Eritrea is at a cross roads in History: It is a challenging period: What is to be done is a burning question?

By Petros Tesfagiorgis When I was about to finish writing an article on peace, there was breaking news of the death of our elderly patriot Haji Musa in prison. Haji Musa Mohammed did not die in

By Petros Tesfagiorgis

When I was about to finish writing an article on peace, there was breaking news of the death of our elderly patriot Haji Musa in prison. Haji Musa Mohammed did not die in vain, he stood up and fought against injustices by different regimes in Eritrea. This time against the decision to appropriate the Al Dia Islamic School by PFDJ. It landed him in prison. Haji Musa become a rising sun and an inspiration to the fragmented resistance movement of justice-seekers in Diaspora.

On 31/10/207 the Al Dia students angered by the Government takeover decision and the imprisonment of Haji Musa took to the streets and marched from Akria to the city centre. It was a revolutionary move, a rare protest that has a historic significance.

The daring protest   has become a wakeup call for the Diaspora Eritreans. United they rose up in solidarity with the students and organised protests all over the world. We have never seen like this before. Muslims and Christians became one in condemning the brutal repression in Eritrea.  The protesters raised high the photographs of Haji Musa side by side with the imprisoned Christian Orthodox patriarch. Haji Musa is indeed immortalized. My condolence to the people of Eritrea, his family and the Akria community who have become victims of the regimes stop and search, intimidation and arbitrary imprisonment.

At the same time my condolence goes to the family of Haile Woldetensaie (Durue), actually condolence to us all the people of Eritrea for the death of our enlightened freedom fighter, who gave all his life fighting for independence and died in the inhuman dungeons of the regime. What a betrayal and a tragic end of a patriot.  He and 11 members of the G-15 were jailed on 18 September 2001.  They were imprisoned for no reason other than raising the implementing of the constitution and election during the meeting of PFDJ central committee which was their duty and was agreed upon.  Minister Mahmud Sherifo was assigned to chair the drafting of by-laws that govern political parties ready for the country wide election to take place at the end of 2001. The jailing was actually a coup de eta’ by   president Isaias against the PFDJ central committee members so that no election will ever take place.

At the same time the editors of the private newspapers were jailed bringing freedom of expression to an end so the ulterior motive of the unilateral action remains hidden from the gullible people of Eritrea. Haile symbolizes all those prisoners of conscience who are unjustly put in the dungeons of PFDJ. Haile’s death created an occasion to remember all those who were unjustly incarcerated without being brought to the court of law and to remind the Diaspora to wake up, rise up and not give up the fight.  We should persistently demand for democratic change and their release.

During the long years of struggle, Haile played a pivotal leadership role.   When he was the Foreign Minister of Eritrea, during the 1998 senseless Ethio-Eritrean war, he led the negotiation to end the fighting with the then Foreign Minister of Ethiopia – Seyoum Mesfun in Algeria.  During that time one of the witnesses Antony Lake, representing USA, described Haile as a competent statesman, conscious of the suffering of the peoples and bargained hard for immediate seize fire that got officialised by the two leaders Meles Zenawi and Isaias Afeworki signings the peace accord in Algeria on December 12, 2000.

Hale worked with passion to bring peace between Eritrea and Ethiopia, unfortunately, today people like Haile are absent in today’s PFDJ rule and the culture of hostility and war has prevailed.  PFDJ chooses to arm and train Ethiopian oppositions, squandering the meagre resources,  to overthrown the Ethiopian government – rather than pave the way for peace by showing good will to end hostility.  Thus, it is the people in Diaspora who should rigorously campaign for peace. It is a form of empowering themselves.

As a founding member of “Citizens for Peace in Eritrea” during the Ethio-Eritrean war I shared the same value of peace with Haile and I had several encounters with him in Asmara. It is with heavy heart that I re-visited those trying and difficult days. I will share my experience of CPE in an article that will follow soon.

In its 16 February 2018 Publication, the Indian Ocean Newsletter (ION) reported that “Official Communications between Ethiopia and Eritrea to resolve the border dispute in a peaceful way had already begun in the greatest secrecy.  But the ministry of information of Eritrea has denied saying “it is Another False Story.”

In spite of the unwillingness of the Eritrean regime for the people of Eritrea peace is priceless. It is the lack of peace and the violation of human rights that is destroying the fabric of the Eritrean society.  For a long time now the people of Eritrea have been expressing their wishes for peace   in prayers, mourning’s and religious events.   During the 2018 exchange of “happy New Year” the wishes of peace on what’s up –EMO- Viber and other social media was highly visible.  The picture of a dove that symbolizes peace was widely used.  However, the people are not hear and their wishes have not been translated into action (peace movement).  The people deserve to be heard and it is those living in the free world that must listen to their plight and be their voice and promote peace campaign/movement.

Kiki Tsegai who is contributing fascinating articles focussing on testimony of survivors during their dangerous journey to exile, finishes off her articles sighting the slogan   “Peace is a wall we will all create by building it brick-by-brick together”.

She herself took a dangerous journey when her husband Berhane Tesfamariam (Wedi Balila) was tortured to death by the Ethiopian military regime in Asmara. She had to flee. She understands the plight of refugees on the run.


Yes Peace movement is an arduous long journey. But it is a moral and spiritual crusade worth taking.


Here is the link of her latest article



To be continued

How we meet the challenge of these times will determine the world Eritreans and our neighbours children live in the future. 








