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Undercurrents of the Eritrean-Tigrai Relation

The contemporary sociopolitical history of Ethiopia, Tigray, and Eritrea is informed by two undercurrents that appear to impact these tripartite entities devastatingly as each attempt to outmaneuver the other in that elusive race toward political hegemonic prominence. Chose to use a recent Tigrinya song that captures the foolishness of the war(s), interspersing it within the article at hand giving it a certain vibe as well as the inherent message conveyed by the song; it illustrates part of the problem that each of the political actors continue to play. So, how about listening to the song first, then, reading the piece that follows, eh. Here

The ‘Eritrea Problem’*

The Eritrean problem was borne out of its colonial history, which had gone into the rearview mirror since 1991. In the thirty years since its independence, however, EPLF-turned-PFDJ that continue to reign supreme in Eritrea, the ascendent body politics of which, has been unable to put its governing house in order. A recent lyrical rendition in a song captures the situation as it exists today. ዎ! ዓሻ ቲ’ጉዱ የ ቲ ጉዱ / ክስሕን ሓዊ ኣጒዱ / ከይስሓነሉ በቲ ሓዊ ነዲዱ.To lose so many young Eritrean and Ethiopian lives over inexplicably trifle issues boggles the mind. But the soloist has a metaphorical explanation for it as he lyricizes, እቲ ንጉስ-ጫካ ብእርጋንምስጠለሞ ምሓውሩ / ምስ ጽንጽያ ክቃለስ ይውዕል ካብ መስርሕ ሃድን ቦኺሩ: ኢድ ሸናሒት ግዳይ ትገብሮ / ኣደዳ’ዛብእ ወኻሩ…ከም ግብሩ::

ዓሻ ንጉስ ሕልንኡ ምስዝስለብ / ከም ኣንበሳ ስጋ ደቁ ይቕለብ. What’s even more mind boggling is TPLF-Turned-EPRDF’s mother of all colossal political mis-calculus. Neither Tigray nor the rest of Ethiopia mattered; the nation can go to hell in a handbasket, TPLF was not going down without a fight. It chose to go through the rabid hole to keep its political power. The azmari’s lament resumes to suggest that there could’ve been better ways the issues of concern for each participants that could’ve been handled without resorting to the destruction of a nation: መሶብ ኔራ’ንድያ ኣደ ፍቕሪ…ሰፋሕ መኣዲ / ሰብ ቤት ኣጽጊባ ተጽግብ… ሓላፍ መንገዲ /ነንውልቅኻ ምስ ኮነ ምዕንጋል ከብዲ / ንዓይ ንዓይ ክብሉ… በሪሳ ዓዲ.**

And then one hears in the echo chambers of social media outlets that want to hear nothing else but their own grievances about our region and its causal effects, something akin to those who are Holocaust deniers who perpetuate the facts so they may create enough social and psychological dissonance in the public mind, so much so that people begin to believe it. Gaslighting! The Holocaust Museum sums it up this way:

“Holocaust denial is any attempt to negate the established facts of the Nazi genocide of European Jews. Holocaust denial and distortion are forms of antisemitism, prejudice against or hatred of Jews. Holocaust denial and distortion generally claim that the Holocaust was invented or exaggerated by Jews as part of a plot to advance Jewish interests…These views perpetuate long-standing antisemitic stereotypes, hateful beliefs that helped lay the groundwork for the Holocaust. Holocaust denial, distortion, and misuse all undermine the truth and our understanding of history.”***

Akin to this notion, the Eritrean anti-independence echo chamber is now magnified to the nth degree as they keep on harping that Eritrea’s independence was conceived by a bandit and completed by hooligans. The undercurrent message is clear, pluralism in Eritrea won’t work, the only way for this to work is if Eritrea and Tigray unite as one nation. As if that would change the reality as it exists today. Eritrea has been an independent nation only for 30 years but don’t tell that to these Eritrean Independence Deniers (EIDs). The illogic of this argument is on display when one would simply point out, the most powerful country in the world in which these EIDs happen to reside was conceived and founded by Slave Traders and Slave Owners. But they won’t deny America as a nation. The fact that Eritrea has had the misfortune of misgovernance, of which we are distraught about, but not to these EIDs. If Eritrea as a nation had made great strides in the 30 years of its existence, the Eritrean problem wouldn’t have been raised. Americans do not deny the existence of their nation, they work to perfect the problem they face in the ideals of their nation. They made do with what they have. They continue to struggle to make it a better place for all of its citizens. Back in the late 1800, The Atlantic had an article penned by the then prolific advocate of Black America, Booker T. Washington:

“this trial of the African as an American citizen is the most wonderful social endeavor that has ever been made by our own or any other race. If it succeeds, even in the faintest approach to a fair measure; if these men, bred in immemorial savagery and slavery, can blossom out into self-upholding citizens, fit to stand alone in the battle with the world, then indeed we must confess that human nature is a thing apart from the laws of inheritance, — that man is more of a miracle in the world than we deemed him to be.” (“The Negro Problem”)****

The ‘Tigray Problem’

The echo chamber gaslighting machination deserves no more than the aforementioned statement. Of course, if one does his/her due diligence it is not that difficult to find someone who would say similar things of Weyane as these echo chamber Eritreans keep questioning the foundation of Eritrea’s nationalism. Lo and behold, there is a Tigrayan scholar who calls Weyane merihnet nay shifatu (TPLF as no more than bandits)*****. One can easily see how unconstructive these kinds of conversations can be. Thus, let’s turn to the Tigray problem.

The Tigray problem was borne out of Ethiopia’s inability to agree on where the center of political power should reside. The three thousand years of raid and counterraid continues to paralyze the political elites from achieving some semblance of modern-day nation-state status. In the twenty-seven years, the TPLF-turned-EPRDF that reigned supreme in Ethiopia, its governing body was never able to put its governing house in order; not in a sense that reflects the massively diverse society consistent with its population composition. The political principle of the TPLF appeared to rest on this: The only way it becomes part of Ethiopia is when it wields political power. This inflexibility has taken the people of Tigray to the abyss, the depth of which has become like a bottomless pit. As the same singing man calls it in his recent creative genius, ግዜ ዝሃባሓምሓም ቆላ / ዘይትኣርግ ዘይትስበር ይመስላ / ዓሻ ሹም ድኣየ ሓው ኣናኺሱ ይእለ… ሪኡ ከምዘይርኣየ / ዎ! ሹም ኮይኑብፍልጠቱ ብጉልበቱ / እንከይበቐቐ እንኮ ህይወቱ / ከም ዘንጊ ሙሴ ዋልታ ኮይኑ እንተዘይቆመ ንህዝቡ ንመሬቱ / ኣብውድቀቱ ምስ ስዓብቱ ናብ’ዛ ብዓቱ::

