Eritrea Detains 15 Monks, Group Says

By Eric Leijenaar, BosNewsLife Senior Special Correspondent

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Patriarch Abune Antonios was replaced by a government official.


ASMARA/AMSTERDAM (BosNewsLife)-- Eritrea has detained 15 monks in the capital Asmara for allegedly planning actions in and outside the African country against the "government's interference" in the Eritrean Orthodox Church, rights campaigners confirmed Tuesday, July 7.

Netherlands-based advocacy group Open Doors, which supports Christians persecuted for their faith, told BosNewsLife that the monks planned to publish details surrounding the choice of patriarch.

More details surrounding the arrests and their names were not released, apparently amid security concerns.

PATRIARCH REPLACED

Amid government  Patriarch Abune Antonios pressure was replaced by a state-appointed official, but Orthodox rules say the church leader can only be dismissed for "immoral" activities, according to church observers.

"The arrests of monks are remarkable as they are part of the Eritrean Orthodox Church which has been officially recognized by the government," said Open Doors spokesman Klaas Muurling. So far, he said, "Persecution mainly focused on Christians outside these churches" and towards believers "who actively want to share their faith with others."

Some 2,800 Christians are believed to be detained in Eritrea, including in prisons, underground jails, containers, military camps and labor camps. They live in horrible circumstances, Open Doors said.

The Eritrean government has denied mass Christian detentions saying  "no groups or persons are persecuted in Eritrea for their beliefs or religion."

91 thoughts on “Eritrea Detains 15 Monks, Group Says

  1. Reason for the two similar comments are, I posted on 0ct’ 29th, 2009 at 6:30am. I came back approximately two hours later and my first ever comment wasn’t there, so I changed my name posted another-one(same comment back) and apperantly Mr. Bos decided to post both of my comments at the same time. I would appreciate if he would delete the first one.

    thanks.

  2. Dear Stefon Bos,
    I do not think it is kind to tell people that are hungry & starving, convert to Christianity or other religions in order to get food or die as many of you missionaries do all the time in Africa e.g,(Darfur, Sudan) and around the world. You missionaries beg(Big Evil Grin) and call upon in supplication from all communities and places of worship. You missionaries be in enormous violations of human rights abuse and be cruel to life around the world inexcusably. It’s clear that missionaries and the secret societies start all the problems between peaceful loving people of the world. In my case that qualifies you as the big and undisputed extremely evil or morally offensive organizations. Just leave folks alone and let those who would rather like to discover whatever religion or creed they desire to choose. Eritrea is a good example of how Muslims and Christians can live together in peace and harmony side by side. It is all known around the world that Eritreans are and have been good example of such meaningful coexistence. Go and stick together as oneness or singleness Eritreans or the quality of being united as opposed to many. I followed all of the interesting unmatched points made by Asmara, I enjoyed and agree keep up the good compassion.

    Just beware of what happened to your counterparts, Somalia. My people are still going through the horrible side effects of the “cold war” and the fight over the geographical positioning of the Somali coast. The “Devil” infiltration was behind it because of political reasoning such as oil in Hol-hol(30km away of Lasanod), Somalia. It has been estimated that Holhol, Somalia can produce over 800,000 barrels of oil daily (perhaps more than the Saudi). This was contracted by Conoco and almost was ready for production during near the end of Siad Barre led Somali gov’t. The outcome of that infiltration is led to death-bloodshed, starvation, drought, clan warfare fueled by the “Devil” and the puppet Ethiopia (please watch “warlords next door” a documentary in which youtube keeps on removing it from its website for unspecified reason. So please check it on google & etc all 1-7). It’s all about exposing who’s truly funding the war lords of Somalia & Africa as they all live outside of Somali territory and the African continent. While unprecedented amounts of money are being received by senseless warlords to nonetheless keep the blood shed dubiousness and shameless funds to kill and harm indiscriminately our people everywhere.

    As I was a 9 years young boy in 91’, I still live with disbelieve of the utter chaos and destruction of brotherhood existence, what we as Somali-Africans stand for, and the momentous that our fathers fought for as all Africans did. What all people do naturally when we fell down is, we get up, dust ourselves, keep on moving, and learn from that destructive way of ruin to prevent it ever from happening again. I pray my people (Africa) will realize what is best for us without any outside influence regardless of whatsoever it maybe. Since all outside influence is shadowed by the ever watching agencies, organizations, and secrete societies which preying upon us/Africans. I call it the “Devil”. As we Africans are the wealthiest and the most powerful people of the planet in terms of natural resources. Africa can grow and plant 24/7/365. How is it possible to die out of hunger with that entire God given abundance of wealth? Let me give you a good example incase you’re ignoring MR. Stefan Bos, it is such as fisheries, oil, natural gas, gold, gems, diamonds, and lumber. These make us rich of natural abundance. This is just a hint you name it, it’s in Africa. The money taken from us as raw natural resources is then used to corrupt, bribe, & keep on dividing among us. Mr. Stefan Bos, you have stated to Asmara, ““the EU gave to Eritrea € 122 million”” How much your people owe my people/Europe of Africa? It’s estimated more that $ 77.89 Trillion. So what is € 122 million EU given to Eritrea is to that?

    I am not advocating violence but this really makes people react with anger and under many unfortunate circumstances the worst the loss of an innocent life. Especially when all religion hiding behind organizations are changing the great ole’ African names to European and Arab names. How does that sound to you? Isn’t that erasing people’s culture and history? Are you telling me/us/Africans your fathers names are better than my fathers names? That is what it is exactly. Are you saying you/European names, Arab names, etc are better than African names?

    Thank you ;)

  3. Dear Stefon Bos,

    I do not think it is kind to tell people that are hungry & starving, convert to Christianity or other religions in order to get food or die as many of you missionaries do all the time in Africa e.g,(Darfur, Sudan) and around the world. You missionaries beg(Big Evil Grin) and call upon in supplication from all communities and places of worship. You missionaries be in enormous violations of human rights abuse and be cruel to life around the world inexcusably. It’s clear that missionaries and the secret societies start all the problems between peaceful loving people of the world. In my case that qualifies you as the big and undisputed extremely evil or morally offensive organizations. Just leave folks alone and let those who would rather like to discover whatever religion or creed they desire to choose. Eritrea is a good example of how Muslims and Christians can live together in peace and harmony side by side. It is all known around the world that Eritreans are and have been good example of such meaningful coexistence. Go and stick together as oneness or singleness Eritreans or the quality of being united as opposed to many. I followed all of the interesting unmatched points made by Asmara, I enjoyed and agree comments keep up the good compassion.

