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Eritreans Declare Initial Victory In Geneva

Freedom and justice loving Eritreans declared initial victory against repression in Geneva; future opposition activities, and confrontation with the regime of Isaias Afwerki, will be measured against the victory of June 26, 2015, which has become the yardstick.

The Geneva rally has represented the true face of Eritrea; no such diverse crowd of Eritreans assembled in one place, around a united cause, in the last twenty years.

After so many years of activism, telling the world of their agonies and sufferings, and chronicling their losses, Eritrean freedom and justice seekers worldwide feel vindicated, and partly compensated, by the United Nations and the world community. Still, they hope for one more thing from the UN and the world community: taking the necessary steps to help stop the Eritrean nightmare that has been going on since 1993.

In general, Eritreans have always been skeptical of the UN. They widely believe they were subjected to the unnecessary thirty-year destructive armed struggle because the UN ignored their plight and appeals. The UN didn’t raise a hand to protect the federal arrangement between Eritrea and Ethiopia when the latter violated it, though it oversaw the process of its implementation and was supposed to be the guarantor to prevent its violation. Unfortunately it neglected Eritreans when the Ethiopian emperor systematically eroded the federal agreement and finally declared Eritrea, a sovereign state, a mere province of his empire.

For years the Ethiopian emperor was systematically dismantling the federation, while Eritreans watched as their national flag was lowered, as their parliament and their laws were dissolved, as their freedoms were curtailed, and as they were bombed out of their villages to end up refugees in Sudan since the late 1960s. The UN and the super powers did nothing to alleviate the situation. Worse, they provided the feudal emperor and his successors, the military junta that deposed him, a tacit support in repressing Eritreans.

Like all other citizens, the current ruling elite in Eritrea is driven by that grudge and apprehension of the injustices that befell Eritrea, only they took their skepticism a bit too far and allowed it to develop into a crippling malady. Coming out victorious from the long years of struggle, the regime felt it was invincible and adopted a confrontational pose against the international organizations. The general skepticism worsened as the regime became more repressive and embarked on a cycle of military adventures in far places, and confrontation with all its immediate neighbors. This behavior finally led to a devastating two-years border war with Ethiopia from 1998 to 2000.

The border war with Ethiopia stopped only after tens of thousands of soldiers from both countries lost their lives. The war further resulted in a no-war-no-peace situation that gave the Isaias regime an excuse to keep the youth in trenches and slave labor camps indefinitely.

Eritreans have been going through untold injustices and have been escaping from their country in the thousands for the last thirteen years as the behavior of the regime isolated the country from its region and the world at large. Its repressive policies have fragmented the Eritrean population and weakened opposition to its authoritarian rule.

The most serious damage the regime inflicted on Eritreans is on their pride, the fame and respect they nurtured with their resilience and dedication in the years leading to Independence Day is damaged. Observers wonder: why are Eritreans who faced the world’s strongest powers with meager resources putting up with the repression of the Isaias regime?

Indeed, it is an embarrassing observation and a mind boggling question. Eritreans are resilient, patient, and they love their country, but Isaias took advantage of that and spread fear among the heroic people of Eritrea. The true character and resolve of Eritreans is captured in Dan Connell’s book entitled, “Against All Odds”. That is why the 1991 victory was an authentic and heroic Eritrean achievement, against all odds! And in 2015, Eritreans are determined to remove the Isaias regime by summoning their natural resolve to do the task, against all odds!

2015 is a watershed year, and the Geneva demonstration of June 26, is a landmark. Eritreans have renewed their trust on the UN and the world. The recent CoIE report was a therapy to many Eritreans who immediately began to trust the world community.

As far as Eritreans are concerned, there was hardly new information the CoIE report provided. Being a small country composed of a small, tightly knit population, almost every Eritrean knows a victim of the Isaias regime. Details of the atrocities and violation of human rights of Eritreans has been a daily staple in Eritrean social gathering for over two decades. But the CoIE report validated the information that Eritreans knew all along. It contributed greatly in making the world community become aware of the plight of Eritreans. It puts the Eritrean predicament on the right path to be addressed legally, politically, socially, and economically. The report vindicated the tireless activists who felt alone in raising awareness about the suffering of Eritreans and exposing the criminal nature of the Isaias regime.

Looking forward, Eritreans hope to see the findings in the CoIE report taken to its natural end: making the perpetrators  accountable for their misdeeds, and ushering an era of reconciliation and peace in Eritrea. In turn, that will certainly usher justice, freedom, and prosperity for Eritreans who have paid dearly for these causes.

The happiness that Eritreans have been expressing for the authentication of their grievances by  the CoIE is unprecedented. It’s undoubtedly the most significant achievement that an overwhelming number of Eritreans have celebrated with full confidence, and hope. The first sign of its effect is that the report has now become a rallying material that is helping unite the fragmented groups of Eritreans arrayed to reclaim their country. It has become a benchmark to measure future activities and accomplishments.

To express their happiness, Eritreans residing in many parts of the world have demonstrated in support of the CoIE and its report. On June 19, a massive demonstration was carried out in Washington DC. That was followed by a demonstration in Tel Aviv, Israel,  on June 25, and another in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on June 26, concluded with a major rally in Geneva, Switzerland, on the same day.

The Geneva demonstration is the most representative as many Eritreans travelled from all over Europe, from the Northern tip of Norway, and Scotland, to France,  to Italy and all countries in between. The Eritreans spirit in Geneva was unprecedented and it further motivated freedom and justice loving Eritreans to double their efforts to bring about the end of the repressive Isaias regime in their home country.

The June 26 demonstration in Geneva was carried out against the backdrop of the demonstration that was carried out by the supporters of the Eritrean government who expressed their love for Isaias Afwerki: “We Are Him, He Is Us.” They were joined by hundreds of Ethiopian opposition members, members of groups stationed in Eritrea. At the end, the 1200 or so pro government supporters left Geneva feeling proud they expressed their support for a tyrant and for the injustice meted on Eritreans. Worse, before they left, they demonstrated their brigandage by harassing and threatening the CoIE members. In one incident, commissioner Sheila Keetharuth was encircled by a gang of government supporters in her hotel and one of the gangs beat her leg. This and other crimes are now being investigated by the Swiss police. But the Eritreans conscience has already condemned their street habits, their criminal nature, and the chain of violations that they have committed for many years.

Such developments will certainly empower Eritreans who are living under the tyranny of the Eritrean government. The prevailing situation in Eritrea should not be allowed to continue. Perpetual fear, destitution, and lack of justice and freedom should come to an end.

Regardless of what the Diaspora Eritreans do, the final blow should be dealt by Eritreans in Eritrea. The sheer number of millions of Eritreans should not be silent to the victimization by a tyrant and his handful of enablers. Understandably, the chaos in many countries around Eritrea is feeding the anxiety of Eritreans, and the Isaias regime is exploiting the situation in its fear mongering propaganda which have been effective so far. But not anymore. The suffering people would finally have to be guided by an authentic Eritreans adage: you can’t avoid sleep for fear of bad dreams!

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  • teweldino

    Hi All,

    Please read the first sentence of the third paragraph in the above post as follows:

    “Now I want to make it clear that I am NOT nominating Negash Teklit (he was Eritrean top striker when George was playing) for post-PFDJ President of Eritrea (in case PFDJ are reading this post ከይኣስርዎ ኸኣ ወደይ).

    Apologies for the missing “NOT” which made the sentence incoherent.

    Teweldino, ZeMerbebe Awate

  • haileTG

    Selamat Awatista:

    Press Release: Coordinating Committee of the Demonstration of Eritreans in Geneva

    ኣወሃሃዲት ሽማግለ ሰላማዊ ሰልፊ ጀኔቫ፡ ሎሚ ምሸት ብዝበጽሓ ሓበሬታ መሰረት፡ እቲ ብኣሽሓት ኤርትራውያን ደለይቲ ፍትሒ ዝተፈረመን ኣካል ናይቲ ብዕለት 26 ሰነ ዝተኻየደን ሰላማዊ ሰልፊ ዝኾነ ፐቲሽን፡ ናብ ፕረዚደንት ቤት ምኽሪ ሰብኣዊ መሰላት ናይ ውድብ ሕቡራት ሃገራት ከም እተረከበ፡ ካብ ቤት ጽሕፈት ናይቲ ፕረዚደንት ብዝተላእከላ ናይ ኢመይል መልእኽቲ ከተረጋግጽ ክኢላ ኣላ።

    ኣወሃሃዲት ሽማግለ ሰላማዊ ሰልፊ ጀኔቫ

    29 ሰነ 2015
    ጀኔቫ

    The Coordinating Committee of the Demonstration of Eritreans in Geneva has just received confirmation (in the evening hours of 29 June 2015) to the following effect. The petition sponsored by the Committee and signed by thousands of justice-seeking Eritreans, as part of the demonstration of 26 June, has now been brought to the attention of the President of the UN Human Rights Council. This was confirmed by an email sent from the Presidency of the UN Human Rights Council.

    Coordinating Committee of the Demonstration of Eritreans in Geneva
    29 June 2015
    Geneva

    • haileTG
      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Hailat,

        This You-tube of the demonstration is excellent. Because it is accompanied with different clips of historical happening including the tragedy of our people in their exodus. This must go to the archive of history at awate institution for posterity. I will appeal to AT to file it in the special archive of awate “the fertile womb.” These young generation in the clip of the demonstration are the collective product of the Eritrean womb. They make history and will continue to replicate this success in different shape and form in their struggle for justice. I saw the wrath of our young generation vividly culminating to a tipping point – in the revolution for justice. Wow, what an extra-ordinary historical day it was.

        Elated
        Amanuel Hidrat

  • teweldino
  • Papillon

    Dear Awate Editors,

    Please please post this video on your front page simply because by far this video captures the magnitude and intensity of the historic Geneva demonstration. One clearly attests that, the marchers are in thousands and if one is to employ statistics (Haile TG, help me out for you’re the stat savvy guy), it is beyond enough to be taken as a credible sample that represents the Eritrean population which is roughly placed in 5 million. There are no confounding variables nor coerced elements as opposed to the June 22 demonstration. It is a hands-down and a slam-dunk gusto that the Eritrean people have spoken in clear terms. Isaias must go!!!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsmIkp6kPqU&feature=youtu.be

    • tes

      Dear Papillion,

      First I would like to say, “welcome back to your lovely home”.

      For the video, yes, there were thousands of people who marched for justice. It is such a blessing to march for justice.

      tes

    • haileTG

      Dear Papillon,

      Let me take a slightly different angle at the number side of things. The average person’s visual vs mental conceptualization of large numbers are wildly differing. Many people simply have no sense of large numbers when stated to them, yet they are overwhelmed when presented with visual representation of such big numbers (such as in this demo). Given the different estimations, let’s take the low end of the Geneva police estimate of the crowd to be 5000. Now, that would be what 5000 people looks like visually. It sure moved us to the point of crowning it a historic. The UNHCR reports that on average 5000 people are leaving Eritrea, meaning that these many people as shown in the demo leave EVERY MONTH. That report is conceptual and and hardly raises the necessary sense of urgency. People simply fail to make proper sense of it. In the recent years so far 457,000 Eritreans are uprooted and have been registered with UNHCR. That is too big a number for an average person to make sense of the magnitude of the crisis. Hence, we have people taking cavalier attitude about it and dismissing it as economic or what have you. So, if anything, let us imagine that those many people as in the protest are flooding out of Eritrea for each passing month or 4 week cycle. Disaster is an underestimation to describe it.

      Regards

      • Mahmud Saleh

        Dear HTG
        A great way of using the video crowd to have us “visualize” the average monthly bleeding of our country. Yes, you are right Haile. Individually, we are so burdened with day to day chores and the news coming from different outlets, family members and friends. Although I still could manage what it would mean 5000 persons per moth leaving the nation (hahaha…I could say in my ጨጓር ዳንጋ ቋንቋ፡ ሓሙሽተ ብርጌዳት ሰሊሞም/ five brigades surrendered off, don’t tell abi, and then add an exclamation expression: ወይ ጉድ!!!) but when I see it represented by this video, I get chills. A good data visualization tool. Now, I take the UN report that way. We have known those crimes existed and that’s why we have been opposing PFDJ, but when they come summarized, they create a shock and awe effect.

        • haileTG

          Selam Mahmuday,

          You have an advantage there Mahmuday due to your background in duties involving crowds. Also, people who work on likewise fields in organizing large crowds can be said to be better at getting sense of the numbers. Generally, we are not capable of visually framing very large numbers. The brain reverts to using labels that would lower the magnitude into imaginable levels. For example, total defense related spending of the US is close to $1 trillion (the federal budget is over $500 billion for 2015). People don’t really process the raw magnitude, they simply consider that 1 trillion and compare it with 14 trillion (US national debt) and end up comparing 1 and 14. Let me bring it closer to imaginable case to help sense the magnitude:

          1 million seconds is just a little over 11 days (i.e 11 days and few hours)

          1 billion seconds is about 32 years long

          1 trillion second is about 32,000 years long!!

          Humans first arrived in the planet some 200,000 years and 32, 000 years ago (1 trillion seconds), the Earth would have been unrecognizable. The planet was in the throes of an Ice Age!!

          That is how big a trillion dollars is and 14 times that is (about 400,000 years ago) is how much US national debt is in dollars!

          So, getting back to the 5000 per month (watch out that perceptual contrast effect might now make you feel less burdened by this figure, i.e. you brain had been stretching to visualize huge quantity that it would be tricked to look at a smaller number as 5000 to be much smaller than what it actually is..haha:) it is enough to cause major alert had it was the case that people could normally accurately sense the number. But most often we look at the 5 and feel relieved if it is now 3000 because 3<5.

          Sorry for the number crunching in the insane hours of the evening:-)

          Regards

      • Semere Andom

        Hi HTG:
        How about if we look at it this way: Let assume there are 4million people in Eritrea. If PFDJ survives in different form for the next 10 years and the bleeding stays the same , 60,000 Eritreans will leave the country every, this means 600, 000, young potential future of the country, cream of the cream. Since demographically Eritrea is young country, in the same token most of the leaving are the young and even if you adjut for the birth

        • haileTG

          Haha sem, you obviously are missing a lot of gossip in Eritrean house holds! It goes “ናይ ተቋወምቲ ሰባት ይበዝሑ ነይሮም አሎሞም፡ ኣነ’ኳ ኢንተርነት ኣይርእይን’የ”…haha. Sure the regime is calling them woyane (Geneva police estimated that there were about 5 times more people on 26th), but that is critically foolish because statistically the regime will isolate it self even more by disowning huge chunk of the population.

  • Kokhob Selam

    Dear Sara,
    so the main reason to leave the nation is economy for you. But our nation is very rich it is only PFDJ poor who was not able to administrate it. I prefer to use my own resources by removing PFDJ than to beg others.

    • haileTG

      Dear KS,

      A guy suffering from food poisoning may misinform his doctor as having headache. So, because the guy doesn’t really explain his problem and misidentify it, it doesn’t mean he isn’t sick. Eritrea’s political problems are there for everyone to see, regardless how those sick explain it to be. No law, no rights, repression and no justice. If anyone had left purely for economic reason, that defy imagination because the person is saying they are lazy. If they can’t improve their economy where they are, why do they expect it to improve it some where else? Especially if laziness is supposed to be the root cause?

      • Kokhob Selam

        Dear haile,

        yep ! Tthings are very clear and if some try to deny the truth because he lack information, he is most well come to get support from great people like you. the problem now is most among those who deny know very well what our real problem is and still give millions of reason not to act against PFDJ. those days, they have dropped everything and are telling us about economy. they don’t want to mention all those social and political problems. well just to come to their tactic what other countries own more than our untouched fertilized land with all the resources under the it. our sea, and the resources within it, the strategic position all are enough to threw any government leave alone such illegal administration – a group who can’t manage even small establishment. so the man who complains about economy of our nation will never improve his life any where in the world as he is lazy to work in his own country by changing the system.

