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Eritrean Opposition On A Diplomatic Move

Taking advantage of the political environment following the Arab Spring, the Eritrean National Conference for Democratic Change (ENCDC) and its member organizations have been on an accelerated diplomatic activity in North Africa, Turkey and Europe. The activities of the Eritrean Islamic Party for Justice And Development (EIPJD) are the most newsworthy.

Below is a summary of the diplomatic and media campaigns waged by the Eritrean opposition over the last six weeks:

EIPJD

A delegation from EIPJD led by its Secretary General, Mr. Khelil Amer, has met with various political, religious and academic leaders of Egypt.

These visits were given extensive coverage by Egyptian websites and newspapers, including Al Ahram, the largest newspaper in Egypt and the Arab world.

Accompanying the Secretary General were Mr. Mohammed Mahmoud, its Director of Political Affairs; Mr. Mohammed Saleh Ibrahim, member of Foreign Relations office as well as director of the Khartoum branch of the party; and Mr. Jelal Mahmoud Derir, director of the Eritrean Muslim League in Sweden.

The visit’s major achievement was a meeting with Dr. Ahmed Al Tayeb, the Imam of Al Azhar, which has been, for centuries, the spiritual and intellectual center of the Islamic world.

Mr Khelil’s meeting with Al Azhar was organized by Dr. Aymen Nur, the leader of Ghad El-Thawra Party. Dr Aymen popularized the Kefaya! (Enough!) slogan in opposition to the Mubarek regime and was jailed by Mubarek who then faced condemnations from many corners of the world.

In the meeting with Al Azhar, Mr. Khelil criticized the Eritrean government for its positions on the rights of Eritreans and for its efforts to erase anything Muslim and Arab in Eritrea. The meeting dealt with the need for Eritrean students for religious and educational scholarships to join Al Azhar as well as consultations with Egyptian parties.

The imam of Al Azhar promised to increase the number of scholarships for Eritreans.

In a press conference organized by Al Azhar, Khelil Amer said “We came to Egypt to talk about cooperation between us and Al Azhar Al Sherif and Egyptian parties and to introduce them to our party and to mirror the reality under which the Eritrean people are living.”

Also in the press conference, Dr. Aymen Nur said that “the political system in Eritrea is worse than Mubarek’s system, and it is a must that aid and support be presented to the Eritrean people.”

In a large meeting organized by the Ghad El-Thwara party led by Dr. Ayman Nur, the cadres of the party heard a speech by Mr. Khelil Amer in which he introduced the party members to the Eritrean opposition in all its civil components and went on to explain the structure of the Eritrean National Conference for Democratic Change (ENCDC) and the role that is expected of it.

Dr. Aymen stated that the party’s meeting hall is at the disposal of all revolutionaries and it is where the Libyan rebels met and that is where the Syrians are meeting and it is open for the Eritreans.

At the end of the meeting, Dr. Ayman presented the EIPJD with an honorary membership to Ghad El-Thwra.

The Egyptian website Alyoum Alsab’e reported that Mr. Khelil Amer said that “the [Eritrean] revolution that many joined and sacrificed for was not complete and became a one-man and one-party state.” He added:  “Eritrea lives without a constitution and without freedom and without political plurality.” He described the country as a large prison and that the ruler, Isaias Afwerki, doesn’t allow any opposition inside the country. Amer also indicated that Eritrea suffers from news blockage and urged the Egyptian media to expose what the country is suffering from.

On March 8, 2012, Mr. Khelil Amer met with the Arab Lawyers Union which was represented by its Deputy Secretaries General, Sayed Abdulghani and Abdulazim Maghribi. Mr. Khelil explained to them the latest developments in the Eritrean arena specially regarding the ENCDC which he said “is an expression of the common spirit for the Eritrean opposition and a convergence of the Eritrean political and civil forces.”

In another event, Mr. Khelil met with Dr. Essam Drbala, the chairman of the Board of Shura of the Islamic Jama’a; Dr. Tariq Al Zmmer the spokesman and the representative of the founders of the party; Dr. Sefwet Abdulghani, the head of the political office; and Ustaz Alaa Abu-Nasser, the Secretary General of the party’s premises in Cairo.

Earlier on March 5, 2012, Mr. Khelil and his delegation had met with the Nassrayt party in Cairo. Mr. Khelil explained that the Eritrean opposition has recently concluded successful congress (ENCDC) and united its vision and the means of struggle. He also explained the situation of the Eritrean youth movements in the Diaspora- he had met with Eritrean youth in Egypt who have created a movement through social media, mainly facebook.

Mr. Khelil called on the Nassryat party and other Egyptian parties to take supportive stands regarding the cause of the Eritrean people and particularly the cause of the youth who taken refuge in Egypt where they arrive through rugged roads to find a better life. Mr. Abdulghani and other party leaders stated their willingness to play the same honorable role the Nassrayt party played after the overthrow of the Mubarek regime from which they suffered as a party together with the Egyptian people.

The leaders of the party indicated that they welcome the EIPJD and all Eritrean opposition forces represented by the ENCDC. They also indicated their readiness to cooperate with and to exert all possible efforts to help the Eritrean cause until the Eritrean people are enabled to establish a pluralistic democratic system that offers freedom, stability and justice.

On March 11, 2012, Khelil Amer met with Dr. Emad Abdelqafour, the leader of the Egyptian Al Nur Party in the party’s offices in Maadi, Cairo. Mr Khelil described to the leader of Al Nur party the plight of refugees and the youth who are facing difficulties while escaping the unbearable life in Eritrea and how they are becoming victims on crossing many borders in search of safety.

On his part, Dr. Emad promised to play a role in assisting Eritreans and stated that under the overthrown regime of Mubarek, Egypt had become introverted and that had a negative effect on its neighbors and the nation including Eritrea. He promised that Egypt will reclaim its position in the region.

ETHAR

In its March 10 issue, the Saudi newspaper Al Nadwa said that Dr. Abdella Al-Turki the Secretary General of the Islamic League received in his office in Mecca Ustaz Sultan Omer the Executive director of Ethar, a British charitable organization that focuses on assisting to improve the living conditions of the Eritrean refugees in Eastern Sudan. Ustaz Sultan and Dr. Abdella discussed means of cooperation between Ethar and the International Islamic Aid Authority.

