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Eritreans’ Hopefulness & Tigrayans’ Romanticizing HiwHat (ምቁንጃው ህውሓት)

[Correction: we apologize for the technical mistake on the wrong Byline, it’s not Awate Team. The author is actually Beyan Negash/The Editor]

In the long vista of the years to roll,

Let me not see our country’s honour fade:
O let me see our land retain her soul,
Her pride, her freedom; and not freedom’s shade.
From thy bright eyes unusual brightness shed—
Beneath thy pinions canopy my head!”*  John Keats

In the era of social media blitz where plethora of young and old talking heads are populating the medium, it is rather difficult to avoid postures of reductionism towards any idea that one may wish to advance. The latter, however, pales in comparison to the malicious intent of injecting more than hints of doubt in Eritrean national identity, religious identity. Ultimately, it is to accept the absurd notion that Eritrea has no territorial integrity unless and until it joins Tigray. The onslaught is done massively, seemingly, in coordinated fashion, using the optics giving it, effectively, exaggerated sense of legitimacy. Gaslighting is a befitting descriptor to these types of relentless onslaughts because “[w]hen confusion, diversion, distraction and disinformation are ramped up so they become an omnipresent pollutant of public debate, we may end up losing faith in the very possibility of truthful discussion – or in our own views**.”

Saleh Younis’ two initiative articles related to Government in Exile (GiE), for example, were reduced to the resurrection of its aging personalities to have us be led, essentially, from their deathbed by dead men walking. Never mind the insightful observation that any Eritrean could easily associate with one or the other revolutionary org be it by disposition, by association, by affiliation, heck even by civilians marrying former Eritrea’s independence warriors. The elaboration in a much concrete fashion as to what’s meant by the ELF/EPLF schools of thought is now readily available***. Now, the third article is a charmer, where Saleh Younis uses it as a filler for so many loose ends that were lingering in the social media outlets screaming for elaborations. “To hope” for Keats is to “not see [his] country’s honour fade”. To hope for the GiE proponents appears to be “to see our land retain her soul”. To hope, indeed, for all Eritreans should be to see Eritrea’s “pride, her freedom; and not freedom’s shade”.

Hope is the fuel that keeps the opposition move onward and forward fighting until the desired outcome is realized. Hope also fuels passion and compassion toward a cause that one believes in, without which one will be hard pressed to keep galloping toward the political horse race that Eritrea and our region seem to imbue. The hopeful ideas of struggling will continue until that political horse race evolves akin to a communal “hot tea sipping political discourse”, where people can have their differences without needing to violate each other’s rights.  Ideas emanate from these hopeful signs as one struggles to find a viable solution to a protracted problem like Eritrea and its people who have been facing such untold misadventures for the last five decades. Therefore, it isn’t that difficult to surmise that the idea of Government in Exile (GiE) emanates from deep within one’s core thought processes, through countless agonizing-over in search of a solution. The hopeless case of trying to have Eritreans to look within themselves seeming next to impossible to do, at long last, found an opening. Finally, the hopeful signposts for Eritreans to start looking within appear to take hold. But there is another deep-within and deep-without that Eritreans in the opposition must find a way of harmonizing. Here is what’s meant by these dualities:

The enemy within proves to be far more challenging to tackle than the enemy without for the people to rise in unison against something they deeply believe in. So, those with extensive experience about the struggle for justice in Eritrea take their grievances to the airwaves, their trepidations, in some cases their dirty linens out to the public. There appears to be no letting up of discussing every conceivable idea in the social media now days. So, the merits and demerits of GiE, thank goodness, continues to be discussed extensively from all conceivable angles. And those with very little experience who possess very little knowledge on the subject had their say, too. All and all, for once Eritreans started addressing their own issues. This time, the idea of GiE is proving to be durable even after the perceived enemy from without came charging, seemingly purposely or it could’ve been serendipitously, to derail the discussion on GiE.

Dina Mufti’s statements came and went, the subject of GiE continues to captivate Eritreans the world over. A very hopeful sign, indeed, the demon-within is being dealt a deadly blow as it is finally outpacing the enemy-without. This dissonance is finally finding connecting points where the enemy-within and the enemy-without are being dealt spontaneously, thanks to GiE. There is yet another sociopolitical arena that needs to be addressed with a great deal of dispassion. The time for such a discussion will usher a path for GiE to move forward: The question of Tigray/TPLF/EPRDF needs to be disentangled.

There is a huge stop sign – explicit and implicit – that gets in the way when one tries to address the now six-month-old war taking place in Northern Ethiopia, where the Federal government is triangulating the Tigray province using the Amhara militias and a neighboring country, Eritrea in subduing TPLF/EPRDF (HIWHAT). When you enter this highly volatile world, there are several camps that merit identifying. There are those who claim to be Eritreans romanticizing TPLF/HIWHAT more than Tigrayans themselves. There are those Eritreans who see it as Ethiopian issue and the decision for Eritrea to enter the war theater is based on the man at the helm who has had his own personal reasons in wishing to see the TPLF leadership disintegrate. That appears to have been completed. HIWHAT leaders have been dispersed, some were apprehended, some were killed, and some others remain at large. It is a safe bet to state the obvious, HIWHAT is dead. Its epitaph should read: HIWHAT lived by the sword and died by the sword. Period. Eritreans need to focus on their own internal affairs so the epitaph of PFDJ reads akin to that of HIWHAT, hopefully, soon.

References:

(HIWHAT is the Tigrinya acronym of TPLF, the main party within the deposed EPRDF coalition that ruled Ethiopia)

* John Keats  

**Gaslighting:

*** “Gaslighting typically refers to intimate relationships. It’s a way of controlling someone by creating false narratives – for example, that they are irrational or crazy. If such lies are repeated constantly, victims may get confused and start believing there really is something wrong with them. Confusion, diversion, distraction and disinformation can similarly be used to gaslight an entire society.”

***Amanuel Hidrat gives an excellent recap from the Press Conference in which Saleh Younis expounded upon what’s meant by ELF/EPLF schools of thought. I’m taking the liberty to borrow it word for word because that’s exactly what I was going to do after I listened to the first press conference that the GiE gave several weeks ago.

1 – While EPLF’s school of thoughts believe on “centralized unitary government” (CUG) ELF’s school of thoughts believe on “Decentralized unitary government” (DUG).

2 – While EPLF’s school of thoughts believe that “Land belongs to the state” “መሬት ናይ መንግስቲ” ELF’s school of thoughts believe that “land belong to the people” “ መሬት ናይ ህዝቢ”

3 – While the school of thoughts of EPLF don’t believe on official language (all languages are equal), the school of thoughts of ELF believe on official language (Tigrigna & Arabic)

4 – While the school of thoughts of EPLF believe on “individual rights” the school of thoughts of ELF believe on “individual & group rights”

5 – While the school of thoughts of EPLF believe that we have nine social groups “ብሄራት” as defined by languages, the school of thoughts of ELF believe that ethnicity is not defined by language only, but also by the psychological makeup of the social groups (ብሄራት) and hence we can have more than nine social groups. It is up to the social groups to decide their identity, and not the state or the government.

About Beyan Negash

Activist, a writer and a doctoral candidate (ABD) in Language, Literacy, and Culture at New Mexico State University (NMSU). Beyan holds a bachelor of arts in English and a master of arts in TESOL from NMSU as well as a bachelor of arts in Anthropology from UCLA. His research interests are on colonial discourse and post-colonial theories and their hegemonic impact on patriarchy, cultural identity, literacy development, language acquisition as well as curriculum & citizenship. The geopolitics of the Horn of Africa interests Beyan greatly. His writings tend to focus on Eritrea and Ethiopia. Beyan has been writing opinion pieces at awate.com since its inception (1 September 2001).

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  • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

    ክምስ ክትብሊ
    ሃገረይ
    ፍሕሽው ገጽኪ
    ክፍት ከተብሊ መዓረይ
    ሓላለይ

    ናጽነተይ ኢልኪ ክትሕጎሲ
    ዳግማይ ተወሊደ ክትብሊ
    ይዝከረኒ

    ገጽኪ ዘኪረ ናፊቐ
    ምሳኺ ኴነ ከይፍሳህ
    ዓዲ ርሒቐ
    ወይ ድማ ሓሚቐ

    ብሓንሳብ ኴና ከነብዕሎ
    ንጉስ ዓዲ ሃሎ
    ክዕሎ

    ንዓመታ
    ምሳኺ ብጓይላ
    ከነብዕላ
    ቃል ‘ኣቱ
    ባቃ!

    ርሑስ በዓል ናጽነት

  • saay7

    Selamat Beyan and all:

    Happy Independence Day everyone. As intriguing as Keats is (“truth is beauty, beauty is truth: that’s all you know, that’s all you need to know”) and Government in Exile (a unanimous pro-Weyane Senate resolution and Secretary of State statement, without a single mention of Eritrean opposition: thus the urgency of GiE), I am going to excercise my right to luxuriate my mind with the wonder of May 24, and to adopt an attitude of gratitude and thank all our liberation fighters, Jebha, Shaebia and all their splinter groups, and all of those who ran afoul of their leadership and gave their all to allow me to call myself Eritrean. 364 days a year I can complain about the promise betrayed but 1 day a year I owe it to myself to celebrate this thing, this truth, this beauty called Eritrea and the selfless, brave, mythical figures who made it happen.

    And now, for some soundtrack music of our Ghedli:

    Saay

    • Bayan Negash

      merHaba Saay,

      The counter-narrative to Eritrea’s reality as an independent nation has been questioned for far too long. I love the way your note comes roaring to change the course of the opposition, an opposition that ought to be the central figure in any discussions about the fate of Eritrea.

      The gaslighting has gone for far too long. This explanation of what gaslighting means captures it in all of its essences. “Gaslighting typically refers to intimate relationships. It’s a way of controlling someone by creating false narratives – for example, that they are irrational or crazy. If such lies are repeated constantly, victims may get confused and start believing there really is something wrong with them. Confusion, diversion, distraction and disinformation can similarly be used to gaslight an entire society.”

      Indeed, GiE, can change the erroneous trajectory that Eritrea’s opposition narrative has been charting. In that “attitude of gratitude” that you beautifully described, let me share a soundtrack from 1990, on the eve of Eritrea’s independence, the electrifying aura of hope that ጉጅል ባህሊ ውድብ ህ.ግ.ሓ. ኤ. was emitting in Bologna, Italy.

      Happy 30th! (Way too young for Eritreans to lose hope on Eritrea)

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSNrzEWzkww

    • Peace ToAll

      I do not think there is any need to mention toothless internet soldiers of AWATE who are few in number who are incapable of making any changes in the life of eritreans suffering in the so called independent country. You will die in exile

    • iSem

      Hi Sal and all:
      Before I opened the link, I bet against myself what sound track will Sal provide on the one day of beauty and I lost.
      I said, he will provide Merietey, then I changed my mind and said it is ZuraMo hagerka, then I said, no it is Kadija Adem’s Embel Woten, then I said it is Hobay Semay, then I said it is Romay werhii wetsia bsemay by Fihra, then I said, Adbir Adna (Moutnains of our country). Then I said, it is where is his strength by Wedi Tukabo, then I said, it is Zemach.” kab mintay eyu ezi awetat. Then I said it ykalo by wedi Tukul
      I could not settle on what Sal will provide, so I had to settle the bet and I opened it and I lost, it was Fihra but the wrong song 🙂

      • saay7

        Haha iSem:

        But you didn’t lose because the soundtrack was not about beauty but about that special day, that one we say to the Saleh Gs, Emmas, Tsigereda’s, the Mahmudays and the too many to mention “thank you for your service!”

        I picked that song because it’s a chronicle of the final steps (literally) to full independence.

        For beauty, it would be a much different soundtrack. And of course it’s about a girl 🙂

        saay

  • haileTG

    Hello Awatista,

    Happy Independence day!

    Sadly, this is probably the second dark Independence day as the one during the border War. Please be warned with images in the link to follow. It is disturbing and published exclusively by the Telegraph. Hard to read!

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/05/23/exclusive-ethiopians-suffer-horrific-burns-suspected-white-phosphorus/

    • kokhob selamone2

      Dear Haile TH, and all,

      Watch also the same in my Jebena page the video. But, if you are not sensitive..

      KS,,

    • Abi

      ኃይልሽ
      Another one of those FAKE NEWS!!!
      “ኧረ ቀስ ኧረ ቀስ እየተስተዋለ” አለ አስተዋዩ ዘፋኝ!!

