Why is September 1st such an important day for Eritrea? It represents the day that the Eritrean independence movement transitioned from non-violence and protest, to active, armed resistance – going against all odds and logic. It is a day to reflect upon and remember the contributions and heroic exploits of the thousands of freedom fighters – those mythical, legendary men and women who spent over 30 years in the barren, dusty deserts and harsh mountains of Eritrea, persevering and ultimately delivering freedom against all odds.
Of all the independence movements throughout Africa in the 1900s, only two emerged “victorious” militarily, Zimbabwe and Eritrea. And of those two, only Eritrea was able to do so via an outright military destruction of the colonial oppressor (rather than a negotiated settlement, a la the Lancaster Agreements). Continue reading ERITREA: September 1st – A Brief Reflection→
After a bloody civil war between the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front (EPLF) and The Eritrean Liberation Front (ELF), in the early 1980s, the EPLF became the sole representative of the struggle to liberate Eritrea. Then, Eritreans were confident but uncertain about the direction the struggle was taking. Many Eritreans were in the dark about what was happening because the ELF was a core institution that established the struggle. During these decisive times many left to Sudan and other places to seek refuge and the rest joined EPLF to fight Ethiopia. Continue reading Eritrea’s Answers are Always Action and Victory→
The air seemed heavier and it had little to do with the weather outside the Eritrean Civic and Cultural Center (ECCC) Eritreans in the Washington metropolitan area came to pay their respects to the late Minister and veteran fighter Woldenkiel Ghebremarim, who passed away suddenly on 4 August 2013 after conducting a working tour in the Gash Barka region of Eritrea. The candles scattered on the tables flickered amidst the petals as a lone pair of Shida, the black rubber sandals worn by Eritrea’s freedom fighters, sat still, beside a framed picture of the late Minister.
One of the hallmarks of the Eritrean struggle is the determination to ensure social justice. In Eritrea, one of the most intriguing ways the struggle adopted to changes has been its ability to incorporate those changes by embracing the traditions, cultural, regional, political and religious values of a given society en route to social justice.
Women’s Day is an international observance of the valuable role women play; a day that acknowledges the hardship endured by women throughout the history of mankind; to rejoice the progress women have made; to assess directions and ultimately, to celebrate womanhood. Continue reading Eritrea: Every Day is Women’s Day→
ERITREA is well known for its independent thinking and hard working people. They developed the culture of self-reliance when they were fighting to liberate their country from Ethiopian colony. For some geo-political reasons, the USA, by make use of the UN, decided the fate of the Eritrean independence by handing it over to Ethiopia.