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Eritrea Asks: Are You Sure You Care Enough?


I often feel perplexed by the mismatch I continually feel between our need for change and our efforts to bringing about this much talked about change. On the left side of this indeterminate Eritrean equation, we find a handful of corrupt generals, more than 300 prisons filled to capacity with uncharged prisoners, more than 200,000 conscripts wasting their precious youth, millions of people barely surviving each day – in short, we have a very sick nation. To the right of this equation, there are less than a handful of human rights activists, some tiny or thin political organizations, opposition websites, part-time writers, bloggers, and a few radios which, by the way, I find to be the most relevant variables to the people on the other side of the equation – where we mostly have wailers.

With this backdrop, I can’t stop asking myself how serious are we when we say we are serious about change while many questions remain unanswered, in spite of the endless empty rhetoric of general statements that occupy a large cyber space. Why is the very important time parameter in the equation of that change totally missing? What is the change we need? Why? How urgently? How desperately? With what plans and strategies? Questions not so many bother to ask any more without the fear of sounding mundane.

In trying to answer these questions, I feel like this sick nation is left to no tangible effort but fate. Well, some of the writers on the other side of the equation, like Saleh Younis, prefer to call it ‘change at the pace of Eritreans’ but not ‘fate’. That is from his article ‘I was wrong’ (about the effectiveness of popular uprising) in March of 2015. Mr. Saleh – our dear Saay – states, quote: The job, the ONLY job, of the Exiled Eritrean Opposition is to present a forward-looking non-scary alternative to the Home Based Eritrean Opposition.

This was about eight months before he wrote his, ayxawet-aymawet letter at the end of the year. After telling that he had served at Awate for 16 years, he writes a line that I found very interesting:  “…I have been lampooning African leaders who refuse to give up the post–Musevini, Kagame, and a dozen others. It is time to apply “term limits” to myself.” Yeah, that’s what I am ailing about…16 years lampooning deaf dictator. For change. Lampooning for change! Isn’t that almost there is to it on the other side of the equation – just frustrated discourse?

This article has nothing to do with Saay, but I am going to refer to some of his remarks which I find repeated by many others, too; remarks which could give us an important insight to the mind-set which I think is behind maintaining the status quo of both the opposition and the opposed.

The first is the unnecessary quest for an almighty functional political party ‘that offers an alternative and hope’ to the people inside Eritrea who will bring about change ‘at their own pace’ – to repeat Saay’s phrase. The second is the wasteful endeavour of stating the obvious, which basically is the habit of lampooning and ridiculing the criminals for committing crime and making a big job of telling on them – to the world which never really cares enough.

Whoever planted the idea that the reason Eritrean people and the army are reluctant to find themselves completely committed to bring change is because of the lack of a unified opposition party have devised a good escape strategy from responsibility or as we say it in Tigrinya, atahadma ebuyat. Similarly, separate identification as Eritreans abroad Vs Eritreans inside, presenting the former as powerless for what goes on in the inside is another wrong approach that has encouraged both to turn inward and get themselves insulated from one another.  It is, again, stating the obvious to say the final touch towards scoring the big change shall come from the people inside, but it should not be too difficult to see that somebody has to kick the ball from the farthest point of the adversary’s goal and initiate the teamed attack. The Eritrean diaspora, specially the refugees from the last decade, should not be treated otherwise but an extension of the population within.

The role of the media outside, if there is to be a serious impact, should be to act as a channel of energy flow to the spirits under the repression, in one direction; and in the opposite direction,  be a means of constant  reminder to the freed spirits from otherwise wandering in forgetfulness and denial of their other half – by diligently delivering all the details of the livelihood inside Eritrea vividly, playing out effective journalism and sustaining a sense of urgency that could be put to action. If there is a spark of opposition inside Eritrea, the job of the exiles should be to build it in to a fire by feeding it fuel and blowing it without a stop. The main job should never be the untimely and unrealistic task of creating alternative government or anything to that effect; nor should it be a job directed outwards to foreign powers. The best we could get out of foreigners is condemning, alienating and sanctioning the regime, which it secretly craves for. In its worst shape, it could yield just a little bit and agree to show them around Sembel prison, until they reduce the pressure to a manageable level. So what?

The main job and the practical one should be creating a popular movement and force both outside and inside Eritrea; I refute the argument that claims it is not possible to organize a movement without a great leader and a great party; popular movements are a result of an empowered grievance, which is a collaborative work of all individuals who recognize this. The Eritrean people or the army, which are basically interchangeable, are not looking up towards their fellow men in Europe or America to see if they have consolidated a replacement party in case they dispose of the regime. The first thing they are lacking is the full realization of what they deserve and what they are missing out, and a clear mirror that shows them how bad they look, and how they could look; secondly, they need empowerment, energy and solid ideas on how they could take down the dictatorship. This is where the exiles could have been more practical…empowering the trapped people through relevant media outlets – radios, televisions, pamphlets…etc, by unmasking and exposing the true nature of the oppressor and its limited power and help people convince themselves that it is not as difficult as they think to break the ropes their tied with. That’s when ‘actions’ shall start, first within an individual’s spirit and then collectively. It is in favour of the change seekers that unlike in many other countries, there is hardly a conflict of interest between the army and the masses, in Eritrea; thus, one can’t be easily used against the other.

The second big stagnation factor is the bad habit of stating the obvious. It is sad to see brilliant minds which otherwise should have been laying out strategies and initiating practical actions have found their comfort zones in small intellectual circles endlessly engaged with the written word. I would not say the pen is totally useless in the fight against dictatorship; but, it is mostly useless. The only way it could be very useful is when it is employed strategically to support movements on the ground by feeding Medias that have impact on the majority of the people.

Before I end this mostly useless article which might be useful only for its telling the useful writers to be more useful, I shall think out loud and note down why we need change – without really caring about sounding mundane. My believe is that we most Eritreans, in exile or even inside the country are not feeling the need for change with the urgency it should have manifested itself with; and the underlying reasons, I fathom, may be the way we understand and feel the most repeated word ‘change’ within each of our own totality. According to me, the word change should stand against three giant pillars which should take root both in the mind and heart. I will discuss this in the second part.


In the first part of this article I discussed my frustrations about the way Eritrean change seekers are pedalling around. My basic points were that there is a fundamental lack of urgency and energy that should accompany such a goal, that there is a fundamental lack of strategy such an endeavour must be guided with; and finally, I questioned the validity of the common criticism that is pointed at the opposition parties for their lack of unifying themselves to lead the rally of change, and pointed out that popular movement is the best option we have and it need not be unnecessarily delayed by asking the wrong questions and setting false tasks. In the second part I will just repeat what seems to be the obvious, but I believe we all need to be constantly reminded about, nevertheless – because it is ones depth of faith in an idea that is the key to taking it to action, not its mere acknowledgement.

So, here goes the preaching. Those of us, who let ourselves willingly go to the preaching halls of churches, mosques or other temples once in a while, would understand that those preachers do not mean to accuse us but to bring us together in to a moment of self-reflection. Please take this one as such, if only from an ordinary fellow, much less a politician.

  1.  we are suffering today; we need change today

Today there are our innocent people being tortured in countless prisons: Those Bitwededs who went to jail on the early set after independence, the forgotten Jehova witnesses of 1993 in dungeons for almost a quarter of a century, the Pentecostal followers whose faith has been their crime, the thousands of political prisoners. These people say they need to be released today.

Today, there are hundreds of thousands of Eritreans whose precious youth years are burning out to keep the dictatorship going. These people say they need to live their life beginning from today.

Today, there are millions of Eritreans whose life has been reduced to lining up for water and meagre food rations. These people say they need their normal lives back.

Thousands of elderly men have been forced to be soldiers, specially in the last four years. These people say they need to rest today.

  1.  We don’t have to suffer tomorrow

As in economics, we need to measure the future value of change against time by reducing it to its net present value. The change the higher officials asked for in year 2000, had it been realized, is a lot more worth than a possible change today. A change five years from now could be five folds less worth than the one we could have today. Like Mr. Dan Conell said in his recent interview with EBC, with time the divisions within the society, be it ethnic or regional could increasingly get wider and create fault lines. I don’t think this phenomenon is particular to Eritreans; rather it is a doubled cooperation of the oppressor and the oppressed that result in such a disaster. The oppressor strives to maintain or create polarizations between the oppressed to reduce the danger of being overthrown, and the oppressed when faced with ruthlessness that they are incapable of challenging, tend to confront each other like children of a dysfunctional family usually do.

In addition, there will be more loss of life of escapees, prisoners and executed ones, but we also have to gravely realize the very long lasting social and economic damages that we shall inherit after the inevitable change; and again, it is going to be us, the victims, who shall pay for that.

It is not hard to extrapolate from the on-going social transformations and be alarmed about the social transformation itself; I never heard of crimes of robbery three years ago, now people from Asmara repeatedly say that the city is getting increasingly unsafe…. the number of Eritrean women who are going in to prostitution is increasing. How about the lost faith in the nation? How about the total aversion of most youth to learning and education even after they are provided the opportunity….the permanent strategic damages in the economic landscape with neighbours….aren’t all these real issues?  Just see how long the aftereffects of such regimes extend just glancing at the people who lived under communists for long; Russians, Cubans, and North Koreans – not to mention after decades of meagre food rations stunted their development, they are now three inches shorter than their cousins in South Korea! Hilarious but very sad, because I reckon their mind, too, might have shrank under the heavy weight of the Kims.

