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Younis: Disengage from Isaias Afwerki; Engage Alternative Voices

[This is the entire text of the speech made by Saleh Younis, and addressed to attendants of an event organized by Eritrean and international human rights activists and was attended by Eritreans, friends of Eritrea, the Africa Desk of the UN, and the German Mission, and the Human Rights Rapporteur, Sheila Bedwantee Keetharuth, designated to Eritrea. (Her mandate is to monitor human rights violations and gather testimonies from Eritreans.) The session was held in New York on Thursday, October 24, 2013.]

Good afternoon.My name is Saleh Younis, and I am an Eritrean citizen.Today, I come to speak to you about an average Eritrean family, with an average Eritrean story: victims of the Isaias Afwerki regime.It is the story of my family.Please bear in mind that when I say that this is the story of an average Eritrean family, it means that the fate of others is far worse.

My father, my brother and my niece have been in prison since December 2012.That is three generation of Eritreans.

My father, Abdu Ahmed Younis, was born in Keren, Eritrea in 1928. He is 85, and this is his fourth arrest in the last 12 years.An 85-year-old man has many health issues and, in his case, the arrest came a month after he had open heart surgery in Jordan. Neither I, nor any of our family members, know why he is arrested. The longest term he served was in 2001 (for 3 plus years) when he, and other elders, offered to mediate the dispute between two sides of the ruling party. What he considered a duty of a citizen—and elder citizen—to exercise the traditional role of an elder—was interpreted by the Isaias Afwerki regime as taking sides in a matter that should not involve a citizen: having a say in how he is governed.This time, we do not know why he is arrested: he has not been charged with any crime, he hasn’t been brought to a court of law; he hasn’t been sentenced. The family has no visitation rights.

My brother, Hassen Abdu Ahmed, was born in Asmara in 1975. He is 38. His story is that of the average 38 year old Eritrean: exiled, returned with my father to Eritrea in 1992, and he has been with the National Service since 1995. That is 17 years of conscription in the army, followed by one year in jail. He, too, was arrested in December 2012.Again, we do not know why he is arrested: he has not been charged with any crime; he hasn’t been brought to a court of law; he hasn’t been sentenced.

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Left to right: Weizero (Mrs.) Mezgeb Mengistu (mother of Aster Yohannes and mother-in-law of Petros Solomon); Saleh Younis; Adeola Fayehun (host of Sahara TV), Me’Aza Petros Solomon, and Zerai Petros Solomon

My niece, Ciham Ali Abdu, was born on April 3, 1997 in Los Angeles, California.She is 16 now.She was arrested when she was 15, on December 8 (ironically, World Children’s Day) in Hashferay and then transferred to Adi Abeyto prison on December 25 (Christmas Day.) A Christmas present for her mom. Since March 12, she has been moved out of Adi Abeyto but no family member knows where she has been transferred.Again, since there is no explanation, we the family are left to draw conjectures: perhaps she is being held hostage to ensure that her father, Ali Abdu Ahmed, the former minister of information who abandoned the regime and sought political asylum in the West, is daily reminded that his daughter’s fate is in their hands.

When I say this is an average family, it means there are Eritrean families in even worse condition. Consider: Eritreans who were arrested in 1994 because they were Muslim fundamentalists. Their families have been suffering for nearly 20 years. Consider the case of Tewelde Beyn, an Eritrean from Keren, who disappeared together with the famous poet Echet Hina and other 15 innocent souls without trace in 1977, because they were not supportive of the EPLF. Now consider: his grandson, Yohannes M. Tewelde Beyn, who, like many people his age, was exiled out of his country: he is one of the Lampedusa victims of October 3rd. His aunt, Leteab Tewelde Beyn, failed to locate him with the survivors or the dead in Lampedusa.

Each of our stories here, our testimonies, can be readily dismissed–and the Eritrean regime is good at that. But can it dismiss the cumulative testimonies of thousands and thousands of Eritrean families?

It is normal, and the duty of governments, to imprison people considered threats to national security.The problem here is one of degrees: Eritrea’s is extreme by any measure.There are tens of thousands of Eritrean families who are in even worse shape: families who have lost their only children; families separated for decades; families who do not know the whereabouts of their loved ones for decades: no charges, no trial, no court, no right to self-defense, no right to hearing charges against you, no sentence, no family visitation. Families who have endured longer and more intense pain. You hear cries about injustice all over the world. The problem in Eritrea is not just lack of justice; it is lack of verdict. Lack of decency.It is rule by a mob, rule by gangsters.  

From where you sit, I am sure you are thinking: “what do you want us to do about it?This is all terrible, but the world is full of terrible news: what can we do?” The one thing you can do is understand the nature of the regime—truly understand it—because if you did, you would know all the well-intentioned “engagement” and “discussions on the margins of the conference” and “new initiative” that you individually or collectively dream up are all futile. All they do is legitimize an illegitimate government; extend it a lifeline and tacitly endorse its wanton human rights violations.You are trying to reform something that is beyond reform.

Many of you have been hoodwinked.You have looked at the “African dictator for dummies” manual and said there are no statues of Isaias Afwerki in Eritrea, so he must not be a dictator.He has not given himself outrageous titles like Field Marshall and doesn’t wear uniforms and sunglasses, so he must not be a dictator.He doesn’t dress up in $1,000 dollar brand suits so he must not be a dictator.He doesn’t have villas in Europe, so he must not be a dictator.But one can be a dictator and still live a Spartan life: a dictator’s obsession is power, and what he does once he has the power differs with each tyrant.

Let me be blunt: THERE IS NO GOVERNMENT IN ERITREA.Even to call it “a regime” implies a system, a structure and a hierarchy.In actual fact, Eritrea is the State of Isaias Afwerki. It is a tyrannical police “state”: there was a systematic subversion of state power by party, and an even more intense subversion of party power by an individual.So now, the State is The Man, and The Man is the sum total of his mad contradictions. This was done by creating parallel infrastructure: illicit and informal.Because members of this illicit and informal infrastructure are themselves rotated in and out of jail, their loyalty is to one man: the president.  

One simple example: Eritrea has a ministry of finance, defense, fisheries, energy, mining, transportation, trade and industry, agriculture.It has authorities: airlines, ports, shipping lines.If you were to ask the ministers and directors to speak about the policy of their ministries, they couldn’t say much. I have said before—in an interview with Expressen—that if you were to take all the ministers and water-board them, they would not be able to give you anything of substance of how the regime runs. Because all the power and authority that should reside in their ministries belongs to the “government garages” led by a colonel who is nowhere in the government structure.Those who work in the “government garages” call their institution Somaliland—just like Somaliland is autonomous of Somalia, the government garages are autonomous of the government structure.When you read the Somalia Eritrea Monitoring Group (SEMG) report, which talks about how much time Isaias Afwerki spends in meetings with “government garages”, here’s the context: that is his real meeting with his real ministers, as opposed to the rubber stamp “Ministerial Cabinet” that is often televised, showing images but no voices.More recently, Isaias Afwerki has created a “people’s army” that has no reporting structure within the Eritrean Ministry of Defense or its Eritrean Defense Forces.

The rule of Isaias Afwerki is absolute.He controls the state media, the security apparatus, its army, its finance, its housing, its fuel supply, its land distribution, its potable water distribution. Let me give you an example: when Forto 2013 occurred (mutiny of Eritrean army in January 20, 2013), I was discussing it with someone who has better information than me and I was talking about reports that tanks moved from Tsorona (bordering Ethiopia) to Asmara and he stopped me cold and said, “Impossible! Fuel is personally rationed by Isaias Afwerki: that couldn’t have happened without his knowledge.”

Isaias Afwerki decides which singers should go on which tours, which pavement should be patched, what crop should the farmers sow this year, how far they should plough, which private hospital should be closed, which shop keeper should be licensed, what curriculum should be taught; who should be sentenced for years and who for life sentence…whose wife should be abused so that the husband will be humiliated: the ultimate insult in Eritrean culture. He is the one who declares war and peace; at the same time he is the one who decides what color should be painted a certain house.

A mad man is in charge of a country.A paranoid, antisocial, narcissistic, and sadistic man with schizophrenic tendencies, including excessive grandiosity. How do you deal with a mad man? Study his behavior: there is a pattern.Step One: he pretends big earth-shaking events—like 360 citizens drowning in the Mediterranean—are not happening.Step Two: when he begins to feel the impact, his reaction is to ridicule it.Invent new words of insult and mockery. A lullaby for his devotees. Step Three:when he is really cornered and there is no way out, he has absolutely no shame in making 180-degree turn and to yield to it.He will accept things he was begged to accept: but only if he is pressured and cornered.

Change in Eritrea will come, and it will stick, when enough Eritreans inside and outside the country believe it’s necessary and timely and execute it.It is OUR responsibility.But the international community has its share of responsibility.If you keep this well-intentioned campaign of “engagement”—a door half ajar—you will keep getting the same things you have been getting for 12 long years.Remember, you are dealing with a man who accused the United States of being responsible for tens of thousands of his own citizens using smugglers and traffickers to leave their country. He is beyond reform: you can’t reform a mad man; you can only institutionalize him.All your well-intentioned campaigns of engagement and seeking reform have yielded you nothing, but you keep on persisting: it is your ego attempting the impossible. You need to reach a long over due decision: the same one that was reached about Saddam Hussein, Moammer Kaddaffi, and Bashar Assad: this man happens to be head of state but he is mentally unbalanced and we need to recognize and legitimize alternatives to his sadistic rule.

Thank you

Saleh Younis
Oct. 24, 2013

About Salyounis

Saleh Younis (SAAY) has been writing about Eritrea since 1994 when he published "Eritrean Exponent", a quarterly print journal. His writing has been published in several media outlets including Dehai, Eritrean Studies Review, Visafric, Asmarino and, of course, Awate where his column has appeared since the launch of the website in 2000. Focusing on political, economic, educational policies, he approaches his writing from the perspective of the individual citizens' civil liberties and how collectivist governments and overbearing organizations trample all over it in pursuit of their interests. SAAY is the president and CEO of a college with a focus in sound arts and video games and his writing often veers to music critique. He has an MBA from Golden Gate University and a BA from St Mary's College.

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  • Ema and Awetawiyan,

    I need you to be relaxed … could you please enjoy Asmara and its cycling mood of the -wepastek end. Enjoy the champion … off course you will not see EPDM .. relax please.

    http://eastafro.com/Post/2013/10/29/video-eri-tv-2013-eritrea-cycling-zoba-maekel-championship-reportage-2/#.UnETKHC-pKA

  • Dear Amanuel,

    Let me assure you my deep sympathy for any political detainee in the country. Since i am not part of the revolutionary course of the independence struggle i could not be the right one to analyse, negate or justify the political culture of EPLF/PFDJ. But i feel their political culture was one of the fundamental reasons behind their success and failure for the last 40 years.

    Don’t get me wrong i am not justifying their deeds at all. They have more 40 years old political organisation and similarly 40 years old political culture. For sure they have evolved throughout the course. At times they build on their weakest links and other time on their strong sides. I always would like to see them evolving and gradually transforming their political culture. Off-course it is not always easy to speed up the political culture in the organisations. Let alone organisation, it is not easy at an individual level. let me give you two examples in this case… imagine how long years have it took for Haile the great to abandon PFDJ and to join Saay. At the same time imagine how long does it took for the person called ‘Wedi Taba’ to change from the other side to PFDJ… it is not easy Ema.

    Let me be frank with you. I don’t expect the current organisation of PFDJ to be changed overnight. The political believes, problems dealing mechanisms, attitudes toward politics, economy, security and military are constructed over long years. They could also be evolved gradually but surely. Why the organisation is going to evolve?

    Among many reason, the leadership is getting aged and could last at longest in the one decade. Mother nature is collecting her sons and daughters one after another.The military and public service is almost overtaken by the new generation. Let alone in the technical posts the managerial and political posts are day after day falling in the hands of the youth. The ‘Tegadalay’ ‘Agelglot’ differences is almost gone. The ‘Gedly’ generation is tired and is looking to leave it’s posts… Mother nature does not lie and your favorite president is heading to 70 may be with a deteriorating health condition.

    The Gedli generation leaders of PFD are dying or will die but not necessarily the organisation. There are thousands and thousand who consider PFDJ as their house. The may new to restructure it, to rejuvenate it, to reform it and to tune it toward their own better design. How resilient they and how boldly the could move out of the box framed by the exiting generation will be a question. But they definitely will add something different. The sky would be the limit for them to add new ingredients to the political culture of the organisation. And they will do that for the survival of the nation, the organisation and their political interest.

    I may seem to you too ideal… but for me it is not ideal. So far the future of the nation is attached with the future of that organisation. There are no national forces on sight to change the course. I don’t mean there are no opposition sides at all. But the opposition are barely alive, extremely disintegrated, parochial, ready to sell a nation for any political interest, Ethiopia’s apologists or made in Ethiopia.

    This shoulder the next generation of PFDJ a huge responsibility to continue shaping the nation on its values and eliminating its weak sides. let’s hope they would be firm in the sovereignty, free of narrow sentiments, and open to entertain variant ideas – not traitors ideas.

    Back to the point – my sympathy with any political detainee is always in place. The ongoing dynamism of PFDJ should restructure its political culture. However, i don’t agree with Saay for his lots of an founded allegations and particularly on his call for international community to take action on the country. He need to be reminded to what is happening in Libya and Iraq… both failed to restore peace, hope, democracy and to defend their citizens and in case of Libya its prime minister.

    Regards,

    • Sarah

      Meron, Is this a stern warning from PFDJ? Telling us that PFDJ is hatching little monsters? that they will do what their breeders could not do? So are you suggesting that we should sit and watch the nation going into abyss? Our young getting slaughtered in with silencers? Our girls being raped? Our mother crying and grieving to their graves? Children getting hungry? The old begging in the streets?
      Wa! Wa! Wa!!

    • Selam Meron,

      I wasn’t interested to tell me how long this destructive culture took. May be I am old enough than you to know it from its inception up to now. It is an alien culture devouring the nation and its people. Does this alien culture and its consequences is right to you to stand with. Why are you feeling sympathy to the detainees? Is it because it is wrong or just to bank “wahis nimetsae” to allow you to go with the flow. If the regime does not listen to the cry of our people for which you have sympathy for it, what is wrong to call the intervention of international community to join to our plea? What I want to hear from you is to stand and voice against a regime that doesn’t have an institution of court of law and who takes citizen at his own whim to make them disappear or kill them without any judicial process.

      Mearon, Whether you like it or not the wrath of our people is in full swing to remove the evil man. Don’t forget Lampedusa is the Albatross of the regime (Issayas). It is time to say wrong for the wrong, evil for the evil. If you have sympathy for the victim, then something is wrong and have the gut to say openly wrong. So far you are not supporting the victim, instead you are defending the regime. One thing more, the sixteen years old child and the 85 years old ailing father are not political detainees for God sake. Have a little decency please.

  • Gebre

    Dear Saay and Others in the forum,

    Saay: I have already written a short comment in response to the plight of your family in particular and all Eritreans at home in general under the rule of the “mad” man. I must earnestly say that my heart bleeds to see all the cruelty committed against innocent people whose only wish is just to have a decent life. My only hope is that the dictator leaves the political scene of the nation very soon and normalcy reigns in the nation.

