Distant dream of normal relation with Eritrea – By Robele Ababya

July 16th, 2009 Print Print Email Email

Goodwill to the people of Eritrea

This writer has worked in Eritrea at the time of raging armed conflict there. He has also witnessed the goodness and generosity of the people. (more…)

Goodwill to the people of Eritrea

This writer has worked in Eritrea at the time of raging armed conflict there. He has also witnessed the goodness and generosity of the people. He has met patriots sworn to the unity of Eritrea with its motherland, Ethiopia. It is therefore his ardent wish and fervent prayer that the young generation of Ethiopia and Eritrea will freely create a truly democratic environment in which they will reap and savour the fruits of liberty, freedom and prosperity by relegating hatred and animosity to the dust bin of history.

That said, with all due respect, this writer is finds himself in out of step with some enthusiasts calling for engaging dictator Isaias in a political dialogue at this time when the overarching priority in Ethiopia and for that matter in Eritrea is to get rid off tyranny. At this time when the immediate and unconditional release of political prisoners is top priority.

Overarching urgency for Ethiopia

This piece is mainly meant for young readers on whose shoulders the responsibility has fallen to build a democratic future. A new mindset underpinned by truth is essential for that purpose. The young, intelligent, educated and charismatic icon Judge Birtukan is committed to carrying that responsibility because she believes in truth. The overriding urgency now is to secure her immediate and unconditional release and indeed of all political prisoners languishing in TPLF jails in order to usher in an era of civilized political debate and a self-reliant compassionate society under the rule of law that is committed to holistic development in a peaceful and stable environment where individuals are free to unleash their energy and creativity freely for the benefit of all.

Ethiopians at present are at a critical stage in the process of completing the unfinished work of the historic election of 15 May 2005 at which the people spoke in no uncertain terms about their demand for democratic change. The short victory of that historic day belongs to the Ethiopian people; it is the baseline for building internal cohesion and strength of our country so that we can negotiate from position of strength. So fellow Ethiopians, it is imperative and urgent to build our unity and internal strength in all aspects first before we venture in engaging with unpredictable dictators. Nothing should derail us from our noble journey necessary to reclaim our dignity and the territorial integrity of Ethiopia for all – where the tenet of private property shall be upheld as guarantee never to return to the current serfdom under the TPLF misrule.

Ruler without constitution

Isaias Afeworki rules by decree without a constitution. In fact he makes a mockery of the constitution of TPLF citing the rampant breach thereof by the thugs at Arat Kilo without shame. Isaias is quite right in his derisive reference to the said lawlessness of his ex-compatriot Meles. But he too has his dissidents both at home and in the Diaspora. Therefore an environment of the rule of law should first prevail in both countries and people must decide the conditions for any engagement.

Experience in the aftermath of the Eritrean independence has shown that the diabolical strategy of Isaias is to keep Ethiopia a weak agrarian society producing raw materials for sale to his industry at cheap price; hold monopoly over the Ethiopian market to sell industrial goods produced in Eritrea; ensure the market remains lucrative to his exported products by weakening Ethiopia and at same time bolstering his army with the proceeds received from sales of those products.

The point is what will make him abandon such a strategy! After all it was with conviction that this strategy will work for him that he declined persuasion by a popular African Head of State to opt for a federal arrangement and become its President. Isaias spurned his golden chance, which the Great Ethiopian people would have given him in much the same way as they embraced General Aman Michael Andom of Eritrean ethnic origin whose reign was unfortunately cut short by the coward Mengistu Hailemariam.

More reasons for mistrust

Eritreans voted for independence with a staggering 99.83 %, which result was proudly declared by Dr. Amare Tekle – a person this writer knew well. This was hardly unexpected given that the choice to be made was between “slavery” or “freedom” and the people obviously went for the latter- freedom.

What is unforgettable perhaps is that Eritreans shocked their Ethiopian friends of decades by shunning the latter immediately upon declaration of the referendum. It was shocking because even those on both sides that were plotting the cessation of the feudal order became adversaries overnight. One now hopes for the better for, as it were, so much water has flown under the bridge since the referendum – some people are dead or old; still aggressive or repentant.

Their dream of becoming a Singapore of Africa quickly vanished and most are facing a bleak future. No body would have thought that so many would flee into exile; that the architects of the secession who sought better relations with Ethiopia would be incarcerated; and that formation of dissident groups would occur quite so soon. Can Isaias who caused all these to the people under his rule be trusted to engage? In the opinion of this writer the answer is no.

