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Pandemic and Government Induced Oppression in Dankalia

The home of Eritrean Afar people, in the southern tip of Eritrea bordering the Red sea, Djibouti and Ethiopia, is going through calamities where the basic food has become scarce. The region is historically known as Dankalia though almost two-decades ago it was renamed the Southern Red Sea region by the ruling party of Eritrea.

Traditionally, the Danakil people were seafarers and have been mainly trading across the Red Sea with the Southern Arabia. On the shores, fishing is the main form of subsistence, in addition to the inland mining of salt, which they supplied the surrounding region with camel caravans.

Located in the hottest region of the world, the Danakil Depression is a dry arid land with little vegetation and water sources. Dankalia is a very unhospitable region where temperatures can go up to 55 degree Celsius (130-degree Fahrenheit). However, Dankalia is also has rich mineral deposits, almost all unexploited.

Moreover, in the last few decades the traditional fishing capabilities of the people of Dankalia were severely damaged by the government that has neglected the region which is now suffering from lack of medical care, food shortage and the destruction of its economy. The poor state of the fishing industry illustrates the situation of Dankalia.

Though the country sits over 2335 kilometers of shorelines, including the coastlines of its 350 islands, in 2018 Eritrea harvested a meagre 4300 tons of fish.

The approximately 300,000 population of the region are mostly pastoralist, mainly herding goats and camels. However, due to the emergency steps that the government took under the pretext of fighting the coronavirus pandemic, they are in dire situations. The region lacks basic medical services, shortage of food, and disruption of their poor economy. The tough and brave people who withstood the harsh environment, are being defeated by instability, absence of the rule of law, and oppression.

Furthermore, Assab, the second Eritrean port and the biggest town in the region has been dormant since the 1998 Eritrean-Ethiopian border war. Although the UAE maintains a military base at Assab, the indigenous population of the region have not gained any benefit from its presence.

On May 30, 2020, the Red Sea Afar Human Rights organization (RSAHRO) issued a statement about a tragic situation unfolding  “a tragic situations that lead to risk of starvation threatening lives of citizens across the country.” It accused the Eritrea regime of resorting  “to suppress the people in putting strict means of restrictions isolating citizens by enforcing the policy of ethnic cleansing and forced displacement in continuation of the wide criminal plan to empty the region from its people in order to achieve a policy of demographic change to their land.”

The statement added, “The regime Systematically Starving the local people under the pretext of protecting the population from Covid – 19 where it closed totally all the borders (Land and sea) without taking any precautionary measures.”

Here follows the RSAHRO statement:
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RSAHRO Statement on the tragic situation in the Red Sea Afar region in Eritrea
Red Sea Afar Human Rights organization ( RSAHRO), May 30, 2020

The Red Sea Afar region in Eritrea witnessing a tragic situations that lead to risk of starvation threatening life’s of citizens across the country, as the ruling regime resorted to suppress the people in putting strict means of restrictions isolating citizens by enforcing the policy of ethnic cleansing and forced displacement in continuation of the wide criminal plan to empty the region from its people in order to achieve a policy of demographic change to their land. The regime Systematically Starving the local people under the pretext of protecting the population from Covid – 19 where it closed totally all the borders (Land and sea) without taking any precautionary measures. The effect of this global crisis are making the residents and citizens of the region under a suffocating siege that puts them facing an unknown fate that threatens their lives in this isolated and besieged area by the ruling regime in Asmara.

The Red Sea Afar Human Rights organization monitored the arbitrary measures taken by the Eritrean regime to starve the inhabitants of the Red Sea Afar region in a clear deliberate violation of human rights and a blatant challenge to the principles and charters of the United Nations exposing the citizens to extreme danger. Below are the 10 deliberate violation of the regime which RSAHRO monitored in the last two months :

  1. In the beginning of April, 2020, chiefs and traditional leaders in the region notified the agents of the Eritrean government in sub-regions of (Ghalalo, Dahlak, Buyya, Afambo, Adi,, Tio, Assab and Rehayta), that the risk of starvation threatens the residents and citizens of the entire region as a result of the movement restrictions imposed on them. The notables indicated that food stores are running out without the presence of any alternative sources to provide for their necessary need.
  2. At the end of April 2020 , the Eritrean government emptied hospitals and removed pregnant women, delivered mothers and other patients from (Assab Hospital) and closed most health facilities in the region and left patients facing their fate on their own without taking into account their health conditions. In addition to that government authorities did not provide any preventive materials ( Masks and gloves) or any other first aid in, and no quarantine centers established to accommodate the sick to limit the spread of the virus.
  3. In late April 2020, Military officials of the Emirati forces stationed at the Emirati military base in Assab provided logistical support (food and health equipment), but unfortunately this gesture was rejected by the Eritrean Military generals and the local administration in Assab. It is a known a fact that the government earns millions of dollars in exchange for leasing the strategic port but no benefits or returns for the people of the region is documented so far.
  4. At the end of April , the Eritrean government forces intercepted three convoys of camels carrying foodstuffs for families coming from (Samoti region) on the Ethiopian-Eritrean border and heading to (Buya and meglbu), and they detained those responsible for the convoy and expropriated the food that they were trying to get them to the affected families in their area.
  5. At the beginning of May, the security forces of the Eritrean government intercepted a camel convoy(6)consisting of carrying foodstuffs coming from Djibouti to the region (Pisderu) in the Eritrean- Djiboutian borders.
  6. In the beginning of May 2020, the security forces of the Eritrean government also detained approximately (74 camels) in the Buya area of ​​the Ghalo sub-region, and humiliated citizens and confiscated their property.
  7. In the middle of May, the Eritrean naval forces arrested dozens of citizens who were fishing in the sea to meet the needs of their families and prevented the fishermen from fishing and confiscated their boats in Buri peninsula.
  8. A week before this month, May 2020, the Eritrean authorities continued to cut off the road for citizens to meet their needs, and they intercepted a convoy consisting of (63 camels) coming from the area (Bada – Admaruq) on the Ethiopian-Eritrean border and heading to the (La’in Bada) under sub-zone of Ghalal in the northern province of Red Sea and another convoy consisting of (43 camels) coming from the area of ​​(Hamad Ela) to the area of ​​(Sanda) in the sub-region of Arta’a. The supplies were confiscated and the camels and people were detained in a military center in (Adayto) in the area of ​​the Bada under Ga’lalo sub – region.
  9. After the dictator Isaias Afwerki delivered his annual speech on the occasion of the independence anniversary of Eritrea on May 24, 2020 and he directly conveys threat to Eritrean citizens about covid-19 , in clear contradiction with the announcement of the Eritrean Ministry of Health that declared the country is free of the virus and the recovery of all cases infected with the virus

