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Eritreans Mobilized For Justice In New York

First I would like to thank the organizers of the New York demonstration for showing their respect for humanity and saying no to injustice in Eritrea. The focus of my message is why this demonstration was vital and why it concerns all Eritreans and why they came together to send a message of solidarity to the global community, and what better way to do that than the UN in New York.

The 27th of October was a watermark and watershed moment of Eritrean history towards justice; as we observed and voice our resounding approval of the United Nation’s Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea (CIOE) report.

As we Eritreans know and now the rest of the world is beginning to take heed, in Eritrea we have a regime that does not respect human rights so much so that 4,000 to 5,000 young men and women flee Eritrea every month. Let that staggering number sink in for a moment. With these kind of dire numbers, arguing that the trajectory of hollowing out of a people toward a brink of extinction would not be farfetched. There were thousands upon thousands of Eritreans who wished to return home, but simply couldn’t. How could they? It is just inconceivable for any sane person to pack and return to Eritrea today, yesterday, a decade ago, nor a quarter of century back – The year in which Eritrea gained independence, because the regime was so bent out of shape to become the gate keeper of the nation as though all of the sacrifices that were made were done so for the regime to make the country its giant Real Estate.

Eritreans are left with no other option but to fight regimes like the one we have so that our citizens will have the power to exercise their rights. That was what the NY call was all about: to give voice to the voiceless and map the path to a just society.

It is known that the UN Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea took the arduous task and the necessary steps to hear the voices of Eritrean refugees in many parts of the world. The Hundreds of interviews conducted by the Commission shows the suffering of Eritrean people in Eritrea. In the interviews that the commission recorded are stories of personal experiences that make us wonder how many thousands more there are, and we have yet to hear from them.

Countless stories are buried in the Sahara and the Sinai Desert, victims whose organs were harvested by smugglers; countless who were sexually violated have yet to tell their stories as they flee from injustice to save their dignities and their lives; countless young men and women who have vanished in the high seas of Mediterranean; countless who are suffering in the dungeons of the dictatorial regime in Eritrea, a homegrown hazard that managed to build hundreds of  prison cells instead of schools and institutions of learning; countless have died while housed in inhumane conditions in these  prisons. The New York call was to say that the Eritrean people who have suffered and are suffering will not be forgotten, justice will be served on the perpetrators – with the UN report out for all to see, to bring the handful oppressors who are causing turmoil in Eritrea to justice. At this point, it is every Eritrean hope that New York marks the beginning of the end of the Eritrean dictatorship. The beginning of the achievement of peace and freedom for the people of Eritrea who suffered enough – Six decades of misery should come to an end.

New York is also about using the recorded stories the Commission has gathered–we too have the utmost responsibilities to keep the emotionally disturbing memories alive in order to assemble lessons not only from the situation-specific knowledge, but also to draw the right lessons from it to avoid repeating the same mistakes in the future. As we read these stories, we will each have our unique emotional responses, because we each have had different life experiences, and it is natural for the stories to affect us differently.

Eritreans have a history of saying no to injustice. Before the independence of Eritrea, we rejected foreign injustice. Much as when the world didn’t believe in Eritrea’s right to self-determination, the people collectively fought and sacrificed for decades to liberate their people and country.

However, the current injustice has been our own homegrown oppression that we never saw or experienced before. Again, we  will not  rest until the homegrown oppressors are not only removed from power, but also that justice is  achieved  in the court of law. That is what the New York call was all about. Those who shared their stories with the commission are reaching out to us. Their stories should shake our conscience. As their sharing of their stories has empowered them, their stories must empower us too. Those who remained in Eritrea, are the bravest amongst us, let us be inspired by their bravery in our secure homes to cut a new path that eases the pains of these brave-hearts.

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  • Abraham H.

    My Greetings,
    Eritrea and its people are doomed as long as the devil called Isayas is in control of the country. Isayas would never give up power to anyone else as long as he is alive; he plans to rule upto his last breathe, and through the years he has been in power, particularly, after he arrested the G15, he has consolidated his power base so much that it could only be dismantled by a miracle. In one of his interviews with foreign media he told the world that Eritreans would have to wait for forty years before they could elect their own leaders; nothing clearer message than this, as to the intentions of this brutal man. So Eritreans, we have to get our priorities in order and wipe our country of this menace called Isayas, anything short of this is useless.

    • Peace!

      Selam Abraham H,

      Actually he is in his last breathe and soon he will be out of our lives forever. lets talk about the aftermath: dealing with his Tsemamat Sa’Abtu is not going to be easy-Wihij Kei Metse Mengedi Wihij Tsreg.


      • Abraham H.

        Dear Peace, i wish the Eritrean anti-authoritarian rule could come together and discuss all issues pertinent to the current and post-isayas Eritrea; but i’m afraid facts on the ground speak otherwise. As to those who worship DIA, i can’t imagine how they are going to react the day he is no longer. It will be very interesting to witness how the fanatics react to the loss of their “God”, it would be as if the world is over for them. But i can’t wait for that day this evil man leaves our country for ever.

        • Peace!

          Selam Abraham,

          What’s even more embarrassing is that we don’t even have a tooth to eat a cake: soon or later the monster will die, and we are not prepared to deal with ኣድጊስ ካብ ሙማታ ሙግታታ scenario. His worshipers like Semere Tesay are working hard to make sure we have no leverage for any eventuality.


  • Hayat Adem

    Dear Awatee,
    Eritrea is for sure under a grip of PFDJ’s cruel system and freeing it will need dismantling the system itself the way described by Emma. But looking into IA might help us look closer into the workings of PFDJ and looking into the PFDJ might help us look better into the entire ghedli.
    According to Paul Henze, Isaias started his career of murdering by killing a judge in Asmara. According to a recently written book by Martin Plaut, IA went to the field after he failed his exams at AAU. In the book, IA is described as ruthless killer of his closest friend Mussie. According to the US Ambassador to Eritrea, IA is called ““an austere and narcissistic dictator”. According to everyone of us who followed events in early 2012, IA denied a 1x2meter burial space in Eritrea for a body of his dead comrade.
    He failed exams; he killed a judge and a friend tegadalai; and he is known as narcissistic, all the wrong traits in one man. And when that one man is a leader of a nation and that powerful, it is so unfortunate that we even have time to sleep. SemereT and Mahmuday, now let me ask you, give me a narcissistic opposition leader who has killed or is likely to kill a judge, or a close friend and disrespect and deny a died comrade resting grave?

    • Ismail AA

      Dear Hayat,
      What you found in the book of Mr. M. Plaut are all true. The dictator is not only responsible for killing Mussie, his former classmate, but a lot more that included extremely brilliant young men like Yohannes “Brain”. This nickname was given to him due to his brilliance. I knew both of them, and many, many others like Habtesellassie.
      With Mussie, a little order than me, we lived in the same neighborhood and later we attended together class in college. Yohannes was my senior when I was sophomore student at Haile Sellassie I University, latter AAU. This is only an iceberg of a long list of Eritreans for whose dead the dictator is responsible. It is sad that some people oppose him being apprehended and stand at a court of law.

      • Berhe Y

        Dear Ismail,

        Thank you for sharing your personal knowledge of this devil leader. He was always canning and calculating and he was, I believe from the first days of the Ghedli era was a recruited to crash and destroy the Eritrean liberation movement. He just went along with Eritrean independence movement and ride it along for his ultimate plan of ruling over the Eritrean people.

        I do NOT believe anything he has done for the benefit of the Eritrean people.

        It took us a long time to figure this person out, and some of us are still not able to figure him out. For example, the the Interview Seyoum Harestay gave with Saay back in 2001, he still give him credit when Seyoum and Weldedawit I think were arrested, because someone alerted the Ethiopian authorities of the supposed “secret meeting” that was happening. And Isayas Afeworki come after (late to the meeting) and he saw them escorted out from the house and he apparently alerted about their arrest. Knowing what Isayas Afeworki was capable of, including the elimination of his best friends and commerade in arms, I am hard pressed to believe the story as it was told.

        I actually think and believe that, he was the same person who may have alerted and informed the Ethiopian authorities.

        A certain Mulu Ghiorghis, a member of the Revolutionary Committee and an ELF cadre, surrendered in Tessenei. They brought him to Asmara. He knew all the plans and knew who was working with us in Asmara. He fingered a person who was transporting us. The person was jailed. It was obvious that we were at risk. We made a mistake: when we heard about his surrender (the underground intelligence in Asmara had informed us; the ELF intelligence network was very organized), we should have left. But we were eager to accomplish what we came for. Then they detained the man who was hosting us while we were waiting for him, surprised that he was late. We discovered, too late, that the house where we were in was surrounded by Tor Serawit. The guy who surrendered to Ethiopia [Mulu Ghiorghis] was later said to have been an implant.

        You were careless?

        Not carelessness. We had to finish what we came for. It was kind of a challenge– though it was a misplaced challenge. Now, in hindsight, we should have left. but then as I said before, we were not worried of what might befall us but on what we should accomplish, that was our goal and that hurt us. When you see it from the ELF point of view, the ambitions and programs and the important projects that were awaiting us. Many things were destroyed because we were detained. By the way, at the moment we were detained,[President] Isaias could have been detained: right about the time we were being escorted out of the house, Isaias came to the compound, riding a bicycle. But the Tor Serawit, didn’t suspect that he might have any involvement with us.

        He entered the house?

        He and Gerezghier Weldu were riding on a bicycle and they almost came face to face with us as they were entering the house from which we were taken by the Tor Serawit. Other than telling them to stay away, they didn’t ask them who they were. That was good luck. I am glad he [Isaias] was not detained with us because he played a good role. He followed us and spread the news of our detention because, then, the people knew where we were. They played a positive role and offered some kind of protection. Otherwise, if you are jailed by the Tor Serawit, you are taken not to a police station but the Tor Serawit camp, Villagio Junio. Once there, they interrogate you, take the information they need and tell you, Dig! and you dig a hole, big enough to be a grave, where they kill you and bury you. This is how so many precious lives were lost. But in our case, the news spread fast so they interrogated us and demanded that we renounce our cause and aim. When we resisted that, they had no choice but to take us to court.

        There was a third person that was jailed with us, Memher Seyoum, who, if my memory serves me right, was the Headmaster of Hebret School. We pleaded with him and tried to convince him to put all the blame us so that he can get out. Memher Seyoum, he was later ran over by a car: they killed him.

        The Ethiopians killed him?

        Yes. Meanwhile, our main task became how to get him [Memher Seyoum] out of prison. We asked him to tell the Ethiopians that we tried to recruit him and that he rejected us and that we all stick to this story. But there is that Eritrean thing: he was a truly patriotic Eritrean, and despirte our efforts, he told us that everyone should get his share [of the suffering]. He said that his conscience would not permit him to blame everything on us and be freed and that he would rather share imprisonment or death with us. We pleaded with him saying that we were caught red-handed and him blaming it on us will not add anything more to what we were already accused of. But it was futile. Moreover, talking with him was not easy because we were put in different cells and we were communicating through one of our guards, an Eritrean, whom we recruited later on to an ELF cell. He was passing messages from us Memher Seyoum. We persisted and kept pressuring and, finally, he [Memher Seyoum] accepted [the plan]. He was released after he told them that we tried to recruit him and that he had declined our offer. They released him and told him that he would have to come to court to testify as a witness. He accepted and it was done.



        • Ismail AA

          Selam Berhe,

          Thank you for posting the excerpts.
          Sadly, Woldedawit was assassinated in Kassala in dubious circumstances at the time when other senior ELF cadres like Said Saleh were also liquidated. Perhaps what we suspected in the past and still suspect would be unveiled in future, and the coming generations shall be better off in knowing the truth.
          Thanks again, Berhe.

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Hayat,

      Let me add to your short account you gave us in your comment above. Issayas hates educated citizen who excels him and never slept to liquidate them one by one or group by group. The following were the top intellectual asset of our ghedli from the EPLF side who are killed by the despot and his disguised party: Yohannes the brain, Tareke, Betsay Goitom, Dr. Eyob, Afeworki, and two women currently escaped from my memory. He build a party of his image in the field and restructured it to reflect his project and his ambition to be “ኣርሓ ቀርኒ አፍሪቃ “:: To that effect he waged war of expansion of power. Our nation became hollowed out of its young generation to actualize his senseless project and to quench his insatiable urge of power.

    • MS

      Selam Hayat
      1. Let the worshipers of Paul Henze and Martin plaut devour it. As far as the mainstream Eritreans are concerned this is a matter of beating a dead horse. Your target is not IA. Your target is the Eritrean revolution and its cause; and shame on those cowards who think disfiguring the heroic struggle of Eritreans and their sacrifices will serve them as a short cut to the throne. There is ample literature in this area. Eritrean revolution has had its ups and downs, good and bad, crimes and goodness; weakness and strength, victories and setbacks. It was a long journey that you could not assign to one man. It is a journey that, by accident or design, put your despicable Wayanne into power. The immediate goal of Eritreans is:
      2. The prevalence of rule of law (including release of all prisoners of conscience)
      3. Peace and stability, speeding up economic activities so that our youth stay where they belong and act as agents of REAL change (not just dismantling of PFDJ)
      4. schemes of peaceful power transfer (through active participation of citizens) and laying out structures of governance based on constitutionality. The driving engine are Eritreans inside the country who have no country other than Eritrea; and who have no additional adages of identities and passports other than Eritrean. Get this fact, my dear: diaspora could play a positive role only if it understands its limits and become humble of his constraints. The history of Eritrean ghedli need no Paul Henze or Martin Plaut. Good entertainer for wayanistas. Eritreans know that Eritrean ghedli is more than IA and the crimews IA is alleged to have committed. Wasn’t it Meles, your idol, who said it would be more fruitful to have minutes with IA than spending days with his TPLF leaders? As any person IA is a complex man. I know wayanista and some who have not updated their lens since early eighties are yawning for that date to demolish EPLF.
      5. Creating sustainable political, economic and social framework through the participation of Eritreans, including diaspora, provided they don’t act stupidly. Eritrean future is based on the people who are putting up with internal and external challenges.
      Have you noticed it? I have not answered your question directly. Because you directed it to the wrong address: a. I have not talked about Eritrean opposition leaders and I don’t even know if there are opposition leaders, as such. If there are, I don’t know them. b/ I have no motivation nor an obligation to defend any character, including your truly bxaay Wedi-Afom.
      Again it’s the time thing, dear Hayat. I don’t know if I have made my point.
      Bye for now.
      Long live Ghedli
      AWet nHafash
      Wdqet nfashfashat .

