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Press Release
Written by HRCE Fri - 18 Jul

Eritrea for Sale - to the Russians!

The Eritrean government has become so isolated and desperate that it has tried to sell its precious gold resources to Russia - at any price. Sanctions have hurt the financial position of this government so much that the only way they could try to get support was to surreptitiously, and unannounced, send government representatives to Moscow, Russia in late 2012, to offer the Russian government the rich gold and base metal deposits in Mogoribe.

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Press Release
Written by World Council of Churches Wed - 16 Jul

Statement on the state of human rights in Eritrea

Over the past years, the ecumenical family has received various accounts of the deteriorating state of human rights in Eritrea and on-going reports of serious violations of human rights by the Eritrean authorities against their own population, as well as the alarming number of civilians, especially youth, fleeing Eritrea as a result of these violations. ...

In view of these harsh realities in the country, the Catholic Bishops of Eritrea issued a pastoral letter on 25 May 2014 which has been fully endorsed by the Eritrean Orthodox Church in the Diaspora.

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Interview
Written by JOL Press Sun - 13 Jul

Eritrea: "The paranoid regime"

 

National Service in Eritrea is not comparable to a military or civil service as it is practiced elsewhere in other countries. The National Service is a form of forced labor or slavery that is run by the State. Officially, conscripts are mobilized for the purpose of defending the country, but in reality they are assigned to work for the government. They are also assigned to work for companies owned by the ruling party be it in agricultural activities, in infrastructure construction, etc. They are used as labor by the regime and are treated as dispensable resources.

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Press Release
Written by HRCE & CSW Sat - 12 Jul

Letter to the President of Somalia

We express our deep appreciation for your Government's principled positions at the United Nations in Geneva, where Somalia has consistently, courageously and successfully advocated for the rights of those on the African continent who have no champion and no voice.

We would particularly like to express our deep appreciation and respect for the work of your distinguished Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, H.E. Mr. Yusuf Mohamed Ismail "Bari Bari", an exceptional and resolute diplomat whose integrity and compassion for those suffering deep injustice epitomises the best values of our continent.  ...

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News
Written by Gianluca Mezzofiore Wed - 02 Jul

Sweden: Eritrean President Afewerki Reported for Crimes Against Humanity

Eritrean president Isaias Afewerki and several other ministers have been reported to the police for crimes against humanity in Sweden thanks to a new law that allows such crimes to be prosecuted in the north European country.

Human rights lawyer Percy Bratt, who led the unprecedented legal move in Sweden, stated that the Swedish penal code's change enables judges to prosecute crime regardless of where they have been committed or by whom.

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Eritrea's Communications Disconnect – The numbers

Rumors about Data Center in Embatkala:

According to some people, the GoE has brought  fiber optic up to Massawa, for "Data Center". The Data Center will be in Embatkala, and it will have all the data's of all the ministries and also of embassies(2%) and other things. I was told this system is being ran by the president’s office, but according to people working in the president office’s; this was a total exaggeration and a lie. That the data center was only an idea of an Eritrean who came from England & the president office is helping. As far as they know there is no such thing as fiber optic in Massawa  or other place.

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Writers Corner
Written by Gabriel Guangul Tue - 01 Jul

Textless Reign of Silence

in a country called Eritrea

where nobody knows where

mobile phones find themselves

locked in prison cells

 

immobilized by security codes; button less

hacked to death; more or less

freedom itself is left speechless

unable to text; textless

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Press Release
Written by HRCE Mon - 30 Jun

Letter to the President of the Federal States of Somalia

The resolution, which was adopted by consensus on Friday, 27 June 2014, at the Human Rights Council was Sponsored by France and Somalia, and Cosponsored by Austria, Djibouti, Estonia, Hungary, Germany, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Maldives, Netherlands, Norway, Maldives, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

On behalf of the oppressed people of Eritrea, I thank those governments that sponsored and cosponsored the resolution, particularly the Somalian Government and H.E. Mr Yusuf Mohamed Ismail, the Somali Ambassador to the UN in Geneva. ...

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News
Written by bbc Fri - 27 Jun

Eritrea faces UN human rights probe

The UN's Human Rights Council (HRC) has set up a commission of inquiry into Eritrea, seen as one of the world's most repressive states.

The three-member panel will report back in one year.

