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30/05/2019 01:37 AM
by Kiki Tzeggai
You left school benches and asked for your mothers’ blessings. The enemy was coming back to our borders. The Eritrean mother’s prayer was one wishing you a good journey. She prayed that the hot sun would not burn you. She prayed that the rain would not be too cold. She asked heaven not to let you fall on stones and never let you step on landmines. The weight of a free Eritrea on your shoulders, you never bowed your head nor did you give a promise you could not keep. Eritrean fathers praying and wishing for your road to be clear. You left the warmth of your families knowing you might not come back. Fearing that if you came back you might not find the elderly falling to a long agony of mortars’ sounds and battles’ echoes, but you tirelessly rode to see them again.
Today, WARSAY Y’KAALO - our valiant soldiers – you go anywhere and come from nowhere like gypsies in search of the road that could take you back home. You are always the hunt of wolves and vouchers, defying the hazy air and promising to walk your people, lost in the smog, towards home. Your honor never violated and your promise never broken. Your heavy burden is to preserve humanity when the lack of the latter, is the heaviest threat to the enemy inside our land. Giving hope to your people is the only cure to the deadliest nightmare. Hope has become a sun hidden behind insurmountable mountains. However, your courage brought down mountains.
Our Martyrs taught you that power – since history – was chosen by war, but they gave their life so power in Eritrea will be based on tolerance, counselling, consensus, respect for our traditions and our elders. Once they took their place in the fields defending our borders, they asked you to be true men and women and remain humble. Because – they said – if one looks from higher grounds she/he can be mistaken. They told you that you should feed the hungry and cloth the poor. From sunrise to sunset, you are expected to struggle and make our Eritrea prosper to more seas, more streams and more land returned to us. Yours’ is the generation that will not upsurge hatred with hatred and grudge with grudge.
(photo: google) May this young generation you all are, make the previous generation understand that blessings rain more when branches lower themselves and a united patience will lead us to salvation when we get rid of rage and hatred that took roots inside us.
At present time threat from enemies outside our land and within our land, is helping our unification. It makes us closer and keeps us alert. It covers our weaknesses.
You carried your personal pain under your weapon and chose to smile fighting tears while burying your comrades in the bitter Badme war. WARSAY Y’KAALO, you were facing a monster spitting fire and the betrayal of those that were supposed to be your leaders. Badme’s war was a war between heretics and believers in a free Eritrea.
Leaders chosen by the people, will rule the Eritrea you will lead. You understood it all before the Eritrean diaspora dancing to the utopia of an equal rights Eritrea, and saw the pain of millions of Eritreans Ethiopia stole their belongings and dropped them - half naked - at the border, because Ethiopia suddenly did not like “the color of our eyes”
You are telling us that obeying a dictatorship is legalizing persecution and making it impossible to write our history. You all have known your fair share of pain, but you would take a dagger to your chest rather than giving up the Eritrea you so much love.
Like so many women and men in history and in today’s world, you gave up a conventional life for service for country, no matter how dangerous and difficult. You witnessed horrific events and the war affected you as a soldier and as a civilian. Love for your people and for our land will lead you to a happy and respectful ending. Please do not give up on us. We are grateful.
May 28, 2019
"Of all the forces that make for a better world, none is so powerful as hope. With hope, one can think, one can work, one can dream. If you have hope, you have everything."
"Peace is a wall we will all create by building it brick-by-brick together". (Trade mark)
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