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Tyranny: Slavery Of the 21st century

The last twenty-six years have been the most painful years for the Eritrean people. For more than two decades Eritreans went through the most brutal acts of evil. Here, I would like to share my personal experience and testimony.

I vividly remember the colorful and joyful day when Eritrea was liberated after ending the Ethiopian rule in 1991.

Though I was only six-years old my memory is still clear, and I remember the joy and happiness that Eritreans expressed on Independence Day. We literally stayed in the streets singing, dancing and breathing a fresh air of freedom.  Two years later, in 1993, Eritrea was formally recognized as a free country by the UN.

At the time, the whole nation was united and celebrated in unison; for the first time in the history, Eritrea was going to be led by its own people. Citizens from all walk of life: farmers, professionals, religious leaders, and everyone, else was eager and ready to cooperate with the newly formed government in Asmara. Even the Diaspora Eritreans started to return to their country with big dreams and plans to permanently settle in the country and to support the government in building the nation. The reality, however, was quite the opposite.

For the last twenty-six years, the self-appointed government had done all in its power to control the people and kill the dream of many. Furthermore, relative to the available resources, the potential of the country and the needs of the people, no substantial progress had been achieved in terms of development. Ironically, Eritrea has a long coast in the Red sea: it has two seaports, valuable minerals, and most of all, a very hard working, well cultured and God-fearing people—a sound base of any country’s progress. Instead, the government built a wide network of prisons and secret detention centers. It also carried out arbitrary and random arrests. Furthermore, it launched a forced labor program thus violating the citizens’ basic human rights. Consequently, the UN accused the Eritrean government of gross violation of human rights.

Some of the serious violations committed by the government against the people include the closing churches and arresting religious leaders and members of many Christian denominations while putting the Orthodox patriarch under house arrest.

Slavery in the 21st century!

Often, tyrannical governments engage in false accusation and arrested dissenters to keep its grip on power and perpetuate slavery. The reign of terror forces everyone out of the country.

As what is taking place in Northern Africa illustrates, the nightmares happening in that region are beyond the worst imagination of most Eritreans. It is painful to realize that only a handful of world organizations are acting to solve the situation while the rest of the world is turning deaf ears to the cries of the innocent victims.  It’s unbelievable and shocking to learn that such cruelties are taking place in the 21st century. It’s an unfortunate reality that the world has woken up to. But who is to blame and what is the world doing about it?

Eritrean and other African youth are the victims of an unfortunate situation in their birth countries. And sadly, they unknowingly paid a lot of money to end up in such a deplorable situation where they are being enslaved anew. Survivors of the ordeal have testified that the money they paid for the illegal journey in pursuit of a better life, was either borrowed or they had to sell everything they owned. Of course, they were deceived into believing the smugglers would escort them to countries where they would find a better life.

It is prudent to realize that, for the young Eritreans, slavery did not start in Libya. As unbelievable as it may seem, the reality is that they have been enslaved in their own country by the entity that claims to be their government.

Since the last twenty-six years, Eritrean youth have been subjected to slavery under the guise of ‘National Service’, which is described by the victims as entry gate with an exit. That is a place where they had been brainwashed to believe they were serving their country when they were serving the few people in power.

Unfortunately, the European Union is eager to provide funds to the Eritrean government to avoid an influx of refugees into Europe. Certainly, the EU is ignoring the bigger picture that illustrates how Eritreans are suffering under the corrupt and selfish government.

Sadly, any funds will only make matters worse and encourage the government to continue its oppression of the Eritrean people. Is that the best way to help Eritreans who are fleeing their country to avoid enslavement by the government? Is the EU willing to disregard the violation of basic human rights in Eritrea?

Abundant evidence shows that the youth are running away from the wanton persecution and from the hellish life that the government subjected to the people, mainly the youth, to. As such, funding a government willing to treat its young citizens in an abhorrent way is hardly a solution—it’s an embarrassment to anyone who thinks otherwise.

There is enough information about the situation in Eritrea to provide Europe (including the UK) with enough tools to help resolve the problem in Eritrea. Testimonies by the victims provide enough explanation to why those victims are taking such an extreme risk to get to Europe. Sadly, they had to brave the shoot-to-kill borders to fleeing their country hoping to lead a decent life, or at least live a normal life.

