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Eritrea, Which Never Acknowledged Fall Of Gaddaffi, Celebrates It

On February 18, the Libyan News Agency reported that the Libyan Embassy in Eritrea celebrated the “first anniversary of the glorious revolution of February 17 [2011]” that finally brought down the regime of Muammer Gaddafi by noting that it was attended by Eritrean ministers of defense, foreign affairs, mining, energy, tourism, social affairs, and different department directors.

What is ironic is that the Eritrean state media, which is the only media allowed to exist in Eritrea, has yet to report on the Libyan revolution or the violent death, on October 20, 2011, of Muammer Gaddafi, a close ally and mentor of Eritrean president Isaias Afwerki.

In the beginning of the Libyan revolution, the Eritrean government had warned teashops and other public places not to show news about “the Arab Spring” fearing Eritreans would be inspired to do the same.

In a speech he delivered, Mr. Hassen Al-Baroni, the charge d’affaires of the Libyan embassy, “prayed for mercy for the souls of the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of the Libyan people, and wished the wounded to heal and the missing to return to their families.”

Al-Baroni added that Libya is seeking to build a state based on the principle of “free economy and fair competition and the exploitation of natural resources that God bestowed on Libya, and put it to the service of the nation and the citizens and their development to the level of developed countries.”

When the Arab Spring took the world by surprise, Eritrean president Isaias Afwerki downplayed the grassroots nature of the revolution and blamed it on the CIA and other hegemonic powers who are vested in instigating “creative chaos.”

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  • Sara

    OH my God, baalti wukato haftey well said, I enjoy reading your view and proud of you.

    • b’Alti W’qatto Arwe (As in a girl with a dragon tattoo).

      Sara,

      Glad you like it haftey.

  • rodab

    VoA was unsuccessful in getting GoE officials to explain themselves about the crisis they brought upon themselves on the Nayzgi Kflu issue. Ali Abdu or the two Yemanes are happy puppy to take VoA invitations to talk about Ethiopia or Somalia, but they are usually MIA where it matters the most – the Eriteran issues.
    Aren’t these the most incompetent people to ever hold any governmental office? Unfortunately for them, this crisis won’t go away any time soon – it will spread back home if it hasn’t done so already. These are the worst times to be GoE defender. My sympthy to supporters of the regime.

    • haile

      I think that was a poor showing on VOA’s part. How could the VOA not find anyone to clarify the issue, considering that there are so many ‘Nsu N’hna – N’hna Nsu’ in and around their neck of the wood?

      • rodab

        My feeling is everybody VoA contacted has declined, awaiting for hints as to what to say or which way to go. The compass is missing for the time being and it is creating confusions in dehai, alenalki and the the entire PIA camp. How awkward!
        Meskerem and Assena, on the otherhand have taken control of the issue, while uncles Awate & Asmarino are half asleep, half awake. loooool. Just kidding on the last part.

        • awatestaff

          Rodab:

          Actually, this is what happened. assena broke the news (Feb 7), and awate disclosed more information about the Isaias-Naizghi relationship. Meskerem, whose dream is to see assenna and awate proven wrong, waited, and waited, and waited for its lords and masters at Shabait or Eri-TV to reassure it, so it can put “sni Efun” size announcements on the gaudy website. They waited and waited. Nothing happened. Meanwhile, at awate facebook, we started pounding the government media including meskerem for failing to report on the un-dead Naizghi Kflu. Meskerem kept waiting. Then, it broke down and did its patented “O, Lord Isaias, please, if you will it, share with us some information…” bit.

          So all its “taking control of the issue” now is overcomensating for its two weeks plus of waiting for the assurance that never came.

          Just thought you would want the full picture.

          • rodab

            I totally agree with you that Meskerem loves to see Assena & Awate get the news wrong. Both of you are under Meskerem’s constant surveilance. Assena is probably the biggest target. One example is when Assena broke the news about Ambassador Girmay being told to leave, Meskerem came out swinging and accused Assena of lies. But ofcourse it turned out to be true. However, in my view, Meskerem is not a government mouthpiece the way dehai and alenalki are. Nevertheless it is more of a sympathizer than it is an opposer. That’s why it becomes interesting when Meskerem goes after the President be it about the constitution or the current debacle.

