Fetsum: The renaissance of Eritrean heroism on the face of illusive dreamers
First, I like to express my optimism about our people’s reaction to the barbaric genocide of our helpless people in Asmara. I am dignified to see the on going reactions all over the planet and
First, I like to express my optimism about our people’s reaction to the barbaric genocide of our helpless people in Asmara. I am dignified to see the on going reactions all over the planet and I hope this will continue till the enemy dissolves one way or another.
Our diary says, however, that we have ineffectively witnessed our people’s endless death in the seas and deserts of the world. We exposed our people to this extent of anguish through destructive pride. What the people did from inside was our responsibility to do from the safe heavens of democracy. Unfortunately, our boundless Annenet immersed us in the darkness of elusion and this is the result at the end of the day. As one of the demonstrators said, ‘we are challenged by the internal unrest of our people that have patiently exhausted their expectation to act on their own at the risk of death. There is no more excuse for the different political, humanitarian and civic groups to keep on dragging our people’s freedom through senseless division.’
As you know, we worshipped the dictator allowing him to absolutely dictate our people through the power of his cult. I trusted him, loved him and gave him all the benefits of the doubt thinking EPLF was the ultimate solution to our democratic future. I cannot believe my excitement meeting the man several times and coming back after independence filled with optimism and intense desire to be part of the socio-technological upbringing of baby Eritrea. To witness the country as the only one without an airliner and accredited university with this extent of cruelty and social destruction decades after independence under is a paradigm shifting experience I cannot explain. Can we now understand the consequence of worshipping individuals from this experience and empower the people with GI Bottom-Up strategy? Can we use this tragedy to help our people elect their leaders for sustainable democratic life ahead?
The recent uprising in Asmara that charged the society tens of innocent citizens is a historical foundation for the Eritrean people’s freedom from the visionless dictatorship. Aboy Haji Musa could not have expressed his Eritrawinet more than what he did at the risk of his life. It was not his religion that brought him to the spotlight but the overall suffering of his people under the ruthless dictatorship. The friction associated with his religion was just a factor on the surface of his resentment about the depressing situation of the society. He stood for his people in general through the factor that triggered his outstanding resistance against oppression. He knew the dire consequence of his action and he did it leaving the rest for Allah to manage what he could not control.
This fatherly figure has registered exceptional history in our society at the level of the legendary brother Wedi Ali, Ato Weldeab Weldemariam and Shek Ibrahim Sultan. Ato Weldeab and Shek Ibrahim were the symbols of our unity for independence and Wedi Ali and Aboy Haji Musa that of our unity for democracy. Wedi Ali gave us the silver bullet and Aboy Haji, the golden bullet that will end up diffusing the crazy dictator’s fallacious understanding of our people. They are the pride of our society that don’t only deserve maximum respect but also symbolic statues to our inborn resistance against domestic parasites. The martyred citizens represent the pride and value of our selfless sacrifice that made the struggle for independence the most determined of the era on planet earth.
The meaning of Eritrawinet cannot be limited to ethnicity or religious affiliation as some narrow minded and sick individuals think. It is a collective phenomenon comprising all ethnic and religious groups within. Our dignity is a function of our collective identity that cannot survive without all of us as a unit. Our independence is the result of the collective selflessness that consumed 65 thousand Eritreans from all portions of the society. No ethnic group or religious affiliation can represent the people alone, nor can one dominate us based on being from the majority ethnic groups of the society. The moment one looks at us from the lenses of religious and ethnic prejudice, one denies oneself the privilege of being an Eritrean. Such individuals are enemies of the people that radiate their inferiority complex through the veil of hatred and stupidity. Our unity should sting them like a bee, chase them like a thief, trash and ridicule them like a traitor.
No individual or group that aims at the illusive unity of Eritrean and Ethiopian highlanders should be taken seriously about our country. There is no unity for Eritreans to make with non Eritreans in the region, no Eritrean highlander to unite with Ethiopian highlanders but only to concentrate on one Eritrea for Eritreans. There is no reason for an Eritrean to feel insecure of another Eritrean with different religion in the absence of any historical evidence of adversity but only to reject those who want to divide us based on their illusive understanding of our history with Ethiopians. We are not derivatives of the Axumite kingdom for we have our own history to manifest our eternal independence under any condition. We respect the Ethiopian highlanders and we share history with them as people of the same origin like all Africans do with their neighbors, but the history remains history in view of our contemporary existential reality. We Eritreans have nothing to do with our neighbors beyond good relationship as East Africans. Our common language and religion cannot, thus justify unity with them at the expense of the other Eritrean ethnic groups. All members of the Hispanic community have the same roots and language and so do all the Portuguese and Arabic speaking societies in the world. But all of them live in their respective countries based on their colonial histories like all Africans that justify their sovereignty through. The illusive theoreticians of the poisonous Tigrai-Tigrigni theory cannot justify their fantasy in the face of the universal chronicle of nations. Why are the few individuals in the classification dreaming the impossible then? Why should our situation be exceptional and what is the motivation behind the destructive theory that does not even have well documented materials?
