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Ethio-Eritrean Border: Haphazardly Opened Erratically Closed

A little over three months after it was haphazardly opened, the Ethiopian-Eritrean Border was closed from the Eritrean side which now requires Ethiopians to have entry permits. The decision to close the border was passed to the Eritrean border guards on Christmas Eve.

The Eritrean side didn’t explain the change of policy and now requires permits issued by the Federal Ethiopian Government. Similarly, Ethiopian authorities stated they have no official information regarding the Eritrean decisión.

The border remained closed since the two countries went to war between 1998-2000, a gruesome war in which over a hundred thousand people were killed. In addition, hundreds of thousands of people were displaced from their villages and some of them still live in makeshift camps.

Until recently, the borders were guarded by soldiers who were on a shoot-to-kill order. Many Eritreans escaping the country to avoid the indefinite military service, poor employment prospects, and severe violations of human rights, were shot and killed while crossing the border.

However, since September 10, a border crossing checkpoint at Zalambessa-Serha, in the central region, was opened following the agreement between Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea and the Ethiopian prime minister, Dr. Abiy Ahmed. People and goods were allowed to move across the border freely with no permits or visas.

Immediately after the border was opened, thousands of Eritreans rushed to Ethiopia to take advantage of the border opening either to travel further and join family members in foreign lands, or in search of better employment and educational prospects for themselves.

At the same time, Ethiopians crowded the streets of Eritrean cities as tourists, or to meet long-separated family members, while merchants flooded the markets that suffered from an acute shortage of different merchandise.

Another border crossing checkpoint that was briefly opened between the Ethiopian town of Humera and the Eritrean town of Um-Hajer over the Tekezze River was closed on the beginning of August 2018.

Still another crossing point at Bure south of the Eritrean port of Assab is either closed or open depending on unpredictable intermittent decisions by the Eritrean authorities.

The border also has also faced problems related to Exchange rates between the currencies of the two countries since neither of the two governments had planned for it ahead of time.

Since the border opened, over 30,000 Eritreans have crossed to Ethiopia on a one-way journey.

The reason for the two days old decision by Eritrea is believed to have been triggered by the attempt on the life of general Sebhat’s on December 19, 2018. Dozens of colonels and other lower rank officers suspected of being part of a plot to overthrow Isaias Afwki’s government have been arrested. Their fate is still unknown.

Over the last few days, PFDJ trolls on social media have accused the TPLF of being behind the plot to “disrupt Eritrean security” and of masterminding the attempt on general Sebhat Efrem’s life.

Currently, the situation in Eritrea is reminiscent of the pre-1998 border war period when the war of words and public agitation was at its highest. Now, taking advantage of the proliferation of social media, the agitation is being escalated on a daily basis.

Both the Eritrean government and the Ethiopian federal government are waging relentless media wars and exerting political pressure on the TPLF of Tigray region, which occupies most of the area between the two countries.

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  • FishMilk

    Hi All. Tigray region residents continue to block military trucks withdrawing from the border with Eritrea even though the Tigray Regional President in Mekelle has urged residents not to block the military’s movements as it could lead to conflict. Too bad a compensation scheme had not been articulated in advance for those from Tigray that will be affected by the change to Eritrean jurisdictional control for I am confident that donor money would have been readily available.

  • FishMilk

    Hi All. Nice article on BBC: ‘Ethiopia-Eritrea border boom as peace takes hold’. Economics benefiting the masses, such as Adigrat’s business community, will soon prevail over old hardline ELF bandits on the run who are trying to destabilize the Ethiopia-Eri peace process.

  • FishMilk

    Hi All. ‘Mobility of Ethiopian defense force blocked in Tigray again’ as reported by Borkena and this time at Shire yesterday. The few TPLF hardliners which are instigating matters will no doubt in time be properly dealt with, Ethiopian troops will eventually withdraw from Eritrean land, and people from Ethiopia’s Tigray region will live in harmony with people from Eritrea. PM Abiy is playing his cards so smart and cool on this matter.

  • Natom Habom

    selam Hope
    you said I have done that ,what do you mean ?
    you were beating tigrayan ?? for what reason ?
    no one attacked tigrayan ,why would you say that ?

  • Abraham H.

    Dear George, the main problems of Eritreans are not due to USA or Weyane; these problems are due to the DIA rule and are solvable if there is a political will by the DIA regime. These problems include:
    -Absence of rule of law, no constitutional rule
    -Absence of clear investment laws
    -endless national service/national slavery
    -domination of economy by the PFDJ
    -not letting Eritreans move freely to and from their country
    -not allowing free domestic and foreign private investment
    -arrests without due process of law
    -not allowing Eritrean refugees in the Sudan to settle back in their homeland
    Not any single foreign power or country could be responsible for the above problems, except the DIA regime. And if the above issues are adressed, many of our problems would be solved. This is my version of 100% focusing on Eritrea that you are advsing us on.

  • Simon Kaleab

    Selam George,

    You said: “Eritreans should take 100 %responsibility for everything.”

    Do Eritreans have any rights?

    You also said: ” But none of you blame the main enablers and financiers of misery USA.”

    Can you give a precise, verifiable list of hostile acts by the USA against Eritrea between 1991 and 1998?

    • George

      Selam SK

      Eritrea is far from being perfect. It is hard. Eritrean leaders have done almost the impossible considering what we have ALL the hostility we faced.

      2nd point. Himmm let me take you back 50+ years, far away place called Iran. Iranians, democratically elected a leader, his name was Mohammed mossadegh, he was nationalist. He was a doctor. He came from wealthy aristocratic family. Wanted to renegotiate the natural resources Iran have with England. The global Mafia, yes they existed back then too, accused him of being communist, and CIA started ” Revolution,” instigated by CIA and they flip him. Fast forward 50 years, Declassified information reveals, CIA started and ended the whole program covertly. No former CIA employees openly told how they did all the job. So now to answer your questions.

      1. The question is some very simplistic
      2. If CIA is going to hurt you oh, they’re not going to announce it to the world. That just silly.
      3. But there’s one incident where Eritrea kicked out the Peace Corp.in 1994 Peace Corps has been used as a front for CIA. You can do your own little homework but Peace Corp has also been caught meddling in other countries, example be a South American country, Bolivia. By the way Bolivia flag is very similar to Ethiopia.

      4. The global mafia can be an employee of UN, a Italian priest, “Adventure Traveller” ” Doctors Without Borders” you just never know. Again I’m not saying this to claim that there are no genuine people who want to help others.

      5. Even those foreigners, who pretend to be friend with Eritrean government, those who write cool stuff about the Eritrean government could also be working for the global Mafia. Mrs Browny Burton comes to mind.

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam George,

        Wow! Back to square one. After the seemingly “resolution for 2019” that whatever happened in our country is 100% our responsibilities, you start to give speeches about global mafia and CIA, and about the utterly lies of well done job by the government of the despot is mind boggling. Let alone the impossible work as you alluded, the don’t have “institutions and rule of law” to guide their people. Please come to your sense to defend your people rather than to defend the despot and his government, even if we are going to call it a government, when it is the rule of one man,

      • Simon Kaleab

        Selam George,

        You failed to answer my questions.
        Let me try again.

        Do Eritrean citizens have any rights, and the EPLF/PFDJ government any duties and responsibilities towards the welfare and well being of its citizens?

        Can you answer YES or NO?

        Can you give a precise, documented, a neutral third party verifiable list of hostile acts by the USA against Eritrea between 1991 and 1998?

        Can you adhere to the topic, which is USA and Eritrea 1991 to 1998, rather than Iranistan?

        • Natom Habom

          selam simon
          yes he do ,the governement is responsible for the welfare and the well being of its citizen 100%,unlike woyane that s become a liability for tigrayan

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam NH,

            Do citizens have any rights such as being able to change/choose their government?

          • Natom Habom

            selam simon kaleab
            we dont have election ,we have to build a nation first even if
            who would be the challenger ,the opposition that is in love with the criminal TPLF regime that desecrated the resting place of our fallen
            you must be smocking something .

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Selam George,

    It seems to me it is good resolution for the year 2019 from your side to begin with the understanding that “it does not matter what US an Wayane do, Eritreans should take 100% responsibilities for everything” what happened to our people. By that, I understand you will stop blackmailing your compatriots who differ in view from your views. Let us focus on how to extricate our people from the grip of the unmerciful beast.

    • George

      Dear aman

      It is not a resolution it is what i believed. No, i will check anyone who try to push Woyane agenda. I will check Anyone who calls himself Eritrean but is a Woyane cheerleader. I will check anyone who ignore and pretend that the unwanted and harmful, US interference in domestic affairs of Eritrea. It is real. And it needs to be acknowledged as to mitigate its harmfulness. That’s all. I like clear thinking. Dislike lurking in a GRAY Area.

      • Berhe Y

        Hi George,

        What magical powers do you possess to know anyone who oppose with the regime is pushing weyane agenda.

        Speaking for myself, I oppose the regime in Eritrea for one main reason only. The absolute injustice it inflicts in its own citizens. I do not care about weyane, it’s Tigray and Ethiopia people problems. I comment only when I feel it impacts Eritrea and it’s people.

        In order to have a meaningful discuss you have to leave your bias and suspect outside, unless one comes out and state their agenda.

        I don’t know how old you are and I don’t know how much experiences you have dealing with Eritreans, but ERITREAN people nationalism is unquestionable including those of us who oppose the regime.

        Labeling weyane because someone oppose IA regime is really lazy in my opinion.

        If you need a proof you just need to open the ERITREAN referendum file. 100%.

        Berhe

        • George

          Hi Berhe

          Read my post. Again. I think you misunderstood me.

        • Natom Habom

          selam berhe
          its mean nothing ,can I ask you a question ?
          why are you hiding your real Identity ? are you ashame for who you are ?
          you cannot be someone you are not ,you are tigrayan with all the gift god gave you ,(tenkole ,minqegna ) the way nature intended for you .

