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US Report: Eritrea Among World’s Worst In Human Trafficking

The United States Department of State has issued its annual “Trafficking In Persons” country report where it classifies Eritrea as a “Tier 3” nation, a dubious distinction Eritrea’s had for five consecutive years.

The State Department attributes this to the Eritrean government’s “strict exit control procedures and limited issuance of passports and exit visas” which have forced those who wish to travel “to do so clandestinely, increasing their vulnerability to trafficking.”

The report estimates that between 166 to 250 Eritreans leave the country every month and that “62,000 Eritreans, including 1,000 unaccompanied minors” live in refugee camps in Ethiopia with a smaller but unspecified number in Djibouti and Yemen.

With respect to abduction for ransom, the report states that international “smugglers and traffickers sought out vulnerable Eritreans in refugee camps, particularly in Sudan, sometimes extorting money from them or torturing them as they were transported through the Sinai Peninsula.”

Victims were chained together, whipped and beaten regularly, deprived of food, raped, and forced to do construction work at gunpoint at smugglers’ personal homes. Eritrean military officers sometimes colluded with Sudanese or Ethiopian military officers to exploit Eritrean migrants. Eritrean military officers sometimes operated within Sudan to abduct refugees from camps, particularly those who voiced criticism of the Eritrean government or were prominent political or military figures.

The report accuses the Eritrean regime of not meeting “the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking.”

The State Department uses four categories–Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 2 Watch List, Tier 3–to determine a country’s human trafficking problem.  Categorization in Tier 3 is, as the report explains, “based more on the extent of government action to combat trafficking than on the size of the problem.”

Last year, for the first time since the issue surfaced five years ago, the Eritrean regime seems to have grasped the tier system and decided to at least engage–with the president publicly acknowledging the problem (albeit blaming others for it) and the party’s “mass organizations”  including in their literature human trafficking as a danger Eritreans face.  Nonetheless, the country remains in Tier 3 because, as the State Department says, the regime has not acknowledged its role in human trafficking and that it “lacked understanding of human trafficking, conflating it with all forms of transnational migration from Eritrea.”

Tier 3 nations like Eritrea may be “subject to certain sanctions” including withdrawal of non humanitarian aid  or any “funding for government employees’ participation in educational and cultural exchange programs” as well as “international financial institutions such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.”

Joining Eritrea in the Tier 3 classification are Algeria, Central African Republic, Congo, Cuba, Guinea-Bissau, Iran, North Korea, Kuwait, Libya, Mauritania, Papau New Guinea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Uzbekistan.

To read the entire report, refer to Country Narratives: Countries A Through F








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  • Hameed

    Cyper or ground activism or both. I think the Eritrean opposition, political, civil societies organizations and devoted individuals exploited the social communication channels in raising awareness and putting pressure on the regime. They have succeeded a lot, but still not enough. They have almost isolated the regime from the international community and pressured upon some countries through international human rights organizations to stand on the side of the Eritrean refugees.

    The cyper activism has opened the panadora-box of the Eritrean problems for discussion. The negative beliefs that have taken root since forties of last century can not be overcome in a short period of time. This leads me to say: our problem is not the lack of ground activism, but the lack of common understanding to the nation of Eritrea. For example, the regime and his cohorts consider Eritrea only belongs to them and some opposition groups consider what the regime usurped illegally as achievements that must be preserved. How can we make change easily at the time we face obstacles of such kind. When a person breaks away from the regime, we consider him as an addition to the opposition, but we get him with the second or both the problems that I mentioned above.

    Once a Yemeni friend of me told me a joke. The ex-president of Yemen Ali Abdallah Salih was with an intimate friendship with Lucifer. Once upon a time Ali Abdallah Salih requested from Lucifer to build for him a bridge from Yemen to the White House. Lucifer told him it is very difficult to build such kind of a bridge. It requires tons of concrete and skewers and a lot of labour, please request from me any other thing and I will be ready to do it for you. Then he asked him to change for him the North Yemenis minds. Lucifer replied, do you want the bridge a double lane or four lane bridge?

    • Asmara Eritrea

      The 64k dollar question for the US Department of States is that torture, human rights abuse, brutality, people trafficking etc is the rule of law in the failed State of Eritrea and has been so for over 20 years. But what is the US government going to do about it? The Americans have a history of actively pursuing ‘regime change’ and have helped remove several evil dictators over recent years. Why not Eritrea? It probably would be a half day job for the Americans but life transforming for the Eritrean nation.

      Eritrea for ever, death to the dictator

  • Tzigereda

    Dear Beyan,

    Wise ideas with excellence. I always enjoy reading your comments. I can hardly “add” more on that. But let me say that exactly that is the way I see things, accepting and appreciating the diversity of resistance, which should lead to composing “Symphony of Resistance”. Yes, in arts there is a lot to be desired .We have yet seen two “amauteur” beginners in satire (Said Wedi Halal and Luwam Estifanos). It is amazing and gratifying that a german group has addressed the case of Dawit Issac (theatrical performance attached).

    • Beyan Negash

      Dear Tzigereda:

      Thank you for your kind words. I like your evocative phrase, to which I would add, “Symphony of Resistance [without conductors]” If Eritreans the world over begin to address their issues in the language of their respective host countries, imagine the scope and the magnitude of people who will become aware of the Eritreans’ plight today.

      Resistance need not be in one language, by one people; it needs to stay away from this prosaic mindset that is ethnic, religion, and region based – that is just too stifling. On the contrary, it needs to encompass and reflect our mosaic background, that transcends way beyond the continent from which we hail. Thanks to exile and life in diaspora Eritreans have become citizens of the world, but one would be hard pressed to see that being reflected in the virtual sociopolitical spaces.


  • Saleh “Gadi” Johar

    Selam Ghezae, Haile, Serray and anyone interested…

    Hi Ghezae,
    This comment has inspired me to write about the issue, I promise i will because I see a lot of confusion and will contribute to clearing it out. My guide will be: “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it does it make a sound?”

    In the meantime, what drives activism? What is the line between cyber activism and ground activism, and is that a correct definition? Is there clearly delineated border between the two or it’s blurred? Are facebook, Paltalk, teleconferencing, skype, Tango, Viber, etc, tools for activists or they have a separate class of activists who use them? How do we differentiate the two, three or four and more mediums, including teashop sessions and social gathering? Is it Activism or Activisms (plural, if it exists). What registered growth can we present with proof, and did a certain section/medium achieve it on its own? If helped by another medium, then what, and how? How do we measure that?

    I am not sure if this forum is cyber activism, debate, dialogue, educational, a self=-promotion exercise or something else. There are so many questions in my head and… well, I will not say everything here, that is meant for the “cyber activist” side of me 🙂

    • Ghezae Hagos

      Seal dear Saleh,

      That would be a great and very timely topic and I look forward to read it. I think we need honest and mature discussion on the nature of our activism and what is missing and what we can do to take it to the next level.

