Happy New Year 2018 and keep struggling because there is no other choice!" This was one of the strong messages Ibrahim Mohammed Ali (IMA), one of Eritrea's respected veteran freedom fighters, wished to convey to old comrades-in-struggle and to today's justice seekers, old and young.

 Seizing a casual telephone communication with him in Port Sudan on Monday, 5 February 2018, the veteran freedom fighter said he is following with a heavy heart most of what is going on in the Eritrean political landscape. Nevertheless, he wanted to encourage everyone in the current struggle for democratic change to "never let up or quit" (shidu-helkum) because the Eritrean people deserve good governance "after all these long years of struggle".

When told about some details in a new book published recently in Tigrinya by his former social affairs colleagues in the liberation struggle era, Ibrahim said their effort is worth very high praise  because what was done during the liberation struggle to plant the seeds for promotion of social justice in future Eritrea were  great and deserved to be recorded for history.

Ibrahim Mohammed Ali also wanted all friends to know that his illness is now quite endurable although he cannot walk around his "boyhood streets" of Port Sudan, a city where he grew and now lives with his family members. 

Veteran Patriot Salutes Old Colleagues IMA

2001: Ibrahim chairing EC meeting attended by Martyr Seyoum Harestai; today's EPDP Chairman Mengesteab, and Mohammed Ali who was kidnapped in Kassala in 2013. Second picture of 2008 shows IMA voting at 6th ELF-RC congress transforming the organization to a party.

For the benefit of those who knew little about him, Ibrahim Mohammed Ali joined the struggle in the mid-1960s and later served as Executive Committee member of the Eritrean liberation Front (ELF) between 1975 and 1981. IMA was  the central person around whom the ELF-RC was built after the ELF encountered splits after its military defeat in 1981.  He served as chairman of the ELF-RC between 1995 and 2001, and its  Afebaito/Speaker (chairman of the legislative council) between 2002 and 2008. Ibrahim was  also among the key founders of the Alliance of Eritrean National Forces in March 1999,  which he served as chairman in 2000-2001. He had health problems since 2005 but did not quit providing his informal advisory services, including to today's EPDP.

The Frankfurt and Environs' Branch of the Eritrean People's Democratic Party (EPDP) held its first regular monthly meeting for January 2018  in two places: in Kassel and Frankfurt.  Arranged for the sake of convenience, the Kassel meeting was held on 23 January and the Frankfurt meeting  was convened on 28 January. 

The agenda items for the New Year  meetings of this Central Germany branch, which rarely misses holding its regular monthlies, included review of developments affecting Eritreans inside and outside the country; the EPDP and the opposition camp in general; tensions in the Red Sea region and the erroneous decisions and policies of the one-man dictatorship in Eritrea.

Explanations were given by  branch leaders and senior party cadres on all the agenda items before the floor was opened for  questions and wide-ranging discussions. Meeting participants concentrated on condemning  the repeated mistakes made by the ruling clique which is now selling out the territorial sovereignty of the country.

Also discussed were past and ongoing mistakes of the one-man dictatorship. Discussants wondered why the Eritrean people tolerated a leader and clique bent at shamelessly excluding everybody he disliked in finalizing the question of national constitution, national flag, national anthem, the question of the land, the national currency etc. The discussion participants, who did not shy away from mentioning Isaias Afeworki by name, stressed that these issues always required inclusion of all stakeholders in their finalization in order to safeguard national unity of the people and the integrity of the sovereign state of Eritrea.

The two meetings of the Central Germany branch also repeated their old call upon the Eritrean opposition organizations to defer their secondary differences and start a joint action plan to remove the cancerous regime within the shortest time possible.   

