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FETSUM: HERE AND THERE Dear participants; I have been notified by few individuals that they comments in the forums were missing and they want to know the reason. One of them actually suspects a foul play


Dear participants; I have been notified by few individuals that they comments in the forums were missing and they want to know the reason. One of them actually suspects a foul play of screening comments by ASSENNA which I do not think so. I have nothing to do with this as a simple writer but I feel like the grievances are something to think about although I think things might have taken place accidentally. I am sure we can repair the situation if we work together: please share your experience in this regard in the. Thank you.

Question: Can the scattered youth organizations and opposition forces that have so far failed to organize a unanimous voice for unity reconcile the Eritrean society while they are still incapable of reconciling within themselves? Can they be a good role model of future generations on reconciliation and unity without practical reduction of the most important narratives of the Eritrean resistance for freedom and democracy?


Current Events:

ሰሚናር ስማዊ ሚኒስቴር ዑስማን ሳልሕ ኣብ ሎንዶን።

Questions: ስለምንታይ ኢዩ ሃገራዊ ኣገልግሎት ገደብ ዘይብሉ? ስለምንታይ ንዘይተወሰነ ጊዜ ዝቕጽልዘሎ? ከምኡ ድማ መነባብሮ ህዝቢ ካብ ዝኸፍአ ናብ ዝገደደ ዘንቆልቁል? ልዕሊ ኹሉ ድማ ኣልማማማእሰርቲ ዜጋታት ኢሉ ክሓትት ከሎ ተወሳኺ ብምባል ሓንቲ ኣደ’ውን ተመሳሳሊ ሓሳብን ሕቶን ርእይቶንብምቕራብ “ዘይውዳእ ኣገልግሎት ጥራይ መኣስ ኮይኑ ስለምንታይ ከ ዝእሰሩን ዝቕጽዑን? ንምዃኑትሓስብሎም ዶ? ካልእ ግቡእ ደሞዝ’ውን ስለ ዘይብሎም ወላ ንሕና እዞም ኣብ ወጻኢ ዘለና ዘይነዋጽኣሎም”ብምባል ካብ ርህሩህ ናይ ኣደነት ስምዒት ተበጊሳ ርኢቶኣ ኣቕሪባ።

USMAN: ‘We won’t change the no-war no -peace situation and we will continue with the endless slavery of the conscripts until we get our land from the Weyanes. The Ethiopian government had through Qatar and Russia offered us 40 Mega-Watts electrical energy in exchange for dialogue and we refused the offer..”

Comment: Dialog is the only way to go in our situation. If you want your land, go get it through dialog with Ethiopia: how else would you get it otherwise? Eritrea should accept dialogue to resolve the stalemate rather than refusing it in order to stick with dictatorship and lawless governance in the country. Ethiopia must on the other hand give us our land without contemplation should it be interested in normalizing relationship with us. The Eritrean government’s position on the question of improving the diplomatic relationship is acceptable because we cannot do it unless it gives back our BADME. We, however, must accept dialog for this to happen. The Eritrean government should therefore be pressed to do dialog on equal footing with clear understanding that it can interrupt it should Ethiopia show a tendency not to return our land in the process. The government’s refusal to dialog is intentionally designed to sustain its dictatorship at the expense of the society because said dialog has no condition and that it can walk away from it without any consequence if it does not consider the peaceful return of BADME.

Usman’s language should change from WEYANE to ETHIOPIAN GOVERNMENT because deception through the WEYANE syndrome is out dated after the death of Meles and the smooth transfer of power to individuals from other ethnic groups in Ethiopia.


Usman may have leaked the information (40 MW offer for dialog with Ethiopia) in order to look strong but the opposite is manifested here: The offer first shows that Ethiopia is trying its best to dialog with us which can only be with the eventual return of BAME in mind unless the leaders are naïve. The information further tells that Ethiopians are aware of the intolerable and ever worsening ENERGY crisis in our country. They are aware that the government has so far failed to provide dependable energy even in the capital city, Asmara. This also shows that Ethiopians have developed their means of energy to the point of having the capacity to supply a neighboring country while Eritrea remains desperate on the issue with all the advantages it had. They appear to upgrade and manage the energy requirements of the country (>86 million) in the last 20 years of hard work and focus while we cannot even sustain what we inherited from them during independence for about less than 6% of its population (about 5 million with almost half of us in the Diaspora).

Apparently, it seems to me like Ethiopia is basically babysitting Eritrea trying to tantalize it with the offer into sitting down and FORMALLY ACCEPTING BADME and good relationship through dialog: this is like offering a candy-bar to a child for willingness to take a shower in a hot summer day. The extremely parasitic and desperate government of Eritrea would have taken the offer without a thought but it could not because dialog would bring peace to the region through the return of BADME and that will end its excuses of failure and procrastination of justice and democracy in Eritrea. The return of Badme is the grave yard of the regime and it must avoid any possibility for this to happen, one of them being DIALOG.



