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Eritrean Youth: The Lost Generation

Many of us living overseas have conducted ourselves in such a way that we remained true to our Eritrean heritage. We unswervingly rallied behind the preservation of the very spirit that sustained the independence struggle. We, overwhelmed by the spirit of the ‘gedli’ era, cherished liberty as a heritage of all Eritreans everywhere as we stood in awe of our martyrs. The key point, however, is that this major historical event somehow involved us as individuals thus shaping our lives, as later experiences would receive meaning from those early phases.

After the long independence struggle came to an end, we unquestioningly supported the new government as it staggered while taking its first steps. We immersed ourselves into the surge of optimistic idealism, a promise of a new kind of future for Eritreans. Unfortunately, it did not take long for our optimism to evaporate due to a sluggish tempo of change. Gradually the government began to show its true colours. Even then, sometimes I wonder why that era made us so stern and uncompromising individuals or impractical dreamers.

As we detected the sprouting and spreading of despotism, we embarked on a new journey to instigate renewed struggle for justice. As outsiders, belonging to the peripheral community, we did not expect smooth sailing. However, that magnanimous journey was commendable; and it has indeed been fruitful. Only to some extent!

There comes a time in our lives when we come to realise that we need to make an appraisal of the recent past in order to bring our ways up to date. Looking back, it has become apparent that we got carried away, perhaps by the digital revolution, as we grew seemingly bolder and bigger as individuals instead of nurturing our interdependence skills. I believe campaigns such as ours make little sense without interdependence.

With time we sought comfort in activism – we made friends amongst ourselves, created networks of relationships, lectured to one another as we continued to break-up and make-up; and at times we went as far as building barricades between ourselves. In fact, there were occasions when we, disregarding the overall aims of the struggle, ended up attacking one another from behind those barricades.

Our vulnerabilities became apparent as the badly coordinated campaigns went awry. The unsystematic approach became the Achilles’ heel of the movement, which in turn ushered in a set of ungainly moves with blurred vision. The networks that we have created became both dense and unfittingly interlocked. Those lapses have created confusion, killed creativity, curtailed initiatives and impeded progress. Consequently, we were unable to make serious inroads into developing a winning strategy, an inadequacy that emboldened government apologists to stay alive. To put it bluntly, we are likely to become irrelevant if we continue to fall short in rendering our wrangling down.

I would like to avoid spouting banalities for now and inject an argument that might give this article a bit of life – perhaps specificity. Let’s start with the admission that as our movement became broader and new groups joined the campaign overall discipline went downhill, and our reckless activities led to crises and stalemate situations in which we ended up paralysing ourselves.  I wish we were progressive enough in our attitudes, aspirations, and drills to escape from and to contain the arresting developments. What I am trying to say is when the regime and its apologists ‘went low, we should have gone higher’. The question we should ask ourselves now is how we should spare ourselves from additional self-inflicting injuries.

As We Race against Old Age … 

The most ‘unexpected’ thing that happened to many of us is the fact that the aging process caught up with us. We are not young and energetic anymore. However, as the years get shorter and the days longer, so to speak, ‘we continue to hold to the hope, the belief and conviction that there will be a better life for Eritreans beyond the horizon’[1].

Gabriel García Márquez (1927-2014), the renowned Colombian novelist, once said:

“They were people whose lives were slow, who did not see themselves growing old, or falling sick, or dying, but who disappeared little by little in their own time, turning into memories, mists from other days, until they were absorbed into oblivion.[2]

The above axiom does apply to many of us. I believe, as much as we would like to remain in the process of active aging, it’s time we took our frailties into consideration and made ourselves useful by changing our tactics. How about ushering in changes to the obstacles that have impeded us to link up with our young people, the tragic post-independence generation – a feature that has revealed a set of serious shortcomings in our approach?

The Youth Approach

The case of the so-called Young Peoples’ Front for Democracy and Justice (YPFDJ), children of party members and government supporters, is a good example that depicts the link-up technique. Theirs is, of course, of the negative kind due to their relationship to the instruments of oppression. The group, with their dispassionate logic, have developed a subculture of sorts which defy logic. Actually, they can be described by the Russian-Nesting-Dolls theory – created in the image and soul of the larger doll. Its followers are systematically plugged into the womblike cavity of the party.

Those behind YPFDJ’s campaigns silence critical thinking amongst its young followers. The organisation uses the tenets of ‘deafness, muteness, blindness’ as its modus operandi in the face of clear abuse of power. It is one of the tentacles of the government’s propaganda system. In essence, the young members have learned, with ease, how to deal with impropriety by turning a blind eye or by ignoring an evil that they come in contact with. The approach has infected the judgment of its young followers so much as to allow injustice to flourish unchallenged in Eritrea and communities abroad  Sadly, as long as the tribal mentality within the YPFDJ remains unexamined, its members unwittingly will subject themselves to the regime’s dictates. Their campaigns do not espouse strategies of liberation. The regime has successfully mobilised and deployed its surrogates to fulfill its underhanded undertakings.   That is not the kind of link-up tactics we want to employ in liaising with our young in our campaigns; but a dynamic, genuine and nurturing link-up based on the universal basic rights of people. Effective strategic action can certainly come when the youth are actively involved in campaigns for change.