    Saay and others: While I am by your side in the struggle to oust dictatorship in our region, I honestly disagree how Saay use psychiatric terms to describe and characterize the “mad” man. Somebody has very recently mentioned the cruelest dictators like Hitler, Stalin, etc. He pointed out that those men were not mad at all. He is right. Dictators perfectly and consciously know exactly what they do. The technics and maneuvers they make are not out of madness but out of survival instinct. So to characterize them with psychiatric symptoms and diagnoses is not only unscientific but also fundamentally flawed.

    Psychiatry, being a lying science, labels people with non-existing diseases. This serves the state and its lackeys to control people who challenge it in politics and other spheres of life. Psychiatric symptoms (diagnoses) are unimaginably subjective. One can label any healthy person with them just by stretching the definition to any length. If anyone of you doesn’t believe what I am saying, just visit any psychiatric clinic (as a healthy person) and you will return home labeled on your forehead with a psychiatric diagnosis. The rest of your life with this label is an agonizing one because you have been stripped of your dignity, integrity, and worst of all of your human rights as a credible human being. The consequence of psychiatric labeling is immense: on the job market, no one wants you; in courts no one trusts you. In social events people talk about you as the mad man and no one wants to associate with you. You are just a living dead person.

    Now let me very shortly remind you how different states around the world have used psychiatry to control their citizen whom they are uncomfortable with:

    Soviet Psychiatry: The Soviets labeled dissident mathematicians, writers, philosophers, etc with creeping schizophrenia to legitimize their incarceration in psychiatric prisons, making them voiceless and useless.

    USA: Not far behind in the history of slavery, black slaves who tried to run away to freedom were labeled with the psychiatric disease called drapetromania (the running away slave syndrome) justifying their torture as treatment.

    Today this awful crime of labeling people, whom modern states are uncomfortable with, continues in different forms.
    Let’s see Saay’s use of psychiatric characterization of the “mad” man at the helm of power in Eritrea. Saay says:

    “A mad man is in charge of a country. A paranoid, antisocial, narcissistic, and sadistic man with schizophrenic tendencies, including excessive grandiosity.”
    What is grandiosity and how do psychiatrists know a person to be grandiose?

    Psychiatric diagnoses are delivered just after some conversation with the patient. Mind you, there is no laboratory examination. Any dreams of an ordinary person are taken as a sign of grandiosity by the psychiatrist and the person is label with psychiatric diagnosis for life. Let me give some illustrative cases where psychiatrists could surely label healthy people with psychiatric diagnosis.

    After the earthquake in Haiti some years ago a small boy was rescued from the rubbles of a collapsed building where the whole of his family including his mother died. He was then given full medical treatment. A news reporter interviewed him about his family. Finally he asked him what he wanted to be then he was rescued. The boy answer he wanted to be a medical doctor. Why? In order to rescue and save life by treating them as those doctors treated me and saved my life, he replied. If the conversation of the boy was with a psychiatrist, he would have been labeled with the diagnosis of grandiosity because he was aiming high (according to the misplaced concept of the psychiatrist) to be great, a medical doctor.

    If a psychiatrist would ask me what my dreams are and I answer among other things my dreams are to build super highways and railroads in East Africa, he would definitely label me with diagnosis of grandiosity.

    The ugly history of psychiatry is too much to discuss all here. I just want to say to all people NEVER use those labels in any form (written or oral) in your lives. I hope Saay is hearing me. Now I will leave you with the following joke about psychiatry:

    “If the patient arrives early for his appointment, he is anxious; if he arrives late, he is hostile; and if he is on time, he is compulsive. Madness above everything else”

    To Saay, as I see you in the photo you are a very young man. I therefore highly recommend you to read all the books by the well-known psychiatrist who despised his profession psychiatry, Thomas Szasz.

    Good luck to you all!

    • Gebre,

      Psychiatry is a well established study of science. You can’t discredit it because one psychiatrist who has psychiatry problem discredited it. Check the psychiatric problem of the individual who tried to discredit it first before you come to such conclusion. Do not think every penned books or articles are valid before they are tested the validity of it. Reading is good but scrutinizing any written book requires to have the character of investigative mind to discover the intent of the writer and the premises of his thesis to check whether the argument has a leg to stand. So Gebere psychiatry is a well established school of study by the international community. Pull back this baseless argument.

      • Gebre

        Dear Amanuel,

        I think this is going to open huge pandoras box. If we are to discuss or argue today here, we will reach no where. If you are realy interested to know very much in details and have enough time then you have to first look into the two opinions about psychiatry along with the drug companies that sell them. This is going to be uncharted territory for you but if you read about the two sides, believe me, you are going to add a new dimension to your already great experience in life. You will see the game that has ben played between the state(justice system, healthcare system, etc) and its citizens since ancient times.

        Psychiatry has always tried to look science by changing its name. But deep inside it is the same damn flawed science:
        The conditios called “insanity” in th19th century were renamed “mental illness” in th 20th century, and these in turn are now being called “neurobiological#diseases”

        Read for example the followig and also try two read about the two groups: pro psychiatry and ant-psychiatry (Thmas SzaSz group).
        http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/cultural-psychiatry/getting-it-both-sides-foundational-and-antifoundational-critiques-psychiatry

        • Gebre

          Amanuel,

          I am also uncomfortable to discuss this topic here because we are sliding from our burning issue right now. May be in the future after the issue is settled, we can comfortably discuss psychiatry in more details.

          Regards

          • Selam Gebre,

            You brought the topic to argue against Saay’s Presentation and his argument of using psychiatric diagnosis. If you were uncomfortable you shouldn’t bring it to begin with. just a hint to you, I am close to the subject as I am practising in the drug therapy field of medicinal chemistry. I know what I am talking. As you have said the topic is not time sensitive and let us stop here. One question, but correct me if I am wrong, did you somehow argue to apply mathematics in politics few months ago in this forum. If you are, it says something about you. If not I will take it back.

    • Horizon

      DIA might not be an outright mad man, who has lost his logic(a schizophrenic of one sort or other). Nevertheless, I think that he is a bipolar (a manic-depressive personality) with a big dose of mania. The big majority of people with this mood disorder do not lose their perception of the world around them, and they can either do miracles or bring about a catastrophe. The second is true for DIA. Anyway, a psychiatric diagnosis one might entertain for the dictator will not absolve him from his crimes.

    • think

      Hi there! Its me again. It seems you have read a couple of websites and you are an expert. You seem to confuse the lay term mad with a diagnosis but I will be in your if you find it in thethe international code. May be you are scientologist but psykiatry has been arround for centuries and it is part of medicine that has quantifiabel measures successsuccess not only in humans but also in some animals. It seems you are a BT anti establishment, anti intellectual, and conspiracy theory hugger. I have harsh on you man but in order to discredit a concept you need to have as usual measurable criterias that are can disprove the assumption, method or conclusion. Sir do Not just mention a website. Sorry for the harsh words.

  • Kaddis

    I am a little confused here – the TPDM – sounds like Tigray People Democratic ( yeferedebet Democracy) Movement – is in charge of strategic posts in Asmara. From Nitricc ( Netraka – Papillons version) reaction/frustration this sounds eminent.
    What is the point of bringing Tigray solders, by extension Ethiopians, to Asmara?

  • M.Ali

    Thanks Saleh
    You presented a very significant report in a very important venue. Your participation with the other Eritreans in the meeting will contribute in bringing this brutal regime to justice for the atrocities it committed against the Eritrean people.
    Thanks Again Saleh

  • Tzigereda

    Encouraging, inspiring, excellent speech! Stay blessed, dear Sal!

  • The Atheist

    “Eritreans who were arrested in 1994 because they were Muslim fundamentalists”

    What is wrong with this? If they were Christian or Jewish fundamentalists they should be accorded the same hospitality!
    Saleh Younis, are you a muslim fundamentalist?

    • Hyatt

      What is wrong with being a moslim fundamentalist?

    • Amanuel

      Of course, there is a big problem. These people were arrested in 1994 but not charged any crimes. Their families don’t know why they have been arrested, where are they now.

  • Dear Saay:

    You are our precious role model. You always teach us to talk the talk and walk the walk. You are steadfast, eloquent, sharp and stoic. I wish you absolute sucess in all your endevours.

    Sincerely,

  • taye

    What a speech, saay.
    It is brillant, and also courageous to stand as a witness and tell the world about what your family goes through.

    Impressed by the determination i see in you and awate.com as i am a long time (ethiopian) reader. Hope you see the light at the end of the tunnel.

  • Gebre

    Dear Belay,

    “ Just a concern,about the human race you mention above. Some people are cruel clearley people like Isayas. But 99.9% if not more are not like Isayas,………”

    It is true there are “good” people. I put the word good in quotation marks because I have doubts about the true meaning of it. If people are not cruel it doesn’t lead us to the conclusion that they are good. They could be just bystanders. Have you, Brother Belay, seen one day two people fighting and the rest of the neighborhood just standing, applauding, and enjoying the festival of cruelty (the fight)? The following two quotes of Martin Luther King tell it all:

    “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. The true neighbor will risk his position, his prestige, and even his life for the welfare of others.”

    “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

    Dear brother Belay, what is the whole world doing when people are so desperately in need of help to remove this dictator? The UN has laws that protect nations from interference by other external nations. I think this law is flawed in the sense that it undermines the suffering of people under their own dictators.

    Have you seen how animals love and protect their kind, Brother Belay? Elephants would stand in a circle around their dead member and mourn for days before they ultimately understand that their beloved one is not going to stand up and join them for grassing. But you have a govt in Asmara that denies the fact that the drowned in the high sea of the Mediterranean really are its own citizens. Don’t you see any reason to hate the human race my brother?

    • think

      Have you read you comment? You said 99.9% are not the same as IA but you do seem to know there aren’t some “good” people that stand up to the tyrant. Look for the last paragraph which says ” change will come….” stop blaming the whole world for your suffering. Take responsibility for the making of this monster and of course look what would it take for your countyman to stand up to the tyrant. It seems it will take some time and I recommend not hold your breath.

      • Gebre

        Misunderstandig!

        Belay said
        “Just a concern,about the human race you mention above. Some people are cruel clearley people like Isayas. But 99.9% if not more are not like Isayas,………”

        The rest of the comment is mine in respose to Belay’s statement.

  • Beyan Negash

    Dear Sal,

    In a word: the respect I had for you transformed into RESPECT instantly when I read this magnanimously courageous action you took as you exposed the man’s flawed characteristics. Many may not realize how huge such magnanimous act is; for an Eritrean and Eritreans to go to the world stage and to openly demand justice – simply, put fantastic.

    For a 16 years-old-child to demand the return of her father and mother; for a mother to stand tall and graciously speak up about the disappearance of her son; for an Eritrean man to speak on behalf of his brother; and for you to speak on three generation of your family members plight in an unbridled and with such forcefully articulated language was just astounding to hear.

    Such courage is going to open the floodgates, one hopes, thousands more who will begin to shudder and crash the silence to pieces with their universe-given right to speak up of the tragedies that befell on their loved ones because of one man’s deep character flaws.

    Aristotelian definition of tragedy must be invoked here, wherein a person of high standing in a society has character flaw, that’s when tragedy takes its horrid turn.

    A man who has been at the helm of Eritrean political landscape for over 40 years I just cannot accept and try to explicate it by labeling him as a mad man. NO! He is a genius with an evil streak in him – Genius-Evil (Demon-Genius) rolled into one. He is no crazier than Hitler was; he is neither madder than Stalin was; nor more than many other evil leaders the world has had in its midst.

    If we accept this man as institutionally defined lunatic, then what does it say about us who gladly, jauntily, and cheerfully placed him in the highest pedestal possible with all of the flaws that we have seen him commit day-in-day-out, week-in-week-out, month-in-month-out, year-in-year-out – for over four decades.

    NO! a million times no to madness. Madness insinuates chemical imbalance in the brain and absolves him of responsibilities. A mad man cannot control a population and a country for this long. In my estimate it makes us even crazier than him if we accept this explanation. With the exception of very few, the majority, at least in the Diaspora, for the longest was caught in this hero-worship that I vividly recall Semere Habtemariam warning us during our dehai-hey-days. I admit, I got caught into that madness of revering a Serpent.

    In retrospect, on his 50th birthday in dehai, we almost built the “Arc de Tromphe” (“Arch of Triumph”), at least we must have made him feel like he was an Angel who could never fall like the fallen Angel – Satan. If there is a devil in this world it has to be the demon within us humans and we must be adamant in not giving this man a way out by allowing him to believe he is mentally imbalanced. Hell no! He does not deserve that.

    The Diaspora Eritrea was madly in love with his evil-genius and we must shoulder some of that responsibility.

    This does not, however, take you from what you and your compatriots have done. What you, Sal and the others who were with you in New York did is hugely important and dare I say a pivotal moment. You guys have pivoted the moment and the moment of reckoning is near and this will be remembered as such for years to come. In Gandhi’s solemn words, “be the change you wish to see in others.” All of you have done that for us and all I can do is pay my maximum RESPECT. Change is going to come, sooner than later.

    RESPECTFULLY,
    Beyan
    P.S. As for those who want to change the subject by feebly attempting to inject guilt by association, they will be wise to remember that nobody in his/her right mind would accuse this evil-geniuses’ brothers and sisters, some of whom I know live in Long Beach, California, of any wrong doing because their family member has created a world of topsy-turvy in Eritrea.

    • Tamrat Tamrat

      Hi Beyan! Superb!

      One of the reasons we need the past is to make the presenst and the future better by not repeating the same mistake. If People understand you clearly then it is not only People get what they dont desereve by just simply worshiping an evil genious but they could help him to think he is god.

      • Beyan Negash

        Indeed, Tamrat, I love it when readers catch not only the drift of my note with its misplaced commas and missing words, but also the intended spirit in which it was penned.

        You see, Tamrat, the extent to which we humans placate for the status quo to remain the same is just tantamount to supporting our own extinction from existence. And we have enough of those in this forum as well as outside it already, which incidentally could be explained away vis-a-vis evolutionary meter, if you will.

        I once heard that some three percent of population in the world today still has genetic remnants of the Neanderthals from eons ago, and it appears Eritrea may have been endowed with this unfortunate genetic trait. Actually, I just did a quick googling and for those who want to read-up a little about this now extinct Neanderthal Man herein follow two links:

        http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-05/how-avoid-meeting-neanderthals-fate

        http://io9.com/5939148/new-dna-evidence-could-explain-what-happened-to-the-neanderthals

        It is one thing to support a regime, a political system, but whereupon seeing it due diligently working to hallow out and drive its most productive citizens for the claiming of the high seas and the desert and still support such an abyss – for the life of me I cannot fathom that.

        This is just my convoluted way of saying, Tamrat you captured the essence of my point in one brief statement, and I completely concur with your interpretation of it.

        Beyan

  • aba_chegora

    Selam SAAY,

    I read what you told the Human Rights Rapporteur. In a simple and clear way you managed to portray the misery which eritreans have been enduring for the last twenty years. I think this is the kind of message that must be sent to thise who are willingly or unwillingly helping the eritrean regiem.
    G

  • haile

    Nitricc –

    Help me out here, you are a SOLDIER and advising us to sit it out in fear of TPDM! What kind of soldier does that make you?… there for the money 🙂 🙂 🙂 classic!