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Natom,

            We say back home to people like you “meqaSirti”.

            Berhe

  • Hope

    Selam George:
    Happy New Yearbto U as well!
    What U said is a Universally accepted truth and fact.
    But here the main point u have MISSED ALL ALONG:
    In order for ERITREANS to take a FULL RESPONSIBILITY,they NEED a Conducive environment and an Opportunity to do so!
    The ball is in the PFDJ’s Court with full obligations and the need of Transparency,Accountability and Responsibility so as to let its citizens to take a Full Responsibility to have a Heathy,Prosperous and productive lives and Nation!
    That is to say that the PFDJ should provide its Citizens Basic:
    – Freedom of Conscience,Creativity,to work and to do business and to go to school

    -Freedom of Regulated Movement and Freedom of Non-violent Assembly,Demonstration and Speech
    In short,Eritreans need an All Inclusive Constitution so that they shall know their obligation to get their rights respected and to be guided by Badic Rules and Laws of the Land.

    And that is the ONLY thing Eritreans need as Prof Dr SAAY would say,we are a self governing(ed) and Law -abiding ,dicipilined as well as a VERY,VERY hard-working People
    Is this too much to ask for-for is Eritreans/by the same Eritreans,who have sacrificed their lives,their precious children,their sisters and brothers as well as their fathers ,not to mention their time,energy and their earnings!

    • Acria

      Selam Hope,

      You are expecting things from some people who have no capacity, who have no desire, who are freedom-fighters-turned-dictators, who have no morale compass, and who have no knowledge to institute any of the nice things you have mentioned above. Their time is up. The only option we have now is to force them out of the Eritrean scene as they are not willing to change on their own. The Eritrean Arab-Spring is ready to erupt anytime now.

      • Natom Habom

        selam akri
        why do you run away? ,why didnt you try to force the regime when you were there , ??now you in safe place desire other to fight for you
        such cowardice never seen this before ,I think its good all the coward left the country ,nature has selected what it needed for Eritrea

      • Berhe Y

        Hi Acria,

        You know you are right. It happened in Ethiopia, it’s happening in Sudan and Eritrea will be next.

        You made me think this whole boarder closure might have to do with what’s happening in Sudan.

        Berhe

  • Peace!

    Hi all,

    ሓድሽ ዓመት እሱራት ክፍቱሑ እዮም ተወርያ ነይራ መስለኒ ኣበይ ድኣ ኣበለት? ናይ ህግደፍ ሓድሽ ዓመት ሞዓስ ድያ?

    እዚ ግፍዒ መዓስኮን የብቅዕ ይኽውን? ሐደ ግዜ ምእማን ስኢነ ነሓደ ዓርከይ ኣብዚ ቀረባ ግዜ ዓዲ በጺሑ ዝመጸ ስማዕ እንዶ ካብ ህግደፍ ተስፍ እንተዘየለ ዘይ ሃድሙ ኣቶም ዋርዲያታት ኢርትራውያንዶ ኣይኮኑን በልክዎ ወይ ንስኻ ኣበይ ኣለኻ ሐደ እንተ ሃዲሙ ናይ ሞት ፍርዲ እያ ሚሒር ፍርሒ ዝኾነ እሱር ዝሃድም ዘሎ እዩ ዝመስሎም ኢሉ እዚኣ joke ነገረኒ.

    ሓደ እሱር ቡርቱዕ ሽኮርያ ይሓምም እሞ ንሕክምና ምስከደ ሓንቲ እግሩ ቆሪጾም ናብ እስሪ ቤት መለስዎ ነዚ ዝራኣየ ዋርድያ ጽውግ ኢሉ ክይተዛረበ ኣሕለፎ

    ድሕሪ ቁሩብ ሰሙናት እቲ እሱር ካልኣይ ናብ ሕክምና ይኸይድ እሞ እታ ካላኣይቲ እግሩ ቆሪጾም ነብ እስሪ ቤት መለስዎ እቲ ዋርድያ ከም ኣመሉ ጽውግ ኢሉ ተቐበሎ

    ድሕሪ ወርሒ ዝኸውን ድማ እንደገና እቲ እሱር ንሕክምና ይኸይድ እሞ ሓንቲ ኢዱ ቆሪጾም ናብ እስሪቤት ምስ መለስዎ ወዮ ክልተ እግሩን ሓንቲ ኢዱን ዝስኣነ እሱር ነቲ ዋርድያ ዝድንግጸሉ መሲሉዎ እዚኣ ሓንቲ ኢድ ተሪፍትኒ በሎ እቲ ዋርድያ ትቕብል ኣቢሉ በብቑሩብ ተምልጥ ኣለኻ ሓቀይ በሎ ንብለኩም

    Peace!

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Selam Hope,

    The problem with you is you don’t have the courage and patriotism of Kerenites. They were fighters and are still fighters in the current struggle. They don’t hide behind “pen names” in their fight, and don’t vacillate in their principles. I know them in our “student movement” and I know them very well in our “armed struggle.” One of them was your own uncle. You don’t have the seeds of courage “ሓሞት” of your uncle in you.

    • Hope

      Selamat Ustaz Aman:
      Thank you for your feedback.
      I proved to you and to the PFDJ-Face-to-Face what kerenites do.
      They call the spade a spade….They do NOT lie,they do not surrender to the enemy,neither do they CONSPIRE with the enemy against their country and its people in its any form,
      We said to the TPLF :”GO TO HELL,when it tried to recruit the Blin to have a CHEAP and so called “The Blin Liberation Movement(Hode Blina Mirqua”).

      Now,I take this topic back as it might sound like the old styled and back ward spirit of regionalism and narrow minded “mantra”,

      It was ONLY meant to over-react to your unwarranted provocation telling me to check my history,which I have no clue what it meant.

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Selam Hope,

    Really you care about Eritrea and its people more than me? You think so.

  • Selam

    Selamat Hope,

    Hope U R not that naive to ignore the 45 yrs old TPLF Agenda towards and against Eritrea.

    1. Eritreans lived in Ethiopia told by EPLF that TPLF is our brothers and sisters.
    2. EPLF told us to support TPLF anywhere since they have a problem with other Ethiopians.
    3. TPLF security make safe the referendum process in Ethiopia from other Ethiopians.
    4. TPLF/Ethiopian government is one of the first few countries that recognize Eritrea as independent country.
    5. By TPLF governed Ethiopia had a strong economic relation with Eritrea for the first 5 year after independent of Eritrea.

    This and other good relation between EPLF and TPLF was preached and seen practically in the first 5 year of Eritrean independence. Now after 22 year you are telling us that TPLF has another agenda towards Eritrea. For me either you are laying or EPLE lay to Eritrean people in the first 5 year of independent.

    Whatever you can say about TPLF agenda, but the one that has a negative agenda towards something would not do a positive thing towards it. This is a propaganda to starters.
    Forget the propaganda, do the TPLF did bad things against the Eritrean people? Yes; they deported Eritreans that they support them when they need support, After they sign an agreement to accept the EEBC decision, they refuse to implement the decision and give Isayas an excuse to stay in power and continue his crime against Eritrean people.

    Have a nice day.

  • Simon Kaleab

    Selam George,

    You are right, initially America was against Eritrean Independence for geo-political reasons. But America’s stand changed after the Soviet backed evil Derg took power in Ethiopia.

    After liberation, I remember crooked Hilary Clinton came to visit Asmara in 1997 to express the two governments’ friendship. The friendship included military cooperation.

    In fact, one of the reasons for the quarrel between the EPLF/PFDJ and TPLF/Woyane is to prove to America who is top dog in the region.

    • Hope

      Welcome back Simon and Happy New Year!
      I agree when u said:

      “In fact, one of the reasons for the quarrel between the EPLF/PFDJ and TPLF/Woyane is to prove to America who is top dog in the region.
      During the war on terror campaign by the G.W. Bush administration, it is well known that the Eritrean regime offered proxy services, among other things, which was declined by America.”

      Well,it was a matter of the Survival of the Fittest,The “Darwinian “Theory” at work.

      But I partially disagree with U when u said”….. which was declined by America”.

      Sec Ramsfield accepted the OFFER graciously,and in fact,he was the one,who requested for one.

      The paranoid and the crooked weyane rather succeeded in convincing the State Department to block the offer.
      The PFDJ offer to Bush was later on,I believe..

      The allegation u made that the PFDJ will sell Eritrea to the Highest Bidder is false or an exaggerated one,Hope believes so.
      The argument u made that the USA later accepted the Eri Independence is also superficial based on what we witnessed during the 1998-20000 and its aftermath developments since the USA was involved in both periods against the Interest of Eritrea by siding with and supporting the TPLF..

      If u r talking about the GCC/The UAE Base at Aseb.I wish it was done earlier.

      My only concern is the way it is being handled-the lack of transparency, which was understandable while Eritrea was under the Sanction Regime,and the way our Afaris are being,allegedly,mistreated.

      I think it is unfair to blame the PFDJ and compare and contrast this issue with the Weyane,as one was acting in the best interest of of its nation and people and the other one,against the interest of tt nation and its people,even though you can argue that the TPLF did it for its own interest,which is none of my business as an Eritrean,.

      At the end of the day,it was and has been the USA the Major Loser besides the TPLF..

      Let us be fair,reasonable,logical and realistic as well as Truthful,that we would not be where we re now if the USA sided with Eritrea and accepted Eritrea’s offer..

      At least we would not have lost 20K Precious lives and we could have maintained or saved at least most of the 500K people we “lost” as refugees and literally, as gypsies.

      And the above argument,convincingly,will push me to say that the TPLF was and has been, the major culprit to/for our mess besides the PFDJ,as you correctly said it at one point that bad things, situations and between life and death circumstance create bad outcomes and leadership and governance.