    Just beware of what happened to your counterparts, Somalia. My people are still going through the horrible side effects of the “cold war” and the fight over the geographical positioning of the Somali coast. The “Devil” infiltration was behind it because of political reasoning such as oil in Hol-hol(30km away of Lasanod), Somalia. It has been estimated that Holhol, Somalia can produce over 800,000 barrels of oil daily (perhaps more than the Saudi). This was contracted by Conoco and almost was ready for production during near the end of Siad Barre led Somali gov’t. The outcome of that infiltration is led to death-bloodshed, starvation, drought, clan warfare fueled by the “Devil” and the puppet Ethiopia (please watch “warlords next door” a documentary in which youtube keeps on removing it from its website for unspecified reason. So please check it on google & etc all 1-7). It’s all about exposing who’s truly funding the war lords of Somalia & Africa as they all live outside of Somali territory and the African continent. While unprecedented amounts of money are being received by senseless warlords to nonetheless keep the blood shed dubiousness and shameless funds to kill and harm indiscriminately our people everywhere.

    As I was a 9 years young boy in 91’, I still live with disbelieve of the utter chaos and destruction of brotherhood existence, what we as Somali-Africans stand for, and the momentous that our fathers fought for as all Africans did. What all people do naturally when we fell down is, we get up, dust ourselves, keep on moving, and learn from that destructive way of ruin to prevent it ever from happening again. I pray my people (Africa) will realize what is best for us without any outside influence regardless of whatsoever it maybe. Since all outside influence is shadowed by the ever watching agencies, organizations, and secrete societies which preying upon us/Africans. I call it the “Devil”. As we Africans are the wealthiest and the most powerful people of the planet in terms of natural resources. Africa can grow and plant 24/7/365. How is it possible to die out of hunger with that entire God given abundance of wealth? Let me give you a good example incase you’re ignoring MR. Stefan Bos, it is such as fisheries, oil, natural gas, gold, gems, diamonds, and lumber. These make us rich of natural abundance. This is just a hint you name it, it’s in Africa. The money taken from us as raw natural resources is then used to corrupt, bribe, & keep on dividing among us. Mr. Stefan Bos, you have stated to Asmara, ““the EU gave to Eritrea € 122 million”” How much your people/EU owe/stole my people of Africa? It’s estimated to be more that $ 77.89 Trillion. So what is €122 million EU given to Eritrea is to that? Please tell your EU people how much they owe us?Africans, not what they claim to give us/Africa. That money goes to those who are your puppets and you/EU get it back in heart beat as your people/EU take our/African raw natural reasources since 1633.

    thank you, ;)

  4. Tekebash

    How are you? Why don’t you respond to my e-mails I sent to your e-mail. my email is fithiyem12@yahoo.com. Tesfamariam is a coward instrument of the Eritrean Cadres and he is only noise he doesn’t have reality. Come back to your mind and help the innocent Eritreans who are the victims of the cruel regim of Mr. Isayas who is from Adwa.

  5. Tesfamriam
    The one who is saying halewlew is you Tesfamariam. We all care about our beloved nation. We are just lucky we didn’t die like our brothers oherwise we have more or equally contributed for the realization of our nation. Boundry commision has nothing to do with incarseration of innocent citizens who are langushing in prison. Do you think if the boundry is demarcated the current leadership has the concience to normalize the life. No they have many life and death questions to answer. They killed innocent men and women of Eritrea. they have betrayed their people and the martyers. No Negotation like before independence. Every one of them is just holding the position to make use of it and the leader is a wild person. If the integrity of our nation is in danger it is only because of Isayas(The top criminal) and his cadres. Please come back to your concience and feel the heart beat of the Eritrean People.

  6. Picaso,
    I am not as such a person who terrorize or work for the government. Believe it or not I love my country, thousends of Eritrean paid the ultimate price for our freedom. Again our freedom was threatned and paid a heavy price. My concern is the survival of my country as a nation from evils. Election and free speech which you preach for is not a concern for me and majority of Eritreans at this time.
    There is no question that young eritreans perishing in the desert expecting to change their life. I feel the pain but there is no alternative to save guard from the sworn enemy who refused to abide by the ruling of the boundry commision.
    Mr Picaso, it is anybody guess that you work for who. You are part of Asmarino.com, a sold out website.
    Your argument does not have substance it is full of hate against PIA.
    Let me tell you once again if you are comfortable, lets debate on the phone or in person.
    Forget about election or free speech. What will be your answer when you find out Eritrea is not a failed state? This is what happen a lot of Eritreans don’t buy (HALEWLEW) of the opposition. Eritrean government does not even consider your existance, what he does is proof to Eritreans what is happening via Eri-TV. Talk is cheap.
    Mr Picaso, if you are not going to debate, you proved yourself who you are.

  7. Tesfamariam
    you sold your concience or you are a criminal cadre. How come you enjoy some one suffering have you tried to call Asmara to verify the news. It is day light truth no hiding unless you deafen your ears deliberately becaouse of your being the perpetrators hand or you are one of them.
    We love our country Eritrea and we want to live freely. We want law that will will govern the nation so that us a nation we can live in peace and harmony among each other. Killing torturing is not the solution.
    Stefan bos these guys are just liers full of fallacy don’t get intimidated by them. The article is quite right.

  8. Dear Tesfamariam,

    We are already talking if you genuinely want to discuss issues and I know what your plan is. At the outset, before even discussing anything while you have a free forum here, you wanted to meet me. Though meeting and discussing is fine with me, I was surprised to discover that the email your have provided was being used before to sabotage Eritreans who chose to spoke the truth about the repressive regime in Eritrea. The person using the same email address was harassing people in the site with the same email address but different name. And you did not answer that although I had provided you with the link. I have expressed my views here in the forum and Mr. Asmara has also expressed his views here without any reservations. There is no question about the integrity of this web site in posting comments of any kind including the ones that accuse the journalist and others. Therefore, I know why you want to meet and get the identity of those who explicitly criticize the regime. We are dealing with the one of the most irresponsible regimes in the world. The regime is desperate to stop the criticism. Inside the country it is done by directly torturing the citizens in prison. For those who criticize the regime from outside the country, the regime is desperate to get their identity so that they can punish their families and take them as hostages. As a matter of fact any action taken by any individual should have been a matter to the individual concerned and he/she should have been fully responsible for it and not his family. But in Eritrea the regime has been punishing the family members of those against the dictator. I have provided to you links to clarify what I meant by this which I am sure that you are fully aware of the fact.
    In the first link you will see, how Eritreans refuges in Israel including the persecuted Christians who escaped from the repressive regime were demonstrating in Israel. They wore masks so that the informers of the Embassy would not take their pictures. If their identity is known their families would be in unimaginable danger.
    In the second link, the YPFDJ or the youth squads of the PFDJ (ruling party in Eritrea) whose task is to reveal the identity of dissidents are shown in action trying to take photos of the participants of a peaceful demonstration against the regime in Washington DC. After taking the photos the regime would torture the family members of the person for a crime they did not even commit.
    Therefore, Mr. Tesfamariam you simply want my identity and picture so that you can forward it to the repressive regime. This has been done before and will be done in the future until people such as you come to their senses. If you need discussion, we are discussing it here and the discussion is public and not private but we have learned our lesson and no one will fall into you trap. I have a good experience of what you are trying to do and in the time of the information age it will not succeed and our march for freedom will continue.

