London: Hundreds in day of witness for Eritrean people + update and video

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Eritrean Catholics in London and those standing in solidarity with them, engaged in a ‘day of witness and vigil for the Eritrea people and Catholic Church’ on Saturday 2 November, in the Piazza of Westminster Cathedral.

Opening the rally with prayer and blessing, Fr Mark White CP of the Passionist Community and Parish Priest of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Herne Bay, Kent welcomed the gathering. Following Fr Mark’s blessing and braving the rain, a choir from the Holy Redeemer of the Eritrean Catholic Gheez Rite Chaplaincy delighted the hearts of the people gathered by their song ‘wereb’, a traditional Gheez rite prayer, which further attracted many of the faithful that have been attending the All Souls Day Mass at the Cathedral to join the rally.

Bishop Declan Lang, addressing those gathered through his representative Fr Mark Odion MSP, expressed his ‘deepest sadness’ at news that the government in Eritrea had seized and closed a number of schools and healthcare facilities run by the Catholic Church and other faith communities in the country.

This year alone 21 healthcare centres have been confiscated in Eritrea. In previous years, a total of eight healthcare centres were nationalised, taking the total to 29 centres forcibly seized by the Eritrean government.

“These healthcare centres are almost exclusively established in rural areas and small towns to serve the needs of the poor and the needy in society,” said Bishop Lang, Chair of the Bishops’ International Affairs department. “The seizure of these facilities is, therefore, tantamount to a huge depravity of healthcare assistance to a large section of the population and certainly will have a lasting negative effect on the poor and may ultimately lead to the loss of innocent lives.”

“Through the schools and health facilities, the Catholic Church in Eritrea serves the most vulnerable members of the society: the sick, the poor, the elderly, women and children. In addition, the Catholic Church runs orphanages and maternity wards in those rural communities. To confiscate these facilities and institutions translates to a denial of the fundamental inalienable human rights of the poor Eritreans to education and medical assistance, thus casting a bleak future for those poor and needy nationals.”

Expressing solidarity with the Eritrean community in the UK and the entire Catholic family in Eritrea over the “unlawful and unconstitutional” confiscation of the schools and healthcare institutions, Bishop Lang praised the humanitarian mission of the Catholic Church in the east African country.

“We are aware of the great remarkable humanitarian service that the Church’s healthcare centres provide to the to all the people of Eritrea and we were distressed to learn of the recent decision by the government to close the healthcare centre and the schools. The Church’s witness in trying to provide the best healthcare to the people of your country, especially the poorest and most vulnerable, is a visible sign of its commitment to the good of Eritrea, and its fidelity to the Gospel.”

The Bishop concluded his address with an appeal to the Eritrean government: “We join in solidarity with the Eritreans here in the UK to appeal to the Eritrea Government to reconsider their decisions and to return the Schools and healthcare facilities back to the Church.”

Speaker after speaker from Eritrea’s faith leaders of diverse religions, both Christians and Moslems, and civic society representatives, reiterated their solidarity with the catholic bishops. Deacon Yohannes (John) Ghebrehiwet of Eritrean Orthodox Church in Manchester, UK asked the organisers and gathered people of all faith and civic societies to ask their leaders to work together to expose the dire situation in Eritrea. Adding to what had been said by the main speakers Sheikh Saeed Mohamed Ahmed further enlightened the people of the intolerable religious persecution inflicted on Muslims from the outset of the country’s independence. Dr Berhane Asmelash, representing Release Eritrea, also asked for prayers for those religious leaders who are in prison and asked all Eritreans around the world to speak loudly against human right abuse. Professor Gaim Kibreab, Director of Refugee Studies at South Bank University also shared his anger at the betrayed promises to the Eritrean people and sadness on the continued human right abuse by the government of Eritrea.

Addressing the rally, Dr Fessehaye W Zemichael, one of the organisers, reiterated the Eritrean bishops’ brave call ‘for peace and national reconciliation’. “We, who are lucky to be a voice of the voiceless from outside our country, he said, “are gathered here to demonstrate our support and solidarity with our Catholic bishops in Eritrea.” He expressed the deep concern about the ongoing human right violations and the confiscations and nationalisation of the 29 Catholic Church health centres and 7 schools of different faiths that have been operating in the country for over 60 years. He said, ‘the Eritrean people are under the yoke of human rights abuses and all their faith groups are victims of religious persecution.

