Tag Archives: September 1st

Asmara Hamid Idris Awate International Airport

Honouring Hamid Idris Awate by naming Asmara airport after his name.
We believe it’s time to recognize national heroes who contributed to the founding of the State of Eritrea by naming major infrastructures and public places after them.

BY BEREKET KIDANE

I have often thought about how to best honor the legacy of Hamid Idris Awate, the courageous man who lit up Eritrea’s Armed Struggle for Independence (1961-1991) and shot the first bullet in liberation of Eritrea along with the small group of combatants he commanded on September 1, 1961. Continue reading Asmara Hamid Idris Awate International Airport

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

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

ERITREA: September 1st – A Brief Reflection

“September 1st, 2014 is the 53rd anniversary of the liberation struggle, reminds us of mammoth sacrifices our people made to assert nationhood against all odds” – @hawelti

By Fikrejesus Amahazion,

Why is September 1st such an important day for Eritrea? It represents the day that the Eritrean independence movement transitioned from non-violence and protest, to active, armed resistance – going against all odds and logic. It is a day to reflect upon and remember the contributions and heroic exploits of the thousands of freedom fighters – those mythical, legendary men and women who spent over 30 years in the barren, dusty deserts and harsh mountains of Eritrea, persevering and ultimately delivering freedom against all odds.

Of all the independence movements throughout Africa in the 1900s, only two emerged “victorious” militarily, Zimbabwe and Eritrea. And of those two, only Eritrea was able to do so via an outright military destruction of the colonial oppressor (rather than a negotiated settlement, a la the Lancaster Agreements).  Continue reading ERITREA: September 1st – A Brief Reflection