period had high expectation in the result of the armed struggle. They had high expectations that they would be allowed to participate in the economic and cultural revival of their regions. They had expectation that the government they form after all that ordeal would THEIR government, a government that is formed by their participation. However, the government that continues in power since independence dashed all those hopes. Just think: had we welcome all stakeholders right after independence and conducted a sober review of the past 30 years and started a participatory political process, all the organizations you are mentioning would not have a cause to exist. Even now, the solution is a platform that accommodates a political process that ensures the participation of all political actors and stakeholders. They way things are going opens for external powers to exploit the situation and by the time we wake up it will be too late.

        • Berhe Y

          Dear Sara,

          My guess is during those times, we have common “enemy” that we were fighting so people hoped that, after the “enemy” is removed there will be democratic government which is fair and just to replace it. Now the victor “PFDJ” turned out to be worst than the “enemy” so it’s natural that people have lost trust in the system and they are looking out for themselves.

          Let’s compare this with the situation in Ethiopia before 1991. There were different functions fighting for their ethnic groups…TPLF (Tigray specific), EPLF, ELF (Eritrea specific), OLF (Oromo specific) and others…

          So it’s normal, and the only solution is to have government for the people by the people they represent and that will change things.

          Berhe

    • Robel Cali

      Hey Sara

      I’m glad you’re slowly waking up from the [from the moderator: keep your language clean. Vulgar words deleted] tour you’ve been doing on the Awate comment section. These type of people who promote ethnic and religious supremacy are working with the Ethiopian regime. They want to rip Eritrea apart so the minority regime in Addis Ababa can micro manage Eritrea in the same way it does with Somalia.

      • sara

        selam Robel,
        i don’t know what was deleted in your reply, and i will not take it personal thanks to the moda,
        now Robel, my question to you is what made you think that i was not aware about the issues you mentioned? just curious.

        • Robel Cali

          Hi Sara

          I think I confused you for someone else. Sorry about that.

  • Nobody seems to comment. Let me ask a question. Those who are proposing the union of the two tigryigna speaking people of ethiopia and eritrea, if they support the same thing for the afars of ethiopia, eritrea and djibouti as well, to form a union and create a united afar ethnic state, or something simmilar?

    • tes

      Selam,

      This is silly question and against what their call is. EASE is not for what you are trying to re-state. They are genuine Eritreans standing for a legitimate cause. If they want to create their own nation, they will not wait a support from others.

      tes

      • selam tes.

        It is silly to be sure of everything.

        • tes

          Selam Horizon,

          Indeed everything is silly. But I am speaking because I have confidence on the Afar people choice to stay within the Eritrean sovereignity.

          And this is Article – 1, in the Constitution that I will fight for to be definite:

          Article 1: Eritrea is one and indivisible Sovereignity Nation. All freedom within this premise is an absolute right for any individual or group of citizens.

          For this Article to be part and to to exist for generations to come, I am fighting.

          @Gheteb, ditto.

          tes

      • ‘Gheteb

        Selam Tes,

        Do you support the idea of Afars forming their own nation? How about the Eritrean Afars splitting from Eritrea to join the Future ” Greater Tigray Republic” — Abay Tigray– so that the newly formed Republic of Abay Tigray will gain access to the Red Sea. Do you support that, too?

        • Brhan

          Hello Gheteb,
          Did you ask the same question to an Afar? You are asking a question to a wrong person.

      • Lamek

        Tes, anta haggie. You are saying I am Eritrean I am Eritrean I am Eritrean all day and night. The Afars are telling you they don’t give a hoot about Eritrea. They are saying they are Afars, nothing more, nothing less. So why do you go out of your way to sympathize with someone who is trying to run as far away as they can from you? Are you dumb or what? Grow up and think for your very own self and people. There is no more 9-biherat. It is now a race for ‘We are indigenous, we were here first, we are our own, stay away from us, we don’t like you,…” That is the reality and the sooner you come to grips with it, the better off you will be. ooofff elkayo zitefie eritrean union….eritrea kitbil gorroroka aytihmem. Just look around you. There is not one single Eritrean ethnic group that want to stay in unison with the other 8. Accept this new reality and work from there. Thank you for heeding my advice. Yeknyeley as Abi would say.

