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Unfiltered Notes: Eritrea’s Second Chance

First, a true story for some perspective. From their school days, my brother remembers Jemil as a gentle fellow who stayed out of trouble. Then Jemil’s never-to-be-messed-with line was crossed when a popular Ethiopian general slapped him in a public place in Addis sometime in the mid-1990s. Jemil went out, came back with a gun and killed the abusive general on the spot.

Contrasting this with the indignities Eritreans have been experiencing under the very first regime of their own, it appears there is no limit to the suffering Eritreans are willing to endure. It started with the persecution of Jehova’s witnesses and we did nothing. Meeting no resistance, the regime kept upping the ante making persecution of other religions, disappearances, killings, confiscations and now, human trafficking part of Eritrean daily life.

There is even a joke that goes along with this reality, where Isaias asks God to give him another country to rule over because Eritreans are too docile and boring. “No matter how badly I treat them”, he tells God, “they refuse to fight back”. God denies the request telling him since there is no limit to your cruelty and no limit to how much your people are willing to suffer, you are perfect for each other. But don’t lose hope just yet – remember Forto 2013 or the 450 who busted out of thehell you created for them in Wia1

A Squandered First Chance

1991 was supposed to be a great beginning when wide-eyed optimism and contagious positive energy were abundant. Then, in what can only be described as delight in cruelty, a feudal system took over and reversed everything back to the Dark Ages. The big bright dreams are gone, consumed by the darkness we all helped create – literally, considering the frequency of power outages.

There is a long history of tegadelti — those we took to be among the most fearless and daring — getting slapped by the bully-in-chief or smashed by whiskey bottles and simply taking in the indignity with bowed heads. In some cases, the stories go, while they were armed. It is an image that is hard to reconcile. How is it the very one we were led to believe was ready to die to bring freedom to others, fails so badly to fight for his own? Worse, those so abused turn around to unleash their own cruelty on others. And unbecoming of their ‘courageous’ past, they only retaliate down — against people who did them no harm. According to Asmara’s hyper active rumor mill, even the acid-tongued Naizghi Kiflu took a bottle to the head but continued to do the dirty work for his abuser and went on to play a key role in the disappearance of his former comrades. But there is no honor or mercy in bully land and Naizghi probably got the worst of it – both when alive and dead. Which begs the question, whatever happened to Eritrean manhood?

Eritrean womanhood has not fared well either. The Eritrean mother used to be THE icon of fairness and compassion. Now the sharp tongue that used to lash out heavy doses of ‘mergem’ (curses) against bullies and those who broke social norms, is tamed to uttering cultish ululations.

There are exceptions of course, but too few to make THE needed difference because by the only measurement that matters, the bully is still in charge. And bit by bit, our first golden opportunity slipped away. While Ethiopia accepted reality and moved on – with a peaceful power transfer to boot – we remain stuck in the mud unwilling to move on. That is the unpleasant story of our first big chance. 22 years later, 1991’s optimism is a fading memory. But it can’t and shouldn’t end there. Now what?

The Second Big Reset

At long last, the voices demanding change are getting louder and stronger. Gone are the days when the regime’s propaganda was consumed so readily and thoughtlessly. It is good to see the regime’s inner circle crumbling. Who would have thought Ali Abdu, Eritrea’s liar-in-chief, would abandon the regime? In ‘screw the science’ bravado, he even told us his idol actually “breathed with his knees”. Then came Forto 2013. Now there are reports Negash Afwerki, Kisha’s deputy, may have also jumped ship. Who is next?

A second big reset (1991 being the first) is about to unfold and the day of reckoning will come, one hopes, sooner than later. However, the culture of banditry and lawlessness the regime has created won’t be easy to reverse quickly. So, what to do to make sure our second chance is not wasted like the first? No question there are better ideas but here are a couple that come to mind.

Start Breaking the Silos Now

Silos take away the advantage of leverage. Eventually, you end up getting isolated and weak, like Eritrea’s situation today. Call it the arrogance of success (1991) but we got blinded by our bombastic “uniqueness” and went out of our way to alienate everyone. Isaias had his tirades against the UN, OAU and African dictators (for being too soft, it now appears). I remember Girma Asmerom arrogantly stating how the world will soon see that we are different from other Africans (and it still makes me cringe today). And boy did we show them?

Unfortunately, we did so in ways we never imagined – by plunging Eritrea to the bottom of the heap.

And as we ran out of external enemies, we just as quickly invented internal ones. The silos multiplied. Religious and regional differences we thought we had overcome got reincarnated. Believing this group or that group is the new enemy, the number of opposition groups mushroomed – often incoherent and very antagonistic towards each other forgetting the pink elephant in the room, as they say. Finding no opportunities within, a large segment of the population – the segment that is more likely to demand and bring about change left and continues to leave. The sense of Eritrean-ness 1991 made possible has been seriously eroded and will have to be stitched back thread by thread.

We got too busy arguing which group or sub-group has it the worst – always debating which group’s cup is half full or half empty. And since all this is done in the isolation of our self-imprisoning silos, no one has bothered to join hands to fill the cup.

To break these silos, it is going to need very deep soul searching by everyone – at personal and organizational levels- to re-evaluate ALL previously held assumptions and belief systems. Some to discard and the good ones to double up on.

Nurturing an Inclusive Culture

The regime understand power very well. And since power concedes nothing, the regime also stops at nothing to maintain it. To that end, the regime’s culture of exclusion first gave us the tegadalai vs gebar (intentionally meant to be demeaning) divide. It was routine practice for gebars to be excluded from relevant work-related meetings in their own departments. Not surprisingly, trust between the two plummeted as intended. The divisive negative tone slowly expanded to other areas where, very often, people are declared non-Eritrean for views they hold that happen to be different than ours.

Some so-called deqbats, for example, say Isaias hates Eritrea because he is not Eritrean, which besides being false, is simply unproductive. He never was anything else. Even using the lowest standards of honesty, we know Hagos kisha lived his whole adult life as an Eritrean. For me, denying him that would be inhuman. Is his role negative? Yes, but how is that different from the equally destructive roles played by the likes of Alamin, Wuchu, wedi Gerahtu, Ali Abdu, Dr. Woldeab Isaac etc (we all know the list is too long). That is why the identity question is always a non-starter. It tries to solve a problem that doesn’t exist and shifts focus away from the real ones that must be addressed.

We also know many Ethiopians fought and died for Eritrea. They did more for Eritrea than many so-called Eritreans — especially the loud mouths who trumpet the identity card so callously. Here is Here is Haile Kugne’s example2 (goes well with long walks). Honoring them for their contributions, besides being the right thing to do, will also help deepen a much needed culture of inclusion. Haile tells his interrogator the only way he will be silenced from voicing his opinion is when he is dead. Strong character and strong ideals like Haile’s is what was missing and what we are going to need to make Eritrea’s second coming as successful as it can possibly be.

Maybe then, Eritrean children, like other children around the globe, will have the opportunity to unleash the power of their imagination by doing  (this3). That is what is at stake with the second big reset – a new Eritrea at peace with itself and its neighbors, where no devil has the power to limit the future of a child or other citizens ever again.

Tewelde Stephanos


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  • MYJF

    Sorry for the rigmarole, but if you want to know about Jemil v. “Ethiopia” case, this is it. (Correction: Jemil v. Tigray racism). Jemil was very upset about the racism, but he also genuinely admired hayelom as a hero.

    Jemil didn’t go “fetching guns” as someone here speculated, he was not just slapped, that was what everyone who witnessed what happened were told to say (five people including artist abraham wolde), he was also pistol whipped. JEMIL DIDN’T KNOW HE WAS SHOOTING AT HAYELOM ARAYA, THE GENERAL HE RESPECTED VERY MUCH. Just weeks earlier someone had shot at his car and he was so paranoid he installed bullet proof windows and acquired a gun from his police friend. The traffic police respected him so much because he was doing a lot for them including, as a race care driver himself, he was routinely sponsoring street races to raise awareness about traffic accidents.

    Jemil was strictly a business man, he was even very happy to have Meles zenawi’s telephone number and had plans to discuses business with the pm. He also had plans to share good deals he had with his automobile business partners in the mid east with the defense ministry hence why he approached the general. Their first encounter was at the addis ababa police commissioner’s (Aranchi) house during a birthday party in which the tech savvy jemil was busy video tapping the moment. Hayelom left before jemil had the chance to say hi. The day of the killing, jemil was well into the 2nd bottle of black label with abraham wolde when he saw the general walk in.

    A while later he approached him and first introduced himself in Amharic and told him how he missed him at Aranchi’s home, they even shook hand and jemil also knew one of the girls that was with hayelom’s group. Jemil proceeded to tell him about the business opportunity he had, in Tigrigna with an Eritrean accent, that’s when Hayelom was so offended he spat on him telling him he hates Eritreans’ eyes and they started laughing and hayelom asked Abraham what the hell he was doing with “this dirt”. drunk Jemil said to him in Tigrigna “you’re drunk” and went to the bathroom. Then abraham insisted that they live and as they walked out, all of the sudden, jemil was slapped/punched off his legs and pistol whipped, he didn’t saw who, but he saw three/four people approaching him as he stood up and run while shouting at Abraham to run too.

    He run to his car, got his gun and shot at the general direction the people attacking him were at and bolted out off there to his home. Unbeknownst to him, one of the bullets had went through the head of the chief of the army.

    He told his sister and maid to make him coffee and go out the back door and go to the police and get whoever is working as someone was trying to kill him and he lie down on his bed, within an hour of his arrival, before they went to the police, the federal police was already there jumping fences. He was baffled, they took him, his sister and the maid away, he didn’t knew exactly why until he woke up the next day in a “huge palace full of scarry man, including the vice president of the supreme court”. That begin three months of nail pulling and torture, “who are you?”, “why did you kill hayelom?”, “w…?”… Jemil realized hayelom’s friend’s had lied about what happened: “he spiled drinks, disrespected hayelom, hayelom slapped him, the spoiled brat got his gun and shot hayelom dead, looks premeditated”.

    Jemil: “I was drunk and paranoid, i had reason to believe that someone was out trying to kill me, i’d have never shot at hayelom” No lawyer wanted to represent him, asking millions. The one who did evidently was scared shitless.

    Prosecutor (who perished a month after the sentencing): “you knew exactly who you was shooting at, you felt so disrespected you had to shoot a national hero”, also pointed out that jemil was was involved to assassinate hosni mubarek but got off easy though corruption.

    Points to consider: If jemil was clear minded, why would he go home? Who’s who of addis ababa knew his home. He was very well connected with all kinds of visas on his passport (Ethiopian btw, he didn’t voted for the referendum). He had the means to disappear, all he had to do was drive to his uncles house, as he always does when in trouble but he went home.

    He didn’t deserve the verdict and the sane president Negasso understood that and refused to sign the death warrant.

    Authorities moved to seize all his assets they could put their hands on citing bank debt while two cars seized at aseb were enough to cover the debt let alone all the cars at the showroom grounds. The police also helped themselves to home appliances, cloths, watches/jewelry etc.

    His wife was left with nothing until the first time she got to see him, he told her to go to hilton addis at room## and then leave the country. He had just received a large sum of hawalah from saudi and uae and didn’t got to deposit (or perhaps launder) it yet, she was smart enough not to show it but he made sure that she was set for life. All those people who knew him, who borrowed a lot of money from him never called his wife nor did they retuned the money they owe. The man was CFO of one of the largest car distributor in Saudi, Ethiopia was better off with him than the racist power flexing general, IMO.

    One of the most interesting thing was, had negaso did not refuse to sign the death warrant, Jemil would have escaped. He already had the sympathy of some of the prison staff, prisoners like Tamrat Layne and most importantly the guy delivering books whom currently lives in a western country since he got his visa through jemils’ contact after not only agreeing but coming up with the idea to smuggle him out for a price. However, jemil was reluctant as he was genuinely remorseful and forgot about the plan when the president refused to sign. The delivery guy did helped smuggle letters to his wife and helped protect other assets tplf didn’t knew about.

    Jemil was not a “cold blooded murderer”, he does not remember looking when he fired and he used to jump like an 11 year old girl when they slaughtered chicken. He was married to a Gurage girl whom his mother didn’t like, yes both Eritreans and Tigrayans are the most visibly racist of all the other near by. But there was not a single person I met that said anything bad about him. yada yada yada

    Source: Smuggled letters written for his wife, son, and father. And first hand knowledge of the Yassin family, his wife’s family and Abraham wolde.

    Nuff said.

  • I salute Brother Tewelde for being an outspoken critiqcue of the GOE. A lot of us do not want to speak up for fear of missing some oppurtunites and old timefriendship with diehard Higdef members. Either let’s join him or stop discouraging from speaking his mind. And above all let’s not entertain Gual Megedi materials.

  • rastaman

    Great article as usual. You just had a bad day in inciting an example using an Eritrean and Ethiopian tragic incident. Two human beings lost their life for NOTHING. I know you didn’t think your article will boil down to this kind of emotional discussion and almost completely distorted the theme of the article. If you all knew that Tewelde is an ardent supporter of an Ethio-Eritrea Friendship Forum, the trend of the discussion would have focussed other than on Jemil and General Hayelom. Semere Habte Mariam also had a bad day, since his comments are uncalled for. He knew better. This is not the Semere I knew from old Dehai.