      Eritrean opposition, so far, has failed to resolve or accommodate issues relating to its political and civic groups. Contested space/blurred lines has been the hallmark of this difficult relationship. I think honest debate will enrich us.

      If you allow me, please see to it, as time permits to make sure there are examples from other opposition groups launched in Diaspora. We, always forget that we are not the only victimised people. Libyans, Iraqis, Iranians Egyptians and other refugees had been forced to fight tyrannies from this side of the world.

      What I eagerly wait is for someone to educate us on the similarities and differences of our struggle from theirs; by comparing and contrasting. I hope your upcoming article will touch upon that, of course if you find this point germane.

      Moreover, starting with commonly understood definitions of the terms, activism, political groups, human rights, the domestic laws governing these groups also saves us a lot of time in reaching common consensus.

      • haile

        Hi Ghezae and SG


        You have answered my question and crammed in more issue too. That is all good. For the first part of your response, I think that might have a point say if the ground activism has increased from 10 to 15 that is +50%, whereas if cyber activism grows from 3000 to 4000 that is only 33%. But in net terms, both the numbers and rate of growth over the same time period, say one year, the latter out numbers and is more faster by 200 times. And in view of the urgency of the cause, I would have thought cyber activism might be the most dominant and versatile of them both.

        There is indeed key differences between the two both in essence and particularity.

        Ground Activism,

        – utilizes both the social and material capital of its members.
        – Has conducive environment for discussions and arriving to common understandings (albeit the members already share common views)
        – It is geographically limited and can be costly.
        …and many more similar attributes can be added.

        Cyber Activism,

        – Relatively cheaper and depends less on individual members.
        – Participants are less cohesive in their vales, but not geographically limited.
        – Control and regulation rests with those personally responsible for hosting it (inherent power structure)
        – Doesn’t efficiently use social and material capital of participants as it is the case with ground activism
        ….again much more comparisons and contrasts can be made.

        In general, activism can’t be thought of fully fledged opposition, as it is limited cause by definition. For example, Ghezae states that “Eritrean issues are essentially HR issues”, one has to agree with that assessment to start with. While the “opposition” has a well defined position in every issue as concerns the nation. One way to look at it would be activism is a fertile breeding ground for political opposition, and many people in politics as an opposition or otherwise trace back to their origins as an activist.

        So, all in all, there is great confusion in this matter as SG has identified. I guess our lack of previous experience in these matters, we’re only 22 :-), may have a lot to do with it. In most established national political systems, the distinction and hence limitations are pretty clear.

        So, Ghezae, considering your earlier (unfiltered but later re-issued with a PR makeover:) assertion that cyber is out and ground is in, is what necessitated my earlier question.

        It is good, however, it has got SG thinking a different strategy to settle the matter before his toe finally falls off in action 🙂

        • Hagos Berhan

          Well written response, my friend,

          I have been a follower of for a long period of time, one significant observation that I would like to make is; the fact that we are actually writing, we are translating what is in our minds into black and white print that can be read and understood by many. Whether you agree or disagree with what is written is a different matter. If it was not for this amazing medium (Internet forums, sites like Awate, Asmarino etc,,) I do not think this would have materialised, as I said yesterday, this is a very important tool for us to convey our thoughts and concerns. It goes without saying that ground activism is also crucial. We obviously have a lot to learn, in particular how we can mobilize all available resources, especially when it comes to organizing events that hit the nerve of the Al Capone regime in Asmara.

          Trust me, SG toes are much tougher than you think, they have passed the test of time long ago, I do not think a simple provocation of this nature will do them any harm, and I honestly do not think the brother who wrote the article meant to provoke, he was just venting out loud.

    • hizbawi

      The difference between cyber activism and the ground one is like the discovery of internet and drone. The drone has extended and solved the physical limitation of human and the internet has expanded the thinking and source of knowledge of human limitation. So, activism on the ground has become like the discovery of the drone, business while cyber is just limitless expression of the mind. If I was faced to choose between the two, I choose the activism on the ground and the money that comes with it, which is a blood money. The activism on the ground has become a new source of income at the expense of the misinformed refugee.
      There is a judgment day, you better believe in that!

    • Beyan Negash

      Ahlan Saleh, Serray, Gezae, Hagos, Haile, and Awatistas:

      I just thought of injecting my perspective on this important subject as a supplement to an upcoming article that Saleh Gadi is contemplating to address. The bemoaning of Serray in how misplaced our anger and outrage on matters of Eritreans’ misfortune is an important one, one that deserves due consideration. The misplaced priorities are evident when buttons that push Eritreans into heightened emotional outbursts suffer from incongruity so much so an objective observer may dismiss it as contemptibly imbecilic; for example, Arabic vs. Tigrinya; who is Eritrean and who is not; highland vs. lowland; hamasenai vs. serawotai vs akelogezatai, who is jebertattai who is not, so on and so forth; this is a yardstick by which one can measure how not only far removed we are from the ultimate goal (which is to remove the Asmara regime), but it is also an indicator how scattered the Eritrean mind seems to be.

      Granted the aforementioned subject matters merit dialogue, however, when those become solely the issues that raise our temperamental ire, considering the dire predicaments Eritreans find themselves in – inside and outside the country – something is seriously amiss with our line of thinking. Of course the language issue is important, but not when the very people for whom we profess to care are facing existential abyss. It is baffling and flat-out incomprehensible to fathom when we sit in a country that grants full citizenship to anyone who comes legally into the U.S. and Canada within five-years span, and some of us have the temerity to question other individuals’ Eritreanity. Now, why would anyone even contemplate on such matters when activism to remove the Asmara regime at every level is sorely needed? A sensible thing that one can do would be to embrace anyone and everyone who wants to work in opposition to the menace misgoverning a nation for over 22years.

      Ghezae, Saleh, Haile, Hagos, Hizbawi, and others also brought forth interesting perspective, something that had been occupying me in recent days. I also had been addressing these very issues in person with some of my friends; these are individuals who are heavily vested in Eritrean websites, whose collective judgments I thoroughly trust. I say this to illustrate in how this issue is worth delving into. Consider the following questions: When are we going to pivot to the next level from the virtual world to the real world? Is exclusive cyber activism enough? Saleh Ghadi kindly has taken the initiative to write about this, but suffice it to mention here that, indeed, this is a timely topic that needs a thorough debate. For example, Ghezae mentions how Saleh Younis never ventures to the audio and video world, unlike, say, YG or Ghadi. For me this is where the rubber meets the road; i.e., the fact that Sal hankers down into one aspect of activism – the might of the pen – which is a testament to his ability to gauge where his strength lies and he has been doing it supremely, capably, and tirelessly for twenty years now (if one is to include the dehai years into account). Sal may as well be talented in other areas, but stretching himself thin will only shorten the longevity of the very thing he passionately does best. YG is another person that Ghezae mentions as someone who has added to his resume of activism from the written word to the spoken one. Now, here again, the man knows where he excels in and branching out to other types of activism must also be taken cautiously due to the plausible and sometimes inevitable activism- fatigue that can creep in without notice. There are also some camouflaged activists who not only put brave face openly in the Eritrean cyber world but also help other activists out there vis-à-vis ideas, strategies, tactics, and yet even using the written word to critic and sharpen the activists’ who are out there working in the frontline day in and day out. So, there are inconspicuous roles that these brave souls playing that we may not see out there in the open. YG has been in Eritrean virtual world – during dehai years haphazardly – but a constant presence since the border war. Therefore, some room must be relegated for these highly visible individuals to stay in their comfort zones, the zones in which they can contribute toward the demise of the regime in Asmara.

