In Ethiopia, Bitter Social Conflict Plays Out On The Soccer Field

The stands shake as fans break into song. Hundreds jump up and down, setting a much faster tempo than the play on the field. This soccer stadium is in the heart of political opposition territory in

The stands shake as fans break into song. Hundreds jump up and down, setting a much faster tempo than the play on the field.

This soccer stadium is in the heart of political opposition territory in Ethiopia. On a recent Sunday, thousands of supporters are sitting shoulder to shoulder. And surrounding the pitch, dozens of paramilitary police look out at the crowd, some with their guns in hand, others at the ready with tear gas canisters.

“I came here to see the play,” says one spectator, Solomon, an older man who asked only to use his first name because talking to a journalist in Ethiopia can land you in trouble. “Most of the people came to see the play. But some people are here to see the disruption.”

For the past three years, this region of Ethiopia has been engulfed by protests. What began as demonstrations against the expansion of the capital Addis Ababa have widened to include protests about ethnic equality, corruption and democracy. Thousands have been arrested and hundreds have been killed. In February, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn announced his resignation and the government placed the country under a state of emergency. The unrelenting protests have presented the most serious threat to the country’s ruling coalition since it came to power in 1991.

The popular uprising has affected seemingly all aspects of life — including soccer, the country’s favorite sport. Soccer stadiums have become battlefields and teams have become a proxy for the political divisions in the country. The 16 premier-league teams represent provinces largely drawn along ethnic lines.

In this match the home team, Adama City, is from an opposition stronghold and Welwalo Adigrat University comes from an area dominated by Tigrayans, an ethnic minority group that controls much of the government.

Solomon shakes his head at the prospect of a confrontation here, especially if Adama loses. Across the country, soccer games have been disrupted by fans fighting each other and clashing with police. The country’s soccer federation has had to relocate matches from restive areas because of the potential for violence.

“It’s the low-minded people who bring protests to stadiums,” Solomon says. “It’s the young guys who don’t know that soccer is about peace.”

And just as he says that, Adama scores a goal and the crowd erupts into a joyous roar.

For a moment, at least, the country’s politics seem really far away.

‘Ethiopians love football beyond our life’

Ethiopia has a long and tortured history with soccer, which like many nations it calls football. The country was one of the founding members of the Confederation of African Football and, in 1962, the national team became the continental champion. Since then, Ethiopians have barely made it past the first round and have never qualified for the World Cup.

Still, Ethiopians love the game. Fans travel hundreds of miles to see their teams. Sometimes you’ll see caravans of cars stopped on the side of a highway — the fans jumping by the side of the of the road or on top of the cars waving their team flags.

“We Ethiopians love football beyond our life,” says Mokaninet Berhe, the host of Sport Zone Ethiopia, a TV program featuring sports documentaries. “They support their clubs beyond their life. They are mad. They are ultras.”

In Ethiopia, the beautiful game has routinely been an arena where politics are played out. It began in the 1930s, when Italy was trying to colonize the country. At the time, Ethiopians were not allowed to play alongside Europeans. So in 1935, the St. George Sports Club emerged as the first all-Ethiopian pro soccer team.

In the early 1940s, Ethiopia defeated Italy to end the Second Italo-Ethiopian War. Almost immediately afterward, the two countries faced off on the soccer field. The Ethiopians won and St. George became a symbol of the country’s struggle for freedom.

“St. George football club is the only one [that allowed] Ethiopians to express their feelings,” Berhe says.

And that relationship continued through Ethiopia’s modern history. In the ’80s, during the red-terror days of the Derg regime, soccer again provided an outlet in a country where freedom of speech was, and still remains, deeply curtailed.

As the historian Solomon Addis Getahun describes it, during that period certain teams were linked with the military and police and others, like St. George, were associated with the people. So, it was not uncommon for games to end with clashes between security forces and soccer supporters.

Ethiopia is seeing some of the same things happening today: Spectators are shouting anti-government chants and there have been violent clashes between fans and with police.

“So now in Ethiopia, the supporters are now bigger than the game,” says Berhe.