EFDM/EDA

Mr. Bashir Ishaq, Chairman of the Eritrean Federal Democratic Movement (EFDM) as well as the foreign relations director of the opposition umbrella group Eritrean Democratic Alliance (EDA) and Haj Abdelnur, the public affairs director of EDA, met with the Horn of Africa Department of the British Government. They explained the outcome of the ENCDC and appealed to the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office to bring to the attention of the involved countries and the world community the suffering of Eritrean youth at the Eritrean Sudanese border and in Egypt’s Sinai.

ENCDC

On February 28, 2012, a delegation from the Eritrean National Council for Democratic Change (ENCDC) that included Dr. Yusuf Berhanu, chairman of the Executive office and Mr. Mesfin Fitwi, chairman of the foreign relations committee of the European Zone, met in Brussels with senior officials of the European External Action Service (EEAS) of the European Union.

Meanwhile, in an effort to highlight the plight of Eritrean refugees, a ENCDC executive member, Mr. Munir Abdelhai, has recently made various contacts to strengthen diplomatic networks and intensify media campaigns to bring the plight of Eritrean refugees to the attention of the international community.

He met with Mr. Fouad Hady a video journalist with the Australian SBS Dateline who on March 6, 2012 made a video reportage about the refugees in Sinai, Egypt the majority of whom are Eritreans. During his trip to Sinai, he had met with some of the Eritreans who had recently been deported to Ethiopia.

Mr. Munir discussed with Mr. Hady the possibilities of making a film documentary on Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia and ways of cooperating with the ENCDC on the project. Mr. Fuad would like to link the plight of the refugees and the dictatorial regime in Eritrea as well as the newly formed entity (ENCDC) by interviewing the leadership. 

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  • Donsar Beniraza

    selam Hameed, Soira, and all,

    First, Soira, thank you for your sweet and complimentary one liner, namely, 🙂 : “beniraza
    i couldn’t have said any better,,well done”

    Second…

    {{{Dear Donasor,}}}

    Dear Hamed:-),

    Hameed, find my response to your rejoinder below the statements quoted from your post:

    {{{Before you comment and blame br. Hagerawi, you should understand who inflamed such kind of response. Persons like you and Rodab whenever they hear something about Islam they lose their temper.}}}

    Hameed, I don’t see myself losing my temper but you somehow see some temper being lost somewhere and I am afraid it might be you who is losing his temper at a shadow. I did not blame Hagerawi but responded to what he wrote. I did not talk about Hagerawi but responded to the issues he raised and there was no shadow in what he said and in my response to what he said. The shadow must have come from your imagined and preconceived ideas of the “ we vs. them” divisive and myopic outlook of Eritrean politics that could not come of age from its parochial and sectarian hide outs that create shadows of some beings in the mind of one or many.

    {{{Rodab and his likes are very sensitive from Muslims, Why? Now at least, we have in Eritrea an Islamic organization, but when we go back and look about this sensitivity we will find it even when there was no Islamic organization, we were/are used to hear that Jabha was an Islamic front.}}}

    My friend, Eritrea and Islamic organizations have always been there. Let me tell you one thing I witnessed myself. I was in Jebha and I know “we”, the Jebhas, eliminated some Moslem clique known as “Yemin”, Right Wing, that worked for its Islamic goals from within Jebha.. Now, how does one reconcile the claim “that Jabha was an Islamic front”, as you put it, with Jebha eliminating an Islamic organization? There were many cliques within Jebha and Jebha eliminated a Moslem organization just as it landed in Eritrea’s Dankalia with arms from across the Red Sea. There was also Sabe who was used and discarded by Isaias and was later militarily smashed by Jebha in Barka. Sabe had an exclusive Islamic force when Jebha did this to him. Again, we have an example of Jebha taking military action against an exclusive Islamic force that got in Jebha’s way. And to tell you bluntly, Jebha killed more Moslems than Christians while Shaebia killed more Christians than Moslems. I am telling you, when you are faced with the actual Eritrean politico-military history which, for all intents and purpose, crystallized the sense of Eritrean territorial nationalism, what people claim will come to face the red truth, the blood truth, so to speak. Isaias spread the virus of Ama Haradit and many Moslems and Christians fell for it and served him well. There will not be backsliding because of lies but leave the lies behind and go with the truth that was, that is, that which is to come even if they people remain behind. Find the truth for yourself and then make your own opinion instead of getting trapped in the Moslem vs. Christian merry-go-round of sectarian and parochial Eritrean politics. History is a tough guy and he is watching to see who forgets him and repeats what has already been done and be condemned.

    {{The sensitivity from Islam and Muslims is very old. Sorry to say the long years of our tragedy should have taught us something positive towards each other, but we fail to grow positively.
    We have become the victims of suspicion for a long time, but now enough is enough either we have to accept each other and live together or we have to forget about a country named Eritrea. The proposal of Great Britain will be the solution or can be modified with the parties concerned.}}}

    There is no problem but people are creating them as they have been doing all along. There is nothing new in Eritrean politics and if anybody want to sell old wine in new wineskins, it is all part of the same old politics done differently or the same way except for the new wineskins. Eritrea is there to stay but the people of Eritrea may not if one and all don’t strive to uphold Eritrea’s territorial nationalism for the land and civic nationalism for the man and both the man and the land for the Eritrean nation, a notion of diverse peoples sharing a common territory under the supreme law of the land, constitution that governs the institutions of the nation. Eritrea is a state and not a nation state. State is ruled while a nation is governed. We have the state of Eritrea but not the nation of Eritrea. If the nation of Eritrea is to be born, all should strive to bring about the required change starting with themselves as civic citizens in their unity in diversity and equality without selective hearing or curing. I don’t know about other cook books of politics and one of them is what you say, “The proposal of Great Britain will be the solution or can be modified with the parties concerned”. Peace and love to one and to all!

