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Sweden Might Arrest Eritrean Officials On Arrival

Eritrean officials cancelled their plan to attend the festival they were hosting in Sweden when Swedish officials informed them on 24 July that they could not accommodate their request to meet with senior Swedish officials on such short notice.

Gedab News has also confirmed that the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs told the Eritrean officials that if they do meet with the Eritrean delegation, led by Foreign Minister Osman Saleh, that they would like to include all unresolved issues between the two countries.

Topping the unresolved issues is the case of Eritrean-Swede journalist Dawit Isaak who has been in detention, without charges, since September 2001.

The Eritrean delegation was keen on attending the festival in Sweden as they do every summer because Sweden, until recently, had some of the most party-loyal Eritreans in Diaspora.

Eritreans in Sweden have been pressuring the Swedish government to issue arrest warrants for visiting Eritrean officials. Around 14,000 Eritreans live in Sweden.

Recently a new law that enables Swedish courts to persecute crimes committed elsewhere was put into effect. On the same day that the law was passed, a Swedish law firm reported President Isaias Afwerki and several of his ministers to the Swedish authorities for violation of human rights including torture.

In keeping with the Eritrean regimes representatives’ new tradition of traveling in secret, the Eritrean officials secured Italian visa so that they can fly in to Sweden without alerting the Eritrean opposition of their arrival. The “visa policy of the Schengen Area” permits almost all visitors to travel across EU states with a single entry visa issued by any of the member states.

Coming on the heels of the disastrous festival in Bologna, Italy and the cancellation of the festival in Giessen, Germany, the Sweden festival was supposed to showcase the Eritrean regime’s stronghold of the Eritrean Diaspora.

The YPFDJ-influenced festival had nothing to offer apart from an overdose of fashion show, something totally unrelated to Eritrea. Out of 12 sets of images displayed about the festival, almost three quarters was related to the fashion show. Even the festival’s official website shows last year’s images where the Eritrean foreign minister attended.

YPFDJ is the youth franchise of the People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ), the ruling party in Eritrea.

The Eritrean Organizing Committee of National Holidays, which usually publicizes the festival in Washington, DC, usually held at the convention center, has been tight-lipped about this year’s festival in the United States.

The Eritrean regime is obsessed with creating for itself an environment where the voice of the opposition is silenced and it goes to extreme lengths to keep even festivals a secret shared with trusted followers on as needed basis.

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  • Rodab

    Hello everyone,
    Early this week, there was a scandal of the making of the government that didn’t get the attention it deserved. As a result and as usual, the regime survived it unscathed. Not only that, I haven’t seen or heard anyone mentioning the misdeed, save for Amanuel Eyasu’s effor to expose it.

    As we know there was a bus accident in the Keren vicinity that claimed 17 students’ lives (official but disputed number). The accident occurred on Monday. Although the gravity of the situation warrantied an interruption of tv/radio programing to break the news, the State and only media in Eritrea took its time and didn’t report it till Tuesday, over a day later. As if that wasn’t bad enough, even when it finally broadcasted the news, it was in such a light way that it only took under 3 minutes of reporting time AND the Toronto festival news had precedence over it (gosh, what is with these endless festivals?). Imagine how the parents of the deceased must have felt seeing people dancing on festivals alongside footage of the accident on the same TV screen at the same time!!

    The other fact of the accident is, this is not a typical accident where citizens where traveling of their free will to mind their own businesses. No it wasn’t. The bus was carrying students who were forced and being bussed to training camps by their own government. So this is solely and squarely the making of the regime, a regime that doesn’t have an iota of accountability! Technically, the dead are soldiers or people on other forms of national mission. As such they were entitled to national burial ceremony, and the State should have lowered flags in honor of them. This was strictly State issue!

    Interestingly enough, I think it was on Wednesday I saw a video of that news where they talked about the festival first, and then the accident came next. Well, somebody must have realized it looked really bad because that video has now disappeared and instead made into two separate videos, I assume to hide scrutiny as to which news was read first. Weygud!! God save and bless our Eritrea!

  • Abraham Hanibal

    I guess you didn’t read my message carefully. The plan of toppling the Isayas regime would, of course, be drawn by Eritreans themselves. And its execution would also be spearheaded by Eritreans. It is not wrong to ask for a helping hand from neigbouring countries. This is natural, and something that happens every where around the world.
    The plan is not to target the Eritrean armed forces; but to topple the PFDJ regime by as less human life loss as is possible. Considering the current situation of the indescribable violations of the rights of all Eritreans , including the armed forces, it would be right to claim that no one is willing to fight to keep Isayas in power.
    Why should Eritreans die for keeping a regime that has stolen their freedom, that has impoverished them, and that has caused them to flee their country in their thausands?
    You say Eritreans will clean will their own house; but WHEN? When everything is lost and nothimg is left to save? The Eritrean opposition forces and Eritreans in general should start to think other possibilities than just holding meetings and demonstrations, if they are going to save the country before it is too late.

  • haileTG

    Selamat Awatista and all affected by the latest tragedy of Eritreans at sea:

    It is sad to learn that news of lost loved one is finally reaching many families of Eritreans across the diaspora. Some families have lost more than one, others have previously lost a child in such circumstances and are being told such has happened again to their other child or sibling. Many families are going through tough situation once again.

    “Isaiah 43:2 says :When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.”

    May all the victims rest in peace and their families and closest and dearest find the strength to pull through their grief.

    With deepest sympathy,

    • Saleh Johar

      Haile TG, this is heart breaking… I am afraid we are getting desensitized, tragedy is not moving us as it should. A few minutes ago I was watching the fightig between Sudanese and Eritrean refugees in Calaise. A few weeks ago I watched the defiance of Eritrean refugee in Israel and I am baffled by their bold attitude.

      Now Haile, please think with me. If the youth are that defiant and that bold in a foreign country, what weren’t they that bold and that defiant when the carried guns, when they were in their own country among their people and peers, under their enslavers? I just can’t avoid asking such questions. Please give me your honest appraisal of what is happening.