  • gaH ybel

    I am so happy to see Eritrea face the reality and congratulate the ‘winner’. Shifa yigberelom ember, Libya kab ed wanatata nab ed kolestin Qeteltin eya atya zela. Time will tell. Eritrea has nothing to lose if lybyans are happy and properous. We doubt that will happen, however. Shifa yigberelom. Asatyuna, ab teskar Qezafi teKafelu ente elomuna ke’a entay knblom .. nebsi mWut ymHar! n’Eiom yQerbom. nGadi yQerbo kabay.

    • Kokhob Selam

      gaH ybel,
      In between the lines I am watching something like “z’berqe Tsehayna,z’negese ngusna” do you accept that? sorry if not.

      • gaH ybel

        zbereQe tsehaYOm ember … nAna’s kali’e zTeqm tseHay ayra’anan … zagit. kulu TusTus eyu. Ente metsiU gn Wedi Afe wn zTselee’e aymeslenn.

        • Kokhob Selam

          entay emo kele’e tsehay astebyeka ba’elkah stehay zeytkhewn?

  • Correction:,
    hfdef medias have been mentioning Libya lately with quite frequency. But it is not for the reasons you are thinking. They are doing the public service to enlighten us about the usual suspects. Here are how the news has been running lately .. “Western Libya is becoming unstable…” “armed forces refused to lay down their weapons in Libya ..” ” The new government is fragmented across ethnic lines ….” ,, it is within these kind of “truth telling” that Libya has graced hgdef media again.

    In the hgdefite world back seat driver would be too generous. When Tunis and Egypt were going through the motion, they looked the other way. When it was over, they started editorializing it with their own spin. But unlike Egypt and Tunis, they wrote their fair-well wailing obituary for their demented friend barking at the security council why,why,y,y,y,… .

    Now, the cycle repeats again, Syria and Yemen don’t exist. But when it is all set and done, they will bore us to death as if they just discovered them with ..” it is alawites vs shiaties vs the sunis vs ….”… you know how it goes.

    • awatestaff

      Senay:

      Good point. But have you ever heard these words–“Muammer Gaddafi”–escape the lips of PFDJ media (online, offline, radio, print, TV) ever since the Libyan Revolution? Remember, before that, the Brother Leader mention (including in the Amharic editions of PFDJ media who called him Wendem Moammer) was really high. Isaias was always en route to Libya or Qatar or returning from Libya or Qatar.

      Gbi tells us that this is for Eritrea’s national interest which sounds impressive except that to Gbi everything that Isaias does is in the national interest. If he supports Gaddafi, it is in the national interest; if he turns his back against him, it is in the national interest; if, tomorrow, Isaias says it was a mistake to support Gaddafi, that too is in the national interest; and if the day after tomorrow Isaias says it was a mistake for the state media not to inform the population about what was happening in Libya, that too is in the national interest.

      Almost a month later, Isaias media has not announced that one of his own angels of death, Naizghi Kflu, has been visited by the real angel of death. Why? It is in the national interest! His daughter has traveled to Eritrea to plead to Baba Isaias to give her daddy a proper burial. Isaias saw her? If he did, it is because it is in the national interest! He refused to see her? It is in the national interest! He had her arrested? It is in the national interest!

      You get this kind of warped thinking when you equate what is in the best interest of Isaias (avoiding him embarrassment that he was on the wrong side of history yet again) with what is in the best interest of Eritrea but..meA men tegrae Yassin.

      • Soira

        Isaias afwerki is a cult leader; whatever the “dear leader” said must be followed with out any question because doing so is considered treason against Eritrea. the state of eritrea and its people are the property of the “dear leader” and no one should ever dare question him. awate.com and its staff will be held accountable for exposing the fallacies of the dear leader lol

      • gde Haqi

        Silly is as silly writes. hahaha

        [From Moderator: Gde, we usually don’t accept confessions, but we will take yours:-)]

        • gde Haqi

          Darn, I thought I was at a site of Capuchin brothers! Muslim brotherhood definitely doesn’t take confessions!

          • Kokhob Selam

            your name is not matching.

  • b’Alti W’qatto Arwe (As in a girl with a dragon tattoo).

    A veteran tegadalit who is also married to one of the high ranking government officials goes abroad to pursue graduate studies where she leaves behind her kids under the care of her parents. It sure is a beautiful and an ambitious dream where she sets an example to her kids so that they would grow up to be responsible citizens where investing in educations finally pays off. Dreams however do get interrupted.