  1.  Justice

I have come across some people who pretend to have made a cost-benefit analysis of a possible political change to justify their reluctance to call upon it full heartedly. When you have the entire situation going on as mentioned in points A and B above, there is no more pretence and moral degradation than arguing over the cost of change. Notwithstanding its factuality, if the regime states the nation went to war because Ethiopians killed six Eritrean soldiers, should there be a question on whether we should go to war with the regime for killing Eritreans by the thousands? And when I say war I don’t mean war with the guns in the field; no, who is there to fight against anyway? The presidential guards? No, I am talking about the war where everyone becomes a soldier without guns.

We Eritreans are the last people to wish to see violence; still, you can’t wish away your enemy. Justice dictates that there is no other option but dispose of the dictatorship, with all means except by pleading for change. Justice also dictates that if you know something to be right, then you have no other option but to act on it and own the consequences of your right choice at the moment. No dictatorship has been abolished in history without paying the due costs; the only question is whether the subjects recognize their inevitable fate, decide justly, and act.

There are two things that assist to take this stand; one is the need to totally be done away with hope; the second is to see your oppressor for the enemy of you it is, and be able to comprehend with your mind and spirit the state of war you are within.

Marx said religion is the opium of the masses; well, I say hope is. Actually, this is sort of rephrasing it, since religion is also a higher level of hope. This hope, I say the masses should stop consuming, is the petty consumptive item that dictators keep tossing to retain the master verses the hungry dog state. It is paralyzing.

And feeling the state of war? Yes, it is only when you truly know and feel you are at war that you can win one.

But if you don’t feel this way, and nevertheless your tongue never tires of talking about change, Eritrea is asking you one simple but the most important question: Are you sure you care enough?

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  • tes

    Dear Yohannes,

    As your approach is a unique and needs close follow-up I always wished to read more and more. Please keep on writing.

    Unlike saay7 who went on disappointing you, I am here to express my disappointment. My disappointment came not from your well composed article that needs close follow-up but from a lopehole that I found from a response you gave here when you are asked about the missing Eritreans from the city of Keren.

    For your attention and contemplation I have divided it into two parts:


    You wrote:

    ‘If I knew there were those Islamic teachers who faced such barbarism on the basis of their religion, I would have fitted it in to that sentence along with the others, although I am not trying to chronicle Eritreans victims in this article(and I expected the expression ‘political prisoners’ to embrace the rest). If I was chronicling, though, of course I would have done a research in that particular direction.”

    Well here you are coming with important differentiation.

    Religious prisoners

    Political prisoners

    Ok this classification is worth to contemplate. Though I have my own understanding depending on the systematic arrest and labeling of PFDJ to those whom he considered them a risk to his power, I am disappointed when you “deny?” the hidden motive to arrest them. Isn’t a public knowledge by now that many Moslems were arrested in the 1990s simply because they were accused of Jihadists? And are categorized “Hamushay MesrE”. Ok you are saying that you have no detailed knowledge though you are aware about such sentiments.

    I hope to see more clarification on this aspect but I see your article to be incomplete if you have no such preliminary knowledge on the Eritrean suffering. In addition, I hope you won’t come with a term that labels “All prisoners in Eritrea are political prisoners”.


    You wrote:

    “I am aware of such sentiments though, and the main reason I am responding to your comment is to show you that there is lack of information about such transgressions since they are done so clandestinely and then cleared of any traces; and obviously, the part of the Eritrean public who didn’t witness that is largely unaware of it. I suggest such crimes be posted time and again so that the knowledge is not confined to the people/readers just at a particular time.”

    Unless you are denying the information available about these prisoners, though unknown their whereabouts, their arrest and case is now a public knowledge. Here ( you can have some basic information and for sure has more information about these missing Eritreans.

    Just a recommendation:

    Without having basic consciousness on the Eritrean suffering, calling Eritreans to take an action is just void. My follow-up on your articles is therefore very genuine. Cool and see the whole challenge before trying the public to take a concerted action.


    • Yohannes

      Comrade Tes!

      Thanks for your follow up and feedback. Indeed, it is important we talk about the details.

      Well, although I am not glad, even with this article, we are going to get headed in to that charged zone of kebesa/ metahit or Islam/ Christian discourse, I have to attend your question.

      First of all, Tes, people like you and me can’t be accused of being unconscious to the Eritrean suffering, it is just illogical… because we have been there until like yesterday, and we were not raised in a palace. So, plz don’t say that.

      The question you raised about the disappearance of the our Muslim brothers is a good one but backed with an unconscious or conscious prejudice that says, I being a Christian, might be trying to deny this on purpose. This sentimental accusation is one of the biggest challenges we have now; and I suppose you winked your eyes in this direction because you think I am trying to call for a concerted action while missing the elephant in the room.

      Tes bro, I wish we could all be more positive on this issue; but then may be like I wrote up there “…the oppressed when faced with ruthlessness that they are incapable of challenging, tend to confront each other like children of a dysfunctional family usually do.”

      Having said this, I understand that we might differ on how we view the same action, namely, the arrest of people being jihadists Verses the arrest of people being evangelicals. In the first place we should not care too much about the motives behind – it is enough to understand that our people are arrested without charges. It is enough to say that the regime doesn’t tolerate any strong religious assembly, the way former communist regimes did not tolerate that.(there is a whole lot philosophy behind that and lets not head there)

      But, despite all complex reasons accompanying this issue, I hope you would have been challenged if you were asked to categorize the two cases above under religious/ political/ other form of persecution. Just to say, accusing someone of being a jihadist leaves a much bigger room for the motive, than arresting someone for practicing the evangelical doctrine. When we were in sawa, Muslims were not banned from their collective prayer session, the evangelicals were. I am just saying, in the case of the evangelicals it is obvious that their religious behaviours and philosophies were the regime’s fear. In the case of the Muslims accused of being jihadists(which by the way is an armed movement), yes one way to mark them is their religion, but then there are a lot more issues behind. Not to justify any motives whatever, but am just saying, if you are going to accuse me of forgetting a clearly religious motive of arresting Muslims, then you got to give me one. Not that it will make much difference about my call for a concerted effort, or surprise me, but I shall learn.


  • Erta

    The Eritrean opposition has been frozen in time of distrusting ethiopia and past war experience in eritrea. The Eritrean oppositions does not understand political dealing based on give and take; Just like all Eritreans the equation has only one side variable, Eritrea only, when it comes to Ethiopia’s and Eritrea’s national interest.As long as this pattern of the Eritrean just me behavior continues Eritreans oppositions will be good for nothing for a long time. The only thing that might free the Eritrean people from a dictator grip is the dictator behavior of overreaching its power to attack ethiopia one way or the other. Eritrea is courted by Gulf states who have a vested interest on Red Sea to spread Sunni religion in ethiopia and eritrea where there are considerable amount of Christians that dominate the region.

  • saay7

    Selamat Yohannes:

    I am going to disappoint you and use my favorite crutch–literature–to explain what I am about to say. In the Egyptian play “Shahed Ma Shafsh Haga”, comedian Adal Imam has a line he keeps repeating to the prosecutor–“ana esmi maktub?” (is my name written/mentioned?)– which, comically, explains the horror of a citizen at being in the books of an overbearing Egyptian government. Well, here I am, apparently in the books of the Deeply Serious and Deeply Disappointed Eritrea Opposition, and I feel the courteous thing to do is reply.

    I am not THAT guy. THAT guy who has this burning, urgent, stop everything, and DO SOMETHING NOW, guy. THAT GUY, to whom the weight of Eritrea is heavier than the weight of the globe is to Atlas. THAT GUY who thinks that Eritrea’s tragedy is so immense that we should not have one second of happiness: the gravitas of it all should weight us all down. Not only am I not that guy, I don’t want to be that guy: a monomaniac who is so driven, that facts mean nothing to him, all that matters is LETS DO SOMETHING NOW.

    Not that there is anything wrong with that:)


    • Fanti Ghana

      Hello Saay,

      Since you are a fan of Adal Imam, there is no way I will remember what the movie title was, but the part I remember and I will never forget is a scene where he is forced to look for a job, and some official looking asked him what kind of a job he was looking for, and after listing a few menial sounding jobs, he concludes “…wezir el kharijia!” I saw that movie several times just to hear that punch line. He ended up a hair dresser or something.
      If someone remembers that movie please volunteer.

      • saay7

        His Fantiness:

        First, why are you misspelling his name just because I did? It’s Adel not Adal:)

        Second, I have no idea. But I feel bad saying it so here’s his entire discography and based on the year of its release, I bet it will come to you.

        Third, I feel really bad for not helping so if you ask nicely, I will give you a link to Shrek–the entire movie done in Tigrinya. I mean before someone complains and its removed.


        • Abi

          Hey Saay
          I think ” Finding Nemo” in Tigrigna is most fitting. Imagine a father looking for his son in the Sahel mountains , traveled through several war zones, tired, hungry , helped by the freedom fighters…..
          I have a title for it
          ” Finding Kokobe “.
          I can even imagine Tegadelti Tsigereda as ” dori”.
          Saay, you can do this movie.

        • Fanti Ghana

          Selamat Saay,

          I copied and pasted (how else could I share the shame!?), but shouldn’t it be Adeel or Adil then? One more reason for him to ask “ana esmi maktub?”

          Shrek in Tigrinya? Now, I can’t concentrate.

    • Yohannes

      Anta Saay, nmeda niwred ztebahle eko amsilkayo. This article is not a geleba ngber article but a critical look on the current media and it strategy; with some suggestions on how to make use of the existing writer’s resources more effectively. I don’t know why nobody is discussing that.

      • Saba

        Dear Yohannes,
        What in the world are you thinking? Yours is the hard way. Why do not you wait for tplf, coi, semg etc to do something? Other than these and without one second of happiness, ayxawet-aymawet:)

        Eritrea Asks: Are You Sure You love Enough?
        O Saay, Saay! wherefore art thou Saay?
        Deny thy toothless oppos and refuse thy name and join the leaderless movement;
        Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn your love for me Eritrea,
        And i eritrea will no longer be Eritrea.