      • sara

        Dear MS
        if this is what the weyanies think of tegadaly isias afewrki, what would they say about our super hero
        Al munadel al khabir Hamid iddriss awate, the legend who fired the first bullet to announce the start of our revolution, and ignite the demise of haileslassie and all those who followed him. I am sure deep dawn they are cursing hamid for starting the revolution which turned the history of the region.
        viva awate!

      • Hayat Adem

        You are always good at making your point. The question is what is your point? Defending PFDJ and defending IA. And no body could have done it better, and I mean it. Eritrea and the Eritrean people would have liked a strong person like you on their side defending them. May be we can win back sometime later, but the earlier the better.
        Paul Henze and Martin Plaut: I don’t care who they are.What they said is very specific and particular. What I care is if what they said is true at all. And it seems it is more likely true than not. If so, you should care about what they said. If not, you should counter argue to disprove what they said. You really can’t gross over be throwing blanket characterizations and dismiss the serious allegations. The crimes they said were committed against Eritreans. You should care unless you decided to defend IA regardless of the crimes he committed. Emma added what he knew about those crimes. So did the marvelously collected awatista Ismail. There are a lot of people who can testify in support of knowing those crimes to have been committed by him. No good debater can successfully defend crimes of such nature and scale.
        There are a lot of myths surrounding IA’s out-of-this-worldness sowed around and we know how those myths are planted by the minders in the propogandocracy. I have heard many of them in my novice years and even used to believe in some of them. I have heard, IA was commanding a number of battles and leading each of them them into victory while he was in Cairo. IA used to have a different golden pistol and he could shoot and draw a map of Eritrea from the bullet holes, and crazier others. And now this from the great Mahmuday: “Wasn’t it Meles, your idol, who said it would be more fruitful to have minutes with IA than spending days with his TPLF leaders?” Actually this one is even a bit modest. What I heard before was that Meles said he preferred to stay with IA for an hour than attending a University for years. But I never expected such a nonsense would come from Mahmuday. What good can IA say in an hour that could win the attention of Meles? Didn’t we listen to him saying things on TV for hours? Who among awatista here can come out and say they gained something out of those boring monologues? Ugh!.

        • MS

          Ahlan Hayat
          I just love to read you when you are in your “Ane gual Adem’do ezi SaHelian kemzi kbla nwayaney!!” I respwect and really like you as a smart wayaneyti Hafti; the rest of story will appear in the much-awaited Great Eritrean Novel. Stay tuned.

    • Peace!

      HI Hayat,

      Please allow me to say this: first, TPLF is now reduced to Z’kach (an amharic term for Hatella), and poking at Eritreans’ wound will not change the true colors of murderous TPLF, so please get over it and let the Ethiopian people deal with their problem.

      Second, you are too brilliant to confine yourself to narrow ideas and obsessions. I don’t know if powerful ideas like Pan-Africanism cross your mind because I have even yet to see you approach things from that perspective, when is the last time you congratulate Eritrean hero, artists, and activists who devote their life to promote Eritrean identity and justice. Don’t you think an Eritrean identity is also African identity same as Adwa victory is African victory. Sorry, it is really sad to see a smart person like you get stuck in a sticky mud and wasting an enormous potential. Please do yourself a favor get out of that box and let your intelligence lead you, trust me you will be better off.


  • blink

    Dear tes
    does this mean you corrected the shifta thing ? Before you were bragging how the EPLF was shifta -? if i read you wrongly ,please take my apology in advance .

  • Semere Tesfai

    Selam tes

    “These were the songs and slogans during the struggle era. Then think if these visions are fulfilled.

    No Eritrean fought to give the land/properity to state. Rather to own what it was belonged.”

    What songs and slogans are you taking about tes? Can you tell us the name of the songs that you’re talking about?

    I think you deserve an up-vote for this one.

    Semere Tesfai

  • Solomon

    ሰላማት ሰብ ዓዋተ፡

    At the bottom of this web site, links to regional news are provided. I hardly check them my self, so I believe it is safe to say, those regional tickers are also overlooked by the aversge awate visitor. We seem to all run or naturally gravitate to that which is engaging, either in this forum or elsewhere where our web brousing would be interactive. Otherwise, the game candy crush or solitair would be our need for interactive magnet.

    I have copied and will paste what I think will be intesting conversation and or shouting match generator. It’s regarding the Eritrean Airforce Top Gun in training defection to Mekele. (Just take note for a later “ሓፋሽ ይወደብ፡ ሓፋሽ ይንቃሕ” ኣርአቲ)

    “Home Eritrea Apology to Eritrea From Associated Press for falsely reporting two Eritrean pilots… – Geeska Afrikaics”

    The recent mentally excruciating and very testing with regards to my rationality and even sanity brought me to a decision of accepting the consensus conclussion,of my personal,effect to the topic of Eritrea and Eritrean. I was fully prepared to conceed defeat of the non existing, irrelevant, insignificant persona non grata position of an insane mind of a man whose Eritrean life is the epitome that exemplifies the LOOSER’s way… An ill mind deserving no consideration of producing anything that id WINNER. To the extent, only sympathy from a distance would be the faint aknowkedgement. I was ready to give up and say, I accept everyones conclussion, that I am an Eritrean without comprension nor a stand and method of fight for Eritrea that is worthy of any respect or relevance. Such has been my feelings for the time period preior to and after the NYC October 27th, 2016 focus on Eritrea UN event. I was ready to tilt.

    My principled Stand, understanding of Eritrea and the one and only way forward to victory however, I am now convinced to be supperior to all and every prognosticators and strategist contending…

    Yes you are ALL WRONG AND YOU ARE ALL FULL OF FEAR, I do proclaim.

    And so methodically I resum startting with this long naration and each word WITH AN INTENDED PURPOSE.

    JUST as the NYC recent UN focus on Eritreans, a global and of major significance, that will prove to be memorable and a historic event, evidently has had a definite positive effect on all the numerous positions of opposing and or rivaling one another of the Eritrean Political and Power– and as it was intended and destined to do so; I too, have been affected to progress with my unflinching stance and quest for justice for the Eritrean. This defining realiztion however is preceded by a period of being very confused or perplexed, disappointment, regret, direction less manifesting in writer’s block of sortd. Giving thanks for the present clarity, I am telling the reader, I am equiped with the razor to administer the symetrical III – III CUTS for every Eritreans Tribes Markings. The Tigrait are to be cut so as to leave the deep ” III ” and beautiful nearly the length of both cheeks. The Tigrigna I shall cut with my razor the same “III” of finger nail length on both eye lids. The Saho…. I see your 1,000 for only PFDJ cuts and raise you to 111,111 cuts for every Eritrean. This anecdote of sorts is to serve as a segway to the methodical snd supperior construct in making the Eritrean Unity that has been and will be. (The reader is encouraged to at least reach for his/her copy Aynifelale book, if not complenent his reading along with AmEritrean GitSAtSE…true to character and style architecture..)

    Long before and for always after this October 27th, 2016 slippery and wet 1st Avenue NYC march by the multitude, I am very confident of the integrity of every Eritrean convinction i hold and argue with reason. I am as confident as well with my passionate pursuit of the obsesive mental inquisitiveness of my personal quests thar id and has felt a TRUE LONE ERITREAN’S PERSPECTIVE AND STANCE. (Thus far and not for long, will prove the case… ኤርትራዊ ማርኮሰ ጋርቪ ዋላ ጠሙቑኒ).

    It is also the ONE AND ONLY REAL SOLUTION to aleviate the magnified, AND very real ardous, painful, laidened with extreme obstacles suffered by Eritreans. Not only a deserving optimal healings and solution for Eritrea, but this “I stand alone” theories and observations of fate Exemplar Eritrea to be shared modeled and molded, is shsping to serve as a concise directive for global and universal justice. This theory’s stance returns will prove to be maximum gains for the innovative human under a just by consensus rule by the inevitable One World Government. Demonstrable by a calculus that is contrary to equations based on theorems based on un forseen variables.

    Though I was finally nearly ready to accept defeat and declare myself persona non grata and began to believe I was more of a nuisance to everyone on all sides, as evidenced by the rejections and near unanimous conclusions by all that I am,indeed insane, I shall paint and convince the “normal yet insane” by comanding a more efficient redirect. I shall challenge both the rigid egoist with a feeling of entitlenent to supperior intellect and deeds above all as well as the soft and kind hearted, yet with vivid patronizing, perhaps subconciously, they contribute to the perpetual archaic arguementations that only serve to prolong the injustices.

    Thid renegade non conformist will pushing the theories ferocity and equitable exposing of the pros and cons they propose. With rational challenges of the greatest of minds amongst, tactfuly and with respect at the level/laymen appropriate sound academic arguements as well us untimid or unconstrained academically defensable conjectures. I will put forth my confident road maps for the Eritrean with my social commentary–with a genre of communication that will be hard to avoid by the Eritrean.

    On the brink of abandoning my unique perspective and position, I was nearly fully prepared to agree one hundred percent with the conclusions reached by every Eritrean. Be the Eriteans of all the following persuations: The “Supporters”, the “Oppositions”, the Ministers of GoE, the Elected political party leaders in exile, the civic groups, civil and human rights activists, the Eritrean spiritual Priests and Imams, the Eritrean Intelligencia, the Elite Thinkers and Thought Swayers, the Prolific Pens and skilled Artistic Story Tellers, the Teachers, Professors, Students, Soldiers, Engineers, small and big Business Entrepanuers, the Economists, the Dramatists, the Comedians, the Pastoralists, the Farmers and every Eritrean that fit within, between or beyond these categories of THE CONTEMPRARY ERITREAN. I

    Especially, after partaking of prequels, in what felt like alot more than the usual, very intense impassioned, fierce and imbittered rattelings of the numerous parallel spectacles, resembling more like public exorcisisms abscent holly water sprinklings by crucifix weilding priests and Hijab shielded Shieks with opened holly Bibles and Qurans from which they read or chanted the Supreme’s Word and Surats. The 10/27 buildup with in these very intense public exsorcisms, as well as the very frustrating, harsh, blunt without any semblence of decorum yet with the scholars’ subtlety in delivering very synical, disassociated, antagonistic, very rigid respective soliliquies by fellow countrymen with mutual war battlefields sacrifices of life and limb as soldiers or more like brothers who were volounteer and noble warrior liberators as the young vanguards for the oppressed that inflicted a permannent wound reminder on those ,the very formidable and mighty forces who thought in error to subjugate man’s inherent gift of liberty.

    The build up, without a doubt was very much fueled by (perhaps the anticipation of climactic or anti-climactic culmination to a very drawn out long and trajic drama. ) The stealthy and verry committed mobilizations, by the self declared justice seekers that is inclusive of the fatigued to gain traction Umbrella of Eritrean Opposition Forces and Political parties, did infact mount a very succesful campaign leading up to the demobstration in NYC UN HQ, on avery wet and cold late October Thursday.
    And a sucessful very strong showing they HAD WERE IN DIRE NEED TO DELIVET, not only to supply significant amplification and support of the COI Lady Rapaport, with charges of alleged heineous crimes against humanity by the Eritrean Government, BUT MORE importantly TO GIVE a powerful push and significantly booste to he efforts of the determined long term strategy towards political victory and justice.

    The Eritrean Opposition had no choice but to mount a very strong offensive, which is akin to a team trailing by a touchdown or more, cognizant of a dire come from,behinf win from executing the two minutes offensive drive in the final and fourth quarter of an important title game.

    The Eritrean Government would finally come to recognize the strength and the momentum,of opposition challenges by his fellow country men and women that has indeed arrived at the door steos. In just a few days, numerous signs of fortification and signs of the unavoidabke adhering to the people’s demands are plenty. The justice seekers, the political as well as historical oppossition have registered a major battle victory as they have sucsesdfully dislodged a significant and heavly fortified psychological front of tge GoE. This sucess not because the COI and the Movement obtained favorable statements opinions to be followed by pressuring declarations by the UN up to the wished for tribunal, RATHER WITH avery strong show of their own forces of change with a rather nargly tremor of the Eritrean People’s determination to victory of taking their rightful ownership of POWER. With the final thrust on the UNHCR front (ኮይ ኣይ ሲ ሲ አዝ– ዳርጋ ናደው አዝ ክግምገም ይከኣል ኢዩ። ግን ገባር ጊንዳዕ፡ ተመሳሳሊ ዶ ይጽበ ኣሎን ክሰገርን ዲዩ) had to dislodge GoE from its posture of INVINCIBILITY and the simultaneously feared, loathed entity to be obeyed and respected, as seen by the Eritrean People. The arrogant posture–irrespective of its motives of sincere benevolence, the PFDJ GoE as not sustainable with numerous better alternative governing is now apparent as the COI/ICC fron battlefields finale forward is the smoldering smoke of an ended fierce fire.

    The GoE now recognizes that the Eritrean People have finally reached a depth of commitment and belief of the inevitable and their certain political victory much like the war for independence level of the Fronts and the Freedom Fighters and people’s base organized with the sofistry of the EPLF who triumphant victory of Independent ended the decades long with very heavy cost paid by the Eritean Peoples, was of the just quest sought and fought Eritrean Warriors for Liberty, since Awate’s ELF formation and declaration of Eritean’s Arned Struggle. From the just political battles waged by LEAD BY NOTABLE AND NOBLE ERITREANS, the matter transitioned for Eritreand by themselves to resolve and right an injustice. This long oddysy is an ALL and every generations inclusive of Eritrean Revolutionarie’s sacred creed and ideals THAT is The Spirit of Liberty and justice for and by the peoples of the Eritrean land.

