Asimba: the home of the braves!!!

Tedla Asfaw

Forgive me for not be among the braves who went more than three decades ago to Asimba to make real their dream of united and equal Ethiopia. I have to be honest with you that I came for the first time to see this historical mountain because of the writing of AFP correspondent, Emmanuel Gujon on Dec. 22 about the Irob community at Asimba ‘s  determination to keep their Ethiopian land  and identity no matter what.

The writer focuses on the last ten years of the Irob community history and did not ask questions what Irob looks like before TPLF and Shabia controlled the surrounding area militarily eighteen years ago. Before them there were young Ethiopian visionaries who came to Asimba from all areas of Ethiopia to realize their dream of free and united Ethiopia and start an armed struggle from their base at  Asimba about which many songs and poems were written.

The Irob community joined  this struggle by feeding and sending its young sons and daughters. The main reasons for  Irob people’s  determination to be courageous now facing two enemies, Isaias and Meles is the historical bond it  had with the rest of Ethiopia and the close relationship it developed with other Ethiopians  fighting  fascist Derg, TPLF and Shabia in its recent history.

Young students from colleges and high schools, professionals all joined  hands to fight for freedom and paid a high price together with the sons and daughters of the Irob community and that  relationship which was temporarily broken by TPLF anti-Ethiopian clique failed to destroy the  bond of love for a country according to the piece, “Tiny ethnic group claims Ethiopian allegiance ” by  writer Emmanuel Gujon (Dec. 22).

However, this Irob community is now a bargaining piece for  TPLF. It can be sold any day and time for TPLF’s own survival. The only thing which stops this transaction is finding  a reliable  buyer in Asmera. Meles Zenawi who told us in his own sleeping parliament about the generous Sudanese who received Ethiopian land as a gift could say the same on giving back Ethiopian Irob community and all the land to his beloved Eritreans one day.

This love of Ethiopia by our Irob community we have witnessed and recently disclosed to the whole world through the foreign journalist will not be different  if foreign journalists were  sent to our western boundary and talk to the people of Metema and south to Gambella. The people on those areas like the Irob in north have resisted giving away their land and  identity  and  are now fighting to remain Ethiopian.

The role of those EPRP visionaries, love for a country and freedom,  in our western front thirty years ago was also written on their blood and it is now one of the motivation factors  to fight both TPLF and Sudanese militia. Many like me who have not contributed to this struggle as fighters in Irob/Asimba, and western Ethiopia  should  come out from our closet and honor these gallant Ethiopian fighters.

I thank the foreign journalist for writing about the Irob community and waking up many like me to research our own recent history of heroism which is still going on long after many died and forced to leave Asimba. I salute the website Asimba and Asimba paltalk room for carrying this historical name and educating Ethiopians about our beloved country struggle for freedom and equality. I also suggest for this website to post mount Asimba on its home page permanently to honor those brave Ethiopians and the Irob community who are still continuing the struggle.

Published in: on December 25, 2008 at 7:56 pm  Comments (8)  

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  1. Thank you Tedla for your message.Assimba was indeed the home of the brave, the land of heroes,from Tesfaye to Gemechu to Tselote and Almaz and many more who gave their lives for the cause of Ethiopia. Adi Irob community shouldered the fighters and the struggle and stood form as Ethiopian when Weyane betrayed and went narrow.Hail the Ethiopians of Adi Irob who are now suffering under the Weyane and betrayed to the Shabiya.

  2. It is very important and vital for the survival of a nation to remember those who succrified their lives for the country and people.

    Not least to tell the truth, avoid rumours and cursing others.All are neede in the difficult times.Bravery and courages demand correctnes.
    Otherwise one could be easily in the jow of the enemy.

    Ethiopia is in a very dangerous situation.

    Unity is important to fight woyane, not for the sake of unity.

    Ethiopia prevails.

  3. እውነትም የብልሆች አምባ!!

    አሲምባ

    እንዴት ነሽ አሲምባ
    የብልሆቹ አምባ

    ማአሴ ነጋ አሲምባ
    አልጌዎናዬ በይኝ እባ

    ከላሳ ስንገደ አሊተና ዳያ
    ቆሎመሸላ እስላም ተወዲያ

    ኢሮብ ቤዝአምባችን
    መኩሪያ ከለላችን
    የልጅነት ዝናር መንጎማለያችን
    የትግል ትምህርትቤታችን
    የጓዳዊ ፍቅር መሠረት ቤታችን

    አላወላውልም ፍጹም ነው እምነቴ
    የጠላቱ ሳንጃ ቢደቀን ከፊቴ

    ብለን የዘመርንብሽ
    አለኝታነታችንን ያሳየንብሽ
    ምስዋዕትነትን የደፈርንብሽ

    በሶስትጥምር ጠላት ከበባ በጽኑ የተጎዳንብሽ
    አሲምባችን እንዴት ነሽ

    የእነደብተራው ልጆች አሁንም
    በጽናት ቆመናል አናወላውልም

    ለጓድ ሞት አያለቅሱምና
    የጓድ አጽም እሾክ ሆኖ ይውጋና!!

  4. Hi Tedla,
    It appears from what you have written that you do not know where Irob is. you better get your facts first right before you start putting your pen and paper together. thank you

  5. ስላም

    ኢህአፓ ሠራዊቱ ኢህአሠ በ አሲምባ ተራራ ከ ተመሰረተ በኍላ ኢኔ በ 1969 ዓም ተቀላቀልኩት በ ስበያ ኧና በ ከላአሳ መካከከል ያለው ገጠር ለ 3 ዎር የ ሚገባ ወታደራዊ ትምህርት ቀስመን ተሰማራን የ ደረሰኝ ሚደብ ጋ ን ታ 09 የ ሲለላና ኢተለጀንስ ሲሆን የ ድርሳየን ተውቲቸለሁኝ እና ጒዱ አልተሳሳተም የ ኢሮፕ አገር ከ ከላሳ ጀሚሮ ኧስከ አሊተና ስንገደ ዳያ ይዘረጋል

  6. EPRP(EHAPA) THIS IS THE WORD TJAT I FIRST SPEAK AT THAT TIME I WAS JOING THIS WORLD AS A HUMAN BEING. IT DOESNT MATTER WEATHER U ARE SUCCESFUL OR NOT BUT U PEOPLE! “YA TEWLED ” YOU WERE AND ARE ADORABLE TO US THE PEOPLE OF eTHIOPIA I THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE FOR US TO LEAVE IN DEMOCRATIC COUNTRY ONE DAY YOU WILL BE REMEBERED YOU WILL HAVE A NATIONAL DAY FOR UUUUUUUUUUUU

  7. In light of the weight of sacrifice that was paid by the Brave Boys and Girls of Ethiopia: and despite whatever had been andis being said;left and right, those true children of Ethiopia remain in the heart of All Freedom loving Ethiopians. The fight for the true democracy will continue…

  8. ehapa is heart of Ethiopian democracy and freedom


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