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Eritrean Apathy: No Boletika Zone

This edition of Negarit was first published on July 21, 2008. Since then, so many Eritrean associations have been created; most of them peddle the “No Boletika Zone” position in the face of the rampant injustice that Eritreans are facing. These associations have played a major role in creating the political apathy that has inflicted many Eritreans. Worse, some individuals attempt to legitimize their indifference by considering themselves as “Silent Majority.” 

It was a late afternoon arrival, after an overnight flight from California, a boring connection wait at New York and on to Buffalo. From there, I drove through the beautiful, scenic landscape to Toronto, entering Canada for the first time ever. I had no idea the country was this beautiful.

I expected to see red maple trees; there were none. Could it be wrong season? I wondered why Canada would have a red maple leaf in its flag, representing its image. It should have been green.

The beauty of the Canadian landscape was matched on my return drive from Toronto to Washington DC, again my first experience in the area. I enjoyed the whole ten-hour drive. That spot of our planet might as well be the place good people go to when they die.

First things first.

By now, I have established a trend, giving my readers a report wherever I go to one Eritrean activity or another. And the last few ones were not only Eritrean, they included a Keren-related activity. And I have to report.

Thanks is due to the organizers who toiled for months to make the Keren School reunion a reality (check for more details.) Anyone who wants to organize a seamless event, you know who to hire. Maybe someday the same group of people could be approached to organize a national event, a Freedom Jamboree if you will. Heartfelt appreciations to Hassen, Bahlebi, Zeineb, Yohannes. Tesfagabir, Jimi’e, Yakob, Adil and the rest of Toronto community and others.

The organization – food, the lodging, the dancing, the laughter and the reminiscing, and the whole sequence of activities planned for the reunion – went as smooth as an air train.

ethiopian brutality in keren1Some blessings are so profound that even time cannot overcome, a blessing even old age cannot defeat. Wrinkles on faces that had none the last time I saw them maintained the spirit I knew (and I expected). Heads that I once remembered bushy with lots of hair were now bold, an imitation of Telly Savalas’ head albeit darker. “It was the work of time,” they all said. Few seemed to notice that we beat time. We scored high in our battle against decades of separation. Our hearts prevailed. The sense of humor, love, genuine bonds of blood relations and friendships prevailed. It is known that the people of Keren have an insatiable appetite for humor, jokes and reminiscing. They have an insatiable appetite for laughter and conversation. In fact, a good portion of the reunion was spent on conversations and jokes. This would give you an idea of the quality time we spent: Eighty hours and I remember sleeping for only ten of them. It was pretty much the same with everyone else- at least the rowdy bunch I accompanied throughout the time.

All right, we were noisier than an English football fan group. What the heck, fun is essential- especially when one meets childhood friends, many of them, under one roof, after decades of separation. Our rowdy group of six was crammed into a five-seat car. The music blasting loud, windows open, after mid night in the streets of Toronto. There was even a friend who developed a very unlikely taste for Amharic music; he made us listen to it all night. I would never have imagined in my life to see him acquire a taste for Amharic songs.

ethiopian brutality in keren2We cruised through Toronto nights aimlessly –just cruising! The closest place from any location in Toronto is an hour’s drive. Eritreans there have adapted the patience of the Beni Amer. They tell you, “it is close by” of any place, and the more you drive, the more they assure you “we are almost there.” But you end up driving for another hour. Distances have shrunk in their minds. Anyone who was frustrated by the nomads of Eritrea would understand what I mean: the nomads, used to travelling long distances would tell city boys that the next village is just over the hills, “we are almost there.” The poor city boys, used to walking only a few blocks, would be frustrated when the distance turns out to be a whole day’s journey. That was the case with Eritrean Canadians. They lost the sense of distance and time; it meant nothing to them.

Back to the event…

I might have heard over a hundred jokes in three days- about half of them antique jokes with poor recycling techniques. The rest were genuinely hilarious jokes, some unfit for public consumption. But a few anecdotes, recounted by people who experienced them were the prize takers. Specially a reminiscence of an incident that happened a long time ago at the Keren school: A very tall friend had a fight with a short friend over a water tap and on who should drink first. The tall guy became mad and head-butted the short guy. But instead of hurting the shorter guy, he fell to the ground while the guy who was hit just stood there watching as if nothing happened. You need to see the two people (still the same ratio of body mass) to really enjoy the story as I and my friends did.

The formal event started with an opening speech on behalf of the organizing committee delivered by Hassen Ferej. Asfaha Weldemichael, Fatma Mahmoud Amman and Medhin Ferdinando (representing the first batch of graduates) led a solemn moment of silence in  memory of those who were not among us. Asha Mussa Haj travelled all the way from Australia to attend the event. A power point presentation was given by two professionals, Dr. Weldemariam and Dr. Ogbai (I don’t know why they hate smoking). Yohannes Ferdinando and Dr. Misghina Yassin each gave a speech and other speeches followed. Ogbai’s brief reminder of a citizen’s responsibility talking about wrong practices was very much appreciated. He talked of responsibility. It was not about politics; it was about integrity.

Tesfaghabir Misghina reminded us of the role of the scouts of the Keren secondary school- the charitable deeds sponsored by the scouts and the experiences during the Ona massacre. What we lacked in pictures, was fulfilled by the photographic memories of the likes of Tesfagabir. Keep your memory in tact Tesfagabir, and thank you.

A special treat was a sketch played by Weldai Abbe- he replayed old skits that most of us watched him perform decades ago. So did Afwerki Shehen, the most famous harmonica player in Eritrea. He brought us beautiful memories, anecdotes of the old days starring Wed Cheway. Amazingly, Weldai and Afwerki are still as young as I remember them over three decades ago.

The guests of honor were our teachers, Mr. and Mrs. Rajan. Yes, Rajan who many likened to the famous Indian movie stars and tried to copy his hairstyle and accent (unusual for an Indian). Mr. Rajan forgot to bring his long hair with him to Toronto. But he delivered a speech in which he massaged the egos of all when he recounted his first teaching experience in the USA. He had discovered that unlike the students in Keren, his American students didn’t know how to calculate fractions. For a minute, everyone in the room seemed to have discovered they were smarter than they thought. As for me, I could have been one of Mr. Rajan’s students in the USA who passionately hated fractions. Then I glanced at Abraha, my school mate, who must have been doing fractions since he was breast-feeding. Rajan was right.

Then there was Mr Roger Roller (accompanied by his wife Barbara) and Mr. Kashmirlal who now lives in Canada. Unfortunately, Mr. Mahmoud, the idol of many Keren Secondary School students was absent due to health reasons. So was Mr. Omran who couldn’t secure a visa in time.

Mr. Roller and the Rajans brought along a collection of old pictures they shot in the sixties. It felt like a time capsule- Keren of the sixties. Among the dozens and dozens of invaluable pictures, two slides preserved by Mr. Roller were very moving. One was shot from the top of the spiral of Pascuzzi’s building. The other was shot from a close distance (clandestinely). The pictures are of a historical significance because they are the only documents of the incident that happened in Keren in the mid sixties: a picture of the bodies of seven martyrs hanged in the market place. I have vivid memory of the incident but as far as the date is concerned, it needs further research1.

I am almost certain the picture is the only documentation of that incident. I cannot thank Mr. Roller enough for preserving the snapshot of Eritrean history.

And there were many pictures depicting life in Keren- the good and the painful.

When Mr. Roller showed his slide collection, there were many faces in the pictures. Some who sacrificed their lives for Eritrea. Some whose whereabouts we do not know. And faces of old human monuments of Keren. Pictures of Eid celebration, Mesqel, Mariam Daari and many more. The color slides brought back nostalgic and sometimes painful memories of the time. Mr. Roller’s pictures are educational and give a glimpse of Keren in the sixties for those who are not lucky enough to have seen the future capital city of Eritrea (all right, we will vote on that once voting is allowed in Eritrea.) Anyone would have paid a good price for the hanging picture; but Roller was very generous. Again, on behalf of everyone, I thank Mr. Roller for preserving our history.

