Saho Movement Leaders Thrown in Adigrat Jails

Ethiopia arrested leaders of the Eritrean Saho movement
The so called leaders of the Eritrean Saho movement, an obscure and inconsequential group, financed and based in Ethiopia, reportedly lost their luster and thrown in one of Adigrat’s prisons in Tigray.


Gedab News learned that seven members, including six senior members, of the Eritrean Saho Movement have been arrested by security forces in Adi-Grat, in the Tigray region of Ethiopia.

Our sources also indicated that three persons, including the chairman, were arrested on August 10, 2017, while the other four were arrested on August 21, 2017.

The arrested persons have not been presented in a court nor publicly accused of any wrongdoing. None of their friends or members of the movement that they led were able to visit them. They include five members of the executive Committee, a member of the central committee, and a regular member.

In the list below, no, 1 to 5 are executive members, while number 6 is a central committee member, and number 7, is a regular member:

1) Ismail Idris, chairman. Age, 35
2) Idris Shaaban, deputy chairman. Age, 31
3) Ismael Ahmed Ismael. Age, 33
4) Saleh Dawoud Barhaba. Age, 28
5) Ibrahim Hussein. Age, 34
6) Ibrahim Ramadan. Age, 34
7) Abdu Ali Shum. Age 34

Though the Saho Movement was part of an ethnic group umbrella that was hastily formed in Makelle, under the auspices of the Ethiopian allies prior to the 2011 congress of the Eritrean National Congress for Democratic Change which was held in Hawassa.

To date, none of their Eritrean opposition allies have attempted to inform the public about the arrest of the leaders of their sister-organizations.


In 2007, a group of disaffected Eritrean conscripts and regular soldiers belonging to the Saho tribes had escaped to Ethiopia and began to organize themselves to fight against the PFDJ regime.

By April 2009, the social grievances between the Saho speaking tribes and the Eritrean regime was exasperated when a group of around 70 rebellious conscripts and regular soldiers clashed with the security forces in the Akele-Guzai region.

Thereafter, a heavily armed battalion was sent to quash the rebellion; it arrested some of the rebels and many citizens from Senafe and Adi Keyih. A group of the rebels took to the mountains refusing to surrender. However, overwhelmed by the hot pursuit of the Eritrean security forces, they escaped to Ethiopia and joined the Saho movement.

In the last four years, the Ethiopia based Saho movement went through turbulent relations. As it appears now, they are seemingly not wanted to operate in Ethiopia though the movement has scores of armed rebels who are stranded in the wilderness of the border areas with no direction or leadership.

* EDITOR’S NOTE: TesfaNews is unable to verify the veracity of the above story or information.

25 thoughts on “Saho Movement Leaders Thrown in Adigrat Jails

  1. courtesy of ….

    መሪሕነት ሰልፊ ዲሞክራሲ ምፍንጫል ሰልፉ ይእውጅ?

    ናብ መስከረም ዝለሓዄ (leaked) ሰነድ፡ ንዝሰፍሔ አባል ሰልፊ ዲሞክራሲ ዝሓቖፈ ዞባ ሰሜን ኣመሪካ ዝሰጉግ ሰነድ፡ መሪሕነት ሰልፊ ዲሞክራሲ።
    እዚ ናብ መስከረም ዝለሓዄ፡ ናይ መንግስትኣብ ኣስመሮም ስም ዘለዎ ንድፊ ሰነድ፡ ከም ውጽኢት ናይቲ ኣብዚ ቅንያት ክካየድ ዝቐነየ ኣኸባ መሪሕነት ሰልፊ ዲሞክራሲ እዩ። እቲ ቀንዲ ዛዕባ፡ ብጉዳይ መሪሕነትን ኣባለትን ዞቦ ሰሜን ኣመሪካ ከም ዘነበረ ይፍለጥ።
    full document ….

