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EASE: Dankalia Stands With Akhriya

The following is a press release issued by Eritrean Afar State in Exile (EASE), posted by awatestaff.

SCHEDULED FOR | November 11, 2017, Ottawa, Canada

The most recent government crackdown on religious freedom began in a threat of closing down privately owned Al Diaa Islamic School and the arrest of an elderly sheikh and board member, Hajji Mussa Mohamed Nur along with the entire school board of trustees who still remain in detention.

On Monday, October 31st the residents of AKHRIYA, a neighborhood within Asmara, the capital of Eritrea took to the streets after Eritrean government’s excessive interference and suppression of their citizenship rights to exercise their religious belief.

This unlawful action by the government led to unprecedented street protests in a country where no freedom of press or assembly is allowed. Eritrea is one of Africa’s most reclusive and repressive state most often referred to as “the North Korea of Africa” by international Human rights observers.

Our organization (EASE) joins tens of thousands of pro-democracy, pro-change Eritrean Diaspora in condemning the violent actions by Eritrean government to suppress the human rights of our fellow citizens and especially stand alongside the heroic actions of Al Diaa School and the resistance movement of AKHRIYA who not only defied a crippling fear in the country but gave hope to tens of thousands more who fled persecutions due to various human rights violation in Eritrea.

We call on all civic and political movements in exile to join hands in defending …

  • Religious and press freedoms in Eritrea
  • Constitutional reform and the rule of law
  • Restoration of indigenous rights and land rights
  • Re-instate multicultural, multiethnic and multi-religious equality among Eritreans

Please join us for an in-depth discussion on how to mobilize a peaceful resistance and restore the dignity of Eritreans.

Place: Jack Purcell Community Center- Ottawa, Saturday, November 11th, Time: 6PM-9PM

United in the face of injustice in Eritrea!

Eritrean Afar State in Exile
P.O. Box 78046 Meriline
Ottawa, ON K2E 1B1
Office 613-627 EASE (3273)

Eritrean Afar State in Exile (EASE) is an exiled Eritrean Afar political organization dedicated to self-determination and self-rule of Eritrean Afar people in their coastal homeland of Dankalia, Eritrea, where the indigenous Afar are subjected to marginalization, persecution and ethnic cleansing at the hands of the current Eritrean government. EASE is the voice of the Eritrean Afar people. EASE draws its mandate from the political and traditional Afar leaders, the leadership of Afar women and youth groups, the Eritrea Afar Diaspora and Eritrean-Afar refugees.

For Further Information Contact us: 613-627 EASE (3273), Email:

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  • Da Yo

    If these afar people want to go, let them go. The stupidity of the black race is beyond belief.

  • Kokhob Selam

    Dear all,

    “A truly strong person does not need the approval of others any more than a lion needs the approval of sheep.”
    ~ Vernon Howard

    Approval seeking behavior… If you ask me this is where many of our challenges start. When you are too concerned with what other people think of you,trying to please everyone, you lose touch with yourself. You lose your balance and you begin to lose control over yourself and over your own life.

    “Care about people’s approval and you will be their prisoner.” ~ Lao Tzu

    If we want to live life the way WE want to and not the way others would want us to, we need to let go of our constant need to control what other people think of us, we need to learn to let go of our approval seeking behavior. I know that this is not
    always an easy task to do and that is exactly why I decided to write about the 9 reasons why you should no longer care about what others think or say of you, to point out some of the things we all know but we just need to be reminded of from time to time.

    1. You simply can’t be liked by everybody.

    No matter how much you try and no matter how “nice” you are with people, you simply can’t have everybody like you for there will always be people who will continue talking about you and your “inappropriate” way of thinking, behaving,
    breathing, dressing, living, etc.

    “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.” ~
    Winston Churchill

    2. You can live a happy life without “their” approval.You are not less or more of a person based on how many people like and approve of you. While growing up we were told that in order to be liked by others we must be nice to people and we are, but somehow we keep encountering people that don’t seem to like us. So why is that? Is there something wrong with us? Not really. Just because some people don’t like us, does not imply that there is something wrong with us, for that is not
    true. You are already, whole and complete and you don’t need other people’s approval in order to feel this way. How freeing is that?

    “Self-worth comes from one thing – thinking that you are worthy.”
    ~ Wayne Dyer

    3. You can’t control what other people think of you.I came to the realization that we all live in different worlds, a different reality for each and every one of us, reality that was built based on our thoughts, beliefs, experiences, based on what
    we were taught while growing up. What I might see as being right, other people might see as being wrong, and what I might see as being beautiful other people might see as being ugly.

    We all have a different perception on how life should be lived and how people should act, and instead of wasting your time thinking about what other people think and say of you, why not spend that time improving and growing yourself, knowing
    that: —
    “Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocre minds. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.”
    ~ Einstein

    4. Approval seeking behavior is time consuming.It takes a lot of your time, time that can be used
    to do the things that you really enjoy doing.

    5. Approval seeking behavior drains your energy.

    Every time you spend time thinking and talking about what X or Y said about you, not only are you wasting your time, but you are also wasting your precious energy.

    6. Freedom to be who you want to be.

    When you no longer care about what other people think of you, you start being yourself and you start behaving the way you always wanted but you couldn’t because of all the restrictions and limits you imposed on yourself. You have no idea
    how much freedom comes with letting go of your need to control what other people think of you.
    Just give it a chance and you will understand what I am talking about.

    7. Inner peace.

    We all seek peace and we all want to be happy and the moment you stop caring about what “they”
    think, you will find just that.

    “When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.”
    ~ Peace Pilgrim

    8. You are the one in control of your life, not them.

    Mind your own business and live your life, the way you want to, the way it best suits you, and let go of your approval seeking behavior.

    “The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. To be your own man is a hard business. If you try it, you’ll be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of
    owning yourself.” ~ Arthur Gordon

    9. The only person you need to impress isyourself.

    If you like and approve of yourself, believe me,it will no longer matter if people say nice things about you or not, for you will understand:

    “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”
    ~ Carl Jung

    You get to a point where you know, them talking about you has little or nothing to do with how you think, act, live, etc., but a lot to do with how they think, and who they perceive reality. A lot of times, what we can’t accept in others are the
    things we haven’t accepted in ourselves, whether we are consciously aware of this truth or not.

    “When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself as someone who needs to judge.”
    ~ Wayne Dyer

    What constitutes approval seeking behavior and why do you think so many people are after it? Why are there so many people willing to betray their own self just so that they can please others?

    Simply I found it today ..


    • Mez

      Hi Kokhob,

      There is also a saying: ” if you want to be respected by others, you respect yourself first”. Self-respect will essentially facilitate social harmony.

      A very fundamental concept, thank you Kokhob.

  • Beyan

    Many thanks for AT in helping spread the word, because this is critically important component of putting pressure to the regime that thinks it can get away with the endless atrocities it’s been committing. The diaspora – in unison – is saying enough is enough and that crimes against humanity and that of children of Eritrean citizens will not go unpunished –
    Maybe, not today, but the time seems to be fast approaching.