    Meron

    IA is the type of husband who brings a street prostitute to his home and makes out in front of his family and wife. In Feb. 1990 Eritreans fought and liberated Massawa and in Feb. 2001 Eritreans who lead EPLF to victory were rotting in jail and TPDM was launched.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6ksV7Nzz9s

    Listen to the song exactly @ 5:57 – 6:00, that was a song from the massawa battle era (zeima) and lyrics changed.

    Please don’t compare Ethiopian and Eritrean armies vs TPDM. Such comparison might have been true a decade ago. Now leave Ethiopian army – just compare EDF vs TPDM. Eritrean army today is not only a shame to itself (hapless qomishti) but shame to the word ARMY itself. It is a useless entity that can’t even secure enough soaps from its superiors to wash its cloths. In March 2012 the Ethiopians have clearly demonstrated to us and the world the kind of bums we have for an army. A total sham that wets its pants while 10000 foreign militia beat up its children in Asmara and it is denied the bodies of its flesh and blood that perished in a horrible tragedy to flee the system they guard with empty belly. Qomushti is what they should wear not Uniform 🙂 🙂

    Araya

    So, you went to Ethiopia and didn’t visit the refugees? Just went to the bars to scan entay y’behal alo? ahhhh…go join the Eritrean army, you and Meron will fit right in 🙂

    Tie Tie (Shiro)

    What a great way to put it !! bravo 🙂

    • Nitricc

      Dear Haile, notice I never use, the dear word, i am trying your kind of world but just to inform you that there is a soldier and there is a military secintist. I know when every conformist call you the great, not only your head is getting bigger but you are losing your site.
      For a moment I would like you to stop and think you to what I am saying.
      You can soldier me all you want but think for a change. I hated being Eritrean every feeefin day of my life. It is ~}%%#^#**%
      I hope you get that Haile the great, next time have that conversation with Paplion and Yodita, your ignorant fans.

      • haile

        Hey Nitricc

        Re-reading my last sentence [ok a bit insensitive- apology for offense taken]

        Don’t say you hate Eritrea! Goodness…you ain’t seem a tiny fraction of its internal beauty and magnificence – you only experience the Eritrea Made in the ignorant and backward IA. Hang on in there, help the movement that is trying to oust the mad man, you will never regret it [unless you hate the people on other unrelated matters that is ] 🙂

        – It is easier to suck blood from stone that to get haile’s head ballooning over nicities:). Firmly grounded on that regard 🙂

        I would have said keep the faith! but I know you are an atheist. You know how I figured that out? Well, that was when you asked why people here keep saying RIP, since you reasoned that there couldn’t possibly be anything to do for the dead! 🙂 Well believers think there is life after death and you obviously don’t subscribe to that.

        So, hug the trees for now 🙂 Eritrea will go back to its glorious form and the IA, chairman of TPDM, will be a distant memory.

        Regards

      • Tamrat Tamrat

        Nitricc

        Imagine an army made of forced conscription, sanctioned, demoralized and which is good enough only to terrorize its own People! And assume another People army With good moral support and helped by inside ifnormants and get help from forgine Power well organized modren Technology which shows every movements of the louzy army.

        And my qeustion to you do you Dance for 23 years if you were the supporter of the letter army victory over the obvious looser instead of working for the betterment of the People who contributed for the People army. Now is the time for you to sit and give ways for thos who can do better.

  • berhe

    TPDM is in total control of guarding banks, ministries, other vital installations, and the DIA office, and residence.
    When it is over, they are the ones to protect and and see him off to any rat hole if it is available by chance.
    Wether we like it or not, The Ethiopian traitors are instruments of the dictator, and has nothing to offer the Tigray AND the Ethiopian people who are well off because of Meles and EPRDF.

  • Rahwa

    I thought Saay was Arab. I didn’t know he was an average habesh.

    • TiETiE( shiro bubble )

      አዪይ’.. እዚስ smack/ሸምጠጣ ዶ አይመስልን።እንድዒ, ሃንደበት ርእይቶስ ኣይመስልን።

      • Ermias

        TiETiE and Rahwa, during the height of the Ethio-Eritrean war of 1998-2000, Saay used to write in a website called visafric (my recollection could be off so please someone correct me if I am wrong). Of course, he wrote very well and that is when I came to know about him. I was very curious who this Younis character was and I finally saw him at a West Coast Festival in Oakland, CA in 1999 (I think). I saw a commonplace humble Eritrean fighting for a grand cause – to bring justice and peace to the Eritrean people. He has dedicated an insane amount of time for his people and country. I truly commend him for such determination and shear strength of character. I had personally given up and I didn’t care and I was out and about doing my schooling etc but Lampedusa brought me back. I ain’t quitting now.

  • TiETiE( shiro bubble )

    ምግዳል ኢሳያስ ኣፈወርቂ ብኻ ብቐደሙ ከምተረፈና።
    እዚ ሉናቲክ ኣስሃትያን ኢሳያስ ሕጂ ድማ ለኪመክን ክኸይድ እየ ይብል አሎ።ወደይ አብትን ናብትን ከይበለ ቲዝጊ ግዲ ይቐዝፎ ይኸዉን።
    ፭ ዓመት ብጽይቕና የሕሊፍወን።ሰብ ጫቕጫቕ እንዳበለ ከምዚ ዝበለ ድርቅና እንታይ ዝበሉ አቦን ኣደን ኢዮም ነይረሞ።ለካስ ኩሉ ግዜ ሕንግድ መሳርሕቲ ዘፍትዎ ነዚ ኢዩ።
    ምስ ወጻኢ ነገር
    ምስ መሳርሕቱ ነገር
    ምስ ህዝቡ ነገር ሕጂ ድማ ብድሕረይ ሳዕሪ አይትብቖላ አዊጁ።

  • DIA is wrong

    Just well said. Simple language use and to the point. Any layman can easily understand the message.
    Just great

  • Nitricc

    @sal-Gadi
    If you expecting me to tell you that is right then you are completely missing my point.
    It is not only wrong but dead wrong. It is not only wrong, we are doomed. I have no idea how to explaine to you. It is so deep, so complex, it is scary. There is a good reason I am telling people let him run its course. You may take him out, but so do the nation.
    I am calling to anyone who has a little gray matter between their ears to think and evaluate.
    Thinks this most Eritrean youths are out and drowning at high see while TPDM is getting most of the youth in to their army. Eritrea is too weak to stand to TPDM.
    I think all Eritreans need to over think the situation at hand.
    I am just telling what I see, I am just one stupid person thinking out loud.

    • wediere

      Now Nitricc you sound socked to the core seeing how rotten your idol is……I mean TPDM to protect his a$$ (I thought he stood for the nation??). A cornered man will fight to the end, well he will have a cornered TPDM (he is too coward)to do his bid (He reminds me of the ZENGA ZENGA MAN). Before you go on preaching how dire the situation is (convert of the day are more zealous 🙂 ) you need to cleanse what is that thick head of yours and learn to love your people first, then a small dose of love for the country will do. Your military knowledge is too high tech for Eritrea to be of use, I mean our boys are just starting to learn how to use X-box et al……until they catch up, we will be on the ZENGA ZENGA method.

  • Teka Zeggai

    Well done! Congratulations you described the mad man’s characteristics and his brutal rule. Thanks

  • Araya

    I just came from Ethiopia; I had to make a fast trip. The news in the Eritrean community in Addis is about the abuse and the killing of Eritrean refuges by the Ethiopian security forces. My question to you in general and to the so “great” in particular, why are the Eritrean refugee ignored?
    Haile, the great! Why are you ignoring them? Are they not Eritreans? Now, do you understand why I call you gutless coward?

  • Papillon

    Dear Semere Andom,

    I certainly am not an authority to discuss some sort of a comparative analysis if there is any that can be reflected on Eritrea of what has happened in Somalia with in the last twenty years or so. It has its own scholarship. It has its own reality. It has its own cause and effect. It has its own vital ingredients that have been missing in an effort to build a viable nation-state. Nevertheless, the rather loosely held together clan based social fabric was consolidated by an authoritarian grip when the later parted ways or fell however, the end reality is what we are witnessing today. Perhaps, if one is to find any similarity between Somalia and Eritrea, it is their common history in the spectre of colonialism. The comparison ends there.

    The prospect however, how much we resist to acknowledge it, Somalia and Eritrea once again seem to be crossing paths and find commonality not only in political decay but in a potential fallout and a total break down of the nation and of the state as well.

    I myself tend to differ in opinion from the otherwise gloomy prospect. Eritrea as a nation-state with a defined geographical borders and with people of a common culture and history has had its fare share of intrusion by an alien culture where the previous colonial system failed not only to dismantle the social fabric but the very culture and belief-system as well. The inertia to a cultural change imposed by an alien force is rooted mainly on the people’s deeply embedded sense of reciprocal altruism and religious convictions not only which dictates a code of conduct here-and-now but also transcends the nominal world as well.

    It is the very sense of tolerance based on moral convictions that the people are not responding swiftly to the climaxed cruelty of the present day alien force (read: Isaias and his regime). By the same token, once the alien force is done with, the people will always go back to their roots-to their basic self. Eritreans are not violent people for the very reason that is stated on the above. However, it is prudent to keep in mind that, the sense of patriotism and the unbridled commitment for the Patria that gave birth to an independent Eritrea did not emanate from an aversion to peace or a bent for violence rather, it was nationalism in its pristine essence.

    ሓፍትኻ

    • Dear papillon,

      The reality during the struggle of independence and the reality of today is completely different. Test it with the following variables (a) Patriotism in its real sense (b) spirit of united nationalism (c) the love to our people (d) the damage of our social fabrics. You could assess these variables in the frame work of the struggle back then and now and I am sure you will reach at different conclusion as I did myself already.

      • Papillon

        Dear Aman,

        Hope the Editor will forgive us as we tend to deviate from the article or the speech at hand. But of course, we are not completely off tangent. I sure appreciate your attempt to give the core of discussion an objective take where you identify factors that could guide us if there is in fact a radical social transformation in terms of a sense of patriotism, reciprocal altruism and a sense of custodianship of the coming generation.

        My understanding is that, the said factors have a life of their own. That is, they come to life, they mature and possibly die but again under viable conditions, they resurrect again. Obviously, the sense of patriotism or nationalism that had once united the people against a common enemy is thinning out to the extent where some folks (read: YG and his disciples) are dissecting the very patriotism as a main cause of the dire reality that we are witnessing today.

        When the said “school of thought” is travelling an extra mile to make its case if that is in fact the case, the regime in Eritrea is adding to the sense of cynicism by destroying it (patriotism). But again, I am of the opinion that, once the regime is out of the way, the very patriotism, tolerance and strong kinship that have for hundreds of years forged the social fabric will come back to life. That is not a sheer optimism or wishful thinking, if we are to look hard enough into the very factors that have objectively defined the social history of Eritrea, we see remarkable resilience.

        ሓፍትኻ

        • Dear Papillon,

          You have said “the very patriotism, tolerance and strong kinship that have for hundreds of years forged the social fabric will come back to life.” What are the indicators that gave you to believe that way? How do you test the variables I put forward to you? A simple statement doesn’t do the job. Especially if you factor in trust into its complexity, it is a hell mind boggling. Though the subject is not simple, let us touch it in small but yet part of the large social complex at least to impart and know the danger before us.

          Hawki,

          • semere andom

            the very patriotism, tolerance and strong kinship that have for hundreds of years forged the social fabric will come back to life” sound like kemtmali dma lomi line. I admire your optimism, but you seem to underestimate our predicament and overestimate our potential success.

            There is no silver bullet solution and the gloomy and cynical assessment that you do not embrace is not meant for lamentation, but keeping the landmines the dictator has shrewdly buried in the deepest recesses of our minds will help us avoid our past complacency. Remember what Andrew Groove said along the lines of, “past successes makes you complacent and complacency breeds failure, only the paranoid can succeed. Our past triumph over Ethio does not guarantee that we will triumph over DIA’s setup. And you know what Einstein said about doing the same thing over and over and expecting ……..
            Eritrea was destined to succeed if DIA did not set the tone of division and despotism in June 20, 1991, after he arrived in Asmara and gave the speech of “nay wudbat hashewye” when Eritreans were intoxicate by the dismissal of Ethiopian from their land. In the same token, the future leadership can set the tone.
            I am of the opinion that PFDJ shredder was hard at work long time ago to make sure that the deals w espoused as people not only destroyed, but creating a culture in its wake. It served them well so far. It will depend on our ingenuity and tenacity to restore it, even if we manage to restore a fraction of it, we will be fine

        • Tamrat Tamrat

          Hi Papilon!

          Since when the social fabric you talk about has had defined Eritrea? Since the creation of Eritrea? Since the beginning to the end of eritrea’s colonization`? Since independency?
          Does that social fabric include the Hegdef and their die hard followers?

          Otherwise you are not far from the speach from at hand.

          Think of the Whole People of eritreans in Eritrea and how they comprhend the promise they were told till the beginning of 1990s and how they comprhend the consquences for the last 23 years. I dont think all of them say opps if the driver couldnt take the wrong road out of the high way by force or by acciden we could have on the high way and do not suffer for 23 years in this long horrrendious Journey on up and down dirt road. Do you think they say in one voice Fire this lunetic driver and put us on the high way by any possible short cuts?.

  • Haqi

    Bravo sal nebsi, I am proud of you. Keep exposing the satanic illegal regime

  • haile

    Selamat Awatistas

    OK OK… I am not heavy on religion, but here is a prophesy ” An East African leader of a country will be captured”.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ufUj4E-vVk&feature=share

    Regards

  • Papillon
  • Serray

    Selamat Sal,

    Great speech!

    Picturing your father, your brother and your niece, I can’t help thinking how perverted our country has become: the criminals and the human traffickers imprison the innocent. If you really think about it your family is in prison for being alive. Your father was in prison, twice, when your brother was a minister, meaning, one has nothing to do with the other. The same is true for your brother; ali abdu can’t even save him from slavery. And your niece, she did what nature dictates kids should do, follow their parents. What the regime is doing to your family is beyond criminal. That we have people who follow orders to arrest an 85 year-old shortly after he had a heart surgery (and knowing full well he is innocent) speaks volumes about the nature of the regime and those who enforce its savage rules.

    Arresting and disappearing innocent people is happening all over eritrea: 99.99 percent of all prisoners are innocent. They just arrested 150 innocent people whose only crime is praying together and mourning the death of other victims. But we have two legged animals who dismiss this as a price of sovereignty; people who morally agree that the price of nationhood is to feed the cannibals destroying our country innocent victims. Even in the paranoid former communist countries, there was a method to their madness. Ours is the only regime that kills, tortures, disappears and traffics for the heck of it. It punishes for punishment sake, it kills and tortures for no other reason than the thrill of it.

    As great as your speech was, it does let the other cannibals out of the spotlight. Having these people roaming free after the dictator is gone is something our nation need to seriously reconsider. What led us to this is our refusal to examine, to deal with, our violent past. Brutes with innocent peoples blood on their hands came to rule us and we cheered them like heroes. We gave them the credit due to our loved ones who perished…but their true nature overpowered them and turned them to what they truly were and are, brutes. The last thing our nation should do after this nightmare is over is to go back to sleep.

    What you wrote about your brother is very true and anyone holding you responsible for his actions is a jackass. Shaebia is amazingly toxic organization, it has to dehumanize a person first before it pulls him up the ladder. The price to join their club is to literally sell your soul.

