Asmara Eritrea - May 16 2008
Preparations to enthusiastically celebrate the 17th Independence Day Anniversary
are now clearly visible all over Asmara. Professional painters are
decorating the shop windows. Flags, banners and light strings are mounted
on facades and lamp-posts. Both private and public institutions are
decorating their buildings, propagating this years theme ‘Our United Resistance: The Guarantee of our Freedom and Progress.’
Walking through Asmara, to
visit institutions to update our Eritrean information pages, and to visit the family of
me and my Eritrean wife, also is a nice opportunity
to watch this unique devotion of the Eritrean people, adorning their city to celebrate the 1991 victory, after 30 years
solitary and bitter struggle for independence.
May 24 Independence Day is the most
significant National Holiday in Eritrea, with all respect to June 20 Martyr's Day,
when the Eritreans both honor and mourn those who gave their lives to achieve and safeguard Eritrea as a
All but one African nation
were being handed their freedom on a golden platter in the mid 1950's and
early 1960's. Eritrea and its people were not experiencing that luck at
the time. Due to the strategic importance of Eritrea, and United States
involvement, the country and its people were handed over to Ethiopia in
1952. Independence was won in a thirty year struggle at an unfathomable
price. The word 'independence' therefore has a very special meaning when
used in the Eritrean context.
It is an ongoing struggle, because of the still prevailing 'no war no peace' situation
*) and the (US backed) Ethiopian attempts to literally starve out the Eritrean
dream of sovereignty. Eritrea's economy has been negatively affected by
this ongoing US - Ethiopian conspiracy, worsened by fluctuations in the
world marked and rising food and oil prices.
Eritrea is committed to
self-development with dignity, relying first and foremost on its own
people for economic and social development, as well as political independence.
This policy is conflicting with US dreams to rule the world and acquiring military
US hotspots in the Horn of Africa.
Decorated shop window -
Harnet Avenue Asmara Eritrea.
Yordanos and Fethawit - Sembel Asmara Eritrea.
- Sembel Asmara Eritrea.
Lion Hotel - Tiravolo Asmara
Decorated apartments -
Denden Street Asmara Eritrea.
Decorated gold smith's shop window -
Nakfa Avenue Asmara Eritrea.
Moderna - Harnet Avenue Asmara Eritrea.
Sweet Asmara Caffe - Harnet
Avenue Asmara Eritrea.
Illuminated streets of Asmara
- Semaetat Avenue Asmara Eritrea.
Illuminated shop window -
Semaetat Avenue Asmara Eritrea.
*) December 12, 2000
Eritrea and Ethiopia signed a peace agreement in Algiers, after a 2
1/2-year border war.
Article 4, sub article 15
reads as follows: “The parties agree that the delimitation and
demarcation of the Commission shall be final and binding. Each party shall
respect the border so determined as well as territorial integrity and
sovereignty of the other party”.
On April 13th 2002 the Permanent
Court of Arbitration in The Hague published the conclusions of the Eritrea-Ethiopia
In September 2003 Ethiopia's
Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi, formally informed the Security Council that
Ethiopia rejected the decisions of the International Boundary Commission
(arbitration of the International Court in the Hague). He declared the
proposed 1 000 km international border drafted by the commission as
"null and void".
This disrespect of Ethiopia for the
decisions of the Court of Justice in The Hague has practically halted the