It’s obviously political but it’s also about sports, he adds. On the streets, Ethiopians are demanding a better life. They want better education and jobs. They want their voice to be heard. On the pitch, they want coaching; they want commitment.

And right now, all they’re getting on the field is frustration — a moribund national team and a premier league with dispiriting games ending in a tie, or without a single goal scored.

Holes in the field

Back at the stadium, Adama takes a 2-0 lead. One of its players weaves through the Welwalo defense and finds an opening outside the box — no defenders and a distracted goalie.

He shoots but misses — high and wide. The crowd groans.

Tadyos, a guy in his early 20s, who also wants to be identified only by his first name because he fears retribution, sits down near SolomonHe has one hand on his forehead, not believing what he just saw.

A well-trained team shouldn’t miss a shot like that. But, Tadyos says, it’s not the training. “It’s the field,” he says, in Amharic. “It’s uneven with holes everywhere. If the government took care of it instead of using the money to enrich itself, fans would see better football.”

That play set Tadyos off. Suddenly his voice grows louder and he stops looking at the paramilitary police in front of him.

“The corruption in Ethiopia has not only ruined the country’s football,” he says, “but also torn the country apart by sowing division along ethnic lines.”

After almost three years of nonstop protests, Ethiopia has become deeply divided. A central aspect of the conflict is that huge ethnic groups in the country feel marginalized and left out of prosperity by the ruling coalition.

It’d be nice for the game to be pure again, says Tadyos, but he’s certain that won’t happen until all Ethiopians feel heard.

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54 COMMENTS
  • amanuel March 1, 2018

    The hole is in his brain not on the field. The right to protest peacefully is not the right to anarchy, hooliganism and savage crimes. Ofcourse, fair distirubition of power and wealth and good governance are important. But non of these ever existed in ethiopia before worse everything was a crime before 1991.

    • Tarikh March 2, 2018

      Dear Amanuel, you could have started your comments in a positive and constructive way; however, you chose to denigrate the individual who have every right to express his/her views. i notice, there is a growing tendency to make a statement by disparaging others whose views doesn`t necessarily conform with ones own.
      The proud Habesha people had once a very tolerant culture. we owned a civilized manner to express our disagreements and share our views but successive militaristic and intolerant regimes of Dergue, Weyane and Shaebia have eroded this very noble tradition. Please let`s go back and revisit our past and reown our own civilized manners

      • Hade March 4, 2018

        You are a buffoon

      • amanuel March 5, 2018

        Tarikh
        I think You misunderstood me. I am referring to the emotional blame of spectator who said there must be a hole on the pitch b/s government does not take care of the pitch plus extra slurs. I do not hurl insults even when i disagree with a view point. I have many hgdf supporters as friends, but can not stund those who jump and insult arabs, muslims and worse every rational comentator in assenna. I do not even understund what their view, or desire is and why they bite every body who comments. Sorry for not being clear though for i was not comments on the article or the writer of the piece.

    • Michael Tesfamariam March 3, 2018

      Amanuel
      I wonder if you could please be honest and straight with your Radio listners and tell them what made you to become one of the few promoters of regional (Akeleguzay) agenda? Dont worry i am one of the many who are fighting for justice and equality in Eritrea, i am not HGDEF or MeDerEk

  • rezen March 1, 2018

    NOTICE WITH APOLOGY
    The following commentary is completely OUT of place. I put it deliberately for maximum exposure. If that reasoning is still cockeyed I surrender.
    Yours Truly
    rezen