      • haileTG

        Merhaba Guad Abi,

        I noted a partisan response to the war in Tigray and the attendant atrocities. For those on PMAA side, it is 100% Fake and for those across the floor also 100% true. Feel free to educate me how to determine the Telegraph news that is supported by witness account, video footage and other graphic mediums can possibly be FAKE?? Yesterday I was hearing a PFDJ supporter suggest that Ethiopia should put up with sanctions and work to eliminate TPLF no matter what it takes – you could understand how terrified he must be. Please don’t let that to happen to your country. Afterall, the great people of Tigray and Amhara lived side by side peacefully for generations. ye nege asibachu zarien tekebaberu teredadu, PFDJ is the only GARBAGE that would stoop that low to deny apparent misery. Ethiopia should take care of all her children better than that.

        • Abi

          ኃይልሽ
          Let us wait for a couple days to verify the fake news you generously provided despite it ruined your Independence Day celebration.
          What makes you believe the Telegraph report that was falsely prepared by ሉሲ ካሣ who is a Tplf supporting activist?

          I agree with the PFDJ supporter that TPLF must be destroyed to the last person. It is a terrorist organization that should be defeated not defended.
          Your problem is in your inability to see Tplf and the people of Tigray separately.
          Regarding ተከባብሮና ተረዳድቶ መኖር: I agree with you. I hope the people of Tigray make the right decision. Ethiopians should not prohibit them if they choose to leave the union.

          • haileTG

            Hey Guad Abi,

            I am still wondering how a video is made like that to give fake account??? Do you think the girl might be acting? Or injured in other accident and she was hired to act in a propaganda to defame his holiness PMAA? How can you fake that?? Seriously, I like to get to the thinking process behind this.

            I agree with you that Tigray should be allowed to declare independence should it desire to do so. But I doubt it very much a sitting central govt. in Ethiopia would give it recognition, hence they can end up in a limbo like Somalialand. Thanks to Ethiopia’s recognition of our declaration of independence, we avoided that narrowly. It is very hard, as it is evident, to separate TPLF from the people of Tigray. That’s why I think going for protracted war is not good for Ethiopia at this time. So, on balance, give Tigray peace or full recognition…andu mreT andu qureT

          • Hashela

            Selam Haile TG

            “Thanks to Ethiopia’s recognition of our declaration of independence…”
            Really?
            በስም ኣብ መልደ መንፈስ ቑዱስ። ጽንሕ ኢልካ ገል ከተስምዓና ኢኻ.

          • haileTG

            Ha ha Hashela,

            Time permitting, keep your prayer dawit close by, narratives will be tested beyond limits. AT is the place to be, top debates on the way… hang around… 🙂

          • Hashela

            Selam Haile GT

            I am all for debates (not to be confused with negate). From a high ranking official of the yet-to-be formed GiE, one expects a faint trace of a healthy patriotism. Especially on our Independence Day, a reality achieved not as a gift from an inherently hostile neighbor, but by paying an enormous sacrifice!

          • haileTG

            Selam Hashela,

            I have one hidden curriculum that I work with here AT university – it is the
            belief that it is dangerous to abandon rational thinking in favor of emotional
            gratification. We see it in a much grand form in Ethiopian political culture,
            yet I feel disappointed that such is taking root in Eritrea too. One cool
            reason I liked EPLF up to independence was their blunt truth. Be it favorable
            or otherwise. Are we now supposed to deny that that had there been crisis in Ethiopia against our independence, soon after its declaration in 93 and the then TPLF leaders were to change their mind on recognizing us, we would have ended up in a limbo?? Was Eritrea not recognized as part of Ethiopian Sovereignty until 91?? Will I be considered PATRIOT to simply alter facts? Is that patriotism or fanaticism? I am still trying to come up with a debate idea that would expose this problem that we are suffering at grand scale at this time. Partisanship and manufactured facts are doing huge damage to our standing as people who can dare to hope against hope because they are humble enough to work under truth. You know common sense is too easy to get, it is when it comes to
            common practice we lose conviction. And our behavior betrays our principle. Let’s tell it as it is.

          • Hashela

            Selam Haile GT

            In 1993, TPLF had no choice but to accept an independent Eritrea.
            In 1998-2000, we saw the all familiar deceptive nature of TPLF and Tigrayan elites.

          • haileTG

            Hey Hashela,

            Did Ethiopians had a choice??

            Independent Eritrea doesn’t need an interested spokes person trying to barter her for his/her political agenda and power grab. I have been through this mischife of sile hagere ertra, sile siweAt, bejakum dew belu kinblexelkum! 🙂 It would suffice if you could tell me that if Ethiopians were to explode into massive protests against the prospect of losing the bahir ber and Meles was to change his mind. Would that not have left us in limbo?? Why do we need to even argue this basic fact? Yes the struggle, the convergence with TPLF and the eventual recognition were all essential parts. Does this sound throwing a baby with bathwater? It is more like bathing with facts like an innocent baby…

          • Hashela

            Selam Haile GT

            you rhetorically asked: “Did Ethiopians had a choice??”

            Ethiopians had and have not business in deciding the fate and future of Eritrea. It was and is the business of Eritreans. I am bit surprise that I have tell this to an Eritrean.

            Under the “leadership” of TPLF, Ethiopians had not choice but to accept a constitution perfectly tailored for the territorial expansion of Tigray and looting of Ethiopia’s wealth.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hailat-TG,

            The thing you are dealing with is a talk after the fact. But the then PM Meles Zenawi has sent a letter to the Security Council of UN to conduct a referendum in Eritrea, and if I am not wrong, it was dated before Dr Amare’s letter for similar request. This made up story they were not for the self-determination of Eritrea is simply false. As far as wayane existed and the regime remain in power, the false story will continue to persist.

            If you carefully read his comment, he is saying those who do not support the “make believe”argument of the regime and his supporters are not trustful. Keep in mind, while he is working in the propaganda of the regime, he never failed to tell us that he is against the regime.

            Regard

          • Hashela

            ክቡር ሓው፣ ከመይ ቀኒካ?

            It seems that you are a bit confused because I don’t fit into your overly simplistic black-and-white schemata when it comes the Eritrean political landscape.

            Independent Eritrea is more than PFDJ/PIA. The latter is evil and ephemeral while the former is sacred and eternal.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            ክቡር ሓው,

            ንመራሕቲ ሃይማኖትካ ትምህር ዘለኻ ትመስል:: ቁሩብ አስብህል አቢልካ ተዛረብ::

          • Hashela

            ሓው ኣማኒኤል

            ተዛሪብካ ኣዛሪብካኒ
            ተመሊስካ ክአ ትኸሰኒ
            መትሐዚኻ ጠፊኡኒ

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            ሰላማት ፕሮፌሰር ኤማ

            ምስልዩነት ኣብ ኤረትራ ምስ ሰፈነ
            ብደዐ ኣነነት ምስተዘውተረ
            ቀታል ረጋጺ ምስ ነገሰ
            ዝነገሰ ንጉስና ምስ ኮነ

            ህዝቢ ተረጊጹ
            ምልኪ መሪጹ
            ውሽጡ ሕሩር ኣስናኑ ገይጹ
            ናጽነቱ
            ኣብ ጁባኡ ሓቢኡ

            ኣብ ድኽነት
            ኣብ ስደት
            ኣብ ቤት ማእሰርቲ
            ብዘይ ገበን ክበሊ
            ምስ መረጸ

            ኣምላኽ ሰሚዕዎ
            ፍረ ጸሎቱ ሂብዎ

            ከምዚ ምስኮነ ‘ዩ be careful what you wish ዝበሉ

          • Peace ToAll

            No wander why the Somaliland is still not recognized

          • Abi

            ኃይልሽ
            ኃይልዬን ምን ነካብኝ ዛሬ? ኧረ ጎበዝ ኃይልሽን አንድ በሉት!!
            መለስ እኮ አባረራችሁ እንጂ አልሸኛችሁም::
            Again, wait for couple of days to learn how they orchestrated the fake news.
            BTW, that is a top class facility where the photoshop occurred.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hailat-TG,

            When time permits we will argue on your hypothesis as to whether there will be Ethiopia without “Tigray” and “Tigray people” – the cradle of Ethiopian classical civilization. Second, if Tigray declare its self- determination, will the rest of Ethiopian entities could hold together or face the fate of the old Yugoslavia. Let us visit it after the end of the war that preoccupied us, as it should be. Because our young are thrown in to the unjustifiable ethnic war of Ethiopia.

            Regard

          • haileTG

            For Sure Aman! The only puzzle piece that doesn’t fit in is that no one would recognize Tigray unless the central government in Ethiopia blesses it. The USA and the world waited to get Ethiopian blessing in 93 before recognizing Eritrea. The US recognition press statement at the time reads:

            The United States recognized the Republic of Eritrea on April 27, 1993, when the American consulate at Asmara informed Eritrean authorities of this decision on the same date Eritrea declared its independence. Eritrea previously had been under Ethiopian sovereignty.

            Tigray being under Ethiopian sovereignty, what path way do you see forward. However, feel free to revisit this question later at an apportune time as you said.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hailat-TG,

            When the Eritrean referendum result presented to the general assembly for approval, I remember some of the member states in the debate were saying “if Ethiopia has accepted the result, then ….” kind of statements. If my memory serves me well, India was one of them. So You are right it makes easy if recognition also comes from Ethiopia. But if not, and if the Tigrains opted to secede, they will stand their ground. Let me stop it here to avoid the debate on the subject at this time.

            Regard

          • Peace ToAll

            Think about Kosovo, former Yugoslavia how they disintegrated.

  • Brhan

    Hello Awate
    No Visas for Ethiopian or Eritrean gov’t officials
    “The time for action from the international community is now. Today, I am announcing a visa restriction policy under Section 212(a)(3)(C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act on the issuance of visas for any current or former Ethiopian or Eritrean government officials, members of the security forces, or other individuals—to include Amhara regional and irregular forces and members of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF)—responsible for, or complicit in, undermining resolution of the crisis in Tigray. ”

    https://www.state.gov/united-states-actions-to-press-for-the-resolution-of-the-crisis-in-the-tigray-region-of-ethiopia/

    • kokhob selamone2

      Yes Brhan,

      This is easy one ..I think more will come..

      KS,,

  • Peace ToAll

    Happy independence day
    ይኽደንክን ኣዴታት ኤርትራ ምስ ብዓል ኣየለ ምስ ብዓል በቀለ ሰሙን ተሪፉና ክንፈላለ` ከምዘይበልክን፡ ኣብ ዝባን ደቅኽን ከይምለሱኽን – ፍረ ተደምረናል
    48,824 views•May 22, 2021

    ENJOY YOUR INDEPENDENCE WITH THIS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfmnNtjcrOE

  • Abi

    Hello residents
    Its been a while since we heard from IsmailAA . Last I read he was not feeling well. Anybody with any news?

  • Brhan

    Hello Awatista,

    Happy independence day

    In its May 22, 2021 “The Economist” under the title of “The would-be master of the Horn

    Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki bids for regional greatness. But his latest gamble is risky.”wrote an interesting article. https://www.economist.com/middle-east-and-africa/2021/05/22/eritreas-president-issaias-afwerki-bids-for-regional-greatness

    Aljazeera Arabic covered the article (https://www.aljazeera.net/news/politics/2021/5/23/إيكونوميست-حرب-أفورقي-الحالية-على ), and I would like to share with you my reading to main point of the coverage and invite civilized discussion. Note that highlights are mine.

    1. Afeworqi’s foreign policy consists of 3 main axes: The first is his belief that the Horn of Africa is a “bear hole” where there are no permanent friends. Second, the use of force is always legitimate. Third, even a tiny and developing country like Eritrea can – with cruelty and cunning – have a power many times its weight, “Ask North Korea.”

    2.The article also said that the breakdown in Afewerki’s relations with his old comrades in the Tigray testified to his belief that he could not trust any ally, and Eritrea’s defeat in the border war with Ethiopia (1998-2000) made him bitter.

    3.The report said that the destruction caused by the Eritreans in Tigray reflects more than the desire for revenge, as it stems from Afewerki’s long-standing conviction that the Tigrayans threaten the very existence of his country, and the Eritrean president took advantage of the presence of his forces in Tigray to slaughter youth and plunder the infrastructure, food, and medical supplies It destroyed two camps in the area hosting Eritrean refugees and dissidents.

    Nevertheless, the report says that Afewerki’s ambitions go beyond Tigray and quotes Sei Abraha, the former Ethiopian Defense Minister, as saying that eliminating the Tigrayan forces is related to removing an obstacle on his way to Addis Ababa and the region. Getting to Ethiopia’s wealth.

