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Eritrea: Few Embassies, Many Chanceries

The democratic regime of Isaias Afwerki is known for its extensive informational (not propaganda) activities and thankfully it enjoys full monopoly over Eritrea’s airwaves and print media through which it has always been “Serving The Truth.”

The nascent Eritrean free press was squashed in 2001, as soon as it began to open its mouth and misbehave. Though some consider that an act of infanticide, the Isaias regime swears it was “just an abortion.” Since then, the regime has cleverly added to the arsenal of its media muscles: several websites stationed in the West, particularly in Sweden, Germany and the USA. A sigh of relief! Who needs a free press anyway?

On October 10, 2014, every media outlet owned or leased by the democratic regime of Eritrea showed President Isaias Afwerki receiving credentials of eleven ambassadors from many countries. The news made sure to remind readers of another batch of ambassadors: “It is to be recalled that President Isaias yesterday received the credentials of the Ambassadors of UK, Italy, Germany, European Union, Libya, South Sudan, Malta, Pakistan, Spain, Serbia, Canada, Norway and Tanzania.”

Obviously, it forgot to mention that the first group included a few gold-plated ambassadors.

It is crucial that you note, the president, may God protect him and give him longevity, has received the credentials of over twenty ambassadors in two days only. Marvelous!

When a president receives that many ambassadors, in two days, it proves that the democratic Eritrean regime has earned a certificate of good conduct and enjoys an excellent diplomatic standing among the world community. The dishonest and the uninitiated would dismiss the significance of the great events and would simply say, ‘that is not the case.‘ What is the case then?

The Asmara directory proudly lists a respectable (mind you, not inflated) number of embassies; while those who sinfully do not agree with the benevolent regime claim that Eritrea has the lowest number of resident embassies in the entire region. For instance, they claim that most of the diplomats that our beloved president received are non-resident ambassadors whose countries appoint them to Eritrea as a precaution for any eventuality, just in case they are needed—also to save their diplomats from boredom due to assignments in countries not as democratic as Eritrea.

The sinful erroneously add: there is no reason that compels most countries to appoint ambassadors to a country that doesn’t have good relation with its neighbors. That is a lie; we all know Eritrea has cozy relations with all countries, particularly with its neighbors. But the lies continue: the Eritrean embassy in Sudan, for example, is mainly engaged in intelligence operations, and that trade with Sudan is mainly contraband and is sub-contracted to (and handled by) smugglers. That kind of claim can only come from those who fail to recognize the greatness of the democratic Eritrean regime and its great president.

If that is not the case, are we to believe there are less than 20 permanent embassies in Asmara, mostly staffed by low level diplomats, and that the rest are run by ambassadors through a remote controller, from everywhere, Nairobi, Addis Ababa and Khartoum included? No at all.

A spoiler I know made calls to a few listed Embassies in Asmara; some of his calls were replied by Eritreans appointed as contacts—they do not have diplomatic status. Some are engaged in receiving and sending applications, and facilitating small transactions with the country they represent, and answering the phone, when the city power supply is on. The spoiler said, “a secretary answered one of my calls to a listed embassy number. When I asked to be transferred to the ambassador, the secretary told me the person in charge comes there after closing his shop in town and that he is an Eritrean who runs the embassy on part-time basis.” Of course, we do not have to believe that anti-Eritrean regime claim by the spoiler.

On October 12, Iqbal Jhazbhay, the South African Ambassador to the State of Eritrea (not Mandela’s South Africa, another one), stated that he was,Glad to interact on the train with many of the 20 Ambassadors who presented their credentials to the Eritrean President.” But rumors had already spread around claiming that many of the visiting ambassadors left the country on the same day they arrived and didn’t make the train trip that Iqbal Jhazbhay enjoyed. Rumors! Now, would you believe his Excellency Iqbal Jhazbhay or the rumors?

The adorable South African ambassador is always excited (and genuine) when he makes statements (never bombastic); the haters characterize him wrongly and say, “he sounds more like an apprentice and mouthpiece of the Eritrean regime than an ambassador of South Africa [not Mandela’s].” Fortunately he is able to disprove their wrong characterization. He stated, “In the town of Nefasit, [I] had coffee at a shop where the owner interacted with Italian soldiers!”

You cannot talk about Eritrea without mentioning the Italians, can you?

Luckily, such miracles do happen in Eritrea; let me tell you why it is a miracle: the last Italian soldier left Eritrea after the defeat of the Fascists in 1941. A little math shows that was 73 years ago. If we assume that the man Iqbal Jhazbay met was 18 when he “interacted with the Italian soldiers”, he must have been born around 1923. And that, unless one uses a math different than the one Iqbal uses, the man is ninety-one years old this year. Yes. And amazingly he still owns a teashop and he runs it, in Nefasit, not in another planet that cannot be verified. Go ahead, verify it, you will find out his name is Methuselah. Iqbal is not talking of a person who owned the teashop decades ago though telepathy happens, it cannot be ruled out. This is the kind of miracle that the democratic Eritrean regime can summon to Eritrea!

There is no doubt the Eritrean regime is so loved and embraced by the world community to the extent that Isaias Afwerki also received a Vatican nuncio! But those who do not like the Eritrean regime claim it is a tyranny; they exaggerate and say that, “Most of those in Eritrea are not embassies, but legations, even if that is an outdated, obsolete term.” For God’s sake, the nuncio represents the Holy See! What would make them recognize the respect the democratic Eritrean regime enjoys in the world?

Success of the Eritrean democratic regime torments its opponents, and it wouldn’t be in the nature of the Eritrean regime if passes such a diplomatic success without milking it until it bleeds. Why, that would be against the doctrine of self-reliance that the Eritrean regime introduced to humanity! And that is why, again, on October 12, one of the proud regime websites carried news about, “another productive evening Dinner Roundtable discussion with Ambassadors.” It appears that was a dinner with, supposedly, ten ambassadors. Those are, it seems, the Europeans who often pay the PFDJ bills, and the bills of their would-be replacement, God bless them.