    An Honest Appeal to Assenna Readers
    1. Expression of Appreciation
    First of all, I wish to express my deep sense of appreciation to the Management of http://www.assenna.com for providing us with generous space to express our opinions/feelings/dreams and care, in particular about OUR ERITREA.. It is a gem of a gift to exercise our natural freedom of expression to our delight. That takes me to my second point
    2. Freedom of Expression
    It is natural gift that we take for granted and easily abused by people on power. Let us concentrate on OUR ERITREA. As Eritreans, we ALL have deep feeling for the well-being of our society and its future. The present situation of Eritrea can be seen by a segment of the society as being shocking and horrendously dreadful situation; while others may have completely a different outlook—180 degrees out of phase of the first group. How do we handle such a situation and retaining ONE Eritrea.? If we desire to maintain ONE Eritrea, there is only ONE option. That option, needless to say, is to have DEMOCRATIC DIALOGUE in fraternity without abusing the dignity of the others. There is no other option to maintain ONE free, independent, viable Eritrea. NONE.
    If we continue with the behaviour that we are displaying, the disintegration of Eritrea can be taken care of by interested foreign parties, without ‘a sweat’. Don’t forget, Eritrea is in a “strategic” location, always attractive to a number of forces, while the cohesiveness of ONE ENTIY of Eritrea depends solely upon Eritreans. I T IS OUR CHOICE. Which one shall it be?
    3. Appeal to ERITREANS
    May we, ERITREANS, take a moment to examine our behaviour in the Internet and judge by ourselves, for ourselves, whether or not we are actually in tune with the much-tooted desire of true independent, liberated and democratic country that we tooted so much, for so long. Are we dreamers? Or has the psychological deep effect of being deceived, after thirty-years of struggle and sacrifice, by an indigenous, crafty, cruel, dictator and self-appointed president for life LEFT US BEING NUMBED and lost our direction of purpose? It is the greatest crime, among the few in the annals of human history, that has been perpetrated by a single creature to some five – six million people – including the highest educated renowned Eritrean Intellectuals as well as their foreign seasoned friends. Psychologically, it is then no wonder that Eritreans are snarling at each other ad nausea, but not at the common enemy! Perhaps the Tigrigna wisdom (that we were made to sneer at by ‘modern education’) may come in as handy reminder of this situation: ዓንጺ-ዓንጺ ንማዕጾ ። And that is EACTLY what we wound-up being in the entire Continent of indeed “DARK” Africa. THE END

    • k.tewolde March 2, 2018

      It is a pledge for the ages,if you were the model of the Eritrean citizen,I will madly fall in love with my homeland all over again and some. rezen keep spreading the good news of hope and sanity,you will break through the thick skull.

      • rezen March 2, 2018

        k. twelde, I always admire, and look forward to read, your insightful commentaries. Your love for Eritrea, as I read your commentaries, is far beyond word description — you offered your Life. The crime that had been deliberately perpetrated upon THE ERITREAN people by groups/individuals for self-interest will, and MUST, always remain as the ultimate human folly. THE END

        • shilan March 2, 2018

          rezen, don’t be duped by this scum bag called k.tewold aka Khaliffa bin tekebre, he is simply a kidney trafficker “shekati nay enda kolalit” with his savage evil moslem Rashaida wishimatatu/his lovers. He is just a pathetic old crippled crock who deserves all the insults that he gets as keeps asking for them, he is in a business of trying to impress gullible readers of his newly found/borrowed empty knowledge/wisdom!
          What makes you think that he loves Eritrea just from his lousy fake acting commentaries? He committed so much crimes with his barbaric evil Islamic ELF mendef murderer machine for so long that once we get hold of him he’ll be burned alive, so please don’t add insults to our injuries.

    • Ghirmay March 2, 2018

      Brother Rezen, well said and as long as there are rational sons and daughters of Eritrea/Ethiopia like you, Eritrea will not be lost at the hands of the brutal PFDJs. The day the people of Eritrea would free themselves from the claws of these vultures will not be far away. Please continue your positive contributions/inputs and don’t disappear on us like a semaforo/traffic lights!!

      • rezen March 2, 2018

        Ghirmay, “semaforo/traffic lights!!” I laughed about it so much in the middle of the night; I thought I have turned into a ‘banana.’ Perfect description of my in &out of the Internet. It is long story. But I am happy to say IT IS NOT MY FAULT!!! Even if I were to ask Steve Jobs ( Bless his Soul ) for help , he would kick me out of his office!!! I would stop here. THANK YOU, Ghirmay—and I am glad you enjoyed my input.
        I also enjoyed your reply to Girar >>>”…We have to get over our obsession of Ethiopia and look inward and figure out what we want…” Ahhhhh……, I just love it!!!! I have been saying it for a long time like a broken record. THANK YOU, again.