    New conglomerate

    In his attempt to gain control of the Horn of Africa, Afwerki sought to influence Abiy Ahmed, who ran a country larger and more critical than Eritrea.

    Last year, with the support of the Ethiopian and Somali leaders, Afewerki created a new regional bloc he hopes to replace the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), which was until now the premier club in the region, and also includes Djibouti (the seat of its secretariat), Kenya, Sudan, and Uganda.

    The three leaders seek to win South Sudan to join the new club, and this particularly annoys Djibouti, and even more controversial is the rumors of plans to link Ethiopia and Eritrea with some union, and their armies cooperate along the fragile border between Ethiopia and Sudan, as well as in Tigray.

    The report quoted analysts in the region saying, “Afewerki will never allow any union with Ethiopia that he is not allowed to control.

    Tigray swamp

    For now, Afwerk has more pressing concerns, and his forces are mired in the Tigray swamp. Although he agreed to last March to withdraw his troops from this region, a senior official in the US State Department said: “We do not see anything that leads us to believe that there are preparations on the ground for such a withdrawal.”

    The Economist concluded its report by saying that Afewerki’s survival in power depends on victory in his last war in the Tigray region, and cited a phrase by Dan Connell, author of a book on Eritrea’s war of liberation, saying, “Afewerki mortgaged the house and threw everything on it … he must fight to the end.”

  • haileTG

    Hey Awatista,

    As IA prepares his annual “Lie to the Nation” speech on the occasion of May 24th, I really hope his supporters reflect on how he managed to put the country so far behind even by the standards of the emergent economies in Africa. Here on this video, the focus is East Africa and how it is becoming an investment hub after the bigger economies of the continent. Notice that the only mention of Eritrea is to do with regards to its war. In my humble estimation, if we start today, we will need at least 15 – 25 years (at great speed) to even catch up to where some of these regional countries are at now. Adi Halo is not the way to go surely:)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BblWXJVwp7Y

    • Abi

      ኃይልሽ
      Derg kept Asmara University open to the last day.
      “ሁሉን ቢናገሩት ሆድ ባዶ ይቀራል” ይላሉ የታች ቤት ዘመዶችህ::
      እስቲ በጥልሽ ትንሽ ዘና በል::

      “ያሳለፍነው ዘመን ደስታን ያየንበት
      ተመልሶ ቢገኝ አሁን ምን አለበት”
      https://youtu.be/-nkqfmurhF0

      • haileTG

        Haha…keza’m yemibelT enchilalen Guad Abi. SeyTan silemeTabn buzuwoch demo letegadalay blew jemrew seyTan mamlek gebu.

        But Guad Abi, to those who misunderstand, let me make it clear – we are capable of far more than Derg. Mengie’s time is superior to Isaias hands down. That is a FAILED stamped certificate to PFDJ and IA and their goons, NOT to deqi Erey:)

        • Abi

          ኃይልሽ
          የኤርትራውያንን ብቃት ለኔ ትነግረኛለህ? እነሱን ተጠግቼ ኑሮዬን እየገፋሁ:) ቶፕ ሼልፍ ኩዋሊቲ!!
          I have no doubt Eritreans can do miracles!! They can achieve the highest in every aspect. I’m giving you hard times just because I like to spice up things.

          Ok, back to seriousness.
          Now that we established that Derg was much better than the government you helped installed, it is time for BDB ( Bring Derg Back!!) campaign.

          • haileTG

            Hehe…why not send IA with Derg and have Eritrea rehabilitate campaign instead. Derg is good at keeping it the same, we like building better and bigger.

          • Abi

            ኃይልሽ
            Back in the days of Honeymoon, while you were busy with a nonstop ጏይላ and worshiping ወዲ አፎም ( የናቅፋ አንበሣ) , we used to say ሻዕቢያ ማለት ደርግ በትግርኛ ነው::
            Now you want to keep Derg and IA in the same place.
            እንደ ፈቃድዎ ይሁን ጌታው!

            Did you just say “ we like building better and better “. When did it happen?
            ስታፈርሱ እንጂ ስትገነቡ አልታይቶም አልተሰምቶም!!

          • haileTG

            Gua Abi,

            That’s lie to say we didn’t build. Didn’t we build…..(give me a second, I will be back) 🙂

          • Abi

            ኃይልሽ
            ባለፉት ሰላሳ ዓመታት ፈልገህ ያጣኸውን ግንባታ በሰከንዶች ውስጥ ከየትልታመጣው ነው?

          • Hashela

            Selam Abi

            It seems that at some point you stopped refining your hilarious Tigrinya. None stop ጓይላ is called ወጋሕ ትበል ለይቲ.

            Not sure what make of Awates’ bold declaration that TPLF is dead.
            Declaring a wounded friend as a dead to safe him from the approaching law enforcement!

          • Saleh Johar

            Ahlan Hashela,

            Could you please clarify who and where did Awate make the “bold declaration that TPLF is dead”?

          • Hashela

            Selam Saleh

            “HIWHAT lived by the sword and died by the sword” wrote Awate Team 7 days ago.

          • Abi

            Hashela
            You, unlike Ato Saleh, paid a very close attention to the article above.
            The author of the article is Team Awate.

          • Hashela

            Abi

            One hopes that Ato Saleh is not pushed away and banned from his editorial handling by the new and reinvigorated Team

          • Abi

            Hashela
            I believe Ato Saleh has been transferred from Print department to Audiovisual department.
            Look at the new hat and scarves on the latest Negarit.
            His hat and hairstyle is just like the former kings .

          • Hashela

            Abi

            I haven’t looked at the latest Negait edition.
            As you correctly pointed out, big changes are discretely communicated by not-so discrete changes in dressing

          • Abi

            Hashela
            Rumor has it a Hollywood stylist has been hired on a temporary basis by the Audiovisual department.
            Looking sharp for the inauguration of GiE!!

          • Hashela

            Abi

            It is obvious that you want to drag me into discussion where I will end up as the latest victim of the broom police

          • Abi

            Hashela
            Light jokes are always welcome at this land specially on weekends.

          • Saleh Johar

            Abi,
            Did you see the latest Ad?
            It reads, “Shuruba stylist needed.”

            I am sure you know a few but they should not come accompanied by men carrying swords, just in case.

          • Saleh Johar

            Hashela,
            That is how it looks! But the process has a probation period–who knows what happens next.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Abi,

            Remember I said “Beyan” as the author of the article you corrected me, that he was not.

            It didn’t appear to me as AT editorial but I guessed Beyan as he coined the term ምቅንጃው ህዋሐት

          • Abi

            Berhe
            What does ምቅንጃው mean?

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Abi,

            It is derived from the word ቆንጆ and it means to try to make someone or something look beautiful.

            I think Beyan can explain why he chose ምቅንጃው instead of ምጽባቕ as it’s mostly common in Eritrea.

            But it may be ምቅንጃው is more popular in Tigray.

          • Abi

            Berhe
            “መልከጥፉ በሥም ይደግፉ” መሆኑ ነው!

          • Saleh Johar

            Abi,
            You are absolutely correct. I didn’t pay attention to it, neither did Beyan. We talked a couple of days ago and he didn’t bring that up. I gracefully accept the mistake and should have discovered it, I didn’t. Is that the last strike on my my record? Be gentle 🙂

          • Hashela

            Selam Saleh, Selam Beyan

            Beyan, sorry for getting you in troubles, a good trouble Lewis (RIP) would say.

            It is reminiscent to the situation when Fox News declared that Arizona is lost to Biden. Fox News got scolded by the Republicans and Trump, notwithstanding that the news agency was correct with its projection.

            Saleh, “ድሕሪ ሰለፋ እንታይ ተረፋ” ድየ ድብሃል።
            When the Editor of Awate declares that TPLF is clinically dead, it more than an opinion of an individual.

          • Saleh Johar

            Hashela,
            It would not be you if you don’t keep hitting despite the explanation. Go ahead my friend, hit more–some might think it’s graceful 🙂

          • Abi

            Selam Ato Saleh
            በእርስዎ እንደማልጨክን ልቦናዎ እያወቀ ምነው ጠረጠሩኝ ጌታዬ?

          • Abi

            Hashela
            Glad to see you back. Now that school is finished, we like to see you more often.
            Do you know some snakes play dead in order to deceive the hunters? Thing is that trick doesn’t work all the time.

  • Brhan

    Hello Awate,
    A. Ahmed Ali says Isayas Afeworki’s troops killed civilians in Tigray, Ethiopia. Game on!

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Selam Hailat (TG) and all,

    The bitsefrina regime defaults on 286 million loan from National bank of Qeter. It is reported that. The Qatar National Bank (QNB) filed its complaint against the State of Eritrea in the United States District Courts of Washington. Refer to the link below:

    https://www.reclaimeritrea.com/2021/05/21/eritrea-defaults-on-a-286mn-loan-from-qatars-national-bank/

    Regards

    • haileTG

      Merhaba Aman,

      The regime of IA is petty thief. The big words it used such as those of “self sufficiency” or “self reliance” are bogus sermon phrases for its cult followers. The regime has never built a single known manufacturing plant of any sort, nor a stretch of 10km modern road anywhere in the country that it reduced to a dust bowl. The Derg at least managed to keep every single factory inherited from the Italians in working order, it repaired Asmara’s roads regularly, maintained the capital’s water and electricity supply efficiently. The thieves we have now managed to close down almost every single one of those. You now have to make a big round turn to avoid major holes in Asmara’s roads and it is incredibly hard to figure out where exactly they siphon off the money they steal from our poor people??? Can you imagine celebrating 30th year of independence without building a single factory to sow for it? Think of how Kigali looked like in 1993, a very typical poor city in Africa. Here is a video of what they turned it to in those almost 30 years [<5min]. The thief in Asmara has robbed Eritreans so much opportunity. Shame!

      Kigali Rwanda 1992

      https://youtu.be/1fPoTKghpZY

      Kigali Rwanda 2020

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AVuNmwBeMo

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        ሰላም ሃይላት,

        ዶ/ር ተስፋርያም ንኹነታትናን ንኹነታት ዓድናን: ነዚ ንስኻውን ኣብ ላዕሊ ጠቂስካዮ ዘለኻ ኩነታትና ከምዚ ክብል ይገልጾ::

        “ዓዲ ክንሃንጽ ኣይኮንነን (አይኮነንሲ)
        ነቲ ዝነበረ’ውን ክንዕቅቦ ኣይከኣልናን”

        A very true statement!

        Here is the link what the good doctor has to say.

        https://www.bbc.com/tigrinya/news-57216996

        • haileTG

          Thanks Aman H,

          I know the world has seen big and small dictators all over, but I wonder if there was ever a single government that built exactly 0 things in a country in 30 years? I bet IA regime is the only one of its kind. Happy Independence days btw!

  • Aman Y.

    ሓደ ንኹን ተአሚ’ና ፍልልይና
    አበይ ንእሰራ ጤል ኮይኑ ክይዓደግና

    ንኹሉ ዝጠምር ዝርጎደ ፍሕሶ
    ከጽንዖዩ ንብረትና ከውሕሶ

    ክንዛረብ መሰልና
    ሕጊ ይኹን መበግሲና

    ዘተና ይኹን ዘሰማምዕ
    ብግመል ወይ በውሊዕ

    ምስ ትዓድገት ጤል
    GiE ገቢርና ወኪል

    ትግራይ ወይ ሱዳን
    መእሰሪአ ሽዑ ንውስን

    ክንዛረብ መሰለና
    መበገሲ ንግብሮ ሕግና

  • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

    ዓዋተ
    ዓርቢ ምድሪ
    ትዓጽዉ ድኳንኩም
    ወረ ‘ታይ ገበርናኩም?

    ምናልባሽ ዶ
    ሰብ ግብረ-እከይ
    መሓውር ዘርጊሖም
    ናይ ወትሩ ስራሖም

    ዶ ዋላስ
    መዓልቲ ስግዳን ኔሩ
    ንዝተበደሉ
    ጸሎት ክትገብሩ

    ደሓን ናይ ትማልስ ድሕሪ ሕጂ ከይድገም

    • kokhob selamone2

      Dear MM,

      ምናልባሽ ዶ
      ሰብ ግብረ-እከይ
      መሓውር ዘርጊሖም
      ናይ ወትሩ ስራሖም

      Yep mm, I think this is the most probable reason,,

      Are you reading my Jebena page? I advice you to read it daily.