Internal confusion and International Pressure


“Eritrea seeks to ease isolation by new bilateral ties” says a post at Assenna. In contrast; “In a resolution adopted on Wednesday, the Security Council asked Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to re-establish the eight-member Monitoring Group on Eritrea and Somalia until November 25, 2014. “The UN Security Council extended the mandate of the United Nations expert panel monitoring compliance with sanctions against Somalia and Eritrea by 16 months until November 25, 2014. “


Comment: The No war No peace state with Ethiopia that lacks any initiative from Eritrea to resolve the difference by means of dialog; Eritrea’s continuous flirtation with Al-Shabab to disrupt the Somalian Democratic government; and of course its refusal to rule according to the constitution are the minimum homework for the country to get out of the sanction. Therefore, it has no one to blame except itself. In the mean time, we should continue to support the SANCTION and press for a harsher version if possible.


The Diaspora

Eritrean community radio divides Minnesota Eritreans

“An ongoing controversy involving the Eritrean Community Radio program on KFAI, which airs on Sunday afternoons, continues to divide the Twin Cities Eritrean community, with no resolution in sight. The program, which started in the 1990s, is hosted by Essey Asbu, aboard member of the Eritrean Community Center, based in St. Paul. Another group, the Eritrean Forum of Minnesota, claims the KFAI program takes a pro-Eritrean government stance, and wants an alternative point of view to be heard.

Steve Paulos, a member of the Eritrean Forum of Minnesota, moved to the United States in 1974, when Eritrea was a part of Ethiopia. “We’re only asking to have constitutional country,” he said.

Paulos said the KFAI program follows only government-run news. “It’s transmit directly from Eritrea,” Paulos said. “He gives news from one station. We object to that.”

Paulos said the KFAI Eritrean community radio program was “given to everybody to serve the people living here. Unfortunately, it’s been taken over by pro-government people.”

Comment: Good move by the resistance. The radio station has no right to monopolize news and serve the interest of the regime because it belongs to all Eritreans. Do all things you can do including challenging them legally if necessary to assert your democratic right of sharing the station equally.

Another very sloppy goodie (typical Eritrean style of wasting resources and opportunities)

“ኣብ ሆላንድ ከተማ ራይስቫይክ ዕዉት ሰላማዊ ሰልፊ ኣንጻር “ ፌስቲቫል ህግደፍ ” ተኻይዱ

ትማሊ ቀዳም ዕለት 20-07-2013 ኣብ ሆላንድ ከተማ ራይስቫይክ ፡ ሓያሎ ኤርትራዊያን ደለይቲ ፍትሒ ዕዉት
ሰላማዊ ኣንጻር ፡ ፌስቲቫል ዲክታቶሪያዊ ስርዓት ህግደፍ ፡ ብዉዕዉዕ ድምጺ ኣካይዶም። መጀመርያ ካብ ሰዓት
14፡00 ኣብ ሰንተራል ስተሽን ራይስቫይክ (መደበር ባቡርን ኣውቶቡስን) ክሳብ ሰዓት 15፡30 ድ.ቀ. ናብ’ቲ ፌስቲቫል
ህግደፍ ንዝኸዱ ኤርትራዊያን ፡ ብትግርኛ መረረ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ፡ ኩነታት ናይ ሕልናን ናይ ፖለቲካን ናይ ሃይማኖትን
እሱራትን ሕቶታቶምን ፡ ከምኡዉን ኣብ ኤርትራዊያን መንእሰያትን ቆልዓ-ሰበይትን ፡ ኣብ ዶባት ኤርትራን ፡ መዕቆብ
ስደተኛታትን ኣብ በረኻታት ሰሃራ – ሲናይ ዝወርድ ዘሎ መቕዘፍትን መሸጣ ደቅሰባትን ህዋሳት ኣካላት ግዳያት
ኤርትራዊያን ፡ ንኽትገልጾ ዘጸግም በደልን ግፍዕን ዝገልጽ ጽሑፍ ተዓዲሉ። ንሆላንዳዊያን ድማ ብቃንቃ ሆላንድ (ዳች)
ንኹሉ ባርባራዊ ግፍዒ ስርዓት ህግደፍ ዝገልጽ ጽሑፋት ተዓዲሉ

Comment:  I like the momentum but I am not personally excited at all with this event. What could have been done is more important than what was done in this occasion in my opinion. The Diaspora demonstrations continue without any tangible result because of lack of strategy or focus on the main agenda of the society. I congratulate the participants of the event but I cannot help telling them that they made another mistake forgetting the issue of UNCONDITIONAL UNITY of our forces for a temporary government in Eritrea. The Afwerkis must be enjoying the show from distance while the rest of the world wondering on when the Eritreans will get the point.

