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In Memory of September 1st and Our Founding Patriots

Eritrea's founding patriots
In memory of September 1st, 1961, the day armed struggle for national liberation starts, and in memory of our founding patriots…

BY HAGOS GASHAZGHI

Nations are always their narrations. This is the main reason that compels us to pay certain tribute to the past. Therefore, we have to honour past events, the story itself and most importantly our beloved brothers and sisters who accomplish such grand patriotic commitment.  Continue reading In Memory of September 1st and Our Founding Patriots

Eritrea’s Revolutionary War – The Gold Standard

On September 1st this year, Eritrea will commemorate the 57th Anniversary of the beginning of the armed struggle for national liberation.

BY BEREKET KIDANE

In the annals of Eritrea’s revolutionary war, September 1st marks the first military engagement between Eritrean combatants and the Ethiopian Army. It was on September 1, 1961, that the first shot was fired in the liberation of Eritrea when Hamid Idris Awate and his men exchanged fire with the colonial Ethiopian Army at Mount Adal, Eritrea. The day’s events were to be repeated all across Eritrea on countless blood-soaked battlefields over a thirty-year period (1961-1991). Continue reading Eritrea’s Revolutionary War – The Gold Standard

September 1st in the Annals of Eritrean History

September 1st marks the beginning of the Eritrean armed struggle for independence. There is no May 24th without September 1st. That’s exactly why Bahti Meskerem is such an important day for Eritreans.

BY BEREKET KIDANE

On September 1, 1961 at Mount Adal in the Gash-Barka region of Eritrea, a small band of 10 to 13 men commanded by Hamid Idris Awate opened fire on the occupying Ethiopian Army. The day’s confrontation between the Ethiopian Army and Eritrean combatants marked the first shot fired in the liberation of Eritrea. Continue reading September 1st in the Annals of Eritrean History

Eritrea’s National Holidays: Independence Day, Martrys’ Day, Revolution Day

The celebration of our national holidays (Independence Day, Martyrs’ Day and Revolution Day) and heroes is an important part of who we are as a people.

BY BEREKET KIDANE

There are three uniquely Eritrean national holidays on the world calendar.  The modern State of Eritrea wrote its own birth certificate on May 24, 1991 after waging a long and bitter armed struggle for independence.  Eritreans all over the world celebrate their national holidays and heroes every year with gusto because it is an important part of their national identity. Continue reading Eritrea’s National Holidays: Independence Day, Martrys’ Day, Revolution Day

Tribute to Hamid Idris Awate

Hamid Idris Awate, who fired the first shot against Ethiopian government forces on 1 September 1961 at Mount Adal, was a leader in early movements for Eritrean independence. That first shot indeed sparked the armed struggle for independence of Eritrea.

Hamid Idris Awate (1910-1962) was a leader in the early movements for Eritrean independence. Hamid fired the first shot against Ethiopian government forces on 1 September 1961 at Mount Adal. He went on to create the Eritrean Liberation Army (the armed wing of the Eritrean Liberation Front. He died on May 28, 1962. He was wounded in the last battle he fought against the occupation forces, and it seems his death was due to battle wounds though some claim it was from natural causes. He was buried near Haykota, Gash Barka and a statue was erected by the Government of Eritrea on 1 September 1994 at his grave site. Continue reading Tribute to Hamid Idris Awate