    • rastaman

      please read as…lost their life as ‘lives’

    • Rahwa

      Tewolde could be an ardent member of the Ethio-Eritrean Freindship Forum. But I think the forum is filled with people who hate Tigrai and iconic personalities coming that region. That is why he couldn’t conceal his hatrad in every peice of his articles. No wonder if people of his type come together and form “maHber” of any sort that redicule anything Tigrai.

      • rastaman

        It is not my understanding that the Ethio-Eritrea Forum is filled with “Tigrean haters”. I’m a member of the forum and have no business of hating a people, like the Tigreans nor do I know any body in the Forum. I know some believe the two governments of Ethiopia and Eritrea are responsible for causing the current hiccup between the two brotherly people; and that has some truth.

  • haile


    People take of pen names and real names as a simple decision that can be made to demonstrate one’s commitment to views. There are more issues to consider. It is silly to ask people to engage in comments sections with “real names” when all they want to do is debate others comments. Here is an entry in a comments section of Lifehacker blog post on the subject. By engaging with real name you may be at an advantage of creating a web profile that would benefit you at a longer run, but you risk running a serious risk if you are not sure of what you would like to do beyond posting simple comments. The choice is yours, and no one should pressure you on what you decide to go by:)

    “Everything you do online is indexed – here is an exercise; google your handle from this site and see if all of your comments pop up – they probably do.

    So while I use my real name; I recognize that, during commenting, one’s mark on posterity is not always considered. I may not mind if someone researching me sees that spent some time on Lifehacker; but I might not want them finding my comments, regarding how Britanny Spears is the greatest singer of our generation, that I posted on You Tube; or that I also read Cracked. – oops, secret is out now.

    Just wait until all of your activity is indexed – all of your purchases, that coupon you clicked for now shows you as a participant and it is linked to your Google + or Facebook for “brand synergy and online community building”. Big Brother is being replaced by “nosy neighbor” and “cool uncle”

  • Alem

    Dear Chef on:
    Reading your recent response I decided to stop from providing and more comments. The main reason for my decision is because I came to know that you do not know how the university was run. Specifically you do not know how the South Africa scholarship program was organized and the selection was made. You are armed with allegations ready to defame people. I decided to close my discussion with you by posting a sentence from your recent response.
    “If Weldeab is the most capable person you know? I feel sorry for you. Yes he is intelligent, but he is shrewd and rude by tenfold that”.
    I said he was the most capable Eritrean I ever met.

  • haile


    Rather than going around the bush and passing judgement about individuals, wouldn’t it be fair to reflect upon the following two incidents that began unfolding around the early 2000:


    “In May 2000, the Government of Ethiopia (Council of Ministers, Regulations No. 61/1999 of Article 3) formalized Mekelle University as an autonomous higher education institution having its own legal personality. The merger of the two former colleges created the University: Mekelle Business College and Mekelle University College. The two colleges have their own historical developments and relocations.

    At present, Mekelle University is one of the 31 secular public Universities in Ethiopia. In Mekelle University, there are seven colleges, eight institutes and more than 87 undergraduate and postgraduate programs.The student intake capacity of Mekelle University has reached 28,000 (10% of the population of Mekelle City). ”


    “The university of Asmara stopped accepting incoming students in the early 2000s. In 2002, the government issued a directive re-configuring the university. This effectively shut down all of the university’s undergraduate programs. Future students were not allowed to enroll and were directed to the Eritrea Institute of Technology, which opened after the University of Asmara closed. High school graduates were not allowed to pick their course of study, and were assigned vocational programs based on their performance on a maltriculation exam, however students in the military were granted a medical waiver from the exams. The government denied exit visas for those looking to study abroad, and university academics who wished to travel abroad required permission from the University president and the government. The university has been non-functional since the end of the academic year 2005-2006. The university was ordered to close its doors supposedly due to student protests in 2001 against alleged excessive government control of the university and lack of freedom in every-day life.”


    One thing that people should be aware of is the fact that the GoE (Eritrea) doesn’t have the legal mandate to dissolve the UoA and the current situation can only be considered a temporary closure. Following the overthrow of the regime, UoA must be returned to its former glory as a matter of a priority steps by any incoming government.


    • L.T

      Always fast copy.Afetr Dr Taddese Mahari interviewed by Tewelde W.Gebriel on V.O.A.quick comment and compare Mekele Universty with Asmera U and the thing goes this and those Mr Ben.

      • haile


        I can’t say for sure if I have understood what meant by your comment there. I have no interest nor a reason to compare Mekelle University with that of the University of Asmara.

        My point was that around the year 2000 Eritrea lowered its provision of higher education to be given by Institute of Technology while Mekelle went a notch up and instituted a formal academia of higher learning through the establishment of University.

        By those twin decisions, Eritrean youngsters can no longer enjoy the little pride every young person go through in deciding what they were going to study when they leave school. Rather they are now allocated to fields that are deemed appropriate for them. While a high school student in Tigray can choose from any one of the 87+ undergraduate fields of study. This is a big thing in the making of the moral and pride of every young person. I am probably the last person to advocate for anything about TPLF. However, this is a small story on how Eritreans were brought a notch lower than their counterparts across the border.

        If you have a child, would you rather have them go to your local Institute of Technology (typically called Technical schools or Polytechnics in the west) or to an established University? I was talking to the participants here that the issues involving individuals was really a small side issue compared to the real distraction that was inflicted by a regime that continues to tie Eritrean hands and feet in every sense of the word.

    • Sabri

      You are trying to show the contrast on what was happening in Tigray and Eritrea on the front of higher education. It seems you see the opening of different collages and the closure of asmara university as a downward development.  I disagree. Let me explain.

      The idea of decentralized Asmara University is not something suddenly came in 2002. Since the beginning of 90s research has been conducted at Asmara University how the university of Asmara will be decentralized. I know the person who took the research. He was drafted the master plan on how the future colleges looks like. But I don’t know how much they are relied on his research when they began to open new collages. 

       Basically the idea of decentralizing the higher education and put it at different parts of the country is a good idea. I don’t see the creation of different collages as a downward development. 

      • haile

        Selam Sabri,

        Believe me, I did do my best to buy that line of reasoning to no avail (it just wouldn’t let me sleep well with it for some reason:)

        You see, I brought the subject to highlight that the discussion here about Dr Weld-ab was out of touch with the real issue that merited discussion. Then came along L.T. suspecting that I was somewhat playing below the belt to undercut what has been presented on VOA . Mind you, I had no idea of the interview but read about it in eastafro after LT’s mention of it. I still haven’t heard the interview but so far only read the running commentary put out by VOA as part of the report:

        Now, let me ask few questions that made it hard for me to accept the explanation that you have forwarded Sabri.

        1) In the above mentioned interview, Dr Tadese Mehari says;

        a – That the collages are striving to get international recognition. Aren’t they supposed to be part of the re-organized UoA?

        b – In the longer term there is a plan that the UoA would only be a place of Post grad studies. If there are such courses being given by the newer collages at the moment, why doesn’t it be given by UoA now then?

        The following questions are things I would like to get more information on:

        3 – Who is the current Chancellor of the UoA

        4 – Do students obtaining Degrees and other certifications from the various collages have their certificates embossed with UoA stamp and signed by the Chancellor?

        5 – When was the last time UoA graduated students?

        6 – What is the www address for the UoA?

        When I heard the new medical school was opened in Eritrea, I was so pleased with it, hoping against hope that may be this time the regime would do something worthwhile for the nation. It was 2007,

        I say that I hoped against hope because I have no doubt that the regime would do anything in its power to destroy the dignity of the Eritrean people. It took four years till 2011, for the new medical school to be obliterated of its intl. collaborations, Dr Haile Mezgebe kicked out, all the good will squandered and seven Cuban doctors are all there are for the hopes were soon to be dashed.

        Sabri, I would like to believe anything as long as it is something that wouldn’t really fly in the face of common sense.

        My earnest hope that when something happens and things are on the move to oust the regime, the regime wouldn’t resort to sabotage of the physical structures that are remaining standing. You may find my stand emotional here, but this issue is one of the saddest acts of the regime in its wanton destruction of the proud and up standing people of Eritrea’s dignity.

        • haile


          To help our discussion, please review the following two links on how an extra campus space was escalated into dissolving the UoA Asmara and now the ex-acting head President Dr Tadese has nothing to do with it in his current job title as announced on VOA.

        • haile

          I forgot to add the following link too:

          The link is a database of higher education institutions from Africa and around the world maintained by AIU (Association of International Universities). The list is the most up to date until November 2012. The section for Eritrea excluded UoA and only lists the recent collages. Since the information was given to AIU by the GoE, why did they exclude UoA? “Hamelmalo” was reported in the above dehai link to be a mere extension of UoA dormitories and learning spaces, how come that a decade later it displaced UoA to be listed as one of the HE places in Eritrea and UoA completely erased? Why lie to to the public that UoA is still functional and remove it from inl. listing.

          — Please note that listing in the AIU doesn’t mean recognition, it is just a database compiled from submissions from respective countries.

          • haile

            correct: IAU – intl. association of universities

        • Sabri

          Dear Haile,

          Your questions can only be answered by those who are responsible for collages. I’m not the right person to answer. However, I can only share my understanding. 

          According to my understanding those collages are not under UOA. It looks Asmara university is dissolved. All the institutions of the university are now put in those different collages. And this collages are not recognized by international universities. Perhaps, gradually they will be recognized? It remains to see. 


          • haile

            Selam Sabri

            Thank you, and fair enough. My assertion about Eritrean higher education going a notch down was born out of the following two facts:

            1 – Any student that completed a university study in Mekelle university has internationally recognized qualification that can count towards credit in any western institution of higher learning.

            2 – With the closure of UoA no Eritrean with higher education qualification obtained in Eritrea can earn a credit to peruse higher education in western universities. UoA graduates, provided they can obtain their transcripts, can earn credits. Any other graduate has a qualification that is not worth the paper it is written on outside of Eritrea.

            That in my book is what I said going a notch down in Eritrea and a notch up in Tigray. The biggest lie of the regime was that it was merely expanding UoA, when in actual fact it was closing it down and taking away the little prized asset the Eritrean people had been left with.

            The new colleges can’t even print permanent diploma (lack of money to buy the high standard paper needed!) much less gain international recognition.

            Thanks for ending the debate in the right way, unlike LT who is working hard to make me an Ethiopian/Tigrayan for him to run away from the obvious:)

          • Salyounis

            Selamat Haile:

            That was an awesome exchange between you and Sabri. A few additions:

            1. Whenever the PFDJ says that what they found in Eritrea was “below zero” and they have been struggling just to get up to zero, there is the issue of UoA (or AU) that challenges that claim. The UoA had, even by 2nd world standards, a reputation for academic excellence and its graduates had high acceptance rates when pursuing graduate degrees. I really do not understand how a government allows that kind of asset to wither away, worse, how it actively demolishes it unless it has some kind of Khmer Rouge syndrome of being suspicious of educated people. (A case for that was that the Chancellor (Isaias) never visited a single graduating ceremony whereas he is often addressing Sawa “batches.”)

            What the PFDJ inherited was a decent university, sorta-decent infrastructure, and people overflowing with goodwill. All squandered.

            2. The PFDJ really takes advantage of the vagueness associated in the definition of a university and a college. It has convinced a large number of people that all it had a $1 (in one central place) and it changed it to 4 quarters (dispersed throughout the country.) It fits its self-identified image as an organization obsessed with equitable development and its critics as Asmara-obsessed snipers. But the fact remains that none of the colleges have transferrable credits and whatever they are awarding (when they can afford the money for the certificate) is a terminal degree. So, Eritrea’s college degree, like its currency, is not convertible.

            Remind me again what is PFDJ good at? Can’t defend the country, can’t provide basic services, can’t develop the country. Oh, yeah, MDG!


        • L.T

          No Mr Haile;D/r Haile Mezgebe fm Haward U are still there but what make the differ if one are out and some come in becouse in our long Tach/study story there is no one to stay on the same possition.
          Yes we kicked 400 lucutrs with frist degree BA (AAU)Ethiopians out from Eritrea bcs they have no enough merit or standared to teach to our new young generation.
          Haileslassie U startet by help of western 1958 and so are still under their full aid control.
          Our Chancellor of our UoA is Persident Isaias and under his gaurd so what?
          We have seven collages but you need one Universty and the ironiacly your things are here.Why you hated “Sawa”?
          First president of Asmera U was Dr Debesai Araya USA,Tegadaly Andeberhan Andegirgis (Haravd U) and than Dr Weldeab.

          • haile


            I know Sabri has brought this run away topic to a close, but let me even up with you.

            “…And any success in science and medicine was short lived. In 2008, without explanation, Meki was removed as health minister, along with the coordinator for US–Eritrean scientific partnerships. The chair of the paediatrics department at Orotta was arrested because of his religious views. And in 2011, Afwerki ordered all scientists from George Washington University — including Mezgebe — to leave the country.”


