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God Doesn’t Kill, The PFDJ Does

If you think the title is blasphemous, not too fast. It is not, and I am hoping you would think beyond our habitual reaction to killing, our mechanical reaction of always dropping the responsibility of all murders and killings (not death) on God. I believe it is wrong.

Today I will grieve in my own way—I am not following any traditional mold of grieving. And this will be a eulogy in honor of my brother Abdulrahim, delivered in his name. I am in grief, and it is one of my rare angry moments, over the situation of our country. I have no doubt Abdulrahim would have understood my reaction.

Everybody knows that humans are born, live, and finally die. If someone gets sick and then dies, it is natural death, we are saddened by their departure, but we accept it as a natural death, and life goes on. If people are run over by a car, it’s a reckless or drunk driver that killed them. If someone dies for lack of proper health care, the inept regime that runs the country killed them. If someone commits suicide, we do not say “God killed him”, but we confidently say ‘he killed himself.’ I will no longer condone the tradition of automatically passing the responsibility of death to God, He is not a killer.

The fact that all creations die is not a debatable matter, the cause of death is. In Eritrea, we have been desensitized and conditioned so much that we stopped questioning the cause (or root cause) of the death of our loved ones. There is no accountability for the people who are dropping dead at an accelerated rate. And all the responsibility for those dying because of simple and minor illnesses, those who are dying of excessive anxiety and depression, they are dying slowly due to the injustice and suffering inflicted on them by the regime—the PFDJ’s hands are soaked in blood.

Did God kill our youth who perish in their thousands in the wilderness of the Sahara, or drawn in the Mediterranean Sea? What is the reason of sadness and agonies that is eating our people from the inside? What is the dark spots on the faces of many women who are suffering silently? Why do young people in their thirties look haggard and sick? Why do we see less smiles and more sadness on the faces that should be beaming with optimism? They are being killed by the PFDJ. It’s responsible for their agonies, and the many unexplained deaths. Being religious and believing in the power of the Almighty doesn’t mean one should absolve the PFDJ of all the crimes.

The above is my reaction to the death of my cousin, my elder brother, Abdulrahim who died mysteriously on Thursday at Keren.

The holy books tell us the story of Moses—his journey from Pharaonic Egypt to the land of Canaan. We are told that his people refused to follow him, instead they mocked him: you and your God can go and fight, we are staying put, here. When the Jews left Egypt, they wandered in the desert wilderness for forty years before they settled down.

Similarly, many Eritreans have lived in the desert camps of Sudan for decades, others are suffering in desolate camps in Afar region, still others are living in crammed camps in Northern Ethiopia. Ironically, many are interned behind barbed wires in the Negev desert, probably at a spot that Moses passed through. In addition, many of us are living in agony all over the world, refusing to forget the agonies and predicament of our people.

We have lived in pain for forty years; the monstrous regime has been ruling Eritrea with impunity for 26 years, and our people have been suffering from untold oppression—endless servitude, killing, jailing, beating, and humiliation under the despicable PFDJ regime.

We are humans, and we react in the most human way. Yesterday I heard my brother Abdulrahim passed away in Keren. Only last week I was talking to a friend after I learned that Yaseen AbSelab, the carefree funnyman from Keren, has died in Abu Dhabi. AbSelab was a peer and a friend of Abdulrahim, and I laughed reminiscing an incident where Abdulrahim quarreled with AbSelab over something naughty I did as a young boy—AbSelab defending me and Abdulrahim disapproving of what I did. I met AbSelab for the last time in Abu Dhabi in the nineties and I was sad when I learned about his death last week. I had no idea Abdulrahim would follow soon.

My father died 14 years ago; we had pressured him to return home and retire in peace and he was adjusting slowly. Then, one day I asked him how he was doing, he told me apart from the pestering of your friend in the streets, I am doing fine. He repeatedly complained about a certain colonel, my childhood friend, who repeatedly pestered him in public, ennehe, abo ‘ti Weyane. Ennehele—I was supposed to be the Weyane! That didn’t matter to me, but the humiliation of my father really made me angry.

Soon my father became sick and was admitted to (rather, told to sleep in) the hospital–he took along his own mattress, pillow, blankets and whatever he needed from his home, the hospital provided nothing but a stinking bed.  After a few days, he died in that hospital, they diagnosed his ailment after he was dead!

But it was different with Abdulrahim. He has been fine until he felt sick and wanted to check with a doctor; he walked to the hospital on his own, and in a few hours, he died there! It is fishy, and I have reasons to believe they killed him. They murdered him.