In the middle, a slide came on the screen and Mr. Roller said, “this is a picture of a kid I shot in the market.” Immediately, Tesfagabir (my boy scout patrol leader) shouted, “wedi Philips.” I looked attentively and it was my picture (probably 1966 or 1967). Though it took me some time to actually know that it was my picture, it didn’t take Tesfagibir more than a second or two to recognize my face. This was the kind of fun we had in Toronto: spending quality time with people who would recognize a picture of you when you were just a kid. If Roller put that picture on e-Bay and demanded a price, I would have paid for it.

Those who missed the opportunity to reunite this year should consider it seriously the next time it is held. I would pay anything to be in that kind of ambience, in that kind of therapy. And you all know that we need a therapy of that nature to balance the frustration caused by the oppressive regime ruling Eritrea. A regime that has damaged our social wellbeing and unity. Luckily, the Keren school reunion was a true representation of our beloved town. Genuine picture of Eritrean diversity – unlike the unrepresentative festivals of the ruling regime. All in all, about 450 people participated in the three-day events. And I am grateful for each and everyone of them for the good time.

I am grateful for the generous information given to me by many regarding the history of Keren. I am specially grateful for the helpful anecdotes supplied by Kebire.

On Sunday, at the park…

The park picnic was yet a continuation of the same, the only difference being the open air and the smell of grilled food. More fun, more conversation, more jokes, more dancing and laughing. This has to be repeated… who is hosting?

By 3 PM I had to go to yet another seminar where I was asked to give a speech in a meeting organized by no other than the energetic Moniem and his dedicated and energetic friends. Though the initial venue was locked for no apparent reason when we arrived, the organizers found another venue in just half an hour, something that can be likened to a miracle- it could have been easily cancelled. That meeting was probably the most touching. It was so full of positive energy and optimism that I wish to develop a module on How to Avoid Pessimism in our meetings. But the activities didn’t finish there.

After the meeting, we all went to a major venue that defiant Eritreans frequent- a place where freedom of expression is fully supported and where pro justice Eritreans meet: The African Delight Restaurant. I think that place should be considered the center of Toronto from where circles should be drawn, and enlarged to cover the whole city. It also serves the best food.

The next day I visited a place where I played billiards (after almost eight years). The people there were a bunch of gentlemen with clear conscience. It is very encouraging to meet such compatriots; I am confident that once these disorganized clusters of caring Eritreans come together, there will be a significant change in the way Eritreans conduct their activities. The few Eritrean Canadians who still have ties with the oppression emissary of the PFDJ should be persuaded to abandon it. Toronto should be liberated – street by street- using the tools of persuasion, common sense and appeal to the inherent sense of justice in people.

In my final evening, I had the opportunity to meet with leaders and members of Qalna, a civic-society (member of the Eritrean Global Solidarity). Qalna is a promising organization and with the help of pro-justice and pro-democracy forces of Canada, I am confident it would contribute greatly towards the struggle for justice and democracy in Eritrea. I appeal to all Eritrean Canadians to join this group and help it grow to make a significant accomplishment in the struggle. I appeal to all Eritrean Canadians to stop partisan politics and join hands to bring about change.

For political organizations to grow, they need a strong popular base from which they can solicit membership and support. A popular movement is the only way to combine resources and create a critical mass. It was along these lines that I talked to members of a few opposition organizations who understand the benefits of having a vibrant civic organization. From what I have witnessed, Canada is endowed with genuine patriots who love their people and their country. I am proud to have met many promising, intelligent and dedicated individuals. I am also happy to have finally seen close allies whom I never met in person before. I saw in them what I expected and I feel confident that the struggle for justice and democracy, ignoring the few hiccups, is all right.

I was invited to dinner parties, lunches, breakfast and the vibe was very inspiring and encouraging. I am humbled and thankful to all.

Toronto is as important (with as much Eritreans) as Washington DC. There is a challenge for Eritrean Canadians in Toronto. And where there is a challenge, there is an opportunity to become a strong pro-justice and pro-democracy force. That kind of bond and organization would easily defeat the few pockets of the oppressive regime left in the Diaspora- they have become few, ashamed for standing against their people and for empowering an unjust regime. They have no legs of reason left for them to stand on. Persuade them, discuss with them, show them the injustices and sure, if they have a figment of reason, they would abandon the oppressive regime. Encourage them to be bold. Inspire them with your actions.

Back to the Keren School reunion…

The organizers of the event, with the intention of accommodating everyone, tried hard to make the event strictly social- meaning, “non-political.” I don’t exactly understand what non-political means, but I am worried this might be a trend that associations follow.  At any rate, there are two reasons for my worry. One, the fact that Keren Secondary School reunion was held in a place tens of thousands of miles away from Keren, can only be explained in political terms. Why were we in Canada instead of Keren? Why didn’t we hold the reunion in Keren? Those are legitimate questions that define the reunion as a politically influenced event. Second, you can take the people of Keren away from politika (in the parlance of some) but you cannot take the spirit of resistance and defiance (again politika to some) from the people of Keren. The struggle for justice on behalf of the oppressed should not be considered a virus we should avoid. It is a medal of honor that we should wear proudly.

My friends, my elders and all the Kerenites I meet made me feel proud. Their unequivocal rejection of oppression. Their true spirit of defiance to injustice and their clear conscience and patriotism was an assurance that we are all right, in spite of the few hiccups.

Every town in the world has its characteristics. Keren is characterized by its historical defiance to injustice. Take away that element of defiance and you are left with a dull, insignificant town. What is needed of Kerenites is not to get into “Politika”, but to be true to the traditions of defiance and rejection of injustice. It is unbecoming of us to forget how Keren and the rest of Eritrea is living under siege by an oppressive regime or ignore that fact because it is “Politika”. The true spirit of Keren abhors injustice. It despises wimps, spies and cowards. It prides itself in its history of defiance. It is a town where the ghosts of the victims of Ona and Besekdira float in the air. No such reunion should have been concluded without a stern statement condemning the oppressive regime in Eritrea and in solidarity with the oppressed. But regardless, I am proud to be a product of that great town! Please help uphold the proud and noble characteristics of Keren.

The Eritrean Muslim Council

On Saturday July, 14, 2008, I attended the conference of the Eritrean Muslim Council (EMC). This is a six-year old organization that has offered exemplary social services to Eritrean-American Muslims. The EMC has contributed greatly in the field of teaching the Koran, empowering the youth by organizing sport activities, educational and entertainment trips and mentoring. Importantly, the EMC has managed to secure burial grounds for its members– to date, there is no Eritrean-American Muslim who died in the USA and faced a difficulty in securing a burial spot. This is a great social service for an immigrant community whose dead must be buried immediately.

Among the main activities of EMC are planning of family picnics, Eid celebrations and the like. This has helped in introducing the community to each other and maintaining part of their culture through festivals and seminars, and picnics. I am sure the EMC has able, qualified people who run it and could take it to a much higher level of achievements.

In the DC event, I met many friends, some very dedicated allies in the struggle for justice and democracy (individually). I had fun and managed to meet many relatives and friends whom I didn’t meet for years. I have no serious complaint against the EMC on the social sphere, where it is doing more than what is expected from a limited-resource first generation immigrant organization. However, I am worried that the “we do not do Poletika” virus might attack the EMC. As usual, though the EMC has “Eritrean” in its name, I felt the mention of the country (let alone the situation it is going through) was avoided like a nuclear waste.