      • Hayat Adem

        Dear the greatest of greats Haile,
        If it is an economic reason that is driving thousands to flee every month, how on earth is it the PFDJites think it is not a political problem? Any social problem that happens at a crisis level is political at its core and it is inexcusable. Please let us laugh your self-inflicted political death out laud and we allow you to feel the shame and helplessness.
        My friend’s husband was caught driving on HOV-3 while he had his wife as an only passenger. Then he was ticketed for 250.0 (Ouch!) with an option of appearing before a judge to defend him self should he want. He was already swearing that he would go to court to challenge. He told his wife, the judges usually tend to sympathize with citizens if they hear any sensible excuse.
        “But what will be your sensible excuse?”, his wife asked him.
        “I have 6 weeks or so to think about it. I’ll come up with something. Trust me, I’m not paying this money.”
        “Okay, I need not tell you though that you would end up paying more than 250 should you fail to convince the judge.”
        “No worries. The only thing I should mind is taking a day off from work.”
        Then two months came and pass. There was no word from the husband. His wife has forgotten about the court schedule. And he chose to be quite about it until something triggered the discussion again.
        “What happened to your day at the court? You didn’t forget to show up, did you?”
        “No, I was there.”
        “How come you never said anything? You lost?”
        “Little did I know I was destined for more damage and shame.”
        “What exactly happened?”
        “I thought I had found a nice and pardonable excuse. I told the judge that i started driving in the HOV when it was open for all in the morning non-rush-hours when suddenly a mechanical trouble made my car undrivable in the middle of the road and that I had to call a friend to fix and that the car was fixed, but by then, it was late into the rush hours and that I was caught on exiting the HOV.'”
        “And the judge didn’t believe you?”
        “No, he didn’t. Not only that, he exposed me to the greatest shame of my life with only few words and a smile on his face.”
        “What did he do? What did he tell you?”
        “He said, ‘Nice try Mr. Mengiste-ab. But I’m smart enough to know two facts that contradict your story. The direction of the traffic flow in that HWY would be northbound, not southbound in a morning time, wouldn’t it be? Also, the police would always clear it first before they open it for the HOV traffic. But that was a nice one just not nice enough to save you from the ticket and the processing fee. Next case…”
        My friend burst in laughter thinking of the yawning gap between his tone of confidence on the ticketing day, and the way it ended up against his expectations. He was more irritated by her laughter and that irritation of him was more fuel for her being tempted to even laugh more. She had to run away to the bathroom to finish but he followed her and he kept reminding her that the money belonged to her too and he shouldn’t have mocked on his intention to fight for saving it. Sensing his terrible and coarse tone, she tried to laugh inside struggling to swallow any burst of sound. She was still laughing when she was telling me about his miserable situation.
        “Why did you have to laugh non-stop about it?”, I asked her.
        “I think I know him too well. I have never seen him acting helpless like that. Ohh..you should have seen his face…hahahahahha….My husband is a guy who pursues perfection in a no nonsense way. He hardly acts his emotions. He has never been hurt on the feeling aspect so much like that since i knew him. He tried to justify it as a good fight for money but I know it never was about the money. I think it was about the shame and his hurt pride. And he never let me laugh it out freely and I am always into involuntary temptations.hahahaha:)”

    • sara

      Dear selam
      indeed our country is rich in every aspect,people, history,natural resources etc, but all that is not enough as long as you have enemies who do not like eritrea to march forward, simply because they
      are HASADAT. the worst is we have some FOOLS even though they claim to be educated enough to learn from the past.i always thought lack of education which made us get trapped in ethiopibia
      ploy at the UN in the 50th, but it wasn’t as i see it now.

      • Kokhob Selam

        Dear Sara,
        I rather believe our problems are within us. It was never for outsiders. and it will never be. as soon as you know yourself you will know how to survive with others. and who is care about us? everybody is going his own home work. search the enemy within you and you will find it.

        • haileTG

          Hey KS,

          The fools demand rule of law and the smart defend injustice;

          The fools demand justice for those ailing in jails under trumped up charges, the smart justify their incarceration;

          The fools demand basic freedoms and rights, the smart protest against such basic guarantees;

          The fools call for peace and end war mongering and the smart justify brinkmanship.

          The fools stand for the victims and the smart disown them to the point of dancing in a town next to their temporary graves.

          If you understand the above logic and can recall it at all times, you will be entitled for a degree in one of the 7 year old PFDJ institute of higher education [of no accreditation or recognition outside PFDJ Eritrea]. After you get your degree, remember to avoid all HASSADAT because they will want to have the same luck as you:-)

          • Kokhob Selam

            Deat Hailat,

            Lol ! this is nice one.

          • saay7

            Hey Hailat:

            Maybe you should have a “you might be a fool if….” list aka Jeff Foxworthys “you might be a redneck..”

            On Facebook, one of our smarty pants started a thread with “you might be suffering from Badme syndrome if….” and invited people to comment. (Badme sydrome is focusing on Badme to the extinction of the country, I think.). Anyway somebody posted something like “if, on Martyrs Day, you hold a candle in front of the Pushkin statue”–and he actually accompanied it with a pic. Of Eritreans holding a candle in front of a random foreigner in a country that, if it honored its heroes appropriately, would have an Eritrean statue in every corner. Like everything about Eritrea, it’s bittersweet. Because, as you remember, the Pushkin statue was erected for no reason other than appeasing Russia and competing with Ethiopia about the bonafides of Pushkin.

            SaaY

          • haileTG

            Hey saay,

            Well PFDJ is getting ahead of me in making fun of themselves 🙂 Please enjoy Eritrea’s version of Borat (for real:). A YPFDJ guy trying to conduct “citizen journalism” during Geneva 22, never mind that he decided to silence out many independent views of his interviewees and it was more of telling them what he wanted them to think than finding out their views. I have cut the 2 mins long most hilarious part for you. I have to forewarn you of extreme funny material. The guy (most likely of the smart breed in our topic with KS), couldn’t differentiate between state and government and if something isn’t private, well it should be government (more like BBC is owned by the British governing party!). The whole video is 44min that adds 0 value, but take this two min. entertainment for free. Eritrea’s very own BORAT:-)

            http://www.tubechop.com/watch/6318209

        • sara

          Dear kokob
          i agree with you to a certain extent we have to admit those problems are our own, but as i said before even if you try to minimize the role of outsiders, eritrea still have some fools whom it is stuck with, and we don’t know how to deal with them.
          you know what, i recently had a chance to read about the events at the UN in the 50th when the eritrean case was debated, and i was dumb stuck with similarities with what is happening now
          imagine- there were eritreans (by birth) with the ethiobian delegation assisting the ethiobians against
          ours, you know for sure those who represented eritrea–
          now,don’t you agree those of ours (eritreans biding ethiobian agenda) were fools, if not traitors.

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear sara

            See now, you have said it “imagine- there were eritreans (by birth) with the ethiobian delegation assisting the ethiobians against…” you will never be defeated by others unless you have an eternal problem . outsiders only use the gate from inside to enter. watch those love stories who end up with broken heart around and you will notice how outsider play, only one or both lovers are stupid things go wrong.

            ELF was not hit by and end that way by EPLF and TPLF it was only single part of the story.There were people among ELF who work against there own front following instructions from EPLF leadership purposely and there were some innocent who fallow them.

            you can list a lot of examples in our history including those who said “Ethiopia wey mot” without asking the choice of our people. in fact the death of Abdulkadir Kebire is the biggest example. Even Ethiopian people are victims of there king and our “Ethiopia wey mot guys” for all those years I believe.

            See now I didn’t underestimate the role of outsiders but history didn’t record any success of outsiders with out participation of internal agents. Now, the first agent to support those who want us to kneel down is PFDJ. for simple reason, for not allowing us to live in peace and allowing us to progress under a system agreed upon. those more the status qua continue the more danger Eritrea fail as nation.
            I don’t see any political party or group who can described as traitor or who work for Ethiopian agenda. I watching Ethiopian parties who work against Ethiopian government are still dreaming Eritrea back or at least Asseb back and those are supported by Eritrean government directly and in directly.

            for me Eritrea national independent is over and there is no more U turn except Eritrea becomes a failed state and that can happen if we continue allowing PFDJ lead. the other chance might be in coming generations depending on developments. There might be time where nationalism get it’s value when the world progress and flag becomes a historical symbol and all the world is functioning united against poverty only – and start to live in peace without boarders. in that case who can be more closer than Ethiopians to Eritreans…

            so we are not in 1950 where Eritrean national place is in question. Eritrea is recognized legally an independent nation. if there is Eritrean side who want us to be under Ethiopia it is only the one on power PFDJ. Americans have a proof IA had several agreements for that and you and me have a simple proof of 1993 seemingly confederation agreement done between his admin and Ethiopians. in fact IA wants the entire Habesha under him Lol. USA don’t want to go against the wave as they always search for their advantage. the problem they are facing is 01. Ethiopians are doing fine without Eritreans 02. Eritreans will never allow Ethiopia to be governed with Ethiopia even within IA kingdom.

            see, the film ? opposition are not saying it, Ethiopian government is not saying it, USA is not saying it,Europeans even don’t move about it as the other 3 do it secretly. so we come back to our point…our enemy is within us. we should wake up.

          • sara

            Dear kokob
            am sorry to provoke you at this time (Ramadan) into our sad past history, and thank you for your effort to explain to me that all is of our own making, and outsiders have not much role in our problem.
            we may continue this after iftaar …. good day!..

          • Kokhob Selam

            Thank you Sara,
            you welcome.

          • sara

            Dear kokob
            thank you for sharing the video, our people roaring against/supporting the coi on 22 and 26, its
            an expression of hopelessness knowing nothing will come out of the coi report except tarnishing
            the image of eritrea. i believe as always the UN will never consider such demonstrations in its
            deliberations. this is not how they operate, but they keep us busy do what we are doing this days.
            do you know how many demonstrations are held against the UN stand on the palestinian issues
            every year in all major european cities? many, but the so called international comm gives a deaf ear
            and it has been 60+ years. therefore nothing will change, you will see.

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Sara,

            first the massage in this video is not only about that UN case but also about IA’s dream of being the king of Habesha. if you didn’t notice, please watch it again.

            “Hopelessness”, there is no such thing called hopelessness in the dictionary of hero who work day and night long before those who are talking about justice wake up.

            60 years back is totally different era and lot have been changed since then but again even those days the main problem was from own house not from UN. don’t believe the stories our politicians try to tell us. it may have served us during our national struggle so to cover some elders who cooperate with emperor of Ethiopia then but the truth is there was a portion who ask unity with Ethiopia, swallow this truth. and today If UN is in the side of unity who serves better than PFDJ ? none.

            sister, the demonstration is not the sign of “hopelessness”, this was not found just like that. there is an Eritrean healthy side who promote it. there is an advanced side among us who convince UN first to investigate. that was not an easy job. Those who work hard paying their time and money and knowledge should be appreciated.

            This job was done, with none stop full of hope struggle men and women among us. by doing so there are thousands of lessons for us and for the enemy and also for the world to see.
            01. PFDJ thought we can’t organize properly, the world thought we can’t handle our case, we the people thought we can’t win and we chose to be silent. those great men and women show to all – yes we can. yes we can go united for our common case, yes we can march to ward justice, and here is what we can start to do – was the core massage.
            02. a lot among supporters learn from this event (especially those innocent) that they have lost their direction and they should start to think properly.
            03. the blame against opposition for serving unity with Ethiopia was exposed while the hidden agenda of PFDJ was exposed.
            04. Negative people educated among them, were forced to take stand instead of criticizing far from action while positive people gain more confidence of their journey. the massage for them is – be part of the solution not the problem if you want justice and count your blessing don’t only see the troubles –

            05.People inside the country are assured that they can get support from diaspora Eritreans.

            I can continue listing, but the most I love from this demonstration is the greatest lesson that war is not only by taking army machines which will result the death of innocent, war is also the peaceful demonstration that kill ideas but not human-beings. Everything is positive in its time and place and this demonstration is timely, in proper place.

            Hope, hope is the best equipment we took form our heroes of yesterday and we will use it always.

          • sara

            Dear kokob
            good day to you!
            thanks for the detailed explanation on the success of the demonstration of june 26, but what caught my attention was your change of heart from a violent to nonviolent means to weed out pfdj etc
            that is at least sensible outcome of such activity, are you alone in this or this change is shared by those who attended and supported the demonstration. if yes, you are right to say still there is hope.

          • Hayat Adem

            Dear K.S.
            IA is larger than Eritrea and Eritreans. So, if he sings confederation, the nation and its people should follow him. When he feels like erecting a wall, on the southern border, everyone should echo the fence.
            When Sadam was on trial in 2003 and asked by the judge to defend himself, he said something and he will be remembered for the following words: “I’m not defending Sadam. Sadam is too big to be even defended by Sadam.”

  • Bayan Nagash

    Sleam Michael,

    I do not know you personally, but I feel the disappointment and the anger toward your aunt. I hope you don’t mind my unsolicited advice here. Be easy on your aunt, she is a byproduct of her generation, getting buried in one’s land should not be left up to one unstable person who can decide who is buried where and when. For you and me it makes no sense where one is buried, what matters is how well and graceful life one lives while alive. So, please understand her worldview is far removed from that of yours, and no matter what you say to her, at this junction in her life, nothing matters more than being buried at home. The culprit is not your aunt, the anger, the frustration, and any negative visceral reaction we feel should be directed straight on PFDJ’s lap, which is the root cause of the problem not at those who are victimized by it. She is nothing more than just one more victim of system gone awry.

    Gathering from your note above, you probably are not in speaking terms with her, if so, please reach out to her and try to understand her world, comfort her, tell her you love her even though you have big grudges inside. Make her feel at ease instead of shunning her – as you rightly said, she simply wants to be buried in her homeland, and that should never be coerced by the sicko who is at the helm in Eritrean wreaking havoc left and right.

  • Bayan Nagash

    Selamat Michael,

    When someone who was a part of this great and august gathering says what you just said above, it is like a soothing music to my ears, brother. Proud of you and thousands more like you who made the demonstration a success – it is individuals like you, Michael who are the heroes of the event.

    • Michael

      Beyan
      I can’t just tell you how much l was lucky to be able to present there, this was for the first time for me to be in any form of demo against the regime in Eritrea since left the country about 4 and half years ago. But, I don’t know if you can help me understand why such strong unity for justice was not possible before. But, I can tell you that everyone who contributed in any way should feel proud. After all, this not something we should be doing for praise, this is all about our rights, and justice for those brothers and sisters who are suffering under the regime’s prison camp.

    • Michael Tesfamariam

      Selam Beyan
      I can’t just tell you how much l was lucky to be able to present there, this was for the first time for me to be in any form of demo against the regime in Eritrea since left the country about 4 and half years ago. But, I don’t know if you can help me understand why such strong unity for justice was not possible before. But, I can tell you that everyone who contributed in any way should feel proud. After all, this not something we should be doing for praise, this is all about our rights, and justice for those brothers and sisters who are suffering under the regime’s prison camp. By the way I was reading your article published on awate.com when I was on my way to Geneva, it was really interesting and timely.

  • Eskindir
  • Dear Selam,

    Though we appreciate your passion for what you believe in, we do not appreciate your “who cares” attitude. Your many comments imply that you think you are bold and you should be left alone to say anything wish. That doesn’t work here. Time and place are important. People come to awate forum to debate, to learn and teach. To do that, a certain ambiance is required and we are committed and determined to provide that friendly atmosphere. Uncontrolled bursts and insults cause disruption, it doesn’t encourage debate. One can argue his point of view passionately without being rude, and without insulting others. That is how the administrators want to keep this forum: Inviting, not repulsive, respectful, not a place where rudeness rules.

    Those who do not understand that, end up becoming high maintenance members; the moderators do not have neither the time nor the will to explain that endlessly. We expect you to be considerate. Creating tense situations that push people away is not appreciated by the administrators. We expect members to help us in maintaining and promoting civility when debating with other members of the awate family. And finally, we appeal to those who have the urge to act impulsively, to remember that they are unnecessarily increasing our workload.

    • selam

      DEAR Awate
      Today is exactly my 5 years and 3 month as well as 12 days that I come to your website and I think , if I add all abusive words it was me who was in the receiving end. You never check the abusive words towards me but to the opposite . Thanks for your honest judgement . I wish you see the other people’s attitudes too. I never said I am bold and you never have any prove of that.
      You want to protect other people please tell us by their names unless they accuse me I replied.

