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Happy Awate Day: September 1, 2021

Today is Awate Day. It is the day on which we remember our hero Hamid Idris Awate who on September 1, 1961 raised his gun with determination, and started the Eritrean revolution that would rid Eritrea of Ethiopian occupation. His dream and that of his colleagues and followers was achieved in May 24, 1991. However, that day also turned out to be the start of the Isaias Afwerki era–heralding worse oppression and injustices. And that is why the torch of Awate will stay lighted until Eritreans are truly free.

On September 1, 2000, this website was created as an alternative voice to the State-controlled media and its satellites, and to be the voice of the voiceless. Today we also embark on our twenty-first year of serving the cause of the Eritrean people.

For the Awate Team, today is a day of reflection: other tasks can wait a few days more. Today is the day we reserve for assessing our performance so far, a day of renewing our pledge to stay the course until the Eritrean people are free, until their dignity is reclaimed, until their shattered dreams are restored, until the sun of freedom rises over our beloved Eritrea.

Happy Awate Day to all our friends, colleagues, supporters and our general readership
Happy Awate Day to all Eritreans suffering under the yoke of tyranny.

Awate Team (September 1, 2000 — September 1, 2021)
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  • Fanti Ghana

    Hello All,

    Happy September and Happy Birthday awate.com!

  • leGacY

    Good day Awate Community !
    Probably the only decent thing that came out of Eritrea. Thank you founders .

  • iSem

    Hi All:
    professor Mehari Yohannes of W.H .T takes on TPLF, puts his vision, reiterates his previous ideas.
    Our enemies have not changed their behavior, the problem is ours, we always conspire with our enemies against ourselves. What happened to us now has happened many times before, the problem is our flawed vision, flawed reading of history , flawed world view, unclear political view point. We bought tanks gave it to Ethiopia to use it against our people, what we accomplished for 17 years of sacrifices we squandered it in AA. We built the Ethiopian Empire that was poised to destroy us and we believed that the constitution that we left in AA would safe us, we believed the other ethnicity would safe us.
    I like to apologized for not pushing hard to air my views. I have not said this publicly before but I have being telling the leadership to train stronger military to prepare for this inevitable event that attempted to destroy us and we were told we were hard hardliners.
    He also revealed his group left to the filed before TPLF by one day

    • Saleh Johar

      Hi iSem,
      It’s not the order of the placement, it’s the pairing. For instance if you put me in a line with Tor Serawit , of course I wouldn’t appreciate it. I am glad it’s not a picture taken of me. Nlomi , TemaHirka’lekha! 🙂

  • iSem

    Hi All:
    When we commemorate August dates like Sep 1, we are invariably advised not to politicize it and this fallacy has become almost universal truth . But I will politicize it, as its essence is politics and no as many Eritreans are fond of saying, politics does not mean “many lies”. I head this from a priest in NYC who told the faithful, “politics is Greek for many lies (poli + tics). I also heard the same from several Erireans in social media. They are confusing Poly (many), but politics come from the ideas of city state back then. Polis = city
    So here we go:
    Sep 1 is a date we should commemorate: Because it was true, because it sparked the start of dream of liberty from subjugation, not merely for controlling our physical boundaries by our own. Sept 1 was sparked to liberate people from their wealth being looted, and their culture being dominated, from being told who they are. Sep 1 is the very notion of liberty and freedom. Unlike May 24.
    For the last 30 years, the spark has ben dimming, when IA said “uffff” to the spark in his first speech in Asmara, and the flame of Sep 1 is flickering against the winds sent to extinguish blow from the South

  • Brhan

    ዓዋተ… ቃልስና ጀሚሩ
    ሓደ ወለዶ ናጽነት ኣበሲሩ
    ‘ቲ ሓደው ድማ ቃልሲ ሓርነት ኣዘውቲሩ
    ንውልቀ መላኺ ኣነጺሩ
    ኣብዚ ቃልሲ ዘየለ ከሲሩ

  • Peace!

    Hi All,

    Happy Awate Day!

