Regionalism, Tribalism and its Negative Consequences

Eritreans believe in unity and are working hard in preserving it.

regionalism and tribalism have no place in Eritrea
Nine but one. Only with UNITY that the Eritrean people can strive and thrive. (Photo: The nine tribes of Eritrea: Kunama, Tigrinya, Tigre, Afar, Rashaida, Saho, Bilen, Nara and Beja)

BY BRUH METSAE*

Professor PLO Lumumba recently gave a lecture to a group of Tanzanian students on the negative impact of regionalism and tribalism to a given society. On his speech which primarily focused on the adverse effects of tribalism on Africa, he applauded President Nierere’s of Tanzania for his tireless works in bringing his people of 120 ethnic groups together and “welded them into one nation”: The Tanzanians.

The scholar went on to show his audience the major contrast between Kenyans and Tanzanians in terms of how they deal with ethnicity. He was totally disgusted in the way Kenyans treat each other, sadly pointing out that they prefer to identify each other based on their ethnicity than their personality or character.

He further warned the leaders of his country that such line of thinking will put Kenya in a dangerous conflict which will be hard to reverse.

Putting this in perspective, during the long and protracted war for independence, the Eritrean freedom movement, especially under the leadership of EPLF, a major sacrifice was made to unify the nine Eritrean nationalities and bring them under one umbrella.

Given the negative role the colonial powers had played in ruling the country, it was not an easy task to bring an entire population that has, for decades, been accustomed to a different way of life, often tailored to meet the needs of the colonial masters of the time, and make them to think and act as one, But, they did it.

The freedom fighters of all nine nationalities lived, fought and died together not knowing or caring less what region or religion their comrade belongs to. Such strong sense of cohesiveness that was exhibited amongst the civilians and the fighters alike during those dark days was born out of the realization that the enemy was using region, religion and ethnicity as an important political tool to slow if not completely abort the revolution for independence that was going stronger.

Thanks to their farsightedness, the sacrifice of all these brave people bear fruit and Eritrea became free and in the works to become a prosperous state, despite all the obstacles.

Nine but one

The writer is of strong notion that the majority Eritreans believe in unity and are working hard in preserving it. There is a general sentiment, which I partly concur, that the Eritrean revolution would not have dragged for 30 years had it not been for the enemy’s relentless plots with which he divided and ruled our country along ethnic and religion lines. Certainly, the military intervention of the superpowers in favor of Ethiopian hegemony played a big role. Nonetheless, recognizing the enemy’s ploy of “divide and rule” early on would have helped shorten life under the ruthless occupations, be it the British or Ethiopian.

Unity is Eritrea’s hallmark of perseverance and existence. It’s so important for their survival as people such that they breathe it a fresh, clean air of the morning and sing about it every time they wake up and pray for it when going to sleep.

‘Hade Hzbi Hade Lbi’ is the slogan that is widely used, whether at a national event or during a peaceful protest. As such, the people of Eritrea always speak with one voice when it comes to their national identity and sovereignty. Any attempt to cause friction between them using ‘religion’ or ‘region’ cards has been quickly recognized and dealt with swiftly.

Words of caution!

While the intention may be of good nature, recently, there has been some activities among Eritrean Diasporas which the writer finds unsettling. These past several years, it’s with dismay that nationals are being invited to congregate based on their regional affiliation “ Awraja” and “ Gezawti”.

Some may argue that such gatherings are harmless and for socializing purposes, to which I strongly disagree and object. For those who quench for getting together with long lost friends or relatives, there are Eritrean festivities which take place annually.

For those who equate participating at a national festivities with political affiliation, there are many other places they can meet and greet with their friends. However, having “regional reunion” not only undermines what our brothers and sisters fought and died for to eradicate, it also has no social values.

In contrary, it diminishes one’s sense of nationalism and patriotism. It’s reckless in a sense that it opens a door for the enemy who has sleepless nights to inflict ethnic and regional friction between the people, thereby reverse our hard earned independence.