  • haileTG

    Selamat Awatista,

    Authenticity is the mother of inspiration. People don’t get inspired by copy cat and fake. In the history of Eritrean armed struggle for independence the city of Bologna has an authentic place in the hearts of many. A place of unity, solidarity and commitment to common goal. We can never steal the original and authentic value and meaning of Bologna for anything else. It would be a cheap imitation and likely to reinforce what we oppose.

    Enter June 26 and hence the city of Geneva. The city of Geneva now means more than a place visited by Eritrean justice seekers for legalistic purposes of legitimizing the charges against the dictator. It represented a culmination of a long and arduous journey of the struggle against tyranny. A struggle to mobilize the oppressed masses in their true numbers and proportions. Geneva is the jewel in the crown for justice seekers. It is the place where PFDJ was repeatedly humiliated by the world (2010 and 2015), it is a place of strong unity in purpose was demonstrated by the proponents of justice and rule of law. Geneva had made an authentic and original mark in this generation’s search to find one another in order to be there for each other. It had been long time coming, long time in the making, such a hard labor and a beautiful birth. PFDJ can never steal Geneva, it is too original, too authentic and too hard to imitate.

    Geneva should be the new face of the old Bologna. Geneva is modern, young and vibrant, where as Bologna today is a sleepy town of seniors and pensioners of old Italy. Let future meetings, conferences, events and rallies for justice be based in Geneva. Let justice seekers own their history in the making and embrace it in Geneva. Bologna is too authentic for the old to fake or imitate for this generation and Geneva is too authentic for the young and resistance against oppression to not embrace. Geneva inspires unity, Geneva inspires the end of our misery, Geneva inspires the Eritrean hinterlands what they can be, i.e if they come together, they can bury hgdef.

    Regards

    • Bayan Nagash

      selamat HTG,

      Idea-wise, you may be onto something that could become a tradition, a pilgrimage to Viva Geneva every year even after the menace is long gone. Even for those of us who couldn’t attend there was something unique, some vibe; something authentic, some untapped aura; and something spiritual, some organic energy from within that one felt when reading and watching the demonstration. HTG, you may as well have identified what all the visceral sensation that we have been feeling, the likes of Nitricc couldn’t even begin to comprehend. Let us for now bask in it, perhaps, once the organizers are rested and settled back in their respective home turfs we could begin a conversation about having some gathering along a theme of sorts that would combine June 20’s solemn day and honoring the able and disabled Veterans in the birth of new Bologna in Geneva, a celebration of sorts, gala and just sheer fun as well. I am trying to think out loud to what you have tapped in HTG. Keep it flowing bro.

  • tes

    Dear Awatawyan,

    I met a man who is fighting against trafickers relentlessely. I got a chance to record his words and concern at hand. According to his words, there are more than 700 Eritreans under the hands of Human trafickers and more than 200 under ISIS.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiP6eYDSPos&feature=youtu.be

    tes

  • selam

    Dear sara
    Thanks. For your information i did not send any thing to any one . Tes is making things up. I have no idea how he grow up but he is accusing me . He lied about Facebook thing. He lied about PFDJ thing, i have no idea what is he talking about.tes grow up with cattle and he doesn’t understand things properly blame to the childhood.

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Michael,

    I am happy when you are happy. Good for you. I share your happiness.

    regards,

  • Nitricc

    Hi people; glancing over the forum I can help it but feel sorry. Do ever get tired? The same thing over and over wow
    Take it easy take a break and listen to this cool teddy Afro new music

    http://youtu.be/YXLdmke_YX0

    • Nitricc

      I think Asmara will be on fire. Do you think he should be allowed to a concert in Asmara? For your info he just released a new Song that belonged to Abraham Afeworqi. Fishikta Eyu Ameley.

      http://youtu.be/StATt2M0RsI

      • saay7

        Nitrricay:

        I am getting increasingly worried about your prophetic skills. You suck at sports, and politics. Now u are showing u suck in music too. Here’s a timeline:

        1. The MJ pretender Jackys thievery of Abraham Afewerkis songs was successfully challenged by Abraham’s family: all YouTube videos are removed and the family is going after him to recover any money he made from that;
        2. Abraham is not just a legend ineritrea but also in Ethiopia (which was a surprise to me; maybe Eyob can tell us why) and they came down hard on him and he is now conducting an apology tour.
        3. Here’s a sample of how hard they came on him. I have selected some of the funniest but this goes for pages.
        4. Conclusion: if he goes to Eritrea it’s only because his music career in Ethiopia is over.

        Keep up will you:)

        • saay7

          Hey Nitriccay:

          Some more samples because it’s Sunday. These guys are brutal:)

          saay

          • Bayan Nagash

            Hala Ya Sal,

            esskhas trekhbo d’a eti TaTEmu. kemay zbelet nai google search engine eyya zellatka ezi Hawway. Wela eta ikkuyale nai google kab geTka tfllay aitmesslannin – amazingly resourceful. To the point, and sharp as razor at that.

          • saay7

            ya merHab Bayan:

            Wish I could take credit: it was forwarded to me by someone who shares my pet peeve about artists’ creation just lifted, picked, taken without even an attribution. Anyway, here’s just one more: this one kills me. I don’t know why Nitricc finds the appeal in toothless artists:)

            saay

          • Berhe Y

            Thank you Saay, the last one made me laugh hard. Yeewnet bidequsat.

          • saay7

            My pleasure Berhe:

            Let’s see which ones you and Bayan like from the following. I know which one Abi likes (proverbs) and which one Eyob likes (pull u damn pants up!)

            It’s Sunday and that’s my excuse 🙂

            Saay

          • Abi

            Saay
            You know me I like proverbs . I hate a man showing his diapers.
            ” yemayadg lij tazlo yafwachal.”
            I wish my 8th grade Amharic teacher found him with his pants down.

          • Bayan Nagash

            Hey Sal,
            The first one reminded me of my uncle’s wife who was on a visit in OC, California with her nephew who was in his teens at the time. These white teens he met he gave them our home number. Mind you, this was a decade or so pre-proliferation of cellphones. So, they would call our house incessantly every night. And the kid was hip, had his pant hang low. After I answered three calls in row of telling these teens he is out and about, my uncle’s wife, was beginning to get ticked by the whole shenanigan. After the third call she angrily retorted, ‘waylay entay gber eyyen zeblo’ zellowa srriu bdenbi geiru zeyATeQe wedds, via bellen.

          • Berhe Y

            All good but I like the second one, although the first is classic.

          • haileTG

            Hi saay,

            Here is a Saxophone playing in the most unexpected of places of all, Geneva 26! I chopped the relevant part (<10 sec)…:-)

            http://www.tubechop.com/watch/6312622

          • saay7

            Haile TG:

            Is this your way of telling me “teseraE”? 🙂 u are scaring SGJ by calling it a saxophone, tho. This is the sound of a lost voice. Like a person who was mute and then found the strength to speak when he heard the recording of his own voice megaphone by Mr Smith. How long do u think because you know who writes “Who Is Mike Smith” article? Hahaha

            Saay

          • haileTG

            hey saay,

            – Haha..I am still trying to imagine what music the gentleman could have been playing? Very puzzling indeed:-)

            – Come to think of music, the mega voice protester tes shared could easily use that performance as part for a [hard] Trance music release. The DDD [Down Down Dictator] being the core melodic phrase repeating throughout. The album could be called Power Trance 2015. It would electrify the youth dance scene:-)

            – Substantive response….hmmm;) weridwom gnbarat bezihwom….I would humbly suggest to PFDJ that instead of saying the migrants are Ethiopians, the protesters are Ethiopians, the report writers are Ethiopians… to just say All the report and the protest is about Ethiopia and nothing to do with Eritrea. Hey they could even sacrifice wedi Gerahtu and call him Ethiopian ambassador:)

          • Bayan Nagash

            Hey Sal,
            Let me guess, it would go along the lines of “If I don’t know who Mike Smith is how would I know where he is”, eh. I know Mike could be an Anglicized version of Mikael, but Smith…naindamen woQQaTi ele eyemmo kenadi…ab medebber do khon eyyu zserriH kid ab’u anadyo. kamtom “laHasti teref biatti” ab medebber terefmeref akkibu harambi Chamma yserriH yhlluw.

        • Abi

          Saay
          Are you really, seriously, honestly talking about this thief?
          I hate to mention his name. You must be bored to death. He should be in jail not on tour.
          I said the same thing 20 years ago when the other thief, yahya ( ahya) Adem made fame and money by stealing others work. It is the worst kind of thievery and they should be prosecuted to the maximum. Send all these thieves to jail.

          • saay7

            Selamat Abi:

            This is a “teaching moment” yllal ferenj. You know the author of the kite runner (did you read it? Find time to squeeze it in your Harold Robbins and Sydney Sheldons and the other bubblegums:- ) says that there is only one sin: stealing. Every other sin can be explained from that perspective. Murder is stealing: you steal a life. Lying is stealing: you steal truth. Etc. So here, I am trying to show the young impressionable ones like Nitricc that this is a “big deal” and he should not celebrate a thief.

            Now: cover songs, tributes, hommages done with permission I am all for. Did I tell you how Rick James dealt with MC Hammer when he stole his riff for “can’t touch this!” It will make you smile.

            Saay

      • selam

        Dear nitricc
        The man called jacky is a thief and he should be in jail by now. I hope abrham afewerki family take him to court. He is a thief . I certainly will not be sad if he has car accident and get dead now forget aboyt his concert in Asmara . He is the enemy of music.

        • Kokhob Selam

          Dear Selam,

          ሕግን ስርዓትን ተኸቲልካ ንመሰል ናይ ኪነት ምሕታት ይከኣል እዩ – የግዳስ ኣብ ትሕቲ ሕጋዊ መንግስቲ ምህላው ቅድሚ ኩሉ እዩ ዝስራዕ ::

          • selam

            Dear K.S
            Yes you are right unfortunately we found ourselves under criminal organization and we have no chance to do it in Eritrea , we will do it in holland . It is possible to take jacky to court , abraham afewerki family Foundation can do it . There are over 20 Ethiopiain singer who cheated Eritreans work of art (music) and i guess it is possible to screw them in Europe as most of them are traveling . These cheaters must be held accountable even in Ethiopia , it is a great offence to cheat art of music with out consent of the owner.

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Selam,
            I don’t think it is an urgent subject now. after all The art of our great musician is also loved by Ethiopians and the reason is there is connection between the colors he use in his art. you may face another big question which will be difficult for you to answer, every step of his Music were used by Ethiopians too before him. I don’t see any use of this arguments. I care more who took his soul than who took his music.

          • selam

            Dear k.s
            You may have the point but you failed to understand the whole issue of ownership. You just want to pass the subject , ok .but you can not just drop a hearsay in real argument. Abraham did not cheat from any one period , and these like abrar osman did not cheat from anyone , they created their own produgt and these thiefs are just making money by cheating eritreans work. About who killed abrham is just other topic and it is just unfortunate you want me to to this . Shame to missed the point

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Selam,
            ya hayati, you can imagine how new many musics we could have heard from from the day he dead till today. Today, he could have been the one to ask about the ownership of the nation more than his Music. shame on you to forget who killed him .

          • selam

            Dear k.s
            I do not intend to play politics on the death of Abraham , as you know the 03 news you are trying to sell is not here , you should do it in tigrai or addis . What i know is his music and many Eritrean music is cheated by Ethiopian thiefs just for money. Abrham and robel death is an accident that is what i know . If you have any news apart from your 03 of weyane do it properly or leave to wayene to sell the lies better than you.You seem to misunderstood your customer. I am not one of the people who buy hearsay news .

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Selam,
            you use the word weyane more than weyane. every equation and event was created for weyane in your mind.

            I don’t think he dead accidentally and in fact I was feeling he will be killed. I can’t say still the information is correct but due to my painful experience with that group I believe anything that is said is true. the problem is there is no any transparent system to find out if it is true or not. that is the point, PFDJ will be blamed for everything even some time if the death news is not true, and PFDJ deserve it since is not allowing any clarity.

          • selam

            Dear K.S
            Please try other things to blame and shame . Read my first reply to nitricc , these who cheat Eritrean art work(music) are not one or two people but more than 20 and they do this for money and no consent of the owner , it is an open crime . I never heard any of the remain people alive from the incident that took Robel and Abraham blame any one and one of the people who was in that trip is actually in the opposition camp based in Switzerland and i never heard him blame any one except the wave of the sea and the misinformation of the place they swim in. Now i am not trying to make PFDJ innocent of killing people actually they have killed in thousands and countless crimes but all these countless crimes have eye witness or some one is with the mark. You want blame PFDJ ok lets do it properly . What i am saying is totally another thing , the Ethiopian thiefs who cheated Eritrean work should go to jail because they do not help the field of music and they are takint some once property . I guess you know what is trademark or ownership6 .

            Why is it for some people so hard to defend Eritreans interest even with calling weyane , are you that much dependent not to call spade for spade? I have never ever see you defend your own history too. Do you remember the debate you gave in simply to T.kifle about the ELF and TPLF and also the badme issue ? And now you have the time to defend these Etjiopian thiefs for the whole night. Shame shame over shame .

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Selam,
            I understand your problem with me. I feel it. I have closed every other thing like that Badme issue of PFDJ but PFDJ play it to prolong it’s life. My one is No other problem is seen as actual and important till the end of PFDJ. you are roaring like a lion about the ownership of Musics while you are already under the worst thief of the world PFDJ. now all your time and effort should be to clean PFDJ and things will be solved automatically. if you keep watching the thief comes in a moment when you are not able to defend or in dark moment. all you have to do is stay in open and legal circumstance. Now, regarding the ownership of musics between Ethiopians and Eritreans I believe it is something we should not be hurry and should not be taken as from nation to nation but from person to person.

          • selam

            Dear K.S
            You have my respect , I really do respect but your window should not open when there is a debate about history. Now lets settle this music thieft issue , as I can see we are way way apart from each other on the issue.
            The thing I love about k.s is , we both never try to insult or accuse one another even though you some times accuse me of being PFDJ, I still think you are very cool I guess my grandfather tought you in the ELF era.

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Selam,

            I respect you too. but you told me not to open my window when there is a debate about history – I will try – but again you remind me your grand father..Lol.

            do you remember I once said ዝነበረ ዘይነበረ ይመስል ዘይነበረ ዝነበረ ይመስል that is an old saying. your grand father seems he was not there and you seem you have been there since ever. here I am the link to witness that your grand father was there and you are here – wish you long life and wish him highest heaven. he is in complete peace and you are in complete movement. I hope I am up to the responsibility for what I promise to him –

    • tes

      Dear Nitricc,

      I am not interested on your video (in fact Teddy is becoming more racist than an artist), but here I will post for you some photos from Geneva

      The man with a mic in the 4th picture came from USA, so inspiring man

  • Kokhob Selam

    Dear Michael,
    Lucky enough to see by your two eyes how much truth is strong. welcome.

  • haileTG

    Hi Awatista,

    As someone said it: ጭሕሚ ኢሰያስ ዝላጸየ ደርማስ ሰልፊ!

    https://www.facebook.com/yonas.fishale/videos/10204750201611090/?fref=nf

    • Bayan Nagash

      Selamat HTG,

      The raw emotion of the first demonstrator’s voice is just enough to get Nsu not only to shave his moustache but also to hide and run, especially if this guy were to confront him. The next time there is a demonstration, he should be our front and center that would galvanize the public to chant in unison following his lead. I am sure the wordsmiths like you and KS can provide him with bumper sticker size phrases that others can respond to easily. Though my hope is that we need not demonstrate anymore as the shelf life of the PFDJ seems to around the bend. I think Tes introduced us yesterday to this great and powerful voice, which is a perfect fit for big gathering, and the hope is that Tes got contact information of this macho voice! You just can’t help it but gotta love hearing him roar.

    • tes
      • Bayan Nagash

        Selamat Tes, you’re our eyewitness, and thank you for bringing us the real ambiance of the Geneva demonstration, in real time. Nitricc, is it getting too hot for you pal, so much so that you want to shift the conversation to something irrelevant, like whether some artist wishing to go to do a concert in Eritrea – that’s a subject so out of tune, too jarring to listen.

        Well, “this is our time. This is our moment”, you better get out of the kitchen, because Nsu’s house is going to be on fire soon. As the saying goes, if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. So, this is just the beginning, it’s gonna reach boiling point soon – watch out!