It would help Eritreans greatly if the world organizations looked at the full picture to realize that the Eritrean government is equally responsible as Libya outlaws in enslaving the youth. I urge the international community, such as EU, USA, UN and other organizations, to exert pressure and condemn the actions of the Eritrean government, and to hold it accountable for its actions. Much pressure is also needed to force the government to release the many prisoners of conscience it holds incommunicado, and to respect and honor religious freedoms and basic human rights.

In conclusion, I believe the legacy of the self-appointed government has run its course. The mask of tyranny has dropped from its face and has exposed its true color, and its violations should not be tolerated anymore. The Eritrean people have suffered enough, and it is time for the regime to go.

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  • Fanti Ghana

    Selamat and Happy Holidays Dearest Hope,

    Although I haphazardly welcomed you the other day, it was not “b’adebabay” enough, so WELCOME BACK!

    I agree with most of what you said, but lucky you, it is a holiday and I am in a quiet mode to hair split on the rest- :).

    • Hope

      Merry Ethiopian /Ge’ez Right Christmas Dottore!
      Thanks for your feedback but apologies for my overreaction!
      It will take some time for my wounds to heal as a Human Being!
      That is all!

  • Amanuel

    Hi Ayneta
    I am (was) one of the tegadelti and it hurts when I read that “no tegadali is good for Eritrea!”. To some extent it is true but not fair because the current struggle shoudn’t be left to tegadelti and please don’t put all tegadelti in one basket. Right now there are hundreds of them put their life on line and suffering in IA’s dungeon because they put reforming ideas or opposed his destructive policies.

    On your second point please don’t give up and push defeatist statement. I see all the setbacks & failures we are encountering as learning experience to free Eritrea from dictatorship. I would rather die believing that one day Eritrea will be democratic than give up and throw the baby out with the bathwater.

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Aman & Ayneta,

      Ayneta: Though It is painful to me as a former tegadaly, I fully share your criticism to the ghedli generation. There is no other than my ghedli generation who are responsible for the current predicament of our people.

      Your remark: “A country born from the ashes only to find itself painfully turning to another heap of ashes” under the government of ghedli generation is reality and bitter to swallow for my generation and is indeed “a generation bygone another generation on decimation.

      But, you should also be reminded that there were and are good tegadelti who were antithesis to the current group at the helm of power and gave their ultimate lives to change the current trajectory all the way back from the ghedli era. History will account it in due time.

      Aman: the criticism of Ayneta is spot on, and there is no responsible than our ghedli generation to the current reality of our people. The burden remains on us to stop this self-destruction from generation to generation and redeem what is left so far. We begin with self-acknowledgements.

      Regards
      Amanuel Hidrat

      • Amanuel

        Rhus BeAl Ldet Mokusi

        I am not shaying away from criticism, in fact I used to have disagreements with my fellow Tegadelti (EPLF) during the 90s because I was looking at the EPLF struggle era critically. A couple of times landed me in troubl. Still pinch my self for not doing enough.

        Earlier I was reminding Ayneta that there are part of the ghedli generation still scarifying some with life other with other suffering. For example you haven’t been to Eritrea since the 80s. I am sure you miss the area you were brought up, went to school and the mountains and valleys you have crossed during ghedli. You have a choice to close your eyes, shut your brain, give up and accept IA policies as they are in exchange for visiting Eritrea. Or speak the truth and work to bring about democractic governance, sacrificing your personal needs. Don’t you think this deserves at least recognition?

        Further more is the ghedli generation only responsible to free Eritrea from dictatorship? I think all Eritreans have responsibility to contribute.

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Dear Aman (Mokusi),

          Likewise, ruhus lidet to you and your family brother.

          I have no doubt as a former compatriot tegadalay, you share the excruciating pain with me and many other compatriots, who gave everything of our youth, to the birth of our nation, and now to see our dear people to fall in the shackles of tyranny. There is no par to the “psychological pain” we are going through, to see our young generation to become the victim of the wrath of the evil man and his regime, who lost its credibilities on all accounts on his subjects at large.

