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Rejecting Wars– A Matchstick in The Horn of Africa

My call for participation from the friends of Negarit is very encouraging. I got a few worthy comments and feedback. They are gems. Imagine if we share all that we know? I am encouraged and I will not stop reminding you to share your knowledge. Thank you and keep them coming.Oh! Before I forget. I must be fair, a person named Yosef  S. Ande who reprimanded me as follows:


I will reply to Yosef later, please wait for it. Now let’s go to “Were W’gg’e” the calls for war.

Were Wgg’e – War Cries

The memories of the period just before the Baddme war is vivid in my memory. Naively I thought I would prevent the mayhem, but the noise of the warmongers proved to be more effective than my voice and the other voices few that abhorred bloodshed. There are preventable wars, and others that are unavoidable. The 1998-2000 Baddme war was avoidable and unnecessary. It was clear that any outcome will not yield even a fraction of what they wasted, rather, gambled with. To the people who agitated for the war, played patriots by risking the lives of innocent youth, it is just a faint memory that (maybe) they are ashamed of. Yet, they try to cover their shame by boasting of sovereignty, pride, and other jingoist slogans to justify their despicable positions. In that war, the tissue papers were an important tool of the remote war they fought from their comfort in the West. This is how it went.

Someone says, “Our tanks will attack this way, then our ground forces will attack on two flanks, then…”

Another asks, “Where are the airplanes?”

“They will come later on, here…one from the east another from the west and yet another will  fly around the battleground and attack the enemy from the south… and bomb them.”

“That thing you are drawing doesn’t look like an airplane, it looks like a butterfly…

“No, it is just has a wide wing, it’s a Stealth… invisible and fast, our forces have them.”

See, many people acted like generals leading a war. I remember an officer under the derg rule who was so good at drawing battleground formations. He wanted to hide his past by acting more patriotic than every other Eritrea. He is disillusioned but wouldn’t say a word about his agitational past.

Then came the day when the PFDJ held small meeting where they read the names of the martyrs to a congregation of anxious parents and family. They claimed, “the women ululated whenever the names of their killed children were announced.” A VoA reporter told the world a different story. He recorded the natural wailing reaction of the mothers who lost their husbands, brothers or children. They arrested the  VoA reporter.

The pain was even more nuanced when published the names of the martyrs who died in the battle, around 16,800 names. Some leaders of the PFDJ asked for an assessment of the entire war. They arrested and threw them in jail, to this day. But the agitators of the Baddme war switched mission, they encouraged their government to arrest more. Of course, the PFDJ had promised it will occupy Mekelle and finish off the Weyane in no time. It didn’t. And it knew the reason why. The defeatists were the culprits who prevented the PFDJ from recording the glories! The agitators bought into that. They believe anything the PFDJ tells them and obey the propaganda that comes with marching orders. Twenty years on, we are still at it—agitating for war.

Agitating for war

I was listening to an interview that my colleague Yoel made with Daniel, a veteran of the Baddme war. All of that was preventable. Daniel’s colleagues would have been living among us if not for the foolish leaders of the two sides. They didn’t save  lives; they wasted it. Worse, they are at it again; they want to take the region through yet another cycle of violence, death and destruction. But this time the war will not be limited to a village like Baddme, a town contained within a limited area. It could spread like wildfire consuming everything on its way while the region is still coping with the destructive and painful repercussions of the Baddme war. And that is smaller to what might result from the current battles. I beg those who didn’t listen to the voice of reason during the Baddme war, to summon any bit of reason, and compassion and respect for human life they might have in them, to stop the agitation and pressure for a peaceful resolution of the foolish confrontation. No political power or partisan pride can justify the death of innocent people. Stop gambling with the lives of people. Stop playing with peoples’ emotions. Stop driving the people to their demise. Have mercy. Have a little mercy. At the end of the day, those of you who are agitating from the Diaspora will still be safe in your comfort homes, with your children, career, and family. And you will not suffer from the war… a generation some foolish people did what you are doing now. They are still alive, comfortable, and safe.

Moreover, the leaders they cheered to send the youth to their death, are safe and planning for another round of war. They have forgotten those whose life were cut short; and they are responsible for their death. Only their mothers, their father, siblings and friends remember them, not the cheering crowds. To the agitators they are simply numbers, toy soldiers whose lives can whimsically gamble with. Have mercy. Don’t repeat the mistake (the crime rather) that your elders committed a generation earlier. And now, some of the vocal cheerleaders are silent though I am sure their conscience is hurting. Do you want to live with a hurting conscience? Be careful not to practice what an Eritrean saying warns against: zey snnekha Hutsa qorTimelu, using the teeth of others to chew sand.

I didn’t forget, I said I will reply to Yosef in the beginning—here is my reply…

Mummification, mHennaT

Okay Yosef, I will “stop none sense talking about” your president but after a mythology, a story/ But first I will give you an advice. And will tell you [including my audience] about a new word I am trying to coin, and I suggest you mummify your “dear Brezidenti.” After all, he is a walking mummy. Now I will tell you the mythology of Osiris, his sister and wife, Isis, their son Horus, their brother Seth and his sister/wife Nephthys. I will also tell you about Anubis, the embalming god “nay mHennaT amlakh” who escorted the kings to the afterworld, which the ancient Egyptians called the underworld. Anubis mummified the kings.

Osiris was a king and Isis was the queen. Seth was jealous and wanted to usurp his brother’s throne. He killed him and his body was cut into pieces and spread all over Egypt. Isis was sad and her sister Nephthys helped her search and collect the pieces of Osiris. Then she breathed life into him, and they mated. Horus was a product of that event. Later Anubis mummified Osiris.

Anubis escorts the dead to the underworld where 42 gods hold a consul to pass judgement on the dead. They take the heart of the mummified king/god/whatever they are and weigh it on a scale against a feather and based on which is heavier, they decide if the person goes to the equivalent of what we know as heaven if his good deeds outweigh his bad deeds, or to hell if the result is the opposite. WE need Anubis to help us with the entire process.

Dear Yosef, please ask your Brezidenti the following: tell him that a certain Saleh, who loves and admires you, want to know why he is excited to visit graduation ceremonies in Ethiopia, like the recent one in Jimma, but never presided in any graduation ceremony in Eritrea. Just ask him that and if he tells you the reason, I will be satisfied even if you don’t tell me what he said, I can guess correctly.

Finally, I see Eritreans blaming themselves for their predicament, don’t, at least not all of you. The responsible are the cult members who keep feeding the PFDJ with the energy it needs– foot-soldiering, propaganda, and attacking the justice camp to weaken its struggle to end oppression. I have no doubt they someday they will wake up but by the time they do, sleep walking towards destruction, they will pull the country down with them. We must stop that. They are unreasonable; let’s be reasonable. They are selfish; let’s shun selfishness; they have little regard for freedom; let’s keep the torch of freedom bright. They are unjust and cruel; let’s be just and compassionate. To them our people are gebbar, serfs. Let’s tell them that Eritrea is defined by its resilient and decent people; they will keep telling us our country is a private ranch of their capo and his cult. At the end, freedom will reign. The nightmare we have been going on for decades will end. And it will be dawn again. It has to. That is when many of the agitators will be exposed to the bone, together with the narrow-minded regionalists, tribalists, hypocrites and bigots. Glory to all Eritreans who genuinely love their people and their country. Our hearts are with all oppressed people.

About Saleh "Gadi" Johar

Born and raised in Keren, Eritrea, now a US citizen residing in California, Mr. Saleh “Gadi” Johar is founder and publisher of Author of Miriam was Here, Of Kings and Bandits, and Simply Echoes. Saleh is acclaimed for his wealth of experience and knowledge in the history and politics of the Horn of Africa. A prominent public speaker and a researcher specializing on the Horn of Africa, he has given many distinguished lectures and participated in numerous seminars and conferences around the world. Activism was founded by Saleh “Gadi” Johar and is administered by the Awate Team and a group of volunteers who serve as the website’s advisory committee. The mission of is to provide Eritreans and friends of Eritrea with information that is hidden by the Eritrean regime and its surrogates; to provide a platform for information dissemination and opinion sharing; to inspire Eritreans, to embolden them into taking action, and finally, to lay the groundwork for reconciliation whose pillars are the truth. Miriam Was Here This book that was launched on August 16, 2013, is based on true stories; in writing it, Saleh has interviewed dozens of victims and eye-witnesses of Human trafficking, Eritrea, human rights, forced labor.and researched hundreds of pages of materials. The novel describes the ordeal of a nation, its youth, women and parents. It focuses on violation of human rights of the citizens and a country whose youth have become victims of slave labor, human trafficking, hostage taking, and human organ harvesting--all a result of bad governance. The main character of the story is Miriam, a young Eritrean woman; her father Zerom Bahta Hadgembes, a veteran of the struggle who resides in America and her childhood friend Senay who wanted to marry her but ended up being conscripted. Kings and Bandits Saleh “Gadi” Johar tells a powerful story that is never told: that many "child warriors" to whom we are asked to offer sympathies befitting helpless victims and hostages are actually premature adults who have made a conscious decision to stand up against brutality and oppression, and actually deserve our admiration. And that many of those whom we instinctively feel sympathetic towards, like the Ethiopian king Emperor Haile Sellassie, were actually world-class tyrants whose transgressions would normally be cases in the World Court. Simply Echoes A collection of romantic, political observations and travel poems; a reflection of the euphoric years that followed Eritrean Independence in 1991.

