It is nearly the end of August. The beginning of September will soon be upon us. In Eritrea, that generally means several things. That the rainy and wet keremti (summer) season is almost at its end, ready to give way to the quewi (harvesting) season.
That a vast swathe of the countryside and mountains will soon be covered in sheets of green and dotted by colorful embaba (flowers). That juicy and delicious beles fruit can be found on every street corner. That Meskel and Yohannes, those special festive occasions, are around the corner. Continue reading Bahti Meskerem: More Than Just Another Day→
In the annals of Eritrea’s revolutionary war, September 1st marks the first military engagement between Eritrean combatants and the Ethiopian Army. It was on September 1, 1961, that the first shot was fired in the liberation of Eritrea when Hamid Idris Awate and his men exchanged fire with the colonial Ethiopian Army at Mount Adal, Eritrea. The day’s events were to be repeated all across Eritrea on countless blood-soaked battlefields over a thirty-year period (1961-1991). Continue reading Eritrea’s Revolutionary War – The Gold Standard→
On September 1, 1961 at Mount Adal in the Gash-Barka region of Eritrea, a small band of 10 to 13 men commanded by Hamid Idris Awate opened fire on the occupying Ethiopian Army. The day’s confrontation between the Ethiopian Army and Eritrean combatants marked the first shot fired in the liberation of Eritrea. Continue reading September 1st in the Annals of Eritrean History→
September 1st is the anniversary of the first shot fired in the armed struggle for Eritrea’s independence popularly known as “ghedli” in Tigrigna or “Sawra” in Arabic. The pivotal shot was fired by Hamid Idriss Awate and his men on September 1, 1961, at a place called Mount Adal, between Agordat and Tesseney, in Western Eritrea. The day’s events are generally referred to as the first military engagement between Eritrean combatants and the Ethiopian Army. Continue reading Eritrea: Long Live September 1st→