    “In Defiance, Eritrea was born; In defiance, it will live forever” Tekie Fesehatzion

    Eritrean since 1961: Will You Be There

    Weary, tell me will you hold me?
    When wrong, will you scold me?
    When lost will you find me?
    But they told me
    A man should be faithful
    And walk when not able
    And fight ’til the end, but I’m only human

    Everyone’s taking control of me
    Seems that the world’s got a role for me
    I’m so confused will you show it to me
    You’ll be there for me
    And care enough to bear me

    Hold me (show me)
    Lay your head lowly (told me)
    Softly then boldly (yeah)
    Carry me there (I’m only human)
    Lead me (hold me)
    Love me and feed me (lead again)
    Kiss me and free me (yeah)
    I will feel blessed

    Courtesy, Michael Jackson


  • Ismail AA

    Selam all,

    Thank you, AT, for calling us, the readers and through them the nation, to take time and reflect on what Awate Day on 1 September 2021 ought to remind us. I think 1-9-2021 would have been just a routine day without its connection to 1-9-1961. Our collective reflection on the former would make sense only if our collective national memory would take us back to the glorious beginning. Relating these two dates on the first of September is the power of history that make us feel as a united people in a nation: a nation that has paid the cost of its being and survival.

    Thus, when as a citizen I take time and reflect on my nation and take account of its past and present concerns, I should be doing it by pondering on what the 13 heroes under the command of Hamid Idris Awate were reflecting on during the moments when their commander told them the words AT has quoted screen beside his picture. Should I need to dare and surmise that they could have been reflecting not on things each of them had done and said before that time, but in on the odds and uncertainties the future journey they were embarking had in store for them. Remember those heroes at that moment had nothing ready even what to eat the next day. The only sign of modernity they saw around themselves was the ten-shot British rifle their commander had in hand. The only power they were sure of were the power of hope, determination and trust in their people.

    On September 1, 2021, thus, the time we take for reflection should push us back to those first moments 1961 and reflect on connecting the memories of the ups and downs our people and sons and daughters had lived through to survive the odds and uncertainties those pioneering heroes saw. As the 13 heroes on the day, they had gathered to hear those glorious words had done, we must reflect on what to do and how for the survival of the nation they gave us. What should be worrying us in the present is how to safeguard the unity of the nation as guarantee of its existence as they way those heroes saw in the power of hope, determination and trust in their people to persevere and lay down a solid ground to bring us a freedom in a nation.
    Happy Awate national day and Awate.com day.

  • sara

    selamat all awate forumers,
    its a day we remember our Glorious start of our Armed struggle 60 years ago… and
    happy 21 years of awate.com

  • sara

    selamat all forumers
    remembering our glorious start of our armed struggle 60 years ago..
    happy 21 awate.com.

  • Tzigereda

    Happy Anniversary Awate.com, my favorite website ever!

  • abe z minewale

    RuhuS Awate nzelAlem yinBer.i was so thank full for SJ for the reply some time ago. started with Selamat z Hawey.it was about Haile woldesslaie’s interview. since then Awate team has and was very informative. this days they got one moderator who is a drunk driver hired by Saay out of sympathy bcz, he is a citizen of Eritrea as the same time he is the one who drives Isaias to Babylon square

  • ghezaehagos

    I wish Awate.com Happy Anniversary. I congratulate Saleh Gadi And Saleh Younis for their years of service to Eritrean public. I also want to thank the many Awatistas, contributors and writers who made the website more than a website.
    May the spirit of September 1st be remembered. May awate.com home to celebrate the day amongst its beloved people, in the beloved land of Eritrea.
    Ghezae Hagos

  • senay

    Selam Awate Team,

    Happy 14th Anniversary. Thank you for the service and great memories.


  • Peace!

    Couldn’t have said it better, thank you Aklilu Zere “Happy Birthday to you Awate.Com. You are our Heritge; our Home away from home; our Nation; our Parliament; our University; our Teacher; our Motivator; our Center of continuous improvement; our Conscience; our Beacon of Hope; our Library; our Treasure; our Compass; our Freedom house; our Shelter; our Liberator; our Community; our Guide; our source of Goodness…and many many more amazing things.”

  • Tesfabirhan WR

    Dear Awate Team,

    September 01, 2000! Waw, I was in my last year of my technical school and yet preparing for my university entrance exam.

    And after 14 years, exactly 14, I am reading extensively on Eritrean matters to enter to Awate University. Historical facts!

    My dream, dear all Awatawyan, and especially Awater Team, I want to see and work in a university called Awate University. This is my dream and my vision since I met all the great minded Eritreans and people who really love the good of people (All Ethiopian friends and all other people who visit this hub of wisdom, enlighten us, teach us, share our feelings, make our voices heard, hear our voices, and respond positively (T.Kifle, abinet, Abinet, Eyoba, Fanti habtey, and all unmentioned dearly because of the list goes 10os if not thousands).