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  • Dongolo

    Selam all. Only Mekele, Wukro & Maychew remain among Tigray’s sizable cities/towns which are clearly under TPLF control. Adigrat, Axum, Adwa, Alamata have been encircled and supply lines cut-off; it’s only a matter of time. Sheraro and Humera now under Ethiopian Defense Forces control; Shire with some late resurfacing resistance but soon expected to be under control.

    • Kokhob Selam

      Dear Dongolo,

      Any evidence? Tell us how to prove it..any link?


  • Haile S.

    ሓደርኩም ሰብ ዓወተ፡

    የዋህ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ኩልጊዜ ሰናይ ትምኒቱ
    ምሒር ሓሊፍዎ፡ ኣሕዋቱ ረጥሪጡ ጓና ዘፍቅር ዝፈቱ
    ይምሕል ይጥሕል ኣብ ውግእ ኣሕዋት ኢትዮጵያ ኢዱ ካየእቱ

    ግና የዋሃት ተቓወምቲ ኢሳያስ፡ ተለቢዥን ወነንቲ
    ኢድና ኣይነእቱ እናንጸባርውቑ፡ ይደግሙ ዘረባ ወየንቲ

    ስሞም ክዕቀበሎም ዝደለዩ ጠቒሶም ኦምሓጀር ተቐመጥቲ
    ኤርትራ ደብዲባ ሑመራ ይደጋግሙ፡ ይመልሱ ልፍንቲ
    ሓርጭ ወዲ ዓከር ድዮም ረኺቦም ወይስ ሓሙኽሽቲ

    ፈላጥ ሁከተ-ሰላም Kjetil Tronvoll ንሕቶ ንፎቶ የምጽኡ
    ብዛዕባ ኤርትራ በሎ ዝተባህለ ገዲፎም በረምቦጣዕ የውግዑ

    ጋዜጠኛ/ፖለቲከኛ ዘይኣምን ኣብ መላእኽቲ ኮነ ኣብ ኣጋንንቲ
    እዩ ዝግ ኢሉ፡ ኣስተውዒሉ፡ ኣጻርዩ፡ ሓተላ ገዲፉ ጽራዩ ዝሰቲ

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      ሰላም ሃይላት,

      ሕጅስ ገለኸአ ከተስምዓና ኢኻ:: ጋዘጤኞታት: ፓለተከኞታት: አማልኽቲ: አጋንንቲ ዘይኣምኑ እዮም መዘንትን አስተውዓልትን ዲኻ ትብለና ዘለኻ?ካብ መዓስ እዮምከ ከምኡ ዝኾኑ? ጽንሕ እልናስ ካልእውን ክንሰምዕ ኢና:: እስከበል ከምኻትኩም ዝአመሰሉ የሰንስኖም ዓድናን ህዝብናን ከተድሕኑ::

      • Haile S.

        ሰላም ኤማ፡

        ሓንቲ ቓል (ሓቐኛ) ሰለዘጉደልኩ ኢኻ ብጌጋ ተረዲእካኒ። ኣሪመያ ኣለኹ።
        ከምዚ ኸማይ ተጓዳእቲ ስለዘይኮኑ፡ ሓቅኻ የብዝሓና።
        ንኽልቲኡ የቐንየለይ፡ ክብረት ይሃበለይ።

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          ሰላም ሃይላት,

          ከምዚ ክረኽባ ከለዋ እየን አደይ ምሉ ቅጭ ምስበለን “ናይ ዓረዛ ነገር መዳከምያ” ዝበላ:: ወሓጥዮ እንተበልክዋስ ትጎሶሞ ከአ ገርካዮ እንደገና:: በልስከ ይኹነልካ ዝሓወይ::

          • Haile S.


            “ወሓጥዮ እንተ በልኩዋስ ትጎስመሉ”

            ዝውሓጥ እንተትህበኒ ኣፈይ ምዓጸኹ
            ተሪር ኣጉሲምካኒ እሕይኽ ኣለኹ!

    • Peace!

      Hi Haile S

      እንታይ እሞ ጹቡቕ ረኺቦም ካብ ኩሉ ተሪፎም ኣይ ህዝቦም ናፃ ኣውኢም ኣይ ዘድልዮም ሓገዝ ካብ ህውሓት ረኺቦም ብጀካ ቁንጣሮ ናይ ጁባ: ህውሓት ድማ ጃህራ ጥራይ ኮይና ጸኒሓ ንዝኾነ እቲ ዓቢ ሕቶ ዘንጸላልግ ዘሎ

      1-ተቓወምቲ ኢርትራ ድሕሪ ህውሓት ናበይ?
      2- ተራ ናይዞም ምስ ህውሓት ዝተጫማለቑ መራሕቲ ውድባት ከመይ ክኸውን ኣለዎ?
      3- ህግደፍ ድሕሪ ህውሓት ናይ ሪፎርም ሸውሃቱ ከመይ ይኸውን?


    • Brhan

      መርሓባ ሃይለ
      እቲ ዓቢ ጸገም ኮይኑ ዘሎ ምርካብ ሓበሬታ ኢዩ። እዚ ድማ መን ሓቂ ይዛረብ ከምዘሎ ስለዘይንፈልጥ ኢዩ። ናጻ ዜና ኣብ ዓውዲ ውግእ ፈጺሙ የለን። እዘን ዝጠቐስካየን ተለቪዠናት ምናልባት ካብቲ ኢሳያስ ኣፈወርቂ ዝበሎ ” ኢድና ኣጣሚርና ኣይንር እን ኢና” ካብ ዝብል ዝነቐለ ከይከውን እብል። እዚ ከምዚ እንከሎ ዑስማን ሳልሕ (ሚ.ጉ.ወ) “እዚ ውሽጣዊ ግጭት እዩ። ንሕና ኣካል ናይቲ ግጭት ኣይኮናን” ኢሉ ኣሎ። ናይ ኢሳይሳ ዶ ዑስማን ንኣምን ዝብል ሕቶ መልሱ ኩላትና ንፈልጦ።
      እቲ ዝሓሸ ግን ከም ናይ ዓዋተ.ኮም ” ውግእ ወረ ውግእን ይኣክል ኢሎም እንተዝሃድኡ ምሓሸ እቲ ምንታይ ቅኑዕ ዝይኮነ ዜና ብውግእ ንዝተፈጠረ ሓዊ ላምባ ምንስናስ ስለዝኾነ

  • Kokhob Selam

    Dear All,

    The war is going on..I am deeply worried and following it from the last 7 days,,I am sad to see this nonsense war,,but what I can do? I cannot help even if we all want to secure the death for all those solders and poor farmers I know we cannot help them, those mad dictators will win temporally but not for long run the people of Eritrea and Ethiopia will won and let us see,,, Yes, but just 500 ordinary people was killed by TPLF. I am not happy on this,,,

    Where is Abi,,,we me and MM were telling you this will happen..Are you happy? what a devil my God!!!!!


  • hawkeye

    Selam guys.

    It looks like UAE has visited Eritrea:

    If I recall, they haven’t visited in a few months since their feud with Isaias. I wonder if it’s simply Yemen business or if UAE’s discontent for Isaias’ regional policies – particularly Ethiopia – is in discussion. As the Horn of Africa region is increasingly being destabilized, they may need to protect their base, after all. Hope Gedab News will have intel on this event.

  • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

    ኣህዛብ ክጠፍኡ
    ገበነኛታት ብድሕሪ መጋረጃ

    ዘይስገር ገበን ክፍጽሙ
    ጥፍኣት ዘርእታት ክሓልሙ

    ት ዝገርም ግን ንነብሶም
    ዘርኢ ኣሉላ-ኣባ-ነጋ ክንሶም
    ዞር መንዘሮም ከጥፍኡ
    ብድሕሪ መጋረጃ ይሕብኡ

    • Peace!

      Selam MM,

      ክምዚ ከማኻ ለባማት ቀደም ኢሎሞ ግን ወያነ “እሞ ኢድኩም ዘይትህቡ” ኢላ መሊሳትሎም::


      • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

        ሰላማት ሰላም
        ትሕሾ ደኣ!
        ጥፍኣት ህዝቢ ክሳራ ዩ። ብሃይማኖት ይኹን ብሕልና።

        • Peace!