When former TPLF leaders lost the political power in the EPRDF party, they decided to retreat to their former selves, to the TPLF of yesteryear by packing all of their human capital as they concentrated in the region from which they all hailed, namely, Tigray province. This created an untenable position, the decision led to a confrontation between the federal government and Tigray region, the end result of which TPLF or what’s left of it has become like a dying light, flickering here and there until it goes completely dark, out of power, gone for good. Ethiopians, under the leadership of TPLF, were made to believe Eritrea was the cancer that should always stay on chemotherapy until it finally dawned on them that it was the TPLF turned EPRDF the real cancer that should be excised from power. Excised it was. Now, the cancer is localized, in a swath of land in the caves and mountains of Tigray somewhere with its handful old guards coming out at night like ghosts and Dracula to suck Ethiopians’ blood dry while trying to make the world believe they are the victims. In the azmari’s immortal words, ገፊፉ ዳጉን / ዓሻ ድኣየ / ምዃ ዘንጊዑ / ጉድጓድ ንፈሓሪኣየ:: The rendition of the lyrical man continues, not to put too finer musical note on it, ዓሻ ይፈሳህ / ክndi ዝንሳህ / ጽባሕ ምስበለ ጻሕ / ኣበይክብጻሕ::

Nobody plays the victim card to a hilt like TPLF does. To the rest of Ethiopians TPLF tries to make them believe Ethiopia can’t hold it together without them in power. To that end, it used its political power and clout to undermine the Oromo’s sociopolitical emergence by making them believe that it’s the Amharas who have been exploiting them. To Eritreans, it’s the Isaias regime that’s in the way of their freedom and prosperity and security when it actively undermined the opposition by funding any Eritrean group that wished to open an opposition shop in Addis. Now, the trio, Dr. Debretsion, Getachew Reda, and Gen. Tsadqan are taking turns to connive and sell their snake oil to Eritreans, Tigrayans, and the rest of Ethiopians along with the world as they come out from their hiding place playing the victim card. To that end, in Diaspora news outlets like Assenna and others have become the mouthpieces of HiwHat. This time, it is Tsadqan’s turn, the reaction to his statements by Eritreans have been swift. Taking two social media outlets will suffice to see the swiftness and the steadfastness of it all, in which Eritreans – apropos – appear to be saying, ‘fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me’.

The media analysis will have to wait for another day

References:

*The title of The Eritrea Problem and The Tigray Problem are inspired by “The Negro Problem,” the term that was popularized by Booker T. Washington (1856-1915) who wrote a book by the same title in 1903. The book in PDF:
** Arefayne, T. (2021)
*** Holocaust Denial
**** The Atlantic
***** Alemayehu, T.  A friend from Awate Forum shared a link of the historian’s first interview. Upon watching the second part of the interview was when the term bandit was used in describing Weyane. Thus, the pertinence of the term was so important that it was added on the evening the article was submitted to Awate.com.

About Beyan Negash

Activist, a writer and a doctoral candidate (ABD) in Language, Literacy, and Culture at New Mexico State University (NMSU). Beyan holds a bachelor of arts in English and a master of arts in TESOL from NMSU as well as a bachelor of arts in Anthropology from UCLA. His research interests are on colonial discourse and post-colonial theories and their hegemonic impact on patriarchy, cultural identity, literacy development, language acquisition as well as curriculum & citizenship. The geopolitics of the Horn of Africa interests Beyan greatly. His writings tend to focus on Eritrea and Ethiopia. Beyan has been writing opinion pieces at awate.com since its inception (1 September 2001).

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  • Abi

    Hello Residents and Visitors
    A day after the historic elections in Ethiopia, the Legendary Ethiopian Airlines resumed flights to Asmara.
    Spin doctors, please take over the መድረክ.

    • haileTG

      Abichu,

      …and the notorious Ethiopian airforce visited Togoga market place….there I made it full picture.

      • Abi

        ኃይልሽ
        እዋይ አንታ ሓውና ኃይላት
        ሃውዜን 2.0 ?
        Too bad only you see the imaginary circle.

        • haileTG

          Wendime Abi!

          I don’t blame you because PMAA should have expressed condolences about Ethiopian civilians who got killed or injured and gave you the go ahead to show feelings. I blame him. We lived similar situation in Eritrea where the goons wouldn’t say a word about any loss unless the goons in charge of embassy tells them.

          • Abi

            ኃይልሽ
            I like you to be stingy with sharing the fake news. I don’t need a “go ahead “ order from PMAA.
            Why do you expect you and I operate the same way?

  • haileTG

    Hello Brhan & Awatista…

    BBC reports:

    ..Witnesses have told the BBC that rebel forces have entered the strategic town of Adigrat, which is just 45 km (30 miles) from the Eritrean border. If confirmed, this would be the most significant rebel advance since the war began.

    TDF fighters have also been seen in several towns both to the north and south of the region’s capital of Mekelle.

    Army spokesman Colonel Getnet confirmed there was fighting but denied that any towns, army equipment or soldiers had been

    • Abi

      ኃይልሽ
      I hope the BBC reporter who relied heavily upon the witnesses from Adigrat will send you ( personally) a flag hoisting ceremony in Adigrat and other liberated areas.
      Keep entertaining us. You know how much I enjoy good jokes.

      • haileTG

        Guad Abi,

        That’s nothing…there is more to be enjoyed. Did you check Getachew Reda’s twitter with a gift for Abiy’s “coronation as #theNakedEmperorofEthiopia”??
        ሕዙኒ ሕዙኒ
        ዕራርቦ ጸሓይ ናበይ ክትሰዱኒ
        ይበሃል ኣሎ
        ኣብ ዓዲ ሓሎ

        • Abi

          ኃይልሽ
          ጌቾ ምርኮኞቹን ስላላሳየኝ ተቀይሜዋለሁ:: እንዴት ከአንድ ሺህ ሦስት መቶ ምርኮኛ የአንዱን ፎቶ ይነፍገኛል? ምን አስቀየምኩት? እሱ እንደሆነ ብቻውን ፎቶ የሚነሳው:: እስቲ የማረከውን ታንክ ደገፍ ብለህ ፎቶ ተነሳና አቀብለኝ በለው::
          ኧረ ባልንጀራህን አንድ በለው!!

          ናፍቄአለሁ የኔ አመለ ሸጋ
          እስከማይህ በአካል በአይነሥጋ
          ተገናኝተን እስከምናወጋ
          ( ሀመልማል ነፍሴ)
          የድሮ ዘፈን

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Hailat-TG,

      The spokesman of the “military and Foreign affairs” of the US has reported that TDF (wefri Alula) is attacking the vicinity of Mekelle. There is fierce fighting in and around the city. The ENDF that was stationed in Adigrat and its surrounding has left the city to reinforce the ENDF in Mekelle. In my view, most probably EDF might wage a battle to regain back Adigrat.