    Consequently, authorities continued to harass and monitor any movement across the Red Sea and on May 25,they intercepted more than 50 fishing boats and detained and confiscated them in the Buri region in the Naval Transport Center north of Afar Red Sea.

  10. The Eritrean government has also closed all seaports, and Marine resource offices in each of Dahlak, Ga’lalo , Engel, Tio, Eddi, Barasouli, Assab, Rehayta and other coastal areas throughout the region, which put residents and citizens of the region under the threat of starvation.

Moreover, those who live in remote areas(Pastoralists) are living in tragic living conditions and lack any assistance.

Finally, Red Sea Afar Human Rights organization appeals to Eritrean political, human rights and humanitarian organizations, and neighboring countries such as Ethiopia, Djibouti, and regional and international organizations, to take urgent action to fulfill their humanitarian duty to save the people of the Red Sea Afar from the threat of starvation and extend a helping hand to the general Eritrean people.

 

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  • Selam All,

    Have you heard what getachew reda said? It is really interesting.
    After characterizing pm Abiy as a person who wants to become an absolute monarch, he said that after the elections that will be carried out in tigray, the relationship of the regional state with the federal government will be similar to that of warlords in somalia. At the same time he seems to have said that, even then, it doesn’t mean that tplf will not discuss on “house keeping details”, which as i understood, means getting the budget and all the advantages from the federal government. Indeed, tplf is both naive and deceitful. It wants to have the cake and eat it too.
    He brought the idea of a “substate”. i.e., if tigray can’t become immediately an independent state, because it doesn’t depend on tigray alone, but mainly on international recognition (giving the example of somaliland), nevertheless, he said, it can establish a tigray state that can function as an independent country and tplf as an independent government, even if not recognized by the international community. If tigay can act as an independent state and tplf as an independent government, this situation will help the continuation of ethiopia.
    Tplf is insulting the intelligence of the ethiopian government and people. Either it is confused and doesn’t know what it is saying, or it is taking the ethiopian government and people as fools it can easily hoodwink and get away with it.

    • Hashela

      Selam Horizon

      A highly developed parasite neither kills nor leaves its host.
      It is all about extorting maximal and never ending concessions

    • Nitricc

      Hi Horizon; it is simple. Once the carry the election in Tigray; the federal government must stop any budget to Tigray. Once you the federal Gov does that then TPLF thugs will come back to the federation on their knee. Right now TPLF thugs are convinced that PMAA weak and coward to do anything and as a result they are doing whatever they want. PMAA is very indecisive and leading likes of Ethiopia will get you killed. He has to act or get killed. TPLF will never sleep till Ethiopia is in pieces.

    • Abi

      Hello Horizon
      Waiting to see how the three notorious weyane activists spin the news and showering Getachew with accolades.

      • Nitricc

        Hey Abiy: mark my word! TPLF will never carry out to have election in Tigray. it is al bluff to get PMAA to in pressuring. There no way, it is all desperation act. They even paid 80 years old man, Mesfin Hagos as their propaganda piece. I can’t fault the man. he got paid just to say something on behave of TPLF. He his money and he laughed all the way to Europe. If TPLF failed to recruit young, desperate and trained Eritreans who are sitting in the refugee comp, what good is their to recruit 80 years old man who lost every credibility? I am just glad he got paid. Anyway sorry i have to break it to you the bad news; TPLF is here to stay with Ethiopia. I know you were hoping they will go but sorry, where are they going to go? No election.

        • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

          Private Nitricc,
          Born and raised in Gojam, now low level US solder, never visited Eritrea, is trying to downplay the highly decorated General Mesfin Hagos?
          ዘይሓፍር ድሙ private nitricc [ገብረማርያም] ሽሙ ድዮም ዝበሉ ሓቀይ?
          ዓዲ ንዘውደኽደኸ ከም በዓል ስኻን-ሶፍያን-መሰልትኹምን ልዕለ-ሃገራውያን ክትመስሉ ትፍትኑ።
          ምጾተ ዓለም።

          • Nitricc

            Engineer Enda-Suwa; No one can deny the sacrifice and contribution of General Mesfin Hagos gave to Eritrea. And no one can for get and for give what he did in his dying times. As far as i am concern, they cancel each other out i.e. he did it to himself and it is a fair game to call him out. He could have died with his respect intact but he chose the money. But off course people like from enda-suwa would understand it. he is noting but a sell out. The funny part is he was insulting the TPLF thugs few years back. Right or wrong make a stand, i don’t like wishy washy people.

  • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

    Selamat seb-Shenkolel
    And you are wondering why Isayas is still in power?
    The forum is wasting on X-Mnon, whatever that is?
    For God sake this is ናይ ሰማእታት ግዜ ‘ዩ። ኣየ ሙህራት ኤረትራ።
    ዒብ

    • Paulos

      ኢንጂኔረ,

      Not sure if you had me in mind when you said ኣየ ምሁራት ኤርትራ! I did remember and mention our martyrs in my earlier comments. Glory to our fallen heroes!

      Do you remember ሻንቆ? Assenna made tribute to him with other hundreds of martyrs. I knew him well including when he made a name for himself as one of the best ኮርሳቶረ of his generation.

      • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

        ዶተረ
        I didn’t even realize you have commented 🙂
        I have been busy with new project lately and I have not visited Assenna for the last of few weeks. In this Covid time, we are extremely busy, even though we are not in medical related industry.
        I just felt efficiency of our comments are nearing single digit.
        Our focus should be how to save the country, from going to the drain or sold to Dr. evil: Abiy.

        • Paulos

          ኢንጂኔረ,

          እሞ ከምዚኸማይ ጻዕቒ ናይ ሸቕሊ በርቲዑካ’ሎ፣ እዛ ዓምና ሓንቲ ሃላኽ ሰብኣይ እያ እብለካ፣ ንዓይ ካብዛ ኮምፕላሴነይ ጌረ ንጉሆ ስራሕ ዝጅምር ኣትሒዛ እያ ትጣማመተኒ፣ እንዳበላዕካ ምስራሕ ከማን ስለዘይፍቀድ እነዳኣፋጸኻ ስራሕ እያ ትብለኒ፣ ከም ተስፋይ ሽኮርያ ዓይነት ሰብ’ያ እብለካ።

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Thanks for the laugh, Doterre! 🙂
            In my case is just show me the result…don’t care if you work a week or 9 months 🙂
            ሓጸልጸል ክብለኒ ጀሚሩ 🙂

          • Paulos

            ኢንጂኔረ,

            ናትካ’ዳኣ ናይ ጎይቶት ስራሕ እንድዩ፣ ናተይ ኣብ ክልተ ስራሕ እየ ዝሰርሕ ማለት ናይ ንጉሆ ባትላሜራ ናይ ምሸት ካኣ ድራውሊኮ፣ ዝገርመካ ናይ ክልቲኡ ዋና እታ ዝበልኩኻ ሰብኣይ እያ፣ ዝሰራሕኩን ዘይሰራሕኩን ብምርሳሕ ናይ ኮምፕላሴነይ እያ ትፈልጦ። ሓውኻ ፈሊጠ ኣብ ኦልዮ ‘ታሰብኣይ ከየላ ነቲ ኮምፕላሴነይ ፈፈው እየ ዘብሎ፣ ግን ሎሚቕነ ገጢማትኒ ኣላ መስለኒ ምኽንያቱ እዚ ኣጣምታኣ ናይ ሊ-ቫን-ክሊፍ እዩ ዝመስል ዘሎ፣ ካስማ ተጀሚራ ክካሰማ እየ ሓውኻ ዋላ ‘ስቲሕጋገይ ትኽላኣኒ።

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            ዶተረ
            ‘ስቲሕጋገይ ዝበሃል ካብ ሓንጎልና ካብ ዝወጽዕ ዓመታት ሓሊፉ።
            ዋላ ክስምዖ ከለኽዑ ከማን ስራሕ መንግስቲ ኴኑ ዩ ዝስመዓኒ።
            ‘ሞ ተስፋ ‘ለካ ኣብ ዓመትካ ጡረታ ክትወጽእ? ‘ዝ ናትና ደኣ መውዳእታ ዘይብሉ።

            ምኽሪ:- ኮምፕላስዮኒ ሓንሳብ ኣብ ዓመት ምሕጻብ ንስራሕካ ሓጋዚ ‘ዩ 🙂

          • Paulos

            ኢንጂኔረ,

            ‘ስትሕጋግ is sort of endangered Tigrinya word. We will have to save it from extinction to the very least by making jokes of it.

            ኣነ ብምንታይ ድየ ዝዝክራ ን’ስትሕጋግ መሲሉካ፣ ፋዘረይ ቅድሚ ጥሮታ ምውጻኣ ድሕሪ 45 ዓመት ምስራሕ ኣብ ፎሮብያ: ዳርጋ ንሓደ ወርሒ ዝኸውን ብዛዕባ ሰ’ትሕጋግ ንጉሆ ንጉሆ ልክዕ ከምዛ ሓኪም ዝኣዘዘላ እያ ትዛረብ ኔራ። ከማን ይዝከረኒ ስ’ተሕጋግ ኣትሒዛ ሳሎን ገዚኣትልና፣ ዳሓር ግን እተን ስ’ትሕጋግ ምስመጻ፣ ኣሽንኳይዶ ንሳሎን ንሰድያ ከማን ክኣኽላ ስለዘይካኣላ ዳርጋ ንሓደ ወርሒ ዝኸውን ነተን ሳሎን ምስተኸየፍናለን ምለስወን ኢሎምና።

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            ዶተረ
            ፋዘረይ 65ተን ቅርሺ ስትሕጋግ ኔርዋ መጀመርታ ብቢራ: ዝበዘሐ ግን ኣብ ሜስ ‘የን ዝተርፋ።
            ኖ ሞር ስትሕጋግ ኣብ ግዜ ህግደፍ-መብረስ!

        • Abi

          Hello MM
          You said, “… sold to evil: Abiy “.
          Why should Ethiopia bring a disaster on herself? We have enough problems without Eritrea.
          Build the Wall!!!