          I have come to a conclusion that Issayas and his regime are engaging everything to eclipse the dreams of our hard working people. They are holding the lives our people and are tightening their grips by closing the small businesses, the only means of their survival.

          Aman, they are part of our own generation who took the power in their hand and put the nation and its people in the current ugly picture in all its facets, that we can not escape from that responsibilities as a generation. The young generation will not see to our positive contribution of our struggle. They will only see what kind of government we gave them. Remember, as far as the government is not the product of their votes, it remains the product of our ghedli that comes by sheer force to govern them. That will keep inducing pains to the good men and good women of our generation unfortunately. However, at this point, you are right, it is the burden of both generations to remove the regime that has caused enormous pain to them.

          Regards,
          Amanuel Hidrat

  • Natom Habom

    Selam Yonus
    Good you right ,you have in mind to be a good president tell me ???
    Those who try to distibilize Eritrea ??
    foreign funded entity liability ?? Who ???
    Freedom of speech or freedom to instigate conflict whitin,
    Everything have limit my friend even in Europe ,and as we saw for many years nothing but lies
    Come out from opposition ,
    Do you know opposition is even a liability for Ethiopia,is not me
    I saw that in their meeting talk ,they claim opposition are useless so how
    Can the can be useful in Eritrea.???

  • Kbrom

    Selam Selamawit – ጥዕምቲ ሽም

    For the sake of constructive discussion let’s assume whatever you said in your post is true. Please tell me where is the rule of law in your content. The sections that say ‘PIA did this, PIA added that’ shows that when you think about Eritrea, for you, it is all about one man, no constitution, no due systemic process, no rule of law, no nothing.

    Your first liner starts with the following statement: ‘informed sources indicated thst (that) Egypt and UAE will jointly invest in various sectors in Eritrea.

    As you might have already noticed, the visit was not reported in the state media. You know why? there is no constitution hence, Article 19.3 which states Every citizen shall have the right of access to information is not observed. Where is the rule of law?

    What you stated as ‘PIA conducted successful work visit’ is reported by insiders that he is in UAE not only with his kids but grand kids, spending unbelievable money in 7 star hotel.

    Tip: dictators starve their own people while delivering a lavish lifestyle to themselves and parents.

    You also stated that ‘UAE had agreed to modernize Assab port’. This issue is a national and sovereign issue, which should be decided by the representative of people (parliament) because as it is stated in Article 23.3 of the constitution ‘All land and all natural resources below and above the surface of the territory of Eritrea belongs to the State. That is not happening because we do not have the rule of law, it is rule of one man. In todays Eritrea and by your own admission everything is decided by PIA. Again, Eritrean people do not have any clue, not only the ordinary people but even the officials in the government have to wait to hear about their national issue through some ደቂ ዓይኒ መዓር like your honour. Where is the rule of law?

    Tip: dictators manage their victims through fear and control of information, according to Jerrold Post, director of the political psychology.

    You also mentioned about ‘courting an isolated Qatar.’ PIA (not Eritrea because he acted at his whim) had a strong relation with Qatar. Yes, it is very natural to have a fall out between countries, however, as it is known widely a ‘severance of diplomatic relations usually occurs as a result of the onset of war (a declaration of war or an armed attack) or during serious complications in relations between states. What happened between two countries, why from a very good relation to this level, how did we handle the situation, the Eritrean people are not informed. Article 42.1 mandates the president to; ‘once every year, deliver a speech in the National Assembly on the state of the country and the policies of the government and seek approval from the parliament. Where is the rule of law?

    Tip: Psychologists and sociologists who study terrorism say dictators are able to spread fear among their people, and place themselves as their only salvation.

    Selamawit you also ‘heralded’ that ‘Chinese company is expected to build the state of the art refinery which receive crude oil from Saudi and UAE and use Assab as distribution centre for subsaharan Africa and southern Asia’. Article 7.5 of our constitution affirms that ‘The conduct of the affairs of government and all organisations and institutions shall be accountable and transparent. Do you have you any idea who decides what, where is the $ 2,842,788,000 (TWO POINT EIGHT BILLION DOLLAR, Nevesun Reports) how is these income distributed, who controls these income, why is that the poverty in Eritrea much worse today than it was before 2010 (Bisha)? Where is the rule of law?

