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ኤርትራ፡ ኣብ'ቲ ካብ ዕለት 9 -12 ግንቦት 2022 ኣብ ዋና ቤት ጽሕፈት ሕብረት ኣፍሪቃ ዝካየድ ዘሎ መበል 14 ስሩዕ ኣኼባ ፍልይቲ ተክኒካዊት ኮሚቴ ምክልኻልን ጸጥታን ሕብረት ኣፍሪቃ ኣብ ኣዲስ ኣበባ ትሳተፍ ኣላ።
ምንጪ፡- FANA TV ዜና
Eritrea’s Delegation presented country’s endeavors towards combating Land degradation and drought
https://shabait.com/2022/05/13/eritreas ... d-drought/
Asmara, 13 May 2022 – Eritrea’s delegation of experts which is participating at the 15th Conference of Parties (COP 15) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in Abidjan, Ivory coast presented the country’s experiences and challenges in the fight against Drought, Land degradation and Desertification on May 11, 2022, during the drought day session.
The presentation and short documentary film focused on major challenges of the country such as land degradation due to different reasons and deforestation from different causes, and the countermeasures are taken to address the challenges and reclaim the land through community-based programs.
During the session, the delegation presented figures on community based on-farm and off-farm soil and water conservation programs; construction of water holding structures; afforestation programs etc.
With regards to mitigating drought challenges, the delegation mentioned the increment of construction of different sized dams and ponds from 138 (1991) to 785 (2021) as one of the notable achievements over the past 31 years of independence. During the event, it was underscored that thanks to this progress, the total area of irrigated land has increase by 4 times; and this growth has boosted the total production of fruits by 71 times and that of vegetables by almost 6 times.
Moreover, the delegation highlighted the government’s commitment to the Greening Campaign; and the Production of bio-fertilizers and bio-pesticides.
Around 2,000 delegates from 196 countries are attending the 15th Conference of Parties.
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President Isaias Afwerki has sent messages of condolence to the people & Government of the UAE, on the passing of UAE President Sheikh Kalifa bin Zayeed Al Nahyan. The messages of condolence were sent to Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan & VP Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Yemane G. Meskel ✔: @hawelti
All our 8 riders have arrived safely in Potenza @cyclingmedia_ag
Merhawi advanced 3 positions today & is 56th overall in the GC.
56 59 ▲3 KUDUS Merhawi EF Education-EasyPost
Olympian athlete Nazret Weldu motivated blind students, to use the chance to register at the international ParaOlympics committee to participate in para sport activities. She also shared her experiences. We're proud of you, Nazret!
African Vision Sport & Education Development: @4AfricanVision
When visually impaired youth, with their fine tuned auditory senses, chase the jingling ball to score goals! Their message: "Football is for ALL." & No1 to be left behind.. Marvellous!
Seble Ephrem: @SebleEphrem
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HAMIL R. HARRIS
UDC Becomes a Flurry of Cultures During Around the World Embassy Tour Event
By WI Web Editor
https://www.washingtoninformer.com/udc- ... our-event/
May 11, 2022
Representatives from the Eritrean Embassy greet guests. (Hamil R. Harris/The Washington Informer)
The University of the District of Columbia (UDC) served as the venue for diplomats from various embassies who rarely get a chance to show off the food, art and other cultural aspects of their countries.
On Saturday, May 7, diplomats from countries including Libya, Uganda and Eritrea displayed a variety of items at the UDC Van Ness campus as part of the Around the World Embassy Tour. Additional diplomats along Embassy Row in Northwest and throughout the District also participated.
said Steve Shulman, executive director of Cultural Tourism DC.This is our 15th year of being involved in the Tour and my hope for Passport DC is to help remind everyone that we are more alike than different, despite the multitude of cultures and beliefs,
Diplomats at UDC set up tables filled with art, food and fashion.
Meanwhile, Ronald Nnam, who works in IT at the Uganda Embassy, showed interested visitors a 30-foot replica of the “Peter the Great Battle Cruiser” which he built himself.
he said.I want people to learn to appreciate hard work and to have the ability to think out of the box and be creative – that was the purpose of creating this project,
For many years, the 4200 block of Connecticut Avenue has served as a gathering place for vendors from around the world. Saturday’s event brought anxious residents of the District back after several years of canceled programs due to the pandemic.
Unlike any other city in the U.S., Washington, D.C. has many different neighborhoods where embassies are located like the DuPont Circle area and along Massachusetts Avenue.
Some visitors said they wanted to learn more about the political leanings of the countries and the colorful leaders who currently lead or who once led those nations including Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi.
