Amsterdam - Asmara Eritrea - May 19th 2005
This is the story of my
May/June 2005 visit to Eritrea. Ethiopians waiting for Eritrea to suffocate economically and socially
are advised not to read
it. It may contain shocking examples of modernization, beauty, friendliness and happiness. I did
not take the trouble to picture or describe the deep scars the Ethiopians have
left in their recent "excursions" on Eritrean territory, and
economic problems caused by the subtle mechanisms to to hinder the peace
process, by in principle accepting the EEBC decisions but at the same time
expressing the need to negotiate its implementation, to buy time and keep
up a war of attrition.
Eritreans on the other hand, I would
like to ask, to look at the pictures and see that Eritrea is working hard, for a
better future. The circumstances to attain the development standard that we
aspire for are difficult, but with a little help of all of
you, we will win our war against injustice and poverty. Many thousands gave their blood, sons and
daughters for free Eritrea. Eritreans living in the Diaspora and friends of
Eritrea have a great role to play here, both in exposing the Woyane tricks
to the world, and showing their patriotism and love for the Eritrean
people, by supporting the Eritrean development process, to accomplish our
noble goals: a free and prosperous Eritrea.
So my story is biased
and subjective, showing the best of Eritrea, as I would like to remember it and
show it to the rest of the world. Woyane, if you don't like it, don't read it.
Flight attendant Helen serving
coffee on the flight to Asmara.
Flight attendant Selam at Milan
Hans at Milan Malpensa Airport.
Flight attendant Salina - Eritrean
Gouy and Terhas - my
neighbors on the Eritrean Airlines flight to Asmara.
Asmara International Airport
approach - boundaries are still approximates
and the air-links to Addis Abeba, Mekele and Aksum are still