Let’s not get trapped to the enemy’s ploy, wise up and do what’s right, if not for us, for Eritrea’s future generations.

As the Kenyan scholar warned his people about the dangerous path associated with regionalism and tribalism this writer also cease this opportunity to call on those Eritrean diasporas who wittingly or unwittingly encourage such unholy gatherings based on region “Awraja” and tribes to terminate such activities.

For only with UNITY that Eritrean people can strive and thrive.

Eternal Glory to Eritrean martyrs!!
Down to Regionalism!
Hade Hzbi Hade Lbi!

40 thoughts on “Regionalism, Tribalism and its Negative Consequences

  1. I would like to point out the 1997 Eritrean constitution chapter two, Article six, number one which states national unity should be guided by simple principle in a context unity in diversity. It’s in black and white for anyone to see and read. Why shouldn’t Afar develop their own culture? Why not use their own language in school? I thought the beef with Amharu was being forced to speak a language that’s not your own according to Wedi Afom? Now that he is in power, the nine groups must be one? I’m confused.

    1. How is the ethnic federalism in Ethiopia treating you? Congrats on your successful balkanization of Ethiopia – village nations.

      1. Federalism not only works but it’s part of your constitution as I mentioned, unless you have a new one, your leader was all for it before he is against it. For us, it’s the only way forward and it works perfectly until few from your side tried to exploit it. Keep in mind, its new and might needs amending here and there but that’s how all laws should work. The USA, with rich history of constitution still debating it, we are only under 30 years. But we have one to debate, do you komal?

        1. Ata resehay seb? Komal? Realy? Told you many times not to insult your national emblum…komal we komal!

          America? What has an American federalnsystem got to do with ethnic based one which was implemented to devide and concure…since when tribalisim worked in Africa…but yo lots bcaked tribalism by law to fit your narraow political agenda. It is working right? then go away good for you. pls stop embarrasing yourself!

          1. Are you kidding me??Are you asking this kind of question to sentiko ?? Sentiko/sheger addis/ Ethio/Balance/My thinking / He is a TPLF Agent with IQ 60!!! He is a crack head he is pathological liar. He lives in a fantasy world where everything said felt false .

        2. Ballance,

          Please dont compare USA federalism with Ethiopias. They are completely different. The first one is based by region and the latter based on ethnic. Woyane was and is being told again and again to get rid of ethnic federalism but since woyane is only interested in maintaining power through divide and rule strategy they will never listen. The price we are paying is fragmentation and loss of Ethiopian identity.
          My Eritrean brothers, please dont listen to this poisonous politics about ethnic federalism touted by shameless woyane cadres. I like your motto ‘Hade libi, hade hizbi’. Stay one and when the day comes that woyane is gone, you will live peacefully together with your Ethiopian neighbors.

          1. Hello Leeeroy,Are you kidding me??Are you asking this kind of question to sentiko ?? Sentiko/sheger addis/ Ethio/Balance/My thinking / He is a TPLF Agent with IQ 60!!! he is pathological liar . He lives in a fantasy world where everything said felt false ( he wish TPLF/Ethiopia is ( in U.S.A or EU)kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

      2. Brother
        Say the magic word to this low life agame, he is every where in case he gets an opening for ” discussion” or ” dialogue ” as they love to call it Eritrean affairs matters ONLY Eritreans: Yerdeaka Kedami will do the job.