Two days ago there was news that the UN sanctions on Eritrea will not be lifted (another way of saying it will continue). Damn the UN.

Talking about the sanctions, after the “productive evening Dinner” in Asmara, two ambassadors hinted to some officials that they want to “have serious discussion with the Eritrean Government.” The source said, “their talk smelled of an attempt to reform the regime.” Excellent. Every Eritrean should feel jealous for not enjoying the aroma of what was cooking, after the dinner, regardless of what it smelled of, though surely it must have smelled yummy. Who knows, maybe the talk took place during a second unproductive dinner after the first “productive evening Dinner.” Two dinners! How generous of the democratic Eritrean regime!

Before I end this message of disappointment at my compatriots, let me tell you this: In a hush-hash voice, some Eritreans who actually refer to themselves as victims blame the ambassadors who supposedly had two dinners in one nigh, and pose a question: “why is it that the West never punishes the Eritrean regime for what it does to its own people, but only for what it does outside Eritrean borders?” They don’t know that “Outside borders is bad; inside borders is Kosher!” That is a preview of the upcoming new version of 1984.

Honestly, those who make such embarrassing remarks should be excused, they do not know how the benevolent and principled diplomacy of the West works. And they should know that the status of diplomats in Eritrea is supposedly (and hopefully) protected as per the definition of the Vienna Convention. Thanks to God there is no equivalent of that convention that protects (at least respects) the misguided Eritrean citizen. They haven’t suffered enough to deserve that kind of protection. Remember: Lies will set you free!

NB: Eritrean commonwealth image courtesy of the Eritrean regime websites that stays up all night “Serving The Truth.”

About Saleh "Gadi" Johar

Born and raised in Keren, Eritrea, now a US citizen residing in California, Mr. Saleh “Gadi” Johar is founder and publisher of awate.com. Author of Miriam was Here, Of Kings and Bandits, and Simply Echoes. Saleh is acclaimed for his wealth of experience and knowledge in the history and politics of the Horn of Africa. A prominent public speaker and a researcher specializing on the Horn of Africa, he has given many distinguished lectures and participated in numerous seminars and conferences around the world. Activism Awate.com was founded by Saleh “Gadi” Johar and is administered by the Awate Team and a group of volunteers who serve as the website’s advisory committee. The mission of awate.com is to provide Eritreans and friends of Eritrea with information that is hidden by the Eritrean regime and its surrogates; to provide a platform for information dissemination and opinion sharing; to inspire Eritreans, to embolden them into taking action, and finally, to lay the groundwork for reconciliation whose pillars are the truth. Miriam Was Here This book that was launched on August 16, 2013, is based on true stories; in writing it, Saleh has interviewed dozens of victims and eye-witnesses of Human trafficking, Eritrea, human rights, forced labor.and researched hundreds of pages of materials. The novel describes the ordeal of a nation, its youth, women and parents. It focuses on violation of human rights of the citizens and a country whose youth have become victims of slave labor, human trafficking, hostage taking, and human organ harvesting--all a result of bad governance. The main character of the story is Miriam, a young Eritrean woman; her father Zerom Bahta Hadgembes, a veteran of the struggle who resides in America and her childhood friend Senay who wanted to marry her but ended up being conscripted. Kings and Bandits Saleh “Gadi” Johar tells a powerful story that is never told: that many "child warriors" to whom we are asked to offer sympathies befitting helpless victims and hostages are actually premature adults who have made a conscious decision to stand up against brutality and oppression, and actually deserve our admiration. And that many of those whom we instinctively feel sympathetic towards, like the Ethiopian king Emperor Haile Sellassie, were actually world-class tyrants whose transgressions would normally be cases in the World Court. Simply Echoes A collection of romantic, political observations and travel poems; a reflection of the euphoric years that followed Eritrean Independence in 1991.

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  • Sinibaldi

    souffle vivant.

    la solennité


    la fête

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    jeunesse et

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    qui cherche


    Francesco Sinibaldi

  • Haile WM

    Good news is relative by it’s nature, your good news might not be my good news don’t you think mr pluralism ? Besides for me an unelected government with transitional nature (giziawi mengisti) receiving embassies is not a good news because it implies giziawinetu ayebkeen i.e. it behaves as a legitimate one and apes a rightful government 🙂
    anyway I thought you were complaining about censorship and plurality of views in the forum in your initial comment…

  • Tesfabirhan WR

    Dear Aregay,

    Again ok if it is for tourism purpose. Let me ask you again:

    If the presence of this train is attracting tourists, one expects income. And then from the income, you invest. This is a wise business. Eritrean train lines were rehabilitated which started from Massawa to Asmara by 1-5 th round national service and It was finalized till 1997 or early 1998. From its completion till then 16 years passed.

    As you said in your previous comment, if it is a means of survival; where is its significance? Can the profit which was obtained from the tourists is able to buy another train?

    Mr. Aregay, do not fool yourself. If any project has no significant impact in economy then it is a failed investment. I know very well the tourism industry of Eritrea and I know the tourists who might be using this train during their visit.



    • Aregay

      Tes, it’s ok!! I don’t know why I am expecting a turkey to behave like an eagle!!