      መክት —ሓንሳብ ተላዓል :-
      መክት —ጸረ ኣሽካዕላል:-
      መክት— ወጽዓ ኣይትቀበል:-
      መክት ባንዴራኻ ኣንበልብል::

      KS,,

      • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

        ሰላም ኮኾባይ
        ግጥምታታካ ይበል ‘ዩ ዘብል!
        ሓቅኻ: ኣብ ጀበና ካብዘይዛወር ግዜ ሓሊፉ።
        ቀጽሎ ጥራይ!

  • said

    Greetings,
    Interesting article ,by UK MAGZIN The Economist.
    ERITREA, AFRICA’S GULAG STATE, IS ON THE MARCH
    President Issaias Afwerki is fanning war and undermining democracy across the region.

    Issaias seems to be trying to export his model of despotic rule. Western governments are belatedly waking up to the horrors in Tigray. In April the European Union cancelled €100m ($122m) of aid that would have gone to Eritrea. In March it imposed financial sanctions on Eritrea’s intelligence agency. Diplomats say that wider American and eu sanctions may be imposed soon.
    Pls see The link to Economist . Eritrea, Africa’s gulag state, is on the march | The Economist
    https://www.economist.com/leaders/2021/05/22/eritrea-africas-gulag-state-is-on-the-march

    Pls see 2nd link of same article

    https://puntlandpost.net/2021/05/22/eritrea-africas-gulag-state-is-on-the-march/

  • Woldegabriel Tesfamariam

    Selam All,
    We always wonder why politicians act the way they they do. Political scientists could provide us with a better insight and explanations to such behaviors. To my limited knowledge and experience, however, it falls into intent. For some, it is a burning fire that induces them to fight for what they believe, which culminates into principles. For others, it is a political situation to be exploited. Why by the latter ones act the way they do is something to ponder, which of course is never linear. Like a “moving average” they change their positions based on distorted assessment: (a) political trend (b) powers to be, and (c) perceived comprehensions of international standpoint. The basic faultline in their assessment falls at their sheer ignorance of the Eritrean dynamics. These politicians have no qualms to flip flop because they think their audience has short memories and wouldn’t remember while they continue building their fan club.
    isayas fooled us for long, but we have learned our lessons the hard way. Forewarned is forearmed. Nonetheless, we will continue to navigate our ship in such troubled water with patience, resilience, focus and vision to reach our destination surely and safely.

    • Berhe Y

      Selam Wondegebriel,

      May not be directly related to your comment but I want to share with you this video I watched yesterday of Dr. Habteab Yemane, on the team of GiE NTT.

      As much as I feel despair sometimes, but its reassuring that there are a lot of people dedicating their lives to see a just Eritrea. With all the obstacles they faced, I think they did a great deal of work to create a conductive system of justice and rule of law. May be all was trumped by the president and his office, but thank God we don’t have to start from scratch.

      Berhe

  • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

    ሰላማት

    ባሊቃ ዘይብሉ ጠርሙዝ
    ነቓዕ ሓንጎል ህግደፍ

    ምስስል ኣለዎም
    ብክሻፋ ንዝሪኦም
    ይብል ኣነ

    ክልቲኦም
    ዝነፈሰ ውሽጦም
    ምጉሓፍ ጥራይ ‘ዩ ፈውሶም

  • haileTG

    Selamat awatista!

    One thing that is unique about the AT forum/University is the fact that generally speaking, difficult topics can be discussed with great civility. It is important to acknowledge this because it doesn’t come without hard work and consistent watchfulness of those who run it. In the typical social media forum, such questions as we have been discussing would quickly deteriorate into Jerry Springer type interactions. That is understandable, as the subjects under consideration are naturally emotionally charged and volatile. So, kudos to AT for creating such an orderly atmosphere.

    Speaking of orderliness, a constitution is essentially a democratic order. It is important that all topics, easy and difficult, be discussed and examined. With that in mind, Eritrea has a ratified constitution of 1997. But, given the the various school of thoughts in the opposition camp, and noting that the GiE envisages implementation of the 97 constitution as a spring board for much wider participatory environment to replace/modify it, there is no doubt that the constitutional make up is a foundational edifice of the society to be built. Since the salient issues of our social challenges can only be resolved through an agreed upon constitutional framework:

    1 – Do you believe that the 97 constitution is sufficient and must be implemented

    2 – Do you believe that the 97 constitution is deficient and must be modified

    3 – Do you believe that the 97 constitution is unworkable and must be replaced

    4 – Or we should enthrone someone and have a monarchy (just kidding…pls don’t choose this!)

    Thanks

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Hailat (TG),

      I will answer your question easily, because I have an established position against it, from its process until the despot throw it to the dust bin. So here are my answers to your question.

      1 – No. It is a completely flaw document. it is drafted based on the political charter of a political org ( as per the chairman of the commission).

      2 – except the bill of rights, it is unmodifiable document.

      3 – Yes. it is unworkable document unless it is enforced by decree.

      NB: The reasons of my objection to this document is in the archive of Awate as well as in the public domain at large. Besides, the GIE have established the school of thoughts of the two political culture that Eritreans are divided. Imagine if these school of thoughts were debated during the constitutional process, we wouldn’t come with this flawed document. Viva GIE to bring these two school of thoughts as the basis of our future constitutional process.

      Regard

      • haileTG

        Thanks Aman H,

        Thanks. Yes, I know your long established views on this. Two questions based on you answers here:

        1 – You mentioned the “bill of rights”. What are those, can you give few examples?

        2 – Do you think that the GiE schools of thought does indirectly affirm a position on one of those I listed? If so, which one[s]

        Thanks

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Hailat (TG),

          Here are my answers:

          1 – The bill of rights are universal. To mention some:
          a – freedom of press
          b- freedom of speech
          c- freedom of religion
          d- freedom to assemble …..etc.

          2 – I don’t think so. Because it should be left to the transitional government that should be formed after the fall of the despot and the dismantling the institutions of the regime.

          Regard

          • haileTG

            Hey Aman,

            Sorry my late response! Actually, ‘the school of thought’ idea is really instructive on the opposite views on fundamental issues that is upheld by different segments of our society. For e.g. Unitary/decentralized govt, land ownership, languages and ethnicity…these questions are obviously constitutional in nature. However, it is hard to see how they would be bridged when/if a new constitution was to be drafted as #3 of my original Q envisions it.

            Israel had initially a set date to write a constitution by on its declaration of independence. However, due to an irreconcilable differences in the Knesset, it was unable to do so. Therefore, it now has an uncodifies constitution as many other such countries (China, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia…). I think that if the 97 constitution is rejected, Eritrea may be one of those countries with uncodified constitution (legal instruments are instead derived from various customs and precedents).

            Are you hopeful that Eritrea’s opposing aspirations for the basis of a constitutional order that upholds the positions of the two broad ‘schools of thought’ can be bridge and a constitution would be codified?

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hailat (TG),

            Glad we are live after blackout for one day. Now back to your question.

            Hailat, I am really optimistic we will draft a constitutional document that we all could respect and defend, after the demise of the despot. Until then, I don’t see any kind of solution at least in the near future. If we can agree on forming the GIE, that will surely give us some kind of hope on the prospect of drafting a constitution that we can all agree on.

            Second, in my view an uncodified document can not hold intact the multicultural society of African countries in general and our Eritrea in particular. Uncodified document can be applicable either in the developed countries like Great Britain, New Zealand, lsrael …etc or repressive regimes like the communist of China and the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The two school of thoughts have taken roots in the Eritrean society. One who deny this truth, is one who doesn’t understand the Eritrean politics of 50 years that took us to civil wars. I hope I answered your question.

            NB: Watch those who see the Eritrean politics with the lenses of the highlanders only.

            Regard

      • Mez

        Hi dear Amanuel H and all,
        These days–in the talks related with GiE–and further discussions, we are talking more and more about “two school of thoughts”.

        Do we really have them, and call them TWO differet school of thoughts. I am also referring with this the five differences listed by Saay a couple of weeks ago.

        For me they sound, and test the same, albite their wording.

        Thanks

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Prof Mez,

          Regarding the two school of thoughts, you asked, do we really have them?

          The answer is astoundingly “Yes”. Those two school of thoughts are permeated in to the mind of Eritreans in the last 50 years. We bleed for them we died for them. Believe it or not the two school of thoughts actually created two political culture in Eritrea.

          Second, for you the five points of difference “sound and test the same”. They don’t mean and sound the same,

          1 – DUG is not the same with CUG

          2 – Land owned by the state is not the same land owned by the people

          3 – to advocate for official language is not the same to oppose to have an official language.

          4 – to believe on “individual and group rights” is not the same as to believe on individual rights only. By the way all these issues are constitutional issues.

          Regards

          • Mez

            Good day Amanuel H,
            Let me focus on #2)
            Land owned by state (the governing body–executive & legislative) is essentially EQUIVALENT to land owned by the people (the electorate).

            ON 3): knowing that the GCC countries, Sudan, Egypt, are all becoming our vital trade targets at our doorstep, it is only natural that the Arabic language would get wider usage. Knowing that we could position ourselves as logistical, fresh agricultural produces, and sort of weeks tourism (proximity and climate caused) will further enforce this. Hence, language issue will be automatically solved with market openings and regional macroeconomic integration.

            ON 5): there is a clear understanding that no one can talk on the others behalf. The challenge there will be respect of rights while finding enough common ground to look after ones daily life.

            Yes, all the themes are more of fundamentals–hence more of constitutional.

            Thanks

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Prof Mez,

            I am sure you are purposely misleading your readers. You have said:

            “Land owned by state is essentially EQUIVALENT to land owned by the people”

            I am doing this purposely to highlight your statement in order to pay attention your readers your misleading statement. Let me try to show that your “equivalence” argument is deadly wrong and here it is:

            (i) when land is owned by the people, It means “the people” can either use the land for themselves or sell it for others at their own decision.

            (ii) when the land is owned by “the state” it means “the state” has the power to possess and disposes the land. By that it means the state has the “power” to sell the land to the highest bidder, be it to foreigner bidders or domestic bidders.

            Now how an educated academician can tell us that the essence of the two messages is equivalent? I will let it for our readers.

            Second, to have a “declared official language” is not the same to a “declare for equal language” knowing the dominant working language among the equals is only tigrigna language. You seem you don’t know the Eritrean politics. It is such attitudes that the Eritrean social groups other than the tigrigna social group are framing the Eritrean politics by religion to challenge the hegemony they are facing. Take a note of this, if you haven’t realized it so far.

            Third, the 3rd point could be done the same argument with the same framing.

            Now, there is only way to save our politics from framing by religion. And that is: to recognize their grievances and address them properly. At the heart of their demand is the recognition of “a fair share” in the politics and economy of the nation. So in short the key demands are:

            (a) recognition of grievances

            (b) recognition of fair share

            Now it is your turn.

            Regard

          • Mez

            Hi Amanuel H,

            The word EQUIVALENT was used by me to show that they both came from leftist movements (one via Damascus, Baghdad, and Cairo; and the other probably directly imported from former USSR, China, and derived from former eritrean ethiopian students political activism).
            Please take a mote that, non of them stated land can be owned ptivately–and by extension a commodity; they rather play with the words.

            Thanks

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Prof Mez,

            This is another twist and diversion. Your debate was on the “five points of difference” and one of them is about ownership of land. I quoted your statement and argued on it. It wasn’t about wording. It was about land ownership. I will leave it for your readers. With that I close my case.

          • Mez

            Hi Amanuel H,

            As a matter of fact, I have a problem with all five of them. Probably a researcher may pick them up.

            Thanks for engaging.

  • Berhe Y

    Dear Beyan,

    Thank you for the article and I like the title of your article. After I had marathon of exchanges, with HaileTG, I had listened fully the interview of Yosief Ghebehiwet with TMH. I hope you had listed it in full the title was ጨካነ ስራዊት ኤርትራ: ዕላምኡን ሳዕቤናቱን on TMH.