    • Hade March 4, 2018

      Eritreans have always been fools and the so called educated ones. Gullible, poisonous, envious, boorish, just few adjectives to describe Eritreans..

  • Grar March 2, 2018

    Why is assenna ignoring many crimes and abuses being committed on Eritreans in Sudan, Libya, Egypt and now by the Saudi Wahabist Arab family on poor and defenseless Eritreans?
    We often read about the political instability in Ethiopia and anti Woyane propaganda here but the issue of Eritreans and the abuse they live with in the Arab world is ignored, even if the news sources are Reators, BBC, VOA, New York Times, The Guardian ….
    Below is a news from the USA’s Court News:

    Courthouse News / Eritrean Nanny to Saudi Royals Claims They Forced Her Into Slavery

    Nanny to Saudi Royals Claims They Forced Her Into Slavery

    BRANDI BUCHMAN February 28, 2018

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (CN) – A nanny hired by members of Saudi Arabian royalty living in the U.S., claims in court she was forced into slavery, subjected to psychological abuse and isolated from the outside world after her employers snatched her passport and refused to return it to her for nearly a year.
    In a 17-page complaint filed in the Eastern District of Virginia, Simret Semere Tekle, a native Eritrean woman, alleges her imprisonment by the wealthy royal couple, defendants Mohammad bin Abdullah Al Saud and Nouf bin Nayef Abdul Aziz Al Saud, began in 2011, after she’d allegedly been subjected to equally harsh treatment by Nouf Al Saud’s mother, Princess Maha bint Mohammed bin Al Sudairi.
    According to the complaint, Al Sudairi first hired Tekle in 2008. For three years, Tekle claims, she was subjected to a series of humiliating abuses. Forced to bow before the princess and kiss her hands, Al Sudairi would often hurl insults at Tekle and other members of her staff, the complaint says. Al Sudairi told her she was akin to “toilet shoes” and warned that she “should know [her] place.”
    The alleged torment at Al Sudairi’s hands, Tekle explains, drove her to accept an offer from Nouf Al Saud, the princess’s daughter. ….
    But once on their way to the U.S., Nouf Al Saud began to show similar signs of abuse, the plaintiff claims. Upon arriving at Washington, D.C.’s Dulles Airport, Tekle says, the Al Sauds took her passport after she went through customs and refused to return it to her. …
    Instead of three children to care for, there were six, the complaint says. Tekle, who was instructed not to look at or talk to her employers when in their presence, started her days at sunrise and worked until 9 p.m. or later.
    She was also on-call overnight, forced to live in the home and travel with the family wherever they went, she says and was forced to clean, carry luggage and tend to six or more people at all times.
    “She was never alone,” the complaint says.
    Tekle claims she was plagued by chronic back pain, and that despite her requests to be seen by a doctor, her pleas went ignored.
    She also claims that instead of the $4,500 per month she was promised, she was given less than $500 a month in cash. When she objected, Tekle says, she was told “not to complain because her salary was more than she had been paid in Saudi Arabia.”
    After seven months, working around the clock, Tekle says she amassed no more than $3,000 or $1.13 per hour for all of her efforts.
    But the usurious wages were only one of many offenses, she claims.
    “Defendants repeatedly abused, demeaned and humiliated Tekle … she was subjected to constant verbal abuse and called offensive names in Arabic including whore, colored, donkey and garbage,” the complaint says.
    She claims she was prohibited from leaving the residence without an escort, forbidden from interacting with people outside of the home, and was told she’d be attacked by Americans if she ever ventured outside by herself.
    Tekle claims the Al Sauds warned that she would be closely monitored at all times and showed her multiple surveillance cameras placed throughout their home, including one in her bedroom.
    “[Feeling] anxious, afraid and uncomfortable, [Tekle] would dress and undress in her bathroom to avoid being seen by the camera in her bedroom,” the complaint states. “She felt that she could not escape.” …..