            And just as a side question, why is the late Minister Salih Meki’s wife and family have relocated to Sweden? Any way, I would like to see your evidence that Dr Mezgebe is still there.

            I am totally confused about the point you’re trying to make here. “Hate Sawa”? Where did I say that? You said earlier I was reacting to the VOA interview, now somewhat you seem to be trying to link to “Ethiopian lecturers” that have been sent back! Why so shy about it you might as well declare me “TPLF Politburo”! Please deal with the case that I am making on the illegal shutting down of the only internationally recognized place of higher education in Eritrea, and replace them with Technical collages that are only accredited by the Ministry of Education in Eritrea.

            Can you tell be why we could not keep UoA and still open the other collages?

            Why was the EHEB (higher ed. board) was only established after the shutting down of UoA?

            Do you know that to date none of the graduates of the new colleges have ever been issued with permanent Diploma? The reason given was the paper on which the diploma art work is printed on was too expensive to import! (don’t worry all my claims here are backed up by FACTS that I can present)

            Do you know that no single Higher education institute in Eritrea is on the handle and can’t be researched online?

            The shutting down of the UoA that predates ghedli itself is wanton and foolhardy, and would not stand. The regime can’t just destroy a whole national institution because students went on a demonstration! that is as stupid as it gets.

            I am 100% certain that the UoA would re-open in the future both to restore it to its rightful place and make a huge political statement as to the regimes wanton acts of attacks on Eritrean pride.

            Dr Tadese was asked what he thought of the state of UoA in the last interview you brought up, he dishonestly went to misinform the public by claiming that the “buildings” were in use. No one asked him about the buildings, the question was the status of the UoA as an intl. accredited university in Eritrea. He didn’t have the guts to tell the Eritrean people that the regime had SHUT IT DOWN. But that was what was done in his report to the Norwegian Quality Assurance team that visited the country as well as in his submission to IAU!

            L.T. you can’t cast doubt on my Eritreaness to deflect the questions, haye habo giber inteliyuka and answer the questions.

  • Mereb

    Folks are raising all kinds of doings and undoings by Woldeab Issac at Asmara University, but the man seems to have white washed his past at Asmara University if you Google him.. absolutely not to associate himself with that horrid experience at UoA for being Isaia’s henchman against academicians. If you check his Linkden entry– Asmara University is no where to be mentioned just left a big gap.On a newspaper item when he got promoted he claimed he was ” served the government as secretary of human resources.
    Again no Asmara University experience mentioned. May be he feels guilty, sorry or just want to forget it. One fellow Eritrean civil servant who was negatively effected by Woldeab heavy handedness told me in the 1990s they use to call him the bulldog.. I think it is time for him to come clean rather than selectively clean his bio in the cyber world.

    • haile

      Selam Mereb

      “I think it is time for him to come clean rather than selectively clean his bio in the cyber world.”

      Such demands as yours are made regularly, not just about the individual at hand but many more. The problem I have with such a demand is that “come clean where/how?” The regime has destroyed any formal mechanisms for doing so institutionally in Eritrea. So, what sort of medium do you have in mind? In ideal case scenario, the person discussed in your comment and many others should have been serving the nation and should there be a credible grounds to accuse them of wrong doing, they should have been able to defend themselves through normal channels of disciplinary hearings in their respective fields in Eritrea. The current regime has failed to create a normal governing structures in that country and it is meaningless to call on someone to be accountable outside of normal protocols for doing so.

      Recently, Dr Haile Mezgebe was kicked out for no other reason than having stated that it was Salih Meki that brought him to Eritrea, on an ERiTV interview! (He crossed somebody’s ego). No one here has the right to interrogate or demand apology from the countless intellectuals that the regime thrown out of the country when they were serving their nation in good faith. Lest we all lose their goodwill for such a time when the regime is gone and the nation needs their services again.


      • Mereb

        Selam haile,
        I see your point. What intrigued me is that Woldeab refuses to mention Asmara University in his past- at least when you Google him. He even misrepresents his service in Eritrea as secretary of human services. If he was proud of his actions at Asmara University, he could have simply listed it as former president of Asmara University- no need to explain further. The question of accountability who did what, where, when etc unless mother nature beats the actors, in due time it will come out. Don’t worry.

      • Sabri

        I found this article at which states that Asmara University is reopened. I don’t know how accurate it is.

        • haile

          Hi sabri

          Ha…the regime never reverses a decision, especially those that fall with its diabolical nature proper 🙂

  • tewelde

    okay, time for an apology. I am sorry the story of Jemil caused so much heart ache and diversion. As I mentioned earlier, no heroism or justification was intended or implied. It was quite simply an attempt to show (poorly, as it turned out) how breaking points drive people to take action – rational or irrational. Still, many of you continue to be irritated by it.

    Hindsight is perfect and I see now how few additional words like “this in no way justifies the action…..” could have helped. My apologies again the example rubbed many of you the wrong way. I hope this clears up the confusion.


    • Tamrat Tamrat

      Superb Tewolde! I wish all political leaders and infuential People learn from you.

      • belay

        Dear Mr.Tewelde,
        Thanks for teaching us to be brave and retract our mistakes.

    • Tewelde,

      Good for all of us. “Nay abeiti serah” and a lesson for the rest of us.

    • ክቡር ሓው ተወልደ፡
      ይቅረታ! ኣነ ታሪክ ጀሚል ክቅርብ ከሎኹ፡ ናይ ኣንበብቲ ተረድኦ ክከፋፍል ኢለ ኣይኮንኩን ኣምጺኤያ! ዝብል ሓሳብ ምቅራብካ፡ ዕብየት ልብካ እዩ ዘመስክር። ስጉምትካ ከኣ ኣብነት ጸሓፍቲ ኽከውን ተስፋ ይገብር። ብሸነከይ ግን ዘቅረብካዮ ኣብነት ብኾነ ኢልካ ኔሩ ዝብል ግምት የብለይን።
      ስለምንታይ? ስለ ዘጋጥም።
      ሓደ ግዜ( ኣብ መፋርቅ 1977) ኣባላት ተጋድሎ ሓርነት ኢረትራ ኣብ ከተማ ጾረና ንሰፊሕ ህዝባዊ ኣኼባ ብዝጠለብዎ መሰረት ብዙሕ ሰብ ተኣኪቡ ኔሩ። ኾይኑ ግን ከተማ ጸረና ምብራቃዊ ሸነካ ብሻዕብያ፡ ምዕራባዊ ሸነካ ብጀብሃ ትመሓደር ስለዝነበረት ፍሉይ ሽግር ኔርዋ። ዝኾነ ኮይኑ ተሓኤ ኣብ ዝጠለበቶ ኣኼባ ጋንታ ሻዕብያ መጺኣ ኮፍ በለት። እቲ ህዝቢ ኣብ ማእከል ክልተ ዕጡቃት ደቁ ኮፍ ኢሉ ክሰምዕ ተገደደ ። እቲ ቀንዲ መልእክቲ ህዝባው ግንባር ናብ ኣብየተ ትምህርቲ ተሓኤ ደቅኩም ከይትሰዱ ምክያቱ መጻሕፍቲ ቑርኣን እዮም ቀሪቦም ዘሎዉ፡ ህዝባዊ ሕክምና ኢሎም ዝጽውዕዎ ከኣ ኣፋውሶም ኩሉ መዓልቱ ዝሓለፎ ስለዝኮነ ከይትመቱ ፣ ናብኦም ገጽኩም ከይትከዱ ኢሎም ንዝነፍንውዎ ዝነበሩ መናፍሕ ጌጋ እዩ ንምባል እዩ ኔሩ።
      እቲ ካድር ቤትምህርትና ናይ ሃይማኖት ትምህርቲ-ቤት ኣይኮነን። ሀ ሁ ሂ… ወይ ኣለፍ..ባ..ታ..ሳ.. ፊደላት ደኣምበር ጸጊዕ ሃይማኖት የብሎምን ኢሉ እንዳ ገለጸ ከሎ ፣ ኣባላት ህዝባዊ ግምበር ክጸርዎ ስለ ዘይከኣሉ ናብ ጎንጺ ዘምርሑ ቃላት ክፍንዉ ጀመሩ። ኣኬባ ጠባዩ ስለ ዝቀየረ ፡ ኣብኡ ካብ ዝነበሩ ኣቦታት ሓደ ነቲ ጉዳይ መህድኢ ኢሎም ካብ ዝሓሰብዎ ሓንቲ ምስላ ተጠቀሙ ።
      እታ ምስላ ሕጂ’ውን ኣነ ኣይጠቅሳን ፤ ምክንያቱ ፡ ካብ ኣብ መገድስ ኣብ ጓል መገዲ ዘሎው ክበዝሑ ስለዝኽእሉ፡ እታ ምስላ ምስ’ተጠቕሰት ግን ሓደ ጎበዝ ብድድ ኢሉ “………….እዚ ናይ ቀደም ናይ መሳፍንቲ፡ እንታይ ኣምጽኤ’ታ ሕጂ” ኢሉ በትሩ ምስ ኣልዓለ እቲ ገዛ ናብ ዘይሓሰቦ ምክፍፋል ኣተወ። ነቲ ሽዑ ዝተፈጥረ ሽግር ከኣ ክልትኤን ጀብሃን/ሻዕብያን ናብ ምርግጋእ እቲ ህዝቢ ኣተዋ። ንምዝሓሉ ከኣ ብዙሕ ግዜ ወሰደ። ብገርሂ ንመረጋግኢ ዝወረደት ምስላ ካብ ጠቅማ ጉድኣታ በዝሐ ።
      ስለዚ የጋጥምዩ…..

  • haile kiflu

    Who would have thought Ali Abdu, Eritrea’s liar-in-chief, would abandon the regime? In ‘screw the science’ bravado, he even told us his idol actually “breathed with his knees”. Then came Forto 2013. Now there are reports Negash Afwerki, Kisha’s deputy, may have also jumped ship. Who is next?

    Credible source say that a high level PFDJ official (someone who works for Mr. Monkey) will be the next on the run. Please do not take this as a joke. You will hear this in about 8 to 10 weeks.

  • Alem

    Dear chef on:
    Thanks for responding on behalf of Tewolde or for that matter you may be the same person by another name. Whatever the case is let’s see the claims that you raised in your article.
    1.The kind of isolated favors he did to some individual’s amount to nothing compared to the crimes he made by commission or omission.
    I do not know who told you such useless rumor. One thing you should know is that woldeab was accused of being hard on staff and faculty. However no one accused him of corruption. In fact people who had rocky relationship with him got scholarship without any hurdle because he understood it was not for him to give or deny that right. There might have been some unhappiness about him being too close to the government but he was always viewed as a fair person.
    2.He had under his supervision a system of finances that lacked professional transparency. .There are enough hard facts on the embezzlement of the hard currency (aid money).
    Again another unsubstantiated rumor. Woldeab was ridiculed for asking salary from the government because he was spending too much from his pocket. After a long process they lowed him 5000 nakfa salary per month. Again another false claim.
    3.Other crimes include favoritism in accessing all kinds benefit ranging from recruitment, scholarships, research leaves, to property owning.
    Again the most outrageous lie. If someone was hired as graduate assistant it was clear that he or she was on the line for a scholarship. There are many people who were sent by woldeab for training and currently working for reputable academic institutions in the western world. Please sit with one of them and search for the truth.
    4.What an exaggeration! Instead of instilling confidence on his staff he has the habit of taking pleasure in ridiculing them.
    Yes he was hard on staff and faculty but he was also a very capable defender. During his presidency the university was a respected institution. Weldeab trained lawyers, journalists who were on their way to change the country.
    5. A set a culture of opportunism and subservience – the result a bunch of self-seeking individuals and an institution that could not protect itself against external attack.
    – What attack are you talking about. Can any institution in Eritrea protect itself from the government? I am not sure if you are talking about an academic institutions in the western world. In the end the government will do whatever it wants to do.
    6. I can provide you with lots of links to the fact that he was instrumental in suppressing critical social science research and academic freedom.
    -Those links point to articles written by gossip writers like the article under discussion. Don’t worry even tewolde’s article will be included in the link and considered as a general truth.
    8. Was it not under his nose that three PhDs, one of which the product of Stanford University, were sacked by the Security?
    I really do not know what you are talking about. At least two of them died of natural causes. One from psychology and the other from anthropology. The latter was a Stanford graduate.
    9. Then you have the Wea saga.
    Semere Kesete is in the western world walking free. Ask him what happened and he will tell you the truth. He will tell you who did what. By the way in defiance of the government Woldeab single handedly established a student union. That was the main reasons why he was fired.
    Again I advise you to find first hand information before you start defaming an honest and hard working individual who lost a big chunk of his life to serve his people. We Eritreans do not appreciate what we have. In fact we are quick to undermine people and try to make a place for ourselves where we have no any qualification about. That is a disservice to our people. Those who deserve the praise should get . Wedeba was the most capable Eritrean I have ever seen in my life. Presidents of reputable universities in the western world were reluctant to face him off and he always got their respect. By the way you should know that he is still getting that respect in his profession.