        • tes

          Selam Lamek,

          That is what you perceive me. Like Afar-Eritreans, I am Bilenay-Eritrean. I am not a nationalist by the way. And I have no special treatement for the word “Eritrean” apart my as a country that represents me.

          Cool down my friend. Don’t you know that I can contain your anger and absolve it?

          tes

        • Abi

          Hi Lamek
          Good to see you back. It has been a while since we talked . I’m sure I did not miss your comments. My vision is weak these days.
          ሰላሳ አመት ተረግዞ ዘጠኝ ልጅ ተወልዶ
          እጅግ ያሳዝናል ሲቀር በባዶ

          ገንዘብካ

    • Simon Kaleab

      Selam Horizon,

      Do you support Somalis’ desire to unite all Somalis living in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia under a unified State?

      • selam Simon K.,

        If i were one of those who support the union of the two tigriyans and the formation of an agazianland, i wouldn’t have dared to say so without giving the same right to others.

        • Simon Kaleab

          Selam Horizon,

          What cause do you support then?

          • Selam Simon K.,

            I have already said my opinion on the agaazian project. Do not disturb the present status quo. Do not open a pandora’s box for the sake of a possible political and strategic interest.

          • ‘Gheteb

            Selam Simon Kaleab,

            Horizon is saying that ” Do not disturb the present status quo. Do not open a pandora’s box…”.

            Does that mean he has finally come to accept that Eritrea is a sovereign and INDEPENDENT nation and if he has banished the thoughts of re-annexing Eritrea back to his Emma Ethiopia for good?

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Gheteb,

            I don’t believe a word these characters say. If what they are saying is true, why are they camped 24/7 on this site? What is in it for them, investing so much time and energy?

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Gheteb,

            I do not believe a word he says.

      • Brhan

        Hi Simon,
        Ask the same question to a Somali and then tell us the answer please

        • Simon Kaleab

          Selam Brhan,

          I asked the Ethiopian, you ask the Somali and tell us the reply.

          • Brhan

            Hi Simon,
            You can’t answer a question by a question …but we are in 21st century where freedom of people to choose globally supported…I believe this is the answer you should say

    • ‘Gheteb

      Hey Horizon,

      First, need I remind you that you have forgotten the salutation part. [ Salutation, before you start your comments. It is the rule].

      Do you need a reminder that your weyane led government is immersed neck-deep in instigating the Eritrean Afari movement as they are definitely behind the the AgAzian shenanigans in their futile agenda of undoing Eritreas hard won independence. Or, do you want me to tell you that this Afar thing or that AgAzian shenanigan is nothing but a Weyane built Trojan Horse to gain access to the Red Sea.

      Sorry to say this, but you need to widen your horizon, no pun intended.

      • abel luulseged

        Selam Gheteb,
        If Isaias had truly said that he can undone Eritrea just like it he made it as Andebrhan claims, he is not mistaken because it seems like we have a unity that appears to be shaken easily. Pointing a finger at weyane is not going to solve our problems. How are you going to persuade me that the larger threat is coming from Ethiopia when the crimes of past regimes pale incomparison to an existential threat we are facing from Eritrea’s supposed savers?

        • ‘Gheteb

          Selam Abel Luulseged,

          First of all, why do you think Isaias is trying to “undo Eritrea” as a nation?

          Second, why do you think that “our unity appears to be shaken easily”?

          Third, do you believe that the Weyanes have tried to undo Eritreas independence in the past 17 or 18 years and they are still at it trying to bring a regime change in Eritrea?

          Fourth, what ” existential threat are we facing from Eritrea’s supposed savers”?

          Do you mind offering some clarification here?

