Eritrea- A Country of Muslims/Christians that does not Fear Muslims!!


By  Abel Kebedom

I am writing this article as a rejoinder to the article written by an Ethiopian Berhane Kahsay’ bearing the title: Saudi-led coalition in the Horn: A threat to Ethiopia’s security (See,, April 30, 2016).

After coming to power with the full support of the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front (EPLF) and the people of Eritrea, the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) minority regime had a problem. The majority of the Ethiopian people believed that TPLF was managed by the EPLF and it did not have a long term agenda. Thus to prove to the Ethiopian people that it was not managed by EPLF anymore, in 1998-2000, it declared all-out war on the government and people of Eritrea.

The war consumed the lives of more than 100.000 thousands of young Ethiopians and Eritreans. David Shin, the former US ambassador to Ethiopia’s assertion that TPLF suffers from Inferiority complex and Herman Cohen’s, former US assistant secretary of state for African affairs, testament that the 1998-2000 war on Eritrea was started because TPLF wanted to show that it was not EPLF’s messenger boy anymore are clear references to the previous argument.

Over the years TPLF depended on EPLF for everything. In fact not only the strategic decisions were made with the help of the EPLF but also EPLF provided TPLF the support it needed to implement the decisions. As a testament to the above claim after TPLF, with the support of EPLF, liberated the town of Shire, located in western Tigrai, a decision was made for TPLF to continue to Addis Ababa. However once the TPLF army was faced with a strong resistance from the Dergue army stationed in Wollo, it started to raise questions on the validity of its mission to occupy Addis Ababa.

Finally the majority of the TPLF army was convinced that its mission to liberate Tigrai was accomplished and ultimately refused to continue to Addis Ababa. Accordingly it deserted its bankers and started to march to Mekelle, living the EPLF tanks and brigades behind in the Addis Ababa front. Even though the Dergue army was much larger in number and was mounting a very strong resistance and intermittent attack at the front, EPLF ordered it’s relatively small army and tank battalions to secure the front at any cost and they did.

Later Meles went to Mekelle and conducted a large meeting to convince the cadres and TPLF army as to why it was important for the TPLF to occupy the whole Ethiopia and not to stop after liberating Tigrai. Ultimately he was able to convince the TPLF army to go back to the Addis Ababa front. If it wasn’t for the gallant EPLF fighters and tank battalions, the Addis Ababa front could have been broken and the Dergue army at least could have remained in Addis while TPLF was sitting in Tigrai. Despite its unreserved support to TPLF, EPLF knew from the outset that TPLF harboured mixed feelings about Eritrea and could not be trusted. However the sharp detour by TPLF was surprising to everyone.

Once TPLF was able to control Ethiopia with the help of EPLF and later eliminated OLF, it concluded that EPLF was an enemy that needed to be destroyed. To prove to the Ethiopian people that it was not EPLF’s messenger boy anymore it planned to attack Eritrea. To achieve its objective TPLF counted on the combined TPLF and former defeated Derg army and its western handlers. Accordingly for the past twenty years TPLF’s inferiority complex infested mind with the full support of its western handlers did everything it could to destroy the people and government of Eritrea.

However the twenty years struggle between the people of Eritrea and TPLF showed one thing. As witnessed during the liberation struggle for Eritrea, in the long term, Eritreans are the winners. As a sign of frustration, born out of failure to destroy Eritrea and its government, recently the TPLF strategy is shifting from saber-rattling to trying to advise Eritreans that any alliance with the GCC is to their peril.

The hyena advising the donkey on how to be safe.

TPLF tried to destroy Eritrea for twenty years and it did not succeed. Now it realized that Eritrea’s alliance with the GCC is not only a death sentence to its long term wicked strategy to destabilize Eritrea, but also will enable Eritrea to break the siege that was orchestrated with the help of its handlers. In fact the frustration with the GCC is not limited to TPLF. The handlers of TPLF and its surrogate websites are also officially expressing their frustration with the GCC expanding to Eritrea. Recently there was a video clip that was posted on In the video a so called EU expert publicly expressed the dangers of the GCC expanding to Eritrea and Eritrea breaking the siege. That was an eye opening and a good indicator how the policy against Eritrea was orchestrated and implemented.

As a continuation of TPLF’s frustration with the GCC coming to Eritrea, TPLF surrogate Websites such as Aiga forum and Tigrai-online are also publishing different articles on the issue. Tigrai-online’s recent article entitled “Saudi-led coalition in the Horn: A threat to Ethiopia’s security” is a strong evidence that TPLF’s heart is beating fast. The article advises Eritrean Christians that the Arabs are coming for them and they should be careful. It calls the Eritreans foolish for allowing the Arabs to set temporary base in Assab. The article also hints that there might be a need for the TPLF regime in Ethiopia to take military action against the GCC in Eritrea and Djibouti.

