meanwhile

Am I here to ‘milk Norway for free’?

Dessale Berekhet* Nov. 1, 2020 To be torn away from home, especially for an aspiring writer, heralds a sure death of the Soul, albeit a slow one. That is how I felt when, after years of deliberations with myself; I left my country, Eritrea. For decades on end, I had considered myself an active participant […]

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Why I neither want to stay nor return

Abraham T. Zere* Nov. 1, 2020 A person I was connected to online for a joint project suggested that we meet in person after the project was over. “I read about your story as an exiled writer. I thought it was cool and was curious to meet you,” he confessed, shortly after we met. That […]

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literature and poetry

The Scourge of War

Oct. 14th, 2020 Something growled Something boomed Invading the calm It echoed. … Stuck Where two brothers pass each other by Where two brothers meet Where two brothers join In the piazza of life and death In the gulf between calamity and culture In the valley of anxiety and peace Something boomed. While the chia and seraw acacias […]

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literary events and reviews

ኤርትራዊ ገጣሚን ዋና ኣሰናዳኢ ጋዜጣ ዘመን ነበርን ኣማኑኤል ኣስራት “ተባዕ ኣህጉራዊ ጸሓፊ” ተሰይሙ

(12 ጥቅምቲ 2020) ተዓዋቲ ፐን ፒንተር 2020 ሊንቶን ክወሲ ጆንሰን ሽልማት “ተባዕ ጸሓፊ” ንኤርትራዊ ኣማኑኤል ኣስራት ረቝሑ። ምስ ምዕጻው ናጻ ጋዜጣታት ኣብ መስከረም 2001 ዝተኣስረ ጋዜጠኛ ኣማኑኤል ኣስራት ንዝሓለፉ 19 ዓመታት ደሃይ እኳ እንተ ዘይብሉ ኣብ ዝኸፍአ ቤት ማእሰርቲ ዒራዒሮ ተዳጒኑ ከም ዘሎ ይእመን። ኤርትራዊ ገጣሚ፡ ሃያሲን ዋና ኣሰናዳኢ ጋዜጣ ዘመን ነበርን ኣማኑኤል ኣስራት ተሸላሚ […]

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literature and poetry

The Secret Needs of Emojis

Yohannes A. Tesfamichael* Oct. 11, 2020 [Setting: Messenger chatroom as observed on Filimon’s laptop screen. As a tribute to their friendship, Filimon, a writer, has written a story from an actual experience with his friends a few years back. He clears his throat before reading it to them for feedback. His maximized face dominates the […]

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literature and poetry

ኣንቲ ሕንጢት ማማይ

ኣንቲ ማማይ ኣንቲ ማማይ ማማይ ማማማይ ማማይ ንስኺ ትፈልጥዮ ጥራይ ማይ ጥራይ ማይ   “ኣበይ ተወለድኪ ኣንቲ ማማይ?” “ኣብ ባሕሪሪ እምበር ባሕሪ ዝገያሻይ “ኣብ ባሕሪ እምበር ባሕሪ ዝገያሻይ”   ኣንቲ ማማማይ ሕንጢት ማማማይ ካብ ኮነልኪ ጕዕዞ ካብ ማይ ናብ ማይ ማይ ማይ ማማይ ማይ ማ   “ሕንጢት ማማይ ሓቛፊኺ መኔ?” “ጨው ባሕሪ እምበር መን ነበረ […]

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Exile, Home and Nostalgia: In Conversation with Ribka Sibhatu

Sept. 30, 2020 Poet, communication scholar, and human rights defender Ribka Sibhatu (PhD in communication studies) has recently released a book in English, Aulò! Aulò! Aulò! (Poetry Translation Center, 2020). The collection–poems and folklores—has been translated from Italian into English by André Naffis-Sahely. Abraham T. Zere from PEN Eritrea has conducted a written interview with […]

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Twenty years later, Awate.com’s founding editor: “I never thought the freedom to talk would take this long”

Sept. 20, 2020 For the last two decades, awate.com has been the name synonymous with Eritrean independent media, where nationals inside the country would go through the discouraging internet connection and ubiquitous surveillance of the police state to have a glimpse of their country, as all independent media have been closed since September 2001. Indisputably, […]

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