Fr Dominic Robinson SJ, Parish Priest at the Immaculate Conception in the central London Church and head of Westminster Justice and Peace Commission encouraged the gathering to continue praying for Eritrea and its faith leaders and assured that he would be making a special mention of this gathering in his Mass at the parish and beyond. He also pledged the support of Aid to the Church in Need.

Another speaker who gave her witness and experience of the Catholic Church’s missionary work in Eritrea was Sister Natalia Gomes of the Camboni Mission who expressed hope for the peace and reconciliation in Eritrea, and that her faith brothers and sisters in Eritrea will be allowed to continue serving the people again soon.

Watch a report on the day from the Eritrean News Channel:

መግለጺ ሐዘን ካብ ገብረሂወት ኣቡ ዓሸርራ በይ ኤርያ ካሊፎርንያ

ዘሕዝን ኣሰንባድን ሃደበታዊ ሞት መንእሰይ ሳሚኤል ግርማይ ወዱ ንግርማይ ቀድሺ ኣዚና ሰንቢድናን ደንግጽናን ንመንእሰይ ሳሚኤል ግርማይ ቀሺ መንግስተ ሰማይ የዋርሶ ንብጻይናን መቓልስትናን ግርማይ ቀሺ ካኣም ብዓልቲቢቱን ስድራቤቱን ኩሎም መቕርቡን ጽንዓት ይሃብኩም እናበልና ብሽም ተጋድሎ ሓርነት ኤርትራ ናይ ሓዘንኩም ተኻፈልቲ ምኹዋና ንገልጽ።


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The Urgent Need for Participation in the Eritrean North American Bayto Activism

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The North American Mass (Yeakle) Movement is a Task Force for identifying, motivating, mobilizing and organizing the more than 90% of Eritreans in the Diaspora, who are not yet organized, and bringing them to join the opposition camps.  In other words, this noble action is not to oppose or compete with, but rather, to energize and empower any and all existing Eritrean political organizations.

Hence, such activism must be supported, encouraged and empowered by every  Eritrean justice seeker.  The key goals and objectives of the Eritrean Mass (Yeakle) Movement, are:  1) To organize every Eritrean, with no exception, on a city by city approach, throughout North America, and 2) Upon securing full organization and attaining an all-out unity of all progressive forces in North America, to bring about a fundamental government change in Eritrea. Yes, a fundamental government change is sorely needed in Eritrea!

The present socio-economic and political landscape in Eritrea is in a dire situation.  The country is teetering on the brink of total collapse, and its people are loudly crying for our help, with red-hot urgency.  And the time is right now!!  But, the precondition for our impactful help in Eritrea is to make sure that our ultimate unity and harmony in the Diaspora is fully ascertained.

A guarantee for our continuous and reliable unity in the Diaspora is to show our proactive public participation and engagement in all activities and events of national concern, within our respective cities, so that we can lend our unwavering support, share our opinions and views, and also ask our hard questions when necessary.

That is what democracy in practice is all about. But, if we do not timely exercise it, we will definitely lose it. The three Bayto representatives, delegated from each member, North American city, are tasked with facilitating the sharing of ideas and messages between the Bayto office and the member cities. But they are not, by any means, meant to circumvent and impose their unilateral ideas and opinions upon the member cities, who are commissioned to have the ultimate say in all final decision-making.

After the Washington DC Symposium of May 23-26, 2019, it was announced that 35 cities had joined the NA Bayto.  Six months later, we have added only 2 more members, and the total has now risen to 37.  This is a strong message that both the North American Bayto mobilization team and the Eritrean communities themselves have more homework to do. They need to further realize that the hallmark of the job responsibilities of the Yeakle Movement is to optimally mobilize and organize the Eritrean Masses.

It is also necessary that the loudly expressed goals and objectives of the Eritrean people have to be ingrained in the NA Bayto By-Laws and websites for public record. The goals, objectives and mission of the NA Bayto must be in line with the wants and demands of the majority of the Eritrean people. The Yeakle Movement is the voice of the voiceless, and its main mission is to ensure that public representation is grounded in significant public participation and support. Some handful of narrow-minded Eritreans, who do not have significant Grass Roots support on the ground, are globe-trotting about, seeking to win other countries’ support and endorsements for them to replace Essayas Afeworki. That is totally unacceptable to the Eritrean people, because political change in Eritrea must come from Eritreans and for the benefit of Eritreans.  Otherwise, there can be no lasting peace and national stability.  We should also take note that most of Yeakle Movement’s activities are now being infiltrated by HIGDEF’S agents, at all levels. Those sellout agents’ purposes, as always, are to deceive and mislead the unwary, to disrupt and sabotage the smooth organizing process, and especially, to blackmail, smear and marginalize the iconic figures of the Yeakle Movement. Without being distracted by such wicked and unpatriotic actions of the lackeys, we need to focus on our own noble community agenda items to make sure that the Yeakle organizing process is going smoothly, as expected, by showing our continued presence in any and every Eritrean public discourse.  As an Arabic proverb states, “trust everybody, but make sure that your camels are tied up.” We should, therefore, make sure that the NA Bayto does not conduct its business without the member communities’ continued, and proper checks and balances, and does not exceed its legal power limits !!

