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A Citizen’s Letter to Isaias Afwerki

[The following is a letter penned by a person who lives in Eritrea. His name is withheld for his safety] …… To Isaias Afwerki Eritrea, March 13, 2018 Dear Isaias, You may not recognize me yet, but you are the cause of the scars I harbor and the anger with which …

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Acute Food Shortage In The Sahel Region of Eritrea

Reports from Northern Eritrea indicate the residents of the Sahel region are facing an acute shortage of foodstuff and other consumer items. Since the mid-1960s, the Northern Sahel region has hosted the bulk of the Eritrean liberation forces. Most of the war that raged against the Ethiopian occupation has been …

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To My Dear Son Selaheddin,

It has been three months-and-a-half since I’ve read the open letter that you sent that was meant to be read by all Eritreans, Selahaddin weddey. I keep it in my pocket and read it every day, because I draw energy from it. It gives me life. It gives me sustenance. …

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Liberation Theology & Intergenerational Discourse on Eritrea

African liberation theology: Intergenerational conversations on Eritrea’s futures. Ghirmai Negash & Awet T. Weldemichael. Trenton, NJ: Red Sea Press, 2018. 135 pp. Analysis by Beyan Negash* Liberation theology & intergenerational discourse on Eritrea** Negash and Woldemichael’s (2018) African liberation theology: Intergenerational conversations on Eritrea’s futures is at once about Eritrea and its …

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Bridging the Intellectual Gap

In a book review article authored by Dr. Bereket Habteselasse and published in Awate.com on August 11, 2017, Dr. Bereket concludes his book review with the following appeal: “I also issue a personal appeal to Eritrean scholars, particularly Muslim Eritreans, to write biographies of Ibrahim Sultan Ali, Abdulkadir Kebire, Idris …

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Eritrean Opposition Faces an Imminent Ultimatum

Since its formation in Hawassa in November 2011, the Eritrean National Council for Democratic Change (ENCDC) has been in a coma with no signs of waking up, though not yet declared dead. Many frustrated members and supporters of the ENCDC have all but formally withdrawn their enthusiastic allegiance. For the …

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EL AL Pilots And African Refugees And Asylum Seekers

Israeli pilots refused to take part in “the illegal and inhumane deportations of African refugees and asylum seekers from Israel. Pilots of EL AL, the Israeli national carrier refuse to cooperate with the deportations of refugees and asylum seekers who were not provided with proper and legal vetting of their …

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Announcing Awate IGAD Forum

Dear friends, Two days ago, we launched the 2018 fundraising entitled “Support Awate.com” campaign which will continue for some time. The response during the last two days has been encouraging to the extent that it inspired us so much we have decided to announce one of our enhancement plans ahead …

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A Somber New Years’s Eve In Eritrea

New Year’s Eve of 2018 has been the most somber night compared to how Eritreans celebrated the night in the past. Reached by phone in Jeddah, An American visitor to Eritrea Said, “Eritreans who do not need a reason to party strolled lazily with nowhere to go,” The top echelon …

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The Eritrean Government Admits Its Banking Blunder

In an unusual admission to problems it faces, in yesterday’s edition of Haddas Eritrea, a Tigrinya newspaper it owns, the Eritrean government issued an editorial entitled “Appropriate Correction.” The editorial raises more questions than it answers as it fails to restore the exceeding loss of confidence in the government-owned financial …

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Eritrean Economy in Limbo

The recent government decision to withdraw the licenses of businesses and freeze their bank accounts has resulted in freezing the entire economy. Eritreans are complaining that the unpopular government policy has destroyed the already weak economy and made many people lose their means of livelihood. So far, over 300 businesses that didn’t …

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Hajji Mussa Refuses to Walk Out of Prison

After almost two months in jail, sources reported to Gedab News that Hajji Mussa, who was arrested by the government security forces, is seriously ill. Though there is no specific information about the illness that he is suffering from, the presidential office has instructed the prison warden to release Hajji …

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Eritrean Depositors Lose Control of Their Funds

In a move reminiscent of past campaigns, over the last few weeks, the Isaias Afwerki’s government has arrested many people and sealed their businesses. Government sources indicated the reason for the far-reaching arrests is to investigate alleged crimes of corruption. The doors of at least 200 businesses in Asmara and …

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A Notch Up in Eritrea’s Struggle For Liberty and Justice

Circumstances surrounding a student-led public protest that took place in the Eritrean capital, Asmara on October 31, 2017, were lauded by many citizens as a historical event that marks the beginning of an end of one of the modern world’s ugliest tyrannies. Accounts of the protest were extensively reported by …

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Nevsun Loses Appeal to Dismiss Slave Labor Case

A British Columbia court dismissed Nevsun’s appeal to have the case filed against it to be rejected. Three Eritrean refugees who worked in Nevsun’s mine in Bisha, Eritrea, had filed the case in November 2014. Nevsun had argued over jurisdiction and appealed to have the human rights-related case be moved …

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Did the Eritrean Regime Embrace Wahabism?

The State of Qatar, until recently one of the main financiers and patron of the Isaias Afwerki regime, is now its enemy, together with Iran and Turkey, the triad that the Eritrean regime alleges they promote the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood. The shift began two years ago. In March …

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Unrest In Asmara, US State Department Issues Warning

An unusual rally against what the protesters consider the ruling party’s excesses has been raging since the early morning of Tuesday in Asmara. The rally’s epicenter is in the Akhria neighborhood in the northern section of the capital city Asmara. Today’s protests were ignited by the government’s heavy-handed actions when …

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