Frankly speaking, shouting in the streets with no concrete agenda to achieve is getting boring and embarrassing. It served the purpose of exposing the government in public..PERIOD. Why don’t you pressurize our forces to unite instead of telling the world the same thing again and again? What do you want the world to do with your grievance when you are fighting against the solution yourselves? What new information have you provided the people of Holland in the occasion and why do you waste your energy and resources on this? Don’t you know that the sympathizers of the Eritrean government have the right to enjoy their festival and that you cannot stop them in democratic countries like Holland? For how long will Eritreans procrastinate the burning issue of our society (UNITY) and make fools out of themselves by shouting the same thing time and again? What do we want and what are we trying to achieve from this except monotonously telling (NAGGING) the world what it already knows? Is this the limit of your creativity on the burning issues of the resistance (RECONCILLIATION and Unconditional UNITY)? Does it really make sense?

The world wants to help as long as we have UNITY but we keep on doing things scattered here and there without touching the base. Stop whining and crying for no result other than becoming entertainment of the crowd Upgrade your struggle by concentrating on UNIFYING THE FORCES should you want others to take you seriously and to rescue your people before it is too late: Shout in the streets to RECOINCILE the youth and the forces if you really want success.: good luck otherwise!!

Review overview
  • Ghenet July 28, 2013

    Fetsum, Great analysis as usual!!!
    Unity is power and PFDJ knows it and is enjoying the opposition’s lack of it. Our only weapon to win over PFDJ and DIA is our unity and if we do not have it we could be wasting our time crying foul. The cronies from Asmara will keep lying in meetings and on international forums because they are afraid of the truth. They keep painting and interpreting evidence of their crimes to sway public and international opinions to their favour. But the evidence is overwhelming now.
    Therefore, our demonstration should focus on calling for unity of the oppositions so that we can ease the unheard of pain our people are heaving before it is too late. We all have to consider and note the rising pace of how Eritrea and Eritrean nationalism is disappearing. We should also understand that history will hold all of us responsible for failing our people. All of us- those who have the opportunity to make a difference; those of us who have been given a chance to taste peace and democracy; those of us who have been elected and trusted to bring about the downfall of brutality, slavery, and poverty in Eritrea.
    This summer should be a summer of creating unity while accepting our differences; it should be a summer we all march together to get our country back!!!

  • fetsum abrahamt July 28, 2013

    Thank u for the input. I have no idea if the Eritreans are missing the prior agenda of the resistance, UNITY on purpose or by stupidity. It is amazing to witness them disturbing people in the streets of the Diaspora with no other purpose except condemning the government. We have so far failed to do anything tangible towards success. I wonder how the people in civilized countries see as as a society: so sad and embarrassing. I will personally boycott any demonstration that fails to demand Unconditional UNITY from now on.
    I don’t want to waste my time on something fruitless and known by the entire universe. Nice to hear from u my dear!!

  • Said July 28, 2013

    Br. Fetsum I now great , but geve as same kind credit, if look same years back, we not even close wat were achieving right now . encouragement it will be nice, I understand what you saying, but keep hope alive, we going to get there.united against dictator. we all of us we trying trust one another. The Dictator destroyed that. before, and we going to build that, how about some positive writing, I’m sure you can do that.unit is the key.

  • Eritreawit July 29, 2013


  • Genet July 31, 2013

    Hi Fetsum,
    I understand your frustration. And I understand your point, “The scattered youth organization and opposition forces have so far failed to organize and unite..” Although our country’s survival dependence on our united front against the PFDJ system and its leader, we are very slow to see that unless we are united, we can’t bring any changes for our people. The sad part is that the very people who are claiming, working very hard to bring change for our country are the weakest link.

    However, I disagree with your point that Eritrean demonstrators are shouting in the streets with no concrete agenda to achieve. The Eritrean who are tirelessly out on the streets of Europe and America are not just shouting. They are empowering Eritrean all over the world. We should not forget that the dictator and his dogs/supporters have been way ahead of us for many years in confusing and dividing our people. The mass in diaspora have been heavily sedated by the worthless PFDJ’s propaganda. It has been years, since the diaspora Eritreans slipped in to a deep comatose state of mind. Yes, WE HAVE A LOT OF CATCHING UP TO DO. In the past few years, it was not easy for most Eritrean to oppose the dictator out in the open. Now, our people are waking up from their coma. Let us not discourage the brave Eritrean who are out in the streets of the world. When you are attacked, the first thing you do is to shout at the top of your lungs. Soon or later some body will hear you. We know, people who never been in the situation like our people have been, usually have a very short memory of events. Shout today and shout tomorrow, until the world know what is going on in Eritrea. Shout today and shout tomorrow until our people come to their senses.

  • fetsum abraham August 1, 2013

    I agree with u and I am not necessarily against protests but why do not they include the demand of unity in the process? That is inexcusable my dear. Let us continue protesting but we should take advantage of the occasions to pressurize the forces and youth organizations to unite in the process. this is missing in every protest they do and I don’t know why.
    It is frustrating to say the least

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