ከምዚ ዝበለ ቅሉዕ ዓፈናን ውሁድ መስርሕ ኲናት ድንቍርናን እናተኻየደ ትም ኢልካ ምርኣይ ምትሕብባር’ውን ምዃኑ ስለ ዝዘከርኩ’የ እዚኣ ዝጽሕፍ ዘለኹ።

(ሕስድና’ውን ይኸውን።)

ንነፍሲ-ወከፍ ቈርበት ዘአፍፍ ተርእዮታት ክመጽእ ከሎ ከንፈር ጥራይ ረምጢጥካ ምሕላፍ’ውን ብተመሳሳሊ ምትሕብባር ወይ ድማ ታሪኻዊ ሓልፍነት ምጕዳል መሲሉ ይስመዓኒ።

ኣብዚ መስርሕ በበይኑ ደረጃን ዓይነትን ምትሕብባር’ዩ ዝርአ። ኣብ ዝለዓለ ቅርጺ ዘለዉ እናፈለጡ ዘሕሽዉ’ዮም። ካብኡ ውርድ ኢሎም ድማ ከከም ደረጃኡን ዓይነቶምን ተዓሽዮም ዘሕዕሽዉ፣ ብልቢ ዝዕሸዉ፣ ንኽዕሸዉ ባዕላቶም ባይታ ዘጣጥሑ ኣለዉ።

“ዓለማዊ ሽልማት ረሚ”

ኣብ ዝሓለፈ ኣርባዕተ-ሓሙሽተ ዓመታት ኣብ ፊልምታት ኤርትራን መራኸቢ-ብዙሃንን ሃገርናን ድሙቕ ከበሮ ዝተሃርመላን “ምስ ዓለም ተወዳዲርና ፊልምታትና ክሽለማ በቒዐን” ዘብል ተርእዮ ምርካብ ሽልማት ረሚ’ዩ ነይሩ። እዚ ኣብ ህዩስተን ቴክሳስ ዝመደበሩ ዓመታዊ ፈስቲቫል ፊልም᎓ ብንኣሽቱ ቋንቋታት ንዝፈረያ ፊልም ዘተባብዕ ደኣ ይዅን እምበር᎓ ደረጃኡስ ክንድ’ቲ ኣብ መራኽቢ-ብዙሃን ኤርትራ ዝወዓወዖ ኣይኰነን። ሓንሳብ እታ መስርሕ ምስ ተፈልጠት’ውን ዳርጋ ብዙሓት ኣፍረይቲ ፊልም ኤርትራ ተወዳዲሮም “ዓወት ክጓናጸፉ” በቒዖም’ዮም። (ኣነ ዝጸሓፍኩዋ ሓጻር-ዛንታ “ድሕሪ ውግእ”’ውን ናብ ሓጻር ፊልም ተሰሪሓስ ኣብዚ ውድድር “ተዓዊታ” ነይራ። ዝዀነ ተራ ግን ኣይነበረንን፣ ክህልወኒ’ውን ኣይደልን።) ተገዲሱ ንእሽቶ ንዝፍትሽ ደረጃ’ዚ ውድድር ፈስቲቫል ንምግምጋም ኣየጸግምን’ዩ። ኣብ መርበብ ሓበሬታ᎓ ኣዳልወቲ᎓ ፊልምታት ኣወዳዲሮም ክሽልሙ ድሌት ከም ዘይብሎምን ከም ዘይኰኑን ኣቐሚጦም ኣለዉ። “We do not believe in awarding just one Gold, Silver & Bronze, as it is impossible to pick just three winners with so many wonderful entries.” ከኣ ይብሉ።

እንተስ ሰኣን ምስትውዓል ወይ’ውን ብፍላጥ ነብስኻ ምዕሻው᎓ ኣብቲ ተደጋጊሙ ዝግበር ሸፈነ መራኸቢ-ብዙሃን ግን ኣብዚ ውድድር ክንደይ ዕዉታት ከም ዘለዋ ዘይምሕባር’ዩ። ወይ’ውን መምዘኒ እዚ ውድድር ከይገለጽካ ምሕላፍ ሓደ ካብቲ ኰነ ኢልካ ዝግበር ሃስያ’ዩ። ተወዳደርቲ ስራሕቶም ክልእኩን ምስክር ወረቐት ከዳልዉን ገንዘብ ስለ ዝኸፍሉ እቲ ዳርጋ እንኮ ቅጥዒ ውድድር’ዩ። ንኣብነት እዘን ናይ 2017 ዕዉታት ረሚ ምስ እንርኢ ልዕሊ 900 ምዃነን ንግንዘብ። እታ ብደረስቲ᎓ ዳይረክተራን ጋዜጠኛታትን ሸፈፍ ኢላ እትስገር ነጥቢ ግን ብዝሒ ዕዉታት ዘይምግላጽ’ዩ። እቲ ተራ ተዓዛቢ ከኣ “ወርቂ”᎓ “ብሩር” ወይ “ነሓስ” ተሸሊማ ክሰምዑ ከለዉ ምስኣ ኣማኢት ከም ዘለዋ ኣይፈልጡን።Continue reading

(Published in African Arguments; March 7, 2018)

The death of a respected elder while in jail has prompted an outpouring of grief and anger on the streets of Asmara.

Screenshot from a video of the recent protest in Asmara, Eritrea.

Last week, the respected elder Hajji Musa Mohammednur inspired aggrieved crowds in Eritrea‘s capital and shook the confidence of the regime. This was the second, and last, time he will have done so in the past few months.

This first occasion was when the well-known Eritrean figure was arrested last October. The 93-year-old had recently criticised a government decree to nationalise Al Diaa Islamic School, whose board he chaired. His detention was one of the triggers that prompted hundreds to take to Asmara’s streets in an uncommon show of defiance a few days later, leading to a brutal crackdown.

Speaking to parents and teachers before his arrest, Mohammednur had said he was prepared to sacrifice his life in resisting the state’s plan. The second time he stirred people to mobilise was last week when he did just that.

Mohammednur’s condition deteriorated during the months of his incarceration. In December, his poor health reportedly prompted the office of President Isaias Afwerki to instruct that he be released and put under house arrest. The nonagenarian refused to leave prison unless those arrested along with him were also let out. “You can carry my dead body out of here, but I am not leaving alone,” he is reported to have said. He died a few months later. Click here to read

(Published in Al-Jazeera English; March 1, 2018)

The alleged death in detention of veteran freedom fighter Durue deeply saddened, but also angered the Eritreans abroad.

The Eritrean regime follows the script of George Orwell's 1984 to erase prisoners of conscience from the country's collective memory, writes Zere [Ronen Zvulun/Reuters]

Since February 19, Eritrean social media have been flooded with tributes to Haile “Durue” Woldensae, the country’s former foreign minister who had been in incommunicado detention since September 18, 2001.

The social media reaction was ignited by a post bySacttism, a Facebook page run by an anonymous regime whistle-blower, which announced the death of Durue.

The Facebook post stated that the veteran freedom fighter died in the infamous Eirairo prison on January 25. According to the report, he was allegedly buried in the bushes near the grounds of Eirairo by guards, like many others who died in the prison camp before him.

The post received nearly 2,000 shares on Facebook and garnered a thread of comments that went beyond 4,500 in just a couple of days.

The comments reflected a wide range of feelings, including vulnerability, sorrow, anger but also a sense of guilt.

This surely must be a cause for all of us to do something,” one commentator said.

“I urge all justice-loving Eritreans to reserve a wall in their home. This wall must be filled with pictures of all prisoners of conscience,” added another. Click here to read