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Hi Master of comedy, Abi:
            Let me be serious now: I believe the whole North east and eastern African nations should unite, as a Union. For any kids from that region born or live in America, to other people, they are the same.
            However, if Ethiopia is obsessed with the red sea, erecting the wall is the best solution!!! We will all have peace.

            For God sake, Ethiopia is blessed with natural gift and I am not sure why is it obsessed with the Red Sea?

            The reason is I said Dr. evil: he is a friend of our evil and he is hurting us. My only concern is about my country. For Ethiopia, you guys should worry about it.
            Is this fair?

          • Abi

            Hello MM
            A very weak argument by an engineer standard.
            You are wrong calling him evil just like some blind people worshipped Meles.
            Are you calling every head of state an evil just because that individual is dealing with Isu?
            Anyway, I’m busy watching a game. Much better than reading an engineered comment that doesn’t make any sense.

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Hi Abi,
            Think from an Artist point of view if Math is a problem with you.
            As an Eng. I have heard of this kind, many times. This won’t work is the usual claim, but most of the times work.
            You said build thew wall, let it be written. What I always wonder is that how you get married and stayed with an Eritrean women.
            I would have thought you should have liberal mind, since you are exposed to another dimension.
            You are sounding like Shaleka Dawit Woldegiorgis this days.

          • Abi

            MM
            For your information my First Lady is an Ethiopian. Born and raised in Addis. She has visited Asmara and massawa once . It was just after your independence. That is it! She still calls you ወንበዴዎች.
            ( please don’t bring family here. Thank you very much)

            I need the wall to be built to avoid future problems. We have tried to live together. It didn’t work. Abiy is trying to bring the two people together. You are totally against his actions. The whole ይአክል movement is against the peace agreement.
            The farthest we are, the peaceful we
            become.
            Forget about uniting the East African countries. It took 30 years of bloodshed to separate the two countries.
            You are mathematically confused:)

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Abi,
            I am not confused at all. You can’t tell me how I think. Remember, you guys have telling use before the same thing but we keep telling you are wrong and we end up fighting to get our thoughts into action. We got what we want but you guys keep coming.
            If you can leave us alone, we would be more than happy. Keep your fake Pastor to yourself. He can’t even handle his country let alone dealing with our devil.
            Erecting that wall is the best solution. In few years those walls within your country will be popular.
            For the record, mathematics is my favorite. Try history 🙂

          • Abi

            MM
            You are definitely confused. You are calling Abiy evil and paster at the same time.
            You wish to unite the East African countries and to leave you alone at the same time.
            You said that we keep coming to you but it is you dodging bullets to come to us. Your tongue says something, your feet doing something else.
            You said “ we got what you want”, but I doubt if it adds up mathematically .
            You said mathematics is your favorite ( whatever). You are an expert in subtraction.

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Abi,
            Not me. The confusion is always on your side. While we are struggling for our independence, you keep calling us that’s not what we want.
            When you lose, you keep saying you have not.
            Your Pastor is an impostor.
            Yes, we are leaving our beloved country because of the Devil we have who recently claimed he is Gonderie.
            So, no confusion from our side. All we want is our independence and free from any colony, including from your country.
            How hard is to grasp this?
            Take the recently Gonderie devil we have in Adi Halo ( + few of his close friends) and we can live in peace.

          • Abi

            MM
            You are getting more confused.
            You told me you got your independence from Ethiopia. You are also telling me that you are fleeing from one Gondere all in one breath.
            You are telling me that you are fleeing from your beloved country to a country you got your independence from. Why don’t you fight back the Gendere devil to gain your independence instead of fleeing to his country.
            I don’t know anything about mathematics or physics. Tell me if Archimedes displacement theory works on people. A Gondere devil displaced the whole nation.
            Anyway, whatever you say doesn’t add up mathematically.

            “እኔ እወደዋለሁ ጎንደሬነቴን
            ደግነት , ጀግንነት ያስተማረኝን”

          • Simon Kaleab

            Abi,

            Unlike you, we do not deny that we have a major problem.

            You are fooling yourself if you pretend that things are fine and dandy in Ethiopia. The fact is, you are sitting on a volcano that could turn out to be the mother of all mayhems.

            Your citizens are scattered all over the globe trying to escape from the approaching disaster.

            Take note. The sources of Ethiopia’s problems lie in Amhara greed and chauvinism and Galla/Oromo persecution complex. I am, of course, talking about the elites of groups.

          • Nitricc

            Take note. The sources of Ethiopia’s problems lie in Amhara greed and chauvinism and Galla/Oromo persecution complex. I am, of course, talking about the elites of groups.

            Simon; the cartoon character; lol that was your old fev words now you are becoming one. is your TPLF thugs who left Ethiopia paralyzed and with this all problems. At least have a decency to tell the truth. Why are protecting TPLF thugs? Are you denying the crippling effect that TPLF thugs inflicted upon Ethiopia?

          • Simon Kaleab

            Nitricc,

            The brain dead parrot. This topic is above your pay grade.

          • Nitricc

            Simon; the cartoon character; also stop calling the Oromo Galla. I heard it is degrading. Why not call the Tigrayns the other name? hypocrite.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Nitricc,

            The brain dead parrot.

            You can’t spell, with zero grammar and 55 years old. How did you waste all these years? Who are you going to blame?

            Everyone is having a laugh at your expense, as the village moron, while you are staggering from pillar to post.

            You are the real cartoon character, on PFDJ daytime TV.