We know that the expansion of higher education has been thwarted by the government in Eritrea deliberately. And that is due to the fact that educated youngsters develop the appetite to challenge regimes that suppress them. That is why the youth in Eritrea are made to remain in perpetual national service and are made to engage in endless, intoxicating festivities and escapades. The youth cannot aim higher because they are denied opportunities for upward mobility. According to Prof Jack Goldstone, the renowned sociologist, and political scientist, ‘youth bulge’ is one of the causes of a revolution – that occurs when the expansion of educated youth far exceeds opportunities for personal development. That is why the government is ‘diffusing’ potential youth uprisings by ‘regulating youth bulges’. The result is increased exodus.  Thus Eritrea has become a top refugee producing country in the world … after it gained its independence!

Our Measured Response

In our campaigns, we assumed that if we denounced and protested against the authoritarian nature of the regime strongly enough, political and social changes will somehow follow.  Well, time has proven that we overestimated our efforts – we know now that more is needed to effect change. One of the glaring oversights is that we failed to link up with the tens of thousands of young Eritreans who have fled the country.

I realise the weakness of this discourse is it does not offer a practical solution to a complex problem. Perhaps I am keeping myself aloof from the real issues. However, the attempt is to exercise introspection. I believe self-reflection alone is not a solution, but at least it raises questions that we should ask ourselves regarding our roles in this campaign. How can we help the lost generation, the generation that came of age during post-independence Eritrea, overcome the meaninglessness of their lives?  How can we help them rebuild their lives? How can we help them escape the cul-de-sac they have landed in and forge new pathways into the future?

In this struggle of ours aging actors dominate the scene. However, there is one wonderful thing we, the older generation, can do now; that is to put ourselves at the services of the young.

[1] Quoting Franklin D. Roosevelt
[2] Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

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  • Desata Tella

    Selam!

    ኣግኣዝያን ከም ንህቢ ኣብ ቆፎ ዝነብር ፍጥረት ደምበር ከም ሃመማ ኣብ እስካሪኮ [ጎሓፍ] ዝነብር ኣይኮነን

    ህዝቢ ኣግኣዝያን ጭዋ ዝኾነ ባህሊ ዝዉንን ጥራሕ ዘይኮነ ምክብባርን ሓልዮትን ኣማእኪሉ ዝዓይ ፍጥረት ክነሱ ሓለይቲ ብምምሳል ንባህሉን ክብሩን ንምጥፋእ ደይ መደይ ኢሎም ካብ ዝሰርሑ ሓደ ተስፋጽዮን እስካሪኮ “ጎሓፍ” ወዲ ዓዘጋ እየ በሃሊ እዩ።

    እዚ ሰብ እዚ መን እዩ ወይ ካበየናይ ባህሊ ዝመጸ ሰብ እዩ ኢልና ብቐዳምነት ክንሓትትን ክንርዳእን ይግበኣና። ተስፋጽዮን ብመሰረቱ ካብ ትግርኛ ሕብረተሰብ ዝመጽአ ይኹን ኣይኹን ብዘየገድስ ባህሉን ልምዱን ግና ፍጹም ምስ ባህሊ ኣግኣዝያን (ትግርኛ) ዘይሳነ ምኻኑ ካብ ኣንደበቱ ካብ ዘውጸኦም ዘሎ ቓላት ንላዕሊ ካሊእ ምስክርነት ዘድልዩ ዘሎ እይመስለንን እዩ። ተስፋጽዮን ኣብ ሕማቕ ናይ “ደቂ በረኻ” የሕባይ ዘዓይነቱ ባህሊ ዝዓበየ ብምኻኑ ኣብዚ ሕጂ እዋን ዘንጸባርቖም ዘሎ [*ዘይ ናይ ኣግኣዝያን] ንዝኾኑ ኣጸየፍቲ ባህልታትን ክብርታትን ንኣተዓብብይኡ ጥራሕ ዘይኮነ ዝዉክል ንህሉው ኩነታቱን ንብቕዓት ኣተሓሳስብኡ ዘንጸባርቑ ምኻኖምን ነዚ ተግባራቱ ዝምስክሩ እዉን ካሊእ ግዳማዊ ምስክርነት ዘድልዮ ዘይኮነስ ዝብሎን ዝግዕረሉ ዝውዕል ዘሎ ኣጸያፍን ኣነዋርን ቃላቱ ንባዕሉ ብቑዕ ምስከርነት እዩ። ካብቲ ኣዚዩ ብዙሓት ኣጸየፍትን ኣነወርትን ኣብ ትግርኛ ሕብረተሰብ ተባሂሎም ዘይፍልጡ ፍንፉናት ዝፈነዎም ቃላቱ ካብ እቶም ብዙሓት ንውሑዳት ክጠቅስ እየ፥