    • haile

      Selamat Alem

      Although, I happen to have known the people being discussed here, I tend to avoid taking part when personalities are the subject of discussions. People know people under various circumstances and it lowers the value of what is to be achieved through discussions in this medium, if we stray to such territories. Regardless, I respect your individual views since you hold them to be true based on what you’ve come to appreciate though your own unique circumstances.

      What bothers me is your statement “We Eritreans do not appreciate what we have. In fact we are quick to undermine people and try to make a place for ourselves where we have no any qualification about.”

      May I suggest an edit to your text by way of replacing “We Eritreans” by “Some people”, for the second, third and fourth “we” by “they” and “ourselves” by “themselves” so as to read:

      “Some people do not appreciate what they have. In fact they are quick to undermine people and try to make a place for themselves where they have no any qualification about.

      I am pretty sure there are no valid grounds to make such a sweeping generalizations and it makes for a nonsensical argument to combat what you perceive to be other’s folly by indulging in an even deeper folly than theirs.

      I thought of making such intervention, as it appears SG is tired of reminding people to watch out on that as he has finally given in to letting it be as is 🙂

    • Chef

      Dear Alem,
      From you response it is evident that you have no idea of what you are talking about and that the only reason you are defending Weldeab is because of some kind of relationship of whatever sort. Let me mention some indicators of how much you know about Weldeab or what went in the university.
      1.‘It was not for him to give or deny’? Really. So it was not for him to select who went to South Africa? Even people from out of the UOA had to get his approval to go abroad on scholarship.
      2.He got 5000 nakfa? What a joke. What about the hard currency he was being paid for abroad.
      3.About hiring, even criminal and embezzlers and people who have relatives at top PFDJ positions were hired. Names? You do not deserve and more information.
      4.He worked at the university but for PFDJ. Which lawyer and journalists are you talking about? Those taught by the staff he was constantly belittling and humiliating?
      5.Which External attack? Heard of the word ‘Association? These are social and legal organisations that advocate for individuals and groups? You need to know the history of UOA.
      6.I do not think I can make you understand the difference between ‘gossip’ and ‘data’ and ‘research’. You may need to go back to school for that.
      7.Two PhD’s! Really? Only one died! Natural cause? Waw! Is that all you know?
      8.The Wea saga. Who are you trying to fool? You even attempt to advice. I hope you are using a pen name. Some the victims might be around you.
      If Weldeab is the most capable person you know? I feel sorry for you. Yes he is intelligent, but he is shrewd and rude by ten fold that.

  • Kim Hanna

    Dear Mr. Tewelde Estiphanos,

    It is interesting to read your early 90s description of events and my recollection of those years. I can see Mr. Tewelde is a generous man just from his writings whenever Ethiopia or Ethiopians are mentioned. A lot of water has gone under the bridge. Our future relationship (and there will be a relationship of one kind or another) has to be based on a win, win formula and not a zero sum game. It is important that when Mr. Tewelde as an Eritrean, sees a ‘bright future with infinite possibilities’, I, as an Ethiopian, am not facing an entrance to the gate of hell.

    Allow me to share my views and emotions of those years and now.

    When TPLF came into Addis Ababa and EPLF went into Asmara, I wept for the poor Ethiopians. I have seen things going from bad to worse for years. Now, I thought, as if that is not enough they were going to hell.
    I assumed the worse. They, EPLF and TPLF, appeared unified in purpose. My uninformed gut feelings were that the TPLF will become the Police and Paramilitary units in Ethiopia proper and EPLF/Eritrea would be the garrison with the tanks, air force and commandos to crack any nut that the TPLF cannot handle.
    Some kind of a bastard confederation will be established to cover for the unspeakable subjugation and exploitation of Ethiopia and Ethiopians.( Confederation as an option was mentioned by President IA himself in early 90s)

    The Eritrean establishment would set up a system to CONTROL and CHARGE whatever comes in and out of the country. Share the gain with their cousin to the south to keep everything going. Eventually intelligence services from Eritrea will be everywhere. The world would have applauded the leadership for the stability. The Arabs, particularly, Egypt have solved their problem for at least a hundred years or so. The statement presumably made by President IA that he has given Ethiopia a 100 years homework appeared real. Can anyone blame me for weeping whenever I thought of my birthplace. I believed this scenario until I visited home, Addis Ababa, in 1998-1999.
    My mother, God bless her soul,in Amharic at the time said: “Enga ahun madreg yalebin (pause) zim mallet new” She meant that EPLF and TPLF are not united.

    However, my assumption and the realty, became like day and night. Ethiopia was saved. Who saved Ethiopia from this edge of hell and disintegration? The answer is: A large part of TPLF members, who are Ethiopians to the core. Each time I think of them I want to cry again. I thought, as their name suggested, they wanted to go their own way. Tegrai Liberation Front, what else can one take from the name.

    I am Amhara. I admit it, not just any Amhara, but a Shoa Amhara, with a touch of chauvinism.

    Whenever, I see some Eritreans single out Tigreans for a special treatment, I understand where they are coming from.

    Now, When I hear some Diaspora Ethiopians belittle, make a snide remark or downright insult Tigrai people in general and TPLF members in particular, I fume inside. What ignorance from such educated people? What ingratitude? Tigrai members are the HEART of Ethiopia who saved the country from, what would have been 10 times worse than the fascist we confronted in our history.
    What Tegrai people in general and TPLF in particular should receive from us, Ethiopians, is a pat on the back, love, appreciation and congratulation for saving the country from the abyss.

    Today, the country is marching, confident, stable and peaceful. At some point realty has to be embraced and acknowledged. Am I saying here that everything is perfect now? No. Are there some chauvinist Tigreans? Yes. Let us keep things in perspective here. Ethiopia by now would have been in a far worse state of affairs than Eritrea. The movers and shakers, there in Eritrea, are still there.


    • Kaddis

      Dear Kim
      I kind of share most of your perspective and find it realistic. But to add few of my observation on what happened during the said time,91-98, its just an observation, no insider info – TPLF was in the same state of mind as the mainstream Ethiopians that Eth can not survive without the use of Assab So, I assume TPLF was trying to look the other way of EPLF’s greed. Plus – politically, TPLF wanted to please and show the mainstream Eth ( yemehal ager politicians) all is good and nothing major happened even though Eritrea became independent. Fortunately, for us Ethiopians, EPLF could not control its greed ( using its Embassy as a money transfer (hawala) office is unprecedented)and the rest is history.

  • Dear Tewelde,

    It is unfortunate to use Jemil as an exemplary of courage for your argument. your wonderful piece (article) has lost the attention it deserves.Now Jemil has become rather the focal point of awatistas debate. If you could agree with me you should have chosen a man of “courage with a cause”. We have a plenty of them. For instance the urban fighters of 70s, and one that comes to my mind is “Abraham Tekle” who terrorize the security apparatus of Derg in Asmara. Look the difference of Jemil and Abraham now. Jemil had nothing (a cause) in his mind other than to defend himself emotionally. But all actions (operation) made by Abraham enhanced to the cause of our struggle.I think you didn’t make a little thought when you try to pick a hero with exemplary courage.

    • Hayat Adem

      Your comment could have stood perfect if you hadn’t characterized Jamil’s act as “…defended[ed] himself emotionally”. Self defense implies same time, same place “action-reactions”. Self defense never invokes planning and resource mobilization (in this case fetching guns) He didn’t do anything to defend himself. For example, he could have knocked the general with well known Eritrean tool- testa1!! and face what may come. He would have been my brave if nothing else. But he did the opposite, very unmanly: he collected the slap and went back to his car or house thinking about that slap and came back to shoot. What he did was a pure act of cold-blooded murder, and then cowardly one. You can’t even call it revenge as that implies about exacting punishment- feraH ayHazka yibilu abotatna! You can say all this seeing both 9the victim and the assaulter as simple humans, i.e., without even adding the fact that Hayelom was a popular commander. BTW that was what was exactly reflected by General Sibhat Efrem speech at General Haylom’s funeral in Tigray. Lawyers define self defense as the act of defending one’s person (or one’s property) when physically attacked, as by countering blows or overcoming an assailant.

      • Dear Hayat Adem,

        I don’t know the story of Jemil and the circumstances around the killing of the General. It is first to my ear from Tewelde and this forum in general. I don’t want to go and characterize the circumstance of the killing and the legal explanation of it. But there is simple explanation I could extract from the the story that comes in this forum, and that is “no cause behind the the action taken”…remember when I said “no cause” I am not talking about “cause and effect.” I am talking about an action that serve for a bigger cause or collective cause. I was simply explaining to Tewelde his choice of example was not quite right b/c it wasn’t a “courage for a cause.” I wouldn’t allow myself to judge the case of the Generl and Jemil something that has to go to court of justice. BTW I am enjoying your participation in this forum.

  • abel

    Hmmm!!! did anyone noticed?
    One self professed intellectual/ super Eritrean(?)is missing from this discussion,Normal he has this I know it all sickness and of course demarcation and hatred of Tigray is his trademark,you know who I am talking about?

  • Chef

    Alem (corrected)
    Your claim “Eritrea lost a visionary and capable leader who had a chance to change the education system in Eritrea for once and for ever” is preposterous.
    How interesting! Public knowledge and common sense allows Tewolde to make some reasoned and measured statements and still valid. I know for a fact that Dr Wolde-Ab was the last to join the EPLF mass-organizations. There were many more experienced administrators with higher academic stature from among the EPLF affiliated academics in the US, who could not make it to that position because of lack of some aya (patron) in the core.
    Also your praise of Wolde-An is too subjective. The kind of isolated favours he did to some individual’s amount to nothing compared to the crimes he made by commission or omission. He held office at the hay-days of post-independence, when the West was so generously funding the University’s projects. The West’s goodwill posture towards the newest state, Eritrea and the staff enthusiasm prior to the 1988-2000 also helped produce a large number of post-graduate degrees in a very short time. No doubt, his ability to eloquently negotiate and make hard deals with partners had a positive a role. That said, there are facts that point to his failings. He had under his supervision a system of finances that lacked professional transparency; there are enough hard facts on the embezzlement of the hard currency (aid money). Other crimes include favouritism in accessing all kinds benefit ranging from recruitment, scholarships, research leaves, to property owning. How this contributes to lack of cohesion and solidarity among staff should be evident to you.
    A person deserving the attribute ‘visionary’ will be judged by the legacy he left behind. What an exaggeration! Instead of instilling confidence on his staff he has the habit of taking pleasure in ridiculing them. For him a semi-literate tegadaly or some skunis in villa Mussa club, the likes of Wedi Gerewegna and Nayzhi Kiflu were more important than a senior academic. He set a culture of opportunism and subservience – the result a bunch of self-seeking individuals and an institution that could not protect itself against external attack. There is no need to ask for proof for this as you claim you know him very closely. But, I can provide you with lots of links to the fact that he was instrumental in supressing critical social science research and academic freedom. That I believe would help you to educate yourself. Was it not under his nose that three PhDs, one of which the product of Stanford University, were sacked by the Security? Then you have the Wea saga. I am sure there are many who can give their account of that dark chapter in the history of the man and institution. Wasn’t he who invited the intervention by Wuchu to solve an issue of wage for the ‘slave labour’? My friend, there are many ways of acknowledging favour; Nzgebere gberelu way Ngerelu eyu zmesl. But, at whose cost?

  • L.T

    Who is Jemil Yassien?Jemil was my classmate in 70s in Johannes La Sale school and his life was a comfortable family life in Monepole near club Hammassien area.His father Aboy Yassien was a hard worker Eritrean who gived to all his children a worm love and opportunity.Before Weyane killed him I readed his interview with one Ethiopian journalist with name Selam “in Ayfoyata”magazin 1999 and he said to her”Alah Zienaet Yihabeni”
    So don’t mix this mistake action with politic as Weyane did druning at war.

  • Alem (corrected)

    Dear writer,
    I appreciate your style of writing and its simplicity. However it seems you lack a lot of information about individuals that you included in your article. Since when was Dr. Woldeab Isaac became a person who did something wrong to Eritrea? He left his six figure job in Sweden and joined the University of Asmara to help in rebuilding the country. Dr. Woldeab was a professional who trained so many Eritreans in foreign countries. Your attempt to compare him with Hagos Kisha, Ali Abdu and others so called wrong doers is not only disingenuous but falsifying evidence. If you have any evidence please let me know. If not you should retract your claim. I worked with him for years and I know him a lot better than anyone. My testimony is simple and clear. Eritrea lost a visionary and capable leader who had a chance to change the education system in Eritrea for once and for ever. Due to his association with EPLF during the liberation struggle it was logical for him to work with EPLF. Who did not? However he never inflicted any would on any one. In fact he lobbied the government to release a person who falsified his signature to get an exit visa and awarded him a scholarship to the USA. Currently the person has finished his study and working as a professor at US university. That is the legacy of Dr. Woldeab and everything is done with good intention. I guess you do not know the guy very well.