      Trying to put a face, a particular and an exclusive face to activism is wrong headed one. Considering the fact that Eritreans have only ventured into the written dialogue not long ago and prior to that they probably did their activism through the spoken word. How about art? How about dance? How about music? How about drama? These are endeavors that have not been fully activated, at least in the opposition camp. Shouldn’t venues be contemplated to see their viability to become part and parcel of the opposition camp?

      • Salyounis

        Welcome back Beyan:

        My 11 second rebuttal to you and Ghezae is encapsulated by this great Greek philosopher here:)


        • I did not know Salyounis was a white man 😉

          Memorable statement: “For example, Ghezae mentions how [why] Saleh Younis [Beyan Negash] never ventures to the audio and video world, unlike, say, YG or Ghadi.

        • Beyan Negash


          The oft quoted adage that states, a picture is worth a thousand words, aptly, precisely, and succinctly fits the bill here with little qualificatin – i.e., a moving picture of 11 seconds. And Dawit doubling down, in the parlance of blackjack, on your moving picture paid off handsomely, humor-wise that is.


        • haile

          Selamat Saay

          …that was fast! how come you didn’t wait for an answer though? 🙂

          • haile

            …my fav. short liner:)

          • Salyounis


            Here’s another philosopher: Buckaroo Banzai with the ultimate existential philosophy (5 seconds):



          • haile

            haha..saay, I bet you that he is talking about that hair cut of his …haha 🙂

          • Haile,

            You are creative indeed.

            You brought out an appropriate youtube in response to Salyounus’s “know your limit” video clip. What’s wrong with Sal these days. He has become extremely economical in his responses. He is used to respond with a machine gun when he is shot with a pistol.

    • Kaddis

      Gash Saleh, for the risk of being demanding – and since most of us come here to learn about our region, please also reflect about the confusion or relation about being an activist and a politician at the same time. Also journalism vs activism.

      I see in the Eritreans as well Ethiopian opposition political sphere this blurred relations which gave the Ethiopian government enough reason and legislations to jail journalists and more. No blame or support here.

      From my observation – it could be easier to engage the Eth government in a progressive politics if you leave the human rights accusations to the activists and focus on your political and economic advocacy to get a seat in government. I see politicians, aspire to hold government position, they say as a transitional one (sound familiar?), like G7, but with no political structure? and capacity? Can a collection of activists/ politicians can topple a government and lead a transitional period?

      Eritrean politics should not go thru the same stalemate like situations in Eth or Egypt for that matter, if you look closer and learn from it.

      It’s a timely article Gash Saleh and look forward to it.

  • Ghezae Hagos

    Selam Haile and all..

    “If we compare real growth data, which one would you say has grown the fastest over the last 2 years, cyber participation in political discussions or ground activism as concerns Eritrea?”

    No study is made is the caveat. So take it as unfiltered musings. I would say ground activism simply because it was almost non-existent before two years while there was always cyber discussions. It must not be overlooked though paltalks, Facebook, and comments section especially at Awate forum and Assenna has picked up and broadened cyber discussions. Asmarino blogs were quite an attraction before too. I don’t follow Meskerem and DMB (dehai’s, remember Dr. Michael Fessehaye) as much so can’t say much. Facebook, again especially, ‘youth ones’ were registering admirable results though now, it is sadly dwindling.

    I think the one area Eritrean ‘deleyti Fithi’ occupied thoroughly is the paltalk medium. Rooms, (especially Simer and Teshamo) manage to garner huge number of visitors and are now common and effective way for many compatriots to reach the public. YG, SG, opposition leaders have employed this medium. One of the few I have not seen Sal Younis. Again apart from Awate’s activities, one rarely sees Sal in other venues, opposition meetings, paltalks etc.

    To my knowledge, twitter is still new to us. EYSC- Action Force is one of the few active in that medium. As usual the ever astute Sophia Tesfamariam spearheads the PFDJ camp in twitter. Her ESMART campaign. One can learn a lot from Sophia TM.

    A great flaw in cyber world of the opposition: we all have ‘fiefdoms’ or comfort zones and no coordination of activities and campaigns.

    Now, please allow me to expound a bit. Ground activism can’t be divorced from cyber one. One from the other is mangled and meaningless. We have huge absolutely, huge resources in terms of launching and sustaining campaigns of ground activism. Few come to mind:-

    1. Humanitarian Dimension:- (that nation of us is a nightmare, the Sinai and human trafficking cases, not surprisingly the very thread we are discussing, US Report: Eritrea Among World’s Worst In Human Trafficking) has not been tapped. Even Obama singled out Eritrean regime for scathing condemnation.

    2. Security Dimension:- Few of us noticed what transpired in 2006 (the great Serray mentions May 1998 rightly, I would add 2006); i.e, PFDJ’s dangerous involvement in Somalia that eventually led it to be slapped with UNSC sanctions. The strategy was simple: Help Somalia united and strong; repeat 1977 (open two Fronts); force downfall of Woyane. Sounded like a plan. But after the defeat of Islamic Courts, wise politician needed to reconsider it. Try solving internal Somali problems that bedevilled the nation since 1991 or prior, the picture was clear that from 2007 onwards, the other side was not Ethiopia but the might USA in a post-2001 era. I tried to delve into that in this article.

    For the purposes of this discussion, ground activism has lot to employ from the UNSC sanctions to combat PFDJ tentacles in Diaspora.

    4. Our Second Homes and the Media Dimension:- As much as we are proud citizens of Eritrea, we are also citizens of great nations, such as Canada ( the Great White North) USA, Europe and Aussie etc. We are entitled to protection, service and benefits of these democratic nations, including the media. It is undeniably difficult; to get the media attention about Eritrea. But from Hidmona experience, one can say it is doable and of course very good catalyst in effecting change. Engage ‘foreign/though your own’ media.

    5. International Community Angle:- We live in this global village and international conventions and laws stipulate that we deserve to be protected from harm, danger and death. We can avail ourselves of many multilateral forums, UN and its agencies, HR council (UNHRC), UN SEMG etc..

    6. Human Rights dimension:- There is absolutely no country in the world that has as horrendous human rights violation as ours. We have got numerous reports, stories, NGOs, and more famously the Special Rapporteur. This is the area that ‘we’ need to work on with sustained campaigns.