I am a Muslim and I have never been to a Muslim gathering where prayers to the jailed and the wronged victims was not offered. Doing that is remaining true to the traditions established by great religious leaders like the late Mufti Ibrahim Al-Mukhtar. Men who carry the blood of the great Eritrean religious leaders in their veins, off-springs of men who talked to the powers of the day, to the likes of the tyrant Haile Sellassie, are naturally placed to carry that burden of leading initiatives for such noble gestures. There is no excuse for forgetting to remember the victims of the oppressive Eritrean regime in any prayer. Such a noble (and religiously compulsory) gesture is the least we can offer. Not that what the oppressed Eritreans need at this time is prayers only, but the fact that the EMC didn’t make such a small gesture, didn’t go down well with me.

The EMC has an advocacy arm and I hope they take note and energize their activism alongside the social services that they are offering with admirable zeal.

People who attended the Keren reunion and the EMC event, were conscious people who do not wish evil to their people. They are people of high caliber and patriots to the bone. Individually, most of what they talked about (with evident sadness) was the sorry situation of the land of their birth, Eritrea. However, in the organizational level, the two events (Toronto and DC) seemed to have clearly raised a silent “No Boletika Zone” slogan. That gave me an idea why the oppressive regime is still surviving: those who are supposed to be defiant and vocal are not so.

1Here are the main info for those who would like to help find the exact date of the pictures:

  1. An old ELF book (Kefah Eritria) mentions six-bodies hanged in Keren after the Battle of Togoruba (Feb 29, 1964). This is also mentioned in Ali Mohammed Saleh’s book (Zekreyat Munadhil Eritry). The bodies in Roller’s picture are seven.
  2. Mr. Roller was in Keren between 1965-67; the picture was shot in that period.
  3. On Dec 12, 1965 six [correction: seven]  combatants were martyred in a battle in Aderba (vicinity of Keren.) [the pciture above was conclusively confirmed it was of the martyrs killed in the battle Beggu/Adrba in the outskirts of Keren. Date of corrections- Sept. 28, 2008]
  4. Colonel Gebrekhidan was shot in June 18, 1965.
  5. On September 15, 1965, 21 combatants were martyred in the battle of Mehlab and their bodies was displayed in Keren (there is a widely distributed black and white picture of the 21 bodies)

I Hope the above dates and incidents might trigger memories to establish the exact date of the picture.

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  • tes

    Dear Gdus zega,

    Selam win misaka yikun! Amen

    I tried to search a quick reference material to see if what you are saying is contrary to their basic religious doctrine or not. In the reference what I found is different than what you are saying.

    One core principle they have is that they believe on God’s Kingdom not Earthly Kingdom.

    Some quick materials


    In general EPLF and then PFDJ anti-religion ideology of course won’t let Jehova Witness to be free and live according to their beliefs. And any conspiracy built for the sake of making them guilty is nothing but a common practice of their political system.


  • Mehari the ferrari

    [From the moderator: Please read our posting guidelines and tone down your comments if you wish to be hosted.]

  • Saleh Johar

    Hello Meda Ethiopia

    Please stop your empty bravado and observe the following:
    1. The article was written eight years ago, well before Meda Ethiopia adorned the forum with his presence.
    2. Why do you feel you are the only one who has the information? And what makes you so sure that I didn’t get enough information about the not so significant piece of information in the last eight years? And what if I reject yur order because of your unnecessarily combative attitude?
    3. If you have information that you are dying to divulge, share it with everyone else here.
    4. No thank you for the msluyenet, ” You should gather all the information given to you analyse it discuss it with the people cwho has knowledge about then puplsh it.” Given your attitude, I wouldn’t gather any information from you my dear friend. You need to stop being rude for people to communicate with you.

    Now get off my back, I am not a politician nor a reporter, I just fight injustice.

    • Meda Ethiopia

      Ya kubur Mr johar
      What is going on?
      You should not waste your time replying to me
      I am not that important
      FYI I remember well when you launched Awate. Com
      The picture of Awate
      The objection of the logo by one guy from Toronto, Canada
      You have one e mail message from you about ex ELF Haile Weldetensae ” I have the news paper Addis Zemen on my desk for reference ”
      No rule is on the wall
      When someone asks you not to puplsh it please don’t puplsh
      Don’t play games sorry brother

      • Saleh Johar

        Hello Meda Ethiopia,

        I will try one more time.
        When you post your comments on this forum, you are publishing it, not anyone at The forum uses a third party platform, DISQUS, which is a public discussion platform owned and operated by its owners, not awate. You can’t publish on Disqus and ask us not to publish it, it is not in our server. That is exactly like you posting something on facebook and asking me not to publish it. That is what I am trying to explain to you but you are stuck with branching our and creating unnecessary confusion. I hope you understand.

        See, you still think I am playing games, I do not have time for that none sense dear. You just do not want to recognize the mistake you are making by not trying to understand the difference between Disqus and And you insist you are right !

  • Mehari the ferrari

    Secessionist bandit higdef is establishing it´s own religion undermining ours !

  • tes

    Dear Readers,

    When I see an accusation and blackmailing falling to the extreme ends, I disgust it though I laugh on the the level of ignorance in which the accuser is up to on. I am saying this because I read a very stupid accusation towards a religious group that they have been a victim of a brutal system. And this is coming from Tesfa News (aka Turning News), a disgruntled web on the COiE coming report: Here is the accusation:

    —-Beginning of Quote——

    Jehovah’s Witness publicly announced, at the outset immediately after liberation; that they do not recognize Eritrea’s independence and “the temporary government and authority” established thereby.

    The government, therefore, simply refused to issue or renew their business licenses. Indeed they cannot have both ways: refuse to recognize the temporal Government and to respect it’s laws but at the same time request legal services from the same government.”

    —–End of Quote—–

    TN, really????

    If this is what the final verdict, well we will see what the COiE will do for these criminals.

    Jehovah Witness is a known religious practice with its beliefs and practices.

    Never surprised by such blackmailing but I am expecting someone to highlight the ignorance of this coward web administrator.


  • Kokhob Selam

    Dear George,

    in your book informing might have different meaning but in PFDJ’s book it might work in all directions different meaning. wait let me come with my poem on this,

    …. ትዕቢተኛ ለማኒ ……

    ትዕቢተኛ ለማኒ ላዕሊ ኣፍንጭኡ :-
    ጅሆ ሒዙ ምክት ሰባት ኣብ ክንድኡ :-
    መስኪናይ ‘ቲ ውጹዕ ግዱድ ተደፊኡ
    ኣብ ዘይኣመነሉ ጸረ ሕልንኡ ::

    ለመና ገባቲ ሓበሬታ ይመስል :-
    ተዃሊሙ ይመጽእ ክብረቱ ከይጎድል:-
    ………….ወዮ ቲ ክብረቱ ዘሎ መሲልዎ :-
    …………..ቀደም ዝኸሰሮ ምኽኣል ስኢንዎ ::

    ጭብጥታት ብግቦ መዓስ እሞ የድሕኖ :-
    ተኣኪቡ ሓሶት – መሊሱ የድንኖ :-
    ንግርዎ ግዳ ከውርዶ ቲ ዲኖ :-
    ዲኖ ናይ ጀጋኑ ማዕረጉ ነይኮኖ ::
    ……………………ፍጹም ነይምጥኖ ::

  • iSem

    Hi George:
    So the PFDJ punishes its people for the UN screw up and you are OK with it. So are you disputing the testimony of the 500 Eritreas who gave their eyes witness.
    And by the way, Eritrea were not sure about separation from Ethiopia that is why they were 50/50, that is not the fault of the UN.
    The federation, the annexation, the Dergi were better than PFDJ rule, that is just the fact

  • iSem

    T,T description as ISIS is apt and he was generous. Beyond the acr both the ISIS of Eritrea and the ISIS of middle east share these values: bigotry, may the grass does not grow after I am gone, destruction, murder, rape, and the ambition to create the a totalitarian systems. The mass killing in the name of Islam committed by ISIS has been committed by PFDJ in the name of Eritrea. So mr, do not point fingers to others, do not throw stones if you live in a glass house. The people who moon light as paid agents here like Nitricc and dawit, the first self admitted robot and the later admitted rapist and sexual abuser are the subset of what Eritrea is dealing with

  • T..T.

