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→
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→
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→
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.
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.