    After all, in simple terms, Eritrean issues are simply issues of human rights. That is the basis, all of us, even many PFDJers agree on. So, our efforts, dreams, debates should, as much as possible reflect that.

    Eritrean revolutionary fronts, especially EPLF, used ground activism significantly in 70s and 80s. The Arab spring has benefited from their Diasporas’ catalyst roles. Saying change will come from inside Eritrea is like saying one breaths from lungs. It is axiomatic truth. Ground activism helps; especially against a regime as PDFDJ heavily invested in Diaspora for moral, financial, and political stakes.

    Again, engagement in ground activism is highly needed in our struggle for reclaiming our dignified existence. There are myriad, budding civic rights and/or political groups, in North America, Europe and Australia. If one wants to know about some of the Canadian ones, you may contact others or me:

  • Tamrat Tamrat

    For all unionists both in South and North (specially for the People divided by the border conflict in 1998):

    When for the first time tplf radio started the News from Eritrea as under foreing News, how i felt sad and how real it is bcoming that Eritrea has gone. Why it is felt as part of me is gone? I am a human being. I am raised to believe my country is part of me. What did the very People divided from their Family, lands men etc feel then when the war explode in 1997? From the Development of the situation both in Eritrea and ethiopia specially what tplf and eplf were doing it is a miracle that still the Word ‘ethiopia’ is a daily vocabulary in eritreans life after 22 years now. If it were for good cause many could have been happy.

    So my Message to the unioinist dont give up and think modern. It doesnt matter where the border is marked. Our goal must be the free movement of Our People/s. To use the success of each country to the benefits of all the People in both countries reagrdless which ethnic Group one belongs; like the exact opposite of the 1991-1998 tigray-tigrinya policy. Down play the border skrimish. Stop being used by eplf or tplf for their politics. Imagine those eplf and tplf good for nothings used the opportunity in 1991-1997!! Instead they were driven by emotion and egos.

    • Kim Hanna

      Mr. Tamrat,

      It is a good idea whose time has not come. Let us first live as neighbors. Then, let us live as good neighbors.
      The emotional attachment you and me have had in the past, has to be dealt with the same way death in the family has to be dealt with. Our friends and next door neighbors are mostly gone. New people have come in that place with a new outlook.
      We have to learn to live looking at Asmara the same way we look at Mogadishu.


    • abel

      stop crying like a baby, Ethiopia is better off without Eritrea.I am not sure if i am qualified enough to say the same to Eritrea though.Belive it or not the majority of Ethiopians are glad the seperation is final and binding.Unfortunately the Eritrean,Govt,the opposition and educated elites will nver admit the reality and move on.they come this way that is unbelivable.It is safe to say,It took them 30years and 100thoughand lives to seperate and they have to fight nail and tooth for another 50year for Ethiopia even to consider union.Why bother,we are flourishing and at peace, according to the world bank,ethiopia will join the families of middle income in 2015,that is with out Eritrea. So I say they can bark,scream, bad mouth Ethiopia and dream of a Union,and regret the fiasco of Ghedli,but I assure you they will never leave to see it.

      • abel

        I mean 2025

        • Horizon

          If we take out the political factor from the Ethio-Eritrean equation, just looking at people to people relations, be sure there are many Eritreans who love Ethiopia as there are many Ethiopians who love Eritrea. Therefore, we should not make the same mistake some ultra-nationalist Eritreans are making and have been making for the last fifty years; like we are more developed and sophisticated than Ethiopia, we never lived together as equals but only as a colonizer and colonized, even if we come to you country as refugees, still we do not want you etc.; bizarre things that is most of the time the result of frustration and a primordial hatred, which some Eritreans seem to have inherited.
          If we as Ethiopians reciprocate in the same way, we would be making the same mistake. A poor and devastated Eritrea is not favorable for Ethiopia’s development. I hope we would not see this in reality. Having a failed state to the north is a time bomb, and the best scenario is to have a friendly and peaceful Eritrea that would one day enter the developmental trajectory of East African nations within which many countries are planning to be incorporated. Look, Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and SS are hoping to be joined by railways and oil pipelines. There is a plan to join Ethiopia with railways, roads and electricity with Kenya, Sudan and SS. Anybody can imagine the dynamics of all these.
          Therefore, we should not wish Eritrea to be the odd man out. It will not benefit Ethiopia and the right thing is to have Eritrea on the bandwagon, and I hope that Eritreans would soon come to realize this. The thing that I am afraid of is that they would condemn themselves to be latecomers, with all its negative impact on the role they would be playing in the great East African family of the future.

          Of course, nobody is begging nobody.

          Therefore, dear Kim Hanna and abel, although there is a lot of truth in what both of you say, nevertheless, we should be less emotional and more practical, and Ethiopia should not be the one who would close first the door of cooperation with Eritrea.

          • ETHIO

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  • T..T.

    As a gesture of solidarity with our youth, who are suffering at the hands of Isayas agents, all secret holders should peak out. Telling about his (Isayas’s) direct politics against the ELF, Isayas seeded and manured all types of conspires to convince the TPLF into his game of weakening and defeating the ELF. One of the worst games he played was the handing over of Baduma to TPLF. The question is why the TPLF used to link Baduma issue to their spilling of blood in freeing Eritrea. Do they think that it was given to them for a consideration? If that is true, Isayas can only get Baduma back for a consideration and not by force. Unless, a new elected government claims it legally on the ground that it was given away by Isayas illegally. To many (EPLFers) who know about the dirty games of Isayas the Baduma cas is as such and it should not be looked upon from the point of view of strict international laws. To those who know Isayas, the case should be treated and looked upon from the point of view of playing cards.

    The late PM of Ethiopia used to say, “The shortest distance between two points is a straight line.” Did he mean, what was given for a consideration can only given-back for a consideration (by bargaining) and not be regained by force? And, Isayas used to say, how so? To explain the “how so” many secret phones and letters were exchanged but to no resolution. Did that mean Isayas had the key to the problem but could not find the keyhole? His failure to give the key an honest turn led him to throw a card of wars. That card was not played right. Then, he started throwing various cards in attempt to pigeonhole the constitution. Those cards were not played right. Then, the ditch card (keeping the youth in the ditch forever) turned into shoot all moving creatures including humans, animals and birds. This card too was not played right because no food, no life there forced the youth to dive into the shoot-at-sight area even at the cost of losing their kidneys and livers to organ harvesters.

    Again, as a gesture of solidarity with our youth, there must be much talk about saving the Eritrean youth and not Isayas. Thanks to all those who are separating the wheat from the chaff, and then talk or write about the chaff of Isayas, a man who failed and isolated the nation and its people for fear of his throne. There is a general feeling that there is no government in the country: no food, no water, and no electricity, yet Isayas is not paying attention to the problems of the people. Even if he is not the enemy, he is serving the interests of his enemies by condemning the whole nation to mass exodus and mass hunger.