    Lastly, but what shows your state of mind mainly, you stated ‘PIA- the marathon runner did it again! It is all about winning the war not battles!’ One of dangers of personality cult is that the dictators create a followers who consider their personality disorder traits such as narcissism, paranoia and sadism as a new norm. Can’t you even say collectively Eritrean people, Eritrean government, the gallant Eritrean defence forces did it again.

    You also asserted that TPLF engulfed by the Oromo and amhara unrest is also expected to keep knocking PIA’s door for an end of the border dispute.

    PIA’s door ? Do not you have the basic self respect? cant you say the doors of Eritrea?The doors of Eritrean people?

    Tip: Dictators are successful in exploiting a well-known instinct for most people to seek protection from an illusional enemy.

    Article 1.4 asserts that The government of Eritrea shall be established through democratic procedures to represent people’s sovereignty and shall have strong institutions, accommodating popular participation and serving as foundation of a viable democratic political order. That means Eritrea and its people is not a back yard garden of PIA.

    In an article titled Why do people follow dictators the writer elaborates that the followers are fearful people who are prone to hate and that by the time they realize their mistakes they are permanently stuck in a helpless situation.

    Have you ever heard about the ‘big six’ personality disorder of the dictators that emerge as: sadistic, paranoid, antisocial, narcissistic, schizoid and schizotypal. Selamawit you are serving this traits as the writer stated rightfully by the time you realize your mistakes you will be permanently stuck in a helpless situation.

  • Beyan

    Selam all,

    What each regional political actor is saying might shed light to make sense of the reasoning behind the military build up at the border of Eritrea and Sudane and that of Sudan and Egypt. Short of scouring to find out what each saying, perhaps finding someone who does could help. So, in that spirit, no other motive on my part than to inform. I know some of Awatawyan are astute observers of the region as a whole. Hopefully, they can parse a little more in what Martin Palut is presenting here. I am ill equipped to offer any analysis, but will be a student who will sit back and learn from y’all! I like the fact that Plaut is not claiming an expertise in the matter as he starts with calling it ” a stab at an analysis – without guarantees.”

    https://martinplaut.wordpress.com/2018/01/05/behind-the-mounting-tension-between-egypt-and-sudan/

    https://martinplaut.wordpress.com/2018/01/06/whats-happening-on-the-sudan-eritrea-border/

    • Fanti Ghana

      Selamat Beyan,

      As someone said, it is an interesting chess game.

      The stated dispute between Sudan and Egypt is the Halayeb triangle; North East Sudan/South East Egypt.

      Turkey, Qatar, and Sudan in one group verses Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Egypt in another group are locking horns regarding Muslim Brotherhood.

      According to Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan are threatening its “life line,” its water supply.

      Eritrea is trying to destabilize Ethiopia.
      Ethiopia is trying to “isolate and contain” Eritrea.
      There is neither war nor peace between Eritrea and Ethiopia.

      Sudan invites Turkey to “develop Suakin Island.” Turkey agrees and gets closer to Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
      Eritrea invites Egypt to “monitor Turkey.” Egypt agrees and encircles Sudan while getting closer to Ethiopia.

      In the meantime, who is watching Yemen?

      • Beyan

        Selam Fanti,

        Interesting how you carefully navigate the political chess games the countries involved make their moves. In some, it is through their proxies in others directly as in “who is watching Yemen?” Well, The Princes of Saudi are minding the Yemini store on the one end, the Clerics from Iran on another. The further away from their immediate region across the Red Sea, these Princes and Clerics appear to use their proxies to do the bidding for them. One more link from Plaut that might be of help in navigating these known political chess players:

        https://martinplaut.wordpress.com/2018/01/06/whos-behind-the-claim-that-egypt-has-troops-in-eritrea/

        Trever Noah’s hilarious look at the Saudi Royals is what the doctor ordered for a Saturday morning to accompany one’s breakfast coffee:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CkmLsyvutg

        • blink

          Dear Beyan
          Come on , you are not being serious about this , how can you use plaut as any reference? I mean yours is more valuable than any of his products , the difference is he is white man that is all. The Kessler regional administrator said “no directives were given either by the federal or state governments to close the border crossings with Eritrea, reiterating that the relationship with Asmara “is deeply-rooted and there is nothing to disturb it.”
          Buss transportation from Eritrea to kessela is going as normal the difference is more check points and also checking goods as well as very very abusing checkpoints for any Eritrean who try to travel to any direction.If the kessela administration is some how changed we can expect tougher laws against PFDJ until that time it will be normall a PFDJ playing ground.

