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Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki Turns 69



President Isaias Afwerki, who was born on February 2, 1946, turned 69 yesterday.

Age 68 was relatively a quiet year for the president. He wasn't declared dead by the so-called opposition, so he didn't need to resurrect to prove them wrong. Instead of supernatural miracles, PIA focused his 68th year by refusing to let Ethiopia's occupation of Eritrean territory hold the country hostage politically. To this end, he restructured his government, announced the formation of a Constitution, capped National Military Service to 18 months, and released journalists.

Despite these accomplishments and more, age 69 awaits PIA with more challenges, including urban housing and energy shortages, strengthening institutions, improving internet broadband services, improving the government's weak digital media presence, and defending the country against exogenous threats.

In celebration of his birthday, we bring you images of his life throughout the decades:

Isaias in the 1950s

Isaias Afwerki (tallest one) as a child with his brothers in Asmara -1950s

Isaias in the 1960s

The picture below is of Isaias in 1967 at the Nanjing Military College in China. The ELF sent him, along with four other fighters, to study political ideologies and guerrilla warfare in China.
Standing L-R: 5th Isaias Afwerki, 6th Mahmoud Ibrahim Chekini/Cecchini, martyred 1972, 7th Ramadan Mohammed Nur, 9th Ahmed Adem Omer. Sitting L-R: 3rd Ahmed Ibrahim Ahmed

Isaias in the 1970s

These men, who were led by Isaias Afawerki (yellow arrow), left ELF to create what would arguably be one of the greatest revolutions in modern history. They rejected tribalism, religious fundamentalism and sexism. They believed  in equality and in empowering women. But above all, they believed in self reliance. It was these young guys that changed the course of history in the region. When this picture was taken in 1974, all of Eritrea's independence hopes rested on a confident 28-year-old Isaias Afwerki's shoulders. He took on the challenge, and led Eritrea to victory.


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54 comments:

  1. All life dedicate to people..Congratulations, what i like of Him is his relation toward others as equal and not as subservient, we used to see of the african leaders..

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  2. One thing he should be thinking is his legacy for sure. and he is in charge of, on how he will be remembered in the future by all the generations to come...remember it is not how you start in life, or how you lived through the journey of life hiwot, it is all about how you finish and pass the touch burning to the next generation in your our way... because it is an inevitable fact that is fast approaching.
    wedehankum

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  3. HAPPY BIRTHDAY , KIBUR PRESIDENT

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  4. Happy birthday to our beloved tegadali mr president and many more to come!

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  5. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WEDI AFOM BIRI. THANKS FOR BEING THERE EVERY TIME ERITREA NEEDED YOU THE MOST!

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  6. May you have good health and continued wisdom to serve your people. That is what counts. everything else is habes qebes!

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  7. Happy Birthday to our beloved President Wedi Afom, Lion of Nakfa,May God bless you & our beloved Motherland Eritrea.

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  8. happy birthday wedi afom enkwaE nabzi abtshaka. stay more blessed, loved and trusted. We need you to do more, be better and better, stronger and stronger.

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  9. Happy Mr. President Isaias Afeworki,
    May you get one day a chance to relax, enjoy and reflect your life long hard work.

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  10. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BTSAI!!

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  11. Happy Birthday Mr. President Isaias Afeworki.
    May you get one day a chance to relax, enjoy and reflect your life long hard work.

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  12. Happy birth day Mr Prsident...may the years ahead be success and change of policy to housing, favourable investment terms and conditions For small business, and creation of jobs to engage the youth and above all health to you for many more years to come.

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  13. Happy birth day many many years to come.

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  14. Happy Birthday Mr. President...wish a good health and a long and happy life.

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  15. ☼ ❦ ❁ ☼ ቀጻሊ ምሉእ ጥዕና፣ ማቱሳላዊ ዕምሪ፣ ፍስሃን፣ ፍቕሪ ንዩት ህዝቡን ክህቦ፣ እናተመነኹ፣ ብኹለንትንኡ ምሩቕ ንዝዀነ፣ ጅግና ጀጋኑ ተጋዳላይ፣ ሓርነታዊ ነብይ ስሉስ ዓለም፣ ክቡር ፕሬዝዳንትና፣ "ዮሃን!!" እብሎ። ☼ ❦ ❁ ☼

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  16. You are pioneer! I wish you all the best.

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  17. Happy Birth Day Mr. President

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  18. Stop celebrating his birthday. This is an embarrassing article by madote. Have you heard anything on Eri-TV about the presidents birthday? How about Hadas Eritra, or any other news outlet. Nothing, because it's not the way this government works. You are trying to portray an image as if president Isaias is shaebia, and as if the people are serving him. In fact this man is a SERVANT of the people. HIS people. Never will you see him with a golden watch, luxurious mercedes, a huge villa etc. Always in modest (but still representative) clothing and behaviour. This is what defines him. This is what defines a true shaebia, modesty and working hard in silence. Letting our enemies do all the (trash)talking.