    You are right about wedi tukabo, he needing to take time off; his thinking seems to be allover the place. He actually blamed the regime for not closing the border after the Lampedusa tragedy. He needs to figure out what his role is going to be, but first, he needs to deflate.

    • Semere Andom

      Serray:
      I wonder what the supporters think now when DemHIt is in charge of the security of our capital. How humiliating can this be?
      About Wedi Tukabo, We will see what he says when he receives his Menqesasqsi. But judging from this first interview and if he continues to sings the same tune (pun is intended) then it is disappointment. In an away if it was not for PFDJ, we will not be close to victory now or if not for the self-inflicted wounds PFDJ will not be in a precarious situation of collapse. “Zgerom Wedi Tukabo”, who called himself not an opposition member, his words were self-servingly measured. He was blunter about PFDJ’s rule when he was featured in a TV interview with a western media a few years back, while in Asmara. I think he could have said what he said to Assenna in Asmara and walk freely. If this is it, It a farce.
      Ok, Ok, I hear you Eritrea is not littered with cowards and opportunist. But Wedi Tukaob’s grasp, as is discernable from this preliminary interview is depressingly common in his peers. Platitudes swaddled in the themes of justice as “tahlia”or sweetner

      • Serray

        Selamat Semere,

        I am glad I am not the only one disillusioned with wedi tukab’s interview. His attempt to create a moral equivalency between the opposition and the regime was weird. It is our gain in the sense that he is not there helping them raise funds…the rest we have to wait and see.

        About the regime, so far it is the only one doing its part; facilitating its own demise. Trust me, the end will come when the regime implodes from its own cannibalistic greed or when isaias’s transplanted liver, received in return for selling thousands of young eritreans, expires. But if we are lucky, Sheila will provide him with a rope hang himself. I know three women who rattled him so far: susan rice, sheila Keetharuth and the reporter who turned him into a blubbering idiot in that interview a couple of yours ago. Maybe elsa chyrum will finish him with Selam Kidane on her side.

        • Ghezae Hagos

          Serray,

          The reporter’s name is Jane Dutton from Al-Jazeera.

          • Serray

            Thanks, Ghezae, that’s the one.

  • belay

    Dear SAAY,
    to say the least,you a very courgeous human being,clearley from a loving and caring parents.
    How did I know? Ofcourse,i observed it from your previous comment.
    Despite PIA’S cruelty towards your family,you never denied him his credit for his language skill etc.that takes courage,decency,respect for humanity.
    Some times,God is too patient towards cruel people like isayas,but,they will live in hell when they die,unlike their victims to be compensated by God for his slow action to the tyrant.
    What goes round comes around.
    I hope things will change soon and unite with your family.Same to all the prisoners family in the whole country.Amen.

  • haile

    Selamat saay and awatista

    I was about to write my observation here, but Yodita said it all rather eloquently. So, nrEytoy zmlket, ab nay yodita comment teguwarabi’te alokhu 🙂

    Here is slightly lengthy information from Tegadelty in Eritrea (as stated). I chose to copy the full text here instead of a link, so that it would have greater visibility (hope moderator is OK just for this one:)

    ካብ ተጋደልቲ ህዝባዊ ግንባር ሓርነት ኤርትራ ኣስመራ

    ድሕሪ ዘሕዝን ፍጻሜ ላምፐዱሳ፡ ኣብ ኣስመራ ኣሰካፊ ዝኾነ ወረ ንፋስ ይነፍስ ኣሎ። ንሱ ከኣ ኣብ ጎደናታት ኣስመራ ንዝተፈላለየ ኣባላት ናይቲ ብደምህት (ደሞክራስያዊ ምንቅስቓስ ህዝቢ ትግራይ) ዝፍለጥ ሰራዊት ኣብ ኣስመራ ግፋን ካልእ ጽጥታዊ ንጥፈታትን ከካይድ ከም ዝተራእየ ተሓቢሩ።

    ንድሕሪት ምልስ ኢልካ ነዚ ጉዳይ ብዕቱብ ምርኣይ ከገድስ ኢዩ። ደምህት ኣንጻር መንግስቲ ኢትዮጵያ ንሓርነትን መሰልን ህዝቢ ትግራይ ኣብ ትሕቲ ዝብል ጭርሖ ዝንቀሳቐስ ውድብ ኮይኑ፡ ብመንግስቲ ኤርትራ ምሉእ ደገፍ ዘለዎ ውድብ ኢዩ። እዚ ቅድሚ ገለ ዓመታት ኣብ እትዮጵያ እናሰሎኸ ኣንጻር ሰራዊት እትዮጵያ ናኣሽቱ መጥቃዕትታት ዘካይድ ውድብ፡ መዕስከራቱ መደበር ታዕሊሙን ስንቁን ኣብ ውሽጢ ኤርትራ ኢዩ። ኣብ ተለቪዥን ኤርትራን ረድዮን ውን ናይ ኣየር ግዜ ተሰሊዕሉ፡ ብፍሉይ ክንክን ብፕረስደንት ኢሰያስ ክኹስኮስ ዝጸንሐ ውድብ ኢዩ።

    ፕረሲደንት ኢሰያስ ኣብ 2001 ንፍርቂ ኣባላት መሪሕነት ናይ መንግስቲ ኤርትራን ላዕለዎት ኣዘዝቲ ሰራዊትን ኣብ ትሕቲ ቀይዲ ድሕሪ ምእታው፡ ዓቕሚ ሰራዊት ኤርትራ ብቐጻሊ ከንቆልቁል ተራእዩ። ዓቕሚ ሰብ ናይቲ ኣብ 2001 ዝነበረ ሰራዊት ሎሚ ሓደ ርብዒ ናቱ ውን ኣሎ ክበሃል ኣይከኣልን። ሞራል ሰራዊት ብቐጻሊ ዝትንክፍ ቃለ መሕትትን መግለጺታት ምውጻእን፡ ምንቁልቋል ናብራ ናይ ቤተሰብ ናይ ኣባላት ሰራዊት፡ ኣብ ውሽጢ ሰራዊት ዝተራእየ ናይ መግብን ከም ክዳውንቲ ዝኣመሰለ መሰረታዊ ጠለባት ምስኣንን፡ ዲክታቶርያዊ ኣመራርሓ ናይ ገለ መራሕቲ ሰራዊትን ዝፈጠሮ ጸቕጥን ብድምር ምስ ካልእ ዝተፈላለየ ረቃሒታት ሰራዊት ኤርትራ ስማዊ ናብ ዝኾነሉ ደረጃ በጺሑ።

    ኩነታት ሰራዊት ኤርትራ ከምዚ ኢሉ ከሎ፡ ፕረሲደንት ኢሰያስ ንናይ ጎረበብቲ ሃገራት ተቓወምቲ ኣብ ምዕጣቕን ምኹስኳስን ብዓቕሚ ኤርትራ ከቢድ ዝኾነ ወጻኢታት ኣካይዱ። ገለ ካብዞም ውድባት ንምጥቃስ ናይ ደቡብ ሱዳን ናይ ሓርነት ውድብ ፡ ናይ ትግራይ ደምህት ፡ ናይ ሶማልያ ኣልሸባብ ኣብ ኤርትራ ምሉእ ዘይጉዱል ደገፍን ውሕስነትን ከም ዝረኽቡ ተገይሩ። ብፍላይ ምስ ሶማላውያን ውድባት ዝነበሮ ምድንጋጽ፡ ኣብ ዓይኒ ኣሜሪካን ዞባዊ ውድባትን ከም ዝኣቱ ገይርዎ። ምስኡ ስዒቡ ከኣ ፡ ኣቲ ክሳብ ሎሚ ዝጣርዓሉ እገዳ ንኽስከሞ ተገዲዱ። ወላኳ እቲ እገዳ ምስ ተነብረ ሶማላውያን መራሕቲ ውድባትን ብዓለም ለኻዊ ናይ ሽበራ ገበን ተጠርጠርቲ ከምቲ ቅድሚ ሰለስተ ዓመት ኣብ ኣስመራ ኣብ ዓበይቲ ሆቴላት ከም ድላዮም ካብ ምርጣጥ እንተ ተነፍጎም፡ ካብ ኢሰያስ ዝረኽብዎ ሓገዝ ብተዘዋዋሪ ኣየቋረጸን። እቲ እገዳ’ውን ኣብ ቦትኡ ኣሎ። እቲ ዋጋ ከኣ ህዝቢ ይኸፍሎ ኣሎ።

    ኩነታት ህዝብን ሰራዊትን ኤርትራ ኣብ ከምዚ እንከሎ፡ እቲ ብኢሰያስ ብፍሉይ ዝሕንቅቕ ውድብ ደምህት ካብ መዓልቲ ናብ መዓልቲ ክዕንትር ተራእዩ። ኣብ ደማስ ከባቢ ጋሕቴላይ ፡ እቲ ውድብ ክዕስክር እንከሎ፡ ነዚ ዝርእዩ ዝነበረኡ ኣባላት ሰራዊት ኤርትራን መራሕቶምን ኣብ ምድንጋር ኣተዉ። እቲ ውድብ፡ ኣብ ደቡብ ምስ ዘላ ጎረቤት ሃገር ጉዳዩ። ኣብ ደማስ ካብ ኣስመራ 70 ኪሎመተር ርሒቁ እንታይ ይገብር ከም ዝነበረ ርዱእ መልሲ ኣይተዋህበን። እቲ ካብቲ ኣብቲ ጥቕኡ ዝነበረ ሰራዊት ኤርትራ ዝሓሸ መነባብሮን ስንቅን ዝነበሮ ሰራዊት ኣብቲ ከባቢ ብረቱ ዓጢቑ፡ ኣብ ፈቐዶ ክዕንድር ተራእዩ። ኣብ ሓደ ኣጋጣሚ ውን ፡ ኣብ ሓደ ቤት መስተ ኣብ መንጎ ኣባላት ኤርትራዊ ሰራዊትን ናይ ደምህት ኣባላትን ኣብ ዝላዓለ ጥርዚ ዝበጽሕ ምንህሃር ተራእዩ።

    ኣብ ዝሓለፈ ክልተ ዓመት ኣብ ፖለቲካዊ ገስጋስ ኤርትራ ኣገዳሲ ምዕባለታት መጺኡ። ፕረሲደንት ኢሰያስ ብስም መንግስትን ውድብን ዝገብሮ ዝነበረ ብዙሕ ንጥፈታት ናይ ውልቁ ምልኪ ምዃኑ ዘነጽር ብዙሕ ፍጻሜታት ተራእዩ። ድሕሪ እቲ ኣብ መጀመርያ ናይዛ ዓመት ምስ ሰራዊት ኢትዮጵያ ዘጋጥመ ረጽሚን ዝሰዓበ ክሳራታትን፡ ብዙሕ ጉዳት ኵውጽእ ጀሚሩ። ድሕሪ ኩናት፡ ናይታ ኣብቲ ኩናት ዝተሳተፈት ክፍለሰራዊት ገምጋም ድሕሪ ምግባሩ፡ ሓደ ካብቲ ቀንዲ ምኽንያታት ናይቲ ክሳራ፡ ብሰንኪ ስእነት ባተሪ ኣድላዪ ናይ ረድዮ ርክብ ክግበር ስለዘይተኻእለ ምዃኑ ተገሊጹ። እዚ ከኣ፡ ኣብ ርእሲ ሓዘን ናይቶም ዝተሰውኡ ኣባላት፡ ብመንግስቲ ኣብ ልዕሊ ሰራዊት ዘሎ ዘይተገዳስነት ዘርኢ ብምንባሩ፡ ንጽብሒቱ ፡ ብዙሓት ካብቲ ኣሃዱ ንኢትዮጵያ ሰሊሞም።

    ብድሕሪ’ዚ ፍጻሜ ፡ ፕረሲደንት ኢሰያስ ፡ ኩለን ኣሃዱታት ሰራዊት ካብ ኣስመራን ከባቢኣን ክርሕቃ ትእዛዝ ኣመሓላሊፉ። ብዘይካ፡ ውሑዳት ናቱ ናይ ፍሉያት ሓይልታት ከኣ ወላ’ቲ ምምሕዳራዊ ንጥፈታት ዝነበሮ ጭናፍር ሰራዊት ውን ካብ ኣስመራ ሓግሒጉ ኣውጸኦ። እዚ ፍጻመ ፡ እዚ ኣብ ብዙሓት ኣዘዝቲ ሰራዊት ቅርሕንትን ሕቶታትን ዘለዓዓለ ፍጻመ ኢዩ ነይሩ።

    ኣብ ርእሲ’ዚ ፕረሲደንት ኣሰያስ ንዝተፈላለዩ መራሕቲ ሰራዊት፡ ንጀነራል ስብሓት ከይተረፈ ብቐጻሊ ከነኣእስን ፡ ባጀት ሰራዊት ብምዕጻው ፡ ንሰራዊት ኤርትራ ብዝኸፍአ ከማህምን ተራእዩ። ኣብ ከተማታትን ገጠራትን ንህዝቢን ሰራሕተኛታን መንግስትን ብሕትን ብረት ከዕጥቕን ጀሚሩ። ብድሕርዚ ላዕለዎት ሓለፍቲ ሰራዊት ንፕረሲደንት መብርሂ ክህቦም ሓቲቶም። ገለ ካብቶም ኣብዚ መብርሂ ዝሓተቱ ኣብቲ ስዒቡ ዝመጸ ናይ 21 ጥሪ ስርሒት ዝተሳተፉ ኢዮም ነይሮም። ከም በዓል መጀር ጀነራል ፍሊጶስን መጀር ጀነራል ተኽላይ ሃብተስሉስን ውን ኣባላት ናይቲ ሕቶን ምዕዝምዛምን እኳ እንተነበሩ፡ ካብቲ ምንቅስቓስ ብኸመይ ተሪፎም ፡ ወይ ካልእ ውዲት ኔርዎም ኢዩ ፡ ንጹር ኣይኮነን።

    ኣብ ጥሪ 21 ፡ ዝዓበየ መደብ ሒዙ ዝተበገሰ ፡ ኣብ ቀጽሪ ሚኒስትሪ ዜና ጥራይ ዝደየበ ናይ ሰራዊት ምንቅስቓስ ተኻይዱ። እዚ ናይ ለውጢ ስርሒት ፡ ገለ ካብቶም ኣብቲ መደብ ዝተበገሱ እሞ እንተስ ብውዲት ፡ እንተስ ካብ መጀመርይኡ ፡ ካልእ ዕላማ ስለዝነበሮም ዘይተሓወስዎ ፡ ክዕወት ኣይተኻእለን። ብመስዋእቲ ወዲ ዓሊን፡ ድሕሪ 2001 ዝበዝሕ ምእሳር ሓለፍቲ ዝተራእየሉ ኣጋጣምን ከኣ፡ ተሪር ዝኾነ ስንብራት ገዲፉ ዝሒሉ ኣሎ።