But the tables manned by Libyan diplomats counted as one of the most popular for another reason – they served plates filled with lamb, beans, dates and couscous.
Participating embassies included: The African Union, Albania, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Barbados, Bolivia, Cameroon, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Guatemala, Haiti, Iraq, Kenya, Libya, Mexico, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia and Uganda.
Shulman said the event has become more important than ever as nations around the world work to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic and because of the current state of international affairs which remains so volatile.
As she passed out samples of bread, Seble Tsehaye, political officer for the Eritrean Embassy, said,
There are a lot of people who don’t know anything about Eritrea. We are showing a little bit about what our country is all about.
she said.At one time Eritrea and Ethiopia were enemies – now we work together,
“I am proud to be Eritrean and be part of a Great Culture and History”
By Milka Teklom
https://shabait.com/2022/05/13/i-am-pro ... d-history/
Q & A
May 13, 2022
Dayanit Haile, was born in Addis Ababa and learned up to sixth grade there. Due to the border conflict, Dayanit had to migrate to the USA. After living in America for a few years, she moved to Canada where she’s still living. She is an active member of the Young People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (YPFDJ) and the National Union of Eritrean Women (NUEW). As a result of her active participation, she was elected in 2021 as the chairperson of Canada’s chapter of NUEW.
Thank you for your time! Although you were born abroad, you speak fluent Tigrinya. What’s the reason, behind this?
The main reason, that I am fluent in Tigrinya is my parents. We were forbidden to speak foreign languages, at home. When we were living in Addis Abeba, we were encouraged to read the Hadas Eritrea newspaper, daily. We also used to visit Eritrea every summer, which allowed us to practice the language more.
Based on your experience, what are the challenges and opportunities the Eritrean diaspora face; especially the young generation?
Obviously, the challenges and opportunities vary from state to state. Most of the time the challenges outweigh the opportunities when you live away from your country, your people and the place you truly call home. The language barrier is one of the main problems. Life is hectic and you’re always in a rush, inorder to be economically stable. In general, every day is a challenge; as you try to get along with people who are different from you in terms of language, culture and religion. But I dare say that if you are able to tackle all those challenges, there are opportunities that are crucial and fundamental for living a better life. They include, higher education and access to upgraded technology.
As part of the activities you organize with the National Union of Eritrean Women, you have recently contributed a good amount of help to several women living in Eritrea. Enlighten us on that?
Honestly speaking, I don’t think that kind of help is worth mentioning. The idea to provide help was initiated by a member of NUEW, Akberet, who lives in Edmonton. Her idea was to give back to women, who are in the process of building their lives. When every member of the union and people who were not members supported the idea, we were able to accomplish it in a short period of time. When some of the active members and I came to visit Eritrea, the plan was in full swing. I consider what we did, might serve as an example to all the Eritrean diaspora communities. I believe we all should give back to our country, especially to startuppers; it doesn’t really matter whether what we give is big or small. The things we consider small gestures, could actually bring about great changes in those people’s lives.
Now that you are in Eritrea, what kinds of things were you expecting to experience and were your expectations met?
Everything in Eritrea, has exceeded my expectations. I am very impressed, with the pace of progress our country is making in its development. But what impressed me most, is the awareness of the people in following the Covid-19 guidelines.
I had the privilege to witness the development works accomplished by young women who live in Adi Quala, Mendefera and Keren. I also attended and enjoyed several graduation ceremonies of vocational schools, shows by young artists and panel discussions on current events in Eritrea organized by the National Union of Eritrean Youth and Students. I’m also happy, that I was able to visit the villages where my ancestors used to live in.
My experience has led me to conclude that the Eritrean youth, whether in the army safeguarding the sovereignty of our nation or working in the public sector serving the people, are immensely invested in the development of our country. The love of their country, is very visible in their contribution. We, members of the Eritrean diaspora, owe it to them that we are able to come to our homeland.
Do you think, the Eritrean diaspora are contributing to the national development programs?
Eritreans at home, are contributing all they have to the development of the nation. But as one hand cannot clap on its own, those of us in the diaspora have to do our share. The youth, in particular, should be aware of every situation happening in our country. Inorder to do that, they should be active members of the different Eritrean unions and participate in Eritrean community activities.
Educated Eritreans living and working abroad, should come back to Eritrea and share their knowledge or live and work at home for some time. They should also open bank accounts in the homeland and help develop the country’s economy. The youth should know and cherish Eritrean history, be politically conscious and do their share to present the Eritrean narrative to defeat efforts made by Eritrea’s detractors to denigrate it.