Abdulrahim was one of the last relatives left behind in Keren—now a part of me has died with him. I am sure many Eritreans reading this will relate to my situation since they have their own versions of pain. Death is not an easy affair, though the PFDJ have made it seem so; they have cheapened life so its value is much diminished. People who sacrificed their lives for the country are living in refugee camps, in many host countries, in exile, not able to forget their country—how could they? The PFDJ doesn’t even allow the remains of many veterans of the Eritrean struggle to be buried in the country that it rules like a fiefdom. The PFDJ wouldn’t allow any of its opposition, or other dissenters, to be buried in Eritrea. Many Diaspora Eritreans cannot attend the funeral of our relatives and friends, we can’t see our loved ones in their death bed as they exhale their final breath. And we live in pain.

There must be a way to punish The PFDJ clique that has inflicted so much pain on Eritreans. Their crimes cannot go unpunished, they must pay for the sufferings they caused on Eritreans. Punishment must be exacted, justice must be served. If not for anything, for the trauma they caused on innocent citizens, for the anxiety they are perpetuating on their country, for the suffering they caused on the jailed people who are thrown in jail with no charge and no trial.

Abdulrahim, my brother, is gone. I console myself believing that, at least he is freed from the servitude and the bondage of the PFDJ that forced him to carry a gun and roam the streets at night—a forced guarding task imposed on his age group. He lived a tough life, the PFDJ wasted his life, exploited his labor and never left him alone to live a normal life. But who in Eritrea is living a normal life, haven’t they transformed Eritrea into hell on earth?

For many years, the rascals ordered him around and he couldn’t help it since he had a family to look after. In Keren, like many other places, street boys are ordering proud citizens around. Street boys are keeping our elders in jail. Street boys are pushing the youth to perish in the wilderness of the deserts and drown in the seas, all in search of freedom. And if we do not take matters more seriously, the PFDJ is like a swarm of locusts that wouldn’t stop until the land becomes barren.

May Allah receive my dear brother in heaven.

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  • sara

    Dear Nitric
    message is-take a vacation somewhere nice like Hawaii and come back in two weeks is much better than you are fired from your job effective immediate and there will be legal restraining for coming or trespassing through awate land.
    my advice–nit, take the vacation

  • Abrehet Yosief

    Selam Ustaz Saleh,
    Please accept my condolences. What can we do? Grieving with rage in our hearts has become the norm for us. I am sure your brother was laid to rest and mourned back home in accordance with tradition and with full dignity. It is worse for those outside who couldn’t do all they could taking care of the sick nor grieve properly.

  • Robel Cali

    Salam Saleh,

    Condolences to you and your family.

    At first when I read the title, I thought this article was about religion so I came in with a mind frame of debating religion. After reading it, however, I left sad.

    • Nitricc

      Hi Robel cali, Smart, you don’t want to get suspended too huh? Now, you left sadness, can you get into the realm of reason and debate the ridiculous title. mind you, i have said nothing about the death of the person, i only challenged the title. What is wrong with that? the point is, if you can’t comment what you feel about an article what is publicly posted; what is the point posting it in the first place? I hope you can read it before deleted.

      • Abi

        Hi General
        I’m responding before it is deleted.
        I think Emanuel Kant is messing you up. You forgot what to say when. I hope to see you with less canines.
        ለቅሶ እንደመድረስ ስትፈላሰፍ
        በሩ ተዘጋብህ በል እደጅ ተንከርፈፍ

        • Nitricc

          Hey Abi, I thought this is a university, where everything is discussed and debated? I think you are missing the point too. anyway nice to know you. You are at home. goodbye my friend.

          • Abi

            Hi General
            I’m at home. I understand your point. However, you brought your life/death philosophy while someone was grieving.
            Have you ever been to ለቅሶ ቤት?
            I got a lame joke for you if it cheer you up

            Nitricc went to funeral for the first time and heard people comforting the person who lost his mother by saying ” አይዞህ በርታ በል፣ የሁላችንም እናት ነበሩ”
            General Nitricc as smart as he is went to another funeral at another time to comfort a grieving husband who just lost his wife and said
            “አይዞህ ወንድሜ አትዘን፣ ለሁላችንም ሚስት ነበረች”

            You see General, some things you don’t say for a grieving person.
            ፋራ

  • Hameed Al-Arabi

    Salam Saleh Johar,

    تقبل الله الفقيد بواسع رحمته وألهمكم الصبر والسلوان (إنا لله وإنا إليه راجعون) صدق الله العظيم

    It is very true the mafias in Asmara are the killers. They made entire people a walking dead. Our grandfathers say (ሞትማ ምንዪመርኢት ኣባዋ). As far as our people are scared to visit and move freely inside or outside their country, they are out of life. The entity that makes you live the whole of your life in fear and starvation of all necessities is the true killer of life on earth. Death is inevitable, but to be dead while you are still alive is a crime that will never be forgiven.

