About Awate Team

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“If You Want Us to End Our Armed struggle…”

September 1, 1961 is often described as the day Hamid Idris Awate “fired shots at Mt Adal” which makes it

Government Bullying A Citizen: A Personal Testimony

In North America, Europe and, to some extent, Australia, the Eritrean ruling regime, PFDJ, does not wield as much power

SEMG Breaks Eritreans Omerta Culture

In 2009, after repeatedly warning the Eritrean regime to moderate its behavior, the UN designated Eritrea as threat to regional

Nevsun Resources: Slave Labor At Bisha Mine

On April 9, 2012, (Gedab News) reported that a class action lawsuits have been filed against Nevsun Resources [i]

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

The United States Department of State has issued its annual “Trafficking In Persons” country report where it classifies Eritrea as

Cry Me A River (Nile): Egyptians Embrace Their Inner-African

On June 3, Egyptian president Mohammed Mursi convened Egyptian dignitaries—opposition party leaders, clerics, civil society—to evaluate his report and to

ነፍሰን ሪሶርስስ፡ ጉልበት ጊላነት ኣብ ዕደና ቢሻ

7/9/2013 ብ 9 ምያዝያ 2012 ዓዋተ ዶት ኮም (ገዳብ ንይውስ) ኣንጻር ነፍሰን ሪሶርስስ ናይ ክሲ ስጉምቲ (class action lawsuits) ከም ዝተወስደ ጸብጺባ።[i] ስዒቡ ዝቐርብ ክሲ ንምድንጋር ገንዘባዊ ሰነዳት (securities) ዝምልከት ክሲ ኮይኑ ኣብ ክንዲ እቶም ኣብ ሞንጎ መጋቢት 28, 2011ን የካቲት 2012 አጠቓሊልካ ዘሎ ናይ ጊዜ ገደብ ብርክታት ነፍሰን (common shares) ዝገዝኡ ዝቐርብ ዘሎ ክሲ […]

UN Eritrea Special Rapporteur: Conclusions And Recommendations

Editor’s note: the following is an excerpt from the Eritrea Special Rapporteur report (dated May 28, 2013) which was submitted

Human Trafficking & the Single Focus on Its Inhumane Aspects

Since 2001, Eritreans have added new words to their exile vocabulary. They have new words for new destinations and new

Eritrea’s Dismal Human Development Report

The United Nations has published its 2013 Human Development Report (HDR) and Eritrea ranks number 181 in the world, that

Reviewing the Reviewers: In Defense of Bereket Habte-Selassie

For their Christmas present, Dr. Bereket Habte-Selassie’s colleagues received a 48-page “book review” of his books.  The reviewers,  Asaminew Ewnetun and

Team Eritrea Granted Political Asylum In Uganda

(picture courtesy of BBC) The 15 Eritrean football players who had asked for political asylum in Uganda in December following

Epic Fail: Isias Afwerki Tries To Diminish “Forto 2013”

The news that members of the Eritrean Defense Forces (EDF) took over the Ministry of Information building (located at Forto,

Isaias Afwerki Dismisses “January 21 Incident”

Eritrean strongman Isaias Afwerki dismissed the January 21 military takeover of his Ministry of Information as a minor incident orchestrated

Operation Forto 2013 Impacts Operation Fenkil 2013

The Eritrean People’s Liberation Front (EPLF) waged Operation Fenkil on February 8, 1990.  By February 10, 1990, the military operation

Behind Isaias Afwerki’s Crocodile Tears About Human Trafficking

Eritrea’s self-declared president sent a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to complain that Eritrea has been the “target

What Did Bashir And Isaias Discuss?

On February 2, Sudan’s Omar Al Bashir was in Asmara for a one-day “working visit.”  This was, as we reported,

PFDJ Dictionary Hooligan: A Citizen Who Demands His Civil Rights

PFDJ Dictionary If you are an Eritrean living in Africa or the Middle East, you have to go to the

We Are Back (Kinda)

Thanks for your patience… is back..however, as you can see, we are missing a few articles, some articles, actually

Rectification of Names

It is that time of year when we review the past and make pledges for the future. To take stock,