The dearly price paid, during the three decades of armed struggle , to unshackle from the yoke of colonialism embraces a special place not only in the annals of the Eritrean History but it is respectfully engraved in the heart of every living Eritrean.
Mama told me it is an ‘an eye for an eye’ world that she gave me birth into; but the world is much colder than that harsh and cold tomb on the corner of the huge intimidating and bloodcurdling catacomb. It probably didn’t down to mama that the world has advanced into the ‘an ear and eye for an eye’ system while she was busy potty-training me.
About a week ago, talking with a journalist friend about the Independence Day Anniversary celebrations, he happened to mention that he was preparing a television segment on the Eritrean flag. Curiosity got the best of me and I started wondering, there and then, how much I, or anybody else for that matter, knew about subject.
When I was asked to share my feelings and memories of May 24, 1991 in connection to Independence Day, I pondered a lot about what we mean by independence and what its benefits really are. Then I decided that I should try to define what is on the other side so that I can somehow understand what we mean by independence.
Life is full of ups and downs; it is filled with challenges, dissatisfactions and troubles. It’s so obvious that many people could face many challenges when nothing seemed to go in its proper way for them. Hence, in such a situation they should only take a break and never give up. When things go beyond our capacity; out of control, when we are exhausted, and tired, we should never give up but try hard to fix things and make our mind take some rest. When we are tired, weary and overwhelmed, we should never give up whatever we are up to. We should just be courageous, strong and powerful, filled with hope and strength to work harder and harder.
Amongst the Kunama ethnic group in Eritrea, there are people called Sanganene. Sanganene is plural of Sanganena. There can only be one Sanganena in any Kunama community at a time and he is usually the chief.