    Al-Arabi

  • G. Gebru

    ዝከበርካ ሐው ኮኾብ ሰላም
    እንካዕ ነዚ አብቃዓካ፣ ምሉእ ምሕረት ይግበረልካ እንዳበልኩ ልባዊ ትምኒተይ ይገልጸልካ።
    ልዑል አምላኽ ምስጋና ይብጻሐዮ።
    G. Gebru.

  • Kokhob Selam

    ንስውኣት ኣብገነት :-

    • Saleh Johar

      Merhaba Kokhob,

      Welcome, I am delighted to have you back. Hope you are doing fine.

      • Kokhob Selam

        Dear teacher
        Yes I am doing fine except brain problem -that I face confused every now and then …

        • Abi

          Hi Kokobe
          እንዴት ከረምክልኝ ኮኮቤ መብራቴ
          የሰላም ጎህ ቀዳጅ ብቅ በል በሞቴ

        • Fanti Ghana

          Selamat Kokhobay,

          You mean you are perfectly normal like the rest of us? Good to know!

          • Hayat Adem

            HI St. FAÑTI,
            I understand what you are trying to say in the “maybe we are all confused” thing. Kokobay’s brain issue is not of the software and internal. It is more serious that came from a physical interference of an alien element in his head, if you will. He doesn’t say much about it but he paid that much for his people. What is more inspiring is he thinks he didn’t do enough for his people. Talk about truely heroes and bravesouls who do things risking their body and life… when something happened to them, they keep the pain to themselves and continue doing what they can with what is left of them. They don’t tell you, I did this for you and I paid that for you. Real heroes don’t brag nor drum. They are known for doing what they can to the very last with style and grace, and show no complaint or regret. We will not regret counting Kokobay as one of our few shining heroes.
            Hayat

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Dear Hayat,

            No question that Kokhobay is one of the true selfless Eritrean heroes. He gave everything of his life to the cause of his people and yet he can’t see his country as kokhobay intact his body and mind as a free man. I am sure you are aware that we were told by EPLF in early 90s to come back home only with our body, leaving our thoughts back , in order to assure conformity with them. They are very few who stood with the unity of the “mind and body ” and rejected that kind of calls to affirm the freedom of self. Kokhobay is one of them, and God speed his recovery to join them back.

            Regards
            Amanuel Hidrat

        • Abraham H.

          ሰላማት ኮኾባይ
          አንቋዕ ብደሓን መጻአካ ናብ ማሕበር ዓዋተ። ምሉአ ጥዕና ከኣ ንምነየልካ

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Merhaba Kokhob Selam,

      Good to hear from you. I hope you are recovering well. Tonight is a good night, and I am sleeping with a smile in a long time.

      regards
      Amanuel Hidrat

      • Kokhob Selam

        Sir..
        Not really …

        regards,
        Kokhob Selam

    • Hayat Adem

      Kokob Selam,
      There has never been a single day I have stopped thinking about you since July 7 of last year. You are an amazing soul and you are a living reminder why we should love this world and all humanity. I know what you are going through. The strength of will you showed as a person is something else and those who know your situation can’t fail to admire you. Grace, purity, selflessness and love and strong positive will are some words that point to your character. You are amazing Kokobay.
      I know you were about to publish your book and you were almost there or so close. If it needs some final work and you are not well enough to do the last touches and all up to making it see the light of the day, I am sure there will be enough people here in the awate room, myself included, willing and volunteering to do what is left. If you don’ t other plans and Should that be your wish, I will be using this forum to solicite volunteers for that, given the moderators or their forum rules aĺlow that.
      Hayat

    • Ismail AA

      Dear Kokhob Selam,
      Very happy to have you back. I hope and pray for your full recovery.
      Ismail AA

    • ghezaehagos

      Dearest Kokhb Selam,
      Enqae BSelam Temeleska!
      I wish you speedy and full recovery. Happy New Year.
      Ghezae

  • Yohannes

    I dont dare say I understand the depth of your pain. My condolonces for your loss, SGJ.

  • Abdu Noor

    My deepest condolences. This comes as devastating news to all those that were privileged enough to know him as he was a wonderful man. May Allah (swt) surround him with noor in his grave and grant him Jannah. May Allah (swt) also grant you and your family Sabr through this difficult time.