          ሰላማት MM,

          Agree. እዛ እንቴርነት ካብትዕጾ ካብዚ ኣጋዚ ወዲ ኣጋዚ ጁጅ ማእጁጅ የዕሪፍና ኣለና: ይመላኣዮ ኢልካ ጸሎት ግበር::


  • Semere Tesfai

    Selam All

    Congratulations to the people of Ethiopia; specially to the people of Tigray, the Amaras people, to people of Somali Regional state (Killil), to the Oromo people
    Congratulations to the People of Eritrea
    Congratulations to the people of Somalia and
    Congratulations to the people of South Sudan

    For the past three decades, the Wyanes been a thorn in the flesh to the whole people of the Horn Region. Thanks to the Ethiopian people, and and thanks to the Ethiopian Defense Forces, no more. Surrounded from all directions, the Woyane final days are numbered – probably in the weeks at the most.

    This Ethiopian military offensive will be remembered in Eritrean history for generations to come. This day will be recorded in our history books; and will be taught in Eritrean schools for generations to come. This day will be called The Badme Day – the day Eritrean sovereignty and Eritrean territorial integrity was fully restored. This day will be remembered as the day the evil agenda of Woyane against the state of Eritrea was defeated. This day will be remembered in Eritrean history books, as the day the dream of Greater Tigray died and buried for good.

    We Eritreans will forgive and move on with our lives. But we will never forget. The Woyanes had many opportunities to build a strong people to people relation with the Eritrean people before and after they ascended to the helm. But they failed to see the value of it. Yes……….

    A. – They had a choice to honor and respect the Eritrean people (and their properties) who resided on both sides of the Ethio-Eritrean border for generations. Yes, the Eritrean people who called home those border areas before the Woyane revolution came to the scene. Yes the people who called those areas home when Eritreans and Tigreans were all Ethiopians. And yes, the people who called home those areas when Eritreans and Tigreans were one people, Ethiopians. But the Woyanes refused to do so. And Eritreans who resided on both sides of the Eritrean-Tigrean border divide were systematically evicted from their homes leaving their properties behind – some lost including their lives

    B. – During Ghedli and after Eritrean independence, the Woyanes had a choice to honor the colonial treaties and colonial boundaries out of respect to the Eritrean Nation and People; but they refused to do so. And as a result of their choice, we Eritreans were forced to pay heavy price – sweat, tears, blood, soul, opportunities, and treasure – to protect our sovereignty and territorial integrity.

    B. – The Woyanes had a choice to reflect on our past senseless war experience, fully accept the EEBC ruling without ifs and buts, close the chapter, and move on. But instead, they pursued a “No Nar No Peace” policy, a regime change agenda, an economic strangulation, political and diplomatic isolation, periodical military skirmishes and incursions, until their last days in Addis

    C. – Even after they were driven from Addis, they had an opportunity to follow the lead of the Ethiopian Federal Government, accept the EEBC ruling unconditionally, return sovereign Eritrean territories, and start to mend their relation with the Eritrean people. But instead, they said “ካብ ኤርትራ ባድመ ትዓቢ” and continued to occupy sovereign Eritrean territories.

    Well, today, the Woyanes are on the run; and their days are numbered. And for the first time in three decades, the people of the whole Horn Region are breathing a sigh of relief. I hope the demise of the Woyane leads to a lasting peace – in Tigray, Ethiopia, and in the whole Red Sea Horn Region

    Semere Tesfai

    • Abi

      ወንድም አማች
      ተራራ ያንቀጠቀጠው ትውልድ በሳምንት ጦርነት ተፍረከረከ::
      I’m dying to hear from the permanent representatives of Tplf at Awatenation.
      Where is Samuel?
      Where is Saint Fantiness?
      Where is Saul?
      የወያኔ ቋሚ መልዕክተኞች እባካችሁ ወደ መድረክ ብቅ በሉ!
      ተመልካቾች እስቲ ቸብ ቸብ አድርጉላቸው!!

      ቸብ ቸብ አርጉላት ይታይ እስክስታዋ
      እንመልከት እሷን ትውረግረግ ሸጋዋ
      ( መልካሙ ተበጀ)

      • Peace!

        Hi Abish,

        Let’s be fair they oppose the bloody war 🙂


        • Abi

          Yeah right!

      • Semere Tesfai

        ሰላም ወንድም አማች

        “I’m dying to hear from the permanent representatives of Tplf at Awatenation.
        Where is Samuel?
        Where is Saint Fantiness?
        Where is Saul?”

        Abi: what’s wrong with you? Please, please, please give them all the space they needed. They are our Awate family, they deserve all the privacy and all the space they need to mourn gracefully. Just pass your condolences if you can. Will ya!

        ምን ኣይነት ሰው ነህ እባክህ

        Your truly

        Semere Tesfai

        • Abi

          ወንድም አማች
          አጥፍቻለሁ ጌታዬ::
          ቤተሰቦቻችን ብቻ ሳይሆኑ ጀነራሎቻችንም ፃድቃኖቻችንም ናቸው:: ተሰወሩብን እንጂ::
          You know what I mean?

        • Fanti Ghana

          Selamat Kbur Semere Tesfai,

          My reason for disappearing is mostly being busy but I am here in respect to your age and wisdom. If you were hoping I may know more than what is on the media regarding the war news, I know practically zero.

          Sorry, Boss.
          I thought you were asking where Samuel and I were hiding. I didn’t realize you were quoting Akaki Zeraf Abisha.

          • Abi

            ፋንቲ መልቲ ገዳም ገብቷል ብዬ ሳማህ ከየት ብቅ አልክ?
            ድሮም አንተና ክርስቶስ መምጫችሁ አይታወቅም::
            እንኳን በደህና መጣህልኝ

          • Fanti Ghana

            Selam Ras Abi,
            እነኳን ደህና ቆየህ፤
            ለሁለቱም ኣቅም የለኝም እነጂ፣ ከጦርነት ገዳም እመርጥ ነበር፤

          • Abi

            ገዳም እንዳትገባ እድሜህ አልደረሰ
            ወታደር እንዳትሆን ጉልበትህ ፈረሰ
            አቅም እየጠፋ ጉልበት ሲልፈሰፈስ
            ለገዳም አትበቃ ፀሎትህ ሩቅ አይደርስ
            መፍትሄውን እንካ ‘ባክህ ተቀበለኝ
            አዋተ ቤት መጥተህ እኔኑ አጫውተኝ

          • Haile S.

            ሰላም ኣቢ፡

            እኔም, እንደ ክርስቶስ ክንፎች ኣውጥቶ ካልሆነ በስተቀር እንዴት ከደብረ ዳሞ ወጣ ብየ ሳስብ ነበረ። ለካስ ጻዲቁ ፋንቲ Washington DC ካለው ርእሰ ኣድባራት ሰላም ቅድስት ማርያም ቆይቶ ነው!

          • Abi

            Washington DC?
            አክሱም ማርያም ይቅር ትበልህ!

          • Haile S.


            እኔ ምን ኣውቄ! ከኣሉላ-ሰሎሞን ጎን ብዙ ቄሳውስት’ና መነኩሳን ስላየሁ ነው እንጂ!

          • Abi

            የጀግናው አሉላ ስም እንዲህ ማላገጫ ይሁን?
            እነዚህ ያየሃቸው መነኮሳት በዝናር የሚፀልዩ ሚሊሽያዎች ናቸው::
            ቅዱስ ፋንቲ ከነዚህ ሰይጣናት ፈፅሞ አይገጥምም:: Similar sides repeal…

          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam Fanti Ghana

            “My reason for disappearing is mostly being busy but I am here in respect to your age and wisdom. If you were hoping I may know more than what is on the media regarding the war news, I know practically zero.”

            Fanti: sometimes it is not what you say or know that matters. It is your presence among the Awate family that matters the most.

            Good to hear from you, and welcome to the family.

            Semere Tesfai

      • Kibreab

        Ras Abi,

        It looks like Awatenation is currently deemed a low priority. Due to the current confusion in the leadership circle, Samuel has not been given any talking points. It seems he is hesitant to come on his own. The services of our resident historian were urgently needed elsewhere. He was transferred to Twitterland and it was reported that the baptism and transfer went smooth without any glitch. Needless to say, Ras Abi’s sharp eye and knack for fishing and deflating BS was sited as the main reason for the lower prioritization of Awate (you are to blame!).

        Fantiness, as the only honest Weyanay is lamenting the loss of life and if he could have done anything to sway his arrogant party. I feel for him. He is a good man.

        • Abi

          Selam Kibreab

          You are absolutely right in your observation of the Tplf ቃል አቀባዮች at Awatenation.
          I don’t mind taking the blame for orchestrating the dismantling of the Tplf activities and bringing them down to earth.
          In one week of well placed punches they lost
          1 The dream nation aka Agazination
          2 The virtual nation aka Awatenation

          They are also losing the Tigraynation.
          ልዑል ራሥ አቢ 3
          ጋንታ ቃል አቀባዮች 0 final score

          ፋንቲ መልቲ መትረየሱን ጥሎ ገዳም ውስጥ የመነኩሴ ልብስ ለብሶ ታይቷል::

          ታሪክ ዘጋቢው ሳኦል የጦር ሜዳ ውሎ እንዲዘግብ ወደ ደደቢት ተዛውሯል::

          ሚሊሽያ ሳሙኤል ቀሚስ ለብሶ ሊያመልጥ ሲል መቀነቱ ጠልፎት በመውደቁ ህክምና ላይ ይገኛል::

          • Hashela


            “ …መልቲ መትረየሱን ጥሎ ገዳም ውስጥ የመነኩሴ ልብስ ለብሶ ታይቷል::”

            For the above statement, a reference to Hashela et al. (2020) is missing!

