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Fessehaie Abraham: The Refugee Who Brought Eritrea to Australia

“It was never me who captured the imagination of people such as Fred Hollows and Tom Keneally. It was my country and my people. All I did was to confront people with the human face of what was happening and they saw and understood the injustice.”

Fessehaie sworn in as Eritrea’s first Ambassador to Australia by Governor General Bill Hayden in 1993.

BY STEPHEN HOWES

In October 1989, Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke launched Thomas Keneally’s new novel, Towards Asmara, at Sydney’s Hyde Park Barracks. Wedged between Hawke’s launch and Keneally’s response are some short remarks by one Fessehaie Abraham, who just a decade earlier had arrived in Australia as a refugee. How did a recently-arrived refugee come to stand shoulder to shoulder with Australia’s most popular Prime Minster and its most popular novelist? This essay makes a start in telling Fessehaie’s story. Continue reading Fessehaie Abraham: The Refugee Who Brought Eritrea to Australia

Eritrea’s Success will be an Embarrassment to Africa: Thomas Keneally

Friend of the Eritrean People, Thomas Keneally

By TesfaNews,

ERITREA is well known for its independent thinking and hard working people. They developed the culture of self-reliance when they were fighting to liberate their country from Ethiopian colony. For some geo-political reasons, the USA, by make use of the UN, decided the fate of the Eritrean independence by handing it over to Ethiopia.

After making several attempts to voice their opposition on the decision, the Eritreans waged an armed struggle to liberate their country from Ethiopia. Continue reading Eritrea’s Success will be an Embarrassment to Africa: Thomas Keneally