    Dear george.

    Like Amanuel Hidrat said, I may not be Ethiopian but I may for sure like to be reborn as Ethiopian who cares about the Eritrean kids, mothers, youth, the elderly.

    By the way, to answer your question, just like UN is an acronym (abbreviation) of United Nations and COiEi an abbreviation of Commission of Inquiry Mission, so also ISIS is an acronym of “Isayasists’ State Information Service,” which is also known as Isayas’ TV. There is nothing wrong here. But your addressing the opposition members as non-Eritreans is a big time wrong, although many of them don’t like to be called Eritreans because of Isayas’s repulsive policies. Those Eritreans in their host countries consider themselves as reborn to be belonging to their new nations in North America, Europe, or Australia. The Eritrean Diasporas’ fight against Isayas is just to save the Eritrean people from total annihilation.

    You may ask as to why you are being called as “Isayasists” and not called by the party. Indeed, there is no any real political party in Eritrea. Because your capo (Isayas) is suffering from neuroticism due to guilt, envy and anger, he is just neurotic and control freak. From the start, his decision to be surrounded by weak people resulted in his dictatorship or one man rule.

    Therefore, Eritrea of Isayas does not have any party or ideology to be exported to other countries. Have you ever seen any ideology exported by Isayas with exception of his exporting terrorism and destabilization of other countries? Because there is no real political party, or no real government with budget and plans, Isayas is running the country by micro-managing everything using organized crimes, threats, imprisonment, disappearances of all those who do not easily give up their wealth and family members. That’s why COiE is focusing on Isayas.

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Selam George,

    How did you know T.T is an Ethiopian? Or is your understanding that those Eritrean who oppose the current Eritrean regime, falls under the same characterization? T.T is your fellow Eritrean who happened fighting against the injustice in our own country – a country of injustice under the despot in the helm of power. At this juncture the enemy of our people is the regime and the enablers of the regime. Politics is about choices, and the choice of Eritrean is either to be on the side of the oppressive regime or on the side of the oppressed Eritrean people. So T.T chose to be the voice of the oppressed Eritrean people. My advice to you is: please engage in the debate, you as supporter of the oppressive regime and T. T as a voice of the suffocated Eritrean people. In any political system, it is quite normal, politics is pivoted and framed in such a way where there is an oppressor and oppressed people in a given situation. And it is quit natural citizens to make choices to either side of the spectrum, as you did your choice with the regime.

    Amanuel Hidrat

    • George

      Dear aman,

      You said, “How did you know T.T is an Ethiopian?” Really? Is water wet?

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Haw George,

        That is it? I have not thought of you as “apolitical” person. I was expecting you to come with an illuminating argument from an individual who is “supremely confident” on how politico-dipomacy works. You fail my expectation for which I was eager to engage you, and in the process to learn something from you.


        • Kokhob Selam

          Dear Amanuel,

          The same I was expecting him he will stand defending at least this time from someone who supporter’s PFDJ but they never go long. the man who said ” Truth is simple and to the point” here came down to this level. why is that? እንታይ ኮይኖም እዮም ዘርጠብጠብ ዝብሉ?

  • Kokhob Selam

    Dear awate friends

    ወዮ ድኣ ምስጋና ዓበይቲ ፈላስፋታትናን ሰብ ኪነትናን ድሕሪ ሞቶም እንዳኾነ እምበር :- እዛ ሃገር እኮ ሃገር ሊቃውንቲ እያ- ንቅድሚት ዝሪኡ ሊቃውንቲ :: እስከ የማነ ክንዝክር ::

    …. ወደባት ዓደይ ……

    “ወደባት” ዓደይ ኢሉ እዩ ጀሚሩ :-
    ግጥሚ ዝገጠመ ቃላት ሓናኺሩ:-
    ወደባት ግን ቃላተ- ሚስጥሩ :-
    ወልዶ ወዲ ሃገር ታሪኹ ካብ ስሩ:-
    ዶስ እቲ ነዊሕ መሬት ደንደስ ናይቲ ባሕሩ:-

    ክልተ ቃላቱ ትርጉም ኣስተብሂለ:-
    ጥፍኣት ህዝብን መሬትን ኩሉ ምስ ደስከለ :-
    መንእሰይ በሪሩ ስደት ምስኮብለለ:-
    ዓስብ ምጽውዑ ህያብ ምስ ተመቅለ:-
    ሓቁ እዚ ገጣሚ ” ወደባት “:-ዝበለ:-
    ህዝብን ወደባቱን ይጠፍእ እንሆለ ::

    ቅኔ ወደባት ( ወደ ኣባት ወዲ ሃገር ፣ ሃገር እትውንኖ ዶብ ባሕሪ – ምስ ካልእ ዓለም ዘራኽብ ባሕሪ (ሚና ) ሃገርና ልዕሊ ፩፪፻ ኪሎ ሜትር ዝንውሓቱ ክሳዳውን ኣብ ኣዝዩ ንንግድን መተሓላለፍን ዝተመርጸ ቦታ ዝርከብ ደንደስ ባሕሪ ትውንን :: እንታይ እሞ ምስ ስርዓት ሕገ- ቢስ ህኩይ ስርዓት ህግደፍ !

    ኮኾብ ሰላም

  • Kokhob Selam

    Dear friends,

    How life looks without our Saay7 ! He might be attracted with this wonderful song of the day enjoy it.

    ይጽናሓልና ኣይንበል:-

  • Kerenite

    Wow, Saleh. You look like that poster child on World Vision commercial, where they try to raise money for non-profits using adorable pictures of kids from third world countries that need “our help” meaning the help of the West. Anyway, it is clear that you like your hometown, Keren, and I am glad about that. That is where my family hails from as well. Keren just has the best year-round climate in my opinion.

  • Ahmed

    Wow…even though i know little about the history you narrated, i can honestly say i fall in love with your beautifu and lively narration….you got to continue doing it.

  • Kokhob Selam

    …. . ወዮ ኣልጊስናላ ………

    ወዮ እዝን ረኺባ ምልማስ ናይ ተሳትፎ :-
    ወዮ ትም ኢልናላ ገበናት ክንሓልፎ :-
    ባዕላ እንድያ ትብገስ ሓይልና ከተስንፎ :-
    ፍንጭልጭል ኣቢላ ድሕሪት ከተትርፎ ::

    “ካብ ፖሎቲካ ነጻ “ኢልካ ነብስኻ ምትላል :-
    ኩናት ተወርዊሩ ኣብ ርእስኻ ትከል :-
    ክዊናት ብክዊናቱ – ዘይምሕር ዝቀትል :-
    ብሄርካ ኣይህሉ ባህልኻ ነይቅጽል ::

    መን ምስ ፍቀደ እሞ ክርከብ ዕረፍቲ :-
    ኣብ ስልጣን ከለው ቀተልቲ ኣሰርቲ :-
    ስልጣን ኣስኪርዎም ንሕና ኢና ብሃልቲ:-
    ካልእ ምርጫ የለን ህዝቢ እዩ መካቲ ::

    እምበር መን ይጸልእ ነጻ ፖሎቲካ :-
    መዓስ ተረጊሙ ዝስዋእ ወገንካ :-
    በጃ ዝሃለፈ ንክብሪ መሰልካ :-
    ወድዓዊ ኩን ወገን ግጠም ተዓጢካ ::

    ኣሹንቧይ ደቂስካ ኩሉ ገዲፍካላ :-
    ቃልሲ ኳ ንጋዳ ግድል ምስ ጉሒላ :-
    መልክዑ ብዙሕ እዩ ኣባጊዕ ምስቶኽላ :-
    ህግደፍ እዝን ረኺባ ክትተክል ዶ ጓይላ !
    …………………..ወዮ ኣልጊስናላ ::

    ኣይፋል ድ ኣ ወገን በሎም ኣይግዛእን :-
    ብሄራዊ መሰልን ፍጹም ኣይሸይጥን :-
    መሰል ሓደ እዩ ብፍርቂ ኣይግለጽን :-
    ብሽሕጣን ህግደፍ ዘበት ኣይታለልን ::

  • Meda Ethiopia

    Hello Mr johar
    Did you find out who shot colenel Gebrekidan? Why?
    I can lead you to the circumstances but not direct answer should you contact me directly
    I don’t want this comment to be published
    Sel aleki Neger. Abe z the Minewale of shuK becomes Meda Ethiopia. Next week he is going retain Bitweded for President
    If you publish this comment, you are in violation. You were be answering tough ? @ next K. High school reunion
    I never been to keten

    • Saleh Johar

      Hello Meda Ethiopia,
      You publish your comment on a public forum and then ask me not to publish it? How does that work?