    I wasn’t surprised by the allegations he was making, even though how he was able to come to that conclusion without remotely close to have conducted a full investigations. What I was surprised the most was, how he fit himself and what he is, such as:

    1) He is with the Tigray people advocating for their plights, consistently referring his activities “ንሕና ንገብሮ ዘለና: ንሕና ክንገብሮ ዘለና”.
    2) He was consistently referring the Eritrean soldiers, army as “they”. Not only that he was using all kinds of names to describe them, to dehumanizing them አንበጣ: እግሪ ፈትሊ:
    3) The most eye popping allegations he was making “in the last 2 months, the Eritrean army committed more crimes that than crimes committed by the past two Ethiopian administration (derg and HS) combined.
    4) He made up 8 list how the war is conducted and what the purpose was, “ethnic cleansing” and “genocide”.
    5) The worst part is, he was sometimes laughing, sometimes smiling when he was retelling the gruesome crimes. He said for example “they asked a priest to rape his own daughter and when he refused they shot and killed him and they whole army gang raped the girl”. I expect a normal person to cry or become emotional when telling such story but not smiling and sometimes laughing.
    6) I have heard a lot of Eritreans repeating such allegations and it’s the talking point of Assenna and many people in the opposition as well.

    I think you have put this nicely, where Eritrean political divide is today, when you wrote:

    There are those who claim to be Eritreans romanticizing TPLF/HIWHAT more than Tigrayans themselves. There are those Eritreans who see it as Ethiopian issue and the decision for Eritrea to enter the war theater is based on the man at the helm who has had his own personal reasons in wishing to see the TPLF leadership disintegrate.

    I personally belong to the second group and I wish the people of Tigray better days. My interest and my question is, what should be the stand the GiE should take when it comes to this issue. I don’t to put them in the spot but I think, this issue is going to drain any progress that would be possible.

    Because I don’t think any group or person would come to an agreement in how they would like to work together to chart our path.

    If it was me, I would highly encourage that GiE would take the second path, and stay out of Ethiopian affairs, except within its power try to influence the international community to pressure Eritrea to withdraw and stay out.

    Other than that, they should not take the TPLF side and immerse themselves in the Tigray / Ethiopia politics. Those Eritreans who chose to support it, can do so as they wish but it’s important that yes time is wasted to bridge this gap as there is “reasonable expectations to determine what’s facts and what’s fiction and what’s someone else agenda”.

    ጌጋ ይኽልአለይ እምበር ፅምዶ ሕጂ ትርጉማ ተረዲአትኒ::

    • Abi

      Berhe
      I seriously doubt that this article is penned by Bayan Negash. It sounds like someone’s comment turned article on a slow news day.
      Have you noticed that the article is only a day old with comments as old as 15 days?
      I followed your debates with His Greatness. I’ve warned you not to get in a cage fight with him. Never!! Now you lost your eyes and couldn’t tell who wrote the article. For a person who strongly believes that it is a curse to live next to Ethiopia, you are having a hard time.
      Take it easy.

      • Berhe Y

        Hi Abi,

        Debate HTG. Do give me load than I can carry “ዘይ ዓቅመይ አይተሰክመኒ”, Haile will translate for you. Business is a bit slow, after spending hours abs hours watching the Giro (where 3 Eritreans are computing, it’s such an accomplishment in its own) but none us making moves / taking risk to excite to raise my blood sugar levels yet.

        Now I am cursed that you will forever remind me something I have not said (at least in the way you interpret it).

        What I meant is what I am currently feeling from the “elite” including our own, who are baptized by your elite and that is really a curse.

        I have been following Eritrean politics actively for at least 30 plus years. I have never heard one word negative attributed to Sudan elite or politicians”. The only words I exchange when I meet Sudanese people is. Akhwan, Tefedel and I can say the same thing about Somali people, werya, werya…. smile and say by (except when I played soccer against them:).

        Off course the Ethiopian people are the same.

        It’s just the politicians and their elite, like you :). Kidding, I like you.

        • Abi

          Berhe
          Stop watching this Giro thing and watch Chelsea play Leicester City . A very important game to qualify for champions league.
          After the game you will continue searching for a babysitter for Eritrea. Commonwealth, Arab league, IGAD, Tigray Kingdom, Agazian republic,… plenty to choose from!
          I like you too.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Abi,

            I try to mix it up…I am learning that I was not really that fanatic about soccer since the Pandemic, my interest is fading slowly and can’t put up the whole time, it’s getting so boring:) compared to cycling. 180 cyclists going at a fast speed watching 4 hours goes so fast..

            ኣንተ ዝም ብለይ ሁሌ የፈረንጆች ጨዋታ ብቻ ከማየት የኣገርህ ሰው ብትጨመርበት የበለጠ ያምር ነበር።

            It’s not searching for babysitter bur rather setting the goal and join and being part of the civilized world and leave the jungle life for you:).

            “If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success.” Says James Cameron.

            Speaking of setting goals so high, this Eritrean cyclist believe they can win the yellow jersey or the malia Rosa or stage win.

            Look out for Natnael Tesfatsion, he finished top 20 twice at the Giro 2021 so far and this is his first appearance.

          • Bayan Negash

            Selam Abi and Berhe Y.,
            It so happened I am reading a book of short stories in Tigrinya: It is entertaining. Absurdly funny. Seriously penetrating. It captivates the reader through and through. Did I say I like it; strike that, I love it.
            So, there is an entry about soccer that I thought I’d share with you soccer funs. For context, I’m sharing the beginning of the story and then I’ll jump to the part of bantering about sport. Abi, see how much of it you get, at least at the sport part.

            ሳርዲን

            ምስ ኣዕሩኸይ ሰዓትን ቦታን ቈጸራ ምንግጋር ካብ እንገድፎ ሓሙሽተ ዓመት ሓሊፉ ነበረ። ኣብ ሓንቲ ቦታ፡ ቅድሚ ቀትሪ ሰዓት 10፡00፡ ኣጋ-ምሸት ከኣ ሰዓት 5፡00 ብዘይ ምብኳር ተራኺብና። ክንድኡ ከም ዝገበርና ዮናታን’ዩ ኣረጋጊጹለይ። ኣብ ውሽጢ’ዚ ሓሙሽተ ዓመታት ካብ መንጎና ዝበዀረ ሰብ ኣይነበረን፣ ካልእ ሰብ ከኣ ኣይተጸንበረናን።

            ወትሩ ድሕሪ ምሳሕ ካብ ሰዓት 1፡00 ክሳዕ ሰዓት 4፡ 00 ደቂሰ’የ ዘሕልፎ። ፍሉይ ፍቕራዊ ሰንሰለት እዩ ኣሲሩና፣ ኵላቶም ኣዕሩኸይ’ውን ከምኡ እዮም። ሎሚ ግን ሰዓት ምስ ደቀስኩ ኣበየኒ። ኣብ ገዛ ከኣ ዝገብሮ ጨነቐኒ። ነብሰይ ተሓጺበ፣ ንዅሉ ክገብሮ ዝደለኹ ንኣሽቱ ነገራት ዕጽፊ ግዜ እናወሰድኩ ተቓለስኩዎ። ናብ መን ከም ዝድውል ኣይፈለጥኩን፣ ንኣዕሩኸይ ግን ካብ ድቃሶም ከተንስኦም ኣይመረጽኩን። ካብ ገዛና ናብ ከተማ ብእግረይ ሓደ ሰዓት ተጓዒዘ፣ ኣብ መንገዲ ዝረኣኹዎ ጸዊዐ ሰላም እናበልኩ ኣብታ ንብርቲ ቦታና ተረኸብኩ።

            ካብ ቈጸራና 10 ደቓይቕ’የ ቀዲመ። ሰዓታት ትጽቢት ንምጽባብ ዝገበርኩዎ ዕዉት ስራሕ ንርእሰይ ክሽልማ ኣደናደነኒ።

            ጻዕዳ ማክያቶ ኣዚዘ ነቲ ኣብ መንጎ ዝነበረ ጽሙው ደቓይቕ፡ ነቲ ኣብ ቅድመይ ዝነበረ መትሓዚ ሽኮር ኣብቲ ጣውላ ሸረር ብምባልን ምስ ኣሳሳዪት ብምዕላልን ክመልኦ ፈተንኩ። ክልተ ግዜ’ውን ናብ ዓይኒምድሪ ተመላለስኩ። ድምጺ ርጋጽ ዮናታን ምስ ሰማዕኩ ብውሽጠይ ንእሽቶ ጽምብል ገበርኩ። ባምቡላ እግሩ ዕጽፊ ድምጺ ስለ እተስምዕ ብኣረጋግጻኡ’የ ፈሊጠዮ። ከምታ ወትሩ ዝገብራ ከኣ ኢደይ ከይጨበጠ ብቕድመይ ጋረደኒ።

            […] Here comes about the sport, Abi

            ሄኖክን ኤርሚያስን ብሓንሳብ እናተኻትዑ ሕዉስ በሉና። ቅድሚኡ ምሸት ጸወታ ኵዕሶ-እግሪ ስለ ዝነበረ፡ ሄኖክ ግድን ሓዚኑ ኣሎ።

            “ከመይ ነይሩ ጸወታ፧” ሓተትኩዎ፡ ገና ብርኩ ከይዓጸፈ።

            “ጽቡቕ ተጻዊቶም። መጀመርታ እኳ ኣርሰናል ኣእትዮም ነይሮም። ምስ ቦልተን ኰይነ ምስ ጸናሕኩ ከኣ መሊሶም ንሳቶም ኣእትዮም። ደሓር ኣርሰናል ምስ ወሰኹ ከኣ…” ክቕጽል ዝደለየ ኣይመሰለን።

            “ሓንቲ ትድግፋ ጋንታ ከይሓዝካ እኳ ክሓልፈልካ ኣይክእልን እዩ። ወይ ፈጺምካ ጸወታ ምርኣይ ግደፎ፡ ወይ ከኣ ንሓንቲ ጋንታ ደግፍ፡” ዮናታን እዩ ኣትሪሩ ዝተዛረቦ። ኵላትና ተዛሪብና ኣየስማዕናዮን።

            ሄኖክ ዝድግፋ ጋንታ የብሉን። ጸወታ ምርኣይ ኣዝዩ ስለ ዝፈቱ ግን ነታ እትምራሕ ጋንታ እዩ ዝሕግዝ። ክድግፋ ዝጸንሐ ጋንታ እንተ መሪሓ ከኣ ናብታ ካልእ ይቕይር፣ “እቶም ሓያላት ደገፍቲ ኣሎዎም፣ ንዝደኸሙ ምሕጋዝ እዩ እቲ ቀንዲ ምስጢር፡ ” በሃላይ እዩ። ብኸምዚ ከኣ እንትርፎ ክልተ ጋንታ ማዕረ ኣብ ዝወጽኣሉ፡ ዳርጋ ድሕሪ መብዛሕትኡ ጸወታት ሓዚኑ’ዩ ዝውዕል። ንድኹማት ክድግፍ እንተ ደልዩ፡ ዋላ ካብተን ዝሓመቓ ጋንታታት ክሕዝ ተማሕጺንናዮ ከኣ ኣይሰምዐን

            “ካልእ ስለ ዘየሎ ሓጸርቲ ዛንታታት”
            by
            ኣብርሃም ተስፋልኡል ዘርአ (2020)

          • Haile S.

            Selam Beyan and all,

            Phewww!
            በያን ማራቶናዊ
            ደላይ ፍትሒ ሰላማዊ
            ንኹሉ መልሲ ብጉያ ዘርዊ
            ምቕሉል ትምርቱ ወግዓዊ
            ጉድለት ከምዘየለ መበቆላዊ
            ክገልጽ ዝፈተነ ኣርኣያዊ
            ዕላሉ ዘረባኡ ስፖርታዊ
            ኣብ ዓወተ ይግባእ ክህልወካ ዓምዲ ሰሙናዊ

          • Bayan Nagash

            Selam Haile S.,
            This is what happens when insomnia kicks in. The forum is open 24/7 – thank goodness. It was quiet in the wee hours of the night. Needed to get it done before SGJ’s rooster called the dawning of the morning.

            Many thanks for your kind gestures, Haile.

          • Haile S.

            Beyan,
            And thank you for introducing us to Abraham Zere’s recent book.

          • Abi

            Selam Beyan
            I hate missing a good joke. Let me see if a certain መምህር come with a translation.
            ተዋሪድና!

    • Bayan Negash

      Selam Berhe Y.,

      Thank you for responding. You came to a topic that has been a thorn in my side – i.e., The YG’s endless talks that he has been giving. I will come back to you later tonight or first thing tomorrow morning. Pressed for time here.