          • Abi

            Hello Hashela
            The comment by Hashela et al. is not missing. You will find it at Negarit 106. I have replied to your comment right away.
            A Typical Hashela comment with a matching Ras Abi reply.

          • Kibreab

            Ras Abi,
            Dream nation and virtual nation. Typical Abi. I like it.

            The moderator has flagged my comment as a “disservice” to the forum. Apparently, cheering for your knock-out wins discourages participation and is not appreciated. As in during COVID-19, future matches have to be played with no audience.

            Go easy on the punches, will you?

          • Abi

            Hello Kibreab
            እንኳንስ መትቼ እጥላለሁ ስቼ
            I don’t know what happened to kibur moderator. Your comment is as clean as a whistle.
            As you have said it precisely, Tplf’s priority is not the virtual nation or the dream nation at this moment.
            At this moment it is ሁሉም ነገር ወደ ጦር ግንባር ! saving አድዋ ምድር is a priority.

        • Kibreab

          Dear Moderator,
          I am thankful of the work you do and I apologize for being a burden. I will keep your comments in mind. Having said that, I have been reading this forum for far too long to know that what I wrote pales in comparison to what is said here. I do not think my comment comes close to “besmirch[ing] the open doors of this forum”. But, if you think that I violated your posting guidelines, please remove my comments. Thank you.

    • Hashela

      ሰላም ሰመረ

      እወ ወያነ: ብዘመተ ሃብቲ ኢትዮጵያ ሰኪራ ምስ ጎረቤታን ሓብሓቢኣን ተላኪፋ ሕጓ ድይብሉ ህድሞ ሰሪሓ! ሕጂ ከም አብ ጉድጓዳ ትኪ ተረኩዓላን ብጓሶት ተኸበትን ወኻይራ ተዕለብጥ ኣላ።

      • Semere Tesfai

        ሰላም ሓሸላ

        “እወ: ወያነ ብዘመተ ሃብቲ ኢትዮጵያ ሰኺራ: ምስ’ቲ እንኮ ለዋህ ጎረቤታን ሓብሓቢኣን ተላኺፋ: ድበልዓትሉ ጻሕሊ ሰቢራ: ደይናታ ዘሚታ። ካብ ክሉ ድስደምም ክአ: ምስ’ዚ ኩሉ እክይ ግብራን ጉርሓን: ሕጓ ድይብሉ ህድሞ ሰሪሓ! ሕጂ ከም አብ ጉድጓዳ ትኪ ቆልቛል ተረኩዓላን ብጓሶት ተኸበትን ወኻይራ ተዕለብጥ ኣላ። ውጽኢቱ ክአ ከይደቀስና ንሐልሞ።”

        ይበል ዘረባ! ኣየ ‘ወ….. ኣብ ሕጓ ዘይብሉ ገዛ፡ ሓዊ ብኣፍድገ ኣይእተኻ እዩ ዘብል። ጸባ ሰቲና…. ዕድመ ንኣቢ ኣሕመድን፡ ንመንግስቲ ኢትዮጵያን፡ ንፈደራል ሰራዊት ኢትዮጵያን።

        ሓደ ካብቲ ንወያነ ንጽግቲ ጭፍራ ዝገብራ፡ ኣብ ግዜ ሞታ፡ ዋላ ሓደ ዝነብዓላን ዝድንግጸላን ጐረቤት ዘይምህላዉ እዩ። ኩሉ ጐረባብታ ብሰንካ ክነብዕ ከሎ ንበይና ትስሕቕ ነራ፡ ሕጂ ኻኣ ኣብ ዓጽረ-ሞታ ንበይና ትነብዕ ኣላ – መንግስተ-ሰማይ የዋርሳ።

        ሰመረ ተስፋይ

        • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

          ሰላማት ሰመረ
          መቸም ሰመረ ርእሶም ከይትኸውን ተስፋ ሎኒ።
          ሕራይ ንበሎ ወያነ ተሓምሽሻ; ኤረትራ ጠፈአት: ኢሳያስ ናብ እስጦብያ ሓወሳ።
          ሕጉስ ዲኻ?

          • Germay Berhane

            IT IS NONE-SENSE

        • Hashela

          Selam ሰመረ

          እወ: “አድጊስ ብውላዳ ተዕርፍ” ድዩ ዝብሀል!
          አቶ አቢ ህርኩት ዒሉ’ዩ ድመስል። ጸኒሑ ምንዳሕ እንተ ዘይጀሩ!

    • NewDawn

      Selam Semere, What do you think will happen to Eritrea post-tplf, national service and such?

      • Semere Tesfai

        Selam NewDawn

        “Selam Semere, What do you think will happen to Eritrea post-tplf, national service and such?”

        1. – First thing first:
        (a) I’m not a member of the PFDJ political organization; never been one in my entire life. Meaning: I don’t speak on behalf of the PFDJ regime

        (b) I’m not privy to PFDJ classified (secret) information. All my opinions are formed, based on the information that is in public domain.

        (c) Here at Awate, I run my mouth (speak-up my mind) representing myself and myself only – like most people here

        That out of the way, let me try to answer your tough question. Again this is my personal opinion.

        2. – We don’t have National Service today because of TPLF; we’ve National Service because it is a necessity for our very existence. True, the animosity and hostile attitude of the TPLF towards Eritrea, has affected heavily the size, the quality, and duration (the length of service) of National Service. But not the need to have it.

        3. – Now, why is National Service a necessity for Eritrea? Well, the vision of Tegadeltis (fighters) about Future Eritrea (ሓዳስ ኤርትራ) was “to create a strong Eritrea that can defend itself from any enemy – internal or external – that intends to attack her” or in Tigrigna “ዕላማና – ብናይ ደገን ናይ ውሽጥን ጸላእቲ ዘይትድፈር፡ ሓያልን ብልጽግትን ኤርትራ ንምህናጽ እዩ።”

        4. – And the begs the question: Why live in fear? Who are our enemies that we need to prepare for? Well………

        A. – Eritrea is a buffer state nested between seemingly two irreconcilable and antagonistic powers and cultures – the Abyssinian and Arab powers and cultures.

        B. – Though, having Non-Alignment policy would have served Eritrea better – Eritrea is not rich enough, strong enough, or big enough to have successful Non-Alignment policy. And for million reasons, Eritrea is not that important to buy/have Israel quality insurance policy from global powers.

        C. – Not only Eritrea is a buffer state nested between two hostile powers and cultures, but also, Eritrea is located (a) in a very strategic world shipping lane and (b) in a violent ghetto Neighborhood.

        D. – Therefore:

        (1) – Eritrea being located at a strategic world shipping lane that connects Europe Africa and Asia

        (2) – Eritrea being located at a volatile, violent, and unstable region

        (3) – Eritrea being located between seemingly two antagonistic and irreconcilable powers and cultures

        (4) – Eritrea having 1200 kms coastal shores, 354 islands, 900 kms border with Ethiopia, 600 kms border with the Sudan, and 125 kms border with Djibouti to protect

        makes it a necessity for Eritrea to have a large, strong, modernized, agile army that is cable of defending Eritrea in a minute call

        5. – Well, we have established the reason as to why Eritrea should have a strong, well trained, modernized, flexible, large army – and an active National Service at all times. Now lets look how to move forward

        6. – Today, in post TPLF, Eritrea enjoying peace from the South and from the North, yes it is high time to give a break to our young. Yes, it is high time to reduce National Service from indefinite two two years, as it is supposed to. Yes, it is high time to deactivate many of our young from the frontline foxhole. But, but, but

        7. – Deactivating those on active duties and reducing the number of years for National Service must be done in phases through many years. The reason: in the name of doing the right thing; you don’t want to destabilize the Nation.

        8. – Deactivation requires money, deactivation requires job creation, deactivation requires economic growth, deactivation requires help from international community……

        NewDawn: I hope I answered your question

        Semere Tesfai

        • Berhe Y

          Selam Semere T.

          7. – Deactivating those on active duties and reducing the number of years for National Service must be done in phases through many years. The reason: in the name of doing the right thing; you don’t want to destabilize the Nation.

          8. – Deactivation requires money, deactivation requires job creation, deactivation requires economic growth, deactivation requires help from international community…..

          In short, …it’s not going to happen….that would been a simple and honest answer….

          Because you can’t have a law “national service is 2 years in duration” and come up with “condition” …but, but…but “deactivation requires money”.

          Reminds me “George Carlin talking about “George Carlin on Religion and God” which Haile S. loves..

