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Negarit 31: ጻዕዳ ኮቦርታ ሰዲዶምለይ – My White Blanket

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  • Teodros Alem

    Selam guest
    I don’t know which neighbor u r talking about, if u r talking about the whole ethiopia(not just tigrai), u have to know ethiopia is a country of Muslim too(over 45%) and if u r talking about the new generation ethiopia, it is completely a different story.

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Selam SGJ & Dr Paulos,

    Eritrea has released this statistics of birth/death/immigration rate that might help you to consider in your debate, as to wether the current Exodus of Eritrean refugees may or may not be worrisome. Below is the link.

    • Guest

      [Begin your comments with a salutation. It’s the rule in this forum/Moderator]

      According to the statistics, 36% of the Eritrean population are adherent to Islam? Is this not an underestimation? I assumed that it would be close 50%.

      • Saleh Johar

        What difference does that make? You know we do not have statistics for the total population and you have no data. Focus on what is important at this time. Eritrea is at stake. Focus on that.

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Guest,

        I am neither validating nor rejecting the data. The reason I brought it, is simply the two debaters to make assessments, with in that parameters as to wether we should worry or not with the current exodus of Eritrean refugees. I saw different takes between Saleh and Dr Paulos on the issue. I didn’t even went to question the data like you did.

    • Paulos

      Selam Professor A. Hidrat,

      Thanks for the stats. It helps.

  • Paulos

    Selam Ayay,

    I just finished watching your latest video and I must say that, ምስቲ ጻዕዳ ጋቢ ወይካኣ ኮቦርታ ኣየላለኹኻን ኔረ ሓወቦይ ምራጭ መሲልካኒ ኔርካ 😂.

    It is creative and informative but I have a different take about the thing you said in regards to population. First of, as you know, there is no credible data in Eritrea where the birth rate and death rate per year are either taken for a classified info or the regime keeps them under the rugs for stupid political purposes.

    Either way, the rate of influx out of the country is very unusual so much so that the fecundity with in the country is decreasing for the segment of the society that is leaving is the segment that is with in the reproducing age. The key here is however, the people who are leaving are not perishing, rather they are anywhere but in Eritrea. For instance, the Armenian genocide during and right after World War I made those who survived leave the country and because of that, the Armenian population in Armenia currently is close to 3 million but the Armenian diaspora is 11 million. As you can see, there are almost four times over Armenians around the world mostly in Russia, Germany, UK, France, US and Canada than Armenians living in Armenia. That is to say that, the population has not decreased but disrupted which has had a dire effect with in the Armenian economy, politics and social fabric as well.

    The same logic can be applied in Eritrea’s social structure. The population is not decreasing, in fact, maybe it has increased but the increase is not inside Eritrea but anywhere else for the population is disrupted with a dire consequence on the economy and caused political stagnation or political decay as well.

    • Saleh Johar

      Hi Paulos,
      This is the reincarnation of your uncle mirach 🙂
      True, academics explain it your way, you know the where my messages fit. I can’t go into details of population growth, negative or positive growth, net influx, etc. that is because we do not have data and it is outside the scope of my message which is to encourage people not to be alarmed to inaction. I narrated experiences from the past where we thought the country was totally emptied. That thinking and it’s devastatibg effects is what I would like to ameliorate. Otherwise, zerebakha entay k’wetso.

      Thank you

  • Kokhob Selam

    Dear brother SGL,

    Thank you I really enjoy this..

    Watch at Fanus today what did he explain in short was, that if one nation is without constitution,”ቕዋም ዘይብላ ሃገር፡ መስሓቕ ሽራፋት ክትከውን ቐሊል እዪ” How true?

    Though I am fighting death to stay alive to let my job, I am not missing this type high topics at all…. at any cost,,,,


    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Kokhbay,

      I tried to email to you. It bumped back to me. I tried in Facebook messenger, but you didn’t update it to connect with you. How is your recovery going? Is there any way you could email me your email address to my email address. I have the same email that you are familiar with. Feel better my dearest.