      • Papillon

        Dear SJ,

        It seems to have its own macabre psychology. It looks like we will be moved when we wake up to learn the death of the tyrant in any given morning. As for your one million Naqfa question, the resolve and in-your-face attitude of the younger generation is differed where it seems to function anywhere but in Isaias’ Eritrea.

        P.S. Please excuse my weTemtem. I realize the question was directed to the one and only Haile TG.


        • Saleh Johar

          Not at all Papillon, this is an open discussion, I just wanted to check Haile’s take.
          Indeed, if they are this bold, maybe they can be half as bold when they carry a gun. That is the question bothering me… and ofcourse I ask: what would (in fact did) do the previous generations? The damage is just so colossal it is scary. Pray hard if you know how 🙂

      • haileTG

        Hello SGJ,

        Well I am going to give you what I make of it based on my personal observation, of course nothing can be taken as scientific here, simply how I perceive things whenever I happen to be there:

        – The sense of apprehension is very strong and visible among the people. I haven’t seen any out of the ordinary presence of visible force but people seem extremely edgy. The possibility of arrest seems to stir major apprehension when people are faced with it. I can only guess that they are aware of the disappearances and see it as something to be avoided at all costs.

        – People protest for legitimate rights (or those they think to be so). The level of criminality and corruption is so high in Eritrea that it is easy to pass it as being an ordinary way of life. Every business person, every civil servant, every trader, every importer/exporter, every home owner, every manufacturer, every clergy…is directly or indirectly involved in some form of “unlawful” activity in today’s Eritrea. One can’t live at national service salary, business can’t be conducted when black market exchange rate is more than 3 times the official, supply of import accessories can’t be secured when import/export is banned, a home maintenance can’t be tended for when construction activity is banned, a non-working widow or mother without other income can’t bring bread on the table without compromising her dignity, every transaction would not be worth the time you spend on if you follow official guidelines – there is a side deals associated with it…. All these and far far more including that there is no old age pension, no future to look forward to, a bankrupted and broken life all around doesn’t trigger a fight for a right! What right? from whom? People simply lose hope on the daunting task. You really are talking about making the nation all over again. Please don’t underestimate the deliberate regime actions and inherent limit imposed by lack of knowledge and sense of abandonment too. The sum total of these becomes a firm belief that the right and safe thing to do is to exit the country as soon as it is practicable to do so. And many do. However, the minute they land in a place where there is law and order, Eritreans just like any other people start to haggle and protest and fight for the right that they perceive to exist around them and can benefit from.

        – So the reality described in your question is a symptomatic manifestation something deeper, more sinister and spells something nasty as regards the long term viability of the country as a nation. You are witnessing that people who are openly disdainful and disparaging towards the acts of the regime (almost every home in Eritrea has horror stories to tell about the regime) but see no use what so ever to start out on the long journey of reclaiming their country back. They see it to be too great a task, sort of starting from scratch (remember HGDEF is essentially screen/photoshop brand its reality is below zero) and at a danger that can easily be faced to better one’s situation with realistic chances somewhere else.

        I don’t know how you see it ?? But for me, there is nothing to fight for, except escape from, seems the overriding view point.

        • Ermias

          Haile TG, you and I were discussing the other part of the equation on a different thread earlier today (Friday). The question was ‘why don’t these young men and women voice any sort of meaningful organized opposition against the diaspora PFDJ?’ Instead, we have witnessed a large number of them dancing and celebrating at PFDJ sponsored parties and describing the opposition in demeaning manner. It is a very depressing dilemma. I don’t think they really know who their real enemy is because they can’t put a name and a face to it but I wouldn’t quite say it is their fault.

        • Ermias

          Haile TG, sorry if I am bombarding you today but I get extremely agitated and anxious and look for answers all over the place when I hear the kind of news you have been reporting to us. Here is what one Eritrean full of wisdom as in you wrote on asmarino. His name is Zekarias Kibreab. The last part about the youth is in tune with what we have been saying all day today.

          “ኣንቱም ህዝቢ ንጠፍእ ኣሎና። ሬሳታት አሕዋትናን ደቅናን ተሳጊርና ንጥቕሚ በይንና ኣይኑግየ። ኣንታይ ገደሰኒ ኣብ ዘብጽሓና የብሉን። ርግእ ኢልና ንሕሰብ። ክምከርን ክግበርን ዝኽእል ብዙሕ ነገር ኣሎ። ወለዶና ምስ በረሰን ምስ ፈረሰን “ዋይ ኣነ!” ከይከውን ሕጂ ንለብም። ጽባሕ ንግሆ ተጣዒስና ክንመልሶ ኣብ ዘይንኽእል ደረጃ ከይንወድቕ። ኣይንገማማዕ… ንሰማማዕ። ንምነዮን ዘለናዮን ንገብሮን ነሳንዮ።

          ንኣብነት ኤሪ ቲቪ ነቲ ኣብዚ ሰሙን ዘጋጠመ ሓደጋ ተመሃሮ ኣዝዩ ኣሰንባዲን ሃገራዊ ትራጀዲ ክነሱ፡ ንናይ ዕለት 05 ነሓሰ ሸፈነ ዜናኣ ብፈስቲቫል ቶሮንቶ እያ ክትከፍቶ መሪጻ። ሳዕሳዒት ከም ቀንዲ ኣርእስቲ ተወሲዱ ኸኣ እቲ መርድእ ዕሸላት ኣብ ድሕሪት ተሰሪዑ ኣብ ውሽጢ ሓደ ደቒቕ ተነቢቡ ተሓሊፉ። ንሕና ግን ከም ህዝቢ ናይ ውሽጥና ንውሽጥና ቀቢርና ደሓን ከምዘለና ብሳዕሳዒትን ከበሮን ንነብስና ኣይንጠብራ። እቲ ናይ ብሓቂ ምስልና ነንጸባርቆ። ጓሂ ልብና ንስለ ህዝብና ዝርንዛሕ ንንበዓሉ። ኣዴታት ኤርትራ ደቀይ ደቀይ በላ። ኣንቱም መንእሰያት ኣብ እትደልይዎ ሃገር ምስ በጻሕኩም ንሃገርኩም ብጎቦ ዓይንኹም ኣይትጠምትዋ። ክቡራት ስለዝኾንኩም ነቲ ክብርኹም ቀንጢጡ ኣብ ስደት ብሕስረት ክትነብሩ ዝቐሰበኩም መላኺ ተቓለስዎ። ኣንጻር ሕልናኹም ደው ኣይትበሉ። ኤርትራን ኤርትራውያንን ክነብሩ ምእንቲ ናይ ኩላትና ኢድ የድሊ‘ሎ። ሞት አሕዋትኩም ንቡር ኣይኮነን ።እቲ ንቡር ብሂወት ብኽብሪ ኣብ ዓድኻ ምንባር‘ዩ።”

          • haileTG

            Hi Ermias, I gave some answer to the above yesterday. It seems disqus still has that in its trash can!!! I sometimes wonder if disqus uses some intelligence, it sure knows to file things where they belong …haha just kidding. Any way still waiting if it reappears..