    In Peace Profound

    Donsar Solomon Beniraza

    Hameed says:

    March 17, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Dear Donasor,

    Before you comment and blame br. Hagerawi, you should understand who inflamed such kind of response. Persons like you and Rodab whenever they hear something about Islam they lose their temper. Rodab and his likes are very sensitive from Muslims, Why? Now at least, we have in Eritrea an Islamic organization, but when we go back and look about this sensitivity we will find it even when there was no Islamic organization, we were/are used to hear that Jabha was an Islamic front. The sensitivity from Islam and Muslims is very old. Sorry to say the long years of our tragedy should have taught us something positive towards each other, but we fail to grow positively.
    We have become the victims of suspicion for a long time, but now enough is enough either we have to accept each other and live together or we have to forget about a country named Eritrea. The proposal of Great Britain will be the solution or can be modified with the parties concerned.

    • Hameed

      Dear Donsar,

      I know Jebha has killed many Muslims and it is the source of all the predicaments that has befallen on Eritrean Muslims. I was not speaking about whether Jebha killed more Muslims or Christians, I was just stating that though Jebha is a nationalist organization, but we are accustomed to hear from people like Donsar and Rodab that Jabha is Muslims organization.

      I am speaking about some Eritreans who become frenzied when they hear about Islam or Muslims. I don’t know where do they want Eritrean Muslims to go. Please, if Donsar and Rodab know a place Eritrean Muslims to move to and call home tell them, and I think then only Donsar and Rodab will be happy and feel at home. Donsar and Rodab mistaken a country with a room where no one shares it with you except by your permission. Men don’t mix things between a private room and a country there is a big difference. Donsar and Rodab are dealing with Muslims as if Muslims asked them to share or take from them their private rooms. The time Donsar and Rodab understand there is a big difference between a room and a country, then only will not go wild when they hear about Islam or Muslims. Please, grow up and know the difference between a country and your own private room.

      I wonder about Donsar who came out to defend Rodab with a long comment to say he is not nervous, then what has made him write this long comment except the ordeal of suspicion smitten by. It is true a camel didn’t see the twistedness of its neck.

      • Donsar Beniraza

        selam every one and Hameed,

        Hameed, find my response to your rejoinder below the quoted statements from your post:

        {{{I was just stating that though Jebha is a nationalist organization, but we are accustomed to hear from people like Donsar and Rodab that Jabha is Muslims organization.}}}

        Speaking for myself, this is just a pathetic lie and the exact opposite of what I wrote.

        {{{Please, if Donsar and Rodab know a place Eritrean Muslims to move to and call home tell them, and I think then only Donsar and Rodab will be happy and feel at home.}}}

        I am not going to get caught up with a childish claptrap and get bogged down with lies. Don’t you understand that others read what you and I are writing and see the lies floating around in your assertions?

        {{{Donsar and Rodab are dealing with Muslims as if Muslims asked them to share or take from them their private rooms. The time Donsar and Rodab understand there is a big difference between a room and a country, then only will not go wild when they hear about Islam or Muslims. Please, grow up and know the difference between a country and your own private room.}}}

        You can say “Donsar this and Moslems that” all you want but you will still have to deal with the truth without lies. Before you tell others what to do with their growth, you ought to grow up yourself and start dealing with what is and avoid manufacturing things that were not. Selective hearing and curing will not solve the problems that afflict the Eritrean people and accusing people of things they didn’t say or do is a PFDJ culture. Do you want to bring about another type of PFDJ in Eritrea? Do you have the power and know how to do that? May be you have the know how but most likely not the power to accomplish it even if you are armed with lies to deceived the ignorant, misinformed, and misguided. Truth always kills lies no matter how big the lie is and how long it is harped upon.

        {{{I wonder about Donsar who came out to defend Rodab with a long comment to say he is not nervous, then what has made him write this long comment except the ordeal of suspicion smitten by. It is true a camel didn’t see the twistedness of its neck.}}}

        Since when has writing at length to convey a message become akin to being smitten by “the ordeal of suspicion”. And what suspicion do you have in mind that you think has smitten my person. I lived with Moslems for the most part of my life both in time of war and peace and never had a problem with them and I have nothing to fear of. As for politics, I have my own opinions about what was, is, and what will come like any Joe or Jane from main street. As far as camels and cows go, they see their necks in the body of their kind. Do you see the twisted assertions in your rejoinders to Rodab and myself? If you don’t see them, others will unless they like twisted assertions and take them as truth to suit their kind of thinking just like you. This should do for a rebuttal to your Hameed’s childish clap-trap and case cosed with this exchange. May God save the Eritrean people from their children and others. Peace and love to one and to all!

        In Peace Profound

        Dosnar Solomon Beniraza

        • awatestaff

          [Moderator’s note: Dear Donsar, please make your comments brief. If you reply directly to a comment, there is no reason to quote lengthy excerpts, and then to quote the whole comment.]

        • Hameed

          Dear Dosnar,

          Quote: “Do you have the power and know how to do that? May be you have the know how but most likely not the power to accomplish it even if you are armed with lies to deceived the ignorant, misinformed, and misguided. Truth always kills lies no matter how big the lie is and how long it is harped upon.”

          When I wrote my comments I was speaking about this blatant arrogance and cry of lies, but at last you have said it yourself clearly. Thank you. Now the reader can easily judge who is obsessed and crooked.

          The most important thing Mr Dosnar and his likes have to know is that the crooked ways of the olden times will no more work. The people of Eritrea have taken enough lessons that can protect them from deceptions of the old wineskins. Brother Dosnar has to set himself so as to accept the new mood that brings peace and democracy in Eritrea.

          Just an information for the readers to know who is Rodab that Dosnar has come to defend him:

          Ethiopia Occupies Adi Tekhlai And Sheshebit

          Rodab says:
          March 19, 2012 at 2:02 am
          The Woyanes can occupy more and more villages and we will never know. The PFDJ won’t annouce it because it is embarrasing, and the Woyanes won’t announce it for fear of world condemnation. The Americans know everything but they have no motivation or incentive to reign in on the Woyanes, especially when they are regularly attacked by the PFDJ media

  • rodab

    “Dear Donasor..
    Persons like you and Rodab whenever they hear something about Islam they lose their temper” – Hameed.

    “RODAB…people like you when ever they see or hear ISLAM they lose their temper” – Hagerawi.