  2. ሓደ ምትሩስ “ደላይ ፍትሒ” has the following warning to his fellow losers at the so called Eritrean opposition group based in Tigray Ethiopia. He is warning TPLF is the real enemy of Eritreans and urge the group to abandon miserable struggle out of Ethiopia all together ….

    1. LOOOOL, “UE countries are listening to our calls… so don’t talk over the phone.” How’s putting out this on youtube any different???? Anyhow, all these idiots now learning there is NO such thing free lunch in the west.

      1. LOL
        These are the guys than want to lead Eritrea. These losers could have used to disseminate false information by carrying wrong information (Woyane’s wishes only) on their airport laggage.

        1. Adal Brother

          It seems like a blind leading a blind. This souls are lost and they are not matured yet, they are pawns they don´t know too much they been used and abused by the most antiquated assemblage of weyane tigary in the 21st century.

  3. TPLF anti eritrea regime change policy runing out of steem. Now it starts biting those same useless groups it assembles 15 years later as they prove to be a bunch of hookers. Looking forward to see how this episode ends.

    1. It took this losers this long to know TPLF is the cancer of the horn people in general and the devil incarnate when it comes to Eritrea. Death to the evil TPLF and its surrogates!

      1. Hahaha ! People don’t forget that the rabid dog has no mercy for anyone who comes across its way. Also, sometimes it turns around and bite its own tail. Woyane is infected by paranoiac megalomia disease from which it will never be healed than destroying Ethiopia and being destroyed by itself.

        Look the story of an individual Tigrayan man called Wolde Michael W/Kidan who has shot two young Oromo brothers killing one and injuring the other last week in Boset Wereda in east Showa zone, when in turn people stormed police station, dragged him out and killed him. Many years ago, Wolde Michael arrived in Oromia without having a pence, later became prosperous person in Oromia by having Hotels, Garages, bars and shops. So, he was drunken by richness and arrogance when he came out and shot the indiginous people who has made him rich. No one can trust these people any more.

  4. ወያነ ዝኣመነን ማይ ዝሓቖነን ሓደ’ዩ። At the end of the day, ኩሎም ዕጫኦም ከምዚኣ’የ ክትከውን።

  5. Typical reporting by Gedab news — packaging rumors as news to fit their wishful narrative. There’s likely no there there to this story. If there is one, at best, TPLFites might be trying to show these mini-mes who the boss is again. Think about. Is there a group that TPLFites help form or invite has not been arrested?

    Now, what I find more interesting is how is that “Gedab News” seems to be always the first report these types of news from the troubled land of TPLF-Ethiopia, specifically about these obscure but known terror groups — including the Afar group and so on? Can someone look into this …and help shed some light. Thanks in advance.

    1. (courtesy of Sirak Bahlbi…)

      “ፖለቲካዊ ተቓውሞ ካብ ዕላማን ራእይን እዩ ዝብገስ። ምድንጋር ከይፈጥር፣ ቅድም ቀዳድም፣ ተቓውሞ ኢሎም ዝሽቅጡ ሰባት፡ ፖለቲካዊ ተቓውሞ ከምዘይኮነ ምርዳእ ኣገዳሲ እዩ። ምኽንያቱ፡ እዞም ተቐዋመቲ ኢሎም ነቲ ቅጽል ዝሽቅጡሉ ሰባት ሓደ ብሓደ በዓል መን እዮም? ኢልካ እንተፈቲሽካ፡ ብምሉኦም ካብ ሃገራዊ ቃልሲ ንናጽነት ኤርትራ ጀሚርካ፡ ብዝተፈላለየ መልክዕ ኩነታት ኣብ ዝጥዕም ቅልቅል ውጥም ዝብሉ (Opportunists) ዝኸሰሩ፡ ዝተሳዕሩ፡ ኣብ ትሕቲ ጸላኢ ዝተምበርከኹ፡ መጋበርያ ዝኾኑ፡ብሉል ታሪኽ ዘለዎም ሰባት እዮም።”

      ……ካብ ጽሑፍ ተኽሎም ንርኣዮ

  6. The whole article is sad/funny. What is Saho movement? What do they want? To liberate Eritrean Saho only or the whole of Eritrea? Forget the 7 leaders, how did their followers become dumb? Has the College of Dedebit started an online diploma?
    We need “Wedi Haji” to educate these idiots.