          • haileTG

            opps…please ignore, it has re-surfaced now 🙂

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Ustaz Mahmud,

    If you don’t mind can you send me your email address to I want to share some private info with you.

    Amanuel Hidrat

    • Mahmud Saleh

      Yes, I will.

  • sara

    george- it is ok, we all know why they get irked when they hear the truth, i mean when they face a typical eritrean who argues with humility. isnt that what we are told how our grand parents were when they talk to their fellow eritreans.
    infact one of the reasons i want every body to participate in such gathering is they could see that it is not as the ill wishers portray eritreans.

  • haileTG

    Hello Awatista (and those in the area of HR activism in particular)

    Radio Assenna had an eye witness interview today with one of the 24 survivors of the sinking of a boat off the Libyan coast at the end of July. The incident was actually reported a week ago by the Times of Malta on the link below:

    According to today’s corroboration of events by first hand witness:

    – That there were almost 180 people on the boat most (or all) Eritreans

    – There was one child with a mother

    – There were between 30-40 women

    – The accident happened 2 and half hours after setting on sail and was due to water entering the boat from beneath the floor compartments.

    The Numbers reported by the eye witness are consistent with earlier reporting.

    What is highly puzzling is however, the fact that relatives and family of these people not coming forward. Surely somebody must have wired them the money to board the ships. Could it be that the family are afraid to come forward and notify the loss of a family member?

    Another point to wonder is the fact that actually there was another boat reported sinking before the end of July and the one still being sought for (end of June). This other boat set sail on July 18/19, I have no idea of the nationality of those but it was reported to have sunk too. Are there human rights activists out there trying to document the Eritrean victims? The task appears complex and what methods do they use, if at all? Does any one has an estimate of how many Eritreans have died – say this year? Given the above complication and the tendency to end up getting less cooperating family members, is it time that a specialized task force is set up to do so?


    • Tesfabirhan WR

      Dear haile TG,

      Thank you for such report.

      A father who lost two of his own kids (one girl(21 years old) and one boy (22 years old)) is just living here in my city. It is such a disaster. He was waiting them for the last 4 years but looking for safe ways. Staying 4 years in Ethiopia was unbearable for these two grown-up brother and sister and without notice of their father they left to Libya and then after trying to cross is what it happened as you are reported it her. And worse, another boy of this father’s sister’s son was also reported dead, just three from one family within one day and yet even the dead body is not returning back home.

      Another within same shocking news, a mother from Keren who lives here in my city has also come to know about here brother’s death.

      I also came to know that one Somalian was also reported as drowned in the same boat and the mother Somalian is living here in the same city with me.

      My city is busy these days visiting these families, including me.

      What a sad news is this.

      • haileTG

        Ah…what a disaster Tes bro. So young, so innocent!! R.I.P

    • Papillon

      If the Cambodians had “The Killing Fields”, we have “The Killing Sea!!!”

      • Ermias

        What a depressing but impeccable analogy!

  • haileTG

    Selamat Thomas the native Eritrean 🙂

    I have followed your exchange with Sara. I think to Sara Eritrea doesn’t mean the real Eritrea out there but the depiction she holds in her mind painted by the debilitating cult controlling her. “Eritreans” means those cult members and “festival” is a revered ritual that is more like “sermon” held by the cult leaders. To Sara, we are not Eritreans, the death toll is not that of Eritrean, the crisis has nothing to do with Eritrea and our grave tragedies are remotely Eritrean. Cult is cult, no questions asked. If Sara was to ask herself what PFDJ did, is doing and would hope to do, she would have nothing to say. She knows the reality at home, the tragic and heart wrenching situations and the grim and dark situation, yet it just isn’t part of Eritrea as defined in her cult. It is sad but I am afraid we don’t have her here with us, she is helpless.

    Here is a young protester in 2012 by the name Isayas Teklebrhan

    Nothing much about the speech relevant here, except to see him (and Sara to see him too) in person. His brother Mulugeta has just passed away in a tragic boat sinking last month along 155 other Eritreans. Mulugeta’s picture is below. Sara is indeed (or she thinks) very serious about festivals, except that it would have been better if she was to regain her normal self and do it at the right place in the right way. But, the truth is beyond her and every cult victim knows this bitter fact about themselves (the inner conscience doesn’t lie nor is at the whims of her control).


    • Thomas

      Selam Haile TG,

      Indeed, Sara is one example of those who were in Bologna 40 (whatever they call it). Those who are mindless and heartless. One Tegadalay friend put these people in a categorizes of sheep ready to pried by fox. The fox can hunt/kill and eat one sheep @ a time, the remaining sheep will hang around until their turn comes. That these animals are indifferent as such they a suitable food target for most meat eaters. The thing is after the fox attacked the first sheep, the other sheep should have gotten wiser to reverse or run away for their lives. Unfortunately, this the saddest thing and the pattern we kept seeing……………

    • sara

      ato- haile the great-
      all this just because i said the truth about eritrean gathering… festival, wow!!!
      i do not like to personify this discussions , but us a reminder .. lest you forgot
      maybe two years ago when you popped in to this forum i welcomed you and i also commented
      my opinion to your introductory pieces in this forum. now i know i was not wrong of what i thought and wrote about you though i had this little feeling guiltiness about that. i hope you remember it…
      as for sara doesn’t think we are eritreans etc, please! this is a serious accusation. do you think someone who thinks about you and others as such will spend time to here begging all to love their eritreanes.. and participate in eritrean gatherings… all-all gathering/festivals which i do..