The original Eritrean dissidents like Woldeab Woldemariam fled to Ethiopia’s historical enemy, Egypt, in protest of dissolution of the federal arrangement in favour of unity with Ethiopia. They got financial and political support from oil-rich Arab countries with which the interest of Western powers was primary to that of Ethiopia. The defunct USSR and its satellite communist countries were unfriendly to Ethiopia because of their close relations with Syria and Iraq due to socialist inclinations of the latter two vis- á-vis Ethiopia’s closeness to the West.

It is amazing how Ethiopia could survive against so many formidable odds. It is only that God is keeping his covenant with our Motherland that we have survived so far.

The point to be made is that ordinary and freedom-loving people bound by blood and common cultural heritage were and are still being kept in political darkness by their respective power-hungry leaders.

Say enough to dictators

Sour relations leading to abject poverty, political upheaval, corruption and exodus of citizens are perpetuated by myopic and dictatorial leaders at the helm of power. They grab power promising liberty, freedom and prosperity the people. When they fail to fulfil their promises made in the course of bloody ascendancy to power, dictators come up with a series of empty slogans designed to shift blames to a concocted ‘enemy’ as a root cause for persisting miseries of the ruled.

Ethiopian and Eritrean dictators are examples of brinkmanship committing gross violation of basic human rights not only in their respective countries they have been misruling but also in the entire region of the Horn of Africa.

Engaging in a civilized debate with the aim of bringing political stability to the region is welcome. However, given that civilized debate is anathema to dictators, the question is who would qualify to take part in the debate. As long as the old politics petrified in the old mind is not categorically set aside, the search for a new political order would be futile. A new mindset equipped with fresh ideas is sine qua non for ushering in democracy and upholding the rule of law.

The past decades have shown us that those empty promises of liberty, freedom and prosperity did not materialize. On the contrary, things have gone mortally wrong that today we see an exodus of Eritreans and Ethiopians to escape tyranny in hell created by dictators.

In the face of crimes against humanity including genocide and destabilization of the entire region of the Horn of Africa, for which tyrant Meles and Isaias are being held accountable, it would be foolhardy to believe that any trust can be vested in the duo to bring lasting relationship between the peoples of Ethiopia and Eritrea. The two have demonstrated their allegiance to Bashir by the kind of lavish reception they have given him in their respective capitals. Their in cahoots with other retrogressive and corrupt African dictators who are vehemently opposing any cooperation with the International Criminal Court in the case of Bashir who has committed genocide against the black people of Darfour.

Shifting epicentre of politics

Emperor Haile Selassie warned that the danger to the sovereignty of emanates from the north. It is time that the epicentre of Ethiopian politics moved elsewhere. Its traditional mainstay in the northern part of our country should end in favour of a federal arrangement involving countries in the Horn of Africa as a distant goal of future leaders.

This writer recalls that a brilliant Ethiopian, born to parents of Eritrean ethnic origin and raised there, mooted the idea in his flyers under the title “Horn of Africa League”. He was adviser to the coward Mengistu on the Eritrean question. He fled the country just before the launching of “Key Kokeb” (Red Star) operation because he could not agree with that strategy. In his speech to a very attentive audience in the City Hall of Addis Ababa, he exposed the intrigues of Eritrean nobilities, EPLF, and ELF and the immaturity of the EPRP leaders for treating the case of Eritrea as a colony. Oh! He fleeced the EPRP leaders who he said carried the briefcase of Saleh Sabeh begging money from conservative wealthy Arabs in the Middle East. He pleaded to the jam-packed audience and the Ethiopian people to save Eritrea. His inspiring speech was interrupted by deafening applauses and standing ovations. What a loss of an intellectual giant!

This writer had the opportunity to meet with this visionary pundit on several occasions. May be he will read this article and comment, or seize the moment to join the struggle.

In the context of AU, federalism in the Horn of Africa involving Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti and Somalia is not a farfetched idea to start with. Of course a lot of work needs to be done and the peoples of each of these countries will have to put their houses in order and then create an environment conducive to genuine talks, bilaterally or multilaterally.

Views in closing

Time is changing now. There is political upheaval in the camps of historical adversaries of Ethiopia. Therefore, new breeds of young leaders are now critically needed who can capitalize on contemporary political development underpinned by respect for universal human rights.