In a statement, the HRC condemned "widespread and systematic" human rights violations, including torture and other cruel punishments. Eritrea rejected the resolution.

Human rights groups have previously called the country a "giant prison".

Amnesty International last year said some 10,000 Eritreans had been imprisoned for political reasons since independence from Ethiopia in 1993. This was denied by the government.

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Press Release
Written by Elsa Chyrum Fri - 27 Jun

Eritrea: Human Rights Council Must Establish a Commission of Inquiry

We the undersigned are writing to call on the UN’s Human Rights Council to establish a Commission of Inquiry on the human rights situation in Eritrea given the ongoing gross and systematic human rights violations being committed by the government of Eritrea against its own people with total impunity, and its continuing policy of non-cooperation with the UN’s human rights mechanisms, including the UN Special Rapporteur on Eritrea.

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Press Release
Written by Stop National Slavery Mon - 23 Jun

Eritrean Campaign Successfully Highlighted the Concern over the Indefinite National service in Eritrea at the UN Human Rights Council’s 26th Session.

Campaigners made positive impression both with diplomats and members of the UN commission and NGO’s, who appreciated their presence as well as the efficiency of their campaign. Ms sheila B Keetharuth the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea, commended the work of the campaign and the contribution made by former recruits in providing evidence of the plight faced by many. For their parts campaigners stated that they will continue to work relentlessly until they see an end to the slavery guised as national service in Eritrea and identified supporting the establishment of an Inquiry commission under proposal as their immediate priority .

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Obituaries
Written by Yohannes Zeremariam Mon - 23 Jun

Rest in peace Memhr Mewael

Another of the “Steadfast Generation” left us these past days. After a long and debilitating illness, Memhr Mewael Mebrahtu passed away on Tuesday, June 17 2014 at the age of 80 in San Diego, California.

Mewael was born in Keren, on September 11, 1933 to his father Deg. Mebrahtu Gubsa and his mother Weizero Hagosa Weldemariam. He was raised and educated in Asmara. Once of age, he married Weizero Rosina Abraha, and started his activity as a lawyer in Asmara.

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News
Written by Stewart Bell Sat - 21 Jun

‘Canada will take decisive action’ if Eritrean consulate is still extorting expatriates, Foreign Ministry says

TORONTO — The Foreign Affairs department is investigating the Eritrean consulate in Toronto after allegations it continues to play a key role in a dubious tax scheme that has been linked to threats, harassment and intimidation.

A government source said Eritrea would face repercussions, including the possible closure of its consulate, if the investigation confirmed the diplomatic post had defied Ottawa’s repeated demands that it stop soliciting a “diaspora tax.”

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Press Release
Written by Eritrean Global Solidarity Fri - 20 Jun

Open Letter to the Leadership of the Catholic Church of Eritrea

Thank you for truly being the Salt of the Earth and the Light of the World – for our tortured and tormented world: Eritrea.

We take this opportunity to express our heartfelt gratitude and immense respect to the principled affirmation of your religious and spiritual national responsibility as articulated in your masterfully composed Pastoral Letter under the title of “Where is Your Brother?”

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News
Written by AMECEA Mon - 16 Jun

ERITREA: The Prophetic Voice of the Catholic Bishops of Eritrea

 “Where is your Brother?”
(Gn. 4:9)
Pastoral Letter of the Catholic Bishops of Eritrea
Asmara – Eastertide
25th May, 2014

(Translation from the Original Tigrinya text)
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Press Release
Written by Arbi Harnet Sat - 14 Jun

Outline Translation:Where Is Your Brother

The letter starts by offering greetings to the faithful who are “our true children in faith” and to all people of goodwill: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord be with you all.

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Eritrea’s "new" constitution has no needs for an election commission

In the centre of town in the area commonly known as comissaration hammasien on Godena Eritreawit Ade, is a colonial building that was the offices of the Electoral Commission, perhaps the only physical reminder of our aspirations, for a constitutional government, once upon a time. I am not sure what went on inside the building but for me and many others it served as a significant reminder of Independent Eritrea’s hopes and ambitions as well as the promises PFDJ betrayed since 2001.

Naturally when the word ‘constitution’ was dangled again I thought about that building and all it symbolised and as a tribute to our shattered dreams, I paid homage, only to find that the building had now changed names and functions and its current ‘tenant’ is the offices of regional administration complete with their brand new sign outside its doors.

