By: Amanuel Biedemariam
Making September 16, a public holiday for Peace Between Eritrea and Ethiopia
To commemorate the victims of war in Eritrea and Ethiopia, during the Tokyo Peace Day Memorial Ceremony, Eritrea was represented prominently by Eritrean Ambassador in Japan, Ambassador Estifanos Afeworki (Bruno) who narrated a short history of Eritrea and the legacy of 72 years of conflict that the Eritrean people endured since the end of World War II.
Ambassador Estifanos expressed and shared the level in which global superpowers were heavily involved in the affairs of the Horn of Africa region. He also briefly educated the audience, how deeply Eritrea was affected as the devastation caused on its people and the overall impact for its growth and development was negatively affected. Ambassador Estifanos noting the importance of the peace agreement signed between Eritrea and Ethiopia in Eritrea, and in Jeddah Saudi Arabia, in 2018 said,
“Humanity deserves eternal peace”.
During a speech he delivered at the ceremony, Ambassador Estifanos also requested that;
“Starting 2020, the governments of Eritrea and Ethiopia to consider making September 16, a public holiday to commemorate victims of the long conflict of both nations.”
Ambassador Estifanos, who was born two years after the end of World War II, has lived through decades of wars and instability within the region. His lifetime experience is a testimonial of how Eritrea and Eritreans lived through these difficult times.
While the war on terror, as well as the instability, of the region made international news headlines, it is also to be noted that bad relations between Eritrea and Ethiopia comes to mind for most people around the world when they think of the region as a whole and Eritrea as a nation. The views of the world as a whole are limited to the state affairs of the last 20 years. The reality however, is that Eritrea has been a major player in global affairs and continues to play a leading role in the peace process throughout the region. The strength, resilience, unity and prevailing peace in Eritrea and the peace agreement between Eritrean and Ethiopia and its successful implementation will foster a new era of peace, stability and growth for the horn of Africa region and beyond.
Please forward, herein below, video to 22 minutes to listen to his full testimony speech in the Tokyo Peace Memorial Day Ceremony held on March 10, 2019