        • tes

          Dear Bayan,

          Individuals like Nitricc have sold their heart long time ago. Now they are robots, no thinking but sending the message they have to send. They don’t care on what is going on now.

          However, as you put it, “”this is our time. This is our moment”. How ever they tried to divert the course, the sleeping lion is now awake. And justice has set its foot in Geneva and it will be soon in the heart of Asmara.

          Here you will have some of the most beautiful pictures from Geneva

          Note: I took the first photo remembering your call to our Moslem brothers. They were there to tell the world our brothers are languishing in prison on false accusations. Those who came with this message were blessed with their acts.

          • Bayan Nagash

            selam Tes Hawway,

            kbret yhaballay ezi hawway. I see even the style the color and the theme of demonstrators of the 26 far more soothing than that AinKa zenuQr of the 22nd.

        • tes

          More photos

          And what surprised me most was the presence of high proportion of women. Mothers and fathers were there with their less than one year old kids marching among the crowds. I was so delighted.

    • Bayan Nagash

      selamat HTG,

      I have a friend who occasionally uses this saying from Tigre language, which roughly translates to: when you see your neighbor being shaved, you best wet your hair. So, ChHmi Isaias, he better wet it, otherwise, someone else will not only not use water, but it will be shaved by Trmus – it deserves no lama (razor) either.

  • Ted

    Dear Semere, ” I got carried away”, is understatement. Are you in to Holy war now, the gangsta, against ” the race tainted by the satanic DNA.” , “the kobor junkies, the lunatics everywhere with whatever means necessary”
    it was not a while a go you forfeit Eritreans that you propose “weyane” to do the job for you, now you are in to Holy scripture the UN, NOAH to do again your job.While we are in to the bible, can i call this the resurrection of your kind, the vindictive, resentful and the bitters ones.

    • Abi

      Tes
      You are talking about The Bible and The United Nations at the same time. Since it is Sunday , let me put them together for you.
      Isaiah 2:4 is engraved on the wall of UN.
      IA is following you wherever you go. Watch out!!!

      • Semere Andom

        Abi:
        Do not bring IA please, because Ted after getting drank with the wholesome mile he will quote IA 18:-)

        • Abi

          Hi Sem
          Ted could not find a real milk since he left mama ethiopia. He changed to soy milk. Very smart move expected from a very wise person.

      • Ted

        Abi, tes didn’t say anything about Bible. If you know your Bible here is one rather fitting on UN walls.
        Matthew 24:24

        • Abi

          Hi Ted
          That was a typo. I meant Ted. I usually address Tes by his title.
          Ted, I know my bible a little bit. Mathew 24:24 is a perfect fit on IA’s pride wall in his office.

    • Semere Andom

      Ted: speak for yourself, are you one of these demonic DNA tainted creatures or not.
      And move on from your lies if you need my comments Abi can translate it for you in Qera dialect. I am all for Eritreans and Never forfeit it, if I did I will join you and Dawit. So make up your mind, stop walking with one leg on the change movement and one anchored in saving PFDJ

      • Ted

        Dear Semere, If there were a taint of PFDJ in me, it was washed clean by the holy water of Geneva, In your case, it is making you talk in tongues. Could it be because we became so strong and self sufficient to do our affairs by our own that your mekelle office is no longer needed. Put down your swards and spears, we are now in to defending justice and rule of law(.It is called “weed out PFDJ’s policies”)

        • selam

          Dear Ted
          semere is angry due to the shift to Europe , his conferences hall are becoming empty, just watch out how we ship our people from Ethiopia , sudan , libya , Tunisia to Europe . He will never get what he want . He thinks we will be sold on his desk to weyane , just count how many people are filling the ships , boats . We will make sure most young people transferred from tigrai to Europe by any means . We can not and will not be sold to weyane to kill our brothers . We will show him how to make his plane empty.

      • Saleh Johar

        Hi iSem,

        I think a truce is in order between you and Ted. He wrote, “we are now in to defending justice and rule of law(.It is called “weed out PFDJ‘s policies“)” To me that is enough goodwill. I will slowly work on him to remove the (‘s policies) from his quote 🙂 If you bicker from now on it will be meaningless. I am counting on you two 🙂

        • Semere Andom

          Hi Saleh:
          Haddir!!

  • Ali

    I have seen some of the videos, the speakers kept mentioning Munkhafadat meaning from Lowland (mostly Tigre). What about the people from the Highland? (i’m Saho). I have noticed the Munkhafadat keep sticking to themselves without thinking about us and the others.

    I hope this does not divide us in the future of Eritrea like what happen between Somalia and Somaliland.

    • tes

      Dear Ali,

      It will not divide us but consolidate. ELL was there in a more organized manner like any other Eritreans with grievances. Some of the attendants were asking, “why the victims from Keren by PFDJ were on display? I asked myself, “if it was sane to bring Dawit Issac’s photo high above the tower, then isn’t it for our brothers of other religions/region too?”

      For the last 15 years we were so loud about direct victims of PFDJ mostly G-15 and Journalists. Those who were arrested for unknown reason but people speculate by saying because of religious affilation (Jihad) were not on display like the others. After ELL was established, they recalled their brothers and are marching among justice seekers.

      Therefore I see it from positive point of view and in fact a strength for our call to justice. My wish is to see all Eritreans to bring their brothers and sisters case and tell the world what happened to them. That is what we saw in Genèva.

      • sara

        Dear tes
        that is not an answer, you just swayed the question to a different angel, ALI is telling you straight
        there was lowland- highland divisions and he doesn’t know what to do.he even told you his tribe.
        why shy away, that is not you.

        • tes

          Dear sara,

          That is my answer. If I am shy away, feel free to respond. But let me tell you this, “I have said what I have to say.” Don’t expect me to be your spokesman. I represent only myself;

          tes

  • Abi

    Hey Brhan
    I heard it from Hope . He was reporting for EriTv.
    According to the news those protesters were paid weyane operatives. Some of them are wounded derg soldiers .

    Hope/Truth reporting the truth.
    How do you differentiate an eritrean veteran from an ethiopian? The eritrean is sitting on a wheelchair.

  • tes

    Dear AT

    One photo that caught my attention was about Youth Association of ELF. I want to know more about this organization.

    I wish this youth organization is still alive with its full archived documents

    • Kokhob Selam

      Dear Tes,
      a lesson among thousand lessons in 26 June was that -you can’t kill ideas by killing the man who believe on it.

  • Goitom

    I saw the flag of woyane in the demonstration. So why is awates article calling it victory.
    It’s woyane orchestrated demonstration, Is every one blind in this forum or may be there is no Eritrean here to comment.

    • selam

      Dear Goitom
      The Ethiopians are not all stupid and they are not all weyane , of course you will find unionists and weyane ESHI GOYTAYE too but i reject the notion that all of us in Geneva like to see the Ethiopian flag. Do not you see some Eritreans also wave Ethiopian flags too. We are a diverse people .Even here in awate.com you will find Ethiopians who do not support our independence and also Eritreans who choose to love weyane than any thing in their life.

      • Goitom

        Selam haftey
        Thanks for the clarification, I appreciate it.

  • tes

    Dear sara,

    this is what she is writing, “…well i could make your heart boil over and reach death of your life by simply hacking yoyr family to the point of no return”.

    regarding Amanuel, you are repeating what I said.

    selam is an abusive and gangster group member here. She follows every awatista in order to collect bibliography when the bibiography is already there to anyone.

    yes selam is young PFDJ, YPFDJ member who has mastered threatening and intimidation skills. Don’t therefore try to protect those gangsters.

    tes

  • tes

    Dear Awatawyan

    Here is a short SWOT analysis of Geneva demo

    1. Strength:

    One objective, one voice, laud and clear message.

    2. Weakness:

    Organizers were not able to accomodate the mass flow. The mass was there on his own merit. But the organizing committee were not there at the end. How one starts and how he ends should be the measure. We did a wonderful voice but not a wonderful organizational outcome. The organizing commeittee were only focusing on how the mass can roar laudly not on how the roar can be accomodated. Today Eritreans have learned to create sound but we are lagging in accomodating the sound.

    I have clearly seen the weakness we are into. Eritreans are more than ever ready, we have many leaders but not one leader. Eritrea at the top position needs one leader not thousands of leaders. I have the thousands of leaders but not the one leader.

    3. Opportunities

    People who are ready to be mobolized at any time for all means.

    4. threats

    Because of the absence of leadership quality, thousands of leaders may come in the forefront and just forget finally what they are fighting for, JUSTICE.

    It is not that much but just imagine:

    You are invited in a dinner party. The queue was so long. the atmosphere was so good and people were talking each other happily. In the mean, they heard, “No more Stew but there is injera”. What will be the the dinner party at the end? Do you think that those who were in good mood will end up as such?

    To public Attention:

    PFDJ is not good in hearing but good in filling. Justice seekers are good in hearing but not good in filling.

    Now get the weakness we have.

    We the justice seekers will be encountered with these two challenging issues.

    the people is looking for someone who hears and one who fills. If we are not able to fulfill these two, our success will be very far.

    Hint for the coded message:

    Justice seekers should start to build economy right now. If not, PFDJ will fall but we will bring another enemy to the people and that is poverty and I have seen that in Geneva.

    tes

    • Semere Andom

      Dear Tes:
      You did it again after Italy almost a year to date. You have made your mark like many in the historic fight. Congra. Did you see Hope there?
      Did you manage to tape it? Also by your conservative estimate how many did June 26 outnumber the supporters of the tyrant of June 22?
      Also are you following and getting disgusted by what dawit is saying?

      • tes

        Dear SA,

        First: Thank you. I am glad that I joined these two historical moments. It is such a great achievement. I am not only simply doing my study but I am also doing my resposnibilty as an ordinary citizen to end dictatorship back home. And I wish I will go back and continue teaching in one of the higher education centers.

        Second: Hope? he can’t be there by any means on 26.06. May be he was there on 22.06. You are not asking a proper question here.

        Third: Attebdants of 22.06 are crazy like withcrafters but those who attended on 26.06 are ANGELS of PEACE. No way to compare them therefore. If you ask me just numbers, I am confident to say, the ratio is 5:1. The former represents proportion of justice seekers. Add more that of Washington DC, Ethiopia and Israel, the ratio is beyond to be compared.

        PFDJ was only able to mobilize his wirshipers to Geneva, but justice seekers mobilized people in different parts of the world. Not only UN but they reminded also AU to take his responsibility.

        dawit, this guy has no limit. He is so disguiting and cruel person. I read your opposing comments and I also have the same concern. But Abi surplassed that by laughing at our cause too. hence two wild people are here among us, one mocking, the other laughing.

        tes

    • tes
  • dawit

    Papillon,
    It is one thing to hate one individual because he or she is incompetent , but it is not a justification to destroy a nation, that is not only unhealthy but insane.

  • Casey Jon

    You all need a reality check first . Do some souls searching . The term the notion “Eritrea” is a colonial / jebha- Shaebiya creation . The kebessa are closer tithe Tigray not the Kunama or Afar. The Tigre I know relate more to the Sudanese or the Arab world. You did not beat dergue. If it was not for Woyin Tigray Shaebiya would have been still hiding in Sahel and continue living their ( the leadership) warlord existence like the FARC of Colombia.
    You are not “special” but it is easy to rile you all up if someone uses the word “Eritrea” because being Eritreans (the concept) is running away from your true Habesha identity. Delusion of grandeur and insanity

    • dawit

      Dear Casey,
      You can sell your story to Gambell, Benshangul, The Ogaden, or the Borona. It worth Billion dollars.

  • Bayan Nagash

    Selamat Awatawyan,

    Here is an idea. Some media savvy person could embed the myriad voices from Medrekh Radio of Eritreans from different ethnic groups into this procession that shows the entire length of demonstrators from one end to another. Now, that would make for one powerful message to the world at large that this is not some concocted demonstration, but a genuine one that has popular Eritrean support.

    https://www.facebook.com/sammy.haile/videos/1020828077936336/

    • tes

      Dear Bayan Nagash,

      Yes there was diversity. The day was so colorful. PFDJites tried to make it colorful through pictures of one man and flag that they don’t give a respect at all. On the other hand, those who march fdor justice were so colorful in its true essense.

      People with different ethnic groups were there,
      Children as small as 1 yrs old and elders as older as 80 years were there.
      people leading opposition fronts were there

      x-journalists of Eritrean Ministry of Information were there.

      Young people who just crossed the sahara were there and people who never visted Eritrea were also there

      Many young and energetic youth were there

      And all were chanting for “JUSTICE”, the most beautiful word sound one has to listen and if possible to say it. It was such a great day.

      tes

  • Saleh Johar

    Hi dawit,

    This is what you wrote:
    “But how about the disabled war veterans? PFDJ replies again, these are not ours, we provide wheel chairs to every Eritrean Disabled War Veterans. Besides our Disabled are staying at home in Eritrea, busy as entrepreneurs leading a normal life and part of the contributing members of their society. Therefore these must be Ethiopian war victims, left to beg on the streets of Addis flown to Geneva to join the Anti Eritrea demonstration. ”

    It is very disappointing. The moment a veteran, who lost a limb for Eritrea, opposes Isaias he is s nobody? He is open to your partisan wrath and ridicule? My friend, you can support the regime you support until the end, but that should not make you lose your humanity and dignity. You have reached a stage where you look down and insult veteran combatants who can show what they paid for Eritrea while all you can show is your two hands clapping? Shame on you dawit. Shame!

    • haileTG

      Hi SGJ, I left that part of dawit’s folly because I thought it merited no recognition. As to the disabled veteran’s, their position in society is fully demonstrated in the clip itself. In that epic history making operation, the highest place of honor, i.e. to lead the masses forward was reserved for them. It wasn’t reserved to religious leaders, opposition leaders, intellectual class or other dignitaries but for them alone. That was the highest form of recognition bestowed on a citizen, in concordance with their selfless service to the nation with bravery and gallantry in a war to forge it. እዛ ናይ ዳዊት ብዙሕ ኣይትኩርኩሖምን’ያ፡ ከም ሕንቲኽቲኽ ውሰዳ:-)

    • dawit

      Hi Saleh and HTG;

      Just cool it, don’t try to paint Eritrea a one nation that does not exist in reality. As Al-Jezira hosts there are two hostile nations that fight mercilessly. The opposition groups do not recognize the existence of the
      government and its followers, whether they are veterans or disabled war veterans, young or old. The same goes with the government. HTG put picture and claimed that disabled vets were leading the opposition rally walking with crutches and the government crowd also had a war disabled veterans on wheel chair on stage singing and motivating the crowed. Opposition shout ‘Down, Dawn Isaias and Govt supporters shout ‘Up. Up Isaias’. Here is a video from the PFDJ rally, but I doubt if it can pass the censorship of AT Team. I just wrote what I saw and if you don’t like it, it is your problem.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJRNFHxsK1M&feature=player_embedded

      • Semere Andom

        AT:
        There is reason we have editors and one of the reasons is post and report truth. This video is a a lie, ghe song is a lie, the person on the wheel chair is a lie. It is offensive nkieed tray. This is not censorhip.
        This links are not the other side of the story like in adversarial politics, it filth, it is mockery, it belongs to shabait , madote and the Tesfanews, not in a website named about the father of the Ghedli that the dawits call bandit and whose own people (awate’s) people as in the link BY provide languish in Sudan for 50 years and like the rest of us are the victims of organ trafficking by PFDJ to built dawit’s villas and solar panel. For these reason, remove it, please, at least not in the week when the Genev is breaking their backs, He can spew his lies in text but not graphics

      • Saleh Johar

        dawit,
        Let’s keep it honest. The opposition says PFDJ are oppressors and those who support them in that are equally guilty.

        You camp says that anyone who opposes the regime is a sellout. First, how do you feel when you brand Eritrea that huge number of your compatriots as traitors (at least those who are outside the country against their will)? 2. I am barred from my own country because of the injustices of the regime you support and in fact, you encourage your regime to continue in that path. Of course you open a window for us, to surrender, shed off all our rights as citizens and bow to un-elected people who are ruling our country by the power of the gun. Now forget partisan stuff. Let’s talk like two citizens. I am saying the regime is cruel, doesn’t believe in justice and has made a big chunk of its citizens forced exilees–remember I am an exhibit.