Eritrea is the land of Muslims and Christians. Christians respect their Moslem brothers and sisters. The Moslem brothers and sisters in turn know that division based on Religion is not in the interest of the country that they fought for and have been spilling their blood for the last fifty years. That is why Eritrea is not like Ethiopia, a country where Muslims are chased and beaten in the broad light inside a city that happens to be the seat of the African union.

On the contrary Eritrea is a country where Muslims and Christians enjoy the love and respect of each other.

As to Eritrea’s relationship with the Arabs, it is historical bridge built out of long term people to people connection that stretches for centuries. The Adulis port and Africa’s oldest mosque located in the sea port of Massawa are the testament to that long-term people to people relationship. Hence unlike the TPLF, Eritreans do not fear Arabs. Unlike the TPLF Eritreans know that the Arabs are their historical close neighbours without ill agenda towards them.

Eritreans know that their Arab brothers are friends in need and are not like the hateful Ethiopian expansionists that dream day and night to wipe Eritrea out of the world map. The irony is TPLF, the current fox in sheep skin that is trying to advise the people of Eritrea on the danger of Muslims to the Horn of Arica, is housing, arming and sending several Eritrean Muslim fundamentalist groups to destabilize Eritrea.

Moreover Wiki Leaks reported that some years ago the late prime minister of Ethiopia in its discussion with an American official on ways to destabilize Eritrea suggested to Arm and train Eritrean Muslims and help them to infiltrate and attack Eritrean public institutions.

So what is the objective of the current TPLF tantrum about the relationship between Eritrea and the GCC?

Well for the last twenty years TPLF has been riding the Terrorism card and receiving billions of dollars in support from the western world. Hence the current noise is simply a continuation of that policy. As to Eritrea, guided by its wise and neighbourly policy to words the Arab world, it knows that any relationship among neighbours that is based on mutual respect and cooperation is a win-win strategy.

Eritrea is indeed a country of Muslims/Christians that does not fear Muslims.

Awet Nehafash and Zelealemawi Zikri N’sewatna


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  1. Abel,
    You say that Eritrea , a country of Christians and Muslims, does not fear Muslims, can you make your referrant explicit as to who is exactly not afraid of Muslims because your usage of the word “Eritrea” is ambiguous?

    If you are using ” Eritrea” to mean the people of Eritrea, how did you know whetherthey are not afraid of foreigners of the Islam faith? Did you come up with that notion after interrogating the people in their homes? Or did you get the idea from the legislation of the their phantom Congress?

    Obviously, you got it neither from the mouths of the people nor from their nonexistent Congress. You are rather simply using their good names with impunity to justify what the desperate impostor and coward isias afewrk did in order to get protection of the USA from The Commission of Inquiry through the conduit of Saudi Arabia.

    The impostor isaias afewrk has no place to hide any more; the days are gone when his lies, evasions, euphemisms were taken at their surface value by gullible Eritreans. Now we know his true Tigrai identity and his evil tigrai tigrigni motive.

    Now we know the 1998 war was sham, that he conspired to bring about on the people of Eritrea the prevailing catastrophe as a prelude of building his dream chicken of Tigrai tigrigni over our ashes.

    We now know he handed over Badme to woyane to serve him as a pretext for the aforementioned war. His apologists are now desperately trying to justify the Badme conspiracy by alleging that it was given to woyane in order to buy it’s collaboration but this is false because woyane was practically The Mighty EPLFs’ toothless piggyback.

    Sometimes, these apologists also try to justify the act as if it were done to induce woyane recognize Eritrea indeoendence. Again this is false because if woyane had refused to do so, Ethiopia would have been disintegrated into its constituent parts.

    The fact that he is malicious enemy of Eritrea can also be exposed by his recent flip-flops. As if, for decades, he did not attribute the economic devastations and social disintegration of our people to the sanction the UNSC imposed., now, while the sanction is in place, he is talking of economic and social development. What this means is that if he can undertake development now, he could also do it in the past. But since he did not do it, it must be because he did not want to do it. And since close to 500, 000 of innocent Eritreans perished, he is through and through a pepertratir of Crime Against Humanity. And who would lend his/her support to such enemy of humanity? ..,…only he/she whose Humanity is degraded to the level of bestiality!!!!!