    1. “ዝሓረሰት ሰበይቲ” ሕክምና ንኽትረክብ ንዓራርብ ንዝኸደት ሰበይቲ ብኣጸያፍን ኣነኣውርን ቃላቱ ተጠቂሙ “ኣዚዩ ጨናዊት” ሰበይቲ ከምዝነበረት ክይሓነኸ ገሊጹልና እዩ። ኣብ ናይ ሕክምና ሰራሕተኛ ኮይንካ ነዚ ኣጸያፊ ዝኾነ ቓላት እዚ ክተውጽእስ ይትረፍ ብባህሊ ኣግኣዚያን ይኹን ብባህሊ ዝኾነ ሕብረተሰብ “ንዝሓረሰት ሰበይቲ ጨናዊት” ተባሂሉ ኣይፈልጥን እዩ።
    2. ተጋዳላይ (ትግርኛ) ሓላፊ ዝነበረ ኣብ ዝተፈላለየ ጊዜ ምስ ኣወዳት ደቂ ተባዕትዮ ይጋሰስ ከምዝነበረን ኣብ ግንባር ደቀምሓረ ምስ ወዲ እንዳተጋሰሰ እንከሎ ከምዝተታሕዘ ተስፋጽዮን ብኣንደበቱ ገሊጹልና እዩ። እዚ ብባህሊ ክርስትና ይኹን ምስልምና ኣጸያፊ ዝኾነ ቓላት ናብ ህዝቢ ዓለም ብምዝርግሑ ንህዝቢ ኣግኣዝያን ዘነኣእስ ተግባራት ክኸዉን እንከሎ ንእስልማና ሃይማኖት ይኹን ብፍላይ ንህዝቢ ክርስትና ብባህልና ዘሐንኽ ተርእዮ ኣበሃህላን ቃላትን ተስፋጼን እዩ።
    3. ጣዉላ ብኢድካ እንዳሃረምካ ስምዑኒ ምባልን ኣነ እከለ ይበሃልን እንዳበልካ ዘይ ባህሊ ትግርኛ [ኣግኣዚያን] ምንጽብራቕ ዕለታዊ ስርሑ እዩ።
    4. ባዶ ኽንሱ ንሙሑራት ከነኣእስ ምፍታን
    5. እቲ ኣዚዩ ዝዓበየ መሃይምነቱ ንደቂ ሰባት ዝግባእ ክብረት ዘይህብ ምኻኑ ምኳኑ እዩ። ከየስደመመኒ ኣይተረፍን እዩ። በቲ ሓደ ሽነኽ [መንገዲ] ክትሪኦ ምስ ትፍትን ግና ሓቂ ኮይኑ ኢኻ ትረኽቦ። ምኽ ን ያቱ እዚ ንምህሳብ ልዕሊ ዓቕሙ ስለዝኾነን ክን የው ትሕዝትኡ ክሰረሕ ስለዘይኽእል እዚ ሰብ እዚ ሓቁ እዩ ብምባል ክድምደም ይከኣል ይኸዉን እዩ። እንተኾነ ግን ከምዚ ዓይነት ኣተሓሳስባ ዘለዎ ሰብ ናይ ጥዕንኡ ኩነታት ኣስካፊ ኮይኑ ትረኽቦ እሞ ኣብ ዝንቡዕ ኣእሙሮ ንክትምድቦ ትግደድ ኢኻ።

    እዚ ኣብ ላዕሊ ክዝርዝሮ ፈቲነ ዘለኹ ተግባራት ተስፋጽዮን ካብ ባሕሪ ብጭልፋ እዩ።

    ሕዝቢ ትግራይ ከምኡዉን ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ብፍላይ ትግርኛ ሕብረተሰብ ካብዚ ሓደገኛ ዝኾነ ሓለይቲ ትግርኛ መሲሎም ጥራሕ ዘይኮነ ናይ ህግደፍ ልኡኻት ክንሶም ንህግደፍ ከምዝጸልኡ ንምምሳል ህግደፍ ብምጽራፍ ህግደፍ ናብ ገደል ክጸድፍ ምስ ዝደሊ ኢሳያስ ናብ ሕጊ ወይ ናብ ሕጋዊ ቦታ ክቐርብ የብሉን ብምባል ንህዝቢ ትግርኛ ንምድንጋር ጓሓፈ ቀሪቦም ኣብኡ ንኽትምገብ ለይትን ቀትርን ይጽዕሩ ኣለዉ። እቲ ሓቂ ግን ክን የው እዚ ምኻኑ ኣተውዕል። ምኽ ን ያቱ ጽቡቕ ነገር ብሕማቕ ኣቀራርባ ወይ ብሕማቕ ዝኾነ ኣገባብን ዝተሓንጸ ነገር የለን እዩ።

    ንቡር ዝኾነ ኣእምሮ ዘይዉንን ንባህልታትን ክብርታትን ትግሪኛ ኣግኣዚያን ኣብ ክንዲ ምህናጽ ዝብልልን በሓፈሻ ባህሊ ሕብረተሰብና ናብ ጎሓፍን ጨናዉን ዝቕይር ንሕብረተሰብና [ዝብክል ]ተስፋጽዮን እስካሪኮ ጎሓፍ እንተበልና ክንእሶ እንተዘይ ኮይኑ ኣይክዓብዮን እዩ።
    ተስፋጾዮን ንኣግኣዚያን ህዝቢ ትግርኛ ክሃንጽን ክጽግንስ ይትረፍ ንነብሱ በቲ ዝድለን ከምቲ ዝድለን ኣገባብ ንናብርኡ ክመርሕ ዘይኽእል ልሙስ ሰብ ምኻኑ ንጽሑፈይ ከስምረሉ መሪጸ ኣለኹ። ንሓደ ሰብ ልሙስ ኢልካ ምዝራብ ግጉይ እኳ እንተኾነ ነዚ ልሙስ ዝብል ቃል ክጥቀም ዝተገደድኩሉ ምኽንያት ተስፋጾዮን ቀንዲ ትሕዝትኡ ስለዝኾነ ንኸንጸባርቖ ስለተገደድኩ ልሙስ ብምባል ንዘረባይ ክድምድም መሪጸ ኣለኹ። ነዚ ልሙስ ዝብል ቃል ካብ ኣንደበተይ ብምውጸአይ “ይቕረታ እንደሓተትኩ” እንተኾነ ግን “ንተሰፋጽዮን ብልሙስ” ትብል ቃል ጥራሕ እየ ከቐምጦ ዝኽእል።