        Another perspective: if you recognize that I have equal stake as you in the country, technically the regime belongs to me and you. Do I have the right to reject it? If yes, that is what I am doing, but my compatriots (that’s you) stripes me of my rights because he happens to love the repressive regime and will not mind ruling half his compatriots sellouts, and condemns them to a life of exile where their remains will not be allowed a burial hole in Eritrea. Sleep on it, and consult whatever is left of your humanity, conscience, fairness, justice, recognition of citizen rights, and common sense. If you have any of that, I feel you will toss and turn in a sleepless night. If you are like Isaias, you can throw your best friend in jail and go to have a bottle of deer. Dead conscience. dawit, I wish you will spend a sleepless night, not because I hate you, but because I wish you have some humanity left in you. Now hit the sack 🙂

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Saleh,

          No Saleh, the PFDJ lots do not understand that you have as equal stake as them and that every citizen have the right to reject or support any kind of regime that rules or govern the Eritrean people. Their consciousness, humanity, sense of fairness and justice are clouded by the orientation given from the indoctrination manual. And all of them they speak the same controlled language (like sellouts, wayane stooges, enablers of UN, US, NGOs, Amnesty international). They are not even in adversarial political Modus Operandi to communicate here . They are here to insult, attack, dehumanize even to the Eritrean disabled war veterans who are shamelessly calling them as sellouts left in the streets of Addis. Saleh I don’t think they are worth to your response. Responding to them is giving a platform to vomit their hate temper tantrum in continuity. What a sad situation it is when they try to disown our war disabled veterans all over the world including those of ELF war disabled veteran who are in the Sudan refugee camp in hundreds(big credit to ELF-Rc/EPDP who tried to help them).

          regards,
          Amanuel Hidrat

    • Yoty Topy

      Hi Saleh Johar,
      Is talk about truth and reconciliation after Ayssaya is gone premature? I hope there will be one and Dawit will have to justify his comment .

  • Bayan Nagash

    Selamat Awatawyan,

    The link below gives you the diverse nature of the demonstration in Geneva. Even if you don’t understand the language, hearing Eritreans speaking in their own mother tongue, from Arabic to Tigrinya; from Saho to Afa and Tigre language is the strongest and unequivocal message to PFDJ. Thank you Amal and your colleagues for reaching out to these diverse voices in yesterday’s Geneva demonstration… Thank you, thank you, and thank you Eritreans the world over for capturing the Eritrean spirit, which has been missing for many years.

    https://soundcloud.com/eritrean-forum-medrek/kappa1-150627-1800

  • Abi

    Hi Teweldino
    It makes me sick when people use their hands and call it football. I never watch that game except the last game. Even then I like the food and the festivities than the game .
    Back to George weah. Do you know Paris didn’t win any major European trophy after he left to AcMilan and David Ginola and Asprella went to New Castle ?that was the best team . Over 20 years without European trophy. Correct me if I forgot something.

    • teweldino

      Hi Abi,

      Paris has recently been bought by the Quataris and they have been spending big on players. They are the new Manchester City of France. I expect them to win major European cup title in the next three years. They reached the quarter final stages Champions League a couple times.

  • haileTG

    Down Down dawitom…haha

    ኣንታ ከመይ ቀኒኻ፡ ወጺዩልካ’ዶ ስንባደ? ጉዳም ዝኾኑ ሰራዊት ፍትሒ፡ ትሕቲ ዓራት’ዶ ኣእቲዮምኻ! haha

    Anyway dawitom, until tes get us more, please look at this vid solely made to show how big only part of it was. Don’t you believe on our beoble anymore?:-)

    https://www.facebook.com/sammy.haile/videos/1020828077936336/?fref=nf

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Hailat,

      This is a good one. I felt as if I was there. They make us really proud. More than anything that makes me happy is, the overwhelming majority of the participants are our Youth. Thank you.

      regards,
      Amanuel Hidrat

  • Semere Andom

    AT
    A Hooligan Has Spoken
    He supported the assault on the Sheila and he mocked everything Eritreans stand for by consistently insulting them all based on lies and PFDJ propaganda.
    He thinking Sheila will get free health care while its people flock to Sudan for basic medicine and medical treatment.
    At a time his negus IA is being nominated for the ICC he is still at it, speak of grinding.

  • Abi

    Hi Papi
    According to my sources in addis, those protesters are not eritreans. They are african immigrants. ( source upon request)

  • Abi

    Mezmure dawit
    You and I used to have heated debate before I knew you were funny. You don’t make me mad anymore.
    Addis beggars flying out to Geneva to protest ? Thanks for the good laugh. Now , I have to go back and read our exchanges and laugh.

    Lesaq lechewata mezmure dawitn man yiwedaderal?
    Enkuwan wedajochun Telatun yasiqal.
    BTW, my brotherly advice is if you continue posting this kind of comments people stop taking you seriously. You will be another LT. Yes, that LT the one who uses his frozen head only for ” testa”.

    I hope our beggars come home safely after representing eritreans . Hahahaha
    Thanks again. I needed a good laugh.

    • dawit

      Hi Abi, the Ethiopian defender,
      I am glad you were able to lough while Eritreans destroy each other. Bu seriously Abi,you can not compare the treatments of disabled war veterans in Ethiopia and Eritrea. But anyway I don’t think you know any disabled vet, you know only people who sent the poor Ethiopians to war. I hope your disabled vets would come with a wheel chairs instead of crutches to move around Addis hills, from Chercher godana to Entoto and Yeka gara.
      Cheers

      • Abi

        Hi dawit
        I’m not laughing because you are destroying each other . I’m laughing on the notion that addis beggars went all the way to Geneva to represent eritreans. I wonder who cover the expenses. who sponsored them? The opposition?
        Dawit, I know a lot of disabled veterans. They care less about eritrea let alone demonstrate on their behalf in Geneva.
        Be serious now.
        Chewata chemrehal.
        Tell me more jokes. You know how much I love jokes.
        Here is one for you. I just made it up. You can improve it.
        A lady was serving doro wat for husband. While eating he asked ” yihe doro egir yelewum ende?” His wife replied “arfeh bila tegadalay yenebere doro new.”
        The husband said, “yesun wheelchair new ende wuchi yayehut?”

        • tes

          Dear Abi,

          I think you are going wild in search of the wild. dawit is already in the wild and you joined him in search of him. can’t you stop your stupid remark. Who is destroying who?

          You wrote, “I’m not laughing because you are destroying each other.” Stop from putting such comments; We are not laughing at our cause. We are not destroying each other. rather, one is trying to destroy and the other is fighting to restore the dignity. You are laughing simply thinking that we are destroying each other. What the hell remark is this? Don’t you have some decency, at least to respect the forum members,

          Are we destroying each other?

          @AT, please pay attention Abi’s comments. He must be a man who laughs at our misery and wishes a country devastated by her own people.

          @Abi, stop your inhumane comments. You are against our cause and against our objectives for struggle. Justice seekers are restoring the dignity that is under erosion because of PFDJ. But keep in your mind, we will never turn against egainst each other in the way you wanted to be to happen. Eritreans are much wiser to solve their own problems. Keep away therefore from us. If not, there will be appropriate measures to stop you from commenting here.

          Awate.com is not for people who laugh but for those who are serious on Eritrean matters.

          tes

          • Abi

            Tes
            Cut your motor dude.
            You have a clear deficiency of comprehension. I clearly said I’m laughing on dawit’ comments on addis beggars protesting in Geneva. I found it funny. I’m still laughing.
            Now, Mr Professor, find me where I said ” I’m laughing because you are destroying each other.”
            ” yejib chikul qend yineksal.”
            Is it already 8pm in Paris ? Call me when you are sober.
            Merci!
            How is my French?

        • selam

          Dear Abi
          I have no idea why are you even commenting on things that does not sound helpful . You good things for Eritreans and ethiopians please put you thoughts onnhow can we build and reconcile each other unless we are running from weyane help , do not you see that. The meeting is in Europe not in mekele and i hope you support that.

  • T..T.

    Hi all,

    In the Geneva’s championship play between the pro-democracy and the Isayasists, like all other matches, there were some losers to lose creating hope in the lives of the Eritrean refugees by triumphing over their fears. Although the Isayasists survived on a borrowed time, the pro-democracy triumphed finally.

    The triumph proved that the pro-people and the pro-democracy will remain focused on their goals until the tyrant, who ruined the lives of our youth, stands a trial before the International Criminal Court for all crimes committed against the Eritrean babies, children, youth and the elderly.

    The world finally got the message, but unfortunately the Isayasist not as yet.

    Well, when the Isayasists give their hearts, ears and eyes to Isayas, they are left with none becoming, of course, empty hearted and empty headed as well as brainless.

    Like the world found out the answer to this question: What do you call a brainless Eritrean? (Geneva’s answer read loud and clear: an Isayasist).

    Therefore, the question that follows to ask is: When are the Isayasists going to use their brains to think clearly? Of course, when they start using their brain to think their thoughts and listen to their hearts? That requires them to reclaim their hearts and stop claiming “One heart, one legged and one eyed followers, how think and see only through those of their master.”

  • tes

    Dear Awatistas,

    Ted, the OTTOiest wrote,

    “I can comfortably say the people in the demonstration are the extrapolation of all justice seekers( from extreme right( by any means necessary) to the extreme left ( by reasonable way necessary) and some with in between view who say “ some of PFDJ’s actions ain’t just feel right”.”

    I can assure him, “YES” he is absolutely right in this regard. Had he stopped here, I could have shared him a full representative video but as usual he came with his “Self-created” argument by saying;

    “How do we reconcile all this views to form one formidable force challenging PFDJ.”

    Had he (Ted) was asking an honest question in quest of true solutions, everybody could have shared his view to give him a solution to his own puzzle. But he countued with his paradoxical question by saying,

    1. “who do the UN call or contact to form strategy?”

    2. “Do they pick one out of the 15 opposition who might fit with their own interest?”.

    I don’t know why he is talking about UN here. Ted must be crazy(?) now. I think some of us are good digesters of Eri-TV propaganda. Ted exceled it in this particular line. PFDJ owned Eri-TV was continuouly propagating for UN’s hidden agenda on Eritrea. To an honest reader such type of propaganda is meant a direct involvement of UN on other nation’s affairs.

    What Ted is forgetting is that UN can interfer in country issues if and only if there is extreme cases. Selection from oppositions to be a leader has nothing to do with UN’s laws and protocols.

    ANother dispointing line he wrote is, ” What we are missing is a leader figure for justice seekers who take up the torch.”

    Did he foget that “Eritreans should make a leader from themselves?

    How weak is Ted here just to expect someone to figured out. This is not a natural course of politics and leadership. Ted knows it but his OTTOism act is not letting him to join to the crowds of makers.

    Genèva’s event for us is a sign to show where we are going. There were thousands of leaders among the demonstrartors. We should be able to elect from these.

    tes

    • Ted

      Dear tes,If you believe the diversity of justice seekers , it is good enough for me. You go back to your usual bravado when asked to get your act together. You trust UN with all your heart because you don’t have an Eritrean organization powerful enough to do the job. You are hiding your sickness. What is wrong having a leader by the people for the people? Do you have one in mind or elected one?

      .

      • tes

        Dear Ted,

        First:

        It is not whether I am trusting UN or not, it is your own statement. Reagrding UN, my global perspective is this: “the world needs a central observer where all nations converge and talk to agree upon”. Eritrea under PFDJ came IN not agree but to reform UN. Many other countries also call for such echoes but not because they hate UN but to improve it much better than today’s efficiciency.

        PFDJ is accusing UN based on 1940’s politics while the same UN approved Eritrean’s independence in 1993. His reference (benchmark) on UN is not today but old. UN has moved thousands of miles. UN, in the 1940’s was a 3-5 years old organization. In fact, I appreciate UN’s move to resolve Eritrean’s problems at that time.

        Therefore, we can’t follow PFDJ’s political blackmailing campaign against UN. UN has his own merits and demerits. WE should know exactly what we are talking about before critcizing.

        Second:

        Dear Ted, I am not the one who is advocating a reform. You don’t trust the opposition camp and you wanted decorated and minor change so that the system we live in can continue. You wanted to put one footsoldier of dictator to continue the mandate of bigger dictator.

        Therefore it is not me who doesn’t believe on “having leader by the people for the people” but you yourself. I believe on my people and I fight for them. Reformers don’t believe on their people’s potential to reconcile and that is why they wanted just a cosmetic changes.

        tes

  • Goitom

    Why do you delete my comments? Is this web site reserved only to woyanes.

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Dearest Papi,

    It is absolutely to our young generation <50, specifically your generation – the middle age. I don't know where Saay falls, but Amb. Andebrhan is from my generation and he is a controversial as I read him. Better for him to leave to others who were not in the controversial Eritrean history on a leadership level. If Saay abdicate from reformism, I would prefer him in the transitional committee made up of "independent technocrat" in the transitional government I foresee in the future.That is my opinion.

    regards,
    Amanuel Hidrat

    • selam

      Dear Amanuel
      Yes i completely agree about the Amba. He should leave the stage soon. You know WALKAYIT any highlander was going to WELKAYIt if he killed some one in his village please take away such people from any role , we have tested their venom for such long time , we do not need any part of PFDJ even some ELF nekesti kenafirom. We do not need them and we will fight them on the vote time. We are done with their leadership , if they want they can give some words beyond that they do not have value to give.

    • saay7

      Selamat Emma:

      Again? I think you just wrote this because you miss Eastwood’s “a man has got to know his limitations” video. If you make a list of what makes a technocrat a technocrat or a political leader a political leader and try to match it with my passion, knowledge, skills, abilities, the overlap would be non-existent. Heres the 15 second clip : just in time because Papillon is a big movie buff. Nitricc, send a copy of the clip to IA: mans got to know his limitations 🙂

      http://youtu.be/_VrFV5r8cs0

      saay

      • Papillon

        Hey Sal,

        Here is one of my favs in “Good Will Hunting” where someone with a lot of potential practically for anything doesn’t see it or takes it for granted including leadership and a good friend says to him, I wish I had what you got!

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gfipuaIA68

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Dearest Saay,

        Yes I got that message and I already give up on that at least at this juncture. What I did with Papi was just a statement to show my judgement on her comment. But when we come close to that stage, I will still keep that nomination anyway. A technocrat is one who has an administrative skill and on that you have it as CEO of an educational institute. A technocrat is one who knows the rule of engagement in politics, and on that also you have show it in our political debate. A technocrat is one who has skills to listen the grievances of political groups and social groups, and I believe you understand the grievances out there in all shapes and forms. These are some of the qualities I look forward in the “independent technocrats*” for transitional government.

        Regards,
        Amanuel Hidrat

        *independent technocrat is one who has no any political affiliation with the existing political organizations. Why “independent” b/c we want to give the political organizations equal leveled field during the regular election.

        • saay7

          Emma Arkey:

          You are making some assumptions about my job and to use a favorite word of Enda Hgdef, “awenzifnayo Alena”. Let’s just say ur assumptions are off:)

          The reason I protest this nomination (while I thank u for the vote of confidence) is because I believe the reason the organized opposition was so slow to get traction is that it includes people who are either not capable of leading or are conserving that for post-Isaias Eritrea. They won’t lead they won’t follow and they won’t get out of the way. So I am heeding my advice and getting out of the way. I think I can contribute in a different capacity, one that doesn’t involve the ones u have in mind for me? Teradadina?

          saay

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Okay Saay,

            For now teradadiEna Alona. Let us keep the momentum of success from the Geneva demonstration and CoI’s challenge to the regime. What will be our strategy to keep the momentum?