      Regard

      • iSem

        Emma:
        Probably they will hire Arab drones to kill what they call their own. What amazes me of the mindset of some ethnic group in Ethiopia is they hire Soviet planes and Arab drones to murder those they call their people. SO TDF must learn from the past and nor rush this and must chip Ethiopia away, little by little

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Merhaba Sem,

          I can’t agree more. Imagine to kill your own people by hiring foreign forces is unthinkable, except in Ethiopia, Trust me if the Tigrians are left to be govern by themselves as independent entity they will develop in no time. Japan has done it with no oil or any natural resource but it become one of the economic power in the world by transforming their country in to an industrial nation. The hard working Tigrians can do the same thing. You see Sem, Meles’s policy on education, had elevated and increased their “educated class” exponentially including the professional military class with academic degrees. So they will turn Tigray in to modern African county, if they trigger article 39 and secede from Ethiopia. I don’t see any future prospect of Tigrians with Ethiopian empire, with such hate and massacres of their people. This is Aliet-misnat zenecha echo eye.

          Regard

          • Dongolo

            Selam Amanuel Hidrat. Again, why on an Eritrean opposition website, do you go entirely out out of your way, to glorify Meles, the TPLF and the Tigrayan people? It makes absolutely no sense. You wish to compare Tigray to Japan which is an island?

          • kokhob selamone2

            Dear Dongolo,

            Please be gentle.

            KS,,

        • Brhan

          Hello iSem

          Unfortunately, Ethiopia will get arms neither from the Arabs nor from the Russians.

          Two days ago, Mr. Ahmed Abu Qayt, the general secretary of the Arab League, said that Abi Ahmed is playing the role of Rambo in a fragile country. Ironically the UAE, together with other countries such as Canada, will finance an investigation in Tigray after reports of a massacre by Ethiopian and Eritrean troops. As the money flows, investigators will expedite the process of bringing the Ethiopian Rambo to an international court.

          The Russians won’t come to Ethiopia. The last time an Ethiopian delegation sent by Mengistu Hailermarim to get weapons was told to end the war by other means by L. Brezhnev. History is repeating itself.

          • iSem

            Hi Brhan:
            By mentioning Soviet I was referring to their role in Eritrean during ghedli

    • Halaf Mengedi

      Greetings Haile TG,
      You are one of the few whom I follow and read to make head-tail of what is happening and might happen. It is extremely challenging to have an objective picture on what is happening in REALITY on the ground. Any information coming from TDF/Woyane or Abi and his camp is totally polarized. Videos don’t lie. What they say and what they show is like oil and water. By now, they have destroyed all divisions at least 3 times over. The maximum they could show is few hundred PoW and some equipment’s. I have learned my lessons. PIA – is totally mute as always.

      Would you be kind enough to share your reading as things are now? Mainly on the military front/capabilities/sustainability/ … and what to expect? How will peace reign supreme. My gut feeling is it will either way (gut feeling – i might have “halay” gut :)). It is just at the corner – I don’t believe on bottom-less.

      I know Haile TG is not “tonQalay”. But he has a brilliant, tireless, resourceful analytic mind :).

      HM

      • haileTG

        Merhaba HM,

        Thanks kbur Haw!

        As you said it is not possible to find readily reliable information from news sources. Alot of sifting through, cross check and inadvertent sources are needed if you are after high quality updates. Nevertheless, it may be easy to infer the general direction of developing scenarios from easily accessible sources.

        To cut the chase, the military momentum is lost for PMAA. The TDF has not boldly articulated its final intention. For sure, peace negotiations will kick in and ceasefire of sorts may be agreed. Eritrea will gain nothing but a lot of sticks out of this. Despite Ethiopian Prosecutor General accusing Eritrea of possible war crimes, Eritrean submissions to the HRC dismissed the cases as false. You can see that things are not in lockstep. Again ENDF withdrawal from Tigray would defeat Eritrean stated strategy of it occupation as being to forestall potential invasion. Because, it would still have to fight a border war. Meanwhile, IA may be incapacitated (gut feeling) and leadership change may have to occur in PFDJ.

        Things are shaping up in complex way, mqnay Tray.

        • Halaf Mengedi

          Merhaba Haile TG ,
          Much appreciated thank you. An interesting cocktail of geopolitical and military forces. I hope, the outcome will be PEACE for this ዝተረግመ region. Like you said ምቅናይ ጥራይ ምቅናይ.

      • Abi

        Hello Halafi Mengedi
        You are forwarding great questions to a great awatista who possesses a crystal ball that helps him and hear things that don’t exist.
        I don’t know what tonQalay means. I know he is tenkolegna:)

        • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

          Abi,
          Exhibit A: TDF shot down one of your military plane
          Exibit B: they showed many captured ብልሽውና ፓርቲ solders.
          Again, this is not fake news.

          • Abi

            MM
            I don’t except the TDF to provide us with a picture of the burning to ashes fighter jet. The reason is obvious as usual. The camera can’t capture the huge jet.
            I don’t also except a picture of the captured soldiers. The reason is obvious again. Too many captured soldiers for the camera to capture the whole group of soldiers.

            Today the habitual liars told us that they are providing the thousands of the captured soldiers roast chicken . All I’m asking is to show me the picture of the chicken. I’m sure the camera is able to capture the whole chicken.

          • Halaf Mengedi

            Selam መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ,
            Engineers love data. How do I know? Yours truly is one too :). As an engineer you should know better. From day one, what TDF has been saying and showing (evidence – hard data) does not add up at all. An exbibit here and there will not change a thing. It is a pattern and massive gap in their communications. Telling the truth with some marketing/propaganda touches/tricks could have helped their case better. Lies won’t last long and have worse long term consequences to their case and people. That applies to PMAA too. PIA is playing deaf and blind in total denial. Hard to blame him for victories lies. For denial lies – PIA is the king.

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Selamat HM,
            Agree. I have no proof if the data is credible or not, also no one is giving any info about their loss.
            I take it with ~ ±30% of margin error [or should I say lie] 🙂

          • Abi

            MM
            If you don’t have any proof, it is smart to refrain from sharing it.
            Despite my repeated attempts, you are not still thinking.

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Abi,
            My answer to Eng. HM was about the general news.
            Those 2 exhibits that I have mentioned are real: on Video. What else do you want?

        • Halaf Mengedi

          ተናስ ጥልን Abi,
          Kkkk I like your sense of humor – tenkolegna :). TonQalay = አስማተኛ, I think.

      • T. Kifle

        Selamat Halaf Mengedi,
        Just one point,

        Names of division are not deleted after every battle.

        Remember your 525 commando division, how many times was it destroyed in the Ethio-Eritrean war? many many times. You see names are preserved. The numbers of the wounded and the dead are replenished with new conscripts but the name survives. It doesn’t mean that one kills the soldiers three or four times.

        In the USA there are names of divisions older than 100 years. do you think the soldier are also 100 years old?

        • Halaf Mengedi

          Selam T. Kifle,
          You have a point about the deletion and replenishment of divisions. Thank you for the note. My point is why they are shy documenting and sharing it? All it takes is a smart phone. If they could power multiple concert grade 4000 W or above speakers for “qayila” and share … why they are almost totally mute when it comes showing the evidence (video)? For the last 6 months and counting, what TDF/Woyane say and what they show don’t add up.

          • T. Kifle

            Selamat HM,

            I am not the right person to answer the question but my hunch is that the Objective of TDF isn’t about winning a battle but the war. Though media plays some role for the moral of the people of Tigray at home and in the Diaspora, it has little effect on the moral of the army. The members don’t have access to media as there is none in the field.