        Adapted from fikri qedamot bi moskot:)

        • saay7

          Haha Saba:

          i wish you would write more often because you got that Opposition Whisperer name badge but I am still waiting for Two Live Crew party to do its thing and like the Dog Whsiperer cure the problem patient.

          Yohannes came to a website whose slogan includes “inform” and said enough with this informing business: do stuff! More, because I am Eritreas consigliere and she told me you sure don’t care for her. (She only talks to me)

          To complete it with the Three Amigos, we need one more: the person who knows for sure “hzbi Entai ybl alo”. It is not important what you know; it is more important that you say it with absolute certainty 🙂


        • Nitricc

          Hi Saba; i keep advising the toothless oppositions for the last many years that they should try one more thing they never have tried. Since everything they tried have failed miserably; how about trying the power of prayer? This is the only option they have to try but they refused to head my advise. you know prayers do miracles, lol.

      • Yoel E


  • Kokhob Selam

    Dear Yohannes,

    ኣዝዩ ኣበራባሪ ኣርእስቲ ኢኻ ከፊትካ !!

    ብርግጽ እታ ሃገር ምስ እምባታታን ስንጭሮታታን ኣፎም ከፊቶም ዝሓትዎ ዘለው ሕቶ ኣይኮነን : – ሃገር ኣብ ኣንደበታ ዝተኣሳሳረ ታሪኽ ዝፈጠሮን ፈጠርቲ ታሪኽ ህያው ዝገበርዎ ኣብ ህልው ነገራዊ ዓለምን ክኒኡ ውን ኣብ ጥሉቅ ስምዒትን ብኡ ኣቢሉ ውን መንፈሳዊ ካልኣይ ዓለምን ዝርከብ ሓቂ ሒዝካ ንሓቂ ንምፍጣር ዝግበር ዘይዕገት ሕቶ እዩ :: እዚ ዝዓይነቱ ሕቶ ንስለ ባህታ ልጥፍ ልጥፍጥፍ ኣቢልካ ክምለስ የብሉን : እቲ ቁስሊ መእንቲ ክጸሪ ካብ ውሽጢ ንደገ ብጡጥን ጸረ ጎዳእቲ ህይወታዊ ደቀ ፍጥረትን – እኩብ ርስሓታትን እናተቀንዘኻ ከትጽርዮ ይግባእ :: ቃንዛ ፈሪሕካ ካብ ደገ ንውሽጢ ትንክፍትንክፍክፍ ኣቢልካ ምሕላፉ ነቲ ቁስሊ ረኺሱ ክጎድ ምግባር እዩ በዚ ድማ ካብ ቆርበት ናብ ስፍነጋዊ ኣካል ጭዋዳን ዓጽምን እናበልካ ናይ ኣካል ምብልሻው ምግዳልን ሞትን ይስዕብ ::

    ንምዃኑ ንሕና መን ኢና ? ጃህራን ዘይተደላይ ዝናን ንጎኒ ገዲፍካ – ቁርብ ትሪ ብዝተሓወሶ ታሪኽና ምፍላጥ ከድሊ እዩ :: ነዚ ሕቶ ንምምላስ ብዙሕ መጻሕፍቲ ምድህሳስ ከድልየና እዩ — ንሕና ኤርትራውያን ፭ መግዛእትታት ዘሕለፍና ምናልባት እንኮ ህዝቢ ኢና : መግዛእቲ ስርዓታት ጠቂስና ከም እተበደልና ኒን ምባል ከም ባህሊ ድኣ ወሲድናዮ እምበር ንመግዛእት ዘዳረገና ሓቀኛ ምኽንያት ብግብእ ኣንቢርና ተመያይጥና ኣይንፈልጥን ኢና :: መን ጀግና ኸ እዩ ክዛረብ ? ክጠፍእ ዶ !! ንምዃኑ “ኣብሓጎይ ቱርቡሊ ከይዱ ነይሩ ” ኢሉ ዝጀሃር ህዝቢ ብሓቂ ኣንጻር ሊብያውያን ምስ ጥልያን ሓቢርካ ምውጋእ ገበን ምዃኑ ዶ ይፈልጥ ይመስለካ ? ህዝቢ ኤርትራ መራሕቲ ሃይማኖታቱ ወይ ደግለላት : – መሳፍንቱ ክሸጥዎ እንከለው ትም ዝብል ህዝቢ እዩ :: ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ኮ ኣንድነታውያን ኣብ ልዕሊ “እምቢ ” ዝበሉ ገበናት ክፍጽሙ እንከለው ትም ዝበለ ህዝቢ እዩ :: ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ኮ ወያኔ ትግራይ ኣብ ውሽጢ ጉዳይና ኣትዮም ብሃገራዊ ውድብ ተመሪሖም ርእሲ ብርእስና ተፋሊስና ወላ ኣብ ግዜ ናጽነት ንዕርቂ ዘየገደደ — ኩሉ ወዋኒኑ ክገብር ዝተበግሰ ህዝቢ እዩ :: ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ኮ ብሓደ ሓዳግን ገባርን ጉጅለ ሰባት ጠፊኦም ንገዛእ ደቁ -ኣይፍል – ክብል ዘይከ ኣለ ህዝቢ እዩ ::

    እቲ ጸገም እምበኣር ኣብ ገዛእትና ኣይኮነን ዝነበረ : ሕጂ ውን ኣብ ህግደፍ ኣይኮነን ዘሎ : እቲ ጸገም ኣባና ኣብቶም ህዝቢ እዩ ዘሎ :: ነዚ ሓቂ እዚ ምግጣም እንድሕር ዘይክኢልና ድማ ከም ህዝብን ሃገርን ክነብር ፈጣሪ በሎ ወይ መንኮርኮር ባህርያዊ ሓቂ ኣይከፍቅደልናን እዩ ::

    እሞ ሕጂ ነቲ ውሑድ ምዑት ሓቀኛ እንታይ ግበር ኢና ንብሎ ዘለና ? ንልዕሊ ኣርበዓ ዓመታት ንዓመጽ ብኹሉ መልክዓቱ ተጻሪሮም ወርቃዊ ግዜኦም ኣካሎምን ክቡር ውርሻ መሬቶምን ከምዘይናቶም ወሲዶም ክሳብ ለይቲ ሎሚ ዝህደኑ ዘለው ኣናብስ እዛ ሃገር እኮ ኣለውና እዮም :: ሰላይ ሓሳውን መንደልሓቅን መዓልቲ ኣርኪባቶ ቅድሚ ኣብ ስቃይ ምብጽሑ ኮ ሰባት ‘ውን ተወፌሙልና እዮም ግን ኢዶም ናብ ሓሙኽሽቲ ቀይርናዮን – ክሳብ ሕጂ ውን ንሕና ምውርዛይ ከም ባህሊ ዝወሰድና ህዝቢ ኢና ::

    ካብ ‘ዚ ኣዝዩ መሪር ሓቂ ብምንቃል እየ ነብስ ወከፍና ንብስና ንፈትሽን ንቃለሳን ዝብል መርገጽ ዝወስድ :: ኣብ ዝሓለፍ ቅነ ሓደ ቀሺ ኣብ ኣሰና ክዛረቡ ሰሚዕካዮም ትኸውን – ነቲ መንግስቲ ዝገደፉሉ የብሎምን – ንሰዓብቲ እስልምና ውን ሓቢሮም ክቃለሱ እዮም ዝዕድሙ ነይሮም “ንስኹም ውን ከተርክበኩም እያ” ዝዓይነቱ ቃላት ይድርብዩ ነይሮም :: ኣነ ተጋግየ ዝብል ቃል ከውጽኡ ኣይከኣሉን :: ወዮ ድኣ ዘይፈለጡ ኮይኖም እምበር ንሶም ብርግኣት ሓዳስ ኤርትራ እናንበቡ ፍስሃ ሰላም ክሰፍኖም እንከሎ ሰዓብቲ ምስልምና “ጀሃዳውያን “ተባሂሎም ይርሸኑ ነይሮም እዮም :: ሎሚ ሓደ ሙፍቲ እስላማይ ንኤስያስ ሰጊድሉ ማለት ኣነን ኣቦይን ሰጊድናሉ ማለት ኣይኮነን :: ሰዓብቲ ኦርቶዶክስ ኣብ ከበሳ ኣብ ግዜ ሓድነት እስላማይ ጀበርቲ ክቅንጸል እንከሎ ምስ ሃይለስላሴ ወጊኖም ከምዝነበሩ ዝዝክርዎ ኣይመስለንን እዞም ኣቦይ ቀሺ : -ትማሊ ትማሊ ሰዓብቲ ሃይማኖት ጆሆቫ ክእሰሩ እንከለው ኣቦይ ቀሺ መንግስቶም መሪቆም ይድቅሱ ክመዝነበሩ ከምንፈልጥ ይርስዕዎ ነይሮም::

    ተጋግየ ምባል ከም ገበን ዝቆጽር ህዝቢ!!!! ወላ ውን ኣብ ዕለታዊ መነባብሮ ተዓዘብ – ኣዕሩኽትኻ ምዘን – ነብስኻ መቀርብካን ምዘን – ዳርጋ ሃገር ዘዕነወ ዓቢ ሕማም – ተጋግየ – ዝብል ባህሊ ዘይምህላው እዩ :: ኣብ ሞንጎና ዘሎ ሓቀኛ ወይልኡ – ዘይወሃቦ ጠቐነ የለን :: ነዚ ዝተዓዘቡ መራሕቲ ህግደፍ ድማ እነሆ ግርም ተጠቂመምሉ እዮም “ሓሳዊ ህዝቢ “እናበሉ ድማ የሽካዕልሉ ::