  • Mahmud Saleh

    Dear wed Keren

    Yes, it’s me. I didn’t really write it hopping Wedi-Gherahtu would be persuaded, rather, I was targeting a specific audience, like you, who know first hand what it would mean when a vibrant journey turns awry. Geneva gave us a renewed energy; I see veteran war heroes leading their true “warsay” That’s beautiful. But what really made me write it was the constant denial of the government, and the resolve of the young people who had been the prime victims contained in the report. PFDJ could mobilize a “zura’mo nhagerka crowd” but the people we see in the streets of Addis, Tel Aviv, DC, and Geneva are folks who had had a direct hit from PFDJ crimes. Those are people who grew up under PFDJ rule, and who fought and sacrificed in unnecessary war. Kudos to them and Kudos to the wounded veterans who led the demonstration in Geneva. Wedi-Gherahtu delivery was a plus for the justice seekers, he did not help PFDJ.
    Thanks.

    http://www.erigazette.org/?p=8658

    • Kokhob Selam

      Dear Mahmuday,
      ሓቅኻ ዲኻ ? ኣሰየ ሰየ ጻባ ስተ !

      yala ya wedi keren show up!

    • haileTG

      Selam Mahmuday,

      Being a man of his heart, that image of disabled veterans leading their youth in search of justice simply broke me down. I looked at it again and again, each time with a fresh waves of flashbacks of our embattled history eclipsing my thoughts. What a powerful depiction indeed.

      • Mahmud Saleh

        Ahlan HTG
        This movement (I will call it a movement) has definitive characteristics; I think the most important one is its effect on breaking some “taboos” like nyew belo UN; and the fact that it’s been going on and is being done by folks from all walks of life and stripes of political affiliations within the opposition spetrum. Add, the fact that we are witnessing the growth of participants (if my math is correct, if more are voicing, less are silent; or if more are in the street, less are in their homes…haha..) the stubborn puzzle of ” how to mobilize the silent majority” might be on its way to be cracked open.Your symbolic “heart and mind” is cooking brother. Another important point would be the scene of Eritreans feeling comfortable with each other in voicing their opposition to PFDJ; I hope this will mark the end of pointless discussions and the spinings of suspicion. I also hope this will send a signal to, if they are not already part of it, the existing political opposition to respond to the people’s calls and push themselves to come up with a structural basis for the movement. What’s desperately needed is a structured leadership. HTG, I count on you…and so many others.

  • Abi

    Hope nefse
    I’m counting your nicks.
    You act like a person invited for dinner but insisted to eat the leftover with the dogs.

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Dear Abi,

      You are so good you can’t let him from his hiding no matter what veils he change. I think you have gone classes for forensic words identifications. Good for you buddy.

      regards,

      • Abi

        Ato Amanuel
        I consider participating in this forum as an honor. We are all guests invited to participate freely. Why hide behind multiple nicks? It means a lot about a person. I don’t trust this kind of people. They are dangerous.

        • selam

          Dear Abi
          How about a peom about nicks , one word. For example you have mizaan , hope and other who changed nick multiple times.

  • tes

    Dear Awatistas,

    More will come drop after drop and with some critical analysis

    tes

    • Kokhob Selam

      Dear tes,
      you are our Ambassador ..ኣንታ በጃኻ እስከ ዳሕድሓዮ !

      • tes

        Dear KS,

        Since I love your determination, here is specially for you to hear the roar, not because of anger but a thirsty to justice

        Greetings

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLDFmHGyILA&feature=youtu.be

        • Kokhob Selam

          Dear tes,

          ወይለይ የኽኢ!! ኣንታ ናይ ሎምስ በይኖም ዓይነት ሰውራውያን እዮም ::ለካ እንዶ ህግደፍ ተዳሂለን ቀንየን!!

        • haileTG

          Welcome Tes,

          እዋእ እንታ’ዚ ደ’ኣ ኣብ እንዳባጉና እንተነውርዶ፡ ነስመራ ድቃስ ከሊኢዋ ምሓደረ….Haha

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Haile,

            ሃይላት ሞይተ!! tes መቸም ምስኦም እዩ ቀንዩ – ናብ ኮማንዶ ተቀይሩ ይኸውን እዩ ::

            እሞ መሳለይ ጆባእ !

            …. ድሕነት ሃገርን ህዝብን …..

            ኣብ ሞንጎ ጸሊምን ጻዕዳ ዘሎ ሕብርታት ;-
            ኣብ ሞንጎ ገስጋስን ድሑርን ዘሎ መስመራት :-
            ተፈቲሹ ይነጸር ከይከውን ዕንቅፋት:-
            ኣብ ‘ቲ ስፊሕ ባይታ ይተሓሎ ስምረት ::

            ጽበት ናይ ቲ ጸቢብ ዓቅሉ ዘጻበበ :-
            ኣብ ዋኒኑ ጥራይ መትከሉ ዘኽበበ :-
            ሕጂ ይነገሮ ግዜ ከይዓረበ :-
            ናብ ልቡ ክምለስ ገለ እንተርከበ::

            ሰፊሕ ባይታ እንከሎ ንኹሉ ዝኣክል :-
            በይነይ እናበለ ኣብ ጉድጓድ ዝሕክል:-
            ዘይክእሎ ምዃኑ ምንፋር ጸረ ማዕበል :-
            ኣጸቢቁ ይፍለጥ ምስ ሓፋሹ ይውዓል ::

            እንተ ቲ ገባቲ ሰላም ተሓሰመ :-
            እንተ ቲ ገባቲ ሕድሪ ዝጠለመ :-
            እንት ቲ ገባቲ ሃገርና ዘሕመመ :-
            ቅልጽምና ሓያል እዩ ፍጹም ነይኸረመ ::

            ንሃገራዊ መሬታዊ ድሕነት :-
            ንህዝዊ መሰል ንምልእ ሓርነት :
            ድሕር የለን ፍጹም ክሳብ ምሉእዓወት :-
            ቃልና ቃል ስውኣት ቃል እቶም ሰማእታት ::

            ንመሰል ህዝብና ዋጋ ዕዳጋ የለን :-
            ጭፍራ ህግደፍ የብላን ዝጽገን ::

          • tes

            Aha, how about if we have around Tessenai? What will be the effect

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eN-8toeFDRs&feature=youtu.be

        • Bayan Nagash

          Dear Tes,
          What a catch. To echo KS’s point – you are the Ambassador in Residence of this website, and you captured the perfect pitch that would fuel anyone near and far to attention, what a commanding voice!

          • tes

            Dear Bayan Nagash,

            thank you for the compliments. Indeed this catch is one of my best collections. Normally I was recording being in one corner and when I heard this man roaring so loudly, I didn’t want to capture it from far but close. I came in and I walked with him while recording. It was so powerfull sound and I believe this voice is the true representative of Genèva Sound.

            Uploading is taking time but I will try also to uplooad more unique records.

            tes

  • tes

    Dear AT,

    So much to report but late.

    I joined a crowd with the best sound; so loud, strong, tuned and penetrating, that I have ever heard in my life. And what makes me so surprised is that it is ALL FOR JUSTICE.

    Greeting from an attendant of Geneva folks.

    I would add some information on your sentence that reads: “The Geneva demonstration is the most representative as many Eritreans travelled from all over Europe, from the Northern tip of Norway, and Scotland, to France, to Italy and all countries in between.” No, not only that,

    The voice of the voiceless people was also heard from justice seeking Eritreans who came far from USA, and Australia. Therefore all countries in between these two extreme and far countries. Geneva was a converging zone for justice seekers and a diverging zone for the voice of the voiceless people.

    tes

    • Tzigereda

      Dear Tes,
      Thank you for the report, there were also people from Canada. So that Sem & Ghezae dont think they were not represented. AT and you have described the great day excellent! It was indeed the most powerful demonstration at all!

      • Semere Andom

        Hi Tegadalit Tzigerda:
        Thanks, SenyTan endatezekere (speak of the devil):)
        I was talking about you last night when Papi showed up 🙂

      • sara

        Dear Tzigereda
        what is powerful demonstration for you dear,it would have been powerful if all those you mentioned were
        there in person, the only one we know so far from the forumers who participated was tes the young man.
        all the seniors of we know here stayed at home, what a pity!

        • Tzigereda

          Dear Sara,
          Let us be fair and practical, nobody expected participants outside Europe. The demonstration was maily for those who live in Europe.
          There is nothing to be pitied.

          • sara

            Dear Tzigereda
            you are right it is not fair to expect them to come from there with a short notice, you know the call was
            made spontaneously with the coi report. you have a point there..but the pitines is we thought to see
            you there, and you didnt.
            night..night dear.

          • Tzigereda

            Dear Sara,
            I was there, not only on friday. Good night!

      • tes

        Dear Tsigereda,

        Yes you are right. I thought if US is included, the geographical location of Canada is also part.

        tes

  • Mahmud Saleh

    Dear all
    Thanks AT, very objective report of this historic event and a concise yet comrehensive analysis of its remafication. The Eritrean potential we have been missing is in the process of eventuating to its natural conclusion which is a popular eruption that must end our people’s misery. This Pencil edition has touched very important points.

    1. ” The true character and resolve of Eritreans is captured in Dan Connell’s book entitled, “Against All Odds”. That is why the 1991 victory was an authentic and heroic Eritrean achievement, against all odds! And in 2015, Eritreans are determined to remove the Isaias regime by summoning their natural resolve to do the task, against all odds!” What a beautiful recapping of history.

    2. “The prevailing situation in Eritrea should not be allowed to continue. Perpetual fear, destitution, and lack of justice and freedom should come to an end”

    3. “Regardless of what the Diaspora Eritreans do, the final blow should be dealt by Eritreans in Eritrea.”
    I have no doubt that if the momentum continues, it will have a positive impact inside the country.
    For some of my compatriots:
    a/ The UN this time has stood with the people of Eritrea, with the victims, and against the tyrany. We may hold grudges against the UN, but we SHOULD accuse it ONLY if we prove what it has collected of crimes have not occured in our country. We may be believed to dismiss them only if we discredit their work i.e. if we disprove what has been reported is a lie. PFDJ could not do that, so it keeps exploiting Eritreans feelings against the international body thereby focussing only on procedural and methodological issues.
    2. The “who do we have ready to replace PIA” issue is also erroneous because this is a process set in motion and leaders are born in the process. Awate.com and its sister outlets should continue playing the leadership and embolden citizens to keep the resistance. Although this area is still worrisome, I have confidence that either existing leadership will refocus their priorities and rise to the occasion puting aside their petty differences or new faces will emerge. Eritrea is not impotent (hagerna maKan aykonetn).

    • haileTG

      Dear Mahmuday,

      That is a very modern and forward looking statement. Thank you.

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Dear Mahmuday,

      As you have said “leaders are born in the process”, real leaders are born from the turbulent political process we are going through. Our young generation who are in it, will be shaped and groomed for the quality of leadership demanded for new democratic and peaceful Eritrea. My bet is on them, and I am sure, we will see them soon taking the stock of our nation in their hand. This is the epoch of their struggle and we will give them the needed support to come out with triumphant from the ashes of dictatorship of PFDJ. So Expect new faces as a negation to our generation – a true dialectical and transformational process for a new democratic Eritrea. There is no alternative logical process to this truth.

      Regards,
      Amanuel Hidrat

      • Mahmud Saleh

        Dear Emma
        Very true, and I agree with you 100% on the generational succession, and the good will and help they could get from their truly peaceloving veterans and elders.

        • selam

          Dear M.saleh
          You are more than smart to know the state we are in and i do not believe you will go with hype either. There is no one than the owner to know his house is in danger , i guess you seems to be going with *the better days of libya is ahead as David cameron in 2011 and yet you forget the trip of hilary clinton to egypt . I am not old enough to forget Eritrean opposition fight with bottle of water and bragg about his origin being from Markato (Yohannes Kifile) in ethiopia . You are not foolish also to dismiss all the division we have is a fertile land for hijackers too. If you and Amanuel hidrat fail to see the danger , it seems the end of the world i guess. No one in his right mind believe UN are talking for the safty of our people , would it be possible for you to say the truth with out spoiling the celebration .

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Dear Selam,

            I don’t know how you understand the rule of engagement and its mechanics in politics. When the UN join to heed the voice of justice seekers, it adds a leverage to swing the momentum to us in the international stage. With that it could come any kind of help within the boundary of international law. The UN can not liberate the oppressed Eritrean people by themselves. Absolutely not. But don’t forget what UN recognition gives us (a) additional moral courage to the struggle (b) it mimic the engagement of the so called silent majority (c) It mimic the intellectual community to contribute their share in the struggle (d) It might help to change our modes operande in the struggle.

            One thing I am puzzled about you, you seem as part of the justice seekers in the struggle, but you despise any effort to the struggle (small or big) contributed out there. Here now again you can’t give full support to the Geneva doministration. Hiseblu DeA.

          • selam

            Dear Amanuel
            Good , can i take them one by one or jump to one point which is important. Awate.com is our house and we are family in one idea and that is justice to the oppressed as well as the right decision to these who committed crime. I actually gave my support long time ago when the COI was first interviewing and also the call to such . I actually did my share so to speak as any Eritrean who contributed i have the right to bragg if it is wise to bragg. My argument is Amanuel our job should to use the moment for greater achievments . Do not miss understand me due to my harish words , i want more , you can not blame me for demanding more. I know you know all the underground work of the hijackers and i know also you know some in person who hold you back for so many , if you want me to spoil the beans i can actually do it under your knowledge. My concern are growing with a valid points. Here is where i agree , if you say lets just celebrate this day and talk later i leage the stage to dancers.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Dear Selam,

            Please do so if you have beans to spill. I am more than happy to see the beans.

          • selam

            Dear Amanuel
            Let the medium be email , as i do not want some awetista to reign on me on top of that , i do not want to open my book to uncensored publication.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Okay Selam,
            You have my email : tebeges@yahoo.com

          • selam

            Dear Amanuel
            You do not need to give me this email , i have other

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam,

            I don’t have other email. If you want to do it, my email is the the one I gave you above.

          • selam

            Dear Amanuel

            Ok check your facebook. Do not think others

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Dear Selam,

            The message I got in FB is “This message has been temporarily removed because the sender’s account requires verification, or it was identified as abusive.” Just to remind you that your message hasn’t reached to my end.

            regards,

          • Mizaan1

            Abusive??? Very interesting. I am not sharing personal info with Selam.

          • teweldino

            Hi Mizan,

            She’s also gave you a phone number for a UNHCR guy in Addis and she seems to know the process. Don’t you think selam is an organization?

          • selam

            Dear tewoldino
            I do not know what other awatista think 7f you but you are a trash and i do not consider you as worthy of replying but since you want to go on. Here the reason i gave Mizaan
            I said to him he can use the line to take his brother direct to ADDIS , what is bad about helping one of awate.com forumers to facilitate his brother journey ? Is that really bad ? I gave the number because i know it will help his brother. I did not need any thing from any one .

          • teweldino

            Hi Selam,

            Insulting everyone here at awate and on facebook (to the stage where facebook are blocking your abuse hate mail) will not a cure your innate psychological and emotional problems. The cure is to visit your psychiatrist again.

          • selam

            Dear teweldino
            I did not abuse any one and i did not send any abusive message to Amanuel at all. You are making this up. You are becoming a born lair .stop making lies . The only reason you are digging is to show your weakness.

          • tes

            Dear teweldino,

            You see, here message is: UNHCR is directly involving in trafficking people from the refugee camp to big cities. What she does is according to her mission.

            tes

            + your statement, 98% are we (justice seekers) and 2% are them who are against justice.

            “We are the 98% not 2%” of your statement was there as one being among the posters during Geneva Demo.

          • teweldino

            Hi Tes,

            Could you please upload a pic with “We are the 98%” placard if you happen to come across one?

            Btw, Well done with you efforts at the demonstrations! I am proud of you.

          • tes

            Dear Emma,

            Selam’s objective is to create terror as if she knows everybody. She is trying to send threatening messages saying, “we know you. you can’t hide from us.”

            Dear Emma, yes PFDJites spend millions of dollars and 24/7/yr time in search of opposition members identity though most opposition members are providing their identity directly or indirectly to everyone.

            They use FB in search of “who is who”. Then, they talk as if they found big secrets.

            Selam wrote a lot about my family, my wife and my baby when it is not a secret issue. Now, she has continued to send same messages to you and to Mizaan1. This is the last weapon she has, “threatening and intimidation”. What she missed is that such kind of chapters are old fashioned except in PFDJ’s system of reaction.

            tes

          • selam

            DearvTes
            If i was the person you are saying , well i could make your heart boil over and reach death of your life by simply hacking yoyr family to the point of no return , but what you failed to understand is that i am not PFDJ. For me it is just the interest of my people not what you try to paint me. I know some awatista more than you and you know what , i have never ever said any thing about them or their family , you bring your family to my attention by harassing me . Now go back to your dictionary . I am not like what you think.