    Abdulwassei

  • Thomas

    Hi SJG,

    It’s terrible to hear about your loss and I express my sincere sympathy to you and your family!!

  • Saleh Johar

    Dear friends, relatives and colleagues in the struggle,

    Thank you for your being supportive and understanding in the recent tragedy that our family faced.

    That being the traditional reply, to a tradition expression of sympathy, the death of my brother has changed me a lot. Not because he is my brother, but because I see the tragedy a sample of what we are all going through. In fact, Olana fully captured my feeling.

    Honestly, that was the gist of my expression.

    It has become too common for us to revert to the all too common expression of our tragedies and receive the all too common responses to our expressions. I understand that it is how we grew up, it is how culture has shaped to react; there is nothing wrong with it. However, extraordinary situations requires equally extraordinary reactions.

    Over the last few years, I have been hearing so-and-so went to the hospital and in a few hours died there. They are too many mysterious and questionable deaths to ignore, and I became inquisitive because I felt something fishy must be going on in the hospitals in Eritrea. I heard of a woman who died of snakebite while the doctor was attending to some private chit-chat and didn’t see the victim until she died—as if playing the role of god, he declared “she is dead”. I heard of neglected wounds of diabetic people who had to be amputated for lack of proper care. I heard of a man who died on the hospital bed and the workers didn’t discover that until the next day. I heard lying in hospital and their relatives are told to fetch medicine from the market because the hospital medicine cabinets are empty. I heard of hospitals where intelligence officers have an office and a 24-hour a day presence. What are intelligence officers doing in a hospital? Why is there no death certificate but a rude message to relatives to pick the remains of their loved ones? Why the crude act of carrying the dead to their houses and dropping them on the doorsteps, knocking at the door to tell the residents to receive remains, just like a postal package delivery? Why do they bury those who are dead in jails silently, without death rites due to them, and denying the relatives a human necessity of a proper closure?

    By God, I have a million questions that should enrage all of us. And I am very disappointed because I don’t see a rage commensurate with the cruel criminal acts of the regime in Eritrea! Are we perpetually going to let them get away with real murders? Are we just going to continue dwelling on our tradition (and submissive) reaction and limit ourselves to the soulless, spiritless expression of R.I.P (oh God, I hate that expression). I wish people stopped typing the overused, detached expression of RIP. I wish people stopped preaching in such events, or quoting, mechanically, readily available Quraanic or biblical expressions without any feeling of rage.

    I know my views might enrage some people, but I am not taking the death of our people in a lazy, easy manner, with the PFDJ, their actions should not be considered laissez-faire anymore.

    I hope you understand that I have been frustrated by all that is happening in our country for a long time, now I am at the pinnacle of any imaginable human rage. I have been contemplating and reflecting on the way we are taking the humiliation, oppression, and injustices while we dwell on foolish meaningless village politics that doesn’t advance the causes we pretend to care about. Thinking about all the chaos the Diaspora is creating, and all the submission that the able bodied in Eritrea are tolerating, too me to the highest level of frustration. That led me to think differently, “maybe we need more oppression, more cruelty, more humiliation and more dehumanization to rise up as a people.” I hate that is the case and I hope I am wrong. But if true, would it be wrong to wish the regime invents new methods of oppression to break the overwhelming complacency of those who should know better?

    It is obvious that 25 years of oppression hasn’t created the popular rage that should have resulted from the unmeasurable Eritrean miseries. And unless we change our attitudes towards the PFDJ crimes, towards the loss we are suffering from as a nation, and unless we internalize it fully, unless we take it personal, and unless we see it as our responsibility to change the situation, we will not get rid of the monstrous regime that is choking all of us, all our people.

    Some people (those with arrested childhood, who never mature) think what is happening in Eritrea is a skit from a movie, a fiction that doesn’t affect real bone and muscle people. What I am expressing is not parody, it is my real, honest feeling. I am hoping, nay, I am agitating, for a real rage. This is a real fight and only those who are determined to fight the injustice should be our allies–others are just socializing and we should tolerate their time wasting, callous attitude. They have no place in the real fight to end oppression in Eritrea.

    I apologize if this has become rather too long for a comment, but I feel we need some seriousness to face the severe situation in Eritrea. We shouldn’t live by the maxim of “every day is another day”, but rather recognize that “every day is becoming g worse than the previous day.”

