Interview of Mr. Saleh Mahmoud & Mr. Ahmed Nuru Berhan Hagos: Two Veteran Fighters’ Views in How to Celebrate Eritrea’s Independence Day

Interview of Mr. Saleh Mahmoud & Mr. Ahmed Nuru Berhan Hagos: Two Veteran Fighters’ Views in How to Celebrate Eritrea's Independence Day   On Thursday, May the 18th, 2018, Radio ERENA interviewed two Eritreans, namely, Mr. Mahmoud Saleh & Mr. Ahmed

Interview of Mr. Saleh Mahmoud & Mr. Ahmed Nuru Berhan Hagos: Two Veteran Fighters’ Views in How to Celebrate Eritrea’s Independence Day
 
On Thursday, May the 18th, 2018, Radio ERENA interviewed two Eritreans, namely, Mr. Mahmoud Saleh & Mr. Ahmed Nuru Berhan Hagos related to how each chooses to celebrate Eritrea’s Independence Day – May 24th, 20181.
A disclosure of sorts, as a regular columnist at awate.com, I’ve come to interact with a lot of Eritreans based on the ideas they espouse, since the inception of awate.com on September 1st, 2000. Mr. Mahmoud Saleh has been one of those unique individuals, some of whose ideas I based my previous articles – Today is no different. For the record, this is my first-time hearing Mr. Ahmed Nuru Berhan Hagos (hence forth referred to as Ahmed Hagos). What the interview reveals is, two former veteran fighters who followed similar trajectories in their life experiences up to a point of arriving in the US. Interestingly, they both live in the same city, but their similarities end when it comes to how they choose to celebrate Eritrea’s Independence Day, which is to say, they have starkly different views.
Mr. Ahmed Hagos’s Moral Clarity
Anyone who lives in the US understands the world of “Crony Capitalism” that the US is, where business establishments collude with government leaders to exploit common man. The indispensable power that common people have in this capitalistic system is their pocket book. Therefore, business establishments are quick to listen to the public once the public convenes to boycott their products on social, economic, and moral consciousness grounds. Examples abound: African Americans bus boycotting that crippled the bus system in Montgomery, Alabama because of its segregation policies sufficiently illustrates this point2. American public understands that power is not relented – willy-nilly – by those who possess it. Undue pressure of potential economic harm must be in the offing for those in power to give the public those listening ears. Eritrean regime is no different. It will never give up its helm of political power until the people demand it. Boycotting is one critical element in that formula.
Ahmed Hagos appears to have deep understanding of this principle. Therefore, he, unequivocally, with moral certitude chooses to boycott the Eritrean regime’s yearly Independence Day celebrations. He sees what has come of Eritrea since independence is morally imperative that he refuses to celebrate May 24th with the Eritrean regime and its supporters sponsored event. What Ahmed Hagos appears to be saying is – no matter how small the number of people who join him each year he will continue to boycott the regime. The bus boycotting, for example, started with one African American woman, namely the late Rosa Parks refusing to vacate her seat to a White person, that led to a cascade of events until the buses were eventually desegregated. Needless to say, it took 381 to effect change. There is larger message that Ahmed Hagos sees in his actions: He is not only refusing to spend his money but also disapproving of what the Eritrean regime and its supporters are doing to Eritrea and its people by demonstrating outside the venue of the event. The burden of his comrades who spared their lives to bring independence weighs heavily on him. He is taking a moral position by refusing to be fooled by the show of the grotesque, who are trying to not only legitimate their hold on political power but are trying to sell Eritreans entertainment to gain moral high ground as the sole owners of Eritrea. Enter Mahmoud Saleh’s morally tortuous world
Mr. Mahmoud Saleh’s Moral Ambiguity
Mahmoud Saleh chooses to cling to the nostalgia of May 24th, 1991 when he along with his comrades came barreling down to the capital of Eritrea, decisively victorious, liberating their people from Ethiopia’s thirty years yoke of occupation. Therefore, to justify the continuation of that fond memory of remembrances of the past, Mahmoud Slaeh buys into this idea of tyranny of the majority. Since, the regime is more organized; since the regime and its supporters are vastly higher in numbers, thusly, they will give him his money’s worth of entertainment, hence, for choosing to celebrate it with the morally bankrupt regime of Eritrea. The moral equivalence that Mahmoud Saleh draws from the WWI, whereupon the soldiers from opposing army – in the midst of intense warring moment – impromptu, spontaneously, and simultaneously decided to celebrate the Christmas spirit together does not hold. The no-man-land that was between the two warring factions became a land and a space of celebration and of music and of a moment of tranquility if only to go back and kill each other – sooner than later – because their respective superiors decided to resume their fights. Therefore, the justification seems to be, as seen from Mahmoud Saleh’s perspective, every Eritrean who believes in celebrating Independence Day should heed and glean a lesson that we must celebrate the day irrespective of how wrong headed our leaders are today.
The only problem with the WWI example is that the opposition does not have any power to fight back other than boycotting where the two warring factions in the above example were armed to the teeth. If every Eritrean who opposes the regime’s actions stays home and votes with his/her money, the regime might think twice and perhaps that could serve as an impetus for it to change its behavior. Attending the celebration sponsored by the regime in Eritrea is tantamount to approving of the actions that it had been taking against innocent citizens as recently as the Akhriya uprising and as far back as the violation of the Jehovah Witnesses’ rights and a whole lot of violations in between.
Beyan Negash
References:
  1. https://shekortet.com/audio-tags/radio-erena
    shekortet.comEntertainment, News and Eritrean Community Site. Radio Erena . Radio Erena 12.05.2018
  2. https://www.history.com/topics/black-history/montgomery-bus-boycott
    The Montgomery Bus Boycott was a civil-rights protest during which African Americans refused to ride city buses in Montgomery, Alabama, to protest segregated seating. The boycott took place from December 5, 1955, to December 20, 1956, and is regarded as the first large-scale U.S. demonstration …