          Why is the “national service” does not require “money”, every year, twice a years and it’s short of “money” when “deactivating”.


          • Haile S.

            Selam Berhe,

            You just woke me up. It looks like an eternity since I talked about religion. In fact this is the right time. Where are the believers?

            Praying to God(s) is not going to work. Absolutely not! He is busy registering the sins of the 7 billion sinners plus the regrets of the billions already dead, controling every walk and ride, human, animal and plant, the flight of grasshoppers, the ocean currents, the murmuring volcanoes, the wind direction, the change of season, the fall of leaves and the snow, the election of a president of the most powerful country that trusts in Him etc etc ….

            Folks, it is better to pray to the Human Will, ደረጨን and ኣቢሹ’s will. Praying to poor God who was already annoyed by his first two people and who kicked them from his dwelling by telling them love one another and live using your conscience and brain, is running away from ones responsibility. Where are the Ethiopian crosses and crescents? Hiding in the bosoms of priests and sheiks? This is the time to bring them out. Time to hit the bells (metal or stone) until they crack, and call upon their respective sinners to come to reason with no condition and discuss issues as per the constitutional responsibilities they presently hold. There is little other way, other than the blood-shed.

            Then, Ethiopia should stop pointing its finger of 20 years towards Eritrea and stretch it to God in acknowledgement of the peace it brought upon itself and its neighborhood.

          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam Berhe Y

            “Why is the “national service” does not require “money”, every year, twice a years and it’s short of “money” when “deactivating”.”

            1. – Berhe: let’s have an intelligent discussion here. Let’s start by addressing the core issue. What is the purpose of deactivating the National Service and National army – a sizable number of it that is? Well, the main objective of deactivating is:

            A. – The government to save money

            B. – The deactivated soldiers to earn a living working on private companies – hopefully better earning.

            2. – Now tell me: you deactivated hundreds of thousands of young soldiers to the society because you don’t want them to have a minimal subsidized government jobs and earnings. I get it!

            But, how do you want the deactivated soldiers to earn a living – even if it is the exact same amount of money they were getting from the government?

            If you have an alternative idea, a solution that works, I’m all ears. If all you have is the usual blaming PFDJ and Isaias, I’m not interested. I’ve heard it all.

            Semere Tesfai

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Semere T.

            I am not going to flatter my self seating from the comfort of my home to solve Eritrea social and economic problems.

            But I want a government not only it asks it citizens of their obligations and responsibilities but also it respects their God given universal rights.

            you deactivated hundreds of thousands of young soldiers to the society because you don’t want them to have a minimal subsidized government jobs and earnings. I get it!
            But, how do you want the deactivated soldiers to earn a living

            The government, IA, you, I or anyone else have no RIGHT, I repeat NO RIGHT, to decide the faith and future of adults in what they decide to do with their lives. It’s not about money, or jobs, or this or that.

            It’s about the right to freedom, liberty and pursuit of happiness.

            Would you trade your children with the Eritreans who are deprived of their future and their rights.

            I want a normal government that respects the rule of law. PERIOD. A government that has the mandate by the people to govern.

            Then the rest like money, security, etc..etc… then the government and the people will figure it out what needs to be done.

            Enough with the president baby sitting the whole country.


          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam Berhe Y

            1. – “But I want a government not only it asks it citizens of their obligations and responsibilities but also it respects their God given universal rights.”

            A. – You don’t have “God given universal right” in your adopted country, Canada. You are another monkey from a shithole country. Stop valuing (appraising) yourself too highly.

            B. – How could you have “Universal God Given Right” when there is no such a thing as God for some people, and there is no Universal God for all people? Nonsense!!

            C. – In your adopted country, you can parrot Jeffersonian democracy – in honor of the slave owner Jefferson – all you want, but that doesn’t change the fact that you are at the mercy of Canadian government’s laws.

            2. – “The government, IA, you, I or anyone else have no RIGHT, I repeat NO RIGHT, to decide the faith and future of adults in what they decide to do with their lives. It’s not about money, or jobs, or this or that. It’s about the right to freedom, liberty and pursuit of happiness.”

            A. – “Right to freedom, liberty and pursuit of happiness” are relative; not absolute. You don’t have absolute right in Canada. You follow the rules of the Canadian government. Same is true in Eritrea and everywhere else.

            B. – The absence of government’s power to make National decisions, to enact a laws, and to enforce a laws that are in the books, is called anarchy. And you ain’t living in one.

            Berhe: thank you for engaging and thank you for all the respect

            Semere Tesfai

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Semere,

            A. - You don't have "God given universal right" in your adopted country, Canada. You are another monkey from a shithole country. Stop valuing (appraising) yourself too highly.

            You are pathetic and a hypocrite. Let alone my children, who are born in the country, I as an immigrant have the right, I repeat the right, to run to the highest office of the land.

            Would you trade your children who enjoy the rights like the rest of Americans to serve in the Eritrean national service indefinitely?

            I know you nitpick and try to win an argument by quoting what people write, which is not the main part of the topic.

            I was not comparing Eritrea with any other country but with an ideal that’s universally accepted rights. Where it’s the reason, why we paid so much and our people struggled for, including you I assume.

            You can scratch God, you can scratch Jefferson, and you scratch, Canada or the US.

            Ahmed Hassan was an immigrant from Somalia who studied law and run for office. He was the monster of immigration that is responsible for bringing immigrates and refugees in the the thousands every year.

            Saron Gebreslassie, an Eritrean lawyer born outside Canada, immigrated as a child with her parents and studied to become a successful lawyer. She run for Mayer, of the largest city of the country, with annual budget over 13 billion and over 4 million population. She come 3rd (a very far distant from the winner) but respectable compared to the 30 plus candidates. She was on national debate and nation coverage throughout the campaign.

            Do you know how many young people she has inspired.

            What about Omer, an Eritrean member of parliament in Newzealand, who was from Sawa and become a refugee, and a janitor and studied his way up to become member of parliament.

            How many Omer’s and Saron’s this country has to pay, to fulfil the thirst of blood thirsty dictator and his enablers, people like you, who want to protect their own children, and want the other children to pay and sacrifice so that your children to go and vacation there.

            The Eritrean national service proclamation states, all Eritrean under the age of 40 (regardless of the place of residence) to serve. Have your children served? If not why not?


          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam Berhe Y

            1. – “he Eritrean national service proclamation states, all Eritrean under the age of 40 (regardless of the place of residence) to serve. Have your children served? If not why not?”

            Have you served? Have your children served? You care about Eritrea as much as I do. Why do you question me and my children when you and your children have contributed none. You’re as vocal as I’m. Why question me and not yourself?

            By the way my oldest daughter is registered to serve; and she will leave sometime soon. I don’t want go beyond that.

            2. – As to the black accomplishments you’re talking about, humble yourself and give credit to the sacrifices that was made – and still being made as we speak – by colored civil rights leaders from all walks of life, to make possible the accomplishments of the people you mentioned above, yours and mine, and our children’s hopeful future. They moved the lives of black people from slaves who were bought and sold on an open market like animals, to 3/5 of a person, to a segregated inferior human being, into full human being but not equal in every aspect of life. And contrary to your claim, the struggle for equality is still raging.

            I hope you’ve herd the slogan “Black Lives Matter” and I hope you know what it means.

            Semere Tesfai

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Semere,

            You are shenkolel by design and on purpose.

            Have you served yourself? Why not? Have your children served?

            No I have not served and I will not serve.

            Have your children served? My children have not server and if it’s up to me they will not serve in current Eritrea ruled by outlaws.

            You're as vocal as I'm. Why question me and not yourself?

            I am not a hypocrite while protecting my self and my children from indefinite national service with no hope, at the same time, become a mouth piece of the regime to continue its “illegal” rule even by it’s own standard.

            I have a concise and you don’t, I speak on the hardship the country and it’s youth are going through.

            2. – As to the black accomplishments you’re talking about, humble yourself and give credit to the sacrifices that was made – and still being made as we speak – by colored and white civil rights leaders from all walks of life, who made possible the accomplishments of the people you mentioned above, yours and mine, and our children’s hopeful future


            What’s got this to do with what I said. You are the one telling me and many other Eritreans and other black people for that matter, that they are from “” and they are not able to reach their ability. I give you few example to the opposite.

            So you are comparing Eritrea today, with Slavery in the US. 200 years ago? What the hell are you talking about? Are you telling us, we should be slaves of IA and PFDJ….is this your message.

            I hope you’ve heard the slogan “Black Lives Matter”, I hope you consider yourself and your children black, and I hope you know what it means.


            I am. What is your point?


          • NewDawn

            Selam Semere Tesfai, Without Government control, there is anarchy i agree. But dont you think the governments Control needs to be limited through Laws and constitution. I.e throwing Someone in the dungeons without a fair and transparent trial, should not be allowed.

          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam NewDawn

            “Don’t you think the governments Control needs to be limited through Laws and constitution. I.e throwing Someone in the dungeons without a fair and transparent trial, should not be allowed.”