    I AM CALLING FOR A JUST RAGE and expecting a reaction from all real, caring humans, and patriots who love their people

    • Thomas

      Hi SGJ,

      For some reasons, no tears come out of my eyes at anytime except when my people are killed by this criminal regime back home. I think it is because my expectation of them was too high and I never thought they would come after the people who loved and believed in them throughout the struggle and after it ended. It is just terrible heartbreaking!! We trusted the devils to come to our lives to do what they do best, butchery!!

    • Abraham H.

      Dear SGJ,
      To be honest with you I didn’t read your article in its entirety when I saw the various messages of condolences to you and dropped my honest heartfelt meassage of sympathy on the loss of your loved ones, just as I believe all of the respondents have done. I could say that is the case with the most of respondents in what could be termed as a domino-effect, in combination with our usual traditional way of expressing sorrow when someone loses loved ones for whatever reason. Ever since I begun to participate in this forum, I’ve been expressing my disgust and outrage at the current state of suffering of our people under the PFDJ regime. I have also seen many commenters expressing their feelings of anger and condemning the despicable actions of the Isayas regime almost on daily basis in this forum and the articles that are posted here. But talk remains to be talk unless it is followed by action; no matter how much we express our grief at our current predicament under the Isayas-clique, it will not make a differnce until we all are ready to pay the price it requires to change the situation to the better.
      I have one simple question that nags me all the time:
      [i]what is keeping the organized opposition groups from sorting out their differences and start an all out fight against the PFDJ terror regime?[/i]

  • Kaddis

    Selam Gash Saleh –

    My condolences – Amlak Yabertah

  • Olana

    Dear All
    It is good and human to express you condolences to SGJ but the purpose of his posting of this piece to the forum I guess is not to get some sympathizes and condolence messages from you as most of you did. His purpose is to show the brutality of the regime and expose the PFDJ and his Sympathizers like Nitrick and Kogne and encourage others to do the same.
    Dear SGJ, I am also sorry for you loss.
    Olana

    • Nitricc

      Hi Olana; your bending aside, what do i say so brutal and cruel? SG said god doesn’t kill but PFDJ does; I said there is nothing happens with out the knowledge and permission i.e. god kills. that is all i said. What i don’t get is that is not supposed to be a university that everything discussed and poked? you can not even deal with facts of death and the human dying? OMG! grow up people!!

      • Olana

        Dear Nitricc
        You are entitled to say whatever you want but as long as you failed to accept the misery of the people and continue to defend the mafia group and as you deliberately twisting facts, there is no way I can discuss issues with you.

      • Nitricc

        Whoever the moda is; Well, go ahead and do what you got to do. And thanks.
        ““Your true power is not in your difference, but in your consistency of being different. The world will always adjust to consistency, yet struggle with change.”

  • Kim Hanna

    Selam SGJ,
    .
    My condolence for your loss.
    At times we all go through the excruciating pain of the loss of close relatives or friends. I can only imagine how the circumstances intensify the pain as you described it.
    Wishing you and the relatives strength and grace.
    .
    Mr. K.H

  • Mohammed Ahmed

    اللة يرحم الفقىد وىحسن الىة وأرجو من اللة تعلى ان ىلهمكم الصبر والسلوان
    وانا للة وانا الىة راجعون

  • Legacy

    Hi SGJ,
    My deepest condolences.

  • Ismail

    Oh Saleh. My deepest condolences! I am very sorry to hear this sad news!. May Allah give Sabr to you and to the family and may He grant Abdulrahim Aljana!

    You could hardly talk on the phone. I just wanted to reiterate that my thoughts and prayers are with you with this short note. Ina lillahi wo Ina elaihi rajuun!

    Ismail (point-blank)

  • Stefanos Temelso

    Forgive me Saleh I forgot to condole you on this sad news. May his soul rest in peace. ALLAH YERHAMU!!

  • Stefanos Temelso

    When someone dies especially due to an accident, It is natural for people to claim that God killed him. But our friend has clarified this effectively, but only for those who are keen to understand. Otherwise, in our country and generally in third world countries religion is a sort of culture for most people. They claim to follow what the Holy bible says or what the Holy Qoran say but they do exactly the opposite. I believe, no book on religion or political principle teach evil things. But people are corrupt and weak. As a result they interpret the teachings of the wise according to what they need. I commend brother Saleh for this constructive article.