In conclusion, the chronic, lingering national problems of the Eritrean people have been our lack of unity and our added failure to get involved, in any problems of national concern.  But now, by saying “Enough is Enough,” and getting fired up, we have managed to see some visible improvements, and have finally realized that we are the only answers to our national problems, of any nature.

Thank you very much.

Berhe Desta / Seattle, Washington.


ውድብ ሓድነ ት ንዲሞክራስያዊ ለዊጢ(ሓዲለ) ግዝያዊ መሰጋገ ሪ መሪሕነ ት ዞ ባ ሰሪዑ፡ 29 ጥቅምቲ 2019

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ብመሰ ረ ት ውሳ ነ ፈጻ ሚት ኣ ካ ል ሓዲለ ፡ ን ቤት ጽሕፈት ውደ ባ ፡ ግዝያ ዊ
መሰ ጋ ገ ሪ መሪ ሕነ ት ዞ ባ ከቀውም ብዝተዋህ ቦ ሓላ ፍነ ት፡ እ ዘ ን ዝስ ዕ ባ
መሰ ጋ ገ ሪ መር ሕነ ት ዞ ባ ቆይመን ኣ ለ ዋ። ውድብና ከምቲ ሰ ለ ስ ቲኡ ኣ ካላ ት
ኣ ብ መስ ራቲ ጉባ ኤ ዝተሰማማዕ ና ሉ ትካ ላ ትና ኣ ፍሪ ስ ና ሰ ፈሕ ህ ዝባ ዊ
ተሳ ትፎ ሰ ረ ት ዝገ በ ረ ውድብ ን ምምስ ራት ስ ለ ዝነ በ ረ ፡ እ ነ ሆ ድማ ሓሳ ብ
ሰሚሩ ውድብና ተመስ ሪ ቱ። ብመሰ ር ት ቅዋምና ከኣ ዞ ባ ጉባ ኤ ተጋ ቢኡ፡
መሪ ሕነ ቱ ክመር ጽ፡ ን ዝብል ፡ ጨን ፈራት ከ ይቆመ ጉባ ኤ ዞ ባ ክ ካ የ ድ ስ ለ
ዘ ይካ ኣ ል ፡ ነ ዚ ሕቶ ን ምምላ ስ ከኣ ዞ ባ ታት ተጠር ኒ ፉ ግዝያ ዊ መሰ ጋ ገ ሪ
መሪ ሕነ ት ከ ቅውምኣ ድላ ይነ ቱ ስ ለ ዝተራእ የ ፡ እ ቲ ስ ራሕ ውን ምእ ኩል ኮ ይኑ
ቅር ጺ ክ ሕዝ ፥ እ ዚ ግዝያ ዊ መር ሕነ ት ቆይሙይር ከ ብ።
ግዚያ ዊ መሪ ሕነ ት ዞ ባ ታት ገ ደብ ስ ር ሓቱ ን 6 ወር ሒ ኮ ይኑ ። ቀን ዲ
ዕ ላ ማታቱ ፡
ሀ ) ምቛምኣ ሰ ና ዳ ዊት ሽማግለ
ለ ) ምቛምጨና ፍር ውድብ (ሓዲለ )
ሐ) ብመሰ ረ ት ቅዋም፡ ን ጥፈታትን ስ ራሓትን ትከ ታተል ን ፡ መምሪሒታት
ተመሓላ ል ፍን ።
ኣ ብዚ ክ ጥቀስ ዝድለ ፡ ግዜ ምስ ን ዳ እ ጉባ ኤ ግድን ኣ ብ ውሽጢ6 ወር ሒ