Assuming for example that credible partners will emerge on the political scenes of Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti and Somalia in the future, it is prudent to ask what the parameters would be for negotiating in view of unsettled issues like boarder demarcation, access to the Red Sea, et al.

Identifying priorities, defining vision for regional peace and stability, setting the stage for the debate are huge tasks that need careful approach with a new thinking in the context of contemporary world politics and wide participation of interested parties in the region of the Horn of Africa. Any outcome of the debate shall not be an imposition of the elites on the people as in the past; the people as the sole source of power and determinants of their future shall scrutinize and approve the outcome

The struggle is for an all-inclusive new political culture to prevail throughout Ethiopia. Gone are the days when the five or so regions in northern Ethiopia decided the fate of Ethiopia. The historic election of 15 May 2005 shall always be the base line or foundation to build a strong and democratic Ethiopia. The new thinking is that Ethiopians can choose individuals with merit to assume the highest of office in the land regardless of creed and ethnic origin.

The time now is to seek justice for our unforgettable martyrs; to bring political criminals to justice and foster democracy. Putting our house in order first is imperative as we contemplate on dialogue of better relations with our neighbours.

Given the argument that democratic countries settle their differences through dialogue without recourse to armed conflict, Ethiopians and Eritreans have the arduous duty of subduing their dictators first before setting the agenda for substantive talks for desired relations. It is a Herculean task which will require goodwill and objective analysis of all identifiable options for lasting relations among countries in the Horn of Africa.

This is an important agenda for the likes of Judge Birtukan, her peers and the younger generation who were born into the political hell created by the older generation.

Free Birtukan and all political prisoners!

LONG LIVE ETHIOPIA!!!

Robele Ababya (robele_ababya@yahoo.com)

  1. Bezabih
    | #1

    Free Birtukan and all political prisoners!
    LONG LIVE ETHIOPIA!!!

  2. Nebsi
    | #2

    Oh my god !!
    you are so out of touch it is scarey. Eritea is a nation it has has been 20 years now. I do not know what friendship you are talking about.Many Eritreans have Sudanse friends but it dose not justfy to say we should be one country with Sudan. Why would we choose to have our leaders brought down or chosen on your account. The young generation that you are reffering to, do not know Ethiopia let along to have friends from Ethiopia. More Eritreans are doing business in Sudan and east africa than the Eritreans that lived in Ethiopia 60s and 80s. You are forgettin g some thing Ehtiopia is one of the poorest countries in the world,

  3. Junk messsage.. no one listen to this
    | #3

    What you dreaming or something. Ethiopia was never part of Eritrea okay get this straight okay! Eritrea is one of the oldest states . it came to existance when God first created the earth ! even the bible talks about Eritrea and ethiopia as d/f states. it was an indipendent state and it was never part of ethiopia until the The British expelled the Italians in 1941 and continued to administer the territory and in 1951 they handed Eritrea to ethiopia . the ethiopians conquered eritrea and made it it’s 14th provoince but the eritreans rebeled and fought against the ethiopians for 30 straight years and finally in may 24 1991 we gained our freedom .

    And to who are you referring as a dictator. Tell that to Meles okay!
    I’m 19 years old who lives in LONDON, ONTARIO, CANADA. And will always keep the promise of what my brave brothers and sisters passed away to give me my beautiful country! NOW YOU CAN KEEP TALKING…….. Eritrea is always Eritrea and ALWAYS WILL! This is the Young Generation of Eritrea!
    And Eritrea is always in our heart!
    AWET N HAFASH!

  4. yikerbelen
    | #4

    abugidians, How did you get the border line between eritrea and ethiopia? what intersting!!!!. Mr robel ababya, should tell how to free our leader from the hand of TPLF if not by power. To remove TPLFF from power, ethiopians need to use all the means aviliable. Armed struggle if one 0of the means.

  5. Yeqoraw Kassa
    | #5

    Eritrea belongs to Ethiopia. So does Djibouti. We have to start from Axumite Ethiopia and get out territories back. Eritreans will be happy to be ethiopians. The problem is the government in Addis Abeba and Asmara is in the hands of lackeys. Eritrea should be forced to join Ethiopia. As to Djoubiti, we have to raise the issue with France, a country that has sabotaged Ethiopia. France should have returned Djibouti to Ethiopia.