ጨንፈር ፍራንክፎርትን ከባቢኡን ንመጎዓዝያ ምእንቲ ክምችእ ኣብ ክልተ ቦታ፡ ማለት ኣብ ካስል ብዕለት 23 ጥሪ ኣብ ፍራንክፎርት ድማ ብዕለት 28 ጥሪ 2018 ወርሓዊ ኣኼባታት ኣካይዱ። እዚ ኣኼባታት‘ዚ ፈላሚ ኣኼባ ናይ 2018 ብምዃኑ፡ ብኣቦመንበር ጨንፈር ብሰላምታን እንቋዕ ናብ 2018 ብሰላም ኣብጽሓና ዓመተ ሰላምን ጥዕናን ዓወትን ድማ ይግበረልና ብምባል ብናይ ጽቡቕ ምንዮትን ምስ ተኸፈተ፡ ኣብቲ ኣጀንዳታት ተኣትዩ። ኣብ ክልቲኡ ኣኼባታት ዝነበሩ ተመሳሰልቲ ኣጀንዳታት ድማ፡-

1 - እዋናዊ ሓደሬታታት ሰልፍናን፡ ሃገርናን፡ ዞባናን ሃለዋት ደምበ ተቓውሞን፤

2 - ንዞባ ቀይሕ ባሕሪ ኣንጸላልዩዎ ዘሎ ሓደጋታት፤

3 - ስርዓት ህግደፍ ዝፈጥሮ ዘሎ ወጥርታትን ኢደ-ወነናዊ ስጉምትታትን፤ ዝብሉ ኔሮም።

እቶም ኣጀንዳታት ሓደ ብሓደ ኣኼበኛታት ተዘራሪቦሙሎም። ድሕሪ‘ቲ እዋናዊ ሓበሬታታት ምልውዋጥ፡ ኣብቲ ካልኣይን ሳልሳይን  ኣጀንዳታት ስፍሕ ዝበለ ምርድዳእ ተኻይዱ። እዚ ከኣ መላኺ ኢሳያስ ንስልጣኑ ንምንዋሕን ንግዝያዊ ረብሓኡን ክብል፡ ኣብ ዘይምልከቶ ጉዳይ ኢድ እናኣእተወ፡ ንመሬትን ማያትን ኤርትራ መተሃላለኽን ዓውደ-ውግእን ንምቕያሩ ዘይሓላፍነታውን ኢደ ወነናውን ስጉምትታት ዝወስዶ ዘሎ ብምዅናን፡ ንዝኾነ ኣብ ልዕሊ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ክመጽእ ዝኽእል ሽግር ድማ ሓላፍነቱ ባዕሉ ዝስከሞ ምዃኑን ኣኼበኛታት ኣስሚሮሙሎም።

ከምቲ ግቡእ እቲ ንመላእ ህዝቢ ዝምልከት ጉዳያት ከም ሃገራዊ ቅዋም፡ ሃገራዊ ሰንደቕ ዓላማ (ባንዴራ)፡ ሃገራዊ መዝሙር፡ ሃገራዊ ባጤራ፡ ጉዳይ መሬት ወዘተ… ፥ ብሓደ ውድብ ወይ ሰልፊ ወይ‘ውን መራሒ ይኹን ብሔር፡ ክውሰኑ ዘይግብኦም እዮም። ኢሳያስ ኣፎርቂ ግን ብግስ ከይበለ ጀሚሩ ኩሎም እዞም ዝጠቐስናዮምን ካልኦትን ብኢደወነኑ እናወሰኖም ክመጽእ ጸኒሑ እዩ። እዚ ድማ ንሓድነት ህዝቢ ዝዘርግን ንልኡላውነት ሃገር ዝደናደንን፡ ዜሩ ዜሩ ድማ ንሃገር ዘጽንትን ዘብርስን እዩ ዝኸውን። እዚ ስለ ዝኾነ ድማ ኣኼበኛታት፡ ነዚ ጉዳይ‘ዚ ህዝቢ ክነቕሓሉን ይኣክል ክብልን መጸዋዕታኡ የቕርብ።

ደምበ ተቓውሞ‘ውን እንተኾነ፡ ነዚ ጸገማት እዚ ንምእላይ ብቐዳምነት እቲ ዘሎ ስርዓት ካብ ሱሩ ተማሕዩ ከልግስ ስለ ዝግባእ፤ ኣብ መንጎኦም ዘሎ ፍልልያት ካልኣዊ ቦታ ኣትሒዞም፡ ነቲ ድሕሪ ውድቀት እቲ ስርዓት ክፍጸም ዝግብኦ ጉዳያትን ሕጂ ዝጥለብ ዘሎ ቀዳምነት ክወሃቦ ዘሎዎ ጉዳያትን ኣለልዮም፡ ኩሉ ዓቕምታቶም ኣወሃሂዶም ተወሃሂዶም ክሰርሑ ኣኼበኛታት ምሕጽንታኦም ኣቕሪቦም።

ኣኼባ ካስሰል ንክልተ ሰዓት ኣኼባ ፍራንክፎርት ድማ ንሰለስተ ሰዓት ዝወሰዱ ኔሮም። ኣኼባታት ድማ ብጽቡቕ ምርድዳእ ተደምዲሞም።

The Executive Committee of the Eritrean People's Democratic Party (EPDP) on 28 January 2018 held its regular meeting at which it reviewed party performances during past four months and took decisions on a number of important ongoing activities, including matters related to the Party Renewal plan and the party proposal of June 2017  for the formation of a joint platform and common action in the opposition camp.


In opening the meeting, EPDP Chairman Menghesteab Asmerom accessed a number of issues adversely affecting the Eritrean people and further underlined the importance of the meeting at this crucial hour when the Red Sea region is facing heated tensions and the Eritrean forces struggling for democratic change have not yet taken the required steps to become a force to be reckoned with. This was followed by discussion on past and forthcoming activities of each of the nine the Executive Committee offices.


It is to be recalled that the extraordinary meeting of the EPDP Central Council on 21 January 2018 discussed and took decisions enhancing the findings of the Commission for Party Renewal and designated organs and individuals in carrying out the priority tasks in the plan which was initiated by the Central Council in October 2016 and expected to be carried on by the party leadership and the Commission till the third EPDP Congress in 2019. 

ፈጻሚ ሽማግለ ሰልፊ ዲሞክራሲ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ (ሰዲህኤ) ብ28 ጥሪ 2018 ስሩዕ ኣኼባኡ ኣካይዱ። ኣብ መኽፈቲ እዚ ኣኼባ ብጻይ መንግስተኣብ ኣስመሮም ኣቦመንበር ማእከላይ ባይቶን ፈጻሚ ሽማግለን ሰዲህኤ ኣብ ዘስመዖ ቃል፡ ብዛዕባ ህልዊ ኩነታት ሰልፍን ኣብ ኤርትራን ዞባናን ዘሎ ምዕባለታትን ኣገጣጥማኡን ብዝምልከት ነቲ ብ8ን 15ን ጥሪ 2018 ዘውጸኦ መግለጽታት ብምጥቃስ  ዳህሲሱ። ድሕሪ መኸፈቲ ቃል ኣቦመንበር መንግስተኣብ ኣስመሮም ናይ ትሻዕቲኡ ኣብያተ ጽሕፈት ፈጻሚ ሽማግለ ናይ ዝሓለፈ 4 ኣዋርሕ ጸብጻባት ቀሪብሉ ብሰፊሑ ምስተዘትየሉ ከም ሰልፋዊ ሰነድ ጸዲቑ።