    ኩሉ መምስኣርከበቶ “ዋይዋይ ” ኢሉ :: “ዋይዋይ” ኢሉ ውን ብትብዓት ነቲ ሓቀኛ ጉድለታቱ ዝኾነ ጸቢብ ኣተሓሳስባታት ክምክቶ ኣይተራእየን : እሞ ድማ ገና ነቶም ውሑዳት ዝርካቦም ሰብ ሓቂ “እዚ ዘይገበርኩም ” ዶ ” እዚ ” እናበልካ ምውርዛይ ገደደ ::

    ሓደ ደቁ የምህርን – ይሕብሕብን – ሓደ ገንዘብ ይድልብ – ሓደ ንመንግስቲ ከም ጃሱስ የገልግላ – ኩሎም ከኣ ለውጢ ይደልዩ :: ዘገርም እዩ ! ስርዓት ህግደፍ ኣይኮነን ዘዛርብ ዘሎ :- ስርዓት ህግደፍ ክድምሰስ ዝኽእለሉ ብዙሕ መንገድዳት ኣሎ : ከም ከቢድ ኣዝዩ ዘይከኣል ተገይሩ ክርአ ይብሉን : እቲ ጸገም ለውጢ እዚ ጉጅለ ኣይኮነን እቲ ጸገም ለውጢ ኣትሓሳስባና እዩ : ወጊድ ንተንበርካኽነት ! ወጊድ ንምስሉይነት ! ወጊድ ንበለጽ ! እልና ዋልታና ገቲርና ካብ ኣቲናዮ ዘለና ሕስረት ክንወጽእ እዩ ታሪኽ ዝሓተና ዘሎ :: እቲ ጀግንነት ቅድሚ ኩሉ ኸኣ ጉድለታትና ምግጣም እዩ ::

    ህግደፍ ክምሽምሽ ዝገበሩ ውሑዳት ኣናብስ ከምዘልውና ይኣምን እየ :- ርእሱ ብርእሱ ተናቁቱ ክወድቅ ዝተገብረ ዘግምታዊ ጉእዞ ብቀሊል ዝረአ ኣይኮነን :: ግዳ ሕጂ ኣብ ከምዚ ዘለናዮ ሰዓት ንዛተ ዶ ንተሓሓኸክ ዝዓይነቱ ሃለውለው – ነቲ ተስፋን ሩፍታን ዘድልዮ ለውህ ክጠቅሞ ይኽእል እዩ :: ከም ኣነ ግን ሓደ ነዊሕ ተሞክሮ ዘለዎ ውድብ መሪሕ ግደ ክጻወት – ኣብ ባይታ ኸኣ ክዓጥቕ ጥራይ እየ ዝመርጽ :: ግርም ዝተጸንዐ ቅዲ ቃልሲ ኸኣ እዩ ኣብ ዓወት ዘብጽሕ :: መን እዩ መን ኣብዘይፍለጠሉ ሕሞት ከኣ ሜዳና እዩ መስካሪ ማንነት:: በዚ ኣጋጣሚ ንሰራዊት ሕድሪ ምስጋናይ የመሓላልፍ ::

    • Berhe Y

      Dear Kokeb,

      Thank you so much for this honest and real reflection. I hope you read this message in asena or radio wegaHta so your message can be heard by all those who want to hear.

      It’s not that I want to disagree with you, but every fire needs a catalyst that needs to spark it. Let’s be honest, it’s not the lack of people who are willing to fight justice, it’s the lack of leadership that needs to ignite their internal desire.

      Let’s look at all previous leaders who we have heard in the past 15 years that I am familiar, with the exception of Saleh Gadi, can you name anyone who wrote a speech and read in front of group of people. I am talking about a leader gifted with orator that can enrage and moblise people to action?

      Saleh Gadi wrote in search of Moses long time ago, and I am afraid we have not been lucky enough to have one. I don’t claim to know all those leaders but there no body that stands out.

      When people say, peaceful resistance vs armed, it’s not because they are dreaming but if it’s used with the right strategy it makes the armed conflict unnecessary. It’s not because they care for the wellbeing of the enemy but rather it’s that they don’t want to lose their humanity in the process.

      May be you are that leader.


      • Kokhob Selam

        Dear Berhe Y,

        There are yes. some have gone ( RIP). Some are still alive. but again there are a lot who didn’t get chances. some are already in trouble trapped.. you can’t imagine how many of them are also moving around PFDJ doing their job – some are with some shortcomings still struggling to put things in order.

        But where do leaders come from,? with exceptional of highly creative heroes who leap the obstacle and fence of tendencies, leaders need people who bring their wisdom to surface. they are part of people. I know great men who are victims of their own close friends and relatives. I think the plus and minus of peoples thinking is the result that brings honest leaders most of the time. in short people get what they deserve and leaders are part of their thought.

        sometime I hear people shouldering responsibility to those old political leaders from opposition. unfortunately we people are selfish and we like to create excuses like that- but what a leader will do with out people? I can’t imagine and sometime I feel if I am in deep sleep and dream when I hear a young leaving from Eritrea and went through all the risks and at last lands in Europe to be the spy of PFDJ. Who can imagine this will happen in Gedli days..Lol.

        • Berhe Y

          Dear Kokhob,

          I agree with you people deserve leaders they get. And to some degree we deserve what we got, because for the most part, it’s the way of our thinking and how are brought up, to be obedient, avoid trouble at all cost, even it means someone trump all over you, that it’s better to avoid confrontation and go the other way rather than face it.

          Even though that has allowed us to survive many successive rulers, and we do not seem to grasp that time has changed. Why are the Eritrean parents willing to send their daughter knowing what will happen to them to Sawa? Why aren’t they able to pay the ultimate price, even if it means death so they children can live free?

          Yes, I agree leader are to come from us, they are not going to land from space for us. It’s like garbage in -> garbage out…

          So my point is, it’s easier to have few leaders rather than to change the whole society. I am not trying to make an excuse, but you have to see the experience our people went through and they ask themselves if it’s worth dying for…..because they see first hand what happened to those who did before them.

          No change is possible without the youth participating in it and the youth believing in it. So we have also need to consider, what’s happening to the youth in Eritrea?

          All of them are saying “nebsey AwSeni” and they are leaving with what ever means they can…WHY?

          I think we all know the reason but I will elaborate next time.

          As to the leaders and making speech that puts the house in fire…really I haven’t seen any…the close that I have seen is, what Haile DurE said in Germany. And may what I heard saw from Bitewdede.

          There may be arabic / Tigre speaking Eritrean, that I don’t know and haven’t heard but from those that speak Tigrina…it’s all boring seating down….talking for hours ….

          My believe is Eritrean society is NO different than any other society….so given the right leader, given the right opportunity and hope, they will move in the same way.


          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Berhe,

            It is strange why the young is even choosing to cross boarders knowing there is high risk. I am really still unable to answer it. I read reasons listed and I even try to list but I really wonder still why that is happening? why did they chose to die in deserts when it is possible to destroy PFDJ? I don’t still understand this one. in our time (our young years) and still we are very much optimistic of change. I remember as young in Ethiopia – I never waited to land in Eritrea to fight Derg..for me fighting where I am was correct. and also the parents were for justice. My Dad (RIP) came managed to fly with me to Eritrea and said ” Kokhob this is your you can continue to study or if you are really a good fighter EPLF and ELF are very close ready to let you be part of them..he even didn’t go back still to the remaining family and he was in the hotel named ” Fyori Hotel ” in Asmara when I joined ELF. he was expecting me to go back to him but he came to know I have gone. when my mother ask him ” your son wants to free his nation and you should forget about him” in fact they heard I am dead on the war after one year and things were over.. they continue to take care of other children.

            the same history is in every house. But now!

            I agree with you with the points you mention above. we need leaders. But the most conscious leaders I came across are more than those you mention above and are doing their best. I think now we are doing fine, PFDJ is exposed totally and one party with good leadership will push PFDJ in simple way..that is why I prefer to be away of the ticks PFDJ use to work on. to avoid so one party with his honest members are enough..

          • Abi

            Interesting story. Where did your father(RIP) live at that time? What was he doing? Tell me more .

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Abo,
            some things are better to remain personal. excuse me for now. some of my sisters and brothers are Gondere already? Lol. one single family is divided in two nations, the reality that you and me can’t change.

          • Abi

            Hi Kokobe
            You said ” the reality you and me can’t change.”
            What reality do you want to change if given the opportunity?
            Let me make it simple for you before you go to Arabia looking for no answer. Do you want to take your gondere family to Eritrea or do you want to bring Eritrea back to Mama Ethiopia?
            Or bring the rest of your Eritrean family to gonder?
            This is the reality the historic referendum brought. This is the reality the war for independence brought. This is the reality that made me cry while you were doing 24/7 guayla. This is a reality that took me years to adapt. This is the reality l am comfortable with . This is the reality I like to keep for eternity.
            Long live Eritrean Independence!!

