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Another Leader of The Eritrean Opposition Forces Died

On Wednesday, February 8, 2017, Abubaker Suleiman, the secretary of the Executive committee of the Eritrean Federal Movement (EFM), died in Khartoum, Sudan, and was buried there.

The soft spoken Abubaker is remembered by his intellectual depth, and his humble and respectful demeanor.

Born in Agordat in 1955, he traveled to Kassela to finish his high school. He traveled to Libya, where he graduated with a bachelor degree in literature. An active member of the Eritrean students’ movement, after graduation, he returned to the liberated areas under the Eritrean liberation Front. He became in charge of the student affairs office.

Eventually, due to the developments in the field, he migrated to Saudi Arabia, where he was a member of the Workers’ Union.

Upon the liberation of Eritrea in 1991, he returned home and started a business of exporting livestock in addition to the restaurants he established. That didn’t please the vengeful PFDJ government that closed his business and put him in prison. Abubaker was released from prison only to be forcefully conscripted into the army; he was sent to the Badme front.

While in service, Abubaker became diabetic, was inflicted with typhoid and attacked by a severe Malaria. An army truck dropped him on the road close to Tessenei from where people picked him and smuggled him to Kassala. He stayed in hospital in Kassala for months.

In 2005 he was appointed head of the Eritrean Democratic Alliance (EDAA) in Khartoum until it was closed by the Sudanese government. He then moved to Addis Ababa and became the head of the Arabic unit of the EDA information department. He also elected as a member of the political office of the EDA representing the EFM.

In 2010, he was involved in the Eritrean opposition dialoge forum, as well as the 2011 Awasa congress where the Eritrean National Council for Democratic Change was established.

Until his death, Abubaker was the Secretary of the Executive committee of the Eritrean Federal Movement.

The late Abubaker Suleiman is related to the national hero, the late Sheikh Ibrahim Sultan, and is survived by two daughters.

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  • FG

    I am deeply saddened by the death of the veteran freedom fighter Abubaker Suleiman. I had the fortune to meet him in Addis Ababa in 2010 during the Eritrean National Conference for Democratic Change. He singlehandedly made copies of several sizable documents for 300 people with a very old copy machine. The copy machine literally failed him on every other page. He would patiently take out the wrinkled paper and replace it with another. Throughout all these, no one noticed him or his efforts. That, bothered me ever since. I took it almost personal, because I was unhappy that he was not recognized for this extremely unnerving task. I talked about it, showing my displeasure over the fact that he was not called on the stage. Nonetheless, Mr. Abubaker Suleiman made sure that every participant has a copy of each document. I have always had great appreciation for people who work behind the curtains and enable others to do the visible work. They get no personal credit for it, but they draw satisfaction from doing their share in fulfilling the common goal.

    May God rest his soul in peace and give his family the strength they need in this difficult time and always.

    Freweini Ghebresadick

  • G. Gebru

    Condolence to his family and heavenly rest to him in heaven.

  • Paulos


  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Rest In Peace our compatriot, and condolence to his family.

    • G. Gebru

      Condolence to his family and heavenly rest to him.