  • Haile WM

    I think you are here saying what ever you say accusing of whatever those who are hosting you and nobody has stopped or censored you… your PFDJ views are here, in a website clearly anti PFDJ and yet you advocacy for pluralism in this forum is quite touching 🙂
    in addressing your concerns, let me use your master’s favorite quotes: “Where is the evidence ?” “this is a fabrication”, “this are lies invented by Langley”, and finally let me tell you … “we are number one [forum] in the continent” 🙂 🙂

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    ኣብ 27 ግንቦት 2007፡ ሕግን ቀኖናን ቤተ-ክርስቲያን ብምግሃስ፡ ንኣቡነ ዲዮስቆሮስ፡ ኣብ መንበር ኣዳየቦም። ኣብ’ቲ ንግሆ ሽዑ መዓልቲ ከኣ ንኣቡነ እንጦንዮስ ብሓይሊ ካብ መንበሪኦም ኣልዮም ኣብ ዘይተፈልጠ ቦታ ወሰድዎም። ፓትርያርክ ኣቡነ እንጦንዮስ ሕማም ሽኮርያ ኣለዎም፡ ብዛዕባ ጥዕናኦም ከኣ ሓፈሻዊ ስክፍታ ኣሎ።

    ቤተክርስቲያን ኤርትራ ኣብ ስደት

    ምስ ምውራድ ኣቡነ እንጦንዮስ ዝተተሓሓዘ ቤተክርስትያን ኤርትራ ብዓለማውያንን ፍርሓት ኣምላኽ ዘይብሎም ውልቀሰባትን ከም እትመሓደር ተገብረ። ከም ውጽኢቱ ድማ ሃብትን ንብረትን ቤተክርስትያን ክዝመትን ክዓኑን ቤተክርስቲያን ርእሲ ዘይብላ ካብ ዓለም ተነጺላ መጋበርያ ካሊእ ዓለማዊ ዋኒናት ክትከውን ጀመረት። በዚ ዝተላዕለ ኣብ ስደት ዝርከበ ናይ ኤርትራ ኦርቶዶክስ ኣብያተ-ክርስቲያናት ጓሳ ከምዘይብለን ኣባጊዕ ፋሕ ክብላን ክፈላለያን ጀመራ። ንሕና ከኣ እቲ ቅኑዕ ኢልና ዝኣመነሉ፡ ናይ ቤተ-ክርስቲያን ቀኖናን ሕግን ዘኽብር ጒዕዞ መረጽና፥ ኣቡነ እንጦንዮስ ሕጋዊ ፓትርያርክ ምዃኖምን ምውራዶምን ብካልእ ምትካኦምን ከኣ ኣንጻር ሕግን ቀኖናን ቤተ-ክርስቲያን ምዃኑን እዩ። በዚ ቀኖናዊ መገዲ ኣብ ትሕቲ ናይ ግብጺ ቤተ-ክርስቲያን ናይ ስካንዲናቪያን ጳጳስ፡ ኣቡነ ኣባኪር፡ ኴንና ኣገልግሎትና ንፍጽም ኣለና።

    Eritrean Orthodox Church, Sweden http://eotcs.se/tg/

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      PART II

      “ዕለት: 13 ጥሪ 2006

      ናብ ብፁዓን ሊቃነ ጳጳሳትን፡ ጳጳሳትን፡ ኤጲስ ቆጶሳትን ኣባላት ሲኖዶስ።

      ኣቐዲመ መንፈሳዊ ሰላምታይ ይብጻሕኩም እብል።

      ኣስዒበ ድማ፡ ብዕለት 05/05/1998 ዓ.ም.ግ (13/01/2006 ዓ.ፈ) ብቁ 04/225/4428 ዝጸሓፍኩሙለይ ካብ ፓትርያርክ መዓርግ ኣውሪድናካ ዝብል ካብ ቀኖና ቤተ ክርስትያን ካብ ዲድስቅልያ፡ ካብ ፍትሓ ነገሥት፡ ካብ ቀሌመንጦስ ወጻኢ፡ ዘይሕጋዊ ውሳኔኹም፡ በጺሑኒ። ስለዚ እቲ ካብ መዓርግ ምውራድ፡ ብሕጊ ኦርቶዶክስ ተዋህዶ ቤተ ክርስቲያን ኮነ ብፍትሓ ነገሥት ፓትርያርክ፡

      ሀ. ብዝሙት፡

      ለ. ብእምነት ምጉዳል፡

      ሐ. ብስንክልና ማለት ክሰርሕ ዘይክእል እንተ ኾነ ጥራይ እዩ ክወርድ ዝኽእል እምበር፡ በቲ ዝጠቐስክምዎ ኣንኳይ ካብ መዓርግ ከውርደኒ፡ ዘየሕትተኒ’ውን እዩ። እዚ’ውን ተሰዊርኩም ኣይኮነን ልዕሊ ሕጊ ክትነብሩ ስለ ዝደለኹም ጥራይ እዩ። ማንም ድማ ልዕሊ ሕጊ ክነብር ዝኽእል የለን። ከመይ ሕጊ እንተ ረገጽካዮ መሊሱ እዩ ዝረግጸካ። ብምጉዳል እምነት እንተ ኾነውን፡ እምነተይ ተሓቲተ መልሲ ከይሃብኩ ብገበን ካልእ ከኣ እዚ ኣለካ ከይተበሃልኩ፡ ኣብዚውን ዝግብኣኒ መልሲ ከይሃብኩ፡ ከይተሓተትኩ፡ ባዕልኻትም ከሰስቲ፡ ባዕልኻትም ፈረድቲ፡ ኮንኩም ስለ ዝፈጸምክምዎ፡ ሕጊ ቤተ ክርስቲያንን ቀኖና ቤተ ክርስቲያንን ክፋረደኩም ኣብ ርእሲ ምዃኑ፡ ፍርድኹም ዘይሕጋውን ኣብ ማንም ኣብያተ ክርስቲያናት ዓለም ተራእዩ ተሰሚዑን ዘይፈልጥ’ውን እዩ። እዚ ወሲንክምዎ ዘሎኹም መሠረተ ኣልቦ ክሲ፡ ንሱ ዘይኮነ ኣብ ሕጊ ቤተ ክርስቲያን ምሕላፍ ዘብጻሓኩም ድፍረት ግን ኣነ ኣቐዲመ ንቤተ ክርስቲያን ኣቶ ዮፍታሄ ድሜጥሮስ ምእመን ክመርሓ ወይ ከመሓድራ ብሕጊ ቤተ ክርስቲያንና ፍጹም ክልኩል እዩ ጥራይ ስለ ዝበልኩ እዩ እቲ ሓቀኛ ምሥጢር።