  • tes

    Dear AT,

    I wish I read this article before I wrote mine. I think I could have stopped writing mine and remind you to repost it here if I was aware about it. An insight article!!!

    Oh yes, this NO Boletica Zone is not healthy. We need to examine it deeper so that we can have a means to fight against such mentality.

    I thank you for pulling it.


    • Kokhob Selam

      Dear tes,

      ኣብ ዓለምና “smoking free ” “Sugar free ” etc ዝብሉ ሓበሬታት ምስማዕ እንዳተልመደ እዩ :: እቲ ኣነ ‘ውን ኣብ ‘ታ ዝነብረላ ንኡሽቶ ህድሞ – PFDJ FREE ZONE ” ዝብል ክፋል ሓጺረ ኣለኹ :: ኣብ’ታ ቦታ ብዛዕባ ህግደፍ ምሕሳብ ፍቁድ ኣይኮነን – ኩሉ ነገር ምሕሳብ ግን ፍቁድ እዩ :: ከም ተረድኦ ኮኾብ እዛ ንኣኡሽቶ ቦታ ጥራይ እያ ጅሆ ዘይተታሕዘት:- ኣብ ዛ ቦታ ጥራይ እዩ ምሕረት ፍቅሪ ወላ ውን ኩራን ሕርቃንን ዘሎ: ኮታ ዓለም እያ ንዓይ :-መሰለይ ዝብሎ ኩሉ ዘሰላስለላ- ህግደፍን ከለሳ ሓሳብ ህግደፍን ዘይበከላን ብህግደፍ ዘይሹቅረረላ እንኮ ዓለመይ!

      እቲ ሕልመይ ካብ ህግደፍ ነጻ ዝኾነት ሃገር ምርኣይ እዩ : “ሕልምኻ ሕልሚ ዓሻ ‘ ከምዘይተባሃልኩ ኣብ ‘ዚ ደረት ዘይብሉ ሕልሚ ኣብ ናይ ሕልሚ ኣፍራሳቶም ተወጢሖም ዘለው ጋለብቲ በዚሖም ይርከቡ :: ገለን ዕባራ ገለን ህጣራ:- ገለን ድማ ሓንገቲ ኣፍራስ ሒዝካ ዘብዘብ ምባል ዳርጋ ልሙድ ኮይኑ ኣሎ :: ገና ግን ህልሚ ዘይረኣዮም እቶም ዝበዝሑ እዮም :: ድቃሶም ከቢድ ግዲ ኮይኑ ኣብ ሕልሙ ይኹን ኣብ ውኑ የለውን – ዳርጋ ሓውሲ ሞት ! ይኹን ድኣ እምበር ግዜ ንኹላትና ኣይመሓረን – ህግደፉ ተቃዋሚ ይኹን ትም ዝበለ ብዙሕ ህዝቢ እርጋንን ሞትን እናርከቡ ከካብ ኣፍራሶም መንጢሎም ምውሳድ ኣየቛረጹን ::

      ተስእለ ፩ እምነግሥት ውይቤ እፎ ህልወት ዘመን = (ግዜ እንታይ እዩ ክብል ሓተተ ሓደ ካብ ነጋውስ)

      ወይቤልዎ እስመ ዘመንስ ለሊክ ውእቱ= ( “ግዜ ንስኻ ባዕልኻ እኻ ” ክብሉ መለስሉ )

      እመ ኣሠነይካ ኣንተ ትሤኒ = (ሰናይ እንተገበካዮ ሰናይ )

      ውለእመ እሕሠምካ ኣንተ ትሐሥም ዘመን =(ሕሱም እንተገበርካዮ ሕሱም ይኸውን)

      ግርም ብሂል ትኾርምየኒ : ሓቂ በቃ : “ግዜ ግዜ ” እናበሉ ዝውግዝዎስ ክንደይ ከይሓስሙ ? ተውሳኺቱ ግዜ ብመሰረቱ ግዜን ቦታን እኮ ንዓና ኣብ’ ዛ ነገራዊት ዓለም ብኣገባብ ክንጥቀመሎም ዝተዋህቡና ናይ መመላለሲ ነገራት ድኣ እምበር ንሶም ዝፈጥርዎ ነገር መዓስ ሃልዩ :: ኣየ ንሕና – ግዜ ከምዝጥዕመና ኢና ንገልጾ : እቲ ቀንዲ ዘገድሰና ድማ ነቲ ጉድለታትና እንሽፍነሉ ኮይኑ ምቅራብ እዩ : መሸፈኒ ኣበራትና !!!

      “መንግስቲ ኤርትራ” ህግደፍ ንግዜ ከም ዓቢ መሸፈኒ ኣበሩ ክጥቀመሉ ዝጀመረ ኣብ ድሮ ናጽነት እዩ ::ኩሉ ነገር ብዓይኒ ገድሉ ድማ እዩ ዝጥምቶ : ኩሉ ሰብ ተጋዳልይ ክኸውን ኣለዎ – ኩሉ እንስሳ ሃገራዊ ግብእ ክፍጽም ኣለዎ ወላ ግመል: ንህግደፍ ኩሉ ስራሕ ነቲ ምልካዊ ስርዓት ዘገልግል ክኸውን ኣለዎ : ንግዲ ውሽጢ ይኹን ንግዲ ወጻእ ነቲ ስርዓት ክምእዘዝን ከኽስብን እንድሕር ዘይኮይኑ ባራ!!! ግርም ነጋዳይ:- ዝሽየጥ ዘይብሉ ክኸስብ ዝደሊ ነጋዳይ ሲ ከመይ ደረቐኛ እዩ :: ሃይሞኖት ህግደፍ :- ፖሎቲካ ህግደፍ :- ትምህርቲ ህግደፍ :- ኮታ ወላ ሓዳር ክትገብርን ክትመውትን ህግደፍ : -ዝብል ሽም እዩ ክቀድም ዘለዎ :: ሃገርነት ‘ውን ንባዕሉ ህግደፍ: – ቀብሪ ህግደፍ :- ውርሻ ውን ብዘይህግደፍ ዘይሕሰብ እዩ :: ነዚ ምስ ርኣኹ እየ ንሓደ ክላለየኒ ዘመጸ ሰብ ሓንቲ ሕቶ ዝሓተትክዎ “ሰብ ዲኻ ህግደፍ ?” ንግዚኡ ብፍሽኽታ ተፈላሊና : ወዮ ዕላል ተወንጭፋ ኣብ ዝብጻሕ በጸሐት እሞ ሓደ ሕሱር ህግደፋዊ እዛ ዘረባ እለያ ድየ ኣይበልኩዋን ሓተተኒ – ኣይፋሉ ዝሓወይ ሰብ ንምዃን እኮ ህግደፍ ምዃን ቀዳማይ ተደላይነት ዘለዎ ሮቃሒ እዩ ምስዝበልኩዎ ሕጉስ ድማ በለ :: ካን ኩሉ ነገር ህግደፍ !