    My dream is to be a professor of Food Technology in this center of enlightenment so that I will not see my people whom I love most, whom Idris Awate launched the armed struggle against to make us free, whom we deserve peace and a secured life, whom the have to enjoy, Tesmi (Spiced butter), Ge’At, Kicha, Hinbasha, Taita, Zigni, Kitfo, Alicha, hanza, titiko, birah, rigÓ, Full Masalah, fata, Suwa, AbeAke, Kolo, Akat, what ever resources is coming, with all beautifully prepared traditional yet in a scientific way, environmentally friendly and yet in abundance, economical and yet affordable at all time, traditional yet fulfilling all food quality and quality confirmations, accessible and yet available every where, helping the economy to grow and yet encouraging investors to open big environmentally friendly processing companies, cooperatives, enterprises, distributers that simplify the supply chain and yet On-Time delivery, oh, let the university do this all my dreams to come true.

    My dream is to produce in this Awate University Eritreans as world citizens who contribute great research works in hitory, Archaeology, Antropology, Marine Sciences and technologies, Peace and development, philosophies and wisdom, moralities and humanistic religions, …

    My dream is scholars who are educated in Awate University to write the true Eritrean History as there are infinite things the world can learn from the 100+ journeys.

    My dream is Awate University to have one the biggest research and Documentation center in Africa about 19-21th C revolutions as they all have a visible marks in display.

    My dream is the brave and hero father Idris Hamid Awate be on world of Academia and be called by great scholars just by mentioning the name Awate University.

    My dream is students from all over the world, especially from the horn of Africa to come and study with full scholarships sponsored from the Eritrean people (not even the government, but the people, YES the PEOPLE) as a sign of love, peace, development and wisdom generation society.

    My dream is to see very soon Awate Team to launch this project and make all the designs, plans and fund raising campaigns and sooner PFDJ is removed, the foundation will be laid by all Justice Seekers and it will be a great Justice to our History and Identity as Eritrean Citizens.

    My dream is to read great articles coming to all world universities and be enlightenment from New African Society.

    My dream is not only a dream but a vision, mission and Objective.

    Awate Team, let this come true, yes SOONER! And believe on you because you are Able-Men with full of Wisdom.

    Happy September 1 and happy awate.com day! And great of great work SGJ and Saay and those who were at the beginning to launch this hub of wisdom. Equally, Amanuel Hidrat, thank you for being a faithful contributor.

    A student studying to enter Awate University

    zefkirekum Hawkum

  • Serray

    Selamat AT,

    Thanks for making awate.com a formidable weapon against tyranny. As far as making september 1st awate day, I think if he was alive and saw what happened to the cause he gave his life for, he would have asked you to hold on until a september 1st day comes that matches his dreams and not his nightmare.

    Rodab, wasn’t Ararat Eyob, the writer and poet, part of the team at one point? She writes at asmarino now. Recently she wrote a brilliant article called “The Flag”.


  • Semere Andom

    Dear AT:
    Congrats on your relentless tenacity to have made it this far. I am also delighted to know the founding fathers of this website, Saleh and Sal and actually call them my good friends
    PFDJ’s crimes are not only the heinous repressions to protract their grip on power, but they attack our culture, the people’s history and proud culture by disappearing long time fighters and founders of the armed struggle. The story of the man Awate has been deliberately tarnished and so are the stories of other heroes who stood on his shoulders and were inspired by him and left their studies to join and unite Eritreans. This website had a section called the Unsung Heroes and I wish if that would be rejuvenated to tell the people that Eritrea had and still has heroes while the ones who have made themselves our heroes are the coward thugs who murder in the dead of darkness and with hoodies on their heads.
    Ali Abdu is credited for creating the campaign of “worqawi qalat”, which tried to shine IA’s star as if the armed struggle had no heroes and visionaries expect IA. By remembering this day, we reaffirm that we have a history that has been stolen, we have heroes that are deliberately buried alive, we have stories of courage and tenacity that we should administer urgent CPR to revive and affirm once for all that there is no redeeming qualities of PFDJ, that this clique made up of hooligans are targeting our lives, our future, our legacy and has built their empire on the rubbles of the aspirations of our people that was sparked by Awate. The destruction of our sense of history and culture has taken its toll and that is why it seems are in search of one, Habesha, Lowland, Midland and Kebessa and we will tormented by the legacy of the current turmoil long after PFD goes its eternal repose.
    I read an article I think in Asmarino where the writer noticed how the PFDJ removed the video of Haile Dergue dancing with IA in an event. They physically disappear you and then they do not stop there , they want to erase whatever metaphysical traces the disappeared has left as a foot print. A country in the brink of disappearing with high risk of civil war hovering over its head is still crippled with fragmented, devoid of formidable threat against the dictatorship and the anguished people must be anchored on its good history, the founding principles of its Ghedli and it must stop the delusion that it is independent.
    Many are apprehensive to wage target war on the handful master minds, who are wrecking havoc on us by the lame excuse of their are one of us. Think again, what did the Ethiopians, the colonizers against who we waged ferocious 30 year war did worse than the PFDJ. The more the Degi unleashed its cruelty the more we resisted and the same rules must apply.
    Long live the bacon that Awate sparked