    The cyber rattelings and firey exchanges as well as rude non acknowledgements of one another as fellow humans was the prequal of the final charge and thrust Eritreans Opposing Under One Umbrella And the relaxed and comfortable, as the GoE was confident, perhaps arogantly leaving itself vulnerable to an impactful attact by neglecting to defend a vital hole. The GoE, it could be argued for ascertaining its competence and how strong it can stand alone, depended solely on diplomatic manueverings that gained the confidence of favorable vote that woukd reject to acknowledge COI’s efforts by the Non Alliegnment Member Nations of the UN,

    This 2016 ናደው አዝ in NYC like UNHRC Eritrean Front was proceded by the ugliest of cyber propoganda wars and Eritrean characteristics I have ever experienced.
    I personally partaking in what resembled excorcisms causing some to be ammussed, dismayed even as they would deemed to be observing self inflicted consternations of emitionally and otherwise tormented sould while they would feel the excruciating pains by their fellow humans from more faint and distant degrees of magnitude to feelings of guilt. My integrity questioned and tested by rapid fire caused doubts to creep and consume my confiden Eritrean stance and out look brought me to the decision of abandoning the fight altogether which is comming to accepet and agree that I do not belong to the greater society of Eritrea. I have nothing to offer it and nor do I even understand fully what Eritrea is. I accept my insanity and insignigictSASE, irrelevtSAtSE unproductive Eritrean Existance.
    I bought in to The Big Lie. The Lies of the profetering enemies of Eritreans and State of Eritrea who colluding with one another SOLD ME THE LIE RATHER CONVINCINGLY. And then, after the main event, all of their ugly erroneous underststandings and way forward to better Eritreans was revealed in their back to routines and monotony of ignorance or stagnant value of knowledge.

    And I believe I will mold and shape all by utilizing reason and genre to correct them,all.

    Feel free to be ammused etc etc… but the long introduction IS PURPOSELY SO, TO DEFINE THE NEXT AND ONLY BENEFICIAL TO All Eritreans Political Platform and Strategies.

    Some are can see it allready! But “I don’t do IT for you Nigers!”

    You Will Come to Learn the great visions respect the Ambitions of Great Men and true Revolutionarirs uch as Marcous Garvey And Al Haj Al Malik Shabaz-aka- Malcolm X.

    Shipping Lines as conduits for the return of the African Diaspora to Africa to invest and benefit from Africa to greater levels.

    First thing is first, debunk and redirect all Eritreans. I feel its effects starting allready.

    What Do You Have To Offer? Hatered or Nothing!

    This I must and shall do “By Any Means Necessary!”

    First mention Asia-Jobe gual Hilet Halibet or Hilet Habesh, Teseney, Barka. I noticed you impending Tsunami strong Anger warning. On the contrary, I am rather at peace and with one 100% loving approach towards those I am cinfident to win over.

    I do possess the superior overall picture. I am confident I wiill prove it, to His Glory Accordingly with His Will.

    AmEritrean GitSAtSE ፕሮዳክሺን


    P,s. I will constantly editing the above…..

  • said

    There are hundreds of thousands of Eritreans who know that something is terribly very wrong. they fall into despair and rage. A short of everything essential to survive, the very basic staff, Eritrea will soon face wide death, famine and the spread of diseases. The population of 3 million is experiencing serious malnutrition and the fast spreading of famine caused by the short supply of life support provisions of the essentials of food, fuel and medicine by virtue of not being available. They can hardly afford with continuing worsening economy and steadily worsening standards of living. A light has gone out. They see this in their own suffering and hopelessness and the suffering and hopelessness of their neighbors and in their village and cites. But they lack, because of the contamination of PFDJ political, cultural and intellectual discourse, the words and ideas to make sense of what is happening around them. They are bereft of a vision. Eritrean are tyrannized and frustrated themselves by expecting more than the regime can give them or than they can make of Eritrea they have become so accustomed to their illusions that they mistake them for reality. They, the regime robbed them of the ability to examine themselves and poor society. It has extinguished the truth. The terminal decline of Eritrea is evident, the utter inability our so called elites to manage anything important, widespread poverty and despair do not fit with the illusion. So these realities are blotted from public consciousness. The poor soul Eritrean are rendered invisible. The regime goes from one debacles to another. Only Eritrea and its fascist dictatorships, as in the past the medieval Ethiopian backward feudal system and long with Church in by gone era, controlled people and thought as effectively.
    Tolstoy, “The reality of war is in the killing, “a realization officialdom would like to block. In fact, they have prepared a falsifying celebration of that moral and military debacle.
    Ethiopian political elite and culture was punch-drunk with the pursuit of long war in Eritrea. This reckless colonist and war, confrontation results from decades of accumulated unaccountable power. Its boldness reflects a cumulative experience of impunity for aggressive behavior and thrust for conquest. The imperial king HS assumed the divine mandate to assimilate the people of Eritrea to the Ethiopian image. The 30-year long war to the apocalyptic finale of the most powerful military in Africa was defeated by the determination, courage, and self-sacrifice of Eritrean people unwilling to be colonised and enslaved.
    This is the mystical bigotry of a backward, feudal and messianic faith typical of Ethiopian empire. Imperial militarism seeks in a Noble Cause the justification for subjugating Eritrean and crash large chunks of their humanity and destroyed their nation.
    with moral superiority. Thus, imperialism, in the perverse arrogance of its twisted psyche, contains the germ of genocide. As a result, the superstition of a superior “Amhara ethnic race” has been endured for centuries.
    Ethiopian was looked at A unique force for good in Ethiopia proper, superior not only in its military and king HS spiritual power.
    after all this long 30 years of suffering. We rarely see Eritrean news that is joyful —happiness, only suffering, hatred, guilt, regret, redemption, betrayal.

    Regime and its minions, they have no plans to halt the nation slide to oblivion. They are part of the circus. They, regime elites, profit from the system that is destroying people. They careless, indifferent may be they lack the incentive and probably the capacity to challenge the structures and assumptions that define IA regime. They function as obedient high priests. They promote and peddle the illusions. They laud ingenuity and strength. They preach the inevitability of Eritrean Progress. They tell us what we want to hear. They appeal to our weak emotions. They do not acknowledge reality. Dictator politics is just one more product of a diseased and sick culture they created and promoted.

    • Solomon

      Selamat said,

      I disagree. I believe it id the otherway arround. Eritreans as a whole should rather be joyous and jubilant considering their collective succsess and respective individual achievements considering the odds they have overcome during our very own life time.

      Eritreans are on a position of exemplar leadership of stearing with creativity creative and innovatiions peaceful with justice resolutions to conflicts and devastations of war throughout our neighborhood and arround the globe.

      I am having difficulty reading past a paragrapg of your recent comments.

      I am just not in the market to purchasing The Eritrean with “despair” and “missery”

      I supppse you can consider my response to you here as my strong offensive attack on your further up the mountain defensive fortification I have repeatedly said would a formidable resistance better differed.

      Much like The Thursday Market with ample supply of Eritrean Joy mannifested in Standing up and echoing very loud the universal human rights every citizen of any nation has a right to.

      ዕደAጋ ሓሙስ ኣብ ንው ዮር፡ ን ሓጎስ ግዝኣት ጻማ ወትሩ ዑዉት ስልታዊ ቃልሲ ኤርትራውያን፡ ክኽውን ኣለዎ መስመር ገስገስቲ ኤርትራውያን። The NYC October 27, 2016 historic moment is INDEED A SIGNIFIER OF A PARADEIGM SHIFT for Eritreans and the Global Community of sovereign nations in handling or affecting with their opinions and actions with the maximum gains for all. And the calculas order of operation for said outcome dictates ALL ERITREANS LEAD FIRST WITH the better paradeigmshift redirect. But, I am just getting started.
      I am in agreement that all we have to loose in order for all to win. I will make everybody feel as if tgey have lost or are loosers until they recollect and be cut by my razor resulting with the metaphorical and symbolic Eritrean Traditional Tribal markings the un mistakably indiginous Eritrean IIII, III three long or short permanent gashes on each cheek or eye lid respectively,

      You Eritrean Brother said are for sure amongst the first to recognize a must shift to ensure victory.
      Thursday Markets whose name translates to Purchaser of Joy in English, ie. ገዛአ ሓጎስ and his Asmarino compatriot and with highly learned earned cirtificates of accomplishments to show far in multiple philosophical fields BUT the more important of all THEIR MASTERY AND KNOWKEDGE OF LAW, will be the first captured converts with merciless challenges to their higher learning supremacy in law, economics etc…
      They will suffer losses first Trust.
      As you have in loosing to contribute to human knowledge with your recent comments. After tge first paragraph, you are loosing nearly all your readers due to the “you are beating a dead horse” effect.

      I invite you to return to your anaytical ways of solution oriented which is characteristic of your born to liberate orientation exhibited in your earlier pens….

      Ready yourselves for a merciless directive and commsands of paradeigm shift.


  • Mohammed Ahmed

    Ahlan Dr. Sadia

    Well said, and thank you for taking the time off your busy schedule to show your support for your people, it is very much appreciated.
    You said, “the regime was so bent out of shape to become the gate keeper of the nation as though all of the sacrifices that were made were done so for the regime to make the country its giant Real Estate.” – the “loot” in other words. What else would one expect from a bunch of shefatu (marauding bandits) who still have the audacity to say “moitnala’ndina” (we died for it)?
    Those who died for the nation hail from all walks of life, all regions and religions of the nation and were by no means fighting for a loot. They were not fighting to empower their ethnic group, their region or religion at the detriment of the rest of their people.
    If it was just a matter “moitnala’ndina” – well, so did the Ottoman Turks, the Egyptians, the Italians and of course the Ethiopians. All of these groups could also claim that they “died for it” but no one would be hard pressed to figure out that they all had one goal in common for their so-called sacrifices – to keep it as a loot, a colony of sorts. Is HGDEF any different? Not one bit.
    That HGDEF bandits and their sick apologists (parasitic ticks) try to desecrate the sacrifices of the Eritrean People by flashing this “moitnala’ndina” card to justify the atrocities they commit against the Eritrean people is not all that surprising. After all, once a bandit always a bandit – it runs deep in the veins. It is not even a state of mind which one, unless a fool, could somehow try to sway or reason with.


  • Hayat Adem

    Dear Friends,
    Recent noticeable events:
    1) Successful, youth-filled Eritrean demonstration in NYC in support of the CoIE and in opposition of the PFDJ. (Semere Tesfay and Mahmuday: this is opposition at work, is it not? Why do you think this is not an evidence of success counting into the 1000 knifes that cut into the skins of and shredding PFDJ at piece meal?)
    2) The two Eritrean fighter jet piolots defection with their aircraft and landing it at Meqele airport. This is a true story…both the pilots and the aircraft have names and numbers. This is not the first time Jets and Pilots defected out of Eritrea but it surely is the first time a fighter jet and its crew defected to Ethiopia. The paradox is that Ethiopia is quiet about it but PFDJ is at unease of the incidence. (MeskeremNet,Tesfanews, Eritrean Press etc all pro-pfdj outlets are trying hard to fend off this story as untrue, some of them inventing apologetic stories as if the AP has fired its reporter and wrote a letter of apology to an Eritrean Embassy. Where in history does the AP ever wrote an apology to any government office for erring stories anyway?! The Meskerems think we all are stupids and can’t ask such questions. This is a defensive deflection going foolishly astray!)
    3) Oh.. this is funny! Did you see the diplomat representing Eritrean at the UN playing Feysa…(H..e..llooo PFDJ..YOU ARE NOT AN ACTIVIST…and you are not an activist for another country. For God’s sake, you are representing a state and a country…)

    • blink

      Dear Hayat
      On the number one , yes NY was a successful opposition and it shows the train of HGDEF is going to role down soon . On the number two , I think the plane was not a fighter jet , It was one engine small plane. Mr.Monkey was a laughing stock , why would he rise his hand , i mean can n’t he just talk and done with it.

      • Hayat Adem

        Hi blink,
        -You are right, I imagine HGDEF as ascending force until 1994, as a stagnated force until 1998 and as a descending (spent) force afterwards. The descent became dramatic after it became pariah and isolated. It is now as if it is a man on accelerating bike downhill without a brake where there is no chance of slowing or stopping but steering and zigzagging side to side until descending is no more and a fateful end.
        -Your note on the aircraft type is noted.
        -Your last comment is dead on. Who would want to sell his soul to buy a banana for a monkey except SemereT? Monkeys do monkey things. But don’t forget some monkeys are smarter than human beings, as a French writer would say. When a monkey looks into a mirror, he sees a monkey, not himself. For God’s sake, we have 350+ prisons in Eritrea, and a number of prominent political prisoners incommunicable for years. No election, no other party, no constitution, no process of transition…we have the number one self-emptying nation in the world. And here, we have a man considered to be a 2nd top person representing Eritrea at the UN doing this…if a monkey was brought to a UN forum, do you think it would have been busy talking about a fox? I don’t think so- it would be acting herself, unlike the pretentious human monkey. Lol, Funny though!

        • Ismail AA

          Hi Hayat,
          “….we have 350+ prisons in Eritrea, and a number of prominent political prisoners incommunicable for years. No election, no other party, no constitution, no process of transition…we have the number one self-emptying nation in the world.”
          What a fitting in-a-nutshel description of the ordeal the Eritrean people are going through!.
          God bless you, dear. Individuals with such clarity of mind and brilliance are assets without which no social and political project of change can succeed.

          • Hayat Adem

            Dear Ismail,
            You are so enjoyable. Thanks for the very generous comment about me. I could have said the same about you: your calm, collected, civil and razor-sharp focus on the very essence of the issues. I am so humbled and will do my part without shying away fro or overplaying on my contributions..

      • sara

        Dear blink, sure the NY demo was peacefully and successful .that is greate. In fact it is good from social aspect (ala Mr aman) to see such eritrean gathering.
        As for the laughing thing , well
        Didn’t we see who was crying
        There and then in front of the camera.

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Dear Hayat

      I have participated in the NYC demonstration. The demonstration was dominated by our energetic youth – most of them who were victims of the endless modern slavery, instituted by tyrannical regime. Despite it was raining the whole day, nothing can desuade them from roaring their voices in front of the UN plaza to pass their message in supporting to the CoI’s report. The demonistrators were not only from the Eritreans who live in North America but also who came from Europe as far as from Scotland. Those who are sympathizers of the regime were watching us from distant and taking pictures as usual for purposes of intemidation. Therefore, all in all was a satisfying engagement. I am sure Semere Tesfay and his likes do not want to hear the rising of our youth against the regime which is the sole cause to their predicament.

      Amanuel Hidrat

      • Peace!

        Selam Emma,

        Actually in the eyes of Semere Tesfay and his likes the protesters are jihadists, Unionists, AgAzians, not Eritreans.