    When her husband stood up to fight the rise of dictatorship and lack of transparency, he was hauled to an undisclosed prison with other compatriots who gave priority to principles, character and historical responsibility instead of living under the shadows of tyranny. As she was anxious to get back to Eritrea to tend the wellbeing of her husband and her kids, she was given an assurance from a representative of the regime where she was told she is free to travel back to Eritrea in no harms way and be with her kids when they needed her most.

    As the plane landed and her kids grew restless to hide under their mother’s warm arms, she strode towards them as everything around her lost any meaning. Instead, she was snatched away by agents who were sent by the regime as her kids were about to feel her, smell her and find a sanctuary in her warm presence. The children have gone so far through myriad summers and winters where none of the days seem to change the course of events to their favour. Instead they still gaze into the heavens for an answer to their plight as they feel betrayed here on Earth.

    An immensely charismatic tegadalay who had been a close friend of the man at the helm gets pulled back from his Ambassadorial position in China and before he knew it, he found himself in a dungeon as his sister who is also a tegadalit found herself in the same fate as her brother as well. His daughter has grown into adulthood as time passes immeasurably where the memory of her father and others fades against the drift of time. She pleads with the world as she carries a placard that reads, “Where is my father?”

    One of the closest friends of the tyrant dies due to chronic illness and his body is denied from flying back to Eritrea to rest in peace. The Eritrean community is shocked to the bones beyond belief. His oldest daughter we are told has flown to Eritrea to plead with the man at the helm and as she fights the man on her own on behalf of her unresponsive father, she is helpless as she is treated not only as an adult but as an adversary as well. N’zAbi qol’A ayt’bedil goes a timeless Tigrigna adage.

    • haile

      b’Alti W’qatto Arwe

      Nicely put and very moving. Depending on what we allow ourselves to live with, we define a new high or a new law to our sense of self worth. What the PFDJ regime is doing is continually defining a new low in morality and black mailing the people to go down with it as guilty by association. Consider the case of Serbians during the Bosnia Herzegovinian massacres, decent Serbians found themselves in an unenviable situation of being represented by a bunch of criminals. Everything else was history. In removing both parents from a single family, the regime defined a new moral low and blackmailed the people to be guilty by association, by threatening their existence as independent nation. Now, the regime is using a corps as a bargaining chip to get whatever that it is looking for from the grieving family. Again, the people will be blackmailed to be guilty by association under duress, while defining a new low in the process. Liberation, in its truest form in this case, would amount to a brave undertaking to deliver the people from a criminal that is holding a gun in their and making a futile attempt to steal their future.

      • b’Alti W’qatto Arwe (As in a girl with a dragon tattoo).

        Dear Haile,

        Glad you found it interesting. The regime sure has a license to set the standard of pain and human agony as it sees it fit as such the tyrant is not only done with riding on the living, he is also on a try out bases to ride on the dead as well. As spooky and gross as it may sound, in his blight and dark world everything has become a norm where the Eritrean people are desensitized to the tremendous emotional roller coaster they are going through. God help us all.

        • Kokhob Selam

          Amen,

  • Soira

    dge hasot

    do you have any info on why the sick president is denying the corpse of naizgi kiflu from entering eritrea? while you are at it can you tell us why “the serving the truth” media both inside the country and outside are not reporting his death. whats the beef?

  • gde Haqi

    You were quick to celebrate the “shifting alliances” resulting from the “Arab Spring” before even the dust settled. Now you seem perplexed as to why the new Libyan government is holding a reception celebrating one year anniversary of “the revolution” at its Embassy in Asmara which was attended by Eritrean officials where, according to your line of thinking, it shouldn’t even have an embassy. Your ineptness at reading and analyzing these things has been amazing. Awate team hypothesized and the Libyans, and Egyptians shrugged and went about looking after their interests. The Eritreans, of course, raise their glasses to that.

    • awatestaff

      Nice try gde:-)

      The point was, is, will be: the Eritrean regime (which we assume you support) did not recognize the Libyan Revolution. The Eritrean dictator said that it was not a popular uprising but “creative chaos” instigated by the CIA. For a whole year, the Eritrean state media has refused to acknowledge that there was a Libyan Revolution. Now, they are invited to a party at the Libyan embassy, and they all showed up (because the PFDJ can never turn down free drinks:-) But we are also sure that this–that the entire Eritrean cabinet of ministers was at the Libyan embassy in Asmara–was also not covered by Eri-TV.