    Here are the links for you in case it reminds you of your wicked intention,

    http://www.forward.com/articles/109596/
    http://www.eritreadaily.net/News2009/article0906231.htm

  9. Picaso, do you remember the word you used, paranoid, I believe the word fits exactly for you.

    If you are comfortable about yourself and have real concern about Eritrea, lets talk. Don’t make excuses.

  10. Dear Tesfamariam,

    I appreciate for providing your email and I hoped your motive was constructive discussion. However, the email address you provided was also provided by someone who was sabotaging against the radio broadcasted by some Eritreans in the Diaspora with the aim of exposing the Eritrean regime. The person insulted the participants of the forum using word such as ‘idiots’, ‘ignorant’, ‘liars’ and the worst of all ‘Agames’ (a racial insult addressed for the people of Tigray in the northern Ethiopia who speak Tigrigna language). That very person who was insulting the participants provided the same email address you are providing but he was writing under different name. Therefore, I am sure that the email is used to sabotage people. Would you like to clarify to me why was this case? Or whether it was you who was the perpetrator? Is this an act of organised people to terrorize citizens against speaking the truth? I am just curious about it. Here is the link for you in order to make it clear what I am talking about. Peace.

    http://meseley.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=428:vomd-march-17-2009-broadcast&catid=1:vomd&Itemid=2

  11. Dear Tesmariam,

    Thank you for your response. However, I would like to repeat it again that I am an Eritrean. Otherwise why should I say that I am Eritrean? Is there any benefit that someone can get from claiming being an Eritrean while he is not? Any way if I was Ethiopian I wouldn’t be wasting this much time writing all of these. The fact of the matter is I outlined all the facts that I know including some links that proves what I was saying. If you want to challenge one or more of the facts, then you are very welcome and I am ready to listen to you. If you provide me with facts and find out that some of the things I say are not grounded on facts, then I am also ready to shift paradigm. But the point that you are missing is that we are talking about issues here and not identity. You said that my articles show how much I hate Eritrea. Please can you quote a single sentence that I wrote against Eritrea or its people? I do not think so. If I wrote against the Eritrean people then I am perfectly aware of the fact that I am doing a self-infliction wound. Nonetheless, if you say that my article reflects my hatred to the government of Eritrea then my answer is YES. But Asmara as you indicated did not ignore my article. But rather, he failed to challenge it by producing any prove for his argument and all his responses are just accusations. I challenge you, Asmara, and others to produce evidence that what is being said is a lie. But instead you and Asmara just accuse me of being Ethiopian which by the way there is nothing wrong of being Ethiopian. But I do not see how this is relevant to the discussion. The point that I would like to indicate here is that you should not confuse Eritrea and the Eritrean government as the same. Eritrea was and will be there for the past and future generations, but the government is a very temporary thing. The very fact that someone is against the government does not in any way indicate that the person criticizing is non citizen. This is the first time I am reading such an idea. Simply the reason I am writing here and elsewhere is that because I am sick and tired of the lies disseminated by the supporters of the government at the expense of the suffering of the innocent, and I have chosen to express the truth. In the same way I talk of the truth when sites such as asmarino and awate lie about things that did not happen in Eritrea or by things that were not done by the Eritrean government. I have no interest in lying as I do not see any purpose from it. However, having personally seen all the atrocities committed by the government, no matter how much people accuse me of anything and no matter what intimidation I receive, I will not back away from writing the truth to my best capacity. But finally if your intention is for constructive discussion than intimidation I am willing to meet you in person or if we live in different places on telephone. However, I do not see how you would approach the discussion as you have already started accusing people. Peace.

  12. Dear Asmara,

    No Eritrea’s government is NOT working and respecting Article 18. By arresting Christians who you say make “false promises” or “deceiving” it is doing the opposite of the article. “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.” The 2,800 Christians who are detained believe in Christ as their Lord and Savior as spelled out in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,[a] that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”They want other Eritreans to know that assurance as well and may even have spoken about that with other Eritreans. They are NOT intimidating people. You again start with your “Ethiopia”, “Cheap propaganda” etc. It’s getting a bit tiring. I have told you many times that we respect the Eritrean people and Africans. But we will not stopping reporting the truth. Whether you like that or not. We are not lecturing, just reporting the facts. As respecting the rule of law is concerned, I am not aware that we violate any laws.

    Best regards,

    Stefan J. Bos

  13. Dear Stefan,

    You talked about Article 18 of the UN , that is what the gov’t of Eritrea is working with. However, it is sad to see people like you and likes divert the core of the articles and using to implement your hegemony dreams. It is you and likes who are basically violating Article 18, by intimidating and deceiving people against their basic rights with full of absurdity and false promises. The Eritrean gov’t has the responsibility to make sure the rule of law including the article 18 of the as it is also part of the Eritrean constitution, so that is what it is doing.
    Protecting the very people from their basic rights of freedom, and not to be intermediated by those who came like “a wolf in a sheep cloth” , and if anyone break that law obviously will be responsible for that and should face his/her charge.

    Again, it the truth that prevails not the fabrication and false information you and likes have been repeatedly talking about …constitution, religious persecution, human right….all these have bases they are just hearsay and information from rumors or streets. And I can tell you the truth all these are brewed by the western intelligence agencies and their servant party in Ethiopia right after they gaveup to implement their hegemony dreams militarily and then they turn back to these cheap propoganda. They have been repeatedly shouting all over the world since 2001, but false is always false…and can’t turn to truth by repeating and distributing with all the top institution of media they have….