Review overview
  • Bajet March 10, 2018

    Danilo, I don’t know if you are really awake or sleeping and having a nightmares about your opportunist loser haji!
    I can’t blame people for being ignorant, illiterate and uneducated; life is sometimes unfair, but I can’t stand those who write under the influence of stupidity…. willful defiance against reason, logic and facts. Some of the comments you read are plain stupid, and part of me says that I should not dignify them with a response. But, it behooves me to clarify things. Once again, your spelling errors as you put it yourself, do you mean ‘you seem’ and not ‘you seam’??? You must be a Mathematician as you keep impressing us with your calculations, equations, differentiations, 2 = 1 and so on nonsense.
    However, get this “truth” into your brick head, your useless opportunist/terrorist loser haji Musa will NEVER be a hero to real/genuine Eritreans back home who know all the games and who their real hero is but you keep hallucinating.

    • Danilo March 10, 2018

      You see Budget, I knew you in the very beginning. My point is NO NEED DIVISIVE calculator here.

      • Bajet March 10, 2018

        I see you Haji Islamico, the clueless saHab gimel ignorant nomad, you seem to be dazed and confused as usual. Which part of my comment didn’t you get into your zombie head? What I said was “your terrorist jihadi haji crimes” will NEVER be a hero to real dekebat genuine Eritreans. Why can’t you swallow this simple truth and pray your haji gets his 72 evil muslim virgins in his Islamic HELL where he belongs. Capito!

        • Sol March 10, 2018

          ተኽላይ፣ ንስኻ ካብቶም ብሰንኪ ረሳሕ ፖሎቲካ ኤሰያስ ተፈጠሩ ትዃን ቁንጪ ስለዝኾንካ ኣይተሓዘካን እዩ።

          • shilan March 10, 2018

            Wedi evil savage Halima mushmush ROOTLESS CANCEROUS Muslim Saho whore SNAKE/rat, why don’t you fucking first crawl out of your vicious Islam’s stinky desert sands with your savage evil Mohammed name instead of our beautiful Nahons & Sols??? You are just a garbage muslim jerk “TebeKh” aslamay goHaf lemani. Btw, how is your savage Rashaida boyfriend/tormentor “al Teklay”?

  • Deglel March 10, 2018

    Non-existent so called Eritrean oppositions are wasting time and energy talking about fake, gutless cowards not courageous heroes. With so many weak cowards no wonder DIA is ruling over Eritrea so comfortably and for so long..

  • Z. Hagos March 10, 2018

    To Assenna family:
    Eritreans nowadays are convinced that it is humiliating to engage the diehard-Isaiastists in any discussions. This British man upon finding all of the diehard-Isaiastists not to be only idiots but also lunatics, he prescribed to the Eritrean justice seekers the wisdom of Justine Timberlake that advises: THE GREATEST WAY TO SAY SOMETHING (TO PRO-ISAIAS LUNATICS) IS TO SAY NOTHING AT ALL. Just let them bark louder and louder like crazy dogs trying to cover up their guilt and shame for all troubles and crimes they are causing against innocent Eritreans.

    • shilan March 10, 2018

      Z.Hagos, we thought you were just a foaming/Afari bulldog but now you changing into a wild savage barking crazy dog, why all the sudden and drastic changes foaming/Afari bulldog Z.Hagos?
      You have to go to a rash course of 101 politics in order to redeem your credibility. Otherwise, you will live in a collision course between “desire of your conscience and your involuntary activity”. You have low IQ to figure out obvious lies in your comment and information (misinformation).

      • AHMED SALEH !!! March 10, 2018

        Ignore this crook who enjoys to promote hatred . We must refrain ourselves
        from negative insulated comments for the sake of love and tolerance on
        each other . Remember the words our big brothers that inspired us when
        we were young and innocent tegadelti in ELF ;
        To honor for those who paid their life , we must continue the fight against
        all obstacles . It isn’t worthy to waste our energy for known arrogant person .
        A tiger in a paper and unnecessary language in internet couldn’t do any harm .

        • shilan March 11, 2018

          If you weren’t a victim of your own ignorance and savage Yemeni wild barking dogs background, then you should have known better not to be used as a garbage disposable condom by your barbarian Arab slave dogs masters.Just keep taking your bloody dementia medications and stay away from Eritrean affairs.

  • shilan March 11, 2018

    How could you put Ato Haile W/tensaie who was not only a top politician but also a peace loving Eritrean
    with that Saudi poisonous spy messenger Haji Islam who was only after turning Asmara – Eritrea into an Islamic
    evil nation with bloodshed, killings, stoning, beheading, slaughtering, destruction as a normal way of life????????
    The ugly man eater looking Haji Evil dog can never be taken as a serious Eritrean citizen sacrificing for poor Eritreans

  • Sahi March 11, 2018

    Akrari Aslamai n Eritrea hanti gerula zeyfelet ms Haile Weldetensae hade seri’eka intay ktbl sele tedeli iyu?

    • Lilo March 12, 2018

      Gumama belaE seb negis aslamay should never be in the same level with Christian man Haile. This ugly gumama negis haji shit should have been beheaded & fed to his stinky savage Islam dogs.

  • Hade March 15, 2018

    The only good thing Issayas did was get rid of this terrorist muslim. There will be no place for a muslim terrorist in Eritrea no more. 100%