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News
Written by Arbi Harnet Wed - 11 Jun

Asmara: People encouraged by the message from catholic bishops


Residents in Asmara and the surrounding are said to be encouraged by the pastoral letter, from four Catholic Bishops, criticising the government’s negligence in safeguarding the lives of Eritreans and particularly that of the young people who are fleeing their country in great masses and ending up in situations that are costing their lives.

According to Freedom Friday (Arbi Harnet) activists in Asmara, copies of the letter have started circulating like wild fire across the city streets, many have also heard about the letter from the opposition radio broadcasts and are heartened by the courageous move of the Bishops and also happy about the spiritual content of the message.

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Bodies in the Desert

Both Girmay and Merhawit arrived in Israel before 2012, so their detention period was short. Like many asylum seekers during that time, they had significant psychological and physical trauma, no understanding of their surroundings and no social support. Many had nowhere to go and, until they found shelter, slept in the park near the central bus station.

After my interview with Girmay, we walked together to the bus stop. I didn’t know what to say to him, other than to express the horror that I felt. I asked him what I should say to other survivors in the future, when they shared their experiences with me. He said “tsinaat nay Iyob yi habkum” or, “May the strength of Job be with you.”

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Alewuna
Written by Pastoral letter Of the Catholic Eparchs of Eritrea Sat - 07 Jun

The Most Daring Message to Come Out of Eritrea

In the most daring and sweeping message ever to come out of Eritrea, the Bishops of the Catholic Church in Eritrea have written a Letter from Asmara touching all the problems that ails our nation. The gamut of their concern runs from spiritual to economic, political, judicial, educational and, above all, existential problem the nation faces now. Some of the issues that they raised are:

ስለ’ዚ ሃገር ናይ ሰባት ድኻ ትኸውን ከምዘላ ብግልጺ ዚረአ ዘሎ ኵሉ፣ ኣብ ዝኾነማኅበራዊ ጕዳይ ከም እንዕዘቦ፣ እቲ መንእሰይ ወለዶ ጥራሕ ዘይኮነስ፣ እቲ ማእከላይ ወለዶ ዚበሃል’ውን ዳርጋ የሎን፣ ንኡስ ወለዶን ሓይልን ዘይብላ ሃገር እንታይ እዩ እቲ ዕድላ? ሃገር ብሕዝባ ብሰባ እያ እትደምቕን እትጽብቕን እምበር፣ ብዘይሰብ ዓዲ ዓዲ ኣይከውንን፡ ሃገር ከኣ ሃገር ኣይትኸውንን።

እዚ ዘብለና ዘሎ ድማ፣ ኣብ ቅድሚ ዓይንና ይፍጸም ዘሎ፣ ናይ ሰባት ቀጻሊ ዋሕድን ዋሕዝን ብሕቱ ዘይኮነስ ንጽባሕ ከጋጥም ዘለዎ ጻንታ እዩ እቲ ዚረኣየናን ዘፍረሓናን ዘሎ። ሓደ ስደተይና ኣብ ዝኸደ ኸይዱ፡ናይ ሃገሩ ናፍቖትን ዝኽርን ብርግጽ የሰንዮ ይኸውን፣ ኣብ ታሪኽ ከም ንርእዮ ግን፡ ንዓዶም ተመሊሶም ዝተባህሉ ስደተይናታት ብኣጻብዕ ዚቝጸሩ እዮም። እዚ ናይ ሕጂ ንኡስን ማእከላይን ዝበልናዮ ወለዶ ጥራሕ ኣይኮነን ዚጠፍእ ዘሎ፡ እቲ ኪትከኦ ዝነበሮ፡ ማለት እቶም ብሕፃናቶም ዝኸዱን፡ ኣብ ዓዲ ስደት ዚውለዱን ደቆም ኵሎም፣ ሃገር ዝኸሰረቶ ወለዶ ከይከውን ዘየፍርሕ ኣይኮነን።
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Writers Corner
Written by Gabriel Guangul Thu - 05 Jun

Of Loose and Silent Tongues

security codes lie in wait

right beside the gate

holding the tongue hostage

blocking the air passage

 

stuck in the tunnels

inside rusty pipes and faulty valves

some words joined forces

just to make phrases

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Press Release
Written by Arbi Harnet Mon - 26 May

Eritrea: Regime Blocks Freedom Friday Independence Day Phone Messages

In an unprecedented move the regime blocked  robo-calls calls designed to reach 10,000 homes and businesses with messages of support and solidarity as well as encouraging people to challenge the regime by supporting the calls for change in Eritrea.