    • k.tewolde March 2, 2018

      Grar this is not an ordeal facing Eritreans only,It is happening to Ethiopians,Pakistanis,Hindus,Filipinos……..and the list goes on,what is your point? It is a story of the wealthy and privileged abusing the underprivileged. There are plenty of Ethiopians abusing their own so are Eritreans here in diaspora.Good try.

      • Massawa March 2, 2018

        Only an “Abeed” and “Toilet Shoes” as the savage Arab Muslim call it would ignore the news by diverting the real issue, that is, the pain of Eritrean Christians in the Muslim and Arab world.
        “One Eritrean survivor described in harrowing detail to AI what happened to a fellow hostage who was “made an example of” because he said his family could not pay the ransom.

        “He was bleeding all over. After more beatings, they poured petrol on him and set him on fire. After he died, they left his body in the room with us until it became rotten and worms started crawling. They forced all of us in turns to hold him”, he told AI.

        Another survivor, a 17-year-old boy from Eritrea, who was seized by a group of armed Rashaida tribesmen on the outskirts of Kassala last January, told Amnesty he was tortured by his captors and witnessed the murder and violent treatment of other prisoners throughout his eight months of captivity in Sinai.

        “Sometimes they would also put a wire on my fingers and give me electric shocks. During the torture, they make us call our families …They raped the women in front of us in the same room; it happened almost every day. Some of them [the captors] would tell us to look down, while they were doing it”, he said

        • k.tewolde March 2, 2018

          It is a grotesque picture you are painting that no human will condone,however,how is it different than what is going on in the 300+ prisons and dungeons in the homeland at the hand of their own.Naturally children who are safe and loved at home wont venture out and get exposed to the elements whether it is Arabs,Bedouins,Chicano or Western freaks….stop spreading this subliminal religious stale guacamole,people are still having intractable diarrhea from it for years.

          • Ghirmay March 2, 2018

            Grar and Massawa, instead of arguing and wasting your valuable time with the cannolis and little ghetto brat, you should put all your effortsto getting/sending help to the needy. It seems this ghetto brat is on assenna 24/7 to manipulate, deceive and manufacture Arabized version of Eritrea and also to pollute our Eritrean youth. This son of a bitch is the one who suffers from diarrhea of the mouth and constipation of the ideas. You’d better ignore him as he is brain-dead ghetto brat.

          • Hade March 4, 2018

            tewolde you are the typical cowardly eritrean. i bet you will sit cowering if an arab yes a muslim was raping your mother, sister, or daughter in front of your eyes.

      • Asmerom March 2, 2018

        are you saying we should ignore this because it is happening to everybody?

  • Grar March 2, 2018

    Why is the poor Eritrean insulted everywhere in the Arab and Muslim world?
    “… Al Sudairi told her she was akin to “toilet shoes” and warned that she “should know [her] place.” ….

    “Defendants repeatedly abused, demeaned and humiliated Tekle … she was subjected to constant verbal abuse and called offensive names in Arabic including whore, colored, donkey and garbage,” “

    • Ghirmay March 2, 2018

      Grar, you touched it in your other comment about “we often read about the political instability in Ethiopia and anti Woyane propaganda”…… You see Grar, the problem with Eritrean nationalism is that it is simply anti-Ethiopian. It is not defined by itself independent of the Ethiopian state. Thus once Ethiopia was removed from the picture there was nothing that held the pieces together. The unifying factor that defined Eritrean nationalism was no more there, that is where the crisis began. We have to get over our obsession of Ethiopia and look inward and figure out what we want out of this failed and miserable nation that we have now. The answer to your other question would probably be for not being proud of your own ancient Habesha identity and history.