aseye.asena@gmail.com

Review overview
23 COMMENTS
  • amanuel May 24, 2018

    These veterans seem to have run out of new inovative ideas. Celebrating with the regime is nothing but loughable. We have been baycoting for many years to deny the mafias hard currency and show our disaprovals. Now what we need is another step ahead-,organize our own parallel cellebration that rips the regime appart by singing songs that raises hatred of the mafia group, help eastablish strong media that overwhelms the regime back home inciting the people and youth back home to rise against the mafia group united and organized. I hate to say that but these old opposition members have no energy. Same is true with the old mafias back home.

  • k.tewolde May 24, 2018

    It is a simple choice,if you are an Eritrean who feels you are free to speak your mind,who can vote and choose your leaders,participate in the decision making of the future of your country and its affairs,live,raise your kids,own a property,conduct business and travel in and out of your nation however and whenever you want,hold those in charge accountable if they squander the assets of the nation up to and including stripping them off their responsibility _________ don’t go far,I have a 1961 French champagne I saved for this occasion,come party with me! we will have a blast.Otherwise,I am going to a neighborhood McDonald order the #1 combo and call it a day. What is there for me to celebrate?

    • Simon G. May 24, 2018

      Brother KT,
      Is that a Big Mac combo? It was my favorite during my college days 🙂
      Now, you the medical guys scare the hell out of me and it has been a while since I had it.
      A brother need exemption here and please help!

    • amanuel May 25, 2018

      Wurdet, hisret, barnet, chikona bshim nezanet. Waw that is a lot to celebrate and dance for!