        • sara

          Dear peace,
          Do you mean there are no eritrean unionists, agazians and of course jihadists?

          • Peace!

            Selam Sara,

            Needless to say yes there are; however, the rally in New York was purely about ERITREAN LIVES MATTER, nothing else.

            It is a jaw dropping to see Semere Tesfay, a veteran, playing a scare tactic “jihad” for no apparent reason other than to defending PFDJ. What’s really funny is that in a pure linguistic sense “jihad” means simply struggle or strive that he himself is in JIHAD to creating awareness that future Eritrea should be ruled by tigryna majority at all cost including striping citizenships. Ouch!


        • Semere Tesfai

          Selam Peace

          1.- Peace: Eritrean jihadists, Unionists, AgAzians are strict subset of Eritrea. Eritrea is a super set of its strict subset. Now, explain to me how a strict subset of Eritrea could possibly be “not Eritreans”?

          2.- This is was Saay said:

          “If you take a look at those demonstrating in New York today, you will notice it includes Eritreans of all ages including people much older than you.”

          And this was what I said in reponse:

          Probably true; if you want to see things through that (age) angle. ግን እቲ ሓጥያት: በበይኑ ‘ዩ ጸሎቶም:: Some are unionists, some are AgAzians, some are Jihadists, some are Islamists, some are regionalists, some are ethnic warriors and some are of course nationalists – all gathered in one place connected by a single thin thread: HATE FOR PFDJ. And that is not inspiring. To me, it is not all about GETTING RID OF PFDJ, it is all about replacing PFDJ with a BETTER ONE. And I don’t see better alternative from the NON CONVERGING PARALLEL POLITICS of those who are demonstrating in New York.”

          Now, your’re welcome to debunk the በበይኑ ‘ዩ ጸሎቶም + the whole argument.

          Semere Tesfai

          • Peace!

            Selam Semere,

            1- Come on Semere, why all of sudden you seem too conscious about technicality given you have been painting people different colors as if they do not have identity. ንፍለጥሞ ንማለጥ ክብሉ ኣይሰማዕካን? ወይ ድማ ነዝማሪኖ ወዲ ሹቕ ኣዝማሪኖ ወዲ ባሻውል ይግጥሞ።

            2 እቲ ኣብ ኒውዮርክ ዝዋዓለ ሰልፊ ብዛዕባ ናይ ፍትሒ ጸሎት እዩ ነይሩ ተጋጊኻ ብኻልእ መግሉሒ ሪኢኻዮ ማለት እዩ:

            ፍትሒ ምስ ኩሉ ሕብሪ እያ ትኽይድ ሰመረ ሓወይ።


          • saay7

            Selamat Selam (Peace):

            Gedim tegadalay Semere T has told you about the opposition. You just have to break it down:
            1. Some are unionists,
            2. some are AgAzians,
            3. some are Jihadists,
            4. some are Islamists,
            5. some are regionalists,
            6. some are ethnic warriors
            7. and some are of course nationalists

            You see, buddy, the “nationalists” are only 1/7, overwhelmed as they are by the Hungugus with different labels.

            Now all these terrible people (with, some of course nationalists) have only one thread—and it is a thin thread–holding them together: HATE FOR PFDJ (in caps.) It is not because they are victims; it is not because they want to restore rights; it is not because they kinda sorta remember what generations of Eritreans sacrificed for. Nope. They are just irrational hateful things.

            And he, a nationalist, would like to support them, but, you know, they just won’t let him because they are motivated by hate and he is all about love 😂😂 Love for Tigrinya domination because it is only logical. stop being soooo damn unreasonable.


          • Peace!

            Selam Saay,

            Emo’ N’atu Akemitu Eyu Neti Kal’ie Ezi Eka Ezi Eki Z’bel Zelo….wey Gud. What happen to the attitude that lets work together and we will solve our differences through democratic means once we rescue the country from the jaw of the wild crocodile? I mean why would a sane person barks at the dying people? G’ele Kinsem’ie Enna Bejaka L’bi G’beru B’elom plus change is imminent, not optional.


          • Tzigereda

            Selam Semere,
            You have been questioning, denying the crimes of PFDJ, can you please elaborate why you want PFDJ be replaced with a better one?

          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam Tzigereda

            WE CAN DO BETTER

            Is the motto of any change agent (opposition) who want to transform his/her country for the better. And always, yes always – we can do better. Life is all about continuous improvement. Proper change is all about piecemeal change taken over extended period of time. To achieve continuous improvement to better the lives of your people, and to make your piecemeal change a success story, you need an atmosphere of hope peace and stability on the horizon, to earn the confidence of your investors (both domestic and foreign).

            If our (Eritrean) atmosphere is filled with thick dark clouds of – we’re going to weed them out, we’re going to chain them with shackles, we’re going to put them in boats and send them to the ICC, we’re going to De-Tigrignanize the country, we’re going to outlaw their party, we’re going to evict them from our ancestral lands………. type politics, then knowingly or unknowingly, the message that we’re sending to our people and to the rest of the world about future Eritrea is WAR AND UNCERTAINTY. Now, ask your self: who in his right mind – Eritrean or non-Eritrean, would invest his/her hard earn money and skill, in Eritrea under this dark cloud of uncertainty? No one. And that is not good for our people and for our country.

            I don’t know if you live in the US, but when Donald Trump said, he implied to put his opponent (Hilary Clinton) in jail if he wins, the whole Western world was shocked. Many Western commentators said, that is dictatorship, that happens only in third world countries, that happens only on a banana republic……

            The point: ምውንጃል: ኣየሳርሓናን ዩ:: If it is not good for the Western world, it won’t be good for us. There is a better way to bring change – cheaper, less bloodier, less riskier……CONTROLLED CHANGE that’s good for all of us – change from inside Eritrea.

            Semere Tesfai

          • iSem

            Hi Semere:
            I would have a better respect for you if you just out right support PFDJ like Sophia Tesfamariam and others. “Man up buddy” and tell Eritreans that you want PFDJ to say for 30, 40 years just like IA told Al-Jezirra when he was asked about elections.
            Even when Saleh Y humiliated by stripping the clothes you wore and you sort of capitulated and now you are at again.
            You are comparing Hilary Clinton to PFDJ, wow!
            Yes, Trump’s comments were shocking because Hilary Clinton is not a criminal like PFDJ, the western world was not shocked when he said let us put the ISIS leaders in jail or even kill them or let us bring the water boarding back
            The slow change that you are pushing is also PFDJ’s line and it is all to save and elongate their reign, not for the long terms stability and bright posterity. There are other ways to accomplish those noble goals, not by elongating the suffering of Eritreans.
            Why did you join the ELF to “wreck havoc” into the daily lives of the people by declaring war against the brutal Dergi regime, anything, self determination and liberty and dignity would have been accomplished with incremental change, too
            Oh, never mind, I just had a revelation, you wizened up and the unsettled scores of 1981 still torment you when the alliance of Tigrigna (EPLF, TPLF and the Tigrigna spies in ELF that fed IA information to eradicte the Muslims and low land centtric ELF). You are still tormented because the job was not complete.
            Of course the criminals who enslaved, raped, murdered and killed with machetes should be brought to justice, if that means prison or death or just repenting and reconciliation and confession, you have no clue, so do not accuse, the Eritrean people will have to decide that.
            By quoting your counter parts int the opposition, the bigots who say de-Tigirnigizing Eitrea, you are lumping ever opposition as Mulim and lowlander. How would I want Eritrea be stripped of its Christian and Tigrigna identity? I know, you know that, but you are playing that nasty card to divide and rule and so far you have succeeded in doing so, pitting people against each other, albeit subtly. This thing that you played with Muslim, you bled with lowlanders is not cutting it because Hitler too played with Jews, grew up with Jews…

            You scare monger, you endear, then you spew your ugly, latten side. Every reasonable Muslim (and we are talking about reasonable people as we cannot deal with every lunatic in every ethnic group) I talked to, know that they cannot impose their own will in Eritrea, they tell you the Tigrigna will have a huge rule in Eritrea’s future by virtue of their demography, the same way they had and changed the Gehdli’s fortunes, so they just want to be left alone and PFDJ with your support is not leaving them alone like it is not leaving everyone alone. So your scare mongering tactic worked in 1981 to dissolve a vibrant national organization with the help of the Tigrigna bigots in ELF and that put the future of Eritrea in danger in the eve of six offensive, and now because TPLF has dumped you, you have turned against them and you are scaring the Tigrigna and you want PFDJ to stay put for your slow, incremental change.

          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam iSem

            Mokhsi: You’re assuming tooooooooooooooooooooo much. If people have something that they’re not comfortable to reveal or if they have something to hide, they don’t expose themselves to the whole wide world like an open book.

            Like you, Haile the great was assuming too much as well. Read him when you get a chance.

            Take it easy

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Greetings Semere Tesfai,

            Knowing your abilities is the first step towards education. You are toooooooooooooo retarded to assess people and distribute certificates. First possess the skills of evaluating others which is a very difficult task. You are still unable to differentiate between rational and irrational, justice and injustice, right and wrong.

          • Ismail AA

            Hayak Allah Semere Tesfai,

            An innocent reader would take what you told Tzegereda at face value and consider your message offered by a concerned pacifist. But no amount of smoke screen could hide the cynical propaganda shrouded in fear mongering that strives to sell the edifice of despotism ruining the country and its future. The message that was needed to pass was that the status quo should not, and cannot, be challenged in way or manner. Any attempt will tantamount to declaration of war against our Tigrigna component. The tragic part of the game is that mainstream sector of the people is innocent and have nothing to do with such chauvinistic messages.

            Moreover, who can take you seriously when you try to sell the “De-Tigrignazation” scare? Shall I remind you that in 1952 the elected Eritrean Assembly of 68 parliamentarians voted unanimously for Tigrigna to become one of the two official languages of the country, while Arabic got 12 votes less? You cannot mention a single group voice of any kind that ever refused or refuges to accept Tigrigna as a national language. One really wonders why an alert and conscious Eritrean would jump to raising the specter of “war and uncertainty” whenever confronted by any of the things you have listed what ever the merit may be?

            You wanted to inform the inquirer (Tzigereda), and the readers in this forum that the absolutist regime in our country would allow “piecemeal change” that let participation of the people in running their affair. You seem to suggest that Eritrea being run under enviable liberal democracy open to investors and prospectors. You should have as well told Tzigereda in numbers the wealth and resources the country has enjoyed during past more than two decades from “piecemeal” development thank to capital investment economy thanks to democracy, stability and peace the regime had provided.

            If one would to sum up the content of your response comment to Tzigereda’s question, it’s an allround loyalist view that advocates the permanency of the regime. The people should not pose any challenge should wait and pray for piecemeal improvements the despots would allow at his whim. Such attitudes perfectly fits in the realm of absolutist despotism whose outlook is that any challenge to their rule is heresy that bodes apocalyptic disaster.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Ahlen Ismailo,

            Last time I gave you some points pertinent to Semere’s political identity to take them in to consideration when you try to engage him. Now you heard it in plain words from the horse’s mouth. Semere’s advocacy for the regime is in no way different than Yemane ghebreab did, except in styles. Semere ‘s languages are crude and unfiltered and his approach is rough and toxic, unlike Yemane who is soft, careful, and deceitful. Semere has never been against injustice and will never be. He adores totalitarianism and enjoys marginalization. He advocate modern slavery and abhors group identity, while he never fail to justify and assure power of majoritarianism – a classic of PFDJ position.


          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam Ismail AA

            “Who can take you seriously when you try to sell the “De-Tigrignazation” scare?”

            Ismail these are the facts:

            1. – Direct Quate: The process of Tigrignization of the state (Eritrea) must be halted immediately and reversed.

            2. – Written by: Mejlis Ibrahim Mukhtar

            3. The Article (research paper): The Eritrean Covenant Towards Sustainable Justice And Peace
            February 12, 2010

            Who are the writers of the Eritrean Covenant Towards Sustainable Justice And Peace? This is how they introduced themselves to Eritreans and to the whole wide world. Please read:

            “We, the authors of this statement, are a diverse group of civic-minded Eritreans who come from all walks of life, from inside Eritrea and the Diaspora and from different ethnic, regional, and political background and persuasions. Individually, like many ordinary Eritreans, we have been involved in varying degrees in Eritrea’s struggle for independence. Since 1991, we have been speaking out on behalf of ALL ERITREANS against the injustices perpetuated by the PFDJ ethnocratic regime.”

            Now, you can believe whatever you wanted.

            Semere Tesfai

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Semere,
            Wait a minute! Here, you are trying to shift the issue. What you wrote in response to Tzigereda was de-tigrignalization in general without specification or qualification. Now, you are saying Tigrignization of the state..”. You just added a twist by putting Eritrea in parenthesis, which I describe as a dubious attempt, with due respect of course. There is huge different between tigrignalization of a state and the country of a whole. My feedback yesterday was with the latter.
            As to de-tigrignalization of the state, I think we all understand what that entails. It is the role of a language that encompasses the running of the affairs and life of people by the state and its medium of communication. No one can dispute how citizens belonging to other language groups in a multinational state would be disadvantaged. I know, and many do, that in Eritrea a simple ordinary janitor for an office job is required to command Tigrigna. Some one who happens to land at the airport and does not command Tigrigna would be told “Eritrawi do aykonkan tigrigna zeyti zareb?”, and would be told to go and fetch an interpreter. In such circumstances, demanding de-tigrignalization of the state and it services organs would not be an outrage or outlandish.

            Dear Semere, you and I at least should be more aware about the direction de PFDJ fortress Eritrea is heading to. Can we at least pay a little attention to what Ahmed Raggi had found and take them as sensible warning to the future of our people and their unity? The elite has critical responsibility towards the future. Any sensible and thinking learned Eritrean cannot take satisfaction in what the regime has been doing and take that sustainable within our internal environment and external realities that surround our country. Entrenched mind set in PFJD fortress Eritrea does not guarantee the future.

          • Tzigereda

            Selam Semere,

            Am still looking for a response to my question. I didn”t ask on how change should come or what you think about the opposition. I asked you to elaborate why you think PFDJ should be replaced. What is bad/ wrong about PFDJ? Can you please articulate your reasoning as a free citizen?

          • Semere Tesfai

            SElam Tzigereda

            “I asked you to elaborate why you think PFDJ should be replaced?”