            I agree hundred percent.

            Semere Tesfai

        • Teodros Alem

          Selam Semere tesfai
          U said “Abyssinia and arab Muslim culture is antagonistic and irreconcilable culture”, that is maybe ur wish but not true, i don’t know if ur highland eritrea culture is irreconcilable and antagonistic with arab culture. but ethiopia is friendly with most arab countries except egypt because of nile water, not because of culture. ethiopia has better relationship with most arab countries than eritrea and when gerd issues over ethiopia will have excellent relationship with arabs.
          U can talk about if ur culture is irreconcilable or not.

      • David Samson

        Selam ND,

        Unlike last week, I will give you a short and quick reality overdose. Unlike IA, I will force you to consume my medicine though.

        The equal sign should be read as lead to as in right arrow.

        A big caveat: taking your assumption that there is a “Post”

        Post TPLF= Post Tigray = Post IA = Post Eritrea = End of Post.

        • NewDawn

          Selam David, Are you insinuating end of tplf= end of eritrea?

          • David Samson

            Selam ND,

            No, you have got to follow Darwin’s natural selection on the food

    • Selam Semere Tesfai,

      In my opinion, after the defeat of the traitor tplf, the new transitional region government of tigray will not be able to negotiate the border issue representing tigray and ethiopia. But, after about six or so months, after the ethiopian elections, the newly elected tigrayan government, which i suppose will be a peace-loving and a democratic one, will sit with an eritrean delegation to sort out the details concerning the transfer of land, people, etc, which should be taken extremely carefully. The eebc decision will be a reality.

      Tplf will be disbanded as a political party, and thrown into the dustbin of history.

      Then, it will be the beginning of a beautiful relationship – as in the movie casablanca.

      • Hashela

        Selam Horizon

        I hope that the Ethiopian Parlament amends the constitution and abolish the clause that allows the Killils to have an army (special forces). It is an absurd anomaly that Tigray has an army whose number is more than the federal army.

        • Abi

          The current constitution aka Dedebit manifesto will be in the dust bin just like Tplf.

        • Selam Hashela,
          It was tplf’s deceitful way to prepare itself for such a day. Hence, it remained a liberation front. When more than 90% of senior officers of the EAF were tplf officials, they robbed and funneled ammunitions to tigray that were bought for the ethiopian armed forces, thus arming tigray at the expense of ethiopia.
          Most probably, the tplf special forces and militias will be disbanded, and this will affect the other killils as well. I think that the federal government was trying to get rid of these special forces by incorporating them to the armed forces. Here is the chance. In my opinion, regional police force should be the only one that should be allowed.

  • Dongolo

    Selam all. Special thanks to Amhara Special Forces on the western-Humera flank. Eritrea-Amhara border now restored.

  • Dongolo

    Selam all. While home prices in the U.S. have soared since March this year, real bargains can now be had in Addis Ababa and elsewhere in Ethiopia as TPLF panic sells have hit the market.

    • Abi

      I’m expecting thousands of properties to be auctioned in Addis and elsewhere.
      The new law states “only accounts transfer “ is a means of payments for properties. I don’t except any kind of fire sale anytime. It is a little bit too late.
      Some of the thugs are already in Addis prisons.

  • Dongolo

    Selam all. Eritrea to provide Tigrayan refugees now fleeing terrorist TPLF instigated conflict with emergency aid to include shelter, food, watsan and cooking utensils.

  • Dongolo

    Selam all. Shire now under control, Adigrat positions hammered, Dedebit within 50 km encirclement, Mekele environs now being entered, AND just guess who is now entering Badme.

    • David Samson

      Selam Dongolo,

      In the past, you promised us insider news but only turned out to be false. When pressed to confirm your source, you quietly disappear from the site and reappear with a different name.

      You seem fond of animal names, starting from Snake on Asmarino, to Fish on Awate. Mokie Berhe was one of the few with no animal connection. You must have lots of pets so much you love them as your nick.

      The only thing you have been consistent is your views towards TPLF.
      Whenever I see your comment, I can’t help myself but watching Corn Flakes commercial brake when I am in the USA.

      • Abi

        Let me correct you just a little bit
        Kalihari Snake
        Asmara Blue
        Fish Milk
        Mokie Berhe

        To be continued…

      • Dongolo

        Selam I’ll duce David Samson. You selectively wish to question sources of info? LOL see what Kokhob just wrote? Reinventing one’s identity is necessary when one gets repetitively banned for attempting to provide news/info that is apparently too sensitive.

  • Abi

    Selam Ato Saleh
    TPLF is a destabilizing force in Ethiopia. It is also a cancerous tumor for the whole region.
    It should be dismantled and demolished.
    Soon, Tigray and Ethiopia will be free from chaos.

    • Haile S.

      Selam Abi

      TPLF is not a cancerous tumor, God forbid. It is a wedge (ውሻል). It has only one function, to divide and rule. If it melts, it could become a glue, a solid bridge between people for a bright future.

      • Abi

        Tplf is melting like a butter on a stove.
        DebreTsion is now leader of the አማፅያን ሽፍቶች::
        እንደ ድፎ ዳቦ ከላይና ከታች እሳት እየነደደበት ነው::
        Wait a minute! Are you talking about a “ gorilla glue “?
        I see what you did here. Brilliant!

        • Haile S.


          Gorilla glue? እዋይ ተንኮለኛው ከበደ 😁😁
          ፈገግታ እና ኣንደርስዎ የመሰለ ኣይታጣ

          • Abi

            የቐንየለይ ሊቀመኳስ
            Speaking of glue
            በሰም የተጣበቀ ጥርስ
            ቢበሉበት አያደቅ ቢስቁበት አያደምቅ
            ይላሉ ዘመዶችህ

          • Haile S.


            መቸም እህታችን ኣዋቂ ናት። ታድያ ለምን ባስተማረችህ ትግርኛ ኣትለውም!

            “ብስምዒ ዝተጣበቐ ስኒ ሓይኽካሉ ኣየድቅቕ፡ ስሒቕካሉ ኣየድምቕ”

          • Abi

            ከእህታችሁ የተማርኩት “ማእሬ” የሚለውን ቃል ብቻ ነው::

      • Hashela

        Selam Haile

        Not every scrap metal is recyclable, especially the one that contains elevated concentration of radioactive elements.

      • Selam Haile S. and Hashela,
        Tplf is a foreign body in the Ethiopian society. It has always been like that. It has no place anymore as a political party. Appeasing with a treasonous group like tplf is equivalent to committing a suicide. If left alone it will continue to poison the nation, undermine and betray it, as it did for the last three decades, until it kills the country. There will be no peace in Ethiopia as long as tplf continues to exist. The only place they deserve is a place behind bars. I don’t think that such a treason was ever committed by any group anywhere in the world. The ethiopian society is extremely angry.
        The best thing they could do, if they have an iota of decency towards anybody, is to give up and surrender, disband their party and accept the wrath of the ethiopian people. They have no way to win this war and they have no way to escape, and there is no way whatever that they could be forgiven, because of their treasonous act. Tplf is finished.
        They should surrender soon instead of trying to find some foreign force to save them. They shouldn’t continue to sacrifice young Tigrayans to save their skin. Implicating Eritrea by saying that Eritrean forces are fighting on the side of the federal army, as Dr. DT said some hours ago, will not be believed by anybody. It remains for the people of Tigray to abandon tplf to its fate.
        Ethiopia can survive only on the demise of tplf leaders.

        • Saleh Johar


          I am afraid what I say could not be to your liking.

          When you say the “Ethiopian People” I take it as a rhetoric. I think it will be a great help to Eritreans if the Ethiopian elite mention which component of Ethiopians they mean. Ethiopians are not one block, never been but by the power of the gun. To Eritreans, the centuries old destructive confrontation, rivalry, and mayhem has been inter-Abyssinian. I strongly hold to that view. And Eritreans have never felt safe from whoever rules Ethiopia–which unfortunately has always been a contest between the Abyssinian elite–one time from Amhara and another from Tigrai. The elite of the two have always managed to involve Eritreans due to primordial factors or whatever current politics was convenient for them. For Eritreans like me, we always prayed for peace between the two historical rivals, a lasting settlement. WE do not benefit if they make peace or war. In both instances the fires they ignite burns us. And history tells us it’s like American football, if we consider the ball equivalent to wars. One side keeps the ball until it loses it to the other. WE call it Aqebaqab (ኣቀባቓብ). A sort of “who got the ball?” game, and it never lasted for more than a generation with one side. Whoever wins in this ethnic war can bask in a fake victory for a decade or so and then they will be at it again. Look back at all the history of the region and you will not find uncontested peace that lasted for more than two generation’s lifetime. It’s sad that warmongering and bloodshed has become the defining nature of the Abyssinian elite and I don’t see them letting go of that. I grew up hearing the history, and lived experiencing it myself. The light at the end of the tunnel is always on-off-on-off-one.

