Tag Archives: June 20

Freedom Comes Neither Free Nor Cheap

A Tribute to the Eritrean Martyrs Day
A Tribute to Eritrean Martyrs. (Photo: G.M.A VisAfric | Ghideon Musa Aron)

BY HAILE HABTEGABER

The 20th of June is one of the sanctified dates in Eritrea’s annual national holiday calendar. It is a day when we venerate and pay tribute to our martyrs for the most precious gift they gave us – a free and sovereign Red Sea state called Eritrea. Continue reading Freedom Comes Neither Free Nor Cheap

Mealti Sematat – Days of Remembrance

Yesterday, our martyrs fought on the trenches for and won our independence. Today we take the battle to the streets of Geneva and inside the corridors of the UN. We must ensure these battles are executed with the fierceness and decisiveness that the martyrs fought and died for to bring independence. Remember, it is in our proud Eritrean history to accomplish victory even if the odds comes in different forms and venue.

By Bereket Kidane,

The month of June is a commemorative one on the Eritrean calendar. As soon as the worldwide Independence Day (Mealti Natsnet) parties and celebrations that start in late May and spill into June wind down, the commemorative season and days of remembrance that culminate with Eritrea’s Memorial Day (Mealti Sematat) come upon us in swift succession. Our partying, dancing and flag-waving turns into tear-jerking in memory of Eritrea’s fallen heroes. They are really the framework for the Eritrean psyche – political and national – that governs our national mood, policies and outlook. Continue reading Mealti Sematat – Days of Remembrance

Mealti Sematat: Eritrea’s Memorial Day

Eritreans honor their Martyrs with pride. As we remember our martyrs, we also honor our veterans since honoring our veterans is honoring the struggle and the sacrifice made for Eritrea.

By Bereket Kidane,

LATER this month, Eritrea will observe ‘Mealti Sematat’ (Memorial Day) for its fallen heroes. Mealti Sematat has become as sacred as the ancient Muslim and Christian religious holidays celebrated in Eritrea. There is a certain sanctity to it.

Collective responsibility is a fundamental principle of Eritrean society. In Eritrea, the idea that we are all responsible for each other and for protecting the country’s sovereignty permeates every aspect of Eritrean life. It is particularly evident on Mealti Sematat because Eritrea being a small country everyone has experienced a personal loss, the country shuts down and people use the day to reflect and pause to honor their fallen heroes. Continue reading Mealti Sematat: Eritrea’s Memorial Day

መዓልቲ ሰማእታት ኤርትራ

መዓልቲ ሰማእታት ኤርትራ ፡ ንሃገራዊ ናጽነትን ሓርነትን ኤርትራ ክብሉ ንዝተሰውኡን ፡ ንዝተረኽበ ሃገራዊ ናጽነት ከይድፈር ሂወቶም ንዝኸፈሉን ጀጋኑ ፡ ንዝገደፉልና ሃገራዊ ሕድርን ሓላፍነትን ብዘይ ዝኾነ ይኹን ቅድመ ኩነት ፡ ከነኽብሮን ክንሕልዎን ምዃና መብጻዓና ነሐድሰሉ፡ ንኽብርን ዝኽርን ሰማእታት ኤርትራ ተባሂሉ ብደረጃ ሃገር ዝኽበር መዓልቲ እዩ ።

ዘለኣለማዊ ዝኽርን ክብርን ንሰማእታት ኤርትራ

ብ ግርማይ በርሀ (ሽካጎ),

መዓልቲ ሰማእታት ኤርትራ ፡ ንሃገራዊ ናጽነትን ሓርነትን ኤርትራ ክብሉ ንዝተሰውኡን ፡ ንዝተረኽበ ሃገራዊ ናጽነት ከይድፈር ሂወቶም ንዝኸፈሉን ጀጋኑ ፡ ንዝገደፉልና ሃገራዊ ሕድርን ሓላፍነትን ብዘይ ዝኾነ ይኹን ቅድመ ኩነት ፡ ከነኽብሮን ክንሕልዎን ምዃና መብጻዓና ነሐድሰሉ፡ ንኽብርን ዝኽርን ሰማእታት ኤርትራ ተባሂሉ ብደረጃ ሃገር ዝኽበር መዓልቲ እዩ ።