  • Simon G. May 24, 2018

    ኣንታ! ኣንታ ተቐይሩ ድዩ ትርጉም ናጽነት
    መሬት ክጽልምት
    ኤርትራዊ ክጸንት
    ንገሃነም ካብ ተባህለ ገነት
    ናይ ቀደም ሰሉስ ሓድሽ ካብ ተባህለ ሰንበት
    ካብ ሓቂ ዝምረጸሉ ብግምት
    ———————————————-

    እዋይ ድንግርግር
    ናይ ህግደፍ ነገር
    ንኺድ! ስኸር ጥራይ ስኸር
    ሕጊ ንዳባ ከይክበር
    ታሪኽ ጀጋኑና ከይንገር
    ህግደፍ በል ክትድረር!
    ተዘይኮይኑ ሕቖኻ ከይስበር
    ኡስ ኢልካ ኣይትዕፈር
    ———————————
    ‘ታ’ዩ ‘ዚ? ናጽነት ዋላ ሓድሽ ግዝኣት?
    ከይዛረብ ተለጒመ
    ኡስ ከይብል ጾር ተሸኪመ
    በዝን በትን ተራጺመ
    ብሕማም ህግደፍ ተለኪመ
    ምስ ኣስናነይ ተጓህሚመ

    ————————————–
    ሓቂ ተተዛረብኩ
    ካልእ ዜግነት ተወሃብኩ
    ወያነ: ከዳዕ:ሓኽሊ ድሙ ናይ ዓጋመ
    ————ይብሉኒ: ዝገርም ‘ዩ———

    ‘ቶም ዓጋመ ዝብሉኒ: ዲቕ ዝበሉ ተጋሩ
    ራብዓይ ወለዶ ዘየቑጸሩ
    ጤሳ ዘየግበሩ
    ኤርትራ ዘመሓድሩ
    —————————————–

    ዘበኑ ዘበነ ግርምቢጥ
    ወዲ ሃገር ንድሕሪት
    ዝፈለሱ ንቕድሚት
    —————————————–
    ከም ደቂ ሃገር ከምስሉ
    ደቂ ጸሎት ኢና ካበሉ
    ካን! ካን ሃገር ብሃገራ ከደናግሩ
    ንደቂባት ኣሰሩ
    ከደናግሩ
    ዓወት ንሓፋሽ ድማ በሉ
    —————————————
    ኤእ ቀቲሎማ ድማ
    ተደምሲሱ ናይ ኤርትራ ግርማ
    ኣይንፈልጣን ኢሎም ንማይ ድማ
    ኣየ ደቂ ራማ!
    ናይ ክረምቲ ሃመማ
    ———————————-
    ፍሊት ሃቡኒ ደቂ ሃገር
    ከጽርዮም ንህግደፍ: ፈገር ደቂ ፈገር
    ኤርትራና ንክትነብር
    ብሰላም ንዘልኣለም!

    • k.tewolde May 24, 2018

      They ain’t got no shame in their game as the saying goes Simon,”Fleet” is mild,I will pass you the DDT, fumigate them.Thanks for the poetic treat,it highlights the day.

  • Beyan Negash May 24, 2018

    Thank you gentlemen for your comments. The dilemma we face in the opposition is not confined just in some of our former tegadeltis. We have lost our sense of proportion to have clarity about what’s right and what’s wrong anymore. Amanuel,& k.tewolde, you capture in how our moral compass appears to be broken. When one is incapable of having moral clarity on what’s right and wrong, it behooves one to even label himself as an opposition camp. Clearly, Mahmoud Saleh epitomizes this moral dilemma. I mean, How could one not see the regime as the sole source of our sociopolitical ills? How good one, in good conscience see independence day as a day of entertainment? How one even bring oneself to dance on that night let alone join those who are the culprit of our people’s miseries? For crying out loud, if one wants to speak to the other side, certainly, it wouldn’t be over a dancing event – Find another day and another venue to do it.

