Eritrea is on the verge of turning 25. The Independence Torch is winding its way across the country, attracting large, enthusiastic, boisterous crowds and building up anticipation, while small towns and cities are busily and eagerly preparing for the celebration.
For decades, both during the protracted armed struggle and since the country’s unlikely independence, a broad array of analysts, commentators, and observers have inundated us with myopic, inaccurate, bleak, sensationalist, and politically-driven reports, analyses, and condemnations contending that Eritrea: would become (or is) a failed state; is too small or weak to be viable; is on the cusp of demise or implosion (e.g. “it’s going to blow”); is an isolated, hermit kingdom; and is a type of hell on earth. Continue reading Understanding #EritreaAt25: A Crash Course on the A, B, C’s (Part-2)→
If you are an Eritrean, Nakfa is at or near the top as far as patriotic shrines go. So much so that the national currency was named after it to commemorate its historical and psychological importance to the armed struggle for Eritrea’s Independence.
Throughout the armed struggle for independence, Nakfa remained an Eritrean stronghold and never fell to the enemy. It was the headquarters of the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front (EPLF). Nakfa is where the EPLF’s network of underground hospitals, factories, garages, training centers and just about all of its infrastructure was located. Continue reading A Look Back at The Battle of Nakfa→
When the regime in Eritrea [and Eritrea itself] this month marks 25 years [of independence], many Norwegian-Eritreans are expected to travel to Eritrea to celebrate. Those who travel are taking the risk of punishment, warns [the weird] immigration minister Sylvi Listhaug.
For the edition of the Tour of Eritrea, Q & A has been travelling around the country alongside the riders, organizers and commissionaires. The Tour of Eritrea 2016 concluded on Saturday 23rd after five consecutive stages extending throughout the major cities and towns of Eritrea.
The tour was followed by a concluding race, the Asmara Circuit on the 24th, conducted in honor of the Silver Jubilee of the Eritrean independence.
The Torch of Independence is continuing its tour of Eritrea. It was last seen in the Gash-Barka region somewhere near Barentu enthusiastically being greeted by the locals. It will continue to tour Eritrea until it finally arrives in Asmara on Independence Day to be ignited during the main ceremony at what’s become Eritrea’s national stadium, the former Cicero in Asmara. The only question is who will have the honor of lighting the torch?