    እቲ ከም ኣብ ኩለን ከተማታትን ገጠራትን ብሓይሊ ዝዓጠቐ፡ ክሳብ ደቂ ሱሳን ሰብዓን ወለዲን ዝተፈላለየ ከቢድ ሕማም ዘለዎም ውልቀሰባትን ከይተረፎ ዝኣተውዎ ፡ ናይ ህዝባዊ ሰራዊት ውድብ፡ ዕላምኡ ብንጹር ኣይተፈልጠን። ፕረሲደንት ብልሳኑ ህዝባዊ ሰራዊት ካብ ቀደም ዝነበረን ዘይተርፍ ኣካል ናይ ህዝቢ ምዃኑን ገሊጹ። ኣብ ግዜ ሰላም፡ ዝኾነ ይኹን ተጻብኦ ኣብ ዘይብሉ፡ እሞ ከኣ ነቲ ዝነበረ ሰራዊት ኣሳጒግካን ኣዳኺምካን ንህዝቢ ምዕጣቕ ግን ናይ ጣቋ ከም ዘይምዃኑ ህዝቢን ሰራዊትን ብቐጻሊ ኣብ ኣኼባታት ከይተረፈ ዓው ኢሉ ተዛሪቡ። ህዝቢ ኤርትራ፡ ከምቲ ኣብ ግዜ ሳልሳይ ወራር ዝተራእየ፡ “ንዓ ዕጠቕ” ምባል ዘድልዮ ህዝቢ ኣይኮነን፡ እኳ ደኣ፡ መንግስቲ “ንዓ ግደፍ”እናበሎም ዋኒኖምን ስድሮኦምን ገዲፎም ክንዓጥቕ ኢና ዝበሉን ዝበላን ዜጋታት ዝሓቖፈ ህዝቢ ኢዩ።

    ብኣብ ከባቢ ሕምብርቲ ሓጺር ኮርስ ዝወሰዱ፡ ኮተቴ ዓለምቲ ፡ ዝተጣየሱ ተጋደልትን ሃገራዊ ኣገልግሎትን፡ ንላዕለዎት ሓለፍትን ፡ ሰብ መዕርግ ኣባላት ሰራዊትን ፡ ጋም ማን ፡ ኣነጻጽር ፡ ኣንከባልል ኢሎም ክዕልሙ እቲ ጉዳይ ውርደት ኣብ ልዕሊ ህዝቢ ንምግባርን፡ “ምልኪ” ኢሰያስ ንምርኣይን ዝተገብረ ኢዩ ነይሩ። ኣባላት ማእከላይ ሽማግለ ህግደፍ ኣብ ቀጽሪ ኤክስፖ ንግሆ ንግሆ ፡ ዘብዘብ ክብሉን ምስ ደቂ ደቆም ብረት ከነጻጽሩን፡ ዕላማ ናይቲ ነገር ኣብ ልዕሊኦም ውርደትን ምሽክዕላልን ካብ ምዃን ሓሊፉ ካልእ መግለጺ የብሉን።

    እዚ ጉዳይ ምዕጣቕ ክጅምር ከሎ፡ መጀመርያ፡ “ጽጥታት ከባቢ ንምሕላውን” ብዝብል ካብ ምምሕዳር ዝተላእከ መጸውዒታት ኢዩ ተተግቢሩ ። ታዕሊም ተጀሚሩ፡ ህዝቢ ብረት ዓጢቑ። ዕላምኡ ንምንታይ ኢልካ እንተተሓተ፡ ንሰረቕቲ ተባሂሉ። ፖሊስ የለዉን ድዮም? ሰረቕቲ እንተረኣና ኸ ተኩስና ዲና ክንቀትሎም ? ክሳብ ክንድዚ ዝተጋነነ ናይ ገበን ኩነታት ከ ኣለና ድዩ? ዝብሉ ሕቶታት መልሲ ኣይተዋህቦምን። ኣብታ ብብዝሒን ዓይነትን ገበን፡ ዝሓሸ ኩነታት ኣለዋ እንዳበልና ንንየተላ ከተማ፡ ክሳብ ህዝቢ ዝዓጥቀሉ እንታይ ዓይነት ገበን ኢዩ መጺኡ እንተተባህለ፡ እቲ ምኽንያት ንሱ ዘይኮነስ፡ ካልእ ዝዓበየ ተንኮል ከም ዘሎ ዘርኢ ኢዩ።

    ንሓጺርታዕሊም ዝተባህለ ህዝቢ፡ ታዕሊሙ ወዲኡ ፡ ኣይተፋነወን ግን። ልክዕ ከም ምዱብ ሰራዊት ፡ ሓካይም፡ ሰብ ታክሲ ፡ ነጋዶ ፡ ጋዜጠኛታት ወዘተ ዋርድያ ክሕልዉን፡ ወሳኒ ኣገዳስነት ዘይብሉ ማእቶታዊ ስራሓትን ክጽመዱ ተገዲዶም።

    ጎኒ ጎኒ እዚ፡ ቀረብ ማይን ኤለክትሪሲትን ካብ መዓልቲ ናብ መዓልቲ እንዳኸፍአ፡ ኣብ ኤርትራ ተራእዩ ዘይፈልጥ ቅልልውላው ተፈጢሩ።

    ኩነታት ኣብ ከምዚ ከሎ፡ ህዝቢ ሞራሉ ኣብ ዝተሓተ ደረጃ ኣብ ዝበጽሓሉ፡ ሰራዊት ኣብ ዝተዳኸመሉን ዝተጓነየሉን፡ ናይ ለውጢ ሓይሊ ዝኾነ በማኢት ኣሽሓት ዝቑዘር መንእሰይ ሃገር ራሕሪሑ ኣብ ፈቐዶ ስደት ኣብ ዝሰፈረሉን፡ ኮታ ኤርትራዊ ብጸቕጢ ናይቲ ንነዊሕ ዓመታት ብሜላ ብኢሰያስ ዝተሃንደሰ ውዲት ሞራሉ ኣውዲቑ፡ ከመይ ጌሩ ነብሱ ጥራይ ይድሕን ኣብ ዝሓስበሉ መድረኽ ተበጺሑ። ፍቕሪን ስኒትን፡ ካብ መሰረታዊ ኣህዱታት ስድራቤትን ጉርብትናን ጀሚሩ ንኽልሕልሕ፡ ቁጠባዊን ማሕበራውን ጽቕጥታት ተሃንዲሶም።

    ካልእ ይትረፍ ናይ መሰረታዊ ጠለባት ህዝቢ ብዘይ ጸገም ክሽፍን ዝኽእል ኣታዊ ናይ ዕደና ወርቅን ካልእ ማዕድናትን፡ ኣበይ ከም ዝኣተወ ኣይተፈልጠን። ፕረሲደንት ኣብ ማዕከናት ዜና ቀሪቡ፡ ከም ዝተወድአን፡ ቀደሙ ውን ዘይጠቅም ከም ዝነበረ፡ እኳ ደኣ ንህዝቢ ኣብ ርእሲኡ ብዕዳ ይእውዶ ምዃኑን ገሊጹ።

    ኩነታት ሃገር ከምዚ ዝተጠቕሰ ኣብ ዘለወሉ እዋን፡ ንእኩይ ገጽ ኣኢሰያስን፡ ናይቲ ብዙሓት ገዳይም ተጋደልቲ ከጠንቅቑሉ ዝጸንሑ ፡ ኣዝዩ በሊሕን ሰራምን መደባቱ ዘርኢ ምዕባለ ተኸሲቱ።

    እቶም ብዋጋ ህዝብን ሰራዊቱን፡ ብቐጻሊ ከዐንትሮም ዝጸንሐ ኣባላት ደምህት ፡ ኣብ ከባቢ ኣስመራ ብምዕስካር፡ ንከተማ ኣስመራ ኣብ ትሕቲ ከበብኦም ከም ትኣቱ ጌርዋ። እዞም ሰራዊት፡ ብፕረሲደንት ብቐጥታ ዝእዘዙ ኮይኖም፡ ኣብ ልዕሊኡ ዝኾነ ስጉምቲ ንኸይውሰድን፡ ካብኡ ዝመጽእ ዝኾነ ትእዛዝ ብዘይ ንሕስያ ዘተግብሩን፡ ብባጤራ ዶላር ዝኽፈሉ ዕሱባት ኢዮም። ልክዕ ከምቲ፡ ፕረሲደንት መዓመር ኣል ቃዛፊ፡ ኣብ ኣጋ ምውዳቑ ናይ ውልቁ ብዙሕ ዝኽፈሉ ኣፍሪቃውያን ወተሃደራት ዝዓሰቦ፡ ፕረሲደንት ኢሰያስ ውን እዚ ሜላዚ ተኸቲልዎ ኣሎ።

    እዚ ስዒብና ንገልጾ ሓበሬታ ንኽትኣምንዎ ከጸግመኩም ኢዩ። ኣብ ሃገራዊ ድሕነት ዘለዎ ህጽጽ ኣገዳስነት ብምስትብሃል ግን፡ ብዕቱብ ክትርእይዎ ንምሕጸን።

    ፕረሲደንት ኢሰይስ፡ ኣብ ቀረባ ግዜ ከርእዮ ዝጸንሐ ናይ ዘይርጉእነት መንፈስ ብዙሕ ትንታነታት ኵወሃቦ ጸኒሑ ኢዩ። ምዝዛም ዕምረ ስልጣኑ ግዲ ተራእይዎ፡ ብዙሕ ዘደንጹ ስጉምትታት ኵወስድ ተራእዩ። እብ ዝሓለፈ ወርሒዝገበሮ ህጽጽ ዕጹው ኣኼባ ብዘይ ሕብእብእ፡ ነቶም ምስኡ ተሪፎም ዘለው ግን ዘይኣምኖም ላዕለዎት ሓለፍቲ መንግስትን ግንባርን’ውን ንስልጣኑ ክትንክፍ ንዝብገስ ዝኾነ ምንቅስቓስ ወይ ሰብ ክሕምሽሽ ምዃኑ ብነድሪ ገሊጽሎም። ዕላማ ህዝባዊ ምዕጣቕ ኣስመራ ናብ ሞቓድሾ ንምቕያር ምዃኑ፡ መንእሰይ ኤርትራ ሃገር ከድሕነሉ ኣብ ዘይክእል ቦታ ከም ዘሳጎጎን፡ ነቶም ሰብኡት ዝብሎም መጋልድልቱ ከም ዘጥፍኦምን እቶም ምስኡ ተሪፎም ዘለዉ ከም ሰብኡት ከም ዘይቆጽሮምን ኣጉባዕቢዕሎም። ብሓጺሩ፡ ብድሕሪኡ፡ እዛ ሃገር ኣብ ጸልማት ከም ትኣቱ ኢዩ ኣጠንቂቑ።

    እዚ ሓበሬታ’ዚ ንምእማኑ ዘሸግር ከም ዝኸውን ኣየጠራጥርን። ክዝረበሉ ኣለዎ ዶ የብሉን? ዝብል’ውን ብዙሕ ክትዕ ኣካይድና? ኣባላት ደምህት ብረት ዓጢቖም ኣብ ማእከል እታ ደምና ዘፍሰስናላ ርእሰከተማ ኣስመራ ክድብሉን፡ መንእሰያት ደቅና ክገፉን ምስ ረኣና ግን፡ እዚ ብህጹጽ ኩሉ ህዝቢ ክፈልጦ ዘለዎ ጉዳይ ምዃኑ ወሲንና።

    በዚ ኣጋጣሚ፡ ብፍላይ ንላዕለዎት ሓለፍቲ ሰራዊትን ተጋደልትን፡ “ሃገር ኣብ ቅድሚ ዓይንኹም ፡ ብዘይ ሕብእብእ ትዝመት ኣላ”፡ “ተበራበሩ!” ንብል። ዝተጋደልናሉ ዕላማ ተጨውዩ፡ ሃገር ንውልቃዊ ዕላማ ናይቲ ብጻይና ዝመሰለና ሰብ ትውዕል ኣላ። ዋጋ ናይዚ ተጀሚሩ ዘሎ መድረኽ፡ ኣዝዩ ሓደገኛ ፡ ንኤርትራዊ መንነትን ልኡላውነትን ኣብ ሓደገኛ መስመር ዝእቱ ከቢድ ጉዳይ ብምዃኑ፡ ጻውዒትና ንኹሉ ሰራዊት ኤርትራን መሪሕነቱን ነመሓላልፍ።

    ዓወት ንሓፋሽ!

    ካብ ተጋደልቲ ህዝባዊ ግንባር ሓርነት ኤርትራ

    ኣስመራ 27 / 10/ 2013

    Regards (the ‘Regards” part is from Haile:)

    • ዕትብቲ ኮኾብ ሰላም

      thank you Hailat, cup of coffee for you in Jebana. it was posted after reading this. simple and easy poem but to the point- enjoy it.

      • haile

        Thanks my great brother Etbti Kokhob Selam. I have just been to Jebena and enjoyed it!! Thanks.

        Here is a Solo Grande by Solomon Tsegay, enjoy and a must listen for our brothers and sisters still sympathizing/supporting with the regime at the heart of all this problems.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIPFTQG9UzU&feature=share

        Regards

    • Mengag Dmu

      Haile,

      How would one know whether you penned it yourself or not. I would say, if it was authentic and heavy weight that it is, it would have been sent to Assenna to be broadcasted instead. I personally don’t buy it.

      • haile
      • Ermias

        Mengag, now you know haile (the great) didn’t pen it himself. I can slightly symphatize with your caution that this might be unauthentic. So you have made an assumption that it may not be legitimate. Okay, to be fair, I chanllenge to also assume it might as well be legit. Now, read the letter line by line again. Is anything there untrue, exaggerated, baseless, misrepresnted, etc.? The answer is a resounding NO. So don’t worry the origin of the letter, just digest its contents and you will lose sleep like a lot of us are suffering from, sleeplessness because we are worried about the future of our country and our people.

        • Nitricc

          Ermias you too, lol
          You have a religion won’t let you to listen to music yet, it lets you to be conformist?
          Really, Ermias Yqrbish 🙂 go to church.

          • Ermias

            Nitricc,

            I am not a conformist. Actually one thing you and I have in common is we generate original ideas, only yours are absurd and extremely incomprehensible.

            Hawka

    • Semere Andom

      ሃይል ጽገም የለን፡ አብ ተቀማጦ ሃገርና ገና ሕጊ ጭውያ* ሓሳብ አይ አተወን ዘሎ.

      ምኽንያቱ ድማ እዚ አምር እዚ ፋሽን ስለዝኾነ

      አብ ተሞኩሮና ሰብ ምጭዋይ ካብ ሓሳብ ምጭዋይ ስለ ዝቀልል.. እርትራ(ሰማይ) ዝሃገርካ ሓሳብሲ ከመይ ይጭወ. እይትፍራሕ

      * Tinglish for, plagiarism (holding someone without his/her permission) or what PFDJ does best: Kidnap

      • Nitricc

        You are the last person to talk about plagiarism. Aren’t you the one you get cought with your pants down?
        Have a shame. What disgraceful.

        • Semere Andom

          Nitricc:
          Do not fasciculate and twitch and act like a dimwit or we will be forced to take you for one. Is this a sign of the damage in the ring 🙂
          So give me EVIDENCES that I was caught with my “uniform” down. When? where?

          • Nitricc

            I am still mad at you for suggesting shooting parents. No a such thing should come from an Eritrean mind. We have a culture and norms. Shame on you and shame on awate team for posting that siiit.
            Speaking the ring, it is your boy no where to be found. Thanks for your crowd, the conformist bunch, by know Haile must be currputed. To much Compliment will do that. Don’t you people learn from the worthless “history” so much for history. Here is my reason I can not stand history and hate it.
            So, Semere behave and respect our culture.