      ስለዚ ክስኹም ኣብ ጉባኤ ገዳማትን ኣድባራትን ሊቃውንትን ኤርትራን ቀሪቡ ኣነውን ብኣካል ቀሪበ መልሲ ከይሃብኩሉ እሞ ውሳኔ ጉባኤ ኣብ ሕዝቢ ከይተሰምዐ፡ ከምቲ ሕጊ ኦሬንታል ኣብያተ ክርስቲያናት ሕጊ ፍትሓ ነገስትን ከምቲ ምስ ግብጻዊት ኦርቶዶክስ ተዋሕዶ ቤተ ክርስቲያን ዘሎና 17 ዓንቀጻት ብምጥሓስን፡ ናይ ሓንቲ ሃገር ቤተ ክርስቲያን ፓትርያርክ ክኽሰስ ከሎ፡ ናይታ ሓንቲ ፓትርያርክ ኣብ ጉባኤ ተረኺቡ፡ ነቲ ክሲ ቅኑዕን ዘይቅኑዕን ምዃኑ ውሳኔ ከይሃበሉ፡ ፓትርያርክ ካብ መዓርጉ ከም ዘይወርድ፡ ኣብ ኩለን ጸኒሑ ዘሎ እዩ። ነዚ’ኸ ኣበይ ጎሲኹሞ ሓሊፍኩም ኣለኹም? በዚ መሠረት ከምቲ ኣብ ላዕሊ ዝተጠቕሰ ቀሪቡ ክረኣየለይ ይግባይ ናብ፡

      ሀ. ጉባኤ ገዳማትን ኣድባራትን ኦርቶዶክስ ተዋሕዶ ቤተ ክርስቲያን ኤርትራ።

      ለ. ኣብታ ብሓዋርያዊ እምነት ሰንሰለት ኣደ ዝኾነት ኦርቶዶክሳዊት ተዋሕዶ ቤተ ክርስቲያን ግብጺ ይግባይ ኢለ ኣሎኹ። እዚ ኩሉ ነቲ ድፍኢት ናይ ኣቶ ዮፍታሄ ከዊልኩም፡ በደል እዩ ዝበልክምዎ፡ በዞም ዝጠቐስኩዎም ሕጋጋት ተራእዩ ክሳብ ዘይተመለሰ፡

      ሀ. ፓትርያርክ፡

      ለ. ጳጳስ፡ ኤጲስ ቆጶስ፡ ካህን ዲያቆን፡ ከይትሾሙ፡ ብሥልጣን ኣብን ወልድን መንፈስ ቅዱስን አወግዝ ኣለኹ። ብፁእ ኣቡነ ዲዮስቆሮስ በዚ ሕጊዚ ተመሥሪትኩም ክትእደቡ አፍልጠኩም። ነዚ ኩሉ ኣብ ቤተ ክርስቲያንና ሕንፍሽፍሽ ዝፈጥር ዘሎ ኣቶ ዮፍታሄ ድሜጥሮስ ስለ ዝኾነ፡ በዚ ዘለዎ ሥልጣን ምምሕዳር ቤተ ክርስቲያን ከይሰርሕ ውጉዝ ይኹን ኢለ ኣሎኹ።

      ከምኡውን ቀሺ ሃብቶም ርእሶም ምክትል ጸሓፊ ሲኖዶስ ኣብ ልዕሊ ሥልጣን ፓትርያርክ እትጽሕፎ ዘለኻ ዘይሕጋውን ድፍረት ዝመልኦ ዘይሕጋውያን ቃላት፡ ካብ ዕለት 8/05/1998 ግእዝ ብዲቁና ይኹን ብክህነት ከምኡውን ብካልእ ኣገልግሎት ከይተገልግል ኣውጊዘካ ኣሎኹ። እዚ ዝሰደልኩም ዘለኹ ኣብያተ ክርስቲያናት ኣብ ዝበጽሓኩም ግዜ ናብ ሕዝቢ ከተንብብዎ ብህያው ኣምላኽ አማሕጽነኩም ኣለኹ።

      እግዚኣብሔር ንቤተ ክርስቲያንና ሰላም ይሃባ። ንኤርትራ ሃገርና ይባርኽ።


      ንክፍሊ ሃይማኖታዊ ጉዳያት ኤርትራ።

      ንገዳማት ኤርትራ

      ንጉባኤ ሊቃውንቲ ቤት ጽሕፈት ሳንሱር

      ክፍሊ መንፈሳዊ ፍርድ ቤት መንበረ ፓትርያርክ

      ክፍሊ ምም/ዓ/ሰ/ምም/መ/ፓትርያርክ


      መዝ/ቤት መ/ፓትርያርክ

      ክ/ሕጊ ቤት/ጽሕፈት ምም መ/ፓትርያርክ

      ምቁጽጻር መካይን ምምሕዳር መ/ፓትርያርክ

      ንኣድባራት ኣሥመራ፡

      ኣሥመራ ሃገረ ስብከት፡

      ንኩለን ሃገረ ስብከታት

      ንኩለን ኦሬንታል ኣብያተ ክርስቲያናት፡

      ንደብረ መዊእ ኣቡነ ኣርጋዊ ማይ ተመናይ። ኣሥመራ።

      ብፁእ ወቅዱስ ቀዳማዊ እንጦንዮስ፡ 3ይ ፓትርያርክ ርእሰ ሊቃነ ጳጳሳት ሃገረ ኤርትራ”

      • haileTG

        PART III

        ገዳማት ኤርትራ ኣብ ልዕሊ ኣቶ ዮፍታሄ ድሜጥሮስን ጸሓፊኡ ዝነበረ ኣቶ ሃብቶም ርእሶምን ዝወሰንዎ ናይ ውግዘት ደብዳቤ እንሆ።

        ብውሳኔ ገዳማት ኤርትራ፡ ኣቶ ዮፍታሄ ቀሺ ድሜጥሮስ ብኽሕደት-እምነት ተወጊዙ ካብ ቤተ ክርስቲያን ተዋህዶ ከም ኣረሜን ተነጺሉ ኣሎ። እዚ ካብ ጳጳሳት ኤርትራ ዘይተረኽበ ትብዓት ካብ መነንቲ ኣቦታት ገዳማት ኤርትራ ምምጽኡ፡ ነቲ “እምበርዶ ጳጳሳት ኣለዉና እዮም” ዝብል ስኽፍታ ንግዚኡ ጋሊህዎ’ሎ። ኣምላኽ ከምዚ ዓይነት ትብዓት ንመነንቲ ኣቦታት ስለዝሃቦም ድማ ምስጋና ንዕኡ ይኹን።