          • Nitricc

            Simon; the stupid TPLF, did i touch the nerve? hahahaha. F-off stupid. there is no room for digital weyane in here. you should be in church playing bingo. No wonder why you are Trump’s fun. that shows you ugly face. you are in 2020 and when you call the Oromos as Galla; it shows your stupidity. A-hole.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Nitricc,

            The village idiot [Mamo Qilu] and brain dead parrot.

            I will drive you mad, you have no chance of winning against me. Look! You are already having a meltdown.

            The only option for you is to wait for the Moderator’s usual protection.

          • Nitricc

            Simon; the original cartoon character. forget making me mad, i can grow on you like a fungus but that is not my point. why are you calling the Oromo in degrading way. i am surprised the Moda let you do that. If i have to use the “Agame” word to describe the Tigrayns; you people and the moda will chase me out of this forum but when you degrade the Oromo, no one says anything. Not that i am Oromo and it bothers me but when you are as principled as i am, hard to take it. So, all i am saying is stop using the word Galla and address them the way they prefer to be addressed. that is my beef with you.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Nitricc,

            You are now crying and asking for help. I knew it.

            Go to the top of Mount Emba Soira and jump.

            You illiterate 55 year old!

          • Nitricc

            what help? did you forget to take your medicine. I really believe that you are mentally ill and kind of a person suffering from bipolar disorder. What an A-hole. you life must suck and all you need is calculating people’s age. hahahaha. what is to you if am 75? you see how trash you are? don’t worry about me, take care yourself. You have so much time on your hand and you sit their trying to guess the forum participating individuals. That is low and shows you are a pathetic loser. You must be retired or mentally handicapped. Get the F-out here. loser.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Nitricc,

            The other day, you told us you are 55, illiterate, and still walking in a nappy. Yes or No?

          • Nitricc

            itisokay Take your medication. my bad trying to convers with mentally unstable person. my bad. sorry.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Nitricc,

            The brain dead parrot.

            Answer my question.

          • Kokhob Selam

            Hi Dear Engineer,

            Don’t let him go away please, don’t you know yesterday he was gone 24 hrs ?

            Please, we will have appointment with me in Jebena page please to let him know about 5D..Today you should also join us this Will be after 12 hours..Please also join us..

            KS,,

      • Berhe Y

        Hi Paulo,

        You knew ሻንቆ? Wow, I was a huge fun and I knew his neighborhood and young brothers very well. We use to play soccer against them, beat the hell out them:) qebele Hidaat. May be I played against you.
        Berhe

        • Paulos

          Selam Berhino,

          You probably did play against me. In fact, when you said the other day that you had Tigreans you knew well in your neighborhood, ሻንቆ must had been one of them for both his parents hailed from that region. True that ንኤርትራ ኩሉ እዩ ወዲቑላ!

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Paulo,

            He was a bit older but we were his fans because we knew him close. There were a lot of people in his neighborhood where their parents were from Tigray but as far as the kids and the parents are concerned, it made no difference. We were all deqi gezawti and best friends. Off course there is the typical Asmarino style jocks involved to anyone who spoke with accent, be it from Tigray or any hagereseb or from meTahit, but was never meant anything deep.

            The wediShuq series is how typical what the interpretation mean, as far as I can remember.

            I think this intensified in the Diaspora but with the war of 98, it turned to its ugly face.

            You know the guy YiHayish, his family own a restaurant in Canada somewhere. He is as asmarino as one can get. But when Nadine was taken by Ethiopia, some people blamed / boycotted them because apparently celebrated the event.

            Like Teddy Afro said, “when the elephants fight it’s the grass that gets hurt”.

            That’s why I am not liking all this propaganda that we are being bombarded, they are leaving a lasting hate among the people.

            I think the intellectuals and religions leaders need to get together and should think about this very seriously.

            Berhe

          • Paulos

            Selam Berhino,

            Yes ሻንቆ was way older than us but as you know he had a way of mingling with all age ranges particularly when he made a celebrity name for himself in cycling. And the guy was great.

            As you have aptly put it, ይሓይሽ ሓጎስ or [ይሻላል ደስታ as we later started to make fun of his name] was an Asmarino one can get save his thuggish demeanor which came with the territory if you will but everything started to unravel particularly after 98 when Asmarino started to lose its badge of honor and most started to identify with their roots instead including ይሓይሽ and many more to the extent of marriage break ups as well. It was ugly. Hope healing process starts as you have put it.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Paulo,

            ሻንቆ was known for his explosive finish (volata) and he made the finishing interesting. Specially when the race is ab enda Marian (his neighborhood) where everyone come to watched him. He represented, deqi Shuq, edaga Haraj, where if I can say, their where known fir their fast tongues and not fast legs, may be with exception of MuruS Yifter (I didn’t know him when he lived there) but my father knew him, until we later seen him winning the gold medals (yifter the shifter).

            I had a best friend where we were not separable in almost everything that we do. We use to compete each other when ur comes to sports. He was great soccer player and he played defence. I liked to play forward and we never like to be on the same team. I like to go and soccer on him and he lived to stop me where ever he can. When we played other teams, and we were on the same team, it just worked really well. He parents happen to be from close village as my parents but that was not the reason for our friendship.

            But every Sunday when we go to the stadium to watch football, depending who is playing our rivalry gets renewed. He was a die hard Chepolini supporter and I was supporting ELPA.

            When the two teams play, we seat beside each other and shooting and screaming against each other team in opposite manner.

            Mike from ELPA was my favourite and Gere from Chipolini was his.
            They both lived in the edga Arbi neighborhood and they use to pass by our neighborhood and seeing each one of them would make our days. I know Gere hailed from Tigray ;and few from Chipolini) I don’t know about Mikiele but when they both played representing Eritrea and go on and win the championship in Addis we were in heaven.