  • ابو ابراهيم محمد

    قال تعالى ” وَلَنَبْلُوَنَّكُمْ بِشَيْءٍ مِنَ الْخَوْفِ وَالْجُوعِ وَنَقْصٍ مِنَ الْأَمْوَالِ وَالْأَنْفُسِ وَالثَّمَرَاتِ وَبَشِّرِ الصَّابِرِينَ * الَّذِينَ إِذَا أَصَابَتْهُمْ مُصِيبَةٌ قَالُوا إِنَّا لِلَّهِ وَإِنَّا إِلَيْهِ راجعون ” .. ” صدق الله العظيم ”
    نرجو من الله العلى القدير أن يلهم اهله و ذويه وكافة محبيه واصدقائه الصبر والسلوان والسكينة وحسن العزاء ، انا لله وانا اليه راجعون، البقاء لله! اللَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لَهُ، وارْحمْهُ، وعافِهِ، واعْفُ عنْهُ ، وَأَكرِمْ نزُلَهُ، وَوسِّعْ مُدْخَلَهُ، واغْسِلْهُ بِالماءِ، والثَّلْجِ، والْبرَدِ، ونَقِّه منَ الخَـطَايَا، كما نَقَّيْتَ الثَّوب الأبْيَضَ منَ الدَّنَس، وَأَبْدِلْهُ دارا خيراً مِنْ دَارِه، وَأَهْلاً خَيّراً منْ أهْلِهِ، وزَوْجاً خَيْراً منْ زَوْجِهِ، وأدْخِلْه الجنَّةَ، وَأَعِذْه منْ عَذَابِ القَبْرِ، وَمِنْ عَذَابِ النَّار .. عظم الله اجركم والهمكم الصبر اجميل !!

  • G. Gebru

    ዝኸበርካ ሐው ሳልሕ፣
    ነቲ ፍቓድ አምላኽ ኮይኑ ዝተፈለየ ሐው ናብ መንግስተ ሰማዩ አብ ገነቱ ይቀበሎ ንሙሉእ ስደረራቤት ከአ ጽንዓት አኽእሎን ይሃብ።

    ገ: ገብሩ።

  • sara

    selam ustaz saleh..

    ”Inna Lilahi Wa Inna Elayhi Rajeoun”

    may Allah grant you & your family -Sabr- in this difficult time.

  • Hayat Adem

    SGJ,
    My heart felt condolence. Your anger is justified. Pfdj kills. It kills innocent people in so many different ways. The ones far away, it exposes them to grief, anger and trauma by hurting the ones you left at home. Pfdj is a criminal force that doesn’t even allow you to run away and forget about it. And then it pocks your wounds constantly through its robot soldiers trying to brag about its mightiness, ĺong reaching hands, and sometimes through his cluelessly unhuman supporters like this foolishly, culturally morally detached creature Nitric who say “so what! What else is new?” You told us the puncea to aĺ these long time ago, pfdj must be weeded out. And then we will have only to deal with normal poroblems like all other poor nations of the world.
    I wish you to get all the strength to overcome your ĺoss and mourning. Rest for Abdoulrahim!
    Hayat

  • said

    Salam Br. Saleh,
    My condolence and deep sympathy. I pray that Allah will bring him to rest through his mercy in his heaven and to alleviate the hearts of you and your dear family, Give glad tidings to those who patiently endure, who say when afflicted with a calamity: to Allah we belong and to him is our return.

  • Fanti Ghana

    Hello Memhir Saleh,

    In these difficult times, your friends are sharing your sorrow. You will never be alone my friend. May God give you and your family the strength you need.

  • Kebessa

    ሰላም ሳልሕ፣
    መንግስተ ሰማያት የዋርሶ፣ ንስድራ ከኣ ጽንዓትን ኣኻእሎን ይሃብ።

  • A.Osman

    Dear Saleh,

    إن لله وإن إليه راجعون

    I am sorry for your loss and my condelence to your family.

    الله يرحمه ويتقبله من الصالحين

    Your are correct, I know of suspicious death being dealt like a natural death, then dealing with a dilemma of not wanting to increase the pain of the family.

    Is there going to be justice post PFDJ? I wish that will be a reality, but the so called “miEnti mogogo tihlef anchiwa” may be our fate and many who have suffered will be told to swallow their pain and accept injustice for the sake of justice.

    Regards
    AOsman

  • Abraham H.

    Selam Saleh G. Johar
    Condolences to you and the whole family on the passing of your brother. May his soul rest in peace. ክሓልፍ’ዩ

  • Paulos

    Selamat Nitrikay,

    Sure enough death is the fate we all encounter one way or the other where our lives are defined by a hyphen between the numbers. In life we love each other and in death we mourn for the lose for sympathy and empathy are human elements. That said however there is always an anomaly or an aberration to the rule where some people are not fortunate enough to share with humanity the otherwise human sublime character. What is troubling is when those kind of people assume power and unleash misery on their own people and they punish not only the living but the dead as well where Naizgi Kiflu comes to mind. Awatistas shouldn’t be surprised when you find your idol in Isaias.