      ትም ዝበለ ሓፍሽ ነቲ ስቃይ ክናዋሕ ዘመረጸ ጥራይ እዩ ክኸውን ዝኽእል :: ኣብ ክንዲ ናይ ሓንቲ ውስንቲ ግዜ መኸተ ንዘንተዕለት ስቃይ ይሕሸኒ ዝብል ድማ :: እዚ ሕጂ ህዝብን ሃገረን ኣብ ጸልማት ደቕዲቑ ንነብሱ ‘ውን ዝሰሓግ ዘሎ ርሙስ ጉጅለ ቅድሚ ፪፭ ዓመታት ከምዘልግስ ተገይሩ እንተዝኸውን እዛ ሃገር ድሮ ጸጋታታ ብኣገባብ ተጠቂማስ ንዓለም ዘዛርብ ውንጫፈ ልምዓትን ሰላምን ምሃለዋ ነይሩ:: እዛ ኩላ ጠፊኣ ዘላ መንእሰይ ብህወት ኣብ መርዓን ድርዓን መሃለወት :: ናይ እንታይ ገደሰኒ ዋጋ ድማ እንሆ ኣብ ኩሉ መዳያት መበል 180 ሃገር ጭራ ተሰሪዓ ትርከብ ::

      እወ’ ሞ – እቲ ካብ ፖሎቲካ ነጻ ምዃን ዘይከኣል ክንሱ ነብስኻ ምልማስ ዘምጽኦ ዘሎ ሰበብ እንድዩ :- ኣብ ክንዲ “ፖሎቲካ ኣልቦ” ህግደፍ ኣልቦ ብዝልብል ተኪእካ ተጊህካ ምስራሕ ድኣ ወገን ::

  • tes

    Dear Readers,

    PFDJ is begging COIE not to release their report ahead of the scheduled reporting time. At least he wants to celebrate their highly propagandized 25 years brutal years. By then may be they are thinking that eveything will be OVER, c’est fini, voilà!!!


    For more please read PFDJ’s press release here –

    By then PFDJ is not objecting the content but the date of release. Here is what they wrote:

    “…Last year, the “COI” exceeded its legal remit to unleash an intensive media campaign against Eritrea and distribute its report to the press two weeks before the official opening of the UNHRC annual session.”

    Well, what they are saying is that COiE can only release the truth insde the meeting halls, not before and not after by calling UNHCR (I don’t know why they put it here). As a general concern, here is their professional advice.

    “These repeated and illicit practices clearly contravene fundamental rules of procedure of the UNHRC as well as established norms of fair play.


    • T..T.

      Hi tes,

      I always linked COiE investigation to Isayas. Since you mentioned PFDJ is on the front-line, the Eritrean people should first decide who is worse for Eritrea: Isayas or PFDJ? We know that many Eritreans are impacted by the belief that Isayas is the one responsible for what is going on in Eritrea.

      tes, with your change of attention to PFDJ, the stake is that if Isayas stands a trial, so also the whole of the PFDJ members including dawit, Nitricc and the many of the like should defend their innocence at a court of law.

    • iSem

      Hi tes:
      I think PFDJ is nervous about the report, I think they believe it is going to be more damning than the previous wherer the COI said that there maybe crimes against humanity committed by the presidents offce, police and military, I hope the next report will take that assertion one step further then nitric, dawit, ted, gheteb will wet their pants.

    • george

      Dear tes,
      Could you please tell us where you read that Eritrea is begging COIE. Asking UNHRC to respect their owe rule is not begging. Could you for once take the time to understand things. Many have told you time and again. It is in your best interest.
      Awate team. Please note I have change my email address. Hope this will allow my post not to be deleted. If not please let me know as to why you delete my 4 previous messages.
      Thank you.

      • iSem

        you are kidding? PFDJ asking for a rule of law is akin to a bandit asking for rule of law. It seems that pfdj is nervous because the report will be released in june before they got their acts together to collect all the sigs by coercion to intimidate the coi. In October the report will be presented in their meeting and the criminals are nervous because this time unlike last year the mandate of the commission was elevated to look into crimes against humanity, otherwise the report is what it is, released in june or in oct. I hope some of the criminals will end up in the Hagee to be tried for crimes against humanity. If the commission finds crimes against humanity, then they will be referred to the ICC

      • T..T.

        Dear george,

        Don’t think that your source is trustworthy because you trust only and only Isayas’s TV. Although Isayas’s TV claims to be “serving the truth,” that claim is outrightly rejected by many who can easily recognize the truth and lies as they come through one’s teeth. BTW, do you know that your fight against COiE is considered a fight against the Eritrean people? To know who is the enemy of the Eritrean people, just look in the mirror and you’ll see one who is causing horrible pains in the Eritrean people by working and trusting Isayas only.

        For sure you already read Shabait-com news (the link above). For more, here’s also a station reporting that “PFDJ is begging COiE.”

      • tes

        Selam george,

        Honestly, I don’t need your advice. I refused because it is not honest by itself.

        Whether it is beginning or not, I will every line put by the only and only existing mouth piece (aka propaganda outlet) says everything. I won’t quote again as your heart is closed to take what your eyes are reading.

        Thanks to, it came with an excellent follow-up article to expose the cry and begging of PFDJ. Here is the link: ምልካዊ ስርዓት ኢሳይያስ፣ ‘መርማሪ ኮምሽን ሰብኣዊ መሰላት ኤርትራ ጸብጻቡ ኣቐዲሙ ክዝርግሖ መዲቡ ‘ሎ’ ክብል ናይ ምዕዝምዛም መግለጺ ብምውጻእ ተላፋሊፉ።

        In this artcile, you will find also name list of PFDJ mercenaries who are forcing Eritreans in Saudi Arabia to sign a petition letter.


        Are you following developments in Israel?

        Israel is becoming the potential strategic place for reactionaries. Examining the conflicts between Justice Seekers and PFDJ cult followers, it is not difficult to predict the risk coming sooner inside Eritrea.

        Such developments were not the desire of the justice seeking camp though PFDJ is pushing us to such extreme reactions. More will come sooner unless PFDJ hands the power to the people sooner.


        • George

          dear tes,

          It is a very simple question, just show us. Or do you want me to repeat it to you?. Confronted with simple question you went on tangent on me. You could simply show your source. But, instead again went on name calling, not very smart if you ask me. I will let you be sir.

          • tes

            Selam George,

            Let me quote one line:

            In the event, the Government of Eritrea urges, once again, the UNHRC to take requisite action to rectify the situation and instruct the “Commission of Inquiry” to strictly adhere to normative ground rules.

            Knowing that the so called Government of Eritrea, aka PFDJ, is the one who violated Human Rights from the very beginning, why now he cares whether the document is released before its scheduled meetings? For the last one year and half, PFDJ has tried his best to prove that nothing is wrong with Human Rights situation inside Eritrea. It failed to prove it and hence now it is awaiting the final verdict. By what standard and normative is then calling the UNHCR to respect normative ground rules?

            If PFDJ had any traces of respect for normative ground rules, then I believe there was need for the Commission of Inquiry mission (COiE). COiE launched its work simply because PFDJ as a ruling power of the Government of Eritrea didn’t obey basic human rights rules.

            Now coming back whether he begged or not, read the message that is addressed to UNHCR. To highlight the main line: addressing the UNHRC

            1. To take requisite action to rectify the situation
            2. Instruct the “Commission of Inquiry” to strictly adhere to normative ground rules.

            If UNHCR was able to take requisite action without proper procedure, then there was no need to establish COiE. COiE was established simply because PFDJ did not rectify the deteriorating human rights situation despite the Human rights of UN treats signed by the Government of Eritrea.

            Second: who to instruct who and how is basic and elementary question when a proper institution exists. UNHCR knowns who to instruct first and foremost before going into the highest order. In this case, UNHCR’s task could much simpler if the Government of Eritrea followed simple instructions coming from its document. However PFDJ rejected any instruction and hence COiE was established. Therefore COIE is a result of instruction rejection.