      • meretse March 2, 2018

        እንቑረዖብ ዕቛር-ማይ — ዘማሪት ዓራርቦ
        ጸሓይ መሪራታስ — ንወርሒ ትላቦ
        ድምቀት ጸሓይ — እምብዛ በዚሑ
        ምርኣይ ከሊእዋ — ኣዒንታ ደጕሑ
        ብሰንኪ ብርሃን — ከምኣ ተሸገረት
        ሎሚ ግን ረኪባ — ዓይና ዝዓወረት
        ቀዳማይ ኢዩ ዝብል መጸዊዒ ነብሳ
        ግን ካበይ ከም ዝመጸት — ኣይትፈልጦን ንሳ
        ሓንሳብ ሳባ ትብል — ሓንሳብ ምድረ ዓሳ
        ኣካላ ሓደ — ሸውዓተ መልሓሳ
        ኣብዛ ጥቀኣ ትዕልል — ከምኣ ተኮምሲሳ
        ምሸት መጸ –ንወሒ ለመና
        ዝገደፍኪ ገዲፍኪ — ስሞዒ ንዓና
        ወርሒ ወጺት ክንብል — ንኪድ ንዓድና

        • meretse March 2, 2018

          ይቅረታ —
          ኣብዛ ጥቀኣ ትዕልል — ከምኣ ተኮምሲሳ
          መሓዛ ረኪባስ — ሎሚ ተሓጕሳ

      • AHMED SALEH !!! March 2, 2018

        IQ test for diehard assenna intruders KURDITAT ;

        Who is bleeding and torturing civilians in Ethiopia ?
        a) Arabs
        b) Eritreans
        c) Weyane
        d) Muslims
        – price available for a smart winner

        • shilan March 2, 2018

          So easy mushmush aregit Arab/savage evil demented old Arab slave dog. ARABS – your savage evil slave masters who pay you to cause all the mayhem, destruction, killings, bloodshed, beheading, rapes, abductions, bombing in our regions anta HARADI, LEMANI, TEGONBAHI aslamay Adi yeblu Awdi yeblu, Libi KAHADI aslamay Tiwiyiway.
          Now, it is my turn to test you with simple IQ and if you answer them correctly your reward would be “You won’t be deported to your Yemen/Sudan, as an “Eritrean Muslim”, what is your original language and history, be proud to tell us your own muslim “Eritrean” language & history? Keep my price to yourself as your price would only be beheading and other vicious Islamic savagery but I promise my price would be so special, stop barking from your evil muslim fagnatura backside.

          • shilan March 2, 2018

            addition:mushmush aregit “kelbi” areb, the most ignorant noisy barking Arab slave dog.

    • amanuel March 2, 2018

      Grar
      U are insulted
      B/s all you have is big mouth that does not have the courage to say anything infront of diaspora hgdf let alone fight the real hgdf back home. U can not even use your real name and where u live. Ertrawi tekenka sheyani ab siriu eka, agame tekenka dima mariam tirdaeka. Agazi giezey eka. Agazi dima tegarun 5% tegarun ekum. Kem shigara tikeku ember ertra aytirekbuwan ekum. Kab shigirkum kemey tiwexu hisebu. Amharan oromon kibelukum tebegisom eyom.

    • Hade March 4, 2018

      Grar because we are cowards. You saw what the Filipinos did when one of their own was murdered in kuwait. When they kill one of us we kill one or two of theirs and believe me before you know it it will stop.

  • Sol March 2, 2018

    Grar, Massawa,Ghirmay (TEKHLAY) if you a defender of Habesha identity go and stuck Intesfanews and madote where you will find racist and socially sick individuals that are crazy on their hate of Tigray people and I am sure you will not accept my suggestion because you masters from the dark rooms has assigned you to pollute assenna with your regional, sectarian and vulgar comments.

    • Degoli March 3, 2018

      thank you Grar for posting and not hiding Eritreans’ pain and suffering in the Arab world:
      Don’t worry if a “toilet shoes” is trying to protect the honour of his Arab Muslim masters. He is a slave trained to bark at his own brothers and sisters.

      Why is the poor Eritrean insulted everywhere in the Arab and Muslim world?
      “… Al Sudairi told her she was akin to “toilet shoes” and warned that she “should know [her] place.” ….