    • L.T

      Dr Weldaeb Issack was a friend in Enda Kenisha school to Iyob Berhe R.I.P,Abraham Sahile a big brother to Journalist(Hanti Alem)Amanuel Sahile)Amabassador Tsegaia Tesfatsion(Dinsh)in Asmera.
      When Dr Weldaeb was ready to get his first degree fm Nugus Hailesillsie hand in H.H University he denid to shack his hand(Dinin(Gonbes)to Haileslassie and he lost his first degree in chemistry at that time(He is nationlist fm day one)
      In 80s I remember him when he was a chirman to ERA in Sweden and he was a humbal and very active person in any Eritrean festvales to help to Eritrean people inside to our struggale.
      He left Sweden for Eritrea 1993 his huge sume payment job in Azra-Zinca company AND He did his job well and he is now in USA to work as dean in one well known universty.And We have a lot Eritreans who dud their duty to their beloved country like Prof Yemane Misghina,Dr Bereket Yeabiuo,Prof Solomon,Dr Zreamariam Abraha,Prof Enbaye Asmerom….all are from Sweden and are in Eritrea and work for Eritrea.
      I guesse in Ethiopia you have only Prof Indris Eshete and if have more than give a nummber.

    • Gerima

      I know the one who falsified the signature but I don’t think so Wolde-ab set him free.
      What about the UoA students who died in Wi’a? May be you already left for US to do your post graduate study. Woldeab is an opportunist and doesn’t have cojones to standup for the students.

    • Ghenet

      Falsifying or forging a signature is a crime and legally punishable for, but what about the students who he sold to wuchu to take to Wia? He might have saves a criminal from going to prison but he has cause the death of two students! he has colaborated with teh so called ‘hagerawi dehnet’ to get three professors intimidated and fired!
      Do not talk about money!!!!! there is a strong evidance embezzlement in his administration! he was getting two salaries from eritrea and some organization in Sweden for a long time. He has caused division among staff by giving responsiblities to iressponsible power-hungry people! many young graduate assistants have left on foot. Senior staff with PhD were on national service salaries.
      What else should he do to be called a criminal? He might have saved you from going to prison but he has destroyed many lives. What GOOD INTENTION?

  • Lemlem

    Jamil is a martyr. He was first set-up and then executed because he was an Eritrean.
    Weyane Tigray’s evil and murderous behavior toward Eritreans continues to this day.

    Weyane Tigray may be trying to get us to forget its murderous past through its bogus “people to people” campaign, which is designed to fool Eritreans.

    But it will not get it! Not today! Not tomorrow! Never.

    By the way, get the hell out of our sovereign land Weyane Tigray.


    ዝኸበርካ ተወልደ ፣

    ወገንነትን ሃይማኖትን ንድሕሪት ገዲፍናዮ እናበልናስ____ኢልካ ክትጠቅስ ከለኻ፣___ኣነ ድየ መዕዘምዘሚ ኮይነ ወይሲ እታ ኤርትራን ፣ሙዳዳን ኣነ ዝፈልጠን CLON ተጌረን ካልእ MOTHER THERESA ዝኾነ ባህሪ ኣለወን እዩ ይብል።

    እቶም ንሙዳዳ ዝተኸተልዋ እስከ ንርኤ

    1)ናይ ክርስትያን ስለ ዝኾነትን,ከም ጀብሃ ስለ ዘይትሃድምን።
    2)ናይ ኢትዮጵያ ሓይሊ ምዃና ድማ ፣ነቶም ቶርዓ ኤርትራውያን ኣሕዋትና,ደቂ ማሕበር ኣንድነት ወይ ኢትዮጵያ በሉ ወይ መሬትኩም (መሬትና ኣይኮነን ፣መሬትኩም )ገዲፍኩም ዓድኹም ትወጹ ዝብሉ፣ ብኹባያ ጸባ ሓርጭን ብርብዒት ፊኖን መንነቶምን እምነቶምን ዝሸጡ ኣካላት ከይዳ እኮ እያ ምዳዳ ዝማዕበለት እምበር፣ ሓወቦታተይ ድኣ ወስላታ ጸረ ገድሊ, ኣስላም ኣሕዋትና ኢዮም ኢሎም __ሕተት ደቀምሓረ ድምበዛን ,ሙዳዳ,ንስዒድ ሳልሕ,ከቢባ መውጽኢ ከሊኣቶ,መርፍእ እናተቝጻጸረት ከላ መርዓት ኣምሲሎም ብበቕሊ ጌሮም,ብዓይኒ ሳኽራማት ሸፋቱ ሙዳዳ ከሕልፍዎ ከለዉ።እቶም ኣኮታተይ ድማ ጀብሃ (ትንፋዕ ትሕመቕ) ኤርትራዊ ሓይሊ ዝነበረት፣ብቑጽሪ ዓብሊሎማ ዝነበሩ ፣……ወገናውያን፣ ንጀብሃ,ናይ ሰራየን ኣስላምን ዝበልዋ ፣……ኣብ ዝፈልጥዎ መሬት,ጎቦን መሕብእን ዘይብሉ ሜዳ ንወትሃደር ደርጊ 2 ወርሒ ሙሉእ,ጠጠው ኣቢሎም ብውሑዳት ስዉኣት, ቅጫ እምበር ድሙ ድሙ መትብዒ ከይሰተዩ ፣ንሓይሊ ደርጊ ኣይኮነን፣ ጀብሃ ብዕሸላ እንከላ ውን ብፍልስጥኤም ኣድናቖት ዘትረፉ ከም ንፋስ ተዋናጪፎም ኣብ ቅርኒብ ዓይኒ ኰወቕዑ እንተበሉ ዘይስሕቱ፣ ሙዳዳ ንእግሮም ዝወቕዑ ኦሮሞ ስዒራ ክትምካሕ እንከላ ፣ንኮማንድስን ጦርሰራዊትን ፣ከተውድቕ እምበር ክትወቅዕ ዘይትርኤ ጀብሃ (Invisible) እኮ ጀርመን መጺኣ ፈሺላ እምበር፣ነዞም ጀብሃ ማሪኻ ዝገደፈታ ታንኪ ኣዔርዮም ዘሚትና ኢሎም ጓይላ ዝገብሩ ፣ጸረ ህዝቢ እኮ ንፈልጦም ኢና።እዚኦም ዘምጽእዎ ኣርቲፊሻል ነጻነትሲ ሕብረትን ምትሕቝቛፍን ከምጽእ ፧ ኣበደን !!!!
    ሓው ተወልደ ፣ሓንቲ ምሳኻ ዝሳማምዓላ ,እዚ ነብሲ ጽልኣት ዘለዎ፣ናይ ሕሶት ህዝበ ትግርኛ ዝብል መንነት ተሓንጊጡ፣ጣልያን ካብዞም ስፓጌቲ ዘይበልዑ ዓጋመ ትበልጽ ኢኻ እንተበልዎ ,መንነቱ, ብኻብ ጉሓፍ ዝወጸ ,ተረፍ ግራስያኒ ላዛኛን ማኛን ,ዝሸይጥ____ባንዳ ፣ኢሳያስ ተምበኔታይ ክሻ ዓጋመታይ እንተበለ፣ኣይንሕሾ ኣይንሓምቆ ንሕናውን synthetic ተጋሩ ኢና.
    ኢሳያስ/ ሙዳዳ ,ካብ ፍጥረታ ክርስትያናዊ ኣቢሲንያዊ ሓይሊ ስለ ዝኾነት ፣እዚ ድማ ብእምነት እምበር ኤርትራ ውን ኣቢሲንያውያን ዝመልእዋ ሃገር እያ።ምስ ትግራይነት ዝትሓሓዝ ኣይኮነን።እቶም ድኹማት ዝብልዉ ነዛ ዝተረግመት ሃገርን ዘይሓልፈሉ ህዝብን ኣባኢሱ ስቓዩ ከናውሖ እምበር ፋይዳ የብሉን።

    1000 Deaths to Banda´s children Bandits !!!!
    Brain & salvation to our people !!!!!
    God bless Eritrean & Ethiopian people !!!!

    The always brilliant C.C

    • Salyounis

      Selamat Cyber Cure:

      I am sorry to say that you are not “always brilliant.” You show flashes of brilliance, but then you suppress it with something that is unoriginal. Your mergem of “1000 Deaths to Banda’s children Bandits” is far from brilliant. In fact, the word “banda” is used (and only used) by hyper-national Ethiopians who hate any Eritrean who asserts an Eritrean identity. And the last word I would associate with them is “brilliant.”


      • CYBER CURE

        Respected Salyounis ,

        While your advise is accepted and will be followed whenever I say Banda or Deqi ArbaAA it is mostly the mentality,not necessarily the profession as a number of Eritreans could have been forced or it could be purely economic .I can not blame them for that.

        thanks for your advice ,I do not want my message to be misunderstood due to one word.

        Bless you

  • We judge matters from a wider objective perspective, foremost, historical, cultural, faith, socio-economic and socio-political settings, realities and topographies of a societal structure free from any value judgment.

    Unlike ideologues, dogmatists and our few fellow Eritreans narrow elitists’ versions of reality centered on narrow egotistical, self-centred or parochial interests, As Eritrean we should see reality from the broad optic of universal values and an absolute universal moral values. Democracy, Liberty, Freedom, Justice, all as Agents to the Upholding of Human Dignity, any human, represent the framework of reference that governs our thoughts, attitudes and general conduct.

    As most Eritrean free thinkers, would aspire that Eritrea at large would succeed in the edification of the UTOPIAN “Civil Society.” realizing at the twilight of age the total futility of the attaining of such a lofty goal judging on our understanding of the make-up of the complex and inherent deviousness of the human nature, as well as, rather foremost, the constraining burdens of the parochial heritages that both represent a formidable stifling combination rendering the attainment of that lofty goal to someone who wants to harvest the ocean.

    Eritrean politics in its varied layers of accretions and myriad varied interpretations, especially when invoking, harmony, peace, unity and solidarity defying the scrutiny of rational thought, with each political party or group sect and sub-sect claiming monopoly of enlightenment progress and the truth, insurmountable hurdles would remain that prevent the ever meeting of the minds and hearts of Eritrean at large. Accordingly, the edification one day of the Utopian Civil Society would remain an elusive Utopian dream.
    If the Eritrean ever reaches the level, rather in unison, of start treating political ideology, thoughts and affiliations as a total civil public and not exclusive secretive private and enemy of the other in a un-politicalized manner – a very remote possibility – that could very well pave the road for Eritrean to start harmonizing their reference value systems as the prelude to the harmonization of Eritrean ’s collective mindset and the meeting of the mind, heart and the spirit of our Eritrean’s humanity.

  • Tamrat Tamrat

    There is this fact we must analys thoroughly. For the last 22 years and more we have been stuck to where we are now mostly is due to eplf. Eplf had reached and has experiencing to the fullest absolut meaning of the survival of the featest. Every thing and every one can be used for survival. And this is New for both Eritrea and ethiopia majority of the multitude of different ethnic Groups. We witnessed the white do this against ohter Groups including us. But we are not ready if ‘Our own’ comes to that stage. This being said though eplf created tplf just for the purpose of its survival, tplf can be used as long as there is need for it and shall be discarded when it is useless. This was explicitly manifested by many eplf People how they lookd Down to tplf government in addis. While tplf is grilled in ethiopia for ‘selling’ Eritrea for Arabs, eplf People showed no mercy in thier aggressive controll for ethiopian econmoy , the deportation of thousadsn of ethiopians from the New Eritrea (most of them were tigrians, God knows now how many of them are federal lealders now) and the huge preparation for secession, etc. This was the slap tplf got from eplf. If they used to have mutual respect then tplf could have said ‘can you People reduce Your Activity, we are sweating here). And the layman tigrians were proud by both tplf and eplf success, and they were more impressed by the eplf supriority display. Many Young tigrians were so impressed that they started to say ‘i am eritrean’. Regardless all this many tplf used to believ that still eplf created tplf for the betterment of tigrians. Eplf true color appeared the moment tplf disagreed With eplf. tplf knew their Places at onece. What could have been while eplf is attacking tplf from North and the rest from South? What could have had happened? No need to articulate it. But the intention of isayas was there. Some say bad timming. I wish there woould be no right time for such insanity. This is what firghten me from the beginning to now.

    Let us all do all the possible solution which let us out of Our missery and never to ethnic massacar.

  • Hayat Adem

    Sal & Tewolde:
    I know what you wanted to put up as a message but do not carelessly bulldoze stories that involve so much sentiments and that had cost two lives. If you want to go there, be very much careful for appropriateness. You called Jamil (the Eritrean killer) gentle and Hayelom (the Ethiopian victim) abusive. Abuse of power comes with the use of it. It is Jamil who used his pistol against a guy who hadn’t used his pistol or his guards. Jamil to me here is a criminal and a very cowardly character. Why would I be inspired to do any good by such a character who kills for no satisfactory reason and hides himself to run away.
    I think the story doesn’t start with the face-slapping. There was reportedly verbal exchanges and insults that took them there. The general didn’t apply his institutional personality there. He just reacted to a verbal irritation as an individual. He could have instructed his guards to get him take cared had wanted it that way. Jamil, too, apparently didn’t bother about the institutional personality of the Hayelom, or otherwise, he would have figured a way of avoiding that confrontation. Overall the act of Jamil is to be condemned out-rightly, not resurface it for any inspiration. Particularly, be mindful of such things when your intention is for a good relationship with others.