            Why then he begs UNHCR?

            Dear George, hope you are not expecting to read the word “begging” directly put in the message. Just go on contemplation between lines and you will find there clearly put.


          • George

            Dear tes,

            Thank you for your reply. The truth is simple and to the point. You fail to show that. But moving on, I read what the Eritrean government letter said and your quote. I see no “BEGGING”, instead i read that the GOE respectfully informing the politically motivated COiE that GOE is aware of there sneaky moves. If you recall this is not the first time that the UN and its branches have used there position to influence the media. For example, the Somalia monitoring group was caught red handed, for leaking information and most importantly conspiring to “regime change” ( a letter head bearing name of Denish, who was the finance guy for SEMG) was displayed for all to see.

          • tes

            Dear George,

            Here lies our difference and the reason why we read it differently. For me COiE is not politically motivated but a commission established to end the suffering of Eritreans. Therefore no political motivation.

            What PFDJ’s press release is doing is to beg UNHCR not to release the crimes done to the world. For this, whether the report is released today or a tomorrow is the same.

            Or according to PFDJ’s thinking, it is assuming that when things are postponed everything will be fine?


          • T..T.

            Hi george,

            Let’s complete that “I said, you said” process. You questioned tes and he explained saying that, “For me COiE is not politically motivated but a commission established to end the suffering of Eritreans.”

            Here’s what the Isayasists’ State Information Services (ISIS), also aka Isayas TV said, “The sad fact is the Commission is essentially involved in a politically motivated witch-hunting campaign against Eritrea to literally regurgitate innuendos and unsubstantiated allegations that stem from certain quarters.”

            Can you, George, explain why your ISIS is saying “a politically motivated witch-hunting campaign against Eritrea?”

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam George,

            Are you really looking for the word “begging” from the quoted statement as quoted by tes in his response to you? In politics you do not use the word “beg”, but instead , and if you want to be a politician, the word “urges” is used in lieu of it, and take it as a note and/or as a new political vocabulary in to your memory file. Hence to “beg” in literature is the same as to “urge” in politics. Sometimes it is understood when someone tries to defend the indefensible issues, they fall in the pit-holes of ignorance even if they are from the ivory tower of knowledge. I was surprised to your insistence of failing to question your own understanding to the “politico-diplomatic dictum” as to how official letters are written in the international relation. Stay in the forum, engage and learn from your compatriots.

            Amanuel Hidrat

          • tes

            Dear Amanuel Hidrat,

            When the heart is closed what the eyes read is meaningless. I have quoted a line exactly where the word “begging” is coined. Not only this I tried to explain each phrase that follows it. In both George failed. To safe his ignorance, he came in to give me an advice. How can one with a closed heart/mind give an advice to an ordinary justice seeker/thirsty man like me?

            I thank you for making it so clear to him though he will always fail no matter how you simplified for him.


          • George

            Dear Amanuel,

            I see where you are coming from. Please note my observation is that the GOE somehow found out the underhanded move of COiE and informed them of that. It always good to take time and think instead of posting pompous assumptions when one is dishonest with one self. UN organs in the past have leaked information to the media in order to discredit the GOE. If you ask me the GOE is saying to the COiE, hey guys we know what you are up to so stop it. That is how I see it. If you read by reply it should be very clear that i have read the letter by GOE to COiE, meaning that i knew there was no word “beg” nor was i expecting tes to provide me with one for I was supremely confident that his and your interpretation is way off the mark as usual. Nothing more nothing less.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Dear George,

            You see George, you accused people of going tangential or playing diversionary gamebut you are the main actor on it. My point was not about COiE nor was it about GoE. It was about the letter and the quoted statement by tes, and your insistence to show you the word ” begging” in the letter. I tried to show you the word used for begging in international politics and that is to “urge”. Remember when you engage with your counterpart, you must assume that they are well versed with politics, the languages of politics, and the issue at hand, in order to prepare yourself better than you are doing currently. Come to debate with the understanding that you will have rough time to do well, especially when you try to defend the indefensible issues, a position you took as your choice. My friend, you can not be “supremely confident” when you fall in the pit-holes of ignorance of “international politics” and the languages that serves to its discipline of knowledge. Every discipline of knowledge has its own vocabulary for purposes of interacting as a community. In any case stick with us and stop to argue on the books of PFDJ that puts you at odd with your conscience.

            Amanuel Hidrat

  • Yohannes Zerai

    Dear AMAN,

    Save the first two sentences, the bulk of your comment has no bearing on the substance of my earlier comment. Nevertheless, let me direct you to the response I have provided to Saleh Johar’s comment below for an elaboration of the idea I am trying to share with fellow Awatistas.

    Thank you.

  • Hope

    BTW,Ustaz SGJ,your childhood picture is adorable!

  • Yoty Topy

    Hi SGJ,
    There should be a better way to discus the injustice done to these people short of showing their dead body. Showing dead bodies is still frowned upon by most reputable publications and was hoping that would apply here to.

  • Kokhob Selam

    ክቡርራት ዓዋታውናይ

    እዛ ንሓበሬታን ምንቅቃሕን ኢልካ ውን ምርድዳእን ዕርቅን ዝዓለመት መርበብኩም ዳርጋ ዘይተመያየጥትሉ ኣርእስቲ የልቦን :: ካብ’ቲ ዝተሓተ ክሳብ ‘ቲ ዝለዓለ ብዑምቀቱን ስፍሓቱን ኣዝዩ ዝመጠቐ ስራሓት እዩ ተሰሪሑ :: ፖሎቲካዊ መስመራት ( political lines – fronts and parties ) ኣሉታ ይኹኑ ኣውንታ ካብ ነብስወከፍ ኣርእስቲ ክቀስምዎ ዝጸንሑ ቁምነገር ሓዘል መኣዛ ኣዝዩ ብዙህ ምዃኑ ኣካታዒ ኣይኮነን :: እንታይ ኣለካ ዘይኮነስ በቲ ዘለካ እንታይ ፍረ ኣፍሪኻ እዮ ሞ ንዘለኩም ዓቅሚ ኣብ ቲ ዝድለን በቲ ዝድለን ኣገባብ ተጠቂምኩምሉ ኢኹም ::

    ኣብዛ ኣርእስቲ ውን ውልቃዊ ተሞክሮ ነጋሪት ኢና ተዓዚብና:- ነጋሪት እምበር ነጋሪት :

    ብሓቂ ግን ካብ ፖሎቲካ ነጻ ምዃን ይከኣል ድዩ ዝብል ሕቶ- ክንዲ ጎቦ እምባሶይራ ኣብ ቅድመይ ዱብ ኢሉ :: ከም ኮኾብ : – ወዲ ሰብ ኣካልን ክፋልን ናይ ወዲ ሰብ ኮይኑ ምስ ናውቲ መሳርሒታት ክሳብ ዝተዛመደን ኣብ ቁጠባዊ ንሕንሕ ክሳብ ዝተሳተፍን ከምኡ ነቲ ናይ ምንባር ግዴት ዝኾነ ሕብረተሰብኣዊ ርክባት ክሳብ ዘይፈነወ ” ካብ ፖሎቲካ ነጻ እየ ” ክብል እንተተሰሚዑ ንዘለዎ ስልኪትን ነብሰ ምትላልን ጥራይ እዩ ዘንጸባርቕ :: ንገዛእ ርእሱ “ካብ ፖሎቲካ ነጻ እየ ” ኢልካ ምዕጥይጣይ ፖሎቲካ እዩ ::