    ተስፋጽዮን ክሃንጽ ወይ ክጽግን ዘይኮነ ዝተሰርሐ ከፍርስ ወይ ከዕኑ ዓቕሚ ዝጎደሎ ፍጥረት ሰብ ምኻኑ ምርዳእ ኣገዳሲ ይመስለኒ። ምኽን ያቱ ምዕናው ወይ ምፍራስ ዝባሃላ ቃላት ኣዚየን እተን ዝቐለላ ክበሃላ ዝኽእላ ምስ ምህናጽ ወይ ምጽጋን ዝብላ ኣበሃህላታት ብምዝማድ ክንርኤን ምስ እንፍትን እዩ።
    ኣብ መወዳእታ ንተስፋጽዮን ከመሓላልፈሉ ዝደሊ ቀንዲ መልእኽተይ ብሓፈሻ ኣብ ሕብረተሰብና ህዝቢ ትግርኛ ብፍላይ ኣብ ምስልምና ንዝገበሮም ጌጋታት ወግዓዊ ይቕረታ ንክሓተሎምን ምዕዶይ ከመሓላልፈሉ እደሊ። ካብ ጌኻ ተማሂርካ እዚ ናይ ይቕረታ ሕቶ ስጉምቲ ምስ ዘይዉሰድ ጉዕዞ ንቕድሚት ዝበሃል ተኽእሎ ከምዘየለ ምፍላጥ ኣገዳሲ እዩ።

    “ህብረተሰብ ይኹን ዝኾነ ዓይነት ነገር ክህነጽ ዝከኣል፥ ሓደ ሰብ ፈለማ ነብሱ ብተዛማዲ ብኹሉ መዳያት ብምህናጽ ብቑዕ ኮይኑ ምስ ዝቐርብ ደኣምበር ንነብሱ ግዕዘይ መሊኡ ንሰብ ከሃንጽን ከንጽህን ዝኾነ ተኽእሎ የብሉን እዩ”

    ነገራት ንምህናጽ ናይ ጽቡቕ ጽቡቕ ክቕድም ከምዘለዎ ኣስተውዕል!

  • Dawit Mesfin

    Dear all,
    I apologise for this delayed response. I just could not get around Awate’s strict posting regulations. Let me try once again and I hope this one goes through.

    I appreciate the welcoming messages and of course, the banter.
    San Quentin: Very funny remark indeed. Well, my ‘San Quentin’ has kept me from becoming too talkative. The early days used to prompt me to say something on every subject and at every opportunity … not realising I was few bricks short of a load. Fishing for compliments here : -)
    It is true that our world feels like San Quentin sometimes. However, we still feed on dreams whatever the situation, wherever we inhabit, don’t we? That one day we Eritreans will chant in chorus as we reclaim what is rightfully ours.

    Ismail: It was so nice to note Ismail’s name being mentioned in one of the comments. He is a childhood friend/neighbour. We played football together in the backstreets of our neighbourhood. He did not run fast like me, but he was ‘il grande tersino’. I miss his sharp and insightful writing.
    Dawit

    • Habte

      ኣብዚ ሓደ ኣገዳሲ ነጥቢ ኣስሚረ ክሓልፍ ግዲ ኮይኑኒ ኣሎ። ስለምንታይ እዮም ኩሉም ኤርትራውያን ምሁራን፡ ቀለም ቀመሳት፡ ቀለም ጸገባት ወዘተ ብቋንቋ እንግሊዝኛ ጥራይ ዝጽሕፉ? ነቲ ኣብ ኤርትራ ዘሎ ህዝቦም ሓሳባቶም ብቋንቋ ትግርኛ ከየካፍልዎ ዝዓግቶም ሓይሊ እንታዩ? ወይሲ ፍልጠት ተባሂሉ ዝጸድቕ ብእንግሊዝኛ ጥራይ ምስ ዝኸውን እዩ? እቲ እንግሊዝኛ ዘይመልኽከ ካብ መን እዩ ተስፋኡ? ኣብ ናይ ዘተን ክትዕን መድረኽ ክትሳተፍ ግድን እንግሊዝኛ ክትፈልጥ ኣሎካ ማለት ድዩ? እንግሊዝኛ ዘይፈልጡ ዓበይቲ ሓሳባት ዘለዎም ኤርትራውያንከ የለዉን ድዮም? እዞም ብቋንቋ እንግሊዝ ኤርትራዊ ሽግር ክፈትሑ ዝህቅኑ ዘለዉኸ እቲ ትግርኛ ጥራይ ዝዛረብ ሕዝቢ ንእግሊዝ -መለኽ ሽግረይ ፍትሑለይ ኢሉ ከም ዝተማሕጸኖም እንታይ መርትዖ ኣሎ? ደረጃ ምዕባለና ብምልከት ቋንቋ እንግሊዝ ድዩ ክምዘን? እዚ ህዝቢ ከ ካብቶም ዘምሃሮም ደቁ እንታዩ ካሕሳኡ? ካብዞም ንህዝቢ ኤርትራ ንሕለቕ ኢና ዝብሉ ክንደይ ኮን ይኾኑ ብትግርኛ መጽሐፍ ጽሒፎም ደረጃ ንቕሓት ሕዝቦም ዘበረኹ?

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    ከይበቖለ ዘሓረረ Empower Eritrean Grassroots Movement!