            I never said PFDJ should be replaced. That’s not my job. That is the job of the Eritrean people. One of the things that I don’t agree with most people in the opposition is – they claim they are for democracy, they claim they are for political pluralism, they claim they are for free political competition based on a level playing field, they claim they are for free and fair elections, they claim they will honor the result of a ballot box……. but, but, but …..

            First they have to defeat the PFDJ regime, then they have to outlaw the PFDJ party, then they have to dismantle the PFDJ structure, then they have to weed-out the PFDJits from their hideouts, then they have to bleach, sanitize and sterilize the whole country from any traces of PFDJ…. and then….. the Eritrean people will have democracy.

            And we’re all to believe those who are on a mission to defeat, weed out, and sanitize the country from any traces of PFDJ are ANGELS WITH FLYING WINGS. Baloney!

            Anyway: this is my thing to move foreword. We all should:

            A. – demand change in leadership and change in policy right away (all from inside Eritrea)

            B. – demand the PFDJ government immediately to take the initiative to write the rule of the political game (rules for political party formation and election rules) through broad consensus

            C. – demand within the guidelines rules and regulations of the the party formation law and election rules that are enacted – any individual person or groups of people, should be able to form a political party and compete to lead the country.

            D. – demand broad political immunity to be given (with few exception e.g felony) to all Eritrean political leaders (in the opposition and in the PFDJ government)

            Then, with legal political parties, with a clear set of rules, and with a level playing field, the Eritrean people set a date and goes to the poles. If the winner is National Salvation we accept the result. If EPDP comes on the top we accept the result. If PFDJ wins we accept the result as well.

            Mind you: I’m not trying to tell Eritreans this is the only right way. I’m just expressing my personal opinion (which is one of millions of opinions), so you (Tzigereda) would know clearly my position with respect to CHANGE in Eritrea – and the way to move foreword.

            Semere Tesfai

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Greetings Semere Tesfai,

            Who hinders your A B C Ds from being actualized on the ground? I hope not to tell us Wayane hinders us.

          • Tzigereda

            Selam Semere,

            Days ago you wrote “To me, it is not all about GETTING RID OF PFDJ, it is all about replacing PFDJ with a BETTER ONE”.
            Why is it so hard for you to pinpoint and list the wrongdoings of PFDJ?

          • Saleh Johar

            Selam Tzogereda,

            I am his volunteer attorney. Here’s the reply you are dying to know:

            I pretend to accept getting rid of the PFDJ to neutralize your attacks. But I really want it to stay even after Armageddon and will do anything to make sure that happens. B’Hegdef ayt’mtse’enni.

          • iSem

            Saleh G resigns form hi por bono services to Semere T in favour of Semere Andom because of this incomplete response to tegadalit Tzigerda.
            The new high powered attorney Semere A replies to Tzigereda on behalf of Semere T.

            I do not pretend to get rid of PFDJ, although sometimes I curse it inaudibly. I want it to stay put as it is the only entity that has the natural right to rule Eritrea, not only rule it, but impose its will because PFDJ hails from the majority Tigriniga ethinic . Altough it is made up of Tigirniga, it is not Tigriniga. LIVE WITH IT

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Dear SGJ & Tsegereda,

            If he is defending the regime, how do you expect him to tell you the wrong doing of PFDJ? Just deal with him on what he is and for what he stands for. He might might think he is smart, but one who become an instrument of a narcicist dictator can’t be smart in the eyes of the oppressed Eritrean people. ሕልና ጎደል ብልሒ በባህልና እንታይ ይበሃል? I leave it to you to answer it.


          • blink

            Dear Mr. Amanuel
            why is semere making so much noise ?

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Merhaba Blink,

            Because his political house is shaken.

          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam Tzigereda

            1. – “Days ago you wrote “To me, it is not all about GETTING RID OF PFDJ, it is all about replacing PFDJ with a BETTER ONE”.”

            What was the objective of the demonstrators in NY? To get rid of PFDJ. Right?
            And what is my position on getting rid of PFDJ? To me, it is not all about GETTING RID OF PFDJ, it is all about replacing PFDJ with a BETTER ONE. And one more point:

            Getting rid of PFDJ is not always concordant with criminality or violent change.

            2 – “Why is it so hard for you to pinpoint and list the wrongdoings of PFDJ?”

            It is not that hard to pinpoint PFDJ wrongdoings or opposition wrongdoings for that mater. It’s just – pointing fingers and criminalizing each other doesn’t do us any good.

            What we’re in short supply today is, critical thinkers that can solve complex problems.

            Thank you for engaging, and thank you for your respect.

            Semere Tesfai

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Ahlen Semere Tesfai,

            A system that leads to a continual deterioration is a system that lacks a data base of critical thinkers. Semere monotonously repeats thoughts of destruction creators. Sadly, it is too bad. I hope he is not one of their think tankers.

          • Tzigereda

            Selam Semere,
            You didnt shy bashing the whole opposition ( zirubn, zeyzrubn), when it comes to the wrongdoings of PFDJ..all of sudden you want avoid “pointing fingers and criminilizing each other”, this is qenan attitude.

          • Peace!

            Selam Tzegish,

            The ironic is that he often contradict himself: when it comes to PFDJ’s fate, he wants to let the people decide, but when it comes to opposition, he jumps himself (B’Eidu Yu Z’kahasom) as if the people have no business or say. The easy way to deal with him is to use his logic against him perhaps that would help him debunk his own wild dream first.


          • sara

            Dear Ms-Tzigereda
            if you permit let me help highlight your question to Mr semere, you asked – what is bad/wrong about PFDJ? the answer is simple.. every thing bad/good in this world.
            need details, read this forum every day.

          • Peace!

            Selam Tzigereda,

            To some Eritreans PFDJ is like “Himak Welad” they can’t disown it. Every time it commits a heinous crime their attitude is like Entay Emo Kingeber Himak Wilad Ayhabka.


          • Saleh Johar

            Hmaq Wllad! That is the best characterization I learned in a while. It’s hillarious.

          • Peace!

            Selam Salehom,

            Thank you, I am glad you like it. Now, any thought on how should the parents deal with this unfortunate ordeal the bad kid keeps inflicting on them, on their relatives, friends, and neighbors, although they ignored complains and warnings before the kid gone wild?


      • Ismail AA

        Ahlen Aman,

        Welcome home brother after accomplishing admirable job. As I have already indicated in some of my feedbacks, this was very successful demonstration, and the voice of participant resonated widely. Such undertakings, especially with participation of the youth as you have indicated, send message of hope to our hard pressed people where ever they happen to be – homeland or diaspora. It is pleasure when watches the consistency of increasing rallying of our people in demonstration which Geneva and Now New York had demonstrated.

        The tempest of freedom is gathering in the same way our people’s armed struggle did. We still remember how difficult division-prone initial years (1958 to mid- 1970s) of our political and armed struggle were. Sooner than later our people shall close ranks as the regime and its pillars erode. That is the verdict of history because any power has beginning and end interspersed by euphoric period of honeymoon, formative and waning phase. The latter depends on tools of repression, graft and nepotism through which the regime is living.

        Those who tend to believe in justice and the inevitability op the defeat of oppression should not waste time by remaining stranded at the crossroad: either join the peace and justice seekers’ camp or the camp of dictatorship and loyalists. These massive demonstration should serve as signpost for them.

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Ismailo,

          In the last sixteen years I have participated a half dozen of demonstrations. This one was completely dominated by our youth a long awaited sign of progress. I saw a light at the end of the tunnel – a hope and the possibilities of turning the torch to our young generation. There are two demonstrations that met my expectations and gave me a kind of satisfaction from those I participated. The first one is in August 2000, in front of the Eritrean Embassy in Washington DC, which we took them by surprise (something they don’t expected it). The second one is this one, for the simple reason it was run by our young generation.

          Now the struggle for exposing human rights abuses in our country has received listening ears in the UN offices waiting for dispensation of a remedy. The problem is, on the political side of our struggle which still lacks any kind of progress. One hopes the political practitioners learn something from our heroes on the human right issues. Thank you for the brotherly words.


    • MS

      Selam Hayat
      1. You see my dear Hayat, Mahmuday is standing on formidable moral ground, I’m condemn injustice wherever it may occur (emm… including condemning the thuggish wayane which is ravaging defenseless Ethiopians). I have always stood up with citizens, and I have a track record to show that. There is one sentence that you have missed. I have said 1000 razors in the hands of lots with poor motor coordination. When you disparage Eritrean identity, that is a cut sustained in the sensitive parts of the opposition. When you bash Eritrean ghedli, its motivation and ideals, that’s another injury you inflict the opposition. ADD all the thuggish neo-andenetites who are barking divisive and demoralizing slogans while hiding in the opposition jungle. THumbs up for the patriotic nationals who have kept the torch of justice alit with dignity believing in the Eritrean potential. Despite the cuts the opposition suffers, justice will prevail. People like Mahmuday have become easy target simply because they said “We can do it without the despicable Wayane.” Dr. Saadia (by the way my wife’s name, welcome Dr.), underlined the fact that the heroes are the people inside the country who are putting up with PFDJ. My hope rests on them. As I have always said the diaspora could play a positive role if it aligns its agendas with the ones inside the country (or the general public). Wayane has always been a liability, and it will continue to be a liability. It has so far aligned itself with organizations that copycat its ethnic ideology and thugs who are saying “It’s today or never”, sharpening their knives to inflict Eritrea a fatal. But I trust the proud patriots who are expressing their anger and resolve. Yes, with increased coordination and level of leadership, with a growing clarity of purpose, surely, Eritreans will come together and solve their problems. And rest assured, although not a member, I know PFDJ members are in the fore front of this movement.
      2. Oh, the two pilots…..I know you have no evidence except doctored photos that have been debunked. Even if it’s true, what’s new in that? Doctors, Engineers…left Eritrea and so many pilots. It’s a tragedy that PFDJ should answer. However, your Federal Democratic Ethiopia is not faring better either. How about the two pilots who piloted their MI-35 to Eritrea, one among the most lethal helicopters in the world? TPLF Agazian division is crumbling as we watch it; Your Wayane retreated from Somalia in haste, without even coordinating it with AMISON. Alshabab has now spread out in Somalia chasing out TPLF convoys. Ethiopia is in a State of Emergency by a government that tried to convince the world it had won 100% just last year. Sorry, for those who put all their eggs in wayane’s basket.
      3. Spectacular show. Yes, this is one of the most creative diplomatic rebuttal. I don’t know if Yemane Gebreab was ready for the moment, I don’t know if he did rehearsals, but it was an act well delivered. Leave with it. Feyisa contributed greatly to Ethiopians and peaceful strugglers of the world. And Wayane representative got the punch that he deserves in front of the world community. As bad as PFDJ is, a Wayane can’t lecture the world while it could not hide its most private parts, naked for all to see.

      • tes

        Selam MS,

        You wrote, “I have always stood up with citizens, and I have a track record to show that.”

        No, your records show the opposite. You stood for PFDJ policies and EPLF historical legacies not for the citizens.

        Shame be for you when you say this.

        You supported PFDJ’s program of National Slavery – a program that has enslaved Eritrean citizens since you left Eritrea.

        You opposed COIE’s report – A report that exposed the crimes of the regime, and you opposed it.

        Mahmud, your records are against justice, against freedom and humanity. If you have any recods that the PFDJ and likes will be proud of is your stickness to the old mentality of the revolution era.


      • Hayat Adem

        Selamat Mahmuday,
        1) If I say there is an Eritrean child starving, you tell me either if it is right or wrong, and if you are going to add your voice on changing that situation. If you say other things, you are saying in diversionary issues that maybe less relevant or irrelevant at all. For example to come out and tell me that there is also an Ethiopian child starving, whether true or not, is nothing but diversionary. We can always say things about Ethiopia but when we bring them in defense of PFDJ as a defensive mechanism in issues that are being discussed to show the crimes and cruelties of PFDJ, well they make you look like you are soldiering yourself in defense of the victimizer. One improvement I noticed is your note above sounds like you support the NYC demo. That is positive. That said though. I would be puzzled as to why you supported NYC demo and denounced Geneva Demo, while they are exactly the same in message and make up.
        2) The info is accurate that the two reported Eritrean pilots have defected. You can interpret the defection in any way like.
        3) Really? You are proud of Monkey he did that at the UN? Didn’t it occur to you Monkey should be the last person in the entire world to be speaking about rights protection? Spectacular, indeed in an absurd way, PFDJ way.
        4) Indeed, you overdid it. But, it is not the time factor, it is in the nature of your awkward position and it couldn’t have come any differently. Understandable. Thanks for the reassurance.

        • sara

          Dear Ms Adem.
          it was fun to see a monkey and a baboon have a shouting match, isn’t it.
          the monkey was laughing and the baboon was crying , thats all.
          take it easy!