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Abi,
            I hear you. I felt your anger and frustration. Maybe I am projecting here, in fact I am projecting, I have no way of knowing. Let me antagonize few more people in the process with my view of today’s and tomorrow’s reality.
            The solution appears to have been taken over by realty. Let the “Sime Teru Hamasenotch” migrate south and live in Gonder or Addis.
            The success of the Arab project, using every tool in their box, is also a realty. They didn’t have to wait for a couple of generations or wait for our passing. The “Arab Coalition” is in Eritrea land today using our people for their hellish adventures.
            How can anyone convince dawit(and others), when he tells you in no uncertain terms that he likes what is going on in Eritrea. In the same breath he openly confesses his affection for Gonderes and choice of place to live.
            The insanity has changed us all, and in a few more generations, maybe 100 years from now, the line on the map will not change but the resident address of the people might have changed to reflect the realty of the day.
            Mr. K.H

    • Nitricc

      Ato Kohkob; convenient dishonest aside; the Kebesa highland Christians had good under Hailesilase and Ethiopia. the only reason they revolt against Ethiopia is because they couldn’t stand watching their Muslim brothers were massacred by Ethiopian government. it is a Miscarriage of justice for you to dismissed the selfless sacrifices the Christians had to pay for their Muslim brothers. how about you tell the truth. because you are a muslim; it doesn’t not mean you have to bend the truth to satisfy your sense false pride. all Eritreans bled as one in show of unity and solidarity. this is the truth.

      • Kokhob Selam

        Dear Nitricc,

        I only brought that an example. I can bring to you more examples in different way. at the end of the day may massage is “we as people are responsible ” Christians has paid equal if not more than Muslims for freedom but we are talking about the responsibility on time and then note that the christian leaders are not the christian people-when comes to religion religious leaders are not really representatives . do you think Eritrean Mufti will represent me? I think you didn’t read what I said about him my old poems.

        if I will talk to myself I will first blame to my self for not being responsible. if I am talking representing a collected gathering I will first motivate to see internally before blaming others. I do criticize my religion leaders when it is required – so don’t think I am taking side of any..I have no problem to say wrong when it is wrong. take take the substance and tell me if I am wrong.

        for example, you support PFDJ but you have your stand and still criticize them. you have no problem to say it. that is what it should be. do you think PFDJ will continue to be criminal if supporters were criticizing from the beginning? No!

        • Abi

          Hi Kokobe
          General Nitricc is saying Eritreans did great ( specially the highlanders) under Ethipia. Do you agree?
          I say all Eritreans did better under the Great Nation of Ethiopia. I said they were the creams of the society under derg and the Great King of Kings Qedamawi Hailesilassie .

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Abi,

            Yes, then million of Ethiopians were killed inside Eritrea. thousands of highlanders paid their life. the religious leaders of orthodox didn’t make meeting to hear and see if highlanders will agree or not..the way they always thought was “Arabs are Muslims and if we don’t unite with Ethiopia they will control our land and convert us to Islam. Typical way of thinking that you had..Lol. I don’t know why they thought All Arabs are Muslims. then Ethiopians started disappointing the priests. everybody paid the price.

            don’t think only it was fault of priests there were also Islam religion leaders who thought the opposite. “we are Muslims and we should not unite with Ethiopians — better with Sudan” If so happen this could have been materialized – again the story could have been the other way round..

            every decision is correct…the only problem is the intention. Why do you want to make Eritrea independent –to let PFDJ lead –wrong” why do you want go to for unity with Ethiopia – to be monopolized by the king – wrong…etc. the solution is to seat and go for choice of people. But once you decide don’t go for another circle. Eritrea has done referendum 99 plus percent voted to be under Abi..HA ha ha. that is over then. Where were you Abo during referendum?

          • Abi

            Where was I during your historical referendum?
            I was in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
            I was busy cursing EPRDF, EpLF, most of the time, crying some of the time. Angry, sad, bitter, hopeless, add your adjective.
            Of course , I see things differently now. No more crying while you are laughing at me. Ha ha ha ha ha .
            Kokobe, you did not answer my question. I didn’t ask you how many Ethipians died in Eritrea? You went all the way to Arabia not to answer a simple question. You know what? Forget about it.
            Did you participate in the referendum? Are you the 99% ? Or the 1%?
            You don’t have to go to Arabia to answer these easy questions. Even Hope’s 10 years old cousin can answer these.

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Abi

            what do you think? I am — sure among Yes for independent but black listed for saying— the problem is you will EPLF leaders will confuse between yes for independent and election — and yes they use the choice of people to lead the nation without choice of people…honey was given mixed with poison..Lol

      • Aosman


        Recently I decided to read Ethiopian history and only covered from Atse Tedros to the fall of Derg, a time span when the Ethiopia that we know was molded and it is not impressive….all the glory was bloody…Forget the non habesha people, even the habesha pesants have had it hard paying up so much tax. When you mention under Hailesellasie, you probably referring to a small group of elites that Abi calls “cream of the society”, but not all highlanders.


        • Abi

          Hi Aosman
          I’m glad I didn’t miss you. I was reviewing your citizenship application.

          • Aosman

            Hi Abi,

            I gave up on that long ago…even you don’t hold it. Now Eritrea may be following Ethiopian model and we are bound to loose the dual citizenship that we enjoyed. “Behulet ijin meblat yellem” was what one man was told :).


          • Abi

            Hi AOsman
            No dual citizenship?
            dawit is the biggest loser!

        • Kim Hanna

          Selam Aosman,
          I am surprised at you talking about the reading recently of YOUR history like that, being…”all the glory was bloody”
          I recommend you re-read the European history, particularly the Italian or the Roman history. Even better read the American history and then explain it to Nitricc. I await in anticipation.
          Mr. K.H

          • Aosman

            Dear KH,

            I am not into history, blame Abi for recommending that I learn more about Ethiopian History.

            Now you are recommending I read something uglier to feel a bit of confort..that is so HGDEFITE..God have mercy.


            It is not all bad, I can say one or two good things..discus ate my previous comment. But you can’t gloss the ugly part…man I was expecting something and all I got to expand the domain of “mamma Ethiopia” the suffering these kings have caused is something I could not gloss over. Hailesellasie was the better of them I guess.

            I have a number of questions…that’s for another day.


        • Dear Aosman,

          Few days ago, I came by chance across this short historical reference about Eritrea by somebody. I could not believe when he said that Eritrean history was the history of colonialism from the beginning to the end. First came ancient Greeks, then the Romans, followed by Ottoman Turks, Arabs, Italians, and finally the British. Whoever mentioned the Red Sea in their writings, travelled through the Red Sea or were marooned from times immemorial were identified as colonizers, and he said that the history of Eritrea is the result of all these contacts she had with these powers. Moreover, its history precedes that of the Axumite kingdom, etc. All these to show that Eritrea has nothing to do with the Axumite kingdom, Abyssinia or Ethiopia. I had to stop there before my mind was corrupted. Therefore, whenever you read history, take it always with a pinch of salt and read the writings of other historians as well. Nowadays, history is wrote and rewrote until it fits a certain preconceived purpose. Do not take for granted what you read.

          • Aosman

            Dear Horizon,

            OK the book that I picked is by Bahru Zewde…I made sure he is not a Muzungu :)…actually he makes good effort to paint a good picture, but he has to tell it all.

            You make a aood point…during Atse Ted, Yohannes and Menelik..I also read Eritrea was not part of Ethiopia. OK all begged the colonialist to have it, even the reason that the Britain gave it to HS was cos Mussolini joined Hitler otherwise they had a different intent.

            How far do I have to go to see when the two where one?


          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Aosman,
            I thought your last sentence was bizarre. So the following question.
            What was the name of the Eritrean King (leader, King of Kings, President or Dictator) prior to Isayas Afeworki since the beginning of time?
            By the way this question of mine, with a slight modification, was asked in the 40s at the United Nations by the then Ethiopian Prime Minister of an Eritrean Muslim talking about Eritrean history in the same line of denial. Let me see if you can do better.
            Mr. K.H

          • Aosman

            Hi KM,

            I was trying to understand the historical claim of the 40s so I ignored the time after. It is curiosity about how nations claim territories, regardless of what the natives of the region feel and want.

            Common King…now you know my question if I go before Atse Tedros I hear something about princes fighting each other for control. ..200 or so years of mess that made Tedros popular for ending.

            Well I will read about the Axumite empire some other time, I might see what I am looking for there.


        • Nitricc

          Hi Aosman; where the hake have you been? i hope all is good. You are right it is the few once who benefited under Ethiopian Hailesilase. but it is always the case in any society; it is the few once who benefits and they look way at the expense of the majority. what makes different about Eritrea is that the few who were benefited; they didn’t look away when the others were suffering under Hailesilase brutal action. the privileged Eritrean stood up against Hailesilase in defense of their repressed people.
          for instance; when the few Amhara were benefiting while they were in power; they didn’t give a hoot about their brothers of the Oromo, the Tigryans and the rest of the repressed people of Ethiopia. when The tigryans came to power they didn’t give a hoot about the Amhara and they are killing the oromo. so, my point is, it is true, there were few Eritreans who were benefited from Ethiopia occupation but they never sold out their brothers while their brothers were massacred. they stood up and fight to do the right thing; there is a difference

          • Aosman

            Hi Nitric,

            I had to check out Addis after 23 or so years. I see people enjoying freedom, but did not venture out far to claim it is all over…dabo first party still in progress and much work to do.


            The turning point of the Eritrean elites must have been Megustu’s decision to eliminate Gen. Aman Andom. He had a plan on how to address the Eritrean problem, a softer approach I guess, but that did not suit well with the ruthless dictator then in the making.What HS has worked dilligently to win the heart of the elites, Menge undid it in one shot.


          • Dear Nitricc,

            Now that similar, if not worse things are happening in DIA/PFDJ’s Eritrea, how do you characterize those who support and enable the injustice that is taking place there? It is right to condemn injustice, wherever it may come from, but it is not enough to point a finger at others, while similar and even worse things are happening under the regime you are supporting. Don’t you think that you are using double standard, unless of course you believe that no injustice takes place in todays Eritrea?