  • Safaee Michael Binieam

    Hi everyone

    Certain events affecting close friends compelled me to speak out about the importance of a proper diet in maintaining health. I would like to share a website/youtube channel founded by Dr Michael Greger, called Nutritionalfacts.Org. where he uses scientific evidence to show the benefits and harmfulnees of certain diets and foods that are shown to help prevent and reverse chronic illness.
    God bless and happy New year.

    S.Michael

    • Ismail AA

      Selam Safaee MB,
      Thank you for the useful information; and very happy 2019 for you and your loved ones.

      • Safaee Michael Binieam

        Selam Ismail AA

        Thank you sir, and like wise, happy 2019 to you and your loved ones.

  • Simon Kaleab

    Selam George,

    You seem to repeat the ‘Hadas Eritrea’ PFDJ [equivalent to Derg ESEPA newspaper] narrative unthinkingly.

    There is no one Eritrea as there is no one Ethiopia. These words mean different things to different groups of people.

    You also try to portray the EPLF/PFDJ as a bulwark against an imagined “global mafia”. But this does not correspond with observed reality.

    If you are willing to pay attention, the fact is that the Eritrean leadership is always ready and willing to sell its proxy services [a form of global prostitution] to the highest bidder. After Eritrean independence, proxy services were sold to America, then to Iranistan and Qatar [a Muslim Brotherhood operative] and now to the tribal kingdoms/sheikdoms of Saudi Arabia and UAE.

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Simon,

      Excellent for bringing this things to his attention and his group, about the willing of their government to sell their proxy services to the highest bidder, as you listed them in your argument. I don’t think they understand it, otherwise they couldn’t repeat day and night about other countries of being doing the same thing.👍

      • Simon Kaleab

        Selam Amanuel H,

        The behaviour of characters such as George is like a walking, talking, unthinking robot. But, I suspect they may have a material/economic benefit in the PFDJ scheme of things as well.

    • Hameed Al-Arabi

      Simon Kaleab,

      It appears, you don’t mind of a free sell to Ethiopia. To be the slaves of Woyane or Amharas, I think, deserves “Wai Mot”.

      Al-Arabi

      • Simon Kaleab

        Selam Hamid,

        I think you are hallucinating.

        Unlike you, I advocate no selling, neither to Ethiopia nor to any desert tribal entity.

        • Hameed Al-Arabi

          Hi Simon Kaleab,

          Really, it is a new page, a novel and honorable history. Just stick to what you have said above in your comment. As you know, appealing for slavery yields only misery. I hope you have conceived the lesson profoundly.

          Al-Arabi

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Hamid the proud Arab wannabe,

            You are dazed and confused, going on a tangent every time, which is good entertainment, by the way.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Hi Simon Kaleab Al-Jezani Al-Yemeni,

            Honestly, the dizzy and imprudent is the one who pants to be the slave of a very poor country. After all the jogging in quest of slavery, the result is tragic.

            Al-Arabi

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Hamid the Arab wannabi,

            Why don’t you form a militia and try to ‘liberate’ Eritrea from the clutches of the PFDJ? There will be no shortage of volunteers who have similar aspirations as you do i.e. from one darkness to another stone age darkness.

            Or are you trying to sit it out until Isaias departs from this world?

  • FishMilk

    Hi Abi. You are indeed correct. However, I believe that Amhara region will again, in the not too distant future, border Eritrea.

    • Abraham H.

      Hi FishMilk, the Ethiopian PM was overheard recently during DIA’s visit to Gonder when he told the despot the “border is Gonder after a while”; I think the Ethiopian PM is committig a grave mistake by conspiring with the Eritrean dictator against the Tigrayans and together with the Amaras trying to undermine the Tigray people. Any move by him or the Amaras to redraw the borders through force will be a recipe for disaster; this he need to understand very well, and DIA is not going to save Ethiopia from exploding into civil war.

  • FishMilk

    Hi Girmay. There is a very obvious double standard here in terms of what one is allowed to say. A selected few have have been granted carte blanche to say pretty much anything they want. For example, I have been been on the receiving end of being called a ‘gutless coward’ but certainly would not be allowed to do the same.

  • Teodros Alem

    Selam girmay
    aside ur nonesense, i just wanna tell u this, when u say ethiopia, think of the whole of ethiopia, not just ur 5% ××××××(tplf) and also remember, sad ××××××( tplf) don’t mean sad ethiopia by any measurements, at the matter of fact, it is the opposite.

  • Teodros Alem

    Selam abi
    ethiopia shouldn’t worry about this agazian thing for a second, at the matter of fact if they do it only inside their territory, without claiming others people land , it will be a great opportunity and a blessing to cut those cancers from ethiopia.

    • Teodros Alem

      Selam Moderator
      It was just a follow-up to agazian thing, i am sorry, will not happen again.

  • Peace!

    Hi Abish,

    ኣይገርምህም, Pure evil. What’s even ironic is that opposing TPLF/Agazi is now considered a hate toward Tigray people. What a lame joke!

    Peace!

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Peace,

      The Agazians have no place either in Eritrea or Ethiopia (tigray). Don’t worry about them. The Agazian do not represent the Ethiopian people nor does to Eritrean people. They are limited to FB and YouTube. Just focus only on the real actors in the Ethio-Eritrean politics and how to challenge them.

  • Hameed Al-Arabi

    Hi Hope,

    I think there is no reason to support tplf. The claim you distribute in all direction is fake. If you want to fight tplf, you can face them. Why are you afraid from them? They are your old friends and present foes. We ኣይነበረናን ኣይጠፍኣናን why do we support them? Now it is your turn. Who should laugh on whom?

    Al-Arabi

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Selam Girmay,

    Transformation of “cultural thinking” is always evolutionary. So is the feudal thinking. Usually, Feudal thinking is transformed in to autocratic thinking. That is why we are witnessing many autocratic governments in our continent, Africa. Ethiopia and Eritrea will not escape from that autocratic thinking trap. That is how I see it in nutshell.

    • Ismail AA

      Selam Aman H and Girmay,

      I think is pretty complex issue when seen in an entrenched social and cultural set up(s). I mean a society within the borders of the Eritrean polity there is not yet uniform or common thinking or mindset if you like. There as many as the number of components that make up the Eritrean nation as it stands. I know Aman H can help us broaden our horizon because he had written on the Eritrean socio-cultural diversity. Feudal hierarchical thinking is more pronounced and practised in one socio-cultural setup than another. The settled farming social and cultural way of life and ordering in the Christian highlands is more elaborate than nomadic pasturalist communities in lowlands. Add to this the meshing of culture, social mores and norms with religions.

      Thus, I agree that with Aman that transformation to nationally overlapping uniform culture and social mindset is slow because this have to pass through integrated economic and political process within lawful state and nation building process. This is not possible without democratic governance overseen and guided by legal institutions.Thus, the point on Girmay’s question: democracy precedes cleansing feudal relics or norms and mores from society. There are no other tools or mechanisms usable to democratise society before introducing democratic system of governance. The threshold is education and economic advancement that can breed national literature and culture that transcend narrow provincialism and parochialism.

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        ሓውን ብጻይን ኢስማዒል,

        ብጻይ ረድኢ ክፍለ (ባሻይ) “ ጓል ትረኽቦ + ወዲ ዝረኽቦ = ወይዛ ኤርትራ ትረኽቦ” እትብል መልእኽቲ ብረድዮ አሰና ዘመሓላለፎ ነዚ ዘለናዮ መድረኽ ዘቃልዕን: ጽውዒት ሓድነትን: ቃሌበት ቃልሲ ምስ መንእሰያትና አተኣሳሲሩ ግርም ገይሩ አቃሊሕዎ: ስለዘሎ: ነቲ ፈናዋ መልእኽቱ : ንዓኻን ነቶም ንለውጢ ተቃለስትን ንኽትሰምዕዎ ይዕደመኩም አለኹ::

        • Ismail AA

          ሰላም ኣማንኤል፣
          ቅድም ኢለ ረኺበያ እሰምዓ ጸኒሓ። የቀንየለይ ምሕባርካ።
          ምስ ኣኽብሮት።

  • Berhe Y

    Hi George,

    That’s what I interpreted what I read. If you have different understanding that’s why I asked you what you think?

    Please google any news from Eritrea and you can understand at least what’s is happening, even though there is no official news from the ERITREAN government (the usual, thus my law expectation).

    Here is from AP

    https://www.google.ca/amp/s/abcnews.go.com/amp/International/wireStory/eritrea-closes-border-crossings-ethiopian-travelers-60047274

    Berhe

  • Berhe Y

    Hi George,

    I think the greater Tigray agenda that I heard in the past (from the 70s) it includes some parts of Eritrea. But it does not include Eritrea highlands.

    These Agazian thing incorporates all highland Eritrea, the land and the people.

    I see why TPLF may have been behind it because it was dividing Eritreans and making them weak to stand united. I am not making this up, but based on the videos that I saw recently on their internal power struggle (the agazians) and how / why they made their secret meeting with TPLF public, and pictures they had taken during their meetings.

    Berhe

    • Peace!

      Hi Berhe,

      Thank you with enormous respect for your honesty. I am listening this song I hope you like it:

      https://youtu.be/2OvKjpWKZqU

      Peace!

      • Berhe Y

        Hi Peace,

        Thank you for sharing and I like it. Happy 2019 and hope it will be the end of our PFDJ.