        1. እዚ ንዛረበሉ ዘሎና ሰብ ብዛዕባ ተራ ቋንቋ ዓፋር ኣብ ትምህርትን ባህልን ኤርትራ ዘይከውን ምስ ተዛረበ ” ኤርትራዊ ከም ዘይኮንካ ባዕልኻ ንነብስኻ ኣፈዲሕካያ ” ኢለ ምስ መለስኩሉ ኣካያዲ ( ወብ-ማስተር ) ነቲ መልሰይ ጸርፍን ካብ ኣርእስቲ ወጻእን ግዲ ኮይኑ ተሰሚዕዎ ሰብ ከንብቦ ኣይፈቐደን ። እምበር ሓቅኻ ሓደ ሓደ ግዜ ኢግኖር ምግባር ዝበለጸ እዩ ።

    2. You better start learning how to speak Afan Oromo. Your beloved Addis Ababa is going to be re-named Finifinne and and all its roads and communication channels would be renamed with Oromo besides being the second official language in all government and schools all over Ethiopia including Tigray. I’m in love with your balkanization project. Keep working full time to expedite the disintegration of Ethiopia with your failed ethnic federalism project where people and regions are categorized according to their language and at the end of the day, one ethnic group can not and will not be able to work and learn out side its specified region or kilil (like a zoo) or can not even have a foot ball match peacefully with the other ethnic groups. It’s like my ethnicity first Ethiopia second project. We have seen what happen last month when a soccer match between the Amhara and Tigray. You animals brutalized them in the middle of the match and you don’t dare to do the return leg match in Amhara region because you know what is awaiting you once you step your foot in their region. The same is true with the rest of the other ethnic groups. So you have a lot to worry in your dying Ethiopia than the peaceful and united Eritrea.

      Oh, I have another funny story to share with you as well. Recently, a group of young actress went to Somalia region to film their next episode of the popular TV drama and as soon as they step in on the Somali region, a group of armed regional police rounded and beat them like a hell. When they try to communicate them with Amharic, the beating intensified. This poor souls think they are Ethiopians and can travel anywhere in Ethiopia as they like but they are mistaken. That’s why woyane printed their ethnicity on their ID card meaning as soon as you are out of your safe zone (kilil), you are dead. This is the Ethiopia you are trying to sell it hard to the uninformed and ignorant. Not to us man, not to Eritreans. We know you very well like the back of our hands.

      የ”ዘመን” የቴሌቭዥን ድራማ አባላት እስራትና ድብደባ ደረሰባቸው

      በህዝብ ዘንድ ተወዳጅ የሆነው ዘመን የቴሌቭዥን ድራማ አባላት ለቀረፃ ስራ በተሰማሩበት በሶማሌ ክልል ሽንሌ ዞን በክልሉ ፖሊስ ድብደባና እስራት ተፈፅሞብናል ሲሉ ተናገሩ።

      የድራማውን የስደት ታሪክ የሚቀርፁት የካሜራ ባለሙያዎችንና ተዋንያንን ጨምሮ በቦታው የነበሩት የቡድኑ አባላት ዓርብ ዕለት ሰኔ 30 አመሻሹን በአራት ፒክ አፕ የተጫኑ 30 ያህል የፖሊስ አባላት ከበው እንደደበደቧቸውና በማያውቁት ቋንቋ ስድብና ማዋከብ እንደደረሱባቸው ተናግረዋል።

      “መሳሪያ ተደግኖብን በከፍተኛ ጩኸት በሶማሊኛ ስንዋከብ ምን መመለስ እንዳለብን ግራ ገብቶን ነበር። በአማርኛ ለማስረዳት ስንሞክር እነሱ ለመስማት ፈቀደኛ አልነበሩም” ትላለች ከቡድኑ አባላት አንዷ።

      “በወታደር ጫማ ከጉልበቴ ስር ተመታሁ ሌሎችም ወታደሮቹ በያዙት ዱላ ባገኙት ነገር ወንድ ሴት ሳይሉ እየተማቱ በከፍተኛ እንግልት ፒካፕ መኪናቸው ላይ ወረወሩን ……..ወታደሮቹ ፒካፕ መኪና ላይ ከጫኑን በኃላ 12 ኪሜ እርቀትን በ160 የመኪና ፍጥነት በፒስታ መንገድ ላይ እየከነፉ ወደ አንድ ግቢ አስገቡን። ግቢ ውስጥ እንደገባን ከመኪናው ላይ እየጉተቱ ከወረዱን በኃላ የያዘነው እቃ ፊት ለፊት እንድናስቀምጥ ካደረጉን በኃላ በየተራ እያስቆሞ እያመናጨቁ ፈተሹን ወንዶች ለብቻ ሴቶች ለብቻ ካደረጉን በኃላ የመጡት ወታደሮች ሁሉ ከ10 ጊዜ በላይ ቆጠሩን። ይሄ ሁሉ ሲሆን እንድናወራ አልፈቀዱልንም እራሳቸው ይጠይቃሉ እራሳቸው ይመልሳሉ ደግሞ ይጮሀሉ” ብሏል የቡድኑ አባል ታሪኩ ደሳለኝ በፌስ ቡክ ገፁ።

