May 24, 2019
Eritrea celebrated the 28th anniversary of its independence. Yemane Gebremeskel, Eritrea’s Minister for information, announced on his Twitter page that the theme for this year’s celebration is “Resilience for Higher Progress”
The Eritrean president, Isayas Afeworki, reminded his people as to what underpins Eritrea’s resilience.
“To highlight a few of the principal values that underpin our resilience: Not to succumb and yield to force and intimidation!…. Not to cede to illicit and duplicitous machinations! Not to compromise one’s dignity and values for cheap rewards and inducements! Not to be distressed under extreme duress! Not to be disheartened by overwhelming challenges! Not to tire with hard work! Not to spare one’s toil and blood, including one’s life!… Not to relent until objectives are achieved! ”
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has conveyed a message for the government and people of Eritrea. “I would like to convey my congratulations to the people and government of Eritrea on the occasion of the 28th anniversary of Independence Day,” Abiy Ahmed wrote.
Eritrean president Isayas Afeworki made a speech to the crowd gathered to celebrate the independence day :
“In this new era and without departing from the fundamental principles of nation-building, our cardinal objectives consist of creating and augmenting national wealth through hard work and efficient productivity, and, ensuring equitable distribution of resources and opportunities. Our principal aim is to transform the primordial subsistence economy to a modern and developed industrial economy to bring sustainable change in the quality of life to vast segments of the population; especially those deprived in the past. ”
as published on Eritrea’s Ministry of Information website.
This year’s celebration is unique from the past twenty years’ of celebration in the sense that Eritrea is celebrating it after closing a chapter of two decades of ‘no peace, no war’ relation with Ethiopia.
Tiffany Hadish, an American-Eritrean actress and comedian, has joined the celebration in Eritrea.
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