      As to the re-alignment of the Middle East and the new opportunities for the Eritrean opposition, do you think the Eritrean Islamists could have visited Egypt during the Hosni Mubarek regime? Oops, if your entire source for information was Eri-TV, we are sure this is news to you: Hosni Mubarek was also swept away by the Arab Spring:-)

      Keep trying, keep defending the indefensible: it is always fun to watch jugglers.

      • gde Haqi

        The problem with you is that you believe in the George Costanza mantra “if you believe it, it is not a lie”:) What ever news you make up and what ever other news you gather from information outlets of the Ethiopian government is the basis of your analysis. But don’t expect others to lap your made up information and the analysis it is based on at face value. As the American pundits would put it “you are entitled to your opinion but not your own facts.” First, it is the Libyan Embassy that is responsible for the reception. It is well aware of the GOE stance on what transpired in Libya, which is far from your observations of what the President said or what the Eritrea said or failed to say. The president has made it clear that when nations are run for benefit of one family as if they were property of that family and its cronies, people will revolt. The Libyans got that message. If you have problem with the embassy inviting Eritrean officials in its celebrations, you should direct your ire and lodge a complaint at the nearest Libyan embassy.

        The Eritrean terrorists visiting an Egyptian Islamic party is hardly an indication of any kind of shift and it is hardly a news item I need to be aware of:) That is just a news item that would interest another terrorist.

        • awatestaff

          Gde, we do appreciate your tenacity, even if your mission is futile.

          Ok: third try:

          1. Eritrea’s state-owned media has yet to report on the Libyan Revolution, the fall of Gaddaffi and his death. True or false. Gedab News says this is true, if it is false, why this is your chance to prove the falsehood. We are talking about 365 days, and we are talking about shabait.com, shaebia.org, Hadas Ertra, Eritrea Profile, Eritrea Al-Haditha. Surely from such a “diverse” collection of state media, and such a long time, you can just prove us wrong and say, here, my Ministry of Information is serving the truth. Can’t you? And if you can’t (and you won’t) neither Costanza, nor Steinfeld will help you. Life has a sucky way of just bursting your bubble, doesn’t it.

          2. Of course the Libyan embassy is well aware of the “GOE stance” to the extent that the GOE’s quiet-as-a-church-mouse stance was a stance. Let alone the stance of the Eritrean “government”, they even knew of the stance of Zimbabwe, Nigeria, South Africa–countries which at least had the convinction of their beliefs and stood in support of the dictator Muammer Khaddaffi, unlike the opportunist Isaias who abandoned his friend and financier when the you-know-what hit the fan. But the Libyan embassies in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Algeria still invited the former supporters of the Libyan dictator because that is what statesmen do. So don’t feel special your boys were invited for drinks and served with their drinks a serving of humble pie.

          3. Keep telling yourself “terrorist” blah, blah, because, by your definition, the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt, which was elected overhwelmingly by the people of Egypt is a terrorist organization which makes all Egyptians terrorists? That is bush-league thinking. But whatever makes you sleep better at night.

          • rodab

            gde tells us, “The president has made it clear that when nations are run for benefit of one family as if they were property of that family and its cronies, people will revolt.”
            Well yes PIA had siad that, I just didn’t think he had Ghadafi in mind when he made the remark. I couldn’t have known that anyway, specially given the facts that Ghadafi was the only friend visited or hosted, Libya was the only country he regularly travelled to, and Ghadafi’s ‘Green Book’ was the only book PIA ordered to be translated in Eritrea.

          • John

            Why do you have to reply to this pfdj thug. He knows he is only here to ignite an ideological war against the oppositions stands. Therefore, forget him.

          • awatestaff

            John:

            Because we really enjoy bursting their little baloons:-) We just like to see them all messed up for their next meeting where they are called to “rebuff” something or another.

            http://allafrica.com/stories/200606131149.html

            Asmara — In continuation of the existing cultural ties and exchange of cultural experience between Eritrea and the Libyan Jamahiriya, the Philosolphical work of Muammar Al-Khadafi, the “Green Book”, has been in Tigrinya.

            It was explained at a ceremony held at Hotel Intercontinental Asmara yesterday in the presence of ministers, PFDJ heads and diplomats that the book translated into the Tigrinya language under the auspices of the Libyan International Study and Research Center sheds light on the political, economic and social problems encountered by peoples around the world and ways of tackling them.