    Simon G., keep those poetries coming bro! Wish you elevate it to an epic poem narrative where you can not only eloquently capture the larger messages, but also that a whole lot of reader can benefit from your work. The comment section, as you know, is only for those dedicated lot like me, you, k.tewolde, and few others. Please think about telling your story in an epic narrative. Not all of us know to do that. Poets are few and far between. So, nurture that talent.

    May this Independence Day be the year that bring an end to the miseries of our people.
    Beyan

    • rezen May 24, 2018

      GREETINGS! Beyan for good old delightful memory, short as it may have been. rezen

      • Beyan Negash May 24, 2018

        My goodness!I was going to say ዘይሞተ’ስ ይራኸብ but I guess one can still say that in a virtual world. We’ve never met in person, but I recall the intense exchange we used to have over e-mail – It all started from opinion pieces I would write, and you had a perspective that I found to be illuminating. It never fails, at every junction in I find few individuals who strike me as brilliant, but for one reason or another, they simply stay away from the limelight – You certainly struck me as one of those individuals. Glad to hear from you, Rezen.

        It is ironic that you’ve appeared on this solemn day, a day in which Eritreans’ geographical identity was solidified. Prior to 1991, I had to go through Ethiopia to explain my Eritrean identity. But, so far, that’s the only thing that was established about Eritrea…No freedom or sovereignty of the individual Eritrean. No dignity of Eritreans as a society. Apparently, we Eritreans have been able to say give me territorial integrity or give me death, but we are working on the most important aspect of freedom, to borrow Patrick Henry’s (1775) immortal words of “give me liberty or give me death”. Here is a more contemporary version of Braveheart’s Freedom of Speech:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIvRkjOd1f8

      • Beyan Negash May 25, 2018

        Greetings Rezen,

        My goodness!I was going to say ዘይሞተ’ስ ይራኸብ but I guess one can still say that in a virtual world -:)We’ve never met in person, but I recall the intense exchanges we used to have over e-mail – It all started from opinion pieces I would write, and you had a perspective that I found to be illuminating. It never fails, at every junction in my interaction I’d find few individuals who strike me as brilliant, but for one reason or another, they simply stay away from the limelight – You certainly struck me as one of those individuals. Glad to hear from you, Rezen.

        It all boils down to making a choice, make that CHOICES. Eritreans who can be thinkers, novelists, professionals in every conceivable endeavor they so darn choose. Choice is a mark of freedom. On this Independence Day, Eritreans have no choice, thus, claiming to be free in such an environment is an oxymoron. The Alamin Seids and now Nsu’s yearly blabbers speaks to that severe shortcoming.

        It is ironic that you’ve appeared on this solemn day, a day in which Eritreans’ geographical identity was solidified. Prior to 1991, I had to go through Ethiopia to explain my Eritrean identity.

        But, so far, that’s the only thing that was established about Eritrea…No freedom or sovereignty of the individual Eritrean. No dignity of Eritreans as a society. Apparently, we Eritreans have been able to say give me territorial integrity or give me death, but we are working on the most important aspect of freedom, to borrow Patrick Henry’s (1775) immortal words of “give me liberty or give me death”.

        Here is a more contemporary version of Braveheart’s Freedom of Speech:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIvRkjOd1f8

        Glad to hear that you’re well, bro!

        Beyan

    • Simon G. May 25, 2018

      Dr. Beyan,
      Thank you! I didn’t even realize this article was written by you. At least spend 25% of your Awate’s time here as well. We are in short supply of good English writers here (with the exception of very few highly skilled individuals) and the rookies like me would like to learn from you guys.

      • Beyan Negash May 25, 2018

        merHaba Simon G.

        I appreciate your welcoming gestures. When I feel my input is relevant to assenna readers, I will certainly come and join you. I can see how it was easy to overlook the author’s name, because I should’ve included it with that long title. My name was tucked at the end in my signature line.

        Incidentally, I’ve been having unlucky in my attempt at posting my response to Rezen. It keeps on disappearing after I see it posted. I don’t know what it is I am doing wrong.

