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Eritrea at the UN: Rebuilding Towards a Fresh Narrative

Ambassador Sophia Tesfamariam from Eritrea is one of the few African female Permanent Representatives at the United Nations. (UN Photo/Loey Felipe)

BY ZIPPORAH MUSAU | AFRICA RENEWAL

Ambassador Sophia Tesfamariam from Eritrea is one of only a handful of African female Permanent Representatives of their countries to the UN in New York. In Africa Renewal’s series profiling the African women representing their countries at UN Headquarters, she spoke with Zipporah Musau about her priorities, the challenges so far and why she is keen on bringing a fresh narrative of her country to the world. Here are excerpts: Continue reading Eritrea at the UN: Rebuilding Towards a Fresh Narrative

Eritrea’s Statement on Measures to Eliminate International Terrorism

Eritrea’s two-pronged approach is anchored on judicious policies of inclusiveness and social justice, as well as pursuance of purposeful sensitization programs to stem radicalization.

BY AMBASSADOR SOPHIA TESFAMARIAM

Permanent Representative of Eritrea to the UN,
At the Sixth Committee, 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly
Under Agenda Item 109: “Measures to Eliminate Terrorism”

10 October 2019, New York

Mr. Chairman,

Let me seize this opportunity to congratulate you and the other members of the Bureau on your elections. My delegation wishes to assure you of its full support for a successful session of the Committee. Continue reading Eritrea’s Statement on Measures to Eliminate International Terrorism

New Permanent Representative of Eritrea Presents Credentials

Ambassador Sophia Tesfamariam presented her credentials to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

BY UN PRESS RELEASE

Sophia Tesfamariam Yohannes, the new Permanent Representative of Eritrea to the United Nations, presented her credentials to UN Secretary-General António Guterres today.

Before her latest appointment, Ms. Tesfamariam was Executive Director of the United States Foundation for the Horn of Africa in Washington, D.C., beginning in 2005. Between 1998 and 2005, she worked in the administration division of the Boeing Company in Leesburg, Virginia, United States. She was a credentialing specialist for PHP Healthcare in Reston, Virginia, from 1989 until 1998.



Ms. Tesfamariam was co-editor of Diaspora, a monthly digital and print magazine providing news and analysis tailored to the global African diaspora communities with a focus on women and youth in development.

She has considerable global experience in social development, having conducted more than 100 seminars and workshops for women and young people in the United States, Europe and Africa.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in management from Western International University in Phoenix, Arizona, in the United States.

Born in Asmara, Eritrea, on 25 May 1960, Ms. Tesfamariam is married and has three children.




Ambassador Sophia Tesfamariam Presents Credentials

Deservedly. Sophia Tesfamariam, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary …

BY SHABAIT

Ambassador Sophia Tesfamariam, Permanent Representative of the State of Eritrea to the UN with rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, presented her credentials to the UN Secretary General, Mr. Antonio Guterres, yesterday.

At the occasion, Ambassador Sophia Tesfamariam and Mr. Antonio Guterres discussed ways and means of strengthening ties between Eritrea and the United Nations.

The UN Secretary General, Mr. Antonio Guterres, commended Eritrea’s vital role in the enhancement of regional peace and stability, and, expressed his best wishes for further progress in the years ahead.

Ambassador Sophia Tesfamariam also delivered message of goodwill from President Isaias Afwerki to the UN Secretary General.


Greetings to Ambassador Sophia Tesfamariam

News of Sophia Tesfamariam’s appointment as Permanent Representative of Eritrea to the United Nations prompts an outpouring of congratulations and warm wishes from Eritreans around the world. She is Ready!

BY ALEM FISSHATZION

Words cannot even begin to express my joy and gratitude upon learning today that Sophia Tesfamariam has become Eritrea’s new Permanent Representative to the United Nations. Continue reading Greetings to Ambassador Sophia Tesfamariam

Interview: Sophia Tesfamariam and Elias Amare on The Taylor Report

Sophia Tesfamariam and Elias Amara featured at the Taylor Report Radio Talk Show Program

By CIUT FM Radio,

Eritrean eloquent writer and activist Sophia Tesfamariam together with Horn of Africa Expert Elias Amare made an excellent and extensive interview  with the popular University of Toronto Community (CIUT 89.5 FM) Radio talk show program – the Taylor Report – hosted by the increasingly influential Phil Taylor.

In their discussion, they analyze issues like the death of Ethiopia’s tyrant Meles Zenawi and its aftermath effect, if any, on the Horn of Africa and Eritrea, besides elaborating Eritrea’s all round development model in line with the US’s hegemony and imperial response to it. Continue reading Interview: Sophia Tesfamariam and Elias Amare on The Taylor Report

African Union Turned into Handmaiden for Pax Americana

The aftermath of AU’s betrayal to Africa, particularly to Eritrea and Somalia is there for all to see.

By Sophia Tesfamariam,

Professor Ali A. Mazrui, Director of the Institute of Global Cultural  Studies and Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities State  University of New York, in his 2003 article “Between Pax Americana and Pax Africana“, wrote about the effects of the September 11 attacks on Africa and US policy in Africa . Professor Mazrui, in concluding his article asked the following:

“…will American resources help to strengthen Pax Africana, or will American power simply turn it into a handmaiden of Pax Americana ? How can we avoid the Americanization of Pax Africana ?…”

Hence the title and subject for today’s lengthy piece… Continue reading African Union Turned into Handmaiden for Pax Americana

Eritrea Resists 10 years of Ethiopian Occupation and Aggression

After 10 years of aggression and occupation by the Ethiopian regime, Eritrea warns the statuesque cannot be continuing indefinitely

By Sophia Tesfamariam,

The Independent Eritrea Ethiopia Boundary Commission (EEBC) delivered its final and binding delimitation and demarcation decisions on 13 April 2002 and 30 November 2007 respectively.

Emboldened by the diplomatic, financial, military and political shield and support it receives from the United States and its allies, the belligerent minority regime in Ethiopia continues to militarily occupy sovereign Eritrean territories, including Badme, the casus belli of the Eritrea Ethiopia border conflict in 1998-2000. Continue reading Eritrea Resists 10 years of Ethiopian Occupation and Aggression

Woyane’s “Crab Mentality”, an Obstacle to Peace and Security in the Region

TPLF's Crab Mentality and Obsession with Eritrea

By Sophia Tesfamariam,

The other day, I was talking to an Ethiopian friend of mine who found himself apologizing for the minority regime’s latest diplomatic faux pas.  He was referring to the latest Ethiopian “diplomatic” charade at the UN Security Council. He was having a hard time understanding how any Ethiopian would stop so low as to deprive Eritreans of the right to development. No apologies necessary. I told him that Eritreans know full well that the people of Ethiopia never harbored such evil and willful thoughts about Eritrea or Eritreans. I explained to him that the “crab mentality” was unique to the minority regime in Ethiopia and its ignominious leaders.
 
For those who don’t know about “crab mentality” is, it’s an attitude that afflicts those, such as the regime in Ethiopia and its Tigrayan leaders, who suffer from inferiority complex.  The term “crab mentality” is used to describe a kind of selfish, short-sighted thinking which runs along the lines of “if I can’t have it, neither can you.”  Continue reading Woyane’s “Crab Mentality”, an Obstacle to Peace and Security in the Region