    • Abinet

      Selam Sem
      First,happy Awate (the website)day.
      Second,I would like you define colonization in relation to Ethiopia and Eritrea . According to professor Tes,Eritrea has never been colonized by Ethiopia it was rather annexed . Is there a major difference between the terms used?

      • Tesfabirhan WR

        Dear Abinet,

        Just an introduction to Annexation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annexation


        • Abinet

          Dear Tes
          Thanks a lot . That was very helpful. You are always resourceful . May all your dreams come true !

  • haileTG

    Selamat Awate and Awatista,

    Happy anniversary of awate.com is in order. This website has been unique in many ways that I believe it has taken a well deserved position as a leading website in Eritrean affairs. Good job, and many happy returns.

    Sadly under PFDJ’s iron grip of the nation, our country has long became an isolated outpost of a beleaguered and sanctioned regime. There is no world media covering Eritrea nowadays, everyone in the world community had long dropped the country off any relevance and forgotten about it. Eritrean news provided by credible third parties is unthinkable, only its name is mentioned indirectly as a point of departure of refugees or identification of victims of tragedies in seas and deserts. Eritrea is (and has been so for a while) considered a hot spot in the world map (the culprit being unyielding repression).

    It is hoped against hope that PFDJ that has managed to divide, polarize and undermine the Eritrean dream in its years of wanton distraction, would not also become the source of much of the same in its final and dying moments. The huge price that was paid to carve out Eritrean independence has been rendered in vain by the wanton acts of PFDJ. Eritrea was turned into scrap-land of wasted dreams, squandered opportunities and spent pride. The repression and brutalization of PFDJ has been the longest organized activity of any kind in the history of Eritrea. No organization lasted longer and wrought so much damage and complete disaster on all fronts (political, economic, social).

    If the spirit of September 1 is to be revived, PFDJ must be defeated and dismantled. The spirit of September 1 is the making of Eritrea a better place for Eritreans rather than an opportunity to be belligerent towards outsiders and brandish hallow nationalism from a permanent abode outside the nation. The Eritrean people can’t solve their problems without talking with each other. PFDJ has nothing to offer and its existence is past due. Peace and reconciliation or other fundamental assets for nation building only start when nationals come together to chart the way ahead. In the spirit of September 1, Eritreans need to focus on one thing that they agree with their fellow country man/woman rather than the one thing they disagree about. Thriving in disagreements is useless in the current situation, our problems demand shared solution.

    We hope that the Spirit of September 1 would guide our mindset and attitude in the coming months (if not years) of rapidly changing situation in the situation in Eritrea. In this occasion, I would like to salute ALL Eritreans who are fighting PFDJ in whatever way they deem necessary. The source of our problems is PFDJ and it must be fought off with whatever means and wherever directions.

    Let the Eritreans become masters of their destiny again, let the spirit of September 1 prevail!!!