            Hahahahahahahahahaha!

          • gde Haqi

            You have convinced me that you actually watch more EriTv in a day than I do in a year. That is an unhealthy amount for someone who purportedly despises the GOE media.

            Now you are trying to make it look like I was bragging about GOE officials attending the anniversary reception. By wasting one of your Gedab news’ rare appearance on this, it is your site that seems to have attached a special meaning to this event. If this was one of many such events from the new Libyan “statesmen” to rub it to the Africans, or the “ni**ers”, as the revolutionaries would put it, then you got nothing to worry about. But you know that this”news” item was a weak attempt at getting the GOE at a “gotcha” moment. You caught it red handed celebrating a revolution that it didn’t acknowledge. woohooo! Bravotat! Gedab news business must be really slow these days. Wait a minute! That is a misnomer because that is what Gedab news is! HAHAHA

            rodab,
            Gaddafi indulged himself by spending a few dollars into translating his green book into Tigrigna. So, what? That is in line with his personality. Indulging him only meant more dollars for us. GOE milked the cash cow as much as possible for as long as possible. So what? It is looking out for Eritrea’s interests. If this cash cow can be renamed “revolutionary” and would be willing to be milked, kitmutmet eya! That is what looking after your interests is all about!

            There is no point in waiting to hear and see the death of Gaddafi on EriTv. You have to give up that wait. That kind of “news” only happens at “Gedab News” – the stale news source.

  • haile

    Dear Arwe

    I agreed with all points you brought up, until I came to read your closing remarks. As they say, if you think it is too taxing to be positive in the midst of morbid tragedies, then think again because that may not be too bad after all. In fact, being negative, in the same case scenario, would actually bankrupt you and destroy every thing that you have. No doubt, it is with in reason to feel bitter at times, yet to credit as ‘apt’ some thing of a foul nature as the “qebaro” and “Komaro” excess by the owner of assenna.com is foolish. As recently as today, Eritrean opposition is mired in ethno/religious/ideological/personal squabbles that hardly any Eritrean knows a single opposition leader by name. With such levels of obscurity and irrelevancy, lashing out at the “PEOPLE” with less than flattering adjectives doesn’t cut it. Had the people been endowed with creative and persuasive opposition that connects with the ‘locals’ than ‘foreign supporters’ then and may be only then you would be forgiven for uttering some thing that still would have been considered unwise. I know a woman who would come across to you as PFDJ supporter in the hunt for ‘perks’ and what have you. This woman had 4 out of 10 children martyred during the worst moments of the armed struggle. The woman has never had formal education and is of hagereseb background. She is anxious that she doesn’t want to throw the baby with the towel, so to speak, when it comes to Eritrea’s politics. Does she come across as ‘qebarit’, ‘komarit’ or both?

    • b’Alti W’qatto Arwe (As in a girl with a dragon tattoo).

      Dear Haile,

      Of course, the rhymed ‘vulgar’ description given by the person reflects his consternation with or about those who live in the Western world where the ideals of democracy, rule of law and transparency are enshrined for every citizen to live with and up hold as a sacrosanct principles of society. That is, when he said it or used it to illustrate his point, he didn’t have a ‘hagereseb’ lady in his mind for she is the true believer where she is expected not to know any better as her political naivete is incredibly manipulated by the man at the helm.

      What he had in mind was the people who are afforded to know and distinguish between democracy and dictatorship; injustice and justice; freedom and oppression. As astounding as it seemed, you sure remember the turn out was in thousands when they came out to ‘celebrate’ a man who is taking Eritrea for a hostage as the productive society is leaving the country in droves, the Constitution is yet to be implemented; political prisoners are yet to see a day in court where Eritrea is dubbed the North Korea of Africa.

      As one gets terribly frustrated or disturbed by the morbid reality of present day Eritrea, one would be tempted to use otherwise tasteless words to describe people who opt to keep silence and celebrate cruelty, apathy and an abject indifference to the plights and agony of a hagereseb lady who had given up her kids so that Eritrea would be an independent nation but instead rewarded a reversal of fortune.