        • Rodab

          ሰላም ሃይለ ቲጂ፤

          ሓፋሽ ተጋደልቲ ነዛ ሂወተም ከይበቐቑ ምእንቲ ህዝቦም ረዚን መስዋእትነት ከፊሎም ከብቅዑ፣ ስለምንታይ ደኣ ሕጂ ኣብ ቅድሚ እዚ ኹሉ በደላት ህዝብን ሃገርን ከምዘይምልከቶምን ዋጋ ከምዘይከፈሉሉን የእዳዎም ኣጣሚሮም ይዕዘቡ ኣለዉ ኢልካ ክሕተት ይከልኣዩ። ኮይኑ ግን፣ ስቕታን እንታይ ገደሰኒነትን ናይዞም ሎሚ ኣብ ልዕሊ ዮፍታሄን ተሓጋጋዚኡን ደብዳበ ውግዘት ጽሒፎም ዘለው ሰብ ገዳማት ዝግብኦ ቆላሕታ ኣይተዋህቦን ኣሎ። ኣንጻር ዓመጽን ኣብ ክንዲ ሙሉእ ሕብረተሰብን ምቅላስ ይትረፍ፣ እታ ናቶም ናይ ገዛእ ርእሶም ዝኾነት ቤተክርስትያን በቲ ቂይዲ በተኽ ስርዓት ክትርገጽ ክርእይዋ ከለዉ ዓገብ ዘይብልሉ ምኽንያትሲ እንታይ ኣሎ፣ ንሓቅን ፍትሕን ንምግልጋል ክጥዕመሎምዶ ኣይኮነን ንዓለም መኒኖም ኣብ ንጹላት ገዳማት ዝነብሩ ዘለዉ፧ ኣየኖት ዝናበዩ ቆልዑ ወይ ስድራ ወይ ዝካየዱ ትካላት ወይ ዝእለዩ ጥሪትን ንብረትን ሃልይዎምዩ ተሰኪፎም ወይ ፈሪሖም፧ ጳጳሳት ካቶሊክ ከማን ቤተክርስትያኖም ኣብ ዝሓሸ ኩነታት እንዳሃለወት (ብተዛማዲ) ምእንቲ ኩላትና ዓገብ ዝብሉ ዘለዉ።

          ዝኾነ ኾይኑ እዚ ሕጂ ተወሲዱ ዝበሃል ዘሎ ስጉምቲ ዘተስፉ ግን ከኣ ዘይእኹልዩ። መንበረ ቅዱስ ፓትርያርክ ኣንቶንዮ ክምለስን ኢድ መንግስቲ ካብ ሃይማኖታዊ ጉዳያት ሙሉእ ብሙሉእ ክእለን ክጠልቡ ኣለዎም። ከምቲ ብተመን ዝተነኽሰስ ብልሕጺ ተዳህለ ዝበሃል፤ እቲ ሰርዓት በቲ ናይ ጳጳሳት ካቶሊክ ጻውዒት ተዳሂሉን ተሰናቢዱን ስለዘሎ፣ ብመራሕትን ኣባላትን ሃይማኖት ድፍኢት እንተቐጺሉ ውጽኢት ክርከቦ ይኽእልዩ።

          • haileTG

            መርሓባ ሮዳቢኖ፡

            ኣነ እኳ ከምዛ ትርእየኒ፡ ክንድ’ዞም ዓበይቲ ሊቃነ-ሓዋርያንን፡ መንፈሳውያን ኣቦታትን፡ ዝዳረግ ስፍሓት ልቦናን፡ በረከተ-እምነትን ዘይብለይ ዓለማዊ ብምዃነይ፡ ገለ እንተተጋገኹ፡ ነዚ ዝህበካ ርእይቶ ዘንብቡ ኣቦታት፡ ምስ ድፍረት ከይቆጽሩዎ እማሕጸን። ስለዚ ናብቲ ጉዳይ ዝጠቐስካዮ፡ ስልጥ ኢለ ክኣቱ (ማራ ትህወኽ እንዲኻ ኾንካ ኣታ ወዲ፡-) እዛ ትስዕብ እኖሀት።