        Let me try it for the third time, perhaps, in this space will rather than replying to Rezen so it is threaded right. Many thanks for your kind word, again, Simon G.
        Greetings Rezen,

        My goodness!I was going to say ዘይሞተ’ስ ይራኸብ but I guess one can still say that in a virtual world -:)We’ve never met in person, but I recall the intense exchange we used to have over e-mail – It all started from opinion pieces I would write, and you had a perspective that I found to be illuminating. It never fails, at every junction in my interaction I’d find few individuals who strike me as brilliant, but for one reason or another, they simply stay away from the limelight – You certainly struck me as one of those individuals. Glad to hear from you, Rezen.

        It all boils down to choice, make that CHOICES. Eritreans who can be thinkers, novelists, professionals in every conceivable endeavor they so darn choose. Choice is a mark of freedom. On this Independence Day, Eritreans have no choice, thus, claiming to be free in such an environment is to falsely claim something that we don’t have – Alamin Seid’s blabber speaks to that severe shortcoming. And, as SGJ’s episode 4 aptly describes a lie in the world of PFDJ is its truth. What is our opposition’s truth? I will leave for each one of us to think about on this somber day. This is not the day I would go to a dance hall to celebrate. This is a day when I will wallow in deep introspecting to see if I may find a little solace somewhere deep within, but I doubt I will find it, I will, nevertheless, try.

        It is ironic that you’ve appeared on this solemn day, a day in which Eritreans’ geographical identity was solidified. Prior to 1991, I had to go through Ethiopia to explain my Eritrean identity. But, so far, that’s the only thing that was established about Eritrea…No freedom or sovereignty of the individual Eritrean. No dignity of Eritreans as a society. Apparently, we Eritreans have been able to say give me territorial integrity or give me death, but we are working on the most important aspect of freedom, to borrow Patrick Henry’s (1775) immortal words of “give me liberty or give me death”. Here is a more contemporary version of Braveheart’s Freedom of Speech:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIvRkjOd1f8

        You made my day, Rezen. Glad to hear that you’re well, bro!

  • AHMED SALEH !!! May 24, 2018

    Unfortunately many principles Eritreans including myself started to boycott
    HGDF sponsored independence day celebration from the day they called
    our brothers and sisters African refugees in that horrific incident in Sinai
    desert where some of them died inhumanely with scars of illegal surgical
    operation to steal their kidney .
    I don’t like to participate in fake festival in the name of forgotten people
    that we ignore to hear their cry . Beside that what about those unsung
    heroes condomned to rot in dungeons .
    It is moral obligation to confront wrongs except for blind supporters who

    refuse to feel their fellows pain .
    The point is , we accomplished the fight for independence but we ended
    up at the hands of cruel dictatorship that broke our hearts .
    So dear compatriots , keep the fight for justice and equality .

    • Beyan Negash May 24, 2018

      Well Said, Ahmed. Keberon gwaylan giziu allowo. Independence Day at this point in time cannot in good conscience be the day we dance the night away.. Where is the freedom to think? Where is the freedom to be free that every sense of the word implies it? How can one claim freedom when an entire nation is one behemoth dungeon?

      Sure, our geographical identity has been assured, thanks to those who spared their lives for it, but to go onto dancing binge in the name of those who paid the ultimate price at this junction in our history is tantamount to defiling their sacred burial spaces.

      • AHMED SALEH !!! May 24, 2018

        Selamat Beyan Hawley
        My dear father gave me advice that inspired my life
        by saying ” Ahmed weedy, everything you do make
        it to please Allah then you will sleep like a baby ” .
        And it is true to live in peace within yourself is God
        given blessing .
        ROMODAN KERIM , may Allah bless us all .