  • Kbrom

    Selam Selamawit – ጥዕምቲ ሽም

    For the sake of constructive discussion let’s assume whatever you said in your post is true. Please tell me where is the rule of law in your content. The sections that say ‘PIA did this, PIA added that’ shows that when you think about Eritrea, for you, it is all about one man, no constitution, no due systemic process, no rule of law, no nothing.

    Your first liner starts with the following statement: ‘informed sources indicated thst (that) Egypt and UAE will jointly invest in various sectors in Eritrea.

    As you might have already noticed, the visit was not reported in the state media. You know why? there is no constitution hence, Article 19.3 which states Every citizen shall have the right of access to information is not observed. Where is the rule of law?

    What you stated as ‘PIA conducted successful work visit’ is reported by insiders that he is in UAE not only with his kids but grand kids, spending unbelievable money in 7 star hotel.

    Tip: dictators starve their own people while delivering a lavish lifestyle to themselves and parents.

    You also stated that ‘UAE had agreed to modernize Assab port’. This issue is a national and sovereign issue, which should be decided by the representative of people (parliament) because as it is stated in Article 23.3 of the constitution ‘All land and all natural resources below and above the surface of the territory of Eritrea belongs to the State. That is not happening because we do not have the rule of law, it is rule of one man. In todays Eritrea and by your own admission everything is decided by PIA. Again, Eritrean people do not have any clue, not only the ordinary people but even the officials in the government have to wait to hear about their national issue through some ደቂ ዓይኒ መዓር like your honour. Where is the rule of law?

    Tip: dictators manage their victims through fear and control of information, according to Jerrold Post, director of the political psychology.

    You also mentioned about ‘courting an isolated Qatar.’ PIA (not Eritrea because he acted at his whim) had a strong relation with Qatar. Yes, it is very natural to have a fall out between countries, however, as it is known widely a ‘severance of diplomatic relations usually occurs as a result of the onset of war (a declaration of war or an armed attack) or during serious complications in relations between states. What happened between two countries, why from a very good relation to this level, how did we handle the situation, the Eritrean people are not informed. Article 42.1 mandates the president to; ‘once every year, deliver a speech in the National Assembly on the state of the country and the policies of the government and seek approval from the parliament. Where is the rule of law?

    Tip: Psychologists and sociologists who study terrorism say dictators are able to spread fear among their people, and place themselves as their only salvation.

    Selamawit you also ‘heralded’ that ‘Chinese company is expected to build the state of the art refinery which receive crude oil from Saudi and UAE and use Assab as distribution centre for subsaharan Africa and southern Asia’. Article 7.5 of our constitution affirms that ‘The conduct of the affairs of government and all organisations and institutions shall be accountable and transparent. Do you have you any idea who decides what, where is the $ 2,842,788,000 (TWO POINT EIGHT BILLION DOLLAR, Nevesun Reports) how is these income distributed, who controls these income, why is that the poverty in Eritrea much worse today than it was before 2010 (Bisha)? Where is the rule of law?

    Lastly, but what shows your state of mind mainly, you stated ‘PIA- the marathon runner did it again! It is all about winning the war not battles!’ One of dangers of personality cult is that the dictators create a followers who consider their personality disorder traits such as narcissism, paranoia and sadism as a new norm. Can’t you even say collectively Eritrean people, Eritrean government, the gallant Eritrean defence forces did it again.

    You also asserted that TPLF engulfed by the Oromo and amhara unrest is also expected to keep knocking PIA’s door for an end of the border dispute.

    PIA’s door ? Do not you have the basic self respect? cant you say the doors of Eritrea?The doors of Eritrean people?

    Tip: Dictators are successful in exploiting a well-known instinct for most people to seek protection from an illusional enemy.

    Article 1.4 asserts that The government of Eritrea shall be established through democratic procedures to represent people’s sovereignty and shall have strong institutions, accommodating popular participation and serving as foundation of a viable democratic political order. That means Eritrea and its people is not a back yard garden of PIA.