    • Papillon

      Dear Haile Z Great,

      When people invariably express their concerns and apprehensions about the possibility of Somalization of Eritrea, I usually shrug it off for it seems to me not only way over board and farfetched but not plausible either. But today after reading the otherwise terrifying scenario where the sadistic entity is riding a roughshod over the Eritrean people, I shudder at the scenario and the message gives me a macabre glimpse where the Somalization of Eritrea is a possibility.

      After reading it, I gathered something ominous. That is, there could be something we don’t know about his health. It could be terminal where he frantically seems to cause havoc on the nation if his days are in fact numbered given a supposed prognosis rendered by his physician. That as it may however, part of me is convinced of the fact that, even though, the calculated plan of arming civilians under the guise of something benign and the leveraging power on DmHit is meant to intensify tension including with in the EDF, I still believe that the age old tolerance and the deep seated moral convictions rooted on transcendental religious convictions of the people will defuse the evil design. In the mean time however, it behooves us to do what ever we can to make our people aware of the scenario so that, we seize the moment and snatch the evil design before it gets hatched.

      ሓፍትኻ

      • Semere Andom

        Papilion:
        Eritrean society is not different and if subjected to enough humiliation, torture and division for years our Eritrea can face the same fate. It is not to say that it will take us 20 years to fix it, but do not underestimate how DIA is setting up Eritrea, even the regional assignment to cardinal direction was not intended for unifying, it was meant for the solmisation of Eritrea if the people do not keep DIA’s Dynasty in power. There is anger, there are guns, there are divisions and there are hatred nurtured by non-other than the PFD. All these are recipes for disaster. We should not underestimate it
        Human nature also breeds heroes and people who mean well in the midst of such gloomy situation and we will hear about them when the dictator is dead, they are the latent buds that the PFDJ cannot nip them out. So there is hope, there is solace to be found, but the apprehension is not a fantasy. “Asha zteklo Lebam NeyneQlo” goes an old Tigrina adage.
        As to the monster, he looks good these days, I suspect that he found a younger liver from the Sinai victims to supplant his own ailing liver and I think he will either be pulled out from a hole like the dogs before him or face the face of Mussolini

    • gebrihiwet

      ሕጂስ በዚሑ እዚ ኮነ ኢልካ ንኤርትራ ብኩሉ መዳይ ኣብ ክትምዕብል ኣብዘይትለሉ ደረጃ ኣብጺሕካ ህዝብና ከይተረዳኤ ክነብር, እዩ መገዶም ሕጂዉን ሓዉኩም ኣሕሊፍኩም ኣይትሃቡ እቶም ናይ በሓቂ ኤርትራውያን::ብጎሮሮካ ዝሕዝ መንግስቲ: ብከብድካ ዝቀጽዕ መንግስቲ ዶምበርከ ኤርትራውያን እዮም:: ንህዝብካ???ነቲ ማይን እንጀራን ዘቅርበልካ ዝነበረ? ማይን እንጀራን ክትሕርሞ? ስለምንታይ? እንታይ በዲሉ ወላዲ? እንታይ በዲላ ኣደ ጅግና: ደብስ ትሜትን ጽምእን ኮይኑ ኢሰያስ ኣፈወርቂ: መራሕ ሃገር ዲካ ወላ መራሕ ኣጋንንቲ እንታይ ኮንካ ኣለካ ነብስካ መርምር ኪንዲታ ዚፈተናካ ጸሊእናካ:ዕድመካ ደኣ ክይሓስር ኣነስ ፈሪሔልካ ኣውያት ይበዚሕ ኣሎ:: ደም ሕጻናት ድቕና ኣብ ፍርቂ መዓንጣካ ብጺሑ ኪዊሕጠካ ቐሪቡ ግደፍ ግደፍ ግደፍ ኤህ ይበዚሕ ኣሎ:: ፊሊፖስ: ስብሓት ዉጩ, ኮታ ኩላትኩም ሕሰቡ እንታይ ንገብር ኣሎና በሉ ብዘይ ህዝቢ እንዲዒ: ባዕሉኩም ተማዓዱ::

  • Some of you might have forgotten that sali’s attitude towards the governing mad man has never changed.please let’s read through his speech and decide for ourselves how much truth to what he is saying. If we have to work together and rid our people from the danger they are in, we have to stop being negative by association.

    Never forget Ali Abdu is his brother, that does not mean he is giving him a free ride. That does not also mean he has to abandon him. Let’s get real!!!!

    Ali Abdu along with the others will be held accountable for their actions.

    • zegeremo

      Well Said!

      …..and Ali Abdu can speak for himself.

      regards

  • Danny

    Dear SAAY and Awatistas,
     
    Simply brilliant! What a presentation that beamed the smiles of people of conscious, and angered the remaining few yes men of a continuously isolated dictator.
     
    If you allow me to digress from your impeccable presentation for just a minute, I would like to ask a question to all Awatistas: is it just my observation or do you all also observe VOA Tigrigna is becoming softer on PFDJ, and becoming irrelevant to those of us who are seeking a meaningful and positive change in Eritrea as time goes by? Minya’s interview with the family members of the disappeared citizens by the regime in Eritrea was maddening to say the least. Minya Afewerki conducted a 17 minute interview of five people who were at a UN event to present their victim statements about their suffering because the regime of DIA cowardly disappeared their family members without any apparent reason. What does Minya do? She hijacked the issue of the disappeared, against her own theme of the interview, and grilled the interviewees for at least 7 minutes of the 17 with questions about the refugee incident that took place in the refugee camps of Ethiopia. Why she did not continue with questions about Syria and the nuclear issue in Iran while she was at it is beyond me. I don”t mean to undermine the Eritrean refugees’ case in Ethiopia here but to underline the unprofessionalism of VOA Tigrigna Program. I think VOA Tigrigna Program is the second medium after EriTV where officials of DIA regime come for an interview with a smile on their faces. No wonder meskerem.net has linked the interview because it found a mirror in VOA Tigrigna Program.

  • Goitom

    Hmak Nsdrabet Aboy Abdu,Ezy Kulu Gina Bsenki Demena Hawuka Ali Eyu Weridwom Emo Mot Ali Ane Sile Zdeli Ezy Feger Hawuka Etitrea Temeles Belo Sdraka Dictator Eseyas Kfethom,Ab Nakura 4 Amet Teasrna Ab V.O.A politics Kmeharu Nakura Sdidnayom Zbil Lekbat Hawuka Eritrea Temeles Belo & inda petros Selemon kiaa Masta Menkaa Eyu inkaa diaa konkum nkulom wala zelewu Atfiau Eseyas intemote in Selam nrekib Eritrea yewedayom Hzbi kgfaa kedem Ageb Zeybelkas hgy Way wayyyy

    • ዕትብቲ ኮኾብ ሰላም

      Dear Goitom,

      If all who were in EPLF are responsible, be honest no one is going to remain in this country. And please agree perfection is only for God.
      let me give you example, Petros selemon and Ali Said were leading the war in 1980’s of ELF against EPLF+TPLF. There were a lot of crimes committed at that moment. I am one of the victims of that war (very young at that moment). I really don’t know much of Eritrean people except my wish to see free nation. Now I don’t have any revenge on them. I know they were not that matured and were not aware of what they are doing when I grow up in 90’s. But no revenge at all, I wish only if there were more than that. And that is past and gone. I am so kind I cry when I heard the voice of Ma’aza. I feel she is my daughter. I feel I am guilty for not defending for her father.
      I am great full for the level I am as I love everybody leave alone those hero men and women. Be nice and think positive and hope for the best. No one is free of the mess we are in, and we need to work together.

      The question is do we learn? Do we change our dirty eyeglass that shows us only part of the picture? Do we start to respect each other?

      In this equation, I would like to say. Saleh, as you have mentioned it correctly this is every ordinary Eritrean problem and INSHAALLAH soon it will be solved with by the hand of united arm and the help of almighty. till then you will see a lot of people leaving the useless group and that in itself is the sighn of victory. sure the group has lost all the power and will not be able to face the mass.

  • saay

    Selamat awatistas:

    Here’s a potpourri:

    1. Not Pictured: Sengal Weldetensaie (brother of Haile “Derue” Weldentensae) is not included. Despite the fact that he had urgent family matters to attend to, he still showed up: the result, unfortunately, is that he was not in the program. But he spoke, eloquently of course: he is the brother of Derue, after all, (“the Pope”) who could speak, without notes, for two hours and captivate you.

    2. Not present: Ali Abdu. I speak on behalf of the voiceless, not the ones with the voice. So, please don’t ask me about what an almost-50-year old guy (who can really express himself in several languages) is thinking, was thinking, is doing, will be doing. In 20 years of writing, I never once mentioned him: I never tried to be associated with his “glory” (I have never once said, “ane kwo Hawi Minister Ali iye” publicly or privately), so I am not going to be associated with whatever you are unhappy with. I went there to speak on behalf of those who can’t speak: Ciham, Abdu, Hassen, and others. Your “what about Ali?” to me sounds as strange as you asking “what about deqi Comboni” or “what about deqi Geza Banda”… what about them? Yep, that was my school, yep, that was my neighborhood…but each man must live and die by the sum total of his/her own work. No guilt by association, no glory by association.

    Related to this, now that Wedi tkabo has given his interview, (a necessary interview, to clear the confusion), I would advise him: hold your peace, gather your thoughts, observe the minefield, work on your menqesaqesi. You can’t help any cause unless you first get peace of mind.

    3. Nature of Regime: Those of you who follow my writing know that I have a unique (a minority) view of the nature of the regime. Some say the regime is a continuation of EPLF, some say its a chauvinist regime, some say it is a Christian-highland regime, some say it is a clique, some say it is a mafia. While there may be a huge overlap of these features, and while they may help explain WHY the system endures, I have always maintained (long before leaving the regime was a thought bubble in Ali Abdu), that there is no regime, no system: just Isaias Afwerki. Remove the man and you remove 90% of what ails Eritrea and we can work together on the 10%.

    4. Lookism: Finally, yes, of course, Eritrean men are better looking than Ethiopian men: have you ever seen Eyob Medhane? Just kidding. Here’s some truce: Eritrean and Ethiopian men and women are a bit, um, superior about their looks: they are equally vain. Whenever they see a good-looking black man or woman, they say, “H/abesha yemesl/ymeslal.” iza Halle Barry habeshana tmesl, haqey do? “yich Rochelle Aytes, abesha nat, adele?” I always say yes: never get in the way of people’s egos:)

    saay

    • Abu Saleh,

      Who can do better in the international stage than you! You have beautifully pictured and eloquently presented the reality of the Eritrean people under the mad man Isayass Afeworki. The first voice of its kind on behalf of the voiceless in the International stage. And yes Indeed, as you put aptly ” each man must live and die by the sum total his/her own work.” You have done enormous contribution to defend the oppressed Eritrea people tirelessly.History will remember you as such.Ali Abdu is a man of himself and will be judged by his own work and action.Do not bother by the nonesenes questions about Ali abdu. I wish full strength to your family members and other who are in the dark places of the gangs…freedom will ring soon for them.Well done my friend and keep the torch of freedom to spreed.

      Regards,
      Amanuel Hidrat

    • ዕትብቲ ኮኾብ ሰላም

      once again all my respect to you Saay. you are the real hero and man of priciple. keep it up.

    • Hidri

      Salih Yonus,

      You write eloquently and indeed you have being voice for the voiceless. Your writing is very logical and exposes the illogical horrifying crimes of the “regime” – actually my friend calls “Shifta” which does not really describe the crimes of DIA – genocide (as shifta’s are mostly robbers). However; we have to use the words we have until we create one for the criminal. Keep it up the good work as your father stood for justice for years. Your father is a hero and You are Anbesa wedi Anbesa!

    • Eyob Medhane

      Sal,

      Right after I read only the first sentence, “..Eritrean men are better looking..”, I got out of my chair and started “….ere..goraw, ere wenzu…tedefernata…”, then I calmed down after I saw “I am just kidding”. 🙂

      I have read many, many of your writings. For me, this speech is by far one of your best. I do not know what you are expected to say more about Ali Abdu. You said he has left the regime, and the regime is holding his daughter a hostage to get back at him. The young girl is the one, who needed to be spoken for, and you did that. So, your critics, who say you did not say enough about Minister Ali are just wrong. (I am telling you that they are wrong, because, unlike you and Haile, I don’t have a ‘citizen’s obligation’ to speak with Isayasists. See how one can avoid useless conversation, but still be in awate? 😉

    • Ermias

      Saay (the magnificent), huge fan here in me, same school of thought as you when it comes to Eritrea. It is a one man show indeed. Take out IA, the generals and colonels will do the rest – finish each other off and the other criminals because everybody will try to cover up their crimes and will try to kill all who know. It’s dog eat dog.

    • Ermias G.

      Dear Sal,

      I really admire your resolve and tenacity. Please write something about your background (A biographical sketch)that might help some of us who would like to follow your foot steps.

      Thank you for Standing up for your people.

      • Ermias G. Why do u need his info? you can follow him if he has good heart and going to the right pace….
        He said his father is Eritrean from Keren, Eritrea…

    • SA

      Hi Saay,
      You do not cease to amaze me. It is not only your writing but also the way you have conducted yourself that has been magnificently praiseworthy. Keep up the good work.
      SA
      PS. One suggestion I have is for you to consider moving what you wrote about your brother in the comments section to the end of the article as a post script. You have addressed well the question many people have concerning your brother, but a good number of these people may not read the comments section.
      SA

    • Sarah

      Dear Saay,
      You do not need me to say how eloquent and intelligent you are. So I will directly go to the point I want to make or the explanation I am really looking for.
      You wrote,
      ‘It is to say that what we want most–(soft landing)(my brackets)–can only happen if all of us change. It would be ideal if Isaias Afwerki woke up tomorrow and asked, “Dear God, what am I doing?” but that is not in the works. So, ultimately, he is responsible: just like Siad Barre is responsible for what befell Somalia.’
      I am sort of confused by your use of the underlined expression. I am confused because I have heard it from people who believe that the only person who is responsible for the present state of our people and country is DIA. This idea never ceased to surprise me because logically, DIA is not the one who is raping our sisters, putting our young through hell and back in prisons. None of the victims claim to have seen DIA in such crime scenes. Of course, the system he put in place allowed this to happen. But the people who do the dirty work and commit such atrocities against their own people are the ministers, generals and colonel and many lower ranking military personnel. Are the 10% you are talking about? If so I would like to differ because the person who looks at my eyes and yet rapes me, or aims at me and shoots, ties my hands and arms into different shapes and hangs me from trees, sold me to another human trafficker ……
      The ministers who cover-up crimes, are corrupt and treat their personnel like dirt instead of protecting them; spy on and put them in prison… These are the criminals!
      Why are we losing sight of the truth?
      So SAAY, It would be very useful and educating if your next article is on what you meant by ‘SOFT LANDING’ and the ‘…just Isaias Afwerki. Remove the man and you remove 90% of what ails Eritrea and we can work together on the 10%.’ I do not know where you got these figures and it seems like giving a green light to criminals of first order.
      Therefore, I sincerely and politely ask you to write an article to clarify these points.