    So I advice you and likes to respect article 18, that is the freedom of any human on this Earth to have his/her of freedom of thought not what you brought or trying to install into him/her. Otherwise you need to understand that you are undermining their very basic right as humans….like you do have the freedom of thought, faith,…etc so do respect the Eritrean people and all Africans. I think it is clear going cross borders and trying to lecture or install your thoughts and belief with incentives or other thing is violation of their human nature so I urge you guys to respect the rule of law!

    God Bless u

  14. Picaso,
    I read your article and you worked hard to pretend Eritrean but no matter hard you try, it did not work to comouflage your identity, your ethiopianism.
    If you are comfortable lets meet in person and talk about Eritrea. If you are ready I will give you information when we can see each other.

    Let me tell you why Asmara ignored to respond to you because your article is an evidence that shows how much hate you have for Eritrea. You pretend that your are focusing against the gov’t but if you read your article you will understand how easily people can identify you that you are Ethiopian.

    Anyway let me know your willingness to meet me.

  15. Dear Asmara,

    Several of the detained Christians may well have grown up in religious families and traditional churches. But they have one thing in common: they accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour, and want other Eritreans also to have that assurance as well. As a member of the United Nations, Eritrea may want to consider Article 18 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights: “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.”

    Eritrea’s Constitution, ratified by the National Assembly in 1997, provides for religious freedom; but the Government has yet to implement the Constitution. Following a 2002 government decree that religious groups must register, the Government closed all religious facilities not belonging to the country’s four principal religious groups: the Eritrean
    Orthodox Church, the Evangelical (Lutheran) Church of Eritrea, Islam, and the Roman Catholic Church. However even those churches have reported cases of persecution.

    We were conservative in our estimates of 2,800 detained Christians. The United States State Department in its recent religious rights report noted: “At the end of the reporting period, NGO reports indicated there were more than 3,225 Christians from unregistered
    groups detained in prison. These reports included 37 leaders and pastors of Pentecostal
    churches in detention, some for more than 3 years without due process.”

    Thanks for sharing your concern about my journalistic career. Rest assured. We are VERY CONFIDENT about our sources. I agree with you completely: “It is the truth that prevails, not the fabrication, not the hearsay, not the false information.”

    Best regards,

    Stefan J. Bos

  16. Dear Stefan,

    Well, if you agree that they don’t belong to the churches in Eritrea for centures so where does they come from then all of sudden?… that is good question indeed… you got to answer this very important and core question. According to the Eritrean constitution religion is personal everyone is free to believe on whatever suits him/her BUT not allowed to preach or deceive others to follow him/her, as it is equivalent to violation of others right. Even now I can assure you anyone (individual Eritrean) as far as he/she respect the rule of law they are respected too.

    You need to understand also your reports are hearsay without any legitimate source which would risk your profession as a journalist. As far as you don’t walk in their shoes you don’t have any ground to judge the gov’t policy unless and otherwise you don’t have a hidden agenda. You are a professional journalist go to the very place and try to get the first hand information …not hearsay …..

    The last thing I can say With all the due respect you should come with an evidence to support your reports otherwise hearsay or fabrication will always remains false and fabrication it can’t be turned to truth by repeating it thousand times and spreading all over the world. It is the truth that privails, not the fabrication, not the hearsay, not the false information.

    God Bless u

  17. Dear Asmara,

    No I did not play with your English. “it was supposed to be Praise God!” It sounded more like it was meant to praise the Eritrean government, which is currently allowing the detention of at least 2,800 Christians and many more dissidents, journalists and others. I did NOT wave the green card to liars and others, I just quoted you what the Bible says about it. Because you suggested that the liars will perish and only “good people” will go to heaven. That’s not the Gospel. I understand it would be better for you if I keep the detentions for myself only in prayers. However God also uses people, including journalists, to share with others for instance the news about believers in need. Oh and before I forget it. It’s not up to you or the government you support to decide what I “should” write. “If you don’t have any affair with any religion or political institution and you are aware that people are abusing Christianity for their selfish interest … first and foremost you should put your hand there at all….” you wrote. Well I DON’T HAVE ANY LINK WITH A political institution or religion. And Yes it’s terrible if people abuse Christianity and if it impact Christians we may well write about that as well. But once again Asmara, this was a story about Eritrea and the government’s crackdown on Christians who as Picaso points out are not belonging to the churches allowed by the government, although even those denominations have reported persecution.