  • Negash

    September 1st triggers mixed feeling inside me.Euphoria and dyphoria. Euphoria when i remember Gerset as the birth place of the hero Awate who stood high up to break the yoke of colony.Gerset now the white elephant of pfdj Dam where sweat and blood of the young generation is spilling.Hekota the garrison town and its environs with banana planatation where awate roamed and roared like a lion to awaken the peasants . A handful of patriots ambushed a bus carrying policemen and wore their uniform accomplished their mission breaking into the armoury and snatched guns. Hekota now serving enroute to the slave trade and human trafficking.Adal is the symbol of Martyrdom burying the intrepid Abdu Mohammed Faid, ushering the day where the door for martyrdom was wide open to receive hundred thousands souls who gave their life to liberate Eritrea.Is not this heartbreaking and disgusting to witness this land who paid enormous price fall into the hands of traitors with brazen disrespect to human dignity even to the dead.There will be a time when Eritreans will retrieve their right to live as humans and be honored when they die. Insha Allah.

  • T. Kifle

    Dear Awatistas,

    The following articles may interest some Tigriyna readers of the Awate community.
    “…እቲ ካልእ ህላ ወ/ሮ ሶፍያ ተስፋምርያም ድማ ክሳብ እታ ከም ሃገሩ ስግረ ዶብ ዝሰገረ ኣቶ ዓሊ ዓብዱ ዝወፀላ ዕለት እሙን ኣገልጋሊ ጉጅለ ኢሳያስ ከምዝነበረን ንሳ ባዕላ ወ/ሮ ሶፍያ ብቐጥታ ምስኡ እንዳተራኸበት መደባት እንዳተቐበለት ማይክሮፎን ህግደፍ ኣብ ኣመሪካ ኮይና ትሰርሕ ከምዝነበረት ኩሉ ዝፈልጦ ሓቂ እዩ፡፡ ውፅእ ምስ በለ ግን ብዘይ ሕንከት ዓይና ብጨው ሓፂባ ያኢ ኣብ ኤርትራ ዝርከብ ጀበርቲ ትግራይ እዩ ዘስምዕ ዓሊ ከዓ ጀበርቲ ስለዝኾነ ትግራዋይ እዩ ንምባል “ካብ ቀደማይ ሚኒስተር መለስ ዜናዊ ንፕረዝዳንት ኢሳያስ ዝተዓደለ ህያብ ስለዝነበረ እንተሃደመ እውን ኣየግርመንን” ክትብል ይበሃል እዩ ኢላ ሃሊላ፡፡

    ወ/ሮ ሶፍያ በቲ ሓውላል መርኣይኺ ንኢሳያስ ዘዝተቓወመ ኤርትዊ ኩሉ ኤርትራዊ መንነቱ ንምምጣሉ ካብ ወሰንክን መጠመትኺ ንሱ ካብ ኮነ ካልእ ሕደግዮ እሞ እቶም ልዕሊ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ትጣበቕሎምን ትሕለቕሎምን መራሒኺ ባዕሎም ኣቶ ኢሳያስ ኣፈወርቂ ደኣ ካብ መን ንመን ዝተዓደሉ ህያብ ክትብልዮም ኢኺ…?.. ” , taken from the article



  • yha,yah, yah, it is obvious aware did something right to get here; if not, they would have been gone like other web-sites. so, take it easy on the compliment part and suggest how they the web-site can be better. suggest what web-site’s weakness is? what do you think the web-site should do to be better?

    • Rodab

      Hello Nitricc,
      Which websites are gone ma man?
      Dehai and Meskerem were the first. Then Asmarino, then Shaebia, Awate, Assenna, Shabait…..now we have countless. But they are all there. Both the toothless and the toothfull.

  • T. Kifle

    Happy Birthday to awate.com, the owners, the web Administrator and article contributors who have made this great website a citadel of learning. Congratulations Awate Team for your perseverance, handwork and sustenance of this invaluable treasure. I really cherish the time I spend in this house.

    • Fanti Ghana

      Me too.

  • Papillon

    Happy Hade Meskerem and Happy Awate Day. Awate.com continue shining.

  • Kokhob Selam

    Happy Awate.com day .

    It is time to renew our promise with new highest moral toward accomplishing the aim of our beloved leader Hamid Idris Awate .

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Dear SGJ and the Rest awate Team,

    Happy birthday Sept. 1st and happy birthday “awate” the website.

    Abu Saleh I remember when we met at DC in Aug 2000 in the conference of EIDM not to long when you arrive to the united states from KwaIt. And I am from the few who start to contribute when you launched this wonderful website that turned to be the site of education and enlightenment. I continue to wish it to be so. Congratulation your 14th year of celebration. Though I don’t know the current AT other than SGJ and SAAY, I applaud you for your persistence and endurace to make this website what it is.