    In an article titled Why do people follow dictators the writer elaborates that the followers are fearful people who are prone to hate and that by the time they realize their mistakes they are permanently stuck in a helpless situation.

    Have you ever heard about the ‘big six’ personality disorder of the dictators that emerge as: sadistic, paranoid, antisocial, narcissistic, schizoid and schizotypal. Selamawit you are serving this traits as the writer stated rightfully by the time you realize your mistakes you will be permanently stuck in a helpless situation.

  • Natom Habom

    Selam awate
    Eritrea don’t need a change cause there is no alternative to pfdj the one that brought true independence
    And preserve it against all enemy at the time when our existence as a country was put into question
    While some by fears or treachery Changed side ,pfdj hold its ground for whatever to come
    Look like it payed its hard work ,
    Opposition failed to seduce Eritrean they where busy dividing ethnicity and polarizing religion
    Opposition don’t want to learn or understand Eritrean but choose to follow western and woyane advice
    Opposition don’t want to see reality but keep doing the same mistake
    Opposition to free Eritrea while could not free itself from foreign fund dependency
    It choose to be a tool tool destabilize Eritrea for foreign power ,very sad but late anyway

  • Ayneta

    Dear Awate:
    Call me pessimistic, but 2018 will be like the other 26 years the country has gone through: without glimpse of hope in the tunnel. The opposition will bark till they loose their feeble voice, supporters of the regime will continue to do so shamelessly, the silent majority will lend a lazy eye to the nations’ predicament, and in the meantime, the regime will continue to rob the country of its youth, natural resources, and more alarmingly, its future. That is the fate of the country for 2018 and beyond!

    • Hope

      [from the moderator: message deleted for not heeding ignoring the moderator’s reminder. Begin with a salutation, not provocation. Message deleted]

    • Amanuel

      Hi Ayneta
      I hope you are wrong. There will be change whether it is the last blow or gradual change. IA is like a tree at the cliff of sea side with every wave losing its roots.

  • Thomas

    Dear All,

    Game played by the supporters and the mafia regime in Eritrea:

    a) Talk more about the weyene while at the sametime emphasizing on weakness of the Eritrean opposition group
    b) Name calling – anyone who opposes the regime in Eritrea is either a weyane, CIA or someone employed by the UN to see a regime change or reverse Eritrea’s independence
    c) Never mention the bad deeds of the Eritrean regime, but state that the Eritrean opposition groups are irrelevant

    But why does the Eritrean regime or their supporters want to see the weyane of Ethiopia go? The answer to this is simple because the only major threat to the mafias regime in Eritrea are the weyanes. At least, that is the only only way the regime in Eritrea can relax and get a green light to govern as mafias for life. The only group the Eritrean regime cannot divide or deceive is the weyanes. So, by any means the weyanes must go.

    However, what happens if the weyanes are removed from power? What is that to Eritrea? Will the badme issue be resolved or who will be the new actors in Ethiopia? Will there be Tigray and Ethiopia or will there be a united Ethiopia that we see today? How long will it take for Eritrea and Ethiopia to talk about resolving their pending issues?

    The above questions/concerns are not important to the click in Eritrea or their supporters. All they wanted to do is prolong their life in power or leaving the futurity of Eritrea bleak.

    So my brothers and sisters, the change in Ethiopia will only benefit the criminals in Eritrea. It is not that difficult to figure this out. It is just an outdated game played on by a primitive people, the pfdj and their supporters.

  • Selamat Aster,

    Yeqoytowal taweqe yteba`le neww. I believe you are thinking mass panic? Itii Hafash. ReHibb Gebil…

    AmEritrean GitsatseA4….

    • Mez

      Memhier tSAtSE,

      I think this is a serious, possibly, existential problem.

      Eritrea may probably going to be the epicenter for inra-Arab conflict; the Quartet vs Qatar–of course nile wrangling included.

      Thanks

      • Memhirey Mez,

        Yes I know. I am in no mood of making jokes. Eritreans will not panic. Nor should Sudanese or Ethiopians. Widening the war theater on the African continent is just wasteful. Whatever corruption on either and or side have been embezzled, will not be recovered and make whole any one for … (three dots is trademark, clarity you know.