    ከምዝፍለጥ Empower Eritrean Grassroots Movement ዝተሰምየ ብሽዱሽተ ዉልቀሰባት ተበግሶ ክቐዉም ተውጢኑ ዝነበረ ናይ ደለይቲ ፍትሒ ሓይሊ ከይቦቐለ ዝሓረረ ዉድብ ጠንቁ ከምዚ ዝስዕብ እዩ። ብመሰረቱ እዚ ጉጁለ እዚ ዕላምኡ ንህዝቢ ንጹር ዘይገበረ ኣብ ርእሲ ምኻኑ ንዓና ንኤርትራዊያን ከታልለና ላዕልን ታሕትን ምባሉ ከየስደመመኒ ኣይተረፈን እዩ። ምኽንያቱ Empower Eritrean Grassroots Movement ካብ ታሕቲ ናብ ላዕሊ ዝሰረቱ ሰፊሕ ሕዝቢ (ዲያስፖራ) ዘሳተፈ “Global Leader” ዘካተተ ዝብል እዩ እቲ ቀንዲ ተበግስኡ ነይሩ። እንተኾነ ግና ገና ኣብ ህዝቢ ሰረት ከይሓዘ (ሱር ከይሰደደ) ከይሓረረ ኣይተርፍን እዩ። ምኽንያቱ ሰረት ዘይሓዘ ነገር ኹሉ ዓናዊ ምኻኑ ዘጠረጥር ከምዘይኮነ ንኹሉ ሰብ ርዱእ ይመስለኒ። Grassroots Movement ኣብ ክንዲ “ካብ ታሕቲ ናብ ላዕሊ” ካብ “ላዕሊ ናብ ታሕቲ” ጉዕዝኡ ብምጅማር ምስ ዉድባት [ማሕበራት] ብምድርዳር ናይ ልፍንቲ ማሕበር [ዉድብ] ንምፍጣር ላዕልን ታሕትን ይብል ከዝነበረ ዝኾነ ኣባል ናይዚ ዝዉድብዚ ንምኻን ተመዝጊቡ ዝነበረ ዝፈልጦ ሓቂ ምኻኑ ኣይጠራጠርን እየ። እዚ Grassroots Movement ተባሂሉ ተሰምዩ ዘሎ ዉድብ [ሕዝቢ ኣማእኪሉ ወይ ካብ ህዝቢ ናብ ህዝቢ ዘይኮነ] ወይ ብህዝቢ ዝቖዉም* ወዱብ ዘይኮነ “ተሰኒዑ” ንህዝቢ ዝቐሪበሉ ዘሎ ምኽንያት ንምንታይ ከምዝኾነ በቶም ነዚ Grassroots Initiatives ዝሓንጸጽዎ ዉልቀሰባት መልሲ ክወሃበሉ ኣለዎ ኢለ ስለዘኣምን ሕቶይ* ነዞም ስዒቦም ተዘርዚሮም ዘለዎ ኣቕርበሎም ኣለኹ:

    Member of the Task Force in Alphabetical Order:

    Name City Country Email address
    Ahmed Berhanu Seattle, WA USA berhanuamen@yahoo.com
    Amanuel Eyasu London UK aseye.asena@gmail.com
    Prof. Araya Debessay Newark, DE USA Araya124@gmail.com
    Ibrahim Mohammed Amsterdam Netherlands ibrahimms100@gmail.com
    Dr. Solomon G. Ghebrezghi London UK solomongg2@yahoo.com
    Tekea Yohannes New York, NY USA Teka.Yohannes@yahoo.com

  • Desata Tella

    ከይበቖለ ዘሓረረ Empower Eritrean Grassroots Movement!

    ከምዝፍለ Empower Eritrean Grassroots Movement ዝተሰምየ ብሽዱሽተ ዉልቀሰባት ተበግሶ ክቐዉም ተውጢኑ ዝነበረ ናይ ደለይቲ ፍትሒ ሓይሊ ከይቦቐለ ዝሓረረ ዉድብ ጠንቁ ከምዚ ዝስዕብ እዩ። ብመሰረቱ እዚ ጉጁለ እዚ ዕላምኡ ንህዝቢ ንጹር ዘይገበረ ኣብ ርእሲ ምኻኑ ንዓና ንኤርትራዊያን ከታልለና ላዕልን ታሕትን ምባሉ ከየስደመመኒ ኣይተረፈን እዩ። ምኽንያቱ Empower Eritrean Grassroots Movement ካብ ታሕቲ ናብ ላዕሊ ዝሰረቱ ሰፊሕ ሕዝቢ (ዲያስፖራ) ዘሳተፈ “Global Leader” ዘካተተ ዝብል እዩ እቲ ቀንዲ ተበግስኡ ነይሩ። እንተኾነ ግና ገና ኣብ ህዝቢ ሰረት ከይሓዘ (ሱር ከይሰደደ) ከይሓረረ ኣይተርፍን እዩ። ምኽንያቱ ሰረት ዘይሓዘ ነገር ኹሉ ዓናዊ ምኻኑ ዘጠረጥር ከምዘይኮነ ንኹሉ ሰብ ርዱእ ይመስለኒ። Grassroots Movement ኣብ ክንዲ “ካብ ታሕቲ ናብ ላዕሊ” ካብ “ላዕሊ ናብ ታሕቲ” ጉዕዝኡ ብምጅማር ምስ ዉድባት [ማሕበራት] ብምድርዳር ናይ ልፍንቲ ማሕበር [ዉድብ] ንምፍጣር ላዕልን ታሕትን ይብል ከዝነበረ ዝኾነ ኣባል ናይዚ ዝዉድብዚ ንምኻን ተመዝጊቡ ዝነበረ ዝፈልጦ ሓቂ ምኻኑ ኣይጠራጠርን እየ። እዚ Grassroots Movement ተባሂሉ ተሰምዩ ዘሎ ዉድብ [ሕዝቢ ኣማእኪሉ ወይ ካብ ህዝቢ ናብ ህዝቢ ዘይኮነ] ወይ ብህዝቢ ዝቖዉም* ወዱብ ዘይኮነ “ተሰኒዑ” ንህዝቢ ዝቐሪበሉ ዘሎ ምኽንያት ንምንታይ ከምዝኾነ በቶም ነዚ Grassroots Initiatives ዝሓንጸጽዎ ዉልቀሰባት መልሲ ክወሃበሉ ኣለዎ ኢለ ስለዘኣምን ሕቶይ* ነዞም ስዒቦም ተዘርዚሮም ዘለዎ ኣቕርበሎም ኣለኹ:

    Member of the Task Force in Alphabetical Order:

    Name City Country Email address
    Ahmed Berhanu Seattle, WA USA berhanuamen@yahoo.com
    Amanuel Eyasu London UK aseye.asena@gmail.com
    Prof. Araya Debessay Newark, DE USA Araya124@gmail.com
    Ibrahim Mohammed Amsterdam Netherlands ibrahimms100@gmail.com
    Dr. Solomon G. Ghebrezghi London UK solomongg2@yahoo.com
    Tekea Yohannes New York, NY USA Teka.Yohannes@yahoo.com

  • Desata Tella

    ሰላም፦

    ከይበቖለ ዘሓረረ Empower Eritrean Grassroots Movement!

    ከምዝፍለ Eritrea Grassroots Initiatives ዝተሰምየ ብሽዱሽተ ዉልቀሰባት ተበግሶ ክቐዉም ተውጢኑ ዝነበረ ናይ ደለይቲ ፍትሒ ሓይሊ ከይቦቐለ ዝሓረረ ዉድብ ጠንቁ ከምዚ ዝስዕብ እዩ። ብመሰረቱ እዚ ጉጁለ እዚ ዕላምኡ ንህዝቢ ንጹር ዘይገበረ ኣብ ርእሲ ምኻኑ ንዓና ንኤርትራዊያን ከታልለና ላዕልን ታሕትን ምባሉ ከየስደመመኒ ኣይተረፈን እዩ። ምኽንያቱ Grassroots Initiative ካብ ታሕቲ ናብ ላዕሊ ዝሰረቱ ሰፊሕ ሕዝቢ (ዲያስፖራ) ዘሳተፈ “Global Leader” ዘካተተ ዝብል እዩ እቲ ቀንዲ ተበግስኡ ነይሩ። እንተኾነ ግና ገና ኣብ ህዝቢ ሰረት ከይሓዘ (ሱር ከይሰደደ) ከይሓረረ ኣይተርፍን እዩ። ምኽንያቱ ሰረት ዘይሓዘ ነገር ኹሉ ዓናዊ ምኻኑ ዘጠረጥር ከምዘይኮነ ንኹሉ ሰብ ርዱእ ይመስለኒ። Grassroots Movement ኣብ ክንዲ “ካብ ታሕቲ ናብ ላዕሊ” ካብ “ላዕሊ ናብ ታሕቲ” ጉዕዝኡ ብምጅማር ምስ ዉድባት [ማሕበራት] ብምድርዳር ናይ ልፍንቲ ማሕበር [ዉድብ] ንምፍጣር ላዕልን ታሕትን ይብል ከዝነበረ ዝኾነ ኣባል ናይዚ ዝዉድብዚ ንምኻን ተመዝጊቡ ዝነበረ ዝፈልጦ ሓቂ ምኻኑ ኣይጠራጠርን እየ። እዚ Grassroots Movement ተባሂሉ ተሰምዩ ዘሎ ዉድብ [ሕዝቢ ኣማእኪሉ ወይ ካብ ህዝቢ ናብ ህዝቢ ዘይኮነ] ወይ ብህዝቢ ዝቖዉም* ወዱብ ዘይኮነ “ተሰኒዑ” ንህዝቢ ዝቐሪበሉ ዘሎ ምኽንያት ንምንታይ ከምዝኾነ በቶም ነዚ Grassroots Initiatives ዝሓንጸጽዎ ዉልቀሰባት መልሲ ክወሃበሉ ኣለዎ ኢለ ስለዘኣምን ሕቶይ* ነዞም ስዒቦም ተዘርዚሮም ዘለዎ ኣቕርበሎም ኣለኹ:

    Member of the Task Force in Alphabetical Order:

    Name City Country Email address
    Ahmed Berhanu Seattle, WA USA berhanuamen@yahoo.com
    Amanuel Eyasu London UK aseye.asena@gmail.com
    Prof. Araya Debessay Newark, DE USA Araya124@gmail.com
    Ibrahim Mohammed Amsterdam Netherlands ibrahimms100@gmail.com
    Dr. Solomon G. Ghebrezghi London UK solomongg2@yahoo.com
    Tekea Yohannes New York, NY USA Teka.Yohannes@yahoo.com

