“How Old is Our Youngest Leading Official?” (Abdalla Al-Maqlush, the Saudi Al-Watan Newspaper, January 2011)

The quotation above was the title of an Arabic article I had the opportunity to read from the Saudi newspaper, Al-Watan, in January 2011. The article was written by Abdalla Al-Maqlush, the former writer of the column Opinion. Describing the courageous, frank and downright factual writer as “the former writer of the column Opinion” is due to the fact that he was immediately fired because he wrote and published the article.

Milkias Mihretab Yohannes

 

There are tons of unforgettable events and happenings I and my colleagues encounter while working as journalists in Eritrea. Mostly, it is  a memory of utter tyranny, stifled and terrorized populace and working under  one of Africa’s worst kind of regime and brutal leadership. But amidst all these, there were some funny, crazy and unbelievable events and deeds, and I am going to share some with you for now.

Milkias Mihretab Yohannes

 

There are tons of unforgettable events and happenings I and my colleagues encounter while working as journalists in Eritrea. Mostly, it is  a memory of utter tyranny, stifled and terrorized populace and working under  one of Africa’s worst kind of regime and brutal leadership. But amidst all these, there were some funny, crazy and unbelievable events and deeds, and I am going to share some with you for now.

The ELF and the EPLF “the Ghedli” are undeniable part of the history of the birth of the Eritrea Nation. The Ghedli is an institution, an instrument without which armed struggle can not be waged. The people of Eritrea own the ghedli and have sustained the hardships, the sufferings, the martyrdom, the victories, the disappointments and the present betrayals. However, the Eritrean struggle was a popular struggle.

The ELF and the EPLF “the Ghedli” are undeniable part of the history of the birth of the Eritrea Nation. The Ghedli is an institution, an instrument without which armed struggle can not be waged. The people of Eritrea own the ghedli and have sustained the hardships, the sufferings, the martyrdom, the victories, the disappointments and the present betrayals. However, the Eritrean struggle was a popular struggle.

isu It is time for Eritreans residing outside, especially those trained in the law, to start putting together charges against Isaias Afewerki for crimes such as conspiracy, murder, and treason. Enough evidences have been gathered to go forward and lay charges. Thus, a committee should be formed to oversee this task. It should be made up of Eritreans only. There should be no involvement of outsiders, except may be for technical help.

isu It is time for Eritreans residing outside, especially those trained in the law, to start putting together charges against Isaias Afewerki for crimes such as conspiracy, murder, and treason. Enough evidences have been gathered to go forward and lay charges. Thus, a committee should be formed to oversee this task. It should be made up of Eritreans only. There should be no involvement of outsiders, except may be for technical help.

My country is at the crossroads. Throw your person into the mess, feel it, and talk to yourself. Ask what life would be like for you as a human-being without political dissent and difference in views, freedom of expression and rule of law, religious beliefs and worship…life without freedom of choice, the very personal choice on how to live and die… how would you feel about life without dignity?

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EritreaMy country is at the crossroads. Throw your person into the mess, feel it, and talk to yourself. Ask what life would be like for you as a human-being without political dissent and difference in views, freedom of expression and rule of law, religious beliefs and worship…life without freedom of choice, the very personal choice on how to live and die… how would you feel about life without dignity?

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