        How do you say a dentist in Amharic? An Eritrean continues to reconcile in Amhara. Its not such an absurd thing to state out loud.

        in the deck and probabilities.

        tSAtSR

  • Yaa Tesfa,

    Koboro fierma. Hade Hade gziess abaguayla khoynu ysmAAni. Fecchhewwww.

    With due respect to you and all of course.

    Nice to see you back.

    tSAtSE

  • Amanuel

    Hi Hope

    What about the Zimbabwe way + democratic election after 5 years? I think Eritreans are capable of it.

    • Ismail AA

      Dear Aman,

      Happy Christmas to you, our entire compatriots and as Awate Forum community as well.
      The prelude to what ever scenario that will make us able to transit us to normality and democratic process at the present is, in my judgement, finding a way of putting together our acts and thoughts on the national level. I think our cause is moving in the direction of being also overwhelmed by regional developments that come with extra burden of wading through them and keeping focus on our primary target: seeking minimum consensus on do-able national action program.

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Amanuel (mekusi),

      First, the scenario you put up as a solution, is unrealistic with nature of government we have. You know in Zimbabwe there was an election where oppositions can compete no matter how democratic it was or wasn’t. So there were an established oppositions in Zimbabwe. Second after 27 years without election, wishing of an election that will be controlled by PFDJ where there are no established opposition will only legitimize the rule of Issayas and his party. In my view it isn’t a way out to our political crises.

      Regards

      • Selamat Ayya Amanuel,

        tSermeTTqAEti sltuu Quinatt kemzeymlesss…

        Gimbar GindaE…

        tSAtSE

      • Ismail AA

        Selam Aman H.
        Happy Christmas to you, our entire compatriots and as Awate Forum community as well. I wrote the rejoinder to your moKsi (Amanuel) with you in mind. Anyway ክንብል በለ’ሞ ኣይተኻዕወን. He is also dear compatriot.

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Ismailo,

          Happy New year to you and your family buddy. I know that by now, you Could identify between two of us. I didn’t response to Aman in order to identify us. Just we have different view on Zimbabwe and how to relate to ours.

          Regards

      • Amanuel

        Happy New Year AH
        I agree it seems unrealistic to compare Eritrea with Zimbabwe but no one saw it coming what happened in Zimbabwe and still can happen in Eritrea how little the chance might be. Now is better time for Zimbabwe opposition parties to come to power as Zanu PF is weakened, divided and the Zimbabwean people have witnessed how frigail it is, and hence to bring about a lasting solution in Eritrea, it will be better if you have weakened and divided PFDJ on it way to the coffin.

        Thanks

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Mekssi,

          Two points to your attention: first with ZANU reformed with its rank and file horizontal and vertical in its governing policy will continue for sometime in the future as long the interest of the defense force remains with ZANU party. The expected change in Zimbabwe is change of policy as to how thewill govern.

          Second the Zimbabwe realities does do go in Eritrean realities

          • Amanuel

            Hi Aman
            I agree Zanu PF will continue as force (either in government or opposition) and nothing is wrong with that as far as they have fulfilled the basic democratic rights and are improving from time time.

            Looking back Eritrean movements in last 25 years (ill organised internal movements and the ever fragile diaspora based opposition) there is a better chance the internal will bring change.

            For the second point Eritrean realities has a lot in common with Zimbabwe’s during Mugabe.

            Regards
            Amanuel

  • Natom Habom

    Selam awate
    Slavery only exist in those who don’t have the courage to admit their mistakes and see the reality
    Slavery is the in the mentality of those who choose to be a tool of distabilization against their own country .
    Slavery exist in those who claim to free Eritrea from the (dictator ) while they cannot free themselves from foreign
    Fund dependency for the fonctional even of their own survival.
    Eritrea had survived against all odds all foreign duplicity and pressure ,eritrea is more stronger and powerful in the region
    Opposition lost the chance to seduce Eritrean with better counstractive policy instead of preaching division and polarizing religion
    They fail miserably to understand Eritrean people ,instead they preferred western and woyane advice so what did they get ? zero
    Please live Eritrea alone your crocodile tears will not lure no one anymore ,we have learn

  • Thomas

    Selam Neamea,

    The stuff in your article is nothing but the reality that we have first hand witnessed. We kind of very similar experience and we happen to have seen our dreams and aspirations buried by what we thought to be liberators turned out to be a bunch of mafis. I solute you for exposing the reality. The truth is as you said it, “It is prudent to realize that, for the young Eritreans, slavery did not start in Libya. As unbelievable as it may seem, the reality is that they have been enslaved in their own country by the entity that claims to be their government.”. Tell them like it is!!

  • Robel Cali

    Greetings Neamea,

    Your outrageous slavery accusation against Eritrea needs to stop. You are trivializing a word that is very serious and eroding what little credibility the opposition has left. The Libya slave trade is among the worst tragedies on the planet. Do not try to normalize this heinous crime by linking Eritrea with slavery when we all know you’re lying for your political agenda.

    And you might want to check EU data, the number of Eritreans heading for the Europe have plummeted:

    2015: 39,162

    2016: 20,718

    2017: 6,953

    These figures do not take into consideration what the EU has already admitted which is 40% of Eritrean entering Europe each year are really Ethiopians. So the real total is nearly half of what these annual figures above are showing.

    • Desbele

      Hi Robel,
      Whoever does not have two-thirds of his day for himself, is a slave, whatever he may be: a statesman, a businessman, an official, or a scholar.” Friedrich Nietzsche. Under pfdj, the Eritrean youth have zero time for themselves.
      Slave : a person who is forced to work for another against his will. Eritrean youth are forced to work against their wills for decades
      ጊላ ማለት ዘይክፈሎ ጥራይ ዘይኮነስ መዓስ ከምዝኽፈሎ ዘይፈልጥ እዩ. ጎይትኡ ናይ ጁባ ኢሉ ይስላዓሉ ይኸውን፤ ወይውን ዓመት ዓመት ሞሳ ይግባኣካ ኢሉ ይሞግሶ ፤ ደስ ክብሎውን መቕሽሽ ይድርብየሉ እቲ ጊላ ብወለንትኡ ዝኣትዎ ውዕል ግን የለን፤ ተገዲዱ ይዓይይ፤ መዓስ ከምዝኽፈልውን ኣይፈልጥን.
      ኣብ ሃገራዊ ባርነት ዘሎ መንእሰይ ኤርትራዊ ነዚ ይመስል። ከም ኣብ ሊብያ ብዋጋ ክሽየጥ ኣይረኣኹን እሞ ባርነት ኣብ ኤርትራ የለን ማለትካ ዝገርም እዩ። መረባዕ ዝሰርሑለይ ጋንታ ስደደለይ፤ ጸሃያይ ዝውዕሉ ሃይሊ ፤ ንመርዓ ጓለይ ዕንጨይቲ ዝዓርዩ ጉጅለ ተባሂሉ መንእሰይ ኤርትራ ንእልፊ ወተሃደራት ህግደፍ ብነጻ ጉልበት ይምዝመዝ ኣሎ።
      “Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.” Lincoln
      ኣነውን ብዓል ሮቤል እንተዝፍትንዋ ስከ እየ ዝበልኩ ግና ብኡ ስለዝሓለፍኩ ኣይጭክነልካን እየ

    • Peace!

      Hi Robel Cali,

      If living in open-air prison is not slavery, then the word has no meaning, and the funny thing is that, perhaps you have no clue as to why are they leaving their home in the first place, you think the above lame statistics addresses the whole issue as if there are no Eritreans heading to Ethiopian and Sudan in droves.

      Peace!

    • Mez

      Dear Robel,

      The number of people crossing to Europe may decline due to the massive intervention to curtain refugee flow there.

      However, regarding Eritrean refugee problem, still, the best indicator is the outflow of people to the Sudan and Ethiopia; and that seems not to slow down.

      Thanks

      • Memherey Mez,

        Sort of weighted average. Temezne Mizan.

        So you were saying the autobond….

        tSAtSE

        • Mez

          Dear Memhier Gitsatse,

          What I am pointing to is the real crisis of irregular migration from Eritrea is still there–irrespective of the fact that refugees may not reach the European mainland.

          Thanks