    God bless their hearts, these two fellows finish sentences of one another. Hade libi hade dimxi at its best.
    Anyway, I don’t know what the big fuss is all about. My view is that it is not a good idea to struggle under the banner of ‘Islam’ or ‘Christian’ for that matter. When you have a constitutional system with provisions for party and election rules, everything can be sorted out. Eveything can be accomodated. But we are not there yet. Due to the regime’s closure of every inch of political space, we don’t have laws or rules, we don’t have political parties. We have armed oppostion groups, and it becomes very dangerous when region/religion element is added to it. That’s all I am saying.

  • b’Alti W’qatto Arwe (As in a girl with a dragon tattoo).

    I just finished reading the press released by CIDRiE where it paced fast to condemn the recent attack by Ethiopia on Eritrea. After reading the toothless statement, one would be hard pressed to congratulate Isaias on the job well done for he brilliantly managed to render his opponents useless and gutless bunch of confused souls who are not able to understand the sense of urgency Eritrea finds herself in.

    These people high up on the Ivory Tower never learn a lesson where they take Isaias for a Kitten (as if he could be domesticated) when he is in fact a rabid Tiger who would do anything to stay in power. I just can’t believe it. I am glad that I am not a member of the organization.

    • WegaHta

      Dear b’Alti W’qatto Arwe

      If you were a member of that Organization, the quality of CIDRiE would be totally differet. Just reading your posts, I am convinced that you are one of a kind by any standards. I am flabbergasted by the person than emanates from reading what you write. I have been searching Awate’s archives to read your posts. Just knowing you are out there, a fellow Eritrean (and a woman like me at that) is a source of comfort and sollace and yes hope that ‘we shall overcome’. All our sadness will be washed away in the hands of clear and clean people who side with the voiceless! To me it seems that you deeply care. May God bless you.

      • b’Alti W’qatto Arwe (As in a girl with a dragon tattoo).

        Dear WegaHta,

        I sort of felt it (a woman’s instinct) you would be a woman even though your nick is gender non-specific. CIDRiE doesn’t seem to fathom the fact that it is meeting Isaias half way where the former is willing to release a statement on the latter’s behalf.

        They say, pick your fights and obviously the people in the Organization are unable to distinguish a friend from foe. And in principle if one is not able to recognize the nature of challenges and problems, one is not competent enough to solve critical and daunting problems. Those are fundamentals.

        Imagine, when they finish calling useless conferences augmented with “say-cheese-moments” and releasing caveated statements, they will go back to square one criticizing Isaias as the Eritrean people are tired of putting their fragile eggs in CIDRiE’s and their likes basket. God help us all haftey. And many thanks for those kind words.

        • Sis Arwe,

          When one can foresee the bad and the good, the lies and the truth, through reasons and thoughtful justifications on what is going on, others can see on him/her vision and hope. This is how people are gravitated to see the role of individuals in changing the direction of the conversation and ultimately the direction on any movement. Sis Arwe has found a blessing from the commentators those attributes. Interestingly enough we will see more so, pulling the elites from its gender to influence readers of this website. Things are getting better and people are focusing on issue except few errant.

          By the way, I disagree with sis WagaHta when she says “If you were a member of that Organization, the quality of CIDRiE would be totally differet.” The core of CIDRiE organization will not change. Many have tried and left the organization and Sis Arwe would have been one of them if she would have been with them. Sis Wagahta, join sis arwe to our endeavor, and us to say out loudly “Alewana.”

  • Observer

    Their agenda is obvious. To gain political power by dividing Eritreans on religion. No to religious division!

  • gerima

    Except Rashaida, who migrated around 1850s to Eritrea, there are no other Arabs. If there are I want to learn.

    • awatestaff

      Dear Gerima,
      Since you stated you want to learn, you can start learning by reading this <a href="“>article:http://awate.com/language-and-religion-in-eritrean-politics-2/

      • Helen

        Awatestaff,

        Please forgive me for bringing something out of the ongoing thread but I just want to get your attention that, the Ethiopian government has denied the recent news about a second attack on Eritrea. I guess, Reuters got it wrong.

  • KOKHOB SELAM,

    It is the Ethiopians/Woyanes’ fault ..instead of building SAWA ,they build universities ,instead of patience they are growing at a hyper accellerated level, I mean for 3000 yrs nobody gave c*&$#p about nile river & this Woyanes make history by exporting electric power to Sudan & Kenya… soon will conserve water by constructing sophisticated dams …how loosers, eh. And whom are they trying to impress by beating Columbia #3 coffee exporters in the world ?,now Ethiopia is #3 exporter of coffee in the world robbing Columbia of it’s rank.You know how Woyanes like to rob progressive ideas & workable economic policies.
    So , how could you think we are comparable,with this pathetic govt. & people .I mean real men build prisons ,not industries !!!. KOKHOB ,you are not thinking like a “nationalist” Eritrean. And now they are trying to teach our terrorists a lesson by bombing Ethiopian Terrorists trained by Eritrea . Can you believe it is for such minor issues like killing tourists in Ethiopia & planning to bomb all African leaders ,making Addis Ababa like Baghdad ??? ,they are provoking the peaceful terrorists in Eritrea.
    The “Eritrean logic” is a special breed logic ,unlike the EPRDF GOVERNED ETHIOPIAN PEOPLE. I HOPE YOU REFRAIN FROM SUCH SILLY THINGS LIKE HUMAN RIGHTS ,RESPECT ,DEMOCRACY..i MEAN FOR OUR GOVT. TO “RENDER” US HUMAN RIGHTS ,FIRST IT HAS TO BELIEVE THAT WE REALLY ARE HUMANS. ….IF YOU WRITE SENSIBLE THINGS AGAIN , I AM GOING TO RECCOMEND THAT OUR GOVT. REFUND YOU THE $75 dollars & revoke your citzenship !!!! Actually , I already sent e mail to our govt. in Asmara & they replied immediatelly by stating …”we do not believe in refunds, ..provided you pay all your 2%s & join “ERITREANS AGAINST NAIZGHI KIFLU’S CORPSE BURIAL,THEY ARE WILLING TO EMBRACE YOU..& THE GOVT. INFORMED ME THEY ACCEPT ,VISA , MASTERCARD,AND EVEN FOOD STAMPS. “LEARN REAL LOGIC MAN.!!!!
    NB. I mean how do I do it ? ,humorous ,almost handsome & almost intelligent. …poof..is it too hot here or it is my brain in the micro-wave ?????