    Ethiopia should remain as an indepedent nation. Ethiopia is the source of inspiration for many people in the world. Trying to form a League of East African Countries is the first step to destroy Ethiopia. Meles Zenawi has started the process of destroying Ethiopia. We have to stop him!

  6. mateos
    | #6

    “SO MUCH WATER HAS FLOWN UNDER THE BRIDGE SINCE THE REFERENDUM”….Robel, some how you slip the truth as to the rest of your analysis it makes you look you are also one of those opportunist who would like to turn the clock backwards. My friend the people of Eritrea and Tigry bled for nearly 6 decades together; for their own survival they run to the jungle and started a revolution and with god’s help they succeeded and WE ALL STARTED TO BREATH A FRESH LIFE POST 1991. From there on after we should have only focused as to how to heal our wounds and scars from the misery we all experienced in the past 6 decades or so.;however, who would have guessed Legesse/Abebe/Melesse had a dream, A- to be the most reliable slave in the 21st century in Africa, B- who would have guessed Legesse/Abebe/Melesse and the rest of the weyane mafia family had a dream to distroy Ethiopia with in and out, C- who would have anticipated weyane would betray people that gave them a safe passage for a few handouts, and finally, D- who would have anticipated that the weyane mafia family have that much love/hate for Ethiopians. So my friend stop being another stooge: THE PEOPLE OF THE HORN OF AFRICA MUST LIVE SIDE BY SIDE WITH MUTUAL RESPECT FOR EACH OTHER AND LETS HAVE A DIMILITARIZED BORDERS. Weyane and their crime family must be eradicated from the face of the planet!

  7. Lucas
    | #7

    Dear Mr.Roble

    I m a proud Eritrean,I voted with joy for the Total independence of Eritrea.
    The option to Vote was
    A) Full Independence
    B) Federation with Ethiopia
    C) to be a province of Ethiopia

    Therefore, Please avoid false statements as it was not a choice between Slavery or Freedom. Do u think that we(Eritreans) are so naive ?
    It is because of your a likes that the gap of understanding between those two countries have lead to war and misery.
    My father voted (at the time) for unification with Ethiopia.
    I saw the cruelty and hate of the Tor-serawit killing innocent people
    in a manner never seen before in the history of Ethiopia and Eritrea.
    I knew then that I was not an Ethiopian anymore and I knew my destiny as free Eritrean was with the EPLF the vanguard of our beloved Nation.
    What remains is a HONEST and Respectful joint cooperation between two neighboring states with much history in common. All other options have proven to be not workable.
    I will never consider an Ethiopian like a kenyan never. W ether U like or Not, we have a history in common. Let’s keep it with respect

    Peace for Eritrea and Ethiopia

  8. Amare
    | #8

    Eritrians should not be allowed to reunite with Etiopia even if they want to. They need to be punished some more under the brutal dictatorship of Wodi Afom.That is because they still have hatred towards Ethiopia. They need to see and understnd that Ethiopia could exist without Eritria, while Eritria’s existance as an independent country is a terrible, ugly joke.

  9. Robele Ababya
    | #9

    Mateos, my reference in respect of “so much water has flown under the bridge” meant the time since Eritrean referandum.

    I worked hard for the demise of coward Mengistu who drove me into exile. So you ca not question my credintial

  10. Lema
    | #10

    Abugida,
    You censor my comment. While allowing Robele’s garbage on your front page and denying us to respond to him on the feedback page is not a genuine journalism.
    It looks like Abugida is changing to Ethopian Review.
    The Eritreans & Issias Afeworki are owning Ethiopia and Ethiopians like their T-shirts. How much are you paid?

  11. aha!
    | #11

    I fully share your view on two dictators in East Africa, yet, I do not fully agree of your inclination towards to newly formed UDJP and/or Medrek. Supporting UDJP and/or Mederek of which UDJP is a part and condemning TPLF/eprdf do not go hand in hand, since this coalition is geared to replace TPLF/eprdf and/or sustain TPLF/eprdf. It does not help to get rid of TPLF/eprdf by grass root movements with both in Eritrea and in Ethiopia. That movement has a better chance from the vantage point of the hardliners to restore unity of Ethiopia and freedom of all Ethiopians from nothern tip to soth and from east to west with the original boundries in tact, forming a democratic government.