    • Salyounis

      Selamat Hayat:

      Because you addressed your post to “Sal & Tewolde”, there may be confusion on who said what. I didn’t call Jamil “gentle” or Hayelom “abusive.” The point Tewelde was making remains valid: that, a long time ago, Eritreans didn’t take humiliation quietly–lots of examples for that–but now they apparently do.*

      Beyond that, there are a dozen stories floating about what exactly happened between Jemil and Hayelom. As often happens whenever a popular person dies, the simplest explanations are not good enough for people and conspiracies are floated, the most sensational being that of Ethiomedia (of course) that it was a Meles Zenawi-Zamora Younis conspiracy to silence a popular TPLF commander, and Jemil was a tool. The Reuter story that appeared when Jemil received the death sentence was that he had four conspirators who were also charged, so, if the allegations are true, what Jemil did doesn’t appear to be spontaneous act of self-defense.


      * “apparently” because one of the things PFDJ is good at is burying news; there may be countless examples that we don’t know about of Eritreans standing up and made to disappear.

  • Semere Habtemariam

    Selam all,

    It is a fitting example to mention Jemil who embodied the Eritrean “niH” we used to brag about. It was not a moral judgemnt on Jemil’s action but the action, per se, is what we often used to say, “mot yhaySh kab wrdet”. Tewele’s lamentation of the Eritrean “sre” is at the heart of our continual public humiliation. I cannot agree with him more, but, nevertheless, it is hard for me to take him seriously.

    The rest of his article is the usual-run-of the mill preaching of “qeshi qushet” that doesn’t address core issue or do justice to others’ point of view. For one, Tewelde is not in a position to critique anyone on moral courage. Those of us who have being reading him since his Dehai days recall that he was neither critical or bold with his views. I’m glad that he has found a new voice, but, he should not forget that some of us have long memory.

    It would have been nice if he can start with his own failure to speak out when many things were going wrong in Amsera while living in Asmera.

    I find it hard to take latter-day saints seriously when they fail to acknowledge their own weakness and failures.

    Show me a guy who can show psychological bruises of insult, ostracization and even assault by the larger Eritrean community and I would not have a problem to rally behind him. The rest, recent converts have to first publicly confess, acknowledge their mistakes, apologize and we can take them seriously. To me this is where moral courage starts: owning up your own failures and trying to make them right.

    Tewelde lacks any moral courage to speak about the Jehovah witnesses and others when he was typical of most Eritreans, fashionably silent at the time. He should first tell us why he chose silence at the time: was it cowardice? was it ignorance?

    If this article was prefaced with something like: I apologize for not speaking out when the govt of Eritrea mistreated….I was either ignorant or not courageous enough, I would have said, bravo Tewolde, but I’m tired of people, or more like, turned off by people who speak big or like to appear big and their past actions don’t remotely support what they say.

    But I will take Tewelde at anytime of the day than those coward pen-names or those who use first names hiding behind vitual ananomity. It is unfortunate that Awate comments section has become a platform of dagmai andnet who get heated up when Ethiopia is mentioned regardless of context. On which planet would the example of Jemil be construed as an attack on Ethiopia or Ethiopians. The Ethiopia “ayttenkfulna” and the “sewra ertra is what ails us” group are becoming increasingly annoying by the day.

    Semere T Habtemariam
    Dallas, Texas

    • danny

      Whoa! A typical display of ghedli arrogance and self rightousness. Ethiopia has moved on and has nothing to do with the present situation in Eritrea. You the proud Semere T Habtemriam, with you full name or partial name here have to recognize the simple fact that the political paralysis of the Eritrean people is the making of ELF and EPLF, or in general reference, the Ghedli. The mention of Ethiopia beyond 2001 in the Eritrean political discussion is to simply obscure the truth about the responsibility of the ghedli in creating misery after misery on the day to day life of the average Eritrean. I am a non proud Eritrean and I dont hold anyone else, including Ethiopia, responsible for what is happening to my people. I have the right to my opinion if Ghedli never existed, my life would have been a lot more better.

      • F.M.

        ” my life would have been a lot more better”

        Ditto. My peasant parent’s and mind.

      • Wedi Zere

        I 100% agree with you.

    • tewelde


      If your issue is about being part of the heady days of the early 90s where a bright future with infinite possibilities seemed possible, then guilty as charged with no apologies.

      Frankly, I thought your comments were beneath you. You covered a lot of territory about me that you know absolutely nothing about. The threat of the long memory and the implied dark-secrets-in-the-closet is intriguing. A short homework would do. Ask those who were running the biet xHfetat and see if you can find a soul who can tell you I ever toted the party line. Support the cause yes, but tot the party line, never.

      I usually don’t like to get into unproductive tit-for-tat chatter but I can’t let this one stand. Regarding Jehova’s witnesses, you said “He [Tewelde] should first tell us why he chose silence at the time: was it cowardice? was it ignorance?”. The fact is I did speak out even way back then, which must have slipped your memory.

      I don’t mind one bit about your choice not to like what I had to say. Absolutely, no problem there. But do you see how you ended up making the point of the article you so hated so eloquently? I think you devalued the conversation and degraded it to mockery and innuendos colored with a dash of arrogance. That said, I still believe you are better than that. May I ask you to press your reset button?


      • Haqi

        Semere ayteayen tewelde. Kem gele aynet seb eyu

  • tewelde

    I think many of you are reading more into this than was said. The paragraph about Jemil is simply a statement of fact. Slapping anyone, especially when the one doing the slapping is in a position of power, is abuse. And other than to point out people have their personal never-to-be-crossed lines and by comparison we are struggling to find such lines in Eritrea, the article did not attribute heroism, or justification to the act.

    Some even went on to say the article painted (paraphrasing) Eritreans as the good guys and Ethiopians as the bad guys. The focus of the article was on Eritrea alone and nothing of the sort was intended or implied. But my apologies if it somehow came across that way. I strongly believe such portrayal is unhealthy because our old wounds should be healed and not be used to create more animosity. The past is part of our history but disproportionately dwelling in the past at the expense of the bright future that we can build together for the mutual benefit of the people of the two countries would be unproductive.

    To hizbawi,

    I would actually agree with you if what angered you was in the article. But you are making your blood boil for nothing. The article is all inclusive – you, me, every body – and I challenge you to come with ONE line where you saw the call limited to the youth. Actually, your misplaced anger proves the point of the article very well. Read it again calmly.

    Brotherly words if you are willing:
    1) This would be a good time to re-examine ALL your assumptions. You are itching to be offended and fishing for justifications in the wrong places. Press your reset button.
    2) As ‘Translate’ suggested, drop the pen name and come out clean. Anonymity is only good when doing good deeds.

    • Kokhob Selam

      Dearest Tewelde,
      That was nice of you to elaborate in such understandable article. I can see that you have worked hard before you put such wonderful article.
      But the example (Jamil case) seems to me is not proper to put it with the political circumstances we are facing today. Slightly touches but not exactly as the case of Jemil is more ethical than political. To give you one example, you may know Saed Saleh of ELF who was killed by stupid coward men in Kesela. In all my life I have never seen a man of great heroism. He was the real practical fighter. One day he snap one of the fighters and the reaction back from our fellow fighter was a snap just in spot. I was very happy to see the step taken. But he (Saed) himself was happy too. “Seb’ay “was the word I heard from him. You can see the difference between the snap of General against Jemal and Saed Saleh against that fighter. Normally our leaders use to punish us and we take things as lessons.
      The General has committed a crime in snapping Jemil. He should have known it is impossible to snap a man like him and live in this world. The action taken by Jemil was perfect. That culture should be kept forever. Unfortunately Ethiopian government has killed Jemil and I believe they could have just put him for some months in prison and let him free so to make people learn ethics.
      Our political case is different. DIA is not superman and we cannot shoulder everything to him. We must accept that there was a tendency that supports him. To give you example again the case of Saed Saleh, DIA or Mesfin Hagos or any EPLF leader who try to tell us he was hero is a cat in front of Saed Saleh. But they kill him in Kesela by using some followers hidden (that was planned by EPLF leaders) hitting him by some type of Iron in unexpected time and situation. The good news is that the killers net work is exposed and most of the killers were killed or arrested and few are crying to justify they were innocent as you are hearing those days. Few among few are still in serving DIA as they have no other choice.
      From your article and articles of great men like you I see there is a kind of emotion to finish the job yet I don’t see we have to be hurry. Although, we are suppose to do more than this but things are getting better as the main cause that creates all this mess is daily decreasing which I believe is very good. First removing PFDJ alone is not enough as the dogs are still parking even trying to be opposition and we are exposing them day in day out and they are losing their position.

      You have diagnosed well the regime and part of the opposition. Appreciate your effort.

      • Kokhob Selam

        please read slapped insted of snap. thank you.

        • Abe z minewale

          That was a true story. Sead Salih did slap a Tegadalai for being late in Mendefera a fighter did not slap back but z fighters who is witnessing z action got angry @ the tegadalai for not using his Kalashnikov at least to the position of warning

      • Tamrat Tamrat

        ‘The action taken by Jemil was perfect’. And you said the Ethiopians should have put him in prison for some months. Why some months? If it was perfect, not even a single day in prison. Why not give him a medal for Learning ‘tegadalits-etics’. And add a line called Jamil code which goes by ‘slapping is the worst crminal act and followed by death’. Anybody who slapps and killed by the result of his action shall be conidered a self inflict to deat. What a jock!

        Kokob, this voodo thinking you have for tegadaliti must be cured by practical thinking berore anything else.

        • Kokhob Selam


          “What a jock!” I wish i am arround you see you trying slapping me. becouse i am also from Jemal’s tribe (the same culture) you would have got the love that you never got from devil.but I ams sure Jemal has given you a lesson and you need to think double before doing it.

          • Tamrat Tamrat

            It is too late for Jamal, but for you i teach you before you make the same mistake. -There are bad traditon we have to abonden and learn good ones. Before you get slapped you will learn what brings slapping to Your faces. Then you learn the consquences of Your action. And once you Reach to the slapping pahse i will teach you how you react to the situation there and then. then i will teach you by killing People you never teach them. I will teach you how to survive With a slapp in Your face With out running to Your home and finding the guns you hide. I will teach you how to breath deeper and let Your brain over ride Your Instinct. I slapp you then you accuse me then you take me to Court; this also Works. I guarantee you, you will thank me at last.

        • Rahwa


          My repection to you sir. I think you are sending matured messages to the big guys at Awate. I thought gentle men like Kobhe Semay and Amanuel H. would write nice comments that that softens the hearts from both sides.I have not found them upto my expectation this time. Many thanks to gual Adem. kemakhi zbele lebam ayes’nena.

      • belay

        Dear Kokhob Selam,
        Lebam Seb Kegage …..,this time you got it wrong.
        I know you are trying to encourge people to do the same thing in Eritrea to kill Isayas or his Generals.But not in the expence of single minute incedent,from verbal abuse to slapping ended up to calculated murder,and you said,was perfect,and you want Jamil to go free.
        No,no this was not the kokob Selam we know.
        You can not shoot any one for slaping you,a real man slap back a little bit harder,then and there.

      • seyoum

        Kokeb Selam,

        Having read many of your comments in the past I always thought you were a very balanced person. Since when is it ‘perfect’ to kill someone in cold blood because he slapped you. And where on earth does a premeditated murderer attract only a few months in a prison? Jemil did not do it in the heat of the moment. He went home to bring a gun, wait for the right moment etc…

        Besides, what do we know about what exactly lead to the slapping?

        Could it be someone else using your name to comment? Kokeb Selam, please retract this comment which is unbecoming of you, if you are the one who wrote this.

        • Kokhob Selam

          Dearest seyoumm

          here is important point, you may not agree for the revange taken by Jemil if you see it as revange. in the other hand see I it is correct. you and me have differnt solutions after the slapping. but we have the same stand that some one should not slapp in first place. so let’s agree in the first common stage love each other and solve things just respecting the other side.

          • Tamrat Tamrat

            That is why we have police, Courts, judges, prisons, punishments etc so that People like Jamil and you shall not take the Law in Your hands. In this modern time you dont kill a person every time you ask for a slapp instead you use tollerance, wisdom and experience and you let the slapper comes back to you and appologize this way or another.

          • Abe z mine wake

            This debate hits home. I am just trying write my own experience in North America. I always try to behave and mind my own business. Z last 30 years plus there was pain,agony disappointment around z house. At one point the brain could not take it and has to decide should life continue or stop. I always believe if some one who can handle the 30 years war for independence why can’t I hold tight to z challenge I face try to make use out of it.z first step to take was to go to z place where thought was safe and sound. Was approached by 120kg human told to leave. Z answer was no this character u see have been moving from one place to another .so ignore.heavy duty guy put his muscle into action and put this character change his position from north to south. Z reaction was BLOODY. no matter how innocent this character was found guilty by the court unable to travel where his love ones are z result is just regret 10 min. glory life time TaEsA
            How did it make it past moderator the killing is justified in2013. where r z Ethiopians who want to see Eritreans as their neighbours. am I dreaming?

          • seyoum

            Kokeb Selam, Your approval of what Jemil dis is wrong. Deep inside you know it.A child of 6 or 7 knows this, let alone you. Please have courage to admit that. Everyone makes mistakes. That is not unique to you. You will make an inexcusable mistake only if you are not willing to stand corrected. It is your choice.