    ኮታ ይንኣስ ይዕበ ይህመቕ ይጸብቕ ኣበየናይ ደረጃ መነባብሮ ሃሉ ብዘየገድስ ካብ ፖሎቲካ ነጻ ምዃን ኣይከኣልን እዩ :: ብህይወት ምንባርን ፖሎቲካን ክልተ ዘይነጻጸሉ ኣምራት እዮም: :የግዳስ እቲ ኣብ ተሳታፍነት ዘሎ ፍልልይ ካብ ትም ዝበለ ክሳብ ‘ቲ ካብ ልክዕ ሓሊፉ ዝድብል ዝተረሓሓቐ ክኸውን ይኽእል ::

    ስለዚ ፖሎቲካ ክፋል ናይ ህይወትና ካብ ኮነ:- ካብ መምስዝመጸ ደባሊ ምድባልን ብኣተሓሳስባን ድልየትን ካለኦት ተ ኣሲርካ ህወትካ ምምራሕን- ንብሕታዊ መትከላትካ ምስ ካለኦት ተሳተፍቲ ኣተኣሳሲርካ ምምራሽ እዩ እቲ ዝምረጽ ህወት :- ከምቲ ኣቦታትና ዝብልዎ “ካባኻ ዘይሓልፍ ጋሻስ ኣጥቢቅካ ስዓሞ ” :: የግዳስ ልዙብን ምቅሉልን ኣተሓሕዛ ጉዳያት ካብ ዘይተደላይ ጎንጺ ስለዘድሕኑ መዓስን ከመይን ትጥቀመሎም ከምኡ ሓያል መኸትን ስልትታቱን ውን ካብ ኢድ ኣዛብእ ስለዘድሕን መዓስን ከመይ ትጥቀመሉ ምፍላጥ እዩ እቲ ምርጫ ::

    የቀንየለይ ነጋሪት የቀንየለይ እንዳስ ዓወተ :

  • Yohannes Zerai

    Hello Awatistas!

    One would have no problem leaving alone the few Eritreans who have “legitimate” reasons for being apolitical. But, the existence of the so-called Silent Majority and those apathetic groups (who want to exclude politics from their discourse) is symptomatic of the weaknesses/ineffectiveness of Eritrea’s contemporary pro-democracy activism. Figuring an effective strategy for engaging these groups and winning them over – and putting that strategy to work – would boost the freedom movement more dramatically than anything that political groups and activists could ever do.

    • Saleh Johar

      Hi Yohannes,

      Leaving a few people alone wouldn’t be a problem. But the few people are emasculating thousands hrough the mechanism of the associations. Check out the comment that AOsman made earlier regarding a Jeberti community in London. Do you think all of them want to be apathetic? I don’t think so, it’s a few people being bad influence. Consider the Keren High School Reunion of which I was a founding member. A year later some bullies objected and denied my first book “Of Kings And Bandits” a story told from a perspective of a child from Keren, chronicling the story of Keren, from being distributed in the Reunion. A few individuals, some out of fear, some are outright supporters of the tyranny and others have enda TeHanit, are holding the association hostage. No Boletika is their slogan. If only they would stop their hindrances, the so-called silent majority would embrace the struggle and victory would have been much easier.

      • Yohannes Zerai

        Dear SGJ

        I do empathize with your concern regarding the issue you raised in your comment. I believe we both are on the same page as regards those unsavory elements who are out there to sabotage genuine efforts for positive change and to stifle popular participation therein. I count those elements as political adversaries (if not enemies) that must be fought against tooth and nail. Indeed, I believe the whole struggle for democratic change should as much target these elements as it should the dictatorship at home.

        The focus of my earlier comment, on the other hand, are those Eritreans who often cower in fear of the bullying and intimidating tactics of the elements I referred to above, as well as those who have been dispirited by the apparent lack of the desired level of unity and solidarity within the opposition movement. And I tried to stress the need for harnessing the potentially enormous political force of these groups to push the struggle forward.

      • Kokhob Selam

        Dear SGL,,
        “እንዳ ጠሓኒት ” ሞይተ!! እምቧእ – ያሌት ሓንቲ እተፍርን እተሀብትም ትካል ትህልዎም እሞ – እሰከ እዝስ ቡርዥያዊ ባህርይ ዘለዎ ደርቢ እዩ – ምስ በልና :: ኣየናይ ዘጥሕን ህዝቢ ሃልዩ :- ኣየናይ ዝጠሓን እኽሊ ፈርዩ :- ኣየናይ ዘመሓደር መንግስቲ ተጠርዩ :- ደድሕሪ ኣርጊት እንዳመጥሓን ሕልና ይጠሓን ?

  • T..T.

    Hi Awate Team,

    You described Keren as the future capital of Eritrea. Well, tell me about the present capital of Eritrea and I will tell you about the future capital of Eritrea.

    Frankly speaking, currently there is no a fixed site for the regime’s head. Although Asmara is where all the embassies are located, it cannot be called the seat of the regime because the capo is not seated there. The capo has been on the run ever since the 1998-2000, Ethio-Eritrean war. Massawa is the favored seat for the regime’s capo enabling him to cling to power with a guarantee of military ships in readiness for any eventualities waiting to pick him up and save his life. Accordingly, we can say: ever since the threat of the fast moving enemy forces in 1998/2000 war towards Asmara, the strategic importance of Massawa is in allowing the capo to escape or flee to safety easily, while the strategic importance of Keren is in being a strategic place to defend the government, which Isayas hates to do.

    Pre 1998-2000, Ethio-Eritrea war, Asmara used to be the site for the seat of the capo as well as the business capital. But ever since the capo decided not to have, for security reasons, a fixed national site or physical location at any point of time, Asmara lost its site as national capital to Massawa and its site as the business capital to Tessenie, the only dry port of Eritrea – receiving goods from the Sudan and the port of Massawa. It is a common talk nowadays to say, “If you want to see Isayas go to Massawa; and, if you to want to engage in business go to Tessenie.

    Then, what has happened to Asmara? Of course, no water, no electricity, no money, no rent paying. I think, Isayas is going to make out of the empty houses of Asmara a forest of empty houses. The capo must be defacing Asmara in order to erase everything about its past. And because Isayas failed to rebuild Asmara, he is just deluding the youth into believing that, anyway, Asmara was nothing.

    • Saleh Johar

      Hello T.T,

      The byline was put as AT by mistake, it is now corrected. On the capital city, it is just a joke so that a few deqi ‘semera, including Saleh Younis “Hrrrrr kblu”—because saleh makes fun on Keren. I asked a few persns from Keren, they dropped the motion to have their town be the capital–Hope vetoed that, only wedi Afom can decide that because he is the only capable person to secure Eritrean’s sovereignty.

      Asmara can continue to be the capital only next time I hope the wedini are out, including the capo of the wedini :-)uld have been

      • Hope

        Hahahah Ustaz SGJ:
        First off,I ” deserve” appreciation.for “provoking” you to republish this Pollitcal Article after I advised Tes that you,””SGJ can give him some idea about this de-politicizing thing!

        Second :
        It was Hope,who protested that Keren should have have remained the Capital City of Eritrea.

        Third,it was Hope,who seconded Prof Salih A A Younis to surgically remove the Head/Democratic Coup

        It was Hope that suggested that If Kerenites (not the TT’s et al,who believe in Ukub style governance)were given the chance to lead Eritrea,Eritrea and ERITREANS could have enjoyed the ERITREAN Dream(No politics here but a fact) .

        Either way Politicizing the KEREN High School Reunion could have not changed the facts on the ground at home;rather it could have messed the Love ,the Harmony and the Nostalgia you testified.
        The key issue here is National Reconciliation!

      • T..T.

        Dear SGJ,

        The idea of Keren replacing Asmara, maybe it was a joke yesterday, but not today under Isayas. Under the regime’s rule, there are many dreamers and wishers (the innocent people) as well as many liars (the Isayasists). There are also many Diaspora Isayasists who wish against the wishes of the justice seekers because they (the Isayasists) are trained and fed on ill-wishes and destruction of Eritrea and the Eritrean people.