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Eritrean Website to Resume Service Tomorrow

 Dr. Ephrem Tekle, October 5, 1956 - November 11, 2013  (57) - RIP

Eritrean Website to Resume Service Tomorrow 

After months of inactivity,, one of the most popular Eritrean news websites, says its going to resume normal service starting February 11.

The website had stopped updating after one of its volunteer administrators, Dr. Ephrem Tekle, passed away of a sudden illness on November 11, 2013 in Bethesda, MD.

Launched on July 17, 1996, Dehai is the oldest active Eritrean website that features news and views from around the Horn of Africa.

R.I.P Dr. Ephrem Tekle

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    (OCTOBER 5, 1956 – NOVEMBER 11, 2013)

    Dr. Ephrem was born on October 5, 1956 to his parents the late Ato Tekle Ukbayohannes Malu and Weizero Yihdega Ghebreselassie Woldetensae in the town of Kombolcha, North- Central Ethiopia. He started his elementary schooling at the Collegio La Salle in Asmara, Eritrea and completed middle school at the Sandford English (Community) School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. For High School he went to the prestigious General Wingate Secondary School in Addis Ababa. In the mid 1970s, after the start of the Revolution, Ephrem left Ethiopia for Djibouti and continued to France where he made several life-long friends. In 1979, he immigrated to the United States settling in the

    Washington Metropolitan area.

    The diligent student that he was, he was a recipient of the Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) program at the University of District of Columbia (UDC) for four years, which enabled him to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry (Summa Cum Laude, 4.0 GPA). He continued with his graduate education, first at Georgetown University and then transferred to the University of Texas at Arlington earning a Master of Science degree in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in 1989. Ephrem’s Ph.D. was in Physical Chemistry. Ephrem then joined the staff at National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Biochemistry and Biophysics Center in Bethesda, Maryland where he was tenured in 1997 and worked there until his untimely passing. He was loved and respected by his colleagues.

    On July 1, 2000, Dr. Ephrem joined Ms. Elizabeth Negussie in Holy Matrimony and on October 21, 2001 God blessed them with a precious gift, their son Nathan. By his devotion to Nathan, Ephrem was an exemplary father to many.

    Ephrem was truly a polymath person. Though a physical chemist by training, he was also an Engineer and an avid programmer. In addition to these intellectual achievements, Ephrem was also a wonderful human being.

    No adjectives are sufficient enough to describe him. He was a loving and devoted son, husband, father and brother, a dedicated and diligent scientist, a humble and modest servant of his Eritrean-American community, as well as a kind and patient friend and an outstanding mentor. He was a man of integrity and honor who stood firmly to his principles. He was also an avid photographer, blessed with the patience to wait until he gets the right perspective, good lighting and the right moment.

    Besides devoting his time to his family and especially to Nathan, Ephrem’s dream for retirement was to start a Mathematics and Science Academy in Eritrea to inspire future scientists and mathematicians. He believed scientists are made early on and they should be groomed starting at the middle school. Alas, the Creator’s plan for him turned out to be different and he suddenly left us on November 11, 2013.

    Ephrem is preceded in death by his father Ato Tekle in 1995. He is leaving behind his mother Yihdega, his wife Elizabeth and his only son Nathan. He is also survived by his sisters Tsehay, Almaz, Maaza, and Ghebriela and his brothers Samuel, Yonas, and Tedros and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

    Ephrem was uniformly loved and respected by people who crossed paths with him – family, social friends and professional colleagues. He will be dearly missed by all as well as his world- wide Dehai-Eritrea Online community whom he selflessly served for nearly two decades. The void Dr. Ephrem leaves behind is hard to fill but his gentle and humble spirit will live on forever.

    So long beloved Ephrem rest in peace.

    November 19, 2013

  2. R.I.P Dr. Ephrem!
    Thank you very much for your dedication. Thank you for the long service you have given us. your legacy will live for long time to come !!

  3. Thanks MadoteEritrea for this news, and thanks again to Dr. Ephrem Tekle..selam erefty..

    Manuele kab Roma

  4. Ah! Dr Efrem , do you have to die?! we miss you buddy, terribly!

  5. The passing of Dr Ephrem is a great lose to us all. Glad Dehai will resume service. That is the best wait to carry his legacy.


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