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Mr. seyoum,
            From our debate I learn there are people who believe slapping a man is just small mistake that can’t cause death. But that will not change my stand. I prefer someone kills me than slap me. I kindly ask everybody to stand in the common ground and not to cross the border. Our common ground is —don’t reach to the level of slapping–. So we don’t have to be in conflict for what the solution is after slapping.
            By the way the case is deeper than that. The Ethiopian government those days was not the same that you see today. Those days the high rank generals were so corrupted they forget all the years they spent for freedom and were drinking with ordinary business men. And the business men like Jemil are supposed to think beyond first for being a foreigner. The mistake is the combination of all this. The government is suppose to teach and give lessons to the high rank intellectuals on how to deal with people or put them aside and put educated people to work in such positions. That is a big subject and a lot of lessons to be learned.
            The circumstance and political climate was so bad it has affected a lot. At last both are our brothers and it was a sad experience. May the almighty put them in paradise, Amen.
            Hey, remember the balance and harmony is only to be found when you have a common ground.

  • Fanus

    I, too, remember Jemil from our childhood days. I’d say he was probably three years older than I was. I remember his younger brother also. I want to say his name was Birhan? I thought Jemil was a chubby kid. He was tall for his age certainly. He was also one of the older kids in his class. He may have been held back. Who knows! Most of all, I remember his younger brother being a very good basketball player. He was very passionate about basketball. That much I remember. I believe he was on the basketball team for our school. They were also relatives of my neighbors so they used to come over once in a while. I believe they lived in downtown Asmara (ketema). Neither one of the brothers (Jemil or Birhan) struck me as being academic but they were certainly part of the “cool kids” at our school and certainly belonged to Asmara’s upper middle class and affluent families. It seemed like there were a lot of Muslim kids at Comboni and they all knew each other. We had a few Yemenis (Jebeli) as well. And some Italian-Eritrean hybrids (hanfets).

    Let me first of all say that the story of Jemil doesn’t fit in this article at all. I think the author deliberately put it in there to try to trick people into reading the rest of his article, which is basically garbage.

    Now why was Jemil brutally executed by Weyane? I believe Weyane killed Jemil simply because it could. Weyane controlled Ethiopia, was trying to shock and terrorize Eritreans, and trying to send a message of fear and trepidation to Eritreans in Ethiopia. Jemil was brutally executed in a capital punishment style and sent to the gallows. I believe he was hung! He was basically lynched.

    Most Eritreans I have heard talk about Jemil think he was set-up by Weyane so he could be lynched. Some Eritreans think Jemil was a business partner of some Weyane official, was cheated out of his share and was basically set-up to die in an effort to send a message of fear to the larger Eritrean community in Ethiopia. Anyway you slice it, Jemil was a victim of Weyane like the countless Eritreans in Ethiopia who were brutally kicked out of the only homes they had known in Ethiopia, had their properties illegally confiscated, were separated from their wives and kids in order to inflict maximum psychological pain and were dropped off at the border and forced to walk through landmines.

    Weyane’s brutality toward Eritreans had no boundaries in those days.

    And Tigrayans wonder why Eritreans hate them and don’t want to reconcile with them?

    • Tamrat Tamrat

      Fanus, People like you make woyanes better than they realy are. You dont have to fabricate story to show the atrocity created by tplf. First of all the time under discussion was a high time for both tplf and eplf specailly in addis. Jamil was enjoing life in addis With tplf generals. Can you imagine what that means? Even eplf supporters in kebele leading position can do any thing With their guns unfortunately against non-tigrians. Read the Archive of dehai the love between tplf and eplf pre 1998. And horrible People like you start calling tigrans the NeXT day agame. You have to stop that idiocy. We can not behave like isayas and meles all of us. We have to be commone avarage layman of eritreans and ethiopians once in a while. Either you support waht tplf stand for all the way or you should have told us that they were horrilbe befor

      • Tamrat Tamrat

        ..beor 1998 too.

    • Mesgena

      Fanus, if Eritreans would hate Tigrians in relation to Jemil, that’s sad. I would personally do the same 100 times now, no matter how you or any Eritrean would feel about it. Jemil is a cold blooded killer and deserved death!

    • Rahwa

      Hello Fanus,
      Are you arguing that Eritreans who were having a more comfortable life compared to many majority of Ethiopians.
      I just want to reflect on your comment regarding the kicked out Eritreans. You and your likes are focusing on the sufferings and grievances of your compatriot, and have no eyes and ears to what has happened Ethiopians since your brutal army set their foot to independent Eritrea. I support the people to people relationship between the two brotherly peoples. But when I read and listen cheap remark such as yours who pretend to attempts to justify the cruel act done by members of your defense force and security men and preach as if they were angels while those south of your nation are devils, I hate my government (Ethiopian government) for giving such opportunity to citizens who hate the very name of Ethiopia. Do you think that we are that stupid and would forget what you did to our people since the birth date of your new nation, just to leave aside the evil deeds on the weak, hungry people who were prohibited to get shortest way reaching to place where they could get immediate aid to sustain their life? Imagine, they were not even asking you food! We know that you had the worst army who imprisoned and killed thousands of Ethiopian civilians in many prison centers before and after the war. We have numerous bad memories. We are trying to forget and forgive, but there are many of you working hard to keep reminding us those dark days.
      I like this website for there are many interesting writers. But some writers and many comments are so irritating. Please stop scratching the healed skin for we have bigger scare that is the more painful than yours.

  • Salyounis

    Selamat Awatistas:

    I think some of you may have misunderstood Tewelde’s point in introducing the story of Jemil. Part of this confusion is probably because you don’t know Tewelde (note to awate editors: maybe we should have a mini-profile on all awate authors.) I think the point he was making is not advocacy of violence, or hatred of Ethiopia, etc. He was simply comparing and contrasting self-images of Eritreans. One Eritrean kills a very popular (legendary actually) Ethiopian general (Tegadalai Weyane) in Ethiopia because the Eritrean believes his dignity was publicly humiliated; the other (relatively more powerful Eritrean, a veteran Tegadalai, armed no less) endures public humiliation at the hands of Isaias Afwerki daily. So, Tewelde was having a “what the hell happened to us?” moment. Actually, even more honestly, “what have we allowed to happen to us?”

    He answers the question with the frog-boiling story: whatever happened to us happened gradually: as the tyrant pushed, we didn’t push back, so he pushed some more.

    Tewelde explains the first test as the case of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Their rights were violated and we said and did nothing. Unlike, say, Serray, who says that there is nothing we could have done because the Tegadelti are armed, Tewelde is putting part of the blame on us. I agree with Tewelde because dictators (at least our own) don’t just want to be feared; they want to be loved. Let’s test this: let’s see whether the Tewelde’s explanation makes sense.

    The decision to violate the civil liberties of Jehovah’s Witnesses was made in 1994. But the decision to arrest Eritrean Muslim teachers was also made in 1994. Now, let’s see how the PFDJ approached both.

    When it decided to violate the civil liberties of Jehovah’s Witnesses, it first made a presidential decree (in October 1994) then it followed it up with a March 1995 announcement in Dimsi Hafash why it did it using emotive and manipulative words. (I mean REALLY manipulative in the order of “while the rest of you sacrificed for Eritrea, these people were just standing by and watching….”) You can read the translated transcription of the announcement, which is archived at the University of Pennsylvania, right here:

    It calculated that the Jehovah’s Wintesses are so few in Eritrea, so misunderstood and maligned, that it can get away with bluntly saying: “Yep, we did it” and the people would say “tSibuk Geberwom!”

    In contrast, when it decided to violate the civil liberties of the Muslim teachers in Keren in December 1994, there was no such announcement at all. It calculated that a Dimtsi Hafash announcement would backfire and so it just used its whisper campaigns (fifth columnists! Jihadists!) and only their immediate family members knew what happened to them. The first time the case was shared with the public was when awate published it in 2001 (that is: 7 years later.) You can read the appeal of the family members to “kubur president” where they attached a letter that had been ignored by “kubur minister ministry zobawi mmHdar” here:

    So, the point of Tewelde is not “what’s happened to us” but “what have we allowed to happen to us?” And unless we actually look at ourselves, what we did, what we didn’t do, what our prejudices and biases and weaknesses are, and we continue to put ALL of the blame on something else (Weyane, America, UN, Ghedli…) we won’t even begin to solve our problem.


    PS: Here’s a report from Amnesty International Human Rights Report of…. 1995. Same disappearance, kidnapping, killing…Only the order of magnitude has changed.

    • wediere


      There was an article by Ahmed Raji about the same topic, how people were siding with the government and assuming guilt of the prisoners….saying…”shabia shuq ila aytasrn iya” or “gele ko geru ykhowun”..I tried to find it on the Web Archive but could not. Any chance posting the link?


      • Salyounis

        Selamat Wediere:

        It would help if you can give us approximate time the article was posted so we can dig in our local backup. Sorry for the inconvenience.

        The default position of “gele ente zeyrekbilom ay miaserwomn” was a vote of confidence on the young government. But, and this is very important, there were Eritreans even back then who were outspoken in challenging the government. The ones that made the headlines in the honeymoon years were Jehovah’s Witnesses (JW) Jihad, Jeberti, Journalist Ruth Simon.* You can still read who said what when in Dehai which still has an awesome archiving system. You can also notice how different the tones were even from the most strident critics: everyone wanted the government to succeed.


        PS: one joke making the rounds then was Wedi Afom was going to make the alphabet “j” illegal because all his headaches began with that alphabet 🙂

  • Rahwa

    I can’t believe you mentioned the coward eritrain as a hero. He would have been considered courageous if he had slapped the general right there and then. Instead he went home and brought a gun. he was waiting outside in the dark to shoot the general. The general has no fighting chance against a coward thug.

  • bedada

    the only solution for eritrea’s problems is z death of isayas afwerki.
    then peacful coexistance of eritrea and ethiopia prevails. in z long run economic and political integration of these 2 countries will create a dynamic nation in z world.
    this is the way we all work hard to happen in short time.

  • Sabri

    That you brought Jemil in your article is misplaced. I don’t understand the relevance of it. I’m not in defense of Jemil. I don’t know how he was living in Addis. But I know well Jemil. Jemil Yassin was my classmate many years in Comboni (later Barka). One thing i remember clearly is he often came late in the classroom. The reason was he first went to his father’s bakery early in the morning everyday before he came to the school. Jemil as I know him was hard working and nice boy. I never saw him agitating or fighting. Then what happened after he moved to Addis is a mystery for me.

  • belay

    Dear Estiphanos,
    You picked the wrong person as an Eritrean hero, because,he simply, killed a general in public place.what was the purpose to make him an Eritrean hero?is that how you define a hero in Eritrea?
    Actualy,he was infact a coward beyond belief,because,instead of fighting then and there,with the resources available to him at the time eg.a bottle etc,he ran away to bring a gun,typical,isn’t it?
    You know,in both cultures,we do not pull a knife if you do not see,a knife been pulled out.our anccestors thought us that law of propertionality.Not a gun for a slap etc.
    There were so many Eritrean heros to choose favorite one is the great Zeray Deres.
    Any way,i am not surprised by the jop of bigots,(i am refering to Jamil and his circle) what they know for sure is every thing they do is always right.

  • jack

    “my brother remembers Jemil as a gentle fellow who stayed out of trouble. Then Jemil’s never-to-be-messed-with line was crossed when a popular Ethiopian general slapped him in a public place in Addis sometime in the mid-1990s. Jemil went out, came back with a gun and killed the abusive general on the spot.”
    Really, have you ever met him when he was in Addis or when he became an adult? He was so arrogant that he took a car at a gun point that he already sold to a lady and said “Go and call police and I will take his car as well”. This was not the only time or place he used gun, probably it was the first time for that day. He is one of spoiled crap of a human being I have ever met. On the other hand you seem to justify and admire the respond violence with violence. Short and true story, my friend from Sweden told me that a popular Eritrean restaurant shut down because of, guess, the dancing? the food? nightly violence? to give you a hint, if Jemil cooled down and thought and went his way he would….?


    Quote…..”And as we ran out of external enemies, we just as quickly invented internal ones. The silos multiplied. Religious and regional differences we thought we had overcome got reincarnated. ” End of quote

    Respected Tewelde,

    EPLF /MUDADA/PFDJ never lacked internal enemies ,The Eritrean people in General & Eritrean moslems in particular have always been it’s enemies,the enemity with woyane has always been who rules Ethiopia _?
    .It (mudada)”enlightened” people with Jebha is Islamist front ,Moslems are killers ,fundamentalists ,not to be trusted…so much so that they needed to be very dead the corpses of ELF fighters was “killed”again, in the 1980s war (Eritrean Jebha against Abyssinian EPLF& TPLF forces ).
    I am a christian ,and I would be the first one to oppose if our pastor brought a Sheik to teach Koran in my church for the sake of unity..but when EPLF as replacement to Janhoy’s Komandis uses the same language (Deqi Halima)..but more cruel to the very people MUDADA claims to fight for, if I do not stand up for my people ,my pure hearted Metahit neighbours….then I will be stereotypical Eritrean ,I might as well eat grass while I am at it.
    Woyane has admitted wrong & it is acceptable ,eventhough it can not say well the (Americans send us to crush Jebha /brown Palestinian force that also to add insult to injury tried to make relations with Russia)..nevertheless ,it did acknowledge it’s fault .EPLF has not .Well ,that tells me ,IT IS STILL THE PRINCIPLE OF MUDADA & IT STANDS WITH THE MESSAGE of HATRED,../.eventually EPLF is the enemy of every Eritrean ,…but as the Eritrean banditry grew up on hatred of others than love for one ,Mudada still survives because THE BOOGEY MEN…”THE WOYENES ,THE MENKAE AKELE GUZAYS ,THE MOSLEMS are coming”…Even the opposition are more suceptible to such than the staunch Mudada supporters.

