September 16, 2020

Prospects of Wind Energy in Eritrea

Prospects of Wind Energy in Eritrea

By Ruth Abraham | Since its independence, one of the major challenges Eritrea has been facing is the provision of sustainable energy in the country for industrial, agricultural  as well as household consumption and making it equally accessible to the entire population. Currently, Eritrea’s electricity generation mode – in the interconected and independent platforms – mostly depends on diesel fuel powered turbines. This is both expensive and harmful to the ecosystem. The ever increasing demand of electricity and the cost of energy production is a heavy burden for the country to continue to carry unless economically and environmentally safe alternative sources of energy, such as geothermal, solar and wind are sought.

The Ministry of Energy and Mines has been working to find a solution. For example, a study on Eritrea’s potential for renewable energy production was conducted by the ministry, in collaboration with its International partners, in 1998. The project started by setting up Wind and Solar Monitoring Network (WSMN) in 25 locations across the country. It was a valuable step in expanding the technical and man power capabilities to promote renewable energy development in Eritrea. Read more

The “Needy and Less Capable” African

The “Needy and Less Capable” African

Recently, Eritrea Profile began publishing a new series of articles under the banner, “#UnderstandingEritrea”. Broadly, the series aims to clarify and help shed further light on some of the most critical elements of Eritrea’s national development plans, such as the improvement, preservation, and sustainable use of its land and water resources. Thus far, the articles featured within the series have been enlightening and several readers have commented that they have learned a great deal about some amazing and exciting development projects. In the last issue of Eritrea Profile (published on Saturday 12 September), the article that was featured as part of the #UnderstandingEritrea series described the process of how some of the large dams in the country were actually developed, charting their path from initial ideas and early blueprints to the construction phase and then full service. While the article was informative and full of detail, mirroring those published previously, one point mentioned by the author especially piqued my interest and is worth further discussion. Specifically, the author explained how some of the dams (and other development projects in the country) have been the target of misinformation, condescending narratives, baseless criticisms, and unsubstantiated claims from abroad. What gives? Read more

September 12, 2020

Desert Locust Swarm invasion put under control in...

Desert Locust Swarm invasion put under control in Selea’ subzone

The desert locust infestation that appeared in Tahra district area Selea’ sub zone in the Gash Barka region has been put under control through coordinated efforts by the ministry of agriculture, residents of the sub zone and defense force units.

According to reports from ERINA, the desert locust infestation that came across Habero subzone was stretched on 42 hectares of land but was put under control thanks to the coordinated effort.

Despite this achievement, some desert locust swarms have managed to cross to Sheriet area and that constant follow up will be reinforced till the infestation is put under control, according to further reports.
Pointing out that most of the desert locust invasion that has infested several parts of Eritrea since mid-August remains under control, the Ministry of Agriculture called on farmers to remain vigilant and make instant follow ups until their crops are fully harvested.

September 14, 2020

Reflections on ‘Hamid Idris Awate 1915-1962’

Reflections on ‘Hamid Idris Awate 1915-1962’

By  Simon Weldemichael | On 1st September 2020, Eritreans celebrated the 59th anniversary of the beginning of the armed struggle for independence, which was initiated by Hamid Idris Awate. Not long ago, HDRI publishers published Awate’s biography, ‘Hamid Idris Awate 1915-1962’, and the 59th anniversary of the armed struggle presents a wonderful occasion to reflect on the book.

‘Hamid Idris Awate 1915-1962’ is a pioneering work written by Haileslasie Weldu, a former journalist of Dimtsi Hafash and a freedom fighter during the struggle for independence. The origins of the present volume lie in an article about Hamid Idris Awate written in November 1983. The author spent 35 years to write about the life of Hamid Idris Awate. He pored over all the available literature on the topic and interviewed 65 persons who knew Awate. The diligence and high standard of the author are reflected in the 410 footnotes scattered throughout the book, which is well-written and easy to follow. Read more

September 9, 2020

The National Unity and Identity of Eritrea

The National Unity and Identity of Eritrea

by Simon Weldemichael
The people of Eritrea were robbed of a culture and identity of their own under successive periods of colonization. The colonizers worked hard to create division, erode the culture and erase the sense of collective pride. For decades Eritreans lived, struggled and sacrificed lives and limbs together. Nation, as defined by Ernest Renan, is a soul or spiritual principle comprised of a rich legacy of memories, present-day consent, and the desire to live together to perform great deeds in the future. The common heritage, including the protracted resistance and sacrifice of generations, gave a new sense of common fate to Eritreans. More importantly, the thirty years of armed struggle helped Eritreans to enhance unity, pride, culture, and identity. Read more

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