        Berhe

    • Senay Zer

      Dear Berhe — Previously, two TPLF affiliated websites were very critical of the Agazian movement (http://www.tigraionline.com/articles/agazian-movement-tegaru.html , https://hornaffairs.com/2017/03/18/agazian-movement-exhuming-corpse/ ) . Perhaps, they were ambivalent at that time. Drastic change in political landscape of the region may have forced them to rethink now. In any case, although strong cultural and economic relation with Tigray is a no-brainer (our identity is incomplete without Tigray, after all), I don’t understand how any Eritrean-Tigrigna group could think Eritrean-Tigrignas (as an ethnic group) could have any more political power, independence and dominance than the current Eritrea (PFDJ asides). Related to that, anyone who cares for strong relation between Tigrigna speakers on both sides of the mereb should put TPLF as number 1 reason why there was no meaningful interaction between the two Tigrignas after the end of the Eritrea-Ethiopia war. In the past 17 years, for whatever reason, holding on Badme was more important to them than the relation between the two Tigrigna speakers. Too bad, this issue is becoming a distraction from the bigger fish we have to fry.

      • Berhe Y

        Dear Senay,

        Thank you for sharing. Honestly I have very little knowledge on the agazian thing other than what’s discussed here sometimes. I only listen to the agazian guy YouTube once and it was enough for me. I had actually concluded that the guy is a crook and he was just using the agazian as a platform to get people to be outraged and listen to his YouTube channel to create traffic to monetize and profit from.

        I would never have thought TPLF or anyone else would take him seriesly to fall for his vulgarity. I am not even convienced this guy has 100 dedicated supporters and followers let alone to represent the two people of the mereb. ERITREAN unity specially when it comes to the nationality, I think it’s impossible to break. And the reason is quite simple honestly in my opinion. During the Italian occupation, Eritreans have got relative peace undisterbed by the Ethiopian / Tigray warlords.

        Then the federation and animation followed and we know how much we have paid and how much we appericiated the cost of that relative peace.

        No matter what the current situation might be, I don’t think there is anyone (at least the very most majority) are ready to trade it for anything.

        We know one day we will get to the promised land and we will achieve that relative peace in our own.

        Berhe

  • Berhe Y

    Hi George,

    Even though I disagree with you on your support of the PFDJ regime, I actually think that you are a rational person.

    I am going by what I read that Hope quoted above, I am not making a story and unless you tell me that story is false. (but you said have no real knowledge, which makes you like most of us).

    What you said about TPLF having influence, makes sense but I don’t think it has a real value in what we are talking about. The federal government responsiblity is to provide its citizens with a document (a passport in this case) that allow them to travel abroad.

    Where they chose to go after that, it’s not the Ethiopian government responsibility or concern.

    It’s Eritrea who needs to decide what people need to obtain before they travel to Eritrea and what it needs to do to allow people to come in.

    Now leave what rational person like me think and believe aside, what do you think about what we all read above?

    Berhe

  • Selam All,

    In my opinion, one should worry a lot when somebody who once upon a time was an enemy, arms itself and at the same time beats a war drum, lives next door and it has dreams of getting great and still greater, and the shared border is porous.

    Of course, the eritrean regime will take measures, such as controlling who gets in to the country, may be forced to close all doors and windows to avoid infiltration and undermining the country by rogue elements, and has to be concerned a lot, when the other side entertains a mythical agaziland of one common language and one common christian religion.

    Why does tplf call to arms the people of tigray, especially the young and the able, which are the less informed politically and they are the gullible, because 70% of them are born after 1991, indoctrinated and nurtured by tplf, the only one they know and think stands for the people of tigray?

    Is the military mobilization (more or less) to invade ethiopia and come back to power? NO; unless they are crazy. Is it to protect the senile criminals by sacrificing young tigrayans, in case the federal army comes after the hiding bandits? Possible, but ethiopia is not going to make such a silly mistake. Leave them there and they will go nowhere, and let old age take its course. Sacrificing young people for the sake of the senile criminals and kleptocrats, is a worse crime tplf could do at its deathbed.

    Unfortunately, eritrea should continue to sleep with one eye always open. Tplf may suck eritrea into its problem, or eritrea may end up a victim of tplf military build up and its long term hallucination of creating greater tigray and the mythical agaziland.

    • Admassie

      Selam Horizon,

      I think by the end of the day your hate of TPLF is driving you to the far end of the extreme as far as implicating TPLF as “rogue elements” in Eritrean internal affiars. It is really sad.

      The decision closing the border from the Eritrean side does not need sneaking of “rogue elements”, your suspects, as if the other side, the Eritrean regime is a genuine partner for peace.

      The narration from some part of our society that pictures TPLF as war monger and Isayias as a saint is laughable. Truth be told, Isayias is not and will not be a peace partner to Ethiopia. Isayias, an evil person who thought he gave our country a problem to solve for a hundred year, did not and will not have the will to see a peaceful Ethiopia.

      እብድ ይሻለዋል እንጂ አይድንም እንዲሉ፤ የአሁኑ አስመሳይ የደረት ድለቃው ለሁለተኛ ዙር ሴራው መሸፈኛ ነው።

      Therefore, if the border is closed, there must be something else in the evils mind.

      መልካም አዲስ ዓመት ባለህበት!

      Admassie A.

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Admassie,

        The so called freedom of flow “goods and services” and so called peace agreement between the two leaders will be short lived. If the peace agreement does not come from the drive of good will of the two people, and comes by secret agreements of outside regional and international powers, it won’t hold that long.

        Second the “evil man” from ourside does not respect any kind of agreement if it doesn’t serve his ego. For our despot “agreements” are temporary of an exit strategies from the difficulties he faced at that particular time, to regroup and redirect his own plan whatever that plan might be. Partnering with him does not last long and has never been strategic, but always been tactical moves to overcome stumbling blocks.

        Third, on the side of your leader, he is so naive to be a partner of an evil man before he become a wise partner with his adversary in your politics to address your internal problems that could help to forge a good diplomatic relation with your neighbors. Political problem could not be resolved by spiritual message of let us love each other, rather it should be resolved by compromise of give and take. Conspiring on the “stakeholders” in your politics with foreign forces will only deepen and aggravate the social relationships of your diversity. The current PM is not equipped with the needs of Ethiopia to challenge the intricate and complex Ethiopian politics to find the equilibrium of the parts that made modern Ethiopia. He is there to fulfill the “dream of his mother” not the dream of the poor Ethiopian people. Ethiopia needs a PM who preserve the security of its citizen, fights poverty, and respect the rule of law.

        • Admassie

          Selam Amanuel H.,

          We are witnessing what hidden agreements are getting us in to. We are back to square one with OLF to the situation around 24 years ago. I fear the same is going to happen with Eritrea unless this hoopla is rectified in to principled and genuine initiative which includes the immediate stake holders, as you noted.

          What PMAA and some part of our society want to forge is to shape our politics:
          1. From outside in. 2. By falsifying and exaggerating TPLF’s wrongs while others are absolved.
          3. By blackmailing the people of Tigray throwing on them a trap to choose between “TPLF” and “Ethiopia” 4. Deliberately encouraging the new nationalists like አብን to get loose to intimidate TPLF and the people of Tigray.

          It may serve the hate ridden ego momentarily. “በልካቸው አደረግናቸው” type of victory. But that is doomed to disaster. It does not help to our survival and to the survival of Ethiopia. Also, by passing Tigray and its political representative in the peace deal with Eritrea can not bring genuine peace.

          TPLF’s political expedition is not to be decided by any one but by the People of Tigray. Its existence is also to be determined by its members only. Some say, if the worst comes let Tigray go its way. No! Tigray will not go anywhere for Tigray has no other way except Ethiopia! I say Ethiopia do not go away from Ethiopia!

          I am dwelling on Tigray and TPLF is because the on going narrative happens in the government and others attributes every event negative to both entities.

          Thus, no politics can serve my country by excluding and ostracizing Tigray and TPLF and worst by collaborating with a known enemy like Isayias.

          Last time for every genuine grievance raised, there were tug words the government uses to dismiss the case such as “ሽብረተኞች ፣ ትምክህተኞች ፣ ጠባቦች”, but the issue did not disappear rather boiled. Now after drawn a line for a genuine reform, we are hearing again similar dismissals and externalization for every existential threat we are facing as the conspiracy of “ለውጡን ለማደነቀፍ የሚፈልጉ ወገኖች”.

          As you commented rightly, let those superlative words and phrases ” ፍቅር” “መደመር” “አምላክ ኢትዮጵያን ይባርክ” types be told by “ቄሶችና ሼሆች”. Let them do it for our spiritual moral guidance.

          What we expect from our PM and the politician is a pragmatic determination in resolving a looming crisis not for the sake of projecting a false image of being a reformist but for the sake of saving a country and its all people genuinely.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Admassie,

            With the way things are and will be, both Eritrea and Ethiopia are destined for a doomsday scenario.

            For 30 Rip Van Winkle years, Eritreans were busy nurturing, aiding and abetting predatory guerrilla movements, turning a blind eye and eulogising many transgressions. Now, they demand democracy. This is like planting chilli peppers and expecting tomato. What a paradox! Longing for freedom while supporting guerrilla dictatorship.

            Ethiopia’s problem can be summarised as:

            1) Amhara greed and chauvinism.

            2) Galla/Oromo persecution complex.

            The Oromo, North Kenyan immigrants and invaders, had a hand in every ruling system since their arrival in Ethiopia. But that is not enough, and they will not rest until they impose their Gada system on the whole country.

            The true crime of the TPLF is letting the Amharas and Oromos organise along ‘ethnic’ lines, thereby creating 10s of millions worth subversive opposition blocks.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Admassie,

            The following points you have made are facts as planned by the two leaders to punish the “people of Tigray” and their representative in the EPRDF” and are detrimental to the unity of Ethiopia in particular and to the peace of the region in general:

            (a) “Falsifying and exaggerating TPLF’s wrongs while others are absolved.”
            (b) “Passing Tigray and its political representative in the peace deal with Eritrea can not bring genuine peace.”
            (c) “TPLF’s political expedition is not to be decided by any one but by the People of Tigray.”
            (d) “No politics can serve my country by excluding and ostracizing Tigray and TPLF and worst by collaborating with a known enemy like Isayias.”

