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We Eritreans have a lot to be thankful


We Eritreans have a lot to be thankful

By Hidrom

The month of May, the beginning of summer months, is the time when Eritreans, the Deqi Halal Meriet, all over the world are getting ready to celebrate the achievements of their country and people in the form of Independence Days Celebration and Eritrean Festivals. You bet we have a lot to celebrate. In the middle of our celebration though, it is time to count our blessings; for we have a lot to be thankful for.

"ክብርታትና ኣብ ማሕበራዊ ፍትሒ ዝተሰረቱ እዮም። ጉዕዞ ህንጸት ሃገርና ድማ ኣብ ኣዕኑድ ማሕበራዊ ፍትሒ ዝተተኽሉ እዮም። ኣብ ኤርትራ ማሕበራዊ ፍትሒ ማለት ሃገራዊ ሃብቲ ኩሉ ኤርትራዊ ዝረብሓሉ፣ዝተረሰዐ ከባቢታትን ህዝብን ኩሉ ዓይነት ማሕበራዊ ኣገልግሎት ማለት ትምህርቲ ዝስተ ጹሩይ ማይ፣ ሕክምና፣ መጎዓዝያን መሳሊጥታትን ዝረኽበሉን ኣብ መንጎ ከተማን ገጠርን ዘሎ ጋግ ዘጽብብን መሰል ደቂ ኣንስትዮ ብስራሕን ብግብርን ዝረጋገጸሉ እዩ።"

Deqi Ere, "social justice" is the Eritrean way and it is time we count our blessings. We might not have had the time to count our blessings but we have a lot to be thankful for. This is the time.

To understand and appreciate the blessing we got, could you help me understand what is happening in all the countries around Eritrea? Here is Somalis on fire for more than 20 years. Here is Iraq and Syria burning down to the ground. Here is Libya reduced to ashes. Here is Yemen in flames. Here is Kenya on fire for the second time since 2013, not to mention the 1998 Kenyan and Tanzanian horror. To add insult to injury, here is South Sudan reduced to a failed state in a matter of seconds. To the list, please add Ethiopia which is Balkanized beyond repair to be the next Yugoslavia. Please help me understand why all these man-made fires are raging through the countries surrounding Eritrea? What is disheartening about these countries; it is the brother who chopping off the head of his brother. For what and why? Please help me understand what is happening in all the countries around Eritrea.

Despite all these, here is Eritrea, an “island” of peace, harmony, and brotherhood. Is it possible to find an island, which is calm and peaceful, in middle of a tsunami or hurricane”? Here it is, Eritrea the island of peace. Here is Eritrea, the country of "ሓደ ልቢ፣ ሓደ ህዝቢ", a peaceful country marching to the Promised Land. While countries and societies all around us are destroying each other; and here is the “can-do” people building a nation of “equality, fraternity, liberty, and social justice”. Can you help me as to why?

This what we have in Eritrea but do we have the wisdom to count our blessings and to appreciate what we got? We Eritreans have a lot to be thank for; if we have the wisdom to see it and know it. Please sit down and take a look at all the countries around Eritrea which are burning down to the ground and to see a brother chopping the head of his brother. Yes we know Eritrea is blessed and endowed with natural resources. Yes, we have rich lands to feed our people and much more. Yes we have “Yellow Gold”, “Orange Gold”, “Blue Gold”, and “White Gold”. But the greatest resources of Eritrea is her people: the decent, peaceful, generous, hardworking, creative Eritreans. That is the Eritrean blessing which could not be measured by any standards. You bet we follow diverse religions to go to the same HAVEN but we do have one country we paid dearly to keep and cherish.

Deqi Ere, if you sit down and think about it, if the abundance of natural resources were the medicine for peaceful coexistence of societies; the countries, the very same countries who are chopping each other at this very hour, would have become a “Heaven” on earth. If such endowment was a panacea for peace and harmony, then these countries, which are on fire at this very hour, would have become the “Garden of Aden”. Unfortunately what they got is “Hell” on earth. That is why Eritreans are proud to say “I am an Eritrea” to define themselves. To any Eritrean, “I am an Eritrean” is the other word for "ሓደ ልቢ፣ ሓደ ህዝቢ".

The million dollar question, do you and I have the wisdom to appreciate what we got? Do we have the intellect to understand as to why Eritrea is an "oasis" of peace and harmony? Have we ever gone back in time to know where we were yesterday, where we are today, and to where we are heading come morning? We should, if we are not to repeat the same mistakes that are all around us. I think it time to count our blessings and appreciate what we got. Last but not least, it is time to give gratitude to the bigger than life Eritrean leaders who brought us to where we are today and still they are at it are paving to road to the bright future. The Promised Land is just around the corner, if we keep marching. But, we need the wisdom to learn from the mistakes of others if we are to be there.

Eritrea is a baby by comparison. But in such a short time of 24 years, "ካብ ባሕሪ ድጭልፋ", log on to the links below appreciate what the Eritreans have done to build their home brick by brick.

To the bigger than life Eritreans like Weldeab Weldemariam (Wel Wel), Ibrahim Sultan, and Awate, etc thank you for who you are. Thanks for being men of vision at that time, at a time when Africa was still a colonized "Dark Continent".  Who would have thought or contemplated to liberate your people by “armed struggle” at that time.  Here you were men of vision who came by ahead of your era.  Rest in peace Wel, rest in peace Ibrahim Sultan, and rest in peace Awate, for you have left the "ሓላል መሬት" in good hands. The children you educated and nurtured are following your foot step and they are still at it building the very nation you envisioned- a nation of “equality, fraternity, liberty, and social justice and social harmony“. If I say so, Eritrea is pretty good for the young men you left to take charge have done wanders. And we, your children, promise to live up to your ideals to make Eritrea the island of peace and harmony.

Of course, as our forefathers put it, " ካብ ስርናይ ክርዳድ", although a handful in number, we have had and we still have few "ክርዳድ"that drop by; only to see them wander in no-man's-land after everything said and done. Do not worry; such elements are to drop like the seasonal flies or "ጽንጽያ/ቃርማ መስከረም" one after another as usual. By the way, do you know it is the presence of these "ጽንጽያ/ቃርማ መስከረም" that makes me appreciate what I have more than "gold"? In any case, although I am sorry to see all destruction in the countries around Eritrea, I will take it as a lesson to learn from. "መምሃሪ ኣይኽላእካ፣ መምሃሪ ኣይግበርካ" is the words of wisdom of our forefathers.

It is the season to celebrate the achievement of our people. Let us celebrate for all to see; but do not forget we Eritreans have a lot to be thankful and grateful.
Awed N’Hafash!
Long Live Shaebia!
Gratitude To The Bigger Than Life Eritrean Leadership!
You Bet, We Eritreans Have A Lot To Be Thankful For!
Deqi Halal Meriet, Happy Independence Day!

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  1. Right on Hidrom,

    When I hear some people incessantly complain about the luck of x and y I always despair thinking, Can't this people appreciate what we have." Rather than what we don't have? We have peace, unity, tranquility, hope, progress. Isn't this far important than the speed of Internet conectivity or other meaningless staff?

  2. Awed N’Hafash!

    Long Live Shaebia!

  3. I love it when they call it An "island" of peace.
    thanks Hidrom.


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