ኣብ መዓልቲ ሰማእታት ኤርትራ ፡ ንመግዛእታዊ ሓይልታትን ተሓባበርቶምን ካብ ሃገርና ንምጽራግን ፡ ገዛእቲ ንዕላማኦም ከዕውቱ ክብሉ ዝተኸልዎም መንግስታዊ ትካላትን ከስርጽዎ ዝፈተኑ ባህልታትን ንምፍራሶምን ንምድምሳሶምን ዝተኸየዱ ጻዕርታትን ዝሓተትዎ ዋጋን ክንዝትየሎም ኣገደስቲ ይኾኑ ።

ቃልሲ ንዝኣረጉን ንዘይኣገልግሉን ምፍራስ ጥራይ ስለዘይኮነ ፡ ንዝፈረሱ ብሓደስቲ ንምህናጾምን ፡ ብንህዝቢ ዘገልግሉ ፡ ህዝባዊ መንግስታዊ ትካላትን ኣብ ማዕርነት ደቂ ሰባት ሰረት ዘለዎም ባህልታትን ዝምድናታትን ንምትክኦም ግድን ስለዝኾኑ ፡ ኣብ ዝተሰርሑ ጉዳያት ተገንዝቦታትን ተዘክሮታትን ምግባር እውን ዘይተርፍ ይኾውን ። ዋጋ እናተኸፍሎም ስልዝተሰግሩ ።

ኣብ መዓልቲ ሰማእታት ኤርትራ ፡ ከም ፍሉይን ኩቡርን መዓልቲ ፡ ንኹሎም ዝተፈላለዩ ዝዓይነቶም ዘጋጥሙ ንዝነበሩ ጸገማትን ተጻብኦታትን ንምጥሓሶምን ንምፍሻሎምን ዝተኸፍለ መስዋእትን ዝፈጠረዎም ሳዓቤናትን ኣብ ጸብጻብ የእቲና ክንዝቲ እውን ግድን እዩ ። ምኽንያቱ ክእለዩን ክሕብሐቡን ዝግበኦም ስድራ ጀጋኑ ፡ ብሕድሪ ዝተገድፉ ኣካላት ስለዘለውና’ ። Continue reading መዓልቲ ሰማእታት ኤርትራ

Standing Tall For Eritrea’s Fallen Heroes

Eritrea: Lofty Sovereign Dignity – Fruit of Supreme Martyrdom

BY BEREKET KIDANE

OVER the last 60 years, some 90,000 Eritrean combatants and countless civilians have been killed and murdered by successive Ethiopian regimes who wanted to erase Eritrean identity and later on Eritrean sovereignty.

Eritrea’s Memorial Day (Mealti Sematat) is observed on June 20, a mere few weeks after Independence Day in order to remind us of all the sacrifices that went into creating and defending the Eritrean State.  Continue reading Standing Tall For Eritrea’s Fallen Heroes

Remembering Eritrea’s Fallen Heroes

Lofty Sovereign Dignity – Fruit of Supreme Martyrdom

By Bereket Kidane,

This Thursday, June 20, we mark ‘Mealti Sematat’ – Eritrea’s day of remembrance for its fallen heroes. We honor the brave tegadeltis who sacrificed the prime of their lives to create a sovereign Eritrean nation and the equally brave Warsay generation who gave up their lives to protect it.

Perhaps more than any other day of the year, with the exception of Independence Day on May 24, it is Martyrs’ Day that brings the Eritrean people together in unity. Continue reading Remembering Eritrea’s Fallen Heroes