  • Beyan Negash May 24, 2018

    Greetings Rezen,

    My goodness!I was going to say ዘይሞተ’ስ ይራኸብ but I guess one can still say that in a virtual world -:)We’ve never met in person, but I recall the intense exchange we used to have over e-mail – It all started from opinion pieces I would write, and you had a perspective that I found to be illuminating. It never fails, at every junction in my interaction I’d find few individuals who strike me as brilliant, but for one reason or another, they simply stay away from the limelight – You certainly struck me as one of those individuals. Glad to hear from you, Rezen.

    It is ironic that you’ve appeared on this solemn day, a day in which Eritreans’ geographical identity was solidified. Prior to 1991, I had to go through Ethiopia to explain my Eritrean identity. But, so far, that’s the only thing that was established about Eritrea…No freedom or sovereignty of the individual Eritrean. No dignity of Eritreans as a society. Apparently, we Eritreans have been able to say give me territorial integrity or give me death, but we are working on the most important aspect of freedom, to borrow Patrick Henry’s (1775) immortal words of “give me liberty or give me death”. Here is a more contemporary version of Braveheart’s Freedom of Speech:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIvRkjOd1f8

    You made my day, Rezen. Glad to hear that you’re well, bro!

  • Beyan Negash May 24, 2018

    Selamtakha yiTAm Haw Ahmed,

    The kind of religious upbringing most Eritreans experienced – irrespective whether a Muslim or Christian – was precisely how you describe it above. Have faith, do right by your fellow man, by your neighbor, etc…how we were raised based on those religious tenets keep fueling that burning humanity within us, which is refusing to accept what the regime in Eritrea does as nothing more than an alien culture, alien tradition that no Eritrean had ever experienced growing up. It is that that keeps our fighting spirit impetuously to gallop forward.

    Allahul Akram – Ramadan Kareem to all those who practice the spirit of Ramadan. A month in which introspection and reflection are the hallmark of its tenets.

  • Beyan Negash May 25, 2018

    Selam Rezen,
    This is my fourth attempt. I don’t why this particular message is not making it.

    My goodness!I was going to say ዘይሞተ’ስ ይራኸብ but I guess one can still say that in a virtual world -:)We’ve never met in person, but I recall the intense exchanges we used to have through e-mail – It all started from opinion pieces I would write, and you had a perspective that I found to be illuminating. It never fails, at every junction in my interaction I’d find few individuals who strike me as brilliant, but for one reason or another, they simply stay away from the limelight – You certainly struck me as one of those individuals. Glad to hear from you, Rezen.

    It all boils down to choice, make that CHOICES. Eritreans who can be thinkers, novelists, professionals in every conceivable endeavor they so darn choose. Choice is a mark of freedom. On this Independence Day, Eritreans have no choice, thus, claiming to be free in such an environment is an oxymoron at best – Alamin Seid’s blabber speaks to that severe shortcoming. And, as SGJ’s episode 4 aptly describes a lie in the world of PFDJ is its truth. What is our opposition’s truth? I will leave for each one of us to think about on this somber day. This is not the day I would go to a dance hall to celebrate. This is a day when I will wallow in deep introspecting to see if I may find a little solace somewhere deep within, but I doubt I will find it, I will, nevertheless, try.

    It is ironic that you’ve appeared on this solemn day, a day in which Eritreans’ geographical identity was solidified. Prior to 1991, I had to go through Ethiopia to explain my Eritrean identity. But, so far, that’s the only thing that was established about Eritrea…No freedom or sovereignty of the individual Eritrean. No dignity of Eritreans as a society. Apparently, we Eritreans have been able to say give me territorial integrity or give me death, but we are working on the most important aspect of freedom, to borrow Patrick Henry’s (1775) immortal words of “give me liberty or give me death”. Here is a more contemporary version of Braveheart’s Freedom of Speech:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIvRkjOd1f8

    You made my day, Rezen. Glad to hear that you’re well, bro!