  • Blunt Eritrean

    Horizon xxxx,

    Demarcation is not important…blah, blah, blah

    [Moderator: You can be as blunt as you want, but not in this forum. Watch your language]

  • belay

    Thanks Horizon,i appriciate that.

  • belay

    O,Dear,i over look that.
    I do not think we will benefit any thing from not demarcating the boarder.
    I can not think of any,except trouble.

    Horizon,please tell us how we can benefit from not demarcating the boarder.

    • Horizon

      Demarcation has become illusive and we cannot dwell on it and forget more urgent matters. Demarcation sometimes take ages due to political reasons, and there are many examples (eg. Kashmir). Therefore, we should not keep the people in bondage or the young in trenches for the rest of their lives for the sake of demarcation. It can be done by sober minds in the future. Nobody would lose anything because demarcation is postponed. Demarcation is being inflated beyond its importance for political reasons and not for economic or social reasons.

      • haile


        You are either confused with the way things are (I mean this in an honest way) or just trying to play hide and seek.

        There are many border disputes around the world, Ethio/Eritrea border is not one of them. It ended being such a dispute after the EEBC had discharged its mandate to delimit the boundary and having virtually identified the exact co-ordinate points of pillar emplacement, had registered a legally recognized Ethio/Eritrea boundary at the UN cartographic unit. The whole world recognize this legal boundary to constitute the territorial sovereignty of Ethiopia and Eritrea. The UN, EU, AU, USA…all recognize it. ONLY TPLF invented an unheard of term “in principle” to do something only TPLF can do.

        Please don’t compare it with other border dispute scenarios, those you mention have still to agree on their boundary hence the lingering nature of their conflicts. As we have it now, Ethiopia is occupying foreign lands in violation of international laws and common practice. Most Eritreans are outraged by that because occupation is a powerful source of breeding resentment and dogged stubbornness.

        You think Eritreans are blinded by “brain washing”, and others think Eritreans are bound by an abiding commitment to defend their nation and feel they decided to pay any price asked of them to do so.

        I don’t think you or me have the right to second guess their dogged resolve on this matter. By way of phase II and III stages, I can only say that it is right that the leaders of the opposition are best placed to formulate policies that would address such a deadlock. One doesn’t come to a comments section to announce an international policy, just to exchange views and discuss public sentiments.

  • belay

    Super,as ever Horizon,
    Kab himaq Zegebruka, Hemaq Zenegruka.

    The minimum contribution one can do to the Eritrean mothers who lost their beautiful sons and daughters is to be told the truth and only the truth.

  • Tamrat Tamrat

    Many fail to understnd isayas. He sees Eritrea as his success story. Any negative consquneces translated/percived by him as a sacrifice ‘his’ People must pay and any positive achievment how small it is regardless the potential of the People and the land is percived by isayas as the biggest achievment.

    Many concider the war or conflicts With the neigbouring countries percived by him as a success. The Picture in his mind is A New country chalenging all even usa With its ‘CIA’ and western allies With his leadership is keeping him going.

  • Horizon

    May be we have forgotten the extent to which Eritreans are brainwashed by EPLF/PFDJ all those years. Especially the young believe that Ethiopians are monsters with tails. I have heard people who defected, saying that they had a very negative view about Ethiopians, because they were told by the regime in Asmara different frightening things. Therefore, putting the Ethiopian factor, which will come naturally, if demarcation is the main issue, will push Eritreans in to PFDJ’s lap.
    Remember Eritreans inside the country can easily be made to believe whatever the regime wants, compared to what the opposition from outside can do to change their opinion about the regime. They live under the sinister shadows of PFDJ, and after so many years, most Eritreans are force to see life under the regime as the only one for Eritreans. Of course, a cosmic change in Eritrea, like a widespread revolt by army officers will awaken them from their forced slumber.
    Most in the diaspora and some within Eritrea know the bitter truth about the border war, and who instigated it. Those who are indifferent and do not want to know will not know a hundred years from now. Those whose mission it is to blur the truth, they will continue to do so till kingdom come.
    Therefore, I am of the opinion that one should stress on the day to day difficulties of life in Eritrea, the absence of democracy and human rights, those languishing in prison, the young wasting the best part of their lives at trenches in the border for no real reason because there is no army on the opposite side ready to invade the country, Eritrean children dying in the four corners of the world, the dead who are not accounted for etc., things that affects most Eritreans directly.
    The monster in Addis, came to his knees not only due to liberation wars, but most importantly when Ethiopians came to understand that much more than those whom he said were enemies of Ethiopia, which were far away (like the border which will never come to the center to affect directly their lives), they were feeling his deadly grasp on their necks trying to choke them, when he started killing their children, husbands and fathers. Therefore, stressing the crimes of the regime on the individual, the family, and by extension to the society at large, the absence of bread on the table, drinking water, dark nights, absence of education, the young languishing in the border, widespread poverty of the people, generally things that affect their daily life, would bring them to their limits, and they might rise up against the system.
    Those who have lost their dear ones do not bother much what to believe, whether DIA or woyane started the war. To a certain extent they have been made to come to terms with this big lose. The misery of everyday life continues, and it could be a big factor for resent.
    It is to the advantage of Ethiopia not to demarcate the border, at least she does not care that much, for different reasons. There is no pressing reason and nobody can force her, at least for the time being. The only way therefore is through negotiation, a bitter pill DIA would not swallow. In addition, negotiations take time, and everybody knows that it is not a panacea to Eritrea’s ailments. On the contrary, the urgency of the situation in Eritrea does not give the luxury of waiting another twenty years. Therefore, Eritrean opposition must be able to use the bullet that is already in the barrel, by telling the Eritrean people that they do not deserve a miserable and inhuman life given to them by the regime. It is my opinion that discussing the border is not a bad idea, but making demarcation an important weapon in the fight against the regime, as some people tried to tell us, is equivalent to using a blank bullet instead of a real one. It makes a big sound, but has no effect.

    • haile


      Why would PFDJ need to brainwash any Eritrean when there are those with your kind of attitude that “It is to the advantage of Ethiopia not to demarcate the border, at least she does not care that much, for different reasons. There is no pressing reason and nobody can force her, at least for the time being”? Your assertion would have made for a breakthrough comedy, if it wasn’t for the tragedy that it made in regards to a nation that is home to Haile Sellasie who brought African nations together under OAU and as concerns a proud nation that fought for independence and won in a manner rarely seen in human history.

      Your analysis there does far deeper brain washing than anything the PFDJ can ever hope to muster. My question is that why would you be so concerned about rule of law in Eritrea, while you believe it shouldn’t apply on the other side of the border? What you advice “Eritrean opposition must be able to use the bullet that is already in the barrel, by telling the Eritrean people that they do not deserve a miserable and inhuman life given to them by the regime” has been done in the last 15 years. The website you’re commenting on is set up to do exactly that. It proved a blank bullet to make a dent on the huge diaspora that is either silent or supporting the regime. The call to demarcation is the only “loaded bullet”, even if we sympathize to the sorry objectives that you are trying to advance here.