            The above points you highlighted in your comment are points of references to watch as to how Ethiopia politics will evolve towards a “Doomsday” if they are implemented as planned by Issayas the devil of Eritrea. Your point (d) is also pronounced in a similar way by the prominent Ethiopian professors, Dr Mesfun and Dr Andreas. I hope the Ethiopian leaders come to their senses and identify their enemy before it is too late.

          • Kaddis

            Gash Admassie,

            Well said. I can only add, it looks all the popular but naive decisions Abiy made locally and in the region including Eritrea is to overwhelm the true power of the change makers. The Oromo activism.
            He is trying to dodge and retain power by conspiring risking the nation.
            Sad
            Happy holidays to you and family

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Kaddis,

            “He is trying to dodge and retain power by conspiring risking the nation”. Epic explanation! He will not stop from conspiring your nation to fulfill the dream of his mother even by alienating a chunk of your society. He is aggravating the tension among the Ethiopian social groups by conspiring with the devil of ours.

          • Admassie

            Selam Kaddis,

            Thank you. ላንተም ሆነ ለቤተሰቦችህ እንዲሁ መጭው በዓል የደስታና መልካም የእረፍት ጊዜ ይሆናላችሁ ዘንድ ምኞቴ ነው።

    • David Samson

      Selam Horizon,

      I do not know what has motivated, or prompted you to speculate; therefore, I am not going to comment without knowing fully what has changed since Abiy came to power. As to the Agaziland, it must be your imagination as neither TPLF nor the people of Tigray have entertained the idea of greater Agaziland. A crazy chap who lives in a small flat in London has created mayhem in many people’s mind and some people are showing signs of hallucination.

      • Peace!

        Hi David Samson,

        Agaziland is an alternative name for TIGRAY TIGRYNE, so it is not a hallucination.

        Peace!

      • FishMilk

        Hi David Samson. When were you last in Tigray? At least in Mekele these days, much based upon TPLF spawned ‘Independent Tigray’ gestures, there are many that speak of Agazism and possible unity with Eritrea.

    • Peace!

      Hi Horizon,

      “Unfortunately, eritrea should continue to sleep with one eye always open. Tplf may suck eritrea into its problem, or eritrea may end up a victim of tplf military build up and its long term hallucination of creating greater tigray and the mythical agaziland.”

      You just stated a genuine concern for all Eritreans, but sadly, some of the replies are embarrassing to say the least. What has your personal opinion on TPLF to do with the legitimate concern you have raised? It is unbelievable saving TPLF has become their priority than getting their act together and challenge the regime they accuse of crimes.

      Peace!

      • Selam

        Selamat Peace,

        Happy new year. There are Eritrean that they did not sleep with their two eyes for the last 20 year would you please go there and give them a break just for two month?

        Have a nice day

        • Peace!

          Hi Selam,

          Likewise Happy New Year 2 u 2! What a sad story, thank you for sharing.

          Peace!

    • Lamek

      Mr. Horizon, you as an Ethiopian are not in any position to feed Eritreans with your condescending, unsolicited advice. You have a problem worth more than 100 million people. Eritrea has a one man problem. Tigrayans are our brothers and sisters and sooner or later we have no choice but to live peacefully and harmoniously. Please work on your side with oromos, debub hzboch etc. Amara cheauvensim is dead for good.

      • Peace!

        Hi Lamek,

        You, too, as an Agazi extremist are not in a position to distract Eritreans to promote your false hope. “Tigrayans are our brothers and sisters and sooner or later we have no choice but to live peacefully and harmoniously.” So are the rest of Ethiopians and Sudanese.

        Peace!

        • Lamek

          Hi peace, as a victim of TPLF expulsion from ethio, you have made your hate of Tigrayans abundently clear. I hope, one day, you can find closure and move on. One thing I constantly notice though is the individuals who hate Tigrayans are typically making up for a perceived deficiency, an identity crisis as they tend to be Tigrayans by origin themselves.

          • Peace!

            Hi Lamek,

            Does it make sense for an AGAZI to accuse someone of hate? Very funny! Well, too bad you have already set your moral compas too low.

            Peace!

      • Blink

        Dear Lamek
        You know for sure Horizon stands in a better position than some weyane goons here to say a thing about Eritrea and Eritreans. I am not defending Horizon but just couldn’t stand your views I mean if you can remember what you said about the greater agazian state .

    • Mez

      Dear Horizon, Hayat A,

      The political orientation-development of the near future can generally be configured as three player-grouped (triplate) game.

      1) The pia and pfdj group in Asmara,
      2) tplf in Tigray,
      3) Ethiopian political orientations.

      1) One can observe that #2 is trying (as an ideal case) to presereve the political artifacts it created in the last 45 years–and move on using this as the base platform.
      2) pia/pfdj never had a truly pece-time opportunity to try and test the viability or feasibility of its poltical-economy doctrine in proper Eritrea or the region at large. All the years it had (and led) a wartime economy. Hence a big challenge (not clear) what to do next.

      3) both #1 & #2 do genuinely and strongly believe, what they have in their respective kitchen is the only best possible solution for the region. And no alternate solution what so ever.
      3.1) their ideologies are intentionally designed in such a way that they are irreconcilable to each other,
      3.2) As Hayat A last time admitted, albite implicitly, their respective constituencies are their vehicles to realize their respective irreconcilable ambition.
      3.3) both 1) & 2) are trying their best to convince and get support of #3,
      3.4) for example, the botched 2005 Ethiopian election was a golden opportunity for pia/pfdj to inch towards the mainstream political activities there. And for #2, it was the beginnings of a major political fault line.

      4) there are a couple of possible/ probable political outcomes/trends in the coming months and years:
      4.1) one or both of them lose their power base (people) vital lifeline support; hitherto fringe/nonexistent political actors overtake and dominate the stage. This would be equivalent to the meltdown of east-block (communism) collapse in 1988-1992….,
      4.2) assimilate, adapt and change to the new reality (the need to create peace, focus on job creation and embrace competition and competitiveness in a] political power assumption, b] fair play in the larger regional and global market); this would mean an internal revolt and major leadership shakeups beyond recognition,
      4.3) succeed in the status quo political economy of their respective constituencies, and edge/slide dangerously towards a renewed conflict and self anihilation.

      Thanks

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Mez,

        You gave us all the probability scenarios that may or may not happen out of the so called “peace agreement” and the actors that possibly affect the future trend of the development. All the figments of your analysis is based on the optic of an economist and less on the merits of the socio-politics that drive the nature of the developments. Now, from all the scenarios you painted on your drawing board and as you have projected to your readers here, which one is the viable scenario assuming all the factors into your solution board predicted by professor Mz. Not wishes to happen, but realistic that will happen based on the characters of the so called actors of the project?

        • Mez

          Dear Amanuel,

          1) My comment above IS NOT from an economist perspective. It is based on a general observation of the last 3 decades in both countries; that includes ideological, political, military & security, socioeconomic trends, and the likes.

          2) the three scenarios discussed in item #4 above are equally possible & probable. It is too early to call for the one or the other; whatever happens in between (including the perception and implementation of the current peace deal) is a stop-gap towards one of them.

          3) The future path is all dependant on how the individual citizens get informed and will be involved.

          4) Generally, the slower the verbal/militant typ/catagory of confrontation–there will be less likelyhood of item #4.3 could happen. The chance that item #4.3 may happen is inversly proportional to the time passed. To be more clear, the more time passes, the less likely that we are going to have an armed conflict as a means of political/ideological disagreement solution.

          Thanks

      • Selam Mez,

        A nice analysis.

        One cannot help but say that habeshaland is a weird place with some weird people. In other places when a party loses power or does not support the law brought to parliament by a government to which it is a coalition party, it denies its vote or leaves the coalition. In our case, when a party loses power and leaves office, it demands that the new government should not make any amendments to the constitution whatsoever (a constitution it drafted to perpetuate its rule, with a pen in one hand and a gun in the other, without asking the opinion of citizens), its economic policy (Revolutionary democracy / developmental state) should not be disputed in any way (even if it has opened the door for corruption and looting as never before), and its brain child, ethnic politics, should not be tampered with (even if it has caused deaths and destruction between ethnic groups), otherwise, they will go back to the bushes and start again a liberation warfare. The new government and parliament will abide by tplf laws, and they will have no initiatives of their own; i.e. tplf will continue to rule in its absentia.

        Ethiopians are either federalists or unionists nowadays, as much as tplf and its supporters are concerned, and the two can never reconcile. Ethiopia (ethiopianism) is ethiopian imperialism, which is amhara hegemonism, that should be fought so that the essence ethiopia should be made to disappear.

        Tplf says ethnic federalism is everything, a loose marriage that could be dissolved whenever necessary, and the glue that binds these ethnic entities, ethiopia, should be made to disappear, and ethnic difference should be rejoiced, and there should never be a packaging that bears the name ethiopia with its full meaning of togetherness. They are ready to fight tooth and nail for all these even far from power.

        PMAA can rule ethiopia only if he sheds off his ethiopianist feathers, and wears his pure oromo feathers, as olf. Otherwise, he is a dergist as long as he speaks of ethiopian unity.

        These unfortunately are the views of both pro-tplf and anti-tplf tigrayan ultra-nationalist elites.

        Where do all these lead to. If we are not in power, ethiopia is not meant to be (mz and sn). a zero sum game where everyone will be a loser, ‘እኔ ከሞትኩ ሰርዶ ኣይብቀል፣” type of talking.

        Will the end be similar to the doomsday scenario we are all worried about? In my opinion, those who have chosen an extreme position will come to realize that the futile choice they have made, that of conflict, will lead them to destruction, and they will be forced to correct their stand. Otherwise, it means another war and another famine, and the world community will again be forced to feed people, who are victims of their elites, who never ever learn from history, because they are obsessed with power.

