Remembering on Marty’s Day the forgotten Eritrean Heroes
Saed Hussien Mohammed and his comrades
Ten ELF Fighters Martyred in Dankalia in 1978
Brief information on ten ELF fighters executed in Dankalia by the ELF in 1978 [full story
Referring the ELF liquidation policy in those fighters who criticize the leadership of the ELF were eliminated under different cover up by the ELF leaders. Nabira in his paper Where are the Dots to be Connected Here? Point out the declaration of war on the alleged Yemanwi kinfi (right wing) in 1978 in Dankalia, in which many unsung patriots such as Omer Suba were killed and liquidated by special ELF units.
We foiled this reactionary project by resolutely liquidating these elements on May 22, 1978. The Eritrean Liberation Army units assigned this duty executed it perfectly.” One of those martyrs was Hussen the founder of the ELF in Cairo with Taha. source ERITREA IN THE WORLD AND ARABIC PRESS ELF INFORMATION BULLETIN Vol. 3 no. 1 June-August 1978 " Eritrean Revolution" P. 40-41 source Response from ELF Leadership-Ahmed Nasser
However, according to Gaim (2008: 307) the Minifere rebels were not driven by religious fanaticism but rather by ethnic sectarianism. When the leader of the rebellion, Mahomud Hussein, was freed from prison in 1975 and joined the leadership of the ELF, he soon became disillusioned by the manner in which the ELF was led. He was particularly concerned about relegation to the background of the Saho-speaking fighters of the ELF.
In his view, although the Saho-speaking fighters represented a considerable proportion of the fighting force and were among the foundating members of the Front, they were allegedly used as cannon fodder. Inorder to dramatize the plight of the Saho fighters the leaders of the group referred to them as debaba al beshirriya (human tanks).
The group believed that Barentu was liberated thanks to the heavy sacrifice made by the Saho fighters. The Saho and the other fighters from the rest of Eritrea were allegedly told by the people from the Western lowland. " gedem adna t'harret, adkum hariru" (our areas now liberated, liberate your own areas).
This is supposed to have infuriated Mahmoud Hussein and a few other Minifere fighters and consequently they decided to "initiate a secreate organization to take over power and rescue the ELF from the domination of the Beni Amer"
According to his version, the ELF leadership deliberately labeled the group as Islamic fundamentalist inorder to justify its destruction.
Although Eritrean civilian elders had often distanced themselves from the misdeeds of the leaderships of the liberation fronts, this was the first time elders claiming to represent a whole tribe condemned the ELF's leadership for a crime committed against a particular social group-the Minifer. Source Gaim 2008 :308} readmore on the crime comitted and collaborated by the ELF leaders http://www.ehrea.org/elfpurge.php
Comment posted by Ibrahim Hin 22 May at 01:02 ·
There are many poems about the heroism of the group and about the betray of the ELF leadership. The Saho language is rich in poetry. One of the poems on the group which was composed by the famous Saho poet, the late Haji Saleh Omer Indigo who lived in Saudi Arabia, read as follows
|Garbad ani alaitme||You matured in your mothers' wombs|
|Gombod ani ifarteme||You joined the struggle when you were toddlers|
|Sitinat Asmara saiteme||You moved to Asmara in the sixties|
|Fishalle Meduwed beiteme||You abducted handcuffing officials|
|Mekinon nini abubutieme||You chose to serve your country instead of your father|
|Mekinon nini inenuteme||You chose to serve your country instead of your mothers|
|Dinti kenina aka bahteme||They made you swallow sleeping pills|
|Tenek lo temen abtene||You were ten in number|
|Ten sajaak shih abtene||But they received you as a thousand|
|Sisayo kini gobon tekeme||Your death in their death|
|Sin iro kini wiiteme||Your orphaned children were also their children|
|Tenseral Jebha hajemjeme||Yourof death means the end the ELF|
|According to the elders concerned, the decision to eliminate the group was moivated by sectarianism. Although this claim is difficult to substantiate, the incident clearly indicated that the ELF leadership was still intolerant and had not yet embraced nonviolent means of conflict resolution.The incident was mentioned by a number of interviwees to show that appearance notwithstanding, the ELF had not changed substantially from the time the breakaway groups abandoned it to create the EPLF [Source Critical refelections:2008 p308]|
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