Eritrea: Shield Of Resilience & Nobility Of Work
Every year on this especial month of May, that holds a deeper meaning and place in the history of Eritrea, the people of Eritrea living in every corner of the world are preparing to celebrate their independence day. Unlike other days this very month has a big meaning to every Eritrean citizen as such even though the celebra- tion atmosphere varies from place to place yet the meaning they want to convey to the world have the same message. The people of this country have paid a huge sacrifice to reach to this day and many heroes and heroines gave their precious lives to liberate their people and homeland from the clutches of successive colonizers.
One can’t imagine the atrocities the people of Eritrea have gone through and the 30 bitter and long years of struggle they have undergone in their own land due to the heavy bondage of colonization. However, May 24, 1990 brought a big surprise that changes the circumstances of Eritrea forever. The change was every Eritrean dream and prays, Eritrea wore those
changes because of her dear chil- dren; the Eritrean fighters brought liberation and on that significant day the anthem of peace was sing- ing in the air. People were beyond words to express their feelings and happiness. Eritreans were frenzy with overflowing joy and happiness.
Both men and women sacri- ficed their lives for their country and people. All the fighters car- ried the same aim that is to liberate the homeland. Eritrean women though it was against their culture and tradition to fight equally with their men counterparts; they challenged all the odds which was against them for the greater good. They took charges in every aspect of the fields just equally without any hesitation of their potentials. Hence, they not only fought for their homeland but also for their equality. Through their courageous deeds their voice is heard in every corner of the globe.
During the revolutionary period Eritrean women living in the cities used to hide and give shelter to the Eritrean fighters while living among their enemies. Those women prepared any kinds of materials the fighters needed to facilitate their harsh journey. Those women were not only mothers, sisters, wives but also great fighters actively worked with their comrades while hiding their true identity and wearing mask of indifference under the eyes of the colonizers. Eritrean women offer their jewelers, materials, money to their homeland.
Since women are naturally different from men it is too obvious that Eritrean woman fighters have faced different obstacles while living in the mountains, valleys and trenches along with their comrades. However, they never gave up their dreams to liberate Eritrea, never gave their backs to their male counterparts and they never say never to anything they have faced. They stayed until they paid their lives, they ignored the prejudice they have faced, and above all they have ignored their natural problems. They had not been anxious about their lives in the mountains they just accepted and live with it. Their dream was not to marry and have children yet to bring liberation in every part of the country.
The image of women is changed in this society after women’s contribution in the struggle for liberation. Long are gone the out-dated believes that viewed women in this part of society as a passive and submissive being. A woman is a fragile object that would be broken at any time if not treated well. A woman was not allowed to perform any task out of her house; she has the responsibility to take care of the family, to cook, wash, clean and to give birth. Those were her part of work that the society has assigned for her. For them she is the object that has to keep inside of the house. On the other hand a man is allowed to perform every activity that is done out of the house. History of independence struggle changes it all. With independence liberty and emancipation were granted.
The Eritrean People’s Liberation Front has totally changed this view of the society about women. They have attested their potentials to work outside of the house like their male counterparts. Their voice was heard and brought free- dom for them and their sisters who live in every part of the country. Even after liberation those women have been striving to change the view of the society about women. Indeed, their efforts have been seen everywhere the Eritrean women fighters have freed and liberated their homeland and brought peace.
This year’s May 24 is being celebrated with a warm atmosphere and unlike other days the city of Asmara is embellishing beautifully with different colors; truly depicting this year’s Independence Day theme ‘Eritrea: shield of Resilience and Nobility of Work’.
Happy Independent Day!!!