        It is a naivety and utter foolishness, to think that the chances to exist and prosper, separately and in animosity to each other is possible. It is a short-sighted foolish man’s dream, or a person who has no dreams for the wellbeing of the citizens of these three groups, as you divided them. Remember, those who are the most vociferous are the power monger and selfish elites, and they have no iota of interest for what will become of the ordinary people, the ultimate losers in the politics that has been played on their backs by their elites over the last half century and more.

  • George

    Selam David S.

    I read your post with interest because unlike the others you have carefully lurked in gray area for a while. That is why I engaged you. To scalp your true shell slowly. Let’s get back to task at hand, your last reply. It is a lot of nothing. You gasping like a fish out of water. You grabbing everything you can from everywhere slapping it on Eritrean president hoping it will stick. You can tell me next time he’s a shapeshifter. Or he is alien from another planet. It’s pointless frankly is embarrassing for a guy is probably more educated than I am.

    One of your pathetic posters this one “name one country that has been wrong by USA. None.” This is so pathetic it doesn’t even warrant an answer. Forget Eritrea for a second. Did you do know United States has been in some kind of conflict in the last hundred years with almost 70 countries? United States happened in world war 1, world war II, Korea war, Vietnam war, Grenada, Panama ,Lebanon, Iraq, almost all countries in South and Central America, the list goes on and on and on.

    you also mentioned about nation states that are created artificially by Europeans. That is true. But that can’t be an excuse to deny people rights to be an independent nation. But I’m glad he came out of your shell. Hoping to engage you in a better understanding a level. You need to throw away your extremely farfetch conspiracy theories about Eritrea and its leaders. It is illogical and quite frankly really stupid. No wonder you’re so cold opposition early man in the wilderness like forever.

    • David Samson

      Selam George,

      It was a typo and meant to read:
      “Please name any country in the world who has NOT been wronged by the USA— none.”

  • Hameed Al-Arabi

    Hi Awates,

    Border closure action shows end of composing a drama and beginning of taking massive action against Tigray by Dr. Meddamar. Dr. Meddamar will be crowned as a dictator after making Tigray fully under his control. It is a fatal step, but he should gulp it to make his friends happy and become a totalitarian without competitive in Ethiopia.

    We should not forget the despot promised in front of the whole world to walk all the walk with Dr. Meddamar.

    Al-Arabi

    • Freaulai

      selam, looks like someone “built that wall” economically and no caravan in sight!

  • Brhan

    Hello all,

    PF(DJ)’s Audience Analysis.

    Isayas has said that ordinary Eritreans are in no need to news such the shooting against Wedi Efrem or closure of border.

    Who are ordinary Eritreans? They are moms, cadre and Diaspora supporters

    The first type of ordinary Eritreans are those who are not directly engaging in the regime’s program: unlimited national service. Children,seniors and mothers. To PF(JD) Children and seniors are not significant when it comes to news. Children are too young and seniors are passive: they will not react. The youth are in SAWA and in the unlimited national service and they do not have access to news except to the regime’s mass media. But mothers, are important to PF(JD) when it comes to news.

    PIA knows that these mothers who are emotional, do not want to listen to any negative news about him or his regime.

    The regime and precisely, PIA, takes an advantage of the mothers to show to the world that he has support of the people. When Abiy came to Asmara, he said that the people have said their voice, he meant to say the moms

    The regimes second audience are its cadres and security men. These are also in need of good news to do their work. At no time the regime will come and announce its setbacks to its cadre and spies and if it does it will always tell them something like strategic withdrawal.

    Diaspora communities attached to regime’s embassies outside of Eritrea are considered the regime’s third audience with regard to news. This audience even though it is in a better condition in accessing news about Eritrea from independent media, it is in continuous running from mentioning news such as the above ones. I did ask one of their supporters about the shooting against Wedi Efrem and all he what he said was ” ‘ኣታ ዚ ስቕ ኢላካ ኢዩ….( ካልእ ዕላል ኣምጽእ ማለቱ ኢዩ). There is no critical thinking at all.

    The regime who now seems to understand that it can not fool people all the time , has started to indicate its setback not in Asmara , Eritrea but in Tokyo, Japan where ordinary Eritreans can be easily reach for clarity .

    What is our role to reach to these audiences as writers and communicators; to tell the truth in a language that these audience understand. AT has to disseminate such news in Eritrean languages besides English.

    May 2019 be year rule of law and democracy in Eritrea

  • Brhan

    Hi Hope,
    This time you are talking about current situation. It is news.

    Happy new year in advance

  • Peace!

    Hi Ghrimay,

    I do not know if you have been following the discussion here that there is a consensus among justice seeking Eritreans that TPLF spared king Issayas multiple times, and the reason was TPLF never gave up on him to handover Eritrea. It sounds credible given it had ample opportunity to help Eritreans, but in contrary, TPLF turned out to be the worst enemy responsible for dividing justice seeking Eritreans. And now, its cadres has openly become the face of AGAZIAN extremist group . Please help me reconcile what you are saying with what I just explained.

    Peace!

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Dear Awatistas,

    The Ethiopian Foreign minister has said that he has no any knowledge about the closure of the border. Both government have opened the border with fanfare. Now without the knowledge of the Ethiopian government, the despot has closed it. The Abiy Government was warned about the mercurial behavior of the man, and thus he doesn’t respect treaties and agreement,
    https://news.et/2018/12/27/%E1%8B%A8%E1%8A%A2%E1%89%B5%E1%8B%AE-%E1%8A%A4%E1%88%AD%E1%89%B5%E1%88%AB-%E1%8B%B5%E1%8A%95%E1%89%A0%E1%88%AD-%E1%88%B5%E1%88%88%E1%88%98%E1%8B%98%E1%8C%8B%E1%89%B1-%E1%88%98%E1%88%A8%E1%8C%83/

    • Hope

      Selam Aman H:

      Here is the latest news by the Tigrai TV:

      “Mr. Shushai Meressa the administrator of Eastern Zone of Tigrai said the border is not hundred percent closed but there is more restrictions. Ethiopians coming back from Eritrea and Eritreans going back from Ethiopia are allowed to go back to their own countries; however Ethiopians trying to enter Eritrea are prevented because they don’t have permission from the Ethiopian federal government to cross the border. At the same time Eritreans attempting to enter Ethiopia are also allowed to go to Ethiopia”

      .You said;

      ” Now without the knowledge of the Ethiopian government, the despot has closed it. The Abiy Government was warned about the mercurial behavior of the man, and thus he does not respect treaties and agreements.

      “.
      How do you ruled the possibility of a serious security issue?
      And if so,why would you expect the GoE to notify the Gov of Ethiopia? Or how do you rule out about the possibility of Dr AAA and PIA might have discussed between themselves being a sensitive security issue

      • FishMilk

        Hi Hope. If the news is coming from Tigray TV, Amanuel Hidrat will consider it as fact and never rumor!

      • Berhe Y

        Hi Hope,

        I admire your hope. It’s hope against hope when you relay on the dictator to make the right thing.

        “Ethiopians trying to cross the boarder are prevented because they don’t have a permission from the federal government to cross the boarder”

        You do not see a problem here ?

        How is that it’s the Ethiopian federal government responsibility to give permission for its citizens if they want to cross to Eritrea?

        Isn’t this policy upside down, like PFDJ policy twisted. May NAeqeb.

        Shouldn’t be the Eritrean government responsibility to permit who can come in to its territories ?

        Berhe

        • Hameed Al-Arabi

          Hi Berhe Y,

          It appears you have forgotten the despot has handed Eritrea to Dr. Meddamar on a silver platter. Now, it is the responsibility of Dr. Meddamar or Federal government to give permission to anyone from around the world to enter to Eritrea. If Esu allowed all Africans to enter Eritrea, they can enter and make business in Eritrea. Eritrea now belongs to Esu not Nusu.

          Al-Arabi

          • George

            George, we will not allow you to continue questioning the identity of members That is an immigration officer’s job and that job is not welcome here. Your comment is deleted. Please tone down//miderator]

        • Hope

          Selam Berhe:
          Well,according to the Bible,HOPE is considered what?

          Let us be fair here :

          First,we do not know the details yet.

          Second,it was the PFDJ Govt ,which left the border wide open and unregulated and we accused it for doing so to the extent of accusing it that it was doing this so as to empty the nation as part of the MEDDEMER AGENDA!

          Third,we cursed the PFDJ Gov for keeping the borders tight including for applying “ Shoot to kill policy “
          Now,the same Gov tightened and regulated the movement,NOT closed it( has not closed it)!

          Why?

          For a cause and in fact,for a SERIOUS SECURITY REASONS,probably CLASSIFIED,for same security reasons.

          Dr Debretsion DECLARED War on Dr AAA and PIA by saying “ Either we will finish them or they will finish us!)

          Then the General gets shot down after a
          Military coup failed prematurely….

          I wish the right targets and institutions were “ targeted” successfully and “ safely” for a POSITIVE CHANGE we have longed for ,by and Through Eritreans only,not through the weyenti !!!

          Either way,irrespective of the target and agenda,it is a serious matter that needs to be handled seriously and emergently due to its unexpected and unknown outcomes specially considering the dire situation of the TPLF !

          Let us forget about the political security issue but consider the other aspect of security :
          -The collateral damages of the unregulated cross border movement on the economy/tax evasion,black market/ drug dealing

          -Health related risks like
          1)food hygiene and poor quality,which can lead to deadly outbreaks and long term health risks

          2) Prostitution with its secondary deadly epidemics of HIV

          I don’t want sound weird and to make wild and unsubstantiated allegations and generalizations but there are evidence and historical facts to support my argument.