  • Bayan Negash

    I took the liberty to bring HTG’s rejoinder, which is heart wrenching to read, to the top here because I feel it is really important that it doesn’t get buried in the archives, to the extend possible. My input follows your entry, HTG.

    Selamat Haw Bayan,

    My 2-cents on the matter is that such difference among the opposition has existed for the best part since the latter’s inception. I don’t believe such differences will go away because both sides have understandable issues with the way the struggle is advanced:

    1 – one side fears that external influence (read Tigray/TPLF) is something to watch out from as much as the cause of struggle at home itself. At its worst, it suffice to scan social media to witness this group viciously attacking those who are not on that side. Due to the fact that many Eritreans are highly traumatized by the cruel regime that rips off their citizenship, discards them as not worthy of their birth rights and so many other horrific treatments, this group lacks due care when it engages in similar traumatizing languages when it sells its view points. Anger and bitterness easily takeover the relationship.

    2 – The second group fears unless the regime is stopped by any means, the country is doomed and there can be no other redemptive paths. It becomes highly sensitive and anxious by words that talk to national values at the expense of their livid individual sufferings. They become very defensive and equate the other side to the regime on opposition mask or worse still to ethnicity or religious advocate.

    I agree it is a sad state of affairs, but it is what it is. Often times, people prefer not to talk about it (which I insist we rather talk instead) but you see its tragic outcome all too often. Yesterday I was listening to Helen Berhane’s interview and her call for assistance for Eritrean refugees. At one point she mentioned incidents where we can see how our people are failed by all of us. She said “there were occasions during Mediterranean crossings, when a boat was too heavy, Eritreans were chosen to be thrown overboard by the traffickers”. As she relates so many harrowing experiences, she also remembers how one Ethiopian UNHCR worker in Ethiopia once told her that the Eritreans usually get a rough deal because “aya yeblomn”. So, the cost of division is dire, Huket yisedid bereket is an old adage, yet we need to see it for what it is.

    ==============

    Dear HaileTG,

    Nothing more heart wrenching to read than what you just related about how young Eritreans are victimized twice & thrice to only be subjected to yet other vultures in the middle of the sea in a capsizing boat to only be thrown overboard.

    Resorting to Abraham Zere’s (2020) book “ካልእ ስለ ዘየሎ: ሓጸርቲ ዛንታታት I find it instructive. The reader is placed in the midst of such a harrowing story where the people in the boat have to collectively decide who should be disposed of in the capsizing boat. There are children, the young and the old aboard the boat. Slowly, layer by layer, the author walks us through by placing the reader in their midst as they try to make their decision who is to be disposed by what criteria. The ability of the author to set the scene in such incisive way in a short story is a gem.

    Here is an excerpt from ማዕበል ህይወት. To briefly set the scene, the captain is trying to convince boarders to dispose of their luggage, any belongings they may have so water doesn’t sip into the boat. There is a rich dialogue just on this, one can only imagine what the desperate discussion would be like when they reach to a point for the need to dispose of human beings overboard. So, the captain urgently implores them to throw their belongings:

    “ግዜ ይኸደና ስለ ዘሎ ሕጂ ናይ ቀረባ መፍትሒ ዝበልኩዎ ክነግረኩም።” ዓው ስለ ዝበለ ድምጺ ካልኦት ተዋሕጠ። መፍትሒ ከቕርበሎም ድማ ሃረር በሉ፣ “እዛ ጃልባ ሓንሳብ ማይ ክኣትዋ እንተ ጀሚሩ ኣኺሉና ሓቢርና ክንጥሕል ኢና። ማዕበል ከኣ ትርእዩዎ ኣለኹም ክግልብጠና ደልዩ ኣሎ። እምበኣር ኵሉ ንብረትና ናብ ባሕሪ ክንድርብዮ ኢና። ብዘይካ ወረቐትን ኣብ ኢድኩም ዝተሓዝ ገንዘብን ካልእ ኵሉ ደርብዩዎ። ወረቐት፡ ሰርቲፊከትን ካልእ መንነት ወረቐት ዝመስልን እንተ ዘይኰይኑ እምበር መጽሓፍ ወዲ መጽሓፍ ይደርበ።”

    ምስቲ ድምጺ ማዕበል፡ ማዕበል ድምጺ ሰዓበ። ካፕተይን ብመጠኑ ናይ ተቓውሞ ድምጺ ምዃኑ ስለ ዘረጋገጸ ብዝበርትዐ ቃና ቀጸለ፣ “ኵላትና ክንፈልጣ ዘላትና ንድሕነትና ኢና ንብረት ንድርቢ ዘለና። ማይ እንተ ኣትዩና ዳሕራይ ኣይንወጻን ኢና። ተቐዳዲምኩም ቦርሳታትኩም ምድርባይ እንተ ኣቢኹም ኣነ ባዕለይ ከጽድፎ እየ።”

    “… ሓቁ’ዩ ንደርብዮ…!”

    “… ቅድም እሞ ቦርሳታትና ፈቲሽና ዘድልየና ነገራት ከነውጽእ…።”

    “… ኣብ ምሕራይ እንተ በጺሕና ደኣ ኵሉ ዘድሊ እንድዩ ንደርብዮ ጥራይ…።”

    “…ናተይ ቦርሳ ርብዒ ኪሎ ኣይትኣክልን እያ፡ ተምጽኦ ለውጢ ስለ ዘይብላ ድማ ምሳይ ከጽንሓ…።”

    “… ርብዒ ኪሎታት ተደማሚሩ እንድዩ ኪሎታት ዝኣክል፡ ኵሉ ክጐሓፍ ጥራይ እዩ ዘለዎ. . .”“

    “… እዚኣ ብሓደራ ዝማልኣ ዘለኹ ንእሽቶ ንብረት እያ… እንተ ትጸንሕ ክብደት ኣይምወሰኸትን…።”

    Few lines later,

    “ጸሎት ንግበር ኣቱም ህዝቢ! ንማህለል! እቶም ክርስትያን ንማህለል፣ እቶም ኣስላም ከኣ ሓቢርኩም ዱዓ ግበሩ! መዓትና እዩ በዚሑ፣ ሰብ ተጨኻኺኑ፣ ክፉእ ረኣዩ ኢሉና’ምበር፡ በዚ እዋን’ዚዶ ንሕና ናብ ዘይንፈልጦ ዓዲ ጓና ክንከይድ ሓዲግ ምተረፍና!” በላ ሓንቲ ኣደ። ምስቲ ዝነበረ ጸፍዒ ማዕበል ከመይ ኢለን ዘረባአን ከም ዝወድኣ ኵላቶም ተጓዓዝቲ ገረሞም። ኣንደበተን ካብ ውሽጠን ዝነቐለ ምዃኑ ብቐሊል መስከረለን።

    When capsizing became inevitable, the captain goes to the next stage of survival mechanism:

    “ሓንሳብ..! ሓንሳብ ስምዑኒ በጃኻትኩም..! እዛ ኵነታት ንርእያ ኣለና። ከምዛ ትኸዳ ዘላ ኵላትና ክንጥሕል ኢና። ካብ ኵላትና ንጥሕል ግን ካልእ ፍታሕ ረኺበ ኣለኹ፣ ፈቲና ጸሊእና ተሪፋ ዘላ ኣማራጺ ንሳ ጥራይ እያ፡” ምስ በለ ካፕተይን፡ ኵላቶም ነታ ናብኣቶም ቀኒዓ ዝነበረት ብርሃን ሰንጢቘም ኣዒንቱ ክርእዩ ተጋደሉ።

    “እዚ ንወስዶ ምርጫ ዓሻ ከምስል ይኽእል እዩ፣ ኣብ ባሕሪ ግን ዕሽነት የሎን። ካብዞም ኣብዛ ጃልባ ዘለና ሰባት ግድን ናብ ባሕሪ ክንድርበ ኢና። ካልእ ኣማራጺ የብልናን። ብኸመይ ንውስን ሓቢርና ንዛረበሉ።”

    In the intensity of it all, finally, an elderly woman speaks out:

    “ኣቱም ህዝቢ ክንደይ ንወላወል ኢና! ነዛ ሓንቲ ዕምሪናስ ከኣ ክንድዚ ክንፈታተን! ከም ኣመንቲዶ ክንጽሊ ኣይጸናሕናን! ሕጂ ደኣ እንታይ እዩ ልቢና ዝጠራጠር። ኣነ ኣማኒት እየ፡ ካብዚኣ ከይደ እዝግሄር ልቡ ከፊቱ ከም ዝቕበለኒ እፈልጥ እየ። ኣብዚ እንተ ሞትኩ ጸዋዕታ እግዝኣብሄር እምበር ካልእ ኣይኰነን። ሕጂ ብሓላል እቕበሎ…” ፈለማ ንጸሎት ዝተበገሳ ሰበይቲ እየን።

    “እሞ ንስኺን ዘይትጅምራ ኣደ።”

    “እጅምር! ምእንቲ ካልኦት ኣሕዋተይ ኢለ ኣነ እጅምር። እንተዀነ፡ ነብሲኻ ብፍቓድካ ምሕላፍ ሓጢኣት ምዃኑ ስለ ዝኣምን ባዕለይ ነጢረ ነብሰይ ከሕልፍ ኣይክእልን እየ።”

    So, goes the moral conundrum when it is placed among a group of people who must decide of who lives and who perishes.

  • Abi

    Samiti
    No new information presented in the above letter.
    ይግባኝ ሰሚው ፍርድ ቤት ማመልከቻህን ውድቅ አድርጎታል::

  • Brhan

    Hello Awatista,

    Ethiopian election overshadowed by Eritrea.

    A simple content analysis of BBC today’s news ( June 21, 2021) resulted in the following results.

    The mentioning of the word “Eritrean” was three times, “Eritrea” 8 times, in total 11 times or words for Eritrea.

    The news mentioned Tigray 11 times.

    And guess what, the supposed big news of the day, i.e., “elections,” was mentioned only three times in the news.

    So one goes to know news about the “election,” and the words “Eritrea” bombard him. I know some will jump and say BBC is Weyane. But that is not the point that I would like you to discuss here. In this news, A.Ahmed said that Ethiopian is not pushing Eritrean troops to leave Tigray but is working with them to peacefully leave Tigray.

    DIA is telling A.Ahmed Ali only about ሸጥ ማዓንጣ, and If the latter is bothering him about the pressure from inside and outside, DIA is telling ነታ ዝረባ ምጠጣ.

    DIA won’t leave Tigray. And A. Ahmed Ali won’t continue in this status quo. Though it’s not from neutral news sources, we hear about the eruption of significant military operations in Tigray.

    • haileTG

      Hey Brhan,

      Eritrea was hammered at the UNHRC today by the incoming SR Mr. Mohammed B, who presented his grim findings. many western member states condemned the country which is also working closely with PMAA – a nobel peace prize winner turned a regional civil war leader.

      • Brhan

        Hey haileTG
        There is a good analysis to what the “elections’ mean to Ethiopia and the region at Aljzeera by Presenter Mohammed Jamjoom: Inside Story ( June 21,2021).

      • saay7

        Hey Hailat TG:

        A friend connected these two dots:

        1. The ውሽሚት, I am sorry, the friend of Filipos (Tzge Roma) told us Isaias suffers from dementia: telling his flunkies to drive him to Adi Halo in very late hours;

        2. At the Martyrs Day wreath laying ceremony, he needed help to get on the red carpet going and coming back. (That is, he needed help to take 20 steps on a red carpet.) He made no speeches and somebody else laid the wreath: he just stared at it.

        Hailat says?

        saay

        • haileTG

          Selamat saay,

          One thing that struck me was that only a single wreath was placed and they left right away. As, you know people with dementia would have hard times going through complicated procedures of a ceremony like that. He was helped in and helped out.

          Another thing was that the patient appears engrossed, yet detached from surrounding. My brother’s father in law passed away around 2012, after a year or so suffering from complications and dementia. From the jittery reactions of helpers and his confusion, and facial expressions, I am giving the verdict that the demented dictator has dementia.

          Could you imagine that for all his life’s worth of arrogance and feraE feraE, that as the setting sun is a sure sign of a day that is passing, frailty and disintegration arrive to show us that the body has remembered its final destination.

          The greedy and power thirsty dictator will take none of his spoils beyond the grave, but the carnage he hit us with will continue to explode and kill many, long after he is gone.

          Some time ago, I saw a documentary on NDEs (near death experiences), undertaken at the University of Oxford. A guy who claimed he’s seen the other side and came back, was asked about judgements day, and his response was interesting. He said before you proceed anywhere, you are kept waiting with an angel. This angel goes through your lifetime with you. Interestingly, he said that the way you are reminded of it is that every action you took comes before you, but this time you experience exactly how the receiver of your action experienced it. You would enjoy your good works and suffer your bad works. IA would surely have a lot to go through in the here after.

          Too much ranting for a Tuesday:-)

          • Desbele

            Selam Haile ,

            I always thought of him demented. But this time i am worried if he is competent to stand for trial.

          • haileTG

            Hey Desbele,

            Thanks to our opposition to the opposition obsessed with Tigray, it is likely he will depart way before that!

          • iSem

            Desbele:
            But he did not commit the crimes when he was demented, we try him for crimes when he was sane, that is enough to land him in Ela Ero, not in Hague, God forbide Hague, in the same cell well Haile Dergue was imprisoned

          • Abi

            ኃይልሽ
            የፈራሁት ደረሰ!!!
            I was deeply worried when you started listening to voices. Now you listening to dead people.
            ፀሎት እንዳልሰራልህ ግልፅ ሆኖልኛል:: እስቲ ፀበል ሞክር::
            ጉድ እኮ ነው!!!