      “Defendants repeatedly abused, demeaned and humiliated Tekle … she was subjected to constant verbal abuse and called offensive names in Arabic including whore, colored, donkey and garbage,” “

  • AHMED SALEH !!! March 2, 2018

    hello assenna forum commentators
    At this above article about conflicts among ethnic groups to jump on irrelevant Eritrean issues
    seem an attempt to divert our attention which after all we Eritreans have no business .
    The scene in Addis soccer field of two opposite teams remind me childhood memory of the tension
    in Asmara city when San Giorgio (Ethiopia) verses Hamassien (Eritrea) teams play.
    The sad part whatever WEYANE did for the last 25 years the people from TIGRAY pay the price .
    We observe history of similar excuses to blame AMHARA people at times their ethnic group controlled
    the government had repeated by itself to accuse Tigray people in general .
    WE DEFINETLY BLAME OUR OWN STUPIDITY THAT REFUSES TO LEARN FROM PAST EXPERIENCE .

    • shilan March 2, 2018

      Detective/Inspector Clauso, are you taking your dementia medications regularly and is it helping you at all with your heavy savage Yemeni detective works??? No more conspiracy theories then?

      • AHMED SALEH !!! March 2, 2018

        Ayte shilan
        Do not worry either Eritreans or Ethiopians will have mercy on your kinds the
        same we and you showed for DERGUE remnants .
        Good boy , now go to bed , good night MISKIN shilanye .

        • shilan March 2, 2018

          Aregit mushmush kelbi areb, before I wish you good night as well, just make sure before you go to your dog’s cage to first wash your stinking old backside 5 times and then “KEM AKHALIB KOF/sit down ELIKA SHEYINKA DEKIS and then dream the savage evil muslim dog’s Islamic HELL to rot,.

          • shilan March 2, 2018

            correction/addition: KEM AKHALIB EGIRIKHAN CHIRAKHAN HAF ABILKA SHEYINKA DEKIS quietly.
            EGIRIKHAN CHIRAKHAN – your savage vicious muslim dog’s leg and tail, make sure also to get a lover to play with in your evil cage!

          • meretse March 3, 2018

            ህዝቢ እንክሳቀ — ንሶም ይዕልሉ
            ኣብ ዘይፈልጥዎ ዓዲ — ብእከይ ይምሕሉ
            ሰብ እንተ ነዓቆም — ዝፈርሖም ይመስሎም
            ወዮ ዘይፈልጡ — መን ምዃኖም ንሶም
            ሱሮም ላዕሊ ኣፉ — ከም ናይ ማይ ሰበባ
            ሓንሳብ ደቒ ኹሽ — ሓንሳብ ደቒ ሳባ
            መን’ካ ተባሂልኩም — ብ’የን ክምልሱ
            ዓዲ’ቦ ገዲፍኩም — ኣርሒቆም ዝገሹ
            ምዕዶ መን’ዩ ኮን — ናይ መን’ዩ ‘ቲ ምክሪ
            ብኢዶም ገዲፎም — ዝሓኩ ብእግሪ
            “ዓሻ ሓረስታይ — ብቝሊ ዕትሮ ዘርኡ
            ለባም እንተ ሓተቶስ — ኩሉ እንክሊ እንድኡ”

          • shilan March 3, 2018

            Wedi Gonderiye Asmelash, add a bit of MOSENKO to your lousy, boring Fedayin/Kushet’s poems and go to your Gonder AZMARI beyet to get rewarded KITISHILEM with BIRR. But make sure you don’t go with your savage barbaric evil Islamic ELF mendef guns as your Gonderiyes would chop you into pieces. Do you also still carry your Keshi Kushet bible with you with your Fedayin’s gun of course?? Evil awate.islam found your poems too boring and too old (outdated Kushet ones) and kicked you out savagely, didn’t they???

