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A Tribute to My Friend Adhanom

On Friday, February 19, 2021, Adhanom Gebremariam passed away in the USA. His funeral will be held on Saturday February 17, 2021. Adhanom was a veteran of the Eritrean struggle. As a senior commander in the army, Adhanom commanded and fought gallantly in major battles of the struggle era. After the “independence of Eritrea” he served in many capacities, including governor of Seraye region, attorney general, ambassador to Nigeria and Sweden.

After the end of the Ethiopian-Eritrean border war, Adhanom and his colleagues, many of them ministers and senior official in the PFDJ government signed a letter demanding an assessment of the war and accountability on how it was managed. The war had caused the loss of of tens of thousands of lives, the displacement of hundreds of thousands, and destruction of many communities and properties.

To escape accountability,Isaias Afwerki and his regime arrested most of the signatories of the letter who came to be known as G15 (group of 15 officials). Thereafter, the regime launched a campaign of defamation against the G15 by spreading uncorroborated accusation.

Twenty years on, the the G15 have never been formally charged their whereabouts are unknown, and were never allowed family visitation.

At the time his colleagues were arrested, Adhanom was outside Eritrea, thus escaped the fate of his colleagues.

Adhanom has been separated from his wife and children since 2000. He died in exile from the country he spend his youth to liberate.

The video is my tribute to him published today on Negarit #120

May his soul rest in peace

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  • aklilu zere

    Thank you Brother Saleh for your heart touching tribute for our friend Adhanom.

    May the Almighty God rest his soul.

    Adhanom is a Good Creation. God is pleased with this Good man when he was on this earth and HE shall receive Adhanom with open arms and shall unite him with the Good Tegadelti, who preceded him in heaven.

    Adhanom was a Good Tegadalay; Good, among many Good Tegadelti: Gifted, Selfless, Committed, Obedient, Upright, Resilient, Courageous, Hopeful, Open and Direct with Pure Heart. Adhanom was also a Good student of revolution; a Good teacher and a Good leader.

    Adhanom was a Good Person. A Good example of the Martyrs. A Good Heritage to the living; A Good person to his Comrades. A Good person to his people. A Good person to Humanity.

    Adhanom was a Good son. A Good son to his parents. A Good son to his village. A Good son to his country.

    Adhanom was a Good Friend. A Good friend to acquaintances. A Good friend to strangers. A Good friend to opponents.

    Adhanom’s signature Goodness was his perseverance. He left this earth undefeated by personal sorrows, pains, separations, illnesses and other vices.

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Selam Awatawian,

    Let me entertain you with this song in memory of Ambassadors Adhanom Gebremariam.

  • Haile S.

    Selam Awate,

    For those who would like to follow the last services of Ambassador Adhanom, here is a link. The church service was just completed.

  • Kokhob Selam

    Dear Saleh,

    Sensitive and heart touching..You represent us all.


  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Selam Saleh,

    Your tribute for our friend “Adhanom Gebremariam” represents to all his friends who admire and love him. He is a solid principled man who made “people’s interest” at the center of his struggle – thus in turn become the bondage for the basis of our comradeship. Thank you for the tribute to a great man who gave everything including his life to the Eritrean people. RIP my dear friend.