  • Desata Tella

    ከይበቖለ ዘሓረረ Empower Eritrean Grassroots Movement

    ከምዝፍለ Eritrea Grassroots Initiatives ዝተሰምየ ብሽዱሽተ ዉልቀሰባት ተበግሶ ክቐዉም ተውጢኑ ዝነበረ ናይ ደለይቲ ፍትሒ ሓይሊ ከይቦቐለ ዝሓረረ ዉድብ ጠንቁ ከምዚ ዝስዕብ እዩ። ብመሰረቱ እዚ ጉጁለ እዚ ዕላምኡ ንህዝቢ ንጹር ዘይገበረ ኣብ ርእሲ ምኻኑ ንዓና ንኤርትራዊያን ከታልለና ላዕልን ታሕትን ምባሉ ከየስደመመኒ ኣይተረፈን። ምኽንያቱ ግራስ ሩት እኒሸቲቨ Grassroots Initiative ካብ ታሕቲ ናብ ላዕሊ ዝሰረቱ ሰፊሕ ሕዝቢ (ዲያስፖራ) ዘሳተፈ “Global Leader” ዘለዎ ዝብል እዩ እቲ ቀንዲ ተበግስኡ ነይሩ። እንተኾነ ግና ገና ኣብ ህዝቢ ሰረት ከይሓዘ (ሱር ከይሰደደ) ከይሓረረ ኣይተርፍን እዩ። ምኽንያቱ ሰረት ዘይሓዘ ነገር ኹሉ ዓናዊ ምኻኑ ዘጠረጥር ከምዘይኮነ ንኹሉ ሰብ ርዱእ ይመስለኒ። Grassroots Initiatives ኣብ ክንዲ ካብ ታሕቲ ናብ ላዕሊ ካብ ላዕሊ ናብ ታሕቲ ጉዕዝኡ ብምጅማር ምስ ዉድባት [ማሕበራት]ብምድርዳር ናይ ልፍንቲ ማሕበር [ዉድብ]ንምፍጣር ላዕልን ታሕትን ይብል ከዝነበረ ዝኾነ ኣባል ናይዚ ዝዉድብዚ ንምኻን ተመዝጊቡ ዝነበረ ዝፈልጦ ሓቂ ምኻኑ ኣይጠራጠርን እየ። እዚ Grassroots Initiatives ተባሂሉ ተሰምዩ ዘሎ ዉድብ ሕዝቢ ኣማእኪሉ ወይ ካብ ህዝቢ ናብ ህዝቢ ዘይኮነ ወይ ብህዝቢ ዝቖዉም ወዱብ ዘይኮነ “ተሰኒዑ” ንህዝቢ ዝቐሪብሉ ዘሎ ምኽንያት ንምንታይ ከምዝኾነ በቶም ነዚ Grassroots Initiatives ዝሓንጸጽዎ ዉልቀሰባት መልሲ ክወሃበሉ ኣለዎ ኢለ ስለዘኣምን ሕቶይ ነዞም ስዒቦም ተዘርዚሮም ዘለዎ ኣቕርበሎም ኣለኹ።

    Member of the Task Force in Alphabetical Order:

    Name City Country Email address
    Ahmed Berhanu Seattle, WA USA berhanuamen@yahoo.com
    Amanuel Eyasu London UK aseye.asena@gmail.com
    Prof. Araya Debessay Newark, DE USA Araya124@gmail.com
    Ibrahim Mohammed Amsterdam Netherlands ibrahimms100@gmail.com
    Dr. Solomon G. Ghebrezghi London UK solomongg2@yahoo.com
    Tekea Yohannes New York, NY USA Teka.Yohannes@yahoo.com

  • whuzdisguy

    The post-war period led to a decrease in Eritrean-ism and more towards an individualistic fanaticism of being Eritrean and self-expression by either supporting the government or hating them. This phenomenon is pandemic. The collective in a guerrilla warfare vs the self in the digitised age. Overall we still have like minded values in terms of what we want for Eritrea at least by way of rhetoric.

  • Peace!

    Hi Dawit,

    Welcome back old timer, thank you for the immaculate article.
    Peace!

  • des

    Greeting

    Are we ready to die for the justice that we believe we care?

    You can be an activist for life lecturing on good principles and justice, but do we seem to take the authority of power?

    If you do not have any power to hold people accountable for their actions and putting them inline if they represent a movement, it is really pointless. If you live in consistent breaking up and blowing in any direction up in the air, you not going to achieve anything. There is no way you going to attract any young generation.

    Determination is the key in any struggle, only few people start any revolution, the resilience and determination of the few that takes all to victory. Are we determined enough?

    Consistently contributing to the confusion of our people by having different ideas open in public that we do not rich in agreement. It is good to have different ideas, but we do not need to engage in hopeless arguments.

    For decades now I do not see any identity in opposition, there need to be an identity where we can identify from far. I can identify easily YPDFJ banners without reading any of the letters in it. I do not such things in opposition campus.

    The focus should also change, the change is needed inside not outside, the people who bring change are the people inside the country. I am hopeless, the people in diaspora will bring any change inside Eritrea. So it is just a fruitless exercise to engage all the time the people outside the country.

    Work should focus how to create a vibe of change by the people inside. The opposition should many focus on how to contribute or assist financially, skill, and diplomacy.

    Do the talk but more do the walk from inside not from outside.

  • Ethiopian_one

    Beautiful writing, introspective. We are all students of life. We learn from own mistakes, and from friends, and families and also from our own country and other countries too

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Merhaba Dawit,

    Welcome back. You were greatly missed. Thank you for the timely article. Hope to continue in gracing us with invaluable and critical articles such as this one. Again welcome back.

    Regards
    Amanuel Hidrat

  • Ismail AA

    Hayak Allah Dawit,

    What a morning! Welcome back after long, very long absence, sir. I hope Ismail Omar Ali will also show up to grace this great web site. I think Gash Solomon has eloquently and artistically posted a pertinent welcome message. I endorse every word Gash Solomon has written.