  2. ኣቶ ኣበል፡
    ኣርእስቲ ጻሑፍካ ምስቲ ቀጺልካ ተንቲንካ ዘለኻ ኣይራኽብን እዩ። ርኹስን “ክልተ ሰረቕቲ ሓሙኽሽቲ ስንቆም” ቃልኪዳን ወያነን ሽዕብያን ምስ መዋእል ዝገበረ ሓድነት ክልተ እምነታት ህዝቢ ኤርትራ እንታይ ኣራኸቦ?
    ታሪኽ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ልዕሊ (ክኖው) ናይዚ ምስGCC ትብሎ ዘለኻ ናይ “ኣድሑኑና” ነብሲ-ኣድሕን ዝምድና እዩ። ሻዕብያን ወያነን ዝኣልምዎን ዘፍርስዎን ዘምድና፡ ምስክለተ እምነታት ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ኣጣምርካ ክትንትን ምፍታንካ ኣይተረደኣንን።
    ወያነን ሻዕብያን መኣስ ትዛሚዶም፡ ንምንታይ ተዛሙዶም፡ ንምንታይ ኩናት ናይ 1998 ኣበጊሶም፡ ነብሱ ዝኸኣለ ግን ድማ ዘሕዝን ታሪኽን ትንተናን ስለዘለዎ፡ ምስ ክልተ እምነታት ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ዘራኽብ የብሉን።
    ንወያነ ምስ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ዘላለዩ እዞም ሕጂ ሕማም መንድዓት ኮይኖምና ዘለው መራሕቲ ህግደፍ እዮም። ምስ ወያነ ብደም ዝተጻሕፈ ቃልኪዳን ኣለና ኢሎም ንዓመታት ሰቢኾምና፡ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ’ውን ሕቂ መሲልዎ ብልቢ ትቐቢልዎ።
    ደሓር ተገምጢሎም “ወያነ ታሪኻውን ናይ ደም ጸላእትናን እዮም” ኢሎምና ጥራይ ዘይኮነስ ብምኽንያት ምስክነይቲ ባድመ ህይወት ኣሽሓት ኣዝዩ ብዘሕዝን ኣብ ሕጺር እዋን ተቕዚፉ። ሃገርና ቁልቁል ገጻ ተነቒታ፡ ከምደቂ ዛግራ ተበቲንና።
    ሕጂ ድማ ወያነ እነተዘይጥፊኦም፡ ኣይንበልዕ/ኣይንሰቲ፡ ቅዋም ወይ ሕጊ ኣይድልየና — እቲ ሙስሉይነት ብዙሕ እዩ። ኣብ ማሕዩር ናይ ወያነ ኣቲና ኣብ ዘለኻዩ ጋማን ኮይኑ፡ ኣዝዩ ስጊንጢር ዝኾነ ትንተና እዩ።
    ኣቶ ኣቤል፡ ምሕዝነት ሻዕብያን ወያነን ልዕሊ እዚ ኣቕሪብካዮ ዘለኻ ትንተና እዩ ነሩ። መን እዩ ክሒዱ፡ እቲ ምሕዝነት’ከ ኣብ ምንታይ ዘተሰረተ እዩ ነሩ፡ ዳሕራይ ንምታይ ናብ ደማዊ ቅርሕንቲ ክቕየር ኪኢሉ፡ ታሪኽ ስለዘየናኣሕሲ ንታሪኽ ንግደፎ። ንህዝቢ ኤርትራ ክሳብ ክንዲዚ ኣይትዘንጥልዎ፡ ሕጂ ኣርዑት ከቢድዎ መከራን ስቕይን በዚሕዎ ዓው ኢሉ ክዛረብ ስለዝይከኣለ፡ ክሳብ ክንዱኡ በሃም ኣይኮነን፡ ታሪኹ ኣጸቢቑ ይፈልጥ እዩ።
    ኣቶ ኣቤል ጽቡቕ ትጽሕፉ። ግን ብፍላይ መንእሰይ እንተኾንካ ናይ ፖለቲካ ፕሮፖጋንዳን ታሪኽን ፈላሊኻ ምጽሓፍ የድልየካ ኣሎ። ኣይትሓዋውሶ፡
    ብኡ ኣቢሉ ከይተኣታተውካ። ታሪኽ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ካብኡ ንላዕሊ እዩ። ነቲ ስርዓት ብድላይካ ኣገባብ ክትድግፎ ትኽእል ኢኻ፡ ምስወያነ እንዳኣተኣሳሰርኩም ንድሕሪት ኣይትጉሰሱና። ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ኣብ ፈተነ ምህላውን ዘይምህላውን ኣትዩ ኣሎ፡ ሃገርና ንኽትህሉ ፍታሕ ነናዲ ኣለና። ንሳትኩም ከኣ ናይ “ዘመን ዉቤ” እናምጻእኩም ንድሕሪት ትጎቱና ኣለኹም።
    ንወያነ ወይ ንተጋሩ ስለዝተጻረፍና ፍታሕ ኣይንረክብን ኢና፡ ጸገምና ኣብ ውሽጥና እዩ ዘሎ፡ ደጋጊምና ዓገብ ንብለኩም ኣለና፡ ከምኡ ኣይኮነን እቲ መንገዲ ንብለኩም ኣለና። መምልሲ ዘለኩም ግን ኣይትመስሉን። ታሪኽ ኣብታ ጸባብ ናይ ሓባር መንገዲ ከራኽበና እዩ።