In the last twenty five years we have witnessed myriads of groundbreaking phenomenon. World map has been redrawn, Cold War ended with the collapse of the Berlin Wall and Africa’s bloodiest civil wars came to an end.
Decades long struggle for independence or popular revolutions against tyrants were completed successfully. Two new countries are added to the Horn of Africa while another one has become a failed state due to its misguided policies (though the two new countries are also following its footsteps).
The bloody civil war between the Ethiopian Central government and the ELF/EPLF came to an end giving rise to a new independent country in the horn. Much has been said about the independence of Eritrea. It was hailed as the future of Africa. The history of this land to the North of Mereb is full of deception, assassination, bloody wars and foreign aggression saga. All the prominent enemies of Ethiopia came through that frontier. Although none of them were able to subjugate its citizens.
Many hoped with independence will come development and prosperity, peace and normalization. But to the dismay of many, the country’s first and only president hijacked the revolution (Sewra) and used it to consolidate his power. EPLF, once again, has reneged on its promises.
EPLF’s miscalculated economic development plans, denial and/or rewriting of past history, and deep seated paranoia and aggressive behaviour have all contributed to the miscarriage of the hope.
Eritreans managed to create a country as deeply isolated and loathed by its neighbors as no other country in Africa. All they could deliver this world, contrary to what they purported to be, is a pariah government with unsavory reputation, penchant for destabilizing its neighbors.
Endowed with exiguous resources, today Eritrea is paragon of a defiled land which has denied its past and living in a delusional confusion and identity crisis. Their polemic against Ethiopia is directed so as to forge a new identity.
What was previously salt exporter country, now it is known as world number one exporter of not gold but refugees.
With no constitution, no free judiciary system, no free press, quotidian arbitrary arrest and killings, the country is a big prison for its citizens.
Only few has prophesied that this country cannot stand alone economically. They were dismissed with furious criticism. But now things are self evident. It is unheard for a government to exile its citizens for the sake of getting remittances and 2% taxation as the major source of hard currency. A government complicit in human trafficking and organ trade of the very people it says it represent? A land abandoned by its citizens in thousands every month? How can it sustain itself? For all practical reasons this country has already failed!
Eritrea and its president are sources of shame for Africa. Every refugee camps are packed by refugees from this tiny police state. Camps full of scabies infested throng young people, unmarked grave yards in Lampedusa with no requiem for their souls , and prisons in Israel all tell the same story.
The only hope for every Eritrean is now the Ethiopian army. The event that brought this army in to the limestone is its past deeds in the 2000 war. Eritreans witnessed for themselves how a titanic trench can be dusted in just four days by driving them in to fluster. Strategic withdrawal? They pray day and night for the Ethiopian army to launch war and free their chained limbs. This is not shared by some sycophant schmuck cadres who are profiting from the ongoing misery. They want the status to continue as this grants them to give puerile excuses to seek asylum in Europe and America, hence their truculent behavior and perennial clamour.
I remember one elderly man telling the Colored eye grubby faced Eritreans who were being deported to their country back then. They were spitting, throwing ribald comments and insulting the bystanders. He told them “now you are going in high spirit, but you will come back scratching your bellies.” Everybody laughed then but now when we witness their coming back with a contrite tone, it is touching. We don’t wish such a disaster to happen again to any people anywhere in the world.