          • haileTG

            Abichu…ene alchalkubetm…ante xelylign EbakH 🙂 I am not only hearing voices, I am seeing images of dead TPLF taking over major towns in Tigray… It is scary 🙂

          • Abi

            ኃይልሽ
            የአክሱም ማርያም ፀበል መድሃኒት ይሆንሃል::
            I hope you make it to Aksum before the dead walking things you imagine control the source of the wholly water. ( እመቤቴ ይቅር ትበልህ)
            I heard Axum is not far from where you are.
            ኡበር ፀበል ሞክር :: ካልተሳካልህ በድሮን እናቀብልሃለን::

          • iSem

            Hi TG:
            Now I will quote the Bible, the Old Testament: God hardened Pharos heart, so maybe God did the same thing with IA to make him suffer for all his Pharo actions

        • iSem

          Hi Sal:
          I have to ask. You used ውሽሚት twice, so is “athaloyot”?

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Hey iSem,
            ውሽሚት is a ትግርኛ word baptized in Saay’s Amharic:)
            ውሽማ would be the correct word, means mistress.

          • haileTG

            Hey MM or Moxi,

            what do you think the origin of wushima is? Any idea?

          • Haile S.

            Selam MoKsi,
            ሎምስ ገለ ከተዛርበና ኢኻ

            Three possibilities
            – An independent word ውሽማ
            – Derived from ምኩሻም፡ ኩሽማ (ኩሽማን ደርሆ😁)
            – (Remotely) from ምውሻብ፡ ወሸበ፡ ተወሸበ/ተወሸመ

          • Saleh Johar

            HaileS
            Could it be the gender difference? Like:for a female, ውሽማ ኣለዋ and for a male, ውሹሚት ኣላቶ.
            Why do we associate that with woman only, don’t men also play an equal role in it?

          • Haile S.

            Selamat SGJ, MoKsi, Saay and all,

            MoKsi (HTG) is responsible for walking us sometimes in hell sometimes in heaven, sometimes through purgatory.

            ውሽማ (tigrigna and amharic) is in any case gender neutral. Saay turned it to ውሽሚት to make it sweet (more than it should) the Asmarino way. May be he tried to sprinkle a ሚት of social-correctness too.
            The reason why ውሽማ may sound applying to a male or to a female is in the usage and culture. In the Tigrinya speaking people, generally, the man is more susceptible to have ውሽማ, ዝውሸም. Among the Amaharas, generally, it is the woman who is more susceptible to have ውሽማ. Amhara women have more free-will than Tigriye women.

            SGJ, me not knowing arabic, I google and found out that ውሽማ in arabic is mahzia. I got curious. Doesn’t it sound ምሓዛ like friend! In the interview, I think the distinguished lady was presented as ምሓዛ Philipos.

            SGJ, your tatoo and branding linkage is also interesting.

            The first husband or wife and the first ውሽማ and ውሽማ(ሚት) are Adam and Eve, respectively. Satan convinced them to eat the fruit of sin by convincing Eve that Adam had a ውሽማ. When Eve asked him to show her, he told her to look over the pond in front of her. When she bent and saw her reflection, she was convinced and asked satan for a remedy. He told her to eat and make Adam eat the seducing fruit (መስተፋቅር) from the tree. She did and they fell in love and became sinners.
            This story is from a french traveller’s book in the 19th century. A traveller who was told the story by a debtera.

          • saay7

            Bingo Haile S:

            You are the only one (not iSem and certainly not Mehands, my tigrinya grammarian) who knew the genesis of Wshmit. When I was a kid, I used to hear this song:

            ጏል ጎሚዳ
            ውሽማ ለሚዳ

            እንተ ዘይዞረት
            ሓሚማ ምሓደረት

            While, statistically, in traditionally societies like Eritrea, more men stray than women, the shame is only applied to the women (as in the song.). The ውሽሚት was to be a female term of endearment, the asmarino way.

            Older generations were classier and said ኣማኒቱ, no?

            Anyway, back to seriousness: if as the ውሽሚት says Isaias suffers from dementia (not her observation but something her ውሽማ told her), and this demented man has absolute powers over a country, how terrifying is it, specially where there is nobody (not a doctor, not a general, not a family member) who can tell him to consider stepping down or at least having a Prime Minister? Of course, his generals are so traumatize even after he is dead they will think, as Stalin’s flunkies thought, it was one last trick.

            saay

          • Haile S.

            Selam Saay,

            On the serious note that brought the ውሽማ here, the young Lions that could have competed to replace the alpha Lion were decimated when our alpha was young and strong. Interestingly enough, we have none of the mighty Geladas since centuries in our country and Lions were quasi extinct from Eritrea to educate us and remind on how a natural order of succession is done. As you mentioned, it is astounding to see no one dares to talk to our languishing alpha. One reason frequently advanced is that the alpha Geladas or Lions outside our territories are pointing their nose and threatening to come replacing our suffering Lion thus remaining with our self amputator. Hopefully, the just reappearing Lions will grow fast the necessary mane to show their alphahood and lead the next generation!

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Saay,
            ጽንሕ ኢልካስ መሓዚት ክትብለና ‘ኻ።
            ውሽማ ‘ለዋ ውሽማ ‘ላቶ just like መሓዛ ‘ለዋ መሓዛ ‘ላቶ። ካብ ሙሽሪት ዝተለቃሕካያ ትኸውን። በሃሊ ‘የ።
            ወይ ድማ ምባል ክንጅምር እዝኒት, ልቢት. እግሪት, ኣፍንጪት [ፍር**ትን ኩሊትን ከይንልክመን ጥንቅቕ] ወዘተረፈ.

          • saay7

            Mehands:

            መዓንጢተይ hurts from laughing 🙂

            saay

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Saayt, MM,

            I didn’t think I was going to laugh after reading Saay comment about laughing so hard. But the I couldn’t help it when I read the second last line.

          • iSem

            Hi Sal:
            So I was correct, it at haleyot:-)
            A bout the older generation, it is also euphemism, not only class. Tigringa filled with beautiful euphemism until you know who came and destroyed that: arifu to tekarigu or kerribu.
            About the Eritrean men having more wushuma, you are correct,. Let me give you how they make kohsher oor men :sebay hanti sebeytu, himaq keshi hanti dawitu, himaq harestay hanti newitu

          • T. Kifle

            Selamat Haile,

            just one thing,
            ምውሻብ = lockdown, I just came to know it after this pandemic. So, I don’t think it has anything to do with ‘mwshab’

          • Haile S.

            Selamat T. Kifle,

            You are right. I was speculating saying all comes to enclosure, due to sickness and due to lust. I didn’t say it, but the words that linked both in my mind was the amharic word ተከርቸም.

          • Saleh Johar

            HaileTG, Saay and HaileS

            There are many meanings in Arabic dictionaries for the root word وَشَمَ Weshm (tatoo) and more than twenty meanings citing ancient meanings, poems and quotes.

