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Quarterly magazine of the Eritrean Youth Solidarity for Change - a world-wide network of pro-democracy young Eritreans

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  • CHANGE 4

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    A Quarterly Magazine of the Eritrean Youth Solidarity for Change (EYSC)

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    EYSCFrom D.C. to Bologna

    a poem

    Summer 2013 (Vol 1, Issue 01)

    Ziggys Treacherous

    Journey

  • About EYSC

    Contents

    EYSC is a Diaspora based world-wide net-work of pro-democracy Eritrean activists who have organized themselves to call for the immediate resignation of dictator Isaias Afeworki, the unconditional release of all prisoners of conscience, the end of the campaign of slavery disguised as na-tional service and the swift transition to a democratic and constitutional rule.

    Eritrean Youth Solidarity for Change (EYSC)

    Not Interested in Politics?.....................................2 ?...................4 ................................................................ 7 K}]o | ochU................................................8Ziggys Treacherous Journey................................9EYSC FAQs................................................................13 ............15

  • The San Diego Football Tournament brings thousands of Eritreans together from all over North America to make the most of a week packed with football, enter-tainment, and socialising opportunities.

    We ask our boss for a few days holiday, buy last-minute flight tickets, book our hotel, and look forward to meet-ing friends. We are prepared to invest quite a bit in it simply to be able to participate. But who would not if you know exactly what you get: a week of very predict-able feel good factors that start on a Monday and last until Sunday.

    But why does a football tournament attract thousands, while the demo that calls against the brutal torture of Eritreans in Egypt is unable to mobilise a fraction of that. Why are we prepared to travel to San Diego, but not to DC to demand from the Eritrean Embassy the release of thousands of our prisoners?

    Are those of us who stay away from it all really that careless? Or are we pragmatic thinking of the need to travel back home next year for a visit? Do we teach our peers about the big-ger picture that got Eritrea into this mess in the first place? Are we just too busy with our private lives, or are we maybe simply not interested in (Eritrean) politics?

    Yes, agreeable the Eritrean opposition has many weak-nesses, the least worrying being that it is not very visible unless you search for it, but while we engage in Obama election campaigns, sign petitions for the release of an Iranian woman facing death by stoning, while we want to assist the victims of the latest hurricane, and debate about local schooling, or terrorist threats and as we happily embrace each opportunity to enjoy a good time out we have little to show for when our own people are being imprisoned, tortured, psychologically abused, scared, controlled, shot, driven into poverty, lead into such deep desperation that many voluntarily chose the risk of death over a life with no hope. To sum it up: The ones less fortunate than ourselves.

    We continue to close our eyes or our hearts. We chose

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    Not Interested in Politics?to completely ignore the tragedies and crimes happen-ing inside Eritrea or have confidently bred a rational explanation why we cannot do much about it; this way our conscience stays clear. It works rather well for most of us. We all nurture our own justification and can be ensured that at least at our end events remain under control. Yes indeed, we have repeated the reasons for our inactiveness so often to ourselves and to everyone who ever questioned them that the reality of our own reasoning weighs much more inside us than the disgust over realities on the ground the unimaginable suffer-ing among our own people.

    And before we know it, we ourselves have become chained in our fears and insecurities. We ourselves have

    turned into a victim and at the same time a tool of the psycho-political chess games of a merci-

    less dictator who was able to bury his own freedom fighter comrades - the

    most intellectual members of parlia-ment and journalists - alive in tiny 2x2 metre cells 12 years ago, be-cause they requested democratic reforms in a letter to him. The signature cost them their life.

    Eritrea today has more prisons than schools or hospitals. Secret

    prisons and torture camps are not just underground hallways and remote

    private villas, but also shipping containers spread throughout the country and among

    dense cactus vegetation just outside Asmara. A nation has been silenced through fear and paranoia. And not just inside Eritrea, but also deep in Eritreas Diaspora community residing in the worlds greatest democra-cies. So we obey.

    To speak up and engage is not a question of politics, but one of humanity and your own self-worth. Prison walls and desert lands are swallowing the screams of pain and moans of death by our own broth-ers and sisters. And old Gabis are soaked with the tears of mothers who once more just wished they could at least burry their children to say a final good bye.

    Let us enjoy the tournament. Let us become successful in life. But while we do, let us declare with bold deter-mination that enough is enough, and that we request a right to freedom, dignity, and opportunity for every-body in our own country. Think about it.

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  • My name is Tsegehans Weldeslassie. I was born on the 30th of September 1980 in Asmara when Eritrea was ruled by the Derg regime. My par-ents closely followed the struggle led by Eritreas freedom fighters and having grown up during that time, I, like every child and human being, had my own dreams of freedom.

    I was lucky to have experienced the day we re-ceived our independence in Eritrea. Every one jumped and sang in the streets. At that time, most people werent asking about what exactly the future would bring, what kind of economic devel-opment we would strive for, or how exactly our political system would look like.

    At that time, all I could think of was what to con-tribute to my countrys development, to help my family and to build a future of my own. In 1994, when an official announcement about the start of the 18 months military training was made I proud-ly wished to be part of that. Little did I know what would follow

    Ziggys Treacherous Journey

    Tsegehans Weldeslassie EYSC-Italy

    In 1998, I finished high school. I passed the national exams and was ready to continue my higher educa-tion in the only university there was, the University of Asmara. When I was in my 3r