Freedom Friday, known locally as Arbi Harnet, is an Eritrean movement aimed at reaching Eritreans inside the country through phone calls, newsletters and messages on posters & stickers.

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News Analysis
Written by Mirjam van Reisen Fri - 23 May

Close the Eritrean Embassies Not The Borders

Next month a European Summit will discuss the measures to be taken following the Lampedusa boat crash. The Eritrean refugees are increasingly desperate and will take any risks to reach safety. During this Summit, the EU should not close its borders for these refugees, but in stead it should close the Eritrean diplomatic posts, which directly benefit from the trade of human smuggling and extortion of its refugees.

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Press Release
Written by Stop National Slavery Fri - 23 May

Briefing from the Stop National Service Slavery in Eritrea Campaign

This briefing aims to highlight the Indefinite National Service as a core issue of human rights violation where conscripts are recruited forcefully and kept indefinitely against their will often working in construction and agricultural projects under slave like conditions.

The briefing is based on the experiences of many former recruits who fled the country after serving periods ranging from 2 to almost 20 years in the national service; many have left friends and family members who are still serving.

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Press Release
Written by Release Eritrea Tue - 20 May

Eritrea: Religious persecution continues unabated

(Asmara 19/05/2014) sources close to Release Eritrea disclosed that religious persecution of Christians from ‘unregistered’ churches still continues unabated in Eritrea. Members of the underground churches disclosed that there are still over a thousand prisoners that have been detained for periods ranging from over ten years to few months. Many more get detained briefly and are released after a period of imprisonment and a stern warning not to engage in religious activities of the ‘unregistered’ churches.

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Articles

Article
Written by Ararat Iyob Wed - 23 Jul

Of Dreams and Death

Of Dreams and Death

... Martyrdom is part of religions such as Christianity at its inception. It is said that Christianity was the cause for the fall of the Roman Empire. Reason given, because there was life after death, there was no reason to behave normally for an actual life under a pragmatic Roman rule. Is there a lesson here? Didn’t thousands die because “martyrdom” was acceptable? In this day and age, normal soldiers do not go to war to die. They go to defend their country, its ideals, and mainly to win. Death is only a condition of the status quo and not a “choice”.

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Article
Written by Yosief Ghebrehiwet Wed - 16 Jul

Dejen’s Syndrome: the Contradictions of the Eritrean Mind

Dejen’s Syndrome: the Contradictions of the Eritrean Mind

Eritreans are first and foremost prisoners of their minds. ... We can, in fact, say that Dejen was actually locked up in multiple prisons, the one inserted into the other like a Russian doll. It took him four years to conduct an escape from the prison in his head, the one that held him hostage to the system. Only when he escaped from this mind-prison, as he gave up on the system, was he able to entertain an escape from the physical prison. And all of this was to flee from the nation, as hundreds of thousands of Eritreans have already been doing, however less spectacular their escapes might be. To fight back against the system requires an altogether different state of mind: he has to free himself from being a hostage of the revolutionary past that has made him deny agency to his oppressors. ...

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Article
Written by Seyoum Tesfaye Sat - 12 Jul

Decolonizing the mind: A shift in thinking

Decolonizing the mind: A shift in thinking

I believe the noble endeavor to collect and document the history of ELF and its gallant fighters is one of the most constructive undertakings in present day Eritrean Diaspora. I intend to present my observation of the process and its implication in the near future. I have been lucky enough to attend the second and third reunion held in Atlanta since it was open for the public. I felt I was in an open university with an insight into the nature of the liberation front that had the capability to transform former Eritrean commandos at the service of the Ethiopian government into liberation fighters. This achievement and other thousands of heroic deeds have to be recorded in detail and made a part of the true National History Archive.

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Article
Written by Ararat Iyob Sat - 05 Jul

“Holy Prison” Mariam Gembi before the Blue Terror there was……….

“Holy Prison” Mariam Gembi before the Blue Terror there was……….