    • Bayan Negash

      Selam Berhe Y.,

      I tell you the subject of YG is very difficult for me to talk about because the friendship that started in support of Eritrea and Eritreans in the early nineties when we decided the best way to forge unified fraternity is through unified purpose. It cuts too close for comfort. So, we worked together under Eritrean Students Relief Organization (ESRO) based at the University of California, Irvine. A genuine friendship was forged out of the organization that went on for close to seven years. “Bridging the Divide” scholarly article was written about it by Professor Tekle Woldemikael. I shared it with Awate readers several years ago with the good Professor’s permission. Now, back to YG

      The evolution of someone from loving Eritrea and Eritreans to now hating anything Eritrea and Eritreans is very difficult to fathom. This is a man who wrote extensively about the AIDS epidemic fearing the extinction of Eritreans first in the newsletter that ESRO used to publish named Eritrocentric and later in mid-nineties I shared it in Dehai because YG was not interested in the virtual world at the time.

      Of course, between then and now, there is a great deal of fond memories that run the gamut. From traveling together to various places, to Vegas, to the Bay Area, to night scenes, eating in LA’s Little Ethiopia, to various ethnic foods, to museums, to a great deal many movies, to endless walks, to public libraries, to Eritrean events such as the demonstration in 2009 in DC…so on and so forth. Talking about books and movies, absolutely joy was derived from these occasions. Almost thirty years of friendship, it is clear now it has been strained, and is being tested. The open graveyard I was hoping it to be for the PFDJ, but it might just be a cemetery for our friendship. It’s an open casket, hopefully, PFDJ will dive or will be made to dive in it before anything else.

      At any rate, to see YG transform to such an extreme is bewildering, to say the least. I only watched the first interview he did at TMH, that was one too many for me. I couldn’t stomach to watch anything more. I tried. After the first fifteen or so minutes, just couldn’t bring myself to continue watching. Hey, it is what it is.

      All I hope to see in our region is that we try peace for once. I truly hoped that Abiy Ahmed would be that leader. Alas, he turned out to be no different that his predecessors. The region is exhausted from these endless raids and counter raids. For what? We are one people for crying out loud. It is why I couldn’t readily accept the application of racism in our context. How could one be a racist toward one’s own. Can the hatred YG has been spewing, for example, toward Eritreans be considered racist? It makes no sense at all. Can a White New Yorker be racist against, say, a White Texan. That’s how I see Eritrea, Tigray, the rest of Ethiopia. At the root of it we are one people.

      Anyway, what has been going on for centuries now – just sheer mayhem, destruction, destitute, starvation, exodus…that’s all I have the energy about this subject, Berhe

      • kokhob selamone2

        Dear Dr. Beyan,

        That was nice from you.

        -that’s how I see Eritrea, Tigray, the rest of Ethiopia. At the root of it we are one people.-

        I deeply enjoy when I see your comments, I learn more. But please, keep it up please,

        KS,,

        • Woldegabriel Tesfamariam

          Selam kokhob selamone2
          Hmmmm, am I listening to isayas or…?

          • kokhob selamone2

            Dear Friend Woldegabriel Tesfamariam,

            ……..ኤስያሳውነት……………..

            ነት ነት ነት:-
            ማርክስ-ነት ማኦው-ነት ሌኒን-ነት፥
            ኣብየት ኣብየት እዛ ነንነት;-
            በቃ ብ-ነንነት ትንትነት:-
            ምልኽልኽ ባርያውነት ተገዝእነት:-
            ክለሳ ሓደ ሰብ ይኸውን ‘ ሞ እምነት:-
            ብኡ ቢሉ ተሰቢልኩ ዕትዕት ከም ሃይማኖት

            ሽዑ ከም ከብቲ ብበትሪ ትጓሰ;-
            ትም ኢልካ ትጥምት ሃገር እናፈረሰ:-
            እንዳ ደኸምካ ትኸይድ ዓንጉዕኻ እናፈሰሰ:-
            ብሓደ ጆግናን ሰብኣይ መሰላካ ተቖረሰ::

            ናትና ‘ሞ ኸኣ በይኑ እዩ በይኑ – ነንነት:-
            ኤስያሳውነት ግብ ዘበለ ነንነት ኣልቦ ስርዓት:-
            ኣልቦ ሕጊ ‘ ኳ መሽምገሊ ዘይብሉ ክብረት:-
            ተራእዩ ዘይፈልጥ ተምበርካኽነት:-
            ካን ቀጥ እልካ ስዓብነት:-
            ንወደ ኖኻ ኣሕሊፍካ ውሃብነት:-

            ይብለኩም እንደለኹን ግብ ዝበለ -ነንነት ወናኒ- ነት:-
            ምዕባሌ ኣመሳሚስካ ነብሰ ምርኮሳነት:-
            ወጺእካ ምንባር ካብ’ዛ መሬት ካብ’ዛ ፕላኔት:-
            ዓለም ብጽግብታ ትመውት ብጥምየት:-

            ክላ!!!!

            ጸላኢና ይነትነት ይበሓት ብውልቀ ሰብ:-
            ብሓሳብ ሓደ ‘ዶ ትነብር ክትግደብ:-
            መከራኻ ትርኢ ትግዛእ ትእዕሰብ:-
            ምንባር ነይበሃል የሕፈር እዩ ዓገብ::

            ትም ኢልካ ዘሎ ዘረባ ሃተውተውነት:-
            ዝላ እንቅሮዖብ እናበልካ ማእቶት:-
            ሓንቲ ዲጋ ሰሪሕካ ርኣዩለይ ሕፍረት:-
            በትሪ ዘይጾሮ ክብደት ነብሰ ምርኩስነት:-
            ከም ናይ ማኦ ዝበስበሰ መራሽነት:-
            መሰል እናገፈፍካ ናይ ህጻውንቲ ኣረግቶት:-
            ዝፈሸለ ሜላ ኣጉል ሰውራውነት ::

            ናይ ቻይና ምህሮ– ዓሻ ሓደ ደርፉ:-
            እዚ ሃዛል ኣብ መዓንጥ ኡ ተለጢፉ:-
            ሓንጎሉ ተመሪዙ ንድሕሪት ተሪፉ:-
            ለኪምዋ ሃገር ሕልና ሓፍሽ ኣስኒፉ::

            ህጻናት ኣብ ክንዲ ብምህሮ ዝዓብዩ:-
            ኣብ ኣገልግሎት ኣብ ማእቶት ክበልዩ
            ዘይሰብ ኣዊ ተግባር ኣዝዩ ውጉዝ እዩ:-
            ኣብ ፍረዲ ይቅረብ መሰሎም ተሓልዩ::

            እሱራት ዝተ ኣስሩ ብዘይ ፍርዲ:-
            ኣንስቲ ንጻህያይ ዝስደዳ ናብ ዓዲ:-
            ኣርግቶት ሽማግሌታት ብሓይሊ ብግዲ:-
            ዘስርሖም ብዘይገንዘብ ብዘይ ሰልዲ:-
            ነንነት እዩ ኤስያሳውነት ኮይኑ ልምዲ::

            ብሂም ዘበለ ምሁር ናብ ዊዖ:-
            እንክነዳድ ዋዒ ክበልዖ:-
            ከይኸብር ‘ዶ ከይወልድ ከይምርዖ:-
            ከይ ምዕብል ‘ ዶ ባጀት ከይስለዖ::

            ሻቡ ተበለጽቲ ይመጹ ወጻኢ ዝነብሩ:-
            ጽብቅ ዘበለ ቦታ ይቅነዩ ክሰኽሩ:-
            ይኸዱ ድማ ናብ ሳዋ ክዛወሩ
            ይስዕስዑ ‘ሞ ስር -ስር ይሰራሰሩ:-
            ይምለሱ ናብ ስደት ሓሶት ክምስክሩ:-
            ዕድል ደቂ ሃገር ይሰብሩ:-
            ደቆም ሓቂፎም እናምሃሩ::

            ……….ወይ’ዚ ኣነነት ነንነት:-
            ……………………ጽላለ ዕብደት:-
            …………………………ጥፍ ኣት ሃገራውነት:-
            ………………………………ሞት ህዝባዊነት:-
            …………………………………………ውርደት እንዲዩ ፍሽለት

            ተምስገን ኣምላኽ ሕጂ ግዳ ይሓይሽ:-
            ተረዲእዎ ኣሎ እዚ ውጽዕ ሓፋሽ;-
            ተጠንቂቁ ከይበለ ሕንፍሽፍሽ :-
            ከብሎ ተዳልዩ ን-ነንነት ሕምሽሽሽ ::

            KS,,

          • Bayan Negash

            Selam KS,

            Kibret yhabelley. I try my best. What I love about this forum is seemingly one question, or a sentence could trigger an article size ideas in one’s head and poetic verses in others as is the case with you here. Woldegabriel, I am certain, couldn’t have seen this coming when he said to you, “Hmmmm, am I listening to isayas or…?”

            I am amazed at you, MM, Haile S., in how quickly you pop poems like a popcorn in a microwave. All I can say is more power to y’all.

      • Saleh Johar

        BEYAN,
        Of course it’s sad and it doesn’t make sense. But if you see it with a sectarian prism, it’s all for a hegemonic aspiration. All the fascistic tendencies and agitation are targeting one Eritrean sect against the other. And they are so crude they don’t know how to sell their crazy goals respectfully. It’s the classic divide and rule. The regional agitation failed. They tried everything else now they are patching at the sectarian divide to weaken the Eritrean nationalism that they perceive an easily exploitable fault line. And they will fail but in the meantime they will create confusion and hate—it’s a ripe market thanks to ignorance. But still they will fail and carry the shame as long as they live.

        As for the friendship, I know how it feels. But hey, nothing goes above the care for Eritreans.

        • Bayan Negash

          merHaba Saleh,

          The colonized mind isn’t easy to reverse. Gaslighting is running rampant. Thank goodness the tireless individuals like you are there to hold them accountable and give them a run for their money.

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Dr Beyan,

        I am lost from you on the topic of racism. If you don’t mind, let me ask you this: what are the languages of racists? Are they different than the languages we Eritreans use to denigrate tigrayans and Eritreans as well? Show me the racists languages that are different than ours in essence of their messages.

        Regard

        • Bayan Negash

          Kbur Haw Amanuel,

          I don’t think we “are at different end of the argument.” We both agree the denigration of any human beings is not only reprehensible, but that we should also find a way of eliminating it from our vocabularies. Needless to say, we should never listen idly by when others are making such remarks. Cultural attitudes are very hard to change, which is why the US continues to see African Americans less than Whites on all aspects of measurable metrics.

          Language matters. The accuracy of terminologies matter as they will find their way into the legal frontier. There will always be racists. There will always be families who would rasie their children with a tinge of superiority. Racial slurs cannot be legislated at individual level They are, as you correctly prescribed, behavioral tendency infused in a culture. So, a CEO of an institution may not like certain minority group but cannot openly discriminate against the group based on race, creed, religion, gender, what have you, because it is illegal to do so.

          Similarly, words matter, their meanings need to be correctly defined. Slavery was abolished by legal means, but its social residue continues to hurt African Americans. So, what my concern is this: since none of us is an expert on the subject we speak of, it should be left to those who have legal background to accurately label the terms.

          Therefore, what I am leery of is by importing the word racism wholesale we will end up importing along with it its concepts, percepts, its legal parameters, etc. Think of those who try to equate the relocation or detention of Japanese Americans with the Internment of the Jewish people in Germany. In the case of the former, they did not end up in the gas chambers but received reparations for the wrongdoing that the US government committed against these Japanese Americans. In the case of the latter, five million of them were taken to the gas chambers throughout Germany and beyond. So, language matters. Terminologies matter. Our disagreements are not in the reprehensible cultural behavior we nonchalantly practiced in the past and continue to practice today, but in what to call the social malady we continue to exact on each other. A legacy that has been etched in our social DNA, if you like, going back for generations.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Dr Beyan,

            I am not hinting to legislate racism. I am talking about its existence in our society and calling my fellow Eritreans to recognize its existence. I am debating against deniers of its existence. Now racism has a definition and here is the definition from Oxford dictionary.

            Racism is:

            “prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against a person or people on the basis of their membership in a particular racial or ethnic group, typically one that is a minority or marginalized.
            “a program to combat racism”

            From theories of Racism:

            “ the belief that different races possess distinct characteristics, abilities, or qualities, especially so as to distinguish them as inferior or superior to one another.”

            “Supremacy” and “prejudice” are racism. Supremacy and prejudice are alive and thriving. Racism as a political ideology “imposes and maintains social, political, historical, or institutional domination” either with legal structures or without. The current regime in Eritrea conduct these elements of racism in theory and practice. The memorable articles of Ahmed Raji “the rainbow of Eritrea” demonstrate statistically the political, social, and institutional domination of the Christian highlanders.