      • Soira

        arwe
        take it easy on haile pls

      • haile

        b’Alti W’qatto Arwe

        Point well taken. Although the learning moment here is that negative is power LESS where as positive is power FULL. We owe it to those whom we wish to represent, to our case strictly with in the bounds of fruitfulness. Whatever was the motive for the guy to come up with those descriptors, it is only the currency of his ‘meaning business’ that depreciates in the eyes of his constituency as he helplessly implodes to shooting indiscriminately. Leadership costs patience and focus, without which it becomes ‘mob’ action. Let’s make a conscious effort in restoring the self worth and dignity of our people by affording them the time and space to reclaim what has been unlawfully taken away from them.

        • b’Alti W’qatto Arwe (As in a girl with a dragon tattoo).

          Haile,

          I agree.

          • Kokhob Selam

            Haile, I want to find something wrong so I will not agree with here, but I couldn’t. wish her long life so that we will see books that benefit generation to come.

  • Eritrawi

    Incorrect information. Infact the government of Eritrea have invited the new regime in Libya to visit Eritrea. Do your research to straighten up your record.

    • awatestaff

      Eritrawi:

      Since you claim our information is incorrect, we look forward to your research (complete with links of course) which show that the Eritrean state media reported on the 8-month long Libyan revolution and the death of Muammar Kadaffi.

      If we get nothing (and we won’t), we will just conclude you are just substituting your wishes for the facts.

      • rodab

        EriTv actually mentioned the new Libyan government few months ago – well sort of. It stated that the head of the new Libyan government sent a letter to PIA about cooperation blah, blah..the usual staff. I suppose the “sent letter to PIA” part was the emphasis, not that Libya has a new government now.
        That’s how they handled the South Sudan case as well. Remember EriTV never said a single word about the referendum in South Sudan or anything about its independence. It was when PIA travelled to mark the official occasion that EriTV said..’PIA was travelling to South Sudan’…’oh by the way South Sudan is an independent nation, did we mention it?’
        So yeah, any of the word’s recent big news won’t make it to EriTV unless PIA is involved in someway – receiving a letter or visiting…

      • Eritrawi

        May I say “Rodab” mentioned partialy, about the information that you missed. We can hate the government, we can hate the leadership but let us not pass falls information. I do not recall the date but I am confident so do your readers the government of Eritrea through EriTv and the Newspapers stated roughly mentioned the relations ship between the two peoples of Libya and Eritrea… and welcomed the new leadership of Libya to visit Eritea. If you are to say no…. the only thing I have to say is ” Ente terediuka terediuka intezey terediuka Mariam timharka” Wedahanka.

        Selam

        • awatestaff

          Eritrawi:

          Which part of these nine words is confusing to our readers: “Eritrea, which never acknowledged fall of Gaddaffi, celebrates it.”

          Which part of this statement is false: “Eritrean state media, which is the only media allowed to exist in Eritrea, has yet to report on the Libyan revolution or the violent death, on October 20, 2011, of Muammer Gaddafi, a close ally and mentor of Eritrean president Isaias Afwerki.”

          If the Eritrean regime welcomes the new Libyan government (or attends parties given by the new government) it doesn’t change the fact that it never reported on a 10 month long revolution (January 14 – October 20), or the death of Muammer Gaddaffi who was not just another African leader but the closest ally Isaias had in the world.

          Those are the facts.

  • Soira

    I blame the mosquito of metahit for putting jigna hizbi Eritrea into takela nay sheiytan: the man’s cerebral is like a scrabbled egg, if you don’t believe me pls go listen to his interview. It’s like listening to a mentally ill patient, I wonder if he is taking any medication for his screwed up head.

    • awatestaff

      Hmam Lbi:

      How can we not admire a man who says “I really admire me”?

      Anyway, if humor is your thing, over at our facebook page we are experimenting with the Erirean version of The Onion (a news satire show), and we tentatively named it shigurti.com (but we haven’t reserved the domain name, but hoarding/parking is not allowed so watch out:-) and here is the first entry from Senay Yohannes:

      “Shigurti.com – Recognized as the tallest building in Asmara, Nyala hotel received the “Halengay” award from president Issayas Afeworki today.
      During the award ceremony Lt. colonel Hadgu (wedi baliqa), general manager of the hotel, thanked the president for his timely recognition and elaborated how successive colonial powers have denied our tallest building an equal footing in the world stage. He further informed the attendees and the public, a commission has been created to select which art deco building to be crowned with “Weyzerit Mendeq” award this year. In other news, due to violation of the world standard speed limit, Eritrean Rail-Road ordered to reduce its horse-power.”

      https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=392604480754082&id=211930818821450&notif_t=feed_comment