            ምትእትታው ስርዓት ህግደፍ ኣብ ሃይማኖታዊ ስርሓት ቤተ-ክርስትያን ኦርቶዶክስ፡ ዓገብ ከም ምባል ተባሂሉ እዩ። ኣብዚ እዋን፡ ቅድስቲ ቤተ-ክርስትያን ኦርቶዶክስ ኤርትራ፡ ካብ ኩሎን ኣሕዋታ ተነጺላ እያ። ክሳብ ብፖፕ ሺኖዳ ሳልስኣዊ እቶም ብህግደፍ ድፍኢት ዝደየቡ ኣቦ ዛጊት ኣፍልጦ የብሎምን። ኢርትራውያን ምእመናን፡ ገዳማትን ኣብ ስደት ናብ ክልተ ተገሚዔን እየን፡ እተን ከም ጴጥሮስ ዝኸሓዳ፡ ጌና መሳርሒ ህግደፍ ኮይነን፡ ካህናተን፡ ብታሪኽ ይቕረ ክበሃሎ ዘጸግም ኣነዋሪ ውስልትና ዝበቅዕ፡ ክሳብ መኸተ ኣትዮም ሻምፔን ዘንትዑ (ዝትኩሱ) መሊኦመን እዮም። ክዳን ቀሺ ወዲዮም እምበር፡ ይምሓሮም ዝበሃሉ፡ ዲዕ ዝበሉ ሓጥኣን እዩመ። እቶም ካልኦት ካህናትን ኣቦታትን ድማ፡ ኣብ ሓቂ ጸኒዖም፡ ሓቂ ዝምህሩን ዝጽውዑን ዘለዉ፡ ክቡራን መራሕትና እዮም። ዓገብ ድማ ኢሎም እዮም። እቲ ህዝብና ድማ ሕጂ እዩ ከምዚ ኢልካ ሓሶት ተጎልቢብካ ከምዘይውጻእ ዘስተውዕል ዘሎ እምበር፡ ዳርጋ ንኹሉ ኣግዲዕና፡ ወዲ ኣፎም ብሪ እናበለ ክንደይ ዘይዘለለ። ስለዚ፡ እዞም ካህናት እውን፡ ተጋግዮም፡ ስሒቶም፡ ንቤተክርስትያን እውን ብህግደፋዊ ነውሪ ክትድፈርን፡ ናብ ኣዝዩ ዘሕንኽን፡ ዘጉህን ውድቀት መሪሖም እዮም። ኽሳብ ውልደ ካህናት ብረት ዝዓጠቐሉን፡ ነዚን ካልእ ዓመጽን ዝተቐበሉሉን ሕሉፍ እዩ ዘሎ። ሕጂ ግን፡ መርሓባ በሎ፡ ደንጉኻ ኣይትበሎ፡ ብፍሕሹው ተቐበሎ፡ ስለ ዝኾነ እቲ ነገር፡ ጉዳይ ሃገራዊ ህዝባዊ ናዕብን ምልዕዓልን ዝትኮስ፡ ንኹሉ ንቕበል ኢና ዘለና:-)

  • Hayat Adem

    Eritrea: More Hunger

    In a recent editorial, Asmelash Abraha of EriTv said: “The Eritrean health service success is singled out only because it is being mentioned in relation to the MDG goals. Otherwise, if seen from the other plenty and broader development programs Eritrea has been undertaking, it is only a small part of the bigger picture. Eritrea’s achievements: on providing equal and quality access to education for all, on providing clean drinking water for the rural, on building infrastructure, on increasing agricultural productivity and achieving food security, on water and soil conservation, on providing energy, on electrification, and other development programs and their implementation, are amazing success stories that are not yet told and publicized to the fullest. The secret of these success stories must be sought in the charted just objectives, development committed government and people, corruption-free and clean governance, and effective use of resources that Eritrea is known for.”

    And all PFDJ puppies were barking on us about how cursed we are not to see the bright sides of developments in Eritrea. Of course, we are people of capability to be happy when ever there is a real good news coming out of Eritrea. How can we not be? Especially when there are real progresses related to the MDGs. MDGs are pro-poor and pro people. The problem is we are no more trusting reports and data coming straight out of the PFDJ kitchen.

    Recent Global Hunger Index just released another report. In that report, it said, “With one more year before the 2015 deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals, the 2014 Global Hunger Index report offers a multifaceted overview of global hunger that brings new insights to the global debate on where to focus efforts in the fight against hunger and malnutrition.” It specifically mapped Eritrea: “In terms of the GHI components, Burundi, Comoros, and Eritrea currently have the highest proportion of undernourished people—more than 60 percent of the population.” And then it went on to say, “The two countries with “extremely alarming” 2014 GHI scores—Burundi and Eritrea—are in Africa south of the Sahara.”

    So Eritrea is officially the 2nd most hunger-hit country in the whole world, according to the just released GHI of 2014. Now have your say.


    • Aregay

      And you trust this index report and the destructive campaign that is directed at Eritrea? What evidence do you have to validate that index report?

      How did they base their findings on this report ? I thought Eritrea is closed to the outside world like North Korea!!! You guys always try very hard to find a bad news to counter act any good news that comes out of that country!! I am not saying everything is hanky-dory, but continues whinging won’t get you any where!!! It just highlighted your weak side!! Peace…,

    • haileTG

      Dear Hayat

      If you want to see the malnutrition ravaging Eritrea, you need see no further than Asmelash Abraha himself. An emaciated, tired and disheveled individual. He dresses up for camera shoot but if you were to see him wondering the grounds of the Ministry of information or seeping tea at their tea shop, you wouldn’t recognize him.

      In Eritrea today, it is normal to wake up in your home without a single drop of water. When people wash their hand after meal, the same container of water everyone else washed with is passed around. The ration bread (2 pieces) are passed around like hot commodity. The sadism of PFDJ is beyond imagination. We may complain of Dergi for the brutal military forays using large scale war offensives but never for sadism or deliberately starving civilians in Eritrea. People dispute that to have been the case in Tigray but that is another story as I wasn’t there. In Eritrea, rations were fairly adequate (compared to now). When the water was off, dergi would open free supply centers, kebele’s provided cheap sugar, oil and other utilities. Every old person received pension and salaries incremented regularly to reflect inflation, many low income were provided subsidized cheap rental. Dergi provided free education, health and subsidized fuel. Nobody can match PFDJ’s sadism.

      When Aregay said last time that most of the opposition are highly educated Eritreans who don’t offer to defend the regime’s conflicts and wars, he forgot one thing. Most of the supporters live good life in the west, never have to suffer darkness and thirsty, have pensions, their fridges are full of food and they dispose to garbage enough food to sustain a family in Eritrea for a week. Yet, they have no morality and support a system that pushes mothers to prostitution in Asmara’s dark allies to provide for their fatherless kids. They are a selfish bunch and God knows what they are waiting to happen when thousands of Eritreans are pouring out monthly to start the long treks to where they could find food.


      • welde

        How how vary true you said it.The reality in Eritrea, you can’t wish it away or hide it even if you want too.It stares back at you through the eyes of Asmelas.This is the reality in Eritrea 2014 !

    • Tesfabirhan WR

      Dear Hayat,

      I totally agree with the report from many angles.

      Food Security issue in Eritrea under the PFDJ system will not exist.

