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As Eritrea Turns 29, its ‘One People, One Heart’ Motto Proven in Action

Happy 29th Independence Anniversary Eritrea
Happy 29th Independence Anniversary!

BY BEREKET KIDANE

The month of May is a special one on the Eritrean calendar. We are in the midst of Eritrea’s national holiday season with Independence Week (ቅንያት ናጽነት) a mere one week away. But this year is a little different. Continue reading As Eritrea Turns 29, its ‘One People, One Heart’ Motto Proven in Action

Eritrea’s Zero COVID-19 Death Rate Laudable

The death rates due to the COVID-19 coronavirus in Eritrea currently stand at zero percent, which is the lowest in the world, as the country imposed strict preventive measures early.

BY BEREKET KIDANE

Eritrea, with its public awareness campaigns related to COVID-19, strict lockdowns, stoppage to international flights and immediate 14-day quarantine of travellers arriving on international flights prior to the total ban on travel is having great success in managing the pandemic outbreak. Continue reading Eritrea’s Zero COVID-19 Death Rate Laudable

The Importance of Operation Fenkil and the Battle of Massawa in Eritrea’s History

Operation Fenkil was veritable epitome of unparalleled determination, military prowess, ingenuity and heroism of Eritrea’s popular struggle.

“Operation Fenkil (Liberation of Massawa) was the determinant event and precursor of the full liberation of Eritrea through a very arduous, three-decades long, protracted popular armed struggle that exacted heavy sacrifices. Highest tribute to Eritrea’s best sons and daughters!” – Yemane G/Meskel

BY BEREKET KIDANE

Later this week, Eritreans and their leaders will descend upon Massawa to commemorate the fierce battle waged to liberate the port city during the fight for independence. The 30th anniversary of the Battle of Massawa, also called Operation Fenkil, is a time of pride, gratitude and hope. Continue reading The Importance of Operation Fenkil and the Battle of Massawa in Eritrea’s History

The Nobel Peace Committee Continues International Slights Against Eritrea

UNPRECEDENTED. The Nobel Prize Committee awarded the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize to PM Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia for his effort in bringing peace with Eritrea. The committee, however, deliberately left out President Isaias Afwerki, PM Abiy’s partner in peace, although it noted his role in the peace. This is political discrimination.

BY BEREKET KIDANE

The Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the prestigious peace prize for 2019 to Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali and cited his efforts to resolve the 20-year Ethio-Eritrea border conflict. However, in a departure from past precedents, the committee left out the other main protagonist and Prime Minister Abiy’s partner in peace, President Isaias Afewerki of Eritrea. This is unprecedented and an international slight of major proportions. Continue reading The Nobel Peace Committee Continues International Slights Against Eritrea

Asmara Hamid Idris Awate International Airport

We believe it’s time to recognize national heroes who contributed to the founding of the State of Eritrea by naming major infrastructures and public places after them.

BY BEREKET KIDANE

I have often thought about how to best honor the legacy of Hamid Idris Awate, the courageous man who lit up Eritrea’s Armed Struggle for Independence (1961-1991) and shot the first bullet in liberation of Eritrea along with the small group of combatants he commanded on September 1, 1961. Continue reading Asmara Hamid Idris Awate International Airport

Martyrs Day, A Day that Strengthens the Connective Tissue of the Eritrean People

During the month of May, Eritreans celebrate their hard earned Independence Day. In the month of June, Eritreans commemorate their Martyrs.

BY BEREKET KIDANE

One of the most amazing aspects of Eritrea is how its calendar comes to life during the national holidays season. Eritrea’s national holidays cycle is not just a series of individual holidays. The national holidays – Independence Day, Martyrs Day and September 1st Revolution Day – are linked to one another in a way that strengthens the connective tissue of the Eritrean people. Continue reading Martyrs Day, A Day that Strengthens the Connective Tissue of the Eritrean People