      • saay

        Selamat Sarah:

        A very thoughtful question. If you have a chance to follow the debates I have had with Serray (the grand), his favorite pass time is to poke holes in my argument that Isaias Afwerki is the Alpha and the Omega of this nasty situation we are in. My argument goes something like this:

        I. The closest organization to compare the PFDJ with is to a cult. And a cult is nothing without a cult leader. I equate PFDJ to a cult because the cult believes whatever the cult leader believes. I have used this example many times but one more time won’t hurt:

        1. In 2000, the PFDJ accused the United States of trying to overthrow Isaias Afwerki.
        2. In 2002, the PFDJ wanted Eritrea to be America’s African Khedamit. (a) It employed an American lobbying firm, Greenberg Traurig LLP, at $50,000/month to argue that Eritrea is the most logical post-911 American base. To make things impossible to deny, the lobbying firm wrote an article entitled “Why Not Eritrea”? Here’s an excerpt: “Eritrea provides the United States with a strategic advantage and hospitable atmosphere that cannot be matched in the region….Based on the current sentiment of the Arab community and the geography of the region, it is increasingly clear that the failure to form an alliance with Eritrea is unconscionable.” (b) The then-Eritrean ambassador to the US, Girma Asmerom, told a Japanese newspaper that Eritrea is a perfect base for the US because even our mountains look like those in Kandahar. (c) General Tommy Franks was visiting Eritrea frequently. (d) Sec of Defense Donald Rumsfeld visited Isaias in December 2012 and in a joint press conference they had, Isaias made it clear that he would extend the US all the help it would need to fight terrorism; (e) a long-time friend of the EPLF, journalist Robert Kaplan, wrote an article in the Atlantic arguing that Eritrea is a better military base for the US than Yemen. He had an interview Isaias Afwerki and here is the relevant quote:

        General Franks, on several visits here, and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, during a visit last December, have held long talks with Afewerki. “The meetings were superb,” Afewerki told me. “I mean that they were frank, without pretensions or flattery on either side. I share the strategic view of the Americans in the region. French forces in Djibouti have been a stabilizing factor, and U.S. troops will add to that. You need outside powers to keep order here. It sounds colonialist, but I am only being realistic.”

        3. Since 2004, and especially after the Ethiopian elections of 2005, Isaias Afwerki has been on a tear talking about “special interest groups”, “hegemonic powers”, “Langley”, “CIA”, “Washington Administration” are to blame for all that ails the world. That and the “khedemti” states who do the US bidding.

        This tells me that the PFDJ has no ideology, no belief system, that is consistent: it believes whatever Isaias believes at any given time. If it was a real political organization, you would have heard of those who were opposed to the first policy (“I share the strategic view of the Americans in the region”), or the current policy (“the US is to blame for everything.”) But you didn’t, and you don’t, because it is not a political organization: it is a parasitical octopus with multiple suction caps.

        II. The EPLF, specially after its 2nd organizational congress in 1987, explicitly committed itself to an Eritrea where political pluralism, contested elections, rule of law, freedom of religion (except for the imperialist imports), constitutionalism would reign. In 1986, Isaias Afwerki (in an interview with Washington Post) described the claim made by African leaders that nation-building precedes democratization (the same claim made by his supporters now) as “sophistry, trying to justify undemocratic attitudes…” In several follow-up meetings, and as recently as 1990, Isaias Afwerki (then General Secretary) promised fighters and civilians that there will be political pluralism and contested elections in Eritrea. So the claim that the EPLF is only delivering what it promised–authoritarianism–is not supported by the facts.

        III. As chairman of the PFDJ, Isaias Afwerki also promised democratization and rule of law and constitutionalism. He broke his promise.

        Now, to do all of this requires hatchet men and facilitators. True. A carpenter needs a hammer; a surgeon needs gloves. But these are tools. They were either tricked, or they were part of the conspiracy to trick people. Now, we have a choice:

        (a) We can either tell all of them we are coming after you. In which case, they will say, “well, if you are going to declare me an enemy worthy of destruction, I might as well keep on killing, raping, destroying.”
        (b) We can identify them as tools executing orders. In which case, they may say, “well, I can always say I was following orders; I am untouchable and why should I change.” (this is what you fear.) Or, they may say, “well, there will be a day of reckoning and there is only so much ‘I was only following orders’ I can do, so I better be careful.

        There is a war going on now. Isaias’ tactic is to corrupt and implicate as many people as possible so that they make the calculation that they are un-salvageable and their future is tied to his. That is: to separate them from the people. Our strategy should be to paint a post-Isaias world governed by justice where each one will have what is coming to him/her not based on his/her association with an organization, but his/her individual contribution to creating the unlivable state we have now. That is, it should be to separate them from him.

        Each has a risk. I think my approach–defining the enemy as Isaias, and his flunkies as having varying degrees of guilt which will be determined in a just, democratic, rule-of-law Eritrea–is the one that will isolate Isaias Afwerki and deliver results more quickly.

        saay

        • Sarah

          Hi Saay,
          Thank
          I can understand what you are trying to say but the point is Issayas alone does not run the country, he has willing collaborators, one who really do not have an iota of patriotism in them. These cronies are not gloves or zombies. They court the Issayas and lie and connive to get some position even if the position does not have any political power. Then they abuse their position; they mock, belittle and harass their colleagues and decimate the economic and social fabrics of our country. For this they even get a better post and they keep doing whatever they were doing in a larger scale. Are these zombies? or gloves?
          Yes, the system is corrupt but they are willing to join it and abuse their brothers, mothers, sisters and brothers, their sons and daughters. These are not what the Chinese official calls ‘flies’. These are monsters, blood suckers, sadists. It would be underestimating the pain of Eritreans to look at the problem in terms of one man issue!
          Believe me they know that we are coming after them; we do not have to tell them. Their guilt is eating them. No matter how much they deny it, the eyes and cries of their victims come to their dreams. They might have lost count of how many but they do see them.
          Is it a system which is manifested in the worst possible colour by those who willing to.
          I believe that people make mistakes and people change. But public people or not, they have to acknowledge their mistakes and show that they have changed and give back.
          Otherwise why would all the holocaust victims and others hunt the Nazi guys even after Hitler died?
          Anyway, I am just saying it is not right to see Eritrean issue in terms of Issayas as the only perpetrator. We need to include justice into the process of our search for dermocracy; only politics won’t solve it.

          • saay

            Selamat Sarah:

            I also understand what you are trying to say.

            We are really talking about one thing and its timing: JUSTICE, NOW.

            The biggest hurdle to justice is Isaias Afwerki and he has done that many different ways, not the least of which being by re-defining it. Ask your average Nitricc what “justice” means and he will immediately talk about economic justice and social justice: microdams, MDG, literacy rate, equitable development. The justice of Natural Law–what our simple folk back home call FITHI (fairness, decency, doing the right thing) has been corrupted because in search of economic justice and social justice one can deny fairness. It is the Mao formula of kill a million to save a billion. Except that in Eritrea it is destroy the current generation to make life easier for future generation.

            This is not a “one man issue”; this is a case of one man whose removal from power would unplug all the sadists he has assembled. Their power is based on their proximity to Isaias. This is true of the technocrats, the military leaders, the regional governors and the ministers:

            What is the legitimacy of the technocrats (the Yemanes, for example)? Are there technical accomplishments–streamlining of bureaucracy, developing a booming tourism, a reputable sports commission, a regional IT hub, colleges and hospitals, running water, electricity–anything they can take credit for? What is the legitimacy of the military leaders (the Zone Commanders, for example)? That they protected Eritrea’s sovereignty? When? Isn’t it going to be a case that fewer Eritreans were killed, tortured in my zone than the other zone? What is the legitimacy of the regional administrators/governors? Improved literacy in one zone compared to another, more dams built in one zone over the other? What is the legitimacy of the ministers going to be?

            Compare this with, say, the G-15: their authority was based on their resume in the liberation struggle. It was authority and power base completely independent of Isaias Afwerki. (Which is why they had to be eliminated.)

            You are aware of the Pareto Principle, I am sure. It is known as the 80/20 rule: that 80% of the world’s problems (or solutions) can be credited/blamed on the 20%. It is a universal law. (Applies also to discussion forums like this one, by the way, which is why we take the trouble of moderating it 🙂 Isaias is 90% of Eritrea’s problem and he needs 90% of our attention. Since you brought up Hitler: that was the allies goal, by the way: get rid of the head, the tail will be relatively easier.

            I agree with the rest of your assessment: justice must be served. We are differing on the tactics, I think.

            saay

  • jonas

    Not just in this article but where ever I go, be it Assenna or Awate all I read is talk, talk , talk, nothing of a strategy that will harm Isayas in the immediate term . The first and most effective way to start striking the regime is to win the information war. The air waves reach a lot more viewers in Eritrea than the internet talk shops. If there was a balanced radio station ,free of independent of Ethiopia ,it will be a game changer. Isayas rules through fear and myth . Once people hear how rotten the regime is and they see contempt for him played on radio , fear will begin to decapitate . This radio station should not just be opposing Isayas , but find the truth by trying to be neutral which will add to it’s credibility. There should be also lots of entertainment to attract the mass than just politics and news. Of course there is the issue of money, and if it’s base is in Ethiopia , a risk of interference. But all internet talking bubble heads should work is on how to win the attention of the people and incite them against a regime which they think is stronger than it is. It might also create division within the dictatorship. How to reach the Eritrean mass is the key to make Eritreans lose fear of Isayas, till that happens ,people will talk and talk till the cows come home.

    • Nitricc

      Hello, here is an idea. Have you been reading me?
      Trust me, there will be more talks till PIA dies natural death. So, Jonas sit tight and enjoy the show. Or join the talk with Yodita and papillon lol, those two got big mouth.
      I don’t know what you do for living but please never consider counseling the opposition on a strategy how to get rid of PFDJ.
      Forget the freaking, how about idea, program, vision and strategic planing?
      What are you people smoking?

      • Nitricc,

        The talk will never end. There will always be people of power mongers and political interests. They always will fight to grab the power. The problem is not the power but the scarcity of posts for power.

        Look, there is always one presidential post, or you may add one post for prime minister, it depends on your the choice of political structure. There also will be handful posts for Ministers. Some other post for Generals, Director Generals, Commissioners, Ambassadors, go down in that way in the public sector.They still are scarce, not enough to satisfy the appetite. The main problems is power mongers always look for the upper post.

        When Issaias gone we are going to have only one post for presidency. The same or some more posts will also remain there for other officials. Off course they will be taken by the smart ones ‘smart to win hearts and minds of determinant bodies in the society’ or ‘smart to play the game’. Then a bunch of people will remain no where except their ambitions. Do you expect them to shutdown their mouths. Never they will not… Look the Fox news guys.

        Nitricc, let’s forget Issaias. If by any coincidence Saay happen to be our next president (I would not have any problem if he is going to secure Eritrea intact in addition to other provisions), YG will demonstrate, of course Amanuel Iyassu will not also shut his mouth. The worst is the smerr gangs will not give peace to Saay. You know, what all these people know is bark on the power. They dont know and the don’t have the required ingredients to withhold power in a third world and more than that in Africa and particularly in East Africa. For sure the reality check could have been a nightmare to Saay and his foes. The would have wondered how Issais is managing his job all the way from 1966.

        My reason for this futile analysis is… so far the common factor all this so called ‘opposition’ have is hate against Issaias. Apart from that let alone to plant constitution in the country they are severely failing to construct a unifying rules in their respective factions.

        Have you ever read what is happening in their made in Ethiopia unity and youth organisations. Failed just to follow their respective organisational constitutions. In their quartets it is common to conduct coup d’état. You know how many people are overthrown by their organisations.. the Dr. Berhanu, Eys.. cases. that is laughable.

        The bud thing is they don’t care about the nation. They plea international community to invade Eritrea and overthrow the government. They bring the Iraq’s and Libyas’ case as an exemplary measures. They dont want to see to what is going on on both countries. The post Sadam and Gadafi countries are dying silently… Iraq is plagued of factional attacks and Libya is miserably failed to protect its prime minister let alone the people.

        Regards,

        • Meron,

          The subject of discussion in this piece is the Eritreans who are jailed and yet their where about is unknown, the cause of their arrest is unknown, the failure of the regime to bring to the court of justice, the inability of citizens who are in prison to defend themselves in the court of law. But look what you are doing to deflect the issue in question and you are talking whether there are capable opposition to fill the vacuum or not. You see Meron how genuine would have been if you would have talked (whether for it or against it) about what Saay has raised in the international stage (about the the disappeared citizens) at least to weigh in your judgement about that. Please talk about whether jailing 16 years old young girl and 85 years old elderly-man (who is apolitical) is judicious or not. Have a gut to weigh in and give your judgement about that rather deflecting and talking about other things.If you talk on the subject matter, we could see your sense of justice and your view on the rule of law. Other wise stop this futile deflectional argument because it is deflectional violation in its merits and consequential in its intent.

          • Selam Amanuel,

            Is that a question or a plea? Have you seen the discussion from up to bottom? Do you think everyone in here is debating on specific subject? Above all have you noticed where my post is located and what follow-up it is to?

            Ema, there is not subject wise consistent discussion in this forum. Even if you want, it definitely is not easy to discipline everyone toward that manner. This is a discussion forum.. you come with one idea I take or add or extend it to my lime, then another one also lead it to word his limit or deviate it. What else do you expect?

            But if you want to know my views on issues of your choice (actually that a favor you can do to me) I can share them with you.

            Sena’y ne’aka

          • Selam Meron,

            Could you try, please Agree or disagree on the validity of Saay’s presentation? Can you say something whether jailing a young 16 years old girl and an ailing elder man of 85 years old is justifiable in your view. Do you believe on citizens to be taken and disappear and no family members know their whereabouts as it is the usual distinct method of operation of the regime in Asmara? Shouldn’t they face the court of justice to defend their innocence. Please if you are a fair person answer my question candidly.

            regards,

        • Nitricc

          Meron, don’t even go there. It is a mess. If we are not be carful, I can see the Somalization of Eritrea. We have the most reckless, irresponsible, greedy and stupid oppositions.
          Trust me when I tell you. Leave the man run its course, simple.

          Meron, I would like to discuses about the issue you mentioned. Perhaps we can extend to further investigate the issue. For, now let me ask you this, I do know that PIA will never go down by force. No, who ever tried to use force, it will be met by TPDM head on. TPDM is an formidable force to be Rockne with, I.e. what do you think the role of TPDM is?

          • Saleh “Gadi” Johar

            Nitricc,
            You amaze me: I would like to know your moral judgment? Let me accept your views. What do you think about it? Is that right or wrong? What is your view on TPDM combatants controlling Eritrea? Simple answer, is it right or wrong?

          • Nitricc,

            Few weeks back i did my ‘Beles’ visit to Asmara. And i witness that the popular army is in control of it’s cities, towns and villages – Not TPDM.

            Off course TPDM’s presence in the country is not secret, similar to the so called ‘opposition’s presence in the other side of the border. The difference between the so called ‘opposition’ in the other side and TPDM is very big. TPDM is lively organisation and is ever-growing in size and organisation. In the contrary the so called ‘opposition’ in the other side are narrowly organized, parochial, and barely alive. They are only good at making money from the Eri-refugee and human trafficking.

            Let me not run after the rumors basically created by the diaspora ‘opposition’. It almost have been 3 years since TPDM has became a talking point in pall talk and websites forums. The reason behind that is simple and clear.