          • Thomas

            Hi Gheteb,

            Why don’t you do the clarification for the first time in your history of writing here? Can explain why the four questions you posed are not true about Eritrea. That why do you think under the current regime mafia way of ruling the nation is not:
            1) Issayas is jailing and detaining, enslaving, killing, ruling by fear instead of following the law of the land/the constitution? A country without her people cannot be a country? Explain why this is not true.
            2) disuniting Eritreans when there has no parliament, no constitution, no regard for human rights with the indefinite national services, over 10,000 detainees including journalists, the G-15, religious leaders
            3) When young Eritreans as young as 8 years without accompanying fleeing their country by crossing the borders of Ethiopia, Sudan, Libya, Europe and other nations.
            4) Explain #1-3 and tell us why not four?

          • Abraham H.

            Selam Thomas, well put questions, bro. Unfortunately, Gheteb doesn’t have answers to those very timely questions that you posed him. He and his likes are equally responsible for the dire straits that Eritrea finds itself under the mafia ruler Isayas.

          • iSem

            Hi Thomas:
            There are PDJ supporters who say, the NS must end, the jailed must be brought to court, which I do not agree with, becasue you cannot ask PFDJ, an entity that has no courts of law to bring the jailed to court, but they is better than Gheteb, who never, ever, ever in his 55 years on this plant has he vouched for the victim. Though your itemized, simple but not simplistic and succinct question ar potent, Gheteb will never address them. You are talking about a guy who gives no credit of all the accomplishments of the Ghedli by generations of Eritreans. I know he just said Naqfa, but Naqfa was not a standalone event, it was the result of crescendo of accpolimsnet of many single evenst, from the demonstration when the likes of Seyoum Harsetay witnessed the lowering of Eritrea’s flag, to the history MBB narrated, to the price paid by peoepl like MBB in the Sudan, attacked and murdered by spies, to the guy who slayed his cousin, who defected to Ethiopia, to the young lady Saediya from Ad Ibrahim, who as early of 1968 joined ELF for liberty and freed, all these events lead to Naqfa and Gheteb squarely gives credit to IA. Go figure bro
            So do no hold your breath, in the same manner Gheteb will be so disappointed about IA when a fat book is written about his STDs, and his rapes (as Sal advised Gheteb), you will be disappointed to get a clarification from Gheteb, he will isnstead ask you to prove that the G-15 and journalists are in jail. Save them for the time when IA gone, but even, crooked and delusional as he is, he will ask you prove that IA is gone. I think he will be like the Japanese soldier who fought in the jungle for decades after Japan was defeated, because he believed Japan was still strong

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Semere A.,

            Do you have an actionable plan that you can implement in order to remove the government you hate?

          • abel luulseged

            Selam Gheteb,

            1. I believe Eritrea is a one man state, he said it him self no elections for 50 years as if he is talking about his own property. The policies against Eritreans for the last 25 years and the resulting exodus of the youth tell me he does not have Eritrean’s best interest at heart. Moreover, Ambassador Andebrhan Welde Giorgis has claimed in his book that Isaias suffers from identity complex and in one incident shared his anger by saying that he knows they call him Agame and that he will take the country down as he made it.The reason I believe the Ambassador is that Isaias is a malicious and vindictive person even to those closest to him, remember Nazighi kiflu.

            2. Currently, the discussion that has overtaken the Eritrean cyber space is the agazian movement. It seems to me that you can create chaos among Eritreans UNITY by simply making a video to antagonize one group against the other, and let them call each other agame, weyane, and jihadist.

            3. I believe the reason for Eritrean struggle for freedom is purely political not because we have a different DNA from Tigray or Amhara. If my brother is dead at the hands of an Eritrean or Ethiopian does not make a difference to me, at the end of the day my brother is dead. On this article, the AFARS are accusing the government of land grap, and that government is not Ethiopian, it is Eritrean. To answer your question if weyane is trying to overthrow Isaias, that makes them my comrades.

            4. If change in Eritrea does not come soon enough, we are not going to have anything to go back to. I am talking about people here. The youth are leaving and the elders are dying. My love and pride is the people. To worry about the geographic integrity of Eritrea is futile at this point and not my priority. By Eritrean savers, I mean SHABIA and PFDJ, the ones that were supposed to emancipate us from DERG. At least, Eritreans were allowed to bury their dead.

            Thanks.

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