    Best regards,

    Stefan J. Bos

  18. Dear Asmara,
    As far as I am concerned you are incapable of dealing with the truth. I provided you with dozens of facts but you provided none. Unfortunately, you choose to run into accusations and intimidation the same tactics used by the perpetrators of the regime which I think you are serving their cause directly or indirectly. Apparently you do not know what it means to live in Eritrea. But I know about it with full heart. I had been trained in the dictator’s military camp and taught how to kill people and in the process I was tortured by the commanders. I have witnessed the repression of the University of Asmara students and the closing down of the only University in Eritrea, I have witnessed the mass arrest of journalists who are currently languishing in torture camps reminiscent of the Nazi concentration camps, I have witnessed the youth heading to exile choosing to risk their life rather than to live in the harsh reality of the current regime, I have witnessed the dictator arresting his comrades who probably fought bravely against the Ethiopian occupation more than he did and I am sure you know this fact very well. You were used to applaud and praise those former ministers but now prisoners. But now you choose to deny every fact. I also witnessed the parents of the youth who escaped the country fined heavy fine (50,000 Nfa equivalent of 3250 USD) or else jailed. I also witnessed Christians being arrested and their churches closed down simply because of their faith, I have witnessed youth rounded up from the streets and joined the army against their will, I have seen farmers leading a hungry life because their beloved ones are in the endless army conscription or because they lost them in the war, I have witnessed the constitution of Eritrea being scraped, I have witnessed the free press being banned, and the atrocities and crimes committed on the citizens of Eritrea by the regime are endless. On the other hand I have also witnessed individuals taking the opportunity to align themselves with the regime to get temporary benefit. I have witnessed the army commanders and their cliques sucking the blood of the innocent. Any way I know you are not capable of dealing with the truth and all these facts will be beyond your comprehension. Therefore, let me deal with the news broadcasted on this web site which is the prosecution of Christians. I am sure you are not being able to deny this fact because there are a lot of prove about it. I remember the time when the Christian faith in Eritrea taking another turn. Christians of other congregation other than the traditional Eritrean Christian religions of Orthodox, catholic, and protestant started to intensify their activities. With their powerful message and gospel songs they started attracting more youngsters than those traditional religions. The youngster started to become more peaceful and disciplined. They were against any form of violence. Well this is against the objective of the government. The government created a militaristic society where heroism is measured by how many enemies you kill or how you bravely fight than how many people you saved or feed or treated. Even in the army those Christians were not silent. They were courageous to speak about the truth and apparently the truth is inconvenient to the army commanders and the government. Even in the army they were well respected by their fellow conscripts. This was seen as a threat to the government’s policy of creating brutal and unforgiving army like that of ancient Spartans. Finally the government started to take bold actions of dismantling their churches and arresting whomever is following fervent Christianity. Those who were arrested were made to sign a statement to renounce their faith and never to repeat the act then released. But those who chose not to give up their faith are languishing in the deadly prisons of Eritrea. This is a fact. According to the Eritrean law or the suspended constitution anyone is free to practice any religion. However the government illegally arrested thousands of Eritreans including Christians. Talk about this fact and do not go bushing around to hide behind excuses. As to my nationality I would not like to waste my time to prove to you that I am Eritrean. What do you mean when you said that I am Ethiopian because I spoke the truth? Do you mean that Ethiopian is not capable of speaking the truth? You need to clear you mind of bigotry and prejudice. Well let me repeat it I am an Eritrean as proud as can be by my identity. But that do not hinder me from speaking the truth and exposing the repressive regime. I have the obligation to speak on behalf of the voiceless people inside Eritrea in the same way you are defending the government. I will send my message loud and clear. Then what you are saying is that all Eritreans should back the government or else they are not Eritreans. This shows how much you are unable to live in the reality of the world. Then according to you every forum should be used to report only positive things about Eritrean government even if there is none. And if someone doesn’t support the Eritrean government, then he/she should be denied of the opportunity to express his/her view. Is that what you want? If that is the case then everything that you are saying here belongs to the Eritrean government propaganda machine and please forward it to the Eritrean ministry of information. This forum is for discussing facts and reaching in understanding not for propaganda. But you also said that I am a ‘traitor’. As to whether I am a traitor or not, my answer is I am a ‘traitor’ in the same sense defined by your government and you. Yes I chose to be a traitor who can speak the truth, align with the suffering of the innocents. I choose to be a traitor and capable of seeing the truth than to be loyal who lives sucking the blood of the innocents. Any way being named or branded a traitor is a very temporary phenomena and history will cast its vote on who is a traitor very soon. Remember the population of Germany was praising Hitler but they soon realized and witnessed the horrors of extermination when they were taken to the concentration camps to witness it. That will happen soon to Eritrea. Fortunately, I have seen the mighty of the USSR crumbled, the fall of the apartheid regime in the South Africa, and the wiping out of dictators in the Eastern Europe. History teaches us a lot. To Eritrea this will be no exception and wait your turn to witness history and be ready not to repeat it. But for now enjoy your sleep walking.

    Here is another interview with the eritrean president. Unlike previously when he categorically denied the facts of arresting journalists, now he can not deny it because the facts are too much to deny and he is saying Eritrea will never bring them to trial. He is saying there will never be any election. He is even claiming that the Eritrean political system is better than Sweden. He is also claiming there is no democracy in Europe and the US. Well there are a lot of strange ideas from your president that should land him the Guiness Book of Record for denying facts. Enjoy it Mr. Asmara.

    http://tv4play.se/aktualitet/nyhetsmorgon?videoId=1.1014115&renderingdepartment=2.34562

  19. Dear Stefan,

    it is funny that you start to play with my English…..

    I am sorry for the confusion if it really confuses you…it was supposed to be Praise God!…..

    Also it matters whether he/she is Ethiopian or not, because I know no single Eritrea compromise with his country and people regardless of their critiqes about the current gov’t… we all Eritreans know what Eritrean means for us….

    Well, it sounds that you are flagging green card for people to liars, traitors, betrayers… to pursue their evil actions. In another words you are supporting the sad news about the children. I would say their actions should be absolutely condemned. Of course each and everyone of us will be judged according to our deeds….

    God Bless u

  20. Dear Stefan,

    Okay! if you don’t have any affair with any religion or political institution and you are aware that people are abusing Christianity for their selfish interest … first and foremost you should put your hand there at all…. the only thing that would clear you from …is just when you stick your relationship with christ only…..and help them with your prayer!!!

    Otherwise you should admit that you have an affaire whether it is religion or political institution.

    At last I would like to let you know keep barking and Eritrea will keep striding to reach its clear goals… we won’t be intimidated too!!! this was what I have been trying to let you know that truth never scratched may be you can try to paint different color for the moment but it will never loss its very color….rather all the aritificial or make up start to shed and its true color start to shine more and more… that is what you are going to see in the near future….

    Praise God

  21. Dear Asmara,

    I don’t know whether Picaso is Ethiopian or not, and I don’t think it’s important. I don’t know in which Bible verse you read that God, Eritrea, the Eritrean people and government were and will be like one body. I trust you don’t suggest they are instead of the Body of Christ, who include all believers, including Ethiopians, Eritreans, Dutch People, Jews, everyone who accepts Him. As for the traitors, liars and others who will perish, you apparently have another ‘gospel’. The Bible says: 1 Timothy 1:15 “The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” Including those liars, betrayers and others. Even me.

    Best regards,

    Stefan J. Bos

  22. Dear Picaso,

    With all the due respect, I should tell you that you are Ethiopian. You repeatedly used the word paranoid and i wonder what you would call yourself when pretending as an Eritrean while the you’re not. You are so naive that you are trying to lecture me about basic politics, human right, rule of law… etc Again i tell you are far behind my friend.

    Thanks to the most high God, Eritrea, Eritrean people and government were, are and will be like one body… the traitors , liars, betrayers and likes as usual they will perish.

    Praise God

  23. Dear Asmara,

    After all those comments exchange we had, you still think that abusing children and other people is the ‘Christianity’ I was talking about? I am really surprised, and I think many people who have read my replies to you. I am sure many mistakes are made in the name of religious Christianity, including by people who call themselves evangelicals. That doesn’t mean they are evangelicals. That’s why I have no religion, just a personal relationship with Christ. And so have the estimated 2,800 Christians detained in Eritrea. They love a loving Lord who said: in Matthew 5:39: “But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.”

    And: “You have heard that it was said, “Love your neighbor
    and hate your enemy.” But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those
    who persecute you (Matthew 5:43-44).

    By the way in the Old Testament you can read: 1 Samuel 17:47: “
    It is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves;” I believe a reference to what He would do for you and me in his Son Jesus Christ.