      • Horizon


        Dictatorship cannot survive without controlling the minds of the people, because it is the most effective way of subjugation, much more effective than using weapons.

        If after almost fifteen years since the end of the Badme war, you still have not come to a logical conclusion of how things are today and are going to be at least for the immediate future, then, you are not reading the signs properly.

        Can I say that you were superb in managing the thirty years of liberation war and you failed horribly in managing your independence? You see, one cannot use wartime mentally during peacetime.

        Ethiopians have still a lot to accomplish as much as democracy, the rule of law and human rights are concerned. Nevertheless, if you give the Eritrean people even the lame democracy and human rights there is in Ethiopia, you will be surprised to see the impact it would have on the life of your people.

        You have been calling for demarcation for a long time. You should move to phase II and III, mainly that of implementation. How are you going to go about it? Can you please tell us the practical part of it?

        • haile


          “Dictatorship cannot survive without controlling the minds of the people”

          I can assure you PFDJ have neither the capacity nor the means to control anybody’s mind. As a matter of fact the majority of Eritreans don’t support its practices and would feel insulted by your assessment. Don’t you think it is about time that you start to listen to what the Eritrean silent majority are saying and bring the opposition in from the cold?

  • Serray

    Selamat awatistas

    It bothers me why many people do not comment on reports like this when the tabloid like topics about personalities and “ethiopians are coming” command such attention. Is it shame? Is it the feeling of helplessness that we can’t do anything about it? Or is it because we don’t feel we can contribute anything more to these heart breaking reports? Here is what the report said is happening to our brothers and sisters:

    “Victims were chained together, whipped and beaten regularly, deprived of food, raped, and forced to do construction work at gunpoint at smugglers’ personal homes. Eritrean military officers sometimes colluded with Sudanese or Ethiopian military officers to exploit Eritrean migrants. Eritrean military officers sometimes operated within Sudan to abduct refugees from camps, particularly those who voiced criticism of the Eritrean government or were prominent political or military figures.”

    The militaries of three regimes converge to exploit our poor refugees. But leave it to the mindless to attack the messenger or, awate, for publishing the reports while firmly planting their heads in the sand about what is happening to the citizens of a nation they desperately want to put barbed wire around every mile. What makes the demarcation crowd fascinating is, they see this as a direct consequence of failure to demarcate.

    • Saleh “Gadi” Johar

      Hi Serray,
      Many of us share the blame for that 🙂 Let’s all stop provoking each other (that is when we lose focus), and focus on important issues.

      • Elihude

        It is a good start to evaluate ourselves here and there. The failure of the State of Eritrea is a failure of all Eritreans whether they are at home or abroad. I was a kid during 1991 and 93 but boy did I expect a lot from Eritrea and her citizens back then. I never thought she will be in this kind of mess. At times I am embarrassed telling people that my folks were from Eritrea. I was traveling in Latin America once and an immigration officer at a border crossing tells me everything bad that he heard about Eritrea from CNN.

        • sara

          i don’t know what you will say to your dad and mom the moment you discover your parents are originality from a poor family background . embarassing!!!!!!ashamed…

          • Elihude

            Nope. Au contraire. Although I can’t say my folks were poor, my folks were not from a well to do Eritreans but worked hard for all they got. In the end they were successful and flourished. That I have always been proud of!!! But I am ashamed of what has become of Eritrea and her citizens. If you are proud of the present state of Eritrea then something is obviously wrong in your thought process.

      • Serray

        Selamat Saleh,

        I understand about provoking people but a week doesn’t go by without someone accusing you about sinai and yet when you make a comprehensive report about the very issue, the silence is deafening.

        • Saleh “Gadi” Johar

          Yes, that is the price one has to be willing to pay….now the silence is not deafening, there are many like you who take notice. Thanks

    • Ghezae Hagos

      Dear Serray,

      I have a good friend of mine here in Winnipeg. His name is Daniel Awshek Reka. I consciously ‘use’ him as yardstick of what we need to do. His posts at fb are always on the mark. I don’t fail to mark ‘like’ to his posts. Allow me to share with you his posts of today as good examples.

      a. Eritrean regime is disasterous in everything! This senseless rule has to end FOCUS ON dictatorial regime in Eritrea.

      In its report, Reporters Without Borders describes the disastrous state of freedom of information in Eritrea and the reasons why the country was ranked last in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index for the past six years.,44850.html

      b. Eritrea: “a Giant Prison”
      Human Rights Watch described it as “a giant prison” and Reporters without Borders called it “the most repressive nation on earth”.

      c. and few quotable quotes…”If people are treated as slaves, they will behave as slaves. If people are treated as serfs, they will behave as serfs. If they are denied the ability to make important decisions about their own lives, given little responsibility and plied with bread and circuses, they will lose the meaningful abilities inherent in free men and take on the slavish traits of the slave and the serf..”

      Daniel is by the way the first person to my knowledge who openly exposed the 2% extortion tax by showing his documents to the media. The rest is history.

      Focus is not everything but it is the most important thing. Awate forum discussions and heated debates about state of affairs are important but we NEED not to lose our focus. We have limited time, limited energy, limited resources. There are so much to do; so little resources.

      Point blank we need You, dear Serray. We need activists like you. This goes for everyone in this forum who values ground activism as the best way of helping our cause. I can’t stress that enough. The time of commenting on written articles, opinions of fellow citizens and debating with each other about sometimes ‘who-owns-the-shadow-of the-donkey’ kinda (remember Aesop’s fable, quoted by the orator Demosthenes who failed to remind his countrymen to FOCUS on Mecedonian threat than their daily squabbles) is draining. Please come on board and be part of the amateur activism of us and let us brainstorm, strategize and most important LEARN on what to do with PFDJ’s tentacles in diaspora, the mining companies, using our resources for maximum impact etc.

      I bet you one thing: PFDJ dreads ground activism more than our cyber debates at awate forum or others. I add more: It is entirely possible to defeat PFDJ in Diaspora. It is entirely possible to take Nevsun to task..with brains like yours and others.

      We have two weapons at hand: PFDJ’s insatiable greed and our suffering. Please contact me or others. Mine is:

      • Saleh “Gadi” Johar

        Dear Ghezae,

        Allow me to let out some steam here.

        I commented about provocation minutes ago and here is your provocation. You have been doing that for a while but I always let it go. You did it, what…probably ten, twenty… times? OK, I am exaggerating. It is provocation Ghezae. Can’t you stop whipping awate forum for a change? Why do you belittle this forum yet you come to it to call people for cooperation? Think about it Ghezae, don’t you find it ironic!