  12. aha!
    | #12

    Addendum: I latter on noticed your grass root movements involves new beurocrats of the younger generation to negotiate for partnerships among Eritrean, Somalian and Djibout leaders in a new political culture is far short of the target for the unity of Ethiopia, and its territorial integrity as well as freedom of individuals in both countries. That secenario has the inclination of supporting the status quo except removing the leaders, the masters of the existing configuration, which does not not remove the lack of sea outlet for Ethiopia, the lingering border dispute with Eritrea through negotiation, with Eritrea on the use of the ports with service charge to the use of the ports as a new set up, and agreeing to demarcate the border as determined by the Algiers agreement, instead of genuine peaceful struggle at the grass root which I thought you were alluding to young generation of Eritreans and Ethiopians on ech side working in collaboration to restore the unity of Ethiopia and bring about freedom of all Ethiopians on both sides. These objectives plus the territorial integrity and sovereignity could not be achieved through negotiation with the new buero/technocrats, which alluded to to in your last paragraph.

  13. manew yewunetbalebet?
    | #13

    Robele Ababya :Mateos, my reference in respect of “so much water has flown under the bridge” meant the time since Eritrean referandum.
    I worked hard for the demise of coward Mengistu who drove me into exile. So you ca not question my credintial

    Why did you keep quiet about the following: Lucas said ( July 17th, 2009 at 03:26 | #7 Reply | Quote Dear Mr.Roble)

    “I m a proud Eritrean,I voted with joy for the Total independence of Eritrea.
    The option to Vote was
    A) Full Independence
    B) Federation with Ethiopia
    C) to be a province of Ethiopia”
    Is he right? Were the eritreans given the above choices?

  14. manew yewunetbalebet?
    | #14

    manew yewunetbalebet? :

    Amare :Eritrians should not be allowed to reunite with Etiopia even if they want to. They need to be punished some more under the brutal dictatorship of Wodi Afom.That is because they still have hatred towards Ethiopia. They need to see and understnd that Ethiopia could exist without Eritria, while Eritria’s existance as an independent country is a terrible, ugly joke.

    Why did you keep quiet about the following: Lucas said ( July 17th, 2009 at 03:26 | #7 Reply | Quote Dear Mr.Roble)
    “I m a proud Eritrean,I voted with joy for the Total independence of Eritrea.The option to Vote wasA) Full IndependenceB) Federation with EthiopiaC) to be a province of Ethiopia”Is he right? Were the eritreans given the above choices?

    Disregard this post.

  15. Alex
    | #15

    TO AMARE : WHAT YOU SAY ” BRUTUAL DICTATORSHIP” KI KI KI KIIIIII. WHAT MELES IS? AN ENGIL? KI KI KI KIIIIIII. CLEAN YOUR HOUSE FIRST AND TALK ABOUT OTHERS. DO YOU THINK ERITREA CAN NOT EXIEST WITH OUT ETHIOPIA? DO YOU UNDERSTAND ABOUT LIFE IN THIS WORLD? BUT I CAN NOT BLEME YOU FOR YOUR A BIT KNOWELEGY B/C YOU WAS AGAZI SO YOU ONLY KNOW HOW TO KILL THE INOCENT PPL! KI KI KI KIIIIII. AMARE IF WE WANT TO TALK YOU ARE FROM TIGRAY RIGION NOT INSIDE ETHIOPIA AND I THINK YOU DO NOT KNOW GOD! BUT WE ERITREAN NOT DEPEND ON FORIGN AID BUT WE DEPEND ON OUR GREAT GOD AND THE SON J CRIST. SO DO NOT WORRY ABOUT US FOREVER. THANK YOU AMARE AND GOD BLESS YOU AND MAMA ETHIOPIA FOREVER. I AM FROM ERITREA AND GOD BLESS ERITREA OLSO. GOD BLESS ETHIOPIAN PPØ FOREVER.

  16. proud ethiopians
    | #16

    this is insane. shabia and weyane are one snake with two heads. we ethiopians will never ever forget what they did to our beloved country. no peace or love with tigres. they are the number one enemies of ethiopia. we should remove all tigres out of our ethiopia, bulid a wall and keep the tigres out for good. let them beg their masters, the arabs for bread.
    long live ethiopia
    God bless Ethiopia

  17. proud ethiopians
    | #17

    what are the so called eritrean doing here in an ethiopian web site? all of them should stay away from anything that is Ethiopians. as we have stated above lets remove them out of our land and deport them back to their singapore.