            And when they played for that blue jersey (a code for Eritrean flag during federation (at least that’s what we believed) they were like any Eritrean.

            To be honest I don’t think the TPLF / EPLF cadres and their leaders have real understanding or experience how the people lived their day to day lives.

            It’s the worst tragedy that we ended up with these leaders.

            Berhe

          • Paulos

            Selam Berhino,

            I absolutely agree with you—I was more into Basketball, Tennis and of course Cycling as well. What is even strange is that, we had a sense of normalcy when the Dergue was in power where as you reminisced your teenage years–going to sporting events and cheering on your fan team, for instance—including when regional divide was blurred. Certainly, Dergue was brute through and through but we felt less caged and less anxious about our personal future perspectives. That is the truth. To be more precise, we had a normal growing up years which stands in a sharp contrast to any teenager who comes of age under the cruel old man.

            Not sure if you knew, ምሩጽ ይፍጠር died at a certain Toronto Hospital two years or so ago.

            P.S. Have you listened to General Mesfin Hagos’ recent interview with Radio Erena? If you have, what do you make of it? Just curious.

          • David Samson

            Selam Paulos,

            Who can forget Shanko— especially Asmarinos of the 80s? I have just learned from you about his whereabouts. At the time, the rumours were that he crossed into Sudan and some said you might have drowned. Who knows he might have caught and forced
            to conscription? He might be another statics as far as the criminal Ghedli is concerned. Unlike you, I do not spin it. I blame the lousy engineer for calamity the Habesha land has ever befallen upon us. This “Zeragito” has caused untold and many pains; he split up families from both sides of the river. What is more—he has brought unknown tribal politics? I know many of my friends who paid their life for the country and yet they are now told, they are not
            Eritreans anymore. In the land of irony, those who gave their ultimate lives have become foreigners and those who know the country from a distance become the new owners.

            I do not know if you follow “Radio Erena”. There is a series episode (A kind of drama) which is aired every Friday. It is written by Eyob, who now lives in the USA. According to the interview you gave to EBS(Beyene of Aus), the two main characters are Million
            and Bereket. Both of them have paid their lives during the 98 war—not spin gain, the war-monger is responsible—; both of them were born and bred in Asmara but one of them has Tigrayan roots. How do you tell his parents that their son is now no more Eritrean?

            As Woldyeus Amar alluded, the land is cursed for not keeping the “Zeragito” at Addis uni. It would have saved millions of lives.

            What a tragedy!

          • Paulos

            Selam David,

            I remember, at that time, rumor was going around that he crossed to Sudan and I would assume he got caught when he attempted to do so and ended up with Gedli instead.

            Recently a certain Captain who had been working with one of the security people during the King’s rein including when the Dergue came to power gave an interview [forgot the youtube channel] and he said that he knew very well that Isaias was recruited by Asrate-Kassa and was sent to Mieda to counter-balance as he put it the rise of Arabized Eritrea under Jebha. It was extraordinary statement on his part. Thought the plot thinned out but it looks like it is getting thicker instead.

          • Abi

            Paul
            You are a well extremely read, highly informed and mildly sophisticated person.
            How you missed this information about Isu is beyond me. I read about this about 30 years ago.
            You are slowly waking up.
            እሰይ የኔ ወንድም!

          • Paulos

            Abination,

            I was never entirely convinced about the alleged Isaias’ shady life but when that Captain guy said it with a straight face, I said to myself what the h*ck! I wonder if P.M. Abiy knows or has heard about it. Simply because, it is just extraordinary feat for a guy who was sent to scr*w over every one and ending up being a President. If I was Oliver Stone or Ridley Scott, I would take the script in a heartbeat to make it into a movie.

          • Abi

            Paul
            Reality is more interesting than fiction. The whole Eritrean independence debacle is a great script for a great movie.
            I’m getting the popcorn ready:)

          • Paulos

            Abination,

            The writers in the room elected to inject a twist into the plot. As it happened, a high ranking military General–Mesfin Hogos yesterday in an interview said not only he has been going back and forth to Tigrai to meet the Weyane leaders but he said, he is ready to form a “tactical alliance” with them in a bid to remove Isaias.

            Question is–if the Weyanes were already gamed-over and dying, why would a man with a military experience up to his neck opts to form alliance with? He must have seen strength in them but not only that, he may have more trust in them when they have unflinching stand on Eritrean independence when Isaias and Abiy seem to agree with you when you said it is fictional. I suggest to get Soda with your Popcorn.

          • Abi

            Paul
            I didn’t say your independence was fictional. I said it is a reality show that is much more interesting than fiction.
            Slow day?

          • Haile S.

            Selam Abi,

            My up vote is for your comment on General Mesfin. It was wrong what EPLF did in the 80 collaborating with Weyane against ELF. It is wrong what he is preaching now. He should have known better. His nostalgia and the nostalgia of the two Guys depicted on today’s SGJ Negarit 88 is never a solution to Eritrea’s problems. Eritrea has to talk within itself. Eritrea is a whole composed of various segments of society. One segment dealing with a neighboring single-ethnic segment in the name of cultural and social ties is a disaster for Eritrea’s existence. Eritrea as a country of diverse population, if at all it wants to negotiate about anithing, it should negotiate with the diverse Ethiopia. What made Eritrea Eritrea is its present structure and the diverse population it amassed within this territory, not alone the highlander population that had the reflex to look south whenever things get difficult. Eritrea looking inwards and bringing internal stability first is good for the region and especially for Ethiopia.

          • Abi

            መምህር
            አንጀት የሚያርስ መልእክት!
            መምህር ብዬ ስጠራህ ክብርና ኩራት ይሰማኛል::

          • Haile S.