    Amanuel Hidrat

    • Rodab

      Hello Aman,
      Based on my negligible knowledge, Awate was established by ‘maHber seleste’. The two Sals and Dawit Mesfin.
      Btw, do you know where Dawit is now? So many personalities have gone missing. I came to know many of the great writers such as Dr. Tekie (RIP) & Sal Younis while in college during the crazy years of 1998-2000. I don’t believe you were one of the writers I read regularly. Were you actively writing back then?

      • Papillon

        Z’kheberka Engineer Rodab,

        Some of the M.I.A are Dr. T. A. Taddesse, Dawit Mesfin, Amanuel Melles, Mussie Misgina, Paulos Natnaiel, Hidat Ephrem, Afewerqi Paulos, MobaE Afewerqi and some of the pen names I remember are Warsai Eritrawi and Zeihlel. If you remember, Dr. Tekie Fessehatsion (R.I.P) wrote something out of the norm where the gist was about “listening to other voices” and in no time the ShaEbia rabid dogs vilified him as if he hadn’t been there and writing plethora of articles in defence of the regime particularly during the Badime war.


        • Rodab

          Hi Super Pappi,
          Yeah I remember some of those you mentioned. Afewerqi and Mobae do not ring a bell. Visafric and Asmarino were the sites I visited, so I remember many of the writers from there. And yes who can forget Dr Tekie’s “Listening to Other Voices” masterpiece. The article even made it to the highly-censored Eritrea Profile news paper. I think it was published on the independent papers too. Gezae Hagos can enlighten on that. But yeah the good Dr was mercilessly attacked for his mild criticism. That must have been one of the memorable PFDJ’s war against logic.
          If you also remember there were notorious pro government pen names like ‘Godena Harnet’ and ‘T.M. Negassi’. Bad/good old days!

          • Papillon

            Kbur Engineer Rodab,

            Yea I remember back then I was in college and it was kind of mesmerizing reading all the articles of high caliber where they gave us a break from the unbearable burden of collage course loads. And of course it was an interesting time to live in as the Chinese saying has it. I think Asmarino.com was the champ back then where all the pros and anti posted their respective articles. I would say the defining moment was the arrest of G-15 and the pro-regime ceased writing on the website all together. But of course before that, Dehai was the hub of intellectual circles where history, philosophy, literature and the hard sciences conversed on par with the Liceum.


      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Dear Rodab,

        I don’t put myself in the same pedestal with this two prolific writers. They were writing in support the regime and war effort at that time. I was against it. The first awate team were the names you mentioned. After Dawit left the team, I don’t know who they brought to the team.

        • Saleh Johar

          Hi Rodab and Amanuel,

          Until the launch of awate.com, the only anti-PFDJ website was meskerem.net (which made a U-Turn a few years ago). Then there was Dehai, a den of PFDJ-is-god and the seed of the Internet version of the PFDJ cult. Then there was asmarino, “aynfeli-aynfelali.” awate.com started with a clear message of reconciliation. Then a year or two later was shabea.org, then shabait.com. There followed the launch of alenalki, biddho, and a few others, including eritrea1.com, and Hafash.com that lasted a few years and went off. messelna.com started aggressively in English, Arabic and Tigrinya, but unfortunately it also went off. Then followed Awana, farajat and nahda, jeberti, deqebat, togoruba, omaal, Hasab, Hafash, gerger, congress party, and many others.

          I met Amanuel for the first time in 2000 in DC when they formed an organization called EIDM, it ended up into three, or more factions and finally died out. Amanuel remained a friend since then and I believe Amanuel started to write publicly around 2002 on awate and I also think he was writing in Tigrinya in the beginning, (Emma, correct me if I am wrong). The initial Awate Team also had someone from Eritrea and Arrarat Eyob. Dawit simply withdrew and Arrarat resigned back in 2004. Since then, we have gone through several changes and still continuing.

          Looking back, over the years there were many anecdotes fit for a memoir, time permitting I might share some of it.

          Happy Awate Day

          • Papillon

            Dear SGJ,

            And of course, Amanuel Eyasu was writing on Asmarino.com under “Kemey Qenikhi Hagerey” before he launched his own website. I remember meselna.com and shimagle.com as well and they both went “bust”. I also remember Adhanom Gebremariam writing “Warsai YkaAlo Wefri Barnet” a sort of dialogue between him and a kid ( a product of the Gedli era.) It sure was an interesting time.