            Nitricc, don’t you thing TPDM is a kind of reality check for the ‘oppositing’ on the other side of the border. As you know some of these oppositions have been in Sudan and Ethiopia for 20 or more years. However, they have done nothing apart conferencing, partying, touring, and computing for non-existent positions and power. So how can they feel comfortable to see the enemy of their friend and the friend of their enemy growing. Don’t forget also what that message could mean to their boss – Weyane. According to them Weyane has aleady concluded and tell to some of the in face that they are as good as nothing.

            Nitricc, I simply could not buy the rumors. And even if it is true i don’t believe TPDM can have meaningful role in the country.

            Let’s get real. If you compare TPDM’s capacity in-terms of manpower, know-how, equipment and experience it is no where to be compared with Eritrea’s and Ethiopias defense armies. Comparing to Eritrea’s army or Ethiopia’s army TPDM is just a fraction. It is not mechanized, not organised for conventional war, and is not living in a geographical area of its best knowledge. Nitricc Nebsi, TPDM can’t defend itself let alone Eritrea. Yes it is by far better than other factions in the region, but, can only give bit of headaches to Weyane.

            Regards,

  • While i sympathize with the whole story, I have to admit what caught my attention more than the real story is the fact that I could for first time see a photo of a man who once humorously argued with ethiopians how better looking Eritrean men are compared to Ethiopians, yet here I am looking at my less than average ethiopian history teacher from late 90..could it be you were an impostor Ethiopian Saay?

  • L.T

    De Generatione;
    In his autobiographical account of 20-century,Saleh has left a document so clinically objective so,from kind of my morla judgment his answering an anthropologist’s questionnaire or a psychiatrist recording a case history!
    Elsa Chrum was out of favor and this was a coup d’etat and it was an invasion.What a didactic poem and with dead lanuages dramatic phase.
    The Prince of Newyork
    There are many people for whom hate and rage pay a higher dividend of immediate satisfaction than love.One Lieutenat drew his sword against Isaias.’feeling good’are good!
    They sat in the same room,but not in the same universe.No longer a child,but not yet a….

  • Kifle

    Saleh Y

    A new Era of real change is approaching, and you exemplify it in your efforts.

    You speak for all of us Eritreans about these facts, deeds; your call for overhauling change and a call for West’s dis-engagement with is mad man is to the point. But lets Eritreans join hands for the sake of all Eritreans, and the futire of this unfortunate country, whose people – we – are fooled to celebrate frredon in its absence, boycotted by a ad man.

    The call of this new era is working together – smret bgren bqaln –

    Keep up the good job, and see you next year in the streets of, first Asmara, and then Keren jira fiyori.

  • Nardos

    Hi Saleh betammi tsubuk agelalitsa.

    Bettami zehizin weridukum zelo, gin nikullu gizie alowo Bitesfa minbar eyu zebertianna nukulunna.. Kindey seb alo mesilukka kabzi natkkum zikefie weriduwo zello, gin eeddill zeyrekebe nikizarebelu. Kindey seb bigguwahi tefeliyunna zello.
    Hantti Tigermenis kisab hijji ” Ettom nidigifo” inna ziblu eyom. Nezi kemzzi aynett shiggir kiwerdo netti Titsello “enemy” tibilo seb aytitimneyelun keman.
    Anyway kullu seb kab akmu nillailli koynu… amlak yihagizkum ///

  • Desale

    I like this article and I am really sad what happened to the Abudus family (over age father and under age child in prison). Most shocking is Ali Abdu was in the inner circle of the wrong doing and the heinous crime. I am happy Ali abdu left and I hope to see him come forward to people of Eritrea and tell his story as his brother did. I strongly believe Ali abdu story will be more important in facilitating reconciliation and change in Eritrea and a way forward to the next generation. I hate why eritreans take time to tell their stories…wedi Temenw tell his story after decades …We should learn to be instant to disclose the reality…Habae Kusulu Habae Fewsu….if we hide some where for ever…nothing will change…u remain like Deki Hdrtna…so every one must tell the story and lets unite and make a solution.

    • L.T

      holy ghost weyanay.
      Union with father can only be hoped for,union with the son through works..

      • Desale

        I like ur comment keep it going….

  • Mehret

    Younis,
    I felt sorry for your niece. She was in the same school as my kids and I used to see her all the time. she looked very sensitive and delicate and as a mother I feel for her.
    But frankly not for her parents.
    But what I am surprised here is that her parents are in a safe place and I am sure her father (the minister of Information) has not lost his voice, neither has her mother.
    Why would you speak for her when they came make a genuine plea and can talk about first hand experience (selfish as they are). It is her parent who put her in this position in the first place. genuine parents die and live with their kids and would do anything for their children.
    Younis, did you tell the officials and delegates what her father did? did they ask you where her father ?
    Would it affect his evil pride to come and stand up for his daughter? He is just a human being like every one. Perishable like the eritrean children who sunk in the Mediterranean sea. Why does he think that he is so above anyone including his own daughter?
    Surprisingly you stood along the children of the prisoner your brother used to denounce. What does it feel? For most of us it felt weird why would you eb his messenger. What makes him different from any other eritrean.
    You seem to abuse the trust many of us put in you as a principled person and this website as a matured platform.

    • Ermias

      Hi Mehret,

      I have great admiration for Mr Younis. In fact, I have followed his writings and articles since 1998 or so, met him in California a couple times. He is a great man all around. I somehow failed (even after reading the article) to connect the dots and ask the very good questions you asked, particularly about Ali Abdu. Those are completely legitimate and I hope SAAY (the magnificent)can elaborate for us one by one. But he really doesn’t have to because he did his part to use his family as an example of what the average Eritrean is bearing and he is not obligated to force Ali Abdu to own up to his crimes against the Eritrean people. A future court of law will do that for us.

      My best speculation would be that Ali Abdu is probably afraid for other family members lest they face the same fate if he speaks out. A lot of us use pen names for the very same reason.

      Anyway, I have no sympathy whatsoever for Ali Abdu himself but I am determined to fight IA and PFDJ until Mr Younis, Hassen, Ciham, and the rest of Eritrean prisoners see daylight and are properly compensated by the Eritrean people because they made a sacrifice for us directly or indirectly.

      • Mehret

        so now the eritrean people who are being treated like slave by internal and external forces have to pay compensation to the ali Abdu’s and the rest of the prisioner.
        What an idea!!!!

        • Ermias

          Relax please. Saay (the magnificent) has replied to some of your questions on a different thread so you need not read my jibberish any further.

          Know who is on your side and who is not. When I say compensate by the Eritrean people, I mean to say by the future Eritrean decomcratic state (which will mean the Eritrean people’s govt, unlike what we have now). Also to compensate doesn’t mean to hand out cash, dollars and euros, but to help them settle so they can lead normal lives over again. The same goes for our refugees all over the place, orphans, deki swuat, kaluot dikatatn zektamatn. Okay, we are fighting one enemy and that is Isaias Afewerki. We may have slightly differing approaches but with the exception of three to six people (L.T., Nitricc, and Meron), our common goal here is to defeat and eradicate the IA regime.

  • Danny

    Moderator,

    I posted my comment but cant see it on the comments’ section.

  • Gebre

    Mr Younis, Good morning/Evening to you,

    It has long been said that “No animal could ever be so cruel as a man, so artfully, so artistically cruel.”

    It is mind-boggling to image that a human being can do such things for no apparent reasons to his kind. And much disturbing is it to see an Eritrean being so cruel to his fellow Eritreans. What was the point for Mr Isaas to give all of his youth for the struggle for independence? Independence for whom? And freedom for whom? Why all this sickening vindictiveness against his people?

    What is the point of jailing a small girl of 15 and an honorable elderly man of 85. Where and when is this human madness to end? As I said earlier in my short comment, I truly hate the human race.

    Saay, Stay strong please. We are always with you and hopefully this cruel animal will soon disappear and you will join all members of your beautiful family including your respected and courageous father and the little innocent girl.

    The struggle shall continue against ruthless dictatorship!

    • belay

      Dear Gebre,
      Just a concern,about the human race you mention above.Some people are cruel clearley people like Isayas.But 99.9% if not more are not like Isayas, do not forget,Isayas does what he does because he doesn’t like people.so please do not be his victim,you do not hate the human race,how about the kind people you know?i know,you very angry and that,and you don’t mean it.God bless you.

  • berhe

    Thank you for this special family history. The agony and the suffering will pass and new is on the horizon. DIA and his puppets will be killed and dumped like dogs.

  • dawit

    It looks PIA is an equal opportunity oppressor.

  • Papillon

    The genius of the speech rests on the fact that, it was brilliantly able to put Isaias on a different light as most of the people in the audience come with a generic built-in perception of a typical African dictator. To be more precise, the speech takes away Isaias to be seen from a different angle as he (Isaias) departs from the norm of a dictator in a three piece suit, with a private jet, a number of villas some where in the West at his own disposal.

    Moreover, this is the very first time, a plea is made to representatives of International Agencies to remove Isaias as they have done in Iraq among others. The plea in passing is made in a sharp contrast to the thinly veiled theme, “Eritrean solutions for Eritrean problems.” I wouldn’t be surprised if the same and exact replica of a speech is made down the road at the African Union in Addis or perhaps at the Ethiopian Parliament as well. We can never know. As they say, time is the hidden factor. Never say never echos wisdom.

  • Yodita

    Dear Saay,
    How courageous can one get? What a great risk and sacrifice for one family. This is yet one very heavy BLOW to the hated regime and cohorts. Lampedusa, Wedi Tukabo, and now your most courageous ‘አዉያት’ to the International community, on behalf of your own beloved family and those voiceless ones is yet another BLOW that will hasten the demise of what many of our compatriots now define as a ‘curse’

    The text of your speech will be inserted in bold letters in our history so that future generations will be incredulous by how a whole nation allowed such a man to thrive over such an unsustainable situation. In the meantime, at present, it will EMBOLDEN us to come forward, sooner than later.

    The ‘goons’ are going to be mighty nervous by this powerful address so Dear Saay, expect to receive the cruel and cowardly part of their weak nature.

    May the day when we all rejoice for the re-uniting of the whole family be at hand.

    Haftcka

    • Mehret

      courageous? waw!
      Courageous are Meaza and Zerai, who have to go thorugh an ordeal instead of enjoying their childhood and are now brave enough to speak up. Not those who wait to be called to a meeting to talk and not those who ….

      • Yodita

        Miss Mehret,

        You seem to be perched on a very high pedestal, dishing out judgement right and left. I sense anger and delusion in your posts and I will not blame you a priori because only you know what you and yours may have suffered under this cruel regime.

        My appeal to you is to direct and hurl your anger and indignation at the culprit that causes our anguish. It most certainly is not Saleh Younis who is spelling out to the whole world what is bleeding our nation notwithstanding he has his family in the dungeons. Ask yourself if you would have rushed to speak against Isaias (vindictive as Caligula) had one of your off-springs were detained!! If you know yourself that much and your answer is in the affirmative, then, only then, your judgemental post may be legitimate.

        The day Ali Abdu abandoned the tyrant, he spoke loud and clear. Do we want more? Of course we do. But, given the circumstances, only he can determine the timing. Ali Abdu’s memoires, narrated hair-splittingly honest, will help serve as an antidote; a vaccination against deadly VIRUS for future generations. The wealth is there for Eritrea. Because he abandoned and discarded the system, I live in hope that he will richly compensate the people by saying it like it really was.

        Concluding, I ask you: what good use did we make of Kbrom Dafla’s disclosure of how the system works? In my view, little or nothing. Yet he offered, generously and meticulously, how the system deliberately works towards the society’s degeneration. I quote, ad verbatim, what Ato Kbrom Dafla said at one of the Paltalks: “ኢሳያስ ሐዊ እዩ ዘኾልስ”!

        Ali Abdu has abandoned the enemy at a great cost. If this is not courage, I don’t what is.

  • dawit

    “የፉክክር በት ሳይዘጋ ያድራል” That is the sad story of Eritrea.

    • ተዘግትዋል አይዞህ, እንደ ኤርትራ ደግሞ ግጥም ብሎ የተዘጋ ቤት አለ እንዴ?

  • peter

    Amen to everything u said. He is a mad man, and engaging a mad man won’t produce any result.

  • Nitricc

    People chill out. It is not only a family matter but a sad one.
    I do believe SAAY made a mistake not telling the whole story. He should have mentioned Ali Abdu.
    It is the real Eritrean family story. When it comes to politics, we can see eye to eye with my parents but to tell you the truth, they are my love, my best friends and I will do anything under the sun to make them happy, because I love them.
    The point I am trying to make is that it is our realty in Eritrean family to have different poletical believes and to differ. I think SAAY could have strength his point by mentioning the other side of his family. He may thought if he mentioned Ali Abdu, might weaken his case but he was wrong
    So people, chill out and understand the situation.
    We will be fine.

    • Nitricc

      Please read we can NOT see eye to eye
      Jzzzzzzzzzzzzz
      Hey Sal if you do some editing for me before you post my article, I will take it easy the blow in Haile’s nose. 🙂
      Hey it is a good deal 🙂

    • semere andom

      Niricc
      please do not pontificate. If you are PFDJ lover you do not love your family. I can bet you will be willing to shoot them to just please DIA.

      • Nitricc

        Niricc
        please do not pontificate. If you are PFDJ lover you do not love your family. I can bet you will be willing to shoot them to just please DIA.
        Awate team, are advocating for Eritrean Children to shoot thier family?
        How on earth would you let to be posted this and delet my response? Sirously awate?

  • semere andom

    Sal:
    What a truthful, succinct summation of the plight of our people and the nature of regime that is humiliating them. But the end of PFDJ has started and the crimes against our people by their own will astound us
    Nhana alena m’erfa, tarik alwea gohaf ” from Lemin Leminy”

  • “Isaias Afwerki decides which singers should go on which tours, which pavement should be patched, what crop should the farmers sow this year, how far they should plough, which private hospital should be closed, which shop keeper should be licensed, what curriculum should be taught; who should be sentenced for years and who for life sentence …whose wife should be abused so that the husband will be humiliated: the ultimate insult in Eritrean culture. He is the one who declares war and peace; at the same time he is the one who decides what color should be painted a certain house.”

    If that is true so when could he got time to go to ‘Garaj Mengsty’ and his ‘Workshop’…. amazing.

    You lift any responsibility from Ali by undermining the Ministerial position… amazing.

  • Ben

    What about the other brother of yours??,….the one who did with the the Eritrean government all what you said above,..hm?. Well what goes around comes around!

    • The apparent absence of “Ali Abdu” from the picture is because he is taking photos. He can’t be in both places at the same time. In other words, he can’t be in the photograph and take photos at the same time. 😉

      • Are we left to guess who is who in the picture?

    • zegeremo

      Ben,

      ….then that would make him a credible citizen who stands for justice,not for his family member.

      “Change in Eritrea will come, and it will stick, when enough Eritreans inside and outside the country believe it’s necessary and timely and execute it.”

      Saleh Younis
      Oct. 24, 2013

    • Chicago

      Binial Araya (Ben)

      Grow up before we talk about ….

    • wedi-arbate

      Biniam Araya (Cherini)

      Yes, I too know a lot of baggage about you. Please do not talk about people’s brother’s, sisters father and so on. We know you real well. If it was not for your wife, you would have been below garbage. Please keep your moth shut before we spell out who you are