          • teweldino

            Hi Amanuel,

            Looks like she’s used the PFDJ facebook account for it to be identified as abusive account and picked by facebook algorithm. I hope you have not opened any files she’s sent you – if she has sent you any. She abuses people at awate and facebook as well lol

          • Abi

            Hi Ato amanuel
            Minew bichahin taweraleh? Bedehnah new?

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Abi,

            የጀግና ኣባት ነገር !! ልጆችን ጥሎ ማለፍ ኣልሆነለትም :

          • selam

            Dear Abi
            You are not invited in between. If you have peoms about any drop them in English.

    • Nitricc

      Mahmuday the great! Where the heck have you been? You know I am going to drop any thing I am doing when I read things I don’t agree with you.
      Now; you said in 1) that Eritreans 2015 you compred them with Eritreans the era of against all odds. Relay Mahmuday? Eritreans the generation of against all odds took the matter on their own hand did what they had to do; paying with their blood; suffering and untold bravery. On the other hand Eritreans of 2015; because of some gutless and jobless decided to scream on white people’s street ; calling for the white man to solve their problem I mean, how on earth are they compred with the greatest generation of Eritrea?
      To understand the matter one should investigate and needs to all the way to Hume; that is the inception of the matter; the causation of the matter; the reliazation of the matter and finely the Action of to the matter.
      The point is as long as the government is credited as the one who cares about the nation and the oppositions are the opposite; then no matter how the 2015 Eritreans scream at the white man; they will never make a dunt. Again go back to the inception.
      At any rate please register my opposition to your compression Eritreans of against all odds and Eritreans of 2015.
      Mahmuday; talk to you soon.
      With absolute Respect.

      • Mahmud Saleh

        Dear Gen.Nit and my dearest selam
        Expect that I am going to defend every word I said in this comment. That’s sometime later; it’s Ramadan, and it’s already hot, so I want to be in my natural element, what’s the temp over there nitrikay?
        But let’s not fall into PFDJ’S traps. Eritreans are challenging pfdj even inside the country; and those we have seen around the world are Eritreans too. While pushing for an effective united leadership let’s give the moment the appreciation it deserves. Salam gualey, moments like this one have the potential of bearing the United front you, Ted and almost all awatistas including myself yearn to see forming up.But I will explain myself later.
        Regards

        • Ted

          Hi the GREAT MS,
          The battle is up on us. For the last decade the opposition have declared war against PFDJ in some form and shape. This war has never been fought in real sense until now at least from justice seekers point of view. As you know, there is no learning curve for people in war. The battle we have started have enough army but not Generals, a lot of determination but not combat gear, high fortitude but not strategy. In short, UN is expected to do everything as we do the blessing as showen them in the demonstration in Geneva. I can comfortably say the people in the demonstration are the extrapolation of all justice seekers( from extreme right( by any means necessary) to the extreme left ( by reasonable way necessary) and some with in between view who say “ some of PFDJ’s actions ain’t just feel right”. How do we reconcile all this views to form one formidable force challenging PFDJ. who do the UN call or contact to form strategy? Do they pick one out of the 15 opposition who might fit with their own interest?. What we are missing is a leader figure for justice seekers who take up the torch. It is time to use the leverage we have to influence the Gov in away benefits Eritreans.
          Dear SJ, before Keren mint tea and renting Camel ride :), you have a bigger job to do. We need to clean up the past mess and division among the opposition.Once more, take it on the chin. The people has spoken.
          Dear tes, Anbesa Geneva. I will wait for the analysis.
          PS. I see here in this University Hailed as great thinkers and leaders still chose to remain anonymous. What is up with that?

          • tes

            Dear Ted,

            I will put your concern rightly on need and mood base. What you put here just right now is in fact my major experimentation. I saw all mentioned yet there was harmony between all. That is in fact my main address from Genèva visit.

            But let me assure you before, despite weaknesses on exploiting the organized, we have mastered to organize and mobilize. This is a BIG SUCCESS I observed in Genèva.

            Rest I will address when ever there is discussion that leads something that I have to come on this table forum.

            tes

          • Saleh Johar

            Okay Ted,

            Let’s start an exercise:

            When you say “past mess” I understand it to be the points of difference–and that is what we need to resolve before we can embark on a formidable organizing task, and take advantage of the traction created by the encouraging events of the last two weeks.

            Now, I need to see your input: what are the points of difference among the justice seekers (and potential allies)?

            Please list them as per your understanding, in order of importance. Try to make the list items brief, in a sentence or two.

            I also invite all members of this forum to list what they think are the points of differences. We are thinking of a proposal and your input will help.

          • Ted

            Dear SJ, It is better to discuss it sooner than later. Last time in your article about the opposition groups and their names, i pointed out some peculiar things that they(opposition) different only in names but almost identical in their action plan/mission. So for the discussion of “the points of difference” exercise, looking at their website is not helpful. What about we discuss it here in the University to narrow our difference. We have been discussing for long under different articles the nature of our struggle ought to be, weed out or reform, out side parties involvement or not and how/what Gov systems(developmental/democratic) might work for Eritrea. At times it changes to a mudsling than a discussion. For Example, Tes considers himself as an opposition and does not consider me as one. It does not affects me in any way but to show you how we have come to define a justice seekers in Eritrean politics.Let’s be civil and present our case ” what form struggle’ is good for Eritrea? Some deduced PFDJ to be unfit organization to Gov the country and others believe Reforming is the best way to go forward as long as the interest of Eritrea is respected. As far as i am concerned, it is the basic question need to be answered that which way is practically attainable, sustainable and reasonable ( reforming it OR allout fight to remove it) . I personally believe FORCING the Gov to reform is the best way for our current issue and help us stop the bleeding/suffering. Forcing the Gov to reform is not easy task but it has the potential to unite all Eritreans under one agenda. It is my opnione and what is yours and all awate.com participants.

            PS. Reform to happen, Eritrean justice seekers need to have united and organized strength to challenge and demand change in all aspects Gov policy affecting Eritreans inside and outside Eritrea. ? Mind you, what we saw in geneva is just disapproval of the Gov, it lacks the defined work plan to make the Gov to change its ways. After watching the Geneva demonstration i see hope but we have not reached that level yet.

      • saay7

        Nitricc:

        While Mahmuday is recuperating from his hunger-pangs, let me volunteer an answer from a different angle Nitricc.

        The whole reason that the Ghedli happened is because Eritreans first tried to get the UN (I believe you call it “white people’s street”) to listen to us. The generation before Ghedli–the one that included Ibrahim Sultan, Woldeab Woldemariam, Abdulkader Kebire, you know, the ones on the cover of the book “aynfelale”–tried to convince the UN to intervene. As a matter of fact, Abdulkader Kebire was enroute to the UN when he was assassinated by the unionist. It is only when the UN refused to listen that the armed struggle was started.

        Similarly, now, we, following up on our great leaders (Ibrahim Sultan, Abdulkader Kebire, Welwel) are trying to get the UN to listen. We appear to be having better luck than our forefathers for the following reasons: (a) the world is changed: even African Union balanced its “non-interference into the affairs of other African nations” with a “non-indifference to the pain of other Africans” (recall that was the principle the Ghanian representative mentioned at HRC; (b) Isaias Afwerki doesn’t have 1/10 of 1% of Emperor Haile Selasse’s political savvy.

        Finally, Nitricc, refer to the pic that Haile TG posted: it includes images of Eritreans disabled in the liberation war. You know: the greatest generation are also opposed to the misrule of Isaias Afwerki. Here’s one way for you to look at the word “opposition”: it means, simply, someone who is opposed to the PFDJ policies and the execution of the PFDJ policies. So, if an Eritrean who has been in the National Service for 10 years crosses a border, s/he is saying: I am expressing my OPPOSITION to your policies, PFDJ. Simple.

        saay

        • Kokhob Selam

          Dear Saay7,

          you are really in Ramadan, Lol. and now if I say something you are going to reply “ኣታ ሰብ ኣይ ኣይተብዝሓዮ ” otherwise you know my poems — ዋ ጣይ ትፈልጣ ኢኻ – እንኮ ኤርትራዊ መስሪ :-ፍሽኽ ኣይትሕመቕ ! ፍሽኽታ ሰደቓ እዩ ::

        • tes

          Dear saay7,

          I think we went long and bitter way but finally I see that we are much closer. Here is what it stuck me in between your lines.

          “Here’s one way for you to look at the word “opposition”: it means, simply, someone who is opposed to the PFDJ policies and the execution of the PFDJ policies. So, if an Eritrean who has been in the National Service for 10 years crosses a border, s/he is saying: I am expressing my OPPOSITION to your policies, PFDJ. And since expressing my OPPOSITION to your policies and staying in my country is also against your policies, then I have to leave my country. Simple”

          Yes simple, and this is what mean by opposition to PFDJ.

          If can summarize what I said for the last 1&1/2 yrs, it is simply what you have summarized.

          Just thank you.

          Personally, I don’t have any qualms about our history. All I am is against PFDJ policies. And if I say, weed’em out, in principle, I am referring PFDJ policies.

          tes

        • haileTG

          Hey saay,

          Another angle too (yours being more to the point) is that the regime is and has been bowing at the UN door to get Badime back since 2002. And according to Nitricc’s postulate above, the regime is a “…gutless […] calling for the white man to solve their problem…” 🙂

          • saay7

            Selamat HTG:

            Slow slow clap, accelerated, then a standing-o. I think the way Nitriccites think of it, though is that the UN is like some global referee whose only job is conflict resolution between states. They will say that even as they advertise UNDP stats about Eritrea 🙂

            saay

  • Kokhob Selam

    Dear Wed Keren,
    I have seen that but what is wrong if he is the one although I don’t think so. explain please.

  • Kokhob Selam

    Dear weyzerit/weyzero Sara,
    I wish your reason and my reason for supporting this demonstration are the same. your reason is within my reason but my reason is not on yours. My reason is to let PFDJ exposed as that will help internally and externally to remove the corrupted Mafia group in Asmara. Immigration to Europe is a single and simple part of our problem caused by PFDJ. we are not happy to see our people immigrated leaving the hardly found nation with great rich resources. we don’t have to ask others to accept our people as they can live with dignity in peace in their respected nation if PFDJ removed.

  • selam

    Dear Forumers
    We have been out in the street of Geneva and said every possible words to tell the UN , DIA is not needed but what we f7rget was that , who is on the way to take his place ? I can see some of you thinking here we are , we have so and so , let me tell you folks , do not try to jump to the unknown territory faster than your head can think of . Lets assume DIA say he is resigning just as you speak , can you imagine the next move ? No you have no clue or power to impact on the ground , we are just not up to the task of mature negotiations . Saleh johar was one of the first who bragged as if DIA is afarid of GENEVA
    demonstration and say intial victory , can’t we remember other occasion like that ? Lets be honest with ourselves and our people who are hungry for change , we need to be realistic and honest . UN1 or what ever in the kitchen of weyane is just not up to the need of the Eritrean people , we need soul searching mechanism to update the real challenge ahead. The question sending DIA to ICC is just beyon hungry hayna imagination , The difference of mood between asmara streets and GENEVA streets as well as weyane streets is just beyond any algorithmic understanding. A call to all of you is as i always said lets push the so many opposition to sit and forme at least any sensible organization, this job is heavier than going to Geneva or demonstrating in weyane house. It is a very complicated thing but if there is a will we can do it with great help from luck.
    The Eritrean people need some one better than UN and weyane chenewuti . We need our own solving formula and we need to do it soon.By the way we can use this momentum to push our opposition figures to sut and listen to each other unless what is the result , sheilla and smith will get paid and so what ? Still DIA in his chair comfortably drinking and womunazing and so many other things . I think some opposition and awateista has very limited knowledge of PFDJ and i hope they go and read back all PFDJ tricks.

    • Berhe Y

      Selam,

      Your concern is valid but really unfounded right now. IA will be replace by another Eritrean who is more than capable to lead and is given the mandate by the people (meaning elected).

      Berhe

      • selam

        Dear berhe
        Libyans , Egyptians were saying exactly the same as you are saying and who can blame them sir. You are right who can blame you too , you are beating the drum . Let me see your bragging rights be right. I am not some one who bragg , i am just telling you the truth by looking at your face and every once face. Your bag for leading the people is empty and you know nothing about your empty bag. Just lets hope you do not give up to the hijackers easily with out a fight. This is real concern and it should worry you and me . If you are not worried about the havoc you are not Eritrean .

        • Berhe Y

          Dear Selam,

          I don’t think your respond is warranted to what I replied. I think this is the type of message AT team have tried to warn you about and I would like to leave it as that and you don’t deserve a response to the insults.

          However, if Libya, Syria, Somalia or Egypt are in chaos it’s NOT because of the opposition but the dictators themselves who rules with Iron fist and made sure any sign of hope and normal is killed. Off course you only harvest what you saw and that’s the result of it.

          Eritrea is no different, the dictator is making sure that the people turn into despair and that they turn into each other so that NO future is going to be bright when he is done. But so far Eritreans have shows a great deal of restraint, they didn’t respond in kind to the atrocities committed against is, but rather suffered hoping one day will come to an end.

          I believe in the peaceful ways of the Eritrean people, we didn’t resort to violence before even in the worst times and we will NOT repeat it today. Even during the bombing, humiliation and torture the Eritrean people suffered during the armed struggle, our people NEVER crossed the line and resorted to violence against “Innocent Ethiopians and institutions” but only fought the military and government establishment.

          And June 26th has proved that we are still have it and we will fight for our rights united and in the end we will make sure justice, peace and democracy will be restored in our country.

          If you call this bragging, then let it be, we have the right. NisKin wedi KemaKn keman Eirtrawyan tebahilkin, Hatela gilet.

          Berhe

          • selam

            Dear Berhe
            I think you are a bully and abusive person ever . How on earth such words get passed awate.com moderator , oh I forgot it was to me from cheap.

          • sara

            Dear ato Berehe
            i thought you are a sober guy, what happened ? you were accusing selam for using certain vocabulary your is not different, is this the way to Dialog with your younger sister ? the worst is you extend it it to many eritreans who have a different opinion than yours, then where is your Democracy Justice,Peace to be restored, if you couldn’t deal with it here. i wish you apologize
            and close the discussion with selam.

          • Berhe Y

            Sara,

            The PFDJiete are use to take from people but they don’t give anything back. This “if someone slaps your cheek give him the other” doesn’t work for me. I like the bible and God help me I want to live by its ideals but I would rather fight for my rights and the rights of others. I don’t expect blood sucking dictator to give me anything back for FREE. I have to force him to do it.

            I see a lot of people spend a lot of time and resources to rehabilitate the likes of Nitric and their un phased support of the murderous, rapist, human smuggler, organ harvesting, criminal regime who bury alive their own comrades and life long freedom fighters. Not me, I have one life to live and I do not want to squander my time with such people.

            First, you need to understand what Democracy means. I don’t need to love those who oppose with me, I respect the people decision what they chose but I do NOT have to like their ideas. So democracy is giving equal access to the game and live by it’s outcome. There is NO way in HELL that I will agree to anything this PFDJ or their sympathizers represents NOW or EVER in the future, because their record speaks for it self.

            And do NOT get it wrong when we said, we need peaceful resistance doesn’t mean that we will set FREE the criminals, the rapist, the murders, the tortures FREE after we get rid of them. We will persecute them to the fullest extent of the law and let the law set them FREE. However the state will provide them with proper defense and we will follow the due process, unlike them.

            I am for forgiveness but NEVER to forget…they have to confess their crimes….and the future generation of Eritreans need to learn in the school about their crimes so that we never repeat this again. And justice needs to be served.

            Otherwise we are doomed to repeat the same thing again and again…..