    1. Adaley
      Yes dedebit too is growing by double digit soon it will have its first Nobel laureate in lies or alternative facts as may be called in some quarters.

  7. (courtesy of Hagerawi Dihnet – ሃገራዊ ድሕነት፡)

    ብስም ሳሆ ንቃለስ ኣለና ዝብሉ ኣብ ትግራይ ዝተመስረቱን ዝነብሩን ሃሱሳት ዝተባህልዎ ዕላማ ስለዘይወቅዑ ኣብ ቤት ማሕቡስ ዓዲ ግራት ተኣሲሮም ከምዘለው ተፈሊጡ፡ ኩሉ ከምዝፈልጦ ስርዓት ትግራይ ነቶምዝጠፈሹ ወይውን ሰሪቆም ዝሃደሙ ብምእካብ ብብሄርን ሃይማኖትን ብምቋም ንኤርትራ ክበታትኑ ተልእኾን ሓገዝን ከምዝህቦም ይፍለጥ፡ ዋላ እቶም ብኣሜሪካን ኤሮፓን ከም ግብረሽበራውያን ዝተመዝገቡ ምንቅስቃስ ጅሃድን ናይ ዓፉር ምንቅስቃስ ራስዶ ኣብ ትግራይ ዓሊሙን የዕጢቁን ንኤርትራ ሰላማ ንምዝራግ ጥራሕ ዘይኮነ ብሃይማኖትን ብሄርን ውግእ ሕድሕድ ንምክፉት ዘይየፈንቀሎ እምኒ ከምዘየለ ይፍለጥ፡:

    ዝሓለፈ ሰሙን ኣብ ኣልጀዚራ ከምዝርኣናዮ ስጋብ ሕጂ ዘየቆርጽ ሓገዝ ካብ ስርዓት ትግራይ ከምዝግበር ሓቢሩ ኔሩ፡ እዞም ሕጂ ብስርዓት ትግራይ ተኣሲሮም ዘለውብስም ብሄረ ሳሆ ንኤርትራ ንምጥፉእ ዝተዓጥቁ ግብረሽበራውያን እቲ ብትግራይ ዝተገበረሎም ማእለያ ዘይብሉ ሓገዝ ንከንቱ ብዘይውጽኢት ስለዘጥፍእዋ ሓንቲ ስርሕት ከይገበሩ ፉሕፉሕ ስለዝኣተዎም ብወያነ ክብልዑ ዝጀመሩ ምዃኖም ክንፈልጥ ይግባእ፡:

    እዞም ንኤርትራ ከም ሶማል ከይኮነት ኣይንድቅስን ኢሎም ን20 ዓመት መመላእታ ኩሉ ዝፈተኑ ሓለፍቲ ትግራይ ሕጂ እቲ ናባና ዝሓሰብዎ ክፉእ ናብኦም ተገምጢሉ ህዝቦም ካብ ማእከል ኢትዮጵያ ከይተረፈ ኣብ ዝስጎጎሉን ዝገፈዓሉን ግዜ ከይተረፈ ኣብ ክንዲ መሬትና ገዲፉ ናብ ሰላም ዝመጽእ ከምቶም ዝሓለፉ ስርዓታት ኢትዮጵያ ስጋብ መወዳእታ ክጣላዕ እዩ መሪጹ፡ እቲ ውጽኢቱ ከኣ እንታይ ከምዝኸውን ነቲ ሕልና ዘለዎ ፍሉጥ እዩ።