      የሶማሌ ክልል የፀጥታ ባለስልጣናት በስልክ ስለቡድኑ ከሌላ አካል ካረጋገጡ በኋላ እንደለቀቋቸው አባላቱ ተናግረዋል።

      “ከድሬዳዋ አስተዳደር የተፃፈ ደብዳቤና ሌሎች መረጃዎችን ለማሳየት እንኳን ጊዜ አልስጡንም፣ እኔ ፀሎቴ የያዙትን መሳሪያ እንዳይተኩሱብን ነበር” ከአባላቱ ሌላዋ።

      የሶማሌ ክልል ፕሬዝዳንት ቢሮ ተፈጠረ የተባለው ችግር ተራና ለሚዲያ የሚበቃ እንዳልሆነ ለዚህም ምላሽ መስጠት እንደማይፈልግ በቃል አቀባዩ በኩል ለዋዜማ ገልጿል።

      “ማንም ቢሆን ተደብቆ ፀረ ሰላም እንቅስቃሴ ለማድረግ ወደ ክልላችን ቢገባ ከዚህ የባሰ ችግር እንደሚገጥመውና ያለ ፌደራል መንግስት ወይም የክልሉ ፕሬዝዳንት ሳያውቁ ሚዲያ ወደ ክልሉ መግባት አይችልም” ብለዋል በማሳረጊያቸው።

      ዘመን ድራማ ያላፉትን ወራት በቴሌቭዥን በመቅረብ ላይ ያለ አበበ ባልቻ ፣ስዩም ተፈራ ፣ሰለሞን ቦጋለና ዘውዱ አበጋዝን ጨምሮ በርካታ አዳዲስ ተዋንያንን ያካተተ ተከታታይ ድራማ ነው።

    3. It’s beyond me that why Africa still stuck in the mind set of as such as regionalism, tribalism, ethnicity, and so on…, whether the citizens are educated or uneducated individuals and these are one of the main factors that Africans could not move forward into development to get out of the darkness. By comparison most of the countries who are developed and they call themselves civilized had dealt with such issues many years back, and now they are dealing with the race, religion, and etc… The reality is we Africans have a long way to go

      1. Why are we wasting our precious time arguing with these dumb Tegaru they can not learn or teach anything. Simply they are here to destruct us from discussing important issues among us Eritreans. They have a special instruction from Weyane what to say, and how to say or argue with us. It is not worth our time to engage with this narrow minded who are suffering from inferiority complex.

    4. What is your agenda? Your and TPLF agenda to divide Eritrean people, with cities and village?? Is that your political agenda? Hahhahhahhaha we passed that 1900’s (we know what it mean divide and conquer Ayte koshe maybe for TPLFand you this kind trick is new. For Eritreans is very old trick!! Nice try tho !!! (Yetebla equeb new!!!) let me go back to my questions then,
      1)why15 million real Ethiopian starving???
      2) why do you have so many nick names ???
      Miss Sentiko/sheger addis/ Ethio/Balance/My thinking / dan / A Hero from Amhara (TPLF Agent !!! ) I don’t know what kind of nick name you’ll get tomorrow .Anyways!!!
      3)Why are you here???????????/ The funny thing you responding on your comment .Do you really think you going to hoax Eritreans, stupid dam!!! This is for you! “የብዙዎቹ ምናልባትም የሁሉም በሽታዎቻችን መሠረቱ ድህነትና ማጣት ናቸው፡፡ የገንዘብ ድህነትን በማግኘት ይላቀቁታል፤ የአስተሳሰብን ድህነት ግን በምን ይገላገሉታል? ችግር ነው፡፡ First of all don’t google to much get fact ok!!! Before answer this question go and feed those kids dam ( dan)…………………….
      4) Do you really have to comment for anything??
      Investment like this kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk!! 11% development?