      • Tesfabirhan WR

        ዝኽበርኪ ሓብትና ስራ፡

        ኸምቲ ኣቶ ኣቶብርሃን ሰጊድ ዝበሎ ሃገረይ ዝበለ ተዘኪሩ ይነብር ዝ አይኮነስ ስርዓት ህግደፍ ዝበለ ኪነብር እዩ ተቐይሩ ነገሩ። ኣስተውዕል እሞ ኣብሊ ክብርቲ ሓብተይ፡ ወዲ ሰብ ክቡር ዩ። ክብረቱ ድማ ወላ ኣብ መቓብሩ ማለት ዩ። እቶም ብሰርዋት ኢትዮጵያ ካብታ ናይ ዘልኣለም መዕረፊ ተናሂላ ዝተዳለወት ቦታ ዝወረደ ዕንወት ዶ ኣይኮናን ዓገብ ዝበልና። እንታይ ዝተቐየረ ስለዘሎ ደኣሉ ሎሚ አቲ ኤርትርዋኢ ተረፍ ዓሳ ዝኾነ እዛ ንእሽቶ ት ሕቲ መሪአት ስፍራ ትኽልኦ፧ ዝሞተ ሰብ ዶ ሕብሪ ኣለዎዩ፧

        የኣይሲ ሞት ከም ንቡር ተወሲዱ ረሳ ከይቀበርካ ዳንኬራ ምግባር ባህሊ ተቖጺሩ። አቲ ባህሊ ሰውራ፡ ሬሳ ድፍን ድፍን ኣቢልካ ዝትከል ዝነበረ ዲቕ ዝበለ ጓየላ ዳግማይ ክነግሰና። እቲ ግዚ ሰውራስ ኩሉ ዘይንቡር ስለዝነበረ ከም ቅቡል ተወሲዱ ሓሊፉ። ሕጁ’ደኣ እንታይ ተረኽበ፧ አር እንታይ’ዩ ቲ’ጭዋ ባህልና እንብሎ፧ ብሓቍ ዘስደምምዩ።

        ክብርቲ ሓብተይ ለባም ኢኺ ትመስሊ’ሞ ነቲ ልቦናኺ ልቦና ወስኽሉ። ብሓቍ’ዩ እቲ ድንገት ኣብ መንጎ ሓጎስ እንተዘጋጥም፣ እሞ’ድማ ብዘይካ’ቶም ዓበይትይ ዚፍለጥ እንተዘይነብር፡ ኣደ ኩሉ ሰላም ኣሎ ኢላ ንቡር ከተካይድ ይሕደግ። እዙይ ግን በንጻሩ’ዩ። ኣደ ኣብ ልዕሊ ረሳ ኪትዕስዕ ኣይተሰመዐን። ፎእ ዘይባህልና፡ ፎእ ንበሎ!!!

        ባህልና፡ ባህሊ ሰውራ ኣይኮንን። ሰውራ ከይፈተናዮ ዚኣቶናዮ መሰጋገሪ እዋን’ዩ ኔይሩ፡ በቃ ነሩዩ’ኮ ተባሂሉ። ባህሊ ሰውራ ክዕንብብ ኣይኮንና ተጋዲልና። በዓል ቻይና ባህሊ ሕምቕ ስለዝነበሮም፡ ባህሊ ጊላነት፤ ባህሊ ገዛእን ተገዛእን፣ እንከይፈተዉ ባህላዊ ሰውራ ገሮም። ኣብ ኤርትራ ግና ክእለዩ ዝነበሮም ዘለዎምን ልምድታት እኮ እንተልው ዕላማ ሰውራና ሓንቲ እያ ኔራ። ንሳ ድማ ናጽነትን ሓርነትን።

        ስለዚ፡ ክብርቲ ሓብተይ፤ ዓገብ ንህግደፋዊ ባህሊ፡ ዓገብ ንፈስቲቫል ህግደፍ!!!


      • haileTG

        Hi Sara,

        Are you sure that is when I “poped up”….hmmmm 🙂 Anyway, I don’t live in the past, for the past has its own place and set conditions. My wild guess that “you don’t think we’re Eritreans” was just a reaction to the level of dissonance you display. The issues of Palestine figures large in your “to worry” list, your desire to be engaged in a party activity sounds at the cost grave division to the nation and people. I know for certain that massive amount of money was made available by PFDJ to by this propaganda gimmick. A gambler’s fallacy I would say. Sara, 150 Eritreans perished with no trace just about a week ago, your indifferent reactions here is disturbing. May be you feel bad about it inside, may be you’ve been personally affected. There are those of us who take “VERY SERIOUS” political interpretation to the way PFDJ is being enabled to discard our people just like that and being given political cover to do so by people making feeble excuses to attend its festivals. A regime that has no guts to acknowledge the miseries befalling Eritreans, even nominally can only be holding on to power by cult like following. Cults create cognitive dissonance towards the objective reality, induce sense of worthlessness in the victim and finally offer themselves as the only way of remaining intact. Many people in PFDJ camp are openly showing this dissonance towards the current situation. And many are painfully aware of it. This is where our difference Sara. In terms of when “I poped up here” when we “talked this and that” and the rest, they work little on a normal and self controlling person like me. Yesterday is gone, I spoke and thought yesterday in the way I saw and understood things yesterday, and I speak and think today, in the way I see and understand today. That is what free people and free minds do. I am not beholden to any one and anything that has no moral or other legitimacy to hoodwink control. The current PFDJ sponsored festivals are a coward acts of attempting to camouflage huge tragedy. A crime against the Nation in a essence. Enjoy while it lasts 🙂

  • T. Kifle

    Dear Awatistas,

    Apology for digressing from the subject but I thought I am duty bound to express my solidarity to my friend Nitric on this Ethiopian Airlines as if naming one of its dream-liners after Taj Mahal isn’t a sin enough, here we go again another aircraft of the same brand is named after “The Great Wall of China”. Now, your turn and do the beating.