Two of them took me to a part of the building that used to be a 'mogogo' (a separate room for making injera).  There they made me put my hands, tied, under my feet and inserted a wooden pole through my legs. They hoisted me up and put me upside down making my bare feet 'at arm’s length. The investigator started looking for a stick. One of them took what I think was a hard stick with plastic rope around it and asked if I had anything more to say. “No”. Then he started beating the soles of my feet. I started to scream but they put a piece of cloth on my mouth. I started to choke. ...

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Article
Written by Petros Tesfagherghis Sat - 28 Jun

The Vaccaro momentum: building an organisation and developing a strategy and plan of action

The Vaccaro momentum: building an organisation and developing a strategy and plan of action

What is amazing about Tewolde Tesfamariam (Wedi Vaccaro) is that he was able to attract large number of listeners to come to listen to him. It is fundamentally important to acknowledge that, it is because people have related to him, to what he was saying, his approach, his simplicity, commitment and selflessness.  They shared his dreams for unity, justice and democratic Eritrea. And also of his genuine concern that the opposition is too fragmented to put up united and effective resistance to repression, even though the objective condition for change is ripe.

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Article
Written by Yosief Ghebrehiwet Wed - 25 Jun

Catholic Bishops Sounding the “Extinction” Alarm in Eritrea

Catholic Bishops Sounding the “Extinction” Alarm in Eritrea

It seems to me that the problem of Eritrea has long ago stopped being political or even humanitarian; it has become a subject matter for “pure mathematics” to handle. Provide any fourth-grader who knows his addition with the figures of all those who are fleeing the nation in mass exodus per month/year and the years it takes in Eritrean minds to realize they are heading towards extinction, he would figure it out in few minutes when the cataclysmic end would be arriving. For lack of a fourth-grader head, uncluttered with revolutionary and nationalistic rhetoric, a nation is being lost. ...

With no such revolutionary or nationalistic malaise clouding their eyes, the Bishops are telling us in no unclear terms that such extinction is in fact in the making. What makes the Pastoral Letter unique is that it is the first time any Eritrean organization, be it religious or secular, to have focused on the existential predicament of the nation with such intensity. ...

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Article
Written by Resoum Kidane Mon - 23 Jun

Commemorating June 20th Martyrs' Day

Commemorating June 20th Martyrs' Day

The 20th of June is a day of commemoration for all those who sacrificed their lives for the Eritrean struggle for independence, and for those who lost their lives in the 1998-2000 border conflict with Ethiopia. It is also a commemoration day for all those political prisoners who lost their life in prison or were executed by the Ethiopian regime during the liberation struggle.

The same day is also an honour and a day of commemoration for all civilians, who were killed in Asmara during the demonstrations in 1958 and for all civilians who became the victims of the Ethiopian government atrocities between 1962-1991.

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Article
Written by Ghirmay Yebio Fri - 20 Jun

A few words on the "Pastoral Letter" by the Catholic Bishops of Eritrea

A few words on the

The pastoral letter by the four Catholic Bishops of Eritrea, can be called more of a "letter of Lamentation" which describes the situation in which the nation finds itself. ...

While commendable in being the first of its kind to come out of one of the established churches of Eritrea,  nonetheless it remains still a letter of Lamentation only and does not propose a solution to the problem.  It appears to emphasizes on collective blame rather than finger-pointing at the Asmara regime which is the solely responsible of the social and political crisis in the nation. It blames no one in particular and everyone in General.

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Article
Written by Zeineb Ali Fri - 20 Jun

The Catholic Bishops’ statement: How is it going down in the annals of history?

The Catholic Bishops’ statement: How is it going down in the annals of history?

Some might argue that the bishops represent the Catholic Church only. I do not believe this is the case. They are the voice of the voiceless. They represent all highlanders and lowlanders, Muslims and Christian, and men and women. They are echoing the views of the young and the old. They are reiterating the sentiments of the majority – both inside Eritrea and the diaspora. They are ready to pay dearly for speaking the truth and for leading the people on the right path to salvation.

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Article
Written by Tewelde Stephanos Sun - 15 Jun

Unfiltered Notes: Are we losing the deeper message of Eritrea’s courageous Catholic Bishops?

Unfiltered Notes: Are we losing the deeper message of Eritrea’s courageous Catholic Bishops?

That is not the whole story, however. Could a one-man empire last this long if we had heeded the Bishops’ deeper lesson? Did we honestly stick with the spirit of their question - “where is my brother”? What was our response when the disabled veterans were mercilessly mowed down or when so many people were herded to prison, some never to be heard from again? Except for very few brave souls, like our Catholic Bishops, we have all failed to do the right thing and that is why the regime has thrived this long.