    • Yohannes

      ዝኸበርካ ኮኾብ ሰላም

      “ቆዘምቲ ኢና ንሰምዕ ዘሎና፣ እቶም ካዕካዕ እናበሉ ነጎዳ ሓጎስ ዘስምዑ ገና ኣይበረቑን” ኢሉ ኔሩ ጃብር ዝብሃል ገጸ-ባህሪ ኣብ ድኳን ትበርህ።

      ርእይቶኻ ከም መብዛሕትኡ ኤርትራዊ በቲ ዘሎ ኩነታት ትቕንዞ ምህላውካ እኳ እንተገለጸ፣ ነቲ ኣብዛ ጽሕፍተይ we mostly have wailers ዝበልክዎ ጥራሕ ኢኻ ኣመስኪርካ። እዚ ናይ መልቀስ ዳስን እቲ ኣጎዛ ተነጺፍካ ዝግበር ሓሳባት ዝወሓዶ እልቢ ዕላላትን ብዚሑስ ኣዳኺሙናኳ። ካብኡ ዝገደደ ግን ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ከምዝን ከምትን እንድዩ…እናበልካ’ውን ሓጥያታቱ ዝበልካዮ ጸብጺብካ።

      “ህዝቢ ብሓቂ ኣንጻር ሊብያውያን ምስ ጥልያን ሓቢርካ ምውጋእ ገበን ምዃኑ ዶ ይፈልጥ ይመስለካ?” ሓቲትካ።

      “…ኩሉ ውልቃዊ ወዋኒኑ ክገብር ዝተበግሰ ህዝቢ እዩ” ፈሪድካ።

      “ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ኮ ብሓደ ሓዳግን ገባርን ጉጅለ ሰባት ጠፊኦም ንገዛእ ደቁ -ኣይፍል – ክብል ዘይከኣለ ህዝቢ እዩ ::” ቀጺልካ።

      ብፍላይ ከምዚ ዓይነት ስምዒታዊ ኣበሃህላታት ሕጂ ሕጂ እናሳዕረረ እንድዩ ዝኸይድ ዘሎ…ኣነ መንቀሊኡ ዝመስለኒ ድማ ንሓደ ንሽግር ምእዋይ ጥራሕ ዝኽእሉሉ እምበር ከመይ ጌርካ ይፍታሕ ክበላሓቱ ዘይክእሉ ወይ ዘይደልዩ ሰባት ዘምጽእዎ ሕመቕ ዝሰረቱ ኣዘራርባ ኢዩ።

      ህዝቢ እካበ ሰባት ኢዩ…ሰብ ድማ ብመሰረት ዘዕበዮ ኣተሓሳስባን ዝርከቦ ኩነታትን ዝተፈላለየ ባህርያት የንጸባርቕ። ኣተሓሳስባን ባህልን ህዝቢ’ኮ ደይመደይ ኢልካ ኢዩ በቲ ዝገዝኦ ዘሎ ድዩ ዘመሓድሮ ዘሎ ዝስራሕ። ንዘመናት ክደንን ይኽእል፣ ኣብ ውሽጢ ዓመት ድማ ክግንፍል ይኽእል።

      ውልቀ-ምልካዊ መንግስቲ ብኣና ኣይተጀመረን….ታሪኽ ምስ እንምልከት ግና ኣብ ትሕቲ ምልኪ ዝነብር ህዝቢ ክድንቁርን ክደሃልን፣ ሓንቲ ጸባብ ዓለም ጥራሕ ክፈልጥን ኢዩ ዝግበር። ንዓና’ውን ብሙልኡኳ እንተዘይበልና ቀንዲ ግን እዚ ኢዩ እቲ ሽግርና። ንምንታይ ኢዩ ዝድንጽወኩም ኢዩ ዝድንጽወኒ።

      ነዚ ምስ ሰገርካ ሽዑ፣ እንታይ እሞ ንግበር ኢልካ ክሕተት ይግባኦ። እቲ መልሲ ድማ ነቲ ድንቁርና-ብፍልጠት፣ ነቲ ድህለት-ብነብሰ እምነት፣ ነታ ጸባብ ዓለሙ ድማ በታ ሓቀኛ ገፋሕን ሕብራዊትን ዓለም ንተክኣሉ ኢዩ ዝኸውን። እዚ ብምግባር ጥራሕ ኢዩ ድማ እቲ መሰረታዊ ለውጢ ከምጽእ ዝኽእል ህዝባዊ እምቢታ ክፍጠር ዝኽእል። ሰፍ ዘይብል ዕማምዶ መሲሉ?

      ምሁር ምዃን እምበኣር ነዚ ኢዩ ክጠቅም ዝግብኦ ዝነበረ…. ነቲ ዕማማት ኣዳቒቕካ ናይ ትግባረ ውጥናት ተሰናድኣሉ። እዛ ጽሕፍተይ እምብኣርከስ ንምሁራት ዓድና ምድካም ምድካሙስ ብኸምዚ ኣገባባት ዘይትሕዝዎ ንምባል እምበር ንምውርዛይ ኣይነበረትን። ብዝኾነ እቲ ዝተለምደ መልቀስ እምበር ሓድሽ ሓሳብ ኣይረኸብኩን።

      ነዚ ኩነታት ትገልጾ ሕጡበ ጽሑፍ ስለዝኾነት፣ ሕጂ’ውን ካብ ናይ በየነ ሃይለ መጽሓፍ ቆንጪለ ክዓጹ…

      “ህዝቢ ብዝተበታተነ ሓቅታት ካብ ምህሳይ፣ ነቲ ዝሕመስ ዘሎ ሓበሬታታት ግቡእ ቅርጺ ትሕዝቶኡ ኣዕጢቕካ ኣጆኻ ምባል ምሓሸ። ብፍርሒኻ ምፍርራሕ ግን ዋጋ ከምዘይብሉ ድሮ ህዝቢ ፈሊጥዎ። ነቲ ስነ-ኣእሙራዊ ኲናት ዝዘረዎ ሓርጭ ሓቅታት ኣኪቡ መልክዕ ዘለዎ ሓቂ ክፈጥር ዝኽእል ሰብ ውሒዱ። ምኽንያቱ እቶም ከም ዝናብ ዘውርድዎ ከዕገርግር እምበር ተዘሪኡ ከርብሕ ኣይፈነዉዎን”


      • Kokhob Selam

        ክቡር ዮሃንስ :

        ኣዝየ እየ ዘመስግን ብሽም ስውኣት ይምሕለልካ ኣለኹ መልእኽትኻ መሃሪ እዩ ነይሩ :: እነሆ መልሰይ – ግን በጃኻ ፍሽኽ እናበልካ ኣንብበለይ ኣነ ኣብ ስቃይ ውን ሕጉስ እየ – ምናልባት እቲ ሓደ ፍሉይ ተውህቦይ ::

        ኮኾብ ብሓቂ ቆዛሚ እዩ – ምቁዛም ሙቁዛሙ ምሕረት ኣልቦ – ምቁዛም ምቁዛሙ እቲ ድምጺ ዓው ኣብሎ ዝዓይነቱ መልእኽቲ እዩ ዝነበረ መልእኽተይ – ሞቃዝምትኻ ኣይትጽላእ !! ንሙቅዛም ‘ውን ስምረት የድሊ ኳ እዩ :: እንተ ‘ቲ ብድሕሪ ምቁዛም እንታይ ንግበር ዝብል ሕቶ ሓቅኻ ምምላሱ ግድን::

        እሞ ኩላ እናቆዘመት ዶ ንዓይ ክትከልኣኒ ? ደረፍቲ ፍትሒ ይቁዝሙ :- መራሕቲ ካድራት : -ጋዜጠኛታት :- ኩለን መርበብ ሓበሬታት ይቁዝማ :-ንስኻስ ‘ታይ ገዲፍካሉ ? ጽሑፍካ እንዶ ይመስክር: – ሙቅዛም ኣብ ሽንግርዋ ዶ ገዲፍካ ኣብዚ ? ወረ ግርም እኳ ትኽእለሉ !! ሙቅዛም ከም ሓደ ዓውዲ ምህሮ እንተዝውሰድ ሲ ዋና ኣቀናባባሪ ምስ ኮንካ ::: ፍሽኽ በል!

        እናተዋዘና ኢና ንጋደል ዝነበርና ጭርቃን እኮ ናቱ መቀረት ኣለዎ ፡ ሙቅዛም ጠቃሚ ዝኾነሉ ኣጋጣሚታት ኣሎ ነዚ ኣጋጣሚታት ግርም ዝፈልጥሉ ህግደፍ እዮም – እቲ ቁዛመ ግን ካብ ናተይን ናትካ ዝተፈልየ እዩ – ኢድካ ናብ ካለኦት እናወጣወጥካ ብኣፍካ “ዓወት ንሓፋሽ ” “ከም ህዝብና የለን ” “መን ከማና ” ምባል እሞ ብእግርኻ ድማ ነዚ ህዝቢ ምድርጋሕ ! ፍቅሪ ኣድጊ ንሱ እዩ ትርፉ ::

        እቲ ናትካ ቁዛመ ኣብ ቶም ርኢቶኦም ዘፍስሱ :- ዝጽሕፉን ዘለው ዘቅነዐ መቀረት ኣለዎ :: ግን እቲ ጸገም ንስኻ ካብኦም ውን ነጻ ዘይምዃንካ እዩ : እቲ ናተይ ውን ምሕረት ኣልቦ ኣብ ህዝቢ ዘተኮረ ናይ ቃላት ዘመተ እዩ :: ገና እቲ ጸገም ኣነ ውን ኣካል ናይ ቲ ህዝቢ ምዃነይ እዩ : እዋእ ሙቁዛም ምቁዛሙ ሲ ምድርጉሑ ዝዓይነቱ ::