            We are not talking even the degree of its existence. Simply we are failed to recognize its existence and keep defending our bad attitudes and behaviors. Anyway, at the end of the day even if we recognize it’s existence, we can not address and adjudicate in this virtual world. With this note, I close my case for now.

            Regard

          • Bayan Nagash

            Bro Aman,

            1. Majority of the discussants here admitted of its existence but gave examples just as you did I gave an example. There is no reluctance on my part. You go on and call it racism, but I won’t call it that until the experts come up with legal terms just the way you just gave. We are talking about something you and I cannot establish in this space. We all know the machismo highland culture needs a great deal of work on inter-ethnic issues. It needs a great deal more also on gender roles. It’s unfinished project. The thirty years of struggle for independence openly was challenging these undesirable social maladies.

            2. I will to the experts to do their study and come up with a label perhaps other than racism, perhaps that. I’ll leave it at that.

      • Abi

        Selam Beyan
        “ At the root of it we are one people “. Beautiful!!!
        Now it is apparently clear why you left the grave open. I see some weak and wicked souls searching comfort in it.

        • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

          Abi,
          If it is one people, why we were complained on what Isayas have said? Strange.

          • Abi

            MM
            You complained because Isu said it. Had the Visionary Leader said it, you would have used it as a bumper sticker.

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Abi,
            I disagree. If not, what we have fought to get our independence would be meaningless.

          • Abi

            MM
            Your fight for independence doesn’t make the two people different. Same people living in two different countries.
            It is straight forward. Don’t complicate things unnecessarily. You did not fight for independence because you are different.
            Whoever told you that you are different is playing with your robotic brain.

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Abi,
            You make no sense but you carry a donkey brain [unlike my robotic brain] and I don’t blame you.
            For someone who really believe that we are one people do not fight for independence but oppression.
            Your social science background is not helping you when it comes to logic.

          • Abi

            MM
            I know comprehension is not your strength. Far from it. Let me repeat one more time in case it becomes clear for your foggy mind.
            Eritrean struggle for independence was not started because Eritreans were different from Ethiopians.
            In case you remember ( I seriously doubt it) , half Eritreans ( the highland Christians) were supporting union with Ethiopia. The other half was determined to be independent. Do you believe these two groups were/are different?
            MM , genetics had no place in your struggle for independence.

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Abi,
            That data is questionable btw. Your King of donkey’s HS version of data. It was not one blood but it was one religion, Tewahdo, while neglecting the rest of Eritreans.
            The donkey brain people in Shewa doesn’t even Tigray people is their brothers & sisters. If they do, that’s a strangest way to express.
            I didn’t lose half of my family by believing we are one people. Shove it.
            Yours, robotic brain!

          • Abi

            MM
            These are some of the unnecessary things you proudly said
            – king of donkey’s
            We are not donkeys
            – The donkey brain people of Shewa…
            Again, Shewa people are not donkeys

            I didn’t except better from a programmed mind.
            You sound angry tonight. Fuse አቃጥለሃል :: ጭስ በጆሮህ እየወጣ ነው:: Hurry, disconnect the battery.

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Abi,
            Well, read your comments and you would get the answers to your concern. Robotic mind is less than donkey’s brain.
            At least you can’t turn off donkey’s brain with a single switch.
            I am actually more generous than you.
            BTW, you have failed on your own test: if you believe we are one people and if I say donkey brain people of Shewa, that would make me a donkey brain [better than robotic]. However, I can see you don’t believe that.

          • Abi

            MM
            Leave the people alone. You have my permission to call me anything you want.
            I know you have been programmed from infancy to belittle other ethnic groups. It is a hopeless case discussing with you.

          • Peace ToAll

            “I didn’t except better from a programmed racist mind”
            who is a racist? the Ankoberites killing the Kimantes, Agaws, Benishanguls. Ankoberites fighting with all its neighboring regions? tell me with which region that neighbors Amhara are you guys at peace. You are the “KKK” of the country formerly known as ethiopia.

          • Abi

            Hello Peace ToAll
            መጀመሪያ ዝቅ ብለህ እጅ መንሳት ተለማመድ:: የቤቱ መተዳደሪያ ደንብ ነው:: ህግ ለማያከብሩ መንገደኞች መልስ ለመስጠት አንኮበሬዎች አይገደዱም::
            መልካም መንገድ ጌታው!

          • Berhe Y

            Hi MM,

            We didn’t have to fight for our independence, it’s just there was no option. In ideal case, we would have referendum and we could have gotten our independence.

            But still it doesn’t the fact that highland Eritrea is the same as Tigray and to some degree Amhara. By the same token, low land Eritrea for the most part is the same people as Eastern Sudan.

            Do you think the Irish in the US and different than those Ireland are different people. Or the North Korea, West / East Germany…

            Countries are the creation of political environment and made up by people. Genetics is science..

            That’s why I am arguing with you that it’s impossible that the kebesa from Eritrea can be resist towards those in Tigray.

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Selam Berhe,
            And at the same time you blame YG? Wasn’t he the same guy who was saying this and got blamed by many Eritreans?
            You are getting closer to what the Capo of Adi-Halo was saying. Think about it.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi MM,

            When you run of arguments you fall down to calling me HGDF. You say it many times…

            I don’t know if you read what YG was writing, but not for stating if genetically speaking Eritreans are related to Tigray / Ethiopia.

            what he was saying to put it simply “Eritrean independence and liberation struggle was a waste of time”.

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Hi Berhe,
            What I said is “You are getting closer to what the Capo of Adi-Halo was saying”
            Why did I say that? Because he said “if anyone doesn’t know that we are one people, they must be kind of fools [this was mine].
            So, I am not calling you HGDF.
            The topic we were discussing is not about individuals but society btw. So, to me YG’s statement should be his own, since he is not a leader of any group [as far as I think]
            I hope this clarifies my stand, Berhe.

          • Abi

            Berhe
            Did he really say that? Did he also say that the struggle was waste of resources, waste of lives, waste of opportunities…?

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Abi,

            What ever he said, that’s how I understood. Anyway it doesn’t matter to me what he said…this is where I ask, does he consider himself Eritrean? If he doesn’t, none of his business….

          • Abi

            Berhe
            If you don’t consider what YG is saying important, why you keep mentioning his name in every comment you make? Definitely you give value to what he has been saying.
            I believe he consider himself Eritrean and it is his business as much as it is yours.
            ገና ዙፋን ላይ ሳትቀመጥ ዜግነትን የመግፈፍ መብት ማን ሰጠህ?

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Abi,
            I am not interested in taking anyone ዜግነትን if I have power or not.
            Yes, it bothers me if he is making those comments if he consider himself Eritrean. I would treat him the same as those agazian people and he needs to be fought by those people who don’t subscribe to his version of Eritrea.

            But if he doesn’t consider himself Eritrean (based on his interview – and my interpretation) then I don’t care as I know what his agenda is. Just like Negara guy doesn’t bother me (it did bu we respond to him) but it means nothing.

            For example, Dr. Tedros (the who chief) is as Eritrean as any other can be, born raised in Eritrea, but he chose ot be Ethiopian.

            If he says anything related to Eritrea, it doesn’t bother me because I know where he is coming from.

          • Abi

            Berhe
            To be honest with you I don’t have enough information as to what YG said in the interview except the little information you kindly shared here that “the struggle for independence was a waste of time”. You can argue that he is not totally right.

            In the future democratic Eritrea, I expect him to be the leader of the Tigray-Tigrinya party.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Abi,

            You see Eritrea has lots of ጣጣ (means lots of hidden issues). All these previous rulers, have left all kind of baggage and it’s hard to know where people honest opinion stands, when they make their voice.

            My approach would be, I have discussed this with TsaTse long time ago, we need an Eritrean pledge allegiance. By that I mean, when a person starts to make an argument if any kind he / she needs to recite the pledge of allegiance first.

            Then people take at their words and decide if to support, follow, reject it.

            It’s not a must that one should pledge the allegiance, like you said, if he wants the Tigray-Tigrinya party but at least people have clear picture and make their own judgement.

            While in the topic, I think it would be great if GiE should have a pledge and admit only those who have allegiance to Eritrea and her people.

            Berhe

          • Abi

            Hello Berhe
            It is Friday already!!!
            Great idea!!! Unwavering allegiance to the country and people is a must.
            Here is a little gift for you to start the day with laughter.
            https://youtu.be/ea6yjT65wSQ

          • Berhe Y

            Thank you Abi,

            Here is Abraham live in Sawa

            https://youtu.be/DgEYjsuVrx0

            Berhe

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Mehandsay,

            The highlanders are soft when it comes on capo Adi-Halo. They are betting his card in the game of Eritrean politics. While it is fair to detest YG’s argument and his view, and I do, it is incomparable with the evil despot’s project – directed at devouring our young in every conceivable adventurous wars. At least YG is not engaged in perpetuating a hateful war of destruction.

            Regard

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Selamat Prof. Emma,
            Instead of focusing on capo Adi-Halo, we diverge into trivial things. That’s the reason he is still in Eritrea and we stay put as immigrants. YG is not the one who prevented me from going back home but the devil capo of Adi-Halo. Why wasting time on what YG say? It is in his own right to have his own opinion. Besides, he is not the one in power. To me his ideology his own [even if I don’t like it].
            ሸንኮለል ‘ዩ ናትና ነገር። ቀዳማይ ጸላኢ ኢሳያስ። ካብዚኣ ትቐልል ነገር ‘ንታይ ‘ላ?
            ቀጽሎ ፕሮፌሰር ኤማ!

          • Saleh Johar

            Berhe Yeman,
            Context is vital. Yes, we are racially one race. But our problem is national though politics pulls other attributes not for sanity, but to advance political goals. That’s why in the current situation, genetics does not have a place. If so, what prevents us from using religious identities and going all sectarian. Think about it.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Saleh,

            I am with you on this and they are using it to advance their long terms. We are Eritreans and we are independent country. End of story.

        • Bayan Negash

          Selam Ato Abi,
          The hope is, indeed, to bury all of the ugly experiences the Horn had undergone for centuries into that little plot, albeit at a metaphorical level. No mummies needed, just the rubbish aspects that seem to get in the way of peaceful coexistence. I wish we can find a way of ridding ourselves from toxic give and take. Such toxicities add no values other than blowing some steam, I suppose.

          • Abi

            Selam Beyan
            I agree with you in everything you said above.
            Blowing steam = እሳት ለብሶ :እሳት ጎርሶ : እሳት እየተፋ…

      • Berhe Y

        Dear Beyan,

        Thank you for taking the time to respond. You are always genuine since the day I was reading you 25 years ago at Dehai. You and Saay were my favourite and you still are.

        I am getting the taste of what political differences can make to friendship.

        I hope we see a day that this nightmare of ours will be over and we just go on with our life enjoying what life have to offer.

    • Brhan

      Hello Berhe,

      The interview is old, and TMH has not interviewed him since then, and I doubt it will. The reason simple. YG is talking to himself. Because if you follow it closely, the interviewer seemed, for the most part, not getting what he needed to broadcast. TMH, like any other media outlet, wants its interviewee to talk to its audience. YG ‘s big problem: lacking audience knowledge. His presentation ( his 8 points) can fit a panel discussion or debate and not an interview. Though the TMH staff tried, he could not control his program that turned to a one-person panel or debate without debatoror/s. A panel discussion is deep, analytical, and of course, a panelist can be philosophical like YG, but its audience gets the cream of the debate in the end. It is either he or TMH do not like panel discussion or debate.

      • Berhe Y

        Selam Brhan,

        I think it’s good to be objective and neutral but I don’t know if we can speak for TMH. If that’s the case, they can remove it from their archives and also issue a statement if they disagree.

        Granted I haven’t listened to all but the message is clear from everyone that they interview.
        Tigray Genocide
        Tigray Ethnic Cleansing

        And the responsible parties are:
        The federal government
        The Eritrean Army
        And others.

        They Eritrean government May as well be responsible and they have the right to do what ever that they need to do.

        But I don’t understand WHY Eritreans like, jump and try to “excuse” what we hear abs what we listen that’s coming out without having full investigation.

        Question for you:
        If “ethnic cleansing” has happened in Tigray by the Eritrean army, what guarantee do you have they will not do the same against Eritreans?

        I am not saying they will do it, but what I am saying, a lot of Eritrean like you are admitting it without having all the facts.

        The Eritrean army in Tigray is Eritrean, if we like it or not and Eritrea will be held responsible, one way or the other, and it will the Eritrean people in the end.

        Another question for you:
        Why are we so mute when it comes to Yemen and the millions of destruction and displacement?