ክ ኸውን ኣ ሎዎ ማለ ት ኣ ይኮ ነ ን ። ክ ሓጽር ን ፡ ክ ነ ውሕን ስ ራሓት ኣ ሰ ና ዳ እ ቲ
ሽማግለ ታት ክውስ ኖ ከምዝኽእ ል ክ ን ር ዳ እ የ ድሊ።
ነ ዚ ኣ ብ ላ ዕ ሊ ዝጠቕሰ ስ ር ሓት ን ምስ ላ ጥ፡ ብሓላ ፊ ስ ር ር ዓት ቤ/ጽ
ፈ/ሽ ኣ ቶ ጊ ላ ዋይ ስ ዒድ ም/ሓላ ፊ ቤ/ጽ ኣ ቶ ብር ሃ ነ ገ ብረ ክ ር ስ ቶስ ን ኣ ብ
ዝተረ ኸብሉ ኣ ባ ላ ት ግዝያ ዊ መሪ ሕነ ት ዞ ባ ኤውሮፓ ኣ ብ ዕ ለ ት 23 ጥቅምቲ
2019 ተኣ ኪቡ። ኣ ባ ላ ት መሪ ሕነ ት ሰሜን ኣ መሪ ካ ድማብዕ ለ ት 26 ጥቅምቲ
2019 ተኣ ኪቦም፡ ነ ፍሲ ወከ ፍ ኣ ባ ል ግዚያ ዊት መሪ ሕነ ት ዞ ባ ከኣ ሓላ ፍነ ቱ
ፈሊጡኣ ብ ስ ራሓት ወፊሩ ይር ከ ብ። መሰ ጋ ገ ሪ መሪ ሕነ ት ዞ ባ ኣ ፍሪ ቃ፡ ድሮ
ኣ ብ መስ ር ሕ ምቛምይር ከ ቡ ኣ ለ ዉ።
ኣ ብ መወዳ እ ታ፡ ኣ ባ ላ ት ግዝያ ዊት መር ሕነ ት ዞ ባ ታት በ ዞ ም ዝስ ዕ ቡ
ኣ ባ ላ ት ቆይሙ፡ ሓላ ፍነ ቶምከም’ዚ ዝስ ዕ ብ ምዃኑ ክ ን ሕብር ን ን ፈቱ ።
ግዚያዊት መሪሕነ ት ዞ ባ ኤውሮጳ
1. ብር ሃ ነ ገ ብረ እ ዝጋ ቢሄ ር ፡ (ኣ ቦ ወን በ ር )
2. ማሕሙድ ኢብራሂ ም፡ ጸ ሓፊ
3. ዳ ዊት ተወል ደብር ሃ ን ፡ ተሓዝ ገ ን ዘ ብ
4. ሃ ብቶምመስ ፍን ኣ ባ ል
5. ኪሮስ ተስ ፋገ ር ጊ ሽ ኣ ባ ል
6. መሓራይ ሓጎ ስ ኣ ባ ል
7. ተስ ፋይ ር እ ሶምኣ ባ ል
ግዚያዊት መሪሕነ ት ዞባ ሰሜን ኣሜሪካ
1. በ ሪ ህ መል ኣ ከ ፡ (ኣ ቦ ወን በ ር )
2. ሰ ለሙን ከፈላ ፡ ጽሓፊ
3. ሙሴ ተስ ፋማር ያ ም፡ ተሓዝ ገ ን ዘ ብ
4. ተኸስ ተ ዳምር ኣ ባ ል
5. ወል ደ የ ሱስ መብራህ ቱ (ዓማር ) ኣ ባ ል
6. ኢለ ን ኤፍረ ምኣ ባ ል
7. ሃ ብቶምመን ግስ ተኣ ብ ኣ ባ ል

ዘ ለ ኣ ለ ማዊ ክ ብር ን ዝኽር ን ን ስውኣ ትና
ዜና ን ሓበሬታን

ውድብ ሓድነ ት ን ዲሞክራሲያ ዊ ለውጢ
2 ሕዳ ር 2019

ሰፊሕ ሰላማዊ ሰልፊ ኣብ Washington,DC ንዕለት 8 ኅዳር, 2019

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ኣብ ኸባቢ ዋሺንግቶን ዲስን ከባቢኣን ትቅመጡ ኤርትራውያን ፡ነዚ ጻውዒት ንገብሮ ዘለና ሰላማዊ ሰልፊ ንብጹእ ኣቦና ፓትርያክ ኣቡነ ኣንተንዮስ ዝግበር ዘሎ ብደልን መሰሎም ምግሃስን ደው ክብል ነቲ ኣብ ኤርትራ ዘሎ ፍትሒ ኣልቦ መንግስቲ ንምቅዋም ኩልና ብሐበራ ድምጽና ነስምዕ።