    • Kokhob Selam

      Dear Selam

      እቲ ሕጂ ዘገድስ መን እዩ ዝትከኦ ዝብል ሕቶ ኣይኮነን :: ብመሰረቱ ኣብ ላዕሊ ከም ኣምላኽ እነምልኾ – ሓዳግን ገባርን ሰብ ጸሊእና ኢና: ኣገልጋሊ – ንህንዝቢ ልዕሊኡ ዝጥምት – ንተወሰነ ግዜ ሰሪሑ ብኻልእ ዝመረጽናዮ ኣገልጋሊ ዝትካእ:- ፍጡር ክህልወና እዩ ውዒሉ ሓዲሩ :: ስልጣን ግን ሓደራን ብሕግን ስርዓትን ዝተገደበ ብምዃኑን ናይ ብከላን ብልሽውናን ዕድል ዝኸልእ – ቅዲ ኣሰራርሓ ስለዝውጠንን እፍሊ ለይባን ኣጠፋፋእን ዝምነዮን ዝሃርፎን ኣይኮነን :: ኣብ ‘ታ ንምነያ ሓዳስ ሃገር እቲ ዝመርሕ እቲ ብህዝቢ እተነድፈ መጽሓፍ ብምዃኑ ኣነ ‘ባ ኣነ ኢልካ ፈንጠርጠር ዘድልዮ ኣይኮነን::

      ዳሕራይ መዓስ ኣንጊሁ ዝተሰአ ኮይኑ ኣብ ኮረቻ ኮፍ ክብል :- ከይደቀሰ ዝሓደረ ይኹን ኣይኹን ብዘየገድስ ኣብ መሰጋገሪ መድረኽ ዝካየድ እተወሃሃደ ከይዲ ዘንጽፎ ባይታ ኩሉኻ እትኣምነሉ ፖሎቲካዊ ይኹን ቁጠባዊ ቦታኻ ማእረ እትመቃረሓሉ ስርዓት ምስ መጸ —- ኩሉኻ ብዓል ስልጣን ኮይንካ ማለት ዶ ኣይኮነን !

      • selam

        Dear K.S
        I know you know all about power gap and the havoc after PFDJ is not going to be easy if we did not get ready by now. I can say perfectly at the moment we know very little about the transition time if we reach there. We are yet finnding ourselves in a very very bad situation due to lack of leadership and united front.

        • Kokhob Selam

          Dear Selam,
          your worries are well taken and I know it is time to talk about it. yet, the level of worries about power should not go beyond our internal circumstances and should not be exaggerated as it my sound the status qua is better. we all know what happened in Somalia when the dictator was thrown. we know what happened to Libya and others. But you need to study how we have gone to expose PFDJ leadership. internally the group is totally collapsed and by now you have seen there is no singe man crazy who will hold gun. externally you are watching what is happening. When the crazy PFDJ leadership was convincing the people inside the country, the hero didn’t go to fight with his own brothers and sisters. he has given enough time to let the feel and see by themselves. When external forces from every corner called the hero to get support , he didn’t go ether for that. now, things are clearer than ever. so take as granted if the PFDJ donkeys don’t kill each other, our people will never kill each other.

          for me these days has shown us the united solidarity and doubts and skepticism is in death while trust is gaining, so as soon as any general meeting takes time , having one umbrella will not be that difficult I believe. this is new feeling on me. yet it is not wrong to have a party among parties moving toward Asmara .

    • haileTG

      Hey Selam,

      “The question sending DIA to ICC is just beyon hungry hayna imagination , The difference of mood between asmara streets and GENEVA streets as well as weyane streets is just beyond any algorithmic understanding.”

      Throughout the historic days of 25/26 June, almost 60,000 Eritreans from refugee camps, detention centers to major capitals have given their vote of approval for for the evil system to be held accountable for crimes committed. That pretty much buries any wishful thinking to the contrary. The people (not hungry haynas) have spoken and history has recorded it as such.

      • selam

        Dear Haile
        is it possible to write off any havoc just by going to streets ? Power is not on the streets sir , it is on the table . Deal creat papers and papers carry deals . I can not imagine all these 0.5 million young are happy in their second country and i do not believ they have the answer when the time comes. The change is just not from outside country , the fight against PFDJ is just not in GENEVA sir , it is going to be in Eritrea so , i urge you to use your vocabulary knowledge to call to all the oppositions to creat some mechanisim in order to challenge DIA , do not fill your heart and mind logic with crowds. I have seen my close activists friends cry like a baby due to lack of leadership . You are not talking about a country like Tunisia with a very educated population and medium economy, here we are talking about a very poor , dissorganized, and leaderless people Eritrea. You can fill your head with all possible wishfull thinking and a banch of western democracy books but you can never ever fool me or other concerned Eritreans .

        • haileTG

          Dear Selam,

          700 Eritreans have testified against the brutal and evil regime and 60,000 Eritreans firmly stood with them in person and many tens thousands supported them financially. Those whose power threatened by that can try to fool us but we’re saying Power to the people! And the CoIE has now been credibly vindicated by the masses. The funfunat are out of their wits and pants. Let’s leave the people chart their future. I will do it for them when they elect me or I manage to subdue them by CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY.

          • selam

            Dear haile
            It is not about the numbers actually the number can reach 500,000. Every house in Eritrea is haressed by PFDJ and these 60,000 are really not that much if PFDJ management try to sway 2 million people with little improvement . I am not saying we do not have credible evidence against PFDJ ,any one who deny the crime is just not Eritrean .Lets just loo to our house in order to much the game. I think it is an open book for any one to see the Eritrean people can do it by themselves , it is even wired it take us these much years to reach here. But lets not the hype cover a brilliant person to say ho ho .

          • haileTG

            Dear Selam,

            COI was about numbers, the regime response was about numbers, June 26 was about numbers and the 300 embassy staff that marched on street corner in June 22 was about numbers too. Election is about numbers, referendum too and so is revolution. When I saw 60,000 Eri standing as one man to pass their verdict, I tried to fake not being over joyed, but I was overwhelmed.:-)

          • selam

            Dear Haile
            Would it be ok for you to accept that the joy you have is the beginning of a great fight. Forget the number please look at the structure of the crowd. What do you see , a desprate young generation right ? Desperations are great if they are manufactured with the owners and structure to meet the needs. Forget about the criteria , lets look at the basic failure of our movment and that is leadership based on sensible compromise of different entities. You may want me to just go ho ho , well until we agreed on putting the need of the people at forfront , my hope and your hope is quite from mars to the people of Eritrea. Come up with sensible arguments not cover up of the dirty book.

      • Mizaan1

        Thank you HTG. Well said. Selam’s hatred for anyone who challenges PFDJ and IA has blinded her and made her cold blooded towards the suffering of our people. She is the ultimate PFDJ. Hirir tibel gidefa.

        Update: my brother has made it to Ethiopia safely but he was very lucky to have made it because they inadvertently went straight to were the ‘serawit’ were so a five hour border crossing ended up being two full days and two nights on the foot.

        • selam

          Dear mizaan
          I am happy your brother make the journey safe. I really do . Ltes clear the air , you are a bloody lair to accuse people , you will travel the whole nile, what kind of head do you have. It is a great offense for you to say to me i support the bloody man. But do not accuse me for not going with the hype.

        • haileTG

          Dear Mizaan,

          Sorry to hear that your brother has been uprooted from his home and country. Everywhere you turn, that is what we hear nowadays and events like yesterday would hopefully inspire hope to those at home. The famous singer Kiros Asfaha was also another one to join the the fleeing population from the clutches of hgdef’s era of darkness. Let me wish your brother a safe and blessed times ahead.

          Regards

          • selam

            Dear haile and Mizaan1
            Now mizaan is on agreement to wage war from ethiopia and bomb Eritrea for two weeks with the help of hayat. Just to make it look sensible. Mizaan will wire the money for his brother to come to him , Eritrea , Eritrea oh , what a dram on the fold. To whom does mizaan pay the money ? To DIA generals or to the Ethiopian human traficer monster . Hi mizaan i wish a safe journey to your brother from Tigrai to Addis. Where is he , you want UNHCR worker .

            Here is a contact person from UNHCR who can send your brother from Tigrai to addis ,

            Call 00251344444880 Mr. Hadish
            Fax:+25134444123
            or second tlf. +251920425502

    • S.Tesfa

      Dear Selam,
      I share some of your concerns but don’t try to convey a message( which have been consistent the past few weeks) that everything is going to be doom and gloom if/when DIA/PFDJ is out. We’ve been hearing such rhetoric ideas from some closet PFDJs and supporters of the dictatorial regime which are trying to spread fear and doubt among us that we are not capable of/ wise enough to get out of “dangerous” situation that we going face when DIA and his cronies are gone.
      We will never be like others…..because most Eritreans know how much scarifies(blood and sweat of their parents and children) have been paid to bring back our beloved country and will never allow to go in anything that harm/endanger our country/people. Let’s not bring again and again the case of Libya and others to weaken our struggle against the dictator( beyond the genuine concern, it only help DIA/PFDJ).
      While working day and night to destroy/ kick out DIA/PFDJ, we will identify among many great/heroic Eritreans who can/will lead us to a bright future. We are not short of great people, we definitely got many.
      Our main concern for NOW should be getting rid of the poisonous snakes that are in Eritrea and on her people(DIA and his cronies).

      • selam

        Dear s.tesfa
        I really wish your points and the ‘we are Eritreans’ attitudes are right but they are not. If it is possible by my power i will hung DIA in the streets of asmara and give his body to crows to eat. I am not going to feel any bad , i tell you i am inhuman to my enemies and so do DIA. I am saying this moment should be used to ask for more unity in the opposition than to bragg about GENEVA streets . You may feel postive about the demonstration who wouldn’t . I am happy and greatful to the young people who were in the geneva streets but i am not sold to the hype you are selling . You know why i am not going to be sold , let me tell you one secret sir , i was in tahris square and i was just fooled by my firneds attitudes. Not in my country and not with my people.

        I still ask you to campaign for more united front to escap from libya influence .

        • S.Tesfa

          Dear Selam,
          You wrote that “I still ask you to campaign for more united front”
          I also urge you to invest your energy and time focusing to help in the process of building and bringing a formidable political institutions for Eritrea.
          For “Libya influence”, I beg to differ. You may not agree but, in addition to many other reality on the ground, I know it’s a country of God fearing and humble people with BIG HEARTS !! (minus PFDJ and its cronies) and there is no condition that will led us in to that. That is not the reality on the ground.

          “I still ask you to campaign for more united front”

  • haileTG

    Dear AT and awatista;

    It is true that the June 26 political earthquake will take time to be properly understood and put in the right perspective. So far:

    1 – It is ironic that despite the oft repeated Eritrean political junk (at least for this time and generation, even though it might have been relevant in the distant past) about distrusting UN, it is indeed only the latter that Eritreans put the most trust upon and mobilized to lend support. [incidentally, whatever we hurl at the UN, we really are shooting ourselves in the foot, as we (Eritreans) are part and parcel of the UN too].

    2 – The June 26 spectacular show of mass action was primarily aimed at one specific issue, to bring IA and other perpetrators of crimes before justice (ICC). It was not in support of political opposition movement (although the political opposition movement can look at this as a great opportunity to capitalize on, they would still need to do their own individual work to win hearts and minds). The Eritrean people didn’t come out in such force for myriads of crisis after crisis that has been happening. The UN has won their trust and they responded to the urgency of the need to show emphatic support for its work in this particular regard.

    3 – The June 26 decision of the Eritrean people to unequivocally reject the IA regime for all its human rights violations does pay small positive dividend towards each individual violation that we missed the opportunity to respond to when it happened. E.g. the massacre of disabled tegadelti in Mai Habar and the resulting silence of the Eritrean people and the silence there after in the face of every form of violation against our people are indeed a black stain in our collective legacy for generations to come. However, by condemning all those collectively within the context of CoIE may have gone some way to rectify that (albeit arguably too little and too late).

    Incidentally, I said to saay recently that there is chronic case of obsession with past/future in us all which is usually oblivious of the present. Many are not taking the time to analyze what this means TODAY and are being inundated with old political junk or future prospects of the political opposition movements. That is, I am afraid, all too common. We need to learn to THINK, not just remember (past) or dream (future). Although, those last two (past/future) have a role to play, it is only with proper grasp and formulation of the PRESENT that they mean anything significant.

    Regards

    • haileTG

      Geneva June 26, 2015. Disabled veteran fighters lead a historic march in support of CoIE.

  • Goitom

    Jodit,
    You are wrong, justice prevails in Eritrea. You play the game of Eritrean enemies. Those who demonstrate in geneva are motly woyane stooges who seek asylum in the name of Eritreans.

    • sara

      Dear Goitom
      don’t rush to make judgments, this are “mostly” eritreans. just give them 1-2 years to settle down in europe
      then ..then see whose side they will take–Eritrea the jewel near the sea. such is the story of “most of us” in diaspora.

      • Kokhob Selam

        Dear sara,
        do you expect if this developments continue PFDJ will have life of 2 years? it seems you are badly burning. tes, is still on the way and you will have more reports to come.

  • Kokhob Selam

    Dear awate friends,

    ነዚ ኣንጸባራቒ ዓወት ብ ኣዝዩ ሓዲሽ ሰውራዊ ንያት ንቅበሎ :: በዚ ልክዕ ድማ ሓኒኑ ንኽቅጽል ኩሉ ዓቅምታትና ነንብረሉ : እቲ ምንታይ ‘ሲ ከም ህግደፍ ዝኣመሰለ ገበነኛ ሓይሊ ጨሪሱ ካብ ሃገር ከየልገሰ ክንዛነ ስለ ዘይብልና:: ተጋዳላይ ኣብ ናይ ሓጺርን ነዊሕን ግድሉ ብዓወት ሰኺሩ ኣይድቅስ – ብውድቀት ተሰናቢዱ ኣይንብርከኽ :: ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ድማ ሎሚ ይኹን ትማሊ ተጋዳላይ እዩ :: እዚ ከምዚ ኢሉ ዝተፈጸመ ትእይንት ኮ ኮሚሽን ሰብኣዊ መሰላት ዓይና ከተንቁሕ ዘበጋገሱን ጉዳይና ኣብ ውሽጣ ከምዝብስልሰል ዝገበሩ ሰብ ቅያ ስለ ዘለውና እዩ :: ንቀጻሊ ስረሖም ዓወትን ርጉጽነትን ከኣ ብሓደ ሸነኽ ካብ ጸላኢ ዝመጽእ ዘመተታት ብምምካት – በቲ ሓደ ሸነኽ ከኣ ዘዝዓቅምና ምስ ደለይቲ ፍትሒ ብምስጓምን ኢና ውሑስ ንገብሮ ::

    እቲ እምነ መሰረት ምትእምማን ብተግባር ምስታፍ ምዃኑ ኣብ’ ዚ ሰላማዊ ሰልፊ ርኢና ኢና :: ኩሎም ደረኽቲ ሓይልታት ዝውከልሉ ሓፋሽ ብሓደ ክምርሽ ከም ምርኣይ ዝኣመሰለ ዘሕጉስ ነገር ፍጹም የለን :: እዚ ምስ ዝደጋገም ንዝነበረ ናይ ጠርጠራ ዋህሚ ከጽርዮ ምዃኑ ኣየጠራጥርን ::

    ንሕና ክፋል ናይ ዛ ዓለም ኢና : ስለ ዝኾነ ምስ ሕቡራት መንግስታት ይኹን ሃገራት ዓለም ክህልወና ዘለዎ ዝምድና ኣብ መትከል – ሰላምን መስልን ደቂ ሰባት ዝተሰረተ ምዃኑ ከነርኢ ኣለና :: ውርዙይ :- ቁርጡይ :-ፍሉጥን -ንጹርን መርገጽ ሒዝና ምስ እንቀርብ ኢና ንውሽጣዊ በደሊ ንድምስሶን ንናይ ደገ ሓይሊ ካብ ንኹነታት ምምዝማዝ እንኽልክሎን :: ኣብ ዘይተደላይ ጥርጠራ ከይንኣቱ ንጹር ዓለም ለኽ ህግታት ስመር ዶባትና እዮም::

  • teweldino

    Hi AT,

    There is a typo in the 1st sentence of paragraph 7. I think the word “was” in “The border was with Ethiopia stopped only after …” was meant to be “war”.

  • Jodit

    Indeed it is a therapeutic to us, justice seekers. Go Eritrea go … No one can stop the wave of freedom. We are now sure that justice will reign over tyranny.

    • sara

      Dear jodit
      absolutely right, eritrea will prevail at the end as it did in the past. do not give up on our peoples dynamism if you are one of our own.