  • Dis Donc

    Dear SJG,

    Be strong!

  • Haile Zeru

    Sorry to hear that.. My Condolences

  • Semere Tesfai

    Selam Saleh Johar

    I’m saddened about the unexpected tragic loss of your brother.
    My condolence to you and your family.

  • Berhe Y

    Dear Saleh,

    I am sorry for your loss. May you find strength in this difficult times.

    Berhe

  • Brhan

    Selam Saleh,
    May Allah bless him and may Allah give you Iman

  • Paulos

    Selam Saleh Johar,

    My condolences. May you find strength in this difficult time.

  • blink

    Dear Mr. Saleh

    May your brother Rest In Peace , it is simply tough to experience such a lose.

  • tes

    Dear Saleh,

    This is sad news to hear. I felt the shock that I ever experienced when my brother died in 2013 which is still hurting me. I even had the same reason as yours. At that time I accused the current regime for exposing him to harsh life of Sudan.

    Your brother’s death could have many angles to examine. Hearing the horrific acts of PFDJ and its security agent, nothing is impossible.

    saying that, for every death, there is a call from God. The agent could be whats ever could be. But at the end, lets not forget for God to give us his mercy.

    My Condolence to you dear brother
    MY condolence to whole family members.

    May God end our suffering

    tes

    • Peace!

      Dear tes,

      Sorry to hear that may he rest in peace.

      Peace!

    • Ismail AA

      Selam brother tes,
      Please accept my deep sympathy for the loss of your dear brother. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
      Ismail

      • tes

        Selam Ismail AA and Peace!,

        Thank you. I brought my brother simply because it reminded me my feelings. Othewise, I have shared what happened to my brother and my desperate family situation here in Awate and was published in an article format.

        http://awate.com/a-sample-of-the-eritrean-grief/

        tes

  • Tzigereda

    Dear Saleh,
    My deepest condolences for your loss. May he rest in peace.

  • Peace!

    Dear Saleh,

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un
    Azzam Allah Ajrakum

    Peace!

  • Amde

    Selam Saleh Johar,

    I am sorry for your loss. Eveybody has a time but the shock of the unexpected is the worst. I wish you and your family strength.

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Dear SGJ,

    My condolence to you and your family. Rest in peace the soul of Abdelrahman and strength to the living families. We shall overcome the current predicament of our people.

  • Abi

    Selam Ato Saleh
    I’m deeply sorry for your loss. May your brother Rest In Peace. I wish you and your family strength in these difficult times.

  • Nitricc

    Hey SG; i know i should probably say anything but that won’t me. I know you are angry but anger should not lead you to contradictions. I admit i don’t do well with deaths and what have you. Since we all are going to die and death is a must in our lives; I am intrigued by all the people’s reaction to death. We act like something strange happened. we act like death is not supposed to happen.I think we should take-care people we love when they are alive. We all going to toasted so, what is the surpris? To be honest with you i don’t get it. Every Morning before i leave my apartment, i look around and make sure things are decent knowing i might not make it back to my apartment. I think we unrealistic expectations of life and death. now, let me get the point i think you are contradicting; if you believe god is a supreme and a supreme commander that nothing happens without his knowledge, then, you can not deny that all the deaths are happened with his permission and knowledge i.e. god kills! to say god does not kill is undermining his power and you are going to be in trouble for that; don’t you think?

    • Saleh Johar

      Nitric,
      You are totally disconnected. You are callous and insensitive. Worse, you Taute that as virtue. Come to the human level because most of the time you act like a programmed machine, never mind how you access your behavior. You think I am in a position to entertain your pseudo intellectual indulgence inspire of my loss? Get lost. Will you.

      • Tensae

        Dear Brother Saleh,

        May sincere condolence to you and your immediate and extended family. May Allah give you the strength needed to cope with such a tragic loss. May he Rest in Peace.

      • kogne

        I am very sorry for your lose, but sooner or later everyone of us going to go, if we happen to live 100 years we are lucky, we are going to go by sickness by accident ,by old age,even if we live in Europe USA ASIA abudhabi etc , even countries with sophisticated medical equipments gadgets,every day people dies, even children underage 3-4-5 year old die everyday,But regarding your brother I didn’t understand are you saying they (PFDJ) murder him politically motivated to get you because you are an opposition,and since your friend ABUSELAB died in abudhabi do you think the government of abudhabi killed him too?