    • Kokhob Selam

      Ember Fewsi Hmam lbi. What can I say more than that. I enjoy your post. long life.

    • denden

      The same shit different toilet paper! time and again we heard from the so called Ethiopians, how Ethiopia is great with rich resources, true however with people like Kokob aka Himam libi, Ethiopia will be the land of distitution, corruption, ethnics divided by the rulling party(not Mengistu’s era blood bath and divide and rule methods are intensivley done by woyane.

      So Mr Himam Libi aka Kokob don’t spew out garbage in this jihadis t web site, if this man is succsessful believ you will see next Biladen in Eritrea more so in Ethiopia.

      So stop giving us the same shit with different tiolet papers.

      • Kokhob Selam

        Denden, thsheka aytdenaden

      • DENDEN,

        I feel bad for KOKOB SELAM ,but, I am flattered to be compared to him. I would like to say a lot of things ,BUT ,there are this TWO silly things called education & parents. BY THE WAY ISAIAS & ALI ABDU MAY NOT EAT PORK ON RELIGIOUS GROUND ,ONE BEING ORTHODOX & THE OTHER MOSLEM ,THAT I RESPECT ,but, I AM KENISHA, SO I EAT ANY C …P YOU PUT ON MY PLATE. BUT, I DO NOT EAT HUMAN BEINGS LIKE THEM. BY THE WAY, I ADMIRE IDRIS AWATE…OH..HE MIGHT BE A MOSLEM.?.I HEAR HIS NAME WAS “INDIRIAS AWET” ..FROM ..WHICH CHURCH WAS IT….?? I DO NOT REMMEMBER …BUT I REMMEBER ,”SHIEKH WOLDEGABIR & QESHI ABDELLA….Can you imagine if a moslem rules Eritrea ? After all they are only 50 – 55 % of the population. (People , I did not even read it until today)…KENSHA POWER !!!Well, there are only 75 % KENISHAS in POWER…..give me the pail..I ´ve got to throw up….can you people bring a “#$%& pail….? KOKHOB SELAM,..I FORGOT ,I AM KOKHOB SELAM….OH THANK YOU MEN ,I DO NOT EVEN KNOW YOU….BUT , BEFORE I GET YOUR HELP ,THE PAIL, …I HAVE TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE NOT A MOSLEM …WHAT IS YOUR NAME ……MUSA ALI …..ሃባ በል እቲ ሻንኬሎ …ሽምካ ክኣ…ተጋጊኻ ኴንካ እምበር ..ሙሳ ዓሊ..ኣይትመስልን ኢኻ, “ሙሴ ሃይለ” ኢኻ ትመስል..ዋእ በስላማይ ተሓጊዙ ክትብለኒ ??? ንደንደን ሓወይ ከተጕህየለይ…እንታይ ድኣ መስቀል ዘይብልካ ??? እዋ ፣ እሞ መስቀል ናይ ኩሉ እንድዩ፣ ኣስላማይ ኣይብል፣ ክስታናይ !!!

        ኣየ ኤርትራ 5,000,000 ህዝባ ??? 50 ድኣ ከይንኸውን ???..እንታይ በልኪ ኤርትራ..? እዋእ እሞ ካብ ትግራይ ዘይውለድ ኣሎ ድዩ ? ድሓር ናተይ ዓባየ ጥራይ እያ ካብ ትግራይ መጺኣ እምበር, ንሱ ከማን ብንእስነታ.. ካልኦት ኩሎም ስድራይ ኣዝማደይ “ህዝበ ትግርኛ”እዮም….ድሓር ጃንሆይ ልኢኹዋ ኣስላማይ ክስታናይ ከተባእስ ኢላ ኣይመጸትን !!!ኣዕሩኸይ ከይሰምዑኺ ህድእ እሞ በሊ !!!ኣብቲ ዶብ ኔሩ ዓዳ ….
        ድሓር ብድሕሪ እዚ ዲማርኬሽን ውን ናብ ኤርትራ ኣትዩ ከይከውን እቲ ዓዳ …ማይ ቅነጣል ,ዓድዋ ድዩ ናብ ኤርትራ ዝተፈርደ ዋላ መቐለ እዩ ??ከመይ ጌርና ክንፈልጦ ,ወያነ ካብ መሬትና ,ካብ ዓድዋ ምውጻእ ኣብዮም !!!!……….እንተ ደሊኹም ስሓቑ…እንተደሊኹም..ብኸዩ። ኣነ ግን double personality ስለ ዘለኒ እንዳስሓቕኩ ክበኪ ይኽእልየ….ዋእ ፈላላዪ ኣይትበሉኒ..ንወለድኹምን ንኢሳያስን ከይተጕህይዎም..ንሶም ዝፈጠርዎ ንዓይ ኣይትሃቡኒ……..ዋእ እሞ ኣነ ክኸደልኩም…ብዙሕ ዘረባ ኣይፈቱን የ !!!

        • Kokhob Selam

          ANEN HATSIRNI YEBLE N’SUN TEDEBIRU YES’ES’E. ANTA WHAWY ENTAY HALEWLEW ABELEKA?

          • KOKHOB SELAM ,
            I am terribly sorry if I did not make my “satire”‘s purpose ,TO BE CLEAR . I was trying to show how silly ,denden was in his religious fanaticism & calling AWATE ,one of the WEB SITES ,I admire, AS A JIHADIST & TALIBAN……. & on different cases DENDEN , comments with a mentality of Christians should be leading..which is rIdiculous ,AND WHEN I STATED “,I FEEL BAD FOR KOKHOB SELAM ,BUT I AM FLATTERED TO BE COMPARED TO HIM “, means I have great admiration . IF THE SATIRE WAS SENSITIVE , NOT ONLY TO YOU , I WOULD LIKE TO APPOLOGIZE TO AWATE STAFF & ALL THAT I MAY HAVE OFFENDED. PLEASE , LET US TAKE THIS ONE AS A MIS HAP ON MY PART..THAT SHOULD NOT CREATE DARK SPOT ON OUR RESPECT FOR ONE ANOTHER.
            THANK YOU.