      Just imagine this:

      A system that has not yet established FOOD SCIENCE COLLEGE.

      A system that has not yet managed to set defined its Food Safety and Quality Control regulations except food product like fish because of external requirements to export (you know why they worked for fish in this regard, they want to export fish so that hard currency can be gathered for PFDJ’s economic maneuver.

      A system that has almost non food processing technologies, except those few still functioning left-outs of Italian colonizers.

      A system that practices agriculture through slavery system (military) and do not care about the sustainability but on-time profit generation for the military generals (like Afihbol, sawa agro industries which are already became non-functional because of excessive irrigation and underground water depletion).

      A system that has established some medium sized dams but failed to use the water reserved effectively because of failed irrigation system designs and post harvest management systems.

      A system where still 80% of its population depends on agriculture and fighting on the limited land resource.

      A system where the land policy just encourages land grabbing and yet violates the natural grazing lands for traditional agricultural system.

      A system that just prohibits settlers from using their land resource and chase them away from one the most potential greenbelt zone of Eastern escarpments for the sake of tourism and natural forest protection (semenawi bahri’s case).

      A system that has ruined agro-industries that even sustained the Ethiopian aggressors but found to be non-productive within 20 years.

      A system that encourages poverty to flourish in cities.

      Just imagine this!


    • Goytom

      hey why do you say 2nd, we could be #1 or did it say that burundi had higher %age of malnourished people? anyway, telling hgdf supporters about the realities in eritrea is like telling a divoute christian jesus was just a man or a muslim that moohamed never existed. Isaias and hgdf have become a religion and the more you try to tell them all the things going on the more fanatic supporters they become. Maybe they think their faith is being tested.

  • haileTG

    Visit Website: http://www.coi-eritrea.org/

    The UN Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea

    On June 27 2014, a Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea was established by the UN-Human Rights Council to investigate the alleged widespread and systematic violations of human rights in Eritrea. Violations include arbitrary executions, arbitrary detention, torture and inhumane treatment, indefinite forced conscription and many others. Strict measures will be taken to ensure that information collected will remain confidential.

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    ናይ ውድብ ሕቡራት ሃገራት መርማሪት ኮምሽን

    ውድብ ሕቡራት ሃገራት ባይቶ ሰብኣዊ መስላት፡ ብዕለት 27 ሰነ 2014፡ ኣብ ዝወዓለ መጋባያ መርማሪት ኮምሽን ንክትቕውም ወሲኑ: እታ ዝቖመት መርማሪት ኮምሽን ኣብ ኤርትራ: ንካብ ጊዜ ናጽነት ጀሚሩ ዝተገበረን ዝግበር ዘሎ ምግሃስ ሰብኣዊ መስላት መርሚራን ሰኒዳን ንከተቕርብ ወሲኑ:: ካብቶም ገለ ዝተጋህሱ መሰላት ንምጥቃስ፡ መቅተልቲ፡ ማእሰርቲ: ኣካላውን ስነኣእምሮኣውን ስቃያት፡ ኢሰብኣዊ ኣተሓሕዛ፡ ዶብ ዘይብሉ ሃገራዎ ኣገልግሎትን ካልኦትን ዝኣመሰሉ ክኾኑ ከለው: ነቲ ዝእከብ ምስክርነት ይኹን ሓበሬታ ብስትረትን ጥንቃቐን ክተሓዝ ምኳኑ ንሕብር። .

    ንመርማሪ ኮምሽን ሰብኣዊ መሰላት ኤርትራ 2014-2015 ቃልኩም ክትህቡ እንተድኣ ደሊኹም፡ ብኽብረትኩም አዚ ኣብ ታሕቲ ዘሎ ፎርም ክትመልኡ ንሓትት። ኣብ ውሽጢ 24-48 ሰዓታት መልሲ ካባና ክትቅበሉ ምዃንኩም ንሕብር። ከም ተጋዳላይ፡ ኣባል ሃገራዊ ኣገልግሎት ወይ ድማ ዉልቀሰብ (ገባር) መልእኽቲ ትሰዱልና ምህላውኩም ድማ ብኽብረትኩም ክተፍልጡና ንሓትት።

    استمارة لجنة التحقيق في إريتريا

    في 27 يونيو حزيران 2014، تم إنشاء لجنة للتحقيق في إرتريا من قبل مجلس الأمم المتحدة لحقوق الإنسان للتحقيق في الانتهاكات الواسعة النطاق والمنهجية المزعومة لحقوق الإنسان في إرتريا. وتشمل الانتهاكات الإعدام التعسفي والاختفاء القسرى والتعذيب والمعاملة الغير إنسانية، والتجنيد الإجباري إلى أجل غير مسمى وغيرهما. سيتم اتخاذ اجراءات صارمة لضمان سرية المعلومات التى تم جمعها من الضحايا.

    إذا كنت ترغب في أن يتم الاتصال بك لإجراء مقابلة من قبل لجنة الأمم المتحدة 2014-2015 لحقوق الإنسان لتقصي الحقائق، يرجى إدخال المعلومات الخاصة بك أدناه وسوف يقوم شخص بالرد عليك في غضون 24-48 ساعة. واسمحوا لنا أن نتعرف فى اى الفئات تندرج ما اذا كنت باعتبارك مقاتل من اجل الحرية سابقا ، ام مجند بالخدمة الوطنية أم موظف بالخدمة المدنية؟.

    • Tesfabirhan WR

      Dear Haile TG,

      This is good news and I wish success for every move they make till the dictatorial regime in Eritrea is removed.


  • Eritrea First

    I think you are uncomfortable with what you saw ….. the presentation of their credentials of the 24 ambassadors what ever their status

  • Kokhob Selam

    ” ኣንቲ እንታይ እዩ ዘኽሩዓኪ ዘሎየ : ዘኽሩዓኪ ዘሎ ፥ባንዴራ ኤረ ተሰቂላ ኣብ ፓሎየ ተሰቂላ ፓሎ ፡” ይበሃል ነበረ ቲ ቀደም ሰብ ምስቃል ባንዴራ በይኑ ናጽነት ክመስላ እንከሎ

  • haileTG

    haha,,Araya, something surprise me about you, i.e. you out do yourself [you keep setting a new record] in how imbecile you can stretch yourself to get!!! That would crown you AI.