        • MS

          Ahlen Hayat
          Thanks. Despite our Tome &Jerry ጭርጭር ዓበደ, I enjoy your inputs, I don’t want you to feel I’m acting Xefaar. I was scribbling in a haste. Saay categorized into three groups; I remember the last category, that of the “xefaarat” as saay put it. The great ‘Ghehteb made saay regret that unscientific ካብ ሳሕል ዝወረደ ድነ ትንተና (aka ጨጓር ዳንጋ ትንተና, by saay). After studying the characteristics of “xefaarat”, I concluded I don’t belong there. That’s why I left behind a PS notifier. Because when I’m under time constraint, my Wedi-Saleh field jacket is on, and God knows how xefaar(er) my language could get.
          Having said that .
          1. I would accept your rebuttal that I exhibited a “self-defense’ in its bad form if I were responding to, say, SG, saay, Peace, …amde… (and many more, people who have showed consistency in their stances against injustice). But you, your majesty? Remember when we were discussing Ethiopian uprising and the brutal response TPLF was making? You were justifying TPLF actions and calling genuine concerns as “diversionary.” I had written the same thing that wrote yesterday: Injustice is injustice wherever it occurs. For your credit, your majesty, you have also been consistent in promoting TPLF ideology and influence. I have no doubt you are a fine woman who loves justice, but in the form that is interpreted by Wayanay democracy. I’m sure you are hurt by the current predicament of Eritreans, but your notion of Eritrea passes through the school of YG and ends in the realms of Wayane interpretation of what Eritrea and Eritreans are (remember, the famous map once saay presented to you as what part of Eritrea would really mean to you as ERITREA, I forgot the latitudes). So far so good? and So, my condemnation of TPLF policies is seen by you as a diversionary tactic while you want me to accept your endeavor of promoting TPLF sick policies and ideology as a form of fighting for Eritrean justice.
          2. Let’s skip it
          3. Come on Hayat, let both of us admit both, the Ethiopian and Eritrean representatives are bad guys, let’s consider them neutral of any moral assignment, they are equally bad. OK. Now, what’s remained is the skill of debate. I will tell you, YemaneG outsmarted and outmaneuvered the TPLF goon. It was a performance well delivered and a killer act.
          You said I did not support Geneva demonstration. You are wrong. Remember, I’m a critical reader. I despise group-think. Anyone who read my comments about COIE will notice that. But of course, we have lots who live on testosterone, they want you to say “yes, moto be moto eqebelalehu, wedefit!!!” I grew up in a culture where dissension was discouraged, and sometimes punished due to pressures of military situations. I have reclaimed my individuality, and I hate to think of myself as a parrot who echo back 100% (well, may be ?75%), and no apology for depending on my critical readings of events. What I said during the COIE release has largely been tested by time and stands correct. Individuals were challenged multiple times to their allegations may go repeating lies blaming me for defending PFDJ just because I don’t support, wholesale, what they believe to be the only truthful presentation in town. You are not one of them. And as such I hope the following will help you defog the scene. So, let me take you to the Geneva demonstration and show you how wrong you are: I do this only for you. I’m tired doing it time and again. Here is my comment following Haylat the great’s comment (I miss you brother).
          “Given the different estimations, let’s take the low end of the Geneva police estimate of the crowd to be 5000. Now, that would be what 5000 people looks like visually. It sure moved us to the point of crowning it a historic. The UNHCR reports that on average 5000 people are leaving Eritrea, meaning that these many people as shown in the demo leave EVERY MONTH. That report is conceptual and and hardly raises the necessary sense of urgency. People simply fail to make proper sense of it. In the recent years so far 457,000 Eritreans are uprooted and have been registered with UNHCR.’ HaileTG
          “Dear HTG
          A great way of using the video crowd to have us “visualize” the average monthly bleeding of our country. Yes, you are right Haile. Individually, we are so burdened with day to day chores and the news coming from different outlets, family members and friends. Although I still could manage what it would mean 5000 persons per moth leaving the nation (hahaha…I could say in my ጨጓር ዳንጋ ቋንቋ፡ ሓሙሽተ ብርጌዳት ሰሊሞም/ five brigades surrendered off, don’t tell abi, and then add an exclamation expression: ወይ ጉድ!!!) but when I see it represented by this video, I get chills. A good data visualization tool. Now, I take the UN report that way. We have known those crimes existed and that’s why we have been opposing PFDJ, but when they come summarized, they create a shock and awe effect.” mAHMUDAY.
          PS: tHanks sara. Yes, it was a match between a monkey and a baboon. “The monkey was laughing and the baboon was crying , thats all.” And I think the monkey is learning faster on how to deal with the hazards in the jungle.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Greetings Mahmud Saleh,

            All the world are liars except PFDJ goons. All peoples around the world don’t understand except the smart PFDJs who rule Eritrea wonderfully. You are one of the regime, your endeavor to bewilder is cover-less, naked. The main problem you suffer from is Wayane that is why your struggle is concentrated on them. According to your understanding the Eritrean people are living in Heaven.

            You claim to be a “critical reader / critical thinker”, can you give to forum meaning and 10 practical examples of critical thinker?

          • Hayat Adem

            Dear Mahmuday and blink,
            Thank you for the civility and gentlemanliness you always display in your discourse, guys.That is always to be appreciated.
            I really don’t want to chase you on every point you misspoke, or mischaracterized or innocently erred for two reasons: 1) because it is very tiresome, 2) I don’t think lies and inaccuracies have very short spans and don’t help their owners much advancing their cause. I don’t feel like defending myself but I will mention some examples just for the sake of it
            Mahmuday: “I had written the same thing that wrote yesterday: Injustice is injustice wherever it occurs.” Really?! In ghedli, Did you fight against injustices in Eritrea or you fought against injustices everywhere in the world? The point here is: your claim of “against all injustices” is not true. And crimes are committed everywhere: in Sudan, in Egypt, In Syria, in Saudi etc. All the injustices you are focused like the PFDJ leaders are the ones in Ethiopia. There is a reason why no matter how hard you try to give it a name: “I’m a universalist justice seeker”. That is not who you are. Your horizon is too localized to care for others. And that is exactly what you are doing in defending PFDJ. We are asking you to be a genuine localized justice seeker. Your priority must be to fight against justices being done to you and your people. Proximity matters. You are defending PFDJ, and your diversionary approach is explainable that way. What is not explainable is why would a person of your type who witnessed a lot (a lot of promises, a lot of sacrifices, leading to a lot of crimes) be a PFDG apologotic? That part is unexplainable. Not just to us but to yourself: that is why you are against the Geneva but for the PFDJ. But it seems every awatista is hoping on you that may distance yourself adequately enough to do good things for your people. This requires a conscious decision unlike youth-anger-driven decision you made to join ghedli. There are urgent priorities that should nag you to focus on essential tasks rather than being fascinated by a spectacular act of a monkey crossing its hands at the UN (did you see the white woman looking at him as if she has seen a big game that has escaped from a zoo: what the hell is this monkey talking about?!”)., There are urgent matters that if you want to defend Eritreans, focus on the crimes being done against your people and fight the culprit without ifs and buts.
            Mahmuday and Blink:
            “you have also been consistent in promoting TPLF ideology and influence”
            “hayat will never ever say one negative word about the EPRDF or their 100%”
            The two are 180 degree apart. The first is accusing me of consistently promoting TPLF, meaning selling TPLF agenda positively and persistently. This is a fat lie because out of what I’ve written as a comment so far, you wouldn’t find more than 5% of the total messages directly discussing TPLF…as fat lie as it is, lets leave it there. The 2nd is accusing me of saying nothing about TPLF [while there are a lot of of bad things to be said]. This is a skinny lie compared to the first one because we occasionally discussed TPLF here, and mostly as it relates to Eritrea.
            This is The issue MOSTLY discussed here, as it should be, are Eritrea, Eritrean and the monster PFDJ. If regional issues are point of discussion here, it is mostly as they relate to Eritrea. If you go to the Ethiopians, I would guess naturally, they would be mostly discussing Ethiopian issues, unless they too are suffering from their own diversionary pretenders.
            I’ve no illusion TPLF/EPRDF’s performance is exemplary on some and weak on others. And discussing their weakness and strength would be boring readers here. But if Ethiopians are seeing a better system and delivery from other political organizations in the opposition bloc, they should be congratulated in seeking it.One thing, I should say is, they should protect their politics from any kind of influence of the monster PFDJ. Nothing good comes out of this criminal junta. PFDJ has built 300+ prison centers while EPRDF built 30+ universities. EPRDF registered one of the fastest growing economy in the world. PFDJ squeezed Eritrea to become the fastest emptying nation in the world…quite a contrast. So i don’t, I never shy away from speaking my mind. I don’t pretend. Don’t say I said more than what I said and don’t say I said less what I said. I will tell you what I believe in to your face. That is because, I really do believe in being on the side of the youth, the victim and the dawning truth.
            Do you want to compare TPLF and PFDJ? Do you want my verdict on that comparison? Let’s go:
            * TPLF vs PFDJ…PFDJ is by far the worst.
            * TPLF for their people vs PFDJ for their people.. PFDJ is the worst.
            * TPLF for the Eritrean people vs PFDJ for the Eritrean people…PFDJ is the worst.

          • MS

            Selam Hayat
            Thank you for the reply. I won’t be able to give you an extended reply due to time. The respect is mutual; of course, when we go through heated debates sometimes I get a bit Sahelish, something that I later regret. Let me say something positive about you today. You are coming to the center of Eritrean discourse, and that’s what’s most important. The more you come to the center the more we will have commonalities. Remember, I’m still around the equator. Regarding the universality of justice (you criticized my mantra that says “injustice is injustice wherever it may occur”), I would not expect that objection from you. The search for justice is inherently a human nature; and if it’s a human nature, then it’s universal. Few abusers don’t redefine this truth. Right now, at this moment, I can tell that Hayat Adem is sad about the atrocities that Iraqi and Syrians are experiencing. I’m sure those mangled bodies of women and children disturb you. Why? Sympathy towards unfortunate ones is a universal human nature, be it your own country folks or people you have never had a direct connections with. It transcends political border. As far as judging others goes, I can talk only about your political positions; I can’t pass a moral judgment over anyone. Because the views we express here are so incomplete to get us to pass judgment on each other. One may differ on the political equation of a problem while agreeing on its moral side. That’s exactly what’s happening in this forum. Madam PM you have been magnificent; I think we have chewed this particular thread more than needed, therefore, I move on.

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Hayat,

          What makes you to believe that Mahmuday support the NYC demonistration? He can ‘t be if he opposes the CoI report on human right abuses in our country. Absolutely he can ‘t unless he has an ambivalent mind that switches position back and forth on the predicament of our citizens.


          • blink

            Dear Amanuel
            Just for knowledge , do you think the COI was handled properly ? I mean what is the point of the COI if it can not bring the dictator to any kind of court ? Can some one find the COI not right and still oppose the dictator ?

          • Berhe Y

            Dear blink,

            If you oppose the dictator at home, I personally do not think there is any reason why you oppose or think the COI is wrong. Forget the mechanisms, forget the process for a second, do you believe the statements made by the victims as being true or NO. If you believe the statements of those brave men and women of Eritreans who testified in the hundredths, the likes of Ibrahim Mahmood (the son of Mahmud Sherifo and Aster), or the children of Petros Solomon and Aster Yohannes, then there is no reason to think if the COI is right or not,

            In my opinion the only reason you can oppose the COI is, if the Eritrean government have a proper judicial system where people and institutions have the capacity and the ability to take the government to court, then you can rationalize that, those Eritrean victims of injustice could bring their case at home instead of the international organizations.

            Believe it or not the COI or the UN would have told those Eritreans who want to bring the case to the COI and ICC, you have a country which is government by laws and you have your own justice system, so take your case to your own court and leave the UN alone. We do NOT have money and resources to spend on cases, that you can do it your selves in your own country, example.

            If your rational is, the COI will not able to bring the government to court as is the case in Sudan or other dictators, there for it’s a waste of time and it will have no value. Thanks to the COI, we have been able to document the crimes committed by the regime and we are able to show to the regime that the government for what it is. If this is not the right approach, what do you think, victims likes Ibrahim suppose to do to ask the where about of their parents, who gave all their adult lives.

            Blink, you may be frustrated by the process and how long it will take to get to the end point but I think it’s the right approach and the best approach to get rid of the dictator at home today and for any wanna be dictator to come in the future.

            I urge you to read Saay analysis about the COI and it’s impact and the direction it’s taking. You see, next year the mandate will be given to the AU to take up the case, since the Eritrean government is in denial and will do nothing to the calls made by the International community.

            The rope is getting tighter and sooner or later it will land in the dictators neck.


          • blink

            Dear Mr.Amanuel and Berhe
            You both said it all and it is more than enough to know that the fight is just long . Every body knows HGDEF are playing their last ball in the international arena but at home they are just on the same level of 2001 as of 2016 and it is really taking the tall of the Eritrean people . Long and harsh is the daily news about human rights issue in Eritrea . What HGDEF managed to do is he sold the Ethiopian card to the people as a black Friday market and the People still buy such false products . I just think that we should look some new ways to tangle this one man show in Eritrea . we just can not wait for such long process .

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Merhaba Blink,

            No. One can ‘t be against CoI report – a report collected from the real victims and be against the dictator. Human right abuses are the bench mark of a none political issue one could oppose the dictator. One who oppose CoI report but oppose the regime can only be for political reason. And those who gives priority to politics than human right are easily distingushable. The simple truth is, the true justice seekers believe that there is a rampant human right abuse In our country by the regime and thus the report of CoI reflect the reality in our nation.

            Second, keep in mind that CoI is denied to get entry visa in order to make inyerviews with prisoners of conscience on the ground. The only option they had left with are the victims who escaped and came abroad. The regime knows what it is doing and allowing entry visa to CoI is detrimental to their power.

            Third, Blink to bring the perpetrators to the International coirt is an uphill battle that demand commitment and persistent struggle, and if we maintain that we could. Even if we win a diplomatic war on the human right front it will eventually influence the political front and enhance the vigilence of our youth on the battle they are in.


    • Solomon

      Greatings Your Imperial Majesty Queen Hayat Adam,

      Weyane ShaEbia eternal enmity, a Wag,the Dog like virtual wars and drums of war my cousing ጭራ ወንዋኒ ቦቢ ስውንዋኖ will,expose for its true value as the chicanary distracting of Eritreans by yours and Mohmood SaliH’s repeated play of a very worn out record.

      Long long before both were on the seen, I warned the group dynamics that is traditional and lacking fairness or rational will betray the “main stream opposition” alliance including Seyoum OQbamichael’s “Harestay’s” ELF-RC’s joining Weyane’s intent on toppeling Isaias AfeworQi, by dealing with the KebesaCentric EPLFitrs to an even worst deteriment of Eritrean Low Landers than the current.

      Seyoum Harestay gullubil, honest and very well like Gedli leader YES, Saint? I think not. SaaY7 should also be cognizant for the cultural liberties he is proclaiming fair game that invite more dangerous and futile divisive along the major Eritrean Fault Lines. The audience are impressionable minds that would carry his Loose nonchelant masked as very liberal attitde to symbols of Western Christianity recognized entities of respect. For the majority and very conservative agro-pastoralist of Eritreans, such loose tresspasses only increases the perpetual animosity along religious lines. SaaY7’s subtelties that hide mask his level of emotional anger as a driver to eschew his abilities of obtimal reason manifests such aways many atimes…

      Cutting to The Weyane ShaEbia trump card ultimate survival exit strategy collusion, I was saying, I warrened the significantly younger than our current grandfather age SJG, Saay7, yours trully and the THEN passionate and vibrant awate forum. My warning, the mainstream opposition’s choice of af allying Weyane’s Ethiopia as Base and undeniable declaration of war with a foreign invader. Arguably grounds for Treason.
      The Ethiopian based ELF magazines with jubilant attitudes of the conquering victor attitudes by very close ELF friends was evident in NYC in the 1998-1999.
      Assennas interview with Mr. Kiflay Abraha and my close political working kniwkedge of the the Gentleman from Bronx, my buddys Asghedom and “BelaE zbEi” (very large sized Eritrean man ELF-Sagem news magazines, your trully have had very close first hand information regarding specific circumstances and suspects identities of Murder in cold blood of an ELF Lifelong, Selfless committeedTegedalay Leader Zekarias Neguse who immediately returned to Eritrea upon gradguating fro OldWest Burry College / Stony gradguate.

