By Sophia Tesfamariam,
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.
Adorned with beautiful all white wreath of orchids, carnations and roses, the book of condolence sat next to the roped white blanket, Twiyo NeSela, a staple of the Eritrean fighter. Everything was there to remind us of the tegadalay, the tireless fighter that Minister Woldenkiel was. Continue reading Minister Woldenkiel – A Thoroughgoing Gentleman in the Service of the People