    As there are Muslims who kill and murder in the name of Allah, there are name-Christians who kill and murder in the name of religious Christianity. Unfortunately Christianity has become for many a religion, divined by church traditions, hierarchy, which has nothing to do with it. The Bible speaks about a personal relationship with Christ and the transformation of the heart that follows. John 3:16 is a good verse to start. Clearly, if the story you mention is correct, the people carrying out these abuses have not become Christians in the Biblical sense of the word.

    I know you want to search for reasons as why we should not report on the 2,800 Bible believing Christians detained and counting because of their faith in Eritrea. We will not be intimidated by you and other government supporters and continue our work.

    Best regards,

    Stefan J. Bos

  24. Dear Asmara,

    As I expected your response is again full of accusations and has not provided facts for your argument. You simply accuse me that I am lagging behind or I luck in-depth understanding of the main issues. Well I told you in my earlier comment; do not hide behind general statements and accusations. Break them down and talk point by point with facts. Accusation and intimidation is another matter but if you are debating an issue or issues bring your fact back your points with facts that is all I want to ask you. I pointed out several facts to you in my previous comment but rather than providing yours, you jumped into intimidation and questioning my citizenship or as you choose to call it ‘Eritreanity’. According to you if I am an Eritrean, then I am a paid agent. These kinds of accusations are being repeated by you as a parrot, otherwise it is the president of Eritrea who is your role model in this. I have posted the link for you how the Eritrean president Issaias Afewerki responds when he is challenged by journalists. Instead of answering or arguing using his facts he jumps into accusing the journalists the same way you do, or to put it right you accuse people the same way he does. This is typical behavior of a paranoid person who thinks everybody is against him. That is what you are doing here. In response to my point you said that the news that you get from the West are ‘fabrications’. No problem lets accept them as ‘fabrications’. But my point is you are using them in your arguments several times against different issues and therefore, if they are ‘fabrications’ your arguments are also based on fabrications. It is as simple as that. You also said the Eritrean government reports on ‘people who found guilty and charged as per the severity of their crime, if you want make sure you can check every Sunday there is a special programme in Eri-tv’. I know this fact very well and I follow the programs. It is called Higin Hibretesebn (the law and the society). Well let me clarify my point on this matter. First of all, all I have been sing in the program is simply the police report about the crime. I have never and ever seen in the program those so-called criminals defending themselves in the court of law. Surprisingly, the program has never mentioned the sentence they received. They simply put them in prison. I am not saying that those people did not commit any crime. But our suspended or scraped constitution clearly puts it that any one is innocent until proven guilty by the court of law. They should be given a free and fair trial where they can defend themselves personally or through a professional lawyer. But this is absent in the program. I am sure you have noted this but again I would not be surprised if you would like to deny or again to accuse people. Another point is those crimes are civil crimes such as theft, money fraud, and physical attacks. What about the political prisoners. Have you ever heard about them? What about the journalists, the religious people, the former ministers, and military commanders? What about all those youngsters who have been arrested for over eight years now because of their political opinions? Have you ever heard of their crime? Their crime is ‘treason’ according to the government. We heard the word ‘treason’ from numerous dictators before. We heard it from Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, Idi Amin, Mengistu Hailemariam, Mugabe, etc etc. But I am flexible person and let me accept those people committed treason. Then what is treason should be defined to me. What level of treason have they committed? The government should report the crime they have committed and a free and independent court should see the facts brought by the government. Otherwise the government is the one that is accusing and the one that is arresting, and is the one that is putting them to jail or worse to kill them. No government in the world has any right to do this. Only a fair and independent court can say that someone is a criminal. NOT THE GOVERNEMENT. But the government do not even want to talk about them let alone to bring them to court or the TV program you mentioned. If there is no fact or evidence then the choice is obvious, it is only intimidating people and that is what the president and his followers prefers to do. So again you have to answer to me why the government or to put it clearly because the country is under a one man show, why the president chose to silence and destroy people who held other views other than his. The answer is simple it is just ‘power’. And finally, you said that you trust the government and this is a personal matter and I should not tell you to mistrust your government. But in all your arguments you said that ‘We trust the government’, ‘we Eritreans …..’, ‘we do not do….’. Well can I remind you that you only have the right to represent yourself and no one else? To me the only way to express my trust to the government is if I am allowed to elect my leader and government. Otherwise, trusting unelected sitting government repressing the people is your problem and you choice.
    At last I have provided you a link as to how the president attacked journalists instead of answering his questions. He apparently has no facts or issues to address. In such kind of situation he becomes wild and loses his head. This is for your enjoyment Mr. Asmara. If it helps you in knowing better the man then good, if not you can use it to enhance how to accuse people boldly.
    The second link is about a report in Eritrea. In the video you will see the hungry people of Eritrea lining for food aid. This is against the picture you try to paint here about Eritrea. In the video the Eritrean Minister of labor and Welfare, Askalu Monkerious, clearly says that the aid is not enough because previously the aid was 20 kilos per family per month but now it is 12.5 kilos per month and she said that there is no enough aid. The Eritrean government official demanded 190 million USD in aid for Eritrea. Well then you are saying the government of Eritrea is the only government who rejects aid but the story here is very different. And it is very clear as you can listen to it from the MINISTER. But she could be a paid agent as well. Open your mind and see all facts.
    The following are the links for you and enjoy the videos!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAXKsZ8OsWo
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VctEO5hWN04&feature=channel

  25. Dear Picaso,

    I doubt your Eritreanity,if you insist you must be a loser “paid agent” else you are lagging far behind you got a lots of stuff ahead of you. The luck of in-depth understanding of the main issues is your main weakness, if you are not from the selfish who compromise the dignity of Eritrea for little money.

    Moreover, to mention few of my points you misunderstood , you said I am getting a news from the west, what kind of news “fabrications” of course that is why i am arguing. The other point the gov’t of Eritrea doesn’t report this kind of news, if there is no such thing happen how come you expect a news. But they do report people who found guilty and charged as per the severity of their crime, if you want make sure you can check every suday there is a special programme in Eri-tv.

    Last but not least about God and the gov’t of Eritrea…I believe in the divinity and compeletness of God, so do the Eritrean people.. and that is why we trust our gov’t nothing is happening in considence …that is my believe… if you think there is a problem seek from your God not from man otherwise your are belittling your humanity and God’s almighty power.