    As about loyalty & bravery ,it was there prior to 1981. The present slave minded bravery is like a loyal dog that bites a kind neighbour & follows orders of cruel master.
    Come Papa Come Figlio.Like father like son .Como padre como hijo (espaniol)Quote…

  • Hayat Adem

    In 1994, there was a cultural function and a festive party at the Eritrean Embassy in Addis. A huge cultural troupe that included all the top Eritrean artists were there for the event. Both the Guayla and the drinks were dictating the mood of the crowd. Jemil, Hayelom, Aranchi, two Eritrean officials and others were around a corner seemingly enjoying every moment of it. My guy got me introduced and mixed with the group. I never knew any of them before except Hayelom by name and on TV. He certainly seemed a comfortable guy in his own skin and among the group. The last thing that would come to your mind about remembering Hayelom of that night was “abusive”. Jamil was only mostly a listener and whatever he had to say didn’t say it loud enough to the entire group but only to the person to his right- Aranchi- at a lower voice. In fact, I only remembered Jamil by reconstruction later after he killed Hayelom. No disrespect to Jamil and his family but he just shot and killed a person. To bring him here as a dignity man and accuse the victim as “abusive” is so distasteful that it implies excessive imbalances about the author. I could have enjoyed this article had it not been for this insensitivity that gutted me pretty much.

    • Tamrat Tamrat

      Very strong and to the point. This kind of conflicting side kicks comes from People like Tewolde because they are too worried what ever they are conveying to the Public not to be misunderstood. What Twolde wrote about Jemil as an eritrean and the abusive general as an ethiopian is just a clishe. But exactly at that point there was no difference between Jemil and the General concerning citizenship. If there was a conflict it had to be puerely personal and the ego of the members of both parties was so high there was no such tolerance. What Tewelde did not realize is that People like Jemil was so full of ego that they couldnot tolerate any confrontation be it private life or politics. Imagine if the general was not tigre! Think of the undred Jemil who scared to Death the unarmed civiliance. Who dare to oppose tplf and eplf at least till 198? May be it is those Jemils have made eritreans impotent! I have learnt how it was to comfront derg general. They used to they were the absolutt truth.

    • wediere

      Hayat Adem,

      I can see why SAAY had to suspect you may be a guy :), in this forum when a lady who can debate joins in, it attracts good attention and encouragement from awatista. Is that the objective of the nick??

      Anyway, we are all free to pick any nick, but it helps to understand perspectives when gender and religion are not swapped.


      Lack of courage comes from selfishness and being over calculating to get personal benefit, over the years we have become more selfish and individualistic. The consequence is that we are waiting for someone/somewhere to do the job for us.

      Even the opposition are afflicted by this problem, they are waiting for each other and then want to join in when the job is done.

      It is a vicious cycle, we need to be generous with each other, more accommodating and once we change ourselves we will notice change in our society.


      • Salyounis

        Selamat wediere:

        You said,”Hayat Adem,

        I can see why SAAY had to suspect you may be a guy…” Who is this SAAY and why is he using my initials?:)

        I know there are people who have strong opinions about people who use nicknames but I have taken the position recommended in the hierarchy of faith/abilities for “adAf al Iman”: do what you can with what you can:)

        I did ask once whether Hayat was Ethiopian, but then quickly sHibeya because I am the host and she is a guest and I can’t go beyond what is required in our posting guidelines. But you as a guest can ask and she can choose to answer or ignore the question.


        • lol @ “quickly sihibeya”. Is that one of the direct translations ShaEwia came up with for retracted.

        • wediere


          Well you picked in how Hayat responded to the Ramadan Mubarak with “Mubarak back to you” which was strange response and you alluded to knowledge of culture “alma3lum mina dini biderur” or “the obvious thing”, so there was a hint there from you……..:) on the religious thing, I extrapolated upon reading the Addis story, just does not sound a lady visiting the wegah tibel leity. Willing to be corrected by Hayat and will say …mia colpa..


          • belay

            When you can not challenge them intelectually,bully them!wrong,especially here on the for Eritrea and beyond.
            People can learn a lot from their opponets more than from their friends.

    • danny

      I wholeheartedly agree with your fair assessments of th artice Hayat although I have enjoyed Tewolde’s articles in the past. I am not sure if Tewelde is Jemil’s brother literally, or Tewelde just made of a brother out of Jemil to make a point. It would have been nice if Tewolde has elaborated where an Eritrean citizen shooting of an Ethiopian general in a bar equates with the fight for justice. With all due respect to the writer, the attempt to strike the all too common animosity of Ethiopia vs Eritrea diluted the rest of the article as incompetent for me.

  • Great reflection Tewelde Estifanos,

    I have also, numerous times, asked myself this question: “Where is that all heroism many Eritreans talk about when discussing ghedli?”. I wish the ghedli romantics would answer/explain to the so called “ghedli defamers” otherwise known as “Neo-andinets”-a derisive word the ghedli-romantics take great pleasure using against those Eritreans who disagree with ghedli-romantics perception of ghedli and tegadelti.

    Back to my comment:

    It appears as though the rank and file Tegadeltis had been fooled by the few reckless elites (intellectual tegadelties) during the time of ghedli. Since independence, many of these elites have left the regime because the regime can hardly fool an intellectual observer. Unlike the elites who ask difficult question, see things critically, the rank and file tegadeltis are stuck with the regime; they are still being fooled.

    The regime creates enemies out of thin air and brain-washes the rank and file tegadelteis. Thanks to PFDJ’s propaganda machines, “Dimxi hafash” and “TV-Er” , the rank and file tegadeltis have no choice but to believe the regime’s made up stories.

    The “teref-meref” intellectuals serving the regime have to also show complete obedience without question lest they be punished severely. It’s this fear of punishment that the regime uses to enforce blind obedience, and submission to authority.

    My other comment:

    You stated:

    Then Jemil’s never-to-be-messed-with line was crossed when a popular Ethiopian general slapped him in a public place in Addis sometime in the mid-1990s. Jemil went out, came back with a gun and killed the abusive general on the spot.

    What happened to Jemil after killing the general? I don’t consider Jemil’s action to be prudent? I call call such action as “Asha difiret”? For a minor slap/embarrassment he had received he may have lost his dear life. It would have been wise move for Jemil to first chill out and then think about getting away with murder.

    • Hayat Adem

      yes, he was convicted guilty and handed a capital punishment. and the guy jamil fatally shot was none other than the famous ethiopian commander, general hayelom araya. what still puzzled me is what tewolde wanted us to take from jemil’s “Asha difret”, to borrow your phrase.

      • bukretsion

        general hayelom was tplf general not ethiopian general the new EDF was established after he died.

        • If general Hayelom was a Weyane (TPLF),
          And if all Weyenti (TPLFs) were Ethiopians,
          Then General Hayelom was an Ethiopian.

          • bukretsion

            i agree with u but it’s TPLF not ethiopiaPLF.

  • Dibe Kulu

    I don’t think we have a shortage of people reminding us about our past and present problems. We all lived through them and are suffering from them presently. What we are lacking are concrete and practicable alternate programs, visions and strategies to to help us redeem ourselves from the dire predicaments we are in.

    Those who claim and promise to be alternatives to the evil we know must demonstrably show the people they are in fact the better unknown angels. Sadly so far,they have miserably failed to prove that.

  • Stephanos,
    Your view on the Deqebat card seems to match that of some ELFs who justify their association with woyane by pointing to EPLF’s past relation with woyane.

    You guys do not seem to understand the importance of Power in a relationship.

    The EPLF-Woyane relation ended in favor of Eritrea not because of the inherent goodwill of woyane but because of the superior fire power of the EPLFs at the time.

    Unfortunately, today, the relative power of the two antagonist is somehow reversed and woyane is using the naive former ELFs to redeem its wounded ego.

    Why are some us worrying about Isaias Afewerqi, Hagos Kisha, Yemane Monkey, Yemene Gebremesqel etc., who are all of Tigrai descent?
    Again the answer revolves around Power. For heaven’s sake, these guys have usurped the Eritrean State Apparatus 100%; are absolute tyrants, who rule by Decree, without Constitution; are incacerating,killing the deqebat like sheep.

    Add to the above The Proximity Factor, Tigrai, the home of woyane, the No.One Enemy of the State Eritrea,has long boundary with Eritrea. These two factors are extremely wearisome and we must not take them lightly. Any one who underestimates this problem is either woyane undercover agent or simply good for nothing Eritrean, who only stoops his head to dinning table for food.

  • Tamrat Tamrat

    Every time an eritrean (any one for that matter) Writes about the core problem of eritreans then he or she is forced to go back to 1991. Almost all of them who went back as far as 1991 they sound exactly like YG.

    The littel Eritrea ‘crashed’ the ‘giant’ ethiopia has been the only motor to run Eritrea in which ever direction the regime has hadd planned. In the process Eritrea was the reciever of all the punch related to the international read sea Heavy weight politics for controlling the crutial blood line of the world buisness. Ethiopia With its about 90 millions pop. is forced to concider read sea as pure means of a cheap import and export trasport while Eritrea must use a good deal of its 5millions pop to vanguard the 1000 km read sea coast even not using it for the trasnport the way ethipia is doing it. Eritrea as a land now is all about regional and international strategical read sea coast. What actually the government is doing is using all the Resources from land part of Eritrea and save guarding the coast. And more Resource to stop those from South, number one ‘enemy’.

    Here is one peculiar example of what ethiopian goverment declared on its radio during the F I R S T Hanish crisis. ‘Dear ethiopians, the yemen government is violeting the sovereignty of Eritrea. And by the bilateral agreement we ethiopians and eritreans have and the long historical relationship (in Eritrea ‘we cut the ethiopians into pieces and burried them’ is still on radio all day long) we announce to day that declaring war on Eritrea is declaring war on Ethiopia. Yemen stopped the aggression immediatlly.

    A normalize relation ship With ethiopia must be concidered to realife Eritrea from this endeless 1000 km read sea coast policmanship.

  • Semere Andom

    Hi Stephanos:
    The examples you cite are too common in Eritrea. The image of bravery, the words of I will die you live, the songs of “entry zkewin minbar” all the ghedli stories turned out to be disappointments. Consider this: a tegadali, who fought courageously in Sahel since, he is crippled with fear to enquire about the where about of his father, who was taken in the dead of the night by EPLF from Keren and disappeared
    But to be fair, after everything is said and done and the Lucifer falls to his rightful bottomless pit of eternal death, we will learn about the fearless that killed the abusive colonels and died in honor to protect gual gezawtom, we will hear about our version of Oscar schdindlist. We will hear about the unsung heroes lurking in the middle of the tyrant saving and protecting their sisters and bother. Beyond our disappointment of the prevailing cowardice, betrayals and lies that infests our current predicament, amid the doom and gloom, you have to believe in the inherent goodness of some people.
    We are entitled to liberty and dignity because of the sacrifices of our bothers. Those who sacrificed their lives did not do it for themselves, they did it for posterity and their expectation was for us to be fearless. But those who moan for entitlement from Ethipoia accuse those who say Eritrea has been paid for of entitlement.
    I hear you Stepahnos as different Isaias, long time ago said: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name,” But you have to believe that no matter how few there are always those who are doing acts of courage daily in midst of the darkness. Their bravely will stun us, we just do not hear about them.


  • T. Araya

    I do not think you know Tewelde,so you are shooting from the heap. I think it was an honest view of the realities of things that he gave his comments on. It is ironic that someone who hides behind a moniker for a name is being critical of the views of those who dare to address the issues that are weighing heavy on our minds. Just a passing view.

  • hizbawi

    “”””here is even a joke that goes along with this reality, where Isaias asks God to give him another country to rule over because Eritreans are too docile and boring. “No matter how badly I treat them”, he tells God, “they refuse to fight back”.”””””””

    so, what are you doing to fight back the regime, are you writing an article that supposed to over throw the government? nothing boils my blood other than hearing some wanna be learned people asking the youth to fight for what ever change the like to see. if you want a change why not lead and give up everything you have and fight?

    • Translate

      I will give you at least two reasons why the writer you are trying to smear does not deserve your anger:
      1. He is not hiding behind a “hizbawi” or a “Trnslate”.
      2. He took a stand against a tyrant.
      Please conrol your temper and live your life. Agree or not, it seems Isaias spent 30 years conniving how to destroy Eritrea and he is implementing his devious plan. That, my friend, is not an Eritrean character.