            ጀታው፡
            ኣመሰግናለሁ፡ ባይገባኝም በትሕትና ተቀብያለሁ! ከመምህር የበለጠ ማዕርግ የለም’ና።

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Abi,

            You don’t have to wait for the movie, just listen to what they say today, 30 years after independence. It is surreal.

            The more things change the more they stay the same. In the tradition of the old ELF/EPLF narrative that anyone among them that was bad was an Ethiopian or Ethiopian agent and anyone that was good was an Eritrean.
            The “founding father” of Eritrea, PIA, was adored with all the trimmings (saint) as an Eritrean hero is now close to being portrayed as an Ethiopian spy, without the slightest discomfort on their part.

            In the old college days in U.S, a couple of Eritrean acquaintances who wanted to irritate me said that whenever they get caught doing bad things they claimed to be Ethiopians and whenever they were praised or acknowledged for a good deed or achievement they claimed to be Eritreans.

            Mr. K.H

          • Nitricc

            Hey Kim; when the found father was leading the most amazing organization ever the haters were lying on their application to settle in the west. it is shame now to talk smack now. look at the hero in his early twenty.

            https://twitter.com/GuleEri/status/1273677792992022529/photo/1

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Nitricc,

            Thanks for the picture. Is it very simple to post old pictures?

            I wanted to post Emperor Haile Selassie’s picture and statement about Abay river and a Dam.
            I am also giving constructive notice, in the event I become technically efficient.

            Mr. K.H

          • Nitricc

            Hi Kim yes you can but he dead. the point i was trying to make is, look at the pic and look the people who are trashing him. I am more with people who talk less and do more and look no further that looking at that pic.

          • Abi

            Mr Kim
            Isu became an Ethiopian one more time. He is a Gondere according to the highly imaginative but less functional and extremely mechanical mind of Eritrean elites.

            Eritreans tell you they beat the largest black army in the world . They also tell you that they are fleeing their country because of a Gondere all in one breath.

          • Saleh Johar

            Hey Kim,
            A little correction: you own those who say the nasty things just like we do. It’s our common medieval village politics. Use a smaller brush, please.

          • David Samson

            Selam Paulos,

            I do not know if you have tabloids in the USA. When I arrived
            in the UK, I was addicted to buying a tabloid called the Sun. This tabloid was known for head-line grabbing and re-inventing the “English Language”. The tabloid can twist and turn a word and has reinvented many words which make their ways into an English
            dictionary. Since the advent of the Net, I have lost in touch with the
            head-grabbing tabloid. I might believe what I read when I was the new émigré. Even the die-hard Wedi Amar was taken back when he was asked the same question. Why someone who believes who is going to live in the desert and semi-arid land to aspire to be a king of land. It is not only Bonkers but an absolute one. Find a new buyer to flog your dodgy theory.

          • Paulos

            What the heck are you talking about man?

          • David Samson

            “Recently a certain Captain who had been working with one of the security
            people during the King’s rein including when the Dergue came to power
            gave an interview [forgot the youtube channel] and he said that he knew
            very well that Isaias was recruited by Asrate-Kassa and was sent to
            Mieda to counter-balance as he put it the rise of Arabized Eritrea under
            Jebha. It was extraordinary statement on his part. Thought the plot
            thinned out but it looks like it is getting thicker instead.”
            I was referring to this crap!

          • Paulos

            I didn’t make the statement and it was never my theory. Now as the Brits would say it, p*ss off!

          • David Samson

            Selam Paulos,
            You are guilty by association.As clever as you are, sometimes, you buy all unnecessary conspiracy theories. As saying goes, you are the victim of your own success.

          • Simon Kaleab

            David,

            The Sun … headlines such as “A bent Vicar, a dodgy Butler and an amorous Chambermaid, in a palace romp”!

            During the Falklands war: “Argie, Bargie…Gotcha”! …when the Belgrano was sunk.

            The page three art is still great. The sports section [back page] is fine.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Paulo,

            We are some of the lucky generations. We were too young to experience Derg/qey Shibir where most of our elders did and those in the Eritrean lowlands during HS and Commadis. And we were too old to exprience the rule under the PFDJ gangs.

            When Shaleqa Dawit come to Eritrea he put normalcy to the cities at least from what I can remember, and restored sort of normal life (lifting the curfew until 11 / midnight, electricity, business operating, school opened, cycling resume, and even we had the luxury to watch Spain 82 world cup. And when we grew up during that time and it was pretty normal life for us, we watched sports, played soccer and we watched and sang Indian movies. I like cycling and soccer. Watched Basket ball few times with my dad, he loved Negussie but I never played it myself until later time where I attempted a little bit. I never played tennis or being to Tennis game but we watched when Boris Backer wan Wimbledon.

            In my high school, probably your high school too:), I only know one person who actually went to join EPLF, and that’s later when the Derg started with national service. I would be surprised if there were 10 people who joined the liberation until later time in the 90s. Most that I know made it to Europe and other place…via scholar:). Do you remember those Marlboro plastic bags people use to carry when they started the “process”.

            I think those generation are probably the most highly educated in their respective countries where ever they might be. But I think we loved our life so much, I never seen anyone who come out or being leaders of change, everyone suffers in silence I think.

            I don’t think there is anything that we can compare IA and his regime too.

            I met ምሩጽ ይፍጠር few times and he passed away a couple of years ago. The Ethiopian community got together and celebrated his life and they did fund raising (I am sure there were a lot of Eritrean who attended as he use to frequent with Eritreans and Eritrean restaurants), and I think they sent his body back home. I don’t know but I don’t think he returned back to Ethiopia during the TPLF times, I don’t know what was the reason.