  • meretse March 3, 2018

    ጸልማት ዶ ኮይንዃ — ጸሓይ ጠሊማ
    ቐንደል ለኣክ በሎ — ንኣያካ ገሪማ
    ዋና ሓሶት ኢካ — ኣባት ክሲ
    “ሓዊ ዒደር – በሎ መሕደር ነብሲ”

  • Degoli March 3, 2018

    Thank you Grar for posting the news ignored by the “Abeed” Tigre-Tigrinya book-burners and their useful idiots because they wanted to protect the veiled and Hijabed false “honour” of their Arab masters.
    Eritreans should read the news and know the pain and humiliation being inflicted on poor Eritrean men, women, girls and boys by the Arab Muslims. I can not stand any black Muslim from Darfur or Eritrea, or any fake Arab wanabe to be called an “Abeed” or “Toilet-shoes” by a savage fascist Arab.

    Grar wrote:
    Why is the poor Eritrean insulted everywhere in the Arab and Muslim world?
    “… Al Sudairi told her she was akin to “toilet shoes” and warned that she “should know [her] place.” ….
    “Defendants repeatedly abused, demeaned and humiliated Tekle … she was subjected to constant verbal abuse and called offensive names in Arabic including whore, colored, donkey and garbage,” “

  • Degoli March 3, 2018

    Thank you Massawa too for posting the news that the Abeed slaves and the Ghetto brats such as k.tewolde, Ahmed Saleh do not want the honest Eritreans deqebats to read.
    This news is happening right now in Kessela and Gadarif region of Sudan on young Eritrean refugees but the stinky Arab slaves do not want Eritreans to read this. These hypocrites do not care about “democracy, justice and freedom” of Eritrea. The slaves obsession is to protect only the image and honour of their Arab masters and to Arabize Eritrea.

    “One Eritrean survivor described in harrowing detail to AI what happened to a fellow hostage who was “made an example of” because he said his family could not pay the ransom.

    “He was bleeding all over. After more beatings, they poured petrol on him and set him on fire. After he died, they left his body in the room with us until it became rotten and worms started crawling. They forced all of us in turns to hold him”, he told AI.

    Another survivor, a 17-year-old boy from Eritrea, who was seized by a group of armed Rashaida tribesmen on the outskirts of Kassala last January, told Amnesty he was tortured by his captors and witnessed the murder and violent treatment of other prisoners throughout his eight months of captivity in Sinai.

    “Sometimes they would also put a wire on my fingers and give me electric shocks. During the torture, they make us call our families …They raped the women in front of us in the same room; it happened almost every day. Some of them [the captors] would tell us to look down, while they were doing it”, he said

    • shilan March 3, 2018

      Thank you real good brothers Degoli, Grar and Massawa, please keep us informed all the time.

      • shilan March 3, 2018

        Degoli, please don’t worry about the scum bag Khaliffa bin teQebre and the demented mushmush aregit kelbi areb ahmido bin salihido al goHaf yemeni, they will be licking their wounds for quite a while but they are used to being losers and to being chased away beaten up by brave TPLF/EPLF forces. However, they still have their old barbaric evil Islamic ELF mendef jelebiyas to wet when ever they are hammered or kicked hard in their already big/massive hole backsides, let’s keep exposing their crimes against our innocent Eritrean people and poor Ethiopian POW.

      • S0l March 3, 2018

        Tekhlay,
        You forgot to thank the fifth name you have used on this blog….

  • Simon G. March 3, 2018

    This is strange. Why is Assenna blocking my comments while they allow filthy comments?
    I got it. I am out for good please don’t delete this comment. What are you afraid of?

    • AHMED SALEH !!! March 4, 2018

      Simon G .
      It has been a while since Assenna allowed some un-Eritrean forces to meddle in our issues .
      If you notice they succeed to disrupt important discussions by using offensive comments
      to deviate participants attention .
      We tried to warn and to learn from asmarino.com experience with damages done by these intruders . Well , we tried our part and what comes next is out our control . wish them lack.

      • Simon G. March 4, 2018

        Ahmed Saleh,
        I was trying to say goodbye to good friends , like you, yesterday. They blocked 2 comments and they deleted one comment in less than 2 minutes. That was strange.
        My suspicion lately about these filthy commentators are genererated by Assenna itself.
        Even if they have no technical capability to block those comments, they can at least delete them. They sit on it for many days and then they delete some of hem.
        I think those are theirs. I said it. No go ahead delete this comment.

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