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.
Unity and diversity are the two commonly raised words around discussions about plural societies. Alas the two words have proved to be anti-thesis of each other in quite many issues needless to mention in political and economic struggles. And nowhere else it seemed to be so true other than in third world countries where western media, politicians and journalists have done a superb job in portraying the history, politics and indeed the daily life of 3rd world and African societies in particular as marred by civil war, functionalism and maladministration. And sadly diversity (nature’s beauty as biologists would like to call it) is always blamed for bringing about those misfortunes. Where unity appeared on the horizon of discussion it is always raised as an impossible miracle or a political rhetoric.
As with most Diaspora communities, Eritrean parents all over the world are often faced with the dilemma of how to teach their children their mother tongue language. Some even question whether they should, citing difficulty for the child and academic problems as concerns.