          -I witnessed poisoning of our drinking wells in 1970s

          -Exponentially sky rocketing HIV infection rate/epidemics at one point,which can be rebounding now

          -Expired foods and dirty drinks as reported as recent as few Weeeks ago
          BTW,I blame the PFDJ as well for letting down our sisters to have no better options that forces them to work as Baristas/Prostitues in Ethiopia/Mekele,Khartoum,Sahara and Sinai Deserts….. not to mention that the family values in Eritrea hit the bottom.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Hope,

            Ok let’s agree with all your points.

            I am only commenting based on what you quoted. Let’s stay on these news item only and not mix things up.

            What do you think? Is this the right response even if we agree on what you think the reason was?

            How practical is this ?

            Berhe

    • Girmay

      Hello dear Amanuel and few others, I just want to say thank you for showing us patience , resilience and magnanimity toward your detractors.Amanuel, I don’t know how you do it but you calmy debate with grown up men who always threaten to call their mom when ever they loose the debate .
      I mean they accuse you of all kinds of names, but in my opinion they are more woyanne than even Tigray. Not many Tigreans use Tplf or woyanne as much as the people that debate with you. Can we have our name back?
      Amanuel, may God keep you healthy to continue to teach us how to debate with people who use their own ego as a source for evidence. Thank you , I am learning a lot from you and the many other commentaries on this forum.

      • Peace!

        Hi Girmay,

        It is easy and just a matter of principle, purpose, and direction. Just do not follow TPLF’s ጥውይዋይ politics: few years with EPLF, few years with Amhara, few years with Oromo, and now turning onto Eritrean and Afar people. Trust me as long as the random dating continues, you will remain on receiving side.

        Peace!

        • Amanuel

          Hi Peace
          When it comes to political relationships both TPLF and PFDJ are Kissingerian. They have no permanent friends but interests. How many times did they fall out and got back together again?

          • Peace!

            Hi Emma,

            Can’t agree more. That’s why, to me, supporting one and opposing the other is pure dishonesty.

            Peace!

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Hi Peace,

            Could you tell us the benefits they will harvest by supporting TPLF, specially when it is defeated? Please, explain the reason behind their support.

            Al-Arabi

          • Peace!

            Hi Al-Arabi,

            I have been asking the same question:) I wish I can explain the reason behind their support. It is better you ask them why, good luck:)

            Honestly thoughIt is not about TPLF, they can support it 24/7 totally none of my business, rather it is the double standard that left the Eritrean opposition camp disorganized and dysfunctional.

            Peace!

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Hi Peace,

            ” I have been asking the same question: I wish I can explain the reason behind their support”. Really, you mean it. The reason of supporting them you don’t know it, then what led you to say they support them. Could you explain, please. I would like to remind you before you explain, I may not like somebody, but when it comes to witness, I should say the truth. Do you agree?

            Al-Arabi

          • Peace!

            Hi Al-Arabi,

            Sorry for the late reply. I think the point is not my personal opinion rather the ramification of such ugly and immoral double standard in the struggle against PFDJ.

            Plus I thought you agreed with the view TPLF spared DIA in the hope some how in the future he would hand Eritrea over to them. That tells you TPLF is a fake partner, and Eritreans who support TPLF and entertain its agenda are also fake justice seekers.

            Peace!

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Hi Peace,

            My question is how do you came to the conclusion that they support tplf? We know, any Eritrean who doesn’t support the regime is labeled as Weyane, CIA, etc. The regime categorizes all who oppose it as none nationalists, Is this this the slide ruler with which you have measured whether someone is a tplf or not? Is the Eritrean people problems with the regime or tplf? Why does the regime create for us an imaginary enemy and we as fools follow the regime instruction? We may have ten enemies, but our priority should be given to our No.1 enemy, the regime in Eritrea. We have to comprehend some recruits of the regime mission is to divert Eritreans from their main enemy, the despot.

            Al-Arabi

          • Peace!

            Hi Al-Arabi,

            Well, I expressed my view to address the challenges the opposition camp is facing other than that I do not think insisting on my personal conclusions and findings should matter this much.

            Peace!

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Hi Peace,

            The challenges that faces the opposition will never be solved by borrowing, may be a minor enemy, and interpolate it in our main cause, the regime in Eritrea. It is true, tplf played a negative role in the Eritrean political scene. Now, they are in a retreat and self-protection from Amhara, Oromo and Isaias, In any case, we have to benefit from this complex issue to liberate the people of Eritrea from Isaias. Either Isaias and his group or tplf succeed; there is no advantage for the people of Eritrea or Ethiopia. Are they going to fight? Most probably, they will.

            Al-Arabi

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Dear Girmay,

        You don’t win debate by insulting, you don’t win wars by tuta-tuta, and you don’t convince people without being on the side of the truth. Whatever the nameless cowards throw muds does not stick on my back. At the end the truth will set me free. That is the things I learned in my early politics. So my motto is have a “solid principle” and stand by them without faltering and wobbling and be identified by those principles. All my articles and my comments are based on those solid principles I have spoused. I live with them and I die with them. Thank for the nice words of encouragement. At the end Eritrea and Eritreans will survive and the current predicament will pass to.

  • Alex

    Hi Girmay,
    Spare us you nonsense about King Isayas and we are brothers mambo jambo. We are neighbours as we are with Sudan or Djibouti. I can tell you it is time the Eri Gov took the decision to regulate the border. people need to have federal Gov ID and it is up to the border guard to make a decision who can be allowed to get in to Eritrea or not. Don’t worry we will never agree with TPLF people-people relationship gimmick.

  • Amanuel

    Hi Gedab news,

    I am confused by this, “The Eritrean side didn’t explain the change of policy and now requires permits issued by the Federal Ethiopian Government”. Does that mean Ethiopians need permits issued by FEG to enter Eritrea? It is not the Ethiopian Federal government business to allow or refuse who comes to Eritrea.

    • Hope

      Selam Aman:
      I just re-read again and is weird the way it is stated and now I know why Abrehet was “confused” too.
      The GoE cannot dictate that in any form and what we heard rather, is that the GoE requires the Ethiopians to have an entry visa/permit , kind of, which should be issued by the Eritrean Embassy or Consulate…and there is NO Eritrean Consulate in Tigray,which by default, sounds that the PFDJ Govt does NOT want the tigreyans” to enter Eritrea as they are a perceived or real THREAT to National Security of Eritrea after Dr Debretsion targeted the PFDJ Gov in his speech for an alleged interference of the PFDJ in the internal affairs of Eritrea(A serious THREAT declaring like “Either we have to FINISH them or they have to finish us”)

    • David Samson

      Selam Amanuel,

      The biggest enemy of a totalitarian system is free movement of people as this brings with its uncontrolled flow of information. Nothings terrifies the hell of a dictator than the flow of information. IA does not know how to handle the new circumstances that have been created by the peace with Ethiopia. He reacted as his instinct dictates him: close everything until the dust settles down. Remember, Gifa is now back. He does not have to worry about a change of policy or the effect of it as he owns Eritrea. As I said many times in the past, it is only when not if when two sides clash with incompatibles ideology. Abiy is just waiting for the right time until he consolidates his power base in Ethiopia. IA will never, never achieve his dream of leading IGAD, but will take the country down with him. This poor country of ours has been a bargain tool for IA for over 50-years and is about to be sold to the highest bidder.

      • Abraham H.

        Dear David S, what perplexes me always is that how could DIA, just a single person, have so much power and leverage on Eritrea? I mean how could an aging man have such an absolute control of matters in Eritrea, without the presence of those who really stand by him and support him unquestionably whatever he does? But what is the motive or interest of these people to side by him come what may? And who are they really? I’m very well aware that there are very diehard DIA worshipers,especially in the West, who are willing to accept whatever he tells them or imposes on them; but his real power base must be coming from within the country, and this is why I couldn’t understand who these internal forces are, and why they are willing to abide by DIA’s orders to such an extent?

        • Lamek

          Amanuel H.,

          Part of the answer might be that:

          “The masses never revolt of their own accord, and they never revolt merely because they are oppressed. Indeed, so long as they are not permitted to have standards of comparison, they never even become aware that they are oppressed.” George Orwell, “1984”

          If that doesn’t reflect our current state of affairs (given what many Eritreans saw in Tigray for comparison in the last few months), maybe this does:

          “Men go to far greater lengths to avoid what they fear than to obtain what they desire.” Dan Brown, in the da Vinci code.

          Either it’s utter lack of information or morbid fear of the consequences.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Lamek,

            Dan Brown is right and the mass exodus of our people is because of the former “to avoid their fear” and the uncertainty of the situation inside our country. The despot has divided the society by religion, region, and ethnicity; and don’t forget, he told his colleagues that he will take us down with him. His colleagues are too naive to still hang with him and the public is also too naive to say “Nisu Nehna” while he is suffocating their entire life for the last three decades – a thing that still puzzled me.

        • David Samson

          Selam Ab,

          It was not overnight riches for IA; he has worked for it for over 50-years and turned out to be a good investment. If you had listened to Yemane who was insider and fled to Germany, the combatants, including the elites were protecting IA since they believed the Eritrean revolution with out IA’s leadership will not achieve its aim. They were openly voiced their love for IA and thereby endorsing dictatorship.

          For others, it was the classic ‘whenever the Sun rises……. Proverb. Take for example, Tesfai Wedi Ashera. He was not only a class mate of IA at Lul Mekonen, but also went to Addis together. He has been with IA since day one. Do not you think that he does not know IA? No, he does, but wants to worship a person.

          • Lamek

            Hi DS, don’t forget also that a lot of the individuals close to IA or those protecting him are immersed in deep corruption and are highly resented by the people. IA can easily blackmail them. This is as good as life can get for them. They have lots of questions to answer so the status quo is the better way to end whatever years they have in their lives. Sebhat Efrem is case in point. He may not have been corrupt but it’s too much unknown territory post IA for him hence his alledged decision to help foil the alledged coup.

        • Senay Zer

          Dear Abraham — In short, although PIA is the source of much of our misery, key elements of the solution won’t come by focusing too much on him.