            P.S. I specifically remember the day Awate.com was launched. I was in one of the computer labs in my school working on an assignment and taking a break in between browsing the net and there it was Awate.com. I just can’t believe it’s been 14 years! Amazing.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Abu Saleh(SGJ),

            Not that important, but just for the record, I just checked my record, hard copy (printed from awate) after I came from my work just now. My first article that appeared at awate was on Oct 3, 2000. The title: “Curing the Disease or Alleviating the Pain; or Both”. Actually until you change the rules of posting, back then we were posting articles in all the websites, except in the government mouth piece Dehai and Visafric. Before that I was contributing to “Nestsebraq Eritrea” – a tigrigna megazine publishing every month. And Its headquarter was at Denver, Colorado. Just for the record.

            Amanuel Hidrat

          • saay7

            Hi Emma:

            According to the Way Back Machine, your first article at awate.com was entitled: “The Quest of Democracy: Silenced Intellectuals Start To Speak Out”. It was posted on 9/23/2000.

            The inaugural issue, 9/1/2000 featured
            Beyan Negash’s: “If Hamid Awate Could Speak Out”
            Dawit Mesfin’s “Freedom of Expression”
            Beverly Frogge’s: “Post-War Survival”
            Sal Younis: “A Call To End The Awate Era”
            Menhot Weldemariam’s: “Reconciliation And Unity: Vital Terms In Eritrean Politics”
            Saleh Gad: “Benevolent Opposition”
            Awate Team’s (a) “From The Teachings of Woldeab Woldemariam”


            I am snagging and posting awate.com’s “baby pictures” (inaugural issue) so everybody can say “awwwww”


          • saay7

            Actually, this is the first google crawl of awate.com: it happened on October 16, 2000. So this is a 6-week old awate.com:

          • Semere Andom

            Hi Sal:
            My first encounter with awate was with the article: “Can Eritrea be de-Hidaatized” by Ismail Omer Ali and I think Dawit Mesfin. After 14 years it seems that we are now asking can Eritrea be de-Sophiasized 🙂

          • Shum

            Oh my goodness. That archive is a big blast from the past 🙂 It got me excited and at the same time sad. Fourteen years since this website fired a shot into the PFDJ monster and we’re still at it as a people. I’ve resigned to the fact that everything doesn’t have to happen in my lifetime, but that’s just too long for our people to live like this.

          • Saleh Johar

            Shum, Rodab (and any Geek 🙂
            The archives is just amazing. We have come so long that we tend to forget. For example, today I discovered that the most of the articles that I wrote on Negarit were in Tigrinya…( I forgot that I can write in Tigrinya and Arabic 🙂 Unfortunately they were in Geeztypenet and I can’t read them. I had a dream last night and there were Shum and Rodab telling me they know how to convert them to readable text. Right Rodab:





          • Papillon

            Dear Shum,

            I sure share your frustration but if there is such a thing called a struggle-against-tyranny-O-meter as in evolutionary-time, 14 years is not that long given the fact that the struggle is against a mafia group that has been consolidating its grip on the psych of the population for the last four decades. Instead Awate.com including the other websites should be commended for their steadfastness and informing the public and debunking all the deceit and lies the regime has been spreading to this very day under the guise of “Serving The Truth.”

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Saay,

            You are right, the article you mentioned was my first article in English. I didn’t think that article was also posted at awate, as it was in response to Dr. Okbazghi yohannes which was posted at asmarino.com. My friend you are always fihirra (not in bad term). This will assure us that awate.com will be the archive of our history just from the time it came to exist. Thank my friend for setting the record.

            Amanuel Hidrat

  • aklilu zere

    Happy Birthday to you Awate.Com. You are our Heritge; our Home away from home; our Nation; our Parliament; our University; our Teacher; our Motivator; our Center of continuous improvement; our Conscience; our Beacon of Hope; our Library; our Treasure; our Compass; our Freedom house; our Shelter; our Liberator; our Community; our Guide; our source of Goodness…and many many more amazing things.

  • Rodab

    Happy September 1st to our nation!
    Happy 14th birthday AT!
    And Happy Labor Day everyone!

  • Happy Awate Day to all of you. In the coming days, we will have a few things coming up. Today is a day of reflection, and that is what we will do whenever we are not working on something for you.
    Happy Awate Day 2014