      Don’t forget!!! I’m after you!!!

      https://youtu.be/9IKqAtJiZUY

  2. We are in 21 century where is no places for tribalism and regionalism. those who thought it is good, we have seen them now struggling with the ugly out come of it.
    There is simple rules for any country to be strong as united.
    respect each other cultures, languages and religions.
    Work hand in hand to build one prosperous nation.
    Defend the home land as one together from any possible threats.
    Discourage on time any divisive ideologies from some groups of the society.
    Administrational neglect of some region or tribe , has to be corrected on time as the people request.

  3. Yes, regionalism, tribalism, etc are not good for the developmental continuum of any country in all dimensions. It has been expressed extensively about the detrimental impacts in many countries. However, to confront them successfully and ultimately marginalize them, it is important to identify, know and understand the root causes of their escalated trend (Why?). It is good if the author of this article can address about the WHYs and HOWs of this problem and a clue of a solution search at least at conceptual level. Otherwise, it is like hiding your head like an ostrich while your big body is out there for everybody to see. Escalation of commitment doesn’t work as witnessed in various corners of our planet. Governments should not use it for the mere purpose of staying in power as the potential damage is colossal to a country and its people. We can learn a good lesson from others. Prevention is better than trying to cure after,……,..

    1. The answer to the question of WHY and HOW is, in my opinion, simple. It’s an open secret that the TPLF regime has been waging psychological warfare relentlessly against Eritrean people, after failed to meet its hegemonic objectives miserably. It encouraged and openly supported the establishment of groups with ethnic tendency. Tigrayans have been trained to go on social media such as Facebook and Twitter with fake I.D, and seemingly representing a certain Eritrean region, bashing and demonizing other nationals, whose ultimate goal is to cause unnecessary friction and animosity among the people. It’s my firm belief that the Weyane regime has been directly and indirectly involved in the division and misunderstanding we have seen in our churches in recent years. The list goes on…
      As stated briefly on the article, the reason (Why ) and ultimate goal for such unwarranted hostility is to some how fulfill their dream of “Abai. Tigray” by turning Eritrea into another Somalia, which as we see turn out to be just a dream. This is in part due to our unshakable unity and steadfastness.
      That being said, we still need to be cognizant of the various methods our enemies are using to break our unity, one of which is the subject of the article.

  4. Just supplementary questions.

    Are we Eritreans are dealing with it right and prudently. If the answer is yes, how? If not, why?

    1. To a certain extent it has been dealt with, as it is, it was self defeating. Those groupings that had the ailment of the old thinking had failed miserably to propagate their hate and misappropriated beliefs even unable to pass it on to their offsprings and kins. The good thing is, if not all most are outside the State and can do no damage at all. My understanding is those groupings are mostly unhappy with the life they are living in a foreign land and luck the genuine desire to change. lingering on a past that wasn’t there to begin with and fantasizing what could have been are a trait of an ideal mind. In short, we have seen them disintegrate as quickly as they come to be. Therefore, since it does not possess a National agenda, it goes no further than gossip shops and ‘melqes’ degiat and ‘balambaras’ and ‘ayte’ neber.