  18. Honey
    | #18

    weyane is #1 enemy of ethiopia. we should deport all woyanne out of ethiopia. Just like what we did to eritreans. we should remove all woyannes out of our ethiopia, bulid a wall and keep the woyannes out for good.
    death to weyane TPLF
    Victory to ethiopia

  19. haie
    | #19

    mr.proud ethiopian then stop talking about eritrea you are the one dreeming about eritrea day and nigth.you see this article it talks about eritrea not for eritreans it is for you,you want them to get out and you talk about them? that is nonsense you ony talk about eritrea is with eritrean dammy. go sleep losser.

  20. Alex
    | #20

    TO PROUD ETHIOPIAN : SHAEBIA IN AREBIC AND THE MINING IN AMHARIC “HEZBAWE ” . SO DO NOT CHEAT YOUR SELF MY BROTHER. BUT YOU WAS THINKING YOU TALK A BAD WORD! ABOUT THE WORDE WEYANE I DO NOT KNOW YOU CAN ASK THE OWNER. BUT AS AN ERITREAN I LOVE ETHIOPIA AND PPL OF ETHIOPIA. B/C THE ETHIOPIAN PPL IS HERO AND BELOVED. ALL PPL CREATED BY GOD NOT BY YOU OR OTHER. PPL HAVE A RIGHT TO LIVE AS GOD SAID NOT YOU. MY BROTHER DO YOU HAVE A RELIGION PLS? I KNOW ETHIOPIA EVEN ONE OF THE CANTRY THAT HAVE 44 CHIRCH. SO HAVE YOU BEEN IN YOUR LIVF FOR ONE DAY TO PRAY IN CHARCH? PLS YOU MUST AFRIED GOD NOT PPL. IF YOU RECPECT GOD THAT MEANS YOU RECPECT PPL . SO PLS DO NOT SAY SOME YOU THINK AS A BAD WORD BUT NOT WITH OUT UNDERSTAND THE MINING. I NEED ASK YOU WHAT WE HAVE DONE IN AND OVER YOUR BELOVED CUNTRY ETHIOPIA? DO YOU HAVE AN EVEDENCE OR ONLY POLETICAL PROPAGANDA? EVEN IF YOU THINK THIRE IS ” DO NOT BE HOSTEG FOR THE PAST HISTORY” THINK ABOUT THE FIUTER POSETIV THINGS MORE TO LIVE SIDE BY SIDE AND BIULED SISTERLY CUNTREY ETHIOPIA AND ERITREA. AND I NEED TO TELL YOU WE ERITREAN HAPPY WHEN YOU ARE PROUD AN ETHIOPIAN WE ARE NOT ANGERY ABOUT THIS BUT WHEN YOU SAID ONLY BAD WORD THAT YOU THINK BUT NOT. GOD BLESS MAMA ETHIOPIA AND PPL OF ETHIOPIA FOR EVER. GOD BLESS ABUGIDA`S JORNALIST. GOD BLESS KEBUR PR. ISAYAS AFEWERKI AND MAMA ERITREA AND PPL OF ERITREA.

  21. Lucas
    | #21

    Lucas
    I m really surprised and sad about the reaction of some people in this web.
    I m Eritrean
    My view is to see Two sisterly countries Eritrea and Ethiopia working peacefully with no Superior Ethiopian and 2nd class-citizen Eritrean .
    Am I asking or demanding something impossible ?

    Some hard liners nostalgic ethiopians would turn the clock and reverse history. That is something impossible. Shame on you !!

    There will be no Eritrea under Ethiopia

    The era of that nightmare has gone for ever .

    I lived in Eritrea and I remember when ever I saw the Ethiopian Flag I had a bad feeling, that flag symbolized for me opression killings fear I was not proud of that flag.

    I remember when tor-serawit machine gunned people returning from market to their home, innocent people. rape, beheading, bayonetting elderly and children.
    I also remember when i leaved my country. blessed by my father tears of my mother and brothers and sisters.

    I remember when I was a refugee in the Sudan . I participate in a meeting of the EPLF (just for curiosity) and i was astonished when representative of the EPLF was explaining that their struggle was not aimed only to free Eritreans but that they will also fight for the right of the Ethiopians as well. !! It was 1976 Khartoum.

