Op-Ed: Eritrea: no more excuses for indefinite national service

By Fisseha Tekle 30 July 2018, 15:05 UTC The recent peace agreement with Ethiopia presents the Eritrean authorities with the opportunity to end the indefinite national service, a widely-criticised practice that has robbed the country’s youth of their

By Fisseha Tekle

30 July 2018, 15:05 UTC

The recent peace agreement with Ethiopia presents the Eritrean authorities with the opportunity to end the indefinite national service, a widely-criticised practice that has robbed the country’s youth of their dreams creating a generation of Eritrean refugees.

The Eritrean government introduced compulsory national service in 1995. By law, every high school finalist undertakes 18 months of national service, which include six months of military training. When relations deteriorated with neighbouring Ethiopia following the bitter 1998-2000 border war, the national service was extended indefinitely.

Op-Ed: Eritrea: no more excuses for indefinite national service

 

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  • Genet-Original August 6, 2018

    MT, It is amazing how you are trying to have it both ways, You are also trying to say being politically incorrect is as same as hard working, open minded and an Eritrean. You are a very deceiving person. FYI, Politically incorrect people usually are honest and their aim is to give tough love to people they identity with. You are not doing that so, you aren’t an Eritrea. More evidences that you aren’t an Eritrean. You said, “In Eritrea there is no humanitarian problem, but extreme poverty” I am amaze by your statement. You failed to make the connection between dictatorship, human right abuse, physical and psychological brutality and extreme poverty. According to you, these factors have noting to do with humanitarian issue. The other things that expose you as none Eritrean are statements like, you agree with Mengistu haile mariam not caring about the people, but the land; You want to do worst than what DIA has done to Eritreans. To top it all, you are encouraging destructive individuals to disrupt good discussions here at Assenna. It is a tell tell signs who you are and who you care about. You ask, if I am a “lazy and region driven corrupt opposition” I am not like you. I don’t pretend to be what I am not. I am an Eritrean and I can’t change that. I am mad as hell with what DIA the agame is doing with my people and my Eritrea. I am disappointed with our neighbor Tigrai. At this time, to come to our Eritrean websites and disrupt our discussions and be politically incorrect on our expense is just astonishing.

    • Mesfin August 7, 2018

      What a cheap old tart, you seem to be too depressed that your Tigrean pigs and dogs have not been fucking you really hard and really painfully that you are used to, may be they find you too old and too dirty. Get lost to your TOL where you belong and where you’ll find your Tigrean dogs and pigs lovers. Sorry but all your agitation and depression come from rejection by your own kind.

  • Ogbai Geladios August 8, 2018

    እዞም ሓደ ክልተ ናብ ዘየድሊ ክትዕ ዘውሩዱና ከም በዓል መስፍን ኣብ ወልቀ ሰባት ዘትኮሩ ኣፎም ዝሃቦም ዝዛረቡ። ክብሪ ክቡራት ተዋሳእቲ ናይዚ ገዛ ዘይሕልዉ፡ ነዚ ገዛውን ዕላምኡ ከስሕትዎ ዝምጽእዎ ዘንተሞጎታዊ ዘይኮነ ሓሳባትን ተቖርቆርቲ ናይቲ ስርዓት ምኻኖም ከምኡውን ደቂ ተረፍ መረፍ ማሕበር ፍቕሪ ሃገር ምኻኖም ግሉጽ ጉዳይ እዩ። ትም ኢልና ክንስምዕም ኣይንፍቅድን ኢና፡ ኣብ ርእሲ ማሕሙድ ሳልሕ ኣብ ርእሲ ሓብትና ገነት ዘዝንብዎ ዘለዉ ጽዩፍ ቃላትዘየነድር ኣይኮነን። ኣነውን ዓግብ ጥራይ አኢለ ክሓልፎም ዝነበረኒ ደቂዛ ለመንቲ ክብል ተረኺበ እቕሬታ ተጋግዮም ይጋጊኻ ዝሳኣነት ደኣ ትልምን እወ ስለዝኾነ ሕልፍ በሉኒ።ሓደ ጉዳይ ከነስትብህለሉ ዘለና ነገር እንተሎ ከምዚኣቶም ዝኣመሰሉ ነቲ ጭዋ ህዝቢ ሃውና ትግራይ ከምዘይውክሉ ክብርህ ኣለዎ። ስለዚ ኣቱም ጭዋታት ተጋሩ ኣብ ምሉእ ናጽነትና እትኣምኑን፡ ምስ እዞም ድድዕ ዝኾኑ ከምዘይንድምረኩም ክትፈልጡልና ኣለኩም። ክብሪ ኣለና ኣብ ርእሲ ህዝቢ ትግራይ። ኣብ ወልቀ ሰባት ንዘለና ዘርኦም ካበይ ብዘይየገድስ ክንሕፎም ዘይኮነስ ክንግሕፎም ስለ ዝግብእ ዝግባኣናክን መልሲ ክንህቦም ክንብል ኣብዘየድሊ ጉዳያት ክናቱውን ዕላማና ኣይኮነን ክብራ ተኸባቢራ እዩ ዝዘዋጽኣና ድቃስ ዝኻልኡና ድድዖ ግን ኣብ ኩሉ ኣለውና ፍሊት ከድልየና እዩ ከምታ ናይ ትማሊ።

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