            Will listen to Mesfin Hago may be on the weekend.

            Berhe

          • Abi

            Hawna Berhe
            Derg was the best thing ever happened to Eritreans!
            የምሩፅ ይፍጠር ፔዦ 305 ታርጋ ቁጥር
            አአ 00001AA ነበር::
            እግዜር በቀኙ ያውልልን::
            ምሩፄ አኩርቶናል እስከወዲያኛው እንኮራበታለን::

          • Haile S.

            ጀታው፡

            ወንድም ኣቤ ዛሬ በጣም ታድለሃል
            ደርግን ኣክሊል ሚያለብስ ጊዜ መጥቶብሃል

            ማን ያቃል ዳግም ትታደል ይሆናል ነገ ትፕልፍ ሲ’ከዳ
            ይቀርብ ይሆናል ለገሰ የሚያደንቅ ጌታቸው ረዳ

          • Abi

            መምህር
            ወያኔ ሆዱ ሲሞላ ህዝቡን ከዳው::
            እርቃኑን የሚቀርበት ጊዜ ሩቅ አይደለም::

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Abi,

            Typical Abi.

            You obviously, like always you miss the point purposely. You like to hear one side of the story. Why can’t you stand for truth all the time, not sometimes but all the times.

            Berhe

          • Abi

            Hawna Berhe
            I’m always for the truth.
            The truth is Eritreans achieved extremely high in every aspect during አብዮታዊ ደርግ.
            Eritreans achieved the least during ህዝባዊ ግንባር.
            According to Commission for Higher Education (ከፍተኛ ትምህርት ኮሚሽን), Eritreans secured the 2nd highest scholarships during the derg times. According to a certain Berhe Beyene, derg sent Eritreans for higher education knowing full well they join eplf.
            ወሸሁ እንዴ?

          • Paulos

            Selam Berhino,

            I believe Dawit Weldegiorgis understood the psychology clearly and induced as you put it a sense of normalcy as in extending curfew to midnight and allowing riding bikes as well among other “reforms.” And I am sure that must had made Isaias nervous where people were practically enjoying the perks if you will.

            I specifically remember the first and last time I saw Dawit Weldegiorgis when he showed up at Junior Club when we were playing Table Tennis and others Pool. And he started asking some of us questions about school and extracurricular activities. In hindsight, I wonder why Mengistu let him be when he killed those who sought non-military solution to the Eritrean question–as in Generals Aman Andom and Getachew Nadew among others.

          • Haile S.

            Selam Berhe,

            My intention is not to interfer between you and Abi, but by way of example, let me try to explain why he concluded like he did below.

            You said “I would be surprised if there were 10 people who joined the liberation until later time in the 90s. Most that I know made it to Europe and other place…”

            This is an incomplete information that misleads. If you listen to Dr Amanuel Mehreteab interviewed on Assenna, he said the first batch of tegadeltis who were resettled to civilian life were those recruited around 1990 and their number was very high, 26000 out of 100000 total tegadeltis at the time. I understand that you are talking of your high school and neighbourhood, but if you don’t say it clearly, then the reader will take as applying to the larger area and the EPLF was getting abandoned.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Haile S.

            You are correct I should have been clear. I said “until the 90s” but what I meant was during the 80s to be specific between 1982 – 1987 and may be 88 timeframe.

            Berhe

      • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

        ዶተረ:
        ሻንቆ ምስኪናይ ኣብ ባረንቱ ‘ዩ ተሰዊኡ። ሓፍተይ የማነይቲ እግራን ኢዳን ተወጊኣ ሽዑኡ መዓልቲ። ናይ መጀመርታ ውግእ። ብድሕሪኡ ውግእን ንሳን ትኽ ትንፋስ ኴነን።
        ሓደሽቲ ተዓለምቲ ኣብኡ ተሳቲፎም። ዝበዝሑ ድማ ተሰዊኦም።

        • Paulos

          ኢንጂኔረ,

          I sure don’t mean to undermine the others but I wish they assigned him to a non-combat duties so that he could train the next generation cyclists. He was indespensible. Hope your sister is better and should be proud.

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            ዶተረ:
            That would be reasonable to ask but in Isayas’s world is unthinkable.
            He sends medical Drs to war and he trained 6th graders to be ኣጋር ሓኪም
            He was anti-educated or skilled people from the get go. He doesn’t want see any famous person in any field.
            A friend was telling me there was famous guy who studied Metallurgy in Ghedli era and he was assigned to attend ድኳን ሕድሪ rather than assigned at least to ንዳ መስማር

            Isayas is Chief of HE [ሃገራዊ ዕንወት]

          • Paulos

            ኢንጂኔረ,

            እንዳ መስማር is funny!

            Isaias probably had a deep seated aversion to any kind of achievement related particularly to academia and it could be due to his failure in his prime years in college. Moreover, he learned the psychological impact of humiliating people when you rob them of their pride and sense of self-worth when he was in China when China was still on the throats of “Cultural Revolution.” The wrong person in every sense of the word; at the wrong time in every sense of the word; and at the wrong place in every sense of the word.

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            ዶተረ:
            From what I hear, the CHE hates Civil Engineers the most because that was his dream to be before he flanked the natural science classes.
            Then, he hates the rest of us. I am not even sure if he likes himself 🙂

          • Paulos

            ኢንጂኔረ,

            In a way we should feel sorry for him for he is a tormented person. He probably locks himself up in a room and cries his heart out. After all he is human—unlucky human at that.

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            ዶተረ:
            If you think about it, we have to blame ourselves. ኣስኪርናዮ።
            To give him some credit though, he values one professional group: ጠንቆልቲ!