          • Part 2 And this”!……….እንተ ደሊኹም ስሓቑ…እንተደሊኹም..ብኸዩ። ኣነ ግን double personality ስለ ዘለኒ እንዳስሓቕኩ ክበኪ ይኽእልየ….ዋእ ፈላላዪ ኣይትበሉኒ..ንወለድኹምን ንኢሳያስን ከይተጕህይዎም..ንሶም ዝፈጠርዎ ንዓይ ኣይትሃቡኒ……..ዋእ እሞ ኣነ ክኸደልኩም…ብዙሕ ዘረባ ኣይፈቱን የ !!!”……………I was trying to redicule, that you and I are one, the same… thus, double personality!

          • Kokhob Selam

            Why? I am trying to let Denden be happy. people like Denden are always sad. so let him get some happy moment.

  • Donsar Beniraza

    selam everone and HAGERAWI,

    HAGERAWI, find my responses below the quoted statements from your post:

    {{{RODAB… You are a fanatic Abyssinian orthodox christian }}}

    The person you are responding to could be anybody who rejects political Islam but you labeled him/her as “orthodox christian”. Rodab could easily be an atheist, have a religion other than Christianity, or could be from the Protestant, Catholic, or Orthodox Christian denominations. Why don’t you address his concerns instead of attacking Rodab as you do? Most of the democratic world is ruled by secular systems of governance based on the principle of separation of Church/Mosque and State. Now, no Eritrean has the ability to stop anyone from following their own programs and nobody should have the right to stop others from opposing political views that they don’t agree with if it concerns them directly.

    Politics is contest for power but it has to be governed by the rule of law that treats all equally. And under what rule of law should Eritreans contest for power to govern? Neither Moslems nor Christian alone will solve the problems that bedevil Eritrea. People should keep their religion private, uphold the principle of the Separation of Mosques/Church and State, and rally around fundamental principles that binds all concerned in a democratic manner to bring about the changes they seek. It is all about opinions and your opinion is just as good or bad as the opinion of the next person. If the political principles you strive advance are going to be stumbling blocks to the unity of all Eritreans in their struggle to get rid of Iaias’ system, then, it goes without saying that this will prolong his stay in power and the Eritrean peoples oppression. In this connection, Robab concerns are valid, namely, “‘Islamic Party’, ‘Islamic Jihad’ blah, blah, these kinds of oppositions will never get a chance to come to power in Eritrea. Any group with a religious name or mission can not win. May be in places like Somalia where everyone has the same religion. It is a wasteful adventure.”

    {{{You are one of the PFDJ blind follower. Before you talk look to your GOD Issay-ASS he is the most fanatic christian sent by CIA and the UNIONIST party of Ethiopia to kill the Muslims… You will never cheat us once again.}}}

    Now, PFDJ is an ungodly entity and yet you call Rodab an Orthodox Christian fanatic who is a “PFDJ blind follower”. The two do not go together. Isaias is a demoniac who does not believe in God but thinks and acts as one come from hell. Isaias was, is, and will be killing Eritreans and not just “sent to kill Muslims” as you allege was his mission. People are misiformed and form wrong opions and bring them into the public domain to be taken at face value to be put to the credit of the ingnorant misguided and naive. The sectarian subtranian currents that follow underneath the Eritrean political arena are too apparet to fool those whose concerns are the collective well being of the Eritrean people. Unity in diversity and equality in Eritrea will not come by parochial political activities that undermine the essence and notion of an Eritrean nation that should be organized based on secular political principles under a constitution that governes the institutions of the people of Eritrea and binds them inot a united collective entity.

    {{{ Your history in Eritrea is too DARK and you will never come to power, that would be a dream. }}}

    If you are talking about Mahber Andnet besides Rodab, you will have to wake up and smell the coffee. Mahber Andnet and its old counter parts, the Moslem Leagues of Eastern and Western Eritrea, have not been lost but have been resurrected differently in the Eritrean organized opposition that are trying to oust Isaias and his New Mahber Andnet in Asmara called the PFDJ with the help of mother Mahber Andnet or Ethiopia. The old devil is always the same only differently. Those who do not learn from their past are condemned to repeat it and Eritreans are just doing that and that is exactly what mother Ethiopia wants. Divide and rule is the name of the game and Eritreans seem to have learned that very well in their useless parochial politics to agony of the Eritrean populace. God save Eritrea and its people form its children and others. Peace and love to one and to all!

    In Peace Profound,

    Donsar Solomon Beniraza

    HAGERAWI says:

    March 17, 2012 at 1:57 am

    RODAB… You are a fanatic Abyssinian orthodox christian, because people like you when ever they see or hear ISLAM they lose their temper. They are Eritreans and their identity Islam. What is your problem? did any one told you to be Muslim by force. The people of Eritrea doesn’t have any problem with Islam and Christianity. Being a Muslim party it doesn’t mean that they are against their fellow christian men in Eritrea. For instance there many Christian parties in Europe and no problem with that. And who are to say they will never come to POWER. You don’t have a right to say so, rather the people of Eritrea is the owner of the decision. You are one of the PFDJ blind follower. Before you talk look to your GOD Issay-ASS he is the most fanatic christian sent by CIA and the UNIONIST party of Ethiopia to kill the Muslims. Such people lke in Eritrean they will never success for ever. You will never cheat us once again. Your history in Eritrea is too DARK and you will never come to power, that would be a dream. We are Muslims Eritreans and we will remain Muslims and we will be the nation as long as our people with us.

    Death to UNIONIST garbage’s!
    Peace to the Eritrean people!

    • Soira

      beniraza

      i couldn’t have said any better,,well done

    • Hameed

      Dear Donasor,

      Before you comment and blame br. Hagerawi, you should understand who inflamed such kind of response. Persons like you and Rodab whenever they hear something about Islam they lose their temper. Rodab and his likes are very sensitive from Muslims, Why? Now at least, we have in Eritrea an Islamic organization, but when we go back and look about this sensitivity we will find it even when there was no Islamic organization, we were/are used to hear that Jabha was an Islamic front. The sensitivity from Islam and Muslims is very old. Sorry to say the long years of our tragedy should have taught us something positive towards each other, but we fail to grow positively.