          • Abi

            Selam Ato Saleh
            I think you should stop trying dividing Ethiopians into Amhara, Abyssinia, Tigray, elites, farmers…. When Horizon said “Ethiopian People “, he meant the whole people. 100,000,000 people.
            Your outdated reference back to ዘመነ መሳፍንት has no place in today’s Ethiopia.
            Yes, every Ethiopian is affected by the Tplf policies except a few thugs who benefited in the name of the Tigray people.

          • Saleh Johar

            Ras Abi,
            Do you think I have the ability to divide an already divided Ethiopians? It’s not like splitting an atom! Look around honestly and most of the vocal people in the propaganda and agitation war belong to the two ethnicities. Even someone from another planet can tell that let alone a person who has lived the never-ending “Zemene Mesafint.” Ras Abi, you cannot bounce that definition off to others, it belongs to your elite. I believe the sooner you accept that the easier the solution would be.

          • Abi

            Selam Ato Saleh
            Looks like you stuck in the 18th century. Sorry, I gave up already bringing you to current Ethiopian affairs.

          • Selam Abi,
            The only way to bring down Ethiopia is by dividing her. Tplf expected the EAF to be divided, and that was one of the reasons it started the treasonous war. Except olf-Sheene that is fighting with the traitors, the EAF is fighting tplf en bloc. Egypt and every one that is against Ethiopia hopes for a divided Ethiopia to destroy her. They don’t understand that as there are many enemies of Ethiopia there are also many more friends who want Ethiopia to stay around forever.

          • Abi

            I have no doubt that Ethiopia will come out of this stronger than ever.

          • Selam SJG,
            Is Eritrea one bloc, if i may ask? The hadi libi – hadi hixbi myth, was it a reality? What keeps Eritrea together? Is it not the power of a gun? You are throwing stone while you are living in a glass house yourself.
            Independent Eritrea has every chance to keep away from Ethiopia, to feel safe. If yesterday’s friends are deadly enemies today, it is not the responsibility of Ethiopia. It is the responsibility of the group that used to conspire together against Ethiopia.
            Why is Ethiopia still responsible for the fire that is burning Eritrea since its independence? Why doesn’t everyone take their responsibility, instead of burdening the other with the responsibility that is their own, at least since Eritrean independence. If that is the way to avoid the responsibility for today’s failures, at some point, it will lose its logical ground. The past can’t continue to explain the present forever.
            Is the opposition going to behave differently outside the prism of nationalistic/ethnic superiority of exceptionalism, the can do everything people, etc, myth? Do they have any different plan for the whole region, or, are they going to be one of the many who came before them, or not? Of course, words and action do not mean the same thing, and no one knows what their behaviour would look like if they come to power. Take anybody from the horn of Africa, they are all closet power mongers, whatever they may say. What is more, whoever may come will be demonized, because he doesn’t fulfill their personal dreams.

          • Saleh Johar

            Hi Horizon,

            1-Yes you may ask. You are a free person
            2-No. Eritrea is not one block
            3- I never subscribed to the Hade Lbi mantra, it’s you new allies who said that. Ask them
            4- your aspiration for your country is disappointing—so, PFDJ is the best example you have for comparison? I don’t wish that king of government for anyone. Try aspiring to be like Scandinavia, Switzerland, something on that league
            5- if I lived I. Your kind of glass house, I would have been you close ally. No Horozon, I despise living in glass houses and ivory towers. I don’t live in any of that.
            6-I think you have known me long enough to know I despise the Eritrean regime. And I do not understand why you make sane arguments against you allies the PFDJ but you direct them to me! All the boasting warmongering is the qualities of you allies, just like you. I have nothing to do with you two. And, don’t betray their friendship. Don’t badmouth them in public. Abi will not like it.
            7-Dear Horizon, all I said was the current conflict is an ethnic conflict between the Amhara elite who want to decimate the Tigray elite. This is round 999 of the game you have been playing since king Solomon begot the first elect of god king. I have followed it closely since decades and it is still the same ethnic chauvinism driven by the ego of the elite. It has never been the fight of the Oromo, the Benshagul, the Sudan’s, the Somali, the Afer, and the dozens of others. I asked you to describe it clearly as war between Amhara militia who attacked the Tigray militia. I still believe if you have issues deal with it without shedding peoples blood. But then, why are the two fighting to lord over the people of the contested territories. It’s all about who lords over the people of the beleaguered territories. To them, it’s a change of masters nothing else. Leave them alone and stop claims this war concerns all Ethiopians. It doesn’t.

            You are welcome, as Ras Abi would say.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Saleh,

            Well said and well put!

            Your characterization of the war is spot on. It is the Amhara initiated war on the western front of the confrontation. The enmity of the Amara people and Tigray people is deepened to the existent they will not stop from blood shading for decades in the years ahead. Abiy is in the war, knowing the Amara and the Issayas regime will be on his side. It is unfortunate that we will get our share of loss of Eritrean lives because of the involvement of the Issayas regime in to the Ethiopian ethnic war.

          • Selam SJG,
            This is a conflict for hegemony over the ethiopian state by tplf which believes in ruling not only the country as the sole master, but also the whole region as well. If this is not possible, plan B is to create the mythical greater tigray, otherwise agaziland, that will be the land of the superior christian tigrayan race as seen by tplf. This is tplf’s philosophy since the manifesto of greater tigray. It has implemented it since 1991.
            It is not a simple ethnic conflict between amhara and tigrayan elites. It is ideological and a long lasting dream of a black superior arian race in the making as per the nazis. Hence, mz said that he was proud to be born from the golden people of tigray. Only God knows how he saw the rest of ethiopians. When he said, what is axum to the people of wolaita, it was the reflection of the racist concept that exists in tplf. That is why tplf is such a viciously criminal group of people, as we saw the last few days, although it has been manifesting its ugly face for the last three decades.
            Amharas, elites or ordinary people, were the victims rather than the victimizers since tplf came to power, and still it is amharas who are dying everyday, at the hands of extremist oromos who are fighting with tplf even today. The amhara identity has become a liability.
            The ethiopian defence forces in tigray who fought and died for tigray and its people and still protect them, come from all ethiopian ethnic groups, including amharas. Oromo extremists may have killed amharas, but tplf killed every ethiopian irrespective of ethnic group. With more than 250K fighters, tigrayan elites (tplf) do not seem to be in danger. In the country, they worked day and night the last three decades to decimate others, even by killing them while they are asleep. Do tplf elites look like victims or victimizers? Rather victimizers, if we speak the truth.
            Ethnic chauvinism is not only the property of the amhara elites, but also that of tplf elites, especially lately, who are everything else but an endangered species at the hands of amharas.
            You describe the last event as “a war between the Amhara militia who attacked the Tigray militia”. It didn’t start as an amhara and tigrayan militia conflict. Tplf has not denied it and Dr. DT himself said,”we have captured weapons from the military and we can strike targets at any range.” Everybody knows how tplf came up with the weapons by killing hundreds of ethiopian soldiers in their sleep. This is in no way a conflict of militias, but that of two organized armies. It is also a proof that the war was initiated by tplf.
            This war concerns every ethiopian and every ethnic group, because tplf didn’t kill in a cowardly way while they were sleeping, only amharas, but ethiopians from all ethnic groups. That is why the whole country is extremely angry. That is why the armed forces, except tigrayans, kept together, when tplf was lying that the northern division had come over to its side.
            Tplf felt strong in the 1990s, and it implemented its mantra of “everybody who speaks the tigrigna language is a tigrayan, and the land they live on belongs to tigray” and it implemented its rhetoric incorporating parts of begemder and wollo, lands which were known as amhara lands until then. It is the same with Badme. The demography has changed the last so many decades, nevertheless, still it is an eritrean land. If tplf hadn’t an expansionist ideology, the region wouldn’t have been in this situation.

          • Saleh Johar

            Horizon dear,
            You been expressing your views here for a long time and I understand it very well. However, your view is not the only view, it simply represents a section of the overall views of Ethiopian. I form my opinion by evaluating all the views. Mine view is neither in line with your conviction nor with others who hold an opposite view–it’s a mixture of all thaough there are rare times that I agree with any views that the warring Ethiopians like you advance.

            I never said chauvinism is the domain of the Amharas alone. However, the Amhara and Tigrai share it–it’s an Abyssinian bug. Compared to others ethnic groups, it’s huge and driven by the ages-old hegemonic privileges and obsession. I am just hoping for some self-reflection and attending to the deadweight you (including Eritreans) carry from the culture. The region needs a cultural awakening if not a cultural revolution. This never-ending bloodshed should be stopped–one cannot repeat the same lopsided rational to go to war after a generation or so. Bloodshed should be shunned and the violent modus operandi should be rejected, not revived ever decade. That warrior attitude should have been discarded a few centuries ago not revived in 2020. I hate the zeraf-zeraf cry for the slightest reason. Imight be wrong, but that is my opinion.