Parents must raise their children to grow up having feelings for Eritrea, and the community should create paths for them to be connected to their homeland.
What’s the source of your leadership?
The source of my ability to lead is the people of Eritrea, especially the history of our heroic fighters during the armed struggle. Also, I have been taking part in every union activity since I could remember. That has allowed me to learn, how things are run and what leadership is.
Do you believe the Eritrean diaspora has an attachment to the same norms, as Eritreans who live inside the country?
One hundred percent; they are still attached to the culture. Especially, women. You should have seen them during annual national festivals, holidays and wedding ceremonies. They are ready to do anything that would make them feel, as if they were back home in Eritrea. They brew Siwa, make porridge and bake injera and himbasha. You can’t imagine, the challenges they face in making those things. But they are so determined to make them, that they inspire everybody to follow in their footsteps.
Any other message?
My last few words, are more like a statement — it’s good to be Eritrean. I am proud to be Eritrean and be part of great culture and history.
Thank you for your time!
Eritrean entrepreneur on best skincare solution, settling in Rwanda
By: Linda M. Kagire
https://www.newtimes.co.rw/lifestyle/er ... ing-rwanda
May 05, 2022
There is nothing more thrilling than doing something you are passionate about after retirement, more so when it involves travelling from one country to another, right?
Such is the case of Nina Sasu Tesfamariam, the founder of Fab African Things, a manufacturer and distributor of natural and organic African skin and hair products, based in Kigali.
If you have been to Ubumwe House, the building right below Kigali Business Centre (KBC), you have probably seen the store located on the ground floor, which specialises in African oils and body care products.
Fab African Things is a brainchild of Tesfamariam, born in Eritrea but grew up in Ethiopia and lived most of her adult life in the United States.
Nina Sasu Tesfamariam in her shop. Photos/ Willy Mucyo.
says Tesfamariam.I was born in Eritrea, grew up in Ethiopia and lived half of my life in the U.S. I did several things in America, but my studies were in gerontology. Gerontology is a social worker for old people.
My Master’s was in applied sociology. So, after working and living in the U.S for about 10 years as a gerontologist, I decided to go to Ethiopia and start something for elders, which I did. I started an NGO that took care of the needs of elders, especially people with dementia,
Having done that for a while, she made a decision to retire and travel to different parts of Africa. The first African country she visited was Djibouti. Though the country was beautiful, the weather turned out too harsh for her, affecting her skin.
To cure her damaged skin, Tesfamariam embarked on research to find out the best products to use, not just to repair it, but also restore it.
she says.The first thing I learned was about Qasil Oil, which is what a lot of Somali and Djibouti women use for their face and they have amazing skin in the process.
“So, I decided to try that for myself and it helped somewhat. My introduction to natural skincare started with qasil. After Djibouti, I went to Tanzania where I was introduced to baobab oil and the baobab fruit also. I fell in love with baobab,
Tesfamariam continued her journey, relocating to Kenya from where she discovered other amazing products like coconut, moringa and neem, which made her even more fascinated with natural skincare products.
Moving to Rwanda
At this point, Tesfamariam decided to share the amazing products she had discovered with the rest of the world, but that dream did not materialise until she moved to Rwanda in 2017.
It took me a while to decide how to do it until I came to Rwanda. I really didn’t know how I was going to use the information that I gathered because for me it’s like a woman in Djibouti would not be able to access baobab oil because it’s in a different country.
Tesfamariam says.Tanzanian women cannot access qasil oil because it’s in a different country and they don’t even know about each other’s products.
So, when I came here, I thought maybe we should have one store where we can have different African natural products. That’s how Fab African Things was born,
The first products she wanted to introduce were from Rwanda, particularly essential oils.
Tesfamariam says, taking us around the store.We have amazing essential oils from Rwanda and also a few other cold-pressed oils for the skin. Most people were not aware of the benefits of these products.
My mission, therefore, was to create awareness on the benefits of using African natural products and making these products available in one store at affordable prices. That’s what we do here,
Today they have a wide range of oils including moringa oil, African wild calabash oil, chia seed oil, passion fruit or maracuja oil as well as a variety of essential oils.
They also have products from Uganda such as shea [deleted] oil, baobab oil from Tanzania, cocoa [deleted] from Congo and qasil powder from Djibouti, all under one roof.
Tesfamariam, who carries American citizenship, stopped over in Rwanda and fell in love with the country. She has never looked back.
she says.I came to really see just another African country except I fell in love with it and, the fact that I could start a business with little money, you know, it was very easy.