ኣኼባ ፈጻሚ ሽማግለ ኣብዚ ኣኼባኡ፡ ካብ ዝተመያየጠሎም ጉዳያት ሓደ ንምሕዳስ ሰልፊ ዝምልከት ነይሩ። በዚ መሰረት ነቲ ማእከላይ ባይቶ ኣብ 21 ጥሪ 2018  ብኮምሽን ምሕዳስ ሰልፊ ንዝቐረበሉ ጸብጻብ ዳህሲሱ ዝተመያየጠሉ ናይ ኣተገባብራ ጉዳያት መሰረት ብምግባር፡ ኣገደስቲ ውሳነታት ኣሕሊፉ። ብዘይካዚ ብመሰረት እቲ ብ4 ሰነ 2017 ዘውጸኦ ብሓባር ናይ ምስራሕ እማመ ዝምልከት ክሳብ ሕጂ ዘሎ ኩነታት ገምጊሙ፡ ናይ ትግባረ ውሳነታት ወሲኑ። ብዘይካዚ ብዛዕባ ካብ ዝተፈላለዩ ኣካላት ሰልፊ ንዝቐረበሉ ምምሕዳራዊ ጉዳያት ዝምልከት ተመያይጡ ንኣወጋግንኡ ዝምልከት ውሳነታት ኣሕሊፉ። እዚ ፈጻሚ ሽማግለ ብመሰረት ቅዋም ሰልፊ ኣብ 7ይ ኣኼባ ማእከላይ ባይቶ ሰዲህኤ ተመዚዙ ንሓደ ዓመት ዝመርሕን ዕለታዊ ኩነታት ሰልፊ ዝከታተልን ድሕሪ ማእከላይ ባይቶ ዝስራዕ ዝለዓለ ኣካል ሰልፊ  እዩ።

እዚ ከምዚሉ እንከሎ ማእከላይ ባይቶ ሰዲህኤ ብ21 ጥሪ 2018 ፍሉይ ኣኼባ ኣካይዱ። ኣብዚ ኣኼባኡ ብኣቦመንበር ሰዲህኤ ብጻይ መንግስተኣብ ኣስመሮም ዝቐረበሉ እዋናዊ ሓበሬታ ሰሚዑ ምስተመያየጠ ብዛዕባቲ ቀንዲ ዝተኣከበሉ ጉዳይ ምሕዳስ ሰልፊ ዘትዩ። ኣብዚ ዘትኡ ከም መበገሲ ዝወሰዶ  ነቲ ብኣቦመንበር ናይቲ ኣብ 7ይ ስሩዕ ኣኼባ ማእከላይ ባይቶ ዝቖመ ኮሚሽን ምሕዳስ ሰልፎ ብጻይ ፍስሃየ ሓጐስ ዝቐረበ ሰፊሕ ንድፊ እዩ። ባይቶ ኣብቲ ሰፊሕ ንድፊ ኮሚሽን ምሕዳስ ሰልፊ ኣብ ዘካየዶ ምይይጥ ካብቲ ንድፊ ኣየስርሕን ዝበሎ እንዳነከየ ተሪፉ ዝበሎ ድማ እንዳወሰኸ ኣድላይ ምትዕርራይ ድሕሪ ምክያድ ከም መበገሲ ሰነድ ምሕዳስ ሰልፊ ኣማዕቢሉ ኣጽዲቕዎ። ባይቶ ኣብዚ ኣኼባኡ እዚ ኮሚሽን ንምሕዳስ ሰልፊ ዘገድሱ ጉዳያት እንዳጽነዐን ቀዳምነቶም እንዳሰርዐን ንክጸድቁ ናብ መሪሕነት ብምቕራብ ስረሓቱ ክሳብ 3ይ ጉባአ ሰልፊ ዝቕጽል ምዃኑ ኣነጺሩ። ኣብ ኣባላት ሰልፍን ህዝብን ኣድላይ ምብርባር ምክያድ፡ ብዝተፈላለዩ ምኽንያታት ካብ ቃልሲ በዂሮም ዘለዉ ሓይልታት ለውጢ ምብርባርን ደንበ ተቓውሞ ናይ ሓባር ጽላል ዝፈጥረሉ ኩነታት ንምርካብ ጻዕርታት ምክያድን ኣብ መስርሕ ምሕዳስ ቆላሕታ ካብ ዝወሃቦም ዕማማት ምዃኖም ከኣ ኣኼባ ማእከላይ ባይቶ ኣነጺሩ።