        Berhe

        • Brhan

          Hello Berhe
          Another question for you:
          Why are we so mute when it comes to Yemen and the millions of destruction and displacement?
          ِኣንታ በርሄ ሓወይ….የመን ደኣ ዕድለኛ 22 ናይ ዓረብ ሃገራት ይሻቓላ ብኣኣ ….ንሕና ግን መን ኣለና ( እዚ ማለት ናይ የመን ሽግር የናእስ ማለተይ ኣይኮንኩን) ግን እንግሊዛውያን ከምዝብልዎ ግብረሰናይ ካብ ገዛኻ ይጀምር)።

          • Berhe Y

            Selam Brhan,

            You skipped the first question. The Yemen question secondary.

            When you say ንሕና, can you clarify, what do you mean? As in from Tigray or from Eritrea (not that anything wrong with it)?

            Berhe

          • Brhan

            Hello Berhe,
            I always like not to interfere in due process. The international community represented by UN have started its investigation . Why do not we wait and see who is guilty?

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            ኣንታ በርሀ
            ዘይንፈልጣ ሃዳስ ፓርቲ ዶ ተመስሪታያ መንነት ኤርትራዊ ትዕድል።
            እስከ ክሓተካ:
            ኣብ ጀብሃ ዶ ኔርካ?
            ኣብ ሻዕብያ ዶ ኔርካ?
            ኣብ ሃገራዊ ኣገልግሎት ዶ ኔርካ?
            ንሰለስቲኤን ኖ ‘ንድሕር ኴኑ መልስኻ: ብምንታይ ኢኻ ኤርትራውያን ዲኹም ኢልካ ዜግነቶም ትሓትት?

            ጽንሕ ኢልካ: ቶማስ ማውንቴን ካባና ንላዕሊ ኤረትራዊ ‘ዩ ከይትብለና የፍርሕ። ስለምንታይሲ ካባና ንላዕሊ ብዛዕባ ናይ ህግደፍ ኤረትራ ስለዝልፍልፍ።

          • Berhe Y

            Mehandis,

            ዘይተባህለን ዘይተጻሕፈን ኢኻ ተንብብ::

            Pledge allegiance, እንታይ ማለት ምኻኑ ንአመሪካውን ሕተቶም: ትምህርቲ ዝኽዱ ቆልዑ ተለውኻ ድማ ከረድእኻ እዮም::

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            ኣንታ በርሀ
            ት ስጥል ዲኻ?
            ንብርሃንን YGን ዜግነቶም ኣብ ሕቶ ስለዘእተኻ’የ ዝሓተትኩኻ።
            ድሓር ከኣ Pledge allegiance ‘ንታይ ምዃኑ ንድሕር ጠፊኡኒ ምግባር ጥራይ ‘ዩ ዘድሊ።
            I am sure you have heard of Google. Haven’t you?

          • Berhe Y

            ሰላም መሃንዲስ

            ጎቦ ጎቦ እንዳ ገርካ ትቶኻቶኽ፥ ካበኡ ዘይሓልፍ ኢለ እየ። ዘቀየምኩኻ እንተሎ ኣይትሓዘለይ። ንብርሃን ነቲ ዝጸሓፎ ክብረሃለይ ኢየ ሓቲተዮ፥ ኣብሃህላኡ ስለ ዘይተረድአኒ። መሊሰልየ ነገር ተዖኣጽዩ።

            ዮሲፍ ዝብሎን ዝጽሕፎን ከም አርትራዊ ዛየሰክፈካ እንተኾይኑ፥ ናትኻ ጉዳይ እዩ፥፥ እቲ ሕቶይ ግን፥ ንሱ ካብዞም እወ ንነጻነት ዝበሉ 99.83 ድዩ ወይ ካብዞም 0.17 እዩ እቲ ሕቶ።

            ብአተሓሳስባ ተፈላሊና አለና ይብል ኣነ። እሞ ሕጂ መመንገድና እንተኸድና ይሓይሽ ኮይኑ ይስመዓኒ።

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            በርሀ
            ዘሰክፍ ቅንጣብ ነገር የብለይን። በደይን በቦይን ካብ ዓሰርተ ወለዶ ንላዕሊ ዘቑጽር የ። I hope you can do that.
            ፍርቂ ገዛና ንናጽነትን ውግእ ባድመን ዝኸፈለት ገዛ’ያ። ‘ዚ ውጉኣትን ስንኩላትን ገዲፍካ ‘ዩ።
            ስለዚ መዘናታትካ ምርኣይ የድሊ’ ዩ። ናይ ዝተዛረብካ ኣይኮነን።
            YG ድማ ወዲ ሳንጆርጆ ምዃኑ ኣይትረስዕ።

          • Berhe Y

            ሰላም መሀንዲስ

            ዓለት ምቅጻርን ምጽብጻብን ንዓይ ምንም ትርገም ዘለዎ ኮይኑ አይስመዓንን:: ስብ ወዲ ሰብ እንተስ ካብ ጀርመን ይወለድ እንትእስ ካብ ሱዳን ይወለድ እንተስ ካብ ኤርትራ ይወለድ: ንዓይ ኩሉ ሓደ እዩ:: ሰብ ካብ ሰብ ዝፈልዮ እቲ ግብሩ ጥራሕ እዩ: መሪጹ እይኮነን ዝውለድ::
            ግን ስብ ብታሪኹን ብዓልየቱን ክኾርዕን ክሕበንን የብሉን አይኮንኩን ዝብል ዘለኹ: ብጌጋ ከይትርድአኒ::

            ዝጸሐፍክዎ አይተረድእካን: :አነ ዝበልኩ ከም ኤርትራዊ መጠን እቲ ዝብሎን ዝጽሕፎን ዘየሰክፈካ (ዘይግድሰካ እንትእኾይኑ) አነ ጥራሕ ዝበልክዎ ዘይኮነስ ብዙሐት ክልኦት ወሲካ::

            St. George ገዲፉ ዋላ Harvard ዝይከውን: እንትድአ ፀለመ አንጻር ህዝቡን ሀገሩን ዝተዋፈረ ኮይኑ ( For example he said, The Eritrean Soldiers who are committing crimes in Tigray are 60% of them from the lowlands).

            ወድሓንካ

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            በርሀ
            Harvard is not in Eritrea. So, this is irrelevant.
            Because YG claims what you have said above, that shouldn’t make unEritrean?
            I am not sure where the 60% comes from but if it was 50%, I would be ok with it. Unless, 60% of Eritreans live in lowland. If I were a gambler, I would have not bet against YG’s statistics. I would assume YG’s IQ is well above Eritreans.
            Note: Eritrea belongs to all of us, equally. Don’t tell that to ተስፋጨን.
            With this, I say ወደሓንካ as well.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Mehandis,

            There are many Eritrean who went to Harvard. It still doesn’t matter where he went to school. I know many people who didn’t go to St. George and still have done and achieved a lot more. The point I am making is, because he went to St. George he doesn’t get a license to say or write what ever he wanted.

            From your response, I get the sense that you haven’t even heard or read him lately.

            I never said he is not Eritrean, please show me where I said that. I asked a question based on what he said… he was referring himself as he was from Tegaru ( ንሕና ንገብሮ ዘልና: ንሕና ክንገብሮ ዝግብአና) at the same time (ንሳቶም: ሻዕብያ). I asked does he consider himself as Eritrean? It was a question that led to what ever that you are dragging it to be. Michael Moore for example, criticize his government and the invasion of Iraq. But I never heard him refer himself as (someone from Iraq, he still says our troops, our army etc).

            I don’t know may be he considers himself Tigraway, may be he regrets being Eritrean (he said : Eritreans caused damage in Tigray in the last couple of months, are more than the 30 years of war both Ethiopian governments have caused).

            I don’t know, he may have his own reasons…I don’t care, but I don’t like what he says about Eritrea and her people.

            I am allowed to criticize him as he is doing it publicly, so I don’t know what your problem is. If you support what he says, go ahead you have the right to do so.

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Hi Berhe
            It is better to be a velocity than a speed. Focus.

          • Berhe Y

            Selam Mehandis,

            ክንደይ ጎቦ ዘይጥረጠና በለት ኣድጊ።
            በል ይኹነልካ። ኣነ ምስ ኢሳቕ ንውቶን ተማጊተ ኣይክእሎን እየ።

          • Brhan

            Selam Berhe,
            Sorry for the delay and ….also the blackout
            By we I mean Eritrea.
            Capisce?

  • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

    ሰላማት

    የዒንተይ ዓሚተ
    የእጋረይ ዓጺፈ
    ተንኮበት ኣንጺፈ
    ጸሎት ጀመርኩልኩም

    ለይትን መዓልትን ሓሊፉ
    ሓንቀው ክብል ፍትሒ ተረኣኹ
    ሓድሽ ነገር የለን
    ነገር ከም ቀደሙ
    ንስኻትኩም ትገዱ
    ጸሎት ግበር ኢልኩም ትምዕዱ

    ክንደይ ግዜ’ዩ ግዲ ዝወስድ?
    ጸሎተይ ክበጽሕ
    ፍረ-ጻማ ጸሎተይ ምስረኽብኩ
    ቃል ‘ኣቱ ክሰግድ
    ንግዜኡ ግን
    የእዛነይ ክፉታታ ንዝምዕድ

    • kokhob selamone2

      Wow, Handesa.

      Thank you…..

      KS,,

      • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

        ሰላማት ኮኾባይ ዓቢ ሰብ
        ነዞም ዶተረታት ‘ስከ ገለ ክንብሎም

        ባርያ ምባል ዘይሓምቁ
        ዓጋመ ክብሉ ዘይስቀቑ
        ዓብድ ምስተባህሉ ዝሽምቀቑ
        ኔግሮ ተባሂሎም ዝሓርቁ
        ስለዘየስተውዕሉ

        በዓል ሓይሊ መዓስ ይስከፍ
        በዓል ሃብቲ መዓስ ይዝለፍ
        ድኽነትዩ ዝጽየፍ
        ዝጽረፍ

        ኤረትራ ናብኡ ገጻ ከምዘንቆልቆለት ይርደኣና ዶ ሎ?
        ንዓስከ’ታ ኤረትራዊ: ነዚ በጊዕ ሕረዶ ከይንበሃል የድሕን

        • haileTG

          Haha…great one MM. Qexilo abi seb!

  • Brhan

    Dear Awate.com people
    ‘ቀ/ሚ ኣብዪ ኣሕመድን ፕረዚደንት ኢሳያስ ኣፈወርቂን ንፈጸምቲ ግፍዒ ናብ ፍርዲ ንከቅርብዎም’ US ጸዊዓ
    https://tigrigna.voanews.com/a/us-state-department-ethiopia-eritrean-troops-in-tigray-attrocities-amhara-forces-western-tigray-humanitarian-/5892537.html

  • kokhob selamone2

    Dear Awate Team,

    ‘ Ego’ is the problem of all this. I think we have long to go still.

    KS,,

  • kokhob selamone2

    To All,

    Eid Mubarak to all,

    I was enjoying the most very wide celebration our respected religions of Christianity and Islam. Being Vegetarian, and not fun of the meat eating experience in both cases it was, widely eaten by all around me.

    I was also praying and meditating for peace of the region to complete the war to end the war around our beloved nations. I hope both Eritrea and Ethiopia will end the war. in most cases our Tigrai will come the most interesting national freedom in this year.

    It is just not important to name the identity, what will be the case to be attached to this illusion of matrix of 3D.

    KS,,

    • Abi

      ኮኮብዬ
      Special ዒድ ሙባረክ for you !!
      Last time I tried to put “Tigray”and “freedom” in one sentence, His Fantiness ተቀየመኝ::

      • kokhob selamone2

        Dear Abo,

        Where is our great thinker his excellency Fantiness? And all others like that Horizon? It was very enjoyable to read them…

        KS,,

        • Abi

          ኮኮብዬ
          ኧረ በስመአብ በል!!
          Fantiness and thinking are mutually exclusive.
          I miss Fanti and all awatista who dropped out from Awatenation.
          I hope they will come back.

          • kokhob selamone2

            Yes Abo,

            Now watching this post, I hope they will come back..

            KS,,

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Selam All,

    Eid Mubarak to all our Muslim brothers. እንኳዕ ጾመ-ልጓም ፈተሓልኩም::

  • kokhob selamone2

    Dear all,

    Happy Easter – ርሑስ ፋሲካ – عيد فسح مبارك

    KS,,

  • Brhan

    ርሑስ ፋሲካ!