    • saay7

      Selamat Awatistas:

      I just checked the Weather Channel and its official: Hell has frozen over. (1) T.Kifle said something critical about his beloved EPRDF and (2) T. Kifle agrees with Nitricc.

      For the record, Nitricc criticized PFDJ policies and why Isaias is a spent force, two years before T.Kifle gently criticized EPRDF.


  • Rodab

    Thanks to the national curse (aka national service), the productive force is not producing offspring. Add to that the daily deaths inside and outside the country, it does appear as though the population is depleting like never before.

    • abinet

      Hey Rodab,
      you sound like yg. Actually he has an article dedicated to your point. Check it out.

  • Abraham Hanibal

    What about trying a regime change in Eritrea BY FORCE?
    -The Eritrean opposition groups, technocrats and other influential individuals arrange a Reconciliation Conference between themseves to carve out a plan of action for a common goal of removing the PFDJ from power.
    -The plan of action would include how to fill the power vacuum that will arise after the fall of PFDJ.
    -The plan of action works out on the composition of a transitional caretaker government
    -An information campaign targetted to the Eritrean Defense Forces takes place. This information sends a clear message to the Eritrean Armed Forces to side with the forces of change and the people and to reject orders from the PFDJ officilas and top military leaders. The Army should be convinced that the force of change would not target them, but only the top leadership as the army itself is a victim of the regime. It should be communicated to the army that the plan is also to free them from an indefinite slavery situation under the PFDJ.
    -The next step is for the Eritrean opposition forces to invite the members of the IGAD to help them also militarily to remove the PFDJ.
    -After the fall of PFDJ; the caretaker government starts building of democratic institutions based on the Eritrean Constitution from 1997.
    *By now it should be crystal clear that no Eritrean soldier is willing to die for a regime that has condemned them to endless servitude and slavery. No one is willing to fight for a regime that has left the people destitute and totally isolated. Considering this into account, in addition to the peoples’ desire for freedom from oppression, the task of removing PFDJ might not be so difficult.

  • Abraham Hanibal

    I think the best solution to the problems with the PFDJ officials should be issuing of arrest warrants on all the top officials of both the government and the PFDJ. There are reasons enough to issue such warrants; the endless conscription of Eritrean youth, and the people in general who’ve to serve the corrupt regime for unlimited period of time, without pay. This is slavery happening under the guise of national security. The indiscreminate arrests of Eritreans without due process of law; the inhuman treatments of prison inmates, that doesn’t allow their families and the Red Cross to meet them is also another issue. This is in addition to all those human rights violations on the Eritrean People.

  • haileTG

    Selamat Awatistas,

    News like the one above may come as a surprise for some within the Eritrean circle (mostly those sleep-walk following HGDEF), to the rest of the world, this is nothing new. More importantly the vagabonds of PFDJ leadership, they are well used to the humiliations of the life of a prostitute. In the UN HQ Araya Desta (even the current PFDJ rep – the Ethiopian Gashie Girma:) are always gleaning with their straightened ears through the walls because they are routinely shut out of meetings pertaining Eritrea (even serious one like to out law its armed forces), the vagabond regime rep was pulled out and sent to stand on the cold during the Somali peace conference in Istanbul (that was right from the middle of the meeting he doged to gain entry), its rep in Ethiopia was literally picked up by the collars and kicked out from the IGAD meeting, no one bothers to give the vagabonds any pre-sanction reports lobed in to expose them, we all seen how they were literally insulted by all City leaders of Bologna one after another from Piazza Maggiore of the city while all the vagabonds were huddled together in a private stadium in the outskirts of the city, under private security firm protection.

    These vagabonds have no self respect and waiting up to sneak into Sweden and turning away when they were informed that they could be picked up by any police along city criminals and prostitutes is level of humiliation that neither their damaged soul or their supporter’s disabled mental condition can register and process. These vagabonds work for a regime that sells fishing license to the Russians to abuse our red sea waters and deny our fishermen the right to fish for a living, that recognizes a forged University as EUCLID run from Central Africa office and Pakistan based chairman (possibly from home) and shuts down an age old national higher learning institution as UoA, facilitates the sale of light arms in the black market and benefits from the proceeds of illegal organ harvesting of Eritrean youngsters, that brings in a UN wanted terrorist Aweys and offers him a home in Eritrea while begging its supporters to write petition not to be placed on terror list, as per testimony of Petros Solomon, the head of the vagabonds IA use to pay up to $60000 to be serviced by Japanese prostitutes…but hey who cares when one can pull few hundred dance addicted and mentally handicapped (ideologically) people.

    One of the most disturbing situation is however the way the loss of Eritrean lives are being normalized. It is shameful that the opposition is falling to the trap of “don’t politicize it” as if its suppression isn’t meant to do exactly that. Radio Erena has just reported that 155 Eritreans have been confirmed dead soon after leaving Libya on 28/29 June. Their families are confused and electing to recoil in silence (to the delight of the regime and its supporters) and another boat that set off a month later on 27/28 July with over 200 Eritreans has vanished with no traces. This should have been blazing across diaspora media, empowering people to seek and receive information, pull international coverage and expose the silent genocide unleashed by PFDJ on our people. Instead, as always, the opposition media reaction is slow, ill coordinated and by the time it is covered, there is no value to it other than to see and go…hmmmm

    The loss of 355 Eritrean, in just one month June/July 2014 is huge, they were supposed to be ERITREANS, yes ERITREANS, the people and country we write and discuss so much about. Aren’t they worth anything? Are more interested about the topic rather than the subjects? What moral ground do we claim against the betrayal of PFDJ and its mentally handicapped supporters? While the mentally handicapped HGDEF supporters were dancing and jumping in Bologna on the weekend of July 4-6, the fresh corpses of 155 Eritreans was littering the Mediterranean sea. This is sickening, but HGDEF supporters and their vagabond leaders know they are sick and will die sick, but what about the rest of us? Why is opposition media unmoved by the loss of over 355 Eritreans in a space of 4 weeks? Very confusing indeed.


