September 20, 2021

Museums for Equality Diversity and Inclusion

Museums for Equality Diversity and Inclusion

By Natnael Tekle

The annual celebration of International Museums Day (IMD) was held with an aim to become a rallying point to both celebrate the diversity of perspectives that make up the communities and personnel of museums, and champion tools for identifying and overcoming bias in what they display and the stories they tell. It is to be recalled that, last year the IMD was celebrated under the theme “Museums for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion”. It is necessary to highlight some of the important notes museums play in preserving and unveiling a society’s past and present history. Read more

March 24, 2021

March in Eritrea’s History

March in Eritrea’s History

By Habtom Tesfamichael | The history of Eritrea is a history of struggle against colonial subjugation and following independence, safeguarding the hard-won sovereignty. The month of March takes a center stage in this course of history because it is marked by significant events.

The symbol of perseverance and resilience of the Eritrean people, the town of Nakfa, was liberated on Mar 22nd, 1977. Nakfa was the only town, once liberated by the Eritrean liberation fighters, the Ethiopian army couldn’t recapture. In the hard times of our struggle, Nakfa proved to be the reliable sanctuary of Eritrean fighters. The Ethiopian army tried many deadly battles to regain Nakfa saying “Nakfa or death” to no victory. Nakfa saved the symbolic and material aspect of the Eritrean struggle for independence. The liberation of Nakfa lifted the morale of the Eritrean people and gave hope that independence could one day be achieved. In recognition of its paramount importance during the struggle for independence, Eritrea named its currency Nakfa. This operation paved the way for the subsequent libation of other decisive places between 1977 and 1988. Read more

January 9, 2021

Book Review and Conversation with Amanuel...

Book Review and Conversation with Amanuel Biedemariam

By Dr. Fikrejesus Amahazion| Recently I read the book, The History of the USA in Eritrea: From Franklin D. Roosevelt To Barack Obama and How Donald Trump Changed The Course Of History, written by Amanuel Biedemariam, an Eritrean-American author. Published in August 2020, the book provides a broad overview of the US’ relationship with Eritrea over the decades. Here, I offer a brief review of the book and then a short summary of my recent conversation with the author. Read more

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 1, 2020

September 1st: a Road to Liberty and Dignity

September 1st: a Road to Liberty and Dignity

By Simon Weldemichael | On Tuesday, September 1st 2020, the 59th anniversary of the beginning of the armed struggle for independence was celebrated.

When European colonialism was abolished in Eritrea, contrary to the wishes of the Eritrean people, Eritrea was thrown to a federal contract with Ethiopia and plunged into the darkness of feudal Ethiopia after the United Nations passed the federal resolution on December 2, 1950. The federation lasted for ten years and was followed by Ethiopia’s annexation of Eritrea.

The violation of the federal arrangement by Ethiopia and the silence of the international community left the people of Eritrea with no choice other than starting an armed struggle for independence. After 71 years of humiliation, on September 1st, 1961, Hamid Idris Awate announced the beginning of the war of liberation. Hamid Idris Awate. Awate is venerated by Eritreans as the founding father of the struggle. As a tribute to his deeds, many government and private institutions have been named after Awate and a statue erected in Haikota, Gash Barka region. Read more

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