        ግን እኮ ኣነ ኣብ ቦታኻ ንስኻ ኣብ ቦታይ ኮይና እንተዘይርኢናን ኣብ ዝበልናዮ እንተነቂጽናን ኣብ ሓደ ነጥቢ ክንመጽእ ኣይንኽእልን ኢና : ድሓር ኩሉና ኣብ መወዳእታ ዕላማና ሓደ ክኸውን ይኽእል እዩ : እቲ ዘቅረብካዮ ዓንቀጽ ዕላምኡ እንታይ እዩ ዝብል ሕቶ ጥራይ እየ ክምልስ ዘለኒ :: ንስኻ ድማ ከምኡ ::

        እዚ ህዝቢ ኣጉል ሞገስን ዘይሓቂ ምትዕብባይን – ዘይናቱ ምሃብን ምስካሩን ኣይጠቀሞን :: ስውኣትናን እሱራትናን ንጎኒ ገዲፍካ እቲ ካልእ ኩሉ ነብስ ወከፉና ዝፈጽምናዮ ጌጋታት ብዘይ ንሓፍነት ክንእርሞ ክንክእል ዓቢ ጀግንነታዊ መርገጽ የድልየና ኣሎ :: ጉዳያትና ናብ ሓደ ሸነኽ ጥራይ ኣጸጊዕካ ኣይፍታሕን እዩ : እቲ ወቀሳን ውርዝይናን ካብ ሓደ ናብ ካልእ ጥራይ ዘወጣወጠ ኮይኑ ክቀርብ የብሉን : ኩሉ ሰብ ከኣ ንሓቂ ክሓፍራ ኣለዎ : ሓቂ ፈጣሪ እዩ – ፍቅሪ ውን ፈጣሪ እዩ – ሰላም ባዕሉ እግዚኣብሄር እዩ :: ንሱ እዩ ክዕወት ዘልዎ :: ሓፋሽ ኣይኮነን – ሓፋሽ ምእንቲ ነብሱን ሕልን ኡን ጥራይ እዩ ምስ ሓቂ ደው ክብል ዘለዎ :: ኣይንፍራሕ !! ነብስና ንግጠማ !! እዚ ጨናዊ ኣካል ፈራሲ እዩ !! ኩልና ከየድቲ ኢና !! ግን ተፈጥሮ ዝኣዘዘዝትና ካብ ግዝያዊ በለጽ ነጻ ኮይንካ ንመጻኢ ወለዶ ሰላም ኣንጺፍካ ምኻድ እዩ ግቡእና :

        ንሕና ኮ ወነንቲ ኣይኮነና : እዛ ኤርትራ እናበልና እንጭድረላ ዘለና ሃገር ውን እኮ ተፈጥሮ ካብ መሬት ናብ ባሕሪ ክትቅይራ ትወጣውጥ እያ ዘላ : ንሕና ኮ ኣካል ናይ ባህርይ ጥራይ ኢና ክንድ ዚ ብዙህ ሃለውለው ዘብል የብልናን : ኣሕመድ ናስር ሞይቱ – ክላውድዮስ ውን ሞይቱ – ሳልሕ ያይ ሞይቱ -ዓሊ ስዒድ ዓሊ – ሞይቱ ውጩ ሞይቱ ክንደይ ከ ቀበርና ?

        ኩሎም ነናቶም እጃም ገይሮም – ገለ ካብኦም ኣብ ብሕታዊ ዝናን ስልጣንን ኣድሂቦም ሃሊኾም ከይዶም – ገለ ካብ ኣሎም ኩሉ ያዕ ኢሎም ኣብ ሓቂ ነኺሶም ሞይቶም :- ክሎም ግን ደቂ ሰብ እዮም ነይሮም :: ኩሎም ጀጋኑ ነይሮም: ኩሎም ደቂ ፈጣሪ እዮም : ኩሎም ግን ማዕረ ኣተሓሳስባ ኣይነበሮምን ስለ ‘ዚ ኸ ኣ ነናቶም እሻራ ምልክት ጉዕዞ ገዲፎም – በቃ ተወዲኡ ! ሕጂ ኣበይ ኣለው ? ከይድቲ ኢና ተፈጥሮ ኣበይ ነይሩ ሃገርካ ኣይትሓትትን እያ – ከም ፍጡር ንፍጡራት እንታይ ገበርካሎም እምበር ::

        ንሕና ከም ህዝቢ ጉድለታትና ብዘይ ምሕረት ክንቀልዕ ይግባእ :- ኣነ ሓንቲ መራር ሓቂ ወስ ክብለካ – ንሕና ኤርትራውያን ንሰላስ ዓመታት ኣንጻር መንግስታት ኢትዮጵያ ተቃሊስና : ክንዮ መረብ ዘሎ ፍጡር ” ገንጸልቲ መሬት ንዓረብ ክትሽየጥ ይዋግኡና ኣለው “ዝብል ሓበሬታ እዩ ዝወሃቦ ነይሩ እዚ ስምዒት ዝትንክፍ ብሂል ድማ ብሚሊዮን ዝቁጸር ህዝቢ ቀዚፉ :: ዘማች ተኾስቲራ ! ንሕና ግን መስዋእትና ጥራይ እዩ ዝቆንዝወና ነይሩ : እዚ ውጹዕ ኢትዮጵያዊ ብሰንኪ መንግስታቱን ብሰንኪ ድሑር ኣተሓሳስባ ዝነበሮም ኣብ ቅድሚ ፈደረሽን ዝነበሩ ዓበይቲ ሰብ ስልጣን ኤርትራውያን እዩ ተቀዚፉ : ኣብ ‘ታ ሰዓት ህዝቢ ኣይፋል ኢሉ መኪቱ እንተዝኸውን ክልቲኡ ህዝቢ ንፍርቂ ክፍለ ዘመን ኣይምተሳቀየን : ንሕና ኤርትራውያን ሓቂ መስከርቲ ኣይኮናን እምበር ነብስናን ነብሰ ማታናን ኢና ኣጥፊእና ::

        ጉዳይ ሊብያ ውን ጠቂስካዮ ንስኻ ‘ኳ ከምዚ ዝበልካስ እቲ ሎቅማጽ መሪሕነት ህግደፍ ከ ድኣ እንታይ ምበለ ? ሊብያ ከይዱ ዝዘመተ ህዝብና ኮ ነብሱ ተገዚኡስ ሃገር እንዳማቱ ብጥልያን ክግዝኡ እዩ ከይዱ : ቁርብ ባ ድማ ኣሰር ሓቂ ንሓዝ !!

        እሞ ምእራም ምእራሙ ሲ ካብ ስረ መሰረቱ ድኣ ን ኣርሞ ! ምቁዛም ምቁዛሙ ድማ ነጸላ ተዓጢቅና ውይ ውይ ንበል ! ዳሕራይ ቆዚምና ምስ ወዳእና “ይእኸሎ ሃንስየ ይእኸሎ ” ይብለካ ንስኻ ድማ “እወ ይእኸሎ ” ተባሃሂልና ንመጻኢ ወለዶ ጽቡቅ ታሪኽን መስመርን ክንገድፈሉ ንድፍ -ሓሳብ ንንደፍ ::

        ብሓቂ ግን ኣነ ብዝብካዮ ‘ውን ሕጉስ እየ ቆዚምና እንትይ ገበርና ዝብል ሕቶ ኣገሲ ብምዃኑ ኣብ ጎንኻ ኣለኹ ::

        በል ሃንስየ – ይእኸሎ ይእኸሎ ::

        • Yohannes

          መርሓባ ኮኾብ

          ሓቅኻ ኢኻ ይንኣስ ይዕበስ ካብ ምቑዛም ዓዲ ኣይውዓልናን። ምቑዛም ምቑዛሙ እሞ ከምቲ ናይ ቀደም ነጸላ ተወንዚፍና ብግጥማዊ ጽባቐ ዘለዎ ወየ ወየ እንተበልናኸ….

          ንመዕለሚ ወየ ክኾነና ንሕጂ ካብ ናይ ሰለሞን ጸሃየ መጽሓፍ ሓንቲ ክጋብዝ(ኣይረድ እምበር ወዮ ዶ ይጋበዝ!)

          ኣወጣሽ ገብርየ ዝበሃላ በዓልቲ ገለባ ሰበይቲ ምስ ሞታ ባሻይ መዝገቦ ሃይሉ ኣብቲ ቐብሪ ከምዚ ኢሎም ወየ በሉ….

          ኬድኪ’ምበኣር ወይዘሮ ኣድባዕሊላ
          ኣዴኺ ትበኪላ ጓለይ ኢላ
          ጓል እኖኺ ትበኪላ ሓውተይ ኢላ
          ኣይርኣኹን ከማኺ ዝበላ
          ብቕጭን ትኸይድ ተገሊላ
          እሞ ይሓይሽዶ ዓለም ክትዘብልላ?
          ምዃን ዓለም ኣላ ንብላ ኣበይ ኣላ
          ተካል ግዜ ጠገለ ዘይብላ
          ኣበውሉድ ዘይፋተዉላ
          ሓወይ ሓወይ ዘይትበሃለላ
          ጽራይ ተወዲኡ ዘይሓተላ
          ጠጂ ተወዲኡ ዘይ’ምቡላ
          ወዲ ጭዋ ርእሱ ዝደፍኣላ
          ዓሊባበ ዝሰራሰረላ።
          ጭዓ ዕጭማረ ካብ ዝተርፍ ዋዕላ
          ዓበይቲ መኸዳ ድሕሪ ዘበሉላ
          ዓለም ኣላ ንብላ ኣበይ ኣላ
          ደጊም ከየልቅስ ኣዱሕ ዋዕላ።

          N.B. እታ ‘ዓለም’ ብ ‘ኤርትራ’ ተኪእካ ምንባብ ዝያዳ ተምሳጥ ኣይሰኣኖን።

          • Kokhob Selam

            ሃላ ወላህ ዮሃንስ ሓወይ!