    It has been more than a decade since I sat on one of the front seats at Eritrea Festival in Kassel and attentively listened to the youth Dawit telling us that the era of animosities on behalf of the two fronts (ELF and EPLF ) has to be closed. As token of that he loudly offered his apology about ever he said or done against the ELF as EPLF supporter. The audience receive his call and courage with great elation and approval. Now, as an elder with white beard and still with the same bushy black hair, he show up with timely message both to us, the aging, and the youth.

    The message Dawit has come with is every-day concern of us all – the liberation war era generation – who are at lose to whom we should hand the torch that should should remain burning for the rest of the journey. The liberation movement era fighter generation was not fortunate to enjoy the relish satisfaction that the post-independence generation being preoccupied by the grand task of building the era of peace, development and prosperity for themselves and the generation after them. I agree with Dawit the most challenging dilemma facing the aging generation of the Eritrean war of liberation. It is about whether or not that generation would succumb to nature’s fate and force them to drop the torch that is still lightening the path to national unity and freedom, regardless of the quality and range of its brightness.
    Regards,
    Ismail

  • Solomon

    ኮፎ ኣጽባሕኮም ሚልሚየ ሰብ ዓዋተ፥ ኮፎ ሃሌካ እብ ዳዊት መስፍን፤

    Seeying Mr. Dawit Mesfun gracing this website with his article above titled Eritrean Youth:The Lost Generation is rather precisely the dose fiting for me this early Sunday morning. Firstly, the name is rather very recognizable or familiar not in that this older brother Eritrean dude has been visible and in your face this past decade or so, but I know he was at the forefront and the front pages of this very medium… Let me cut to the chase: When I saw the name and picture, I immediayley thought Isayas Afeworki and the PFDJ has finally released the prisoners who were the Eritrean Ghedli leaders and Dawit Mesfin’s peers.
    I mean it is hard to confuse the name Beteweded with Dawit. I mean, when translated, I suppose one can think of House of Love for ቢተወደድ and House of David for ዳዊት። Thats as close as they can get. But when I opened the page and saw that old hippi dude’s picture above, I thought for a quick second that ጀነራል ቢተወደድ ኣብራሃ ካብ በት ማአሰርቲ ተፈቲሑስ፥ እብ ዓዋተ ሓንቲ ረዛን ኣርአስቲ ዝሓዘለት ስነ ጽሑፍ ዘቕርብ ዘሎ መሲሉኒ፤
    Well, Mr. Dawit Mesfin may have not been incommunicado as ቢተወደድ for TwentySix years, I personally have not seen or heard anything of Dawit for close to a decade now. So, Mr. Mesfim, when did you get out the penitentiary? Where were you locked up bro? San Quintin? Rykers Island?
    Well Sir. don’t mind my early morning slugish delirium ሓውሲ ሕልሚ ሃተፍተፍ። ጠፌአካ ይሓይሽ ካብ ኣይሞትካን ኣሎኻ ጌና፥ ጥዕናን ዕድመን ይወስኸልካ አዝጋቢሀር፤ You probably opted to quietly directing the Youth Leadership and solution go getters of this generation’s problems. ያ ያ ጠፌአካ ናይ ንነዊሕ አዋን፤ Good to see you, and I will read the rest Third of your article and reread it later. I nean, a few other thimgs and TwoThird of your article has me feelimg like staying under this blanket,and in bed all day.

    Well, it serves me right to been studying videos of the War in Syria all night as well as the prospect of the Third World War in that region.

    ድሕሪ ሰለስተ መዓልቲ ኸኣ ኣብ ከተማ ንውዮርክ ሓደ ወይ ዝበዝሕ ካብ ሓደ ሰልማዊ ሰልፊ ናይ ኤርትራውያን፥ መበሊ ኣለና ኣይጠፋአናን ናይዚ ወለዶ መንአስያት፥ መዓልቲ ዐውዓውታ ኣሎ መስለኒ።
    ሶሪ ኣቶ ዳዊት መስፉን፥ አቲ ንትኩም ወለዶ መንአሰይ ዝጠፍእ፥ አዚኣቶም ደኣ፥ ፒክኒክ ኢና ኼድና፥ ሃብቲ ደሊብና ክንምለስርካ ኢና፥ ሒነ አቲ ስቅያት ዕረ ዘጥዓምካና፨

    SEMi’s and MaHmooday exchange sort of made me think of Abrar Osmann’s ” ዘየለኹ መስሎም ለባም ተጎሃየ፥ ኡካ ዘይፈጊድ ኣመለኛ ግብሮም፥ ጌና ሎ ይቕጺል ንድሕሪት ቀደሞም፥”

    ዘየሎኻ መሲሉኒ፡ አንቋዕ ሃለኻ ዳውት መስፍን፤

    ኣብ ወርሒ ዓሰርተ ዕለት ዕስራንሰልርስተን፥ ሺሕን ትሸዓተሚአቲንሰማንያንሓደን፥ ኣብ ኣቴንስ ግሪኽ ምስቶም ናይ ጥንቲ ፈላስፋታት ከምዚ ኢለ ይዕለልክዎም፥ ኣብ ውሽጢ ዓባይ ገርወኛ ትዓሺገ፥ ሰማይ ሰማይ አንዳ በረርኩ መጻአኩኹም፤ ሕጂ ኸኣ ክዓርብ ኢየ መሊሰ፤

    35 ! Years to the day, lost from Sudan and found in the USA ኣነ not so youth and not so.. yeah ላንጋላንጋ ፋሪድ ብል ኔሩ፤
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