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    ሽሮ ዘይብሉስ ብስቴካ መጙስዕ መሊሱ
    ሓቅነት ክትሓቅቕ መን ተገዲሱ ፧
    “እልል” ንበል ኢሳያስ “ነብሪ” ነጊሱ
    “ህዝብና ብኹርዓት ክኽእል´ዩ ነብሱ” !!!!!(እሕሕ፣ ፣ ጸላኢኹም ይሰርነቕ )
    “ስሱዓት” ሓረስቶት ብትራክተር ግራቶም ክሓርሱ
    ከየቅዋረጹ ዝሰርሑ ብልጽግና ክሓፍሱ
    ናይ ስድርኦም ዝሓስቡ “ንህግደፎም” ክንዲ ዝልግሱ
    ማኪና ዘይብሉ ከስተማስል ንሳቶም ክግስግሱ
    ንሓፋሽ ተቖርቅዊሩ” ብዲሲፕሊን ማዕርነት ተበጊሱ
    ብ”ፍትሔኛ” መንግስትና ንብረቶም ተወሪሱ !!!!!
    ጋዜጠኛ ወጻኢ ንሓሶት ዘዳምቖ
    ብጽፍርና ከም ንሓድር ዘየራቐቖ
    ምዕባለ ንኤርትራዊ በዚሑ ከም ዝሰርነቖ
    “special breed” ምኽዋንና ንህልውነት ዘይጾሞቖ
    ንናይ ህግደፍ ኤርትራ ዘይርኣየስ ንመንግስቲ ሲንጋፖር የድንቖ!!!!

    (እሕሕሕሕ፣ ፣ ፣ ዋእ ጥዑም ምለሱ እኮ ኢኮ ኢልና ፣ ፣ እንተዘይተዋሕጠልኩም ከኣ ቁሩብተይ ድሙ ድሙ ጌርኩም ኣውርድዎ)

    • awatestaff

      እሕሕሕሕ…

      Well done Fewsi Hmam lbi. It begins with the twist in እዝገ ´ርኣየኒ ብዕራይ ጠኒሱ, because the one we are familiar with is “Qumal kfesu”…

      Ok, Fewsi Hmam Lbi and all Eritrean poets…the diction is superb but now let’s pick it up, pick it up and make it even better… So here we have a stanza of 14 lines then 5 lines. Is that intentional or arbitrary? Does it matter? Are we readers and fans too spoiled and expecting too much? Ghezae Hagos, what do you have to say?

      እሕሕሕሕ…

  • b’Alti W’qatto Arwe (As in a girl with a dragon tattoo).

    MaEre k’ndey Isaias nHzbi Eritra n’Eiq’wo alo z’gerim neger eU. I have never seen or read anything appalling and despicable like the kind of political reality we have in Eritrea. I can’t even command my fingers to move around my keyboard to make sense out of the thing we call us and Isaias.

    Circa ten years ago when he incarcerated the high ranking government officials otherwise known as G-15 where some of them are six feet under, some of them are losing their eye sights due to diabetes and some of them are in a major nervous break down, the rationale for their incarceration on his part went, the reason they are not brought to justice is simply because, the gravity of their ‘crime’ would warrant them a death penalty as such, out of good will, the government opted to keep them in prison instead. If this is not Aabi n’Eqet ab l’Eli h’zbi Eritra, I wonder what is.

    A year or so ago, when three hundred plus Eritrean souls perished in the high seas as they desperately tried to make it to the free world, the man at the helm refused to acknowledge their predicament and console the grieving family instead they had to keep their tears from rolling down their cheeks. If this is not Aabi n’Eqet ab l’Eli h’zbi Eritra, I wonder what is.

    How much a sadist he may had been, the remains of Naizgi K’flu deserves a proper burial in his own country where he is denied by the man at the helm where he thinks not only he owns Eritrea, but he can as well de-evlove her at his own whim. If this is not Aabi n’Eqet ab l’Eli h’zbi Eritra, I wonder what is.

    Come to think of it however, we should be completely worn out by now as we try to figure the man out. Simply because, he is sane and dandy. The insanity rests or finds its place somewhere else. The insanity rests on his sycophants and apologists who have made a Faustian deal for transient perks here and there at the expense of the common people who are tired of being true believers in its sublime sense. As one not long ago aptly put it, “Zemach Hgdef Qebaro doo k’nblekin weys Komaro”. How befitting!!!