      1. What is old thinking? I think this issue of tribalism and regionalism is taken out of proportion. If there is any issue about regionalism or tribalism, then it’s best to be addressed by the elders of the communities. Politicians and Western educated fools should stay out of it. You see, Eritrean people as they are unadulterated got together and United themselves to gain their freedom. Any group that tries to take credit away from Eritrean people’s sacrifices, diligence, and perseverance in unity is making grave mistake. Some half baked individuals try to negate old Eritrean ways as backward because it doesn’t conform to modern Western thinking. We need to understand the Eritrean (all ethnic groups) way properly. Otherwise, it’s just going to be as stupid as the prohibition of “tezkar-teskar”.

  5. TPLF will never succeed in dividing the Eritrean people or weakening Eritrean nationalism for the simple reason that it is cemented with blood. Every ethnic group/biher has sacrificed its own and is a stakeholder in the Eritrean nation state. It is not your country until you are allowed to die for it. But once you die to liberate it, you have blood and sweat capital invested and you want it to succeed. No parent wants to think their son’s or daughter’s sacrifice was in vain. Eritrean parents from all nine ethnic groups are vested in the Eritrean nation. Nations are made through war and sacrifice.

  6. Great views from the kenyan scholar/academic. These are timely and worthwhile ideas. Although Eritreans, i feel, have passed this hurdle it’s always good to reinforce good practices.

  7. 1፡ቋንቋ ዓረብ ካብ ምድሪ ሓበሻ ክኹስቴር አሌዎ።2፡ ራሻይዳ ቢሄር ዝብሃላ ካብቲ ሜዝጌብ ናይ ቢሄራት ክሕኬኽ አሌዎ።3፡ ህዝቢ ትግርኛ ኬምቲአ ቅድሚ ምኔሊክ ቦትኡ እትአ ሓንቲ ምአዲ እያ እሞ እቲ ሜንዴቅ ናይ ህግደፍ ንሐዋሩ ክቤርስ፡ህዝቢ ትግርኛ ኽአ ከምቲ ንቡር አብ ሓደ ምአዱ ክምለስ።5፡ጎደናታት(streets)ኤርትራ ብሽም ቤጃ ህዝቦም ዝሓሌፉ ጀጋኑ ክስመያ።ናናይ fascist Mosoulini Italy ሓዌልቲ ክትዕቅቡ እኳ ዜይቤጻሕኩሞ ሃገር ዬለን።

    1. Btaemi hazinelka abeyenay alem eka tinebr zeleka endie.Amhara and Oromo kiharduka ms jemeru eta haki ketwxia.Tedebirka n eritra kitlimn eka.

      1. The malady of us-versus-them gene is adept at mutating itself to sustain that chasm among groups for eternity……As told by my wise friend, this parable captures the ills of identity politics…..

        Sitting in a plane beside two passengers in his travel to Northern Ireland, an Irish man struck up a conversation with those two gentlemen, seat-mates of him, who also happened to be Irish. After learning the traveler’s identity, the two gentlemen, still unsatisfied, threw another question at the traveler – ”Are you a Catholic or a Protestant.” And the traveler politely replies that he’s an atheist. Frustrated, the two gentlemen retorted back –

        “Are you a Catholic Atheist or a Protestant Atheist”?????