      My point simply being… nice try Saay7 attempting to write an untuth history.. not good for gaining the peoples trust.

      Assennas Iyassu Ato Kiflay Abraha and his insubordinstion to i his elected leader as he mounted the ELF hostile Merger and takeover coincidentaly is grounds enough for tge challenge.

      The Weyane war and invasion with full intent and mission to lord over Eritrea, “KindishiH” Saay7 may denie with reason now, but he certainly should be aware with witnessess as astute and with same conclussion as his are here not bound by anything othet than the truth and The Only Way Forward of All Eritreans.

      The data and ShaEbis -a Weyane collusions lost with awate’$ “gearth” perhaps sharing with and shaping the main stream Etitrean Oposition’s formations….. relying on data scrutinized and analyzed by two,young and ambitious SaliHens.

      And yours Princes HA and MoMo simulation distractions Eritreans should be skeptical of.

      In that period HA you were more than likely facilitating the fortuotous ties between SJG, the Weyane including PMMZ from within TPLF turf and or the Palace in Addis.

      Time to discard your Weyane-ShaEbia back and forth rant that amounts to no more than a young gir’s crush on her ideal mate of herro warrior and scholar in MoHmood SaliH.

      This is to lay the foundation of timely launching of the One and only way forward for the Eritrean People attainment of their deserved goal of justice and libertty.

      Clean and edited or NOT, the onslaught will,be forthcoming…. choosing to bury head in the sand by any one is futile. Confident to relevant audience, but ai do suggest counter challenges in order to mold and shape together more efficiant paths forward for exemplary Eritrea.

      A week is too long to congratulate oneself and strut with a swag for an orginzed opposition that is without a solid defined plan past COI/ICC, other than maybe sanctions pressures and A PRAYOR.

      አኝተር ዘ ጃይ.


  • Desata Tella


    እትሰርሖ ስራሕ ኣብ ትኽክለኛ ዉሳኔ ዝተሞርኮሰ ክኸዉን ኣለዎ [ተስፋጽ ዮን ኣግኣዝያን]

    ሰባት ኣብ ጉዕዞና ይኹን ስራሕና ንምስልሳል ዕዉታት ኮይና ክንወጽእ እንተኾይኑ ብተዛማዲ ኣብ “ቅንዑ ዝኾነ ዉሳኔ” ምስ እንሙርኮስ ጥራሕ ኢዩ። ከምእዉን ንኽንትግብሮም ዝወሰናናዮም ዉሳኔታት ብኸመይ መንገዲ ኢና ንዉሳኔታትና ክነተግብሮም እንኽእል ንዝብል ኩነት እቲ ዝዓበየ ቆላሕታን ግምትን ሂብና ስራሕና ንኽንሰርሕ ድልዋት ምስ እንኸውን እዩ ዕዉት ዝኾነ ስራሕ ክነሰላስል ንኽእል ዝብል እምነት ኣለኒ።

    ዉሳኔ ክንብል እንከለና ብመሰረቱ ካብታ ዝነኣሰት ካብ ኣፍና እንውጸኣ ቓል ኣትሒዝካ ስጋብ ነቲ ኣብ ዓለምና ዝዓበየ ተባሂሉ ዝጽዋዕ ፕሮጀክት ንምስልሳል እንጥቐመሉ መስርሕ ኣብ ዉሳኔ ዝተሞርኮሰ ወይ ብዉሳነ ወዲ ስብ ከም ዝሰላሰል ምርዳእ ወሳኒ ኮይኑ “ኣብ እንህቦ ዉሳኔ” ምስ እንጋገ ዉጽኢት ስራሕና እዉን ብተዛማዲ ኣዕጋቢ ወይ ከምቲ ዝድለ ክኾነልና ከምዘይኽእል ርዱእ እዩ።

    ናብቲ ቀንዲ ክዛረበሉ ደሌ ዘለኹ ንጥቢ ከኣቱ: ኣግኣዝያን ክትሃንጽ ወይ ንዝነበረ ኣግኣዝያን ጽገናዉ ለውጢ ክገብረሉ እየ ኢልካ ኣብ ዉሳኔ ምስ እትበጽሕ ብቐዳምነት ክመጽእ ዘለዎ ሓሳብ ከመይ ጌረ ከተግብሮ፥ ትሕዝቶኸ ኣለኒ ድዩ፥ እንታይ ዓይነት ዕንቅፋታት ከጋጥመኒ ይኽእልን ነቲ ዘጋጥመኒ ዕንቅፋታት ከመይ ጌረ ከማሕድሮ እየ ክትብን ናይ ግድን ኮይኑ ነዚ ኹሉ ንኽትግብር ናይ ስራሕ ዉጥን ክትነድፍ ኣለካ ማለት እዩ። እዚ ዘርዚረዮ ዘለኹ ኩሉ ንምግላጹ ኣዝዩ ሰፊሕ ስለዝኾነ ካብዚ ኹሉ ኣብ ዉሳኔታት ከመይ ጌረ ከተግብሮን ኣብ ትግባረ ስራሕ ከጋጥሙኒ ይኽእሉ እዮም ዝብሎም ዕንቅፋታት ብሕጽር ዝበለ ክገልጽ ክፍትን እየ።

    ትግባረ ስራሕ ጽገናዊ ለውጢ ወይ ምህናጽ ኣግኣዝያን ንምክያድ : ፈለማ ትሕዝቶ ህልው ኣግኣዝያን እንታይ ይመስል ዘሎ ኣወንታውን ድኹም ጎድንታቱን ከጽንዕን እንታይ ዓይነት ጽገና ከካይድ ከምዘለኒ ኣብ ዉሳኔ ደረጃ ብምብጻሕ ናይ ስራሕ ትግባረ ውጥን ቅድሚ ምውጻእ ነዚ ስራሕ እዚ ንምትግባር ዘለካ ብቕዓት ዓቕሚ ሰባትካ ምግምጋም የድልየካ ቀጺሉ እቲ ዝዓበየን በዳህን ዝኾነ ስራሕ ንምስልሳን ከጋጥሙኻ ዝኽእሉ ዕንቅፋታት ( risks) እዮም።

    ኣግኣዝያን ንምጽጋን ይኹን ንምህናጽ ከጋጥሙ ዝኽእሉ ጸገማት ( risks)ንብሎም ኣብ ክልተ ክንመቕሎም ንኽእል እዚኦም ከኣ፥ ውሽጣዊ ጸገማት እንብሎም ኣብ ውሽጢ ኣግኣዝያን ዘጓኑፍና ጸገማት ኮይኖም በቲ ኣብ ፕሮጀክትና ኣቐዲምና ነዲፍናዮ ዝጸናሕና ክንቆጻጸሮም ብዙሕ ኣይክጽግመናን እዩ ምኽንያቱ ኣቐዲምና ብመጽናዕቲ በጽህናዮስ ከመይ ጌርና ከም እንፈትሖ ተዳሊናሉ ስለዝጸናሕና ዝወጠናዮ ስራሕ ንምዝዛም ግዜ ክጎተልና ጥራሕ ይኽእል ደኣምበር ካብ ቁጽጽርና ወጻኢ ኣይክኸዉንን እዩ። ብኻልኣይ ደረጃ ዝስራዕ ግዳማዊ ጸገማት (risks) ዝበሃል እዩ – ግዳማዊ ጸገማት ናይ ምስልምና ሃይማኖት ተኸተልቲ ክኸዉን ይኽእል እዩ። እቲ ንኣግኣዝያን ኣብ ምጽጋን ይኹን ኣብ ምሕዳስ ከጋጥመና ዝኽእል ዓይነት ጸገማት [ risks ] ግና እቲ ኣዝዩ ዝበርተዐ ዓይነት ጸገም ምኻኑ ምፍላጥ ኣገዳሲ እዩ ምኽንያቱ ግዳማዊ risks ስለዝኾነ ካብ ውጥና ወጽኢ ብሙኻኑ ፈጺምና ክንቆጻጸሮ ስለዘይንኽእል ስራሕና ኣብ መፈጸምትኡ ንምብጽሕ ግና ብቐጻሊ ምስ እቲ ዘጋጥመና ጸገማት ብዝዛመድ (ብዝመጣተን) ግብረ መልሲ ክንህቦ ይግበኣና ምስ እዚ ግዳማዊ ሪስክ ዝበሃል ነገር ኣብ ክንዲ በቲ ዝድለ መንገዲ ትገጥሞ በንጻሩ ክትቖጻጸሮ ምስ እትፍትን እትትግብሮ ጽገናዊ ለዉጢ ኣብ ኣግኣዝያን ኣብ ክንዲ ናብ ጽቡቕን ሰላሚዊ መንገዲ ናብ ዕንወት ከምዘምርሕ ዘጠራጥር ኣይኮነን እይ። ብሕጽር ዝበለ ኣብ ኣግኣዝያን ጽገናዊ ለውጢ ንምምጻእ ይኹን ንምሕናጽ እንተተደልዩ ግዳማዊ ጸጋማት ክኾኑ ዝኽእሉ ከም ናይ እስላም ሃይማኖታትን ተኸተልትን ካልኦት ጸገማትን ኣብ ግምት የእቲኻ ክሰለሰልን ክትግበርን ዝግብኦ ጉዳይ እዩ።

    ናይ ክርስትና ወይ ኣግኣዝያን ክትሃንጽ እትኽእል ከምቲ ንስኻ ንኽትሃንጾ ትህቅን ዘለኻ ናይ ኣግኣዝያን ባህልታትን ክብርታትን ከምኡዉን መንነትን ንምዕቃቡ ይኹን ንምህናጹ ትጽዕር ዘለኻ ብተዛማዲ ናይ ምስልምና ባህልታትን ክብርታትን ከምኡዉን መንነትን ሓፈሻዊ መሰላት ክተኽብርን ክትሕሉን ይግበኣካ። እዚ ኣገባብዚ ምስ ዘይትኽተል ግና ክትሃንጾ ትህቅን ዘለኻ ኣግኣዚያን ኣብ ክንዲ ናብ ሰላምን ሕዉነትን ናብ ህውከት ከም ናይ ናዝን ናይ ሞሶሎኒን ዓብ ዓለምና ዝተራእየ ኣሰቃቂ ኩነት ክቕየር ከምዝኽእል ዘጠራጥር ኣይኮነን እዩ። ስለዚ ቅድሚ ሕጂ ንዝተግበርካዮም ዉሳኔታትካ ዳግመ ግምት ክትገብረሎምን ዘድሊ ምምሕያሻት ብምግባር ስራሕካ ከም ብሓዱሽ “ሀ” እልካ ብምጅማር ጽፉፍ ዝኾነ ስራሕ ንኽተካይድ ክሕብረካ እደሊ።

    ኣብ መወዳእታ ክብሎ ዝደሊ ነገር እንተሎ
    ፍሳሓጺን ኣግኣዝያን ኣብ ዝኾነ ዓይነት ዉሳኔታትካ ብዙሕ ትጋገዮ ዘለኻ ዓቕሚ ጎዲሉካ ጥራሕ ዘይኮነ ነቲ ዉሳኔታትካ ክህግዙኻ ዝኽእሉ ሰባት ( Team members) ዘይምህላዉካ እዩ። ደፊረ ከምዚ ከብለኒ ዝኻኣለ ቀንዲ ምኽንያት ንዝሰራሕካዮ ስራሕ ቅድሚ ናብ ህዝቢ ምቕራብካ ብኹሉ ሸነኻቱ ክርአ ዝለዘለዎን ናይ ሓደ ሰብ ርእሲን ናይ ክልተ ሰብ ርእስን ሓደ ከምዘይምኻኑ ኣሚንካ እንተሰራሕካ ተመራጽን ዉጺኢታዊ ስራሕ ክዕመም ከምዝከኣል ዘጠራጥር ኣይኮነን እዩ።
    • ኣብ ንጹርን ዉሱንን ዕላማ እንተሰራሕካ ተመራጺ እዩ። ንኣብነት “ንኣግኣዝያን ክሃንጽ እየ” ምስ እትብል ዕላማታትካ ብንጹር ኣቐሚጥካ ስራሕካ ኣገባቡ ብዝሓለወ መንገዲ ተኸቲልካ ምስ እትሰርሕ ኣብ ሓጺር ጊዜ ርኡይ ዝኾነ ለውጢ ክተምጽእ ከም እትኽእል ኣይጣራጠርን እየ።
    • ሓቅን* ሕጋዉነትን* ንዝብሉ ኣምራት ወይ ኣባሃህላታት ብተዛማዲ እንተሰራሕካሎም ዝሓሸ ዉጽኢት ክምጽኡልካ ይኽእሉ እዮም ዝብል እምነት ኣለኒ።
    • ትዛረቦም ዘረባታትን ቃላትን ሞራል [Ethics] ዘሓለወ ክኸዉን ይግባእ። ምኽንያቱ ናይ ደቂ ሰባት ሞራል ዝትንኩፍ ክኾኑ የብሎም።

    “ኩሉ እት ሰርሖ ስራሕ ኣገባቡ ዝሓለወ ኮይኑ ክሪኦ ተስፍ እገብር ጥራሕ ዘይኮነ ክብል ዝደሊ ብኣገባብ ንእትሰ ርሖም ስራሕት ኣሳልጦ እምነየልካ”

  • saay7

    Selamat Dr. Saidia:

    And welcome to your home, The demonstration in New York was everything you said, plus more. Here I would like to add what it was, on the same day that Gheteb told us we died, and weeks after told us it is all futile.