    I came to Europe and one day in 1991 we heard that the Freedom fighters were heading to Asmara !! and that Eritrea was liberated.
    It was the day when I went to several meeting point of Eritreans to ask if it was true !!!!
    I was afraid that this was merely a false news I was afraid to wake up and to realize that all this was only a Dream.
    It wasnt it was TRUE.
    I called my mother and she confirmed to me that the ” bad wind has defenetely gone and for ever.
    Ï cried that day and for the first time since years I prized God.

    My European wife was confused to see me crying for the first time !!

    I was happy something in me was changed The feeling to be free at last
    I don’t remember and I m quite sure if I was so happy when my first daughter was born !! tears were always in my eyes.

    That evening me and some friends of mine went to down town to celebrate the END OF REPRESSION, THE END OF INJUSTICE THE END OF THE “BAD WIND” that had turned Eritrea up side down.

    The Enemy have been defeated for EVER

    I went to Eritrea to see what i have heard. It was TRUE Those days were the happiest in my life time. At Asmara at the airport on arrival people kissed the ground crying, thanking God that they were lucky to see a free Eritrea.

    On the street of the main avenue people were dancing in the street, laughing ululating crying inviting you to come to drink to eat, it was a REBIRTH of a Free ERITREA.

    For the relatives of those who died for the Liberation of Eritrea , it was a mixed feeling day of happiness and sadness. I will always remember their faces !!

    I met my little brother after years. changed very disciplined, concerned with his Kalashnikov, and afro-style hair. he was not the little brother I knew.he has been wounded He fought for Eritrea. He was changed

    He would tell me later that they won only the first round of the battle and that they will also change the mentality of the people in Eritrea

    It was obvious for me that a new era of change was come to ERITREA.

    I saw the President of Eritrea sitting in a simple bar drinking his capuchino with no body-guards !! later friends would tell me that he has preferred to sleep together with the TEGADELTI instead in the comfortable Villa assigned to him.

    He is a very simple person and honest.

    It was for me if all my secret dreams were coming ahead. No Fear No more Tor-Serawit No more that Savage Brutal dictator of Mengistu. OH How much I prized God.

    During my visit to my beloved Asmara I went to visit as respect the disabled freedom fighters , who lost hands eyes foots, etc., I remember them with a smile in the faces .

    I discussed with a lot of Tegadelti Freedom fighters and i dont remember nor I ve noticed a single moment of hate vs Ethiopians. many of them were listening to Ethiopian music.

    I therefore am happy to be part of such a people: Honest courageous .
    against all the odds and proud.ready to sacrifice their lives to fight injustice.

    History will tell us that those people liberated not only Eritrea but also Ethiopia.

    FREE AT LAST ERITREAN
    If I m not allowed to write in your SITE, please do not hesitate., just disregard this writing

  22. ddt
    | #22

    lucas
    u are not that smart when u say eritreans were opressed bla bla bal…., just “tirki mirki”! remember that thousands of other ethiopians in addis ababa, the seat of the power mongers, derg and woyane, were murdered by the elites and thier blood still flows today! erythrean ethiopians didnt suffer any different then the rest of ethiopia! rather u erythreans are hypocrites “timkihetegnoch” thinking that the rest of ethiopia is poor and illitrate out in force to take some precious things away from u, which u dont have in the first place! u just like to talk and say bla bla bla!
    shame on u, for the blood of Alula , the blood of the likes of Aman asgdom will curse u forever! remember that it is erytrean ethiopians who drifted south from adulis to axum too ankober to entoto and finally addis ababa! they were brilliant and courageous ethiopians, unlike thier now fool children now in erythrea who gave the cake and reward to woyane and left the rest of ethiopia to the current tragedy! shame on u! had Esayas had the inkling, had the intelligence to outsmart meles and his woyane clique , the current tragedy wouldnt have been here.! but he was selfish and idiot to think straight and logically and it was to late when he tried to claim the land he lost(the rest of ethiopia) in 1992 ec when woyane (ur own cousins,ie brothers and sisters) beat u like u have never been beat before!!!
    Now isayas is trying to ride the back of weak and opportunistic oppositions like so callled Ginbot 7, what an irony! erytrea now is weak and not able to pick ethiopia, the otherway round is possible and therfore ,lucas, wait till again u will be liberated from the tarrynt isayas, by ur cousins,sisters and brothers from the south, ethiopia proper!hahahahahahahahahhahahahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!

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