      We have become the victims of suspicion for a long time, but now enough is enough either we have to accept each other and live together or we have to forget about a country named Eritrea. The proposal of Great Britain will be the solution or can be modified with the parties concerned.

      • Dossommos

        Dear Hamid,

        let us learn to forget and forgive the negatives of the past, the only option is to accept each other and live together in peace and respect, NO second option. And benefit from our differences, I din’t see any harm of using our religions to get support from both Muslim and christian world for the sake of our Aim i.e. defeat the dictator regime and freedom of Eritrean people both Muslims and Christians, without any SECRET AGENDAS. And then with democracy under the umbrella of Law every thing will be fixed, no one will lose his/her temper or be sensitive against Muslims or Christians.

        Donsar Beniraza, thank you for your comment I really admire your way of thinking and that is the spirit we(Eritrean people) are looking for to correct/advice each other polity and learn from our previous mistakes.

        May Allah/God help us and bless our People and our Country with Peace, Freedom, and Equal Duties/Rights.

  • yohannes

    religios party is dangerouse for the uniti of the country. why there are several Islamic paries in eritrea.
    cristian party, Islamic party should not be a problem to the country. If it is possibile Islam should rimain in Magid and the cristiani in the church . they pray for God to give peace and wealth to the people. but out side they have to live side by side.
    they already disturbed in the history and a lot of people of good will has been scrified in the name of Islam or Crhistian. enough is enough stai where u have to stai in theprayer house stop, stop

  • Serray

    Selamat,

    Anyone meeting with egyptian authorities at this point in time should make the horror of our refugees topic number one. While meeting halls and scholarships have a place, the most important issue regarding egypt is the savagery going on in the Sinai. I can understand framing an issue the way your host understands, as is the case with repression of muslims, but still, the treatment of our people by the savages in the Sinai should have being left, right and center.

    We have to remember the opposite of forced unity is not division. I hope the religious and ethnic parties understand that. While the struggle takes many forms, the solution is always freedom for ALL. A kunama, a muslim, a pente, a wittnes has a right to be outraged by this regime and organize along those lines to fight it. But what he can not do is seek a solution ONLY along those lines. There is no such a thing as a kunama only or a muslim only solution; the solution is always a unified one because the problem is a unified one, the pfdj regime.

    I hope the lack of emphasis on the refugees in the Sinai is on the reporting and not on the agenda of EIPJD. Because if it is, that is, if the EIPJD is happy and satisfied with obtaining the right to use meeting halls and scholarships to religious schools when dealing with egyptians, then I for one see nothing good coming out of the struggle of this entity. Having said that, I was impressed how the refugees were central to the meetings held in other countries…hence my hope it is just on the reporting when it comes EIPJD.

    Thanks awate.

    Eyob medane,

    Stop using other nicks, like ” Axum Will Unite” so you can debate yourself about your favorite topic, “I desperately want to be amharai”.

    • heffoon

      I agree totally with you Serray

    • Soira

      well said serray, i agree 100%

      • Hameed

        Dear Serray,

        They have spoken about the refugees in Sinai, deportation and what our youth and people are facing inside Eritrea and in refugee camps in Ethiopia and the Sudan. They have turned each and every stone about the entire dilemma of the Eritrean people. They didn’t speak about their parties in all their meetings, but the issues were revolving about Eritrea in general and about the united opposition. They emphasized that all the opposition by this time are the umbrella of ENCDC. They opened the door for all Eritreans and explained well the tragedy of our youth and our people.

        This is a work we should encourage them to do similar to it in different parts of the world. Our problem is not Islam or Christianity, but the regime in Eritrea and we have seek support either from Christian country or a Muslim country. Being Muslim a Christians should not be taken as curse. I think it is a bless for Eritreans. We will get support from the Christian world and the Islamic world. There are countries that do not have this kind of bless and they wish to have it, but we Eritreans unable to benefit from it properly. Isaias has benefited from it to chase and deport to him innocent Eritreans, why don’t we use it as opposition to protect our people and get support to topple the mafia in Asmara.

        It is very sad to see some Eritreans forget totally that Muslims are part and parcel of Eritrea. Without Muslims Eritrea will not get peace, and without Christians also Eritrea will not get peace. The weakness of Christians hurts all Eritreans and the weakness of Muslim also hurts all Eritreans. The strength of all of us stabilizes Eritrea and make it live in peace.

        Being Christians and Muslims is a blessing to Eritrean, we have to know how to manage it properly.

  • asmerom habte

    What do you feel if I have a Party of ERITREAN CHRISTIAN ALLIANCE for the advancement of Christian values?? By singing Christian, Islam, Highlander, Midlander… you just give more time for the DICTATOR to stay in Power.

    • Hameed

      Dear Asmerome Habte,

      If you feel to organize a Christian party do it and no one will stop you. Secondly, whom do you think is more obsessed about religion or region? You can go through all the comments and you will get who is hardly beaten, you have examples like Rodab, Axum will unite, Help Somalis ….

    • sanchez

      nothing is wrong with advancing cherstianity or islam. it’s a problem only when u try to force it. even if it is secularism. Is it not why people r against higdf-ism! what ever the way we organiz as long as we do it by the ruls i don’t see any problem.

  • HAGERAWI

    RODAB… You are a fanatic Abyssinian orthodox christian, because people like you when ever they see or hear ISLAM they lose their temper. They are Eritreans and their identity Islam. What is your problem? did any one told you to be Muslim by force. The people of Eritrea doesn’t have any problem with Islam and Christianity. Being a Muslim party it doesn’t mean that they are against their fellow christian men in Eritrea. For instance there many Christian parties in Europe and no problem with that. And who are to say they will never come to POWER. You don’t have a right to say so, rather the people of Eritrea is the owner of the decision. You are one of the PFDJ blind follower. Before you talk look to your GOD Issay-ASS he is the most fanatic christian sent by CIA and the UNIONIST party of Ethiopia to kill the Muslims. Such people lke in Eritrean they will never success for ever. You will never cheat us once again. Your history in Eritrea is too DARK and you will never come to power, that would be a dream. We are Muslims Eritreans and we will remain Muslims and we will be the nation as long as our people with us.

    Death to UNIONIST garbage’s!
    Peace to the Eritrean people!