        • Hameed Al-Arabi

          Ahlan Abraham H.

          The power of Isaias streams from the line that divides the people of Eritrea which I think is the same line, most probably, that divides the opposition.The issue is as simple as that. The moment the people of Eritrea and their oppositions decide to co-exist, Isaias will not exist. The solution also as simple as that.

          Al-Arabi

          • Abraham H.

            Dear Al-Arabi, and others who replied to me: thank you all for your feedback. Unless we delve into the real issues that are contributing to the perpetuation of the DIA regime, we are not going to succeed in changing the status quo to the better. Serious and informed delibarations should be done by our learned, to come to the root cause of the predicament. Our learned, and politicians should honestly discuss the real or perceived fear that is keeping our society divided, and becoming a victim to the despot. I’m personally convinced that the root casue for the longevity of the DIA regime despite all the suffering it is incurring upon our people, is the very same issues that led to DIA splitting from the ELF, issuing his infamous Nihnan Elamanan and rallying the Christian Kebessa along that line of thinking. Looking back to history, DIA was not alone in wishing to bring a change in the politics of Eritrea, rather, he had the support of the Ethiopian regime as well as the super power-the US.through its CIA. I’m quite sure that most of the supporters of the DIA regime-uneducated-most of them do support him because they consider him as one of their own, and not because like what he is doing to the well being of Eritrea.

    • Acria

      Selam Amanuel,

      The Ethiopian government doesn’t restrict for Ethiopians to travel out of the country. If you want to apply for passport, you will get one. If you have the means to travel abroad, you are free to do so. On the other hand, who comes to Eritrea, is the responsibility of the Eritrean regime, not Ethiopia’s, to allow or deny them entry into the country.

      • Amanuel

        Hi Acria,
        Yes, I understand the exit visa system but it is the responsibility of EFD to declare exit visa is needed to leave Ethiopia not GoE. GoE can demand entry visa, which will be issued by his embassy or consulate in Ethiopian.

  • Hameed Al-Arabi

    Hi Awates,

    I think, a plot has been already prepared and Isaias is acting as if he is not part of it. I am innocent, tells the entire world in advance.

    Al-Arabi

  • Lamek

    Abiy and all Ethiopians,
    Isaias Afwerki has thrown you curve ball number 1. That’s it, game on. It’s only going to get worse and inexplicable from here on. He follows no rules, protocols, courtesies, no officials allowed, and has to win at all cost. I don’t wish you any ill but this confusion he created for your local and federal govts is good in a way because may be there is a little chance for you all to understand that you have been negotiating with an unstable and incompetent man who represents himself and his family only but no other Eritrean. Everything you signed with him is null, just don’t say later you weren’t warned.

  • Blink

    Dear all

    How is getting a permit to cross an international border equal to closing the border? I mean wasn’t yesterday you all were crying saying Eritrea is being over ran by Ethiopians, so and so even said Issias sold Asseb to Ethiopia , Issias is giving his son the Eritrean thrones. I mean what’s wrong with you people , i agree defeat is not easy to defend but what happened to your yesterday’s crazy anslysis and predictions? What will you guys say if I told you something you never expected is coming in 2019 ? This border crossing needs to be legalized and there is nothing anti peace from Eritrea. Any Ethiopian coming to Eritrea is a foreign just like the Saudi and Sudanese going to Eritrea require some sort of arrangements and the same for Eritrean going to Ethiopia.
    A Tigrian is not Eritrean he is Ethiopian so he needs a permit to travel to Eritrea that itself can’t be ordering another sovereign state as Abrhet tried hard to paint . The border crossing for the last 3 month was simply against the sense of two citizens crossing border. Anyone who wish to have unregulated access to border is simply a lousy thing to say .

    • Desbele

      Blink:
      Congratulations for the 30k who breath freedom and Congratulations for you to get back to business. How much does it cost now to cross?

      • Blink

        Dear Desbele
        First remember you are crossing the Guidelines of this site , second you have to know ,I am very far away to do this so called border trafficking Jobb , even though I suspect many people made a fortune from the misery of their brothers ( I read in the Italian press some Catholic and radio personalities do made money ) I mean can you imagine getting 2500 USD for a guy walking on his foot and pays you money for doing , what? I am anti migration from Eritrea. I believe Eritreans should stay at home and challenge the one man rule . You did not read that I was always against the popularization of people going to Libya , Ethiopia and what ever that carry Eritreans away from their country.

    • Amanuel

      Hi Blink,
      The normalising of border crossing shouldn’t be considered unexpected out come. It should have been implemented from the beginning. For that matter I will not be surprised if the IA & Abiy marriage breakdown considering IA temperament and impatience for not getting his way quickly.

      I will be really surprised if
      1) IA leaves power because he is feed up and not been challenged enough by his people.
      2) Free all prisoners of conscience
      3) Invite all Eritrean to come home and contributed to their country.

    • Berhe Y

      Hi Blink,

      It’s quite simple really. All Eritrea and Ethiopia need to do is follow international norms for boarder crossing of people and goods.

      It’s a weekend job to draft it and plan for implementation.

      1) easy one: grant visa at the boarder of entry / identify those entries with what document (passport / ID cards).

      2) get visa at each country embassy / consulate office in person, online or via mail

      3) goods, set policy and amount / dollar value and number of stay etc. And introduce Tarif if more than specified limit, bottles of alcohol, cigrate, coffee etc.

      4) commercial use of goods and license to cross with goods.

      It’s not really that hard…,

      As Abrehet already said “The federal government to provide permit to visit Eritrea. Very difficult to do”. That’s the bezzaro world of PFDJ

      This is just the beginning ..,

      Berhe

      • Hope

        Selam Berhe:
        Come on man, you are dealing with “a Paranoid PFDJ,who does NOT believe in peace and rapprochement of peoples, at least in the mind set of the so called Opposition camp, which ,BTW,is contradictory since the same camp was blaming the PFDJ for closing the doors and using the shoot to kill policy. The same Opposition Camp was blaming the same PFDJ for opening the doors as part of a conspiracy and agenda of the MEDDEMER so as to let the Eritreans empty Eritrea….
        It all depends about the final status/Investigation result of Gen Sibhat Efrem’s assassination attempt and the culprits behind the incident.

        • Berhe Y

          Hi Hope,

          You are all over. What is that I wrote you don’t agree with?

          Berhe

  • Abrehet Yosief

    Selam
    Eritrea could demand that its visitors require an entry visa and set up the procedure as to how and where the visa could be obtained. Instead it is imposing a condition on another sovreign country. What part of the Federal Govrnment is to be tasked with this bizzare action of permitting its citizens to travel to Eritrea and what would the requirements be. In any case let me welcome Ethiopians to our rules “writen with a pencil” and “kab laEleway akal zmetse” reactive, unclear and unproductive instructions. Tedemeru!

    • Hope

      Selam Ms. Abrehet:

      You declared by saying:

      “Instead it is imposing a condition on another sovereign country. What part of the Federal Government is to be tasked with this bizarre action of permitting its citizens to travel to Eritrea and what would the requirements be”.
      Would you mind clarifying it?
      Eritrea, as a Sovereign State, HAS a RIGHT and an Obligation to swiftly change policies and rules when its National Security Interest is compromised.
      Per my understanding, the PFDJ Gov is not dictating or pressuring ;and CANNOT pressure or order another Sovereign State/nation to do this and that, at least in Principle.
      Why are you against a “Regulated Movement of Peoples” to and from both nations, if I may ask?
      Some might consider your comment as if you sound to be another Hayat Adem as your comment might sound as if you are/were one of the under-cover Agents of the TPLF here expressing your concern/objection about the GoE for blocking the TPLF Agents from entering Eritrea in a keid-albo and illegal way?
      After all, wasn’t this procedure supposed to be implemented from the get to go?
      The unsuspectedly dumb PFDJ trusted the TPLF and its Tigreyan Supporters and allowed this mess and a de facto SUICIDE Mission, a blessing in disguise for the TPLF.
      Aha,I guess there is/was a rationale and a sinister motive for the TPLF to push for the so called fake people-to-people Relationship.
      Otherwise,if the TPLF was honest enough about that Noble Cause of people-to people rapprochement and peace, it should have complied with the Algiers Agreement and the EEBC Verdict and specifically to the FDRE’s call, rather than working against peace.

      • Abrehet Yosief

        Selam Hope,
        Eritrea should demand all visitors to obtain a visa from its embassies so it can screen who is coming. Is that clearer?

        • Acria

          Selam Abrehet,

          Indeed. But, Ethiopia is not asking Eritreans to get visa from the new Ethiopian embassy in Asmara. Ethiopia even doesn’t ask to obtain visa before you travel to the country. You can apply it at the Bole International Airport. You see, this need to be talked and agreed between the two countries. For Dr. Abiy, it was hoped that the two people can visit each other without the requirement of visas. The whole point of making peace was to make it easier for the people to trust each other.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam acria
            Visa on arrival don’t mean without the requirement of visas.
            I don’t know much about border checkpoints but through bola international airport, even ethiopian citizens need to have entry and exist visa with validity ethiopian passport.

          • Teodros Alem

            Visa on arrival don’t mean without the requirement of visas.
            I don’t know much about border crossing checkpoints but in bola international airport, even ethiopian need to have entry and exit visa with valid ethiopian passport .

    • Acria

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      ሰላም ዘይፈቱ ውድብ ሰላም ዕንወቱ እምበር ርብሓቱ ኣይኮነን። ኤርትራ እኮ ብደናቁር እኩይ ተግባር ዘለዎም ንውልቀቶም እምበር ንህዝቦም ዘይሓሉ ከዳዐት እያ ብስቋይ ትማሓደር ዘላ። ስለዚ፣ ኩሉ ተግባራቶም ሓድሽ ኣይኮነን ኣየገርምን ‘ውን።