    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Dear Hailat,

      Most of your argument should be framed in essay or article format and posted in the front page of awate. One example is the above well articulated comment. What you need is frame a title that reflect to the core of your message and make your argument in a such a way to expose the evil political-culture (the PFDJ-political culture) that devours our society. Sometimes your comment does excel to the featured articles. Think about it, your writing is history in itself. it should be placed where it should be, and that is right in the article’s file. You have a synthesizing ability of information as well as sorting data that serve to your argument. It doesn’t matter how long it should be, it could be two pages article with a clear message ready to feed to the public. I believe the Team has already gave you that opportunity to post it under Hiale-TG. Please heed my advice.

      Amanuel Hidrat

      • haileTG

        Selamat Aman and all of ya awatista compatriots above,

        I would definitely heed that advice, and also admit that the AT had made pretty much all that is needed for me to do so available (by even bending backwards to accommodate peculiarity:). For the comment above, I can see that it can be fleshed out with the available concrete evidences and third party accounts and impartial documents to substantiate the truth of the statements given there and some additional related issues too.. I would admit that I when I penned the above remark (which was just that), it was nothing more than jotting down the bolt of indignation that I sensed at the sad news this morning. Didn’t consider much else than straight venting of what is going on and the understated reactions. Hope, I will soon get around to doing what you guys encourage me to 😉

        • abinet

          Now you takin. Please don’t make us wait long.
          thanks in advance.

    • Nitricc

      Haile, it is okay you can vent but you said “Aren’t they worth anything?”
      I could have asked you more questions but please answer this one question you asked for.
      Who decides for one self what worthy they might be? I think your sense of reason and judgment is going 100% emotional.
      . Haile thanks for your replay for my inquiry on the other thread. I didn’t get the chance to replay to you. my bad.

      • haileTG

        Hi Nitricc,

        I know where you are getting at (I hope). Basically, you’re saying that “..the Eritreans in such situation control the valuation of their own self worth, hence if they think they’re worth that kind @##$ let it” seems the gist of what you’re saying. There is a logical argument there albeit devoid of moral obligation to one’s own. We have what we call Hilina in Tigrinya or conscience in English. If your brother is overpowered by situations, it may make logical sense to distance yourself from his troubles and keep a safe distance (that is what the duplicitous pro-regime do) or you can risk it all to help him (which is what moral people do) or do something in between, i.e. you help in a way that maximize your personal fortunes (which is what many in the Eritrean opposition do). It all depends on the Richter Scale reading of one’s Hilina/conscience turbulence as a result of witnessing such calamity befalling upon their brother. So, technically speaking, your point isn’t outside the current set of responses being witnessed.


        • Fanti Ghana

          Haile TG,
          I second Mr. Amanuel’s motion below.

        • Nitricc

          Haile, you got my drift. I am a firm believer worth comes from self and they put together nicely to mean self-worth. I am responsible for my self-worth. I am responsible for my own actions. I am responsible for my own words. I am. For your argument to have any validity then it has to happen something that is an act of good; a work nature; something that is not human made. Or else anything that is man made; anything that is imposed against my will; anything that is done against my choice then not only I have the responsibility to fight but I have the obligation to die fighting in dignity.
          Blank point; it will be immoral not to help the people of Palestine. They are fighting and they are overpowered. That is a clear evidence of immorality. You can not be overpowered when you don’t even attempt to fight. I.e. Your argument of immorality for the exodus of Eritrean youth is invalid. They have chosen different avenue and we just have to respect their choice.

          • Thomas

            Hi Nitricc,

            You said, “Or else anything that is man made; anything that is imposed against my will; anything that is done against my choice then not only I have the responsibility to fight but I have the obligation to die fighting in dignity.” great point, but do you think anyone would chose to remain in military services for good. Assuming, you will have no means of creating your own family or even if you have a family you cannot stay or take care of them, you don’t have access to telephone, you don’t live in a house but in a cave or under the trees, you are forced to wake up @ 5:00 am in the morning to do military training or do a labor work. If you refuse to aboy or if you try to run away there is shot to kill policy or if hide in your home you will be drugged to prison where you will experience what Dejen has experienced. So, do you think someone young would chose to live in this kind of environment? Also, please don’t drag Palestinian and Israelis issue to make a point, these countries have issues of sovereignty. The Palestinians would not recognize the Israelis and the reverse. Remember we had to fight the Ethiopian for the same reason. We liberated our land, but we are stuck your masters, the mafias. These bunch of mafias has stolen what we fought for.

          • haileTG


            Your approach is faulty at heart. You could probably judge in those terms when you consider say Palestinians vs Tamil Tigers and so on. Because, the key condition would be that you are nether a Palestinian nor a Tamil. You are an Eritrean and this is where your argument breaks down. If Eritreans are not fighting back, it means you are not fighting back. You can’t deffer the solution to one section of the society. We are all involved. Overpowered doesn’t only refer to actual physical onslaught.

            – The Eritrean people have lived with decades of trauma and anxiety thick atmosphere, there is sever cases of mental health problems among the population. Suicide rates are high in Eritrea among the youth and women.

            – ERiTV has reported day in day out, for the last 23 years, without fail, an overdose of news coverage of death, distraction and mayhem under the guise of international news bulletin. I challenge you to bring me one single (yes one alone) of international news coverage by ERiTV that doesn’t include gruesome and graphic pictures (even during public holidays). It is an act, directly perpetrated at the mental condition of the population.

            – The youth and men inside the country are weak, malnourished and physical stagnation is widespread. Eritrean men start to gain weight and become physically stronger few months after leaving the country. Meat is very expensive in the country (around 260 ERN per Killo against 700 ERN per month paid agelglot wage) hence it is largely off their diet. In many African countries there is shortage but not as acute as that. Also add to the cultural despondency to not use variety, there is a widespread physical stagnation currently raging mostly throughout Kebessa. The males are weak, skinny and physically appear exhausted and day dreaming. I am hoping that you’ll be able to link this to concrete policies of the regime and how it affects the people’s ability to resist (the life is basically beaten out them till they run out somehow). As, the protein source is largely plant in the country and plant proteins don’t include the different types (one has to eat meat to get complete set of proteins) its prolonged shortage, the dependence on tea and bread and exposure to hard physical labor has all rendered the male a broken spirited and incapable of posing any threat. It is indeed coordinated and I doubt it that this is done without an external hand in it (too sophisticated of mass male castration).