    First of all, to have that many Eritreans attend an event, in the worst weather, without the enforcement mechanism of an organization is a marvel. There was nobody calling from a telemarketing center threatening people “lomi zeyketete kem bdewu zmote” (the way PFDJ does.) There was nobody being paid to attend (the way some politicians hire people to show up.) These people came, some from far places, at their own expense. These were ordinary Eritreans motivated by one and only one thing: to be the voice of the voiceless in Eritrea. To let those who are languishing in underground prisons, and those trapped in refugee camps, those in indefinite “national service”, those who are stateless and live in fear of deportation, those who have been made to disappear, and all the victims whose testimony was presented to the CoIE that somebody, somewhere heard your cry.

    Secondly, is what was actually accomplished by ordinary citizens. Back in June in Geneva, the UN’s HRC did not extend the mandate of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI); it only extended the mandate of the Special Rapporteur (SR). The PFDJ and its bench-warmers were celebrating this because they love nothing more than impunity. The SR would come and talk about the Right of The Child at the Third Committee and it would be back to business. But they failed. The SR was introduced as both the SR and a member of the former CoI. And her testimony was about what CoI found.

    In the interactive dialogue, one member after another member of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) spoke against CoI because it allegedly violates the Human Right Council’s (HRC) principles of “universality, impartiality, objectivity and non-selectivity”, and that all rights are equal: civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights including the right to development.” And true enough, all of the above are enshrined in HRC’s principles. But so is this: when a State shows “persistent non-cooperation with the [Universal Periodic Review] mechanism”, then HRC has the obligation to do something about it.

    So, the Special Rapporteur has a mandate to see if the Gov of Eritrea is showing cooperation. And the Gov will highlight that it has accepted “92 recommendations during the Universal Periodic Review” or that it gave a 15 minute tour of Sembel to the High Commissioner. It is “cooperating.” As I wrote earlier , the UPR’s recommendations fall in 4 categories:

    (a) Recommendations that it continue to work on children’s rights, women’s rights, as well as economic, social, cultural and developmental rights of its citizens;
    (b) Recommendations that it co-operate with, and submit reports to, various UN organizations;
    (c) Recommendations that it accept capacity-building technical assistance from the International community;
    (d) Recommendations that it introduce constitutionalism and improve its citizens’s civil liberties.

    Whenever the Gov of Eritrea says, “we have accepted 92 recommendations”, they are talking about categories A, B and C above. In fact, they just celebrated their participation in on a symposium on the Right of The Child (without noting that one of the rights of a child is to be secure in his family life and not be bussed to a military camp.) The PFDJ (and all the members of NAM) have concluded that granting civil liberties to citizens gets in the way of “development”. Many countries (South Korea, Singapore, for example) have something to show for denying an entire generation civil liberties: massive development. The tragedy of Eritrea is that it has managed to suppress its citizens civil liberties while managing to have Eritrea ranked third from the bottom (186/189) in UNDP’s Human Development Index (HDI)

    So when people talk about the incompetence of the opposition, I have a question: if the word used to describe the opposition is incompetent, and a number is assigned to it (out of 100) what number and word shall we use to describe the government’s ineptitude?


    • Ismail AA

      Hayak Allah saay,
      Thank you for this expanded and informative contribution that fittingly supplemented Dr. Sadia’s follow up feedback of the demonstration in New York on 27 October. Both of you did good job to inform me, and others , who have been following that great event afar. I understand the gathering and distribution (age) was extremely satisfactory.
      What the event has proven is that the voice of the voiceless is becoming louder and louder through the consistently broadening participation of Eritreans. This is what the massive demonstration in Geneva, and now this one have unmistakingly demonstrated.

      • saay7

        Salamat Ismail:

        It’s nothing but a chronicle. The real credit belongs to the people who actually do all the work, undaunted by critics and name-callers. Anyone reading this who has a family member, – loved one unaccounted for in the lawless land we call Eritrea should thank all those who traveled far to walk the rainy streets of New York and the indifferent halls of UN.


        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Saay (Aya Adi-U),

          I assure you that “the true justice seekers” share the pain of our citizens whose family members are unaccounted and their whereabouts are unknown. We do not expect soft heart from Semere Tesfay and his likes who defend the policy of this evil regime. They are who they are. So we are with the victims of this cruel regime – their pains is our pains.

          Amanuel Hidrat

  • said

    Thank you for your article.
    Hegel’s Phenomenology. He talked about how we do not reach freedom like a shot out of a pistol, but rather that it takes a lot of labor, patience, and suffering.

    We need to change our approach Just think of IA and think of how powerless he is. Eritrean 60 years of life has spanned numerous human catastrophes and endless misery as you have described very well. Eritrean suffering from hunger, diseases, unemployment, and poverty, we will need reimagines revolutionary politics as a project of holistic transformation that is both integrally connected to global and historical transformations and intimately embedded in the individual soul. We need to find a evolving a new way of organizing our society that focuses on believe in freedom of expression, who believe in rationality and critical thinking and on self-reliance and achieve freedom and the idea was that we ought to win at home. and most Eritrean don’t recognize that. and what it means to be a human being. the whole question of how we should work. Is key, the high point and the aim of all societies, or is it the end of a certain epoch? I think most Eritrean do not invasion and imagine how things can change. where are we today? It seems like there has been progress in many respects, (AWARNIS) but some people don’t necessarily see it that way; the trouble is that most people tend to look for quick solutions, what ‘will happen is hopefully that people who were seen mainly as victims very often become the agents of change. And that’s what’s happening now in Eritrea in those may not be visible. in terms of transitions from one mode of politics, culture and life to another. We have to see today in light of the transition, one would hope We’re in an epoch transition.

    Just give an example an end of Bolshevik system, the state has power. When you look at it in terms of revolution, in terms of the state, you think of it in terms of Russia, the Soviet Union, and how those who struggled for power actually became victims of the state, prisoners of the state, and how that led to the dissolution of the Soviet Union. We have to think of revolution much more in terms of transitions from one epoch to another. it takes time for change to take place. But then when huge changes are taking place, they are extraordinary. And it requires a kind of philosophical thinking, thinking in terms of epochs.

    We need to do what I call visionary organizing. Recognize that in every crisis as it arrives, people do not respond like a school of hunting and fish. Some people become depressed, hopeless, pessimistic, immobilized and indifferent. Some people become very sad and angry, and other people begin to find solutions and lead. And visionary organizers look at our people, recognize them and encourage them, and they become leaders of the future and bring change.

  • Ismail AA

    Hayaki Allah Dr. Sadia,
    Thank you for this informative follow up review of the Oct. 27 demonstration in New York. It one more stand on the long road of having the voice of our oppressed people resonate as broadly as possible. Let us hope that more of such demonstrations shall follow in all parts of the world. It is gratifying to note that while the voice of the regime loyalist receding the voice of the justice seeking sections of our people is adding in clarity and spectrum.

  • Desata Tella


    ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ናይ ሃይማኖት ርኡይ ዝኾነ ጸገም ኣጓኒፍዎ ኣይፈልጥን

    ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ርኡይ ዝኾነ ናይ ሃይማኖት ጸገማት ኣጋጢምዎ ዘይፈልጥ ህዝቢ ጥራሕ ዘይኮነ ልዕሊ ዝኾነት ሃገር ክርስትናን ምስልምናን ብፍቕሪ ዝነብሩላ ሃገር ኢልና ክንሰምያ ንኽእልን ብሉጽን ምዕቡልን ባህልና ኣብ ብዙሕነት ዝተሰረተ ባህሊ ከምዘለና ብተግባር ኣብ ባይታ ንሪኦ ሓቂ እዩ።

    ባህልና ይኹን ክብርታትና ክንዕቅቦ ንኽእል ኣንጻር ምስልምና ወይ ኣንጻር ክርስትና ሃይማኖት ብምጉጓስን ወይ ኣብ ሞንጎ ሰላማዉያን ህዝቢ ሓዊ ብምዉኣላዕ ዘይኮነ ኣብ ብዙሕነትን ኣብ ሃይማኖታዊ ፍልልይነትን ምስ እነኣምንን ንኽብረታትናን ባህልታትናን ኣማእኪልና ምስ እንዓይ ጥራሕ ኢና እንደልዮ ዓወት ንጭብጥ። ስለዚ እዚ ብናይ ገለ ገለ ሰባት ከም ናይ “ናዚ” ወይ ናይ እዚ ዘለናዮ ዘመን ኣይሲስ ተባሂሎም ዝጽዉዑ ዘለዉ ኣዝዩ ሓደገኛ ዝኾነ ኣተሓሳስባ ሒዞም ህዝቢ ኤርትራን ህዝቢ ትግራይን ብፍላይ ኣብ ህዝቢ ምስልምና ዘተኮረ ናይ ጎስጓስ ዘመተ ኣብ ምክያድ ተጸሚዶም ኣለዉ። ኣብዚ ዘለናዮ ዘመን ብዝኾነ መገዲ ክሕሰብ ዘይኽእል ጥራሕ ዘይኮነ ክንየው ሕልሚ ክሰግር ዘይኽእል ናይ ዕዉራት ወይ ናይ ማህይማን ጉዕዞ ልክዕ ከም ገመል እንዳጎተትካ ጉዕዞ ዘዓይነቱ ኮይኑ ናይዚ ዘለናዮ ዘመን ምዕባለ መጓዓዓዝያ ወይ ስልጣነ ከምቲ ዝድለን በቲ ዝድለን መንገዲ ዘይምፍታሽን ጥራሕ ዘይኮነ ለውጢ ንቕድሚት ዝባሃል ነገር ዘይምስምማዕ ጥራሕ ኮይኑ ይስማዓኒ።
    ባህልናን ክብርታትናን ንዓቅብ ወይ ነማዕብል ክንብል እንከለና ብሃዉሪ ዘይኮነ ብምስትውዓልን ብውሕሉል ኣገባብን ክዕየ ዝግበኦን ኮይኑ ካብ ባህልታትካን ክብረታትካን ወጻኢ ንዝኾነ ኣካል ህብረተሰብ ብዘይትንክፍ መንገዲ ኣብ ምክብባርን ምፍቓርን ናይ ኩሉ ህብረተሰብ ሰረት ዘለዎ ናይ ኣግኣዚያን ይኹን ምስልምና ወይ ናይ ዝኾነ ዓይነት ሃይማኖት ባህላታትካን ክብረታትካን ናይ ምዕቃብ ስራሕ ክሰላሰል ምስ ዝኽእል ጥራሕ እዩ ሓያል ዝኾነ ሕብሬሰብ ክስረት ዝከኣል። ባህልታትናን ክብረታትናን ናዓቅብ ክበሃል እንከሎ ንነባሪ ዝኾነ ናይ ሰላምን ፍቕርን ኣብ ሕብረተሰብና ሰረት ዘንጽፍ እምበር ከም ናይ ናዚ ዘዓይነቱ ዓሌት ዘጽንት ባህልታትን ክብረታትን ክንስርት ከምዘይኮና ክንፈልጥ ይግበኣና።

    ኣብዚ ሕጂ እዋን ክዝየመሎም ዝዋዓል ዘሎ ናይ ሃይማኖት ፍልልያት ብፍላይ ናይ ኣግኣዝያን ዝብል ክን የው ምህውታት ክሰግር ዘይኽእል ኣዚዩ ድኹም ዝኾነ ኣካይዳ ዕዉራት ኮይኑ ኣንፈቱ ወይ መኣዝኑ ዘይሓለወ ጉዕዞ ምኻኑ ከየስመርኩሉ ክሓልፍ ኣይደልን እየ። ምኽ ን ያቱ እቲ ሓሳብ ወይ ኣምር ናይ ኣግኣዚያን ዝብል ጥራሕ እንተዘይኮይኑ ኣገባብ ናይ ስራሕ ዝጎደሎ ብምኻኑ ክን የው ዘረባ ናይ ምስጓም ዓቕሙ ኣዝዩ ኣዝዩ ኣዝዩ ዝማህመነ ምኻኑ ንዝኾነ ዜጋ ንኣግኣዝያን ይኹን ንምስልምና ሃይማኖት ንጹር ምኻኑ ካብ ኩነታቱ ነጺሩልና ስለዘሎ ንህዝቢ ኤርትራ ይኹን ንህዝቢ ትግራይ ዘደናግር ንገር ኣይኮነን እዩ።

    ኣብ መወዳእታ ክብሎ ዝደሊ ንገር እንተሃለወ ኣብ ባህልታትናን ልምድታትናን መንነትናን ምምዕባል ክንሰርሕ እንትኾይና ኣብ ማዕርነት ሃይማኖታዊ ብዙሕነትን ክንኣምን ምስ እንኽእል ጥዑይ ሕብረተሰብ ናይ ምምስራት ተኽእሎ ከምዘሎ ዘጠራጥር ኣይኮነን እዩ። እንተዘይ ኮይኑ ከም ናይ ቀደም ባህልታትናንን ክብረታትናን እንደተባህለ ኣብ ናይ መርዓ ንጥቀመሉ ዝነበርና መሳርሒ ጥሩቧ ወይ እምብልታ ብምህራም ኣግኣዝያን ተኣከብ ምስልምና ንደምስ ስ ወይ ምስልምና ተኣከብ ንኣጋዝያን ነጽንት ዘዓይነቱ ሓሸውየ ኣብዚ ዘለናዮ ዘመን ብፍላይ ኣብ ኤርትራ ይኹን ኣብ ትግራይ ቦታ የብሉን እዩ።

    ህዝቢ ኣግኣዝያን ኣብ ሓደ ስመር ጥዑይ ዝኾነ ኣግኣዝያን መስርት ናትካ ዝኾነ ባህልን ክብርን ድልዱል ሰረት ሰሪትካ ኣብ ህብረተሰብካ ብምስታፍ ንለውጥን ምዕባልን ተዋኣሳእ።

    ህዝቢ ምስልምና ኩን ካሊእ ብዘየገድስ ስመር ናትካ ዝኾነ ባህልን ክብርን ድልዱል ሰረት ሰሪትካ ኣብ ህብረተሰብካ ብምስታፍ ንለውጥን ምዕባልን ተዋኣሳእ።

    “ክርስትያን [ኣግኣዝያን] ኩን ኣስላማይ ብዘየገድስ ንሓበራዊ ዕላማ ህንጸት ሃገርካን ዕብየት ህብረተሰብካን ኣበርክቶኻ ግበር”

  • Hashim Omadin

    Dr. Hassenan
    ya Hala.
    Well said . We should all stand in solidarity with New York demonstrators to tyrannical leader in Eritrea.