    Oh and by the way, he did not turn 69. He was not born in 1946 as Wikipedia and other unreliable internet links will tell you. He is in his mid seventies already. Just so you know and still going strong as a servant of the people. Maybe its time madote emulates him in modesty and being a servant of the hafash.

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  19. As long as we celebrate, benevolently!!

    What business is it of yours?

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  20. I THOUGHT THIS MOTHER FUCKER IS 75 YEARS OLD, DAMN WE GOT A LONG WAY THEN HUH?

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  21. Happy Birthday Wedi Ere !!!!

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  22. Cult worshipers are celebrating their god's (DIA) birthday here at madote

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CceAXaRekYI

    Delete it soon

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  23. Happy Birthday Wedi Ere !!!!!

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  24. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. PRESIDENT

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  25. "When people hurt you over and over, think of them like sandpaper. They may scratch and hurt you a bit, but in the end, you end up polished and they end up useless" That reminds me exactly of Mr. President Isaias Afwerki, honest and slave of his people. Congratulations, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY

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  26. And when people killl you again and again, think that they are not humans but demons. DIA is a demon who lives by killing innocent citizens.

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  27. This is the guy who have been in power over 40 years (pre/post independence) and he used to talk about African dictators who never leave power, and look where he is now. He has been a president for 24 years and no plan to leave to someone else even withing HGDEF. He thinks he gave us independence even thought it was a collective struggle where all our people participated. Luckily his lever is not good enough thanks for all drinking and he wont live long to be in power as his friend Mugabe, who is 91 but still in power.

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  28. You will be 6feet under,before he does

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  29. As it is so!

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  30. You can clearly see Isaias Afwerki being introduced in Washington, D.C. as being born in 1946 in Asmara. This information was given to him by President Isaias Afwerki.

    http://youtu.be/0wD_-ytcMi4?t=3m9s

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  31. Lol @ Isaias being in his mid-seventies, please STFU you fraudulent weasel.

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  32. Happy Birthday, Emperor Afwerki!!! Novella Mousolini!!!! Long Live the Emperor!!!!!

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  33. My apologies for my comment previously, I thought you were a Weyane rat that posts under the same name. To be fair, I didn't read what you wrote, just skimmed it the first time. But after reading what you wrote in its entirety, I agree with everything you said with the exception of PIA's age. So sorry for my rude response. Bye!

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  34. "ግራስ..... ዬ"! Facts
    ግርም ዝዀነት "ዶኮሜናታሪ"..... ስለ ዘጋበዝካና።

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  35. this is what the problem with you guys - the pro-gov
    you don't even can read and analyse before you open your dirty mouth!

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  36. WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO SAY HE IS ELECT OF GOD? THAT IS IN HIS 70TH, IF HE LASTS THAT LONG.DO U REMMEMBER WHEN MELES SENT HIM A 737 BOEING TO FLY HIM TO ISRAEL WHEN HE WAS DYING FROM MALARIA THAT ATTACKED HIS BRAIN. THE SIDE EFFECTS OF THE DRUGS THAT HE TOOK THEN IS WHAT IS MAKING HIM ACT LIKE IDI AMIN DADA OF UGANDA; ENTERTAINING DIGNITARIES FROM THE SUDAN WHILE HIS AIDES ARE BEING TOLD TO KILL HIS COMRADES WHO WERE WITH HIM DURING THE LONG STRUGGLE FOR INDEPENDENCE..SO CALLED.

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  37. MORE OF THE ISOLATION ,MORE SANCTIONS,MORE GENERALS DEAD MORE EXODUS MORE RUN AWAYS MORE TORTURES,MORE PRISONS,MORE OF EVERYTHING.WHAT AN OLD SAWA GIRL?

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  38. Wedi Afom Beri, the Lion of Nacfa, is the "GEORGE WASHINGTON OF ERITREA". May God/Allah give long life to you and your comrades so Eritrea could be at the Promised Land faster.


    Do not forget, "great men" like Wedi Afom are not made but they are created to be great and honorable from get go. Thanks Wedi Afom for being mine!

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  39. Thanks Wedi Afom and here is my "prayer" in the form of song for your health and long life:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvK3jZLsF8E

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  40. Thanks Wedi Afom Ber, the Lion of Nacfa, and George Washington of Eritrea for taking Eritrea to the Promised Land. Here here is my "prayer" in the form of song for your good health and long life:

    Helen Meles-Adha Niber — youtube.com

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  41. https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=helen+meles+adha+niber

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  42. Forty years still working on building a cult personality.

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  43. The George Washington of Eritrea are our Martyrs and the Masses at large. Eternal glory to our Galant Martyrs ! Long live The Mother Land ! Tribute to the Masses the History Makers !

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  44. Jart stop showing of your ignorance!!

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  45. Why you celebrate, he already dead.

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  46. DEDEB! I WAS ON BOARD THAT SAME PLANE...LIES..LIES....LIES.

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  47. IS THIS GUY HIDROM NUTS? HE TALKS ABOUT THE PROMISED LAND!!!!

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  48. Promise land???? Then why aren't you living there

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