            ናይ ብሓቂ ሓያል ኣምሮ እዩ ዘለካ : – ዕላልና መሳጢ ነይሩ : – እሞ ካን ተወንዚፍና ኮ ቆዚምና :-: እሞ ሕጂ ድማ ሓዲሽ መንፈስ ይዕሰለና :: ኣዝዩ ነዊሕ መገዲ ስለዘለኒ ምስ ተመለስኩ ኣነ ውን “ጭሩ ዝዓቅማ ትሕጎም” ዝብሎ ኣለኒ ::መገደይ ዓቀበትን ቁልቁለትን ዘለዎ ናይ ክልት ሰዓት ጉዕዞ እዩ ብሰላም ክምለስ ጸልይ ብሰላም የራኽበና :

          • Yohannes

            ሰላም መገዲ ኰኸብ

          • Kokhob Selam

            ክቡር ዮሃንስ

            ኣታ ነብሪ ተመሊሰካ በል !!

            ኣብ ሞንጎ ዕላልና ጉዕዞ ስለ ዝነበረኒ ድሓን ውዓል ኢለካ ናብ ዋኒነይ ከይደ :: ዝገርመካ ግን ካልእ ህዝባዊ ዕማም እዩ ከም ሽኩሽኳ ኣጥፊኡኒ ቀንዩ :: እዛ ሃገር ግን ከመይ ዝበለ ፍቅሪ እዩ ዘለዋ ? ሓደ ኳ ወዲ ዛ ሃገር ከይሰረሓላ ዘይድቅስ ምዃኑ እዩ ዝገርመኒ ::

            ገሪሙካ ዶ ? – ኣንታ ኮኾብ ክልተ ተገራጨውቲ – በቲ ሙቅዛም በቲ ኸኣ ሞገሰ ዶ በልካ ? ጭርሖ ኮኾብ – እንዳቆዞምና ነሞግስ እንዳሞገስና ንቁዙም እዮ ዝሓወይ ::

            ብርግጽ ግን ሙቅዛም ኣብ ምሉእ ዓለም ዝረኣይ – ህዝብታት ዝኣምኑሉ ቅቡል ስራሕ እዩ :: ኣብ ዓለም ቆዛሚ ዝጽለኣላ እንኮ ሃገር እንተልያ እዛ ተካል ሃገርና ጥራይ እያ :: ቆዝመልና ተባሂሎም ደሞዝን ሞሳን ዝወሃቡ ዓበይቲ ሰባት ኣብ ኩለን ሃገራት ኣለው :: እቲ ምንታይሲ ምእራምን ምትእርራምን ብዝተፈላለየ መልክዓት ቀሪቡ ጉድለታትን ጌጋታትን ስለ ዘቃልዕ እሞ ንምዕባለ ውን ስለ ዘቀላጥፍ ::

            ሽንግርዋ ኣብ ትሕቲ ዝብል ኣርእስቲ ዝጸሓፍካያ ዓንቀጽ ዘቅረብካዮ ትንተና ብክፉት ልቢ ነዝቅበሎ ኣዝዩ ኣገዳሲ ትምህርቲ ሓዘል ነይሩ:: ግዳ ጉዳያት ብጥንቃቐ ክተሓዙ ይግባእ – ፈውሲ ፍውሲ ዝኸውን ዓቀኑ ንዓይነት ሕማምን ንክብደትን ዕድመን ወዘተ ኣብ ጸብጻብ ምስ ዘእቱ እዩ :: ዳሕራይ ኣዝዮም ዝሓመሙ ረድኤት ዘድልዮም እንከለው ናብ ‘ቶም እቲ ሕማም ብዙሕ ዘይሃስዮምን ክገጥምዎ ዝኽእሉን ቀዳምነት ምሃብ ‘ውን ልክዕ ከምዘይኮነ ክፍለጥ ኣለዎ::

            እዚ ጥራይ ‘ውን ኣይኮነን ብድሕሪ ቁዛመ ዘሎ ዕላማ ንጹር ኮይኑ እንተቀሪቡ እዩ ነቲ ተገልጋልን ኣገልጋልን ጠቃሚ ዝኸውን :: ቆዘምቲ ኣዕነውቲ ኮይኖም ምስ ዝርከቡ ተሓተቲ ከም ዝኾኑ ዘማትእ ኣይኮነን :: ኣብ ከም ሃገርና ወድዓዊ ኩነታት ግን ደረት ኣልቦ ቁዛመ ከነስምዕ ንግደድ ኢና : – እቲ ምንታይ ሲ ደረጃ ክብደት ጸገምና ልዒሉ ስለዘሎ::

            NOTE: -ንስለ ሓበሬታ ነዛ ዓንቀጽካ ብዙሕ ኢና ተመያይጥናላ :: ኣብ ወጋሕታ ‘ ውን ወጺኣ ኣላ ብርግጽ ብትግርኛ እንተትቀርብ ውን ጽቡቕ ነይሩ ::

            ዕላለይ ከይስልክየካ እምበር ነዚ ብዝምልከት ንኡሽቶ ግጥሚ ወስ ምበልኩ – ንዓርቢ የራኽበና ::

  • dawit

    Selam Wedihager,
    What is Eritreans’ will, that need war the act of violence? How long do you think this violence will last before it brings the desire ‘change’? Do you wish the kind of quick that happened in Iraq and Libya, i.e. change of government that has exposed the great majority in death and poverty, than what they had under their dictators? In hindsite does it worth it?

  • Soll


    Just when Yohannes writes a good article, megalomaniacs like “guest” and “dawit” and the like, instead of pondering, goes the caustic language of “empty bravado” typical for ERITREANS!!!!

    • guest

      Soll I didnt mean to upset you with my simple questions. Thank you for you two words “megalomaniac” and “caustic”. they are really new words for me.

      • guest


    • dawit

      Hi Soll,
      What ever adjectives you can pour on this article, there is nothing that address the kind of change he wishes and how to accomplish what ever change he is dreaming. It is just another cut and paste article full of accusations of the government and how bad is life in Eritrea. I am sure the writer has no clue or explanation why things ended up the way they are after Eritrea’s independence, except to blame the Eritrean government or Isaias. People like you and the author have nothing to do to change the path of history, PFDJ will run its course, ‘while the dogs bark the camel keep walking’.

  • guest

    Hi yohannes where are the answers to your question? It would have been much better to address them one-by-one so that we can understand what exactly you are saying here. I questions are interesting but your suggestions are quite complex to me.

  • dawit

    Selam Yohannes,
    Who cares if I care just enough, a little more or a little less. Let the people alone to figure out how to adjust with their situation. The more you agitate for change the more you make it difficult for people to adjust and cope o their environment.

    • Amanuel

      Hi dawit,
      No body is expecting you to care at all. You are always indifferent to the suffering of the masses. You were the same during HS and Mengstu and the same with IA. The line has been drown Yohannes is not taking to your side. He is talking to his side.

  • T..T.

    Hi all,

    If those abroad are not allowed to go back home to cherish their past connection, their present connection will glue them to their host countries. Thus, slowly and surely they are getting disconnected and their disconnection is making them a little more careless each time than before.

    The very few who are stuck in memory of the past, they are disappointed by the non-action of the majority towards Isayas’s large number killings, disappearances, imprisonments, confiscation of wealth and starvation of the whole people. If the country is denied by Isayas of anything worth revisiting, even the many of those who love their country and don’ts of Isayas would stop caring because they are made to hate their country. Thus, those many whose love of the country forced them to cling to Isayasland, Isayas is responsible for their unclinging their love and becoming less caring.

    Accordingly, if those from inside the country are voting against Isayas by walking miles to cross the border, even by jumping into the hands of the organ harvesters, what is there for those aboard to care, go and see? And, if those abroad don’t want to pour blood and efforts to bring the needed change by force, then the only solution is surgical removal of the cancer.

    • Idris Ali

      Hi Youhannes
      First and foremost i would like to admire your approach to the subject of discussion . I agree to some extent with most of Points you have raised . With all the good intentions your articel carries i cannot understand ,why ? when you mentioned the victimes of the regime you forget (i hope that is the case ) or ignor to mention the hundreds of teachers of the islamic schools who were the first victims of the Hegdf 1994 . I don`t Think you have not Heard about thier tragedy as it was exposed later how they were executed with out any trail and in a barbaric manner.Most of the today just seekers were withen the regime and have a deaf ears and blind Eyes at that time . I Think all the story of our recent tragedy started when we accepted or ignored the first crimes of the regime for some regional or religious resons .
      To come back to the spirit of the article ” we are the sons of today ” . There is urgent need for change to rescue our people and nation ,and this necessitiets our collective well and action .
      Once again i admire you article
      Dr. Idris Shokai

      • Yohannes

        Dear Dr. Idris,

        Thank you for your kind words.

        As for your question on why I didn’t mention the teachers of the Islamic schools, my answer is simple – it is not intentional (neither do I have a clue as to why anybody could intend it). If I knew there were those Islamic teachers who faced such barbarism on the basis of their religion, I would have fitted it in to that sentence along with the others, although I am not trying to chronicle Eritreans victims in this article(and I expected the expression ‘political prisoners’ to embrace the rest). If I was chronicling, though, of course I would have done a research in that particular direction.

        I am aware of such sentiments though, and the main reason I am responding to your comment is to show you that there is lack of information about such transgressions since they are done so clandestinely and then cleared of any traces; and obviously, the part of the Eritrean public who didn’t witness that is largely unaware of it. I suggest such crimes be posted time and again so that the knowledge is not confined to the people/readers just at a particular time.