Other countries like Tanzania, Kenya and Djibouti require a lot of money to invest. In Rwanda I wasn’t required to do that. In fact, I literally started with six bottles of oil,
Why natural products?
Tesfamariam believes it is important to create awareness on the benefits of using African natural products as opposed to chemical infested products imported from abroad.
she says, adding that the products are not just for women as it is thought.They’re good for our health, for our skin. We don’t have to use foreign currency to get them because they are African. My mission is to accomplish that and make them affordable so that everybody can use them. They are not just for women or men,
Tesfamariam says their products are meant to provide a solution to most skin conditions. For instance, all products made by Fab African Things are moisturisers which make the skin soft.
she notes.Turmeric oil is good for that. Black seed oil from Egypt is excellent for that as well. They treat different ailments but as I said all of them are moisturisers.
Some of them, like qasil oil, for example, are also cleansers. So, they serve different purposes,
It hasn’t been a smooth journey though, as they face some challenges regarding the ingredients, mainly the oils, they use to make the products. Having started small, however, Tesfamariam was able to navigate the challenges, buying products in small quantities.
In most cases they have to import some of the products such as qasil and baobab oil from other countries where they can be found. Not being able to buy in big quantities in itself was a challenge, as well as lack of standard packaging.
she says, adding that most times they have to import packaging materials from China.You have no idea how many times we’ve changed packaging. First of all, natural products should go into glass bottles, glass jars, or biodegradable plastic, because you can’t just put it in any plastic,
To ensure quality control, Tesfamariam says they only buy products they use from trusted and regulated sources, mostly sources approved by standard bodies in the respective countries.
Currently, Fab African Things targets the Rwandan market but Tesfamariam says they look to get into the export business, based on the demand. She is also looking to get into full scale manufacturing but the plans were delayed by Covid-19.
she says, adding that the process of making it is equally therapeutic as they have to whip it after buying it.Our biggest seller I think is Nilotica shea [deleted]. It is from the Nile River and it’s really of a higher quality,
Other best sellers include moringa oil, castor oil, turmeric oil, macadamia oil, ginger oil and many others. The store currently sells 18 different kinds of oils, including cold-pressed ones such as avocado, baobab oil and shea [deleted] oil flavoured with lemon grass.
They also specialise in medicinal oils such as neem oil, which is said to cure 40 different ailments, flaxseed oil, argan oil and blackseed oil, all from North Africa.
Fab African Things recently introduced a new product called fenugreek oil. They also make handmade soaps in different flavours such as lavender and African black soap for acne skin, which are also fused with the oils. Fab African Things is located at Ubumwe House, KG 5 Avenue in Kimihurura.
Life-changing eye care services, at Berhan Ayni Hospital. Via Menghis Bairu
Ambassador visited College of Business and Social Sciences, Adikeyih and interacted with the College faculty, to explore areas of mutual interest. Also met, Indian professionals working in the College.
India in Eritrea: @IndiaEritrea
ወኪ ዛግር 1989፡ ገላጺት ስእሊ!
ምእንቲ ህዝቡ ዶጎል ሰጊሩ ግንባሩ ንዓረር ዝሃበ ጅግና፡ ንኣብ ቤቱ ዘለዉ ሰላም እንዳ ሃበን እንዳ በለን።
ብሎኮ ከረን: @Blokokeren
ኣብ ወኪ-ዛግር “ምቕልቃል ሚኪኤል” ተባሂሉ ኣብ ዝጽዋዕ ከባቢ እዩ። እዚ ከም በዓል ስዉእ ሓርበኛ ሳልሕ ጠጠው ዝተሰውኣሉ ታሪኻዊ ቦታታት’ዚ፡ ቦታ ቱሪዝማዊ ስሕበትን መዕቖቢ ባህርያዊ ብዙሕነትን'ውን እዩ። Source: Michael Teclai, Journalist
Real Essence of beauty: Eastern escarpment. Come and visit the wonderful nature, with undefiled air.
Sultan.M @ ኣስመራ: @SultanMSied1
ጽባቐ ኣኽራናት ኤርትራ። The Majestic mountains of Eritrea. G.M.A. Visafric
The terror junta killers, relaxing!
On May 12, 2000, Ethiopia under the TPLF invaded Eritrea & destroyed hundreds of villages & towns, looted property, killed civilians, raped women & displaced close to 1 million Eritreans. Only Pakistan & Libya, condemned the invasion. 3ይ ወራር። NEVER AGAIN!! Pic: Members of EDF, during the counter attack of Teseney city.
History of Eritreaታሪኽ ኤርትራ.تاريخ إريتريا: @Erihistory
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