        • Hashela

          Selam Horizon

          I listened to the press statement by ሌተናል ጀነራል ባጫ ደበሌ and the investigative report of the Addis Abeba police commissioner. Despite my shaky Amharic knowledge, I understood the key contents of the statement and the reports. How is that possible? It is like re-watching and listening to a movie in a foreign language, a move that you know very well.

          Using Abi’s infamous phrase, I can only say: “our southern neighbor, ‘you are too slow’. We went through this 20 years ago and you were warned you with whom you are dealing”

          • Selam Hashela,

            What tplf did to Ethiopia during peace times will remain in the dark chapters of Ethiopian history. Ethiopia’s weakness was trusting the traitors, although some people knew that they did the same thing to EPRP, and maybe to others as well. Tens of thousands of Ethiopians died defending Tigray and its people, for decades federal armed forces are at the border in fox-holes, and what tplf gave them in return was desecrating the memory of the dead and backstabbing the living.
            When some people, especially foreigners, who do not know tplf’s nature and what it has done, tell the Ethiopian government to reconcile with tplf and they are putting pressure, they don’t understand the danger these groups happen to be to the very existence of ethiopia. The dying tplf should not be resuscitated whatsoever.
            Now, tplf is asking for peace that it killed itself, because it sees its demise on the horizon. Have you read Edgar Allan Poe’s, “The pit and the pendulum”? As the swinging sword approaches tplf’s neck, it is writing letters right and left to the world powers to save its neck. They should tell tplf as the Ethiopian government is doing: Surrender – Disarm – Resign from regional power – Go and face the court of law. Period.

        • Haile S.

          Selam Hashela and Horizon,

          Hashela, you see I am not good at metallurgy 😁.
          But seriously, I believe TPLF has to come to terms with itself first and stop of dreaming to be the dominant figure in the region. It has to reflect on what went wrong in its politics of the last 20 or 30 years that resulted in the bitterness that abounds in the region. If it missed the. Political realignments, it was first its fault. May be it was too sure and too proud of itself, it undermined many. May be it placed too much of stakes on its hand, it couldn’t handle. May be it missed pulling the rag under Isayas a decade ago by unequivocally accepting and implementing the ruling as one Ethiopian journalist suggested then. So many missed opportunities or deliberate decision it has done and needs to reflect upon and deal with its prime minister on how to handle them and its neighbors issues, instead of looking to amplify the war. If it truly gives priority to such reflexions, Abiy should give it the chance to come forward too.

          • Hashela

            Selam Haile

            As long as you help to develop a vaccine against COVID-19, your apparent weakness in metallurgy is generously excused :-).

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Selam Abu Salah,

    Back to square one to the drums of war. 20 years ago I was the only person who oppose the bloody border war, in NYC and its vicinity. I was ostracized by Eritreans of being against the war as if I was standing against the interest of our people. It did not take them to call it a senseless war when they saw the outcome of the war. So when you say there were few Eritreans who oppose the destructive border war, you are right, they were few Eritreans only (finger count) here and there who were vocally opposing it. I salute you for publicly denouncing the drums of war in Ethiopia against the people of Tigray. This is not a “just war”. It is a war to consolidate a “unitary power” of Abiy tutored by the Eritrean regime. The war is avoidable, but the political culture of Ethiopia as we know, they handle political differences by wars. Thank you for the call to defuse the war. God bless you!


    • Teodros Alem

      Have u heard the saying ” peace is not the absence of war, peace is the presence of justice, equality and rule of law”
      That region was always has been under war Footage and still it is under war, it is crazy specially people like u so called former “freedom fighters” say this war is right and that war is wrong, u have to remember other people also can say ur so called ” freedom fighter” war was wrong.
      I’m not by any means supporting this fake and pathetic war that is going on in ethiopia, I’m saying. If there is no justice there is no peace and there always be war.
      Don’t assume silencing people voice by gun don’t mean peace or stealing someone’s property by force and make them silent by gun don’t mean peace.
      Untill basic human rights and justice prevails, there will always be a war.

    • EritreanHillBilly

      I don’t think there is anything unique about Ethiopian or Somali or Congolese culture.
      We just have some Gedhli Dinosaurs who want to stay in power by any means.
      I don’t think Dr. Abiy is waging war against Tigray people… you just have power hungry folks who enjoyed power in Addis for long time who have been eclipsed trying to get it back…

      • Selam EHB,
        I hope you know this amharic proverb. “ቀድሞ ነበር እንጂ መጥኖ መደቆስ፤. አሁን ምን ያረጋል ድስት ጥዶ ማልቀስ።”.
        This same guy was fanning the fire of war by standing on the tplf side. He was applauding when tplf was parading its forces. He was/ he is the master in demeaning and demonizing the Ethiopian PM day and night.
        He said that it is a war against the people of tigray, thus hiding tplf the warmonger, the arsonist, the criminal and treasonous gang behind the people of tigray. Tplf will bring Ethiopia to her knees, was the rhetoric, directly and indirectly, and they ascribed to it.
        Such people will not accept that tplf started the war. They forget that they said nothing when tplf was begging for war and the federal government was not giving it, and finally tplf started the war itself by deceitfully attacking the federal forces in their sleep, after days of work helping the Tigrayan farmers in the field and fighting desert locusts to save their crops.
        Don’t be surprised if he says that the Eritrean Armed Forces are fighting with the federal forces, parroting what tplf is saying to get support.
        As Dr. Aregawi Berhe said, the core of the tplf junta is not more than 20-30 people. They have already sent their families out of the country, while they have made the children of the tigrayan farmer and laborer sacrificial lambs for the survival of these old men. Those who refuse to fight and are surrendering to the federal forces, some younger than 18 yrs old, are shot from behind by fanatic tplf forces, while tplf officials have sent their own children out of the country. The enemies of Ethiopia and Tigray are as few as 20-30 people.
        Such people brought Ethiopia and the whole region to such a situation, and now they are pretending that they are peacemakers, by condemning the ethiopian side and whitewashing the crimes of their darling tplf.

        • Abi

          Hello Horizon
          This same chameleon was advocating for removing PFDJ by force. Of course, he was expecting Ethiopians to do his dirty work. I remember his fierce debate with Berhe on using force. Now, all of a sudden, he pretends to be a peaceful person. This vision less TPLF worshipper is still expecting the thugs to rule over Ethiopia for eternity.

  • Haile S.

    Selam Salehotep II,

    I like the Saleh’s moustache touch on the painting!

    A call for peace and a reminder of the consequences of war is always a great call. Thank you for doing it. May you be heard not only by those who echo for Eritrea to go to war, but also by those who always try to justify and find a reason for the other protagonist to continue its war as if it has steel teeth that feed on crashing the proverbial sand. Giving up to a victim-complexed me-first “Godzilla” is not an ideal solution either.

    You said ዘይስንኻ ሑጻ ቖርጥመሉ or ‘chew sand when it is not your teeth’. Let alone to chew sand with your own teeth, chewing it with somebody’s teeth is so squeakingly disgusting, meaning the listener or the false-grinder is not under a shelter either.

    Coming to our “monster”, I hope you will have the chance to ask him the disarming question you asked your commentator to do before the mummification. I long to see you sitting infront of him, even just for the fun of it 😁. Come on, you have done it before, in 2011. But let me try to answer your question:

    When one has ignored his people and done so many damages on the youngsters, even if he is convinced the measures (damages) he took were justified, he knows very well deep inside how painful and devastating his measures are. He is at ease when he graduates at Sawa because, the military part completely overshadows the education part. But, he cannot present diplomas in purely college or university setting to those whose education he undermined and placed on his bottom priority. The guilty consciousness is felt. One cannot hide his consciousness, and PIA cannot. He went to Jimma and proudly participated in the graduation of neighbor students to get a temporary relief to his guilty consciousness.

    Last but not least, I am surprised you didn’t talk of the Nababs of security, insecurity, crisis and war who saw a good opportunity for research-grants in this war.

    • Saleh Johar

      Thank you Hailat,
      It’s not in 2011, I did the first one ever by an Eritrean media outlet two years earlier. It was a break through and opened the way for dialogue which was my intention for risking the attack that followed my first interview. But in a way I think I liberated a few to even dare to visit Ethiopia. I have been there, I know how it feels. To those who attacked me I challenged them to arrange an interview with our Pharoah and you know how that went.

      On the brokers of peace and conflict resolution, it’s COVID era and they make their profits from meetings: hotels, meeting expenses, air ticket and the like. Zoom might destroy that business. Honestly, I have criticized them so much it’s not inspiring anymore. It’s boring.

      You are right, even others chewing sand is very painful to the ears.

      • Haile S.


        You made me laugh. You are right, the zoom and twitter is pushing them say n’importe quoi!
        Some 2 or 3 months back, it was very puzzling to see them as advisors or intermediaries in a politicos economic forum where participated several Eritreans from different time-zones. I don’t know where that lengthy discussion landed, but listening to it then, it looked like the eritrean government was counting its hours.

  • Brhan

    Dear Saleh,
    Thank you and I salute for its stand NO TO WARS!