    ከመይሲ ንኤርትራ ቀደም ምስዓር ዘይተካእለ ሕጂ ዘይሕሰብ እዩ፡ ኣብ ኤርትራ ሓንቲ ኳሕ ናይ ጥይት ኣብዘይስመዓሉ ግዜ ኣብታ ንዓና ንምጥፉእ ዘንቀለት ብትግራይ ትምራሕ ኢትዮጵያ ውግእ፡ ተፈንጀርቲ፡ ዕግርግር፡ ኣድማ፡ ቅትለት ናይ መዓልታዊ ዜና ካብ ዝኸውን ብዙሕ ጌሩ ኣሎ። እቶም ሃገር ከዱዖም ካልሲ ወያነንምዃን ዝመረጹ ከኣ በብሓደ ይጠፍኡ ኣለው፡

  8. For Your Information…

    U.S. Embassy Asmara Eritrea: New Visa Restriction

    As of September 13, the U.S. Embassy in Asmara, Eritrea has discontinued issuing B1, B2 , and B1/B2 visas to citizens, subjects, nationals, and residents of Eritrea, with limited exceptions, in accordance with Section 243(d) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

    If you are subject to this visa restriction and you choose to apply, we will interview you but will not be able to issue a visa until the restrictions are lifted. Please consider this carefully before you apply.

    Application fees will not be refunded.

    1. Oh! No!
      No visa,
      I guess Hamburger & with French Fries ???? Is out of the question (lol).

      On a serious note, I don’t even care if your staff evacuates completely from Eritrea. At least your immediate neighbors will appreciate it, as all your unnecessary & ugly barricades you have placed to “protect” your building will be removed.

      Hell US Embassy;-)
      The people that desperately need your visa are already in USA, the ones you’re trying to deport forcefully. Let’s start issuing visa to the ones Obama promised democracy once they leave Eritrea.

      1. LOL, “your staff evacuates completely from Eritrea & move to Miami.”

        I am no lawyer but Eritreans should know that the Supreme Court did state that this type of ban is unconstitutional, meaning that parents and siblings are entitled to come and see their family members. So if you want to bring a family member, get your documents/proof and go to court. Talk to a good lawyer on this.

  9. Thanks to Shaebia, all 9 Eritrean tribes have been liberated and educated or some will say equally lost “democracy “. Thanks to PFDJ, Every Eritrean tribe are equally enjoying schools, running water, clinics, roads to every corner of Eritrea and many other things. It is one thing to organize in the name of democracy. But to organize in the name of a tribe! This Saho crap group must have been cooked in Dedebit Land.

  10. …ስሞምን ዓቕሞምን ብዘየገድስ ኩሎም ጡርንፋት ጉጅለታትን ውልቀ ሰባትን፣ ብቕዓትን መግለጽን እንታይነት ዑሱባት ወያነ እዮም።

    ምስ ወያነ ዝበልዕ ዝመክር
    መሲልዎ ዝዓቢ ዝሰስን
    ዉሑስ ጉዕዞ ናብ ገደል ናብ ህጉም

    ብቕንኢ ሕስድና ይልከፍ
    ኣብ ወገን፣ ዓሌት፣ ቋንቋ ይመላለስ
    ከም ውልቀ ሰብ፣ ጉጂለ ይሕመስ ይርመስ
    ከም ሽንቲ ገመል ንድሕሪት ይምለስ

    ህዝቢ ኢትዮጵያ እንሆ’ኮ ምስክር
    ተሓሚሱ ብቛንቋ ብኽልል
    ተኾኒኑ ከይዓቢ ከይሰምር
    ብጥምየት ይሳቐ ይሓምም

    ካብ ወያነ ኣይትጸበ ፍረ
    ሎሚ ጽባሕ ዝቕንጠብ ዝእረ
    ካብ ሰብ ሓሳድ ንሱ’ዩ ሐደ

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