  • rodab

    ‘Islamic Party’, ‘Islamic Jihad’ blah, blah, these kinds of oppositions will never get a chance to come to power in Eritrea. Any group with a religious name or mission can not win. May be in places like Somalia where everyone has the same religion.
    It is a wasteful adventure.

    • Kokhob Selam

      Rodab,
      what do you mean by power ? in this new world People are allowed to organize in any style they want. you can have any type of party you want. The only time you will be rejected is when you want to force people to follow you like HADE LBI,HADE AFENCHA type style. People want secured life and the only way to be safe is to have your own party respected. for “power” you mention it is for people and from people that is wanted. And people in Eritrea are of different beliefs and cultures. No single party what so ever the ideology will have power.

      you see, today everybody has come with new Idea and “no one will stop the idea whose time has come”. nor you neither PFDJ will stop our people on creating democratic Eritrea.

    • Hameed

      Dear Rodab,

      I hope you believe in democracy, multiparty and the right to organize any form of party. Now we are in the stage of fighting the regime and everyone has to play his role. The more we have friends the more we will get support and our people and youth will be safe when they flee from Eritrea. The news you have read above will help in saving our youth from the Badouins of Sinai and from deportation. I hope that you don’t want us to confine our request for support from special sources of your choice.

      The people of Eritrea is in need of support from the international community and in the forefront of the international community should be our region. The more we have good relations with our neighbors and our region the more we will be stronger. At the end of the day who will win will be decide by the ballot box or you don’t want elections and if you want it you want it to be among a chosen parties, I call this a crippled democracy that may develop to dictatorship.

    • zegeremo

      Do a favor to yourself – get a tattoo on your head that reads “Engage brain before putting mouth in gear.” And add some good years to your life by getting off the lop-sided hate-mongering.

  • Help somials

    why not you help the somalis in are they not muslim brothers ?

    • ahmed saleh

      They are not somalis , they are Eritreans unless you do no want to accept them as your brothers, how pathetic you could be.

  • Axum will unite

    before you idots in awate.com think you can destroy Eritrea with your backwards mind axum will be reunited then what will you back stabbers of your country say who nows …. wait nothing !

    • Eyob Medhane

      Huh?!….Darn…I must have missed this somkin’ reunification party?! Is it only Axum that will be reunited or the entire Habesha Land? Don’t tell me you will be leaving Gonder, Gojam, Seqota, Menz Minjar, Debre Birhan all the way to Sodo Gurage out in a cold. I bet they’d really love to be in the mix of this reunification, as they all are full blooded Abyssinians.

      My Brother,

      If you think that someone is backstabbing Eritrea, I really would like you to explain to me which Eritrea is back stabbed? The Eritrea of Afars, Sahos, Naras, Kunamas, Rashaidas, Bilens, Tigres?(Wait a minute, I think the last two have a lot of Abyssinians in them, they must be excluded out of the ‘backstabbing’ and included in the invitation list of Axum reunification)

      The point I am trying to make is what you just came up with is a slippery slope. While you imply others to be tribalist, religionist and regionalist, you are sounding like one. If you would like to discuss an economic even political reunification of the two formerly one countries (Eritrea and Ethiopia) That is one school of thought, acceptable to many, taking into account that both countries have different kinds of people and religions yearn to be treated equally. But to talk about “Axum’s Reunification” gives an impression that is distasteful for a very VERY large groups of people, granted that distasteful stuff is welcomed here in awate. I am just saying, it might be better and wiser to envision the future of Eritrea and Ethiopia with all of their peoples, instead of only “United Axumites” Speaking of Axumite, there is a wonderful wine with the same name, which is imported from not currently united Axum land, I am gonna go and have a glass of it now. ….

      • Eyob Medhane,
        You gave an excellent rebuttal/education to a “person” not worthy of it. As a tigrinya speaker Eritrean, a gurage, tigraway, Amharay or silTe is on my tribal, dynasty, not an Afar or Kunama. But as far as a nation is considered… the Afar,Bilen,Kunama.., etc. are my fellow Eritreans. Country, race /tribe/clan are two different issues… as you eloquently described it.

        • Hameed

          Dear Axum will unite,

          I am not against Axum to unite, for unity is prosperity, peace and power, but Axum will unite didn’t us tell for what purpose he wants it to unite. His tone seems to say that Axum will unite to fight Amhara, Aromo, Somalis, Tigre, Bilen, Kunama, Afars etc. and this is very very very bad for Axum. I don’t wish a bad thing for Axumites, I want them to be people who live with their neighbors in peace.

          This is the legacy of Haile Silase that we still suffering from in Eritrea. We need a great help from our brothers in Axum and Ethiopia to brainwash persons like Axum will unite, because persons like him are not just affecting the Eritrean people, but they are also affecting Ethiopia and the region. Really, we are in a dire need of your help to cure persons like Axum will unite, and unfortunately we have many like him in Eritrea.

    • Mohammed

      Do you know who destroyed the mighty kingdom of Axum? It was the Beja ethnic group that exists in Western Eritrea and Eastern Sudan, take your lesson from the history. You are in a deep paranoia, Ethiopia and Eritrea never come together at all because we are not the same people as some of you think. Then who told you all Eritreans are Habesha? all Eritrean Ethnic groups except Tigrigna they never admit they are habesha! But I understand your problem you Ethiopians have strong love to our sea because all of you are dirty and try to remove your dirty in our sea. No no guys find water to wash yourself and get baptized again in the dirty stagnant water of lake Tana.

      • WegaHta

        Awate Team

        You have removed my earlier post as a reply to Mohammed and fair enough my words were rather harsh and strong. But am I the only one who finds the following statement by Mohammed inappropriate and even hate mongering?

        “But I understand your problem you Ethiopians have strong love to our sea because all of you are dirty and try to remove your dirty in our sea. No no guys find water to wash yourself and get baptized again in the dirty stagnant water of lake Tana.”

    • Kokhob Selam

      That is the dead idea even the drivers of the idea has withdrawn. I can imagine you words are coming from burning lungs but be calm and don’t destroy your mind as this will not help you.

    • heffoon

      Axum will unite,

      I hope Axum unite for the right reasons: for justice, democarcy, human right, stability, security, R of Law in Eritrea first and then beyond