  • Hope

    Hello All,
    There is one “truth” here though per my observation and understanding:
    I have never seen this kind of “Ambassadorial Credentialing” Ceremony and the so called “Round Table Dinner Discussion” of the International Community” about Eritrea.
    My ponit:
    -Do NOT under-estimate your enemy
    -Learn from the Strengths of your enemy
    -The EPLF at times used to be “flexible”
    -The PFDJ might be making a “Legal U-turn” due to the obvious pressure
    -Watch for the Signs of the Times
    Where are we upto from our side?

    • Kokhob Selam

      yes, today you are very smart. and you remind me an article written one year back by Say7. I will try to find the link and attach. but I have the poem prepared by me for the same article from my file.

      ………ዕሰሉ ዕሰሉ………..

      እዚ ኣያ ሳልሕ ‘ሲ ጉድ ገይሩ:-
      ከም ኣመሉ ሚስጥራት ጎርጊሩ:-
      በርቢሩ በራቢሩ ሕጏ ሰባቢሩ:-
      ፊሕሩ ፈሓሒሩ ቅምራት ቀሚሩ:-
      ኣብ ቤተ ምረመራ ኣእትዩ መራሚሩ:-
      መደምደምታ ቀላለዖ ሚስጥሩ፥፤

      find the rest in Jebana now and enjoy it.

  • Mahmud Saleh

    When are you coming on our ” Serving The Truth” TV? Very hilarious! BeAl Hamushte kokhob!

  • Semere Andom

    Hi SJG:
    There is something terribly wrong with you guys, in on hand you want Eritrea to be ruled by the rule of law and in the other hand you forget the rule of law is determined in a table by white graying aging men. When wine and other alcoholic drinks are imbibed to lubricate discussion and the sap of new ideas oozes. Decisions are not made in the parliament they are made on the dinner tables and intercontinental hotel lounges . So the opposition groups like you need to wake up, give credits when its due:-)

    • Saleh Johar

      Aha Semere, me opposition? Don’t insult me. I did give credit where it is rightly due, it is the sellouts that are creating all the problems for our beloved government 🙂 Stay away from them.

    • Kokhob Selam

      ኪዲ በሊ !! ትያትሮ ደሚቓ ::ሓቂ ሓቂ ጥዒማ ::ኣነ ኳ ወላ ስዋ !! ወላ ስዋ ኣብቲ ኣኼባ ክት ህሉ ኣለዋ እየ ዝብል ::

  • Kokhob Selam

    እዋእ! ኣንታ ከመይ ዝበለ ብሩኽ መዓልቲ እዩ :: ክንድ ‘ዚ ኣሎኻ ? በሉ ጀበና ፈሊሓ ኣላ : ድሓር ቡን ፉት ኢልኩም ምስ ወዳእኹም ፈናጅለይ
    ሓሶት ከይለምደን ሓጺብኩም

  • Saleh Johar

    That is what irritates me Aregay. They can’t see the diplomatic success and any good news. You are right, they are upset because they are not in power. A few principled people like you and our beloved president will secure a relaxed job ruling the fiefdom called Eritrea. These people are as good as dead, they can’t even harvest “yebeqqele serdo.”

    • Tesfabirhan WR

      Dear SGJ,

      I read in the first lines of this enjoyable article that starts with “The democratic regime of:::” I am in hesitancy. Can you enlighten me please.


      • Saleh Johar

        Tes, I thought the romantic the tone of the entire article explains the content. But the democratic regime of his excellency Isaias Afwerki is formally known as the PFDJ regime, may God protect it. Since I am on a first name basis with the beloved regime, I can use any of the two names. 🙂

        • Tesfabirhan WR

          So funny! Got it now et merci beaucoup and Amanuel toi aussi, merci!

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Haw Tes,

        He is reporting/or shading his own view on the occasion in satirical presentation.

  • Tesfabirhan WR

    Dear SGJ,

    This is an excellent exposing news of the diplomatic bankruptcy for PFDJ. South Africa has forgot her march for freedom and joined the world of exploiters. It is very shame to see a South African Ambassador to be a mouth piece of a dictatorial regime for seek of rush for Gold. This is a double shame.

    And parallel to the report what caught my eyes is that recently the world leaders (except IA) gathered for summit on Climate Change (UN Climate Summit 2014) in which the PFDJ foreign minister (Osman Saleh) delivered a lecture addressing for a readiness to combat but just 10 days after an old train carrying 20 Ambassadors was polluting the environment. I do not know how these Ambassadors closed their eyes to see the reality on how much Green gases (CO2) is emitted to the atmosphere and still reporting without shame that they enjoyed the travel?

    These old trains are known for producing CO and CO2 as well as other green gases that are the main source for the climate change. Ok, PFDJ, because of his economic backwardness, he cannot buy a new one, but what surprised me is that those Ambassadors should at least abstain from traveling by this train and donate money to the Eritrean people to help him in reducing the shortage of transportation means.


    Thank you again


    • Aregay

      You live in a dream world my brother or shall I say down the south border. What other means of transport do we have to make the comfort of choosing a clean way of transport. You should be ashamed of yourself to compare poor Eritrea with the other polluters. To be fair what that steam train produce in a year would not even compare to one cruise missile and those missile get fired every day even for training purposes. For us the steam train is our means of survival. However, the latter is not!!!

      • Tesfabirhan WR

        Dear Aregay,

        Ok, let it be as you said. By the way, is this one a steam train? You are missing man.

        Second, you mentioned that this steam train is our means of survival. You mean for transporting 20 ambassadors every year is means of survival? Rebi yerhiwelka kinibil trah

        Wey gud

  • haileTG


    Simply the best!