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Article
Written by Zekre Lebona Fri - 13 Jun

The Eritrean Revolution’s Rule of Conduct: Ask Not About Your Brother

The Eritrean Revolution’s Rule of Conduct: Ask Not About Your Brother

 

... True, the communities in Eritrea had throughout their long history the “Fear of God”, and to an admirable degree, the respect for traditional laws. However, these attributes were abruptly and violently made to wither over the long period of ghedli hegemony. All the “social capital” the traditional communities had was degraded and trampled down by the ghedli operatives. The period was, in other words, “a dejen of error” [1] and anticipated the current social malaise.

...His comrades, among many, such as Petros Solomon, who was his prison inmate in Somalia, did not whisper,“Where Is My Brother”, until his turn to be a victim in September, 2001. The experience of others who joined the organization later is not different ...

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Article
Written by Daniel Teclegiorgis Fri - 06 Jun

(II) Fear to Phobia in the ambiguity of Eritrean image!

(II) Fear to Phobia in the ambiguity of Eritrean image!

No wonder fact of the matter is even though the dictator deserves a huge shame and blame, it is the reigning secretive world view too absorbed in promoting ideas of independence and self-reliance (ፈኸራን ጥረራን እንዳ ዝናን ባህታን) that bears accountability for all the mess. Accordingly it is not another battle type of Badme or slaying a dictator but a sort of creative battle of ideas that can evolve and improve the way out of the secretive world view in order to envision a better way for the management of relationships.

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Article
Written by Selam Kidane Thu - 05 Jun

Sophia Tesfamariam adds Insult to Eritrea’s Injury

Sophia Tesfamariam adds Insult to Eritrea’s Injury

But Sophia’s role – her only role seems to be whitewashing the gross violations perpetrated in Eritrea…just like the G15 are in EraEro, incommunicado for over a decade,  because the benevolent pfdj felt  they should be protected from the Eritrean masses and like the journalist were only denied the rights to live and work freely because the Eritrean public demanded so… the young people who perished in Lampedusa ended up in a sinking furnace because their rich, pompous families decided they’d send them on a lavish expedition out of the paradise called Eritrea!

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Article
Written by Bereket Berhane Wed - 04 Jun

The Bishoftu Initiative of the Eritrean Youth Forum: An Interrupted Expedition into the Elusive?

The Bishoftu Initiative of the Eritrean Youth Forum: An Interrupted Expedition into the Elusive?

As a final point, Bishoftu’s novel dream of bringing the diverse Eritrean youth forces closer seems, in many ways, to grow fainter and fainter by the day. But even if this initiative has so far proven elusive and is nowhere fully realized, we still have so much to learn from the course of events. And it is only by learning from our mistakes, making the necessary corrections, and adjusting our course that we can make the elusive possible. The journey has been interrupted and is still unfinished. Now the mission’s success or failure is going to depend on the will and perseverance of the sensible majority. And succeed they must, because the alternative is really unattractive and grim.

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Written by Samuel N. Mon - 02 Jun

Accepting the gift, rejecting the giver: Eritrea’s independence dilemma

Accepting the gift, rejecting the giver: Eritrea’s independence dilemma

How does one accept the gift but reject the giver? The independence we so deserve was brought about by cruel and lawless bandits. This is at the heart of Eritreans’ dilemma.

The common Tigrinya saying “ተቐባል ሌባ”, meaning whoever accepts goods from a thief is a thief himself, is overly simplistic to explain our dilemma. The saying assumes the “goods” one is accepting or buying from the thief is not rightly his in the first place which makes the verdict relatively meaningful.

