The nation that was supposed to be "on the brink of disaster" in 1945, in 1983, in 2000 and 2009 by the naysayers is still standing as tall as ever. Nevertheless, have Eritreans reached their nirvana? Absolutely not! Are they in the right direction to getting to their nirvana? YES! Eritrea is definitely in the way to achieving their vision.
Eritrea is a country that has come about and is protecting its being against all odds. Prior to and after achieving its independence Eritrea has had to face so many challenges, some of which were directly related to its very survival as a nation. What is noteworthy in all of these is that Eritrea and its people have developed a distinct ability to turn challenges into opportunities.
መርገጽ ናጻ ፖለቲካዊ መስመር ኤርትራ ብዓይነቱ መበቆላዊ ብምዃኑ ፍሉይነት ኤርትራ ዘጉልሕ ተርእዮ እዩ። ስለዝኾነ ድማ እዩ ካብ ኣፍሪቃ እታ እንኮ ሃገር ኣብ ትሕቲ ራዳር ናይ ግዳማውያን ሰብ-ረብሓ ንኽትኣቱን ተጠማቲት ክገብራን ዝኸኣለ። ኣብ ሓደ ናይ ታሪኽ ኣጋጣሚ ንኤርትራ ብጽንዓታን ናጻ ፖለቲካዊ ሕርያኣን ከም ዘስምያ ዘማትእ ኣይኮነን።
On May 12th 1988 Ethiopian soldiers massacred more than 400 elderly, women and children in She'eb and surrounding villages. About 80 of these victims were crashed under tank chains. As we prepare to celebrate May 24 in 12 days, we pause to remember these innocent victims of one of the many Ethiopian atrocities. Eritrea's Independence is a reality today because of the very high price that the gallant sons and daughters of Eritrea paid. More than 65,000 of them passed to achieve it, and more than 19,000 gave their young lives defending it. In addition to these, tens of thousands of civilians were massacred in cold blood by successive Ethiopian regimes. Starting from 1961 to 1991 the horrors Eritrean civilians met at the hands of barbaric Ethiopian occupation is beyond description.
The average Eritrean like me feels tremendous pride and dignity in Eritrea’s focused attitude and steady stride in the past 24 years against insurmountable odds. This sense of pride and dignity is not easily discernible to those who watch her from afar. My beautiful Eritrea, to me, is the land of dignity.