    God bless u

  26. Dear Asmara,
    I have been following you line of arguments and you are obviously an outspoken loyalist of the Eritrean government. There is no problem if you are a supporter as you are categorically denying the facts. One of the character of your arguments are you do not stick to the issue that is been addressed rather you chose to raise issues that has nothing to do with the news published in this website. Since it matters to Eritreans I will try to respond to some of them to set the record straight.
    I will start with your argument that ‘there is no independent press anywhere in the world’ and I would like to point out that there is also objective reporting about the truth. If as you said there is no independent press, I am sure there are 100% free journalists who die to report the truth. I am shocked that you said the only free press for every people is his national news agency otherwise report that comes cross the border is for interest’. This is shocking and simply pure ignorance. Fortunately, you negate yourself on this matter as well as the others because most of your arguments and the sources you are using in your arguments are foreign media mostly Western media. So you use Western media for your arguments but still claim that the only free press is national. So let me put it this way. As long as the news fits to your concept of reality then it is free regardless of the source. But if it is against your view of reality then definitely it is not free. This is very surprising. You even mentioned that Eritrean refuges were tortured in Italy but none of the west media or what you call human right advocates voiced that. Any way the Eritrean refugees are in this mess because they are not safe in their own country. They did not come to job as they had to cross the border defying a shoot to kill policy of the government, they had to cross the deadly Sahara desert, and then to cross the Mediterranean sea. On the way the majority of them die in the harsh reality. All of this mess is simply because of the mistreatment of the government and yet you are trying to twist the fact to suit your argument. You claim to believe in God but you are ready to play by the blood of those innocent Eritreans. If the Western media did not report this, then where did you hear this news from? I am sure Eritrean government media do not even want to raise it. But you heard it from the Western media and still you are ready to use it for your arguments. Here I will simply say you are lying here are the links for you some of the major Western media such us VoA, BBC, and Reuters immediately airing the news. So here you are not going to fool anyone.
    http://www.voanews.com/english/2009-07-14-voa24.cfm
    http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSLE571333
    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0907/S00271.htm
    http://www.ansa.it/site/notizie/awnplus/english/news/2009-07-14_114386443.html
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/5340520.stm
    Another shocking and ignorant statement you made is this ‘so accept it or not we Eritreans trust in God (Allah), our savior Jesus Christ, our government and our people’. Here even you are not ashamed to put the Eritrean government and people equal to God. So you believe that Eritreans believe in God and the Government. So that is the version of Christianity you are preaching here. By the way I am Eritrean and I am sure you do not have any prove that Eritreans believe in their government. If there is no election then how do you know this fact? If Eritreans believe in their government then why are they heading to exile? If you believe in the government, then why don’t you go back to Eritrea because I am sure you are living in the West? You even accused the journalist that implying that he is a racist. What do you mean that ‘all in the west are intellectuals and all in Africa are not’? Are you trying to intimidate the journalist because this is sensitive issue? I have not seen any indication of this in the news. But this only reflects your inferiority complex.
    Another argument you raised is the ‘main cause of all media hostilities against Eritrea…as it is hard for them to see Eritrea standing on its two feet’. I think you must be joking here. Can you tell us why the West does not want Eritrea to be on its feet? Well I am surprised what interest they have in this. There are numerous countries standing tall on their four limbs let alone two so why is the west only want to do this to Eritrea. Why not to South Africa for instance? Or Ghana? Then turning the other way round why is Eritrea hostile to the West? We know that Iran and North Korea are at odds with the West because of their nuclear position. But we do not know why Eritrea is in taking this action. You need to answer that. Taking you argument to another level you said ‘so everybody who talks about Eritrea has a hidden agenda’. What about the government of Eritrea who keep telling us everything about Somalia and Ethiopia seven days a week and 365 days a year? Is there any agenda? So for Eritrean government it is acceptable but for other it is because of their hidden agendas. You also stated another hypocritical statement when you said ‘we do not want aid or money Eritrea gov’t is the only who don’t support aid’. Of course this is what they want you to believe in. In the first place the government is running by financial assistance from the west and other UN agencies. This is crystal clear. Second the government is not hungry, but it is the people who are hungry. Of course living in the west and getting the social benefit that you enjoy which by the way is an aid in its own regard, you do not need aid to be given to Eritreans. You raised your status to the level of spokesperson of the government when you said ‘the policy and stance of Eritrea and Eritrean gov’t is very clear and very consistent’. I bet here you do not know anything about the government’s policy let alone to its consistency. Can you tell us what are the policies and consistency? To me the only consistency is torturing Eritreans and repression. You also said the news is interference in Eritrea’s internal affairs. I do not see how it is interference. But again it is acceptable that Eritrea should interfere in Somalia and Ethiopia according to you. The government that you believe in publicly stated that the Eritrean government did not, do not, and will not recognize the government of Somalia. All opposition groups of Ethiopia are stationed in Eritrea. Is this interference? Oh I apologize, it is the government of Eritrea that is interfering, so it is not an interference. Interference applies only to others as I understood it from you.
    In summary, your arguments are flawed, contradictory, incoherent, and reflect narrow interest. You are not ready to listen others but to the government of Eritrea.
    This response is the first part of my comment to Mr. Asmara the main vocalist of the government of Eritrea. I will soon post the second part.

  27. Dear Picaso,

    Thank you for your encouragement to continue reporting the truth as best as we can. We certainly will do that and I agree with you that many Eritreans have no access to a free press or may be even afraid to write here on this forum, although they can do so without mentioning their names. To Asmara, I am not sure what you mean with “This is what respectfullness and loyality is all about.” Based on your posts so far I guess you mean loyalty to the Eritrean government. As for “unlike Stefan’s and likes distortion of the truth with utter pretention” I would encourage you to again carefully read the well-sourced news stories here on the reported persecution of thousands of Eritreans. For the record: I herewith publish the comment I also posted to the Zanzibar story as you seem to agree that Christians should stay away from certain regions or countries.

    “Dear Pete,

    You say, “Zanzibar is a 95% Muslim country and does not need saving.” Obviously Bible believing Christians would argue that God wants to save anyone, regardless their ethnic or religious background. Jesus said in John 14:16 “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” He did not say “a” way, “a” truth, or “a” life. So if someone believes that, he or she obviously feels compelled to share that news with anyone. Jesus even told his followers to go out and preach the Gospel. In Matthew 28:18-20: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” He said “all nations”, He didn’t say “don’t go to Zanzibar because it is a 95% Muslim country.” Jesus also warned of persecution when being saved. In John 15:18-19 for instance: “That is why the world hates you. If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” (New International Version). That was also I think what Felix wanted to point out to you. The fact that many Christians are still living in relative freedom in several Western countries is a miracle indeed. Here at BosNewsLife we like to remind them and others about those who are (already) persecuted for their faith.”