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Written by Gabriel Guangul Tue - 01 Jul

Textless Reign of Silence

Textless Reign of Silence

in a country called Eritrea

where nobody knows where

mobile phones find themselves

locked in prison cells

 

immobilized by security codes; button less

hacked to death; more or less

freedom itself is left speechless

unable to text; textless

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Writers Corner
Written by Gabriel Guangul Thu - 05 Jun

Of Loose and Silent Tongues

Of Loose and Silent Tongues

security codes lie in wait

right beside the gate

holding the tongue hostage

blocking the air passage

 

stuck in the tunnels

inside rusty pipes and faulty valves

some words joined forces

just to make phrases

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Writers Corner
Written by Gabriel Guangul Wed - 23 Apr

Eritrea - there you are

Eritrea - there you are

We are standing still; on our own

and there you are; so close

yet; so far away

farewell; to a journey in the unknown

 

The time has come

as it always does; for no one

but for us to join; in peace

in loving memory

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Writers Corner
Written by Ararat Iyob Thu - 17 Apr

Serious People - II

Serious People - II

Well, He seems to

have decided to let hurricanes blow

new winds to penetrate

new routes, new waves

hailstorms hit pavements

the seas grow hot

and volcanoes boil

their sweat is carried

to the Red Sea home.

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Writers Corner
Written by Selam Kidane Wed - 02 Apr

Ode to Yohanna’s Baby

Ode to Yohanna’s Baby

In

The small cramped quarters

A lone light bulb dangling above

A baby was born

Her bright intelligent eyes wide open

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Written by Gabriel Guangul Sun - 16 Mar

Figure Out

Figure Out

So self-righteous she was
She put everything right; in the wrong way

So obsessed with truth; he was
He had nothing left to say

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Writers Corner
Written by Ararat Iyob Wed - 12 Mar

Serious People - I

Serious People - I

Along the river Nile, I met the Flame Tree

its long limbs stretching to the sky

the blue hues along with clouds

became the canvas for its drawing

 

Its red-hot flames poked out from the greens

yellow flicker of burning sunshine

telling me that fire burns otherwise

soft petals glowing with color

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Writers Corner
Written by Gabriel Guangul Mon - 10 Mar

Shadow

Shadow

broadcasting so heavy a shadow

a shield standing in front

light outcast

in the wild

 

a hunter

in the dark

light years away

a body mass of no weight

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Writers Corner
Written by Gabriel Guangul Tue - 04 Feb

Passage

Passage

 

she hands her child

to a woman sitting beside

raise her as your own; she begs

soon after she saw the men; hands-on machetes

 

she became a statistic; number game ...

a faceless victim; a dead torch among many

... a warning

for a genocide in the making

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Writers Corner
Written by Selam Kidane Sat - 01 Feb

Now You See Me

Now You See Me

 

That September we both left Eritrea

Seventeen hours later you were here

I was shot at on the border

Was sold, bought and resold

The map of that trip is scored on my back

Do you want to see? No I didn’t think you would

My best friend was maimed

The other one died in a cell

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Writers Corner
Written by Gabriel Guangul Mon - 13 Jan

Twilight

Twilight

Gravitating to unregistered awareness
In fractured identities
In sleeping sickness
In morbid madness

Rising with eyes frozen; dead blank
Lifeless; zombie-like
Despite all signs of life; yet unborn
Just swimming; in the womb of the twilight zone

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Writers Corner
Written by Selam Kidane Wed - 08 Jan

Refugee Go Home

Refugee Go Home

Like the River that passes through
I have no place to call my own
I stop where life wills ...
To let them take what they want ...
And dump what they willl ...
... Then on I will linger ...
Changing names along the way

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Writers Corner
Written by Samuel NA Thu - 19 Dec

The Ten Commandments, PFDJ Style

The Ten Commandments, PFDJ Style

V. Honor your appointed officials, that your days may be peaceful in the land.

VI. You shall not murder. Aim shots below the knee.

VII. You shall not commit adultery. Lest you compete with your colonels and officials.

VIII. You shall not steal. The land and its fruits are consecrated to government.

IX. You shall not bear false witness. Why prolong your torture.

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Writers Corner
Written by Walta Kiflezghi Tue - 17 Dec

Despair

Despair

Full circle once again

it's a depletion of life sources

Dead wrapped in seaweed

instead of a casket with roses

Abandoned in the desert sand

ripped of dignity and organs

Do you hear the cries

of the motherless children?

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Writers Corner
Written by Julie Wed - 11 Dec

Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony for Aster

Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony for Aster

I send my angels to comfort Aster and my prayers for her freedom. I wear a bracelet that I made in her honor. As I take it off at night, and put it back on each morning, I send her my love. I know that one day we will again sit together on a beautiful outdoor patio and share our hearts over a cup of coffee. And when we get to the third round, the blessing round, we will pause and be grateful for the blessing of true friendship.

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