            As you know, livestock is marked to show ownership of the herd. And if a woman is a mistress of someone, they say, Tewshima, meaning marked and you should stay away because she is marked and belongs to another man. In ancient times, the dressing and other protocols were distinct for free and owned (enslaved) women. I believe in the past we had traditional ways of a male and a female living together outside marriage and the sanctioned bond was Qal Kidan thought alongside their wife, men could have other concubines with different designations, wushma is one of them. Now you and HaileS can expand on it with your resourceful nature.

          • haileTG

            Hey SGJ and moksi,

            More than I bargained for! On Haile S’ take the teweshebe and twesheme seem interesting, but not sure if the ending consonants b and m were generically related. B/s teweshete, teweshele might compete. SGJ’s tewshima is also has etymological strength as a variation with similar meaning. It is common to drop beginning or ending sounds. I was a little astray thinking of the old English word “wench” meaning prostitute. May be HS came across the word when he fled to England and integrated it to amharic with modifications. OK ignore this line, just to rub it on Guad Abi…

        • Fanti Ghana

          Selamat Saay and Haile TG,

          I heard the same a couple of days ago from reliable resource including the video you mentioned. He seemed aimless and veered far to the right from where the red carpet was. Someone rushed to retrieve him.

          “not guilty by reason of insanity”

          • haileTG

            Hey Fanti! Great to see you as always!

            It is very hard to find a person with dementia guilty. They will forget why they are in the courtroom let alone what they’re accused of. When IA once denied his knowledge of MZ to the TIMES, we thought what liar…we had no idea it could have been an early onset of the condition:-) [On serious side, I know it is a terrible disease that affects the people around the patient than the sufferer him/herself]. I am worried my friend Guad Abi keeps forgetting even this morning’s headline…Ok I forgot what I set out to write here, I better go:)

          • Fanti Ghana

            Selamat Hailat,
            I didn’t know it was an epidemic, haha!

          • Abi

            ኃይልሽ
            ኧረ በስመአብ በል!!
            የመልስ ምት ሳትቀበል አመለጥክ:)

  • haileTG

    Hey Awatista,

    Depending on your local time zone, today June 21 around 9 p.m. you passed a once in 100 years event! The 21st century, 21st year, 21st week, 21st day, 21st hour, 21st minuet, 21st second! Interesting to think that next time a similar thing happens in about 100 years, all of us here will be watching down from heaven:-)

    • Abi

      ኃይልሽ
      The Historical Ethiopian Elections took place today. ( it is all planned) The next election will be 100 years from now.
      አቢቹዬ ለመቶ አመት ንገሥ!!!

      • haileTG

        Abichu, congrats on your big day 🙂 The pioneer of Medemer managed to hold Qinash election (- Tigray, Harar, Somali)!

        • Abi

          ኃይልሽ
          Harar, Somali , Tigray and north of Tigray are in the next Medemer equation:). ምን አስቸኮለህ?

          • haileTG

            Haha Abi…beselam enwTalh mejemerya…atchekul enen ltqedm. Whatever IA touches will turn to ashes,,, mark may words (or Trust me:)

          • Abi

            ኃይልሽ
            ታላቁ ኃይሌን እንኳን እኔ ጥይት አይቀድመውም!!!
            ኢሱ ኢትዮጵያን የሚነካበት አይወድም:: እንደ እሳት ነው የሚለበልበው!!

    • Solomon Seyum

      Selamat HaileTG,

      You reminded when I posed for a moment thinking I was passing through the 21st day of the 21st year of the 21st century. If you spread a set of 7s, 777 perhaps a full house with an ace at the turn and again an ace on the river, oh 21 is’t that black jack?

      Now look what you have done? I am now thinking about going to the Casino at Niagara Falls this coming weekend.

      Did you notice that 21st month is missing?

      Regards,

      tSAtSE

      • haileTG

        Hey tSAtSE,

        Actually, I did a long recalculate and found that it only happened once before, i.e. at the very exact second baby Jesus was born! 1st century, 1st year, 1st month, 1st week, 1st day, 1st hour, 1st minute, 1st second. For every other time until 24th century, it won’t work, except 21st. So, please ignore the month issue 🙂

        • Solomon Seyum

          Selamat HaileTG,

          Six month a go, on January 21st, of the 21st year and 21st century, it was the 21st day, 21st hour, 21st minute, and 21st second,

          In my case, six months ago, I had decided not only to forget about the months but also to forget about the weeks.

          In my case: 3rd Week
          In ur case: 6th month
          In a multiverse and Tesla’s energy triangle the 9th for the (3, 6, 9) is the next to extrapolate.Notice
          In both of our cases: the 9th hour in the afternoon or the pm is the 21st hour.
          ..,,,,,,3
          ..,,,,, …
          …,, …….
          ..6. ..,,,,,.9

          Regards,

          tSAtSE

          • kokhob selamone2

            Dear Brother Selomon Seyum,

            How are you? My freind tSAtSE,Say some more about 369 in Jebena page, please,

            KS,,

          • Solomon Seyum

            MerHaba Kokhob Selamone2,

            1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9
            ——————————————————
            1.| 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9

            2.| 2. 4. 6. 8. 10. 12. 14. 16. 18

            3.| 3. 6. 9. 12. 15. 18. 21. 24. 27

            4.| 4. 8. 12. 16. 20. 24. 28. 32. 36

            5.| 5. 10. 15. 20. 25. 30. 35. 40. 45

            6.| 6. 12. 18. 24. 30. 36. 42. 48. 54

            7.| 7. 14. 21. 28. 35. 42. 49. 56. 63

            8.| 8. 16. 24. 32. 40. 48. 56. 64. 73

            9.|9. 18. 27. 36. 45. 54. 63. 72. 81

            =====>>>>

            1. 2. | [3] | 4. 5. |{6.}| 7. 8 | (9)
            | || | | |
            2 4. | {6.}| 8 1 |[3] | 5 7| | (9)
            ——- |—. |———————. |——
            [3.] {6}| (9.) |[3.] {6}|(9)| [3] {6}| (9)
            ______|___|_______|__|______|___
            4. 8. | [3]| 7. 2.| {6}| 1. 5.| (9)
            | | | | |
            5. 1. | {6}| 2. 7 | |[3]| 8. 4. | (9)
            ______|___|______|___|______|___
            {6} [3] |(9) | {6.} [3]|(9)|{6} [3] | (9)
            ______|___|______|___|______|___
            7. 5. | |[3.]| 1. 8.| {6}| 4. 2. | (9)
            | | | | |
            8. 7. | {6} | 5. 4. | [3.]| 2. 1 | (9)
            ______|___|_______|__ |______|___
            (9) (9) | (9) | (9) (9) | (9)| (9) (9)| (9)

            More on Jebena

            tSAtSE

          • kokhob selamone2

            Dear Brothe Selomon Seyum,,

            Thank you for the above but more explanation is needed. Again I was trying to attract my Jebena page. I need more readers on my page. Ha ha ha,

            But thank gain,

            KS,,

  • Abi

    የተከበራችሁ የአዋተ ግዛት ነዋሪዎች ጎብኚዎችና አላፊ አግዳሚዎች
    በጉጉት ሲጠበቅ የነበረው የኢትዮጵያ ምርጫ በተገቢው መንገድ ተጠናቋል::
    ወዳጆች እንኳን አብሮ ደስ አለን!!

    • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

      Abi,
      “It is not only Eritrean forces but also Sudanese and we can’t kick them out by force” This was the statement of the head of the ብልሽውና ፓርቲ. Amazing! And he call himself a PM?
      BTW, Mekele is surrounded and yes, you have guessed it right not by the ብልሽውና ፓርቲ ሰራዊት but by TDF.
      BTW, didn’t he already said ብልሽውና ፓርቲ won few weeks before the election? Not sure the purpose of today’s. Maybe just for fun?

      • Abi

        MM
        You are a lucky person Abichu is not your PM.
        Satisfied?
        As His Excellency PMAA said it this morning, there are Sudanese army in Ethiopian border where the visionary leader is seeking a peaceful solution in removing them.
        The other thing is just gossip propagated by the decaying Tplf activists. No interest in discussing gossip here. I let you keep it in your circle.

        • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

          Abi,
          He clearly said he can’t kick them out by Force. Why are you skipping that part.
          ብልሽውና ፓርቲ half life is in months. He will run away like the other guy who sits in Zimbabwe 🙂
          He was planning for his escape, while he was saying ኣንድ ሰው ኣንድ ጥይት…እናሸንፋለን!

          • Abi

            MM
            I said he is seeking a peaceful solution for the situation. There is time for everything. Finding a peaceful solution is a priority.

            MM, my favorite bumper sticker reads,
            “ Think, its not illegal yet.”
            I suggest you think sometimes. Try it.

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Abi,
            That’s VERY hard to believe. This is a guy who declared war on his own citizen. You seem to love alternative facts!
            I am telling you ብልሽውና ፓርቲ is finished. It is about time for you to switch your position, again! 🙂
            What I am pissed off is my nephew and niece are in this war doesn’t belong to them and their parents are Martyrs for Eritrea’s independence. Can you grasp the depth of anger I have on this? I pray they survive.

          • Abi

            MM
            Abichu did not declare war on Tplf. The reverse is true.
            I don’t understand why you are angry on this matter. Your nephew and niece are defending the sovereignty of the country their parents brought to existence.
            They are doing their best defending their country from the expansionist Tplf. Now that they successfully accomplished their duties, they are going home.
            የቐንየለይ ብለናል::

          • Fanti Ghana

            Abisha,

            ኤለክሽን በድሮን፤ አገር ወራሪ በሽምግልና?

          • Abi

            Fantastic
            መናፈቄን አውቀህ መጣህልኝ!!
            እንኳን አብሮ ደስ አለኝ:)
            Don’t worry Fantiness. Those drones will replace the ሽማግሌዎች in moments notice depending on the outcome:)
            Reports indicate that the Sudanese Government and Ethiopia have started negotiating.

            እንኳን አብሮ ደስ አለን::

            ደስታዬን ምኞቴን የሚጋራኝ ስሻ
            ከች አለ ወዳጄ ደረሰ ፋንቲሻ
            ከተደበቀበት ከጠፋበት ዋሻ
            ጉንጬን እየሳመ አማላጅ ሳይሻ
            እኔም ተቀበልኩት ተጠመጠምኩበት
            ጉንጩን እየሳምኩኝ አትሂድብኝ አልኩት

          • Fanti Ghana

            Abisha,

            እንኳን አብሮ ደስ ያለህ፤ ያሸነፊው ተመረጠ፤፤

          • Abi

            Fantastic
            “የተመረጠው አሸነፈ” በሚል ተስተካክሎ ተነቧል::

          • Saleh Johar

            Fanti,
            As usual, now Dem-Melash will chase Ashenafi for some years and the Abyssinian cycle keeps turning 🙂

          • Abi

            Selam Ato Saleh
            You are one of the first people who congratulated the illegal election that took place in Tigray.
            I don’t remember you saying Hagos will chase Gidey for some years.
            Anyway, your opinion doesn’t matter, your blessing is not necessary, your advice is not needed, you don’t count or counted when it comes to Ethiopian affairs.

          • saay7

            Abu Selah:

            But where is Shieferaw in all this chase?

            Saay

          • Desbele

            Saay,

            ከኣሰግድ ጋር ሆኖ ዳምጠው እና በላቸውን እየወጋ ነው።

          • haileTG

            Guad Abi,

            I think you mean there is time and PLACE for everything. Peaceful solution in Sudan and Eritrea and fight till death do us part in Tigray!

          • Abi

            ኃይልሽ
            የኛን ነገር ታውቀዋለህና ግራ አይግባህ:: ፍቅር እስከ መቃብር ነው::

    • haileTG

      Guad Abi,

      The results haven’t been called, much less the election itself with half the country still waiting. How did you know to celebrate this early?

      • Abi

        ኃይልሽ
        I don’t know who won where…
        I only know it was an election winners and losers accept the outcome.
        I celebrate because Ethiopia won.

  • A note

    • Guest

      am fine with your actions but you are too old to mislead your readers. I said ” the tigryans are going crazy by listening to the TPLF leaders who are intoxicated with weeds” And i didn’t make up, the Ethiopian soldiers and authorities are reporting it. Now what is your beef?

      • Abi

        General
        It is a total misunderstanding. Reports coming from the Ethiopian defense forces indicate that the young men and women fighting against the ህግ የማስከበር ዘመቻ are totally intoxicated with weed. The report also indicated that the majority of the young girls captured are found to be pregnant.
        It is a sad story all around.

        • Guest

          Ras Abiy; That what i was referring to, however i have no problem leaving the forum i was grown up with but the reasons they are using amazes me. Any they seem to make their mind up so, i just thank for all of you over the years i get to know and felt like family’s. I am who i am Hizbawi Gimbar, it is a matter of principal. What is even disturbing is they supposed to be tolerant and inclusive but they worst than PFDJ. So long my friends and i thank SJ for allowing me this long with all my immaturity. Than you sir. Thank you Ras Abiy. One finally appeal for you, would you please take it easy about our founding father Awate. Thank you all.

          • Abi

            General
            This nation is half full without you and half empty without me:) You are very important to this nation. አንተ ብትቀር ታጎድላለህ : እኔ ብኖር አልሞላውም:: ተረዲካ?
            I know SJG adores you tremendously. You grew up under his watchful eyes in his house. I always sensed a father-son kind of relationship between you and SGJ.
            You ain’t going nowhere!! Stay put militia ንትርክ::

            Regarding your special request, I will do my best not to mention his name in any negative way.

          • Fanti Ghana

            Hello Nitriccay, Guest,

            I am sad. I haven’t been following events as often as I would like to and I am not sure what rules you may have violated this time, but I just cannot imagine this university without you. At the same time, I know how exhausting moderating a site this size can be and how tolerant and fair Awate Staff has been through the years with so many toxic haters and wanton violators of established rules.

            Please, don’t go away. Keep talking with Awate staff in private and
            truly understand what rules you are convicted of and try practicing on restraining yourself from getting into topics that lure you into calling others names. Do it for us, those who love you, warts and all.