      • Kokhob Selam

        Dear thank you Amuni

        The first one is hacked..even this one is hacked..but don’t worry I will find the way to contact you..I am really expert on this one..just wait some days..


  • Haile S.

    Selamat Saleh,
    Let me start with the essential. Everything that you said on being serious about being serious and fighting the injustice in Eritrea makes sense. Let everyone read and hear! I loved it. I also loved the painting behind you. It looks like the Kamsin dust flowing towards the beautiful white flowers without settling on or blowing a single petal out of them. Beautiful! Who is the painter?
    On a lighter note, I thought last time’s wedding ceremony was you nieces’s only. Now I know you were added in there (ተደሚርካ:-)). The proof is in the photo. You got a ጋቢ from your step-mother in law, Ethiopia. I hope I am not getting in trouble again for spelling the truth! :-). The ጋቢ looks having been knit by the ዶርዜ, heavy ድርዕቶ or ድሪቶ in Amharic. At the end, not at all all my wish, but you look like suffering from vivax malaria. I will never dare say falciparum malaria, as I know you are allergic to suffering the same sickness, let alone the same health as … . Fortunately for you, finally you got rid of medemer, oof! And you look so healthy!

    • Saleh Johar

      Thanks Hailat,
      The painting is not mine but a gift from a friend who knows my love for painting and my feeble attempts in arts.

      I am interested in what you said about the malaria thing. In the wedding so many people got sick. We simply called it gunfaA. I caught it two days before the wedding and go two weeks angergiratnni. But it was like nothing I experienced before. My ears were blocked then my nose and throat. So much coughing and fever. Many complained of the same ailments. I thought it was a kind of a byproduct of international viruses getting married at the wedding and infecting us. Now, I know the good old malaria but you told us of a menu of malaria viruses. Can you educate us and diagnose what might have happened to us?

      • Haile S.

        Selamat Saleh,

        Open sesame ‘ኣንታ ሎምስ ክንልፍልፍ ክንልፍልፍ እኮ ዓይነት ሽቅለትና ክንጋለጽ ቁሩብ ተሪፉና! I am not a physician. But I know what I am talking about’. Close sesame.
        I will leave the diagnosis of what happened at the wedding to the true physicians. What I know is the eritrean traditional circle dance is very favorable to bring the circle of transmission to completion. Talking of malaria, I will also leave many of the interesting points to our science and medicine correspondent Dr Paul (aka ቃውሎስ in tigrigna) especially in host – parasite relationship. Parasites and their hosts had a long relationship that spans the existence of life. Their talk is bidirectional. They talk better to each other than Eritrean government its population. For example, in a 2018 PNAS publication scientists discovered that the malaria parasite can increase the attractiveness of the host (man and animal) to the vector Anopheles mosquito for the sake of its survival. While in Eritrea, the government (the parasite) does everything to send away its hosts (its population especially the young full of blood) and tries to adapt itself to an apparent new unsuitable host that had been conditioned by its own government. Back to the paper. The paper says, malaria parasites (Plasmodium) can change the attractiveness of their vertebrate hosts to anopheles vectors, leading to a greater number of vector–host contacts and increased transmission. Indeed naturally Plasmodium-infected children have been shown to attract more mosquitoes than parasite-free children. Robinson A. et al. Plasmodium-associated changes in human odor attract mosquitoes. PNAS 2018 115 (18) E4209-E4218.

        • Saleh Johar

          I got it. Unless Paoulis comes with a different explanation, so far I understand that our mosquitos have brilliant rouge lipstick and wear short skirts. The males are dressed in kishaa. Right?

          • Haile S.

            Right. And the malaria that resides in our blood and liver induces us to produce more perfume attracting the female mosquitos to deposit the rouge of their lips on the side of our neck.

        • Paulos

          Selam Hailat and Ayay,

          Hailat, I agree. Great points. Thanks.

          Ayay, will try to comment tmrw about Malaria with in a historical context in a bid to marinate it with something outside of Medicine.