            – There has been a study made once that concluded that the Eritrean youth (specially male including young men) too weakened and unlikely to self defend without external support.

            – If you let the responsibility of self defense to be theirs alone then it brings the question that if you consider no longer belonging there and happy to give up your stakes in Eritrea as your land of origin.


          • Thomas

            Dear Haile TG,

            No one can say it better, you are voicing for the voiceless. Truly, real piece that you have written above. What you are fighting for will be a recorded and will be read by the generation to come. Thank you standing up for the weak and helpless Eritreans.

          • Nitricc

            Haile, don’t move the post like my good friend Semere. When ever Semere is cornered; he moves the post and takes you to lala land. Now, don’t do what Semere does. The point of the discussion was simple and it goes like this….
            You ask if the Eritrean refugee were worth something and I asked you who appoints worth what to whom? Then you went on to say helping overpowered brother is a matter of morality and I interject to oppose that you can not be overpowered if you are not fighting.
            The problem is we are looking at one issue in different directions. You are looking at it emotionally and holding the government responsible for everything that happening.
            And I am looking at it logically and I am assigning the responsibility as I see it fit. So, here you have it. Till you stop using emotion and start looking at things as they are; it is very difficult to my point let alone to arrive at the truth. The truth is the youth has chosen its path and I am saying; let’s respect what they have chosen.
            Having said that; I am not saying there no problem and everything is fine. What I am saying is, what ever the problem is; it is going to be solved by leaving the country or by holding a million toothless demonstrations. It won’t. that is what I am saying

          • haileTG

            Nitricc, I honestly don’t know which is emotional but then again I will leave that to your judgement. If you were to learn that your parents and siblings being made desperate and troubled in your absence (regardless by whom and for what end) and your reaction is that of “let them determine their fate”…hmmm I can only be wondering whether the family had bonded well in the past. In your calculation, all the diaspora mass organizations that sustained ghedli were emotional, the history of Bologna is nothing other than the work of a bunch of emotional people that should have left Eritreans to get their independence or be lost for good. Nittric, with all respect, your position is devoid of human norms. It opposes the natural order of things, it is foul at heart and emanates from unnatural situation. It desecrates Faith it self, “where is your brother?” wasn’t an emotional question. Rather a natural moral obligation to one another. A mother tends life nourishing milk to her new born, that bond pre-ordained and sacred. Cult is unnatural, it makes people side step natural order, argue counter to logic, insist in their folly and fearful of hearing or seeing truth. You said “… I am not saying there no problem and everything is fine.” However I challenge you to exclusively write about what you see as a “problem” the Ws and Hs of it, with no side stepping into justification and explanation, straight and direct discussion of what that “problem” is and why “everything isn’t fine”. You have no emotional strength I bet 🙂

    • Kokhob Selam

      since you have such wonderful skill and request of people to put it as an article, why not use the chance in this the most loved site.I also agree with Amanuel advice. thank you Hailat.

    • Rodab

      Good thinking Haile la Grande. Expand it and upgrade it to article.

      • Saleh Johar

        Rodab, Emma, Tomas (the foreigner!) KS and others,
        I have appealed to Haile TG several times, but he told me: fetch water for your mother.
        He can testify to this.

        NB: Semere Andom, please grade my Tinglish

        • Thomas

          Hi SGI,

          “Tomas the foreigner” is the title given to me by the founder of Hahahaha. What is really going though:

          Nitricc/Nagassi/Negash – uses “Tomas the white man” to address me
          SGI – has probably wanted to switch/modify the name to “tomas the foreigner”
          Former UaA Professor , Sara referred Tomas as “someone who calls himself “Tomas””

          What is going on ladies and gentlemen? My mother gave me the name and you guys are having fun/abusing me by making fund of it?::))

          Haw SGI,

          Unfortunately, we, in the the oppositions camp, look foreigners to the regime and their enablers. They keep telling us “Ashnkai do b’hiwetna si resanna e’ko ab Adinna aykibern eu”. As Sizinino in one of his comedy episodes said it “Ashnkai do makina bishmiki kitkown si resaki ako mishmik aikownin eu”. Just a little humor to the tension among opposition groups here:)

          • Saleh Johar

            Tomas the foreigner, unless our beloved government the PFDJ approves your name, tomas, your mother’s choice is nullified. What more just ruling do you expect?

            Pay your 2% and get it certified. Only then I will recognize you as tomas. Until then, well, you are tomas the foreigner.

          • Thomas

            Selamat SGI,

            I guess I have to blame my mother for putting me into this to. She should have chosen “Gebrehannes”. I am sure Nitricc would have loved it.

  • ghezaehagos

    Hello Awatistas,

    To add to the Gedab news: for the first time in history of festivals, bands are not coming from Eritrea to attend fundraisers, labelled as ‘festivals” in Canada.

    Ghezae Hagos

    • sara

      mr hagos,
      simply put the DC gathering is more important than up-there this time of the year and i am sure after bologna and the other places in europe , well i think it is ok..this time to skip canada..even those concerts by the likes rolling stones (mike jagger special) got canceled recently because they were tired from a long tour in the east.. it happens you see…
      take it easy..

  • sara

    rodab.. i will recommend you direct your yigermyu.. to mr mahmood becouse he knows better the mind set of our fallen/surviving heroes. as for your “regime of festivals” i think despite all the odds our people deserve to celebrate their independence, knowing all the agony of 60 years of subjugation.
    see our how our Palestinian brothers are suffering under the cruel Jewish state with the support of the so called international community then maybe you will feel how people feel to celebrate (call it festival) all the year around their freedom.. independence liberation.. from the horrors of el maysemuu.
    with due respect ( assuming you are my compatriot)

    • Tesfabirhan WR

      Dear sara,

      Of course the Eritrean people had gathered, are gathering and will gather in what ever form they want. The thing here is, PFDJ should not keep the people for his political adventure. PFDJ is different, it is a political power, a dictator which is ruling Eritrea unelected. PFDJ should get rid of such people’s gathering and make them free citizens. Enough is enough. Eritrean festivals should be free of hostages by the terrorist regime in Asmara. Funds generated are not for the people but for funding rebel groups who disturb first our own existence (like TPDM, the Demhit) and second to our neighbors even cross-border countries like Chad and Somalia. We do not want this. Ad festivals were against our tradition, just to promote and disseminate the PFDJ ideology.