        I am sorry I have to spell it out: that kind of activism, with all its subtleties, is one of the main hindrances to cooperation. Just do your thing and let others do theirs, don’t expect that one day the entire Diaspora will stop what they are doing and get instructions from you on how to go about it. Cooperation begins with respecting each other. Your comment reads like a call: stop writing on the Internet, “The time of commenting on written articles, opinions of fellow citizens and debating with each other [is waste of time?]… stop such condescending attitude Ghezae. I hope you will take this comment at face value, I know you will 🙂

        • Ghezae Hagos

          Selam dear Saleh,

          There are many ways to respond to your message; all of them true. I chose the one that is both true and drives the MAIN message home.

          If you read my message again, you can easily find I didn’t say debating at Awate Forum is a waste of time. It is your projection.”…Awate forum discussions and heated debates about state of affairs are important but we NEED not to lose our focus…” I used the word ‘draining’ which it is sometimes; you very recently mentioned about beating a dead horse as cardinal sin or something to that effect. Look, semantics doesn’t matter; the message does and I hope you help here.

          Which is, I don’t mean to provoke. I don’t want to provoke. All I meant and want is to invite highly qualified individuals like Serray to spearhead, contribute to ground activism aimed at specific targets, such as Nevsun, PFDJ Diaspora installments etc. I don’t see a sin in it.

          So, here is how I rephrase the call just for clarifications. “Along with participating in cyber debates with fellow Eritreans, dear Serray and other esteemed colleagues, please see to it that you get engaged in ground activism. If you already are, that is more than great. But if you see the need and want to be part of SOME of the projects started and intended by Eritrean-Canadian Human Rights Group of Canada, you may contact some of us. If you want to contact me, here is my email address:

          I must add that many times I asked Awate moderators if they can forward the email addresses of you, Serray, the one and only Papillon (how we miss this talented woman), and others, the answer is always it is confidential and that they will not give me. That is why I do feel goaded to repeat the calls in public fora. I hope that is fine.

          • Saleh “Gadi” Johar

            I am fine with your explanation but you need to consider this: many of the people here are not idle, I know many of them who are involved more than you can imagine. Your perception that they just waste time here is wrong. Whenever we have the time, we engage in debating, that doesn’t mean that is the only thing we do. If I were you, I would have rephrased your call this way: Those of you who live in Canada please get in touch with me, we need help to bolster the activists. See! You don’t have to step on our toes 🙂

            Draining is a result of work, any work… and we cannot create our own yardstick to judge which is worthy of the drain and which is not.

            By the way, think about most conferences of parties, mini-parties and what have you. The recruiters always come here and pick names (just like you did). You might not agree with it, but the measure of who to invite, in the absence of other references, is based on who writes what. We always get the sort of questions you asked, can you connect me with so-and-so… If someone chooses to use a pen name, then we cannot help and we do not bother launching an investigation to find out their identity. They have full rights to their privacy and we have an obligation not to divulge any information we might know about them unless the concerned persons ask us to do so.

            What I am saying is, even your “it is draining,” comment, in the context of referring to this forum is objectionable. Is being an activist in Canada (and elsewhere) not draining? Any struggle is draining, and you know it. It is a thankless job–it is a labor of love. Presenting your work as more draining, when it is not, and more superior than what people do in this forum, is what I considered a provocation. I remembered the days when the PFDJ mocked us, nay zHanteTka diyu… nay Internet anabss, etc. I am sure you didn’t mean it that way, because you explained it and I do not doubt you meant what you said. However, since you are not writing for yourself but to communicate with others, trust me it comes as a provocation. A little care in what we say, and how we say it would goes a long way. Let’s move on….

            My conclusion: Ghezae has been bugging me (literally) to connect him with anyone I know for a coordinated activism. I encourage, and urge, the fence sitters to join the human right group to which he belongs, and if they are already organized, to contact him for coordinating tasks and helping each other out.

            Once you join, focus on what you can do and never provoke activists and struggles. They are your allies. But if you see a three-card monte activity, by all means, expose the hell out of it– but be sure to base your actions on evidence you can provide and facts you can defend.

            Now Ghezae, let’s go for the substance: I will share with you an important campaign; I believe your group is better placed to spearhead it. In fact I was going to talk to you about it the last time we talked, but I was not ready yet and decided to wait a few more days. When I was ready to talk to you, I saw your comments of this morning that disappointed me. That is how we lose each other Ghezae. Now, I have to admit I have a very thick skin but a very weak toe 🙂

            Will call you before the weekend for details.

      • If I were GezaE, I would definitely recruit Bixay Haile for grassroots activism. He is here 24/7. I wonder why Awate team has not made him a moderator yet. 😉 Next, I would approach Amanuel Hidrat who’s behind Bixay Haile in frequenting this web site often.

        • Oh! let me add one thing.

          Awate team should be commended for not releasing our information to a third party without our consent. I said this because Gazae stated the following in his comment : “… many times I asked Awate moderators if they can forward the email addresses of you, Serray, the one and only Papillon ,…”

          • haile

            Selam yetefa sew Dawit:)

            Giffa kemey wi’Ela 🙂

            On a serious note, I was hoping that Dr Bereketab (?) would follow up his analysis on the article that he introduced about the Eritrean diaspora and cyber political discourses. I always thought that is a majore area that is ignored by many, and don’t want to put off Dr Bereketab’s further input by doing a layman’s analysis here. However, I wouldn’t like to be casually flattered:) show us the evidence that I am here 24/7:) because if you go unchallenged on this one, you will give credit to the allegations some here who consider us to be penname swingers. There is no way that a human being can be here 24/7.

            As to the proposal of making me a moderator, I wouldn’t underestimate the job to be something that could be given to anybody. By that I mean real moderation, as the two Sals managed to do over the years, that is a job not a play. It takes resolve and holding to one’s principles and sense of right and and wrong to the bitter end. In fact, I once made a claim that I will repeat here: there is no other website, pro or against PFDJ, in cyber space that sets up guidelines and process user generated comments according to the guideline, it is called industry standard. Therefore, it would have been truly an honor to do the job here, but given my temper, you would have seen me getting fired at the end of my first day on the job 🙂

      • L.T

        PFDJ are too stronge to fight becouse it is in people and you come in Canada 1999 and we do have now your yahoo here in Awate.Awate have no time and energy to wait to your new active comment model roll bcs they do already back in 2001.Stop your (K)contra spionage and focus on unity in Eritrea.Get help from from anti Eritreanism have no work in Hailesillsie and Dergue area.

    • Selam Serray,

      You see Serray, I can see your feeling about your people. But don’t forget yourself that they have been pulling you several times to their topic and agenda to divert you and the rest of us from our agenda (the lively hood of our people). Look how many times they have pulled you to argue on the “border issue” and other none relevant issues which are not the prime factor at this time.Haile and his allays are successful to move Sal’s and Serray’s eye off the ball several times. I have lamented occasionally to no avail.

      • Serray

        Thanks, Saleh, for keeping us safe until such time we acquire a level of dedication (or balls) that you guys showed from day one.

        Gezae, we communicated a few months ago through email after you asked me to do so you under similar topic. We discussed Zemhret because he happened to be in your town at that time. I will send you another one with my nick on it.