    Best regards,

    Stefan J. Bos

  28. This is what respectfullness and loyality is all about, unlike Stefan’s and likes distortion of the truth with utter pretention.

    Pete Says:

    July 12th, 2009 at 2:14 pm
    “I have lived and worked in Zanzibar as an American for many years, working with arts organizations and secular institutions. What is a known fact is that Evangelicals and Pentecostals can be aggressive in their proselytizing and trying to “save” local people. Zanzibar is a 95% Muslim country and does not need saving. The statement written by felix is biased and uneducated, and frankly disrespectful to a community which has co-existed next to Christians for hundreds of years (see the Christian church in the capital Stonetown which co-exists peacefully with Muslims in the city).

    Many of my friends in Zanzibar are both Christian and Muslim, and work closely together for the betterment of their communities. it is my guess that the churches that were burned inflamed the local population with aggressive rhetoric or actions which led to this. While the actions of the people who committed crimes against the churches were definitely wrong, at the same time those same Christian organizations have no business trying to convert or “save” people. Trying to do so only inflames anger and resentment and does not serve the cause of those Christian organizations nor serve the local public who seek to live in peace with their own beliefs and traditions. By the way, I am Christian and son of a pastor who doesn’t preach the word of God through saving the “unbelievers”.”

    Enjoy!

    You will find in July 12th, 2009 at 2:14 pm report of this article in Africa (Tanzania)

    God bless you!

  29. Dear Stefan Bos,

    I have read the reactions from many Eritreans. The reaction mostly charges any news that is negative about Eritrea is an attempt to divide the country. That is what they would like to believe. Some of them even said that Eritrea is a land where Muslims and Christians have been living in harmony for a long time. As an Eritrean I agree about this but this has nothing to do with the news. This news is not about division about religions in Eritrea it is clearly about repression of Christians by Eritrean government. By the way in Eritrea peoples of all religions were living in harmony before the current government is established so there is no credit for the current government about this. This shows the maturity of the people of Eritrea. In the same way the current repression is done by the government of Eritrea not by the peoples of Eritrea. Well now I would like to respond whether the news is true or not. As usual the individuals who are attacking the journalist that he is trying to divide the nation, being ignorant, an agent, western media distorting the fact etc etc. Well go on and send your furious words but you will never change the fact. The fact is that this is not the first news media to talk about his. Eritrea’s rank in the free press is the last in the world even behind the North Korea, religious rights are not respected, people are getting arrested because of their political views, there is endless forced conscription and the list is endless. To know the fact it is easy and all it takes is just to Google the word ‘Eritrea’ and you do not even need to add another word. The fact will be there even from the most credible sources in the world. As our proverb goes ‘if you choose to sleep consciously, then no one can wake you up’. That is what is happening to all those individuals who are attacking this news site unethically. You can repeat a million lie but cannot even make it a fraction a truth. Repeat is as much as you want but it will remain a lie. Now everybody knows your tactics. You try to bombard the website with lies so that you can make the writer to think that his/her news is wrong. But I have a good advice for my fellow Eritreans who choose to be blind about the fact. ‘If more than two people say that you head is not there, you better check it whether it there or not’. If you want to claim that what is written here is not true ask the current refuges who are heading to every direction. Call to Eritrea to seek the truth. It is crystal clear that those individuals who are furious about this article are those die hard supporter of the government who live in the Diaspora. They do not even know that they are enjoying a democracy of those great nations which gave them protection. They are expressing their views here freely, but the real Eritreans who are suffering do not have any voice other than web sites such us this one. If Eritreans living inside the country were given free voice then your voice would have been insignificant. The truth would have overwhelmed you. But for now enjoying democracies of the West you are expressing your ideas and still claim there is no free press in the US or Europe. This is hypocritical, untruthful, and selfish. I am a witness for everything that is going on inside Eritrea. If anyone one want to challenge me take your topic, I can give you my e-mail bring your facts and I have my facts then let’s see who is right. But accusation is another matter, attacking is another matter and examining the fact based on rational analysis is the only option.

    My message to the journalist (Stefan Bos) is obviously you will be intimidated by those individual supporters of the Eritrean government who have a voice due to the free press and rights they have in Europe and the US. But you will not be able to hear from the true Eritreans who are suffering inside the country. No matter what the reaction just seek the truth and publish it in the news. There is a simple but grand advice that I borrowed from the Greatest ‘TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE!!!!

  30. Dear Tekebash,

    Interesting to hear from you again. It was not that he “punched” me hard: It was just that I thought there were no real new arguments in our discussion. As for reactions. Last time I checked I saw six comments on Hungary and more than 30 on Iran so far. Oh, I am not a “paid agent”, just a journalist who will obviously continue to also report on Eritrea whether you like it or not. It’s not “gossip”, for that I suggest you go to other sites, but the, for you apparently, inconvenient truth.

    Best regards

    Stefan J. Bos, BosNewsLife News Center

  31. Fithi, have you realized that you were exposed? those wo were pro Stefan were our Southeren neighbours, oops. Stop your gosip about our country.

    I would advice my brother from Asmara to stop responding to this paid agent. Have you ever seen when he writes about other countries no one resonds to his article. You can see when you punch him so hard, he said lets stop.
    There is one thing I could not understand when he becmoes more than Eritrean to have concern for Eritreans, B.S.

  32. Dear Peace,

    You must not have seen my previous post. I spoke about the Jehova Witnesses. I said that the number of 27 Jehova Witnesses detained in Eritrea may well have increased in the meantime. However rights watchers would argue that even one is to many. Finally I really don’t have time to go back and forth on this issue, as we are very busy now with other news stories. We will ofcourse continue to report on Eritrea as well whether you like that or not.

    Best regards,

    Stefan J. Bos, BosNewsLife News Center

  33. Dear Friend,

    I can see you, you are obsessed with Eritrea and that is why you can’t see the cloud surrounding you. Or it could be also I am over ambitious to expect any positive from such a narrow minded and don’t have the capability to look at things beyond his nose. Instead i should pray for you and likes. Otherwise talking to you and likes is tantamount to talking to a stone.
    I don’t want to get into debate whether they can blow us or not, because it was the fact the so called border war answered i think. So I told you if you want to advance your life try to live with a godly heart otherwise you will remain as such ignorant “hostage of history”.

    God bless u

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