      Eritreans have their own culture and we do not need ideologies that brainwash the people and make SLAVES. We do not want ideologies that brainwash youths and change them into gangsters against their own people (like YPFDJ). We do not want their economic ideologies that sucks societies and spend to no where but to the pockets of corrupted leaders. We do not want their social ideology who is aimed at destroying the existing one and create worshipers/ cults to one man rule system.

      Time will come, right time, where people will choose to do what they want not what they are directed to do.


      • sara

        tes, i think you are angry today, cool dawn.. no need to repeat those derogatory wards you accuse yg of in your “thesis” of today. i am wondering how you come up with that term “terrorist regime” to name the people who are in eritrea. would you appreciate if i call you the same just because you happen to be an eritrean and you served somewhere in its institutions and had the privilege to get a scholarship to south africa and china. my dear if you want to win eritreans to your side no need to write treats and intimidation here at awate.just easy and persuasive argument would suffice, if you really know (understand) the majority in here.
        i remeber this time last year a lady by the name LEMLEM has informed us about the europe wide eritrean festival celebration which i attended (first time) one of them and found it to be a gathering for all eritreans from different walks of life, and i with an open mind/heart would like you to attend one and believe me you will not regret it.
        see you in frankfort.

        • Thomas

          sara – Go and celebrate the festival for those who are terrorizing their own people, the PFDJs.


            hey.. do not repeat that ugly word ERHAB (i write it so that your western mukhabarat want understand it) that has engulfed our region for a long time.
            even now i am sure you are watching what is happening to our brothers in gaza by those murheebeen .
            other than that ..again regardless of what your nationality even if you are from the south i cordially invite you to attend at least to look..what goes around in eritrean festivals.. then you are free to comment the way you see it.
            NO!!!!! to erhab and murheebeen.

          • Thomas

            sara -Simply nonsense.

          • sara

            Thomas- thank you for your nonsense response, and hopefully you will join us in one of the europe wide festivals where you can learn how eritreans seriously celebrate ERITREA.

          • Thomas

            Sara – are you a normal person or out of your mind?

          • sara

            thomas- the invitation is open- if you want advance entry ticket send me your request to my e-mail.. this applies to any one who wants to learn some thing about eritrean gathering. the catch.. it will help you many ways.. take my ward.

            btw,on the latest news from our neighborhood.

            i am happy to share with all of you eritreans in this forum the hudna proposed by the gallant people of gaza (palestine) is holding well..

          • Thomas

            Sara – We have the worst crises of our own, the crises created and run by your master, the dictator. I don’t think I am talking with healthy/normal person though. Shave your ticket in your…………. I see why you get to write to yourself all the time here.

        • Tesfabirhan WR

          Dear sara,

          PFDJ is a terrorist regime and I am free now from that and fighting against terrorist regime. Terrorism is one who creates terror, ok. Let me give you the definition of terrorism in case you are only attaching terrorism to that of AlQaeeda or Jihadists.

          According to UN 1992 definition,

          Terrorism is defined as “An anxiety-inspiring method of repeated violent action, employed by
          (semi-) clandestine individual, group or state actors, for idiosyncratic, criminal or political reasons, whereby – in contrast to assassination – the direct targets of violence are not the main

          And [hold on, may be you can be allergic to US, if so just stop reading}

          the United States Department of Defense defines terrorism as “the calculated use of unlawful violence or threat of unlawful violence to inculcate fear; intended to coerce or to intimidate governments or societies in the pursuit of goals that are generally political, religious, or ideological.”

          And futher, FBI defines terrorism as: “Terrorism is the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.”

          And if you ask me which definition can be applied to the Eritrean PFDJ terrorist regime, all are equally applicable but the second definition is quite straight and relevant (The US – I think this is why PFDJ and its cult followers are allergic to the word US).

          On the festival, oh, thank you for the invitation but PFDJ is banned from doing any festival from Gyissen. Is Frankfort free yet to accommodate the terrorist PFDJites festival? I will be there to halt it ok.


          • sara

            tes- i think you are new in the west , i am new too.. they tell me here (in the west) the definition of terrorism has been debated ever since the 70th and until now there is no definition all could agree. therefore what ever you say it dependence from whose perspective you are looking at it. for example from the recent upheaval in the middle east we or most of the people who reside in that region define the state of……… is a terrorist state, and on the opposite side the people (governments in the west) tell you the palestine resistance forces are terrorists etc. therefore tes bro don’t bother to tell us who is and not a terrorist.
            as for the festival.. well , well.. we will see..

          • Tesfabirhan WR

            Dear sister sara,

            And because of different definitions available, I brought here only three from the shelf of terrorism. And I took the one that can best defines terrorism in Eritrea. I will not waste to define now terrorism. What I all know is there is terrorist regime and attending festivals arranged by this group is nothing but an act of terrorism.

            I will be much happier if people of Eritrea come and celebrate their own festivals, with no discrimination, with no act of terror (remember the Eri-Blood group gangsters). Eritreans are not for PFDJ, ok. PFDJ just a junta who betrayed his own people and is staying in power by terrorizing the whole country.

            Whether I am new or not, I know the enemy of Eritrea.

            For the festivlas, hmmm.., we have seen already, the Bologna festival, by all means against humanity, Sweden (Scandinivian) by all means just to collect money, Toronto festival by all means just to show-up on camera (propaganda), Washington DC festival, well well, well not yet known where it is to be held (great secret). It is not allowed here at awate (posting guiding lines) but I could have wrote my laughter starting with the alphabet k or h.

            PFDJ system from all corners of the world should be weeded-out. It is a terrorsit system, it is a terrorist regime, all in one. Point!


  • Rodab

    The PFDJ is so mindless and so self-destructive that it rather set itself ablaze than releasing Dawit Issak or at least taking him to court.
    God knows how this regime of festivals was able to survive thus far. Yigermyu.