      2. አዬ ነፍተኛ ፡ተረፍ መሬፍ ዴርጊ።ንህዝቢ ትግራይ ክተህልቃ ዘይገምጤልክንኦ እምኒ እኳ ዬልቦን ዩ።”አይረሳዕናዮን”ትብል ሜዝሙር ነራ ናይ ሻዕብያ።ሕጂ ውን ንሕና አይረሳዕናዮን፡ ናይ ሂልቂት ጸዌዓኻ(propagation) አብ ልዕሊ ህዝቢ ትግራይ።እቲአ ማዓልቲ አብ ቅድሚ ሕጊ ትቄርቤሉ ሰላሕ እኳ እንተቤሌት ግን አይክተምልጣን ኢኻ።ኬም እትፌልጦ radio-Rwanda አብ ሂልቂት ቱትሲ(tutsi)ዓቢ እጃም እዩ ኔርዋ አብ መጬረስትኡ ግን ዕሽኔቶም አቤይ ኬምዝሜርሖም ዝኽዌሌካ አይሜስሌንን።ጽልኢ አብ ልዕሊ ተጋሩ ዜሌካ ብአፍካ ጌዲፉስ ብአፍንጫኻ እኳ’ዩ ዌጼኡ፡አስኪርካ፡ዑዉር ሴሪሒካ፡ሃሌዋትካ ከምእተጥፍእ ጌርካ፡ክንደይ ዓዋናት ውን ለኪምካ።ቤትሪ ሓቅስ ትቄጥን እምቤር አይትስቤርን፡ይብሉ አቦታትና ክምስሉ ኼለው።ሕጂ ኽአ ንስኻ ኬም አድጊ አንገርጊርካ በትን በትን እንተቤልካ አብእትቤጽሖ ዬብልካን።እንድሕሪ ሌባም ኮንኮ ንህዝቢ ትግራይ፡ይቅሬታ፡ቴጋግዬ፡አብሕማቅ ማዓልቲ ዊዒለ፡ኢልካ አብ ቂድሚኡ ክትሰግድ ይግበአካ።ኬምዚ ዝአሜሰሌ ሜራኼቢ ቡዙሃን ንሴላም፡ንፍቅሪ፡ንምዕባሌ፡ንፍልጤት፡ንሓቤሬታ ድአ ክንጥቀሜሉ ይግባእ እምቤር።ከምዚ ናትካ ግን ንህልቂት ሓደ ሕብረቴሰብ ዝዓሌሜ እንድሕሪ ኮይኑ፡ናይ ገበን ገበን እዩ።አቦታትና እንታይ ይብሉ፡ካብ ክፉእ ዝገብሩና፡ክፉእ ዘምሁሩና ጌደዴ።እቲ ጽሩይ ሩባና ክትምርጒክ፡አብ መንጎ ህዝቢ ትግርኛ ሓዊ ክትውልዕ ለይትን ማዓልትን ድቃስ ሲኢንካ።”ሜረት ዋንአ ተሌሊ እያ”ቃል አሉላ አባ ነጋ አብ ዶጎሊ፡ሴራዊት ግብጺ አብ እተጬፍለቀሉ፡ዛሕ ኢሉ ዝረገፌሉ እዋን።

        1. Whatever, dude. Our fathers use to say that a fox worships in church to appear saintly. Please spare us your Tigray ethnocentric sick mentality.

      3. Yes, absolutely I agree. But every stakeholder should do her or his homework prudently, realistically and with the desired wisdom. If there are citizens complaining in group, it is necessary to listen to them carefully and know and understand the root cause of their complaining. This is important for any country including for Eritrea. Solutions should be always sustainable and group oriented with the desired give and take approach with the savvy strategy and parallel concern.

  8. I applaud the writer for bringing up this very important topic. I also agree with the writer, our Eritrean unity is our strength. Period. However, I’ve got a feedback to provide: 1) it’s absolutely wrong to state tribal/ethnic/regional do not have social value. In fact, they are the bases of social cohesion, unity and etc. In general, it’s true some tribes/ethnics are more real, older, or potent than others, but they are nonetheless there serving people as conduits for holding traditions, culture, language and so on. (as the writer correctly pointed out, the issue with them is, of course, the superficial prejudice and racism they inject to differentiate themselves from one another, leading people to think in terms of superiority and inferiority, which these tend to go against efforts of national cohesion and integration). 2) Diaspora tribal/ethnic activities are not recent phenomenal; not at all. They’ve been going on for years, but we’re just seeing them out in the open b/c of the social media. 3) Lastly, what about religion? Shouldn’t be on this list?