    • Simon G. May 25, 2018

      Thanks Brother Beyan!
      I felt I am Switzerland for a moment b/c you have tried to reach to rezen through my embassy 🙂
      BTW, I have listened to SJG’s (at Awate) video on ጽልግልግ መዓልቲ ናጽነት and it is hilarious! The guy is a born story teller among many others skill he has. I would recommend everyone to watch it.

  • Beyan Negash May 25, 2018

    Selam Simon G.,

    Thank you, how kind of you. I will try to keep coming back when I see relevant issues that I feel need to be discussed here. Whenever I submit an article, Amanuel Eyasu is always gracious to say, “if it is relevant”, we welcome it. So, I will always remember this about assenna – relevance to the current events matter, and he is right about that.

    As for not noticing that the piece was penned by me, well, it is my fault in that I forgot to include my name under the title,which would’ve made it more visible than along my signature line. I will certainly remember that the next time I submit an article.

    Again, many thanks, Simon G.

    Beyan

  • Beyan Negash May 25, 2018

    I don’t know if the comments are monitored. Let me remove some of the stuff that could be the reason my comments are not making it. Here goes it:
    Selam Rezen,
    This is my fifth attempt. I don’t why this particular message is not making it.
    My goodness!I was going to say ዘይሞተ’ስ ይራኸብ but I guess one can still say that in a virtual world -:)We’ve never met in person, but I recall the intense exchanges we used to have through e-mail – It all started from opinion pieces I would write, and you had a perspective that I found to be illuminating. It never fails, at every junction in my interaction I’d find few individuals who strike me as brilliant, but for one reason or another, they simply stay away from the limelight – You certainly struck me as one of those individuals. Glad to hear from you, Rezen.
    It all boils down to choice, make that CHOICES. Eritreans who can be thinkers, novelists, professionals in every conceivable endeavor they so darn choose. Choice is a mark of freedom. On this Independence Day, Eritreans have no choice, thus, claiming to be free in such an environment is an oxymoron at best – Alamin Seid’s blabber speaks to that severe shortcoming.

    This is not the day I would go to a dance hall to celebrate. This is a day when I will wallow in deep introspecting to see if I may find a little solace somewhere deep within, but I doubt I will find it, I will, nevertheless, try.

    It is ironic that you’ve appeared on this solemn day, a day in which Eritreans’ geographical identity was solidified. Prior to 1991, I had to go through Ethiopia to explain my Eritrean identity. But, so far, that’s the only thing that was established about Eritrea…No freedom or sovereignty of the individual Eritrean. No dignity of Eritreans as a society. Apparently, we Eritreans have been able to say give me territorial integrity or give me death, but we are working on the most important aspect of freedom, to borrow Patrick Henry’s (1775) immortal words of “give me liberty or give me death”. Here is a more contemporary version of Braveheart’s Freedom of Speech:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIvRkjOd1f8
    You made my day, Rezen. Glad to hear that you’re well, bro!

    • rezen May 25, 2018

      Selam Beyan,
      What a circuitry!!! I now have all your entries(1). You are really a GREAT VOYAGER. YOU DON’T GIVE UP. THAT IS THE KEY TO ALL OF US in our voyage to accomplish what we ‘preach’ With CO-OPERATION, sense of DIRECTION , UNITY for the SAME aim, we can achieve what seems to be insurmountable endeavour. It can be done, if [and that is a BIG IF] we have a clear, accommodating unwavering sight. The road to our INTENDED GOAL may be rough, up and down, zig-zag , and at times getting lost, but eventually recovering and reaching our destination, with our chins up and SMILING.
      Beyan, It is really delightful to hear from you and THANK YOU very much for THAT complex communication, insisting to reach me. I am looking forward to read and enjoy your future Articles along with other admirable and insightful writers (and poets too) that we have here at assenna.com.
      One more essential point: Your FAMILY. I hope everyone is well and no doubt the “kids” growing-up at accelerated rate. I wish you all the best.

      (1) I will read them again, .leisurely

POST A COMMENT