The few insignificant losers that want to compromise our independence based on the illusive history of Axumite Kingdom can go to Axum and become Tigreans but we Eritreans have nothing to do with the history for we have our own history to depend on. The Tigreans started their independence struggle and changed their mind to stay Ethiopian. We only have to respect their choice and wish them the best but the Eritrean highlanders cannot be an alternative exit to their insecurity of living as Ethiopians with other adverse ethnic groups in the country. Any insecure Eritrean can either live accepting his/her Eritrawinet or become Ethiopian but we cannot sacrifice our unity and nationhood for the sake of few dreamers in this ridiculous and repulsive fantasy.
I consider Mekelle my home town and nothing will change my pleasure of having been Wedi-Mekelle. I love the Tigreans and admire what they did to their communities in a short time. I love my partially Tigrean nephews and nieces that I tightly relate with. I feel good having had the chance directing them since their childhood as a loving uncle. I am grateful for growing up there with maximum safety and respect of the elders that taught me everything I need for my adult survival as a citizen of the world. I want them to succeed and even have the temptation to give my gratitude by spending few years teaching the children of Tigrai, of course if time allows it. I want to see solid relationship between us in the future with clear acknowledgment that we helped each other during the struggle believing we were a family with different experiences and destinations. But we have different countries that we must respect at this juncture in our relationship. I identify with any human being as a member of the human race but I cannot think of identifying with them on the basis of language and religion let alone following the destructive path in motion. It does not make sense and will never happen. The vision is extremely unconscious, narrow, egoist, biased and dangerous to both societies that I reject without hesitation. I rather be a dignified Moslem to stay Eritrean than becoming one of them just because I came from the highland Eritrean community. It is ridiculous for an Eritrean to flirt with the idea of unity with Ethiopian highlanders because of religion and ethnicity. It would be a lot easier for us to unite with Ethiopia at large than entertaining this shallow and destructive idea from uncertain individuals in dreaming state of mind. I am too respectful and in love with our dignified Moslem communities to betray them through unethical identification with foreigner Christians who speak my language.
We only have one Eritrea to take care of with all its ethnic and religious groups and territorial boundaries wishing the best to our Tigrean brothers and sisters to do well in their country. I have nothing to fear from anyone of my peaceful Eritrean Moslem family because of my Christian religion, only to be careful about external threat from the neighboring countries. If ever I do, it would be of the divisive and selfish Christian prisoners of ignorance and ego that I have a hard time identifying with. I cannot be an Eritrean in full without my collective identity composed of all ethnic groups, languages and religions within. My role as a citizen is to respect our diversity, freeing my people from the chain of dictatorship and creating a peaceful and democratic nation that venerates its people living in harmony with its neighbors.
What is Agazian anyway if I pronounced it right? Is it a person’s name or that of an ethnic group’s? Was he a feudal lord or a chief of something? Are there related educational books around? Was Tigrai-Tigrigny a defined territory and when? Can you show me the map of this illusive nation instead of uttering it on my ears? Would you please help rationally teaching me about all these stories? Stop flirting with the divisive theory of Tigai-Tigrigni or Agazi-Agazian BS and concentrate on the welfare of all Eritreans as a unit. To seal this input, I tend to categorize the people that reflect their hatred towards our Moslem community including the few flirtatious with the poisonous Tigai-Tigrigni imagination as follows:
1) They have to be insecure Ethiopian highlanders that regret their decision of being Ethiopian and want to separate from their country with a portion of the Eritrean highlanders.
2) They have to be government agents that want to divide us in the lines of ethnicity and religion.
3) They have to be insecure Eritreans about their Eritrawinet.
4) They have to be Ethiopian agents that have not yet swallowed the independence of Eritrea.
5) They have to be Ethiopian enemies of our people that express their resentment disguised as Eritreans.
Dear Eritreans; trust in your genuine conviction that nothing will disturb our unity, nor can the eluded theoreticians reverse our independence earned by the extraordinary sacrifice of our people. This suffering is temporary and the failure of EPLF to manage the Eritrean society is an unfortunate fluke that will be history sooner or later. The existence of Idi Amin did not neutralize Ugandan nationalism, nor did that of Mengistu in relation to Ethiopian nationalism. We are going through our share of dictatorial experience and that is all there is about the situation. The wicked dictator does not represent the quality of our people so don’t listen to the fakers that want to elude you by this vicious misinterpretation of reality. Eritrea does not have existential issue and it will survive. Even the Cambodians survived after PelPot killed 25% of the population in less than 4 years. For what I know, we are slowly walking towards a prosperous society like any other societies on planet earth.
Subscribe ASSENNA YouTube to get Radio Assenna shows on time: