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Requiem for the Victim

The totality of beliefs and sentiments common to the average members of a society forms a determinate system with a life of its own and is   termed as the collective or common consciousness.”(Emil Durkheim)

All I hear is death, rape, drowning, imprisonment, all bad news day in day out, and are certainly all mind and thought killers. Aren’t we experiencing an extreme and generally prolonged pain; or displaying an intense mental anguish by the recurring bad news of our people? Indeed I felt helplessness, disturbed, effortlessness in the struggle to save our people. But still we have to witness and share the agony with the families of the dead.  “The power of witness is enormous and we have the opportunities everyday to be a true witness”…(prov. 24:25).

While the influx of the Eritrean refugees are trekking from all directions of our nation, through our neighbor countries on their way to Western counties, hundreds of Eritreans are drowned in the Mediterranean Sea; scores of our young sisters and mothers are raped in the Sinai and other Arab countries. Yes many are perished in the Sahara desert and languished in the prisons of Libya, Egypt, and Israel.

Strangely enough the regime and his supporters have disowned our dead everywhere and every time it happened. No mourning, no tears will flow on their cheeks; no requiem and praying for a divine grace to the dead and no condolence to the families of the dead. Indeed the regime has successfully destroyed the collective conscience of our society to act together even at time of our sorrow.

In the Diaspora, we don’t seem overwhelmed by the recurrent tragic news of Eritrean refugees. This is an ongoing tragedy for more than a decade, and we are lamenting for the staggering loss individually without collective conscience. The apostles of doom rode who tried to wash away our people with fears had reached its logical extreme. Where is our collective outrage? Even tragedies that devour our young couldn’t motivate us to have a united purpose of conscience and objectives to stood and face the challenges. One could expect a seismic change implode out of this tragedy. Alas nil, nada.

When the news of the last tragedy surfaced all over our websites, one will expect our communities in every city and town will congregate for an open mourning to observe a “requiem mass” to our dead even if we don’t have their corpses for more general remembrance and sing for the virtual repose of departed souls. Those families who lost their love ones will feel emptiness without the warmth of brotherhood and sisterhood that should reflect from the observing requiem mass even from a distant place. We have lost our coherence of consciousness as a community and collective effervescence as energy to influence the rest of our society. At least our Diaspora community, have failed in this regard.

A call for Eritrean Collective conscience

David Emil Durkheim, the father of sociology (1858-1918) has coined the term “collective consciousness.” According Durkheim collective consciousness is referred to the shared beliefs and moral attitudes which operate as a unifying force within a society. Hence, it is relevant for me to use Durkheim concept as a launching pad to call for the Eritrean collective consciousness prompted by probing our passive indifference, and that without immediate centralizing our collective consciousness and vigorous determination of our citizens, will indeed couldn’t met the bitter truth so far we fail miserably.

The contemporary situation of our people in Eritrea and the refugees who are on the path to freedom are equally dreadful and dire. The forecast of the future as we stand, if it is not interrupted in a drastic manner, will inevitably turn to the worst. What is needed from each of us is to restructure our intrinsic system of functioning to change the fate of our people.

In this world of Eritreans there have always been several of opinions and ideas. You need not think alike to love alike. But there must be authentic knowledge for guidance and abundant of reasons, to upload and download the flow of our thoughts in our approach. Currently we should recognize that we are a malfunctioning community in disorder. We need a cure for our disorder. As Christos Light Weaver had put it, “the cure for full spectrum of disorder has always been full spectrum of order.” Therefore, I am searching for a light that refract into all colors of our “rainbow of Eritrean conscience”. But let me conclude and share the agony and sorrow with the family who lost their love ones in the Mediterranean Sea and elsewhere, with cold tears of sorrow and cold tears of pain using Garry Legisters’ poetry of agony:

Agony light up the soul with a bewildered glow
Tattered lives mirror the inevitable existence

Of hopeless demise into a confuse sorrow
Through sapping energy the sweat descend
Fire purge the heart consume with agonized flames
With blistering tragedy hope begins
Detoxifying poison in the body driven to the core
People try every way to avoid temptation
Suffocating beneath the consequences implore

The conscience is a lively fire within
The rhapsody of agony encamp in the heart
The light of happiness waiting at the door
Unveil the anguish truth will impart
With many more choice to discover

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  • You need to learn distorted news Eri TV is the best source! (hasot hako thaze dimtsi hafash hitet)
    How the hell in the world is one government trying criticize and analyze other countries’ problems while his own people are choosing to die in the desert and in the Mediterranean Sea due to his inhumane treatment. Again those who are trying to say something about the middle east and north African uprising on behave of the Eritrean State media have no legitimized journalistic credentials so that their reports to be considered and doing that is going to damage Eritrean reputation. At least they better to stop and learn from their neighbors to do good thing to the people who is extremely kind and patient to them. The bad news is to see some people posting Eri TV’s reports on official websites this is absurd. Please Eritrean people men and women let us not leave our government remain forever at the cost of our precious life and ruin our country. Isaias Afwerki is not a charismatic leader as what our mothers think, do you know the reason why our innocent mothers think that way that is because the ERiTV always showing them his photos and his words while jobs are done by others. Actually he is so smart in exploiting people’s mind. He is a master to his existence no other experience however he is a college dropout. So most Eritreans around him are lot better than him to their country but they are not given the chance he has on hand.
    God Bless Eritrea!

  • Thank you very much Amanuel for addressing our apathy in a very expressive ways. That was my feeling about our indifference and our failure to feel sympathy to one another and that is always good advantage for Isaias to do his hideous action flawlessly. When I learnt the loss of our brothers and sisters weeks ago, I went to my work and shared my worst news with couple of Eritreans who work with me thinking that they would absolutely feel it and show some sympathy and eventually blame the dictatorship in Asmara for his inhumane treatment to our people and for making the Eritrean youth lost their rationality. Conversely, those guys trying to put their blames to the lost souls and i felt so insulted to hear and finally I tempted to call them bone headed fellow because I lost my temper. So your article is to the point because we almost all of us are not going together; we are a way back from where we are supposed to be and while we have no reason not to stand against a common domestic enemy.
    God Bless Eritrea!!