"Quralew": Aren't Eritreans worried about their own integrity if not about Tigray?
Kalayu Abrha 01-29-21
Tegaru are the most resilient people who never panic however odd the odds are. Some young people had the guts to hide in a building and take a video of an Eritrean camel caravan loaded with looted furniture and kitchenware. While the long caravan passed by those taking the video were making fun of the dishonorable act Eritreans were engaged in. They were saying: "Ayyiiii Shabia; Quralew, Quralew". Since the looting of what Tigray built in the last 30 years was going on all over Tigray by Eritrean troops, with tacit permission of the Ethiopian army and Amhara bandits, I was messing up my brain to find a word fitting the act. Now I found it: "Quralew"!
"Quralew" is an informal word for those who buy old and stolen articles and sell them to customers in the streets. Those who are looting Tigray and selling it is the streets of Asmara are nobody else but members of the Eritrean army, which is reputed for fighting for 30 years to liberate Eritrea. I have no doubt that all Eritreans are proud of the liberation fighters; we all were until...! While the whole world is talking about looting Eritrean troops, expressing deep distress about it, few Eritrean voices are heard about this shameful act by a defense force of a respectable nation. Eritreans may not be worried about what they are doing to those who stood on their side during the testing days of the liberation war. Tigray can live with that if Eritreans willingly sell their honor, ally with former enemies, and destroy their friend in need. Eritreans, myopic as they have become, are eying Ethiopia like a piece of cake, denied to them by Tigray. The last few months have shown us clearly that Eritreans are not sure who their real enemy is. In naivety, they think that petty family quarrels make enemies without trying to see a much greater picture. Tigray is getting vaccinated. It will be immune and healthy soon. Eritreans I grieve for you, who are being led blindfolded and smiling into the abyss.
This is what Eritreans were expected to do at the first news of Eritrean invasion of Tigray not to mention the massive looting. Without waiting for Tegaru, they could have poured into the streets of European, American and Australian cities to demonstrate against the use of Eritrean troops for personal ends by invading a neighboring state. Living and working in advanced democracies, Eritrean infatuation with a dictator and turning blind eye to atrocities committed, is a betrayal of the moral values of the host countries. No people can maintain their integrity by concealing the acts of a home-grown tyrant as a family affair when a neighboring land suffers from the brutality of "brotherly dictator". If Eritreans are serious about establishing a functioning democratic order in Eritrea, they must not confuse patriotism with tolerance for tyranny. It is not the multiplicity of opposition parties that can remove a dictatorship. Eritreans must be honest to their cause and call a spade a spade. Otherwise, they will sooner or later board a ship which they will have no right to pilot.
If you have lost your conscience and don't want to oppose in public the role of Eritrea in the mess in Tigray, you will simply lose the credit you could have earned by courageously condemning the evil acts of your leader and army. Tegaru in the diaspora have really worked hard and made history that now Tigray has got the full attention of the world community. Tigray is betrayed by Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Africa, but delivered by unexpected friends from the advanced world. Tigray will survive and thrive; but Eritreans seem to have lost their compass. Fixation on " Weyane must be punished" leads Eritreans to nowhere! There is nothing to punish Weyane for!! It is a shame for Eritreans to go so low to the service of others; it is the greatest shame to engage in looting. If Eritreans have a back to comfortably carry this burden of immorality, no doubt they will pay for it dearly.
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