ማእከላይ ባይቶ ሰልፊ ኣብ 2ይ ጉባአ 4 ዓመታት ክመርሕ ብዲሞክራሲያዊ ኣገባብ ዝተመረጸ ኮይኑ፡ ብመሰረት ቅዋም ሰልፊ  ኣብ ዓመት ሓደ ግዜ ስሩዕ ኣኼባ ዘካይድን ከም ኣድላይነቱ ንፍሉይ ኣኼባ ዝጽዋዕን ድሕሪ ጉባአ ዝለዓለ ሰልፋዊ ኣካል እዩ።

ኣቦመንበር ሰልፊ ዲሞክራሲ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ (ሰዲህኤ) ኣቶ መንግስተኣብ ኣስመሮም ኣብ ዓመታዊ ኣኼባ ናብ ዘለዉ መራሕቲ ኣፍሪቃ ኣብ ዝጸሓፎ መጸዋዕታ፡ ኤርትራ ምስዚ ዶባ ምስ ሱዳን ምዕጻዉ ጠቕሊላ ካብ ዓለም ከይትዕጾ ኣጠንቂቑ`። እቲ ዝኸፈአ ሳዕቤን ቅድሚ ምምጻኡ ስጉምቲ እንተዘይተወሲዱ፡ እዚ ኩነታ ናብ ናይ ህዝቢ ሓያል ጥምየት ከየመርሕ ከም ዘፍርሕ’ውን ስግኣቱ ገሊጹ።

እቲ ብ27 ጥሪ 2018 ናብ ኣቦመንበር  ኮሚሽን ሕብረት ኣፍሪቃ ኣቶ ሙሳ ፋኪ ማሃማት ዝተላእከ መዘክር  ሰዲህኤ፡ ነቶም ካብ 28 ጥሪ ጀሚሮም ንክልተ መዓልታት ዝእከቡ መራሕቲ ኣፍሪቃ፡ ናይ ኤርትራ ባዕለ እገዳ ካብ ቀንዲ መዛረቢ ኣጀንዳታቱ ሓደ ክኸውን ጸዊዑ። ኣተሓሒዙ ድማ እቲ ጉዳይ ቀዳምነት ክወሃቦ ዝድለለየሉ ምኽንያት ብሰንኪ ጨቋኒ ምምሕዳር ስርዓት ኣስመራ፡ ኣብታ ሃገር ናይ ዘለዉ  ሚልዮናት ሰባት ናይ ሞትን ሕየት ጉዳይ ስለ ዝኾነ እዩ ኢሉ።

ብዘይካዚ መልእኽቲ ሰዲህኤ፡ ተሳተፍቲ መበል 30 ዋዕላ ሕብረት ኣፍሪቃ ብዛዕባቶም ኣብ እስራኤል ኣብ ኣጸጋሚ ኩነታት ዘለዉ መብዛሕትኦም ኤርትራውያን ዝኾኑ 40 ሺሕ ኣፍሪቃውያን ስደተኛታት ዝሕግዝሉ ኩነታት ብተገዳስነት ክመያየጡ ኣትሪሩ ተማሕጺኑ።

ምስዚ ከኣ እቲ መዘክር፡ እዚ ኣፍሪቃዊ ኣኼባ ኣብ ቀይሕ ባሕርን ቀርኒ ኣፍሪቃን ዝረአ ዘሎ  ወጥሪ ንምህዳእ ኩሉ ዝከኣሎ ንክገብር  ጸዊዑ። ኣብዚ ኣኼባ መራሕቲ ኣፍሪቃ፡ ዋና ጸሓፊ ሕቡራት ሃገራት ኣንቶንዮ ጉተረዝን መራሒ ፍልስጥኤም ማሕቡድ ዓባስን’ውን ይሳተፉ ኣለዉ።