        Selam Amanuel,

        I think the border discussion is important. Many eritreans to this day don’t know that isaias ignited the war to plunge eritrea into this dark, sanctioned, human trafficking nation controlled by parasites. Until every eritrean understands that isaias ignites the war, it should be our battle cry. Remember, the regime uses it to its advantage by crying demarcation when confronted with the system of slavery it maintains.

        I think the human rights organizations should hammer on it to show the heinous way the regime designed and executed the backdrop to the deprivation of rights and the outright slavery and trafficking of our young. It is a past that helps the regime maintain an inhuman grip on the nation.

        Haile thinks if demarcation happens, people will start to protest the unnatural state. I think, if people grasped the complete implication of isaias ignited the war to shelve the constitution and to maintain the slavery system, they will be outraged.

        • Ghezae Hagos

          Thanks dear Serray.

        • L.T

          Who started the war,Isaias?He called to Gen Wuchu from Jiddah on 13/05/1998 and Wuchu croosed the Mereb river….
          We heard this “Teretina msalie” from Meles to Hubur G.kidane fm Gen Tsadkan to gen Mesfin Amare….
          Weyanes dreams of Great of Tigrai with Gash Barka(Not Badme)and into Afar(Kilel 2)to Redsea cuted by Isaias and thats way the daily song of you always targeted on him.Leave Eritrea to Ertitrea and forget “Tigria Tigringa”dream!!

    • haile

      Hi Serray

      Does, in your view, less comment mean less concern?

      Hi Ghezae

      If we compare real growth data, which one would you say has grown the fastest over the last 2 years, cyber participation in political discussions or ground activism as concerns Eritrea?

      Hi SG

      If there is announcement panel on the front page of is it necessary that to utilize comments sections for that purposes?

      Hi Aman

      If you think your way is the ONLY way of looking at and therefore defining what the nature of our problems are, can you lead by example and outline the solutions that is palatable to every single opposition organization? By the way, am I responsible for the current state of affairs?

      Bonus question:

      Do you know that some domain stats tools estimate that is visited by almost 2500 people a day (may not be accurate you need to do few comparisons). What other form of activism pull such magnitude of participation from four corners of the world, from all levels of interests?


      One of the recent success that I note in is that many Ethiopians are participating without appearing to be Eritrean, as used to be a long time back. This is a positive development even if we still tend to disagree on the way we look at things. What this means is both sides are finding it acceptable to engage honestly. And, it is likely that eventually common understanding might emerge. But we need to always be cognizant of the work of the individuals who persevered and worked hard to keep this medium intact to continue with integrity. If is encouraged (requested) to compromise on bitter principles, we risk losing the environment that such an important debate is thriving. We need to keep away from trying to impose our personal or group interests at the expense of the general good of everyone else.


      • Saleh “Gadi” Johar

        Hi Haile,
        The Moderator job is still open 🙂

        Seriously though: could you expand your idea of frontapege comment section. You know, sometimes we are technically challenged and you need to spell it out as in a manual 1, 2, 3 🙂

        If you mean something like an RSS feed that would pull from the comment section, the comments would be there for a few minutes and then pushed down. We had it before but we didn’t think it added any value and we stopped it. I am hoping you have another idea.

        If there is anything we could do to improve the performance of for the benefit of our readers, we are ready.

        • haile

          Selamat Tegadalay SG,

          …are you serious that you want a suspected HGDEF for a moderator? I can imagine this raising uproar in some quarters at the very mention of it! Where do buy those kinds of skin that you wear around here 🙂

          Regards the front page based announcement manager, I wasn’t intending to suggest anything complicated at all. At a complex and highly versatile end, you may like to look at MS Sharepoint (the latest being Sharepoint 2013). And, at the simple and straightforward end, there are many freely available add-on applications such as widgets that can be used as announcement managers. I am pretty sure that there are others with similar or other great ideas, but sharing being the buzz nowadays, I am sure there are things that would fit the bill for your particular needs and styles.

          Some such announcement manager portals also allow you to open it to the public, but still has to pass through you for moderation before being approved to be published live. It is just one of those things you can look at when you have the time, because the choices and applications are so varied, it may be hard to single out one and suggest it to you.

          My point was that such announcements could easily be done in one central location and those interested can go and join all sorts of groups. It seems to me that you don’t really have to leave in the same town or country to be member of a group, unless membership duties require one to be physically present at a location X.

          …but I think you guys are doing a superb job and hope you take my suggestion as nothing more than a routine feedback and not any kind of judgement in any shape or form. I find the stuff you guys do impressive…nay B’eunet 🙂

      • L.T

        You said”The both sides are finding it acceptable to engage …”Mr Haile,Asha diye Beraki:-)agianst whom you engage,Weyane in your house or Eritrea?Ato Haile you re real navet.Ethiopia are that all knows are favvo land and are corrupte chirtian fundamentalist and aggressiv imperailst nation.Your idea are not acceptable.

  • asmara

    Somewhere I read you guys at saying you do not post anything here, unless you have something to add to the news, right?

    If that is to be taken as a guideline, the only thing you added to this particular report seems to be changing “The Eritrean government” to “The Eritrean Regime” Brilliant! I see some twist here.

    Even, the other menaharia of Anatsu Nay Woyanie (aka. posted it as is!

    Di I read somewhere you call meskerem a tabloid?……ha!

    [From moderator: You are not clear on the concept, apparently, so here: Do not call our sister websites “Anatsu nay woyanie”, etc. In addition to being painfully unoriginal, it is a meaningless insult. And before you start whining “censorship”, look up the meaning of the word.]

    • Hagos Berhan

      Hi All,

      An active participation is required by all concerned Eritreans. It does not relly matter the form or shape it takes. I am in no position to lecture or advise anyone, but mutual repect to each other is needed if this rotten regime is to be replaced by a better one. The situtaion inside Eritrea is getting worse by the hour,there is a new class of wealthy Eritreans, who unfortunatley made their cash through human trafficking!!! did anyone think this was going to hppen in Eritrea. Few weeks back, I met a young Eritrean in his early 20s This guy has seen it all, heard it all and LIVED to tell his story. His story is so moving thatit requires a proper writer to abel to convey it to so may, of course, it tells the path of so may victimis, my words are not good enough….. has been a an informer, eductor and shed light to so many PFDJ lies

  • sara

    saudi arabia is one of the tire 3 countries… and will be subject certain sanctions, what? is this some kind of a joke…and this coming from the state department! what a bluff!!!!

  • L.T

    The only evil satan in our time world are This so callad State department of USA.Eritrea have no blaming you ,you creating this floding of our young brothers and sisters into this horribelt zero dream.
    Pls USA get rid people are so tired of this empty your drama!!

    • Elihude

      I don’t know if they are that bad. I am sure they failings coupled with dependable sources about refugees situations, human trafficking, and criminal organization. But I really do not they are that bad to be compared with some African countries State Dep’t, that is if they have one, at all.