        • Saleh Johar

          Hey Kogne,

          Yes. Nothing dies without the PFDJ being part of the killing squad. I hope you got the answer. See! You are supporting the cruel task of normalizing death–and thank you for telling me that everything dies. What a discovery. Genius indeed.

          • Fanti Ghana

            ክቡር ሓውናን መምህር ኩላትናን ሳልሕ

            ህዝብና ምሸት ክድቅስን ንጉሆ ክትስእን “ካብዚይ ዝገድድ ኣይተምጽእ” እናበለ ንፈጣሪኡ አናለመነ ምንባር ካብዝጅምር ብዙሓት ዓመታት ሓሊፎም፤፤ ጸገም ኣብ ርእሲ ጸገም እናተደራረቦ ዓቕሊ እንትጸቦ ከዓ “ተረጊምና ድኣ ንኸውን’በር” እናበለ ርእሱ ኣድኒኑ ይነብር ኣሎ፤፤ ወዲ ሰብ ብድኹም ኣተሓሳስባ ተዓጊቱ ነንሕድሕዱ እንትባላዕ ሰይጣናዊ ኣተሓሳስባ ጣጢሑ ውሑዳት ኣካል እቲ ሕብረተሰብ ኮብረርቲ ናይቲ ሰይጣናዊ ኣሰራርሓ ኮይኖም ነቲ ዝተሳቐየ ህዝቢ ሰቓይ እንዳወሰኹሉ ይነብሩ ኣለው፤፤

            ካብዚይ ዝገድድ ኣይምጸአና፤

          • Nitricc

            Your Greatness! why not fight your opresores and die? you know we all going to die, why live in misery and oppressed? I think i am confused with very meaning of life. what is life?

          • Fanti Ghana

            Hello Brother Nitricc,

            We cannot stop being humans today because we are going to die some day.
            If we follow the “we all are going to die” logic we may as well ask “why bother nursing our babies?”
            Eventually the whole exercise will make no sense because we will ultimately ask “why be what we are”, and that is madness my friend.

          • Nitricc

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          • chefena

            Dear Saleh
            I am sorry by your sudden loss. ንዓኻን ንኹላቶም ኣባላት ስድራ-ቤትካን ኣምላኽ ጽንዓቱ ይሃብ

      • Ismail AA

        Dear Saleh,
        I would humbly suggest such individuals should be ignored and let them live in fantasies they create for themselves. The tragic part of such creatures is that they persuade themselves that they uphold some sort of unbaked “philosophies” of life.
        Sad to indulge in such anomalies, but please take your time to work this heavy grief.
        Regards

    • tes

      Hi Nitricc,

      As cruel as you are, I have never read you expressing your condolence throughout my stay here in this forum. Never. Rather, you mocked for those who drowned in the Lampedusa. You mocked for those who were gunned in the heart of Asmara. You tried to express your cruel remark in every eulogy written here in this website.

      And now, you came with your usual cruel and non-humaine line. I don’t know how cruel and cold blooded heart you have.

      Well, you are PFDJ.

      Our agony and grievances will continue till justice comes but we will never stop our voice for the voiceless victims of your regime.

      tes

      • Nitricc

        Hey Tes, since i am concluded that you don’t ………………………. you don’t.

        • tes

          Hi Nitricc,

          Only cruel minded people like you will consider “condolence” coming from people as fake and coward people.

          As cruel as you are, everything we say here or else is fake for you. If you had a penny of humanity, you could at least abstain yourself from saying anything.

          Do not try to be someone with thinking ability. rather you are a robot, cruel machine, cold blooded like your junta PFDJ. No exception is possible to find in PFDJ.

          I have no write to say, but I wish you get lost for ever. Nevertheless I want you to stay around, as you are the perfect example and representative of the PFDJ mindset. Just stay. We will never say get lost for you.

          tes

          • Nitricc

            Hey tes, you have to hold your wish, i got to try how to be drunk and post, then, only then i know how to experience to be Tes, the drunk one. you worthless sorry to tell you in your face. have some more drink.

  • Ismail AA

    Dear Saleh,

    Ina lilah we ina ileihi raji’uun. My please accept my deepest sympathy and condolence to you in person and the family. Our nation’s and its people’s story is tragedy in progress. What can one except in a land ruled by ruthless despot rules. People are dying for simplest ailments that need cheap and procurable drugs. A flu can cause the death of an elderly man or woman for lack of rudimentary medicine and attention.
    I agree

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