  9. TN, it was not my intention to reply to balance. I would appreciate if you remove it and post my opinion again
    Thanks
    Mengis

  10. ብሓኽላ
    =====
    ንገረብ ብሓኽላ
    ናይ ጸላእቲ ሜላ
    ህዝቢ ዘይግጥማ
    ውሽጣ ዘይምርምራ
    ክንዲ ዝነቕሓላ
    ግዳይ ይኾነላ

    ንርአ’ዶ ኣብ ሶርያ
    ኣብ ኢራቕ ሶማልያ
    ኣፍጋንስታን ሊብያ
    ናይ የመን ዕንደራ

    ሃልሃል ሓዊ ከቢቡ ብዙርያ
    ዝተኣጉደ ናይ ጥፍኣት መጋርያ
    ደምሳሲ ሂወት ብንጽል ብጃምላ
    ብሰማይ ብምድሪ ዘይብሉ ንሕስያ

    ዘብኪ ዘሕዝን
    ዘሰምብድ ዘርምም
    ምምባርካ ዘመንን
    ክትሓስቦ ዘስደምም
    ክትርእዮ ዘሐምም
    ደም ኣምቢዑ ዘጸልል

    ሓደ ሃገር ሓደ ህዝቢ
    ዘይነበሮ ጽልኢ
    ዝነብር ብፍቕሪ
    ኣእትዮሞ ኣብ ሓዊ

    ፈሪደሞ ንሽግር ንጸገም
    ንሕዲሕዲኡ ክጭክን ክቃተል
    ክጠፍእ ክዓኑ ክበታተን

    ጸላእቲ ጸባ ሰትዮም
    ስሚሩ ተንኮሎም
    ቦምባ ጥይት ሸይጦም
    ሃብቲ ኣኻዕቢቶም

    ደም ንጹህ ኣፍሲሶም
    ድኽነት ኣንጊሶም
    ብስሙ ሸቂጦም
    ወርዝዮም መዲሮም
    ተንኮሎም ቀቢሮም

    ንገረብ ብሓኽላ
    ኩሉ ይንቃሓላ
    ከይፍጸም ኣባና

  11. Dear TN Admin,
    Please remove the previous one, and replace with this. I have modified the format. I appreciated your help.
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    ብሓኽላ
    =====
    ንገረብ ብሓኽላ – ናይ ጸላእቲ ሜላ
    ህዝቢ ዘይግጥማ – ውሽጣ ዘይምርምራ
    ክንዲ ዝነቕሓላ -ግዳይ ይኾነላ

    ንርአ’ዶ ኣብ ሶርያ – ኣብ ኢራቕ ሶማልያ
    ኣፍጋንስታን ሊብያ – ናይ የመን ዕንደራ

    ሃልሃል ሓዊ ከቢቡ ብዙርያ
    ዝተኣጉደ ናይ ጥፍኣት መጋርያ
    ደምሳሲ ሂወት ብንጽል ብጃምላ
    ብሰማይ ብምድሪ ዘይብሉ ንሕስያ

    ዘብኪ ዘሕዝን – ዘሰምብድ ዘርምም
    ምምባርካ ዘመንን – ክትሓስቦ ዘስደምም
    ክትርእዮ ዘሐምም – ደም ኣምቢዑ ዘጸልል

    ሓደ ሃገር ሓደ ህዝቢ- ዘይነበሮ ጽልኢ
    ዝነብር ብፍቕሪ – ኣእትዮሞ ኣብ ሓዊ

    ፈሪደሞ ንሽግር ንጸገም
    ንሕዲሕዲኡ ክጭክን ክቃተል
    ክጠፍእ ክዓኑ ክበታተን

    ጸላእቲ ጸባ ሰትዮም – ስሚሩ ተንኮሎም
    ቦምባ ጥይት ሸይጦም – ሃብቲ ኣኻዕቢቶም

    ደም ንጹህ ኣፍሲሶም – ድኽነት ኣንጊሶም
    ብስሙ ሸቂጦም – ወርዝዮም መዲሮም
    ተንኮሎም ቀቢሮም- የዋህ ኣታሊሎም

    ንገረብ ብሓኽላ
    ኩሉ ይንቃሓላ
    ከይፍጸም ኣባና

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